Friday, 10 August 2012


DBN has finally moved to its new home on the excellent new Devon Birdwatching and Preservation Society website.

All the news posts will remain archived on this blog for as long as Blogger allows, but this site is otherwise now closed. All that remains is for me to thank the many contributors and readers who made DBN the success that it is, and I hope you continue to support the latest incarnation. My special thanks go to the small band of Devon birders who helped me both start and run DBN by offering their time, expertise and constructive advice. The good reputation that I think DBN enjoys is largely down to them. They know who they are...


New Devon Bird News site

A gentle reminder that contributors should be using the new site:

on the DBWPS website (you don't have to be a member to do it - but it would be great if you were!) for sightings and news,  please sign up as a co-author and you will not have to wait for your posting to be approved before it appears on the website.

Anyone not registered as a co-author can still send in a post very easily, but it will then have to be approved before it gets published. 

Thurlestone Bay

Bob B had an AQUATIC WARBLER close to the net  at S.Milton LEY at 08.45 - nice arrival with the E winds . This continues the remarkable  annual  records of this rare visitor to this site. Also ringed 13 SEDGE , 3 REED , 1 Whitethroat . A Lesser Whitethroat also on the patch.

AT07.15 this am Thurlestone Marsh - 2 juv Shoveler , 1 F Wigeon , 3 Teal..

Waders in the Bay - 1 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Sanderling.

Offshore 7 Common Scoter, 37 Manx Shearwater.

A Grey Wagtail and 2 juv Wheatear moving through

Thursday, 9 August 2012


Ringing this morning was slow: No Tits or Finches at all (not even retraps).

2 Goldcrests
2 Chiffs
2 Treecreepers
5 Reed Warblers
2 Sedge Warblers
3 Blackcaps
1 Cetti's Warbler
Sadly, the Collared Dove got out of the net before I got to it! The Tawny Owls were both present early.
Both adult Little Grebes feeding the new young, and keeping away from the Grass-snake swimming across the pond.

Barnstaple today.

10:45 Taw Bridge:-  2 Common Sandpiper.

11:30 7 Bretheren Bank (opp Rock Park) :-  25 Juv Redshank; 3 adult Med Gulls
and 1 Common Sandpiper.

14:00 R.Taw (opp Pottington Ind Est) :-  1 adult Med Gull.

14:10 Demoiselle Damsel Fly flopping about over the brackish ditch next to Ashford sewage works. I thought these were only ever seen over very pure, freshwater streams?
Also, more Cinnabar moths than I`ve seen in a long time. Probably due to the vast ammount of Ragwort that`s about.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Venn, Aveton Gifford

Whilst enjoying a well-earned, early evening drink in the garden, in sunshine, an adult hobby caught a swallow overhead. First garden record!


Early dense fog so hopefully a few migrants grounded!

No such luck, just 4 wheatears, 6 whitethroats, 3 blackcaps & 2 willow warblers.

A golden-ringed dragonfly caught and munched a red-tailed bumble bee Bombus lapidarius.

Berry Head

A short watch from 915-1015 to check if the large feeding accumulations of seabirds were still around.  Calm conditions, bright periods. Up to 100 Manx Shearwaters in rafts on the sea at times, but nothing on yesterday's scale. 224 Manx flew south , together with  2 Balearic Shearwaters.