General Birding

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  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Friday 28th September 2018

South Efford marsh

21 Avocet at South Efford marsh today also 24ish Black tailed godwit, a  lovely grey wagtail landed on the fence in front of the hide. Several glimpses of the kingfisher.

Avocets
Avocets

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 8:24 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Shute Churchyard find

Hi, I have found a pair of binoculars in Shute church yard.  If they are yours please call me on 01404 831080

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 2:59 pm by Carol Miltenburg in General Birding

Southdown Farm to Soar Mill Valley

A quiet and windy morning highlighted by Merlin over Higher Soar and Hobby over the farm fields. Also: 270 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 3 Wheatear, 75 Meadow Pipit & 200 Linnet.

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 2:30 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake, near Bude.

5 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Ducks, 21 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 3 Shovelers, 1 Cormorant, 6 Great Crested Grebes with 2 well grown juveniles, 1 Grey Heron, c.10 Canada Geese, party of Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 24 Coot, 6 Moorhens, 1 Nuthatch.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 1:29 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 0715,
4 Cattle Egret (flew out at 0810), 2m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 12:21 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Wembury

At high tide and a few hours after. Little Egret 7, Curlew 2, Bar tailed Godwit 6, Ringed Plover 3, Med Gull 14, Cirl Bunting 10 and 2 White Wagtail. The disturbance was chronic all along the foreshore to the point with everything being flushed and with no place to settle!

Posted September 28th, 2018 at 9:36 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Thursday 27th September 2018

Skern

47 med gulls 30 adults,6 2w 11 flight. 

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 7:47 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning at the lake

1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 3 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 1m Tufted Duck, 23 Canada Geese, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Littel Grebe.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 7:21 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Plant World Garden Centre - Newton Abbot

1 Spotted Flycatcher watched hunting insects for twenty minutes.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 5:22 pm by Paul Nunn in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Short-eared Owl came in from the sea this morning and spent time on the point as well as the golf course

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 4:33 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

East Soar

A generally quiet morning enlivened by 2 Golden Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 140 Skylark, 100 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 7 Pied Wagtail, 9 White/Alba Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap & 450 Linnet.

Later at Harleston Hobby & 2 Grey Wagtail over.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 3:52 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Dawlish Warren - 0930-1130

From the hide one imm. Little Gull, three imm. Med. Gull and a handful of Common Terns among 40+ Sandwich. Over the dunes a Short-eared Owl being mobbed by a Kestrel.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 3:32 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Great Egret

Great Egret off Fremington Quay, 13:10 today Thurs 27 Sept 18. My first in North Devon.

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 3:19 pm by Robert Durrant in General Birding

Wembury

At high tide and a few hours after. Little Egret 7, Curlew 2, Bar tailed Godwit 6, Ringed Plover 3, Med Gull 14, Cirl Bunting 10 and 2 White Wagtail. The disturbance was chronic all along the foreshore to the point with everything being flushed and with no place to settle!

Posted September 27th, 2018 at 1:59 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Turf

I missed Gerry's Osprey, but a very confiding Whimbrel flew in to say hi

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 7:25 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Turf

Osprey flying around this afternoon 

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 5:36 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Marine Parade, Preston, "Dutch Ringed Turnstone".

I have had numerous sightings of this bird and finally managed to establish the full ringing code from a number of pictures taken on 7 September. It is "Z010032".I reported it through the BTO and the following is pasted directly from their report.

Ringing Scheme: Arnhem Ring Number: Z010032 Species of bird: Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
This bird was ringed by Arnhem as age definitely hatched during current year, sex unknown on 15-Aug-2013 10:09:00 at Bloemendaal, Kennemerduinen, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
OS Map reference - accuracy 0, co-ordinates 52deg 25min N 4deg 32min E accuracy 0.

It was found on 07-Sep-2018 time unknown at Paignton, Devon, UK
OS Map reference SX9061 accuracy 0, co-ordinates 50deg 26min N -3deg -32min W accuracy 0.
Finding condition: Sight record by non-ringer
Finding circumstances: Metal Ring Read In Field

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 5:03 pm by Steve O'Donoghue in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

No sign of a the Grey Phalarope this afternoon, but juv/1w Red-necked Grebe present.

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 4:43 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

mute swans

73 mute swans including 10 signets,4 sandwich terns and one wheater.behind the sports center exe estuary exmouth this morning

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 3:24 pm by eric in General Birding

Wrafton / Braunton

Whooper Swan on Wrafton scrape this morning.



Posted September 26th, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Dave Paterson in General Birding

Blackhill Quarry- East Devon

No signs today of the Pallid Harrier seen yesterday morning over the footpath- as reported by Oli Force, Exmouth Community UK, via Facebook.  In fact not a lot of birds present today but a Common Sandpiper was good as I have been expecting to find one here for a long time.  Also present 2 Little Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 4 Mallard, 4 Jay, 3 Meadow Pipit and a Buzzard.

NOTE: there appears to be a recent spate of car breakins at Four Firs Car Park. Do not leave any valuables in your car.

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 12:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Warfton / Braunton

Whooper Swan on the scrape this morning 09.30.

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 9:38 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Trago Mills, Newton Abbot

Kingfisher in the water gardens at 15.00

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 8:23 pm by John Walton in General Birding

South Hams coastal

Slapton Ley, on the way into Slapton no less than four Buzzards sat on roadside telegraph poles, two Stock Doves and a Sparrow hawk hunting a roadside hedge.

The entire Slapton / Torcross area is alive with Swallows along with a handful of House Martin.

On the beach a large flock of gulls I would estimate at least 200 mostly GBBG and LBBG along with at least ten Mediterranean Gulls of mixed ages, unfortunately a walker thought it was great fun to keep walking into the flock and driving them off the beach which killed off any chance of viewing the gulls in any detail, huge numbers on the sea but well off of the shore line.

Build up of great Crested Grebes on the Ley since my last visit.

Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Goldfinch, Cetti’s Warbler, Pied Wagtail and Reed Bunting being the smaller species, one of the Reed Buntings being ringed and another with a large tick on the side of its neck.

 

Beesands Ley, large flock of 75 plus House Sparrows, several Starlings, two Stonechat, 50 plus Mute Swan on the ley and the reported Great White Egret showing really well as it moved around the ley feeding.

Aveton Gifford, Kestrel and Kingfisher near the A379 road bridge, along the tidal road a Black Tailed Godwit, two Greenshank, 300 plus Canada geese and 250 plus Herring gull, one LBBG with another gull roost further down the river beyond the reserve, eight Little Egret and a small number of Swallow.

Back home at South Brent the visiting Hobby came in for food at 4.35pm while being mobbed by Jackdaws and a Magpie.

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 5:10 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Morte Point

Hobby 0830 this morning around the Point. Flew off towards Woolacombe 

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 3:39 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Monday 24th September 2018

R.Caen

Give us a kiss!


Posted September 24th, 2018 at 9:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Paignton coastal & South Brent

 

At Broadsands, Paignton this afternoon a rather tatty and moth eaten Great Black Back Gull ringed with a white plastic tag ring with P:76B in red, also what I believe to be a 2nd winter Lesser Black Back Gull, one Little Egret, a trickle of Swallows and at one point 41 Carrion Crows on the beach.

  

Over at Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton seven Sandwich terns, ten plus Turnstone including the Dutch ringed bird, three Oyster Catcher, a Rock Pipit and a very miserable looking Wheatear.

At home Hobby (Don't think it was "my" bird) and a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by corvids, a single Mistle Thrush and a slow but steady passage of House Martin and Swallows. 

This evening not less than seven Tawny owls four seen and three calling.

 

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Velator

Glad there's a Cattle Egret about - I've been looking for one among the Cattle around the reserve. On the reserve pond today were a pair of Gadwall. Several Chiffchaffs around.

Oddly there were no Ducks at all out on the scrape. But one Black-tailed Godwit which flew off South.

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 8:21 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Grey Phalarope on the lake early afternoon, viewed from the dam. Thank you Alec for the tip off.

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 3:25 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

24-09-18 Saltram Blaxton Meadow & Radford Lake

The Cattle Egret showing well for a for minutes near the Blaxton Meadow in the field with the cows near the main track, also a Heron at Radford Lake at the top of a very large pine.




Posted September 24th, 2018 at 2:35 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Cattle Egret with the cows in Saltram, 5 Black-tailed Godwits on Blaxton, 3 Greenshanks, Ringed Plover, 183 Redshanks, 13 Turnstones, 2 Common Sandpipers, 37 Curlews, 15 Little Egrets, 20 Grey Herons & Stock Dove. 

Fantanstic to see the National Trust responding to feedback and putting a clear "No Entry" sign up at the north end of Blaxton Pool. Many thanks! Now it's up to all visitors to act responsibly in the best interests of the wildlife there, and obey.

Earlier today, a Whitethroat in my garden (Mount Gould).

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 7:18 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Skern

1 ruff,4 adult med gulls peregrine, bar tailed godwit,3 white and 17 pied wags,8 skylarks, 4 wheatear and 300 linnet.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 6:47 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Underwood, Plympton

Our Goldfinch population decreased by one this afternoon thanks to this Sparrowhawk. You can just see the hapless bird's wing below the wire in the second photo.

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 6:16 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

Mount Batten, Plymouth

Very little to see on the birding front but two adult Mediterranean Gulls, 12 plus Pied Wagtails, small numbers of Swallow and three Oyster Catchers.

Back home at South Brent Tawny owl last night, Hobby and a female Kestrel, six Long Tailed Tits and a small number of Swallow and House Martin.

A friend reports seeing a Barn owl at Marley Head on Friday evening (21st)

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 5:51 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wembury

Drizzle this morning until 1100:

2 Chiffchaff, 8 Stonechat, 50+ Swallow on the move, 3 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 20 Sandwich tern, 3 Med gull. Pipits and Wagtails among clouds of flies on the seaweed, urghh!!

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 3:17 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Common Rosefinch - Froward Cove

Matt Twiggs found a Common Rosefinch at Froward Cove, near Coleton Fishacre this morning and it is still showing regularly this afternoon - 

Directions for Common Rosefinch -park at Higher Brownstone Farm, follow track beyond daymark and down hill to Froward Cove -through gate and take left path - through pine belt for 300 yards to cove - walk down cove for 20 yards and look back right- bird feeding about 25 yrds away beyond blackthorn.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 2:55 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Velator

In the light rain as I arrived this morning, there were quite a few Swallows and House Martins over and near the reserve. A small flock of Wigeon flew North past the reserve. The Tit flock found me for a change and I watched as about a dozen Long-tailed Tits buzzed around over my head. There were some Blue and Great Tits with them and at least 4 Chiffchaffs, one of which was prompted by the sun coming out to burst into song.

I ended this visit by going back to the south side of the reserve, where yet another overweight Willow tree crashed over in the gales. and found it bathed in sunshine and covered in birds. Probably the same Tit-flock, but several Chiffs and then a real surprise when a MARSH TIT appeared. Closely followed by a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher. Some movement overnight then.. Never seen Marsh Tit in the reserve before

Kingfisher and Dipper in the river.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 1:57 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Cranbrook, Exeter

A quick walk around Cranbrook Countryside Park this morning produced some expected common birds but nevertheless of interest.  These included 2 mute swan cygnets (a first at Cranbrook for me), 3 Little Grebe on the Big Lake at Stonebarton off Crannaford Lane and a flock of c100 Goldfinch.  Several new, shallow scrapes and an extension to the Big Lake mentioned earlier are under construction and the rough area opposite the railway station has been flailed.  Below shows the new construction.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 12:29 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning 2 Ringed Plover

Posted September 22nd, 2018 at 7:22 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Velator

Wet and cold. But there were some Swallows around and over the reserve this morning. Another over Croyde this afternoon.

Posted September 22nd, 2018 at 5:28 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

White Bridge, Budleigh Salterton

A surprisingly early Ring Ouzel this morning feeding in Hawthorns to the South of White Bridge (path still closed) and then flew towards South Farm Road but I couldn't re-find it as the heavy rain started! No sign this morning of the Cattle Egrets in a very brief look north of White Bridge, but at least still 3 birds there yesterday.

Posted September 22nd, 2018 at 12:14 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

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