Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th June 2014

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe:
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!


Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


As noted in the minutes of the Oct 2020 DBRC meeting, Tim Jones is standing down after serving as a member of the Committee for an extended sixth year. Tim has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past six years and wish him well in the future.

In the hope of maintaining a geographic spread across the Committee, DBRC approached Dean Jones to fill the vacancy. Dean grew up birding and ringing in Antrim and Lothian, before a tour of various European islands, including Lundy where he has been the Warden now for the past four years.

His experience and knowledge from ringing and birdwatching around Europe will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2021, Dean will be formally elected to fill the vacancy for a five year period.

For more information and/or an application form please contact:

Kevin Rylands, County Recorder.   Email: 

Posted March 4th at 10:45 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

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 Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Some more photos from this afternoon 

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull


Posted June 7th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

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 Bird News

bowling Green Marsh

Ross's gull this afternoon bowling green marsh 

Posted June 7th, 2014 at 7:22 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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.


Posted June 2nd, 2014 at 10:31 pm by David Boult in Bird News

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 Bird News

Sunday 1st June 2014


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 Bird News


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 Bird News


The summer plumage Slavonian Grebe still early afternoon.

Posted June 1st, 2014 at 5:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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