Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st June 2014

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford




·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·          Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·        Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish



Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels 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


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

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 -

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


Red Kite circling beside the A30 at 09:40.

Posted June 19th, 2014 at 12:04 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

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


Posted June 18th, 2014 at 5:00 pm by David Boult in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 Bird News

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.



Posted June 16th, 2014 at 10:51 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

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.


Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Posted June 16th, 2014 at 6:35 pm by David Boult in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Sunday 15th June 2014


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Red kite

Red Kite over Broadwoodwidger this afternoon . Sunday June 15

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 9:06 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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

Posted June 15th, 2014 at 10:20 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

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 Bird News

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