Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th August 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

If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

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

Sunday 2nd August 2020

Dawlish Warren NNR

16:17 - 20:11

Highlights: 50+ Ringed Plover; 50+ Sandwich Tern; 3 Common Tern; pr Blackcap; Sanderling, Dunlin, 1 juv Shelduck; 2 Wheatear; Whimbrel; 3 Mediterranean Gull (1 ringed on left leg PPJ1); 20ish Common Scoter and 1 singing male Cirl Bunting by the reserve exit.

Posted August 2nd at 10:02 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Adult & 2nd-s Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, Whimbrel, 7 Mandarin Ducks & a Stock Dove.

Posted August 2nd at 6:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Fem / imm Marsh Harrier briefly in Ireland Bay this morning. Along the beach 2 Whimbrels, 8 Sandwich Terns, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Wheatears. Just a single Med Gull ( juv )

Posted August 2nd at 3:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip

A social distancing boat trip out of Brixham into Lyme Bay this morning, only 6 on board. A great trip seeing 300+ Common Dolphin on the edge of Torbay, once further out a continuous movement of Manx Shearwater, 400+ and 40+ Balearic Shearwater. Other birds sighted 20+ Comic Tern, 50 Kittiwake, Fulmar, Gannet, Lesser Black-Backed, Great Black-backed Gull, many Herring Gull, 3 Waders flying past the boat and 2 Great Skua. 5 Grey Seals on the rocks as we came back in. A good trip. Further trips running on 9th August and 13 September. Boat called Kelly's Hero,  call Dave if interested on 07970642354. hope to post some pictures later!!

Manx Shearwater N Smallbone Common Dolphins N Smallbones Balearic Shearwater N Smallbones

     Manx shearwater                             Common Dolphins                                            Balearic Shearwater

Posted August 2nd at 2:52 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Saturday 1st August 2020

Chudleigh

I was really pleased to bump into my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year in the woods above Chudleigh this afternoon especially as it was feeding a youngster. Good to know they are breeding here. 

Posted August 1st at 10:42 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

South Efford

1st August. 50Canada Geese,12Curlews, 2 Herons 3BlackGodwits,   2 Green enshanks,5 Shovellers

Posted August 1st at 9:41 pm by Peter Holt in Bird News

Razorbills - Torquay

Still two Razorbills just outside the mouth of Torquay Harbour, 11.00 today, plus at least four Turnstone on the rocks off Haldon Pier

Posted August 1st at 9:03 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Exminster marsh

A walk out from Exeter along the canal  to exminster marsh this afternoon was generally quiet but a gathering of black headed gulls near the fisherman’s car park included 14 Mediterranean gulls ( 6 juvs, 1 1st summer, , 5 2nd summer and 2 adults) 

Posted August 1st at 8:17 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Broadsands

2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls on Broadsands beach last night + 1 Juvenile Mediterranean Gull.

Yellow Legged 2 Gull Broadsands 31 Jul 2020 ML Yellow Legged Gull 1 Broadsands 31 Jul 2020 ML  

The 2 Yellow-legged Gull juveniles

 

Yellow Legged & Herring Gull Broadsands 31 Jul 2020 ML Great Black-backed Gull Broadsands 31 Jul 2020 ML   juvenile Herring and Yellow legged Gull  (foreground)                            juvenile  Great Black-backed Gull

Posted August 1st at 7:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lopwell Dam/Maristow 1.8.2020

About 30 House Martins in the area, with many juveniles but also young still being fed in the nest.  One Kingfisher the first seen here for many months, and a family party of three Ravens.  At least five Common Sandpipers near the dam, one Stock Dove calling, and one Jersey Tiger moth in vegetation near the dam.

Posted August 1st at 3:21 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Riverside Country Park, Exeter

11+ Green Sandpipers together, on muddy pool at about 7am, above Countess Weir. Possibly more as saw another 6 which I have to assume overlapped with the 11. Otherwise 2 Reed Warbler and a Kingfisher we’re the best of the rest. 

Posted August 1st at 9:15 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

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