Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st May 2020

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

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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.

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

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

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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

golden eagle

a  golden Eagle gliding high over farmland in Ashwater. Heading South

Eds: Either an escaped bird or if it was indeed an eagle possibly a White-tailed Eagle from the Isle of Wight introduction. 

Posted May 25th at 7:38 am by Juliet Vines in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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

Ilfracombe Pier

Today and yesterday good numbers of various seabirds were heading up and down channel in the strong SW wind. Lunch time off the Pier nice to watch a dark phase Arctic Skua tagging along with a team of Manx Shearwaters. Not many gulls around but finally since about 2016 I actually managed to get the metal bto number of this Herring Gull, taken through my car windscreen.  

Gotcha !Rock Pipit with beak full of Sea Slaters
Gotcha !                                      Rock Pipit with beak full of Sea Slaters

Posted May 23rd at 10:12 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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

Moths in garden, Modbury

Getting a few hawk moths visiting the garden

Lime hawk mothPoplar hawk mothPrivet hawk moth
Lime hawk moth                              Poplar hawk moth                             Privet hawk moth

Posted May 23rd at 5:50 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

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

Torcross.

Poor conditions for moths during the night. But the first Lychnis of the season.

Lychnis.A darker individual.
Lychnis.                                       A darker individual.

Posted May 22nd at 8:01 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

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

Berry Head

A seawatch at this morning 0600-0900: 22 Puffins, 64 Manx Shearwaters >S, 9 Common Scoter, 3 sum plum G N Divers >N, 1 Sandwich Tern, 180 Razorbills, 103 Guillemots, 39 Kittiwakes, 6 Dolphin 2 Harbour Porpoise.Black-h Gulls 3 Swift, 4 Common Dolphin & 2 Harbour Porpoise.

    Puffins Berry Head 22 May 2020 ML Puffins Berry Head 22 May 2020 ML

Photos distant Puffins..

Posted May 22nd at 10:44 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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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