General Birding

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  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 - Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

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

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

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

Thursday 28th May 2020

Nightjars at Stover

From the Nightjar info board. 1 churring bird from 21.35 - 21.39, brief flight view at 21.41, then - nothing! Left site at 22.15 

Posted May 28th at 10:34 pm by John Walton in General Birding

Dartmoor

A drive over Dartmoor this morning, 

Cator farm up to fourteen House Martin collecting mud from a wet patch of road and a juvenile Great Tit that looked as if it should still have been in its nest.

Bellever ~ Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Cuckoo and Sparrow hawk.

Warren House Inn ~ three Cuckoo.

Bennetts Cross to the Grimspound pathway ~Two Grey Wagtail, pair of Wheatear, numerous pairs of Stonechat with fledged young, onto Headland Warren three Whinchat another pair of Wheatear, female Kestrel and two Cuckoo.

Challacombe ~ Pair of Redstart and one Cuckoo.

Posted May 28th at 7:45 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bellever

Late post from yesterday, 27th May, late evening: 7 churring Nightjars, 2 Cuckoos, a pair of Green Woodpeckers and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler.

one male 

Posted May 28th at 6:22 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Ideford Common

11.15

1 Red Kite low over the common before drifting off towards the SW.  

Posted May 28th at 6:03 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Dartmoor

A walk from Postbridge, around Fernworthy, and back, produced: Garden Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, c15 Siskins, 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Wheatears & 3 Green Hairstreaks.

Posted May 28th at 4:30 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

road closure

road to soar now closed for several days

Posted May 28th at 4:05 pm by lesley goonesekera in General Birding

28-05-20 Plym Woods

Not a lot around, although I did get a good shot of a Buzzard resting on a branch nearby, also a nesting pair of Little Grebes on one of the ponds

BuzzardMale Little Grebe
Buzzard                                   Male Little Grebe

Posted May 28th at 3:43 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Lincombe

The cycle track (no 27) near the Mortehoe road was quite productive early this morning. Chiffchaffs feeding young, several singing Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, a singing Willow Warbler and a hide-and-seek Garden Warbler which sang most of the time I was there, but was typically elusive, just flight views as it changed perches. No sign of the reported Lesser Whitethroat from yesterday.

Posted May 28th at 2:34 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Cadover Bridge, Dartmoor

This morning about 1030 Cuckoo on electricity wires calling, occasional flight for food and back on the wire. Close views. Lots of people around. Still there when left at 1200. Also sand martins and a goosander female with 5 young on the river nearby.

Posted May 28th at 12:53 pm by Ash and Cyn Crawford in General Birding

House Birding, South Devon

Male Stonechat seen briefly this morning, another new house bird!!

Posted May 28th at 9:59 am by Matt C in General Birding

Northlew

Cuckoo heard from my bedroom window, and Red Kite flew over my garden. 

Posted May 28th at 8:19 am by Chris Baines in General Birding

Red Kites

One red kite over Noss Mayo at around four pm yesterday 27/05/20

then either the same bird again with another or two others half an hour later.

Posted May 28th at 8:00 am by Jonathan Rundle in General Birding

The early bird.....

At 5:30 this morning, a fly by of another five Canada geese heading for the Moors. In forty years never seen geese in Paignton and now twice in a week. Maybe humans are not the only ones finding current conditions strange!

Posted May 28th at 5:46 am by Philip L. Fairclough in General Birding

North Devon

While out and about I also got this photo of a Barn Owl carrying a dead mouse/rat.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Posted May 28th at 2:37 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

North Devon

Kestrel and Barn Owl both with metal rings. You may email or phone me if you require details.

Kestrel in flightKestrel with metal ringBarn Owl with metal ring
Kestrel in flight                    Kestrel with metal ring               Barn Owl with metal ring

Posted May 28th at 2:34 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Braunton

More from my outing.

Cetti's WarblerCetti's WarblerSwallow with metal ring
Cetti's Warbler                                         Cetti's Warbler                            Swallow with metal ring

Posted May 28th at 2:28 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Braunton Burrows

Well what a collection goodies I hit upon yesterday. Sedge Warblers, Cetti's Warbler, Swallow with metal ring, Kestrel with metal ring, Barn Owl with metal Ring, Mute Swans with signets, a Grey Heron and a pipit. I'm going to opt for a Rock Pipit although Eds probably going to plaster red ink all over the shop and tell me that it's a Telephone wire Pipit or some like that! Well here goes...

Rock Pipit?Grey HeronSedge Warbler
Rock Pipit?                                     Grey Heron                    Sedge Warbler

Eds:  Meadow Pipit

Posted May 28th at 2:21 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Two red kites at Middle Soar this morning

Two red kites quartering the rough grassland between Middle Soar Farm,  and Soar Mill cove mid-morning today, near Salcombe.

Posted May 27th at 9:13 pm by Chris Klee in General Birding

Bircham woods, Derriford hospital

Tawny owl flushed from the trees at dusk yesterday.

Posted May 27th at 7:48 pm by David scott in General Birding

River Otter

Three female goosanders about a mile upstream of Ottery St Mary. 

Posted May 27th at 7:33 pm by Keith Annison in General Birding

Long Ash

Excise with my husband, we saw. Whinchat female. 2 Linnets male, 2 Yellow Hammer male, Stone Chats, singing Song Thrush. 

Posted May 27th at 5:58 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Raptors

Flyovers today, Hobby at 09:15, and 2 Red Kites at 10:30, clovelly road Bideford

Posted May 27th at 5:53 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Red Kite

2 Red  Kites over Paignton at 2.30p.m.. Circled once and then drifted off North.

Posted May 27th at 4:40 pm by Tony Sherwood in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Moths May 27th

A really good night for moths with good numbers of some common species and a few really good rarer moths including a notable 2 x  Portland Ribbon Waves coming to the light.

Portland Ribbon WaveRuddy carpetPoplar Kitten
Portland Ribbon Wave                Ruddy carpet                         Poplar Kitten

Posted May 27th at 3:16 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Swallows breeding

I have located a swallow nest in the heart of Great Torrington, they are bringing food to the babies. Pleasing to see as I haven't seen evidence of breeding here for a couple of seasons. 4 swifts again.

Posted May 27th at 2:18 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in General Birding

Westgate Hill, Gittisham

Cuckoo calling 8-8.30 this morning. 

Posted May 27th at 12:26 pm by Andy Rook in General Birding

Red Kite - East Charleton

1 circling over East Charleton at midday slowly drifting west

Posted May 27th at 12:03 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Cann Woods - Nightjars 26/05/20

Late evening visit gave us a count of 11 individual Nightjars, with 6 seen in flight in really good light.  Also pre-roosting were Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Song Thrush and Jay.  Heard Tawny Owls. Roe and Fallow Deer

Posted May 27th at 12:46 am by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Tuesday 26th May 2020

Emsworthy DWT Reserve near Hay Tor

A trip to Emsworthy on a day, when the Plymouth Branch would have visited, gave us good views of singing Redstart, Willow Warbler and a family of four Stonechat.  Wheatear took on their erect posture on the stone walls and Meadow Pippit parachuted down, vocalising on descent. About five sightings of Cuckoo occurred with one being the bubbling voice from a female. A Common Snipe was flushed out of the damper heathland.The bluebells, for which the area is well known, appeared to be sparce in the fields, possibly effected by the very dry condition of the Moor.

Posted May 26th at 10:33 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

Aylesbury crescent whitleigh plymouth

6 ringneck parakeet  6 am going over to playing fields can woods of aylesbury crescent

Posted May 26th at 4:55 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Doe Tor Farm

On my walk with a friend, having our lunch, we had 3 Cuckoos flying around with the female bubbling, they were chasing around the area for nearly an hour. Love was in the air. 

Posted May 26th at 4:09 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Seagle

Re Seagle-Thanks Eds, excellent wit. Completely agree.

Posted May 26th at 3:36 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite circling and moving south to north over Estover , Plymouth , this afternoon at 3pm.

Posted May 26th at 3:00 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram 25th May

A pair of Spotted Flycatchers, 16+ drake Mandarin Ducks, 4 Curlews, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Posted May 26th at 2:40 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

RSPB Aylesbeare

Aylesbeare Common yesterday 

Female Stonechat
Female Stonechat

Male Stonechat
Male Stonechat

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted May 26th at 2:07 pm by Geoff Mitchell in General Birding

Headland Warren-Challacombe Farm

A chuckling female Cuckoo along with a male upsetting all the smaller birds by visiting each copse of trees and shrubs this morning.

Posted May 26th at 10:38 am by Ian Muir in General Birding

Red Kite

Over Manor Drive Chagford 6.10 pm heading east at about 70 ft great view for a few seconds from my garden

Posted May 26th at 10:27 am by Steve phelps in General Birding

Goodrington south beach 7.15 am Monday 25th May

One Common Eider on the beach with a couple of herring gulls. 

Posted May 26th at 8:43 am by Roy Boswell in General Birding

Monday 25th May 2020

Nightjars at Haldon

Short walk at dusk around the Harcombe area of Haldon (until the midges became impossible) produced three Nightjars and one Tawny Owl.

Posted May 25th at 10:54 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Chagford

Seen high over my garden in Chagford. Possibly the bird reported earlier.

Not a Buzzard in my opinion
Not a Buzzard in my opinion

Eds: No not a buzzard it's a 'seagle'!  - Herring gull.

Posted May 25th at 8:11 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Cullompton

Tawny Owl hunting in daylight this morning and Garden Warbler singing this afternoon. Both a couple of hundred meters from Cully Higher Street. Nice.

Posted May 25th at 7:39 pm by Geoff Campbell in General Birding

Eddystone

1 imm Puffin (five miles offshore, at halfway reef)

2 Common Scoter

(only) 12 Manx Shearwater

plus 5 Common Dolphin, 2 Harbour Porpoise

Puffin
Puffin

Posted May 25th at 7:28 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

More on the Blyth's Reed Warbler

For those interetsed, I have now added the sound recording of the now departed Blyth's Reed Warbler on my blog with a little more detail: https://creamteabirding.blogspot.com/2020/05/singing-blyths-reed-warbler.html

 

Posted May 25th at 7:15 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Red Kite

Over Manor Drive Chagford 6.10 pm heading east at about 70 ft great view for a few seconds from my garden

Posted May 25th at 6:58 pm by Steve phelps in General Birding

West Hill, East Devon

Red Kite flying south at 17.30 today.

Posted May 25th at 6:05 pm by Andrew Hickson in General Birding

Headland Warren-Challacombe Farm

11 pairs of Stonechat, 4 pairs of Pied Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, a dozen or so Meadow Pipits, 2 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler and 2 male Reed Bunting halfway along path. 2 Cuckoo still around Headland Warren farmhouse. $ crows and 2 Buzzard. 3 Swallows around farm buildings.

Reed BuntingReed BuntingStonechat
Reed Bunting                                      Reed Bunting                                     Stonechat

Posted May 25th at 5:43 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Roborough Down Dartmoor 25/5/2020

Cuckoo heard calling but not seen. Good mix of birds on view including a meadow pipit, 4 tree pipits, 4 greenfinch, 2 yellow hammers, numerous willow warbler, linnet and stonechat the latter visibly with young.

Posted May 25th at 5:20 pm by Rod Fox in General Birding

swifts

Three swifts over exmouth town this morning.

Posted May 25th at 4:24 pm by eric in General Birding

Swifts in Torrington

4 swifts over Great Torrington today, easy to see in the clear sky. 3 house martins too. 

Posted May 25th at 3:12 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Moths May 25th

A few moths from last night with two new species for me and another Poplar Hawkmoth - good year for this species it seems.

Least Black ArchesHomeosana sinuellaPoplar Hawkmoth
Least Black Arches                     Homeosana sinuella                           Poplar Hawkmoth

Posted May 25th at 2:30 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Sunday 24th May 2020

Wistman's Wood 24/05/20

Wistman's Wood today gave a juv. Pied Wagtail being fed by it's mum.  Probably three Cuckoos, a pair of Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, a pair of Grey Wagtails high in the canopy, Redpoll and Willow Warbler and Gt Spotted Woodpecker.  Several Wheatear and Stonechat on the moor and heard Grasshopper Warbler by the river. Green Hairstreak, Small Heath and a Fritillary sp.

Pied Wagtail juvPied Wagtail femRedpoll
Pied Wagtail juv                            Pied Wagtail fem                                 Redpoll

Posted May 24th at 11:54 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

Predated Mallard Clutch?

This morning on a sheep track near Two Bridges I found this clutch of egg shells, presumed to be Mallard (60mm long and duck egg blue) in a neat pile.  They all appeared to have been bitten through, maybe by a fox?  It's clearly not a nest as there's no down.  Could a fox carry four together?  Or why would it make four separate trips to exactly the same spot before eating them?

Posted May 24th at 10:45 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Blyth's Reed Warbler

Late yesterday, I was shocked to find a singing Blyth's Reed Warbler on farmland bordering the East Devon Commons. The bird was in an area with restricted viewing, but I managed to get a sound recording which I will try and share on my blog/here tomorrow. Despite at least 7 hours spent listening for the bird today, sadly it seems to have moved on! Poor photo taken last night at 9pm!

Blyth's Reed Warbler by Chris Townend

Posted May 24th at 10:35 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Dartmoor is fighting fit, 24th May

My money was on the Pipit

Posted May 24th at 8:03 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Dartmoor is fighting fit, 24th May

Meadow Pipit giving a Cuckoo more than he expected

Posted May 24th at 8:01 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Broad-bodied Chaser in Exeter

I think that these are reasonably common, but it is the first time that we have recorded one in the garden.


Posted May 24th at 7:33 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Yelland

Out at Yelland again today and some more of the Reed Warblers.

Reed Warbler Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler

 

Posted May 24th at 7:02 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Saturday 23rd May 2020

Red kite

14:15 on 22 May 2020 Flying east, high over Mardon Down, near Moretonhampstead 

Posted May 23rd at 10:52 pm by George Wilkinson in General Birding

Ilfracombe Pier

Rock Pipits all busy feeding young. 

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted May 23rd at 10:17 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Yarner Woods Sat 23rd May 2020

No lockdown for the birds of Yarner, parent birds working very hard to feed their expectant young.

Male feeding Female by their nest box. incubating at the moment.Great Spot feeding young.Young Great Spot
Male feeding Female by their nest box. incubating at the moment.      Great Spot feeding young.

 

Posted May 23rd at 8:58 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire

07:34 - 10:36

Highlights: Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher, Nuthatch, Wheatear, Whitethroat, Buzzard x 3, Adder

NuthatchMeadow PipitAdder
Nuthatch                              Meadow Pipit                                    Adder

Posted May 23rd at 8:06 pm by Paul Bray in General Birding

Feathers

Found these feathers on Teignmouth beach. The primary feathers are about 10 inches in length. Could anybody identify them please.

Eds: looks like female pheasant tertial feathers.

Posted May 23rd at 4:59 pm by Tony Sherwood in General Birding

Yarner Wood

First time visit to Yarner Woods this morning. Plenty of Flycatchers and Redstarts, also Tawny Owl, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and managed to startle a Nightjar sat on a fence post at 08:45am, which abruptly flew  off and down into the bracken and disappeared from view.

Pied Flycatcher (male)Pied Flycatcher (female)Redstart
Pied Flycatcher (male)                Pied Flycatcher (female)                                 Redstart

Posted May 23rd at 3:11 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Red kite

14:15 on 22 May 2020 Flying east, high over Mardon Down, near Moretonhampstead 

Posted May 23rd at 8:36 am by George Wilkinson in General Birding

A rare treat.

A fly by yesterday afternoon of a pair of Canada geese.over my Paignton garden. If they hadn't honked would never have known they were there. Never seen Canada's in Paignton before.

Posted May 23rd at 5:46 am by Philip L. Fairclough in General Birding

Friday 22nd May 2020

Dawlish Warren Village moths

Just a few moths last night before the drizzle set in but a couple of nice species including a new species for me - Sand Dart

Small Elephant Hawkmoth  Sand Dart  Cream-spot Tiger
Small Elephant Hawkmoth            Sand Dart                               Cream-spot Tiger

Posted May 22nd at 8:56 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Barnacle Goose ~ Darts Farm

A single Barnacle Goose at Darts farm this morning sharing the field beyond the hide with a flock of Canada Geese

Posted May 22nd at 3:09 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Thursday 9.00-9.30 Stover

Several (at least 6) Nightjars churning at various points along the bikepath

Posted May 22nd at 2:02 pm by Chris Killock in General Birding

Lopwell and Maristow 22.5.2020

Pair of Mute Swans with three cygnets by the dam, numerous Canada Geese in area. 14 Shelduck off Maristow, Raven family very noisy near dam, and singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff

Posted May 22nd at 2:00 pm by roger smaldon in General Birding

Headland Warren-Challacombe Farm

2 Cuckoos chasing each other around Headland Warren and one calling from the hawthorn behind the farmhouse. A few Stonechat and meadow Pipits but the windy conditions, completely different to yesterday. A handsome Whinchat at side of road by path to Grimspound.

CuckooCuckooWhinchat
Cuckoo                                  Cuckoo                                          Whinchat

Posted May 22nd at 1:33 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Unexpected sight

I found a zebra finch in my garden on May 20th. I didn't know what it was till I googled it.

Posted May 22nd at 11:52 am by Rosemary in General Birding

Swifts return. Exeter

Swift spotted today entering nest site which they have used for several years in the St Thomas area of Exeter

Posted May 22nd at 11:29 am by JacquieB in General Birding

Wembury point

Plenty of bird activity this morning..among the many species that you would expect here it was good to see lots of of fledglings including goldfinch,stonechat ,linnet,robin,and a cracking family of 4 chiffchaff being feed by the non stop working parents 

Posted May 22nd at 10:35 am by Mike Williams in General Birding

Unusual visitor to my Kingsteignton garden

On Tuesday19th, I became aware of an unusual bird song in my suburban garden. Initial thoughts were reed or sedge warbler but surely not in my garden. I was unable to get a sighting in the thick hedge but did record the song. I subsequently sent the audio file to Mike Langman who confirmed it was indeed a sedge warbler Thanks Mike..Just goes to show birds can turn up anywhere !

Posted May 22nd at 9:46 am by Patrick Case in General Birding

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