General Birding

Taw & Torridge Field Meeting - Sunday 23rd June 2019

Please be advised that the Taw & Torridge Field Meeting on Sunday 23rd June has had to change venue. The woodland is off limits at Hartland Forest so the meeting will now take place at SS373193, Landcross to Powlers Piece road. Clear fell area before Powlers Piece. Look out for Roger Doble and Dave Paul who will park up and look out for members. Meet at 9.30pm. Further information can be obtained from Norman Briden 01271371072 

Posted June 13th at 11:26 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Breeding Birds

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. Many of these 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. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and 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, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm 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

Membership

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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

Sunday 31st July 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

From the viewing platform the Slavonian Grebe was off Lympstone and a Great-creasted Gebe in middle of the estuary with the Common Seal had it's head above the water but was hoping for something big to show.

From the hide distant views of a Snipe which was displaying and feeding in far left water gulley with Spotted Redshank, 2-Common Sandpipers and good numbers of Redshank, Greenshank, Black & Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Whimbrel, Dunlin and Lapwing.

Snipe
Snipe

Posted July 31st, 2016 at 9:38 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Brixham pelagic this morning

A few of the commoner species from this morning's trip.

Adult and (dependant?) juvenile razorbills near Berry Head
Adult and (dependant?) juvenile razorbills near Berry Head

Moulting Guillemots
Moulting Guillemots

Fulmar
Fulmar

Posted July 31st, 2016 at 8:57 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Brixham pelagic this morning

This bird appears to tick the boxes for juvenile yellow legged gull: if the gull experts out there disagree I would be happy to be corrected. Apologies to those on the trip for not calling it - I was just wondering what it was when the sooty shearwater arrived and distracted us all!



Posted July 31st, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Is this a Juvenile Whitetroat. Answers Please.

Saw this at Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve yesterday (30/7/2016). I think it is a Juv Whitethroat but am not too sure. can anyone help please.


Posted July 31st, 2016 at 8:35 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Brixham pelagic this morning

A couple of photos of this mornings shearwaters.

Sooty shearwater
Sooty shearwater

Sooty shearwater
Sooty shearwater

Manx shearwater
Manx shearwater

Posted July 31st, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Horsey Island, Braunton

A pair of Chiloe Wigeon showing well at the start of the fisherman a path. Assuming escaped ornamentals but can't see any rings? Photos later.

Posted July 31st, 2016 at 4:01 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Here is some pictures from the trip with Nigel




Posted July 31st, 2016 at 3:51 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip.

Departed Brixham this morning for our Lyme Bay boat trip out of Brixham. The best this morning was a Sooty Shearwater, the bird came in very close to the vessel and sat on the water. Pictures taken by people on the boat and I hope they will post them for you to see. Non taken by me forgot to pick up camera battery when leaving home this morning!!!!!

Other birds seen range from many Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 50 + Manx Shearwater, 20 Kittiwake, 5 Common Scoter, Lesser black-backed Gull, Great black-backed Gull, Fulmar, Gannet, and a Petrel sp in far distance. 5 Porpoise. so not a bad trip.  Not the best for me!! a spare battery would be good. 

 

Posted July 31st, 2016 at 1:43 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Saturday 30th July 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 12:00 till 16:30

A good afternoon with the spotted redshank showing well at times before relocating to goosemoor as did the summer plumage knot, 1 adult Mediterranean gull amongst 300+ black headed gulls, 54+ whimbrel, 400+ curlew, 400+ black tailed godwits, 8+ bar tailed godwits , 117+ dunlin included good numbers of juveniles with 25+ , 2 common sandpipers, 200+ redshanks, 8+ lapwing, 8 wigeon, 1 buzzard, 1 grey heron, 13+ little egrets.

on goosemoor, 40+ greenshanks , 5+ common sandpipers, 150+ redshank, 4 whimbrel.

Posted July 30th, 2016 at 10:02 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Mystery bird

Newly fledged Reed Warbler in my view.

Posted July 30th, 2016 at 7:51 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Re Mystery Bird

Great close-up, but unfortunately can't see whole bird. Consequently, unsure of size, etc. That said, I believe this is a juv. Water Rail (willing to be corrected).

Posted July 30th, 2016 at 3:41 pm by David Holloway in General Birding

Friday 29th July 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Even a late lunch was too early for the high tide so numbers were a little down on yesterday.  The s.pl Knot was still showing well amongst the Dunlins, the Spotted Redshank has now completely transformed itself from black to grey w.pl. A single Common Sandpiper flitted around the channel.

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 8:54 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Mystery Bird?

Can anyone identify this bird I snapped in a local reedbed. Could it be a young bittern?


Posted July 29th, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Goodrington

Of interest to gull enthusiasts, a photo of the palest juvenile Herring Gull I have ever come across:

pale juv Herring Gull Goodrington 28 July 2016 ML  pale juv Herring Gull Goodrington 28 July 2016 ML2

Goodrington Beach 28 July 2016

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Goodrington

Of interest to gull enthusiasts a photo of the palest juvenile Herring Gull I have ever come across:

pale juv Herring Gull Goodrington 28 July 2016 ML  pale juv Herring Gull Goodrington 28 July 2016 ML2

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 28th July 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime today coincided exactly on the high tide, so there were plenty waders on view, too many to count on a lunch break.  The best of the new arrivals was an adult summer pl. Knot, we don't see them in these striking colours down here too often. A colour ringed(flagged) Black-tailed Godwit was hiding amongst 200 odd of his pals along with a few Bar=tails.. Curlews and Whimbrel made up the rest with about 40 Dunlin.  A single Common Sandpiper also showed.

There were about 20 Greenshank were on Goosemoor and the Spotted Redshank was difficult to see in the long grass.  Another birder told me he'd seen a Turnstone, but we couldn't find it again.  That would be a very good bird for the marsh, I'll look for it again tomorrow if I can.

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 9:25 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Designer shades!

An interesting aerial battle took place over Skern this afternoon on the high tide. Three Herring Gulls in hot pursuit of a fourth who was carrying a pair of orange sunglasses. Sadly the glasses were dropped in the water before I could ascertain if they were Ray-Bans!

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 6:11 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Wednesday 27th July 2016

Wembury, 27th July

Despite the rain and the vague weather forecast that it might brighten up later I headed off to Wembury anyway - it did clear up and the sun did shine at times and birds noted were :-

a green woodpecker heard yaffling near the church; 4 families of stonechats; a buzzard and a kestrel hovering overhead at Wembury Point with a persistent and noisy juvenile buzzard heard and a brief view of a sparrowhawk hunting along a hedgerow; a common sandpiper on the rocks at Wembury Point with 56 oystercatchers at the high tide; 9 mallards along the beach (eclipse males and females);gannets offshore, mostly adults but a few all dark juveniles and variable plumaged sub-adults; fulmars around The Mewstone; whitethroats and chiffchaffs (adults and fledglings) and a juvenile blackcap; a smart adult Mediterranean gull moulting into winter plumage roosting with black headed gulls on the beach before being disturbed by the usual dog walkers and flying off towards Plymouth (no leg rings present).

Notable was a trickle of Manx Shearwaters offshore, all flying west either singly or in pairs with the occasional group of up to 9. Most were distant but a few were close to the seaward side of The Mewstone. First noted at 11:45, by 13;45 the trickle had dried up with 34 counted in a 10 minute period and about 200 birds casually noted in total.

Also 100+ large whites over a field of yellow marigold-looking flowers, not good for vegetable growers!

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted July 27th, 2016 at 4:21 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Green Woodpecker

Nice comparison today in the garden of a rather faded adult Green Woodpecker and fresh (speckled) juv, notice the difference in eye colour.

Green Woodpecker (adult)Green Woodpecker (juv)

Posted July 26th, 2016 at 3:05 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Monday 25th July 2016

Dawlish Warren to Torbay

On a rising tide a visit to Cockwood overlooking the River Exe, 32 Sandwich Tern, 9 Mute Swan, 8 Cormorant and a handful of Curlew flying down the river.
 

From the Hide at Dawlish Warren 150 plus Sandwich Tern many of which were juveniles, one Common Tern, 26 Dunlin, Oyster Catchers beyond reasonable counting including one leucistic bird. Greater Black Backed Gulls, Canadian Geese, one Little Egret, several Pied Wagtails including juveniles.

On the shoreline 26 Sanderling.

Other species seen between the car park and the hide included Skylark, Whitethroat, Stonechat, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and a Green Woodpecker. Also a varied host of butterfly species.

Torquay coastal path, female Kestrel, family of Stonechat with parents feeding at least two young.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 3:51 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

West Charleton

Large numbers of Swifts, at least 1000 flying and feeding over crop fields around the edges of Charleton Marsh

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

West to East Soar

8 Wheatears on the clifftops, some juvs but two pristine adults at Middle Soar may have been first returning migrants. Willow Warbler on the airfield. 110 Linnets across area.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 2:34 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Torbay.

Over the last three mornings there has been a flock of 20 + Scoter in Torbay , probable be seen from Battery gardens , Brixham. These have been seen from a boat I was on. each time they have flown out of the Bay past Berry Head. Two pictures of young starlings in my garden, never realized how colourful they are.

   

Still have places on the Lyme bay trips if interested call 07866202576.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 2:17 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Sunday 24th July 2016

Little Owlet

Little Owlet photographed in East Devon today

 

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 10:17 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Juvenile cuckoo

Juvenile cuckoo being fed by meadow pipit on Dartmoor.

 

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 2:16 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:15 till 12:00

1 spotted redshank among good numbers of redshank , 27+ dunlin included 3 juv's, 1 Mediterranean gull among 800+ black headed gulls, 1 Avocet , 44+ whimbrel, 320+ curlew, 280+ black tailed godwits, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 12+ lapwing, 5+ common sandpipers, 10+ greenshanks, 4 wigeon , 2 little egrets.

from the viewing platform 

1 common Scoter  in mid estuary just off lympstone 

a quick look at goosemoor produced 30+ greenshanks , 50+ redshank, 4 whimbrel, 1 common sandpiper, 10+ little egrets 

 

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Plym estuary

High tide roost this morning:

10 Little Egret, 30 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Shelduck, 1 Kingfisher, 69 Redshank, 1 Greenshank. Swallows, House Martins and 2 Stock Dove around the estate.

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 10:41 am by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Stover

Plymouth RSPB visited Stover in the late evening Sat 23 July and saw 3 nightjars flying, probably heard more, mandarin duck, pair of great crested grebes with young and a glow-worm.

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 8:57 am by Vince Bedford in General Birding

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Dawlish Warren

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

100+ Sandwich Terns, Common Tern, 40+ Common Scoter, 50+ Dunlin, 29 Sanderling, 150+ Oystercatchers, Greenshank, Turnstone, 50+ Shag, 10+ Skylark, 30+ Linnet, 4 Stonechat, 2 Willow Warbler with several Curlew and Whimbrel along the railway embankment.

Common TernSandwich TernSanderling

 

 

Posted July 23rd, 2016 at 8:34 pm by David Boult in General Birding

South Pool Creek - Kingsbridge Estuary by kayak

10 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper & 2 Kingfisher.

Posted July 23rd, 2016 at 4:10 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

HomeFarmMarsh,Salt pill.

Fri 22 good morning sightings with all the usual with a kingfisher ,five sedge ,one Reed warbler at Saltpill,lots of white throats around with a lesser in the bushes along the estuary,38 species seen.

Posted July 23rd, 2016 at 11:29 am by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

skern

47 med gulls,25  ads,8 ss,10fs,4 juvs.Also 2 juv yellow wagtails,ad knot single common&sandwich terns,07:00-08:45

Posted July 23rd, 2016 at 10:02 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 22nd July 2016

Jackdaw

C. 800 Jackdaws circling over Ashburton at 8:30pm.

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Sam forest in General Birding

Instow Med' Gulls

A few Med' Gull visible even at low tide around the cricket club, roosting on the rocks. One had a red, coded colour ring. Unreadable with binoculars but 'red on a Med' = eastern European project so far as CR-birding website is concerned. Heading back at high tide to hopefully get the code with scope. N Devon birders I highly recommend ring reading these birds as they're almost always overseas recoveries and it's massively valuable science and rewarding to spot the same gulls year on year.

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 6:27 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

West Charleton

500+ Swifts moving south around midday.

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 2:38 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

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