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Friday 20th May 2022

Red Kite over Dunkeswell

A single Red Kit being harassed by 3 crows, heading south viewed from the garden.
A single Stock Dove in the garden this morning, which is a new visitor for us.
A Tawny Owl also calling loudly after dark.

Posted 21 minutes ago by Peter Lamb in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Yesterday at Exminster Marshes: Cettis, Sedge and Reed Warblers, Swallows. Swifts, Egyptian Geese, Blackwits.

Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose
Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted 2:22 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Velator reserve

This morning while sitting drinking coffee, a small flock (9) of Canada Geese arrived. Hang on that one looks different and there was this Pink-footed Goose with them. It didn't stay long. It turns out that it is the bird recently seen on Exminster Marshes. (it has damage to it's right eye).

Posted 2:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Mole Valley

Spotted Flycatchers back in the orchard.By the river lots of activity including Goosander with 10 duckling……..a first for this site………also 5 to 7 pairs of Sand Martins nesting in the usual bank.Dippers have fledged and a Moorhen sitting on a coppiced alder stump.Mallard with 12 freshly hatched duckling and 2 pairs of Grey Wagtail..Pied Wagtail catching freshly emerged Mayfly…..competing with brown trout.Also Marsh Tit ,Blackcap and Willow Warbler.Non avian included 5 red deer hinds  and roe buck..Plenty of Orange-tips and Common Blues.

Posted 1:51 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar  Lake this morning.

2 Garganey 1m 1f, 1m Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 15 Mallard, 1 Marsh Tit.

Note: The feeders are back out at the Lake.

Posted 1:07 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wrafton, Sherpa

Yesterday evenings sightings - Most interesting were five duck in flight one of which was considerably smaller turned out to be a male Garganey, the others being Mallard. Found a Pink-footed Goose with possible eyesight issues hanging around the Canada Geese for comfort maybe and the leucistic Reed Bunting has a mate and appeared to be feeding young.    

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Pink-footed Goose
Pink-footed Goose

Posted 11:27 am by Martin Bond in Bird News

Thursday 19th May 2022

Mutters Moor

21.10 - 21.50. 3 possibly 4 nightjars churring plus 2 females seen. Also Tawny Owl heard and several bats. 

Posted yesterday at 10:45 pm by Andy Rook in Bird News

Harton Cross Hartland

2 Siskin 1m 1f

Posted yesterday at 8:02 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


The first-summer Bonaparte's Gull  was off the Imperial Ground with a few Black-headed Gulls at around midday. Meanwhile the first-summer Yellow-legged Gull was again on the nearby rugby pitch/recycling depot.

Posted yesterday at 6:22 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Velator reserve

Arrived shortly after 05.00 this morning and opened the nets. Another disappointing session with only 11  birds ringed - it seems as if I have completely missed the spring migration, which usually reaps dividends at this time of year. 3 very juvenile Robins, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Goldfinches, and 3 Sedge Warblers which were the best of the bunch. and the first this year. Saw a Golden-ringed Dragonfly - a first for the reserve, and as I was packing up a Spotted Flycatcher appeared,  a lovely way to finish, with a year tick!

Posted yesterday at 2:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Clovelly bay ( mount batten )

1 Gt northern diver ,1 st summer . No sign of Blk Guiellemot.

Posted yesterday at 12:19 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Wednesday 18th May 2022

Braunton garden spring new arrivals

To date we have seen in our garden, in order of appearance, fledged; starling, sparrow, dunnock, robin and today, a real highlight and a first for our garden....Greenfinch

Posted May 18th at 5:07 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News


The first-summer Bonaparte's Gull again with c30 Black-headed Gulls off Mudbank at 0630 before moving a short distance to the Duck Pond/Imperial recreation ground area. Still there when I left it at 7am, for work.

Posted May 18th at 7:29 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Wrafton pond

In the reeds around the pond were a male Reed Bunting and a number of Reed Warblers,

Posted May 18th at 12:10 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 17th May 2022

Talaton - Red Kites

A couple of Red Kites drifted over Talaton heading south at 1215hrs and 1700hrs. The first was with a couple of Buzzards. 

Red Kite (right) with Buzzard
Red Kite (right) with Buzzard

Posted May 17th at 9:20 pm by John Reeves in Bird News


A first-summer Bonaparte's Gull distantly off Mudbank this evening - dip-feeding with c30/40+ Black-headed Gulls and still present at 810pm at least. Also 10+ Sandwich Terns and at least 1 Mediterranean Gull in with the flock. A pair of redhead Goosanders flew through too. A few more details on

Posted May 17th at 8:53 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Aylesbeare RSPB

Cuckoo calling briefly late morning.

Posted May 17th at 2:12 pm by David Gray in Bird News

Littleham, Bideford

Hobby overhead at 1255, circling and heading N

Posted May 17th at 12:59 pm by Rory Akam in Bird News

Bere Alston

This morning at 11.05 a Turtle Dove landed in my garden, stayed for a 

good 5 minutes.

Posted May 17th at 11:23 am by Carol Bartlett in Bird News

Paignton ~ Barn owl

Just on first light this morning a Barn owl hunting over a field on the outskirts of Paignton, over head a Heron.

Posted May 17th at 7:34 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 16th May 2022

Hopes Nose

I took this photo of a rock pipit on the 14th at Hopes Nose.  Can someone tell my if this bird is the littoralis race.

Eds: petrosus wear to very grey during late spring and summer so almost certainly just that - and not littoralis  

Posted May 16th at 6:50 pm by Keith Mcginn in Bird News

Harton Cross Hartland

1 Male Siskin.

Posted May 16th at 12:13 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit this morning between the showers. Still a few waders using the new scrapes near the canal, c6 curlew, 4 whimbrel (another 5 at the Turf), 8 black-tailed godwit, single bar-tailed godwit and a single avocet. Also on the scrape a pair pf gadwall. A few swifts overhead and swallows at Turf displaying and singing.

Posted May 16th at 11:30 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Sunday 15th May 2022


18 swifts over Chagford square this evening. The church has 32 swift boxes which might explain the numbers, which should increase.

Posted May 15th at 8:41 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

Lipson, Plymouth

Three screaming Swifts this evening at 6.45pm over Freedom Fields Park.

Posted May 15th at 8:25 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

Turtle dove

A good sighting this afternoon, a Turtle Dove on a bungalow roof in Galmpton, flew into some apple trees, then into another garden where lost sight of it unfortunatly.

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

Posted May 15th at 6:45 pm by kay and gary deare in Bird News

Red Kite

The Taw and Exmoor branch of the British Naturalists Association had a trip to Field Irish Farm today. They were just finishing their post walk cream tea at 4.00pm at Milton Damerel when they had good views of a red kite

Posted May 15th at 6:45 pm by brian sims in Bird News

South Brent ~ Red Kite

Just on 4pm a low flying Red Kite seen at home at South Brent headed towards Exeter at tree top height.

I wonder if it was the same bird reported at Heathfield a short time later as below post.

Posted May 15th at 6:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


At Emsworthy this morning. 2 Cuckoos heard, Redstart, Willow Warbler & Swallows.

Posted May 15th at 6:01 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Red Kite - Heathfield, Devon

Single bird seen at a distance (from Heathfield, Devon) flying West over Stover Country Park at 16.40 today. Furthest South I've ever seen one of these magnificent birds!

Posted May 15th at 4:45 pm by Rob Eaton in Bird News

Barnstaple Red Kite

One Red Kite over Roundswell this afternoon 15.15

Posted May 15th at 3:19 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch this morning: 4 Puffins, 5 Great Northern Divers (photo montage below), 15 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Mediterranean Gulls all but one in 1st S plumage, 30 Common Scoter. Around headland 1 singing Reed Warbler and several swifts.

Great Northern Diver flight montage

Posted May 15th at 1:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Newton Abbot

Red kite seen late morning, near Seale-Hayne, heading west. Couldn't see any detail on tags, as we were driving.

Posted May 15th at 12:44 pm by Tim & Aishlyn Youngs in Bird News


Red Kite low south over Exe estuary at 1217.

Posted May 15th at 12:21 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News


An early visit to the scrape showed 2 Little Egrets, 2 Mute Swans, 1 Shelduck and 3 Black-tailed Godwits.

Yesterday morning about 10a.m. in between the Skern and Crow Point a Great Northern Diver still, drifting on an outgoing and quite low tide, but still diving regularly.

Posted May 15th at 12:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Eight Dunlin and two Ringed Plover on the huge pit at the top of the down first thing.

Posted May 15th at 11:54 am by Chris E in Bird News


A Roseate Tern lingering off the seafront from 0630-0730 at least, keeping with 3-4 Sandwich Terns. Also 1 Common Tern off there, a handful of Manx Shearwaters and 1 Balearic Shearwater east. Arctic Skua, 2 Great Northern Divers, 50+ Common Scoter, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Guillemot, 17+Black-headed Gulls plus a few auks, Gannets and Kittiwakes.

Posted May 15th at 9:24 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

Lower Tamar Lake.

4 Great Crested Grebe,1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted May 15th at 8:05 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 14th May 2022

Saltpill Duck Pond area

This evening between Fremington quay and Saltpill Duck pond were a good selection of birds including: Blackcaps; Sedge Warblers; Whitethroats;  Swallows. There were at least two of each of the above except the female Wigeon.


Posted May 14th at 10:31 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wistman's Wood 14th May 2022

Nice to eventually catch up with Spotted Flycatcher's this year. Trip to Wistman's Wood  gave us good views of Spotted Flycatchers in the wood and at Crockern Farm.

Lovely to see these Flycatchers in the dappled sunlight that only Wistman's wood could supply.
Lovely to see these Flycatchers in the dappled sunlight that only Wistman's wood could supply.

Posted May 14th at 9:56 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Swallows, Skylarks, Tree Pipits, Ravens, Stonechats, 


Posted May 14th at 8:20 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Around Burrator this morning was 3 Cuckoo's, 3 Tree pipits doing their parachute display, a singing Redstart, a Pied flycatcher, Willow Warblers, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker and a yaffling Green Woodpecker in dense cover.

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Posted May 14th at 5:08 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Soar & Plymouth

A lovely calm morning at Soar produced: Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatears, 5 Sedge & 3 Reed Warblers, Sparrowhawk, & 2 Roe Deer.

Later, the Black Guillemot still present off Drake's Island.

Posted May 14th at 2:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth sound.

Black Guilllemot Summer plumage,close to pier around Drakes Island.Scope views from opposite shore areas or Mt Batten pier.

Posted May 14th at 12:07 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Poss Purple Heron, Churston

Seen from moving car.

Looked good to me ,brief view, but looked brown, (albeit looking into the bright) and smaller than Grey around 8am yesterday

Posted May 14th at 11:19 am by paul barker in Bird News

Powderham Marsh RSPB (Friday evening)

Pink-footed Goose feeding in arable fields with Canada Geese. Common Sandpiper on marsh, Stonechat (pair), Kestrel. 5 Swift, 5 Swallow, 5 Reed Warbler & 1 Sedge Warbler and a Jay. 

Posted May 14th at 9:43 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Black Guillemot Plymouth

Black Guillemot still on north side of Drake’s Island. Closer to island shore near the pier/jerry. Currently favouring the white Jerry can buoys. 

Easily seen from mount batten breakwater with a scope 

Posted May 14th at 9:40 am by Lewis Hawkins in Bird News

Aylsebeare Common

Down at Aylsebeare Common yesterday (Friday) afternoon where this Dartford Warbler and Willow Warbler were seen. I saw eight Dartfords and four Willow Warbles spread over a large area of the common. Also saw a number of Linnets, a couple of Stonechats, a Buzzard and a Green Woodpecker.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted May 14th at 1:39 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 13th May 2022

White Stork ~ Kingsteignton

This evening between 7.30 pm and 8 pm a White Stork seen circling over Kingsteignton in company with a Heron, both birds seen at height but the Stork simply kept climbing and was eventually lost from sight simply due to its altitude.

Back home at South Brent the afternoon gave two sightings of passage House Martins initially 6 and later on another 4.

Posted May 13th at 11:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Mutley, Plymouth

First six Swifts of the year over Houndiscombe Park and Houndiscombe 7.30pm.

Posted May 13th at 11:12 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

Arlington Court treat

A walk down to the bird hide today past the monkey puzzle trees revealed a small flock of Siskin including this handsome male who was preening not feeding. At the hide were all the usual suspects and nothing unexpected. Nuthatch, marsh tit,

Siskin on monkey puzzle
Siskin on monkey puzzle
Nuthatch at the hide
Nuthatch at the hide

Posted May 13th at 8:06 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Ring necked Parakeet. Marldon

RNP flew over Vicarage Hill, Marldon at 7.40am

Posted May 13th at 7:14 pm by paul barker in Bird News

East Soar

Best today were Hobby and first Spotted Flycatcher; looks like another record equalling year for Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats are everywhere - great news when I can remember c.40 years ago there were hardly any! Looks like the wintering grounds are in good shape!

Posted May 13th at 6:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

Black Guillemot still off the North side of Drakes island, near the 6 yellow buoys, frequently diving. Distant, scope advised.

Posted May 13th at 2:10 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

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