Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th June 2017


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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:
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...!


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

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


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


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


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


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:


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

East Soar

A good day for inverts: Male Red-veined Darter at top of Starehole Valley amongst 309 flower spikes of Southern Marsh Orchid. Also: Hummingbird Hawk-moth, 12 Dark Green Fritillaries, 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Large Skipper & Painted Lady. Birdwise, Sparrowhawk carrying prey to nest, fledged Ravens & Mistle Thrush.

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife


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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