Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–30th June 2015

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Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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 28th June 2015


The Little gull put in an appearance at Topsham rec again this evening plus 3 Med gulls, 1 Common sandpiper and my first juv Black-headed gull of the year.

Posted June 28th, 2015 at 10:52 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News


21 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach this evening - 16 1st summers and 5 2nd summers, just 30+ Black-headed Gulls and 3 Sandwich Terns which flew east.

Posted June 28th, 2015 at 9:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 14:15 till 17:40

a good afternoon with 1500+ black headed gulls, 10 Mediterranean gulls( 3 adults , 2 2nd summer, 5 1st summer), 7 sandwich terns, the 1st summer little gull popped in but was hidden as soon as it joined the black headed gulls.

175+ curlew, 5 whimbrel, 82+ redshanks , 2 greenshanks, 67+ black tailed godwits, 6 bar tailed godwits, 8+ lapwing, 1 pochard, 2 wigeon, 4 teal , 12 oystercatchers, 60+ mallards, 1 shoveler, 10+ little egrets.

Posted June 28th, 2015 at 7:23 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Saturday 27th June 2015

Black Tor Copse Dartmoor

A lovely walk from Meldon Resevoir up to Black Tor and it's copse before walking back along Longstone Hill to the car park. Lovely views of Spotted Flycatcher, adult male Redstart which was feeding a youngster. What a beautiful spot.

Posted June 27th, 2015 at 10:51 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News


Adult Med gull and 1st summer Little gull at Topsham rec early evening.

Posted June 27th, 2015 at 10:26 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Friday 26th June 2015

Challacombe Farm, Dartmoor.

11 members  of DB (East Devon Branch) spent the morning around the farm where a total of 40 species were listed.  Noticeable were the absence of Flycatchers.  A Garden Warbler was singing from the bushes along the road with a nice male Siskin perching briefly on the road fence.  A Redstart or two were present at the start, seen by a few but not again during the day.  The valley towards Headland Warren produced several Whinchat and a family of Wheatear on the road side.  After lunch the group walked over the Down towards Golden Dagger MIne where a Green Woodpecker appeared briefly plus more Wheatear, a  GT Spotted Woodpecker and several Tree Pipit. The weather presented intermittent light showers with the worse towards the middle of the afternoon. An enjoyable day in good company.

Posted June 26th, 2015 at 6:26 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

River Plym / Blaxton meadow


High tide roost: 17 Curlew, 7 Little Egret, 8 Shelduck, 86 Black Headed gull. 5 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron on the old wreck. 14 Redshank on the banks of the river Plym, and a pair of Shelduck with 2 fluffy chicks upriver. Rain came in at 1315.

Posted June 26th, 2015 at 4:06 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Thursday 25th June 2015

River Clyst

Birdguides reported a possible Hudsonian Whimbrel at 16.50pm left of the viewing platform. However when the first birder arrived at 17.15pm there were no birders on site. Just a Eurasian Whimbrel present off the viewing platform till 18.30pm at least.

Posted June 25th, 2015 at 8:31 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

West Soar

Hobby hunting low over grassland and cereal fields. Good numbers of Dark Green Fritillaries plus Grayling, Gatekeeper & Ringlet now on wing.

Posted June 25th, 2015 at 2:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Four Nightjars on Trendlebeare Down with first churring at 9:20 and display flights inc.wing clapping right over our heads around 10pm - best ever views!

At Emsworthy earlier 7 Mistle Thrush, Stonechat & Kestrel. Good to swee masses of round-leaved sundew!

Posted June 25th, 2015 at 9:13 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 24th June 2015


A run around Dartmoor this morning above the Caton / Ashburton area around Babeny, bit of a cooling wind but plenty of small birds to be seen including, Stonechat, Meadow Pipits, (including youngsters of both species) Linnets, Redpoll , Skylarks, Siskin andreasonable numbers of Buzzards, small numbers of Swallow usually around buildings, large number of Herring Gulls in the air and on the ground in places one field had a count of 35.

At Dart Bridge three Mandarin duck on the Dart.

Posted June 24th, 2015 at 1:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd June 2015

South Brent

Aish Ridge, South Brent mid morning very large gathering of mainly juvenile Herring Gulls on the ridge, well over 100 birds. Good  numbers of Mistle Thrush moving around the area and a surprising number of Yellow Hammers most of which were fully coloured up males, two soaring Buzzards enjoying the warm weather.

Back at home a couple of Stock Doves flighting over, numerous Goldfinch and a soaring male Peregrine ended the day.

Posted June 23rd, 2015 at 10:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Great Black Backed Gull with ring

Ring nr P 81A on Budleigh beach this afternoon

Posted June 23rd, 2015 at 5:31 pm by Richard Allen in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.45. A Little Gull showing well in the channel in front of the hide. It looked darker around the head than the bird I saw a week or so ago - perhaps a second bird? Also 2+ 1st summer Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Wigeon, 3 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher.

Posted June 23rd, 2015 at 2:22 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News


Have been out in the countryside looking for Yellowhammers with no luck. While out with the dogs in Gunswell Lane South Molton in my own back yard so to speak  I spotted a single Yellowhammer the first time I have seen them here for a long time. I sat for two hours beside the hedge to be rewarded with  the attached photo. Hope this of interest to you.

Posted June 23rd, 2015 at 9:34 am by Steve Westacott in Bird News

Monday 22nd June 2015

Bowling Green

Watched 19.00 - 20.45

Nothing new - 37 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Raven, 5/6 Med Gulls (1 Adult). Black Headed Gulls (mostly hiidden by foliage), Redshank, Swallow, Stock Dove, Wigeon, House Martin, Curlew over, Whimbrel from Observation Platform.  Little Gull appeared and showed well in the channel at 20.30.

Posted June 22nd, 2015 at 9:48 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Budleigh Beach

4 Sandwich Terns feeding quiet close in to the beach early Sunday afternoon 

Posted June 22nd, 2015 at 7:16 am by Richard Allen in Bird News

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