Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st July 2021


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

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Broadsands - gull watch

Good to have the first South Devon Branch meeting for what seems like an eternity, this morning at Broadsands starting at 7am - great to see a few regulars getting up for the re-arranged early morning start. Lots of Herring Gulls on the beach of all ages but sadly no Yellow-legged Gulls today. However 17+ Mediterranean Gulls including juveniles among the Black-headed Gulls was good to see. Singing Greenfinches, Cirl Buntings, Little Egret and families of Swallows with several House Martins also noted.

Posted July 21st, 2021 at 9:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Efford Marsh 20 July

An early morning visit to the now flooding marsh revealed two sleeping groups of young Shelduck without parental supervision.  Seem to have fully developed wings, so maybe they have fledged although not yet seen in flight ( )

Also now on the marsh 3 Common Sandpipers (  ) 3 Curlew, 2 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher.  Looking hopeful for the autumn migration now.

Posted July 21st, 2021 at 8:27 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News


Kayak trip to Eddystone today:

Exceptionally calm, exceptionally hot.

2 Balearic Shearwaters resting with flock of Manx

plus: 7 Harbour Porpoise. pod of 10+ Dolphins (almost certainly Common)

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater

Posted July 21st, 2021 at 7:52 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News


Early morning at Saltram. Several female Mandarins, Heron 1, Little Egrets 2, Curlew 3, Redshank 15, Stock Doves 2, Jays 2, Magpies 3, GWP's 2, Wrens 3,Stonechats 8, Goldfinches with juveniles 30+, Greenfinches 6, Swallows 12, House Martins 6, Whitethroat 1, Buzzard 1,Skylarks 20+

Stock Dove
Stock Dove

Posted July 21st, 2021 at 7:20 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands

Good afternoon's birding at Seaton Wetlands. Black Hole Marsh had 27 Black-tailed Godwits in breeding plumage, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, around 50 Redshanks, a Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpipers,  3 Dunlins and a Mediterranean Gull. Colyford Common had 44 Curlews, 2 Common Snipes, a juv  Marsh Harrier, 3 juv Kestrels, a Kingfisher and a juv Cuckoo. A swift entered one of the swift nestboxes at Stafford Marsh.

Posted July 21st, 2021 at 4:54 pm by Rodney Gayer in Bird News

Saunton Down (or Down End)

Andy and I stopped by to look for Rob's Scoter this morning. sadly no sign - much disturbance from paddle-boarders, swimmers, Snorklers etc etc. We could see Baggy Point clearly too, and no small blobs on the water out there either. Did see a rather splendid summer plumage Turnstone on rocks down by the water's edge, and found three or four Mediterranean Gulls on the rocks too.

Posted July 21st, 2021 at 12:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

Late post from Tuesday 20.07.21

Between Torridge Bridge and RM Zeta Berth there were at least 27 Mediterranean Gulls (3 juveniles but the rest adults and second summer birds). Lots of Black-headed Gulls so there may well have been more Meds further down towards Instow.

Posted July 21st, 2021 at 12:16 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Storm Petrels

The 2 'Control' Petrels from the other night were ringed as below:

Point Lynas, Anglesey 01.30 a.m 12th July 2020

Gwennap Head, Porthgwarra Cornwall 01.00 23rd July 2020.

So 1 each from North and South.

Posted July 20th, 2021 at 2:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wrafton area

On Sunday morning, I got these images of a Dipper and a Kingfisher in the Wrafton area.


Posted July 20th, 2021 at 1:16 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Monday 19th July 2021

Cann Woods, Plympton - Nightjars

Tonight's walk in the woods was enlivened by a Tawny Owl on the path, possibly picking up Toads, we saw three, and a single Roe Deer before our first Nightjar flight call was heard at 9:42pm. Churring commenced 9 minutes later. Two pairs seen resting on paths, and one female circled overhead repeatedly. 9 or 10 individuals overall.

Posted July 19th, 2021 at 11:38 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Interesting Gull behaviour

Sunday 18 July. At 21.00, on a residential street in Bovey, I noticed some gulls flying low past the front window and landing on the road/lawn. Going outside I found 15-20 Herring Gull/1 Lesser Black-backed picking up hundreds, if not thousands, of non-flying ants. They resembled a moving-carpet of gulls as they worked their way along the road and front gardens. This went on for 15-20 minutes. Often see gulls/hirundines/etc in the air hunting flying ants but this was a first. 

Posted July 19th, 2021 at 8:26 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Early this morning over Crownhill Down. At least 2 dozen Mistlethrushes Linnets 9, Goldfinches 6, Yellowhammers 2, Stonechats 12, Wheatears 8, Dunnocks 2.Swallows 10, Ravens 3 Buzzards 2, several Skylarks and Meadow Pipits.

juv. Stonechat
juv. Stonechat

Posted July 19th, 2021 at 5:45 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Picture from early this morning.

Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler

Posted July 19th, 2021 at 3:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hartland Point

Spent yesterday evening, last night and the early part of this morning ringing at Hartland point. Well worth it:

3 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 12 Whitethroat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, and 17 Storm Petrels we also caught 2 further Storm Petrels with rings from elsewhere..

A moth trap was also run through the night and at least 30 species caught, including Poplar and Elephant Hawkmoth.

Posted July 19th, 2021 at 11:49 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Venn Ottery Hill, East Devon.

A great evening with Nightjars calling and showing from 21.34.  At least 4 males present and using the pine trees on northern boundary of the re-landscaped quarry.  In contrast Venn Ottery Common was quiet other than an earlier Green Woodpecker calling.

Posted July 19th, 2021 at 8:06 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Sunday 18th July 2021

West Charleton Area

Early morning walk in beautiful sun and calm wind revealed a single male Reed Bunting, several Sedge Warblers, three large Herons and a lone Cattle Egret which settled among four Little Egrets. On the estuary numerous Black headed gulls, Curlew, three Dunlin and two Common Sandpipers.

Posted July 18th, 2021 at 9:05 pm by Tom & Dan Kent in Bird News

Boat trip from Brixham

Quiet day out past Berry Head due to little or no wind and flat seas.  However, Harbour Porpoise and 2 Common Dolphins, 10 Manx Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, 7 Gannet (including 2nd + 3rd cy plus adults)  Guillemot, Razorbill, 2 Sandwich Terns.  Usual gulls.   

Posted July 18th, 2021 at 8:15 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Surprise visit- Torbay

Sat in the garden enjoying a meal, the noise of gulls harassing a raptor drew our attention to three Red kites circling overhead. A rare, beautiful and very welcome sight.

Posted July 18th, 2021 at 7:32 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News


3 Common Scoters (1m+2f) at Downend this am approx 500 metres west of the point. Also 3 Med Gulls in amongst a flock of BH Gulls resting on the rocks.

Posted July 18th, 2021 at 11:16 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Took dog out early to avoid the heat later on. Walked down by Velator harbour and back, then out to the scrape. Both Kingfisher and Dipper in or through the harbour area. 1 Black-headed Gull,15 Mallard, but no sign of the Pintail seen yesterday. Singing Reed Warbler, and 3 Whitethroats along the way. First Swallow I have seen in the area for several weeks. Scrape too full of water.

Posted July 18th, 2021 at 8:15 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Yesterday (Saturday) at Fremington pill there were three Greenshanks and three Common Sandpipers. A few Redshank turned up just before 10.00.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted July 18th, 2021 at 1:35 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 16th July 2021

Baggy Point this morning

There were numerous Linnet, Stonechat, Rock & Meadow Pippit but the highlights of a morning walk to the point and back were the three juvenile Northern Wheatear right at the point, and a flyby from an adult Mediterranean Gull heading north about 300 metres offshore. Images included for the record only as both taken at long range  

Two Northern Wheatear fledglings
Two Northern Wheatear fledglings
Extreme range record shot Mediterranean Gull
Extreme range record shot Mediterranean Gull

Posted July 16th, 2021 at 6:39 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Velator ringing

A very slow ringing session this morning was considerably enlivened by catching and ringing 3 juvenile Kingfishers. A couple of Reed Warblers, a Blackcap and a juvenile Chiffchaff added interest.

Non-birding: a Comma butterfly was around the ringing table, and at one point, it landed on my hand! A close look at it revealed why it is called Comma! and also why it was there - it was using it's' tongue' (proboscis?) to lick at the tiny sweat droplets off the back of my hand. Very beautiful.

Posted July 16th, 2021 at 5:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Great White Egret still present this morning on the edge of the lagoon, quite distant viewed from the canal, disappeared into the long grass about 1045. Also, 2 Lapwing, 14 Black Tailed Godwit dropped in, 40+ Curlew over, 8 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and a male Blackcap.

Posted July 16th, 2021 at 4:10 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Chittlehampton ~ Little owl

A count of 19 Swift over the house at South Brent first thing this morning and two active House Martins nests in the village centre.

Confirmed breeding of Little Owls near Chittlehampton, with a young owlet being brought into me this morning via a vets.

Bar Headed Goose and an adult Med gull at Hackney Marsh, Newton Abbot on Wednesday, a first year Med Gull at Exmouth.


Posted July 16th, 2021 at 11:56 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 15th July 2021

Spotted Flycatcher

Two adults and a juvenile feeding in the trees by entrance to Yarner Wood opposite car park.Plus one Pied Flycatcher

Posted July 15th, 2021 at 9:13 pm by Paul Carter in Bird News

Great white egret at Exminster marshes!!

GWE at Exminster marshes today at 11:00 .

Posted July 15th, 2021 at 8:19 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Great white egret at Exminster marshes!!

Great egret spotted at the main lagoon at 11:06 getting harassed by a pair of coots , a few minutes later it  flew deeper into the marshes , afterwards at 11:15 it flew quiet low and couldn't be seen after  , it may have headed in the direction of  Exeter or it may still be hanging around at the marsh . Also 1 sedge warbler spotted and 5+ reed warblers singing , 2 buzzards , no corpses of any birds found .

Posted July 15th, 2021 at 7:38 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight this morning was a Tawny Owl; also, 2 Green Woodpeckers (including a juv), Raven, 8 lingering Shelducks including a pair with 3 juvs & a Greenshank. 

Again a good spread of butterflies including 45+ Small Skippers, Large Skipper, 8 Marbled Whites & a Comma.

Posted July 15th, 2021 at 2:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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