Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from February 2021


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Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Lockdown relaxations

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Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!


Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

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Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


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Sunday 28th February 2021

Braunton Burrows

After my visit to Wrafton Pond I popped out to Braunton Burrows and found the Whooper Swan near the road just past the round barn. A Buzzard landed on the edge of a private road.

Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan
Mute Swans
Mute Swans

Posted February 28th at 11:21 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Out for a walk around Wrafton pond where there were four male Pochard, one Little Grebe, a couple of Coots and Moorhen.  On the Scrape was a single Godwit and a few Teal. In the hedge along the path beside the pond was a singing Robin.


Posted February 28th at 11:09 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Seawatching difficult with choppy seas but 42 Turnstones gathered by Hollicombe Head and a White Wagtail feeding amongst the seaweed. Dead Shag washed up on the beach. 

Posted February 28th at 8:02 pm by Matt Collis in Bird News

Wembury point

Up at the point at sunrise,  lots of skylarks singing at the top and displaying. Kestrel actively hunting for hours, Buzzard, at least 11 different Cirl bunting encounters along the path. Glaucous gull did a pass below me on the coast path (i think so from the picture, if someone can confirm), lots of oystercatchers, 5 little egrets, plenty of stonechats, linnets, robins, dunnocks, pippits, ravens, wrens, dunnocks, great tits, blue tits, gs woodpecker, 

Posted February 28th at 7:04 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News


Early morning walk over Boringdon Golf Course to Plymbridge. A Buzzard, a Pied Wagtail and dozens of Skylarks over the course. At Plymbridge 2 female Goosander, a pair of Mandarins, 2 Grey Wagtail, several Song Thrushes,1 Green and 1 G.S. Woodpecker,1 Nuthatch, 2 Jays,7 Magpies, a Wren and a solitary cock Bullfinch.

Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail

Posted February 28th at 5:14 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Tamerton Foliot

This morning, 12 Cattle Egret still in a field off Rowborough lane. Also, 2 Greenfinch and 1 Chiffchaff in Cann Woods LNR.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted February 28th at 3:14 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Scandinavian Rock Pipit

The wintering flock of 14 at Colyford Common have started to change into  breeding plumage before their departure in early March.

Posted February 28th at 12:35 pm by Ian Mclean in Bird News

Cadover Bridge and Wigford Down

A Red Kite over Cadover at 1030 28th Feb, drifted off low to the west over Wigford Down.  At least 2 pairs of Stonechat back on territory. Skylarks singing and Meadsow Pipits with one song flight seen

Two Mistle Thrushes in song, and just as a reminder of winter still about 8 Fieldfare in fields

Posted February 28th at 12:19 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

Early morning Goosander count 4m 7f, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Jay.

Posted February 28th at 8:38 am by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 27th February 2021


Early morning walk at Boringdon Golf Course, On the small pond a solitary female Goosander was just finishig a large frog, 2 Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker dozens of Skylarks,10 Goldfinches,2 Song thrushes and a Wren,


Posted February 27th at 10:47 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Long tailed duck

Long tailed duck seen trew weir Exeter Key haven banks feb 26th 2021 female 

Posted February 27th at 9:50 pm by Phillip mann in Bird News

Red kite over Arlington Court

Overhead Arlington Court today at 13:31 Red Kite drifting from west to east at about 300ft!  Cropped image for record purposes because it won't win any awards. 

Red Kite high over Arlington Court
Red Kite high over Arlington Court

Posted February 27th at 6:19 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News


My first Chiffchaff of the year, singing loudly from Archers’ Walk footpath in Christow at 7.30am. Lots of other birds active; tits, GSW, wren, Robin, dunnock. 

Posted February 27th at 4:57 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Glaucous Gull Wembury Point 27th Feb 2021

Glaucous Gull flew from Mew Stone and landed on rocks on Plymouth side of Wembury Point. Appears to have suffered considerable wing damage especially on right wing. This could be reason for it still being around if it is the same bird reported on the 23rd Feb 

Glaucous Gull sat on the rocks in the morning sunshine
Glaucous Gull sat on the rocks in the morning sunshine
Wing damage evident as it flew back to the Mew Stone
Wing damage evident as it flew back to the Mew Stone

Posted February 27th at 4:41 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Hope's Nose

5 Purple Sandpipers this morning close to the point. 

Posted February 27th at 3:51 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the high tide from dawn, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), 2 Common Sandpipers, 153 Redshanks, 7 Greenshanks, adult Mediterranean Gull, 30 Turnstones & a Sparrowhawk. Also, 9+ Roe Deer.

Posted February 27th at 2:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Avon Dam

Few Golden Plover noted in the area this winter, the 50 or so on Dockwell Ridge early this morning being the most I've recorded since October. All still in winter plumage, though a few bellies seem to show a little dark smudging. Earlier, eight roosting Goosanders (two males) departed at 0743. 

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted February 27th at 2:16 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Lipson, Plymouth Female Black Redstart

Female Black Redstart on the roof tops in Lipson

Posted February 27th at 11:13 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Three Beaches Headland Torbay

Watching over the the Gull roost yesterday evening produced 4 Mediterranean Gulls (2 fw, 1 ad w & 1 ad s), a fw drake Long-tailed Duck was with 7 Common Scoter, the wintering Long-tailed Duck in Torbay has been a female so a new arrival. Diver numbers have dropped right off again after the stormy weather last week now down to 8 Great Northern Divers. 2-3 Common Dolphin and 1 Harbour Porpoise.

 fw drake Long Tailed Duck Torbay 26 Feb 2021 ML

Posted February 27th at 10:52 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Stover Lake

A pre-dawn check for roosting Goosanders revealed just a pair from 06:15 onwards. the highlight, however, was an Otter that swam across the lake at 06:45 to the North Marsh, flushing lots of waterfowl as it went; after working its way eastwards, I lost it in the mist. Well worth the early rise!  Also at least two pairs of Mandarins, Little Grebe, 10 Tufted, noisy Green and G S Woodpeckers.

Posted February 27th at 10:25 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News


Due to the high volume of traffic and the resulting traffic jam I decided to move on and visit Yelland for a while.  Along the roadside leading to old power station site and opposite the new coffee shop a pair of Carrion Crows grabbed my attention, along the Tarka path I spotted a number of Teal, Six Little Egrets, a Kestrel and high up in the sky were a large number of Golden Plovers (at least a hundred possibly more) couldn't get all in one frame. Also there was a group of a least a couple of dozen  of what appeared to be Curlew roosting in the marsh.

Carrion Crow
Carrion Crow
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted February 27th at 2:32 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Freminton Pill

Yesterday, I had an early afternoon walk along Fremington Pill. There was very little in the way of bird life other than the usual.  Managed to get some distance shots of a couple of Shelduck and a Redshank. Saw a few Little Egrets, a pair of Wood pigeon nest building, a couple of Teal and one Pied Wagtail.

Male Shelduck
Male Shelduck

Posted February 27th at 2:13 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 26th February 2021

North Exeter

3 Chiffchaff singing in Mincinglake Valley Park and a Redpoll on the garden bird table. At eleven the raptors got aerial, including a Red Kite rising over Upton Pyne. Several drumming Greater Spotted & yaffling Green Woodpeckers. Buzzards tumbling and talon grappling. A  brimstone & red admiral, plus mating frogs completed the springy scene.

Posted February 26th at 8:18 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Braunton area

A Small Tortoiseshell in the garden as I enjoyed lunch outside. Dipper in the river by Caen St School. 2 drake Pochard, some each of Shoveler and Wigeon on Wrafton Pond. Little Grebe trilling in the reserve. Down the Toll road, Little Owl, and the juvenile Whooper Swan right by the road just past the round Linhay.

Little Owl
Little Owl
Juvenile Whooper Swan
Juvenile Whooper Swan

Posted February 26th at 8:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Positive signs of spring

Lots of birdsong for this morning's dawn walk. Particularly pleased by the songs and visible ascentsof 2 Skylarks, several Yellowhammers singing and showing well along the hedges and a very early Chiffchaff singing and showing. Plus 2 male and 1 female Bullfinch getting territorial at West Sandford.

Posted February 26th at 7:28 pm by Sarah Blatchford in Bird News

Red Kite near Ottery St Mary

Just walking through our village of Taleford near Ottery St Mary, Devon at dusk and was surprised to see a Red Kite fly over at tree top level.

Posted February 26th at 6:30 pm by Maurice Rapley in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good spread of birds on a lovely mild day, including: Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk, Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtails, Siskin, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adults), 4 Common Sandpipers, 5 Greenshanks, 27 Turnstones & a Mute Swan (the latter my 90th species of the year here).

Also, Small Tortoiseshell & 15 Roe Deer.

Another Small Tortoiseshell & a Sparrowhawk at Tothill Park.

Posted February 26th at 6:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ashclyst Forest

Flock of Fieldfare (c50) on eastern side of forest. Elsewhere good numbers of small birds at feeders near Caddihoe including Marsh Tits with 2 drumming Gt Spotted Woodpeckers.  A  Green Woodpecker heard on western woodlands. 

Posted February 26th at 5:40 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Mountbatten, Plymouth.

The Long Tailed Duck still present but quite distant. Also, 2 Shag and several Cormorant.

Long Tailed Duck (female)
Long Tailed Duck (female)

Posted February 26th at 4:53 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

Plenty of Dartford Warbler.

1 Red Kite over at 11:00.

Posted February 26th at 2:55 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Croyde Sands

15 minute cycle ride out to Croyde Sands this morning as part of my daily exercise routine. Hundreds of Gulls on the Sands & scanned every one of them.

Amongst  the BH Gulls, Herring Gulls & Common Gulls were several Med Gulls & 2 Lesser Black backed Gulls. 

Signs of early spring for this loving pair of Carrion Crows!

Posted February 26th at 2:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Mountbatten - Long-tailed Duck (F)

The Long-tailed Duck still at Mountbatten, but at distance, no sign of the Northern diver

Female Long-tailed Duck
Female Long-tailed Duck

Posted February 26th at 2:21 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Thursday 25th February 2021

Crownhill Down

A Sparrowhawk performed a spectacular 700m long dive across the north end of the Down into a tree full of Redwings scattering them wildly.  A single  flock of c.40 Meadow Pipits was notable along with double figures of Stonechat and Skylark.  Four Buzzards, a pair of Ravens and a pair of Yellowhammers also present.

Posted February 25th at 10:58 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Red-crested Pochard

Female Red-crested Pochard on the River ply today just South of the old sewage discharge pipe station with 6 mallards. 

Posted February 25th at 10:54 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Pretty quiet this afternoon but managed: 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Goosanders, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Stonechat & 10 Roe Deer.

Posted February 25th at 7:44 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Shipley Bridge

1200 24/02/21  pair of Dippers on the Avon above Shipley Bridge. Never seen 2 together before but followed this pair up the river for 200m before they ducked into small cave..

Posted February 25th at 6:15 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Northam Burrows and Skern

1 adult winter Little Gull seen for approximately five minutes with the mixed gull roost on the Skern. It then flew across Northam Burrows, dropped in at Sandymere and then appeared to head out to sea. The bird couldn't be relocated. Also at the Skern high tide roost were two adult Mediterranean Gulls approximately 400 Oystercatcher, 100 Dunlin, Knot, Grey Plover and 38 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted February 25th at 6:14 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Trews Weir, Exeter

Female long-tailed duck still there above Weir this morning.

Posted February 25th at 3:48 pm by Alan Keatley in Bird News

Wrafton etc

Spring moving right along, but some bits remain the same: 2 Spoonbills out on the scrape this morning, only one Pochard on Wrafton Pond. Shoveler and Wigeon present but the only Gadwall I saw were 2 in the reserve. Also there singing Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler, Goldcrest, and a Collared Dove was notable. As I left a Grey Wagtail in the river and then 2 Kingfishers zoomed off upstream together - a pair?

Posted February 25th at 2:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

White-tailed Eagles

Devon Birds has received some information from the Isle of Wight White-tailed Eagle release project, about some birds' visits to Devon.

On 8/2/21, G461 (blue on map) travelled along the Devon coast – at 0901, he was just outside Bridport, Dorset, heading west and by 1001, was 7km north of Sidmouth, moving at 61km/h, 307m above sea-level; a mere speck in the sky! At 1101, he had crossed the Exe and was 763m above sea-level over Exeter Racecourse. By 1202 he was just east of Salcombe and only 59m above sea-level. This incredible journey spanned some 120km in just under 6hrs!

G471 (yellow on map) left the Isle of Wight on 11/10/20, making an incredible flight to Lundy – documented on the Lundy blogspot 

White-tailed Eagle 461 map
White-tailed Eagle 461 map
White-tailed Eagle 471 map
White-tailed Eagle 471 map

Posted February 25th at 10:10 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wednesday 24th February 2021

Exminster Marshes

Very large group (hundreds) of Dark-bellied Brent Geese with possibly a stray Pale-bellied amongst them. Can someone confirm this please?

Pale-bellied Brent Goose?
Pale-bellied Brent Goose?

Posted February 24th at 6:22 pm by Peter Newman in Bird News

Hollicombe Head, Preston, Paignton

The Leucistic Blackbird, which has been been reported at the headland a number of times, was showing well this morning.

Leucistic Blackbird
Leucistic Blackbird
Leucistic Blackbird
Leucistic Blackbird

Posted February 24th at 2:19 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Taw/Torridge Estuary

Up to twenty Pintail on the Skern as the tide retreated late afternoon. Seen not far from the bridge. Thanks to ?? who gave me the tip off yesterday. 

Posted February 23rd at 11:11 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Further to yesterday's post went back on beach this morning and took more photos as Mike Langman is sure the bird is an Auk.

Eds - Yes, a Guillemot

Posted February 23rd at 6:21 pm by Nicola Delves in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Four Mediterranean Gulls on this afternoon's high tide (3 ads + 2nd-w); also, 4 Little Grenes, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), 31 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 52 Curlews, 56 Shelducks (including Axe-ringed A06), Shag & 9 Stock Doves.

Posted February 23rd at 5:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster and Powderham

Walked from Countesswear to Powderham Park and back this morning. Highlight was the GW-f Goose family close to the canal between Swan's Nest Road and Topsham lock.

Of lesser note were two singing Treecreepers, my first of the year, opposite the sewage works. Also:

- on the storage lagoon, 4 Pochards, a good number nowadays, and 3 Tufteds;

- in the estuary, 800+ Blackwits in a single flock, with 25+ Barwits in smaller groups nearby, 50+ Grey Plovers scattered around and the usual Golden flock huddled together;

- near Turf, a Cirl Bunting in one of their less regular spots;

- West of the railway below Turf, the Snow Goose was still with the Canadas. There is so much dead ground when one looks from the seawall that the Barnacles could still be there too;

- in the Park, 30+ Stock Doves, the most there yet;

- in the Park and around the Kenn outfall, 10+ Greenshanks.

Missing today were Pintail and the Egyptian Geese.

Posted February 23rd at 4:57 pm by James Camden in Bird News


A 1st winter Glaucous Gull resting alone on the rocks along the beach at Wembury this morning before being disturbed by dog walkers and flying off towards Plymouth.

Eds - pale eye, pale bill-tip & generally (appears to have) very pale plumage; so perhaps 2nd or 3rd-winter?

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Posted February 23rd at 4:46 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News


Well after a bonanza of birds in the warm calm sunshine yesterday, it was back to earth with a bump today: not much at all in the reserve, but now 2 drake Pochard on Wrafton Pond. Little Egret out on the scrape.

Posted February 23rd at 2:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cattle egrets in Tamerton Foliot

Spotted yesterday (22/2/21). Small number of cattle egrets at the top of the village.

cattle egrets
cattle egrets

Posted February 23rd at 11:51 am by Robert Price in Bird News


A female Brambling joined the Cirl Bunting flock (22 today) on seed in the 2nd car park, also a single male Yellowhammer, its odd they are not more regular at the site although the winter of 2019/20 saw up to 7 coming to the seed here. In the marsh behind the beach 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and a single collybita chiffchaff.

 Yellowhammer Broadsands 23 Feb 2021 ML Yellowhammer Broadsands 23 Feb 2021 ML


Posted February 23rd at 11:38 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sparrowhawk in Exeter

Doing her bit to control the local Feral Pigeon infestation!

Posted February 23rd at 10:34 am by Martin Overy in Bird News

Monday 22nd February 2021

Plympton, Crownhill Down to Lee Moor

Afternoon mtb ride gave a Dipper and Grey Wagtail on the Tory Brook. On the remnant of Crownhill Down three Yellowhammers, my first this year, with three Meadow Pipit in a hawthorn. Ten Stonechats were notable. A Sparrowhawk. Over Whitehill china clay tip four Buzzards caused a stir among the Skylarks.

Posted February 22nd at 8:59 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Mount batten

In clovelly bay this pm 1GNDiver and  the LT Duck was still present.

Posted February 22nd at 8:42 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

South Brent

Six stonechats (three pairs) on Brent Hill, and four (first winter?) loosely together on farmland below, represents an increase on the two-three wintering birds. Perhaps an arrival of migrants en route to breeding areas on the moor or beyond?

Also today, 11 roosting goosanders at the Avon Dam (one pair mated) and six teal including two displaying males.

Stonechat (first winter?)
Stonechat (first winter?)

Posted February 22nd at 8:19 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News


Old churchyard mid-pm, a male Firecrest, crown blazing, chasing a Goldcrest. Inter-specific aggression or courtship?

Posted February 22nd at 7:25 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


Afternoon walk from Plympton to Hemerdon and Crownhill Down produced my first Wheatear of the year in fact it's the earliest I've ever seen one. Lots of Skylarks Pipits and Stonechats. Several Buzzards, a Kestrel and a Sparrow Hawk .In Furzeacre Wood a GSW 8 Greenfinches, a solitary Fieldfare with a flock of Redwing and a singing Dipper on the Tory Brook.


Posted February 22nd at 7:11 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Great Northern Diver?

Soryy that my first post is of a dead bird on Budleigh Salterton beach tthsi morning. I am almost certain it is a  GND.

Posted February 22nd at 6:42 pm by Nicola Delves in Bird News


Check around the Torbay beaches today: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 14 Great Norther Divers, 46 Great Crested Grebes. 

Posted February 22nd at 5:43 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In glorious sunshine, a female/imm Tufted Duck on the narrow river, 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Goosanders (3 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 4 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechats, 5+ Stock Doves & 8 Roe Deer, 

Posted February 22nd at 4:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plym Estuary and Saltram

Three adult Mediterranean Gulls (all s/p = one with full black head, two with partial black heads).  Seven Goosanders (3 males), two Bar=tailed Godwits, two Common Sandpipers, one Common Gull.

Posted February 22nd at 3:00 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Tarka trail , North Devon.

Saltpill pond , 4 Glossy Ibis , a pair of Shoveler and singing Cetti’s warbler.

2 Spoonbill at Isley and 1 at Fremington quay.    The rough fields across 

the trail from Penhill point towards Anchor Bank held 8 Cattle Egrets.

adult Male Peregrine on Torridge bridge.

Posted February 22nd at 12:12 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

South Molton

Robins displaying

Posted February 22nd at 12:08 pm by art symons in Bird News

South Molton Community woodland

Pair Great Sp Woodecker mating. Nuthatch, Redwings.

Posted February 22nd at 11:22 am by art symons in Bird News

Red kite over Cullompton

Single Red kite flying over Cullompton town centre, heading north-east at 09.37 this morning. 

Posted February 22nd at 10:15 am by Nick Dixon in Bird News

Sunday 21st February 2021

South Brent

A Tawny owl very active and vocal around the house this evening.

A pair of Siskin on the feeders this morning.

Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl

Posted February 21st at 8:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Wintering Whimbrel seen in Charleton Bay this morning

Posted February 21st at 8:06 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hope's Nose


Juv Glaucous Gull at the point.  38 Great Northern Divers between the Orestone and Anstey's Cove.  1 Red-throated Diver beyond the Lead Stone. 

Female Black Redstart showed very well on the south side.

5 Shelducks in flight, heading south.    

Posted February 21st at 7:43 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront Mid Afternoon

Further to David Cope's post, walking on the front towards the Yacht club picked up a group of six Great Northern Divers in a loose but close group, not really diving and reasonably static, a couple more further in feeding on shore crabs. Walking back to the Ness saw another group of nine close together and in a line swimming towards Bundle Head, again not diving much and another two further out. Pretty calm sea after the last few days, maybe just resting? Any thoughts? Also a Harbour Porpoise breaching slightly behind the group of nine.

EDS: These groups of Great Northern Divers typically 'raft' while resting and particularly when going to roost in the evening sometimes in quite large groups - see earlier posts on Torbay Divers.

Posted February 21st at 7:16 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Three Beaches Torbay

On the sea: 18 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated and 1 Red-throated Diver, 39 Great Crested Grebes. Looks like the Great Northern Divers might have started to disperse already now the winds have subsided.

Posted February 21st at 6:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Skylark in Plymouth

A skylark displaying over Chelson Meadow was a welcome sign of spring this afternoon

Posted February 21st at 5:45 pm by Martin Lavelle in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Tufted Ducks (1 drake) on the lower estuary; also, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes), 5 Goosanders (4 drakes), 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Shag & Mediterranean Gull (adult winter).

Posted February 21st at 4:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bideford area

At Weare Giffard this afternoon 2 Cattle Egret in fields by bridge at Annery Kiln. 
On the Skern the male  Black Redstart present on rocks near Appledore Bridge

Posted February 21st at 4:46 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Albino Magpie

Think we have just seen an albino magpie by Beaumont road church today - no chance for a pic as we were driving - Never knew these existed but see a reference to it in 2017 on this blog. Very interesting.

Eds - yes; this is a leucistic bird which frequents that area of Plymouth.

Posted February 21st at 3:55 pm by Paul Aldersley in Bird News


Drake Pochard on the pond this morning, with Wigeon and Shoveler but no Gadwall. Water Rail, Goldcrest and Cetti's Warbler in the reserve, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher in the river.

Posted February 21st at 2:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tarka Trail Ashford side.

Went for a walk along the Ashford side of the Tarka trail this morning. Dull and overcast with a milky sun trying to shine through the cloud. Lots to see. On the river side lots of Redshank, Oystercatchers and Curlew. Some Sheduck, Cormorants and Gulls on the sandbanks. Of interest was a pair of Goosander, the male displaying at times whilst they floated up and down the river fishing, coming close to shore several times. A Spoonbill and Great White Egret stood close together. On the land side where Bradiford Water comes to join the river were up to 40 Teal, some Canada Geese and more Oystercatchers.

Posted February 21st at 1:58 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Goshawk - Kingsteignton

A single Goshawk circling over Kingsteignton for 10 - 15 minutes this morning about 1125

Eds: A rare record of a migrant Goshawk away from known breeding areas. The breeding season is already here for some species, including Goshawk, so please refer to the guidelines if unsure.

Posted February 21st at 1:22 pm by JDA in Bird News

Teignmouth seafront

Off the seafront this morning 8 Great northern Divers, 1 Red throated Diver, 2 Common Scotor and a Great Crested Grebe. A female Black Redstart around the Den last week.

Posted February 21st at 12:47 pm by David Cope in Bird News

West Hoe and Plymouth Sound

Great views of 2 Purple Sandpipers, with 9 Turnstones, feeding on rocks below Maritimos.  All moved round to Rusty Anchor rocks as the tide rose.  Also 3 Great Northern Divers close in to sea wall.

Posted February 21st at 12:07 pm by Jacki and Kevin Solman in Bird News

Brambling-Harford Ivybridge

Alongside the regular coal tits, blue tits, marsh tits, long tailed tits, chaffinches, house sparrows, woodpecker and great tits we have been visited by a brambling. A lock down treat.


Posted February 21st at 10:43 am by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

270+ Chaffinch along with one female Brambling. 10+ Reed Bunting, 62 Lapwing, 120+ Teal and as is often the case, a Kestrel. 

Posted February 21st at 10:38 am by Steve Cox in Bird News


Checking  roost last night with Simon Tonge: minimum of 55 Great N Divers (max raft size 10 also 7,7 6) but many still feeding so could easily have missed some, 2 Black-t Divers,  24 Great C Grebes, 1 ad w Mediterranean Gull, 67 Common Gulls and just 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Posted February 21st at 9:08 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 20th February 2021

south molton community woodlands

Frog spawning continues, at least 3 more frogs showing in pond. Pair of Blackbirds chasing. Three robins displaying to each other and two more in another part of wood.

Posted February 20th at 8:25 pm by art symons in Bird News

Hope's Nose

This afternoon up to 16.30

The Juv Glaucous Gull showed very well around the site in flight, on the rocks at the point and on the sea. 

1 Red-throated Diver off the point.  27 Great Northern Divers between the Orestone and Hope Cove.  One of the GNDs called in Hope Cove - very evocative!

Also, an adult Mediterranean Gull in near summer plumage, 40 Common Gulls, 3 Great Crested Grebes and a LBBG. 

Two Harbour Porpoises and 3 Grey Seals.

Posted February 20th at 6:37 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Fremington Creek

Took advantage of my jab trip to Westward Ho! (very efficient) to take a short walk down Fremington Pill. At least 2 Greenshank, a very smart Spotted Redshank and then at about 3.20, all four Glossy Ibis flew in from the west, struggling in the gale force winds, and flew towards Bickington.

Posted February 20th at 4:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


The field behind nut bush lane and others nearby are attracting flocks of 50 plus chaffinch and linnet. There were at least two brambling in with the chaffinch. Also 3 buzzard, 2 raven.

Posted February 20th at 4:10 pm by Ian Watson Loyd in Bird News

Penn Beacon Cornwood

1300hrs 200221. Wonderful murmeration of 300+ Golden Plover giving us a display for 20 minutes near the top of Penn Beacon.

Posted February 20th at 3:53 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Mt Batten p.m.

Glaucous gull, prob 2nd winter, offshore, flew towards Jennycliff. Great northern diver offshore and ad Med gull with partial hood.

Posted February 20th at 3:52 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

Wet and windy again on a walk around Plymouth Hoe this lunchtime - a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks at Rusty Anchor, 5 Turnstone on the rocks below the Pier One Cafe, the female Long-tailed Duck still in The Cattewater (distant, mobile and spending very little time at the surface as viewed from Duttons Cafe/Fishermans Nose) and 2 Great Northern Divers much closer in off Queen Annes Battery and showing very well.

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted February 20th at 3:50 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Not as many birds on Blaxton meadow as yesterday, 408 Dunlin is a good count. Another good count was 62 Siskin near the water works. Also seen were 2 each of GS & G Woodpecker.

Posted February 20th at 10:32 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Friday 19th February 2021


Roost tonight: 54 Great N Divers (max raft size 10 - but I left early), 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 24 Great C Grebes, 68 Common Gulls, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Posted February 19th at 7:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


Only a howling gale, but (like Art in s Molton), only occasional light rain. Several each of Shoveler, Gadwall and Wigeon on Wrafton Pond again, and more of the latter out on the scrape, with again good numbers of Teal. The Gull flock there was enhanced today: along with several hundred Black-headed Gulls, a few Herring, the LBB Gull again and one or two Common Gulls. All head-on into the wind. 2 Swans, and after some searching, the Redshank. In the reserve, birds hard to come by as usual in a gale. 1 Redwing, 1 GSW and a 20+ flock of Goldfinch. Yesterday a Kestrel flew in as I was leaving landing on the wall by the pumping station. It had some lunch which could have been a small mammal.

Posted February 19th at 5:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Well over 1,000 birds on Blaxton Meadow during this morning's high tide including: a winter peak of 380+ Dunlins, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, 6 Greenshanks, 12 Wigeon, female Goosander (3 others including 2 drakes, on the estuary), 58 Shelducks, 31 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls & 2 unringed adult Mediterranean Gulls (Polish-ringed PHAU also on the estuary), Several Dunlins had a close encounter with a hunting adult male Peregrine.

Also, around the site, 3 Little Grebes, Siskin & adult Shag.

Posted February 19th at 1:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

S Molton community woodland

Surprisingly dry. 2 Bullfinches, 2 marsh tits, 20+Redwing, 30+ chaffinch,  nuthatch. Frenzy of frog activity yesterday and Tuesday (at least 10 pairs) subsided.

Posted February 19th at 10:28 am by art symons in Bird News

Trewsweir Exeter Long-tailed Duck

Female winter Long-tailed Duck showing again this morning on city side of weir. 

Posted February 19th at 9:45 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

Ideford Common

Yesterday pm saw approx 20 Crossbill just above car park, plus a Dartford Warbler on the common.

Posted February 19th at 8:40 am by Nick Workman in Bird News

Thursday 18th February 2021

Hope's Nose


A female Long-Tailed Duck south of the point.  A Red-throated Diver off the point.  21 Great Northern Divers between the Lead Stone and Long Quarry Point.  At least six Great Crested Grebes between the Lead Stone and Hope Cove  Also, 2 Harbour Porpoises and 2 Grey Seals.

Later, between 16.20-17.35, the Juv Glaucous Gull in flight and sat on the sea near the Lead Stone.  

Posted February 18th at 7:14 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront

Eight Great Northern Divers off the sea front today 10.30 am .

Posted February 18th at 7:07 pm by Keith Bowcock in Bird News

Garden - Braunton

Our flutter of garden House Sparrows enjoying the sunshine this aft after a good meal on the seed feeder.

Posted February 18th at 6:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Brent

A high soaring Peregrine over home this morning, it spent a few minutes mobbing one of a pair of soaring Buzzards. A male Sparrow hawk came in and landed on one of my feed station stands in the afternoon.

While watching 12 Green finch on the feeders another 30 plus flew in and landed in the top of a tree at the end of the garden, most I have seen here for some time.

Siskin's showing well over the last few days with two females and two males in together yesterday, with a pair seen today.

Approx 40 Redwing's around the field hedgerows.

Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail and Starling showing well.

Peregrine mobbing a Buzzard
Peregrine mobbing a Buzzard
Female Siskin
Female Siskin

Posted February 18th at 5:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An afternoon's walk revealed: 2 Fieldfares, Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, 2 Common Sandpipers, 13 Wigeon & a female Goosander.

Posted February 18th at 4:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mount Batten, Plymouth

Fairly distant views of the Great Northern Diver and the Long Tailed Duck off the Mountbatten ferry pontoon.  A solitary Purple Sandpiper on the rocks inside the west end of the breakwater

Great Northern Diver
Long Tailed Duck
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted February 18th at 4:19 pm by Tony Hooper in Bird News

Wednesday 17th February 2021


Another evening watch off Broadsands tonight: 49 Great Northern Divers (inc rafts of 15, 11, 7 and 5), 1 Black-throated Diver, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 140+ Common Gulls, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Black-throated Diver Broadsands 17 FEb 2021

Black-throated Diver - Broadsands


Posted February 17th at 8:47 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, c300 Dunlins, 2 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, adult Mediterranean Gull (unringed), 16 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls (including 1 showing characteristics of intermedius) all on Blaxton Meadow at high tide. Also, around the patch, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes), female Goosander, 24 Mandarin Ducks (14 drakes), Green Woodpecker & 2 Stonechats.

Posted February 17th at 4:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Labrador Bay


From the clifftop section of the SWCP - Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, many Cirl Buntings (several singing) and a Skylark in full song aloft.  2 species of raptor.  Harbour Porpoise.  

Posted February 17th at 3:24 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe to Marsh Mills cycle ride

Cycle ride from the Rusty Anchor to Marsh Mills, I saw 46 species.

Rusty Anchor-purple sandpiper roosting on rocks between HMS York and HMS Vanguard models.

Hoe-Great Northern Diver

SW coast path-distant views of the Long-tailed duck

Laira bridge- little grebe but no BN grebe

Along the Plym Estuary- redshank, greenshank, dunlins, curlews, a pair of goosanders, a pair of red-breasted mergansers, shelducks and wigeons.

Marsh Mills-on the bridge over the river-a pair of grey wagtails, common sandpiper and a single dipper.

Posted February 17th at 2:45 pm by Roger Bolden in Bird News


Wrafton Pond devoid of all the 'interesting' Ducks today - too much disturbance from nearby machinery? Scrape had Teal Wigeon Redshank Swans and unusual here: LBB Gull. In the reserve, a very vocal Green Woodpecker, GSW, about 40 Redwings, A few each of Green Gold Chaff and 1 Bullfinch. plus most of the other usual suspects. A Grey Heron in the field to the south.

North end of Braunton: 2 Dippers from the bridge over the river Caen at Caen St School.

Posted February 17th at 2:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Long-tailed Duck, GND, Mountbatten 17th Feb

LTD and GND off Slipways and pontoon. Iron Bridge only saw a Little Grebe.

Posted February 17th at 11:17 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Please note with regret that the East Bank Hide above the Otter Estuary is now closed for safety reasons. The hide has been vandalised on a number of occasions and is regarded as no longer fit for purpose. It is planned to remove the hide and to return the site to its natural state.  

Posted February 17th at 9:48 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Tuesday 16th February 2021

Stover Country Park

Working in Newton Abbot and Ashburton today so had an opportunity to pop in to Stover.  While walking around the lake I spotted five female Goosander, ten or twelve Tufted duck and a Water rail.

Water Rail
Water Rail
Water Rail
Water Rail

Posted February 16th at 10:29 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

A Great Northern Diver 20m off the Wet Wok around 3pm. Meadow Pipit, Oystercatcher and a Peregrine flyby. Distant views of the LT Duck and another GND near Mountbatten.

Posted February 16th at 10:05 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Barn Owl sighting

At 5:20pm today I had a brief sighting of a barn owl gliding across fields between Totnes and Dartington. 

Posted February 16th at 9:31 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Ottery Skylark

Singing Skylark this afternoon, field between Fluxton nr Ottery and West Hill. First of the year.

Posted February 16th at 8:22 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

River Mole Valley

Birds busy feeding on 20 acres of various crops.....fodder radish a late winter favourite.Supplementary feeding has also attracted 120 stock doves,250 linnets 300 chaffinches including European species and another mixed flock of 300 comprising chaffinch goldfinch bullfinch and greenfinch.Also seen treecreeper,Marsh tit and 5 buzzards.Meadow pipits and starling feeding amongst the kale.

Posted February 16th at 7:39 pm by Brian N. in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The Lower Lake this morning,

21 Goosander, 1m Tufted Duck, 4 Willow Tit, 6 Coal Tit, 9 Blue Tit. 10 Mallard, 5 Robin, 4 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Redwing, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted February 16th at 7:30 pm by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Stranding of Starfish off Teignmouth

As mentioned in my last post, there was a mass stranding of Starfish and Crabs off Smugglers Cove, Teignmouth, today, providing food for the gulls and Divers.

Posted February 16th at 6:49 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Whooper swan juvenile Braunton Marsh

Juvenile Whooper swan this evening feeding with a dozen or so Mute Swans.

Juvenile Whooper Swan. (I think)
Juvenile Whooper Swan. (I think)

Posted February 16th at 6:30 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Great Northern Divers off Teignmouth Seafront

Not often that you see so many Divers off Teignmouth seafront, but there were 7 Great Northern Divers this afternoon, including a flock of 4 feeding together. The mass stranding of starfish and crabs could have something to do with it. The Black-Headed Gulls were certainly enjoying the feast!

Flock of 4 Great Northern Divers
Flock of 4 Great Northern Divers
Black-headed Gull with probable starfish leg
Black-headed Gull with probable starfish leg

Posted February 16th at 6:25 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News


Broadsands this evening: 35 Great Northern Divers (inc a raft of 19), 1 Black-throated Diver, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Common Scoter, 1 adw Mediterranean Gull, 22 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (inc 3 intermedius types in flock)

Posted February 16th at 6:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Mount Batten

Yet another shot of the lovely female L.T. Duck and a Great Northern Diver off Mount Batten this afternoon. Also a flypast of a R.B. Merganser, Cormorants, Shags and Oystercatchers

Long Tailed Duck
Long Tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted February 16th at 5:58 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Black-necked Grebe on River Plym - Plymouth

Seen fishing close to the Iron Bridge

Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe with fish
Black-necked Grebe with fish

Posted February 16th at 5:20 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Fremington Pill

4 Glossy Ibis flew over the Pill at 16.00 this afternoon & set down in the fields opposite the pill road. 

Posted February 16th at 4:27 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.45

Juv Glaucous Gull in flight around and sat on the Lead Stone.  28 Great Northern Divers between Thatcher Rock and Hope Cove.  6 Purple Sandpipers on low rocks close to the point.  5 Great Crested Grebes.

Female Black Redstart around the boulders on the small beach and cliff faces on the south side. 

Later, a Great Northern Diver in the outer part of Torquay Harbour.  2 Great Crested Grebes off Torre Abbey Sands.  A Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret and Grey Heron at Corbyn's Head.     

Posted February 16th at 4:23 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Female Long-tailed Duck

The Female long-tailed Duck still showing very well at Mountbatten

Posted February 16th at 3:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Trew Weir, Exeter

Long-tailed Duck still present this morning, also Adult Yellow-legged Gull. Lesser Black-backed Gulls returning with 4 Adults present

Posted February 16th at 3:19 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Isley Marsh

At Isley this morning ; 3 Spoonbills & 2 Great crested grebes.

Posted February 16th at 3:18 pm by David Paterson in Bird News


At Mount Batten bay L.T Duck  still present ,also 1G N Diver.

Posted February 16th at 11:59 am by Sylvia tucker in Bird News

South Brent

While cycling into South Brent yesterday chance sighting of a high flying Woodcock passing over the A38 near the Carew slip road.

Around home this morning Heron, Nuthatch, two male Siskin and a very vocal Firecrest in the garden.

Posted February 16th at 11:33 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram

The Grey Plover, but only 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Greenshanks and 5 Teal on the flooded meadow this morning.  An adult Mediterranean Gull, with a nearly full black hood brings to three seen here in recent days.

Posted February 16th at 11:30 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

S Molton community woodland

Two song thrush chasing, quivering, displaying

Posted February 16th at 10:19 am by art symons in Bird News

Mount Batten

Long-tailed Duck still off the slipway this morning 

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Posted February 16th at 8:54 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 15th February 2021

Cattewater & Saltram, Plymouth

Highlight of mid-day visit to Cattedown was the Long-tailed Duck off the Mountbatten watersports centre, a now rare visitor to Plymouth.  In Saltram Park at dusk was a Water Rail.

Posted February 15th at 8:57 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Ravens nesting in Cullompton

While working in Cullompton, I have watched a pair of Ravens carrying sticks and building a nest in a large conifer near the centre of town. The tree is a large conifer in a private garden adjacent to Station road and just down the hill from the Police station.

Posted February 15th at 8:57 pm by nick dixon in Bird News

Skern at low tide

As the afternoon drew to a close many gulls came in to assemble before heading out to sea presumably to roost on the water. Herring Gulls, Common Gulls and over six hundred Black-headed Gulls. In amongst them all were three adult Mediterranean Gulls and a white necked Ruff who looked, and appeared to feel, ever so slightly out of place. A nice bird to see though.

Posted February 15th at 7:35 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Snow bunntings

A pair of snow buntings showing well on Northam Burrows this morning

Posted February 15th at 6:14 pm by Roger Walter in Bird News


A Peregrine on a kill on a farm field just off Plymbridge Lane. 2 Canada Geese with 2 female Goosanders on larger pool and for the first time I saw a pair of Goosander on the smaller circular pool at Boringdon G. C .who looked like they were building up to a mating session. A Buzzard, Crows, Magpies ans several Skylarks over the course.


Posted February 15th at 6:11 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Braunton Burrows this afternoon

Took a walk from home today which took us to Sandy Lane Car Park and along the SW Coast Path towards Saunton Golf club. The first birds if interest were a flock of 18 Magpies keeping the cattle company. A cock Pheasant ran ahead of us before hiding in deep cover then a distant blob in some trees turned out to be a Great Spotted Woodpecker.  A couple of Redwing were seen flying and Songthrush was seen but not heard. On the return leg we spotted a small flock of about 6 Longtailed tits 3 Bluetits 2 2 Great tits and a stunning male Bullfinch. The highlight of the walk though was undoubtedly our first singing Skylarks of the year! At least five heard and seen. Uplifting  :)

Great Spotted Woodpecker at distance.
Great Spotted Woodpecker at distance.

Posted February 15th at 5:23 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton Meadow at high tide first thing - Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 62 Curlews, 7 Greenshanks, 4 Teal, the female Red-crested Pochard, 21 Wigeon & 1st-w Mediterranean Gull. Also today, adult Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Stock Doves, 4 Goosanders (2 drakes) & 5 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes).

Around the Cattewater, adult Mediterranean Gull (Polish-ringed PHAU), sinensis Cormorant (adult), 2 Grey Wagtails & a Common Sandpiper. 

Posted February 15th at 4:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 12.30

The Juv Glaucous Gull showed well on low rocks towards the point and also in flight to and from the Lead Stone.  16 Great Northern Divers and 11 Great Crested Grebes between Thatcher Rock and Hope Cove.  2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the Lead Stone.

Two Meadow Pipits on the main slope and a male Blackcap in the higher scrub, towards the gate.

A female Black Redstart around the boulders near the small beach on the south side.  

Posted February 15th at 3:08 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


13/2/21 1500 On a garage roof in Ivybridge picking at the moss. Hooded Crow. Other Rooks around and at first sight (very close about 3m) thought it was some sort of albino, but after some research am convinced that it must be Hooded Crow possibly blown down by the NE high winds recently.

Posted February 15th at 2:41 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News


Broadsands : 1 Siberian Chiffchaff in the marsh behind the beach again today.

Around the bay: 1 Long-tailed Duck (Paignton) 7 Common Scoter, 11 Great Northern Divers (mostly Broadsands), 3 Red-throated Divers, 21 Great Crested Grebes.

   Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 15 Feb 2021 ML   Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 15 Feb 2021 ML

Posted February 15th at 11:49 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


In Clovelly bay off mount batten 1 L T Duck. found by Russ Enon this am.

Posted February 15th at 10:02 am by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Trewsweir Long-tailed Duck

Showed well on the river all yesterday between the weir and the bottom of Weirfield Road. Flew down river 5:30 pm, has returned above the weir again this morning. 

Posted February 15th at 8:59 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

Sunday 14th February 2021

Fremington Quay

Two Spoonbill feeding in the River Taw towards Penhill Point.  Cattle egret in fields behind the cafe. Greenshank in the Pill.  I haven’t seen the Ibis since early February and the start of this cold spell. 

Posted February 14th at 10:07 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News


Interesting that a Whimbrel was heard calling down south, I thought I heard one from the reserve today. I didn't hear it again and dismissed it as my hearing! I also thought it was a bit early, but who knows? Other sightings today were a calling and then displaying Buzzard, a Goldcrest, only one Redwing today, but once again probably 60+ Goldfinch. Nearby on Wrafton Pond the battle of the adult and juvenile Swans is still ongoing - 2 cygnets present today. along with Shoveler, Wigeon (back after a day out yesterday) and Gadwall.

Posted February 14th at 7:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Spoonbill still present until13:30 at least. Whimbrel heard calling on the estuary.

Posted February 14th at 5:50 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Great Crested Grebe

A lunchtime walk around Plymouth's seafront produced a Great Crested Grebe in Millbay Docks and a Great Northern Diver off Drake's Island viewed from 'Rusty Anchor' -West Hoe

Posted February 14th at 5:08 pm by Ian Teague in Bird News

Hope's Nose


Juv Glaucous Gull mobile around the site in very wet and windy conditions.  

Three Great Northern Divers in Hope Cove.  

Posted February 14th at 4:15 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront - Point Car Park 13:45

Lots of gulls (many hundreds) feeding close to shore, mainly Herring Gulls, some Great Black Black Backed. Quite a few Black Headed also, picked up a Mediterranean Gull with them. Five Great Northern Divers close in as well, feeding on shore crabs in quite shallow water.

Posted February 14th at 3:22 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Totnes garden

6 siskins on the bird feeder today - that's the biggest number so far. Also a male blackcap made an appearance. 

Posted February 14th at 1:01 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Around Ilfracombe

4 Purple Sandpipers working the rocks off Capstone, Black Redstart around Bath Place, Greater Black-backed gulls harbour along with solitary Black=headed.

Posted February 14th at 12:14 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

Trewsweir Exeter Long-tailed Duck

Female winter Long-tailed Duck on city side of weir at 0845. 

Posted February 14th at 9:42 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

Trewsweir Long-tailed Duck

Photo to previous submission 

Posted February 14th at 9:13 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

Saturday 13th February 2021

West Charleton Marsh

Spoonbill present late afternoon.

Posted February 13th at 7:15 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


This morning, at Hope's Nose in very strong winds and snow showers, an adult Mediterranean Gull past the point.

Later at Torquay Harbour, a KIngfisher and Great Crested Grebe close to Princess Pier.  Then, at nearby Torre Abbey Sands, an adult and a second winter Mediterranean Gull.   

Posted February 13th at 5:08 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


Cold windy circular walk from Otterton - Monks Wall - Brandy Head - Stantyway - Otterton. A "bird wave" near the football club comprising all the common tits and finches. Fulmar off the cliffs but nothing on the rough sea. Peregrine flying up and down the coast and an odd looking bird of prey low down over ploughed coastal field battling the wind - ?? Goshawk (but probably just a buzzard !). Fields around Stantyway busy with Cirl Bunting, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Brambling, Siskin and (?Meadow) Pipits. Also a flock of Fieldfare with a few Redwing and a Song thrush.

Posted February 13th at 4:30 pm by Steve Ross in Bird News

Fremington Quay

Two Spoonbill feeding in the River Taw towards Penhill Point.  Cattle egret in fields behind the cafe. Greenshank in the Pill.  I haven’t seen the Ibis since early February and the start of this cold spell. 

Posted February 13th at 4:11 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Red Kite at Tiverton 10/02/21

I got a good close view of a Red Kite flying low over the A361 at Gornhay Cross Tiverton.It seemed interested in a dead pheasant in the carriageway.It made two passes over the carrion and then flew across a nearby field.

Posted February 13th at 2:55 pm by A STUTHRIDGE in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Significant additions to the two Chris' posts: 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), 21 Wigeon, Green Woodpecker, Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe & 4 Roe Deer.

Thanks to the Axe Estuary Ringing Group, I now have details of the ringed Shelduck (A06) seen this week on Blaxton Meadow. It is a rehibiltated bird, ringed last September on the Axe Estuary and is the first such control from the Plym Estuary.

Posted February 13th at 2:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow...continued

Not long after Chris E. left the Teal number rose to 8, with a singe drake. An adult winter Mediterranean Gull (not the Polish ringed bird). On the river a different 6 Goosander, 4 drakes & 2 redheads, another 2 redheads further down the estuary. Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Grebe and Grey Wagtail.

Posted February 13th at 11:47 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

Highlights first thing: Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit still. 15 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 7 Greenshank, 2 Goosander (1m,1f) - further 6 on the Plym (3m,3f) - Kingfisher, 3 Common Gull and Barnacle Goose

Posted February 13th at 8:20 am by Chris E in Bird News

Molland Common

These are the images that I was able to get in the very windy conditions.

Three Fieldfares
Three Fieldfares

Posted February 13th at 1:26 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Today (Friday 12) while on my way to Ilfracombe I popped in to Wrafton pond.  There were a few Shoveler (m) and a couple of females, two Gadwall (one m and one fm), a couple of Wigeon and the usual Mallard, Coots, Moorhens and gulls.  However out on the scrape were 50+ Lapwings, three Dunlin, a small number of Teal m&f, a small flock of Starlings and Finches that were too far away to clearly id and there were also a few Rooks. After my work in Ilfracombe I moved on to another on Exmoor where my journey took me through Molland common. Very windy up there but I did see a small number of Fieldfares, two Mistle Thrush and a flock of Starlings (flock size at least 500). 

Lapwing and three Common Sandpiper
Lapwing and three Dunlin

Posted February 13th at 1:24 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 12th February 2021

Eider ducks on river otter today


Posted February 12th at 6:43 pm by Robert Jones in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Chris’ Grey Plover returned to Blaxton Meadow tonight (after feeding on the estuary) together with 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 64 Curlews & 2 Teal. Also today whilst battling the strong easterly, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), redhead Goosander, 15 Wigeon, the Barnacle Goose, female Red-crested Pochard, 9 Mandarin Ducks, 3+ Snipe, Jack Snipe, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker & 9 Roe Deer.

Posted February 12th at 6:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Parked up and went back to take a closer look at this road casualty, which  I didn't recognise as I drove past initially. It was on the main road outside the shops at Goodrington.  It turned out to be a female Common Scoter, no doubt blown inland by the strong easterlies!

Broadsands:  6 Mediterranean Gulls today 1fw, 4 ad w (this morning) and 1 sw (this afternoon)

Dead Road casualty  female Common Scoter

Posted February 12th at 5:43 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Saltram

At Low tide the Plym had 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, 2 Goosander, 2 Little Grebe, 17 Wigeon, Little Egret and Shelduck' 2 Shoveler on the flooded meadow. 2 Redwing behind Sainsburys. RC Pochard on the Duck pond. Barnacle Goose in front of Saltram House with Curlew, Canada Geese and 2 Stonechat.

Posted February 12th at 2:40 pm by David Grant in Bird News


Yesterday on a walk from Boringdon Golf Course to Blaxton Meadow. Golden Plover 30+,flock of 30+ Skylarks, and a Snipe on stubble near Boringdon Hall .Peregrine 1, Nuthatches, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Marsh Tits at Cann Quarry,. 4 Dippers (1 singing) 18 Mandarin Ducks, 4 Goosanders, 2 Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Redwings,S. Thrush, Buzzards, between Plymbridge and Coypool. At Blaxton Meadow Pied Wagtails, Redshank, Little Egret,, Little Grebe, Canada Geese, Wigeon, Shoveller (i male, 4 females) Shelduck and 1 female Teal.


Posted February 12th at 1:42 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

River Otter

Blustery day. On the cricket pitch - 14 Brent Geese with a single Greater Black Backed Gull and many Herring and Black Headed Gulls. Many Mallard, Wigeon and Teal, with 6 Shoveler, 12 Shelduck and single Pintail still around. 60 Canada Geese and 3 Mute Swans. On the scrapes 25 Curlew, 10 Redshank, and approx 30 Dunlin. 2 Lapwing but no Snipe today.Single Avocet (!) on estuary- never seen one here before. 2 Bullfinch, 2 Redwing, 1 Little Grebe. 4 Grey Heron very close. 2 Little Egret obligingly standing with the Cattle Egret for comparison near the aqueduct (with the cows!). 1 Kingfisher and the Dipper in it's usual spot upstream from Otterton Mill. Many other tits and finches - especially large numbers of "charming" Goldfinch.

Posted February 12th at 12:37 pm by Steve Ross in Bird News

Trews Weir, Exeter

My best bird of the lockdown so far, immature long-tailed duck quay side of weir.

Posted February 12th at 12:30 pm by Alan Keatley in Bird News

S Molton

Greenfinch feeding on cotoneaster berries; Siskin singing in community woodland.

Posted February 12th at 12:02 pm by art symons in Bird News

Lesser redpoll

Lesser redpoll back on the feeders just outside Okehampton 

Posted February 12th at 11:15 am by Laurence smith in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram

At first light this morning among the usual Curlews, Oystercatcher and Redshank I picked out 6 Greenshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and a probable Golden Plover.  A Buzzard spooked the lot. When they came back down there was a Grey Plover and a Ringed Plover. Two female Teal and the Polish Mediterranean Gull.

Last evening around 5:45 there were 14 Goosander, 5 males and 9 redheads off the meadow at the 'Gas Pipe' bend of the river. No sign of them this morning. 

Posted February 12th at 10:35 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Thursday 11th February 2021

South Brent

Raven and Green Woodpecker showing well at home today, during the morning a Black Headed Gull flew past the house a bit of a rarity here.

Around the feeders a female Reed Bunting.

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted February 11th at 8:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Passage house, newton abbot

Redshank, kingfisher, egrets, x6 coromants, snipe, curlew.  And weirdly a set of bird wings(no body attatched) possibly owl wings just hanging in the tree. 

Posted February 11th at 8:38 pm by Iain morland in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

Some signs of cold weather movement over the last couple of days with a single Avocet and Bar-tailed Godwit (both uncommon here) and also 85 Dunlin (a very high count for the estuary). The Cattle Egret continues to roost on either the river N of White Bridge or on the estuary S of White Bridge. Other birds today included 4 adult Med Gulls and 23 Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Avocet, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend

Posted February 11th at 8:02 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News


Several hundred mostly Herring Gulls at Broadsands today mixed in with them 50+ Black-headed Gulls, 30+ common Gulls and a couple of Mediterranean Gulls. Also this very odd looking 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull  - the same bird was seen and photographed in Penzance over the Christmas period and also noted on the Hayle Estuary.

   Lesser Black-backed Gull fw Broadsands ML  Lesser Black-backed Gull fw Broadsands ML

Posted February 11th at 6:50 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham Quay


Spotted Redshank (1), Long-tailed Duck (f) (1) amongst the 20+ Red-breasted Merganser, Avocet, Teal, Dunlin, Curlew.

Posted February 11th at 5:21 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Marsh Green

A fine Fieldfare dropped in this morning after I put out the last few apples I had stored for the winter.  The feeders have been busy of late with a party of ten Long tailed Tit my favourites.

Posted February 11th at 3:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Wednesday morning walk along Fremington pill was at first a little disappointing, however things started to improve when a few new comers appeared. Four or five Pied Wagtails, a single Greenfinch, a Song Thrush, a couple of Robins, a couple of Crows and a Great tit graced the area.  The usual suspects were there.  Four Little Egrets at the head of the pill, a Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, two Shelduck, a few Teal and Redshank, one Black headed gull and three Curlew.

Carrion Crow
Carrion Crow

Posted February 11th at 2:14 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 10th February 2021


This afternoon 30+ Golden Plover over farm fields near Plymbridge Lane. 3 male and 4 female Goosanders on pond at Boringdon Golf Course. 20+ Skylarks,I Snipe and a solitary Peregrine.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Goosander male
Goosander male

Posted February 10th at 8:00 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Red Kite which flew over (SE at c14.00) was my first in Plymouth, and totally unexpected. Also signs of cold weather movements included 26 Golden Plovers over & (on Blaxton Meadow) a female Pintail & 6 Teal. In addition: Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 2 or 3 Jack Snipe, Snipe, 16 Wigeon, 7 Goosanders (4 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 2 Mandarin Ducks (pair), female Red-crested Pochard, the Barnacle Goose, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, 1 or 2 Stonechats, 2 Siskins, the Polish-ringed adult Mediterranean Gull "PHAU" & 9 Roe Deer. 

Posted February 10th at 5:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

A Great Northern Diver offshore and a Purple Sandpiper with 3 Turnstones on the rocks below the Pier One cafe today on my Plymouth Hoe walk. However the highlight was a Red Kite flying over causing uproar amongst the Herring Gulls.

Red Kite
Red Kite
Purple Sandpiper with Turnstones
Purple Sandpiper with Turnstones

Posted February 10th at 5:08 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

09:56 - 11:49

Three Crossbill, Goldcrest, a pair of Bullfinch, Dartford Warblers calling the highlight.

Posted February 10th at 5:08 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Newnham Meadows to Newnham Park

Yesterday mid-afternoon, no Firecrests but Goldcrest female in the meadows and an orange crested male on the Tory Brook. Loads of finches including Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Siskin, Bullfinch and Greenfinch in descending order of number.  What seemed unusual was a flock of 30 or 40 Meadow Pipit in the tree-tops at Holly Wood moving over into the park still in the trees and not down into the sheep field. At the same time were a few Redwing. 

Posted February 10th at 2:32 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Fern Way, Ilfracombe

Another black redstart in Fern Way, a female this time.

Posted February 10th at 2:04 pm by Ann Kingston in Bird News

Re: Blackcaps in Braunton

In response to Phil and Sue Naylor's question about the age and sex of Blackcaps visiting their feeders. Young Blackcaps fledge with a brown cap but undergo a partial post-juvenile moult, including the cap, which is usually finished in October. By now, any bird with a brown cap will definitely be a female with last year's young and older females indistinguishable in the field.

Posted February 10th at 10:11 am by Alan Pomroy in Bird News


Three Firecrest this morning. One in the garden and two in vegetation along the Tory Brook near Newnham Park entrance.

Posted February 10th at 8:52 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 9th February 2021

Gullemot at Hallsands

Guillemot sheltering amongst the rocks from the easterly storms at Hallsands.

Posted February 9th at 10:22 pm by Julia Churchley in Bird News

Blackcap numbers increasing in our Braunton garden

We have enjoyed watching the birds demolishing the National Trust peanut fat cakes which we hang in the hedge near our kitchen window.  They get through a 500g cake in about four days. We've seen Blackbirds, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Robin's & Greenfinch all enjoying the feast, but the stars have been the Blackcaps; their antics are fascinating to watch and there are now FOUR with black caps and THREE with brown caps. We thought the brown capped ones were females but...apparently the juveniles have brown caps too and we've noticed that the black capped males often chase the brown capped ones off? We think, maybe, they are the juves,  because they can tolerate occasional brown capped are they the females? Fascinating stuff! Very entertaining. Interestingly; the House Sparrows of which we now have approximately 15, do not use the peanut fat cake, preferring the seeded fat balls, no mess seed mix and kibbled sunflower hearts. 

Posted February 9th at 9:38 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

S Molton Community woodlands

Singing Siskins yesterday (8th) and today. Probing lichen.

Posted February 9th at 9:02 pm by art symons in Bird News

Thrushes Modbury

A few redwings and song thrushes at the bottom of my garden feeding on the ivy berries

Song Thrush
Song Thrush

Posted February 9th at 7:55 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

River Otter (estuarial)

Teal, wigeon, curlew, mallard, BB Brent Geese, around 70 Dunlin, at least 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Heron and a very handsome Cormorant in breeding plumage.

Cormorant in breeding plumage
Cormorant in breeding plumage
Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Posted February 9th at 6:22 pm by Peter Newman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A very cold circuit today but Bar-tailed Godwit & Teal new in & a Firecrest showing very well. Also, c60 Redwings, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Mandarin Ducks (7 drakes), 4 Goosanders (2 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 6 Little Grebes, 10 Wigeon & 12 Roe Deer. 

One of the (46) Shelducks was wearing a colour ring that appears to be from the Axe Estuary scheme (reported for details).

Posted February 9th at 3:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Despite the cold, Wigeon, Shoveler and Gadwall on Wrafton Pond, Redshank out on the scrape. In and near the reserve, about 60 Curlew in the field just to the south along with a busy flock of Starlings. Probably 40+ Goldfinch and 20 Greenfinch and rather enthusiastic singing Chaffinch! 3 Long-tailed Tits, 20+ Redwing, but best sighting was a small fast-flying flock of Golden Plover going over heading into the wind! First I've seen nearby for a long time.

Posted February 9th at 1:46 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

A cold wind.

Yesterday the 8th saw a flock of hundreds of Golden Plover beside the Warren car park above my village of Noss Mayo, today after a tip off I was rewarded for braving the artic conditions with a chough in the fields below the car park.

Posted February 9th at 11:27 am by Jonathan Rundle in Bird News


Firecrest in bushes along Tory Brook near Newnham Park entrance this morning.

Posted February 9th at 8:34 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 8th February 2021

Crownhill Down to Lee Moor

A cold and windy walk over a near birdless Crownhill Down gave only singles of male Reed Bunting, Skylark, Stonechat, Wren and Mistle Thrush.  In Lower Lee Moor Wood all the usual tits with Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel and a dozen plus Redwing. 7nr Fallow hinds.  On Portworthy Ph3 dam 4 Teal and 4 Coot, but no sign of yesterday's 7nr Tufted Duck.

Posted February 8th at 9:57 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

A39 Hartland turning

While driving 1m Hen Harrier

Posted February 8th at 9:34 pm by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a rather brisk walk this afternoon: Common Sandpiper, 24 Turnstones, Kestrel, 2 Goosanders (1 drake) & 9 Roe Deer.

Also, Peregrine over Mount Gould Park. 

Posted February 8th at 5:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torquay Harbour

Lunchtime walk around Torquay Harbour and Torre Abbey Sands. 3 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Great C Grebes, 60+ Common Gull & Ad wint Med Gull. 

also Merlin just on edge of Alphington, Exeter on my way to work

Posted February 8th at 4:10 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


I thought fat-balls were good for something different, and today a male Blackcap arrived to prove me right. Unfortunately the aggressive local Robin was soon on hand to send him packing... In the reserve, the first Treecreeper of the year, and a Lapwing in the adjoining field to the south. Good numbers of Green and Goldfinch unusually perched and staying put when I raised the bins! 2 GSW, 1 Redwing, and a Raven on the way home.

Posted February 8th at 3:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Green Woodpecker at Newnham Meadows Nature Reserve. Present for its second day. 

Posted February 8th at 2:14 pm by Chris E in Bird News


Late yesterday afternoon a  flock of 30+ Golden Plovers seen  flying over farmers fields off Plymbridge Lane

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted February 8th at 10:31 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Taw Estuary/ Crow Point

Yesterday 7/2/21, 100+ Brent Geese

Posted February 8th at 6:19 am by Beth Woollam in Bird News

Sunday 7th February 2021

Shaugh Moor Buzzards

Today only saw two Buzzards floating over the Shaugh Moor area, where yesterday there was a loose spiral of at least thirteen along with a couple of Ravens.

Posted February 7th at 10:26 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Thorne Moor - W.Putford N.Devon

Super walk today - glorious sunshine but biting wind from time to time. Above Haytown - Willow Tit singing loudly from tangled woods by road, 2 ravens honking and barrel rolling low enough to hear wing beats, at least 60 Lapwing together with 200 Golden Plover (probably more of both over brow) plus scattered fieldfares in a field with new crop growth and much exposed soil. 2 mistle thrushes in field by Putford bridge. Thorne Moor - single snipe on muddy track and a bullfinch quietly calling, which very nicely rounded things off.

Posted February 7th at 8:19 pm by Mark West in Bird News

River Otter, Budleigh Salterton

The Cattle Egret is still roosting in Willows adjacent to the River Otter N of White Bridge this evening.

Cattle Egret, River Otter by Chris Townend

Posted February 7th at 7:35 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Larks singing

One skylark briefly singing this morning near Newbuildings. tentative yellowhammer song from deep in the hedge same location. Sadly, a dead hare in the lane- six here last year but unusual in this part of Devon. Came off worse in an encounter with a car I think.

Posted February 7th at 7:11 pm by Sarah Blatchford in Bird News

Velator area

Redshank out on the scrape late morning, Wigeon, Gadwall and Shoveler on Wrafton Pond. 2 Dippers under the Tesco bridge. In the reserve, Kestrel, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 7 Redwings, and a Tawny Owl contact calling a couple of times.

Posted February 7th at 4:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hope's Nose


Once again, the juv Glaucous Gull performed well in flight around the point and quarry. 

Nearby, and after a fashion, the female Long-tailed Duck showed well in front of the Lead Stone.

A smart adult Mediterranean Gull also provided excellent views.  

Posted February 7th at 3:32 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

The Black Redstart is still visiting our dried mealworms daily, but defers in the pecking order to the male Blackcap.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted February 7th at 2:57 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Plymbridge woods

A walk this morning: 8 Mandarin (6m,2f), 1 Goosander(f) and 1 Dipper on the river, 2 Marsh tit by the viaduct, 1 Peregrine patrolling Cann quarry, 2 Goldcrest, and 1 Great spotted Woodpecker flew over.

Posted February 7th at 1:43 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News


Video of kingfisher with lugworm

Posted February 7th at 11:38 am by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Around crownhill down

A large circular walk from home around the crownhill down area, around the quarry areas. Seen on the walk.
Bull finch, pheasant, many buzzards successful in hunting, skylarks, chaffinch, gold crest, lots of meadow pippits, song thrush, mistle thrush, red wing, lots of robins and great tits, g.s woodpecker calling out. All members of the covid family. A few bold roe deer in some of the fields too

Posted February 7th at 10:03 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Saturday 6th February 2021

Kingsbridge Estuary

Wintering Whimbrel in Charleton Bay this morning

Posted February 6th at 7:43 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Caught in the act of taking frogs from my pond this morning. Diistant and cropped image

Grey Heron
Grey Heron

Posted February 6th at 3:59 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Peek Hill area

On my local walking area, 3 Sky Larks, about 30 Golden Plover, then in the Plantation, Crossbill, they were very mobile. .

Posted February 6th at 3:41 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Male Siskin in the garden at Dunkeswell

A mixture of finches on the feeders this morning. Goldfinch, Greenfinch and 3 siskins.

Posted February 6th at 3:13 pm by Peter Lamb in Bird News


Early morning walk to Plymbridge in glorious weather. 3 male and 4 female Goosanders on a pool on Boringdon Golf Course. I wondered what they were catching then a male came up with a frog in his bill.  In Cann Wood Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Redwings, Blue and Great tits. 2 pairs of Mandarin Ducks on the river at Plymbridge. Chaffinches singing...Spring is on the way. 


Posted February 6th at 2:56 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 12.00 today:

The Juv Glaucous Gull showed well around the site.  Also seen flying out to the Orestone and disappearing out of view on the far side for a bit.  

Nearby, the female Long-tailed Duck showed well in front of the Lead Stone. 

A mobile female Black Redstart was initially at the point, before being relocated on the south side.  

Posted February 6th at 2:48 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights in beautiful sunshine this morning, were: Kingfisher (female), Common Sandpiper, 4 Goosanders (2 drakes), 7 Wigeon, 3+ Siskins & 8 Roe Deer. Numbers of Dunlins (290) & Redshanks (118) down a bit, but Curlews (55) & Oystercatchers (14) better. 


Posted February 6th at 2:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Garden birdwatch, Heavitree, exeter

A flock of 13 redwing and 1 fieldfare in the playing field beyond my garden.

chiffchaff flitting through the hedge.

Posted February 6th at 2:12 pm by David Scott in Bird News

Bideford , Southcott valley.

An extremely wary Greylag goose close to the flooded area in the Southcott valley.  On nearby Northgate pond a Green Sandpiper , Greenshank and 3 Snipe.

Posted February 6th at 12:01 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Purple Sandpiper

3 purple Sandpiper feeding constantly at Haldon pier, Torquay.

Posted February 6th at 11:48 am by Michelle Reeves in Bird News

Ilfracombe Fern way

Male Black Redstart in back garden 9.30

Posted February 6th at 10:01 am by Fiona Moffatt in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

4 White-fronted Geese amongst some Canada Geese near the railway line yesterday (5th). Flypasts of Barnacle Geese, Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Golden Plovers, Lapwings. Other sightings included Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Curlew, Bullfinch.

Barnacle Goose flypast
Barnacle Goose flypast
White-fronted Goose
White-fronted Goose

Posted February 6th at 8:56 am by Peter Newman in Bird News

Friday 5th February 2021

Fremington Pill

Popped into Fremington Pill today and got these images.  One of four Glossy Ibis standing in the rain and one of two Little Egrets on a flyby. Also a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, two Shelduck, one Curlew and a small number of Redshank.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted February 5th at 10:21 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


A woodcock flying along the cockington valley at 1700 this evening.

10 plus cirl bunting in the fields with goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch and linnet. 

Posted February 5th at 8:56 pm by Ian Loyd in Bird News

Stantyway Farm and Crab Ledge Otterton

Very nice birding this morning with 4 Red Throated Diver & 16 Fulmar off Crab Ledge. On the field stubble and grassland 30+ Reed Bunting, 50+ Linnet, 30+ Chaffinch, 30+ Fieldfare and 30+ skylark plus a pair of Cirl Bunting, & 3 Mistle Thrush. 

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Red Throated Diver
Red Throated Diver

Posted February 5th at 6:38 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two adult Mediterranean Gulls (including Polish-ringed "PHAU") on this morning's rising tide. Also, female Red-crested Pochard, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes), 15 Mandarin Ducks (9 drakes), 32 Common Gulls, 11 Wigeon, 6 Greenshanks, 120+ Redshanks, 13 Oystercatchers, Shag, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Siskin & 4+ Roe deer. 

Posted February 5th at 4:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Peregrine downed its prey on roof of Bath House and proceeded to pluck the feathers off. 4 Purple Sandpipers working the rocks below Capstone. 3 Fulmar around Tunnels Beaches

Posted February 5th at 3:59 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

Baggy Point

The single Velvet Scoter flew in & landed while I was at Baggy Pt early this morning but no sign of the Common Scoters. No photos, it was raining.

Our Frogs have spawned already in the garden pond - photos posted on Other Wildlife

Posted February 5th at 3:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Redshank (not Spotted Red) on the scrape again this morning. The three Duck species all self-isolating on Wrafton Pond, where the Cob Swan seems to have finally chased off all last year's cygnets. A flight of 7 Swans over the reserve (one juvenile) but wasn't sure if it was the juv Whooper.... In the reserve pairs of Blue and Great Tits prospecting the nest-boxes, and even putting some nest material in place. A Moorhen on Wrafton Pond was also collecting reeds for a nest. A Collared Dove was singing in the reserve, and a 1st calendar year Blackbird was also singing by Wrafton Pond - well perhaps more of a monotonous sub-song would be a better description. The rain, and a Kestrel probably kept the bird count very low.

Posted February 5th at 2:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Joces Cross, George Nympton, S. Molton

200 Golden Plover, 50 Fieldfare, 2 Skylark

Posted February 5th at 12:16 pm by art symons in Bird News

Thursday 4th February 2021


A really good day at Saltram. Good but distant views of the solitary Barnacle Goose amongst the Canada Geese. Jays, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwings, Robins Dunnocks, Wrens, Goldcrests, a Firecrest, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Chaffinches ,Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker, L.T.Tit, Blue tits, Great tits, R.N. Parakeets, Nuthatches ,Mallards, Shelduck, Wigeon, Dunlin Redshank, Greenshank, Common Gull, G.B.B. Gulls, L.B.B. Gulls, Oystercatchers, Curlew, Whimbrel, R.B. Merganser x 2, Goosander x 8, Dabchick x 1, Common Sandpiper, Moorhens, Mandarin Ducks, Red Crested Pochard female at House pond, Cormorants, Little Egrets, Herons x 9, C. Crows, Jackdaws, Ravens, Magpies, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Stonechats, Starlings.

Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Posted February 4th at 11:18 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Exminster and Powderham

Walked Countesswear - Powderham Park and back over the high tide.

On Exminster Marsh were substantial three-figure numbers of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Redshank, Avocet, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, and Starling, plus unestimated Teal and Wigeon, all being periodically spooked by something, so that there were sometimes 3000+ birds in the air, making for quite a sight and sound. Only culprits I could see were Crows and GBB Gulls, but no doubt the Harrier was involved as well. Couldn't find the White-fronts, alas.

The Barnacles were S of Turf and W of the railway, slightly easier to see than on previous visits, but why do they stick with the Canadas? Surely Brents would be more compatible.

At Turf, a Mediterranean Gull, my first for the year, was with the Black-headeds and Commons.

In Powderham Park, a third Egyptian Goose has appeared, ten Stock Doves were as usual busy feeding on something (newly uncovered acorns?) under the Oaks, and fifteen+ Herons were standing sentinel on their nests.

A Merganser in the canal at Topsham Lock was a surprise, as was the all-day silence of the Rails. Song came from Cetti's, Skylarks, Mistle, and, double-figures of, Song Thrushes.

Posted February 4th at 9:56 pm by James Camden in Bird News

River Otter, Budleigh Salterton

A Cattle Egret was roosting in willows above the river this evening and the first one I have seen here since November. A drake Pintail on the scrapes is unusual for the Otter and has been present for at least a week.

Posted February 4th at 7:41 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Working in Braunton, Ilfracombe and Parracombe today so had an opportunity to pop into Wrafton pond. One Spotted Redshank and a number of Teal (about 6 M&F).  On the pond were about six male and two female Shoveler, male and female Gadwall a few Wigeon, two Snipe and the usual suspects. 


Posted February 4th at 7:31 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A short walk this afternoon, produced 2 sinensis Cormorants (adult & imm), 5 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes), female Goosander, 20 Turnstones & 9 Roe Deer.

Posted February 4th at 5:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Yesterday 14.00 hrs Barnstaple. I found a Kingfisher attempting to eat a lugworm. He was treating it as if it was a fish and repeatedly hitting it against his perch. Never seen this before. I have a a bad video I will try to edit.

Posted February 4th at 2:55 pm by richard Yeats in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Widecombe in the Moor

Today while working near Widecombe in the Moor I managed to get these images in my customer's garden.


Posted February 3rd at 9:45 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plympton and Crownhill Down

17 Siskin in the garden this morning. Garden max was 19 at the end of January. Female Blackcap still present.

Highlight on a walk from home to Crownhill Down was a female Reed Bunting perched on gorse on the down before flying south. First for me at this site.

Posted February 3rd at 5:47 pm by Chris E in Bird News


Todays seabird count included: 11 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Crested Grebes and an ad winter Mediterranean Gull.

Posted February 3rd at 5:46 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hope's nose

The long tailed duck is still present but I did not see the glaucous gull this afternoon.

Posted February 3rd at 4:59 pm by jeff hacon in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Drake Pochard amongst all the usuals (this morning). Water level seems to be dropping.

Posted February 3rd at 4:19 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram & Plymbridge Woods

An excellent count of 339 Dunlins on the Plym Estuary, roosting on the wall at high tide. Also, 152 Redshanks, 7 Greenshanks, Snipe, 19 Wigeon, 2 Goosanders (1 drake), 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), female Red-crested Pochard & 5 Little Grebes.

At Plymbridge Woods, the pair of Peregrines around the nesting site, Marsh Tit, Green Woodpecker & at least 1 Siskin. 

Posted February 3rd at 4:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

My usual local lockdown walk around Plymouth Hoe this lunchtime was Purple Sandpiper-less on the dropping tide with only a single Turnstone found but a flyover Chough more than made up for it! Picked up by call as it flew overhead towards the city centre and presumably the bird being reported at nearby Rame Head across Plymouth Sound in Cornwall. 

Posted February 3rd at 3:29 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Velator etc.

Still a few each of Gadwall, Wigeon and Shoveler on Wrafton Pond. Scrape had mostly Black-headed Gulls. In the reserve, 4 SWW vehicles paying a flying visit, and only a few Finches, Calling Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail, a Chiffchaff (or 2 perhaps) a Goldcrest and a few Redwings.

Best sighting was back at home  - a Peacock (butterfly!) sunning itself on the wall of my house.

Posted February 3rd at 2:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Late post for yesterday. Paid a very quick visit to Exminster Marshes yesterday (2/2) at about 4PM and found 4 greater white-fronted geese amongst the huge flock of Canada geese. Could not determine ssp.

Another quick stop at The Strand carpark at Starcross revealed c. 30 wigeon, 4 teal, 2 oystercatcher, 9 redshank and more Canada geese using the pond on the other side of the road opposite the car park. Light conditions were poor by 4.30pm but there may have been some pochard amongst the wigeon - if anyone is local may be worth a look? 

Posted February 3rd at 2:20 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Fremington pill 15.00hrs yesterday

4 glossy ibis 2 greenshank  1 spotted redshank  and numerous red shank

Posted February 3rd at 10:28 am by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Bickleigh Viaduct

Hoping to see the Crossbills seen from here over the last couple of days but unsuccessful. But I was lucky enough to see this lovely male Kestrel in a nearby tree. Green Woodpecker, Coal tits, Ravens, Redwings, Buzzards and 3 Mandarins on the Plym


Posted February 2nd at 9:07 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Crediton Redwings

2 redwings spotted on the ground in my garden on Monday. Only the second time in the vicinity. Male and female blackcap plus a goldcrest have become regular visitors.

Posted February 2nd at 7:32 pm by Sarah Blatchford in Bird News

Shag inland

A breeding plumage European Shag was hunting the waters of the Teign at Town Quay, Newton Abbot today.  Furthest inland I have seen one in 50+ years of birding.

Posted February 2nd at 5:42 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A big tide this morning: 151 Redshanks, 7 Greenshanks, 58 Curlews, c230 Dunlins, 14 Oystercatchers, Snipe, Jack Snipe, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), Red-crested Pochard (female), 11 Mandarin Ducks (6 drakes), 18 Wigeon, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 1st-w), 3 Stock Doves & 2 Roe Deer. 

Posted February 2nd at 4:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Westward Ho!

Still 5 Purple Sandpiper roosting with about 20 Turnstone on rocks near Nassau Court. Snow Bunting still on the end of the Pebble Ridge.

Martin Unwin and Sandy Madden

Posted February 2nd at 1:37 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Fremington Pill And Yelland farm Marsh.

Seen while cycling the Tarka trail this morning , A very high tide so few birds roosting on Isley Marsh.   4 Spoonbill and 18 Greenshank roosting on Yelland farm Marsh and watched from the Gaia trust hide on the scrape.

At Fremington Pill 13 Cattle Egrets roosting in the trees above the stream at the top of the Pill .

A Male Peregrine on the Torridge bridge with prey.

Posted February 2nd at 12:16 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News


On the sea: 12 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Guillemots

Around the car parks and marsh: 2 Chiffichaffs, 1 Goldcrest, 16 Cirl Buntings. 

Posted February 2nd at 10:21 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


It appears that we are experiencing a decline in bird species and numbers especially on Wrafton pond and along Fremington pill. Don't know whether this is typical for this time of year or whether the poor weather conditions that we have had to endure over the past few weeks is having a detrimental effect on the number of migrant birds visiting those areas. Just wondering whether it's the same story everywhere or just in North Devon, anybody else notice a decline? 

Posted February 2nd at 12:53 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Monday 1st February 2021

Teignmouth, Point Car Park 13:00

Single Great Northern Diver. Also three Siskin and a pair of Blackcap on our feeders yesterday, New Road area, Teignmouth 

Posted February 1st at 10:32 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News


Only Shoveler and Gadwall on Wrafton Pond this morning but out on the scrape, 2 Swans, 7 Canada Geese and a (the) Redshank. 7 Redwings, and sightings of both Green and GS Woodpeckers. Calling Water Rails and a Tawny Owl. Largish flock of Goldfinch.

Posted February 1st at 7:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Valley Cycle Trail

On the off chance that Mike Williams' Crossbills might still be around I cycled up to Bickleigh Viaduct this pm. I've never seen them here either.  From 14:20 to 14:50 I managed to count a group of 12 birds (there may well have been more). Oddly, they all appeared to be male apart from two green ones. Also there Siskin and Coal Tit. 

At Plym Bridge three pairs of Mandarins. A Common Sandpiper was on the Plym opposite the sewage works and the Red-Crested Pochard was on Blaxton Meadow. But tick of the day goes to the very confiding Firecrest at the viewing bench at Blaxton Meadow.

Posted February 1st at 5:02 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Ridgeway care home

Been working on improving interest in the garden of the care home i work for. Today shown how well it's gone. With great/blue/LT/coal tit, robin, blackbird, dunnocks, sparrows, goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, song thrush singing top of the trees, G.S woodpecker heard calling from another, woodpigeon, jackdaw, magpies, thefirst time seeing a pair of Collard doves feeding at the base of the feeders, and we had a Male and Female bullfinch turn up going back and forth from the tree and feeder. We had glimpsed a male briefly before but this was first time male and female turning up together. 

Posted February 1st at 4:29 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

In addition to the 4 White-fronted Goose reported earlier, other highlights were 6 Greylag Goose, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 2 Water Rail, Goldcrest.

Posted February 1st at 4:28 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wellswood Torquay

Goldcrest, flitting around garden then flew to next doors oak tree. very busy. Blackcap on garden feeder. 

Posted February 1st at 3:59 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

4 White Fronted Goose 

Posted February 1st at 1:42 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News


3 Purple Sandpiper have worked the rocks below Capstone over the last week, along with a growing number of Oystercatcher, Cormorant and Rock Pipit. Also present around the harbour area has seen Greater Black-backed and last years offspring. A Lesser Black-back was seen on the rocks off Wildermouth Beach. Grey and Pied Wagtail are frequently seen around The Landmark Theatre and Jubilee Gardens

Posted February 1st at 12:48 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Plymbridge woods

Did an early ride this morning  and saw a lots of redwing in the fields near bickleigh and a first for me a flock of about 20 Crossbill In the tree tops below one of the viaducts so I had great views them..well chuffed 

Posted February 1st at 10:11 am by Mike Williams in Bird News

South Brent

Awful weather for the weekends garden bird watch, Saturday gave 28 species and Sunday 33, the additional birds being Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Sparrow hawk.

This morning kicking off February has given 30 species up to 10am, which included, a Tawny owl calling during the night, a flight of 40 plus Starling flying over just on 8am, 21 Goldfinch, 2 male Siskin, Song Thrush in full song, two Mistle Thrush, a count of 54 Redwing, Jay, Wren, 21 House Sparrow, male GSWP and a Heron that seems to have taken a liking to my field pond over the last week where it has been seen each day, two lots of frog spawn seen in the pond this morning.

Posted February 1st at 10:10 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

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