Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st June 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.

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.
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Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

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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

Dark Green Fritillary

One of 3 Dark Green Fritillaries seen today at Dunsford Woods 

Dark Green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

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

VISITOR FROM FOREIGN CLIMES

A very nervous swallowtail visited our garden in Paignton. Finding nothing in the front garden to its liking, it took itself off over the house to the back garden. Even there it couldn't settle though it did finally land, briefly, (hence the incomplete photo) on the Choisya. For several minutes it flew from our garden over the hedges to those of my neighbors before returning to give us more tantalising glimpses. The lesson learned  (without bragging)I have more flowers in my garden than my neighbors so I felt it would return.

On holiday in the English riviera
On holiday in the English riviera

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 2:19 pm by PHILIP FAIRCLOUGH in Other Wildlife

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

East & Middle Soar

Two Red-veined Darters at Middle Soar on crop edge inc.one really bright male. Also 2 Golden-ringed Dragonflies on site, first of the year. First Grayling, at Sharp Tor. Birdwise now two pairs of Reed Warblers at Starehole Ponds inc.one feeding young. 200 Rooks on the sileage fields.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 12:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

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

Bowling Green Marsh

The Great White Egret still this evening on right hand side of main pool in front of reed bed until 18.58pm when it flew low south towards the Clyst Estuary- it seemed to drop but no sign shortly after on a dropping tide from the viewing platform. The sum plum Spotted Redshank showing well to the left of the viewing platform with the Redshank flock . 

See https://twitter.com/markrabailey?lang=en for some distant pics of the Egret 

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 8:10 pm by Mark Bailey in Other Wildlife

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

Dragons

Those that like their Dragonflies might like to pay a visit to Aylesbere, there was a good showing of Emperors, Skimmers, Chasers and Damselflies by the two ponds.

Emperor Dragonfly
Emperor Dragonfly

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 6:51 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

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

Morte Point

Grey Seals on rocks at Morte Point this morning


Posted June 19th, 2017 at 2:56 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

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

Scarce Chaser Exminster Marshes - on the farmland not reserve

Not a bird sighting but as there were two of these well OFF the RSPB reserve by the ditches alongside the fields I mentioned in an earlier post, cut early by the farmer, I felt it should be recorded.

Scarce Chaser

 

Posted June 18th, 2017 at 8:19 pm by Jo King in Other Wildlife

Berrynarbor

A perfect day for dragonflies in the garden today.

 

Posted June 18th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

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

Scarlet Tiger Moths

An excellent showing of Scarlet Tiger Moths (30+) at Staverton this evening. Park in the station car park and take the track past the mill on the south side of the railway.

Posted June 16th, 2017 at 8:03 pm in Other Wildlife

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

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