Devon Bird Sightings

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

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Thursday 4th June 2020

South Brent

Visited the woodland on a friends farm today at South Brent, Treecreeper, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, Green Woodpecker, Jay, young Buzzards could be heard calling from their nest site, Robin and Nuthatch adults with fledglings, Wren, Chiffchaff and a Cuckoo calling towards the moors.

And an evening visitor to the garden as viewed fro the kitchen window

Posted 6:07 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding


Pete Stevens counted 51 Mediterranean Gulls on Slapton Beach today mostly fs and ss plumage.

Posted 4:00 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sheepstor area 4.6.2020

Morning walk along the lower slopes of Sheepstor just above theBurrator treeline produced 3 singing male Redstarts, one Blackcap, many Siskins, 2 Gt. Spotted Woodpeckers, one Green Woodpecker, one immature Peregrine, three Ravens, Jay, Stock Dove and one Chimney Sweeper Moth

Posted 3:36 pm by roger smaldon in General Birding

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Red-crested Pochard (female) is back with 10 drake Mandarin Ducks. Also 6+ Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker, Shag, Nuthatches feeding young, Shag & at least 6 Roe Deer.

Posted yesterday at 3:54 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Haldon Nightjars

The first tentative churring started around 2145 last night, and by 2215 I had seen one briefly and heard five/six along and near the Gruffalo Walk. Nothing of note in the passerine supporting chorus.

Posted yesterday at 1:55 pm by James Camden in General Birding


Walked around Sherpa Marsh this morning - the first day with any rain for ages. Lots of House Martins - 50 or 60, 20+ Swifts, 5 Sand Martins and several Swallows, taking advantage of something. On Wrafton Pond a female Pintail has replaced the drake Tufted Duck from yesterday.

Female Pintail Wrafton Pond.
Female Pintail Wrafton Pond.

Posted yesterday at 1:52 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Red Kite over Haytor

Red Kite seen flying along Haytor valley at 11:40.  Last seen heading south.

Posted June 2nd at 9:53 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Clennon Valley ponds, Torbay

A good range of dragonflies on the ponds, with Blue tailed and Azure damsels, Emperor, Black tailed skimmer, Broad bodied chaser and best of all, a Scarce chaser on territory at the top of the third pond from the bottom.

Scarce chaser
Scarce chaser

Black tailed skimmer
Black tailed skimmer

Posted June 2nd at 6:44 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife


A Marsh Warbler, found by Martin Phillips was singing in the ditch beside the bottom end of Dell Walk but no sign after 09.50 as far as I know.

Posted June 2nd at 6:25 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Razorbills at Baggy Point

We were sat Putsborough side of the Point checking for cetaceans when we saw three Razorbills which were regularly diving for fish. The water was so clear we could see their progress for some metres under water! 

Razorbills with one diving for fish
Razorbills with one diving for fish

Three razorbills
Three razorbills

Posted June 2nd at 5:45 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in General Birding

South Brent

Corringdon Farm, South Brent this morning to check on the nest boxes that I put up in the spring, two had been used and the young fledged and gone, two unused and the fifth contains a clutch of Pied Flycatchers !!!! Seriously chuffed with this result.
Walking through the wood a pair of Spotted Flycatchers landed close by giving good views of the closer bird.
Mistle Thrush and Green Woodpecker calling
At the farm a pair of Grey Wagtail very actively taking food to a nest site.
Over home at South Brent last evening eight Swifts and this morning no less than ten over Chudleigh church.

Posted June 2nd at 4:51 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Baggy Point

Highlights were a Kestrel, good numbers of family parties of Linnets, and 2 (or possibly 3) Wheatears.

Posted June 2nd at 4:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Village moths June 1st (2)

A couple of, apparently common, micro moths last night. The Alabonia is usually a day-flying moth, sometimes, as in this case, attracted to light. Never seen one before but what a stunning and unusual moth.

Rhodophaea formosa
Rhodophaea formosa

Alabonia geoffrella
Alabonia geoffrella

Posted June 2nd at 4:31 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Village moths June 1st (1)

A couple of nice hawkmoths during an excellent run of moths last night.

Lime Hawkmoth
Lime Hawkmoth

Eyed Hawkmoth
Eyed Hawkmoth

Posted June 2nd at 4:24 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding


A drake Tufted Duck on the pond this morning was a surprise.

In the reserve a singing Whitethroat is the first for a few years. The 2 remaining juvenile Little Grebes seem to be growing apace, presumably being looked after by the male, while the female is off sitting on some new eggs. Do they start a new brood before fledging the first lot?

Also saw a Tawny Owl, a Grey Heron and a very juv Song Thrush.

Posted June 2nd at 1:24 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Shiphay, Torquay


Red Kite over Torbay Hospital.  Headed NW being mobbed by three Herring Gulls. 

Posted June 2nd at 12:57 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

South Dartmoor

On Sunday - female Goosander with at least two fledglings under her wing. She was protecting them from the strong easterly winds.

Today - First Wheatear fledglings - 3 juvs. Redstart nearby singing. 

Third Red Kite of the spring/early summer over the house today (Hemerdon/Plympton).

Female Goosander and fledglings
Female Goosander and fledglings

Wheatear fledgling
Wheatear fledgling


Posted June 2nd at 10:48 am by Chris E in General Birding

Badgers in Exwick

After a gap of over a year the Badgers have reappeared in our garden.

Posted June 2nd at 9:45 am by Martin Overy in General Birding

Cann Woods, Plympton - Nightjars. Monday 1 June

A butter-side up evening! In position from 9.30 to 10.15pm during which time the churring and wing clapping was more or less constant. Many close views of singles and 2 birds chasing each other. At one point 3 birds in the bins simultaneously one obliging bird that landed on a track-side fence post in good light about 10 metres away. I estimated a minimum of 8 birds within view/earshot at any one time.

Posted June 2nd at 8:11 am by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Monday 1st June 2020

whitleigh ringneck parakeet

3 ringneck parakeet in tree in garden

Posted June 1st at 10:08 pm by barry insull in General Birding


am :- Hummingbird Hawkmoth & several Meadow Browns.

Posted June 1st at 9:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

South Brent coloured ringed Dipper

Colour ringed Dipper on the Rv Avon at Didworthy near South Brent early this evening, left leg yellow over BTO ring and right leg purple over black.

Also spent an hour watching a pair of Spotted Flycatchers always a bogey bird for me.

A snippet of info from a member of the Plymouth racing pigeon club the remains of one of his racing pigeons that was released from Honiton on Saturday were recovered today from a North Devon nest site just shows how far Peregrines can range when hunting.

EDS: The foraging studies of nesting Peregrine show most large prey is taken within 2 km of the eyrie and few birds are captured beyond 6 km (Hardey 2007). What this instead shows is how many racing pigeons end up lost and off route. 

Hardey, J. (2007) Peregrine falcon. ln The Birds of Scotland, ed. Forrester, R.W., Andrews, 1.J.,
Mclnerny, C.J., Murray, R.D., McGowan, R.Y., Zonfrillo, 8., Betts, M.W., Jardine, D.C., & Grundy, D.S.
The Scottish Ornithologists' Club, Aberlady. pp 511-514


Posted June 1st at 9:08 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

3 Willow Tit (one carrying food), 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Canada Geese plus 7 Gosling, 

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cormorant, 1 Jay.

Posted June 1st at 8:44 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Whitleigh Garden

Sparrowhawk over this morning 6 Swifs 3 Goldfinches good numbers of House Sparrows with young.

Posted June 1st at 8:13 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Wembury Bay

A singing Reed Warbler, Green Woodpecker & one Rock Pipit this morning.

Posted June 1st at 7:35 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Morte Point

Crow harassing a Buzzard this morning.

Posted June 1st at 7:33 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Morte Point

A Weasel flying over the path this morning.

Posted June 1st at 5:02 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Red Kite

Finally! Red Kite flying north west directly above Harberton, near Totnes. Beautiful bird.

Posted June 1st at 3:25 pm by Dan Kent in General Birding


Among last night's moths ,a Cypress Carpet. An uncommon  resident and immigrant moth in Southern England. First recorded in Britain in1984 in Sussex  with the first Devon record in 1999 at Dawlish.

Cypress Carpet.
Cypress Carpet.

Posted June 1st at 3:10 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Bennetts cross to Sousson plantation

at about 09.30 halfway to the gate on the track by the remains of the old building, a red kite flew in from the warren house area and stayed around for about 15 mins, then i found a cuckoo calling which seemed to be the only bird but kept moving around the area, good sightings, this followed with a whinchat and a reed bunting, and on closing the gate, the kite showed again, this time a lot closer and stayed longer, the plantation didn't show very much, a buzzard flying around and the usual small birds, tits etc, coming back to the car the red kite appeared again in the same area .lets hope he stays around.

Posted June 1st at 2:40 pm by roger jewell in General Birding

Green damsel

Decorating my utiity room yesterday and this little beauty dropped in, a first for me as I've only ever seen blue ones before  and another first as, having had a wildlife pond for ten years, its the first damsel or dragonfly I've seen actually stop. May be a sign of better thing to come?.

Posted June 1st at 1:56 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in General Birding

DWT Emsworthy Mire

06:49 - 09:25

Snipe drumming; Wooodpecker drumming; good views of Cuckoo; pair of Redstart, Blackcap Skylark, Wren, numerous Stonechat and Meadow Pipit.

Posted June 1st at 12:53 pm by Paul Bray in General Birding

Red Kite over Exeter

Red kite seen flying over Exeter at height at around 8:30 this morning

Posted June 1st at 10:03 am by Rob Pike in General Birding


Cuckoo calling at 08.55 this morning from Piddledown Common, nr Drewsteignton.

Posted June 1st at 9:29 am by nick dixon in General Birding

Yarner 31st May (and a Sidmouth news snippet)

A visit to Yarner yesterday morning gave a Tree Pipit that was singing and displaying well, two GSWP's, Raven and a very confiding Chiffchaff.

Two Cuckoo calling at Emsworthy Mire.

At 23.04hrs last night I heard a Barn owl call at home at South Brent and was just quick enough to see it briefly before it flew over a hedge into the next field.


News snippet from a member of the Ashburton DRG ~ on a recent night time deployment to the Mutters moor area of Sidmouth the teams reported hearing and or seeing up to six Nightjar.

Posted June 1st at 9:10 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

More from my Braunton trip.

A passing Magpie and the Barn Owl.


Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Posted June 1st at 1:39 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Fremington Pill and Braunton

A trip to Fremington Pill yesterday morning where a pair of Shelduck with eight ducklings near the sluice. A Wren in bushes along the Pill road. Later a trip to Braunton in the evening.  A distant fox seen hunting, a Barn Owl (the same one seen last week with the metal ring) seen hunting and with a rodent in its talons, three Mallards flew over and a Magpie passing.




Posted June 1st at 1:35 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Sunday 31st May 2020


Two nightjars seen with one doing wing clap at Powler’s Piece tonight late, possibly more churring, hard to tell. Also a glow worm just by the track. 

Posted May 31st at 11:22 pm by Liz Crow in General Birding

red kite

heard a commotion while i was painting outside this afternoon and looked up to see a crow carrying  prey  followed by another crow and a red kite flying overhead at chichacott just outside okehampton

Posted May 31st at 11:01 pm by laurence smith in General Birding

Red Kites

Two Red Kites over Whitleigh garden this morning.

Posted May 31st at 7:10 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Mediterranean Gull (3 cy) still around; also Sparrowhawk, several Great Spotted Woodpeckers, juv Stonechat, 25 Swifts, 3 Stock Doves & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted May 31st at 6:22 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Red Kites

Red kite flying south to north (south of Dunkeswell).  14.00 hrs. 27 May 2020.

Red kite flying strongly, west to east over Luppitt.  Lunchtime 30 May 2020

Posted May 31st at 4:16 pm by Julia Sparks in General Birding


Birds nesting around the house


Young wood pigeon (squab)
Young wood pigeon (squab)

Posted May 31st at 3:37 pm by Geoff Mitchell in General Birding

Ideford Common

Red Kite low over Ideford Common 13:15.

Posted May 31st at 3:17 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Evening walk

Beautiful evening walk by river otter, white bridge. Highlights one hobby, kestrel trying to catch its supper in the grass, heard Cetti’s warbler and many Reed warblers. 

Posted May 31st at 1:46 pm by Simon Crookall in General Birding


4 Swifts flying around above my house in Estover , Plymouth 12.15 -12.30 today

Posted May 31st at 12:32 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Osprey Running Late

Watching Trinity House replace a buoy at Abbotsham Cliff this morning we were very surprised to see an Osprey fly past heading north towards Saunton at 09.15. This follows a number of Red Kite visitations over the last fortnight.

Posted May 31st at 10:31 am by Philip Marlow in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite over garden 5.45 yesterday was easting then went back west. Eds - a reminder to please include the location in posts; the general area is fine if it’s your garden. 

Posted May 31st at 7:33 am by chris in General Birding

A good time for raptors.

Around lunchtime which seems to be when  I mostly see them, a kite appeared over our Paignton house mobbed by gulls and a solitary crow. A little later a buzzard got the same treatment. Maybe the thermals are better then?

Posted May 31st at 5:27 am by Philip Fairclough in General Birding

Saturday 30th May 2020

RSPB Aylesbeare Common

19:14 - 22:06

Linnet, Yellowhammer and 2 x Nightjar were the highlights.

2 x Grasshopper Warbler reeling but not seen well enough to claim.

Posted May 30th at 11:35 pm by Paul Bray in General Birding

Red kite

Seen over Newton Abbot at 4pm. Headed towards Torquay direction being circled by Seagulls.

Posted May 30th at 4:49 pm by Lisa Morgan-Anstee in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite low over my house in Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple this morning about 8.45  and another this afternoon much higher up at about 3.15 along with four swifts and what looked like a Buzzard. With regards my post last Thursday re the Hen Harrier, the same bird was seen by me the next morning over the north of Barnstaple being mobbed by crows again and retaliating before heading south.

Posted May 30th at 3:36 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

Red Kite.

Around 12.20 today a Red Kite flew low over Blaxton Meadow , Saltram , putting all the gull on the meadow up. It flew around for a bit and then went in the direction of Plympton.

Posted May 30th at 2:55 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Red Kite - Paignton

Flying from Goodrington east at 1:25pm.

Posted May 30th at 1:36 pm by Paul Nunn in General Birding

Barnstaple Red Kite

1 red kite over Roundswell this morning 11.45.

Posted May 30th at 11:56 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Bovey Heathfield 29 May

Spent an idyllic couple of hours beside the pond in the middle of the heath. Nightjar churred briefly in early afternoon and Tree Pipit, Yellowhammer, Linnet and Stonechat were singing close by. Best action, though, was from the dragonflies (and not forgetting a nice Grass Snake). An egg-lying Azure Damselfly was attacked from below by a Water Boatman (which in turn was attacked by a Palmate Newt), while others were watched trying to brush off mites from their abdomens with their hind legs. At least 4 Emperor Dragonflies and a Broad-bodied Chaser were egg-laying, while 'their' males fought each other above. Large Red, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies added to the variety.  Best of all, though, was that this took place very close to where I was sitting, often within a metre of me!

Azure Damselfly attacked by Water Boatman Common Blue Damselfly Emperor Dragonfly egg-laying

Azure Damselflies and Water Boatman       Common Blue Damselfly                 Emperor Dragonfly

Posted May 30th at 10:41 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Thornhillhead, North Devon

Late update on yesterday's confused young blackbird in the swallow's nest (and shall we, shan't we let nature take its course). After 7 hours of harrying by the parents and intermittently crashing around making a racket, the blackbird suddenly disappeared. The swallow’s nest is looking a bit ragged at the top but from what I can now see there are 4 youngsters apparently none the worse for the experience of being sat on and are back feeding OK. Hopefully the blackbird didn’t succumb to clattering into all the stuff in the roof space and finally made it out OK.

Posted May 30th at 7:37 am by Mark West in General Birding

Aylesbeare Commons RSPB - 29 May

On a very breezy day, were still able to find at least three Dartford Warblers on the heath. Down on the ponds quite an array of insects including Broad-bodied Chasers, Emperors and Beautiful Demoiselles amongst a variety of others we've yet to identify. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary & Green Hairstreak etc.  Several Palmate Newts the males identified by their enlarged webbed hind feet.

Broad-bodied Chaser male
Broad-bodied Chaser male

Emperor female egg laying
Emperor female egg laying

Palmate Newt male
Palmate Newt male

Posted May 30th at 12:08 am by Chris & Janet Marcol in Other Wildlife

Friday 29th May 2020

Avon Dam

After six (inc four ad males) on 6 May, then two zero counts, there were seven brown-head Goosanders roosting at the Avon Dam this morning. First seen on the water at 0445, they sat on the shore from 0500 to 0525 and flew out, unusually, east towards the Dart at 0535, also unusually calling in flight. I am tempted to think this was a female with a brood of this year's young, but is it too early for them to be adult-size and free-flying?  Also 50+ Herring Gulls roosting, and Nightjar churring on walk up to dam at 0415. 

Goosander - four of the seven roosters
Goosander - four of the seven roosters

Posted May 29th at 7:03 pm by Peter Reay in General Birding

Woody Bay

Arrived at the top car park at 09.30 to be greeted by excellent views of a Red Kite. We worked our way down through the woods to the coastal path. A busy pair of Spotted Flycatchers and a smart Redstart were the highlights, but several Blackcaps and Willow Warblers singing. At the watchpoint we saw some hundreds of both Guillemot and Razorbill both on the water and flying to and from the cliffs way below. Fulmar and Kittiwake were also busy.

Posted May 29th at 6:42 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Late news 28th May Powler's Piece

Late evening search for a Nightjar was successful - ish - we saw one distantly and heard it call and churring. We also had excellent views of a Tree Pipit and less that satisfactory (or no) views of a very vocal Garden Warbler. Lots of midges but a breeze did help.

Posted May 29th at 6:33 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Red Kite Kingsteignton

One Red Kite low over my garden at 15.20 today.

Chased off by two gulls.

Posted May 29th at 3:53 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A 3rd cal year Mediterranean Gull with the Black-head's, 4 Curlews & 3 Oystercatchers on Blaxton Meadow. Also, juv Stonechat, 4 Stock Doves & 5 Roe Deer.  

Posted May 29th at 3:41 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


On a windy day: 9 Stonechat, 8 Linnet among the scrub, Pied wagtails feeding juveniles on the shore, and 1 Shag on the water popping down for fish.

Posted May 29th at 3:30 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Nightjars, Teign valley near Drewsteignton

Last night, May 28. Churring started from 21.38 from one spotted in a birch tree, two churring with wingclapping later but not seen.

Posted May 29th at 3:28 pm by nick dixon in General Birding

Red Kite, west of Okehampton

Single red kite heading east seen from old A30 at Stockley hamlets at 14.47

Posted May 29th at 3:20 pm by nick dixon in General Birding

Saunton Sands

I have been trying hard to remember during all the years I have been monitoring the birds on Saunton Sands whether I have ever seen Canada Geese landing on the beach before. Certainly at this site it could be a first for me for this species.

Posted May 29th at 2:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Hunters Path nr Castle Drogo

Quiet morning 2 Linnet, a Yellowhammer and a bold Tree Pipit singing heartily. 2 Buzzard in valley below.


Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Posted May 29th at 11:54 am by Ian Muir in General Birding

Morning Yarner visit

Very early morning visit to Yarner Woods, second time in a week to see the Pied Flycatchers and Redstarts. Also seen of interest were a pair of Bullfinches, Spotted Flycatchers.

Pied Flycatcher (male)Redstart (male)Spotted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher (male)                        Redstart (male)                         Spotted Flycatcher

Posted May 29th at 11:22 am by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

Thornhillhead, North Devon

Pandemonium in the garage this morning. A very vocal and confused young blackbird that has been fed by its parents in the garden over last couple of days, has got into the roof space and sat on the swallow’s nest containing at least 3 young. Not unexpectedly the parent swallows are highly agitated, whereas the blackbird seems to think it’s going to be fed! Wondering if this will all end in tragedy?

Posted May 29th at 11:21 am by Mark West in General Birding

Berry Head

7 Mediterranean Gulls were off the headland this morning (3 ad s, 3 fs 1 ss Gulls

Posted May 29th at 10:46 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Swifts in Torrington

Seven swifts circling over Great Torrington this morning, consistent with recent seasons at this point in the breediing cycle, so I am glad that their numbers at this site seem to be holding up

Posted May 29th at 10:15 am by Aubrey McKenzie in General Birding

Belstone Common, North Dartmoor

Having heard my first Cuckoo in this area on 23rd April, I have heard more almost every day since. This week I got a close sighting of one.

Posted May 29th at 8:55 am by Mike Jones in General Birding

Dartmoor and Stover Lake

Saw one Red Kite flying over the road to Jurston just off the B3212 Postbridge road. A pair of Wheatear near Hookney Tor with a Cuckoo calling nearby. Over at Stover Lake (Stover Country Park) a pair of Great crested Grebes displaying well. Not much else other than the usual contenders - Herring Gulls, a single male Mandarin, a few Coots, some Mallard and a Moorhen or two. Back at Roundswell there were a dozen or so Swifts flying around above Coopers Drive.

WheatearPair of Great crested GrebeGreat Crested Grebe
Wheatear                           Pair of Great crested Grebe                 Great Crested Grebe

Posted May 29th at 1:17 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Thursday 28th May 2020

Nightjars at Stover

From the Nightjar info board. 1 churring bird from 21.35 - 21.39, brief flight view at 21.41, then - nothing! Left site at 22.15 

Posted May 28th at 10:34 pm by John Walton in General Birding


A drive over Dartmoor this morning, 

Cator farm up to fourteen House Martin collecting mud from a wet patch of road and a juvenile Great Tit that looked as if it should still have been in its nest.

Bellever ~ Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Cuckoo and Sparrow hawk.

Warren House Inn ~ three Cuckoo.

Bennetts Cross to the Grimspound pathway ~Two Grey Wagtail, pair of Wheatear, numerous pairs of Stonechat with fledged young, onto Headland Warren three Whinchat another pair of Wheatear, female Kestrel and two Cuckoo.

Challacombe ~ Pair of Redstart and one Cuckoo.

Posted May 28th at 7:45 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding


Late post from yesterday, 27th May, late evening: 7 churring Nightjars, 2 Cuckoos, a pair of Green Woodpeckers and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler.

one male 

Posted May 28th at 6:22 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Ideford Common


1 Red Kite low over the common before drifting off towards the SW.  

Posted May 28th at 6:03 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding


A walk from Postbridge, around Fernworthy, and back, produced: Garden Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, c15 Siskins, 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Wheatears & 3 Green Hairstreaks.

Posted May 28th at 4:30 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

road closure

road to soar now closed for several days

Posted May 28th at 4:05 pm by lesley goonesekera in General Birding

28-05-20 Plym Woods

Not a lot around, although I did get a good shot of a Buzzard resting on a branch nearby, also a nesting pair of Little Grebes on one of the ponds

BuzzardMale Little Grebe
Buzzard                                   Male Little Grebe

Posted May 28th at 3:43 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding


The cycle track (no 27) near the Mortehoe road was quite productive early this morning. Chiffchaffs feeding young, several singing Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, a singing Willow Warbler and a hide-and-seek Garden Warbler which sang most of the time I was there, but was typically elusive, just flight views as it changed perches. No sign of the reported Lesser Whitethroat from yesterday.

Posted May 28th at 2:34 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Cadover Bridge, Dartmoor

This morning about 1030 Cuckoo on electricity wires calling, occasional flight for food and back on the wire. Close views. Lots of people around. Still there when left at 1200. Also sand martins and a goosander female with 5 young on the river nearby.

Posted May 28th at 12:53 pm by Ash and Cyn Crawford in General Birding

House Birding, South Devon

Male Stonechat seen briefly this morning, another new house bird!!

Posted May 28th at 9:59 am by Matt C in General Birding


Cuckoo heard from my bedroom window, and Red Kite flew over my garden. 

Posted May 28th at 8:19 am by Chris Baines in General Birding

Red Kites

One red kite over Noss Mayo at around four pm yesterday 27/05/20

then either the same bird again with another or two others half an hour later.

Posted May 28th at 8:00 am by Jonathan Rundle in General Birding

The early bird.....

At 5:30 this morning, a fly by of another five Canada geese heading for the Moors. In forty years never seen geese in Paignton and now twice in a week. Maybe humans are not the only ones finding current conditions strange!

Posted May 28th at 5:46 am by Philip L. Fairclough in General Birding

North Devon

While out and about I also got this photo of a Barn Owl carrying a dead mouse/rat.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Posted May 28th at 2:37 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

North Devon

Kestrel and Barn Owl both with metal rings. You may email or phone me if you require details.

Kestrel in flightKestrel with metal ringBarn Owl with metal ring
Kestrel in flight                    Kestrel with metal ring               Barn Owl with metal ring

Posted May 28th at 2:34 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding


More from my outing.

Cetti's WarblerCetti's WarblerSwallow with metal ring
Cetti's Warbler                                         Cetti's Warbler                            Swallow with metal ring

Posted May 28th at 2:28 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Braunton Burrows

Well what a collection goodies I hit upon yesterday. Sedge Warblers, Cetti's Warbler, Swallow with metal ring, Kestrel with metal ring, Barn Owl with metal Ring, Mute Swans with signets, a Grey Heron and a pipit. I'm going to opt for a Rock Pipit although Eds probably going to plaster red ink all over the shop and tell me that it's a Telephone wire Pipit or some like that! Well here goes...

Rock Pipit?Grey HeronSedge Warbler
Rock Pipit?                                     Grey Heron                    Sedge Warbler

Eds:  Meadow Pipit

Posted May 28th at 2:21 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

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