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Tuesday 26th January 2021

re earlier report

A photo of the male blackcap with pollen on it's face

Posted 2:17 pm by Keith Mcginn in Bird News

South Brent

A Green Woodpecker made several visits to my house field this morning, although I hear or see them or a regular basis its rare that I get a chance to catch one on camera.

GSWP and Nuthatch on the garden fat feeders, female Reed Bunting back in.

A small number of Redwings which as with most days they are about attracted a Sparrowhawk, a little later an adult male Sparrowhawk landed briefly on one of the feed station stands.

A count of 28 House Sparrow at one point, two Long Tailed Tit, with the wet weather Goldfinch and Greenfinch numbers up on recent days.

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted 2:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News



Paignton/Preston: 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-necked Grebes.

Goodrington: 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Shoveler 

Broadsands: 28 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park, 2 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff

   Red-throated Diver Paignton 26 Jan 2021 ML   Red-throated Diver Paignton 26 Jan 2021 ML

                                                                         Red-throated Diver

Posted 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


Male Blackcap in garden with pollen on his face, I assume he has been drinking nectar.  

Posted 10:59 am by Keith Mcginn in Bird News

Kingsteignton to Luton 25th

Noticeable increase in Fieldfares and Redwings in fields along the lane. Largest group seen approximately 100 fieldfares with lesser numbers of redwings all feeding adjacent to hedges at bottom of fields. Also spotted one cirl bunting in song.

Posted 10:03 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Monday 25th January 2021

Meadow pipits.

A few dozen meadow pipits hopping about on Whitchurch Down, just outside Tavistock the last 2 says.

Posted yesterday at 8:29 pm by Andy Quest in Bird News


A quick walk round Saltram early this morning revealed 1 female Goosander with several Mallards near the Sewage outlet. A couple of pairs of Mandarin Ducks and a female Red Crested Pochard with several Moorhen on the pond. Buzzards, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Green Woodpeckers, Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Blue tits, Great tits, Grey Wagtails, Pied Wagtails, Curlew, Canada Geese, Little Egrets.

Red Crested Pochard
Red Crested Pochard
Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck

Posted yesterday at 8:18 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Crow beach and Point

We chose Crow for our once a day exercise walk today and were rewarded with lively close views of up to two dozen Sanderling scampering along the tide line as the tide rose. There were about forty Brent geese keeping a similar size flock of Wigeon amongst the grasses along the shoreline. Later, on heading back along the Toll Road we saw large airborne flocks of mainly Golden Plover with about 200 Lapwing. Guestimate of Plover numbers < 1,500, and some were turning gold, as we could see when they settled in the fields adjacent to the road because of the high tide.

Some of the < 1,500 Golden Plover
Some of the < 1,500 Golden Plover
Two of the
Two of the

Posted yesterday at 6:35 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Baggy & Braunton Marshes

No sign of any Scoters or RT Divers early am at Baggy Pt but an entertaining flock of Jackdaws at Baggy Pt & a small flock of Starlings foraging around the monkey pole & footpath.

Late aft c1000 Golden Plover in field at south end of Braunton Marshes.

Posted yesterday at 6:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

White Stork

Further to my post yesterday, husband managed to take a picture on his phone, wouldn't upload yesterday!

Posted yesterday at 5:53 pm by Sam Evans in Bird News

South Brent

Another days lock down home birding, despite a freezing start to the day not as busy around the feeders as over the weekend, highlight of the day was finding a Grey Wagtail.

Stock Dove I see here occasionally and noted two singles and a duo during the day so was surprised to see a flock of 22 birds pass over.

A female Reed Bunting has shown on and off around the feed station throughout the afternoon, other species noted today were Long Tailed Tit, Jay, Wren, Mistle Thrush (2) Redwing, Dunnock, pair of Bullfinch, Heron, Buzzard, GSWP.

Spent several minutes watching a displaying male Sparrowhawk, spotted it very high up before going into an almost vertical dive it then regained the height and again went into another dive before eventually diving off towards Brent Hill.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted yesterday at 4:48 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Leucistic Magpie in bushes beside the railway line at the west end of Lanhydrock Road this morning.

Posted yesterday at 12:11 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Palace Hotel grounds Torquay

0810hrs green woodpecker calling, great spotted woodpecker drumming 

Posted yesterday at 11:18 am by Mick Curran in Bird News

River Torridge , Weare Giffard , Bideford.

While exercising on the Tarka trail picked up a flock of geese in flight which eventually flew close enough to make id. Possible as Barnacle geese .They then landed on the Bank of the Torridge just south of Halfpenny bridge.  The 11 Barnacles joined a flock of 26 Canada geese grazing the river bank.  Viewable from the bridge at Annery kiln. 

Posted yesterday at 11:15 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Sunday 24th January 2021

Totnes Garden and surrounds

Around the feeders today visitors included 3 siskins, goldfinches, greenfinches, chaffinches, male blackcap, a solitary long-tailed tit and 2 nuthatches.

A brief walk around fields between Totnes and Dartington revealed a flock of about 20 meadow pipits. Also 14 redwing, green woodpecker, GS woodpecker and a buzzard. 

Posted January 24th at 9:29 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

South Brent three day home watch round up

Friday's lock down birding gave a total of 30 species around the feed station and around home, inc Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (2) Redwing (30+) Raven, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Wren, Jay, last bird of the day was a Tawny owl at 11.10pm calling loudly close to the house.

Saturday gave 28 species with a male Siskin first thing in the morning and a late afternoon Heron that dropped onto my field pond, neither bird being on Fridays list.

Late afternoon saw a counted 58 Redwings dropping into roost and 100 plus Starlings flying into towards the village.

Today (Sunday) has given 32 species, new to the list being female Reed Bunting that has shown well on and off all afternoon, two Stock Doves passing over, Nuthatch and a flyover Peregrine falcon.

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Posted January 24th at 4:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hope's Nose


The Juv Glaucous Gull showed well again in flight around the point, quarry and out towards Hope and Brandy Coves.  Also sat on the sea and around a small fishing boat.  

The female Long-tailed Duck also still present near the Lead Stone.  

Other birders reported a Mediterranean Gull had been there earlier on this morning.  

Posted January 24th at 4:03 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

White Bird

Reference to earlier post,large bird was a stork from the Sussex ? programme  Snapped in Clennon Valley, excellent picture on their Facebook site

Posted January 24th at 3:14 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Blackcap count rises

Over the last few days our seed encrusted fat cake has attracted newcomers to add to the male and female Blackcap we first saw about two weeks ago in our front's count = THREE males and TWO females :) 

One of the males is the dominant bird and the females defer to all three males. It's very entertaining to see their reaction to one of our regular Blackbirds intrusion on the perch; the dominant male stands his ground against the considerably larger bird but the other four scramble away into the hedge where they wait patiently until the perch is vacant again :) 

One of the female Blackcaps
One of the female Blackcaps

Posted January 24th at 2:06 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Ilfracombe Cemetery

Male and female Stonechat 11.30

Posted January 24th at 12:54 pm by Fiona Moffatt in Bird News

Late post - Croyde Sands

 A single adult Med Gull on Croyde Sands yesterday morning.

Posted January 24th at 12:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Chudleigh wildlife checklists

No notable birds to report, I'm afraid, but if anyone is short of reading matter and/or would like to know more about the birds and other wildlife in Chudleigh Parish, there's a series of (mosty) annotated checklists summarising all known wildlife records available for download from the Chudleigh Wild webpage ( I'd love to hear about any errors or additions that readers may find! We haven't attempted anything like the systematic surveys done in South Brent, just scoured records and local brains, memories and notebooks.

Posted January 24th at 11:02 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Sunday 24th January, Paignton

Alerted by my neighbour that a large bird had landed on roof opposite. Turned out to be a white stork!. It was being harassed by corvids and gulls before flying off towards Paignton town (from Clennon area)

Posted January 24th at 10:09 am by Sam Evans in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Out yesterday (Saturday) for a walk with camera in hand and was able to get these and other images.  The resident male Kingfisher was fishing around the sluice area and caught a good size fish for his lunch.  Also along the pill were: four Glossy Ibis; two Little Egret; one Spotted Redshank; a small number of Teal; one Greenshank; two Curlew; two Shelduck; one Kingfisher; and a few Redshank.


Posted January 24th at 12:38 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 23rd January 2021

Tamar estuary

On the high tide this afternoon:

Great crested Grebe, Kingfisher, Shelduck, Raven. A Black headed gull with a yellow leg ring 2PKA (ringed in the UK I believe). 81 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Common gull on Ernesettle creek. 2 Ring necked Parakeet in Budshead wood LNR on the walk home.

Posted January 23rd at 5:19 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News


Redshank on the scrape, yet again the Green Woodpecker present. 3 Water Rails, 15 Redwing, a Kingfisher landed on one of the perches I have installed but was seen off by a Robin! It later returned, and sat briefly on the other perch I put in. Didn't stay long enough for pics. As I left, both Grey Wagtail and Dipper in the river from the bridge.

Posted January 23rd at 4:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Prior to lunchtime:

The Juv Glaucous Gull showed well resting on the Lead Stone for periods and also in flight around the quarry and the point.  The female Long-tailed Duck also still close to the Lead Stone.

A female Black Redstart was mobile around the small beaches, boulders and lower cliffs close to the sea on the southern side of the site, roughly opposite Thatcher Rock.  

Male Blackcap, 2 Common Dolphins and a Grey Seal.  

Posted January 23rd at 4:39 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Ugborough Beacon, Wrangaton.

Lovely sighting of Green Woodpecker, about 30 Fieldfare on golf course, solitary Snipe flushed out of gorse on sunny hillside.

Posted January 23rd at 4:39 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Plymouth Waterfront

Female Blackcap popped out of the scrub near the beach huts, feeding on Ivy berries. The male was camera-shy and stayed among the brambles.

Posted January 23rd at 4:19 pm by Pete Johnson in Bird News

Chelston, Torquay

Steps down from Grenville Avenue to Sherwell Valley Road, early PM. Many blackbirds feeding on the berries in ivy-covered trees  - almost all males for some reason. 2 song thrush and wood pigeons were with them. Other birds included bullfinch (M), long tailed tit, blue tit, great tit, dunnock, robin and a crest sp.

Posted January 23rd at 4:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a fine morning: 7 Goosanders (4 drakes), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 14 Wigeon, adult Polish-ringed Mediterranean Gull, 54 Curlews, 14 Oystercatchers, c260 Dunlins, 134 Redshanks, 5 Greenshanks, 19 Turnstones, Green Woodpecker & 6 Roe Deer. The waders trying to roost on the wall were getting repeated disturbance from paddle boarders.

Posted January 23rd at 2:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Manor gardens Torquay

Song thrust singing away

Posted January 23rd at 2:19 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Friday 22nd January 2021

south molton community woodlands

2 reed bunting. Tree usually feeding bull finches (wild cherry?) held pair of bull finches and 4 Siskins, also appearing to be feeding around/on the buds.

Posted January 22nd at 10:48 pm by art symons in Bird News

Teignmouth Garden Today

Lots of Goldfinches and Coal, Blue and Great Tits on the feeders. Two new additions for the year, a pair of Siskin and a male Blackcap. A pair of Buzzards overhead, Magpies, Jackdaws, Crows also. Yesterday afternoon a single Great Northern Diver near the Ness, from the Point car park.

Posted January 22nd at 8:28 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Plymouth Waterfront

Friday, 22nd January, 2021.

Birds in abundance this morning in the sunshine. Two Purple Sandpipers joined nine Turnstones on the rocks below Pier One Restaurant. Two pied wagtails and a (rock?) pipit scurried back and forth as the rising tide washed the concrete slab.

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted January 22nd at 7:52 pm by Pete Johnson in Bird News

Velator etc.

Still several each of Shoveler, Wigeon and Gadwall on Wrafton Pond. Redshank on the scrape. On arrival at the reserve a calling Green Woodpecker, which preceded me in my anti-clockwise walk around the reserve, ending up on a telegraph pole near the entrance.. What's going on? I usually only get 1 record every couple of years, this is the 3rd record this year. 3 Water Rails calling, one seen. (Goldcrest seen in the reserve and at home yesterday). I also got down the Toll Road and found the Ruff - once again with Lapwing firstly inside Horsey Island then in the field behind Crow Beach. 1500 Golden Plover in Horsey Island.-  can't be sure about this, I didn't actually count them all...

Posted January 22nd at 5:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Old Walls Hill Bishopsteignton Friday 22nd

Two skylarks singing and trying to outdo each other in fields above the village,  Very welcome sign of spring !

Posted January 22nd at 4:27 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Ivybridge to Harford

Walk to Tristis Rock near Harford included Green Woodpecker, pair Mistle Thrush strutting in field, two Snipe on moor (beautiful zig-zag flight), Treecreeper, Long-Tail Tits, Blue Tits, Raven on moor and about 20 Lapwing in far distance over Hangar.

Posted January 22nd at 3:48 pm by Russ Mogridge in Bird News

Plymouth Barbican & Hoe

A Great Northern Diver seen near the entrance to Sutton Harbour and several Turnstones on the rocks near the Yacht Club.

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted January 22nd at 3:12 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A small high tide this morning, so few waders on Blaxton Meadow but Kinfisher there together with a female Goosander (3 others including a drake, on the estuary), Snipe & 14 Wigeon. Also around the site, Green Woodpecker, Mandarin Duck (drake), 4+ Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshanks, 12 Little Egrets, 7 Little Grebes & 12 Roe Deer.  

Posted January 22nd at 2:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monmouth St., Railway Bridge, Topsham (Bowling Green Lane)



Posted January 22nd at 2:42 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Thursday 21st January 2021

The upper Exe estuary

Walked Countesswear - Turf and back. Of note were:

- at Countesswear, a Peregrine on a pylon being mobbed by Carrion Crows, and eventually being forced to give up its, unidentifiable, prey;

- on Exminster Marsh, 18 Greylags, the expected (c600) Golden, plus, unusually for a fresh-water site, 2 Grey, Plovers, and 400+ Dunlin. Did not find the Barnacles, or attempt to count the ducks, Lapwings or other waders;

- in the ditches, the expected squealing Water Rails and singing Cetti's (6+ of both);

- in the estuary, 50-60 Avocets floating off the yacht club, and 15+ R-b Mergansers and 6+ G-c Grebes. Unusually, no Pintail.

Posted January 21st at 9:55 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Radford Park-Hooe Lake-Mount Batten

A Kingfisher, 3 Little Grebes, Song Thrush, Heron, Goldfinches, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Moorhen, Sparrowhawk, Shag, Cormorant, Little Egret, Turnstones, Oyster Catchers, G.B.B. Gull, Stonechats, Rock Pipits,

Posted January 21st at 8:07 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News


On the sea: 8 Great Northern and 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Scoter 40 + Guillemots, 5 Razorbills, 80+ Kittiwake, 35 Gannets and three pods of Common Dolphins a total of about 25

Posted January 21st at 6:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saltram & Cattedown

In Saltram Park watched a Water Rail feeding for a full 15 minutes this afternoon. Unexpected was a pair of Linnets on a warehouse roof in Maxwell Road, Cattedown.

Posted January 21st at 6:46 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News


Smart male black redstart on rocks at side of the road to the Northam Burrows car park

Posted January 21st at 4:39 pm by Rory Akam in Bird News


A female type Black Redstart in my back yard in Central Plymouth this morning, my first for the garden. 

Off Plymouth Hoe at lunchtime were 3 Great Northern Divers near Drakes Island and a few Gannets flying around. On the rocks below the Pier One Cafe a single Purple Sandpiper with 9 Turnstone and a Kingfisher. 

Outside the Sutton Harbour lock gates an Otter was a complete surprise, swimming across the water with a large crab in its jaws and being mobbed by Gulls., my first in Plymouth. 

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted January 21st at 3:18 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Chillington STW. Ringing Recovery.

A. Firecrest ringed at this site on04/12/19 was recovered in Southampton ( unfortunately ,taken by a cat )  on 17/12/20. On average up to four Firecrests overwinter at the Chillington site. Given the recovery date this individual was prtesumably overwintering at the Southampton location.Duration 379 days ,179 km. ENE.

Posted January 21st at 2:46 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A circuit this morning produced: 35+ Siskins, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, 8 Goosanders (3 drakes) & female Red-crested Pochard.

Posted January 21st at 12:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Goosanders at New Park, Bovey Tacey

25 Goosander - 5 adult drake + 20 sub-adult drakes/females (only time for a cursory count) on the lake at 11.30 

Posted January 21st at 12:14 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Wednesday 20th January 2021

South Brent & Dartington

A busy couple of days around the garden feeders and the general area round home, two Raven showing well, a female Sparrowhawk flushed over forty Redwing from the surrounding field hedges, two Green Woodpecker calling.

Around the feeders a male GSWP, Nuthatch, numerous Goldfinch, Chaffinch but fewer Greenfinch than recently, a Wren showing well along the wall below the feeders, Blue Tit in double figures with a handful of Great Tit and two Coal Tit, Song Thrush in full song this afternoon despite the weather.

Over to Dartington to get some food supplies for the livestock so came back via the Dartington estate, the Rv Dart was flooding its banks and on the flood meadows not less than nineteen Mandarin duck, a Little Grebe and nine plus Mallard.

Mandarin ducks with Little Grebe bottom right corner
Mandarin ducks with Little Grebe bottom right corner
Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck

Posted January 20th at 4:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


A walk down to the seafronts today in horrible weather produced a couple of good birds:

Goodrington: the wintering fw drake Scaup still present on the boating lake with Tufted Ducks.

Preston: a Red-throated Diver in the surf.

  First winter drake Scaup Goodrington 20 Jan 2021 ML   Red-throated Diver Preston 20 Jan 2021 ML

                   Scaup with Tufted Duck                                             Red-throated Diver

Posted January 20th at 3:49 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Ruff still on Braunton Marsh

A walk at Crow Beach on Monday 18th amongst the usual suspects at high tide roost in the fields behind the beach was this Ruff which we assume to be the same one we reported back in the autumn.  As it was then, it was keeping company with a flock of Lapwing. Photos is record shot taken from about 100 metres in poor light. Floating serenely on the high tide near the stands of grass, in amongst which were a dozen or more Wigeon, was a single Brent Goose. 

Ruff at Crow Beach
Ruff at Crow Beach
Brent Goose at Crow Beach
Brent Goose at Crow Beach

Posted January 19th at 9:06 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

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