Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th July 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

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

Sunday 14th July 2019

Preston

Between 25 - 30 Swifts seen screeching over Preston this evening.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 9:55 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

S Huish pectoral sand

Rubbish record shot. Wonder if it’s the same bird that has appeared a couple of times over the last year or so.


Posted July 14th, 2019 at 9:35 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

South Huish waders #2

The adult summer plumage pectoral sandpiper flew off SE at 18.50. Wasn’t seen after that.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Exe - Exton Station

An Osprey was again on a post mid-estuary visible from Exton station, mid-afternoon and was feeding on the post for over half an hour.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 8:44 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Ilfracombe

From Haggington I was trying to count a small pod of Common Dolphins off Rillage Point, about 6 but were dispersed due to pleasure boats when a tatty looking Osprey nearly passed unnoticed until it was moving away at a distance.   

Osprey record shot Common Dolphin
Osprey record shot                    Common Dolphin

Eds: the osprey is actually a Buzzard. see https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/articles/common_buzzard 

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 8:39 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Gulls

Over our house on clovelly rd Bideford this afternoon 10 med gulls,7ads,2ss, juvenile.Plus over a 100 bhg's,15:30-16:20.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 8:30 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

South Huish waders Sun eve

As sum plum pec sand, LRP and common sand 18.05

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 6:31 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Lyme bay boat trip from Brixham

Photos from today. See Nigel's post for species and numbers seen.

Balearic Shearwater.  Mediterranean Gull
Balearic Shearwater.                              Mediterranean Gull

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 6:21 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat trip.

This morning was the first 4hour Lyme Bay boat trip for the season from Brixham in a very active sea state!! Birds seen, 6 Scoter, sp, 10 Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 6+ Med Gulls, 2 Kittiwake,  4 Fulmar, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Gannets and many Herring Gull. also 3 Harbour Porpoise and 10+ Common Dolphin.

If interested give us a call n 07866202576. still some places.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 3:28 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis back at the Pill this morning 07.30.

Posted July 14th, 2019 at 7:38 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Saturday 13th July 2019

Broadsands

2 juv Yellow-Legged Gulls and 7 Med Gulls on Broadsands beach late this evening till 925pm at least on the dropping tide 

Posted July 13th, 2019 at 10:35 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Osprey - Exton Station

An Osprey sat on a post in the middle of the River Exe viewed from Exton Station from late morning to 13.05pm when starting flying around - eventually caught a fish and flew off high west at 13.15pm. 

Posted July 13th, 2019 at 2:18 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 12th July 2019

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1330-1500.

3 Black-tailed Godwits.

5 med Gulls ( 3A; 1 1st S, 1 juvenile.

Posted July 12th, 2019 at 7:21 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's high tide, 2 Black-tailed Godwits (1 in summer plumage), 29 Curlews, Common Sandpiper, just 20 Redshanks, 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, a pair of Shelducks with 2 juvs & Mandarin Duck. Also, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a pair of Whitethroats carrying food, 7 Stock Doves & a Kestrel, 

Posted July 12th, 2019 at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thursday 11th July 2019

Ilfracombe

Buzzard in my garden today, taking a break from winding up the local Gull population. 

Recently out on the sea good numbers of Manx Shearwaters are present whatever the wind direction. Up to 10 flocks of 60 chasing about are regularly in view. Today 2 ad Med Gulls on Cheyne rocks. 

Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted July 11th, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

drogo spotted flycatchers

pair of spotted flycathers feeding young seen from the path just under castle drogo yesterday,lovely find

Posted July 11th, 2019 at 8:22 pm by laurence smith in Bird News

Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill on gorse bushes at Ivy Cove by the SW Coastal Path, east of Coleton Fishacre.


Posted July 11th, 2019 at 4:47 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple between Bradiford Water and Ashford sewage works 1210-1300

3 adult Med Gulls and 2 juvenile Common sandpipers.

A total of 37 little Egret and 5 Grey Heron between both sides of the river.

Posted July 11th, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

11-07-19 Roborough Down

A few more birds around today, Yellowhammers, GSW, Meadow Pipits, along with Stonechats, linnets, Green Woodpecker in the distance

GSW (male)
GSW (male)

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted July 11th, 2019 at 3:30 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Velator/Caen

On arrival at the bridge to the reserve this morning, a singing Lesser Whitethroat was a real surprise - same one we saw here on 4th May? Sounded identical.

This evening along the mud of the River Caen, among a good scattering of Black-headed Gulls were two smart adult Mediterranean Gulls. At least a dozen Pied Wagtails (mostly juvs) were in with the cattle by cross banks. Sadly, no yellow ones amongst them. No Little Owls on the barns either...

Posted July 10th, 2019 at 10:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Shobrooke Park

A single Spotted Flycatcher present this evening at the southern end of the site, the first on patch this year. 

Posted July 10th, 2019 at 7:06 pm by T. M. Mylett in Bird News

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Velator Reserve

Ringing this morning after a 3 week break produced good numbers of migrant Warblers  (2 Willow Warblers were unusual at this time of year) and 2 Cetti's Warblers. In addition, a further 3 juvenile female Kingfishers were ringed,  with Azolla weed blocking many of the ditches on the Great Field, maybe this is a feeding opportunity for them. 7 Juvenile Wrens were notable.

Posted July 9th, 2019 at 10:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The moulting summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was still present early afternoon. Also 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and a few Whimbrel.

Posted July 9th, 2019 at 9:03 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Monday 8th July 2019

Velator

Hooray! 4 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape! Along with a Pied Wagtail and 2 Swallows. A male Tufted Duck on Sherpa pond. 2 Sand Martins over the pond.

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Birds

South hush marsh,ad little ringed plover,4sp Dublin, 2red v darters.

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 4:59 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Turf

Osprey flew down river 4 pm Sunday 

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 3:04 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

R.Taw Barnstaple between Pottington and Ashford sewage Works, 1230-1330

4 adult Mediterranean Gulls feeding on foreshore with 100s of returning B.H.Gulls.

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 2:54 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Med Gull on cricket pitch

Based on the address of the birder who posted this I would say it is Instow Cricket Ground. Would Martin Bennett please confirm and ensure a record is sent to the data manager. Posting on here does not always make the records as has been previously stated. Many thanks

Posted July 8th, 2019 at 12:37 pm by Karen Sims in Bird News

Broadsands

Late post for Sunday. 

Found this juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on Sunday afternoon at low tide at Broadsands.  It did not stay around long as the beach was busy, but I managed to get a couple of photos that just about showed its green colour ring 312:C. I believe this is a French project, based in the Carmargue. I have sent off my sighting to them. 




Posted July 8th, 2019 at 7:26 am by Alistair King in Bird News

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