Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st May 2015

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Monday 1st June 2015

Red kite near clovelly

glad to read someone else saw a red kite at clovelly in north Devon as I was surprised but pretty certain it was when I saw it at 3pm on saturday 30th May 2015

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 12:41 am by Sam Whatmore in General Birding

Sunday 31st May 2015

skern

30 sanderling,42 dunlin,106 ringed plover,whimbrel,16:45

Posted May 31st, 2015 at 9:21 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Topsham

Osprey fishing down river from Topsham this evening (19:45), took fish into Powderham estate N of new cycle bridge and S of Turf. 4 1st summer Med gulls on Bowling Sgreen Marsh early evening.

Posted May 31st, 2015 at 8:31 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

bowling green marsh

watched from 15:00 till 18:25

4 Mediterranean gulls (1st summers) among 290+ black headed gulls, 3 lesser black backed gulls.

1 grey plover popped in briefley before heading towards exminster marsh ,  10 bar tailed godwits, 70+ black tailed godwits, 11 whimbrel, 31 curlew, 1 greenshank, 2 oystercatcher, 70+ shelduck, 7+ little egrets.

Posted May 31st, 2015 at 8:31 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Prawle Point

Had a casual family stroll along the cliff path to Langerstone Point this afternoon and saw a Hobby heading west. Also 2 Swifts.

Posted May 31st, 2015 at 5:10 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Red Kite

I saw Red Kite yesterday 30th May 2015 flying above as we walked through woods near Clovelly

Posted May 31st, 2015 at 1:57 pm by Catherine Revell in General Birding

Saturday 30th May 2015

volehouse moor nature res.

3 tree pipit,4 singing willow warblers,3 male blackcaps,and at least 10 marsh frittilaries

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 11:16 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Yarner wood

A quick visit to yarner this afternoon. Lots of pied flycatcher, m/f Redstart near carpark, nuthatch, GS woodpecker, goldcrest, chiffchaff. Cuckoo calling nearby but not seen. On the pond a m/f mandarin with a single duckling. 

Redstart
Redstart

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 10:05 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Early morning visit. Ringed plover, dunlin. & sanderling in the estuary. Off shore only birds of note 2 gannets fairly close in. Lots of juvenile starlings on the golf course with meadow pipit, stonechat, skylark, linnet & a greenfinch. 3 displaying whitethroat in surrounding scrub.

Whitethroat
Whitethroat

Skylark
Skylark

Linnet
Linnet

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 9:58 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 14:50 till 18:00

The black headed gull build up continues with 500+ with 1 1st summer Med gull, 17 whimbrel, 10 bar tailed godwits, 70+ black tailed godwits, 1 greenshank, 30+ curlew, 70+ shelduck, 2 oystercatchers, 3 buzzards, 2 raven, 3 reed warblers, 4 reed buntings.

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 8:48 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

River Dart at Dartington

A nice afternoon walk along the River Dart. Its amazing what you see if you stand in one spot for an hour. 2 pairs of buzzards, calling and sky dancing, a dozen or more screaming swifts, a female mandarin with 9 young, 4 ravens overhead, mistle thrush, a female goosander on passage up river, a kingfisher up and down river, possible yellow wagtail, and the best part was a pair of GS woodpeckers feeding their constantly squawking young in a hollow tree. On the butterfly front was common blue, male and female, small copper, small white. A very enjoyable and sunny afternoon


Small Copper
Small Copper


Posted May 30th, 2015 at 7:51 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Torquay (Coastal Residential)

A morning visit to the friend who lives just off of Ilsham Marine Drive in Torquay this morning, he showed me some images taken on the 5th May 2015 showing four Wheatears in his garden, two males two females.

Song Thrush in the garden gathering worms.

Peregrine calling overhead

Almost continuous visits from a small Warbler species gathering nesting material which from the images I took I suspect is a Willow Warbler.

A nest box fitted with livecam showed a growing clutch of Blue Tit chicks which looked as if they are just about ready to leave the nest.

A pair of Blackcaps had been showing in the garden all through the winter until recently.

And for the duration of most of the visit a Vixen sunning herself on the back patio and garden area.

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 7:01 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Vennford Reservoir- Dart Valley Nature Reserve - Bench Tor etc.

An excellent day with 18 members (East Devon Branch) trying to avoid contact with similar sized group from RSPB!  

Total of 43 species listed and all target birds found ( Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Siskin, Redpoll, Yellow Hammer).  Also, a Hobby and family groups of 3+ Treecreepers and 3 Mistle Thrush.  Indications of many species breeding and a general feeling that bird numbers were up on last year with good numbers of target birds. Thanks to Jean Millen for leading us. 

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 6:00 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

South Milton ley

0930 - 1215

2 Linnet (m), 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (f), 3 Swallow overhead.

On the beach: 7 Sanderling, 1 Lesser BB gull, 2 Cormorant and 2 Gannets out at sea.

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 4:45 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

And another red kite

Over motorway between Cullompton and Tiverton.

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 3:18 pm by David Walters in General Birding

Another Red Kite

Godborough regularly has buzzards overhead but this morning saw a Red Kite drifting from Abbotsham over the Kenwith Valley and Godborough

Posted May 30th, 2015 at 11:31 am by Philip Marlow in General Birding

Friday 29th May 2015

Red Kite & Sanderling at Topsham

Further to Keith's post some video of the Red Kite at Bowling Green Marsh and the larger group of Sanderling from the goatwalk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNV7P32MMXg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6g4P7J2cl8

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 10:04 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:40 till 18:35

Another Red kite this afternoon just after 17:00 it drifted slowly North earlier a Hobby flew through again heading north a steady movement of swift heading North.

just 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull among 350+ black headed gulls, 40+ black tailed godwits, 1 greenshank, 2 oystercatchers, 3 wigeon, 6 Little egrets, 2 grey heron.

a quick look of the goat walk was rewarded with a count of 280+ sanderling and 30+ dunlin my highest count of sanderling at this end of the estuary, also 2 great crested grebes.

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 9:21 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Slapton & Beesands Leys

Cloudy, murky conditions always good this time of year for Swifts and hirundines at these two places. Very conservative count at Slapton this morning of 350 Swift, 150 House Martins and 100 Swallows. Also single Sand Martin. Around the corner at Beesands Ley where the weather was starting to clear a little there were 50 each of Swallow and House Martin along with 10 Swift and a Hobby passed quickly through.

 

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 3:54 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Stover & South Brent area

A visit to Stover Country Park yesterday gave a low flying Buzzard being harried by a Mistle Thrush at Drum Bridges.

Stover lake had very little of interest one Lesser Blacked Backed Gull, the Great Crested Grebes are down to one chick from the initial three, but it’s a good size so may well survive. Pair of Mute Swan still sitting.

The feeding platform had a good range of birds using the feeder including Marsh and Coal Tits, a pair of Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Jay and Nuthatch.

“Wood Pigeons” at home at South Brent and also between home and Stover small flocks of Wood Pigeons up to 20 birds mostly down low headed towards the moors, constant movement throughout the day.

Above Dean Prior a large field being ploughed failed to attract any Red Kites but did provide pickings for a large flock of Herring Gulls a range of Corvids and two Buzzards, two sightings of a hunting male Sparrow hawk while scanning the field.

At home male Sparrow Hawk hunting and a Peregrine falcon over the roof mid evening.

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 10:07 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Late posting for 28th. No Red Kites but a Little Owl present for only second time this year. Nothing else of note.

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 7:33 am by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Thursday 28th May 2015

Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood.

Slav Grebe turned up off Cockwood harbour at 17.20 did not come too close and after about ten minutes swam off up river. Nothing else of note - except POSSIBLE Juvenile Rose Coloured Starling amongst a small flock around Starcross Station/ Atmospheric Railway. Flew before I could get on it properly and then my train arrived.So POSSIBLE nothing more.

Slavonian Grebe
Slavonian Grebe

Posted May 28th, 2015 at 8:26 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Bench Tor and Venford

3 possibly 4 Cuckoos (only one seen), 3 Yellow Hammers, a Willow Warbler and a Redstart seen yesterday on the Bench Tor side of Venford and below the reservior.

Posted May 28th, 2015 at 11:57 am by Noah Salt in General Birding

Wednesday 27th May 2015

Red Kite in North West Devon Today

Have today 27th May 2015 seen a Red Kite near Bradworthy following silaging tractors to scavenge small animals killed. Compared to our buzzards the wings were so long and it’s flight was fast and aerobatic…amazing to see this lovely bird! :)

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 6:55 pm by Pam Thomas in General Birding

Exmoor

Two Red Kite hovering and circling in the strong wind with 5 Buzzards this afternoon near North Molton Ridge Exmoor.

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 6:15 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Buzzard over Tiverton - but it wasn't!

Solitary Red kite being mobbed by carrion crow over Knightshayes Court, first I've seen in Tiverton area

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 9:12 am by David Walters in General Birding

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the mid-day high-tide.

1-Little Ringed Plover: 1-Ruff: 1-fs-Mediterranean Gull: c50-Black Tailed Godwits: c100 Black Headed Gulls: 1-Whimbrel: 2-Oystercatchers: 2-Egyptian Geese: 1-Peregrine: 2-Ravens: c25-Jackdaws: c40 Shelducks: 8-Reed Warblers: 4-Reed Buntings: 2-Sedge Warblers: 7-Swallows: 1-Stock Dove

fs Mediterranean Gull
fs Mediterranean Gull

Posted May 26th, 2015 at 8:46 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Red Kite over Teignmouth 1.00pm

The bird came very close to our open sliding windows as a consequence of being harried by herring Gulls.


Posted May 26th, 2015 at 5:02 pm by bob normand in General Birding

South Brent to South Huish Marsh

South Brent to South Huish marsh this morning, male Yellow Hammer, Spotted Flycatcher and Skylarks seen near Fowlescombe Cross, Ugborough, the Flycatcher was on the top of the roadside hedge hawking insects as they flew past.

A count of 84 Mute Swan on the River Avon at Aveton Gifford.

On the approach to South Huish both Swallow and House Martin seen coming into muddy pools caused by wheel tracks in field gates ways collecting nesting material.

On the marsh nothing outstanding, nice showing of Little Egrets, Linnets, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Heron, Buzzard, two Raven large and at times almost continuous passage of Swallows, good numbers of House Martin and a few Swifts. Other birders reported an earlier sighting of two Spotted Flycatchers.

Over the wooden bridge above the beach, good numbers of both Whitethroat and Reed Warbler, two juvenile Stonechat.

Back at home male Sparrow Hawk carrying prey item, three Swifts and Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted May 26th, 2015 at 3:24 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Monday 25th May 2015

Warren House Inn to Challacombe Farm

2+ Cuckoo,  2 Wheatear,  2 Whinchat,  2 Lesser Redpoll. Stonechats fledged and adult.  Robins ditto. Swallows,  House Martins at farm.  2 Buzzards and possible distant Peregrine.  Linnets, Mipits and Skylarks. Plenty Willow Warblers,  a Garden Warbler and several Blackcaps. 

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 10:11 pm by richard teague in General Birding

Dartmoor 25.05.15

At Smallridge on Dartmoor this morning,  Cuckoo  calling and seen flying also redpoll with half a dozen Linnets. Sorry, no photographs this time.

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 9:24 pm by Mark Dyer in General Birding

Soar and Slapton Ley

One or 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Soar and a single Spotted Flycatcher at Slapton, but little else.

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 8:13 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wood Warbler

At Yarner Woods on the 25-05-15 plenty of Wood Warblers and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, photo of above shows the chick in the hole being fed

Wood Warbler, Yarner Woods, 25-05-15
Wood Warbler, Yarner Woods, 25-05-15

Great Spotted Woodpecker with chick in hole
Great Spotted Woodpecker with chick in hole

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 6:32 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 10:00 till 12:30

1 ruff, 3 Mediterranean gulls among 100+ black headed gulls, 2 oystercatcher, 50+ black tailed godwits, 2 raven, 2 sparrowhawk, 4 blackcap, 20+ jackdaw, 3 sedge warbler, 10+ reed warbler, 4 chiffchaff, 2 nuthatch.

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 6:18 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Mansands to Scabbacombe

4 female Wheatears along coastal footpath yesterday evening - a small influx! At least 2 Greenland types amongst them. 

Posted May 25th, 2015 at 9:23 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sunday 24th May 2015

Exminster Marshes

American Golden Plover, Ruff

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 11:07 pm by Sam Forest in General Birding

Colyton Sat 23rd May

A Red Kite soaring over the centre of Colyton at 13.15

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 8:52 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Red Kite

Red kite flying over beech ridge at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington today at 1500.

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 4:37 pm by Tony Brooking in General Birding

Starlings ~ South Brent

On Friday I had a count of 22 Starlings mostly fledglings a field occupied by sheep alongside the house, yesterday the number rose to an estimated 60 which were alternating between feeding and perching on the hedge tops.

Although South Brent does attract good numbers of Starlnigs in the winter months I have never previously seen this many young birds birds during previous summers. 

I know that I have had a pair breeding in an ivy covered Holly tree but clearly there have been more active breeding pairs than I had realised.

The last few days has also seen almost constant visits to the feeders from a pair of Greater Spotted Woopeckers and from the state of thier plumage I am guessing that they are also feeding a nest of youngsters.

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 4:14 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Red Kite

Sunday 24th 8.30 am Red Kite drifting North over Sandford

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 2:01 pm by S Colombe in General Birding

Another Kite, or the same one as yesterday.

Red Kite flying very near Kes Tor at 8-45 this morning. Last seen flying down the Teign valley.

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 10:21 am by Bob Haworth in General Birding

Red Kite

Single Red Kite over Lifton yesterday ( Sat 23rd May)

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 10:00 am by Adrian Davey in General Birding

Lusleigh Beating the Bounds

While beating the bounds of Lustleigh on Saturday we heard a cuckoo on lowers slopes of Trendlebere Down near Bovey Tracey.

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 7:42 am by Paul Rendell in General Birding

Exminster Marsh (yesterday late post 23-5-2015)

Arrived on the canal footpath just before 1830hrs with no one else on site and after scanning around managed to pickup the Gull-Billed Tern which was distant around the centre pool between main lagoon and brick pillboxes in front of the American Golden Plover nearby. Must have only flew in just before i got there as the other birders i saw leaving in the middle car-park did not see it. Managed to get 2 other birders who came shortly afterwards onto it before it flew back out to the estuary at 1909hrs. Also a Hobby seen flying low near the tern and c50 Swifts flying around the middle car-park.

Managed to take some record video footage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRMiZSXCW8c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaHDyugH4_s

Posted May 24th, 2015 at 7:41 am by David Boult in General Birding

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Crediton

4.15pm today thought i saw a couple of Buzzards soaring VERY high in the sky over Crediton, on closer inspection turned out to be 7 of them! Then presumed Red Kites?

Link to VERY poor video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3VWSwOPda0

So sorry, only a couple of fleeting glimpses, they were so high, the camera was on full zoom and was struggling to focus and the battery was running out. It was all a bit of a rush! Can anyone confirm?

Eds: At least 6 were Red Kites!

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 9:59 pm by Jim Southall in General Birding

Gull Billed Tern Bowling Green Marsh

Just a couple of photos of the Gull Billed tern on Bowling green marsh this morning a stunning adult.

Gull Billed Tern
Gull Billed Tern

Gull Billed Tern
Gull Billed Tern

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 9:55 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Sterridge Valley nr Ilfracombe

Yet another Red Kite sighting... one over the garden at 18.20.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 8:27 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Red kite

Red kite seen over Throwleigh at 5-30pm

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 7:42 pm by Bob Haworth in General Birding

Dartmoor alive with Cuckoos!

At least eight Cuckoos seen in Down Tor area today. 3 observed at the same time this morning in Newleycombe, with the two males sparring. This afternoon at least five different individuals observed at length in Deancombe. No wonder Cuckoo Rock is so named!

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 6:58 pm by Peter Crispin in General Birding

Drayford - Osprey

Mid afternoon single Osprey flying from South turning North East over Witheridge. Later 7 Red Kites moving South West.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 6:37 pm by C Boyles in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite over A386 just past Hatherliegh at 4.30, seen by Chris Smallbones.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 6:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Headland Warren

1030 - 1500

In sunny spells: Stonechats (m+f), Whinchats (m+f), Tree Pipits, Willow Warblers, Reed Buntings (m+f), Skylark, 1 Goldcrest, Cuckoos being harassed by Meadow Pipits, and a Garden Warbler heard from within the trees.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 5:16 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Around the exe

started at Bowling green marsh at 09:00 and watched till 12:00

A quiet morning suddenly shattered by a fantastic GULL BILLED TERN dropped in at 10:35 and continued to show well till it flew out to the estuary at about 11:10( photos on later) 

also 10+ bar tailed godwits, 6+ whimbrel, 50+ black tailed godwits, 3 greenshank, 2 oystercatcher 100+ black headed gulls , 1 hobby, 30+ swallows.

Then headed over to exminster marshes and watched from 12:30 till 16:00

the AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was viewable from the canal bank but distant along a ditch in line with the left of the 2 brick pillbox like structures , also hobby over, just as we were about to leave news of the gull billed tern showing by the lagoon has us heading back upto the fishermans car park but just as we arrived I watched as it flew over the lagoon and seemed to head back to the estuary.

about 15:20 just as we were leaving had a txt from James diamond saying 23 red kite over Woodbury then Tim Worfolk txt saying 5 over his house in topsham Stan stopped the car at the middle car park and then the RED KITES started flying over right over our heads at least 28+ flew over heading towads exminster a fantastic sight and what away to end a great days birding . also at least 3 hobby over the marsh

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 4:43 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Foreland Point

20 x Skylark, 15 x Stonechat, 1 x Kestrel, 1 x Ring Ouzel, 1 x Willow Warbler, 1 x Wood Warbler, 1 x Whinchat, 7 x Gannet, 2 x Rock Pipit & 3 x Chaffinch.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 4:40 pm by Mark Webber in General Birding

Devon bird sightings

Red kite soaring over Northam burrows, Appledore end tollgate.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 4:23 pm by Geanette in General Birding

American Golden Plover

The bird was still present at 1345hrs when I left the site. Can be difficult as it keeps low. Viewing from the canal bank is a must! Look towards the pillbox with the open left side. Both the middle and the end carparks were full, so probably best to park in the RSPB carpark and walk! Also, one silent Yellow Wagtail north over station road as I was walking towards the canal.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 2:22 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

More Red Kites

2 Red Kites circling over Raymonds Hill, Axminster this morning.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 1:07 pm by Jim Tirrell in General Birding

New Rarities this morning

2 new rarities found this morning - An American Golden Plover found by James D on Exminster Marsh in long grass behind the pool viewable from the canal bank and a Gull Billed Tern found by Keith B at Bowling Green Marsh.

Posted May 23rd, 2015 at 11:29 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Friday 22nd May 2015

Red Kite

Red Kite flying West over Buckfast at 7.30 this evening.

Posted May 22nd, 2015 at 7:58 pm by Noah Salt in General Birding

Red Kite over Lynton

Red Kite soaring over Lynton and moving westerly at 12.40 today.

Posted May 22nd, 2015 at 12:45 pm by John Jackson in General Birding

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