Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st June 2013

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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


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Friday 21st June 2013


3 sandwich terns put in a brief appearance plus adult and 3 juvenile ravens came to chicken bones!!!.17:00-17:30

Posted June 21st, 2013 at 6:59 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Sidmouth - Mutters Moor.

An unusual daytime observation of a male Nightjar churring at 11.25 am. I picked up the 'song' from about 200 yards and on passing a likely location was surprised to see the bird perched on a branch ten feet away.  Couldn't resit a quick photo before the bird took flight and it flew around uttering its 'krruit ' call and wing clapping.

This is a good opportunity to advertise Devon Birds' three Nightjar evenings scheduled for Stover Country Park (Sat 29 June), Hartland Forrest (Sunday 30 June) and Mutters Moor, Sidmouth (Wed 10 July).  Details in the 2013 Programme and shortly to be announced in the press.

Posted June 21st, 2013 at 2:13 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Thursday 20th June 2013

Berry Head

Arctic Skua in the  mist harrassing kittiwakes feeding on surface feeding fish .Lots of activity as the water temperature starts to rise and the feed fish start to move inshore

Posted June 20th, 2013 at 9:25 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime today (until about 1.45) - one of the near adult Mediterranean Gulls from the hide (it has a ring on its left leg) but more surprising was a male Scaup feeding quite distantly from the viewing platform.

Posted June 20th, 2013 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 19th June 2013

Newton Abbott

On returning from a trip to see Large Blue butterflies (perfect conditions but only one seen by 2pm !) I went to try my luck with the Lesser Whitethroat sp. in the Aller Brook local nature reserve adjacent to the Brunel Industrial estate. Arrived at 4pm and could hear snatches of song but singing more regularly from 4.30pm when it popped briefly into view on a bush by the bend in the path as described. Song interesting . Final notes of main song sound like Eebee Geebee. Briefly recorded on my phone.It was moving back and forth along the path and no song/calls from 5.15 to 6pm.  

Posted June 19th, 2013 at 8:18 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

West to Middle Soar

Breeding season in full swing with stonechats, wheatears, rock & meadow pipits all feeding young. Cirl buntings & stonechats look to be well down this year - will confirm breeding details later.

Superb day for butterflies with south facing slopes & 21C bringing out 82 Dark Green Fritillaries, 43 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, 57 Small Heaths & 3 Painted Ladies amongst others.

Posted June 19th, 2013 at 6:37 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


On a favoured site last evening 7 churring nightjars, 5 singing cuckoos, 8 singing willow warblers, several tree pipits & lesser redpolls plus two roe deer barking - a magical evening!

Posted June 19th, 2013 at 8:36 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Tuesday 18th June 2013

25nm off South Devon

From a fishing boat: several European Storm-petrels, 2 Bonxies and a Sooty Shearwater (an interesting bird in wing moult, see photos).

Sooty ShearwaterSooty Shearwater

Posted June 18th, 2013 at 9:48 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Black-headed Gull numbers seem to be growing each day - possibly getting near to 500. In amongst them at 1.30 today were 2 near adult Mediterranean Gulls. Also 1 Whimbrel amongst the Godwits, 4 Teal and 1 Wigeon.

Posted June 18th, 2013 at 3:18 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Monday 17th June 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

Amongst a large number of Black-headed Gulls today (1.30pm) were 2 1st Summer Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted June 17th, 2013 at 8:46 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Sunday 16th June 2013

Exe Powderham to Turf

During the damp WeBS count this morning there were few birds to count. The highlights, all near Turf, were two common terns and a second summer Med gull.

Elsewhere on the Exminster Marshes there were 3 Black-tailed godwits.


Posted June 16th, 2013 at 7:36 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch until 14:30 (After Dave left).

Just another 146 Manxies and a single Puffin (All South).

Posted June 16th, 2013 at 7:22 pm by Jacob Wood in General Birding

Prawle Point Seawatch

Seawatch from 8am to 3pm in SW veering SE 3-4 wind with (Frank Scampton) produced :

2 Poms (sub adult pale and dark-originally ID'd by me as Arctic) west and 1 sub adult Arctic East; 2 Stormies west; 4 Puffins west; 11 Whimbrel west, 16 Common Scoter east , 3 Sandwich Terns east, 100 Kittiwakes west and 1377 Manxies west (plus a few east).Not bad for end of season. No swift species !

Posted June 16th, 2013 at 6:54 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch from 1115-1330 with Jake Wood.

Seabirds moving south ; 643 Manx Shearwater, 5 Puffin,3 Sandwich Tern. Moving north; 60 Manx Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Tern (flew into bay to feed), 10 Common Scoter.  

Posted June 16th, 2013 at 2:51 pm in General Birding


3 Storm Petrels south between 10:00 - 10:45. Also a Whimbrel.

Posted June 16th, 2013 at 11:12 am by Will Salmon in General Birding

Saturday 15th June 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:00 till 11:40

4 mediterranean gulls( 3 1st summer, 1 2nd summer) in with 350+ black headed gulls, 157+ black tailed godwits, 8 bar tailed godwits, 5 whimbrel, 1 dunlin, 1 redshank, 32+ shelduck, 2 wigeon, 2 little grebes, 1 willow warbler, 2 reed warblers, 2 buzzards, 

Posted June 15th, 2013 at 2:07 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

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