Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th July 2022


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

Thursday 7th July 2022

Roborough Down

This morning: Yellowhammers, Linnets, Greenfinches, Bullfinches, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Swallows, House Martins, Swifts.


Posted July 7th at 8:18 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Great Egret Sherpa Marsh scrape

Cycling back from Barnstaple to Braunton mid afternoon, dozen or so Redshank and a few Med gulls amongst the gulls at Heanton Court.

A Great White Egret on the scrape at Wrafton which flew off into the reeds when I stopped.

Posted July 7th at 7:28 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Venford Reservoir area, Holne.

A glorious day on the moor for 5 members of DB (East Devon Branch). A pair of Treecreeper were present in trees by the dam with numbers of House Martin, Swifts and Swallows feeding over the water with 3 Little Grebe in the distance.  Siskin were frequently seen or heard and a Grey Wagtail was present in the Venford Brook.  A family groups of Tree Pipit was found.  The oak woods were silent of birds other than a party of Jays. After lunch the open moor produced several Yellowhammer, Stonechat, a Mistle Thrush with a Green Woodpecker heard.

Posted July 7th at 6:33 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Slapton Ley 7th July 2022

Common Tern we think was skimming the water and taking on some fresh water, only stayed a short while before flying out to sea. At least three Norfolk Hawker's are still present , one in small pond by road and two others just down from bridge by the area where they launch the rowing boat.

Posted July 7th at 4:49 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Red Kite

Good views of a Red Kite seen over Fairacre Avenue off St John's Lane, Barnstaple this morning about 11.30am being mobbed by gulls. Flew off SE

Posted July 7th at 4:22 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Herring Gull "BYD" ~ Broadsands.

Photographed at Broadsands yesterday morning (6th July) an adult Herring Gull with ring “BYD”, the bird was ringed by the Severn Estuary Gull Group as an adult bird on a landfill site in Gloucestershire on the 12th April 2008 (14 years ago)

Reply as below ~


Thank your very much for this sighting along with the photograph which show the inscription readable after 14 years. This BYD and I am attaching its history file which show that this bird was last reported from Torbay in 2016.

Again my thanks and very best wishes ~ Peter

Herring Gull "BYD"
Herring Gull "BYD"
BYD Info
BYD Info

Posted July 7th at 4:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Pottington - Taw Estuary

4 Common Sandpipers, hundreds of BH Gulls & 3 Med Gulls.

Posted July 7th at 3:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Aylsebeare Common

Yesterday afternoon during a spell at Aylesbeare Common I saw a coupe of Dartford Warblers, lots of Linnets and Stonechats and heard a single Nightjar churring in the distance.


Posted July 7th at 1:15 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Sweep of the beaches this morning - highlights: 51 Mediterranean Gulls and 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull already 8 recently fledged juvenile Herring Gulls (all with dark legs currently). 

  Yellow-legged Gull Juvenile Paignton 07 July 2022 Mediterranean Gulls Goodrington 07 July 2022

               Yellow-legged Gull Juv                                                          Mediterranean Gulls

Posted July 7th at 8:08 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 6th July 2022

Croyde Sands

1 2nd Summer Med Gull with several Black headed Gulls or should that be Brown headed Gulls!?

Posted July 6th at 10:35 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh Great Egret

5pm at Tarka Trail overlooking Sherpa Marsh. 2 egrets. One of which was clearly Great White Egret.

Unable to see second bird clearly for positive id. 

Posted July 6th at 9:52 am by Andy Leat in Bird News

Nightjars Hartland

After being rained off on the Devon birds Nightjar outing recently Alan Craddock and I decided to visit the Hartland site on a nice calm evening.

We were rewarded almost immediately with several birds churning and flight calls. Shortly after 10pm the first birds flew over us and several other birds seen and heard during the next hour or so.
Always a treat to see these mysterious birds. 

Posted July 6th at 9:52 am by Andy Leat in Bird News

Tuesday 5th July 2022


A lonesome Razorbill off the Capstone rocks 

Posted July 5th at 8:01 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Crossbill, Teignmouth

Fly over at 11am from Ferndale Rd

Posted July 5th at 6:59 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News


5 Swifts over Burrough Road / Griggs Close late afternoon, early evening.

Posted July 5th at 6:57 pm by Rob Maye in Bird News

Med gulls Barnstaple

On Tarka Trail behind Heaton Court pub, large numbers of gulls. 150+ black head gulls, and 20 or more Med gulls, juvenile and adults in amongst them.

Also, Great Black Back, Shelducks with young, Cormorant, Several Curlew.

Posted July 5th at 5:49 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Chiffchaffs, Tree pipits, 20+ Mistle thrushes, several Wheatears with juveniles, Stonechats, Swifts, Swallows, Linnets, Ravens, 6 Buzzards.

Linnet f.
Linnet f.
Wheatear juv.
Wheatear juv.

Posted July 5th at 5:22 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Greenshanks amongst the slow build of other waders; also at least 1 Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull (2nd cal year), Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails & 7 Mandarin Ducks. 

Posted July 5th at 3:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Avon Dam

In addition to the first Goosander since 14 May, a roosting redhead which departed at 0530, there was a Black Redstart on the dam wall. This follows previous summer records at the Avon Dam on 16/08/2016 and 21/07/2017.

From about 0630 to 0730 the dam was busy with other small birds enjoying a fly bonanza - see photo of spider's web - which has occurred in July in previous years. This morning the species comprised GS (the most surprising), WW, SL, HM, SC, W, MP, PW, GL, CH and LI.

Black Redstart on spillway
Black Redstart on spillway
Spider's web with flies
Spider's web with flies

Posted July 5th at 10:39 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Monday 4th July 2022

Sherpa Marsh Great Egret

5pm at Tarka Trail overlooking Sherpa Marsh. 2 egrets. One of which was clearly Great White Egret.

Unable to see second bird clearly for positive id. 

Posted July 4th at 9:24 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

East Soar

Best today Hobby and 37 Swift heading south - welcome to autumn! Looks like a spectacular breeding season at Soar with most species in excellent numbers.

Posted July 4th at 5:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Caen Estuary + Horsey

4 Black-tailed Godwits foraging on the Caen Estuary & later on Horsey.

The Canada geese goslings are growing up fast on Horsey.

3 Swifts over Braunton Marshes.

Posted July 4th at 4:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bad news from Yelland.

I’ve just heard that the old power station site at Yelland has been given the go ahead despite protestations.  The development is right on the Taw estuary and will probably include work or disturbance on the old flooded basement of the Original power station where this year I had the best ever count of 9 Nesting Grey Herons Plus Nesting Canada geese , Oystercatcher , Stock Doves  , Sand Martins And Swallows........

Posted July 4th at 3:08 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Sunday 3rd July 2022

Boat trip out from Brixham

5 Common Dolphin, 34 Manx Shearwater, Cory Shearwater, 4 Med Gulls (1adult, 3 2nd cy), usual gulls, 20+ Gannets, Guillemots and 3 Razorbills. 

Posted July 3rd at 7:27 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram

This morning:  21 female Mandarin, 41 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 32 Curlew, 12 Shelduck with 1 juvenile, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Ring necked Parakeets, and a spotty juvenile Green Woodpecker making a lot of noise!

Posted July 3rd at 2:10 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Yesterday evening over Crownhill Down: Wheatears, Stonechats, Linnets, Chiffchaffs

Wheatear. juv.
Wheatear. juv.

Posted July 3rd at 12:30 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Saturday 2nd July 2022

Ilfracombe Harbour

On Larkstone beach this morning a juv 1st summer Yellow-legged Gull was among the resident gulls.

Posted July 2nd at 5:53 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

North side of Taw Estuary

1 Mediterranean Gull & good numbers of BH Gulls at Pottington.

14 Redshank (12 in one flock) & 1 Black tailed Godwit.

1 pair of Shelduck with 10 juveniles.

Posted July 2nd at 2:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0600-0900hrs: 1570 Manx Shearwaters, 19 Fulmar, 12 Kittiwakes, 40+ Gannets, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Puffin, 88 Auks, at least 6 Razorbills, 31 Common Dolphins in 3 pods. My first Grey Wagtails (2) on the move of the summer at Berry Head.

   Common Dolphins Berry Head 02 July 2022  Gannets Berry Head 020722ML

             Common Dolphins                                                                              Gannets

Posted July 2nd at 10:43 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 1st July 2022

Burrator Reservoir

My first ever Burrator Barnacle Goose was with 62 Canada Geese late this afternoon. The 62 Canada Geese was a massive increase on the usual low 20s that I see here. I assume that the Saltram Barnacle is having a Dartmoor holiday with some of his Canada chums!…

Posted July 1st at 8:49 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The report I made yesterday of a drake Ringed-necked Duck is erroneous. With scope views today it’s clearly a Tufted Duck. Rick Lockwood

Posted July 1st at 6:37 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back on the patch after my latest travels: Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Kingfishers, Red-crested Pochard (female), 24 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-s & 2nd cy), Green Woodpecker (juv), pair of Stonechats, Whitetrhroat, 3 Roe Deer, 6+ Marbled Whites, 4 Small & 2 Large Skippers & 6 Ringlets.

Posted July 1st at 2:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

Black Guillemot seen about 100m east off Drake’s Island loafing at the first plastic buoy with a smaller green one. 

Posted July 1st at 9:15 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

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