Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th 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

Sunday 30th June 2013

Laughing Dove

This (presumably escaped) Laughing Dove has been around Seaton all day.

This evening it was resting up, and singing, in a tree on the edge of the green at the bottom of Celandine Close. Nice bird and sounds great!

Laughing Dove (c) P&L Clarke
Laughing Dove (c) P&L Clarke

Posted June 30th, 2013 at 9:51 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Wembury Juveniles

Went down on the coastal path that runs parralell to langdon beach and saw lots of juvenile Swallows and Whitethroats.  A few Fulmars were circling overhead and also some Stonechats perched on the fence.  Oystercatchers and Curlew were offshore and groups of Mallards were congregating on the beach.No sign of any Red Breasted Mersanger,probably because it was high tide.

Posted June 30th, 2013 at 1:11 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Saturday 29th June 2013

Teign Estuary

One Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper at Passage House. The oddly singing Lesser Whitethroat is still singing from time to time by the river near the Brunel Industrial Estate.

Posted June 29th, 2013 at 9:03 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:00 till 11:30

the 1st summer little gull was again showing well with 600+ black headed gulls, 6+ med gulls (1ad, 3 2s and 2 1s) 21+ sandwich terns, 76+ redshank, 3 greenshanks, 2 bar tailed godwits, 100+ black tailed godwits, 1 green sandpiper, 18+ little egrets.

from the quay in topsham 11:45

2 common tern with 19+ sandwich terns 

 

Posted June 29th, 2013 at 12:06 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 28th June 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

An excellent (but too brief) lunch break in the hide today. Huge numbers of Black-headed Gulls again. Other highlights were at least 10 Sandwich Terns, 1 Common Tern, 1 Little Gull, 1 Common Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (I'm sure there were more!), 2 Greenshank and 1 Knot.

Posted June 28th, 2013 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Thursday 27th June 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

Big numbers of Black-headed Gulls again this lunchtime. In amongst were 1 Common Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted June 27th, 2013 at 2:05 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 18:00 till 21:00

The drake scaup was again viewable from the viewing platform from 18:30

A 1st summer little gull showed well from the hide with 900+ black headed gulls and included 7+ Mediterranean gulls ( 3ad, 2 2nd summer, 2 1st summer), 18+ sandwich terns, 3 whimbrel, 2 gadwall, 1 willow warbler, 2 reed warblers, 1 reed buntings, 40+ redshank, 1 greenshanks, 100+ black tailed godwits, 4 bar tailed godwits. 

 

Posted June 26th, 2013 at 10:06 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Little offshore this morning apart from 2 flocks of Common Scoter - 40 + 35 flying east. 90% were  males

Posted June 26th, 2013 at 6:26 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Velator

Quick look round the reserve this morning was rewarded with brief views of a juvenile Redstart. Now where was that when we were ringing there yesterday!?

Posted June 26th, 2013 at 1:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 25th June 2013

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide from 18:00 till 21:05

A fantastic evening on the marsh, on arrival just a few black headed gulls and a 1st summer Mediterranean gull with a steady stream of gulls coming in then just after 18:45 I was watching a different 1s Mediterranean gull when a tern dropped into view next to it after checking it over wow an adult GULL BILLED TERN a few txts and calls and a few managed to get down and see the bird before it flew out towards the estuary before returning and over the next hour and half it showed very well eventually it settled on the point to the left of the depth marker post and was still there when I left a cracking bird.

The black headed gull roost has increased to 1000+ and included 13+ Mediterranean gulls( 6+ 1s and 7+ 2s), 20+ sandwich tern dropped in and i was surprised to find a common tern and then next to it an arctic tern, also 8 bar tailed godwits 100+ black tailed godwits, 5+ whimbrel, 1 oystercatcher, 2 common gull, 2+ reed warbler, 2 reed bunting, 2 little grebe, 1 willow warbler, 5+ shoveler, 3 wigeon, 8+ teal, 3 little egrets, 20+ shelduck, 1 peregrine. 

Just a stunning evenings birding 

Posted June 25th, 2013 at 10:58 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Monday 24th June 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

This evening there were at least 8 Mediterranean Gulls (5 f.s. and 3 s.s.) in with c.800 Black-headed Gulls on the edge of the main pool, at least 1 f.s. Common Gull and an ad. Lesser Black-backed Gull. 8 Whimbrel, one Lapwing and 8 Bar-tailed Godwits present. Off the viewing platform a drake Scaup showing well on the very high tide was unseasonal to say the least (but perhaps it was one of the 7 birds off Mudbank Lane, Exmouth in May).

Posted June 24th, 2013 at 11:18 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Wembury 24th June

The (redhead) red breasted merganser reported at Wembury Point yesterday was still there today, busily diving amongst the rocks as the tide went out.

Despite the generally dire Spring weather it was nice to see a few fledglings around too - whitethroat, song thrush, linnet, robin and swallow. 


Posted June 24th, 2013 at 9:24 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

A cold morning with a brisk WNW  F4 wind but much better viz

Seawatching from Warren Pt  produced - the first Sooty Shearwater of the year  ( picked up sat on the sea before flying off west at 09.45 ), 100 Manx Shearwater - mostly west , 32 Gannet, 9 Auks and at 12.10 a lp Arctic Skua flew east

Posted June 24th, 2013 at 6:20 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Sunday 23rd June 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:40 till 19:10

800+ black headed gulls with 7+ Mediterranean gulls(3 2nd summer, 4 1st summer ) 6 whimbrel, 5+ sandwich terns, 8 bar tailed godwits, 90+ black tailed godwits, 1 lapwing, 16+ redshank, 40+ curlew, 5+ shoveler,8+ teal, 2 reed bunting, 1 willow warbler, 

Posted June 23rd, 2013 at 8:41 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Wembury Point

 Slightly surprised to find a female Red-breasted Merganser, yesterday, sitting on the beach at high tide with the local Mallards.

Posted June 23rd, 2013 at 9:57 am in Bird News

Saturday 22nd June 2013

Devils Point, Plymouth

As I arrived at Devils Point this morning I thought I saw a skua zip past as I was parking. I grabbed my bins and ran to the sea wall, alas no sign.

A little later I noticed that the GBB Gulls were after a smaller bird on the water I looked through the 'scope as one of the gulls pounced on the bird and held it under the water.

In its death throes the skua (for he it was) thrust a wing skyward as if in supplication, as if to feel for the last last time the wind under its feathers. It was then I saw the pointed underwing complete with the white flash.

Its lungs filled with salty brine and it resigned itself to its watery end. After a few desultory pecks the gull flew off and left the corpse floating on the sea.

Little else here apart from a dozen or so Manx Shearwaters beyond the braekwater.

On the Plym were three Med Gulls; a second summer and two first summers.

Posted June 22nd, 2013 at 9:25 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:30 till 18:30

the black headed gulls have increased to 900+ this afternoon with 6+ Mediterranean gulls( 4 1st summer, 2 2nd summer) 1 common gull, 14+ sandwich terns, 130+ black tailed godwits, 8+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ redshanks, 1 whimbrel, 40+ curlew, 1 oystercatcher, 13+ teal, 4 wigeon, 2 shoveler, 15 little egrets, 1 willow warbler, 1 peregrine, 2 buzzards, 30+ house martins with a few sand martins and swallows.

 

Posted June 22nd, 2013 at 8:03 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

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