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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/guide_to_record_submission

Please send your records to Karen Sims data.manager@devonbirds.org and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands recorder@devonbirds.org

Best wishes and good birding for 2020

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something you would like to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

  

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! 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

Thursday 30th June 2016

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

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

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

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

Ilfracombe

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

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ybUVCjR-0w

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FJgam1jm7M

Green Sand & Common Tern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXv2MO4eMUU

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

Torbay

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

Saturday 25th June 2016

Postbridge

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

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

Bee-eaters

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

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