Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st June 2022

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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

Posted June 30th at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


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Saturday 18th June 2022

Hope's Nose

Pleased to find the site's fourth separate Eider of the year this morning.  Unlike the more piebald immature males of April and May, this young male was far browner with less white.  As seems usual with this species of late, I picked it up just north of the Orestone before it drifted in and spent time around and on the Lead Stone, where it can go out of view.  

Elsewhere, a slightly distant but cracking Great Northern Diver in summer plumage was east of the Point, Adult Med Gull on the sea, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Sandwich Terns and a lone Swallow in off.  

2 Grey Seals, Harbour Porpoise, Painted Lady, and my first Hummingbird Hawk-moth at the Nose, added a bit of variety.

Posted June 18th at 4:21 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Arrived this morning to find 3 Gulls on the scrape - nothing odd about that, but they were all different. 1 each of Herring, Black-headed and Lesser Black-Backed. A few House Martins were also buzzing about. Later on from in the reserve I also saw 1 Sand Martin and a couple of Swallows over the scrape. Perhaps the first rain in a few weeks attracted them. Singing Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler and Blackcap in the reserve.

Posted June 18th at 11:58 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 17th June 2022

Farway, Colyton

Two Hobby circling with a Buzzard about 4.30 this afternoon east of Netherton in Farway. Two circling Swift seen shortly before. A single Hobby seen here on each of the 14th and 16th June.

Posted June 17th at 4:54 pm by Mark Wingate in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

First male Red.-veined Darter of the season.

Posted June 17th at 4:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Yesterday at Plymbridge: Spotted Flycatchers, a solitary Dipper (ringed) Mistle Thrush, Siskins, Marsh tit, numerous Grey Wagtails

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted June 17th at 10:01 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Ilfracombe Harbour

6:45-8am 100's of Manx Shearwater heading in a southerly direction. Plus 2 Gannet 

Posted June 17th at 8:11 am by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

Thursday 16th June 2022

Parracombe and Luppitt near Honiton

Red Kite over fields near Parracombe and a female Stonechat on a roadside in Luppitt.

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted June 16th at 11:15 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

South Molton

Call new to me as closing greenhouse at about 8.30 pm. Single note, repeated several times.  it flew out over me. Long tail, fast wingbeats, shortish rounded wings.  Parakeet? On-line call soinds similar.

Posted June 16th at 9:00 pm by art symons in Bird News

Stonehouse, Plymouth

10.30am  Group of approximately 10 Swifts screaming and flying around a stone built Victorian warehouse in the Stonehouse area of Plymouth. There are numerous holes and spaces in the stone work underneath the eaves where some of the birds appear to be entering.

Posted June 16th at 3:34 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Unseasonal single Dunlin on the huge pit, Tree Pipit, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, 5 Wheatear (including 2 juv), Shelduck, Golden Ringed Dragonfly, plus the usuals.

Posted June 16th at 3:01 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Red Kite

Two red kites this morning over Elizabeth Drive at 9.25am. Both flew off NE.

Posted June 16th at 2:54 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News


Red Kite flying north over Lower Soar this morning; also 3 juv Wheatears at West Soar. First "autumn" migrant on 13th - Grey Wagtail in Soar Mill Cove.

Non-avian: West Soar - 148 Dark Green Fritillary, first Gatekeepers, Graylings & Marbled Whites.

Posted June 16th at 2:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 15th June 2022


Today near Langworthy Farm, Widecombe in the Moor there were at least five and may have been as many as 10 Red Kites soaring over roadside fields. Also saw a Black Kite over the A38 near South Brent.

Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted June 15th at 10:36 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Kingston, Red Kites

Yesterday,11.30am, 2 Red Kites circling over fields between Kingston village and Okenbury Farm

Posted June 15th at 9:53 pm by Ken and Maureen Newton in Bird News

Houndiscombe Park, Mutley, Plymouth

21.00 .Large group of between 12 and 15 Swifts flying around the Houndiscombe Park, Houndiscombe Road 'triangle' area. Often screaming, often flying at quite high altitude but also swooping down over the trees and houses. 

Posted June 15th at 9:45 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

Ingra Tor/Routrundle

1130 to 1300  200/300 Herring Gulls mainly adults, feeding on the grass fields in this area on Scarab Beetles Aphodius fimetarius.  All flew in from the east and after feeding flew on westwards into the Walkham valley.

Three Wheatear territories in the area, one pair of Pied Wagtails, and one male Stonechat

Posted June 15th at 8:23 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News


numerous Grey Wagtails, Willow warblers, Chiffchaffs, Marsh tit, Buzzards and 4 Spotted Flycatchers

Grey Wagtail juv.
Grey Wagtail juv.
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted June 15th at 7:22 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Two Red Kites over Plympton. One N, one W at 1650.

Posted June 15th at 5:11 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Red Kite, Okehampton

11.55 today. A single moulting Red Kite circling and flying slowly W-NW. Top of Upcott Hill.

Posted June 15th at 4:22 pm by Mark Parsons in Bird News

Field at Greysholt on Stoney Lane, Landkey.

Arrived at my field at 2.30pm to drop off some grass clippings and looked up to see two red kites along with a buzzard. The kites flew off NE separately.

Posted June 15th at 3:17 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Red Kite over Drewsteignton

Red kite soaring high over my garden with two common buzzards at 14.25 hrs today. Kite drifted west. 

Posted June 15th at 2:30 pm by Nick Dixon in Bird News

River Otter

5 of the young Goosanders on the river yesterday evening.

Posted June 15th at 2:16 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Darwin Crescent, Plymouth.

At about 1315hrs a lone Red Kite was seen riding on the thermals over the garden with a Buzzard, heading NE.

Posted June 15th at 1:38 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Red Kite, Okehampton

1155 hrs. One moulting Red Kite, circling and moving slowly W-NW. Top of Upcott Hill.

Posted June 15th at 1:21 pm by Mark Parsons in Bird News


1 adult Great Crested Grebe in the pool by the breach this morning during the falling tide. Just before we departed it was going with the flow heading towards the Caen Estuary.

Posted June 15th at 11:05 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

County Gate area

Yesterday on a roadside in the County Gate area I spotted this Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler. 

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted June 15th at 9:37 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

River Plym, Plymouth

Swallows continue to occupy this old wooden boat abandoned near Laira Bridge. Tuesday 14th June at 3.00pm

Posted June 15th at 8:44 am by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

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