Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th May 2017

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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.

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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.

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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

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Sunday 14th May 2017

Cann Nightjars

Had my first sighting of Nightjar (and heard first churring) this evening, with 2 males & 2 females seen and 3 others heard, on my 7th attempt since 23rd April. 

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 11:13 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Occombe

Maybe it was the rain on Saturday followed by the glorious sunshine this morning but the bluebells were fantastic here today. Also enjoying the sunshine were a vixen and cub. Birds of note included: a pair of Mute Swans flying over, and a pair of Mallards, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, a Long Tailed Tit and Coal Tit were clearly busy collecting insects to take back to their nests, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, 2 Swallows, 3 House Sparrows, Pheasant, 3 Chiffchaff , Bullfinch and a Blackcap.

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 9:51 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Meldon Reservoir and West Okement River Valley

10.00-16.00

4 Cuckoos (3 males and a grey morph female), 5 Wheatear (4 males and a female), 4 Grey Wagtails, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, 2 Ravens, Mistle Thrush, 4 Stonechats, Blackbird, Skylark, 10+ Meadow Pipits.  Linnets, Willow Warblers and Redstarts calling.

Detour home via Dawlish Warren for the E Subalpine Warbler.  Arrived at 5.00pm.  At 5.50pm after much skulking, singing and alarm calling from cover, the bird became mobile and more showy.  Eventually flew out into the open for a couple of minutes and sung its heart out for the three remaining birders. 

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 8:45 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Cuckoo Ball - Bittaford

Just for Chris M, as he mentions the bird, a pic I took yesterday of a bright yellowhammer, one of 3 I saw in the Cuckoo Ball area. Also a linnet and meadow pipit. I also saw a wheatear, several skylark, a jay and 2 buzzard, together with an all too brief sight of the reported woodchat shrike on barbed wire, near where Chris  looks to have taken his photo. Sadly it flew off as I approached and I could not relocate it. This area is fairly close to me, but I have not visited before. I gained access by taking the first lane on the right after leaving Bittaford towards Ivybridge. There is limited parking at the top of the lane giving direct access to the Moor. Cuckoo Ball is behind the old Moorhaven Hospital. Tom M, who I met there yesterday before I saw the shrike, had walked in from another access site at Wrangaton Golf Club. Hope that helps any other birders visiting for the first time.

Yellowhammer - Cuckoo Ball - 13/5/2017Linnet - Cuckoo Ball - 13/5/2017Meadow Pipit -Cuckoo Ball - 13/5/2017
           Yellowhammer                                           Linnet                          Meadow Pipit -Cuckoo Ball - 13/5/2017

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 7:17 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Dawlish Warren

Caught up with the EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER around 10.30, where a number of birders had already gathered, thanks to Mark Bailey and his running commentary on the birds movements. It was calling and moving from Hawthorn to Apple Tree on the back track between the main pond and the golf course. Tricky bird to get a decent shot of as it was best to keep some distance from it. The general public at large were being frantically waved at to go the other way. Anyway, a very exciting tick for my list. Well done to Ivan for initially spotting it.

  

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 3:23 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Woodchat Shrike

At 08:00 the female Woodchat Shrike ranging widely over Cuckoo Ball nr Bittaford.  Her position occasionally given away by harrying Meadow Pipit.  Also there a calling Cuckoo, Wheatear and a super Yellowhammer.

I've attached a shaky photo with another of the tree it was sitting in taken from the same  spot showing that you don't have to disturb birds just to get a snap.

 

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 11:57 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Cuckoo Ball, Ivybridge

Woodchat Shrike at Cuckoo Ball again this morning. Mobile but showing well to 9.30 am at least. Mainly frequenting fence line and gorse clumps around ancient burial chamber towards the top of the hill. Happily catching beetles and attracting the agitated attentions of local Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. Good views of Cuckoo here too. 

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 11:56 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

A singing male EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER found by IL, present on and off, favouring 2 hawthorn bushes on back path behind main pond, showing every hour or so, ( seen upto 7.35, 8.25-8.50, 9.45-10.05 and again 11.25) seen song flighting as well . it's also been seen at edge of main pond , the entrance bushes near visitor centre and on the golf course

 

Posted May 14th, 2017 at 11:37 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Saturday 13th May 2017

Otterton Sewage works

An evening sea watch produced 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua and circa 50 Manx Shearwater. A group of 15 Common Scoter made up the supporting cast. 

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 10:02 pm in Bird News

Lundy on Saturday

James McCarthy tweeted with news of 25+ Spotted Flycatchers (one of the highest spring counts of recent years), as well as 3 Whitethroats and single Blackcap and Garden Warbler, on the island today.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 6:24 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Malmsmead near Lynton.

On the Devon side of the valley,1pied flycatcher,1spotted flycatcher,6male redstart,2female redstart 5 swift,swallows,martins,cuckoo,treecreeper,nuthatch,blackcaps,willow warblers,chiffchaffs,grey wagtail,dippers and goldcrest.lovely day but had to spend time and patience to see these birds,it was quite windy and often overcast.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 6:13 pm by john elvin in Bird News

Woodchat Shrike

Late post - Woodchat Shrike at Cuckoo Ball near Ivybridge since Thursday

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 5:43 pm by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Hobby - Peter Tavy

Hobby flew over Peter Tavy this morning being chased by 4 House Martins and managed to grab a shot of him before he disappeared into a line of trees.

Hobby
Hobby

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 5:20 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Montagu's Harrier, Charleton Parish (Kingsbridge)

1 female Montagu's Harrier south through Charleton Parish at 14:35 hours today (Saturday), either flew down Frogmore Creek or continued on south towards South Pool, local cereal fields along Frogmore Creek checked but no further sightings.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 4:14 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Prawle Point Seawatch

Watched from about 7:30 to 10:00am, met Mark Darlaston at the point.  As Mark set up his scope a Balearic Shearwater, which I couldn't find at all, just happened into his line of sight. About 08:00 two Pomarine Skuas headed west, later these or another two headed back east.  One was a pale phase, and the other that I took to be a dark phase bird was a much rarer intermediate type. 100+ Manx Shearwater, one Great Nothern Diver and an unidentified Red/Black Throated Diver, mostly west. Lots of Gannet and Kittiwake and auks were constant.  The oddest was a juv/female Marsh Harrier that come over the point and headed due south low over the sea 'til it was lost to sight.

Near the car park was my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year.

On the way home passed by South Huish in hope of a Yellow Wagtail, but was rewarded with a single Avocet on the back scrape!

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 3:15 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

West Soar

Bonxie flying east offshore mid-morning - patch tick! Also Fulmar & 34 Gannet. Spotted Flycatcher in Soar Mill Valley. Also: 2 Green Hairstreak.

Later at home in Harleston: Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring on Red Valerian.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 2:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head: 09:00 - 10:00

Further to Andy Smith's post, stayed a further hour: 4 Little Tern > N (09:10); c.20 Common Dolphin; 4 Small Blue; 3 Common Blue; 1 Holly Blue; 1 Wall; 1 Green-veined White.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 1:55 pm by Dave Holloway in Bird News

Berry Head

Sea watching, 7 to 9 am with Dave Holloway: 1 pale ad. Pomarine Skua (at 7.45), 1 Black Tern (8.45), 1 summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver (flew into Tor Bay), an intermittent trickle of Manx Shearwaters and Kittiwakes, a few Porpoises close in and a Tree Pipit in off the sea.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 12:50 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

7 Swifts over the marshes by the Toll House earlier this morning.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 12:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Lundy

Great to read Jo King's post below. Additional info. on this week's sightings can be found at http://lundybirds.blogspot.co.uk/ Forecast looking pretty good and the East Side combes should be nicely sheltered from the SW wind. Will post an update here later on if there is any further Lundy news from today. Hope everyone has a great time tomorrow.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 11:30 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Lundy 3 day stay

Just back from 3 day stay at Lundy and as Devon Birds are visiting tomorrow thought it might be useful to post some of my sightings. Many were similar to Jon Turner's post on 1 May, particularly the sea birds, but with a few different encounters:-

Female Ringed Ouzel above lower Bluebell carpeted East coast path. Feeding in the steep felled area where Rhododendrums were cleared & burned - about 1/2-3/4 hr walk from Gvt House & before Quarry. Lots of Sika Deer feeding on these slopes. 

4 Ringed Plover flew in and landed on Eastern rugged area between 1/4 & 1/2way wall (apparently scarce on Lundy per log book)

Dozens of Seals basking in sun, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Flycatchers on rocks and hillside around Northern Light House. In Jenny's Cove, Razorbills, Guillemots, Fulmars, Puffins and Kittiwakes. Most are quite distant.

We stayed at Government House and found the garden and area down to Millcombe to be a good site with several Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatchers, Willow Warblers, Linnets, Chiffchaff, Blackcaps and House Sparrows using nest boxes. Soay Sheep also feeding around here (never heard or saw the Grasshopper Warbler)

Spotted Flycatchers around Castle area.

Skylarks basking in sun along the footpaths at lunch time so good close ups. Meadow Pipits displaying. Linnets singing

Variety of Wheatear scattered all over.

Have fun!

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 9:01 am by Jo King in Bird News

Swifts Brixham

At 2.30 yesterday afternoon 30 + Swifts over Brixham Marina, calling , great to hear. 07.45 this morning another group of  20 + Swifts over my house in Brixham .  A report yesterday afternoon of a Yellow Hammer near southern fort Berry Head, not seen them for many years on BH.

Posted May 13th, 2017 at 8:38 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Friday 12th May 2017

Prawle Point and South Huish

Seawatch from 7am till 11am. Forecast SSW and showers but weather remained SW,misty at times but no showers !

Adult Pomarine Skua,pale phase,at 9.55 east ( later,presumed same,west at 11.05). Arctic Skua dark phase east at 10.45 and a Bonxie west at 8.20am. 2 Great Northern Divers in summer plumage west at 10.40. Also 34 Common Scoters east and 196 Manx Shearwaters west ( includes group of 90+ birds) And a pod of min.12 Common Dolphins surfacing and leaping acrobatically. At the edge of the reserve my first Spotted Flycatcher at Prawle and a female Wheatear.

Arrived at South Huish at 12.45 and rain soon started. No reports of yesterday's Purple Heron but I did see the male Garganey, a female Yellow Wagtail, the Avocet, the Cattle Egret ,4 Dunlin and a White Wagtail.Also 20+ House Martins,15+Swallows and 2 Sand Martins.

 

Posted May 12th, 2017 at 6:54 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Soussons Plantation-Golden Dagger

9 members of DB attended the morning fieldtrip starting at Ephraim's Pinch on the SE corner and covering the eastern side returning via Soussons Farm.  Due to several members not being able to locate the rendezvous we were initially split into two groups until we joined up later and the two subsequently found different bird species.  Crossbills and Redstart were found by one group and Tree Pipits, Stock Dove and Garden Warblers by the second.  Several of the latter warblers were heard and seen and were plentiful in the woodlands plus Willow Warbler.  Green Woodpecker and Gt Spotted Woodpecker present.  Cuckoo only heard very briefly and at a distance.  Stonechat, Reed Bunting and Whinchat located on the open moorland.

Later four of us dropped into Challacombe Farm on the way home and quickly located 3-4 Spotted Flycatcher, a pair of Redstart, Pied Flycatcher (heard) and on the open moor, Wheatear.  A good morning in spite of occasional mist and drizzle. 

Posted May 12th, 2017 at 5:51 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Bovisand

Seawatching from Penlee, Cornwall, watched one of the Pomarine Skuas seen, fly cross border towards Bovisand Bay. An adult pale phase with "spoons".

Posted May 12th, 2017 at 4:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Serin in Shaugh?

During lunch at home today in Shaugh Prior we were amazed to see what appears to be a male Serin on our front patio. It pecked at chickweed for about 5 minutes, went up into a birch and we haven't seen it since!

Posted May 12th, 2017 at 1:44 pm by Rob Hubble & Stella Tracey in Bird News

Berry Head: 06:00 - 09:30

2 Pomarine Skuas (both light phase, 1 ad, 1 2nd yr?, no"spoon",  c.08:45); 1 Gt Skua (chasing a Gannet, a Gt B-b Gull, then a Herring Gull, c. 07:00 -07:30); at least 31 Manx Shearwater; 10 Common Scoter (flew S and landed off head, c. 09:15, then flew back N, c.09:30).

Posted May 12th, 2017 at 12:33 pm by Dave Holloway in Bird News

Thursday 11th May 2017

Okehampton

Several Swifts seen this evening flying around over Okehampton. Earlier this afternoon between Okehampton and Meldon, I also saw a Red Kite circling close to a Buzzzard.

Posted May 11th, 2017 at 8:15 pm by Mike Jones in Bird News

Skern/Northam Burrows 8th May

Sorry this a late post.  Beautiful late afternoon/early evening with large flocks of Dunlin and ringed plover. Mixed in with them were some Knot, 11 whimbrel and dogs. I asked the couple with the four dogs if they would mind stopping their dogs chasing the birds to no avail whilst the owners of the other dog just stared with pride. 



Posted May 11th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Cycled from Braunton on a circular route this morning along the Toll Road & American Road to Saunton village.

From the south end of Braunton Burrows to the north end the air was alive with the sound of bird song. Perfect weather conditions with no wind, warm & humid with a few spits & spots of rain from time to time  A great place at this time of year to practise your bird song skills.

The numbers of species counted this morning is only a proportion of the numbers present on the Burrows at the present time, recorded within a distance of 100 metres or so from the road or paths.

28 Common Whitethroat, sadly only 3 Lesser Whitethroat, lower numbers than last year, still 2 on the Tarka trail between Braunton & Barnstaple a few days ago. 33 Willow Wablers, 23 Blackcap, 22 Chiffchaff & a few Sedge Warbler.

Sadly, no Cuckoo heard this morning.

Posted May 11th, 2017 at 2:53 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch totals 0600-0830hrs: 1 ad Long-tailed Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Puffin, 1Great Northern Diver, 11 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Sandwich Tern plus 20+ C Dolphin, 2 H Porpoise.

Also 2 Spotted Flycatchers

video of Pomarine Skua: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-fq7tEjqO8&feature=youtu.be 

poor footage of the Long-tailed Skua: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YAlTwEz4lU 

Posted May 11th, 2017 at 11:06 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 10th May 2017

South Huish

Bob Burridge found an Avocet and Yellow Wagtail at the back of the scrapes this morning.  The Avocet and another Yellow Wagtail were present at 6pm as well as 3 Whimbrel, 4 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 10:35 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Exminster Marshes 12:30 - 14:30

A saunter along the path to the Turf produced Sedge and Reed Warblers singing, some Common Whitethroats and a Lesser, see Nick Potters post. Good views of a male Kestrel and quite a few Lapwings, also four individual Hobbies, but then two in the same area highish above Lions's Rest Estate. Also one Whimbrel from the middle "car parking area", towards the canal.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 10:18 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

skern

Around 100 ringed plover,3 whimbrel 3 grey plover,turnstone.Saved a swallow from a window strike at work today on dartmoor.After half hour resting in a box i took outside and it flew of strongly hopefully joining its friends busily sorting nest sites on the farm.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 9:58 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 19:40

Started at the hide 2 male ruff showing well , 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull, 90+ black tailed godwit, 10 tufted duck, 3 gadwall, 10+ wigeon, good numbers of swift, house Martin and swallow moving through with a few sand martins.

With the tide coming in decided to go down to the viewing platform just as I got to the gate on the right of the lane just after 17:00 a group of swallow flew over had the briefest view of a possible Red Rumped swallow the bird had a pale rump but the light was bright and the view too short and despite looking had no more views so one which got away.

from the viewing platform as I got there Dave Boult had a possible stint just before I got there but we couldn't find it again so carried on looking through the waders as the tide came up. About 300+ dunlin, included 15+ sanderling, 4 ringed plover, 3+ knot, 60+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ grey plover, another male ruff, then got on a small wader just after 18:00 after checking the bird between us and with the birds getting more flighty it was clear it was a Little stint a good bird in the spring on the estuary good find by Dave.

A quick look back at the hide produced 2 more 1st summer Mediterranean gulls among 200+ black headed gulls, 25+ oystercatchers dropped in a good number for the marsh.

A good evenings birding 

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 9:28 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Horsey Island

Two visits (morning and early evening) today. Far too much water by the time I got there this morning, but still a few waders hiding on the far side. This evening's list: 50+ Dunlin 34 Ringed Plover, 15 Grey Plover, 2 sum plum Knot, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, and a summer plumage Turnstone, which was also seen last night after I left by Sue Bruce.

I was told there area 6 cygnets from the pair out along the Marsh road.

Event of the evening was seeing part (25) of the local flock of sheep stranded on the last tiny patch of grass on the saltmarsh just beyond the toll house. The tide was still rising, and eventually they took the plunge and all  made it to the embankment.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 8:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Castle Drogo.

Male pied flycatcher,chiffchaff,willow warbler,blackcap,tree creeper,nuthatch,Butterflies,Comma,peacock,green veined white,clouded yellow.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 7:14 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Morte Point

2 Lesser Whitethroat calling in shrubbery by the iron gates near the cemetery at 0600. Still there on return at 1045. also 2 Whimbrel on the Point.

  

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 2:28 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Along the railway line path this lunchtime a Lesser Whitethroat singing frequently but showing infrequently, moving either side of the railway line. I eventually got good views of it before a passing train flushed it from its perch.

Posted May 10th, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down

A morning visit to a very cold Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down with Keith Male, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Raven, numerous Goldcrest some of which were very vocal, Redstart 3, Wood Warbler 3 one collecting nesting material, Pied Flycatcher 9, one male having a normal metal BTO type ring and a gold coloured ring on the other leg, staff checking the nest boxes advised that at least one box contained dead chicks. Wren, pair of displaying Blackcap, Raven, Song and Mistle Thrush, Mandarin and Mallard duck.

On Trendlebere down Linnet 4+, at least three families of Stonechat, Tree Pipit 3, a Cuckoo flew over the top of us and flew into the top of Yarner wood some time later a second bird heard calling out on the moors, Yellowhammer 5+ and Willow Warbler 3+.

Sparrowhawk flew over the A38 at Ashburton.

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 9:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton waders

Seen on Saturday between Strete Gate and Memorial car park. Summer plummage Grey plover and a mixed flock of sanderling and ringed plover. Also present was a winter plumaged small wader with distinct decurved bill, either a dunlin with a more than average curve or curlew sandpiper, hoping someone else also saw it and can enlighten me. 

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 9:10 pm by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Plym Estuary

3 Whimbrels on the high tide tonight.

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 8:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Huish - Cattle Egrets

Eleven Cattle Egrets sighted at South Huish.  Initially in the field beyond the scrapes and later in a field with the cattle to the right of the scrapes.

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 7:18 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Horsey island

On the rising tide this afternoon: 50 Dunlin, 24 Ringed Plover, one each of Curlew, Whimbrel, Redshank and Sanderling and 2 Knot (one sum plum).,

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 6:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fingle Woods,Dartmoor

2 Garden Warbler - one singing. Now up to 13 Pied Fly Territories & 4 Redstarts. Female Goosander on river. No Wood Warblers here yet!

100+ Early Purple Orchids.

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Dunsdon Nature Reserve

Heard a cuckoo calling at Dunsdon Nature Reserve, well away from hotspots for the cuckoo.

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 3:15 pm by Paul Rendell in Bird News

Berry Head

Off the headland: 4 Great Northern Divers, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Common Scoter & 3 Harbour Porpoise

overhead: moving >E 39 Swift, 16 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 22 Swallow. 

 

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 11:44 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Broadsands - Elberry cove

2 whimbrel on rocks between elberry and broadsands this morning.

 

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 11:35 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

yarner wood / soussons - Yesterday

yarner: pied flys, grey wagtail, whitethroat, cuckoo heard, willow warb, chiffchaff, kestrel,buzzard.

soussons: stonechats, meadow pips, treepip, female and male whinchat ( what a beaut!), cuckoos 2/3 heard and 1 seen, willow warb, skylayrk,

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 9:16 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

Red Kite

Sorry for late post. On Sunday it was great to see a Red Kite circling over the Ten Tor teams as they came to the finish from Cosdon/Belsone

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 3:00 am by Richard Burston in Bird News

Monday 8th May 2017

Nightjars at last!

On our fifth evening visit to Cann Wood, Plympton since the last week of April, tonight we were rewarded by a single 'gooik!' call from an unseen nightjar.  We were also barked at by an invisible Roe buck who thought we were too close for comfort.

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 11:00 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Buckland Common, east Dartmoor

Birds on the common this afternoon included 1 redpoll, linnets, 2 pairs stonechat, abundant meadow pipit, 2 yellowhammer, willow wablers, several whitethroat, cuckoo heard, buzzards over. Other wildlife included 3+ emperor moth, 1 green hairstreak, 1 small fritillary sp., 1 fox, 1 roebuck. Back around the pine trees at the carpark around 6pm, songflighting redpolls, courting willow warblers & cuckoo (male and female).

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 10:40 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

skern

350/400 dunlin,9 sanderling,3 knot 1 barwit,9 grey plover

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 10:06 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Soar and South Huish

Soar - Swift, Spotted Flycatcher, Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warblers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, good views of Fox and c10 Bottlenose Dolphins off Bolberry

One Cattle Egret still on South Huish Marsh and also, Sand Martin, Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlins.

Fox Fox
Fox

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 8:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Horsey Island, Braunton Marsh

Not nearly as many birds this evening. Perhaps as many as 40-50 Dunlin,8-10 Ringed Plover, 18 Whimbrel, 15 Grey Plover, 2 White Wagtails, and best was a Knot approaching summer plumage.

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 8:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red kite over Hunters Inn

Spotted this red kite above Hunters Inn this afternoon. Further down in the valley a wood warbler was singing close to the road.

Red kiteWood Warbler
                                           Red kite                                                                   Wood Warbler

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 6:28 pm by R Gowen in Bird News

Corndon Tor, Dartmoor - 2 Cuckoo

Two ( seen in the air at the same time) mobile calling male cuckoo on Corndon Tor at 1610hrs today.

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 5:56 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Roborough Down 08/05/2017

At least 2 if not 3 very vocal Cuckoo's on the Down around lunctime, Heard but not seen. Apart from the Robins, Pied Wagtail, Stonechats, Blackbirds, Corvids, Linnets and Dunnocks. 

Others: Brimstone (m & F) on the wing with small whites, red admiral & peacocks. Spotted Orchid plants beginning to appear.

Posted May 8th, 2017 at 5:19 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Morte Point

0605 -1030. 33 species including 1 Reed Bunting (my 101 species this location), 1 Turnstone, 15 Manx Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 7 Whitethroat, 50+ House Martin, good number of Swallows, 1 Sparrowhawk. GBbGs outnumbered Herring Gulls.

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Posted May 8th, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

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