Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th August 2012

Breeding birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posted April 10th at 4:50 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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

Sightings Page Changes

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

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

Tuesday 7th August 2012

Sharkham Point

I was aware that a large number of Manx Shearwater were present off Berry Head so eventually got down to the point at 1630hrs. Massive amount of Manx moving both North and South which made counting pointless.

At around 1700hrs a huge feeding frenzy began moving south into my field of view from Berry Head. I would estimate it at 1000+. Joining in with the flock which moved south the whole time were 20+ 'commic' Terns, At least 2 Balearic Sheawater (probably more tucked away), Adult Pomarine Skua with full tail, and a sub-adult Pom. Another 2 Skua sp. (Arctic/Pom) moved with the frenzy also. Very enjoyable watching the action until I had to leave at 1800hrs.

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 7:42 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton - yesterday 6/7

Ringed Plovers on Budleigh Beach

Part of a flock of 12 Ringed Plovers with Dunlin, blending in to Budleigh beach     © Pete Adey

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 3:06 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Monday 6th August 2012

One for Monday

Just some sweet nothings to get something on here for today, and hopefully get the archive to update...

Posted August 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Friday 3rd August 2012

Torquay

Late news from yesterday, Hobby (migrant here) over Torquay Police Station at 1700hrs.

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 8:24 am by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Thursday 2nd August 2012

Black Hole Marsh

Juv Wood Sandpiper still present this morning, also 4 Green Sands, 8 Common Sands, 27 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 6 Dunlin, 2 Gadwall and a Yellow Wagtail.

Wood Sandpiper Black Hole Marsh

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 10:20 am by Steve Waite in General Birding

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Seaton Area

45 minutes seawatching from 06:00 produced 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Manxies, 13 Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern.

A juv Wood Sandpiper at Black Hole Marsh this evening.

Juv Wood Sandpiper at Black Hole Marsh

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 8:43 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 07:00-17:00. First reasonable movement of Balearic Shearwaters this side of Lyme bay with 24 south, supporting cast: Sooty Shearwater, 653 Manx Shearwaters (also 100+ N), 2 European Storm-petrels, Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxie, Arctic Skua, 33 Common Terns, 3 Sandwich Terns, 56 Common Scoter, 8 Puffins, 342 Gannets, 123 Kittiwakes (incl. 7 juvs, first of the year), 3 Black-headed Gulls, 4+ juv/1w Yellow-legged Gulls, Grey Seal and 3 Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 7:58 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

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