General Birding

Breeding Birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Avon Dam

Nice views of a Grasshopper Warbler reeling from low gorse scrub on one of the slopes a little below the dam this evening.

Posted yesterday at 10:49 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Walk to the Turf this evening was most rewarding. In the field next to the railway bridge on the reserve was one cattle egret with the Galloway cattle. At the end of the path alongside the railway was a small group of hirundines; 5 house martins, 2 swallows and one red-rumped swallow. It hawked for insects in the lee of the two large trees. No sign on our return at 7.30pm but lots of singing sedge, reed and Cettis warblers.

Posted yesterday at 8:19 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

At Powderham Marsh today. Little Gull 2nd Summer still, 2 Green Sand, singing Reed W, Cetti’s W & 4 Blackcap. 5 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin & a White Wagtail. 

Posted yesterday at 6:31 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Grasshopper Warbler, Brownsham Cliff

reeling at 1130.  In the lee of the steep, N-facing side of the valley.        SS293 266

Posted yesterday at 10:10 am by Abraham Cutajar in General Birding

Berry Head

Despite what appeared to be good fall conditions no sign of any grounded migrants, the Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs present were probably just breeding birds. Perhaps cloud cover and poor weather in France stopped any notable movement across the channel last night. Overhead 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Whimbrel.

Posted yesterday at 10:07 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

South Huish marsh evening 23/04/19

Some splendid looking Bar-tailed godwits in summer plumage in with the Black tailed godwits, 3 whimbrel on the rocks and a few more flying about. A lovely female yellow wagtail, thanks to Mike Passman for not only spotting it but letting me look through his scope to get a brilliant view.

Black-tailed Godwits and Bar-tailed godwitsBlack-tailed Godwits and Bar-tailed godwitsWhimbrel
Black-tailed Godwits and Bar-tailed godwits                                Whimbrel

Posted yesterday at 6:13 am by richie Moore in General Birding

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Yarner and Challicombe

Garden Warbler (Tendlebere thanks to Mark Bailey for the ID) Lifer! hurrah! Also Pied Flycatchers, Tree pipit (Trendlebere) lots of Willow Warblers.Yellowhammer. Very little of note at Challicombe (only Cuckoos heard were near Yarner). A couple of Raven over and 3 buzzards near Hound Tor. Lots of Tadpoles - thousands in wet path near Sousson also Adder near there.

Garden Warb vid

Pied FlycatcherWillow WarblerGarden Warbler
Pied Flycatcher                    Willow Warbler                                     Garden Warbler

Posted April 23rd at 10:46 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding


A trip over the south side of Dartmoor this morning, lots of small birds over the moors generally, Stonechat, Greenfinch , Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Redpoll, Buzzard, Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Hammer, Redstart, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Wren, Bullfinch, Wheatear, Raven and a Curlew heard calling.

Cuckoo seen at Venford (2) Warren House Inn (2) Emsworthy Mire (3)



Posted April 23rd at 9:16 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

South Hams

Pretty quiet today. Soar: 2 Wheatears, 2 singing Sedge Warblers & 3 House Martins. Slapton Ley: 3+ Sandwich Terns, a Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach and c10 singing Reed Warblers.

Posted April 23rd at 9:02 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Postbridge area

Reeling Grasshopper Warblers today at Archerton and Tor View.

Posted April 23rd at 9:02 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding


For the info on Red Damselfly Dave, I had come to that conclusion from a frustrating Google search.....

Posted April 23rd at 8:43 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saddle Tor

Whitethroat with wheatear on path up to tor this afternoon.

Posted April 23rd at 5:52 pm by Geoff Campbell in General Birding

Princetown Railway Track - Ingra Tor

Around midday two separate cuckoos heard, several wheatears, meadow pipit carrying nest material, two linnets, lots of skylarks,  other birds included ravens & crows.

Posted April 23rd at 5:46 pm by Tony Hooper in General Birding

Pied Flycatchers at Yarner Wood

Three pairs of Pied Flycatchers at Yarner Wood busy nest building; also one pair of Redstarts.

Posted April 23rd at 4:09 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Raddick Hill

Cuckoo calling and flying from tree to tree, 11.45 this morning. 

Posted April 23rd at 2:19 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Bursdon Moor, North Devon.

2 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Wheatear, 4 Willoow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Blackbirds, 4+ Skylarks, 1 Dunnock, Carrion Crows and Jackdaws, 2 Meadow Pipits.

Harvey Kendall..

Posted April 23rd at 11:51 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Monday 22nd April 2019

West Charleton Marsh and Wareham Point etc

Late afternoon/rising tide. Of note: 5 Sandwich Terns over the estuary, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits on the mud, 5 Reed Warblers singing in the reedbed etc.

Posted April 22nd at 9:15 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding


Very little in the reserve this morning, even in the lovely warm sunshine! a few Blackcaps, couple each of Sedge and Reed Warblers. a brief visit (flying over) of the female Marsh Harrier. First sighting this year of a  red Damselfly - misplaced my book so not exactly sure which one...

Posted April 22nd at 9:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Durl Rock

7.30 pm -  Birds settling on the rock included 20+ common gulls, 2 black back gulls, 1 shag and 2 oystercatchers. First time this year that I've seen the oystercatchers in this location.

Posted April 22nd at 8:20 pm by David Roper in General Birding


 One Red Kite seen flying over Sharlands Lane, Braunton , at 1:00pm today by Andy Cotton.

Posted April 22nd at 7:46 pm by Margaret- Phillips in General Birding

Turf and Exminster Marshes

Between 12.30-15.00. Birds of note included a male Linnet near the Turf hotel and two Egyptian Geese on Exminster Marshes. On the Turf ferry back to Topsham there was a lone Greenshank and an Avocet. 

Posted April 22nd at 6:41 pm by Jonathan Martin in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Bar-tailed Godwit still around; today with a Whimbrel & Curlew on Blaxton Meadow (3 more Curlews over the estuary). Also, 2 Greenshanks,a singing Willow Warbler, Peregrine, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Stock Dove & 5 Roe Deer.  

Posted April 22nd at 6:30 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Grenofen Woods, Dartmoor

A Red Kite high and distant overhead (zoomed and cropped record shot attached) the highlight this morning on a walk at Grenofen Woods. Also 2 song-flighting Tree Pipits, a very mobile and elusive male Redstart singing, good views of a singing Garden Warbler, a Cuckoo heard twice but not seen, a male Yellowhammer, a male Stonechat, a Raven over being mobbed by Carrion Crows, a male Grey Wagtail along the river, Green Woodpecker heard yaffling and a female Great-spotted Woodpecker along with the usual Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, etc. Lots of Brimstones around too.

Very distant Red KiteTree PipitBrimstone
Very distant Red Kite                                      Tree Pipit                                       Brimstone

Posted April 22nd at 5:28 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

22-04-19 Cuckoo's at Emsworthy Mire

At least 2 Cuckoo's showing well around Emsworthy, at one point 2 male Cuckoo's were fighting with each other, Redstart singing for a mate by a tree near the barn, a few Wheatears around. 


Posted April 22nd at 4:20 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Abbottsham Cliffs

Red Kite over grazing land behind cliffs 2 pm 

Posted April 22nd at 2:44 pm by Rob Cleversley in General Birding

Cadover area, Dartmoor

Great morning. An Osprey over at 0845 was a surprise. Flying low towards Burrator. 

Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, 2 Goosander, Green Woodpecker and Dippers - including 1 Juv. 

Good numbers of common warblers - 18+ Willow, 9+ Blackcap and 3+ Chiffchaff. 

Posted April 22nd at 11:02 am by Chris E in General Birding


Date of cuckoo sighting omitted from previous post - 21st April.

Posted April 22nd at 9:56 am by Nic Butler in General Birding


Cuckoo heard calling and seen perched in tree between Haytor Rocks and Holwell Tor SX 75313 77930 between 18.15 and 18.30. Possible second bird heard calling to the south-west.

Posted April 22nd at 9:54 am by Nic Butler in General Birding

Sunday 21st April 2019

Bennet's Cross to Golden Dagger Mine, Dartmoor

The valley was alive with Willow Warbler and a couple of Chiffchaff early this morning plus 2 males and a female Whinchat. Heard but couldn't locate probably two Cuckoos but the least expected was a late Brambling at Golden Dagger.  Also a Redstart was seen at Challacombe Farm.


Posted April 21st at 10:44 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding


Devon Exmoor: singing Redstart (8), Pied Flycatcher (7, plus 1f), Wood Warbler (3) and c.30 Willow Warblers. Somerset Exmoor: 1 m Whinchat and 5 passage Wheatears.

Posted April 21st at 10:08 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire and Holwell Tor

Late afternoon. Great views of a pair of Cuckoos, a singing male Redstart and several Wheatears. Also 2 Snipe, a singing Reed Bunting, a Fox and a sizeable Grass Snake. Disappointingly also a couple with a Springer Spaniel running around off the lead on Emsworthy reserve itself despite information signs about ground nesting birds and the need to keep dogs on a lead at every entrance and parking place!

Posted April 21st at 10:01 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Mamhead - Starcross

In the woods and clearings around Mamhead: several Tree Pipits, a pair of Redpolls, my first Garden Warbler of the year, and innumerable Willow Willow Warblers, plus Treecreeper, Marsh Tit, Sparrowhawk etc.; in and over the farmland lower down, Red-legged Partridge, at least ten Common Whitethroats, a handful of Swallows and House Martins, and a distantly-heard Cirl Bunting. Nothing of note visible in the estuary, alas. 

James Camden

Posted April 21st at 9:47 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Hembury Woods

Early am, of note: 3 singing Tree Pipits, 1 singing male Pied Flycatcher, 1  female Pied Fly gathering nesting material, several Blackcaps and Willow Warblers singing etc.

Posted April 21st at 9:42 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Crow Point Toll road.

Walked most of the way down the Toll Road this afternoon. Poor rewards. 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sand Martin 3 Swallow. Not long after passing the Toll house on the way back saw the female-type Marsh Harrier over Sherpa Marsh.

This morning from the reserve ALL the local Gulls went up in a real frenzy (about 11.30) but by the time I got to the gate there was nothing out of the ordinary in the sky except an impressive number of Gulls. Did I again miss an Osprey?

Posted April 21st at 7:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Clampits near Bickington (north Devon)

Still at least 5 cattle egret in field with cattle - could have been a few more but difficult to see from the Tarka trail.

Posted April 21st at 5:58 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Two Bridges

Cuckoo singing and showing well and one Grasshopper warbler reeling in the valley this morning. Later, lots of Green Tiger Beetles around Headland Warren.

Posted April 21st at 5:46 pm by Rich Billington in General Birding

Deancombe, Burrator.

This morning near Burrator:

1 singing Pied flycatcher (male), 2 Raven, 3 singing Blackcaps, several Willow warblers and Chiffchaff. Cuckoo and Green woodpecker both heard.

Posted April 21st at 5:11 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Berry Head

A beautiful early morning walk to go bird spotting. Starting at 7am from the Nature Reserve I headed towards St Mary's bay and followed the coastal path to Berry Head.

In the Nature Reserve I saw 2 lesser black back gulls, a pheasant, 3 yellow hammers and 5 dunnocks.

The hedgerows along the costal path were alive with bird song but many birds were difficult to spot. The highlights were a well concealed wood pigeon, 2 black birds, a robin and 4 goldfinch. On the cliffs by the coast there were numerous gulls, pigeons and crows but the best sighting was of a shag drying its wing feathers in the early morning sun. 

The highlight of my walk was wasn't a sighting but the sound of a cuckoo, which I heard several times near the southern fort at Berry Head.

Posted April 21st at 3:31 pm by David Roper in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram Sat 20th April

Highlight was a female Whinchat (my 90th species of the year here). Also, a male Wheatear still around, 2 Common Sandpipers, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Curlews, a pair of Grey Wagtails, Green Woodpecker, 2 Mandarin Ducks & 2 Roe Deer (does). 


Posted April 21st at 3:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Haytor Cuckoo

Cuckoo calling in Haytor Vale at 07.10 flew off north to Haytor Quarries, calling there briefly before, presumably, continuing onwards 

Posted April 21st at 1:25 pm by Colin Brooks in General Birding

Woods at Mill End on R Teign

6 treecreepers, three dipper, 2 grey wagtail, lots of chaffinch and blue tits, long tailed tit plus usual corvids. Possibly more treecreepers, lots around there.

Posted April 21st at 1:23 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Hackney Marsh and Passage House

1 Reed Warbler seen and a further four calling between Hackney Marsh and Passage House. 4 Greenshanks and a Greylag close to Passage House. Female Mallard with 12 young at Hackney. 

Posted April 21st at 12:50 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy

A beautiful morning out on the Moors (Smeardon Down, Lower Godsworthy, Peter Tavy). Lovely close views of the male Redstart, my first view of the male Cuckoo flying out of a tree right across in front of me (too slow to grab a shot). Other notables a Green Woodpecker flyby, 3 Jays and the usual Stonechats and Meadow Pipits.

Redstart (male)
Redstart (male)

Posted April 21st at 12:38 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Lapford, Mid Devon

Red kite seen circling over my house in Lapford this morning. Also one lone swallow has arrived. 

Posted April 21st at 12:00 pm by Abby Harris in General Birding

Red Kite ~ South Brent

Red Kite over the house at South Brent at 10.05am this morning headed towards Ivybridge.

Posted April 21st at 10:08 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Saturday 20th April 2019


1 Cuckoo seen and another heard at same time at Emsworthy am, pm Cuckoo seen and heard at Challacombe 

Posted April 20th at 9:09 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Yarner wood

Lots of willow warblers singing and heard my first cuckoos of the year. A tree pipit and a few pied flycatchers, saw a redstart and a few garden warblers.

Garden WarblerPied FlycatcherRedstart
Garden Warbler                              Pied Flycatcher                                   Redstart

Posted April 20th at 9:09 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

17.30 - 20.00 avoiding most of the holiday crowds around Turf. Lots of singing and showing Sedge Warblers (no Reed Warb) Two Egyptian Geese near Turf. At least 6 Cettis (3 seen). Peregrine on pylon the only raptor except a dead female kestrel by road.Two Wheatear on one of the brick "pill boxes". Lots of Swallows on the boats at Turf.

Sedge Warb vid -

SwallowEgyptian GooseWheatear
Swallow                          Egyptian Goose                               Wheatear

Posted April 20th at 8:52 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire and Yarner Wood


Obliging male Redstart in full song at the Barn.  Mobile and vocal Cuckoo moving around the valley.  4 Wheatears closer to the road.

Pied Flys, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail and Redstart (heard only) at nearby Yarner Wood. 

A Wheatear, Whitethroat, Sandwich Tern and 2 Grey Seals earlier (10.45) at Hope's Nose. 

Posted April 20th at 8:24 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

South Hams

3 Redstart at Prawle & 2 Reed Warblers at Beesands.

Posted April 20th at 3:56 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Smeardon Down Cuckoo

A Cuckoo calling on Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy this lunchtime, unable to get a visual on him

Posted April 20th at 1:04 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Bennets Cross to ruin near Soussons.

One grasshopper warbler and willow warblers on every third tree, or so it seemed. Beautiful morning walk.

Posted April 20th at 11:11 am by Ian Muir in General Birding


Heard a Cuckoo from the house in Starcross this morning.

Posted April 20th at 10:48 am by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Baggy Point Seawatch

0645 - 0735: 3 Gannet, 6 Fulmar, 2 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 1 Red-Throated Diver, plus 6 unidentified auks

Posted April 20th at 9:56 am by Mark Wardman in General Birding

Friday 19th April 2019


Four Goldfinches on my drive.

One of four Goldfinches.
One of four Goldfinches.

Posted April 19th at 11:23 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Velator ringing

A quality morning's ringing today: Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Blackcaps, Dunnock, juv Robin, Kingfisher and a Merlin!

Haven't ringed one of these since 2005!On release it flew to a nearby telegraph pole.
Haven't ringed one of these since 2005!                        On release it flew to a nearby telegraph pole.

Posted April 19th at 7:52 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Powderham and Exminster Marshes


Little Gull, Snow Goose and Green Sandpiper from the viewing platform at Powderham.


Cattle Egret amongst the cows in the fields behind Lion's Rest.




Posted April 19th at 7:18 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding


2 cuckoos calling and flying in valley above Burrator reservoir .Also a lively and inquisitive weasel .

Posted April 19th at 7:05 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in General Birding

Stover Country Park

This morning at Stover:

3 Tufted duck (2m, 1f), 11 Mandarin duck, 6 Willow warbler, 4 Blackcap including 3 singing males, 5 Siskin, 2 Marsh tit, 2 Stock dove, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Green woodpecker, and several Nuthatch round the feeders. 

Marsh tit.Stock Dove.Nuthatch.
Marsh tit.                           Stock Dove.                                      Nuthatch

Posted April 19th at 6:30 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding


2 Serins (pair?) Harrowbeer airfield. Viewing within 5 meters 

Posted April 19th at 5:52 pm by Ian Mortimore in General Birding

Morte Point

0700 - 11.40  1 Whitethroat. Only 1 Swallow. No Martins. Good number of singing Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. Wheatear collecting nesting material. A single small yellow Butterfly which I was unable to identify before it was taken by a Stonechat  Grey Seal consuming a large fish - possibly a Codling? collecting nesting material. A single small yellow Butterfly which I was unable to identify before it was taken by Stonechat. Grey Seal consuming a large fish - possibly a Codling?

Posted April 19th at 4:40 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Cuckoo's at venford reservoir

2 cuckoo's seen and calling  all around venford this morning also 8 male + female blackcaps seen displaying around the reservoir footpath and 1 swallow 

Posted April 19th at 3:54 pm by Hamish Johnson in General Birding

Cuckoo, sidvalley

Cuckoo heard calling in the upper Sidvalley this morning, the first one I've heard here in 6 years. Also a Hobby flew over the outskirts of Sidbury.

Posted April 19th at 3:31 pm by Jude Dinham-Price in General Birding


Helped my brother take out and put in a new engine for his boat at liners lane n.devon and between 11.25-11.38 had 3buzzards 3 sparrowhawk's a red kite then the gulls created downstream towards appledore and managed to connect with an osprey.Pretty cool 13 minutes.Brimstone butterfly just in the our garden Bideford.Could be a first.

Posted April 19th at 1:47 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Tamar Lakes.

4 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Chaffinches, 2 Great Tits, 5 Blue Tits, 2 Wood Pigeons, small groups of Mallards and a few Teal, 5 Moorhens, 3 Coot, 3 Cormorants,

2 Orange Tips and 3 Brimstones.

Strangely - no hirundines, 

Harvey Kendall.

Posted April 19th at 1:42 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Norsworthy Bridge area

Walking up the path to Kingset Farm, heard Willow  Warbler, Chiffchaff, then  saw a pair of Wheatear, the female taking food into a wall. On the way back a lovely Red start. 

Posted April 19th at 12:21 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Red Kite Plymouth

Single bird drifted over Lipson at 10.40 harassed by Herring Gulls

Posted April 19th at 10:51 am by Rich Billington in General Birding


4 in our Bideford garden this morning.The resident male still and 3 females.Putting up a new swift box this weekend in eager anticipation of their arrival.

Posted April 19th at 9:21 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Thursday 18th April 2019

N Devon Hunters Inn

A pair of Pied Flycatchers and good numbers of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Linnet, Stonechat and Wheatear on the headland.

Pied flycatcher (m)Pied flycatcher (F)
Pied flycatcher (m)                     Pied flycatcher (F)

Posted April 18th at 9:22 pm by Richard Gowen in General Birding

South Huish marsh

2 cattle egret on South Huish marsh and a little egret, 2 wheatear, 1 Med gull, 7 Whimbrel flying around the bay and a few sandwich terns.

Cattle EgretLittle Egret & Cattle egretSandwich Tern
Cattle Egret                  Little Egret & Cattle egret                                Sandwich Tern

Posted April 18th at 8:20 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Swift - Kingsteignton

A solitary Swift feeding over Kingsteignton 1915hrs - very early return for this site - normally 2nd May

Posted April 18th at 7:23 pm by JDA in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A late Jack Snipe, Snipe, 5 Wheatears (3m), 2 House Martins, 12+ Swallows, 2 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, 3 Greenshanks, Bar-tailed Godwit, Stock Dove & a pair of Mandarin Ducks.  

Posted April 18th at 7:03 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Colyford Common, East Devon


This Jackdaw had a ready supply of nest material thanks to a Ruby Red.  Not seen this behaviour before but both seemed quite happy with the arrangement.  Otherwise not much of interest around Seaton Wetlands. 

Posted April 18th at 6:37 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Toll Road/Velator

Cycled down the Toll road this morning, hoping for an Osprey. Saw 3 Wheatears, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, and a lot of Crows and Gulls getting very excited. Hastening towards the White House, I couldn't see anything to get excited about until this Otter appeared - catching something in the mere and bringing it to shore to eat. It did this several times as I sat in the Toll road embankment watching. Then it headed out over the small hedge and straight towards me! Must have passed within 6 feet! Then down the embankment to the Toll Road right in front of a White Van who stopped and watched as it plopped into the ditch, scaring the young Cows! The only unfortunate thing about the whole episode was that it appeared to have a broken rear left leg.

Later I saw Sue Bruce who had seen the Great White Egret at Sherpa, and I also saw it briefly from a distance.

Otter on the mud.Otter close up.
Otter on the mud.                                     Otter close up.

Posted April 18th at 3:29 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Bit quiet generally, but a small number of Swallows and Sand Martins through. At least two Wheatear showing quite well. Little Grebe calling at the back, also Cetti's and Sedge Warbler 'singing' in the reeds, carrying over in an easterly wind. In the lane Blackcap, Chiff Chaff and Nuthatch

Posted April 18th at 2:22 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

2 Swallows at our house today, looked as if they were preparing to roost this evening. Orange tip in garden

Posted April 17th at 10:27 pm by Mark West in General Birding

Migrating whimbrel South Huish marsh

Lots of Whimbrel flying around South Huish marsh one flock contained over 100.

Posted April 17th at 9:34 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding


My walk was accompanied to the sound of a cuckoo , sighting of an osprey riding on thermal waves, skylarks singing and a clouded yellow butterfly. What a walk . 

Posted April 17th at 7:39 pm by Ruth Baker in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1400-15.30

A single Whimbrel on foreshore at Ashford sewage works and a flock of c20 overhead. Black-headed Gulls have reduced in large numbers and Herring Gulls, LBBG and GBBG have taken over their normal roosts.

Posted April 17th at 7:39 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Hope's Nose


Steady stream of Swallows heading north, perhaps 45+.  11 Sandwich Terns, 3 Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff, 2 Rock Pipits and 3 Gannets. 

Posted April 17th at 6:54 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Sandy Lane Car Park to Saunton Sands Golf Club

Good numbers of Willow Warbler 15, Chiffchaff 12, & Blackcap 18 along this section of footpath.

Also my first Lesser Whitethroat of the spring.

Posted April 17th at 6:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Berrynarbor Wheatear

Wheatear seen in our garden and meadow this afternoon.  It spent all afternoon flitting between the various wood piles.  I wonder if it is the same one that spent a few days here at this time last year.


Posted April 17th at 6:40 pm by Kim Beaver in General Birding

Powderham Marsh and Exminster Marsh

Little Gull on Powderham Marsh was the highlight.also Blackcap (male singing) and Cirl Buntings plus a pair of Kestrel. On both sides of the railway Reed and Sedge Warblers heard not seen, at least 5 Cettis (one seen), and numerous Reed Bunting. Gadwall near middle car park and Skylark over the lagoon. Lots of Swallows particularly near Turf.

Little Gull flying video -

Blackcap singing video -

Little GullGadwallBlackcap
Little Gull                            Gadwall                                 Blackcap

Posted April 17th at 6:16 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Roborough Down, Clearbrook

A male Cuckoo seen and heard this morning - also Lesser Redpolls, Willow Warblers. Chiffchaffs,Yellowhammers and a Peregrine.

Posted April 17th at 4:48 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding


Not much of note in the reserve this morning (one Sedge Warbler) so I went for a walk around Sherpa. Of note: a pair of Wigeon (somewhat late) 3 Common Sandpipers, which flew off north. 3 Grey Herons, 5 Little Egrets and a Great White Egret which flew south but I was blocked by the embankment and so I didn't see if it landed at the Sherpa pools. One singing but unseen Reed Warbler.

No Hirundines at all!

Posted April 17th at 3:57 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

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