Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th July 2013

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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.

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Sunday 14th July 2013

Garganey at South Huish

One-legged eclipse drake (?) garganey at South Huish 6pm with 3 teal. 2 Sandwich terns in the bay.

Posted July 14th, 2013 at 9:48 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Six species of wader on the Plym today - 2 Black-tailed Godwits (adults) and a solitary Whimbrel amongst the 28 Curlews on the pool; also 3 Common Sandpipers, 32 Redshanks and 1 Greenshank on the estuary wall.

Eight juvs amongst the c400 Black-headed Gulls and a young Blackcap being fed by an adult female. Canada Geese up to 23 and 2 Shelducks with 4 ducklings.

Later in the day a walk from Horrabridge to Grenofen and back but only butterflies of any note were c6 Silver-washed Fritillaries. 

Posted July 14th, 2013 at 7:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:40 till 11:30

1 juv little ringed plover was a nice find, 3 summer plumage knot, an increase in dunlin numbers to 27+, 55+ little egrets was my highest count this year, 3 common sandpipers and 1 green sandpiper, 7+ whimbrel, 9+ greenshanks, 200+ black tailed godwits, 2 bar tailed godwits, 7+ lapwings 300+ black headed gulls, 2 Mediterranean gulls ( 1 adult, 1 1s) 1 common gull, 4+ wigeon. 

Posted July 14th, 2013 at 6:58 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


16 meds,12 ads,2 ss,2 fs with 200 black headed,12 ringed plover on the rocks,07:30-10:00.

Posted July 14th, 2013 at 12:05 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Saturday 13th July 2013

East Soar (Fri eve)

30+ Sand Martins and 30+ Swallows feeding over fields at 1700 before flying off. 

Also 35 Dark Green Fritillary, 18 Grayling, 6 Silver-studded Blues and first few Gatekeeper

Posted July 13th, 2013 at 9:42 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

at sea between the Exe and Brixham

Today a flock of c200 common scoter on the sea off Dawlish about 2 miles off shore another flock of 15 in Torbay. Also 1 little gull near the mouth of the Exe. Elswhere a few fulmar, guillemot, razorbill and shags.

Yesterday c20 common scoter, 5 manx shearwaters and 8 sandwich terns.


Posted July 13th, 2013 at 7:19 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

R.Caen, Horsey Island

Unusual to see a male Common Scoter on the R.Caen

at high tide this morning. 103 Black headed Gulls (not ringed)

+ 4 Med Gulls (not ringed) & 2 Common Sandpipers.

On Horsey Island 6 Redshank + 8 Greenshank & 2

Common Sandpipers.

Posted July 13th, 2013 at 10:46 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Friday 12th July 2013


Seafront - 0600 - 1 balearic shearwater lingering not too far off the lifeboat station. Also c30+ sandwich tern, 1 common gull and c15+ common scoter.

Orcombe Point - 1830 - 2 mediterranean gull, c15+ common scoter, 1 common tern, 1 prob roseate tern, c20+ sandwich tern and 6 manx shearwater south.

Shelly Beach - 1 mediterranean gull, c60+ sandwich tern, c35+ turnstone, 12+ whimbrel and 1 ringed plover.

Posted July 12th, 2013 at 8:48 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Salcombe Est

Med Gull 12 castle Pt/Sunny Cliff Hotel (2S to adS) 1100hrs.  peregrine juv. Lincombe Bay. 

Posted July 12th, 2013 at 3:16 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Axe Estuary

Single Crossbill flew west over Seaton at 9am.

Black Hole Marsh mid morning gave; 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 3 Lapwing, 6 Common Sands, 12 Redshank, 1 Med Gull and 380 Black-headed Gull.

Posted July 12th, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Quick visit over lunchtime - 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls in amongst the Black-headeds. 22+ Greenshanks and 35+ Little Egrets. Also 2 Wigeon and 2 Lapwing.

Posted July 12th, 2013 at 1:30 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Nightjars, East Devon

Spotted a very active pair of nightjars this evening: lovely to see and even better to hear!

Posted July 12th, 2013 at 12:05 am by Sarah Butcher in Bird News

Thursday 11th July 2013

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth

A great evening (Wed 10 July) on the heath above Sidmouth with 19 persons present for the publicised 'Nightjar evening'.  First 'churring' heard at 9.38pm with five birds present and several good sightings.  Thanks to David Jannaway for leading us and for his informative introductory talk and commentary.

Posted July 11th, 2013 at 8:44 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Ruff (scruffy looking moulting male) and two Little Ringed Plovers present yesterday (IMc/TW). Osprey seen over Colyford Marsh on evening of 9th (TW). Numerous Common Sands about with odd Green Sand and Greenshank.

This morning; 11 Teal, 1 Shoveler and an adult Med Gull. 

It seems to have been a good breeding year for Black-headed Gulls with good numbers of young around already.

Posted July 11th, 2013 at 8:23 am by Steve Waite in Bird News


Seafront - 0500 - 6+ mediterranean gull, c100+ kittiwake, c50+ sandwich tern, fs little gull, 4+ common tern, c40+ common scoter and 1 ringed plover.

Mudbank - 18+ turnstone, 1+ whimbrel and 2 mediterranean gull. The fs little gull was off there early yesterday morning and on 9/7 there was 1 black-tailed godwit and 5 bar-tailed godwit.

Posted July 11th, 2013 at 7:21 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Wednesday 10th July 2013

Bowling green marsh

From the viewing platform 18:15 till 19:10

An adult yellow legged gull dropped in opposite the viewing platform for a few minutes just before 19:00 showing well before flying around towards the goatwalk a nice find also 6+ common sandpipers, 27+ greenshanks, 18+ little egrets, 15 black tailed godwits. 

From the hide 19:20 till 20:35

4 green sandpipers, 190+ black tailed godwits, 4 bar tailed godwits, 34+ greenshanks, 1 juv grey plover, 300+ curlew, 15+ whimbrel, 1 adult Mediterranean gull, 300+ black headed gulls, 4 sandwich terns, 1 oystercatcher, 5 wigeon, 3 reed warblers, 100+ redshanks. 

Another good evening on the marsh. 


Posted July 10th, 2013 at 10:49 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


Yesterday evening 4 Med Gulls were roosting off shore (high Tide) among 18 Black-headed Gulls.

Today at Berry Head  one 2nd summer Med Gull flew out of Torbay > E

Posted July 10th, 2013 at 2:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 9th July 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:40 till 20:40

more evidence of return passage with 3 little ringed plover, 2 avocet, 1 grey plover, 16+ sandwich terns, 12+ whimbrel, 371+ curlew, 2 bar tailed godwit, 190+ black tailed godwit, 27+ greenshanks, 130+ redshank, 3 Mediterranean gulls( 2 2s, 1 1s) 400+ black headed gulls, 1 common gull, 5 wigeon, 16+ little egrets , 8 grey heron, 1 lapwing, 5 dunlin 


Posted July 9th, 2013 at 10:06 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Fairly quiet over a low tide this lunchtime. Good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits. 3 Dunlin in summer plumage were new in. c15 Greenshank from the viewing platform.

Posted July 9th, 2013 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Monday 8th July 2013

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:35 till 20:10

again evidence of increased movement with black tailed godwits upto 184+, 16+ greenshanks, 2 common sandpipers, 80+ redshanks, 4+ whimbrel, 150+ curlew, 5 wigeon, 2 bar tailed godwits, 1 oystercatcher, 29+ little egrets. 

The black headed gull roost increased to 900+ and included 7+ Mediterranean gulls(1 adult, 3 2s, 3 1s), 3 common gulls, 3 common terns put in a brief appearance before flying towards darts farm, 12+ sandwich terns

Posted July 8th, 2013 at 11:12 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


3 meds,2ad,ss,76 bhg with 7 juvs,2 common gull,ad,fs plus up to 100 bh gulls feeding off crow pt which included at least 2 adult meds..First returning dunlin,9.Also young weasel next to me in small bramble bush only 4 ft away,!.18:00-18:45.

Posted July 8th, 2013 at 9:08 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Sherpa, Great field

A walk around the marsh this evening showed good numbers of Swallows and unusual for this time of year, Sand Martins hawking insects over the reeds, water and surrounding area. At least 2 Mediterranean Gulls with about 100 B-h Gulls on the Caen. Around the marsh 22 Swans, 8 Redshank and a Tufted Duck then 5 Little Egrets. Sue Bruce watched a Marsh Harrier over Sherpa reed-bed last Friday afternoon. Out on the Braunton Marsh 3 cygnets.

Posted July 8th, 2013 at 8:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Skern, Northam Burrows

06:30 - 07:30

7 Mediterranean Gulls (5A, 2 2ndS), 14 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, c200 Black-headed Gulls of which c10% were juveniles, 1 Little Egret plus c50 Oystercatchers, 1 Lesser black-backed Gull, 6 Greater black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls.

Posted July 8th, 2013 at 10:31 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

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