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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

Posted June 30th at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


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

Wednesday 6th July 2022

Croyde Sands

1 2nd Summer Med Gull with several Black headed Gulls or should that be Brown headed Gulls!?

Posted 10:35 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh Great Egret

5pm at Tarka Trail overlooking Sherpa Marsh. 2 egrets. One of which was clearly Great White Egret.

Unable to see second bird clearly for positive id. 

Posted 9:52 am by Andy Leat in Bird News

Nightjars Hartland

After being rained off on the Devon birds Nightjar outing recently Alan Craddock and I decided to visit the Hartland site on a nice calm evening.

We were rewarded almost immediately with several birds churning and flight calls. Shortly after 10pm the first birds flew over us and several other birds seen and heard during the next hour or so.
Always a treat to see these mysterious birds. 

Posted 9:52 am by Andy Leat in Bird News

Tuesday 5th July 2022


A lonesome Razorbill off the Capstone rocks 

Posted yesterday at 8:01 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Crossbill, Teignmouth

Fly over at 11am from Ferndale Rd

Posted yesterday at 6:59 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News


5 Swifts over Burrough Road / Griggs Close late afternoon, early evening.

Posted yesterday at 6:57 pm by Rob Maye in Bird News

Med gulls Barnstaple

On Tarka Trail behind Heaton Court pub, large numbers of gulls. 150+ black head gulls, and 20 or more Med gulls, juvenile and adults in amongst them.

Also, Great Black Back, Shelducks with young, Cormorant, Several Curlew.

Posted yesterday at 5:49 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Chiffchaffs, Tree pipits, 20+ Mistle thrushes, several Wheatears with juveniles, Stonechats, Swifts, Swallows, Linnets, Ravens, 6 Buzzards.

Linnet f.
Linnet f.
Wheatear juv.
Wheatear juv.

Posted yesterday at 5:22 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Greenshanks amongst the slow build of other waders; also at least 1 Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull (2nd cal year), Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails & 7 Mandarin Ducks. 

Posted yesterday at 3:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Avon Dam

In addition to the first Goosander since 14 May, a roosting redhead which departed at 0530, there was a Black Redstart on the dam wall. This follows previous summer records at the Avon Dam on 16/08/2016 and 21/07/2017.

From about 0630 to 0730 the dam was busy with other small birds enjoying a fly bonanza - see photo of spider's web - which has occurred in July in previous years. This morning the species comprised GS (the most surprising), WW, SL, HM, SC, W, MP, PW, GL, CH and LI.

Black Redstart on spillway
Black Redstart on spillway
Spider's web with flies
Spider's web with flies

Posted yesterday at 10:39 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Monday 4th July 2022

Sherpa Marsh Great Egret

5pm at Tarka Trail overlooking Sherpa Marsh. 2 egrets. One of which was clearly Great White Egret.

Unable to see second bird clearly for positive id. 

Posted July 4th at 9:24 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

East Soar

Best today Hobby and 37 Swift heading south - welcome to autumn! Looks like a spectacular breeding season at Soar with most species in excellent numbers.

Posted July 4th at 5:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Caen Estuary + Horsey

4 Black-tailed Godwits foraging on the Caen Estuary & later on Horsey.

The Canada geese goslings are growing up fast on Horsey.

3 Swifts over Braunton Marshes.

Posted July 4th at 4:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bad news from Yelland.

I’ve just heard that the old power station site at Yelland has been given the go ahead despite protestations.  The development is right on the Taw estuary and will probably include work or disturbance on the old flooded basement of the Original power station where this year I had the best ever count of 9 Nesting Grey Herons Plus Nesting Canada geese , Oystercatcher , Stock Doves  , Sand Martins And Swallows........

Posted July 4th at 3:08 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Sunday 3rd July 2022

Boat trip out from Brixham

5 Common Dolphin, 34 Manx Shearwater, Cory Shearwater, 4 Med Gulls (1adult, 3 2nd cy), usual gulls, 20+ Gannets, Guillemots and 3 Razorbills. 

Posted July 3rd at 7:27 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram

This morning:  21 female Mandarin, 41 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 32 Curlew, 12 Shelduck with 1 juvenile, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Ring necked Parakeets, and a spotty juvenile Green Woodpecker making a lot of noise!

Posted July 3rd at 2:10 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Yesterday evening over Crownhill Down: Wheatears, Stonechats, Linnets, Chiffchaffs

Wheatear. juv.
Wheatear. juv.

Posted July 3rd at 12:30 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Saturday 2nd July 2022

Ilfracombe Harbour

On Larkstone beach this morning a juv 1st summer Yellow-legged Gull was among the resident gulls.

Posted July 2nd at 5:53 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

North side of Taw Estuary

1 Mediterranean Gull & good numbers of BH Gulls at Pottington.

14 Redshank (12 in one flock) & 1 Black tailed Godwit.

1 pair of Shelduck with 10 juveniles.

Posted July 2nd at 2:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0600-0900hrs: 1570 Manx Shearwaters, 19 Fulmar, 12 Kittiwakes, 40+ Gannets, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Puffin, 88 Auks, at least 6 Razorbills, 31 Common Dolphins in 3 pods. My first Grey Wagtails (2) on the move of the summer at Berry Head.

   Common Dolphins Berry Head 02 July 2022  Gannets Berry Head 020722ML

             Common Dolphins                                                                              Gannets

Posted July 2nd at 10:43 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 1st July 2022

Burrator Reservoir

My first ever Burrator Barnacle Goose was with 62 Canada Geese late this afternoon. The 62 Canada Geese was a massive increase on the usual low 20s that I see here. I assume that the Saltram Barnacle is having a Dartmoor holiday with some of his Canada chums!…

Posted July 1st at 8:49 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The report I made yesterday of a drake Ringed-necked Duck is erroneous. With scope views today it’s clearly a Tufted Duck. Rick Lockwood

Posted July 1st at 6:37 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back on the patch after my latest travels: Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Kingfishers, Red-crested Pochard (female), 24 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-s & 2nd cy), Green Woodpecker (juv), pair of Stonechats, Whitetrhroat, 3 Roe Deer, 6+ Marbled Whites, 4 Small & 2 Large Skippers & 6 Ringlets.

Posted July 1st at 2:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

Black Guillemot seen about 100m east off Drake’s Island loafing at the first plastic buoy with a smaller green one. 

Posted July 1st at 9:15 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Thursday 30th June 2022

Nightjar Cann Woods 30th June 2022

Cracking night at Cann woods looking at the Nightjars,at 21:30hrs one male showed incredible well flying right over our heads within a couple of feet. It was a gorgeous night  clear sky ,sun just setting and this male Nightjar flying so close in good light we were able to see all the details.  It then landed near us which enabled us to get a fairly good picture. It was a very memorable moment watching its floating swoops and glides as it flew around and right over us.

Male Nightjar
Male Nightjar

Posted June 30th at 11:42 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Upper/Lower Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

2 Willow Tit, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch.

Upper Tamar Lake,

2 Willow Tit, 4 Cormorants, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Great-blacked Gulls.

Posted June 30th at 3:53 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Drake Ring-necked Duck this pm

Posted June 30th at 3:27 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Velator area

In the reserve today: juvenile Grey Heron again, a Song Thrush - more often heard than seen. Kingfisher having a go at the Sticklebacks, A few House martins over the scrape, And flying over Sherpa Marsh off to the South, a Great White Egret, which landed out of sight over by Chivenor.

Posted June 30th at 1:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kite - Bovey Tracey

One bird thermalling over St Paul's Parish Church from 11.52 - 11.56, before drifting off east 

Posted June 30th at 12:05 pm by John Walton in Bird News

SW coast path Kingswear yesterday.

Plenty of skylarks displaying on the coast.


Posted June 30th at 9:48 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Fremington Salt pond area

Just going through my photos from Sunday's visit to Fremington and I came across this better quality photo of the Rosy Starling.

Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling

Posted June 30th at 12:21 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 29th June 2022

Saltpill duckpond Fremington

Just got back from another foray. In short, we didn't see it. Loadsa Starlings - juveniles outnumbering adults by about 5 to 1. They started arriving at about 7.35 and almost all landed on the wires although the small Hawthorn tree was almost completely obscured a couple of times.

Posted June 29th at 9:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Darts Farm

Tundra Bean Goose finally appeared properly about 10.45  today, but about 45 minutes before two geese flew towards the road. View almost completely obscured by combination of seen and vegetation, but assume it was the Bean plus the Greylag. Went unsuccessfully to look for them,, and returned to screen just as a Red Kite circled low overhead before flying off NE. Those in the screen missed it!  Then, after tantalising glimpses of the Bean's heard, the whole bird did show near the pond towards the right..

Posted June 29th at 9:03 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

Escot Park - Spot Fly

Pleased to record my first Spotted Flycatcher for Escot Park, seen over the last 2 days.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted June 29th at 6:36 pm by John Reeves in Bird News


Whilst sat out enjoying the late morning sunshine, looking towards the Buttercombe direction were c.20 Swift on a food frenzy. 

Posted June 29th at 12:18 pm by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

East Budleigh Common - Noghtjars

Here is the YouTube link for some video of the Nightjars displaying and calling at yesterday's East Devon Field Trip.

Posted June 29th at 12:00 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Starlings etc.

Went out to the Saltpill pond area yesterday evening, and saw several thousand Starlings coming in to a roost. Most of the arrivals landed in the bare Hawthorn tree before dropping into the reed-bed. Good numbers also on the adjacent wires. All viewable from the Tarka Trail. Sadly, despite staying until at least 9.30p.m. we didn't see the Rosy Starling. Would be worth another visit timed to see the first arrivals.

Velator reserve still has Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Reed Warblers singing this morning and male Reed Bunting plus a juvenile Grey Heron seen inside.

Posted June 29th at 11:33 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

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