Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st August 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

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

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

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Teignmouth Garden, New Road

16:00 Looking skywards, 60+ House Martin, 7+ Swallow, one Swift and a Sparrowhawk. Lots of Painted Ladies, Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshell. Great views of a Southern Hawker

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 8:00 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Amongst the numerous Stonechat and Linnet were single GS Woodpecker, Redstart (female), and Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 3:36 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat Trip.

Today's boat trip out into Lyme Bay with the RSPB Exeter local group was fairly fruitful with 5+ Porpoise, 10+ Common Dolphin joining us before we had traveled far from Berry Head. Much further out the following birds sighted, 10 Kittiwake, Fulmar, Gannet, 6 Scoter, many small groups of Guillemots ,9 Shearwater, some Manx but most seen at a distance, Great-black backed Gull and large numbers of Herring Gull. The best was 3 Great Skua chasing the gulls but also young Herring Gulls chasing the Skua! An unusual sight was a Fulmar being attacked on the water by young Herring Gulls.  Another trip on Sunday so will be interesting to see what is about.

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 3:21 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

BGM

Birded 07.50 until 11 highlight Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper. one juvenile Turnstone, a couple of Greenshank a few hirundines over. Good numbers of BH Gulls but no Meds. Few small waders lots of Redshank and Curlew, Blackwits and a Whimbrel. Kingfisher and juv Reed Warbler on Goosemoor

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 2:43 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Glossy Ibis in Fremington Pill

18/08/19, 11:28; The Glossy Ibis which has been a regular at Fremington Pill for a few years now was showing nicely on the falling tide. It appeared to toss tiny snails (a la Avocet diet?) down it's throat having extracted them from the gloopy mud with it's bill tip. Great skills!! The Common Sandpiper seen in the background appeared to be watching with keen interest.

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 1:41 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Osprey on the Taw

Observed for about an hour up to high tide this morning (09:00 to 10:00) hunting over Horsey Island & the River Taw was this Osprey (Juve?). It stooped about four or five times and splashed down once, but failed to catch it's brunch. Last seen heading back upriver. 

Osprey over Horsey Island
Osprey over Horsey Island

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 1:26 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Cookworthy Moor, near Ashwater

The clearfell and forestry areas this morning produced:-

4 Redpolls, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat, numerous Swallows feeding over the clearfell plus a few Sand Martins, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Crossbill (heard), Blue and Great Tits.  1 Gatekeepe.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne..

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 11:47 am by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Late post - Horsey Island

19/08/2019 - Early evening count on Horsey produced the highest number of Ringed Plover I have ever seen at this site. A spectacular 491 in a mixed flock of c800 small waders consisting of Dunlin & Ringed Plover

Visited the site again today early evening & a disappointing 20!

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 9:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Nightjars at Bovey Heathfield

Two birds watched from 20.45 - 21.05. Both female/juvenile. No churring heard whilst on Heath.

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 9:39 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Marsh Mills to Blaxton Meadow 20/8/2019

Went over to Saltram area this morning.

At Marsh Mills (where the Tory Brook meets the River Plym) was a Dipper (Coloured Rings: Red over Orange Right Leg ;Yellow over Grey? Left Leg).

On Blaxton Meadow 20 or so Curlew,  2 Herons. 3 Little Egrets, .a single Oystercatcher and about 80 Canada Geese.  Also a very photogenic Robin.

Other things were about 10 Painted Ladies, a Red Admiral and a Jersy Tiger

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Additions today Fremington Quay and home farm.

4 Common sandpiper,4 young turnstone,The Glossy Ibis perching " young Shellducks and a large flock of Goldfinches, all the rest as reported earlier.

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 7:30 pm by john elvin in Bird News

R.Taw - Penhill Marsh and Freminton Pill. 1015-1215. H/T 0932

2 Med Gulls and 14 Black-tailed Godwit among a roost of about 3-400 Black-headed Gulls at the Barnstaple end of the marsh. Tide 1hr in ebb.

16 Med Gulls in a smaller roost of about 40 BHGs at the Penhill Pt end of marsh.

11.30 2 Turnstone at mouth of Fremington Pill and 2 Dunlin and 27 Redshank in the Pill. Water level in the Pill still at half ebb.

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 4:49 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

East Soar

Migrants beginning to trickle through with Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 19 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler & Green Woodpecker (only 2nd record this year). Also Sparrowhawk, 50 Swallow, 40 House Sparrow.

Non-avian: 33 Painted Lady, 49 Small Copper, 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

Flora: 178 Autumn Lady's Tresses flower spikes - a sensational count and thanks to National Trust for not grazing this area.

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shobrooke Park/Bowling Green Marsh

Hi, message for Chris Marcol RE his photos of a Bar-Headed type goose from Bowling Green Marsh on the 14th of his month - sorry to post on here but not sure how else to contact contributors - I believe your bird is in fact the Canada x Bar-head hybrid that was hatched here at Shobrooke Park last summer by our now semi-resident Bar-Headed Goose (first arrived here in mid 2014) and one of the many summering Canada Geese. The bird is identical in plumage and I have observed more unusual birds (plumage-wise/based on ring data) to frequently travel quite far from the park only to return again in the next few days, if not sooner, and sure enough, this hybrid bird was present again yesterday evening in our main pre-roost flock of Canadas (see my post from yesterday). So yes, the bird is indeed a Canada x Bar-head hybrid as you correctly thought that it may be, and I do indeed think it is highly likely to be the same individual, as I haven’t seen another goose of this hybrid type at all recently anywhere else in the Devon area. Hope this is of some help. If you’d like any more info about the bird’s history etc feel free to email me on londonbirder@gmail.com. Thank you! 

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 8:22 am by T. M. Mylett in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey perched in Lincombe Woods this morning. Turnstone and Common Sandpiper in Charleton Bay, Kingfisher in Charleton Marsh.

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 8:02 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Monday 19th August 2019

Shobrooke Park

Another good day's work on patch produced a few decent finds: the first 2 Cormorant of the summer/autumn dropped in towards the beginning of the evening, the Bar-headed X Canada Goose hybrid showed well in the Canada Goose flock (126 birds strong today) alongside its Bar-head parent, and a patch first of 2 Great Black-backed Gull arrived for a brief swim on the main lake.

Posted August 19th, 2019 at 11:52 pm by T. M. Mylett in Bird News

South Brent

Presumed migrant whinchat below Avon Dam yesterday, and one on Brent Hill today, where also three wheatears and hobby..

Posted August 19th, 2019 at 9:01 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Osprey on the Taw Estuary

Osprey on the Taw Estuary this pm. Feeding on its catch then going back for another fish. Looked like this bird was in no rush to move on. Photos were at some distance but hope someone can make out if its an adult or Juvenile from the photos.

Osprey feeding on its catch at Horsey Island North Devon
Osprey feeding on its catch at Horsey Island North Devon

Osprey heading over the Taw for seconds!
Osprey heading over the Taw for seconds!

Osprey banking around gaining height
Osprey banking around gaining height

Posted August 19th, 2019 at 7:03 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Sunday 18th August 2019

Taw Estuary

Highlights from my WeBS count sector along Chivenor foreshore and Sherpa Marsh, included 49 Knot, a few Greenshank and Whimbrel, 34 Mediterranean Gulls, 8 Swifts and two Little Terns in flight close to the opposite shore - two of four birds seen by Tim Davis from his WeBS sector (Instow to Isley) at Yelland.

Posted August 18th, 2019 at 9:16 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Broadsands Sunday 18.30

Single ringed plover sighted at 18.30 

Posted August 18th, 2019 at 7:21 pm by Kevin Bates in Bird News

Glossy Ibis and Med Gulls at Fremington Quay

The Glossy Ibis is still at Fremington Pill today. Great light this am for the bird to show off its true colours. 25+ Med Gulls at Fremington Quay on the Taw Estuary at low water. 20+ Whimbrel roosting at RSPB Isley Marsh this pm.   

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Mediterranean Gulls near Fremington Quay
Mediterranean Gulls near Fremington Quay

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted August 18th, 2019 at 6:57 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy ibis near the egret roost.

Posted August 18th, 2019 at 6:18 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Instow

On the rock beyond Instow cricket ground were - 8 ringed plover,  2 Turnstones and a great many Oyster catchers.

Distant shot of one Little ringed plover
Distant shot of one ringed plover



Posted August 18th, 2019 at 1:15 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Teignmouth Sat 17th pm

Single wheatear foraging on the cliff along the the sea wall.

My first for this site.

Posted August 18th, 2019 at 9:56 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Saturday 17th August 2019

Croyde

Kestrel, Wheatear and a number of Med. gulls at the Saunton end of Croyde beach.

Kestrel
Kestrel

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 8:11 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Ilfracombe

Of all places, In my garden today feeding under Dad's apple trees. Alas no leg rings to tell if it's a passing Lundy bird. 

A brief look offshore, 15 Gannets were being mythered by a Great Skua. 

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 7:01 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Saunton Sands

While doing one of my regular wader counts on Saunton Sands this morning good to see a single Wheatear on passage. Not unusual at this site at this time of year.


Posted August 17th, 2019 at 4:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

R.Plym at Longbridge

A Dipper was down at Longbridge, Plympton, this morning no doubt driven downstream by the raised river level caused by the recent heavy rains. 

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 2:09 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Yesterday at Prawle Point Friday 16th August

Seawatch from 7am till 5pm in strong force 5 ,going 7 at times, SSW winds with occasional mist and later heavy rain.

Highlight was a pale-phased juvenile Long-Tailed Skua seen at 11.55 struggling to tack into the wind going west. Also 1 Sooty Shearwater (at 1.30pm) , I Bonxie, 18 Balearic Sheawaters amongst a constant stream of at least 4301 Manx Shearwaters (nodded off a couple of times so totals would have been greater as the passage never let up). Alas no other large shearwaters!

Also 7 Commic Terns, 87 Kittiwakes, 25 Fulmars and 744 Gannets.

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 9:45 am by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Yesterday at Prawle Point Friday 16th August

Seawatch from 7am till 5pm in strong force 5 ,going 7 at times, SSW winds with occasional mist and later heavy rain.

Highlight was a pale-phased juvenile Long-Tailed Skua seen at 11.55 struggling to tack into the wind going west. Also 1 Sooty Shearwater (at 1.30pm) , I Bonxie, 18 Balearic Sheawaters amongst a constant stream of at least 4301 Manx Shearwaters (nodded off a couple of times so totals would have been greater as the passage never let up). Alas no other large shearwaters!

Also 7 Commic Terns, 87 Kittiwakes, 25 Fulmars and 744 Gannets.

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 9:45 am by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Four swifts just over the house on clovelly rd Bideford

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 9:08 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Thursday 15th August 2019

Sherpa Marsh

A productive walk around the Marsh this evening: one juv Pied Wagtail, several Sand Martins and a few House Martins, 6/7 Swifts, 25 Swans - only 3 cygnets, 1 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, best was (at last!) a juvenile Yellow Wagtail.

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 10:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saunton Sands & Braunton Burrows

Plenty of birds along the Saunton Sands shoreline late afternoon with 50+ Knot 200+ Sanderling, 200+ Oystercatcher the most ive seen here, 30+ Ringed Plover 30+ Dunlin. My first Yellow Wagtail of the early Autumn with 2 around the cattle on Braunton Marsh and two Osprey on the Taw Estuary a very pleasant walk.

Sanderling at Saunton Sands
Sanderling at Saunton Sands

Knot on Saunton Sands
Knot on Saunton Sands

2 Yellow Wagtail on Braunton Marsh
2 Yellow Wagtail on Braunton Marsh

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 8:45 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Fremington Pill.

A walk along the road to Fremington Quay logged 70+ Redshank this afternoon in the Pill including good numbers of Juvs.  On the return back around 2:30 a single Glossy Ibis along with 2 Common Sandpiper were in the pool by the sluice.

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 4:28 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in Bird News

Erme Holberton

Adult Osprey on the Erme water meadow this afternoon, sitting in dead tree with fish.

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 4:15 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Erme Holberton

Adult Osprey on the Erme water meadow this afternoon, sitting in dead tree with fish.

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 4:15 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Soar

Still quiet, just 4 Swift, 10 Whitethroat & 300 Linnet.

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 3:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Dipper

1 Dipper on Teign just upriver of Teigngrace

Posted August 15th, 2019 at 9:43 am by Lois Pryce in Bird News

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