Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th August 2017

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.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, 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 the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posted April 10th at 4:50 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

Monday 7th August 2017

Horsey Island

2 Glossy Ibis, 2 Spoonbill, 12 redshank 4 greenshank 2 Kingfisher a Male Kestrel and a quick glimpse of a female Marsh Harrier around 2pm this afternoon ...Dunlin ,Black Tailed Godwit the usual Gulls Heron & Egret and a single Sedge Warbler and a single Common Sandpiper aso present...

Posted August 7th, 2017 at 9:40 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Tawny owls ~ South Brent

Some images taken last evening when some of the recently released wild Tawny youngsters came in for their supper, the close up bird had actually managed to get back into the release pen and had to be caught up and re released and went off non the worse for its adventures....one of the birds coming in having been found by a DBWPS member.

  

Posted August 7th, 2017 at 9:11 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Glossy Ibis at Horsey Island

Made my first visit to Horsey Island on Sunday to find the glossy ibises - and my daughter spotted five of them in the estuary, rather than the large "lake" where I was looking. Lovely to see them flying and three spoonbills as well. Are the ibises still around?

Posted August 7th, 2017 at 8:44 pm by Gordon Otley in General Birding

Swifts ~ South Brent

Late this evening good numbers of Swallows over the house at South Brent heading towards Plymouth, just on 8pm six Swifts came over, very vocal, shortly after that three spent some 20 mins screaming and racing around the roof tops as they do.

For most of the afternoon I was kept company by a very vocal Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch over the garden this morning.

Posted August 7th, 2017 at 8:20 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunday 6th August 2017

Berry Head

Very quiet for birds in the afternoon heat. 2 female silver washed fritillaries were nectaring on flowers and egglaying along the track to the quarry, between the track junction outside the N fort and the quarry ramp top gate. Also here, a hawking male emperor dragonfly (which had a go at one of the fritillaries) and a pale hawker (possibly immature southern). Other butterflies included 1 small copper, many 2nd brood common blue, meadow brown, speckled wood, red admiral, painted lady and unidentified whites. On the rabbit lawn just south of the S fort, the first autumn ladies tresses orchids and autumn gentian were just coming into flower, but the real show here was thousands of autumn squill forming blue patches in the turf.

Silver washed fritillary, female   Autumn squill & wild thyme
Silver washed fritillary, female        Autumn squill & wild thyme

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 10:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay boat trip

Some pictures from this morning's trip from Brixham. A good range of species, spectacular shearwater rafts and our first really good views of Balearic Shearwater for this season. 

Arctic Skua, adult chasing Common Tern, juvenile  Balearic Shearwater Storm Petrels
Arctic Skua (adult) chasing Common Tern (juv)         Balearic Shearwater                         Storm Petrels

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 9:31 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper showing well this afternoon, also, 140 Black Tailed Godwit, and 2 Reed Warblers at the back of the marsh. A female Marsh Harrier floated through at 4 pm, occasionally dropping into the reed bed, before flying off towards Darts farm.

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 7:49 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Egret roost

33 Little Egret at the high tide roost above Instow on the Torridge at 7pm tonight.

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 7:27 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Cattle Egret on Blaxton Pool with 13 Little Egrets and 24 Curlews, Also 90+ Goldfinches and c60 Swallows. 

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 6:34 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Cattle Egret

A single Cattle Egret at Blaxton Marsh - Saltram Estate among about a dozen Little Egrets

  

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 5:07 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat trip from Brixham

Out again this morning on another 3 hour trip and wow what a difference, sorry Plymouth group!!! 500 + Manx Shearwater, 8 + Balearic Shearwater, 1 Artic Skua, 4 Storm Petrel, 6 Tern sp, 1 Razorbill, Guillemot, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Great Black- backed Gull. The Shearwater were in big rafts. 4+ Dolphins, difficult to ID species due to the swell. A most enjoyable trip. Next 3 Sundays we are full. 

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Female Sparrowhawk

A female Sparrow hawk landed on a dead tree in the back garden at Lipson, Plymouth, eyeing up the birds on my feeders


Posted August 6th, 2017 at 12:16 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Saturday 5th August 2017

Horsey Island

Four Glossy Ibis this evening. 1 Winter plumage Knot. 24 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 9:54 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Froward Point Wheatears

Small influx of Wheatears today. They will  be going south now I guess. Saw 2 on Froward Point and one on the bowling club green next door in Brixham.

Froward Point also gave us a male Clouded Yellow and some Painted Ladies.

Wheatear backdrop of Start BayClouded Yellow taking off


     Wheatear backdrop of Start Bay                                                 Clouded Yellow taking off

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 6:46 pm by Bill Coulson in General Birding

Skern

The immature Little Gull flew into the Skern again just before high tide at 5.00pm this evening. It rested up with mainly Black-headed Gulls and 2 each of Mediterranean Gulls and Common Gulls. Also about 20 Ringed Plovers .

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 6:29 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Borough Valley, Lee

View from above of Golden-ringed Dragonfly

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Borough Valley, Lee

A wonderful day out exploring, observing & photographing items of interest! The first item an auk like sculpture approx 3 times my height.

Still learning my Dragonflies & Damselflies. After looking at Dave Smallshire's & Andy Swash excellent photographic field guide to Britain & Ireland's Damelflies & Dragonflies I was quickly able to identify these two.

A male Southern Hawker & a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

 

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 6:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

DB Plymouth Group, Lyme Bay Trip.

Plymouth group had a trip out this morning from Brixham  into Lyme Bay. 1 Grey Seal in harbour. Nice and sunny but very quiet some Guillemot on the water, 2 Razorbill, 8 Scoter flying in the distance, a small group of Kittiwake on the water until we reached the 8 mile mark. At last birds started to come to the chum. Birds seen 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull , usual support from the Herring Gull and Fulmar. Very few Manx Shearwater, approx10. Coming back in we saw 6+ Common Dolphin and 2+ further out. Today we reached the 9 mile mark. 

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 4:12 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Yesterdays White-winged Black Tern BGM

White-winged Black Tern Bowling ( video here ) Green Marsh Topsham. Moulting adult with damaged leg. Also Ringed plover, Redshank, Dunlin etc.

White Winged Black TernSpotted Redshank


White-winged Black Tern                                      Spotted Redshank

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 9:50 am by Martin Rooney in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey

Osprey at Gribbleford Bridge. On electricity cable surrounded on 3 sides with mature trees. Sorry no photo but larger than Buzzard, it's creamy white front and necklace of dark feathers,dark brown wings and back showed well in morning sun 8.30am. 

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 9:39 am by Sue Clark in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

3+ Whimbrels, 14 Ringed Plovers and 11 Dunlins in Charleton Bay on the high tide early AM. Surprised to see an unseasonal male Common Scoter between Charleton Pt and Lincombe Woods.

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 8:09 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 4th August 2017

Glossy Ibis

4 of 7

And also this evening: 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 20+ Little Egrets, 12 Dunlin, 2 Spoonbills. 1 male Sparrowhawk, 9 Mediterranean Gulls to go with the 5 on the Caen saltings.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 8:37 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

White-winged Black Tern - BGM - 04/08/17

Took several pics of this bird from the hide, (not best quality unfortunately as at distance limit of my camera). Several other birders with cameras in the hide so hopfully better pics will follow.

White-winged Black Tern White-winged Black Tern White-winged Black Tern
White-winged Black Tern

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 7:22 pm by Chris Bollen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dragonflies/damselflies

About 90 minutes spent at Bystock Pond, East Devon AM.  No birds worthy of note, albeit Green Woodpecker heard.  During the brief periods that the sun came out so did the dragonflies, too brief really before darker clouds and rain; but did see a common darter and some common blue damselflies and a few others too fast to ID.

  Dragonflies/damselflies

Dragonflies/damselflies

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Bowling Green Marsh

The moulting adult White-Winged Black Tern still late pm from the hide - also Wood Sand , Green Sand, Common Sand, Spotted Redshank , Whimbrel and 6 Ringed Plover

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 6:10 pm by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

On arrival at the hide this lunchtime, a 'Black Tern' was feeding over the marsh and then rested on the island for a while before flying around to feed again. After some debate, most of the features pointed towards it being a moulting adult White-winged Black Tern. It was there when I left at around 1.30.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 4:54 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for today at the Lower Lake.

5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 4 juv, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 12 Coot, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Robin, 3 Marsh Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 4 Great Tit, 10 Canada Geese, c50 Mallard, c10 Swallow, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Chaffinch, 2 House Martin.

 Rod Mudge

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Horsey Ibises

4 of the 7.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 2:54 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Horsey

In addition to the 7 Glossy Ibis present this morning, (not sure what happened to my earlier post!) there were 2 unringed Spoonbills and 12 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 1:54 pm by Jon Turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Glossy Ibis

Four of the seven Glossy Ibises present again this morning.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 1:28 pm by jon turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 3rd August 2017

Emsworthy Mire

Almost as soon as we started walking we had a quick view of a male sparrowhawk (at this point we didn't know what it was). It flew into the bushes so I followed it and had a quick but oh-so-beautiful viewing of this amazing bird plucking an unidentified prey item. We were also lucky enough to see a spotted flycatcher. We only saw one at a time but are very sure that there were more about. Other bird species that we saw here include: marsh or willow tit (probably marsh), blue tit, goldcrest, wood pigeon, wren, possible great tit, stonechat, nuthatch, robin, goldfinch, quick views of a possible (very likely) swallow, buzzard, chaffinch and chiffchaff/willow warbler.

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 9:19 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Horsey Island

Amongst a flock of 80 Dunlin & a few Ringed Plover 1 Knot in summer plumage.


Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 7:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

Today at South Huish Marsh - A Yellow wagtail feeding around horses feet, 3 dunlin, a juvenile and an adult Mediterranean gull and a juvenile Yellow Legged Gull.

Thurlestone village - 3 spotted flycatchers in garden and around 10 swifts overhead

Offshore - a Sandwich tern, gannets, distant small shearwater sps. heading west, 2 small shearwater sp. closer in heading east, and a distant large shearwater sp. heading west at around 12:50hrs

Yellow Legged Gull - juvenile Yellow Legged Gull
Yellow Legged Gull - juvenile

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 6:55 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Green Woodpecker

Juvenile Green Woodpecker on the front lawn AM, I was able to photograph through the glass of porch.  Pity the sun went behind a cloud but it came reasonably near as we prayed that nobody would walk through the Close.

    Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 5:53 pm by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Braunton Toll Road.

The 7 Glossy Ibis have returned showing well from the toll road flood bank by the stables at 2 o clock this afternoon....Also a single Spoonbill...

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 4:23 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Bolt Tail Thu 3 Aug 6:00 - 8:00 am

Seawatch from Soar Cove did not produce more than previous days despite of strong W wind: 96 Balearic Schearwaters, 240 Manx, 2 Storm Petrels, 1 Med Gull, 420 Gannet, 20 Fulmar.

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 11:48 am by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland point

0600-0900

1320 Manx Shearwater

2 Balearic Shearwater

1 Storm Petrel

1 Sandwich tern

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 10:41 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Dawlish warren

Watched from 15:15 till 19:00

A wet and windy afternoon produced an execellent few hours sea watching the highlight was just before 18:00 just before a heavy pulse of rain started to move through picked up a group of 7 Skuas( 5 Arctic, 2 great ) just behind them a large shearwater appeared but before I could confirm Id it was lost  in the heavy rain.

The afternoon had started with a group of 4 storm petrels and a steady passage gave final count of 37+ , the main theme was a lot of Skuas the most numerous was Arctic Skua with 42+ ( just before I left 8 were on the sea and another 7 were flying in great to watch ) an impressive 11+ Pomarine Skua some very close, 8+ great skua.

Tern passage was strong all afternoon the majority were sandwich and common terns but one group of common terns close in also included 3 Artcic terns.

The supporting cast included 6+ Mediterranean gulls, 5 knot, 4 whimbrel , 26+ common gulls. 35+ common Scoter and a few Manx shearwaters.

An excellent afternoons birding 

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 9:52 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Swifts

18 swifts in a group over my house in Barnstaple this evening about 6.30 pm. Over the last two days have seen groups of swifts on my way round North Devon. Obviously migrating back south and the summer. Lets hope they find it. Ours seems to have vanished yet again!

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 7:50 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching on a very wet and murky day today produced (highlights): 3 Great Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 31 Balearic Shearwater, 793 Manx Shearwater, 39 European Storm-Petrel, 21 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Roseate Tern, 12 Common Tern, 3 Puffin,51 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 15 Dunlin and just 1 Harbour Porpoise! 

Video link to two of the Great Shearwaters if you slow the clip down and look hard..https://youtu.be/0DQEDQRQORc 

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 6:47 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

BGM Wood Sandpipers

Pair of Wood sandpipers BGM


Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 4:51 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A wet morning at Bowling Green Marsh hide.  A Spoonbill was by the main channel when I arrived just before 11am, but unfortunately soon got scared off by a low flying aircraft (helicopter?).  A Common Sandpiper showed well, but I didn't see the Wood (or Green) Sandpipers this morning.  The number of Teal and Wigeon have increased since last week, and there was one Shoveler. A quick visit to Goosemoor on my way home at around 1pm found the re-located Spoonbill and the long-staying Spotted Redshank, as well as several Greenshank.

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 4:50 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

Bolt Tail 1 Aug 6.00-7.30 am

Seawatch at Soar Cove produced 106 Balearic Shearwaters, 350 Manx, 4 Storm Petrels, 1 Arctic Skua.

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 3:31 pm by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolt Tail 30 Jul 6.30-8.00 am

Seawatch at Soar Cave, produced 58 Balearic Shearwaters, 400 Manx, 1 Great Skua.

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 3:25 pm by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

All quiet on the western Front last night.

The 2 Wood Sandpipers showed very well. They y were joined by a Common Sandpiper & a juvenile Dunlin. Another common Sand flew in later just off the main channel. First visit since alterations, so don't know how deep, but one of the Woods decided it was quicker to swim across. Approx 10+ lapwings also presrnt.

Wood Sandpipers Wood Sandpiper & Dunlin Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpipers                Wood Sandpiper & Dunlin                          Wood Sandpiper

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 1:31 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Skua off Teignmouth.

Large Skua species off Teignmouth, Ness. Mobbing, chasing a group of Sandwich Terns.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 10:54 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

South Brent

The morning started with a flock of juvenile Long Tailed Tits moving through the garden along with some juvenile warblers I suspect Chiffchaff, two Raven over head, a single swift and another late this afternoon.

This evening three of the four young Tawny owls that I have raised this season that were released on the 24th July came in for food just after 8.30pm as they have done since release giving me the chance to take a couple of photos.

 

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 9:28 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Went to Bowling Green Marsh for about an hour and a half this morning. I saw: a grey heron, 3 little egrets, 1 or 2 redshank, black-tailed godwits, a little ringed plover, 1 or more swallows, shelduck, 1 or more magpies, gadwall, black-headed gulls, about 8 canada geese, 2 wood sandpipers, 1 or more wood pigeons, 1 common sandpiper and a mediterranean gull. A good mornings birding.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 8:07 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Berry Head Yesterday: Med. Gull, Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, Swallows, Cormorants/Shags, Corvids and Magpies. Also some Harbour Porpoise and some good views of a pod of about 8 Common Dolphins.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 7:54 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

A few bits & bobs included 15 Swift, 3 Wheatear, Willow Warbler, post-breeding flock of 40 House Sparrow and 180 Linnet in two flocks inc.130 on Bolt Head. 

Yesterday had a small skimmer on cliffs at West Soar which was probably a wandering Keeled Skimmer but there is always a possibility of a Southern Skimmer (would be first for UK mainland).

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 5:57 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Braunton Toll Road.

Good views (within 50 metres )of 7 Glossy Ibis 2 still in summer plumage at 2pm this afternoon...Watched them for an hour before they flew off high in the Barnstaple direction..2 Spoonbill, 2 Ringed Plover and 8 Black Tailed Godwit also present.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake.

2 Great Crested Grebes with 2 well grown juveniles, 4+ Moorhens, 2 Coot, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 Canada Geese, Swallows and House Martins, 15 Mallard, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Great Tit, 1 Willow Tit on the feeders, 1 Chiffchaff,. Buzzard nearby, 3 Wood Pigeons, 1 Wren..

Beautiful Demoiselle, Banded Demoiselle, Blue tailed Damselfly, 1 Southern Hawker, 3 Red Admirals, 1 Peacock several Meadow Browns, 2 Carpet moths..

Harvey Kendall and Barry Bryne.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 4:01 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Lynton the coast and woodlands aroundLee Abbey.

Young wheatear,12 gannets over 3porpoise,fulmars,large numbers of stonechats' 4 young spotted flycatchers,redstart and chiffchaff.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 3:01 pm by John elvin in General Birding

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