Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th June 2016

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Thursday 30th June 2016

Stover ~ Kingfishers

The hide over looking the lake at Stover country park visited yesterday morning and this evening, yesterday the Kingfishers were showing really well with some 10 sightings, at one point two birds in view, this evening a single bird seen perched and diving from a distant post.

Great Crested Grebe sitting tight, Mute Swan with three cygnets, Mandarin duck, Coot, Moorhen, Lesser Black Backed Gull (2) Jay, House Martin, Heron, Stock Dove, Buzzard, the sound of calling Chiffchaff just about constant during both visits.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 8:22 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding


c150-Gannet seen from the lifeboat station late morning circling and diving offshore with c40-Shag sat on top the water. 33-Sandwich Terns and 12-Shag on sandbank middle of estuary from shelly beach and Common Seal with it's head above the water around the docks entrance. 39-Oystercatchers and 12-Shelduck from the viewing screen  mid-afternoon.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 7:34 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Visited between 1300-1430. Spotted Redshank Ad, 160 Redshank, 28 Blkwit, 3 Barwit, a Greenshank, 5 Teal, 1 Wigeon & just one 2nd S Med Gull amongst 700 BH Gulls. And 2 Reed Bunting & a Peregrine.

Marbled White's out at nearby Darts Farm.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Steve Cox in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide. At least 5 Mediterranean Gulls in with the Black-headed Gull flock, one adult, 2 near adults (some black in the wing-tips) and 2 1st/2nd year birds. Also 1 Common Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern. The Spotted Redshank was at the back of the marsh. Also 4 Whimbrel and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits.

Posted June 29th, 2016 at 2:33 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 28th June 2016


An enjoyable day, despite the heavy rain showers, watching this newly emerged dragonfly which has bred in the pond in the garden.

First seen early this morning it is still present late this evening

Posted June 28th, 2016 at 9:58 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

Berry Head

Seawatch 13:00-17:00. S/SSW4-5 with rain veering WSW with clearance 16:10. Balearic Shearwater (feeding with manx), 571 Manx Shearwaters, 8 Puffin, European Storm-petrel, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad & 2s), Great Skua, 46 Kittiwakes, 4 Common Scoter, 7+ Razorbills feeding in with local Guillemots, 4+ Harbour Porpoise, Grey Seal, 30+ Swifts (MD,ML).

Posted June 28th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

West Soar

A great morning for butterflies before the clouds rolled in at 1045. Highlights were 344 Dark Green Fritillaries inc.220 on musk thistles on field edge, 3 Painted Lady and all first of the year - 4 Grayling, 2 Marbled White, 4 Gatekeeper & 30 Silver-studded Blues away from the main Bolt Head colony! First Ringlet out in Barnstaple on June 23rd

Posted June 28th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Taw Estuary - Pottington

Digiscoped this gull earlier this morning. First thoughts were either leucistic Black headed Gull or a hybrid BH Gull x Med Gull.

Thought the bill was much more Black headed Gull than Med Gull.


Eds: its a 'Leucistic' Black-headed Gull

Posted June 28th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 27th June 2016

Heathland ~ Marsh and River

Bovey Heath Nature Reserve, was alive with Stonechat this morning, numerous pairs with attendant fledglings, good numbers of Swallows including a pair feeding four young that were perched in the canopy of a dead tree. Green Woodpecker calling, Goldfinch (3) Skylark (3) a very pale almost white Buzzard, three Whitethroat sulking in the cover and never showing very well unless in flight.

A Tree Pipit showing really well and a second bird calling close by but not showing. Two very vibrant male Yellow Hammers.

Bowling Green Marsh very busy with a good number of birders present, highlights being two Common Gull, three Wigeon, several Godwits, Whimbrell, and a large number of Black Head gull, ten Oyster catchers flew in just before we left the hide. Mallard, Shellduck, Moorhen, Curlew, Little Egret and Starling all present.

Chiffchaff calling well at the entrance to the cycle path.

River Teign near Teigngrace to visit the Sand Martin colony, Chiffchaff singing well on arrival, Song Thrush gathering food, Goldfinch and more Sand Martin than could be realistically counted, youngsters on the wing and returning to the nest holes to be fed, constant movement of  birds with over 60 around the nest site area.

One nice sized Sea Trout seen and several Grey Mullet.

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 9:29 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the mid-day high-tide.

Birding on the marsh today was very slow to start with but a large group of waders followed by some more gulls dropped onto the marsh at 1245hrs (20 minutes after high-tide) including 145-Curlew, 9-Whimbrel, 7-Bar-tailed Godwits, c 30-Black-tailed Godwits, 95-Redshank flew from far left gulley onto the far side and the Spotted Redshank showed well in the bay area, 10-Oystercatchers. Chris Marcol found another 3 med gulls which also dropped in late whilst I was counting the waders on far side with 4-Mediterranean Gulls ( 3 2nd summer + fs), Common Gull, c500-Black-headed Gulls (down on numbers), 2-Sandwich Terns, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.

Spotted Redshank 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull
Spotted Redshank                     2nd summer Mediterranean Gull

2nd summer Mediterranean Gull
2nd summer Mediterranean Gulls

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 5:16 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


RED KITE circled then drifted SW over Ilfracombe 1410 today

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Derek Stacey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Brixham to Teignmouth by boat.

Yesterday, lots of Guillemots and Gannets, four Razorbills, two Kittiwakes, six Fulmars. Fifteen + Manx Shearwaters and two Harbour Porpoises. Big surprise was a Black-throated Diver (non breeding plumage) half a mile off Bundle Head near Shaldon.

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 12:14 pm by Simon Bates in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 26th June 2016

R.Plym at Longbridge

Passing by the old tramway bridge on the Plym I heard a very agitated Kingfisher, looking over the wall to see it being chased down river by a Magpie. What was going on there is anyone's guess.

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the late morning high-tide.

Wader numbers continue to increase with Spotted Redshank amongst 100+ Redshank, 10+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 40+ Black-tailed Godwits, 10+ Whimbrel, 135+ Curlew, 8 Lapwing (4 juvs), 2 Oystercatchers, 5 Mediterranean Gulls (adult being new-in thin black pencil line along the outer edge of primaries  + 4 fs), 8 Sandwich Terns, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, c1000 Black-headed Gulls (3 juvs).

Spot Red:

The Common Tern from last Friday had a metal leg ring but was unable to read it.

Some 4K video footage of approx 10 Med Gulls in the bay area from Friday:

Green Sand & Common Tern:

Sandwich Tern Spotted Redshank
Sandwich Terns                                 Spotted Redshank

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 8:32 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


An adult Firecrest was watched feeding a minimum of 5 dependent fledglings this represents the first breeding in Torbay. Keep your eyes peeled in other Devon woodlands, the active fledglings make finding Firecrests much easier... 

Firecrest fledgling Goldcrest fledgling

Fledgling Firecrest   -  pale supercilium                                   Fledgling Goldcrest  -  lacks supecilium

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 8:11 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wistlandpound Reservoir Exmoor

A walk around the reservoir gave Blue, Long Tailed, Coal and Great Tit, Chaffinch, a pair of Siskin, Goldfinch, Swift, Swallow, Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Robins, lots of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiff Chaff, Goldcrest, Wren, c100 Canada Geese, Buzzards, 1st and 2nd year Herring Gulls with a few adults, Raven, Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallards, Treecreeper and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 8:01 am by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Saturday 25th June 2016


Female Marsh Harrier headed north up valley from Postbridge/ Hartland Tor whilst carrying out surveys yesterday.

Posted June 25th, 2016 at 2:34 pm by Chris Townend in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:40 till 11:00 

933+ black headed gulls, 6+ Mediterranean gulls ( 2 adults, 4 1st summers) , 1 1st summer common gull, 79+ redshanks, 8 whimbrel, 113+ curlew, 2 sandwich terns , 40+ black tailed godwits, 9  bar tailed godwits, the adult summer  plumage spotted redshank still showing well.

Posted June 25th, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 24th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide .

After being on my own for an hour soon became packed out in the hide with  Green Sandpiper (first for a long while in left water channel), Spotted Redshank, 52-Redshank, 14-Bar-tailed Godwits, c25-Black-tailed Godwits, 12-Whimbrel, 83-Curlew, Lapwing,, 14-Mediterranean Gulls (6 adults + 2 2nd Summer + 6 fs), Common Tern, 10-Sandwich Terns, c1000-Black-headed Gulls, 2-Great Black-backed Gulls, Common Gull and usual good numbers of ducks and Reed Warblers on show.

Left of the viewing platform on the dropping tide 7-Sandwich Terns on the mud with at least another 10 flying around.

Green SandpiperCommon Tern

Mediterranean Gulls (adults + 2nd sum and fs)

Posted June 24th, 2016 at 2:31 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 23rd June 2016

Rillage Point

06.25–08.00 Almost still; sea smooth. 1,663 Manx Shearwaters all flying W, relatively close inshore in flocks of up to 100 strong. My assumption is that these are birds that have been feeding further up the Bristol Channel and flying back out to sea. Also my first returning adult Mediterranean Gull of the season, an adult in breeding plumage flying W. One singing Lesser Whitethroat.

Posted June 23rd, 2016 at 10:05 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mortehoe n.devon

Lesser Whitethroat singing behind and near the church at 11:00 and 15:00 for approx 30 mins on both occasions

Posted June 23rd, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cranbrook (Nr Exeter).

Took a walk around the fields east of the Education Campus of this new town, first visiting the 'lake' (west of the campus) where I disturbed a Grey Heron, a couple of Mallard and a fox. I assume that the fields have been abandoned for farming and set aside for future housing.  This has created overgrown hedgerows and fields full of weeds and ideal for wildlife.  Distant bird song caught my attention and having found several Common Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat eventually showed itself. Blackcap and a pair of Bullfinch and young Wrens also present among others. 

May I draw attention to the flier on 'Society News' giving information about the BioBlitz at Stantyway Farm , Nr Otterton, (East Devon) this Saturday.  Why not come along, explore the farm life and support us. Look out for the Devon Birds stall and find out about the DB / RSPB bird survey undertaken here.

Posted June 23rd, 2016 at 3:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

Spotted Redshank, 52-Redshank, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, c20-Black-tailed Godwits, 11-Whimbrel, c70-Curlew, 3-Mediterranean Gulls (adult + 2 fs),  Common Tern, 8-Sandwich Terns, Common Gull, c900-Black-headed Gulls and the usual number of ducks.

adult Mediterranean Gulladult Mediterranean Gull
adult Mediterranean Gull

2 Sandwich Tern
2 Sandwich Tern

Posted June 23rd, 2016 at 2:30 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the late evening high-tide.

Spotted Redshank, 52-Redshank, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, 24-Black-tailed Godwits, 10-Whimbrel, 72-Curlew, 17-Oystercatchers, 7-Mediterranean Gulls (2 ads + 2nd sum + 4 fs), Common Gull, c1300-Black-headed Gulls, Sandwich Tern, Buzzard, 7-Swifts, 10-Swallows, c25-House Martins, 10-Sand Martins and usual numbers of ducks. From the viewing platform heard lots of Sandwich Terns calling from the goatwalk area heading further up river.

adult Mediterranean GullOystercatcher


Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 10:58 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


3 European Bee-eaters on telephone wires at Derriton, Holsworthy this evening.

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was from the viewing platform again this lunchtime at around 1.30.

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton Pond

The juvenile Mute Swans are growing fast but I do hope it is not due to all the white bread being fed to the ducks as this is no good for them.It also attracts rats & damages water quality.

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 1:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

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