Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st August 2019

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Saturday 31st August 2019

Topsham (Bowling Green Marsh/Goat Walk)

Good day's birding around Topsham today. A Common Sandpiper at Bowling Green Marsh was my first of the autumn and a Whimbrel showing well off the River Clyst viewpoint was a nice surprise. Plenty of Teal and 6+ Wigeon amongst the Canada Geese on the marsh too. Also 3 Ring-necked Parakeet calling in trees adjacent to The Goatwalk mid afternoon, unmistakably (hear these birds all the time when in London). 

Posted August 31st at 9:44 pm by T. M. Mylett in General Birding

Turf

Osprey this afternoon flying low up the Exe 3 o'clock 

Posted August 31st at 7:58 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

ford park cemetery plymouth

over 100 ringneck parakeet at roost

Posted August 31st at 12:07 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Teign Estuary

Two Ospreys together over Flow Point mid-morning.

Posted August 31st at 11:59 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 30th August 2019

late swifts

One, possibly two swifts again in West St this evening, 1930.

Posted August 30th at 8:19 pm by Art Symons in General Birding

Hobby ~ South Brent

Stunning views late this afternoon of a Hobby over the garden at South Brent trying to snatch newly fledged Swallows, they only took to the wing yesterday so that was a rude awakening for them.

Posted August 30th at 7:46 pm by Steve HOPPER in General Birding

Red Kite at Darts Farm

Red Kite south over Darts Farm at 1:45pm.

Posted August 30th at 6:30 pm by Olly Mears in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Busy afternoon with waders starting to arrive late. Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank and suspected Marsh Harrier were the highlights. Should be a busy high tide this evening. 

Posted August 30th at 4:31 pm by Tim Smith in General Birding

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

Wryneck spotted by my wife on road between Hoarstone and Thornhillhead - record photo taken from the car


Posted August 30th at 3:27 pm by Mark West in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley / Sands

On the beach minimum 18 Mediterranean Gulls, 13 Sandwich Terns and great to see 47 Kittiwakes including juveniles. Most I have seen on the beach for a few years. Only waders 2 Ringed Plovers. Elsewhere minimum 28 Great Crested Grebes, 131 Coots, 2 Pochards, Wigeon, Kingfisher, c50 Sand Martins ( Torcross ) and a couple Yellow Wagtails. Several Silver Y's and Painted Lady's. Just 2 Clouded Yellows but one was an 'helice' form.

Posted August 30th at 2:55 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

West Soar

Not ideal conditions but red clover field turned up 47 Clouded Yellows, 78 Painted Ladies & 120 Small Whites.

Posted August 30th at 2:18 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Braunton Marshes

1 Lapwing on Braunton Marshes west side of Toll Road yesterday morning.


Posted August 30th at 11:51 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Langdon Beach - Morning

On the beach before the dead tree was a Dunlin in a transitional plumage. Also 10+ turnstone, rock/meadow pipits and White/Pied Wagtails. On rocks 20+ Black-Headed Gull and two Mediterranean Gulls. A good number of Gannets out to sea. Lots of warblers in the Pines at the end of the beach. Mainly Chiffchaff and some Willow Warblers. On path heading back towards Wembury, lots of Stonechats, Whitethroats and Linnets

Posted August 30th at 11:51 am by Matt C in General Birding

Crownhill Down

Whinchat briefly, Tree Pipit over, 6 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, flock of 40 Mistle Thrush, 50+ Goldfinch and up to 24 Linnet were the highlights from the base of Crownhill Down, nr Lee Moor, this morning. 

Posted August 30th at 8:40 am by Chris E in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh - Thursday 29th

On tonight's high tide the highlights amongst the Godwits, Curlews and Redshanks were the Spotted Redshank, 11 Knot, a Dunlin, a couple of Bar-tailed Godwits, Whimbrels and (thanks to Rob & Steph leaving early, as they said would happen) a Curlew Sandpiper.  No sign however of the reported Garganey in the duck flock.  Fly through Kingfisher.

Posted August 30th at 12:02 am by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Thursday 29th August 2019

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Slow start, low tide and lots of Canadas around. Common Sandpiper (1) and Dunlin (1), nice Ruff (juv). Peregrine, Cetti's and all the hirundines. Around 12 O'Clock large number of wildfowl suddenly dropped in including Mallard, Teal and Wigeon (extra 22), also a Pintail and Garganey (thanks to a guy from Loughborough!). 34 species.

Posted August 29th at 10:06 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

South Huish marsh

Nice evening watching South Huish marsh, 29 Dunlin, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, a Knot, a ringed plover, a Snipe, Little stint and at least 14 yellow wagtails, probably more.

Dunlin, Knot, little stint and ringed plover
Dunlin, Knot, little stint and ringed plover

Black-tailed Godwits
Black-tailed Godwits

Yellow Wagtails
Yellow Wagtails

Posted August 29th at 9:50 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Percy Wakely Wood, Rockbeare, E. Devon.

One location that will be new to most people, other than locals, is this small wood east of Exeter Airport and owned by the Woodland Trust.  A brief visit this afternoon produced a fest of small birds and within ten minutes I found (2) Spotted Flycatcher, Treecreeper, (3) Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, (2) Long tailed Tit and others.  All within the first 100 yards of the carpark. (Parking limited to only two cars). 

Posted August 29th at 8:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Seen on this evenings high tide were the following. Little Egret 21,Grey Heron 1, Curlew 33, Oystercatcher 8, Black T Godwit 2, Greenshank 4, Redshank 155, Dunlin 5, Med Gull 1& Common Tern1.

Posted August 29th at 7:26 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

29-08-19 River Plym

Male Kingfisher along the River Plym this afternoon.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted August 29th at 3:31 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Brixham Harbour yesterday

A grey seal seen dismantling a large conger eeel in Brixham Harbour after the morning boat trip.

Grey seal with conger eel
Grey seal with conger eel

Posted August 29th at 1:55 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, yesterday

Pics from yesterday. Heavy swell very difficult for photography.

Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwater

Great Skua pursuing a Herring Gull
Great Skua pursuing a Herring Gull

Posted August 29th at 1:38 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Wednesday 28th August 2019

late swifts

Two swifts feeding low over West St, South Molton  6 pm last evening, 27th, close to known nest sites.

Posted August 28th at 11:02 pm by Art Symons in General Birding

a good day for sparrowhawks

Early afternoon a sparrowhawk visits our garden for a quick bit of lunch - just wish I had left a window open for a clearer picture.

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Posted August 28th at 7:42 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip

This mornings boat trip into Lyme Bay from Brixham set off in reasonable sea conditions which deteriorated during the trip to very lumpy!! Big group of about 150 Kittiwake off Berry Head. Birds seen on this trip 3 Artic Skua, 8 Great Skua, 500+ Manx Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, possible 2 Petrel, Med Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Razorbill, 20+Guillemot, Gannets of different ages, a few Fulmar and Herring, Great Black-backed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Very difficult getting pictures but hope somebody posts a few. 

Posted August 28th at 4:14 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

East Soar

2 female type Sparrowhawk, 60 Yellow Wagtail, 16 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Fly, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 35 Goldfinch - no sign of Wrynecks.

Posted August 28th at 2:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Chambercombe

A very approachable juvenile Sparrowhawk reducing House Sparrow numbers in the back yard yesterday evening.

'That's the preparation done'
'That's the preparation done'

'Can I come back tomorrow?'
'Can I come back tomorrow?'

Posted August 28th at 1:03 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Berry Head

Some movement of birds mostly over but also around the headland: Overhead, 4 Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit. Around the headland, 3 Wheatear, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap.

Posted August 28th at 9:35 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh - a little bit later.

The common sandpiper disappeared and failed to reappear after Martin left.  However, a whimbrel showed up well among the prolific curlews, and shortly after two juvenile ringed plovers and a lovely curlew sandpiper flew into the muddy pool just to the right of the hide. These were briefly joined by a beautifully marked juvenile ruff.  There were also nine greenshanks at Goosemoor.

Posted August 28th at 12:10 am by Doug Herdson in General Birding

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Lundy

Grey Heron on his daily Carp raid. 


Coming into land
Coming into land


Posted August 27th at 9:58 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Petrockstowe Wryneck

Some photos of this evening's Wryneck, taken by the garden owner Martin.




Posted August 27th at 9:22 pm by Andrew in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Orcombe Point

After work (around 4:30pm) circa 15 Yellow Wagtail in cattle field on Maer Lane. 1 Spotted Flycatcher on Lane to Bristol Camp. More information http://part-timebirding.blogspot.com

Posted August 27th at 9:21 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Wryneck

A friend notified me of a Wryneck feeding on ants  on a lawn in a private garden in Petrockstowe this evening, he watched it from about 6yds away and for  about 5 minutes.

Posted August 27th at 8:11 pm by Andrew in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Powderhan marsh

Three yellow wagtails seen with the cows from the view area. 11.00am

Posted August 27th at 8:09 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Exe Estuary Tuesday 27th 2.45 pm

Excellent close view of Osprey fishing adjacent to Powderham cycle bridge. Caught a small fish on second attempt and then circled to gain height and avoid attention of gulls looking for a free meal.  Eventually flew off towards the S.E. and possibly Haldon.  Also three wheaters on river embakment.

Posted August 27th at 6:42 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Starehole Valley, Soar

Today 10am - 11am Wryneck, many thanks to Bill Macdonald

Posted August 27th at 6:18 pm by Tony Duffin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth& BGM

Not much in Exmouth (should have went yesterday). Spotted Redshank and Common Sandpiper was all of note on BGM over the high tide. 

Two Ring Necked Parakeets over Elm Grove Road, Topsham 16.40 heading generally south.

Posted August 27th at 5:30 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

15:00-15:45 ( with Richard Green )

On arrival 3 Teals, 3 Dunlins, Snipe, 8 Yellow Wagtails and 2 White Wagtails. A flock of 7 Knots and a Sanderling came in and did a quick circuit of the scrape and went. Just before we left 13 Black-tailed Godwits arrived and landed behind the scrape.

Posted August 27th at 5:17 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

East/Middle Soar pm

Sparrowhawk, 40+ Yellow Wagtails, 6 Wheatear, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff.

Posted August 27th at 5:17 pm by Roger White in General Birding

Stokenham.

An Osprey flying up the valley from the direction of Slapton Ley , alighted on the top of a very tall tree ,where it remained for a few minutes before being driven off by rooks from the nearby rookery.

Posted August 27th at 5:02 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East to West Soar

Best today; 3 Pied Flycatcher, 90 Yellow Wagtail (50 East & 40 West), 11 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 62 Swallow, Tree Pipit, 500 Linnet - shame I didn't venture down Starehole Valley!

Non-avian: 24 Clouded Yellows on red clover field at West Soar; c.700 flower spikes of Autumn Lady's Tresses in main colony & 24 spikes in satellite colony. 3 Migrant Hawkers.

Posted August 27th at 4:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Marshes

Common Buzzard then 3 species in a row!



Posted August 27th at 3:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Challacombe Farm-Postbridge

After a walk along the Hunters Path, Castle Drogo (1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, Several Long tailed tits, 6 House Martins otherwise quiet) a drive around Headland Warren and along the road to Postbridge from Challacombe 3 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher, a Chiffchaff heard. No sign of Wheatear, which is unusual.

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 27th at 2:46 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

River Taw Osprey

10.15 this morning Osprey on the Taw between Isley marsh and Fremington Quay again.

Posted August 27th at 11:23 am by Dave Paterson in General Birding

South Brent

At least seven yellow wagtails among cattle at Overbrent this morning. Tiny number compared to coastal counts, but seemingly rare inland in Devon, especially on Dartmoor, yet now recorded almost every year at this time from Brent Hill area.

Posted August 27th at 9:11 am by Peter Reay in General Birding

Monday 26th August 2019

Lower Tamar Lake.

1 Willow Warbler, 3 Tufted Ducks, 12+ Mallards, 20+ Swallows, 11 House Martins, 27 Coot, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 1 Wren,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 

1 Painted Lady, 1 Peacock, 5 Tortoiseshells, 1 Small White, 1 Common Darter, 6 Beautiful Demoiselles, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Black tailed Skimmer.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted August 26th at 1:27 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

East Soar

A visit from 0630-0900 was quite productive, particularly around the farm. c60 Yellow wagtails in the cow field (and if you go into the field to take photos of the wagtails you risk being sucked or licked to death by the world's friendliest cows), 2 alba wagtails, heard Tree Pipit flying over, 1 Common Redstart, 8 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 8+ Common Whitethroat,5+ Blackcap, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 20+ Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 200+ House Martin and c50 Swallow.

Posted August 26th at 11:58 am by Simon Tonge in General Birding

Crownhill Down

Pied Flycatcher (f/juv) and at least 3 Spotted Flycatcher at base of Crownhill Down, near Lee Moor, first thing. 

Posted August 26th at 9:02 am by Chris E in General Birding

Sunday 25th August 2019

Fremington foreshore

A walk along the Taw from Fremington to Saltpill Duck Pond on this afternoon’s falling tide gave good views of bar-tailed godwits preening. We also had good but distant views of an osprey heading upstream. Nearer views of a dozen turnstones and 100+ oystercatchers.

bar-tailed godwits
bar-tailed godwits

Posted August 25th at 9:37 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

Lyme bay boat trip from Brixham, 9am-1pm

Photos from this morning's trip.

Great Skua
Great Skua

Arctic Skua
Arctic Skua

Kittiwake
Kittiwake

Posted August 25th at 9:17 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

White storks over Wembury Point

A loose flock of 18 white storks was seen over Wembury Point near Plymouth at 11.30 am on Sunday 25th August 2019.

Posted August 25th at 7:55 pm by Tamsin Greaves in General Birding

Saltram

Saltram this afternoon produced the usual species, including 1 stock dove; with a grey heron, 11 little egrets, 22 curlew, 6 oystercatchers and large numbers of herring and blackheaded gull on Blaxton Meadow. The one unusual feature was a female/juvenile pied flycatcher in the shrubs and small trees around the gate on the way from the house to Blaxton.

Posted August 25th at 7:38 pm by Doug Herdson in General Birding

River Dart, Buckfastleigh 25/08/2019

Two Goosander females along riverside path behind the South Devon Railway.

Posted August 25th at 7:21 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

1 blue in colour ringneck parakeet douglas avenue

Posted August 25th at 5:33 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip.

This mornings boat trip started with a bit of mist but soon cleared for us to go out about 8 miles. 2 Grey Seals saw us on our way with one eye open while snoozing! Another good trip with the following birds seen. 3 great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, one at a distance so will confirm after pictures studied. Many rafts of Guillemot, Many mixed gulls on the chum ranging from Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed, Great Black-backed Gulls, Fulmar visiting the chum with Gannets also coming in for a look. Kittiwake and a Med Gull seen. 1 Razorbill, 2 small waders and 4 Teal. 50+ Shearwater but many at a distance. 7 Common Dolphin and 1 calf.   Still have places for 1st September if interested 07866202576. 

Posted August 25th at 2:57 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Migrants on Saturday 24th: a Marsh Harrier, 3 Grey Herons, 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Black-headed Gulls, 46 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Swifts, 4 Sand Martins, 107 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Wheatear & 1 Grey Wagtail.

On Sunday 25th: 1 Whimbrel, 3 Snipe, 56 Black-headed Gulls, 63 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 34 Swallows, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 5 Whitethroats & 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted August 25th at 12:18 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Whitebridge, Budleigh Saltn.

Large presence of House Martin near the farm shop at 10.30am.  Certainly many hundreds maybe 500+.  Also 2 Peregrines over the marshes and 16 Teal (all female) on the estuary. 

Posted August 25th at 12:01 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey again perched  in Lincombe Woods. 49 Dunlins in Charleton Bay. On Charleton Marsh a brief Wood Sandpiper, 5 Teals, Kingfisher, 300 plus Swallows, Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit.

Posted August 25th at 10:48 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Orcombe Point with Derek this morning - Tawny Pipit low NW over the top of Gore Lane, calling @0850. It followed a flock of 175+ House Martin, also NW. Otherwise - 4+ Tree Pipit, 2+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 alba wagtail, 2 Swift, 3+ Blackcap and a Whitethroat. Many other hirundines, including Swallow moving through but most too high to count - audible only.

Posted August 25th at 10:18 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

central park plymouth

around 16 ringneck parakeet

Posted August 25th at 9:49 am by barry insull in General Birding

River Taw Osprey

09.30 Osprey on the Taw between Isley & Fremington quay.

Posted August 25th at 9:33 am by Dave Paterson in General Birding

Crownhill Down

Great morning at base of Crownhill Down, nr Lee Moor: 1f Pied Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 5+ Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Tree Pipit (over). Only migrant I managed to photograph though was a Spot Fly! 

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 25th at 8:32 am by Chris E in General Birding

Saturday 24th August 2019

Late Swifts

10 Swifts over Newton Abbot this evening. also 2 over Kingsteignton last evening 23rd.. both late records for these locations

Posted August 24th at 10:03 pm by JDA in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

0830-1320

2 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, c140 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover (juvenile), 150+ Dunlin, 64 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 15 Knot.  6 Turnstone and 4 Sanderling on the beach between the groynes.

Posted August 24th at 6:09 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

East soar

60 Yellow wagtails,oth.erwise only very low numbers of common migrant,s. 1 clouded Yellow.

Posted August 24th at 4:27 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in General Birding

East soar

60 Yellow wagtails,oth.erwise only very low numbers of common migrant,s. 1 clouded Yellow.

Posted August 24th at 4:26 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in General Birding

East Soar

A brief visit brought 42 Yellow Wagtails, 140 Swallow, Sand Martin, 10 House Martin & 500 Herring Gulls on stubbles.

Posted August 24th at 2:34 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey in Lincombe Woods  07:30-08:30 at least. 2 Teals and a Kingfisher on Charleton Marsh.

Posted August 24th at 9:05 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Sands.

An unusual sight here ;a LITTLE tern on the beach near the day roosting gulls. Also 2 Ringed Plovers.

Posted August 24th at 9:05 am by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Crownhill Down

4 Spotted Flycatcher at base of the Down first thing. Also mini fall of Chiffchaff (13+) and Willow Warblers (5+).

Posted August 24th at 7:51 am by Chris E in General Birding

Modbury Garden

Surprised to see a pied flycatcher in the oak tree at the bottom of my Modbury garden yesterday 23/08/2019

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Posted August 24th at 5:30 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Friday 23rd August 2019

Butterfly

Apparently rare butterfly (Wall) protected under section 41. Section 41 species of principal importance under the NERC Act in England.

Wall
Wall

Posted August 23rd at 10:15 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Garden birding

Sat in garden and heard swifts which eventually  numbered around the 30 mark.Half hour later flock of 10 buzzards casually drifting south.Then a cormarant no higher than 30 mtrs heading towards the coast.8:00-09:30.A mixed flock of hirundines contained 20 house martins 6 swallow and another 8 swifts at14:00.Too finish a low flying female sparrow hawk.All over clovelly rd Bideford.

Posted August 23rd at 9:23 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Garden birding

Sat in garden and heard swifts which eventually  numbered around the 30 mark.Half hour later flock of 10 buzzards casually drifting south.Then a cormarant no higher than 30 mtrs heading towards the coast.8:00-09:30.A mixed flock of hirundines contained 20 house martins 6 swallow and another 8 swifts at14:00.Too finish a low flying female sparrow hawk.All over clovelly rd Bideford.

Posted August 23rd at 9:23 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

New Road, Teignmouth

Afternoon, again skywards, c100 House Martins over, c10 Swallows, a Swift at 13:00 another 17:00. Also a lot of Herring Gulls c60 wheeling in a small area overhead, possibly anting, anyway feeding on insects. Amazing photos of Dolphins, Rupert Kirkwood.

Posted August 23rd at 9:19 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Soar

A Hobby, 31 Yellow Wagtails, Tree Pipit, Sand Martin, Wheatear, 15+ Whitethroats, c30 Swallows, c30 House Martins, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap & Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Posted August 23rd at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

From our boat, Osprey with fish over Blanksmill Creek & 13 Common Buzzards together over Frogmore Creek.

Posted August 23rd at 3:20 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Barnstaple Red Kites

3 Red Kites over The Cedars as I write this post.

Posted August 23rd at 1:55 pm by Dave Paterson in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

05.40-08.15: A promisingly mellow late-summer/early-autumn dawn yielded rather little in the way of visible or audible migration, with the more notable species being a Grey Heron flying W well out over the sea, 48 Swallows moving through in small groups, 2 House Martins, 8 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 12 Whitethroats, 4 Stonechats and 3 Grey Wagtails.

Posted August 23rd at 12:16 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Dolphins

Amazing photos from Robert Kirkland.  Thanks for posting.

Posted August 23rd at 11:19 am by Patrick Case in General Birding

Crownhill Down

One Whinchat with flock of 12 Stonechat at base of the Down first thing. Single Tree Pipit over. 35+Swallow and single Sand Martin east. Good numbers of residents including Green Woodpecker and flock of 35 Goldfinch. 

Posted August 23rd at 8:27 am by Chris E in General Birding

Thursday 22nd August 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

10:15 - 13:00 Lots of waders over high tide, common and green sandpiper, 2 ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, lots of Curlew, a few Whimbrel, Blackwits, Redshanks, 12+ Greenshanks and the more usual ducks, including Wigeon, Teal. All the hirundines, no Swift.

Posted August 22nd at 11:57 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Lyme Bay (yesterday)

Following on from Nigel Smallbones' post yesterday, here are a few pictures from the boat trip with the RSPB Exeter local group. My dolphin photos are nowhere as good as Rupert Kirkwood's, so I'm sticking to the birds. 

Gannet
Gannet

Great Skua
Great Skua

Fulmar escaping from juvenile Herring Gulls
Fulmar escaping from juvenile Herring Gulls

Posted August 22nd at 10:55 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

2 ringneck parakeet douglas avenue

Posted August 22nd at 9:31 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Berry Head clouded yellow

Clouded yellow butterflies on the quarry road and in the grassland opposite the fishing area. I saw 2 but other volunteers saw 5

Posted August 22nd at 7:40 pm by Jeffery Hacon in Other Wildlife

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