Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th June 2017

Coronavirus - Devon Birds bird hides

During the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak the use of Devon Birds bird hides should be in line with Government guidelines to individuals on how to protect themselves.

Please follow NHS guidelines: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

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

If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

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

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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