Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th 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

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

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

Sunday 14th June 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

From the viewing platform on the in-coming evening high-tide 2 Grey Plovers (one summer plumage) again showing just above Exton; 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1-adult & 1-first summer) in front the platform and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Link to Mediterranean Gull video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSZukboK2nk

adult Mediterranean Gull from viewing platform
adult Mediterranean Gull from viewing platform

adult and first summer Mediterranean Gull from BGM hide
adult and first summer Mediterranean Gull from BGM hide

first summer Little Gull from the BGM hide
first summer Little Gull from the BGM hide

Posted June 14th, 2015 at 11:52 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Yellowhammers

A couple of stunning Yellowhammers singing in the evening sun at Aylesbeare was a great way to finish the day off!


Posted June 14th, 2015 at 9:19 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 19:10

the 1st summer Little gull dropped in at 18:35 among 950+ black headed gulls , 5 Mediterranean gulls(1 adult, 4 1st summers, 8 sandwich terns ( 2 were ringed but was unable to get any details) 

83+ curlew, 5 whimbrel, 7 bar tailed godwits, 50+ black tailed godwits, 5 redshanks, 1 oystercatcher, 2 teal, 2 shoveler, 3 wigeon , 6 little egrets, 1 peregrine, 5 buzzards, 3 reed buntings.

Posted June 14th, 2015 at 9:07 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Saturday 13th June 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's earlier post, from the viewing platform on the incoming evening high-tide 2 Grey Plover just above Exton with one very smart in full summer breeding plumage possibly same one Matt saw on Thursday 11th at Exmouth Mudbank. On the out-going tide 2 Sandwich Terns on white buoy in middle of estuary south of riversmeet house.

Link to grey Plover video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0TnAtEU-ko

sp-Grey Plover from BGM Vewing Platform
sp-Grey Plover from BGM Vewing Platform

adult-Mediterranean Gull from Bowling Green Marsh hide
adult-Mediterranean Gull from Bowling Green Marsh hide

Posted June 13th, 2015 at 9:21 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Not many birds at the Warren today, but this summer plumaged Grey Plover was a nice find, plenty of Butterflies and Wild Flowers though to stop me getting bored!


Posted June 13th, 2015 at 8:38 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Teign Estuary

A first-summer Mediterranean Gull at Passage House this afternoon with Black-headed Gulls. Returning waders have begun to appear with 14 Oystercatchers, 9 Curlew and a Redshank noted.

Posted June 13th, 2015 at 7:22 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 13:45 till 17:30

The 1st summer Little Gull eventually came in among a big increase in the Black headed gulls to 874+ also 5+ Mediterranean gulls ( 1 adult and 4 1st summers), 4 knot (3 in summer plumage) , 7 bar tailed godwits, 50+ black tailed godwits, 2 greenshank, 4 redshanks, 3 wigeon, 3 teal, 2 shoveler, 2 whimbrel, 20+ curlew, 4+ buzzards, 1 kestrel, 1 sparrowhawk.

Posted June 13th, 2015 at 7:01 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Red Kites near Bideford 12/6/15

3 Red Kites seen adjacent to the A39 in the Horns Cross area west of Bideford 10.05 am 12/615

Posted June 13th, 2015 at 9:27 am by Nick Porter in Bird News

Friday 12th June 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1200-1645Hrs.

A fs-Little Gull dropped in at 1350hrs during monsoon conditions which is a first for this summer; 5-Sandwich Terns came in just after the high-tide; 3-Mediterranean Gulls (1-ad + 2-fs); c450-Black Headed Gulls; 4-Knot (3-sp); 5-Redshank; 2-Greenshank; 7-Bar Tailed Godwits; c50-Black Tailed Godwits; 11-Wimbrel; 17-Curlew; 2-Teal; 3-Wigeon; 2-Shoveler; 8-Little Egrets; 5-Reed Bunting; 8-Reed Warbler; 22-Shelduck.

Link to Little Gull video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPnlPb6G7vk

fs-Little Gull
fs-Little Gull

fs-Little Gull
fs-Little Gull

5-Sandwich Terns
5-Sandwich Terns

Posted June 12th, 2015 at 8:49 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite seen at Blackmoor Gate at 11:15am today.

Posted June 12th, 2015 at 4:09 pm by Richard Gowen in Bird News

Red kite

Saw a Red kite just outside Romansleigh yesterday afternoon around 3.30pm June 11th.

Posted June 12th, 2015 at 2:05 pm by J. Webber in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite seen circling over our farm at Stoodleigh near Tiverton

Posted June 12th, 2015 at 9:30 am by Mandy Widdowson in Bird News

Red Kite Nr. Barnstaple

Red Kite seen 10.00 am Thurs 11th June alongside the Barnstaple-Torrington road at St Johns Chapel/Eastacome area.Flying alongside road about 30 ft up.Beautiful sight !

Posted June 12th, 2015 at 6:58 am by Nick Porter in Bird News

Thursday 11th June 2015

Whitethroats

Seen a pair of Whitethroats in Gunswell Lane South Molton on two consecutive days this week. A welcome return after several years absence. 

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 11:28 pm by Steve Westacott in Bird News

Red Kite nr Holsworthy

Michael Summers reported a Red Kite two miles east of Holsworthy on the A3072 Holsworthy/Hatherleigh at Anvil Corner earlier today.

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 10:59 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed 1145-1630hrs

Red Kite flew over at 1250hrs heading over redbrick bungalow on hill then circling high before drifting towards woodbury common + 5-Knot (3-sp); c40-Black Tailed Godwits; 2-Whimbrel; 2-Buzzard; 2-Stock Dove; 1-fs-Mediterranean Gull; c450-Black Headed Gulls; c20-House Martin; 10-Swallow; 4-Swift; 13-Little Egrets; 2-Teal; 2-Shoveler; 28-Shelduck. 

From the viewing platform on the out-going high-tide 5-Mediterranean Gulls (2-adults + 2-2nd summer + 1-first summer); 8-Bar Tailed Godwits; c40-Black Tailed Godwits (seen earlier); 5-Knot (seen earlier); 1-Greenshank; 1-Grey Plover; 6-Redshank; 10-Whimbrel; c20-Curlew; 9-Oystercatcher; 4-Great Crested Grebe; 2-Lapwing.

2-adult Mediterranean Gull from viewing platform
2-adult Mediterranean Gull from viewing platform

5-Knot from hide
5-Knot from hide

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 9:54 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bee eater on kingston

Saw my first bee eater in the UK yesterday 10th June.  Circled the village a few times in the evening sunshine. A great sight.

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 7:41 pm by Nick roberts in Bird News

And another !

 Single Red Kite heading south about 1 mile north-east of Kingsbridge nr. Goveton this morning at 07:45

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 5:02 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Fremington Red Kite

Home Farm marsh this morning at 08.30 , 1 Red Kite flying S.E.

Seen again in the fields behind Fremington Quay cafe at 10.30 , showing well. 

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 4:57 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Red Kite

I saw a red kite at around 1.30pm today, it flew over my garden and over the Abbotsham road towards the sea.

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 3:02 pm by Victoria Firth in Bird News

Yet more north Devon sightings of red kites

I have been notified of further red kite sightings this morning from the north of the county. Singles at Bideford end of new bridge, at Welcombe Cross and five together in a field at Shirwell.

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 12:44 pm by stewart beer in Bird News

Red Kite

A red kite flew over Colaton Raleigh this morning at 7.15am

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 12:36 pm by Steph Hamilton in Bird News

Red Kite.

Home Farm Marsh , Fremington . 

Red Kite at 08.30 this morning flying S.E & again at 10.30 above the café at Fremington quay. Showing well.

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 12:14 pm by David & Ruth Paterson in Bird News

Another Red Kite!

Red Kite over Instow this morning at 9.50.

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 11:46 am by Mike Glover in Bird News

Red Kite Barnstaple

9.00 this Morning Red Kite in Roundswell area of Barnstaple.

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 9:07 am by Jason Carter in Bird News

Pair of Red Kites, Brisworthy, Dartmoor

Driving my car I spotted a pair of Red Kites at Brisworthy, South Dartmoor (Meavy area).  First time I've ever seen them. Parked up quickly, grabbed camera and managed a few shots as they wheeled around - disappearing and reappearing. Not great photos - wrong lens, so had to blow these up, but OK for identification purposes. Amazing sight!

Red Kite
Red Kite

Red Kite
Common Buzzard

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted June 11th, 2015 at 12:35 am by Jean Fry in Bird News

Wednesday 10th June 2015

Exmouth Seafront

Ony bird of note seen from the pavilion leading upto the high-tide at 1200hrs was a Gannet flying along the Warren seafront circling around the estuary point before heading east towards orcombe point otherwise fairly quiet.

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 9:38 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Red Kite over my field

Fantastic view of a Red Kite over my field at the east end of Codden Hill, Landkey, N. Devon, 4 pm 10/6/15. Only just above tree height, about 20ft up.

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 7:29 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

More red kites

2 flying over the A39 between Abottsham cross and the Woodtown Fairy cross turn off this morning (9.30)

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 6:46 pm by David & Gillian Churchill in Bird News

Red Kite, Cuckoos and more,South Brent - 10.6.15

1000-1500 Sunny but cold E Wind. Parked car where yesterday I had seen 2 Whitethroat feeding 2,possibly 3, well fledged youngsters. No sign today. Walked out onto open moor, first notable sighting a group of 18 Mistle Thrush ,later saw another 2. At about 11.30 am, whilst watching a kestrel ,saw a high flying red kite come off the moor heading South East towards Buckfast.At about 12 noon two cuckoos began calling near the Harbourne River. Both later seen and one poorly photographed. Also saw amongst other birds, 4 reed bunting, a whinchat2 yellowhammer at that location. Quite a few meadow pipits, a couple of linnets and strangely just one stonechat seen on the way back, when I saw another 2 Yellowhammer in a different location. A feature of a good day was the numbers of wood pigeon all flying east in small groups of 5 -12.Well over 100 birds in total. A couple of common blues in a sheltered spot,, as I left were the icing on the cake!

Cuckoo - South Brent -10.6.15
Cuckoo - South Brent -10.6.15

One of 4 Reed Buntings -South Brent - 10.6.15
One of 4 Reed Buntings -South Brent - 10.6.15

One of 4 Yellowhammers -South Brent - 10.6.15
One of 4 Yellowhammers -South Brent - 10.6.15

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 6:20 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Bowling Green

4 med gulls in over high tide today, including 3 full adults, very shiny :)

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 6:15 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Exeter

just had red kite over back garden in redhills exeter being attacked by the 2 local peregrines heading off west my second for the garden list this year 

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 5:59 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Red Kite

A red kite seen just outside Mary Tavy near Wheal Betsy, flew up and down the valley a few times then headed towards North Brentor.

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 5:53 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Just received news on fs-Black Headed Gull seen on the marsh yesterday having orange ring with black four alpha-numeric code on right tarsus: 239A. Ringed as a chick at Blasford Lakes, Hampshire on 10 June 2014 and first sighting since ringed yesterday at Bowling Green Marsh 9 June 2015.

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 5:09 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Exmouth

Another Red Kite, over my house in Cedar Close at 1345hrs, heading slowly north-eastwards. It had a ragged left wing.

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 2:15 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Red Kite, Dousland

What a way to have lunch in the garden, Red Kite  over head 13.15 till 1340, 

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 2:03 pm by Mavis goddard in Bird News

Harper's Lake etc

Nothing of note in any of the ponds but good numbers of House and Sand Martins and Swallows over. Pair of Whitethroats on island in Harper's lakes along with Sedge and Reed Warblers (heard and glimpsed) around the (partly overgrown and nettled) lakes. Lots of Beautiful Demoiselle and Damselflies and one Broad Bodied Chaser (Male). Water Lilies in prime condition.

Beautiful Demoiselle
Beautiful Demoiselle

Water Lilies
Water Lilies

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 1:51 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Hot Turkey - Braunton

While checking out one of my local patches before breakfast this morning!



Posted June 10th, 2015 at 1:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Heavitree - Red Kite

A Red Kite circled over Heavitree, Exeter at 10.00 this morning being mobbed by Herring Gulls.

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 11:15 am by Jeff Smale in Bird News

Red Kite

 Red Kite seen over Milton Abbot yesterday 9th June, it flew off towards Endsleigh Hotel and the Tamar Valley

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 9:11 am by Steve Betts in Bird News

Tuesday 9th June 2015

another red kite

This one seen over Tavistock from bedroom window at about 10:00 this morning. Carrion Crow in pursuit.

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 9:53 pm by Phil Stevens in Bird News

red kite

Red kite over topsham rec at 9:00am. Also. Seen during the day here were 4 buzzards, 1 hobby and a yellow legged gull

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 8:48 pm by Chris Slade in Bird News

Combe Martin. Red Kite

Red Kite seen high up above the Primary School at Midday   

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 7:53 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Broadsands

A total of 9 Mediterranean Gulls (3 Ads, 1 2nd Sum, 5 1st Sum) from Broadsands Beach and just 1 Black-headed Gull, hundreds of Herring gulls feeding just offshore - the Med Gulls were feeding with them and coming into bathe in stream on beach. Photo of three below; two 1st sum and one 2nd sum. 

Mediterranean Gulls Broadsands Beach Torbay 9th June 2015 ML

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 7:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite at mid day at Tiverton Link Rd, near Rackenford junction.

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 7:15 pm by Jason Carter in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the mid-day high-tide amongst the usual gulls, waders and ducks was a very smart adult full summer Mediterranean Gull with 2 first summers.

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 5:08 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Red kite Braunton Burrows

1 red kite overhead Braunton Burrows near Flagpole Pond at 0830 Tue 9 Jun 15, heading generally East

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 5:03 pm by Rick Fielder in Bird News

Red Kite

One circling over Otter nurseries, Ottery St Mary, at 11.10am

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 3:51 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Monday 8th June 2015

Around the Exe

Bowling Green Marsh over the late morning high-tide showed 1-Common Tern; 1-Redshank; c40-Black Tailed Godwits; 2-Dunlin; 6-Whimbrel; 1-Mediterannean Gull; c400-Black Headed Gulls; 1-Teal; 3-Wigeon; 4-Reed Buntings; 2-Stock Doves.

From the viewing platform on the outgoing tide 6-Sandwich Terns (5 on the mud with 1 on orange buoy); 1-Grey Plover; 4-Bar Tailed Godwits; 12-Whimbrel; c25-Curlew.

Exmouth docks mid-afternoon 25-Sandwich Terns on sandbar from warren point.

Common Tern
Common Tern

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted June 8th, 2015 at 7:29 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bovey Valley Wood

Sunday 7th June

Several Pied Flycatchers thoughout our Sunday walk along the Bovey with a Cuckoo calling opposite Lustleigh. Worth a visit.

Dipper feeding young possibly a second brood? 

Dipper feeding young
Dipper feeding young

Grey Wagtail enjoying the Sun
Grey Wagtail enjoying the Sun

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Posted June 8th, 2015 at 5:43 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

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