Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th July 2022


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

Thursday 14th July 2022

Slapton Ley

4 Norfolk Hawker dragonflies still present, showing very well at the pond dipping platform. Birds pretty quiet in the heat - heron, great crested grebe, herriing gull, lesser blackback, mallard on the ley, cetti's warbler and reed warbler singing later on.

Posted July 14th at 10:25 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Red Kite at Brixham

Red kite flying over the fields behind copythorne this dinner time

Posted July 14th at 5:17 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Adult Yellow-legged Gull in huge pit at top of down in gull roost. Scope essential. Also first BH Gull of the 'autumn'.

Posted July 14th at 9:19 am by Chris E in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram Wednesday 13th July

On the evening high tide: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-s), 4 Greenshanks, Redshanks now up to 72, but just 1 Shelduck left.

Posted July 14th at 8:33 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wednesday 13th July 2022

Willow Tits

Spent the last two days dragonflying in Mid and West Devon. Meeth on the 12th was not great despite high temperatures (too cloudy!), but spirits lifted by 3 Willow Tits and a Wood White. However, at Roborough (Rewilding Robough Fields) the brood of 5 Kestrels was overshadowed by finding a Lesser Emperor among a dozen species.

Today (13th) was spend checking a great series of c12-year-old ponds created by Derek Gow at his Coombeshead Rewilding, now supplemented by lots of ponds and channels created by Beavers across the site. There were 2 Willow Tits here, but pride of place went to  the discovery of a large colony of Small Red Damselflies across several of the ponds - by far the largest colony in Devon! Also hundreds of Emerald Damselflies and good numbers of Keeled Skimmers.

Coombeshead - main Small Red Damselfly pond
Coombeshead - main Small Red Damselfly pond

Posted July 13th at 7:20 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Upper/Lower Tamar Lake

A quick check on both lakes for Willow Tits.

Upper Tamar Lake.

2 Willow Tits one juv, 3 Marsh Tits.

Lower Tamar Lake.

2 Willow Tit, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted July 13th at 4:22 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Tuesday 12th July 2022

Pair of Spotted Flycatchers

Ashclyst Forest  Pair of Spotted Flycatchers 

Posted July 12th at 8:40 pm by stewart beer in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake 12 July pm

Little Ringed Plover 1,
Green Sandpiper 1
Dunlin 1
Common Sandpiper 10
Lapwing 2
Grey Heron 13
Herring Gull 87
Lbbg 36
Gbbg 1
Black-headed Gull 47
Pied Wagtail 15
Swallow 20
Mallard c40

Posted July 12th at 7:09 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Upper/Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Mute Swan, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Blackcap, 2m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Moorhen, c30 Mallard, 5 Canada Geese.

Upper Lake this morning.

18 Grey Heron, 56 Canada Geese, 4 Cormorant, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Treecreeper, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c25 Black-headed Gull 1f Stonechat, 2 Dunlin

Posted July 12th at 5:19 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

Yesterday PM. Common Sandpiper 2, Dunlin 1, Lapwing 2, Redshank 1, Cormorant 5, GBBG 1, Herring Gull c85, LBBG c.40, Jay 1, Mallard 22, Grey Heron 19, Sedge Warbler 4

Posted July 12th at 12:47 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News


A Ring-necked Parakeet flew south at 8pm last night - the first time I've seen one here.

Re Patrick Case's Jackdaw flock on Friday 8th - approximately 250 flew east over Tarrs Ave at 9.00pm, certainly unusual and my highest count locally, presumably included a large number of juveniles.

Posted July 12th at 12:17 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

First thing this morning: Peregrine, juv Mediterranean Gull, Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshanks, 22+ Mandarin Ducks, female Red-crested Pochard, male Kingfisher, Green (2 juvs) & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Bullfinches, 3 Stonechats, Whitethroat, Raven & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted July 12th at 10:59 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 11th July 2022

Exeter Canal

Adult and juvenile Great Crested Grebes on the canal yesterday evening.

Posted July 11th at 10:08 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News


Three Cattle Egrets flew South over the Canal Basin around 0900. Heading for the Cockwood dairy herd? From Somerset?

Posted July 11th at 9:33 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Hobby over Harpford Common

Seen today at about 1.30pm this afternoon. Flying high.

Posted July 11th at 5:26 pm by Andrew Hickson in Bird News

Avon Dam

Three roosting redhead Goosanders at Avon Dam this morning, probably adult females. Late departure almost two hours after sunrise. 

Posted July 11th at 2:31 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News


At least 3 Little Egrets on the scrape this morning, but more interesting were the flocks of feeding Gulls and Corvids in the field surrounding the Reserve. Several score of Herring, and some each of LBB and Black-headed, including the first juvenile of the autumn, taking something emerging from the grass - Ants? Crane-flies? Also partaking were a few Crows, lots of Jackdaws and several Rooks. 

Posted July 11th at 1:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 10th July 2022

Exe Estuary

At least 36 Mediterranean Gulls over this afternoon's high tide in Cockwood Corner. Also 5 Greenshank and 20 Sandwich Terns.

Posted July 10th at 10:46 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Talaton - Green Woodpecker

At last, a Green Woodpecker dropped onto the back lawn this morning and started stabbing the turf for ants. I'd often heard them distantly and got fleeting views of them in flight, as they passed through, but now he's firmly on the Garden List. 

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted July 10th at 10:16 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Dead Razorbill

Sunday morning I found a dead young Razorbill (or is it a Guillemot?) washed up in the flotsam on Northam Burrows beach,  to the north of the Information centre. It did not appear to be emaciated but could it have died of Avian Flu?

Dead Razorbill
Dead Razorbill

Posted July 10th at 9:13 pm by Stan Coats in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

08:30 & 12:30

Great White Egret on the breakwater in the harbour; ringed ‘ACA’. Seen from “Kelly’s Hero” on leaving and returning from trip.

“"ACA was ringed in the nest on 7th May, at RSPB Ham Wall here in Somerset. It’s a female, the smallest of a brood of three – and the first of our egrets ever to head south to Devon."”

Great White Egret Brixham 10 July 2022 N Smallbones

                                          Great White Egret Picture by Nigel Smallbones

Posted July 10th at 7:10 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Southdown Valley, Soar

First hirundine gathering of the autumn with 70 House Martin & 10+ Sand Martin on wires. Also migrant Snipe, Grey Wagtail and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Non-avian: a record 11 Red-veined Darters on lagoons inc.3 pairs in tandem & egg laying.

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Posted July 10th at 1:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


A new juv Yellow Legged Gull on Preston Beach freshwater outfall this morning also 20 Mediterranean Gulls around the Torbay beaches.

 juv Yellow-legged Gull Preston Beach 10 July 2022 Detail juv Yellow-legged Gull Paignton Beach 7 July 2022

        Juv Yellow Legged Gull - Preston 10/7/22                                Detail Paignton juv YLG  from 7/7/22

Posted July 10th at 9:25 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 9th July 2022

Incidental Birdwatching

Today over our Teignmouth garden 70+ Herring Gull reasonably close together, anting in the air. Quite a few Swift families also at dusk. Yesterday at Turf Locks 30+ Sand Martin around the trees closest to the estuary, I suspect visible migration

Posted July 9th at 11:04 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

House Martins at Holne

Good to see about 6 nests under the eaves of the Church House Inn at Holne today. Young peering out of  2 nests and adults busy feeding on the wing.

Posted July 9th at 10:24 pm by Angela Truman in Bird News

Fremington to Anchor Wood

This evening on a walk from Roundswell to Fremington and back along the river to Anchor Wood I spotted a small group of Redshanks in the Pill and a Sparrowhawk over the Tarka Path near Penhill Marsh.  A Med gull on a sandbank near Pottington.


Posted July 9th at 10:07 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh, Braunton

Looking South from the reserve this morning, 2 Great White Egrets seen briefly over the pond at Sherpa Marsh.

Posted July 9th at 2:10 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Kingsteignton Friday 8th

At about 8.45 pm whilst sitting in garden we were alerted to the sound of jackdaws calling. There was a very large flock flying high and towards the South. Difficult to estimate numbers but possibly 100 plus.  they were in a compact flock with a few stragglers and very vocal. Very unusual for this site - any comments ?

Posted July 9th at 1:39 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Velator to Horsey Island

From the path near the toll house a Great White Egret came into view  followed shortly by a second both were a long way from my vantage.point   Andy Leat thought that he saw two, well there are.  Further along near Horsey there were a few Greenfinch, Goldfinch, a Meadow Pipit, lots of Swallows and House Martins and a Water Rail calling. Anybody else seen the Rosy Starling? Last night I popped out to Fremington where I saw thousands of Starlings but no Rosy. 

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted July 9th at 12:48 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 8th July 2022

Mating Nightjars

Surprised to see Nightjars mating last night on well known Devon site.  Must be getting ready for raising a second brood.  Image taken at very high ISO and using available natural light at 10pm.  No disturbance to the birds as we were some distance away.  

Posted July 8th at 7:12 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh, Seaton Wetlands

This afternoon a Great White Egret, at least one adult Mediterranean Gull in Black-headed Gull flock, also a Greenshank with some Redshank. Back home at Netherton in Farway mating Small Skippers in our garden ‘grasses wild patch’ and distant views of twelve Fallow Deer including fawns.

Posted July 8th at 5:52 pm by Mark Wingate in Bird News

Lyme Bay Cory's Shearwater seen Sunday 3rd July

Only half decent shot of Cory's Shearwater taken during trip out from Brixham on Kelly's  Hero last Sunday.  Apologies for delay in posting but thought they had all been deleted!  Very distant shot but hopefully enough to confirm ID.

Cory's Shearwater Lyme Bay
Cory's Shearwater Lyme Bay

Posted July 8th at 4:21 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A hot walk today produced: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-s & 3rd cal yr), 2 Green Woodpeckers (1 juv), an increase in Little Egrets to 13, Small Copper, 6 Gatekeepers & 12+ Marbled Whites.

Posted July 8th at 3:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hartland Point

Spent the night at Hartland Point aiming to catch a few Storm Petrels. While we were waiting for it to get dark, we sloped off to Hartland Forest and had great views of a flying Nightjar. Back to the Point and set the tape in motion, ended up catching and ringing 30 Storm Petrels plus two with someone else's rings on. In the morning we opened more nets and ended up ringing an additional 50+ birds including 14 juvenile Stonechats. Mid-morning a tight flock of about 40 Common Scoter flew South West.

Posted July 8th at 3:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Swifts flying over our garden at 13.35,  counted 10, the most since last year, then an hour later 2 more flew past. 

Posted July 8th at 2:42 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton Thursday 7/7/22

5 Med Gulls over/past W pm.

Posted July 8th at 12:12 pm by Alex Lowe in Bird News

Sharpa - Wrafton scrape

Spoonbill resting peacefully.

Posted July 8th at 11:52 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Chudleigh Swifts

Over the last two evenings, as our contribution to Swift Awareness Week, Chudleigh Wild checked sites where Swifts are thought to have bred in recent years. This produced a minimum of 10 occupied nests, of which 5 were in the traditional main site, the Town Hall. Counts of screaming parties rose during the evenings, peaking at 35, possibly 41, at 9.30 pm. None of the 11 Swift nestboxes we installed a few years ago has yet been used, except by House Sparrows, but at least 8 traditional roof sites just above the boxes continue to be occupied by Swifts.

Posted July 8th at 11:42 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

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