Devon Bird Sightings from July 2019

Your 2019 sightings

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Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! 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

Wednesday 31st July 2019

West Charleton Marsh

Hobby passed through this evening. Still 25 Swifts in the village.

Posted July 31st, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Tuesday 30th July 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

A quick look after work around 4:30pm - 5:00pm. A Wood Sandpiper was showing nicely to the left of the hide. A Ruff flew in just before I was leaving. Also a few Whimbrel, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper. If interested, more details at http://part-timebirding.blogspot.com

Posted July 30th, 2019 at 10:35 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Bowling Green Sandpipers

Three species, one Common, two Green and one Wood Sandpiper together on the marsh this lunchtime.

At Matford Pools, a Buzzard carrying what looked like a redshank size wader in one claw, crossed over the car at 17:35.

Posted July 30th, 2019 at 9:08 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

BGM

Over the evening high tide - birded from 3.15 - 6.30.  Good numbers of waders scattered continually by Psycho the LBB Gull. Highlights, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Ruff,Sum Plum Grey Plover, a very clean white breasted Spotted Redshank (briefly), Whimbrel, Bar Tailed Godwit,

Bar-tailed Godwit  Wood Sandpiper  Ruff
Bar-tailed Godwit                       Wood Sandpiper                                              Ruff

Posted July 30th, 2019 at 8:27 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Berry Head sea watch 07.20 - 14.30

Main additions to Mike's numbers, below: c300 Balearic Shearwaters (including a raft of c200 on the sea at one point), 2 Black Terns (ad + juv), 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxies, 12 "Commic" Terns, 3 Common Scoters, 38 Swifts, 2 Sand Martins & 10 Common Dolphins. 

Posted July 30th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exeter Goosanders (again)

Nine or ten redheads fishing actively below Trews Weir this morning, with an Egret on the bank hoping to benefit from their driving the fish into the shallows.

Posted July 30th, 2019 at 5:02 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Holsworthy

Hobby (f) flying south at midday.

Posted July 30th, 2019 at 1:47 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatching 0530-0830hrs was better this morning with highlight totals of: 209 Balearic & 67 Manx Shearwaters, 177 Mediterranean Gulls, 340 Kittiwake (inc 3 juvs), 2 Storm Petrels, 13 Fulmar, 7 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua, 180 Gannets, 1 juv Yellow-Legged Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Comic Terns, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Swift, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Seal and 4-5 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted July 30th, 2019 at 10:17 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 29th July 2019

Teignmouth

Two dark phase Arctic Skuas offshore late afternoon.

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 9:07 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Berry Head

Arrived mid afternoon to meet Mark, Del and Bill for a short seawatch. Up to 4pm the birds had included just 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, approx 7 Manx Shearwaters, 20+ Mediterranean Gulls - very poor given the conditions! The highlights were 1 sunfish (I was too late for that one) and 20+ Common Dolphins close to the headland appearing to have rounded up a bait ball. 

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 9:07 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, yesterday

Pictures from yesterday morning's boat trip.

Balearic shearwaters with a Manx shearwater in front
Balearic shearwaters with a Manx shearwater in front

Gannet, 2nd cal year
Gannet, 2nd cal year

Yellow legged gull, juvenile
Yellow legged gull, juvenile

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 6:20 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Berry Head

Good views of a sunfish off the point at Berry Head.  Moving SW in a choppy sea.

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Patrick Case in Other Wildlife

Warren House Inn to Challecombe & back

Hobby, 2 Crossbills, 4 Redstarts, 5 Whinchats (incl 2+ juvs), Garden Warbler & 2 Lesser Redpolls.

Later at Clearbrook, Green Woodpecker & 2 Lesser Redpolls.

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 4:55 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

R.Caen

Single Spoonbill (not colour ringed) foraging on R.Caen briefly at 14.00 but moved on by incoming tide.

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 3:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Snipe fledgling rescue

My cat brought in a snipe fledgling this morning. I hope I rescued and released it in time to save its life. I live in Hatherleigh, Devon. Didn't know there were snipe in this area. Didn't take photo-too busy reassuring it. V long bill and dark brown eye stripe whole length of head.

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 1:22 pm by Susan Hall in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, yesterday

Cetaceans from yesterday morning's trip.

Porpoise with calf
Porpoise with calf

Common dolphins
Common dolphins

Common dolphins
Common dolphins

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 1:03 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis


Posted July 29th, 2019 at 9:30 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Sunday 28th July 2019

Exe ~ Osprey

Osprey on the Exe late morning on the low tide, viewed from Exton station, ringed both legs but too distant to read any details, heavily mobbed by GBBG at one point.

Good numbers of Curlew and one Greenshank.

Goosemoor up to 30 Lapwing and a single Common Gull

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 7:56 pm by Steve HOPPER in General Birding

Leaf cutter bees

While out photographing wildlife in Instow’s dunes area, I came across some bees that were carrying rolled-up leaves.  I followed the bees and discovered they were part of a 50+ strong colony nesting in the sand dunes.  It was fascinating to watch them, as they pulled the rolled-up leaf into tunnels and I even saw two bees excavating new tunnels. On-line research points towards them being Coastal Leaf Cutter Bees, is that correct?

Coastal leaf cutter bees
Coastal leaf cutter bees

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 6:23 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Bicclescombe Park

About 6 pairs with 30 Blue Damselfly around the Duck pond. 

Beautiful Demoiselle
Beautiful Demoiselle


Posted July 28th, 2019 at 6:22 pm by Martin Thorne in Other Wildlife

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler with food.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 5:48 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

BGM

Adult summer plumage (ish) Ruff at Bowling Green this afternoon. Flock of Dunlin flew in.Otherwise quiet with usual gulls,godwit and duck.

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 5:19 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Great to see see a pair of Spotted Flycatchers carrying food to a nest box relocated by the NT earlier this year. Also: 2 Whimbrels, 96 Redshanks, 3 Greenshanks, a pair of Shelducks with 2 juvs, 11 Mandarin Ducks & 3 Stock Doves.

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

Emerging Southern Hawker Dragonflies this morning in the Silent Pool with several mating pairs of Large Red Damselfly also present.

Southern Hawker drying wings.
Southern Hawker drying wings.

Southern Hawker seconds prior to flight.
Southern Hawker seconds prior to flight.

Pair of friendly Large Red Damselfly.
Pair of friendly Large Red Damselfly.

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 5:01 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Lyme bay boat trip from Brixham, 9am-1pm

Great trip this morning. In the harbour cormorant, shag, a grey seal (marina) and a heron (on the bunkering jetty). Out to sea 2 fulmar, 6+ manx shearwater, 200+ balearic shearwater (most in 2 big rafts of 80 and 93), the usual black headed, herring, lesser black backed, and great black backed gulls, 2 mediterranean gulls (near Berry Head), 1 juv yellow legged gull, 1 kittiwake, 43 guillemot, 14+ gannet, 5 porpoise, 42+ common dolphin, and 2 compass jellyfish. Also seen well offshore 5 large dark nymphalid butterflies (of which 1 close was confirmed as red admiral) and a marmalade hoverfly. Photos later.

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 4:27 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Fremington pill

(Red) Knot, Glossy Ibis 50+Redshank

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 11:57 am by Gordon Westley in General Birding

Velator/Sherpa

Walked around Sherpa Marsh yesterday evening. About 30 Swans, including 5 + 2 well-grown Cygnets. 2 Grey Herons, but no sign of any Egrets, Great or Little. 1 Lapwing, a few each of Swallow, Sand and House Martin. Best was a Peregrine chasing the Starling flock into the reed-bed.

Later on ringing Swallows produced a further 56 birds plus a Sand Martin.

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 8:36 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 27th July 2019

Velator

New creature in the reserve yesterday, and seen briefly again today - Common Lizard. Ringed about 130 Swallows this week (so far) virtually all juveniles, so it seems breeding is ok, but this is a small sample.

And, I have a pair of Swallows nesting in my car port at home too!

Posted July 27th, 2019 at 4:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Headland Warren-Challacombe Farm

Several wheatear along the roadside including a juvenile. Behind Soussons Wood on the road to Postbridge a pale buzzard. Lots of stonechat and meadow pipits.

Juvenile wheatear
Juvenile wheatear

Wheatear
Wheatear

Pale buzzard
Pale buzzard

Posted July 27th, 2019 at 2:56 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Yesterday at Prawle 26th July

Short late seawatch from 8.10 to 10.40am produced 15 Balearic Shearwaters, 29 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Common Scoter. Also 4-5 Common Dolphins breaching going west. Small movement of hirundines, Swallows and House Martins. 

At the point 2 Grayling Butterflies (not seen often here). Also a small Pearl Bordered Fritillary. At Moorwell pond, being de-weeded, Emperor Dragonflies and Black-Tailed Skimmers and Blue-Tailed Damselflies.

Previous week, on 19th July a seawatch from 7.15am till 4pm produced 11 Balearic ,933 Manx Shearwaters; a Bonxie and a Puffin,172 Gannets, 13 Mediterranean Gulls and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

Posted July 27th, 2019 at 11:21 am by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

white sparrow

baby white sparrow with parent bird in my garden in whitleigh been here for about a week now


Posted July 27th, 2019 at 10:35 am by barry insull in General Birding

Butterflies

Holly Blue Butterfly in Tews Lane, Bickington..

Holly Blue
Holly Blue

Posted July 27th, 2019 at 12:22 am by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

Friday 26th July 2019

Broadsands

Yesterday evening the gathering gulls included 93 Mediterranean Gulls and 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls. Also approx 70+ Black-headed, 1 Lesser Black-backed, 4 Great Black-backed and 300 Herring Gulls

Posted July 26th, 2019 at 10:47 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 25th July 2019

Clennon Valley Ponds, Goodrington

A male ruddy darter at the back of the 3rd pond up from bottom was the best find today, my first for Torbay. Also common darter (1 on same pond), broad bodied chaser, black tailed skimmer, emperor, southern hawker (on the small 4th pond), azure damsel, blue tailed damsel, and small red-eyed damsels still abundant at their usual spot on algal mats at the bottom of the lower pond. A possible white admiral was seen flying among willow trees behind the 3rd pond. Birds included dabchicks, 2 kingfishers and a grey heron.

Ruddy darter, male
Ruddy darter, male

Posted July 25th, 2019 at 8:42 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Fremington Ibis

The Glossy Ibis is back on Fremington Pill, with Curlew, Redshank, a Greenshank, and 554 Black-headed Gulls, 2 SShelduck with 5 yg,

Posted July 25th, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Peter Howard in General Birding

West Soar/Soar Mill Valley

70 Swift moving through, 80 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Wheatear at Soar Mill Cove (prob.local projeny), 200 Linnet.

Posted July 25th, 2019 at 2:28 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Molland

Juvenile Cuckoo near Molland this morning.

Juvenile Cuckoo
Juvenile Cuckoo

Posted July 25th, 2019 at 11:53 am by David paterson in General Birding

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Harleston by Slapton

First returning Willow Warbler, in brief song in the garden before feeding in the veg patch. Also Swift & Green Woodpecker.

Posted July 24th, 2019 at 9:48 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Family of Goosanders Mill on the Exe pub Exeter

Very approachable family of Goosanders this morning

Posted July 24th, 2019 at 3:56 pm by Roy Adams in General Birding

Exeter Goosanders

Five redheads were loafing on the river just below Trews Weir suspension bridge around 9am today.

Posted July 24th, 2019 at 3:52 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At least 2 Green Woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail, 6 Stock Doves, 3 Kestrels, 2 Common Sandpipers (including a bird with some "spots" on breast sides), 3 Greenshanks, ad & juv Mediterranean Gulls, Shag, Shelducks with 2 juvs, 32 Curlews, 12 Mandarin Ducks & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted July 24th, 2019 at 3:11 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Velator

Not much happening of late, but this morning on arrival a female/juv Kestrel on the entrance telegraph pole, and a Sparrowhawk circling over the SW corner - carrying one of my birds grrr! and being mobbed by half a dozen Swallows. In the reserve the first Whitethroat I've seen there this year and a brief visit of a Kingfisher. House Martin and Swift flying over and then a small group of Rooks and Jackdaws flew over going west and a few minutes later came back heading east! As I was leaving I went round to look out over the marsh and my attention was immediately drawn to two large white birds perched on bushes in the NE part of the marsh. Both were Great Egrets, and as I was calling Sue Bruce to alert her, they flew south and I think landed around the main pond opposite the Toll House. A Little Egret flying with them gave a good perspective of size. Sue told me she had heard a Quail on the Great field I think she said on Monday in the middle of the day.

Posted July 24th, 2019 at 12:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Broadsands

Yesterday evening there were 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls and 27 Mediterranean Gulls on and off Broadsands beach.

 

Posted July 24th, 2019 at 8:53 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Dawlish Warren

A portlandica Arctic Tern from the hide at high tide; also over 100 Sandwich & c10 Common Terns, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, c30 Dunlins & 2 Whimbrels.

The summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe and 6 Whimbrels off Cockwood.

portlandica Arctic Tern with Sandwich Terns
portlandica Arctic Tern with Sandwich Terns

portlandica Arctic Tern with Sandwich Terns
portlandica Arctic Tern with Sandwich Terns

Posted July 23rd, 2019 at 9:16 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Goosander/Trewsweir

Sorry, only a poor quality phone shot of the Goosander feeding on the Exe last Thursday evening. Also saw them again Friday evening, but not since then. 

Posted July 23rd, 2019 at 8:32 pm by Mike Booth in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A walk around the area an hour or so before high tide produced the following:

Curlew 31, Greenshank 3, Redshank 94, Dunlin 1, Common Sandpiper 4, Oystercatcher 3, Little Egret 14, Kingfisher 1, Grey Heron 4, Med Gull 1 1st s, Dipper 1 by Longbridge, Kestrel 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Stock Dove 10, Whitethroat 1 and Sedge Warbler 1. 

Posted July 23rd, 2019 at 12:23 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Monday 22nd July 2019

Green Beetle

One of seven or eight green beetles seen on a mint plant in Hawkchurch near Axminster.

Green mint leaf beetle
Green mint leaf beetle

Posted July 22nd, 2019 at 9:45 pm by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

Gulls hawking for ants at Exeter

Mixed flock of about 500 Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls hawking for flying ants over Exwick between 3pm and 4pm today.

Posted July 22nd, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Turnstone still on Blaxton Meadow with a Dunlin, 4 Oystercatchers, 33 Curlews, 95 Redshanks, 3 Greenshanks & 13 Little Egrets. Also 4 Common Sandpipers, 5 Stock Doves, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers & 6 Mandarin Ducks. 

Posted July 22nd, 2019 at 4:38 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Goosanders herding fish

Sadly no  photographs but on Thursday 18th July there were 12 Goosanders - females and young, working the River Exe upstream to Trews Weir and then herding the fish into the shallows where they feasted. Several people saw this from the suspension bridge as did I.

The collapse of St James Weir has left the expanse below Trews Weir pooled and with several shingle beaches.  The birds were working together to herd the fish into these shallow pools. It was a fantastic site and I wonder if it  has been observed commonly?

Posted July 22nd, 2019 at 3:36 pm by Adrian ROGERS in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Strand House. 1100-1215.

High tide 1007.

Common Gull 1; Mediterranean Gull 7 (5A;1 1st S; 1J). No migrating waders, just a few Curlew,Oystercatcher and 1 Whimbrel. 16 Little Egret & 7 Grey Heron on Penhill Marsh.

Posted July 22nd, 2019 at 12:59 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

The Skern, Appledore, on rising tide

Among a mixed airborne flock of mainly Herring & Black headed Gull competing for some cake (!) thrown for them by some grockles was an adult Common Gull. About 6 Ringed Plover and a similar number of Dunlin were feeding on the mud ahead of the incoming tide. There are a LOT of baby Goldfinch with the adults making the most of the copious thistle turning to seed. 

Posted July 22nd, 2019 at 10:10 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in General Birding

Roseate Terns Dawlish Warren

2 adult Roseate Terns flew in from the sea travelling towards the estuary at approximately 0730hrs.Also over 50 Sandwich Terns present, 6 Sanderliing and 2 Ganetts also seen

Posted July 22nd, 2019 at 9:43 am by Roy Adams in General Birding

Sunday 21st July 2019

Instow

Six or more Mediterranean Gulls on Instow near the cricket field

Mediterranean Gulls
Mediterranean Gulls

Posted July 21st, 2019 at 11:26 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Lovely afternoon at Dawlish Warren, 2 Roseate terns off the beach and lots of Sandwich terns, 10 Sanderling on the beach and 2 Dunlin.

Roseate Tern
Roseate Tern

Sanderling
Sanderling

Dunlin
Dunlin

Posted July 21st, 2019 at 10:04 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Instow and Fremington trip

At Instow a common gull?  The Glossy Ibis in Fremington was up for a photo or two.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Common gull
Common gull

Posted July 21st, 2019 at 9:06 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Skern

From yesterday little ringed plover,31 med gulls,20 ads,2nd s,6fs,4juv's.20:15-2115

Posted July 21st, 2019 at 7:30 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Venford Reservoir area

Highlights included: Juv Cuckoo being fed by Meadow Pipit, Little Grebe family, Juv Redstart, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Redpoll, 4 juv Grey Herons, Cormorant, 7 Siskin, 3 Chiffchaff and a single Willow Warbler. Also 3 Golden Ringed Dragonflies.

Juv Cuckoo
Juv Cuckoo

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Little Grebe family
Little Grebe family

Posted July 21st, 2019 at 6:46 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A few waders on this morning's high tide including: 3 Greenshanks, 4+ Common Sandpipers, 32 Curlews, 91 Redshanks, Dunlin (sum-plum) & Turnstone (sum-plum). The latter was on Blaxton Meadow, the first time I can remember seeing one here. Also: 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, 13 Little Egrets, 6 Stock Doves, 7 Mandarin Ducks, Shag & a Shelduck with 2 juvs.

Posted July 21st, 2019 at 5:23 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exmouth

Four adult Roseate Terns on Bull Hill early this morning before feeding together in the estuary. Thought likely to be at the Warren over high tide. Also 120+ Sandwich Tern and at least 4 Common Tern.

Posted July 21st, 2019 at 8:49 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 20th July 2019

Ilfracombe

Large Red Damselfly ovipositing in my fishpond today. 

Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly


Posted July 20th, 2019 at 9:19 pm by Martin Thorne in Other Wildlife

Swallowtail

I met a couple at Velator the other day who saw a Swallowtail in their garden in West Down within the last few days.

Posted July 20th, 2019 at 8:32 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Swallowtail Yelland

Over the wildflower meadows on the waste site adjacent to the old power station at Yelland, this continental swallowtail was seen and photographed by my mother in law on Wednesday just gone. I was 15 minutes behind and did not see it. 

A one off migrant perhaps but a reminder of just how special this site is for wildflowers, inverts and wildlife full stop. Hope locals will do what they can to campaign against development here. 

Posted July 20th, 2019 at 8:08 pm by TOM WILLIAMS in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

0910-1215 :-

200+ Black tailed Godwit, 160+ Curlew, 18 Whimbrel, 14 Little Egret, 150+ Redshank, 70+ Dunlin, 5 Shelduck, 1 Mediterranean gull, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Greenshank from the viewing platform.

Posted July 20th, 2019 at 5:25 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Exmouth

Adult Roseate Tern on Bull Hill early this morning, viewed from Shelly Beach. Also 110+ Sandwich Tern, 4+ Common Tern and at least 6 Mediterranean Gulls. Missed an Osprey though.

Posted July 20th, 2019 at 8:38 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 19th July 2019

Berry Head

Seawatch 09.00 - 15.00: 45 Balearic & 333 Manx Shearwaters, Arctic & 4 Common Terns (all ads), 2 Puffins, Bonxie, Tufted Duck & up to 64 Mediterranean Gulls (mainly juvs). Also at least a dozen Common Dolphins & 3 Harbour Porpoises.  

Posted July 19th, 2019 at 5:33 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Skern

First signs of significant migration this morning at 9.00 on a falling tide. 8 Sanderling, 5 Ring Plover, 180 Dunlin, 76 Curlew, 1Whimbrel, 1Redshank, 16, Mediterranean Gull. Also 4 Little Tern through, and most surprising 2 Gannet 

Posted July 19th, 2019 at 5:01 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Thursday 18th July 2019

R.Caen

1 Common Sandpiper on R.Caen late aft / early evening.


Posted July 18th, 2019 at 9:38 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

mear valley exmouth

6 ringneck parakeet

Posted July 18th, 2019 at 4:54 pm by barry in General Birding

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis viewed from the Skern, at 08:05 yesterday 16th July.

it flew off towards Crow Point/Instow.

Posted July 17th, 2019 at 10:20 pm by Roger Walter in General Birding

Fledgling Northern Wheatear X 7 at The Skern, Appledore

All along the boulders lining the drop off from the tip road were what appeared to be a brood of 4 and a further brood of 3 fledgling Northern Wheatear. Also saw an adult female.


Posted July 17th, 2019 at 9:26 am by Phil & Sue Naylor in General Birding

Mediterranean Gull & Summer plumage Knot at The Skern

As the tide dropped from the full in the Skern, Appledore, a roosting group of BH Gulls concealed at least three Mediterranian Gulls along with a surprising summer plumage Knot 



Posted July 17th, 2019 at 9:19 am by Phil & Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 16th July 2019

Dartmoor Shaugh Lake Quarry

Lovely afternoon walking around the quarry (not trespassing as i work there). Lots of Wheatear, Sky Larks, Meadow Pipits, Sand Martins, Swallows, Pied Wagtails, Goldfinches, Tufted Ducks, Little Grebes and a pair of Reed Buntings to name a few.

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Skylark
Skylark

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted July 16th, 2019 at 8:16 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

HAYTOR WALK

Eleven members enjoyed the sunny weather walking to and round the quarry to the north of Haytor rocks.   Good views of male Yellowhammer, juvenile Wheatear, several Chiffchaff (possibly some were Willow Warblers) and many Stonechat.  Blackcap in the quarry with plenty of Swallows flying round including some juveniles.   We moved to Blackslade Water and located a Marsh Tit along with Stonechat, Goldfinch, Swallows and Chiff / Willow W..  Species count: 24.  

Posted July 16th, 2019 at 7:14 pm by Geoff Green in General Birding

Occombe Farm Reserve, Paignton this afternoon

5 purple hairstreaks in the big oak on the woodland edge at the bottom right corner of the orchard. Also along the bottom edge of the orchard, small and large skipper, large and green-veined white, peacock, red admiral, silver washed firtillary, meadow brown, ringlet, gatekeeper, speckled wood (most of these on the flowering bramble beside the oak). Comma further upslope by the pond as we left.

Purple hairstreak
Purple hairstreak

Silver-washed fritillary
Silver-washed fritillary

Posted July 16th, 2019 at 6:24 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit on this afternoon's high tide. Not much to add to Martin's post, but the Coot was just as much of a surprise to me (I hadn't seen his post before my visit)! This is a rarity here, and as far as I can remember, the first one I've seen on the patch, outside very cold conditions. 

Also 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-s & 1st-s), 3 Mandarin Ducks and the Little Egrets included a juvenile.

Posted July 16th, 2019 at 4:41 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Velator reserve

An interesting morning ringing: dominated by a steady supply of Blackcaps. With lots of birds fledging most of those ringed were juveniles. That is except Blackcaps: of the twenty I ringed 7 were adults. Surely they can't all be breeding in the reserve - I've already ringed a good number of adults, so most of these are already migrating(?) Of note were all the male Blackcaps - including a retrap - seemed to have a brood patch. Also:

3 juv Cetti's Warblers

5 juv Robins

1 juv Reed Warbler (and an adult)

1 juv Greenfinch

1 juv Blackbird

1 juv Song Thrush

2 juv Goldcrest

3 juv Wrens

2 juv Chiffchaffs

 

Posted July 16th, 2019 at 12:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this mornings high tide the following were seen:

Curlew 35, Redshank 91 on the meadow, Greenshank 3, Common Sandpiper 5, Little Egret 13, Green Woodpecker 3, GSW 3, Stock Dove 9, Whitethroat 1 and the surprise of the morning was a Coot on the river by Longbridge.

Posted July 16th, 2019 at 10:29 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram Monday 16th July

On the high tide: 3 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-s & 2 1st-s), Greenshank, 68 Redshanks, 34 Curlews & 11 Little Egrets. Also 5 Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker, juv Goldcrest & 16 Mandarin Ducks.

Plenty of butterflies including double figures of Small Skipper, Marbled White & Gatekeeper & a single Large Skipper.

Posted July 16th, 2019 at 9:16 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Monday 15th July 2019

Nightjars at Stover

Churring from 21.36 for one minute - nothing thereafter. Two birds, male & female, constantly in the air/perched in trees from 21.45 - 22. 10, with a third fly-over bird (female?) at 22.10. Best viewed over new planting/tree tubes - by the Nightjar notice-board!  

Posted July 15th, 2019 at 10:48 pm by John Walton in General Birding

Taw Estuary, R.Caen

Flock of Redshank at low tide on the north side of the Taw Estuary & plenty of BH Gulls & 3 Meds amongst them.

This delightful Blue-tailed Damselfly alighted on my bicycle lock cable by the Toll House.

On R.Caen 19 Dunlin still in sumplum, 1 juv Greenshank,142 BH Gulls inc 5 juv's , 1 adult Med Gull & 2 Little Egrets.




Posted July 15th, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exton Station

Osprey sat on post around 1:30pm. More details please visit http://part-timebirding.blogspot.com/

Posted July 15th, 2019 at 3:15 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Sunday 14th July 2019

Preston

Between 25 - 30 Swifts seen screeching over Preston this evening.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 9:55 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

S Huish pectoral sand

Rubbish record shot. Wonder if it’s the same bird that has appeared a couple of times over the last year or so.


Posted July 14th, 2019 at 9:35 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

South Huish waders #2

The adult summer plumage pectoral sandpiper flew off SE at 18.50. Wasn’t seen after that.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Exe - Exton Station

An Osprey was again on a post mid-estuary visible from Exton station, mid-afternoon and was feeding on the post for over half an hour.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 8:44 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Ilfracombe

From Haggington I was trying to count a small pod of Common Dolphins off Rillage Point, about 6 but were dispersed due to pleasure boats when a tatty looking Osprey nearly passed unnoticed until it was moving away at a distance.   

Osprey record shot Common Dolphin
Osprey record shot                    Common Dolphin

Eds: the osprey is actually a Buzzard. see https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/articles/common_buzzard 

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 8:39 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Gulls

Over our house on clovelly rd Bideford this afternoon 10 med gulls,7ads,2ss, juvenile.Plus over a 100 bhg's,15:30-16:20.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 8:30 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

South Huish waders Sun eve

As sum plum pec sand, LRP and common sand 18.05

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 6:31 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Lyme bay boat trip from Brixham

Photos from today. See Nigel's post for species and numbers seen.

Balearic Shearwater.  Mediterranean Gull
Balearic Shearwater.                              Mediterranean Gull

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 6:21 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat trip.

This morning was the first 4hour Lyme Bay boat trip for the season from Brixham in a very active sea state!! Birds seen, 6 Scoter, sp, 10 Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 6+ Med Gulls, 2 Kittiwake,  4 Fulmar, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Gannets and many Herring Gull. also 3 Harbour Porpoise and 10+ Common Dolphin.

If interested give us a call n 07866202576. still some places.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 3:28 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis back at the Pill this morning 07.30.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 7:38 am by Dave Paterson in General Birding

Saturday 13th July 2019

Broadsands

2 juv Yellow-Legged Gulls and 7 Med Gulls on Broadsands beach late this evening till 925pm at least on the dropping tide 

Posted July 13th, 2019 at 10:35 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Osprey - Exton Station

An Osprey sat on a post in the middle of the River Exe viewed from Exton Station from late morning to 13.05pm when starting flying around - eventually caught a fish and flew off high west at 13.15pm. 

Posted July 13th, 2019 at 2:18 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Friday 12th July 2019

Clennon Valley Ponds, Goodrington

Good numbers of small red-eyed damselflies at the lower end of the bottom pond today, also a splendid male red veined darter. Other species around the ponds include black tailed skimmer (abundant), broad bodied chaser, emperor, a hawker species (which kept its distance) azure damselfly and blue tailed damselfly. I couldn't find the scarce chaser seen on the 3rd pond up 2 days ago but it could still be there among the numerous black tailed skimmers.

Red veined darter, male
Red veined darter, male

Black tailed skimmer, mating pair
Black tailed skimmer, mating pair

Small red-eyed damselfly, ovipositing pair
Small red-eyed damselfly, ovipositing pair

Posted July 12th, 2019 at 9:01 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1330-1500.

3 Black-tailed Godwits.

5 med Gulls ( 3A; 1 1st S, 1 juvenile.

Posted July 12th, 2019 at 7:21 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's high tide, 2 Black-tailed Godwits (1 in summer plumage), 29 Curlews, Common Sandpiper, just 20 Redshanks, 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, a pair of Shelducks with 2 juvs & Mandarin Duck. Also, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a pair of Whitethroats carrying food, 7 Stock Doves & a Kestrel, 

Posted July 12th, 2019 at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Thursday 11th July 2019

Ilfracombe

Buzzard in my garden today, taking a break from winding up the local Gull population. 

Recently out on the sea good numbers of Manx Shearwaters are present whatever the wind direction. Up to 10 flocks of 60 chasing about are regularly in view. Today 2 ad Med Gulls on Cheyne rocks. 

Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted July 11th, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

drogo spotted flycatchers

pair of spotted flycathers feeding young seen from the path just under castle drogo yesterday,lovely find

Posted July 11th, 2019 at 8:22 pm by laurence smith in General Birding

Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill on gorse bushes at Ivy Cove by the SW Coastal Path, east of Coleton Fishacre.


Posted July 11th, 2019 at 4:47 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple between Bradiford Water and Ashford sewage works 1210-1300

3 adult Med Gulls and 2 juvenile Common sandpipers.

A total of 37 little Egret and 5 Grey Heron between both sides of the river.

Posted July 11th, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

11-07-19 Roborough Down

A few more birds around today, Yellowhammers, GSW, Meadow Pipits, along with Stonechats, linnets, Green Woodpecker in the distance

GSW (male)
GSW (male)

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted July 11th, 2019 at 3:30 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Velator/Caen

On arrival at the bridge to the reserve this morning, a singing Lesser Whitethroat was a real surprise - same one we saw here on 4th May? Sounded identical.

This evening along the mud of the River Caen, among a good scattering of Black-headed Gulls were two smart adult Mediterranean Gulls. At least a dozen Pied Wagtails (mostly juvs) were in with the cattle by cross banks. Sadly, no yellow ones amongst them. No Little Owls on the barns either...

Posted July 10th, 2019 at 10:55 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Shobrooke Park

A single Spotted Flycatcher present this evening at the southern end of the site, the first on patch this year. 

Posted July 10th, 2019 at 7:06 pm by T. M. Mylett in General Birding

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Velator Reserve

Ringing this morning after a 3 week break produced good numbers of migrant Warblers  (2 Willow Warblers were unusual at this time of year) and 2 Cetti's Warblers. In addition, a further 3 juvenile female Kingfishers were ringed,  with Azolla weed blocking many of the ditches on the Great Field, maybe this is a feeding opportunity for them. 7 Juvenile Wrens were notable.

Posted July 9th, 2019 at 10:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The moulting summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was still present early afternoon. Also 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and a few Whimbrel.

Posted July 9th, 2019 at 9:03 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Monday 8th July 2019

Velator

Hooray! 4 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape! Along with a Pied Wagtail and 2 Swallows. A male Tufted Duck on Sherpa pond. 2 Sand Martins over the pond.

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Birds

South hush marsh,ad little ringed plover,4sp Dublin, 2red v darters.

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 4:59 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in General Birding

Turf

Osprey flew down river 4 pm Sunday 

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 3:04 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

R.Taw Barnstaple between Pottington and Ashford sewage Works, 1230-1330

4 adult Mediterranean Gulls feeding on foreshore with 100s of returning B.H.Gulls.

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 2:54 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Med Gull on cricket pitch

Based on the address of the birder who posted this I would say it is Instow Cricket Ground. Would Martin Bennett please confirm and ensure a record is sent to the data manager. Posting on here does not always make the records as has been previously stated. Many thanks

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 12:37 pm by Karen Sims in General Birding

Broadsands

Late post for Sunday. 

Found this juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on Sunday afternoon at low tide at Broadsands.  It did not stay around long as the beach was busy, but I managed to get a couple of photos that just about showed its green colour ring 312:C. I believe this is a French project, based in the Carmargue. I have sent off my sighting to them. 




Posted July 8th, 2019 at 7:26 am by Alistair King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 7th July 2019

Mediterranean gull

Yes, it is a Mediterranean Gull. Large, bright red bill and black cap extending much further down nape than the brown cap of the Black-headed gull are diagnostic. Please give location. Which cricket pitch - where?

Posted July 7th, 2019 at 4:29 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Mediterranean Gull - maybe?

Seen near the cricket field on Sunday morning 11.00 am ish.

This might be a Mediterranean Gull standing near a black headed gull. It appeared to be very different to the BHG standing next to it.

Mediterranean Gull?
Mediterranean Gull?

Posted July 7th, 2019 at 1:27 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Saturday 6th July 2019

Taw Estuary - Pottington

1 Knot foraging amongst the BH Gulls am.


Posted July 6th, 2019 at 7:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Spotted Flycatcher?

Birds nesting in doorway opposite.

Not great images, but can anyone confirm it is a spotted flycatcher nest?

  

Eds: yes a Spotted Flycatcher - please use the above link to help with bird identifications

Posted July 6th, 2019 at 6:27 pm by Alun Sherwood in General Birding

Dragonflies at Stover

Highlights of a day 'dragonflying' at Stover were male Lesser Emperor and Red-veined Darter over the lake, plus both Large and Small Redeyes and many Black-tailed Skimmers. No sign of Scarce Chasers - checked the fringes from boat with Jon Avon - but one photographed away from water yesterday.

Posted July 6th, 2019 at 6:13 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

06-07-19 Home Park White-letter hairstreaks

At least 4 showing very well around 2:30 pm

White-letter Hairstreak

White-letter Hairstreak

Posted July 6th, 2019 at 4:37 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Skern

27 med gulls.17 adults,2 ss,7fs& probably my earliest juvenile.50 bhg's,2 whimbrel,39 curlew 1dunlin.07:40-08:15

Posted July 6th, 2019 at 4:02 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Seaton Marshes

Whimbrel heard at 08:00 this morning with members of the Axe Estuary Ringing Group. 

Posted July 6th, 2019 at 2:50 pm by T. M. Mylett in General Birding

Eddystone

Kayak trip to Eddystone yesterday:

1 Balearic Shearwater,

100+ Manx Shearwater

1 Common Scoter

plus 15 Common Dolphin (10+4+1)

4 Harbour Porpoise (3+1)

Manx Shearwater and Common Scoter Common Dolphins Harbour Porpoise
Manx Shearwater and Common Scoter               Common Dolphins                                 Harbour Porpoise

Eds: All pelagic birders with the season upon us, please remember to send your seabird records in. Records such as these which are within 12 nautical miles of Devon do count for the county now. While posting on Devon Bird News is great the records do not automatically go into Devon Birds database.

Posted July 6th, 2019 at 7:23 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 5th July 2019

Taw Estuary

First flock of returning Redshank I have seen so far this summer on the north side of the Taw Estuary.


Posted July 5th, 2019 at 10:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Skern

First returning med gulls this evening.6,2 adults,2nd summer,3 FS.40 bhg's only one juv.20 curlew,14 dunlin.19:20-1945.

Posted July 5th, 2019 at 8:57 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

central park pre roost

around 100 ringneck parakeet inc 3 blue juvenile babies along with blue adult

Posted July 5th, 2019 at 7:45 pm by barry insull in General Birding

South Brent Redstarts

My first juvenile Redstarts of autumn, presumably dispersing away from natal areas - two near Aish Ridge this morning and one on Brent Hill on 3 July.

Posted July 5th, 2019 at 12:11 pm by Peter Reay in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this mornings high tide the following were seen.

Curlew 24, Redshank 62, Greenshank 2, Common Sandpiper 5, Little Egret 11, Grey Heron 4, Med Gull 1 1st sp, Shelduck 2 with 2 juv, Stock 9, Green Woodpecker 3, GSW 2, Peregrine and Whitethroat 2.

Posted July 5th, 2019 at 11:05 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Thursday 4th July 2019

Central Park, Plymouth

Still at least 2 White-letter Hairstreaks this afternoon, showing quite well.

White-letter Hairstreaks     White-letter Hairstreak
White-letter Hairstreaks

 

Posted July 4th, 2019 at 8:12 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

R.Caen

3 Black tailed Godwits on R.Caen early evening, 95 Black headed Gulls including 5 smart juv's & 75 Starling consisting of mainly juveniles on the Jetty.


Posted July 4th, 2019 at 7:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Clennon Valley Ponds, Goodrington

Small red-eyed damselflies frequent on the algal mats towards the bottom end of the lower lake, all males so far. Other species around the lakes included bluetailed damselfly, azure damselfly, black tailed skimmer, broad bodied chaser and emperor dragonfly. The top big lake was particularly good for the skimmers and chasers.

Small red-eyed damselfly, male            Black tailed skimmer, male
Small red-eyed damselfly, male                      Black tailed skimmer, male

Posted July 4th, 2019 at 6:38 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

White-letter Hairstreak

I've nurtured suckering Elms in my Chudleigh garden for over 30 years and this afternoon my efforts were rewarded with brief sightings of a White-letter Hairstreak. The species has been assumed to breed in the Wych Elms in woodland over 500m away (Simon Mitchell showed me an egg there about 25 years ago!), but this is my first adult here. (Only known from a few locations elsewhere in Devon.) While I was waiting with camera for it to re-appear (which it didn't). 

  Common Buzzard

Buzzard                   

Posted July 4th, 2019 at 6:28 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

4th July 2019

The long-staying Slavonian Grebe and 15 Sandwich Tern were the highlights.

Also Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Egret, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Swallow, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Linnet and Reed Bunting.

Later at Flow Point were 18 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron and 2 Shelduck with 3 young.

Posted July 4th, 2019 at 5:30 pm by C L North in General Birding

Exe estuary

Near Turf this morning at high tide 3 common sandpipers flew north, 4 common terns flew south and two family parties of shelduck (2 & 10 yn) stayed put.Single sandwich tern in channel.

Posted July 4th, 2019 at 5:24 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Bolberry Down

First signs of autumn migration with 33 Sand Martins and 3 Swifts moving east along the cliffs.

Non-avian: 2 male Red-veined Darters, one giving cracking views perched up in the sun. Also Beautiful Demoiselle (new record for the Bolt Head to Bolt Tail site) and first Southern Hawker.

Posted July 4th, 2019 at 2:19 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Hope's Nose

3th July 2019

8.15-8.50pm 

Short but sweet visit this evening 

5 Common Scoter were the highlights

40 Manx Shearwater

C.140 Guillemot were on ledges on Ore Stone

5 Gannet, numerous Cormorant and Shag

2 Oystercatcher 

A pod of c. 12 Common Dolphin were distant and seen heading towards Berry Head

Posted July 3rd, 2019 at 9:57 pm by C L North in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Whitethroat of the year since Spring migrants, here; also Green Woodpecker, 23 Mandarin Ducks, Black-tailed Godwit (summer plumage), Greenshank, 46 Redshanks, 1st-s Mediterranean Gull & 4 Stock Doves.

Butterflies included a good count of 80+ Marbled Whites & my first Gatekeepers (3) of the year.

Posted July 3rd, 2019 at 7:03 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bicton Common-East Devon

14 members of DB attended the East Devon Branch Nightjar evening yesterday.  A perfect evening with the bonus of a distant Hobby and Stonechats before we reached our viewing position.  First calls of Nightjar were heard at 9.45pm and a pair showed well during the time we were present.  The pair settled on the path and a tree giving great views.  It was agreed that calls and churring on the common were noticeably less than might be expected.  

Posted July 3rd, 2019 at 8:53 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Juvenile Black-headed gull

Juvenile and adult Black-headed gulls near Barnstaple long bridge.

Posted July 2nd, 2019 at 11:00 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Butterflies

At Central Park Plymouth by the pitch and putt cafe 3 Whiteletter Hairstreaks.

Posted July 2nd, 2019 at 4:47 pm by Tucker in Other Wildlife

Soar

56 Shags on the Mew Stone inc.18+ freshly fledged juvs - a very good result. Looks like a bad year for breeding Cirl Buntings not helped by some very questionable management by NT. 

Non-avian; Red-veined Darter by Goat Rock. 

Posted July 2nd, 2019 at 3:16 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Waders are starting to arrive back, on this mornings high tide the following were seen :

Redshank 52, Curlew 22, Greenshank 1, Black Tailed Godwit 1, Common Sandpiper 4, Med Gull 2, Little Egret 8 and 10 Stock Dove.

Posted July 2nd, 2019 at 11:24 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Monday 1st July 2019

Red kite-Plymouth

Red kite seen going over the Plessey roundabout at Roborough, Plymouth at about 15:30, Sunday.

Posted July 1st, 2019 at 10:19 pm by Andy Quest in General Birding

Plym Estuary

On this afternoons high tide the following were seen:

Grey Heron 8, Little Egret 8, Curlew 20, Black Tailed Godwit 1 sp and Med Gull 3 all 1st sp.

Posted July 1st, 2019 at 9:13 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Berry Head

Two - three Red-veined Darters hunting and chasing each other over the wildflower meadow area immediately right - out of the main car park as if you were heading for the Northern Fort. Two regularly landed on the path and Yellow-rattle. A pod of 20-30 Common Dolphin were actively feeding due east of the main headland and plenty of Painted Lady Butterflies all around the headland. Very quiet for birds - even the Guillemots have all left the cliffs! 

 Red_v Darter BH 010719ML Red_v Darter BH 010719 ML  

Posted July 1st, 2019 at 8:06 pm by Mike Langman in Other Wildlife

Chambercombe Manor

Comma Butterfly at the Manor 1400. 4 Painted Lady, 4 Meadow Brown,1 Small White also present. 3 Large Red, 9 Azure Damselfly and 1 (unidentified) Dragonfly over the larger pond.

Posted July 1st, 2019 at 5:04 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

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