Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st July 2018


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

Tuesday 31st July 2018

Lundy return crossing

Today's return sailing from Lundy, accompanied by Grant Sherman & Tim Davis we saw plenty of Manx Shearwaters up fairly close to the Oldenburg, a few Gannets & Guillemots. Best bird by far was a tatty looking Sooty Shearwater sat on the water with a small raft of Manx.  

 Sooty Shearwater Gannet
                Sooty Shearwater                                                                    Gannet

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 11:58 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Private garden in Pinhoe - help with ID please?

Apologies for the poor quality of this record shot, taken through double-glazing. This bird is a first for me – I'm wondering if it's a Lesser Whitethroat but those aren't brown legs. I'm very happy to be corrected...

Eds - Yes, a Lesser Whitethroat. Greyish legs is fine for that species.

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 9:08 pm by Helen Evans in Bird News

Underneath a Tiger!

Came down this morning to find this Jersey Tiger on the patio door window so got this unusual shot. Then this afternoon got a first for the garden when this Wall Brown flew past me, found the only stone next to the back lawn and perched up just long enough to get my first and only shot of this species, before disappearing over the back hedge.

                            Jerser Tiger                                                              Wall Brown

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 6:55 pm in Other Wildlife

Beesands Ley - Great White Egret

Great White Egret still showing well today. Instead of heading for the hide, turn right out of the carpark, walk along the common and look back towards the hide. 

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 3:36 pm by Bruce Stewart in Bird News

31-07-18 Saltram

At Saltram today the Kingfisher (could be this years juvenile) showing for about an hour on the River Plym by Blaxton Meadow, also a cute juvenile Wren was showing very well

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 3:01 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Dartmoor Peregrine

A 2018 hatched Peregrine Falcon recovered near Vixen Tor on Dartmoor this morning close to overhead wires with a broken wing, it is ringed with a BTO ring and a yellow tag ring "FP", a bit thin and infested with flat fly but all being well this one will recover to be released in due course.


Posted July 31st, 2018 at 1:01 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

07.00 > 08.00

Unfortunately, no sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs early am,

the Wood Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper are still present.


Posted July 31st, 2018 at 9:34 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Monday 30th July 2018

Possible Juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs

Apologies for poor quality photo but for size comparison.

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 10:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

3 Waders of different sizes on the scrape this evening. 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper & the largest (size similar to Redshank) a possible juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs.

Please could you confirm identification from my photos please - Thank You

Eds - yes it’s a Lesser Yellowlegs. Nice find! Upperparts patterning suggests an adult.


Posted July 30th, 2018 at 10:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1445 - 1600.

Among the 100s of juvenile and adult Black-headed and Herring Gulls were 3 Common Gulls;

6 Mediterranean Gulls; 7 Whimbrel and yellow ring B.H.Gull (2H99) from Pitsea Landfill site.

The Grey Heron total is still slowly rising and now at 35. All seem to favour the Penhill Marsh side of the river.

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 7:11 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Great White Egret, best viewed from the common just beyond the hidejuly

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 6:13 pm by Terry Goddard in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Lots of young birds in front of the hide this morning, juv Redshank, Dunlin, Terns and Gulls, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatchers and Canada Geese.

1st summer Common Tern and Juv Sandwich Tern
1st summer Common Tern and Juv Sandwich Tern

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 5:02 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Three Black-tailed Godwits in summer plumage, flew down river, 3 Whimbrels, 3 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 45 Curlews, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad & 1st-s), 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Stock Doves, 2 Dunlins, 3 Greenshanks, 102 Redshanks & 14 Little Egrets.

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 1:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rob Jutsum's bush cricket, Saturday

Rob Jutsum's bush crcket reported here on Saturday is a female Dark Bush Cricket. Grey Bush Cricket has long wings - in Dark Bush Cricket the wings are very short (male) or vestigial (female).

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 11:03 am by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Noss Mayo Bridgend

Reported escaped male Brazilian Teal with ring on leg.

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 9:53 am by Jeremy Spooner and John Adams in Bird News

Sunday 29th July 2018

Prawle Point

Continuing the seawatch theme, from 14:45 to 17:00, started off with a single Puffin, then the first of 80+ Manx Shearwater, 9 Baleartic Shearwater, 50+ Gannets, 3 Fulmar, 3 Mediterranean Gulls.  Best of all were 2 Sooty Shearwaters and my first Great Shearwater in UK waters.

Pat Mayer and Ivan were there much longer than me and will have much bigger lists.  Thanks to these two for their help spotting and confirming my id's.  (Positively no common gulls this week)

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 11:14 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Afternoon watch, 18.20-20.00, sewer flowing and attracting smaller gulls. At least 13 Mediterranean gull (11+ juvs, 1 1st summer, 1 adult), 1 small pale phase skua (arctic?) and 12 manx shearwater.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 11:01 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Osprey powderham

At around 17:00 from the train as it passed powderham the osprey which has been around the estuary over the last week was being harassed by the local gulls.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 6:52 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Start Point

Seawatch 09:15-14:30

Together with Dell and Mark Darlaston saw 10 Cory's Shearwaters, 5 Great Shearwaters, 11 Sooty Shearwaters, 1000+ Manx Shearwaters, 30 Balearic Shearwaters, Storm Petrel, Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skuas, 45 Mediterranean Gulls and 5 Yellow-legged Gulls. Dell and Mark still there when I left so totals may have increased. Lots probably missed as the conditions were atrocious at times and there is little shelter there meaning our optics were often unusable. Amazing how Med and Yellow-legged Gulls quite possibly outnumbered Black-headed Gulls and Kittiwakes.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 6:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Dawlish warren

Sea watch from 09:00 till 16:45

10 storm petrels ( included a group of 9), 1 sooty shearwater , 20+ Manx shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua ( 1 very dark phase ) 2 great Skua, 43+ Mediterranean gull nearly all juv’s, 3+ common tern and lots of sandwich terns 

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 6:21 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


Seawatching from the yacht club 05:50 - 12:10: 64+ Mediterranean Gulls (80% juveniles), 2 Storm Petrels (11:40 and 11:50), 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 51 Manx Shearwaters, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gulls, 10 Arctic Skuas, 3 Whimbrels, 6 Common Terns, 9 "Commic" Terns, 50+ Sandwich Terns and 107 Kittiwakes.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 6:13 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching at Berry Head 0530-1400hrs: 5 Great Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 38 Balearic Shearwaters, 666 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Storm Petrels, 17 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Juv Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas.

Video clip of closest Great Shearwater at 6am in murk and rain.. : 

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 3:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Orcombe Point, Exmouth

Sea watching from the raised beach huts from 6:10 - 8:30. Only one Shearwater species seen but it was a Great Shearwater. Heading west at 6:15. 

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 9:23 am in Bird News

Hummingbird Hawk Moth 28.07.18

First sighting of a Hummingbird Hawk Moth this year. A fly through of our garden in Plymstock.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 8:45 am by Graham Devine in Other Wildlife

Saturday 28th July 2018

Plym estuary/Blaxton meadow

At high tide:

5 Grey Heron, 111 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, by the old wreck.

40 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, c300 Black Headed Gull, 8 Mediterranean gull including one with a leg ring, and 11 Little Egret. Wind picking up.

Posted July 28th, 2018 at 7:30 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Ilfracombe Cory's Shearwater

Off Capstone rocks, with dark fast moving Squalls as the backdrop, great to see at least 2 Cory's Shearwaters, along with a Great Skua, several Terns sp, 2 Whimbrels & a Merlin flying along among Manx Shearwaters.  Gannet & Manx Shearwater numbers well up into the 100s. 

Posted July 28th, 2018 at 4:57 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Home Garden

Photo taken during last week of June showing larvae of the (please correct me if my identification is wrong as this is a first for me) 2 spot Ladybird on the leaf of the weeping willow tree.

Posted July 28th, 2018 at 2:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Singles of Ruff, Green Sandpiper and Mediterranean Gull. Peregrine over, creating havoc for around ten minutes. Little Egret chasing and catching dragonflies in front of the hide.

Posted July 28th, 2018 at 1:37 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Home garden

This female Grey Bush - Cricket leapt in through the front door this morning probably to escape the showers, thunder & lightning  After capture released it straight away on the front lawn!

In my Collins Pocket Guide to Insects of Britain & Western Europe it says 'one of several very similar species, often difficult to separate'.

Posted July 28th, 2018 at 12:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Upper Torridge Estuary

Early am:

1 Ruff

31 Common Sandpipers

Posted July 28th, 2018 at 11:33 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Friday 27th July 2018

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram, Plymouth.

An afternoon visit to Blaxton Meadow on the incoming tide, a flock of 40 plus Goldfinch including a large number of juvenile birds on  the fields to the front of Saltram House.


From the hide over looking Blaxton Meadow 12 plus Little Egret, 150 plus Black Head gull including one bird with a yellow plastic tag ring TV7E, one Mediterranean Gull, a possible Yellow Legged Gull, one Oyster Catcher, a flock of some 30 Curlew and at least four Whimbrell.


Posted July 27th, 2018 at 9:25 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


At least 50 Meds tonight.Couldn't do an  age count due to  birds moving though 80% were adults with many more fishing the estuary.17.50-18.40.

Posted July 27th, 2018 at 9:24 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

27-07-18 Roborough Down

Nothing much on the down today, the usual suspects, Linnets, Yellowhammers, Stonechats, in the way of other wildlife I came across some Greyling Butterflies, one having a battle with an ant (as seen in the photo), hence the ant won and the Greyling flew off.


Posted July 27th, 2018 at 2:34 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Dolphins in Torbay

Large pod of dolphins ( estimated at 50 + ) heading into Torbay from East of Thatcher Rock, 07.30 this morning.

Posted July 27th, 2018 at 7:39 am by Cliff Parrott in Other Wildlife

Thursday 26th July 2018

R. Exe Osprey

Lunchtime from R.Clyst viewing platform a very distant Osprey perched on channel marker off Lympstone.

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 11:55 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News


2 little ringed plovers briefly in flight who flew around for some time but didn't alight.Masses of gulls having an anting frenzy but didn't come to land.Also 2 whimbrel 4 dunlin 6 redshank and 2 sandwich terns.17:50- 19:00.

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 9:13 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


Over the high tide this evening, of note, 9+ med Gulls, moulting Ruff, 30+ Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, GBB Gull, LBB Gull (Psycho), Little grebe and young, Tufted duck and young and the presumed escaped Snow Goose (first time I've seen it on BGM).

Ruff video.

Ruff Common Gull Snow Goose
Ruff                                         Common Gull                                   Snow Goose

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 8:31 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Soar & South Efford Marsh

Seventeen species of butterflies today with Grayling and 8+ Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries the highlights at Soar. Also several Willow Warblers, Sedge Warbler, 2 juv Bullfinches & c20 Whitethroats there.

South Efford Marsh produced 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks & c25 Curlews.

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 8:30 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

Darts Farm, Topsham

Whilst passing darts farm (near bridge inn) on my morning commute to Exeter, I noticed a white bird in amongst the Canada Geese. On closer inspection it was one of the Snow Geese that have been hanging around the Exe. Pictures on

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 6:51 pm in Bird News

East Soar

Migrants - 6 Willow Warblers in/around Starehole Valley. 380 Linnet with most on rape stubble - indicates very successful breeding season (usually 80 - 100 pairs). 

Mammals: Pod of 17+ Common Dolphin off Bolt Head.

Bflies:  37 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary & 47 Small Copper.

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 2:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


An early morning visit to Broadsands before the beachgoers arrived resulted in a Torbay record count of 83 Mediterranean Gulls -mostly juvs around the beach also 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull on the beach at the north end.

Mediterranean Gulls Broadsands Beach 26 Jul 2018

Photo of some of the Mediterranean Gull close to the car park seawall - I've counted 20 in this shot..

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 12:54 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 25th July 2018

Plym Estuary

The juv Yellow-legged Gull still around and showing well this afternoon; photos at:-

(There are possibly 2 around). Also - 4 Mediterranean Gulls (2 ads, 2nd-s & my first juv of the autumn), 18 Little Egrets, 2 Whimbrels, 42 Curlews, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Dunlins, Greenshank, 7 Mandarin Ducks & Grey Wagtail. 

Posted July 25th, 2018 at 10:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exton Station

Western Osprey off Exton Station around 4pm today more info and pictures at

Posted July 25th, 2018 at 5:46 pm in Bird News

Blaxton meadow, Saltram, Rv Plym

Little Egret 15

Heron 3

300 + Black Head Gulls with more coming in a steady stream.

3 Mediterranean Gulls

30 Curlew

2 Whimbrell 

1 Stock Dove

Posted July 25th, 2018 at 5:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 24th July 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight on mid-tide this afternoon was a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Also adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Sandpipers, summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Mandarin Ducks, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Blackcap, Fox & Clouded Yellow.

Posted July 24th, 2018 at 8:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Great bank by Toll Road

This Painted Lady alighted only a metre away from where I was standing while out bird watching this aft.

Posted July 24th, 2018 at 6:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

24-07-18 Hooe Lake, Plymouth

At Hooe Lake, Plympton, on the rafters of the old boats, a Sandwich Tern and young, we watched the parent tern fish and feed it's young for several minutes then they flew off not to be seen again.


Posted July 24th, 2018 at 4:30 pm by GregBradbury in Bird News

Turf Tuesday Mid day

Osprey feeding on mudbank between Turf and Royal Marine Camp.

Accompanied by two wary crows hoping for the left overs. 

Still there resting when we left at 1.30.

Posted July 24th, 2018 at 3:32 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Alan's Great White Egret was on the ley shoreline near the pillbox early morning. 2 Kingfishers below the bridge and 4 Common Scoters in the bay.

Posted July 24th, 2018 at 8:18 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Monday 23rd July 2018

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 7.25 to 9.35am. Little wind though overcast and dull light. 2 Sooty Shearwaters  west at 7.55 and at 8.30 am. Also 2 Arctic Skuas at 8.45. One very dark and the other very pale phase.Also, Noah like, 2 juvenile Yellow- legged gulls flew close west. Entertained by pod of 25 plus Common Dolphins with many breaching and a pod of 12 plus Harbour Porpoises. Otherwise several rafts of Manx Shearwaters on the sea and 7 Common Scoter east. At the point a Hummingbird Hawkmoth briefly. In the reserve a first year Garden Warbler and several Phylloscs including a Willow Warbler. Plus a few post breeding dispersed female Blackcaps.

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 9:40 pm in Bird News


At least two med gulls over our garden on Clovelly road late afternoon.Adult and 2. Plenty of gulls anting but only got onto these.On private farm today at doccombe at least 6 silver washed frittilaries on large buddliea with 1 hummingbird hawkmoth.Several other bushes to check this week.

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 9:14 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh area

On Bowling Green this afternoon, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 3 Tufted Duck ducklings and plenty of Black-tailed Godwits. From the viewing platform, Peregrine & 13+ Whimbrels, and at Goosemoor, adult Spotted Redshank, adult Common Gull & good numbers of adult Dunlins.

Very little on Matford Ponds.

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 9:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lyme Bay - yesterday

Further to Nigel's posting about yesterday's boat trip, here is a photo of the Sunfish.Sunfish

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 4:27 pm by Richard Swinbank in Other Wildlife

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 1030-1145

Grey Heron 31

Little Egret 8

Med Gull 5A

Black-tailed Godwit 3

Kingfisher 1.

Black-headed Gull - Yellow ring on left tarsus. code 2H93.  Metal I/d ring right tarsus. I/D EZ709046. This bird was first ringed on 25/3/2017 by the North Thames Gull Ringing Group at Pitsea landfill site, Essex. Seen on 2 previous occasions just off Ashford sewage works on 9/7/18 and 19/7/18.

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Soar Area

Hobby over Higher Soar, sub-adult Common Gull on the Ham Stone, 3 Swifts over Southdown Farm and another family party of 6 Wheatears east of Soar Mill Cove.

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 12:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 22nd July 2018

Bridestowe Lydford 22-07-2018

Aerial display of Swifts 30+ over Bridestowe, quite a sight.

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 9:56 pm by Colin Hannaford in Bird News

A good day around the Exe

The Glossy Ibis was showing at Matford marsh late this morning.

On to Exton station where the Osprey was spotted on the far bank eating a fish just up from the Turf Locks pub.

Goosemoor well in excess of 70 Dunlin along with nine Greenshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Little Egret large flock of Black Head Gull 100 plus.

Bowling Green Marsh Green Sandpiper, twelve Little Egret, Two Little Grebe, 200 plus Black Headed Gull, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing and two Heron.

A return to Goosemoor on the rising tide gave a Curlew Sandpiper in with the Dunlin.

On arriving home I took a call from a Lustleigh resident who had an injured juvenile Goshawk in his garden, I now have the bird which has an injury to one wing but hopefully nothing more than bruising and while waiting to pick up the Goshawk one of my daughters rang to say she was coming up with a small Buzzard that a friend had found in the road on Dartmoor, I now have a Buzzard fledgling absolutely infested with flat fly and very thin but should be no problem to bring on. (Some Images to follow later)


Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green

One of Two Green Sandpipers that flew in, good views from the hide.

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 5:12 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat trip

Trip out from Brixham this morning in calm conditions. Just out from Berry Head a Sunfish sighted and then 6 Common Dolphin with young. Birds seen during the 4 hour trip 20+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 400+ Herring Gull, 2 Fulmar, 2 Razorbill, 6 small groups of Guillemots, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 8 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Kittiwake and in the distance a Skua sp. Returning back to Brixham 8 Bottlenose Dolphins. Looking good for next Sundays trip. 

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 2:53 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Glossy Ibis Matford

After many attempts I went to Matford Marsh this morning from 8.30 - 9.30 - no sign. Then went to St Davids for a steam train. Returned to Matford for another look at the steam train and one last look for the Ibis. It duly flew in dead on noon. Hurrah. Good morning! Ibis still there when I left.

Ibis video   Steam train  video if interested.

Glossy IbisGlossy IbisGlossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis                                 Glossy Ibis                               Glossy Ibis

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 1:33 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Holly Blue

Holly Blue butterfly.  Rare for my garden, usually too fast to photograph.


Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 1:10 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Bicton Park, East Devon

damselflies.  No dragonflies sighted but very many common blue damselflies mating and egg laying

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

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