Devon Bird Sightings from July 2016

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

Sunday 31st July 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

From the viewing platform the Slavonian Grebe was off Lympstone and a Great-creasted Gebe in middle of the estuary with the Common Seal had it's head above the water but was hoping for something big to show.

From the hide distant views of a Snipe which was displaying and feeding in far left water gulley with Spotted Redshank, 2-Common Sandpipers and good numbers of Redshank, Greenshank, Black & Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Whimbrel, Dunlin and Lapwing.

Snipe
Snipe

Posted July 31st, 2016 at 9:38 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Brixham pelagic this morning

A few of the commoner species from this morning's trip.

Adult and (dependant?) juvenile razorbills near Berry Head
Adult and (dependant?) juvenile razorbills near Berry Head

Moulting Guillemots
Moulting Guillemots

Fulmar
Fulmar

Posted July 31st, 2016 at 8:57 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Brixham pelagic this morning

This bird appears to tick the boxes for juvenile yellow legged gull: if the gull experts out there disagree I would be happy to be corrected. Apologies to those on the trip for not calling it - I was just wondering what it was when the sooty shearwater arrived and distracted us all!



Posted July 31st, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Is this a Juvenile Whitetroat. Answers Please.

Saw this at Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve yesterday (30/7/2016). I think it is a Juv Whitethroat but am not too sure. can anyone help please.


Posted July 31st, 2016 at 8:35 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Brixham pelagic this morning

A couple of photos of this mornings shearwaters.

Sooty shearwater
Sooty shearwater

Sooty shearwater
Sooty shearwater

Manx shearwater
Manx shearwater

Posted July 31st, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Horsey Island, Braunton

A pair of Chiloe Wigeon showing well at the start of the fisherman a path. Assuming escaped ornamentals but can't see any rings? Photos later.

Posted July 31st, 2016 at 4:01 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Here is some pictures from the trip with Nigel




Posted July 31st, 2016 at 3:51 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip.

Departed Brixham this morning for our Lyme Bay boat trip out of Brixham. The best this morning was a Sooty Shearwater, the bird came in very close to the vessel and sat on the water. Pictures taken by people on the boat and I hope they will post them for you to see. Non taken by me forgot to pick up camera battery when leaving home this morning!!!!!

Other birds seen range from many Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 50 + Manx Shearwater, 20 Kittiwake, 5 Common Scoter, Lesser black-backed Gull, Great black-backed Gull, Fulmar, Gannet, and a Petrel sp in far distance. 5 Porpoise. so not a bad trip.  Not the best for me!! a spare battery would be good. 

 

Posted July 31st, 2016 at 1:43 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Saturday 30th July 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 12:00 till 16:30

A good afternoon with the spotted redshank showing well at times before relocating to goosemoor as did the summer plumage knot, 1 adult Mediterranean gull amongst 300+ black headed gulls, 54+ whimbrel, 400+ curlew, 400+ black tailed godwits, 8+ bar tailed godwits , 117+ dunlin included good numbers of juveniles with 25+ , 2 common sandpipers, 200+ redshanks, 8+ lapwing, 8 wigeon, 1 buzzard, 1 grey heron, 13+ little egrets.

on goosemoor, 40+ greenshanks , 5+ common sandpipers, 150+ redshank, 4 whimbrel.

Posted July 30th, 2016 at 10:02 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Mystery bird

Newly fledged Reed Warbler in my view.

Posted July 30th, 2016 at 7:51 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Re Mystery Bird

Great close-up, but unfortunately can't see whole bird. Consequently, unsure of size, etc. That said, I believe this is a juv. Water Rail (willing to be corrected).

Posted July 30th, 2016 at 3:41 pm by David Holloway in General Birding

Friday 29th July 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Even a late lunch was too early for the high tide so numbers were a little down on yesterday.  The s.pl Knot was still showing well amongst the Dunlins, the Spotted Redshank has now completely transformed itself from black to grey w.pl. A single Common Sandpiper flitted around the channel.

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 8:54 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Mystery Bird?

Can anyone identify this bird I snapped in a local reedbed. Could it be a young bittern?


Posted July 29th, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Goodrington

Of interest to gull enthusiasts, a photo of the palest juvenile Herring Gull I have ever come across:

pale juv Herring Gull Goodrington 28 July 2016 ML  pale juv Herring Gull Goodrington 28 July 2016 ML2

Goodrington Beach 28 July 2016

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Goodrington

Of interest to gull enthusiasts a photo of the palest juvenile Herring Gull I have ever come across:

pale juv Herring Gull Goodrington 28 July 2016 ML  pale juv Herring Gull Goodrington 28 July 2016 ML2

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Broadsands

12 Mediterranean Gulls on Broadsands beach this morning: 10 ads 2 fs.

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 5:59 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Remember the Lammergeier!

Although this is old news, I’ve just received some photos of the Lammergeier via Chris Khan taken by Steve Moore (thanks for letting us see them). They were taken at Bellever at 16:30 on 22nd May, confirming that record beyond doubt. The next day the bird was seen by many observers in the Princetown / Merrivale area, but despite being photographed none made it to this website! Following that sighting there were many claims on Dartmoor but none backed up with photos like these to Devon Birds present knowledge. Double click as zoomable.

Lammergeier, Bellever, 22/05/16 by Steve MooreLammergeier, Bellever, 22/05/16 by Steve Moore

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 28th July 2016

Prawle Point Seawatch

Seawatch from 6.50am till 12.50 in Force 1/2 going 4/5, NW verring SW/WSW with mist and rain then sunshine ie the lot ! The seawatchers' adage is 'expect the unexpected' , so.....

Totals : 5 Balearic Shearwaters,723 Manx Shearwaters , 452 Gannets and 14 Fulmars . 1 Pomarine Skua, adult with spoons (which I didn't see in the Spring) at 8am and I adult pale phased Arctic Skua ,at 10.45amboth west.  3 Puffins. 6 Common Scoter flew west and east. 3 Sandwich Terns . 1 small wader ,probably a Ringed Plover ,west ;4 Razorbills and  a Black-Headed Gull. But the highlight for me was seeing  2 Mute Swans close west at 8am heard whilst watching the Pom.(a long awaited -23 years- first for me at Prawle ! Photographic evidence can be provided Pat/John) Supporting cast was a pod of at least 10 Common Dolphins fishing and leaping/breaching afar.

 

 

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 10:59 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime today coincided exactly on the high tide, so there were plenty waders on view, too many to count on a lunch break.  The best of the new arrivals was an adult summer pl. Knot, we don't see them in these striking colours down here too often. A colour ringed(flagged) Black-tailed Godwit was hiding amongst 200 odd of his pals along with a few Bar=tails.. Curlews and Whimbrel made up the rest with about 40 Dunlin.  A single Common Sandpiper also showed.

There were about 20 Greenshank were on Goosemoor and the Spotted Redshank was difficult to see in the long grass.  Another birder told me he'd seen a Turnstone, but we couldn't find it again.  That would be a very good bird for the marsh, I'll look for it again tomorrow if I can.

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 9:25 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Designer shades!

An interesting aerial battle took place over Skern this afternoon on the high tide. Three Herring Gulls in hot pursuit of a fourth who was carrying a pair of orange sunglasses. Sadly the glasses were dropped in the water before I could ascertain if they were Ray-Bans!

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 6:11 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Rillage Point

07.15–09.00; increasingly murky and drizzly, SW3. Common Scoter 6, Manx Shearwater 7, Gannet 16, Arctic Skua 3 (all adults, 2 dark-phase, one light; appeared to arrive from NW and spent an hour or more harrying Kittiwakes and terns off Widmouth Head before the two dark-phase birds headed back W together and I lost track of the pale-phase individual), Sandwich Tern 3 ads, Kittiwake 30 (all ads). Also the first 2 Willow Warblers of autumn passage here.

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 10:56 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 27th July 2016

Wembury, 27th July

Despite the rain and the vague weather forecast that it might brighten up later I headed off to Wembury anyway - it did clear up and the sun did shine at times and birds noted were :-

a green woodpecker heard yaffling near the church; 4 families of stonechats; a buzzard and a kestrel hovering overhead at Wembury Point with a persistent and noisy juvenile buzzard heard and a brief view of a sparrowhawk hunting along a hedgerow; a common sandpiper on the rocks at Wembury Point with 56 oystercatchers at the high tide; 9 mallards along the beach (eclipse males and females);gannets offshore, mostly adults but a few all dark juveniles and variable plumaged sub-adults; fulmars around The Mewstone; whitethroats and chiffchaffs (adults and fledglings) and a juvenile blackcap; a smart adult Mediterranean gull moulting into winter plumage roosting with black headed gulls on the beach before being disturbed by the usual dog walkers and flying off towards Plymouth (no leg rings present).

Notable was a trickle of Manx Shearwaters offshore, all flying west either singly or in pairs with the occasional group of up to 9. Most were distant but a few were close to the seaward side of The Mewstone. First noted at 11:45, by 13;45 the trickle had dried up with 34 counted in a 10 minute period and about 200 birds casually noted in total.

Also 100+ large whites over a field of yellow marigold-looking flowers, not good for vegetable growers!

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted July 27th, 2016 at 4:21 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Berry head

At least 5 Harbour porpoises off Berry Head from 6-10.00 this morning.

Posted July 27th, 2016 at 11:21 am by Jeff Hacon in Other Wildlife

Broadsands

A Yellow-legged Gull Juvenile was on the beach this morning with juveniles of Herring, Lesser Black-backed and Great Black-backed Gulls making life a little more tricky for gull watchers! This large juv Y-LG showed a little more pale mottling than normal on the tertials.

Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsdands 26 July 2016 ML   Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsdands 26 July 2016 ML2

Yesterday evening 5 Mediterranean Gulls (3 ads, 1 fs, 1 juv)

Posted July 27th, 2016 at 8:58 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Great Shearwater - English Channel

Rob Dart was out fishing 30+ nm SSE of Berry Head and had this nice Great Shearwater turn up amongst the Fulmars. Click photos which are zoomable!

Great Sheawater with FulmarsGreat Shearwater

Posted July 26th, 2016 at 5:18 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Green Woodpecker

Nice comparison today in the garden of a rather faded adult Green Woodpecker and fresh (speckled) juv, notice the difference in eye colour.

Green Woodpecker (adult)Green Woodpecker (juv)

Posted July 26th, 2016 at 3:05 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Monday 25th July 2016

Occombe Farm Reserve, torbay

Several silver washed fritillaries and a fresh female purple hairstreak around the edge of the wood today. Birds much quieter, a raven and a green woodpecker flying over being the highlights.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 10:53 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Dawlish Warren to Torbay

On a rising tide a visit to Cockwood overlooking the River Exe, 32 Sandwich Tern, 9 Mute Swan, 8 Cormorant and a handful of Curlew flying down the river.
 

From the Hide at Dawlish Warren 150 plus Sandwich Tern many of which were juveniles, one Common Tern, 26 Dunlin, Oyster Catchers beyond reasonable counting including one leucistic bird. Greater Black Backed Gulls, Canadian Geese, one Little Egret, several Pied Wagtails including juveniles.

On the shoreline 26 Sanderling.

Other species seen between the car park and the hide included Skylark, Whitethroat, Stonechat, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and a Green Woodpecker. Also a varied host of butterfly species.

Torquay coastal path, female Kestrel, family of Stonechat with parents feeding at least two young.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 3:51 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

West Charleton

Large numbers of Swifts, at least 1000 flying and feeding over crop fields around the edges of Charleton Marsh

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

West to East Soar

8 Wheatears on the clifftops, some juvs but two pristine adults at Middle Soar may have been first returning migrants. Willow Warbler on the airfield. 110 Linnets across area.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 2:34 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Torbay.

Over the last three mornings there has been a flock of 20 + Scoter in Torbay , probable be seen from Battery gardens , Brixham. These have been seen from a boat I was on. each time they have flown out of the Bay past Berry Head. Two pictures of young starlings in my garden, never realized how colourful they are.

   

Still have places on the Lyme bay trips if interested call 07866202576.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 2:17 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Osprey on Kingsbridge Estuary

Tony and Jeanette Tabb reported seeing an osprey perched in a dead tree in Collapit Creek, Kingsbridge Estuary yesterday 24th July 2016. They were out in their boat.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 2:02 pm by Chris Klee in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey on Kingsbridge Estuary

Tony and Jeanette Tabb reported seeing an osprey perched in a dead tree in Collaton Creek, Kingsbridge Estuary yesterday 24th July 2016. Viewed from their boat.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 1:59 pm by Chris Klee in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Valley

My 2nd Jersey Tiger of the summer - again in my garden.

jersey Tiger Clennon Valley 25 July 2016 ML

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 1:14 pm by Mike Langman in Other Wildlife

Caterpillars

Vapourer Moth Caterpillars enjoying the verbena this morning

 

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Sunday 24th July 2016

Prawle Point Seawatch

Seawatch from 7.05am till 4.35pm in Force WSW/South-West 2/3 going 4 with bouts of mist and then rain from 10.45am. Joined by Tom Bragg from 10.40am.

Manx Shearwaters west 3361 and Gannets west 307 ; totals counted from 7.05 to 11.05. Both species continued to fly west (and occasionally east) all day.

3 Sooty and 6 Balearic Shearwaters (the last at 4.10pm) were nice. Larger shearwaters would have been nicer : probably flew past during heavy mizzle period ! Also an Arctic Skua flying east at 10.05am ,2 Puffins east ,23 Common Scoter west and 9 East. 2 Mediterranean Gulls west : a moulting summer adult and a 1st year. 

Other interest being 6 probable Common Dolphins afar breaching and surfacing from 10 to 11 am.(Note to Eds :should this go separately into general wildlife ? Makes it more cumbersome and less likely to add as note of interest) Eds: that's fine as it is Tony!

 

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 10:52 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Little Owlet

Little Owlet photographed in East Devon today

 

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 10:17 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching 1300-1600hrs: All birds moving south; 1 Great Shearwater at 1353hrs, 1 Sooty Shearwater 1332Hrs, 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 945 Manx Shearwater, 13 Mediterranean Gulls (mostly juvs), 4 Yellow-legged Gulls all juvs, 2 Sandwich Terns, & 3-4 Harbour Porpoise.   

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 5:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Juvenile cuckoo

Juvenile cuckoo being fed by meadow pipit on Dartmoor.

 

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 2:16 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:15 till 12:00

1 spotted redshank among good numbers of redshank , 27+ dunlin included 3 juv's, 1 Mediterranean gull among 800+ black headed gulls, 1 Avocet , 44+ whimbrel, 320+ curlew, 280+ black tailed godwits, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 12+ lapwing, 5+ common sandpipers, 10+ greenshanks, 4 wigeon , 2 little egrets.

from the viewing platform 

1 common Scoter  in mid estuary just off lympstone 

a quick look at goosemoor produced 30+ greenshanks , 50+ redshank, 4 whimbrel, 1 common sandpiper, 10+ little egrets 

 

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh- Darts Farm and Clyst Honiton

A single and early Avocet present at Bowling Green this morning.  (2014 DB Reports first on 23 Aug).  Otherwise fairly quiet here. 

Nothing at Darts Farm worthy of note.  River Clyst above Clyst Honiton still closed due to building new pumping station but a Common Sandpiper present plus Kingfisher.

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 12:58 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym estuary

High tide roost this morning:

10 Little Egret, 30 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Shelduck, 1 Kingfisher, 69 Redshank, 1 Greenshank. Swallows, House Martins and 2 Stock Dove around the estate.

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 10:41 am by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Stover

Plymouth RSPB visited Stover in the late evening Sat 23 July and saw 3 nightjars flying, probably heard more, mandarin duck, pair of great crested grebes with young and a glow-worm.

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 8:57 am by Vince Bedford in General Birding

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Dawlish Warren

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

100+ Sandwich Terns, Common Tern, 40+ Common Scoter, 50+ Dunlin, 29 Sanderling, 150+ Oystercatchers, Greenshank, Turnstone, 50+ Shag, 10+ Skylark, 30+ Linnet, 4 Stonechat, 2 Willow Warbler with several Curlew and Whimbrel along the railway embankment.

Common TernSandwich TernSanderling

 

 

Posted July 23rd, 2016 at 8:34 pm by David Boult in General Birding

South Pool Creek - Kingsbridge Estuary by kayak

10 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper & 2 Kingfisher.

Posted July 23rd, 2016 at 4:10 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Early Spoonbill on Isley marsh.

An ad.or sub.ad.Spoonbill roosting with18 Little egrets,at least 6 Med.gulls,Black hdds.and Curlews.    20+Med gulls on the rocks at Instow plus a Common and Sandwich tern.

Posted July 23rd, 2016 at 12:27 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

HomeFarmMarsh,Salt pill.

Fri 22 good morning sightings with all the usual with a kingfisher ,five sedge ,one Reed warbler at Saltpill,lots of white throats around with a lesser in the bushes along the estuary,38 species seen.

Posted July 23rd, 2016 at 11:29 am by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

skern

47 med gulls,25  ads,8 ss,10fs,4 juvs.Also 2 juv yellow wagtails,ad knot single common&sandwich terns,07:00-08:45

Posted July 23rd, 2016 at 10:02 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 22nd July 2016

skern

12 ads,10 ss,8fs,2 juv med gulls tonight of which probably 3 french 1 polish and1  dutch/belguim birds.Single adult knot,4 whimbrel,commom tern.

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 11:09 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Jackdaw

C. 800 Jackdaws circling over Ashburton at 8:30pm.

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Sam forest in General Birding

Instow Med' Gulls

A few Med' Gull visible even at low tide around the cricket club, roosting on the rocks. One had a red, coded colour ring. Unreadable with binoculars but 'red on a Med' = eastern European project so far as CR-birding website is concerned. Heading back at high tide to hopefully get the code with scope. N Devon birders I highly recommend ring reading these birds as they're almost always overseas recoveries and it's massively valuable science and rewarding to spot the same gulls year on year.

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 6:27 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Roborough Down 22/07/2016

Plenty of Gatekeepers, Small and Large Whites, Meadow Browns, Small Heaths and the prize of the day was a Female Purple Hairstreak. Some Dragonflies around but not able to identify.

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 4:43 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

West Charleton

500+ Swifts moving south around midday.

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 2:38 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Buckfastleigh Hill

Mark Darlaston just phoned to say an Osprey drifted over Buckfastleigh Hill heading straight for the Avon Dam..at 12.40pm

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 12:42 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 21st July 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:50 till 20:35

A busy high tide with 525+ curlew, 54+ whimbrel, 392+ redshank, 1 spotted redshank, 26+ greenshanks , 264+ black tailed godwits, 7 bar tailed godwits, 17+ dunlin, 800+ black headed gulls, 12+ lapwing, 4 wigeon, 60+ mallards, 1 common sandpiper.

Posted July 21st, 2016 at 10:39 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dartington- Conservation Warden

After a few unconfirmed sightings, thrilled to see a Spotted Flycatcher this morning hanging around 1500 year old yew Tree by St Mary's Tower. Other sighted around the Foxhole area. Also a Dab chick on nest on the lower marsh.

Posted July 21st, 2016 at 8:27 pm by Jordan Harris in General Birding

Wednesday 20th July 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:20 till 20:15

1290+ Black headed gulls included 2 ringed birds details to be sent of , 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull, 14+ dunlin, 1 spotted redshank, 1 common sandpiper, 20+ greenshanks, 250+ redshank, 61+ whimbrel, 300+ curlew, 10+ bar tailed godwits, 250+ black tailed godwits, 2 little egrets, 2 buzzards, 6 wigeon, 20+ teal, 7+ oystercatchers.

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 9:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point

06.20 to 07.40: Obvious continuous light passage W of Herring Gulls 103 in groups of two to five until sea fog rolled in and halted further counting. 90% adults, remainder sub-adults; no juvs. Also a handful of Lesser Black-backs and Black-headeds, also moving W. Only 70 Manx Shearwaters. Also 1 Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Pieds.

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Blackdown Hills -Devon

Friend who lives between Hemyock and Clayhidon (in Devon) had a Red Kite fly east over the garden this morning. This is on the edge of the Blackdowns not far from the Wellington Monument spine road.

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 7:28 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Babbacombe / Walls Hills

A large gathering of gulls off Oddicombe Beach, Torquay yesterday evening produced 10 Mediterranean Gulls: 4 Juveniles, 3 Ads,1 2nd summer, 2 1st summer 

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 8:16 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

From the hide Spotted Redshank, c 220-Redshank, 3-Common Sandpipers, 2-Dunlin, 23-Greenshank, 9-Bar-tailed Godwits, c 200-Black-tailed Godwits, c380-Curlew, c55-Whimbrel, c25-Oystercatchers, 9-Lapwing, adult Mediterranean Gull,  c800-Black-headed Gulls, 11-Little Egrets, Swallows and Sand Martins moving through.

From the viewing platform 31-Sandwich Terns flew down from the goatwalk calling and circling over the platform before dropping onto Bowling Green Marsh at 20:40hrs and later viewed from the hide.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 10:13 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Beesands Ley - problems

Just to let everyone know that Beesands Ley is very quiet at the moment but cattle have strayed from the field on to the walkway and the ramp into the hide has been damaged by the cattle and is unsafe.  We are arranging for repairs to be carried out as quickly as possible but it may take several days before we can get a contractor down to the site.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 10:05 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

skern

only 40 meds tonight,12ads,13 ss,13fs,2 juv..Also little ringed plover,adult black tailed godwit,adult knot,2 ad sanderling,10 redshank,5 whimbrel.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 9:59 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

"Symbiosis"

A twist on "symbiosis!"  Found a wren's nest inside this (damaged) plastic owl ornament. (The owl being attached to a trellis on the front elevation of a house close to the village of Chittlehampton. 

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 6:28 pm by Stewart Beer in General Birding

Rillage Point

06.20–08.05: Migrants included a flock of 10 Little Egrets flying E up channel and 4 Swifts E (including one far out at sea in amongst Manx Shearwaters!) Total of 790 Manx Shearwaters heading W; still going when I had to leave.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

English Channel

Rob Dart was out on an angling boat mid-channel (30nm+ off Devon) last two days (17-18th) and reports 1000's of Manx Shearwaters out there (they are usually a bit closer to shore). Also a couple of Balearic Shearwaters on the 17th and a Minke Whale on the 18th.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 4:13 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Soar

First autumn passerine migrants passing through in the shape of two Willow Warblers at West Soar. Also 8 Swifts east along the cliffs and post-breeding numbers of 140 Linnets. Great Green Bush Cricket at Starehole ponds. On Sunday evening Hobby over South Pool Creek in Kingsbridge Estuary.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 2:55 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Broadsands Gulls

A mid morning visit to Broadsands on the dropping tide gave 14 Greater Black Backed Gull, one ringed reading 6AA8 that has been recorded in previous years.

At least three Mediterranean Gulls and one possible hybrid or non adult 

Two Cirl Bunting flew across the car park, Greenfinch,  Goldfinch and a small number of House Martins.

Back home at South Brent, Green Woodpecker, Raven and Chiffchaff and yesterday gave the first Nuthatch of the year on the garden feeders.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 12:23 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Monday 18th July 2016

skern

91 med gulls tonight.59 ads,16ss,15fs,juv,.Most likely to have been more as many hundreds still anting.17:20-18:15.

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 10:34 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

White Admiral

A lovely white admiral fluttered down to the car park floor to gather minerals at Bovey Valley Woods while I was standing there with my camera. Also a very accommodating comma in the wood.

White Admiral
White Admiral

Comma
Comma

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 9:16 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Other Wildlife

Powderham Marsh (Exminster)

15 members of DB attended the morning walk from the RSPB car park to the Viewing Point.  Low flying Swallows both young and mature came within feet as we followed the route across the fields.  A close flying Hobby and sightings of a juv. Whinchat (and possibly a second bird) were most noteworthy with young of many species listed including Reed Warbler, Goldfinch, Coot, Wood Pigeon and Canada Goose.  A single Greylag Goose and Lapwing were scoped at a distance but the scrapes were generally lacking in birds.  Reed Bunting and Whitethroat also present but most birds were keeping hidden in the hedgerows.  Thanks to Geoff Green for leading us.

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 8:41 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Velator

An evening walk around the reserve was rewarded with the second sighting of Grey Heron this week, and then a feeding group of Gulls (must have been plenty of flying ants) included an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 8:05 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dragonflies

Golden-ringed and Southern Hawker Dragonflies with good numbers of Large Red and Azure Damselflies present at Chambercombe Manor Gardens midday today.



Posted July 18th, 2016 at 3:48 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Northam Ant-Fest!

Over the garden this afternoon there was a mixed flock of Herring, Black-headed and Mediterranean Gulls enjoying an Ant-Fest. High above them there were 100-150 Swifts enjoying those flying ants that had transcended to a higher plane. Sadly no Hobby to complete the food chain!

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 3:41 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Swift

Ive found this little chap 'down on the upside` next to its squashed sibling in fore street Ilfracombe I couldnt leave it 2B a HERGU's breakfast. No way of getting it back in its nest.  Ive soaked some mealworms for it but on closer inspection it has absolutly no fat on its breast at all so I'm guessing its parents have been predated & is already starving. Hopefully launch time 7.30 am.  

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 1:55 am by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Sunday 17th July 2016

Slapton

2 Cattle Egrets seen this morning behind the ringing hut by Keith Grant a couple of his photos here:

Cattle Egret Slapton July 17th 2016 Cattle Egret Slapton July 17 2016

Cattle Egret Slapton July 2016

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 9:32 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Morte Point

Morte Point @ high tide slack water, in the gaps in Sea fog,  3 Storm petrels were feeding on the static fishing gear bouy ropes. 20 manx shearwaters inc a few on the water in the tide race. 4 puffins 2 med gulls 6 gannets & a few other auks all flying west. Most of the wheatears are now feeding young.

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 8:49 pm by Martin Thorne MWG in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Sand Martins among 30+ Swallows and c10  Swifts. On the pool, just 11 Curlews and 1 Whimbrel (21 and 3 respectively yesterday), Little Egrets now up to 14 and a Mediterranean Gull (a tatty 1st ie 2nd cy) bird with the Black-headed Gulls which included 3 juvs. A pair of Shelduck with 5 juvs and another adult with 1 juv.

The Med' Gull overflew my house (Mount Gould) later and two others (ad and 2nd-s / 3rd cy) were over here yesterday "anting".

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 8:46 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat trip

This mornings boat trip out of Brixham into Lyme bay going 6 miles out gave us sightings of Sunfish, 96 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannet and the usual Herring and Great Black backed Gull. 3 Harbour Porpoise.

Manx Shearwaters Lyme Bay 17 July 2016

If interested call 07866202576, we run every Sunday morning

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 7:45 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 18:15

A good afternoon with 1 spotted redshank among 300+ redshank , 12+ greenshanks, 8+ common sandpipers,  1 green sandpiper, 420+ curlew, 61+ whimbrel, 9 bar tailed godwits, 200+ black tailed godwits, 10+ little egrets, 4 oystercatchers, 300+ black headed gulls.

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 7:43 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Saturday 16th July 2016

Averton Gifford 15.07.16

10 common sandpiper last night visible at end of tidal road 

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 10:42 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

parakeet roost

30 plus  RINGNECK PARAKEET in Central Park

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 9:55 pm by barry in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

1 juv Yellow-legged Gull following trawler in toward Brixham at 7pm. 1 Yellow Wagtail flying around headland and grounded briefly, 1 Yellowhammer (normally passage at Berry Hd). a Pod of 30-40 fast moving Dolphins(probably Common) 2 miles SE of the head and 2 Harbour Porpoise of the headland 

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

instow

52 med gulls on rocks behind cricket ground.40 ads,6ss,6fs17:00-17:30

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 6:33 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning done in very heavy mizzle.

1 Willow Tit juv (car park), 1 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m) juv, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Great Crested Grebe (one on a nest), 8 Tufted Duck, 3 Canada, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Wagtail juv, 1 Blackcap, 2 Swallows.

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 3:36 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Friday 15th July 2016

Goodrington Torbay

3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls two on the beach one on the boating lake

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Posted July 15th, 2016 at 9:46 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 14th July 2016

Bowling Green to Buckfastleigh

My usual lunchtime visit to Bowling Green was just before the peak of the high tide so would have missed a lot of birds there. The best though was my first Green Sandpiper of the season with a single Common Sandpiper for comparison, also a single 2nd yr Mediterranean Gull was in the Black-headed flock. The 50+ motley moulting Mallards showed that they were completely incapable of flight when a Buzzard passed overhead and they all Ran from one end of the scrape to the other.

At Buckfastleigh in the early evening a flock of 50+ Swift with a handful of House Martin was quite a sight.

Posted July 14th, 2016 at 11:18 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Taw Estuary - Pottington

5 Black tailed Godwits in summer plumage.


Posted July 14th, 2016 at 9:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exmouth

Exmouth - juv Yellow-legged Gull - Exmouth Seafront. Also 1 Little Tern and 1 Common Tern. See www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk for photos.

Posted July 14th, 2016 at 5:15 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 13th July 2016

Chivenor - Taw Estuary

2 Knot searching for food on the Taw Estuary late aft.


Posted July 13th, 2016 at 9:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Broadsands

2 juvenile Yellow- legged Gulls on beach with Herring Gulls including juveniles also 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull.

Yellow-legged Gull Broadsands 13 Jul 2016 ML Yellow-legged Gull 2 Broadsands 13 Jul 2016 ML

Yellow Legged Gull juv 1 above and below                            Yellow Legged Gull juv 2 above and below  

Yellow-legged Gull Broadsands 13 Jul 2016 ML  Yellow-legged Gull 2 Broadsands 13 Jul 2016 ML

Posted July 13th, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lower Tamar Lake

Good day at Lower Tamar Today, saw 2 Grey Heron in flight  (quite the sight) 3 Grebes with 1 on nest, 2 Coots, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Tit with juvenile, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Shag, 5 Swallow, 6 Mallard, 2 Green Finch, many House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Blue finch with juveniles at car park bird feeders.

Eds: Blue Tit??

Posted July 13th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Harry Shadwell in General Birding

Tuesday 12th July 2016

Goodrington, Torbay

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on beach with Herring Gulls - including many recently fledged Herring Gulls.

  

  

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 8:59 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saltram & Plym Estuary. 12/7/16

No Pelican. Cormorant, Shelduck family (2a 5y), Black Headed Gulls, Curlews, Little Egrets, Herring Gulls, Robins, Blackbirds, Crows, Mallards (m) in Eclipse, Mandarins (m) in eclipse, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Wood Pigeons.

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 7:57 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the mid-day high-tide.

6-Common Sandpipers, Spotted Redshank, 15-Greenshank, c150-Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, c100-Black-tailed Godwits, 2-Whimbrel, 8-Lapwing, 2-Oystercatchers, 3-Mediterranean Gulls ( 2 ad + 1 fs), Common Gull, c700-Black-headed Gulls, Grey Heron, Buzzard, 10-Swallows and c40-House Martins.

From the viewing platform c30-Whimbrel, c250-Curlew, 8-Bar-tailed Godwits.

Common Sandpiper

Grey Heron

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Heddons Mouth and Trentishoe.

Late post for yesterday. Lovely walk down to the mouth.Grey Wagtail and Dipper. Lots of Razorbills around, in flight and in rafts on the sea. Gannet past mouth, close in.

Trentishoe lots of family's of Stonechats and a brief glimpse of a rufous tail, Redstart? but not sure if male or female.

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 12:51 pm by Karen Sims John Towers & Pete Evans in General Birding

Monday 11th July 2016

Teigngrace

 12 Sand Martins, 2 Kingfishers and 9 Juvenile Goosander on the Teign this evening.

Goosander
Goosander

Posted July 11th, 2016 at 10:27 pm by Chris Godfrey in General Birding

Collared Pratincole

I received an email today to say a Collared Pratincole was seen yesterday at Ham Wall in Somerset!

Posted July 11th, 2016 at 9:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Preston Torbay

At last a Mediterranean Gull in Torbay (not one of the headlands), I'm expect a run of them now.. in early July last year there were dozens! 

Mediterranean & Black-headed Gull Preston Beach 11 July 2016 ML

Posted July 11th, 2016 at 3:01 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary

Dalmatian Pelican seen flying down the Plym towards Laira Bridge at 12:40

Posted July 11th, 2016 at 1:53 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 10th July 2016

Berrynarbor

Berrynarbor welcomes it's newest residents.

Posted July 10th, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

Dalmatian Pelican- Cornwall

Admin please remove if your not happy with this post given that the bird is still in Cornwall.

But for those interested the Dalmatian Pelican was seen today on the River Lyhner below St Erth Farm, visible across the water from about 100 yards (towards Devon) from Wacker Quay.

Just for a sense of scale the white bird in the tree was a Little Egret.

Posted July 10th, 2016 at 3:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point 9th & 10th

Quiet up here on the north coast too. Yesterday evening: 2 Med Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv) W and 9 Dunlins (passage flock of breeding plumage ads) also heading W. Early today: 125 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Gannets, 16 Black-headed Gulls (pasage W; all ads), 2 Curlews W.

Posted July 10th, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Very quiet seawatch this morning the best birds being 1 fs Med Gull, 8 Common Scoter >S, 1 >N, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Dunlin, 20+ Swifts >S early on & 7-8 Harbour porpoise off the headland

Posted July 10th, 2016 at 1:23 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary

Just a quick walk around the estuary & Blaxton Meadow before meeting the wife at Sainsburys produced the following: 1 ad Med Gull, 2 Whimbrel, 23 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 39 Redshank, 1 Shelduck with 5 juv, 8 Little Egret, 5 Common Sandpiper and 2 kingfisher.

Posted July 10th, 2016 at 11:15 am by Philip Phillips in General Birding

Saturday 9th July 2016

In the garden

Spent another day in the garden today and was rewarded with female blackcap and 3 young,  garden warblers which were hard to tell how many female bullfinch with 2 young, dunnock and young Robin. Also resident blackbird with white eyebrows. 

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 11:50 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Med Gull PRR2 at Skern.

I photographed this bird on 06.06.16 as it was feeding along the tide line at Westward Ho! It was ringed on 10.05.05 as an adult at it's nesting site in Poland .

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 6:09 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Torquay coastal

An early morning visit to the Torquay coast line, starting at Labrador Bay despite strong winds and poor visibility the location gave Skylarks, Cirl Buntings, Wren, Swift, 200 plus sized flock of Rooks feeding on a corn field, Peregrine and a pair of Bullfinch.
 
Looking out towards the Orestone gave a counted 19 Greater Black Back Gulls, 36 Cormorant which included several youngsters, two nests of Herring Gulls with chicks, in one nest the chicks were just about fully feathered and in the other recently hatched.
 
Meadfoot gave a pair of Rock Pipits with at least two dependant young.
 
 
 
Back at home a Marsh Tit on the feeders for the second day running, a pair of Great Tit with three young, other fledged youngsters included Jackdaw, Rook, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Blue Tits and Blackbirds.
 
Friday gave a Hobby as it passed by.

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Limekiln marsh,Iron bridge.

Green sandpipers up to 4 and joined by 5 Redshanks.    3 Med gulls off Bideford quay.

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

skern

25 med gulls today 20ads inc red ring PRR2,2ss,3fs.08:30-10:30

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 11:25 am by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Latest report on the Dalmatian Pelican.

It was spotted at Torpoint yesterday evening. It's getting closer.

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 8:23 am by Michael Spencer in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 8th July 2016

Godborough

Visit this morning to look over the reserve that has had no volunteer work for a month. Looks good if the grass was a little long in places. Good numbers of  Marbled White, Ringlet and Meadow Brown butterflies. The three mallard ducklings are now a good size and still on the biggest pond. Other birds today included a good brood of Long tailed Tits, Willow Warblers, Coal, Blue & Great Tit, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker. Peregrine &  Swift flying over.

Work will start again soon to tidy up and continue the reserve work planned for the rest of the year.

Anyone who lives in the Bideford, Barnstaple and Braunton area who would like to volunteer  on the reserve are most welcome.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 10:22 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in General Birding

little ringed plover

2 at skern this evening then onto tip pool along with 27 med gulls feeding over fish in estuary,18 ads,3ss,6fs,20:-21:30

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Little owl

Little owl seen three times this week (Rattery)

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 8:19 pm by Ian samuel in General Birding

Iron bridge,Landcross,Bideford.

Two Green Sandplpers on Limekiln marsh,    Med. gulls 6 adults on high tide roost with Black hdds. In front of Limekiln and interestingly a Muscovy duck with a brood of 12 on the banks of the river Torridge towards Bideford.

yesterday 12 Med gulls on Instow rocks at high tide.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 5:24 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dartington

A Common Sandpiper Bidwell Brook at Shinners Bridge, Dartington this morning (by the shops) along with the usual Grey Wags, Dippers and now well grown young Moorhens.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 2:29 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

At Lower Tamar Lake this morning in virtual autumnal conditions:-

3 Blackcaps, 1 male Bullfinch, Blackbirds, and Chaffinches, 4 Rooks, 2 Ravens, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Mallard including well-grown young, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Jay, 2 Magpies, Wood Pigeons, 30+ Swallows, 1 Gadwall and 2 Stoats.

Further to Carol Mittenburd's comment on yesterday's post  I would agree that there is a definite absence of Swifts and hirundines (see my post of about six weeks ago an this matter).   I surmise that during their main migration period there was a major weather related block over the continent and that the majority have remained there to breed.   Those I saw today at Tamar Lake were the first for some while.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 1:44 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Hirundines

BTO Birdtrack (http://blx1.bto.org/birdtrack/main/data-home.jsp) has a feature on the home page for checking weekly reporting rates of a species in the current year against historical average reporting rate for the same week of the year. Typing in Swallow, House Martin and Swift (the rogue non-hirundine) all show a lower than average reporting rate for much of the 2016 summer, but interestingly reporting rates for all three of these species have just this week been back to typical levels - higher productivity/fledging? Sand Martin has been very different to the rest and is seeing higher than average reporting rate this year.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 10:34 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Hartland Point

Spent the night at Hartland - we trapped and ringed 18 Storm Petrels in poor weather conditions.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 8:19 am by Jon Turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 7th July 2016

Swallows etc.

Have seen plenty of swallows at Saltram, but not as many as in previous years and recently came across a House Martin nest in Buckfastleigh where there were young. Swallows were plentiful earlier in June at Staverton but seem to have dropped off. Also a fair few at Cadover Bridge.

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 7:58 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Dalmation Pelican is heading this way

According to the Cornwall Bird Watching fraternity the Dalmatian Pelican which has been present in West Cornwall for the past few weeks has recently been spotted in the Tamar Estuary and around Port Eliot and the Lynher Estuary so it seems to be working our way so keep your eyes pierced. Perhaps it will put in an appearance on one of our Estuaries in the not too distant future

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Where are all the hirundines?

Are we short of swifts / swallows / house martins this year ?  We normally have loads flitting about but there are hardly any around at all in our corner of East Devon (nr Axminster) at the moment.  Have they decided they don't like our valley all of a sudden and gone elsewhere or is this a general shortage ?

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 4:59 pm by Carol Miltenburg in General Birding

Cranbrook, Nr Exeter

A quick visit this morning to the lake at Cranbrook (400m west of the Secondary Education Campus) produced an early Green Sandpiper.  Cranbrook has previously produced early and late records of Green and Wood Sandpiper and they seem to like this area with its new waterways.  Sadly 'The Scrape' (opposite the new railway station) that has featured in my past reports has been taken over by water plants and is no longer viewable.  Also present in hedgerows near to the Ed Campus were several Whitethroat but no signs of Lesser seen recently.

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 2:57 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Butterflies at last

Butterflies at last.  Went to Exeter to see 19240 Shrouds of the Somme, it made me cry and one word only "Why".  Contrasted with a walk from Lympstone to Exmouth with butterflies flying free in the sun, Meadow Browns, Small White, Comma and two Marbled White  ( too fast for the camera) seen, plus plenty of House Sparrows.

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 9:33 am by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Cadover Bridge Weds 6 July.

A walk with Plymouth RSPB above Cadover Bridge Weds evening produced a number of sand martins, stonechats, reed buntings, linnet, kingfisher, pied and grey wagtails, buzzard, redstarts and a flock of 19 mistle thrush.

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 8:01 am by Vince Bedford in General Birding

Wednesday 6th July 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 18:20 till 20:45

328+ curlew was another increase with numbers increasing on a daily basis , 14+ greenshanks , 1 spotted redshank, 133+ black tailed godwits, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 2 dunlin, 1 knot, 230+ redshanks, 20+ whimbrel, 800+ black headed gulls including 11+ juveniles, 3+ Mediterranean gulls, at least 10+ sandwich terns came in with others calling and flying around , 70+ mallards, 6 wigeon, 2 tufted ducks, 4 gadwall,

A quick look on the estuary produced 3 sandwich terns from the goatwalk,  and a further 6 sandwich terns on boats from topsham museum with 2 adult Mediterranean gulls. 

 

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 10:12 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

Adult Pomarine skua seen during kayak trip Cawsand to Eddystone. Approx 3 miles offshore. Definitely flew into Devon airspace!

2 female Common Scoter near Eddystone.

Approx 300 manx shearwater

Also 6 Harbour Porpoise

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 9:05 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

R.Caen & Horsey Island

Just packing up to go home for supper after some bird watching on R.Caen & wait for it -  a mystery bird flew over the R.Caen, dropped down on the Chivenor side for a few seconds & then re -appeared flying south over Horsey Island towards the south end of Braunton Burrows. It's flight behaviour was similar to a nightjar but it had a white rump & a forked tail.

Took a while to sink in but now I am certain it was a Collared Pratincole.

Keep your eyes wide open on the Skern folks because it was heading your way.

Eds: a Collared Pratincole was found at Ham Walls Reserve Somerset on Sunday 10th July...

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Powderham Marsh, Exminster.

Took a morning walk out to the Viewing Point in advance of fieldtrip planned for 18 July (East Devon Branch).  Morning grass wet with dew and I recommend welly boots/ waterproof boots if undertaking this walk early in morning. 

A juvenile Gt Spotted Woodpecker with female parent were first birds and Reed Warblers on first bed of reeds.  Whitethroat singing before I reached the short hill.  From the Viewing Point some interesting birds scoped around the scrapes including a Common Sandpiper, 61 Canada Geese with 10 young, Mute Swan with three young, Lapwing with young, Coot with young and 4 Oystercatcher.  Kestrel and Buzzard overhead.

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 6:07 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Buzzard & Bunny

Cmn Buzzard circling with a juv rabbit, before flying to nest.

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Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 5:26 pm by C Boyles in General Birding

Habitat Morte Point

The Gorse on Morte Point seems not to have flowered this year possibly resulting in fewer insects and therefore fewer insect eating birds. Is this general throughout Devon or just on Morte Point?

Morte Point 1 May 2013Same location 06072016

Eds. The photos are taken 2 months apart. Common (European) Gorse can flower anytime of year but peaks in April, closer to when the first photo was taken, which might be a factor.

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 4:11 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

South Huish

Major works planned to improve the scrapes are due to start in a few weeks time so we have now drained down prior to heavy machinery coming in at the end of the month. 

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 2:16 pm by George & Julia Harris in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolberry Down

Summer on the wane for some? 246 Swifts moving west along the cliffs in 90 mins in mid-morning. Also 40 House Martins, several swallows & and a Sand Martin. Great Spotted Woodpecker female flying stongly west - early migrant? Kestrel pair with two fledged young.

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Rillage Point

06.45–08.30 Signs of post-breeding passage and dispersal, with 4 Common Scoter W, single Curlew, Dunlin and Grey Wagtail and 54 Swifts (apparently migrating E in small flocks along the cliffs, but might also be a local feeding movement, though my first record since spring passage). Also the usual westward early morning movement of feeding Manx Shearwaters, with a minimum of 1,635.

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 1:37 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite Ottery

Red Kite just gone over Ottery at noon floating SW

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 12:20 pm by Ben Rowland in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 5th July 2016

Braunton Burrows

A very interesting walk on Braunton Burrows this evening (7-9:30) with the Devon Wildlife Trust group to view the flora also gave good views of Stonechat, two Skylarks, a Mediterranean Gull with a small flock of Black-headed Gulls on the beach and an 'Osprey' perched on a bank next to a path about 200 metres away.  The 'Osprey' took off after a few minutes and headed west to the beach and then turned south.

Med Gull Braunton BurrowsOsprey Braunton Burrows 5.7.2016

Eds the 'Osprey' is actually a pale Buzzard. The rather stocky overall structure, short primary extension, and head pattern rule out Osprey, its a common mistake to make. Devon Birds published this to help observers some years ago:  https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/articles/common_buzzard 

Posted July 5th, 2016 at 11:38 pm by Kim Beaver in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh

watched from 18:20 till 20:45 from the hide

1322+ Black headed gulls  included 8+ juveniles, 4+ Mediterranean gulls( 2 adults and 2 1st summers) , 1 1st summer common gull , 297+ curlew, 15+ whimbrel, 4 dunlin, 200+ redshank  , 1 spotted redshank  3 greenshanks, 8+ oystercatchers, 110+ Black tailed godwits, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 14 sandwich tern included the first juvenile of the summer , 1 buzzard , 15+ reed warblers, 4 wigeon.

Posted July 5th, 2016 at 10:05 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lynmouth and Woody Bay

A walk around the North Devon coast. A Goosander swimming with the mallards on the river Lyn. Some Razorbill seen approx 200 yards of shore at Woody Bay.

Goosander
Goosander

Razorbill
Razorbill

Posted July 5th, 2016 at 4:24 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

Clyst & Bowling Green Marsh, yesterday afternoon

In the Clyst estuary channel from the platform from 4pm on, 75 redshanks, 1 spotted redshank (moulting out of summer plumage), 1 curlew, pair shelduck with ducklings; and 1 curlew & small flock bar tailed godwit flew over. At Bowling Green Marsh flocks of black tailed godwit, curlew, redshank, also a few whimbrel, dunlin, 3+ greenshank, 1 spotted redshank (prob same bird as earlier), & little egrets, 1 dabchick & a few hundred black headed gulls. 2 flocks shelduck and 1 sparrowhawk flew over.

Posted July 5th, 2016 at 2:00 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 4th July 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime at BGM coincided with low tide so there was very little other than 70 odd moulting Mallard to be seen.  A new arrival, and possibly the first of the year for the site was an immature Little Grebe still showing remnants of stripes.

Posted July 4th, 2016 at 10:59 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Sunday 3rd July 2016

skern

Here come the meds.18 this eveniny,8 ads,6ss,4fs.Also juv little egret my first ever and for the area,2 redshank 40 bhg.17:15-18:00

Posted July 3rd, 2016 at 9:46 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

My first Comma of the year

My first Comma of the year, in the garden, 28th June

Posted July 3rd, 2016 at 9:09 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Rillage Point to Watermouth

07.00–09.00 About 550 Manx Shearwaters flew W; 5 juvenile Little Egrets flew in and landed on Rillage Point (dispersing migrants and my highest ever patch count). No evidence of any gull or tern migration.

Posted July 3rd, 2016 at 11:12 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Grey Seal in the River Dart at Totnes

Went to the South Devon Railway yesterday and as I was going back to Totnes Mainline Station noticed a Grey Seal in the River Dart near to where the Paddington/Penzance line crosses the Dart. It was about high tide so it could well of followed the fish up river. First time I have seen one so far inland.

Posted July 3rd, 2016 at 10:34 am by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

East Devon NIGHTJARS

Eight members of Devon Birds (East Devon branch) had a walk Friday night onto common to see Nightjars.  Had good views of two Nightjar flying, up to 4 churring males and two males sat in tree, one churring for several minutes.  

Posted July 3rd, 2016 at 9:06 am by Geoff Green in General Birding

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Topsham rec

Over the course of the morning 1 adult, 1 2nd calendar yr & 2 1st calendar yr Med gulls at Topsham rec.

Posted July 2nd, 2016 at 8:37 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry head.

Mid morning today large numbers of Gannets diving off Berry Head in the tide run with 8 porpoise feeding as well. Interesting sight. Lyme Bay boat trips start Sunday 17th July if interested call 07866202576.

 

Posted July 2nd, 2016 at 7:20 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Exeter Eagle-Owl

The Eagle-Owl has been seen roosting in gardens in the St. James area of the city recently.

 

Posted July 2nd, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Martin Overy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 1st July 2016

Kingsbridge Est

Report of Osprey 4.00pm yesterday  afternoon with fish (Tony Tabb/Chris Klee)

Posted July 1st, 2016 at 10:10 pm by George & Julia Harris in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide.

Spotted Redshank now moulting, c200-Redshank, 8-Bar-tailed Godwits, c 35-Black-tailed Godwits, 13-Whimbrel, 150+ Curlew, 3-Oystercatchers, 4-Mediterranean Gulls (2 2nd sum + 2 fs), 2-Sandwich Terns, Common Gull, c850-Black-headed Gulls, 2-Stock Doves.

Posted July 1st, 2016 at 9:14 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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