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22 Apr
8:48 am
Broadhembury & Aylesbeare Common +1 Photo

Broadhembury & Aylesbeare Common

Thursday afternoon while working in Broadhembury I spotted a Pied Flycatcher in some trees bordering a customer’s garden (no camera) so yesterday morning I went back armed with camera, no Pied Flycatcher to be seen. However, there were two Long tailed tits, a Great spotted woodpecker, three Chaffinches and a Blackbird with food popping in and out of a nearby bush. Moving on to Aylesbeare Common were there were a few Linnets, a Song Thrush and some distance from the foot path I spotted a female Stonechat, a Siskin and a Dartford Warbler together on a bush. Total five Dartford Warblers seen around the site.

posted by Martin Bennett
21 Apr
8:43 pm

Cadover to Dewerstone Rock, Dartmoor.

On a walk from Cadover to Dewerstone Rock:

Common Redstart (m), Whinchats (m) 3 Wigford Down, Wheatear (f) 2, Cuckoo (h), Green Woodpecker (h), Nuthatches, Linnets 8, Skylarks, Stonechats, Swallows 2, Sand martins 6 , Buzzards.

posted by Colin & Joyce Hannaford
21 Apr
8:01 pm
Black Redstart, Princetown +1 Photo

Black Redstart, Princetown

I think this is a 1st Summer Male? In our field this evening. Not great quality I know. 🤞🤞


posted by Gary Easton
21 Apr
7:42 pm

Grasshopper Warbler, Chittlehamholt

First Grasshopper Warbler of the year calling from a hedge alongside our lane near Chittlehamholt (North Devon) this evening.

posted by Paul Sopp
21 Apr
7:18 pm

Fieldfare and mistle thrush

Small flocks of fieldfare (up to 20), mixed with mistle thrush (12) passing through the conifer plantations around Hennock Reservoirs yesterday evening at about 8pm. Late departures I guess, maybe looking to roost somewhere for the night.

posted by Fiona Freshney
21 Apr
7:09 pm

Sharpham Estate, Totnes

On completing our Heronry survey on the Dart, which was interesting, as Egrets seem to be nesting earlier and the Herons later.   Also saw a female Redstart.

posted by Jane Penton
21 Apr
5:40 pm

Meldon woods

a walk through the woods this morning, pied flycatchers and blackcaps were the best birds seen.

posted by roger jewell
21 Apr
4:56 pm


Unusually prolonged views of a close singing Cetti’s Warbler at the bridge, plus many singing Reed Warblers.

posted by Vic &Sylvia Tucker
21 Apr
1:19 pm

Soar Mill Valley

Still on the cold and breezy side and a quiet morning with the first Sedge Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 6 House Martin & 2 Wheatear.

posted by Rob Macklin
21 Apr
1:11 pm

Wembury/Wembury Point

Waders along the coast this morning consisted of  9 Whimbrel, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Grey Plover and a Common Sandpiper. Passerines included 2 Blackaps, 2 Whitethroats, 8 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler.

posted by David Diskin
21 Apr
7:27 am

Crownhill Down

Six Bar-tailed Godwits (two male), 4 Ringed Plover, Dunlin in pit at top of down. Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit, 7 Wheatear also around.

posted by Chris E
21 Apr
12:50 am

House Martins at Saltram House

  • 4 house martins seen flying over field in front of house
posted by David Curry
20 Apr
9:10 pm

Redstart, Dawlish

Sightings from farmland behind Oaklands wood,

  • Migrant female Redstart ,(field with Cattle)
  • 5 Wheatear on Ploughed fields
posted by Paul barker
20 Apr
7:54 pm

Hopes Nose and Ideford Common

A trip to Torbay today and the whiff of migrants elsewhere so went to Hope’s Nose. A few birds about. 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow & a Wheatear, but not too much else.

Lunch on Babbacombe Downs and from inside Babbacombe Inn, watched 2+ Swallow & a House Martin feeding over cliffs, along with a Wheatear.

Visited Ideford Common on way home. 3+ House Martin, and a Tree Pipit.

posted by Steve Cox
20 Apr
6:55 pm

Red Kite, Holsworthy

Single Red Kite drifting north over the A3072 (Bude to Holsworthy road) 2 miles west of Holsworthy at 14.50 today.

posted by Nick Dixon
20 Apr
6:35 pm


Just heading out for an evening walk when several of the local Gulls (as usual) were squeaking about something – often one of the local Buzzards going over the valley – But this time it was an Osprey which circled a couple of times and headed on Northwards. 2nd one I’ve seen this week. Round the Marsh still plenty of Sand Martins, 1 Swallow and 2 Common Sandpipers on the Caen. Reed-beds full of Reed and Sedge Warbler song. None showed.

posted by Jon Turner
20 Apr
6:15 pm

Slapton assortment

Doing a recce for our field course next week in and around Slapton. On the beach there were 3 Wheatears, a Whimbrel and a Greenshank. Around the ley there were many 10s of Chiffchaff and in Slapton Wood, the Blue Tits got all scared by what initially appeared to be a Sparrowhawk as it flew through the trees but ended up being a male Cuckoo. I spoke to a couple who had also had a Red Kite a few minutes before I spoke to them.

posted by Richard Billington
20 Apr
5:35 pm

Devon Cliffs to Budleigh Salterton.

2 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 4Blackcap males,2 females. 3 Reed Buntings,2 Ringed Plovers,Holly Blue,Speckled Wood,Peacock and Comma Butterflies.

posted by jenny elvin
20 Apr
4:43 pm

Fall of Wheatears Plymouth

Fall of 3 flocks of Wheatear, totalling 18  seen at Staddon Golf Course, Plymouth, while doing a BBS survey for BTO.

posted by LIZ HARRIS
20 Apr
3:34 pm

Red Kite – Dawlish Warren Area

Red Kite drifting slowly East in the Dawlish Warren Area around 2.15pm

posted by Diane Brooker
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