Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th 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

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

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

skern

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

Posted July 9th, 2017 at 8:41 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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