Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th July 2021


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

Wednesday 7th July 2021

River Teign, Hackney, evening high tide

Five common sandpipers first of the season here for me.  54 Curlew and an adult little ringed plover, the first that I have seen here in 50 years birding!

Posted July 7th, 2021 at 10:00 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little of note on Blaxton Meadow at high tide this afternoon, but elsewhere on site, Spotted Flycatcher, a pair of Whitethroats, a family of Stonechats, 22 Mandarin Ducks, Shag & 3 White-letter Hairstreaks.

Posted July 7th, 2021 at 6:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Prawle Point Seawatch Wednesday 7th July

 Seawatch today from 7.25am till 10.15am in SW/WSW force 4 winds, misty at times produced :

30 Balearic Shearwaters; 318 Manxies; 1x 2nd year pale phased Pomarine Skua; 33 Common Scoter;

39 Kittiwakes; 15 Auks (mainly Razorbills); 2 Fulmars 16 Gannets. Also 1 intriguing shearwater, larger and broader than Manx with a fluttery flight but still black and white and too far out.

As day warmed up lots of Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Ringlet ,Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral. 

Posted July 7th, 2021 at 5:14 pm by Tony Marches in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning in the rain.

2 Mute Swan, 1 drake Teal, 4m Tufted Duck 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Jay, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, c30 Mallard.

Posted July 7th, 2021 at 1:10 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Tuesday 6th July 2021

Dartmouth area

How lucky am I? While working in the Dartmouth area I spotted what I thought was a Yellowhammer perched on a wire above a Country lane . After pulling into a gateway and viewing the bird through my camera it became clear that was a Cirl Bunting. Luckily for me it also came down and landed on a field gate.

Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting

Posted July 6th, 2021 at 10:13 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Sparrowhawk harassed by magpies this morning'

Posted July 6th, 2021 at 6:23 pm by Margaret Phgillips in Bird News


We've just moved down the valley to Otterton and are excited by birding opportunities in the area. What we didn't expect as our first garden tick though, (Sunday 4th), was  a Rosy-faced Lovebird! It looked very odd flying around with the local starlings. Anyway, I hope it's made it back home in the meantime.

Eds- presumably the same bird seen last December also in Otterton

Posted July 6th, 2021 at 11:50 am by David McKeown in Bird News

Monday 5th July 2021

Crownhill Down

Numerous Wheatears and Stonechats with juveniles .Mistle thrushes 8, Skylarks 5, Meadow pipits 4,Linnets 6, Pied Wagtails 4, Swallows 4, Yellowhammers 2, a pair of Mallard on one of the Smallhanger ponds.


Posted July 5th, 2021 at 8:34 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Fremington Pill

After my early morning visit to Wrafton pond and Braunton Borrows I moved on to Fremington pill were I found a good number of Black headed gulls and Shelduck,  7 or 8 Shelduck chicks and about 7 or 8 maybe 10 Redshanks near the sluice, a couple of Curlews and two Little egret.


Posted July 5th, 2021 at 6:13 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton pond

This morning at Wrafton pond there was very little to report other than a flyby of a Sparrowhawk, a singing Chiffchaff, a couple of little Grebes and one grebe chick, the two Swans and their Cygnets and a rare breed, Pomeranian Duck possibly an escapee. There were four Swans and a few Mallard out on the scrape.  I moved on the Braunton Borrows were a Buzzard was seen landing on a distant gate post. However a couple of Crows took exception to its presence and moved it on.  A Whitethroat made itself known by hopping around some nearby bushes.

Pomeranain duck
Pomeranain duck

Posted July 5th, 2021 at 3:35 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Exeter Great Egret

A Great Egret was on the Northernmost pool at Matford around 1030 today. At the time, I assumed it was the one being seen at Exminster, but in view of an earlier post, perhaps not.

Elsewhere, a Common Sandpiper was on Trews Weir, my first of the "Autumn", and the Exwick G-c Grebe has been joined by a pair of Tufted Ducks. Couldn't see any on Exminster last week, so perhaps this was just a local move.

Posted July 5th, 2021 at 3:11 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A walk during this this morning's low tide produced: my first Common Sandpiper of the autumn, Shag, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a pair of Whitethroats, a pair of Stonechats with 4 juvs, 2 Roe Deer, 13+ Marbled Whites, Small Copper, 3 Small Skippers & a Ringlet.

Posted July 5th, 2021 at 1:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The Great White Egret this morning in flight near the main lagoon, a Wood Sandpiper on a pool near the Fishermen’s car park, the female Marsh Harrier, drake Pintail, surprised to see a Wigeon in July.

Posted July 5th, 2021 at 11:23 am by David Cope in Bird News

Inverted Flight by Rock Pipit

In a recent post I mentioned that I had observed a pipit (later identified by Mike Langman as a Rock Pipit) flying inverted.  The video can be seen on YouTube together with a preliminary analysis of the aerodynamics in a steep climbing turn.  The flight of these birds is far more interesting than I could ever have imagined.  The video link is below.

Posted July 5th, 2021 at 10:38 am by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Sunday 4th July 2021

Northam, near Torridge Bridge and Skern

This morning below Torridge Bridge there were 10 Black-tailed Godwit in full summer plumage, 1 Common Sandpiper and half a dozen Oystercatcher. Also the first returning Black-headed Gulls including one Juvenile.

Later on the afternoon high tide at Skern there were 35 Curlew, 8 Whimbrel, 20 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit in full summer plumage and 30 Black-headed Gulls. With the Black-headed Gulls there were 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted July 4th, 2021 at 4:36 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

East Devon Commons - Nightjars

On Thursday evening a visit to an area that I have watched over the years gave spectacular results.

First notable churring at 21.50 and in the following half an hour 16 sightings were recorded , frenzied activity with three birds in the air at a time and very close up views overhead. On the way back to the car a bird flew from the road into the hedge , churred at me loudly for a minute or so and then vanished into the night.

Seeing and hearing these amazing birds remains for me one of the great joys of birding.

Posted July 4th, 2021 at 1:34 pm by Francis Welland in Bird News

Saturday 3rd July 2021


7 Black tailed Godwits still in summer plumage. Moved on by incoming tide.

Posted July 3rd, 2021 at 2:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Friday 2nd July 2021

Aylsebeare Common

Today I was down at Aylsebeare Common where I was lucky enough to see a pair of Dartford warblers.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted July 2nd, 2021 at 10:42 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Med Gulls and Scoter - Slapton

Group of c 20 Med Gulls ( plus 1 Sandwich Tern ) on the beach at Slapton close to the Memorial car park.  Four Scoter just off shore.

Posted July 2nd, 2021 at 8:24 pm by CLIFF PARROTT in Bird News

Ayrmer & Westcombe Misc Records

A small group of Scoter (11 No) flew SE at 1220hrs on the 28 June shortly after a small pod of Risso's Dolphins travelled NW along the coast ( see ).  On 16 June a female Roe Deer swam into Ayrmer Cove and swam back to Westcombe a couple hours later  (see ).  Wall butterflies (rare in Devon?) identified by another observer in three different locations here. Adders in three other locations also.

Female Adder
Female Adder
Male Adder
Male Adder

Posted July 2nd, 2021 at 5:46 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Unusual Blue Tit in Colebrook

Seen for the past couple of mornings amidst the dozen or so yellow-faced Great Tits and Blue Tits, is this unusually coloured Blue Tit, with a bright chestnut cap!  I wonder if it'll turn blue as it moults? Also a juv Robin and juv Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders.

'Brown Tit'??
'Brown Tit'??
'Brown Tit'??
'Brown Tit'??

Posted July 2nd, 2021 at 9:59 am by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Berry Head

Yesterday morning really great views of Guillemots and Razorbills, Fulmar and Kittiwakes plus a solitary Gannet, together with several Linnets and Goldfinches and up to 3 Whitethroats.


Posted July 2nd, 2021 at 9:39 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 1st July 2021


Trio of juvenile birds in the garden today - Siskin, Bullfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker


Posted July 1st, 2021 at 7:36 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit on Blaxton Meadow with 30 Curlews & a 1st-summer Mediterranean Gull, at high tide. Also, a pair of Stonechats with 4 newly fledged young, a pair of Shelducks with 2 small ducklings, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 9 Marbled Whites & 3 Small Skippers.

Posted July 1st, 2021 at 4:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Siskins in Teignmouth

Surprised to see 2 siskins in the garden today, one male , one female, not simultaneously. The first we have seen since moving here 4 years ago..

Posted July 1st, 2021 at 1:40 pm by Helen de Vicq in Bird News

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