Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th September 2019

Coronavirus - Devon Birds bird hides

During the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak the use of Devon Birds bird hides should be in line with Government guidelines to individuals on how to protect themselves.

Please follow NHS guidelines: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

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 14th September 2019

Saltern Cove, Torbay.

3 oystercatchers and 1 common sandpiper on the rocks early afternoon.

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 10:23 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

exmouth ringneck parakeet

4 ringneck parakeet mear valley including the blue one

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 8:26 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Slapton Ley

2500+ Swallows in to roost reedbed at tank car park

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 7:55 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Osprey

Osprey at Warleigh Point this morning.

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 4:08 pm by ChrisnBuckland in Bird News

Soar

Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Yellow Wagtails, Tree Pipit, 5 White Wagtails, 14 Wheatears, 15 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Grey Wagtails, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Snipe, 30 House Martins 3 Roe Deer & 4 Clouded Yellows.

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 3:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Spotted Redshank 

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 1:17 pm by Gordon Westley in Bird News

Slapton Sands

Brisk NE wind. Great to see around 500 Kittiwakes ( 90% adults ), 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 18 Common Terns, 8 Ringed Plovers and 3 Dunlins.

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 12:09 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Avon Dam

Vocal male Ring Ouzel in small hawthorn above res at sunrise this morning. My previous earliest for area was 20 Sep 2015, but earlier records elsewhere on Dartmoor, e.g, 7 Sep last year. Two Wheatears and 7 Pied/White Wags (probably White) on dam wall, and a Whinchat on Brent Hill yesterday.

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 9:13 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

parakeetsin central park

well over 100 ringneck parakeet came from no where in central park at 720 am quite something to watch these birds performing acrobatics in the sky.stayed for about half hour before splitting up

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 8:49 am by barry insull in Bird News

Friday 13th September 2019

Turf Cattle Egret

11am Cattle Egret still with cattle in field by cycle track 2 mins walk to the SE of Turf Lock. 

Posted September 13th, 2019 at 8:53 pm by Olly Mears in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Black Swan Stokeley Bay today

Posted September 13th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

 102 Common Terns ,Ad.and1st.yr's. 68 on the beach and 34 close offshore.

Posted September 13th, 2019 at 5:39 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Wheatear at Yealmpton

A single wheatear on the telegraph wires near Lyneham House.

Posted September 13th, 2019 at 5:22 pm by Doug Herdson in Bird News

East & Middle Soar

A good range of migrants this morning: Swallow 115, House Martin 50, Tree Pipit 2, Meadow Pipit 325, White Wagtail 4, Grey Wagtail 1, Stonechat 17, Whinchat 1, Wheatear 13, Whitethroat 9, Blackcap 16, Chiffchaff 13, Willow Warbler 2, Spotted Flycatcher 1 & Linnet 300.

Back at Harleston in garden, Palmate Newt, Southern Hawker, Common Darter, Clouded Yellow & 9 Painted Lady.

Posted September 13th, 2019 at 4:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 12th September 2019

Wryneck near Parkham

Wryneck found in fruit cage this morning. Released unharmed

Posted September 12th, 2019 at 10:46 pm by Richard in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

8+ skittish and mobile Yellow Wagtails amongst the cattle this afternoon at South Huish Marsh. A Ruff also flew in to join the 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 21 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits
Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits

Posted September 12th, 2019 at 6:21 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Slapton Sands

Spent an hour this afternoon at Slapton. Large numbers of what i think were juvenile Kittiwake. Not much to see in the time i was there on the Ley, mostly Tufted Duck and Great Crested Grebe. A few Rock Pipit on the beach. 

Juvenile Kittiwake
Juvenile Kittiwake

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted September 12th, 2019 at 5:29 pm by duncan leitch in Bird News

South Brent ~ Tawny owls

Two Tawny owls tucked away at the bottom of the garden today.... South Brent

Posted September 12th, 2019 at 4:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exmouth, off Mudbank

Autumn's here - the Brents are back.  A flock of 35 on mid-estuary sandbank, mixed Pale-bellied and Dark-bellied.    60 Wigeon, 10 Pintail & 50 Mute Swans coming to the southern end of the estuary to get their share of the Exmouth LNR eel-grass.

Posted September 12th, 2019 at 4:03 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works 1145 - 1300

Redshank 8; Black-tailed Godwit 9; Bar-tailed Godwit 9; Greenshank 3; Knot 5.

Little Egret 14 and Grey Heron 11.

Posted September 12th, 2019 at 3:27 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Wednesday 11th September 2019

cattle egret

walking from powderham church to turf locks, in the field next to the lock gate, the cattle egret was feeding with the cows, it then flew up into the dead tree,  sat there for a while,  it then dropped down to the small pond behind the tree and stayed there with a grey heron. 

Posted September 11th, 2019 at 6:39 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Seaton

Sept 8th, three curlew sandpipers at Seaton Black Hole Marsh. Sept 10th reed warbler at Seaton discovery hut and at Colyford Common hide, 5 curlew sandpipers. At Black Hole Marsh greenshank and several different sandpipers. Sorry no photos possible. Two disappointments this year: Not so many birds as normal nor the variety but no one has control of that. Disappointed that the hides whiteboards have not been updated on each day's sightings since June! Anyone any answers or suggestions please. Otherwise great to be here as always.

Posted September 11th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Philip Fairclough in Bird News

Torcross

Hobby behind Holmleigh Road

Posted September 11th, 2019 at 1:50 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Torcross to Beesands path, Tuesday afternoon

70 Linnets on wild bird crop near top of the hill

Posted September 11th, 2019 at 9:38 am by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Widecombe Ley, Beesands

Wigeon 12, Gadwall 37, Tufted Duck 4, Pochard 1, Stonechat 1.

70 Linnets on wild bird cop top of hill towards Torcross

Posted September 10th, 2019 at 8:15 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Turf lock

Usual bids on the rising tide. Dunlin, Turnstone Etc. highlights Wheatear (2 poss 3) on sea wall near Turf. Cattle Egret with cattle in field behind (SW of) the pub.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Wheatear
Wheatear

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted September 10th, 2019 at 5:26 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Soar

Lots of Wheatears today; I counted 64 but there were probably more. Also: Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow & 13 White Wagtails, 14 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 8 Whitethroats, Goldcrest, Ringed Plover, 50+ House Martins, 150 Swallows & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted September 10th, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 9th September 2019

Topsham

Water Vole today on the lane that runs from Four Chimneys to Topsham Road (near the Topsham Road end - first I've seen for years.

Posted September 9th, 2019 at 7:44 pm by Martin Rooney in Other Wildlife

BGM

Usual waders at BGM on high tide - Common Sandpiper (also one on Goosemoor - same one?) two Greenshank (approx 20 on Goosemoor mostly obscured), 3 Pintail,. Darts Farm during a heavy shower at around 17.10 - Buzzard, small flock of Linnet (40-50), Swallow, lots of Pied Wag with the Devon Red herd and two Yellow Wags and one Wheatear - never close enough to photo.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 9th, 2019 at 7:12 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Wryneck at Fremmington

Someone on the Facebook group - A place in North Devon group has photographed a wryneck in their garden today, as attached.

Wryneck at Fremmington
Wryneck at Fremmington

Posted September 9th, 2019 at 6:56 pm by stuart churchill in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Sunday 8th 7-8 pm c5000 Swallows and House Martins gathering over the Ley, Torcross end pre-roost.

Posted September 9th, 2019 at 3:55 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Sunday 8th September 2019

late swift

swift over the house with swallows and house martins just outside okehampton this morning,will it be the last?

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 8:53 pm by laurence smith in Bird News

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

Porpoise and grey seal seen 12 km offshore this morning, also a lesser blackback attracted to chum nearby.

Porpoise
Porpoise

Seagoing grey seal
Seagoing grey seal

Lesser black backed gull
Lesser black backed gull

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 8:00 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

exmouth ringneck parakeet

10 ringneck parakeet mear valley including the blue one 

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 7:29 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Challacombe Moor

A mid afternoon drive from Challacombe to sandyway cross saw a few flocks of wheatear with around 6-11 birds in each, a flock of meadow pipits and a few r l partridge and pheasant. 

Partridge
R l Partridge

Wheatear
Wheatear

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 6:41 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

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

Pics from the morning's boat trip. See Nigel's post for numbers seen.

Great skua
Great skua

Arctic skua, dark phase adult
Arctic skua, dark phase adult

Manx shearwater
Manx shearwater

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

3 Sand Martins, 2 Wheatears, 2 Chiffchaffs, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, 5 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstones & Kingfisher.

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Little Grebe, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Teals, 7 Gadwalls, 52 Tufted Ducks, Pochard, 187 Coots, Greenshank, Kingfisher, 30 Swallows, Rock Pipit and 2 Wheatears. Offshore 4 lingering Sandwich Terns. 12 Common Scoters and a Common Tern flew south.

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 5:05 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

River Plym and Saltram

31 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher and 5 Greenshank on Blaxton Meadow on the incoming tide.

RNParakeets heard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 1 House Martin, 30+Swallow in a feeding flock with adults feeding young mid-air, Stock Doves,1 Firecrest,  2 Roe Deer, 1 Toad, 2 Clouded Yellows and 1 Comma around Saltram Park

Whinchat
Whinchat

Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 3:52 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat Trip.

Today's trip out into Lyme Bay from Brixham was a good one. We had good numbers of Skua and Gannet and I think all enjoyed, so some numbers of sightings for you.

3 Arctic Skua (dark phase), 2 Arctic Skua (pale phase), 5 Great Skua, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Skua mostly chasing the Terns. Big Numbers of Gannets diving on fish and sitting on the water, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Med Gull, Kittiwake, Fulmar, rafts of Guillemots and some Razorbill but only 1 Manx Shearwater. 8+ Porpoise, 2 Common Dolphin, 4 Grey Seals in Brixham Harbour but most unusual was a large Grey Seal 12 Kilometres out into Lyme Bay, probably enjoying big shoals of fish out in Lyme Bay.  Hope some pictures put up on the Blog soon as this is the second to last trip I will be doing. Last trip 22nd and fully booked!!

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 3:50 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

South Huish marsh evening 07/09

At least 10 yellow wagtails in amongst the cattle at South Huish marsh. Also a couple of wheatears and the usual waders, both species of Godwit and dunlin.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 1:45 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

East Soar early morning

Counted 15 wheatears in the field near middle Soar and several more along the stone wall. Lots of whitethroats and watched a buzzard catch a snake and eat it.

Buzzard
Buzzard

Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 1:42 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Topsham

Goosemoor ~ 2 Greenshank.

BGM ~ Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper.

From the viewing platform Kestrel, good numbers of Redshank.

Goat walk ~ Osprey sat on the mud in the far distance towards Powderham, Black Tailed Godwits and Curlew in good numbers and a very mobile flock of Dunlin.

Countess Weir WTW 14+ Little Egret, Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher.

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 1:27 pm by Steve HOPPER in Bird News

saltrum house plymouth

15 ringneck parakeet  quite lively flying around saltrum cafe and house

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 11:25 am by barry insull in Bird News

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