Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th July 2014

Devon Birds Records Committee

After serving as a member of the Committee for five years, Chris Townend will be standing down at the end of June 2018. Chris, who leads wildlife watching holidays through his own company 'Wise Birding', 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 five years and wish him well in the future.

A formal application to fill the vacancy has been received from Andrew Smith, from Buckfastleigh, which is supported by members of the Committee. Andy has been birding for over forty years and moving to Devon in 2015, Andy has since explored the County, regularly visiting Soar and South Huish during migration, whilst more locally he spends his time and surveying at Hembury and Holne Woods.

Over the last 20 years Andy has led over 130 bird and natural history tours, mainly for Naturetrek. His experience and knowledge from birdwatching in over 50 countries including much of the Western Palearctic will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2018, Andy 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 February 21st at 11:01 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

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

Monday 7th July 2014

Lower Tamar Lake

Very heavy rain at Lower Tamar this morning.

22 Common Scoter, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 G.S. Woodpecker.


Posted July 7th, 2014 at 3:09 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.55. Plenty of Black-headed Gulls but all I could pick out was the first summer Little Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gulls (one adult and one first summer). The Garganey was still around in the channel close to the hide, but staying close to the near edge hidden from view most of the time.

Posted July 7th, 2014 at 2:32 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Sunday 6th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 11:40 till 14:10

The 1st summer Ross's gull showed well at times but was also elusive, surprise was a female Garganey, still 2 summer plumage spotted redshanks , 10+ greenshanks, 80+ redshanks, 600+ black headed gulls included 7+ Mediterranean gulls(2 adult, 2 2nd summer & 3 1st summers) 7+ lapwing 

Posted July 6th, 2014 at 7:38 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exmouth Mudbank

4 Adult Med Gulls in amongst a flock of Black-headed gulls off Mudbank Lane this morning @8.30.

Posted July 6th, 2014 at 9:52 am by Nick Pratt in General Birding


Maer Rocks - a great white egret circled over Maer Rocks @ 0625 before heading towards the Warren and then swinging east over Exmouth. Also 70+ sandwich tern, 1 little tern, 3 mediterranean gull (2ad,1 juv), 6 curlew, 1 common sandpiper and 1 kingfisher.

Posted July 6th, 2014 at 7:16 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Saturday 5th July 2014

Cranbrook Reserve, Exeter

(Apologies for typing error yesterday, which I have since corrected and of course I intended to write Green Sandpiper, not Green Plover!).  However, I did get right my prediction that the Little Ringed Plover might stay as it was still present at the pond at 1500 today. Also of interest was a single Swift which twice swooped down to skim the water and was clearly drinking rather than catching flies. A fox also present.

Posted July 5th, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding


39 med gulls on rocks near cricket ground.26 adults,7ss,6fs.11:30am

Posted July 5th, 2014 at 2:49 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Around the Axe

Summer plumage Black Guillemot settled distantly off Seaton Beach this morning, found by Ian M.

A little later there were singles of Little Ringed Plover, Green Sand, Med Gull and 3 Common Sands on Black Hole Marsh.

Posted July 5th, 2014 at 1:27 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Friday 4th July 2014

Berry Hd

Seawatching (several observers) 12.30-7pm 221 Manx Shearwaters, and very little else! 80+ Swifts flew out over the headland into Lyme Bay.

Posted July 4th, 2014 at 8:28 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning tide.

fs Ross's Gull showing well feeding along the shoreline both sides of the main pond and feisty with other birds in his way + Little Gull also showing well + 2 sp Spotted Redshank + 7 Mediterranean Gulls (4-ad + 1-ss +2-fs) + Turnstone + 2 Green Sandpipers + 2 Sandwich Terns and all the other good numbers of usual waders and black headed gulls.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

ad Mediterranean Gull
ad Mediterranean Gull

Sandwich Terns
Sandwich Terns

Posted July 4th, 2014 at 4:03 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Cranbrook (New Town), Nr Exeter

Always looking for new birding venues thought I would look at the new reserve being created near to the railway line.  Much to my surprise I found this nice Little Ringed Plover... and... a Green Sandpiper.  The latter flew off north but the LR Plover remained after I left at 13.30.  Plenty of food present so it will probably stay.  Lots of House Martin nesting around the new town.  To find the reserve.. park at/near Younghayes Centre and keeping on same side of road take 2nd road on the left which leads towards railway.  (Take pedestrian path towards dedicated dog walking area and reserve comes into sight).

Note. South West Lakes Trust, Burrator Celebration Day SUNDAY 6 July 10.30am- 4.0pm a chance to see the new Discovery Centre and visit Devon Birds display. Lots of family entertainment.

Posted July 4th, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Thursday 3rd July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning tide.

Just to ad to Nick's earlier post.

5 Mediterranean Gulls (2-ad + 3-fs) + 4 Sandwich Terns + good numbers of all the usual waders.

fs Ross's+ Little Gulls were still on the marsh when i left at 1600Hrs.

Seen from the Viewing Platform which is now open.

2 sp Spotted Redshanks + 10 Greenshank (1 with coloured legs rings) + Common Sandpiper

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Little Gull
Little Gull

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted July 3rd, 2014 at 6:48 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Similar to yesterday this lunchtime until about 1.50. The Ross's Gull showed very well marching up and down the shoreline having a go at anything that gets in its way including a Mallard! Also a 1st year Little Gull. Still the 2 summer plumaged Spotted Redhanks, 3 Dunlin and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Posted July 3rd, 2014 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

River Otter Beavers

Beaver on the River Otter by Chris TownendApologies for any inappropriate posting here, but I know many birders have visited the river Otter in recent weeks hoping to see the beavers that have been present. It seems the Government have now decided to capture the animals and there is a lot today in local and national media. It is a complicated situation, but if you wish to find out more I have posted something on my personal blog HERE

Posted July 3rd, 2014 at 11:44 am by Chris Townend in General Birding

Little Gull

1st year little gull feeding on the incoming tide just off the pier at exmouth.

Posted July 3rd, 2014 at 10:30 am by chenbouy in General Birding

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

fs Ross's Gull + sp Spotted Redshank + Little Ringed Plover + Green Sandpiper + 3 Dulin + 6 Greenshank was again all on the late evening tide and showing well at 2000hrs. Also the usual good numbers of Redshank + Curlew + Godwits + Black Headed Gulls.

Several reports of the Ross's Gull now been seen in Goosemoor (cycle track) at times before high tide.

Ross's Gull + Little Ringed Plover
Ross's Gull + Little Ringed Plover

Ross's Gull + Green Sandpiper
Ross's Gull + Green Sandpiper


Posted July 2nd, 2014 at 10:14 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Ross's Gull showed fairly well at the back of the marsh this lunchtime until it flew off with most of the other gulls at about 1.40. Also 3+ Mediterranean Gulls. Both Spotted Redshanks were in with the Redshanks and were still there when I left at about 1.50. Also 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin.

Posted July 2nd, 2014 at 2:07 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 1st July 2014

Taw Estuary

2 Mediterranean Gulls within a flock of fewer than 20 BH Gulls on rising tide off Fremington Quay this evening. One adult, one second year. One was darvic ringed but no telescope to read it. Also Curlew, juvenile Blackcaps, Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff, Shelduck.

Posted July 1st, 2014 at 11:03 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding


13 Mediterranean Gulls mostly moulting ads, some 2nd summer birds and one1st summer. Also an odd looking Herring Gull with a deformed bill giving a somewhat Caspian Gull like head shape.. 

Med Gulls Broadsands 1 Jul 2014 ML Herring Gull 1st Sum Broadsands 1 July 2014 ML

Posted July 1st, 2014 at 7:15 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until about 1.40. The 2 summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks were showing well at times at the back of the marsh. At least 4 Mediterranean Gulls including one adult. All of the gulls and most of the waders had left for the estuary before I left the hide.

For information - the hide will be closed between 21st July and 31st August while works are being carried out.

Posted July 1st, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding


Orcombe Point - 0600 - first juv yellow-legged gull offshore this morning before heading slowly east. Also ad mediterranean gull, 2 common scoter and several sandwich tern.

Posted July 1st, 2014 at 7:30 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

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