Devon Bird Sightings from July 2015

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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

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

Friday 31st July 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 17:30 till 20:10

high count of curlew with 724+ this evening , 41+ whimbrel, 500+ black tailed godwits, 12+ bar tailed godwits ( including 2 smart juvs) , 50+ dunlin( including 10 juv's ) , 1 knot, 8+ lapwing , 12+ greenshank, 250+ redshanks and the usual spotted redshank, 1 common gull, 200+ black headed gulls, 10+ teal , 60+ mallarrd , 4+ little egrets, 1 peregime made severall attacks but failed but did cause panic among the waders forcing most of the dunlin to leave. 

Posted July 31st, 2015 at 10:32 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

R.Caen

My best count of Med Gulls ever on the R.Caen late aft/early evening on the 9.4 metre spring tide.  Peaked at 161 including 18 juv's after 2 hours of watching before the tide moved them off the high tide roost.

Posted July 31st, 2015 at 7:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Velator

Whilst doing a bit of work in the reserve this morning I opened a few nets. Glad I did.

Ringed a LITTLE EGRET. First I've seen in there for a couple of years. Looks like being a record year for Reed Warblers too - 61 ringed so far.

Posted July 31st, 2015 at 2:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head (30/7)

no birds of note, silver washed fritillary and marbled white b/fly; porpoises; basking shark??

Posted July 31st, 2015 at 12:44 pm by graham folkerd in General Birding

East Soar

Late post for yesterday: first genuine migrants with imm.green woodpecker at the farm and willow warbler by the ponds. Still several cirl buntings in song and survey results come up with 40 pairs - back to same levels as 2012 after two relatively poor years.

Posted July 31st, 2015 at 8:38 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Thursday 30th July 2015

Little ringed plovers

2 in the Exeter flood relief channel at 3pm today 

Posted July 30th, 2015 at 7:50 pm by Simon M Bates in General Birding

Ingsdon, Newton Abbot

 At least 62+ Mistle Thrush at 7.30am - biggest post- breeding flock noted in this area for many years.

Posted July 30th, 2015 at 11:07 am by Jon Avon in General Birding

Wednesday 29th July 2015

Berry Head

Corys Shearwater  very close in to the head (70yds!!) last night around a small mackereling boat. Bait fish must have been very close to the surface as it was plunging very shallow. 

Posted July 29th, 2015 at 10:53 am by tim clyburn in General Birding

Tuesday 28th July 2015

Exeter

excellent count of 55+ swifts this evening over our garden in redhills in exeter best count in six years that I have lived here.

Posted July 28th, 2015 at 9:13 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:15 till 17:45

A good increase in Black tailed godwits to 420+ , 8 Bar tailed godwits, 1 spotted redshanks , 250+ redshanks, 200+ dunlin, 41+ whimbrel, 390+ curlew, 4+ greenshanks, 1 adult Mediterranean gull , 200+ black headed gulls, 1 kingfisher, 2 stock doves, 3 buzzards. 

Posted July 28th, 2015 at 8:28 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Rillage Point nr Ilfracombe

Early a.m. all heading W out of the Bristol Channel: Fulmar 63, Manx Shearwater 66, Gannet 124 (approx 50:50 ads and subads), Bonxie 1, Kittiwake 29 (all ads). Also 3 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Guillemot, 2 Dunlin, a Harbour Porpoise and a Red Admiral(!) Wind WNW gusting F7 for a while, but dropping to F5.

Posted July 28th, 2015 at 9:57 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Monday 27th July 2015

Kingsbridge Estuary Curlews

Gathered closely together and sheltering from the strong winds, a count of over 100 curlews at Charleton Point on the Kingsbridge Estuary at high tide this afternoon. 

Posted July 27th, 2015 at 8:15 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

R.Caen

Braving high winds in a coastal location can produce good results if you are a birdwatcher.

The numbers of Mediterranean Gull (mix of ages) have now increased to 82 including 4 juv's. 88 BH Gull inc 1 juv + 5 Common Gulls.

I Green Sandpiper flying over calling at the same time



Posted July 27th, 2015 at 5:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Prawle Point Yesterday (Sunday)

Never clever here in a strong wet, southerly wind so decision to seawatch in the afternoon when winds were predicted to veer south-westerly .Watched from 1pm together with John L.  I left at 6.30pm.

Best bird a Sooty Shearwater at 3.50pm following 1598 (1pm to 4pm) Manxies and 7 Balearic Shearwaters. I Bonxie, 5 Puffins, 22 Fulmars, 2 Sandwich Terns, and John saw an Ocean Sunfish.

Posted July 27th, 2015 at 11:10 am by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Sunday 26th July 2015

Rillage Point

A brief respite in the rain around 09.00 this morning and a flock of 8 Swifts came in off the sea from the NW and straight into the SE headwind. Looked at the rainfall radar and they were flying in a narrow clear slot that stretched all the way to the Exe Estuary and Channel coast. Smart birds these migrants.

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 11:02 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

South Brent Warbler

I would go young Chiffchaff, brighter than autumn young birds, but yellow is more of an olive-yellow tone and legs are dark. And Marsh Tit as much due to habitat/location.

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 9:31 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Visited for afternoon high tide.

408 Curlew, 11 Whimbrel, 7 Bar-tailed Godwaits, 251 Black-tailed Godwits, 165+ Dunlin (almost all ads but 3/4 juvs), 2nd cy Med Gull, 1 Spotted Redshank.

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 9:29 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

South Brent

A couple of birds have been teasing me in the garden over the last few days, not stopping still long enough to give a clear view or identification, I caught both on camera today but am still a little unsure of the identities.

A Warbler sp that has been showing fleetingly is almost certainly a Willow Warbler but having darkish coloured legs I am not 100% the possibility of it being a Chiffchaff confuses the issue.

A Tit sp has come onto the feeders several times today and shares characteristics of both the Willow and Marsh Tit, images have been submitted to DBWPS and I will be interesting to see what they think.

Three Black Headed Gulls over yesterday was the third sighting of this species over the village this month and is certainly unusual.

Also around the garden today, Jay, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, a brood a Wrens and very protective parents the first have seen here for a little while. The numbers of both Swallow and House Martin are building at long last.

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 9:10 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Berry Head

Sea watching upto 10.45am with MD, AR and BMc- Totals 12 Balearic Shears, 2500+ Manxies, 9 Puffin, 1 Bonxie, 6 Common Tern, 10 Common Scoter.  

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 12:46 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Exeter Quay, Trews Weir

Little Ringed Plover (a moulting adult, prob male) below the dam at Trews Weir this am. Plenty of juv Herring Gulls and a handful of juv Lesser BB - although, given the apparent total absence of Yorks. terriers, tortoises or even small children, it's a mystery what they're doing for food.

Little Ringed Plover - 26/7/2015 Trews Weir, Exeter
Little Ringed Plover - 26/7/2015 Trews Weir, Exeter

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 12:02 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Saturday 25th July 2015

Around topsham

watched from 10:00 till 16:30

The pectoral sandpiper was seen just before I got to the hide but despite extensive searches around topsham could not be found again.

1 spotted redshank in with good numbers of redshank and greenshanks, 2 whimbrel, 1 kingfisher good numbers of black tailed godwits, 20+ dunlin including 2 juvs , 3 Mediterranean gulls( 2 adults, 1 1st summer).

from the viewing platform, 100+ Dunlin including 2 juvs, 4 knot, 1 grey plover, 10 bar tailed godwits, 20+ whimbrel.

from the goatwalk 150+ dunlin including several juvs 

on goosemoor 25+ greenshank, 100+ redshanks 

Posted July 25th, 2015 at 9:55 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 0945-1150

2 Willow Warbler, 2 Wren, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Blackcaps,2 Tufted Duck 1m 1f, 1 Cormorant, 4 G.C.Grebe, 4 Canada, 1 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Coot , c25 Mallard, 3 Swallow, 2 Blackbird.

Posted July 25th, 2015 at 8:30 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Mountbatten, Plymouth

 

On rocks below  car park 6 Mediterranean Gulls inc 2 in full summer plumage.

Posted July 25th, 2015 at 3:14 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

Preston Sands Paignton

A gathering of 61 Sandwich Terns which included 18 juveniles being fed by the adults on the rocks at high tide this pm. Also juvenile Med Gull.

Posted July 25th, 2015 at 2:41 pm by Clive Mason in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Now 5 summer-plumage Black-tailed Godwits by the pond along with a lone Common Sandpiper. 17 Canada Geese includes 6 juveniles.

Posted July 25th, 2015 at 1:05 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 24th July 2015

Topsham

Little gull and 51 Dunlin at Topsham rec early evening.

Posted July 24th, 2015 at 9:01 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Goodrington

Juvenile Yellow-Legged Gull amongst the assorted large gulls around the pipe on Goodrington beach this evening.  

Also, 3 Dunlin.

Posted July 24th, 2015 at 6:52 pm by George Wall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Arrived in the hide this lunchtime (about 1.20) to be told of 2 Pectoral Sandpipers.

One appeared to be a juvenile bird and spent its time with the Dunlin flock and disappeared to the estuary with them. The other looked like an adult bird and showed much closer on the right hand side of the channel in front of the hide (still there until at least 1.50). Both birds had been present earlier in the morning apparently.

Also 3 Green Sandpipers.

Posted July 24th, 2015 at 2:29 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Berry Head

Surprisingly for anyone getting up at a normal time it was almost still & clear with 20 miles + visibility first thing - then in came the rain and wind with visibility down to 2 miles or less!

Seawatching 0530-0930hrs: 4 Pomarine Skuas (all 3rd summer pale types), 4 Arctic Skuas,1 Bonxie, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 753 Manx Shearwaters, 133 Common Scoter,1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Puffin, 1 Razorbill (several Guillemots on water), 1 Whimbrel, 2 Swifts just 27 Kittiwakes (didn't count Gannets or Fulmar) and 2 Harbour Porpoise 

Posted July 24th, 2015 at 1:04 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Is this a juvenile starling?

The bird in pictures 1 and 2 were taken yesterday in my garden at inBrixham.  It is very different from young starling seen before.

Eds: Thanks for emailing the photos that didn't upload - it was indeed a juv starling moulting into winter plumage - perhaps more advanced moult than usual at his time of year, from an early brood. 

Posted July 24th, 2015 at 9:43 am by Mike Evans in General Birding

Thursday 23rd July 2015

Broadsands

2 Yellow-legged Gulls  juvs, 1 Mediterranean Gull juv 6 Common Sandpipers

Posted July 23rd, 2015 at 9:22 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

broadsands

at least 22 cormorants fishing just off Broadsands beach southern end. A dog walker told me there were 'about 50' yesterday

Eds: more likely to have been Shags

Posted July 23rd, 2015 at 7:28 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Hobby near Totnes

Hobby overhead just coming into Totnes from Avonwick last night (22nd).

Posted July 23rd, 2015 at 6:34 am by Richard Archer in General Birding

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Wrafton etc

Took a look at the pond this evening - huge build up of Mallards! Maybe 150. Down around Sherpa Marsh a Little Grebe, 2 Little Egrets, 17 Canada Geese including 3 juvs, 18 adult Swans, a few each of Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin, 2 Common Sandpipers, a summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit, and a Teal.

Posted July 22nd, 2015 at 7:44 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tuesday 21st July 2015

Towards East Devon

A visit to Woodbury Common today turned up all the usual suspects Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Green Woodpecker, Wren, Swift, Kestrel, Buzzard, Stonechats, one unidentified Warbler sp and a host of Butterflies, Moths and Dragonflies.

Darts Farm had no birds of intertest to note, a small flock of Canadian Geese and a couple of Moorhens with a few Goldfinch overhead.

Topsham Rec, had a host of Gulls including one Med gull, Godwits, Curlew, Little Egret, Heron and a small brood of Shellduck.

At South Brent this morning a Peregrine falcon high overhead.

Posted July 21st, 2015 at 10:10 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

R.Caen

52 Mediterranean Gulls including 7 juveniles on R.Caen this morning. 131 Black headed Gulls including 6 juv's.

Also 2 Common Sandpipers in the same location.

Posted July 21st, 2015 at 12:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

Yesterday 20th Aveton Gifford along the tidal road on a low tide despite the mist and rain, a total count of 21 Little Egret, 4 Common Sandpiper, a good number of Gulls present Greater Black Backed, Herring and Black Head with good numbers of 1st year Black Headed.

Notable drop in the numbers of Mute Swan that were present

A single Oyster Catcher, small number of Curlew, a dark coloured Indian Runner Duck with the Mallards was an oddity until it could be seen clearly.

Posted July 21st, 2015 at 9:19 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Monday 20th July 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide. The mouting adult Spotted Redshank was present again amongst the usual waders. Also a flock of 33 Dunlin.

Posted July 20th, 2015 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 0530hr-0930hrs: 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (all juvs), 10 Mediterranean Gulls (4 ads, 2 fs, 4 juvs), 18 Common Scoter, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 590 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 'Commic' Tern, 1 Dunlin  and 7+ Harbour Porpoise off the end of the headland.

Yellow-legged Gull juv Berry Hd 20th July 2015 ML

Photo: one of the juvenileYellow-legged Gulls

Posted July 20th, 2015 at 11:08 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sunday 19th July 2015

Taw Estuary

40 Mediterranean Gulls (34 roosting on the water at high tide in the main channel between Chivenor and the mouth of the R Caen, and another 6 roosting on saltmarsh further up the Caen) on my WeBS count today. Mix of ages but at least 5 very fresh juvs.

Posted July 19th, 2015 at 10:54 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

skern

12 med gulls,6adults,1 ss,5fs,2 ad knot,2 whimbrel,8 dunlin,2 turnstone,200 bhg.21:15-21:45.Fritillary species in garden today but unable to id.

 

Posted July 19th, 2015 at 10:24 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

North devon Gannets.

A clifftop walk at the valley of the rocks today Sunday 19/7/2015 saw 4 gannets working with or harrying a pod of porpoises.I had not seen gannets in this area before,  and not interacting with porpoises.

 

Posted July 19th, 2015 at 9:45 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Four Whimbrels had joined the 34 Curlews on the pool at high tide. Also 6 Little Egrets, a Common Sandpiper, a pair of Shelducks with two juvs, and - on the estuary wall - 71 Redshanks and an adult Dunlin.

Posted July 19th, 2015 at 8:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 09:30 till 12:00

the highlight was 5 common Terns ( 3 adults and 2 1st summers ) also another 1st summer tern it was a little smaller than the other 1st summers with an all black bill more slender and fairly long but could not get enough for Id .

good numbers of waders with the adult spotted redshank, 220+ redshanks , 22+ greenshanks, 409+ curlew, 31+ whimbrel, 231+ black tailed godwits, 8 bar tailed godwits, 15+ dunlin, 8+ lapwing.

1708+ black headed gulls included 7 Mediterranean gulls( 3 adults, 1 2nd summer, 1 1st summer , 2 juv's)

2 wigeon, 28+ mallard, 12+ reed warblers.

Posted July 19th, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Saturday 18th July 2015

Averton Gifford

On the River Avon this morning - two or more Common Sandpipers. Also an adult Yellow-legged Gull; beautiful views from the South Efford Marsh hide.

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 11:37 pm by Doug Herdson in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

From the hide 1-Spotted Redshank (also seen from the viewing platform); 15-Greenshank; c250-Redshank; 6-Dunlin; 7-Bar Tailed Godwits; c150-Black Tailed Godwits; c450-Curlew; 22-Whimbrel; 6-Lapwing; 4-Sandwich Terns; c700-Black Headed Gulls; 1-Lesser Blacked-Back Gull; 1-Great Black-Backed Gull; 1-Buzzard; 1-Jay; 6-Reed Warbler; 2-Little Egrets.

From the viewing platform 1-Grey Plover

Link to Spotted Redshank video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1B-_1sgLMc

Spotted Redshank from viewing platform
Spotted Redshank from viewing platform

Spotted Redshank from viewing platform
Spotted Redshank from viewing platform

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 11:35 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Green Sandpipers on the river Plym

4 Green sandpipers were spotted on the river Plym today 18-07-15

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 11:20 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Lundy

Strange but true: Today's second ever record of Mediterranean Gull for the island came 37 years after the first! See here for further details...

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 11:15 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Teign Estuary & Exeter

At the Teign Estuary, two juv Mediterranean Gulls to add to Will's tally; at Topsham Rec ground also two Medierranean Gulls (adult & juv) and a Water Rail; and in Exeter (in the drained area by the wier) a Little Ringed Plover plus a few Sand Martins in the vicinity.  

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 8:57 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind. Est. 06:30

3 Common Sandpipers; 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 smart Black-tailed Godwit in B.P. Also 10 Little Egrets. Loads of Black-headed Gulls but I havn`t seen any Meds up this end of the estuary yet.

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 7:26 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Green Sandpipers

Good day out at the Axe Valley wetlands, all the usual stuff with 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 at Black hole and 2 from the Colyford Common Hide.


Posted July 18th, 2015 at 7:18 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Grasshopper Warbler, Little Haldon

Morning walk around the heath produced a surprise Grasshopper Warbler which I accidentally flushed from the tussock grass. Thanks to Lee Collins for help with identification.

Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler

Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 3:01 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Teign Estuary

No sign of the Gull-billed Tern so far today. Totals from this morning's WeBS included 70 Oystercatchers, 63 Curlew, 8 Whimbrel, 6 Common Sandpipers, 4 Greenshanks, a Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Sandwich Terns, 25 Little Egrets, 41 Mute Swans, 2 Little Grebes, a Kingfisher and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 12:53 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Rillage Point to Widmouth Head

07.00 to 09.00: Goosander 4 redheads flying W just offshore at cliff-top height (patch tick!); Black-headed Gull 30 (migrants flying W), Mediterranean Gull 2 (migrants flying W), Kittiwake 7, Manx Shearwater 6. Whitethroat 10. Harbour Porpoise 2.

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 10:56 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Gull-billed Tern Passage House Kingseignton 17-7-2015

Spent a bit more time taken more video footage of the Gull-billed Tern which showed much better yesterday mid-day into the afternoon flying between the Passage House Inn carpark and the road bridge. It was feeding on the small crabs along the shoreline where it would swoop down picking them up and discarding the shells on the wing which can be seen in one of the videos. Also taken close-in digiscoped video just the other side of the water where it landed a couple of times. The bird disappears on the incoming high-tide north over the road bridge to roost with the other gulls at Newton Abbot race course so best seen towards the outgoing and low-tides.  

Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88C7-_H3r24

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 7:39 am by David Boult in General Birding

Friday 17th July 2015

Bowling green marsh

First high tide I've been able to do for a couple of weeks after getting married and having our honeymoon.

watched from 18:15 till 20:40

Good count of sandwich Terns with 27+ including 2 juv's, 528+ curlew, 36+ whimbrel, 198+ black tailed godwits, 338+ redshanks , 24+ greenshanks, 1 spotted redshank, 11 dunlin included 1 juv, 2 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 1st summer) , 8+ lapwing , 700+ black headed gulls, 8+ bar tailed godwits.

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 10:51 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Gull Billed Tern (and others) including an unidentified juvenile Gull..

A38 Buckfastleigh, a Black Headed Gull in flight towards Plymouth.

Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton the Gull Billed Tern showing beyond incredible well, at times it seemed as if you could almost touch it as it passed by, at times feeding within 20’ of a raft of watching birders.

On the river large number of Mute Swans, Canadian Geese in good numbers, Cormorant, Shell duck and Mallard, Gulls species included Greater Black Backed, Herring and Black Headed, but a very dark plumaged juvenile gull of Herring Gull size was causing quite a stir despite being some 150 yards away, it was clearly much darker than the other young Herring Gulls, very dark cap to the top of the head and pale face sides around a darker eye area.

Several people took descriptive notes and images so hopefully we may get some feedback on what it actually was.

Five Common Sandpiper showed several times, Heron and Little Egrets.

A brief walk around a seemingly very empty Stover Country Park, on the feeders Nuthatch, Jay, Marsh, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Greenfinch and Chaffinch.

On the lake a Great Crested Grebe appears to be sat tight on another nest, Lesser Black Backed Gulls, a Heron on the margins, one of the Terrapins was showing well and a Buzzard overhead.

Back at South Brent two Black Headed Gulls flew low over Stidston, a rare sight for the village but the 3rd & 4th birds I have observed here in the last week.

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 4:06 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Berry Head

Did abit of seawatching today, not alot of species passing but some good number of Common Scoters 70+ and Manx Shearwaters 46. Over 100 Gannets feeding quite far out following some Common Dolphins. Also 3 Whimbrels went past and 4 Med Gulls, 3 juveniles and an adult. Also just a short distance off the Head, 6-8 Harbour Porpoises. After Pete Vanstone & Clive Mason came we saw the most exotic bird today, this Budgie that seemed at home around the rock where the fishermen climb down to. Also yesterday at Scabbacombe Head saw a Grasshopper Warbler.    


Posted July 17th, 2015 at 2:48 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Rillage Point, Ilfracombe

Rillage Point 06.00-08.00: Manx Shearwater 200, Black-headed Gull 13 (migrants in five small groups), Mediterranean Gull 2 (1 ad, 1 juv), Whimbrel 1. Last night (16th @ c.20.00), 13 Swifts and 2 Sand Martins in off the sea and heading E at Bull Point.

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 8:54 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

green Sandpiper BGm

Usual birds over the past three evening high tides but late on tonight (8.15pm approx) a pair of Green Sandpiper were the highlight.


Posted July 17th, 2015 at 12:15 am by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Thursday 16th July 2015

Gull-billed Tern

Just missed the Gull-billed Tern at Passage House Inn on this evening's rising tide, but a walk up-river discovered a high-tide gull roost in the middle of Newton Abbot Racecourse.  A scan through several hundred mainly black-headed gulls found the tern settling down for the night at around 8:15pm.  Got very wet feet walking back to the Passage House with the path under water!

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 11:00 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Shelduck with young

Shell duck with it's young on the Plym estuary, taken on 16-07-15

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 10:45 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Newton Abbot

So far, no-one seems to have mentioned the Gull-billed Tern today, so yes it was showing well this morning at Passage House Inn. Easily distinguised from other gulls by its flight pattern but also easily overlooked if you were not looking for it.  Hopefully it will stay around for a few more days.  My pic taken with x30 zoom bridge camera which is good enough for my note book!

 

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 6:33 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Cadover

Locally fledged Goosander family on the R Plym yesterday.

Goosander R Plym Mike Daniels 15.7.15

Photo: Mike Daniels

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 11:04 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Rilllage Point, Ilfracombe

Yesterday morning (15th): 9 Crossbills flew E along the cliffs; 8 Common Scoters & 1 Sandwich Tern offshore.

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 8:30 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Berry Head

Yesterday evening at Berry Head: 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull following trawler coming into Brixham, 2 Juv Mediterranean Gulls,1 Balearic Shearwater and 12 Manx Shearwaters. 

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 7:54 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wednesday 15th July 2015

Gull-billed Tern

Now that's twitching.Sitting in a lovely spot, a glass in one hand watching the show. What a little beauty. Showed well between 4 and 5.

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 11:27 pm by Sam forest in General Birding

Exmouth

Lifeboat Station - juv yellow-legged gull this evening. Yesterday there were 7 mediterranean gulls, 2 arctic skuas, 23+ common scoter and another yellow-legged gull.

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 8:39 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

R.Caen - Braunton

5 Black tailed Godwits put in a brief appearance during the incoming tide late aft.

Numbers of Mediterranean Gull have increased to 41 on R.Caen. Also 3 Common Sandpipers.



Posted July 15th, 2015 at 8:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Velator reserve

A few Black-headed Gulls drifted over the reserve this afternoon and among them were 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 4:49 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Broadsands

Still waiting for a Yellow-legged Gull - but 4 Mediterranean Gulls were, nice to see lunchtime today (3 juvs and 1 ad) also 3 Sandwich Terns off shore. 

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 4:03 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Gull Billed Turn ~ Passage House Inn, Newton Abbot

Mid morning on a very low and dropping tide at the Passage House Inn the reported GULL BILLED TERN was on almost constant display for well over an hour during our visit, a remarkably confiding and attractive species of Tern, the bird was flying and feeding in close to a good number of gathered birders, frequently taking insects on the wing as well as diving into the water, usually within 75 yards either side of the car park.

Also seen Red Breasted Merganzer, Greater Black Backed, Herring and Black Headed Gulls, Heron & Little Egret, Cormorant, Curlew, Buzzard, several small reed birds that managed to avoid being identified, a Fox on the for bank.

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 1:21 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Gull-billed Tern (yesterday 14-7-2015)

Some video footage taking where it was showing really well flying up and down catching insects on the river Teign close in outside the Passage House Inn and in between resting on the mud behind the reed area which was best viewed on top the bank from under the road bridge. Really great display of this stunning marsh tern.!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWMI2KOl4H4

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 7:08 am by David Boult in General Birding

Tuesday 14th July 2015

Passage House, Kingsteignton

Gull-billed Tern still present this morning at 7am with bh gulls. Gulls spooked, but tern came back and gave good views all by itself. Also present 1x redshank, 4 x common sandpiper & around 5-6 little egrets roosting in trees on far bank

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Posted July 14th, 2015 at 1:25 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Gull-billed Tern

Tern showing very well and putting on a show in front of car park about 10.30 this morning, stunning bird!!




Posted July 14th, 2015 at 12:21 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Monday 13th July 2015

Gull-billed Tern

The River Teign, Passage House Inn, Devon

Posted July 13th, 2015 at 7:24 pm by Dave Stone in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Steady passage of Gannets this morning with Cory's Shearwater sitting in a raft of them at one point.

Later clear views of this or another Cory's flying East past Rock in Thurlestone Bay.

(Arthur Livett)

Posted July 13th, 2015 at 2:44 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Gull-billed Tern

11.00 Still present giving excellent views flying around the reedbed to the front of the Passage House Inn, Hackney

Posted July 13th, 2015 at 12:51 pm by Kevin Johns in General Birding

Sunday 12th July 2015

Teign Estuary

Gull-billed Tern found at 17:30 roosting on the spit off Passage House with Black-headed Gulls. Showed very well over the saltmarsh from 18:45 then flew down the estuary at 19:10, still present at 20:20 although further downriver towards Coombe Cellars.

Also 5 Mediterranean Gulls (including 4 juveniles), 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers, 40+ Curlew and a Whimbrel.

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 8:40 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Prawle Point Seawatch

Gentle reintroduction to autumnal seawatching saw Pat M (from 5.30am ),John L (from 6am) and myself (from 6.30am) at Prawle in SW winds 3-4 with rain and mist later. Totals seen (all west): 12 Balearic Shearwaters, 1453 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Puffins, 25 auks (mainly Razorbills), 56 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Terns,76 Gannets, 6 Kittiwakes, 2 adult s.p. Med Gulls (and 1 imm Med Gull east), and 3 Little Egrets.

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 6:37 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Topsham Rec Gulls

A juv Yellow-legged Gull showed well until 08:40 at least, with the usual 2cy Little Gull 2cy, one juv Med Gull and at least 7 Common Sands (11 yesterday evening). And apologies to those locals who didn't get a call - my phone battery died!

Yellow-legged Gull juv - Topsham Rec 12/7/2015
Yellow-legged Gull juv - Topsham Rec 12/7/2015

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 9:49 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Broadsands

2 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach this morning also 3 Sandwich Terns and a Great Crested Grebe in Broadsands Bay.

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 8:29 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Saturday 11th July 2015

Topsham

The fs Little gull & a juv Med gull at Topsham rec this evening.

Posted July 11th, 2015 at 9:44 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Plym estuary / Blaxton meadow

1110 - 1230

On a rising tide: 5 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck (2 Ad 2 juv)  25 Herring gull, 1 Greater Black Back Gull, 1 Mediterranean gull (adult). 

Blaxton meadow high tide roost: 130 Black Headed Gulls, 25 Curlew, 10 Little Egret in the trees.

Swallows, House Martins and Pied Wagtails around Saltram estate.

Posted July 11th, 2015 at 3:02 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Friday 10th July 2015

Broadsands

12 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 fs  4 Ads and 7 Juvs in two parties during a watch this evening, 5 Sandwich Terns and the first two juvenile Herring Gulls I've seen this summer fledged and on beach.

Mediterranean Gulls Broadsands 10 July 2015 ML

Photo: Part of one group of adult and juvenile Mediterranean Gulls

 

Posted July 10th, 2015 at 8:52 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Topsham Rec

The Fs Little Gull still on the mud at 9.20am on the low tide between the north end of the Recreational Ground and the motorway bridge and showing well . Also 1 Common Sand

Posted July 10th, 2015 at 11:07 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth (Thursday evening)

As always (my) summer is not complete without the call and sight of Nightjars and this was another memorable evening in good company. 

Perfect weather conditions last evening for NIghtjar watching (still air, no wind, clear sky and pleasantly warm).  13 members of East Devon Branch DB attended the two hour walk 9-11pm and chose a point midway into the moor to watch.  First churring heard at 9.43pm with first sightings at 9.53.  Two birds flew closely at 10.20 and at least four present on the common. Only wished we had timed the length of the churring as one bird kept it up for approx four minutes. On the return walk two Tawny Owls were calling excitedly in trees above our heads with another heard elsewhere at the start of the walk.

Posted July 10th, 2015 at 8:23 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Thursday 9th July 2015

crossbills

12-15 over my house clovelly rd at 18:00 heading nw.This evening a least 3 nightjars and 3 young red deer stags hartland way.

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 11:11 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Common Scoter -Boat Trip

Further to Nigels's comments  there were also 6 Commmon Scoter seen -had  a really great trip -thanks Nigel

Common Scoter
Common Scoter

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 10:31 pm by Ian Teague in General Birding

Trip Into Lyme Bay

1 pm today for 4 hours did a dolphin watching trip into Lyme Bay from Paignto harbour, just off Berry Head we encountered 3 Harbour Porpoise, much further out we saw many seabirds feeding so we went closer to have 3 Manx Shearwater, Gannets, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Fulmar and some Terns, difficulty in IDing the Terns as we had 15/20 Common Dolphins racing about all over the places, all feeding and stayed with them for nearly half an hour.

Running 3 hour trips every Friday from 17th July late afternoon/ evening into Lyme Bay, chumming to see what is about, some places left if interested. email wildbones@btinternet .com 

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 8:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide.

From the hide 2-Common Terns; 2-Mediterranean Gulls (1-ad + 1-Juv); 1-Common Gull amongst c1100-Black Headed Gulls; 1-Spotted Redshank; c25-Redshank; 7-Greenshank; c300-Curlew; 5-Lapwing; 13-Little Egrets.

From the viewing platform c100-Oystercatchers and the 2-Common Terns seen flying down river. 

Common Tern
Common Tern

juvenile Mediterranean Gull
juvenile Mediterranean Gull

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 8:01 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

As usual the 2cy Little Gull present at low tide this am - by M5 bridge/Retreat Boatyard. Also 7 Common Sands.

Little Gull - 9/7/2015 Topsham
Little Gull - 9/7/2015 Topsham

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 9:51 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Exmouth

Maer Rocks - 0515 - 0630 - 3 redhead goosander 'in off' and towards the Warren this morning. Also a lingering arctic skua, 4 mediterranean gull (inc 2 juv), 1 juv yellow-legged gull, 5 curlew, 1 grey wagtail and a steady passage of black-headed gulls towards the estuary mouth.

Yesterday - a juv yellow-legged gull at Hayes Barton Pig Farm, Yettington.

Goosander
Goosander

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 7:18 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Wednesday 8th July 2015

Skern

33 Curlew on mudflats at 21:45

Posted July 8th, 2015 at 10:28 pm by Rob Thomas in General Birding

South Brent ~ Willow Tit

Just after 11.25am this morning a Willow Tit made a very brief appearance around my bird feeding station but did not settle well enough for me to photograph. (Last year it first arrived in the garden on the 1st August).

Five juvenile Goldfinch along with six adult birds brought the seasons Goldfinch numbers up, other juveniles included House Sparrows, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Magpie and Jackdaw.

Two Black Headed Gulls flying over the house this mornmnig was an unusual sight.

Other garden visitors included two male Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Dunnock, Jay, Collard Doves, good numbers of Greenfinch and Chaffinch.

Mid afternoon visit from a male Sparrow Hawk

Posted July 8th, 2015 at 7:18 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Horsey Island & R.Caen

On Horsey Island 1 Lapwing sheltering from strong WNW winds.

On the R.Caen (see photo 2), 1 imm Common Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern & 29 Med Gulls. Also 1 Juv Med Gull (see photo 3). 109 BH Gulls inc 1 juv.




Posted July 8th, 2015 at 6:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Tuesday 7th July 2015

Lundy to Ilfracombe aboard MS Oldenburg

On todays return trip from Lundy about 6miles out, we saw 2+ very large Shearwaters in amongst juvenile gannets & several Sandwich Terns. I think they were most likely to be Great Shearwaters but may have been Cory's Shearwaters.

Posted July 7th, 2015 at 9:29 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the late morning high-tide.

To add to Nick's post from the hide adult and juvenile Mediterranean Gulls dropped in together after the high-tide with both showing well on the point with c700-Black Headed Gulls; 1-Spotted Redshank; 2-Bar Tailed Godwits; c60-Black Tailed Godwits; 5-Whimbrel; c200-Curlew.

From the viewing platform a Harbour Seal was seen on the mud of the river Clyst close to the reeds and later seen with the Common Seal together on the mud-bar in middle of the river Exe estuary. The Spotted Redshank was hiding in one of the gulleys left of the platform with just it's head showing most of the afternoon.  Video link for the seals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QqRZ_jEJhw

No Common Redshanks were seen from the hide, platform and Goosemoor.

adult & juvenile Mediterranean Gulls from the hide
adult & juvenile Mediterranean Gulls from the hide

adult & juvenile Mediterranean Gulls from the hide
adult & juvenile Mediterranean Gulls from the hide

Posted July 7th, 2015 at 8:55 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bee-eaters. Ivy Cove, near Brixham

3 European Bee-eaters seen flying down Ivy Cove valley at 1205hrs. Watched feeding with hirundines before heading off after a few minutes north west towards Coleton Camp car park

Posted July 7th, 2015 at 6:40 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Disturbance at Beesands

Disappointed in this the breeding season to both see and hear the disturbance at the normally quiet Beesands Ley today. 3 possibly 4 Kayaks with lots of screaming youngsters under adult supervision in what I presume to be an organised outing. I'm glad the youngsters were having a good time, but this is not an appropriate location. Needless to say not many birds in sight, except the family of swans getting out of the way in the background. What next, swimmers, inflatables etc?


Posted July 7th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.50. The Spotted Redshank showed well eventually having been hidden among a group of 6 Greenshanks. 1 adult and 1 juvenile Mediterranean Gull. Also 1 Lesser Black-back and 1 Great Black-back.

Posted July 7th, 2015 at 2:27 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh - Yellow-legged Gull

A bit slow off the mark but found my 1st juv. Yellow-legged Gull of the year at BGM this am. After comparing photos it looks different to Matt's bird. Spotted Redshank also present but surprised by total absence of Med Gulls.

Yellow-legged Gull juv 7/7/2015 Topsham
Yellow-legged Gull juv 7/7/2015 Topsham

Yellow-legged Gull juv 7/7/2015 Topsham
Yellow-legged Gull juv 7/7/2015 Topsham

Posted July 7th, 2015 at 12:04 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 0530-0830hrs, all birds south; 210 Common Scoter (including one flock of 80+ see photo below), 344 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Puffin, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Sandwich Tern 50+ Kittiwake, 80+ Gannet and 5+ Harbour Porpoise just off headland. 

Common Scoter Flock Berry Head 7th July 2015 ML

Posted July 7th, 2015 at 10:06 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 6th July 2015

BGM

Watched from 19.30 - 21.30.

Spotted Redshank showed  well from the observation platform. Also juv. Shelduck.

From the hide, in poor light, usual waders Curlew, Redshank, Whimbel etc circa 1800 BH Gulls (more coming in as I left) with one Med Gull. Apologies for poor quality pictures. Peregrine tried three passess without succes (fox also crossed the marsh at the same time) causing consternation. Peregrine still in trees to the right of the hide as I left.

Peregrine
Peregrine

Shelduck Juv.
Shelduck Juv.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted July 6th, 2015 at 11:38 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Yellow-legged Gull

Blackhill Quarry - juvenile yellow-legged gull at Blackhill Quarry this evening. Hopefully the first of many. More photos at www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted July 6th, 2015 at 8:01 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Lots of miles and not a lot seen of note.....

A38 Ashburton, a Kestrel sat on overhead wires.Templar Way, Newton Abbot, pair of Mute Swan with five small cygnets, Swifts, House Martins and Swallows in reasonable numbers, Sky Lark could be heard singing from towards the race course, Starling overhead.

Rv Teign at the Passage House Inn, good numbers of both Curlew and Little Egret present, very brief view of a Kingfisher.

Labrador Bay (RSPB reserve) Cirl Bunting and Skylark.

Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton, one immature Mediterranean Gull with a growing number of Back Headed Gulls including one juvenile.

Broadsands four Cirl Bunting reasonable numbers of Herring and Greater Black Backed Gulls, one juvenile GBB had a yellow ring with the details 6AA8 and what appeared to be a plain metal tag ring on the other leg.

Posted July 6th, 2015 at 4:41 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Velator

Juvenile Great-crested Grebe again upstream of Velator weir at high tide this morning. Unusual here.

Posted July 6th, 2015 at 12:25 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Skern

Much better than expected in the run up to high tide this morning with 6 wader species. 9 Oystercatcher. 66 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, and 1 very early Ruff. The Ruff was a male moulting out of, in this case, black breeding plumage. Among the 57 Black-headed Gulls were 3 Juvs.

Posted July 6th, 2015 at 10:27 am by Roger Doble in General Birding

Sunday 5th July 2015

hybrid duck at slapton

Yesterday at slapton ley there was this hybrid duck. It looks to me a red-crested pochard with tufted duck, however different from the bird that has been returning to slapton these past years.

Also, the 4 black swans are still present as well as 1 pochard, the brood of tufted ducks and good numbers of mute swans and canada goose( also one feral goose with them) gadwalls, great crested grebes, reed warblers and 2 mediterranean gulls. offshore 1 male common scoter

Posted July 5th, 2015 at 2:29 pm by Martin Rey Pellitero in General Birding

Saturday 4th July 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1845-2115 hrs over the icoming high-tide.

From the viewing platform 7-Common Sandpipers amongst the rocks and seawall of riversmeet house right of the platform; 3-Ringed Plover; 1-Sanderling; c120-Redshank; 9-Bar Tailed Godwits; c70-Black Tailed Godwits; 11-whimbrel; c250-Curlew.  Video link for the common sandpipers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bs5dPOq7CI

From the hide 3-Greenshank; c2000 Black Headed Gulls no signs of the spotted redshank; little gull or any mediterranean gulls.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

3-Ringed Plover & 1-Sanderling
3-Ringed Plover & 1-Sanderling

Posted July 4th, 2015 at 10:56 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Saltram -Plym Estuary

Lovely walk around Saltram and  the Plym Estuary saw  Mediterranean Gull on the Plym just on the bend before it narrows out -at low tide. Other birds seen Skylark, Chiffchaff and Nuthatch

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted July 4th, 2015 at 9:35 pm by Ian Teague in General Birding

Birds around Topsham

A splendid Spotted Redshank from the viewing platform at B.G.M.

Along with a Greenshank & Whimbrel with very close views.

At Topsham Rec.a first year Little gull also adult Med.Gull four birds in all their glory.

Posted July 4th, 2015 at 9:24 pm by Stephen J Turner in General Birding

Broadsands, Paignton

A late afternoon gull watch on the rising tide at Broadsands, Paignton this afternoon, four Terns showing well if a little distant for over an hour as they dived for small fish near the surface, a check of my birding book suggests that they were Sandwich Terns having light tipped black beaks.

A flight of at least four Mediterranean gulls flew in but as they landed in a mixed group of Greater Blacked Backed, Herring and Black Headed Gulls a beach goer decided it would be fun to run through the gull flock scattering them in all directions, one 2st year Mediterranean gull did return a little later.

Biggest surprise was a full summer plumage Black Tailed Godwit that came in and landed for a very short spell by the gulls, a count of 16 House Martins, a Pied Wagtail, male Green finch and two Goldfinch also on the beach.

On the way home through Dartington a Roe Doe with a calf at foot in the field alongside the new building site.

Posted July 4th, 2015 at 7:46 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Saltram -Plym Estuary

Lovely walk around Saltram and  the Plym Estuary saw  Mediterranean Gull on the Plym just on the bend before it narrows out -at low tide. Other birds seen Skylark, Chiffchaff and Nuthatch

Posted July 4th, 2015 at 7:03 pm by Ian Teague in General Birding

Red-footed falcon

A 1st year female seen heading North East at 4pm today from Colaton Raleigh

Posted July 4th, 2015 at 6:48 pm by Ray Hamilton in General Birding

Spotted Redshank

Plenty of birds about around Topsham but the star of the show was the Summer plumage Spotted Redshank seen at the platform looking over the Clyst, Stunning Bird!!


Posted July 4th, 2015 at 6:44 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Berry Head

Evening seawatch yesterday at Berry Head: 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Curlew, 16 Manx Shearwater also 9 Common Dolphin, 5 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted July 4th, 2015 at 8:06 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Friday 3rd July 2015

Black headed gulls bowling green marsh

Had news back on 2 ringed birds seen on the marsh this week 

27P3 is a juv bird ringed this summer at Hoeshill South west of reading and was seen at the colony the day before it appeared at Bowling green marsh

20L9 is an Adult and was ringed at hosehill as well in June 2013 it was at bowling green marsh in May and June 2014 before returning to bowling green marsh this week.

Will keep looking with the black headed numbers increasing still am still awaiting news back on some birds.

Posted July 3rd, 2015 at 8:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was showing from the viewing platform this lunchtime - still there at about 1.40 when I left. It was with a group of Redshanks looking to the left from the platform.

Posted July 3rd, 2015 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Preston, Paignton Mediterranean Gulls ~ 2nd July

Thursday 2nd July on the low tide at Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton initially two adult summer plumage Mediterranean gulls on the exposed rocks a bit distant but clealry in view, they were joined by a younger bird without summer colours.

Posted July 3rd, 2015 at 1:13 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Thursday 2nd July 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Photo and video to Keith's earlier post of the very smart looking summer breeding plumage Spotted Redshank seen on the marsh tonight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk3pFmX63fo

Spotted Redshank (summer breeding plumage)
Spotted Redshank (summer breeding plumage)

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 10:58 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 17:45 till 20:35

the highlight was an adult summer plumage Spotted redshank which came in with 200+ redshank, 7 greenshank, 292+ curlew, 10+ whimbrel, 8 bar tailed godwits, 70+ black tailed godwits, 5 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 4 1st summers) among 1600+ black headed gulls, 1 pochard, 12 lapwing, 6 little egrets.

with reference Nick Potters post the juv black headed gull with a ring the code is 27P3 and has been around for 3 days have sent info of and am awaiting reply also another black headed gull with code 20L9 back for its second summer  ringed at hosehill South west of reading.

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 10:28 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

6 swifts flying over Budleigh town centre this evening at 8pm for at least 20 mins

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 10:13 pm by Richard Allen in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

A modest count admittedly but good for Topsham Rec, 5 Med Gulls (three ads, one 3cy, one 2cy) dropped by briefly for a mid afternoon wash. The 2cy Little Gull also feeding on the shingle/mud under the M5 bridge; now regular here at low tide.

Med Gulls - Topsham Rec 2/7/2015
Med Gulls - Topsham Rec 2/7/2015

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 4:29 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Wet lunchtime visit to the hide. Fairly quiet over a low tide. Highlights being a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a group of Swallows by the pond to the right of the hide. When it flew off it was carrying what looked like a Swallow so no wonder they were so angry! Also a male Pochard was new in.

Only a few Black-headed Gulls present but this included 2 juveniles, one of which has a white ring with black writing on its left leg - but it flew off towards Topsham before I could read it. Worth keeping an eye out for to see where it is from...

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Adult Med Gull

It is that time of year folks & the numbers are increasing every year, so enjoy them while they are here.


Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 12:35 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wednesday 1st July 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:45 till 19:35

the 1st summer little gull put in a brief appearance, black headed gull numbers were down but no count with constant movement due to flying ants up over topsham, 3 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 2 1st summers)

continued increase in waders with 175+ redshank, 271+ curlew, 10+ whimbrel, 3 greenshank, 12 lapwing, 5 oystercatchers, 7+ bar tailed godwits, 73+ black tailed godwits, 1 sandwich tern.

on walk around to the hide, 1 common tern from the goatwalk, 4 adult Mediterranean gulls.

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 11:19 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Hopping Mad!

A walk along Saunton Sands before breakfast this morning (Already 21C at 06.00).

Millions of Sandhoppers feeding on decaying seaweed & stranded jellyfish along the strandline. 



Posted July 1st, 2015 at 12:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Venn,Aveton Gifford

Hobby hunting bats at dusk last night.

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 8:40 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

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