General Birding

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Membership

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

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 General Birding

Tuesday 6th June 2017

RSPB, Eminster Marshes

Close encounter with a Hobby this morning.


Posted June 6th, 2017 at 1:47 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Hopes Nose

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

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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