Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st June 2015

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 21st June 2015

Woodpeckers - South Brent

Came across 4 green woodpeckers making a lot of noise in one tree on the edge of the moor behind South Brent at 4pm today. Suspect some were juveniles.


Posted June 21st, 2015 at 10:51 pm by Dave Pakes in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:35 till 12:00

A quiet morning with 1200+ black headed gulls, 7 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 2nd summer, 5 1st summer) 12 bar tailed godwits, 60+ black tailed godwits, 4 lapwing, 53+ curlew, 12+ redshanks , 8+ little egrets, 8 sandwich terns.

Posted June 21st, 2015 at 10:30 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Yellowhammer

Another first for several years in Gunswell Lane South Molton. Saw a Yellowhammer which landed on the telephone wires above the lane with a beak full of food so it must have a nest near by. Very encouraging to see both Whitethroats and now a Yellowhammer after so long an absence. 

Posted June 21st, 2015 at 8:40 pm by Steve Westacott in General Birding

Saturday 20th June 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the late evening high-tide 1900-2145Hrs.

The fs Little Gull dropped in at 2050hrs; 12-Mediterranean Gulls (3-adult + 2-2nd summer + 7-first summer); 1-Common Tern; 5-Sandwich Terns; c1500 Black Headed Gulls; 47 Redshank; 11-Bar Tailed Godwits; c60-Black Tailed Godwits; 4-Whimbrel; c30-Curlew; c55-Shelduck; 3-wigeon; 3-Teal; 7-Little Egrets; 6-Reed Warblers; 2-Reed Bunting; 2-Stock Doves.

Record photos taken in poor light.

Common Tern
Common Tern

Common Tern
Common Tern

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted June 20th, 2015 at 11:05 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Common Tern

While walking around Exminster Marshes a Common Tern appeared first over the canal then went for a tour of the marshes before heading south towards the river.


Posted June 20th, 2015 at 7:31 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Little Haldon Heath

Friday 19th June

21.45-22.25

3 separate pairs of Nightjars encountered both on the wing and perched. 3 males wing clapping. In addition, a further 5 birds churring from cover at just the three small areas visited.  Two birds sat in the middle of one of the minor roads towards Teignmouth. 

Posted June 20th, 2015 at 9:25 am by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Manx Shearwaters Ilfracombe

Has anyone else seen/heard Manx Shearwaters flying over Ilfracombe or other parts of N D coast late at Night recently ? There's several flying around tonight, for the 3rd time this year. Its cloudy but stars are visible. I'm guessing. they follow the street lights up from the sea or the lights on the high ground at Mullacote Cross Industrial estate !  

Posted June 20th, 2015 at 2:12 am by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Friday 19th June 2015

Aveton Gifford

Hobby over my garden at nearby Venn. On estuary single black-tailed godwit & 380 herring gulls.

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 7:05 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Exton

The female summer Long Tailed Duck showed well from Exton railway station platform this morning at 10:27hrs on the high-tide which i saw earlier with distant views from bowling green viewing platform.  Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABxcsh66hgw

Earlier at Bowling Green Marsh 0630-0900hrs the fs-Little Gull still showing well; 5-Mediternaean Gulls (2nd-summer + 4-first summer); 5-Sandwich Terns (3-flew in & out); c500-Black Headed Gulls; 36-Redshank; 7-Bar Tailed Godwits; c60-Black Tailed Godwits; c30-Curlew; 2-Whimbrel; 1-Dunlin; 3-Lapwing; 1-Oystercather; 9-Little Egrets; 3-Teal; 3-Wigeon; c40 Shelduck; 1-Kestrel; 2-Raven; 3-Reed Bunting; 7-reed Warbler

From the Viewing Platform 5-great crested Grebes.

Long-Tailed Duck (female summer) Exton 19-6-2015
Long-Tailed Duck (female summer) Exton 19-6-2015

Long-Tailed Duck (female summer) Exton 19-6-2015
Long-Tailed Duck (female summer) Exton 19-6-2015

Long-Tailed Duck (female summer) Exton 19-6-2015
Long-Tailed Duck (female summer) Exton 19-6-2015

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 5:11 pm by David Boult in General Birding

spotted flycatcher pair bonding with painted lady!

From the carpark of the Sportsman's Inn on the Devon/Somerset border I was watching a pair of spotted flycatchers darting out from the beech hedge pursuing insects; suddenly the male caught a painted lady butterfly, returned to its regular perch and presented it to his partner. With an expected painted lady invasion lets hope it was to her taste!...

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 7:22 am by stewart beer in General Birding

Thursday 18th June 2015

Topsham

watched from 18:30 till 21:40

The highligh was a Female  Long Tailed Duck of the goatwalk from 21:25 till 21:40, myself and Martin Rooney had just done the high tide roost at Bowling green marsh and was just checking for terns  of the goatwalk Martin picked up a duck close in it dived and when it surfaced wow female long tailed duck in middle of June on the estuary after checking to make sure and a few pics taken in poor light it stayed in close and was still there when we left.

earlier from the hide at bowling green marsh

the 1st summer little gull continues to show well among 1350+ black headed gulls, 13 Mediterranean gulls( 3 adult, 10 1st summers) , 11+ bar tailed godwits, 5+ whimbrel, 23+ redshanks, 30+ black tailed godwits, 5+ sandwich terns, 30+ curlew, 2 oystercatchers, 1 buzzard, 40+ shelduck.

Posted June 18th, 2015 at 11:06 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wednesday 17th June 2015

Bowling Green

As per Keith's post pic of adult med Gull

Adult Med Gull
Adult Med Gull

Posted June 17th, 2015 at 10:57 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 18:00 till 20:30

The 1st summer Little gull showed well again among 1350+ black headed gulls, also 13 Mediterranean gulls(3 adults and 10+ 1st summers) 7+ bar tailed godwits, 5+ whimbrel , 16+ redshanks , 30+ black tailed godwits, 30+ curlew, 3 lapwing.

Posted June 17th, 2015 at 10:39 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Pintail - Taw Estuary

Not what one would expect to see on the Taw Estuary in the middle of June but much more likely than arriving home & finding a Hippo in the garden pond!


Posted June 17th, 2015 at 9:38 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh (yesterday 16-6-2016)

Late posting from last nights viewing over the high-tide.

A Weasel seen dropping a Vole onto the road late yesterday afternoon before returning and picking it up between the hide and viewing platform gates.

Link to video.

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

Some video footage of the terns and gulls over the high-tide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl5nX0aarO4

Weasel with Vole Bowling Green Road  16-6-2015
Weasel with Vole Bowling Green Road 16-6-2015

fs-Little Gull from the hide  16-6-2015
fs-Little Gull from the hide 16-6-2015

Posted June 17th, 2015 at 3:51 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Exminster Marshes - Warblers & Buntings

Spent a lovely sunny afternoon watching and listening to the Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings by the Northernmost ditch near the canal cycle path, just past the main car park. Amongst them was a Warbler which is a new one to me, can anyine please help? First pic.

Unknown Warbler?
Unknown Warbler?

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted June 17th, 2015 at 3:02 pm by Jo King in General Birding

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 17:00 till 20:30

A good evening with the 1st summer Little gull still showing well among 1100+ black headed gulls ( 2 with rings both white the first was TCPP ringed in Poland and was also on the marsh on the 11th July last year have sent of the record and the other was 28L9 which I have sent of the record waiting for details) 

5+ Mediterranean gulls(2 adult and 3 1st summers) , a good count of 32 sandwich terns which came in after the high tide, 5 bar tailed godwits, 50+ black tailed godwits, 51 curlew, 5 whimbrel, 11 redshanks , 2 lapwing , 1 oystercatcher , 2 buzzards, 5 Little egrets.

Posted June 16th, 2015 at 11:04 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

AYLESBEARE WALK

Whilst on dog walk round Aylesbeare heard Linnet, Tree Pipt, Stonechat, Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and more.   Rounded off with super views of two immaculate just-hatched Green Hairstreak butterflies plus lots of orchids and cotton grass in abundance.  Super place!

Posted June 16th, 2015 at 6:23 pm by Geoff Green in General Birding

yarner wood

Good morning in yarner wood..lots of young birds at the feeders coal , great and blue tits..In the woods I had great spotted and green woodpecker..A couple pied flycatcher at the nest boxes up on the heath I saw whitethroat. tree pipit linnet and bullfinch on the edge of the heath..stopped at Haytor on the way back across the Moor cuckoo  and wheatear gave good views 

Posted June 16th, 2015 at 4:11 pm by mike williams in General Birding

Headless Slow Worm

While walking along Saunton Sands this morning before breakfast this headless Slow Worm only a few metres from the shoreline!


Posted June 16th, 2015 at 11:52 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Monday 15th June 2015

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 19:40

The 1st summer Little gull showed very well right in front of the hide, also 900+ black headed gulls , at least 5+ Mediterranean gulls( 1 2nd summer, 4 1st summers) 

7 bar tailed godwits, 53+ black tailed godwits, 8 redshanks, 5 whimbrel, 40+ curlew, 16+ oystercatchers, 7 little egrets.

Posted June 15th, 2015 at 9:33 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

2cy Little Gull at Recreation Ground this morning c.10:30 - 12:30 at least.

Little Gull 2cy 15/6/2015 Topsham
Little Gull 2cy 15/6/2015 Topsham

Posted June 15th, 2015 at 2:52 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

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