Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st June 2013

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford




·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·          Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·        Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish



Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 19th July 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Think before you post...!


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


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

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 Bird News


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

Posted June 16th, 2013 at 11:12 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

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 Bird News

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