Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th June 2019

Coronavirus - Devon Birds bird hides

During the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak the use of Devon Birds bird hides should be in line with Government guidelines to individuals on how to protect themselves.

Please follow NHS guidelines: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

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

Membership

If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

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

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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 at 4:29 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:11 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Burlescombe, Grand Western Canal

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

Posted June 6th, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Geoff Campbell in Bird News

Exmouth

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

Posted June 6th, 2019 at 7:51 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:58 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saunton

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

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

Posted June 5th, 2019 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, 2019 at 6:34 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

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, 2019 at 6:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

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, 2019 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, 2019 at 9:55 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:15 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Monday 3rd June 2019

Sighting

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

Posted June 3rd, 2019 at 3:23 pm by John beckett in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:29 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:43 am by Lyndon Hughes in Bird News

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, 2019 at 6:57 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:02 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ashford near the Taw

Male Merlin hunting passerines.

Posted June 2nd, 2019 at 6:50 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:27 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Saturday 1st June 2019

mear valley exmouth

9 ringneck parakeet to roost

Posted June 1st, 2019 at 8:09 pm by barry insull in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:56 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News

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, 2019 at 11:12 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

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