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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 June 30th 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

Saturday 24th September 2022


Good morning concentrating on open country withthe highlight being a Dotterel calling over the fields at Middle Soar. Also 3 Golden Plover (first of autumn), 540 Meadow Pipit moving west & grounded, 430 Linnet, 35 Alba Wagtail (looked like all Pied), 27 Swallow, 34 House Martin, 8 Wheatear, male Sparrowhawk, 8 Chiffchaff & 15 Blackcap.

Posted 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Coal Tit, 5 Robin, 1 Jay, 6 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Great Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 23 Mallard, 4f Wigeon, 3 Teal, 4 Black-headed Gull, 3 Wren.

Posted 2:10 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Dart estuary Galmpton

1 juvenile Osprey circling the river over Dittisham this morning.

Posted 1:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Golden Plover Dartmoor

Ridden Ridge, Dartmoor, 1030

65 Golden Plover put up by a female Marsh Harrier. Good views of the Harrier hunting for at least 30 mins in the area it then  gained height on a thermal and headed west towards Princetown. 

Posted 11:42 am by Gary Easton in Bird News

Friday 23rd September 2022

Lyme Bay cruise

Heading out into Lyme Bay on a fairly lumpy sea made viewing a bit tricky but we did enjoy this cracking intermediate phase juvenile Long-tailed Skua about 1 mile off Berry Head (photo from Bill Coulson) also on trip, 12+ Balearic Shearwaters, 8-10 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, hundreds of Kittiwakes and Gannets, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 1 Mediterranean Gull 26+ Common Dolphins and 6 or more Harbour Porpoises.

   Juv Long-tailed Skua Lyme Bay 23 Sep 2022 Bill Coulson  Juv Long-tailed Skua Lyme Bay 23 Sep 2022 Bill Coulson

                    Long tailed Skua, juvenile, intermediate phase (photos Bill Coulson)

Posted yesterday at 9:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape

Quick pre dinner visit to the scrape at 1800hrs. 62 Black Tail Godwits, 20 Knot, and the 2 Spotted Redshank diving furiously around feeding. 
Bonus bird, Green Sandpiper made a brief appearance before disappearing into the undergrowth.

Posted yesterday at 9:17 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Very quiet on the Down except for several Wheatears and 4 f. Teal on one of the small ponds.


Posted yesterday at 8:17 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit this afternoon produced the following. Knot 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 16, Dunlin 14, Redshank 187, Greenshank 7, Curlew 21, Grey Heron 14, Little Egret 13, Kingfisher 1 & Green Woodpecker.

Also in the area, a Red-backed Shrike was seen in a area with no public access.

Posted yesterday at 8:01 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Tamar Lakes

5 Ruff, 1Lapwing, 1 Little Stint, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls,good numbers of Ringed Plover, Dunlin 3 Curlew Sandpiper.  1 Jay and 1 Kestrel.

Posted yesterday at 7:35 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh


3 Spoonbill; 3 Grey Plover; 1 Curlew Sandpiper amongst vastly increased numbers of Wigeon, Pintail, Teal etc 

Posted yesterday at 7:22 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape

Quick pre dinner visit to the scrape at 1800hrs. 62 Black Tail Godwits, 20 Knot, and the 2 Spotted Redshank diving furiously around feeding. 
Bonus bird, Green Sandpiper made a brief appearance before disappearing into the undergrowth.

Posted yesterday at 6:35 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Taw between Heanton and Chivenor

Osprey seen fishing on incoming tide at around 3.00 pm.

Posted yesterday at 5:25 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

European Roller.

Still showing well at Bere Ferrers this morning.

Posted yesterday at 2:48 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

North Devon Spoonbill

Photos of the Spoonbill on Saltpill Duck Pond.

Posted yesterday at 11:33 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Redlake Track, Bittaford

Along the Redlake Track, Bittaford this morning, just above Harford two male Hen Harrier quartering the ground before heading out towards the moors. Female Merlin hunting, eleven Kestrel sightings which I suspect revolved around four birds that kept coming into view and a very vocal young Buzzard.

Two Wheatear, Stonechat, numerous Skylark and Meadow Pipit.

Posted yesterday at 10:25 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

North Devon Spoonbill

1 Spoonbill on Saltpill Duck Pond this morning. Photos to follow.

Posted yesterday at 10:04 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Thursday 22nd September 2022

Prawle point

Brief visit to fields near Gammon Head to see the 3 Choughs despite harrassment from Crows they returned to the same field and were really confiding.


Posted September 22nd at 8:17 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Bere Ferrers

The European Roller is still showing off on it's favourite perches. Osprey also flew directly over the village at around 1.15pm. Five Curlew Sandpipers on the estuary mudflats in Bere Ferrers.

Posted September 22nd at 6:22 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Late afternoon update.  60 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Spotted Redshank and 5 Knot (although Sue Bruce tells me she saw 17 of the latter earlier on). Nearby in the reserve at least 5 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap. 2 Gadwall on Wrafton Pond.

Posted September 22nd at 6:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Prawle village.

Red Kite. Please note Prawle. Point car park closed until 10 Oct.    South Huish ,3 Cattle Egret,1 Reeve,1 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Dunlin,15 Blk T. Godwits.

Posted September 22nd at 4:42 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Very few migrants in today's tally of 74 Robin, 28 Greenfinch, 80 Goldfinch, 220 Linnet, 25 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Great Spotted Woodpecker flying north, first autumn Goldcrest, 14 Teal, Sparrowhawk & 3 Kestrel.

Non--avian: 2 Clouded Yellow, four male Red-veined Darter & 5 Sika Deer inc.3 stags.

Posted September 22nd at 2:55 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Maristow Tavy Estuary

At 1050, just after low water, an Osprey flew downstream from Lopwell carrying a half-eaten fish.  It flew up into Blaxton Wood and was lost from view.

Also seen a Kingfisher, Stock Dove and three Chiffchaffs.

Posted September 22nd at 2:44 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

On the way along the Tarka trail towards Barnstaple this morning 2 Spotted Redshank foraging energegetically on the scrape.

Posted September 22nd at 2:15 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Arrived early at the scrape (well, 9.15) to find 2 Spotted Redshank dashing about in feeding mode! 5 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted September 22nd at 12:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Dartmoor

Single Golden Plover over Three Barrows yesterday, calling, eventually headed west over Glaze Valley.

Posted September 22nd at 8:35 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Wednesday 21st September 2022

Roller at Bere Ferrers 21st Sept 2022

Roller put on a spectacular show for us today , swooping down and catching prey right in front of a large crowd of birders.

Just swooped down and hopefully caught some prey.
Just swooped down and hopefully caught some prey.
At times it just sat in the sunshine on that gorgeous spire.
At times it just sat in the sunshine on that gorgeous spire.

Posted September 21st at 11:10 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

1 Great White Egret this evening, 7 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler.

Posted September 21st at 9:26 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

River Dart - Stoke Gabriel

1 Osprey and juv Black Tern (been present for over a week now). Viewed from Stoke Gabriel yacht club headland this evening.

Posted September 21st at 7:49 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bere Ferrers

Great views of the Roller this afternoon near to village Social Club. On the nearby Tavy, Curlew Sandpipers and Dunlin plus 2 Dabchick. A distant Osprey flew downriver carrying a large fish.

Distant view of Osprey
Distant view of Osprey

Posted September 21st at 7:38 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Saltram/Blaxton Meadow

This afternoon on the incoming tide , 30 Oystercatcher , 14 Bartailed Godwit , 13 Curlew , 10 Little Egret , 13  Carrion Crow , 5 Jackdaw , 4 Grey Heron , 180 C Blackheaded Gull , 92 Herring Gull.  Flying over Sparrow Hawk and Buzzard.

Posted September 21st at 7:25 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake 21st September

1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 22 Dunlin, 29 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 1 Barnacle Goose, 410 Canada Goose, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, c100 Herring Gull, c60 Black-headed Gull, 35 Lesser BB Gull.

Posted September 21st at 4:26 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News


Yesterday (Tuesday) while working in Broadhembury there were two Nuthatch, two Coal tits, a Robin, a Wren lots of Blue and Great tits, a Jay and a single Chiffchaff (I believe).


Posted September 21st at 1:36 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 20th September 2022

Exminster Marshes & Bowling Green Marsh

A soaring Osprey at EM and 7 Curlew Sandpipers at BGM were the highlights for Paul McEleny and I today. Other salient sightings were c20 Barwits, c30 Grey Plovers, 1 Golden Plover & 8 Ringed Plovers, all from the platform at BGM at high tide. A Clouded Yellow was at EM. 

Posted September 20th at 6:44 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Horsey Island

Quick early evening visit to Horsey and Wrafton Scrape this evening at 1700hrs. Wheatear showing on the jetty by cross banks, little owl, dozen or so Dunlin with a few Redshank.  4 Little Grebes, Heron and Mute Swans. 
2 Marsh Harriers and Sparrowhawk,
 topped the visit off.

A stop at Wrafton Scrape on the way home to see the Spotted Redshank still there. 

Posted September 20th at 6:39 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Glossy ibis

Pair of glossy ibis seen in creek between Fremington Quay and Muddlebridge today at about 3pm

Posted September 20th at 3:37 pm by Tim Buckley in Bird News

Bere Ferrers

European roller showing well, around the social club area, 11.00am

Posted September 20th at 2:33 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

East Soar

A distinct lack of passerines this morning so focus turned to movements of 1700 House Martins moving west in 2 hours plus 183 Meadow Pipits also moving west. Plus: 90 Swallows, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Pied Wagtails, 3 Wheatears, Sparrowhawk & 160 Linnets. 

Non-avian: 4 Clouded Yellows.

Posted September 20th at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bere Ferrers - Roller

To the delight of a small gathering of local and not so local birders, the juvenile Roller, that had been presumed gone gave, first of all distant views in fields below the allotments, having swapped places on the telephone pole with a Buzzard, then gave amazing close views on the cross on the church spire and nearby tv aerials.


Posted September 20th at 12:11 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Wryneck seen around visitors centre 10 30 am

Posted September 20th at 11:26 am by Nick Workman in Bird News

Lyme Bay Cruise

A cruise out of Brixham on Sunday started well with 7 Mediterranean Gulls and 3 Purple Sandpipers before we left the harbour. Then with some fantastic close sightings of Arctic Skuas - probably around 10 birds seen in total. a brief sighting of probably a Sooty Shearwater. An interesting Skua at the time of seeing it we had reservations over (almost entirely down to the way it flew off - fast and low - but not chasing) was actually a juvenile Long-tailed Skua. A bit of a choppy sea made watching and trying to get detail on slightly distant birds hard - thank goodness for good cameras (Mark Darlaston's in this case)!

  Arctic Skua & Kittiwale Lyme Bay 18 Sep 2022 Bill Coulson    Long-tailed Skua juv Lyme Bay 18 Sep 22 Mark Darlaston

   pale juv Arctic Skua and Kittiwake (Bill Coulson)          juvenile Long-tailed Skua (Mark Darlaston)


Posted September 20th at 8:03 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 19th September 2022


Only two Godwits on the scrape, but the Spotted Redshank was still charging about, head under water feeding. Only a dozen Black-headed Gulls on Wrafton Pond. Heron and Kingfisher in the reserve plus a Stock Dove exiting the building in there as if it might still be breeding. 

Posted September 19th at 7:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Great White Egret seen flying north over Hulham Road at 1635 from the window of my home.

Posted September 19th at 6:53 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake 19th September

1 juv Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 22 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 4 Snipe, 2 Ruff, 3 ad. Yellow-legged Gull, 70 Black-headed Gull, 80 Herring Gull, 40 Lesser BB Gull, 2 Wheatear, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Cormorant, 8 Grey Heron.

Posted September 19th at 6:46 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Blaxton Wood Viewing Point

On a cycle ride 19-09-22:

Osprey seen well flying upstream passed Gnatham Farm at 1100, then harassed by crows it then flew downstream again passing close. Also seen en- route Cattle Egret (2) in a field with cows near Ashleigh Barton.

Posted September 19th at 5:31 pm by Colin Hannaford in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh


Eurasian Spoonbill (3); Snipe; and 1 Cattle Egret over were the highlights.

Posted September 19th at 5:15 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Soar - migrants and residents

A beautiful morning for a walk around Soar turned out to be quiet. The only migrants were half a dozen Willow Warblers and single Wheatear and Whitethroat, plus c.30 Swallows and c.20 House Martins; also one Peregrine and a couple of Kestrels. The Stonechats seem to have had a very good year, with about 20 at Middle Soar, mostly juveniles.

Posted September 19th at 4:21 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Tavy Est/Maristow

At 0900 an Osprey passed Maristow going upstream beneath tree-top height. About ten minutes later another Osprey was seen down the estuary heading for Tavy Bridge area.

Also seen one male Peregrine that spent some time in a tree, two Little Grebes, five Little Egrets, Stock Dove calling, three Common Sandpipers, and a Greenshank

Posted September 19th at 4:13 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Bar-tailed godwit flock is slowly increasing - now 14 birds; also, Knot, 3+ Common Sandpipers, 8 Greenshanks, 14 Dunlin, 23 Oystercatchers, 2 Teal, 2 Kingfishers, at least 1 Grey Wagtail, Firecrest & Green Woodpecker.

Yesterday, Black-tailed Godwit, Peregrine, 6+ Turnstones, Small Heath, Small Copper & Clouded Yellow. 

Posted September 19th at 2:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sunday 18th September 2022

Heanton Court to Wrafton Pond

A morning walk from Heanton Court where there were a few House Sparrows, a few Redshank and Greenshank seen nearby and on to Wrafton pond where there were a few Black tailed Godwit and a single Spotted Redshank were seen on the Scrape. 

House Sparrow
House Sparrow

Posted September 18th at 9:36 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Choughs at Gammon Head

A great joy to see and hear choughs in Devonl. Three seen this afternoon, just east of Gammon Head above Eleander cove.

Posted September 18th at 9:29 pm by Nick Dixon in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Very quiet late afternoon on the Down. A GWP and a couple of Spotted Flycatchers seen on the way back along the bridlepath.                              A solitary Dipper seen in the dying light on the Tory Brook near Loughtor Mill.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 18th at 7:12 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Powderham marshes

Osprey hunting near Starcros and Great and cattle egrets among the many herons and little egrets

Posted September 18th at 6:55 pm by Sam Cooke-Thomas in Bird News

Great White Egret

Clennon Valley Red ACA showing very well this afternoon, its almost tame.

Been at Clennon Valley each of last 3 days, but not all the time

Posted September 18th at 4:37 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common


Plenty of Dartford Warbler; Kestrel; Chiffchaff; Nuthatch: Raven; Stonechat; Blackcap (2 female); Goldcrest and Coal Tit amongst other species.

Posted September 18th at 2:19 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wrafton pond and scrape

A mid morning visit was rewarded with close views of a juvenile Spotted Redshank (thank you Jon Turner for confirming our suspicion) feeding with three Black Tailed Godwit in the small scrape. A further 20 or so BTG's in the main scrape. Mallard and <50 BHG's on the pond.

Juvenile Spotted Redshank
Juvenile Spotted Redshank

Posted September 18th at 1:59 pm by Philip and Susan Naylor in Bird News


Even more Black-headed Gulls on Wrafton Pond this morning - 200? Out on the scrape 26 Black-tailed Godwits and the Spotted Redshank still. Probably 3 calling Cetti's Warblers in the reserve, and both Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher in the river.

Posted September 18th at 1:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


At Blaxton Meadow yesterday: Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Common Sandpipers, Dunlins, Redshank, Greenshank, Knots, L. Egrets, Herons, Mandarin Ducks, Stock Dove, Jays and a Kingfisher.

Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits

Posted September 18th at 10:53 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Swift at East Prawle

Single swift seen over the village at 08.15 this morning. 

Posted September 18th at 9:45 am by Nick Dixon in Bird News

South Brent ~ Chiffchaff

Five Chiffchaff in the garden first thing this morning "hunting" for aphids 


Posted September 18th at 9:06 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 17th September 2022

Exminster Marsh & Turf Hotel

Lunch time visit to Exminster Marsh and Turf Hotel. Osprey feeding south of Lympstone. 35+ Sandwich Tern on estuary. 2 Cattle Egret south of Lagoon was best of visit. 

Posted September 17th at 7:37 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


The highlights from a late morning walk from Velator to Horsey Island - ringed plover, dunlin, buzzard, kestrel, little owl, mute swan, moorhen, cormorant, Canada geese, little grebe, goldfinch, a lone swallow, linnet, wheatear.

Posted September 17th at 7:26 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Wrafton pond and scrape

After a few days away took the bike down to check the scrape. About 40 Godwits, and the Spotted Redshank still present. About 140 Black-headed Gulls on Wrafton Pond.

Posted September 17th at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

Wryneck still by ponds (re.Ritchie Moore) plus 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 41 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, Green Woodepecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40 Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 50 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 20 Stonechat, Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, 2 Wheatear, 48 Robin and a possible influx of 19 Wren - not sure they move much!

Non-avian: 5 Clouded Yellow, 21 Red Admiral & 3 Hornet Robber Fly.

Posted September 17th at 4:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good selection of waders on Blaxton Meadow this morning including: 3 Knots (2 juvs + ad), 12 Bar-tailed Godwits, 13 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 11 Dunlins & 23 Oystercatchers.

Also, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Whinchat, 3+ Stonechats, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk & a Small Heath. 

Posted September 17th at 2:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Yealm Estuary

Osprey causing havoc among the roosting gulls at high tide this morning, before flying east. Also Firecrest along estuary footpath. What3Words: ///along.brightly.nips


Posted September 17th at 12:00 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Osprey - Brixham

Friday 16th Sept. Sat in the garden at 10.30AM, in Brixham, and an Osprey flew over, heading north east.  Later the same day, on the steam train at Staverton, another Osprey, flying down river towards Totnes.

Posted September 17th at 9:02 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News


Male sparrowhawk perched on a bird feeder in my garden in Brixham this morning.

Posted September 17th at 8:36 am by Neil Thompson in Bird News

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