Devon Bird Sightings from July 2014

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Thursday 31st July 2014

skern

26 med gulls.8ad,ss,17 juv,20:45-21:20.

Posted July 31st, 2014 at 9:44 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Willow Tits at Prewley Moor

Apologies for this belated report (I've been out of Devon since). On Sunday 27 July there were two very vocal Willow Tits in willows along the Granite Way at Prewley Moor (SX542910, about half a mile from the A30). Although this is a species I 'grew up with' in the West Midlands - where Marsh Tits were far more notable - I've seen very few in Devon and this is my first sighting (as opposed to hearing) here for maybe 20 years.


Posted July 31st, 2014 at 4:13 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Plym Estuary

A rather tatty adult Mediterranean Gull amongst the growing flock of Black-headeds; also 43 Redshanks, 32 Curlews,5 Common Sandpipers and just 1 Whimbrel. 10 Grey Herons roosting on the wreck and the 10 juv Shelducks, with an adult, growing fast; also 2 older juvs on their own.

Last night still at least 3 Nightjars still churring and showing in the Plymouth area

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Nightjar
Nightjar

Posted July 31st, 2014 at 3:17 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exminster marshes

The marshes remain very dry with almost no water even in the lagoon. Today felt like autumn with a flock of warblers and tits foraging alongside the railway line. Amongst the flock were blackcaps, lesser whitethroats, long-tailed tits and plenty of chiffchaffs. Also seen nearby reed warblers and willow warblers.

A few whimbrel flew over the estuary and at least one common sandpiper flew from the lagoon onto the estuary. A single yellow wagtail was calling amongst a herd of cows near the Lions Rest estate.

Posted July 31st, 2014 at 12:56 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Wednesday 30th July 2014

Lundy

Day trip from Bideford. Migrants included at least 50 Willow Warblers (mainly juvs), and small numbers of other species, including Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sand Martin and House Martin. Highlight was an exciting new peak for Puffins, with at least 240 in Jenny's Cove. For further details vist http://www.lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk/

Posted July 30th, 2014 at 10:14 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Topsham

Bowling Green Marsh over the morning tide.

fs Ross's Gull seen briefly at 1100 before all birds took flight + 3 Spotted Redshank + c25 Greenshank + c100 Dunlin + c350 Redshank + c400 Black Tailed Godwits + 3 Bar Tailed Godwits + c400 Curlew + c40 Whimbrel + c300 Black Headed Gulls + 1 Snipe.

Viewing Platform over late morning high tide.

1 Adult Mediterranean Gull.

Recreation Ground during afternoon over the after low tide.

fs Ross's Gull still showing well on far side of river between retreat boatyard and motorway bridge  + 21 Common Sandpipers.

Bowling Green Marsh late afternoon.

1 Green Sandpiper + 1 Common Sandpiper

Viewing Platform late afternoon.

1 Common Sandpiper + 1 Kingfisher + numerous waders and black headed gulls

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Posted July 30th, 2014 at 9:46 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Hay Tor - Blackslade Ford (west of Cold East Cross), Dartmoor.

11 members of DB (East Branch) met at Hay Tor car park at 10.00hrs and quickly found many family groups of young birds, including Greenfinch, Stonechat and Linnet with other juveniles of Pied Wagtail, Crow and Starling.  The quarry produced brief sightings of Redstart with other species - Willow Warbler, Pied Wagtail (with food) and other more common birds - Blackbird, Robin etc).  Good numbers of Wheatear, mainly young birds, were conspicuos outside the quarry plus 2 MIstle Thrush, Meadow Pipits, Linnets and Yellow Hammers.  Numbers of House Martin were feeding and probably nesting at the hotel. 

Moving on to the Cold East Cross area for lunch the group then walked up the valley to Blackslade Ford.  The small woodland produced Coal Tit, Bullfinch,  3 Siskin, Tree Creeper, 2 Goldcrest, Willow Warbler and at the ford a good view of a young Redstart and a distant Kestrel and 2 Raven.

After the group dispersed mid afternoon, I carried on to show Ian and Fay the area near the rifle butts at Halshanger Common and we added a family of Whitethroat to the days list. 

Posted July 30th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Braunton Great Field. 07:00-08:00

107 Mediterranean Gulls on the nearest Pitland Strip to the Marsh Road. This strip has recently been ploughed and rollered. The Great Field is approx 365 acres divided into holdings and strips(Feudal Strip farming). Birds viewable through open gateway.

78 Adults; 13 juveniles; 5 1st summer and 11 second summer.

No sign of the Crane or Marsh Harrier in adjoining marshes.

Posted July 30th, 2014 at 9:05 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Tuesday 29th July 2014

Topsham Recreation Ground

Viewed over early afternoon low-tide 1400-1600Hrs.

The fs Ross's Gull was showing very well across the water between the motorway bridge and retreat boatyard with uninterupted views all afternoon allowing good digiscope photos and was still there when i left.

Also 21 Common Sandpipers and adult Mediterranean Gull.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 11:51 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Braunton Great Field

114 Mediterranean Gulls on Braunton Great Field early evening.

Also 1 Wood Sandpiper on Sharpa Marshes & 1 on Horsey Island which flew over our heads in the direction of Sharpa Marshes calling at the same time.

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

ross's gull

ross's gull seen under m5 bridge below topsham rec at 14 40 this afternoon. 29/7/14


Posted July 29th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by ron gallifant in General Birding

Bowling Green viewing platform

Lots of dunlin and redshank feeding by the viewing platform at low tide this afternoon, I'm hopeless at counting moving birds so won't guess how many but nice to see them :) Also at least one greenshank.

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 5:57 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Malcolm Shakespeare had the 2 Wood Sandpipers along with 2 Green Sandpipers and the Marsh Harrier this afternoon.

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 3:15 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Braunton Marsh

The Common Crane was still on Braunton Marsh this morning. It was first seen distantly in flight, and seen to land in a field close to the round, thatched farm building, where it settled. At times it showed very well from the road, but would wander out of sight behind hedges. I would age the bird as a first summer, and definitely not from the Somerset releases as it was unringed.

Also the female/immature Marsh Harrier was still present, as were a number of Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 12:08 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Monday 28th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 19:00 till 21:15

The 1st summer Ross's gull finally showed just after  21:00 good numbers of black headed gulls , 1 adult Mediterranean gull.

50+ whimbrel, 100+ dunlin, 5 bar tailed godwits, 2 spotted redshanks , 1 common sandpiper, 35+ greenshanks, 2 snipe, good numbers of redshank, curlew and black tailed godwits, 7+ lapwing, 8+ little egrets.

a quick look in goosemoor produced , 1 green sandpiper, 1 common sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 1st summer( with red ring unable to read due to long grass) ) 

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 10:36 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Braunton Marsh

When I got home from the earlier stroll, I found a message from Roger Doble about a bird that had been seen on Braunton Marsh on the recent WeBs count. So on my way to the Indian takeaway I stopped out on teh marsh and scanned around more in hope than expectation, but as often happens there it was: a Common Crane! The same one seen some weeks ago, or another arrival? It went into defensive mode as some ducks took off when a presumed Buzzard flew in , buit this turned out to be a Marsh Harrier! The Indian takeaway rounded off a great day!

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 8:22 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

An early evening stroll around the ponds was quite productive:

4 juvenile Grey Herons, 2 Little Egrets, 38 Canada Geese, 16 Mute Swans, 3 Teal, 2 Pochard, 1 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpipers and 2 Wood Sandpipers.

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 6:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Ross`s Gull

Ross`s Gull showing well between the rec and the M5 bridge


Posted July 28th, 2014 at 5:46 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

One wheatear, female/1st winter type, seen yesterday, 27th, along coast path 1 mile East of R Otter.  Present at 8.30 am, but no sign at our return at 11.15 am, but far more people/dogs by then.

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 1:14 pm by Colin Randall in General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

2 Wood Sandpiper yesterday along with numerous Common Sandpiper.

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 9:44 am by Grahame Woodberry in General Birding

Sunday 27th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:30 till 20:30

The 1st summer Ross's gull continues its stay, just 1 adult Mediterranean gull briefly 1200+ black headed gulls, 3 sandwich terns included 1 juvenile.

54+ whimbrel, 473+ curlew, 351+ black tailed godwits, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 100+ dunlin, 23+ greenshanks, 1 snipe, 1 common sandpiper, 2 spotted redshanks, 9+ little egrets, 300+ redshank, 2 sedge warblers.

 

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 10:50 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

South Huish 6pm

Wood sand, green sand, 5 dunlin and a snipe this evening.

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 8:42 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Topsham

Went out on the kayak around the Exe reedbeds up river from the Rec. At least 30 Common sandpipers in one flock roosting on a boat.

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

East Soar

Afternoon walk along the cliffs between East Soar & Soar Mill Cove, single Wheatear, 3 Kestrel, Yellowhammer and plenty of Swallows. Butterflies were abundant inc 2 Clouded Yellow.

Nearby at South Huish Marsh Wood Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin.

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 6:41 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Topsham

Ross's gull up river from the rec this pm. 2nd summer Med gull this morning (5th bird this weekend). 20 Common sandpipers yesterday, 11 today. Better views of the Ross's gull now it is coming onto the river N of Topsham rec on low tides.

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 5:25 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Recreational birds

Tide was out but many gulls,no sigh of Ross's.

B-h gulls 15 plus juvs

med.gul 1 juv plus 4 common sandpiper.

saturday 26 July 2014

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 12:54 pm by Stephen J Turner in General Birding

Saturday 26th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:30 till 20:15

the 1st summer Ross's gull flew through and was found roosting on the roof at tremletts viewed from goosemor it has now been present since the 21st may( from photos )  so 67 days and it dosn't  look like going any where soon.

from the hide still very good numbers of black headed gulls with 4 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 2nd summer and 2 juvenile ) 

54+ whimbrel among 470+ curlew, 40+ greenshank, 2 spotted redshank and 325+ redshank, 100+ dunlin, 1 snipe, good numbers of black tailed godwits, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 7 lapwing, 26+ little egrets. 

 

Posted July 26th, 2014 at 10:46 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening tide.

As Keith was making his bird counts i picked up the now long staying (67 days) Ross's Gull flying low over the main pond followed by 2 black Headed Gulls when it flew over the trees into Goosemoor. Not staying on the marsh we went into Goosemoor a bit later after the counts and whilst viewing from the new cycle track managed to quickly pick it up loafing about on the roof of the glass Armada building in Tremlits boatyard and not seen it that position before which is a first.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Posted July 26th, 2014 at 10:34 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Osprey over Ottery

Osprey gliding high in a NW direction over Ottery St Mary at 10am this morning, not sure I've ever seen one in July before!

Posted July 26th, 2014 at 12:47 pm by Ben Rowland in General Birding

Topsham

The Ross's gull was on the Exe below the M5 on the falling tide this morning.

Posted July 26th, 2014 at 12:04 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

R.Caen

Every visit to the R.Caen is different which is why it is so interesting.

Yesterday evening 20.00 - 21.00 = 19 Greenshank, 52 Dunlin & 6 Common Sandpipers.

Early this morning 05.50 - 07.30 = No Greenshank or Dunlin on R.Caen but 232 BH Gulls, only 3 Med Gulls (72 Med Gulls earlier in the week)

1 Common Tern, 2 Whimbrel & 2 Green Sandpipers flying & calling overhead.



Posted July 26th, 2014 at 10:50 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Friday 25th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:05 till 20:05

the 1st summer Ross's gull was on the far side from the hide among c3000+ black head gulls , 7+ Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 2nd summer, and 5 juveniles) 3 sandwich tern ( 1 juvenile , 2 adults)

380+ curlew, 40+ whimbrel, 27+ greenshank, 3 spotted redshanks, 336+ black tailed godwits, 116+ dunlin eventually showed on the far side, 5 bar tailed godwits, 5 lapwing, good numbers of redshank, 7 oystercatchers, 3 wigeon, 4 shoveler, 15+ teal, 29+ little egrets, 3 grey heron, 3 little grebe. 

 

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 11:21 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Goodrington

9 Mediterranean Gulls 8 of which were juvs, all headed off toward Broadsands late afternoon also a minimum of 3 Bottle-nosed Dolphins about 3/4 mile out in Torbay.

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 10:22 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Evening visit worthwhile with a juv Yellow-legged Gull and a nice male Ruff in front of the hide. Building numbers of waders with approx 100 Dunlin, 15 Sanderlings and 12 Ringed Plover. Evidence of passerine movement with 6 Willow Warblers, 6 Whitethroat, Blackcap and a Whinchat on the Golf Course.

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 9:25 pm by David Cope in General Birding

East Soar

4 Sand Martins at the farm but 6 clouded yellows inc.a helice, in Starhole Valley. Plenty of walls & several small pearl-bordered fritillaries.

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 5:20 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Around the Axe

Wood Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh early this morning, along with a Greenshank, 3 Green Sands, 10 Dunlin, 15 Common Sands, 15 Blackwit and 2 Med Gulls. A Ruff was also seen here a little later.

Late this morning, 9 Med Gulls were on the Estuary (8 juvs).

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 2:23 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Arlington Hide

Marsh, Coal, Great and Blue tit also a Willow tit distinguishable by it's call. Plenty of Mallards and 2 jays which gave excellent veiws.

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 8:53 am by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Thursday 24th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:00 till 19:30

the 1st summer Ross's gull continues it long stay, 4 Mediterranean gulls (1 adult, 1 2nd summer and 2 juveniles) among the usual high numbers of black headed gulls.

now 3 spotted redshanks among good numbers of redshanks and black tailed godwits, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 130+ dunlin , 36+ whimbrel, 350+ curlew, 1 common sandpiper, 14+ greenshanks, 3 little grebe 52+ mallards, 13+ teal, 2 wigeon, 2 sedge warbler , 3 reed warbler, 2 stock doves. 

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 10:17 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

skern/burrows.

27 med gulls amongst flock of 1000+ bhg engaging in feeding frenzy on flying ants.20ads,3 ss,1fs,3 juvs.Most likely more as these were only ones i could count.1 knot,50,curlew,4 whimbrel,sandwich tern

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 9:33 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

There is a second G.C.Grebe starting to nest on the lake, the two fledglings of the other pair are still being carried around the lake. I also saw a Kingfisher, c20 Lapwing flying south, 2 Sedge Warblers, 12 Swallows, plus the usual.

Rod

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Now that he Ross's Gull has 'discovered' the Rec it's getting to be regular now at low tide, giving much better views than at BGM. When present it can be anywhere from the big shingle island to right up past the M'way bridge by Newcourt Park. Also today two Med Gulls, the regular moulting adult and, for a change, a rather nice juvenile - a different bird to the one on BGM and the Clyst on Sunday..

Ross's Gull 2cy 24/7/2014 Topsham Rec
Ross's Gull 2cy 24/7/2014 Topsham Rec

Mediterranean Gull juv. 24/7/2014 Topsham Rec
Mediterranean Gull juv. 24/7/2014 Topsham Rec

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 3:35 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Rillage Point near Ilfracombe

06.40-08.00 80 Manx Shearwaters (nearly all flying W), 4 Gannets, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 ad Kittiwake, 1 ad Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 9:20 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched 15:30 till 19:00

the 1st summer Ross's gull showed a few times as well as as the the 1st summer little gull among c3500+ black headed gulls and 4+ Mediterranean gull( 1 adult, 2 2nd summers , 1 juv).

41+ whimbrel, 390+ curlew, 34+ dunlin, 67+ oystercatcher, 5+ bar tailed godwits , 2 spotted redshanks, good numbers of redshank and black tailed godwit, 12+ greenshanks, 1 common sandpiper, 1 green sandpiper, 4+ lapwing, 12+ little egret.

from the viewing platform 2 sandwich terns( 1 adult, 1 juvenile ) 73+ dunlin.

large numbers of black headed gulls were of turf, powderham and exton , 2 sandwich terns flew towards topsham quay.

 

Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 10:32 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

instow.

19 med gulls.16 ads,2ss,juv,17:10-17:50.

Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 9:21 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works.

07:15

17 Little Egret; 14 Grey Heron; 4 Black-tailed Godwit; 16 Dunlin; 2 Redshank; 3 Common Sandpiper and 31 juvenile Shelduck.

Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 10:29 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:55 till 18:00

The 1st summer Ross's gull was on the far side from the hide and the 1st summer little gull dropped in Along with c3500+ black headed gulls and 5+ Mediterranean gulls(2adult, 2 2nd summer, 1 juv)

2 spotted redshanks in with 250+ redshank, 352+ black tailed godwits, 4+ bar tailed godwits, 35+ dunlin, 82+ oystercatchers, 15+ greenshanks, 411+ curlew, 30+ whimbrel, 18+ little egrets, 2 sedge warblers, 3 buzzards.

on the path to the viewing platform, 1 garden warbler, 3 chiffchaff's and 12+ long tailed tits.

 

 

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 8:39 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Around North Devon

At Upper Tamar Lake this morning, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and 3 Snipeon the increasing muddy fringe at the top end. Around the resevoir edge, at least 3 Sedge Warbler families, Reed Bunting and Willow warbler. Also a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

Later within half mile walk from the first Forestry Commission pull in on the Bradworthy side of Melbury Resevoir all six of the Devon Tit species, the highlight of which was a family of Willow Tit.

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 4:06 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide today until about 1.50. The Ross's Gull was showing well at the back of the marsh. Also 1 fairly mobile Common Sandpiper and 2 Spotted Redshanks amongst good numbers of Redshank and Dunlin.

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Downend & Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

1 Osprey flying south past Downend into Bideford & Barnstaple Bay then turning SE towards mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary.

Later 1 Artic Skua flying south past Downend into Bideford & Barnstaple Bay then turning SE towards mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary.

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 12:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Seaton

Must be some food off Seaton at the moment as early this morning 110+ Manxies were lingering mostly distantly off the sea front, although occasional small groups would fly in closer. 05:45-06:45 also showed; 6 Mute Swan (out then east), 31 Canada Geese (half flew in to the Axe, the rest continued west), 16 Common Scoter, 4 Med Gull (2 ads and 2 juvs, a family group?), 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sand Martin and 4 Swallow (these and the Martins flew in off the sea then north!?).

Still not seen a juv Yellow-legged Gull yet this year - Matt and Exmouth seem to be hogging them all! 

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 11:51 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

River Caen/Taw Estuary 19.00–21.30 21st July

An evening visit revealed at least 66 Mediterranean Gulls (possibly quite a lot more as we left the main gathering area before dusk) bathing in the Caen and/or flighting in to roost on flats off the mouth of the Caen. Two colour-ringed birds: one 2nd-summer with white ring on right leg (black inscription 956), the other an adult with a green ring on the left leg (white inscription; only leading "R" 100% certain, rest 75% before the bird flew off: R9UT). Also 11 Greenshanks on Horsey Island, about 20 Curlews, 7 Common Sandpipers and a smattering of Dunlins and Ringed Plovers. Couple of hundred Swallows and Sand Martins gathering to roost in Sherpa reedbeds and 40 Swifts over the Great Field. Barn Owl hunting over Chivenor.

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 11:28 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Monday 21st July 2014

Lower Tamar Lake

The G.C. Grebe has finally hatched, looks like two fledglings being piggy backed around the top end of the lake, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Coot.

 This makes up for last year when none of the G.C. Grebes fledged.

 

Rod

Posted July 21st, 2014 at 6:32 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Now 3 broods of Tufted Ducks (number of young: 8 Well grown, and two broods of 7 both still quite small and downy) at Clennon Lakes the initial brood now well grown (see photo below). A pair of Little Grebes and my first Jersey Tiger of the year.

Tufted Duck Brood Clennon Valley 21 July 2014 ML     Jersey Tiger Clennon Valley 21 July 2014 ML

Posted July 21st, 2014 at 2:36 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Topsham - Ross's Gull on the Rec

After nearly two months I finally got the Ross's Gull on the Rec; distant yesterday but with much closer views this morning on the river up beyond the motorway bridge by Newcourt Park. Also 2 adult Med Gulls, 3 Green Sandpipers, 19 Common Sandpipers and a juv. Peregrine.

Ross's Gull - Topsham 21/7/2014
Ross's Gull - Topsham 21/7/2014

Ross's Gull - Topsham 21/7/2014
Ross's Gull - Topsham 21/7/2014

Posted July 21st, 2014 at 1:48 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Sunday 20th July 2014

Teign Estuary

Counts from the Teign include 5 Common Sandpipers, 11 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 88 Curlew (incl. a ringed bird from Germany - at least 12 years old - I also saw this bird last Sept and it returned to its breeding grounds this year), 4 Whimbrel and 2 Med Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv).

400+ Black-headed Gulls included two darvic ringed birds, one 3 year old ringed as a chick near Reading in 2011 and also seen on the Otter Estuary as a juv. The other was ringed in Germany. Amazing how many ringed birds you see when actively looking for them!

On Friday there was a different ad Med Gull and a juv Yellow-legged Gull.

Posted July 20th, 2014 at 8:19 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 11:20 till 14:15

the 1st summer Ross's gull spent time between the marsh and goosemoor.

c3200+ black headed gulls included 3 Mediterranean gulls(2 1st summer , 1 juvenile)

good numbers of waders with 328+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 2 spotted redshanks, 262+ redshanks, 22+ greenshanks, 83+ dunlin, 388+ curlew, 26+ whimbrel.

14+ little egret, 2 oystercatchers, 13+ shelduck.

thanks to mark for the report of 2 garden warblers by the path to the viewing platform there was 1 still present when I got there also 2 chiffchaff, and 67+ oystercatchers from the viewing platform.

a 1st summer little gull was on goosemoor.

Posted July 20th, 2014 at 7:52 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head - Black Guillemot

Was surprised to see a moulting sp Black Guillemot fishing off the end of Berry Head today while eating my lunch.  Managed to get a few awful photos by holding my (inadequate) camera phone up to my (inadequate) scope!

Loads of butterflies about today including this (silver washed?) fritillary on the edge of the field with cows in. 

Black Guillemot
Black Guillemot

Black Guillemot
Black Guillemot

Fritillary
Fritillary

Posted July 20th, 2014 at 6:23 pm by George Wall in General Birding

Tree Pipit, Brixham

'Showing well' at my 36th birthday party


Posted July 20th, 2014 at 6:16 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

instow

30 med gulls.20ads,5ss,1fs,4juvs.14:30.Whimbrel over the house was a nice garden tick.

Posted July 20th, 2014 at 5:04 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Saturday 19th July 2014

Mudbank Lane Exmouth 12.00 - 14.00 hrs 19th July 2014

At the mid-day high tide roost amongst a flock of 400+ black-headed gulls 9 Med. Gulls of varying ages, also 3 curlew and 1 whimbrel, only 5 juv. Bhg's noted.

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 9:23 pm by Gordon & Sheila Farr & Burnett in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 10:30 till 14:40

the 1st summer Ross's gull flew off to goosemoor just after I arrived but eventually returned and settled on the far side.

c2500+ black headed gulls included 3 Mediterranean gulls(1adult, 2 1st summers) , 1 sandwich tern.

1 little ringed plover on the far side , 2 spotted redshanks, 83+ dunlin, 17+ greenshanks, 330+ redshanks, 280+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 607+ curlew, 28+ whimbrel, 2 common sandpipers, 1 green  sandpiper, 15+ little egrets. 

2 sedge warbler, 5 reed warblers.

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 7:48 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Plym Estuary

A reasonable selection of birds today over the high tide.

Waders included 32 Curlews, 2 Whimbrels (both same numbers as last weekend), 36 Redshanks, 2 Greenshanks, a Dunlin (sum-plum) and 4 Common Sandpipers. Also 7 Little Egrets, a Stock Dove, and 2 Kingfishers. Amongst the Black-headed Gulls, were 10 juvs plus a second-summer Mediterranean with a damaged right leg and also a metal ring on that leg. A pair of Shelducks had 10 juvs - 1 down on last week.

Best sighting by far however was a buck Roe Deer which ran right across Blaxton Pool (well spotted Torr) - the first one I've ever seen here.

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Swifts at great field

Yesterday evening at the great field, there were 30 or 40 swifts with a few other swallows/martins. I have never seen so many swifts together at low level as this before. Also many butterflies, peacocks, red admirals and various browns. Lovely.

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 8:57 am by Andy leat in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

4 Swifts screaming down the High Street late morning

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 7:25 am by richard allen in General Birding

Friday 18th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide until 1600Hrs.

fs Ross's Gull showed much better in the afternoon feeding on the point + fs Little Gull back on the marsh again after 5 days missing so must be on estuary somewhere + 2 Spotted Redshank + Little Ringed Plover + sp Knot + 4 Mediterranean Gulls (1-ad + 1-ss + 2-fs) + Peregrine caused havoc sending all the gulls and waders up and landed in tree before dropping down and taking a Moorhen and flying off and all the other large numbers of waders and Black Headed Gulls.

Ringing details on female Pochard with nasal saddle from France on marsh a few weeks ago and first recording outside of that ringing area as follows:

Ring:DB117003   Nasal Saddle:Blue   Code:F2+   Sex:F   Age:+2A   Weight:820g   Date:03/06/2013  Locality:SAINT-PHILBERT-DE-GRAND-LIEU   Province:44  
Country:FRANCE   Resighten:SAINT-PHILBERT-DE-GRAND-LIEU (06-30/06/2013 + 01-22/07/2013 + 02-30/05/2014 + 01-09/06/2014  + TOPSHAM  DEVON  12/06/2014

Little Gull
Little Gull

Peregrine
Peregrine

Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted July 18th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Hope's Nose

A late seawatch 12:30-15:30, quite murky at times, with a SSW F3-4. All south: Arctic Skua (2cy), Balearic Shearwater, 272 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Sandwich Terns, 6 Dunlin, 4 juv Mediterranean Gulls and a light passage of 58 Black-headed Gulls containing many juvs.

Posted July 18th, 2014 at 5:49 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

R.Caen

Top photo left juv BH Gull - right juv Med Gull

Posted July 18th, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

R.Caen

On the R.Caen this morning

216 Black headed gulls inc 23 juveniles

12 Mediterranean Gulls inc 2 juv's

3 Common Sandpipers & 1 Dunlin




Posted July 18th, 2014 at 4:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Mansands

Not a lot on the marsh apart from Mallards, afew Moorhens and a Grey Heron. There was two Reed Warblers in the reeds by the beach with one singing. Also a Sedge Warbler singing just below the hide. There were plenty of Swallows and House Martins feeding over the marsh, the highlight was a Hobby which flew over the marsh and took one of the House Martin. 

Posted July 18th, 2014 at 2:51 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Berry Hd

Seawatch 0545-0815hrs highlights: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Puffins, 137 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Turnstone, 7 Common Scoter & 1 Harbour Porpoise.

Photo: The juv Yellow-legged Gull - very strange flight and first row of wing covert markings!

Yellow Legged Gull - Juv  strange wing markings Berry Hd 18 July 2014 ML    Yellow Legged Gull - Juv  strange wing markings Berry Hd 18 July 2014 ML2

Posted July 18th, 2014 at 2:14 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 17th July 2014

Broadsands

This evening from the beach: 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Sandwich Tern & 34 Common Scoter

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hartland Point 08.20 to 09.50.

Manx Shearwaters streaming south west,timed counts of 71 and 112 per minute.

gannets  60+ mainly adults flocking and diving over surfacing shoals of Harbour Porpoise.

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 6:45 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare. in General Birding

River Caen/ River Taw

1045-1315  2Buzzard,2 King-fisher,7 Med gulls among the Black-headed gulls on the the Caen also 3 Common sand-piper on the Caen. Horsey island held 3 singing White throat 1 Green-shank and 10 more common Sand-piper.

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 3:20 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works.

09:30. High tide 10:31.

8 Common Sandpiper on river concrete bank btwn rear of RGB & Bradiford Water.(09:50)

2A Mediterranean Gulls with Black-headed Gull roost in field next to the reserve. 9 Little Egrets and 21 young Shelduck generally. Only other wadwers were Curlew and Oystercatcher.

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 2:53 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Visit to the marsh this lunchtime until about 1.50. Huge numbers of Black-headed Gulls on the marsh made it quite tricky to pick anything out but eventually the Ross's Gull showed at the back along with at least 1 1st summer Mediterranean Gull. Also 1 Spotted Redshank amongst the larger waders.

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 16th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1050-2130 Hrs.

Over the morning tide the fs Ross's Gull hard to see at times + 2 Spotted Redshanks + sp Knot + Green Sandpiper + 5 Mediterranean Gulls (2-ad + 1-ss + 2-fs) and the usual high numbers of other waders and gulls.

From the Viewing Platform 9 Common Sandpipers seen from 1550 through all evening + sp Knot + 2 Spotted Redshanks all showing well close to left of platform + large numbers of Curlew + Redshank and Black Tailed Godwits + 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls (different birds than seen in hide).

Evening from the hide the fs Ross's Gull dropped in at 1950 on it's own after all the other gulls left for the estuary and was again showing very well feeding along the shoreline to the point.

Evening from the Goatwalk 4 Sandwich Terns sat on one of the moored up boats and well over 4000 Black Headed Gulls sat on the water near Turf Locks.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

sp Knot
sp Knot

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted July 16th, 2014 at 11:27 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Goosander

Single male goosander seen from Rock Park, Barnstaple.

Posted July 16th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

Berry Hd

Seawatch from 6.30am- 8.30am: 1 Balearic & 232 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 50+ Common Scoter, 3 Sandwich Terns, 3 Whimbrel & 1 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted July 16th, 2014 at 10:30 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 15th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning tide 1050-1330Hrs

fs Ross's Gull eventually showing after 1130 well at times + 2 Spotted Redshanks + sp Knot + 6 Mediterranean Gulls (2-ad + 2-ss + 1-fs + 1-juv) and all the usual good numbers of waders and gulls.

Viewed again over the evening tide with Keith.

fs Ross's Gull dropped in on it's own with excellent views both flying and feeding along the shoreline and around the point left of the hide with very nice sunshine reflecting off the water as was the Green Sandpiper.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 11:14 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

From 18:40 till 21:00

the 1st summer Ross's gull showed well from the hide , most of the black headed gulls were actively feeding over the estuary and did not come in, 1 common gull, 2 lesser black backed gulls, 10 sandwich terns flew in briefley and included 1 juvenile.

wader numbers increased again with 716+ curlew and 28+ whimbrel, 24+ dunlin, 1 knot, 2 spotted redshank, c400+ redshank, 10+ greenshank , 3 bar tailed godwits, c200+ black tailed godwits, 7+ lapwing, 2 common sandpipers and 1 green sandpiper, 4+ reed warblers, 2 little grebe.

 

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 10:32 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A brief visit first thing this morning. At least one adult Spotted Redshank (with very little sum-plum left), 2 or 3 Common Sandpipers, 10+ Dunlins, 3 Whimbrels, 2 Greenshanks, Reed Warbler and 207 Black-tailed Godwits (piped to the post by 1 on Keith's count yesterday!). Didn't manage to count the Redshank nor Curlews.

No sign of the Ross's Gull amongst the tightly packed flock of Black-headeds - but one adult Mediterranean Gull.

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 10:08 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works.

14:50

1 Black-tailed Godwit; 6 Little Egret; 5 Grey Heron; 1 Common Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gulls ( 2A and

1 2nd summer).  Black-headed Gulls have returned in large nos and plenty of Curlew about.

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 4:42 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Another brood of downy Tufted Ducks on the ponds today also 1 Kingfisher and a single eclipse male Shoveler. See https://www.devonbirds.org/news/society_news?blogEntry=5979

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 11:32 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 14th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning tide.

A Ruff was seen at 1200hrs on the far side of the hide feeding on the shoreline amongst all the other waders and gulls and was still showing when i left at 1330Hrs. It was also seen about 15 minutes just before i arrived at 1745Hrs but was not seen again afterwards.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

adult Mediterranean Gull + Ross's Gull sat down
adult Mediterranean Gull + Ross's Gull sat down

Posted July 14th, 2014 at 10:42 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:50 till 20:35

the 1st summer Ross's gull came in just before 18:00 and showed well, 11+ Mediterranean gulls included the first juvenile of the year, c2000+ black headed gulls, 1 lesser black backed gull.

wader numbers continue to increase with 587+ curlew, 21+ whimbrel, 208+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 19+ dunlin including 3 juveniles, 1 knot, 16+ greenshanks, 7+ lapwing, 2 spotted redshanks among 360+ redshanks.

Posted July 14th, 2014 at 10:14 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head & Broadsands

Berry Head: Mark Darlaston started a seawatch from 15.30hrs which I signed off at 19.30hrs, totals included: Balearic Shearwaters 2 >S & 1 >N, Manx Shearwater 173, Common Scoter 78 >N, Commic Terns 10, Sandwich Terns 3, Yellow-legged Gull 1 juv, Swift 8 > E. Also 60+ Common Dolphins > S and 2-3 Harbour Porpoise off the headland. 

Broadsands: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1 Ad 1 juv)

Posted July 14th, 2014 at 8:14 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Soar

First late summer flocks of 120 starlings, 250 swallows over cereal fields and 80 linnets in three flocks.

Also fresh painted lady.

Posted July 14th, 2014 at 1:48 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Instow Cricket Ground and Foreshore

07:10. High Tide 07:57

7A Mediterranaean Gulls off-shore. 4A, 1 first S and 1 juvenile Med on the pitch.

 

Posted July 14th, 2014 at 9:29 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Sunday 13th July 2014

Northleigh Pond

1 little Egret and 2 Gadwalls on a small island in the middle of the pond. Watching from 18.00-19.00

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 10:06 pm by Ryan in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:40 till 20:45

the 1st summer Ross's gull again and the 1st summer little gull after a couple of days absence, 2511+ black  headed gulls with 5+ Mediterranean gulls (2 adult, 1 2nd summer and 2 1st summers.

2 spotted redshanks, 300+ redshanks, 25+ greenshanks, 449+ curlew, 11+ whimbrel , 22+ dunlin, 1 knot, 150+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 5+ lapwing. 

5+ sandwich terns including 1 juvenile 

 

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 9:32 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Broadsands

Broadsands: This evening 11 Mediterranean Gulls (4 juvs, 1 1st sum, 1 2nd sum & 5 ads), 5 Sandwich Terns, 25 Black-headed Gulls. 

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 9:08 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling green lane

630am sunday morning till 10am

The 1st summer Ross's gull showed initially well till 7am on far side then dissappeared

circa 2000 black headed gull, 1 adult Mediterranean gull, 2 common gull, 1 sandwich tern flew in and back out.

2 spotted redshanks heavily moulted, redshanks, greenshanks, Lots black tailed godwits and bar tailed godwits, About 10 dunlin, Lots of curlew with whimbrel mixed in. Little gull.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 8:26 pm by KB in General Birding

Teign Estuary

Numbers of waders starting to increase here with 80 Curlew, 18 Oystercatchers, five Common Sandpipers, two Dunlin and singles of Greenshank and Whimbrel yesterday. Other counts included 46 Mute Swans, 36 Little Egrets and the first returning Kingfisher.

A Mandarin was seen from Town Quay Bridge behind Newton Abbot racecourse yesterday morning, with a redhead Goosander on the river there today.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

0730-10:00: 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Swift, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Tit, 6 Great Crested Grebe; note 2 sitting on nests.

 

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 7:33 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Lynmouth - Watersmeet cafe

Following the path upstream produced 1 Grey Heron, 1 Mallard, a Herring Gull looking very out of place among the Grey Wags on a woodland river, 2 GS Woodpecker, 12 Swift, a Sparrowhawk, 4 Jay together, 4 Dipper, 1 Nuthatch, family groups of Coal Tit, Blue Tit and Great Tit, about 10 Robin mainly juvenile, Redstart pair with a fledgling, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 16 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 5 Wren, 1-2 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 family groups of Phyllosc's calling in the canopy, 30 Chaffinch descending on the cafe garden for scraps. Other taxa included Silver Wash Fritillary and a shrew species.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 6:45 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Booted Eagle?.

Possible adult pale phase briefly over my house in bideford at 14:30.Buzzard sized very white underside with contrastingly black trailing edge to wing.Picked it up all too late to give any other description.Saw two on lesvos in may which when seeing this bird aroused my suspicion.Thats all im afraid.Bird headed sw.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

New Bridge, Barnstaple

75+ Herring Gulls including juvenile and adult, 60+ Black-headed Gulls a mixture of adult and first summer with 2 juvenile, 8 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 curlew and 9 female Malards also there was one adult starling with a brood of 12 juveniles.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

instow

30 med gulls.20ad,5ss,4fs&first juv,Inc.dutch returning adult 33L9& a ss E956 as of y.day08:15.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 10:38 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Saturday 12th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:20 till 20:05

The 1st summer Ross's gull showed well , c1500 + black headed gulls, 3 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult , 1 2nd summer, 1 1 st summer) 2 common gull  , 2 sandwich terns.

2 spotted redshanks among 292+ redshanks, 28+ greenshanks, 1 knot, 186+ black tailed godwits, 6 bar tailed godwits, 24+ dunlin, 420+ curlew, 15+ whimbrel.

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 10:35 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exmouth

Seafront - at least 1, probably two more juv yellow-legged gulls today. Offshore 1 great skua and 2 arctic skua lingering. Also 4 mediterranean gull and 6 manx shearwater. There was also a flock of 7 common sandpipers on Warren Point early morning and 10 redhead goosander in the estuary.



Posted July 12th, 2014 at 9:52 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

instow

40 med gulls.30 ad,6ss,4fs,17:15

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 8:21 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

South of Starcross - viewed from train at 1815

Adult summer plumage Slavonian Grebe - just south of Starcross on a full tide - close in to railway line

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 6:53 pm by Tony Swann in General Birding

Downend croyde

Must have been some fish about this evening at Downened. Shearwaters, Gannets and Dolphins all in close to the headland at 1700hrs.

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 6:46 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

Berry Hd

A single juv Mediterranean Gull and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth were the only species of note this afternoon.

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 5:26 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Four Common Sandpipers had arrived at the top of the estuary with a least 6 juv Black-headed Gulls; also a single Greenshank (heard), a pair of Shelducks with 11 juvs, Bullfinches feeding young, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a juv Green Woodpecker. 

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Friday 11th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Some photos of sp Knot + Sandwich Tern + Grey Heron amongst the waders and gulls on the evening tide.

sp Knot
sp Knot

(white headed) Sandwich Tern
(white headed) Sandwich Tern

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Posted July 11th, 2014 at 10:55 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:30 till 20:00

The 1st summer Ross's gull continues to show well at times and it has now been here for 51 days , the gull numbers continue to rise with 1900+ black headed gulls but only 3 1st summer Mediterranean gulls, 3 common gulls , 3 sandwich terns.

wader numbers also increasing with 481+ curlew, 13+ whimbrel, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 200+ black tailed godwits, 27+ greenshanks, 220+ redshanks, 1 spotted redshank, 13 dunlin, 1 Knot, 4 oystercatchers , 5+ lapwing, 1 buzzard, 4 teal , 3 wigeon.

a quick look of the goat walk after turned up 3 sandwich terns ( 2 adults and the first juvenile of the year)

 

Posted July 11th, 2014 at 10:26 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Clennon Valley & Broadsands

A juv Yellow-legged Gull was on the playing fields with 150+ Herring gulls this evening feeding on queen ants. Comparison shots with juv Herring Gull below..

     Herring Gull juv  left                                                            Yellow-legged Gull juv  Right

Herring gull lJuv Clennon Vly110714 ML     Y_LGullJuvClnVly110714ML

Herring Gull Juv Clennon Vly 110714 ML       Yellow-Legged Gull Juv Clennon Vly 110714 ML

Broadsands: 5 Mediterranean Gulls (4 Ads & a 2nd summer) with another 2 (1 ad & 1 juv) at Saltern Cove

Posted July 11th, 2014 at 9:45 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exmouth

Exmouth Beach - 0530 - juv yellow-legged gull on the beach this morning. This is my fifth in 11 days (with two yesterday) so more to be expected soon. Yesterday 27 sand martins were recorded heading north off the beach.

Sunday's great white egret was later seen at Starcross and was colour-ringed. I'd be grateful for any further info on the exact colour combination so that its origin can be established.

juv yellow-legged gull
juv yellow-legged gull


another shot of Sunday's great white egret
another shot of Sunday's great white egret

Posted July 11th, 2014 at 4:23 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Thursday 10th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

2nd summer Mediterranean Gull and Sandwich Tern seen on the early evening high tide.

Ross's Gull eventually showed again just before 2000Hrs feeding along the shoreline and was still showing when i left at 2115Hrs.

2nd summer Mediterranean Gull
2nd summer Mediterranean Gull

2nd summer Mediterranean Gull
2nd summer Mediterranean Gull

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 10:21 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:15 till 19:15

The 1st summer Ross's gull showed briefley before flying off over the railway line to goosemoor, the 1st summer little gull remains and showed well among c1500+ black headed gulls with 7+ mediterranean gulls (2 adult, 1 2nd summer and 4 1st summer ) 3 common gulls, 1 lesser black backed gull, 7 sandwich terns.

Wader numbers continue to increase with 190+ black tailed godwits , 5 bar tailed godwits, the 2 moulting spotted redshanks in with 265+ redshanks, 7 dunlin including the first juv of the year, 1 knot, 17+ whimbrel among 300+ curlew, 3 oystercatchers, 9+ lapwing, 18+ greenshank.

the female Garganey showed in the chanel in front of the hide for a time also 3 wigeon, 6 teal, 3 tufted duck, 14+ little egrets, 1 sparrowhawk

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 9:56 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Cranbrook scrape

Following on from the weekend,  still one little ring plover present (yesterday there were two plus 3 green sandpipers). Also a fox patrolling the foreshore.

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 8:57 pm by Stephen Lawrence in General Birding

River caen.

11-15 to 13-30hrs  Very quiet on the river a few Grey heron and Black headed gulls, But 7 Common sandpiper together by the toll house made up for it.

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

R.Taw - Pottington to Asford Strand. 07:40 - 09:00

2 Common Sandpiper; 4 Dunlin; 1 Bar-tailed Godwit; 8 Grey Heron; 6 Little Egret  27 Shelduck( 5A & 22 Juveniles.) 1 Common Whitethroat carrying food items.

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 10:14 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wednesday 9th July 2014

Topsham

Female Garganey still on Bowling Green Marsh at 7pm, also Ross's gull and 1 adult Med gull. Another ad Med gull at Topsham rec.

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 10:31 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Brixham

This escape Bobwhite Quail has been reported in Brixham gardens a couple of times now in the last few days initially in the Drew Street area;

BobWhite Quail Brixham 050714

 

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Just some photos taking over the marsh at high tide of Black Headed Gulls + Common Redshank + Black Tailed Godwit with coloured leg rings.

Black Tailed Godwit
Black Tailed Godwit

Common Redshank
Common Redshank

Black Headed Gulls
Black Headed Gulls

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Broadsands

Evening gull gathering: 5 Ad Mediterranean Gulls, one 1st s Common Gull were the highlights.

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:25 till 18:25

The 1st summer Ross's gull was very elusive spending most of it's time out of sight in far left hand corner of the main scrape, as 1st summer little gull showed well among 1500+ black headed gulls including 29+ juv's, 7+ Mediterranean gulls.

wader numbers have increased, the 2 moulting spotted redshanks were in with 150+ redshanks , 20+ greenshanks, 386+ curlew, 13+ whimbrel, 4 dunlin, 3 bar tailed godwits, 7+ lapwing, with 80+ black tailed godwits. 

18+ little egrets but no sign of the female garganey but was reported this morning, 1 tufted duck and 3 wigeon , 6+ teal. 

Topsham quay whilst waiting for the bus 5 common sandpipers on the wrecked boats opposite the quay. 

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth

A good visit to Mutters Moor last evening to reconnoitre ahead of tonights 'Nightjar fieldtrip' (East Branch).  Several close encounters with Nightjars and one pair flying around my head.  Sun set around 9.30 and the first churrrring ten minutes later.  Full range of calls and wing clapping seen.  Possibly three pairs present.

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 9:07 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Tuesday 8th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

fs Ross's Gull + Little Gull (different bird) + Lesser Black Backed Gull + c700 Black Headed Gulls + 2 sp Spotted Redshank (now moulting fast) + c150 Redshank + Female Garganey + c4 Mediterranean Gulls (2-ad + 1-ss + 1-fs) + 17 Greenshank (1 with coloured leg rings) + 2 Dunlin + 26 Little Egrets + 2 Oystercatchers + Little Grebe

Female Garganey
Female Garganey

sp Spotted Redshank
sp Spotted Redshank

Little Gull
Little Gull

Posted July 8th, 2014 at 8:58 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until about 1.50. The Ross's Gull showed well before a Buzzard put everything up and it may have headed over to Goosemoor but I expect it will be back! The female Garganey was again in the channel close to the hide. Both Spotted Redshanks are now moulting and are quite blotchy. 1 adult Mediterranean Gull.

Posted July 8th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Hartland Point

Spent the night at Hartland Point last night and trapped and ringed 25 STORM PETRELS. One other with a ring I didn't recognise, although I haven't had time to check my records yet.

Good numbers of Linnets and Stonechats in the valley and Whitethroats still singing.There seemed to be plenty of Rock Pipits around the cliffs too. No sign of Yellowhammers though.

Posted July 8th, 2014 at 11:55 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Monday 7th July 2014

Lower Tamar Lake

Very heavy rain at Lower Tamar this morning.

22 Common Scoter, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 G.S. Woodpecker.

Rod

Posted July 7th, 2014 at 3:09 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.55. Plenty of Black-headed Gulls but all I could pick out was the first summer Little Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gulls (one adult and one first summer). The Garganey was still around in the channel close to the hide, but staying close to the near edge hidden from view most of the time.

Posted July 7th, 2014 at 2:32 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Sunday 6th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 11:40 till 14:10

The 1st summer Ross's gull showed well at times but was also elusive, surprise was a female Garganey, still 2 summer plumage spotted redshanks , 10+ greenshanks, 80+ redshanks, 600+ black headed gulls included 7+ Mediterranean gulls(2 adult, 2 2nd summer & 3 1st summers) 7+ lapwing 

Posted July 6th, 2014 at 7:38 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exmouth Mudbank

4 Adult Med Gulls in amongst a flock of Black-headed gulls off Mudbank Lane this morning @8.30.

Posted July 6th, 2014 at 9:52 am by Nick Pratt in General Birding

Exmouth

Maer Rocks - a great white egret circled over Maer Rocks @ 0625 before heading towards the Warren and then swinging east over Exmouth. Also 70+ sandwich tern, 1 little tern, 3 mediterranean gull (2ad,1 juv), 6 curlew, 1 common sandpiper and 1 kingfisher.


Posted July 6th, 2014 at 7:16 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Saturday 5th July 2014

Cranbrook Reserve, Exeter

(Apologies for typing error yesterday, which I have since corrected and of course I intended to write Green Sandpiper, not Green Plover!).  However, I did get right my prediction that the Little Ringed Plover might stay as it was still present at the pond at 1500 today. Also of interest was a single Swift which twice swooped down to skim the water and was clearly drinking rather than catching flies. A fox also present.

Posted July 5th, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Instow

39 med gulls on rocks near cricket ground.26 adults,7ss,6fs.11:30am

Posted July 5th, 2014 at 2:49 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Around the Axe

Summer plumage Black Guillemot settled distantly off Seaton Beach this morning, found by Ian M.

A little later there were singles of Little Ringed Plover, Green Sand, Med Gull and 3 Common Sands on Black Hole Marsh.

Posted July 5th, 2014 at 1:27 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Friday 4th July 2014

Berry Hd

Seawatching (several observers) 12.30-7pm 221 Manx Shearwaters, and very little else! 80+ Swifts flew out over the headland into Lyme Bay.

Posted July 4th, 2014 at 8:28 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning tide.

fs Ross's Gull showing well feeding along the shoreline both sides of the main pond and feisty with other birds in his way + Little Gull also showing well + 2 sp Spotted Redshank + 7 Mediterranean Gulls (4-ad + 1-ss +2-fs) + Turnstone + 2 Green Sandpipers + 2 Sandwich Terns and all the other good numbers of usual waders and black headed gulls.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

ad Mediterranean Gull
ad Mediterranean Gull

Sandwich Terns
Sandwich Terns

Posted July 4th, 2014 at 4:03 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Cranbrook (New Town), Nr Exeter

Always looking for new birding venues thought I would look at the new reserve being created near to the railway line.  Much to my surprise I found this nice Little Ringed Plover... and... a Green Sandpiper.  The latter flew off north but the LR Plover remained after I left at 13.30.  Plenty of food present so it will probably stay.  Lots of House Martin nesting around the new town.  To find the reserve.. park at/near Younghayes Centre and keeping on same side of road take 2nd road on the left which leads towards railway.  (Take pedestrian path towards dedicated dog walking area and reserve comes into sight).

Note. South West Lakes Trust, Burrator Celebration Day SUNDAY 6 July 10.30am- 4.0pm a chance to see the new Discovery Centre and visit Devon Birds display. Lots of family entertainment.

Posted July 4th, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Thursday 3rd July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning tide.

Just to ad to Nick's earlier post.

5 Mediterranean Gulls (2-ad + 3-fs) + 4 Sandwich Terns + good numbers of all the usual waders.

fs Ross's+ Little Gulls were still on the marsh when i left at 1600Hrs.

Seen from the Viewing Platform which is now open.

2 sp Spotted Redshanks + 10 Greenshank (1 with coloured legs rings) + Common Sandpiper

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Little Gull
Little Gull

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted July 3rd, 2014 at 6:48 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Similar to yesterday this lunchtime until about 1.50. The Ross's Gull showed very well marching up and down the shoreline having a go at anything that gets in its way including a Mallard! Also a 1st year Little Gull. Still the 2 summer plumaged Spotted Redhanks, 3 Dunlin and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Posted July 3rd, 2014 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

River Otter Beavers

Beaver on the River Otter by Chris TownendApologies for any inappropriate posting here, but I know many birders have visited the river Otter in recent weeks hoping to see the beavers that have been present. It seems the Government have now decided to capture the animals and there is a lot today in local and national media. It is a complicated situation, but if you wish to find out more I have posted something on my personal blog HERE

Posted July 3rd, 2014 at 11:44 am by Chris Townend in General Birding

Little Gull

1st year little gull feeding on the incoming tide just off the pier at exmouth.

Posted July 3rd, 2014 at 10:30 am by chenbouy in General Birding

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

fs Ross's Gull + sp Spotted Redshank + Little Ringed Plover + Green Sandpiper + 3 Dulin + 6 Greenshank was again all on the late evening tide and showing well at 2000hrs. Also the usual good numbers of Redshank + Curlew + Godwits + Black Headed Gulls.

Several reports of the Ross's Gull now been seen in Goosemoor (cycle track) at times before high tide.

Ross's Gull + Little Ringed Plover
Ross's Gull + Little Ringed Plover

Ross's Gull + Green Sandpiper
Ross's Gull + Green Sandpiper

Dunlin
Dunlin

Posted July 2nd, 2014 at 10:14 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Ross's Gull showed fairly well at the back of the marsh this lunchtime until it flew off with most of the other gulls at about 1.40. Also 3+ Mediterranean Gulls. Both Spotted Redshanks were in with the Redshanks and were still there when I left at about 1.50. Also 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin.

Posted July 2nd, 2014 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 1st July 2014

Taw Estuary

2 Mediterranean Gulls within a flock of fewer than 20 BH Gulls on rising tide off Fremington Quay this evening. One adult, one second year. One was darvic ringed but no telescope to read it. Also Curlew, juvenile Blackcaps, Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff, Shelduck.

Posted July 1st, 2014 at 11:03 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Broadsands

13 Mediterranean Gulls mostly moulting ads, some 2nd summer birds and one1st summer. Also an odd looking Herring Gull with a deformed bill giving a somewhat Caspian Gull like head shape.. 

Med Gulls Broadsands 1 Jul 2014 ML Herring Gull 1st Sum Broadsands 1 July 2014 ML

Posted July 1st, 2014 at 7:15 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until about 1.40. The 2 summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks were showing well at times at the back of the marsh. At least 4 Mediterranean Gulls including one adult. All of the gulls and most of the waders had left for the estuary before I left the hide.

For information - the hide will be closed between 21st July and 31st August while works are being carried out.

Posted July 1st, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0600 - first juv yellow-legged gull offshore this morning before heading slowly east. Also ad mediterranean gull, 2 common scoter and several sandwich tern.

Posted July 1st, 2014 at 7:30 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

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