Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th June 2015

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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.

However, in the last year, more posts have been appearing purely on subjects other than birds. Whilst of interest to some observers, this is detracting from the aim of the pages, i.e. principally bird sightings.

Devon Birds has therefore taken the decision to require contributors of other wildlife to post this in the Other Wildlife subject. However it’s accepted that occasional, exceptional, other wildlife seen during a birding outing justifies inclusion in the bird sightings post. This should, however, be a minor part of the post.

Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

Our aim is to provide a concise daily news summary of bird sightings around Devon, and these changes should fulfil this goal.

Below is a summary of the changes:

  • Bird News (bird sightings of interest, with added occasional other wildlife) will be the default subject when visitors arrive at this page.
  • Other Wildlife posts therefore won’t initially be shown unless visitors click Other Wildlife under Subjects on the right-hand side.
  • Only two photos can now be submitted per post.
  • General bird photos should be posted in our Gallery please.
  • Co-authors should now only use the Submit a Blog Post form, to ensure a more consistent format for posts.

Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News


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Sunday 7th June 2015


A real joy to be out on the moor around Soussons, Headland Warren and Challacombe, 31 species found. Lots of birds singing enjoying the sun, several Cuckoos about, 2 seen at Headland Warren, one a female giving its bubbling call. to find out more follow the link

Posted June 7th, 2015 at 8:50 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Two Pots, Ilfracombe

1 x Red Kite

Posted June 7th, 2015 at 8:21 pm by Mark Webber in Bird News

red kite

Red kite seen flying quite low over Throwleigh, drifting off North West.

Posted June 7th, 2015 at 7:47 pm by Hilary Haworth in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

  17.30 - 18.15 a male 'flava Wagtail showing charecteristics of the SPANISH race singing perched on dock leaves in front of the main pool 

Posted June 7th, 2015 at 7:10 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Red Kite

one drifted South West over Cranbrooke at 1545 hrs

Posted June 7th, 2015 at 5:14 pm by Andy Bond in Bird News

Saturday 6th June 2015

Yarner Wood

An early morning visit produced: 2+ Cukoos, Wood Warbler (heard singing), Redstart (female), 8 Pied Flycatchers (7 males, 1 female), 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (including 1 juv), 6 Mandarin Ducks (including a duckling), c6 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Bullfinches, 2 Marsh Tits, 4 Nuthatches, and a Siskin heard. 

Posted June 6th, 2015 at 5:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

sighting of Bee-eaters

Yesterday (June 5th) at 12.15pm 6 Bee-eaters on electricity wires over our garden and field on the outskirts of Bradworthy N. Devon .Present for about half an hour .

Posted June 6th, 2015 at 4:49 pm by Rob Dennis in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite flying low over fields near Bittadon (North Devon) being harassed by several corvids. Also Buzard nearby. 12;55 today

Posted June 6th, 2015 at 1:42 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Friday 5th June 2015

Black stork over Newton Abbot

Black Stork harried by herring gulls flew over at 13.30 today heading SW

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A couple of photos..

Posted June 5th, 2015 at 7:12 pm by Caroline Stevens in Bird News

Little Ringed Plover, Exeter

Just spotted a Little Ringed Plover on the shore of the artificial pool that's been formed at the southern end of the flood

 relief scheme works between Exeter quay and Duckes Marsh.

Posted June 5th, 2015 at 11:15 am by Sam Stripp in Bird News

Thursday 4th June 2015

Nightjars in Cann Woods

A group of about twenty from the Plymouth Local Branch enjoyed a late night foray into Cann Woods at Plympton.  Despite slightly less than perfect conditions, it was a little overcast and the moon had not yet risen, the group had good if brief views of at least 4 Nightjars, with a total of 10 heard churring, ke-wiking, gurgling or wing-clapping throughout the wood.  A Cuckoo was heard calling near the fort. 

Posted June 4th, 2015 at 11:54 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Dartmoor & Teigngrace

A run around Dartmoor this morning above the Caton / Ashburton area, bit of a cooling wind but plenty of small birds to be seen including Yellowhammers, Stonechat, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Goldfinch, Skylarks, Wren and Mistle Thrush, reasonable numbers of Buzzards most of which were using the winds to “hang on the air” to hunt.


Back home at South Brent two visits to the garden feeders from a pair of Siskins. A hunting male Sparrow Hawk and count of 149 Herring Gulls passing by this morning between 8am and 9.30am at one point several gulls mobbed a passing Grey Heron.


An evening visit to Teigngrace to photograph the Sand Martins, good numbers present along with a couple of Swifts and one passing male Sparrow hawk. A Pied Wagtail feeding one youngster.


At Dart Bridge five Great Blacked Backed Gulls over the A38.

Posted June 4th, 2015 at 9:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd June 2015

South Brent

Awful weather this morning had the gardens feeders buzzing with feeding birds, very surprised to see a male Bullfinch coming in, the weather brought in far more birds than would be usual for this time of year.

The Wood pigeon movement mentioned in an early post continued once the weather began to lift with a count of 213 Woodies, 3 Stock Dove and one feral pigeon passing over.

The resident Buzzards may have a successful nest this season, the male was seen passing by mobbed by Crows as he carried a largish prey item to the nest site, a total of four Buzzards today included a very pale almost white male seen to fly past into the strong winds.

Four Raven overhead this morning

The day has seen an almost constant movement of Herring Gulls passing by the house, a total of four Greater Black Backed Gulls which included one juvenile.

Juvenile birds around the feeders and garden included, Robin, House Sparrows, Coal Tits, Greenfinch, Rooks, Magpies.

A pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers in at one point, then regular visits from the male to the feeders

Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 9:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Chittlehampton Yellow Hammers

Throughout the winter and into spring yellow hammers have frequented at least one garden in the village of the Chittlehampton; I have recorded a maximum of 9 at the beginning of the year, dropping to 5 as well progress into summer...

Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 5:12 pm by STEWART BEER in Bird News

Stover CP

Just received news from Jon Avon this morning that the Mute Swans have seven newly hatched cygnets

and a first for Stover a pair of Mandarin have also hatched four young today.

Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 2:17 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

05.30-09.30hrs seawatch 600+ Manx Shearwaters, 5 Puffin, 2 Storm Petrel, 1 Roseate Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 20+ Common Tern and 2 Arctic Skua. However the highlight was a Risso's Dolphin that surfaced 3 times close off the headland before making a deep dive, tail fluking on the way, there was another brief distant sighting after that but the dolphin quickly moved on. 

Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 12:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 1st June 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 17:30 till 19:35

An increase in Mediterranean gulls to 6 1st summers among 420+ black headed gulls, 11 whimbrel, 11+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ curlew, 70+ black tailed godwits, 1 greenshank, 2 oystercatcher, 5+ little egrets, 1 grey heron, 2 little grebes.

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 10:04 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


A few House Martins hawking insects over a windswept pond this afternoon. Male Swan chasing a female Mallard. 5 Cootlets but no sign of any other juvenile water-birds. Of interest in the reserve, there were about  20 House Martins and 10 Swallows hawking insects over the reserve pond - never seen them in there before! Must be the lovely weather.... Or perhaps because it was sheltered from the wind.

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 7:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


At 5pm 30 + swifts being buffeted by the wind passed over my house, I wonder how many other birds will suffer from these gales.

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 6:18 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh (yesterday late post 31-5-2015)

A late Osprey was seen from the viewing platform flying up river towards the goatwalk at 19:20hrs before heading back down and fishing off Powderham where it caught a fish. It was labouring with it's catch flying just above the water towards Turf pursued by gulls. Also a Great Crested Grebe was diving in front the platform.  Some digiscoped footage videos.

From the hide earlier the 2 foxes were seen play fighting beyond the right-hand pool from the hide with the adult dog fox watching from the railway bank hedgerow. They appear to be last years male & female cubs.

Some photos of 3 fs-Mediterranean Gulls in the hide on the high-tide show 2 being similar in moult state the other med gull was hiding behind vegetation out of site.

Osprey  31-5-2015
Osprey 31-5-2015

3-fs-Mediterranean Gulls  31-5-2015
3-fs-Mediterranean Gulls 31-5-2015

Foxes  31-5-2015
Foxes 31-5-2015

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 8:54 am by David Boult in Bird News

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