Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th September 2019

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

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

South Huish marsh evening

Lovely evening at South Huish marsh, 17 Black-tailed godwits, 1 Bar-tailed godwit, 1 Grey phalarope,18 Dunlin, 5 yellow wagtails, 2 Sparrow hawks and a swift.

Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed godwit and Dunlin
Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed godwit and Dunlin

Yellow Wagtails
Yellow Wagtails

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 3rd at 8:52 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

1 Curlew Sandpiper amongst the Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Dunlin roosting along The Bight on the high tide at Dawlish Warren this morning. Also a Wheatear, 2 Raven and very mobile Sandwich Terns.

Offshore Gannets., 2 Common Scoter and more Sandwich Terns. 

Autumn Lady's Tresses showing well

Posted September 3rd at 8:42 pm by Stuart Michael Green in General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

5 ringneck parakeet including one blue in colour mear valley

Posted September 3rd at 5:57 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Teign Estuary

Osprey at Flow Point 3.30 today, attempting to fish with no luck watched for several minutes as it slowly drifted up river.

Posted September 3rd at 5:20 pm by Gary Bolton in General Birding

East and Middle Soar

Mid/late am. Some common migrants around: at least 20 Whitethroats, several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, a few Willow Warblers, 2 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Pied Flycatcher. 

Posted September 3rd at 4:25 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish Marsh

Grey Phalarope still present and showing very well early am and then again when I returned at lunchtime. Also 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and a Snipe early am and then 15 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow Wagtails at lunchtime.

Posted September 3rd at 4:07 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saltram Blaxton Meadow 03-09-19 Snipe

At Blaxton Meadow, Saltram a single and hard to see Snipe, Greenshank, Redshank, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Dunlin, little Egrets and Herons.




Posted September 3rd at 3:37 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Monday 2nd September 2019

Soar

Highlight was 2 Ortolan Buntings, in the stubble field just west of East Soar Farm (12.05 to c14.30 but not since). Otherwise: 17 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 6 Willow Warblers, Ringed Plover, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers & a Clouded Yellow.

Later at South Huish Marsh, the Grey Phalarope showing well on the front pool & also 6 Dunlins & 3 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted September 2nd at 10:22 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

1 juv Black Tern dip feeding with a juv Common Tern at Stokely Bay also 2 male Pochard with 40+ Tufted Ducks.

Posted September 2nd at 8:45 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Turf, Exe Estuary

At lunch time (1 pm) osprey over to north of Turf flying west. Two sandwich terns (adults) feeding close to jetty and little tern (1w) shortly after.The little tern has been present for a few days and appears to follow the tide line from Turf to Topsham..

Posted September 2nd at 6:06 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

East to Middle Soar

A smattering of migrants: Ringed Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker in willows, 14 (very clean) White Wagtails, 3 Wheatear, Redstart, 20 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, 150 Linnet. Well Done to PA finding the Ortolan!

Posted September 2nd at 12:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Seaton area, 1st September

Black Hole Marsh is in excellent condition for waders, with Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, Knot, Ruff and 2 Green Sandpipers among Dunlin, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits yesterday, with the Osprey over the Axe nearby.

Insects ruled the day though, with Roesel's Bush-crickets (and lots of Long-winged Coneheads) in the long grass near the Seaton Marshes dipping pond, thanks my daughter's much better hearing (I've lost the range to hear bush-crickets). The NBN Atlas map shows nothing for Devon, I think it was recorded at Dawlish Warren last year. And as we were so close, a visit to see Long-tailed Blue egg-laying on a patch Everlasting Pea below the undercliff at Axmouth was unavoidable. Two Devon insect ticks for me!

Roesel's Bush-cricket male Long-tailed Blue female Long-tailed Blue female

Male Roesel's Bush-cricket, Seaton Marshes    Female Long-tailed Blue on Everlasting Pea, Axmouth

Posted September 2nd at 12:22 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

South Brent

A modest increase in migrants with two Whinchats and a Redstart on Brent Hill this morning, two Wheatears there yesterday, a Spotted Fly at nearby Overbrent and a Yellow Wag there on Saturday.

Posted September 2nd at 12:14 pm by Peter Reay in General Birding

Sunday 1st September 2019

Lyme Bay Trip

From this morning's Lyme Bay Boat Trip from Brixham, some of the birds seen as already reported by Nigel Smallbones. A great morning.

Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwater

Bonxie
Bonxie

Guillemot
Guillemot

Posted September 1st at 7:23 pm by Bill Coulson in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight was a Wood Sandpiper which flew over my garden calling, and headed south over the lower estuary. Also: Tree Pipit, 8 Greenshanks, 4 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, Kingfisher, Shag, Roe Deer & over 100 spikes of Autumn Ladies Tresses. 

Posted September 1st at 5:15 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Hobby ~ South Brent

Second day running with a Hobby seen from home at South brent, yesterday's visit with the bird  hunting Swallows was impressive, today's visit demonstrated the Hobby's incredible speed and agility and this time it took a Swallow clean out of the air after a lightning quick turn.

Tawny owl heard calling at 10am, steady trickle of House Martins overhead throughout the day.

Posted September 1st at 4:47 pm by Steve HOPPER in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat trip

This mornings boat trip from Brixham was rewarded with a Wheatear before we had left the Harbour, the bird  was on the old fuel jetty but flew away very quickly. Sea conditions good and we had a good trip with freshing wind as we returned.  Good numbers of Kittiwake off Berry Head, 200+. Other birds seen 550+ Manx Shearwater but further study of pictures might give a Balearic Shearwater, 5 small waders flying through when going out and a further  2 when coming back in. 3 Great Skua, 1 Young Artic Skua, 1 Ringed Plover!! 10 Fulmar, 1 Black-headed Gull, many Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and a fine assortment  of different aged Gannets. On returning back into Torbay joined by 8 Common Dolphin. I think all enjoyed the trip.

Posted September 1st at 3:29 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Ring-necked parakeet

1 heard flying over Kingsdown cl, Dawlish this morning at 8am

Posted September 1st at 12:44 pm by paul barker in General Birding

saltrum house plymouth

15 ringneck parakeet

Posted September 1st at 11:53 am by barry insull in General Birding

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