Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from July 2018

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Tuesday 31st July 2018

Lundy return crossing

Today's return sailing from Lundy, accompanied by Grant Sherman & Tim Davis we saw plenty of Manx Shearwaters up fairly close to the Oldenburg, a few Gannets & Guillemots. Best bird by far was a tatty looking Sooty Shearwater sat on the water with a small raft of Manx.  

 Sooty Shearwater Gannet
                Sooty Shearwater                                                                    Gannet

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 11:58 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Private garden in Pinhoe - help with ID please?

Apologies for the poor quality of this record shot, taken through double-glazing. This bird is a first for me – I'm wondering if it's a Lesser Whitethroat but those aren't brown legs. I'm very happy to be corrected...

Eds - Yes, a Lesser Whitethroat. Greyish legs is fine for that species.

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 9:08 pm by Helen Evans in Bird News

Beesands Ley - Great White Egret

Great White Egret still showing well today. Instead of heading for the hide, turn right out of the carpark, walk along the common and look back towards the hide. 

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 3:36 pm by Bruce Stewart in Bird News

31-07-18 Saltram

At Saltram today the Kingfisher (could be this years juvenile) showing for about an hour on the River Plym by Blaxton Meadow, also a cute juvenile Wren was showing very well

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 3:01 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Dartmoor Peregrine

A 2018 hatched Peregrine Falcon recovered near Vixen Tor on Dartmoor this morning close to overhead wires with a broken wing, it is ringed with a BTO ring and a yellow tag ring "FP", a bit thin and infested with flat fly but all being well this one will recover to be released in due course.

 

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 1:01 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

07.00 > 08.00

Unfortunately, no sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs early am,

the Wood Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper are still present.

 

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 9:34 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Monday 30th July 2018

Possible Juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs

Apologies for poor quality photo but for size comparison.

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 10:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

3 Waders of different sizes on the scrape this evening. 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper & the largest (size similar to Redshank) a possible juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs.

Please could you confirm identification from my photos please - Thank You

Eds - yes it’s a Lesser Yellowlegs. Nice find! Upperparts patterning suggests an adult.

   

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 10:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1445 - 1600.

Among the 100s of juvenile and adult Black-headed and Herring Gulls were 3 Common Gulls;

6 Mediterranean Gulls; 7 Whimbrel and yellow ring B.H.Gull (2H99) from Pitsea Landfill site.

The Grey Heron total is still slowly rising and now at 35. All seem to favour the Penhill Marsh side of the river.

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 7:11 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Great White Egret, best viewed from the common just beyond the hidejuly

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 6:13 pm by Terry Goddard in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Lots of young birds in front of the hide this morning, juv Redshank, Dunlin, Terns and Gulls, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatchers and Canada Geese.

1st summer Common Tern and Juv Sandwich Tern
1st summer Common Tern and Juv Sandwich Tern

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 5:02 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Three Black-tailed Godwits in summer plumage, flew down river, 3 Whimbrels, 3 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 45 Curlews, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad & 1st-s), 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Stock Doves, 2 Dunlins, 3 Greenshanks, 102 Redshanks & 14 Little Egrets.

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 1:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Noss Mayo Bridgend

Reported escaped male Brazilian Teal with ring on leg.

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 9:53 am by Jeremy Spooner and John Adams in Bird News

Sunday 29th July 2018

Prawle Point

Continuing the seawatch theme, from 14:45 to 17:00, started off with a single Puffin, then the first of 80+ Manx Shearwater, 9 Baleartic Shearwater, 50+ Gannets, 3 Fulmar, 3 Mediterranean Gulls.  Best of all were 2 Sooty Shearwaters and my first Great Shearwater in UK waters.

Pat Mayer and Ivan were there much longer than me and will have much bigger lists.  Thanks to these two for their help spotting and confirming my id's.  (Positively no common gulls this week)

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 11:14 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Afternoon watch, 18.20-20.00, sewer flowing and attracting smaller gulls. At least 13 Mediterranean gull (11+ juvs, 1 1st summer, 1 adult), 1 small pale phase skua (arctic?) and 12 manx shearwater.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 11:01 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Osprey powderham

At around 17:00 from the train as it passed powderham the osprey which has been around the estuary over the last week was being harassed by the local gulls.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 6:52 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Start Point

Seawatch 09:15-14:30

Together with Dell and Mark Darlaston saw 10 Cory's Shearwaters, 5 Great Shearwaters, 11 Sooty Shearwaters, 1000+ Manx Shearwaters, 30 Balearic Shearwaters, Storm Petrel, Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skuas, 45 Mediterranean Gulls and 5 Yellow-legged Gulls. Dell and Mark still there when I left so totals may have increased. Lots probably missed as the conditions were atrocious at times and there is little shelter there meaning our optics were often unusable. Amazing how Med and Yellow-legged Gulls quite possibly outnumbered Black-headed Gulls and Kittiwakes.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 6:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Dawlish warren

Sea watch from 09:00 till 16:45

10 storm petrels ( included a group of 9), 1 sooty shearwater , 20+ Manx shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua ( 1 very dark phase ) 2 great Skua, 43+ Mediterranean gull nearly all juv’s, 3+ common tern and lots of sandwich terns 

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 6:21 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Teignmouth

Seawatching from the yacht club 05:50 - 12:10: 64+ Mediterranean Gulls (80% juveniles), 2 Storm Petrels (11:40 and 11:50), 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 51 Manx Shearwaters, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gulls, 10 Arctic Skuas, 3 Whimbrels, 6 Common Terns, 9 "Commic" Terns, 50+ Sandwich Terns and 107 Kittiwakes.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 6:13 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching at Berry Head 0530-1400hrs: 5 Great Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 38 Balearic Shearwaters, 666 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Storm Petrels, 17 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Juv Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas.

Video clip of closest Great Shearwater at 6am in murk and rain.. : https://youtu.be/CPOJNYtrDBk 

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 3:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Orcombe Point, Exmouth

Sea watching from the raised beach huts from 6:10 - 8:30. Only one Shearwater species seen but it was a Great Shearwater. Heading west at 6:15. 

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 9:23 am in Bird News

Saturday 28th July 2018

Plym estuary/Blaxton meadow

At high tide:

5 Grey Heron, 111 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, by the old wreck.

40 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, c300 Black Headed Gull, 8 Mediterranean gull including one with a leg ring, and 11 Little Egret. Wind picking up.

Posted July 28th, 2018 at 7:30 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Ilfracombe Cory's Shearwater

Off Capstone rocks, with dark fast moving Squalls as the backdrop, great to see at least 2 Cory's Shearwaters, along with a Great Skua, several Terns sp, 2 Whimbrels & a Merlin flying along among Manx Shearwaters.  Gannet & Manx Shearwater numbers well up into the 100s. 

Posted July 28th, 2018 at 4:57 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Singles of Ruff, Green Sandpiper and Mediterranean Gull. Peregrine over, creating havoc for around ten minutes. Little Egret chasing and catching dragonflies in front of the hide.

Posted July 28th, 2018 at 1:37 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Upper Torridge Estuary

Early am:

1 Ruff

31 Common Sandpipers

Posted July 28th, 2018 at 11:33 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Friday 27th July 2018

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram, Plymouth.

An afternoon visit to Blaxton Meadow on the incoming tide, a flock of 40 plus Goldfinch including a large number of juvenile birds on  the fields to the front of Saltram House.

 

From the hide over looking Blaxton Meadow 12 plus Little Egret, 150 plus Black Head gull including one bird with a yellow plastic tag ring TV7E, one Mediterranean Gull, a possible Yellow Legged Gull, one Oyster Catcher, a flock of some 30 Curlew and at least four Whimbrell.

 

Posted July 27th, 2018 at 9:25 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Skern

At least 50 Meds tonight.Couldn't do an  age count due to  birds moving though 80% were adults with many more fishing the estuary.17.50-18.40.

Posted July 27th, 2018 at 9:24 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Thursday 26th July 2018

R. Exe Osprey

Lunchtime from R.Clyst viewing platform a very distant Osprey perched on channel marker off Lympstone.

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 11:55 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Skern

2 little ringed plovers briefly in flight who flew around for some time but didn't alight.Masses of gulls having an anting frenzy but didn't come to land.Also 2 whimbrel 4 dunlin 6 redshank and 2 sandwich terns.17:50- 19:00.

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 9:13 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

BGM

Over the high tide this evening, of note, 9+ med Gulls, moulting Ruff, 30+ Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, GBB Gull, LBB Gull (Psycho), Little grebe and young, Tufted duck and young and the presumed escaped Snow Goose (first time I've seen it on BGM).

Ruff video.

https://youtu.be/OnIilB61TU4

Ruff Common Gull Snow Goose
Ruff                                         Common Gull                                   Snow Goose

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 8:31 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Darts Farm, Topsham

Whilst passing darts farm (near bridge inn) on my morning commute to Exeter, I noticed a white bird in amongst the Canada Geese. On closer inspection it was one of the Snow Geese that have been hanging around the Exe. Pictures on http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com/?m=1

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 6:51 pm in Bird News

East Soar

Migrants - 6 Willow Warblers in/around Starehole Valley. 380 Linnet with most on rape stubble - indicates very successful breeding season (usually 80 - 100 pairs). 

Mammals: Pod of 17+ Common Dolphin off Bolt Head.

Bflies:  37 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary & 47 Small Copper.

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 2:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Broadsands

An early morning visit to Broadsands before the beachgoers arrived resulted in a Torbay record count of 83 Mediterranean Gulls -mostly juvs around the beach also 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull on the beach at the north end.

Mediterranean Gulls Broadsands Beach 26 Jul 2018

Photo of some of the Mediterranean Gull close to the car park seawall - I've counted 20 in this shot..

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 12:54 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 25th July 2018

Plym Estuary

The juv Yellow-legged Gull still around and showing well this afternoon; photos at:-  https://twitter.com/Plymbirding/status/1022225000470900736

(There are possibly 2 around). Also - 4 Mediterranean Gulls (2 ads, 2nd-s & my first juv of the autumn), 18 Little Egrets, 2 Whimbrels, 42 Curlews, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Dunlins, Greenshank, 7 Mandarin Ducks & Grey Wagtail. 

Posted July 25th, 2018 at 10:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exton Station

Western Osprey off Exton Station around 4pm today more info and pictures at dixiesbirding.blogspot.com/?m=1

Posted July 25th, 2018 at 5:46 pm in Bird News

Blaxton meadow, Saltram, Rv Plym

Little Egret 15

Heron 3

300 + Black Head Gulls with more coming in a steady stream.

3 Mediterranean Gulls

30 Curlew

2 Whimbrell 

1 Stock Dove

Posted July 25th, 2018 at 5:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 24th July 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight on mid-tide this afternoon was a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Also adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Sandpipers, summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Mandarin Ducks, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Blackcap, Fox & Clouded Yellow.

Posted July 24th, 2018 at 8:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Great bank by Toll Road

This Painted Lady alighted only a metre away from where I was standing while out bird watching this aft.


Posted July 24th, 2018 at 6:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

24-07-18 Hooe Lake, Plymouth

At Hooe Lake, Plympton, on the rafters of the old boats, a Sandwich Tern and young, we watched the parent tern fish and feed it's young for several minutes then they flew off not to be seen again.

 

Posted July 24th, 2018 at 4:30 pm by GregBradbury in Bird News

Turf Tuesday Mid day

Osprey feeding on mudbank between Turf and Royal Marine Camp.

Accompanied by two wary crows hoping for the left overs. 

Still there resting when we left at 1.30.

Posted July 24th, 2018 at 3:32 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Alan's Great White Egret was on the ley shoreline near the pillbox early morning. 2 Kingfishers below the bridge and 4 Common Scoters in the bay.

Posted July 24th, 2018 at 8:18 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Monday 23rd July 2018

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 7.25 to 9.35am. Little wind though overcast and dull light. 2 Sooty Shearwaters  west at 7.55 and at 8.30 am. Also 2 Arctic Skuas at 8.45. One very dark and the other very pale phase.Also, Noah like, 2 juvenile Yellow- legged gulls flew close west. Entertained by pod of 25 plus Common Dolphins with many breaching and a pod of 12 plus Harbour Porpoises. Otherwise several rafts of Manx Shearwaters on the sea and 7 Common Scoter east. At the point a Hummingbird Hawkmoth briefly. In the reserve a first year Garden Warbler and several Phylloscs including a Willow Warbler. Plus a few post breeding dispersed female Blackcaps.

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 9:40 pm in Bird News

Meds

At least two med gulls over our garden on Clovelly road late afternoon.Adult and 2. Plenty of gulls anting but only got onto these.On private farm today at doccombe at least 6 silver washed frittilaries on large buddliea with 1 hummingbird hawkmoth.Several other bushes to check this week.

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 9:14 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh area

On Bowling Green this afternoon, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 3 Tufted Duck ducklings and plenty of Black-tailed Godwits. From the viewing platform, Peregrine & 13+ Whimbrels, and at Goosemoor, adult Spotted Redshank, adult Common Gull & good numbers of adult Dunlins.

Very little on Matford Ponds.

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 9:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 1030-1145

Grey Heron 31

Little Egret 8

Med Gull 5A

Black-tailed Godwit 3

Kingfisher 1.

Black-headed Gull - Yellow ring on left tarsus. code 2H93.  Metal I/d ring right tarsus. I/D EZ709046. This bird was first ringed on 25/3/2017 by the North Thames Gull Ringing Group at Pitsea landfill site, Essex. Seen on 2 previous occasions just off Ashford sewage works on 9/7/18 and 19/7/18.

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Soar Area

Hobby over Higher Soar, sub-adult Common Gull on the Ham Stone, 3 Swifts over Southdown Farm and another family party of 6 Wheatears east of Soar Mill Cove.

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 12:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 22nd July 2018

Bridestowe Lydford 22-07-2018

Aerial display of Swifts 30+ over Bridestowe, quite a sight.

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 9:56 pm by Colin Hannaford in Bird News

A good day around the Exe

The Glossy Ibis was showing at Matford marsh late this morning.

On to Exton station where the Osprey was spotted on the far bank eating a fish just up from the Turf Locks pub.

Goosemoor well in excess of 70 Dunlin along with nine Greenshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Little Egret large flock of Black Head Gull 100 plus.

Bowling Green Marsh Green Sandpiper, twelve Little Egret, Two Little Grebe, 200 plus Black Headed Gull, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing and two Heron.

A return to Goosemoor on the rising tide gave a Curlew Sandpiper in with the Dunlin.

On arriving home I took a call from a Lustleigh resident who had an injured juvenile Goshawk in his garden, I now have the bird which has an injury to one wing but hopefully nothing more than bruising and while waiting to pick up the Goshawk one of my daughters rang to say she was coming up with a small Buzzard that a friend had found in the road on Dartmoor, I now have a Buzzard fledgling absolutely infested with flat fly and very thin but should be no problem to bring on. (Some Images to follow later)

 

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green

One of Two Green Sandpipers that flew in, good views from the hide.

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 5:12 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat trip

Trip out from Brixham this morning in calm conditions. Just out from Berry Head a Sunfish sighted and then 6 Common Dolphin with young. Birds seen during the 4 hour trip 20+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 400+ Herring Gull, 2 Fulmar, 2 Razorbill, 6 small groups of Guillemots, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 8 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Kittiwake and in the distance a Skua sp. Returning back to Brixham 8 Bottlenose Dolphins. Looking good for next Sundays trip. 

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 2:53 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Glossy Ibis Matford

After many attempts I went to Matford Marsh this morning from 8.30 - 9.30 - no sign. Then went to St Davids for a steam train. Returned to Matford for another look at the steam train and one last look for the Ibis. It duly flew in dead on noon. Hurrah. Good morning! Ibis still there when I left.

Ibis video

https://youtu.be/gprOHI4Szmw   Steam train  video if interested.   https://youtu.be/GKhXmEnlLms

Glossy IbisGlossy IbisGlossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis                                 Glossy Ibis                               Glossy Ibis

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 1:33 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Saturday 21st July 2018

Re Mating Butterflies on Holdstone Down

FYO, Philip Worth's mating pair of Butterflies are Gatekeepers (or Hedge Browns).

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 11:13 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

Juv Black Tern downriver off Mudbank @ 0955. Also off there 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Whimbrel and 9 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 8:00 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow BHG

With regards to Steve Hopper's post of the BHG with the green darvic ring, I saw this bird on 6th March 2018 on he meadow. I sent the details away and received the following. It was rung on 31.03.17 at Sandnes Brygge, Sandnes, Rogaland Norway Sexed as a male, 3cy+. It has also been seen Stavanger 13.04.17, Klepp 16.05.17 both in Norway and then my sighting in Plymouth. Just for info.

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 6:18 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Slapton Ley.

Great White Egret.  Update. At 4-15pm.,again circling the Torcross end of the Lower Ley,and then flying north over the Ley.april

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 5:51 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram, Plymouth

An early afternoon visit to Blaxton meadow just as the tide was beginning to come in, 300 plus Black Head Gulls including one ringed with a green plastic tag ring J26X, in with the BHG's were at least six Mediterranean Gulls.

Twelve Little Egret, a mixed flock of Curlew, Whimbrell and Black Tailed Godwit, one Kingfisher.

Six Mandarin duck on the pond at Saltram House.

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 4:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Mansands

Good to see first migrant Sedge Warbler with some of the local juvenile Reed Warblers. Also, a single Dunlin feeding on the exposed mud at the back of the marsh and loads of Whitethroats around. Also a good numbers of hirundines flying over the marsh. 


Posted July 21st, 2018 at 4:16 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 1000 - 1130

Black-tailed Godwit 6 in full B.P.

Common Sandpiper 1.

Med Gull 6, ( 5A & 1 1st summer.)

Grey Heron 25.

Little Egret 6.

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 2:51 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Holdstone down

I hadn't been up here for many weeks, and despite the lack of rain it's the most over grown I think I've seen it.not much in the way of birds,  meadow pipits parents and young,  family of great tits and stonechat. Butterflies were in plentiful supply of many species. I got a picture of when flying thought it was a damaged butterfly but turned out to be 2 mating on the wing when landed...

Mating butterflies.
Mating butterflies.

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 2:37 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Slapton Ley.

At 8-15 a.m. a Great White Egret circling over the Torcross end of the Ley, and then flew over the house towards the sea. Not resighted.

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 9:30 am by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

A successful evenings sortie on Bovey Heath

With thanks to Steve Hopper for pointing us in the right direction, my son and I made the trip from Paignton to try and catch sight of the nightjars before they fled the country. After waiting almost two hours and just as it began to go dark, churring began around us, clearly from several birds. Spotted one silhouetted against the sky as it sat on a tree which it returned to several times.MThen two birds began chasing each other literally over our heads. As we finally made our way home recorded another bird churring in the undergrowth near the factories. All in all a very satisfactory night. Hopefully we'll get to do it again next week. The only downer last night being I lost a small red SDHC package containing a memory card so if anyone finds it I 'd be grateful to know.

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 6:23 am by philip fairclough in Bird News

Friday 20th July 2018

Ilfracombe-Lundy day trip

Wednesday 18 July. At least 100 Manx Shearwater seen passing the harbour around 09.00 and many more seen from the Ferry. Also 1 Med Gull, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmar and Gannets from the ferry, at least 10 Juvenile Wheatears on the Island and 4+ Puffin seen on the sea to the west of Lundy. At least 10 Dolphin seen on the return at around 17.00.

Posted July 20th, 2018 at 8:22 pm by Martin Sage in Bird News

EXE OSPREY

Bowling Green Marsh this morning gave three Green Sandpiper on the scrape to the right of the hide.

From the viewing platform 10 plus Dunlin and 50 plus Redshank, one Greenshank,  at the gate a male Blackcap singing well, a second bird flew through but was lost in the cover.

From the Goat Walk plenty of birdlife with 50 plus Dunlin, a similar number of Black Tailed Godwits, lots of young Shellduck, Curlew, Redshank and singles of Ringed Plover and Sanderling.

From Exton Station distant views of an un ringed Osprey eating a fish while perched on a post in  the river, also close by a very small Seal.

Posted July 20th, 2018 at 1:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Yesterday- Berry Head

16 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the fieldtrip to Berry Head where mammals and butterflies were the main interest.  Close up visit by Grey Seal was a treat. Distant sightings of dolphins.  Hummingbird Hawk moth by café and a family of Rock Pipit in quarry.  Otherwise conditions not good for birding but thanks to Geoff and the multiple experts (!) for leading us.

Our fieldtrip programme is now taking a break until September and next trip is to Axmouth Harbour on Wed 5 Sept.

 

Posted July 20th, 2018 at 9:46 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Glossy Ibis Matford marsh

Following a lead on twitter I managed to get some reasonable shots of the Glossy Ibis that was present yesterday around 15.00 on Matford Marsh.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted July 20th, 2018 at 9:41 am by John Wilkes in Bird News

Thursday 19th July 2018

Turf Locks

Osprey with fish flew over West. 8pm

Posted July 19th, 2018 at 10:08 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Re Steve Hopper's Mystery Bird at Avon Damn

Willing to be corrected but it looks like a juv. Black Stork.

Posted July 19th, 2018 at 9:59 pm in Bird News

Mystery bird ~ Avon dam ~ South Brent

This bird was observed and photographed at the top end of the Avon dam, South Brent this afternoon by local resident John Hoare, I am thinking that it is a juvenile Black Stork.

Eds - yes Black Stork! Note ring on right leg: information welcome on origin of this. 

 

FROM THE FINDER THE RING NUMBER IS POSSIBLY Y0187

Posted July 19th, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

19-07-18 Saltram Blaxton Marsh

On Blaxton Marsh a single Black-tailed Godwit amongst the Kerlews, also seen were several Swallows with their chicks, and a male Kingfisher

  

Posted July 19th, 2018 at 8:17 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Air B'n'B in Paignton!

When my wife started Air B'n'B, some visitors took it literally!

  1. Guests availing themselves of the outside pool
  2.  Al Fresco dining
  3. Hailing a cab

1                                                                             2                                                             3

Posted July 19th, 2018 at 6:07 pm in Bird News

Barnstaple.Taw Bridge to Bradiford Water. 0800-0930

Mediterranean Gull 2A; Greenshank 2 juveniles on Anchorwood Bank; Common Sandpiper 2 juveniles by outfall of Bradiford Water. There was 1 here yesterday.

Ringed Curlew - Red ring, right tibia plus metal I/d ring right tarsus. Yellow ring, left tibia. I believe rings had alpha/numerics but impossible to read.

Ringed Black-headed Gull. Yellow ring, left tarsus. Coded "2H93". Metal I/d ring right tarsus. First seen 09/07/18 at same location. North Thames Gull Ringing Group.

Posted July 19th, 2018 at 2:39 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

East Soar

First returning Willow Warbler, at East Soar farm. Reed Warbler in the willows also prob.migrant. 250 Linnet, most on rape stubble & 85 house Sparrow inc. 60 feeding on access road. 

Non avian: Humming Bird Hawk-Moth, 7 Small Pear-bordered Fritillary, 2 Dark Green Fritillary, 7 Silver-washed Fritillary & 6 Purple Hairstreak.

Posted July 19th, 2018 at 2:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Matford Marsh

The Glossy Ibis still present all morning on the main pool at Matford Marsh - viewable from the cycle path.

Posted July 19th, 2018 at 12:06 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Wednesday 18th July 2018

Kingsteignton

2 broods of Sparrows have successfully fledged from our Sparrow box  and joined by a Zebra Finch in the garden today. Sorry the photo isn't great. 

Posted July 18th, 2018 at 10:04 pm by Chris Godfrey in Bird News

Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar

In my garden this afternoon.

That's a 2p coin for scale.
That's a 2p coin for scale.

Posted July 18th, 2018 at 10:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Green Sandpiper ~ BGM

Three Green Sandpiper at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh this evening.

Little Grebe, Tufted duck and a flock of some 80 plus starings added to the evening.

Juvenile Mediterranean gull off of the viewing platform along with a curlew and a Whimbrell. 

Posted July 18th, 2018 at 9:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

N Devon

Birds a bit thin on the ground, so insects instead today.

Garden Tiger Moth adjacent to Sherpa Marsh this evening.
Garden Tiger Moth adjacent to Sherpa Marsh this evening.

Posted July 18th, 2018 at 9:38 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Breakfast on the Lawn - Paignton, 18.7.18

...But next morning we were surprised when three turned up for breakfast (last year they only had one)!

 

Posted July 18th, 2018 at 9:18 pm in Bird News

Afternoon Tea on the Lawn - Paignton, 17.7.18

A pair of Herring Gulls that bred on a neighbour's roof are bringing their young down to our front garden to feed. Only polite really, since we do the catering. We thought they had two young (tbc)...

 

Posted July 18th, 2018 at 6:54 pm in Bird News

Braunton Marsh toll road

Swallow feeding five fledglings, perched on Reedmace. 

Posted July 18th, 2018 at 6:20 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Matford Pools, Exeter

Record shot of Glossy Ibis taken this morning around 11.30am at main pool.  Best viewed from railway bridge.(Thanks to Martin of Exmouth for finding it for me second time around the pools). Also present were a Green Sandpiper and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.  Sparrow Hawk overhead earlier.  Moorhen with newly fledged young near swing bridge.

Posted July 18th, 2018 at 12:26 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Chough

From yesterday a Chough in my garden at Northam about 10:30am.

Posted July 18th, 2018 at 11:13 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Tuesday 17th July 2018

Doccombe

Working on a private house today and watching house Martins checking out potential nest sites.The owners have had artificial one's put up and 1 entered and started singing as much to say this looks ok and I won't have to build one!!!.Then they gave out a warning call shooting into the valley followed by a Hobby which thankfully missed this time.10:20.

Posted July 17th, 2018 at 9:53 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Whimbrels, 40 Curlews, 14 Little Egrets, 2 Common Sandpipers, female Red-crested Pochard, 15 Mandarin Ducks, Sparrowhawk (scarce here this year), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Stock Dove & 30+ House Martins in a tree. Plenty of Gatekeepers still around & 3 Common Blues.

Posted July 17th, 2018 at 9:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Matford Marsh, Exeter

The Glossy Ibis was feeding and showing lovely on the main pool on an after work visit at 4pm. I initially picked it up from the viewing platform as it flew out of the reed bed towards the main pool. If interested, more info (and ropey pictures) at http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com

Posted July 17th, 2018 at 8:58 pm in Bird News

Portworthy

Green Sandpiper on the far shore this evening. Viewed from the main road. 

Posted July 17th, 2018 at 6:45 pm by Chris E in Bird News

BGM Spoonbill

Showing well albeit distant all morning. 

video

https://youtu.be/BNzzk3dHFSA

Spoonbill  Spoonbill 

Spoonbill                                                   Spoonbill

Posted July 17th, 2018 at 1:38 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, Sunday 15th

Mediterranean gulls from Sunday's trip. This time we had 4 birds well offshore, which we have not observed before. 2 adults (different moult state) and a juvenile at the chum 6.5 miles off Berry Head and a 1st summer bird a mile off the headland on the way back in. Another 1 or 2 birds in the bay for a trip total of 5 or 6. Thanks to Mike Langman from comments on photos from this trip.

Mediterranean Gull, juvenile Mediterranean Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull, first summer
Mediterranean Gull, juvenile               Mediterranean Gull, adult              Mediterranean Gull, first summer

Posted July 17th, 2018 at 12:22 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, Sunday 15th

Couple of pics of birds from boat trip last Sunday 15th.

Manx shearwaters Juvenile guillemot
Manx shearwaters                                          Juvenile guillemot

Posted July 17th, 2018 at 11:24 am by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Matford Marsh

Glossy Ibis flown into marsh in front of main viewing platform at 9am 

Posted July 17th, 2018 at 9:08 am by Geoff Campbell in Bird News

Monday 16th July 2018

Chough North Devon

Approachable Chough feeding in sheep field along coastal footpath at Abbotsham, south west of Westward Ho! SS4027, around 2 p.m., not seen later.

Posted July 16th, 2018 at 9:23 pm by Alastair Stevenson in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The three Great Crested Grebe nests have produced, one with 3 chicks the other with at least 2, the third nest is still occupied but is looking unlikely.

Posted July 16th, 2018 at 7:50 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A juvenile Spoonbill was at Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime. Also 2 Green Sandpipers.

Posted July 16th, 2018 at 4:06 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Whimbrels with 40 Curlews, an Oystercatcher, 13 Little Egrets and 3 juv Shelducks on Blaxton Meadow. Also 3 Common Sandpipiers, 69 Redshanks, 3 Greenshanks, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (1 juv), 17 Mandarin Ducks, female Red-crested Pochard, 4 Stock Doves and a Roe Deer doe.

Posted July 16th, 2018 at 2:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sunday 15th July 2018

Swifts over Exwick

Closely packed group of c.40 Swifts over Exwick Sunday evening, along with c.10 House Martins. Still getting Siskins at the feeders (most days since the beginning of the year), plus 4 Greenfinch.

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 11:30 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Ilfracombe

This afternoon a Mediterranean Gull briefly landed with 2 Black headed gulls on the boating lake. The wing tagged Great Black Backed Gull still present but was a swine to get a photo of, however the Herring Gull influx continues & luckily I found 2 leg ringed Herring Gulls, one is the first sighting in 9 years & outside of Gloucester.  Also this wknd I've seen the first Harbour Porpoise off Combe in over 2 months.  

Herring Gull with Leg ring Herring Gull Herring Gull
Herring Gull with Leg ring                       Herring Gull                                          Herring Gull

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 9:17 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Turf Locks

Osprey high over the river at 5:30

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 7:44 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Hisley Wood

Morning at Hisley Wood saw only Nuthatches 5 and Treecreeper 1 but we did see17 species of Butterfly.  Silver-washed Fritillary were very numerous but most interesting were about a dozen White Admiral and about the same number of Purple Hairstreak mostly up in the Oaks.

White Admiral pair flyingWhite Admiral in low treePurplehairstreak 

White Admiral pair flying               White Admiral in low tree                        Purple hairstreak

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 5:45 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Some pictures from todays excellent trip

2 calves in middle of 3 protecting adult Common Dolphins                Common Dolphin mum and calf
2 calves in middle of 3 protecting adult Common Dolphins              Common Dolphin mum and calf

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 5:14 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat Trip From Brixham.

This mornings boat trip out into Lyme Bay was fairly productive with the following sighted. 24 Manx Shearwater, 1 sub Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull on the chum, 4 Med Gulls, 1 Razorbill, 1 Kittiwake, 11 Guillemots and 10 Gannets also 11 Harbour Porpoise. The best was as we approached Berry Head 25 Common Dolphin with 3 young which also jumped with the adults. A fantastic sight.

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 3:46 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

East Soar

4 Sand Martins over Bolt Head - migrants. Family parties of wheatears indicate successful breeding season as does 30+ swallows at East Soar farm. Finally proved kestrel breeding.

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 3:32 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Crowpoint at high tide.

We arrived at high tide with very limited shoreline,  but walked partway along the ridgepath and then shoreline rocks to the fisherman's huts. We saw a few black headed gull,  and many gulls on a tiny island within the horsey lagoon. Oystercatcher and 1 small dunlin with many sparrows on the ridgepath. 

Dunlin
Dunlin

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 1:43 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Velator

A few Black-headed Gulls chasing flying ants (?) over the reserve this morning, and in amongst them an adult Mediterranean Gull.

A couple of Sand Martins and a Swallow over the scrape.

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 1:32 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish Warren NR

On the sea off of Dawlish Warren NR this morning one female Eider duck and not less than six Sandwich Terns.

Four Dunlin flew over the hide, Male Linnet with three fledged young, several juvenile Pied Wagtails, family group of Whitethroat near the car park.

In front of the hide not less than 28 Sandwich Terns.

 

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 1:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Juvenile Little Ringed Plover at Passage House this morning.

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Plymouth Boat Trip July 14th

The afternoon trip out of Plymouth saw lumpier seas after a flat calm morning trip but an adult Mediterranean gull sat on a post as we waited to pass through the Sutton Harbour lock gates was a good start.

Fulmars seen on The Mewstone at Wembury as we passed by and offshore gannets and Manx shearwaters noted.

Back in Sutton Harbour a very friendly grey seal enjoyed the last of our mackerel.

Thanks to Liz and the Plymouth Devon Birds branch for organising the day and to skipper Aaron on Happy Days for making the trip good fun. 

Mediterranean Gull Grey Seal Manx Shearwater from the morning trip
Mediterranean Gull                       Grey Seal                           Manx Shearwater from the morning trip

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 8:48 am by Stuart Green in Bird News

Saturday 14th Plymouth Boat Trip

This morning 10 members of Plymouth Branch set off from Sutton Harbour on our inaugural 'mini pelagic' aboard 'Happy Days'  Fish oil and rubby-dubby were used to temp the birds in with an almost instant reaction from the Herring Gulls, but closely followed by a raft of 38 Manx Shearwaters. Juvenile Gannets came to look but weren't tempted. A family party of Guillemots came very close in. Back in The Sound we found at least 9 Mediterranean Gulls (5 ad spl, 1 2nd year and 3 juvs) in a party of B-H Gulls of all ages. In all 26 species were counted. A second trip in the afternoon may even have turned up a few more. 

Guillemot FamilyMediterranean & Common Gulls
Guillemot Family                              Mediterranean & Common Gulls

Eds: the 'Common' Gulls in the photo with the Mediterranean Gulls are actually Herring Gulls, note the size difference. 

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 12:33 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Saturday 14th July 2018

skern

25 med gulls this evening.11 ads,6 2s,6 fs 2 juv. 18:45

Posted July 14th, 2018 at 7:52 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

West Charleton Bird Hide

Please be advised that the West Charleton Bird Hide is closed until Thursday 19th July for repairs to the steps and boardwalk

Posted July 14th, 2018 at 6:29 pm by Mike Daniels in Bird News

A life on the ocean wave

Sorry for this late post. Fishing in a boat off Berry Head yesterday (Friday 13th) two pods of porpoise also fishing and leaping clear of the water, causing other fish to also leap. Beautiful day flat calm and little breeze. Tried to take photos but too far away and porpoise and boat going up and down too much!  Not much in the way of birdlefe except for some oystercatchers on Cod Rock.

Posted July 14th, 2018 at 5:12 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Little Gull

The Little Gull is still around. Seen again early this am flying NW towards the mouth of the Taw & Torridge Estuary.

Surprised nobody else has seen it especially on the Skern. Have I missed a posting from another observer?

Posted July 14th, 2018 at 12:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Friday 13th July 2018

Ilfracombe

The influx of Gulls due to the ongoing heatwave continues. Lesser BBgu numbers up to 30.                     The last week I've noticed a Great Black Backed Gull that is a bit aberrant on its black plumage. On closer inspection it looks like it has both wings tagged with white tags and possibly a geo locatator. 


Posted July 13th, 2018 at 9:09 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

Female Sparrow Hawk takes young Sparrow from my garden.  Nature can be so cruel.

Posted July 13th, 2018 at 6:10 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Velator reserve

27 birds ringed this morning:

1 Wren

1 Dunnock

3 Chiffchaff

1 Willow Warbler

1 Whitethroat

2 Reed Warbler

10 Blackcap

1 Song Thrush

3 Blackbird

1 Greenfinch

1 House Sparrow

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

1 Kingfisher (worth raking out all the duck-weed then!)

Of interest 4 Teal were flying about when I arrived and landed on the pond. They flew off and spent the morning out on the scrape.

Posted July 13th, 2018 at 4:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands

Three Mediterranean Gulls at Broadsands this morning very close to the sea wall just after the high tide, one juvenile bird with white tag ring 3856, one first summer and a rather tatty adult bird.

Five juvenile Pied wagtails and a juvenile Ringed Plover, small group of House Martins perching on the overhead wires by the tea shack.

Over the Warberry area of Torquay 25 plus Swifts and on arriving back home at South Brent 11 Swifts seen over home.

Posted July 13th, 2018 at 1:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Blaxton Meadow

On this mornings high tide the following were seen . Little Egret 10, Curlew 38, Whimbrel 2, Greenshank 3, Common Sandpiper 6, Redshank 74 and 2 Shelduck with 2 young.

Posted July 13th, 2018 at 10:51 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

swifts

8 swifts flying around the roof tops of exmouth town center.

Posted July 13th, 2018 at 6:20 am by eric in Bird News

Thursday 12th July 2018

Powderham

Presumed escapee Snow Goose with Canada Geese by River Kenn,close to road by river Exe.

Snow Goose
Snow Goose

Posted July 12th, 2018 at 3:43 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Goodrington

During a  couple of hours early afternoon at Goodrington Seafront I watched a movement of Mediterranean Gulls >S 38 in total but one flock of 32! ages of birds: 18 juvs, 6 fs, 3 ss & 11 ads. Also a good movement of Black-head gulls with over 70 counted and 3 Sandwich Terns. 

Posted July 11th, 2018 at 4:46 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth

15 members of DB attended the evening walk (East Devon Branch) to find Nightjars3 Swift overhead and a lonesome Yellow Hammer singing while we waited for the action.  First call heard at 21.47 with first sightings a few minutes later.  Several close fly passes and 'churring' heard from various locations on the heath. A possible 4 territories estimated. 

Posted July 11th, 2018 at 8:57 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Ivybridge Swifts

Late this evening no less than 24 Swifts over Diary lane, Ivybridge.

Just after midday back home at South Brent a Peregrine Falcon circling over harwell Lane.

Posted July 10th, 2018 at 10:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Broadsands

14 Mediterranean Gulls at Broadsands this evening, 5 juvs, 4 fs, 2 ss and 3 Ads

Posted July 10th, 2018 at 9:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton, Velator, Sherpa Marsh

Slow time of year so not much going on (except at Sherpa - more anon) It's odd that the scrape by the Tarka Trail seems to be getting wetter by the minute. Where is all this water coming from? Nothing at all there today though.

The result of all the duck-weed removal is showing signs of improving the pond - a Kingfisher again today.

Later on this evening I walked down to Sherpa Marsh, avoiding all the cows. Black-headed Gull numbers are increasing and a fair proportion of them are juvs. On the Caen river a smart (the first this summer?) adult Mediterranean Gull. On the main pond 25 Swans, 14 Canada Geese (only 8 juvs) about 30 Mallard - mostly full grown juvs., and another adult sum plum Mediterranean Gull. a small mixed flock of Swallows, Sand and House Martins. A single Teal (early?) and one Lapwing. Further round I was a bit surprised to see a family of 6 juvenile Little Grebes. Both adults in attendance, but I didn't think they could possibly incubate 6 eggs - they're huge aren't they? 4 Each of Grey Heron and Little Egret. 

BWP states: Little Grebe clutch size 4-6 or even 2-7 max 10!

Posted July 10th, 2018 at 9:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Four Common Sandpipers on the narrow river, 3 Oystercatchers, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Whitethroat singing, 1 or 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 14 Mandarin Ducks, Swallow on nest, Kestrel and good numbers of butterflies including c50 Gatekeepers, 4 Marbled Whites and 3 Small Skippers.

Posted July 10th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Spotted flycatcher tracking project

Devon Birds/RSPB/BTO Spotted flycatcher tracking project

Thanks to several people for sharing their garden Spotted flycatchers with us after our appeal. We are nearly there but still need your help in locating a few more Spotted flycatcher nests in Devon to contribute to our ongoing project that you can read about in the current issue of Devon Birds.

Spotted flycatchers have seen declines of 83% since the 1960s. Reasons for this decline may include factors operating within UK breeding grounds, such as reduced availability of invertebrates, but the species may also be declining due to problems along their migratory journey to Africa and back. But we know little about their wintering grounds. We need this information to understand what part of the annual cycle causes problems for spotted flycatchers, and where we might need to focus future work to reverse declines. To do this we are continuing the work we started in 2016, tracking migrations to determine wintering areas using tiny tracking devises. These geolocators weigh only 0.36g - incredible!

But to be able to do this we need to catch and tag spotted flycatchers in places where they return each year, as we need to recapture tagged birds the year after to retrieve the tag and its data. The best places to do this are peoples gardens. Do you have Spotted flycatchers nesting at the moment in your garden or farm? If you are happy to have your spotted flycatchers captured and tagged for this project, please could you email james.kennerley@rspb.org.uk or malcolm.burgess@rspb.org.uk.

Posted July 10th, 2018 at 9:23 am by Malcolm Burgess in Bird News

Monday 9th July 2018

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

1 very pale Ruff this lunchtime at Bowling Green Marsh.

At Goosemoor, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls. One was ringed but too far away to read.

Posted July 9th, 2018 at 8:51 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Whimbrel, 32 Curlews and 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 ads + 1st-s) on Blaxton. Also: 2 Stock Doves, 13 Little Egrets, c20 Redshanks, 4 Mandarin Ducks, Kingfisher, Common Sandpipier and Mallard with a small duckling.

Posted July 9th, 2018 at 8:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Crossbills

2 seen in Woolacombe today at 12:30.

Posted July 9th, 2018 at 6:27 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Bovey Heathfield DWT reserve, Yesterday evening

Two nightjars churring and calling in trees on the heath edges, one of them seen very well flying over the heath.

Posted July 9th, 2018 at 1:45 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

An unusual sight.

Her's something we don't often see, a wagtail in a tree. Spotted this one at Broadsands whilst having a BBQ, (me not the wagtail)! Still waiting to see the hundreds which roost in Courtenay St in Newton Abbot.


Posted July 9th, 2018 at 11:23 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Sunday 8th July 2018

Arlington court

An early morning walk around Arlington court saw redstart, heron, buzzard, and nuthatches with swallows dipping on the top pond. Also down by tuckers bring bridge we saw this hind.

Later at home in combemartin a humming bird moth amongst other numerous species of butterfly. 

Nuthatch Hind
Nuthatch                                              Hind

Posted July 8th, 2018 at 7:58 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Pics from today's trip. Additional to Nigel's list, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls just off Berry Head, and a 1st summer Common Gull offshore at the chum. The small bill with only a trace groove (visible in other pics), dusky face and lack of coloured eye ring identify the Puffin as a 1st year bird: see Mike Harris's paper:

http://www.seabirdgroup.org.uk/journals/seabird-27/seabird-27-21.pdf 

Additional to the birds, 2 Compass Jellyfish and several Blue Jellyfish.

Common Gull, 1st summerPuffin, presumed immatureBlue Jellyfish, Cyanea lamarckii
Common Gull, 1st summer                        Puffin, 1st summer                  Blue Jellyfish, Cyanea lamarckii

Posted July 8th, 2018 at 5:23 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat trip.

This mornings Lyme Bay boat trip was in beautiful sunny conditions but no wind. Went out about 10 miles . Birds sighted 14 Manx Shearwater, 10+ Guillemots, Fulmar, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kittiwake, Gannets, 100+ Herring Gulls on the chum but best of all was a Puffin sitting on the water with a Guillemot as we came back towards Berry Head. if interested in coming with us text 07866202576.

Posted July 8th, 2018 at 3:13 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Saturday 7th July 2018

Heddon’s mouth

Two little egrets flying west offshore at 5.30pm.  

Posted July 7th, 2018 at 10:36 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Friday 6th July 2018

Kingsbridge Estuary

7 Greenshanks in Frogmore Creek.

Posted July 6th, 2018 at 5:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Best session on the patch for a while. At Blaxton, summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel with 31 Curlews, 7 Mediterranean Gulls (2 each of 2nd & 1st summers and 3 ads) with c345 Black-headed Gulls including 11 juvs, 7 Little Egrets, 2 Stock Doves and a Whitethroat. Also: Kingfisher, 10 Mandarin Ducks, female Red-crested Pochard, Common Sandpiper, first returning Little Grebe, pair of Shelducks with 2 ducklings, my first Spotted Flycatchers (2) of the year here & 2 Roe Deer.  

Posted July 6th, 2018 at 3:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Broadsands ~ gulls

  

Seven Mediterranean Gulls this morning four adults and three first summer birds none of them ringed.

40 plus Black Head Gulls including two juveniles.

Six GBBG

Three Whimbrell flew in and landed with the smaller gulls.

Two juvenile Pied wagtails.

 

Posted July 6th, 2018 at 11:29 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 5th July 2018

Steps Bridge - Clifford Bridge - Mardon Down

Dipper, Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit, Crossbill, Redpoll. (Also Adder).

Posted July 5th, 2018 at 9:03 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Ilfracombe Rocks

Today a passage of 12 Med Gulls in half an hour. Among the Herring Gulls loafing on the rocks & in the stream several with Darvic rings. 

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sub adult @ boating lakeNorth Coast KestrelsNorth Coast Kestrels
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sub adult @ boating lake                        North Coast Kestrels   

Posted July 5th, 2018 at 7:28 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Eddystone

Kayak to Eddystone

3 Puffins: 1 adult, 2 non bp/imm

1 migrating swallow 6 miles out heading towards Plymouth fast, as if it had a bit of catching up to do.

No cetaceans, but maybe not surprising with an awful lot of pinging and whistles emanating from the water from warship's sonar. Audible (above the water)even when ships were five miles away.

Adult PuffinImm PuffinInquisitive Puffin
Adult Puffin                                   Imm Puffin                           Inquisitive Puffin

Posted July 5th, 2018 at 5:31 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

Two Med. Gulls at BGM and the Spotted Redshank at Goosemoor

Grey Heron StretchingSpotted Redshank, Redshank+Black-tailed GodwitsBlack-tailed Godwits+Black-headed Gull
Grey Heron Stretching    Sptted Redshank, Redshank+Blk-tGodwits               Bl-tGodwits+Blk-hd Gull

Posted July 5th, 2018 at 3:48 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Torbay

Scanned the beaches this morning with Pete Dennis, no Yellow-legged Gulls today but Preston: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. Goodrington: 1 fs Med Gull. Broadsands: 1 fs, 1 ss & 1 ad Med Gull also perhaps even more unusual at this time of year in SW 2 fs Common Gulls. A small flock of 8 Common Scoter flew past out into the mist off Preston.

Posted July 5th, 2018 at 1:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hartland Point

Overnight Storm Petrel ringing in perfect conditions at Hartland Point produced 57 new birds - the best ever total for this species at this site. One control.  We also stayed on to see if there was anything else around in the early morning. 9 Linnet and a few each of Chiffchaff and Whitethroat. 1 Willow Warbler.

Posted July 5th, 2018 at 11:12 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 4th July 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Whimbrel, 33 Curlews, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 9 Little Egrets, 7 juv Black-headed Gulls, pair of Shelducks with 2 ducklings, 2 Shags, 6 Stock Doves, Whitethroat, 23 Mandarin Ducks, Green Woodpecker, 12+ Marbled Whites & 3 Small Skippers..

Posted July 4th, 2018 at 10:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Nightjar churring

Nightjar churring recording, East hill

Posted July 4th, 2018 at 3:43 pm by Jon Tagg in Bird News

Bolt Head to Bolt Tail

Breeding bunting news:

Yellowhammer at 67 pairs, up 29% on 2017.

Reed Bunting 1 pair - first breeding record since I began recording in 2012.

Cirl bunting at 39 pairs - down from the record 46 in 2017 but still holding up well.

But: declines for Stonechat, Wheatear, Rock Pipit, Sedge Warbler.

Slight increases for Blackcap, Reed Warbler.

A mixed bag but generally good results taking in the effects of the two cold spells in March.

Posted July 4th, 2018 at 1:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Torbay

A sweep of the beaches this morning resulted in: 12 Mediterranean Gulls (9 Adults and 3 1st summers) a couple of birds had rings on but I didn't have my scope with me to read them! There were 8 together on Paignton Beach, also 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls one slightly unusual darker headed bird.

Med Gulls Paignton Beach 4 July 2018  

  Above: Mediterranean Gulls                                           below: two different juvenile Yellow Legged Gulls 

YLG Goodrington 04 July 2018 ML  YLG Goodrington 04 July 2018 ML 

Posted July 4th, 2018 at 1:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thornhill Head, North Devon

Over the last week have been watching the number of Jackdaws increasing at our feeders. This morning 20 to 25 with a lot of youngsters demanding food and generally being very boisterous. Fat balls are demolished from the feeder in next to no time with a melee on the ground underneath. There have been a few fairly aggressive fights with birds ending up on their backs and our resident pheasant looking quite harrassed as it tries to feed.  No other birds get a look-in.

Interesting reaction this morning by 2 grey squirrels when male sparrowhawk landed on fence next to the feeders. One up the tree flattened itself against the trunk for several minutes before slinking away. Other on the ground didn't see it and continued feeding despite all the birds disappearing/alarm calling. Sparrowhawk hopped to where it could properly see squirrel, appeared uninterested and started preening. Squirrel then hopped up to same level as sparrowhawk noticed it was there and they both eyeballed each other 3-4 feet apart for what seemed ages. They seemed to then both decide that neither was of interest nor a threat - squirrel went back to ground to feed and sparrowhawk carried on preening, then missed a bird (I think great tit) in tree above.

Posted July 4th, 2018 at 9:37 am by Mark West in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Exminster 'Scarce Chaser'

I'm afraid this is a Black-tailed Skimmer.

Posted July 3rd, 2018 at 7:08 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Saunton Sands

After almost a daily visit to Saunton Sands for an hour or so throughout the year I thought it was only a matter of time before something interesting turned up & late aft today it did.

1 delightful adult Little Gull in sum plum. After resting & preening for some time on the sand it flew south in the direction of the Skern where there may be a reasonable chance of seeing it again if it stays around for a while.


Posted July 3rd, 2018 at 5:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Cranbrook (New Town) Nr Exeter.

The forth and final survey (East Devon Branch) was completed at Cranbrook this morning and our best bird was a Hobby that was sighted twice (assuming it was the same bird).  A total of 57 species were counted over the winter and breeding season counts and these are of interest when compared to the earlier Bird Atlas survey which preceded the construction of the new town.  Our survey was limited to the area of the Countryside Park (which is still under development and continues to create new habitats).  The 'scrape' area opposite the railway station, which produced interesting sightings of passage waders a few years ago has now been lost to willows, rushes and dense undergrowth. Thanks to all who helped with the survey.

Posted July 3rd, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

River Yealm. Puslinch to Warren along railway track.

High tide just starting to ebb. 10 Curlew, 4 Shelduck, Raven, Garden Warbler

Heron, a number of Mallard. Gulls. Herring , Greater and Lesser BB, Black headed.

Posted July 3rd, 2018 at 3:36 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Exminster marsh Osprey etc

Osprey on 2nd pylon North of Station Road, Peregrine on 1st pylon South of Station Road, Reed Warbs, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat juv and lots of butterflies and dragonflies.

OspreyScarce Chaser (I think)Reed Bunting
Osprey                                Scarce Chaser (I think)                             Reed Bunting

Posted July 3rd, 2018 at 1:35 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Monday 2nd July 2018

Roborough Down 02-07-18

Not much to be seen on Roborough Down today, Willow Warblers, Common Redpolls, Yellow Hammers, along with the usual more common birds.

Posted July 2nd, 2018 at 4:57 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Sunday 1st July 2018

Wrafton

After a busy day with rain collection and family, I cycled down to the scrape this evening and the rain had done it's job - a Redshank and more importantly a Wood Sandpiper with an accompanying juvenile Black-headed Gull.Bit late for anything in the reserve, but the Geese still present and both juv Grebes too. Yesterday a Grey Heron dropped in causing panic among the baby Moorhens and a Kingfisher was attempting to fish between the duck-weed.

Posted July 1st, 2018 at 7:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Osprey at Exminster Marshes

The Osprey was still at Exminster Marshes when we left at about 10:30.

Osprey
Osprey

Posted July 1st, 2018 at 2:13 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Exe Powderham to Turf

During the WeBs count this morning there were 4 common sandpipers on the sea wall and a single golden plover on the shore. Single golden plovers are always worth checking and this one looked slim, fine billed and with an obvious supercilium. However when it raised its wing the underwing was white. An osprey was on top of one of the pylons on the marshes eating a fish.

Posted July 1st, 2018 at 1:09 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Horsey Island

Photo taken early am on my way home from Horsey showing the rising tide at Horsey with Appledore & the approaching rain clouds in the distance.


Posted July 1st, 2018 at 12:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Osprey - Exminster Marsh

An Osprey (ringed) found early morning by JD and still late morning on top of first pylon north of Station Road .

Posted July 1st, 2018 at 12:03 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

churston golf course

comma b/fly y/day.  ( jellyfish stinging in elberry cove!!).

Posted July 1st, 2018 at 10:55 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

Horsey Island

1 Great White Egret on Horsey early am, moved on by rising tide at 07.15. Flew SW towards Skern.


Posted July 1st, 2018 at 9:33 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bicton Common (East Devon)

A late evening walk last night around the common produced 2 Green Woodpeckers (one juvenile) at 21.30 and c 6 Nightjar.  The latter were widespread with churring starting around 21.55 with close sightings at Lookout Copse near Blackhill Quarry.  Some horses and cattle kept me company and the only downside were the midges and noise from a rave somewhere south! 

Note: 'NIghtjar fieldtrip' to Mutters Moor, Sidmouth is scheduled for Tues. 10 July, meeting at 21.00hrs. (East Devon Branch of Devon Birds).  Would some members observe that we are no longer the DBWPS and have not been for several years now.

Posted July 1st, 2018 at 8:56 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

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