Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th June 2016

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS

In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 21st June 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/
 
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...!

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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

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

Tuesday 14th June 2016

Teignbridge

The top end of Stover Country park this morning gave at least singing Chiffchaff.

The Newton Abbot area provided views of  two Herons, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, two broods of young Mallard ducklings, Wren and Swift, Swallow, House Martin and Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

The DWT reserve at Chudleigh Knighton heath and Chudleigh Knighton Meadows gave views of Swift, Swallow, Yellow Hammer, Stonechat, Greenfinch and Chiffchaff singing.

Ashburton ~ Buzzard overhead carrying what appeared to be a rabbit kit and a Kestrel hovering by the A38.

An evening visit to the Bovey Tracy area gave three Nightjars calling with one bird being seen briefly in flight.

Back at home a brood of Wren chicks, the first House Sparrow fledgling of the season on the feeders, further broods of Robin and Blackbird, Jay on the feeders, nice to see a Song Thrush back in the garden and a fly past from a hen Sparrow Hawk.

Posted June 14th, 2016 at 11:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 13th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the early afternoon high-tide.

From the hide 2-Mediterranean Gulls (adult + fs) different birds from before, 7-Sandwich Terns, c350-Black-headed Gulls, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, 43-Black-tailed Godwits, 10-Whimbrel, c30-Shellduck, 6-Wigeon, 7-Teal, 3-Little Egrets, 3-Grey Herons, c50-House Martins, c20-Swallows, Buzzard and a Goshawk picked up by Gary which showed really before disappearing low behind the trees right of the hide but unable to locate again from the road outside and probably headed towards riversmeet house direction.

The 3 Fox cubs were out playing with the vixen alongside the railway embankment during the heavy rain period.

From the viewing platform fs Common Gull , c8-Whimbrel, c20-Curlew, 12-Little Egrets and 3-Great-crested Grebes.

Mediterranean Gulls (adult & first summer together)
Mediterranean Gulls (adult & first summer together)

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Grey Heron stood on a stone in left water channel
Grey Heron stood on a stone in left water channel

Posted June 13th, 2016 at 8:54 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Devon Birds/RSPB/BTO Spotted flycatcher tracking project

We need your help in locating spotted flycatcher nests in Devon to contribute to a new project.

Spotted flycatchers have seen declines of 83% since the 1960s. Reasons for this decline may include factors operating within UK breeding grounds, such as reduced availability of invertebrates, but the species may also be declining due to problems along their migratory journey to Africa and back. But we still know almost nothing about their wintering grounds, we don't even know where UK birds go or the routes they take. It is possible they go as far as South Africa like our swallows, but we don't know. We need this information if we are to begin to understand what part of the annual cycle causes problems for spotted flycatchers, and where we might need to focus future work to reverse declines. To do this we are conducting some pioneering work that will track migrations and determine wintering areas using tiny tracking devises. These geolocators weigh only 0.36g - incredible!

But to be able to do this we need to catch and tag spotted flycatchers in places where they return each year, as we need to recapture tagged birds the year after to retrieve the tag and its data. The best places to do this are peoples gardens. So if you have nesting spotted flycatchers in your garden or farm, and are happy to have your spotted flycatchers captured and tagged for this project, please could you email emma.inzani@rspb.org.uk or give me a call on 07876737372.

Emma Inzani, RSPB Research Assistant

Posted June 13th, 2016 at 9:05 am by Malcolm Burgess in Bird News

Sunday 12th June 2016

Chapel Wood round up

A few more walks around the wood and area with the dog. Very close views (10m) of a group of 6 red deer hinds from the car into the woods off of the lane,probably with young hidden. They seem less skittish than years ago - perhaps because they are not being hunted so much? More on the hillside. A single Roe Deer in Chapel Wood which is a first for me in the Wood itself. Green WP, GSWP, Treecreepers, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Siskin and Bullfinch, Blue, Great Coal and Long Tailed Tit, Spotted Fly, Redstarts and tonight a lovely Tawny Owl fledgling sitting on a low bough with its back to me at first - looking for all the world like a fluffy cactus with feathers poking out of the bottom until it turned a gave me that dark stare that owls give. Moved off quickly so parents could feed it. Squirrels, more fox and badger evidence. All the corvids, Song Thrush, Chiff Chaff, Willow W, Blackcaps, Goldcrest, Wrens, Robins, Black birds, Buzzards, Hares, Rabbits, Woodies and Collared Doves, Pheasants, lots of fledglings appearing and learning the ropes. My favourite time of year in woodlands.

Posted June 12th, 2016 at 10:29 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Roborough Down 10-06-16

Is this a Chiffchaff????

Eds: Despite the dark looking legs dull plumage and weak supercilium this looks to be a Willow Warbler based on the primary tips extension and tail length combined with the overall colouring. In the field you could have looked to see if the bird was dipping its tail regularly - if  not then willow warbler could have been confirmed as the birds id.

Posted June 12th, 2016 at 8:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Morte Point

This afternoon about 10 Puffins flew west, closely followed by 8 Razorbills then 5 more Puffins. 18 Gannets were circling round over a pod of 8 Porpoise.  

Posted June 12th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by Martin Thorne MWG in Bird News

Saturday 11th June 2016

Holdstone down exmoor

A humid walk today produced stonechat young and old in several places,meadow pipits, skylarks, which disappeared into the sea fog that enveloped the coastline. a buzzard, a couple of rooks and best bird of the day for me was a very colourful linnet.

Posted June 11th, 2016 at 5:20 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Friday 10th June 2016

Hisley Woods (Rudge Wood), Bovey Valley.

In spite of the light rain, which turned heavier towards noon, 9 DB members enjoyed the morning taking a circular walk from Drakeford Bridge to Hisley Woods before returning via Pullbrook Wood.  Birds found included 3 pairs of Pied Flycatcher, c3 pairs of Tree creeper, a pair of Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper, a Marsh Tit with food, c4 singing Wood Warbler and Siskins to name a few species.  After lunch in the hide at Yarner we moved up the hill towards Trendlebere Down where a Tree Pipit and a pair of Yellow Hammer were added to the list. 

Posted June 10th, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Hoopoe sighting

While on her driving lesson yesterday my daughter saw a hoopoe just outside Launceston on the B3362 heading out of Launceston towards Tavistock. She had no idea what what it was but having looked on internet is absolutely certain it was a Hoopoe. Are they rare, has anyone else seen one around there? 

Posted June 10th, 2016 at 9:16 am by Julia Chatting in Bird News

Thursday 9th June 2016

Skywatching on Dartmoor - 9 June 2016

Just got back from ten hours in the field skywatching at various watchpoints on central and western Dartmoor.

Weather was poor first thing with thick low cloud and very limited visibility. Brightened up later with hazy sunshine, high cloud and a light Southerly breeze, Force 2 - 3 - so ideal for soaring . Temperature dropped again late afternoon and low cloud spreading in from South East, with accompanying poor visibility.

Saw 3-4 Hobbies, 2 Common Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 37+ Common Buzzard, 3 Raven but, unfortunately, no Lammergeier.

Other species seen included: 3 Cuckoo, 6 displaying Common Snipe, 3+ pairs of Wheatear, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Stonechat, 4 Common Swift and Skylarks everywhere.

NPW

Posted June 9th, 2016 at 10:59 pm by Nick P. Williams in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

fs Little Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull, c350 Black-headed Gulls, Common Gull, 7-Whimbrel, c20-Curlew, 11-Bar-tailed Godwits, c40-Black-tailed Godwits, 3-Redshank, Lapwing, Gadwall, 7-Teal, 3-Wigeon, 3-Little Egrets, c40-Shelduck, c30-House Martins and c20-Swallows.

Little & Med Gulls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuzSlO15KJE

fs Little Gull
fs Little Gull

Little Gull flying out to the estuary at 10:53hrs
Little Gull flying out to the estuary at 10:53hrs

adult Mediterranean Gull (centre)
adult Mediterranean Gull (centre)

Posted June 9th, 2016 at 3:00 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Harvey Kendall's observation re bird box occupation. We have 25 boxes in Brookings Down Wood and only 6 appear to be occupied. In 2015 15 were used.

Totnes there were no hirundine observed over the town on the 8th.

Posted June 9th, 2016 at 8:18 am by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Cuckoo

Delighted to be hearing a cuckoo in Braunton this morning (6.30-7ish). First we've heard this year)

Posted June 9th, 2016 at 7:03 am by Zena Lymer in Bird News

Wednesday 8th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide into the glaring sun.

9-Sandwich Terns, 4-Mediterranean Gulls (4 fs + 2nd summer), 1-Common Gull, 1-Lesser Black-backed Gull, c350 Black-headed Gulls, 10-Bar-tailed Godwits, c40-Black-tailed Godwits, 2-Redshank, 15-Curlew, 1-Whimbrel, 2-Oystercatchers, 1-Stock Dove, 6-Tufted Ducks (5m + 1f), 2-Shoveler, 3-Wigeon, 2-Teal, 1-Reed Bunting and 8-Reed Warblers.

From the viewing platform 3-Great-crested Grebes, 2-Sandwich Terns, c80 Oystercatchers and Sparrowhawk over.

3-Sandwich Terns
3-Sandwich Terns

3-Sandwich Terns (top)
3-Sandwich Terns (top)

Posted June 8th, 2016 at 3:21 pm by David Boult in Bird News

I agree with Steve.

Referring to Steve Hopper's recent recent report - I quite agree.   There seems to be a worrying lack of birds generally and an especial dearth of hirundines.

Of my 22 bird boxes in a private wood near my home, only nine are in use this season.

Harvey Kendall

Posted June 8th, 2016 at 2:44 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Paignton

Red legged partridge running across Brixham road , from the old Nortel  site to the houses opposite . Narrowly missed by a few cars! 

Posted June 8th, 2016 at 6:46 am by Graeme Davey in Bird News

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