Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th July 2014

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Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

However, in the last year, more posts have been appearing purely on subjects other than birds. Whilst of interest to some observers, this is detracting from the aim of the pages, i.e. principally bird sightings.

Devon Birds has therefore taken the decision to require contributors of other wildlife to post this in the Other Wildlife subject. However it’s accepted that occasional, exceptional, other wildlife seen during a birding outing justifies inclusion in the bird sightings post. This should, however, be a minor part of the post.

Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

Our aim is to provide a concise daily news summary of bird sightings around Devon, and these changes should fulfil this goal.

Below is a summary of the changes:

  • Bird News (bird sightings of interest, with added occasional other wildlife) will be the default subject when visitors arrive at this page.
  • Other Wildlife posts therefore won’t initially be shown unless visitors click Other Wildlife under Subjects on the right-hand side.
  • Only two photos can now be submitted per post.
  • General bird photos should be posted in our Gallery please.
  • Co-authors should now only use the Submit a Blog Post form, to ensure a more consistent format for posts.

Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News


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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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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