Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th August 2012

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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

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Tuesday 14th August 2012


 6-700 common terns in feeding frenzy with gulls mainly in skern -appledore area although many birds at instow as well.Made several counts of resting birds and consistently arrived around the 400 mark with loads still feeding.Could well have been more due to so many feeding.Mainly adults.Also present 4 sandwich tern,10 meds,5adult,5juv,500 black headed,3 juv knot.

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 7:31 pm by robert marshall in Bird News

Skern and Appledore

Reported by Rob Marshall this evening at 18:07, c600 Common Terns.

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 6:52 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News


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Posted August 14th, 2012 at 6:43 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Much the same at Black Hole Marsh this morning; 28 Teal, 24 Dunlin, 22 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Common Sands, 4 Green Sands, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, a Whimbrel and a Wheatear.

Ian M had two Redstarts at Beer Head earlier in the day - but little else.

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 3:55 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

The Wigeon still present thios morning along with 2 of the juvenile Pochard, which presumably commute between here and Sherpa Marsh.

A sparkling male Beautiful Demoiselle damselfy was a surprise by the bridge on the way in to the Velator reserve.

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 2:36 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Monday 13th August 2012

Berry Head - early PM

Seawatch 12:30-15:30. 11 Balearic Shearwaters (singles then a group of six), 12 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Bonxies, Arctic Skua, 8 Common Terns, Harbour Porpoise and Ocean Sunfish very close to the headland (see pics).

Ocean SunfishOcean Sunfish 

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 8:19 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Plym Estuary Sunday 12th Aug

Recently returned from a great trip to California, so back to reality! A few bits n pieces eased me back in

1 Med Gull (2nd-w) amongst 500+ Black-headed Gulls, a single Sandwich Tern, Reshank (87), Whimbrel (2), Curlew (30), Common Sandpiper (2), Little egret (10), Greenshank (2), Turnstone (8), Ringed Plover (3). 

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 8:16 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

A dismal summers day until 11.00which did produce some interesting birds - all passage was east

90 Gannet, 3 Fulmar, 2 Med Gull ( juv & 2nd S )1juv Kittiwake, 6 Common Tern, 11 Sandwich Tern ( landed on rocks )2 Turnstone. At 09.35 a flock of 11 Knott came in off the sea and flew up the valley - an exceptional number for the site.

On S H Marsh 6 Teal and 4 Wheatear

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 7:25 pm by mike passman in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

In amongst the large collection of Mallard, there were 2 Shoveler and a lone and early Wigeon this afternoon.

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 6:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Frogmore Creek

Mid-afternoon, Osprey caught a fish and flew off south.

Also 8 greenshanks there.

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 5:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh/Axe

At lunchtime: 24 Dunlin, 6+ Common Sands, 2+ Green Sands (5 yesterday evening), 17 Blackwits (27 yesterday evening). A check of the gulls drew a blank.

Common Sandpiper

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 2:42 pm in Bird News

Berry Head to mid morning

Seawatch 820-1050 , fresh southerly winds, low cloud, banks of drizzle. No large numbers of birds moving however. Manx Shearwater 104, Balearic Shearwater 1, Common Tern 1, Pomarine Skua 1 subadult, Arctic Skua 4, Bonxie 3, Gannet 85.

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 11:57 am by Dave Norman in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

In the rain on the estuary:

Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 8 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher.

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 11:06 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

English Channel

Yesterday out on a angling boat, Dartmouth to mid-channel. Approx 2 miles off Dartmouth some large rafts of Manx Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua and Bonxie. Out mid-channel a small passage of waders included Turnstones and 2 Whimbrel. Attracted to the boat many gulls now including juv Great Black-Backs, also 3 Bonxies, Arctic Skua and a few passing Common Terns otherwise dissappointing for August! However, we did see a couple of Ocean Sunfish and some Common Dolphins.

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 9:55 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Hd

Tried a seawatch this morning - hoping something might have been forced ahead of the weather front, not a great deal but came up with the following in 2hrs, 0600hrs- 0800hrs:

330 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 423 Gannest,  46 Kittiwakes, 3 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern and 1 Grey Seal

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 9:15 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 12th August 2012

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

No sign of the Stone Curlew this evening but cars still on the airfield. 2 green sands and a stonechat.

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 8:58 pm in Bird News

Bishops Tawton SS562313

Nice mix of sandpipers on flooded field west of River Taw. At least 4 Green Sandpipers, several Common Sandpipers and at least one Wood Sandpiper flushed out when first a sparrowhawk and then a buzzard disturbed the 65 black-headed gulls. Also one fox.

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 7:08 pm by Andy Lansdell in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

On the marsh this am -5 Teal, 1 Snipe, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 juv Blackcap,  Green and Great Woodpecker, 1 juv Yellow L Gull .

Offshore - 4 Common Tern, 1juv Kittiwake, 1 Balearic Shearwater. 3 Med Gull ( juv , 1st S and an Ad )  

Waders flying over- Redshank , Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 5 Wheatear in the fields.

Full ringing team out today - 40 Sedge, 18 Reed , 1 Groppa, 38 Willow, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 6:27 pm by mike passman in Bird News

Hopes Nose

A couple of hours at Hopes Nose this morning produced: Three hundred and forty eight Manx Shearwaters (all distant), five Balearic Shearwaters, three Arctic Skuas, two un id'd skuas, fifteen Common Scoter and around thirty Kittiwakes.

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 6:05 pm by R.McCarthy in Bird News

Exminster - Powderham Marsh

13:00 - 14:00

2 Wood Sandpiper, 4+ Green Sandpiper, 2+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail over

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 3:15 pm by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Fremington Pil

On incoming tide this afternoon, 2 x Green Sandpiper amongst 35 Redshank, also at Quay single Med Gull.

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 2:18 pm by Neal Moss in Bird News

Upottery Airfield Smeatharpe

A Stone Curlew on the on the westerly runway in the model aircraft area at around 10.20. The bird sat for about 10 minutes before the general disturbance of microlights, model planes, motor bikes and the stock car racing got too much for it and it flew to rough pasture behind the stock car stadium. Searching to around 12.30 failed to re-locate the bird. Around 8 wheatears, 1 green sand, 1 whitethroat and a chiffchaff. A movement of around 40 swallows south.

Whilst searching for the Stone Curlew, Dave Helliar has also found 2 whinchat and a white wagtail. Grid reference is ST101185 . Note the site is heavily disturbed today and the bird is unlikely to re-appear back on the airfield until late this evening if still in the area. If you do come, please keep to the runways or the road that runs by the side of the stock car stadium. Note if you bring a car onto the airfield the gates are locked at randon times in the evening.

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 1:01 pm in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey 11:30hrs  Frogmore Creek also 50+ Ringed Plover, 5juv. Red Knot and juv. Sanderling

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 12:24 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Saturday 11th August 2012


Today at Wembury :- 4 juv Wheatear, 2 sp dunlin, 1 juv ringed plover, 2 whimbrel, 1 juv whitethroat. Small passage of Manx shearwater moving West offshore in 1-3's in strong breeze.Short winged cone head and dark bush cricket also seen.

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 9:31 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay-11 Aug

Whilst ringing this morning at T'stone Marsh- Bob B et al had a flyover Crossbill.

3 Snipe flew onto the Marsh at 07.25, 5 Sand Martin over and a Swift.

Waders on the beaches - 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling,.

Offshore31 Manx S'water, 1 Sandwich Tern 3 Teal.

on the coast 3 juv Wheatear . Another 4 this aft on the Golf Course.

Final ringing totals - 14 Sedge and 4 Reed Wblr

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 6:33 pm by mike passman in Bird News

Barnstaple to Instow today.

11:30 Taw Bridge :- Common Sandpiper 1.

11:55 Anchorwood Bank ; Ruff 1; Mediterranean Gull 2; Peregrine 1; Shelduck 4 juveniles.

13:00 Fremington Pill :- Redshank c80.

14:00 Isley Marsh - viewed from Tarka Trail :- Spoonbill 1; Little Egret 10. 

14:30 RMB Instow (Flooded field) :-  Ruff 1. Also c150 Swallows feeding over marshy ground together with c50 juvenile Starlings. The Ruff was being disturbed and often flew around with the Stalings and Swallows before landing again.

15:30 Taw Bridge :- Common Sandpiper 2.

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 4:31 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Yelland roost

Amongst the med gulls today were several common gulls and two grey plover. 

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 4:24 pm by Andy leat in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Redshank numbers up to 64 today including several juveniles.

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 2:25 pm by Fremington Pill in Bird News

Ouzels of the Moor

'Living World' on BBC Radio 4, Sunday 12 August at 6.35am features Ring Ouzels on Dartmoor. Miranda Krestovnikoff tracks down these birds with the help of naturalist Nick Baker who has been studying the Dartmoor ouzels for the RSPB. Further programme details at

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 1:19 pm by Michael Fay in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

On a rising tide this morning:

3 Dunlin, 6 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 9 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher.

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 11:03 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

On a rising tide this morning:

3 Dunlin, 6 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 9 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher.

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 10:53 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Beer Head

Hardly inspiring in the brisk easterly, early am: just 1 Wheatear and 6 Willow Warblers

Posted August 11th, 2012 at 9:13 am in Bird News

Friday 10th August 2012

Exminster marsh and Bowling Green Marsh

Wood sandpiper still present at Exminster this evening plus 3 green sands and 9 snipe. Around 50 swallows and a female blackcap.

Form the viewing platform at Bowling Green, 3 greenshank, the spotted redshank and at least 25 sandwich terns on the mud plus a couple of reed warblers.

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 10:39 pm in Bird News


Whilst towing a number of children in a dinghy a Greenshank flew over, my first for the site.

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 9:16 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News


1 Green Sandpiper still on the scrape this afternoon. Also present one Cow! I chased it back over the river!

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 7:35 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Barnstaple - Fremington Quay

11:00-12:30 Very busy on the Tarka trail this morning with loads of holidaymakers - the dangerous ones are the Bradley Wiggins wannabes who swish past you at great speed with no warning that they are coming!

Anchor Wood Bank:
Among several hundred gulls were 34 Oystercatchers,12 Canada's a single Curlew, the Black Swan was still there with 8 mutes and a Little egret.

Fremington Pill:
23 Redshank

Late News from Yesterday:
In the flooded field adjacent to the Instow camp was 1 Ruff

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 1:56 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Pomarine Skua

From recent trip in the English Channel off Devon. Seawatched from land we'd easily pass this off as an adult, but close up shows some residual barring on underwing coverts - more like a 3rd summer.

Pomarine Skua 3rd summer

Pomarine Skua 3rd summer

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 1:31 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News


Brief look at the beach this morning only birds of note; 1 Mediterranean Gull a 1st Summer and a Redshank (noteable for site!)

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 8:20 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 9th August 2012

Sharkham point

40+ Swift flying out to sea late evening. Leaving?

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 9:16 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Barnstaple - today

10:45 Taw Bridge:-  2 Common Sandpiper.

11:30 7 Bretheren Bank (opp Rock Park) :-  25 Juv Redshank; 3 adult Med Gulls
and 1 Common Sandpiper.

14:00 R.Taw (opp Pottington Ind Est) :-  1 adult Med Gull.

14:10 Demoiselle Damsel Fly flopping about over the brackish ditch next to Ashford sewage works. I thought these were only ever seen over very pure, freshwater streams?
Also, more Cinnabar moths than I`ve seen in a long time. Probably due to the vast ammount of Ragwort that`s about.

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 7:53 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News


Seven Swifts flying over the house tonight, three look like juveniles, good to know our local birds have succeeded.

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 7:27 pm in Bird News

Bonking Beetles in Barnstaple

Just a test with the new site really. This is leaf beetles 'Lilioceris Lili' which have been playing havoc with my garden lilies. I think after this I will have more still to contend with!!!!

Lilioceris Lili

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 7:13 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Manx Shearwater photo Berry Head

Photo of Manx shearwater group Berry Head 7th Aug.

Manx Shearwater feeding frenzy

Bottle-nosed Dolphins a group of 6 passed at 2pm.

Bottle-nosed Dolphin

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 7:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Yesterday confirming the number of wood sandpipers proved difficult. At one time 4 were in the air together, they landed back on the marsh. Shortly after two rose from another part of the marsh and flew south gaining height until they were lost to view. After that I could only find one on the pool.

Today I failed to find any. However a whinchat, lesser whitethroat and spotted flycatcher made up for it. 

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 5:31 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Sizable flock of small waders on beach at high tide including 180+ Ringed Plover, but also good numbers of Sanderling and Dunlin with 1 Grey Plover and 1 Arctic Skua offshore.

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 8th August 2012

Peverell Plymouth

Still five swifts over house this evening. 

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 10:30 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

First returning wheatear this evening. Pied wagtails up to 20 with many of them being juvenile birds which, given the weather, is quite surprising. No yellow wags yet. A huge gathering of corvids with at least 1000+ rooks and similar numbers of jackdaws. 7 ravens and 2 buzzards also around.

Congrats to the team regarding the new website - done a very good job.

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 8:08 pm by doug stannard in Bird News

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