Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th June 2018

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

If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

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

Friday 8th June 2018

Kites and Swifts N Devon

I had my first North Devon Red Kite close to Marwood Hill gardens 10 days ago, bit of a beaten up tail. It was following a tractor with the gulls. My mother in-law got a photo of one over Yelland today. I grew up close to the first release site in the Chilterns. Remember the excitement of seeing them there. Similar to how I feel about these recent birds. 

On the Swift front following Jon’s post. We’ve had a screaming group of 6 over Landkey for 4 weeks now. Strange they’ve been so slow to reach Braunton. 

Posted June 8th, 2018 at 12:00 am by Tom Williams in Bird News

Thursday 7th June 2018

Seaton Marshes

Information from East Devon Council...

Severe Disruption on Site -    Throughout July 2018 

Please be aware that major work to remove overhead power lines across the site will mean severe disruption through the month of July to Black Hole Marsh, Stafford Marsh and Colyford Common. 

The Car Park and footpaths to the Tower Hide and Stafford Marsh will be closed Monday – Friday for the first two weeks of July.

(2nd – 6th; 9th – 13th)

There will also be a complete site closure on the 26th of July.

Outside of these times the site will be open for public visiting, but there could be minor disruption and machinery on site will mean the wildlife spectacle will not be of the usual high standards. The works are estimated to be completed by 26th July, after which the removal of the overhead wires will be a huge boost for many ground-nesting birds, water birds and other wildlife on the site. It is being carried out after nesting period but before the autumn migration in an attempt to keep disturbance of wildlife to a minimum. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please contact James Chubb, Wetlands Site Manager on 07964 132282 for further information.

 

 

 

Posted June 7th, 2018 at 12:27 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 6th June 2018

North Devon nightjars

3 tonight at least with clapping and churning.Also pr of tawny owls with 2 fluffy youngsters.2 kestrels,buzzard,fox and 2 female red deer so a productive evening.

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 11:27 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Black-headed Wagtail

I'm sure there will be better pictures but none on here yet, so attached is my effort of the putative Black-headed Wagtail at Dawlish today. 


Posted June 6th, 2018 at 9:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

1 Kingfisher, 4 Great Crested Grebe (one on a nest), 2 Canada Geese plus c6 goslings, 8 Coot, 29 Mallard, 3 Swallow, 3 Magpie, 3 Moorhen plus 2 juv, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Jay, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet.

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 8:58 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

NINE Red Kite!

Absolutely no breeding behaviour at all, so quite content to share this experience. 

House/pet sitting at Aveton Gifford, near Kingsbridge. At 16:00 today, whilst walking the dogs, NINE Red Kite were thermalling overhead! Rushed images taken before they drifted North towards Dartmoor. Having seen Jon Turner's post....16:00 to 17:15? Could it be one of the nine that Jon saw? Anyway; here's a few of the images I was able to grab (heavily cropped)

Red Kite Red Kite Two, of nine, Red Kite
Red Kite                              Red Kite                                  Two, of nine, Red Kite

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 7:26 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Marsh Harrier - West Charleton Marsh

At about 1300 hrs today a female Marsh Harrier flew from an easterly direction onto the marsh at W. Charleton and gave good views to my wife and I. It spent the next hour hunting, disappearing several times into the reedbed and was still active when we left at 1400hrs. Earlier on arrival at the location we were treated to good views, only 20m away, of a Cattle Egret picking ticks off the various cows. Other sightings included G.S. Woodpecker and a Jay on the feeders, 8 Little Egret, 4 male Reed Buntings, several Sedge Warbler and a lone male Cirl Bunting. Later nothing of great interest at a quiet Beesands Ley.

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 6:04 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Braunton Red Kite

5.15 this afternoon.


Posted June 6th, 2018 at 5:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Braunton

Just busy outside my garage in the sunshine  at about 5.15 when the lone Herring Gull in the neighbourhood let out a bit of an alarm call. Thought it was going to be one of the local Buzzards, but closer inspection revealed a RED KITE, which drifted off towards Georgeham. This is the first Red Kite I have seen in mainland Devon!

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 5:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Crow point to the fisherman's Hut

A mid morning walk around crowpoint at the shoreline saw ringed plover mixed with a small flock of dunlin,  herons,  gbbg, cormorant and oystercatchers, also several skylarks in different areas sparrows taking dust baths and a few swans. 

Ringed Plover and dunlin. Skylark
Ringed Plover and dunlin.                                     Skylark

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 2:41 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Dawlish Leisure Centre

A dullish Black-headed Wagtail was found this morning on fields by Dawlish Leisure Centre. It shows well but is not giving the normal very buzzy flight calls of feldegg - see https://twitter.com/clennonvalley/status/1004288147105120256 these calls are very like western Yellow Wagtails

However on the ground when feeding the quiet calls it gives sounds much more buzzy.

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 10:44 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 5th June 2018

Braunton

At last! Up early to open some nets in my garden and above me a SWIFT! looking around I counted at least 15 feeding above tree top level. Apart from seeing the odd one, this is the first group I have seen in North Devon this year.

Male Blackcap ringed.

Posted June 5th, 2018 at 8:13 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cann Woods

A great visit to Cann Woods last night to hopefully see Nightjar. At almost 21:30 the churring started with good close up sightings of birds. There was pretty much constant churring and sightings for the whole hour i was there. 

Posted June 5th, 2018 at 7:54 am by duncan leitch in Bird News

Monday 4th June 2018

Ladies mile heddonsmouth

A sheltered walk from the heat today and a walk I had not been on for many years saw pied flycatchers, goldfinch, magpies. later driving back to combemartin a kite gliding peacefully along the coast up the channel.

Posted June 4th, 2018 at 10:07 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Velator

In addition to the 7 Goslings in the reserve, I saw 2 broods of 4 and 5 (of slightly different ages) being shepherded onto the water still  left in the scrape the other day. Do we need another 16 Canada Geese locally? hmm

Just when I had written off the Godwits until autumn, 1 turned up on the scrape today.

Little Grebe still present in the reserve. No sign of any young yet.

Posted June 4th, 2018 at 7:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

First Shelduck with (just 3) ducklings, 2 female Mandarin ducks, one still with 5 ducklings, and also 23 drakes. Seven Curlews and an Oystercatcher lingering into the summer and singing Whitethroat.

Posted June 4th, 2018 at 1:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Garden Birds in Exwick

Thirty newly fledged Starlings in the garden over the last few days indicated another successful year for our local colony; good numbers of juvenile House Sparrows means that they have done well also. We have had at least four Greenfinches daily as well: maybe a sign of a slight recovery for this formerly common garden bird.

Posted June 4th, 2018 at 12:20 am by Martin Overy in Bird News

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Lopwell dam / Maristow

This morning, high water:

2 Mute Swan with 5 fluffy chicks, Mallard and Canada geese also with chicks, and 3 Shelduck. House Martin collecting mud for nest building, recently fledged Blackbird, Robin, and Long tailed tits being fed by parents. 2 Reed warbler in the reeds.

Posted June 3rd, 2018 at 8:36 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Occombe, Paignton

It's been a while since I last visited and now the grass in the orchard has really grown, so much so it was providing excellent feed for a group of Goldfinches. Also observed for quite a while a Kestrel hunting over the field below the orchard. Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion Crow. Mentioned before about the number of Wrens on site, well this morning I counted 11. There were 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, a Pied Wagtail. Swallow, 2 Jays, Bullfinch. Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Stock Doves and Long-tailed Tits. Second family of Blue Tits using the nest boxes put up this year.

Posted June 3rd, 2018 at 5:31 pm in Bird News

Holdstone down

A mid morning walk around Holdstone down today provided approx 50+ linnet, a big increase in the last couple of years, stonechat parents and fledglings,skylarks, meadow pipits and a singular whitethroat. Nearly all the birds were feeding on the mass populations of small to medium size butterfly of many different types/ breeds. 

Whitethroat Meadow Pipit
Whitethroat     Meadow Pipit

Posted June 3rd, 2018 at 1:19 pm by Philip Worth in Bird News

Friday 1st June 2018

Turnstones - Braunton Burrows

There was 3 Turnstones tonight rummaging in the seaweed and stones on Braunton Burrows tonight, but next to main car park behind red bin

Posted June 1st, 2018 at 10:41 pm by Adam Sibbald in Bird News

Plym Woods - 01-06-18

A Great spotted Woodpecker nest in an holed old tree track at the side of the path by the river, a young Great Spotted Woodpecker could be seen clearly, and the parent was nearby ready to feed the chick

Posted June 1st, 2018 at 5:55 pm by GregBradbury in Bird News

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