Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st 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

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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