Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th September 2018

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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

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

Friday 14th September 2018

White Bridge Budleigh Salterton 14th Sept

Five dabchicks busy fishing viewed from the bridge.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 5:19 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Broadsands and South Brent

Two Mediterranean Gulls at Broadsands this morning, one second winter and an adult being the recently reported ringed bird RLN4 green ring and ringed in France that seems to be a regular around Torbay.

 

Ten Great Black Backs one being a juvenile, four Oyster Catcher, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch (on the beach) House Martins and Swallows overhead.

Back home at South Brent, last evening three Tawny owls, this morning the Hobby continues to visit (image from last evening) Jay, two Raven and the seasons first two Chiffchaff in the garden.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

East Soar

Spent the morning at East soar sat watching the hedgerows, nice to see a firecrest and the usual migrants, whitethrats and blackcaps.

Whitethroat Blackcap Firecrest
Whitethroat                         Blackcap                                      Firecrest

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 4:45 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Wembury

15 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit and 9 Mediterranean Gull (5 ad W, 3 1st W and 1 2nd W) along the beach at high tide near the sewage pipe this morning. Chiffchaffs calling in the bushes and 5 Swallow over heading west, also a Clouded Yellow butterfly.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 3:20 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

1 juv Curlew Sandpiper in with the Dunlin flock from the viewing platform this lunchtime.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 2:24 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Pallid Harrier - Colaton Raleigh Common

Juvenile Pallid Harrier was present on the edge of the grenade range on  Colaton Raleigh Common at 7am this morning. It flew low and fast SW and was not seen again by 08:30.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 9:22 am by Fraser C in Bird News

Thursday 13th September 2018

Lundy

No sign of the Buff-breasted Sandpipers, but the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was still present. Details and photos at http://lundybirds.blogspot.com/2018/09/13th-sep-pectoral-sandpiper-still.html

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 10:54 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wheatear

Driving to my field this morning at the back end of Codden Hill, all of a sudden there were Swallows everywhere and another bird which dropped into the road in front of me. I had to stop in order not to run it over. it took off revealing a large whit patch at the base of it's tail and landed in a nearby tree. Not exactly where I would have expected to see a Wheatear, a country lane surrounded by farmland.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:40 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Pallid Harrier

A juvenile Pallid Harrier this evening hunting the area around the grenade range on Colaton Raleigh Common. Seen up until 1910 at least and will presumably go to roost in the area. More details and photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:13 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Skern and around on the tide.

Dunlin, Turnstones, Whimbrel, 6 Wheatear, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, flocks of linnet, goldfinch, and Starlings, Stonechats, meadow pipits and a brown argos butterfly. Beautiful clear Autumn day. 

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:09 pm by John elvin in Bird News

Labrador Bay

Visited early today and plenty of Cirl Buntings about, especially juv/1st winter birds. Looks like they had a good breeding season.

Cirl Bunting juv/1st winter
Cirl Bunting juv/1st winter

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:06 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Skern

No sign of the Rose Coloured Starling this evening. There was a large flock of Starling feeding on the Blackberries. Perhaps the Rose Coloured Starling had been supper for the male Peregrine that was cruising around spooking all the other birds. He finally settled down on the salt marsh before disappearing up river looking for dessert! 20+ Pied Wagtails with a scattering of Ringed Plover feeding amongst the Samphire.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 7:53 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Soar

Pretty good numbers of some common migrants today: Spotted Flycatcher 11+, Wheatear 20, Whinchat 7, Blackcap 38, Chiffchaff 29, Willow Warbler 6, Swallow 35, Whitethroat 8 & House Martin 5. Also Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch flying up Starehole!

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 7:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

A good morning for the commoner migrants: 5 Ringed Plover, 32 Swallow, 50 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 40+ Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 25 Willow Warbler, 26 Chiffchaff, 7 Spotted Flycatcher and right at the death a Pied Flycatcher in scrub along the top fields by car park.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shipley Bridge ~ Avon Dam

A walk up to the Avon Dam from Shipley Bridge Nr South Brent this morning gave 24 species, the highlight being an Osprey passing the front of the dam headed west.

Other species included two Dipper one ringed, (L ~ yellow ring over metal ring, R ~ red ring over green) Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, two Sparrow hawk, Stonechat, Heron, Kestrels showing well with four separate sightings, two Raven, Buzzard, Linnet and Goldfinch.

A reasonable crop of Rowan and Hawthorn berries bodes well for when the thrushes arrive.

Small number of butterflies.

  

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 12:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

Spotted Crake still present on the estuary this evening. Best viewed from the viewing platform south of the hide.

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 8:55 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Lundy

The two Buff-breasted Sandpipers reported on Rare Bird Alert on Tuesday 11th were still present late morning today,  along with a Pectoral Sandpiper (Peter Slader et al.)! Further details to follow on the Lundy Birds blogspot (I don't yet have information on who first found the Buff-breasts on Tuesday.)

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 3:28 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Skern

Generally quiet on the Skern this morning following a very high tide. Waders confined to Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Curlew of which there were c40 of each. However a small flock of Starling flew onto the saltmarsh to feed among which was a juv Rose-coloured Starling. 

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 3:16 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Blackhole Marsh

Apologies for the delay.

Yesterday at Blackhole Marsh hide, Seaton, wood sandpiper , green sandpiper and ruff. At  Colyford Common hide, despite or because of a very high tide and flooded fields, many black tailed godwit, one ringed plover, one greenshank and the ruff reappeared. All in all a very sastisfactory morning.

WOOD SANDPIPER RUFF  GREEN SANDPIPER
WOOD SANDPIPER                                RUFF                                  GREEN SANDPIPER

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Velator

Summer reminders today with a Chiffchaff in full song and a Blackcap in sub-song. Odd.

Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail in the river nearby. 2 Kestrels over. And the first Swallows for a  few days.

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Sea Watch, 0:700 - 11:30 - 2 - 3 Gt Skua; 3 Arctic Skua (1 light, 1 dark & a very brown juv); 1 Sandwich Tern; c50 Balearic Shearwater; c20 Manx Shearwater; 1 Med Gull (1st w) steady stream of Kittiwake all am with one raft of 500 - 600 at 11:00.

At least 3 Harbour Porpoise close & 2 or 3 small groups of Common Dolphin far out.

3 Willow Warblers calling in scrub between water trough and car park.

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 5:01 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A brief visit at lunch time was rewarded with 9 cattle egrets (possibly 10) with resting cows in field next to the Turf. The egrets flew onto Powderham Marshes at 13.35. Also imm marsh harrier.

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 2:57 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Torbay/Berry Head yesterday

4+ Balearic Shearwaters. Many more suspected (inc small flock)but no binos.

100+ Manx Shearwaters

5 Sandwich terns

300+kittiwake in flock. 2 with colour rings (see pic)

plus: 20 Common Dolphins, 10 Harbour Porpoise

Kittiwakes Common Dolphins
Kittiwakes                                  Common Dolphins

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 2:40 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Monday 10th September 2018

Kingsbridge estuary

Osprey & couple of med gulls between frogmore creek & kingsbridge c

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 9:16 pm by Mike Moxon in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Not great numbers of birds in front of the hide at high tide, but a good range of species seen, go to my blog to read more http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

Grey Plover Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot and Oystercatcher
Grey Plover                                                       Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot and Oystercatcher

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 7:23 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Soar & Averton Gifford

Very quiet first thing at Soar, but by mid-morning things picked up a bit and eventually a sprinkling of migrants recorded: Grasshopper Warbler in Starehole, 3 Whinchats, 5+ Grey Wagtails, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3+ White Wagtails, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Sedge Warblers, 13 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 12 Whitethroats, 7 House Martins, Reed Bunting, 4 Wheatears, 6 Stock Doves & Roe Deer. 

Later, from the tidal road at Averton Gifford: 3 Greenshanks, Bar-tailed Godwit & 2 Black-tailed Godwits. 

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 6:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wryneck, Wembury Point

Brief view at 1.30pm, top of bramble in field between the pine trees and the coast path.

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 3:10 pm by Jacki and Kevin Solman in Bird News

Ospreys

Two Ospreys on River Tavy this morning one seen to fly up the river one in a tree eating a fish. 

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 1:35 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Late post bowling green marsh Sunday 9th

Late post for bowling green marsh watched from 17:00 till 18:55

from the viewing platform, 1 juvenile curlew sandpiper among 450+ Dunlin, 6+ knot, 270+ redshank , 30+ ringed plover , 1 grey plover

from the hide 

great views of the juvenile marsh harrier as it caused chaos among the waders, 2 knot, 15+ Dunlin, 150+ redshank. 160+ curlew, 3 whimbrel, 101+ wigeon, 41+ pintail, 3 tufted duck, 1 sedge warbler, 1 water rail.

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 7:31 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sunday 9th September 2018

Prawle & Beesands

Prawle very quiet, best being Whimbrel & Clouded Yellow. Beesands better with brilliant views of great White Egret in filght, 2 Hobbies, 150+ Kittiwakes offshore and DP Arctic Skua harrying them!.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 10:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

16+ Sandwich |Terns on buoys beside Drake's Island today

Juvenile Sandwich Tern Adult Sandwich Tern Demanding offspring, patient parent
Juvenile Sandwich Tern               Adult Sandwich Tern              Demanding offspring, patient parent

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 9:44 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

South Huish this afternoon

About 4 p.m. the wood sandpiper was showing well and two dunlin appeared. Lots of pied/white wagtails and five bright yellow wagtails, on the near bank and around the horses. Two swallows went over, and a sparrowhawk  startled the teal before flying through the bars of the iron gate.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 9:35 pm by Doug Herdson in Bird News

South Efford marsh

Just leaving the hide at 7:00pm tonight when 11 cattle egrets flew in, landed briefly then took off in the direction of Bantham. South Efford marsh

Cattle Egrets Cattle Egrets Cattle Egrets
Cattle Egrets                           Cattle Egrets                      Cattle Egrets

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 7:55 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Plym Estuary

On this afternoon’s high tide: 6 Greenshanks, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 38 Curlews, 6 Oystercatchers, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, Common Sandpiper, 17 Little Egrets & Stock Dove.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Efford marsh 08/09/18 Evening

5 very distant yellow wagtails at South Efford marsh last night

Yellow wagtails
Yellow wagtails

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 3:47 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Slapton / Beesands

Cracking mornings birding started off with a fem/first calendar year Marsh Harrier ( dark bird ) flying over the bridge into the Higher Ley. Same bird as seen on 30/8. Now 3 Cattle Egrets with cattle in the field behind the Hartshorn Plantation ( look across from the memorial car park ). Lots of gulls on the beach between the car park and Torcross. At least 31 Mediterranean Gulls, 15 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern. Best was a beautiful first calendar year Little Gull. Single Wheatear on the beach and a Yellow Wagtail overhead.

Went around to Beesands Ley where the Great White Egret still present in the back corner viewable from the seaward meadow ( not viewable from the hide ). Did one brief circuit of the ley. A Hobby almost continually on view hawking Dragonflies, joined a few times by a second bird. No Canada Geese which was nice but ley still not plastic free thanks to a Black Swan. Clouded Yellow seen on the meadow.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 2:29 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Lopwell dam / Maristow

0900 - 1215:

6 Little grebe, 1 Great crested grebe, 3 Grey wagtail, 2 Common sandpiper, 1 Green sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Red legged partridge in the lanes approaching Lopwell. 1 Osprey perched on a log in the Tavy estuary, flew down river at 1210.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 1:39 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Saturday 8th September 2018

South Hams

A good day out in the South Hams. Wood Sandpiper still at South Huish Marsh early am. A Wryneck at East Soar late am along with good numbers of Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs, a few Wheatears and Whinchats and at least one White Wagtail. Great Egret still at Beesands mid pm along with a juv Hobby busy hawking dragonflies.

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 8:23 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Torbay Gulls

I may be sticking my head on the block again, but this gull was at Broadsands this afternoon, much bigger than the near by Herring Gulls, massive beak and large head being notable features, from feed back on forums where I have posted the images I am being told that it is a Caspian Gull, if it is it's a first for me.

 

Also two Mediterranean Gulls and twenty eight Great Black Backs.

Two Sandwich Terns fishing off of Marine Parade, Paignton.

Berry Head lots of gulls moving off of the headland along with large numbers of Gannet, several Porpoise and a single Wheatear.

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 6:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Crossbill at Yennadon Down near Yelverton

Nice pair of Crossbills in the pines by the car park at Yennadon Down at 1730 today. Very vocal but mobile.

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 6:19 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

WHINCHAT

whinchat seen & photographed from east soar carpark

WHINCHAT
WHINCHAT

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 5:39 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

East Soar

Nice to see a wryneck at Soar today and well done Andy for spotting it.

Wryneck Wryneck
Wryneck                                              Wryneck

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 4:26 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 06:55 till 10:00

A good morning around the marsh at last a few waders came in to the high tide roost which coincided with there being no Canada geese  on the marsh, but still low numbers with 250+ black tailed godwits, 130+ redshank, 30+ Dunlin, 8+ ringed plover, 18+ little egrets, 30+ pintail, 20+ wigeon , 1 water rail, 1 Buzzard, the long staying adult winter ruff showed well.

moved on to the viewing platform and soon picked up the juvenile curlew sandpiper amongst 250+ Dunlin, 32+ greenshank, then just after 08:30 an osprey flew from powderham towards turf and then at 08:40 another Osprey was picked up of exmouth hunting around the south end of the estuary.

then at 08:48 best birds of the morning 2 Glossy ibis flew in high from the east past the viewing platform and appeared to go down onto the marsh, so made way back to the hide initial look produced nothing but five minutes later they flew up from channel on far left hand side of main scrape flew over the hide heading towards exminster marsh ( they were relocated on exminster lagoon soon after ) 

 

 

 

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 11:25 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

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