Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th July 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:
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...!


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


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: 

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


If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

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

Tuesday 14th July 2015

Passage House, Kingsteignton

Gull-billed Tern still present this morning at 7am with bh gulls. Gulls spooked, but tern came back and gave good views all by itself. Also present 1x redshank, 4 x common sandpiper & around 5-6 little egrets roosting in trees on far bank

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Posted July 14th, 2015 at 1:25 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Gull-billed Tern

Tern showing very well and putting on a show in front of car park about 10.30 this morning, stunning bird!!

Posted July 14th, 2015 at 12:21 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Monday 13th July 2015

Gull-billed Tern

The River Teign, Passage House Inn, Devon

Posted July 13th, 2015 at 7:24 pm by Dave Stone in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Steady passage of Gannets this morning with Cory's Shearwater sitting in a raft of them at one point.

Later clear views of this or another Cory's flying East past Rock in Thurlestone Bay.

(Arthur Livett)

Posted July 13th, 2015 at 2:44 pm in Bird News

Gull-billed Tern

11.00 Still present giving excellent views flying around the reedbed to the front of the Passage House Inn, Hackney

Posted July 13th, 2015 at 12:51 pm by Kevin Johns in Bird News

Sunday 12th July 2015

Teign Estuary

Gull-billed Tern found at 17:30 roosting on the spit off Passage House with Black-headed Gulls. Showed very well over the saltmarsh from 18:45 then flew down the estuary at 19:10, still present at 20:20 although further downriver towards Coombe Cellars.

Also 5 Mediterranean Gulls (including 4 juveniles), 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers, 40+ Curlew and a Whimbrel.

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 8:40 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Prawle Point Seawatch

Gentle reintroduction to autumnal seawatching saw Pat M (from 5.30am ),John L (from 6am) and myself (from 6.30am) at Prawle in SW winds 3-4 with rain and mist later. Totals seen (all west): 12 Balearic Shearwaters, 1453 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Puffins, 25 auks (mainly Razorbills), 56 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Terns,76 Gannets, 6 Kittiwakes, 2 adult s.p. Med Gulls (and 1 imm Med Gull east), and 3 Little Egrets.

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 6:37 pm in Bird News

Topsham Rec Gulls

A juv Yellow-legged Gull showed well until 08:40 at least, with the usual 2cy Little Gull 2cy, one juv Med Gull and at least 7 Common Sands (11 yesterday evening). And apologies to those locals who didn't get a call - my phone battery died!

Yellow-legged Gull juv - Topsham Rec 12/7/2015
Yellow-legged Gull juv - Topsham Rec 12/7/2015

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 9:49 am by Tim Worfolk in Bird News


2 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach this morning also 3 Sandwich Terns and a Great Crested Grebe in Broadsands Bay.

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 8:29 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 11th July 2015


The fs Little gull & a juv Med gull at Topsham rec this evening.

Posted July 11th, 2015 at 9:44 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Plym estuary / Blaxton meadow

1110 - 1230

On a rising tide: 5 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck (2 Ad 2 juv)  25 Herring gull, 1 Greater Black Back Gull, 1 Mediterranean gull (adult). 

Blaxton meadow high tide roost: 130 Black Headed Gulls, 25 Curlew, 10 Little Egret in the trees.

Swallows, House Martins and Pied Wagtails around Saltram estate.

Posted July 11th, 2015 at 3:02 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Friday 10th July 2015


12 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 fs  4 Ads and 7 Juvs in two parties during a watch this evening, 5 Sandwich Terns and the first two juvenile Herring Gulls I've seen this summer fledged and on beach.

Mediterranean Gulls Broadsands 10 July 2015 ML

Photo: Part of one group of adult and juvenile Mediterranean Gulls


Posted July 10th, 2015 at 8:52 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham Rec

The Fs Little Gull still on the mud at 9.20am on the low tide between the north end of the Recreational Ground and the motorway bridge and showing well . Also 1 Common Sand

Posted July 10th, 2015 at 11:07 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth (Thursday evening)

As always (my) summer is not complete without the call and sight of Nightjars and this was another memorable evening in good company. 

Perfect weather conditions last evening for NIghtjar watching (still air, no wind, clear sky and pleasantly warm).  13 members of East Devon Branch DB attended the two hour walk 9-11pm and chose a point midway into the moor to watch.  First churring heard at 9.43pm with first sightings at 9.53.  Two birds flew closely at 10.20 and at least four present on the common. Only wished we had timed the length of the churring as one bird kept it up for approx four minutes. On the return walk two Tawny Owls were calling excitedly in trees above our heads with another heard elsewhere at the start of the walk.

Posted July 10th, 2015 at 8:23 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Thursday 9th July 2015


12-15 over my house clovelly rd at 18:00 heading nw.This evening a least 3 nightjars and 3 young red deer stags hartland way.

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 11:11 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Common Scoter -Boat Trip

Further to Nigels's comments  there were also 6 Commmon Scoter seen -had  a really great trip -thanks Nigel

Common Scoter
Common Scoter

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 10:31 pm by Ian Teague in Bird News

Trip Into Lyme Bay

1 pm today for 4 hours did a dolphin watching trip into Lyme Bay from Paignto harbour, just off Berry Head we encountered 3 Harbour Porpoise, much further out we saw many seabirds feeding so we went closer to have 3 Manx Shearwater, Gannets, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Fulmar and some Terns, difficulty in IDing the Terns as we had 15/20 Common Dolphins racing about all over the places, all feeding and stayed with them for nearly half an hour.

Running 3 hour trips every Friday from 17th July late afternoon/ evening into Lyme Bay, chumming to see what is about, some places left if interested. email wildbones@btinternet .com 

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 8:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide.

From the hide 2-Common Terns; 2-Mediterranean Gulls (1-ad + 1-Juv); 1-Common Gull amongst c1100-Black Headed Gulls; 1-Spotted Redshank; c25-Redshank; 7-Greenshank; c300-Curlew; 5-Lapwing; 13-Little Egrets.

From the viewing platform c100-Oystercatchers and the 2-Common Terns seen flying down river. 

Common Tern
Common Tern

juvenile Mediterranean Gull
juvenile Mediterranean Gull

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 8:01 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

As usual the 2cy Little Gull present at low tide this am - by M5 bridge/Retreat Boatyard. Also 7 Common Sands.

Little Gull - 9/7/2015 Topsham
Little Gull - 9/7/2015 Topsham

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 9:51 am by Tim Worfolk in Bird News


Maer Rocks - 0515 - 0630 - 3 redhead goosander 'in off' and towards the Warren this morning. Also a lingering arctic skua, 4 mediterranean gull (inc 2 juv), 1 juv yellow-legged gull, 5 curlew, 1 grey wagtail and a steady passage of black-headed gulls towards the estuary mouth.

Yesterday - a juv yellow-legged gull at Hayes Barton Pig Farm, Yettington.


Posted July 9th, 2015 at 7:18 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Wednesday 8th July 2015


33 Curlew on mudflats at 21:45

Posted July 8th, 2015 at 10:28 pm by Rob Thomas in Bird News

South Brent ~ Willow Tit

Just after 11.25am this morning a Willow Tit made a very brief appearance around my bird feeding station but did not settle well enough for me to photograph. (Last year it first arrived in the garden on the 1st August).

Five juvenile Goldfinch along with six adult birds brought the seasons Goldfinch numbers up, other juveniles included House Sparrows, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Magpie and Jackdaw.

Two Black Headed Gulls flying over the house this mornmnig was an unusual sight.

Other garden visitors included two male Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Dunnock, Jay, Collard Doves, good numbers of Greenfinch and Chaffinch.

Mid afternoon visit from a male Sparrow Hawk

Posted July 8th, 2015 at 7:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Horsey Island & R.Caen

On Horsey Island 1 Lapwing sheltering from strong WNW winds.

On the R.Caen (see photo 2), 1 imm Common Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern & 29 Med Gulls. Also 1 Juv Med Gull (see photo 3). 109 BH Gulls inc 1 juv.

Posted July 8th, 2015 at 6:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

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