Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st July 2015


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

Tuesday 21st July 2015

Towards East Devon

A visit to Woodbury Common today turned up all the usual suspects Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Green Woodpecker, Wren, Swift, Kestrel, Buzzard, Stonechats, one unidentified Warbler sp and a host of Butterflies, Moths and Dragonflies.

Darts Farm had no birds of intertest to note, a small flock of Canadian Geese and a couple of Moorhens with a few Goldfinch overhead.

Topsham Rec, had a host of Gulls including one Med gull, Godwits, Curlew, Little Egret, Heron and a small brood of Shellduck.

At South Brent this morning a Peregrine falcon high overhead.

Posted July 21st, 2015 at 10:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


52 Mediterranean Gulls including 7 juveniles on R.Caen this morning. 131 Black headed Gulls including 6 juv's.

Also 2 Common Sandpipers in the same location.

Posted July 21st, 2015 at 12:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Yesterday 20th Aveton Gifford along the tidal road on a low tide despite the mist and rain, a total count of 21 Little Egret, 4 Common Sandpiper, a good number of Gulls present Greater Black Backed, Herring and Black Head with good numbers of 1st year Black Headed.

Notable drop in the numbers of Mute Swan that were present

A single Oyster Catcher, small number of Curlew, a dark coloured Indian Runner Duck with the Mallards was an oddity until it could be seen clearly.

Posted July 21st, 2015 at 9:19 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 20th July 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide. The mouting adult Spotted Redshank was present again amongst the usual waders. Also a flock of 33 Dunlin.

Posted July 20th, 2015 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0530hr-0930hrs: 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (all juvs), 10 Mediterranean Gulls (4 ads, 2 fs, 4 juvs), 18 Common Scoter, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 590 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 'Commic' Tern, 1 Dunlin  and 7+ Harbour Porpoise off the end of the headland.

Yellow-legged Gull juv Berry Hd 20th July 2015 ML

Photo: one of the juvenileYellow-legged Gulls

Posted July 20th, 2015 at 11:08 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 19th July 2015

Taw Estuary

40 Mediterranean Gulls (34 roosting on the water at high tide in the main channel between Chivenor and the mouth of the R Caen, and another 6 roosting on saltmarsh further up the Caen) on my WeBS count today. Mix of ages but at least 5 very fresh juvs.

Posted July 19th, 2015 at 10:54 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News


12 med gulls,6adults,1 ss,5fs,2 ad knot,2 whimbrel,8 dunlin,2 turnstone,200 bhg.21:15-21:45.Fritillary species in garden today but unable to id.


Posted July 19th, 2015 at 10:24 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

North devon Gannets.

A clifftop walk at the valley of the rocks today Sunday 19/7/2015 saw 4 gannets working with or harrying a pod of porpoises.I had not seen gannets in this area before,  and not interacting with porpoises.


Posted July 19th, 2015 at 9:45 pm by Philip Worth in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Four Whimbrels had joined the 34 Curlews on the pool at high tide. Also 6 Little Egrets, a Common Sandpiper, a pair of Shelducks with two juvs, and - on the estuary wall - 71 Redshanks and an adult Dunlin.

Posted July 19th, 2015 at 8:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 09:30 till 12:00

the highlight was 5 common Terns ( 3 adults and 2 1st summers ) also another 1st summer tern it was a little smaller than the other 1st summers with an all black bill more slender and fairly long but could not get enough for Id .

good numbers of waders with the adult spotted redshank, 220+ redshanks , 22+ greenshanks, 409+ curlew, 31+ whimbrel, 231+ black tailed godwits, 8 bar tailed godwits, 15+ dunlin, 8+ lapwing.

1708+ black headed gulls included 7 Mediterranean gulls( 3 adults, 1 2nd summer, 1 1st summer , 2 juv's)

2 wigeon, 28+ mallard, 12+ reed warblers.

Posted July 19th, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Saturday 18th July 2015

Averton Gifford

On the River Avon this morning - two or more Common Sandpipers. Also an adult Yellow-legged Gull; beautiful views from the South Efford Marsh hide.

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 11:37 pm by Doug Herdson in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

From the hide 1-Spotted Redshank (also seen from the viewing platform); 15-Greenshank; c250-Redshank; 6-Dunlin; 7-Bar Tailed Godwits; c150-Black Tailed Godwits; c450-Curlew; 22-Whimbrel; 6-Lapwing; 4-Sandwich Terns; c700-Black Headed Gulls; 1-Lesser Blacked-Back Gull; 1-Great Black-Backed Gull; 1-Buzzard; 1-Jay; 6-Reed Warbler; 2-Little Egrets.

From the viewing platform 1-Grey Plover

Link to Spotted Redshank video:

Spotted Redshank from viewing platform
Spotted Redshank from viewing platform

Spotted Redshank from viewing platform
Spotted Redshank from viewing platform

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 11:35 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Green Sandpipers on the river Plym

4 Green sandpipers were spotted on the river Plym today 18-07-15

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 11:20 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News


Strange but true: Today's second ever record of Mediterranean Gull for the island came 37 years after the first! See here for further details...

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 11:15 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Teign Estuary & Exeter

At the Teign Estuary, two juv Mediterranean Gulls to add to Will's tally; at Topsham Rec ground also two Medierranean Gulls (adult & juv) and a Water Rail; and in Exeter (in the drained area by the wier) a Little Ringed Plover plus a few Sand Martins in the vicinity.  

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 8:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind. Est. 06:30

3 Common Sandpipers; 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 smart Black-tailed Godwit in B.P. Also 10 Little Egrets. Loads of Black-headed Gulls but I havn`t seen any Meds up this end of the estuary yet.

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 7:26 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Green Sandpipers

Good day out at the Axe Valley wetlands, all the usual stuff with 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 at Black hole and 2 from the Colyford Common Hide.

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 7:18 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Grasshopper Warbler, Little Haldon

Morning walk around the heath produced a surprise Grasshopper Warbler which I accidentally flushed from the tussock grass. Thanks to Lee Collins for help with identification.

Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler

Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 3:01 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Teign Estuary

No sign of the Gull-billed Tern so far today. Totals from this morning's WeBS included 70 Oystercatchers, 63 Curlew, 8 Whimbrel, 6 Common Sandpipers, 4 Greenshanks, a Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Sandwich Terns, 25 Little Egrets, 41 Mute Swans, 2 Little Grebes, a Kingfisher and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 12:53 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Rillage Point to Widmouth Head

07.00 to 09.00: Goosander 4 redheads flying W just offshore at cliff-top height (patch tick!); Black-headed Gull 30 (migrants flying W), Mediterranean Gull 2 (migrants flying W), Kittiwake 7, Manx Shearwater 6. Whitethroat 10. Harbour Porpoise 2.

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 10:56 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Gull-billed Tern Passage House Kingseignton 17-7-2015

Spent a bit more time taken more video footage of the Gull-billed Tern which showed much better yesterday mid-day into the afternoon flying between the Passage House Inn carpark and the road bridge. It was feeding on the small crabs along the shoreline where it would swoop down picking them up and discarding the shells on the wing which can be seen in one of the videos. Also taken close-in digiscoped video just the other side of the water where it landed a couple of times. The bird disappears on the incoming high-tide north over the road bridge to roost with the other gulls at Newton Abbot race course so best seen towards the outgoing and low-tides.  

Link to video.

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Posted July 18th, 2015 at 7:39 am by David Boult in Bird News

Friday 17th July 2015

Bowling green marsh

First high tide I've been able to do for a couple of weeks after getting married and having our honeymoon.

watched from 18:15 till 20:40

Good count of sandwich Terns with 27+ including 2 juv's, 528+ curlew, 36+ whimbrel, 198+ black tailed godwits, 338+ redshanks , 24+ greenshanks, 1 spotted redshank, 11 dunlin included 1 juv, 2 Mediterranean gulls( 1 adult, 1 1st summer) , 8+ lapwing , 700+ black headed gulls, 8+ bar tailed godwits.

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 10:51 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Gull Billed Tern (and others) including an unidentified juvenile Gull..

A38 Buckfastleigh, a Black Headed Gull in flight towards Plymouth.

Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton the Gull Billed Tern showing beyond incredible well, at times it seemed as if you could almost touch it as it passed by, at times feeding within 20’ of a raft of watching birders.

On the river large number of Mute Swans, Canadian Geese in good numbers, Cormorant, Shell duck and Mallard, Gulls species included Greater Black Backed, Herring and Black Headed, but a very dark plumaged juvenile gull of Herring Gull size was causing quite a stir despite being some 150 yards away, it was clearly much darker than the other young Herring Gulls, very dark cap to the top of the head and pale face sides around a darker eye area.

Several people took descriptive notes and images so hopefully we may get some feedback on what it actually was.

Five Common Sandpiper showed several times, Heron and Little Egrets.

A brief walk around a seemingly very empty Stover Country Park, on the feeders Nuthatch, Jay, Marsh, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Greenfinch and Chaffinch.

On the lake a Great Crested Grebe appears to be sat tight on another nest, Lesser Black Backed Gulls, a Heron on the margins, one of the Terrapins was showing well and a Buzzard overhead.

Back at South Brent two Black Headed Gulls flew low over Stidston, a rare sight for the village but the 3rd & 4th birds I have observed here in the last week.

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 4:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Did abit of seawatching today, not alot of species passing but some good number of Common Scoters 70+ and Manx Shearwaters 46. Over 100 Gannets feeding quite far out following some Common Dolphins. Also 3 Whimbrels went past and 4 Med Gulls, 3 juveniles and an adult. Also just a short distance off the Head, 6-8 Harbour Porpoises. After Pete Vanstone & Clive Mason came we saw the most exotic bird today, this Budgie that seemed at home around the rock where the fishermen climb down to. Also yesterday at Scabbacombe Head saw a Grasshopper Warbler.    

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 2:48 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Rillage Point, Ilfracombe

Rillage Point 06.00-08.00: Manx Shearwater 200, Black-headed Gull 13 (migrants in five small groups), Mediterranean Gull 2 (1 ad, 1 juv), Whimbrel 1. Last night (16th @ c.20.00), 13 Swifts and 2 Sand Martins in off the sea and heading E at Bull Point.

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 8:54 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

green Sandpiper BGm

Usual birds over the past three evening high tides but late on tonight (8.15pm approx) a pair of Green Sandpiper were the highlight.

Posted July 17th, 2015 at 12:15 am by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Thursday 16th July 2015

Gull-billed Tern

Just missed the Gull-billed Tern at Passage House Inn on this evening's rising tide, but a walk up-river discovered a high-tide gull roost in the middle of Newton Abbot Racecourse.  A scan through several hundred mainly black-headed gulls found the tern settling down for the night at around 8:15pm.  Got very wet feet walking back to the Passage House with the path under water!

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 11:00 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Shelduck with young

Shell duck with it's young on the Plym estuary, taken on 16-07-15

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 10:45 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Newton Abbot

So far, no-one seems to have mentioned the Gull-billed Tern today, so yes it was showing well this morning at Passage House Inn. Easily distinguised from other gulls by its flight pattern but also easily overlooked if you were not looking for it.  Hopefully it will stay around for a few more days.  My pic taken with x30 zoom bridge camera which is good enough for my note book!


Posted July 16th, 2015 at 6:33 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


Locally fledged Goosander family on the R Plym yesterday.

Goosander R Plym Mike Daniels 15.7.15

Photo: Mike Daniels

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 11:04 am in Bird News

Rilllage Point, Ilfracombe

Yesterday morning (15th): 9 Crossbills flew E along the cliffs; 8 Common Scoters & 1 Sandwich Tern offshore.

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 8:30 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Head

Yesterday evening at Berry Head: 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull following trawler coming into Brixham, 2 Juv Mediterranean Gulls,1 Balearic Shearwater and 12 Manx Shearwaters. 

Posted July 16th, 2015 at 7:54 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 15th July 2015

Gull-billed Tern

Now that's twitching.Sitting in a lovely spot, a glass in one hand watching the show. What a little beauty. Showed well between 4 and 5.

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 11:27 pm by Sam forest in Bird News


Lifeboat Station - juv yellow-legged gull this evening. Yesterday there were 7 mediterranean gulls, 2 arctic skuas, 23+ common scoter and another yellow-legged gull.

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 8:39 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

R.Caen - Braunton

5 Black tailed Godwits put in a brief appearance during the incoming tide late aft.

Numbers of Mediterranean Gull have increased to 41 on R.Caen. Also 3 Common Sandpipers.

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 8:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator reserve

A few Black-headed Gulls drifted over the reserve this afternoon and among them were 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 4:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Still waiting for a Yellow-legged Gull - but 4 Mediterranean Gulls were, nice to see lunchtime today (3 juvs and 1 ad) also 3 Sandwich Terns off shore. 

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 4:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Gull Billed Turn ~ Passage House Inn, Newton Abbot

Mid morning on a very low and dropping tide at the Passage House Inn the reported GULL BILLED TERN was on almost constant display for well over an hour during our visit, a remarkably confiding and attractive species of Tern, the bird was flying and feeding in close to a good number of gathered birders, frequently taking insects on the wing as well as diving into the water, usually within 75 yards either side of the car park.

Also seen Red Breasted Merganzer, Greater Black Backed, Herring and Black Headed Gulls, Heron & Little Egret, Cormorant, Curlew, Buzzard, several small reed birds that managed to avoid being identified, a Fox on the for bank.

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 1:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Gull-billed Tern (yesterday 14-7-2015)

Some video footage taking where it was showing really well flying up and down catching insects on the river Teign close in outside the Passage House Inn and in between resting on the mud behind the reed area which was best viewed on top the bank from under the road bridge. Really great display of this stunning marsh tern.!!

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 7:08 am by David Boult in Bird News

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