Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–30th June 2018

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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

Posted June 30th at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


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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.

Posted June 30th, 2018 at 7:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

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, 2018 at 5:10 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

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, 2018 at 9:09 am by Robin Stanbridge in Bird News

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, 2018 at 10:19 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

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, 2018 at 10:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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, 2018 at 8:35 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

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, 2018 at 7:21 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

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, 2018 at 1:39 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News


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

Posted June 29th, 2018 at 12:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 28th June 2018

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, 2018 at 5:33 pm by Roy Adams in Bird News


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

Posted June 28th, 2018 at 2:17 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

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, 2018 at 2:10 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

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, 2018 at 11:57 am by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

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, 2018 at 8:13 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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, 2018 at 5:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Red Kite Combe Martin

Flying above A39 close to a Fox road kill.

Posted June 27th, 2018 at 1:09 pm by Roy Afams in Bird News

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, 2018 at 9:45 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News


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

Posted June 27th, 2018 at 8:35 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

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, 2018 at 11:28 pm by Nick and Sara D'Agorne in Bird News

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, 2018 at 9:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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, 2018 at 9:35 pm by Roy Adams in Bird News

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, 2018 at 8:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Morte Point

Hobby.Single flypast 0730 this morning

Posted June 26th, 2018 at 12:17 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News


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, 2018 at 10:14 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

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, 2018 at 12:08 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

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, 2018 at 9:07 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

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, 2018 at 8:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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, 2018 at 7:02 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

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, 2018 at 8:18 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

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 -

Steam train -

Slavonian Grebe   Cormorant
Slavonian Grebe             Cormorant

Posted June 24th, 2018 at 8:04 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

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, 2018 at 7:24 pm by Andy Lansdell in Bird News

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, 2018 at 7:19 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

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, 2018 at 4:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

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, 2018 at 9:45 am in Bird News

Saturday 23rd June 2018


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, 2018 at 10:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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, 2018 at 9:30 pm by Steve Stone in Bird News

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, 2018 at 1:39 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

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, 2018 at 6:32 am by philip fairclough in Bird News

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, 2018 at 10:57 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Turf Locks

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

Also a Red Kite over Starcross yesterday afternoon 

Posted June 22nd, 2018 at 10:31 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Re Unidentified Wasp

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

Posted June 22nd, 2018 at 6:57 pm in Bird News


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, 2018 at 6:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


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

Posted June 22nd, 2018 at 5:46 pm by Chris Baines in Bird News


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, 2018 at 12:49 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Morte Point

2 Lesser Whitethroat on the Point this morning

Posted June 22nd, 2018 at 11:45 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News


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, 2018 at 10:35 am by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

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