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

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

Friday 14th August 2015

Around topsham

watched from 17:15 till 20:15

was just watching a Green sandpiper from the hide at bowling green marsh when a txt from James Diamond of a Juvenile White winged black tern on Exminster marsh came through so made way to the Goat walk and after a short while managed to get the bird as it flew up and down the canal a Devon tick for me thanks James.

back round to the hide and  the first Curlew sandpiper of the year a nice adult popped in, 4 knot, 2 spotted redshank( adult and juv), 16+ bar tailed godwits, 550+ black tailed godwits, 300+ redshanks, 15 lapwing, 1 common sandpiper 7+ grey plover , 40+ whimbrel, 450+ curlew, 4 snipe, 8 little egrets, 60+ teal, 1 gadwall, 3 tufted duck, 1 buzzard, 2 grey heron, 1 possible wood sandpiper flyover call only 

a really good evenings birding 

Posted August 14th, 2015 at 11:05 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

skern

17 little terns feeding in and near greysands pt + 1 common tern.Little ringed plover alighted briefly before moving to tip pool possibly with another as both took off at least one calling.Both species seen from 19:30-20:00.Also 10 knot 5 whimbrel grey plover(bp),50 curlew,70 oystercatchers,5 med gulls 3ads,2 juvs

Posted August 14th, 2015 at 10:56 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

R.Caen

16.30 > 19.00

218 Mediterranean Gulls including 31 Juv's on R.Caen.

142 Black headed Gulls + 7 juv,s.

Posted August 14th, 2015 at 10:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ring Plovers at Mount Batten 14-08-15 2pm

On the beach seaward, two Ring Plovers were seen and photographed, they were among 5 to 6 Pid wagtails

Ring Plover - Mount Batten - 14-08-15
Ring Plover - Mount Batten - 14-08-15

Posted August 14th, 2015 at 9:17 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Mountbatten Plymouth 3pm

Not the only person around Mountbatten today it seems.

Clear signs of early migration with good numbers of swallows as well as an unusual small flighty flock of 6 common sandpipers on Ireland Bay shoreline. 1 adult Med Gull present as well

Posted August 14th, 2015 at 8:26 pm by Graham Devine in Bird News

Caen Estuary out to Crows Point North Devon

A dry and pleasent walk this evening. Great views of 15+ Little Terns feeding on the Taw on the in coming tide. Also 20+ Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank and one Wheatear. Plus 100+ noisy Canada Geese  flying around the estuary. 

Posted August 14th, 2015 at 7:55 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Sightings in Plymouth Area

A very photogenic Juvenile Buzzard at Ford Park Cemetery this morning but little else apart form the usual Crows and Magpies.

A couple of Mallard and a Robin along with a small mix of B-H Gulls & Herring Gulls at Hooe Lake.

At Mount Batten Beach about half a dozen Pied Wagtail and a pair of Ringed Plover.

Posted August 14th, 2015 at 7:16 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Late afternoon walk down to the Marsh was quite productive, especially if you like Canada Geese. Didn't get an accurate count but 250+ moving off towards the Great field in small groups until the farmer put the remainder up while he was changing a battery for his fence. Around the pond were 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers and a Wood Sandpiper, which flew off with one of the Green towards Braunton Marsh. Also a single Ruff. Several Teal on the pond with a couple of Little Grebes. Over on the Pill, a Common Sandpiper, and at least a 3-figure count of Mediterranean Gulls. I hope Rob will post later with an accurate count - he was on the west side of the river with a telescope.

Posted August 14th, 2015 at 5:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

 3 spl Black Terns, Med Gulls and Sandwich Terns. [Vic Tucker]

Posted August 14th, 2015 at 1:00 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - still one Black Tern off Mudbank all morning with at least 15 Common Tern and several Sandwich Tern. Much greater number of waders around too with 8 Grey Plover, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit and 5 Greenshank fresh in. Many other wader sp too far off to ID in horrible wet conditions. Lee Collins reports 7 Little Tern, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and 89 Common Tern at the Warren so plenty of stuff is on the move.

Posted August 14th, 2015 at 11:20 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Thursday 13th August 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 17:00 till 19:10

2 spotted redshank ( 1 adult and 1 juv), 350+ redshanks, 23+ greenshanks, 585+ black tailed godwits( inclused 6+ juv) , 14+ bar tailed godwits(included 3 juv's), 160+ dunlin( included 20+ juv's) 25+ ringed plover, 1 knot, 487+ curlew, 35+ whimbrel , 12+ lapwing, 9+ little egrets, good numbers of reed warblers and 4+ sedge warblers, 2 wigeon, 3 tufted duck, 30+ teal.

while waiting for bus at topsham quay a group of 47+ sandwich terns flew up the river before heading back towards the goatwalk 

Posted August 13th, 2015 at 9:53 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

First Whinchat of the autumn this evening along with 5 Wheatear, the Little owl and, for the site, a scarce bird in the shape of a Reed Bunting

Posted August 13th, 2015 at 7:49 pm in Bird News

Exmouth

Mudbank - Wood Sandpiper - 1 from 1600 - 1633 when it flew off East. Also 4 Black Tern off there along with several Sandwich Tern, c10+ Common Tern, 134 Mallard, 2 Teal, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Redshank, 24+ Ringed Plover, 18+ Dunlin, 25+ Whimbrel, 11Turnstone, 30+ Sanderling, 1 Knot and 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted August 13th, 2015 at 6:25 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Devon Atlas - Help!

Two photographs submitted of a Knot and Little Stint taken at Braunton Burrows on 25 Sept 2010 did not have photographer's initials added to the file name - we would like to use the phtographs  - can any one help??

The camera used was a Canon EOS 7D with a 700mm lens later edited in photoshop CS6.

Posted August 13th, 2015 at 2:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

SKERN

 14 Little Terns feeding over fish in estuary with 21 med gulls on skern, 17 ads,1 ss,1fs,2 juvs,5 blackwits 07:00

 

Posted August 13th, 2015 at 7:57 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Wednesday 12th August 2015

flying ant frenzy

5000+gulls over northam burrows this evening gorging on the ants.42 med gulls found of those that landed.25 adults,4ss,4fs,9 juvs,3 blackwits,4 whimbrel 9 redshank,17:40-18:45.Looking up the taw many thousands gulls participating.

Posted August 12th, 2015 at 11:51 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Slapton Sands

5 Wheater, 7 Ringed Plover, 4 Sanderling (one in full summer plumage) seen between 10.00 - 11.00 on the shingle beach between the middle car park and Torcross. Nil seen on the return walk 14.00-15.00 due to people walking the tide line and dogs on the beach.  At least two 2nd year Med Gulls in the gull flock.  Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows feeding in mixed flock of approx 100 birds over the Lower Ley. 

Posted August 12th, 2015 at 8:15 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Velator - Tuesday

While ringing in the reserve yesterday, I trapped and ringed a Green Sandpiper. The first Swallows of the year were ringed and a late Swift flew over too.

Posted August 12th, 2015 at 3:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar & Starehole Valley

ENE winds produced a reasonable morning with single Hobby, 40 House Martin, 95 Swallow, single Redstart & Wheatear, 11 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap and 20 Willow Warbler.

Butterflies inc.3 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, also 3m Emperor Dargonfles & Common Blue Damselfly.

Posted August 12th, 2015 at 2:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 11th August 2015

instow.

Behind cricket ground 5 meds 2 adult,fs,2 juvs,crow pt area 7 kestrels 2 buzzards,17 swifts over main road north of instow 14:30-16:00

Posted August 11th, 2015 at 10:23 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

An increase to 6 Wheatears this evening, 3 Whitethroat and a White Wagtail amongst the 30 or so Pieds. 70 Swallows, 10 House Martin and the Little Owl showing in its usual place.

Posted August 11th, 2015 at 7:49 pm in Bird News

Monday 10th August 2015

Plmouth Group Field meeting

6 birders braved the horrendous weather to attend this meeting at West Charleton marsh.  A grey heron and 2 little egrets were soon visible inspite of the heavy rain as we made our way to the splendid hide, accompanied by the sound of several cirl bunting calling.  Once out of wet coats we surveyed both marsh and sea.  The tide rose quite quickly and we soon spotted a whimbrel as well as curlew and a variety of gulls.  One redshank was feeding on the mud.

Excellent views of a willow warbler and cirl bunting were had over the marsh and a green sandpiper was spotted on the scrape.  A visiter from Leeds was lucky to see the flash of a kingfisher.  When we had retraced our steps to the sewage works a grey wagtail and 3 chiffchaff were seen by all and most saw a great spotted woodpecker that had been heard.Overall 40 different species of bird had been seen-not bad in view of the weather  

Posted August 10th, 2015 at 8:29 pm by lesley Goonesekera in Bird News

Slapton

A good early afternoon visit to the Stokenham end of Slapton Ley on, around the scrub ground good numbers of Linnet, a Whitethroat was showing well but periodically. Female Kestrel and calling young Buzzards.

Over the sea the only interest was a Sandwich Tern working just off the shoreline, a gathering of some 70 plus Gulls gave two observed ringed birds a Herring Gull and a juvenile Great Black Backed Gull. The Herring Gulls ring number being 2FP2 on a white ring.

Two Ringed Plover were a pleasant surprise sat on a raised sand bar.

The Ley itself had a good gathering of birds, over 70 Mute Swan, 23 plus Great Crested Grebe including three juveniles (a clutch of 1 and 2) good numbers of Tufted, Pochard and Mallard Duck, huge numbers of Coot, two Black Swan

Back home at South Brent around the garden feeders, Jay, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, the late evenings long into the night are giving almost constant calling from Tawny owls with at times five individuals calling.

Posted August 10th, 2015 at 4:25 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Escot Park, East Devon

Saw a flock of 30 Mistle Thrushes over Escot this afternoon, moving from tree to tree. Another sign of impending Autumn?

Posted August 10th, 2015 at 4:17 pm by Ben Rowland in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatching (in very mist conditions) 0615-0915hrs: 47 Balearic Shearwaters, 904 Manx shearwaters, 1 Pomarine Skua (0715hrs), 3 Bonxie, 17 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern,138 Kittiwake (23 juvs), 6 juv Mediterranean Gulls, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gulls .Also off-shore 2 pods of Common Dolphin numbering about 22 and 4 Harbour Porpoise.

Bonxie Berry Hd 10 Aug 2015 ML  common Dolphin Berry Hd 10 Aug 2015 ML

Photos:     Bonxie                                                          Common Dolphins                                                 

Posted August 10th, 2015 at 10:37 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 9th August 2015

Kingsbridge Estuary

Spent an hour in the hide at West Charleton on the high tide at midday. Couple of Peregrines overhead and in the bay single Greenshank, Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper. 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls amongst the small number of Black-headed Gulls. Grey Wagtail seen in the sewage works.

Posted August 9th, 2015 at 8:41 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Caen Estuary North Devon

Two Kingfishers, a pair of Common Sandpipers, 5 Med gulls (4 juv)

Several Curlew and Little Egrets along the channel on an incoming tide.

Nice views of kingfishers
Nice views of kingfishers

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted August 9th, 2015 at 8:14 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Bishop's Tawton 16:00-17:00

Nice collection of sandpipers (wood, green and common) feeding among 150-160 black-headed gulls, with grey heron and little egret in attendance. More common sp's along the river with 7 redshank and at least 4 reed warblers still present.

Posted August 9th, 2015 at 5:52 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Lyme bay

Saturday - went out on a dolphin watching trip, but unfortunately not a single dolphin to be seen. 35- 40 Manx shearwaters, 2 poss balearics, gannet. Fulmar, kittiwake & guillemot. A small flock of Common Terns sat on the water was unusual to see. Luckily around 18-20 Harbour Porpoises made up for the dolphins.

Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwater

Common Terns
Common Terns

Kittiwake
Kittiwake

Posted August 9th, 2015 at 2:34 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Saturday 8th August 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 12:25 till 16:00

1 spotted redshank, 250+ redshanks, 420+ black tailed godwits, 17 whimbrel, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 6 oystercatchers, 12+ greenshanks, 8+ little egret, 1 tufted duck, 1 juv yellow legged gull, 1 adult Mediterranean gull among 700+ black headed gulls.

from the viewing platform another 30+ whimbrel, the 1st summer little gull now moulting into 2nd winter put in a brief appearance away from topsham rec , and another adult Mediterranean gull. 

Posted August 8th, 2015 at 10:18 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Wheatear on Dartmoor 08-08-15

About midday near Lee Moor - Cadover Bridge area, there is a pond named Big Pond on the edge of the China clay pits, this is where I saw a Wheatear (F) and a Juvenile as well, also around the area were Meadow Pipits and on the pond about 6 Goosaders



Posted August 8th, 2015 at 7:18 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Cuckoo

This juvenile Cuckoo spent at least two hours around this particular Oak on Powderham Marshes yesterday. From Jean Millen

Cuckoo favoured tree (c) J Millen
Cuckoo favoured tree (c) J Millen

Cuckoo (c) J Millen
Cuckoo (c) J Millen

Cuckoo (c) J Millen
Cuckoo (c) J Millen

Posted August 8th, 2015 at 5:56 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Last night's Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Some pictures from last night. Additional to Mike's list were one or two kittiwakes, and a few gannets, fulmars and auks, the latter mostly guillemot but including at least 1 razorbill.

Manx shearwater
Manx shearwater

Balearic shearwater - a dark individual
Balearic shearwater - a dark individual

Common dolphin
Common dolphin

Posted August 8th, 2015 at 3:02 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Scadson Woods Paignton

After two years of searching the local woods finally found a Pied Flycatcher, feeding on ants in my back garden this morning ! Migration seems to have started.

Posted August 8th, 2015 at 1:40 pm by clive Mason in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip

Last nights boat trip from Brixham with Nigel Smallbones was great with an almost mirror like Lyme bay hundreds of Manx shearwaters were feeding and rafting anongst them 7-8 Balearic shearwaters 3 of which came in to feed on the chum thrown off the back of the boat. Many more Manx were seen together with at least 1 juv Yellow-legged 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, 3 'commic' terns 2 sat on sea. The highlight of the evening was a pod of about 40 Common Dolphin bow riding our boat 6 miles due E of Berry Hd with another pod of 10+ noted during our return. 3-4 harbour porpoise and a grey seal were also noted

common Dolphin Lyme Bay 07 Aug15 ML

Posted August 8th, 2015 at 11:46 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Stover yesterday

Yesterday afternoon there was a Pied Flycatcher in the trees literally above the visitor centre (a rare 'autumn' passage occurrence here), plus a family of Spotted Flycatchers.

Posted August 8th, 2015 at 10:42 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

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