Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st July 2013

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Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

However, in the last year, more posts have been appearing purely on subjects other than birds. Whilst of interest to some observers, this is detracting from the aim of the pages, i.e. principally bird sightings.

Devon Birds has therefore taken the decision to require contributors of other wildlife to post this in the Other Wildlife subject. However it’s accepted that occasional, exceptional, other wildlife seen during a birding outing justifies inclusion in the bird sightings post. This should, however, be a minor part of the post.

Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

Our aim is to provide a concise daily news summary of bird sightings around Devon, and these changes should fulfil this goal.

Below is a summary of the changes:

  • Bird News (bird sightings of interest, with added occasional other wildlife) will be the default subject when visitors arrive at this page.
  • Other Wildlife posts therefore won’t initially be shown unless visitors click Other Wildlife under Subjects on the right-hand side.
  • Only two photos can now be submitted per post.
  • General bird photos should be posted in our Gallery please.
  • Co-authors should now only use the Submit a Blog Post form, to ensure a more consistent format for posts.

Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

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 to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


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Wednesday 31st July 2013

Bowling Green Marsh

Visit to the hide over lunchtime until around 1.45. There were at least 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults and 1 juvenile).

Posted July 31st, 2013 at 9:00 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A 2 hour seawatch this afternoon (2-4 p.m.) near the Lime Kiln Car park. 13 balearic shearwaters, 1 great skua, 7 fulmar, c75 gannets, 10 GBB gulls, 1 juv kittiwake, 3 dunlin and a turnstone.

Posted July 31st, 2013 at 8:10 pm in Bird News

Berry Head am

Seawatch 0740-0940 in overcast conditions with moderate SW wind and mist banks. Sea slight. Quieter than yesterday, with very few birds passing. 9 Common Scoter on sea, 6 Manx Shearwater and 6 Balearic south, 11 Manx north.

Posted July 31st, 2013 at 10:47 am in Bird News

Tuesday 30th July 2013

Black Hole Marsh

Here's a ropey pic of the Pectoral Sandpiper which stayed pretty distant but easily viewable from Island Hide. However, a Sparrowhawk flushed everything in the evening and was seen with a kill, the Pec hasn't been seen since...

Posted July 30th, 2013 at 11:14 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Frustrated Herring Gull?

For the last couple of weeks a Herring Gull has taken to standing on my study roof and pecking at a bedroom window. I assume this is territorial behaviour, and that it's pecking at its reflection. It's perhaps late in the season for this sort of behaviour, so maybe it's frustration - it's presumed to be one of a non-breeding pair that has been around here for years (a neighbour feeds them daily on his garage roof!). It has made quite a mess of the window and sometimes gives us a wake up call rather early!

Posted July 30th, 2013 at 10:55 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Sherpa & river Caen

Quick walk round this evening before tomorrow's rain. a Common Sandpiper on the Pill with good numbers of Black-headed Gulls.

On the marsh a newish brood of 5 Mallard ducklings, a Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, and three Green Sandpipers.

Posted July 30th, 2013 at 8:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Numbers beginning to build up:

Highlights: 22 little egret, 47 oystercatcher, 7 ringed plover, 31 dunlin, 194 curlew, 21 redshank, 4 common sandpiper, 2 Med gull, 1025 black-headed gull, 640 herring gull & 30 great black-backed gull.

4 singing cirl buntings at various locations.

Posted July 30th, 2013 at 6:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Start Point

Seawatch 07:00-16:00. 104 Balearic Shearwaters (most came through early pm, interestingly total up until 11:00 was 40 cf 52 Prawle), 2022 Manx Shearwaters, 27 Fulmars,18 Puffins, 2 Razorbills, 5 Guillemots, Arctic Skua, 2 Common Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns, 22 Common Scoter, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gulls, 4 Mediterranean Gulls ( 2ad, 1 2s, 1 1s), 4 Black-headed Gulls, Whimbrel, 4 Swifts and 2 Harbour Porpoises. 

Posted July 30th, 2013 at 5:50 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Heavy rain upto 10.00 and very poor viz meant nothing offshore, however it turned into Med Gull day with a new site record of 16 together on the rocks - 6 juv, 6 ad ,4 sub ad .also a Sandwich Tern.

On the beach 13 Sanderling. On South Huish Marsh a Green Sandpiper

Posted July 30th, 2013 at 5:48 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 6.30am till 11am in south-west 3-4, dropping to 3,with at times heavy rain and mist, produced another interesting range of birds flying mainly west.

52 Balearic shearwaters ( though likely to have been more passing); 776 Manxies, 222 Gannets, 1 Bonxie, 1 Puffin, 2 Whimbrel , 7 Common Terns (latter mixing in with Manxie feeding frenzy at c 7am) and the now regular Med Gull east. But star bird ? A Great Crested Grebe which flew west at 8.45 am. Only my second or third seen here (must check my old records)

Posted July 30th, 2013 at 5:34 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Berry Head

12.30.>14.00  following on from daves posting 4 Balearic shearwater & 39 Manx Shearwater South

Posted July 30th, 2013 at 4:47 pm by stan stanbury in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0730-1230, joined by Stan Stanbury. Light SW winds, almost calm at times. Heavy rain early folowed by mist and drizzle banks, clearing late am. Passage was mostly slow with 194 Manx Shearwater south, and c. 70 back north. 15 Balearic Shearwater south, 9 Common Scoter, 5 Sandwich Tern, 2 Razorbill, 2 Puffin, 1 Arctic Skua. 3 Mediterranean Gulls were feeding offshore . Most interesting observation was a fairly large Basking Shark  moving slowly south about 1100, first I have seen here for a number of years. Up to 4 Harbour Porpoise showing at times.

Posted July 30th, 2013 at 1:48 pm in Bird News

Monday 29th July 2013

Start Point

Seawatch 15:00-17:30. Off Start Pt an ongoing shearwater feeding frenzy involved at least 40 Balearics in with c200 Manx, with birds arriving and moving on all the time (some doubling back) making a true count impossible. Also 2+ juv Yellow-legged Gulls and a juv Mediterranean Gull.

The Balearic Shearwaters seem to have crossed the channel in increasing numbers following the favourable winds of the last few days. Given Prawle's numbers in the morning and the large gap between observations a 3 figure total could have passed today!

Posted July 29th, 2013 at 8:12 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 6am to 10.30am in south-west 4-5, gusting to 6, produced 38  Balearic Shearwaters  flying west : variable plumage with some good contenders for Sooty but alas no large shearwaters seen today. Also 755 Manxies (mainly) west with some settling  on the sea in feeding parties from 9.15am. Also 2 Puffins, 210 Gannets, 11 Sandwich Terns, 33 Kittiwakes , 1 Whimbrel and 1 Med Gull best of the rest. 2 Swifts over the point. Around bunkers there was a good range of butterflies including Marbled White, Dark Green Fratillary and Common Blues, plus plenty of 6 Spot Burnet moths.

Posted July 29th, 2013 at 8:01 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Axe Estuary

At high tide today; 44 Dunlin (29 on Black Hole), 22 Whimbrel, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Green Sand, 5 Lapwing and singles of Greenshank, Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover (juv).

Yesterday there was a Turnstone on Black Hole Marsh, no sign today.

Posted July 29th, 2013 at 4:03 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 ,this is a great shame, with the potential of pelagic trips off the county, however the data can be sent to Marinelife

Posted July 24th, 2013 at 9:33 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

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 Bird News


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 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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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, 


Posted July 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 pm in Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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