Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st May 2019

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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

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Nightjars at Bovey Heathfield

Two birds churring, very intermittently, 21.35-22.15. Male and female, flying together, drifted over just above head-height.

Posted May 21st, 2019 at 10:34 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Red Kite and Swifts over East Devon

There was a group of three Swifts flying over the main car park in Honiton this morning. This afternoon around 5.30pm a single Red Kite was seen circling from east to west over Taleford near Ottery St Mary.

Posted May 21st, 2019 at 9:24 pm by Maurice Rapley in Bird News

Exmoor,the Devon side.

Redstart,Pied Flycatcher,Willow Warbler ,Bullfinch GS Woodpecker,Tree Creeper,Nuthatch, Black Cap,Cuckoo,Dipper,Pied and Grey Wagtail, and Whinchat. More Swallows this week and Martins.Didnt see Spotted Flycatcher, hopefully next time.

TreecreeperWhinchatBlackcap
Treecreeper                           Whinchat                                     Blackcap

Posted May 21st, 2019 at 7:26 pm by john elvin in Bird News

Dawlish gathering of the gulls

Around 8pm last night there was a very large mixed gull flock in a narrow band just off Dawlish breakwater in a feeding frenzy apparently on whitebait. Apparently been a regular thing at high tide for a few days. Largest numbers I have seen in years. No bins with me so couldn't check for any oddities.

Posted May 21st, 2019 at 4:08 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

See this morning: Curlew 1,Oystercatcher 3, Whimbrel 1, GSW 3 and the best of the bunch were 3 Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted May 21st, 2019 at 11:37 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Monday 20th May 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Whitethroats newly arrived, Whimbrel, Curlew, Stock Dove, 3 drake Mandarin Ducks, Shag & 4 Roe deer (1 buck).

Posted May 20th, 2019 at 10:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Isley/Home Farm

Walked along the Tarka Trail to home farm this evening, no sign of the Osprey, but closer scrutiny of the shoreline at Isley showed that it was there, on the edge of the saltmarsh (about 6.35p.m.) It then flew west. Thanks to Dave P for posting about it's presence once again.

I headed over to the Skern, where, well not a lot really, max 16 Herring Gulls, 6 Oystercatchers, 13 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover 1 Shelduck, and 1 Whimbrel. A pair of Wheatears, a Skylark, a Pied Wagtail and 3 Swallows.

Posted May 20th, 2019 at 9:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Point

3 Shelduck chicks (plus 2 adults) on sea half a mile west of Start Point. Not more than a day or two old.

Shelduck chicks
Shelduck chicks

Posted May 20th, 2019 at 8:38 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Velator/Sherpa

The only birds of note in the reserve today were a clutch (6) of Mallards - hatched today, as not there yesterday. On the main pond at Sherpa were a pair of Shoveler and a surprise pair of Garganey.

Posted May 20th, 2019 at 4:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Just found three White Winged Black Terns feeding with BH Gulls. Viewed from railway path feeding in the middle of the marsh. Probably better viewed on the road towards Turf. 

Posted May 20th, 2019 at 10:57 am by Chris E in Bird News

River Taw Osprey

Osprey being mobbed by gulls flew into Home farm marsh 08.30 this morning.  

Posted May 20th, 2019 at 10:38 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Sunday 19th May 2019

Cann Woods - Nightjar Update

Nightjar activity at Cann Woods is showing an increase with churring from six separate sites, from 9:25 onwards.  Had good close encounters with two birds, a female and male before it got too dark.

Posted May 19th, 2019 at 10:53 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Re Martin Rooney's Butterfly (19.5.19)

FYI Martin, looks like a Pearl-bordered Fritillary -  a little tatty, worn and faded, probably been out for several days, to a week. Looking at the outer/trailing edge of the wings, the orange spots are "open," with incomplete black borders. Sm Pearl-borderd has definite orange spots in fully closed borders. (Hope this makes sense & helps)

Posted May 19th, 2019 at 8:39 pm in Other Wildlife

Fingle bridge - Hunters Path

Further to the post by Martin Rooney. The butterfly is either a Small Pearl -bordered Fritillary or a Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Hope that helps

Posted May 19th, 2019 at 8:36 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Exminster Marsh saturday

Walk around the Marsh, Usual species Lots of Tits Blue great Long Tailed, Goldfinches, ChiffChaff and a very vocal ringed Warbler? Two High flying Sparrowhawks was the highlight suddenly dived and were chasing another bird across the Marsh. Didnt see the outcome..

Posted May 19th, 2019 at 5:11 pm by Darrell Pattie in Bird News

Fingle bridge -Hunter's Path

Of note Pied Flycatcher, Goosander (f), Yellowhammer and common Whitethroat. No good photos sadly. Also lots of Brimstone and large and small white plus the unidentified (by me) butterfly in the last picture. Any ID appreciated.

GoosanderWhitethroatButterfly?
Goosander                 Whitethroat                      Butterfly?

Posted May 19th, 2019 at 3:57 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Saturday 18th May 2019

Soar

3 Spotted Flycatchers at Southdown Farm pm

Posted May 18th, 2019 at 9:26 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Topsham

Watched from 07:30 till 11:30

started at Bowling green marsh but as usual these days very quiet with only 2 greenshank , 1 whimbrel , 1 common sandpiper, 1 black tailed godwits, 2 common gull, 5 little egret,  Lots of house Martin and swifts moving through

Moved onto the goatwalk quickly became apparent that there were large numbers of house Martin and swifts moving through from powderham heading north over exminster and on a broad  front all the way up towards Haldon following them were at least  4 Hobby’s, but the best birds of the day were 3 Red Kites  the first At 09:25, the 2nd At 09:37 and the 3rd At 10:40 all heading south west towards Haldon, as the tide dropped 12+ grey plover, 3 knot, 20+ Dunlin, 12+ whimbrel.

Posted May 18th, 2019 at 7:58 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Yarmer and Leasefoot Beaches early morning

At least 10 whimbrel and some Bar-Tailed Godwits on the two beaches, 8 small waders which I think consisted of 7 Dunlin and 1 Sanderling although it could well have been 6 & 2. Went back later with Steph & Rob Murphy and got cracking views of 4 Bar-Tailed Godwits on Yarmer beach one in summer plumage. The Barwits appeared to be feeding on sand hoppers, you can just about make it out in one of the photos

Bar-tailed GodwitBar-tailed GodwitSanderling
Bar-tailed Godwit                  Bar-tailed Godwit                                      Sanderling

Posted May 18th, 2019 at 4:53 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Velator reserve

In among a few birds ringed this morning was the year's second Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted May 18th, 2019 at 1:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head 18.05.19

Interesting sighting of what I'm 80% sure was a Sparrow Hawk sitting on the South Fort wall next to a Magpie. The Sparrow Hawk flew away in the direction of Brixham and was harried in flight by a Magpie and a Common Gull.

 2 Swifts, 2 Goldfinch's, a Coal Tit and a Chaffinch showed well in the hedgerow by the car park. The best sighting was of a Robin which landed close by a posed long enough for the attached picture

Posted May 18th, 2019 at 12:39 pm by David Roper in Bird News

brent geese

Friday 0815 am 9 dark bellied brent geese in the duckpond at Exmouth.

Posted May 18th, 2019 at 7:12 am by eric in Bird News

Friday 17th May 2019

Slapton area

Dank murky conditions around 6pm pushed three groups of manx shearwater into Start bay totalling 66 along with 2 and kittiwake and a first summer, plus five sandwich ten.  At 9pm a large group of around 300 Swift screamed higher and higher as they disappeared into the low cloud. 

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 9:17 pm by Nik ward in Bird News

Walking around Saltram, Plymouth

Today whilst out walking with the dog, I was delighted to see Little Egret, Shelduck and Canada geese on the waterfront and in and around the woodlands: bluetits, great tits, Robins, goldfinches, bullfinch, long tailed tits, Jay and most surpringly of all a pair of ring-necked parakeets. 

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 8:38 pm by P Flowers in Bird News

Toll road- Braunton

7am this morning, a flock of about 15 Little Egrets , just 2 swifts, and several swallows 

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 7:56 pm by Beth Woollam in Bird News

Wembury Bay

Three or 4 Red Kites circling over the lower fields and then 3 gliding off NW (c9 - 9.30am). Also, on the beach, 2 partial sum-plum Grey Plovers, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits (2 in partial sum-plum), Whimbrel, Curlew & Dunlin.

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 4:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Red Kite

Single Red Kite outskirts of Abbotskerswell 2pm today

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 3:38 pm by Jon Pring in Bird News

Bolberry Down

Red Kite over going east; also swift & 3 Fulmar.

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 2:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

More Swifts this morning, (about 15). More House Martins too (about 50). Looking around for Swallows I was surprised to find them (about a dozen) perched on the reed-bed. 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, and an odd male Tufted Duck.

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 12:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 16th May 2019

South Huish marsh late afternoon

Nice yellow wagtail on the marsh and 3 whimbrel, a male shoveler and 2 females.

Yellow WagtailWhimbrelLittle Egret
Yellow Wagtail                                                   Whimbrel                            Little Egret

Posted May 16th, 2019 at 9:27 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Afternoon hunt for Yellow Wagtails continues! Instead of which I found this tired looking Wood Sandpiper and then a view of a female Marsh Harrier. 7 Pied Wagtails. (1 White among them). up to 7 Swifts.

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Posted May 16th, 2019 at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Kite

Great views of a closish red kite 30/40' above the A39 heading north just before the milky way theme park North Devon at 08:24.

Posted May 16th, 2019 at 5:15 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Cattle Egret on scrape behind canal car park

Posted May 16th, 2019 at 1:16 pm by Nick Workman in Bird News

Red Kite

Pair of Red Kite seen over Drayford, Mid Devon. One flew north, one flew south.

Posted May 16th, 2019 at 1:03 pm by C Boyles in Bird News

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Slapton village

As I dropped into the village I saw a Nightjar floating above the rooftops disappearing behind a house only to reappear as I got further down the lane towards the church. Only my second for Slapton....the other being an autumn bird. 

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 10:38 pm by Nik ward in Bird News

Waders South Milton beach and S, Huish marsh

A few waders on the rocks at South Huish, at least 5 Grey plover, some sanderling, oystercatchers, a Kentish plover and on the marsh 7 Dunlin and a whimbrel

Grey PloverKentish PloverSanderling
Grey Plover                           Kentish Plover                                    Sanderling

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 10:03 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

15-05-19 Female Redpoll

Redpoles showing well on Roborough Down

Redpole
Redpole

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 9:38 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Late news Monday 13th

Single Red Kite seen by my father and I flying west over road to Challacombe viewed from near Headland Warren Farm late afternoon.

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 9:31 pm by Perry J Smale in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Blaxton Meadow attracted a few waders at high tide - Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrels & Curlew. Also Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, 8 Mandarin Ducks & female Red-crested Pochard.

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Easdon Down (North Bovey ) 14 May

Good numbers of Meadow Pipits around the hill, plus Skylarks, Stonechat, Tree Pipits and Linnets. Three cuckoos calling from separate areas.

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 7:52 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News

Red Kite - Kingsteignton

A single bird drifting north towards Chudleigh Knighto n / Chudleighat 15.40hrs

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 6:25 pm by JDA in Bird News

15-05-19 2 Cuckoo's over Cadover Bridge Area

Two Cuckoo's (Males) over the filled up China Clay pit near Cadover Bridge, gave a good display at chasing each other

Cuckoo No 1 Tail feathers missing2nd Cuckoo, full tail feathers
Cuckoo No 1 Tail feathers missing               2nd Cuckoo, full tail feathers

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 4:03 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Red Kite

14 May 13.00: Red Kite drifted low over Peverell, Plymouth and heading East. All the nearby Herring Gulls up and calling in alarm.  

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 3:46 pm by R Hurrell in Bird News

Red Kite Laira

Two Red Kites high over the garden at 1500hrs heading towards Marsh Mills & Plympton.

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 3:05 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Exton

One Red Kite east over the Exe estuary and the Riverfront, Exton at 1320hrs. 

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 2:11 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite seen over Western Beacon Dartmoor today 

Wednesday 15th  May at 11.00am. Single bird 

took off from the lower slopes of the beacon

heading towards Moorhaven.

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 11:49 am by Rob Dudley in Bird News

Roborough Down

Red Kite circling over Roborough Down this morning around 10.30 this morning.  

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 10:35 am by Andy Brown in Bird News

north devon

two red kites sighted flying over house near South Molton.

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 10:26 am by Mary Anne in Bird News

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