Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st June 2019

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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

Membership

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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.

Eds  - no picture attached

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.

Ruby-Tailed waspNomad waspBlack and yellow Longhorn beetle
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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