Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st 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

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, 2019 at 9:44 pm by T. M. Mylett in Bird News

Turf

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

Posted August 31st, 2019 at 7:58 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

ford park cemetery plymouth

over 100 ringneck parakeet at roost

Posted August 31st, 2019 at 12:07 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Two Ospreys together over Flow Point mid-morning.

Posted August 31st, 2019 at 11:59 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Friday 30th August 2019

late swifts

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

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 8:19 pm by Art Symons in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:46 pm by Steve HOPPER in Bird News

Red Kite at Darts Farm

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

Posted August 30th, 2019 at 6:30 pm by Olly Mears in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:31 pm by Tim Smith in Bird News

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

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


Posted August 30th, 2019 at 3:27 pm by Mark West in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:55 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

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


Posted August 30th, 2019 at 11:51 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

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, 2019 at 11:51 am by Matt C in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:40 am by Chris E in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:02 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:06 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:50 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:26 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

29-08-19 River Plym

Male Kingfisher along the River Plym this afternoon.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted August 29th, 2019 at 3:31 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

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, 2019 at 1:38 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

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, 2019 at 11:02 pm by Art Symons in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:42 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:14 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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, 2019 at 1:03 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:35 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:10 am by Doug Herdson in Bird News

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Lundy

Grey Heron on his daily Carp raid. 


Coming into land
Coming into land


Posted August 27th, 2019 at 9:58 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Petrockstowe Wryneck

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




Posted August 27th, 2019 at 9:22 pm by Andrew in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:21 pm in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:11 pm by Andrew in Bird News

Powderhan marsh

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

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 8:09 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

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, 2019 at 6:42 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Starehole Valley, Soar

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

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 6:18 pm by Tony Duffin in Bird News

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, 2019 at 5:30 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

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, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East/Middle Soar pm

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

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Roger White in Bird News

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, 2019 at 5:02 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Common Buzzard then 3 species in a row!



Posted August 27th, 2019 at 3:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:46 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

River Taw Osprey

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

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 11:23 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:11 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

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, 2019 at 1:27 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

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, 2019 at 11:58 am by Simon Tonge in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:02 am by Chris E in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:37 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:55 pm by Tamsin Greaves in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:38 pm by Doug Herdson in Bird News

River Dart, Buckfastleigh 25/08/2019

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

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 7:21 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

exmouth ringneck parakeet

1 blue in colour ringneck parakeet douglas avenue

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 5:33 pm by barry insull in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:57 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:18 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:01 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:48 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:18 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

central park plymouth

around 16 ringneck parakeet

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 9:49 am by barry insull in Bird News

River Taw Osprey

09.30 Osprey on the Taw between Isley & Fremington quay.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 9:33 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:32 am by Chris E in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:03 pm by JDA in Bird News

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, 2019 at 6:09 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

East soar

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

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 4:27 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

East soar

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

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 4:26 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

East Soar

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

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 2:34 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

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

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 9:05 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

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

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 9:05 am by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:51 am by Chris E in Bird News

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, 2019 at 5:30 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:15 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:23 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:23 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:19 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

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, 2019 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

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

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 3:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Barnstaple Red Kites

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

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 1:55 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:16 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Dolphins

Amazing photos from Robert Kirkland.  Thanks for posting.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 11:19 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:27 am by Chris E in Bird News

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, 2019 at 11:57 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:55 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

exmouth ringneck parakeet

2 ringneck parakeet douglas avenue

Posted August 22nd, 2019 at 9:31 pm by barry insull in Bird News

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