Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th June 2017

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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 at 4:49 pm by Jo King in General Birding

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 at 8:36 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

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 at 8:46 pm by john elvin in General Birding

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 at 8:03 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

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 at 7:42 pm by Sandy Moreton in General Birding

moths

Can anyone ID these please.  Is it a red mark or a tear?  Perhaps Silver Y

Eds: very worn looking Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Posted June 13th at 2:23 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

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 at 1:08 pm by duncan leitch in General Birding

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 at 6:23 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Lesser Redpoll and Cuckoo

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

    

Posted June 12th at 11:59 am by Mark Dyer in General Birding

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 at 9:40 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

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 at 3:12 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 1:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bee Eaters photo

Galmpton Bee-eater photo


Posted June 11th at 9:40 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

skern

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

Posted June 11th at 9:39 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

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 at 9:21 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 8:47 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 5:33 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 2:55 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in General Birding

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 at 8:13 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

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 at 8:03 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

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 at 5:38 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Saunton Sands

Mass stranding of Moon Jellyfish this morning (thousands) + a few Barrel Jellyfish - see photos

  

Posted June 9th at 12:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

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 at 11:04 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

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 at 8:30 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Bee-eater

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

Posted June 8th at 5:38 pm by Mark Penney in General Birding

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 at 4:53 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 1:57 pm by Tom Jurd in General Birding

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 at 12:53 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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 at 9:46 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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