Devon Bird Sightings

Recent Winter Weather

I should like to include a piece on the effects on birds of the recent severe cold snap (26 February to 3 March) in the next 'Devon Birds'. Please send any accounts, observations and anecdotes to me ( and I will try and compile a single account (with of course, full acknowledgement of all contributors). Please include some weather notes - for instance, here in East Devon it was the glazed frost on the morning of 2 March that did the most damage, covering everything with a layer of ice and forming an icy crust on the lying snow. Many thanks.

Mike Lock

Posted March 9th at 11:52 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Devon Birds Records Committee

After serving as a member of the Committee for five years, Chris Townend will be standing down at the end of June 2018. Chris, who leads wildlife watching holidays through his own company 'Wise Birding', has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past five years and wish him well in the future.

A formal application to fill the vacancy has been received from Andrew Smith, from Buckfastleigh, which is supported by members of the Committee. Andy has been birding for over forty years and moving to Devon in 2015, Andy has since explored the County, regularly visiting Soar and South Huish during migration, whilst more locally he spends his time and surveying at Hembury and Holne Woods.

Over the last 20 years Andy has led over 130 bird and natural history tours, mainly for Naturetrek. His experience and knowledge from birdwatching in over 50 countries including much of the Western Palearctic will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2018, Andy will be formally elected to fill the vacancy for a five year period.

For more information and/or an application form please contact: Kevin Rylands, County Recorder. Email:

Posted February 21st at 11:01 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Friday 23rd March 2018

Dartmoor Fri 23rd

On the way to work this morning Merlin near Powder Mills. On the way home from work male Hen Harrier near Powder Mills!

Posted 39 minutes ago by Richard Penrose in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery

Great to see Northern Wheatear (male) and Willow warbler in the Cemetery this morning

Posted 4:35 pm by Ian Teague in General Birding

Dippers on the Erme at Harford

Watched a pair of dippers gathering nest material along the edge of the river lunchtime, including this ringed bird - white blue colour rings on right tarsus, black colour ring above silver BTO ring on the left. Does anyone have information on this bird?

Ringed dipper with nest material, River Erme at Harford 23/3/18
Ringed dipper with nest material, River Erme at Harford 23/3/18

Posted 2:18 pm by Richard Archer in General Birding

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Golden plovers Lewdown

31 golden plovers feeding in grass field opposite turning for Stowford, Lewdown just after 1pm. Watched them moving slowly downhill for about 10mins. There were approx 20 there on Tues 20th at about the same time.

Posted yesterday at 10:36 pm by Jon Martin in General Birding

Broadsands ~ South Brent

An early morning visit to Broadsands, not overly productive, on the sea  ten Great Crested Grebe, one possibly two Black Throated Diver, one Fulmar and two Mallard in flight out over the bay.

In the back car park a small number of Cirl and Reed Bunting, Green finch showing well, a Carrion Crow actively nest building in the back corner of the car parks and a Buzzard overhead.

While watching the Cirl Buntings a very pale "female" Bunting sp landed on the ground very briefly, similar size to the Cirl & Red Bunting but much paler over all with lighter facial markings, but did not stay long enough to identify or allow a photo to be taken.

Near Dartington eight Magpies together.


Back home at South Brent female Yellow Hammer came into the garden feed station, very much a garden rarity around the village, Siskin, Bullfinch, Goldfinch and Nuthatch brightened the day, a high fly over from a female Sparrow Hawk cleared the area of small birds.

Posted yesterday at 9:22 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding


Bonaparte's Gull (Maer Rocks), Long-tailed Duck (Grove), Eider, Sandwich Tern and Glaucous Gull (Bull Hill) all seen in Exmouth today. No sign of the Corn Bunting.

Posted yesterday at 8:03 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Blagdon's Meadow

From the meadow this lunchtime: Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Turnstone 25, Little Grebe, 1 s/plu, among usual species 

Posted yesterday at 4:59 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Spoonbill around site all morning. Chiffchaffs in field leading to platform. Peregrine swooped on Wigeon but didn't catch one.

Grey Heron  Chiffchaff  Peregrine
Grey Heron                                Chiffchaff                                Peregrine

Posted yesterday at 4:46 pm by Colin Scott in General Birding


Migrants this morning:  3 male Wheatears - two above Soar Mill Cove & one in the gardens of Ocean Reach on Bolberry Down; 2 Chiffchaffs in Soar Mill Valley; Water Rail moving up through thick juncus in Soar Mill Valley. Also: flock of 80 Linnets on stubbles at Southdown Farm.

Posted yesterday at 11:59 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Topsham 21 March

Belated news from yesterday: 4 Hawfinches in Topsham Cemetery around 9 a.m. and the adult Spoonbill flew into Bowling Green Marsh around midday. At BGM there were c30 Shoveler, 8 Pintail, a Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck and 2 Chiffchaffs, while out on the estuary were c40 Avocets, hundreds of Black-tailed Godwits and c30 Knot.

Hawfinch, Topsham Cemetery Spoonbill, Bowling Green Marsh 

Posted yesterday at 10:42 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Kingfisher pair among the scaffolding at Velator

By way of confirmation, as if any were needed, of Jon Turners kingfisher sighting of Monday, Sue & I were able to spot & photograph at distance, the male & female kingfishers sat on the scaffolding Jon mentioned.

Male kingfisher on scaffoldingFemale kingfisher on scaffoldingSpot the kingfisher on the scaffolding
Male kingfisher on scaffolding   Female kingfisher on scaffolding   Spot the kingfisher on the scaffolding

Posted March 21st at 8:34 pm by Philip Naylor in General Birding

Preston, Paignton

Besides a number of Sparrows, Wood Pigeons and Herring Gulls, there were 2 male Blackcaps on the bird feeders this morning.

Posted March 21st at 7:54 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

Spotted Redshank and Black Redstart on the Otter today shared with many other birders and non birders.


Posted March 21st at 7:43 pm by Geoff Campbell in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

My first look at the lake for a couple of days showed 1f Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2f Goldeneye, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit.

Posted March 21st at 7:32 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding


Six Wheatear (5m, 1f), one Teal (on ex clay pit), one Skylark singing and two Grey Wagtails. Usual species also seen. 

Posted March 21st at 7:25 pm by Chris E in General Birding


Had the Corn Bunting at Gore Lane this afternoon with a Peregrine overhead the only other notable. On the way back through town a Firecrest was busy and vocal on the lane behind the bowling club (approx SY004802)

Posted March 21st at 7:12 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Exmouth and Otter Estuary

Orcombe Point 

A quick look first this and I managed to obtain excellent views of the Corn Bunting on Gore Lane near the dung heap.

Otter Estuary 

A quick look after work and the Spotted Redshank was briefly seen on the Estuary from the scrape area. 

More details and picture on

Posted March 21st at 6:55 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

First Summer Migrant over Teignmouth

Even though the snow is still on the field margins, I have just seen a lone House Martin flying NE over our house in East Teignmouth.

Posted March 21st at 5:13 pm by Nick D’Agorne in General Birding


Single Shag & Great Northern Diver off seafront at 11.10am

Posted March 21st at 4:36 pm by John Walton in General Birding

Otter Estuary

23  members of DB  (East Devon Branch) met at Whitebridge and took the circular walk to the sea front and back up the west path.  At the start a distant Red legged Partridge was seen in the fields to the NE.  2 Bullfinch flew over while a Little Grebe (3 later counted), Cettis Warbler and Reed Bunting were early finds and a Water Rail heard.  Several Pintail were seen, together with Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck and Mallard.  The main interest was the Black Redstart and Spotted Redshank at the cricket pitch where 5 Dunlin were also present but in lesser numbers than yesterday.  The sea front produced little of interest.  The walk back up the western path produced numbers of Chiffchaff (estimate c50), Grey Heron a female Great spotted Woodpecker and most surprisingly, a Wood Warbler seen by some.  Thanks to Tim Channon for leading the large group.

EXMOUTH.   I later visited Gore Lane to see the Corn Bunting which emerged from the manure heap and flew off to the fields south at around 13.30. A Peregrine flew over while watching.

Posted March 21st at 4:15 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding


First walk around Sherpa Marsh this spring: 1 Little Egret, 5 Snipe, several each of Teal, Shoveler, and Gadwall, but no migrants. Well, there was a Common Sandpiper on the Caen, along with 2 Greenshank and  4/5 Redshank.

Only the usual suspects in the reserve, but 3 Chiffchaffs shows that migration is under way and a Peacock Butterfly is a first for the year in the reserve.

Posted March 21st at 1:12 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

South Brent & Dartington.

Female Yellow Hammer on the garden feed station this morning at South Brent, over night a Barn owl calling several times. Male Brambling in the afternoon and at least three Reed Bunting around the feeders. Mid afternoon 20 Redwing passed through.

A morning visit to Dartington estate not as many birds as previously but well worth going, Green Woodpecker calling most of the time, GSWP drumming and single burst of drumming from a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Plenty of Yellow Hammer, Reed Bunting and Cirl Bunting, one male Cirl singing away as image. Flock of about 60 plus Chaffinch containing one female Brambling.


Two Buzzards, Heron, Raven, Jay, Mute Swan, Wren and Dunnock.

Along the A385 between Rattery and Dartington a flock of 100 plus Redwing and closer to Dartington a flock of 200 plus Fieldfare with a few Redwing mixed in, both flocks in flight and headed north. Near Culver Lane a Lesser Black Back Gull in a sheep field with a small number of Herring Gull.


Posted March 21st at 12:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Miraculously, & I say that because of the extreme weather conditions we have had both in the British Isles & in Europe, there were 3 - 4 male Wheatear at Baggy this morning. Under the circumstances It is remarkable they survived the migration from Africa.

Posted March 21st at 12:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Willow Warbler

One Willow Warbler and two Chiffchaff actively feeding around the bottom lake at Clennon Valley yday eve.

Posted March 21st at 7:21 am by Will Scott in General Birding

Tuesday 20th March 2018


Spoonbill spotted on the tidal road 18th March 2018

Posted March 20th at 8:38 pm by Tracy Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Corn Bunting - Exmouth

Corn Bunting still active around the dung heap at the top of Gore Lane Exmouth. Maer Lane flooded so Littleham end of Maer Lane is the best way to Gore Lane. 

Corn Bunting - Exmouth
Corn Bunting - Exmouth

Posted March 20th at 8:06 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Topsham Cemetery and Budleigh Salterton Cricket Pitch

Topsham Cemetery 

An early morning look produced at least 6 Hawfinch. I would say there’s probably more as they were quite mobile and tricky to keep an eye on how many were about.

Budleigh Salterton Cricket Pitch

A look after work produced a cracking Male Black Redstart on the left hand side of the pitch. Also a Knot in the Estuary.

For rubbish pictures and more detail visit

Posted March 20th at 8:02 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Winter Thrushes at East Budleigh

Large numbers of redwing and fieldfare in the fields, trees (and a paddock) at the back of East Budleigh cemetery around lunchtime. Upwards of 200, about 60% redwing. Also single song thrush, mistle thrush and blackbird in the nearest field. Peregrine overhead near Wynards Farm. Male black redstart skipping between the cricket net furthest from the pavilion at Budleigh Salterton and a tree adjacent to the newer cricket nets close to the river path - and a couple of snipe nearby. Three male bullfinches feeding on cherry blossom by the old railway line cycle path just west of the Capel Lane bridge. Several chiffchaff on that path and along the Otter. 

Posted March 20th at 7:56 pm by Keith Annison in General Birding

A wonderful farewell to Devon!

We shall be moving to Wales from Devon (hopefully in the coming weeks) and this morning I had a stunning view of a male Goshawk fly low between a couple of tall trees about 20 metres in front of me and take a Wood pigeon in flight before almost appearing to do a "handbrake turn" and carry the bird into an adjacent field.The Goshawk was in superb breeding plumage and the supercillium  very easily distinguished - even at speed!.  This is my first sighting of the species at the location for just under two years.

Posted March 20th at 7:51 pm by Tony Mercer in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Spoonbill Spoonbill Spoonbill



Posted March 20th at 7:49 pm by Colin Scott in General Birding

Corn Bunting - Exmouth

The Corn Bunting still present this afternoon at the top of Gore Lane in and around the manure heap and hedgerows, Showing well at times but generally elusive.

Posted March 20th at 7:32 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding


Fine sunny day to melt the remaining snow, which brought down another tree - which was already weighed down with Ivy. Not much to report though, best was a Long-tailed Tit carrying moss.

Kingfisher on nearby Wrafton Pond, and despite the scaffolding by the bridge, another Kingfisher in the river.

Posted March 20th at 5:50 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Possible Siberian Chiffchaff - Exmouth 20/03/18

Very lethargic bird sat mostly very still on the edge of the green at the Madeira Bowling Club at Exmouth this afternoon - seemed very grey crown & mantle to me - can anyone confirm, (or not), ID please.

Possible Siberian Chiffchaff    Possible Siberian Chiffchaff
Possible Siberian Chiffchaff                      Possible Siberian Chiffchaff


Ed. Certainly a pale and grey bird but yellow on supercilium and greenish tones on mantle rule out tristis Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted March 20th at 5:42 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

Chivenor/Braunton Inn - Black Swans

Not native I know, but interesting to see 3 Black Swan on the Taw this morning. 

Posted March 20th at 4:47 pm by Kelvin Irwin in General Birding


A Hawfinch was feeding on seed in the south west corner of Hackney Marshes this morning.

Posted March 20th at 4:28 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Adult Spoonbill showing close in to the hide this lunchtime. Female type Marsh Harrier over the reed bed before heading out over the estuary. Also 1 Kingfisher.

Posted March 20th at 3:53 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Otter Estuary and valley

A pair of Mute Swan were displaying before they mated and then presented each other with a posy of weed... what a delight!  This took place in a ditch up the valley where I counted 20+ Chiffchaffs, (evidently a spring influx). Singles of Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Long tailed Tit and a pair of Reed Bunting also present. 

On the estuary the main interest was on the Cricket Pitch where a male Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 36 Dunlin (unusually high numbers here), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Redwing, 1 Stonechat and a pair of Song Thrush were seen by a number of observers.  A large flock of Meadow Pipit were mobile in the water logged fields and a Green Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker heard.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) the East Devon Branch have a fieldtrip here so hopefully the birds will stay around.

Posted March 20th at 3:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

North Plympton

One Blackcap (m) and Chiffchaff in the garden first thing. 

Posted March 20th at 12:55 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Braunton Marshes

10.45 am, 'the' female Marsh Harrier seen flying high, and indulging in some aerobatics with a Buzzard.....this bird flies very well considering the dishevelled state of its plumage !

Posted March 20th at 12:27 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Monday 19th March 2018

Galmpton Black Redstart

Walk around Galmpton 1pm onwards. On the beach between the two boat yards at Galmpton creek, there was a Black Redstart, (think it was a first winter male?) with a female stonechat.

Posted March 19th at 9:38 pm by kay and gary deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish, South Efford and slapton

Several golden plover on the grass near the middle carpark at Slapton today. At South Huish marsh a Glaucous gull, at least 9 golden plover, a grey plover, a brent goose, cirl buntings on the grass near the parking meter. Wheatear at South Huish and South Efford marsh. Several distant views of a kingfisher at South Efford and a sparrowhawk.

Posted March 19th at 8:09 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Otter Estuary and Scrapes, Budleigh Salterton

The most notable birds on the Otter today were:
Spotted Redshank - 1
Golden Plover - 25 birds this evening
Pintail - 5
Knot - 1
Spotted Redshank, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend

Posted March 19th at 7:51 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Exmouth Seafront

2 Wheatears today amongst the snow on Exmouth seafront with a Stonechat

Posted March 19th at 6:27 pm by John Deakins in General Birding

Southcot Marsh

150 Black Tailed Godwits,+ruff,reeve15:00.Barn owl hunting off buckland road nr littleham 12:55 and female blackcap,2 coaltits in garden

Posted March 19th at 6:15 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding


1 Male Wheatear and 3 snipe seen this afternoon.

Posted March 19th at 6:12 pm by Andrew Hickson in General Birding

Common Rosefinch Plymouth

Identical bird briefly seen on a sunflower feeder on both the 18th and 19th in a garden at Hooe so looks like it is sticking around for a few days.

Posted March 19th at 5:03 pm by GE and LA Carr in General Birding


Found a fluffed up Chiffchaff chasing insects in some brambles earlyish this morning. 6 Teal, 4 Gadwall and 2 Mallard were joined by a Coot, a Moorhen and a Little Grebe on the pond and the 2 Canada Geese later arrived too. A distant view of a Marsh Harrier south over Sherpa Marsh.

A mixed flock of Redwings, Starlings and Fieldfares graced the trees mid-morning and several each of Green, Gold and Chaffinch.

Another Chiffchaff, this time looking much more active near the gate as I left.

Some excitement at the bridge over the river too. Masses of scaffolding being erected to effect repairs to the bridge.

Posted March 19th at 5:00 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head

Single Golden Plover on the very end of the headland. Kept it's distance from humans otherwise seemed reluctant to leave.

Posted March 19th at 4:58 pm by John Lusher in General Birding

Dartington Hawfinch

Two Hawfinch using the trees at the bottom of Dartington primary school and meadowbrook car park also a male stonechat and redwings

Posted March 19th at 4:09 pm by Hamish Johnson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Corn Bunting on the dung heap at the top of Gore Lane, Orcombe Point this afternoon. Photos and more details on

Posted March 19th at 4:01 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Shebbear College

A solitary Golden Plover on the main cricket pitch.  Looked a bit sad as it searched for food - was chased off by a rook.

Posted March 19th at 1:01 pm by Simon Weale in General Birding


A cold few hours along the coast path and Point produced the following :

Golden Plover 326, Grey Plover 1, Dunlin 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Fieldfare c50, Redwing c30, Linnet c180, Meadow Pipit c260 & Wheatear 3. A part from the Godwit, the rest were feeding in the stubble field.

Posted March 19th at 12:53 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding


Feast in the (mini) Beast yesterday:

Sparrowhawk dining on Starling



Sparrowhawk in snow
Sparrowhawk in snow

Posted March 19th at 6:58 am by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Sunday 18th March 2018

Corbyn Beach Med Gull

Regarding Chris Proctor’s colour-ringed Med Gull posted earlier:

This is presumably the same gull I spotted at Shoalstone, Brixham in September. See:

I couldn’t quite make out the ring number at that time. Nor could I find out the details of the ringing study.  Hope Chris has better luck! 

Posted March 18th at 9:07 pm by Alistair King in General Birding


Visible migration this afternoon included 720 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 33Golden Plover, all flying south west  btween 1415 and 1615. 

Posted March 18th at 8:06 pm by Peter Maker in General Birding

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

The stand out hard weather movement species today was Golden Plover with a minimum of 500 birds around the  estuary and adjacent scrapes today. The highest count for me.
Other scarce species for the Otter were a drake Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Pintail. 
Golden Plover, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend

Posted March 18th at 7:39 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Corbyn Beach, Torquay

A couple of pics of this afternoon's Mediterranean gull. Green colour ring, code RLN4.

Mediterranean Gull, summer adult
Mediterranean Gull, summer adult

Mediterranean Gull, summer adult
Mediterranean Gull, summer adult

Posted March 18th at 7:38 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding


Very surprised to see my first garden Stonechat eating from ground feeder in snowy Lifton this afternoon.

Posted March 18th at 6:29 pm by David Boddy in General Birding

Brixham Harbour

My first ever Red-Necked Grebe in a snowy Brixham Harbour this afternoon - fishing alongside a Sandwich Tern!  Also a couple of Lesser Black-Backed Gulls on the pontoons and one Common Gull enjoying the waves at Breakwater Beach.

Couple of wobbly videos here too:


Sandwich Tern:

Red-Necked Grebe
Red-Necked Grebe

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted March 18th at 5:40 pm by Alistair King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Noss Mayo

Since last post Blackcap number increased to 5, 3m.2f. Also Redwing in garden.

Posted March 18th at 5:37 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding

In Exwick

The winter visitors are back again with the returning snow.

Posted March 18th at 5:18 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Tiverton gardenwatch

Along with the snow, finches just falling out of the sky, 4 Brambling, 30 + Siskin, 23 Goldfinch, 12 + Chaffinch, 7 Bullfinch, 1 male Greenfinch. 2 Robin, 3 Longhtailed tits, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Dunnock, 3 Blackbirds, 1 Wood Pigeon. Surprisingly no Sparrowhawk who usually drops in for a snack.

Posted March 18th at 5:02 pm by Martyn C Webb in General Birding


A walk down to Torre Abbey and the sea front this afternoon failed to produce anything by way of winter birds. A few lesser blackbacks were with carrion crows on Torre Abbey Sands.At the Corbyn's Head end in front of the beach cafe were 4 mute swans, 10 turnstone, 1 rock pipit and a summer plumaged adult mediterranean gull.

Posted March 18th at 4:51 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding


A record 17 Brambling at times out-numbering the Chaffinches in a huge flock brought in by the snow. Also a few Siskin ,Bullfinches and Greenfinches and new to the garden list 3 Stock Doves amongst the many Wood Pigeon. With the number of Blue,Great, Coal & Long-tailed Tits added estimated a flock of between 50 - 65 species at times. Had to refill the feeders twice today but what a show.

Posted March 18th at 4:23 pm by A.COLLINGE in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis at Fremington pill this morning.

Posted March 18th at 3:41 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Fremington Pill

The highlight of a walk along Fremington Pill today was the regular glossy ibis. There were also 2 reed buntings, a kingfisher, 2 little egrets, 2 greenshanks, dozens of redshanks, 8 teal, plenty of shelduck, and a female stonechat.

Posted March 18th at 3:28 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

Rock Park, Barnstaple

Wheatear on the riverbank in Barnstaple, not sure if he was enjoying the snow, not quite Africa.



Posted March 18th at 3:21 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Blaxton meadow

Seen this morning during the high tide Shelduck 59, Little Egret 17, Curlew 19, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Redshank 101, Common Sandpiper 1,Goosander 4 (1m), Greenshank 5, Oystercatchers 1 & Chiffchaff 2. Disturbance on the meadow by dogs!

Posted March 18th at 3:15 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Noss Mayo

Visiting feeders this morning 4 Blackcap 3m.f., Marsh tit, Great, Blue, Coal

and LT tits , Moorhen and usual garden birds.

Posted March 18th at 2:27 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding

Plymouth (Saturday 17th)

Common Rosefinch briefly on a garden feeder in Plymstock (Goosewell side) late yesterday morning, but not seen since.  Could turn up on another feeder.  (It certainly knows what to do with black sunflower seed!)

Common Rosefinch
Common Rosefinch

Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch
Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch

Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch
Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch

Posted March 18th at 1:59 pm by John Bishop in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Managed a walk around the whole site this morning, the snow falling harder and faster all the time. Not much to report but there were a few hardy Carrion Crows, Magpies & Wood Pigeons around. In addition there were individual sightings of a Jay, Wren, Blackbird, male Pheasant and a Greenfinch. From the bird hide there were at least 7 Great Tits, 3 Blue Tits, a Robin and 2 female Pheasants.

Posted March 18th at 1:44 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding


2 male Brambling in a private garden in Bridford, near Exeter.


Posted March 18th at 12:36 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton spoonbill

Yesterday afternoon about 4 pm, a Spoonbill flew over as we were walking along the shingle bank at the entrance to the estuary. It appeared to go down to the west of the river, presumably onto one of the flooded fields there. I assume it was the same bird that our friends had seen at Bowling Green Marsh in the morning - they now think Spoonbills are common round here!

Posted March 18th at 8:10 am by Colin Randall in General Birding

South Brent ~ Bramblings

A garden record with SIX Brambling on the ground below the garden feeders this morning (2M & 4F) and a new male Reed Bunting (3M & 1F) Jay, Siskin, Song Thrush and a pair of Bullfinch all in before 8am...

The day got better with at one point six Siskin, at least four Reed Bunting, two Jay, the Brambling continue to visit the feed station, along with Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Greenfinch, House Sparrow and good numbers of Goldfinch.

Posted March 18th at 7:55 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 17th March 2018

Heathfield Starling Roost

Just to confirm the finish of the Heathfield Starling roost.  I checked it out tonight (17th March) and saw only 20 or so birds!  The data gleaned from this roost since late February and that at Ashprington (in bamboo) since late January will, in time, be used to compare with the six years (2012-2017), almost daily, data from the Slapton autumn roost (Oct-Dec) along with reference to datasets from UK south coast counties and long-term datasets from Falsterbo and Ottenby BOs in Southern Sweden and other datasets available from Northern Europe/The Baltic.  The plan is for a further years' fieldwork at Slapton (Oct-Dec 2018) as well as further monitoring of any roosts within 30 mins of Dartington for comparison during Oct-March 2018/19.

Posted March 17th at 9:01 pm by Dennis Elphick in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands Iceland gull

A nice Iceland gull at Beesands this morning

Posted March 17th at 7:15 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Taw Estuary

Plenty of interest on my WeBS sector (which takes in Velator, Wrafton Pond, left bank of R Caen and Chivenor foreshore as far as Heanton corner): 4 Spoonbills on Wrafton Scrape; Firecrest, Water Pipit and singing Chiffchaff at Velator; Tundra Bean Goose on Sherpa Marsh (with Canada Geese); male Red-breasted Merganser on the Caen (rare in N Devon), 2 male Wheatears along Chivenor foreshore (my first of the year).

Posted March 17th at 2:31 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point to Watermouth 13th–16th

Four consecutive early morning visits revealed light visible migration of typical mid-March species, including Grey Wagtail (singles on 14th & 15th), alba Wagtail (max 8 on 15th), Meadow Pipit (max 39 on 16th), Linnet (max 11 on 15th), Siskin (max 15 on 15th), Goldfinch (max 16 on 15th) and Reed Bunting (max 2 on 16th). Grounded migrants included two Chiffchaffs on 13th, and a scattering of Stonechats (max 3 on 13th) and Goldcrests (singles only).

Posted March 17th at 2:22 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Plym Estuary

Signs of Spring with 2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap. Also Black-tailed Godwit, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kingfisher, 55 Jackdaws, 11 Stock Doves, 3 Mandarin Ducks, 23 Turnstones & 2 Nuthatches.

Posted March 17th at 1:54 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Osprey on Kingsbridge Estuary

During the WeBs count on the Kingsbridge Estuary on Friday 17th, Jo Lapthorn saw an early osprey in Collapit creek. Chris Klee

Posted March 17th at 1:17 pm by KleeCA.DJ in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

Black Redstart(Female/Juvenile) still at back of beach above fishing boats on wall and in gardens at 09.00 hrs.

Posted March 17th at 9:20 am by Paul Reynolds in General Birding

Friday 16th March 2018

Red Kite over A361

A lone Red Kite low over the viaduct on A361 near Aller Cross South Molton at 1730 Friday 16th March.

Posted March 16th at 10:48 pm by Phil Plant in General Birding

Aylesbeare and River Otter

Yellowhammer, Dartfords and Green Woodpecker best birds at Aylesbeare Common. Not much on the very flooded Otter and adjacent fields best tawny Owl. Camera fell in the water so no pics!

Posted March 16th at 10:45 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding


Spring moves on - another (or the same?) Small Tortoiseshell this morning. Warm enough for there to be 6 Buzzards soaring high over the reserve. On the pond, now 2 Little Grebes, one of which was being chased (half-heartedly) by a Coot, which in turn was being given a hard time by a Moorhen. 6 Mallards (two pairs and 2 separate Drakes) were soon reduced to a single pair by the male of one of the pairs. No sign of the Geese today. Cetti's Warbler calling again. Looks like the weather will put a short dent in the progress of spring over the weekend, but should warm up again next week.

Posted March 16th at 8:22 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Northam Burrows

Male Wheatear this afternoon.

Posted March 16th at 7:31 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

Black Redstart (Female/Juvenile) 16.00 hrs on handrail and path at the back of Budleigh beach west of fishing boats.

Posted March 16th at 4:16 pm by Paul Reynolds in General Birding


First migrant Chiffchaff in Soar Mill Valley. 8 Song Thrush feeding in oilseed rape - obvious migrants. Several Cirl Buntings in song. Still no Wheatears!

Posted March 16th at 11:39 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

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