Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th June 2014

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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

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