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

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

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

Same as yesterday this lunchtime. Bonaparte's Gull & Little Gull showing well from the hide and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Posted 43 minutes ago by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 27th March 2017

Dawlish Warren and Powderham Marshes Exminster

A Red Kite drifted northwards over Powderham Marshes at 3pm. At 4pm I saw a 'yellow-headed' Marsh Harrier disturb waders and ducks on Exminster Marshes. Several singing Chiffchaffs. Earlier, at Dawlish Warreen I saw the Jack Snipe 'bobbing' , together with a Common Snipe, and saw Sand Crocuses and Sand Lizards (being monitored by someone working for the sea defence building company) 6 plus Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood butterflies.

Posted yesterday at 9:46 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodbury Common

Grey Shrike showing well if a little distant as yesterdays post, rather mobile feeding within the area it was frequenting.

Other birds included Skylarks, Linnet, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Yellow Hammer, Stonechat, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, two Willow Warbler both in full song and Wren.


At home female Reed Bunting still coming to garden feeders along with Siskin and a Song Thrush around the garden and a late fly past from two Canadian Geese.

Early evening a Kestrel seen over Wrangaton.

Posted yesterday at 8:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime, the Bonaparte's Gull and Little Gull were on the marsh with a small group of Black-headed Gulls. Also 1 Green Sandpiper

Posted yesterday at 2:04 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 26th March 2017


Late afternoon at Bowling Green Marsh, 2yc Bonaparte's gull, Little gull, Ruff and Green sandpiper.

Posted March 26th at 10:57 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A single Willow Warbler in song on Orcombe Point early this morning and a Yellow-browed Warbler in gardens on Belle Vue Road @ 950 this morning. Photos on

Posted March 26th at 6:19 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite

Seen over fields between Poltimore Arms near Yarde and Cart Gate Cross about 4 miles north of North Molton just before 17:00.

Posted March 26th at 5:50 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 25th March 2017

Staverton WTW

Still one Yellow browed warbler along with 6 Chiffchaffs including the tristis. 

Posted March 25th at 7:01 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham - Cattle Egrets

Small party of Cattle Egrets in field (with several L Egrets) by R Clyst just N of Highfield Farm. Distance (200m) and failure to bring scope meant exact no. uncertain: min. 4 but possibly up to 6.

Cattle Egrets - Topsham - 25/3/2017
Cattle Egrets - Topsham - 25/3/2017

Posted March 25th at 12:26 pm by Tim Worfolk in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren

Good views of Jack Snipe on the pond, which is attracting quite a few birders. Also of note a male Wheatear, a single Egyptian Goose overhead towards Cockwood and a single Swallow overhead towards golf course. Many Linnets, Skylark, a few Chiffys and some Reed Buntings. Species total count was 36. Only had phone so digiscoped pictures.

Posted March 25th at 12:18 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hopes Nose

A male Cirl Bunting singing late morning in middle of lower slope, then moving up the headland and seen again by top gate, is possibly just the second site record . Also a male Wheatear on Sandy Point. Chiffchaff and Blackcap both singing 

Posted March 25th at 11:15 am by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Yellow-browed warbler still at the WTW, now alone as chiffchaffs have moved on

Posted March 25th at 10:58 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 24th March 2017

Mansands & Waddeton

1 Cattle Egret still present with 7 Little Egrets in cattle field between Waddeton and Galmpton.

Mansands Marsh- 2 Sand Martins, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 9 Chiffchaff and 4/5 pairs of Gadwall.

Posted March 24th at 4:46 pm by Jacob Wood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle Egret Fremington Pill

Yesterday Thursday there was 5 Cattle Egrets along with 7 Little Egret at the top end of the Pill. They all except one Little one flew up into the field with sheep.

Posted March 24th at 8:26 am by Richard Burston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Jack Snipe

A wet visit to the Warren gave, after an hour or so, great views of the Jack Snipe on the main pond, by the boats. Also on the pond Little Grebe, Mallard, Moorhen and Canada geese.

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Jack Snipe
Jack Snipe

Posted March 23rd at 5:29 pm by Martin Rooney in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Slapton Sands

Photos of Terns and Pomarine Skua seen today 

Pomarine Skua
Pomarine Skua

Posted March 21st at 9:18 pm by Henry Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Sands

Two sub-adult Pomarine Skuas (possibly 3) 

5 Sandwich Terns

Plus 5 harbour porpoises and distant views of the Humpback Whale 

Posted March 21st at 6:19 pm by Rupert and Henry Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Jack Snipe Dawlish Warren

Present again today on main pond. View from main track, its on island near boats

Posted March 21st at 11:47 am by Steve Ayres in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Exmouth - Osprey viewed from Mudbank - flew into Powderham Park carrying fish @ 0625'ish.

Posted March 21st at 6:41 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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