Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th July 2013

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Sunday 7th July 2013

Sherpa/Velator

No sign of the Melodious Warbler again this morning, but on a more mundane note, just outside the reserve the first Little Egrets (3) for several weeks.

Posted July 7th, 2013 at 9:51 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram Sat 6th July

Easing myself gently back into the British scene post-Brazil.

Amongst the 21 Curlews on the pool, 2 Whimbrels. Also single Blackcap and 2 Whitethroats.

Posted July 7th, 2013 at 8:37 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bolt Head

Red Kite drifting eastwards at 11:40 hrs. First signs of visible migration with 30 Sand Martins moving east along cliff tops & 14 more at East Soar Farm. White Wagtail with Pied by the farm.

Butterflies excellent: 21 male Silver-studded Blues, 65 Dark Green Fritillaries, 29 Graylings & first Brown Argus for the site amongst 14 species recorded.

Posted July 7th, 2013 at 4:09 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Venford, Dartmoor

Nothing rare but just a few photos to brighten the blog up a bit from the last few weeks surveying on Dartmoor

Stonechat
Stonechat

Winchat
Winchat

Small Copper Butterfly
Small Copper Butterfly

Posted July 7th, 2013 at 10:23 am by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Taw/Torridge Est & Instow Cricket Ground.

06:15

3 Med Gulls on the pitch with several B.H.Gulls. 3 more Meds on the beach and a further 7 on the stoney foreshore. All appeared to be adults but before I was able to sort age groups they were all put to flight by an aged "bird photohog", who despite his long-lens had to get as close as possible, driving them all up to the fuel jetty where he did the same again.

Posted July 7th, 2013 at 8:38 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Saturday 6th July 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:35 till 19:15

800+ black headed gulls included 11+ juv's,  7+ Mediterranean gulls ( 2 adult, 2 2s, 3 1s), 1 common gull, 24+ sandwich tern included to juv's, 2 common terns showed well. Return wader passage was more evident with a common sandpiper and a little ringed plover, 10+ greenshanks, 70+ redshanks, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 80+ black tailed godwits, 160+ curlew, 2 whimbrel, 12+ lapwing, 1 oystercatcher, 24+ little egrets, 3 grey heron, 2 reed warblers, 2 reed buntings. 

 

Posted July 6th, 2013 at 10:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Velator

Sorry for the delay - been checking with a few people. We were ringing at the reserve yesterday and amongst others ringed, was a MELODIOUS WARBLER. I looked for it again this morning but did not relocate it. It's the one on the right, with a Willow Warbler for comparison.

Posted July 6th, 2013 at 7:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exmouth

Mudbank - 2 roseate terns resting on the mud between the Leisure Centre and Mudbank on the incoming tide this morning. One bird was ringed on both legs but I couldn't read any details. I had seen them earlier at 0615 feeding off the seafront. Also at least 7 mediterranean gulls, 5+ common terns, 42 sandwich terns and 2 whimbrel. On 4/7 1 prob ad yellow-legged gull and 1 little tern with c60+ sandwich tern.

Posted July 6th, 2013 at 6:40 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

skern

12 common sandpiper,18:20.

Posted July 6th, 2013 at 6:39 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington.

08:15

Numerous Black-headed Gulls but only 1 adult Mediterranean Gull among them. Also 3 Black-tailed Godwits in their fine summer plumage.

Posted July 6th, 2013 at 11:19 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

instow

p.s.For those that dont know the entrance to the north end car park adjacent to the cricket ground has now a padlocked gate denying acsess outside of paying times,boring!!!.End of an era.

Posted July 6th, 2013 at 7:17 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

skern/instow

66 curlew&12 bhg,05:45.Good to see the gulls returning and finally out of the mist on instow beach and rocks 16 med gulls.13 adults,3 ss one of which had green ring on left leg R901.A returning bird i believe,06:15-06:45.

Posted July 6th, 2013 at 7:13 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 5th July 2013

skern

3 adult med gulls over skern heading towards w.ho! at 17:00.2 Ringed Plover there,12 bhg,2 curlew.

Posted July 5th, 2013 at 10:05 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:20 till 19:25

again around 700+ black headed gulls including 4+ juv's. The 1st summer little gull showed well again, 4+ Mediterranean gulls( 2 2s, 2 1s). 20+ sandwich tern with first juv of the year, still 2 common tern. 32+ little egrets was a good count, 8+ greenshanks, 3 whimbrel, 60+ curlew, 70+ redshanks, 80+ black tailed godwits, 2 bar tailed godwits, 1 oystercatcher, 14+ lapwing including 1 juv, 1 buzzard, 1 common gull.

another good evening on the marsh 

 

Posted July 5th, 2013 at 9:04 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Thursday 4th July 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:40 till 18:10

At least 700+ black headed gulls, included the 1st summer little gull and 6+ Mediterranean gulls 1 adult,3 2s , 2 1s) 1 common gull

19+ sandwich terns were joined by a little tern befor it flew out to the estuary, 2 common terns flew in and showed very well. Also 8+ greenshanks, 1 whimbrel, 40+ redshanks, 80+ black tailed godwits, 18+ little egrets, 6+ grey herons.

took a walk around to the goat walk about 18:30 Doug picked up a black tern flying it headed down river a nice end to the afternoon. 

Posted July 4th, 2013 at 8:29 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Isley Marsh.

5 med gulls.2 superb adults,2 ss,1fs plus 16 bhg,2 little egret,cettis warbler calling from the grass mound unusually,4 skylark there also.13:30-14:45.

Posted July 4th, 2013 at 7:18 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

Plenty of Black-headed Gulls again today. 4 Sandwich Terns, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, including 2 adults and 1 Whimbrel.

Posted July 3rd, 2013 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Lifton

Turtle Dove here for third day. 

Posted July 3rd, 2013 at 8:33 am by David Boddy in General Birding

Berry Head

Yesterday evening seawatching 17.30 - 20.00hrs:1 Balearic Shearwater, 186 Manx Shearwater, 1 Common Tern, 5 Harbour Porpoise at 18.25 and one Grey Seal. Jake Wood earlier (from 15.00hrs) had seen another approx 150 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Skua and 2 more Common Tern.

Posted July 3rd, 2013 at 7:55 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Lifton

Turtle Dove in my garden again this afternoon. Feeding on seed under bird feeders.

Posted July 2nd, 2013 at 5:08 pm by David Boddy in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Still big numbers of Black-headed Gulls this lunchtime. Very nervous and flighty today for some reason so hard to pick much out from them. I did find 2 Sandwich Terns, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 1 Common Gull (it always seems to perch on the right hand post in the channel). Also 5 Greenshanks.

Posted July 2nd, 2013 at 2:14 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Monday 1st July 2013

River Caen River Taw

1830-2100 Birds returning at last Common sandpiper on the caen, plenty of Curlew on both rivers and Braunton marsh,2 redshank also a male Reed bunting.

Posted July 1st, 2013 at 10:04 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Plenty of Black-headed Gulls again this lunchtime. Amongst them were at least 5 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults. 2 near adults and a 1st summer), around 10 Sandwich Terns, 1 Little Gull, 1 Common Gull and 1 Knot.

Posted July 1st, 2013 at 2:04 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Lifton

Turtle Dove in Lifton this morning. Picture on forum here: http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=211

Posted July 1st, 2013 at 9:58 am by David Boddy in General Birding

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