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·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·        Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head






·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·         Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·         Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish



Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News


If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

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

Thursday 28th October 2021


Female Ring Ouzel in the garden for a third day

Posted 24 minutes ago by Adrian Davey in Bird News


2 Snow Buntings still around, on boulders and beach approx 400m from Torcross Car Park. 10am - 10.30am.  Bit flustered today.  Periodically flew to other side of road, only just off the road! when people and dogs approaching on the beach. First Snow Bunting sightings for me :) 

Posted 35 minutes ago by Elizabeth Mulgrew in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching (Mark Darlaston, Paul Alberchtsen Mike Langman) 0800-15.30:  c7000 Kittiwakes (4959 in 1st hr), 9 Little Gulls (8 ads, 1 1w), 15 Med Gulls; 6 Pomarine Skuas (2 ad, 4 juv), 5 Arctic Skuas  & 8 Great Skuas; 3 Common Scoter; 2 Puffins; Balearic Shear; 4 Dunlin. Also 2+ WB Dolphin, c10 Porpoise, 6 sightings of BF Tuna.

Posted 5:54 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


1 immature Goshawk at 10:20 this morning

Posted 5:01 pm by Ben Crabb in Bird News

Fremington Pill

1 Greenshank , 1 Spotted Redshank , 1 Glossy Ibis & over 100 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted 2:52 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

“Northam Burrows

9 snow Buntings  (4m, 5f/juv) still present at 9.30am at east end on fenced area accessed from information centre end. Unusually little disturbance at this time

Posted 10:03 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

South Brent ~ Ravens

A high flying straggling flock of 22 Ravens passing over South Brent this morning from the moors, three single individuals seen there after, two flying the same way and the last I assume a local bird displaying over a stand of pine trees.

One Great Black Back Gull and a handful of vocal Mistle Thrush.

Posted 9:24 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 27th October 2021

Hope's Nose

This morning in strong wind, 2 Eiders again ranging between the Lead Stone and the Orestone.

Also, 2 Common Scoters south, Purple Sandpiper south of the Point.  Big movement of Kittiwakes and Gannets, all headed south. 

2 Grey Seals. 

Posted yesterday at 11:05 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 08:00-15:00 with Dave Smallshire. Main feature was an excellent passage of 5016 Kittiwakes (3618 in 1st hour) including many juveniles. Other birds: 5 Mediterrean Gulls, 9 Common Gulls, 1st winter Little Gull, 9 Bonxies, 6 Arctic Skuas, Puffin and 2 Balearic Shearwaters. Also 6 Common Dolphins, 8 Harbour Porpoises and 5 sightings of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.

Posted yesterday at 6:32 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News


Huge flock (50+)of cattle egret flying towards powderham 

Posted yesterday at 5:48 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Similar numbers of waders to yesterday, on this morning's high tide, but Wigeon up to 10. Also, juv Ringed Plover (unfortunately, unusual here these days), 2+ Common Sandpipers, 21 Turnstones, 4 redhead Goosanders 2 Little Grebes, 3 Shags & a Grey Wagtail.

At Efford Marsh, Marsh Tit & 2 Chiffchaffs.  

Posted yesterday at 4:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Barnstaple Spoonbill

Spoonbill this morning , Fremington side of Barnstaple new bridge.

Posted yesterday at 3:34 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News


Visited Slapton this morning hoping the Snow Buntings would still be around. Within 20 mins one was spotted (thanks Brian) around the boulders 200m up from Torcross car park. A very bold little chap who wasn’t flustered by us as he wandered up and down within a few meters from us. This was a first for me. Stopped at Shipley Bridge on my way back to see if I could see and Ringed Ouzels, just up past the bridge and up to the right were 5 birds, 2 more flew over head and single male on his own in a neighbouring tree. 

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted yesterday at 2:44 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Tuesday 26th October 2021

Northam Burrows

5.15 pm.Went looking for snow buntings and found SEVEN feeding where Rob had spotted three earlier and where I'd seen two yesterday. Several times passers-by spooked them and they flew to the pebble ridge but returned in no time.They were still feeding busily when I left at 5.45.Unable to attach photo of all seven on pebble ridge.

Posted October 26th at 8:41 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Blustery/windy conditions this morning, particularly on the south side which was blown out.  50+ Redwings over the upper slope/entrance on arrival.  2 Firecrests and a Chiffchaff calling from deep cover in the top dell.

2 Eiders.  1 initially just NE of the Lead Stone and showed very well.  Later relocated more distantly N of the Orestone, where a second bird joined it briefly.  A single Balearic Shearwater south too.

Great to see 2 Purple Sandpipers close to the Point.  

Posted October 26th at 8:19 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


I was on the Tarka Trail counting Godwits on the scrape this afternoon, and most of them flew a few yards confirming that they are Black-tailed - max 20 of them. Then I saw a Jay fly out of the reserve, and then another followed by a third.- this is unprecedented, a few minutes later, at least 2 of them returned and one at least seemed to be carrying something. Acorns from elsewhere? There don't seem to be any acorns in the reserve this year, so not sure why there is this level of interest. Dipper in the river, 2 Stonechat outside the reserve, GSW, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler 30 Redwing 20 Goldfinch the notable birds inside.

Posted October 26th at 7:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit starting around this morning's high tide, produced: 2 Lapwings, Snipe, Jack Snipe, 10 Greenshanks, 180 Redshanks, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Dunlins, 7 Wigeon, Little Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd-w), Common Gull (adult), Kingfisher, 3 Shags, 36 Redwings (26 going west), Firecrest, 2 Stonechats, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers & 9 Roe Deer.

Polish-ringed adult Mediterranean Gull on Tothill Playing Field.

Posted October 26th at 6:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Female Ring Ouzel in garden all day.

Posted October 26th at 6:37 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News


Hen Harrier (ringtail) over Trowlesworthy, Cadover, at 16:25. Flew from Trowlesworthy Warren towards Wigford Down.

Posted October 26th at 5:25 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Berry Head

Nice morning around headland with a movement of 1,500+ Redwings, 1 Merlin (had a go at some Redwings), 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Brambling, 2 Firecrests, 7 Goldcrests 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap.

  Brambling Berry Head 26 Oct 2021 ML    Merlin and Redwings Berry Head 26 Oct 2021 ML

                  Brambling                                                                         Merlin and Redwings

Posted October 26th at 1:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Northam Burrows

The 3 Snow Buntings I reported 2 days ago were this morning within inches of where I last saw them... but today I managed a few pictures. (I hope that the gentleman I chatted to who was out looking for them with his scope - probably a Devon Birds member - later found them. They were again just outside the NE end of the fenced area.)

Posted October 26th at 12:01 pm by Rob Durrant in Bird News


A 25km walk taking in Gidleigh village & common, then up onto Hangingstone via Teignhead Farm. Raptors included a distant Hen Harrier, Peregrine harried by Ravens, singles of Goshawk & Sparrowhawk. On the mires 3 Snipe flushed, a single Golden Plover overhead. Coming off at North Creber a single Ring Ouzel with several Mistle thrush, Redwing and c100 Starling.

Posted October 26th at 8:09 am by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Monday 25th October 2021

Hope's Nose and the Avon Dam, Dartmoor

At Hope's Nose this morning:

2 Eiders seen close to the Lead Stone before moving north, off The Point.  2 Firecrests in the top dell.  More unusual was a Kingfisher that flew across the south side bay to the west-facing undercliff at Sandy Point.  Two Harbour Porpoise were off The Point too.

This afternoon at the Avon Dam, Dartmoor:

14 Ring Ouzels, with 12 in the small trees and bushes on the hillside to the right of, and just beyond, the first bridge.  2 further birds came up out of the quarry and a splendid male perched on the south-facing Dam Wall itself!  Below, a fem/imm Black Redstart showed well as it flitted up and down the spillway.  30+ Redwing, Mistle Thrush.    

Posted October 25th at 6:41 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


Managed to locate a single Snow Bunting on the beach area this afternoon which is a first for us. Also from the beach, spotted a Grey Seal swimming north staying very close in amongst the breaking waves Three Wigeon on the Ley, a single Gadwall and numerous Tufted. Large Grey Heron.

Posted October 25th at 5:54 pm by Tom & Dan Kent in Bird News

South Hams

At least 1 Snow Bunting present at Slapton on beach/roadside boulders as I drove past, 300m N of the Torcross car park at 9.30am.

Start Point 9.45am-1pm: 8,000 + Wood pigeons > SW, 8 Swallows, 20+ Skylarks, 4 Siskins, 15 alba Wagtails. At the lighthouse 2 Black Redstarts, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Stonechats.

Posted October 25th at 5:49 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Brent

From home at South Brent this morning small numbers of migrating Wood pigeons passing over in small flocks of up to 50 birds, steady passage of Redwings over with flocks of up to 30 birds, 2 Mistle Thrush and a GSWP.

South Brent church the female Black Redstart found by Peter Reay still in situe and showing well, feeding along the roof, a steady trickle of Song Thrush (10 plus) Redwing and a Mistle Thrush coming into feed in the Yew trees in the church yard.

Walking back home an adult tiercel Peregrine passed over Hillside at low level.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted October 25th at 5:35 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Snow buntings

Snow bunting
Snow bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 25th at 3:35 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Mid morning visit looking for winter thrushes which were few and far between,probably because the Rowan trees are devoid of berries this year.Saw a few blackbirds and a couple of Mistle Thrushes, and about a dozen Redwing at the far end of the valley well past the reserve boundary. Very few small birds about at all, but the bird of the day was a Ringtail Hen Harrier which flew along the valley and passed about 15 ft from me!

Posted October 25th at 3:27 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

East Soar

More vis mig: 2860 Woodpigeon (1640E 620W), Redwing 190W, Stock Dove 19W, Starling 16E & 45 grounded, Meadow Pipit 16W & 32 grounded, Jackdaw 48W 70E, Skylark 50W & 100 grounded, Mistle Thrush 1N, Jay 2W. Also: Jack Snipe, 5 Ring Ouzel, 20 Teal, 6 Song Thrush, 5 Chiffchaff & 3 Bullfinch.

Posted October 25th at 3:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Thanks for finding the 2 Snow Buntings Sam! When Andy joined me a bit later he had seen the third one a bit further North with a Linnet flock, so still 3 there.

Posted October 25th at 2:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Just 2 Snow Bunting present at around 11am today. I was lucky enough to witness 3 yesterday. 

Approximately 1500 Golden Plover on the shoreline who eventually moved over to Saunton direction.

Posted October 25th at 1:32 pm by Sam Aston in Bird News

Sunday 24th October 2021

Slapton Sands

At least one Snow Bunting still present at nightfall, around the sea defence boulders, just before the Starling murmuration. Also two Cattle Egrets flew south over the Ley.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 24th at 11:58 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

South Brent

In addition to the Black Redstart reported at Avon Dam, there was another around the churchyard in South Brent this afternoon. 

Black Redstart, South Brent
Black Redstart, South Brent

Posted October 24th at 8:38 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Anchor wood to Fremington

This afternoon a group of five Cattle Egrets and two Little Egrets were on Penhill Marsh.  In a field on the in land side of the Tarka path were a group of ten Curlew. In the river were two Bar-tailed Godwit and yet more Curlew. No camera today.

Posted October 24th at 6:53 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Avon Dam

Lovely walk up to the Avon Dam this afternoon when the rain stopped. At least one male ring ouzel feeding in bushes below the dam and other thrush flocks around. Also a Merlin flew over the dam and one black redstart among the mippits on the dam wall.

Posted October 24th at 5:24 pm by Paul Buckley in Bird News

Exminster Marsh Sunday 24th

Good view of late hobby hunting over field behind Lions Rest. Catching dragonflies and eating on the wing.  Being harassed by three magpies.  Also immature marsh harrier over central area.

Posted October 24th at 4:59 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

South Brent ~ Merlin

Seen from home at South Brent this morning a flock of 31 Redwing, Tawny owl then flushed from the orchard.

Garden feed station getting busy with two Nuthatch and good numbers of Greenfinch as well as the usual garden birds, immature Sparrowhawk flew through and landed on a gate before moving on.

This afternoon a high flying female Merlin (record shots at best given the poor weather conditions)


Posted October 24th at 4:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Royal North Devon Golf Club

3 Snow Buntings on beach adjacent to golf course

Posted October 24th at 4:04 pm by Andy Downing in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Bittern dropped into reeds just north of bridge at 07:30, also Kingfisher here.. In the bay Great Northern Diver just off Memorial Car Park. Lots of Gannets and Kittiwakes south through Bay, also 3 Brent Geese and 2 Arctic Skuas. 2 Cattle Egrets in the cattle field across the ley from Memorial Car Park.

Posted October 24th at 2:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Some good seawatching at Berry Head this morning with Mark Darlaston:

Ed: final day totals 0745-1545 (from MD):

1 Little Auk, 1 European Storm-petrel, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 juv Puffin, 1 juv Pomarine Skua, 6 Balearic Shearwaters, Manx Shearwater, 4 Little Gulls (1 ad, 3 1w) , 72 Mediterranean Gulls, 4920 Kittiwakes (incl. c750 still in Tor Bay at 15:45), 57+ Common Gulls, c650 Gannets, 18 Arctic Skuas, 24 Great Skuas, 2 Gadwall, 4 C Scoter, 2 Brambling, 6 Swallows plus Atlantic Bluefin Tuna & 6+ Porpoises.

Little Auk

Posted October 24th at 1:44 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Northam Burrows

First 3 Snow Buntings at Northam Burrows this morning

Posted October 24th at 1:24 pm by Rob Durrant in Bird News

Saturday 23rd October 2021

Exeter , Exwick

Very nice to see some black-billed Scandinavian male blackbirds , c4 feeding on the ground inside a damp park .

Posted October 23rd at 8:00 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Saltram National Trust

1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 9 Mandarin, 3 Curlew

Posted October 23rd at 7:22 pm by Ben Crabb in Bird News

Slapton ~ Snow Buntings

As per Lloyd's earlier post two Snow Bunting at Slapton today, 150 Coot on the Ley and a handful of Great Crested Grebe but not a great deal else, up to eight Cetti's Warbler and two Water Rail.

Twelve Cattle Egret flying across the bay just out to sea and another two in a cattle field above the Ley, Greenfinch and Stonechat showing well.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 23rd at 6:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


After a quiet start, a reasonable spread of autumn migrants recorded including: Dartford Warbler, 3+ Ring Ouzels, Merlin, Firecrest, 2 Siskins, 1+ Redwing, 5 Song Thrushes, 5 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 9 Teal, 7 Golden Plovers, 12+ Stock Doves & just c250 Woodpigeons. Also Hare, 8 Sika & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted October 23rd at 5:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bucks Mills

Today at Bucks Mills I saw this fine chap perched on a rock close to the waters edge. Also saw two Oystercatchers, some Jackdows, a Rock pipit and a Robin.

Carrion Crow
Carrion Crow

Posted October 23rd at 5:41 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Ringing early this morning aiming to catch a few Redwings which have started to appear. First bird out of a net (pre-dawn) was the female Tawny Owl which had been calling to her mate when I arrived. Ended with 6 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 4 Blackcap (all males) 3 Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and a few locals. Still no returning Greenfinch. Out on the scrape from very early a very big flock of Black-tailed Godwits (150+?) Raven over. Didn't catch the Jay, or the Cetti's Warbler, nor yet the GSW or Water Rail....

Anyone know anything about small freshwater fish? There is a small shoal of something (lord knows where they came from!) which mooch about on the surface with their noses just breaking the surface. I have no idea. Otter food?!

Posted October 23rd at 3:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Beach

2 Snow Buntings this morning, up and down beach between Torcross and Memorial.Unfazed by many obsrevers

Posted October 23rd at 11:55 am by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Grey phalarope

21 Oct 31 1.15pm in the sea by the breakwater leading to the lighthouse. Alas no photo 

Eds - Was this Brixham?? - Please anyone posting a sighting always start with the site as a 'title' for the post, not the bird.

Posted October 23rd at 11:12 am by Bryan Greenwood in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Friday afternoon at Fremington Pill saw little in the way of bird life other than a Little Grebe at the Muddlebridge end a few Mallard, a few Little Egrets and a dozen or so Redshank.  On the little island just off the quay were one, Greenshank, one Grey Heron, one Spotted Redshank, two Curlew and a couple of Oystercatchers. From the middle of the I could see a half dozen or so Wigeon up close to Penhill Point end of river.

Little Grebe and two Mallard
Little Grebe and two Mallard
Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted October 23rd at 1:07 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 22nd October 2021

South Brent ~ Home birding

With the change in the weather I put a bird feeder up today and was amazed how quickly it was rediscovered and soon emptied, upwards of 20 Greenfinch was a pleasant surprise I haven't seen that many around the garden for several years, a very persistent Nuthatch, flyover Greater Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, nice to have some Long Tailed Tits back on the feed station.

This morning gave the first evidence of the autumnal Wood pigeon migration with several small flocks of birds passing over, also a Mistle Thrush and several small flocks of Redwing.

Coal Tit
Coal Tit

Posted October 22nd at 8:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Bundle Head 07:45 - 09:15 this morning: 23,500 Woodpigeons (around half heading south/west inland, half flying over the sea between Exmouth/Budleigh and Torbay), Brambling, Swallow, 168 Goldfinches, 119 Meadow Pipits, 67 Linnets, 34 alba Wagtails, 30 Chaffinches, 26 Siskins, 14 Greenfinches, five Skylarks, two Grey Wagtails, two Mistle Thrushes and two Jays.

Posted October 22nd at 7:31 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow & Plym Estuary.

I only had a brief visit on this afternoons rising tide. On Blaxton Meadow  Wigeon were up to 7, Black-tailed Godwit 6, Redshank 182, Greenshank 9, Oystercatcher 11, Dunlin 6, Curlew 37 & Shelduck 16. On the estuary 4 female Goosander, 2 Little Grebe and a Kingfisher.

Posted October 22nd at 7:29 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Hope's Nose & Paignton

Hope's Nose this morning:

Pleased to find my first Black Redstart of the autumn on the south side, amongst the lower boulders.  A prob imm/1cy male.  Also, 2 showy Firecrests, male and female Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, 6+ Meadow Pipits, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Common Scoters.  

Over in Paignton at the junction of the A380 and Fernicombe Rd, the juv Rosy Starling showed well on wires, on and off, at around 14.35.  It was mobile and spent time over at nearby Belfield Rd and Pimm Rd.  

Posted October 22nd at 6:23 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Ringmoor Down

Treated to a wonderful avian, aerial display this morning by upwards of 500 Golden Plover. Ravens 7, Snipe 3,Crows 10 Meadow Pipits 30+,Stalings 30+ some mixed in with the Golden Plover flock, Redwing 20+, Stonechats 6.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted October 22nd at 5:18 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Had great views of a short eared owl over stubble near the warren car park this afternoon.

Posted October 22nd at 4:16 pm by Jonathan Rundle in Bird News


Female Shoveler and 3 Gadwall on Wrafton Pond this morning. 14 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape (but later flew off east.) 2 Dippers in the river. Water Rail, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, GSW, and 15/20 Redwing in the reserve. Yesterday a Raven was calling from one of the big trees. Also a huge (1000+) number of Starlings on the telegraph wires near the river. Haven't seen such a gathering for about 25 years.

Posted October 22nd at 2:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Snow Bunting , on beach between Torcross and Memorial car park, presume the bird from 11th October, feeding amongst the boulders so probably been overlooked. Also 1 Med Gull, a late Sandwich Tern and 6 Swallows

Posted October 22nd at 2:25 pm by David Cope in Bird News

East Soar

More vis mig this morning: 7560 Woodpigeon - 4280E 3280W, 103 Stock Dove 58E 45W, Skylark 205W & 160 grounded, Jackdaw 150 - 60E 90W, Raven 7W, Chaffinch 60W, Siskin 36W, Snipe 1W, Meadow Pipit 70W, Goldfinch 40W. Also: Golden Plover, 2 Ring Ouzel, 43 Song Thrush, Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 10 Pied Wagtail.

Posted October 22nd at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Avon Dam

Five roosting Goosanders at the Avon Dam this morning included the first male of the autumn there, albeit still in partial eclipse. Two of the brown-heads had paler legs and were assumed to be 1cy birds. All flew out together at 0806. Very quiet below the dam, with just a few Redwing and one Ring Ouzel seen briefly before it took off and flew high southwards - perhaps to Soar!

Posted October 22nd at 12:41 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Tarka Trail today.

3 Adult Spoonbill roosting at Isley Marsh at high tide this morning , Male 

Peregrine on Torridge bridge , 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls on Bideford quay 

a pair of Bullfinch at Yelland.

Posted October 22nd at 12:00 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Late post for yesterday the 21st.

A total of 53 species seen in the morning including eight species of wader. I dipped on Pete's Dipper, but the following were of note. Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 8 Turnstone, 8 Bullfinch, 2 Siskin, 2 Stonechat, GSW and 159 Redwing flying over from Saltram towards Laira first thing (0750hrs). There were more Redwing Flying over, but my view was obscured by the trees at times so not counted.

Posted October 22nd at 6:15 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Thursday 21st October 2021

Marsh Harrier

Horsey Island Thursday morning watched juvenile Marsh Harrier quartering by the middle stone buildings, also good numbers of golden plover

Posted October 21st at 10:55 pm by Liz Crow in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit at lunch time. Probably the same juv hobby was hawking for dragonflies over the canal. The great white egret was amongst the roosting waders in the middle of the marsh. About 160 golden plover flew over but landed on the estuary. At least 2 chiffchaffs were along the canal bank.

Posted October 21st at 7:34 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In much nicer conditions, this morning: 2 Dippers (1 singing), Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebes, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Wigeon & a Treecreeper. 


Posted October 21st at 5:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire (E.Dartmoor).

A very pleasant morning field walk in spite of cold N wind and waterlogged ground for 12 members of DB (as arranged by East Devon Branch).  From the car park a few Meadow Pipit and a pair of Stonechat were present but birds appeared thin on the ground until we headed north from the red barn.  The target winter thrushes did not come easily but beyond the last wall 2 Ring Ouzel, small flocks of Redwing, a Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush were present at a distance. Overhead a flock of c100 Golden Plover were circling, plus 2 Buzzard and RavensGt S. Woodpecker was finally added to a count of 18 species.

Thanks to Alex and Shelagh Parsons for leading us and keeping the list.

Posted October 21st at 2:46 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

East Soar

Good vis mig this morning with 9450 Woodpigeons moving through - 5790E & 3660W then many groups straight out to sea presumably heading for France & Iberia; Skylark 18W 32E & 100 grounded; Song Thrush 8W; Jackdaw 13W; Swallow 6E; Siskin 6W; Jay 1 W. 

Also: 4 Ring Ouzels in Starehole showing really well from main path so no need to struggle up the goat path, female Merlin, Golden Plover, Sparrowhawk, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 50+ Meadow Pipit.

Posted October 21st at 2:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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