Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th June 2013

Devon Birds Records Committee

After serving as a member of the Committee for five years, Chris Townend will be standing down at the end of June 2018. Chris, who leads wildlife watching holidays through his own company 'Wise Birding', has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past five years and wish him well in the future.

A formal application to fill the vacancy has been received from Andrew Smith, from Buckfastleigh, which is supported by members of the Committee. Andy has been birding for over forty years and moving to Devon in 2015, Andy has since explored the County, regularly visiting Soar and South Huish during migration, whilst more locally he spends his time and surveying at Hembury and Holne Woods.

Over the last 20 years Andy has led over 130 bird and natural history tours, mainly for Naturetrek. His experience and knowledge from birdwatching in over 50 countries including much of the Western Palearctic will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2018, Andy will be formally elected to fill the vacancy for a five year period.

For more information and/or an application form please contact: Kevin Rylands, County Recorder. Email:

Posted yesterday at 11:01 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

Sightings Page Changes

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

Friday 7th June 2013

Burrator Reservoir area

Myself and Russ Eynon in the area north of Burrator had several male Redstarts and Wheatears. A male Cuckoo and at 1315 two Red Kite over Leather Tor heading N/NE

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 5:31 pm by Charlie Imms in General Birding


Had 2 Crossbills fly north over Wood Lane ( behind the field centre ), Slapton village, this morning.

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 4:16 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding


Osprey low over Starcross towards Powderham this morning about 11o'clock.

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 1:19 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford sewage works.


Off Pottington - 5 Black-tailed Godwits. Hybrid goose with c40 Canada geese. Looks like a cross between Barnacle and possibly a Ross` Goose. Short neck, small round head and pinkish, blue bill. 2/3s size of Canada. 

Off Ashford sewage works - 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1A, 1 2S); pair of Shelduck with 5 ducklings.

Late posting for same area - 11 Sanderling in breeding plumage on wednesday 5th.

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 9:09 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Thursday 6th June 2013

Cuckoos calling on Dartmoor

We have had a large number of sightings of both "bubbling" females and chasing males in many areas of Dartmoor over the last week.  Now you can read and follow the four Dartmoor cuckoos that have been sponsored and tagged jointly by Devon Birds and the DNP here

Posted June 6th, 2013 at 12:09 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Wednesday 5th June 2013

Churston > Hillhead, Brixham

1 Red Kite drifted E toward Brixham mid-afternoon also on near the 'false' tree 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a female Whinchat.

Posted June 5th, 2013 at 4:43 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sharkham Pt

Yesterday evening I photographed this 2nd calendar year Hobby hawking the cliffs for over 1.5hrs. Interesting to see the contrast in moult from body to wings and tail (newest feathers blue grey).

hobby Sharkam pt 4th June 2013 ML     Hobby Sharkam pt 4th June 2013 ML

Posted June 5th, 2013 at 10:18 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 4th June 2013

Male Hen Harrier

Sighted flying west high over Exminster Village at 1.30 pm. 

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 8:53 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Lesser Whitethroat singing on the path by the railway line, but very hard to see!

A Barnacle Goose in with the Canadas on the marsh.

2 Mistle Thrush near Powderham on the cycle home.

Lots of fledgling Long-Tailed Tits about today!

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 8:43 pm by George Wall in General Birding

Yet another red kite

Another red kite seen hunting from the road through Sourton (en route to Lydford Gorge where a dipper flew down the river, and 2 marsh/willow (longish bull-necks - willow?) tits were feeding on the ground by the bird table.

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 4:14 pm by Alfie Pugh in General Birding

Another Red Kite near Paignton!

Just had another Red Kite over Yalberton Idustrial Estate from my bedroom window. Drifted SE at 12:20. Possibly the same bird as yesterdays?

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 12:35 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

Monday 3rd June 2013

Haytor Down & Trendlebere

Three hour walk: Terrace Drive (road between Haytor and Manaton): Cuckoos in abundance: 2 together seen in flight  whilst 2 or 3 other birds seen and calling. Also a pair of Mistle Thrushes. Willow warblers and Chiffchaffs singing (by Yarner), Linnets, Yellowhammers and Stonechats (many terrirtories) at Trendlebere.

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 5:00 pm by David Cawthraw in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Red Kite over my garden, Clennon Valley - drifted West at 3.50pm.

Red Kite Clennon Valley 03 June 2013 ML

Just seen Jakes post - obviously the same bird!

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 4:45 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Red Kite, near Paignton.

Red Kite over Yalberton Industrial Estate at 16:00. Then drifted East towards Torbay.

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 4:23 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

Red Kite - Drewsteignton

Red Kite over Drewsteignton this morning c08:30 going West.

(Information passed on by Nick Dixon)

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 3:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Red Kite photo

Meant to add this to previous post but fouled up.

Red Kite - Topsham 3/6/2013
Red Kite - Topsham 3/6/2013

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 1:10 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Topsham - Red Kite

A Red Kite just drifted north over my garden in Topsham at about 12.30. Still waiting for one of Matt's HB's though.

Posted June 3rd, 2013 at 1:04 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Sunday 2nd June 2013

roving records

Garden Warblers singing at se edge of melbury forest&thornbury n,devon.12 buzzards between powlers piece x & thorne moor nr buckland brewer.Male kestrel nr powlers piece& female at thorne moor.Pair of yellow hammers behaving as though nesting on road from thorne moor also 2 individual males singing.Lovely views of roe deer mother & baby.

Posted June 2nd, 2013 at 10:33 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Osprey & Red Kite ~ Loddiswell

Today I was shown a cracking image of an Osprey that was photographed while soaring over fishing lakes at Loddiswell during the last few days, also a report of a Red Kite being seen at the same location but not photographed.

Posted June 2nd, 2013 at 10:02 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Red Kite - Dartmoor

10:05hrs this morning, Red Kite over Peek Hill Farm and Yennadon, eventually driven towards Ingra Tor by corvids and gulls.

(Rob Harrison)

Posted June 2nd, 2013 at 8:34 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding


Much quieter today, with just 3 Spotted Flycatchers, and a late male Redstart adding a nice splash of colour.

Posted June 2nd, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Pat Mayer in General Birding


Belle Vue Road - another honey buzzard over the house at 10am, this time accompanied by a common buzzard heading high east and possibly a female. Also, an unseasonal drake wigeon on the river.

Orcombe Point - 1 yellow wagtail yesterday.

honey (top) with common buzzard below
honey (top) with common buzzard below. Bottom picture soaring honey.

Posted June 2nd, 2013 at 10:58 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Saturday 1st June 2013

Braunton Marsh - 1st June

Spent an enjoyable couple of hours along the toll-road at Braunton Marsh - lots of species about - dozens of Swallows & Swifts swooping around but no sign of any House Martins. Sedge and Reed Warblers singing from the bushes & reeds together with numerous Skylarks above.   

Posted June 1st, 2013 at 7:11 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

Couple of Spotted Flycatchers by the sewage works and a female Marsh Harrier. Little out on the estuary.

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Posted June 1st, 2013 at 6:07 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding


Thought I was having a good day, then I saw the Portland website !!  A total of 43 Spotted Flycatchers is as far as I know the 2nd highest site count, but pales into insignificance when compared to the 1000+ through the Bill today.  Of mine, two groups flew through, of 8 and 6, while the rest were spread throughout the area. The only other migrants were a single Wheatear and a small number of Swifts through.  Yesterday, the 2nd Cuckoo of the year was eyeing up Whitethroat nests. 

Posted June 1st, 2013 at 5:56 pm by Pat Mayer in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

3 1st  summer little gulls showing well at moment from the hide with the stunning male ruff and 2 1st summer Mediterranean gulls 

Posted June 1st, 2013 at 1:02 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head

Still some limited migration: 1 Reed Warbler (in song), 2 Wheatears, and two parties of a total of 13 Swallows, 3 House Martins and 3 Swift.

Posted June 1st, 2013 at 9:03 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

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