Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th June 2013

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/
 
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!

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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. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many 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.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  

 

Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

DEVON BIRDS RECORD COMMITTEE

As noted in the minutes of the Oct 2020 DBRC meeting, Tim Jones is standing down after serving as a member of the Committee for an extended sixth year. Tim 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 six years and wish him well in the future.

In the hope of maintaining a geographic spread across the Committee, DBRC approached Dean Jones to fill the vacancy. Dean grew up birding and ringing in Antrim and Lothian, before a tour of various European islands, including Lundy where he has been the Warden now for the past four years.

His experience and knowledge from ringing and birdwatching around Europe will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2021, Dean 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: recorder@devonbirds.org 

Posted March 4th at 10:45 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

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 Bird News

Slapton

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 Bird News

Starcross

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

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 1:19 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford sewage works.

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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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

Prawle

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 Bird News

Exmouth

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Prawle

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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