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2019 Devon Bird Report

There are a few vacancies available for Section Writers for the 2019 Devon Bird Report. The available Sections, with approximate numbers of species, are: Crows - 8, Crests, Tits - 9, Crakes - 5.

Please contact the Editor, Mike Lock (jmikelock@gmail.com) if you would like to contribute. Material will be sent out in late April and first drafts are needed by mid July.

Posted March 31st at 3:24 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.
 

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Saturday 18th May 2019

Soar

3 Spotted Flycatchers at Southdown Farm pm

Posted May 18th, 2019 at 9:26 pm by Roger White in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Red Kite

Single Red Kite outskirts of Abbotskerswell 2pm today

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 3:38 pm by Jon Pring in General Birding

Bolberry Down

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

Posted May 17th, 2019 at 2:28 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Exminster Marsh

Cattle Egret on scrape behind canal car park

Posted May 16th, 2019 at 1:16 pm by Nick Workman in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

north devon

two red kites sighted flying over house near South Molton.

Posted May 15th, 2019 at 10:26 am by Mary Anne in General Birding

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