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

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Black Kite

Shute

07 Jun

Honey-Buzzard

Soar

09 Oct

Caspian Gull

Exmouth

01 Dec

Honey-Buzzard

Thurlestone

13 Oct

Chough

Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct

Chough

Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua

Thurlestone

12 May

Common Rosefinch

Lundy

10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting

Lundy

17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]

Lundy

22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater

Lundy

07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis

Staverton

21 Dec

RC Starling

Lundy

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

Nightingale

Hallsands

26 May

Serin

Haldon

21 Aug

Nightingale

Wistlandpound

30 May

Tree Sparrow

Ilfracombe

22 Jan

Hooded Crow

Clovelly

03 Jun

Tree Sparrow

Haldon

14 Nov

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

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Thursday 23rd June 2022

Escort Red Kite

1 Red Kite over Escot at 3.30pm today.

Posted June 23rd at 8:06 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Sometimes you get lucky & find yourself in the right place at the right time. Digger / Sand Wasp dragging a large caterpillar to its burrow which can be more than ten times it's weight! I remained in the same position for some time while it filled in the burrow .

First time I have seen a sand wasp with a caterpillar.



Posted June 23rd at 4:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Upper/Lower Tamar Lake

1 Great White Egret, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Swift, 5 Swallow, 7 Grey Heron.

Lower Tamar Lake,

1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted June 23rd at 2:46 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

South Molton

Red kite wheeling over town at 1350.

Posted June 23rd at 1:50 pm by art symons in Bird News

Croyde, 25/06/22

Family of 4 wheatears, 3 linnets, single stock dove, rook feeding single fledged young on Croyde beach

Posted June 23rd at 6:02 am by art symons in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Possible Crane/White Stork sighting

Lee Bay, near Mortehoe, at about 5.30pm. Three large white birds with dark underwings appeared from Ilfracombe direction , flew overhead across Lee beach then continued along the coast towards Woolacombe. 

Posted June 22nd at 8:52 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Swift second wave in Torrington

I have not seen swifts over Great Torrington this year  until now, whereas I usually spot the first one at the Carnival in late May. I have recentlylearned abolut the 3 wavs of swifts that arrive at staggered intervals, and saw 2 today here, so am wondering if the first wave failed to make it back but first year breeding birds are now in our sky

Posted June 22nd at 4:56 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Upper/Lower Tamar Lake

Upper Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Great White Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 8 Linnet, 2 Willow Warblers, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Pied Wagtail.

Lower Tamar Lake.

3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant.

Posted June 22nd at 2:25 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Swifts Nesting

I have swifts nesting under my thatch in Chulmleigh on East Street. They’re quite active in the evenings. No sign or sound of young, yet. 

Posted June 22nd at 9:37 am by John Dixon in Bird News

Red Kite

Moreleigh area (SX 725 524) Red kite flying overhead yesterday afternoon (17.15hrs). Came over at tree top height from the west then thermalled up high heading south-east.

Posted June 22nd at 8:59 am by Nic Butler in Bird News

Chagford

Tuesday afternoon on Meldon Common near Chagford were many Linnets, a few Whitethroat, a couple of Meadow Pipits, a Yellowhammer a Grasshopper heard not seen an one Red Kite.

Linnets
Linnets
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted June 22nd at 1:31 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 21st June 2022

Red Kite near Holsworthy

June 21 - A first sighting for me in this corner of north-west Devon: a Red Kite wheeling high over farmland at 12.25.

Posted June 21st at 8:56 pm by Hilary Vivian in Bird News

Soar

Hobby over Southdown Valley this morning; looks like a pair of Swifts could be breeding at Southdown Farm - would be first ever for Soar. On way home 10 Buzzards over sileage field at Sherford.

Non-avian: mf Red-veined Darter in tandem and ovipositing at lagoons - first indication of breeding.

Posted June 21st at 3:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Quiet at Exminster Marsh this morning apart from a Red Kite at 11:30 heading towards Topsham. 

Posted June 21st at 1:09 pm by Tom Gale in Bird News

Kites

5 red kites this morning, in and around silage field near Follygate, Okehampton 

Posted June 21st at 10:19 am by Piers Butt in Bird News

Monday 20th June 2022

Berrynarbor

A single Red Kite circling for several minutes before drifting east,  2:45 pm near Gypsy Corner, Marwood, N. Devon

Posted June 20th at 8:53 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Farway, Colyton

Red Kite this afternoon, from the west, over Netherton in Farway. Perhaps the same bird seen earlier in Wiggaton.

Posted June 20th at 7:55 pm by Mark Wingate in Bird News

Crownhill Down

This evening over the Down, Wheatears adults and juveniles, Mistle thrush,Whinchats in the swaled area. Ringed Plover on the TW pit. .Hummingbird Hawk moth in our Plympton garden

Whinchat
Whinchat
Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted June 20th at 7:32 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Red kite over Princetown

2 Red Kite's drifting over Princetown 1335 while having lunch in the back garden.

Posted June 20th at 1:46 pm by Gary Easton in Bird News

Downend

 am:- A single Red Kite being mobbed by a Herring Gull flying east over the sea from the Lundy direction then over Downend & Saunton Down.


Posted June 20th at 1:00 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite spotted this morning circling above Wiggaton in East Devon

Posted June 20th at 9:51 am by ross cooper in Bird News

Sunday 19th June 2022

Hope's Nose

Although not seen initially this morning, the new first summer male Eider eventually revealed itself on the southern slope of the Lead Stone.  Its camouflage was incredible against the rock - top pick up by Nose regular Pete, as it raised its head!

The summer plumaged Great Northern Diver was still northeast of the Point.  5 full adult Med Gulls was a good total for the site, with one lingering on the sea for ten minutes, off the wave-cut platform.  

30 Manx Shearwaters and 5 Sandwich Terns were also seen.

Posted June 19th at 9:49 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Boringdon Pond

Green Sandpiper and pair of Little Grebe with 5 ducklings on the pond early this morning.

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Little Grebe with duckling
Little Grebe with duckling

Posted June 19th at 4:49 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

Med Gull on the break water this morning, photo taken with my phone 

Posted June 19th at 3:20 pm by Michael Pound in Bird News

Lundy

Saturday on Lundy where these images were taken during a brief spell of sunshine between the wind and the rain. On the boat trip out and back there were a number of Manx Shearwater and Guillemot in flight. On Lundy we found large numbers of Guillemot, Puffins and Razorbills. There were also Rock Pipits, Skylarks, Wheatear, Kittiwake and a few Linnets.  Also got a distant shot of some Sika Deer. 

Razorbill
Razorbill
Puffin
Puffin

Posted June 19th at 4:19 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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

Plymbridge

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

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Dipper
Dipper

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
Stonechat
Stonechat

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

Soar

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

Dartmoor

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

Plymbridge

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

Plympton

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

Horsey

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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