Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th July 2017

Coronavirus - Devon Birds bird hides

During the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak the use of Devon Birds bird hides should be in line with Government guidelines to individuals on how to protect themselves.

Please follow NHS guidelines: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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.
  • Co-authors should now only use the Submit a Blog Post form, to ensure a more consistent format for posts.

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

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Membership

If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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