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

Wednesday 5th August 2020

Berry Head

At Berry head this morning six Cirl Bunting, one Whitethroat, Rock Pipit, Jay, small number of Swallow and three Swift.

From the headland, early passage of immature LBBG, 18 plus Gannet inc three immature birds, Fulmar, GBBG, one Kittiwake, light passage of Manx Shearwater, flock of sixteen Common Scoter.

Harbour Porpoise showing well and one Common Dolphin.

 

Posted August 5th at 9:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

c30 Sandwich & c15 Common Terns, c70 Ringed Plovers, c55 Dunlins, 29 Sanderlings, 20+ Whimbrels, 4 Common Scoters, 4 Mediterranean Gulls & a distant Pom/Arctic Skua.

The summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe & 4 Bar-tailed Godwits off Cockwood.

Posted August 5th at 4:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator reserve

Late morning visit, and as I did the usual circuit, I thought I could hear a Curlew calling. A little further on and there it was just circling over and letting out that lovely whistle. Once again quite early here, usually an unusual winter visitor.

Posted August 5th at 1:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 4th August 2020

Swifts on the move

Overhead Braunton Great Field & Marsh this morning at about 10:30 was a steady passage of Swift all heading generally south. Counted 17 before we had to continue our journey. Also seen 7 House Martin's feeding. 

Posted August 4th at 9:04 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

1 Kingfisher, 4 Willow Tit ( three on one feeder), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot, 2m Tufted Duck, c40 Mallard, 3 Magpie, 24 Blue Tit, 5 House Martins, 3 Swallow, 1 Moorhen, 3 Robin, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Nuthatch, 5 Coal Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail c200 Canada Geese.

Posted August 4th at 7:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Soar

45 Swifts south, 2 Sand Martins, 5 Wheatears (1juv), 5 Willow Warblers,  11 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 27 Whitethroats, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, juv Bullfinch, 2 Roe Deer, Hare & a Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

South Efford Marsh: 28 Curlews, 3 Greenshanks & 3 Common Sandpipers.

Posted August 4th at 3:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

6 migrant Wheatears, 35 Swifts & Clouded Yellow.

Posted August 4th at 2:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Prawle Yesterday Monday 3rd August

Apologies for late news. An Icterine Warbler was found in PIg's Nose Valley by Pat M. on Sunday (reported on Birdguides). I saw the same bird yesterday Monday 3rd 100 yards below the entrance gate, in gorse on the west side of the valley from 8.40am till 9.05am. Long primary projection, slim build, steely blue legs and silvery wing panel all good for this species.

Earlier at Moorwell Pond (the village pond) at least 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler ,Willow warblers, Blackcap, Whitethroat, and Cetti's Warbler plus 20 plus Swifts flying over the village. More Willow Warblers and another Sedge Warbler in Pig's Nose Valley.

Posted August 4th at 11:25 am by Tony Marchese in Bird News

South Brent ~ "Italian" Sparrow

Just after 10 am this morning the "would be" Italian cock Sparrow "Passer Brentus" was back on the garden feeders, first time I have seen him since around the 10th June........

Single swift over this evening.

Posted August 4th at 10:18 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Late News Monday 3rd - Blaxton Meadow, Saltram

A big change on tonight's high tide from just a single on Sunday to 151 Redshank.  Also 35 Curlew and 3 Greenshank.  On the rip-rap at Crabtree bridge 3 Common Sandpipers.  Over 300 Black-headed Gulls, but no sign of recent Mediterranean or yellow-legged, or whimbrel.  2 Stock Doves are regular.

Posted August 4th at 7:57 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

West Charleton

2 Great White Egrets seen from my garden 07:20. Appeared to drop down onto West Charleton Marsh.

Posted August 4th at 7:55 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Monday 3rd August 2020

Lyme Bay Boat Trip Sunday

Pictures from the boat trip on Sunday to accompany the sightings Nigel Smallbones posted yesterday.  The Balearic Shearwaters are looking stunning with no moulting evident (?have they finished their moult already?). Looking at the pictures of the terns seen, they all appear to be Common Tern. Good, close views obtained of most species expected.

Balearic Shearwater  Manx Shearwater  Great Skua
Balearic Shearwater                      Manx Shearwater                                 Great Skua

Posted August 3rd at 11:28 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Wrafton pond area

Popped out to Wrafton pond this evening.  On the pond I saw loads of Mallard and Black headed gulls, a couple of Coots and Moorhens and a juvenile Little Grebe. In the field opposite the pond were a couple of Herons and what looked like a common sand piper though I'm not totally sure.

Heron in flight                    Heron
Heron in flight                                                             Heron

Posted August 3rd at 10:05 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Corndon Tor, Dartmoor

13.45

Juvenile Whinchat, female and juvenile Wheatear. 

Nearby, a pair of Stonechats and a juvenile, 3 Ravens. Numerous Linnets, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. 

Posted August 3rd at 8:19 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Velator and Sherpa Marsh

Becoming very quiet around the reserve of late, but today the Moorhens were busy with a second brood of at least 4 tiny bundles of black fluff.  The two remaining juvs from the first brood are still around. I remain confused about the presence of one adult Little Grebe. 2 Kingfishers chasing about today. Yesterday a Common Sandpiper out on the scrape early on. Still getting intermittent visits from a juvenile (or 2) Herons. A returning Teal was in the reserve yesterday.

Around Sherpa an exciting doubling of the numbers of Lapwing, from one to.....

170+ Canada Geese, 15 Swans, 3 Teal. Water levels too high, no muddy margins. I think the farmer is keeping the water level up so that the cattle have somewhere to drink. A male Stonechat on the riverbank today.

Posted August 3rd at 7:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head kayak trip

kayak trip around Marella Explorer moored off Berry Head.

200 Manx Shearwater resting in a scattered raft.

1 Balearic Shearwater in amongst them

plus 100+ Common Dolphin

6 Harbour Porpoise

Manx ShearwatersBalearic ShearwaterCommon Dolphins
Manx Shearwaters                  Balearic Shearwater                              Common Dolphins

Posted August 3rd at 6:53 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

arlington

All five pairs of Spotted Flycatchers in and around Arlington woodland have done well and raised families.All fit and feeding up now.Beautiful young Tawny Owl made our day.

Young Tawny Owl.
Young Tawny Owl.

Posted August 3rd at 5:30 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

East Prawle

Migrants at Moorwell Pond this morning were 12 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs ( 1 Juv. ), 4 Sedge Warblers,1 Reed Warbler and 1 Cetti's Warbler.

1st. Yr. Sedge Warbler.
1st. Yr. Sedge Warbler.

Posted August 3rd at 5:20 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning (low tide): Shag, 5 Stonechats, 4 Whitethroats, Willow Warbler, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kestrel, 75+ Gatekeepers, 10 Small Heaths, Clouded Yellow & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted August 3rd at 5:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth.

August is a quite month for birds so I was not expecting much from a walk around the moor.  However a reasonable list ended with Bullfinch (1), Swift (3), House Martin (1), Stonechat (4), Whitethroat (2), Willow Warbler family group (5 ), Siskin (1), Kestrel (1), Buzzard (2), Raven (2).  

Posted August 3rd at 3:23 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Re Night Heron

Hi Jon

Birdguides saying Adult Night Heron on River Yeo on Friday 31st July

Posted August 3rd at 11:12 am by David Cope in Bird News

Eggbuckland

Unidentified Parakeet sp (not Ring-necked) over Forder Vally just now. 

Posted August 3rd at 9:33 am by Rich Billington in Bird News

Night Heron

The RBA map is showing a Night Heron in (or near?) Barnstaple this morning. Anyone any clues whereabouts?

Posted August 3rd at 9:22 am by Jon Turner 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

Older Posts in Bird News →

← Newer Posts in Bird News