Devon Bird Sightings from July 2017

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

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.
 

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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

Monday 31st July 2017

BGM Hide

2 Wood Sandpipers in view for virtually the full 3 hours (not as confiding as the Common) giving us all superb views.

Also 2 Greeen Sandpipers and a Spotted Redshank.

Perhaps not quite as sensitive as during Chris Stones visit.

Posted July 31st, 2017 at 7:56 pm by Lloyd Gray in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three juv Mediterranean Gulls today, 2 Whimbrels, just 19 Curlews, 12+ Little Egrets and 2 Green Woodpeckers.

Posted July 31st, 2017 at 2:42 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Sunday 30th July 2017

Spotted Redshank at Goosemoor

Took a bit of searching but we finally found the Spotted Redshank snoozing with a group of Common Redshank on the far bank at Goosemoor. It did wake up for a quick stretch and flap.

Spotted Redshank Having a stretch
Spotted Redshank                                      Having a stretch

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 7:18 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Crow point to river caen mouth

A change of venue today,  I wanted to see the spoonbills, which I only saw 1 flying over, but saw one. Lots of plovers with turnstones mixed in,  3 whimbrel, 2 curlew numerous egrets, cormorant, Mediterranean gulls?  And a surprise 6 possibly 7 eider duck and very noisy oystercatchers. 

Eider duck massivly cropped.   Mediterranean Gull ? Little egret
Eider duck massivly cropped.                   Mediterranean Gull ?                                 Little egret

Eds - its a moulting Black-headed Gull - dark red legs, fine dark red bill and black wedge up inner edge of primaries all rule out Med Gull of similar age

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 7:03 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Sooty shearwater, Lyme Bay boat trip

See attached photos of a dark shearwater which approached close to the boat this on this morning's boat trip out of Brixham. On the trip this was called as dark Balearic shearwater. From inspection of the photos it is clear that this is in fact a very worn Sooty Shearwater.

Sooty shearwater   Sooty shearwater Sooty shearwater
Sooty shearwater

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 7:00 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yellow Legged Gull?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this picture. It was taken last year by my daughter who was in Appledore. Going through the old photographs I came across it and my first thought was juvenile Yellow Legged Gull. I know that this can be a minefield and would really value a second opinion!

Many thanks

Yellow Legged Gull?
Yellow Legged Gull?

Eds: not easy from this single photo, but based on size structure and plumage it's probably 'just' a pale juv Herring Gull 

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 6:06 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

BGM doubled up on my photos heres the correct one

BGM

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 5:48 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

BGM Wood Sandpiper

The two Wood Sandpipers were showing very well in front of the hide, around 2pm. Plenty of Black-tailed Godwits, Curlews, and Redshanks

  

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head Common Dolphins

Mid- afternoon saw a pod of common dolphins off Berry Head. It wasn't long before they were spotted by 5 jet skiers, who chased, harassed and herded them. They eventually split the pod into two.

Common Dolphin  Berry Head
Common Dolphin Berry Head

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 5:06 pm by William Coulson in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

A sunny morning sailing out of Brixham with the Plymouth group of DB, forecast warning us of increasing winds. First to Berry Head to see 5 Porpoise and as we moved further out a quick glimpse of a Sunfish. We traveled out to about 5 miles and chummed . The birds seen 20+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Great Black-Backed Gull, Kittiwake, Fulmar, 3 small pale shore birds, Gannet and best of all and views for some time 7 European Storm-Petrel. Interesting to see also 1 Bumble Bee and 2 Red Admiral Butterfly about 1 miles off Berry Head. Returned as the wind freshened and sea got very lumpy!!!

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Grt Northern Diver - Teign Estuary

A single Great Northern Diver, in winter plumage ( or possibly a juvenile ) in the Teign Estuary 11.00 this morning, close to the Ferry stage on the Shaldon side. I'm almost certain of the identification, but any corroboration would be gratefully received.

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 1:02 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Saturday 29th July 2017

Holdstone down

Been a few weeks since I've been up here,  plenty of meadow pipits, the odd skylark, bluetits, wrens singular buzzard and peregrine pillaring together. Loads of butterflies mainly gate keepers. Meadow Pipit with food.

Meadow Pipit with food.

Posted July 29th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Mt Batten, Plymouth

Dodged the rain for 20 minutes. First 2 turnstones of the autumn including a smart sp adult male. Also 3 duck offshore (only had bins) looked like common scoter but a bit unseasonal.

Eds: There were indeed, 3 Common Scoters reported here on 28th July. There have been the odd records at this time of year in Plymouth but they are quite scarce here.

Posted July 29th, 2017 at 5:40 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

BGM

10.15 – 2.45 Lots of good birds in today over the high tide. Highlights to begin with, 3+ Med Gulls, 1 Gadwall, Stock Dove and some Ringed Plover including 1 juv, 1 Turnstone.

 At 2.05, when the hide quietened. a Common Sandpiper and the two Wood Sandpiper came in to the nearest island to the hide (the one people think no birds will frequent) and gave excellent views. Just goes to show that if the hide is reasonably quiet then the birds will come in close.

 Also late on Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, 1 Knot and a few Grey Plover. House and Sand martins and Swallows and 1 Kingfisher over.

 Videos - 

Wood Sandpipier  https://youtu.be/VFkPH0XxUFs

Common Sandpiper https://youtu.be/ow2iqsU1dS4

Wood Sandpiper Juv Ringed Plover Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper                 Juv Ringed Plover                   Common Sandpiper

Posted July 29th, 2017 at 4:05 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Bolt Tail Sat 29 Jul 6.30-7.30 am

1 Cory's Shearwater, 24 Balearic among 250 Manx Shearwaters; 1 Storm Petrel; pod of 8+ Common Dolphins.

Posted July 29th, 2017 at 2:23 pm by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Roadford Lake

4 Common Sandpipers

1 Redshank

1 Ringed Plover

and Roe Deer Buck

Roe Deer Buck
Roe Deer Buck

Posted July 29th, 2017 at 10:22 am by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Friday 28th July 2017

Orcombe Point

A 2 hour sea watch between 3pm and 5pm produced a Great Shearwater and 2 Sooty Shearwater. There were 4 Great Skua close in to the point for 10 minutes that mobbed a few of the local Gulls before moving on. A backup cast of 20 Manx Shearwater, a dozen Fulmar and lots of Gannet movement.

Posted July 28th, 2017 at 7:43 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh Thursday afternoon.

Two Wood Sandpipers and Common Sandpiper

Posted July 28th, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Richard Tyler in General Birding

Labrador Bay, Shaldon.

12 members of DB attended this mornings fieldtrip (East Devon Branch) led by Richard Swinbank is search of Cirl Buntings and we were rewarded by many sightings including a family group.  Out to sea a few Gannet were initially present, a flock of c12 Scoter flew south and a few distant sea birds kept up the interest as to their ID but were too far out to confirm as we had all left our scopes in the cars.   Other birds of interest were a Buzzard, 2 Swift, several Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, c20 Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker and Skylark.  The steep gradients of the site failed to defeat us and the visit was a first for several of us and followed a talk last year by Kath Jeffs, RSPB Cirl Bunting Project Officer.

Posted July 28th, 2017 at 5:38 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Skern, Northam Burrows

Checked out this morning's high tide roost:

84 Black-headed Gulls,

81 Oystercatchers

54 Curlews

1 Whimbrel

1 Ringed Plover

1 Turnstone

2 Knot (1 in sum plum)

c16 Dunlin

3 Sandwich Tern

NO Little Gull :(

Posted July 28th, 2017 at 12:33 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Thursday 27th July 2017

BGM

    Early morning visit to Bowling Green Marsh was rewarded with excellent views of the two juvenile Wood Sandpipers.
    These close views were made possible due to the hard work that the RSPB had just done digging out new scrapes ( channels and mounds in the landscape) which encourage such scarce birds as these two and other waders. Anyone that has been to BGM can clearly see in the pictures the new landscape and the potential it has.
    

   

Wood Sandpipers                                                      Common Sandpiper

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 11:30 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Arrived at the head shortly before 6 this morning to find a largely flat sea. No wonder none of the regulars were around! However, as Bob has said there were Gannets and Dolphins for some entertainment. About 6.30 an Arctic Skua flew strongly west, this was followed by two more making a nuisance of themselves with the Commic Terns going by. A while later two more appeared and were joined by a third. The next Skua was bigger and all brown and joined by another Arctic Skua, which made a pass at it from below - a Pomarine Skua! During my stay a few Manx Shearwaters flew by and the last group had a Balearic Shearwater tagging along. Quite pleased with this, I headed off for high tide at Dawlish.

Sadly the path to the hide is still inaccessible. I could see Terns on the point with a lot of Oystercatchers, but distance too far to make much of an id.

Bowling Green Marsh has changed hasn't it! The two Wood Sandpipers obliged in front of the hide. 1 Dunlin.

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 9:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head 27 July 2017

Great views of approx 40 Gannets feeding a along with 5 Harbour Porpoises until 2 Jet Skis arrived and lingered. After about 30 minutes the Gannets and Porpoise reappeared.

Harbour Porpoise Gannet Gannet
Harbour Porpoise                          Gannet                                                     Gannet

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The 2 Wood Sandpipers were at times very close to the hide this lunchtime. Also 1 Common Sandpiper.

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Skern

An immature Little Gull loafing with Black-headed Gulls over high tide this morning. Also 1 Sandwich Tern, 2Whimbrel, and just 2 Med Gulls. All change on arrival of a Peregrine.

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 10:32 am by Roger & Lynne Doble in General Birding

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Re. Adonis Blue Queery

Just to confirm Michael Spencer's answer to Richard Cleverly's query about a possible Adonis Blue in his Garden (posted 25.7.17), it is a Common Blue. Looking at the photo you can see a clear white border on the wings. Adonis shows black lines where the veins in the wings cross the border (incidentaly the upper wings of a male Adonis really flash electric, luminous, sky blue).

As Michael correctly mentioned, the location makes it extremely unlikely unless Bobs garden is near chalk downland with short grazed grass and plenty of Kidney Vetch, Adonis Blue's larval food plant. The only known location for Adonis Blue in Devon is Hooken Undercliff, Branscombe, where a small colony re-emerged about 10 yrs ago.

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 10:57 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Jersey Tiger

Picture from earlier post - first attempt too big!


Posted July 26th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Ali King in Other Wildlife

Prawle Point seawatch

Decent seawatch from about 13:00 to 16:30, several hundred Manx Shearwaters went past during that time, also 3 Arctic Skua, a couple of Guillemots and 2 Razorbills, hundreds of Gannets, many Kittiwakes too. Perhaps the best moment though was watching a pod of 10 or more Bottlenose Dolphins swimming east very close in to the headland, giving great views as they breached.

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 6:57 pm by Elliot Dowding in General Birding

Jersey Tiger

On our patio in Brixham this afternoon (mini oranges - not giant moth..!).

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 5:24 pm by Ali King in Other Wildlife

Berry Head

Seawatch 05.30-09.00hrs highlights: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 38 Manx Shearwater, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (juvs), 2 Mediterranean Gulls (juvs), 61 Common Tern, 9 'comic' Tern, 17 Sandwich Tern, 87 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel. Also 7-8 Dolphin Sp. (probably Common) >S at 0800hrs and 8-10 Harbour Porpoise.  

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 3:29 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

2 Wood Sandpipers were making good use of the new scrapes at Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime. They disappeared for a few minutes when a Great Black-backed Gull disturbed most of the waders on the marsh but came back to show well in front of the hide again and were still there when I left at about 1.45. Also 1 Common Sandpiper.

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

The skern, Northam Burrows

High tide this morning (around 9am), injured juvenile guillemot resting on rocks. Also 2 sandwich terns just in front of the car park.

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 10:32 am by Mickael Henique in General Birding

query Adonis

We have many photos of the Adonis from around Durlston Park in Swanage Dorset,and we also believe this is not an Adonis,it is difficult with these butterflies so tiny and active and on home farm fremington this week we did think how stunningly blue they look.It has blacck horizontal lines all around the wings which continue right to the tip. In the sun they look almost turquoise.

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 7:40 am by John Elvin in General Birding

Tuesday 25th July 2017

Juvenile Green Woodpecker

A day later than last year, this year's juvenile Green Woodpecker makes a first appearance on our lawn.

Green Woodpecker Green Woodpecker Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

 

Posted July 25th, 2017 at 11:30 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Braunton

Ringing this morning in the reserve: Another 13 Blackcaps, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests. Plus this juvenile female Kingfisher.

This evening cycled down the toll road - Lots of Gulls, mostly Black-headed - about 300? In amongst them about 20 Mediterranean Gulls. Waders were Redshank, Greenshank and Dunlin in about equal numbers - 15-20 of each, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, and 162 (possibly more) Curlew, 3 of which were colour ringed. This is why my counts were so sketchy - I was trying to get the combinations, but they all promptly stood on one leg!! Will let you now if I get any feedback.

Juvenile female Kingfisher
Juvenile female Kingfisher

Posted July 25th, 2017 at 9:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Adonis Blue Query

I am pretty sure that is a Common Blue. Adonis Blues down here are very scarce

Posted July 25th, 2017 at 8:45 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Adonis Blue

This little beauty visited my garden in Bideford yesterday I would be grateful if the butterfly enthusiasts out there could help confirm my ID as I have never seen one these before 

Many Thanks

Bob Cleversley 


Posted July 25th, 2017 at 7:51 pm by Rob Cleversley in Other Wildlife

Mansands

11.00

The large clump of buddleia close to the car park, at the top of the lane to the hide and beach was absolutely covered in butterflies today - a real sight to behold.  There must have been about 35+ butterflies on the bush at any one time.  Species on or close to the bush included:

Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Comma, Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown.  Best of all though, was a single Clouded Yellow flying along the shingle ridge at the back of the beach closer to midday.   

Posted July 25th, 2017 at 6:30 pm by Paul Darlington in Other Wildlife

Kieth' mystery wader

Just an observation about Keith' mystery wader.

Going out on a limb here, as never having seen one but surely the really white forehead and bill length make a decent case for a possible Western Sandpiper. 

Posted July 25th, 2017 at 6:15 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Al a ronde

Two hours at A  La Ronde in the flower meadow.  The following seen, Marbled white (4) Many Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue male and the brown female, Small copper, six-spot-burnet moth, one large unidentified dragonfly and a few whites.  Green woodpecker heard but not seen.  A good day for butterflies the first painted lady in the garden with two peacock red admiral and gate keepers.

  Butterflies 

Butterflies

Posted July 25th, 2017 at 3:42 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Monday 24th July 2017

stnt / peep

pic of mystery wader at Topsham this evening any views welcome 

stint / peep
stint / peep

Posted July 24th, 2017 at 11:36 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Stint / peep Topsham

Watched from 17:30 till 20:30

Just after 17:30 picked up a distant wader of the goatwalk in Topsham at first had no idea of size but it caught my attention eventually it walked past some Dunlin and it appeared to be a stint / peep so a couple of calls and a short time later was joined by other local birders but no good views could be obtained it soon moved and was eventually relocated in the goosemoor reserve in Topsham with other birders it was either a Little Stint or a possible Semipalmated Sandpiper have attached a photo of the bird and have circulated some other photos and hoping to be able to solve the mystery, it flew of high east just after 20:00 

Posted July 24th, 2017 at 11:20 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Avon Estuary & South Efford Marsh

11am - 14.15hrs. Amongst others, including lots of black headed gulls, 4 Common Sandpiper on the estuary, 2 Greenshank, 1 sp Black Tailed Godwit, 20 Curlew on marsh. Of particular interest was the presence of 4 Cattle Egrets, having seen 3 there the previous day with Eric Wotten, as we cleared the track to the hide. Mike Passman's "Thurlestone Bay" Fishing Website contains some good information about the likelihood of these Cattle Egrets breeding in the area, which would be a first for Devon, I believe. 2 of the Egrets ( Photo attached), possibly both juveniles, came fairly close to the hide, one of them, as characteristic of juveniles, not yet showing the diagnostic yellow bill of the other.( this was the same as the other two more distant in the middle of the marsh) Both seemed to have downy plumage on the head. None of the cattle egrets on the marsh had the buff orange summer breeding plumage seen on other long staying adults at South Huish, until fairly recently. One of the more numerous Little Egrets( Photo attached) present came and danced on the pool in front of the hide giving good comparisons of the differences between the species, size, bill colour and shape, head shape, neck length, wing shape and leg/feet colours. All of the Cattle Egrets flew south down the estuary at 13.45hrs.

Cattle Egrets - South Huish Marsh - 24.7.17             
Cattle Egrets - South Huish Marsh - 24.7.17                              Little Egret

Posted July 24th, 2017 at 8:17 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Horsey Island

A walk along the se-wall looking for Wall butterfly turned up a surprise flock of 7 eider. Couple of whimbrel, curlew and oystercatchers and one small wader that flew off before id'd.

     

Posted July 24th, 2017 at 7:57 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Stover Park today

A very hot 2 hours at Stover today. I must admit I was looking for Butterflies and Dragonflies.  Photos of Silver Washed Fritillary and what I think are a Golden-Ringed Dragonfly and a Common Blue Damselfly. 

  

Posted July 24th, 2017 at 4:16 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Evening stroll at Northam Burrows

Pleasant stroll around Northam Burrows one evening last week - no waders on Skern but some passerines around the old landfill site.

Approx 300 Starling roost Male Stonechat Took off the instant that I got the camera onto it - I am guessing that it's probably an immature Whinchat?
    Approx 300 Starling roost                                         Male Stonechat                       Took off the instant that I got the camera onto it - I am guessing that it's probably an immature Whinchat?  Eds: It's a Wheatear

Posted July 24th, 2017 at 4:03 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Southdown Farm & Soar Mill Cove

First returning 2 Willow Warblers, Possible migrant Wheatear at the Cove, 42 Swifts, 40 Linnet and post-breeding flock of 55 House Sparrows at the farm. 19 species of butterflies inc. 3 Holly Blue, 55 Red Admiral, 25 Peacock, 6 Painted Lady, Comma, 4 Dark Green Fritillary, 6 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 27 Speckled Wood, 22 Wall & 4 Grayling. Silver-washed Fritillary flying round my kitchen later - new garden tick!!

Posted July 24th, 2017 at 2:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Lundy Day Trip Aboard The Oldenburg

The crossing over. off Bull Point a Great Skua, 2 Storm Petrels and a flock of 12 Common Scoter. Half way across, a flock of about 6 Shearwaters that looked like Sooty Shearwaters and then a Balearic Shearwater close to the stern. Then great views of 8 Common Dolphins. The return trip, more large Shearwaters feeding, inc 3 Great Shearwaters.

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 7:52 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

3 Whimbrels, 24 Curlews, juv Mediterranean Gull, Little Egrets up to 17+, 5 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Whitethroats and still c35 Swifts.

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 7:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

skern

fs little gull for about 5 minutes.also 6 med gulls 4ad,2 juv.17:00-18:25.At instow at least 61 meds following plough nr junction of bickleton.Just made a count rather than ages as mobile18:35-19:00.

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 7:21 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton

Walked around Sherpa Marsh (the reed-bed and ponds just south of the reserve) this morning. 4 Well grown cygnets, and at least one juvenile Little Grebe, but the water levels are really high and there are no muddy margins to attract waders...

This afternoon/evening I cycled down the Toll Road to the flood and sat watching the water level fall. Actually I had hoped it might be rising, but that didn't start happening until I left! Not much on show: 3 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 3 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Oystercatchers 6/7 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Heron and about 15 Dunlin which flew off! Star bird was undoubtedly the very dark adult female Marsh Harrier, which came in from the east (putting most of the birds up again) at just before 5p.m. landed, was spoken to by 3 Crows, and headed up and towards Crow Point before veering right back parallel with the Toll road until lost to view over Braunton Marsh. Not sure I've seen Marsh Harrier up here in July before.

Cycling back along the toll road there were several more Redshank and Greenshank by the waters edge. One adult Mediterranean Gull with about 150 Black-headed on the saltings.

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 6:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Yet another pic of this morning's immaculate adult long tailed skua, also a couple of the other birds on show.

Long tailed skua, adult Gannet, 3rd year Storm petrel
Long tailed skua, adult                     Gannet, 3rd year                                              Storm petrel

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 6:14 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

River Otter

5 Goosander flew down toward Otterton Bridge at 1930 last night. The beavers showed really well minimum of 3 kits and both adults including this male sliding down the weir.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4R_92fGqrk 

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 3:44 pm by Mike Langman in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay Boat trip - Long-tailed skua

Some more photos of the Long-tailed Skua from today's boat trip - lifer for me.

Long-tailed Skua Long-tailed Skua Long-tailed Skua
Long-tailed Skua

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 3:30 pm by Paul Treen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Long-tailed Skua

Another excellent trip out with Nigel, the star was the Long-tailed Skua. Stunning Bird!

  

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 2:48 pm by Simon Thurgood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Boat trip out of Brixham into Lyme Bay started slow with a lumpy sea. 2 Common Dolphin about 4 miles out. Then went 8 miles out and chummed, only a few gulls but then we had 5 Storm Petrel, Bonxie, Kittiwake, Fulmar, 20 Manx Shearwater, Gannet and then a bird flew towards us, great discussion what is it, many pictures taken as it flew over the top of the boat!! The ID is possible Long-tailed Skua, pictures will  follow. A good trip.

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Upper Torridge Estuary

15 Common Sandpiper

1 Green Sandpiper

2 Kingfisher

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 9:20 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

At high tide this afternoon the waders were making good use of the recently created scrapes, islands and spits. They were dominated by about 300 Black-tailed Godwits and 200 Curlews, with perhaps 200 Redshanks. Many of the last flew over to Goosemoor, as did most of maybe 100 Dunlin. Lapwing and Whimbrel were into double figures and there were single Common Sandpiper and Oystercatcher, plus 6 Wigeon and a family of Shelduck. What was promising was the much closer range of many of the Curlews, Whimbrel and Godwits that would formerly have been the case.

Goosemoor held 32 Greenshanks and a Spotted Redshank in non-breeding plumage, plus a tight pack of uncountable Dunlin and Redshanks.

Most of the waders today were adults in wing and (less so) body moult.

Bowling Green Marsh panorama showing recent earthworks
Bowling Green Marsh panorama showing recent earthworks

Posted July 22nd, 2017 at 10:08 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

skern

25 med gulls,14 ads,5ss,3fs,3juv,100bhgs4 dunlin,3 curlew,1 whimbrel,17:15-18:30

Posted July 22nd, 2017 at 8:02 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

In the garden combemartin

Pleasantly surprised today, a sound I haven't heard around for a couple of years now, a pair of green finches in the pine tree.Also fledging goldfinches, blackbirds busy feeding young, dunnock, blue tits jackdaws and quite a few woodpidgeons. 

Posted July 22nd, 2017 at 4:53 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Friday 21st July 2017

Berry Head

Just a few additions to Mark's post to complete the day at Berry Head from 17.20 to 19.40. One Great shearwater (19.10), 54 Manx Shearwater,1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skuas,12 Common Scoter, 2 Med. Gulls. Both Risso's Dolphin were seen again close in at 19.05. Thanks Mark for putting me on to them when seen earlier.

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 10:24 pm by Clive Mason in General Birding

Otter Estuary

Group of 5 Goosander redheads preening & resting on sandy strip near to Otter Head, around 2100 hrs, apparently unperturbed by late walkers & dogs.  

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 10:08 pm by Timothy Joy in General Birding

Berry Head update

05:20-17:20 (12hrs) species with updated totals from below: 181 Cory's Shearwaters, 82 Great Shearwaters, 6 large Shearwater sp., c4000 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Great Skuas, 4 Arctic Skuas, 22 European Storm-petrels, 45 Common Scoter, 7 Goosander / RB Merganser (fem/imm types too distant  to tell). Balearic Shearwater were very scarce for this time of year and optimum conditions with only 5 seen.  A single Risso's Dolphin continued to feed off the headland after the sea calmed down (one of the two earlier).

In a Devon context it was the 3rd highest Great Shearwater count and 4th highest Cory's Shearwater count, however, the views of some birds were exceptional. Photos below only with 300mm lens, zoomable if you click on them.

Cory's, Great & Manx ShearwatersCory's, Great & Manx Shearwater

Cory's (bottom left), Great (top left) and Manx (bottom right) Shearwaters

Great ShearwaterGreat ShearwaterGreat Shearwater

Great Shearwater

Cory's ShearwaterCory's ShearwaterCory's Shearwater

Cory's Shearwater

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 8:56 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

skern

7  med gulls,4ad,1ss,1fs,juv.Just about to leave when i noticed a movement on beach which turned out to be a family party of little ringed plovers mum,dad and 1 baby17:00-17:50.

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 8:39 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point -additional sightings

In addition to Perrys' sightings, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 1 Bonxie, 1 juv Yellow-legged gull, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Storm Petrel.

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 7:49 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Teignmouth

Seawatching 05:45 - 11:45:

7 Cory's Shearwaters, 5 Great Shearwaters, 10 large shearwater sp., 1127+ Manx Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 16 Common Tern, 46 Kittiwake, 88 Common Scoter and 6 Whimbrel.

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 7:13 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

During a clearance in the weather this aft cycled along the Toll Rd to Horsey. It was certainly worth the time & effort with 2 early Spoonbills feeding then resting with the incoming tide.No colour rings on these two.



Posted July 21st, 2017 at 5:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Fantastic Seawatch for those that braved the weather.. 0520-14.20hrs Highlights: 164 Corys Shearwaters, 81 Great Shearwaters, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 3,500+ Manx Shearwaters,  20+ Storm-petrel, 1 Puffin, 5 Great Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas,3 Mediterranean Gulls, 2-3 juv Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Risso's Dolphins good numbers of Harbour Porpoise.

Video link of one of the Cory's Shearwaters..  https://youtu.be/Htl3lHYo2fg 

Video link of one of the Great Shearwaters.. https://youtu.be/E2IOhSg-3gg 

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Strong S-SW, heavy rain from 13:30.

Great seawatch 08:15-13:00. Good nos. of large shearwaters south ie 82 Cory's and 21 Greats. Also a small number not specifically id. Good passage of Manx Shearwaters through the morning otherwise just one Arctic Skua.

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 3:15 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Sparrowhawk, Mutley

1350hrs.  today spotted Sparrowhawk on a chimney top at Seaton Avenue, Mutley, Plymouth.

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 2:50 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Berry Head

Quite quite on the bird front at Berry Head today. This is what we saw: herring and great black-backed gulls, feral pigeons, swifts, pheasants, linnets, cormorants/shags, stonechat(s), corvids, magpies and gannets. Some reports of harbour porpoise but we didn't get to see them and also an early emerging gatekeeper!

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 6:39 am by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Thursday 20th July 2017

Topsham viewing platform

On a falling tide this evening, 8 Greenshank feeding in the little bay on the right by the stone sea wall, in company with a few Redshank and a couple of Curlew. Female Sparrowhawk in the trees, but throat seems surprisingly pale. Apologies for the poor quality photos, just a basic digital! 

Posted July 20th, 2017 at 9:46 pm by Timothy Joy in General Birding

Preston Torbay

And another juvenile Yellow-legged Gull with a juvenile Herring Gull for comparison on rocks at Preston Seafront.

juvenile Yellow-legged Gull Preston with Herring Gull Juv July 21 2017 ML  juvenile Yellow-legged Gull Preston with Herring Gull Juv July 21 2017 ML2

Posted July 20th, 2017 at 8:54 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

parakeet roost

40 pluss ringneck parakeet central park inc 2 blue 

Posted July 20th, 2017 at 8:51 pm by barry in General Birding

Mansands

A Whimbrel was feeding on the beach this morning. Also a female Redstart was around the coastguard cottages and a Willow Warbler was by the hide. There are still plenty of Reed Warblers about and the Cetti's is still singing. On the marsh, just afew Mallards and Moorhens and 7 Gadwalls. 


Posted July 20th, 2017 at 2:21 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Wednesday 19th July 2017

Siskin in Exwick

A male Siskin appeared in the garden (Exwick) for around five minutes feeding on the Niger seed. A first for the garden, usually swarmed by Golfdinches and House Sparrows. Have read that Siskins are more likely to be seen in gardens following wet weather perhaps explaining this new visitor.

Posted July 19th, 2017 at 10:13 pm by Lucy Forsey in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good showing of gulls today with a juv Yellow-legged Gull (scarce here - record shots attached) and 5 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-s, 2nd-s, 1st-s and 2 juvs). Also - Shag, 3 Whimbrels, 2 Dunlins, 30 Curlews, Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail and 5 Little Egrets.

Yellow-legged Gull, juv
Yellow-legged Gull, juv

Yellow-legged Gull, juv
Yellow-legged Gull, juv

Yellow-legged Gull, juv
Yellow-legged Gull, juv

Posted July 19th, 2017 at 5:20 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Goodrington & Broadsands

2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls on the beach at Goodrington. (bird on right - note small white notches on tertial feathers, just above the wing tips, not a common feature on juv Y-lG)

juv Yellow-legged Gull Goodrington 19 July 2017 ML   juv Yellow-legged Gull 2 Goodrington 19 July 2017 ML

Broadsands:

3 Mediterranean Gulls on beach (2 ad s & 1 juv), off the beach two groups of Common Scoter totaling 35.

 

Posted July 19th, 2017 at 9:40 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Swifts over Brixham

Sitting in my garden in Brixham last night about 9.20 to 9.40 I was treated to a formation flying display by 17 Swifts and it was spectacular. They flew in close formation, even better than the red arrows, then in the end flew very high and vanished into the clouds. Sorry no pictures was busy watching them!!!

Posted July 18th, 2017 at 10:27 am by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Monday 17th July 2017

Velator and the Toll Road, Braunton.

Ringing in the reserve this morning was productive, especially if you (like me) like Blackcaps!. We ringed 18, all but one were juveniles, plus a retrap and two singing males present still. Also ringed: 3 Treecreepers, 2 Sedge Warblers, 7 Goldcrests, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Reed Warblers, and a very recently fledged Song Thrush - this may be from a third brood - they've been singing for months now and the male was still singing today!

This evening I cycled down the Toll Road to the flood, entertainment was provided by some plonker who had managed to get his 4WD stuck in the mud by the scrape! A tractor duly arrived and hauled it out. Sadly this disturbed most of the birds, but present were 9 Little Egrets, 18 Redshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 15 or so Dunlin, 5 Curlew, and a Ruff.

Posted July 17th, 2017 at 9:02 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plymouth

At the Plym Estuary & Saltram this morning: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adults), Kingfisher, Whimbrel, 26 Curlews, 9 juv Black-headed Gulls, 7 Little Egrets and 50+ Swifts. Also lots of Gatekeepers and a Roe Deer (doe).

This afternoon, 4+ White-letter Hairstreaks in Central Park (record shot below). Also a selection of other butterflys including Holly Blues and Commas and a Peregrine over.

Yesterday, a Mediterranean Gull amongst the Black-headeds after flying ants over my house (Mount Gould).

White-letter Hairstreak
White-letter Hairstreak

Posted July 17th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

fremington, home farm.

6 young Herons on the scrape,near the hide plus 4 little egrets,4 young sedge warblers,little flock of common sandpipers on beach area on the tide,got pics but not good.Goldcrest,greenfinch,linnets, stonechat and a seal feeding on the entrance to the river. Butterflies,red admiral, peacock,comma,burnet,small skipper,gatekeepers and emperor dragonflies.

Posted July 17th, 2017 at 5:41 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Goosanders it is!

Thanks to Jonathan for photo of one of the Otter "redheads". The pic looks just like our two birds and I'm happy to accept his identification as Goosanders. 

Posted July 17th, 2017 at 2:00 pm by Timothy Joy in General Birding

Sunday 16th July 2017

Lyme away boat trip

A few more pics from this mornings trip. You never appreciate how small Storm Petrels are till you see them next to other sea birds. Another great trip.

Storm Petrel between Fulmars
Storm Petrel between Fulmars

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 10:49 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

16-07-17 Marbled White @ Ford Park Cemetary

Plenty of butterflies showing at Ford Park Cemetery today, the best being the Marbled White, the rarer Small Copper (variety ab. caeruleopunctata) along with Gatekeepers, Large Whites, Burnets, Ringlets and more


Posted July 16th, 2017 at 8:34 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Brixham Harbour hirundines

The swallows have fledged a brood from a nest behind a ladder on the harbour wall, on the north side of the Fish Market. The nest is only about a metre above high water mark - the second year they have successfully nested here. Nearby, a brood of house martins look about ready to leave a nest under the eaves of the yacht club (close to the flagstaff) - view from the path behind the fish market..

Swallow family party (2nd juv. was on fence above)  House Martin nest
Swallow family party (2nd juv. was on fence above)            House Martin nest

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 8:15 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

Some of the birds from this morning's trip out of Brixham. For a while we had 2 bonxies both mobbing the gulls.

Bonxie (Great Skua) Manx Shearwater Storm Petrel
Bonxie (Great Skua)                              Manx Shearwater                         Storm Petrel

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 7:56 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Boat Trip

Heres some pics from the trip out with Nigel, Iam sure there will be more from others to follow?

Great Skua Fulmar
Great Skua                           Fulmar

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 7:40 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

central park about 20 ringneck parakeet pic of a couple

bius

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 4:28 pm by barry in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

This mornings trip out of Brixham, sea state was a bit lumpy, We traveled 8 miles out and had some good birds. 1 Med Gull, 50+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, Kittiwake, many Gulls and 2 Bonxies(Great Skua), these passed over the boat and one spent a long time at the rear of the boat chasing Herring Gulls.

I hope somebody will post some pictures for you to see. I missed taking any shots as I had my head down with the chum!!!! Still got some places next week, if interested call 07866202576.  

 

 

 

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Dawlish

 Red Throated Diver (juv) off groyne in front of Dawlish station.

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 1:58 pm by Nick Workman in General Birding

Hobby and white Buzzards ~ Dartmoor

Following early morning phone calls from members of the DBWPS today started with a trip out to Dartmoor to pick up an injured adult Hobby that had been recovered by a farmer on his farm above Widdicombe, the bird has a badly injured left wing and is in very poor condition.

On the track down to the farm two recently fledged almost pure white Buzzards sitting on a field wall and a male Redstart, lots of Swallows and a couple of Pied wagtails.

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 12:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish

Cattle Egret family at South Huish yesterday 15th 

Cattle Egret Family Group   Juvenile Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret Family Group        Juvenile Cattle Egret

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 8:22 am by Roger Backway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 15th July 2017

Otter Estuary

I was interested to read Tim's note of Friday 14th regarding two birds (Goosander or Merganser?) on the Otter. 

The previous day I saw what I believed to be 2 juvenile Goosanders fishing opposite the west bank hide.  I believe Red-breasted Merganser would have been out of season although Tyler (Birds of Devon) does say that non-breeding birds do stay beyond April and sometimes into the summer.  I will record mine as juv. Goosander but am open to correction.  The above is the best picture I could get with a bridge camera at 200 yards.

Posted July 15th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Goodrington Beach Torbay

Two juvenile  Yellow-legged Gulls on the exposed rocks in the middle of the beach, one was huge (facing right) the other (facing left and in flight) just a little bigger than the surrounding Herring Gulls

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Posted July 15th, 2017 at 6:55 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

South Huish

Pair of Cattle Egret with 2 juveniles photos to follow 

Posted July 15th, 2017 at 2:05 pm by Roger Backway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 14th July 2017

Interesting obervations - 14 July

At Bowling Green Marsh around 9.00 two female Goosanders. Flew off north after ten minutes.

At Dawlish Warren, from the railway overbridge, two basking sharks at around 11.15.

Posted July 14th, 2017 at 7:43 pm by Francis Welland in General Birding

Cockwood Harbour

Tuesday 11 July. 3 Sandwich Terns calling and flying up river just outside the harbour in pouring rain

Posted July 14th, 2017 at 7:04 pm by Timothy Joy in General Birding

Otter Estuary

2 hour stint in the lower hide, accompanied by Tony Warren, Wednesday evening on the rising tide. Really bright viewing conditions. Total of 9 Little Egrets, 2 Common Sandpiper, and 2 merganser "redheads". The chestnut breast seemed to be sharply defined and made us wonder if they were Goosanders rather than R-b Merganser although we would have thought R-b M probably more likely.Regret no photos this time. 

Posted July 14th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Timothy Joy in General Birding

Black hole Marsh

A Great Egret seen on the river from Tower Hide at 12.15 today. Also 3 Common Sandpiper.

Posted July 14th, 2017 at 6:09 pm by Ray Hamilton in General Birding

Soar

170 Swifts feeding low over oilseed rape by Southdown Farm. Also post-breeding flock of 100 Linnets. 2 Wall Browns first of new generation.

Posted July 14th, 2017 at 12:16 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Thursday 13th July 2017

Venford Reservoir

c12 Lesser Redpolls, 10+ Siskins, Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe, 2 Tree Pipits and Green Woodpecker.

Posted July 13th, 2017 at 8:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Morte Point

Four Fox Cubs near the cemetery early this morning.

   

Posted July 13th, 2017 at 5:35 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Bowling Green Marsh

The Spotted Redshank was from the view platform this lunchtime. No longer in its summer plumage, it is now quite a grey bird.

Posted July 13th, 2017 at 3:32 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 12th July 2017

Braunton Toll Road

Early evening ride to the flood at the white house: No Mediterranean Gulls! 30 Dunlin, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 each of Red and Greenshank, 2 each of Common Sandpipers and Oystercatchers , 6 Curlew and a summer plumage Knot. 7 Grey Heron and also 7 Little Egrets.

Posted July 12th, 2017 at 10:01 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Med Gull - Lyme bay boat trip

I have had a some feedback on the Adullt Med Gull we saw off of Berry Head during Nigel's boat trip on the 2nd. Thanks to Sean for getting back to me. As follows:-

This is definately an Irish Bird that was ringed in Wexford in 2009 or 2010. I cant be 100% certain but I think it is 2E16. Many thanks for the sighting. Let me know if you get any further reports and I will do the same if I get any further information. Kind Regards Sean

Posted July 12th, 2017 at 9:06 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Caen River, Braunton

On the saltings this morning, 27 Mediterranean Gulls, and a bonus moulting male Yellow Wagtail. (10.10a.m.)

Posted July 12th, 2017 at 10:46 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tuesday 11th July 2017

Berry Head

Seawatch today: Fea's Petrel south at 16.50hrs (youTube link: https://youtu.be/50POYa7vyTM ) , 1 Sooty Shearwater (YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/_AyhCGEWHU8 ) other highlights; 1 Great Skua, 1 Puffin over 1500 Manx Shearwaters

A few  pictures grabs from the bridge camera 4K video of the Fea's Petrel bottom left with a Manx Shearwater

  

 

Posted July 11th, 2017 at 10:09 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton

20+ Mediterranean Gulls on the saltmarsh just beyond the Toll House this morning.

Posted July 11th, 2017 at 11:21 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth.

13 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended last evenings NIghtjar walk which turned out to be the 'best ever' according to the regulars. Weather conditions were calm and warm.  'Churring' was first heard briefly at 9.35 pm with the main calls starting at 9.45pm and continued until we departed.  Both male and female birds were identified and at one time three birds were seen in flight together.  Close fly-pasts were the highlight and in addition to the two familiar calls a third quieter sound was heard which may have been an alarm cry.  It was believed we were probably near a nest site.

Earlier in the evening other birds seen were Yellow Hammer, a family of Stonechat, c12 Swift and a calling Tawny Owl. A very memorable one and a half hours on the common.

Posted July 11th, 2017 at 7:43 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Monday 10th July 2017

Braunton.

Cycled down the Toll Road towards Crow point this evening (reports of Yellow Wagtail at the weekend) and recorded the following: 24 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Grey Plover, 12 Redshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Teal, 20 Dunlin. Also 2 hunting Barn Owls. No Yellow Wagtails but plenty of Pied, including good numbers of Juveniles. 40- 50 Swallows and a few Sand Martins, along with perhaps a dozen Swifts.

Posted July 10th, 2017 at 10:15 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Late Post of Hoopoe at Train Station in Newton Abbot

I was told today by a teacher that he had been told be a friend that he had seen a hoopoe at the train station in Newton Abbot some point last week.

Posted July 10th, 2017 at 9:27 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River Clyst - Clyst Honiton

Found myself looking for three birds: Blue Tit, Chiffchaff and a Sedge Warbler.  However the calls and song were all coming from the Sedge Warbler (known for their mimicry).  The public footpath up river from the sewage pumping station opened this summer having been closed for over 12 months and is a pleasant place to bird (other than the view of the vast new Lidl's depot).  Buzzard, Stock Dove, Kingfisher present.

Picture taken into the sun so light eye stripe not clear.  

 

Posted July 10th, 2017 at 5:45 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Higher Soar

Probable first departures in the shape of 400 Swifts feeding low over the cereal fields. Also 100 Swallows.

Posted July 10th, 2017 at 4:55 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Roe buck , Arlington area this morning.

Cracking encounter.

  

Posted July 10th, 2017 at 11:37 am by David Paterson in Other Wildlife

Plym Estuary

Waders beginning to pick up: Common Sandpiper 6, Greenshank 2, Whimbrel, Curlew 25, Redshank 52. Also 8 Little Egrets, 9 Grey Herons, 6 juv Black-headed Gulls, a pair of Shelduck now with 2 well grown juvs, a juv Swallow at the wreck breeding site and 6 Mandarin Ducks.

Posted July 10th, 2017 at 11:31 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Addition to 7th July posting

Little Egret lifting stone on the Clyst at the Bridge Inn...interesting behaviour


Posted July 10th, 2017 at 8:45 am by bob barrow in General Birding

Bicton Park, East Devon

Sunday 9th July.  Another sunny day.  Pleased to see many damselflies about this week and the Black tailed Skimmer Dragonfly seen again.  Very many young mallards to delight the children and blackbirds making the most of a cherry tree.

             Bicton Park, Sunday 9th July

Bicton Park, Sunday 9th July

Posted July 10th, 2017 at 8:30 am by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Sunday 9th July 2017

Torbay Coastal & South Brent

Kestrel seen sun bathing on the rocks on the Torbay coastal path this morning.

Back home at South Brent a Garden Warbler turned up briefly in the garden, first record of this species at home, two Raven over head.

Posted July 9th, 2017 at 9:37 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

skern

55 med gulls.41 ads,5ss,5fs,4 juvs

Posted July 9th, 2017 at 8:41 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Afternoon in the garden in combemartin.

This after in the garden were blackbirds m+f,  goldfinches, young bluetits,  sparrows were feeding their definite 2nd possibly 3rd broods in the nest boxes, a pair of Robins( of which one bore an uncanny resemblance to gru from the minions) having no feathers on his crown.

Also the offspring of our early morning and evening chorister a young song thrush, which seemed to be replying to the sparrows when they were tending the nest. 

Young song thrush
Young song thrush

Posted July 9th, 2017 at 3:50 pm by Philip wort in General Birding

Saturday 8th July 2017

White Admiral

Not a bird but may be of interest. Managed to track this admiral down in Stoke woods today


Posted July 8th, 2017 at 10:16 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Hawking Insects over Exeter

Amazing sight this evening, with several hundred Herring and Black-headed Gulls hawking for insects over Exwick; along with Jackdaws, House Martins and Starlings


Posted July 8th, 2017 at 6:30 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Pullabrook Wood, Bovey Valley - 7.7.17

Managed to photo these beautiful Silver-washed Fritillaries (m & f - not every day that happens). Several not so obliging White Admirals seen.

Silver-washed Fritillary (m) Silver-washed Fritillary (f)
Silver-washed Fritillary (m)                               Silver-washed Fritillary (f)

Posted July 8th, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Broadsands

On north end of beach this morning 3 Mediterranean Gulls (1 juv, 1 ad s, 1 ss)

Goodrington: 1 ss Mediterranean Gull, lots of juvenile Herring Gulls on beach now.

Posted July 8th, 2017 at 11:38 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Friday 7th July 2017

Little Haldon Heath

First churring Nightjar at 21.38.  First Nightjar on the wing 21.44.  2 males and 1 female in flight,  individually and all together.  Some wing clapping and perching out in the open.  2 other birds churring from cover in just the small area that I visited. 

On the way home, a Tawny Owl on a telegraph pole along Claddon Lane, Maidencombe.   

Posted July 7th, 2017 at 10:58 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

SKERN

Nearly matched rogers total of med gulls last night with 93  this evening with no doubt different birds as the first juveniles appearing.55 ads 7 2s,24 fs and 7 juvs.17:15-18:45.

Posted July 7th, 2017 at 9:40 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Female Dartford Warbler

Not often seen Female Dartford Warbler on Dartmoor

Eds - its actually a juvenile (so could still be a juv female!)

Posted July 7th, 2017 at 9:28 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Brixham

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull Brixham this evening, just north of Astra Zenica car park with several juvenile Herring Gulls

.Yellow-legged Gull Juv Brixhm 070717 ML YLG juv Brixhm 070717 ML

Yellow-legged Gull - juv                                              Left Herring Gull juv, right Yellow-legged Gull juv            

Posted July 7th, 2017 at 8:59 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Row Buck Deer @ Burrator Res 07-07-17

A brave young Row Buck stood around for a while whilst I took some photos, at Burrator Res


Posted July 7th, 2017 at 7:05 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Dartford Warbler

Lots of Linnets and Yellowhammers at Aylesbeare yesterday and lovely if fleeting views of a Dartford Warbler.A Carrion Crow killed and ate a duckling at Darts Farm....hard to watch. Egret lifting a stone on the Clyst near the Bridge Inn....interesting behaviour.

 

Posted July 7th, 2017 at 5:52 pm by bob barrow in General Birding

Fir Wood by Bolt Head

6 Silver-Washed Fritillaries dancing through the wood - my first ever sightings here. Also 3 Purple Hairstreaks seen but probably plenty more in the canopy!

Posted July 7th, 2017 at 2:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Dawlish Warren Hide

As regular visitors will know, Dawlish Warren is in the midst of a extensive programme of sea defence and beach works. This programme has now reached the area known as "The Neck". This means there is currently No Access to the Bird Hide or Warren Point. This situation may last for a couple of weeks. Safety Marshalls will on duty at both dune path (groyne 9) and Beach (groyne 6). 

The rest of the reserve is open as usual.

Our apologies if this affects your visit, for more information visit the Environment Agency website (Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme). We will keep you posted.

Dawlish Warren NNR Rangers

Posted July 7th, 2017 at 9:39 am by steve in General Birding

ANOTHER EARLY MORNING, JUNIOR'S RETURN

At 5am today, junior returned, with mummy. They'd come down three steps and were now trying to climb back up, after watching for a while, I went out to give them a helping hand besides putting some stepping stones in place for the next time.

It's nice to know that with the right encouragement, even suburban gardens can be host to a variety of wildlife. Now, at least, I know why my hostas and delphiniums are doing so well- fewer slugs and snails.

For all those of you who's hearts I set a flutter with my last two blogs. The sedge warbler at Broadsands turned out to be a reed warbler. Thanks Mike. Ho hum, Keep looking and hoping.

   ANOTHER EARLY MORNING- JUNIOR'S RETURN.

ANOTHER EARLY MORNING- JUNIOR'S RETURN.

Posted July 7th, 2017 at 7:49 am by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in Other Wildlife

Thursday 6th July 2017

Skern

Mediterranean Gull numbers continue to increase on the Skern. At pm high tide there were 97, of which the highest proportion were breeding plumage adults. A few in juvenile plumage, and some already moulted out into first winter. Otherwise 100 + Black-headed Gulls including 4 juveniles. The only wader was an Oystercatcher.

Posted July 6th, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Nightjar

Nightjar calling briefly at 4pm near obelisk. 

Couple of white admirals also present. 

Posted July 6th, 2017 at 4:40 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Swifts around Brixham.

First thing this morning trying to get pictures of swifts in flight when this sequence of pics happened. A swift and House Sparrow clashing, never seen it before and after talking with Mike Langman could well be sparrow defending nest site. 

  

Posted July 6th, 2017 at 2:26 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Wednesday 5th July 2017

Skern

At least 30 med gulls.16 ads,6 ss,8fs.Could have been more as most birds were lying down so heads were partially obscured. 17.30-18.15.

Posted July 5th, 2017 at 11:18 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ilfracombe Swifts

A large amount of swifts are swarming way up high over Ilfracombe. Could be 500 + birds.  

Posted July 5th, 2017 at 7:09 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Clennon Valley

A Swallowtail butterfly that stopped off briefly to feed in my garden was exciting but as all 'good' butterflies tinged with some degree of suspicion as to where it actually came from!

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Posted July 5th, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Mike Langman in Other Wildlife

Goodrington & Broadsands

A quick check of the beaches this morning:

Broadsands: 5 Mediterranean Gulls (2 fs, 2 ss 1 ad)

Goodrington: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1 ad 1 ss) and noted my first fledged juvenile Herring Gull on the beach (early) - beware any Yellow-legged Gull watchers! 

Posted July 5th, 2017 at 10:35 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 4th July 2017

Godborough Reserve N Devon

A morning spent laying the stone on the track ways was rewarded with a wander around the reserve. A pair of Green Woodpeckers sitting on the fence posts and a family of Jays.

A really good showing of Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Large Skippers and Small Copper butterflies. Several dragonflies and damsels around including Golden ringed and Ruddy Darter and apossible Southern Hawker.

Posted July 4th, 2017 at 10:52 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in General Birding

Eddystone

Kayak trip Plymouth sound to Eddystone (and back)

2 Storm Petrel (both 9 miles offshore)

8 Sandwich terns

11 common Scoter

c90 Manx Shearwater, all in small groups

1 interview with UK Border Force, 7 miles offshore, the first kayak they have stopped!

regards Rupert

Posted July 4th, 2017 at 6:49 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

18 Curlews, Mediterranean Gull (adult summer), 3 juvenile Black-headed Gulls, 9 Little Egrets, 2+ Green Woodpeckers including a juvenile (my first here for some time) and Great Spotted Woodpecker. 

Posted July 4th, 2017 at 6:18 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren ringing recovery report

2016 Dawlish Warren Ring Recovery Report
This report has recently been uploaded onto the Dawlish Warren website. It’s a detailed account of Lee’s efforts during last year and worthy of posting something on the DBWPS website in acknowledging his work in this field of birding
Here is the link-
One of the aims of writing such a report in his own words is to promote an aspect of birding neglected by many and encourage others to find and submit discoveries of birds found.

Posted July 4th, 2017 at 2:27 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

RED KITE

Driving on Seaton Road between A3052 and the Hare and Hounds had clear sight of a single Red Kite flying round, along with several Buzzards.

Posted July 4th, 2017 at 10:12 am by Geoff Green in General Birding

Monday 3rd July 2017

The thingds we do for wildlife!

About 10.30 last night, heard then found a young hedgehog kicking up a rumpus in our back garden, Didn't know they made any noise never mind what this one was doing, Think it was looking for mummy. Had us up and down till 3.30 when it slipped under the back gate and went for a walk up the road. Silence reigned then it returned at 5 and started again. Put it back in the back garden where it found a quiet nook and quietened down. Wonder what tonight will bring! Despite such a night, went to Broadsands at 6. Saw and heard the sedge warbler though not as vocal as last week. Plenty of cirl buntings, greater black backs and four jays. At Clennon another sedge warbler and either a blackcap or whitethroat singing by the bottom lake. Much quieter there than home but wouldn't have it any other way.

  TOO YOUNG FOR PAIGNTON NIGHTLIFE

TOO YOUNG FOR PAIGNTON NIGHTLIFE

Posted July 3rd, 2017 at 5:24 pm by Philip L. Faircough in Other Wildlife

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was at Goosemoor this lunchtime.

Work has started on digging out the scrape in front of the hide at BGM and will continue for the next couple of weeks.

Posted July 3rd, 2017 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Colour ringed Med gull, Berry Head

My photos of the med gull seen from the boat just off Berry Head yesterday show that the colour ring is unfortunately damaged. It appears to read 2E1 followed by a damaged numeral, 6 or 8 (more likely 8 as far as I can see).

Med gull, summer adult Med gull, detail of colour ring
Med gull, summer adult                  Med gull, detail of colour ring

 

Ed. - Med Gull with Yellow 2E1? will be Irish ringed, might be worth contacting Sean Kingston (email is medgullring 'at' gmail.com) with photos - he might be recognise it.

Posted July 3rd, 2017 at 1:58 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip - Sunday

Just to add to Nigel & Simon posts. Whilst looking at photos from Sundays boat trip I had a photo of the Med Gull we say as it took off. It was ringed metal on right leg, yellow with black letters on left- all can make out is either F or E1? Anyone info appreciated. Also amazing how close to water Shearwaters fly! 

Med gull taking off Med gull rings Manx Shearwater
Med gull taking off                           Med gull rings                             Manx Shearwater

Posted July 3rd, 2017 at 10:26 am by Paul Treen in General Birding

Sunday 2nd July 2017

Lyme Bay boat trip, common dolphins

Common dolphin pod seen today from the boat. With clear water and calm sea they could be seen clearly below water. sadly only Nigel saw the shark so no photos of that. Quite a few compass jellyfish in the water.

Common dolphin   Common dolphin
Common dolphin                                Common dolphin

Posted July 2nd, 2017 at 10:52 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay boat trip

Some photos from todays trip - most notable was the close storm petrel, photograph able in calm conditions at last. An adult summer plumage Mediterranean gull just off Berry Head on the way back in was a nice surprise to end on.

Storm petrel Storm petrel
Storm petrel

Posted July 2nd, 2017 at 10:43 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Here's some pics from a very successful boat trip with Nigel out into the bay

Manx Shearwaters Storm Petrel Mediterranean Gull
Manx Shearwaters                                Storm Petrel                                 Mediterranean Gull

Posted July 2nd, 2017 at 5:59 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

This morning was the first of the Lyme Bay boat trips in beautiful sunny calm conditions. A very good trip with 30+ Common Dolphin around the boat to start. Other sightings 32 Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 27? Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, Skua sp, Gannet, 60 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and a Med Gull. While I was chumming a small shark came a took some of the fish parts. Some pictures will be posted later by people on the trip. Running every Sunday morning, last trip 2nd September. Contact number  if interested 07866202576 

Posted July 2nd, 2017 at 3:24 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Two more Red-veined Darters this morning , both very dull individuals. Also male Emperor & 3 Golden-ringed Dragonflies. Birdwise juv.Buzzard calling on nest, female Sparrowhawk with prey mobbed by 15 Linnets & 45 Swifts feeding low over grassland & crops.

Posted July 2nd, 2017 at 12:50 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Otter Estuary, East Devon

Two Cattle Egret resting on estuary below DB hide on east side at 11.00 hrs.  Unfortunately they took off with flock of gulls and I lost sight of them.  Probably gone up Otter valley but may still be around south of Whitebridge. 

Otherwise not a lot around and the scrapes have greened over with only small pools of water left.  A few Black headed and Gt Black-backed Gulls on the estuary.

Posted July 2nd, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 1st July 2017

Roadford

In with 170 Canada Geese today were 5 white domestics and one Barnacle Goose.

Posted July 1st, 2017 at 11:32 pm by Peter Howard in General Birding

Emsworthy, 1 July 2017

2 juvenile Wheatear, 1 male Redstart with 1 juvenile, 2 pairs of Stonechat feeding juveniles. . Pair of Swallow

Juvenile Wheatear Juvenile Redstart 
Juvenile Wheatear                         Juvenile Redstart

Posted July 1st, 2017 at 9:23 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Re: Dragonfly

Looks like Black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) to me, Rob.. Scarce Chaser (L.fulva) has dark wing bases to the hind wing etc, plus yellow streaks, and also the eyes appear blue-grey with a black face.

Posted July 1st, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Dragonfly

Taken this morning at Bicton Park, East Devon.  Is this a Scarce Chaser?  Looking it up in my book it looks likely,  My book lists two others as similar) however this a first for me and I am happy to be advised on the matter.  Sadly this was the only dragonfly on a very sunny July morning.

Dragonfly


Dragonfly

Posted July 1st, 2017 at 3:38 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Plym estuary / Blaxton meadow

High tide roost this lunchtime on the Plym:

7 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 1 Greenshank. 9 Shelduck on the river, including 2 fledglings.

Blaxton meadow: 10 Little egret, 16 Curlew, 60 Black headed gull, 1 adult Mediterranean gull in breeding plumage, 2 Buzzards overhead.

Posted July 1st, 2017 at 2:08 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

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