Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th June 2015

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/
 
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!

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Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  

 

Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

DEVON BIRDS RECORD COMMITTEE

As noted in the minutes of the Oct 2020 DBRC meeting, Tim Jones is standing down after serving as a member of the Committee for an extended sixth year. Tim has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past six years and wish him well in the future.

In the hope of maintaining a geographic spread across the Committee, DBRC approached Dean Jones to fill the vacancy. Dean grew up birding and ringing in Antrim and Lothian, before a tour of various European islands, including Lundy where he has been the Warden now for the past four years.

His experience and knowledge from ringing and birdwatching around Europe will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2021, Dean will be formally elected to fill the vacancy for a five year period.

For more information and/or an application form please contact:

Kevin Rylands, County Recorder.   Email: recorder@devonbirds.org 

Posted March 4th at 10:45 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Tuesday 30th June 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

From the hide the first summer Little Gull was seen standing on the water height marker gauge at 1940hrs in the middle of the main pond also a Sandwich Tern just up from the point.

Link to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwTEWpmV0mU

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Posted June 30th, 2015 at 11:22 pm by David Boult in Bird News

skern

9 med gulls.3 ads,3 ss 3fs 4 little egrets 20 bhg

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 9:54 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Veletor, Braunton.

Good to see a Great Crested Grebe by the weir at Veletor during high tide this evening. 

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 8:44 pm by Kelvin Iwin in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:30 till 18:30

1900+ black headed gulls , 5 Mediterranean gull( 3 adults, 2 1st summers) , 245+ curlew, 7 whimbrel, 130+ redshanks, 3 greenshanks, 6 bar tailed godwits, 70+ black tailed godwits, 1 pochard, 2 wigeon, 8 little egrets, 2 common tern .

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 8:26 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Monday 29th June 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 17:55

The black headed gull roost continues to build with 2100+ this afternoon , the 1st summer little gull came in just after the high tide, 10+ Mediterranean gulls( 2 adults, 1 2nd summer, 7 1st summer) 2 sandwich terns.

196+ curlew, 4 whimbrel, 86+ redshanks , 2 greenshanks, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 75+ black tailed godwits, 6+ lapwing, 2 oystercatchers, 7+ teal, 2 wigeon, 1 pochard, 50+ mallard, 6+ little egrets.

Posted June 29th, 2015 at 8:54 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sunday 28th June 2015

Topsham

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

Broadsands

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

Topsham

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

1200-1330

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

Dartmoor

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

Dartmoor

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

Yellowhammers

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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