Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st July 2015

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Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

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

Membership

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

Friday 31st July 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 17:30 till 20:10

high count of curlew with 724+ this evening , 41+ whimbrel, 500+ black tailed godwits, 12+ bar tailed godwits ( including 2 smart juvs) , 50+ dunlin( including 10 juv's ) , 1 knot, 8+ lapwing , 12+ greenshank, 250+ redshanks and the usual spotted redshank, 1 common gull, 200+ black headed gulls, 10+ teal , 60+ mallarrd , 4+ little egrets, 1 peregime made severall attacks but failed but did cause panic among the waders forcing most of the dunlin to leave. 

Posted July 31st, 2015 at 10:32 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

R.Caen

My best count of Med Gulls ever on the R.Caen late aft/early evening on the 9.4 metre spring tide.  Peaked at 161 including 18 juv's after 2 hours of watching before the tide moved them off the high tide roost.

Posted July 31st, 2015 at 7:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator

Whilst doing a bit of work in the reserve this morning I opened a few nets. Glad I did.

Ringed a LITTLE EGRET. First I've seen in there for a couple of years. Looks like being a record year for Reed Warblers too - 61 ringed so far.

Posted July 31st, 2015 at 2:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head (30/7)

no birds of note, silver washed fritillary and marbled white b/fly; porpoises; basking shark??

Posted July 31st, 2015 at 12:44 pm by graham folkerd in Bird News

East Soar

Late post for yesterday: first genuine migrants with imm.green woodpecker at the farm and willow warbler by the ponds. Still several cirl buntings in song and survey results come up with 40 pairs - back to same levels as 2012 after two relatively poor years.

Posted July 31st, 2015 at 8:38 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 30th July 2015

Little ringed plovers

2 in the Exeter flood relief channel at 3pm today 

Posted July 30th, 2015 at 7:50 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Ingsdon, Newton Abbot

 At least 62+ Mistle Thrush at 7.30am - biggest post- breeding flock noted in this area for many years.

Posted July 30th, 2015 at 11:07 am by Jon Avon in Bird News

Wednesday 29th July 2015

Berry Head

Corys Shearwater  very close in to the head (70yds!!) last night around a small mackereling boat. Bait fish must have been very close to the surface as it was plunging very shallow. 

Posted July 29th, 2015 at 10:53 am by tim clyburn in Bird News

Tuesday 28th July 2015

Exeter

excellent count of 55+ swifts this evening over our garden in redhills in exeter best count in six years that I have lived here.

Posted July 28th, 2015 at 9:13 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:15 till 17:45

A good increase in Black tailed godwits to 420+ , 8 Bar tailed godwits, 1 spotted redshanks , 250+ redshanks, 200+ dunlin, 41+ whimbrel, 390+ curlew, 4+ greenshanks, 1 adult Mediterranean gull , 200+ black headed gulls, 1 kingfisher, 2 stock doves, 3 buzzards. 

Posted July 28th, 2015 at 8:28 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Rillage Point nr Ilfracombe

Early a.m. all heading W out of the Bristol Channel: Fulmar 63, Manx Shearwater 66, Gannet 124 (approx 50:50 ads and subads), Bonxie 1, Kittiwake 29 (all ads). Also 3 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Guillemot, 2 Dunlin, a Harbour Porpoise and a Red Admiral(!) Wind WNW gusting F7 for a while, but dropping to F5.

Posted July 28th, 2015 at 9:57 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Monday 27th July 2015

Kingsbridge Estuary Curlews

Gathered closely together and sheltering from the strong winds, a count of over 100 curlews at Charleton Point on the Kingsbridge Estuary at high tide this afternoon. 

Posted July 27th, 2015 at 8:15 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

R.Caen

Braving high winds in a coastal location can produce good results if you are a birdwatcher.

The numbers of Mediterranean Gull (mix of ages) have now increased to 82 including 4 juv's. 88 BH Gull inc 1 juv + 5 Common Gulls.

I Green Sandpiper flying over calling at the same time



Posted July 27th, 2015 at 5:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Prawle Point Yesterday (Sunday)

Never clever here in a strong wet, southerly wind so decision to seawatch in the afternoon when winds were predicted to veer south-westerly .Watched from 1pm together with John L.  I left at 6.30pm.

Best bird a Sooty Shearwater at 3.50pm following 1598 (1pm to 4pm) Manxies and 7 Balearic Shearwaters. I Bonxie, 5 Puffins, 22 Fulmars, 2 Sandwich Terns, and John saw an Ocean Sunfish.

Posted July 27th, 2015 at 11:10 am by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Sunday 26th July 2015

Rillage Point

A brief respite in the rain around 09.00 this morning and a flock of 8 Swifts came in off the sea from the NW and straight into the SE headwind. Looked at the rainfall radar and they were flying in a narrow clear slot that stretched all the way to the Exe Estuary and Channel coast. Smart birds these migrants.

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 11:02 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

South Brent Warbler

I would go young Chiffchaff, brighter than autumn young birds, but yellow is more of an olive-yellow tone and legs are dark. And Marsh Tit as much due to habitat/location.

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 9:31 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Visited for afternoon high tide.

408 Curlew, 11 Whimbrel, 7 Bar-tailed Godwaits, 251 Black-tailed Godwits, 165+ Dunlin (almost all ads but 3/4 juvs), 2nd cy Med Gull, 1 Spotted Redshank.

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 9:29 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

South Brent

A couple of birds have been teasing me in the garden over the last few days, not stopping still long enough to give a clear view or identification, I caught both on camera today but am still a little unsure of the identities.

A Warbler sp that has been showing fleetingly is almost certainly a Willow Warbler but having darkish coloured legs I am not 100% the possibility of it being a Chiffchaff confuses the issue.

A Tit sp has come onto the feeders several times today and shares characteristics of both the Willow and Marsh Tit, images have been submitted to DBWPS and I will be interesting to see what they think.

Three Black Headed Gulls over yesterday was the third sighting of this species over the village this month and is certainly unusual.

Also around the garden today, Jay, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, a brood a Wrens and very protective parents the first have seen here for a little while. The numbers of both Swallow and House Martin are building at long last.

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 9:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Sea watching upto 10.45am with MD, AR and BMc- Totals 12 Balearic Shears, 2500+ Manxies, 9 Puffin, 1 Bonxie, 6 Common Tern, 10 Common Scoter.  

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 12:46 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exeter Quay, Trews Weir

Little Ringed Plover (a moulting adult, prob male) below the dam at Trews Weir this am. Plenty of juv Herring Gulls and a handful of juv Lesser BB - although, given the apparent total absence of Yorks. terriers, tortoises or even small children, it's a mystery what they're doing for food.

Little Ringed Plover - 26/7/2015 Trews Weir, Exeter
Little Ringed Plover - 26/7/2015 Trews Weir, Exeter

Posted July 26th, 2015 at 12:02 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Saturday 25th July 2015

Around topsham

watched from 10:00 till 16:30

The pectoral sandpiper was seen just before I got to the hide but despite extensive searches around topsham could not be found again.

1 spotted redshank in with good numbers of redshank and greenshanks, 2 whimbrel, 1 kingfisher good numbers of black tailed godwits, 20+ dunlin including 2 juvs , 3 Mediterranean gulls( 2 adults, 1 1st summer).

from the viewing platform, 100+ Dunlin including 2 juvs, 4 knot, 1 grey plover, 10 bar tailed godwits, 20+ whimbrel.

from the goatwalk 150+ dunlin including several juvs 

on goosemoor 25+ greenshank, 100+ redshanks 

Posted July 25th, 2015 at 9:55 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 0945-1150

2 Willow Warbler, 2 Wren, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Blackcaps,2 Tufted Duck 1m 1f, 1 Cormorant, 4 G.C.Grebe, 4 Canada, 1 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Coot , c25 Mallard, 3 Swallow, 2 Blackbird.

Posted July 25th, 2015 at 8:30 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Mountbatten, Plymouth

 

On rocks below  car park 6 Mediterranean Gulls inc 2 in full summer plumage.

Posted July 25th, 2015 at 3:14 pm by Graham Devine in Bird News

Preston Sands Paignton

A gathering of 61 Sandwich Terns which included 18 juveniles being fed by the adults on the rocks at high tide this pm. Also juvenile Med Gull.

Posted July 25th, 2015 at 2:41 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Now 5 summer-plumage Black-tailed Godwits by the pond along with a lone Common Sandpiper. 17 Canada Geese includes 6 juveniles.

Posted July 25th, 2015 at 1:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 24th July 2015

Topsham

Little gull and 51 Dunlin at Topsham rec early evening.

Posted July 24th, 2015 at 9:01 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Goodrington

Juvenile Yellow-Legged Gull amongst the assorted large gulls around the pipe on Goodrington beach this evening.  

Also, 3 Dunlin.

Posted July 24th, 2015 at 6:52 pm by George Wall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Arrived in the hide this lunchtime (about 1.20) to be told of 2 Pectoral Sandpipers.

One appeared to be a juvenile bird and spent its time with the Dunlin flock and disappeared to the estuary with them. The other looked like an adult bird and showed much closer on the right hand side of the channel in front of the hide (still there until at least 1.50). Both birds had been present earlier in the morning apparently.

Also 3 Green Sandpipers.

Posted July 24th, 2015 at 2:29 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Head

Surprisingly for anyone getting up at a normal time it was almost still & clear with 20 miles + visibility first thing - then in came the rain and wind with visibility down to 2 miles or less!

Seawatching 0530-0930hrs: 4 Pomarine Skuas (all 3rd summer pale types), 4 Arctic Skuas,1 Bonxie, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 753 Manx Shearwaters, 133 Common Scoter,1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Puffin, 1 Razorbill (several Guillemots on water), 1 Whimbrel, 2 Swifts just 27 Kittiwakes (didn't count Gannets or Fulmar) and 2 Harbour Porpoise 

Posted July 24th, 2015 at 1:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Is this a juvenile starling?

The bird in pictures 1 and 2 were taken yesterday in my garden at inBrixham.  It is very different from young starling seen before.

Eds: Thanks for emailing the photos that didn't upload - it was indeed a juv starling moulting into winter plumage - perhaps more advanced moult than usual at his time of year, from an early brood. 

Posted July 24th, 2015 at 9:43 am by Mike Evans in Bird News

Thursday 23rd July 2015

Broadsands

2 Yellow-legged Gulls  juvs, 1 Mediterranean Gull juv 6 Common Sandpipers

Posted July 23rd, 2015 at 9:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

broadsands

at least 22 cormorants fishing just off Broadsands beach southern end. A dog walker told me there were 'about 50' yesterday

Eds: more likely to have been Shags

Posted July 23rd, 2015 at 7:28 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Hobby near Totnes

Hobby overhead just coming into Totnes from Avonwick last night (22nd).

Posted July 23rd, 2015 at 6:34 am by Richard Archer in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Wrafton etc

Took a look at the pond this evening - huge build up of Mallards! Maybe 150. Down around Sherpa Marsh a Little Grebe, 2 Little Egrets, 17 Canada Geese including 3 juvs, 18 adult Swans, a few each of Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin, 2 Common Sandpipers, a summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit, and a Teal.

Posted July 22nd, 2015 at 7:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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