Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from June 2017

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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

Friday 30th June 2017

Goodrington

An early juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Goodrington beach this evening and 44 Common Scoter off shore (over half of flock male)

Yellow_Legged Gull juv Goodrington 300617 ML

Posted June 30th, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hartland Storm Petrel

Re the Storm Petrel I mentioned as a Control earlier in the week, I have had the details back from the BTO:

It was ringed on 14th August 2016 on the Calf of Man (probably at the bird observatory). It's almost due north of Hartland Point. Wonder where it's been in the interceding year?

Posted June 30th, 2017 at 10:01 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Broadsands

Yesterday evening two 2nd summer Mediterranean Gulls at N end of beach together with just 3 Black-headed Gulls.

Posted June 30th, 2017 at 9:03 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 29th June 2017

Horsey Island

Pyramid of at least 100 Starlings (not all in photos) & majority juveniles. 

 

Posted June 29th, 2017 at 6:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoore

From the hide this lunchtime, the highlights were 1 Whimbrel and 1 Green Sandpiper.

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was roosting over the high tide at Goosemoor.

Posted June 29th, 2017 at 3:42 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Damp early morning at Broadsands.

Better late than never.

Yesterday, 28/6/17, about 6.30 saw, heard and recorded a sedge warbler singing and also a cirl bunting. Was worth getting up early and getting soaked just for that.

Posted June 29th, 2017 at 10:24 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Wednesday 28th June 2017

A Question...

Apologies for this not being your usual post but I am trying to find out where I can submit records of breeding birds - if anyone knows I would be great full if you let me know!

Thanks

Ed. Please send to the recorder recorder@devonbirds.org . Some guidance here

Posted June 28th, 2017 at 5:43 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Taw Estuary

5 Meds on the Taw Estuary at low tide this aft & 1 cracking juv BH Gull. 100+ BH Gulls on the Taw Estuary now .

 

Posted June 27th, 2017 at 6:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

From the viewing platform this lunchtime, 3 Common Sandpipers and 3 Greenshank.

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was at Goosemoor.

Posted June 27th, 2017 at 4:41 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake.

2 Garden Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, Swallows, 1 Grey Wagtail collecting food, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Tufted Ducks.,

Banded Demoiselle, ,1 male Scarce Chaser, Blue tailed Damselflies, Common Blue Damselfly, 2+ Beautiful Damoiselles, many Ringlets all near the spillway/overflow adjacent to the dam wall

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted June 27th, 2017 at 4:32 pm by Harvey Kendall. in Bird News

Hartland Point

Spent the night ringing at Hartland point and caught 16 Storm Petrels, one of which was a Control from somewhere else.

Early morning set a few nets near the caravan and caught 2 Robins, 7 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted June 27th, 2017 at 10:37 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 26th June 2017

Godborough Reserve Bideford , Hobby

1 Hobby at the reserve this morning .  Hunting over the field just above Turners wood , I had a good view of it catching & eating on the wing .  

Posted June 26th, 2017 at 10:13 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Gull time.

At least 17 med glls tonight at the skern.9 ads,5 2s,3 fs.or 100 black headed all over the baitfish following the calmer conditions today.Also male sparrowhawk which flew close enough to the car i could see its eyeys.18 pied wagtails on beach.18:40-21:00

Posted June 26th, 2017 at 9:26 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

bowling green marsh

med gulls 3 adults and 1st winterish

Posted June 26th, 2017 at 2:40 pm by wills j in Bird News

Sunday 25th June 2017

Hobby ~ South Brent

Just on 9pm a very low flying Hobby over the garden at South Brent being mobbed by a small flock of Swallows

Posted June 25th, 2017 at 9:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator/Braunton

Yesterday (Saturday) in the reserve the Little Grebes finally have a family - so 6 on the day list. Didn't see them all today, but a good number of Butterflies this afternoon: Large and Small White, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady and the first Ringlet.

When I got home, this rather beautiful Dark-green Fritillary was on the Buddleia. Never seen one in the garden before.

Posted June 25th, 2017 at 6:10 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

HMS Cambridge

Lunch time walk from Heybrook Bay to HMS Cambridge. Lots of Stonechats, Linnet, Whitethroat, Oystercatcher, Rock Pipet, 2 Herons, 3 Egrets, a Curlew. Lots of Butterflies that i don't know the names of.

WhitethroatMeadow BrownStonechat

Posted June 25th, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

ringneck parakeet

30 pluss ringneck parakeet central park this morning

Posted June 25th, 2017 at 10:07 am by ringneck parakeet in Bird News

Saturday 24th June 2017

Saunton Sands

1 1st summer Little Gull on the sands this morning in the drizzle, a real little beauty!

Thank you Mike (ML) for confirming id & age of this bird, I could not find an exact match in any of my field guides. Mike said they do vary hugely in plumage & a normal field guide cannot cover all variation.

Posted June 24th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common (East Devon)

6 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended this mornings fieldtrip around the common and hopefully no one turned up at Exminster after the venue was changed due to road closure at Exeter (all present had seen the change of venue given on this website).

21 species were counted and included proof of breeding for Linnet, Stonechat and Gt Spotted Woodpecker with juveniles seen.  Tree Pipit, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker and 6 Yellow Hammer were found and were the main interest.  Dartford Warbler were elusive and only one 'possible' was seen at a distance.   

To add a challenge to our morning, all 21 species were listed according to the BTO standard two letter species codes as follows:

LI SL B. ST C. BF CC BC R. WW GS  SC Y. G. CT TP WP GO J. GR BZ

The last two (Green Finch and Buzzard were added to the list at the car park after the group broke up.

Posted June 24th, 2017 at 3:54 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

skern

late post from yesterday.7 med gulls 6ads, 2s 18:00 along with 15 black headed.

Posted June 24th, 2017 at 1:16 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Friday 23rd June 2017

Lower Tamar Lake

Late posting

Lower Tamar Lake yesterday (22nd June) --

2 Garden Warblers, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Chiffchaffs in song. 6 Willow Warblers singing, 1 Jay, 1 Magpie, 1 Buzzard, 1 Wren, Blue and Great Tits. several Swallows, 1 Blackcap.

Plus:  Azure Damselfly, Blue tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Banded Damoselle,Broad bodied Chaser, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Green Veined White, Large and Small Whites.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted June 23rd, 2017 at 8:36 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Common Redshank C73 - Turf Hotel to the Netherlands

Apologies for longer post, but I hope members will appreciate the reason.

This is an update on an interesting story and several sightings of a Common Redshank at Turf Hotel, Exe Estuary by various birders over the years.  

On 14th December 2016 I photographed a Common Redshank ringed C73 at Turf Hotel and reported it to the project coordinator in the Netherlands, Wim Tijsen.  He responded immediately, very excited as this was the first sighting that winter of a very special Redshank.  He told me it was her 13th Winter at Turf Hotel and she is the Daughter of the Widow of 'Ol Bill' - 'Ol bill was apparently the oldest Common Redshank recorded in Europe - 19 years old.

C73 likes to spend her winters at Turf Hotel before she returns to the Netherlands to find a partner and breed. This summer she found a younger partner and laid eggs, but unfortunately the nest was predated.   

However, C73 is a tough and resilient little bird.  She went on to try again and today Wim has tweeted the photo of her very late chicks.  What an amazing little bird she is!  

She has now featured in the top Ornithology Journal in the Netherlands and Wim is currently notifying the Dutch media.  I felt that Devon and the Exe Estuary deserves some recognition for playing its' part in her wellbeing all these years too, so I wanted to share the story here.  

So please look out for C73 this winter if you're at Turf Hotel and let Wim know if you see her.

Common Redshank C73 near Turf Hotel, Exe EstuaryThe very late chicks of C73
Common Redshank C73 near Turf Hotel, Exe Est                                 The very late chicks of C73

Posted June 23rd, 2017 at 12:14 am by Jo King in Bird News

Thursday 22nd June 2017

Alpine Swift

I'm pretty sure I spotted an Alpine swift over Otter nurseries this afternoon. Familiar with Hobby's which we see around Stockland regularly, this bird just outside Ottery St Mary was like a very large swift with a short forked tail. Just wondered if anyone else spotted it.

Posted June 22nd, 2017 at 9:53 pm by alasdair bruce in Bird News

River Dart and Yarner Woods, 22 June

On the River Dart between Riverford Bridge and the old weir upstream: 1 adult and 1 juvenile Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper, 2 juvenile Mandarin ducks. Also possible evidence of both Otter and Salmon in the area with 2 Salmon corpses. At Yarner Woods 3 separate pairs of Redstart feeding young in nests, 2 male Yellowhammer and 1 female Yellowhammer carrying food to nest and a male Stonechat on the downs.

Salmon corpse.Male Redstart

Female Redstart


               Salmon corpse                                    Male Redstart                                    Female Redstart

Posted June 22nd, 2017 at 9:24 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Change to Fieldtrip Programme (EAST Devon Branch) for Sat 24 June.

The venue for the planned fieldtrip to Powderham Marsh, Exminster, scheduled for Sat 24 June has been changed due to ROAD CLOSURES at COUNTESS WEAR, EXETER from 10pm Friday to 5am Monday.  We will now meet at Joney's Cross Car Park (Grid Ref  SY056897) at 09.30am for a visit to AYLESBEARE COMMON.  Anyone coming from west of the estuary should use the motorway as congestion may be expected through Exeter. 

Decision to change venue made jointly by Geoff Green and Jonathan Ruscoe.

Posted June 22nd, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Skern

6 med gulls this evening.3 ads,3fs 18.30 

 

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 11:11 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Aish Tor, 21.6.17

Another hot one with the first High Brown Fritillary on the wing at 06:25. Birds included: 3 singing Garden Warblers; at least 2 singing Tree Pipits; a singing Whitethroat; a singing Yellowhammer.

High Brown FritillaryDark Green FritillaryDark Green Fritillary

                High Brown Fritillary                         Dark Green Fritillary                             Dark Green Fritillary

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 10:44 pm by Dave Holloway in Bird News

River Dart Staverton

An evening walk along the Dart produced 5-6 Grey Wagtails, 2 Dippers, numerous Swallows, Swifts, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Mallard, Wren, House Sparrows, Greenfinch, Jackdaws,Chaffinch, Blackbirds and several Goldfinch.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 10:35 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Yelverton

Red Kite circled over Yelverton this afternoon.  (Mike Beales)

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 10:15 pm in Bird News

dozen swifts over Whipton Exeter

dozen swifts over Whipton Exeter

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 10:15 pm by Jon Tagg in Bird News

Moreleigh

Red Kite circling over the new solar farm at Moreleigh ( South Hams ) 16:20 pm.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 5:41 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Peregrine

Sitting in my back garden at Bovey Tracey, at 17.20, alerted by the cries of Herring gull - flying low over the garden came a peregrine clutching a downy gull chick with two adul tgulls in pursuit. Not something you see every day!

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 5:31 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Red Kite, Exeter

Just seen a Red Kite circling on a thermal above County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter. Then it headed off eastwards.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 4:44 pm by Sam Stripp in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was showing well for a while this lunchtime. It flew to Goosemoor briefly before settling back down out of sight in the far right hand corner of the marsh. 1 juv Black-headed Gull in amongst the adults.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 3:44 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Half a white-winged Gull

Herring Gull around the University that got me going a bit today as it had one white wing so from one side looked like a Glaucous/Iceland. Then as it turned, the other side was normal. Just as a word of caution to Plymouth birders!

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 1:48 pm in Bird News

valley of rocks Lynton

Red Kite 8-30am high over the valley but some lovely photos.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 10:05 am by John Elvin in Bird News

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Great White Egret at BGM

Just to add to Mark's earlier post the Great White Egret flew back onto BGM at 20:45 then chased out again by Grey Heron with good views from the viewing platform on the Clyst estuary before heading back towards BGM again after 21:04 but unable to relocate. Also fs Mediterranean Gull and male Pochard in BGM and sp Spotted Redshank from viewing platform.

Great White Egret on Clyst estuaryGreat White Egret flying into BGM


                      Great White Egret on Clyst estuary                             Great White Egret flying into BGM

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 11:54 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Shirwell

One red kite flying low over shirwell.

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 8:47 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Red kite

Red kite,, behind Barn owl pub/kingskerswell bypass...11.09am.. Heading towards Abbotskerswell

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 6:59 pm by Jon Pring in Bird News

bowling green marsh monday19th june

spotted redshank full s/plum med gull 2nd winter/is sandwich tern 8 

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 3:39 pm by wills john in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - Great Egret

It was fairly quiet this lunchtime at Bowling Green Marsh until a Great Egret dropped in at about 2.05. It was still there when I left about 2.25. Black-headed Gull numbers are starting to build up. A male Pochard also. 

Yesterday lunchtime a group of at least 7 Sandwich Terns dropped in.

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 2:47 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Monday 19th June 2017

Barn Owl ~ South Brent

From just after 11pm for the last two nights I have been hearing a loud churring call from a bird flying around the house and across Hillside, my Barn owls in particular have been calling and responding to this bird which I assumed was an owl possibly a Little owl but could not identify the call it was making which was a richer more vibrant chur than that of a Nightjar.

Tonight I was all set to try and identify it and sure enough it arrived around 11.10pm flying well above the tree tops which are over 15m I managed to get a lamp on it twice as it circled around and it is a Barn owl, the first one I have seen from home.

Now that I know what it is I am of to bed ....

Posted June 19th, 2017 at 11:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exeter Peregrines

Both female juveniles have now fledged, with the second one leaving the nest this morning.

The second Juvenile female (PP)The first female juvenile (PM) being fed.

Lunch arrives



Posted June 19th, 2017 at 11:35 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Plymouth to Princetown

Cycled via Plym Bridge to Princetown and back via Burrator. A total of 19 Wheatears, 3 Marsh Tits, 2 female Mandarin Ducks each with 2 ducklings, Spotted Flycatcher, 6 each of Siskins and Lesser Redpoll, Dipper, 3 Grey Wagtails, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoos heard, 3+ Tree Pipits, Reed Bunting and 2 juv Peregrines with an adult at the Cann Quarry nest watch point.

Posted June 19th, 2017 at 7:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Nightjars

Sorry about the late post but at the weekend at about 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm was 1 or possibly 2 nightjars 'churring' at Kennick Reservoir (one of the Hennock Reservoirs). We where told that they will call between 11:00 pm and 3:00 am most nights.

Posted June 19th, 2017 at 5:34 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Red Kites near Shute

3 red kites hanging out on the thermals in the Umborne valley as I type (2.50pm) .  1 flew by on Friday and must have told his friends ! 

Posted June 19th, 2017 at 2:53 pm by carol miltenburg in Bird News

Exminster red kites

Two red kites over village at 11.45 today.

Posted June 19th, 2017 at 1:00 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Sunday 18th June 2017

Combe Martin Red Kite

11.15 this morning, a solitary Red Kite wafted serenely high over Combe Martin (1000ft), floating gently eastwards.

Posted June 18th, 2017 at 11:25 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

Saturday 17th June 2017

Week, Dartington. 17 June 2017

Tawny Owl just appeared in the garden tonight. Have heard them before but not seen them.

Tawny OwlTawny OwlTawny Owl
                                            Tawny Owl

Posted June 17th, 2017 at 10:51 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Ideford Common Nightjars

Spent a pleasant couple of hours on Ideford Common looking for Nightjars. Around 21.45pm the churring started and by 22.30pm we had counted 5 in total. Plenty of wing clapping and whistling. One flew very close and around us, then perched on the very top of a nearby tree and. churred for a good while. A very magical experience, thanks to the generosity of Mark Bailey with his spot on directions 

Posted June 17th, 2017 at 10:45 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Winkleigh/Copplestone

Friday 16th:

Red Kite at 14:00 circling between Winkleigh and Brushford, seen from the B3220.

Later another Red Kite circling above north end of Copplestone, seen 17:00 from the A377.

Posted June 17th, 2017 at 2:32 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Friday 16th June 2017

Northam Burrows.15/6/2017 evening

A pair of wheatear with four young two of each. A visit from a peregrine and sadly a herring gull with a broken wing.

WheatearHerring GullPeregrine                    Wheatear                                         Herring Gull                                            Peregrine

Posted June 16th, 2017 at 6:42 pm by richard Yeats in Bird News

Red Kite Dartmoor

Red Kite over Sourton Down by the A30 at 1000hrs this morning.

Posted June 16th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Plymbridge

Took the cycle track from Plymouth to Clearbrook and back this morning. Two Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Marsh Tits, 4+ Lesser Redpolls, 5 Mandarin Ducks with 2 ducklings, 5 Siskins, Blackcaps and Bullfinches both feeding young, a male and juv Grey Wagtail, 4 Tree Pipits and adult plus one juv Peregrine at the Cann Quarry nest watch point.

Posted June 16th, 2017 at 1:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Kingfisher

Saw this Kingfisher this morning at Mansands, this is normally a winter visitor, first time I've seen one at this time of the year! Also Cetti's Warbler still singing and quite afew Reed Warbler around the reeds by the beach.


Posted June 16th, 2017 at 12:12 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Nightjars ~ Stover

Three birds heard churring just before dark last evening at Stover country park, several sightings of individual birds.

Posted June 16th, 2017 at 7:18 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 15th June 2017

Red Kite Mamhead

Red Kite over Mamhead Obelisk car park 1348 hrs

Posted June 15th, 2017 at 5:04 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite over the A381 at North Park Corner between Harbertonford and Halwell at 1.45pm, heading west.

Posted June 15th, 2017 at 3:12 pm by Graham & Ann Collyer in Bird News

Holsworthy

Red Kite over at 1300

Posted June 15th, 2017 at 2:40 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Hobby Exminster Marshes

Young Hobby enjoying dragonflies over Exminster Marshes this morning. Settled a few times on the Pylon West of Station Road - over the freshly mowed Skylark fields (yes sadly they are being mowed in mid June) just outside of the reserve. 

HobbyHobby tucking into a dragonfly on the wing

Hobby
Hobby

Posted June 14th, 2017 at 4:49 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Trendlebeare Down & East Soar

At Trendelebeare, a  minimum of 6 Nightjars last night inc.3 churring males with superb close-up views. Also singing Lesser Redpoll and 2 Glowworms.

Earlier at Soar, first Silver-studded Blues, Marbled Whites & Meadow Browns plus 50+ Dark Green Fritillaries.  Birdwise 20+ large Shag young on the Mew Stone and nearby a pair of Great Black-backed Gulls with 2 chicks.

Posted June 14th, 2017 at 8:36 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 13th June 2017

Torrington Common

Willow warblers,black caps,goldcrest,siskin,kingfisher,chiffchaff,greenfinch and on the pond Broad bodied chasers,gold banded dragonfly

Posted June 13th, 2017 at 8:46 pm by john elvin in Bird News

Eddystone

kayak trip to Eddystone from Plymouth sound

2 storm petrels

1 puffin

c400 Manx shearwater inc resting group of 100 and flying group of 250

Manx Shearwater Manx Shearwater Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwaters

 

Posted June 13th, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Ring necked parakeet

Single parakeet identified in Budleigh Salterton. Unmistakable call, so familiar in parks in London and along Thames in Berkshire followed by clear view of it flying away from top of large eucalyptus tree.

Posted June 13th, 2017 at 7:42 pm by Sandy Moreton in Bird News

Plymbridge this morning

Nice morning walk along the River  Plym. Kingfishers, Dippers, Cormorant, Grey Wagtails, female Mandarin duck with 2 ducklings.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted June 13th, 2017 at 1:08 pm by duncan leitch in Bird News

Monday 12th June 2017

Hillsford Bridge and up to Dry Bridge near Lynton.

Good numbers of redstarts,whinchats,pied flycatchers,blackcaps,willow warblers,chiffchaffs,3 woodwarblers(good for this little area)woodlands now getting very dense and it was a bit dark but we enjoyed watching large amounts of fledglings.

Posted June 12th, 2017 at 6:23 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Lesser Redpoll and Cuckoo

11th June. A nice walk at Smallridge on Dartmoor produced a Lesser Redpoll and a female Cuckoo.

    

Posted June 12th, 2017 at 11:59 am by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Sunday 11th June 2017

Splash splash

10 mins in a windy garden, I found this little bird having a bath in an upturned dustbin lid. House Sparrows busy in nest boxes a wood pigeon sat on her nest Robins,dunnock and blackbirds busy in their work.

 

Eds - its a juv Chiffchaff.

Posted June 11th, 2017 at 9:40 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Holsworthy

I was woken at 0430 by the call of bee-eaters outside the bedroom window.. By the time I had fully come to my senses the sound had receded into the distance, so I didn't see them (or even get out of bed)

Posted June 11th, 2017 at 3:12 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A pair of Shelducks with (only) 2 small ducklings, 2 un-seasonal Great Crested Grebes, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 8 Little Egrets and a Stock Dove. Also my first Meadow Browns of the year.

Posted June 11th, 2017 at 1:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bee Eaters photo

Galmpton Bee-eater photo


Posted June 11th, 2017 at 9:40 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

skern

First returning med gulls in the form of 2 scy birds at 08:30.

Posted June 11th, 2017 at 9:39 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Bee-eaters

8 Bee-eaters in Galmpton Village this morning, found by good friend of ours, He watched them from 6.30. Called us at 7.30, saw them flying around in fields opposite shop, managed to take a few flying pictures, as they flew of towards ring road at 7.50. Will send photos.

Posted June 11th, 2017 at 9:21 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Saturday 10th June 2017

Berry Head

Seawatch 0710 to 1110: 1 Balearic Shearwater, c100 Common Scoter (flocks of 30, 20 and 50), 1 Great Skua,  1 Arctic Skua (dark adult; chased a Kittiwake then had a splash about on the sea), 5 Puffins (2 sat for agood while on the sea just off the Head), steady passage of Manx Shearwaters and Gannets etc.

Posted June 10th, 2017 at 8:47 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 1300-1630hrs: 1 Storm Petrel, 6 Puffin, 276 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Common Scoter. 1 Grey Seal, 2 Harbour Porpoise & a Small Blue Butterfly at the seawatch point - well away from the normal areas.

Posted June 10th, 2017 at 5:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Late post for 8th June - Yarner Wood & Trendlebere Down

Pleasant stroll around the wood & adjacent heath. A variety of Tits, Siskins & a couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers on the feeders around the hides. Several pairs of Pied Flycatchers in the wood with singing Chiffchaffs & Willow Warblers. A pair of Redstarts spotted feeding several young on the path infront of me. At leat 3 singing Yellowhammers together with Stonechats, Linnets & a solitary singing Garden Warbler on the heath.

Singing Garden Warbler Male Pied Flycatcher Singing Yellowhammer
Singing Garden Warbler                      Male Pied Flycatcher                                           Singing Yellowhammer

Posted June 10th, 2017 at 2:55 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in Bird News

Friday 9th June 2017

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Hobby over farm mid-morning. Looks like a record breeding year for Yellowhammer between Bolt Head & Bolt Tail. Also Buzzard carrying snake into nest on rocky outcrop!!

Posted June 9th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Nightjar Walk - Thursday 8th

Last evening thirteen members of the Plymouth Group took a gamble with the weather to meet at Cann Woods for our annual Nightjar Walk. Fortunately the threatened rain held off and we were not disappointed with good views of two churring males in good light followed later with the sights and sounds of probably five other birds.  As dusk approaches sightings of other birds were rare but Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Swallow and Robin all seen.  Blackcap & Chiffchaff and, best of all, begging baby Tawny Owls were heard.  A single Fallow doe, a few Pipistrelles, and a glow worm.........oh, yes and a fly past from the International Space Station.

Posted June 9th, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Venford Reservoir- Holne Woods

9 members of DB attended the fieldtrip (East Devon Branch) this morning.  Cuckoo and Redstart were seen from the car park and a Spotted Flycatcher along the fringe of trees above the water works.  32 species counted in total with Tree Pipit (2) displaying and Pied Flycatchers occupying at least 3 territories (one male seen carrying food).  A Wood Warbler was heard at a distance at the start of Holne Woods with a family group of Stonechat on the open moor. Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler and Siskin also present.  As usual the Water Works area was the most productive of the areas visited where the majority of species were seen. The meeting broke up after lunch.

Posted June 9th, 2017 at 5:38 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Thursday 8th June 2017

Exmouth

In addition to Tom & Matt's posts below, a seawatch from the raised beach huts near the new lifeboat station produced another Balearic Shearwater at 2050 hrs plus 3 more Storm Petrels, another Arctic Skua and about 60 Manx Shearwaters all SW between 1955 & 2100 hrs.

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 11:04 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Exmouth

Two late afternoon watches from Orcombe Point produced up to 19 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 probable Pomarine Skua, 127+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Guillemot, 30+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Tern and a 2s Mediterranean Gull. See gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 8:30 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Bee-eater

Bee-eater ,spotted @ Mansands 0645  6/6/17

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 5:38 pm by Mark Penney in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Seawatch with Ian P from 7.00 - 10.15 a.m. Visibility very poor at times.  Whilst not of the same quantity as Berry Head, highlights were; 8 Storm Petrels, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 adult Med Gull, Whimbrel, 12 Sandwich tern, 100+ Manx Shearwaters, 24 Kittiwakes, 38 Common Scoter. Plenty of guillemots west.

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 4:53 pm in Bird News

Orcombe Point

30+manx shearwaters 2 storm petrels 1razorbill 1 sandwich tern and 2 gannets passed between 11-00 and 12-00

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 1:57 pm by Tom Jurd in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch, in addition to Mike Langman’s total, I stayed till 11.30am, another 587 Manx Shearwaters, 27 Storm Petrels, 8 Puffins, 2 Sandwich Terns, 6 Kittiwakes (1 juv), 12 Gannets (2 juvs) and 5 Swifts.

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 12:53 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0530-0830hrs: 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 1793 Manx Shearwaters, 42 Storm Petrels, 34 Puffin, 160 Auks (almost entirely Guillemots), 1 Great Skua,  16 Common Scoter, 15 Sandwich Tern, 35 Kittiwake, 31 Gannet 1 Grey Seal and 1 Sunfish.

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 9:46 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 7th June 2017

Soussons and Challacombe area

Whinchat pair, Tree Pipit 6+, Cuckoo 4, Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Redpoll c10, Redstart 3, Great Spotted Woodpecker 6, Siskin 2, Treecreeper and Nuthatch.

At Grenofen later, adult and juv Dippers, and 2 Grey Wagtails. 

Posted June 7th, 2017 at 5:30 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 6th June 2017

Budleigh Salterton

2 Storm Petrels lingering off the Lime Kiln car park at 16.55 this evening.

Posted June 6th, 2017 at 9:26 pm in Bird News

RSPB, Eminster Marshes

Close encounter with a Hobby this morning.


Posted June 6th, 2017 at 1:47 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Hartland Point

1 Great Skua

Posted June 6th, 2017 at 10:46 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Shoalstone Nr Berry Head

Seawatch 1950-2020 yesterday, short seawatch from the shelter during a brief clearance in the rain produced: 2 Storm Petrel, 379 Manx Shearwaters, & 21 Kittiwake

Posted June 6th, 2017 at 8:08 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 5th June 2017

Teignmouth

Seawatching 18:45 - 20:30.

2 Storm Petrel (1 south at 19:10, 1 north at 19:45), 4 Pomarine Skua (lingering offshore), 1 small skua sp. (south), 115+ Manx Shearwater, 20+ Kittiwakes and 20+ Fulmar.

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 9:44 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Start Point

Seawatch 11.10 - 17.50

Manx Shearwater 1610, Balearic Shearwater, European Storm Petrel 12, Puffin 21, Kittiwake 13 and Sandwich Tern 3. 

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 9:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hopes Nose

6-7pm- 1 Storm Petrel and 180 Manx Shearwaters south 

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Berry Head 10.00>15.00

Berry Head watched from 10.00 until heavy rain set in at 15.00 the following were seen all flying south 3 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 13 Puffin, 3 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua & Est. 2000 Manx Shearwater

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Stan Stanbury in Bird News

Red-Backed Shrike at Seaton Wetlands

A male Red-Backed Shrike was present at Seaton Wetlands this am; viewed from the Discovery Hut hide.

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 2:37 pm by Rodney Gayer in Bird News

Sunday 4th June 2017

Lynton,North Walk and around the valley.

Siskin,3 fledgling wrens,Red Kite,guillemots and razorbills fishing,good numbers of both,meadow pipits,stonechats',at least 8 wheatear,one pair feeding fledglings quite mature,whitethroat,linnets,goldfinch and a few swallows and martins.

Posted June 4th, 2017 at 5:28 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Saturday 3rd June 2017

Exminster Marshes & Yarner

Exminster: Grey Heron, Sedge warbler, Little Egret, Goldfinches, Swallows, Swifts, Chaffinch, Marsh Harrier, Chiffchaff, Canada Geese, Lapwing, Mute Swans, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler & Reed Bunting.

Onto Yarner: Blackcaps, Pied Flycatchers, Song Thrush, Treecreeper, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Linnet, Yellowhammer (inc. one magnificent pure yellow bird), Willow Warbler, Coal Tit, Siskins, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, GSW, Bullfinch.

Usual suspects seen & heard at both locations. A great morning for birding.

Posted June 3rd, 2017 at 9:03 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Exmoor Bird Monitoring Survey

Annual survey on 31 May. Pair of Pied Flycatchers feeding young in a natural tree hole in Badgworthy Wood Malmesmead. Also two signing male Redstarts. A pair of Bullfinch at Lankcombe Ford on the edge of Brendon Common. All on the Devon side of the county boundry.

Posted June 3rd, 2017 at 4:14 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News

Dartmoor

A morning walk on Dousland to princetown cycle path, lots of birds showinig well 3 pairs redstart, wheatear skylark, stonechat and 2 male calling cuckoo one being mobbed by an angry meadow pipit. mike williams , lester snell

Posted June 3rd, 2017 at 1:17 pm by mike williams, in Bird News

Friday 2nd June 2017

Sea off Brixham

Lovely oily calm sea off Brixham yesterday. Fishing was slow, but it gave me good opportunities to see the wildlife. Passed 4 pods of dolphins during the day, with some jumping round the boat. Harbour porpoises off Berry Head. 2 Puffins about 10m off the boat, a rare sight for me. 2 Great Skua seen during the day, one stationing itself about 150m away and then attacking the many gulls (mainly Herring, Great and Lesser Black Backed) and Fulmars, as they took the fish guts we threw overboard. Only one Manx Shearwater seen, but many Razorbill and Guillemot. Highlight for me was the high number of Storm Petrel around the boat, up to 8 at a time, gracefully skimming the water and taking the scraps from the slick we created. A conservative estimate of 20+ during the day. No terns at all during the day, but on a trip 4 days earlier saw a plank float by, crewed by 6 Sandwich Terns, evenly spaced along its length. Really must take a camera to sea to record these sights!

Posted June 2nd, 2017 at 4:42 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Thursday 1st June 2017

Meldon

A Red Kite was low over the A30 near Meldon this afternoon at about 5pm

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 10:07 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

cuckoos

three male and one female cuckoos present showing quite well , no  thanks to the people playing cuckoo recordings ,out of order and totally unnecessary ,  plenty of redstarts about, hobby around the bennets cross area.


Posted June 1st, 2017 at 8:39 pm by gray clements in Bird News

More info at Soar

Is there any more info on the Honey Buzzard reported yesterday at Soar Mill Hotel. Needed if it is to be added to the patch report. Just to note there is a pair of Buzzards here, one with a primary missing.

Info to: rob@robmacklin.co.uk

Thanks

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 3:32 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Red kite over Gaya trust,Lower Yelland farm.

Red kite high over reserve drifting off towards Barnstaple.    Lesser Whitethroat still singing near Isley marsh.

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 2:44 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Barbrook

One hour in a garden at Barbrook yesterday 31 May. Blue, Coal, Great and Marsh Tits, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, GS Woodpecker, Wren. Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Magpie, C Crow, Rook, Woodpigeon, Pheasant and Buzzard overhead.

Nuthatch at nest 'box' 
Nuthatch at nest 'box'

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 12:59 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

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