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  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 by George & Julia Harris 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

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 General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

4 ringneck parakeet mear valley including the blue one

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 8:26 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Slapton Ley

2500+ Swallows in to roost reedbed at tank car park

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 7:55 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Osprey

Osprey at Warleigh Point this morning.

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 4:08 pm by ChrisnBuckland in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Spotted Redshank 

Posted September 14th, 2019 at 1:17 pm by Gordon Westley in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Friday 13th September 2019

Slapton Ley

Black Swan Stokeley Bay today

Posted September 13th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Torcross

Hobby behind Holmleigh Road

Posted September 11th, 2019 at 1:50 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Monday 9th September 2019

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

10 ringneck parakeet mear valley including the blue one 

Posted September 8th, 2019 at 7:29 pm by barry insull in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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