Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings - Har­vey Ken­dall, Mike Pass­man (thurle­stonebay­

NORTH DEVON: Lundy had 300 Manx Shear­wa­ters and a Black Red­start (1st), and Os­prey (2nd), an Os­prey, 97 Puffins and a Red­wing (7th), a Grasshop­per War­bler (8th), a Red­start (9th), a Black-crowned Night Heron (13th-21st), and there was a large fall of mi­grants (20th), in­clud­ing 85 Wil­low War­blers, 29 Black­caps, 16 Chif­fchaffs, 16 Sedge War­blers in­clud­ing one French-ringed bird, two Grasshop­per War­blers, two Ring Ouzels, a Red­start, a Pied Flycatcher, two Green Sand­pipers and 107 Puffins. Fur­ther records were 88 Wil­low War­blers, 24 Black­caps, 16 Chif­fchaffs, 18 Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, three Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers, a Pied Flycatcher, a Ring Ouzel and a Yel­low Wag­tail (24th), a Mer­lin, three Whim­brel and two Grasshop­per War­blers (26th), an Os­prey, six Whim­brel, a Red-necked Grebe, 25 Wil­low

War­blers, 12 Black­caps, seven Sedge War­blers and four Whitethroats (28th), and a Red-necked Grebe, a Cuckoo, a Gar­den War­bler, three Pied Fly­catch­ers and 500-plus Swal­lows (29th). A Lit­tle Tern and seven Whim­brel were at Sk­ern (25th). A Richard’s Pipit was at Hart­land Quay (23rd). Burs­don Moor had two ring­tail Hen Har­ri­ers, a Mer­lin and a Short-eared Owl (2nd), a Cuckoo and two Bullfinches (28th), and an­other Short-eared Owl (30th). At Frem­ing­ton (3rd), there were six Cat­tle Egrets, a Cetti’s War­bler and a Glossy Ibis. Four House Martins were at Braun­ton (5th), fol­lowed by a Reed War­bler (6th), six Com­mon Sand­pipers (9th), a Sedge War­bler (11th), 63 Wil­low War­blers, 27 Chif­fchaffs, five Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, 23 Black­caps, a Grasshop­per War­bler and a Tawny Owl (19th), a Swift (21st), and a Com­mon Sand­piper, two Lit­tle Ringed Plovers and a Tawny Owl (23rd). A Red Kite was over Tiverton (6th). Morte Point had a Red­start (8th), five Whitethroats (19th), and three Whim­brel (26th). Two Pied Fly­catch­ers and a Ring Ouzel were at Tarr Steps (13th). On the Taw Es­tu­ary (14th), there were two Whim­brel and two Com­mon Sand­pipers. Ril­lage Point had 17 Sand Martins, 43 Swal­lows, seven House Martins, 36 Meadow Pip­its, 145 Lin­nets, 92 Goldfinches and a Lesser Whitethroat (14th). A Cuckoo was at Bide­ford (21st), and Barn­sta­ple had 12 Whim­brel, two Whitethroats and a Sedge War­bler (23rd). A Sand­wich Tern was at Woola­combe (11th). A Pied Flycatcher was at Watersmeet in the Lyn Val­ley (10th).

SOUTH DEVON: The Great Grey Shrike was still at Sous­sons, Dart­moor (1st), and one at Co­la­ton Raleigh the same day. Berry Head had a Firecrest and a Black Red­start (1st), a Cuckoo (2nd), a Cirl Bunting (7th), three Puffins (8th), a Grasshop­per War­bler (14th), a Yel­low Wag­tail, a Whim­brel and a Great North­ern Diver (21st), five Whitethroats and 10-plus Wheatears (23rd), and a Po­ma­rine Skua, two Arc­tic Skuas, four Great Skuas, three Puffins, 15 Manx Shear­wa­ters, six Great North­ern Divers, a Red-throated Diver, a Sand­wich Tern, 56 Kit­ti­wakes and five Com­mon Gulls (30th). Hem­bury Wood had a Tree Pipit (1st). A Great Grey Shrike was at Emswor­thy, Dart­moor (2nd), where was a Cuckoo, a Red­start and four Wheatears (13th). West Charleton

Marsh had an Ice­land Gull, a male Gar­ganey, and a Bit­tern (2nd), two Cirl Buntings (5th), and a Grasshop­per War­bler, a Whim­brel and a Reed War­bler (15th). A Tree Pipit was at Bolt Head (3rd). Goose­moor had a Spot­ted Red­shank (3rd). A Red Kite was at Star­cross (4th). At Ex­mouth (4th), there was a Long-tailed Duck still, a Whim­brel, and eight Knot, there was a Red Kite over (7th), and an Arc­tic Tern, two Lit­tle Terns, a Black Tern, seven-plus Com­mon Terns and a Great Skua (30th). Hay­tor had a Red Kite and a Pere­grine (4th). The Exe Es­tu­ary had a Short-eared Owl, three Sand­wich Terns, a Reed War­bler and 15 Shov­el­ers (6th), and five Sedge War­blers and a Cetti’s War­bler (16th). Labrador Bay RSPB had 45 Com­mon Scot­ers and two Sand­wich Terns (7th), and 65 Com­mon Scot­ers, two Long-tailed Ducks and sev­eral Cirl Buntings (16th). Baggy Point had six Wheatears (7th). An Os­prey fished at Coombe Cel­lars (7th). Yarner Wood had two male Red­starts (7th), a Tree Pipit, four Pied Fly­catch­ers, two Red­starts, a Tawny Owl and sev­eral Yel­lowham­mers (9th), a Wood War­bler and sev­eral Pied Fly­catch­ers (18th), eight Red­starts and 12 Pied Fly­catch­ers (25th), a Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker, four Pied Fly­catch­ers, a Tawny Owl, Wood War­bler, a Siskin and a Tree Pipit (26th), and a Hobby and three Man­darins (29th). Chal­la­combe Downs, Dart­moor had 10 Wheatears, four Reed Buntings, two Siskins and a Great Grey Shrike (7th). Exmin­ster Marshes had a Short-eared Owl (9th & 19th), and a Hobby and a fe­male Marsh Harrier (25th). A Pied Flycatcher was at South Zeal (9th). An Os­prey was at Oc­combe Point (11th). Tor­bay had six Com­mon Scot­ers, a Sand­wich Tern and 10 Gan­nets (11th), 40-plus Com­mon Scot­ers (12th), and three Cuck­oos (26th). Beckabrook, Dart­moor had a Cuckoo, a Pied Flycatcher, a Tree Pipit and two Red­starts (11th). Bowl­ing Green Marsh RSPB had a fe­male Marsh Harrier, 3,000-plus Sand Martins, 12 Swal­lows, three Com­mon Sand­pipers, 52 Knot, three Whim­brel, 35 Shov­eler, two Cetti’s War­blers, an Os­prey and a Pere­grine (12th), seven Black­caps, seven Cetti’s War­blers, a Lit­tle Tern, six Sand­wich Terns, a Lit­tle Ringed Plover, 75 Bar tailed God­wits, 40 Knot, five Whim­brel, 400-plus Sand Martins and 60 Grey Plovers (15th), 20 Knot, four Lit­tle Terns, 60-plus Whim­brel, 45 Grey Plovers and three Ruff (16th), a Grasshop­per War­bler, a Spot­ted Red­shank, a Mediter­ranean Gull, 15 Knot, 40-plus Grey Plovers, six Whim­brel, and five Cetti’s War­blers (19th), and a Black Tern, a Curlew Sand­piper, an Avo­cet and four Cetti’s War­blers (30th). Cudlipp­town had a Hobby (14th), when Lee Abbey had a Cuckoo, Sad­dle Tor Dart­moor had a Ring Ouzel, and Prawle Point a Serin. A Cuckoo was on the East Dart River (15th). Prawle had four Great Skuas, a Black-throated Diver, a Whim­brel, nine Sand­wich Terns, and eight Wheatears (15th), and a Red Kite, 40-plus Wil­low War­blers, 75-plus Wheatears and a Po­ma­rine Skua (22nd). There were 150-plus Golden Plovers and two Dot­terel near Yes Tor, Dart­moor (16th). Top­sham had a Grasshop­per War­bler, two Cetti’s War­blers, three Ruff and 25 Whim­brel (17th), two Swifts and a San­der­ling (21st), a Cuckoo, 1,200-plus Dun­lin, 100 Ringed Plovers, a Hobby, three Ruff, two Avo­cets, 15 Sedge War­blers, 16 Reed War­blers and a White Wag­tail (22nd), 101 Whim­brel, an Avo­cet, three Swifts, 15 Knot, 30 Grey Plovera, 10 Whim­brel, three Ruff and three Mediter­ranean Gulls (26th), and a Hoopoe, three Ruff, a Mediter­ranean Gull and 21 Whim­brel (29th). Mounts­land Com­mon, Dart­moor had a Whin­chat (17th). On the River Barle, near Dul­ver­ton (18th), there was a male Pied Flycatcher and a Wood War­bler. Fin­gle Woods had five Pied Fly­catch­ers and a male Red­start (18th), and three Red­starts and four Tree Pip­its (21st). A Cuckoo was at Dart­ing­ton (20th), and two were nearby at Hound Tor. At Saun­ton (20th), there were five Whitethroats, 15 Wil­low War­blers, 24 Grey Plovers and three Whim­brel. Peter Tavy had a Red Kite over and a Red­start (21st). A Whin­chat and a male Pied Flycatcher were at Avon Dam (22nd), when Shal­don had a Grasshop­per War­bler, five Wheatears, 10 Black­caps and a Yel­low Wag­tail, and Bur­rar­tor three Red­starts, six Wheatears and two Cuck­oos, fol­lowed by two Cuck­oos and an Os­prey (24th). A Red Kite was at Start Point (23rd), when Ber­ry­nar­bor and Dart­meet had Cuck­oos, South Brent a Cuckoo and four Wheatears, and Wem­bury a Curlew Sand­piper. Mel­don Woods had a Cuckoo, a Black Red­start and sev­eral Pied Fly­catch­ers (25th). Sous­sons, Dart­moor had a Great Grey Shrike, at least four Cuck­oos, six Whin­chats and a Cross­bill (28th), and five Cuck­oos and 15 Whin­chats (29th). A Tur­tle Dove was at Beesands (29th). Teign­mouth had a Po­ma­rine Skua, a Great Skua, an Arc­tic Skua and four Great North­ern Divers (30th).

THURLESTONE BAY: A pale-bel­lied Brent Goose flew east (17th). An Egyp­tian Goose was on South Huish Marsh (8th). In a very good spring for Gar­ganey, there was a male (1st), a male on South Huish Marsh (6th-19th), joined by a pair (19th), then two on South Ef­ford Marsh (30th). A flock of seven Ei­der flew east (30th). A male Vel­vet Scoter was in the Bay (7th), and there were 25 Com­mon Scot­ers (30th). Two Red-throated Divers flew east (8th), there was a Black-throated Diver (6th) and two (17th), and sin­gle Great North­ern Divers (6th & 16th) and two (17th). The first two Manx Shear­wa­ters were seen (8th) but max­i­mum was only 91 (30th). Gan­nets peaked at 360 (30th). Cat­tle Egrets were present through­out with a site record of eight on South Huish Marsh (19th), and there was a Great White Egret on South Huish Marsh (2nd). A Spoon­bill flew onto South Huish Marsh (5th). A Red Kite was over the north marsh at Ave­ton Gif­ford (24th), a fe­male Marsh Harrier was over Thurlestone Marsh (4th), and the first Hobby was over Thurlestone Marsh (28th). A fe­male Mon­tagu’s Harrier was watched fly­ing in off the sea (30th), a very rare patch record (my first in 14 years). Waders in­cluded sin­gle Lit­tle Ringed Plovers (8th & 11th), 10 Ringed Plovers (15th), Grey Plover on four days with four (20th), the first San­der­ling of the year (5th), a Pur­ple Sand­piper on the rocks (7th), five Dun­lin (15th), a Ruff on South Huish Marsh (1st), two Snipe (14th), two Black-tailed God­wits (2nd), 19 Bar-tailed God­wits (29th), the first two Whim­brel (8th) build­ing to 59 (29th), a Green Sand­piper on South Ef­ford Marsh (4th), four Green­shanks (7th), four Red­shanks (3rd), and 10 Turn­stones (15th). The first two Arc­tic Skuas flew east (20th), with three (30th), two Great Skuas flew east (30th), a Lit­tle Gull flew east (18th), a third-year Caspian Gull was on South Huish Marsh (6th), a sec­ond-year Ice­land Gulll on South Huish Marsh (1st-4th) and prob­a­bly the same bird (12th-20th), and a first-win­ter Glau­cous Gull was there (1st-4th). A Lit­tle Tern flew east past Hope Cove with eight Sand­wich Terns (30th), sin­gle Com­mon Terns (7th & 29th) were the only records, and three Arc­tic Terns fly­ing east (29th) were also the only ones. A Puf­fin flew east (3rd). A Cuckoo was heard in South Mil­ton Vil­lage (28th). A first patch record of Alpine Swift was seen (1st), first Swifts were three over Ave­ton Gif­ford (23rd), and hirun­dine max­ima were 50 Sand Martins (8th), 155 Swal­lows (8th), and 20 House Martins (8th). A Wood War­bler was in a Thurlestone gar­den (25th), there were sin­gle Gar­den War­blers (17th & 24th), the first Whitethroat (27th), sin­gle Grasshop­per War­blers (14th, 20th & 21st), the first Sedge War­bler (8th), the first two Reed War­blers (7th), a Red­start (7th), the first Whin­chat (a male, 23rd), and there were low num­bers of Wheatears un­til 30 (18th) and 18 (24th) – at least five of the for­mer were Green­lands. There were sin­gle Tree Pip­its (8th & 23rd), two Wa­ter Pip­its (1st), and only two Yel­low Wag­tail records (21st & 22nd).

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