General Birding

Taw & Torridge Field Meeting - Sunday 23rd June 2019

Please be advised that the Taw & Torridge Field Meeting on Sunday 23rd June has had to change venue. The woodland is off limits at Hartland Forest so the meeting will now take place at SS373193, Landcross to Powlers Piece road. Clear fell area before Powlers Piece. Look out for Roger Doble and Dave Paul who will park up and look out for members. Meet at 9.30pm. Further information can be obtained from Norman Briden 01271371072 

Posted June 13th at 11:26 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Breeding Birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

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

Membership

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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris 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 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 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 at 5:15 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

Cattle Egret on scrape behind canal car park

Posted May 16th 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 10:26 am by Mary Anne in General Birding

Tuesday 14th May 2019

Berry Head 14th May

Pleasant half hour from 5pm sat on Berry Head looking out to sea towards the Mew Stone. Lots of activity over the water besides numerous common gulls there were 5 black back gulls, 2 gannets, 20 crows and 40+ plus guillemots.

Posted May 14th at 9:52 pm by David Roper in General Birding

Red Kites

Two red kites spotted above Teignmouth on the north side of the estuary moving west to east at 08.15 14th May. 

Posted May 14th at 7:26 pm by Bryan Smith in General Birding

Swifts.

Finally seeing swifts. First one last Saturday (11th May) over Rumsam area of Barnstaple and two today over Yelland.

Posted May 14th at 7:03 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

exminster marsh

taking a early walk from the rsbp carpark by the railway line, there were sand martins, house martins, swallows and two hobbys hunting over the marsh, and on the way back to the carpark i had good views of the lesser whitethroat.

Posted May 14th at 6:41 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Foggintor

3 Swifts, my first this year,. Yellowhammer on Yennadon Down. 

Posted May 14th at 3:32 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

14-05-19 Cuckoo at Cadover Area

A cuckoo showing very well near Cadover Bridge Area by the old filled in clay pit, constantly getting attacked by Meadow Pipits, managed some fairly good shots

Cuckoo

Cuckoo

Posted May 14th at 2:53 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Teignmouth

Red Kite heading East over Coombe Valley 11.20 am....

Posted May 14th at 11:29 am by Neil Graham in General Birding

Monday 13th May 2019

Nightjars at Cann Wood, Plympton

Heard one Nightjar churring at 9:20, and another later on 'Kwicking' at opposite sides of the wood, but didn't see either.

Posted May 13th at 11:28 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

Nightjars at Haldon

Single Nightjar churring and flying in the Harcombe area of Greater Haldon at 21:10 this evening.

Posted May 13th at 10:19 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

River Caen

Walked to the estuary late afternoon.

Several Whitethroat, Stonechat and Meadow Pipit, and a few passage waders: 2 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Oystercatcher (probable resident) 3 Ringed Plover,1 Dunlin and a few Curlew. No sign of Osprey. 

Posted May 13th at 9:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Red kite

Saw a single red kite flying over newton abbot this evening. First time I've see one in Devon 

Posted May 13th at 8:58 pm by Emma Blake in General Birding

Whitleigh Garden

First swifts of the year over garden three in number.

Posted May 13th at 7:38 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Whitleigh Garden

Two red kites over 16.00 hrs.

Posted May 13th at 7:34 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram Sunday 12th May

Two Wheatears (male & female), Grey Wagtail, 2 Stock Doves, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, the lingering Curlew & 7 Roe Deer (2 bucks).

Posted May 13th at 3:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Braunton

Red Kite just (12.05p.m) flew south over my house in Braunton.

Posted May 13th at 12:20 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Beaches around Thurlestone 12/05/19 early morn

At least 12 whimbrel on the beaches plus two Bar-tailed godwits, 3 whitethroats and a skylark on the corner of the golf course.

Bar-tailed GodwitWhitethroatWhimbrel
Bar-tailed Godwit                             Whitethroat                                        Whimbrel

Posted May 13th at 6:24 am by Richie moore in General Birding

Sunday 12th May 2019

Swifts Plymouth

Our first swifts of the year over the garden this afternoon around 16:00 group of three calling high over.

Posted May 12th at 10:39 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

Thornbury Plymouth

Sighted over Thornbury Plymouth, Red Kite being harassed by 3 Buzzards at 10:50

Posted May 12th at 9:42 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in General Birding

Combe Martin Swifts

First swifts of 2019 in Combe Martin: 2 silent at 11.50, followed by 3 screamers at 18.00.

Posted May 12th at 8:05 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in General Birding

mear valley exmouth

2 ringneck parakeet

Posted May 12th at 7:41 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Gallaven Brook Dartmoor

On a glorious day Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. A number of Stonechats between Scorhill and Hound Tor harassing the Ten Tors walkers. Kestrel seen hunting and Cuckoo heard calling along the brook.

Posted May 12th at 5:38 pm by Chris Godfrey in General Birding

River Exe, Stoke Woods

2 possible Cattle Egret seen this evening from the train whilst going past Stoke Woods, glimpse was fleeting but looked promising if anyone wants to go and check if they’re the real thing. 

Posted May 12th at 5:25 pm by Toby Mylett in General Birding

Trendlebeare Down

Plenty of stonechat and linnet plus several yellowhammer.


Posted May 12th at 11:17 am by Ian Muir in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh

8.30 a.m. River Taw- Osprey still present-being harassed by two gulls, an Oystercatcher and a Curlew. Cettis Warbler seen and heard on Tarka Trail near Instow.

Posted May 12th at 11:05 am by Seamus Ivers in General Birding

Red Kite

Just seen one from my garden on clovelly rd Bideford drifting see probably over littleham area.3 swifts here chasing as well ????.

Posted May 12th at 10:11 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

South Huish early morning

Grasshopper warbler - 1 reeling, dunlin 1 sp, whimbrel 1

Posted May 12th at 10:06 am by Richard Archer in General Birding

Saturday 11th May 2019

Bovey Tracey Area 11/05/19

Chudleigh Knighton Heath.
Yellowhammer, Large Red Damselfly.
Bovey Heathfield Heath.
2 x Yellowhammer (m&f), Slow-worm, Common Newt.
Yarner Woods.
4+  Pied Flycatcher, Pearl-bordered Fritillary.
Stover Park.
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Chaffinch, Mandarin, Mallards, Grey Squirrels

Posted May 11th at 8:53 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Bolberry Down & South Huish Marsh

Male Ruff west over Bolberry Down, later seen on South Huish Marsh together with Dunlin, 2 Barnacle Geese, White Wagtail & several, presumably migrant, Pied Wagtails

Posted May 11th at 8:26 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Velator

Sherpa had 13 Pied/White Wagtails (3 of the latter) this evening. Still no Yellow ones though.

Posted May 11th at 8:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exmoor,the Devon side.

Just a few more photos, if that's ok,

Pied FlycatcherCommon RedpollGrey Wagtail
Pied Flycatcher                    Common Redpoll                                      Grey Wagtail

Eds: it will be a Lesser Redpoll 

Posted May 11th at 5:40 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Exmoor,the Devon side.

Redpoll,Willow Warbler,Pied flycatcher,Spotted Flycatcher,Redstart,Blackcap,Cuckoo,Whinchat,Grey Wagtail, Dipper,GreenWoodpecker,Larks Pipits,2 Swift ,nice numbers of swallows and martins,really pleased with the good amounts of birds especially nice to see 6 spotted flycatchers.

RedstartSpotted FlycatcherWhinchat
Redstart                                   Spotted Flycatcher                  Whinchat Eds: Stonechat

Posted May 11th at 5:35 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Yesterday at Prawle 10th May

Yesterday was a lovely day to be out though few new migrants although 3 Spotted Flycatchers (my first of the year) were in the area ( the reserve, Ashpark Lane and Stallions Bite).

Also good views of Green Hairstreak and Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary (plus lots of Orange Tips)

Spotted Flycatcher                             Green Hairstreak

          

Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary

   

Posted May 11th at 1:46 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Broadsands

4pm yesterday, 6 Whimbrel on beach.

Posted May 11th at 7:40 am by Charlotte Crow in General Birding

Friday 10th May 2019

Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam

Late afternoon, of note: 4 Whinchats (3 males), 1m Cuckoo, 2 Redpolls, usual Willow Warblers and Stonechats, Dipper and Grey Wagtail on the river, Buzzard and Kestrel  etc

Posted May 10th at 11:26 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Occombe, Paignton

Spotted Flycatcher seen and observed for approx 10 minutes this afternoon. Only seen once.before 2 years ago in September. Plenty of Blackcaps calling. Song Thrush, Jay, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, nesting Blue Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Buzzard.

Posted May 10th at 10:38 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Velator

Delighted to report the arrival of 6 new mowing machines in the reserve this morning. In the form of Canada Geese goslings. They were already in the meadow when I was leaving.

Lots of Swallows House and Sand Martins around Sherpa this evening, But still no Yellow Wagtail. 3/4 Swift. 4 Grey Herons and 3 Cormorants flew off.

Posted May 10th at 10:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

South Milton Ley & South Huish marsh

Nice spotted flycatcher at South Milton and a few Sedge warblers, 5 whimbrel on the rocks and a ruff on the marsh at South Huish

Spotted FlycatcherSedge WarblerRuff
Spotted Flycatcher                      Sedge Warbler                                 Ruff

Posted May 10th at 9:50 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Yarner and Trendlebere

A morning walk, ending just before the rain came, produced a Cuckoo, a Common Redstart, many Pied Flycatchers, several Garden Warblers and Tree Pipits, two pairs of Redpolls busy with display flights, and most of the commoner woodland birds, but no Wood Warblers, alas.

Posted May 10th at 8:46 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Exeter GCG

Great Crested Grebes with chick.

Short video

https://youtu.be/P9mGTY3IquU

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe

Posted May 10th at 7:13 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

ringneck parakeet

saltrum 9 ringneck parakeet by cafe

Posted May 10th at 5:40 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Spotted Flycatchers (2) and Swifts (3) of year, here. Also 6 Mandarin Ducks (5 drakes), 2 Whimbrels, Stock Dove, 3 Wheatears (1 male), 3 Roe Deer & Small Heath.

Posted May 10th at 4:35 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Around Lynton

Whitethroat,Blackcaps,Redstart,Willow Warblers,Tree Pipit,Linnets, Goldfinch,Fulmars,stonechats,Wheatear,greening up nicely and really lovely early morning chorus. Not quite dawn!!!!

Black Cap.Willow WarblerWhitethroat.
Black Cap.                     Willow Warbler                             Whitethroat.

Posted May 10th at 3:51 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Morte Point

0650 - 1125. 60+ Manx Shears flying W, 2 Canada Geese flying E (my 107th species for this site), 1 Whimbrel (first this year), 1 Sedge Warbler in full song, 1 Common Gull, 2 Gannet, 7 Willows, 1 Chiff, 8 Whitethroat, c25 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow plus 22 other Species. 1 Orange Tip the only butterfly.

Canada GeeseWhimbrel
Canada Geese                           Whimbrel

Posted May 10th at 3:40 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Thursday 9th May 2019

Velator/Sherpa

This evening walked round Sherpa accompanied by the inquisitive cattle which actually help as a sort of mobile hide! In the centre field with a small strip of mud/water at last a few Wagtails: 5 Pied and 2 White. Also a strange record of a very muddy-footed male Whinchat! Good numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins and several Swifts too. First set (of 3) Canada goslings.

In the reserve caught a modest 5 Swallows and a Sedge Warbler. Plus a Reed Warbler which I ringed in July 2014 as a 3J so now near 5 years old.

Posted May 9th at 10:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Steps Bridge

A morning stroll up to Clifford Bridge and back produced two Common Redstarts, at least six Pied Flycatchers, a Garden Warbler, two pairs of Dippers and a small flock of Crossbills, plus most of the expected common species. A pleasantly-sheltered place to visit on a windy day.

Posted May 9th at 6:30 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Quick afternoon visit. Hobby at least 2 maybe 4. Spoonbill. Common Lizard, god numbers of hirundine including a few Swift.

Spoonbill video

https://youtu.be/IzJNJQF8Fgo

Common Lizard video

https://youtu.be/xg2yfgiDWWE

SpoonbillHobby - distantCommon Lizard
Spoonbill                                              Hobby - distant                   Common Lizard

Posted May 9th at 5:35 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Holcombe swifts

Two heading west 6am this morning. Just kept going.

Posted May 9th at 5:15 pm by Barney Donnellan in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

The adult Spoonbill was showing well this lunchtime. Good numbers of House Martins, plus a few Sand Martins and Swifts. 1 Hobby and 1 Peregrine. Also a Weasel and some kind of Shrew.

Posted May 9th at 4:07 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Berry Head

Single Swift off the very end feeding last night

Posted May 9th at 12:52 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Bideford

Hooray the Swift's are back.7 over Stanhope terrace/northdown rd and more importantly 4 on clovelly rd/Waterloo terrace area close to my boxes.May get to lure them in come the weekend.20:20-2030

Posted May 8th at 9:00 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Exminister Marsh

Male Garganey, Ad Spoonbill, 215+ Dunlin, 10 Whimbrel, 25+ Swift, c10 Sand Martin, 15+ House Martin on Exminister Marsh early this morning. 

Lunch time Adult Spoonbill still present, 120+ Swift, 70+ House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat along railway line & Little Gull 2nd Summer, flew over from Powderham Marsh. 

Posted May 8th at 11:24 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

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