Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st June 2019

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/
 
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!

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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. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many 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.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, 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 the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  

 

Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

DEVON BIRDS RECORD COMMITTEE

As noted in the minutes of the Oct 2020 DBRC meeting, Tim Jones is standing down after serving as a member of the Committee for an extended sixth year. Tim has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past six years and wish him well in the future.

In the hope of maintaining a geographic spread across the Committee, DBRC approached Dean Jones to fill the vacancy. Dean grew up birding and ringing in Antrim and Lothian, before a tour of various European islands, including Lundy where he has been the Warden now for the past four years.

His experience and knowledge from ringing and birdwatching around Europe will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2021, Dean will be formally elected to fill the vacancy for a five year period.

For more information and/or an application form please contact:

Kevin Rylands, County Recorder.   Email: recorder@devonbirds.org 

Posted March 4th at 10:45 am by Mike Daniels 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 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, 2019 at 10:45 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Rose-coloured Starling video

https://youtu.be/PshTqfZYg2E

Posted June 21st, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

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, 2019 at 11:51 am by Martin Rooney in Bird News

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.

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Posted June 21st, 2019 at 9:56 am by Jordan in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:05 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Plymwoods

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

Fallow Deer Fawn               
Fallow Deer Fawn

Posted June 20th, 2019 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.

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Ruby-Tailed wasp                                   Nomad wasp                        Black and yellow Longhorn beetle

Posted June 20th, 2019 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, 2019 at 8:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:49 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

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, 2019 at 11:30 pm by Mark West in Bird News

Puffins

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

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Puffin                                           Wheatear                              Common Dolphin

Posted June 18th, 2019 at 11:01 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:03 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Saunton Sands

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


Posted June 18th, 2019 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, 2019 at 9:38 am by Robin Stanbridge in Bird News

Monday 17th June 2019

Teign Estuary

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

Posted June 17th, 2019 at 10:30 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:11 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:34 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

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, 2019 at 1:24 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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, 2019 at 11:58 am by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:02 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

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, 2019 at 6:55 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

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

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Green Hairstreak                              Small pearl-bordered fritillary

Posted June 15th, 2019 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, 2019 at 1:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:53 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

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