Devon Bird Sightings Matching ‘hybrid goose’

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2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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

Sunday 29th December 2019

Passage House to the Exe

Passage House, Kingsteignton ~ 200 plus Black Headed Gull one carrying a yellow DARVIC type ring but unable to get any details, a smaller number of Herring Gull and a handful of Greater Black Backs, two Little Grebe, six Avocet (the first that I have seen at this location) a Common Sandpiper, nine Lapwing, two Little Egret, Oyster Catcher, four Mute Swan and a mishmash of domestic / hybrid geese including the Chinese and Greylag hybrids.

Cockwood steps ~ Dozens of Oyster Catcher in the roadside fields, Red Breasted Merganser, Great Crested Grebe, Shag, Cormorant, Brent and Canada Geese, Curlew, Turnstone, Redshank, Greater Black Back Gull, Nuthatch  and a fly past Sparrow hawk.

Starcross Golf Course ~ 69 Curlew, Redshank, Lapwing, 150 plus Brent Geese and a solitary Pied Wagtail.

On the flood meadow by the science lab, numerous Wigeon, a smaller number of Teal, three Little Egret, a Heron, Redshank and 20 plus Curlew.

Exminster Marsh ~ Egyptian Goose in with the Canada goose flock, a low flying Buzzard flushed a small flock of Starling and Redshank, moments later a female Peregrine flushed a flock of Curlew and then had a serious attempt at taking an evading bird but missed, a Cetti's Warbler calling well.

A379 Labrador Bay a flock of 10 plus Common Scoter, one great Northern Diver and a pair of Raven.

Posted December 29th, 2019 at 4:58 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Shobrooke Park/Bowling Green Marsh

Hi, message for Chris Marcol RE his photos of a Bar-Headed type goose from Bowling Green Marsh on the 14th of his month - sorry to post on here but not sure how else to contact contributors - I believe your bird is in fact the Canada x Bar-head hybrid that was hatched here at Shobrooke Park last summer by our now semi-resident Bar-Headed Goose (first arrived here in mid 2014) and one of the many summering Canada Geese. The bird is identical in plumage and I have observed more unusual birds (plumage-wise/based on ring data) to frequently travel quite far from the park only to return again in the next few days, if not sooner, and sure enough, this hybrid bird was present again yesterday evening in our main pre-roost flock of Canadas (see my post from yesterday). So yes, the bird is indeed a Canada x Bar-head hybrid as you correctly thought that it may be, and I do indeed think it is highly likely to be the same individual, as I haven’t seen another goose of this hybrid type at all recently anywhere else in the Devon area. Hope this is of some help. If you’d like any more info about the bird’s history etc feel free to email me on Thank you! 

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 8:22 am by T. M. Mylett in General Birding

Monday 19th August 2019

Shobrooke Park

Another good day's work on patch produced a few decent finds: the first 2 Cormorant of the summer/autumn dropped in towards the beginning of the evening, the Bar-headed X Canada Goose hybrid showed well in the Canada Goose flock (126 birds strong today) alongside its Bar-head parent, and a patch first of 2 Great Black-backed Gull arrived for a brief swim on the main lake.

Posted August 19th, 2019 at 11:52 pm by T. M. Mylett in General Birding

Wednesday 14th August 2019

Bowling Green Marsh - Bar-headed Goose

Yesterday and again today this juvenile Bar-headed Goose turned up with the Canada flock. It has the yellowy bill & legs as expected, and no head cross bars of an adult. bar-headed.  It however appears as big as the Canadas and overall brown/grey rather than ash grey, could it be a xCanada hybrid?

Bar-headed Goose juv
Bar-headed Goose juv

Bar-headed Goose juv
Bar-headed Goose juv

Bar-headed Goose juv
Bar-headed Goose juv

Posted August 14th, 2019 at 11:43 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Roadford Lake

I think most have seen the Pink-footed Goose at Roadford Lake by now. When we arrived Bob was already there and had seen it, but he came with us to track it down. We couldn't locate it again and drove to a different vantage point to no avail. Had one more attempt from the bridge and there it was with the hybrid white headed goose, very close in. We went back to the hide and by then it had moved to the opposite shore and was asleep on the bank. A nice hide and a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

 Pink-footed Goose and friend Pink-footed Goose

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 4:00 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Friday 25th January 2019

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1425-1540

Bar-tailed Godwit 2; Black-tailed Godwit 57; Shelduck 56; Canada Goose c265 plus the Ross/Barnacle hybrid; Dark-bellied Brent Goose c320; Golden Plover c2500; Lapwing at least 3000; Grey Plover 3; Sanderling 5; Pintail 1M; Wigeon 23 and Goosander 1F.

Posted January 25th, 2019 at 4:13 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Re: Whistlandpound Snow Goose?

I think it was decided a few years ago now that this bird is a hybrid Ross/Barnacle Goose. It has been seen many many times on and around Taw estuary in company with Canada Geese for quite a number of years.

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 7:43 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Sunday 4th February 2018

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

From the hide: pintail, mute swan, tufted duck, avocet, canada geese, buzzard, curlew, shoveler, coot, redshank, shelduck, black-headed gull, starling, wood pigeon, ruff, pied wagtail, sparrowhawk, little egret, corvids, gadwall, teal, magpie, wigeon, wigeon hybrid and pochard.

Viewing platform and the road: greenfinch, chaffinch, dunnock, robin, blackbird, avocet, little egret, shelduck and possible greenshank (distant).

Goosemoor: common gull, black-headed gull, greenshank, curlew, wigeon, teal and possible redshank.

Redshank Redshank Common Gull

Redshank                                         Redshank                                Common Gull

Posted February 4th, 2018 at 8:29 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Friday 27th October 2017

Anchorwood Bank River Taw

The probable hybrid Snow goose (mainly white with some dark grey feathering) was with 84 Canada geese on the midday high-tide.  Duck numbers increasing with Eurasian wigeon and Teal being joined by a few Pintail. A possible water pipit was too distant to be sure, both godwits were joined by a single knot and a few dunlin plus about 60 redshank and lapwing. A female sparrowhawk hunted overhead but very few passerines seen.

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 3:30 pm by Andrew Lansdell in General Birding

Sunday 24th September 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

Despite no reports since last Wednesday, this morning the 2 “Red-rumped Swallows” were again seen from the Goosemoor viewpoint from mid-morning onwards. However, photos apparently show a pale undertail, which indicates that the birds are hybrids, presumably Barn Swallow x House Martin. Except in the best light, it was hard to see the true colour of the vent. The birds were clearly an odd shape though, showing much that would be visible in a real Red-rumped Swallow. Struggling initially in poor light and with brief periods when the birds were visible, I was sure I could see enough to suggest that they were Red-rumped – a salutary lesson indeed!

While watching the swallows in weak sunlight in mid-afternoon, first a juvenile Marsh Harrier created chaos over the marsh and then a Great White Egret flew in from the NW, apparently overflying BGM and continuing towards the estuary.

During the morning high tide, there were 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 1 Little Stint with the roosting waders (which also included Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwits), plus good numbers of Pintail and Wigeon. Two Grey Wagtails fed right in front of the hide. Five Snipe flew over Goosemoor, where there were 28 Greenshanks, plus a Ruff later in the afternoon.

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Friday 6th January 2017

East Devon. Topsham.

35 Members of DB (including many new members) met at Darts Farm and divided into two main groups led by Colin Randall and myself, while a splinter group of 3 headed for Bowling Green.  A total of c56 species listed during the morning with the highlights being:

Darts Farm: group of 3 Chiffchaff on the field slope with flock of c20 Redwing in the hedgerow,  Large numbers of Brent Geese (600+)  and Canada Geese in the meadows including 2 hybrid Canada Geese with unusual head markings. Also Stonechat and 2 Stock Dove.

Goosemoor:  Spotted Redshank, 1 Pintail, 3 Greenshank, numbers of Redshank.

Bowling Green Marsh: Avocet flock in flight but no great numbers of ducks, waders. Water Rail along hedgerow to viewing platform where a couple of Goldeneye were off The Retreat (did someone later say they saw Long- tailed Duck there?).  Hope our numbers didn't disturb other birders!


Posted January 6th, 2017 at 4:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Monday 19th December 2016

Topsham area

At Bowling Green Marsh today on falling tide: 10 Greylags, 2 Pintail and a putative hybrid Eurasian X Chiloe Wigeon (black barring on chest, orangey flanks and large white patch on sides of head), but no sign of American Wigeon.

Impressive wader numbers were visible from the Clyst viewpoint and the Goat Walk, including 780 Golden Plover roosting on mud towards Turf (possibly the most I've ever seen on the Exe and surely the most for some years). There were also over 500 Lapwings, c25 Knot and perhaps 500 Avocets and 1000 Black-tailed Godwits, with good numbers of Redshanks and a Greenshank. A Water Rail was along the reed fringe across the estuary.

A Cetti's Warbler gave good views by the viewing platform and 2 Redwings in one of the seeded fields near the Goat Walk included an obvious very dark, heavily-streaked Icelandic bird (coburni). A Spotted Redshank called near Goosemoor, where there was a Greenshank and another Water Rail.

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Saturday 23rd April 2016

Sherpa Marsh Braunton

Two visits to the marsh today. This morning Little Ringed Plover, 4 Yellow Wags inc one female, Whitethroat, Wheatear, Linnets,  Plus all the regulars. This evening Plover still present but closer and 10 Yellow Wagtails inc one female and an immaculate BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL, close views through the scope, Large numbers of Sand Martin and Swallows all day, Cettis calling, Sedge Warblers, Male Reed Bunting, Common Sandpipers, Buzzards and a Marsh Harrier reported. Canada Geese and the hybrid goose, Egrets, Swans, Herons, Pied and Alba Wags, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks. Jon Turner says the Blue Headed is not tick as it is a sub species! Well I have never seen one so its a tick on my unofficial list! See you all on the Lundy Boat! :-)

Posted April 23rd, 2016 at 8:17 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Friday 8th April 2016


7.00 - 9.30 Friday  1 Cetti's, 3 Willows, 4 Chiffchaff & 2 Blackcap around Pond. Pr Tufted Duck, pr Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen & Mute Swan on the water. Plenty of Swallows & Sand Martins overhead. On scrape Hybrid Goose with several Canada Geese, 3 Teal & 1 L B-b Gull. No sign of any House Martins. Rather quiet really - especially after the wild life invasion!

Posted April 8th, 2016 at 3:16 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Wednesday 6th April 2016

Sherpa scrape

The hybrid Goose showing well again late aft - early evening.

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 7:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Thursday 17th March 2016

Sherpa scrape

18.00 - Hybrid Goose.

Posted March 17th, 2016 at 7:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Sunday 5th July 2015

hybrid duck at slapton

Yesterday at slapton ley there was this hybrid duck. It looks to me a red-crested pochard with tufted duck, however different from the bird that has been returning to slapton these past years.

Also, the 4 black swans are still present as well as 1 pochard, the brood of tufted ducks and good numbers of mute swans and canada goose( also one feral goose with them) gadwalls, great crested grebes, reed warblers and 2 mediterranean gulls. offshore 1 male common scoter

Posted July 5th, 2015 at 2:29 pm by Martin Rey Pellitero in General Birding

Tuesday 24th March 2015

Ashford Strand - Taw Estuary

Yes indeed, I also enjoyed the American Wigeon this morning from 10:10 to 10:30 with 16 Wigeon from the Tarka Trail north side of the Taw, moving out with the tide. Sorry about the photo quality. 

Also 6 snipe and the hybrid (Snow?) goose with Canada Geese at Bradiford reserve.

Posted March 24th, 2015 at 4:10 pm by Martin James Bond in General Birding

Wednesday 18th February 2015

Sharpa Marshes & Wrafton Pond

The Hybrid Goose with the Canada Geese on the Marshes this morning & 1 male Pochard & 9 Shoveler on Wrafton Pond.

Posted February 18th, 2015 at 10:19 am by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Monday 9th February 2015

Stover and Newton Abbot

The lake at Stover was frozen over for at least half its area this morning, not overly busy round the feed station but Marsh Tit, male Bullfinch, Nuthatch showing well, Greater Spotted Woodpecker could be heard drumming before showing itself, on the lake Lesser Black Back Gull, pair of Goosander.


A first serious visit to the rivers in Newton Abbot (Jetty Marsh and Town Quay areas) gave good sightings of at least two Kingfishers, male & female, Grey Wagtails, several Chiffchaff hawking insects from the Buddleia, Bullfinch, a trio of Geese that I suspect are Graylag hybrids of some sort, possiblywith a Chinese goose, someone may well know the history. 

The resident hen Buzzard at home finished off the day along with four Bullfinch and a fly past from a female Sparrow hawk

Posted February 9th, 2015 at 7:10 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Thursday 5th February 2015

Late Post - Wrafton Pond

Photo of the hybrid Goose with the Canada Geese taken yesterday morning at Wrafton Pond.

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 12:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wednesday 4th February 2015

Wrafton Pond

Canada Goose numbers building up - 69 now with the hybrid white Goose. 3 Shoveler and only 2 of last year's cygnets remain and they are being harassed by the male.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 2:36 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Friday 19th December 2014

Home Farm Marsh

American wigeon is still there on the farthest part of the scrape amongst the reeds. Also 60+ Canada Geese (one had an injured wing), Hybrid goose, 200+ Wigeon, 150+ Teal and shoveler. Also a merlin flew over.

Posted December 19th, 2014 at 3:02 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Monday 8th September 2014

Sherpa Marsh

Evening stroll at high tide revealed at least 6 Little Grebes, 2 Little Egrets, 16 Swans, 160+ Canada Geese (and the white-necked hybrid goose), 2 Lapwing, a female-type Shoveler, some Teal and a Snipe. Best was probably the Green Sandpiper. Only 30 or so Swallows.

Posted September 8th, 2014 at 10:11 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Monday 17th March 2014

Wrafton Pond & Sharpa Marshes

21 Sand Martins on Wrafton Pond.

2 female Marsh Harriers on Sharpa Marshes + 40

Canada Geese + 1 hybrid Ross's goose.

Posted March 17th, 2014 at 6:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Friday 7th June 2013

R.Taw - Pottington to Ashford sewage works.


Off Pottington - 5 Black-tailed Godwits. Hybrid goose with c40 Canada geese. Looks like a cross between Barnacle and possibly a Ross` Goose. Short neck, small round head and pinkish, blue bill. 2/3s size of Canada. 

Off Ashford sewage works - 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1A, 1 2S); pair of Shelduck with 5 ducklings.

Late posting for same area - 11 Sanderling in breeding plumage on wednesday 5th.

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 9:09 am by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Friday 22nd February 2013

Exmouth, Hennock and Teign

Orcombe Point - 0800 - 86 lapwing, 3 golden plover, 4 snipe and c30/40+ skylark.

Hennock - female ring-necked duck still with 5 tufted duck on Tottiford Reservoir. 3 drake goosander plus 3 great crested grebe on Trenchford Reservoir.

Teign Estuary - 2nd winter yellow-legged gull, 1 greylag goose and the two presumed swan goose x greylag geese still. Also 1 little grebe and 4+ red-breasted merganser.

Many thanks Jeremy for the info on the Latvian black-headed gull.

2w yellow-legged gull
2w yellow-legged gull

presumed swan goose x greylag hybrids - present on the Teign for years now.
presumed swan goose x greylag hybrids - present on the Teign for years now.

Posted February 22nd, 2013 at 5:29 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Sunday 2nd September 2012

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 17:15-19:15 high tide.

3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 25+ Black -tailed Godwits ( very vocal but difficult to see in hidden scrape at the north end of marsh ), 5 Common Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gulls ( adults ) and a Yellow Wagtail. Family party of hybrid geese flew over including probable parents namely Canada Goose and white domestic goose.


Posted September 2nd, 2012 at 9:14 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding