Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th July 2020

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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.

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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

Membership

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

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Sidmouth seafront

at least 25 ?common scoter in a ragged line offshore Sidmouth seafront this afternoon about 3pm

Posted July 7th at 9:55 pm by Richard Ellison in Bird News

Whinchats

Four Whinchats with two young today at Firth bridge area


Posted July 7th at 8:31 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Thrushes - East Dartmoor

30-40 Mistle Thrushes , inc. many juveniles, feeding in bracken above Moor Farm, Throwleigh. Accompanied by similar number of blackbirds and a family of G-S woodpeckers. Always a good area for Mistles, seems to have been a very successful breeding season.

Posted July 7th at 7:47 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News

Torcross

75 Common Scoter south past Torcross this morning.

Posted July 7th at 5:56 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Broadclyst, Nr Exeter

East and Mid Devon members may recall that we jointly commenced a survey of NT farmland earlier this year and that this came to a halt due to the pandemic. The NT staff were mostly furloughed but I have visited the farm twice recently and made some observations of the birdlife so that this season is not lost totally.   I was pleased to find a pair of Spotted Flycatchers and a very vocal Sedge Warbler in the woodland section.  To date we have over 50 species counted.   It is to be hoped that we may be able to restart the survey and others at some time in the future.  The below pictures show the woodland section and the damp meadow where the above birds were present.  Very different pictures to how we found it in the winter.

Posted July 7th at 4:47 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 6th July 2020

Slapton Ley

Tufted Duck with 2 x 1/4 juvs, Great-crested Grebe with 3x 3/4 juvs Stokeley Bay, 1 Little Egret, commoner in Yorkshire, 5 Cetti's Warblers.

Posted July 6th at 3:51 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Berynarbor

Garden wildlife today.

Heron and Great-spotted Woodpecker feeding.
Heron and Great-spotted Woodpecker feeding.

Posted July 6th at 2:48 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

East Soar

Hobby hunting hirundines - unsuccessfully this morning.

Posted July 6th at 11:47 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Passage House late morning.

Posted July 6th at 11:34 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Unringed Roseate Tern on the beach at 07:30 this morning with two Sandwich Terns, a Mediterranean Gull and a Black-headed Gull.

From left to right: Sandwich Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Sandwich Tern, Roseate Tern, Black-headed Gull

Posted July 6th at 11:21 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Soar

11 Crossbills flew west at 8.45am

Posted July 6th at 9:58 am by Roger White in Bird News

Sunday 5th July 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

1 Kingfisher, 5 Jays looks to be a family, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted July 5th at 7:20 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A male Stonechat with a juv, Green Woodpecker, 47 Redshanks, 27 Curlews, 7 Little Egrets & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted July 5th at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

From the hide over the high tide (7am-9.15am)- 4 adult Roseate Terns (3 metal Ringed), Fs Arctic Tern, 10 Common Terns (inc 1 fs), 5 Sandwich Terns and 20+ Med Gulls showing well on the posts on the island. 

Posted July 5th at 11:01 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Saturday 4th July 2020

Preston seafront

Another productive walk this afternoon with a juvenile Little Gull being both a surprise and star bird. The Mediterranean Gull was still present along with a Little Egret, 4 Oystercatchers, 3 Shags, a number of Black Headed Gulls, a couple of Great Black Back Gulls and at one point several hundred Herring Gulls. 

Posted July 4th at 5:56 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Combined totals with other observers (to 14.30): Balearic Shearwater 222 & Manx Shearwater 380. Also: 52 Common Scoters, 2 Bonxies, Arctic Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, Sandwich Tern & 3 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted July 4th at 5:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator/Sherpa Marsh

Persistent  Heron in by the reserve pond must be finding something there! Still a few singing Reed Warblers and the Grebes seem to be peaceful today. Around Sherpa Marsh good numbers of House Martins, several Swifts and a few Sand Martins. No Swallows. 19 Swans plus a female with three very recently hatched cygnets. a lone drake Tufted Duck the only Duck of note.  A lone Black-tailed Godwit just outside the reserve near the scrape. Back home an adult male Sparrowhawk in the garden unsuccessfully chased a Blackbird. Still a Blackcap singing on a daily basis.

Posted July 4th at 3:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 3rd July 2020

Cockwood, late news

The Exe estuary resident Slavonian grebe gave good views just off Cockwood harbour bridge early yesterday afternoon. Would have been a lot closer if it hadn't swum out to avoid a dinghy coming into the harbour!

Slavonian grebe
Slavonian grebe

Posted July 3rd at 5:12 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A low tide visit, so wader numbers lower than Martin's this morning, but in addition - Green Woodpecker, 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull, & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. 

Posted July 3rd at 4:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator

Little Grebes. A couple of weeks ago was the last time I saw an adult Little Grebe on the pond in the reserve. The 2 juveniles seem to be doing just fine feeding well and growing into pretty much full size now. Today when I arrived I thought heard a Grebe trilling and then saw 2 Grebes, one of which morphed into an adult when I got a better view. He (presumably) then started giving the juveniles a right run around chasing them everywhere. Does this mean another brood is imminent? Where's he been for 2 weeks? Shouldn't be down the pub - they're all closed!

A few weeks back I put up a long perch nailed to a tree trunk which reaches out about 15 feet over the pond. It's designed for Kingfishers. So a bit frustrating to have a juvenile Heron landing on it! Today, however a Kingfisher did land on it but the resulting photos weren't worth sharing. Will try harder next time.

Posted July 3rd at 2:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Burrator

A brief lunchtime visit produced a Great Crested Grebe and 18 Crossbill.

Posted July 3rd at 1:16 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Exmouth - Straight Point

Kittewake colony on Straight Point (Sandy Bay) is thriving.  Difficult to count the birds as they are both flying en masse and visiting the nests, but estimate at least 400+.    Between 180 & 200 nests with one or two fledglings on some and many still incubating.   This is as good as we've seen it over the last 8 years.   

Photos by Derek Carter

Part of the colony
Part of the colony



Posted July 3rd at 1:15 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Plym Estuary.

On this mornings high tide wader numbers have increased. 35 Curlew, 51 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 9 Common Sandpipers and a Kingfisher.

Posted July 3rd at 9:47 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Late entry for yesterday

Lower Tamar Lake.

9 Willow Tit, c25 Swifts, c20 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Collared Doves, 2 Mute Swan, 17 Great Tit, 23 Blue Tit, 9 Coal Tit, 20 Chaffinch, 3 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted July 3rd at 8:48 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Curlews creeping up in number - now 24 on Blaxton Meadow. Also, Common Sandpiper, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, Mallard with at least 8 small ducklings & 6 Roe Deer.

Posted July 2nd at 7:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

14:56 - 16:58

Greenshank x5; Curlew x60+; Black-tailed Godwit x18; Shelduck pair with 2 chicks were the highlights.

Posted July 2nd at 5:50 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Stover 02-07-20

Long distance shot of a Cuckoo at Stover lake, taken from the hide to the opposite bank, not a good shot but a record shot, Kingfisher seen hovering, and 2 Great Crested Grebes making a nest


Posted July 2nd at 4:37 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Southdown Farm, Bolberry

First large movement of outgoing Swifts with 240 moving SW across the farm this morning

Posted July 2nd at 2:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Preston

Several House Martins swooping low over the beach, good numbers of House Sparrows, a calling Greenfinch, about half a dozen Shags and a solitary Mediterranean Gull.

Posted July 1st at 10:47 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 1st-summers & a 2nd-summer), Shag, 16 Mandarin Ducks, Mallard with 10 tiny ducklings, Green Woodpecker & 6 Roe Deer. 

Posted July 1st at 10:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Robin Khan

I'm very sad to announce that Robin Khan died yesterday at the age of 86. Robin was a stalwart of DBWPS and will be greatly missed.

Robin Khan - 3rd May 2018

Posted July 1st at 10:10 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

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