General Birding

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels 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.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

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

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

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

Thursday 14th September 2017

Tawny owl's ~ South Brent

Tawny owls at South Brent this evening just after 8pm, three calling and two in view at the same time at one point, Fox calling towards the village..

Two Sparrow Hawk sightings from home this afternoon, Raven and Buzzard overhead.

 

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 9:17 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

birds from East Devon

Apologies for the late report but thought it worth posting this. Yesterday, 13.9.17  at the Discovery Hut, Seaton, greenshank, common sandpiper, reed buntings galore, dunlin and sand martins. On Colyford Common scrape two unidentified birds which I have submitted for positive ID, common sandpiper and greenshank. Today 14.9.17  two wheatear on Seaton beack


I've been coming here on holiday for the past eleven or twelve years and every year throws up something different and exciting. Whoever said bird watching was boring has never tried it.

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 8:22 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

3 Curlew Sandpipers from the hide this lunchtime. A few Ringed Plovers flew in with a flock of Dunlin but didn't land.

At Goosemoor, 2 Common Sandpipers.

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 3:16 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Hobby ~ South Brent

This mornings visit

  

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 9:20 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Sabine's Gull Photos -Plymouth

Not sure why photos did not attach to previous post

  

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 9:47 pm by Ian Teague in General Birding

Horsey Island Osprey

The Osprey was seen again this morning, fishing during a heavy shower. I see there is a query regarding the ring number, I would be happy to forward the blown-up picture to anyone who wants it....message me at .....denzey1@outlook.com and I'll forward the reply I got from Tim Mackrill....thanks..!

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Sabine's Gull Plymouth

As a follow up to Pete's post. Here are a couple of record shots of the Sabine's Gull on the Plym

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 7:11 pm by Ian Teague in General Birding

Plymouth

A Juv Sabine's Gull on and near the pontoon opposite the Green House on the Plym Estuary before flying off high South at 12.10. Also on the Plym: Turnstone 20+, Curlew 26, Oystercatcher 9, Common Sandpiper 2 or 3, Shag 2, Little Egret 12, Grey Heron 12.

In the Sound today 9 Arctic Terns, flock of c35 Commic Terns at distance, Black Tern , c20 Sandwich Terns and 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

Vic Tucker asked me to report he had 15 Arctic and 23 Common Terns in the Sound.

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 5:48 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Re Alan Denzey's post Osprey Horsey Island yesterday

Roy Dennis identified the bird as Scottish juvenile LH6. I cannot find this number on this website : http://ukospreys.uk/darvic-blue3chr.htm. Is it possible it is LH0, with the zero being mistaken for a 6 from afar?

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 5:15 pm by Liz Carrivick in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Good views of at least four Curlew Sandpipers and a Whimbrel with the Curlew

Curlew Sandpiper and Redshank Whimbrel and Curlew Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit
Curlew Sandpiper and Redshank       Whimbrel and Curlew              Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit           

 

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 4:43 pm by Colin Scott in General Birding

Goosemoor

A single Ruff was with a small group of Greenshank & Redshank at Goosemoor this lunchtime.

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Osprey

Quick detective work from Roy as usual! If that is correct it should be possible to identify the nest it was from it's gender and when it fledged.

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Horsey Island Osprey

Further to my enquiry to Roy Dennis, it seems that the ring number is LH6...

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 6:21 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Horsey Island Osprey

Further to my earlier post, Roy Dennis has initially confirmed that it seems to be a Scottish bird, hatched this year....I'll update if he can work out the ring ID.......

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Anchorwood bank Barnstaple 14.30 -15.30

Lots of waders feeding in the mudflats on a receding tide Including:
70+ Blackwits, 2x Ruff, 6x Pintail and 40 odd Dunlin.

Black-tailed Godwit Ruff Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit                                        Ruff                                               Black-tailed Godwit

 

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 5:43 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Horsey Island Osprey

Driving back across the Braunton Marsh, I stopped to see if any Cattle Egrets had appeared, and I'm pretty sure I saw an Osprey flying fast east towards the Caen river mouth over the Horsey Island area. Looking carefully at Alan's great picture (below) it clearly has a blue ring on. I think this designates it as a Scottish bird. Alan, can you blow up any pictures to see if you can read the ring number?

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Taw Estuary Osprey

An osprey on a post in Horsey Island early afternoon then again later on a sand bank adjacent to Chivenor Camp.

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by alan craddock in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Fairly busy at the Dawlish Warren hide for the high tide today.

On entering the reserve steady passage of House Martins with a few Swallows, several mixed flocks of Goldfinch and Linnet.

Approaching the hide a mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover later joined by a few Sanderling.

From the hide a single Black Tern that came in and left without landing, Common and an Arctic Tern in with the more numerous Sandwich Terns.

A single Wheatear, then a reasonably low flying Spitfire came down the river and over the hide which moved a good number of the birds about. 

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 3:53 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Horsey Island Osprey

Osprey fishing in the Horsey Island lagoon this morning. 

Osprey
Osprey

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 3:27 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Velator

Walked to the reserve this morning, still recovering from hernia operation, so not allowed to drive or use bike! Today 85+ Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape (only 39 yesterday) a Mediterranean Gull amongst the Black-headed Gull flock. Still Swallows, Sand Martins and mostly House Martins feeding in the lee of the reserve.

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 12:42 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Fremington Pill this morning ; 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers , 1 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Greenshanks , 2 Dunlin

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 10:57 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake (late post)

11/09.   At least 60 House Martins and c. 12 Swallows feeding over the lake this morning - no sign of the Black Tern.

Harvey Kendall

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 9:35 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

ALL ALONE AT TOWER HIDE

Went to the hide to see the spotted redshank but found instead this lonesome sanderling. What a beautiful little bird. Also a kingfisher sat within twenty feet, allowing me to film it.

  YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL FIND

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL FIND

Posted September 12th, 2017 at 8:06 am by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Monday 11th September 2017

Turf

Cattle egret flew past towards the marshes 5.30ish. 

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 8:56 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Spotted Flycatcher

1st seen last Thursday but didn't post as I wasn't 100% sure, but the Spotted Flycatchers were still present this afternoon at Occombe. At least 2 if not 3. And this is the 1st time I've seen this bird here. Also, a small flock of c20 Goldfinches, several Jays, both Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Buzzard, and numerous House Martins.

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 7:24 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

River Exe- Ospreys

From Bowling Green Marsh Viewing Platform - An Osprey flew out of Powderham Park below the sailing club at c2pm and watched for 20 minutes circling the river distantly in the Powderham / Starcross area- it was joined by a second Osprey mid river - one of them watched across the river before starting to fish off the Imperial Ground , Exmouth. Later at least one of them returned to Powderham . 

On the dropping tide 2 Curlew Sandpipers and a Kingfisher both showed well.

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 4:09 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Certainly one Curlew Sandpiper in with 480 Dunlin, 200+ Redshank, 20+ Greenshank, 239 Curlew, 470+ Blackwit, 1 Barwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 138 Teal, 48 Wigeon& 10 Shoveler.

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 12:26 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Hope's Nose, yesterday 10th.

Seawatch 11.30-4.30, watching binocular range only. Very, very quiet with a slow passage of gannets (difficult to count with many birds circling and going back north), a few fulmars and one or two kittiwakes behaving likewise. 2 common scoter, 1 knot, 2 razorbill and 1 great skua all south, and 1 balearic shearwater briefly seen under a flock of gulls. 

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 12:11 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Westward Ho!

Juvenile Sabine's Gull flew along the pebble ridge from Sandymere towards Westward Ho! at about 9.30 this morning. I couldn't relocate the bird from the promenade at Westward Ho! and then had to rescue an exhausted Manx Shearwater!

later at Skern on the ebb tide there were 2 juvenile Black Tern, 13 Knot, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and one juvenile Gannet with orange nylon cord around its feet!

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 11:41 am by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Sunday 10th September 2017

MASS EXODUS FROM BLACK HOPLE MARSH, SEATON

Having, for many years seen on film, and read about, the migration habits of swallows and martins, today i was privilege to finally watch the real thing. an event made more special by the inclusion of several sand martins (photos enclosed) which allowed me to get within fifteen feet taking photos. They were using the wooden boardwalk of the hide as their staging post. 

THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE PHOTOS

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 8:38 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

One Black Tern over the lake this morning.

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 6:03 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Hope Cove

80+ Gannets midday in the bay at Outer Hope.

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Roger White in General Birding

dawlish - 10/09/17

bonapartes gull showing well by groyne 7 at 9.50 and then much closer in on dawlish beach not far from train station 10.50 then flew towards teignmouth... also dark arctic skua by and yellow legged gull by station...

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 2:37 pm by nick patel in General Birding

Grey Phalarope

Grey Phalarope Dawlish Warren 10.09.17

video -  https://youtu.be/bh891KdBcGQ

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Exe Powderham to Turf

This stretch of the Exe WeBS count was almost birdless today. Highlights were 10 little egrets feeding in a group and 2 common sandpipers. The sea wall was more productive with 2 wheatear, 1 reed bunting and small flocks of linnet, greenfinch and goldfinch. Overhead a steady stream of house martins south. On the marshes - 3+ blackcap, c20 chiffchaff and one reed warbler

Yesterday (Saturday) osprey over marshes towards motorway at 13.00.

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 2:00 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Saturday 9th September 2017

Otter Valley / Blackhill Quarry

A few good birds up the valley along the western path towards near to the aqueduct with a family group (?) of 3 Spotted Flycatcher, numbers of Chiffchaff, a Gt spotted Woodpecker and 2 Bullfinch in the same area.

Moving on to Blackhill Quarry on the commons the lake produced a Cackling Goose (at rear of picture) together with c100 Canada Geese and a Little Grebe and Mallard. Green Woodpecker seen and heard several times here previously.

 

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 7:04 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

River tavy

Two Osprey below 17 arches bridge today.


Posted September 9th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by chris buckland in General Birding

Last Swift?

This pm had a Swift over the house in Exeter. 

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Soar Mill and South Efford Marsh

At Soar Mill Cove and Southdown Farm this morning, of note: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 25 Blackcaps, 15 Whitethroats, 1 Wheatear and 2 Sparrowhawks.

At South Efford Marsh, early pm: 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank, 1 Cattle Egret, c8 Yellow Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails and 1 Hobby.

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 3:38 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

South Brent

First thing this morning the Hobby came in for food and was given a serious mobbing by Jackdaws an Carrion Crows that made every effort to force in down to the ground but despite the odds it out flew them and collected its food.

While this was going on Green Woodpecker calling near by, two Ravens overhead and light passage of Swallows.

And shortly after the Hobby had left a low flying Peregrine passed over flying towards the village.

 

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 3:38 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Start Point

06:30-10:00, mod NW.

Ringed Plover, 10 Tree Pipits, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Wheatears, 3 Whitethroats, 16 Blackcaps, 18 Chiffchaffs and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 12:01 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 8th September 2017

River Exe

1 curlew sandpiper, 1 ruff and 1 green sandpiper at Bowling Green Marsh this morning along with the usual waders on the high tide. A female marsh harrier also showing well hunting over the back of the marsh.

From the River Clyst viewing platform on the dropping tide presumably the same curlew sandpiper and 2 kingfisher.

Slavonian grebe off Cockwood (from the train).

At Dawlish Warren 2 black terns on the sand banks offshore with Sandwich terns

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 6:57 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Juvenile Green woodpecker

Just had juvenile green woodpecker on my front lawn again. After ants as usual, came very close to the front porch.

      

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 6:23 pm by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Osprey Maristow Quay

Osprey.  Maristow Quay.  Came flying down river from Lopwell Dam and headed towards Warleigh.


Posted September 8th, 2017 at 1:57 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

Bonaparte's Gull Dawlish Warren

Adult winter Boneparte's on beach at Groyne 1 this morning. 1st winter Med gull also present.

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 1:19 pm by steve in General Birding

House Martin's & other bits

This morning over the house in Exeter was 80+ House Martin's. A good number but eclipsed by 1500+ over Powderham Estate. Another 200+ over Shaldon. 

Yesterday 6 Greenshank & 2 Common Sands at Passage House Inn on the Teign. 

And Wednesday 5 Green Sandpiper at Matford Pond. 

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 11:32 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

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