Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th June 2019

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

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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

Friday 7th June 2019

Butterflies

A short walk along the coast path at Soar South Devon

Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary
Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary

Posted June 7th at 1:18 am by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

Thursday 6th June 2019

Saunton & Toll House footpath

Skipper Butterfly at Saunton & Painted Lady on footpath by Toll House.

  

Posted June 6th at 10:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Chambercombe

'Showers as well, better than the other one!' - Sparrows use the upper stories

Posted June 6th at 4:29 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Steps Bridge & Mardon Down

In the woods and along the river: Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher (including a male feeding recently-fledged young), Redstart, Marsh Tit and Crossbill.

On and around Mardon: Peregrine, Cuckoo,Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Tree Pipit, Willow and Garden Warblers, Redpoll and more Crossbills, plus wonderful views in the clean air.

Posted June 6th at 4:11 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Burlescombe, Grand Western Canal

Good to see spotted flycatchers back on the canal .Two pairs today

Posted June 6th at 2:24 pm by Geoff Campbell in General Birding

Exmouth

The first-summer Bonaparte's Gull again present off Shelly Beach @0645 with 3 fs Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted June 6th at 7:51 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Dartmoor

A return walk from Warren House Inn via Soussons & Challacombe produced: 3 male Whinchats, 2 male Redstarts, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, 2 or 3 Cuckoos, Tree Pipit, 6 Siskins, 12 Lesser Redpolls, male Wheatear & plenty of Willow Warblers including 4 juvs being fed by an adult.

Posted June 5th at 9:16 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Berry Head

Surprise of the day was finding a singing Brambling in fine summer plumage (some pictures below) at the very end of the headland this evening, then a calling Cuckoo just behind the southern fort.

  Brambling Berry Head 6th June 2019 ML Brambling Berry Head 6th June 2019 ML

Posted June 5th at 8:58 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saunton

Painted Lady Butterfly resting between sunny intervals & the occasional shower.

Dodder - common & parasitic on gorse, heather & many smaller plants.

Posted June 5th at 3:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 4th June 2019

Clyst St Mary- bird behaviour.

Unusual bird behaviour in daughters garden while I was on grandparent duties!

My wife first drew my attention to a male Green Woodpecker in the garden apparently looking for ants.  I then noticed a Blackbird, Robin and Great Tit sunning themselves in the same small area of bare earth.  The sun was out at the time and the garden faces west.  I have previously seen birds sunning themselves but not in the manner of three species together.  A short time later when I looked out again... two Woodpigeons had replaced the three birds and were also enjoying the sun.  Alas no picture of the GW. 

 

Posted June 4th at 6:34 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Venford Reservoir and Holne Woods

8 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the fieldtrip led by Tim Channon.  Species listed included Cuckoo, Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Siskin, Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Treecreeper and Yellowhammer amongst others.  A rewarding day albiet with some changeable weather.  After lunch when the weather developed into a lovely afternoon a further 9 species was added to the list making a total of 39 species for the day.  Thanks for the report Tim, sorry I couldn't join you.

Posted June 4th at 6:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Berrynarbor

Visiting the garden today at lunchtime. I did not realise until later that there were two of the little darlings !

Intent on mischief. Having a browse.
Intent on mischief.                               Having a browse.

Posted June 4th at 1:21 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

Berry Head

Seawatching this morning (joined by Dave Dawe a bit later) 0530-0830hrs: 39 Puffins, 96 Guillemots, 9 Razorbills, 111 Kittiwake, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 94 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 2 Storm Petrels, 2 fs Med Gulls, 8 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Tern & 76 Gannets.

Posted June 4th at 9:55 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

The first-summer Bonaparte's Gull again present off Shelly Beach from 0545 - 0645 at least, with c100+ Black-headed Gull and 1 fs Mediterranean Gull.

Posted June 4th at 7:15 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 3rd June 2019

Sighting

Sitting in our garden in Brixton, Devon and a turtle dove landed on the fence. 

Posted June 3rd at 3:23 pm by John beckett in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

4 Mute Swans, 10+ Mallards plus 5 well-grown juveniles, 1 Cormorant, 4 Tufted Ducks, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Blackcap, 3 Blue Tits, 2 Great Tits, 1 Willow Tit, c.12 Swallows, 2 Blackbirds.

Posted June 3rd at 12:29 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Great Crested Grebe with chick - Sunday

Surprised to see a Great Crested Grebe with half grown juvenile, Millers Crossing (Mill-on-the-Exe), Exeter

Posted June 3rd at 10:43 am by Lyndon Hughes in General Birding

Exmouth

First-summer Bonaparte's Gull with c100+ Black-headed Gulls off Shelly Beach @0630'ish onwards. Also two fs Mediterranean Gulls. Earlier, off the seafront - 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 fs Mediterranean Gull and a Common Tern. Off Mudbank - 6 Brent Geese (of which at least 5 are Pale-bellied) and 5 Great Crested Grebe. Photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted June 3rd at 6:57 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Prawle Point

Seawatch 7.15am to 1.45 pm. SSW veering SW, wind  force 3 going 5, mist and rain at times. 

2 Skuas around midday. One pale phased Arctic and a presumed dark phased bird tho broader longer winged, deeper chested suggested spoon less  Pomarine. Both chasing Kittiwakes. Also 14 Puffins west. 8 Common Scoter and 175 Manx Shearwaters. Surprisingly no petrels despite good conditions for them.

Posted June 2nd at 9:02 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Excellent passage of Puffins this morning between 0530-0800hrs with 91 logged all moving south, the largest group was of 7 birds. Also  1 Bonxie, 1 GND, 2 fs Med Gulls, 9 Razorbills, 600+ Guillemots, 109 Kitts, 73 Gannet, 6 Swifts & 3 H Porpoises. Plus a singing Reed Warbler and  Bee orchid in quarry.

Posted June 2nd at 7:00 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ashford near the Taw

Male Merlin hunting passerines.

Posted June 2nd at 6:50 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Stover June 1st

After launching the Stover Dragonfly Hotspot yesterday (12 species seen, including Downy Emerald, Hairy Dragonfly and Red-eyed Damselfly), returned in the evening for Nightjars. After 2 or 3 churring males, no less than 4 appeared together, chasing each other, wing clapping and calling over the pylon ride, while a fifth churred nearby. A great end to a great day! Earlier, several Mandarins, including a duck with 2 ducklings.

Posted June 2nd at 10:27 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Saturday 1st June 2019

mear valley exmouth

9 ringneck parakeet to roost

Posted June 1st at 8:09 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

2 very vocal Reed Bunting chicks unable to fly in the Discovery area, look fit and well though. Hopefully with all the free running dogs about today they survive to sing another day!


Posted June 1st at 4:56 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this mornings high tide and around Saltram the following were seen.

The lone Curlew still here, Oystercatcher 2, Whimbrel 1, Grey Heron 3, Stock Dove 8, Green Woodpecker 1, GSW 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1 and the pair of Canada Geese still have 5 young.

Posted June 1st at 11:12 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

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