Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th June 2018

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 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

Saturday 30th June 2018

Dartmoor Eagle Owl

I have been contacted by a resident of the Postbridge area who reports that he saw a large owl on the road near Bellever at about 4am on the 26th June, he was able to approach this owl and take two images with his mobile phone the bird is undoubtedly an Eagle owl and I suspect a Eurasian Eagle owl (bubo bubo) the bird was also seen the previous day by another resident in broad daylight at the same location.
 
From the reported observations there is every likelihood that this is an escaped or deliberately and illegally released captive bred bird.
 
The reporting person is making efforts to have me notified of any further sightings.
 
On a positive note those of you who read the reports of an Eagle in The Bovey valley by members of DBWPS may be pleased to hear that the bird after being AWOL for over a month returned the location that it went missing from and has now been recovered by its owner and he is grateful to all members of Devon Birds who made sightings of the bird known.
 
 
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Posted June 30th at 7:06 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery 30-06-18

A Silver-spotted Skipper showing quickly and not seen again, other butterflies around were, Marbled whites, Ringlets, Small skippers, Red Admirals, Peacocks, Meadow Browns. 

Not Silver-spotted (not found in Devon) but a Large Skipper which also has spots on underwing though much less bold. - Eds.

 

Posted June 30th at 6:16 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Lower Otter Valley

Bird highlight of today's British Dragonfly Society walk from Budleigh to the aqueduct was a pair of Water Rails feeding out in broad daylight just south of White Bridge. They were both getting worms from the riverside and taking them to chicks hidden in the reeds (other observers saw the chicks). The dragonfly highlight was the first record of Scarce Chaser for the valley, with a male along the ditch to the west that runs parallel to the river. Other sightings of Hairy Dragonfly, Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Emperor and the expected damselflies (both demoiselles, Large Red, Azure, Common Blue and Blue-tailed).

Posted June 30th at 5:10 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Red Kite

I sighted a Red Kite yesterday, Friday 29th, at about 11:30hrs flying above the Dartmoor Diner on the A386.

Posted June 30th at 9:09 am by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Friday 29th June 2018

Ilfracombe Lesser Black-Backed Gulls

This evening I counted 9 Lesser BBgulls on the roofs with at least 3 nest sites & one pair with chicks about 2 weeks old. Yesterday Ilfracombe Gig club rescued a young Peregrine way off the Pier that had come to grief probably chasing all the Manx Shearwaters off Combe at the moment. 

Posted June 29th at 10:19 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Plym Valley

Plymouth to Clearbrook: 3 Dippers, ad Peregrine with 3 fledged young, 13 Grey Wagtails including family with 3 juvs, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, Marsh Tit & 3 Mandarin Ducks with 8, 2 & 1 ducklings respectively. 

Also 5 Silver-washed Fritillaries.

Posted June 29th at 10:03 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Spotted Redshank at Goosemoor

The summer plumage Spotted Redshank was still at Goosemoor late morning before flying off down estuary at around midday.

Spotted RedshankSpotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

 

Posted June 29th at 8:35 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. (0620 29/06/18)

3 adult Mediterranean gulls with B.H.Gulls just below the Taw bridge.

A creche of 33 young Shelduck in care of 3 adults just off Anchorwood Bank.

0730 Isley Marsh 49 Curlew.

Posted June 29th at 7:21 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

River Yeo

This immature Little Egret has attracted some attention in the river opposite the Yeo Dale Hotel for most of the day so far.  

Posted June 29th at 1:39 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Soar

170 Linnets taking advantage of a summer seed bounty on oilseed rape at Middle Soar.

Posted June 29th at 12:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Purple Hairstreak 28-06-18

Purple Hairstreak butterfly at Plym woods, also seen a Emperor and Golden ringed dragonflies

Posted June 29th at 8:36 am by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Thursday 28th June 2018

Central Park, Plymouth

White-letter Hairstreak and 3 Marbled Whites.

Posted June 28th at 9:04 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

Red Kite Seaton Wetland Reserve

A Red Kite seen flying up the Axe Estuary this lunchtime.Also a Kingfisher on the reserve.

Posted June 28th at 5:33 pm by Roy Adams in General Birding

Goosemoor

Summer plumaged Spotted Redshank still at Goosemoor this lunchtime. Also 2 Greenshanks.

Posted June 28th at 2:17 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Morte Point

One hour over the water from the Point this morning yielded several hundred Manx Shearwater, (previously reported by Jon on 26th), moving W down the Channel and N from Woolacombe Bay, some very close to shore, Also Gannet (6), Razorbill (1), Guillemot (4), GBbG (4), Oystercatcher (2), Fulmar (5), Cormorant (1) plus many Herring Gull.

Posted June 28th at 2:10 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Reeves' Pheasant

First and only sighting to date of a Male Reeves' Pheasant, walking in shade at the bottom a garden on the afternoon of the 23rd June.  The pheasant was also caught on a camera trap which is set for the Black Fox: only infra red photos and video to date.  Will post when and if I ever get photos in daylight as I am avoiding use of flash photography: any advice as to technique would be gratefully received as the camera trap has been set for 2 weeks now with both cat food and organic lamb chop used as bait!

Posted June 28th at 11:57 am by Michael Woodman Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Trendlebeare Down & Pullabrook Wood

Good views of four Nightjars at dusk on the heath inc.wing clapping. Earlier 4 Tree Pipits, 2+ Crossbills, Redpolls calling.

At Pullabrook Wood 6+ White Admirals.

Posted June 28th at 8:13 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wednesday 27th June 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Visited on lower tide than Martin (post below) so fewer waders, but in addition - 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker, 55 Swifts, 14 eclipse drake Mandarin Ducks, 12 Marbled Whites and a Ringlet.

Posted June 27th at 5:20 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Red Kite Combe Martin

Flying above A39 close to a Fox road kill.

Posted June 27th at 1:09 pm by Roy Afams in General Birding

Ply Estuary & Blaxton Meadow

On this mornings high tide the following were seen. Mandarin Duck 3 females one with 4 young and another with 8, Red crested Pochard 1 female this bird had been seen some weeks ago on Saltram pond now on the narrows by the bridge, Little Egret 8, Curlew 25, Redshank 38 and a Med Gull.

Posted June 27th at 9:45 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Kite

Red kite just over A361 link road at junction of West /east Buckland 08:25

Posted June 27th at 8:35 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Tuesday 26th June 2018

Birds and Butterflies at Ashclyst

Stunning weather and wildlife at Ashclyst Forest today, with a pair of Spotted Flycatchers and Marsh Tit on arrival, followed by an abundance of Silver-washed Fritillaries by the stream at the bottom of the hill on the Violet Route. The butterflies were everywhere today, including Ringlet, with beautiful iridescence on its wings, Comma, Meadow Brown, Skipper and White Admiral. 10.30am seems to be a good time to arrive.

Spotted FlycatcherSilver-washed FritillaryRinglet with iridescent upper wing
Spotted Flycatcher                               Silver-washed Fritillary                 Ringlet with iridescent upper wing

Posted June 26th at 11:28 pm by Nick and Sara D'Agorne in General Birding

Tavy Cleave

Thirteen Whinchats including 2 pairs each with a juv and another pair with 3 juvs. Also reeling Grasshopper Warbler showing well, 2 Dippers, 4 Grey Wagtails and 6 Wheatears.

Posted June 26th at 9:47 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Puffins Lundy

Had a count of  74 Puffins entering burrows this afternoon at Jenny's Cove .Many more present on the sea and flying towards the cliff where it was not possible to view from the foot paths May

Posted June 26th at 9:35 pm by Roy Adams in General Birding

North Devon

After missing them on Roger's guided walk the other night, I saw a couple of Nightjars at Hartland Forest late yesterday and several others were churring.

This morning started early at Morte Point and several Whitethroats and Stonechats all shepherding young around the gorse. Several hundred Manx Shearwaters were exiting Woolacombe bay heading North and 5 Herons flew out to the point. No sign of Lesser Whitethroats. Left before Derek's Hobby flew over!

In the reserve at Velator later on the first Kingfisher I have seen in there since 15th March. Most of the other water birds I mentioned yesterday were present, only 6 juv Mallard.

This evening looked in on Wrafton Pond - no cygnets this year? Sherpa Marsh had 21 Swans, 2 Shelduck, the first returning Black-headed Gulls of the summer, Bit odd to see a Wigeon! Little Egret. Pleasant hot walk!

Posted June 26th at 8:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Occombe Farm NR, Torbay

Butterfly hunt at the reserve this afternoon started in most unexpected fashion with a female Purple Emperor doing circuits of the car park! Given the improbability of genuine vagrancy this is doubtless a released individual (a common occurrence in Torbay). On the reserve very abundant meadow browns, plus large skipper, holly blue, probable common blue, small copper, ringlet, red admiral, painted lady, small tortoiseshell, possible silver washed fritillary (didn't settle but big and flight action looked right).

Posted June 26th at 5:52 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

26-06-18 Ford Park Cemetery

Along with plenty of Marbled Whites, both M & F, there were a variety of butterflies including Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Skippers, also quite a few 5 spotted burnets, as for wild life, it's that time of year when they disappear, apart from the Crows and Magpies.

Posted June 26th at 3:31 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Morte Point

Hobby.Single flypast 0730 this morning

Posted June 26th at 12:17 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Braunton

In my garden this morning - to be expected in all this heat.

Eds - Hummingbird Hawkmoth (applies to all please put a name to any photos)

Posted June 26th at 10:14 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Cann Wood, Nightjars

A little later than in previous years, 18 members of Plymouth Branch ventured into Cann Woods, Plympton, for our now annual Nightjar walk.  A few arrived prior to the walk and were treated to cracking views of a male Siskin catching the last rays of the sun high in the pines, looking almost canary yellow in the sunlight. A few more woodland species including Blackcap, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin and Blackbird were all seen or heard.  So close to the longest day, it was no surprise that the first Nightjar was not seen or heard until 10:00pm.  They then came out in force churring, kee-wicking and gurgling to the delight of all, especially the one lady for whom this was her first encounter with this enigmatic bird.  The group were then treated to close fly over views of perhaps 10 birds in the moonlight and all went home happy but not before finding about half a dozen Glow Worms on the way back to the car park.  

Posted June 26th at 12:08 am by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Monday 25th June 2018

Cadover Bridge not Clearbrook

Sorry made a massive mistake in saying the Sand Martins were at Clearbrook in fact they are at Cadover Bridge, sorry all 

Posted June 25th at 9:07 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Ashclyst Forest

Plenty of Butterflies at Ashclyst, especially White Admirals, Silver-washed Fritillaries, Meadow Browns and Ringlets, go to my blog for more http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

white admiral
white admiral

Posted June 25th at 8:43 pm by simon thurgood in Other Wildlife

Velator reserve

While enjoying some Coffee during a break in Duck-weed raking, I watched the two adult Little Grebes feeding one young each. Then the 2 Moorhens appeared with two small young. But no, four young then 6. The seventh didn't appear. The Canada Geese with their brood of seven also helping with duckweed removal - by eating it!. So, where are those Ducks I wondered... As I returned towards the meadow, what's this rumbling along towards me - heaps of Mallard! Well Mum and 11 almost fully grown young, all bundled into the pond (putting up another juv Moorhen from the first brood) and forged away up to the other end of the pond. Can't believe I haven't seen them around the reserve at all.

Posted June 25th at 8:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

25-06-18 Clearbrook Sand Martins

The Sand Martins at Clearbrook have nearly fledged chicks now, the parents busily feeding the chicks as they were showing well just inside the holes, there are, at present, 4 holes occupied by the Sand Martins and chicks

Posted June 25th at 7:02 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

West Soar to Bolt Head

Butterfly counts on south-facing non-spring grazed slopes at National Trust site: Dark Green Fritillary 259; Grayling 136; Meadow Brown 351; Silver-studded Blue 143; Gatekeeper 207; Marbled White 32. First sightings of Small Skipper & Ringlet. Rest of grassland chronically overgrazed this spring & early summer and an ecological dead zone!

Reminds me of the song "Where have all the flowers gone". In this part of Devon eaten by livestock everyone!!

Posted June 25th at 5:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Sunday 24th June 2018

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Pics from today's trip. Additional to those listed by Nigel, perhaps the biggest surprise was a Great Crested Grebe about 2.5 miles out from Berry Head and flying in towards land.

Immature Gannet    Great Crested Grebe
Immature Gannet                 Great Crested Grebe

Posted June 24th at 8:18 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Slavonian Grebe

Sum Plum Slav Grebe off Cockwood steps as usual (associating with 4 Mute Swans). Was the only bird of real interest while awaiting arrival of steam train. 

Slav Grebe video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Bfo0pin1Jc

Steam train - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wvMuisq5YI

Slavonian Grebe   Cormorant
Slavonian Grebe             Cormorant

Posted June 24th at 8:04 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Re Roborough Down

Sorry Greg, But I don't think you have seen 6 young Roe deer, besides being very solitary deer, the structure of the antlers suggest a Cervus species and the muzzle colour lacks the dark nose characteristic of Roe.

Posted June 24th at 7:24 pm by Andy Lansdell in General Birding

Red Kite over Chudleigh

About 7:10 this evening a Red Kite circled low over Chudleigh Church,and then circled round,gained height and headed off to the north west, a good garden tick!

Posted June 24th at 7:19 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Boat trip into Lyme Bay from Brixham.

This mornings boat trip out of Brixham took place in beautiful sunshine.

Before we departed a grey seal popped up to have a look. On moving out of the Bay and towards Berry Head a large pod of 50+ Common Dolphins, spread over a large area greeted our journey and on returning possibly the same pod was seen a long way away towards Dartmouth. 2 Scoter flying out of the Bay before we set off 6 miles out.

Birds seen while chumming and on the return:- 104 + Herring Gulls, 6 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Fulmar, Kittiwake, many Guillemots on the water and 5 Manx Shearwater. 2 Harbour Porpoise also seen. If interested in coming with us text on 07866202576.

 

Posted June 24th at 4:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Occombe, Paignton

Plenty of activity this morning, the highlight being a parent Kestrel and juvenile. 6 Blackcaps (inc a female), 3 Chiffchaffs, Bullfinch, 3 Chaffinches & 3 Goldfinches, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Jay, 10 Wrens, 2 Stock Dove, a Buzzard, distant Skylark calling, Greenfinch, 3 Pheasants and a Song Thrush.

Posted June 24th at 9:45 am by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Saturday 23rd June 2018

Velator

A big surprise when ringing today - in among a lot of juvenile migrants and residents, I was lucky to catch - on the ground, by hand! an adult Little Grebe. After ringing we popped it back in the pond and it was later seen with it's mate and the two young.

Later in the day, the brood of Mallard ducklings - 11 this time, were on the pond with Mrs. Now I saw a brood of nine a few days back, and they are quite well grown. Question is, where have they been since hatching? Never seen any in the previous month! Did they come in from outside? It's a mystery.

 

12 Butterfly species seen today, including the first Ringlets. Good numbers of Broad-bodied Chasers, and as usual hundreds of Azure Damselflies.

Posted June 23rd at 10:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Common Scoter, Bovisand Bay

We saw a common scoter whilst kayaking at Bovisand. I got to within 7 or 8m and it took off flying SW. I couldn’t get my phone out of the waterproof pouch in time to photograph it. It was about 300m offshore. 23 June 2018. ~11am. 

Posted June 23rd at 9:30 pm by Steve Stone in General Birding

Roborough Down 23-06-18

A sight I did not think I would see at 11am, half a dozen Young Roe Deer amongst the gorse, only distant sightings, but ha ho! not a sight you see that often

  

Posted June 23rd at 1:45 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Roborough Down 23-06-18

On Roborough Down towards Clearbrook a single Redpoll showed very well, other birds seen - Reed Bunting, Stonechats, Yellowhammers, Linnets, & a Dunnock

  

Posted June 23rd at 1:39 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Lunar Hornet Moth

Many thanks to Kevin Johns & C Boyles for identifying our wasp in the willows. It appears that the female was depositing eggs at the time I took the photos. Not sure whether the eggs in this photo are Lunar Hawk Moth but it seems likely. Apparently they are brown & ovular in shape.


Posted June 23rd at 10:32 am by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Where did the nightjars go?

Following the reports on these pages, went to Haldon and Ideford Commons Friday night. Though we saw many different species of birds, the nightjars were conspicuous by their absence! To save an old man trailing all over the heaths in the dark can someone please tell me the best spots to find them and also at heathfield. Help would be gratefully accepted.

Posted June 23rd at 6:32 am by philip fairclough in General Birding

Friday 22nd June 2018

Ilfracombe Red Kites

Today several Red Kites over Cairn, Inc one very pale individual that came down to rooftop height. Off Capstone 6 Sandwich Terns & a constant passage of Manx Shearwaters in fairly close all heading down channel in flocks of up to 40 or more. 

Posted June 22nd at 10:57 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Turf Locks

Surprised to see a Short eared Owl at Turf this evening. 

Also a Red Kite over Starcross yesterday afternoon 

Posted June 22nd at 10:31 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Re Unidentified Wasp

Rob Jutsum's unidentified wasp looks like a Lunar Hornet Moth.

Posted June 22nd at 6:57 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Dartmoor

Walked Warren House to Challacombe and back via Headland Warren. A great count of 19+ Whinchats including 3 pairs with juvs, 2 Crossbills, 4 Tree Pipits, 3 Lesser Redpolls, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Willow Warblers, 4 Wheatears, 4 Siskins, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Greens & a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Reed Buntings, 6 Small Pearl-bordered & a Silver-washed Fritillary.

Posted June 22nd at 6:20 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Unidentified Wasp

Rob Jutsum - it is a Lunar Hornet Moth. Great spot!

Posted June 22nd at 6:09 pm by C Boyles in Other Wildlife

Rob Jutsum's unidentified wasp

Rob , try looking up Lunar Hornet Moth (Sesia bembeciformis) as a possible ID for your 'wasp', their food-plant includes willow. Any other photo's that may help with ID? 

Posted June 22nd at 6:00 pm by Kevin Johns in Other Wildlife

Northlew

Red Kite seen circling over the village this afternoon, at about 3:30pm

Posted June 22nd at 5:46 pm by Chris Baines in General Birding

Unidentified Wasp - Garden

In the garden on the weeping willow leaves.

Looking in my insect pocket guide I cannot find an exact match.

Any suggestions would be welcome.


Posted June 22nd at 5:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Aish Torr

Saw 20+ Fritillaries, 3 positive id High Browns, 2 positive id Dark Greens. The rest flying around and wouldn't settle so couldn't id. Pictures showing the underwing showing the difference between them, both pics taken today at Aish Torr

High Brown Fritillary Dark Green Fritillary
High Brown Fritillary                             Dark Green Fritillary

Posted June 22nd at 5:09 pm by simon thurgood in Other Wildlife

Cream spot tiger moth

Thursday afternoon at Mattiscombe sands, Start Point

Posted June 22nd at 2:27 pm by Adam Davison in Other Wildlife

Nightjars

Late news from Wednesday 20th.  A recce at Cann Wood turned up at least 12 Nightjars, with great flight views of chasing pairs before it got too dark. Three pairs of Roe Deer also.  This bodes well for anyone wishing to join me for the guided walk on Monday 25th. (See "News" for details)

Posted June 22nd at 12:49 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Morte Point

2 Lesser Whitethroat on the Point this morning

Posted June 22nd at 11:45 am by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Mansands

Meant to post this yesterday. This Barn Owl posed very nicely for me as I took several photos, didn't seemed bothered about my presents.


Posted June 22nd at 10:35 am by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

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