Devon Bird Sightings from June 2014

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

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Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Monday 30th June 2014

Bowling Gull

Gull roost continues to improve. Ross's gull appeared at 9.10 pm,feeding actively on shoreline.Spotted redshank and whimbrel mixed with curlew,barwit and redshank.

Posted June 30th, 2014 at 10:38 pm by John Phillips in General Birding

Dartmoor

A couple of pics from today

Juv Redstart
Juv Redstart

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Posted June 30th, 2014 at 10:31 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Buckfastleigh

Single Red Kite over at 12:40.

Posted June 30th, 2014 at 5:34 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

skern,yesterday 29th

unseasonal adult little stint,ad+2s med gulls,ad golden plover.unable to post y.day due to damn internet failing..19:30-20:50.

Posted June 30th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Soussons & Vitifer

In Soussons: 1 Redstart and good numbers of Coal Tits but little else apart from a large flock of Jackdaws flying over, c100 birds.Grey Wagtails at Pizwell Bridge. Over at Vitifer: Walk around the the area produced a few pairs of Whinchats and good numbers of Meadow Pipits. Also present, Wheatears, Willow Warblers, Pied Wagtails, Skylark, Kestrel and 4 Ravens. 

Whinchat
Whinchat

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted June 30th, 2014 at 4:09 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Saunton Sands

39 Med Gulls on the sands this morning.

What a cracking bird the adult sum plum!


Posted June 30th, 2014 at 3:38 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Sunday 29th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to ad to Keith's post.

fs Ross's Gull was elusive all evening and eventually appeared from the far left gulley area on the main pond and continued to feed all along the shoreline to the point at 2103Hrs.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Greenshank
Greenshank

2-a + 1-ss Mediterranean Gulls
2-a + 1-ss Mediterranean Gulls

Posted June 29th, 2014 at 11:15 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 18:15 till 20:55

The Ross's gull showed up just after I had left thanks Dave for the email 

10 mediterannean gulls (4 adult, 2 2nd summer and 4 1st summer) among 800+ black headed gulls

The 2 sp spotted redshanks were among 180+ redshank, 7+ greenshank, 7+ bar tailed godwits, 1 sp grey plover, 1 green sandpiper, 70+ black tailed godwits , 4 whimbrel, 110+ curlew, 4 teal 3 wigeon , 5 little egrets , 3 reed warbler, 2 redd buntings , 1 little grebe, 4 sandwich terns 

adult mediterranean gull
adult mediterranean gull

2nd summer and 2 adult mediterranean gulls
2nd summer and 2 adult mediterranean gulls

Posted June 29th, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

GLAUCOUS GULL IN BERRY HEAD

Looking for the Gyrs falcon in Brixham, which didn't appear, we found an probable glaucous gull sat on Cod rock next to Berry head. Any opinions weather it is or not a glaucous gull?

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Posted June 29th, 2014 at 8:44 pm by Martin Rey in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A single (sum-plum) Black-tailed Godwit on the pool. Other wader numbers creeping up with 19 Curlews, 12 Redshanks; also 8 Little Egrets and 17 Shelducks, of which one pair still also have 4 ducklings.

Two juv Blackcaps and 4 Marbled Whites completed the day's sightings.

Posted June 29th, 2014 at 8:26 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

 

 

Lower Tamar Lake 08:50.

2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted June 29th, 2014 at 6:14 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Morning high tide. From 8.20 -11.00. Ross's Gull 1st Sum, Med Gull 8 (5 1st sum, 2nd sum & 2 Ad sum), Spotted Redshank 2 br pl, Redshank 182, Greenshank 3, Curlew 187, Whimbrel 4, Blkwits 81, Barwit 5, Lapwing 4 Ad, Grey Plover 1 br pl. 

Posted June 29th, 2014 at 5:54 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Saunton Sands - Med Gulls

Photos from top to bottom

First summer Med Gull

Second summer Med Gull

Adult summer Med Gull

Posted June 29th, 2014 at 3:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Saunton Sands

41 Mediterranean Gulls on Saunton Sands yesterday morning. 37 not ringed, 4 colour ringed & digiscoped.

26 Med Gulls this morning, 1 colour ringed & digiscoped.

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Posted June 29th, 2014 at 3:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Taw estuary and R. Caen

Whimbrel, Curlew, Swift, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret and Reed Warblers on the Fremington side. Then from Velator Quay a Kingfisher, Swift, Black-headed Gulls, Swallows incl. fledglings, Common Sandpiper and early Goldfinch flocks.

Posted June 29th, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Skern, Northam Burrows. 06:35 - 08:15

2 adult Mediterranean Gulls; 3 Juvenile Redshank; 1 Bar-tailed Godwit; 1 Lapwing; 2 Little Egret; 3 Common Sandpipers; 1 Whimbrel; c70 Curlew; 2 Shelduck; 3 Swift plus Herring Gull; Great Black-backed Gulls; Oystercatcher and Black-headed Gulls. 5 Gannet over mouth of estuary.

Posted June 29th, 2014 at 9:51 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Saturday 28th June 2014

Topsham Rec

5 Mediterranean gulls (1 1st summer and 4 adults or 2nd summers) at Topsham Rec 1pm today.


Posted June 28th, 2014 at 10:11 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Islay Marsh - Northam Burrows

Islay Marsh:

Stonechat, Whinchat, female and male Reed Bunting, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 17 linnets.

Instow:

I adult med gull near the pear with all of the Black-headed Gulls, also 2 Mute swan's, Oystercatchers, Curlew.

Skern:

Tide was to far out to see any waders 5 white wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 21 Goldfinches, 2 Linnets

Posted June 28th, 2014 at 6:25 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:35 till 10:30

A quick look this morning before the heavy showers arrived produced the 2 sp spotted redshanks among 130+ redshanks, 5 greenshanks, 182+ curlew , 3 whimbrel, 90+ black tailed godwits, 7 bar tailed godwits, 700+ black headed gulls.

later at topsham quay 5 common sandpipers 

Posted June 28th, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Skern

6 Med gulls,5ad bp,2s,whimbrel,turnstone,07:00-08:15

Posted June 28th, 2014 at 1:37 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 27th June 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:30 till 20:00

The 1st summer Ross's gull still showing well at times, still 2 summer plumage spotted redshanks. 

1000+ black headed gulls included 5 Mediterranean gulls ( 1 adult and 4 1st summers) , 6+ common gulls, 2 lesser black backed gulls.

236+ curlew was double recent counts, 3 whimbrel, 7 bar tailed godwits, 180+ redshanks, 7 greenshanks, good numbers of black tailed godwits, 5+ lapwing, 1 oystercatcher.

Posted June 27th, 2014 at 10:32 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Challacombe Farm, Dartmoor

A great moment finding this young Tawny Owl for 7 members of DB (East Branch) during their fieldtrip around Challacombe Farm and valley.  Good numbers of Redstarts, Spotted Flycatchers, Wheatears and Stonechats but fewer Whinchat than expected.  Early heavy rain set in but quickly cleared to make this another memorable day.  Thanks to Dave Murray for leading us.

Posted June 27th, 2014 at 6:22 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

From the hide this lunchtime until about 1.15. One of the summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks was showing well at times with a group of about 30 Redshanks and 1 Black-tailed Godwit at the back of the marsh. Otherwise fairly quiet with no small gulls. The female Pintail still present as well as 3 Teal.

Posted June 27th, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Gyr Falcon - Brixham

0800hrs Adult White Morph bird...Dont get too excited... It has jessies on and seen in the vicinity of St Marys Bay

per Seb Loram

Posted June 27th, 2014 at 11:58 am by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Thursday 26th June 2014

skern

Adult knot bp,whimbrel,16 black headed gull inc 2 juv,barwit.

Posted June 26th, 2014 at 11:10 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide 1500-2000Hrs

fs Ross's Gull + c1100 Black Headed Gulls + 4 Common Gulls + 3-fs Mediterranean Gulls + Lesser Blacked Gull (sadly ate 1 of the Coot chicks) + 2-sp Spotted Redshank + c150 Redshank + c170 Curlew + 4 Whimbrel + 1-sp Grey Plover + c90 Black Tailed Godwits + 7 Bar Tailed Godwits + 2 Greenshank + 1 Green Sandpiper + 4 Lapwing + 11 Oystercatchers + 17 Little Egrets.

No sign of the fs Little Gull although seen earlier at mid-day by Nick.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

sp Grey Plover
sp Grey Plover

Posted June 26th, 2014 at 11:02 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Clennon Valley

A drake Red Crested Pochard was on the bottom (eastern most) Pond.

Red Crested Pochard Clennon Valley 26 June 2014 ML

Also a brood of 9 downy Tufted Ducks with an ad female. Tufted Ducks failed to breed in the last couple of years at Clennon Valley after a good run of successful broods.

Tufted Duck Brood Clennon Valley 26 June 2014 ML

Posted June 26th, 2014 at 9:06 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 10:30-14:00. ESE F5 some rain. 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 92 Manx Shearwaters, Balearic Shearwater (in heavy moult see photos), 3 Harbour Porpoise.Balearic Shearwater (heavy moult)Balearic Shearwater (heavy moult)Balearic Shearwater (heavy moult)Balearic Shearwater (heavy moult)

 

Posted June 26th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.15 in pouring rain. Only 6 gulls on the marsh, but this included the 1s Little Gull and an adult and 1s Mediterranean Gull. Green Sandpiper on the pool in front of the hide before it flew nearer the road. Male Wigeon and most surprisingly a female Pintail amongst noticably more Mallards than recently.

Posted June 26th, 2014 at 1:42 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 25th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Further to Keith's post.

73 Oystercatchers dropped in after the high tide at 1905Hrs. The Ross's Gull really showed well towards the end of the day low down on the grass bank close in to far side of left channel and was still there when i left at 1935Hrs.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

sp Spotted Redshank
sp Spotted Redshank

adult Mediterranean Gull
adult Mediterranean Gull

Posted June 25th, 2014 at 10:06 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:50 till 18:35

The 1st summer Ross's gull showed well at times as did the 1st summer little gull and the 2 summer plumage spotted redshanks.

again 1200+ black headed gull with 6+ Mediterranean gulls( 2 adult and 4 1st summers ) 7+ common gull and a greater black backed gull.

Wader numbers were good with 182+ curlew, 4 whimbrel, 7 bar tailed godwits, 95+ black tailed godwits, 150.+ redshanks, 4 greenshanks, 4 lapwing, 1 oystercatcher.

18+ little egrets, 1 buzzards, 3 reed warblers. 

Posted June 25th, 2014 at 8:23 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Tuesday 24th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Just some photos of the smart looking adult and less-so fs Mediterranean Gulls + Green Sandpiper viewed over the afternoon high tide with Keith..

adult Mediterranean Gull
adult Mediterranean Gull

fs Mediterranean Gull (flying)
fs Mediterranean Gull (flying)

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted June 24th, 2014 at 8:56 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:00 till 18:05

With the 1st summer Ross's Gull and 1st summer little gull still showing well and the summer plumage spotted redshanks again being elusive at times 

slight dip in black headed gull numbers but still 1200+ now including 6 juv's, 13+ Mediterranean gulls(3 adult, 2 2nd summer and 8+ 1st summers) 7+ common gulls.

redshank numbers continue to increase with 177+, 7 bar tailed godwits , 80+ black tailed godwits, 2 greenshanks, 1 green sandpiper, 4 lapwing, 3 whimbrel, 90+ curlew

29+ little egrets and 2 sandwich terns briefly.

 

Posted June 24th, 2014 at 8:30 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dartmoor

Some recent images from around Dartmoor


 

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill

Posted June 24th, 2014 at 12:09 pm by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Monday 23rd June 2014

kittiwake

Lovely to see a Kittiwake at Hallsands yesterday. I understand that there is usually a good few there but only one found. It was on ledge but no sign of eggs or young.

Posted June 23rd, 2014 at 10:36 pm by Karen Sims in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Some more photos over the afternoon high tide on the marsh with Keith.

The Ross's Gull has been coming in regular now about 2 hours before the high tide.

3 Days now and still no sign of the Bonaparte's Gull

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Little Gull
Little Gull

Oystercatchers
Oystercatchers

Posted June 23rd, 2014 at 9:45 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched from the Hide from 15:30 till 17:50

A busy afternoon on the Marsh with the 1st summer ROSS'S GULL still showing well also the Adult SPOONBILL and the 1st summer LITTLE GULL all in front of the hide.

The build up of Black headed gulls continues with at least 1500+ in today with 2 juv's, at least 12+ Mediterranean gulls (3 adults, 2 2nd summer and 7 1st summers), 4+ common gulls.

The number of oystercatchers continues to increase and today at least 138+ came in over the high tide this being my best count by far on the marsh. The 2 summer plumage Spotted redshanks were elusive at times with similar numbers of redshank and Black tailed godwits to the last few days , 7  Bar tailed godwits , 1 whimbrel, 106+ curlew, 1 green sandpiper, nice to see 8 sandwich terns on the marsh one was ringed but unable to read the details. 

18+ little egrets, 1 little grebe , 2 shoveler, 3 wigeon, 1 buzzzard

Ringing News on a Black headed Gull seen on 16th of June white ring with 26L2 code was ringed as a chick on 6/7/2013 at Lea Farm Gravel Pit near reading and is the first record of the bird since it left.

 

Adult Mediterranean Gull
Adult Mediterranean Gull

Second summer Mediterranean gull
Second summer Mediterranean gull

Posted June 23rd, 2014 at 9:15 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

River Otter

Ian Purchase has just given me a really good description of a white stork that flew in off the sea and continued fairly low up river at around 5pm yesterday afternoon. It may be worth checking the fields north of White's Bridge.

Posted June 23rd, 2014 at 8:36 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Sunday 22nd June 2014

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford Strand.

07:30 - 08:45

1 Spoonbill; 20 Little Egrets and 45 Shelduck on Penhill side of the river. There appears to be 2 creches of Shelduck on the Pottington side. 1 of 2 adults and 18 ducklings and a 2nd of 2 adults and 6 ducklings.

Black-headed Gulls are returning but no Meds as yet.

Posted June 22nd, 2014 at 9:35 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Woodchat Shrike

The Woodchat Shrike showing well all day at Swell Tor, apart from flying off for the odd insect spent most of the day on tops of the Hawthorn enjoying the sun!


Posted June 22nd, 2014 at 7:29 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 11:50 til 16:05

the 1st summer Ross's gull showed well at times and has now been here for month, the 1st summer little gull and about 15:45 the adult spoonbill dropped in. 

Black headed gull numbers continue to increase with 1200+ including 1 juv, among them were 6+ med gulls ( 2 adult, 2 2nd summer , 2 1st summer), 5 common gull and 2 lesser black backed gulls.

the 2 summer plumage spotted redshanks were in with 80+ redshank, 6 bar tailed godwits, 83+ black tailed godwits, 1 greenshank, 1 green sandpiper, 1 whimbrel, 50+ curlew, 30+ shelduck. 

a surprise was 81+ oystercatchers dropping in usually only single figures on the marsh 

Posted June 22nd, 2014 at 5:31 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Woodchat Shrike - Swell Tor

Still showing in same area but can be elusive at times.  Just south of the Princetown to Yelverton railway line/cycle track at SX 561 728 near Swelltor Quarry.  First time recorded on Dartmoor - see Birds of Dartmoor

Posted June 22nd, 2014 at 10:39 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Saturday 21st June 2014

Barn Owl

Female seen hunting over the toll road, river Caen then RMB Chivenor this evening.

Posted June 21st, 2014 at 10:46 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

As per Keith Birchall's post just some photos.

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Gull Fest
Gull Fest

Posted June 21st, 2014 at 7:59 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 10:50 till 16:15

Another good day on the marsh with the 1st summer ROSS'S Gull taking centre stage along with a 1st summer little gull, 10+ Mediterranean gulls ( 3 adults, 3 2nd summer and 4 1st summer among 950+ black headed gulls including 1 juv ,  5 common gulls and 1 lesser black backed gull.

wader numbers included the 2 stunning summer plumage spotted redshanks among 90+ redshanks, 5 bar tailed godwits and 80+ black tailed godwits, 3 whimbrel and 55+ curlew , 31+ oystercatchers , 1 green sandpiper showed well, 10+ little egrets, 32+ shelduck, 1 buzzard. 

Posted June 21st, 2014 at 7:44 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Plym Estuary

A smart 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull amongst the 66 Black-headed Gulls (latter including 1 juv). Also 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 8 Curlews, 4 Little Egrets and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted June 21st, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Woodchat Shrike Swell Tor

Better photos by Bob Barrow and Jan & Mike Daniels

Woodchat Shrike Bob Barrow 21.6.14 Swell Tor

Woodchat Shrike J&MDaniels Swell Tor 21.6.14

Posted June 21st, 2014 at 3:11 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Swell Tor - Dartmoor

Woodchat Shrike - male showing in hawthorns inside the railway track below the quarry area this morning.

Many thanks to Peter Chapman who found it late yesterday.  It was just south of the Princetown to Yelverton railway line/cycle track at SX 561 728 near Swelltor Quarry.

Woodchat Shrike George Harris 21.6.14 Swell Tor

Woodchat Shrike 21.6.14 Swell Tor George Harris

record shots may be better shots to follow later.

Posted June 21st, 2014 at 12:36 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Possible Caspian Gull - Bowling Green Marsh

A photo of the claimed Caspian Gull at BGM yesterday, for those interested there are more on my blog - 2birdtheory.blogspot.co.uk.

Claimed Caspian Gull 2ndS - 20/6/2014 Topsham BGM
Claimed Caspian Gull 2ndS - 20/6/2014 Topsham BGM

Posted June 21st, 2014 at 7:30 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Friday 20th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the mid-day tide

Increase in Redshank numbers overnight to c85 + now 2 sp Spotted Redshanks (black) + fs Ross's + Bonaparte's + 2 Little Gulls + 4fs + 2nd s + adult Mediterranean Gulls + c850 Black Headed Gulls + 4 Whimbrel + adult Spoonbill + 1 male Tufted Duck + usual numbers of other waders all showing very well most of the day.

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

sp Spotted Redshank
sp Spotted Redshank

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted June 20th, 2014 at 6:51 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Red kite

14:05 walking to get bus home alerted by crows mobbing a group of red kite 7 in total drifting over matford heading north and gaining height 

Posted June 20th, 2014 at 2:22 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Velator reserve

A few birds alarming in the reserve this morning lead me to a fluffy juvenile Tawny Owl peering down at me!

Posted June 20th, 2014 at 1:42 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Yet another Red Kite

One gliding E over the house, Sterridge Valley, North Devon, at 12.07. As it had come and gone within 10 seconds, makes you realise how important it is to look up at the right moment and just how big the current influx must be!

Posted June 20th, 2014 at 12:20 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Thursday 19th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1030-1645Hrs

All the usual waders and gulls seen on the marsh today.

Ross's Gull elusive at times but showing well for most to see in the hide and still there with a handful of gulls when i left. Spoonbill, Little Gull, sp Spotted Redshank and adult Mediterranean Gull also on show most of the day. A Ruff was amongst the Redshank on the far side of the main pond until early afternoon. The highlight was a Common Tern which came in after the high tide 1305 and stayed for short while until all the gulls went up and disppeared towards Goosemoor. It eventually reappeared 20 mins later and dropped on the point in left channel showing very well for at least 45 min before flying out down the estuary at 1438.

No sign of the Bonaparte's Gull today.

Common Tern
Common Tern

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Spoonbill + Ross's Gull
Spoonbill + Ross's Gull

Posted June 19th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Broadwoodwidger

Red Kite circling beside the A30 at 09:40.

Posted June 19th, 2014 at 12:04 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

viewed 1030-1430hrs

fs Ross's (left late morning) + Bonaparte's Gulls + c600 Black Headed Gulls + 6 Mediterranean Gulls (4 fs+2 Adults) + 3 Common Gulls + 1 Lesser Black Back Gull + 1 Oystercatcher + sp Spotted Redshank (black) + c50 Redshank + c80 Black + c9 Bar Headed Godwits + 1 Grey plover + c60 Curlew + 2 Whimbrel + 13 Little Egrets + 1 Shoveler + 2 Little Grebe + 3 Wigeon +Adult Spoonbill  all showing very well at times. 

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted June 18th, 2014 at 5:00 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until about 1.50. Bonaparte's Gull and adult Spoonbill both showing very well. The summer plumage Spotted Redshank tucked away at the back of the marsh. Also at least 2 Mediterranean Gulls. No sign of the Ross's Gull although it had been seen earlier.

Posted June 18th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 17th June 2014

Uffculme - Red Kites

Two Red Kites seen by Andrew Cunningham early evening with possibly a third bird nearby.

Posted June 17th, 2014 at 8:58 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Red Kite

I was very pleased to see a Red Kite thermalling above Sourton Church on Sunday 15-6-14 not least as my wife hadn't seen one from underneath before and I've been longing for a more regular presence from these handsome birds. Stopped and watched it for a few minutes on the way to the pub at Lydford (recommended). It was missing 1 or 2 central tail feathers

Posted June 17th, 2014 at 2:47 pm by Keith Sutherland in General Birding

Monday 16th June 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 18:40 till 21:10

The 1st summers ROSS'S GULL again showed well as did the Adult SPOONBILL and the stunning adult summer plumage SPOTTED REDSHANK.

5 Mediterranean gulls all first summer among good numbers of black headed gulls which were still coming in as i left.

Redshank numbers continue to increase with 47+, 1 knot , 1 whimbrel, 40+ curlew, 3 lapwing, 7 Bar tailed Godwits, 83+ Black tailed godwits and the female Pochard, 3 wigeon , 2 reed buntings , 6+ reed warblers.

SPOONBILL ADULT
SPOONBILL ADULT

SPOONBILL
SPOONBILL

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 10:51 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1040-1500hrs

fs Ross's + Little Gulls + 4 fs+2nd s Mediterranean Gulls + c600 Black Headed Gulls + c45 Reshank + 1 sp Spotted Redshank + c80 Black + c7 Bar Headed Godwits + 4 Whimbrel + c50 Curlew + 1 Knot + 1 Female Pochard (nasal saddle) + 1 Ringed Plover + 2 Little Grebes + Adult Spoonbill dropped in 1230 (possibly Warren bird seen earleir) spent most of it's time feeding close in left channel viewed from the hide and still present when i left.

Was told fs Bonaparte's Gull was in on high tide but flew out at 0900.

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 6:35 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Meldon Valley, Okehampton

9 members of DB (East Branch) enjoyed a day around the valley below the Dam and later into Meldon Woods.  In excess of 30 species found including Redstart, Spotted and Pied Flycatchers.  Redpolls on gorse covered hillsides with a pair of Kestrel and both Gt Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch, Grey Wagtails present.  Thanks to Roger Jewell for leading us.

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 5:23 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Another Red Kite

One for my garden list. Red Kite over Ambrosia at Lifton 15:00 today.

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 3:14 pm by David Boddy in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until 1.50. A superb adult Spoonbill showing very well in the channel in front of the hide (maybe the Dawlish Warren bird from earlier?). Also a full summer plumaged Spotted Redshank tucked away in amongst the waders at the back of the marsh. One first summer Mediterranean Gull in with the Black-headed Gulls.

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Spoonbill

A Spoonbill  at Dawlish Warren this morning (1120am). Still there sleeping when I left at 1210.


Posted June 16th, 2014 at 1:46 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Red Kite - Haldon forest.

Red Kite flying high over our house at Underdown, drifted east at 12.25.

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 12:38 pm by John and Tom Gale in General Birding

Woodbury Common

Red Kite low over near to Four Firs car park at 0805hrs. Great views

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 10:25 am by Josh Marshall in General Birding

Ring Necked Parakeet - Dawlish Warren

Spent the weekend at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, and they have a resident Ring Necked Parakeet ! Moved in about 5 weeks ago, easily seen from the hotel lawns flying back and forth....one resident claimed she had TWO on her balcony, but the owner only thinks there is one. Great way to bird watch, enjoying a cold beer on the hotel lawns. 

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 10:18 am by Trevor Leaman in General Birding

Exminster

Alerted  by calling herring gulls I just glimpsed a Red kite flying low to the south of the village. It was quickly lost to view at 8.45.

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 9:59 am by John Waldon in General Birding

Red Kite - Pynes Hill, Exeter

Having missed the Kite action so far this year, I finally managed to catch up with one while in a queue of traffic heading to work this morning at about 9.05am (or 8.55 if anyone from work is reading this!!). It drifted low over the back of the offices towards Ludwell Valley.

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 9:16 am by Nick Potter in General Birding

Sunday 15th June 2014

Topsham

1 1st summer Mediterranean gull from Topsham recreational playing field early pm. From Bowling Green Marsh hide 20:30 to 21:45: Ross's gull 1 1st summer, Bonaparte's gull 1 1st summer, Mediterranean gull 5 1st summer, Spotted redshank 1 adult.

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 11:33 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched 1815-2050Hrs

1st summer Ross's Gull + Bonaparte's Gull (came in 2030hrs) + c700 Black Headed Gulls + 6 Mediterranean Gulls (sp adult+2nd summer+4 1st summer) + c30 Redshank + 1 Knot + c800 Black Tailed  + 9 Bar Tailed Godwits + c50 Curlew + 1 Whembrel + 1 Ringed Plover + 1 Lapwing + 4 Sandwich Terns + Female Pochard (F-nasal saddle emailed details as per Lowell Mills post) + 2 Little Grebe (adult+juv) + 8 Little Egret.

Just a late post from last night's high tide 4 Grey Plover (3 sp) was the addition to Keith's count.

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 10:27 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Red kite

Red Kite over Broadwoodwidger this afternoon . Sunday June 15

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 9:06 pm by Adrian Davey in General Birding

Brixham

From Chris Smallbones: Red Kite flew NW over Copythorne Road at 14.49. 

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 7:32 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

1st summer Ross's gull still lingering this morning, showing well in a small pond, but no sign of Bonaparte's or little gulls. Spotted Redshank and Whimbrel still on the main pond, and a baby Dunnock up a tree looking down at a cat!

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 6:50 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

cookmoor forestry nr Brandis corner n.devon

Red kite over heading se 13:50.Garden warbler n end of roadford lake.

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 4:51 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Cuckoo - Braunton Toll Road

On completion of the WeBS monthly count this morning I was rewarded with close views of a Cuckoo on the telephone cable by the side of Braunton Toll Road. It eventually flew off in the direction of Braunton Burrows.

Probably a bird on it's way back to Africa already!

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 10:58 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exminster

Two Red kites over Exminster on a thermal at 10:00.

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 10:20 am by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Red Kite sightings 14th June

Had two separate sightings of individual birds today. One was over the A30 between Sourton Cross and Whiddon Down at 1130 while the other was again over the A30 between Honiton and the Somerset border at 1255. Having already seen 5 together in Cornwall these birds made it a total of 7 for the day!

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 8:31 am by Perry Jonathan Smale in General Birding

Saturday 14th June 2014

Red Kite, Bovey Tracey

Another (?) Red Kite to add - high over Bovey Tracey at around 9.30, mobbed by the local Herring Gulls. Fairly tatty bird moulting primaries and central tail feathers.

Posted June 14th, 2014 at 9:40 pm by Jeremy Barker in General Birding

Topsham

Having thought I had missed out on the kite action today, I finally saw one Red Kite at 17:05 flying east across the Exe near the M5

Posted June 14th, 2014 at 9:12 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Great White Egret- Teignmouth

A Great White Egret flew up the Teign Estuary and over my house in East Teignmouth at 6.50pm today,(Saturday 14-06). Then flew north towards the Exe Estuary. Took a couple of 'very poor' photos as record shots.



Posted June 14th, 2014 at 7:13 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Another Red Kite

With the high pressure now set in, another influx of Red Kites. One west over Buckfastleigh at 10:20 to add to today's total.

Posted June 14th, 2014 at 3:40 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Red kite

1205 hrs   Red kite over Ilfracombe being mobbed by gulls and driven south across the town.

Posted June 14th, 2014 at 12:22 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Kingsteignton

A Red Kite drifted west at 10:05.

Posted June 14th, 2014 at 12:21 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Exminster

7 Red kites over the house at 8.40 this morning, they drifted SW gaining height.

Posted June 14th, 2014 at 11:29 am by John Waldon in General Birding

Late news: Holcombe, Thursday 12th June

Working on the railway at Holcombe in the late afternoon on Thursday I was surprised to hear a Chough calling as it flew north along the coast towards Dawlish. It must have been the same bird recorded by Paul Barker.

Posted June 14th, 2014 at 10:52 am by Peter Hopkin in General Birding

Red Kite

A Red Kite over St Micheals Church Mount Dinham Exeter at 0935 .Both Peregrines had  2 stoops at it. Kite ok went off North.

Posted June 14th, 2014 at 9:52 am by Paul Stone in General Birding

Friday 13th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

As per Keith's post. 6+ Sandwich Terns + 2 Oystercathers + 50+ Curlew + 1 Whinbrel. All still present when i left at 2100pm.

2nd Summer Mediterranean Gull
2nd Summer Mediterranean Gull

1st Summer Bonaparte's Gull
1st Summer Bonaparte's Gull

1st Summer Bonaparte's Gull
1st Summer Bonaparte's Gull

Posted June 13th, 2014 at 10:52 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched from the hide 18:00 till 20:20

Well just when you think things cant get better another Bonaparte's gull 1st summer turns up making 2 on the marsh both showing well and the marshes 3rd in the last month wow , with the 1st summer Ross's Gull still showing well and the 1st summer little gull its gull heaven at the mo. 

Also 5+ mediterranean gulls (4 1st summers and a splended 2nd summer ) 3 common gull , 1 lesser black backed gull in with 800+ black headed gulls. 

The female pochard is still around with increases in redshank to 24+, 1 greenshank, with 80+ black tailed godwits and some bar tailed godwits, 3 wigeon.

 

 

Posted June 13th, 2014 at 9:53 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Dartmoor Bellever

Sighting of Red Kite flying west from Laughter Tor Farm area towards Two Bridges at around 11:20 this morning.

Posted June 13th, 2014 at 9:05 pm by Colin Hannaford in General Birding

A30 Red Kite

Red Kite flying over the A30 at Liftondown this morning. Just inside the border!

Posted June 13th, 2014 at 5:15 pm by David Boddy in General Birding

Yesterday at Aylesbeare RSPB

I was picking up my Mother from the airport in the evening, so went to the Common in the afternoon and saw this Red Kite drifting south west at about 3pm.


Posted June 13th, 2014 at 12:43 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Nasal saddled Pochard

No light-green nasal-saddle project is listed on cr-birding, but a sky blue colour is listed there (within the French ringing scheme) - they do use a first letter F and I can imagine sky blue fading to green, especially since this project is in its 10th year. I'm sure it will be worth emailing the address found on this page for the project to check whether it's theirs:

http://cr-birding.org/node/1630

Posted June 13th, 2014 at 11:03 am by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Hoopoe at Soar

7.40 this morning a Hoopoe was heard calling at Soar. It was in the garden of the Bungalow at Coastguard Cottages. After a few minutes it flew east towards the farm buildings at the airfield.

Posted June 13th, 2014 at 8:08 am by Roger White in General Birding

Thursday 12th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched from the hide 17:00 till 19:30

As per daves post but 6 Mediterranean gulls and 1 greenshank, 9+ little egrets 

Ross's gull
Ross's gull

Ross's gull
Ross's gull

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Posted June 12th, 2014 at 11:02 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling green Marsh

As per Nick Potter ealier post. The Female Pochard was again on the main pond in the hide tonight and these are the best digiscope photos i could get. Looks like Light Green 2+F. Maybe someone can help identify.

Ross's + Little + Bonaparte's + c600 Black Headed Gulls + 11 Redshank + c21 Oystercatchers + 8 Sandwich Terns (flew in and out again) + c80 Black Tailed + c20 Bar tailed Godwits + 1 Whimbrel + c5 Med Gulls + Female Pochard 

Female Pochard Nasal Saddle
Female Pochard Nasal Saddle

Female Pochard Nasal Saddle
Female Pochard Nasal Saddle

Female Pochard Nasal Saddle
Female Pochard Nasal Saddle

Posted June 12th, 2014 at 10:18 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Greenway, River Dart

I was standing near the visitor reception at 1310  when a very dark looking kite sp. flew north overhead, giving just a few seconds view  between treetops ,mostly rear on as it glided over. Size, wingspan, colour and tail shape  all looked good for Black Kite  but  not really provable . Last seen flying actively up the valley towards Totnes at considerable height.

A Red-legged Partridge was on the rough track towards Maypool on the south side of the estate.

Posted June 12th, 2014 at 7:23 pm in General Birding

Chough at Labrador bay

Chough seen briefly flying along cliff face going East towards Shaldon at  4.40pm.

despite brief view through binoculars, red bill and "fingered" primaries obvious

Posted June 12th, 2014 at 5:26 pm by Paul Barker in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.40. Fairly quiet over the low tide. Surprised to see a female Pochard, which has a green ring / nasal saddle on its bill so is presumably the returning bird from the winter. Still unable to read the markings on it as the views were fairly distant and it kept diving! Maybe someone can get a photo of the bird so we can read the markings and find out where it is from. One Lapwing in with the Black-tailed Godwits. 1 Sand Martin also along with 1 House Martin and a couple of Swallows feeding over the water.

Posted June 12th, 2014 at 2:17 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:40 till 19:00

another great day on the marsh 1st summer Ross's gull, 1st summer bonaparte's gull and 1st summer little gull all still present with 5 Mediterranean gulls , 3 common gulls and 600+ black headed gulls , 9+ little egrets, 11+ bar tailed godwits, 82+ black tailed godwits, 19 oystercatchers, 4 redshanks , 2 teal, 4 wigeon, 50+ curlew and 1 whimbrel. 

Posted June 11th, 2014 at 10:46 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Crow Point

At least 7 Sandwich Terns on the sandbar at Crow Point as the tide rose this afternoon.

Posted June 11th, 2014 at 10:09 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Otter Estuary

This is the other side of nature!  I was just enjoying the sight of a young Shelduck, indicating that they have successfully bred on the Otter... when it was seized by a crow.  I will spare you the details... but the young bird did not survive. The Crow flew off with a morsel while the other looked on uninterested.

 

Posted June 11th, 2014 at 8:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Tuesday 10th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched from the hide from 15:35 till 18:30

The long staying trio of 1st summer Ross's gull, 1st summer Bonaparte's Gull and 1st summer Little Gull all showed well and were still present when i left the hide.

My second Little tern of the year on the marsh did a few circuits of the marsh before heading back to the estuary.

The back up cast incuded 6+ 1st summer Mediterranean Gulls, 3 common gulls among 400+ Black headed gulls, 10+ little egrets, 7 bar tailed godwits , 80+ black tailed godwits, 2 redshank including 1 juv, 1 juv little grebe, 70+ curlew, 1 oystercatcher, 1 buzzard, 4 teal (3m,1f)

Another good day on the marsh 

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Posted June 10th, 2014 at 11:15 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Even quieter this lunchtime until about 1.50. Only about 20 gulls present although they included 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Common Gull. Also one of the Black-headed Gulls had some kind of shellfish clamped to its right foot which was clearly annoying it while attracting hungry looks from the Common Gull! 2 male Teal as well.

Posted June 10th, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Exmouth

Mudbank - the fs ross's gull flew in from up river @ 0625 and is still present at the time of writing, viewable from the back garden, @ 0710. Also this morning the fs bonaparte's gull, 14 sandwich tern and a summer-plumaged great northern diver

Posted June 10th, 2014 at 7:14 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Monday 9th June 2014

Bowling Green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:55 till 17:45

As per Steve Cox earlier report some more photo's from last few days, also some signs of returning birds with 3 teal back on the mars. Also  4 1st summer Mediterranean guls and 2 common gulls along with 300+ black headed gulls, 9+ Little Egrets and plenty of Blackcaps in full song always great to hear. 

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Ross's Gull And Little Gull
Ross's Gull And Little Gull

Little Gull
Little Gull

Posted June 9th, 2014 at 11:46 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A successful afternoon visit, seeing 1st winter Little, Ross's and Bonaparte's Gulls. Ross's was present from 2.30 to at least 5.30 when I left. Bonaparte's came in later but was again there to 5.30. Little Gull came and went a couple of times. 

Also 72 Black-tailed Godwits and 6 Lapwing, including a Juv. 

Posted June 9th, 2014 at 10:01 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Straight Point, Exmouth

Dick Andrews and I did  a nest count of the Kittiwakes on Straight Point this morning - pleased to find c.135 occupied nests on the cliff face.    We had a minimum bird count of 215 but there was a lot of birds actively flying to and from the rocks, fishing off Exmouth sea front.      This is back to roughly normal numbers after a very bad year in 2013.

(Anyone wishing to visit - access thro' Sandy Bay holiday park to the beach carpark, but make sure it is low tide.   Also hourly 95 bus from Exmouth station goes to the beach car park.)

Posted June 9th, 2014 at 6:12 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A bit quieter this lunchtime with fewer gulls due to the tide being low. There were at least 2 Mediterranean Gulls though along with 1 Common Gull and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Posted June 9th, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove area

1st Clouded Yellow of the year.

Posted June 9th, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Sunday 8th June 2014

Red-backed Shrike, Powderham Marsh.

Walk south from Swan's nest pub and view east through gap in the hedge, by large oak tree in 2nd ploughed field.

Great bird and showing very well from 5 to 6.25pm.

Red-backed Shrike. Tom Gale
Red-backed Shrike. Tom Gale

Red-backed Shrike. Tom Gale
Red-backed Shrike. Tom Gale

Posted June 8th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by John and Tom Gale in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Siskin are a less than annual winter visitor to my garden so odd to find one on the feeder today. Also  a moulting into eclipse Shoveler on ponds.

  siskin Clennon Valley 08 Jun 14 ML     Shoveler Clennon Valley 08 June 14 ML

Posted June 8th, 2014 at 8:24 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Powderham Marshes Exminster

From John and Tom Gale: found a female Red-backed Shrike at Powderham Marshes - 2nd field east near large Oak tree.

Posted June 8th, 2014 at 6:32 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Goosemoor - Bowling Green Marsh

The Bonaparte's Gull, Ross's Gull, Little Gull and c4 Med Gulls all still present on Bowling Green Marsh early afternoon prior to high tide on the near grass in front of the hide. The Ross's Gull was showing well throughout, often the closest bird but the Bonaparte's Gull dissapeared after c2.30pm. On the walk back from the hide, a quick look into Goosemoor revealed the Bonaparte's Gull on the grassy bank on the far side of the pool with Black-Headed Gulls from the first viewpoint. 

Posted June 8th, 2014 at 5:02 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

Digiscoped this small flock of 8 Common Scoters early this morning before breakfast!


Posted June 8th, 2014 at 9:11 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Saturday 7th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

A great hour-and-a-half in the hide from 1pm this afternoon with the 1st-s Bonaparte's and Ross's Gulls showing on and off amongst the Black-headed Gull flock - at one point, showing in the same 'scope view. In June in Devon!

The Spoonbill remained at the back of the pool, mainly sleeping, throughout and the 1st-s Little Gull joined the party too.

Posted June 7th, 2014 at 10:28 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Some more photos from this afternoon 

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

spoonbill
spoonbill

Posted June 7th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Topsham gull fest

Great early afternoon gull watching at Bowling Green Marsh: 1st winters Ross's, Bonaparte's and Little. Five or six Med gulls, two Common gulls and hundreds of Black-headed gulls. Herring, Lesser black-backed and Greater black-backed at Topsham Rec. Oh...and the Spoonbill spent most of its time asleep on BG Marsh.

"Bonaparte's gull to the right of the Ross's"
"Bonaparte's gull to the right of the Ross's"

"Bonaparte's gull now to the right of the Med gull"
"Bonaparte's gull now to the right of the Med gull"

Little gull
Little gull

Posted June 7th, 2014 at 7:25 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

bowling Green Marsh

Ross's gull this afternoon bowling green marsh 


Posted June 7th, 2014 at 7:22 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bowling

Watched from the hide 11:20 till 15:35

Another great day at Bowling green marsh with now long staying 1st Summer Ross's gull showed well at times, the 1st summer Bonapartes gull was in for its second day and the 1st summer Little Gull now in its 3rd week at one point had all three close together, the juv spoonbill spent most of the time asleep as usual,  the supporting cast was 6+ mediterranean gulls all 1st summers among 300+ black headed gulls 2 common gulls , 2 herring gulls and 70+ black tailed godwits. 

Posted June 7th, 2014 at 6:33 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

8 Common Scoters (3 males + 5 females) diving for food in the Bay earlier this morning.

Posted June 7th, 2014 at 11:19 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 0545-0645hrs: 21 Common Scoter, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 27 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Great Northern Diver (sum plum), 1 Curlew, 50 Swift > N, 1 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted June 7th, 2014 at 9:50 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Friday 6th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

1st summer Bonaparte's Gull photos on marsh at lunchtime ealier today. This is a different bird the second sighting on the marsh within last 3 weeks the other being in full summer plumage on 14-5-2014.

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Posted June 6th, 2014 at 6:05 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

As per Nick Potter earlier post  just a couple of photos of the Bonaparte's Gull. Thanks to Russ Eynon from Plymouth for the great find which was on the far side of the main pond and not easy to view before flying onto the right hand grass then the point.

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Posted June 6th, 2014 at 3:38 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Arrived in the hide this lunchtime to be told of a 1st summer Bonaparte's Gull showing very well until it flew off towards the estuary at about 1.25. Also the Ross's Gull in amongst the Black-headed's along with a Little Gull and at least 1 Mediterranean Gull. Spoonbill present but asleep!

Posted June 6th, 2014 at 1:57 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 06:30-09:00. ESE overcast, clearing. 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 23 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Great Northern Divers (all bp), 2 Puffins, 10 Sandwich Terns, 75 Kittiwakes and 2 Common Scoter

Posted June 6th, 2014 at 11:27 am by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Berry Head

A brief sea watch  0930-1030 in mod-strong Southeast wind, but dry and bright. Main feature was three  summer plumage Great Northern Divers flying south (with beaks open as usual), also 13 Manx Shearwaters. 

Posted June 6th, 2014 at 11:21 am in General Birding

Challacombe Down. Thursday 5th

Pair of cuckoos calling.  Good views for half an hour or so.

Whinchats busy around Headland Warren.

Posted June 6th, 2014 at 8:24 am by Patrick Case in General Birding

Thursday 5th June 2014

Fishing rubbish but ....

Whilst out on a fishing trip last friday from Brixham we were followed by a surprise bird - a full adult pom skua

fishing was rubbish but the bird was good 

Pomarine Skua
Pomarine Skua

Posted June 5th, 2014 at 10:04 pm by Max Pulford in General Birding

Hoopoe on the Blackdowns

Hoopoe flew over the A303 between the junction with the A30 and Newcott at 16:40 while driving home, too surprised to think of stopping!

Posted June 5th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by Phil Holyday in General Birding

Morte Point

Derek Stacey reports a Red Kite over Morte Point this morning 11.25 being pursued by a Buzzard, they flew south over Woolacombe.

 

Posted June 5th, 2014 at 7:46 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

On the moors above South Brent

Spent part of the afternoon sat up overlooking a Dartoor mire / marsh, above South Brent partly in the hope of photographing two Cuckoos that I could hear but frustratingly managed to remain out of view; but the following observed: Robin, Wren, Meadow Pipit, Sky lark, Willow Warbler (taking food to its nest) male Pied Flycatcher (possibly a hen but was so suprised to see the male concentrated on that) Stonechat, Linnet, female Yellowhammer, numerous Mistle Thrush and a single Song Thrush, Full summer plumage male Reed Bunting with two hens, Chaffinch, Swallows, Dunnock, a huge flock of mixed Corvids on Dockwell Ridge, 2 Buzzards, Magpie, Jay heard scolding but not seen, Green Woodpecker again heard but not seen, a very breif view of what I believe was a female Spotted Flycatcher.

Both species of Flycatcher were in the tops of moorland shrub type trees and flipping into the air, taking a passing insect and dropping back into cover in the way that they do.

Posted June 5th, 2014 at 6:39 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wednesday 4th June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

1st summer Ross's Gull + 1st summer Little Gull + 1st summer Spoonbill + c100 Black Tail Godwits _ c200 Black Headed Gulls + 3 1st Summer Mediterranean Gulls on the hide tide viewed from 1015 1445.

Posted June 4th, 2014 at 5:00 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Topsham

The Ross's gull was at the recreational playing fields sat with the Herring gulls at 8:25 before moving off. The 1st summer Little gull was off the Goatwalk at 09:00 and the Spoonbill was asleep on Bowling Green Marsh.

Posted June 4th, 2014 at 12:04 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Ross;s Gull dropped into hide on it's own at 2000pm to join 3 Black Headed Gulls and was obscured with long grass and duck leaves untill the Spoonbill flushed it across to the pool at left side of hide near railway lines where it stayed to feed before flying out again at 2045pm. The 1st summer Spoonbill was feeding in the pool right of the hide along the lane close in when i left at 2055pm.

Posted June 3rd, 2014 at 11:21 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Ross's Gull remained on the marsh after the Black-headed Gulls left as the tide dropped, and fed by itself on a pool to the left of the hide until around 3pm when it flew out to the estuary. The Spoonbill showed very well feeding along the channel right infront of the hide.

Posted June 3rd, 2014 at 7:27 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Having missed last week's action, I caught up with the Ross's Gull this lunchtime and had some brief views of it, although it spent most of the time out of sight behind a dock plant! Also at least 2 Mediterranean Gulls and the Spoonbill dropped in just before I left the hide about 1.55.

Posted June 3rd, 2014 at 2:17 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Topsham - Bowling Green Marsh

Just had a stroll past - the Ross's Gull still present at c.10.15 at least.

Ross's Gull 1st S - Bowling Green Marsh 3/6/2014
Ross's Gull 1st S - Bowling Green Marsh 3/6/2014

Posted June 3rd, 2014 at 11:15 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Monday 2nd June 2014

Help please - REWARD

Whilst carrying out survey work in the  Warren House Inn area and Burrator at the weekend a member left/lost a pair of Swarovski  8 X 42 binoculars.  As you can well imagine the person concerned is "gutted". Please would members look out for these binoculars in the areas mentioned. 

Any information to me please or tel 01822 853785.  There is a substantial reward.

Posted June 2nd, 2014 at 11:31 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

RSPB-Bowling Green Marsh

Ross's Gull flew out with Little Gull about 1030am and been absent on the marsh all day. 1st Summer Spoonbill dropped in early afternoon and spent most of it's time feeding in right pool close to road with excellent views before flying out into Gossemoor. 100+ Black Tail Godwits + 20+ Bartail Godwits + 3 Male Tufted Ducks + 5 Wgeon.

Ross's Gull dropped onto midddle of main pond at 2115pm for brief visit on it's own splashing about in the water before settling onto far side with Godwits showing well before flying around and back down the estuary at 2125pm. Only  a Lesser Black Back Gull  came in on the evening tide. Spoonbill dropped in again at 2030 and was still there when i left at 2130pm.

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted June 2nd, 2014 at 10:31 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Exe estuary

The Ross's Gull showed at long intervals during mid-late am  at Bowling Green, apparently having been more visible early on. Three Mediterranean Gulls there , although the gulls were very flighty and nervous, moving frequently. A Spoonbill dropped in at 1215.

At 1300-1330 the Ross' Gull was feeding on the mud about 300 metres north of Exton station platform.

Posted June 2nd, 2014 at 6:14 pm in General Birding

Sunday 1st June 2014

Topsham

The Ross's gull was at Bowling Green Marsh on the high tide this evening along with 1 1st summer Little gull, 2 1st summer Med gulls. 2 Sandwich terns dropped in but no sign of the Whiskered tern. Also 6 Dunlin, 5 Wigeon and a male Gadwall.

Posted June 1st, 2014 at 10:37 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

yelland

Male garganey just off high tide roost at 20:30.Present on leaving at 21:00.Cettis warbler by yelland pond and two red legged partridges inside perimeter fence

Posted June 1st, 2014 at 9:54 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Cockwood

The summer plumage Slavonian Grebe still early afternoon.

Posted June 1st, 2014 at 5:59 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Even more Bee-eaters...

Following on from the previous post, there are now at least five Bee-eaters showing at the top of Stepps's Road on the bend at SY286903.

Posted June 1st, 2014 at 12:32 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Bee-eater

Record shot of Bee-eater on Axmouth Golfcourse 11:20-11:45 before it flew back east. It appeared to drop back down though somewhere around the top of Stepps Lane.

Thanks to James M who first found it heading our way from Charmouth.


Posted June 1st, 2014 at 12:15 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Lundy

Just returned from a couple of days on Lundy helping out with some Manx Shearwater monitoring plots with RSPB and Lundy warden. All positive with plenty of birds recorded and great to see so many Puffins around too. Since the island was declared "rat free" the seabird population just seems to go from strength to strength!

Not much time for other birding, but Woodchat Shrike, Scarlet Rosefinch and Osprey were seen by other birders during my stay. However, I did get time to look for a reported Black-headed Wagtail yesterday, but assuming it was the same bird, I could only find a pretty classic looking Grey-headed Wagtail (thunbergi). A good find by the initial observer all the same.

thunbergi Yellow Wagtail

Posted June 1st, 2014 at 11:58 am by Chris Townend in General Birding

RSPB-Bowling Green Marsh

Following on from Keith Birchall's post a Whiskered Tern followed the 6 Sandwich Terns into the hide at 1940 Hrs and landed on the post right of the height depth marker in middle of channel. Another first for BGM with the Ross's Gull and Little gull still present at same time. A pity these microlights are flying over the hide at high tide and not for the first time either.!!

Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern

Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern

Posted June 1st, 2014 at 6:36 am by David Boult in General Birding

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