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Posted April 1st at 3:13 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding


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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

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Wembury Point

A good few hours birding this morning produced

29 species of birds the best being

6 Whitethroat 1 Yellowhammer

11 Whimbrel 3 Grey Plover 2 Black Tailed Godwit

7 Common Sandpiper.

Very few hirundines 2 Swallow 1 House Martin

Plus all the usual birds

Posted 3:20 pm by Roger Backway in General Birding

Morte Point

0620-1040. 3 Whimbrel, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Fulmar, 1 Gannet,  3 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 House Martin, several Swallow plus 23 other species. No sign of the Shrew - so cold it probably stayed in bed!

Posted 2:17 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding


2 passage Cuckoos were noted yesterday one at Berry Head about lunch time (per Ranger) and one in Primley Woods, Paignton during the morning (per D Ellacott). 

Posted 10:19 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

man sands / coast path

yesterday pm:  small copper b/fly on southdown hill coast path. 2 oystercatcher on mansands beach.  swallows, sand martins, reed warblers, gadwall around ley. .

Posted 9:43 am by graham folkerd in General Birding

Tuesday 25th April 2017


Little tern and seven whimbrel at 18:45.Nearly ran over a male crossbill yesterday evening after work at north bovey.didnt have time to stop due to seeing it late.Not seen in rear mirror so hopefully ok.Had to make paint shop so was in a hurry.

Posted yesterday at 10:53 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Yarner Woods 29.05.2016

Spent a few hours at Yarner Woods yesterday and today.Plenty of Redstarts arriving now.Counted 6 males and 2 females on the top path.Also 12 Pied Flycatchers

Posted yesterday at 10:32 pm by Allison Wines in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Walked along the railway path this lunchtime. Highlights were 1 Hobby perched by the back of the lagoon and a female / immature Marsh Harrier - presumably the overwintering bird.

Posted yesterday at 2:28 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Meldon Woods

taking a short walk through the bluebells in the woods this morning, there were chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap and pied flycatcher, after the viaduct there was a cuckoo calling near the pond and a black red start near the old quarry.

Posted yesterday at 2:12 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two pairs of Mistle Thrushes feeding young, Green Woodpecker, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Wheaters, and Whitethroat.

Wheatear 23.4.17
Wheatear 23.4.17

Posted yesterday at 12:08 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Monday 24th April 2017

Dockwell, South Brent

A visit to Dockwell near South Brent today, checked out three nest box's that I placed in some woodland last year, one has a sitting Blue Tit, one half full of dried moss and one just the remnants of a nest from last year.

Bird species included Mistle Thrush, Wren 2, Pied Wagtail, Linnets 20 plus, Yellow Hammer 3, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler 2, Goldfinch 4, Buzzard and my first Whitethroat of the season.

A Roe deer on the edge of Brent hill

Back at home a single Long Tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Song Thrush pair still feeding young and a strange incident of a Carrion Crow attacking and pinning down a Jackdaw, the commotion drew in numerous very raucous Corvids that swooped and circled over the event, the Carrion Crow was clearly intent on killing the Jackdaw when a Magpie came in and actually struck the Crow, as a result the Jackdaw was able to escape not aware if anyone else has witnessed this type of behaviour.

Posted April 24th at 10:45 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Occombe Sunday Morning

Late submission for Sunday morning. 2 House Sparrows, 4 Dunnock, 2 Swallows, 3 Greenfinch, Chaffinch, 2 Mallard, 6 Blackcap, Song Thrush, 7 Chiffchaff, 9 Wren, 2 Pheasant, 5 Stock Dove, 5 Robins, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, plus a Roebuck.

Posted April 24th at 7:46 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding


Mid afternoon, 4 Sandwich tern off middle car park, and at Torcross 2 Swift, 30 House Martin, 50 Swallow and 10 Sand martin.

Posted April 24th at 6:30 pm by Nik Ward in General Birding

Plymouth area

A walk this morning from Mount Gould to Staddon Heights and back to Mount Batten, produced singing Sedge Warbler and Wheatear (cycle track by Tothill Park / lower Plym Estuary) and a Grasshopper Warbler at Staddon Heights. Also 2 Whitethroats. 

Posted April 24th at 5:36 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


Somewhat surprised to see a Bar Tailed Godwit on the beach last evening

Posted April 24th at 5:03 pm by tim Clyburn in General Birding

Down Tor

Cuckoo heard on Down Tor several times this afternoon.

Posted April 24th at 4:19 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Berry Head

A few migrants on the headland today: 4 Willow Warblers, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 24+ Wheatears moving rapidly through from 9am-10.30am. 1 Great Northern Diver >S over the headland and another flew into Torbay. 2 Shelduck on the pool in the inner quarry was a bit of a surprise. 

Posted April 24th at 3:26 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Grasshopper Warbler

Just seen, 1.45pm, a Grasshopper warbler singing away at High down, Lydford, Dartmoor.

Posted April 24th at 2:22 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Burrator area.

Walked around the north end of Burrator this morning and noted 3 male Redstarts, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Wheater and an Osprey flying north from the reservoir.

Posted April 24th at 1:47 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Arlington / Ashford

Pied Flycatcher in the woods at a fast-cooling Arlington this morning.

Stopped at Ashford on the way home and just about saw the hide-and-seek Lesser Whitethroat exactly where Rob said it was - thanks! Several Whimbrel out on the sand banks too.

Posted April 24th at 1:39 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


Heard my first cuckoo while walking on Mardon Down (Dartmoor).

Posted April 24th at 7:20 am by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 19:20

From the viewing platform 175+ pale bellied brent geese flew up estuary before settling of riversmeet house with 2 dark bellied brent geese in with them 850+ dunlin, 34+ grey plover, 25+ whimbrel, 15+ knot, 16+ greenshanks, 50+ bar tailed godwits

from the hide, 3 ruff still, 2 Mediterranean gulls both 1st winter, 6 common gulls , 20+ black headed gulls, 8+ ringed plover over going high north

Around the marsh, 1 swift through my first of the year, 3 house Martin, 60+ sand Martin, 20+ swallows, 2 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk, 5 Cetti's warblers, 6+ blackcap, 8+ chiffchaff, 6+ song thrush and 2 mistle thrush, 12+ reed warblers, 5+ sedge warblers

Also in evidence was continued movement of dunlin heading high north over the marsh at least 5 groups seen involving 250+ birds 

Posted April 23rd at 11:47 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Lesser Whitethroat - Tarka trail

Cycled from Braunton to Barnstaple along the trail again this morning.

On the outgoing journey 1 Lesser Whitethroat was vocalising many times from the Hawthorn & bramble bushes & flying from one bush to the next from Ashford Strand towards Ashford Sewage treatment works where it fell silent in a bush with several other species including a Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff & Chaffinch. I continued to Barnstaple & during the return journey heard the bird again several times between the sewage works & Ashford. The bird can be heard warbling inside or at the back of a Hawthorn or bramble bush but I was not able to obtain a photo.

A useful tip - be as quiet as possible when you hear it because it will stop singing if you talk!

Posted April 23rd at 9:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Nocturnal recording update

A quick update even if not very exciting from my night recording sessions in Plymouth. 17/4 Tree Pipit over 07:20, 18/4 group of Whimbrel 22:58, 20/4 Common Sand 03:21, group of Dunlin 03:04, 21/4 single Dunlin 01:20. Tawny owl a few evenings as well as some night singing Robins and the occasional burst of random night song from Wood Pigeon, Great Tit and a few unidentified noises. Lots of drunk people, snoring, squeaky brakes etc too!

Posted April 23rd at 9:32 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Skern Bay, Northam

Plenty of birds at Skern. Large flock of Dunlin/ringed plover,10 whimbrel, three bar tailed godwits in summer plumage. 

Bar-tailed Godwit Ringed Plover whimbrel
Bar-tailed Godwit                       Ringed Plover                                     whimbrel

Posted April 23rd at 9:26 pm by RICHARD YEATS in General Birding

Berrynarbor Cuckoo

Heard for the first time this year this morning and again this afternoon.

Posted April 23rd at 8:58 pm by Kim Beaver in General Birding

Hartland Quay

Richards Pipit in area above lowest car park 2.30pm today

Posted April 23rd at 8:51 pm by Rob Cleversley in General Birding

Yarner Wood

13.45 - 17.00

On the heath: a pair of Stonechat, Red-legged Partridge (first for me here), 3 Linnets, Raven, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs and a Redpoll.  Mallard flying over.  Calling Tree Pipit. 

In the Wood: 4 male Mandarins, 2 Marsh Tits, 4 Siskins, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits and LT Tits.  2 Song Thrushes, 3 males and 1 female Pied Flycatcher, 2 male Redstarts, 2 Treecreepers, all three woodpecker species.  Two calling Wood Warblers and a calling Mistle Thrush.   

Posted April 23rd at 8:26 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding


Three Swifts over house in Exeter this evening. 

Posted April 23rd at 7:44 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Taw estuary

Despite the dog-walker traffic, the low tide and the baking sun, at least a dozen Whimbrel really wanted to feed on the dry sand way up the beach near Instow cricket club. In the dunes and fields 3 male Whitethroat in song-flight, several Blackcap and a Sedge Warbler singing, plus plenty of singing Linnet and Swallow.

Posted April 23rd at 7:20 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Burrator (Sat 22nd)

Common Redstart male, half a dozen Wheatear on territory, Grey Wagtail pair feeding young in the nest (half grown) and fly-through by a Peregrine were highlights, but no Cuckoos on site all afternoon. Noticed the wind was northerly and cold so probably explains a lot.

Posted April 23rd at 7:16 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Burrator / Combshead tor

0810 - 1115:-

3 singing male Redstarts, singing Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 2 Great spotted Woodpeckers (m+f), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoo together with one calling, at the aptly named Cuckoo rock.

Posted April 23rd at 7:13 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Sixteen Wheatears (a good count for the site) and my first Whitethroat of the year here. Also 1 or 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Common Sandpipers and 2 drake Mandarin Ducks.

Yesterday: 3 adult Dunlins and a Whimbrel.

Posted April 23rd at 7:01 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wembury Beach Walk


Grey Plover  Sanderling  Curlew Sandpiper?
Grey Plover          Sanderling      Curlew Sandpiper? Eds: Yes!

Posted April 23rd at 5:38 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Wembury Beach Walk

Spotted the same cast of small waders as an earlier post. Lots of Oystercatchers, Curlews, Egrets and a Whimbrel (i think).

Cast of Waders Dunlin
Cast of Waders Eds: including the Curlew Sandpiper on right                                               Dunlin

Posted April 23rd at 5:33 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Tarka Trail

Good afternoon for a cycle to find something....

Wrafton scrape had Common Sandpiper but no LRP (of which more later) on to Barnstaple and on the way heard at least 10 Blackcaps, 1 Willow Warbler and a few Chiffs. Good numbers of Shelduck on the river and a number of Black-headed Gulls too, including a few adults.

Decided to push on to the small muddy area opposite Bishop's Tawton, hoping for a wader or a Green Woodpecker. Well the wader turned out to be a Greenshank and not the hoped for Wood Sandpiper. Closer inspection revealed 2 Little Ringed Plovers! Same as this morning's at Wrafton or a different pair?

On the way back along the Tarka Trail the tide was rising and I saw at least 9 Whimbrel, and 2 Common Sandpiper. Also saw 1 Andy Lansdell. Like him I didn't see any Lesser Whitethroats, although I may have heard one.

Finally I walked around Sherpa Marsh. Swallows and Sand Martins in numbers.

Posted April 23rd at 5:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


Cuckoo (at last) calling downstream from Dartmeet.  Also four Pied Flycatchers and at least one Redstart singing in the woods beneath Combestone Tor.

Posted April 23rd at 5:01 pm by Richard Hibbert in General Birding

Dockwell - South Brent

Cuckoo first heard at this location on 18th, gave good views today whilst calling well late morning. Also present Wheatear (x4), Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Linnet and a lone Tree Pipit.

Cuckoo - Dockwell,South Brent - 23.4.17
Cuckoo - Dockwell,South Brent - 23.4.17

Posted April 23rd at 4:44 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Curlew Sandpiper, Wembury Point

Curlew Sandpiper on shore east of the slipway and outfall pipe at Wembury Point early this morning, with supporting small-wader cast of three Grey Plover, Sanderling, two Ringed Plover and a Dunlin.

Posted April 23rd at 2:11 pm by John Bishop in General Birding

Kingford Fen, Lana and Lower Tamar Lake area.

A great early morning walk in quiet, sunny conditions.

6 Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs 3, Blackcaps 3, Dunnocks 4, Treecreepers 2,  Very active rookery at Kingford Fen with at least ten nests so far, 2 Buzzards, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest and fair numbers of Swallows and Martins plus all the usual species.

No activity at all at the heronry at Dunsdon

Several Orange Tip, Large and Small White butterflies

. Harvey Kendall.

Posted April 23rd at 1:16 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Stoke Beach

Red Kite  flying up the coastline towards Mothercombe being mobbed by corvids

Posted April 23rd at 11:44 am by Roger Backway in General Birding


Took a group around the reserve this morning and we were rewarded with Common Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plovers out on the scrape. Displaying Sedge Warbler just outside the reserve, and a Tawny Owl seen in the pine trees.

Posted April 23rd at 10:56 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Avon Dam

1m Whinchat and 1m Pied Flycatcher in the valley below Avon Dam this evening.

Posted April 22nd at 9:59 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Swift again this evening with good numbers of Swallow and Sand Martin.

Posted April 22nd at 9:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hope's Nose


80+ Guillemots on the ledges of the Orestone, Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper, female Wheatear, male and female Stonechats, Fulmar, 3 Swallows in off the sea, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Mallards, Kestrel, 25+ Shags, 2 Oystercatchers, Rock Pipit, Goldfinch, pair of Bullfinches.  Calling Willow Warbler and Pheasant.

Posted April 22nd at 9:04 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Pied Flycatcher - Yarner

Early morning walk around Yarner on Thursday morning - Male Redstart, Siskins, Gs & Green Woodpeckers and 3 male Pied Flycatchers. One with rings on both legs - Left silver & Right gold/yellow. 

Pied flycatcher
Pied flycatcher

Posted April 22nd at 8:45 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding


A Grasshopper Warbler reeled from the hedge bordering the golf course this morning, with 5 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and 10 Blackcap around the area, and a Yellow Wagtail over.

Posted April 22nd at 8:08 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding


Short eared Owl this afternoon. 

Posted April 22nd at 7:53 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Around topsham

Watched from 08:00 till 16:00

A good days birding except for the continued levels of disturbance around the estuary and bowling green marsh.

Best bird was a cuckoo by the viewing platform at bowling green marsh at 09:25 first picked up calling from riversmeet house grounds before showing well by the viewing platform it was chased by a couple of carrion crows and then spooked by a buzzard landing next to it it seemed to fly through and up the river clyst, a rare bird on the marsh these days and my first in 7 years of watching the site.

1200+ dunlin and 100+ ringed plover was a good count from the viewing platform , from the goatwalk 1 hobby flew high over exminster and 3 ruff were in with the black tailed godwits, 2 Avocet, there was movement of waders heading north with several groups of dunlin going high over topsham more unusual was a group of 35 ringed plover that flew up from Dawlish warren they were high and continued high over topsham.

Around bowling green a good fall of warblers with 15+ sedge warblers , 16+ reed warblers, 2 Whitethroat , 6+ new blackcaps, 5 house Martin , 15 tufted duck, 4 gadwall, 18+ wigeon, 2 reed bunting, 1 wheatear, 1 white wagtail, 1 common sandpiper.

on the rising tide from viewing platform . 62+ bar tailed godwits, 40+grey plover, 20+ knot, 20+ greenshank.

Posted April 22nd at 5:44 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Holdstone down exmoor

Haven't been able to get up here for a few weeks, but was rewarded with several small flocks of very busy linnets gathering material, stonechat male and female, chaffinches, meadow pipits, skylarks numerous buzzards. I sat  for ages watching a willow warbler? Scour a gorse bush for food. 

Willow warbler Buzzard below
Willow warbler                                                           Buzzard 

Posted April 22nd at 3:44 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Croyde,Baggy Point.

whitethroats several pairs wheatear,linnets,skylarks,stonechat,willow warbler and chiff chaff.

Posted April 22nd at 2:29 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Tarka trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

A quick look at Wrafton Pond on the way down the trail & a pair of adult Little Grebes with 3 juv's already.

Further down the trail a very mobile Brimstone Butterfly & once it had really warmed up it did not settle.

Having cycled down the trail from Braunton to Barnstaple at least 10 times during the last fortnight I was at last rewarded with 2 new arrivals for the trail which fell in & announced their presence with much excitement in the usual fashion - Lesser Whitethroat.

On the fringes of the Taw Estuary at Ashford with the tide out were 21 Whimbrel.

1  Goosander at Pottington


Posted April 22nd at 2:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Grasshopper Warbler reeling in top corner (NW) of Clennon Valley playing fields.

Video clip of bird here: 

Posted April 22nd at 2:02 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wierd Magpie Plymouth

Had a bit of a shock driving by Beaumont Road church this morning when a partially albino/partially leucistic Magpie flew in front of me. Seemed almost completely white except the wing where the black was replaced with very pale brown. Bizarre bird - I'll go back later and try and get a picture.

Eds - this bird has been around in this area, for several years on and off. Good to hear it's still surviving.

Posted April 22nd at 1:01 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

18 Wheatear around Soar Mill Cove, Sedge Warbler & Willow Warbler singing plus male Sparrowhawk over Bolberry car park.

Posted April 22nd at 12:34 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Hexworthy to Dartmeet

Six singing males apiece for Tree Pipit and Redstart (first records of year for latter); single Pied Fly at Dartmeet.  Also Yellowhammer, Mandarin, Goosander, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.  No Garden Warblers or Cuckoos yet.  Slightly concerned about the latter.  Willow Warblers singing all over area in good numbers.

Posted April 22nd at 12:31 pm by Richard Hibbert in General Birding

Berry Head.

A walk along the coast path this morning was worth it. 2 Adders, 3 whitethroat singing, chiffchaff and then I reached BH. Before I reached the first fort by car park a further two whitethroat, 2 male and 1 female bullfinch, 4 shags on nests in the gully and 1 showing off the eggs in a change over. In between the two forts on the grassy slope 10 + Wheatear, gave up counting as they started to flit about, many Goldfinch. At the end of the headland a further 4 Wheatear. Many swallows passing through. An enjoyable morning.

Posted April 22nd at 12:18 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Willow warbler - Higher Street Brixham

Had a singing willow warbler drop into our garden on Higher Street for 10 minutes this morning - beautiful way to start the day and a first for the garden.  

Posted April 22nd at 8:51 am by Ali King in General Birding

Start Point

A Red Kite flew north at 06:30, little else.

Posted April 22nd at 8:09 am by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Friday 21st April 2017


Started the day with 2 singing Whitethroats in gardens at the Rec and finished with 2 Swifts over Exminster Marshes.  During the day on a low high tide highlights were 41 Ringed plover and 1 Sanderling amount a large flock of Dunlin, 2 Ruff on the Clyst before moving to Goosemoor and 10 Whimbrel.

Posted April 21st at 11:36 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding


Common Sandpiper on the scrape and another along the Caen not far from the Toll House this evening. Delighted to see a Swift over the reserve too!

Posted April 21st at 9:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Snipe at Stover & Pied Flycatchers at Yarner Woods

A Snipe at the front of the hide at Stover today showed very well for a couple of minutes - that was long enough to get some decent photo's.

At Yarner Woods the Pied Flycatchers were showing all over the place, also heard, but not seen, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Wood Warbler heard, but again not seen.


Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher

Posted April 21st at 6:57 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Male Redstart - Smeardon Down

A lovely male Redstart spotted this afternoon around 4 o'clock on the bottom fringes of Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy.


Posted April 21st at 6:55 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Fingle Woods,Dartmoor

3 singing male Redstarts & 4 Tree Pipits the highlights.

Posted April 21st at 2:59 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


While ringing in the reserve this morning an odd-sounding Goose flew around, I did see it later but not sure what it was  - Egyptian? Anyone out there see one, do let me know!

Ringed 40 Swallows and 15 Sand Martins caught last night, along with 3 Blackcaps, 3 Blackbirds, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Chiffs, a Willow Warbler and a half size Dunnock - the first juvenile of the year.

Also caught a Reed Warbler ringed in 2014. and 3 2-year old Blackcaps, (ringed in 2015).

Posted April 21st at 1:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


Cuckoo heard from the garden of Littleham Mill near Bideford on Wednesday

Posted April 21st at 9:39 am by Brian Sims in General Birding

Berry Head

Migrants thin on the ground again today despite the cloud cover. Fly-past birds included: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great Northern Diver. off the headland there were still 6+ Common Dolphin and 1 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted April 21st at 8:39 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 20th April 2017

Cuckoo's- Dartington + Hound Tor

Solitary cuckoo heard at close proximity on the dartington estate by conservation/ woodland wardens. called on several occasions from fixed point in a tree at a higher level. This added to 2 seperate cuckoo's heard in the woodland valley behind Hound Tor on sat 15th.

Posted April 20th at 11:46 pm by jordan harris in General Birding

Yarner Woods, 20 April

At Yarner today - 3 male Redstart and 1 female showing regularly - female gathering nesting material. At least 2 male Pied Flycatchers calling and checking out nestboxes/nestsites.

Pied Flycatcher Pied Flycatcher Female Common Redstart gathering nesting material
            Pied Flycatcher                                                    Female Common Redstart gathering nesting material

Posted April 20th at 11:19 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Pied flys

Male and female pied flycatcher together in copse above South Zeal this morning. 

Posted April 20th at 4:59 pm by Jasper Michie in General Birding

Wrafton, Braunton area.

2 Common Sandpipers on the scrape this morning, although one was originally flying around Wrafton Pond and even landed on the viewing platform at one point. A Kingfisher also flew over. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap singing in the reserve. The light rain seemed to dampen the temperature so not much showing.

This afternoon cycled to Saunton Sands sandy lane car park and along the American road to Crow point. Only 4/5 Whitethroats 3 Blackcaps, 15 Willow Warblers and 6 Chiffs. There may have been hundreds of Grasshopper Warblers, but I can't hear them anymore so I recorded none!

On the flooded area of Horsey, 1 Greenshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 12 Redshank, 24 Grey Plover (all in winter plumage) and about 30 Dunlin (in summer plumage). Finally on the Caen river just by the end of the old Chivenor lighting gantry, 3 Whimbrel.

A smattering of Sand Martins and Swallows, one House Martin.

Posted April 20th at 4:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


Hobby over Turf yesterday evening. 

Posted April 20th at 2:16 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding


1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling briefly in Soar Mill Valley early am plus at least 10 Whitethroats. The same or another Grasshopper Warbler reeling strongly and showing nicely in a stand of willows in a garden in Higher Soar mid-am.

Posted April 20th at 1:44 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Wednesday 19th April 2017

Yarner Woods, 18 April

Sorry its late, but I thought I posted yesterday. 1 male Redstart and 1 male Stonechat.

Male RedstartMale Stonechat

Posted April 19th at 9:11 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

East Soar

A disappointing morning in the easterlies but managed 15 Swallow, Sand Martin, 16 Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat & 3 singing Willow Warblers.

Posted April 19th at 6:42 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

A short eared owl this morning flushed from trees at the picnic area along the back path and flying onto the marsh where it looked most disgruntled. It then flew back to the trees before flying off again, this time gaining height and heading over the railway line towards Powderham Marsh.

Also good views of reed warblers and sedge warblers busily singing away.4 house martins with the swallows, blackcap and chiffchaff also seen.

Short Eared OwlShort Eared Owl

Posted April 19th at 6:36 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Exeter and topsham

Got of the bus at matford park and ride this morning 06:20 and as I was about to cross the road by the Volkswagen car centre / garage I could hear a reeling Grasshopper warbler it was in a small bush and I watched it for 10 mins showing well and reeling away great way to start the day.

A quick look around Bowling green marsh between 15:00 and 16:30 produced the spotted redshank from the viewing platform , 1 1st winter Mediterranean gull , 15+ knot , 40+ grey plover, 6+ whimbrel, 12+ swallow, 5+ Cetti's warbler, 8+ blackcap, 5+ chiffchaffs, , 6+ buzzards.

Posted April 19th at 6:21 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Malmsmead and up to Brendon.

Lots of Willow warblers in pairs,fledged Dipper,male Redstart,chiffchaff,2 Ravens,grey wagtails,bullfinch and lots more goldfinch than usual,nice to see good numbers of tree creeper,nuthatch and tits.Beautiful day.

Posted April 19th at 5:57 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

River Clyst, Goosemoor

There were 3 Ruff, Common Sandpiper and Greenshank with 30-odd Black-tailed Godwits by Goosemoor cycleway bridge this afternoon. The Spotted Redshank called behind Bowling Green Marsh, but it was invisible behind the railway bridge! A Cetti's Warbler was singing by the bridge.

Ruff on R ClystBlack-tailed Godwit in partial breeding plumage








                              Ruff on R Clyst                                          Black-tailed Godwit in partial breeding plumage

Posted April 19th at 5:42 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Morte Point

This morning, 5 Whitethroat (4m/1f) and 1 Speckled Yellow Moth

Speckled Yellow Moth
Speckled Yellow Moth

Posted April 19th at 4:37 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Ruff in Southcott valley

A male Ruff showing signs of summer plumage on the rapldly drying scrape in the southcott valley.   Nearby on Northgate pond a Common sand and Greenshank.

Posted April 19th at 4:30 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Braunton Burrows Biosphere Reserve

South end to North end along American Road to Saunton.

Good fall of migrants this morning on the Burrows.

 63 Willow Warblers, 27 Chiffchaffs, 5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (First ones in, hopefully more later), 23 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted April 19th at 2:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding


Two Common Sandpipers on the scrape this morning. Still precious little in the reserve: 1 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers. Good to see a Tawny Owl fly through the trees.


Up on Exmoor (above North Molton) a couple of Tree Pipits.

Posted April 19th at 2:10 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

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