Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st June 2018

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS

In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 21st June 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/
 
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!

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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. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many 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.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  

 

Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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

Thursday 21st June 2018

Velator reserve

Little Grebes finally seen with young this week. Only a few days before last year's first (and only) brood. In 2016 there was an early brood in May and then another in June.

Juvenile Little Grebes.
Juvenile Little Grebes.

Posted June 21st, 2018 at 10:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hobby

1 hawking dragonflies over Doccombe Valley heading towards mortenhampstead at 11:30.

Posted June 21st, 2018 at 9:53 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Beesands - 21-06-18

Again at Beesands a Buzzard being mobbed by Magpies 


Posted June 21st, 2018 at 7:21 pm by GregBradbury in Bird News

Beesands - 21-06-18

At Beesands today, Reed Warblers were showing very well along with Whitethroats, and a Juv being very photogenic, plenty of Cetti's Warblers heard and seen

  

Posted June 21st, 2018 at 7:20 pm by GregBradbury in Bird News

Bicton Common (East Devon)

22 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended this mornings fieldtrip starting at Four Firs car park and taking in a 2 mile circular walk to Blackhill Quarry.  A brief glimpse of a single Dartford Warbler confirmed the presence of this species and the most common bird was Linnet which were present in small numbers.  A total of 24 species was counted during the morning and these included small numbers of Swift moving through, several Stonechat, Green Woodpecker and Siskin.  The quarry lakes produced Sand Martin, Tufted Duck, Herring Gull, Gt Black backed Gull, Moorhen, Mallard and a family group of Canada Geese.  The normally present Little Grebes were not seen, probably due to disturbance from vehicles working around the lakeside. Other species including Greenfinch, Yellow Hammer, Gt spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Buzzard, Bullfinch and Blackcap were seen or heard at a distance.

Posted June 21st, 2018 at 5:01 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wednesday 20th June 2018

Juvenile Spoonbill

Following reports that the Spoonbill might have been injured by shooters, I paid a visit to the marsh yesterday.

I can report that the juvenile Spoonbill is in fine health, actively feeding, preening and flying.  The bird seems to be moulting primaries and secondaries.  Efford Marsh would seem to be just the right habitat for this species now that the flood gates have been adjusted (at last): it is now similar to flooded water meadows in SW France where the species is quite common.

Juvenile Spoonbill feeding off hideSpoonbill shortly after take off, heading into windSpoonbill landing back into wind
Juvenile Spoonbill feeding off hide   Spoonbill shortly after take off, heading into wind and coming back

 

Posted June 20th, 2018 at 8:40 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Possable Orca Sighting

Possible Orca about a mile off Hopes Nose this morning at 9am Fully breached once then not seen again.

Robert Hughes 

Posted June 20th, 2018 at 3:49 pm by Robert Hughes in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 19th June 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Kingfisher back early on Blaxton Pool, 3 Stock Doves, 17 eclipse drake Mandarin Ducks, juv Great Spotted Woodpecker and young Swallows in the nest and on the wing. 

Posted June 19th, 2018 at 10:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mid Devon Branch Field Meet at Witheridge Moor

Tree and Meadow Pipits, Redstarts, Wood Warblers, Spotted Flycatchers, Siskins, Song and Mistle Thrushes  were some of the birds seen by the group on this morning's walk through the culm and adjacent woodland. 

Posted June 19th, 2018 at 10:10 pm by Nick Armstrong in Bird News

Monday 18th June 2018

Wrafton

2 Black-tailed Godwits on the smaller scrape this evening.

Still 16 Juvenile Canada Geese around the area.

Posted June 18th, 2018 at 9:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, late news

Some photos from yesterday morning's boat trip out of Brixham.

Manx ShearwaterKittiwakeDiving Gannet
Manx Shearwater                            Kittiwake                         Diving Gannet

Posted June 18th, 2018 at 4:27 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

North Devon

Nice surprise early this morning in North Devon, watched a Hobby take a House Martin. Several House Martins then mobbed the falcon before it flew off. 

Posted June 18th, 2018 at 3:58 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Sunday 17th June 2018

Saltram Blaxton Meadow 17-06-18

Plenty of Large skipper flying around the meadow


Posted June 17th, 2018 at 9:26 pm by GregBradbury in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay Boat Trip.

Sightings on a boat trip from Brixham into Lyme Bay this morning were:- 1 Storm Petrel, 25+ Manx Shearwater, 10+ Kittiwake, 3 Fulmar, 1 Razorbill, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull , many Guillemots on the water and flying back and forth from the colony and gannets diving by the boat. Trips running every Sunday morning, if interested call 07866202576.

Posted June 17th, 2018 at 2:06 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Saturday 16th June 2018

Lyme Bay 15th June 2015

Picture of breaching Thresher Shark


Posted June 16th, 2018 at 9:27 pm by George and Lesley Carr in Bird News

Lyme Bay Thursday 15th

3 Storm Petrels, 2 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 35 Manx Shearwater, 2yr Med Gull amongst the Kittiwakes on the Guillemot nesting site at Berry Head, 4 Harbour Porpoise and a 300+ lb thresher shark that fully breached at least 5 times (pictures to follow). 

Posted June 16th, 2018 at 7:55 pm by George and Lesley Carr in Bird News

R. Plym additional

In addition to the scruffy drake Mandarins spotted by Pete A. there was a female Mandarin with 8 well grown (1 week +) ducklings at the tramway bridge over the Plym at Longbridge.

Posted June 16th, 2018 at 4:20 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram 15/6/18

On Blaxton Pool, a single Redshank with 3 remaining Curlews. Fourteen Shelducks included a pair with 2 ducklings, Swallow feeding 3 young in the nest, 23 eclipse drake Mandarins, female Red-crested Pochard, 3 Stock Doves and Moorhens with 4 small young.

Also 4 Bee and 3 Southern Marsh Orchids and my first Marbled White of the year. 

Posted June 16th, 2018 at 2:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Friday 15th June 2018

Brendon Common

Pair of Whinchats,pair of Spotted Flycatchers,Redpoll,Cuckoo,Heron,Grey Wagtail,Willow Warblers,Stonechat family,goldfinches,meadow pipits and a green woodpecker. Good day.

Posted June 15th, 2018 at 4:35 pm by john elvin in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

Some less than routine sightings this morning. Two juvenile Siskins on the garden feeders, a Grey Heron on a neighbouring roof, soon seen off by the local Herring Gulls and a fly-by Ring-necked Parakeet.

Grey Heron  Siskin (juv.)
Grey Heron                                Siskin (juv.)

Posted June 15th, 2018 at 7:57 am by Jason Smart in Bird News

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