Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th July 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:
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...!


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


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: 

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 7th July 2013


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Venford, Dartmoor

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



Small Copper Butterfly
Small Copper Butterfly

Posted July 7th, 2013 at 10:23 am by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Taw/Torridge Est & Instow Cricket Ground.


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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News


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 Bird News


12 common sandpiper,18:20.

Posted July 6th, 2013 at 6:39 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington.


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 Bird News


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 Bird News


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 Bird News

Friday 5th July 2013


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


Turtle Dove here for third day. 

Posted July 3rd, 2013 at 8:33 am by David Boddy in Bird News

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 Bird News

Tuesday 2nd July 2013


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 Bird News


Turtle Dove in Lifton this morning. Picture on forum here:

Posted July 1st, 2013 at 9:58 am by David Boddy in Bird News

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