Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st July 2016

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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

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

Thursday 21st July 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:50 till 20:35

A busy high tide with 525+ curlew, 54+ whimbrel, 392+ redshank, 1 spotted redshank, 26+ greenshanks , 264+ black tailed godwits, 7 bar tailed godwits, 17+ dunlin, 800+ black headed gulls, 12+ lapwing, 4 wigeon, 60+ mallards, 1 common sandpiper.

Posted July 21st, 2016 at 10:39 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Dartington- Conservation Warden

After a few unconfirmed sightings, thrilled to see a Spotted Flycatcher this morning hanging around 1500 year old yew Tree by St Mary's Tower. Other sighted around the Foxhole area. Also a Dab chick on nest on the lower marsh.

Posted July 21st, 2016 at 8:27 pm by Jordan Harris in Bird News

Wednesday 20th July 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:20 till 20:15

1290+ Black headed gulls included 2 ringed birds details to be sent of , 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull, 14+ dunlin, 1 spotted redshank, 1 common sandpiper, 20+ greenshanks, 250+ redshank, 61+ whimbrel, 300+ curlew, 10+ bar tailed godwits, 250+ black tailed godwits, 2 little egrets, 2 buzzards, 6 wigeon, 20+ teal, 7+ oystercatchers.

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 9:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Rillage Point

06.20 to 07.40: Obvious continuous light passage W of Herring Gulls 103 in groups of two to five until sea fog rolled in and halted further counting. 90% adults, remainder sub-adults; no juvs. Also a handful of Lesser Black-backs and Black-headeds, also moving W. Only 70 Manx Shearwaters. Also 1 Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Pieds.

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Blackdown Hills -Devon

Friend who lives between Hemyock and Clayhidon (in Devon) had a Red Kite fly east over the garden this morning. This is on the edge of the Blackdowns not far from the Wellington Monument spine road.

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 7:28 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News

Babbacombe / Walls Hills

A large gathering of gulls off Oddicombe Beach, Torquay yesterday evening produced 10 Mediterranean Gulls: 4 Juveniles, 3 Ads,1 2nd summer, 2 1st summer 

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 8:16 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

From the hide Spotted Redshank, c 220-Redshank, 3-Common Sandpipers, 2-Dunlin, 23-Greenshank, 9-Bar-tailed Godwits, c 200-Black-tailed Godwits, c380-Curlew, c55-Whimbrel, c25-Oystercatchers, 9-Lapwing, adult Mediterranean Gull,  c800-Black-headed Gulls, 11-Little Egrets, Swallows and Sand Martins moving through.

From the viewing platform 31-Sandwich Terns flew down from the goatwalk calling and circling over the platform before dropping onto Bowling Green Marsh at 20:40hrs and later viewed from the hide.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 10:13 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Beesands Ley - problems

Just to let everyone know that Beesands Ley is very quiet at the moment but cattle have strayed from the field on to the walkway and the ramp into the hide has been damaged by the cattle and is unsafe.  We are arranging for repairs to be carried out as quickly as possible but it may take several days before we can get a contractor down to the site.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 10:05 pm in Bird News

skern

only 40 meds tonight,12ads,13 ss,13fs,2 juv..Also little ringed plover,adult black tailed godwit,adult knot,2 ad sanderling,10 redshank,5 whimbrel.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 9:59 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

"Symbiosis"

A twist on "symbiosis!"  Found a wren's nest inside this (damaged) plastic owl ornament. (The owl being attached to a trellis on the front elevation of a house close to the village of Chittlehampton. 

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 6:28 pm by Stewart Beer in Bird News

Rillage Point

06.20–08.05: Migrants included a flock of 10 Little Egrets flying E up channel and 4 Swifts E (including one far out at sea in amongst Manx Shearwaters!) Total of 790 Manx Shearwaters heading W; still going when I had to leave.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

English Channel

Rob Dart was out on an angling boat mid-channel (30nm+ off Devon) last two days (17-18th) and reports 1000's of Manx Shearwaters out there (they are usually a bit closer to shore). Also a couple of Balearic Shearwaters on the 17th and a Minke Whale on the 18th.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 4:13 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Soar

First autumn passerine migrants passing through in the shape of two Willow Warblers at West Soar. Also 8 Swifts east along the cliffs and post-breeding numbers of 140 Linnets. Great Green Bush Cricket at Starehole ponds. On Sunday evening Hobby over South Pool Creek in Kingsbridge Estuary.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 2:55 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Broadsands Gulls

A mid morning visit to Broadsands on the dropping tide gave 14 Greater Black Backed Gull, one ringed reading 6AA8 that has been recorded in previous years.

At least three Mediterranean Gulls and one possible hybrid or non adult 

Two Cirl Bunting flew across the car park, Greenfinch,  Goldfinch and a small number of House Martins.

Back home at South Brent, Green Woodpecker, Raven and Chiffchaff and yesterday gave the first Nuthatch of the year on the garden feeders.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 12:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 18th July 2016

skern

91 med gulls tonight.59 ads,16ss,15fs,juv,.Most likely to have been more as many hundreds still anting.17:20-18:15.

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 10:34 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

White Admiral

A lovely white admiral fluttered down to the car park floor to gather minerals at Bovey Valley Woods while I was standing there with my camera. Also a very accommodating comma in the wood.

White Admiral
White Admiral

Comma
Comma

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 9:16 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Other Wildlife

Powderham Marsh (Exminster)

15 members of DB attended the morning walk from the RSPB car park to the Viewing Point.  Low flying Swallows both young and mature came within feet as we followed the route across the fields.  A close flying Hobby and sightings of a juv. Whinchat (and possibly a second bird) were most noteworthy with young of many species listed including Reed Warbler, Goldfinch, Coot, Wood Pigeon and Canada Goose.  A single Greylag Goose and Lapwing were scoped at a distance but the scrapes were generally lacking in birds.  Reed Bunting and Whitethroat also present but most birds were keeping hidden in the hedgerows.  Thanks to Geoff Green for leading us.

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 8:41 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Velator

An evening walk around the reserve was rewarded with the second sighting of Grey Heron this week, and then a feeding group of Gulls (must have been plenty of flying ants) included an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 8:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dragonflies

Golden-ringed and Southern Hawker Dragonflies with good numbers of Large Red and Azure Damselflies present at Chambercombe Manor Gardens midday today.



Posted July 18th, 2016 at 3:48 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Northam Ant-Fest!

Over the garden this afternoon there was a mixed flock of Herring, Black-headed and Mediterranean Gulls enjoying an Ant-Fest. High above them there were 100-150 Swifts enjoying those flying ants that had transcended to a higher plane. Sadly no Hobby to complete the food chain!

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 3:41 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Swift

Ive found this little chap 'down on the upside` next to its squashed sibling in fore street Ilfracombe I couldnt leave it 2B a HERGU's breakfast. No way of getting it back in its nest.  Ive soaked some mealworms for it but on closer inspection it has absolutly no fat on its breast at all so I'm guessing its parents have been predated & is already starving. Hopefully launch time 7.30 am.  

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 1:55 am by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Sunday 17th July 2016

Slapton

2 Cattle Egrets seen this morning behind the ringing hut by Keith Grant a couple of his photos here:

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Cattle Egret Slapton July 2016

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 9:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Morte Point

Morte Point @ high tide slack water, in the gaps in Sea fog,  3 Storm petrels were feeding on the static fishing gear bouy ropes. 20 manx shearwaters inc a few on the water in the tide race. 4 puffins 2 med gulls 6 gannets & a few other auks all flying west. Most of the wheatears are now feeding young.

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 8:49 pm by Martin Thorne MWG in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Sand Martins among 30+ Swallows and c10  Swifts. On the pool, just 11 Curlews and 1 Whimbrel (21 and 3 respectively yesterday), Little Egrets now up to 14 and a Mediterranean Gull (a tatty 1st ie 2nd cy) bird with the Black-headed Gulls which included 3 juvs. A pair of Shelduck with 5 juvs and another adult with 1 juv.

The Med' Gull overflew my house (Mount Gould) later and two others (ad and 2nd-s / 3rd cy) were over here yesterday "anting".

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 8:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat trip

This mornings boat trip out of Brixham into Lyme bay going 6 miles out gave us sightings of Sunfish, 96 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannet and the usual Herring and Great Black backed Gull. 3 Harbour Porpoise.

Manx Shearwaters Lyme Bay 17 July 2016

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Posted July 17th, 2016 at 7:45 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 18:15

A good afternoon with 1 spotted redshank among 300+ redshank , 12+ greenshanks, 8+ common sandpipers,  1 green sandpiper, 420+ curlew, 61+ whimbrel, 9 bar tailed godwits, 200+ black tailed godwits, 10+ little egrets, 4 oystercatchers, 300+ black headed gulls.

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 7:43 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Saturday 16th July 2016

Averton Gifford 15.07.16

10 common sandpiper last night visible at end of tidal road 

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 10:42 pm by Graham Devine in Bird News

parakeet roost

30 plus  RINGNECK PARAKEET in Central Park

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 9:55 pm by barry in Bird News

Berry Head

1 juv Yellow-legged Gull following trawler in toward Brixham at 7pm. 1 Yellow Wagtail flying around headland and grounded briefly, 1 Yellowhammer (normally passage at Berry Hd). a Pod of 30-40 fast moving Dolphins(probably Common) 2 miles SE of the head and 2 Harbour Porpoise of the headland 

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

instow

52 med gulls on rocks behind cricket ground.40 ads,6ss,6fs17:00-17:30

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 6:33 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning done in very heavy mizzle.

1 Willow Tit juv (car park), 1 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m) juv, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Great Crested Grebe (one on a nest), 8 Tufted Duck, 3 Canada, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Wagtail juv, 1 Blackcap, 2 Swallows.

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 3:36 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Friday 15th July 2016

Goodrington Torbay

3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls two on the beach one on the boating lake

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Posted July 15th, 2016 at 9:46 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

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