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


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

Thursday 21st July 2022

Storm Petrel

The other Storm Petrel we retrapped on 8th was ringed at Gwennap Head Porthgwarra W Cornwall only 4 days previously.

Posted July 21st at 7:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 20th July 2022

Hartland Point

Over the night of the 6th/7th July, we spent the night catching and ringing Storm Petrels. We ringed 30 and had 2 others that already had rings on that weren't mine. The data is sent off to the BTO and I've just had the details of one of them:

It was ringed on Little Saltee Co. Wexford, Ireland on the 1st of July this year, so only 7 days before we retrapped it. I'll put the details of the other one on here when I get it.

Posted July 20th at 6:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

The Somerset born (and ringed) Great White Egret still in Brixham Harbour this morning viewable from the breakwater on the wooden pontoons or roosting on the barge in the outer harbour - plus 3 adult Med Gulls, Little Egret and a few Swifts.

Posted July 20th at 9:36 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Tuesday 19th July 2022

Upper Tamar Lake

Ringed Plover 2 juv, Black-tailed Godwit 4, Common Sandpiper 5, White fronted Goose 1, Kestrel 1 juv, Coot 1, Lapwing 2, Common Gull 1, Black-headed Gull 47, Herring Gull 90, Lesser bb Gull 35, Grey Heron 18.

Posted July 19th at 6:47 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Whimbrels dropped in at high tide; also, 5 Greenshanks, Kingfisher, c50 Swifts, 7 Mistle Thrushes, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Stonechats & a Treecreeper. Good numbers of butterflies included 150+ Gatekeepers, c6 Marbled Whites, 3 Clouded Yellows & a Green-veined White. 

Last night, at least one Tawny Owl.

Posted July 19th at 3:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Avon Dam

In addition to 10 (probably juvenile) Goosanders at roost, there was a gathering of over 30 Swallows feeding around the dam and resting on the dam wall. Perhaps the Goosanders were the same group seen at Burrator the previous morning by Howard Ackford.


Posted July 19th at 2:32 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

18/07/22 pm
White-fronted Goose 1, Canada Goose 72, Common Sandpiper 5, Coot 1 juv., Grey Heron 17, Black-headed Gull 30, Herring Gull 143, Lesser BB Gull 43, Swift 3

Posted July 19th at 10:13 am by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Nightjars on Bovey Heath 18.7.2022

Female 'fly-by' at 21.55, 'churring' briefly at 22.00 ( with regular 'qooik'ing' for the next 20 minutes or so) with two males in flight for much of that time. 

Posted July 19th at 9:18 am by John Walton in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Adult Yellow-legged Gull again in gull flock in huge pit at top of the down.

Posted July 19th at 8:14 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 18th July 2022

Bowling Green Marsh

09:58 - 11:42

Ruff (1), Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel and Curlew were the highlights.

Posted July 18th at 1:30 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Southdown Farm, Soar

40 House Martins on the buildings and still 4 Swifts around. First Clouded Yellow in nearby field. On lagoons 2 male Red-veined Darters and first Small Red-eyed Damsefly amongst others. 29C here!

Posted July 18th at 11:53 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Brixham Swifts

About 25 swifts heard and seen circling above Brixham.

Posted July 18th at 11:49 am by Neil Thompson in Bird News


6 young Wheatear 4 Pied Wagtail family groups,Linnets,Stonechat,and on the coast,Gannets over dolphin pod of possibly 4. 5 Razorbills and in the village  our first Holly Blue butterfly. 

Posted July 18th at 11:19 am by jenny elvin in Bird News

Wrafton area

An early visit to the scrape and the Reserve shows autumn migration is moving right along. 3 Teal out on the scrape (a few last week) and 2 Lapwing South of the reserve along with a largish flock of Canada Geese.

2 Kingfishers did a fly-round of the reserve pond. Bird-song declining... just a brief burst from 2 Blackcaps.

Posted July 18th at 10:14 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 17th July 2022

Red Kite

Red Kite over Kennels Lane, Galmpton at 11 a.m. flying towards Kingswear.

Posted July 17th at 4:39 pm by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

Isley Marsh to Instow

7 Herring Gull, 111 Black headed Gull, 48 Mediterranean Gull, 162 Curlew, 22 Greenshank, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Little Egret, 187 Oystercatcher, 3 Cormorant, 2 Whimbrel and a few Pied Wagtails.

Posted July 17th at 3:43 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A half-hour visit this morning produced 2 Med. Gulls, a Ruff and 4 Whimbrel in the three-figure flocks of B-h Gulls, Redshank, Curlew and Godwits. Also, my first returning Teal.

Posted July 17th at 3:21 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Redshank numbers are now rapidly rising - 89 on this morning's big high tide with 5 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers & an adult-summer Mediterranean Gull. Also, today, Kingfisher, 9 Mandarin Ducks, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Stonechats (2 juvs), 2 Whitethroats, c40 Swallows, Clouded Yellow & c6 Marbled Whites.

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted July 17th at 2:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 16th July 2022


This evening I popped out to Instow where these photos of Dunlin and a Ringed Plover were taken.

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Posted July 16th at 10:29 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

18:15 - 21:07

Greenshank, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, summer plumaged Knot (1), Curlew, Whimbrel (5), Sand and House Martin, Swallow were the highlights. 

Posted July 16th at 9:52 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Otter Estuary - Med Gulls

Late morning, the small flock of roosting gulls revealed 3 Med Gulls and in the background, a Little Ringed Plover was working the shoreline. 

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Posted July 16th at 4:27 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh Friday high tide

Ruff, 2 Green Sand, 250+ Redshank, 120+ Curlew, 100+ Blackwit, 7 Greenshank, 10+ Dunlin, Whimbrel, 8+ Teal, 150+ Sand Martin on yesterday evening. Though numbers no doubt higher due to vegetation obscuring viewing. 

Posted July 16th at 6:26 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Slapton Beach

More gulls with rings

Gull P:06D
Gull P:06D
Gull Y46
Gull Y46

Posted July 16th at 2:14 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Slapton Beach

These are the gulls with their rings that were seen on Wednesday 13 July. More to follow.

Gull 14X
Gull 14X
Gull P:47D
Gull P:47D

Posted July 16th at 2:12 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 15th July 2022

Escot Park

Here's a shot of the juvenile Buzzard.

Buzzard (Juv)
Buzzard (Juv)

Posted July 15th at 3:48 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Escot Park - Red Kite

At last, Red Kite added to my Escot Park, local patch list, this morning marking up the 70th species since starting to watch there in Nov 2021.

It cavorted on the thermals with a couple of Buzzards, one of which was a pale juvenile. 

Red Kite & Buzzard
Red Kite & Buzzard

Posted July 15th at 3:47 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Cancellation of filed walk

Please note that the planned field walk to Exminster Marshes on Monday 18 July is cancelled due to forecast of extreme hot weather. The East Devon programme will resume in September. Thank you and enjoy the summer.

Posted July 15th at 9:51 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Adult Yellow-legged Gull still in gull flock in huge pit at the top of the down first thing. First Common Gull of the 'autumn' and 4 Black-headed Gulls also in the pit.

Posted July 15th at 8:15 am by Chris E in Bird News

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