General Birding

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Saturday 21st September 2019

Velator

In the very warm sunshine early this morning  - well, 09.30 - a veritable storm of Dragonflies and Darters for about 15 minutes. Never seen such numbers in the UK before.

Ringed another Kingfisher on Thursday: that's 15 this year.

Posted September 21st, 2019 at 9:23 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Darts Farm.

A long overdue hightide visit to Bowling Green Marsh, the place was alive with birds, serious numbers of Curlew, plenty of Black Tailed Godwit (two colour ringed birds seen) good numbers of Redshank, 3 Avocet, Lapwing, Ruff, Knott, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, several Little Egret, a good range of duck species but not yet in their winter numbers. A Peregrine did a fly over which alarmed everything but it was not in hunting mode.
 
Darts Farm very poor re bird life, a flock of Linnet, at least six Chiffchaff and a few Long Tailed Tit and that was about it.
 
 

Posted September 21st, 2019 at 9:01 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

mear valley 7 ringneck parakeet including blue one

Posted September 21st, 2019 at 7:52 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Friday 20th September 2019

Ring-necked parakeets Plymouth Railway Station

Flock of 20+ over short-term car park 19.30. Presumably gathering for a roost nearby.

Posted September 20th, 2019 at 8:30 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Topsham

At Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor this morning were one each of Water Rail, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper and Mediterranean Gull, three Avocets, five Greenshanks and at least thirty Pintail (within a total of several hundred ducks, a big increase on last week). Today's bonus bird was an Osprey, seen at around 1045 flying S. over the M5 as I went back up Topsham Road.

Posted September 20th, 2019 at 7:11 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

Single Chiffchaff in good voice 0820 this morning with c50 House Martins and a few Swallows overhead. 2 Southern Hawker Dragonfly in a small patch of sunlight with Red Admiral, Peacock and Speckled Wood Butterfly also present. No Painted Lady this visit.

Posted September 20th, 2019 at 12:49 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Avon Dam

Two hobbies, one vocal, circled over the Avon Dam early this morning, while below them eight goosanders sat on the beach getting ready for the day's fishing trip..

Posted September 20th, 2019 at 11:51 am by Peter Reay in General Birding

Thursday 19th September 2019

Lundy

Lundy today. 


Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 11:37 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

South Efford marsh

Beautiful Lesser yellow legs at South Efford marsh, Well done Eric for finding it.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 8:17 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

White Storks sightings

I have been contacted by the White Stork release team. They informed me that over 20 juvenile White Storks were released in August at a West Sussex location in the hope that they would migrate and later return to the West Sussex/Surrey area to breed. They believe that the Devon sightings recently are from this release scheme. 

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 5:49 pm by Roy Adams in General Birding

East soar

2 white storks flyong north ,midday.

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 5:09 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in General Birding

Soar area

This morning, 20 Yellow Wagtail (in two cattle fields), Golden Plover over, 4 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 500+ Linnet, Peregrine, 2 Yellowhammers and 1m Cirl Bunting. Hundreds of Swallow, House Martin and a few Sand Martin over between 0800 and 0900.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 2:14 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Turf

Spoonbill flew down river 7pm, Osprey or two fishing 

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 1:52 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Wednesday 18th September 2019

Wistlandpound Reservoir

 Crossbills on the cones of Spruce trees at Wistlandpound Reservoir today. Extremely difficult to find because of the location and bright sun  however two definitely seen.


Posted September 18th, 2019 at 5:36 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Warleigh Point 18-09-19

At least 12 Great Crested Grebes showing well on the Ernesettle side of the estuary. Osprey seen at a distance on the river Tavy by the railway bridge. Other wildlife was mainly butterflies, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Common Blue, Small Tortoise Shell.


Posted September 18th, 2019 at 3:02 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Soar area

Good selection this morning - Hobby, 3 Whinchat, 7+ Yellow Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, 17 Wheatear, Peregrine, Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, Blackcap and flock of 500+ Linnet. 

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted September 18th, 2019 at 1:36 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Avon Dam at dawn

Eight brown-head Goosanders on res this morning, the first roosters since Jun, apart from one record in Aug. Initially on the water, they then spent about 30 minutes preening on shore before flying out over dam at 0735, 40 minutes after sunrise which is later than usual.

Goosanders at Avon Dam 18 Sep @ 0645 h   Goosanders at Avon Dam 18 Sep @ 0730 h
        Goosanders at Avon Dam 18 Sep @ 0645h                 Goosanders at Avon Dam 18 Sep @ 0730h

Posted September 18th, 2019 at 12:33 pm by Peter Reay in General Birding

Avon Dam ~ South Brent

A visit to the Avon dam yesterday, below the dam was the scene of most bird activity with Stonechat, Linnet, Goldfinch, a lone Swallow, two very pale alba type Wagtails, Chiffchaff, Dipper, Raven and Buzzard.

Posted September 18th, 2019 at 7:31 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 17th September 2019

River Caen curlew sandpiper

Mid-afternoon found the curlew sandpiper that was reported by JT yesterday. Luckily it posed with the dunlin for a comparison. Later witnessed it again with Alan Denzey. Also there were a couple of wheatears near the ramp leading to the Horsey Island “breech”. A great white egret was also present on Horsey Island mud flats.

curlew sandpiper in the middle
curlew sandpiper in the middle

curlew sandpiper again
curlew sandpiper again

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 8:34 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

River Caen Braunton

One of two very photogenic Wheatears....

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 8:24 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Budleigh Beach

A juvenile Little Stint feeding with 11 Dunlin this evening on Budleigh Beach.

Juvenile Little Stint by Chris Townend

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 8:14 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

River Caen Braunton

Curlew Sandpiper, as seen by JT yesterday, thanks to Colin Draycott finding it today....!

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 7:48 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Beer Head

A visit by the E Devon group today was very productive for the 11 members who came - varying from some very experienced birders to a couple who are very new to it all.  About 2 dozen species were seen, including a Sparrowhawk hunting through the myriad Meadow Pipits (several 100) in front of us, 2 Peregrine overhead, a Kestrel and several Buzzards.  A flock of  Yellow Wagtail, numbering at least 20, were with the pipits in a clover field, not with cattle, and in the same field were at least 1 Tree Pipit and several Skylarks.  An excellent close view of a perched Raven, 50+ Swallows, c 10 House Martins, several Wheatear and Chiffchaff wee also of interest.  (We missed a Redstart, seen earlier in the day.)  Several of us saw an unidentified seabird, possibly an Arctic Skua, but distance and bright sun behind prevented confirmation.

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 5:53 pm by Colin Randall in General Birding

South Huish marsh

Blk t godwit 26 . 600+ swallows .5. Stock doves. 8 Cl.yellows.

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in General Birding

South Huish marsh

Blk t godwit 26 . 600+ swallows .5. Stock doves. 8 Cl.yellows.

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in General Birding

Otter Estuary

Just returned from a few days camping in South Devon.

On Saturday aft at 15.00 an Osprey flew south over the Otter Estuary spooking all the gulls (including the ones on the Cricket field) then heading west over the pebble ridge along the coast towards the mouth of the Exe Estuary. Yesterday aft there were 2 very vocal Avocets on the Otter Estuary.



Posted September 17th, 2019 at 4:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Monday 16th September 2019

South Brent ~ Barn owl

Nice to have a Barn owl back in the house field this evening just on 8pm, looks as if it had just bathed, no idea where but it was sat on a post drying itself, Tawny owl calling loudly close by and a sizable bat flying around as well.

 

Posted September 16th, 2019 at 8:46 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Pinhoe/ Beacon Heath

Not birding today but a Kingfisher Old Pinn Lane (Pinn Brook) Pinhoe and a Raven over Beacon Heath Exeter about 3 pm.

Posted September 16th, 2019 at 8:18 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Budleigh and River Otter

My first Firecrest of the autumn along the west cliffs at Budleigh this morning and two Avocets on the River Otter this afternoon.

Posted September 16th, 2019 at 8:05 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Warleigh point

At the Bere Ferrers end of the railway bridge, 1 Osprey perched in a tree eating a fish, at 1700.

Posted September 16th, 2019 at 7:06 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Caen River

At about 2p.m. amongst about 30 Dunlin a 100 yards past the Toll House, was a smart Curlew Sandpiper. It was still there when I returned at about 3.45p.m. but then everything was flushed by an unseen bird of prey.

Posted September 16th, 2019 at 4:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wistlandpound Great White Egrets

2 Great White Egrets at Wistlandpound 0830 today

Posted September 16th, 2019 at 1:13 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in General Birding

South Brent ~ Redwings

Five Redwings flew into the berry laden hedge of my house field just before 11am this morning

Posted September 16th, 2019 at 10:55 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunday 15th September 2019

Black Hole Marsh

Just back from a late afternoon visit to Black Hole Marsh with the Exeter & district RSPB local group. There was a good mix of waders on the marsh, including a couple of Green Sandpipers, Snipe, Ruff and Little Stint. We stayed late to look for the Barn Owl, and were surprised to see a couple of Cattle Egrets on the marsh in amongst the gulls.  Then a Great White Egret flew over! And, finally the Barn Owl did make an appearance.

Posted September 15th, 2019 at 8:46 pm by Richard Swinbank in General Birding

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