Devon Bird Sightings Matching ‘fieldfare’

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As noted in the minutes of the Oct 2020 DBRC meeting, Tim Jones is standing down after serving as a member of the Committee for an extended sixth year. Tim 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 six years and wish him well in the future.

In the hope of maintaining a geographic spread across the Committee, DBRC approached Dean Jones to fill the vacancy. Dean grew up birding and ringing in Antrim and Lothian, before a tour of various European islands, including Lundy where he has been the Warden now for the past four years.

His experience and knowledge from ringing and birdwatching around Europe will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2021, Dean 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 yesterday at 10:45 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Countesswear - Starcross

Some miscellaneous observations from an ordinary day:

- on Matford Pond, 9 Tufted, I think the most I've seen here, and 20 Shoveler, but no Teal or Wigeon, a very abrupt departure;

- on Dawlish Road, c20 Rook nests, down from c75 last year. Perhaps the start of housebuilding around the hill behind is having an effect;

- in Lime Kiln Lane, c30 Redwings chattering, or chatting "Is it time to go?". As an aside one was singing near the crematorium on Sunday, only the second time I've heard this. Haven't seen a Fieldfare for 3/4 weeks;

- along the towpath, song from 4/5 Chiff-Chaffs and 8/10 Cetti's, but only one squeal from a Rail;

- on Exminster Marsh, a few Pintail, missing last week, plus 120+ each of Curlew, Godwit (c99:1 Black:Barred) and Shelduck, and 800+ Brents. Missed the White-fronts, and Barnacles if they are still there;

- in Powderham Park, the usual Stock Doves and Egyptian Geese, and 30 more Shelduck, but no Greenshank;

- in the estuary, 4 each of G-c Grebe and Merganser. Ratio would have been 0:30-40, 30-40 years ago.

Posted March 3rd at 9:14 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Sunday 28th February 2021

Cadover Bridge and Wigford Down

A Red Kite over Cadover at 1030 28th Feb, drifted off low to the west over Wigford Down.  At least 2 pairs of Stonechat back on territory. Skylarks singing and Meadsow Pipits with one song flight seen

Two Mistle Thrushes in song, and just as a reminder of winter still about 8 Fieldfare in fields

Posted February 28th at 12:19 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Friday 26th February 2021

Ashclyst Forest

Flock of Fieldfare (c50) on eastern side of forest. Elsewhere good numbers of small birds at feeders near Caddihoe including Marsh Tits with 2 drumming Gt Spotted Woodpeckers.  A  Green Woodpecker heard on western woodlands. 

Posted February 26th at 5:40 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 22nd February 2021


Afternoon walk from Plympton to Hemerdon and Crownhill Down produced my first Wheatear of the year in fact it's the earliest I've ever seen one. Lots of Skylarks Pipits and Stonechats. Several Buzzards, a Kestrel and a Sparrow Hawk .In Furzeacre Wood a GSW 8 Greenfinches, a solitary Fieldfare with a flock of Redwing and a singing Dipper on the Tory Brook.


Posted February 22nd at 7:11 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Thursday 18th February 2021

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An afternoon's walk revealed: 2 Fieldfares, Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, 2 Common Sandpipers, 13 Wigeon & a female Goosander.

Posted February 18th at 4:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 13th February 2021


Cold windy circular walk from Otterton - Monks Wall - Brandy Head - Stantyway - Otterton. A "bird wave" near the football club comprising all the common tits and finches. Fulmar off the cliffs but nothing on the rough sea. Peregrine flying up and down the coast and an odd looking bird of prey low down over ploughed coastal field battling the wind - ?? Goshawk (but probably just a buzzard !). Fields around Stantyway busy with Cirl Bunting, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Brambling, Siskin and (?Meadow) Pipits. Also a flock of Fieldfare with a few Redwing and a Song thrush.

Posted February 13th at 4:30 pm by Steve Ross in Bird News

Molland Common

These are the images that I was able to get in the very windy conditions.

Three Fieldfares
Three Fieldfares

Posted February 13th at 1:26 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Today (Friday 12) while on my way to Ilfracombe I popped in to Wrafton pond.  There were a few Shoveler (m) and a couple of females, two Gadwall (one m and one fm), a couple of Wigeon and the usual Mallard, Coots, Moorhens and gulls.  However out on the scrape were 50+ Lapwings, three Dunlin, a small number of Teal m&f, a small flock of Starlings and Finches that were too far away to clearly id and there were also a few Rooks. After my work in Ilfracombe I moved on to another on Exmoor where my journey took me through Molland common. Very windy up there but I did see a small number of Fieldfares, two Mistle Thrush and a flock of Starlings (flock size at least 500). 

Lapwing and three Common Sandpiper
Lapwing and three Dunlin

Posted February 13th at 1:24 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Thursday 11th February 2021

Marsh Green

A fine Fieldfare dropped in this morning after I put out the last few apples I had stored for the winter.  The feeders have been busy of late with a party of ten Long tailed Tit my favourites.

Posted February 11th at 3:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Sunday 7th February 2021

Thorne Moor - W.Putford N.Devon

Super walk today - glorious sunshine but biting wind from time to time. Above Haytown - Willow Tit singing loudly from tangled woods by road, 2 ravens honking and barrel rolling low enough to hear wing beats, at least 60 Lapwing together with 200 Golden Plover (probably more of both over brow) plus scattered fieldfares in a field with new crop growth and much exposed soil. 2 mistle thrushes in field by Putford bridge. Thorne Moor - single snipe on muddy track and a bullfinch quietly calling, which very nicely rounded things off.

Posted February 7th at 8:19 pm by Mark West in Bird News

Saturday 6th February 2021

Garden birdwatch, Heavitree, exeter

A flock of 13 redwing and 1 fieldfare in the playing field beyond my garden.

chiffchaff flitting through the hedge.

Posted February 6th at 2:12 pm by David Scott in Bird News

Friday 5th February 2021

Stantyway Farm and Crab Ledge Otterton

Very nice birding this morning with 4 Red Throated Diver & 16 Fulmar off Crab Ledge. On the field stubble and grassland 30+ Reed Bunting, 50+ Linnet, 30+ Chaffinch, 30+ Fieldfare and 30+ skylark plus a pair of Cirl Bunting, & 3 Mistle Thrush. 

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Red Throated Diver
Red Throated Diver

Posted February 5th at 6:38 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Joces Cross, George Nympton, S. Molton

200 Golden Plover, 50 Fieldfare, 2 Skylark

Posted February 5th at 12:16 pm by art symons in Bird News

Tuesday 26th January 2021

Kingsteignton to Luton 25th

Noticeable increase in Fieldfares and Redwings in fields along the lane. Largest group seen approximately 100 fieldfares with lesser numbers of redwings all feeding adjacent to hedges at bottom of fields. Also spotted one cirl bunting in song.

Posted January 26th at 10:03 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Saturday 23rd January 2021

Ugborough Beacon, Wrangaton.

Lovely sighting of Green Woodpecker, about 30 Fieldfare on golf course, solitary Snipe flushed out of gorse on sunny hillside.

Posted January 23rd at 4:39 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Sunday 17th January 2021

Black Tor Waterfall

About 50 to 60 Fieldfare, lovely to see flying  along the valley. 

Posted January 17th at 2:57 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Saturday 16th January 2021

South Brent ~ home birding

The day started with a fly over female Sparrow hawk carrying what looked to be a species of small bird, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Mistle Thrush, forty plus Redwings have been around for most of the day with what may have been a Fieldfare.

This evening saw my regular Tawny owl coming in to be fed and a couple more calling locally.

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl

Posted January 16th at 9:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Harberton Cattle Egrets

Finished a local walk seeing Bullfinches, Long Tailed Tits, Fieldfares, Dipper and Goldcrest. Highlight was to discover six Cattle Egrets, a first for us in this area so very happy. Hope photo OK. 

Posted January 16th at 4:04 pm by Thomas Kent in Bird News

Wednesday 13th January 2021


This morning on my way to customers on Dartmoor I noticed two Great White Egrets(GWE)  feeding in a field near Umberleigh.  On my home the two GWEs were still in the same field so as I was able to stop in a gateway I whipped out my camera.  The two GWs along with nine Grey Herons, two Buzzards and a few Fieldfares were congregating about a 100 metres away in the top corner of the field.

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted January 13th at 7:29 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 10th January 2021

Parke Bovey Tracey

All 5 species of thrush seen in the Parke estate at Bovey Tracey. Large flocks (30 birds+) of redwing and fieldfare seen on the main driveway, car park and orchard. Also of interest a male blackcap seen in the orchard. 

Posted January 10th at 5:30 pm by Jason Parry-Wilson in Bird News

Friday 8th January 2021

S Molton Community woodland

Flock of 10 + Siskins on alder cones. 15+ rewind feeding on ground throughout.  Marsh tit, Fieldfare.

Posted January 8th at 8:52 pm by art symons in Bird News

Winkleigh 7th Jan

Local field with 10 Starling, 3 Mistle thrush, 2Redwing as 5 Fieldfares arrived. Blackbird AND Songthrush in adjacent hedges.

Posted January 8th at 7:50 am by Peter Howard in Bird News

Wednesday 6th January 2021

River Otter

Unusually large numbers (for lower Otter), of 6 ringed plover, 6 redshank, 12 dunlin and 30+ curlew. 2 lapwing.20 brent geese.grey heron.little egret.redwing, fieldfare.mute swan, moorhen. shoveller, teal, mallard, wigeon, little grebe

Posted January 6th at 5:36 pm by Steve Ross in Bird News

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Exminster Marshes, Exeter

10:21 - 13:41

40 species in all including Avocet, Redwing, Fieldfare, Kingfisher, Brent Goose, Curlew, Redshank, Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Pintail, Tufted, Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck, Shoveler, Common Gull. 

Posted January 5th at 4:27 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Monday 4th January 2021

Cadover Bridge

A small mixed flock of Fieldfares and Redwings + 2 Mistle Thrushes. At nearby Ringmoor Copse a larger mixed flock of 150+ Fieldfares and Redwings and 40+ Starlings all feeding on the ground.

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Posted January 4th at 7:19 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Sunday 3rd January 2021

Seaton Wetlands

A few hours spent pottering around the wetlands produced a total of 47 species including one jack snipe amongst a group of 6 common snipe 30+ curlew feeding in the meadows, 1 Mediterranean gull with black headed, common and a few lesser black backed gulls and good numbers of fieldfare feeding on sloes. 

Posted January 3rd at 9:03 am by Steve Manning in Bird News

Saturday 2nd January 2021

Seaton Wetlands

A few hours spent pottering around the wetlands produced a total of 47 species including one jack snipe amongst a group of 6 common snipe 30+ curlew feeding in the meadows, 1 Mediterranean gull with black headed, common and a few lesser black backed gulls and good numbers of fieldfare feeding on sloes. 

Posted January 2nd at 2:32 pm by Steve Manning in Bird News

Friday 1st January 2021

North Devon

Started at Wrafton Pond (after hearing Tawny Owl at 05,45) Sadly no Spoonbills - the Scrape was mostly frozen! So was most of Wrafton pond, Some of the Swans were doing sterling work as ice-breakers. Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon, Snipe, Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe. In the reserve, Kestrel, Redwing and 5 Fieldfare, Many Finches.. Down the Toll Road - Canada Geese. Kingfisher seen by others. Little Egrets, Redshank and Greenshank in Velator Harbour. Further down the Pill, Dunlin. In the DWT reserve at Horsey, Shelduck, Grey and Ringed Plover, Sanderling, and on the estuary, GBB Gull, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Cormorant, and a distant Spoonbill over at Isley |Marsh. So off to Baggy, and today, unlike yesterday the female Common Scoter (6) male  (1) and the Velvet Scoter were all out off the point, along with a Red-throated Diver. Raven, Stonechat, possible Rock Pipit on the walk in. Along with others along the way, pretty nearly 60 species recorded.

Posted January 1st at 5:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 31st December 2020

Exminster Marshes

09:57 - 12:47

11 Barnacle Goose (with Canada Goose flock) near Turf Hotel; Redwing, Fieldfare, Kingfisher, RB Merganser (m), Linnet, Kestrel were the highlights.

Posted December 31st, 2020 at 1:23 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Sparrow hawk ~ South Brent

Late this afternoon saw an adult female Sparrowhawk on my garage roof  feeding on a Wood pigeon.

Good movement of Thrush species during the day with Reswing, Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare passing over and dropping into the field hedges to feed, no doubt their presence was an attraction to the Sparrowhawk.


Posted December 23rd, 2020 at 9:28 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 12th December 2020

Cadover bridge

A flock of 40+ Fieldfare in the Hawthorns at Lower Cadworthy farm together with Redwing and Starling. 3 Goosanders at Cadover lakes. Wintering Stonechats in the gorse.

Posted December 12th, 2020 at 4:37 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Monday 7th December 2020

Instow car park.

The freezing conditions in North Devon always attract birds to the old winter standby of Sea Buckthorn.   The large stand in the main car park at Instow this morning held at least 6 Blackcap , 4 m. And 2 f. Counted together , a small party of Fieldfare , an Imm.m.Black Redstart , Many Starlings Plus Dunnock And Goldfinch.     2 Spoonbill roosting at Isley.

Posted December 7th, 2020 at 11:27 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Thursday 3rd December 2020

Matford Marsh to Turf & back

A walk from Matford Marsh to Turf locks today while car in garage. Best at Matford 55 Wigeon, 58+ Teal, 14 Shoveler, 8 Tufted, 3 Gadwall, Water Rail & for sad locals 2 coot have returned. 

On Exminister Marsh Short-eared Owl showed briefly before landing in the grass. Seen later by others when flushed by walkers. Also 330+ Lapwing, 360+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 14 Shoveler, M Gadwall & 40+ Fieldfare.

Off Turf on Estuary as tide dropped 16 Ringed Plover, 23 Knot, 250 Dunlin, 7 Grey Plover, 30 Avocet 3 Great C Grebes & 60+ Pintail.

Posted December 3rd, 2020 at 9:11 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Tuesday 1st December 2020

Cadover Bridge - 01-12-20

Very Distant Red Kite over Cadover Bridge area this morning, Redwings and Fieldfares, Green Woodpecker heard

Posted December 1st, 2020 at 3:27 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Monday 30th November 2020

Anchor to Penhill

On the mud bank just off Anchor Wood area were two or three Lapwing and at Penhill area there were a number of Fieldfare (30 +)


Posted November 30th, 2020 at 2:20 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 29th November 2020

South Molton Community woodland

Good views of male Stonechat. Siskin, bullfinch, fieldfares, 5 meadow pipit

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 11:10 pm by art symons in Bird News

Cadover and marsh mills longbirdge

Up at the crack of dawn up to cadover, didn't disappoint, the trees are. still full of fieldfares and redwings, a few stonechats, what appeared to bee a reed bunting male in some of the hedges. A few skylarks, and meadow pipits. Plenty of ravens, chasing a pair of buzzards. 

By midday back to longbridge, female kingfisher as active as she always is, dipper singing it's heart out again, 3 redshanks, 2 little egrets, grey/pied wagtails. Possible greenshank, but it didn't get closer to get a better look.

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 7:30 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Shaugh Prior & Cadover

In glorious mild conditions, a flock of c200 Fieldfares, Redwings & a few Starlings (at Cadover), Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker & a Brimstone.

Posted November 29th, 2020 at 3:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 28th November 2020

Otter Estuary

Good numbers of birds around the estuary this morning including Goldcrest(1), Blackcap(1), Wigeon (120), Water Rail (7 calling), Curlew (1), Redwing (c10), Fieldfare (c10), Ling tailed Tit (8), and Little Grebe (3) amongst others.

NOTE:  In response to several messages about the state of the DB hide on the east bank I visited this today and took away various rubbish.  A side screen has been damaged beyond repair and a window board is missing.  The hide is functional but deteriorating due to its age, weathering and vandalism.  It is receiving our attention but we do not have the manpower to inspect the hide as regularly as we would wish.  Thank you.

Posted November 28th, 2020 at 4:04 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Friday 27th November 2020

Penhill Point, R Taw

17 fieldfares, 1 Redding, 4 L egret

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 11:07 pm by art symons in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

18 Goosander 7m 11f, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 3m Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe, c50 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 7:24 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

10:35 - 12:57

Dartford Warbler; Stonechat; 21 Fieldfare; Goldcrest; GSW; Treecreeper; 2+ Nuthatch.

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 1:42 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Thursday 26th November 2020

Countesswear - Starcross

High -, and low, - lights were:

- at Matford, a Cattle Egret with its carrier sp. in the field behind the petrol station;

- on the main Exminster pond, 10+ newly arrived Tufted Ducks;

- in the hedges near Turf, 3/400 Winter Thrushes, perhaps 4:1 Fieldfare:Redwing;

- six Cirl Buntings "inland";

- in the estuary, 100+ Avocet in several groups, 250+ Golden Plover, 10+ G-c Grebes, the Slav. Grebe, a distant Diver which I believe, without 'scope, was GN, but only two Mergansers (red-listing definitely seems right), and no Turnstones at Starcross over the high tide;

- no Coots, although there are plenty at Stover (something wrong with our water?), and only one Snipe.

Despite my gloom, c75spp. for the day.

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 9:43 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

Third visit in three days with common generally bird-less until today. A Red Kite flew over south at a height at 10.50.  The valley produced Green Woodpecker, Jay and small flocks of Redwing. Fieldfare and Blackbirds feeding on the Holly Trees.  Elsewhere there were 3 Dartford Warblers, 3 Stonechat, and 1 Raven.  

Posted November 26th, 2020 at 4:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

6 Goosander 3m 3f, 9 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 18 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted November 25th, 2020 at 7:14 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Tuesday 24th November 2020

Wigford Down 24th Nov 2020

100+ Fieldfare, in a mixed feeding flock with 30 Redwing (several very dark birds probably Icelandic), and 20 Starling.  A good number of Meadow Pipits, about 20, still in area, and one male Stonechat.  15+ Ravens in adjacent field mostly on a sheep carcass.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 2:36 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late report for Monday 23.

7 Goosander 3m 4f, 7 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 3 Redwing, c60 Fieldfare, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jay.

Posted November 24th, 2020 at 8:47 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 23rd November 2020

South Brent ~ Wigeon

On private farm land alongside Dartmoor above South Brent this afternoon, a flock of some 20 Wigeon flushed from a woodland pond, other birdlife was a little sparse, 2 Raven, handful of Fieldfare, small numbers of Redwing feeding on holly berries, a flock of 20 Starling, a flock of Long Tailed Tit and not a great deal else.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 8:01 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fieldfares and Redwings At Fremington

Small flock of Redwings and Fieldfares feeding on the berries this afternoon on the Tarka trail on the Barnstaple side of Fremington.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 7:05 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Warren House, Vitifer valley, Golden Dagger.

Great Grey Shrike (m) still in Vitifer- Golden Dagger area, this time  on the south side of gate at approx position SX 681 802 sighted around 1045 this morning. Other sightings in Vitifer area, Fieldfare (5), Blackbirds, Meadow Pipits, Buzzard, Kestrel, Ravens.

Posted November 23rd, 2020 at 3:26 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

Highlights ; 1 Spotted Redshank , 3 Greenshanks , 3 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spoonbill , 20 + Ring Plovers , 1 Mistle Thrush , flocks of Redwings & Fieldfares & 1 Short eared owl . 

Posted November 22nd, 2020 at 10:58 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Saturday 21st November 2020

Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes

Upper Lake this morning,

3 Goosander 2m 1f, 2 Redwing, 1 Merlin, 2 Great Crested Grebe.

Lower Lake,

1f Goosander, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Marsh Tit, 6 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Posted November 21st, 2020 at 7:53 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Friday 20th November 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back to the rain today, but a few nice sightings nevertheless: Woodcock, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 27+ Turnstones, 50+ Dunlins, 7 Greenshanks, 18 Wigeon, Little Grebe, 2 Shags, c70 Fieldfares, c45 Redwings, 4+ Siskins, Treecreeper, Stonechat, 4 Stock Doves & 10 Roe Deer.

Posted November 20th, 2020 at 3:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thursday 19th November 2020


Today over Soussons Down:Jays 2, Magpies 2, Fieldfares 60+, Redwing 6, Blackbirds 6, Song Thrush 1, G.S.Woodpeckers 2, Treecreeper 1, Great tit 2, Coal tits 3, Kestrels 3, Buzzard1, Ravens 3, Crows6, Woodpigeons 50+, Stonechats 2, Snipe 3, Robins 3, Dunnocks 2, Goldcrests 5, Starlings 20+


Posted November 19th, 2020 at 11:17 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Nice to be able to do a circuit in sunshine this morning. At least 60 Fieldfares heading north, a Dipper singing, & a male Kingfisher showing well (both at Longbridge), Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshanks, 16 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebes, 6+ Siskins & 2 Redwings.

Posted November 19th, 2020 at 12:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Woodcock ~ South Brent

A Woodcock flushed this afternoon while walking the dogs at home, first one seen this year.

Plenty of low flying Wood pigeons dropping out of the fog and overcast skies this morning, still plenty of "thrush" movement mostly Redwings but a small flock of Fieldfare as well.

A male Siskin on the garden feeders feeding on niger seeds.


Posted November 18th, 2020 at 4:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 13th November 2020

North Haldon

Walked a loop Ide - Perridge - Dunchideock - Ide this morning, serenaded much of the way by the songs of larks, a Cirl Bunting (continuing their Northward expansion) and Yellowhammer. In the farmland were flocks of Linnet (two of 75+ each), Starling (250+), Chaffinch (50+), mixed corvids (700+, never seen so many Carrions together before away from the estuary, but, unusually, no Ravens), and small groups of Redwing and Fieldfare. In and over the woods were Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Siskin, Crossbill and two Sparrowhawks. Ended with a Dipper on the stream that runs through Ide.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 7:51 pm by James Camden in Bird News


fieldfare and redwings,  14.30. this afternoon, about 300 plus birds at least 80 % fieldfare feeding on the hawthorn berries around the granulite quarry area.

Posted November 13th, 2020 at 3:37 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Sheepstor, Dartmoor.

Large Swift seen at Sheepstor Hamlet at around 1315. Also in the area big flock of Fieldfare's with some Redwings

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 7:05 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Dippers showing well at Longbridge this morning, where there was also a dozen Siskins, Chiffchaff & Grey Wagtail. On the river, 1 Kingfisher, & an adult Mediterranean was amongst the Black-headed Gulls on Blaxton Meadow. Around the Park, 3 Fieldfares, Redwing & Great Spotted & Green Woodpeckers. 

Posted November 10th, 2020 at 2:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 9th November 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

3 Goosander 1m(eclipse) 2f, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2m Tufted Duck, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Jay, 2 Cormorant.

Posted November 9th, 2020 at 7:28 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Sunday 8th November 2020

Exeter patch birding at its best

Back on furlough for the next 4 weeks so more time for my local patch in exeter between the  mill on the Exe and start of flood relief channel at st David’s a summary of last 3 days excellent birding 

Friday 6th Watched from 07:00 till 11:30

11000+ wood pigeon south mostly before 09:00, amazing  thrush passage all north/ north east mostly viewed at Exeter st David’s end of flood relief channel totals 8000+ redwing, 2500+ feldfare, 80+ mistle thrush  30+ song thrush , great views of a Great egret flew in low from the west and headed up river at 10:15 and earlier a merlin headed north also 2 redpoll, small numbers of Siskin and skylarks, 1 peregrine , 2 sparrowhawk, 2 kingfisher, 2 dippers, 2 grey wagtail, 6 chiffchaff, 4 little egrets

Saturday 7th watched from 07:00 till 10:30

only 600+ redwing and 12+ fieldfare again all north east , 3 little grebes on the river and brief views of an otter actively fishing before putting the little grebes into a panic as it headed into the far bank and disappearing , 1 water pipit flew south calling a new patch tick , 10+ meadow pipit, 6+ chiffchaff, 1 kingfisher, 2 dipper; 1 grey wagtail, 3 little egrets

sunday 8th watched from 07:00 till10:00

132+ redwing 12+ skylark all east most surprising was a male red kite flew in low from the West 08:32 being harassed by local crows before gaining height and heading east over the river at st David’s before being lost to view, 1 peregrine, 1 buzzard, 2 sparrowhawk, 2 kingfisher, 2 dipper, 2  grey wagtail , 3 little egrets

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 10:37 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Saturday 7th November 2020


Firecrest, Kingfisher, Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrests, four Grey Wagtails, c.100 Redwings and two Fieldfares around Hackney Marshes this morning.

Brambling over my garden yesterday morning.

Posted November 7th, 2020 at 12:12 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Friday 6th November 2020

South Brent ~ Wood pigeon migration etc

Up on Dartmoor above Shipley, South Brent this morning, 2000 plus Wood pigeons most dropping down into the Oak woodland between Didworthy and up towards the Dam, Heron, Kestrel, Buzzard, three Raven, 2 Wren, Wagtail sp, still a few Meadow Pips about, 7 Mistle Thrush, 12 Redwing, a handful of Starling and 50 plus Fieldfare.

Grey Wagtail at Lydia bridge.

Eds - please label photos


Posted November 6th, 2020 at 2:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 5th November 2020

N. Hallsands.

 Migrants this morning were 7Chiffchaffs ,3 Goldcrests and 1 Firecrest. Also present ;4 Redwing and 2 Fieldfares. A m.and f. Gadwall and a m.and f. Teal on the ponds.

1st. Yr. m. Firecrest.
1st. Yr. m. Firecrest.
Chiffchaff .
Chiffchaff .

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 7:03 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

2f Goosander, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2m Tufted Duck, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwings, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Teal 1m 3f, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorants.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 1:57 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

south molton community woodlands

Mistle thrush, 7 fieldfares.

7 goldfinch, 1 siskin feeding on alder cones.

6 redwing, 1 song thrush feeding on haws.

Posted November 5th, 2020 at 10:28 am by art symons in Bird News

Wednesday 4th November 2020

East Soar

Major focus this morning on Woodpigeon migration. Watched from 0700 to 1100 hrs from airfield & Bolt Head. All birds heading south or west, most out to sea and final count a monstrous 55,600 and very few Stock Doves.

Also: Starling 50 (30W 20E), Mistle Thrush 2 (migrants), Ring Ouzel, Redwing, Fieldfare, Snipe 2, Golden Plover, Chaffinch 200+, Song Thrush 12, several Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Jackdaw 52NE & 14 Cirl Bunting.

Posted November 4th, 2020 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

South Brent

The day's reported Wood pigeon migration also reached South Brent today with several flocks of 50 plus birds coming over headed west.

Redwings and a few Fieldfares also about, the Redwings are now dropping into the garden feeding on hawthorne and holly berries.

Three Raven and Three Stock Dove over head and a soaring Sparrow hawk. Lots of raucous activity from several Jays.


Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 7:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Turn chapel village nr plymouth

Early this morning a Yellow - b Warbler was the 153rd species for my tiny parish.Also 150 + Redwings, 20+ Fieldfare and the first Wood Pigeon flocks totalling sev 100s. Plymouth Sound : Red - t Diver ,Gt N Diver. Grey Phal. still present.

Posted November 3rd, 2020 at 3:30 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Monday 26th October 2020

Shipley Bridge- Avon Dam

5 Ring Ouzels , (inc an adult Male by the path near the dam) this morning- plus 8 Fieldfare and a Green Woodpecker 

Posted October 26th, 2020 at 12:50 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 23rd October 2020

Cadover Bridge and Trowlesworthy

Two Ring Ouzel still north east of Cadover Bridge this eve with 150+ Fieldfare. Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk and 2 Mistle Thrush also around. 

Posted October 23rd, 2020 at 7:03 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Start Point

Visible migration this morning between 07:40-08:45 included early flock of 21 Stock Doves ( single Woodpigeon with them ), 100 Meadow Pipits, 50 Pied Wagtails, House Martin, 67 Swallows, 16 Siskins, Redpoll, 110 Linnets, 2 Bramblings, Bullfinch, 640 Goldfinches, 570 Chaffinches, 4 Starlings and 2 Reed Buntings. Elsewhere male Merlin, 2 Fieldfares, Black Redstart, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest and 2 Firecrests.

Posted October 23rd, 2020 at 4:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Tarka trail , Bideford Fremington.

3 or 4 Cattle Egrets in Southcott valley , 8 Snipe , Greenshank and Kingfisher on Northgate pond.  Peregrine on Torridge bridge  , Male Goldeneye flying up r.Torridge towards Bideford.   2 Fieldfare on the Sea Buckthorn at Instow , 2 Spoonbill roosting on Isley Marsh  , Water Rail calling at Saltpill pond and Spotted Redshank on Fremington Pill But tide too high for Glossy Ibis.

Posted October 23rd, 2020 at 2:34 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

22nd Oct Riddon Brake and Headland Warren

Riddon Brake gave us five thrushes and the sixth was seen at Headland Warren in the form of a splendid male Ring Ouzel..It was just below the Vitfer mine gullies. Bird of the day was the striking Fieldfare with large flocks at Riddon and also in Soussons Valley looking stunning in the morning sunshine.

Posted October 23rd, 2020 at 9:04 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Thursday 22nd October 2020

Starcross - Exeter; Hennock Reservoirs

Walked home over the high tide period:

- in the estuary, eight R-b Mergansers off the Kenn outfall (my first of the Winter) and a G-c Grebe;

- in Powderham Park, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper;

- in the field just N. of Turf, two adult Med. Gulls with the B-h.;

- on Exminster Marshes, Lapwing and Meadow Pipit both into treble figures, and ten plus Greylags with the Canadas;

- on the canal bank and in the adjacent ditches, at least ten Water Rails squealing, presumably establishing Winter territories;

- in the trees near the Exeter Incinerator, single figures of Redwing and Fieldfare, both also my first for the Winter;

- negatively, no Coot at Powderham, Exminster, Matford or Exeter. A drought-driven breeding failure, or something sinister?

In total, seventy spp. for the day.

Belatedly from yesterday, on the reservoirs were nine Goosanders, a Tufted Duck and three Little Grebes, and in the surrounding woods, a flock of around twenty-five Mistle Thrushes, by far the biggest group I have seen, and perhaps twenty Crossbills, plus Marsh Tit, Treecreeper etc .

Posted October 22nd, 2020 at 10:20 pm by James Camden in Bird News


A six thrush species extravaganza. An adult female and a first winter male Ring Ouzel with around 150 Fieldfares, plenty of Redwings along with Mistle and Song Thrushes and Blackbird. We spent four hours searching but were eventually rewarded! Viewed from the same area described by Chris E in posts over the last few days ie. seen from the path west of Trowlesworthy Farm whilst standing next to the stone wall.

Posted October 22nd, 2020 at 5:48 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Monday 19th October 2020

Ring Ouzel /Goldeneye

They took a little bit of searching for, but finally had 7 Ring Ouzel's at Avon Dam this morning. From there we went to Venford Resevoir, the immature Goldeneye is still there at the far end with 3 Little Grebe and Female Goosander. also in the trees 100 plus Fieldfare.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 19th, 2020 at 9:12 pm by kay and gary deare in Bird News

Cadover Bridge and Trowlesworthy

Two Ring Ouzel still feeding with Fieldfare late afternoon. Fourth consecutive day birds have been present. 

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 19th, 2020 at 8:13 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Sunday 18th October 2020

Cadover Bridge

Hundreds of mixed Fieldfares and Redwings feediing together with a few Mistle and Song Thrush also among them a cock Ring ouzel together with a first winter female. Other birds seen Jays, Magpies, Ravens and Green Woodpeckers.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 18th, 2020 at 11:01 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Saturday 17th October 2020

Global Bird Weekend 'big day'

I joined Naturetrek staff and leaders in a global 'virtual team' and did a 'big day' in S Devon as part of Global Bird Weekend ( Started at Emsworthy Mire at dawn (70 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush - but no Ring Ouzel! - Marsh Tit, Bullfinch, Redpoll), then Stover (Little & G C Grebes, 9 Mandarin, 3 Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Green Woodpecker, Marsh Tit & Firecrest on N side of lake, by picnic tables), finishing around Exe Estuary sites (highlights Slav Grebe, 4 Cattle Egrets over Cockwood, 55 Little Egrets, Snow and Barnacle Geese with Canadas at Exminster, 3 Mergansers, 5+ C Scoter, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Water Rails, 12 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper in R Kenn, 15 Swallows, Rock Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. Grand total of 98 species, but should have seen Eider, Ringed & Grey Plover, Lesser B-b Gull, Dipper, Treecreeper, Yellowhammer & Cirl Bunting. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

Posted October 17th, 2020 at 8:36 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Cox Tor 17th Oct 2020

On the western lower slopes of the tor, just west of the Higher Godsworthy road about 1430:

4 Ring Ouzels (one adult male, one 1st winter male, 2 brown female types), 6 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Snipe, 1 Kestrel.

Posted October 17th, 2020 at 5:23 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Challacombe moor

After a walk along the simonsbath valley, I popped back up and over Kingsford hill to challacombe moor, there were large numbers of kestrel,and buzzard. Large flights of starling about 30 or 40 in each with smaller flocks of fieldfare about 5 or 6 in 8 different lots.

Posted October 17th, 2020 at 4:16 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Redwings ~ South Brent

A huge flock of Redwing seen passing over Marley Head at 15.00hrs today heading towards Plymouth, despite being about a mile away the flock was initially big enough to be seen by the naked eye.

Short while later a soaring Sparrow hawk came over.

Yesterday upon the Devon Somerset border almost constant movement of flocks of Golden Plover, Redwing and Fieldfare.

Posted October 17th, 2020 at 3:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Trowlesworthy and Cadover Bridge

At least one Ring Ouzel still around, 9 Swallow (E), Goosander 1f over, 2 Snipe, 2 Cormorant, 5 Teal, 45 Redwing, 25 Fieldfare, Reed Bunting plus usuals 

Posted October 17th, 2020 at 9:45 am by Chris E in Bird News

Friday 16th October 2020

Soar & South Huish

No sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs first thing, but it showed well early afternoon at South Efford Marsh where also: 2 Kingfishers, 2 Greenshanks & 57 Teal.

In between, a brief look at Soar produced 3 Ring Ouzels, Fieldfare & just 1 Goldcrest & 3 Chiffchaffs. 

Posted October 16th, 2020 at 7:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Redwings at Knightshayes

At least 30+ Redwing plus 1 Fieldfare seen in the trees at Knightshayes Court NT gardens.  

Posted October 16th, 2020 at 7:37 pm by George and Lesley Carr in Bird News

Start Point

Highlights this morning Short-eared Owl, Ring Ouzel, 23 Swallows, Fieldfare, Redwing, 10 Chiffchaffs, Grey Wagtail, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 7 Goldcrests, 23 Starlings. 6 Crossbills and 3 Redpolls overhead.

Posted October 16th, 2020 at 3:56 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Trowlesworthy, Cadover Bridge

At least 4 Ring Ouzel with around 200 Fieldfare and 40+ Redwing in bushes west of River Plym. Viewed from the path west of Trowlesworthy Farm, standing next to stone wall. Scope recommended. 

Posted October 16th, 2020 at 9:00 am by Chris E in Bird News

Thursday 15th October 2020

Ring Ouzel

There were at least 3 in the Vitifer Valley , along with 12 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing  , this morning

Posted October 15th, 2020 at 2:05 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Wednesday 14th October 2020

Warren House, Vitifer mine - valley

Large numbers of Redwing (100 +), with Fieldfares + Ring Ouzels (managed to positively sight 2 males) when they remained still. Also Mistle Thrushes (5), Song Thrush (2), Blackbirds (10). Bull Finches (2m & 1f),Ravens, Buzzards, Kestrel. Looks like all the Thrushes are newly arrived? lots of berries still present.

Posted October 14th, 2020 at 5:26 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Friday 9th October 2020

Avon Dam - Ring Ouzels

This morning 7 or 8 Ring Ouzels, feeding on rowan berries, were largely outnumbered by birdwatchers. With them was our first single Fieldfare of the season. In the valley were a Buzzard, a couple of Kestrels and a Sparrowhawk. On the track up a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was feeding on the rhododendrons.

Just above the little bridge, two Dippers were in the middle of the stream. They were posturing at each other in a very upright pose with chests out and bills pointing skywards, something we've not seen before.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Posted October 9th, 2020 at 2:35 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

heddons mouth

driving back from heddons mouth aprox 6.15pm came across a small flock of fieldfare coming to rest in a tree full of red berries.surprisingly early?

Posted September 22nd, 2020 at 8:27 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Sunday 20th September 2020


20+ fieldfare in the treetops near Longash garden centre at 10.45

Posted September 20th, 2020 at 1:26 pm by Deborah Neylon in Bird News

Friday 11th September 2020

Fieldfares, Monkleigh.

Approx. 15 fieldfares over the A388 at Monkleigh this morning. Initially perched on telegraph wires but as I approached and slowed the car they flew off east.

Posted September 11th, 2020 at 11:37 am by alan craddock in Bird News

Tuesday 14th April 2020


8.20 a.m. - flock of exactly 15 fieldfare over Canal Hill, Tiverton (heading north).

Posted April 14th, 2020 at 8:35 pm by James Morrison in Bird News

Wednesday 8th April 2020


8 Fieldfares over 10am

Posted April 8th, 2020 at 10:31 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Nocturnal Migration

Partly in response to Perry. Working at home has meant that I have a bit of time to get back into some nocturnal migration recording. Last night was pretty good with a total of 68 Redwing and a single Fieldfare as well as a single Meadow Pipit over Lipson in Plymouth. Redwings started about 1:30 AM and continued until dawn and included what appeared to be at least one largish flock.

Posted April 2nd, 2020 at 11:47 am by Rich Billington in Bird News

Wednesday 1st April 2020

River Otter near Honiton

A walk around the River Otter just South of Honiton resulted in a couple of surprises. 2 Red Breasted Mergansers and 8-10 Fieldfares still hanging around. Nice also to see 3 Little Egrets and a Kingfisher.

Eds: It seems an awfully long way from the coast to see Red-breasted Mergansers - Goosander is much more likely?

Posted April 1st, 2020 at 9:31 pm by Ryan K in Bird News

River Otter near Honiton

A walk around the River Otter just South of Honiton resulted in a couple of surprises. 2 Red Breasted Mergansers and 8-10 Fieldfares still hanging around. Nice also to see 3 Little Egrets and a Kingfisher.

Posted April 1st, 2020 at 6:34 pm by Ryan K in Bird News

Monday 30th March 2020

Fieldfares - Kingsteignton

Nine Fieldfare heading north into the headwind over Kingsteignton at 0845hrs

Posted March 30th, 2020 at 12:32 pm by JDA in Bird News

Sunday 22nd March 2020

Exe & Dartmoor

On the way up to the Exe estuary checked the sea off of Labrador Bay very choppy and discoloured no sign of any of the recently reported Scoter's, but two male Cirl Bunting in the hedgerow around the car park.

Cockwood a count of 31 Cattle Egret, Sparrow hawk passed over them pursued by three Carrion Crow and most of the Egrets moved off over the hill.

Two Red Legged Partridge in the field alongside the golf course (which looks as if it’s been sold off for housing development despite being an important winter bird habitat)

The Slavonian Grebe spotted feeding up towards Powderham.

Three Egyptian Geese, one up a tree at the Powderham heronry, 25 Curlew and 12 Shell duck and six plus Heron around the heronry.

Exminster Marshes arrived just in time to watch the passage of up to 100 Sand Martin passing over the marsh feeding and drinking, 21 Mute Swan, 12 plus Little Egret, two Heron, plenty of Shell duck, small number of Curlew, two Cetti’s Warbler, two Chiffchaff, several Skylark, Water Rail calling almost constantly and a pair of Reed Bunting displaying and chasing.

Walked the Glazebrook onto Dartmoor from Owley this afternoon, very different from yesterday morning's walk, for an isolated spot surprising how many people were self-isolating up there, but twenty species recorded, in addition to yesterday’s post three Fieldfare, two LBBG, fourteen Stonechat, none seen yesterday.

A count of 48 Meadow Pipits, nine Skylark, six Buzzard, three Stock Dove, twenty two Carrion Crow and two Raven.

Posted March 22nd, 2020 at 8:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 14th March 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower lake this morning,

5 Sand Martin, 12 Goosander 2m 10f, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Wren, 3mTufted Duck, 4 Fieldfare, 12 Coal Tit,18 Chaffinch, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Reed Bunting 1m 1f, 

Posted March 14th, 2020 at 7:12 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wednesday 11th March 2020

Mamhead, Cockwood, Exminster & Exeter

In the plantations around Mamhead were several groups of Crossbills, maybe 30 in total, including two singing males, one, most unusually, in a Beech tree, and the other incorporating a Great Tit-like tea-cher phrase which I have not heard before, plus many Siskins, but alas, for the second Winter running, no Redpolls.

In the farmland below a small flock of thrushes, maybe 10 Fieldfare and 20 Redwing, were perhaps the last of the Winter.

At Cockwood, the Slavonian Grebe was very close inshore, feeding in the outflow from the harbour. Inland were a minimum of 21 Cattle Egrets, half in the valley bottom and half with the cattle in the fields on the North side of the valley.

At Exminster, the bonus bird of the day was the Marsh Harrier, seen from the railway bridge flying high South.

Back in Exeter, the rookery in Southernhay now has at least 18 nests, the most yet I think. I have not noticed if they have joined the gulls in feeding on chips etc. from the pavement or opening rubbish bags. On Trews Weir, three pairs of graellssii LBB Gulls have arrived for the Summer (a pair of intermedius used to spend the Winter here, but not for five years or so), plus two pairs of GBB Gulls. If the latter start scavenging on the streets, Spotlight and the E & E will have an easy "seagull" story.  

Posted March 11th, 2020 at 10:39 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Monday 2nd March 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

The lower lake this morning,

17 Goosander 8m 9f, 2 Nuthatch, 13 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted March 2nd, 2020 at 7:41 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Sunday 1st March 2020

Torbay / Yarner / Haldon

Broadsands this morning a first winter Mediterranean Gull with a small flock of Black Headed Gulls, and a single Oyster Catcher.

In the back car park eight plus Cirl Buntings mostly females, two male Yellow Hammer, four Greenfinch, four Long Tailed Tit, three Dunnock and a flock of House Sparrow.

Marine Parade, Paignton ~ forty one Turnstone.

A380 Newton Abbot ~ three Buzzards soaring and displaying.

Pond Hide at Yarner the feeders were alive with a range of Tit species and Siskin.

On the road from Chudleigh to Haldon Forest, a mixed flock of Fieldfare (14) and Starling, towards Haldon at least seven Brambling with a Chaffinch flock feeding on beech mast.

Around Haldon Forest Park plenty of Siskin, a small flock of Crossbill and twelve Fallow deer.

Back home at South Brent around the garden feeders, female Reed Bunting, four Bullfinch, five Greenfinch, four Siskin, numerous House Sparrow and Chaffinch, the male Sparrow sp of undetermined origin in for most of the afternoon, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Long Tailed Tit, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, overhead two Stock Dove and two Great Black Backed Gulls, 27 species in total ticked off around home.

Posted March 1st, 2020 at 8:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 20th February 2020

Shipley ~ South Brent

A late afternoon visit to Shipley, South Brent, small mixed flock of Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare and a single Meadow Pipit.

Around the feeders at home in South Brent three Siskins 3M&1F, four Bullfinch 2M&2F, the "Italian Sparrow" and a slightly leucistic male House Sparrow that I have not noticed here previously. 

Posted February 20th, 2020 at 5:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 11th February 2020

Dart's Farm

About 50 Fieldfare viewed from the hide at Dart's Farm today around 4 pm.


Posted February 11th, 2020 at 5:33 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Thursday 6th February 2020

Emsworthy Mire

Nice flock of around 50 Fieldfare this morning, with just 2 Redwings.

Posted February 6th, 2020 at 11:59 am by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 19th January 2020

5 barrows near Challacombe again.

Better weather this weekend,  saw small flocks of golden plover, starlings, numerous buzzards, stonechat, fieldfare and kestral.  No sign of the seo's but did come across a small flock of reed bunting. 

Male reed buntingFemale reed buntingBuzzard
Male reed bunting                 Female reed bunting                      Buzzard

Posted January 19th, 2020 at 4:36 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

South Dartmoor

Dean Prior ~ Large mixed flock of Starling and Fieldfare, on hillside opposite the old race course.

Dartmoor from above Ashburton to Princetown, Challacombe to Widdicombe very little bird life to be seen on the higher moorland even Corvids were thin on the ground.

Prince Hall a Brambling with a flock of Chaffinch.

Between Bellever and the Warren House Inn a large mixed flock of Redwing, Starling and Fieldfare.

Challacombe ~ a sheep carcass attracting six Raven and two Buzzard.

Posted January 19th, 2020 at 4:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 18th January 2020


Clovelly: 6 Marsh Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail , 2 Black Redstart ( feeding around visitor centre ) , 1 Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted January 18th, 2020 at 8:23 pm by Bob Bosisto and Liberty Payne in Bird News

Sunday 12th January 2020

5 barrows near Challacombe

According to the met office there was supposed to be a break in the weather, so I took myself up to 5 barrows near Challacombe this morning .

The weather was nothing like it was supposed to be, torrential rain and gale force winds.  Still,  there were large flocks of fieldfare of which I hadn't seen any this year until this morning ,  smaller murms of starlings,  golden plover,and mostly male stonechat and quite a few chaffinch. 

Posted January 12th, 2020 at 6:04 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Friday 10th January 2020

Dartmoor -10.01.2019

Lovely day on Dartmoor. Mixed flock of Fieldfare outnumbering Redwing on the Wallabrook. 2 Siskin in the top of pines. Both Grey and Pied Wagtail. Nearby at least one Brambling in with a flock of 60+ Chaffinch. Only raptors seen, 3 Buzzard and one hovering Kestrel. A healthy looking fox near Soussons. More good weather please!

Fieldfare and Redwing -Wallabrook - 10/1/2020
Fieldfare and Redwing -Wallabrook - 10/1/2020

Pied Wagtail- Wallabrook- 10/1/2020
Pied Wagtail- Wallabrook- 10/1/2020

Posted January 10th, 2020 at 8:47 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Sunday 29th December 2019


90+ Redwing in the fields with the sheep plus at least 4 Fieldfare seen.

Posted December 29th, 2019 at 6:56 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Friday 20th December 2019

Longdown & Ide

Went to Dennaford Farm S. of Longdown to look for the Hawfinches reported a couple of days ago. No success, but did see a Brambling among the Chaffinches. In the background, 200+ Redwings provided a chattering chorus, with a Mistle Thrush leading the soloists. Two Crossbills passed in the distance.

In the hedges along the lane running down to Ide, met a straggling mixed flock of seed-eaters, maybe 200 in total, mainly Linnet and Chaffinch, leavened with Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch and Goldfinch, with 20+ Skylark in the fields on either side and a dozen or so Fieldfares chuckling in an Oak. A happy sight and sound.

Posted December 20th, 2019 at 3:31 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Saturday 7th December 2019


From the reserve this morning a male Marsh Harrier over Sherpa Marsh, and a flock of 20 or so Fieldfares heading west. 2 water Rails calling.

Posted December 7th, 2019 at 3:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 30th November 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Water Rail, Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, Great Northern Diver, 3 Goosanders (drake + 2 redheads), 8 Wigeon, 4 Mandarin Ducks, Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebes, 22 Fieldfares, 6 Redwings, 6 Greenshanks, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers & 5 Roe Deer. 

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 1:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Friday 29th November 2019

Molland Common

Andy Lansdell and I spent a couple of hours up at high altitude this morning searching for a Great Grey Shrike reported to me by a friend earlier this week. Sadly we couldn't find it but a female Merlin was a bonus.

Lots of Fieldfares up there too. No Short-eared Owls either.

Red Kite on the way home north of South Molton.

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 28th November 2019

Barnstaple - Isley Marsh

A walk down the railway this morning produced 9 Goosanders on the sandbanks just West of the bypass, the Ibis and a Spotted Redshank in Fremington Creek, and 4 Spoonbills and c2000 very vocal and flighty Golden Plovers (with several hundred Lapwings accompanying) at Isley. Others of note were Yellowhammer (not a regular here for me), Kestrel, Redwing, Fieldfare, and probably 10 Water Rails calling from the ditches. Stonechat was a surprising omission, but still c75 spp. in total.  

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 7:19 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Wednesday 27th November 2019


3 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Gadwall and a pair of Teal (I don't see these here very often) on Wrafton Pond this morning.

In the reserve, a Fieldfare calling from the tree-tops. First record this year.

Song Thrush singing around my garden early on.

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 1:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 20th November 2019

Danes Wood, Nr Poltimore, Exeter

A quiet walk today following the excitement of Ham Wall with 9 DB members yesterday.

Danes Wood produced a mixed Tit flock which included several Long Tails, Blue and Great Tits, a Marsh Tit, Goldcrest and Treecreeper.  Also present several Nuthatch and 2 Gt Spotted Woodpeckers.  No Redwings seen or heard but 3 Fieldfare in the orchard opposite entrance to NT Killerton House. 

Posted November 20th, 2019 at 4:25 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Plymouth Estuary/Saltram

Seen on this morning's high tide.

40 Curlew, 2 Blk T Godwit, 100+ Dunlin, 132 Redshank, 17 Snipe, 28 Turnstone, 7 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Goosander (f) and 38 Fieldfare.

Posted November 13th, 2019 at 1:29 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Saturday 9th November 2019

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning on the lake.

9 Goosander 4m 5f, 9 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 1 Little Egret, 12 Tufted Duck, 15 Fieldfare, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Long-tailed Tit

Posted November 9th, 2019 at 7:24 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Friday 8th November 2019


Ring Ouzel, 2 Firecrests, 2 Lapwings, 6 Fieldfares, Redwing, Grey Wagtail, 12 Song Thrushes & (mainly going east) 2,400 Wood Pigeons & 25 Stock Doves. A Tawny Owl flew over the A379 by the Holberton junction.

Posted November 8th, 2019 at 1:18 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wednesday 6th November 2019

South Brent

Tawny owl calling at home just on first light.

Redwings in good numbers moving as soon as it was light enough to see, two small flocks of Fieldfare over, the Redwings again dropping into Holly trees to feed on berries.

The Wood pigeon migration again under way with up to 500 birds passing by in flocks of up to 50 birds mostly headed west and out towards the A38 valley by sunrise at 07.13hrs.

A further watch up to 08.20hrs gave a total of 2000 plus Wood pigeons, 3 Stock Dove, a flock of 100 plus Jackdaw, two flocks of Fieldfares one of 50 plus and a flock of 22 with Redwings beyond counting.


Wood pigeon migration

Posted November 6th, 2019 at 7:24 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 5th November 2019

South Hams

At Soar this morning: 2 Ring Ouzels, 2 Black Redstarts, Firecrest, 2 Fieldfares, 16 Redwings, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Redpoll sp (presumed Lesser), 150 Jackdaws & overhead, 2,800 Wood Pigeons going in no particular direction (only a handful of Stock Doves with them). Also 3 Roe Deer.

In the afternoon, at Slapton Ley, a Wryneck watched for a few minurtes 500m south of Memorial Car Park, beside the road, before disappearing. Also Black-necked Grebe, 4 Pochards, Chiifchaff & 3 Swallows.  

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 9:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent ~ Wood pigeon migration

Between 07.10hrs and 08.30hrs this morning over South Brent westward movement of Wood pigeons mostly small flocks of 40 plus birds but one flock of 400 plus birds, not as many as reported elsewhere but some 1500 birds counted in that time.

Eight Stock Dove, good numbers of Redwing, smaller numbers of Fieldfare with one flock of 25 birds, a flock of some 30 plus Chaffinch dropped it to a boundary field hedge.

Very close up views of a Tawny owl that was being given a hard time by a pair of very raucous Jays.


Posted November 5th, 2019 at 9:26 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 1st November 2019

Goosander and Fieldfare Hennock Reservoirs

There are now 24 Goosander on Tottiford Reservoir, including 3 males. Nearby about 30 Fieldfare flew in from the south east preceded by 7 Mistle thrush. First Fieldfare I’ve seen this season. 

Posted November 1st, 2019 at 1:49 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Thursday 31st October 2019

Fieldfares on Dartmoor

Not having seen one so far this season, I was pleased to find a single Fieldfare, in a flock of about 20 Redwings with a few Blackbirds on Yennadon Down near Burrator.  It got much better, when from the cycle track near Ingra Tor on Walkhampton Common there was a flock of perhaps 300 that was nearly all Fieldfare.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 10:19 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Monday 28th October 2019


Best birds today were: a Yellow-browed Warbler (in willows just below Southdown Farm), 3+ Ring Ouzels, Merlin, Black Redstart & Firecrest. A modest movement overhead (mainly east) included: 3,500 Wood Pigeons, 30 Stock Doves (+ 25 grounded), 50 Starlings, 15 Alba Wagtails, 100 Jackdaws, 3 Mistle Thrushes & a flock of 18 Cormorants. Also: 15 Golden Plovers, 17 Goldcrests, 4 Fieldfares, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, Lapwing, a flock of 300 Skylarks in one field & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 3:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thursday 24th October 2019

Emsworthy Mire

9-10am 75+ Fieldfare arrived from SE and fed on berries. Another 23 mixed Fieldfare and Redwing arrived after followed by dribs and drabs all from SE. 7 Blue Tits, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Stonechat and a Mistle Thrush.


Posted October 24th, 2019 at 10:45 am by Ian Muir in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Devon side of west Exmoor

This morning a boggy and very muddy walk over part of the west side of Exmoor was well worth the effort with 200+ Golden Plover seen low overhead 150+ Chaffinch on Beech mast, 50+ Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit seam to be everywhere. But the highlight of the morning were two Hen Harrier at different times passing thro heading south. One Ringtail and a Juvenile Male. Plenty of movement overhead.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 4:55 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

South Brent (Owley Moor Gate - Glasscombe Corner)

With Shipley Bridge -Avon Dam busier with birders keen to see the Ring Ouzel, I have over the past few days headed to a quieter location at Owley Moor Gate out to Glasscombe Corner. Harder going, but worth the effort! Today 10.50 -13.30 only walked part of the route and sat up by a Rowan tree, where Ring Ouzels (5-6+) have been showing regularly on previous visits for myself and other local birders. Today was quiet on arrival, but after 10 mins or so a mixed flock of 45+ Fieldfare and a few Ouzels arrived. Very flighty, but did manage a few photos, when they settled nearby. A couple of Mistle Thrush, Jay, Meadow Pipit, several L/T tits, wren and robin in the area. It has been a good spot for raptors over the past week, including a Goshawk as reported by Steve Hopper. 2 days ago I picked up a late misguided Hobby flying North at the head of the Glazebrook! Snipe flushed and Stonechat still present. 

Ring Ouzel (Male) + Fieldfare - South Brent -23.10.2019
Ring Ouzel (Male) + Fieldfare - South Brent -23.10.2019

Ring Ouzel + Fieldfare -South Brent- 23.10.2019
Ring Ouzel + Fieldfare -South Brent- 23.10.2019

Fieldfare -South Brent -23.10.2019
Fieldfare -South Brent -23.10.2019

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 3:58 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News


07.40 > 09.00 - Vis Mig:- 138 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing (97 yesterday am), 168 Chaffinch, 50 Starling, 5 Meadow Pipit, 17 Long tailed Tit which landed only 3 metres from observation point, 207+ Auks > S (mainly Razorbill), 2 Gannet & 6 Cormorants.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 2:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Steps Bridge - Blackingstone

Along the river and in the woods were the regulars, including Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Treecreeper and Marsh Tit, plus all three Woodpeckers heard, the L.S. being inaccessible on the steep slope. On Mardon Down were several Redwings (my first of the Winter), 100+ Fieldfares,  10+ Mistle Thrushes and far more Blackbirds than normal, so perhaps some were migrants, all gorging on the berries. Tried to metamorphose some of the last into Ring Ouzels, but failed; others might succeed. In the plantations South of Blackingstone were several pairs/groups of Crossbills, among which were two singing males, plus plenty of Siskins and a Sparrowhawk.. Beautiful views and intense Autumn colours made for a satisfying day.

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 9:52 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Hennock reservoirs - Tuesday 22 Oct

2 Little Grebes ( 1 Tottiford, 1 Kennick ), 14 Goosander resting at Tottiford ( 1 male, rest brownheads ). 12 Tufted Duck on Kennick ( typical numbers for regular wintering flock ). Numerous Blackbirds, plus just 1 Fieldfare heard. Lovely clear calm day.  

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 7:56 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News

Monday 21st October 2019

Torquay Reservoirs

A seasonally confusing walk. Goosander was the target, but none had arrived. However, several small parties of Crossbills were criss-crossing the plantations, with, eventually, an adult male seen perched in full song. Presumably the seed crop is good and breeding imminent. Half an hour later, 300+ Fieldfares, my first of the "Winter", flew over and dropped into the Bovey valley, so what season is it? Plenty of newly-arrived Skylarks and Meadow Pipits in the soggy pastures. 

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 10:24 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Wembury Point.

I had a walk around before the dog walkers got out in force and noted the following. Redwing, Fieldfare, Firecrest 2  and  17 Cirl Bunting . Not much on the Point, only  a few Oystercatchers with 4 Curlew before being moved on by the dogs. The only waders seen by me.

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 1:07 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Sunday 20th October 2019

Avon Dam

22 Fieldfares, 4 Ring Ouzels 6 Redwings.

Posted October 20th, 2019 at 4:51 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Thursday 17th October 2019

Emsworthy Reserve, Widecombe.

10 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the morning fieldtrip before the weather deteriorated at 11.30.  Target birds present including: Ring Ouzel (3), Mistle Thrush (c20), Redwing (c50), Golden Plover (20), Raven(1), Kestrel (1), Willow Warbler (1), Meadow Pipit(s), Skylark (heard over), and did someone say Fieldfare?  Most birds seen at a distance feeding on Rowan trees or passing south up the valley.

Posted October 17th, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 15th April 2019

Dockwell - South Brent

Spring migrants may be arriving, but winter is still with us in more ways than just the current cold weather! A mixed flock of 50+ Fieldfare and Redwing, probably equal numbers of each, very mobile in the tops of oak trees at Dockwell, South Brent at 4pm today.

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 6:07 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Saturday 6th April 2019

Ashridge Farm, Kennerleigh

Flock of 200+ Fieldfare flying east 07.30 this morning.

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 8:58 pm by Richard Burston in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

nr South Brent

Flock of 20 Fieldfares and 3 or 4 Redwings came out of a hedgerow near the weirdly named Bloody Pool Cross on the Marley Head to Shipley Bridge road this afternoon.

Posted April 2nd, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Mid Devon Fieldfare

Last night 26th flock of 50+ Fieldfare flying east near Cruwys Morchard. This morning  at Ashridge Farm, Sandford  the valley is full of chattering Fieldfare. In the region of 75 - 100 . Big movement.

Posted March 27th, 2019 at 8:49 am by Richard Burston in Bird News

Monday 11th March 2019

Hen Harrier Exmoor

A stunning female Hen Harrier in flight, light and buoyant hunting over the moorland and scattered trees.  Clear views of the white rump.  Also Kestrel, approx. 200 Golden Plover, 3 Buzzards, Ravens, Crows, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Stonechat, 30 Fieldfares and a large flock of Starlings.

Posted March 11th, 2019 at 5:53 pm by Nicholas Armstrong in Bird News

Monday 4th March 2019

River Otter- Otterton to Colaton Raleigh


A few good birds along the river this morning including above Water Rail.  Others were:  2 Long tailed Tit, female Goosander, 26 Fieldfare, 3 Gt spotted Woodpecker (2 drumming), Treecreeper and a Buzzard.

Posted March 4th, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Around the Exe

Around the Exe this afternoon, with storm Freya providing some very strong winds.

Matford Marsh a good number of Wigeon but not a lot else.

Exminster Marsh flocks of Wigeon just about everywhere, good numbers of Shoveller and Shelduck, two Little Egret and a flock of around 100 Brent Geese.

Powderham Estate two Egyptian Geese with a small number of Canada Geese by the lake, two Buzzard flushed a flock of some 20 Fieldfare.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh was simply alive with waders, good numbers of Redshank, Dunlin and Black Tailed Godwit, one being a regular colour ringed bird. Twenty plus Curlew including two colour ringed birds, seventy plus Pintail duck, at least twelve Snipe, eight plus Knott, two Avocet,one Ruff, three Greenshank, Buzzard, Heron,  Little Egret, Common Gull, LBB Gull, Starling and Pied Wagtail.

Very little to be seen at a windswept Stover, five Mandarin, the single female Goosander is looking rather unwell and I suspect is a sick bird and twelve Tufted duck.

Posted March 3rd, 2019 at 8:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Cromwell's Cutting, Crediton.

Along the footpath between Pitt Farm at Cromwell's Cutting and Moorlake (SX 81397 99940): still seeing large flock of noisy redwing and fieldfare around the copse. Long tailed tits flitting among gorse on hillside. Calling jays heard. Frogspawn discovered in the pond. Enjoyed the increasing birdsong at sunset.

Posted February 26th, 2019 at 8:34 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

Saturday 23rd February 2019

Meldon reservoir.


3 Dipper, 2 Marsh tit, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Raven, 2 Buzzard overhead (1 adult, 1 juvenile) 

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 8:41 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Tuesday 19th February 2019

Harleston by Slapton

60 Fieldfare on the move over the garden with several Redwing.

Small Tortoiseshell in garden.

Posted February 19th, 2019 at 4:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 4th February 2019

Axminster area Black-throated Thrush

Received a phone call this afternoon from a woman who lives near Axminster, who saw 2 male Black-throated Thrushes in her garden on Saturday morning, 2nd Feb.  They were feeding on berries on a tree. She says she is no expert, but was absolutely clear that these birds each had a snow-white belly with black throat and head (she saw them from below at first).  She knew they were in the thrush family, roughly the size of fieldfares.  She had consulted her own books with no success, but then talked to her (non-local) daughter who was able to ID them.  Sadly they were unable to photo them. They have not been seen since, so presumably they could be anywhere in the area.  

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 5:09 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

Exminster Marsh Sunday 3rd

Excellent visit to the marsh at midday. Alive with vast numbers of wigeon, lapwings and all the usual.  Highlights were four snipe showing well near Lions Rest, several redwings and fieldfares, four barnacle geese flew in from estuary, kingfisher very active at Turf and on the way back superb views of the marsh harrier causing mayhem to the flocks of waders and geese.  

Posted February 4th, 2019 at 9:01 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Sunday 3rd February 2019

Haldon and Exminster Marshes


At Haldon Forest Park, 2 female Bramblings visiting the area around the feeders, despite the disturbance on a busy morning.  Also there were 20+ Chaffinch, GSW, 10+ Siskin, Yellowhammer, Pied Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, Mixed Tit flock and a Nuthatch.

Later at Exminster Marshes: Large numbers of a variety waders and waterfowl.  Highlights were Water Rail and 2 Ruff. Also, 5 Fieldfare and 15+ Redwings.  Sparrowhawk close to Lion's Rest.

At Cockwood Steps, Slav Grebe and 4 R B Mergansers.  50+ Brent Geese on Starcross Golf Course.

On the way back, good numbers of woodland birds visiting the feeding station at Ideford Common Car Park. 


Posted February 3rd, 2019 at 5:12 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Haldon and the Exe

Haldon visitor centre ~ still several inches of snow lying around the feed station, lots of Coal and Great Tit, two Nuthatch, at least five GSWP at one point five Robin tolerating each other below a feeder, ten plus Siskin, two Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch numbers well down compared to a recent visit, one Raven, the only real high light were a count of some 180 Lapwing overhead flying west.


Topsham on the river behind the Bridge Inn two Black Swan.

Darts farm not as busy as earlier in the week but a mixed flock of Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch feeding on the arable crop field, Redwing and Fieldfare passing overhead. From the viewing platform at least five Water Pipit, a large flock of Brent geese and fifty plus Curlew.

Bowling Green Marsh on the low tide, female Pochard, Gadwall, plenty of Shoveller and a good number of Redshank.

Looking over the Exe from the Goat walk, a flock of 100 plus Bar Tailed Godwit, 200 plus Avocet, at 500 Dunlin and three Red Breasted Merganser.

The Slavonian Grebe gave good views from Star Cross train station and two Eider duck, numerous Oyster Catcher, Redshank and eight Turnstone were off of Cockwood harbour.

Two Fallow Deer seen feeding in a field alongside the A38 at Chudleigh.

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 11:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 1st February 2019

Exe Estuary cruise

It was a cold journey up the estuary this morning! A Great Northern Diver was off Exmouth sea front, where several flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares passed over from the east. Off Cockwood, the ‘resident’ Slavonian Grebe, 2 immature drake Eiders and the first of maybe 20 Great Crested Grebes. 2 Greenshanks were feeding at the Kenn outlet and at least 200 Pintail were around the mouth of the Clyst. About 30 Knot were asleep, rather than busily feeding as would be usual for them. In contrast to the previous batch of cruises, only a few Lapwings and about 100 Golden Plover were on the mudbanks around Turf-Topsham. About 130 Bar-tails were off the Goat Walk at Topsham and a small group of Greylag Geese were on the mud.

Posted February 1st, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Thursday 31st January 2019

Bickington Brambling

Female Brambling among the Chaffinches in the garden today. Also present was the lonely, “Jonnie No-mates” Fieldfare who has been eating windfall apples here most days for the last couple of weeks.

Posted January 31st, 2019 at 2:10 pm by Doug Howes in Bird News

Wednesday 30th January 2019

South Brent to the Exe

A remarkable day for weather variations, freezing conditions with snow, rain and mist followed by clear skies and sunshine.

Buckfastleigh WTW ~ Two Grey Wagtail, Wren, Robin, forty plus Black Headed Gull and two juvenile Herring Gull.

Around the feed station at the Haldon visitor centre the reported female Brambling seen three times but only showing very briefly as was a male Yellow Hammer (first one I have seen at the feed station) lots of Siskin and Coal Tit.

Exminster Marsh the reported four Barnacle Geese in full flight circling the marsh they dropped in towards the RSPB car park end of the marsh.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh not overly busy possibly due to the very high levels of water, but duck species included Tufted, Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard and a single Pochard. Two Greenshank, Peregrine overhead, Buzzard, plenty of Lapwing, Dunlin, Snipe, seven Greylag Geese, Curlew, Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit.

The reported Yellow Browed Warbler periodically feeding across from the hide its bad eye now almost completely closed, a flock of feeding Wren came down the hedges either side of the road.

Darts Farm surprisingly busy (possibly due to the water levels) Kingfisher, a huge flock of Brent Geese, a single Ruff in with the flock of Black Tailed Godwit (two coloured ringed birds noted) lots of Lapwing, good numbers of Fieldfare, Snipe, Dunlin, Wigeon and Redshank.

Back home at South Brent a female Reed Bunting and Pied Wagtails visiting the garden feed station, twenty plus House Sparrow and a Sparrow hawk chasing a flock of small birds.

Posted January 30th, 2019 at 5:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 26th January 2019

Darts Farm

No Water Pipits this early pm, however 6 Meadow Pipits, 70 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 8 Curlew, 110+ Fieldfare, 50+ Chaffinch, 35+ Linnet, a Reed Bunting & Sparrowhawk. 

Posted January 26th, 2019 at 3:02 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

South Hams


Above Aveton Gifford a flock of 50/60 Fieldfare, to the north of the A379 road bridge at Aveton Gifford a Barn owl and two Kestrel, not a great deal from the tidal road but a Little Egret, Greenshank, Redshank and a single Black tailed Godwit on leaving a Sparrowhawk.

Around Southdown farm numerous Yellow Hammer and Skylark in larger numbers than I have seen previously, also Meadow Pipit, Cirl Bunting, Sparrowhawk, large flock of Woodpigeon, Snipe, Raven, Stonechat, Pied Wagtail.

South Huish marsh, several Snipe, Lapwing, Black Swan, on one hillside a single Brent Goose in with a flock of Canada Geese. On the beach Rock and Meadow pipit, female Kestrel and first winter Mediterranean gull.

Back home at South Brent the garden feed station was very busy until the activity attracted an adult female Sparrowhawk, before its arrival female Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, GSWP, Wren, Pied wagtail, numerous Goldfinch and Chaffinch


Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 4:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Darts Farm

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well at Bowling Green this morning. Also 900+ Blackwit, 25 Barwit, 200 Dunlin, 100 Avocet, 38 Lapwing, 35+ Snipe, 500+ Golden Plover overhead, 230 Wigeon, 180 Teal, 54 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 9 Tufted, 7 Pintail & a Water Rail. 

4 Water Pipit, 103 Wigeon, 70 Fieldfare, 40 Linnet, 30 Chaffinch & 3 Reed Bunting at Darts Farm this morning too. 

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 3:19 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Sunday 13th January 2019

Dartmoor & Lopwell dam

Seven Fieldfare flew over Dean Cross, Dean Prior.

Flocks of Redwing at Blackaton Cross and Challacombe.

Good sized flock of Stock Dove just above Runnage farm by the junction with the B3212.

On the lane down to the Lopwell dam a Snipe flushed from the roadside a most unlikely place for it to have been, from the cafe, Little Egret, two Little Grebe, Muscovy and Mallard duck, five Moorhen, Pied and Grey Wagtail, eighteen plus Raven, three Buzzard, a female Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher and three Cormorant and numerous Canada geese.

At the lower end of Soussans three Red Deer hinds.



Posted January 13th, 2019 at 3:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 28th December 2018

Charleton Marsh / Bay

07:35-09:50, high tide.

2 Barnacle Geese ( flew off west on their own @08:34 ), 69 Canada Geese, 22 Wigeons, 56 Teals, 2 Tufted Ducks, a showy Water Rail below the hide and a couple others calling, Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail and 15 Meadow Pipits. In the bay 3 Little Grebes and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Water level steadily dropping, reached the hide normal route but the water went over my wellies, not my smartest move of 2018.

Posted December 28th, 2018 at 11:03 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Tuesday 25th December 2018

Harleston by Slapton

First singing Song Thrush of the new season in murky but very mild conditions. 30 Fieldfare over garden.

Posted December 25th, 2018 at 11:59 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Friday 14th December 2018

Arlington court

A mid morning walk around Arlington court today saw small flocks of fieldfare and red wing mixed,  several small flocks of starlings over the upper fields, in the woods nuthatch,  blue great and coal tits. 

Nuthatch    Redwing
Nuthatch                                              Redwing

Posted December 14th, 2018 at 7:58 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Thursday 13th December 2018


Great Egret, sparrowhawk, jays, gs woodpecker, 4 mistle thrush, 6 song thrushes, flock of over 100,mainly fieldfare and some redwing, good amounts of all local woodland birds and a bout 30 starlings. By 3pm it was bitterly cold. 

Posted December 13th, 2018 at 3:55 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Tuesday 4th December 2018


Holne Bridge, Ashburton a pair of Goosander roosting on a rock below the bridge.

Nr Babeny a female Kestrel (one of three seen) and a couple of Stonechat.

Buzzards dotted about all feeding on the ground or sat on low posts.

The only location found with an abundance of birds was the road leading down to Prince hall near Yelverton, at least six Brambling in with the large flock of Chaffinch feeding on Beech mast, some 30 plus Starling and seven Meadow Pips feeding in a sheep field, a large mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare flew in, one GSWP, a Kestrel and two Jay.

Lower side of Soussons flock of 10 Reed Bunting.

At Dartmeet the usual run of the mill birds around the feed station (the car park is now pay and display, £2 for the day).

Near Widdicombe a Sparrowhawk and another followed by a third Kestrel near Dean Prior.


Posted December 4th, 2018 at 5:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 29th November 2018

Woodbury Common

A walk around from 3pm to 4:30pm. On arrival, 2 Hen Harrier flew through in quick succession. 1 juvenile and the other (from what I got of it) looked to be a Female. Also 6 Crossbill, Circa 30 Fieldfare and several Redwing. More details at

Posted November 29th, 2018 at 6:22 pm in Bird News

Sunday 25th November 2018

Berry Head

Following on from Bill's post also 2 Firecrests on top of head near to the navigation beacon and 11 Goldcrests.

Overhead:  3 Brambling, 40+ Chaffinch, 156 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare & 4 Siskin.

Firecrest Berry He 25 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 11:25 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 20th November 2018


This morning, Goosander (f), Little Egrets 2, Grey Heron 4, Teal 17,  Bramblings 5 in amongst flock of Chaffinces, Blackbirds, Fieldfares, Redwings, Mistle & Song thrushes, Gr Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel.

Posted November 20th, 2018 at 8:43 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Monday 19th November 2018

Exminister Marsh

A short afternoon visit to splash in muddy puddles, at a 3 year olds request, also yielded a single Cattle Egret and 4 Barnacle Geese. Otherwise 45 Golden Plover, 120+ Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare & 30 Redwing. 

Lots of Redwing over house in Exeter,180 today, 220 yesterday.

Posted November 19th, 2018 at 8:41 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Sunday 18th November 2018

Shiphay, Torquay


At least 45 Pied Wagtails overhead heading east, in the direction of Torbay Hospital. 

Earlier this morning, several small groups of Redwings and some Fieldfares generally heading north in the strong wind. 

Posted November 18th, 2018 at 5:29 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Saturday 17th November 2018

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Morning highlights were Merlin and Skylark in aerial combat - outcome unknown, and significant influx of 46 Song Thrush in Soar Mill Valley. Also: 2 Golden Plover, 9 Lapwing flying east, 3 Snipe, Fieldfare, 160 Starling & 2 Reed Bunting.

Posted November 17th, 2018 at 12:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Friday 16th November 2018

Higher Cemetery Exeter

Brief afternoon visit in poor light gave - 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 50+ Redwing, a handful of Fieldfare, Greenfinch, small Chaffinch flock, small Long Tailed Tit flock and on Sweetbrier lane a Sparrowhawk..

Green WoodpeckerJayMistle Thrush
Green Woodpecker                                    Jay                                             Mistle Thrush

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 4:14 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Once again a complete contrast between S & N coasts of Devon, with no visible Redwing or Fieldfare migration up here on the N coast and precious little movement at all this morning... Totals were 35 Meadow Pipits, 6 Siskins, 25 Goldfinches, 7 Linnets and only 24 Chaffinches. The scrub yielded a Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrests, 16 Blackbirds, 6 Song Thrushes, 3 Stonechats and the highlight by some way an exceptionally late female or first-winter Common Redstart.

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 2:52 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Head

Mostly impressive overhead migration today 0710-0910hrs: 5000+ Redwing, 950 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 345 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 19 Siskin, 4 Bullfinches, 80 Goldfinches, 25 Stock Doves (in one flock), 65 Meadow Pipits, 7 pied Wagtails, 30 Starlings, 2 Skylark & 1 Snipe.

Around the headland: 7 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 12:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thrush sp and Wood pigeon migration over South Brent 15th & 16th November

15th November ~ Lots of Redwing movement over Hillside, South Brent during the earlier part of the day over 1500 birds counted largest flock of some 500 plus birds, most flocks ranging from 50 to 70 birds.

Two sightings of soaring female Sparrowhawks no doubt attracted by the Redwing numbers.

Notable movement of Wood pigeons as well with about 200 birds seen early in the morning.

Pied Wagtails trickling over for most of the day in one's and two's.

GSWP, Nuthatch and male Greenfinch on the feeders and a Wren around the garden today.

16th November ~ Thrush migration noted from 8am to 9.30am, very overcast misty conditions, 1300 plus Redwing largest flock being of some 400 birds, the odd Mistle Thrush noted and several flocks of Fieldfares amounting to about 150 birds, all Thrush flocks headed north while several smaller flocks of Starling appeared to be feeding locally and moving in the opposite direction.

Small flocks of migrating Wood pigeon continue to pass over and two flocks of what I believe to have been Chaffinch the light being to poor to see any plumage detail. 

Other birds of note were a Green Woodpecker, two GSWP, four Bullfinch and fifteen Pied Wagtail.


Posted November 16th, 2018 at 10:34 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 15th November 2018


,A small influx of Chiffchaffs (8),and Goldcrests (9). 3 Goldcrests ringed,all'Continental' birds. Also a flock of 50+ Redwings and a flock of 20+ Fieldfare alighted in the tops of the tallest White Willows, before flying off westward.

1st.Yr.m. 'Continental' Goldcrest.
1st.Yr.m. 'Continental' Goldcrest.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Dawlish Warren - Exeter

A multi-stop day which produced around 80 species. Of note were:

From the sea wall - 4 Kittewakes in a mixed gull/Gannet feeding flock of 400+, and 1 R-T Diver.

From Starcross - 2 R-B Merganser (at last) and the Slavonian Grebe.

In Powderham Park - 1 Green Sandpiper and a mixed Redwing/Fieldfare flock.

From Turf - several thousand mixed waders, including 300+ Golden Plover.

On Exminster Marshes - just the Cattle Egret in the fields near the canal. Diggers were dredging some of the ditches, so very disturbed. More Redwings/Fieldfares feeding in the hedges.

At Matford ponds - several Gadwall, which I don't always see here, and 4 feeding Snipe.

Finally, at King James Weir - Dipper, Water Rail, another Green Sandpiper and more Redwings/Fieldfares, heading West. 

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 4:48 pm by James Camden in Bird News

15/11/18 - Bicton Park

Visit to Bicton Park today - very dull & misty but loads of winter thrushes - Fieldfare, Redwing & Mistle Thrushes - flying about.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 4:44 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Berry Head

Fantastic overhead migration was noted between 07.30-09.30 with: at least 8400 Redwing, 150 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Trush, 8 Song Thrush, 230 Chaffinch, 16 Brambling, 29 Siskin, 300+ Wood Pigeon, 3 Skylark, 30 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 22 Meadow Pipits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the woods and top of the headland: 1 Pallas's Warbler, 4 Firecrest, 18 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff.

   Redwing Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML  Firecrest Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML

                              Some of the Redwings                                           Firecrest

                  Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML     Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML

Pallas's Warbler


Posted November 15th, 2018 at 1:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A Great White Egret (a patch tick!) flew E along the clifftops at 08.30. Visible migration did not include the large numbers of thrushes being seen on the south coast, but was instead dominated by Starlings, with some 934 counted before 09.00. Also 134 Chaffinches, a Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, 4 alba wagtails, 9 Meadow Pipits, 14 Goldfinches and 5 Linnets. One Red-throated Diver W. In the scrub, single Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, plus 4 Stonechat. It will be interesting to learn if the Chivenor Great White Egret seen at 07.45 this morning stuck around, or if it could be the same individual that I saw 45 minutes later – though even a direct line between the two locations is c 15km.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 11:27 am by Tim Jones in Bird News


Mixed flock of 4/500 redwing/fieldfare feeding on holly and travelling south above Rattery this morning (a sign of cold weather to come?) Female black redstart yesterday.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 9:56 am by Ian Samuel in Bird News

Tuesday 13th November 2018

South Hams

At East Soar, Firecrest, Fieldfare, 3 Redwings, Chiffchaff & 2 Goldcrests. Black Redstart (female type) at Hallsands plus 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests & Tawny Owl heard. First winter female Scaup still on Beesands Ley; also 3 Shovelers & Chiifchaff. At Slapton, the drake Ring-necked Duck (initially at the Torcross end before the Tufted Duck flock dispersed) & Chiffchaff.

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

In these mild conditions an amazing count of 1360 Skylark on winter stubbles, the highest count in recent years. Also 6 Snipe, 60 Stock Dove, 20 Blackbird, 16 Song Thrush, 6 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Blackcap, 30 Goldfinch, Bullfinch, 160 Linnet, 38 Yellowhammer & 11 Cirl Bunting.

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 3:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Dartmoor to Plymouth

From Venford to Hexworthy ~ female Kestrel, nine Golden Plover, Mistle Thrush, three female Reed Bunting, good numbers of Meadow Pipit, a hundred plus Fieldfare with a few Starlings mixed in and a Jay near the Brints forestry commission entrance.

Towards Postbridge twelve Mallard, a very unusually marked pale morph Buzzard, a female GSWP and another Kestrel.

On the lane leading down to Prince Hall 100 plus Chaffinch flock which when checked held no less than seven Brambling.

Another Kestrel near Two Bridges and a large flock of Starlings feeding in a field.


Ford Park Cemetery the most obvious avian item of note was the large number of Magpie's at one point not less than fifteen in one area and I suspect not less than thirty plus overall. Two sightings of female Sparrowhawks one adult one immature, a single Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush in small numbers and on leaving the forth kestrel of the morning.




Posted November 13th, 2018 at 2:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 12th November 2018

Otter Estuary- East Devon

From the seafront car park 4 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin were present in the nearest channels and a couple of Mergansers flew up river at a distance. The cricket pitch attracted the Herring Gull population plus 6 Gt black backed Gulls, while up the valley the flooded fields held c450 Black- headed Gulls and numbers of Curlew.  A Water Rail was heard near West Town Cottages and c10 Fieldfare were seen on the east side of the valley. 

The DB hide above the Otter on the east side has been trashed again and I collected a large bag of rubbish containing an assortment of bottles and other rubbish.

NOTE:  The footpath from Whitebridge to the sea front is closed again for emergency repairs to a culvert so it is not possible to reach the west hide.

Posted November 12th, 2018 at 3:36 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


Doing WeBs count yesterday, had a lovely Whimbrel in the creek at Sandridge Barton, along with 5 grey herons. Going back to the car, 2 Fieldfares on the leftover grapes.First we've seem this Autumn.

Posted November 12th, 2018 at 9:18 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

Dawn sightings this morning.
1m Goosander (eclipse), 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 9 Shoveler, c60 Wigeon, 12 Fieldfare, c30 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Posted November 6th, 2018 at 1:09 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

Rather cool and blustery at the lake today.

1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Grebes, 1 female Pintail, 1 Brambling, 100+ Fieldfares, 1 Willow Tit, Long tailed, Blue and Great Tits, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Creeper, Wigeon, Teal, good numbers of Mallard and Canada Geese, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Harvey & Ian Kendall. 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 3:33 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Friday 2nd November 2018

Tamar Lakes

Lower Tamar Lake sightings from dawn.

5f Goosander (very skittish), 21 Fieldfare, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Barnacle Goose amongst  200+ Canada Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch, 9 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2f Tufted Duck, also plenty of Coal Tit on the feeders.

Upper Lake.
4 Grey Heron, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Cormorant, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Wren, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Snipe, 2 Raven, 1 Song Thrush, c100 Starling, 1 Fieldfare,1 Redwing, 7 Mallard.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 7:31 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 29th October 2018

Top of Valley of Rocks Lynton

Large flocks travelling up the valley, fieldfare, redwing, pigeons, linnets, chaffinch, mixed tits, plus one solitary Egret a bit off track. 

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 4:03 pm by John elvin in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for the Lower Lake this morning.

1m Goosander (first this winter), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Goldcrest, 2f Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 17 Moorhen, 48 Wigeon, 25 Mallard, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Black-headed Gull, c150 Canada Geese, 9 Shoveler, 34 Coot, 1 Cormorant, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Teal, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted October 29th, 2018 at 3:03 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Sunday 28th October 2018

Prawle Point and East Prawle sightings yesterday Saturday 27th October

Highlights yesterday with Pat Mayer : a Barred Warbler found half-way down Pig's Nose Valley at 12.30. Showed well until it flew down the valley at 12.55pm but could not be relocated. Earlier at 9.35am a Harrier sp. seen flying from below the village, over Bunkers and around the point mobbed by Jackdaws. Reported on Twitter as a Hen Harrier but photos might indicate this bird had 4 'fingers' ! More news later.

Vizmig from the Hump starting at 7.45am  in cold ,breezy northerly wind : 3/4 Crossbills, 2/3 Brambling, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Fieldfare, 9 Siskins, Skylarks 26,Chaffinch 30, Meadow Pipits 27, Woodpigeons 500+, Stock Doves 121, Starlings 300,  Noteable that  few Goldfinches and Linnets moving this morning.

Elsewhere a couple of Goldcrests (fewer numbers than last year), Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. 1 Song Thrush. Also 6 Golden Plover over PIg's Nose Valley and 6 Kestrels locally and 1 Sparrowhawk.


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Barred Warbler, 27 October 2018 Pig's Nose Valley, East Prawle

Posted October 28th, 2018 at 11:44 am in Bird News

Saturday 27th October 2018


Numerous Fieldfare 30-50 Badgers Holt around lunchtime today. They were spread between 3 Hawthorne trees.

Posted October 27th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by Lisa Morgan-Anstee in Bird News

Lynton area and Brendon Common

Really large flocks of Fieldfare all around this area. 

Posted October 27th, 2018 at 6:02 pm by John elvin in Bird News

Wednesday 24th October 2018


walked up to the dam looking for ring ouzels, but couldn't see any, only fieldfares about 25,   on the way back we had a ringtailed hen harrier working the ridge on the left hand side, this sighting was confirmed for us by a young lad who had took a photo of the bird showing the white ring just before its tail.  thanks for that.

Posted October 24th, 2018 at 5:48 pm by roger jewell& mike gibson in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Hope's Nose, Torquay

During a lunchtime visit, I bumped into a local who asked me to check out/ID a photo of a raptor that he had taken at 10.30 today. Camera image was clearly a Ringtail Hen Harrier flying across the site's lower slope. No further sign though. 

Later, close to the entrance gate, a lone Fieldfare and a large number of ladybirds! 

Posted October 23rd, 2018 at 3:29 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Saturday 20th October 2018


Watched from 07:15 till 11:45

Another good passage of woodpigeon with 24779+ wood pigeon steady passage all morning with 2 lines either side of orcombe point converging over the lifeboat station then flying south south west towards dawlish / teignmouth lots of small groups largest group was 1100 plus, supporting cast this morning included 3 Dunlin, 6+ fieldfares, 35+ redwing, 145+ skylark, 41+ goldfinch, 20+ chaffinch, 60+ meadow pipit, 6+ Siskin, 80+ stockdove, 1 raven, 1 kestrel, 1 sparrowhawk, 4 stonechat.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 8:15 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Start Point


Beautiful clear, fairly still morning not good for vis mig except for c6700 Woodpigeons that went through (largest flock 1500 ). At least 50 Stock Doves and a feral pigeon through with them. Hardly any thing else moving, best 4 Bramblings and 4 Reed Buntings,. Also seen 9 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares and good number of c1000 Starlings flying around. Just 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests seen, no sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler. Sunny morning encouraged a Skylark to go into full X factor audition mode.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 12:14 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


All six British thrush species this morning, including three ring ouzels.  400+ fieldfares just arrived.

A barn owl has been present over the last few days (only the second here in over 20 years) - the other evening I saw it in the process of being attacked by a buzzard.  The buzzard had it pinned down on the ground, but the owl was saved by two crows that mobbed the buzzard and drove it off.  I went to assist, but the owl had gone.  It was later seen hunting as if nothing had happened.  Has anyone else ever seen a buzzard attempting to predate a barn owl?  Would seem to be unusual behaviour.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 12:04 pm by Richard Hibbert in Bird News

Thursday 18th October 2018

Middle Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

Best morning of the autumn so far with highlights of ringtail Hen Harrier over Middle Soar, female Merlin & 4 Ring Ouzel in the valley. First autumn movement of Woodpigeon with 1040 moving east. Also: Golden Plover, 52 Stock Dove on stubbles, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker in the valley - all migrants, 7 Swallow, 270 Skylark, 100 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit in the cove, 2 Wheatear, 34 Stonechat, Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrush, 11 Blackbird, 6 Blackcap, 27 Chiffchaff, 50 Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch, 310 Linnet, 50 Yellowhammer & 11 Cirl Bunting. 

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 2:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shipley Bridge Ring Ouzels

A morning visit to Shipley Bridge / Avon Dam near South Brent gave views of the reported Ring Ouzels on the hillside below the road leading up to the filtration plant, a total of nine sightings with four birds flying off together towards the dam.


In that area several Mistle Thrush, lots of Blackbirds, an abundance of Blue and Coal Tit, Bullfinch, two Jay, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker and Meadow Pipits on the skyline.

On the way up to the Dam a Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, three sightings of a hunting male Sparrow hawk, at one point five Kestrels in view at the same time, they moved off when two Buzzards arrived.

The presence of the birds of prey flushed seventeen Ring Ouzels from the area of Zeal Gorge they flew across the quarry area below the dam and out towards Buckfastleigh. Shortly after that 53 Fieldfare flew up the valley.

From the dam a male Peregrine and a small number of Mallard.

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 1:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Emsworthy Around 30 Fieldfare plus an assortment of other Thrushes including at least 2 Ring Ouzel 8.30 to 9.30 today

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 10:12 am by Dave Turrell in Bird News

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Start Point / Slapton Ley ( 8/10/18)

Early morning vis mig highlights at Start included 100 Meadow Pipits, 490 Linnets, 270 Goldfinches, 54 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Elsewhere a male Merlin, 2 Redwings, Fieldfare (  I think my earliest ever autumn bird around here ), 44 Swallows, 10 Chiffchaffs, Wheatear, and a Brambling.

Around at Slapton in Ireland Bay 2 male Scaups still present. Not such an apparent size discrepancy as I thought on Sunday with a better view. Also male Pochard, 231 Coots, 5 Med Gulls.                                                              


Posted October 9th, 2018 at 5:15 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thursday 12th April 2018

Plym Estuary

A Ring Ouzel (male), only my second here ever and hoping around with a Fieldfare! Also Jack Snipe, Red-necked Grebe, 4 Swallows, 2 Greenshanks, 11 Little Egrets, 2 Curlews and a pair of Mandarin Ducks. A great mix of Spring & Autumn. 

Posted April 12th, 2018 at 8:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Friday 6th April 2018

Plym Estuary

A great day with Martin's Red-necked Grebe (in partial summer plumage) still around, initially at the top of the estuary, then at the lower end after being flushed by a speed boat. Three Garganey (2 drakes) appeared on the estuary opposite the railway sidings, flew up river and then later in the day, were resting on the mud slightly further up - thanks Roy! Also a Fieldfare (rare here even in winter, outside snowy conditions), Snipe, Red-breasted Merganser (drake), Goosander (redhead), Swallow belting north and Green Woodpecker. 

Posted April 6th, 2018 at 6:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Berry Down, Combe Martin

35/40 fieldfare still present here in north Devon this afternoon feeding  low down in the pasture beneath a tree-lined hedge. Frequently disturbed by gusts of wind flying up into the trees for protection.

At home, 5 Blackcaps still feeding on the feeder this morning. There could be 6 as they have also been taking the nectar from the camellia flowers elsewhere in the garden.

Posted March 27th, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Wednesday 21st March 2018

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, 2018 at 12:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 20th March 2018

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, 2018 at 7:56 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

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, 2018 at 3:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 19th March 2018


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, 2018 at 5:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


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, 2018 at 12:53 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Sunday 18th March 2018


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

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 8:06 pm by Peter Maker in Bird News

Sunday 4th March 2018

Plym Estuary

Still 26 Lapwings and 9 Golden Plovers about but no Fieldfares and only 6 Redwings, outnumbered by (12) Song Thrushes. Also Woodcock, Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 6+ Stonechats, 2 Green Woodpeckers and 2 Grey Wagtails. 

Posted March 4th, 2018 at 8:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

around the exe

Once the early morning showers had eased started at the Exeter st David’s end of the flood relief channel, 1 dipper , lots of redwings and fieldfares, 1 sparrowhawk put up 12 meadow pipits, then as I got to the mill on the exe a group of 10 lapwing flew over and with them were 3 golden plover, both new birds on patch.

walking along the river between the quay and countess wear produced more fieldfares and redwings.

along the canal between the swing bridge and the motorway bridge , 12+ siskins, 2 Cetti’s warblers 600+ fieldfares and 400+ redwings.

then between the motorway bridge and the ferry landing on the canal at Exminster marshes, 2 red breasted mergansers, a coot and with them a small grebe asleep sure it was black necked grebe eventually it woke up and showed down to a few meters confining it was a black necked grebe only my second on the marsh , 1 ruff was with masses of lapwing near the motorway bridge.

on the walk home a woodcock flew across the flood relief channel between trews weir and salmon pool to end a good days birding 

Posted March 4th, 2018 at 6:00 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


Male Brambling at garden feeding station - first ever! Also Nuthatch & Jay. 100+ Redwing in surrounding trees, several Fieldfares over. Long-tailed Tits still alive!

Posted March 4th, 2018 at 5:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Brent ~ Redwings

Just had a count of no less than 108 Redwing in the field next to my house at South Brent, three Song Thrush have been about the garden all day along with twice the usual number of Blackbirds, the morning gave a fly past Fieldfare, two Nuthatch, three Dunnock, female Bullfinch, a fly past from a female Sparrow hawk, the regular female Reed Bunting showed up as well being the first sighting since the snow fell.

Posted March 4th, 2018 at 4:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Around Braunton

Great Fields: large flocks of fieldfares, redwings, starlings, lapwing and golden plover. Also linnets, mipits and skylarks.

Horsey Island: 1 spoonbill, grey plover, large flocks of dunlin containing 2 knot and 5 sanderling, redshank, curlew and shelduck.

Sherpa Marsh: shoveler, teal, wigeon and a flock of Canada geese with the Tundra Bean Goose.

Wrafton pond: pochard, gadwall, tufted duck and wigeon on the pond. On the scrape there was a greenshank and a large mixed flock of curlew and lapwing.

Posted March 4th, 2018 at 4:12 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

Exe Estuary 3rd March

Yesterday afternoon saw the last Stuart Line birdwatching cruise of the season. There was still the unusual sight of Lapwings and Golden Plovers feeding on the sandy shore of Warren Point (and on Exmouth rugby field), otherwise the tides and rain had rendered the intertidal areas free of snow. There was no sign of the Great Northern Diver, but the Slavonian Grebe was again midway between Cockwood and Exmouth and a dozen or more Great Crested Grebes were scattered up the estuary. Best bird was a female Scaup with Mergansers near Turf. Six Goldeneye were near Topsham and again a large flock of Pintail (150-ish) around the mouth of the Clyst. 275 Avocets were well scattered between Powderham and Topsham.

Back home in Chudleigh, Fieldfares peaked at 75 in the garden (previous best total in 2010 was two!). Compared with the deluge of garden birds in the December 2010 hard weather, we had only one Song Thrush this time (cf. 8 in 2010), 6 Starlings (cf. 30), 7 Goldfinches (cf. 12) and no Greenfinches.

Posted March 4th, 2018 at 10:34 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Saturday 3rd March 2018

Plym Estuary

A big clear out of yesterday’s goodies overnight and winter norm restored with rain all morning. But still 170 Redwings,  15 Fieldfares fem ale Pintail and 9 Lapwings.

Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 8:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Garden Bird Watch

Have enjoyed the influx of birds into my garden high on the hill above Exmouth in Brixington Area with woodland island behind us.   Many Fieldfare and Redwing in particular systematically sorting through leaves under our long conifer hedges.   Usual long tailed tits, gold crest, blackcaps, robin, blue, great and coal tits at feeding station with hedgesparrows.  Song thrush also feeding with many blackbirds and a wren.  Quick siting of a Woodcock which landed in next door's garden.  

Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 4:08 pm by John Wokersien in Bird News

Stay at home Birding Update

The snow's all gone in Colebrook today, but we were still visited by at least six fieldfare this morning. In the garden, new visitors included a male Blackcap, a Wren and amazingly a Meadow Pipit.  Not a rare bird but the first ever seen in the garden in over thirty years. 

Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 1:40 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

South Brent

After a day almost devoid of birds around the garden feeders yesterday, today got back to a degree of normality with a very active Nuthatch, pair of Bullfinch, good numbers of Goldfinch, several Starlings including a BTO ringed bird, male GSWP, male Siskin, Jay and a fly past from a female Sparrow hawk.

And at long last the Fieldfares discovered the garden.

Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 1:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Stay at home Birding Update

The snow's all gone in Colebrook today, but we were still visited by at least six fieldfare this morning. In the garden, new visitors included a male Blackcap, a Wren and amazingly a Meadow Pipit.  Not a rare bird but the first ever seen in the garden in over thirty years. 

Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 1:09 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Clennon Valley, Paignton

A walk out over the fields to the lakes produced: 1 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 17 Skylark, 43 Fieldfare, 70+ Redwing, 1 Reed Bunting  4 Meadow Pipits and still around 20 Golden Plover on the Velo park grass. 

Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 11:19 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Unusual visitors to my garden

Had one redwing yesterday in my garden in Modbury which the fieldfares seemed to bully, also surprised to see a reed bunting a first for my garden


Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 10:57 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay


Constant stream of Redwings and Fieldfares stopping off and passing over, generally moving towards the grounds of Torbay Hospital. 

Good numbers of winter thrushes at Cadewell Park, probing the turf and leaf litter exposed by the retreating snow.  Birds coming and going, sometimes being moved on by dog walkers. 

At 09.15 a Woodcock over Higher Cadewell Lane.  It was headed in the direction of Kitson Park, before returning after five minutes and then flying off towards the south.   

Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 10:54 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Winter visitors

Lots of Fieldfares in the garden yesterday in Modbury, really stroppy fighting over the apples and pears I'd put out for them.

Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 10:54 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Winter Birds in Paignton

Like most of you, restricted to garden birding for obvious reasons. However, proved extremely fruitful, producing 3 firsts for the garden:

  • Several Redwings & a Fieldfare - first time recorded in the garden
  • A Goldcrest - first time recorded on a feeder

Was also visited by an old friend the Blackcap.

Handy Hint No1: Of all the times to run out of seed, it had to be now! Improvised by putting peanuts in the food processor and filling the feeders with that.

                      Redwing                                          Fieldfare                       Blackcap (definitely overwintering)


Posted March 3rd, 2018 at 12:01 am in Bird News

Friday 2nd March 2018


Back garden, Canal Hill.  8.50am 30+ Lapwing overhead ; east to west.  Garden visitors through day included 9 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 5 Brambling.  Also, on two occasions 1 Buzzard in back garden shrub watching ground feeding birds.  

Pavement, Canal Hill.  2.45pm  1 Meadow Pipit feeding along stone wall on pavement of main road.  

Field stream / drain, Newtes Hill.Snipe.  

Ditch along lane between Brithem Bottom / Ash Thomas.  3 Snipe.

Meadow Pipit - Canal Hill, Tiverton - 02.03.2018
Meadow Pipit - Canal Hill, Tiverton - 02.03.2018

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 11:16 pm by James Morrison in Bird News

Teignmouth Garden

Quite few species on the feeders today, finches, tits. Best were female Blackcap and a lovely male Brambling. Regularly a pair of Blackcap and two pairs of Bullfinch. Also c20 Fieldfares just down the road. Yesterday 9 Golden Plover over.

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 10:50 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News


Again many redwing and fieldfare among the usual garden birds,plus a female reed bunting, the first for the garden, but the highlight was a brambling.

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 9:23 pm by Janet Gray in Bird News

Snowy East Ogwell

The cold weather brought fieldfares and redwings into the garden and a hawfinch, which has visited the bird table every day over the last week. A walk into Newton Abbot saw a mixed flock of over 30 fieldfares and redwings feeding on the berries near Asda.

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 9:14 pm by John Simons in Bird News


A walk into work at the Devon hotel this morning saw lots of fieldfares and redwings around marsh Barton, at work a lapwing looking for food in front of the reception was followed by 3 snipe behind the hotel , and yet more redwings and fieldfares , the best was still to come on the walk home first a woodcock flew up from the stream at the side of the Volkswagen showroom and flew over my head heading towards Matford park and ride, more lapwing flew over heading towards Exeter, then just before the Skoda showroom another woodcock flew up in front of me then headed towards Matford marsh. 

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 7:08 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Walked right around the estuary this afternoon and made some great counts of freeze-driven birds. A total of 440 Lapwings, the majority on Blagdon’s but 98 too on Blaxton. 475 Fieldfares again the majority on  Blagdon’s but 140 in Saltram fields. Also on Blaxton: 5 Avocets, female Pintail, 9 Teal, 5 Shovelers & Reed Bunting. Other totals - 155 Redwings, 8 Snipe, 48 Golden Plovers, 50+ Meadow Pipits and (at Blagdon’s) Grey Plover.

Also on Tothill playing field: 9 Golden Plovers, 35 Fieldfares & 35 Lapwings.

A fantastic afternoon on the patch!

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 6:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton Great Field

About 30 Fieldfare at Braunton Marsh end of the Great Field this afternoon. 

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 6:58 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

Plenty of evidence of hard weather movements on the Hoe this afternoon, with Redwings everywhere (at least 500 seen) Fieldfares (40), Lapwing (40), Golden Plover (6), Skylark (5), a Cirl Bunting above the ‘Welcome to Plymouth’ bank, a Yellowhammer on the rocks at Rusty Anchor and a Stonechat in West Hoe Park.  The area around the Citadel and West Hoe Park both seemed especially busy.  On the grass in West Hoe Park alone, 10 Lapwings, 3 Golden Plover, 100 Redwings and 10 Meadow Pipits.

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 5:31 pm by John Bishop in Bird News


At least 6 Fieldfare in the garden today. Many Redwing in the ivy on the Alder at the bottom of the garden and a brief sighting of a Firecrest.         4 Blackcaps.


Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 5:14 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Stay at Home Birding

In again for most of the day. In the back garden in Colebrook was visited again by a Goldcrest along with along with a Song Thrush and the usual garden crowd, including 2 or even 3 Nuthatches (but sadly not 'pasty-face', the one with almost no eye-stripes that was regular since November).  On the 'green' at the front of the house there has been a flock of 20+ Fieldfare & 2 Redwing for three hours at least.  In amongst them tough was one healthy looking Lapwing, not seen here since the last snow in 1985!  Janet saw a Lapwing over the house yesterday afternoon.


Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 5:09 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

River Exe - Exton Station

In the field adjacent to the cycle track boardwalk next to Exton Station there were lots of Lapwing. Good numbers of Redwing, Fieldfare, Dunlin, Redshank, Starling and Meadow Pipits. At least 2 Snipe and 2 Golden Plover. 1 Cirl Bunting and a Reed Bunting.

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 4:40 pm by Richard Jordan in Bird News


Winter weather brings in 30 Redwing & 2 Fieldfare first ever sighting in garden 

Fieldfare   Redwing
Fieldfare                              Redwing

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 4:07 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Tiverton gardenwatch

3 brambling, 12 Chaffinch, 7 Bullfinch, 19 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 7 Siskin, 3 Blue Tit, 2 each of Great, Coal & Longtailed Tits, 3 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Blackbirds, 1 Crow, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 GSP, (male) 8 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, plus 3 unidentifiable Thrushes. we started with 1 then 2 Redwings from Wednesday to the 8 today, they are not moving away from the garden trees even when i approach the window.  

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 4:07 pm by M C Webb in Bird News

Exmouth and Chudleigh

After being forced to spend the night in Exmouth (all roads to Chudleigh blocked by snow and/or abandoned cars!), I saw loads of Fieldfares and fewer Redwings all over the place around Exmouth, with many in gardens. Travelling gingerly back home, I saw Lapwing and a Snipe alongside the M5 and then got home in Chudleigh to more masses of Fieldfares and Redwings, including in my garden (where earlier there was our second ever Yellowhammer). Pieces of apple and dried mealworms are proving very attractive, though one particular Fieldfare has control of the biggest piece and dominates all-comers!

Fieldfare in ice-glazed Chudleigh garden The 'apple-master'! Fieldfare on ice-glaze

Fieldfares in Chudleigh garden, including the 'apple-master' and one on ice-glazed bush

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 2:52 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

More Fieldfare , Estover , Plymouth

Since I posted the photos of the Fieldfare I've had a flock of 10 come in followed by a solitary Redwing and a Lapwing has flown over.

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 2:46 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Cold weather Movement - Kingsteignton - Stover Park

A four hour walk this morning 0830 -1230. Constant movement of birds moving South West particularly Fieldfare / Redwing - Flocks varying in number but in excess of 10,000 estimated. Continuous movement of Lapwings in flocks of up to 30 - individuals seen in road tracks, feeding under cattle and a few resting / drinking on the ice on Stover Lake. Lapwings were seen in most fields in the Teigngrace Stover Area. Fieldfare and Redwings also also seen resting on ice on Stover Lake  Several flocks of Snipe overhead heading SW. One flock of about 30 Grey Plover over Stover School. Over100 Robins on the Stover Lake path in groups of up to 12. At Teigngrace  2 lapwings, 20 meadow pipits, 15 redwings, robins starlings and blackbirds feeding underneath the feet of the cattle at a feeding trough. 1 yellow hammer in a ditch near the Stover Canal. Two robins were seen feeding on a fresh carcus of a woodcock in ice on the Tegngrace Road. 

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 2:32 pm by JDA in Bird News


Arrived this morning to clear a small reed-bed that has become infested with Brambles. In the field as I arrived a good sized flock of Curlew, some Lapwing and at least one Fieldfare. As the ground is frozen, I can get my car there with without getting it covered in mud. We had virtually no snow last night, just very cold strong winds. The remains of the Redshank had gone and some footprints looked like badger, but as I walked into the centre of the reserve the footprints I could see were of a Fox. Lo and behold a bit further around and I could see it! I eventually tracked it to the are where I have a few feeders, and had spread some seed on the ground yesterday - it seemed to be eating that! It soon disappeared when it saw me. 10 Teal flew from the open water on the pond. Cut the reeds/brambles and soon had a good blaze going. There were lots of Snipe just outside the reserve, and flocks of both Lapwing and Fieldfare went over.

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 1:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Totnes garden

Watching fieldfare, redwings, bramblings and even a tired looking skylark on the lawn this afternoon in Totnes. Jackdaws have moved in now - so everything has scattered! Also saw a couple of pipits hopping along the Plymouth Road this morning - meadow pipits I think. 

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 1:55 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Estover , Plymouth

Fieldfare in garden 3 come in and managed to get shots of 2 of them.


Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 1:25 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Clennon to Broadsands

Some evidence of cold weather movement along the coast with 21 Golden Plover on Clennon playing fields, two Snipe and a Water Rail. 40+ Redwing and 12 Fieldfare between there and Broadsands.

Broadsands: 14 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car park with at least 20 Cirl Buntings but I didn't stop long after dropping the seed. lots of gulls in the flooded green area of Broadsands and on the beach 600+ Common Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gulls one fw the rest adults. There are 4 Med Gulls in the photo below!

4 Mediterranean Gull in flooded Broadsands car park 2 March 2018 ML 

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 12:55 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


Bramblings increased to six today amongst mixed flock of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Bullfinch numbering 50 - 60. Also joined by two Fieldfares and a Mistle Thrush.

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 12:26 pm by A.Colllinge in Bird News

Peverell, Plymouth

30 Lapwing & 6 Redwing over heading SW, 1 Snipe flying over. A dazzling Firecrest feeding well in our flowering Camellia. Male Blackcap, 2 Redwing and a Fieldfare all feeding on apples in the garden..

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 12:16 pm by R Hurrell in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

A brief walk to the meadow this morning while the wife went to Sainsbury’s. Best of the bunch were 1 Avocet, 2 Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 13 Teal, c120 Lapwing, 27 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit. Also good numbers of Shelduck, Redshank & Curlew. Not back for an hours birding on meadow.

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 11:14 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Fieldfare feeding in the garden

A solitary fieldfare tucking in to feed on the lawn despite initial  opposition from resident blackbirds - but now fighting back!  A first for  the garden here on the Yelverton/Horrabridge border

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 10:46 am by Mary Harper in Bird News

Kingsteignton Fieldfares

Approximately fifty fieldfares feeding in a fir tree off Tarrs Avenue.

Posted March 2nd, 2018 at 10:02 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Thursday 1st March 2018


We've had a male and female blackcap coming regularly to the garden birdfeeders and today was no exception. What was unusual was a mixed  flock of 20 or so redwing and fieldfare feasting on the berries and anything else they could find. This is the first time in 4 years I have seen even one. The extreme weather overcame their narural reluctance. 

Posted March 1st, 2018 at 9:30 pm by Janet Gray in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

Not many people turned up for this afternoon's cruise, which is a shame because the weather provided some interesting observations. Lapwings were everywhere, including 250 with dozens of Golden Plovers sheltering in the dunes at Dawlish Warren. Lots of Lapwings seemed to be arriving from the east. Great Northern Diver and 10+ G Crested Grebes were expected. Large numbers of geese had abandoned the fields and sat out on the snow-covered mud; the 2 Snow Geese and 2 Greylags were with them. Waders either sat dejectedly on the snow or fed along the waterline. Avocets feeding in slush was a novelty, and in flight they often kept both legs retracted - very sensible!

Small passerines were also on the move: Fieldfare, Redwing, Meadow Pipits. A Pied Wagtail even joined the boat in mid-estuary, running around under our feet. 

Posted March 1st, 2018 at 7:40 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News


Extremely cold here and snowing almost continually most of the day. Birds struggling to find food. At least three Blackcap, Goldcrest and all the usuals but including Fieldfare and Redwing in the garden. 50/60 Redwing/Fieldfare going to roost up the valley this evening in the blizzard conditions.


Posted March 1st, 2018 at 6:06 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

1 lapwing, 7 golden plover, 11 fieldfare, 2 redwing, 1 song thrush and 5 meadow pipit on a very cold, snowy, windy (and brief) walk around Plymouth Hoe this afternoon.

Posted March 1st, 2018 at 4:25 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Wednesday 28th February 2018

Taw estuary

A binocular-less bike commute along to Barnstaple from Yelland.

A ragged female-type Marsh Harrier (prob same as reported yday on north side of Taw) was hunting over the near reedbed of SaltPill Duck Pond (E end of Home Farm Marsh). On opposite side of Tarka Trail here, the warm manure piles in the field had attracted scores of pipits, wagtail, finches and Starling; and closest to the footpath through this field, a Chiffchaff! Incidentally the site on either side of this footpath to Fremington is excellent, managed for pheasant hunting I think but also top notch for passerines, woodpeckers, hawks and Barn/Tawny Owl.

At Fremington Pill mouth, one of the Spoonbill and a Greenshank.

Another Water Rail encounter in ditch by Tarka Trail.

250-300 Dunlin around Anchorwood Bank area, plus a dozen or so Sanderling.

Fieldfare dotted along the route.

Posted February 28th, 2018 at 8:35 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Wednesday 21st February 2018


Ringing this morning produced 18 Greenfinch, 5 each of Chaffinch and Reed Bunting 2 Blue Tits and singles of Great Tit, Bullfinch, Wood Pigeon and Robin. Best bird was a Fieldfare - the first I have seen in the reserve for a couple of years. Sadly it departed without finding a mist net! Redshank and Greenshank on the scrape, and the Little Grebe in the reserve started calling this morning for the first time this year.

Posted February 21st, 2018 at 4:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 20th February 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning at the Lake,

13 Goosander 8m 5f, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Fieldfare.

Posted February 20th, 2018 at 7:47 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Tuesday 6th February 2018

Cranbrook Countryside Park

A team of nine undertook the second of four surveys of the Countryside park this morning and listed a total of 41 species over the two hour count. (The survey has been commissioned by the East Devon Countryside Team and two further surveys will be held in April and June).  Thank you to those taking part.

An overwintering Chiffchaff was found and the most interesting find was a Green Sandpiper found in the same place (a muddy ditch), as during the first survey on 21 November last year.  Totals of some species were:  Redwings (40), Fieldfare (35), Song Thrush (10) and Bullfinch (10).  Others of note were Raven, Kestrel, 2 Treecreeper and 4 Stonechat. Small numbers of Mallard and Moorhen were found on the lakes having colonised them since the new town was first constructed. On the negative side, some species previously found on or by the lakes (Grey Heron, Little Grebe and Cormorant) seem to have moved away since building encroached on these areas. 

Posted February 6th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Friday 26th January 2018

Deancombe Valley Dartmoor

Burrator & Deancombe Valley: Goosander (f), Little Grebe 3, Teal, Mistle Thrush, Redwings. Ring Ouzel (m) with Fieldfare 8 (ref: SX 581688).

Posted January 26th, 2018 at 9:21 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Thursday 25th January 2018

Emsworthy Mire

Decided to go inland today and was very glad to have brought wellies. Delighted to see a flock of about 40 Fieldfares mingling with around 100 Starlings here today - very mobile but easy to see. Several Meadow Pipits calling too.

Posted January 25th, 2018 at 6:47 pm by Paul Beard in Bird News

Thursday 18th January 2018

Garden Birds in Exwick

For most of this winter we have had 40-50 Goldfinches roosting overnight in a bay tree in the garden; they tend to arrive as it is starting to get dimpsy, and emerge as soon as it is reasonably light the following morning. Siskins are back at feeders earlier than usual this year, also this week we have had 1 Fieldfare, feeding on Crab Apples, plus a pair of Blackcaps.

Posted January 18th, 2018 at 6:54 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Powderham Marsh RSPB - 18/01/2018

Powderham marsh RSPB - 450+ Golden plover, 200+ Lapwing, 200+ Black-tailed godwit, Kingfisher, 30+ Redwing, 20+ Fieldfare, 20+ Cirl bunting, 10+ Stonechat, 35+ Linnet...

Posted January 18th, 2018 at 4:40 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Sunday 14th January 2018

Exe estuary

A good days birding mainly around the Exe today, initially Dart Bridge at Buckfasleigh 8 Mandarin duck on the river, on the A38 opposite Trago a Barn owl laying dead alongside the Exeter bound carriageway.

West Point a huge flock of Linnet with the odd Goldfinch and Siskin mixed in as well.

Darts Farm, on arrival a large flocks of Brent Geese and Godwits took to the air and headed off towards BGM, leaving behind a mix of Teal and Wigeon, approx 40 Curlew, several Redshank and one Greenshank.

Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush and Redwing with a flock of Staring, a female Sparrow hawk came through carrying what appeared to be a Starling. On the arable field good numbers of Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch and Pied Wagtails which were all put up by a hunting Merlin that came across the crop field at incredible speed fractionally above the height of the various crops.

Greenshank and Greylag Geese at Bowling Green marsh.

From the Goat Walk the Exe estuary on a low tide was simply alive with various species of Wader inc lots of Avocet, Curlew, Godwit a large number of Dunlin, a 500 plus sized flock of Golden Plover, Lapwing and Brent Geese.

Posted January 14th, 2018 at 5:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 12th January 2018

Exe Area

Matford Marsh: American Wigeon showing well.

Topsham Cemetery: 2 Hawfinch & 30 Greenfinch.

Exminster Marshes: 50 Golden Plover.

Darts Farm: 17 Fieldfare, Chiffchaff, 400 Blackwits.

Bowling Green Marsh: 5 Greenshank, Barwit, 140 Avocet, 40 Redwing., 

Posted January 12th, 2018 at 10:18 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 11th January 2018

Black Hole Marsh trip - E D Branch

On what turned out to be a clear sunny day 17 members were ably led round the reserve by Bob Olliver.  On Colyford Common we had close and good views of about 6 Water Pipit.  A Reed Bunting was seen nearby.  We viewed a small flock of Golden Plover from the hide on Colyford Marsh along with good numbers of Lapwing, a few Black-tailed Godwit and single  Greenshank.  A large flock of Fieldfare were present here.  The sight of the day was around 72 Snipe, which were seen north of Tower Hide on the edge of the reed beds east side of the river.  Total of 50 species seen.  

Posted January 11th, 2018 at 8:00 pm by Geoff Green in Bird News

Wednesday 10th January 2018

Newton Abbot

Just needed to escape the office for a couple of hours but not go too far today. Started at the Town Quay, where there were five Greylag Geese, a Grey Heron under the railway bridge and a line-up of Black-headed Gulls  including two birds with almost all brown heads; two Grey Wagtails were flitting over the water here too. Then I wandered round to Hackney Marsh and saw the resident Kingfisher, several Fieldfare beside the race course, Redwing in the trees, a lovely pair of Bullfinches and dozens of Robins and Dunnocks. Goldfinches, Chaffinches and Blackbirds plentiful as well. Later, once back on the Town Quay, I walked beside the River Lemon as far as the footbridge - here by the far bank a Cettis Warbler announced his presence very vocally and I had great views as he flitted down to the water's edge for a drink.

I finished my outing with a walk down the footpath to Aller Brook. Lots of finches and tits here included three Greenfinches - the first I have seen this year. I scanned the river from the bridge over the brook and noted a Little Grebe downstream towards the A380 and a few minutes later three Red-breasted Mergansers slowly swam past - two drakes and a red head. On my way back to the car I looked across the water treatment works and was pleasantly surprised to see a Buzzard perched on top of a water pipe.

Posted January 10th, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Paul Beard in Bird News

Tuesday 9th January 2018


From 15.00: strolling around Newcombes Meadow (town park), Saw 1 bullfinch in tree by St. Boniface statue, ground-feeding blackbirds by bandstand and 3 goldfinches in trees between the Bowling Green and rear of Methodist Church. Couldn't find redwings I'd seen earlier in winter. In Woodland between top of Deep Lane and top of George Hill there were several singing robins and several blue tit alarm calls, crows at edge of woodland and a woodpecker was heard drumming. Walked down Alexandra Road where I saw a song thrush singing from gardens by Alexandra Close. More robins by the hospital. Walked through Cromwell's Cutting and saw 2 fieldfare along footpath to Moorlake where I also heard a male tawny owl. Didn't see many winter visitors today, but lots of songbirds are singing now.

Posted January 9th, 2018 at 8:57 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

Saturday 6th January 2018

Fieldfare, Crediton

At (SX 82602 99745): 11 fieldfare feeding at edge of field along with 6 blackbirds and 2 redwings in 'Cradle Fields', West of QECC school (lower school), Crediton. Lots of blue tits and great tits along Tinpot Lane and down by River Yeo. Singing from Songthrush and robin heard along footpath by river through to Fordton.

Posted January 6th, 2018 at 5:53 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

Thursday 4th January 2018

Kingsbridge & Slapton

Kingsbridge estuary ~ Shelduck 60 plus, Oystercatcher, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Curlew, Redshank, Little Egret, Greenshank, Red Breasted Merganser 15 plus and 8 Dunlin.

A very Stormy Slapton with a very strong off shore wind, very little seen over the sea Common Gull and Gannet, with several gull roosts on sheltered parts of the beach out of the wind.

On the Ley 3 male Golden Eye, Slavonian and Black Necked Grebe in with the Tufted duck, Little Grebe, a pair of Gadwall , high light was an Otter that was just in front of the duck feeding area at Slaton, so close that the ducks, Coots, Moorhens and Black Headed Gulls all left the water.


On the way home Bullfinch, Common Sandpiper (Aveton Gifford) and a flock of Fieldfare.

Eds: Steve both of the grebes in the photo are Black-necked Grebes. Slavonian are really clean (at this time of year) with a straight line of contrast on the face and lack the dark dropping into the cheek. They usually lack the fluffy back end and have a flatter crown.

Posted January 4th, 2018 at 3:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd January 2018


Delighted to find a female Hawfinch today sat on top of a tree in a boundary hedge of the Sunhill Avenue allotment. I was viewing the bird from Highfield Farm. The finch appeared to drop into the cemetery where there are a number of yew trees. I was unable to relocate the bird in a brief search of the cemetery. Also 171 Fieldfares around Highfield Farm was a good count (only 2 Redwings).

Posted January 2nd, 2018 at 8:03 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Friday 22nd December 2017

East Budleigh & Exeter areas

The Italian (type) Sparrow still around the feeders in its’ usual spot in East Budleigh this morning where a Hawfinch flew over. Ladram Bay produced c100 Fieldfares, c500 Linnets, 20+ Reed Buntings, Blackcap, 2 Red-throated Divers and 2 Harbour Porpoises. 

This afternoon at Haldon, 8+ Hawfinches gave prolonged views by the Butterfly Walk.

No sign of any Bearded Tits first thing, however.

Posted December 22nd, 2017 at 6:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 16th December 2017

St. Thomas churchyard - 16/12/17

1 female Hawfinch in the back limes at lunchtime, showing nicely albeit briefly... Also Greenfinch, 8 Redwing, Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle thrush and 2 Song thrush

Posted December 16th, 2017 at 1:14 pm by nick patel in Bird News

Monday 11th December 2017

Redwings and fieldfare at River Yeo fields, Crediton.

On the River Yeo walk at Crediton between Fordton and Salmonhutch: 2 goldfinch charms, lots of blue tits. Very close views of c.30 redwings along the length of lane between railway crossing at Great-Parks Farm, Fordton and the first river field aka: Bullmarsh field (SX 83490 99200). Some redwing and 2 fieldfare were spotted along with blackbirds feeding in the fields north side of path by River Yeo (SX 83150 99105).

Posted December 11th, 2017 at 6:20 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

Escot Park, Talaton, East Devon

10 members attended the last of our East Devon Branch field meetings this year and 20 later sat down to Christmas lunch.  In spite of the cold and poor light a good number of birds were found. Highlights being c300 Golden Plover and c130 Lapwing in the fields near the A30, (south east of Escot, a traditional area for these species).  Redwings were present in hundreds and a lesser number of Fieldfare in The Orchard.  A distant raptor was believed to be a  Peregrine and 3 Stock Dove flew over.

Geoff Green, our Branch Chairman wished everyone a Happy Christmas and on behalf of Geoff and the Branch Committee, could I thank everyone for supporting our Branch in 2017.  The 2018 Programme of fieldtrips and other events is now to be found on the Devon Birds website if you go to 'News' > Branch Events.

Happy Christmas from me also. 

Posted December 11th, 2017 at 4:18 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Friday 8th December 2017

Kingsteignton Thursday AM

Approximately thirty redwings and one fieldfare feeding on hawthorn berries on cyclepath between racecourse and railway line. Plus good views of kingfisher from canal bridge.

Posted December 8th, 2017 at 9:23 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Thursday 7th December 2017


A few more images from today's visit to Dartington Hall, seen were 10 plus Brambling, Linnet, Yellow Hammer, Cirl Bunting, Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, Wren, Jay, good numbers of both Blue and Great Tita small flock of Fieldfare, a flock of approx 60 wood pigeon and a white hen Pheasant.

In the Yew where the Hawfinch have been seen several Goldcrest, a Greenfinch and a Song Thrush.

Apparently there is a feeder down by the river below the field in which the finches are feeding which attracts a good range of species and worth locating for future visits.

The hide on the flood meadows looks to be just about complete, good number of gulls and ducks there this morning.


Posted December 7th, 2017 at 3:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Ludwell, Matford, Exe - 02/12/17

ludwell valley this AM: 2 kingfisher, dipper, 2 GSW, 3 bullfinch, common chiffchaff, 7 goldcrest, jay, little egret..

matford marsh 15.00: no sign of american wigeon but 57 wigeon, 8 shoveler, 13 teal, 13 blackwit, 12 snipe, 5 stock dove, 13 redwing, fieldfare, 2 common chiffchaff, 9 goldcrest..

On the Exe this afternoon (c16.30) (from Topsham ferry jetty), on a nice high tide: 2 cattle egret flew past to sludge beds (16.38), decent sized starling murmuration (3000-4000?) before retreating to the reedbeds... also 3 little egret, little grebe, 3 water rail, 2 common sandpiper, 3 cettis, 2 kingfisher, 150+ pied over (to roost locally?)..

Posted December 2nd, 2017 at 7:58 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Friday 1st December 2017


After spending weeks trying to get a half decent picture of Fieldfares and Redwings without them flying off within 100m,i finally found them after i made a visit to Dartmeet. The first field i looked in next to the Pixie Cafe presented itself with these fantastic and beautiful birds. Also on the moor were 4 firecrests that were too quick for my camera.

Fieldfare            Redwing
Fieldfare                             Redwing

Posted December 1st, 2017 at 7:59 pm by duncan leitch in Bird News

Thursday 30th November 2017


A very good day on Dartmoor, doing a field trip reconnaisance for the Exeter RSPB local group with Cilla Ingram. We must have seen literally hundreds of Fieldfare during the day.  One pair of fields near Runnage Farm, Postbridge was covered with both Fieldfares and Redwings.  Another highlight was a fair number of Brambling under some beech trees near the entrance track to Soussons Farm. Moving on to Bellever forest, we had excellent views of about a dozen Crossbills feeding near the top of a fir tree.  There were more Fieldfares at Dunnabridge pound, and a flock of 42 Golden Plover. Dartmeet gave us good sightings of Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Marsh Tit, with Grey Wagtail on the river - the latter also seen in several other places during the day. 

Posted November 30th, 2017 at 8:10 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Fieldfare and Buzzard , Week, Dartington, 28 Nov 2017

Approx 50 Fieldfare in the orchard next door but no Redwing spotted. A Common Buzzard over the garden .

Fieldfare Fieldfare Common Buzzard
Fieldfare                                   Fieldfare                         Common Buzzard

Posted November 28th, 2017 at 11:06 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Saturday 25th November 2017

Dartmoor - Brambling

Very cold on the Moor this morning, but brambling showing in most of the chaffinch flocks when located feeding on beech mast! In total I must have seen at least 30 amongst several hundred chaffinch. One particular site at SX677772 gave good views of several. Difficult to photograph as they were very mobile and well camouflaged as they searched amongst the leaves. A good variety of thrush species with song, mistle, redwing and fieldfare evident. Pizwell Bridge produced all 4! 

Posted November 25th, 2017 at 4:00 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Monday 20th November 2017

Exminster marshes RSPB - 20/11/2017

Peregrine hawking over the marshes by Station road, Egyptian goose, 3 Pintail, 3 Cormorant, 6 Little egret, 2 Green sandpiper, 5 Curlew, Snipe, 45+ Redwing, 50+ Fieldfare, 25 Goldcrest, Raven, 3 Cetti's warbler, 7 Bullfinch...

Posted November 20th, 2017 at 5:14 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Saturday 18th November 2017

Ludwell valley - Northbrook park - 18/11/17

Nice calm morning's spotting, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Bullfinch, Brambling, 2 Chiffchaff, 15+ Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Jay, 3 GSW, 25+ Fieldfare, 100+ Redwing, 3 Little egret... 

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 3:46 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Thursday 16th November 2017

Redwing in Newcombe's Meadow (town park), Crediton.

Mid-afternoon, Standing fairly close to the Boniface statue, saw eight redwing in Newcombe's Meadow, Crediton. Seen among top branches of the trees in centre of park... Small blue and L-T tit flock along Sandford Millenium Footpath... Three fieldfare spotted between Fanny's Lane, Sandford and Creedy Lake.

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 6:38 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Exminster marshes RSPB - 15/11/2017

Peregrine hawking up and down the marshes this AM, whilst two raven give it the argy-bargy... Young male Marsh harrier hunting out on high tide.. 2 squealing Water rail, 3 Cetti's warbler, lots of Fieldfare and Redwing moving through, 20+ Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch.

Posted November 15th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Brambling @ Soussons

Below the entrance to Soussons farm late this morning a flock of 20 plus Brambling's found feeding on beech mast, incredibly difficult to spot against the fallen beech leaves. A good number of Coal Tit with some Great Tit, Wren, Nuthatch, GSWP and Jay also present.


Near Venford a large mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare feeding on Hawthorn berries with some birds bathing in a puddle on a moorland track.

Near Powder Mill a large flock of Fieldfare feeding on the moor, a flock of some 12 plus birds believed to be Crossbill flew over the pine plantation just up from the entrance to the mill and some where up on the moor a female Sparrow hawk.


Posted November 14th, 2017 at 4:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

My first visit to my local patch for 6 months, due to a succession of commitments elsewhere, was rewarded with some good late-season visible migration, in spite of (or perhaps because of) the unpromising weather conditions of claggy low cloud, patchy drizzle and a stiff W breeze... From 07.30 to 08.30: Starling 24, Fieldfare 20, Song Thrush 5, Redwing 196, Brambling 20, Chaffinch 438 (in flocks of up to 50), Linnet 2, Goldfinch 6, Siskin 28. Unusually, there was no dominant direction of movement, perhaps an indication that migrants were disorientated by the poor visibility.

Posted November 14th, 2017 at 9:27 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Monday 13th November 2017

Southdown Farm

Some good numbers in great viewing conditions inc.2 Sparrowhawk, 270 Woodpigeon overhead, 430 Skylark on stubbles, still thrushes moving through with 21 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare & 6 Song Thrush inc.2N, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 110 Linnet, Reed  Bunting, 35 Yellowhammer & 22 Cirl Bunting.

Non-avian: 3 Red Admiral.

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 4:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saturday 11th November 2017

Higher Godsworthy

2 hour walk this morning prtoduced 2 Ring Ouzel 3 Mistle Thrush 4 Redwing 35 Fieldfare 3 Raven 2 Buzzard 3 Pied Wagtail 10 Rook 250 Starling Skylark and Blue Tit

Ring Ouzel    Fieldfare
Ring Ouzel                                                                       Fieldfare

Posted November 11th, 2017 at 10:36 am by Roger Backway in Bird News

Friday 10th November 2017

Fernworthy reservoir

Walk round the reservoir this morning in the sunshine.

Carrion crow, Buzzard, 4 tufted duck, 4 cormorant, Grey heron, Jay, Chaffinch, 3 blue tit, Great tit, Great spotted woodpecker, 20+ fieldfare, 3 redwing, Grey wagtail, 2 pied wagtail, 2 goldfinch, 3 goldcrest, Robin, Blackbird.

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 10:14 pm by Trevor Wilkinson in Bird News

Thursday 9th November 2017

Exminster marshes - 9th Nov 17

Hawfinch over (13.00), Great white egret flew through marshes, towards Topsham, Marsh harrier, Peregrine, 2 Raven, 200+ Golden plover, 30+ Dunlin, 30+ Blackwit, 2 Snipe, 2 Water rail, 200+ Redwing and 10+ Fieldfare (through), 7 Bullfinch, 3 Cetti's warbler, 2 Lesser redpoll over, 3 Siskin (over) and Brambling (over)

Posted November 9th, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Nick Patel in Bird News

Wednesday 8th November 2017

Emsworthy Ring Ouzels

At least 5 Ring Ouzels, plus about 50 Fieldfares, feeding on hawthorn berries and sloes - no livestock issues!


Posted November 8th, 2017 at 3:25 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Emsworthy to Bovey Tracey Rd

25 fieldfare plus 2 starling and a redwing feeding on berries near cattle grid just past Emsworthy  on the road towards Bovey Tracey.

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 10:55 am by Ian Muir in Bird News

Monday 6th November 2017

Fieldfare & Redwing, Crediton.

From Top of Breakheart Hill overlooking Salmonhutch, Crediton: fieldfare numbering c.15 and few redwing seen half way along walk through Cradle Fields towards Tinpot Lane. (behind QECC School).

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 6:53 pm by Andrew Head in Bird News

Sunday 5th November 2017


Blustery early morning walk up to Avon Dam produce 30 Redwing 4 Ring Ouzel a single Fieldfare and  Green Woodpecker 

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 9:15 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News


Early & very windy trip to Emsworthy - alas no Hawfinches! About 15 Fieldfares today - 2 of which chased off the only Ring Ouzel before I could get a shot. Photo opportunity gone I stood up and had my closest ever Peregrine encounter. Skimming over the drystone wall I'd been behind the last thing it expected was me to pop up, changing direction at the last minute and passing a few feet from me. 

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Saturday 4th November 2017

Emsworthy Mire

Went to Emsworthy Mire following a report on DWT of two Hawfinch at the location bit failed to locate them, but the feeding flocks of Fieldfare more than made up for that, an estimated 200 plus birds in the area, with them a small number of Redwing.

Three Ring Ouzel seen 2M & 1F but they were very distant and flying out over the moor once seen.

Other birds included a Kestrel, Buzzard, Raven, Heron, four Goldcrest, two Stonechat and a solitary Meadow Pipit.


Posted November 4th, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 3rd November 2017

Fieldfares at Newton Abbot Racecourse

Over 12 Fieldfares seen flying around Newton Abbot racecourse this lunchtime. Very pale Common Buzzard present as well.

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 7:10 pm by Kevin Johns in Bird News

Berry Head

Some pretty good overhead migration today: the highlight was a late Yellow Wagtail > E also, 1300 Wood Pigeons mostly > N, 8 Stock Dove mixed with them, 95 Jackdaw > NE, 1100 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare, 11 Mistle Thrush (in a flock!), 12 Song Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 70 Goldfinch, 82 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 16 Bullfinch, 7 Linnet, 11 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 9 'alba' wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 15 Starling & 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the headland: 18 Goldcrest, 5 Firecrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 3x flocks of Long-tailed Tits totalling 39 with two Coal Tits

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Emsworthy Nature Reserve, Nr Saddle Tor.

3 Ring Ouzel showing in hedgerow of  'top field' nearest to the car park this AM.  Also another possible 3 in Hawthorn trees at south end but these flew off and last seen over Saddle Tor.  Several Redwing and at least 8 Fieldfare also present. 

This was my first visit to this reserve and I walked around the perimeter using the way marked path which is very wet in places, particularly the mire!  For those not familiar with this Devon Wildlife Trust reserve.... park at Saddle Tor car park on right of road from Hay Tor to Widicombe on B3387 at map ref: SX748761 and head downhill in direction of Hound Tor.   To find the site using the grid reference go to:



Posted October 31st, 2017 at 4:37 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 30th October 2017

Upper and Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake.
10 Great Crested Grebe, c300 Canada Geese, 6 Wigeon, 8 Moorhen, c32 Coot, 3f Shoveler, 4 Bullfinch, c30 Mallard, 3 Coal Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Robin.

Upper Tamar Lake.
 24 Fieldfare,  3 Grey Heron, c30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 Dunnock, 1m Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wren, 1 Marsh Tit, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Robin, 1 Bullfinch.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 7:23 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


A big movement of Wood Pigeons with c43k (mainly east), the vast majority between 07.00 - 09.30. Other vis mig included 2 Hawfinches, 24 Chaffinches, c70 Goldfinches & 95 Stock Doves all east, plus a late House Martin, 32 Fieldfares, Brambling, 6+ Siskins and 19 Golden Plovers.

Also - still 2 Firecrests, 10 Goldcrests, Chiffchaff, 4 Bullfinches, 4 Redwings, Grey Wagtail and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Emsworthy mire

4 ring ouzels together in one walled field. Another further off. c. 40 Fieldfare, 1 redpoll and a briefly calling tawney owl.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 4:48 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

East Soar

A morning on the heights watching vis mig from 0730 to 1200: 21,500 Woodpigeons moving east, 272 Stock Doves moving east, 2 Dunlin in with woodpigeons, Snipe, 350 Skylark on/around airfield, 15 Fieldfare, Redwing, 40 Meadow Pipit, 200 Starling & 40 Jackdaw north.

Non-avian: 31 Red Admirals

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Start Point

Very quiet, no vis mig. Waited around the farm for Hawfinch but nothing, did see Fieldfare, 10 Redwings, 3 Bramblings, 5 Lesser Redpolls and 3 Reed Buntings.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 11:50 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Six fieldfare flying over crediton station sunday afternoon.

Posted October 30th, 2017 at 7:17 am by w.e. in Bird News

Saturday 28th October 2017

Start Point

Vis mig highlights this morning included a massive Woodpigeon movement, 94000 going south-south west. Between 08:00-09:00, 55000 went through, almost 1000 per minute. Other counts included 66 Starlings, 22 Siskins, 8 Bramblings, 21 Bullfinches and a Reed Bunting. Elsewhere Merlin, Golden Plover, 12 Redwings, 5 Fieldfares, Blackcap and 2 Firecrests..     More details here 


Posted October 28th, 2017 at 6:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Following Audrey's sighting yesterday, David Turrell and I went up to Emsworthy this morning.  We were rewarded by seeing 4 Ring Ouzels (1 male, 1 female, 2 juvenile), also 3 Fieldfare (my first for the winter) and a couple of Mistle Thrush.

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 12:22 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

Redwings Plymouth

Big movement of Redwing here at dawn as I took the dogs out on Freedom Fields. Probably over 1000 birds in about 15 minutes flying very low over the houses and park into the north westerly breeze. Lots of Song Thrush, my first 4 Fieldfare of the autumn and about 20 Blackbirds accompanying them.

Posted October 28th, 2017 at 8:20 am in Bird News

Friday 27th October 2017

Emsworthy Nature Reserve

Blackbirds, Fieldfares, Mistle Thrushes and a male Ring Ouzel early afternoon.

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 6:37 pm by Audrey Wolstenholme in Bird News

Berry Head

Some good overhead migration today:350 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Brambling, 103 Chaffinch, 12 Bullfinch, 33 Greenfinch, 40 Linnet, 80 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Song Thrush, 27 Skylark, 26 Meadow Pipit, 33 'alba' Wagtails.

Around the headland 1 very vocal Yellow-browed Warbler ( video link here ) on north side of the main meadow, 1 Ring Ouzel on slope below the cafe lots of Blackbird including several black billed 1st winter birds, 6 Stonechat, 1 Firecrest, 9 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap & 4 Chiffchaff.

Ring Ouzel Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML    blackbirds Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML

Ring Ouzel                                                        Blackbirds

YBW Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML  YBW Berry Hd 27 Oct 2017 ML

Yellow-browed Warbler with a very pale grey centre crown stripe (not uncommon)

Come along and learn more about migration, identification and a full breakfast.. 


Posted October 27th, 2017 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 26th October 2017

South Brent ~ autumn migration

Despite the low cloud and poor visibility there were signs of autumn migration over South Brent this morning, initially a flock of 100 plus Wood pigeons headed west.

Several flocks of Redwing a flock of 31 soon followed by a larger flock of 76 also headed west but several sightings of smaller numbers feeding or perching in tree tops.

Several small flocks of Starling and two flocks of what may have been Fieldfare headed out towards the moors with the poor light unable to make a positive ID other than to say they were a large Thrush sp.

Several Jays seen and heard scalding, Raven overhead, several Mistle Thrush and small flocks of Goldfinch.

Posted October 26th, 2017 at 9:45 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 9th October 2017

Ivybridge 2 Moors Way gate to Piles Copse

Walked along field wall boundary to Piles Copse. 4 Fieldfare; 3 with a few Redwings, another Fieldfare nearer the Copse. Several Mistle Thrush.  A Green Woodpecker with 20+ Chaffinch. 1 Grey Wagtail at a brook, Linnets and Stonechats in fields. Near the Copse a Wheatear with Meadow Pipits. At the Copse a Dipper and a few Tits but quiet except for Ravens and a Buzzard above the Copse.

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 7:28 pm by richard teague in Bird News

Saturday 7th October 2017


First Fieldfare of the year seen this morning outside my garden at Uffculme.

Also a House Martin and a Swallow at the same time!!

Posted October 7th, 2017 at 11:19 am by Francis Welland in Bird News

Saturday 1st April 2017

Winter thrushes

Still about ten redwings remaining from the flock that has been around the Woodland area all winter. Last fieldfare was seen on Thursday 30 March. Also, two male singing cirl buntings seen on hedgerows in lane between Littlehempston and Staverton on Wednesday 29 March.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 4:00 pm by Stuart Logan in Bird News

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Winter Thrushes

Still at least 20 redwings around the Woodland area, just south of Ashburton. Last year they stayed until April1st. Two fieldfares last seen on Sunday, 26 March. Hopefully not the last sighting for this year.

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 10:19 pm by Stuart Logan in Bird News

Friday 24th March 2017

South Brent - Fieldfare

Winter not quite over! This afternoon a flock of c24 Fieldfare flying between trees near Dockwell, South Brent 

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 5:49 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Monday 23rd January 2017

Upper Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning,

10 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 18 Snipe, 4 Grey Heron, 200+ Canada Geese, 5 Goosander 2m 3f, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Wren, 9 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thush.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 2:47 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wednesday 18th January 2017


Great Grey Shrike in felled area by Golden Dagger tin mine. Also in area: Kestrel, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting. No sign of any Crossbills.

Nearby: 200 Fieldfare at Langworthy Farm.

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 5:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 16th January 2017

Cockwood Steps - Exe Estuary

On arrival at 3.50pm - the adult Bonapartes Gull seen straight away showing well in flight feeding at the edge of the water , briefly touched down on mud before flying up Shutterton Creek at c4pm until lost from view. The 2 Slav Grebes still present also .  

No sign of the Topsham Waxwing flock near the Bridge Inn at 1.30pm or 3.30pm

 c75 Fieldfare and 11 Red-legged Partridge near Kenton 

Posted January 16th, 2017 at 5:40 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Blackhole Marsh- Colyford Common, East Devon

17 members of DB attended the fieldtrip to the wetlands and led by Bob Olliver listed 47 species for the morning.

4 Gt Spotted Woodpecker were chasing around the car park and one drummed on a power pole.  Water levels were high at Blackhole and c300 Lapwing were present on the islands although few ducks were evident. A Water Rail was seen from the Field Studies Centre and numbers of Wigeon and Curlew were at a distance from Colyford Common hide, plus a single Fieldfare.  The Tower hide produced a selection of Gulls on the estuary(Common, Gt Bl-backed, Black headed and Herring) and a few waders (Redshank and Dunlin), plus 2 Little Grebe.  The meeting ended at 1pm.

Posted January 16th, 2017 at 4:13 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Friday 6th January 2017

Cadover Bridge

Two of 100+ flock of mixed Fieldfares and Redwings at Cadover yesterday (5th).

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 9:37 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wednesday 4th January 2017

Powderham Marsh

Not much around the marsh today but a nice Song Thrush along with a small flock on Redwing and one Fieldfare - all in 1st field by the Swans nest. On the main marsh 15 Barnacle Geese in with a large Canada flock.

See video - Redwing


Posted January 4th, 2017 at 6:05 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd January 2017

South Brent and Slapton

Shipley Bridge and the Avon dam this morning, in the fields between Bloody Pool Cross and Downstowe in excess of 100 Herring Gulls feeding in the pasture fields along with a large flock of Starlings.

In the fields opposite Yelland 50 plus Redwings and Mistle Thrush in the roadside hedge.

Shipley car park gave a Green Woodpecker.

Female Kestrel, Buzzard, Woodcock in full fight, shortly afterwards a solitary Snipe.

Male Reed Bunting on the quarry perimeter fence below the dam.

Back at home my first two Siskins of the year on the garden feeders and a Song Thrush in the house field.

A follow up visit to Slapton Ley yesterday found a strong northerly wind blowing across the Ley most of the water fowl had moved to the Stokenham end, high lights were a Chiffchaff and a pair of Goldeneye duck.

Two male Shoveller duck, 70 plus Gadwall, Coot in their 100’s as well as a good number of Tufted duck, a possible Scaup sighting but the distance made positive ID unreliable.

On the outskirts of Slapton a Lapwing in flight, a large mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare and a Kestrel.

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 27th December 2016


50 at loddiswell near industrial estate.

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 10:16 am by John Ballantine in Bird News

Friday 16th December 2016

Dunsdon DWT

A quick look in a Dunsdon feeders, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great / 4 Blue / 3 Coal Tit, 1 Buzzard, 6 Fieldfare, 1 Willow and 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Robin.

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 2:30 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Monday 12th December 2016

Escot Park, East Devon

12 members of DB attended the morning walk and 20 later sat down to a Christmas lunch.  The parklands produced a count of 34 species (thanks to Sue Murphy for keeping the list).  The banks of the River Tale produced sightings of a Dipper and Chiffchaff.  Winter Thrushes (mainly Redwing with a few Fieldfare) were more difficult to locate as most were feeding on the ground and had vacated the usual hot spots in the Millennium Orchard.  A Mistle Thrush and singing Song Thrush completed the Thrush list with numbers of Blackbird ever present.

Next East Devon Branch fieldtrip will meet at Darts Farm on Jan 6.  (See details of Programme on DB website under 'News'). Happy Christmas to all members.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Thursday 8th December 2016


At least 100 Fieldfares flying around village this morning.

Posted December 8th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 3rd December 2016

Exminster Marshes

On a grey Blustery day there was plenty to see at the Marshes, a lot has already been mentioned except for 20+ Fieldfare and 100+ Redwings working their way through the berry bushes, don't think there will be much left for the Waxwings if they ever arrive!!


Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 7:55 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Monday 28th November 2016

Dartmoor & Plymouth

An early morning visit to DWT Emsworthy Mire failed to locate the reported Grey Shrike, bitterly cold on the moors today, a small number of Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush and other than corvids little else to be seen.

At the entrance to Holwell three Stonechat and a flock of 20 Starlings.

Grey Wagtail at Yarner.

Later in the day a visit to Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth gave small numbers of Mistle Thrush and Redwing, three Wrens and one very confiding Ring Necked Parakeet and lots of Blue and Great Tit around the feed station.

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 4:48 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 25th November 2016

Exminister Marsh

Visited 0815-1000.

13 Barnacle Geese, Imm F Marsh Harrier, 540+ Redwing (flying north), 15 Fieldfare (flying north), 200+ Lapwing, 2500+ Wigeon, 17 Pintail & 6 Shoveler. 

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

What a lovely crisp day on the marsh today. Found the small group of Barnacle Geese on the scrape, plus many Redwing and Fieldfare nipping around. So much bird life on the marsh we were spoilt for choice. Brent, Canada's, Snipe, Wigeon, Teal, etc. Met Dave Boult who showed us a great place to photograph the female Long Tailed Duck, which was bobbing around with a Little Grebe, so, many thanks Dave.

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by stephanie murphy in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A pleasant walk mid morning around the lower part of the marshes.Fields wet but not as flooded as I would have expected. A small flock of 13 barnacle geese were grazing to the north of the lagoon until disturbed by the imm marsh harrier. Nearer the road another, probably the resident, barnacle goose was with Canada geese and a few strange hybrids. Elsewhere 6 greylag geese, lots of wigeon (estimate over 1,500), teal, pintail and shoveller (c20 on the lagoon). Also seen were a couple of song thrushes, lots of blackbirds, c100 redwing and a few fieldfare. I heard 3 Cettis and saw 2 chiffchaff and 2 goldcrest.

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

The probable Siberian Chiffchaff again on the far side of the lower lake with 3 Chiffchaff this morning, another 3 Chiffchaff elsewhere around the lakes, 6 Goldcrest and Cetti's Warbler but no sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler today. 6 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 1 Fieldfare >S and 12 Redwing >S. 

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 12:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Great Grey Shrike at Fernworthy

Great Grey Shrike at Fernworthy - in the clear-felled area about half-way along the south side of the reservoir. Also about 30 Mistle Thrush and 50 Fieldfare.

Posted November 23rd, 2016 at 5:04 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Saturday 19th November 2016

Great Grey Shrike, Soussons to Vitifer

Burrator to Soussons,
A lot of thrushes on moor road just before the Dam, no Fieldfare seen.
Level of water in reservoir very low, Tufted duck, Little Grebe, pair of Kingfishers.
Between Soussons and Vitifer Great Grey Shrike and the highlight of the day seven Bullfinches feeding in the tree tops when a Merlin swooped through them scattering them all ways but without any luck,

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:42 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings today at a very misty lake.
2 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 8 Goosander, 13 Tufted Duck, 2m Gadwall, 1 Snipe, 26 Mallard, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay.

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 1:58 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Friday 11th November 2016

Dartington and Slapton Ley - 11 November 2016

Three Fieldfare in the garden this morning at Week, Dartington, with a few more heard from a neighbouring orchard but not a large flock. From the bridge at Slapton Ley at dusk gave 3 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Snipe, 1 Swallow, 1 grey Heron and large number of Starling-(others reported a Peregrine through the flock from their viewpoint along the coast path). Large numbers but a very limited murmuration.

Fieldfare in the garden. Starling Starling
Fieldfare in the garden                                           Starlings                                                           Starlings

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 9:40 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Tuesday 8th November 2016


2 swallows near halshanger rifle range. also been hundreds of fieldfares and redwings since Thursday but very few today

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 8:25 pm by P Bowden in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings or this morning,

7 Goosander 3m 4f, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 7:20 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News


5 Chiffchaffs in the reserve today: 3 were ringed, one was retrapped and another unringed bird seen later. One of those we ringed was a Siberian Chiffchaff, probably the bird I saw a couple of days ago. That makes 92 Chiffchaffs ringed in the reserve this year.

3 more Redwings ringed.

Also saw the first Fieldfares of the autumn, when two flew over and two Redshank were heard and seen a few times.

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 7:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 6th November 2016

Fieldfare 06-11-16

Plenty of Fieldfares near Soussons Plantation

Posted November 6th, 2016 at 1:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Saturday 5th November 2016

Soussons - 5 November 2016

No sign of Great Grey Shrike. 1 male and 3 female Common Crossbills (I'm sure there ere a couple more but 4 in sight at one time), 4 Meadow Pipits, 1 female Kestrel, 1 Raven, 1 Green Woodpecker and large mixed flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing.

Male Common Crossbill

Male Common Crossbill


Posted November 5th, 2016 at 8:47 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News


c4,900 Wood Pigeons going east between dawn and 9am. Also: Stock Dove 6, Chiffchaff 6, Goldcrest 9, Peregrine, Bullfinch 4, Chaffinch 27, Redpoll (presumed Lesser), Golden Plover, Fieldfare, Redwing 6, Reed Bunting 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker,Water Rail, and Grey Wagtail 2.

Posted November 5th, 2016 at 8:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Friday 4th November 2016

Start Point - Beesands

Got to Start Point first thing. Looked good but the showers came to late just before daybreak. Only saw Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff. Dropped down to North Hallsands where it was slightly better with Blackcap, 3 Chifffchaffs, Goldcrest and a Reed Bunting. Star bird on Beesands Ley was a male Goldeneye (rare here ). also Wigeon, 46 Gadwall and a Water Rail.

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 4:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Misty and raining this morning, saw a Little Egret first by the main marsh, it then flew off up the valley. After scanning the marsh, spotted a female/juv Marsh Harrier sitting out the rain in the middle of the marsh for about an hour. It then flew around the Southdown field before flying off towards Sharkham and Berry Head direction. Also Cetti's Warbler singing in the reeds and two Fieldfares by the top barns.

Posted November 4th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Thursday 3rd November 2016

Berry Head

Good overhead movement today (selected): 550 Redwing, 18 Fieldfare, 5 Mistle Thrush, 21 Song Thrush, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Reed Bunting, 85 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling and 260 Wood pigeons over the headland, looking further inland there were many more Woodpigeons moving S a short count came up with 4700 in several large flocks.

Around the headland: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler beside the meadow near the cattle drinking trough, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest and 7 Goldcrest

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 11:37 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd November 2016


Morning at Soussons. At approx 08:45 large numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing feeding in the berry trees at the bottom of the track from the car park near Warren Inn, just as you turn to head down the valley - they had dispersed when i returned at lunchtime. At about 09:45 located the Great Grey Shrike in the tall conifers about 100 yards before the clear fell - watched it unsuccessfully chase a small tit after which it disappeared. Found it again for a short while at the very top of the clear fell. Also saw 1 raven, 2 Buzzards, 1 male Kestrel and 1 Green Woodpecker male Kestrel

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News


Some visible migration for once over Dartington this morning - 360 Fieldfare, 80 Redwing and 10 Blackbirds, all going North East. A male Blackcap in the garden was the first since September so suspect new arrival.

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 10:45 am in Bird News

Tuesday 1st November 2016

Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam

Late afternoon: c350 Fieldfares, c150 Redwings and 1 Ring Ouzel. Lovely to see big numbers of the winter Thrushes!

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 10:27 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

East Devon NNR

This afternoon at the northern end of the reserve I saw the largest flock of Redwings and Fieldfares that I have ever seen. Every bush and tree was covered in birds feeding furiously, impossible to count accurately but there were easily over 1000 birds with more flying in all the time. If the numbers of birds that I have seen in a relatively small area of Dartmoor are reflected throughout the Moor the number of winter thrushes must be in the region of tens of thousands!

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 4:02 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Monday 31st October 2016


Did a vis mig watch from Sharp Tor 07:00-08:15 and headed on a mainly east bearing, as always into the wind were 2 alba Wagtails, 3 Skylarks, 23 Meadow Pipits, 35 Linnets, 102 Goldfinches, 183 Chaffinches, 1 Brambling and 14 Siskins. Also 1530 Woodpigeons with a few Stock Doves mixed in . One maverick Lesser Redpoll had to be different and fly west. Also 4 Goldcrests and 3 Coal Tits around the Tor ( the latter not seen well but likely to be fairly local instead of continental ). Had a look around East Soar and Starehole but quiet, 4 Snipe, Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests and a Reed Bunting.

Posted October 31st, 2016 at 5:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sunday 30th October 2016

Huge Flock

Had the privilege of watching a huge mixed flock of Starling, Fieldfare and Redwing, must have been close to a 1000 birds clearing the berries of Rowen between West Shallowford and Yar Tor on Dartmoor. Sat in my car and watched and listen to the noise for half an hour, brilliant!

Starlings and Redwing Starling and Fieldfare
Starling and Fieldfare

Redwing and Fieldfare
Redwing and Fieldfare

Posted October 30th, 2016 at 5:37 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Saturday 29th October 2016

Soussons - Saturday

After dipping out last weekend finally caught up with the Great Grey Shrike. Also 8 Crossbills, 2 Kestrel ( m & f),  2 Meadow pipits and a large flock of Fieldfare.

Great Grey Shrike      

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 7:46 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News


First light until late afternoon - East, and mid Soar and Soar Mill Cove. A bit of activity today in pleasant conditions.

"Vis mig" included c750 Wood Pigeons, 6 Stock Doves, 59 Fieldfares, 8 Redwings (+5 grounded), 3 Redpolls (presumed Lessers) and 35 Chaffinches., 

Yellow-browed Warbler in East Soar willows, 2 Firecrests and 2 Black Restarts were best birds of the day. Also: Song Thrush 10, Blackcap 2, Chiiffchaff 9, Goldcrest 18, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robin c20, Bullfinch 2, Siskin and 3 Roe Deer. 

One of the Chiffchaffs had an elongated down-curved bill!

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 6:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Huge numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare with Mistle Thrush and Starling mixed in at times from Venford out onto the moors where the berry bush crop was evident. In the Hexworthy area there were in clouds of them  and well beyond any realistic counting, a Tree creeper showed briefly.

Just above Powder Mill a female Cross Bill sat in plain sight until driven off by one of two greater Spotted Woodpeckers.


Kestrels seen at Soussons and from the A38 near Caton cross.

No less than 229 Golden Plover near Easton Lane Cross as you approach Widdicombe, Woodcock flushed near the same location.

Posted October 29th, 2016 at 5:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 28th October 2016

Fieldfares & Redwings - Fernworthy Reservoir - 28-10-16

Hundreds of Fieldfare & Redwings at Fernworthy Reservoir, a kingfisher also seen on the extremely low Reservoir

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 7:10 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Start Point etc

Got to Start before first light and heard a Golden Plover and 2 Snipe before dawn. Negligable vis mig on a beautiful calm, cloudy day with perfect light. Things fairly quiet though, only saw 3 Swallows, 3 Fieldfares, 7 Redwings, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs ( 2 at the light the only migrants there ), 3 Goldcrests,, 4 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Well offshore was a stretched out pod of around 20 Dolphin sp.

Went around to Beesands where the highlight was 10 late Swallows over the Ley. Did the Ireland Bay circuit at Slapton Ley, several hundred Coot present with good numbers of Gadwall and over 10 Wigeon. These birds distant feeding on surface weed in the far corner of Ireland Bay, I'll take a scope next time.

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 5:03 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Another huge flock of 500 newly arrived Redwings and Fieldfares to the N E of Haytor early this morning.They have stripped virtually all the Rowan trees of berries.

Posted October 28th, 2016 at 10:48 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Wednesday 26th October 2016

Berry Head

Around the of the headland today: 2 Firecrest, 15 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap & 1 Black Redstart (actually on the first houses west of Berry Head in Brixham)

Overhead: fairly quiet - 2 Brambling, 3 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 7 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Yellowhammer (my call skills are not good enough to turn into a Pine Bunting!) 2 Coal Tits.

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 11:53 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


A large flock of 300+ Redwings and Fieldfares to the N E of Haytor early this morning,feeding voraciously on Rowan berries. Looked like migrants grounded by the mist,as they dispersed as it cleared.

Posted October 26th, 2016 at 9:36 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Tuesday 25th October 2016

Berry Head

A great morning at the headland today: 1 Pallas's Warbler, 2 Yellow-brpwed Warblers, 1 Firecrest, 18 Goldcrest, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 

Overhead (selected):  2 Brambling, 16 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Wooodpecker, 8 Siskin.

Pallas's Warbler Berry Head Devon UK 25 October 2016 Pallas's Warbler Berry Head Devon UK 25 October 2016

Pallas's Warbler a bit of patience paid off - it disappeared for 1hr then reappeared right beside the road

Youtube video link here: 

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 12:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 24th October 2016

Soussons - Sunday

Early morning visit yesterday. No shrike, but good views of at least 13 Crossbills by entrance gate. Lots of Fieldfare with thrushes and at least 1 ring ouzel. On way back to Moretonhampstead,  just after cattlrgrid a Kestrel sat in tree being mobbed by blue & great Tits 

Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill

Posted October 24th, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Start Point

07:30-17:30. Heavy overnight rain and strong easterly wind continuing past dawn accompanied by thunder and lightning. From mid-morning rain and wind started to gradually die down and by mid-afternoon a calm, still day.

As conditions were appaling at first light made a brief sojourn to South Hallsands where 6 Med Gulls were present. Hard slog around Start in the morning but eventually a great day. Seen were Tufted Duck ( m, private pond ), Merlin ( m ), 19 Lapwings ( single flock going over ), 2 Swallows, 4 Black Redstarts ( 2 Lighthouse, 1 Car park, 1 BBC Station ), 52 Redwings, 14 Fieldfares, 5 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat ( one on the south side of the spine at 14:00, presumed same in farm in top sycamores by road late afternoon. Possible eastern race halimodendri but differing lights constantly changed colours ), Reed Warbler ( in ivy by car park gate late afternoon, everytime it looked about to come out it was disturbed. Seen bit by bit but if there is a Blyth's Reed Warbler in the same place tomorrow I won't try and put the two bird theory forward ! ), 7 Chiffchaffs, Yellow-browed Warbler ( ranging around farm, fairly vocal but elusive ), Pallas's Warbler ( in the top  lighthouse tamarisks, very showy flycatching and even perching on roof of old pig house, found at 15:00, present until 17:15 at least, 8 Goldcrests and a Siskin.

Footage of Pallas's Warbler here  ( if it does not work go on You Tube and type Pallas's Warbler, Start Point )


Posted October 24th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sunday 23rd October 2016

Soussons Shrike

A mid-morning visit to Soussons got off to an unpromising start after two disappointed birders gave us negative news.  We needn't have worried as on arrival the Great Grey Shrike was showing very well in the first big clear fell south of the Golden Dagger gate. We watched for 20 min or more as he flitted between the big snags.  On a couple of occasions he left his perch to hover (not nearly as well as the Kestrel in the valley) as if prey was spotted but no swoop followed.

In the NE corner of the wood were Crossbill and near the gate Reed Bunting.

All the way up the valley to Vitifers, several mixed flocks of up to 100 Redwing, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush.

Over Birch Tor a flock of 50 Golden Plover.

The best surprise on the way home, in an area not known to me as a roosting site a ringtail Hen Harrier being half-heartedly chased by a Crow.

Posted October 23rd, 2016 at 8:33 pm by Chrs & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Saturday 22nd October 2016


Dawn til mid-afternoon covering East & Mid Soar and Soar Mill Cove producued very little.

The only "vis mig" was an estimated 1,000+ Wood Pigeons (mainly east) with a handful of Stock Doves and 8 Golden Plovers. At one point a pair of Pergerines were buzzing the Pigeons.

Also - Goldcrest 7, Chiffchaff 10, Fieldfare 3, Song Thrush 3, Sparrowhawk 2, Siskin 4+, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hare and 4 Roe Deer.

Yesterday a Yellow-browed Warbler calling by Ballard House (West Hoe) in Plymouth, but I didn't see it.


Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 7:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


The Great Grey Shrike still 1230-3pm at least at Soussons - in bottom of valley view hillside to left before gate to Soussons - favouring area by the two lone pine trees but always distant . 

Huge numbers of Thrushes present - 3 Ring Ouzels , c100 Fieldfares and c100 Redwings. 

In Soussons Plantation - 7 Crossbill showing well at edge of first cleared area. 

On way home stopped at Tottiford Resevoir at 4pm- on first scan of the southern section , picked up the Great White Egret flying down the Resevoir over the causeway and it landed high up in a tree on the east side of the southern section - some passing walkers told me it had been feeding with a Little Egret on the northern side earlier.

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 5:38 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Good migration.

A reasonable early walk on Holdstone down this morning provided a migration spectacle. Birds coming in from ssw, and all moving  towards nne,  across the wind coming from sse. Flocks of 100+ of many species moved through for 3 hours that I ended up being there.redwing,  starling, fieldfare,chaffinch, goldfinch flying low tumbling over the heather. Pretty sure a flock of plovers.. 

Plenty of wrens,  meadow pipits, skylarks and stonchats  singular kestral and peregrine. 

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Philip Worth in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

22 members joined the East Devon Branch field trip to Exminster marshes this morning.  The walk started with a sighting of a Peregrine perched on one of the electricty pylons. The marshes themselves were quite dry, with many scattered Lapwing, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit. A lone Fieldfare on one of the fields was a first for this winter for many of us. By my reckoning, 51 species were seen altogether.

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 4:50 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

Start Point

07:30-11:30. Bright and sunny but still that fresh NE wind putting shelter at a premium. Great to see Matt Knott at Start this morning. We birded different areas and between us saw Merlin ( F ), 5 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 2 Fieldfares, 5 Redwings, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers ( vocal but hard to see in Start Farm ), 5 Goldcrests, 2 Siskins and 2 Reed Buntings. Negligable overhead passage but up to 600 Woodpigeons flying around in a couple flocks not seeming to know where they're going.

Looks like stronger wind tomorrow but if as some forecasts are predicting it dies down early Monday morning and there is rain clearing by dawn that could be the perfect storm for some of the east coast rares to arrive down here ?

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 1:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

GREAT GREY SHRIKE Bennets Cross area - Friday

Great Grey Shrike at top end of valley near Bennets Cross on ridge, right hand side going down valley.
Three Ring Ouzel, large numbers of Redwing and ten to twenty Fieldfare. Six Bullfinches, two males and Reed Bunting.
All the action was at the top end of Valley.

Ring Ouzel

Posted October 22nd, 2016 at 12:04 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Friday 21st October 2016

Fieldfare 21-10-16

Challacombe Valley many Fieldfare were seen along with Redwings about 14.30

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 8:55 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Soussons Wood

On a very sunny and mild morning walk around Soussons farm we spotted 2 crossbills and heard more calling, a large flock, maybe 20 or so of redwing and fieldfare. Also were two great spotted woodpeckers. On the way back to Postbridge we stopped by the road to watch another large flock of redwing and fieldfare feeding on an area of hawthorn berries. Something spooked them and they took to the air showing us there were about 60 birds in the flock. We had an upclose view of one fieldfare when a male blackbird gave chase to it. Also in and around the flock was a song thrush and a male bullfinch. No sign of the great grey shrike though. A very enjoyable day.

Posted October 21st, 2016 at 5:54 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Thursday 20th October 2016


A first visit to Soussons plantation yielded 2 Green Woodpeckers, a small flock (20+) of Fieldfare and at least 1 Redwing, a solitary female Bullfinch and, a first for me, 8 Crossbills feeding at the top of trees on the western perimeter of the woods near a clearing. Both males and females present (see attached record shots)

Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill

Posted October 20th, 2016 at 5:16 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Berry Head

A few more warblers around today: 1 new Yellow-browed Warbler at top of Quarry track (combination of strong supercilium meeting above bill and two good wingbars rule out the two seen on 17th Oct). Also 9 Goldcrest, 17 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Stonechat.

Overhead (selected): 1 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Siskin, 8 Skylark, 13 Chaffinch, 2 Song Thrush.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head

                                                            Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head

Posted October 20th, 2016 at 4:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Ivybridge: 2 Moors Way Gate to Piles Copse

Walk following the field/moor boundary past Harford Moor Gate was rewarded with 3 Ring Ouzels just south of the Copse. Also there; Fieldfare, Redwing, Goldfinch, 1 Buzzard, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Raven.

On the outward walk (not complete list), 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Mistlethrush, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, Raven, Pied Wagtail, Mipits and small groups of Redwing.

Posted October 19th, 2016 at 2:23 pm by R Teague in Bird News

Tuesday 18th October 2016

Vitifer valley to Soussons

At least 3 Ring Ouzels in rowans/hawthorns on start of track that leads up from valley ruins to Bennets Cross. 100+ Redwings and about 30 Fieldfares  also around these trees. 2 Green Woodpeckers near ruins and Great Grey Shrike seen in clear felled area at Soussons viewed from Challacombe track.

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Rob Hubble and Stella Tracey in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Further to Josh's post, Ian P and myself saw 7+ Ring Ouzels  ( 3 males) - 2 near the same location as Josh, at least 4 close to the dam in the small valley to the west of the dam and 1 by the water treatment works. 150+ Redwing over but just 1 Fieldfare seen. 6 Goosander (1m, 5 redheads) on the Dam. Small numbers of Goldcrests. 

Posted October 18th, 2016 at 3:36 pm in Bird News

Sunday 16th October 2016

Berry Head

Andy Plumb found a Yellow-browed Warbler by the Wardens Cottage this morning it was still present bmid morning but in the scrub on the other side of the road.

Overhead mid morning: 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 4 Skylark, 3 House Martin & 1 Siskin

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 16 Oct 2016 ML

                                                     Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 16 Oct 2016 

Posted October 16th, 2016 at 11:23 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 14th October 2016


06:40-15:30. Cloudy start with a cold Fresh NNE wind decreasing and veering to a light SE by midday with brighter conditions. No rain.

Got out to Sharp Tor for first light but vis mig did not happen. Several Song Thrushes and Blackbirds calling on the way out and a single Redwing. The bottom of Starehole was fairly sheltered and held at least 6 Ring Ouzels though I think there may have been double that present. Also single Fieldfare. Elsewhere Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatears ( airfield ), Garden Warbler ( Starehole ), 10 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs, Yellow-browed Warbler ( long stayer  East Soar Willows, not seen but very vocal ), 9 Goldcrests, 2 Firecrests , ( Starehole and East Soar Ponds ) and 2 Siskins.

Walking up from the bottom of Starehole Valley a crake/rail flushed from the bracken and dived back in quickly. I reckon it was  probably a Corncrake but to brief to be 100%. Spent some time walking around where it landed but nothing doing. It was on the stream side of the path about 30 metres down from the large rock you can sit on and watch the ouzels from if anyone is there tomorrow and fancies checking it out.

Posted October 14th, 2016 at 5:03 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wednesday 12th October 2016


2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing seen in Burrator area.

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 9:54 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Around Yelland power station- High Tide

Good flocks of goldfinches. 3 spoonbills on Isley Marsh and a few redshank along the shore. [Fieldfare] in the field opposite powerstation.

Goldfinch Redshank
Goldfinch                                                                                        Redshank


Eds. The bird labelled as a Fieldfare is actually a Mistle Thrush!

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Monday 10th October 2016

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Walk up to the dam 10.00 am. Numerous thrushes including12 Ring Ouzel, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush. Also Greater Spotted and Green woodpeckers, 2 Reed Bunting 2 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch, Bullfinch,Meadow pipits, Dipper, Great,Blue and Coal tits, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel. 

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 3:13 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Saturday 26th March 2016

Exminster - yesterday

In spring like weather a fieldfare was behaving oddly in a field at the top of Exminster Hill. Flicking its tail and running around in the ploughed field. It also looked small.

Otherwise little to report apart from singing skylarks and a couple of singing blackcaps.

Posted March 26th, 2016 at 10:43 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Sunday 13th March 2016


BGM - Darts Farm and Topsham Rec. Viwed over the hight tide 9am - 1pm. Usual suspects mostly but some Fieldfare (8) in field behind Darts Farm. SX 97527 88702

Distant Fieldfare (record shot)
Distant Fieldfare (record shot)

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 2:41 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Saturday 12th March 2016

Exmoor and Braunton Caen River

Trip up to Pinkery Pond gave Stonechat, lots of Skylark, Buzzards, Fieldfare. A walk along the Caen this evening gave great views of a hunting Barn Owl, Male Kestrel, Redshanks, Greenshank, Dunlin, Egret, Teal, Shoveler, Shelduck with a Green Sandpiper on the crape close to the Tarka Trail last evening.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 7:58 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Friday 4th March 2016

Postbridge- Bellever- Steps Bridge

12 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the fieldtrip to Postrbridge.  We had only gone up river a few hundred yards when a sudden blizzard caused us to retreat but not before we had seen Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch and a colony of House Sparrow.  We decided to move to the shelter of Bellever forest and were rewarded with warm sun and a blue sky and sightings of Siskin, Treecreeper and Bullfinch. A Green Woodpecker was heard and a second at Postbridge when we returned for lunch where c22 Fieldfare were on the move plus c10 Redwing.

After lunch the remainder of the group headed back towards Exeter and five of us stopped off at Steps Bridge to look for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.  We soon heard one calling several hundred yards into Dunsford Woods plus a Green Woodpecker.  A Marsh Tit was found together with several Long Tailed Tit.   I decided I was getting fatigued (having finished two months of radiotherapy the previous week) and said goodbye to the others. 300 yards before the bridge I heard a Lesser spotted Woodpecker calling from alders on the far bank.  15 minutes later it revealed itself and flew across the river, long enough for me to see the red crown of a male.  (This was the same clump of trees we had the species last year).  A great day out made memorable by the snow showers and familiar company. 

Posted March 4th, 2016 at 4:48 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Friday 26th February 2016

fieldfare/Redwing columbjohn

noticed about 150 fieldfare/Redwing in 3 adjoining fields.not to bothered by buzzard?

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Jon Tagg in Bird News

Sunday 21st February 2016

Tamar Lakes

A very misty windy morning at the Lakes saw on the Upper Lake, 1 Barnacle Goose, 53 Canada, 7 Snipe,10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goosander, 9 Fieldfare.

On the Lower Lake, 2m Reed Bunting, 20 Goosander, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 12 Tutfted Duck.

Posted February 21st, 2016 at 3:19 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Wednesday 10th February 2016

Velator & Braunton Marsh - 10th Feb

Glossy Ibis showing right alongside the Tarka Trail at Velator this morning & a Barn Owl hunting over Sherpa Marsh - also a Dipper searching for food in the R Caen. Took a walk along the toll road on Braunton Marsh this afternoon & spotted a second Barn Owl hunting over Horsey Island near the White House & a flock of Fieldfare with some Starlings in the nearby trees.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Barn Owl
Barn Owl


Posted February 10th, 2016 at 8:46 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Sunday 31st January 2016

Dartington Hall

Firecrest and at least three Goldcrest in Darftington Hall gardens.  52 Redwing and 29 Fieldfare in adjacent fields. 

Posted January 31st, 2016 at 5:03 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Monday 25th January 2016

Around the Exe

Exminster Marsh (Lions Rest corner) good numbers of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Brent and Canadian Geese, the three smaller species were very flighty and kept taking to the sky giving some stunning views.

Large numbers of Wigeon, other duck species included Pintail, Shoveller, Teal and Shellduck, Little Egret, Cormorant, Pheasant, Kestrel, Snipe, smaller bird species included Pied Wagtail and Bullfinch.

On the approach to Powerham a hen Sparrow hawk put up a large mixed flock of Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare, the Fieldfare swept down the valley while the Mistle Thrushes landed in nearby trees and began calling loudly as the hawk quartered the field.

Arriving by Powderham Church a female Peregrine flew inland away from the river.

Walking along the Exe to a point just beyond the footbridge gave over 20 species including Little Egret, Curlew, Buzzard, Shellduck, Red Breasted Merganser, Oyster Catcher, Redshank, Common Gull (5), Greater Black Backed Gull, Grey Plover and Dunlin in flocks of up to 30 birds, smaller bird species included Goldfinch in large flocks, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush and Pied Wagtails.

The fields on the right of the main road from Powderham to Starcross gave Canadian and Brent Geese, Curlew, Oyster Catchers, Teal, several Heron, Redshank, Lapwings, Shellduck, a female Stonechat, Song Thrush and a Green Woodpecker.

Cockwood ~ a Greenshank, Brent Geese, Oyster Catchers, Redshank, Curlew, Red Breasted Merganser, Bar TailedGodwit and Cormorant.

Haldon Forest Park well in excess of 55 Chaffinch around the feeders, not as many Siskin as seen recently, Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, a single Song Thrush by this time the wind had built up and the birds were seeking out deeper more sheltered cover.

Home bird count gave 25 species for the day which included Buzzard, Raven and Cormorant, Redwing and Starling overhead, around the feeders Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Siskins, Long Tailed Tits and a male Bullfinch.

Posted January 25th, 2016 at 6:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 24th January 2016

Dartington Estate

1 Firecrest and at least 3 Goldcrests in Dartington Gardens.  8 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing in adjacent field.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 9:51 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

Venford Reservoir and surroundings, late am/earlypm, of note: 1 fem. Merlin, 1 Woodcock and 35 Fieldfares.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 9:14 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Chapel Wood

It seemed like spring was in the air this morning with a balmy 14 degrees! Great Spotted Woodpecker pair displaying and mating , Treecreepers/Nuthatch displaying and Ravens doing the same. The wood seemed full of birds with Goldcest, Blue, Great, Coal and Long Tailed Tits, Song Thrush, Fieldfare overhead, hundreds of Jackdaw, Buzzard. Pheasants also displaying. Green, Gold, Bull and Chaffinch in attendence with Wrens, Sparrows, Robins, Blackbird all singing and lively. Green Woodpecker heard but not seen.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Postbridge Area

Lots of coal tits 20 pluss in the plantation no Redwings or Fieldfare seen this outing very quiet just three fat Mistle Thrush looked st 8 Buzzards all common one very dark bird seen.Had one Goldcrest in bush at Powder millls and a Raven with a small flock of Starlings.

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 10:01 am by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Saturday 23rd January 2016

ashford nr barnstaple

88 fieldfare,36 redwing,5 stock dove nr upcott cross

Posted January 23rd, 2016 at 6:05 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Tuesday 19th January 2016

South Brent and Torquay Blackcaps

A bright but cold day gave 31 species in and over the garden at South Brent today.

Nice to have four Siskin on the feeders, periodic vists from the Long Tailed Tits, two Song Thrush feeding together, Mistle Thrush, fly past from four Fieldfare and a count of twenty five Redwings that were feeding in the field hedges, the winter Thrushes have not been that evident over the last week or so.

Large numbers of Goldfinch feeding in the mature Alders in the field hedges, Jay and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers also showing.

Overhead Raven, Stock Dove, Buzzard and Sparrow Hawk.

A new birding friend contacted me to say he had an unusual bird in his garden at Cary Park Road, Torquay as he went through his bird book three others came in and turned out to Blackcaps, 1 cock bird and three hens.

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 3:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 16th January 2016

Home Farm Marsh Gaia Trust

A dry windless walk along the trust today saw, 3 L/Egret, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat 1m 1f, 12 Linnet, 1 Snipe, c120 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 2 Robin, 18 Canada, 10 Shoveler 6m 4f, c80 Teal, c60 Wigeon, 2 Raven, 11 Fieldfare, 5 Turnstone, 1 Wren.

Posted January 16th, 2016 at 7:58 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Thursday 14th January 2016

East Dartmoor

Soussons: Superb adult male Hen Harrier hunting valley by Golden Dagger mine. Also: Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker & nearby 70 Fieldfare.

Bellever: 3 Siskin, Dipper.

Yarner Wood:  2m1f Mandarin Duck, 3 Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatch.

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 4:44 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 6th January 2016

South Brent

A visit to a private lake near South Brent gave a counted flock of 73 Wigeon, 4  Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 1 Coot, at least2 Little Grebe, Buzzard, Raven and a Green Woodpecker calling.

Small species included Long Tailed Tits, Gold Crests, Goldfinch and Pied Wagtail.

On the River Avon at Brent Mill a Dipper.

Around home a total of 28 species, including 17 Goldfinch on the feeders first thing this morning along with 3 Siskin, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, male and female Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Pied and Grey Wagtails, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, 2 Stock Dove flew over and then circled the house field, Jay, 2 Bullfinch, Raven overhead,small numbers of both Fieldfare and Redwing, Long Tailed Tits around the feeders and hedgerows for most of the day.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Darts Farm

Visited Darts Farm this lunchtime. I eventually found 2 female Bramblings feeding at the far end of the crop field amongst a flock of Chaffinches. Also, Reed Bunting, Fieldfare and Stonechat.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tuesday 5th January 2016

American Wigeon and Brambling

Darts Farm ~ Very good for the smaller bird species today, three Reed Bunting feeding on the bullrush heads to the side and front of the hide.

Good sized flocks of House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Linnet. A Wren around the hide with a notably very pale underside. Fieldfare and Redwing in small numbers around the farm area.

Bowling Green Marsh ~ the marsh is well flooded and proving to be heaven for a huge number of ducks mostly Wigeon which included the American Wigeon which was spotted by a very friendly birder called George who soon had everyone aware of its location on the far side of the marsh close to the reed beds. Three Tufted duck, Pintail, Shoveller, Teal and a fly over Shell Duck.

Lapwing, two Snipe, one Greenshank, Greylag Geese. In the field by the entrance to the viewing platform lane a flock of 25 Brent Geese that panicked and took flight when a hen Kestrel came over them.

From the viewing platform, considerable numbers of wading species on the Lympstone side of the river, two closer Avocet showing well, Redshank and Oyster Catcher however the distance and bright sun made viewing and identification difficult.

Exminster Marshes ~ the access road beyond Lions Rest is inaccessible due to flood water, but the surrounding flooded fields contained huge numbers of wading species, a large flock of Lapwing lifted and simply filled the view, Curlew, Redshank and Godwits present, again distance and a low sun made observation difficult. A Kestrel and a Long Tailed Tit flock seen on the way out.

Haldon Forest Park ~ a male Brambling in with the Chaffinch flock, good numbers of Siskin, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Greenfinch and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, two singing Song Thrush, a fly past from two Raven.

Bickington A38 ~ a Kestrel perched on a roadside tree and another at Marley Head.

Back home at South Brent the day had started with a female Siskin on the feeders with ten Goldfinch, the late afternoon gave Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Wren, Dunnock, a brief visit to the feeders from a Marsh Tit, Stock Dove overhead and unfortunately a dead Tawny owl found in the garden,up to three had been heard calling overnight.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 5:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 29th December 2015

Scandis in force

For the last couple of weeks, our friends from the North have been plucking up worms from the rain-sodden football field at Holsworthy.  Every morning about 9 o'clock, the grass is full of fieldfares - 40 at the latest count on Sunday, December 27, along with a lone redwing.  Very flighty, nervy birds, I haven't yet got a decent pic, but it's a delight to watch these handsome Scandinavian creatures building up their fat reserves from Devon worms. There's been the odd song thrush and m/f blackbirds in with the flock too.  Just beautiful. Starlings too are enjoying my fat-filled bird-feeders, along with robins and blue tits.  No takers for the nyger seeds from the resident goldfinches yet. They're already sprouting thanks to the rain, so I'll maybe make a salad...

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 2:41 am by Hilary Vivian in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd December 2015

Lower Tamar Lake

23rd Dec.  Lower Tamar Lake.

At last, some sun and dry weather!

1 female Bullfinch, 56 Mallard, 19 Goosander, 5 Tufted Ducks, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Marsh Tit,  plus Blue, Great and Marsh Tits, 60+ Fieldfares, 46 Redwings, 3 Coot.

Harvey Kendall

Posted December 23rd, 2015 at 1:57 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

Upper Tamar Lake

A very wet and windy Upper Lake today, I saw 11 Blackbird 5m 6f, 3 Cormorants, 2 Great Black-back Gulls, 28 Mallard, 7m Goosander at the top end, 5 Coot, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Gadwall, 2 Robin, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Wigeon, 1 Song Thrush

On the Lower Lake. 3 Cormorants, 6 Long Tail Tits, 11 Goosander 5m 6f, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Snipe, 21 Mallard. At the hide 1 Nuthatch,Marsh/Willow/Great/Blue Tits, 1 Bullfinch. The car park feeders also had 1 G.S. Woodpecker, 1m Reed Bunting, 1Nuthatch plus the usual Willlow/Marsh/Blue/Coal/Great Tits.

That gives 18 Goosander on both Lakes.

Posted December 22nd, 2015 at 7:06 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Sunday 20th December 2015

Around the Exe estuary

A visit to Exminster Marshes this morning gave a good range of species and lots of birders looking for the American Wigeon but no one was saying that they had found it, as nice as the long awaited sunshine was, being so low it made for difficult viewing conditions.

3 Chiffchaff in the Willows by Lions Rest and 2 Kingfisher flew over the lane, not the density of birds as there were on and over the marsh on Friday but still well worth visit.

Darts Farm a single Brent Goose on arrival and a counted five flying over during the visit, surprisingly quiet, very few of the recent smaller species in evidence, Stonechat, Great Tit and Chaffinch showed well, across the pasture and marsh, a large mixed flock of Fieldfare and Starlings, Curlew, small flock of Wigeon, 7 Stock Dove and very little else.

Bowling Green Marsh a good range of ducks 100’s of Wigeon, a single Tufted drake, Pintail, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal.

Large numbers of Redshank, Godwit and Dunlin, a small flock of Avocet flew in, Lapwing, Greylag Geese, Heron. On the lane in several Fieldfare good numbers of Dunnock and asingle Goldcrest.

Posted December 20th, 2015 at 2:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 18th December 2015

Exminster Marshes

A visit to Exminster Marshes just after first light until early afternoon gave a tally of 43 species which unfortunately did not include any of the reported Short Eared owls.

Species identified included large flocks of Wigeon, including the American Wigeon (right hand side of the below image), Golden Plover, Lapwing and Bar Tailed Godwit. Also on today’s list, Song Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Starling, an abundance of Goldcrest, Curlew, Wren, several flocks of Long Tailed Tits and Goldfinch, Raven, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 13 Bullfinch, Buzzard, Snipe, Stonechat and Meadow Pipit.

Having read one of yesterday posts a visit to Matford Park and Ride as reported by Keith Birchall numerous Goldcrest and a very vocal Firecrest that despite continuosly calling remained out of sight over in the far left corner in a small fenced of area.

On the way home to South Brent ~  Kestrels seen at Ashburton on A38 overhead wires and a second bird hunting at Marley Head before being menaced by a Buzzard.

At home a garden bird watch gave 24 species including Tawny owl (calling at 7.30 this morning) Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, BTO rung Blue Tit, Wren, Dunnock, Nuthatch and Buzzard.

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 5:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


 Dull and dismal on Exmoor this morning but nevertheless 24 Golden Plover circling, 100 Fieldfare and 1000 Starlings near Five Barrows Hill.

Surprised and delighted to see a male Hen Harrier at Moles Chamber appearing suddenly over a gateway that was equally surprised to see me!

20 more Fieldfare at Five Crossways and 2 Carrion Crows mobbing a Sparrowhawk at Leworthy Cross.

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 4:14 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News


The Green Sandpiper was again on the flood by the TarkaTrail this morning.

A disappointing ringing session in the reserve - 2 Fieldfares seen and a Chiffchaff which got into, and then out of one of the nets!

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 2:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 16th December 2015

South Brent

Another wet, overcast and murky day at South Brent but the garden feeders have been inundated with birds a total of 31 species recorded today and a possible Song Thrush but only the briefest of views so not 100% sure.

Great to have 3 Siskin on the feeders, on and off for most of the day, other species included Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Long Tailed Tit, flocks of  both Goldfinch and Greenfinch, at one point a count of 18 Greenfinch and over 30 Chaffinch on or around the feeders, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, 6 Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Jay, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing and a  Raven overhead.


Posted December 16th, 2015 at 4:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 15th December 2015

Ladies Wood ~ South Brent

A visit to Ladies Wood, South Brent before the rain set in and stopped play.

Two Treecreeper, at least 8 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Marsh Tit and Wren.

Brent Mill on the way home gave us 2 Jays and a flock of 42 Redwing.

At home a count of 22 species, which included Tawny owl calling just before 7am, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Fieldfare. Chaffinch in good numbers but a notable number of them have scaly leg mite.

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 1:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 13th December 2015


Arrived at about 9 this morning for a ringing session. Two (or possibly 3) Spoonbills on the flood. When I left at about 3, the two Egyptian Geese were back, but keeping a distance from all the Canadas.

Ringed a juv male Reed Bunting - first I've ringed since April! Also saw, but didn't catch 7 Fieldfares feeding on Buckthorn berries.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 3:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A Short-eared Owl rose up high, mobbed by corvids, then drifted over to the south. The marshes were nicely wet and full of Canada Geese! Also c100 Brents, 1 Shelduck, lots of Wigeon and Teal, 3 Pintail, c20 Shoveler, Peregrine, a few hundred Lapwings and Curlews, several Water Rails and Cetti's Warblers heard, Chiffchaff, 24 Fieldfare, c10 Redwings, 6 Stonechats, 2 Bullfinches and a Reed Bunting.

Posted December 13th, 2015 at 3:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Saturday 12th December 2015

South Brent ~ Woodcock

On a walk round home this morning gave 29 species including 2 Woodcock, Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, Long Tailed Tit, 25 Herring Gull, Fieldfare, Raven, 2 Rabbits and a Grey Squirrel.

Tawny owl over night.

Posted December 12th, 2015 at 11:35 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 11th December 2015

South Brent

Another overcast and murky day at South Brent but it was worth making the effort to get out and about, initially at home a female Sparrow Hawk, Jay, Long Tailed Tits 5, Great Tits 5, Coal Tit 2, Goldcrest 5, Wren, Siskin, Pied Wagtails, 16 Redwing, small passing flock of Fieldfare, a counted 36 Herring Gulls passing over, the day ended with a trio of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers in the garden.

On the River Avon at Brent Mill a male Goosander and a Pied Wagtail on Avondale House.

Around a private lake just outside the village gave Buzzard, 20 Redwing, a flock of 30 plus Goldfinch with them were 5 Siskin and 1 Blue Tit, Coal Tit,  2 Mallard, a counted 34 Wigeon on the lake but when they lifted a count of approximately 75 birds, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Moorhen, 1 Coot (the first I can recall seeing in the parish in the 30 years that I have lived here) Carrion Crow, Jay, 8 Goldcrest, Blackbird, Wren, Robin Green Woodpecker heard calling.

Ladies Wood, initially very quiet but eventually 2 Nuthatch, Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, a single Chiffchaff and 10 plus Goldcrest, Herring Gulls and Carrion Crows overhead.

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 5:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 9th December 2015

Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam

A male Merlin just south of the dam this morning. 14 Fieldfares, 2 Stonechats and 5+ Goldcrests the only other birds of note.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 9:47 pm in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

A much quieter morning weather wise, there were 10 Tufted Duck, 18 Goosander 10m 8f, 2 Snipe, 3 Great Black-back Gulls, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 8 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing in with c30 Starling, 1 Grey Heron, on the feeders and around the hide were, Coal/Willow/Marsh/Blue/Great Tits, Chaffinch/Greenfinch, 1 Nuthatch, 2 G.C.Grebe and a Robin.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 7:23 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Stony Cross nr Bideford.

Many more Redwing & Fieldfare seen in this area in the last few weeks, than for many a year.

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 2:36 pm by Chris Marshall in Bird News

Tuesday 8th December 2015

South Brent

A mornings birding at home with Keith Male gave us a total so far of 28 species the highlights being a Treecreeper and a count of 10 Goldcrest.

A flock of 50 plus very low flying Woodpigeons passed over the house headed west and although it may be a bit late in the season they struck me as migrating birds.

A Song Thrush showed for the first time this month small number of Redwing and Fieldfare in the field hedges.

A pair of Siskin (and possibly a second male) came in midmorning the first ones to come onto the garden feeders in some time.

Other species included Starling, Blackbirds,Dunnock, Wren, Long Tailed, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch. Overhead Raven and Herring Gulls.

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 2:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd December 2015


A run over the southern side of Dartmoor gave a productive birding day, Buzzard and Heron near Holne Bridge.

Dartmeet giving Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Long Tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Dunnock, Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Great Tit. The most numerous bird being Chaffinch.

Two Bridges Flocks of Fieldfare , female Kestrel and a Buzzard.

On the higher moors just past the Warren House Inn gave Raven and a flock of 14 Golden Plover struggling into a strong head wind.

Challacombe, produced the days first Redwing flocks, a Grey Wagtail and Raven.

Between Runnage and Post Bridge a female Hen Harrier came overa hill and dived into a flock of Carrion Crows making a determined attack onone crow, on missing her intended prey she swept up and tried to take another bird without success before flying out towards the valley below Soussons plantation.

Between Bellever and Cator Green Cross large mixed flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare along with smaller numbers of Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.

Apologies for the image quality but all the birds photographed were rather further away to give any real detail.

Posted December 2nd, 2015 at 2:37 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 26th November 2015

Soussons Down

Great Grey Shrike , ranging from area of forest that was cut down last year behind the Golden Dagger mine along to the start of the moorland of Soussons Down. Two active Green Woodpeckers. One Great Spotted Woodpecker, Four Fieldfare and Kestrel

Posted November 26th, 2015 at 11:49 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Tuesday 24th November 2015

Tamar Lakes

The Lower Lake showed 10 Goosander 6m 4f, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Scaup 1m 1f, 12 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 2 Cormorant,1 G.C.Grebe, 2 Marsh and 1 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Jay and the usual on the feeders.

On the Upper Lake there were 4 Fieldfare, c200 Starlings, 19 Canada Geese, 8 Coot, 1 Snipe, 1 Cormorant, 1 G.C.Grebe,  C60 Black-headed and Herring Gull, 24 Mallard, 8 Coot.

Posted November 24th, 2015 at 2:03 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Monday 23rd November 2015

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake was very cold and still this morning, the ducks were still grouped up in the sun light, I saw 3 Grey Heron, 9 Tufted Duck, 14 Goosander 9m 5f, 3 G.C.Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 6 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 8 Mallard, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Snipe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Wren, C70 Redwing and Fieldfare, on the car park feeders 1 Willow,2 Marsh,2 Great,5 Blue,2 Coal Tit,1 G.S.Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Dunnock. 1 Robin, 6 Chaffinch, 3 House Sparrow.

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 7:17 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Sunday 22nd November 2015

Soussons Farm Area

Sighted on a walk:

Great Grey Shrike at Golden Dagger Mine area at approx 11:45, also Treecreeper, Bullfinces(6), Reed Buntings(6), Redwings(many), Fieldfares, Mistle Thrushes, Gr Spotted(2) & Green Woodpeckers.

Posted November 22nd, 2015 at 4:43 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Saturday 21st November 2015

South Brent to BGM & Teigngrace

Between 8am and 9am this morning a count of just over 2000 Wood Pigeons (C~2144) passing and over South Brent towards Plymouth the flocks in view stretched from Brent Hill and out over the A38 valley. The high tailwinds resulted in them traveling at higher speeds than would be the norm, also the altitudes varied some flocks were coming over at tree top height and others so high they were little more than specks.

A drive up to Exeter gave views of several more flocks of up to 50 or so birds. Several smaller scattered flocks were feeding locally back at South Brent this afternoon, possibly dropping down to take Ivy berries.

Small flocks of both Redwing and Fieldfare very much in evidence

A female Kestrel passed over home almost at the same time as yesterday, later in the day another two Kestrels seen from the A38 one at Bickington and the other at Ashburton.

Haldon Forrest Park gave good numbers of Chaffinch and Coal Tit, other species included Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Pied Wagtail, Jay, Mistle Thrush and Siskin.

Bowling Green Marsh and Darts Farm were worth a visit but nothing to get excited about, good number of Shoveller Duck and Wigeon at BGM and Lapwings at both locations with attendant Starlings. A low flying Buzzard came across the marsh alarming the smaller species. reasonable numbers of Godwits at both locations.

Despite no recent reports on DBWPS I paid a chance visit to the Teigngrace area found two Cattle Egrets still in situe, feeding in a field of cattle alongside Little Egrets and Pied Wagtails, below the Solar panel installation across the road from the start of Greycoat Lane.

Back home at South Brent the garden feeders had up to 16 Greenfinch at one point along with growing numbers of Chaffinch, Goldfinch and House Sparrows the growing number of  birds at the feeders are proving a magnet for the resident Sparrow hawks and a hunting male made two passes.

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 5:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

A quick look at the Lake this morning showed 1 Scaup (f), 6 Goosanders 4m 2f, 6 Wigeon, 6 Tufted Duck 3m 3f, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Marsh Tits, 6 Redwing, 19 Fieldfare, 1 Jay.

Posted November 21st, 2015 at 1:52 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Friday 20th November 2015

Exminster Marshes

Afternoon walk around the marsh.Highlights - Gold Crest, Chiffchaff, Peregrine on plylon, Water Rail, Kestrel and a few small flocks of Feildfare among the usual teal, Wideon ,Curlew etc.


Posted November 20th, 2015 at 6:03 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Monday 16th November 2015

South Brent

A female Black Redstart showing well on the roof of South Brent Church this morning, the church yard also gave Mistle Thrush and Nuthatch.

A flock of 25 low flying Herring Gulls circling over the school

A flock of some 60 to 70 high flying Wood Pigeons headed west this flock being the first sign of Wood Pigeon migration that I have seen this autumn small flocks of both Redwing, Fieldfare and Green Finch moving around and over the village.

A Wren in the garden and Pied Wagtails flying over.

And just had two flocks of Wood Pigeons over home counted at 25 and 15 birds also headed westerly.

Posted November 16th, 2015 at 9:18 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 15th November 2015

Around topsham

watched from 09:15 till 12:30

on the walk down to Bowling green marsh good numbers of goldcrest with several groups of redwing flying around with a few fieldfare best bird over was 4 siskin heading west, a definate increase in greenfich around the marsh as well as goldfinch, 1 nuthatch, 1 kestrel, 1 peregrine.

from the viewing platform 5+ jay going back and forth to riversmeet house, a Jack snipe flew in from the east and dropped into the reeds opposite the hide.

a quick look at darts farm produced a good numbers of greenfich and goldfinch

from the goatwalk , 309+ avocet was my best count of the autumn, 1000+ dunlin, 200+lapwing, 20+ golden plover and at least 20+ grey plover, 5 red breasted mergansers, 200+ black tailed godwits.

finished back at the viewing platform at bowling green marsh, 200+ black tailed godwits in field to left of path, and 816+ on the clyst ( so around 1216+ around the area again best count so far this autumn ) 37+ bar tailed godwits and another 6+ avocet.



Posted November 15th, 2015 at 5:05 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thursday 12th November 2015

Darts Farm

Now 2 Bramblings in with the Greenfinch flock. Fairly flighty between the sunflowers and nearby trees. Also a small flock of Fieldfare.

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 8th November 2015

Heathfield / Teigngrace

Nice mixed thrush flock feeding on the Rowan berries this morning - 4 blackbirds with 1 Mistle Thrush & approx 15 Fieldfare being 2 firsts for my garden. Also popped to Kingsteignton & was pleased to see all 3 Cattle Egrets in a tight group along with around 9 little egrets, 1 heron, several Canada geese, mallard & a few hundred Black-headed gulls 

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush


Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 5:38 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd November 2015

a week at West Ogwell

Highlight of a week walking round West Ogwell area was a Black Redstart on the roof of High Holbeam (ref.822712)Thurs 29th, not seen after wet windy night on Friday 30th; possibly 1st yr male, as some white on wing; Also Monday 26th, 1 Swallow heading east; 2 small flocks of larus gulls heading NEast around 4-4.30pm, ~80no. total ALL juveniles/sub adult plumage, not a flash of white anywhere!  I've never seen this before.  Tues 27th Merlin heading south at ref. 801700. West Ogwell knoll had 50+ fieldfares, 30+ Redwings swirling around, much jay activity but could be 'only' 5 birds or many more. 

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 6:01 pm by Dan Lupton in Bird News

Berry Head

A stronger E wind probably curtailed a bigger overhead movement today but still managed to count the following in 2hrs: 2 Ring Ouzel, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrush (7 more in bushes), 640 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Swallow, 315 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 207 Goldfinch, 9 Linnet, 8 Siskin, 12 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Also around the headland: 1 Firecrest, 46 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper.

Stopped off at Breakwater quarry car park in Brixham and found a Yellow-browed Warbler, 15 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff in the ivy and sycamore on the west side of the quarry.

Yellow-browed Warbler Brixham Breakwater Quarry 3 Nov 2015 ML

Posted November 3rd, 2015 at 11:00 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 2nd November 2015

Teigngrace and Dartmoor

Only two of the reported Cattle Egrets were showing this morning at Blatchford Farm, Teigngrace, in the same sheep field as yesterday, they could be viewed easily from the road at the farm entrance and seem oblivious to viewing “birders”.

A drive up onto the high moors gave surprisingly little to be seen in the way of bird life, the lower moor around Caton gave a large flock of Fieldfare with the odd Redwing and a couple of Meadow Pipit.

Challacombe gave good views of a hen Kestrel.

Soussons gave us the high light of the day with a short view of an unidentified species of Harrier flying low over the ground.

Other than the various Thrush species and a number of  Buzzards very little to be seen overall.

Dart Bridge, Buckfast a Dipper could be heard calling but not seen while three Buzzards were circling over the river.

Marly Head gave a flock of 43 Redwing, two Jays and two Buzzards, one a juvenile calling to an adult bird.

Back home at South Brent a garden bird watch had given me 25 species before 9am including Nuthatch, Fieldfare, Redwing, Starlings, Coal Tit, Wren, Dunnock, two Herons flying over, a count of 18 Goldfinch.

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 4:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Joined by John Lusher we were treated to another impressive vis mig morning at Berry Head with the following overhead:

1 Hawfinch, 1 Ring Ouzel, 16 Fieldfare, 229 Redwing, 970 Chaffinch, 23 Brambling, 2 Redpoll, 49 Siskin, 3 Swallow, 4 Bullfinch, 33 Linnet, 460 Goldfinches, 6 Skylark, 22 Greenfinch, 5 Songthrush, 62 Meadow Pipit, 5 pied Wagtail, 31 Wood Pigeon and a flock of 11 Long-tailed Tits!

Around the headland: 31 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 4 Blackcap, 6 Stonechat.

Brambling Berry Hd 2 Nov 2015 MLBrambling- male

Posted November 2nd, 2015 at 11:07 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 1st November 2015


Highlight of the morning was 274 Fieldfares heading east over the house in 5 flocks and an influx of Coal tits (at least 10) in the garden.  In the afternoon the Rideway's Cackling Goose was on Bowling Green Marsh associating with the Canadas.

Posted November 1st, 2015 at 6:55 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Teigngrace to Yarner

The two reported Cattle Egrets were showing well this morning at first light in the flooded fields between Teigngrace Road and Exeter Road (junction of Teigngrace gate) fielding in the flooded fields along with 11 Little Egret but further away than yesterday, while watching all the gathered Egrets lifted and flew up towards Stover landing further up the valley.

Stover CP ~ The pines in the car parks were alive with Goldcrests

Yarner Wood ~ Pond hide ~ Predominately Coal Tits on the feedersbut three Marsh Tit showed, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldcrest and Chaffinch. At the upper hide mostly Great Tits with a few Coal and Blue Tits, two Nuthatch, Raven heard and seen dropping into the woodland in front of the hide, Green Woodpecker calling on the way back down to the car park.

Back to Teigngrace to find the Little Egret count at 14 but no Cattle Egrets to be seen while viewing a Kingfisher flew over the flooded fields, Meadow Pipit, both Grey and Pied Wagtails, Jay Wren, Goldcrest and Robins. Large flockof Black Headed Gulls in the area again.

A drive round the area found the Cattle Egrets at Blatchford farm they could be viewed easily from the road at the farm entrance and surprised to see that (as in an earlier post) the numbers had risen to three. They became alarmed when the Black headed Gull flock passed high overhead but simply remained on the ground in an alert posture but did break and fly when a Buzzard went over them but landed within the same field.

Back home Nuthatch, Fieldfare, Redwing, and Sparrow hawk.

Posted November 1st, 2015 at 6:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:15 till 12:30

A good morning with a big increase in avocet to 244+ , 460+ dunlin, 300+ curlew, 18+ bar tailed godwits, 110+ lapwing, 300+ redshank, 200+ wigeon, 12+ pintail, 80+ snipe( 16 on marsh, the rest over in small groups mostly heading west ) , 2 grey wagtail , 1 stonechat, 1 buzzard.

Around the viewing platform 1 kingfisher showed well, 375+ redwing came out of rivers meet house with 60+ fieldfare, 8+ mistle thrush, 4 song thrush, increase in robin and blackbirds, 50+ skylark over, 2 crossbill, 1 redpoll , small groups of chaffinch west, 12+ long tailed tit, 1 female blackcap.

from the goatwalk large number of dunlin on far side by turf, 25+ golden plover, 300+ lapwing, 20+ grey plover.


Posted November 1st, 2015 at 4:21 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

During Torbay Coast & Countryside walk overhead migration was quite special highlights being: 2000+ Redwing, 50+ Fieldfare, 200 Woodpigeon, 40+ Skylark, 3 Brambling, 1 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 200+ Chaffinches, 5 Swallows. other birds included 1 Kingfisher, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers.

Posted November 1st, 2015 at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 31st October 2015

Riverside Country Park, Exeter

A two hour walk this morning recorded the Ridgeway's Cackling Goose, seen to fly onto river with Mallard and then flew off up river but to return 45 mins later. Always with Mallard & not nearby Canada's. Looks very different in flight. More duck like due to its small size I suppose. Make of it what you will!!

Also 25 Wigeon, 40+ Teal, 4 Snipe, Green Sand, 2 Lapwing, Water Rail, 14 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 150+ Goldfinch (feeding on Alder seeds), 3 Skylark over being the best of the rest.  

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 11:00 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Wednesday 28th October 2015


A flock of 120 Golden Plover over South Hessary Tor this morning & 60+ Fieldfare in the valley below Black Tor early afternoon.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 8:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


A flock of 120 Golden Plover over South Hessary Tor this morning & 60+ Fieldfare in the valley below Black Tor early afternoon.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 8:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 26th October 2015

South Brent

Good numbers of Redwings moving between Hillside and Forder Lane, South Brent throughout the day, counts of 33, 24,25,42,22,19, 34+, 47, 33 and one flock that lifted from the berry trees in that area and were beyond counting.

A flock of 52 Starlings

11 Fieldfare, one Song Thrush but a notable drop off in the number of Mistle Thrush around today.

Very high flying Sparrow Hawk picked up in the binoculars while I was scanning the area, unable to find it without the binoculars.

Highlight of the day was an unidentified Harrier species that flew over towards Yonder Cross,I did get a photo but given the distance and poor light the image is not worth posting.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 5:11 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 25th October 2015


Focused on East Soar from just after dawn and then a brief look at the west side this afternoon.

A Yellow-browed Warbler briefly in the willows mid morning was the best bird, Also: 2 Firecrests, 2 Ring Ouzels, 3+ Siskins (over), 5 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests, 2 Sparrowhawks, 30 Golden Plovers, 5 Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings, Jay, c200 Skylarks, Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow and 3 Bullfinches.

Also a Firecrest in Marlborough. 

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 5:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

Radde's Warbler tentatively identified after Andy Plumb and I tracked the calling bird for some 10 minutes with the briefest of views. The bird crossed the road into an even denser area of scrub before showing briefly again after some 20 mins to confirm id it continued calling occasionally but getting further away in deep vegetation. Last seen some 60m north o the 'wardens bungalow' on W side of road.

Other more notable birds on site: 2 Firecrest, 14 Goldcrest, 9 Chifchaff, 5 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap & 3 Coal Tit.

Overhead:4 Redpoll, 1 Brambling, 16 Chaffinch, 11 Bullfinch, 13 Greenfinch, 55 Goldfinch, 1 Grt Spt, Woodpecker, 32 Skylark, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 4:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sun 25th Oct.

Challacombe to Headland Warren, fm.Hen Harrier. 1.00pm.

Sousson's farm 50+Fieldfare

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 2:50 pm by Martin and Jenny Lees in Bird News

Haytor area

There was a Great Grey Shrike this morning on the moor at Emsworthy Farm DWT Reserve (SX745765), although it disappeared after about five minutes. Also at least 2 Ring Ouzels, 80 Fieldfare and 4 Redpolls.

Later, there were c520 Golden Plover in short, grassy heath NE of the tor, near the old tramway.

Great Grey Shrike, Emsworthy
Great Grey Shrike, Emsworthy

Rig Ouzel, Emsworthy
Rig Ouzel, Emsworthy

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 2:24 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Start Point

06:15-09:00. Beautiful clear, still morning.

Good start to the day flushing a Short-eared Owl from the side of the road about a mile from the entrance to Start. Little vis mig, best were 2 Lesser Redpolls and a Crossbill ( Siskins heard frequently but very high up unseen ). Around the farm Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, Brambling and 2 Reed Buntings. Around the top fields a female Merlin shot through, Black Redstart at the BBC station and 4 Crossbills overhead.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 10:43 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 23rd October 2015

Upper Tamar Lake

09:20 This morning saw 4 Fieldfare, numerous flocks of Goldfinch,1 Reed Bunting, 6 Teal, 26 Lapwing, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Buzzard, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 6:46 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Berry Head

Like Perry, little moving overhead - the highlights were 6 Fieldfare 4 Redwing a Reed Bunting, Redpoll and 2 Yellowhammers.

Around the headland: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler newly arrived in bushes beside the coast guard station at 8am (still reported present at 0930), 11 Chiffchaffs and 16 Goldcrest.

There was another Yellow-browed Warbler yesterday with Long-tailed Tits around the navigation beacon scrub seen by a couple of visiting birders.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 1:14 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start Point

Cloudy, moderate SW wind strengthening. Dissapointing vis mig watch 07:30-09:30.

130 Meadow Pipit, 20 alba Wagtail sp., 110 Goldfinch, 15 Chaffinch, Brambling, 5 Siskin, 30 Linnet and a Lesser Redpoll. Also seen 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest. 3 Little Egrets below the cliffs flying towards the point.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 11:25 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wednesday 21st October 2015

Fieldfares on west Dartmoor

While walking 2 kilometres east of Peter Tavy onto the Moor,  about 30 fieldfares were identified in trees despite the misty conditions.

Posted October 21st, 2015 at 10:22 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Tuesday 20th October 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:15 till 12:30

The highlight was a Great Northern Diver from the hide which I picked up flying up river over the viewing platform then it headed of north east at 11:50, this appears to be the first for the marsh.

other counts were 31 avocet, 1 turnstone, 1 spotted redshank, 250+ dunlin, 300+ redshank, 800+ black tailed godwits, 20+ curlew, 55 pintail, 200+ wigeon, 300+ teal, 30+ shoveler, 20+ mallard, 2 stonechat, 5 greenshanks, 44+ lapwing, 1 kestrel, 2 sparrowhawk, 3 buzzards, 5 jay, steady passage of starlings, jackdaw, skylarks, redwings, meadow pipits , and the first 3 fieldfare over, 15+ goldcrests, 2 chiffchaffs, 6 coal tits.

from the viewing platform, 2 kingfishers.


Posted October 20th, 2015 at 7:57 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

A few birds grounded on the headland today: 8 Chiffchaffs, 11 Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit,6 Stonechat & 6 Blackcap.

Overhead migration fairly good,  pick of birds being : 1 Short-eared Owl, 127 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 1 'Tree' Pipit (getting very late and Olive -backed sound the same!),  10 'alba' Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Siskin, 5 Redpoll, 96 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 7 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 9 Swallow, 1 House Martin.  

Thrush sp 1 Thrush 2

On missing photographing a party of Redwing I focused up and fired of a couple of shots of lone thrush  (I thought was another Redwing which doesn't look like and neither does it look like a Song Thrush despite the underwing being the same colour). Make your own mind up..

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 3:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Osprey ~ South Brent

08.12hrs thismorning high flying Osprey seen passing between Soth Brent and Marley Head towards the coast.

Earlier the moring gave 10 Redwings perching in canopies of the taller trees and the seasons first Fieldfares for me with five flying over towards Brent hill just after first light.


Posted October 20th, 2015 at 8:23 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 19th October 2015

East Soar

Visited dawn to 1145.

Vis Mig - 6 House Martin, 45 Meadow Pipit, 14 Alba Wag, 10 Greenfinch & 30 Linnet. 

Otherwise 15 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 12 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, Fieldfare. 100 Meadow Pipit, 45 Skylark, 30 Golden Plover, 25+ Chaffinch, 11 Starling, 22+ Yellowhammer is a good count. 5/6 Cirls of which two males singing, Spartowhawk & 3 Kestrels. 

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 10:43 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Soar

Firecrest in scrub by the ponds and small influx of 15 Blackbird & 7 Song Thrush, other migrants being Snipe, 120 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail flying west up Starehole Valley, Fieldfare, 5 Chiffchaff & mf Bullfinch. Also: Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 110 Skylark, 23 Starling west & 9 Yellowhammer.

Posted October 19th, 2015 at 4:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 18th October 2015

Berry head (0700-1000)

Little activity in the bushes this morning.... 4 Stonechat, imm/fem Ring Ouzel, single Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest were about it!

 Overhead though 503 Goldfinch, 44 Greenfinch, 33 Chaffinch, 18 Siskin, 18 Swallow, 11 Crossbill, 9 Fieldfare and 134 Redwing (mainly heading NE out to sea) Highlight though was a propable imm Spoonbill heading west along northern side of headland toward Brixham. Had no scope with me and bird quickly lost behind trees... Frustrating end to the morning!

Posted October 18th, 2015 at 11:08 am by Andrew Plumb in Bird News

Friday 16th October 2015

Berry Head

Around the headland today: 5 Coal Tit, 2 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 5 Stonechat.

Overhead movement: 1 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbirds, 6 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 6 Chaffinch, 85 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Bullfinch, 1 Starling, 8 Swallows, 12 Skylark, 40+ Meadow Pipit, 7 'alba' Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail 

Coal Tit britanicus Berry Hd 16 Oct 2015 ML Firecrest Berry Hd 16th Oct 2015 ML

Photos: Coal Tit left and Firecrest right.

Althought this Coal Tit looks very grey on mantle and scapulars it did show olive streaks combined with small black bib, lack of blackish chest side markings, rather rich ochre flanks and lack of crest when aggitated ruled out the possibility of 'continental - ater' Coal Tit.

Posted October 16th, 2015 at 11:02 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 15th October 2015


08:40-17:00. Beautiful sunny day after a clear night. Moderate NNE wind backing easterly at times.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Short-eared Owl ( flushed from path nr. East Soar Willows and flew northwest along Warren ), 3 Grey Wagtail, 50 Redwing ( prob on site too late for early morning movement ), Fieldfare ( over car park late PM ), 16 Song Thrush, 4 Wheatears, 5 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, Firecrest ( Soar Mill Cove willows ) and 16 Siskins.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 8:48 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

South Huish

Another image of the Isabelline (Daurian) Shrike showing colour and patterning on upperparts. Also in the area 4 Black-tailed Godwits, a few Snipe and Fieldfare

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 6:45 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News


Seen my first fieldfare of the season on the nature reserve at Fremington 50+ feeding in the fields.Also a kingfisher flying along the shore line.100+redshank in the pill feeding just as the tide was dropping.50+ lapwing on the estuary,200+ canada geese. and 5 stonechats and a kestrel seen on the way back to Fremington.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 6:04 pm by Chris. Marshall in Bird News

Clennon Valley

170+ Redwing and my first Fieldfare of the autumn over the valley this morning . Also 2 Redpoll, Siskins and 20+ Chaffinches. Around the lakes 2 Kingfisher 5 Water Rail, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe.

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 2:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


 First redwings and fieldfares in the gardens this morning

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 8:40 am by JDA in Bird News

Thursday 26th March 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Winter thrushes still moving through - 3 separate flocks of Fieldfare this morning (total of 57 birds) plus a single Redwing. However the cold strong North West wind has put paid to any other migration at the moment. At least 3 snipe hanging on in the ploughed pig field. 

Posted March 26th, 2015 at 7:36 pm in Bird News

Thursday 19th March 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

4 Wheatears this morning (3m, 1f) and winter thrushes still coming through with 28 Fieldfare this afternoon. The Snipe count was down to around 20 early afternoon but will probably be zero now as the farmer was muck spreading on the field by late afternoon!!

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 10:27 pm in Bird News

Tuesday 17th March 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

No Wheatears this morning but winter visitors moving through with the arrival of 170+ Fieldfares overnight. Snipe numbers appear to be declining with 43 counted this morning. Two Canada Geese appear to have taken up residency.

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 1:02 pm in Bird News

Sunday 15th March 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A female Wheatear this morning was the first of the Spring and earliest record for the site. The Snipe still present (not counted) but precious little else with no Stonechats seen today. On Friday (13th) Fieldfares were arriving out of the gloom from all directions in small groups (typically 5-10 birds) and gathering in the ash trees close to the control tower. The flock was approaching 100 when i left.

Posted March 15th, 2015 at 9:10 pm in Bird News

Sunday 1st March 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A total of 6 Stonechats with 5 being adult males was a definite sign of passage (only 1 adult male and 1 sub adult male being present previously). Meadow pipits also seem more numerous with arond 50 today. The Snipe still present (83 counted) and a mixed flock of extremely smart thrushes totalled 64 Fieldfare and 22 Redwing. 

Posted March 1st, 2015 at 8:07 pm in Bird News

Thursday 26th February 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Very much as you were although the fine afternoon allowed excellent views of the Snipe which totalled an impressive 89. 48 Lapwing, now 5 Stonechats, 45 Meadow Pipits and 2 Linnets were new arrivals, these having been absent most of the winter.

Yesterday 64 lapwing, 52 Snipe, 250+ Fieldfare and a flyover Cormorant. 

Posted February 26th, 2015 at 7:32 pm in Bird News

Tuesday 24th February 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

In less than ideal conditions these past few days (bitter North west wind and frequent heavy snow showers), the Snipe and Lapwing remain the only things of note. This morning 72 Lapwing, c50 Snipe (difficult to count) in the pig field and a fast moving flock of around 40 Golden Plover disappearing quickly into the distance. 4 Stonechats

Yesterday (23rd) 106 Lapwing, 45 Snipe, 4 Stonechats and c2000 Herring Gulls feeding on muck spread fields.

Saturday (21st) 66 Snipe, 80+ Fieldfare and the 2 resident Stonechats were joined by 2 others - whether this was the start of Spring migration not sure but if so, they must feel like turning round and heading back!

Posted February 24th, 2015 at 12:17 pm in Bird News

Saturday 21st February 2015

bgm topsham

two spotted redshank under the railway bridge,a single pintail,two tufted ducks,several curlew,and the usual birds,a green woodpecker in the lane,only spotted one snipe,a few redwing and fieldfare in the feild,the water rail showing well by the gate,and the highlight for us was a redpoll feeding briefly on one of the feeders behind the hide.

Posted February 21st, 2015 at 8:54 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Friday 20th February 2015

Upper Tamar Lake

The lake was quiet this morning with, 6 Cormorants, 3 Grey Heron, 46 Fieldfare possibly more over the brow of the field, 8 G.C.Grebe 2 displaying,8 Snipe, 150+ Lapwing,  7 Tufted Duck 5m 2f.

Posted February 20th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Wednesday 18th February 2015


Just to add to Keith's earlier post 4 Greenshank viewed from Bowling Green Marsh hide and some videos of Spotted Redshank, Greeshank and Water Rail seen at the viewing platform on incoming tide.

From Topsham recreation ground this morning 4 Redwing feeding on berrys around rear gardens.

From Darts Farm late morning c25 Fieldfare and 6 Redwing in trees in fields rear of the shopping centre later flying close-by in hedgerow around rear car-park.

Further to Garys & Nicks post yesterday (Tuesday) of the odd looking Gadwall/Wigeon at Bowling Green Marsh here is a video taking today. Any comments welcome.!!

Darts Farm yesterday (Tuesday) Sparrowhawk video. Not sure what happened to the original link.!!

Fieldfare at Darts Farm
Fieldfare at Darts Farm

Water Rail at Bowling Green Marsh Viewing Platform
Water Rail at Bowling Green Marsh Viewing Platform

Posted February 18th, 2015 at 10:29 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Monday 16th February 2015

UpotteryAirfield, Smeatharpe

Although difficult to see, there were still 24 Snipe present along with the Jack Snipe and 11 Lapwing. 2 Stonechats and 102 Fieldfare.

Posted February 16th, 2015 at 6:07 pm in Bird News

Friday 13th February 2015

Dartmoor February 13th 2015

Good day birding on Dartmoor despite inclement weather. 

On road from B3212 towards Runnage Bridge large flock of  Thrushes, Fieldfare 100+ , Redwing, Mistle Thrush with Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, Rooks and Raven feeding on turned field.

Siskins seen at Soussons Plantation , large flock of Chaffinches around Postbridge but no Brambling identified.

Stunning female Merlin on stone wall on B3357 just before Prince Hall.

Four Yellow Hammers and two Grey Wagtails Dartmeet. (Car park)

Posted February 13th, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Cilla Ingram in Bird News

Monday 2nd February 2015


Another run over Dartmoor today, River Dart by Holne Bridge gave a male Goosander on the river and a Stock Dove overhead. Venford reservoir was almost devoid of any bird life, Carrions Crows and Robins and a pair of Stonechat on leaving.

The huge Chaffinch flocks that had been in the Postbridge & Soussons area last week were absent, Soussons Plantation was good for Siskin and large numbers of Goldcrest and a surprise Chiffchaff showed well hawking insects from the tree tops, reasonably numbers of both Fieldfare, Redwing & Starlings but again not the numbers seen prior to the weekends snow fall.

A stand of Beech between Cator Court & Cater Green Cross gave a decent sized flock of Chaffinch and after some time a count of 12 Bramblings most of which were females the birds were feeding over a wide area and not overly settled. Some of the male Chaffinch were highly coloured more so than the ones I see in my garden and locally.

Good numbers of Buzzards some at very close quarters on the roadside hedges, a male Kestrel showed very well near Ashburton.


At Dean Prior a huge flock of Starlings filled the A38 valley as they flew over and were later seen feeding in the area of the dairy farm opposite Dean Church.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 4:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 1st February 2015

River Avon, South Brent

River Avon, South Brent this morning gave a surprise of 94 Wigeon on a private lake, the first I have ever seen in the parish.

26 species recorded in total including Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch (2) Wren (2) Goldcrest, good numbers of Redwing one flock of 30 plus, smaller numbers of Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare, male Sparrowhawk carrying prey being pursued by a Magpie, Buzzards (4) Mute Swan, hen Bullfinch, checking the areas of mature Beech, plenty of Beech mast on the ground but only a handful of Chaffinch showing.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 3:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 30th January 2015

Dartmoor Bramblings ~ Crossbills & Linnets.

A great days birding with Dave PAKES who navigated our way across and around Dartmoor in the hunt for Bramblings and Crossbills.

Near Cator Green Cross there is a huge muddy wasteland of a field apparently an old potato field on first glance the field was a wet barren wilderness of nothing, then a Meadow Pipit showed and another, then Fieldfare started to show in increasing numbers along with Redwing, Starling and Mistle Thrush, a flock of 100 plus small finch sized birds landed and surprisingly to us proved to be Linnet with one or two Goldfinch mixed in, a single male Brambling and one Stock Dove, the field was alive with birds, returning later in the day all the above species were still present and were put to flight by a hunting female Sparrow hawk, a brief sighting of a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in the roadside hedge.

The entrance to Belliver Forest close the junction with the Postbridge road gave us a second and third Brambling along with hundreds of Chaffinch, top side of the wood a female Stonechat showed. Dropping down towards Soussons plantation eventually gave us a Crossbill typically landing in the top of the pines, dropping down into the valley by Soussons Farm there were significant number of Chaffinch and with them good numbers of Bramblings, so many that we quickly lost count of the numbers seen, all along the roads sides with Beech trees it was worth a look when Chaffinch were spotted. Lots of Coal Tits in the same area.

Challacombe gave Dave sight off two Herons flying low alongside the road, one dropped back in and gave us good views of a fully mature bird, shortly after that a Fox was spotted wandering down the road towards us and did not startle until alarmed by the sound of our cameras activating.

Back to Soussons plantation in time to see a large mixed flock of Tits moving through the pine tops, Great, Blue, Long Tailed and Coal identified.

Good numbers of Buzzards showing, pair of Bullfinch as we set of home.

Posted January 30th, 2015 at 5:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 28th January 2015

Postbridge and Soussons

Postbridge carpark - female Brambling among large flock of Chaffinches.

In field adjoining the Postbridge to Soussons road, very large flock of Fieldfares (est:  250 - 300).

Soussons Farm - on edge of woods adjoining the bridlepath, a large mixed flock of Siskin, Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits and Goldcrest, of which the real interest was the number of Goldcrest;   very active and impossible to count accurately but at least 40.  3 Mistle Trush.   

Posted January 28th, 2015 at 6:44 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Monday 26th January 2015

Darts Farm ~ Topsham ~Powderham

A good run out from South Brent with Keith male this morning, the day started well with a male Kestrel on the overhead wires just as you enter Lower Dean, first stop Darts Farm where a wicked wind was ripping through and virtually nothing to be seen apart from some brave Stonechat's, a very flighty mixed flock of Godwit and Curlew and a handful of Fieldfare with a Redwing in tow. Topsham Rec was good for Black Headed Gulls and at least three Common Gulls but the wind was strong enough to make viewing difficult, several Buzzards showing well around the Powderham area.

The Snow Bunting remains in situe as described in the DBWPS posts and was easy to find thanks to directions from other visiting birders, it’s no wonder that it is such a popular bird to view, first for both of us.

A male Stonechat caused some excitement at the other end of the new bridge close to the Snow Bunting when it was claimed to be of the Siberian variety, showing a marked white rump, numerous birders soon had it in view, but some images and a quick look at a very handy bird guide soon confirmed it to be a standard male Stonechat.

A Heron by the Powderham estate allowed a very close viewing within feet of the road, with good numbers of Curlew in by the deer herd, a mix of Red and Greenshank at Dawlish.

Posted January 26th, 2015 at 9:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 25th January 2015

Dartmoor ~ Buckfast to Princetown

Dart bridge this morning only had three drake Mandarin on view, five Mallard and two Muscovy’s on the river, pair of Jays bathing on the edge of a shingle bank.

Three Kestrels seen in the Princetown area and just outside a flock of between 30 & 40 Lapwing flying in very low over the ground they landed in very rough pasture and once on the ground best count I could make was 15 mixed in with a large Starling flock.

Just beyond Powder Mill male Merlin spotted about 400 yds from the road sheltering on the lee side of a large granite boulder, stayed in situe for some time. Buzzards were plentiful all round and frequently hunting or perched on the road sides.

Several large flocks of Fieldfare occasionally with Starlings.

Near the entrance to Soussons farm a huge and growing flock of Chaffinch far beyond counting and constantly arriving but no sign of any Bramblings with them.

Dipper on the Rv Dart by Holne Bridge.

Posted January 25th, 2015 at 3:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 23rd January 2015

Dartmoor - 23.1.15

1000 - 1600 Failed dismally to find any of the birds mentioned by Mark Bailey yesterday, despite sitting up near Powder Mills for some time and then checking out several chaffinch flocks at Postbridge for bramblings. A good walk Soussans to Warren House failed to produce the great grey shrike. Met other birders who had also failed to sight the bird and two others who had! They also found 4 brambling I had missed at Postbridge, but I was able to point out to them a flock of circa 75 fieldfare in a field at Runnage. Driving home at 15.45 via the unclassified road from Bellever to Poundsgate near Corndonford Farm I was pleased to sight a great grey shrike (quite probably a different bird to that at Soussans) at the top of a bush. It made its way from bush to bush top.Apologies for the poor quality photo, but the light was very poor, as the sky darkened and the rain arrived. I spoke to a lady from the Farm, who, when I described the bird to her, said she had seen a couple of birds matching my description on her farm recently!  

Great Grey Shrike - Corndonford Farm - 23.1.15
Great Grey Shrike - Corndonford Farm - 23.1.15

Posted January 23rd, 2015 at 7:08 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Thursday 22nd January 2015

Crown Hill, Halberton, Tiverton

I saw over 400 Redwing/Fieldfare in washed-out yellow stubble field at the junction of Crown Hill/Post Hill. Many more out of sight -undulations in the field prevented me seeing all the birds there.

Posted January 22nd, 2015 at 4:28 pm by Richard Jordan in Bird News

Monday 19th January 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A cold but sunny morning. A total of 18 Golden Plover (5 settled on rough pasture and 13 over), 104 Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare, 11 Stock doves, 15 Skylark and a Stonechat.

On saturday 17th, 124 Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and 3 Stonechat.

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 10:55 am in Bird News

Sunday 18th January 2015

Ring Ouzel ~ South Brent

Single male Ring Ouzel showing briefly on Aish Ridge above South Brent midmorning today, was feeding with a small number of Fieldfare and Blackbirds in a berry laden Hawthorne.

Three Ring Ouzel were seen in the same area on two occasions during December, it would seem that at least one is over wintering.

Despite the bright wall to wall sunshine it was wickedly cold up on the edge of the moors and apart from two Robins no other small birds seen, Heron seen flying over, three Buzzards, one flock of a counted 33 Fieldfare, smaller numbers of Starling and Redwing a counted 19 Herring Gulls.

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 10:28 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 13th January 2015

Dartmeet and River dart

 An impromptu visit to Dartmeet late this morning initially looked as if it was going to be a run of the mill outing with nothing of real interest to either see or report.

After some time a single male Bullfinch came in feeding on dried Blackberry heads, followed by three male Yellow Hammers, Marsh and CoalMandarin Ducks Rv Dart ~ 13/01/2015 Tits showing well, a pair of Greater spotted Woodpeckers, a single Jay, up to four Robins round the feeders made for some interesting scuffles and a possible male Black Redstart reported by another birder but not seen by me.

On the way home good numbers of Fieldfare, Redwing and Rooks in the Buckfastleigh area.

On the River Dart a count of no less than 60 plus Mandarin duck mixed in with a good number of Mallard


Posted January 13th, 2015 at 4:48 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 11th January 2015

Occombe Farm, Paignton


6 Redwings feeding amongst the leaf litter at the back of the clearing in front of the hide.  Nuthatch there as well.  2 elusive Fieldfares in the meadow favouring the small holly bushes.  Obliging female Kestrel close by being mobbed by Meadow Pipits.  4 Linnets over and 3 mobile Mistle Thrushes.  5 Pied Wagtails.  2 calling Buzzards circling towards the north. 

Also, a male Blackcap in my back garden in Shiphay, Torquay for the last two days.     

Posted January 11th, 2015 at 9:22 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Dartmoor on Saturday 11th

a bit of late news for yesterday.

Soussons - the Great Grey Shrike was frequenting the clear felled area, using the odd tree and stumps as perches and a Barn Owl was floating around the marshy area below Challacombe Farm.

Powder Mills towards Postbridge - a male Hen Harrier was drifting around the open moorland and wooded fields around 2:30 pm.

Wistman wood - around 100 Fieldfare up on the open hillside

Posted January 11th, 2015 at 1:25 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Friday 9th January 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Some minor interest today - pride of place for scarcity value should go to 2 Cormorants heading SW over the airfield this morning but it is difficult to get excited by them! 49 Lapwings, 25 Fieldfare and 20 Redwings.  An increase in Chaffinch to 45 along with 2 Yellowhammers. This is notable as despite breeding locally, they are normally absent during the winter. Circa 3000 Starlings around the airfield. 

Posted January 9th, 2015 at 4:55 pm in Bird News

Thursday 8th January 2015

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

No GP's or Lapwings but a Jack Snipe flushed from the runway edge. Fieldfare around 50 (numbers have been around 150 the last few days). A similar number of Redwings, 2 Stonechats and the male Bullfinch again.     

Posted January 8th, 2015 at 7:12 pm in Bird News

Friday 2nd January 2015

Darts Farm + BGM Viewing Platform + Goatwalk

Viewed 1020-1400Hrs.

What a great start to the new year. Darts Farm looked good for the Pendulines today being sunny and no wind with lots of other birders already on site. Having dipped out so many times there before and only seeing them at distance at BGM did i feel lucky.!!  Well my luck was in at 1115hrs 3 Penduline Tits (2-adults & 1-Juv)  eventually turned up on the reed mace left of the hide and gave great views but quite mobile before moving further around in front the hide around the small tree area. I managed to get some nice digiscope photos but video was a bit more difficult although it was certainly a challenge handholding the compact camera to the eyepiece on the scope and trying to focus as they were too far for my 4x zoom camera on it's own and a bit near to find in the scope just looking at the small camera screen. Everyone else went home happy too.

Also on show was the Black Brant amongst c800 Brent Geese + 2 Egyptian Geese also flew in + 6 Fieldfare in the field + Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen flying over the ponds and a Water Rail + 2 Chiffchaff + Stonechat also around the reeds.

BGM Viewing Platform showed 2 Water Rail in left field along the hedgerow close in just inside the entrance gates  and from the platform + c25 Avocets + c20 Grey Plover + c10 Knot + Greenshank + 3 Red Breasted Mergansers + Kingfisher sat on the rocks near rivermeet house wall  and a Squirrel was sat halfway up a small tree wedged into a branch along the pathway hedgerow just soaking up the good weather and looking without a care in the world.

From the Goatwalk c500 Avocets along the river channel + c150 Brent Geese dropped onto the water flying from Exminster and large numbers of Dunlin scattered around everywhere with good numbers of the usual waders.

A bird of a different nature was flying high over my house at 300+ miles yesterday was the International Space Station which i was able to work through the onboard  packet radio system (RS0ISS). Maybe i can add that to my 2015 year tick list.!! There is a link to the video at bottom of the Penduline Tit video if you are interested.

Link to video of the Penduline Tits:

Kingfisher seen on right pond on the 17-12-2014:

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm  2-1-2015  11:18hrs
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 2-1-2015 11:18hrs

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm  2-1-2015  11:18hrs
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 2-1-2015 11:18hrs

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm  2-1-2015  11:18hrs
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 2-1-2015 11:18hrs

Posted January 2nd, 2015 at 8:02 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Monday 29th December 2014

South Hessary Tor

20+ Golden Plover around the surrounding moorland of South Hessary Tor. 30+ Siskin and at least 1 Crossbill in the plantation below Leather Tor and several Fieldfare along Devonport Leat back up toward Princetown.

Posted December 29th, 2014 at 7:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Darts Farm ~ Bowling Marsh Green ~ Exminster Marsh ~ Teign Estuary.....

Darts farm the waterways were frozen over and the pasture land heavy with frost, huge numbers of Brent Geese, could not locate the Black Brant but other birders confirmed in was there, large flock of Canada Geese, two Egyptian Geese, Chiffchaff, Stonechats, Fieldfare, Snipe, Buzzard, Heron but everything fairly distant as were the birds at BMG, the Brent Geese very impressive when they all lifted. Nothing of note on the feeders. On the ponds a solitary male Tufted duck, Moorhens and a handful of Mallard, a Kingfisher had been seen prior to our arrival. Very good numbers of Lapwings more than I have seen for a long time.

Bowling Green Marsh, the waterways were all frozen, lots of people but not a huge number of birds, but a reasonable variety given the numbers showing, brief glimpse of a Water Rail, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Pintail Duck, Snipe showing all over the marsh, flight of Avocets came round but did not land, Dunlin, Godwits, Lapwings and two rabbits.

Exminster marsh frozen solid, huge numbers of Wigeon and good numbers of Robins but that was about it.

RV Teign above Shaldon Bridge raft of a counted 24 Red Breasted Mergansers with several more individuals and pairs dotted about, one Little Grebe good numbers of Oystercatcher flying towards the coast.

Posted December 29th, 2014 at 4:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay

Hardest frost here for some years produced a minor influx of thrushes. Best of which was a stunning Fieldfare in my neighbour's severely pruned apple tree. Excellent views of this lone and chuckling individual,  down to fifteen feet. Later, it was on my lawn attempting to come to various offerings under the feeders. Sadly, seen off by a Blackbird! Also drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker on tallest oak at Cadewell Park and recent flyovers of Peregrine and Sparrowhawk. Tawny Owl vocal at night. 

Posted December 29th, 2014 at 4:02 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Sunday 28th December 2014

Dartmoor - Hexworthy and surrounding area

A cold crisp sunny walk across the moor and along the West Dart this afternoon produced 2 Goosander 30+ Golden Plover, 15+ Snipe, plenty of Redwing, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush feeding on the Hawthorn bushes and 3 pairs of Stonechat seen across this area. A couple of Buzzards, and a single Kestrel to mention. Plenty of Chaffinch feeding under the Beech Trees but no Brambling with them. Not much else to report in the area.

Posted December 28th, 2014 at 8:48 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Cranbrook Countryside Park (Exeter)

An early morning walk around the partially completed pathways of the new town produced 2 Green Sandpipers and c15 Snipe on the scrape; 3 Bullfinch, 12 Goldfinch, c20 Meadow Pipit, a pair of Stonechat, 2 Raven, 1 Collared Dove, together with expected Redwings, the odd Fieldfare and Songthrush. The Sandpipers flew off south and the Snipe only showed when disturbed.

Posted December 28th, 2014 at 10:54 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Saturday 27th December 2014

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Contrary to reports, the airfield is still being used by Lapwing and Golden Plover. Today 85 Lapwings and 2 Golden Plover. A record count of 78 Black headed gulls (beating the previous maximum of 6 by some way!), 84 Redwings, 35 Fieldfares, single Stonechat and a smart male Bullfinch was notable.

Other recent records - 

24/12 - 154 Lapwings, 70 Fieldfare, 32 Meadow Pipits, Stonechat

25/12 - 120 Lapwings, Little owl

26/12 - 27 Lapwing


Posted December 27th, 2014 at 4:06 pm in Bird News

Thursday 25th December 2014

South Brent Christmas birding

Christmas at home gave me a count of 32 species as of 2pm, starting with a Tawny owl calling during the night, first daylight bird was seasonal Robin followed by a Coal Tit, other species included Dunnock (3) one singing strongly, first flight of Starlings counted at 34 birds, Redwing and Fieldfare overhead Song Thrush in the field hedge, Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard and a for South Brent a rare over flight from a hen Kestrel, Stock Doves (2), Bullfinch (3) Nuthatch (3) a single bird then 2 seen together, Greater Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Wren, species 32 being Long Tailed Tit (3).

Merry Christmas

Posted December 25th, 2014 at 2:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 24th December 2014

Bird Sightings

In fields south of Sheepstor, 200+ Fieldfares, also Redwings & Mistlethrushs, flushed by Peregrine Falcon.

Posted December 24th, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Friday 19th December 2014

Vitifer & Soussons

Spent another morning around Headland Warren/Challacombe area. Still good numbers of Fieldfares. Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. At the back of Soussons plantation 5 Crossbills feeding on the tops of the conifers. Returning to Bennets Cross: Kestrel and the Great Grey Shrike still present and showing well although still very mobile and distant.

Posted December 19th, 2014 at 2:40 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Tuesday 16th December 2014

Soussons & Vitifer, Dartmoor

Plenty of Goldcrests around Sousson plantation. Approx. 20 Fieldfares at Vitifer, loosely spread and feeding on Hawthorn berries. Great Grey Shrike seen amongst the old mine workings. Managed a couple of distant photos before it took off in the direction of Challacombe.

Posted December 16th, 2014 at 1:50 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Saturday 13th December 2014

Grand Western Canal, & the Old railway line, Tiverton

This afternoon (without the camera!!) we met up with Family at Tiverton Canal Bason for a flat 4 mile walk along the canal and back along the old railway line in sparkling winter sunshine. If you want great views of Kingfishers fishing at close quarters, Moorhens and Mallards at your feet, plenty of Wrens, Robins, Tits and Chaffinches to watch as you stroll the towpath and walk out into the countryside to see Buzzards, Finches, Redwings and Fieldfares then this is ideal for you. Nothing rare seen (but has great potential) just a very pleasant 2 hours walk in Mid Devon with birds all around.

Posted December 13th, 2014 at 8:41 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:00 till 11:00

a quiet morning with a low high tide produced 2 spotted redshanks among 600+ dunlin, 24+ snipe, 1 sparrowhawk, the 80+ lapwing, a few redshank and black tailed godwits, 15+ gadwall, 1 tufted duck , 7+ pintail among the usual wigeon, teal and shoveler, 4+ reed buntings, 2 stonechat, 2 fieldfare, 20+ redwing, good numbers of Brent geese moving towards darts farm.

Posted December 13th, 2014 at 1:54 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Tuesday 9th December 2014

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford Strand. 11:20 - 13:00

c50 Dunlin; 108 Redshank; 3 Sanderling incl "Hoppy"; c800 Lapwing; 319 Dark-bellied Brent; 9 Shelduck; c1000 Golden Plover; 3 Little Egret; 4 Grey Plover; 35 Wigeon; 2 Goosander (a pair); 20 Pintail; 27 Fieldfare and 18 Redwing.

Posted December 9th, 2014 at 2:15 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Sunday 7th December 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:15 till 11:15

only me and Tom Jurd in the hide when Tom said he had a few birds in the reeds on the far side just before 09:00 quickly getting my scope on the birds and wow Penduline tits we definitely had 3, 1 male and 2 1st winter / females but could of been upto 5 as me and Tom certain 2 of the first 3 had no black mask on them they showed well at times in the reeds to the right of the gate until at least 09:40 a fantastic bird for the marsh and another first for Bowling green marsh. 

Before we got the penduline tits quick counts of the waders , 1 spotted redshank, 1200+ dunlin, 558+ avocet, 500+ black tailed godwits, 15+ bar tailed godwits. 150+ redshanks, 6+ reed buntings, Redwings and at least 1 fieldfare, 3 pintail, 4 gadwall.

on way down to the hide 1 nuthatch, 4 coal tit and 2 great spotted woodpecker.

another great day at bowling green marsh

Posted December 7th, 2014 at 2:32 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Saturday 6th December 2014

Bowling green marsh And the goat walk

Watched from 07:30 till 10:15

Just a quick look around this morning before xmas shopping there was lots of disturbance this morning around the area made counts very hard.

only 72 avocet on bowling green with 2 spotted redshank among 400+ dunlin, 200+ black tailed godwits, 7 gadwall , 2 stonechat, 4 reed buntings a few wigeon and teal, 3 water rail and 42+ snipe.

the viewing platform area produced another 4 water rail, kingfisher , 3 reed bunting , 4 bullfinch, 40+ redwing , 3 fieldfare, 1 green woodpecker, 2 great spotted woodpecker,

looking from the viewing platform another 105+ avocet on the far side among , 56+ grey plover and 150+ golden plover, 30+ knot, 1000+ dunlin, , 21+ red breasted mergansers.

from the goat walk before a para glider went over causing havoc with the  large number of avocet and dunlin, black tailed godwits, curlew and lapwing, lots of wigeon and lapwing disturbed from exminster.


Posted December 6th, 2014 at 6:30 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thursday 4th December 2014


10:30 Today.

A very still day on the Lake, 16 Goosander 12m 4f, 13 Tufted Duck 8m 5f, 7 G.C.Grebe, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Gadwall 1m 1f, 3 Wren, 1 Nuthatch, 2 G.S.Woodpecker, 7 Long Tail Tits,2 Jay,2 Bullfinch.

Fairy Cross.

1 Male Hen Harrier cruising the tree tops.

Posted December 4th, 2014 at 9:14 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News


Black Brant was on fields far side viewed from the hide at mid-day with c600 Brent Geese and Great Spotted Woodpecker was again on the feeders. Link for close up video of Woodpecker

A few Redwing and Fieldfare feeding on the berrys along the hedgerow walking down Bowling Green Road. Water Rail was again showing really well in the field just along the left hedgerow adjacent the road inside the entrance gates for Bowling Green viewing platform. From the viewing platform on incoming high-tide 2 Spotted Redshank + 24 Grey Plover + large numbers of Avocets, Lapwing and other waders.

Black Brant
Black Brant


Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Posted December 4th, 2014 at 8:01 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Sunday 30th November 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:00 till 13:20 

from the hide 10:20 till 13:20

the highlight of the morning was my best count of Avocet on the marsh with 730+ Checking to see if any higher counts in the past will update later

1300+ dunlin, 165+ bar tailed godwits, 120+ lapwing, 57+ snipe, 2 spotted redshanks, 130+ redshanks , 1 greenshank, 300+ black tailed godwits, a few curlew. 4+ pochard, 4 tufted duck, 2 gadwall, 5 pintail good numbers of teal, wigeon and shovelers, 500+ Brent geese over to darts farm.

40+ meadow pipits, 2 stonechat, 2+ sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine, 5+ reed buntings, small groups of redwing and a few fieldfare, 2 great spotted woodpecker.

first thing  the lane and the viewing platform

1 nuthatch, 2 treecreeper, 4+ water rail, 4 golden plover, 30+ grey plover, 32+ knot, 484+ avocet, 120+ lapwing large numbers of dunlin, 6 groups of skylarks over (40+), 7+ red breasted merganser, 300+ Brent geese.

Posted November 30th, 2014 at 5:05 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Saturday 29th November 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:30 till 11:15

Excellent numbers of dunlin with 1500+ including 5 knot , 2 spotted redshanks, 220+ redshanks , 2 avocet,  125+ lapwing, 30+ snipe, good numbers of black tailed godwits and bar tailed godwits, 900+ wigeon, 5 pochard, 7+ gadwall, 3+ pintail, 70+ shoveler and 150+ teal, redwing, fieldfare, 3 song thrush, 2 mistle thrush, 4 reed buntings, 2 sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine, 1 buzzard.

Posted November 29th, 2014 at 1:11 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 28th November 2014

Exminster Marshes

17 members of Devon Birds (East Devon Branch fieldtrip) led by Dave Murray made the most of rather poor light, taking the road and canal footpath to Turf and back, avoiding the western footpath as it was believed to be too wet underfoot.

Good numbers of ducks and geese present with high numbers of Brent geese present.  A Bar-headed Goose was present with large flocks of Canada's, 13 Golden Plover, 7 Pintail, a few Shoveler and good numbers of Lapwing  and Wigeon3 Dunlin seen at a distance.  Fieldfare and Redwing present in the trees plus Stonechat, 2 Cettis Warbler (2 males chasing each other) and a brief sighting of a Water Rail on the bends.   A Kingfisher was present at Turf and a large group of Avocet on the water north towards Topsham. A distant Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk and hunting Peregrine, ticked the raptors.  The lagoon produced 2 Gadwall and other ducks. 

The remaining members later visited Matford to view the flooded ponds where c40 Black-tailed Godwit were present plus Wigeon, Teal and a few Tufted Duck.  A total of 56 species listed by Annabelle Strickland for the day.  

Posted November 28th, 2014 at 4:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A record of 6 Black headed gulls may not sound much for those watching a wetland/coastal patch but this is only the 3rd occasion i have recorded them up here. The usual 200+ Herring gulls plus 1 LBB Gull. 14 Golden Plover and a single Snipe and 3000+ Starling nearby on farmland.

Earlier in the week, the Little Owl showed briefly on the 25th, 41 lapwing on 24th and up to 40 Fieldfare and 10 Blackbirds feeding on hawthorns. 

Posted November 28th, 2014 at 4:32 pm in Bird News

Thursday 27th November 2014


At 10:30 today, Goosander 6m 2f, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted duck, 1 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit.

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 1:58 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Wednesday 26th November 2014


The 5 Greylag Geese , seen on Monday , were still present in the field next to the Airfields by Vinivers Cross-relocated just as I was on the point of leaving at 3pm ! Looking wary and keeping together with one of them stretching its neck in order to keep guard. Also 14 Golden Plover and 75 Lapwing flew overhead.

I relocated the Water Pipit , found on Sunday, on the beach at Horsley Cove at the eastern end and a Knot. Elsewhere, a Redwing, Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrushes, 2 Chiffchaffs, female Reed Bunting,32 Mallard and 2 Teal. Alas, no rare wheatears . Dull, overcast, slight breeze , Prawle had the distinct feel of winter.

Posted November 26th, 2014 at 9:03 pm in Bird News

Darts Farm

Visited Darts Farm for a change this lunchtime. Good numbers of Brent Geese feeding in the field between the road and the fishing lakes. Just before I had to leave at about 2 o'clock I picked out a bird that looked good for Black Brant - possibly the bird that has been seen further down the estuary recently.

Also 1 Green Sandpiper from the viewing screen and heard a Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker and Fieldfares.

Posted November 26th, 2014 at 3:04 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 23rd November 2014


Low tide and a lot of birds this lunchtime. Armed only with binoculars, some distant views so no mind blowing species to report, but some good numbers including 9 Grey Plover together just west of Isley Marsh, the most I've seen together there. 3 Common Snipe, 8 Fieldfare, several Stonechat, a Skylark and a Mistle Thrush also highlights. Tens of Shelduck, Curlew and Wigeon, hundreds of Golden Plover, Lapwing and Oystercatcher. All in quality light in the sunshine.

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 11:39 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News


I had no intention to seawatch today arriving in the Prawle  car park at 7.30am and with a northerly force 1-2 and clear to the horizon, not the ideal conditions. But with Pat already at the hide and John putting wet weather gear on, well, what was I to do ?

At the point from 8am Gannets, Auks and Kittiwakes were moving , mainly west , but also east .I still wasn’t convinced but …

Unexpected highlights were : 5 immature Pomarine Skuas east , 1 Bonxie west and 1 unidentified ( probable Pom ) skua far out east . 3 Great Northern Divers east and 1 west. 6 Red-Breasted Mergansers west, 3 Common Scoter east, 1 west. 2 Brent Geese ( with pale bellies) east and 5 Brent Geese west. 2 Med Gulls ( adult wp)  and 3 unidentified duck east .On the rocks at the point a  lovely male Black Redstart alighted, my first male this autumn.

Later John and I saw , on a circuit from the hump, to the car park, and through the village to the airfields : at least 7 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush (seen by Pat) and 2 Blackcaps, Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaffs. Another Black Redstart on a roof top ; 19 Lapwing , c 200 Starlings, 10 Stock Doves , c30 Skylarks, and, oh yes  a female Teal. 

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm in Bird News

Saturday 22nd November 2014

The South Brent Ring Ouzels are still here..............

A walk out onto Dartmoor from Aish Ridge above South Brent this afternoon resulted in the unexpected finding of three Ring Ouzels two hens and one juvenile feeding on hawthorne berries, initially flushed and flew away from the moor but within a few minutes flew almost overhead out on to the open moor one bird landing in the top of a hawthorne and the other two nearby on the ground.

Very large flocks of both Fieldfare and Redwing with good numbers of Starlings moving about in small flocks, good numbers of both Blackbird and Song Thrush, mostly around the hawthornes.

Hen Kestrel and an almost pure white Buzzard seen as well as Stonechat, Goldcrest and Meadow Pipit, in all 20 species identified.

Posted November 22nd, 2014 at 5:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 21st November 2014

Berry Head

Another movement of thrushes today with 1500+ Redwing and good numbers of Fieldfare (87 minimum) mixed with them also 2 Mistle Thrush and lots of Song Thrush in and around the bushes with one or two overhead. Also Brambling, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest and 1 Firecrest.

 Brambling Berry Hd 21 Nov 2014 ML   Firecrest Berry Hd 21 Nov 2014

Photos Brambling and Firecrest

Brixham - 3 Great Northern Divers (2 outside Breakwater and 1 inside)

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 10:37 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 19th November 2014

Berry Head

The autumn still rumbles on with estimated 7000+ Redwings and smaller numbers of Fieldfare and Song Thrush passing over the headland in huge flocks for the first 2 hours. Also 1 Brambling feeding in sycamores, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and 9 Goldcrest. Seawatching up until 0830hrs: 3 Little Auks (thanks BMc).  

click this video clip of some of the Redwing - listen out for the Fieldfare too.


Posted November 19th, 2014 at 11:15 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 18th November 2014

Exmister marsh

watched along station road from 14:30 till 16:40

The water levels are high on the marsh with flooding at the s-bends by the middle car park and the marsh was alive with waders and ducks.

300+ golden plover were in several groups between the lions rest industrial estate and the lagoon, 800+ lapwing , 200+ avocet and 1500+ dunlin were more towards the fishermans car park and the canal along with 20+ knot, good numbers of black tailed godwits and curlew were spread all over the marsh as were good numbers of wigeon and teal, 30+ bar tailed godwits and good numbers of redshank, 1 green sandpiper, 40+ snipe flushed by a peregrine, 1 buzzard, 1 kestrel, 4+ water rail, 6+ chiffchaffs, 2 Cetti's Warblers, severall groups of redwing and fieldfares, 4+ stonechat, 2 kingfisher, 12+ little egrets.

Excellent numbers of starlings going to roost with one group of 7000+ and another of 3000+ seen in the fading light and a female merlin was active on the north end of the marsh.



Posted November 18th, 2014 at 8:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

0930-1245. Despite the shooters it was a day of quality birding. Sherpa marsh held 8 Teal,3 Common sandpiper and 4 Little grebe. Also around 4 Stonechat,2 Buzzard,2 Kestrel. Braunton marsh held 1000+ Starling, 18 Stockdove and feeding on berrys were 40+ Fieldfare and a RING OUZEL ( my first in n-devon ). On the taw 2 to 3000 Golden plover, 2000 Lapwing, 25 Redshank,5 Greenshank,33 Shellduck,150+ Canada goose, 15 Brent goose, 25 Dunlin and a female MERLIN. While watching the merlin at the mouth of the caen i found my spot of the day an OTTER  which i watched for 30 mins

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 2:04 pm in Bird News

Monday 17th November 2014

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

Bowling Green Marsh 10:30 - 14:00

Plenty on view overhead and on the marsh today with plenty of thrushes on show 5+ Song Thrush in the lane 100+ Redwing over head and feeding on Hawthorn around the perimeter with 60+ Fieldfare in small groups flying over throughout my stay.

Plenty of ducks on show with 300+ Widgeon 200+ Teal, good numbers of Shoverler, Mallard, a few Pintail, a couple of Gadwall and a Pochard. 5 Greylag Geese, with 20+ Redshank flew in and 20+ Snipe flew over with atleast 10 also on the Marsh. Atleast 30+ Bar Tailed Godwits flew low around the marsh decided not to land and went back to the Estuary.  110+ Avocets came in just before high tide. Always great to see.

100+ Starling feeding, with 20+ Pied Wags and Meadow Pipits and 50+ Lapwing dotted around Fields. Great views of a Water Rail feeding under the railway embankment pleased a lot of visitors to the hide this afternoon. Also on view in that areas were the resident pair of Foxes, three Jay busy collecting Acorns along the railway bank, with several Woodpigeon doing the same.

200+Brent Geese flew over the marsh from the Darts Farm direction producing another great Autumn sight.

To awaken the flock and a few birders! 2 Buzzards flew over and a Sparrowhawk flew low across the ponds scaring all but a few!.

Posted November 17th, 2014 at 4:23 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Sunday 16th November 2014

Exe Turf to Powderham

During the WeBS count this morning the tide was high and the only group of waders were 8 grey plover, 12 dunlin and 7 redshank roosting near the near bridge. This maybe a sign of things to come as that stretch of path becomes quieter enabling birds to roost.

Further towards the Turf the new cycle path was under water! Clearly the path is even below the fields so once again cyclists return to the footpath on the seawall.

James Diamond alerted me to a Black Brant amongst c500 brents just north of the Turf on the Exminster Marshes. A very striking individual. also of note were the large number of juvenille/first winter brents - obviously its been a good breeding season.

Overhead an almost continual movement of fieldfares (300+) and redwings (500+) all moving NE in small flocks of c60 birds.

On the fields to the south of Turf 4 stonechat, c6 meadow pipit and one rock pipit. One kingfisher on the seawall.


Posted November 16th, 2014 at 1:16 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Berry Head

No sign of the Hume's Leaf Warbler this morning but not many people looking - together with BMc and DMN we searched but only found 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs and 8+ Goldcrests in the scrub and woodland areas. overhead: 300+ Redwing, 3 Fieldfare,1 Mistle Thrush, 250+ Wood pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Reed Bunting plus small numbers of finches. best of all a redhead Goosander flying high N over the back of the headland close to Brixham.

Posted November 16th, 2014 at 10:39 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 15th November 2014

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched from 09:45 till 13:30

Managed to just get to the hide before the heavens opened and considering it was a low high tide the marsh was very busy. Watere levels continue to rise with wigeon numbers at 600+ and included a possible Hybrid wigeon x american wigeon see photo.

3 pintail, 65+ shoveler and good numbers of teal, excellent numbers of dunlin with 500+, the highest count of Bar tailed godwits of the autumn with 83+, 134+ avocets good number of redshank and 3 greenshanks, 40+ lapwing, 2 stonechats, 3 reed buntings , 3 chiffchaffs, 2 cetti's warblers , 2 snipe , 90+ redwing over.

A look around the viewing platform produced 3 water rail, 30+ redwing, 8+ fieldfare, 1 blackcap, 4 jay, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 kingfisher.

On the walk to Topsham quay another kingfisher 

Bar Tailed Godwits
Bar Tailed Godwits

Possible Hybrid Wigeon x American wigeon
Possible Hybrid Wigeon x American wigeon


Posted November 15th, 2014 at 9:57 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

South Brent - Yalland

1100 hrs. Good numbers of Fieldfare (250+ birds) feeding on hawthorns on Dartmoor at Yalland Marsh ,South Brent. Smaller number of Redwings in same area. 1 G/s Woodpecker and I Kestrel amongst the other birds.

Posted November 15th, 2014 at 3:11 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Monday 10th November 2014

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The Jack Snipe flushed from the runway again this morning. Fieldfares in quite good numbers, around 200. 30 Chaffinch, 43 Lapwing and a Snipe. 

Posted November 10th, 2014 at 4:20 pm in Bird News

Thursday 6th November 2014

Budleigh and Upottery

Budleigh Salterton

An excellent seawatch from 12.30 to 4.00 p.m. Little Auk at 12.55, Storm Petrel at 13.50, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 10 Pomarine Skuas, 7 Arctic Skuas, 6 Skua sp, 2 Shearwater sp and a possible Long tailed skua.

Supporting cast of 500+ Kittiwake, 31 Common Scoter, 3 Brent Geese, 30 Auk sp (mainly Razorbills), 45 Black headed gulls, 6 Common Gulls, Fulmar, Sanderling, 2 Teal 

All birds west except 21 of the Scoter.

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Early morning before the wind got up Woodpigeons were going through in reasonable numbers (around 500), 60 Fieldfare starting to feed on the hawthorns, 4 Stonechats but best of all,  a Jack Snipe flushed from the runway edge, first record for here.


Posted November 6th, 2014 at 7:04 pm in Bird News

Wednesday 5th November 2014

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A good morning of visible migration; 3700 Woodpigeons, 55 Fieldfare, 27 Lapwing and 9 Golden Plover. On the airfield, the late Wheatear still, 3 Stonechats, Green Woodpecker and 40 Linnets.

This afternoon the Wheatear was still present and the Little Owl was showing well. 50+ Meadow Pipits.

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 6:21 pm in Bird News

Monday 3rd November 2014

Avon Dam,South Brent

Having missed Ring Ouzels in both spring and autumn (so far) I took a trip up to Avon Dam from Shipley Bridge , thanks to the recent postings but left Plymouth at c 11am given the wet weather. A lovely walk in autumnal sunshine I arrived at the dam about 12.30 noticing quite a few Blackbirds en route (c 12) and Goldcrests calling at regular intervals. At the Dam ,heavy rain and hail showers notwithstanding, 4 Ring Ouzels seen ( at one time  watching , now with Mark D. and Adele, 3 Ouzels comically flew from the trees immediately below the Dam and landed on the Dam wall itself.) Also 1 Fieldfare , 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a heavily ringed Dipper ( silver on LL and a Red and Green Ring on RL) and 3 Kestrels. Lovely walk , must come here again.

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 9:15 pm in Bird News

Sunday 2nd November 2014

DWT Emsworthy reserve. 02.11.14

Ring Ouzel at least three, 5 Fieldfare and a good number of Redwing. All very flighty, must take the scope next time.

Posted November 2nd, 2014 at 12:32 pm by David Turrell in Bird News

Saturday 1st November 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:10 till 13:30

a large movement of woodpigeon for the first 2 hours most heading south towards exmouth with 10000+ with largest group of 2500+, 300+ redwing , 5+ fieldfare, 600+ jackdaw, steady passage of skylark and meadow pipits, 4 Siskin, 20+ jays, best bird of the morning was a jack snipe over the viewing platform heading west , 2 stonechat, 3 reed buntings, 1 kingfisher, 1 chiffchaff, a peregrine took a black tailed godwit but lost it to 2 carrion crows, 2 buzzards, 2 sparrowhawk, 1 Cetti's warbler, 20+ long tailed tits, 1 goldcrest.

From the hide 10:30 till 13:30 

an increase in avocet to 45 was good , 1 male ruff still, 100+ dunlin, 2 spotted redshanks, 250+ redshank, 7+ greenshanks, 800+ black tailed godwits, 20+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ curlew, 1 tufted duck, 70+ wigeon, 80+ teal, 3 little egrets, 2 grey heron , 4 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk.

Posted November 1st, 2014 at 4:39 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thursday 30th October 2014

More Berry Head

Following on from Mark's post, vismig & land based birds, with Jake Wood 7.30am - 2.00pm:

18 Redwing, single Fieldfare (first of the Autumn for me), 5 Blackbird, 12 Skylark, 16 Starling, 18 Jackdaw, 75+ Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, 70 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Cirl Bunting, 3 Sparowhawk, 11 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 15 LT Tit, Yellow-browed Warbler - calling and seen briefly at 10.50am in the lane up from the Berry Head Hotel 100m from the triangle. Also 3 Clouded Yellow & 2 Painted Lady.


Posted October 30th, 2014 at 3:54 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Sunday 26th October 2014

Ring Ouzel's ~ South Brent

A first light visit to the Avon dam resulted in a count of 14 Ring Ouzel's, at one point 11 broke cover and flew out to the moors quickly followed by another 3.

7 Fieldfare joined them at one point, a single Song Thrush, numerous Blackbirds.

A flight of 6 Goosanders flew down the river as I had walked up, other species included Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, 2 Ravens, Stonechat

Flock of some 100 plus Woodpigeons, small flock of passage Redwings

Posted October 26th, 2014 at 10:03 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 25th October 2014

Shipley-Avon Dam, South Brent

After a slow start eventually located 6 ring ouzels below the Dam, with one fieldfare flying in with them off the open moor. 2 kestrels also sighted. Photos on South Brent Birders F/Book page.

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 3:13 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Start Point

100% cloud cover, moderate WSW wind.

Vis mig 07:40 - 09:45 ( from car park, all flying south - southwest )

80 Meadow Pipit, 14 alba Wagtails, 3 Swallows, 80 Linnet, 640 Goldfinch, 170 Chaffinch, 8 Bullfinch, 9 Siskin, 7 Greenfinch and 6 Reed Buntings. Also seen single Fieldfare in the farm and strangest sight of the all a Black-throated Diver flying over the point from the west ( ie inland ).

Posted October 25th, 2014 at 10:57 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 17th October 2014

Bowling green marsh

Started the day with severall groups of Redwings moving south west over the house in exeter this morning 07:30 till 08:00 with 300+ which also included my first fieldfares of the autumn with 4+ in one group

the goatwalk at topsham 10:00 till 10:30 held plenty of black tailed godwits which were disturbed by my first Merlin of the autumn as it crossed the estuary towards exminster marsh 

The viewing platform at bowling green marsh was next with 12+ grey plover, 1 water rail behind in the reeds calling, 4+ jays , 2 chiffchaffs.

from the hide 3 avocet, 3 spotted redshanks, 2 ruff, 40+ dunlin, among good numbers of redshank, black tailed godwits, curlew , 8+ bar tailed godwits, 10+ greenshanks, 40+ skylark over and steady passage of meadow pipits, the pair of stonechats still showing well, 3 reed buntings, 2 Cetti's warblers, 5+ jay.

A quick look in goosemoor produced a kestrel, 1 kingfisher and a common sandpiper on the clyst,  a group of 38 meadow pipit were put up by the kestrel, 10+ skylarks over, 2 raven.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smetharpe

Some visible migration this morning, principally Starlings with a count of 980 in just under an hour. The first Fieldfare of the autumn with 36 west and 20 Redwings also west. Single Wheatear and 3 Stonechats on the airfield with increasing numbers of Meadow Pipit with around 70 this morning. Skylarks remain in low numbers without any arable field at around 30-40 although they did appear to be arriving this morning.

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 11:17 am in Bird News

Monday 24th March 2014

Around the Axe

My first two Swallows of the 'spring' over Lower Bruckland Ponds this afternoon with ten Sand Martins. 45 Fieldfare over were more in keeping with the weather conditions though!

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Thursday 20th March 2014


Yesterday [19th]  Large, and late? Flock of between 50 to 60

Fieldfares  in the Erme vally opposite Piles copse.

Posted March 20th, 2014 at 7:31 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Sunday 9th March 2014

Soussons Valley

The Great Grey Shrike showing on and off from 9am-11.10am ranging widely over the valley, as far as the ridge towards Headland Warren, the enclosure by Soussons and the ridge back towards Warren House Inn. It's favoured tree seems to be west of the track, 100 yards up from the gate into Soussons.  Also Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker and GS Woodpecker seen. (DS and BH had a ringtail Hen Harrier fly through).  Nearby, a flock of 15 Fieldfare by the road at Headland Warren farm.

Posted March 9th, 2014 at 12:39 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 21st February 2014

River Teign @ Lower Netherton

On the cow field next to river: 12 Fieldfares, 7 Curlews, 1 Pheasant and 1 Little Egret.

On the high tide roost opposite the Passage House Inn: 6 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Canada Geese, 4 Common Gulls, 4 Lesser Black-Backed and 2 Great Black-Backed Gulls, 7 Cormornats. Good numbers of Herring and Black-Headed Gulls. On the river 2 Red-Breasted Mergansers and 4 Dabchicks. Grey Wagtail on shoreline.

Posted February 21st, 2014 at 12:32 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Sunday 2nd February 2014

Darts Farm

From viewing area in reserve: good numbers of curlew, nice flock of fieldfare, beautiful kingfisher showing very well near small pools, a lone greenshank, a female brambling and a female reed bunting.

Posted February 2nd, 2014 at 9:29 pm by Paul Beard in Bird News

Thursday 30th January 2014

Darts Farm

I had brief views of a Brambling by the feeder at the hide this lunchtime with a mixed flock of Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches and a Reed Bunting. Big numbers of Brent Geese which were very flighty. A small flock of Redwings and Fieldfare from the hide. Also 1 Stonechat and 1 Chiff-chaff along with small groups of Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Linnet.

Posted January 30th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Monday 27th January 2014

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Still pretty quiet but at least a few things worth mentioning at long last.

9 Golden Plover were the first of the year and 3 Cormorants flying North west were noteworthy. 70 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 20 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipits.

4000 Woodpigeon on adjacent farmland

Posted January 27th, 2014 at 9:53 am in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Avon Valley at Aveton Gifford

No sign of glossy ibis on marsh - not surprising when visiting birders standing out in the middle of the marsh!! Birds: 2 water pipit, 2 Egyptian geese, 30 shelduck, 4 redshank, 3 greenshank, 2 common sandpiper, 2 kingfisher, 41 meadow pipit, 34 pied wagtail & first fieldfare on patch this year! 

Posted January 22nd, 2014 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Tuesday 21st January 2014

Monday 20th Sampford Peverel

I went for a walk on a beautiful sunny afternoon along the Bank of Grand Western canal . Amongst the usual suspects was an unusual pattered Buzzard, 2 fighting Kingfishers and flock after flock of Fieldfares and Redwings in the hundreds and also good flocks of migratatory male Blackbirds.

My highlight was a group of 8 Lesser Redpolls including males, females and first winter young.

Lesser Redpoll 1
Lesser Redpoll 1

Lesser Redpoll 2
Lesser Redpoll 2

Posted January 21st, 2014 at 12:19 pm by Peter Richardson in Bird News

Monday 30th December 2013

Dartington to Broadhempston

No sign of the Ibis at the given map references but heard a call that may have been the bird in the cover behind the Broadhempston treatment works. Trumpeting type call, louder and more strident then the Moorhen that was calling near by.

A count of 11 Snipe at location, several large flocks of Redwing in the Staverton / Broadhempston / Landscove area and one mixed flock of Starling and Fieldfare

Raven seen and heard several times, female Merganser flew up the Rv Dart from Staverton Bridge

Female Sparrow hawk seen near landscove and two sightings of female Kestrel on outskirts of Dartington.

Posted December 30th, 2013 at 3:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 29th December 2013

Exminster Marshes

Very flooded still so walking or driving along the road to fishermans car park not possible. A soggy welly-walk along the path around the marsh in the glorious sunshine produced large amounts of wigeon, teal, curlew, lapwing and canadas. A female marsh harrier passed over putting all the birds up. Also nice to see two sparrowhawks, redwing and fieldfares, a pintail, a pair of stonechats, skylarks over in Powderham, a few goldcrests. A great morning.

Posted December 29th, 2013 at 2:49 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Bird News

Monday 9th December 2013

Escot Park, East Devon

An enjoyable few hours this morning to reconnoitre the EAST Branch fieldtrip around the Escot Estate this Wednesday.  (Please note that reservations for the Christmas lunch are now closed).  Walk starts at 0930 and those attending for 'lunch only' should meet at 1230.  I would like to dedicate this walk in memory of the late Paul Stubbs, whose sudden death was announced recently.  I will miss you Paul.

Plenty of birds around with 4 very approachable Buzzards, 74 Lapwing in fields, Bullfinch, Raven, 12 Fieldfare, 45 Mallard, c50 Linnet and a probable Jacksnipe (disturbed but immediately went to ground in the 'spash pools' below the car park. 

May I take this early opportunity to wish all Devon Birds members a very Happy Christmas and great birding for 2014. 

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 2nd December 2013


visited darts farm today,large flock of greenfinches,seven redwing and a single fieldfare and a few goldcrest showing quite well around bushes.


Posted December 2nd, 2013 at 7:55 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Wednesday 27th November 2013

Cox Tor, Dartmoor 27th Nov 2013

  RING OUZEL still present in fields to west of tor, in loose         

  association with flock of c.100 Redwings, 20 Fieldfare and

  c. 150 Starlings.

  Presumably the bird from 22nd and 24th Nov,  but very dark

  with extensive white gorget, so more likely to be a female or

  even male, than a juvenile.


Posted November 27th, 2013 at 8:59 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Tuesday 26th November 2013

River Dart - Totnes to Staverton

Highlights a male Goosander on the river (photo), 2 Kingfisher, 3 Siskin and a mix of Redwing & Fieldfare.

Posted November 26th, 2013 at 5:49 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Monday 25th November 2013

Great Western Canal

A pair of Kingfishers working along the Canal. A pair of Bullfinches, several Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, feeding on berries along the hedge rows with plenty of Green, Gold and chaffinches feeding amongst the Beech and Oak but no Brambling seen. Autumn colours in abundance. A very pleasent walk.


Kingfisher fishing on the canal

Posted November 25th, 2013 at 10:14 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Sunday 24th November 2013

Isley Marsh and Yelland Jetty Roost.

07:40 - 10:00.

Bar-tailed Godwit 9; Wigeon 82; Teal 240; Redshank 55; Dunlin 500; Grey Plover 51; Turnstone 31; Lapwing 86; Knot 18; Lapwing 86; Mallard 86; Grey Heron 3; Little Egret 13; Shelduck 4; Fieldfare 1; Raven 2; Rock Pipit 5 and 5 Spoonbill (inc FJ9).

N.Devon birders who frequent this area may be dismayed at the destruction of winter-cover bramble hedges cut down to the ground, small trees smashed by indescriminate flailing and the reed-bed just inside the gate, cut down by tractor mower and reduced to a very muddy swamp. The ashbeds have been mowed to resemble a rough-cut lawn. And once this was a good area for Little Ringed Plover!


Posted November 24th, 2013 at 11:44 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Wednesday 20th November 2013


About 350 Avocets feeding off the Goat Walk around midday. Several flocks of Redwings, with a few Fieldfares, moving NE in the morning.

Charlie's images of the Long-tailed Duck show pink on the bill and pale feathers on the back - both characteristic of a first winter male.

Posted November 20th, 2013 at 11:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Sunday 17th November 2013

Exminster Marshes - Early Afternoon

tristis Chiffchaff calling in the car park and good views. Good numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Avocet, Curlew and 18 Gadwall along with the more usual.  On the way back from the Turf, a flock of 22 Fieldfare overhead and Redwings on the "haws" in the  hawthorns. Quite a few Goldcrest calling. But then we caught sight of a small swift, falcon towards the M5 flyover, it landed on a telegraph pole about 300m from the road. Stunning male Merlin which we watched for a good time - best views I have ever had of a Merlin. All in all a brilliant birding afternoon!

Posted November 17th, 2013 at 6:47 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Wednesday 13th November 2013

Soar and Slapton Ley

Started at 0725 in superb conditions. Wood Pigeon passage chiefly 0745 - 0830 (going south-east) and vitually over by 0915. I counted c28,500 birds including some flocks of c3,000. I could well have missed some of the more inland flocks, as I headed out over the Warren and Bolt Head. So not too different to Mike's and Bob's sightings (assuming they are talking about Wood Pigeons!). In one of the closer flocks I counted 4 Stock Doves but most flocks too distant to pick out any doves, so who knows how many slipped through.

Very little other "vis mig" (this is my worst recent autumn for this at Soar - very little moving even on same days / times as other nearby sites have witnessed movements). However - single Fieldfare, Siskin and Redpoll (presumed Lesser) and 12 Lapwings over. Also - Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 4, Snipe 2 and a Cetti's Warbler at the "pond". (The latter was there on Sunday but we failed to clinch it).

At Slapton later - in the distance over the sea - Bonxie and Skua sp (Arctic or Pom). On the Ley good numbers of ducks including - c70 Gadwalls, c170 Tufted Ducks, c40 Pochards, and c100 Wigeons. Also - Firecrest 2 (bridge and Ireland Bay), Chiffchaff 1, and Merlin 1.  

Posted November 13th, 2013 at 6:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

  First morning with a frost at dawn, also clear skies so another vis mig watch from 08.00, I was in Thurlestone with Bob B at Huxton Cross ( about 2miles inland )

Over my house first flock picked up at 08.10 and  passage lasted to around 08.35 My total logged was just over 10,000 all flying towards Soar. Bob's passage was more dense and lasted longer - he recorded over 30,000. We both agree the total count of 40,000 was conservative. Other species recorded were - By me - 16 Goldfinch, 8 Chaffinch , 4 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 6 Skylark, 14 Mipit, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 7 Lapwing

Bob _- 1 Siskin, 1 Brambling, 3 Fieldfare . He alo flushed 50 Snipe and a Cettis Warbler on T'stone Marsh.

Offshore 7 Common Scoter flew east



Posted November 13th, 2013 at 5:43 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Monday 11th November 2013

Berry Hd

A slow start despite promising condition, but soon started to log thousands of redwing flying over most heading N and NE, then the highlight - a very vocal, showy Dusky Warbler along the northern edge of the meadow.

Dusky Warbler BH 11 Nov 2013 ML sketch      Dusky Warbler BH 11 Nov 2013 BMc

Dusky Warbler Sketches Mike Langman - photo Bill Macdonald.

Totals: 9,800 Redwing (and I stopped counting when the Dusky Warbler appeared but reliably informed several more thousand went over!) 16 Fieldfare, 22 Song Thrush, 2 Siskin, 1 Firecrest , 9 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff - and a very odd buffy (leucistic) Meadow Pipit.

Redwings Berry Hd 11 Nov 13 ML

Redwings - one of the 'smaller' flocks! 


Ed. After locating the Dusky Warbler, Redwing counts stopped however MD was counting at the time when the bird was found and after I left the site. MD suggested at least another 5,000 passed through so the overall total was somewhere in the region of a staggering 15,000 Redwings so perhaps another county site passage count record broken! There were also more Fieldfare but surprisingly few considering the numbers of Redwing. 

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 1:50 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 10th November 2013

Thurlestone Bay

 A 2hr vis mig watch from my house at 07.20 was superb , With clear skies and little wind the Wood Pigeon were the star attraction - in the first hour 5200 and then they really got moving another 22,000 in the second hour , not quite up to the totals in Newport Wales but a good patch count , other species recorded were -

85 Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin, 70 Skylark, 11 Mipit, 4 Reed Bunting, 275 Starling, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 25 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Jay. 1 Green Woodpecker , 2 flocks of Wigeon 25 & 14 flew west as well as a M Pintail.

On the marsh 17 Teal, 2 Wigeon and a Water Rail.

Bob B had 7 Reed Bunting, 4 Chiffchaff at S M Ley and a Dunlin on the beach, he also had 8000+ Wood Pigeon at Huxton Cross some of which were probably in my totals . Finally a very nice F Black Redstart in my garden

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Exmouth - pm edit

Orcombe Point - 0700 - c50+ chaffinch, 2+ brambling, c20+ goldfinch, 5+ siskin, 1+ redpoll, 1 greenfinch, 1 bullfinch, 1 prob snow bunting (flight call once only but sounded fine), 3 reed bunting, 1+ grey wagtail, 1 raven, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 fieldfare, 1 hirundine sp (prob swallow), 2 goldcrest, 1 chiffchaff, 1 siberian chiffchaff, 3+ pied wagtail, 10 starling, 1 very late wheatear, 1 little egret, 5 song thrush, c40+ skylark, c20+ meadow pipit, 2 coal tit, 2 snipe and, of course, the juv white-fronted goose. Also 900+ woodpigeon moving north. All were moving over Exmouth, largely behind me, so I probably missed lots as I concentrated on other stuff. Best bird without doubt was my first Orcombe siberian chiffchaff which moved rapidly through the long hedge bordering the 'goose' field, continually calling a flat, dunnock-like 'fee' (which I actually managed to sound-record) - a really smart bird. On Maer rocks late pm 6+ turnstone and now 3 purple sandpiper. Also great crested grebe offshore.

siberian chiffchaff - showing the typical plumage tones
siberian chiffchaff - showing the typical plumage tones

last seen in a single sallow in the corner of the field
last seen in a single sallow in the corner of the field

little egret
little egret

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 12:45 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 9th November 2013

South Brent migration...........

The Wood Pigeon numbers have dropped off markedly from the numbers seen earlier in the week, but several flocks seen between 8am and 9am this morning numbering around 40 to 50 birds, lower than the previous birds seen and some seen to drop down to feed in Oaks presumably picking up the acorns.

Two flocks of Redwings and the first that I have seen this season of Fieldfares 20 plus birds, everything seen headed west ........

Posted November 9th, 2013 at 9:59 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 30th October 2013


Orcombe Point -  good (for Orcombe) this morning - 0635 - most birds W or NW - 80+ chaffinch, 50+ goldfinch, 2+ siskin, 3+ brambling, c4/500+ linnet, 1 redpoll, 14+ pied wagtail, 2 fieldfare, 4 reed bunting, 1 yellowhammer, 1 swallow, 45+ jackdaw, 65+ starling, 9 stock dove, 1 turtle dove, c20+ woodpigeon, c50/100+ skylark, c50+ meadow pipit and 1 grey wagtail. Also the juv white-fronted goose flew into the usual field and started feeding @ 0750, 2 mute swan east, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 8 brent goose, 1+ goldcrest, c15+ robin, 2 song thrush, just 5 blackbird, 1 kestrel and 1 merlin. Also a clouded yellow butterfly.

merlin in off the sea
merlin in off the sea

migrating stock doves
migrating stock doves

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 3:23 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Thursday 24th October 2013

Thurlestone Bay

 With a clear night and lighter winds this morning turned out to be the best viz mig of the autumn

Bob B was at Huxton Cross  fom 08.00, whilst I looked from my garden , we then met up at 09.30 and watched from the car park until 12.30  Totals in 4.5 hours were -

422 Skylark, 316 Mipit, 125 Chaffinch, 75 Goldfinch 37 Linnet, 25 Siskin, 78 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Brambling, 11 Yellowhammer, 8 Reed Bunting, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff. 6 Little Egret

Best of the morning at 12.00 a flock of 18 Crossbill ( first this year )

On T'stone Marsh - 1 Shoveler , 20 Teal, 14 Wigeon, 75 Mallard ( big increase no more than 10 this week )

Offshore 13 Common Scoter flew east.

Posted October 24th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Wednesday 16th October 2013

Berry Hd

What an incredible few hours arriving on site - I had just started to log hundreds of mostly Redwing but also many Song Thrush passing overhead when my telephone rang (just as 3 Ring Ouzel plummeted out of the sky and landed in asome blackthorn next to the Cafe), Josh was ringing to say he and BMc had just found a  Great Grey Shrike at the lighthouse, I arrived just in time to have a good look before it flew off low - not to be seen again! Totals were: 6,000+ Redwing, 220+ Song Thrush, 6 Ring Ouzel, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 15 House Martin, 5 Swallows, 9 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipits, 4 'alba' Wagtails. Around the rest of the headland: 2 Merlin, 6 Chiffchaff (including one non calling tristis type), 4 Goldcrest, 4 Stonechat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap.

The count of Redwing is very conservative there could have been up to 10,000 the large flocks were in 'layers' not only above the headland but also to the North and South as well.   

Posted October 16th, 2013 at 2:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 15th October 2013

Berry Hd

0730-0930hrs: overhead migration interesting through variety rather than sheer numbers.. 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Crossbill, 2 Lesser Redpoll (both landed at one stage), 6 Siskin, 4 House Sparrows, 19 Chaffinch, 43 Goldfinch, 9 Linnet, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 27 Skylark, 51 Meadow Pipit, 25 'alba' Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtail.

Very quiet around headland otherwise: 300+ Guillemots now on cliffs, 4 Chiffchaff,7 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 1 Stonechat. ( Below: Poor picture of the Lesser Redpoll!) 

Lesser Redpoll Berry Hd 15 Oct 2013 ML

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 3:42 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 13th October 2013

Berry Head

Berry Head this morning with Bob Bailey. 

3 sparrowhawks, merlin, 1 great-spotted woodpecker, 25+ swallows, 1 house martin, 32 skylarks, 2 siskin, 9 chaffinch, 2 bullfinch, a flock of about 20 goldfinches, 10 'alba' wagtails, 1 grey wagtail, 6 redwing, 2 fieldfares, 1 fly over ring ouzel, 6 goldcrest and about 10 chiffchaff. 

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 3:50 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Saturday 12th October 2013

Start Point

07.00 to 15.00. Blown out at the light and farm first thing but Mattiscombe sheltered. Heavy shower late morning then the wind gradually dropped and the sun started to emerge: Merlin (fem. seen 4x hunting the area), Common Snipe (2), Commic Tern (3 NE early on), Swallow (2), Wheatear (1 juv.), Fieldfare (1), Redwing (14), Grasshopper Warbler (1 v. elusive above Mattiscombe Beach took me 40 minutes to nail), Blackcap (2), Chiffchaff (30+), Goldcrest (12), Firecrest (1 at N. end of farm at 14.00), Siskin (3) 

Posted October 12th, 2013 at 4:42 pm by Steve Young in Bird News

Friday 11th October 2013



16.15 Flock of 40+ fieldfares over village

Posted October 11th, 2013 at 4:29 pm by John heath in Bird News

Friday 12th April 2013

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The first Swallows of the Spring with 4 birds through tonight. Also 5 Wheatear (4m, 1f), 1 Snipe, 1 Yellowhammer (m) and winter visitors still present in the form of 50 Fieldfare and 62 Golden Plover.

Posted April 12th, 2013 at 8:09 pm in Bird News

Wednesday 10th April 2013

Winter thrushes

Still significant numbers of winter thrushes going through the Blackdowns. Today, seen with Richard Whiteside, we had around 150 Redwings and 2+ Fieldfare at Madford near Dunkeswell.

Posted April 10th, 2013 at 8:59 pm in Bird News

Saturday 6th April 2013

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake Saturday 6 April

Chiff Chaffs c10 seen & 1 heard

Goldcrests  c4-6 seen

1  Osprey seen overhead about 1255hrs ,then took a dive after fish before going in north westerly direction.

40 -50  mixed flock including fieldfares  & starlings

2 Male black cap

Have attached photos as verification not really for the blog



Posted April 6th, 2013 at 6:06 pm by Hilary & Dave Phillips in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

8 Wheatears (7m,1f), 1 Snipe, 71 Golden Plover (some in full summer plumage, others getting there), 12 Fieldfare and the Little Owl in its usual place.

Apologies for the double photo last night - will not load any tonight!

Posted April 3rd, 2013 at 8:36 pm in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd April 2013

S. Devon - various

Brixham CC Wheatears have finally moved on it seems.

30/03/13 no sign of American Wigeon at Darts, or BGM, lovely LRP at BGM hide, and 3 Pintail, 2 Spoonbill at Exminster Marshes.

01/04/13 Dartmeet 1 Yellowhammer, and a male Siskin on feeders, with 2 x Marsh Tits also.  Flock of 20 + Fieldfares near where O Brook goes under the road. Dipper under railway bridge at Staverton. No sign of Goosanders there. 

Posted April 2nd, 2013 at 8:00 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Sunday 31st March 2013

Thurlestone Bay

On South Hish Marsh the 2ad Spoonbill were joined by a 1st winter- this is a site record, other visitors already  reported, there were 5 LRP at the back of the marsh also 1 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover and a Black T Godwit.

At 15.00 Nick T picked up a Red Kite flying over South Milton Ley , earlier Bob B had 50 Chiffchaff ( one caught was a British control ), 3 Water Rail and 15 Fieldfare.

First brood of Mallard on the back pool at T'stone Marsh - 10 ducklings


Posted March 31st, 2013 at 5:51 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Friday 29th March 2013

Darts Farm

A little quieter than I had hoped with a single Wheatear (f) 3 Fieldfare and a Redwing on the farm. The highlight was a pair of Lesser black backed gulls (unusual here) looking for food on the manure piles.

Lots of Chiffchaffs by the ponds, a Snipe was in the ditch by the hide. My first Swallow was feeding along the path to the top of the hill.

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 11:23 am by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Thursday 28th March 2013

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe - part 2

A second visit this afternoon found the 8 Wheatears still present (6m, 2f). Golden Plovers had increased to an impressive 240 and new in was a flock of 40 Meadow Pipits. Winter thrushes still present with 60 Fieldfare and 4 Redwing. Also 2000 Starling and 6 Stock Doves.

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 7:02 pm in Bird News

Exminster marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 11:20

4 little ringed plover on scrape by middle car park at 07:45 also 10+ golden plover, female Merlin and great views of the male Merlin by the lagoon which caught a vole/ mouse, 6 wheatear, 100+ chiffchaffs around the marsh, great crested grebe on lagoon with 6 pochard and 10 tufted duck. 

Powderham marsh 11:30 till 12:30

12 little ringed plover from viewing platform, 1 dunlin, the 2 spoonbill were on exminster marsh between the lagoon and turf, also peregrine, kestrel and buzzard lots of chiffchaffs. 

Quick look at matford produced 4 wheatear still on field behind makro with 4 fieldfare and 27 redwing 

Posted March 28th, 2013 at 3:03 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Exminster marsh

A look around the marsh from 08:00 till 11:50

A female hen harrier at 08:20 low over towards powderham marsh , along station road 120+ golden plover in 2 groups and 3 little ringed plover and 45+ lapwing , 3 wheatear, from the canal bank by fishermans car park  the drake garganey showed well at times, 15+ pintail, 17 ringed plover and 1 little ringed plover, 2 red breasted mergansers on canal and still plenty of chiffchaffs around, between station road and the motorway   Bridge 1 male Merlin and 2 wheatear.

a quick look along the cycle path behind matford marsh on way home produced 8 wheatear, 7+ fieldfare, 42+ redwing and 30+ meadow pipit on the field behind makro 

Posted March 27th, 2013 at 2:37 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Monday 25th March 2013

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A superb male wheatear this morning on the weedy runway braving the biting north easterly wind - my earliest date up here. 65 fieldfare 2 mistle thrush and 6 blackbirds. An adult great black backed gull going north into the wind was presumably a migrant as they are scarce here plus around 10 skylarks and 6 meadow pipits.

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 10:02 am in Bird News

Saturday 23rd March 2013


Orcombe Point - 0620 - a nice little fall of migrants concentrated mainly around the Geoneedle and the coastpath/fields just east of the point - 5+ goldcrest, c30+ chiffchaff, 9+ wheatear, c50+ meadow pipit, 2 song thrush, 1 fieldfare, 1+ redwing, 1 reed bunting, 3+ alba wagtail, 4 goldfinch and best of all a lovely male ring ouzel feeding in the field above the orchid field. Also 14 dark-bellied brent goose.

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 8:44 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Thursday 7th March 2013

Darts Farm

Fieldfares (50+); Redwings (similar numbers); feeding on ploughed field by track to fisherman's car park or perched on trees nearby; American Wigeon showing well among large flock of wigeon feeding in front of the hide. 3.30-4.30pm.Great Spotted Woodpecker near hide at the time.

Posted March 7th, 2013 at 10:58 pm by keith annison in Bird News

Friday 1st March 2013


On T'stone Marsh this am -35 Teal, 15 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 1 Lapwing.

In the Bay - 1 Great N Diver, 1 Great C Grebe, waders on the rocks - 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone

On South Huish marsh - 60 Teal, 18 Wigeon , 2 Shoveler, 5 Snipe , 8 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Chiffchaff

Between Upton X and Huxton X- 45 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing.

In local gardens - 1 f Black Redstart , 1 Green Woodpecker

Posted March 1st, 2013 at 6:01 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Wednesday 27th February 2013

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Tuesday 26th February

Late post due to internet problems but 136 Golden Plover feeding on the rough pasture past the stadium. 40 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare and 10 Skylark.

Posted February 27th, 2013 at 9:09 am in Bird News

Sunday 24th February 2013

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Despite the cold and frozen ground, 22 Golden Plover feeding on the rough pasture with another 70 flying over. In keeping with observations just over the border into Somerset, an increase in Redwings with around 50 present. 2 Fieldfare, 10 Blackbirds and 4 Stock Doves.

Posted February 24th, 2013 at 10:17 pm in Bird News

Around topsham

Started at topsham rec looking through the gulls , 3 lesser black backed gulls, 13 common gulls, 1 grey plover, 2 red breasted mergansers. 

Moved onto topsham quay and found the female long tailed duck with 2 male red breasted mergansers and  watched from 11:45 till 12:50 in total 10 red breasted mergansers (7m,3f)

walked over to darts farm on the way over had the jack snipe in ditch by the clyst river briefly and a female Merlin flew over 

at darts farm the American wigeon was still showing well at times with 150+ wigeon 300+ Brent geese, 123+ lapwing , 54+ fieldfare( 100+ yesterday) 4 reed buntings, 1 sparrowhawk.

finished off at bowling green marsh, a spotted redshank joined 70+ redshank, 4 bar tailed godwit, 1 grey plover, 9 pochard, 2 gadwall, 2 tufted duck, 200+ wigeon,40+ lapwing,150+ black tailed godwits, 60+ dunlin. 

A very good afternoon 

Posted February 24th, 2013 at 8:55 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Saturday 23rd February 2013

River Exe, 23rd February

A great day around the Exe!

At Starcross the spotted redshank showed well feeding along the shoreline near the River Kenn mouth at low tide. A surprise bonus was a firecrest feeding in a hedgerow by the roadside in Starcross.

At Exminster the rose coloured starling showed well in trees by the allotments near the church, looking a bit tatty as it moults in to adult plumage.

At Darts Farm the male American wigeon showed well amongst the wigeon flock with 20+ fieldfares in a naerby field and a pair of reed buntings on the feeders. Amongst the brent geese flock I found the white headed bird I saw last Winter on Exminster Marsh and a pale bellied bird.

On the walk back to Topsham from Darts Farm a Jack snipe and 2 water pipits were found on the Marsh near the new footbridge.

From the viewing platform overlooking the River Clyst I found the curlew sandpiper amongst the dunlins before they flew off towards Exminster Marshes.

Finally a look from the hide at Bowling green Marsh and a spotted redshank came in to roost with some redshanks.

Posted February 23rd, 2013 at 8:54 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Monday 18th February 2013

Darts Farm, Topsham

The American Widgeon showing well on the field in front of the hide and again on the water (my thanks to the birders who pointed it out as people were arriving) Good numbers of Godwit and Widgeon.

On the drive in alongside the farrow / stubble field numerous "small brown birds" feeding including Linnet, Sky Lark, Brambling, Meadow Pippit, a handful of Fieldfares one showing at close range.

One of the best visits so fat to this location due to the diversity of species present.

Green Woodpecker seen on a tree top on the main Exmouth Road on the way in.

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 12th February 2013

Exminster Marshes - Exeter

Walked from Exminster to Exeter along canal this morning. Bird highlights included - redhead smew on one of the pools on the marshes WSW from canal-side car park, 25 grey plovers also near the car park (may be highest number I have recorded there), 15 golden plover, c500 lapwing (courtesy of low flying helicopter that flushed them), one redpoll, 2 ravens, c50 redwing (near Double Locks), 2 fieldfare, one kingfisher, 4 chiffchaff and water rail (one seen plus 4 heard).

Posted February 12th, 2013 at 2:01 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Wednesday 6th February 2013

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A bright sunny day but a strong biting northerly wind made birding difficult. Although not using the airfield, plenty of golden plover around as witnessed by 200+ flying NE. Skylarks around 30 and a scattering of Meadow Pipits.

Fieldfares at just over 50 were well down on the 585 of three days ago but a few more Redwings (c40). The Little Owl was showing well in its normal place.

Posted February 6th, 2013 at 7:55 pm in Bird News

Saturday 2nd February 2013

Winter thrushes

Highlight of a long walk from Crediton back to Exeter was gathering of about 150 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 300 Starling in pasture, and 12 Skylark in kale field, near to Newton St Cyres rail station. A further 70 odd Fieldfare in a stubble field gouged out by flood waters from the River Creedy.

Posted February 2nd, 2013 at 10:18 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Thursday 31st January 2013

Avon Estuary & Aveton Gifford

Highlight was 2 male Mandarin Duck at AG o/wise quiet with 40 Oystercatcher at Brantham, 2 Greenshank & 3 Common Sandpiper at AG, 31 Meadow Pipit on South Efford Marsh (no sign of any Water Pipits) & 20 Fieldfare over.

Posted January 31st, 2013 at 4:43 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 24th January 2013

Axe Estuary

21 persons attended the East Devon Branch (Devon Birds) fieldtrip to the Axe Estuary, (leader Bob Olliver). With the help of Ian Mc.Lean a Black Redstart was quickly found on Seaton seafront with Red Throated Diver and 70+ Wigeon off shore.  A Kingfisher flew under the road bridge as we made our way back up the estuary where a single Bar Tailed Godwit was present before we reached Coronation Corner (admiring the new interpretation board and art of Mike Langman at the viewing platform).  c23 Dunlin aand 29 Bl. Tailed Godwit were seen together with a single Ringed Plover.  On the return walk a pair of Tree Creeper were present in a garden, plus 3 Song Thrush in fields. 

 After lunch at Black Hole Marsh car park we moved off to view the estuary from the tower hide where a Med. Gull, 5 Little Grebe and approx 7 Common Gull were present.  The group continued on to Colyford Marsh via the Field Studies Centre, to view the impressive Sand Martin 'wall' being constructed by East Devon DC together with other improvements to the reserve.  Good numbers of Redwing and a few Fieldfare were seen in distant fields together with large numbers of Lapwing and Golden Plover. A single Green Sandpiper was found in the corner of Black Hole Marsh on the return.  Arriving back at the car park a large flock of Golden Plover was seen over the marsh at a distance and from a photo taken it was estimated that these numbered 1000.  In spite of cold conditions this was another great day out.

Posted January 24th, 2013 at 7:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 21st January 2013

Thurlestone Bay

Cold night resulted in both marshes being frozen.-Compared with yesterday nothing offshore

On T'stone Marsh- 46 Wigeon , 35 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 26 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 20 Snipe . 1 Black Redstart in a local garden.

On South huish Marsh (70% frozen )-  60 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 125 + Snipe, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing + 55 over east, Brief views of a male Hen Harrier over flying west. In the copse 15 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare.

On the rocks / beaches - 3 Sanderling, 3 Turnstone, 1 Ringed Plover.

A walk round the top end of South Milton Ley flushed singles of Woodcock and Snipe. Also 12 Chiffchaff, Cettis warbler, with 17 Lapwing over.

Joint report with AJL

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 6:03 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Sunday 20th January 2013


4 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler and a dozen Wigeon on show on the pond while the field between the Tarka trail and the reserve is currently home to several hundred Redwings (ringed 2 yesterday) good numbers of Starling and some Fieldfares. South of the reserve plenty more of the same and several scores of Lapwing. Of note in the reserve a couple of Teal.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 9:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


A quick wizz round this afternoon: Golden Plover still much in evidence with 75+ still at Down Thomas, 30 over Wembury Point and 2 grounded there. Just a single Lapwing today and only a handful of Skylarks (normally the commonest cold weather immigrant here). Lots and lots of Song Thrushes about including over 30 birds in a stubble field at the point. A few Fieldfares and Redwings too, which have been largely absent since October.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 9:05 pm in Bird News


Watched the sea in the hopes of some wildfowl movement, but in the end, just 3 Brent Geese west. However, Auks were moving east in some numbers, totalling just over 4000 in 2.5 hours, of which about 70% were Guillemots. Other variety was provided by 3 Great Northern Divers (2 west and 1 on the sea), Red-throated Diver, Bar-Tailed Godwit (presumed same bird later at Horseley Cove) and Dunlin.

A little evidence of cold weather movement, with 150 Golden Plover and 10 Lapwings in the lower fields, 40+ Song Thrush, 25 Redwing, and the first Fieldfare of the year.  Also the 2 Water Pipits still in Horseley Cove, along with 3 Chiffchaffs.

Unusually, the Cirl Buntings have combined into a single flock numbering about 100, in the stubble fields at Langerstone Point. They are normally in 3 main flocks between the car-park and Horseley, but this current spectacle (of probably Britains largest modern day flock?) is well worth a look while it lasts!

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 8:58 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

toll rd. to Crow Point

just incredible views of Kingfisher successfully fishing in the small drainage channels. Driving slowly on the toll road, we watched a Kingfisher using fence posts to fish from successfully. Got hold of two fish clubbing them on the same posts before they disappeared!

on this short drive we also saw:

-large mixed flocks of fieldfare and redwing

-egrets, heron, masses of moorhen

-lapwing and curlew and redshank

Once at crow point, large flocks of wigeon and brent geese were the highlight. Grey plover, long tailed tits, goldfinch, stonechat amongst others.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Tom Williams in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Some more indication of cold weather movement today. Cold , little wind but a flat calm sea .

At 09.00 on T'stone Marsh - the first Green Sandpiper of the year, 45 Teal, 35 Wigeon, 18 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler. On the local estate a female Black Redstart.

On the sea- 14 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 1 m Common Scoter + 30 flew east, 1 Great C Grebe, 1 Red T Diver -few east, 20 + Razorbill, 1 Guillemot .On the rocks 2 Turnstone.

Bob B at South M Ley - 6 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing , 20+ Song Thrush, 12 Chiffchaff.

At South H Marsh - 25 Wigeon, 90+ Teal, 2 Shoveler, , 125 + Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 9 Dunlin , 2 Grey Plover, 1 Water rail feeding in the open, 4 Song Thrush .

At 13.30 40 Golden Plover flew over

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 6:21 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News


Orcombe Point - 0820 - 0910 - good numbers of birds and obvious cold weather movement. A walk around the top fields produced 1 meadow pipit, c50+ skylark, 40+ golden plover, 1 snipe, 2 lapwing, 1 jack snipe, 15 linnet, c40+ chaffinch and 1 fieldfare. Frozen ground this morning and colder than yesterday.

19/1 - 9 snipe, 3+ fieldfare, 45+ redwing, 1 meadow pipit and 50+ golden plover. Also 1 woodcock flushed from hedgerow along top fields - my first record for Orcombe Point.

12/1 - Exmouth Seafront - 1 black-throated diver.

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 10:16 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 19th January 2013

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The freeze elsewhere is beginning to have a positive impact on my "patch" with an influx of c180 Redwings, c45 Fieldfares, 41 Snipes and a single Jack Snipe. Also the regulars represented by - Curlews 66, Common Sandpiper 1, Red-breasted Merganser 8 (2 drakes), Greenshanks 6, Little Grebes 3, Redshanks 118, Little Egrets 13, Wigeons 3 (1 ad drake). Also first Water Rail I'm aware of here this winter (same spot as 2 years ago by flooded wood).

Not bad!

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 6:44 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Budleigh & Otterton

30+ lapwing and 20+ fieldfare over as I played tennis in East Budleigh this morning.

300+ redwing just above Otterton Mill this afternoon.

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 4:33 pm by Steve Oliver in Bird News


At least dozen fieldfare+5 Blackcap,1 male 4 female on sea buckthorn at north end car park.11:00.Plenty of berries left should it come in really cold/snowy.

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 2:01 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Merlin at Darts Farm

A great start to the weekend with excellent views of a Merlin hunting over the stubble field at Darts Farm (8.50am). I was made aware of its presence by a number of contact calls coming from a group of Skylarks. This is the first bird I’ve seen above the horizon and my initial thought was of a Mistle thrush or Fieldfare but as it picked up pace and went into a dive shooting across the field I soon realised what I was looking at. The bird gained height over the warehouses in the boatyard and turned round making another attempt at a kill speeding towards the feeders at the bottom of the track. Once below the horizon I lost the bird so unaware if successful.

Other birds included a large flock of Brent Geese, a hand full of Curlew. Lapwing and Black-Tailed Godwits, Golden Plover, Fieldfare and Redwing also on site

Posted January 19th, 2013 at 11:14 am by Gareth Williams in Bird News

Friday 18th January 2013


Walked from Pottington (Bradiford reserve) to the new bridge, but sadly no sign of the Smew. (are they low water birds?) Not sure what time of day or the state of the tide when they were seen yesterday? Flock of Dunlin had a couple of Sanderling and a Ringed Plover or two. Lots of Lapwing and Golden Plover in fields behind Penhill Marsh. Bradiford reserve had a flock of winter Thrushes (about 100 - equal numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare. The Green Sandpiper was still in the stream by Ashford sewage works. A bedraggled Chiffchaff was foraging along the trail.

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 12:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 17th January 2013

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

In a bitingly cold wind with the odd flurry of snow, a return to form for the site at long last with c.150 Golden Plover, c.50 Lapwing and a single Snipe. Thrushes were also to the fore with 50 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrushes and at least 8 Blackbirds. Chaffinch numbers by the Cow barn have increased to around 25. 20+ Skylarks.

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 3:19 pm in Bird News

Sunday 13th January 2013

Sunday - S, Devon - various

Staverton Weir - Dipper and Kingfisher. 6 x Goosander (3M, 3F) towards bridge. 2 x Treecreepers close by.

Parke - large mixed flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare.

Yarner Wood - main pond - 4 Mandarin (3M, 1F), also 2 x Siskin on feeders at old hide.  1 Raven flying (and calling) over.

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Friday 11th January 2013


Flock of c60 Fieldfare. Starling numbers still around c600. 2 Mistle Thrush having a noisy and violent coming together. Lots of singing Robins.

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 3:53 pm by David Boddy in Bird News

Wednesday 9th January 2013

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Birding remains pretty much the same - 40 Fieldfare, 40 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipits, 4 Buzzards, 13 Stock Doves, 400 Starling  and a Stonechat this morning.

At lunchtime, a walk around Knackers Hole lane, Churchinford found amongst commoner species a Marsh Tit which, by my reckoning, was about 3 foot over the border into Devon!

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 7:57 pm in Bird News

South Dartmoor

A soggy tramp around the Ryder's Hill/Huntingdon Warren area of the moor this afternoon produced a ringtail Hen Harrier, 57 Golden Plovers and 19 Fieldfares.

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:01 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News

Sunday 23rd December 2012

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The best Lapwing and Golden Plover counts of the autumn/winter although none were settled. 180 Lapwing drifted north west whilst 350 Golden Plover went north east at a considerable height. 2 Stonechats, 30+ Skylark and a sprinkling of Meadow Pipits. Close to the village were good numbers of thrushes with 200+ Fieldfare and 100+ Redwing along with 400+ Starlings.

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 11:41 am in Bird News

Tuesday 18th December 2012

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Pretty quiet on the whole but a gathering of 8 Buzzards was noteworthy. Other than that, routine fare in a single Golden Plover, 40 Fieldfare, 4 Mistle Thrush, a handful of Redwings, 2 Stonechat, 8 Stock Doves and 20+ Skylark.

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 11:04 am in Bird News

Wednesday 12th December 2012

Landkey Blackbirds

From yesterday numbers more than doubled peaking at an impressive 78,Only 3 fieldfare and 3 redwing as well.

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 7:53 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Sunday 9th December 2012

Thurlestone Bay

 Brisk 5/6 NW wind this morning - on T'stone Marsh - 40 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 1m Wigeon , 30 Snipe

On South Huish Marsh - 120 Wigeon, 135 Teal, 45 Lapwing, 50+ Snipe 1 Brent Goose, 2 Dunlin,  1 ad Med Gull .

Graham Daw and I watched a most unusual fight take place between 2 Buzzard, the aggressor seemed to have its talons in the breast of the other and was pecking its head. It really was just like watching a  ". cockfight" Has anyone else witnessed this type of behavior with Buzzards ?

Bob B had 25+ Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin, 20 Stock Dove and 30 Fieldfare.

Late afternoon the Starling roost at T'stone marsh was 40,000+

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 5:25 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Sunday 2nd December 2012


Water Pipit still showing well on the beach here mid-day. The only other birds of note were ten Wigeon on the sea which drifted out towards the Yealm.

Late news for yesterday; Had a Short eared Owl at Halshanger Common, near Cold East Cross, late p.m. Little else here though just a dozen or so Fieldfare and singles of Yellowhammer and Redwing.

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 2:13 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Saturday 1st December 2012

Exminster Marshes

The main lane from the Swan's Nest pub is still flooded at the S bend. Some cars were going through but most were not. When I walked through the water was close to the top of my wellies.

But it was worth it. Hundreds of wigeon and teal, covering the many wet pools. I also saw tufted duck, (12+), pintail, shoveller, pochard and coots. In addition to the waterfowl there were lapwing (c30), curlew (70) and redshank. In the lane 4 or 5 chiffchaffs, one stonechat and one goldcrest. I suspect the pipit, hiding in tall vegetation, near the bends in the lane was a water pipit but I could not get a good view.

Lots of blackbirds on the berry bushes (at least 30), one fieldfare and a few redwings. I heard water rails calling at 4 locations and a Cettis at one.

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 5:49 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

On South Huish marsh this morning a F Goldeneye ( first for the year ) 100+ Wigeon, 60 Teal,  singles of Pintail, Gadwall, Shelduck, Brent Goose , Little Grebe. Water Pipit

On the rocks - 12 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin .

T'stone Marsh at 08.00 -  12 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 12 Shoveler ( 8 of which flew off east at 08.10 )1 Cettis Warbler ( first on site since Spring ) 20 Snipe

At Upton Cross ( nr South Milton ) 55 Lapwing, 2 Fieldfare, 100+ Skylark, 1 m Hen Harrier.

Bob b at S M Ley - 40+ Chiffchaff ( 3 ringed ) , 2 Brambling, 8 Water Rail

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 5:15 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News


12 blackcaps,5 male,7 female,10 fieldfare,2 redwing,6 song thrush feeding on sea buckthorn leading to car park north end of instow,Great northern diver from instow just off appledore lifeboat slip but gone time i got there.

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 12:31 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Monday 26th November 2012

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

No sign of the Black Redstart at lunchtime but the Little owl showing well. A pair of Stonechats and 80 Fieldfare. Starlings beginning to increase with around 400 today. In a pig field close to Smeatharpe village another 60 Fieldfare and a Green Sandpiper.

Posted November 26th, 2012 at 2:45 pm in Bird News

Sunday 25th November 2012

Holne Moor

Sunday 25th November.

Above river Dart. 1 Woodcock, Small Mixed flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing on Holly and Hawthorn.

Out on the moor roosting in a force 8 gale, 70+ Golden Plover.

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 2:41 pm by David Turrell in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

This morning, a female/immature type Black Redstart on the fence to the right of the control tower was new for the site. Around 150 Fieldfares with a few Redwing mixed in, a single male Stonechat, 2 Snipe and about 80 Skylarks.

Yesterday driving past mid afternoon around 30 Golden Plover sitting out the dreadful weather but no sign this morning.


Posted November 25th, 2012 at 2:12 pm in Bird News

Saturday 24th November 2012


13 Wigeon 1 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler on the pond still and in the reserve, 30+ Redwing and 40+ Fieldfare.

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 3:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 20th November 2012

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A late afternoon visit just before dusk once the rain had stopped found 58 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat and 10 Golden Plover. However the best sighting was of a large bat hunting around the sillage mounds - from size, shape, lack of long ears and habit of deep dives etc, i took it to be a noctule.

Posted November 20th, 2012 at 5:38 pm in Bird News

Monday 19th November 2012

Exminster Marshes

Before the rain arrived I managed a walk around the reserve. A female merlin just north of the s bend in the lane may have been the bird I saw hunting yesterday to the west of the village. The high tide roost comprised of curlew (74), golden plover (4 + 12 on another field) and a few dunlin. About 60 lapwing were well spread out over the fields as were snipe with several flocks of c10 flying around. On the pools and in the ditches there were c500 wigeon, c100 teal, c50 shoveller and 6 pintail and on the lagoon at least 6 gadwall. Over 200 brent geese flew onto the fields near Turf. I could only see 8 juveniles/first winter birds within the flock. Elsewhere 15 fieldfares, 2 redwings and  a couple of chiffchaffs on the canal bank.

Posted November 19th, 2012 at 3:27 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Sunday 18th November 2012

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A glorious morning and some better birding than of late. The Little Owl showed well in its usual place being kept company by 2-3 Stock Doves. 22 Golden Plover, around 30 Skylarks, a single Stonechat, 4 Buzzards, 8 Fieldfare and 35 Lapwings heading North West.

Posted November 18th, 2012 at 5:08 pm in Bird News

Saturday 17th November 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:30 till 12:15

on the walk down to the hide a female hen harrier put all the waders up before dropping down to the reeds by the clyst ( also seen by George wall from the hide). Avocet numbers now 267+, 90+ bar tailed godwits, 750+ black tailed godwits, 6+ knot , 5 turnstone, 110+ dunlin, 7 greenshank, 12+ snipe, 6 pochard,8+ tufted     duck, 4 pintail(3f,1m), 15+ shoveler, 41+ lapwing, c100+ wigeon, 10+ jay, sparrowhawk, kestrel, 2 buzzard, good numbers of redwing and a few Fieldfare, by viewing platform 25+ long tailed tit and 3 goldcrests 

did not get chance to post last night but a quick look at exminster marsh on Friday afternoon produced a Firecrest in bushes before the swans nest pub at 14:35 and the whooper swan was still by the bridge over the railway line 

also received news today that 2 scaup were on bowling green marsh on Friday 1 female and 1 juv ( thanks Chris ) 

Posted November 17th, 2012 at 5:28 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 16th November 2012

Berry Hd and Broadsands

Much quieter at Berry Hd this morning but still some overhead movement of thrushes and finches: 184 Redwing, 11 Fieldfare, 10 Brambling, 167 Chaffinches, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Little Egret, 22 Goldfinch, 8 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipits and 34 Starling.

Around the headland: 12 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap.

Broadsands: 1 possibly 2 tristis Chiffchaffs one calling, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Siskins and 1500 Wood Pigeons in the stubble fields.

A rather pale 'eastern' possibly tristis Chiffchaff non calling - but responding to tristis song playback well with wing quivering. Note less warm buffy tones though around face, chest and flanks and extensive pale base to lower mandible.

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Below: The calling - with a flat 'piii' call - tristis Chiffchaff (with the above bird), buffier around face and sides of chest and flanks, really black legs and very little pale base to lower mandible. Again reacted well with wing quivering and 'chip - chip' call to tristis song.  

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Posted November 16th, 2012 at 12:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 15th November 2012

Exminster Marshes

A female Hen Harrier was hunting just north of the fisherman’s carpark at about 8 o’clock this morning, then flew over the canal to the reeds and not seen again. A good number of Fieldfares and Redwings were in the fields opposite the Turf Hotel and on passage north east over the marsh. Also the Whooper Swan still with Mute Swans seen from the railway bridge.

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 2:04 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Berry Hd

An incredible passage of Redwing at Berry Head this morning it started at about 0730hrs in small groups heading NW, then picked up to flocks of a 1000 or more being joined by smaller flocks of Fieldfare, amongst the Chaffinches were good numbers of Brambling and even a flock of 10 or more heading low NE. most of the passage had died out by 0930hrs overhead migration counts as follows: Redwing 4600+, Fieldfare 270+, Chaffinch 237, Brambling 78 (and probably more!), Wood Pigeon 220, Stock Dove 3, Song Thrush 6, Meadow Pipit 17, Starling 48, Greenfinch 9, Goldfinch 12, Pied Wagtail 7.

Part of a Fieldfare flock                                                       Part of a Redwing  Flock


Around the headland 21 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, several Brambling feeding around the still leaved sycamore trees with Chaffinches and 2 redhead Goosander > south off the Head at 0815hrs.



Posted November 15th, 2012 at 12:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 11th November 2012


Beautiful day - birding from just after first light with Steve Young. Only vis mig of any note was 750+ Wood Pigeons (west). Also double figures of Goldcrests and Cirl Buntings and Stock Doves, single Siskin, Reed Bunting, Fieldfare and Chiffchaff.

I going to have to accept that the the autumn is (almost?) over! 

By the way, the cafe at East Soar Farm is closed until 9th December but the log book is still accessible for any brave soul venturing out there....

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 6:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Nice day for being out & about

T'stone Marsh this am - 2 Lapwing, 5 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 7 Shoveler and a Water pipit .

On South Huish marsh - 25 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 1 Brent Goose ,1 `1st w Med Gull, 75 Snipe ( feeding ).

Offshore a F Eider and 3 Common Scoter

Bob B at S M Ley had - Woodcock, 30 Fieldfare, 10 Redwimng with a Black Redstart in the village.


Vic T found an ad male Hen Harrier at Soar

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 5:17 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

West Charleton Marsh / Bay, 11:50-13:15, rising tide.

3 Pintail, 7 Teal, Merlin ( fem.), Water Rail, 3 Grey Plover, 20 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing.

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 1:48 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bradiford Reserve and R.Taw off Pottington.

09:00 - 10:30

Bradiford Res viewed from the gate:- Teal c40; Wigeon 6; Redshank 1; Snipe 1; Little Egret 1 and Redwing 9.

Following drainage work and undergrowth clearance by SWW? the road to the Pottington sewage works and the Water Rail ditch have been drastically cleared. The area has been opened up considerably. 2 Goldcrests easily found. A young female falconer uses the Parker Hannafin car park and grassed areas to fly 3 Harris Hawks.

R.Taw foreshore. Apart from Redshank, Oystercatchers etc, 2 Common Sandpipers; 17 Dunlin and 1 blue ringed Herring Gull which was too far away to read.

Scrub area next to Ashford sewage works:- 11 Fieldfares and 5 Redwings.

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 1:14 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Saturday 10th November 2012

Start Point

07:00-09:00. Very little vis mig, just 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 alba Wagtails, 90 Chaffinch, 50 Goldfinch, 6 Brambling, 3 Bullfinch abd 2 Linnets. 4 Fieldfares in the hedge by the car park on arrival, a small flock of 5 Common Scoter just offshore below the car park and a Black Redstart at the light.

Posted November 10th, 2012 at 10:20 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wednesday 7th November 2012

Exminster marsh

Watched along station road from 14:35 till 16:45

A female Merlin showed well twice and nearly caught a meadow pipit, a peregrine put up the wigeon on the scrapes but failed to catch anything. At least 4 water rail with 2 by the bridge over the railway line, 17+ redwing and 2 Fieldfares, a large group of 30+  long tailed tits included 5+ goldcrests, also 1 buzzard and a sparrowhawk, and at least 2000+ starlings.

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 7:16 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Yelland - Home Farm Marsh

9:30 - 11:15

Isley Marsh (from Tarka Trail) 6 Spoonbill

Tarka Trail : No sign of any Waxwing but 60+ Fieldfare and several Redwing.

Home Farm Marsh : On the main pond Still 4 Whooper Swans (2 adults + 2 juveniles), 6 Shovelers also lots more common stuff.

All images Astroscoped from 500 feet

Image astroscoped from 500 feet

Image astroscoped from 500 feet

Image astroscoped from 500 feet

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 3:23 pm in Bird News

Tuesday 6th November 2012

Birds at work

over the Devon hotel at matford this morning between 06:45 and 08:00 all sw 2000+ wood pigeon also 8 stock dove, one group of 80+ skylark, 2 mistle thrush, several small groups of redwing, 3 fieldfares.

rest of day in meeting in lee mills industrial estate on drive back to Exeter hen harrier over A38 at 16:20ish shortly before the buckfastleigh turn off heading south 

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 8:06 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

With clear skies and calm conditions the Wood Pigeon passage had started by 07.15- most of the activity between 07.30- 08.00 although some until 08.15 . My total logged was 27,000 all flying in a SE direction . Other species flying over T'stne Marsh - 28 Chaffinch, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Jay, 2 Goldfinch with 2 Black Redstart on the houses .

Big reduction in Teal this morning , only 20 on T'stone Marsh and 16 on South Huish ,9 Lapwing , 3 Snipe 10 Wigeon ( a further 17 flew over) and 6 Shoveler were seen

On the sea  a Great Crested Grebe, . Sunny and calm conditions in the Copse produced 5 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest.

Starling roost tonight also well down- 100,000 max came in between 16.10 and 16.40

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 6:22 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News


A later start than usual missed out on the huge woodpigeon passage but did log 760 W plus 17 stock doves.

O/wise quiet just 150 skylarks on stubbles, 23 blackbirds, 20 fieldfares W, 4 goldcrests, 320 jackdaws & 120 carrion crows.

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 4:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Hd

Oddly the Wood Pigeon movement missed Berry Hd altogether - after a couple of calls from Josh I scanned back toward Paignton and could see big flocks of Wood Pigeon moving SW - probably right over my house!

Overhead at Berry Hd this morning: 17 Brambling, 9 Siskin, 1 Redpoll sp, 2 Crossbill, 13 Bullfinch, 96 Chaffinch, 9 Greenfinch, 24 Goldfinch, 11 Linnet, 116 Starling, 27 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 8 Skylark, 7 alba Wagtails and 22 Meadow Pipits.

Around the Headland: 11 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Stonechat still 3 Water Rail calling from scrub and good numbers of Blackbirds. 

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 11:14 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Home farm Marsh and Isley Marsh areas

0755 - 09:30

Viewing from Tarka Trail.

Main pond on Home Farm Marsh - 4 WHOOPER SWANS ( 2 adults, 2 juvs. MR. SS493330.) Plenty of Teal, Wigeon and Curlew.

Hawthorn bushes south of the trail, between old power stn level crossing and West Yelland Farm. (MR SS487324) A small stream flows under the trail from field into Isley Marsh. 7 WAXWINGS plus 13 Fieldfares, 6 Redwings and a few Common Thrushes.

Isley Marsh - 4 Spoonbills, 3 Greenshank and 14 Little Egrets plus a few Crows mobbing a Buzzard.

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 10:23 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Monday 5th November 2012

Thurlestone Bay

Once the cloud cover cleared at 08.15 the Wood Pigeon started moving SE- by 08.45 8,000 with a further 2,000 by 09.30.

Over the marsh by 9.00 2 Brambling, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Swallow, on the Marsh 12 Lapwing, 20 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Brent Goose.

On South Milton Ley - Bob b had- 8 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare,4 Water Rail, 5 Siskin, 3 Chiffchaff .

From 09.30 a 2.5 hr viz mig /sea watch from the cafe was good - 70 Chaffinch., 12 Goldfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 10 Greenfinch, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Swallow, 1 Great N Diver, 3 Brent Goose, 2 Med Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 1 Razorbill, 2 Turnstone, 1 Knot.

This afternoon 3 more Black Redstart around the houses.

Late news yesterday of a Short Eared Owl over the Golf Course at 12.00

Posted November 5th, 2012 at 8:26 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Sunday 4th November 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:10 till 13:35

a good morning from the hide with a 1st winter Scaup showing well , 167 avocet, 62+ bar tailed godwit, good numbers of black tailed godwit and wigeon,  13+ shovelers, 1 snipe, kestrel, 40+ Brent geese over towards darts farm, 4 tufted duck, 20+ Fieldfare, 9 greylag geese.

from viewing platform another 17+ Fieldfares, lots of redwings hard to count as movement in all directions, 3 Mistle thrush, 2 song thrush, at least 6 jay, 9+ grey plover, great spotted woodpecker.

Posted November 4th, 2012 at 3:41 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Start Point

06:30-09:45. Talk about changeable weather. Arrived to a fresh WSW wind and rain. Rain ceased by 07:00, then wind dropped off and it became very clear and bright, if cold. Grey skies and rain again when i left.

Vis mig from the car park from 07:10-09:00, all birds south-southeast ; 8 Meadow Pipit, 5 alba Wagtails, 290 Chaffinch, 170 Goldfinch, 13 Brambling, 14 Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Bullfinch, 8 Greenfinch and a Reed Bunting. 2300 Woodpigeons in distance flying southwest Slapton-Lannacombe / Prawle.

First thing around the farm were 21 Redwings, 4 Fieldfares and a Mistle Thrush. Later on Blackcap, Goldcrest and Firecrest. Otherwise c 800 Starlings in the top fields, a Chiffchaff by the car park and a late House Martin flying around.


Posted November 4th, 2012 at 12:03 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 3rd November 2012

Thurlestone Marsh

After a stormy night the skies cleared with a sunny morning- Viz mig over my house in 1 hour from 07.30-

10,000 Wood Pigeon ( flying SE in 30 mins inc one flock of 6,000 )   50 Fieldfare, 25 Chaffinch, 25 Stock Dove, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting  3 Jay

Also on the marsh - 4 Little Egret, 40 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 12 Lapwing, Snipe. Brent Goose

Female Black Redstart in the garden.

Starling roost tonight 16.30-16.50 est at 210, 000

Posted November 3rd, 2012 at 5:34 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

From the hide 07:45 till 09:45

On the walk down to the hide 11+ mistle thrush, 54+ redwing,  14+ blackbirds, 4 goldcrest, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, a late house martin was good 

from the hide 167 avocet, 80+ dunlin,  2 bar tailed godwits ,  500+ black tailed godwits, 3 pochard, 4 tufted duck, 2 Cetti's warblers , 5+ shoveler

viewing platform area from 09:50 till 11:40

5+ jay, 1 Fieldfare, 25+ meadow pipit, 6 little egret, 1+ kingfisher, 26+ grey plover and 52+ bar tailed godwit and 200+ dunlin. 

Posted November 3rd, 2012 at 4:07 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Friday 2nd November 2012

Aveton Gifford

At low tide:  2 greenshank, 5 common sandpiper, 340 herring gull.

Also: 45 fieldfare & 40 redwing.

Posted November 2nd, 2012 at 4:51 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

At low tide:  2 greenshan, 5 common sandpiper, 340 herring gull.

Also: 45 fieldfare & 40 redwing.

Posted November 2nd, 2012 at 4:51 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 1st November 2012

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit mid morning between showers.Lots of waterfowl, mostly teal, wigeon and shoveller all well spread out over the fields. Two brent geese were roosting near the canal-side car park. Roosting waders were restricted to 114 curlew and c30 lapwing.

On the lagoon the two red-crested pochard were still present but with increased numbers of tufted duck (8) and gadwall (13).

Flying over c40 redwing and 2 fieldfare going north. Two Cettis showed well on the canal bank. Small flock of meadow pipits (<10) amongst grazing cattle.

Posted November 1st, 2012 at 10:56 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Wednesday 31st October 2012

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Very very quiet at the moment although disturbance on the airfield is not helping. 34 Golden Plover were trying to get onto the barley field this evening to roost. Yesterday 40 Fieldfares were the first of the autumn  along with a single Stonechat - even the numbers of Skylark and Meadow Pipit are way down compared to last year.

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 8:32 pm in Bird News


Leisure Centre - fw drake scaup still present.

29 & 30/10 - Orcombe Point - best birds over the past couple of days - 3 snipe, 1 black redstart, 1 mistle thrush, ad mediterranean gull, 1 fieldfare, 2 reed bunting, 3 brambling and 1 redpoll sp plus small numbers of other common migrants.

Mudbank - 29 & 30/10 - 11 pale-bellied brent goose, 8 great crested grebe, 2 knot, 1 ad mediterranean gull, 2 goldeneye, 4 red-breasted merganser, 150+ pintail, 1 scaup and c60+ turnstone.

scaup - present since 7/10 at least - usually of Mudbank
scaup - present since 7/10 at least - usually of Mudbank

black redstart - Orcombe Point - 29/10
black redstart - Orcombe Point - 29/10

magpie feeding from cattle - Orcombe Point
magpie feeding from cattle - Orcombe Point

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 9:10 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Sunday 28th October 2012

Exmouth and Soar

Orcombe - 0645 - 3+ reed bunting, 1+ fieldfare, c40+ linnet, 2+ brambling, c25+ starling, 20+ meadow pipit, 3 lapwing, 8+ song thrush, 14+ pied wagtail, 1 snipe, 25+ chaffinch, 20+ goldfinch, c2000+ woodpigeon (all west), 10+ siskin, 1+ redpoll sp, 15+ blackbird, 12+ robin, 1 stonechat, 40+ jackdaw, 2 curlew, 2 jay, 8+ goldcrest, 4 bullfinch, 1 coal tit, 3 chiffchaff, 2 rook, 1 turnstone, 1 great spotted woodpecker and 1 grey wagtail.  

Soar - c1100 - 1 woodlark north, 2+ cirl bunting, 7+ goldcrest, 1 chiffchaff 1 large pipit sp (almost certainly richard's) south @ 1115, 6 stonechat, 1 treecreeper, 2+ coal tit and of course, the reason for the twitch, the stunning siberian stonechat - many thanks Al, a bird I've been longing to see!

chiffchaff - Orcombe Point
chiffchaff - Orcombe Point

grey wagtail - Orcombe Point
grey wagtail - Orcombe Point

siberian stonechat - Soar
siberian stonechat - Soar

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 3:43 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Berry Hd

Good mixture of overhead movement today if not in big numbers: 60 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 152 Chaffinch,  6 Brambling, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Siskin, 5 House Sparrows, 36 Bullfinch, 14 Skylark, 7 alba Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 (late) Yellow Waghtail, 5 Swallows, 19 Starling, 21 Song Thrush, 30 Wood Pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 50+ Jackdaws and 1 Rook.

Around the headland: 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 3 Black Redstarts, 1 Stonechat.

Blk Rdst BH 281012 ring Ouzel BH 281012

A lesser? Redpoll looked small but paler cheeked and chested than many lessers and well streaked with black white(ish)mid/upper rump, much whiter greater covert bars than two others seen well during the morning.

Redpoll BH 281012 redpoll BH 281012

 And 1 Red-breasted Merganser flew S. 

ML & BMc

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 10:42 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 26th October 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 17:30

a very good couple of hours with the juv curlew sandpiper in with 252+ dunlin, 95 avocet, 45+ bar tailed godwits, 10+ knot, 11+ greenshanks, 230+ redshank, 3+ snipe, the juv ruff was with 900-1000 black tailed godwits an impressive sight when flushed several times and best count so far this autumn, 3 fieldfares, 5 pochard, 70+ wigeon, 200+ starlings , 3 kay, 6+ buzzards, kestrel, sparrowhawk, 45+ lapwing, 

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 8:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thursday 25th October 2012


Orcombe Point - 1700 - a half hour sprint around the top fields before dark was worth the effort with a male ring ouzel in the dung field plus at least one redwing and a couple song thrushes. This is only my fourth autumn record for Orcombe and I've had just 3 spring birds.

Yesterday - Mudbank - late pm - high count of 117+ turnstone with 38 redshank and 2 greenshank.

Orcombe - 23/10 - 14+ redwing, 11+ song thrush, 1 golden plover, 2w mediterranean gull, 1 mistle thrush, 1+ fieldfare, 1 black redstart, c20+ blackbird, c30+ robin and 1 brambling on a quick pre-work visit. Also c500/1000+ (I'm really bad estimating flock sizes) starling in 1 flock heading north.

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 7:54 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

The fog and drizzle that has been here all week persisted today making visibilty very difficult. However in slightly just less than appalling conditions this afternoon 14 Golden Plover were present on the barley field and a lone Wheatear around the dung heap. Skylarks numbered around 60 and i flushed Meadow Pipits nearly all the time so numbers probably around 50. The Blackdowns haven't seen the passage notable on the coast ( I had a superb day at Portland on Tuesday) and even when the visibilty has improved slightly, only small numbers of redwings have been present.

Similarly I visited an old haunt yesterday, Shipley Bridge and apart from 4 blackbirds and a mistle thrush, thrushes were totally absent. The lack of rowan berries may be an explanation as good fruiting years have attracted hundreds of both redwing and fieldfare in the past. The hawthorn berries are also very patchy with some trees totally devoid of berries - it suggests that the thrushes are going to have a tough winter.

Superb views of a dipper just north of Shipley Bridge provided some compensation.

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 7:25 pm in Bird News

Wednesday 24th October 2012

Froward Point

08.15-12.45. 1 Merlin, 75+ Redwing, 100+ Blackbird, 25+ Song Thrush, 5 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush and Ring Ouzel heard only at Froward Cove, 3-4 Black Redstart (1 on the buildings at the point, 2-3 at Coleton Farm), 1 Wheatear, 2 Firecrest, 2 Brambling over south plus small numbers of Chaffinches and Goldfinches.

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 6:17 pm in Bird News

Start and Prawle

Started off 0815 at Start, where Bob Burridge had been collecting Redwing corpses (plus a Dunlin) from near the lighthouse after another foggy night. Few birds around the Point track in a rising E wind but the back valley and cliffside scrub on the south side were more productive with 6+ Ring Ouzels, 50+ Blackbirds and 200+ Redwings plus a few Song Thrushes and Fieldfares. A Merlin hunting the area and a ringtail Hen Harrier near the radio masts. Two distant  geese flying over near the masts may have been Barnacle.

 Did not reach Prawle until lat am  by which time birds seemed more dispersed there, saw Ring Ouzel by carpark and 10+ Goldcrest in Reserve but no sign of today's Firecrest seen by another observer or of yesterday's Yellow-browed Warbler. At Pigs Nose valley another 3-4 Ring Ouzels and some movement eastward of thrushes up the valley including dozens of Blackbirds. Two Egyptian Geese in flight over Airfield.

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 4:11 pm in Bird News

Berry Hd

Good overhead migration during 2hrs this morning mostly heading NE: 639 Chaffinches, 5 Brambling, 7 Siskin, 5 Greenfinch, 200+ Goldfinch,17 Linnet, 23 Skylark, 75 Starling, 235+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 23 Song Thrush, 80 Jackdaw, 112 Meadow Pipits, 31 alba Wagtails & 2 Grey Wagtail.

Around the headland lots of Blackbirds, 12 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaff (including one very buffy/grey tristis like bird in quarry sadly non calling), 1 Firecrest and 2-3 Black Redstarts in quarry.

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 3:18 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 17:00

on walk down to the hide a brambling over the lane heading towards darts farm also 2 groups of redwing 90-100+ in each group, 7+ Fieldfares, from the hide 1 curlew sandpiper, 2 golden plover, 2 juv ruff,  800+ black tailed godwits, 14+ bar tailed godwits, 60+ dunlin, 6+ greenshanks, good numbers of snipe 62+ showing before I arrived  ( thanks to Gary Clayden) , popped to the viewing platform another group of 80+ redwing over 2 jay 

Another  look from hide produced 40+ lapwing , 70+ wigeon, 3 pochard and still 40+ snipe showing on far side from the hide 2 more jay, by the feeders 2 nuthatch showed well with a treecreeper and coal tit 

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 7:07 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Start Point

Mist/Fog, Wind E/NE 2-3   07.00 - 14.30  Mist lifted 13.00

 A good fall this morning, met Bob Burridge who arrived at 07.00 found hundreds of thrushes around the lighthouse, flocks of Redwings moving up the headland. I arrived at 09.00, birds everywhere, Song Thrushes and Redwings mainly. Thrushes moved through by 11.30. Highlight was the minimum 21 Black Redstarts (9 around the lighthouse, 2 at the farm, 3 on the telegraph buildings and 7 around the cliffs), also a Woodcock flew out of the bracken near the lighthouse and a late Hobby. A classic late October fall, really enjoyable birding.

Totals: Redwing 600+, Song Thrush 400+, Blackbird 150+, Robin 60+, Back Redstart 21+, Blackcap 15+, Chiff-Chaff 12+, Starling 100 around the light, Hobby, Woodcock, Goldcrest 15+, Swallow 10+, Chaffinch 60+, Fieldfare , Mistle Thrush,  Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, Wheatear, Redstart, Yellow Wagtail, Brambling, several dead thrushes sadly around the lighthouse. 

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 4:04 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Froward Point

08.00-15.00. Foggy with a light easterly first thing, slowly clearing. 4 Little Egret E., 1 Mute Swan E., 1 Merlin, 100+ Woodpigeon, 20+ Swallow E., 50+ Robin, 7 Black Redstart (3 around the buildings above the point, 1 at the point, 3 incl. 1 male above Froward Cove), 1 Common Redstart (Froward Cove), 1 Whinchat (Daymark), 2 Stonechat (Old Mill Bay), 50+ Song Thrush, 300+ Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfare, 100+ Blackbird, 2 Ring Ouzel (incl. 1 male, Froward Cove), 20+ Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (in Sycamores east of the buildings above the point), 20+ Chiffchaff, 50+ Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit, 10+ Great Tit, 50+ Chaffinch W., 30+ Siskin E. Thrush counts conservative as lots of movement.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 3:50 pm in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

1200-1500hrs. 1 Merlin, 2 Fieldfare, Buzzard, 50+ Medow Pipit, 1 Skylark, 100+ Starling, 41 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 14 Stock Dove, 25+ Lapwing,10 Linnet and 6 Little grebe. Isley Marsh held good numbers of Curlew and Wigeon, 3 Spoonbill and 2 Shelduck.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 3:42 pm by John hunt in Bird News


No sign of Long-eared Owl this morning in a quick walk around the Beer Cemetery Fields, but lots of birds about with 40 Blackbird, 25+ Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 1 Fieldfare and 1 Brambling.

Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 10:08 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Monday 22nd October 2012


Four Fieldfare eating yew berries in the Shadycombe Cemetery this morning.

(Charles Rowse)

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 10:14 pm in Bird News

Friday 19th October 2012


Report of 12 Fieldfare at Sherberton Common on Wednesday (Bill & Grace McOwan).

Yesterday, 18th A Merlin, Stonechats and a male Wheatear near Headland Warren Farm and plenty of Redwings and Mistle Thrushes at Shallowford (Rob & Maureen Harrison).

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 12:54 pm in Bird News