General Birding

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 recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb 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

 

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:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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.

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 by Graham Watson in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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