Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st September 2019

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Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

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

Membership

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

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

exmouth ringneck parakeet

mear valley 7 ringneck parakeet including blue one

Posted September 21st, 2019 at 7:52 pm by barry insull in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Thursday 19th September 2019

Lundy

Lundy today. 


Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 11:37 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Prawle Point

Hadn't intended to viz mig when I arrived at Prawle at 7.15am but soon engaged with the spectacle of thousands of hirundines flying into the ESE brisk breeze. Watched intensely until 8.45 and estimated at least 10,000 stretching out from over the sea to the airfields (fields just beyond Prawle village). Mostly swallows and house martins but also at least 800 Sand Martins. Also large movement of Meadow Pipits (6-700); Linnets (4-500), Skylarks (150+). And Alba Wagtails (40+) Also of note passage of Jackdaws and Magpies.

In field with Black Cattle there were 5 Yellow Wagtails. Later 6 Wheatear and 8 Chiffchaffs and a few Blackcaps. I White Wagtail at Horsley Cove and a Goldcrest at Stallions Bite.

I left at 1pm and popped into Aveton Gifford to see the Lesser Yellowlegs. Later Pat texted me to say he'd seen a White Stork fly in off into Pig's Nose Valley at 1.15pm and later seen high over Bolt Head !

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 5:26 pm by Tony Marchese in Bird News

East soar

2 white storks flyong north ,midday.

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

East to Middle Soar

900 Swallows moving east in one hour - 0840 to 0940  final total 1010. Also 45 House Martin, 55 Skylark, Sand Martin, 130 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear, 55 Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch & 360 Linnet.

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 3:18 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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 Bird News

Turf

Spoonbill flew down river 7pm, Osprey or two fishing 

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 1:52 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

4 cattle egret in flight over towpath car park at end of station road at 12.30pm. Came down into cattle field to the NW. Also 1 juv hobby over. 

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 1:27 pm by Olly Mears in Bird News

Soar Wednesday 18th Sept

Hobby, Tree Pipit, 10 Wheatears, 11 Yellow Wagtails, 300 House Martins, Sand Martin, 27 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats, Goldcrest, Willow Warbler, 8 Stock Doves, 2 Clouded Yellows & 2 Roe Deer.  

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 12:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Teignmouth

White stork perched on buildings at Teignmouth community school yesterday lunchtime!

Posted September 19th, 2019 at 10:42 am by Stephen Edwards in Bird News

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 Bird News

West Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

A good tally included 200 Gannet fishing off West Soar, 2 Sparrowhawk, Hobby, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 150 Swallow, 170 House Martin, Sand Martin, 300 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 14 Stonechat, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff & 520 Linnet.

Non-avian: 4 Red Deer (first ever record & not the usual Sika), mature female Red-veined Darter, 6 Common Darter, Clouded Yellow, 158 Red Admiral, 41 Painted Lady, Comma & 9 Wall Brown.

Later back at Harleston: Hobby overhead, male Emperor over pond and Wall Brown - quite a day!

Posted September 18th, 2019 at 3:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Tuesday 17th September 2019

Woodbury Common

A Dotterel over Woodbury Common @1910 this evening, before heading very high west.

Yesterday evening off Mudbank - 360+ Wigeon, 40+ Pintail, 14 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck and a Garganey.

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 8:43 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

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 Bird News

River Caen Braunton

One of two very photogenic Wheatears....

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 8:24 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Wembury

Seen this morning. Med Gull 26 mostly adults, Whimbrel 1, Wheatear 2,   Whitethroat 3 and 16 Cirl Bunting 

Posted September 17th, 2019 at 12:44 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

East & Middle Soar

A curious dearth of scrub migrants (just one Chiffchaff) but 210 House Martin, 80 Swallow, 3 Wheatear, 550 Linnet, 13 Jackdaw east & Carrion Crow with white primaries.

Posted September 16th, 2019 at 2:50 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wistlandpound Great White Egrets

2 Great White Egrets at Wistlandpound 0830 today

Posted September 16th, 2019 at 1:13 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Turf Lodge

Sorry for the incorrect location on my post (thick fingers). So Cattle Egret, Osprey, Knot 3, Sandwich Tern 3 & 2 Black Swans.

Posted September 15th, 2019 at 2:10 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Tut Lodge

Seen this morning. Western Cattle Egret & Osprey.

Posted September 15th, 2019 at 10:45 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

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