Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st 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 21st June 2019

Nightjars at Bovey Heathfield

Fist  bird seen at 21.55, 'churring' three minutes later. Excellent views of up to 4 birds - flying/perched in trees - but surprisingly 'quiet'. Just gave it 20 minutes - midges were on top form!  

Posted June 21st at 10:45 pm by John Walton in General Birding

Rose-coloured Starling video

https://youtu.be/PshTqfZYg2E

Posted June 21st at 3:22 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Topsjham and Exminster

BGM from 07.50 only bird of note amongst the high weeds Spotted Redshank (no Spoonbill) left at 09.50 to try for Rose-Coloured Starling and found it at Deepway in Exminster.

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Rose-coloured Starling

 

Posted June 21st at 11:51 am by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Rose Coloured Starling - Deepway Park, Exminster

Not 100% sure but please see low quality phone camera picture attached, could be like finding a needle in a haystack with all of the Starlings flying around up there though.

Eds  - no picture attached

Posted June 21st at 9:56 am by Jordan in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 20th June 2019

Doccombe - Mardon Down

A walk from Doccombe around Mardon Down to the fringes of Fingle Woods and back produced a Sparrowhawk, two Crossbills, several Redpolls, Siskins, Garden Warblers, Stonechats and Tree Pipits, innumerable Willow Warblers (including many juveniles), Yellowhammers and Whitethroats, and, between the showers, wonderful views to East and West. The bonus bird was a Cuckoo chasing the wind Eastward. 

Posted June 20th at 9:05 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Plymwoods

Plenty of Fallow Deer and fawns seen on the edges of Plym Woods

Fallow Deer Fawn               
Fallow Deer Fawn

Posted June 20th at 10:49 am by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Insects at South Milton

At last a bit of sunshine that brings the insects out to play. A ruby-tailed wasp sometimes called a cuckoo wasp. It lays it's eggs inside it's hosts nest usually mason bees or other solitary bees. When the eggs hatch the larvae eat the hosts new born. The adults have a very hard cuticle so they can withstand the stings of the angry host bees if they encounter them.

A Nomad Bee sometimes called a cuckoo bee. They resemble a wasp and lay their eggs in the nests of other bees. They steal the pollen in their hosts nests. After a Nomad larva’s first moult, they are able to use their large sickle-shaped mouth parts to destroy the host’s resident egg or grub, meaning all of the stored pollen is theirs for the taking.

Ruby-Tailed waspNomad waspBlack and yellow Longhorn beetle
Ruby-Tailed wasp                                   Nomad wasp                        Black and yellow Longhorn beetle

Posted June 20th at 5:55 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An afternoon visit on the low tide. First-summer Mediterranean Gull, Shag, Curlew, Bullfinch (male + juv), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mandarin Duck (27), Marbled White, Bee Orchid (2) & a pair of Roe Deer.

Earlier a Humming-bird Hawk-moth feeding in the rain.

Posted June 19th at 8:57 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Velator

The pair of Swans that built a nest in the reserve a few weeks back have returned. Not sure what for. With hardly any duck-weed on the pond it is looking clear and yet another sighting of Kingfisher today. Red Admiral, Small Skipper and Speckled Wood (first since 3 June).were the only Butterflies in a relatively short visit (in the sunshine) this afternoon. Yesterday in overcast conditions while ringing only 1 Painted Lady in 8 hours.

Posted June 19th at 7:58 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Large flock of Swifts over Teignmouth

Between 10.30am and 11am today a flock of approximately 70 Swifts circled over East Teignmouth in what appeared to be a feeding frenzy, with birds from around the area meeting up to enjoy a sociable gathering in low visibility conditions.

Posted June 19th at 2:49 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Thornhillhead N.Devon

The male sparrowhawk that visits regularly has had a couple of successful days. Ambushed a female sparrow yesterday after hiding in a favourite spot in a hedge. Similar tactics today resulted in a blue tit late morning. Yesterdays catch was nearly lost to a magpie while it was being plucked on a post but the sparrowhawk successfully made off down the hedge avoiding the attention of a pursuing jackdaw. This male seems quite inquisitive and spent some time earlier this morning poking about in full view just a couple of feet off the ground and was back again this evening ignoring the alarm calls and swoops of our nesting swallows

Posted June 18th at 11:30 pm by Mark West in General Birding

Puffins

On a recent trip to Lundy Island I photographed a number of Puffins, Razorbills, and other sea birds.

PuffinWhinchat?Dolphin
Puffin                                           Wheatear                              Common Dolphin

Posted June 18th at 11:01 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The Spoonbill still at BGM this lunchtime. 2 Little Grebes, 1 Wigeon. A flyover Oystercatcher was the only wader.

Posted June 18th at 4:03 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Saunton Sands

Good example of one of nature's recylers. Sandhoppers recycling a stranded Barrel Jellfish.


Posted June 18th at 12:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Cuckoo's still around

Saw a Cuckoo flying near Pew Tor and heard another near Vixen Tor this morning.

Posted June 18th at 9:38 am by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Monday 17th June 2019

Teign Estuary

Pair of Gadwalls and a first-summer Mediterranean Gull this evening.

Posted June 17th at 10:30 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At least 7 Mediterranean Gulls (6+ 1st-s & 1 2nd-s), amongst the 23 adult Shelducks, 6 ducklings, 25 Mandarin Ducks, the lone Curlew still about, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Stock Doves, 4 juv Stonechats, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a pair of Swallows with 4 juvs at the breeding site near Laira Bridge & 6 Roe Deer (2 bucks & 4 does).

Posted June 17th at 10:11 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Chambercombe

Steve Hopper has kindly pointed out to me that the white Dove pictured with a Feral Pigeon in my post this mornings is in fact a racing Pigeon. Thanks Steve - now I need to be able tell the difference as the Feral Pigeon  obviously does!

Posted June 17th at 7:31 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Chambercombe

 8 Swifts and 1 Swallow flying S 0830 this morning. Yesterday, through window, a Feral Pigeon enamoured with a less than enthusiastic Dove (ringed) and a Woodmouse waiting beneath feeders in hope of a spill.

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Feral Pigeon / Dove            Wood mouse

Posted June 17th at 12:34 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Sunday 16th June 2019

Sedge Warbler

Instow dunes at the Yelland end were a couple of Sedge Warblers feeding their chicks.  A small number of Swallows, a Stonechat and a couple of Crows.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted June 16th at 1:24 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Red kite over Bottreaux Mill east of South Molton

This Red Kite was soaring overhead Bottreaux Mill near West Anstey, east of South Molton today at 09:50. Looking very tatty it drifted off towards South Molton. This hasty image, taken through a gap in some trees, won't win any awards but it does show that it was a very raggedy bird.

Red Kite overhead Bottreaux Mill near West Anstey

Red Kite overhead Bottreaux Mill near West Anstey

Posted June 16th at 11:58 am by Phil & Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 15th June 2019

BGM

Spoonbill (sleeping mostly), Redshank, Greenshank, 1 Juv Med Gull in with BH Gull, Psycho LLB Gull, Blackwit, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Shoveller, sprinkling of Hirundines (mostly H Martin). Goosemoor another juv Med Gull in with BH Gulls.

Posted June 15th at 8:02 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Pied blackbird

Cormelles car park pied blackbird made another appearance today, better camera today. Stunning when she flies having one complete white wing. 

Pied blackbird.
Pied blackbird.

Posted June 15th at 6:55 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

15-06-19 Roborough Down

Not much in the way of birdlife, but two notable Butterflies, the Green Hairstreak and the Small pearl-bordered fritillary

Green HairstreakSmall pearl-bordered fritillary
Green Hairstreak                              Small pearl-bordered fritillary

Posted June 15th at 4:15 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Velator

Arriving at the reserve this morning, to show a visitor around I was stunned to see a juvenile Siskin in the garden to the right on the little approach lane. In the reserve a Kingfisher very busy catching Sticklebacks. There may even have been 2 Kingfishers present.

Posted June 15th at 1:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching between 0500-0900 produced (selected highlights):

2 Storm Petrels, 334 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Med Gulls, 2 Sandwich Terns, 14 Common Scoter, 15 Swifts and 3 Harbour Porpioses.

Posted June 15th at 12:53 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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