General Birding

Breeding Birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

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

Membership

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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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