General Birding

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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 - Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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

Sunday 28th July 2013

Budleigh Salterton

A trickle of Manx Shearwaters visible in the squalls early this evening and a single Balearic Shearwater in with them during an hour's seawatch early this evening. Also 15+ Sandwich Tern feeding close in-shore.

Posted July 28th, 2013 at 8:03 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 13:00-17:30. A series of blustery heavy showers and a strenghtening southerly proved very rewarding.  Adult Long-tailed Skua (with almost complete tail, slowly S 15:50-16:01), 21 Balearic Shearwaters, 755 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Bonxies, 3 Arctic Skuas, 3 Sandwich Terns. Watched a Great Black-backed Gull dealing with a large Cuttlefish - which kept squirting it with ink, until the gull finally won! Also around 8 Harbour Porpoise and A Grey Seal off the head.

Posted July 28th, 2013 at 7:50 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Teignmouth

Seawatching 2 – 5pm

4 Balearic Shearwaters, 110+ Manx Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Skua and 13 Common Scoter south.

Posted July 28th, 2013 at 7:05 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:20 till 11:30

62+ whimbrel, 43+ little egrets, 322+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, good numbers of dunlin with 300+ including good numbers of juveniles, 250+ redshanks, 32+ greenshanks, 600+ black headed gulls, 3 wigeon, 21+ lapwing, 300+ curlew , a peregrine attacked a juv moorhen in front of the hide twice but failed. 

Posted July 28th, 2013 at 6:59 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

East Devon Commons Sunday Morning

Nightjar showing well. Hoby, Stonechat, linnet, Redpoll and Yellowhammer present. 

Nightjar, well hidden at the bottom of the gorse, out of the wind.
Nightjar, well hidden at the bottom of the gorse, out of the wind.

Posted July 28th, 2013 at 3:37 pm by David Jannaway in General Birding

skern

10 med gulls.3 ad,5 ss, 2fs,81 curlew,12 dunlin,2 ringed plover,09:00-10:00.Sunfish yesterday off w.ho! beach half mile out while on way to fishing also 4 sandwhich terns rocks nose at 18:30.

Posted July 28th, 2013 at 12:07 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Darts Farm

5 Med Gulls in with the large group of Black-Headed. Also 10+ Juvenile Black-Headed Gulls showing well in front of the hide.

Posted July 28th, 2013 at 11:54 am by Gareth Williams in General Birding

Prawle (yesterday, 27/7)

Seawatch from 06.00 - 08.00; 14 Balearic and 300 Manx Shearwaters, 255 Gannets, 8 Common Scoters and 2 Med Gulls. Waders on the beach; Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Common Sandpiper.  Migrant passerines included Wheatear, Sedge Warbler and 2 Willow Warblers, along with a  dispersing juvenile Green Woodpecker. In the air, just 3 Sand Martins and a single Swift. (16 on 26/7).

Quick analysis of my breeding survey show 47 species this year (confirmed or probable), down from 49 last year. Losses were Shelduck, Pied Wagtail, Wheatear and Spotted Flycatcher, while gains were Raven and Coal Tit. While the numbers of most species appear to be down, success rates look to be very good.

Finally Butterflies; Great to see so many this year, (15 species yesterday), with whole fields covered in Large Whites and hedgerows dancing with Gatekeepers. Just like the good old days when I were a lad!

Posted July 28th, 2013 at 9:20 am by Pat Mayer in General Birding

Saturday 27th July 2013

Water Rails

Watched Water Rail feeding three chicks on Exe Estuary. Adult was picking up worms from estuary and feeding them to the chicks, which stayed close to the banks edge.

Posted July 27th, 2013 at 10:20 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 08:15 till 11:00

2 turnstone, 43+ whimbrel, 230+ dunlin, 250+ redshank, 200+ black tailed godwit, 4 bar tailed godwit, 32+ greenshanks, 3 oystercatchers, 4 green sandpipers , 1 1s Mediterranean gull, 500+ black headed gulls, 250+ curlew, 3 wigeon 

Posted July 27th, 2013 at 7:59 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Light SE wind and cloudy conditions produced the best Shearwater passage of the year . In 2.5 hrs from Warren Pt ( 10.00-12.30 ) totals were -

905 MANX, 1 BAL:EARIC and 1 SOOTY ( latter 200yds off flying east at 10.05 )Lots of feeding activity . 245 Gannet, 3 Fulmar, 1 Arctic Skua east at 11.45 . 60 Common Scoter ( largest flock 40 )

Waders- 3 Curlew east and on the beach 4 Sanderling

Posted July 27th, 2013 at 5:33 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Plym Estuary (Part Two).

Finally managed to drag the Plym aboard this years Y.L.Gull band wagon with a splendid second summer bird at low tide.

I only managed to see six or seven of Petes Common Sandpipers in flight down river plus three Dunlin and four female Mandarins.

Four Med Gulls flew in; two adults, one near adult and a first summer bird which looked more like a second winter.

At least four ringed Gbb's were also here.

Posted July 27th, 2013 at 5:09 pm by Roy McCarthy in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake, Sunny/ Overcast, 09:30

 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 5 Canada’s, 2 Mute Swans, 6 Swallows, 2 Coots, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail,

8 Moorhen, 15 Mallard.

 

Posted July 27th, 2013 at 4:19 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Darts Farm

Bird numbers are on the increase. Huge Gull roost, mainly Black Headed, but i did see a Med Gull. 50+ Black-Tailed Godwit, 10 Lapwing, female Teal, 2 Oystercatchers.

A Kingfisher on the ponds and Pied Wagtails everywhere. 

Posted July 27th, 2013 at 3:16 pm by Gareth Williams in General Birding

Instow Cricket Pitch

Malcolm  Shakespeare had 17 Med Gull on the pitch at high tide today

Posted July 27th, 2013 at 2:56 pm by David & Gillian Churchill in General Birding

Kingsbridge Est

Lincombe Bay

Med Gull 17,  Whimbrel 2, Sandwich Tern 2, Common Gull 1, YL Gull juv.

Posted July 27th, 2013 at 2:52 pm by Alan Doidge in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Watched pool and estuary at high tide. Highlight was 17 Common Sandpipers including a flock of 14 (lower estuary) - an excellent count for here. Also: Curlew 32, Whimbrel 2, Little Egret 11, Stock Dove 4 and Mediterranean Gull 1 (2nd-s). I could only find 49 Redshanks.and 2 Turnstones.

Posted July 27th, 2013 at 1:11 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Friday 26th July 2013

Bucks Mills,n.devon

4 med gulls,adult,2nd&fs& first juv of the summer+fulmar,kestrel.20:00-21:00

Posted July 26th, 2013 at 10:50 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

 Main passage this week through the Bay has been Manx S'water- 445 -Tues, 165 Thurs  and 245 today. Only 1 Balearic id'd . This morning 3 Arctic Skua flew east, a Great Skua on Tues .Up to 14 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Tern

Waders on the Marshes / beaches - singles of Green Sandpiper, Black T Godwit,  Little R Plover, Redshank

Ringed Plover, 20 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin.

2 juv Yellow L Gull  on T'stone Marsh

Swallow roost peaked at 2000+

Posted July 26th, 2013 at 6:22 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Saunton Sands

Highest number of Sanderling on Saunton Sands

I have ever counted this morning.

387 Sanderling

74 Dunlin

It would be wonderful if this number stayed to overwinter

but I suspect these are birds wintering further south.


Posted July 26th, 2013 at 2:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Visited the hide and platfrom over lunch until about 1.15.

Good numbers of all the usual birds from the hide until a fly past by the Red Arrows pushed most of them on to the estuary!

The highlight was a group of 16+ Common Sandpipers around the mud & rocks just to the right of the viewing platform.

Posted July 26th, 2013 at 1:38 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thursday 25th July 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 18:50 till 20:35

29 sandwich tern and 2 common tern dropped in, 200+ dunlin, good total of whimbrel with 48+ amongst 350+ curlew, 300+ black tailed godwits, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 200+ redshanks, 41+ greenshanks, 2 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 2s) , 200+ black headed gulls, 1 oystercatcher, 1 green sandpiper heard only. 

Topsham quay 20:45 another group of 14 sandwich terns 

Posted July 25th, 2013 at 10:11 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Long-tailed Blue

Still happy in its jar in my kitchen where found it this afternoon.  Being enjoyed by a steady procession of admirers.  Folks are welcome to have a look.  Call (Dawlish, Devon) 01626 865501 or 07532 112118.  I'll be here this evening and tomorrow afternoon (work commitments morning) and hope to release it at Dawlish Warren at a time to be arranged. 

Posted July 25th, 2013 at 7:08 pm by Ivan Lakin in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground - Little Gull

Slightly surprised to find this juvenile Little Gull at the river this pm; with the more usual adult Mediterranean Gull in foreground. Photo back to my usual standard, I'm afraid.

Little Gull juvenile - Topsham 25/7/2013
Little Gull juvenile - Topsham 25/7/2013

Posted July 25th, 2013 at 5:36 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Upper Tamar Lake - 25th Julu

Upper Tamar Lake - 25th July

At last a good margin of mud - first time for at least two years with a wide expanse from the hide.

11 Swallows, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 7 Carrion Crows, 1 Cormorant, 13 Black headed Gulls, 292 Herring Gulls, 11 Lesser Black backed Gulls, 1 juv. Pied Wagtail, 5 Linnets,  4 Grey Herons, 47 Canada Geese, 2 Goldfinches, 1 Kestrel, 1 Greenshank.

Harvey Kendall

Posted July 25th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Saunton Sands

Up to 400 small Waders feeding in mixed flocks consisting of approx 70% Sanderling 30% Dunlin & a very small number of Ringed Plover & Turnstone.

The dead Porpoise has been removed from the beach &

The Natural History Museum will conduct an autopsy to

establish cause of death.



Posted July 25th, 2013 at 2:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Seaton

Three Balearic Shearwaters flew west shortly after 08:30 this morning. Otherwise quiet with singles of Common and adult Med Gull west.

12 Common and four Green Sands, 10 Black-tailed Godwits and two Greenshank the best Black Hole Marsh had to offer.

Posted July 25th, 2013 at 12:16 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Wednesday 24th July 2013

nr. Strete

Heard a Crossbill calling in the fog above the coastal fields just south of Strete this evening.

Posted July 24th, 2013 at 10:56 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Fremington grasshopper warbler

This eve in the meadow beside the fremington pill, a grasshopper warbler! Beautiful. 

Posted July 24th, 2013 at 10:38 pm by Tom Williams in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from from the hide 17:50 till 20:05 

an increase in whimbrel to 39+, 8 sandwich tern including 1 juv, 2 Mediterranean gulls(1adult, 1 1s) 170+ dunlin, 200+ redshank, 32+ greenshanks, 350+ curlew, 270+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 5 lapwing, 600+ black headed gulls, 2 oystercatchers, 2 hobby's put in a brief appearance. 

 

Posted July 24th, 2013 at 10:11 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Seawatch Prawle Point

I managed a brief watch from 7am until fogged out at 8am but included 1 Sooty and 3 Balearic Shearwaters with c 70 Manxies west and c 35 east.Also 22 Common Scoter west ,I Med Gull (adult s.p.) and Whimbrel heard.

Posted July 24th, 2013 at 4:22 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Bradiford reserve

Wandered in to inspect the trees this morning to find about 100 sheep back presumably for the rest of the year. Sadly there were also 11 cows which have strayed from over the river - they wouldn't leave so I'll get in touch with the farmer to improve his fencing....

In amongst the Gulls washing in the water covering the scrape was a fine 2nd cal year Mediterranean Gull, not seen one here before.

Posted July 24th, 2013 at 11:01 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

20nm south of Start Point

Out on a fishing boat 20nm S of Start Point, at times foggy conditions. Good numbers of Manx Shearwaters seen from about 10nm out. Attracted to the boat were 5 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls in with c200 mainly Herring and Lesser Black-backed gulls with a few juveniles of both these species also now out to sea. Also 4 European Storm-petrels (would normally expect more this time of year!) and 3 Bonxies.

At present records like these are not considered part of Devon as beyond 5nm, see http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=9 ,this is a great shame, with the potential of pelagic trips off the county, however the data can be sent to Marinelife http://marinelife-charm3.blogspot.co.uk/.

Posted July 24th, 2013 at 9:33 am by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Tuesday 23rd July 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 18:00 till 20:40

highlight was a juv wood sandpiper very elusive amongst 200+ dunlin and 200+ redshank, 41+ greenshanks, 30+ whimbrel 280+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 3 green sandpipers, 350+ curlew,  1000+ black headed gulls, 1 adult Mediterranean gull flew over, 4+ reed warblers, 4 wigeon, 30+ little egrets. 

 

Posted July 23rd, 2013 at 10:07 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

skern

Flock of at least 12 green sandpipers over heading sw+14 meds,9 ad,3 ss,2 fs,2 adult knot,14 whimbrel,23 pied wags.Adult bhg y.day appeared to be in some distress as a cockle had clamped its self to its lower mandible and no amount of shaking,foot scratching was going to remove it.

Posted July 23rd, 2013 at 9:25 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Cuckoo @ Haytor Down

Highlight of the day: Watched two meadow pipits feeding a rather bigger young Cuckoo on Haytor Down this afternoon. I wonder if this bird is Tor's offspring which was ringed near Yarner?

Posted July 23rd, 2013 at 5:41 pm by Mr David Cawthraw in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Visit to the hide at lunchtime until 1.15. Only around 20 or so Black-headed Gulls over a low tide, but one adult Mediterranean Gull with them. 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greenshank and 1 Greylag Goose.

Posted July 23rd, 2013 at 1:49 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Barn Owl Sightings

The Barn Owl Trust have been in touch and due to the very cold, wet start to the year there is great concern about this species.

Please drop me an email giving details of any Barn Owls you happen to see and I have agreed to pass the information on.

Just to remind all; Barn Owl is a Schedule one species and it is a criminal offence to intentionally disturb any breeding Schedule one species unless you hold the relevant license.

Many thanks, 

Julia

Posted July 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 pm in General Birding

Exeter Quay

Thought I'd get in on the act with a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Been waiting for ages for one at Topsham; for a change I cycle into town and my first of the year turns up at Exeter Quay.

Juv Yellow-legged Gull - Exeter 23/7/2013
Juv Yellow-legged Gull - Exeter 23/7/2013

Juv Yellow-legged Gull - Exeter 23/7/2013
Juv Yellow-legged Gull - Exeter 23/7/2013

Posted July 23rd, 2013 at 10:52 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Torbay

Yesterday evening; A look out from Three Beaches headland (just in case any large terns were around the bay!) produced 2 Med Gulls (both ads), Several Gannets and lots of larger gulls feeding around many surface shoaling Mackerel.

Posted July 23rd, 2013 at 9:54 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 22nd July 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:00 till 19:10

600+ black headed gulls, 279+ black tailed godwits, 2 bar tailed godwits, 399+ curlew, 33+ whimbrel, 150+ dunlin, 1 ringed plover, 48+ greenshanks, 8+ sandwich tern including 1 juv, 1 green sandpiper, 4 wigeon, 40+ little egrets , 200+ redshanks. 

Posted July 22nd, 2013 at 8:33 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Big Tern at Shoalstone

Large tern sp. at Shoalstone at 5.30 this evening, flying close to shore, from Berry head towards Breakwater beach.....dived like a tern, big, slow wingbeats...sadly Mr. Stupid here didn't have bins with him..........possible Caspian ? Just posting in case anyone else has noted it.

Posted July 22nd, 2013 at 7:09 pm by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

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