Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th June 2019

Coronavirus - Devon Birds bird hides

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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

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

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

Saturday 29th June 2019

Exe Estuary

Went walking along to the Turf Lock this afternoon in a half-hearted attempt to refind the Caspian Tern but no joy. 5 Whimbrel flew down the estuary towards Exmouth, Curlew, Oystercatcher and a few Redshank were also present. A pair of Mute Swan had 1 cygnet and 5 Shelduck were seen with 12 young out on the water. Whitethroat and Chiffchaff were in the scrubland.

Posted June 29th, 2019 at 9:11 pm by C L North in Bird News

Hillhead, Brixham

170+ Swifts feeding over arable field on way to Hillhead from Churston this morning.

Posted June 29th, 2019 at 4:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exmouth

No sign of Caspian Tern off the Imperial/Mudbank early this morning but 3 Common Tern and a first-summer Little Gull present.

Posted June 29th, 2019 at 7:14 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Friday 28th June 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Black-tailed Godwit (sum-plum), 21 Curlews, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-s), 7 Mandarin Ducks, 7 Marbled Whites, 3 Small & 1 Large Skippers, 2 Ringlets, 2 Painted Ladies & Small Heath.

Posted June 28th, 2019 at 3:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thursday 27th June 2019

Torquay harbour

At least 5 barrel jellyfish in the harbour this afternoon, also 1 blue jellyfish in the inner harbour. Small shoal of grey mullet in inner harbour.

Barrel jellyfishBlue jellyfishBlue jellyfish
Barrel jellyfish                       Blue jellyfish                             Blue jellyfish

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 9:54 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Sightings only

At least six Swifts flying around over my home in Roundswell (East) behind Sainsburys in Barnstaple.

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 9:29 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Red Kite

A single Red Kite drifted over the A38 at Splatford Split tonight at 17:50, the local Buzzard just ignored it.

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 6:49 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

River Clyst - Caspian Tern

The Caspian Tern relocated by KR late pm and showing very well roosting on mud in front of the viewing platform at BGM

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 5:22 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exmouth

A Caspian Tern on Cockle Sands, from Mudbank, at 1405 for about five minutes. Seen briefly again feeding further upriver towards Lympstone a few minutes later but no sign since. Also 2+ Mediterranean Gull, c30+ Sandwich Tern and 2 Redshank.

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 4:01 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Red Kite - Exe Estuary - Topsham

Single Red Kite travelling up the Exe Estuary at around 7:50 this morning. Headed in land towards Exminster.

Posted June 27th, 2019 at 9:15 am by F Carter in Bird News

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Dartmoor

A pair of Whinchats and a Lesser Redpoll at Tavy Cleave before the weather deteriorated. At Grenofen, juv Dipper, Grey Wagtail & High Brown Fritillary & at Magpie Bridge, 2 Marsh Tits, 2 Siskins & Humming-bird Hawk-moth.  

Dipper (juv)
Dipper (juv)

Posted June 26th, 2019 at 10:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Chambercombe Manor

1530 - 1620. Humming-bird Hawk-moth this afternoon. 2 Painted Lady and 2 Red Admiral the only butterflies. 5 mating pairs Azure Damselfly also present.


Posted June 26th, 2019 at 5:46 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Chiffchaff window casualty, Chudleigh

Chiffchaff juv window stunned

Found a juvenile Chiffchaff stunned next to a bedroom window this morning. It flew off safely to bushes after a few minutes. Also first Grey Squirrel for at least a decade, which was mobbed by 20 House Sparrows - the most seen together here for several years!

 

Posted June 26th, 2019 at 11:04 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

elberry cove

flock of house martins swooping over the fields behind elberry -  late morning yesterday. (1st time I have seen these birds this year).

Posted June 26th, 2019 at 9:27 am by graham folkerd in Bird News

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Curlews on the increase (11), juv Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 1st-s Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Stock Doves, 30 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Shags, 4 Marbled Whites and 7 Painted Ladies.

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 9:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

25-06-19 Painted Lady

Painted Lady butterflies around Lipson, Plymouth

Painted Lady
Painted Lady

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 8:20 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Ford Park Cemetery/Roborough Down

Yesterday at Ford Park Cemetery not so many Marbled Whites as a few days ago but a large increase in Painted Lady's (upwards of 20)

Roborough Down today lack of recent Green Hairstreaks and PBF/SPBF but a large increase in Painted Ladys (upwards of 30). Forget birds, there weren't any worth mentioning

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Butterflies

100+ Painted lady’s at Wembury Point .25 June.

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 4:17 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Other Wildlife

Autumn in North Devon

Must have arrived: 2 Green Sandpipers on the field in Sherpa Marsh this morning - flew off over towards the Great field. 3 Little egret, 22 Swans 7 cygnets.

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

25-06-19 Grey Wagtail & Chick

On the River Plym, at least 4 Grey Wagtails feeding their chics

Grey Wagtail & chick
Grey Wagtail & chick

Posted June 25th, 2019 at 2:42 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Monday 24th June 2019

Broadsands

12 Mediterranean Gulls this evening with 31 Black-headed Gulls on the sea off Elberry Headland this evening also 4 Common Scoter.

Posted June 24th, 2019 at 9:45 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exmouth

Red Kite drifted high northwards over Cedar Close at 1612hrs circling as it went.

Posted June 24th, 2019 at 4:18 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Cuckoo

Heard cuckoo this morning at around 05.00 a.m. east of Blackdown Rings (nr. Loddiswell) around SX 725 524 

Posted June 24th, 2019 at 2:18 pm by nic butler in Bird News

Powlers Piece

With the normal site for the Taw/Torridge group Nightjar walk closed for forestry work, the group met close to Powlers Piece on the Bideford/Bradworthy road.  After an overcast but mainly dry day, the evening cleared with virtually no wind. At around 10.00 the first churning was heard, and a couple of brief but close sightings. Nothing then until almost dark, when there was considerable activity, and one Nightjar landed on the path we were on. Estimate there were 2/3 pairs present.

Also seen Tree Pipit, Redpoll, Roe Deer, with Chiffchaff, Blackcap heard.

Posted June 24th, 2019 at 9:23 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Broadsands

14 Mediterranean Gulls this evening on the sea and then dropping into the beach, just 1 Black-headed Gull accompanying the group!

Posted June 23rd, 2019 at 10:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster & Topsham

No sign of the Rose-coloured Starling up until 11:00 this morning.

Seven Mediterranean Gulls (three 2nd-summers & four 1st-summers) on Goosemoor at midday along with the summer-plumaged Spotted Redshank.

Four Greenshanks, three Whimbrels and two Bar-tailed Godwits on Bowling Green Marsh.

Posted June 23rd, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Captsone Parade

The last few days a pair of Skuas sp have been attacking Gannets off Torrs to Capstone, got fairly reasonable views but no visible stand out wing bars to be seen so I'm suspecting possible Pomarines. This evening, interesting to watch every Gull, 2000+  in the town make a break for the open sea to avoid the barrage of pyrotechnics, I'm sure they all survived !

Posted June 22nd, 2019 at 11:05 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Velator

It's been a poor year so far for numbers of butterflies, but if all these hatch maybe we'll have a bonus second brood of Red Admirals. There are several of these nettle-top collections in the reserve at the moment.

It's been a poor year so far for numbers of butterflies, but if all these hatch maybe we'll have a bonus second brood of Red Admirals. There are several of these nettle-top collections in the reserve at the moment.

Posted June 22nd, 2019 at 10:00 pm by Jon Turner in Other Wildlife

Crow Point

Barrel Jellyfish

Speaking (as Rob was) of Barrel Jellyfish, here's a fresh one that from a distance looked about half the size of a football!
Speaking (as Rob was) of Barrel Jellyfish, here's a fresh one that from a distance looked about half the size of a football!

Posted June 22nd, 2019 at 9:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fernworthy Reservoir

9 members of DB attended the East Devon Branch fieldtrip today.  Great company, weather and scenery but the birds were a challenge for their absence!  21 species listed for the day and the highlights were 2 Gt Spotted Woodpeckers (including a juv.), 3 Grey Wagtail, Gt crested Grebe and 1 young, Siskin overhead, Jay and Redstart during the morning.  After lunch a walk around the road and southern path produced a Tree Pipit and a pair of Redstart with food.  A striking light phase Buzzard on a telegraph pole on the road back to Chagford.

Posted June 22nd, 2019 at 4:14 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

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