Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st July 2014

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Thursday 31st July 2014

skern

26 med gulls.8ad,ss,17 juv,20:45-21:20.

Posted July 31st, 2014 at 9:44 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Willow Tits at Prewley Moor

Apologies for this belated report (I've been out of Devon since). On Sunday 27 July there were two very vocal Willow Tits in willows along the Granite Way at Prewley Moor (SX542910, about half a mile from the A30). Although this is a species I 'grew up with' in the West Midlands - where Marsh Tits were far more notable - I've seen very few in Devon and this is my first sighting (as opposed to hearing) here for maybe 20 years.


Posted July 31st, 2014 at 4:13 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Plym Estuary

A rather tatty adult Mediterranean Gull amongst the growing flock of Black-headeds; also 43 Redshanks, 32 Curlews,5 Common Sandpipers and just 1 Whimbrel. 10 Grey Herons roosting on the wreck and the 10 juv Shelducks, with an adult, growing fast; also 2 older juvs on their own.

Last night still at least 3 Nightjars still churring and showing in the Plymouth area

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Nightjar
Nightjar

Posted July 31st, 2014 at 3:17 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Exminster marshes

The marshes remain very dry with almost no water even in the lagoon. Today felt like autumn with a flock of warblers and tits foraging alongside the railway line. Amongst the flock were blackcaps, lesser whitethroats, long-tailed tits and plenty of chiffchaffs. Also seen nearby reed warblers and willow warblers.

A few whimbrel flew over the estuary and at least one common sandpiper flew from the lagoon onto the estuary. A single yellow wagtail was calling amongst a herd of cows near the Lions Rest estate.

Posted July 31st, 2014 at 12:56 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Wednesday 30th July 2014

Lundy

Day trip from Bideford. Migrants included at least 50 Willow Warblers (mainly juvs), and small numbers of other species, including Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sand Martin and House Martin. Highlight was an exciting new peak for Puffins, with at least 240 in Jenny's Cove. For further details vist http://www.lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk/

Posted July 30th, 2014 at 10:14 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Topsham

Bowling Green Marsh over the morning tide.

fs Ross's Gull seen briefly at 1100 before all birds took flight + 3 Spotted Redshank + c25 Greenshank + c100 Dunlin + c350 Redshank + c400 Black Tailed Godwits + 3 Bar Tailed Godwits + c400 Curlew + c40 Whimbrel + c300 Black Headed Gulls + 1 Snipe.

Viewing Platform over late morning high tide.

1 Adult Mediterranean Gull.

Recreation Ground during afternoon over the after low tide.

fs Ross's Gull still showing well on far side of river between retreat boatyard and motorway bridge  + 21 Common Sandpipers.

Bowling Green Marsh late afternoon.

1 Green Sandpiper + 1 Common Sandpiper

Viewing Platform late afternoon.

1 Common Sandpiper + 1 Kingfisher + numerous waders and black headed gulls

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Posted July 30th, 2014 at 9:46 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Hay Tor - Blackslade Ford (west of Cold East Cross), Dartmoor.

11 members of DB (East Branch) met at Hay Tor car park at 10.00hrs and quickly found many family groups of young birds, including Greenfinch, Stonechat and Linnet with other juveniles of Pied Wagtail, Crow and Starling.  The quarry produced brief sightings of Redstart with other species - Willow Warbler, Pied Wagtail (with food) and other more common birds - Blackbird, Robin etc).  Good numbers of Wheatear, mainly young birds, were conspicuos outside the quarry plus 2 MIstle Thrush, Meadow Pipits, Linnets and Yellow Hammers.  Numbers of House Martin were feeding and probably nesting at the hotel. 

Moving on to the Cold East Cross area for lunch the group then walked up the valley to Blackslade Ford.  The small woodland produced Coal Tit, Bullfinch,  3 Siskin, Tree Creeper, 2 Goldcrest, Willow Warbler and at the ford a good view of a young Redstart and a distant Kestrel and 2 Raven.

After the group dispersed mid afternoon, I carried on to show Ian and Fay the area near the rifle butts at Halshanger Common and we added a family of Whitethroat to the days list. 

Posted July 30th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Braunton Great Field. 07:00-08:00

107 Mediterranean Gulls on the nearest Pitland Strip to the Marsh Road. This strip has recently been ploughed and rollered. The Great Field is approx 365 acres divided into holdings and strips(Feudal Strip farming). Birds viewable through open gateway.

78 Adults; 13 juveniles; 5 1st summer and 11 second summer.

No sign of the Crane or Marsh Harrier in adjoining marshes.

Posted July 30th, 2014 at 9:05 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Tuesday 29th July 2014

Topsham Recreation Ground

Viewed over early afternoon low-tide 1400-1600Hrs.

The fs Ross's Gull was showing very well across the water between the motorway bridge and retreat boatyard with uninterupted views all afternoon allowing good digiscope photos and was still there when i left.

Also 21 Common Sandpipers and adult Mediterranean Gull.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 11:51 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Braunton Great Field

114 Mediterranean Gulls on Braunton Great Field early evening.

Also 1 Wood Sandpiper on Sharpa Marshes & 1 on Horsey Island which flew over our heads in the direction of Sharpa Marshes calling at the same time.

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

ross's gull

ross's gull seen under m5 bridge below topsham rec at 14 40 this afternoon. 29/7/14


Posted July 29th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by ron gallifant in General Birding

Bowling Green viewing platform

Lots of dunlin and redshank feeding by the viewing platform at low tide this afternoon, I'm hopeless at counting moving birds so won't guess how many but nice to see them :) Also at least one greenshank.

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 5:57 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Malcolm Shakespeare had the 2 Wood Sandpipers along with 2 Green Sandpipers and the Marsh Harrier this afternoon.

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 3:15 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Braunton Marsh

The Common Crane was still on Braunton Marsh this morning. It was first seen distantly in flight, and seen to land in a field close to the round, thatched farm building, where it settled. At times it showed very well from the road, but would wander out of sight behind hedges. I would age the bird as a first summer, and definitely not from the Somerset releases as it was unringed.

Also the female/immature Marsh Harrier was still present, as were a number of Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 12:08 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Black Hole Marsh

2 Wood Sandpiper yesterday along with numerous Common Sandpiper.

Posted July 28th, 2014 at 9:44 am by Grahame Woodberry in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

instow.

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

Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 9:21 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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