Devon Bird Sightings

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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

Posted yesterday at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


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

Friday 1st July 2022

Lower Tamar Lake

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

Posted 21 minutes ago by Rick Lockwood in Bird News


Very good views of up to 7 Norfolk Hawkers centered  around the bridge area and pond dipping areas in the main.

Posted 5:00 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

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

Posted 2:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

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

Posted 9:15 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Thursday 30th June 2022

Nightjar Cann Woods 30th June 2022

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

Male Nightjar
Male Nightjar

Posted yesterday at 11:42 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Upper/Lower Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

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

Upper Tamar Lake,

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

Posted yesterday at 3:53 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Drake Ring-necked Duck this pm

Posted yesterday at 3:27 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Velator area

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

Posted yesterday at 1:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kite - Bovey Tracey

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

Posted yesterday at 12:05 pm by John Walton in Bird News

SW coast path Kingswear yesterday.

Plenty of skylarks displaying on the coast.


Posted yesterday at 9:48 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Fremington Salt pond area

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

Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling

Posted yesterday at 12:21 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 29th June 2022

Saltpill duckpond Fremington

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

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

Darts Farm

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

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

Escot Park - Spot Fly

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

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

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


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

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

East Budleigh Common - Noghtjars

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

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

Starlings etc.

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

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

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

Tuesday 28th June 2022

Berry Head

Between 1215 and 1600 we had hundreds of Manx Shearwaters and single Sooty and Balearic Shearwaters (both quite close in), single Med Gull, Puffin, multiple Guillemots and Razorbills. Also around 30 Common Dolphins.

Posted June 28th at 10:01 pm by Howard Ackford and Paul McEleny in Bird News

River Otter - Hobby

As the rain moved in at about 1700hrs this afternoon the numbers of hirundines increased and a Hobby was seen flying up the river near Fluxton Mill, hunting the many Swifts that had appeared.

Posted June 28th at 8:46 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A small gull roost on the marsh, 3 fields north of the Turf, has started to form at high tide. A real sign of summer and the end of the breeding season for some birds. Amongst the 30 gulls were an adult Med gull and a single great black-back gull. Otherwise a few curlew on the estuary and a flock of c20 house martins feeding in the lee of the trees on Station Road.

Posted June 28th at 11:54 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Tundra bean goose

Darts farm

Posted June 28th at 10:26 am by Paul Carter in Bird News

Tundra Bean Goose

Tundra Bean goose present with A Greylag monday vending and tuesday am

Posted June 28th at 10:23 am by Paul Carter in Bird News

East Budleigh Common

9 members of DB (East Devon Branch) met for the Nightjar evening last night and were rewarded with first churring at 21.50 and close sightings of a pair followed.  Birds flew within 20 feet of us and also settled on a bare branch to give superb views and a chance for photography. A number of other birds were seen or heard at other locations.  A Tawny Owl was heard at a distance. Weather conditions ideal with no wind and clear skies.   

Posted June 28th at 10:13 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 27th June 2022

Rosy Starling

If you look at Martin's 2nd photo of Starlings on the wire you can clearly see a Rosy Starling on the top row about 16 in from the right. I've only just taken the trouble of blowing up this image! So should have been there nowish! Maybe tomorrow!

Posted June 27th at 6:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Finally able to get to Slapton Ley this afternoon to see if any Norfolk (Green-eyed) Hawkers remain - only the second time the species has appeared in Devon. There were no less than nine within about 80m of Slapton Bridge. A Hobby was hunting insects over Ireland Bay briefly.

Norfolk Hawker (males), Slapton
Norfolk Hawker (males), Slapton

Posted June 27th at 6:34 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Finally able to get to Slapton Ley this afternoon to see if any Norfolk (Green-eyed) Hawkers remain - only the second time the species has appeared in Devon. There were no less than nine within about 80m of Slapton Bridge. A Hobby was hunting insects over Ireland Bay briefly.

Norfolk Hawker male, Slapton
Norfolk Hawker male, Slapton
Norfolk Hawker male, Slapton
Norfolk Hawker male, Slapton

Posted June 27th at 6:33 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Sunday 26th June 2022

Fremington Salt pond area- Rose-Coloured Starling

Sunday evening at dusk were a large number of Starlings (your guess is as good as mine) roosting in a small tree.  In the mix was one that stood-out, it's hard to see but it is there. They suddenly took flight and landed on some electricity wires.  Long distance shots in poor light so may return tomorrow to try again.

Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling
Rosy Starling

Posted June 26th at 11:56 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


This morning: 5 Whitethroat, 4 singing Chiffchaff, a male Blackcap in the shrubbery, 1 low flying male Sparrowhawk, Rock Pipits & Pied Wagtails amongst the rocks, 9 Gannets just offshore near the Mew stone.

Posted June 26th at 4:02 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Slapton Sands

On Friday 24 on Slapton Beach were a good number of Great black backed gulls, Black headed Gulls, a few Gannets and a Kittiwake.

Kittiwake and Black headed Gull
Kittiwake and Black headed Gull

Posted June 26th at 12:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

Upper Tamar Lake.

12 Grey Heron.

Posted June 26th at 8:16 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 25th June 2022


Delighted to see that autumn migration is under way with the first 3 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning. Looking over at the reserve, a Little Egret was perched precariously on top of one of the Leylandii-type trees. In the reserve, a Grey Heron again, 2 Kingfishers chasing around, still a few Blackcaps singing, and just after a short, sharp shower, a Beautiful Damselfly.

Posted June 25th at 1:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 24th June 2022

Wrafton Scrape

Earlyish this morning a Common Sandpiper briefly on the far edge of the scrape, probably flushed by the cows. Also a Black-headed Gull and a foraging Sand Martin. Yesterday a good sized mixed flock of Swallows and Sand Martins with a few Swifts south of the reserve.

Posted June 24th at 2:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kite, Okehampton

1105hrs. Single Red Kite circling and drifting slowly E high above Waitrose!

Posted June 24th at 12:05 pm by Mark Parsons in Bird News

South Huish

Yesterday at South Huish: Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Rock Pipits, Stonechats, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Linnets, Swallows, Swifts, House Martins, Sand martins, Buzzards and a close up view of a wonderfully acrobatic hunting performance by a Sparrowhawk. After much close encounter jinking the fortunate Stonechat escaped. 

Stonechat juv.
Stonechat juv.

Posted June 24th at 11:20 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News


Yesterday at Soar: House Martins, Swallows, Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Cirl Buntings, Yellowhammers, Stonechats, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Chaffinches and Linnets, L.T.tits, Sparrowhawk and Buzzards.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted June 24th at 10:57 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Red Kite - Crediton

Just watched a Red Kite circling overhead, v. distinctive forked tail that twisted as the bird flew. Heading South, seen from 3k NW of Crediton. 10am 24th June

Posted June 24th at 10:11 am by Garry McCreath in Bird News

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