Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st July 2020

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

Monday 27th July 2020

Berry Head

Seawatching highlights this morning produced: 5 Great Shearwaters, 2087 Manx Shearwaters, 27 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Storm Petrel, 7 Puffins, 46 Sandwich, 3 Arctic,3 Common & 1 Roseate Terns, 4 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Pomarine Skua, 7 Great Skuas, 35 Common Scoter, plus several groups of Common Dolphins the largest group being of probably 40+ individuals including one with no (well hardly any) dorsal fin ans 6-8 Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted July 27th at 3:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 26th July 2020

Torcross.

A Jersey Tiger moth this evening.

Jersey Tiger.
Jersey Tiger.

Posted July 26th at 8:50 pm by Alan K Searle. in Other Wildlife

Mediterranean Gull in Plymouth

Adult Mediterranean Gull in Sutton Harbour on the beach in front of Sufa's restaraunt

Posted July 26th at 6:32 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Additions to Alan’s post - juv Yellow-legged Gull showing well on Blaxton Meadow, 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, Whimbrel, my first Siskin of the year here, juv Stonechat & a Roe Deer.

Posted July 26th at 5:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plym estuary / Saltram.

Over this morning's high tide:

13 Little egret, 10 Grey heron, 116 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 32 Curlew, 1 adult + 4 juvenile Shelduck, 2 Common sandpiper. Around the estate were 3 juvenile Spotted flycatcher and 1 Great spotted woodpecker in an Oak tree, 1 Willow warbler, 4 Swift, 1 flyover Peregrine, and 1 Buzzard overhead.

Posted July 26th at 4:15 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

On a rather autumnal-feeling morning of sunshine and blustery showers: Turnstone 3, Kittiwake 64 (incl 5 juvs), Mediterranean Gull 8 (1 ad, 7 juvs), Yellow-legged Gull 1 (juv) flying W very close in, Manx Shearwater 484, Cormorant 10, Swallow 1. Nine downy Fulmar chicks on the ledges, adult Whitethroat feeding newly-fledged second brood.

Posted July 26th at 2:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Powderham Marsh, Exminster

Very quite as might be expected at this time of the year.  A pair of Stonechat, a Garden Warbler and Sedge Warbler were present during the walk and distant views over the scrapes from the hillside view point produced 3 Godwits and a Sandpiper, with others. Never saw a soul but the later drive to Starcross was aborted due to traffic at a standstill on the main road and no where to park after Powderham Church because of the density of visitors (be warned). 

Posted July 26th at 2:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

East Soar

First genuine passerine autumn migrants in the shape of a Garden Warbler and three Willow Warblers. Also Curlew over and 100 Linnets.

Posted July 26th at 1:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Prawle Point Seawatch Saturday 25th July

Seawatch with Pat M. In SW force 4-5 winds with mist and rain,light and heavy from 6.20 am to 2 pm.

13 Baleraric Shearwaters ; 2145 Manx Shearwaters ; 1Arctic Skua east and 1Bonxie west ; 2 adult  Arctic Terns west, 14 Common Scoter west. 8 Med. Gulls ( mix of juvenile, 1st summer, 2nd summer and adult, east and west). Also a pod of at least 10 Common Dolphins breaching and diving over the sea troughs. 

Posted July 26th at 11:31 am by Tony Marchese in Bird News

Saturday 25th July 2020

Berry Head seawatch 07.25 - 15.15

18 Balearic Shearwaters, 833 Manx Shearwaters (probably about half of the combined observers’ total today), 21 Sandwich & an Arctic Tern, juv Yellow-legged Gull, 18 Common Scoters, Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxies, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, Whimbrel, 6 Harbour Porpoises & several Common Dolphins.

Posted July 25th at 5:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torquay Harbour

2 Razorbills just off the harbour mouth this afternoon.

Razorbills.
Razorbills.

Posted July 25th at 5:11 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Velator etc

Met Dave Paterson out by the scrape this morning. He had seen 2 Common Sandpipers by the bridge to the reserve. Nothing of note on the scrape. I walked around Sherpa Marsh, where there were good numbers of Sand Martins, several each of House Martins and a a scattering of Swifts.23 Canada Geese and a single Teal - which may be the injured bird from earlier in the spring. The only Wader was a single Lapwing.

There were once again 2 Herons in the reserve, following 2 seen yesterday when I was ringing. Best bird then was a Garden Warbler with someone elses ring on. A brief check reveals it was ringed as a juvenile  in June 2017. I await the full details. Of note, ringed 10 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Reed Warblers,1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler.

Posted July 25th at 11:46 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Marine Parade,Preston,Paignton.

I've just had the sightings reports for 2 particularly interesting colour-ringed Med Gulls seen at Marine Parade, amongst a number of other Torbay post breeding ringed bird sightings this year from 4 different countries.

The first bird, is a juvenile, Yellow APUE. This bird was ringed south of Leipzig in Germany, as a chick unable to fly, on 13 June 2020. Just 38 days later it had completed the 1115 km straight line distance for my sighting at Marine Parade on 21 July. The bird was also seen there by Steve Hopper on the same day.

The second bird, an adult, red PHAU, was ringed with colour and metal rings in Poland on 24 June 2019. It was in Plymouth last winter, with its last sighting there by Pete Aley in January 2020. On 10 May 2020 it was back in Poland and was nesting by 23 May 2020 at Lake Nyskie when it was re-trapped and fitted with the GPS Logger visible in the picture.

By early July it had started its post breeding movement and was in the Czech Republic on 2 July and central Germany on 7 July, before my sighting on 18 July. Perhaps it will decide to spend another winter in Plymouth?

Juvenile Med Gull
Juvenile Med Gull

Adult Med Gull
Adult Med Gull

Posted July 25th at 7:57 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Friday 24th July 2020

Preston seafront

The 1st Turnstone has returned to Preston, still resplendent in it's summer plumage. 

Posted July 24th at 8:24 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Blaxton Meadow was full of birds on this morning’s big high tide including: juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin (summer plumage), 82 Redshanks, 4 Greenshanks, 2 Whimbrels, 36 Curlews, 2 Oystercatchers & adult Shelduck with 4 juveniles. Also 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Whitethroat, male Stonechat with 3 juveniles, Great Spotted & 2+ Green Woodpeckers, Shag & 3 Roe Deer. 

Posted July 24th at 2:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Yesterday at Dawlish Warren: Common, Sandwich and Arctic Terns, Med. Gulls, Oystercatchers, Whimbrels, Curlews, Ringed Plovers, Dunlins, Sanderlings, Linnets. Slavonian Grebe showing well at Cockwood.



Slavonian Grebe, Sanderlings, Common Tern
Slavonian Grebe, Sanderlings, Common Tern

Posted July 24th at 11:05 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 23rd July 2020

Broadsands

1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 8 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach early evening.

Posted July 23rd at 10:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bradiford Reserve Barnstaple

Having some work done on the reserve this week. Yesterday elver's seen in the freshly running spring ditch after the mini digger had done some work. Today Green Sandpiper flitting around the same newly cleaned spring ditch so pleased to see this work having such a quick impact. more to do tomorrow and will see what else turns up.

Posted July 23rd at 6:01 pm by Karen Sims in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In addition to Martin's sightings this morning, a Whimbrel, 2 Stock Doves, my first juvenile Lesser Balack-backed Gull of the year and the adult Shelduck with 4 juveniles.

Posted July 23rd at 3:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mediterranean gull on Sutton Harbour 13.50

On the 'beach' next to the old China House pub. Ringed I think but stupidly don't have binoculars.

Posted July 23rd at 1:56 pm by Martin Lavelle in Bird News

Velator

From the bridge over the river as I arrived a bird I thought would be a Grey Wagtail, but when it flew it became a Common Sandpiper, I blame the wagging tail! The tide was quite high - up as far as the weir, so it was pushed up to the low water.

Trying (and failing) to catch Swallows last night I heard a Water Rail just outside the reserve. I've heard it several times of late.

I have also had sporadic sightings of 2 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape. I think they are the same as the two I saw on 26th June - one in sum plum, one not.

Posted July 23rd at 12:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wigford Down 23.7.2020

A walk over Wigford Down from Cadover Lakes this morning. About 30 Pied Wagtails mainly juvs feeding in the Cadworthy Farm fields. A loose flock of about 40 Starlings practically all juvs, in same fields.

The most interesting and amusing sighting was of an adult Great Black Backed Gull on a large stone being intimidated by a Raven. The gulls reaction was one of complete indifference. Despite the Raven being very noisy and agitated, it didn't move a muscle, and eventually the Raven gave up and flew off

Posted July 23rd at 12:18 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This mornings high tide produced at least 4 Common Sandpiper, 37 Curlew 97 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Oystercatcher,1 Dunlin (sp), Little Grebe, Kingfisher and juv Yellow-legged Gull on Blaxton meadow.

Around Saltram were 3 Green & 3 GS Woodpecker, Whitethroat and 5 Stock Dove.

Posted July 23rd at 11:25 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Plymbridge

(Blog about wed-22nd)


Greater spotted and green woodpeckers. Juv Perigrine screaming away at the quarry- didn't spot the parents. Swifts gathering at the viaducts, biggest group was around 20-30. plenty of nuthatches in the trees, buzzards, sparrowhawks. White throated dippers. Grey wagtails. Hoped to see the crossbills previously said the other day, but no luck, needle in a haystack there. 

Posted July 23rd at 1:17 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

South Huish Marsh early evening

38 dunlin then later only 13 of which 12 adults, 1 juv. Water levels already pretty low. V busy and noisy in NT car park. I wonder how compatible the c/p is with the wetland.

Posted July 22nd at 7:44 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake

7 Willow Tit, 18 Blue Tit, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Coot, 2 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 6 Great Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Jay, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackbird, c30 Mallard.

Posted July 22nd at 7:27 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Eddystone

Seabirds definitely eclipsed by cetaceans today:

4 balearic Shearwaters,

!0 Harbour Porpoise (small groups)

35 Common Dolphins (3 groups)

2 Minke Whales (2 and 6 miles north of Eddystone). They definitely both ventured into Devon's water while they were zig zagging about.

Harbour Porpoise
Harbour Porpoise

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Minke Whale
Minke Whale

Posted July 22nd at 6:13 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

Two Great Crested Grebes, one Little Grebe, 20+ House Martins, Crossbills calling in spruce on east side of reservoir but not seen.

Posted July 22nd at 5:05 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Turtle Dove

Have got a Turtle Dove coming into my garden for seed. Been around  for a few months

Eds: please ensure you submit this record to the County Recorder (if you have a photo that too) link here.. https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/quick_report_form 

Posted July 22nd at 3:50 pm by sandra statt in Bird News

Beesands Ley

From the hide this morning: Juv Marsh Harrier over the reeds. It drifted off, gathering height, to the north. Also Kingfisher,  Reed Warblers and Willow Warbler.

Posted July 22nd at 3:15 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Avon Dam at dawn

Only a Great Crested Grebe on the water, but the dam wall was unusually busy. Aside from a resting Cormorant and a huddle of young Carrion Crows, there was much coming and going of small passerines, mostly juvs, between 0615 and 0630. Most surprising were Nuthatch and Bullfinch and Spotted Fly, but also recorded on the wall were Pied and Grey Wagtails, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swallow:and Stonechat.

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

Bullfinch
Bullfinch

Posted July 22nd at 2:22 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Cattle Egret in full summer plumage roosting on one of the posts on Blaxton Meadow at high tide this morning. In addition there, an adult Sandwich Tern circled but didn’t land, 5 Greenshanks, 2 Whimbrels with 36 Curlews, Common Sandpiper (+ 2 more on the river), Kingfisher & adult Mediterranean Gull. Also, a family party of 4 Spotted Flycatchers, male Whitethroat with a newly fledged juvenile, 2 juvenile Stonechats, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted July 22nd at 12:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Med Gulls, Dawlish

5 Med Gulls flew South past Boat Cove at Noon

Posted July 22nd at 12:32 pm by paul barker in Bird News

Baggy Point

Beautiful day for a walk out to Baggy this morning. Not much on show  - a couple of Mediterranean Gulls, a few parties of Linnets, and 4 Wheatears out at the point. Despite a very calm sea, no sign of Dolphins or Porpoises.

Posted July 22nd at 11:48 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Headland Warren Farm

Yesterday between 10:00 - 12:00, lots of Wheatear in the farm paddocks. 5 Whinchats seen just out of the farm heading up to Hockney Tor, with more Wheatears at the top of the hill. Plenty of swallows, meadow pipits and stonechats around the farm also. 

Posted July 22nd at 10:28 am by Matt Clark in Bird News

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