Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st July 2014

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder Recorder@DevonBirds.org 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

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·         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

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

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS - UPDATE

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...!

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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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Monday 28th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 19:00 till 21:15

The 1st summer Ross's gull finally showed just after  21:00 good numbers of black headed gulls , 1 adult Mediterranean gull.

50+ whimbrel, 100+ dunlin, 5 bar tailed godwits, 2 spotted redshanks , 1 common sandpiper, 35+ greenshanks, 2 snipe, good numbers of redshank, curlew and black tailed godwits, 7+ lapwing, 8+ little egrets.

a quick look in goosemoor produced , 1 green sandpiper, 1 common sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 1st summer( with red ring unable to read due to long grass) ) 

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 10:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

When I got home from the earlier stroll, I found a message from Roger Doble about a bird that had been seen on Braunton Marsh on the recent WeBs count. So on my way to the Indian takeaway I stopped out on teh marsh and scanned around more in hope than expectation, but as often happens there it was: a Common Crane! The same one seen some weeks ago, or another arrival? It went into defensive mode as some ducks took off when a presumed Buzzard flew in , buit this turned out to be a Marsh Harrier! The Indian takeaway rounded off a great day!

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 8:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

An early evening stroll around the ponds was quite productive:

4 juvenile Grey Herons, 2 Little Egrets, 38 Canada Geese, 16 Mute Swans, 3 Teal, 2 Pochard, 1 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpipers and 2 Wood Sandpipers.

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 6:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ross`s Gull

Ross`s Gull showing well between the rec and the M5 bridge


Posted July 28th, 2014 at 5:46 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

One wheatear, female/1st winter type, seen yesterday, 27th, along coast path 1 mile East of R Otter.  Present at 8.30 am, but no sign at our return at 11.15 am, but far more people/dogs by then.

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 1:14 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

2 Wood Sandpiper yesterday along with numerous Common Sandpiper.

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 9:44 am by Grahame Woodberry in Bird News

Sunday 27th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:30 till 20:30

The 1st summer Ross's gull continues its stay, just 1 adult Mediterranean gull briefly 1200+ black headed gulls, 3 sandwich terns included 1 juvenile.

54+ whimbrel, 473+ curlew, 351+ black tailed godwits, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 100+ dunlin, 23+ greenshanks, 1 snipe, 1 common sandpiper, 2 spotted redshanks, 9+ little egrets, 300+ redshank, 2 sedge warblers.

 

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 10:50 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

South Huish 6pm

Wood sand, green sand, 5 dunlin and a snipe this evening.

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 8:42 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Topsham

Went out on the kayak around the Exe reedbeds up river from the Rec. At least 30 Common sandpipers in one flock roosting on a boat.

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 7:06 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

East Soar

Afternoon walk along the cliffs between East Soar & Soar Mill Cove, single Wheatear, 3 Kestrel, Yellowhammer and plenty of Swallows. Butterflies were abundant inc 2 Clouded Yellow.

Nearby at South Huish Marsh Wood Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin.

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 6:41 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Topsham

Ross's gull up river from the rec this pm. 2nd summer Med gull this morning (5th bird this weekend). 20 Common sandpipers yesterday, 11 today. Better views of the Ross's gull now it is coming onto the river N of Topsham rec on low tides.

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 5:25 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Recreational birds

Tide was out but many gulls,no sigh of Ross's.

B-h gulls 15 plus juvs

med.gul 1 juv plus 4 common sandpiper.

saturday 26 July 2014

Posted July 27th, 2014 at 12:54 pm by Stephen J Turner in Bird News

Saturday 26th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:30 till 20:15

the 1st summer Ross's gull flew through and was found roosting on the roof at tremletts viewed from goosemor it has now been present since the 21st may( from photos )  so 67 days and it dosn't  look like going any where soon.

from the hide still very good numbers of black headed gulls with 4 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 2nd summer and 2 juvenile ) 

54+ whimbrel among 470+ curlew, 40+ greenshank, 2 spotted redshank and 325+ redshank, 100+ dunlin, 1 snipe, good numbers of black tailed godwits, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 7 lapwing, 26+ little egrets. 

 

Posted July 26th, 2014 at 10:46 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening tide.

As Keith was making his bird counts i picked up the now long staying (67 days) Ross's Gull flying low over the main pond followed by 2 black Headed Gulls when it flew over the trees into Goosemoor. Not staying on the marsh we went into Goosemoor a bit later after the counts and whilst viewing from the new cycle track managed to quickly pick it up loafing about on the roof of the glass Armada building in Tremlits boatyard and not seen it that position before which is a first.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Posted July 26th, 2014 at 10:34 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Osprey over Ottery

Osprey gliding high in a NW direction over Ottery St Mary at 10am this morning, not sure I've ever seen one in July before!

Posted July 26th, 2014 at 12:47 pm by Ben Rowland in Bird News

Topsham

The Ross's gull was on the Exe below the M5 on the falling tide this morning.

Posted July 26th, 2014 at 12:04 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

R.Caen

Every visit to the R.Caen is different which is why it is so interesting.

Yesterday evening 20.00 - 21.00 = 19 Greenshank, 52 Dunlin & 6 Common Sandpipers.

Early this morning 05.50 - 07.30 = No Greenshank or Dunlin on R.Caen but 232 BH Gulls, only 3 Med Gulls (72 Med Gulls earlier in the week)

1 Common Tern, 2 Whimbrel & 2 Green Sandpipers flying & calling overhead.



Posted July 26th, 2014 at 10:50 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Friday 25th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:05 till 20:05

the 1st summer Ross's gull was on the far side from the hide among c3000+ black head gulls , 7+ Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 2nd summer, and 5 juveniles) 3 sandwich tern ( 1 juvenile , 2 adults)

380+ curlew, 40+ whimbrel, 27+ greenshank, 3 spotted redshanks, 336+ black tailed godwits, 116+ dunlin eventually showed on the far side, 5 bar tailed godwits, 5 lapwing, good numbers of redshank, 7 oystercatchers, 3 wigeon, 4 shoveler, 15+ teal, 29+ little egrets, 3 grey heron, 3 little grebe. 

 

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 11:21 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Goodrington

9 Mediterranean Gulls 8 of which were juvs, all headed off toward Broadsands late afternoon also a minimum of 3 Bottle-nosed Dolphins about 3/4 mile out in Torbay.

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 10:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Evening visit worthwhile with a juv Yellow-legged Gull and a nice male Ruff in front of the hide. Building numbers of waders with approx 100 Dunlin, 15 Sanderlings and 12 Ringed Plover. Evidence of passerine movement with 6 Willow Warblers, 6 Whitethroat, Blackcap and a Whinchat on the Golf Course.

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 9:25 pm by David Cope in Bird News

East Soar

4 Sand Martins at the farm but 6 clouded yellows inc.a helice, in Starhole Valley. Plenty of walls & several small pearl-bordered fritillaries.

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 5:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Around the Axe

Wood Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh early this morning, along with a Greenshank, 3 Green Sands, 10 Dunlin, 15 Common Sands, 15 Blackwit and 2 Med Gulls. A Ruff was also seen here a little later.

Late this morning, 9 Med Gulls were on the Estuary (8 juvs).

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 2:23 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Arlington Hide

Marsh, Coal, Great and Blue tit also a Willow tit distinguishable by it's call. Plenty of Mallards and 2 jays which gave excellent veiws.

Posted July 25th, 2014 at 8:53 am by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Thursday 24th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:00 till 19:30

the 1st summer Ross's gull continues it long stay, 4 Mediterranean gulls (1 adult, 1 2nd summer and 2 juveniles) among the usual high numbers of black headed gulls.

now 3 spotted redshanks among good numbers of redshanks and black tailed godwits, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 130+ dunlin , 36+ whimbrel, 350+ curlew, 1 common sandpiper, 14+ greenshanks, 3 little grebe 52+ mallards, 13+ teal, 2 wigeon, 2 sedge warbler , 3 reed warbler, 2 stock doves. 

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 10:17 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

skern/burrows.

27 med gulls amongst flock of 1000+ bhg engaging in feeding frenzy on flying ants.20ads,3 ss,1fs,3 juvs.Most likely more as these were only ones i could count.1 knot,50,curlew,4 whimbrel,sandwich tern

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 9:33 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

There is a second G.C.Grebe starting to nest on the lake, the two fledglings of the other pair are still being carried around the lake. I also saw a Kingfisher, c20 Lapwing flying south, 2 Sedge Warblers, 12 Swallows, plus the usual.

Rod

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

Now that he Ross's Gull has 'discovered' the Rec it's getting to be regular now at low tide, giving much better views than at BGM. When present it can be anywhere from the big shingle island to right up past the M'way bridge by Newcourt Park. Also today two Med Gulls, the regular moulting adult and, for a change, a rather nice juvenile - a different bird to the one on BGM and the Clyst on Sunday..

Ross's Gull 2cy 24/7/2014 Topsham Rec
Ross's Gull 2cy 24/7/2014 Topsham Rec

Mediterranean Gull juv. 24/7/2014 Topsham Rec
Mediterranean Gull juv. 24/7/2014 Topsham Rec

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 3:35 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Rillage Point near Ilfracombe

06.40-08.00 80 Manx Shearwaters (nearly all flying W), 4 Gannets, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 ad Kittiwake, 1 ad Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 9:20 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched 15:30 till 19:00

the 1st summer Ross's gull showed a few times as well as as the the 1st summer little gull among c3500+ black headed gulls and 4+ Mediterranean gull( 1 adult, 2 2nd summers , 1 juv).

41+ whimbrel, 390+ curlew, 34+ dunlin, 67+ oystercatcher, 5+ bar tailed godwits , 2 spotted redshanks, good numbers of redshank and black tailed godwit, 12+ greenshanks, 1 common sandpiper, 1 green sandpiper, 4+ lapwing, 12+ little egret.

from the viewing platform 2 sandwich terns( 1 adult, 1 juvenile ) 73+ dunlin.

large numbers of black headed gulls were of turf, powderham and exton , 2 sandwich terns flew towards topsham quay.

 

Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 10:32 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

instow.

19 med gulls.16 ads,2ss,juv,17:10-17:50.

Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 9:21 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works.

07:15

17 Little Egret; 14 Grey Heron; 4 Black-tailed Godwit; 16 Dunlin; 2 Redshank; 3 Common Sandpiper and 31 juvenile Shelduck.

Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 10:29 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 14:55 till 18:00

The 1st summer Ross's gull was on the far side from the hide and the 1st summer little gull dropped in Along with c3500+ black headed gulls and 5+ Mediterranean gulls(2adult, 2 2nd summer, 1 juv)

2 spotted redshanks in with 250+ redshank, 352+ black tailed godwits, 4+ bar tailed godwits, 35+ dunlin, 82+ oystercatchers, 15+ greenshanks, 411+ curlew, 30+ whimbrel, 18+ little egrets, 2 sedge warblers, 3 buzzards.

on the path to the viewing platform, 1 garden warbler, 3 chiffchaff's and 12+ long tailed tits.

 

 

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 8:39 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Around North Devon

At Upper Tamar Lake this morning, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and 3 Snipeon the increasing muddy fringe at the top end. Around the resevoir edge, at least 3 Sedge Warbler families, Reed Bunting and Willow warbler. Also a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

Later within half mile walk from the first Forestry Commission pull in on the Bradworthy side of Melbury Resevoir all six of the Devon Tit species, the highlight of which was a family of Willow Tit.

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 4:06 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide today until about 1.50. The Ross's Gull was showing well at the back of the marsh. Also 1 fairly mobile Common Sandpiper and 2 Spotted Redshanks amongst good numbers of Redshank and Dunlin.

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Downend & Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

1 Osprey flying south past Downend into Bideford & Barnstaple Bay then turning SE towards mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary.

Later 1 Artic Skua flying south past Downend into Bideford & Barnstaple Bay then turning SE towards mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary.

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 12:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Seaton

Must be some food off Seaton at the moment as early this morning 110+ Manxies were lingering mostly distantly off the sea front, although occasional small groups would fly in closer. 05:45-06:45 also showed; 6 Mute Swan (out then east), 31 Canada Geese (half flew in to the Axe, the rest continued west), 16 Common Scoter, 4 Med Gull (2 ads and 2 juvs, a family group?), 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sand Martin and 4 Swallow (these and the Martins flew in off the sea then north!?).

Still not seen a juv Yellow-legged Gull yet this year - Matt and Exmouth seem to be hogging them all! 

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 11:51 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

River Caen/Taw Estuary 19.00–21.30 21st July

An evening visit revealed at least 66 Mediterranean Gulls (possibly quite a lot more as we left the main gathering area before dusk) bathing in the Caen and/or flighting in to roost on flats off the mouth of the Caen. Two colour-ringed birds: one 2nd-summer with white ring on right leg (black inscription 956), the other an adult with a green ring on the left leg (white inscription; only leading "R" 100% certain, rest 75% before the bird flew off: R9UT). Also 11 Greenshanks on Horsey Island, about 20 Curlews, 7 Common Sandpipers and a smattering of Dunlins and Ringed Plovers. Couple of hundred Swallows and Sand Martins gathering to roost in Sherpa reedbeds and 40 Swifts over the Great Field. Barn Owl hunting over Chivenor.

Posted July 22nd, 2014 at 11:28 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

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