Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th July 2014

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Monday 14th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning tide.

A Ruff was seen at 1200hrs on the far side of the hide feeding on the shoreline amongst all the other waders and gulls and was still showing when i left at 1330Hrs. It was also seen about 15 minutes just before i arrived at 1745Hrs but was not seen again afterwards.

Ross's Gull
Ross's Gull

adult Mediterranean Gull + Ross's Gull sat down
adult Mediterranean Gull + Ross's Gull sat down

Posted July 14th, 2014 at 10:42 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:50 till 20:35

the 1st summer Ross's gull came in just before 18:00 and showed well, 11+ Mediterranean gulls included the first juvenile of the year, c2000+ black headed gulls, 1 lesser black backed gull.

wader numbers continue to increase with 587+ curlew, 21+ whimbrel, 208+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 19+ dunlin including 3 juveniles, 1 knot, 16+ greenshanks, 7+ lapwing, 2 spotted redshanks among 360+ redshanks.

Posted July 14th, 2014 at 10:14 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Berry Head & Broadsands

Berry Head: Mark Darlaston started a seawatch from 15.30hrs which I signed off at 19.30hrs, totals included: Balearic Shearwaters 2 >S & 1 >N, Manx Shearwater 173, Common Scoter 78 >N, Commic Terns 10, Sandwich Terns 3, Yellow-legged Gull 1 juv, Swift 8 > E. Also 60+ Common Dolphins > S and 2-3 Harbour Porpoise off the headland. 

Broadsands: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1 Ad 1 juv)

Posted July 14th, 2014 at 8:14 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Soar

First late summer flocks of 120 starlings, 250 swallows over cereal fields and 80 linnets in three flocks.

Also fresh painted lady.

Posted July 14th, 2014 at 1:48 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Instow Cricket Ground and Foreshore

07:10. High Tide 07:57

7A Mediterranaean Gulls off-shore. 4A, 1 first S and 1 juvenile Med on the pitch.

 

Posted July 14th, 2014 at 9:29 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Sunday 13th July 2014

Northleigh Pond

1 little Egret and 2 Gadwalls on a small island in the middle of the pond. Watching from 18.00-19.00

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 10:06 pm by Ryan in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 17:40 till 20:45

the 1st summer Ross's gull again and the 1st summer little gull after a couple of days absence, 2511+ black  headed gulls with 5+ Mediterranean gulls (2 adult, 1 2nd summer and 2 1st summers.

2 spotted redshanks, 300+ redshanks, 25+ greenshanks, 449+ curlew, 11+ whimbrel , 22+ dunlin, 1 knot, 150+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits, 5+ lapwing. 

5+ sandwich terns including 1 juvenile 

 

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 9:32 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Broadsands

Broadsands: This evening 11 Mediterranean Gulls (4 juvs, 1 1st sum, 1 2nd sum & 5 ads), 5 Sandwich Terns, 25 Black-headed Gulls. 

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 9:08 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling green lane

630am sunday morning till 10am

The 1st summer Ross's gull showed initially well till 7am on far side then dissappeared

circa 2000 black headed gull, 1 adult Mediterranean gull, 2 common gull, 1 sandwich tern flew in and back out.

2 spotted redshanks heavily moulted, redshanks, greenshanks, Lots black tailed godwits and bar tailed godwits, About 10 dunlin, Lots of curlew with whimbrel mixed in. Little gull.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 8:26 pm by KB in General Birding

Teign Estuary

Numbers of waders starting to increase here with 80 Curlew, 18 Oystercatchers, five Common Sandpipers, two Dunlin and singles of Greenshank and Whimbrel yesterday. Other counts included 46 Mute Swans, 36 Little Egrets and the first returning Kingfisher.

A Mandarin was seen from Town Quay Bridge behind Newton Abbot racecourse yesterday morning, with a redhead Goosander on the river there today.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

0730-10:00: 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Swift, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Tit, 6 Great Crested Grebe; note 2 sitting on nests.

 

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 7:33 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding

Lynmouth - Watersmeet cafe

Following the path upstream produced 1 Grey Heron, 1 Mallard, a Herring Gull looking very out of place among the Grey Wags on a woodland river, 2 GS Woodpecker, 12 Swift, a Sparrowhawk, 4 Jay together, 4 Dipper, 1 Nuthatch, family groups of Coal Tit, Blue Tit and Great Tit, about 10 Robin mainly juvenile, Redstart pair with a fledgling, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 16 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 5 Wren, 1-2 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 family groups of Phyllosc's calling in the canopy, 30 Chaffinch descending on the cafe garden for scraps. Other taxa included Silver Wash Fritillary and a shrew species.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 6:45 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Booted Eagle?.

Possible adult pale phase briefly over my house in bideford at 14:30.Buzzard sized very white underside with contrastingly black trailing edge to wing.Picked it up all too late to give any other description.Saw two on lesvos in may which when seeing this bird aroused my suspicion.Thats all im afraid.Bird headed sw.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

New Bridge, Barnstaple

75+ Herring Gulls including juvenile and adult, 60+ Black-headed Gulls a mixture of adult and first summer with 2 juvenile, 8 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 curlew and 9 female Malards also there was one adult starling with a brood of 12 juveniles.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

instow

30 med gulls.20ad,5ss,4fs&first juv,Inc.dutch returning adult 33L9& a ss E956 as of y.day08:15.

Posted July 13th, 2014 at 10:38 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Saturday 12th July 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:20 till 20:05

The 1st summer Ross's gull showed well , c1500 + black headed gulls, 3 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult , 1 2nd summer, 1 1 st summer) 2 common gull  , 2 sandwich terns.

2 spotted redshanks among 292+ redshanks, 28+ greenshanks, 1 knot, 186+ black tailed godwits, 6 bar tailed godwits, 24+ dunlin, 420+ curlew, 15+ whimbrel.

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 10:35 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Exmouth

Seafront - at least 1, probably two more juv yellow-legged gulls today. Offshore 1 great skua and 2 arctic skua lingering. Also 4 mediterranean gull and 6 manx shearwater. There was also a flock of 7 common sandpipers on Warren Point early morning and 10 redhead goosander in the estuary.



Posted July 12th, 2014 at 9:52 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

instow

40 med gulls.30 ad,6ss,4fs,17:15

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 8:21 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

South of Starcross - viewed from train at 1815

Adult summer plumage Slavonian Grebe - just south of Starcross on a full tide - close in to railway line

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 6:53 pm by Tony Swann in General Birding

Downend croyde

Must have been some fish about this evening at Downened. Shearwaters, Gannets and Dolphins all in close to the headland at 1700hrs.

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 6:46 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

Berry Hd

A single juv Mediterranean Gull and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth were the only species of note this afternoon.

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 5:26 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Four Common Sandpipers had arrived at the top of the estuary with a least 6 juv Black-headed Gulls; also a single Greenshank (heard), a pair of Shelducks with 11 juvs, Bullfinches feeding young, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a juv Green Woodpecker. 

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 1:52 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Friday 11th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Some photos of sp Knot + Sandwich Tern + Grey Heron amongst the waders and gulls on the evening tide.

sp Knot
sp Knot

(white headed) Sandwich Tern
(white headed) Sandwich Tern

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Posted July 11th, 2014 at 10:55 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:30 till 20:00

The 1st summer Ross's gull continues to show well at times and it has now been here for 51 days , the gull numbers continue to rise with 1900+ black headed gulls but only 3 1st summer Mediterranean gulls, 3 common gulls , 3 sandwich terns.

wader numbers also increasing with 481+ curlew, 13+ whimbrel, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 200+ black tailed godwits, 27+ greenshanks, 220+ redshanks, 1 spotted redshank, 13 dunlin, 1 Knot, 4 oystercatchers , 5+ lapwing, 1 buzzard, 4 teal , 3 wigeon.

a quick look of the goat walk after turned up 3 sandwich terns ( 2 adults and the first juvenile of the year)

 

Posted July 11th, 2014 at 10:26 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Clennon Valley & Broadsands

A juv Yellow-legged Gull was on the playing fields with 150+ Herring gulls this evening feeding on queen ants. Comparison shots with juv Herring Gull below..

     Herring Gull juv  left                                                            Yellow-legged Gull juv  Right

Herring gull lJuv Clennon Vly110714 ML     Y_LGullJuvClnVly110714ML

Herring Gull Juv Clennon Vly 110714 ML       Yellow-Legged Gull Juv Clennon Vly 110714 ML

Broadsands: 5 Mediterranean Gulls (4 Ads & a 2nd summer) with another 2 (1 ad & 1 juv) at Saltern Cove

Posted July 11th, 2014 at 9:45 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exmouth

Exmouth Beach - 0530 - juv yellow-legged gull on the beach this morning. This is my fifth in 11 days (with two yesterday) so more to be expected soon. Yesterday 27 sand martins were recorded heading north off the beach.

Sunday's great white egret was later seen at Starcross and was colour-ringed. I'd be grateful for any further info on the exact colour combination so that its origin can be established.

juv yellow-legged gull
juv yellow-legged gull


another shot of Sunday's great white egret
another shot of Sunday's great white egret

Posted July 11th, 2014 at 4:23 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Thursday 10th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

2nd summer Mediterranean Gull and Sandwich Tern seen on the early evening high tide.

Ross's Gull eventually showed again just before 2000Hrs feeding along the shoreline and was still showing when i left at 2115Hrs.

2nd summer Mediterranean Gull
2nd summer Mediterranean Gull

2nd summer Mediterranean Gull
2nd summer Mediterranean Gull

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 10:21 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:15 till 19:15

The 1st summer Ross's gull showed briefley before flying off over the railway line to goosemoor, the 1st summer little gull remains and showed well among c1500+ black headed gulls with 7+ mediterranean gulls (2 adult, 1 2nd summer and 4 1st summer ) 3 common gulls, 1 lesser black backed gull, 7 sandwich terns.

Wader numbers continue to increase with 190+ black tailed godwits , 5 bar tailed godwits, the 2 moulting spotted redshanks in with 265+ redshanks, 7 dunlin including the first juv of the year, 1 knot, 17+ whimbrel among 300+ curlew, 3 oystercatchers, 9+ lapwing, 18+ greenshank.

the female Garganey showed in the chanel in front of the hide for a time also 3 wigeon, 6 teal, 3 tufted duck, 14+ little egrets, 1 sparrowhawk

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 9:56 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Cranbrook scrape

Following on from the weekend,  still one little ring plover present (yesterday there were two plus 3 green sandpipers). Also a fox patrolling the foreshore.

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 8:57 pm by Stephen Lawrence in General Birding

River caen.

11-15 to 13-30hrs  Very quiet on the river a few Grey heron and Black headed gulls, But 7 Common sandpiper together by the toll house made up for it.

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 7:29 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

R.Taw - Pottington to Asford Strand. 07:40 - 09:00

2 Common Sandpiper; 4 Dunlin; 1 Bar-tailed Godwit; 8 Grey Heron; 6 Little Egret  27 Shelduck( 5A & 22 Juveniles.) 1 Common Whitethroat carrying food items.

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 10:14 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wednesday 9th July 2014

Topsham

Female Garganey still on Bowling Green Marsh at 7pm, also Ross's gull and 1 adult Med gull. Another ad Med gull at Topsham rec.

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 10:31 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Brixham

This escape Bobwhite Quail has been reported in Brixham gardens a couple of times now in the last few days initially in the Drew Street area;

BobWhite Quail Brixham 050714

 

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Just some photos taking over the marsh at high tide of Black Headed Gulls + Common Redshank + Black Tailed Godwit with coloured leg rings.

Black Tailed Godwit
Black Tailed Godwit

Common Redshank
Common Redshank

Black Headed Gulls
Black Headed Gulls

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 8:55 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Broadsands

Evening gull gathering: 5 Ad Mediterranean Gulls, one 1st s Common Gull were the highlights.

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 15:25 till 18:25

The 1st summer Ross's gull was very elusive spending most of it's time out of sight in far left hand corner of the main scrape, as 1st summer little gull showed well among 1500+ black headed gulls including 29+ juv's, 7+ Mediterranean gulls.

wader numbers have increased, the 2 moulting spotted redshanks were in with 150+ redshanks , 20+ greenshanks, 386+ curlew, 13+ whimbrel, 4 dunlin, 3 bar tailed godwits, 7+ lapwing, with 80+ black tailed godwits. 

18+ little egrets but no sign of the female garganey but was reported this morning, 1 tufted duck and 3 wigeon , 6+ teal. 

Topsham quay whilst waiting for the bus 5 common sandpipers on the wrecked boats opposite the quay. 

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth

A good visit to Mutters Moor last evening to reconnoitre ahead of tonights 'Nightjar fieldtrip' (East Branch).  Several close encounters with Nightjars and one pair flying around my head.  Sun set around 9.30 and the first churrrring ten minutes later.  Full range of calls and wing clapping seen.  Possibly three pairs present.

Posted July 9th, 2014 at 9:07 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Tuesday 8th July 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

fs Ross's Gull + Little Gull (different bird) + Lesser Black Backed Gull + c700 Black Headed Gulls + 2 sp Spotted Redshank (now moulting fast) + c150 Redshank + Female Garganey + c4 Mediterranean Gulls (2-ad + 1-ss + 1-fs) + 17 Greenshank (1 with coloured leg rings) + 2 Dunlin + 26 Little Egrets + 2 Oystercatchers + Little Grebe

Female Garganey
Female Garganey

sp Spotted Redshank
sp Spotted Redshank

Little Gull
Little Gull

Posted July 8th, 2014 at 8:58 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime in the hide until about 1.50. The Ross's Gull showed well before a Buzzard put everything up and it may have headed over to Goosemoor but I expect it will be back! The female Garganey was again in the channel close to the hide. Both Spotted Redshanks are now moulting and are quite blotchy. 1 adult Mediterranean Gull.

Posted July 8th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Hartland Point

Spent the night at Hartland Point last night and trapped and ringed 25 STORM PETRELS. One other with a ring I didn't recognise, although I haven't had time to check my records yet.

Good numbers of Linnets and Stonechats in the valley and Whitethroats still singing.There seemed to be plenty of Rock Pipits around the cliffs too. No sign of Yellowhammers though.

Posted July 8th, 2014 at 11:55 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

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