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

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Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

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

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Membership

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

Thursday 14th July 2016

Bowling Green to Buckfastleigh

My usual lunchtime visit to Bowling Green was just before the peak of the high tide so would have missed a lot of birds there. The best though was my first Green Sandpiper of the season with a single Common Sandpiper for comparison, also a single 2nd yr Mediterranean Gull was in the Black-headed flock. The 50+ motley moulting Mallards showed that they were completely incapable of flight when a Buzzard passed overhead and they all Ran from one end of the scrape to the other.

At Buckfastleigh in the early evening a flock of 50+ Swift with a handful of House Martin was quite a sight.

Posted July 14th, 2016 at 11:18 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Pottington

5 Black tailed Godwits in summer plumage.


Posted July 14th, 2016 at 9:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exmouth

Exmouth - juv Yellow-legged Gull - Exmouth Seafront. Also 1 Little Tern and 1 Common Tern. See www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk for photos.

Posted July 14th, 2016 at 5:15 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Wednesday 13th July 2016

Chivenor - Taw Estuary

2 Knot searching for food on the Taw Estuary late aft.


Posted July 13th, 2016 at 9:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Broadsands

2 juvenile Yellow- legged Gulls on beach with Herring Gulls including juveniles also 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull.

Yellow-legged Gull Broadsands 13 Jul 2016 ML Yellow-legged Gull 2 Broadsands 13 Jul 2016 ML

Yellow Legged Gull juv 1 above and below                            Yellow Legged Gull juv 2 above and below  

Yellow-legged Gull Broadsands 13 Jul 2016 ML  Yellow-legged Gull 2 Broadsands 13 Jul 2016 ML

Posted July 13th, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Good day at Lower Tamar Today, saw 2 Grey Heron in flight  (quite the sight) 3 Grebes with 1 on nest, 2 Coots, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Tit with juvenile, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Shag, 5 Swallow, 6 Mallard, 2 Green Finch, many House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Blue finch with juveniles at car park bird feeders.

Eds: Blue Tit??

Posted July 13th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Harry Shadwell in Bird News

Tuesday 12th July 2016

Goodrington, Torbay

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on beach with Herring Gulls - including many recently fledged Herring Gulls.

  

  

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 8:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saltram & Plym Estuary. 12/7/16

No Pelican. Cormorant, Shelduck family (2a 5y), Black Headed Gulls, Curlews, Little Egrets, Herring Gulls, Robins, Blackbirds, Crows, Mallards (m) in Eclipse, Mandarins (m) in eclipse, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Wood Pigeons.

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 7:57 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the mid-day high-tide.

6-Common Sandpipers, Spotted Redshank, 15-Greenshank, c150-Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, c100-Black-tailed Godwits, 2-Whimbrel, 8-Lapwing, 2-Oystercatchers, 3-Mediterranean Gulls ( 2 ad + 1 fs), Common Gull, c700-Black-headed Gulls, Grey Heron, Buzzard, 10-Swallows and c40-House Martins.

From the viewing platform c30-Whimbrel, c250-Curlew, 8-Bar-tailed Godwits.

Common Sandpiper

Grey Heron

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Heddons Mouth and Trentishoe.

Late post for yesterday. Lovely walk down to the mouth.Grey Wagtail and Dipper. Lots of Razorbills around, in flight and in rafts on the sea. Gannet past mouth, close in.

Trentishoe lots of family's of Stonechats and a brief glimpse of a rufous tail, Redstart? but not sure if male or female.

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 12:51 pm by Karen Sims John Towers & Pete Evans in Bird News

Monday 11th July 2016

Teigngrace

 12 Sand Martins, 2 Kingfishers and 9 Juvenile Goosander on the Teign this evening.

Goosander
Goosander

Posted July 11th, 2016 at 10:27 pm by Chris Godfrey in Bird News

Collared Pratincole

I received an email today to say a Collared Pratincole was seen yesterday at Ham Wall in Somerset!

Posted July 11th, 2016 at 9:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Preston Torbay

At last a Mediterranean Gull in Torbay (not one of the headlands), I'm expect a run of them now.. in early July last year there were dozens! 

Mediterranean & Black-headed Gull Preston Beach 11 July 2016 ML

Posted July 11th, 2016 at 3:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Dalmatian Pelican seen flying down the Plym towards Laira Bridge at 12:40

Posted July 11th, 2016 at 1:53 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Sunday 10th July 2016

Dalmatian Pelican- Cornwall

Admin please remove if your not happy with this post given that the bird is still in Cornwall.

But for those interested the Dalmatian Pelican was seen today on the River Lyhner below St Erth Farm, visible across the water from about 100 yards (towards Devon) from Wacker Quay.

Just for a sense of scale the white bird in the tree was a Little Egret.

Posted July 10th, 2016 at 3:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rillage Point 9th & 10th

Quiet up here on the north coast too. Yesterday evening: 2 Med Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv) W and 9 Dunlins (passage flock of breeding plumage ads) also heading W. Early today: 125 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Gannets, 16 Black-headed Gulls (pasage W; all ads), 2 Curlews W.

Posted July 10th, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Head

Very quiet seawatch this morning the best birds being 1 fs Med Gull, 8 Common Scoter >S, 1 >N, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Dunlin, 20+ Swifts >S early on & 7-8 Harbour porpoise off the headland

Posted July 10th, 2016 at 1:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Just a quick walk around the estuary & Blaxton Meadow before meeting the wife at Sainsburys produced the following: 1 ad Med Gull, 2 Whimbrel, 23 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 39 Redshank, 1 Shelduck with 5 juv, 8 Little Egret, 5 Common Sandpiper and 2 kingfisher.

Posted July 10th, 2016 at 11:15 am by Philip Phillips in Bird News

Saturday 9th July 2016

In the garden

Spent another day in the garden today and was rewarded with female blackcap and 3 young,  garden warblers which were hard to tell how many female bullfinch with 2 young, dunnock and young Robin. Also resident blackbird with white eyebrows. 

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 11:50 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Med Gull PRR2 at Skern.

I photographed this bird on 06.06.16 as it was feeding along the tide line at Westward Ho! It was ringed on 10.05.05 as an adult at it's nesting site in Poland .

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 6:09 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Torquay coastal

An early morning visit to the Torquay coast line, starting at Labrador Bay despite strong winds and poor visibility the location gave Skylarks, Cirl Buntings, Wren, Swift, 200 plus sized flock of Rooks feeding on a corn field, Peregrine and a pair of Bullfinch.
 
Looking out towards the Orestone gave a counted 19 Greater Black Back Gulls, 36 Cormorant which included several youngsters, two nests of Herring Gulls with chicks, in one nest the chicks were just about fully feathered and in the other recently hatched.
 
Meadfoot gave a pair of Rock Pipits with at least two dependant young.
 
 
 
Back at home a Marsh Tit on the feeders for the second day running, a pair of Great Tit with three young, other fledged youngsters included Jackdaw, Rook, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Blue Tits and Blackbirds.
 
Friday gave a Hobby as it passed by.

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Limekiln marsh,Iron bridge.

Green sandpipers up to 4 and joined by 5 Redshanks.    3 Med gulls off Bideford quay.

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

skern

25 med gulls today 20ads inc red ring PRR2,2ss,3fs.08:30-10:30

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 11:25 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Latest report on the Dalmatian Pelican.

It was spotted at Torpoint yesterday evening. It's getting closer.

Posted July 9th, 2016 at 8:23 am by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Friday 8th July 2016

Godborough

Visit this morning to look over the reserve that has had no volunteer work for a month. Looks good if the grass was a little long in places. Good numbers of  Marbled White, Ringlet and Meadow Brown butterflies. The three mallard ducklings are now a good size and still on the biggest pond. Other birds today included a good brood of Long tailed Tits, Willow Warblers, Coal, Blue & Great Tit, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker. Peregrine &  Swift flying over.

Work will start again soon to tidy up and continue the reserve work planned for the rest of the year.

Anyone who lives in the Bideford, Barnstaple and Braunton area who would like to volunteer  on the reserve are most welcome.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 10:22 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

little ringed plover

2 at skern this evening then onto tip pool along with 27 med gulls feeding over fish in estuary,18 ads,3ss,6fs,20:-21:30

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Little owl

Little owl seen three times this week (Rattery)

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 8:19 pm by Ian samuel in Bird News

Iron bridge,Landcross,Bideford.

Two Green Sandplpers on Limekiln marsh,    Med. gulls 6 adults on high tide roost with Black hdds. In front of Limekiln and interestingly a Muscovy duck with a brood of 12 on the banks of the river Torridge towards Bideford.

yesterday 12 Med gulls on Instow rocks at high tide.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 5:24 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Dartington

A Common Sandpiper Bidwell Brook at Shinners Bridge, Dartington this morning (by the shops) along with the usual Grey Wags, Dippers and now well grown young Moorhens.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 2:29 pm in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

At Lower Tamar Lake this morning in virtual autumnal conditions:-

3 Blackcaps, 1 male Bullfinch, Blackbirds, and Chaffinches, 4 Rooks, 2 Ravens, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Mallard including well-grown young, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Jay, 2 Magpies, Wood Pigeons, 30+ Swallows, 1 Gadwall and 2 Stoats.

Further to Carol Mittenburd's comment on yesterday's post  I would agree that there is a definite absence of Swifts and hirundines (see my post of about six weeks ago an this matter).   I surmise that during their main migration period there was a major weather related block over the continent and that the majority have remained there to breed.   Those I saw today at Tamar Lake were the first for some while.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 1:44 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Hirundines

BTO Birdtrack (http://blx1.bto.org/birdtrack/main/data-home.jsp) has a feature on the home page for checking weekly reporting rates of a species in the current year against historical average reporting rate for the same week of the year. Typing in Swallow, House Martin and Swift (the rogue non-hirundine) all show a lower than average reporting rate for much of the 2016 summer, but interestingly reporting rates for all three of these species have just this week been back to typical levels - higher productivity/fledging? Sand Martin has been very different to the rest and is seeing higher than average reporting rate this year.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 10:34 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Hartland Point

Spent the night at Hartland - we trapped and ringed 18 Storm Petrels in poor weather conditions.

Posted July 8th, 2016 at 8:19 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

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