Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th July 2017

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Posted April 1st at 3:13 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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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.

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

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

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 at 9:37 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

skern

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

Posted July 9th 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

Posted July 7th 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 2:08 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

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