Devon Bird Sightings from March 2019

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 31st March 2019

Wrafton Pond

Spent the last hour of day light at Wrafton Pond with 100's of Sand Martins hawking for insects, met a Robin showing the signs of being handled by Jon Turner (probably), half a dozen Common Snipe on the scrape and a dozen or so Swallows flying above Velator reserve.  

Sand MartinEuropean Robin
Sand Martin                  European Robin

Posted March 31st at 8:50 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Dark Bellied Brent Goose

Late afternoon walk from Wembury to Heybrook. Just before the point one solitary Dark Bellied Brent Goose in the low tide. Nearby there were 25+ oystercatchers, 5 little egrets, numerous Mallards, cormorant and Black Backed Gulls. Good numbers of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Stonechats  amongst the gorse. A hovering female Kestrel and several female Pheasants also spotted.

Posted March 31st at 8:18 pm by Val Grehan in General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

exmouth mears farm ringneck parakeet 3 parakeets 1 female 2 male

Posted March 31st at 7:24 pm by barry in General Birding


26 Sand Martins on the River Teign in the "Oxbow" area by Teigngrace, also 2 Swallows and 3 House Martins flying around Teigngrace. go to my blog for more

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Posted March 31st at 3:38 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

6 Teals and  3 Swallows this afternoon.

Posted March 31st at 3:22 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

2 Swallows -- Kenwith

2 Swallows flew fast SW-wards above Kenwith near Bideford at 1835(GMT) on 30/03/19

Posted March 31st at 1:45 pm by Abraham Cutajar in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh Braunton

10.00am....slightly misty conditions, but clear view of an Osprey eating a fish while sat on a small metal (?) post only about 3' high. It was continually harassed by Crows and Gulls, and after about 5 minutes it flew off with the remainder of its meal, circling higher until lost to view.

Posted March 31st at 10:52 am by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Sand Martins near Teigngrace

About 20 sand martins flying high above their nest area on a bend in the river Teign.  Sorry no photos.

Posted March 31st at 9:41 am by Philip and Hazel Strange in General Birding

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

5 Redwing in my garden at 07.15 (06.15 really!)

Posted March 31st at 7:44 am by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Saturday 30th March 2019

Plymbridge 30th March 2019

Cracking day for a walk up Plymbridge today. Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtails and a group of 4 Mandarin on the river, 2 Peregrines in the quarry seen mating. Also 2 Jays amongst the trees, Buzzard overhead and a Green Woodpecker heard but not seen (still haven't seen one yet!)

Nice to see he feeders down below the bridge are being topped up again now the Peregrine project is running, lots of Tits and Finches enjoying them

Posted March 30th at 8:50 pm by Steve King in General Birding

Berry Head - Today (30th) & Yesterday (29th)

Hardly any sign of migration except a single Swallow in off the sea yesterday.

More interesting were the 3 Wall butterflies right on the edge of the head today - about a month early and possibly a first national sighting this year (pic below). All 3 were males (thick horizontal scent brands on forwings) &, when they weren't basking on the rocks, 2 - 3 of them were sparring in the air over territory.

Also of interest, 6 Barrel Jellyfish today & 1 yesterday.

There was also an apparently suicididal Pheasant on a ledge today but I managed to talk him down! (pic below)

Wall (1 of 3)                                                                                Suicidal Pheasant ?

Posted March 30th at 7:18 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Berry Head

7 Barrel Jellyfish Rhizostoma pulmo seen from the end of Berry Head Quarry midday. These are part of an influx which has been reported from south Cornwall to Portland in the last few days. Also one large Lion's Mane Jellyfish Cyanea capillata. Otherwise very quiet, local breeding seabirds and a few gannets feeding offshore.

Barrel Jellyfish
Barrel Jellyfish

Posted March 30th at 7:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Osprey low over East Teignmouth

11.30am I Osprey over east Teignmouth disturbing the local herring gulls. Circling high North West

Posted March 30th at 2:58 pm by Adam Davison in General Birding

Dartmoor & South Brent

Haytor to Challacombe this morning ~  a small number of Greenfinch, Wren, Buzzard, Dunnock, several Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and a couple of pairs of Stonechat around Haytor

Hemsworthy Gate at least 45 Golden Plover several coming into summer plumage, several Skylark.

Challacombe to Headland Warren four Wheatear, around Challacombe Pied Wagtails, five Redpoll, two Chiffchaff, Nuthatch and a male Reed Bunting.


Back home at South Brent, overnight several Tawny owls calling and in the early hours a Barn owl calling periodically, from just before 5am a Song Thrush in full song outside the bedroom window and as it got lighter a Green Woodpecker joining in and calling just as loudly.

Posted March 30th at 2:31 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Friday 29th March 2019

South Huish marsh

Sat watching the black tailed godwits at south Huish marsh when 4 Ruff flew in and joined them, a bit distant for a photo but got a record shot. Chiffchaff singing in the lane and a curlew flew in and landed on the marsh.

RuffBlack-tailed Godwits
Ruff                                               Black-tailed Godwits 

Posted March 29th at 9:13 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Single swallow - Christow

Swallow seen flying over the garden in Christow about mid-day; on route to somewhere else as didn’t hang about. First orange tip butterfly of the season too. 

Posted March 29th at 7:48 pm by Fiona Freshney and Simon Lee in General Birding

South Hams

Very quiet at Soar today - just 14 Chiffchaffs, a pair of Reed Buntings & a singing Blackcap. Six Chiffchaffs, 6 Teal & 4 Cetti's Warblers at Slapton Ley.

Posted March 29th at 5:38 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Male Scaup still present and the long staying Black-necked Grebe now in summer plumage. Today both tight to the reeds on the seaward side of the Lower Ley opposite the cattle run / Cormorant roost.

Posted March 29th at 4:40 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Peregrine Falcon with a Snipe Dinner, not great pics but the light was rubbish

Posted March 29th at 4:15 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Harleston/Slapton Valley

Apparent small Common Buzzard migration today with nine circling high overhead late morning (inc.3 white birds & resident pair who were not particularly chuffed) then six more overhead (looked like different birds) early afternoon.

Posted March 29th at 3:16 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 28th March 2019

Northam Burrows

6x Wheatear this afternoon (5 male and 1 female)

Wheatear (male)Wheatear (female)
Wheatear (male)                               Wheatear (female)

Posted March 28th at 5:22 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Ring-necked Ducks at Slapton Ley

On a visit to Devon from Dorset I visited Slapton Ley on Monday 25th March. During my search for a male Scaup I found 3 Ring-necked Ducks - 2 males & a female.  They were with a small flock of Tufted Ducks close to the east side of the ley about mid-way between the 2 car parks. I will submit the record with some photos in the near future.   

Posted March 28th at 5:12 pm by George Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

velator reserve

Had hoped the mist would clear for some ringing, but it stayed cold until late morning so no insects to feed the birds. So only ringed 3 Chiffchaffs. Other highlights were 4 Goldfinch, a smart male Bullfinch, an adult Song Thrush and an even smarter female Grey Wagtail.

Heard and saw a Willow Warbler and also saw a Tawny Owl.

Posted March 28th at 4:57 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Morte Point

0730 - 1230 Ringed Plover (105th species for me at this location), 3 Wheatear (2m/1f), 5 Chiffchaff (3 singing), 5 Swallows, Stonechats busy nest building, 23 other species and a lot of mist!

If you don't like it, get it yourself!

If you don't like it, get it yourself!

Posted March 28th at 4:40 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Cadover area

7 N Wheatears,20 Meadow Pipits,6 Ravens,2 Pied Wagtails,3 Goosanders,4 Tufted ducks,11 Teal,9 Linnets,5 Stonechates,m Kestrel,2 C Buzzards.

Posted March 28th at 3:24 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

West Soar/Soar Mill Valley

2 male Wheatears, 3 singing Blackcap, 27 Chiffchaffs (most singing), Sparrowhawk & unusually, a singing male Reed Bunting.

Also: 11 Peacock, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell & 4 Speckled Wood.

Posted March 28th at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


Wednesday 27 March.  Watersmeet -  3 Dippers, 2 Grey Wagtails; 1 Pair of Chaffinches, 5 Blue tits, a Robin, a Nuthatch, 2 Great tits, a Wren and a Male Mallard.

DipperGrey Wagtail
Dipper                                      Grey Wagtail

Posted March 28th at 12:58 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Wednesday 27th March 2019

27-03-19 Roborough Down

Walking around Roborough Down on the West side of the Tavistock Road, near the woods, saw this Treecreeper, but nothing much else apart from Meadow Pipits & Skylarks


Posted March 27th at 5:23 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Velator reserve.

Good for Butterflies this morning:

Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Orange-tip.

Several singing Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 27th at 4:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Torquay - Red Kite

A Red Kite flew over the top end of Chelston from the west at 14.50pm and veered low north over Shiphay Lane

Posted March 27th at 3:31 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Meets Quarry DWT

A clear sunny morning at Meeth today. 3 Blackcaps singing around the car park, and many Chiffchaff around the reserve. The highlight was 2 Whooper Swan on the lake from the hide, which according to the species list was a first for the reserve. As the morning warmed up Peacock, Brimstone and Orange-topped  butterflies were seen.

Posted March 27th at 2:31 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Mainly lingering winterers. Redhead Goosander & Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Shags, Little Grebe, Snipe, 33 Turnstones, 3 Dunlins, 60 Redshanks, 8 Curlews, Greenshank, 6 Mandarin Ducks, 9 Little Egrets, Grey Wagtail. Stock Dove & 4 singing Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 27th at 2:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tarka Trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

1 Willow Warbler singing by Wrafton Pond.

21 Chiffchaffs singing by the sides of the Tarka trail between Wrafton Pond & Barnstaple & 1 Treecreeper between Chivenor roundabout & the Tarka Inn.

Posted March 27th at 12:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Mid Devon Fieldfare

Last night 26th flock of 50+ Fieldfare flying east near Cruwys Morchard. This morning  at Ashridge Farm, Sandford  the valley is full of chattering Fieldfare. In the region of 75 - 100 . Big movement.

Posted March 27th at 8:49 am by Richard Burston in General Birding

Tuesday 26th March 2019

South Hams

Soar: a Red Kite at 11.00 over East Soar Farm and again 45 minutes later over the Warren; also 2 male Wheatears, Snipe & 12 Chiffchaffs.

Another Red Kite at 12.50 at Slapton Ley (over Stokeley) and also a drake Scaup in Ireland Bay.

Posted March 26th at 5:55 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

nr. South Brent

Lateish Redwings at Aish and Didworthy today.

Posted March 26th at 5:52 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Old Sludge Beds

Highlights - Blackcap (m) Peregrine and Common Sandpiper. Walked down as far as Topsham Side Lock, not much there - R B Merganser (f). Nothing on Matford Marsh of any interest.

Peregrine video -

Butterflies - Peacock (lots) Speckled Wood and Brimstone.


Posted March 26th at 4:43 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

East Soar

2 Wheatears, singing Blackcap,12 Chiffchaffs & 2 Woodpigeon in off the sea at Bolt Head.

Also: 10 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood & Red Admiral.

Posted March 26th at 2:22 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Chudleigh Knighton Heath

A Willow Warbler was singing away in the treetops on the edge of Chudleigh Knighton Heath this lunchtime.

Posted March 26th at 1:57 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Monday 25th March 2019

Smeardon Down Wheatears and Skylark

Here's the pics of one of the male Wheatears, the female Wheatear and a Skylark on Smeardon Down (Peter Tavy) this evening.

Wheatear (male)  Wheatear (female)  Skylark
Wheatear (male)                      Wheatear (female)                                       Skylark

Posted March 25th at 8:45 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

78 Teal, 21 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, M Pintail, 2 Green Sand & a Ruff at Powderham Marsh this pm. Also 7 Peacock, 4 Small T & a Speckled Wd. 50+ Sand Martin over Exminister Marsh 

Posted March 25th at 8:20 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Cycled down to the pond to see if anything new had turned up when Sue Bruce who was by the pond announced that there was a Bonaparte's Gull on the pond.

Fortunately, had both cameras with me.

Posted March 25th at 7:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton Pond

Bonaparte's Gull this afternoon

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Posted March 25th at 6:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Smeardon Down and Buolters Tor (Peter Tavy)

2 very smart male Wheatear and 1 female on the Moors near Lower Godsworthy, Peter Tavy this evening plus 2 Skylark on the ground and numerous Meadow Pipit. I'll post some pics later when I've processed them.

Posted March 25th at 6:23 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

My first Common Lizard of the year more on my blog about my travels.

Common Lizard
Common Lizard

Posted March 25th at 5:59 pm by simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Bonaparte's Wrafton Pond

Jon Turner informs me that the Bonaparte's is back on the pond (message rec'd 16:25h)

Posted March 25th at 5:19 pm by Andy Lansdell in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley

17 Chiffchaffs this morning - major arrival & most in song. Speckled Wood earliest ever, plus Painted Lady.

Posted March 25th at 4:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wrafton Pond late morning

There was no sign of the Bonaparte's Gull on Wrafton Pond when Tim Davis and several others were looking at around 11.45 this morning. The weekend's male Garganey also seemed to to have moved on.

Posted March 25th at 2:09 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

A grand spring morning

One of those mornings when you're especially glad to be alive, Fresh but clear, visibility miles. Two blackthroated divers in Elbury Cove, one yellowhammer and several cirl buntings in the car park, now minus the hides formed by old beach huts. Harder to creep up on the birds but I'm sure we'll manage. Also heard a possible skylark over the field behind the huts facing the sea but could have been my hearing. Maybe someone else can confirm?

Posted March 25th at 10:02 am by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Out at Wrafton pond.

Male and female GadwallSmall gull awaiting IDMute Swan
Male and female Gadwall           Small gull awaiting ID                      Mute Swan

Eds: The Gull, apart from it lacking the normally grey nape it's spot on for a fw Bonaparte's Gull!

Posted March 25th at 2:12 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Out at Wrafton pond.

Sand Martin apologies for thepoor qualitySand Martin apologies for the poor qualityTwo common gulls I think?
Sand Martin       Sand Martin apologies for the poor quality          Two common gulls I think?

Eds: they are Herring Gulls

Posted March 25th at 2:09 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Out at Wrafton pond on Sunday afternoon. Saw: Mallard (many); Pochard (many); Gadwall (male and female); Moorhens 4; Coots 2; Swans4; Sand Martins (many); Little Grebe 2; Teal (Male and female); Canada goose (male and female); a small gull 1; other gulls including Herring gulls; and Godwit 2.

CootMoorhenCanada Goose
Coot                      Moorhen                           Canada Goose

Posted March 25th at 1:57 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Sunday 24th March 2019

Mel Tor

A pair of Wheatears newly in at Mel Tor this afternoon.

Posted March 24th at 8:56 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Slapton Hoverflies

Nice to see a few different hoverflies about today, Meliscaeva cinctella, Epistrophe eligans and Eristalis pertinax

Meliscaeva cinctellaEpistrophe eligansEristalis pertinax
Meliscaeva cinctella               Epistrophe eligans                     Eristalis pertinax

Posted March 24th at 8:46 pm by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Slapton and South Huish marsh

I don't think I've ever had so many good views of Cetti's warblers as I've had in the last couple of days most of them in Somerset yesterday but also today at Slapton. I counted 36 black tailed godwits at South Huish marsh this afternoon and saw a beautiful barn owl on my drive home at Aveton Gifford.

Cetti's WarblerBlack-tailed Godwit
Cetti's Warbler                          Black-tailed Godwit

Posted March 24th at 8:27 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Gull ID

Got this image of a small single gull.  Closest match that I can find is a Bonaparte's Gull.  Is this correct? 

Is this a Bonaparte's Gull?
Is this a Bonaparte's Gull?

Eds: yes it is!

Posted March 24th at 8:06 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Northern Wheatear

Two x Wheatear at Northam Burrows today 

Posted March 24th at 7:53 pm by R.Walter in General Birding

Taw Estuary

A handful of Wigeon, Pintail, Curlew and two Greenshanks were pretty much the last of the winter visitors on my WeBS sector along Chivenor foreshore, up the River Caen and along Sherpa Marsh to Velator & Wrafton. It's not unusual to hear Redshank and Curlew song at this time of year as birds get ready to leave for their breeding grounds but today was the first time I've heard singing Golden Plover in Devon – one of five partially breeding-plumaged birds flying high overhead at high tide. Around Wrafton Scrape and Wrafton Pond were: c.50 Sand Martins, a single Swallow, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, the male Garganey, several collybita Chiffchaffs and one (non-calling) Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted March 24th at 7:45 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Butterflies in Combeinteignhead

Four species of butterfly in my garden today, March 24th: Orange Tip, Brimstone, Comma, Peacock.

Posted March 24th at 6:57 pm by Christine Raines in Other Wildlife

Osprey on River Teign

Osprey seen fishing March 24th 17.30 on Teign estuary between Shaldon Bridge and Coombe Cellars pub. Caught fish and flew off with it, upriver. 

Posted March 24th at 6:48 pm by Christine Raines in General Birding

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

Third attempt at digiscoping the male Garganey but as the saying goes 'if at first you don't succeed try again' Fortunately for me, the bird stayed long enough for me to try 3 times!

Posted March 24th at 6:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

Scaup still on ley north of Torcross. Couple of Speckled Woods on the wing around the back of Ireland Bay. Offshore were 2 Red-throated Divers, Red-necked Grebe, 18 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Common Scoters.

Posted March 24th at 6:35 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seen on this morning's high tide and around Saltram were the following.

Chiffchaff 5, Blackcap, Swallow 3, Snipe 9, Curlew 17, Greenshank 7, Redshank 97, Dunlin 3, Common Sandpiper 2,Little Egret 16, Oystercatcher 3, Little Grebe 3, Goosander 4(f), GSW 2, Green Woodpecker 1 and I watched a battle for a nest hole between a pair of Jackdaws and a pair of Ring-necked Parakeets! The Jackdaws seemed to have the upper hand as I left.

Posted March 24th at 4:57 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Cranbrook, Exeter


I hadn't been to Cranbrook Coutryside Park for a month or so but was interested to find at least 3 owl boxes newly sited together with accompanying cement nest boxes for smaller birds.  The 3 owl boxes were only a hundred yards or so apart.  All the nest boxes were facing SE.  Evidently much cost involved. This all looks wrong to me   and I would be interested to know what other people think about the sighting of these boxes. 

A few Chiffchaffs singing but not much else of note.

Posted March 24th at 4:53 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Valley of rocks

Photo today of one of the two male Wheatear in the Valley. 


Posted March 24th at 2:51 pm by John Elvin in General Birding


This morning at Wembury:

6 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, 2 Skylark, 2 Kestrel, Rock and Meadow Pipits on the seaweed. Speckled Wood, Peacock and Orange tip butterflies also seen.

Posted March 24th at 1:23 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Broadsands and Berryhead

Broadsands - Two Wheatear and a Great northen Diver. Berryhead - Four Wheatear around cafe area and three porpoise off the head.

Posted March 24th at 12:26 pm by Robert Gaze in General Birding


Heard a Chiffchaff this morning in the woods next to the river Tavy near Peter Tavy.

Posted March 24th at 12:04 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding


Record shot of yesterday's Garganey at Wrafton.

Posted March 24th at 8:01 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 23rd March 2019


While Angling near Bratton this afternoon Muntjac Deer were barking very close in the adjacent woods and several Tawny Owls were hooting making their presence known. 

Posted March 23rd at 7:55 pm by Martin Thorne in Other Wildlife

Slapton Ley

Male Scaup in Stokeley Bay this morning.

Posted March 23rd at 5:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Valley of Rocks

2 Smart male Wheatear this afternoon. 

Posted March 23rd at 4:42 pm by John Elvin in General Birding


A single Brambling with the birds on the garden feeders today.

Posted March 23rd at 4:24 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Roadford Lake

I think most have seen the Pink-footed Goose at Roadford Lake by now. When we arrived Bob was already there and had seen it, but he came with us to track it down. We couldn't locate it again and drove to a different vantage point to no avail. Had one more attempt from the bridge and there it was with the hybrid white headed goose, very close in. We went back to the hide and by then it had moved to the opposite shore and was asleep on the bank. A nice hide and a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

 Pink-footed Goose and friend Pink-footed Goose

Posted March 23rd at 4:00 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Heathfield, Newton Abbott

Single swallow over Heathfield Industrial Estate

Posted March 23rd at 3:40 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Only sign of Spring was 3 singing Chiffchaffs (one however an over-winterer). Also: 5 redhead Goosanders, redhead Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Mandarin Ducks, 12 Snipe, 7 Greenshanks, 13 Curlews, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Stock Doves, Shag, Kestrel & 11 Roe Deer.

Posted March 23rd at 3:25 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Headland Warren-Challacombe Farm

Three stonechat, four meadow pipit and two male wheatear. Lots of skylark on the wing.

Posted March 23rd at 3:23 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding


Sue Bruce just called me to say there is a drake Garganey on the scrape between Wrafton Pond and the Velator reserve. 

I'll get my hat..... 

And a very lovely bird it is too - feeding with Teal on the smaller of the two scrapes then flying (with some Teal) onto the bigger scrape. What a shame then that as I pointed my camera at it, the dreaded message "Battery exhausted" should appear. Ah well.

Posted March 23rd at 2:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Haldon Pier

Three Purple Sandpipers and a Rock Pipit on the rocks Haldon Pier.

Posted March 23rd at 12:19 pm by Robert Gaze in General Birding


6.20 - 9.30 Not a lot of note - Sparrowhawk, 1 Wheatear about 9 am, 40-50 Sand Martin straight through about 7 am, 4 Gadwall, Pintail, 2 Oyks. 6 R B Mergansers off the platform and a few Greenshank on Goosemoor. No sign of any Garganey.

Posted March 23rd at 10:54 am by Martin Rooney in General Birding


A Serin west over Orcombe Point @ 0714. Also a decent fall of Chiffchaff, 5 Wheatear, Siskin, Redwing and 2 White Wagtail.

Posted March 23rd at 9:41 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren

2 male Wheatears on the sea-wall this morning. 2 Shelduck on Langstone Beach by the Red Rock - cannot ever remember seeing them in that particular spot before.

Posted March 23rd at 8:55 am by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Friday 22nd March 2019

Near Bishop's Tawton

On my way back from Exeter on the train I spotted a species of Anser goose in the field next to the Newbridge Causeway south of Bishop's Tawton. Unfortunately because I was on a train I was unable to identify the species but I suspect it was either a pink-footed or bean goose. I thought I would report it in case anyone wanted to check it out.

Posted March 22nd at 8:19 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Lovely Little Lady at the Window - Paignton, 21.3.19

This lovely little lady, a female Goldcrest, was flitting between the bushes, the rotary dryer &, window sills & frames at the side of my house yesterday afternoon. She was actually tapping at away at the window sills and frames, presumably finding tiny insects on the white UPVC. Either she was just fooled by dust and dirt, or she'd found an easy to spot  food source.

Considering I was panicking, trying to photo a bird that never stops moving, through the glass of the dining room window, I'm quite chuffed!

Posted March 22nd at 3:18 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Picked out a male Garganey this morning, which was joined by a further male and female. The Marsh Harrier appeared and caused a commotion among the ducks and only 1 male Garganey was left. Also a Kingfisher, a Green Sandpiper and 1 Avocet.

Posted March 22nd at 1:19 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Airy Point - Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

I spotted one of Tim Jone's wandering oddities early this morning still flying west past Airy Point in the form of a Canada Goose! Surely it will need to stop off & refuel at some point.

Posted March 22nd at 1:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Kingford Fen, Dunsdon and Lower Tamar Lake

Kingford Fen, near Pancrasweek.  A pair of Blackbirds with the male carrying food.   The rookery at Kingford Mill was very active with many pairs and much noise.   A Song Thrush at nearby Lana.

Dunsdon NR held 1 singing Chiffchaff, at least three active nests in the heronry..

Lower Tamar Lake  4 Tufted Ducks, 6 Canada Geese, 2 Goldinches, 1 Cormorant, 1 singing Chiffchaff.

1 Brimstone butterfly.

Harvey Kendall

Posted March 22nd at 12:44 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

Single Swallow and 3 Chiffchaff  0930 this morning

Posted March 22nd at 12:19 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A Swallow was virtually the first bird I saw when I stepped out of the car first thing and that was followed by some excellent visible migration, with totals including: Woodpigeon (330 – in flocks of up to 84 high over the Channel, mainly heading W), Skylark (3), Sand Martin (14), Swallow (4), alba wagtail (30), Meadow Pipit (200), Chaffinch (23), Linnet (29), Goldfinch (37) and Siskin (5). Wandering oddities (for this site) included Canada Goose (3), Greylag Goose (1) and Rook (2). In the scrub were a Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaffs and a singing Blackcap (first of the spring here).

Posted March 22nd at 11:15 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 21st March 2019

Horsey Island

Up to 150 Sand Martins over Horsey Island early evening (18.30) at high tide. Probably all the Sand Martins in the area gathering in one flock just before going into roost. 2 Wheatear at the side of the Toll road on the telephone cables.

Posted March 21st at 9:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding


Little of note around Exmouth today. Kittiwake and the Ring Necked Parakeet (first time I've seen the Exmouth bird). Some suggestions that it may be nesting proved to be true! Short video here - poor light and distant for my camera.

Kittiwake Ring-necked Parakeet
Kittiwake                          Ring-necked Parakeet

Posted March 21st at 8:14 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 1410-1500.

Black-tailed Godwit 24; Shelduck 33; Goosander 2 (1M,2F); Redshank 6; Wigeon 62; Little Egret 6; Greenshank 1.

A first Mediterranean Gull of the year on my patch. A second winter bird. 

Posted March 21st at 7:13 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wrafton Pond, Velator & Sherpa Marsh

At least 90 Sand Martins at pre-roost in the area this evening and at least four, possibly as many as six, Water Pipits.

Posted March 21st at 6:42 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish & Bigbury Island

South Huish: 3 Wheatears toward the back of the marsh today, 1 Black-tailed Godwit & approx 15 Teal.

Bigbury Island, 1-2  Willow Warblers, 7 Chiffchaff

Posted March 21st at 5:14 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Berry Head

2 wheatears in the Quarry late this morning

Posted March 21st at 4:50 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Harleston by Slapton

Bit of a shock when a Hawfinch landed on the bird feeder scattering the other finches. Stayed for 10 mins then returned 90 mins later! also female Blackcap & singing Chiffchaff.

Posted March 21st at 2:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point to Watermouth

The first chance to visit my patch in a few days coincided with a heavily overcast morning with patchy clag and light drizzle, interspersed with some brighter dry interludes – perfect for producing a small fall of gounded migrants and some decent visible migration. Totals included: 2 Grey Herons (looming out of the mist and over the cliff tops), 4 Skylarks (very scarce at this site in spring), 7 Sand Martins (all whipping along to the W), 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Stonechats, 6 Wheatears (a grounded group of 4m & 2f), 52 Meadow Pipits, 9 alba wagtails, 29 Goldfinches & 9 Linnets.

Posted March 21st at 1:14 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hopes Nose

Male Wheatear half way down south side by benches mid morning. Also 2 Chiffchaffs singing.

Posted March 21st at 10:35 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Velator Reserve

And to add to Rob's observations: I ringed 10 Chiffchaffs in the reserve this morning, several with classic 'Rhino horns from nectar/pollen in flowers in a more exotic southern location. A few Sand Martins around the reserve late morning. Also ringed a male Grey Wagtail, a male Cetti's Warbler, and a female Brambling - carrying a good covering of fat.

Posted March 20th at 8:50 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Baggy, R.Caen & Wrafton Pond

Evidence of several more migrants arriving in N.Devon today with 2 Wheatear at Baggy am & 2 more by the side of the R.Caen pm.

20 - 30 Sand Martins over Wrafton Pond late aft. + several more over R.Caen & Braunton Marshes.

Posted March 20th at 5:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Mid morning, the Marsh Harrier was sitting on the ground at the edge of the lagoon;  2 Egyptian Geese flew in & 3 Gadwall were present.  The Snow Goose was in the first field adjacent to the Swan's Nest.

Posted March 20th at 5:27 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

When at the Warren this morning I checked out issues relating to the (East Devon Branch) fieldtrip planned for Thursday 28 March.  The footpath along the dunes remains closed indefinitely and getting to the hide could be risky at high tide so we will not attempt this and will concentrate on other areas and sea watch.

The two main car parks are no longer taking cash due to theft but take credit and debit cards...however the pay and display machine at the first car park (before the tunnel) does take cash so purchase your ticket there first.  The fee is £2.20 (all-day) until the end of the month when the fee increases!  

Not a lot of birds of note but pleased to see my first 2 Sand Martins and a Cirl Bunting in song.

Powderham produced a distant Wheatear on a horse jump (thanks to Audrey Wolstenholme and friends for finding this for me).

Posted March 20th at 5:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding


Saltram, on the duck pond the Red-crested pochard has returned and showing well

Red-crested Pochard
Red-crested Pochard

Posted March 20th at 4:18 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Generally quite quiet but: redhead Goosander, female Red-crested Pochard, 7 Mandarin Ducks, Little Grebe, 1 or 2 Green Woodpeckers heard, 2 Stock Doves and 5 Roe Deer.  

Posted March 20th at 3:49 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Berry Head

Single swallow flew in over the meadow this morning- didnt look like stopping anytime soon!!

Posted March 20th at 3:22 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Exeter City

Great Crested Grebe pair on the Exe, also Peregrine on the church tower. Brimstone butterfly Wonford Road. 

Grebe video.

Great Crested GrebeGreat Crested GrebePeregrine
Great Crested Grebe         Great Crested Grebe                          Peregrine

Posted March 20th at 2:44 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding


32 little egret  in a field next to the Culm in Willand at lunch time.

Posted March 20th at 2:17 pm by geoff campbell in General Birding


Tuesday 19 March.  Outing to Instow - Bunting with nesting material (not shown), The same Bunting (Possible Reed Bunting) and a single Buzzard.

Eds - yes, Reed Bunting.

Reed Bunting? The same Bunting different tree. Buzzard on Barn roof.
Reed Bunting                                                                   Buzzard on Barn roof.

Posted March 20th at 1:05 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding


Tuesday 19 March on Instow outing - Oyster catchers more than 2 but less than 500. In the mix were; Turnstones, Knot, Snipe 7 or 8, Wigeon and 2 female Teal, 2 Curlew, 1 Godwit (Far right of image1) see image 2, Grey Plover (Far left of image 1), and some Red Shank. Herons nesting.

Oyster catchersGodwit (croped from Oyster catcher image)Heron
Oyster catchers                                 Godwit (croped from Oyster catcher image)             Heron

Posted March 20th at 12:50 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Bench Tor

1 Swallow cruising around in the late afternoon sunshine. My first of the year.

Posted March 19th at 9:18 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

Cetti's Warbler on the towpath and heard but not seen Sedge Warbler on back Railway path, Exminster Marshes.

Posted March 19th at 6:44 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Dart Estuary

trio of Harbour Seals today (plus one or two more in the water)

Harbour Seals
Harbour Seals

Posted March 19th at 5:40 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Berry Head - Midday 19th March

A calm sea today with only a few common and lesser black back gulls out over the water. The highlight of my watch was observing 11 common dolphins as they slowly made their way from North to South around Berry Head. The dolphins were too far out to get a good picture but showed well with binoculars. 

Posted March 19th at 5:36 pm by David Roper in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley

5 Chiffchaffs inc.two singing. Still a few migrant Song Thrushes trickling through. Also: 2 Bull finch, 3 Greenfinch, 6 Buzzards.

Posted March 19th at 4:22 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

The Hoe, Plymouth. 19/03/2019

Near the cannons on the Hoe, a Male & Female type Black Redstart amongst the rocks.

At Captain Jaspers a Great Black-backed Gull (metal ring left leg white ring A4MW on right leg).

Posted March 19th at 3:08 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

19-03-19 Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warblers showing well today on Dartmoor

Dartford Warbler  
Dartford Warbler

Posted March 19th at 3:08 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

Willow tit vigoursly calling at the feeders this morning. Pleasing to see all six tit species we get here (blue, coal, great, long tailed, marsh and willow) at the feeders recently - most species at the same time is five. First Chiffchaff of the year calling nearby this morning.  Spring (very nearly)!

Posted March 19th at 2:54 pm by Mark West in General Birding


No Hirundines over or near the reserve this morning. 3/4 Chiffchaffs chasing insects over the pond in the reserve. One Black-tailed Godwit out on the scrape.

Posted March 19th at 2:20 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Monday 18th March 2019


On the sea: 2 Red-necked Grebes, 6 Great Crested Grebes - otherwise very quiet.

Posted March 18th at 9:48 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hembury Woods

Nice views of a Woodcock and a vocal Green Woodpecker, late afternoon.

Posted March 18th at 8:48 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Horsey Island

Late aft - 1 smart male Wheatear briefly on the top of the inner Great Bank by the Toll Road + 63 Black tailed Godwits foraging with a few in smart summer plumage..

Posted March 18th at 6:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Northbrook, - Matford marshes

Very quiet on the Northbrook today - council still working along the path. Kingfisher (pictured) just down from Salmon Pool. Another Kingfisher flew through the back pond at Matford Marshes, also there a Water Rail and Gadwall. No sign of any Cattle Egret behind the storage units today.

Kingfisher Kingfisher Gadwall
Kingfisher                      Kingfisher                                              Gadwall

Posted March 18th at 5:22 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

c20 Sand Martin this morning.

Posted March 18th at 2:30 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding


First Wheatear, on edge of the airfield at East Soar and a migrant flock of 30 Meadow Pipits above Soar Mill Cove.

Posted March 18th at 1:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Velator reserve

Lots (maybe 20) of Sand Martins hawking insects over the reserve this morning, and with them a few (4/5?) Swallows. A few Chiffchaffs were also taking insects at lower level and two were singing. The two Grey Wagtails were back for more, and also of note were 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Gadwall, still 2 Swans. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was again drumming. Tawny Owl called, once! As did a Cetti's Warbler.

Posted March 18th at 1:32 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dragonfly Plymouth

A large Dragonfly yesterday afternoon whizzed past the car on Mannamead Road near the Hyde Park. Wouldn't mind betting it was a Vagrant Emperor from the very brief view that I got.

Posted March 18th at 7:37 am by Rich Billington in Other Wildlife

Sunday 17th March 2019

North Devon coast – Rillage Pt & Bull Pt

Some signs of real movement for the first time in a couple of weeks, with 170 Meadow Pipits battling W into a still blustery headwind along the clifftops and just offshore at Rillage Point between 06.15 & 08.15. Other passerine migrants included small numbers of Linnets and alba wagtails. Both at Rillage and at Bull Point later in the morning, there was an almost continuous westbound passage of Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, following the shoreline.

Posted March 17th at 11:04 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Roadford Lake

Pink Footed Goose with Canada Geese from viaduct today.17th March.

Posted March 17th at 7:54 pm by Adrian Davey in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

3 Swallow + 1 Sand Martin above the pond.

Posted March 17th at 6:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymbridge Woods.

This morning between the showers:-

7 Mandarin, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Bullfinch (f), 1 Marsh tit, 1 Ring necked Parakeet,   1 Great spotted Woodpecker (m) drumming, Magpies and Crows nest building.

Posted March 17th at 2:46 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Anchor Wood - Penhill marsh from Tarka trail

11:30 - 12:30 low water.
31x Cormorant on the mid channel sand bank. 1x Greeshank in shallow water right close to the trail (this bird has been around this spot at low water for a month now). 14 Shelduck in Anchor wood field. The usual sprinkling of Curlew and Little egret. Strangely very few Redshank.
Very little on Penhill marsh just 4 Little Egret and 3 Shelduck.

Posted March 17th at 2:23 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Roadford Lake

Roadford this am:

at least 14 Brambling with Chaffinch flock on shore of Lake

2 Barnacle Geese

Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Posted March 17th at 9:42 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 16th March 2019

Beesands Ley

Quick look mid-afternoon, Male Ring-necked Duck ( presumed Slapton bird ), male Scaup, 32 Tufted Ducks, male Pochard, Great Crested Grebe and a Sand Martin.

Posted March 16th at 5:52 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tidal road AG and Slapton

Nice views of a greenshank and a Great black backed gull with a flounder on the tidal road. At Slapton the odd gannet really close to shore and a raft of about 20 common scoter far out.



Great Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull

Posted March 16th at 2:13 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Otter at Slapton

Nice to see an otter this morning outside the Stokeley hide at Slapton. I had a felling it saw me as well


Posted March 16th at 2:08 pm by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Teignmouth Seafront

2 Sandwich Tern flew S this morning

Posted March 16th at 10:22 am by David Cope in General Birding

Friday 15th March 2019


Two Red-necked Grebes at Elbury Cove, Torbay today, with 1 GND. One beginning to develop red neck. 

Posted March 15th at 5:23 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Turf pub

Wheater on rocks by the Turf. Red legged Partridge by Powderham Church.

Posted March 15th at 11:36 am by Nick Workman in General Birding

Thursday 14th March 2019

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay

At least seven Purple Sandpipers on the rocks at Haldon Pier this morning at high tide. 

Posted March 14th at 7:23 pm by Cliff Parrott in General Birding

Marsh Harrier - Exminster Marshes

Distant views of the female Marsh Harrier at around 3:45pm this afternoon, Also a male Kestrel hunting in the field in front of Swans nest. 

Posted March 14th at 6:46 pm by Jordan in General Birding


2 Cattle Egrets were with a small group of Little Egrets in the field the other side of the roundabout from Matford Pool this lunchtime.

Posted March 14th at 4:52 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 13th March 2019

South Hams

A violent battle as I drove down the road to South Sands at Salcombe around 1345hrs today. A sparrowhawk was wrestling what I believe to be a jay in the middle of the road, forcing me to stop. I quickly took a photo through the car window but both birds flew off into a neighbouring garden when I got out! I did not hold out much hope for the jay though!

Earlier at South Milton Ley, where I filled the feeders, 6 Snipe and 4 Mallard on the now water covered area where the reed cut took place earlier this year. Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Water rail, Pheasant with many assorted Tits at the feeders. Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, several Chiffchaff , 4 Yellowhammer and a couple of Cirls  elsewhere on the marsh.

At South Huish, little change. Mike P pointed out a Mediterranean Gull,  earlier had seen 2 Water Pipit on the meadow. Good numbers of LBB Gulls in with the flock.

Sparrowhawk v Jay at Salcombe - 13.3.2019
Sparrowhawk v Jay at Salcombe - 13.3.2019

Posted March 13th at 7:03 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Ring-Necked Duck

Beesands Ley 13/3/19 Drake Ring-Necked Duck Drake Pochard 46 Tufties 2 Teal 4 GC Grebe 2 Gadwall 7 Sand Martin female Stonechat on the beach

Posted March 13th at 5:46 pm by Bryn & Ros Burgess in General Birding

Matford Marsh,

2 Cattle Egrets on the large scrape at Matford  late morning, plus 1 Little Egret, and at least 25 Shoveler, mainly males.   Just a bit windy

Posted March 13th at 5:34 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Tarka Trail & Bradiford Reserve

Leucistic Blackbird by the side of the Tarka trail near Chivenor roundabout.

 2 Pink-footed Geese with some Canada Geese sheltering & foraging on Bradiford Reserve in 50 > 60 mph westerly gale force winds this morning.


Posted March 13th at 4:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

lower tamar lake and roadford reservoir

lower tamar ,  from the carpark by the bird feeders, and down to the hide a good selection of birds were seen,  32 birds altogether with good views of the willow tit.

moved on to roadford, and from the viaduct looking north we had 3 golden eye, two barnacle geese and a pinkfoot goose feeding with the canada.  

Posted March 13th at 4:24 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in General Birding

13 March Powderham Park and Exe

Among other birds seen were Sand martin, Peregrine that put up the gulls and Curlew on Powderham Park, Snipe and Green Sandpiper.  Plus a flock of 110 Pintail on the Exe.

Posted March 13th at 3:52 pm by Pete Stevens in General Birding

Shiphay, Torquay


Very surprised to find a Red-Legged Partridge strutting up and down on my back lawn this morning!  An unlikely, enclosed and suburban location for the species.  Although it seemed happy nosing about on the adjacent patio and through the daffodils, I thought that I'd check that it was OK.  As soon as I stepped outside, it lifted off and flew powerfully in the direction of Torbay Hospital. 

An interesting start to the day.    

Posted March 13th at 3:48 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Tuesday 12th March 2019


Pleasantly surprised in the reserve this afternoon, when I found several Chaffinches hawking insects over the pond, along with a Chiffchaff in the reeds. Then another bird flew towards me and landed on the other side of the pond: very smart male Grey Wagtail, which was then joined by a female. Never seen a pair in the reserve before. One of the Swans then flew in but it's mate didn't quite make it over the trees, so landed outside. first Swan called for it, had a look round, then left.

Posted March 12th at 8:23 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Found a Spotted Redshank on the marsh with Redshank at around 10am and then flushed somewhere by a brazen Sparrowhawk which then sat on a post in the middle of the reserve. Not seen again. 

Posted March 12th at 4:19 pm by Matt Collis in General Birding

Broadsands - Recent Pics: Male Yellowhammers

Just a tip of the hat to Bill Coulson's stunning photo Tweeted a couple of weeks ago.

NB Bottom left m&f; bottom right, with m Cirl Bunting




Posted March 12th at 2:57 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Broadsands - Recent Pics: Male Cirl Buntings

Sorry, can't help myself! This is really infectious plus, with the limitations of the camera (& the user!) where else can you get this close?

NB Last pic, m & f together.


Posted March 12th at 2:38 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Broadsands - Recent Pics: Female Yellowhammer v Female Cirl Bunting

More recent picks from Broadsands comparing female Cirl Buntings & Yellowhammers. Never been anywhere where I've had to think about this before. I'm no expert, thanks go to, Mike Langman, Collins Bird Guide & Birds ID Insights, by Couzens & Nurney.

  • Top Row: Female Yellowhammer - showning, thick, diffuse, smudged breast streaking; yellow primary edges; yellow in crown; " blobby" face markings; yellow tinged belly; diagnostic rufous rump partially visible.
  • Bottom Row: Female Cirl Bunting - showing, thin, fine breast streaking; pale primary edges; no yellow in crown; sharper, clearer face markings; no yellow in belly; diagnostic olive/grey rump.

Posted March 12th at 2:07 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Red Kite

12.00 Red kite seen a mile east of Barnstaple on the A361

Posted March 12th at 12:22 pm by richard yeats in General Birding

Monday 11th March 2019

Exminster Marsh and Cockwood

Exminster Marsh

A quick look this morning for yesterday’s reported female Red-crested Pochard was unsuccessful but the Snow Goose was still in the feild next to the Swans Nest inn. I also saw my first Sand Martin of the year with 4 birds around the viewing platform. 


This afternoon around 4:15pm were 2 Cattle Egret (possibly 4 but didnt have my scope) in a tree with Little Egrets behind Cofton garage. More details if interested on

Posted March 11th at 10:08 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Hen Harrier Exmoor

A stunning female Hen Harrier in flight, light and buoyant hunting over the moorland and scattered trees.  Clear views of the white rump.  Also Kestrel, approx. 200 Golden Plover, 3 Buzzards, Ravens, Crows, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Stonechat, 30 Fieldfares and a large flock of Starlings.

Posted March 11th at 5:53 pm by Nicholas Armstrong in General Birding

Glossy ibis

Glossy ibis sighted in Budleigh Salterton in fields on the left of white bridge on the river otter

Posted March 11th at 5:13 pm by Paul jenkins in General Birding

11-03-19 Plym-woods

The two Peregrine Falcons by Plym-wood Quarry, were showing well today, and managed a distant shot of the pair mating, a new female this year, but not sure if the male is the same one or new. A shot through the holly bush of a Female Kingfisher, and a friendly Dipper by the weir.

Peregrines matingFemale KingfisherDipper
Peregrines mating                       Female Kingfisher                                    Dipper

Posted March 11th at 4:11 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding


The 2 Red-necked Grebes were together off Churston Point & Elberry Cove (c.12:45); 2 Great Northern Divers near the Mussel Beds; 3 Great Crested Grebes off Three Beaches.

At least, 10 Cirl Buntings (7m, 3f); 5 Yellowhammers (3m, 2f); 2 Reed Buntings (fs), coming to the seed behind beach huts.

Also a Grey Seal in Broadsands Bay & c.10 - 15 Common Dolphins in Torbay, off Churston Point.


Posted March 11th at 3:56 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Ludwell Valley - Matford - Cattle Egret

7 or 8 Green Sandpiper between Ludwell Lane and Woodwater Lane. Nothing much on the Northbrook otherwise (council adding new paths and clearing away undergrowth, so no Dipper, no Grey Wags, no Water Rail bur brief glimpse of Kingfisher). Nothing unusual on Matford Marshes but in the fields behind the Storage Unit depot on Sannerville Way between the railway and the canal a Cattle Egret with 18 mute swans. Quite flighty but did not fly far. Approx grid ref SX946887


Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted March 11th at 3:17 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Sunday 10th March 2019

Ilfracombe Lesser Black-Backed Gulls

About 40+ sitting out the storm today all around Ilfracombes beaches and on Cheyne rocks. Could be some resident and Lundy birds. Other seabirds this morning 1 Great Skua, 3 Manx Shearwaters heading back down channel, only 3 Gannets and a breeding plumage Cormorant with a white colour darvic ring. On Woolacombe beach 150 Common Gulls. 

Herring Gulls + about 10 Lesser BB GullsLesser BB Gulls
Herring Gulls + about 10 Lesser BB Gulls                                   Lesser BB Gulls

Posted March 10th at 8:39 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake
1f Ring-necked Duck, 3 Willow Tit one pair at the hide and a single at the car park, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant.

Posted March 10th at 7:07 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Blaxton Meadow

On this morning's high tide the following were seen.

Little Grebe 4, Kingfisher 2, Common Sandpiper 3, Shellduck 42, Curlew 42, Oystercatcher 5, Redshank 154 (142 on the meadow), Dunlin 54, Greenshank 7, Snipe 13 (12 on the meadow), little Egret 12, Black T Godwit 1, Goosander 1m, Redwing 2 & Stock Dove 2.

Posted March 10th at 2:47 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

matford marshes

Marsh Harrier hunting over fields between Matford Marshes and Exminster Marshes around lunchtime Saturday. Seen from the car.

Posted March 10th at 9:37 am by John Phillips in General Birding

Saturday 9th March 2019


Kestrel hunting near Morte point.


Posted March 9th at 7:41 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding


The evening Gull roost contained of interest: 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 fw, 1 sw), 63 Common Gulls. Also 3 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Great Northern Divers out in Torbay.

Posted March 9th at 5:47 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Slapton and Chivelstone

Had a great morning at Slapton, Ring necked duck, a little grebe and 5 pochard Torcross end. Near the bridge great views of a swallow and a sand martin flying around together also lots of chiffchaffs much more than I have seen in recent weeks. Heard several Cetti's warblers and got the odd glimpse of one. On to South Pool to try and see the cattle egrets. Rob Murphy spotted them with his magnificent scope in the distance at Chivestone. We made it 11 of them.

Sand Martin  Swallow  Cattle Egret 
Sand Martin                          Swallow                                   Cattle Egret

Posted March 9th at 5:37 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Slapton Ley 7 March

Here are the photos again that got lost in post as it were.   Sorry about that!  Hope it works this time.

Male Ring-necked Duck with Female Tufted Duck Male Ring-necked Duck with Female Tufted Duck
Male Ring-necked Duck with Female Tufted Duck

First of two Otters
First of two Otters

Posted March 9th at 12:00 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in General Birding

Friday 8th March 2019

Slapton Ley Thursday 7 March

As the light was so good, I spent much of the morning photographing at Slapton Ley.  4 No early Barn Swallows (1st record 2017 11 March) and 2 No Chiffchaff.  On the Ley the Male Ring-necked Duck joined the antics of a group the  male Tufted Ducks, staying in close contact with a particular female Tufty.

At about 0930, I spotted an elongated ripple in the otherwise smooth water on the west of the Ley.  A  pair of Otters swan, or rather dolphined, right though the reeds just in front of Stokenham Hide; they headed steadily for the Stockenham reed beds.


Posted March 8th at 8:36 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in General Birding

South Pool creek

9 cattle egrets South Pool creek today.

Posted March 8th at 4:54 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still present in Stokeley Bay this morning. Also 3 Goldeneyes and 3 Pochards on the the ley. Black-necked Grebe on the Ley at the north end of the Tank Car Park and one on the sea off the Memorial Car Park, both coming into summer plumage. Female type Marsh Harrier did a circuit of the reeds behind Ireland Bay at 13:30. No hirundines. An Otter showing in Stokeley Bay this morning.

Couple videos uploaded, Cormorant Vs Pike  and swim by Otter below the Stokeley hide

Posted March 8th at 4:50 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marsh

The Marsh Harrier did a "fly-by" at mid day putting up all the birds on the marsh

Posted March 8th at 4:01 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

The presumed escapee Snow Goose showing well with the Canada Geese

Posted March 8th at 3:59 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Bolt Head

Offshore 4 Red-throated Diver W, 3 Fulmar W & 54 Gannet.

Also: 3+ Harbour Porpoise.

Posted March 8th at 2:53 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

River Teign above Chudleigh Bridge

Pair Mandarin and pair of Goosander on river only highlight of a mornings walk. 

Posted March 8th at 2:44 pm by Nick Walter in General Birding

Thursday 7th March 2019

Avon Tidal road Western end.

Falling tide 35 Blacktailed Godwit either side of the road. 1 in breeding plumage. Greenshank and Redshank.

Posted March 7th at 10:19 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

A lunchtime visit produced 

20+ Sand Martin, 380 Wigeon, 95 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 100+ Chaffinch, 50+ Linnet, 200+ Golden Plover, 40 Lapwing & Male Sparrowhawk seen taking a Linnet, which flew towards me & almost over my head. 

Posted March 7th at 7:39 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding


3 Sand Martins hawking insects over the reserve this morning in a strong and cold wind. Also present at least 3 Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest and 5 Redwings. 2 Mute Swans on the pond island.

Signs of spring: Song Thrush, Great Tit, Robin, Greenfinch, Blackbird  Stock Dove and Wren all singing, and a Collared Dove on a nest.

Posted March 7th at 3:28 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

South Hams

On Wednesday 6th March, a Ring-necked Duck with a small flock of Tufted Duck on a privately owned site in the South Hams. Possibly the Slapton bird?

Posted March 7th at 10:02 am by Joe Higman in General Birding

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake
1f Goosander, 18 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler 2m 1f, 1m Pintail, 2 Willow Tit.

Posted March 6th at 8:05 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Fremington Pill

4pm today, Glossy Ibis, 4 Cattle Egrets, 7 Little Egrets all by the sluice and a Little Grebe at the mouth of the Pill, along with Wigeon, Shelduck and Oystercatchers. 

Posted March 6th at 7:53 pm by Paul Bearman in General Birding

Exe Estuary

The last Stuart Line birdwatching cruise of the season. The ‘resident’ Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood, as usual. The 3 immature drake Eiders were off Starcross and c30 Red-breasted Mergansers and c20 Great Crested Grebes were scattered up the estuary. 3 Greenshanks were off Powderham and c150-200 Pintail were again around the mouth of the Clyst. About 500 roosting Golden Plover, some in breeding plumage, were on the mud off Turf, with 27 Knot nearby. Quite a few of the Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits were already in breeding plumage, one group containing the male Ruff that has wintered at Bowling Green Marsh. Only c30 Avocets were left of the wintering flock. A Grey Seal was hauled out on a pontoon near Dawlish Warren.

Eider immature male Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits Grey Seal

Eider (imm drake)                            Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits                       Grey Seal

Posted March 6th at 6:11 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding


No fewer than 11 Bramblings skirmishing for food under the bird feeder in the last few days. Many more than in previous years. Unfortunately, no photos as they are more easily spooked as I approach the window with camera than the other birds and no amount of waiting brings them back until I have moved away!

Posted March 6th at 12:42 pm by simon martin in General Birding

Berry Head - 05.03.19

11.00 am - Spent an enjoyable 10 minutes watching 27 gannets and 5 dolphins over what must have been a school of fish just 100 to 200m out from Berry Head lighthouse. The gannets provided a spectacular display against a grey sky especially when diving, from a great height, to catch a fish. Also spotted 3 fulmars and a solitary shag.

Posted March 6th at 11:19 am by David Roper in General Birding

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Tiverton Garden Watch

4 Blue tit, 2m 1f Great tit, 3 longtailed tit, 2pr Bullfinch, 2pr Chaffinch, 16 Goldfinch, 1pr Greenfinch, 7m 7f Siskin, 2 Robin, 3 Dunnock, 2m Blackbird, 1m House sparrow (rarity for this estate) 2 Woodpigeon & 1 Magpie

Posted March 5th at 5:14 pm by Martyn Webb in General Birding

South Hams

Aveton Gifford tidal road this morning ~ 5 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 40 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, GSWP, 7 Lesser Black Back Gull, Curlew, 3 flocks of Wigeon flying up river and landing on the marsh.

South Huish Marsh ~ 2 Buzzard, 18 Lesser Black Back Gull, 1 Common Gull,  6 Greater Black Backs, 2 Barnacle Geese, smaller species included Stonechat, Pipits and Pied Wagtails.

Devon Birds South Milton Reserve ~ 2 Buzzard, 3 Yellow Hammer, Water Rail in flight and another calling, a possible Green Sandpiper, several Chiffchaff and a large mixed flock of mainly Chaffinch and Pied Wagtail.

Posted March 5th at 1:53 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exminster Marshes - Crane

At 1.15 this lunchtime, whilst stood at the middle car park I picked up a Crane flying over. It circled the marsh briefly before heading off high in the direction of Haldon where it was lost in the mist.

Posted March 5th at 1:52 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fledgling Blackbird Plymouth

Fledged juvenile being fed by an adult male this morning around the University in Plymouth. Working back, that must have been a pretty early nesting date.

Posted March 5th at 1:28 pm by Rich Billington in General Birding

Monday 4th March 2019


Thanks for the information on the seeds you put out at Broadsands...forget to mention had first singing Chiffchaff there today

Posted March 4th at 9:41 pm by Stephen Lane in General Birding


The two Red-necked Grebes were again in Elberry Cove and a sw Mediterranean Gull in Broadsands Bay. Looking toward Goodrington, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Eider and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Red-necked Grebes Broadsands 4th March 2019 MLRed-necked Grebes

Posted March 4th at 9:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


On holiday from the Wirral...went to Broadsands today saw 7 Cirl Buntings  and 8 yellowhammers( great to see these rare bird on the Wirral these days)....male Sparrowhawk causing chaos there...on the shore Little Egret and  offshore distant Diver... probably Great Northern....what seed do you put down do attract the Buntings by the way kind regards Steve

Eds: the seed is Canary Grass and Millet - effectively Budgie seed (courtesy of the RSPB). Don't use pet shop 'wild bird' seed, with all of its maize and wheat, it attracts too many crows, pigeons and rats which put the buntings off coming down to feed.

Posted March 4th at 8:55 pm by Steve lane in General Birding


Male Partridge, Male Pheasant, Kestrel nest building and a Barn Owl in flight no photo.

Male Pheasant seen near High Bickington.   Kestrel nest building (if required, email me for location)   Partridge, Chittlehamholt.
Male Pheasant seen near High Bickington. Kestrel nest building    Partridge, Chittlehamholt.

Posted March 4th at 8:51 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Powderham and Exminster

Powderham Castle

Early this morning the 3 Egyptian Goose were at the lake in Powderham Castle grounds as viewed from estuary road.

Exminster Marsh

Also early morning the Snow Goose was in the field before the Swans nest, Exminster.

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Posted March 4th at 6:13 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

River Otter- Otterton to Colaton Raleigh


A few good birds along the river this morning including above Water Rail.  Others were:  2 Long tailed Tit, female Goosander, 26 Fieldfare, 3 Gt spotted Woodpecker (2 drumming), Treecreeper and a Buzzard.

Posted March 4th at 2:24 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Around the Exe

Around the Exe this afternoon, with storm Freya providing some very strong winds.

Matford Marsh a good number of Wigeon but not a lot else.

Exminster Marsh flocks of Wigeon just about everywhere, good numbers of Shoveller and Shelduck, two Little Egret and a flock of around 100 Brent Geese.

Powderham Estate two Egyptian Geese with a small number of Canada Geese by the lake, two Buzzard flushed a flock of some 20 Fieldfare.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh was simply alive with waders, good numbers of Redshank, Dunlin and Black Tailed Godwit, one being a regular colour ringed bird. Twenty plus Curlew including two colour ringed birds, seventy plus Pintail duck, at least twelve Snipe, eight plus Knott, two Avocet,one Ruff, three Greenshank, Buzzard, Heron,  Little Egret, Common Gull, LBB Gull, Starling and Pied Wagtail.

Very little to be seen at a windswept Stover, five Mandarin, the single female Goosander is looking rather unwell and I suspect is a sick bird and twelve Tufted duck.

Posted March 3rd at 8:59 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exe Estuary

A very wet and windy Stuart Line birdwatching cruise today: not very spring-like at all! A Peregrine showed briefly around Exmouth church tower and the ‘resident’ Slavonian Grebe was near the wreck off Cockwood, where we saw the first of at least 30 Red-breasted Mergansers. Great Crested Grebes were present in good numbers, a group of 19 together contributing to a total of at least 26. The 3 immature drake Eiders were out on a sandbank off Starcross and 4 Goldeneye were nearby. At least 25 Sanderlings were on the central sandbanks and at least 4 Greenshanks off Powderham (plus another later at Topsham). Up to 200 Pintail were still around the mouth of the Clyst. The mudbanks around Turf-Topsham held c300 roosting Golden Plover, lots of Dunlin and smaller numbers of Knot, Bar-tailed Godwits and Grey Plover. Most of the Black-tailed Godwits must have been feeding in the rain-sodden fields, as only about 100 were on the mud. Avocet numbers are down; many have presumably departed for breeding areas during the recent fine weather.

Posted March 3rd at 5:40 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Darts Farm

Late morning. 1 Water Pipit, 35+ Pied Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 165 Wigeon, 65 Teal, 73 Blackwit & 28 Curlew. Too windy for too many small birds. 

Posted March 3rd at 3:12 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Gulls at South Huish Marsh

Lots of Lesser black-backed gulls at South Huish Marsh, Also a Med gull and a common gull. I managed to pick out 6 species of gull with Black headed, Herring and Great Black-backed being the others. Also 2 Barnacle Geese

Barnacle GooseMediterranean Gull, Common gull and Black headed gullsLesser Black-backed Gulls
Barnacle Goose  Mediterranean Gull, Common gull and Black headed gulls

Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Posted March 3rd at 1:40 pm by Richie moore in General Birding

Red Shank

A number of Red Shank, 2 Curlew a dozen or more Oyster Catchers, a couple of Crows and 4 + Shelduck.

Red ShankA number of assorted gulls common, GBB, some Lesser BB? and a couple of Bh. not sure of numbers.
Red Shank

A number of assorted gulls common, GBB, some Lesser BB? and a couple of Bh. not sure of numbers.

Posted March 3rd at 12:49 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding


20 + Cormorants on a sand bank just down stream of Barnstaple's new down stream bridge. 30 - 40 GBB gulls and others.

Coromrants and gullsGoosanderLittle Egret
Coromrants and gulls                 Goosander                                Little Egret

Posted March 3rd at 12:43 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Slapton/South huish marsh

Good views of a male Scaup at Slapton, several Goldcrests and heard a chiffchaff singing. several lesser Black-Backed gulls at South Huish marsh, nice comparison with one next to a Great Black-Backed gull

ScaupGrey HeronLesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-Backed Gull
Scaup                                        Grey Heron    Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-Backed Gull

Posted March 3rd at 6:19 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Bowling Green Marsh


In addition to Stuart's post:  400+ Black tailed Godwit, 11 Snipe, 10 Tufted duck (6m, 4f) 2 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's warbler, Dunnocks displaying. 2 Foxes at the back of the marsh.

Posted March 2nd at 7:23 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Non bird sightings posts - conservation issues

Thanks to Greg Bradbury for the initial harrowing post raising the issue of swaling on Dartmoor. However a reminder these pages of the Devon Birds Website are for bird sightings (and to a lesser extent other wildlife). Over the years a small group of volunteer administrators with an expertise and interest in Devon's bird sightings and identification have kept these pages going with daily edits and comments. Over the years the team have made alterations and additions to this page to keep it up to date keeping our members and others informed of the bird sightings around our county. As far as we know there are not any Devon Birds council members on the bird sighting pages administration team to respond to other issues.

With great respect, other subjects or issues should go through Society News or use the Society contact details  in this instance also  .  

Posted March 2nd at 7:07 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Roadford Lake

Pink-footed Goose with the Canada Geese also in separate group two Barnacle Geese viewed from hide by bridge. Pair of Goldeneye from hide.

Posted March 2nd at 6:06 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A House Martin with 2 Sand Martins over Bowling Green Marsh this afternoon

Posted March 2nd at 5:13 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Velator reserve

About 10.30 to 11.30: 4 Canada Geese on the island pond this morning, at least two had rings on. 4 Mallard (three drakes) 2 Teal, 2 Little Grebes. A second pair of Long-tailed Tits nest-building. 4 Bullfinch. Looking South towards Sherpa, a single Sand Martin feeding over the reed-bed. As I was leaving a pair of Swans flew in. Also 2 Buzzards and a Kestrel.

Posted March 2nd at 3:40 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

14.30 - 3 Sand Martins over the pond

Posted March 2nd at 3:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck, 7 Pochards and 3 Goldeneyes in the middle of the Lower Ley just south of the Cormorant roost. In Start Bay Red-necked Grebe and c25 Common Scoters off the Memorial Car Park. Also one Great Northern Diver flew north.

Posted March 2nd at 3:11 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Yesterday evening 1st March, Nine Mandarin ducks most of which were displaying, eleven Tufted duck, a single female Goosander, 30 plus Redwing coming into roost and two calling Water Rail.

Back home at South Brent a Tawny owl.

Posted March 2nd at 1:28 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Venford Reservoir and Whites Wood

18 Goosander on the reservoir at dawn (6 males) plus a Woodcock overhead then lovely views of a vocal Green Woodpecker in the woods. 

Posted March 2nd at 11:47 am by Andy Smith in General Birding

Friday 1st March 2019

Velator/ Wrafton Pond

A good selection of birds in the reserve this morning, with at least 3 Goldcrests seen, and another pair of Long-tailed Tits nest-building.3 Pochard on Wrafton Pond, and when I went back this evening, a single Sand Martin at 17.20 over the field between the pond and Velator Close.

It looks as if there will be energy generating Kites being flown from the large barn between the reserve and RMB Chivenor (right by the Tarka Trail). Apparently there is no need for planning permission for these ventures (?). If you access Facebook, there is a debate on the  'Friends of Braunton Marsh' page.

Posted March 1st at 8:01 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Roadford/Lower Tamar Lake

From the viaduct at Roadford this morning the Pink-footed Goose still present, feeding with Canada’s. Also feeding on the weeds a flock of c200 Chaffinches, which included at least 5 Brambling.

At Lower Tamar the female Ring-necked Duck as with 12 Tufted Duck and a female Goldeneye was also present. The areas around the feeders and the canal path were also productive, with six species of Tit including Marsh and Willow, Treecreeper, Jay, Reed Bunting, and Nuthatch.. A Blackcap was heard.

Posted March 1st at 4:34 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,
3 Wilow Tit, 1f Ring-necked Duck, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Redwing, 1 Reed Bunting,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay.

Posted March 1st at 3:02 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Pink Footed Goose - Roadford Res.

Pink Footed Goose still at the neck end of the lake, viewed from the viaduct at 1130hrs today with the Canada Geese. Also a Brambling found amongst a large flock of chaffinches, 150+, feeding on the mud flats. Amongst the geese a cross barhead/greylag ? and a non descript farmyard goose.

Posted March 1st at 2:50 pm by Mike Gibson in General Birding


The two Red-neckked Grebes were still present this morning, also 1 female Eider and one Great Northern Diver. 4 singing Chiffchaff around the marshy bits. At least 10 Cirl Buntings and 2 Yellowhammer with 2 Reed Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. 11 Great Crested Grebes off Goodrington.

Posted March 1st at 1:54 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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