General Birding

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

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, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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

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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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