Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–30th June 2022


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

Thursday 30th June 2022

Nightjar Cann Woods 30th June 2022

Cracking night at Cann woods looking at the Nightjars,at 21:30hrs one male showed incredible well flying right over our heads within a couple of feet. It was a gorgeous night  clear sky ,sun just setting and this male Nightjar flying so close in good light we were able to see all the details.  It then landed near us which enabled us to get a fairly good picture. It was a very memorable moment watching its floating swoops and glides as it flew around and right over us.

Male Nightjar
Male Nightjar

Posted June 30th at 11:42 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Upper/Lower Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

2 Willow Tit, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch.

Upper Tamar Lake,

2 Willow Tit, 4 Cormorants, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Great-blacked Gulls.

Posted June 30th at 3:53 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Drake Ring-necked Duck this pm

Posted June 30th at 3:27 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Velator area

In the reserve today: juvenile Grey Heron again, a Song Thrush - more often heard than seen. Kingfisher having a go at the Sticklebacks, A few House martins over the scrape, And flying over Sherpa Marsh off to the South, a Great White Egret, which landed out of sight over by Chivenor.

Posted June 30th at 1:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kite - Bovey Tracey

One bird thermalling over St Paul's Parish Church from 11.52 - 11.56, before drifting off east 

Posted June 30th at 12:05 pm by John Walton in Bird News

SW coast path Kingswear yesterday.

Plenty of skylarks displaying on the coast.


Posted June 30th at 9:48 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Fremington Salt pond area

Just going through my photos from Sunday's visit to Fremington and I came across this better quality photo of the Rosy Starling.

Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling

Posted June 30th at 12:21 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 29th June 2022

Saltpill duckpond Fremington

Just got back from another foray. In short, we didn't see it. Loadsa Starlings - juveniles outnumbering adults by about 5 to 1. They started arriving at about 7.35 and almost all landed on the wires although the small Hawthorn tree was almost completely obscured a couple of times.

Posted June 29th at 9:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Darts Farm

Tundra Bean Goose finally appeared properly about 10.45  today, but about 45 minutes before two geese flew towards the road. View almost completely obscured by combination of seen and vegetation, but assume it was the Bean plus the Greylag. Went unsuccessfully to look for them,, and returned to screen just as a Red Kite circled low overhead before flying off NE. Those in the screen missed it!  Then, after tantalising glimpses of the Bean's heard, the whole bird did show near the pond towards the right..

Posted June 29th at 9:03 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

Escot Park - Spot Fly

Pleased to record my first Spotted Flycatcher for Escot Park, seen over the last 2 days.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted June 29th at 6:36 pm by John Reeves in Bird News


Whilst sat out enjoying the late morning sunshine, looking towards the Buttercombe direction were c.20 Swift on a food frenzy. 

Posted June 29th at 12:18 pm by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

East Budleigh Common - Noghtjars

Here is the YouTube link for some video of the Nightjars displaying and calling at yesterday's East Devon Field Trip.

Posted June 29th at 12:00 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Starlings etc.

Went out to the Saltpill pond area yesterday evening, and saw several thousand Starlings coming in to a roost. Most of the arrivals landed in the bare Hawthorn tree before dropping into the reed-bed. Good numbers also on the adjacent wires. All viewable from the Tarka Trail. Sadly, despite staying until at least 9.30p.m. we didn't see the Rosy Starling. Would be worth another visit timed to see the first arrivals.

Velator reserve still has Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Reed Warblers singing this morning and male Reed Bunting plus a juvenile Grey Heron seen inside.

Posted June 29th at 11:33 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 28th June 2022

Berry Head

Between 1215 and 1600 we had hundreds of Manx Shearwaters and single Sooty and Balearic Shearwaters (both quite close in), single Med Gull, Puffin, multiple Guillemots and Razorbills. Also around 30 Common Dolphins.

Posted June 28th at 10:01 pm by Howard Ackford and Paul McEleny in Bird News

River Otter - Hobby

As the rain moved in at about 1700hrs this afternoon the numbers of hirundines increased and a Hobby was seen flying up the river near Fluxton Mill, hunting the many Swifts that had appeared.

Posted June 28th at 8:46 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A small gull roost on the marsh, 3 fields north of the Turf, has started to form at high tide. A real sign of summer and the end of the breeding season for some birds. Amongst the 30 gulls were an adult Med gull and a single great black-back gull. Otherwise a few curlew on the estuary and a flock of c20 house martins feeding in the lee of the trees on Station Road.

Posted June 28th at 11:54 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Tundra bean goose

Darts farm

Posted June 28th at 10:26 am by Paul Carter in Bird News

Tundra Bean Goose

Tundra Bean goose present with A Greylag monday vending and tuesday am

Posted June 28th at 10:23 am by Paul Carter in Bird News

East Budleigh Common

9 members of DB (East Devon Branch) met for the Nightjar evening last night and were rewarded with first churring at 21.50 and close sightings of a pair followed.  Birds flew within 20 feet of us and also settled on a bare branch to give superb views and a chance for photography. A number of other birds were seen or heard at other locations.  A Tawny Owl was heard at a distance. Weather conditions ideal with no wind and clear skies.   

Posted June 28th at 10:13 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 27th June 2022

Rosy Starling

If you look at Martin's 2nd photo of Starlings on the wire you can clearly see a Rosy Starling on the top row about 16 in from the right. I've only just taken the trouble of blowing up this image! So should have been there nowish! Maybe tomorrow!

Posted June 27th at 6:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Finally able to get to Slapton Ley this afternoon to see if any Norfolk (Green-eyed) Hawkers remain - only the second time the species has appeared in Devon. There were no less than nine within about 80m of Slapton Bridge. A Hobby was hunting insects over Ireland Bay briefly.

Norfolk Hawker (males), Slapton
Norfolk Hawker (males), Slapton

Posted June 27th at 6:34 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Finally able to get to Slapton Ley this afternoon to see if any Norfolk (Green-eyed) Hawkers remain - only the second time the species has appeared in Devon. There were no less than nine within about 80m of Slapton Bridge. A Hobby was hunting insects over Ireland Bay briefly.

Norfolk Hawker male, Slapton
Norfolk Hawker male, Slapton
Norfolk Hawker male, Slapton
Norfolk Hawker male, Slapton

Posted June 27th at 6:33 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Sunday 26th June 2022

Fremington Salt pond area- Rose-Coloured Starling

Sunday evening at dusk were a large number of Starlings (your guess is as good as mine) roosting in a small tree.  In the mix was one that stood-out, it's hard to see but it is there. They suddenly took flight and landed on some electricity wires.  Long distance shots in poor light so may return tomorrow to try again.

Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling

Posted June 26th at 11:56 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


This morning: 5 Whitethroat, 4 singing Chiffchaff, a male Blackcap in the shrubbery, 1 low flying male Sparrowhawk, Rock Pipits & Pied Wagtails amongst the rocks, 9 Gannets just offshore near the Mew stone.

Posted June 26th at 4:02 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Slapton Sands

On Friday 24 on Slapton Beach were a good number of Great black backed gulls, Black headed Gulls, a few Gannets and a Kittiwake.

Kittiwake and Black headed Gull
Kittiwake and Black headed Gull

Posted June 26th at 12:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

Upper Tamar Lake.

12 Grey Heron.

Posted June 26th at 8:16 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 25th June 2022


Delighted to see that autumn migration is under way with the first 3 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning. Looking over at the reserve, a Little Egret was perched precariously on top of one of the Leylandii-type trees. In the reserve, a Grey Heron again, 2 Kingfishers chasing around, still a few Blackcaps singing, and just after a short, sharp shower, a Beautiful Damselfly.

Posted June 25th at 1:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 24th June 2022

Wrafton Scrape

Earlyish this morning a Common Sandpiper briefly on the far edge of the scrape, probably flushed by the cows. Also a Black-headed Gull and a foraging Sand Martin. Yesterday a good sized mixed flock of Swallows and Sand Martins with a few Swifts south of the reserve.

Posted June 24th at 2:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kite, Okehampton

1105hrs. Single Red Kite circling and drifting slowly E high above Waitrose!

Posted June 24th at 12:05 pm by Mark Parsons in Bird News

South Huish

Yesterday at South Huish: Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Rock Pipits, Stonechats, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Linnets, Swallows, Swifts, House Martins, Sand martins, Buzzards and a close up view of a wonderfully acrobatic hunting performance by a Sparrowhawk. After much close encounter jinking the fortunate Stonechat escaped. 

Stonechat juv.
Stonechat juv.

Posted June 24th at 11:20 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News


Yesterday at Soar: House Martins, Swallows, Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Cirl Buntings, Yellowhammers, Stonechats, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Chaffinches and Linnets, L.T.tits, Sparrowhawk and Buzzards.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted June 24th at 10:57 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Red Kite - Crediton

Just watched a Red Kite circling overhead, v. distinctive forked tail that twisted as the bird flew. Heading South, seen from 3k NW of Crediton. 10am 24th June

Posted June 24th at 10:11 am by Garry McCreath in Bird News

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


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.

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

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

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