Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st July 2014

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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.

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Monday 21st July 2014

Lower Tamar Lake

The G.C. Grebe has finally hatched, looks like two fledglings being piggy backed around the top end of the lake, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Coot.

 This makes up for last year when none of the G.C. Grebes fledged.

 

Rod

Posted July 21st, 2014 at 6:32 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Now 3 broods of Tufted Ducks (number of young: 8 Well grown, and two broods of 7 both still quite small and downy) at Clennon Lakes the initial brood now well grown (see photo below). A pair of Little Grebes and my first Jersey Tiger of the year.

Tufted Duck Brood Clennon Valley 21 July 2014 ML     Jersey Tiger Clennon Valley 21 July 2014 ML

Posted July 21st, 2014 at 2:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham - Ross's Gull on the Rec

After nearly two months I finally got the Ross's Gull on the Rec; distant yesterday but with much closer views this morning on the river up beyond the motorway bridge by Newcourt Park. Also 2 adult Med Gulls, 3 Green Sandpipers, 19 Common Sandpipers and a juv. Peregrine.

Ross's Gull - Topsham 21/7/2014
Ross's Gull - Topsham 21/7/2014

Ross's Gull - Topsham 21/7/2014
Ross's Gull - Topsham 21/7/2014

Posted July 21st, 2014 at 1:48 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Sunday 20th July 2014

Teign Estuary

Counts from the Teign include 5 Common Sandpipers, 11 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 88 Curlew (incl. a ringed bird from Germany - at least 12 years old - I also saw this bird last Sept and it returned to its breeding grounds this year), 4 Whimbrel and 2 Med Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv).

400+ Black-headed Gulls included two darvic ringed birds, one 3 year old ringed as a chick near Reading in 2011 and also seen on the Otter Estuary as a juv. The other was ringed in Germany. Amazing how many ringed birds you see when actively looking for them!

On Friday there was a different ad Med Gull and a juv Yellow-legged Gull.

Posted July 20th, 2014 at 8:19 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 11:20 till 14:15

the 1st summer Ross's gull spent time between the marsh and goosemoor.

c3200+ black headed gulls included 3 Mediterranean gulls(2 1st summer , 1 juvenile)

good numbers of waders with 328+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 2 spotted redshanks, 262+ redshanks, 22+ greenshanks, 83+ dunlin, 388+ curlew, 26+ whimbrel.

14+ little egret, 2 oystercatchers, 13+ shelduck.

thanks to mark for the report of 2 garden warblers by the path to the viewing platform there was 1 still present when I got there also 2 chiffchaff, and 67+ oystercatchers from the viewing platform.

a 1st summer little gull was on goosemoor.

Posted July 20th, 2014 at 7:52 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head - Black Guillemot

Was surprised to see a moulting sp Black Guillemot fishing off the end of Berry Head today while eating my lunch.  Managed to get a few awful photos by holding my (inadequate) camera phone up to my (inadequate) scope!

Loads of butterflies about today including this (silver washed?) fritillary on the edge of the field with cows in. 

Black Guillemot
Black Guillemot

Black Guillemot
Black Guillemot

Fritillary
Fritillary

Posted July 20th, 2014 at 6:23 pm by George Wall in Bird News

Tree Pipit, Brixham

'Showing well' at my 36th birthday party


Posted July 20th, 2014 at 6:16 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

instow

30 med gulls.20ads,5ss,1fs,4juvs.14:30.Whimbrel over the house was a nice garden tick.

Posted July 20th, 2014 at 5:04 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Saturday 19th July 2014

Mudbank Lane Exmouth 12.00 - 14.00 hrs 19th July 2014

At the mid-day high tide roost amongst a flock of 400+ black-headed gulls 9 Med. Gulls of varying ages, also 3 curlew and 1 whimbrel, only 5 juv. Bhg's noted.

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 9:23 pm by Gordon & Sheila Farr & Burnett in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 10:30 till 14:40

the 1st summer Ross's gull flew off to goosemoor just after I arrived but eventually returned and settled on the far side.

c2500+ black headed gulls included 3 Mediterranean gulls(1adult, 2 1st summers) , 1 sandwich tern.

1 little ringed plover on the far side , 2 spotted redshanks, 83+ dunlin, 17+ greenshanks, 330+ redshanks, 280+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 607+ curlew, 28+ whimbrel, 2 common sandpipers, 1 green  sandpiper, 15+ little egrets. 

2 sedge warbler, 5 reed warblers.

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 7:48 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Plym Estuary

A reasonable selection of birds today over the high tide.

Waders included 32 Curlews, 2 Whimbrels (both same numbers as last weekend), 36 Redshanks, 2 Greenshanks, a Dunlin (sum-plum) and 4 Common Sandpipers. Also 7 Little Egrets, a Stock Dove, and 2 Kingfishers. Amongst the Black-headed Gulls, were 10 juvs plus a second-summer Mediterranean with a damaged right leg and also a metal ring on that leg. A pair of Shelducks had 10 juvs - 1 down on last week.

Best sighting by far however was a buck Roe Deer which ran right across Blaxton Pool (well spotted Torr) - the first one I've ever seen here.

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Swifts at great field

Yesterday evening at the great field, there were 30 or 40 swifts with a few other swallows/martins. I have never seen so many swifts together at low level as this before. Also many butterflies, peacocks, red admirals and various browns. Lovely.

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 8:57 am by Andy leat in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

4 Swifts screaming down the High Street late morning

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 7:25 am by richard allen in Bird News

Friday 18th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide until 1600Hrs.

fs Ross's Gull showed much better in the afternoon feeding on the point + fs Little Gull back on the marsh again after 5 days missing so must be on estuary somewhere + 2 Spotted Redshank + Little Ringed Plover + sp Knot + 4 Mediterranean Gulls (1-ad + 1-ss + 2-fs) + Peregrine caused havoc sending all the gulls and waders up and landed in tree before dropping down and taking a Moorhen and flying off and all the other large numbers of waders and Black Headed Gulls.

Ringing details on female Pochard with nasal saddle from France on marsh a few weeks ago and first recording outside of that ringing area as follows:

Ring:DB117003   Nasal Saddle:Blue   Code:F2+   Sex:F   Age:+2A   Weight:820g   Date:03/06/2013  Locality:SAINT-PHILBERT-DE-GRAND-LIEU   Province:44  
Country:FRANCE   Resighten:SAINT-PHILBERT-DE-GRAND-LIEU (06-30/06/2013 + 01-22/07/2013 + 02-30/05/2014 + 01-09/06/2014  + TOPSHAM  DEVON  12/06/2014

Little Gull
Little Gull

Peregrine
Peregrine

Greenshank
Greenshank

Posted July 18th, 2014 at 8:03 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Hope's Nose

A late seawatch 12:30-15:30, quite murky at times, with a SSW F3-4. All south: Arctic Skua (2cy), Balearic Shearwater, 272 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Sandwich Terns, 6 Dunlin, 4 juv Mediterranean Gulls and a light passage of 58 Black-headed Gulls containing many juvs.

Posted July 18th, 2014 at 5:49 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

R.Caen

Top photo left juv BH Gull - right juv Med Gull

Posted July 18th, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

R.Caen

On the R.Caen this morning

216 Black headed gulls inc 23 juveniles

12 Mediterranean Gulls inc 2 juv's

3 Common Sandpipers & 1 Dunlin




Posted July 18th, 2014 at 4:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Mansands

Not a lot on the marsh apart from Mallards, afew Moorhens and a Grey Heron. There was two Reed Warblers in the reeds by the beach with one singing. Also a Sedge Warbler singing just below the hide. There were plenty of Swallows and House Martins feeding over the marsh, the highlight was a Hobby which flew over the marsh and took one of the House Martin. 

Posted July 18th, 2014 at 2:51 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch 0545-0815hrs highlights: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Puffins, 137 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Turnstone, 7 Common Scoter & 1 Harbour Porpoise.

Photo: The juv Yellow-legged Gull - very strange flight and first row of wing covert markings!

Yellow Legged Gull - Juv  strange wing markings Berry Hd 18 July 2014 ML    Yellow Legged Gull - Juv  strange wing markings Berry Hd 18 July 2014 ML2

Posted July 18th, 2014 at 2:14 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 17th July 2014

Broadsands

This evening from the beach: 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Sandwich Tern & 34 Common Scoter

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hartland Point 08.20 to 09.50.

Manx Shearwaters streaming south west,timed counts of 71 and 112 per minute.

gannets  60+ mainly adults flocking and diving over surfacing shoals of Harbour Porpoise.

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 6:45 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare. in Bird News

River Caen/ River Taw

1045-1315  2Buzzard,2 King-fisher,7 Med gulls among the Black-headed gulls on the the Caen also 3 Common sand-piper on the Caen. Horsey island held 3 singing White throat 1 Green-shank and 10 more common Sand-piper.

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 3:20 pm in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works.

09:30. High tide 10:31.

8 Common Sandpiper on river concrete bank btwn rear of RGB & Bradiford Water.(09:50)

2A Mediterranean Gulls with Black-headed Gull roost in field next to the reserve. 9 Little Egrets and 21 young Shelduck generally. Only other wadwers were Curlew and Oystercatcher.

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 2:53 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Visit to the marsh this lunchtime until about 1.50. Huge numbers of Black-headed Gulls on the marsh made it quite tricky to pick anything out but eventually the Ross's Gull showed at the back along with at least 1 1st summer Mediterranean Gull. Also 1 Spotted Redshank amongst the larger waders.

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 16th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1050-2130 Hrs.

Over the morning tide the fs Ross's Gull hard to see at times + 2 Spotted Redshanks + sp Knot + Green Sandpiper + 5 Mediterranean Gulls (2-ad + 1-ss + 2-fs) and the usual high numbers of other waders and gulls.

From the Viewing Platform 9 Common Sandpipers seen from 1550 through all evening + sp Knot + 2 Spotted Redshanks all showing well close to left of platform + large numbers of Curlew + Redshank and Black Tailed Godwits + 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls (different birds than seen in hide).

Evening from the hide the fs Ross's Gull dropped in at 1950 on it's own after all the other gulls left for the estuary and was again showing very well feeding along the shoreline to the point.

Evening from the Goatwalk 4 Sandwich Terns sat on one of the moored up boats and well over 4000 Black Headed Gulls sat on the water near Turf Locks.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

sp Knot
sp Knot

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted July 16th, 2014 at 11:27 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Goosander

Single male goosander seen from Rock Park, Barnstaple.

Posted July 16th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch from 6.30am- 8.30am: 1 Balearic & 232 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 50+ Common Scoter, 3 Sandwich Terns, 3 Whimbrel & 1 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted July 16th, 2014 at 10:30 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 15th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning tide 1050-1330Hrs

fs Ross's Gull eventually showing after 1130 well at times + 2 Spotted Redshanks + sp Knot + 6 Mediterranean Gulls (2-ad + 2-ss + 1-fs + 1-juv) and all the usual good numbers of waders and gulls.

Viewed again over the evening tide with Keith.

fs Ross's Gull dropped in on it's own with excellent views both flying and feeding along the shoreline and around the point left of the hide with very nice sunshine reflecting off the water as was the Green Sandpiper.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 11:14 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

From 18:40 till 21:00

the 1st summer Ross's gull showed well from the hide , most of the black headed gulls were actively feeding over the estuary and did not come in, 1 common gull, 2 lesser black backed gulls, 10 sandwich terns flew in briefley and included 1 juvenile.

wader numbers increased again with 716+ curlew and 28+ whimbrel, 24+ dunlin, 1 knot, 2 spotted redshank, c400+ redshank, 10+ greenshank , 3 bar tailed godwits, c200+ black tailed godwits, 7+ lapwing, 2 common sandpipers and 1 green sandpiper, 4+ reed warblers, 2 little grebe.

 

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 10:32 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A brief visit first thing this morning. At least one adult Spotted Redshank (with very little sum-plum left), 2 or 3 Common Sandpipers, 10+ Dunlins, 3 Whimbrels, 2 Greenshanks, Reed Warbler and 207 Black-tailed Godwits (piped to the post by 1 on Keith's count yesterday!). Didn't manage to count the Redshank nor Curlews.

No sign of the Ross's Gull amongst the tightly packed flock of Black-headeds - but one adult Mediterranean Gull.

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 10:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works.

14:50

1 Black-tailed Godwit; 6 Little Egret; 5 Grey Heron; 1 Common Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gulls ( 2A and

1 2nd summer).  Black-headed Gulls have returned in large nos and plenty of Curlew about.

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 4:42 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Another brood of downy Tufted Ducks on the ponds today also 1 Kingfisher and a single eclipse male Shoveler. See https://www.devonbirds.org/news/society_news?blogEntry=5979

Posted July 15th, 2014 at 11:32 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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