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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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Thursday 11th August 2022


In the garden this evening.

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted yesterday at 9:58 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - Storks

Just to add to Mark Bailey's post, I saw the White Stork flock distantly from the hide at Bowling Green Marsh, heading east at approx 1655.  It seems they have now flown as far as Sutton Bingham Reservoir.

Also seen at BGM: one each of Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Greenshank, Med Gull (at Goosemoor) and a few Snipe, plus c170 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin.  And one Shoveler.

Posted yesterday at 9:07 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

Absolute pandemonium at Blaxton Meadow, with all the Black-headed Gulls and Curlews rising into the air as a Peregrine passed overhead. She then made a very determined stoop towards the Redshanks still on the water. She must have missed her prey as she came back 15 minutes later for another go, but this time hiding up in a tree in the hope they might forget she was still on the hunt. The Redshanks knew she was still there as they were alarming all the while.

The Barnacle Goose has returned to the Meadow after its short visit to Burrator.

Posted yesterday at 8:01 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

White Storks - Torquay

A flock of 28 White Storks( released from Knepp this week) circled over Torquay late afternoon for c10 minutes before heading off purposefully north - later seen crossing the Exe 35-40 minutes later per Matt Kn and Richard S  -Clive M had an additional 3 White Storks just before he picked up the flock of 28- also heading low north .

Posted yesterday at 6:26 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

3 adult choughs

Three adult choughs 6pm coastal footpath below East Prawle Monday 8th August.

Posted yesterday at 5:04 pm by Philip Cutler in Bird News


Early this morning at the pond by Slapton bridge we had great views of the Spotted Crake and a brief showing of a Water Rail, several juv. Moorhens. Gulls, Crows and a juv. Heron all having a field day feeding on the numerous small fish and Eels trapped in pools on the partially dried out pond.

Water Rail
Water Rail
Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Posted yesterday at 4:19 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Too hot to be out & about after 09:00 this morning but thought this would be of interest. We think these may be snake trails (perhaps adder) in the foredunes only 70 metres from the beach.

Posted yesterday at 3:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Three Choughs at Berry Head this morning

Three Choughs reported at Berry Head by Robert Gaze on DBs this morning. I got up to B. Hd.after a call from Mike Langman. Bob Bailey already on site. Three Choughs were in the air and 2 at least, went into the quarry but returned to headland before flying W. at height.

Posted yesterday at 2:47 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Crownhill Down

My first Redstart for the site this morning. Six Spotted Flycatchers - at least three juvs. Also a Whitethroat along the bridleway. No waders.

Redstart and Spotted Flycatchers
Redstart and Spotted Flycatchers

Posted yesterday at 12:02 pm by Chris E in Bird News

RHS Rosemoor late post for August 10

Down by the lake an Osprey flew over quite high and then circled up to a dot.

Posted yesterday at 11:20 am by Phil Stevens in Bird News

Berry Head Choughs

Three adult Choughs feeding between cafe and headland at 10.30 .

Posted yesterday at 10:58 am by Robert Gaze in Bird News


Lovely morning for breakfast outside, and while watching a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the trees at the top of the garden, a high pitched squeaking drew my attention to a couple of Sparrowhawks interacting close behind me, on closer inspection, there were 4 of them! Presumably all juveniles from a local nest. Meanwhile the dopy Woodpigeon continued building it's nest.

Posted yesterday at 8:02 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Newton Abbot Town Quay Wednesday 10th

Whilst riding along the cycleway my attention was drawn to screeching above. For about a minute I watched a very persistent and determined herring gull harassing and chasing a peregrine. They put in a great display and eventually disappeared out of sight over the town.

Posted yesterday at 7:54 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Wednesday 10th August 2022

Crownhill Down

This morning over the Down. Prolonged views of family of 5 Spotted Flycatchers hawking for insects over the bridlepath, no doubt the same birds Chris saw earlier. Also Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Greenfinches and Linnets.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 10th at 7:45 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


A hot walk around Saltram today. Spotted Fly, lots of Chaffinch, Goldcrest, 3 juv Pied Wags, Great & Blue Tits, House Martins, a Swift, Buzzard. Also an Emporer Dragonfly ovipositing.

Spotted Fly
Spotted Fly

Posted August 10th at 7:41 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

4 Willow Tit, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2m Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2  Moorhen, 7 Coal Tit, 8 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Robin, 1 Jay, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted August 10th at 2:59 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

5 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Tree Pipit the highlights this morning.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 10th at 7:28 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 9th August 2022

Avon Dam

Preceding the reported Merlin by the Erme at Ivybridge on 8 August, Mike Ingram had reported a male flying down the Avon valley on the evening of 5 August.

Posted August 9th at 8:23 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

River Mole Valley

18 Greenfinch in the orchard mostly juveniles along with Nuthatch and Chaffinch.By the river a succession of birds arriving to drink and bathe including 15 Linnets,6 Meadow Pipits 12 Goldfinch and 6 Greenfinch.All were frequently spooked by 20 Swallows ,House Martins and Sand Martins.2 juvenile Herons also made an appearance along with Dipper,Kingfisher,Moorhen.Goosander,Grey and Pied Wagtails.15 Stock Dove and 30 Woodpigeon feeding in the barley stubbles.Non avian included 25 Common Blues,6 Silver Washed Fritillaries,Commas and Marbled Whites.

Posted August 9th at 7:47 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News


On a morning's walk before the real heat: 2 Pied Flycatchers, 8 Wheatears, Garden Warbler, 14 Whitethroats, 5 Willow Warblers, Sedge Warbler, 2 Sand Martins, Sparrowhawk, c300 Linnets, Hare, 5 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, 4 Clouded Yellows & 2 Walls. 

Posted August 9th at 3:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Goshawk ~ South Brent

Just after mid day today a juvenile male Goshawk had a tickle at my racing pigeons over South Brent, while I was watching it I noticed a Sparrowhawk watching the Goshawk from considerable height and staying well away from it !!


Posted August 9th at 2:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Braunton raptor

Sparrowhawk on the roof opposite our house this morning seeking breakfast. Darn thing wouldn't look in our direction at all! It was intent on some prey or other in the gardens behind it, eventually dropping out of sight, presumably successfully catching its meal as it didn't reappear above the rooftops.

Young Sparrowhawk in Braunton
Young Sparrowhawk in Braunton

Posted August 9th at 9:13 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Pre-work dash up the down - 4+ Spotted Flycatchers at base. Lapwing and 5 Dunlin in the huge pit.

Posted August 9th at 7:21 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 8th August 2022

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Two Redshank and seven Dunlin in huge pit.

Posted August 8th at 7:16 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Ivybridge Erme River 8 Aug

Sat enjoying the cooler air next to the river at 1445 todayat the playing fields hugely surprised and delighted to see a Merlin appear and perch on a rock in the river only 5yds away. After a few minutes flew into the branches and cover of trees. 

Posted August 8th at 6:08 pm by R Teague in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A hot wander produced: Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 2 juv Stonechats, juv Bullfinch, Swift, at least 1 Sparrowhawk, juv Mediterranean Gull, 17 Mandarin Ducks, 10 Oystercatchers, Greenshank, 2+ Common Sandpipers, Roe Deer, Marbled White & 2 Clouded Yellows.

Posted August 8th at 5:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar & Southdown Valley

First Pied Flycatcher of the autumn this morning plus 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, 19 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 13 Willow Warbler, 42 Stonechat, 80 Goldfinch, 130 Linnet & 3 Bullfinch.

Non-avian: Brown Hare, 6 Clouded Yellow, 32 Common Blue, 32 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 3 Painted Lady, male & female Lesser Emperor (inc.female ovipositing), 3 male Red-veined Darter, 3 male Keeled Skimmer, 21 Black-tailed Skimmer and a great view of a Hornet Robber Fly Asilus crabroniformis.

Posted August 8th at 3:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 7th August 2022

Lyme Bay and Dart Est cruise

Superb day cruise on Kelly's Hero from Brixham including Dart Estuary, highlights: 170-200 Balearic Shearwaters 3 Manx, 2 Arctic Skuas, 1 early returned Purple Sandpiper, Turnstones, 35 Curlew, lots of Kittiwakes, 1 Great White Egret, lots Common Dolphin, 2 Harbour Porpoise, Grey and Harbour Seals, a Roe Deer and a Clouded Yellow Butterfly!

 Balearic Shearwaters Lyme Bay 7 Aug 2022 Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone Brixham 7 Aug 2022 ML

                              Balearic Shearwaters                                         Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone


Posted August 7th at 10:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Late afternoon a lot of Spotted Flycatcher activity along the bridlepath with at least 4 birds showing. c.40 Mistle thrushes, Willow warblers, a Coal tit, Goldfinches, Linnets and a G.S. Woodpecker. A Common Sandpiper showing on one of the pools not already dried up.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted August 7th at 8:34 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Powderham Marsh RSPB & Powderham Estate

A walk out to viewing platform at Powderham Marsh RSPB first thing. A feel of autumn migration had started with 20 Swallow, 25+ House Martin & 2+ Sand Martin flocking on wires. A single Green Sandpiper flew over. Adult feeding a young Reed Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting (F/Imm), Whitethroat, Imm M Blackcap & 3 Chiffchaff. In the crops 15 Greenfinch, 30+ Goldfinch & a few Linnet. However best of all fresh Juv Marsh Harrier over fields. How long it might stay as water levels almost none existent. 

Lunch time walk out from Powderham Estate cafe. 55+ Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Green Sandpiper & 16 Greenshank. 

Posted August 7th at 7:54 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

On the rising tide: 

100+ Black tailed Godwit. 1 Whimbrel, 1 Snipe my first of the autumn, 5 female Teal, a male Ruff and a Green Sandpiper both still present feeding near the hide. Digiscoped shots.

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted August 7th at 6:12 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Wembury Point

Several waders on the beach at high tide included 2 Sanderling 2 Turnstone  9 Ringed Plover 4 Dunlin. Elsewhere around the Point 6 Willow Warbler 4 Chiffchaff 12 Whitethroat 4 Greenfinch 5 Mediterranean Gull and about 200 Swallow in a feeding frenzy when insects took flight.

Non avian 3 Clouded Yellow 2 Wall 10 Gatekeeper, Common Lizard

Posted August 7th at 4:44 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Saltram, Plymouth

Late this morning a female sparrowhawk flying over Saltram was being harassed by around twenty house martins.

At the House there were at least sixty swallows and some house martins on the high ledges towards the back of the House.  Unsurprisingly in the heat, the shaded ledges seemed the most popular. 

Posted August 7th at 2:44 pm by Douglas Herdson in Bird News

Ashford and Wrafton Pond

Today's walk from Heanton Court to Wrafton Pond and back was very warm and reasonably rewarding. At the Pond there were a few Mallard, two Mute Swans and their seven remaining Cygnets, a Little Grebe and a couple of Reed Warblers.  On my return to Heanton Court and close to the house boats there were about 15-20 Redshanks including one with a metal ring, a Collard Dove and a few Wood Pigeon. 

Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler

Posted August 7th at 12:36 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 6th August 2022

Torbay and the Exe

Eleven Turnstone at Marine Parade, Paignton, including the ringed Dutch bird Z010032, 22 Cormorant and one Little Egret.

Two Peregrine in flight high over Torquay.

On the Exe at Dawlish ~ 289 Curlew, 3 Greenshank.

Powderham Estate, 34 Little Egret, 6 Heron, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank.

On the mud flats below the Powderham cycle/pedestrian bridge a possible 1st winter Caspian Gull in with Black Headed Gull flock.

Beyond Turf 150 plus Starlings feeding on blackberries, 84 plus Curlew and 5 Dunlin.

Posted August 6th at 9:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

River Teign

Eider ( juv male ) on river, it has been there for some time.  Seen again today.  I enclose a photo taken on the 27th of July 

Posted August 6th at 6:58 pm by Keith McGinn in Bird News


Lovely day around Soar. Migrants in evidence with 4 Wheatear, 25+ Whitethroat,8 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap and a Reed Warbler.

Good selection of dragonflies : 1 male Red-veined Darter (Lagoons), 2 Black-tailed Skimmer, 2 Broad-Bodied Chaser, 5 Emperor and 5 Golden Ringed.

And butterflies including 6 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and 3 Clouded Yellow.

Posted August 6th at 5:32 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Whinchat of the autumn; also 4 Whitethroats, 2+ Willow Warblers, 3 Stonechats (juvs), 6 Swifts, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Clouded Yellows, Green-veined White & 2 Roe Deer. 

Posted August 6th at 2:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Noss Mayo

2nd year Herring Gull walked in to the kitchen and pinched my toast!

Caught it and the ring on it's left leg 6V87339. It will be interesting to

learn ringing point.

Posted August 6th at 10:16 am by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Friday 5th August 2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Migrants today included 2 Willow Warblers, a Sand Martin & a Whimbrel. Also, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-w & 2nd cy), 11 Mandarin Ducks, Whitethroat, 2 Stonechats, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 4 Clouded Yellows.

Unusually, a Roe Deer on Blaxton Meadow.

Posted August 5th at 4:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Went to the hide for the first time in two years over the high tide, hoping for a mix of Terns, but found only Sandwich. Max. 40 on the beach at any one time, with others over the estuary, so perhaps 60 in total. Also present were approx. 45 Dunlin, 40 Sanderling, 30 Ringed Plover, my first Barwit of the Autumn, and a Common Sandpiper, unusually on the seaward beach.

Posted August 5th at 4:09 pm by James Camden in Bird News

south molton

Parakeet flew by this morning. (or similar) Hearing calls a number of times this summer.

Posted August 5th at 11:27 am by art symons in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Juv Cuckoo begging and being fed by Meadow Pipits. Photo: - too big to upload.

Adult Yellow-legged Gull and Dunlin in the huge pit at top of the down. Tree Pipit over. Kingfisher at nearby Hooksbury Pool, near Tungsten West entrance 

Posted August 5th at 10:31 am by Chris E in Bird News


Sparrowhawk in Plympton back garden


Posted August 5th at 9:29 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Sparrowhawk in Plympton garden

Yesterday evening a female Sparrowhawk on one of its periodic visits to our Plympton back garden. The victim one of the 30+ House sparrows that visit each day.

Posted August 5th at 9:21 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Yesterday morning. Little Egrets, Herons, Black tailed Godwits, Dunlins, Common Sandpipers, Curlews, Whimbrels, a solitary Ruff, Med Gull, Sandwich Tern, Stock Dove.  A Fox in the dense vegetation to right of hide.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Curlews and a Whimbrel
Curlews and a Whimbrel

Posted August 5th at 8:54 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 4th August 2022

Lustleigh window casualty

I was asked to identify this dead pipit that died today after colliding with a window in Lustleigh. The hind claw measured 8 mm, in the middle of the range for Tree Pipit (7-9 mm, cf 10-13 mm in Meadow Pipit). Identification can be a doddle with birds in the hand!

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit
Legs showing relatively short hind claw
Legs showing relatively short hind claw

Posted August 4th at 11:06 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

East Soar

First significant autumnal movement this morning inc.9 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker (prob.local dispersal), first 2 Wheatear, migrant Dartford Warbler on Bolt Head, Sedge Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 20 Willow Warbler & 8 Chiffchaff. Also: 2 Kestrel, 21 Stonechat, 80 House Sparrow & 160 Linnet.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow, Small Copper (very scarce this year), Grayling, 3 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and 4 Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

Posted August 4th at 12:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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