Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from May 2021

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford




·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·          Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·        Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish



Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 19th July 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels 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.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


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


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Monday 31st May 2021


As stated in my post on Friday 28, I went back to photograph the Redstart and got some great images.

Male Redstart
Male Redstart
Male Redstart
Male Redstart

Posted May 31st at 11:02 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Exminster marshes

Incredible views of at least 4 Hobbies at about midday catching insects on the wing!

Also 4 cattle Egret’s.

Posted May 31st at 8:24 pm by Simon Crookall in Bird News


Several visits to Exmoor in various locations over the Bank Holiday weekend was fruitful. 

Amongst the many species seen, most notable were: Cuckoo, Stock Dove, Swift, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Whinchat, Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 

Now that's what I call a good weekend's birding. 

Posted May 31st at 8:10 pm by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

Newton Abbot


Incredible views of a Red Kite no more than 20ft off the deck, as it drifted across the A380 and flew north, 300m south of Penn Inn. 

Posted May 31st at 6:55 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Berry Head NNR

In glorious sunshine:  3 singing Whitethroat, 3 House Martin, singing Chiffchaffs, Linnets and Swallows, 12 Swift overhead including a group of 5.  Cliff ledges full of Guillemots, 30+ Kittiwake, several Fulmar coming and going, 5 Razorbills on the sea. On the rocks: 12+ Shags and Great Black backed gulls with chicks.

Great Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull

Posted May 31st at 6:34 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Marsh Green

1 Red Kite over village at 17.45 drifting north west at height.

Posted May 31st at 5:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


Three swifts flying at zero zero feet in Exmouth this morning.

Posted May 31st at 5:09 pm by eric in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first ever Cirl Bunting (male) for the patch, thanks to John Lloyd. Also, Spotted Flycatcher, Green Woodpecker, pair of Stonechats, Whitethroat, Siskin, Greenshank, 6 Small Heaths & 4 Roe Deer. 

Posted May 31st at 4:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Littleham red kites

8 (eight!) red kites plus 4 buzzards all above fields where grass is being cut for silage at 1630

Posted May 31st at 4:41 pm by Rory Akam in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,

1 Red Kite over at 10:25, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch

Posted May 31st at 3:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Torquay - Red Kite

Thanks to the heads up from RM that 2 Red Kites were heading my way - picked up 1 fairly low at 2pm directly over my garden circling and ended up heading north - also at last my first local Swifts of the year. Yday evening 15 Swifts and 12 House Martins in Preston

Posted May 31st at 2:39 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Red Kite flying north over the valley & 9 Swifts over.

Posted May 31st at 12:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

American Golden Plover still showing well 9am-10am today. Marsh Harrier being mobbed by Kestrel; at least six singing Reed Warblers, plus Cetti's.

Posted May 31st at 11:14 am by Martin Overy in Bird News

Note from Torrington

There hasn't been anything out of the ordinary crossing my path in Great Torrington lately, not even the hirundine arrival. I did see a single house martin though yesterday 30th May, and saw a siskin, which is notable after a long absence around my home.

Posted May 31st at 7:51 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

We're not forgotten

Around lunchtime Sunday, a kite drifted over our house in Paignton, mobbed by gulls,. From my records I see it's exactly a year to the day since  we had a fly past by another bird. Sad discovery in my nest box. Despite having been checking out the box since last autumn, a pair of great tits gave up. Checked and found remains of a dead bird, looked like great tit. Hope for better result next year.

Posted May 31st at 6:00 am by Philip Fairclough in Bird News

Red Kites on tour

2 red kites high over my garden in Modbury about 5pmish Sunday 30/05/2021. Heading north

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted May 31st at 5:32 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Sunday 30th May 2021

Wrafton pond, Crow Point and Woolacombe

My day started 5am Wrafton pond - at first it was very quite, not a single bird on the water.  However, as the sun came up the Coots, Moorhens and Little Grebes began to appear. A short time after the sound of bird songs from Reed Warblers and Buntings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming in trees alond the Tarka Path and finally the two Swans their seven cygnets and a few Mallard appeared. Moved on the Crow point where I spotted two Cetti's, two Sedge and one Willow warbler.  There were a few Linnets, two Goldfinches, a couple of Whitethroats and a male Blackcap.  Late afternoon in Woolacombe sand dunes I spotted some Linnets and four Whitethroats. 

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted May 30th at 11:54 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Buckland Monachorum red kites

One feeding in village yesterday and flew over our house, and today two were in exactly the same vicinity and again flew right over our house.  Looking at some of the other images it seems to have been devouring a rat on the wing. 

Posted May 30th at 11:11 pm by Shane Willson in Bird News

Ilfracombe cemetery

Small flock of Siskins flying between conifers

Posted May 30th at 10:36 pm by Fiona Moffatt in Bird News

American golden plover Exminster Marshes

Showed well at 5.45 from the screen by the scrape at the discovery area. Close to the stile into the cow field.

Posted May 30th at 9:05 pm by jeff hacon in Bird News

Velator reserve

Somewhat surprised to find two SWW staff strimming in their part of the site! They had never seen the pond and I took them to see it - well surprised! I also showed them a very brief view of a Kingfisher! Saw it again after they had left much closer. Still Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Willow Warbler singing along with a few Reed Warblers.

Posted May 30th at 7:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red kites

1 red kite this afternoon over Sourton Tor and one yesterday over the East Okement valley and East Mill tor. 

Posted May 30th at 6:37 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Got to the canal bank at 0840 and could see something with a pale neck walking amongst the gulls in the middle of the marsh. Went down to the gateway 100m S of the Fisherman's car park, and could clearly see it was the American Golden Plover. It spent a few minutes feeding in the short grass, then abruptly flew off S at 0850 (couldn't see a Buzzard or any other immediate cause). By the time I lost sight of it, it seemed to be gliding down to land near Turf. An addition to my European list, the previous such being Pacific GP in Romania four years ago.

Also present were Tufted Duck, Whimbrel, Curlew, Oystercatcher and the usual Kestrel, plus a newly-fledged Chiff-Chaff sitting in the middle of Swan's Nest Road.

Posted May 30th at 5:24 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Countess Wear Red kites

Late post from Exeter, saw 1 red kite from garden at 6pm Friday heading west. Then another at midday Saturday, then 2 kites soaring with great views for 5 to 10 minutes on Saturday afternoon. Third year running for sighting s in Devon.

Posted May 30th at 3:48 pm by James Peach in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip

4 hour boat trip out into Lyme Bay this morning from Brixham aboard Kelly's Hero. A bit lumpy and not much going on for first hour but then things got good with the following birds sighted 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Bonxi, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 34 Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Gannet, Great Black-backed Gull and Herring Gull. If interested speak to Dave on 07970642354. Out again Thursday.

Posted May 30th at 2:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite over my house in Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple this morning about 10.00am. Brilliant if short view of it before it headed off to the NE

Posted May 30th at 1:30 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Folly Gate and Thornhillhead

Red kite over field adjacent to A386 north of Folly Gate, this morning. At home Jay downed in the garden, think by resident magpies . Stunned, beak open and not looking too bright at first, but has been hiding under a bench for about an hour, still upright and can move about a bit so may perhaps recover. Close up view with binos just shows how brilliant the colours are on these birds.

Posted May 30th at 11:27 am by Mark West in Bird News

Saturday 29th May 2021

Newpark waste

Takinga new route for me waiting on a friend, newpark wastes woods.

Lots of song thrushes,  gs and green woodpecker, swifts, house martins and swallows, ravens and crows, lots of nuthatch. Cuckoos seen and heard up on the rook tor area.  Lots of  pheasants. treecreeper, skylarks, chiff chaff, dunnock, robins,  long tail, great, blue and coal tits. Goldfinch.

A lovely circular walk, would do it again.

Posted May 29th at 9:54 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

The area above Cadover Bridge was alive with cuckoos on our Plymouth RSPB walk this morning. Three seen flying in line at one time plus others calling. Numerous sand martins plus swift, swallow and house martin. In all 29 species seen.

Posted May 29th at 7:28 pm by Vince Bedford in Bird News

Exminster and Powderham Marshes

After finding why the lockdown was useful in some respects (No traffic) we were delayed by big queues on the M5 late morning resulting in us arriving at Exminster to find that the Plover had been flushed by a Buzzard. So we changed location to Powderham Marsh to find it wasn't there either! 2 Wigeon, 2 Oystercatcher and a few Lapwing. Distant Hobby (10 being reported!) So we went back to Exminster and someone said the Plover was back. Not the greatest views as the sun was by now behind it. No sign of The Curlew Sandpiper. Very lovely to have a proper sunny day.

Posted May 29th at 7:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Littleham (Bideford)

3 red kites overhead going South at 1730

Posted May 29th at 5:47 pm by Rory Akam in Bird News

Nightjars and others

Tried the Forestry Commission's North Wood near Perridge yesterday evening - one seen and a second heard just after 9.30. Much song in the preceding 45 mins. from Garden and Willow Warblers, Tree Pipits, Yellowhammers, and commoner spp.

On the way, heard two R-l Partridges. My only records for a year or so have been from around Ide, with none from Starcross / Kenton. Perhaps releases for shooting have stopped?

Posted May 29th at 3:26 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Dartmoor Cuckoos

Yesterday walk, Two Bridges, Wistmans Wood Devonport Leat: one sighting and nine separate periods of cukoo calls.

Posted May 29th at 8:56 am by Philip Strange in Bird News

Friday 28th May 2021

Red Kite - Paignton

Flying North over Goodrington at 3.00pm

Posted May 28th at 8:24 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight today was a female Red-backed Shrike, showing well at times. Also, 17 Mandarin Ducks (15 drakes), Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, pair of Stonechats, Whitethroat, c30 Swifts, 7 Roe Deer & 2 Small Heaths.

Posted May 28th at 8:18 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Good afternoon,

Tamar Lake this morning.

3 Willow Tit, 3 Robin, 9 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 1f Blackcap, 5 Coal Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Tit, 2 Nuthatch.

Also 1m Siskin in my garden at Hartland.

Posted May 28th at 4:35 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Velator reserve

A Grey Heron was by the pond in the reserve this morning - swiftly departing when it saw me! A Collared Dove was an unusual record at this time of year. A Kingfisher came and perched over the pond and bashed a full size Stickleback into shape before flying off with it. Reed Warblers nest-building, Willow Warbler, Blackcap Song Thrush and Chiffchaff Singing. Couple of Swifts over.

Posted May 28th at 3:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kites over Beaford area.

2 Red Kites drifting west .  South of Beaford moor from the A3124 at 08-30.

Posted May 28th at 3:31 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite soaring above Seaton Wetlands, drifting West at 11.45 am today.

Posted May 28th at 2:35 pm by Rodney Gayer in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

There is an summer plumaged American Golden Plover at Exminster Marsh- found c8am by JD and still present late morning - viewed distantly from canal bank by end car park. Also a partial summer plumage Curlew Sand (also found by JD)

Posted May 28th at 11:43 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exminster and Haldon - Red Kites

5 Red Kites over Exminster Marsh at 10.10-10.20am. Another Red Kite circling over the A380 on Haldon by the garage at 11.06am.

Posted May 28th at 11:36 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News


While working near Brendon I saw this Spotted flycatcher in nearby trees. Also saw a male Redstart but unable to get a good image. On my way home I stopped off at Lanacre Bridge area where I had a fantastic view of a male Pintail as it flew pass towards Withypool. Just getting my camera out of my vehicle so no photo, but I did get some great photos of a pair of Grey Wagtails and saw a Dipper shoot pass. I'll go back at some point for the Redstart.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted May 28th at 2:00 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Thursday 27th May 2021

Red Kites

This afternoon I had Red Kite over the garden in Alphington, though further east (Colyton) 33 have been seen today

Posted May 27th at 7:46 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


Day trip today: A few Guillemots and Manx Shearwaters, plus the odd Kittiwake and Razorbill on the outward journey along with only 2 Gannets and 2 Porpoise. On the island at least 7 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Tree Pipit, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine. Dean Jones reported a flyover Yellow Wagtail, and added that at least 300 Puffin borrows have been noted in Jenny's Cove. Looking down from above, it was very noticeable how big the increase in Puffin numbers has been since my last spring visit. On the return journey lots of Razorbills, with a few more Manx Shearwaters including a few sat on the water. Lovely calm day, much improved by an amazingly helpful ebb tide on the way out, and a flood tide on the way back!

Posted May 27th at 6:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Dartmoor

Yarner Wood: 6 Pied Flycatchers, Garden Warbler, 4+ Siskins, Marsh Tit, 2 Grey Wagtails, Brimstone & Roe Deer.

Trendlebere Down: Whinchat, Tree Pipit, 2 Cuckoos, Lesser Redpoll & Roe Deer.

Emsworthy Mire: 2 Redstarts, 3 Cuckoos, 1+ Siskin & Brimstone.

And best of all, lovely sunshine!

Posted May 27th at 6:11 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Marsh Green

Further to my last post... 2 Red kites just drifted west towards Exeter at 17.15.

Posted May 27th at 5:15 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Clyst St Mary

A walk north up the meadows produced 2 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Bunting and a pair of Stonechat.  (The Stonechats were close to the riverbank and associated waterways.  Further up the River Clyst I have seen others also associated with riversides and slow moving water in ditches which seems to be a favoured habitat).  A numbers of Swallow and House Martin in the village, the latter visiting two nests.

Back home at Marsh Green, some good raptors over head with Hobby, Peregrine and a Buzzard in the sky at the same time at 4.30pm.

Posted May 27th at 4:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Dart Alien

To go with all the grey squirrels Canada geese and pheasants,my first TURTLE today,1500,Totnes sewage works!

Posted May 27th at 4:56 pm by Denis Doy in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley area

Best today was female Greenland Wheatear out on the arable farmland. Also 6 Buzzards - the resident pair escorting four migrant/wandering birds from the area. Sedge Warblers up by a min.50% to c.18 territories.

Posted May 27th at 4:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

They're here at last!

Having waited all year, the swifts are finally here, screaming up and down over the back gardens in Paignton.

Posted May 27th at 8:03 am by philip l. fairclough in Bird News


While working on Dartmoor I got a long distance shot of this Wheatear.


Posted May 27th at 2:20 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 26th May 2021

Nightjars Bovey Heath

At least two nightjars churring and flying from about 2138

Posted May 26th at 10:34 pm by Ian Stone in Bird News

Crownhill Down

At least 12 Wheatears with a pair carrying nesting material, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Buzzards 2, Ravens 1,Willow Warblers 2,Stonechats 8, Yellowhammers 5, Linnets 9.


Posted May 26th at 10:18 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

2 Cuckoo's heard one seen, plenty of Sand Martins

Sand Martins
Sand Martins

Posted May 26th at 9:07 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Black-tailed Godwits new in; also, 27 Mandarin Ducks (22 drakes), Red-crested Pochard (f), 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Green Woodpecker, Stonechat (m), 2 Whitethroats (both singing) & 5 Roe Deer.  

Posted May 26th at 6:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Lesser Whitethroat singing.  Tawny Owl heard at 13:00.  

Posted May 26th at 8:40 am by G and L Carr in Bird News

Tuesday 25th May 2021


Addition to previous report


Posted May 25th at 10:23 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Boringdon Golf course: Wheatears 2, Swifts 2, Whitethroats 4, Skylarks 12, Goldfinches 6. Loughtor Mill: Blackcaps 6, Chiffchaffs 6, Song thrush 2, and a solitary Dipper on the Tory Brook.

Posted May 25th at 10:16 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Four 1st or 2nd summer Great Northern Divers on sea off Roundham Head Paignton this evening.

Posted May 25th at 9:18 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Steps Bridge - Fingle Bridge; Mardon Down

Along the river, the expected Dippers and Grey Wagtails. In the woods, 10+ Pied Flycatchers and 3/4 Garden Warblers singing, plus all the tits and thrushes, and Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest etc.

Later, just before the rain started, on and around Mardon Down were a Redpoll, a Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit, more Garden Warblers, and the usual Yellowhammers, Linnets, Stonechats and Willow Warblers, and a Fallow Deer. 

Posted May 25th at 7:27 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning's visit produced: Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker (f), Whitethroat (m), Stonechat (m), Kestrel, Raven, Shag & 6 Roe Deer.

Posted May 25th at 3:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

south molton

3 fledged greenfinches being fed by parents on sunflower hearts in garden, 3.45 pm

Posted May 25th at 3:57 pm by art symons in Bird News

Monday 24th May 2021

Braunton Burrows

Lesser Whitethroat singing.  Tawny Owl heard at 13:00.  

Posted May 24th at 9:31 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a wet afternoon, a pair of Shelducks with 9 small ducklings, 17 Mandarin Ducks (13 drakes), female Red-crested Pochard, female Wheatear, Treecreeper, Whitethroat, 2 Stonechats & 8 Roe Deer.


Posted May 24th at 8:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


200+ House Martin and about 15 Swallow feeding over the (small) sewage works near the Yealm Est this afternoon. House Martins also perched in nearby trees. 

Posted May 24th at 5:25 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Sunday 23rd May 2021

Exminster Marshes

While scanning (unsuccessfully) for the Red-rumped Swallow this afternoon, I was amazed when about 300 House Martins exploded from Oak trees! Terrible digiscope image (terrible weather!) taken after many of them had returned to shelter and rest up again. From memory, the only time I've seen House Martins perched in trees was on the wintering grounds in Zambia, when a large flock went into large trees to roost at dusk. So where do they go at night when they don't have a nest to roost in?

House Martins resting in Oak tree
House Martins resting in Oak tree

Posted May 23rd at 10:18 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A late in the day visit, after being away all weekend. Red-rumped Swallow still showing around middle car park, at this time end of FP from car park. Seen until 8.20pm, when moved and not seen again though looked until 9pm. 300+ House Martin, 200+ Sand Martin & 150+ Swallow along with 30+ Swift and pair Gadwall 

Posted May 23rd at 10:06 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Berry Head

Sea watch 10.30am to 12.30pm. Highlights: lots of Manx Shearwaters, 2 Puffins, 5 Great Northern Divers and an Osprey (very close at 11.30am, harried by gulls, headed on north across the bay towards Hope's Nose). 

Posted May 23rd at 5:23 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Hopes Nose 1pm-315pm-superb sea watch-gale force southerlies and heavy rain-2 Storm Petrels inc 1 close in off point just beyond outfall 2.25-2.31pm(giving ‘olden days’ views), a Bonxie close south 2.05pm & a constant stream of Manxies best guess estimate 2000 (2 Turnstone, 2 Swift south)

Posted May 23rd at 4:05 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Plym Saltram


Little Egret, 4 Curlew, Mandarin, Canada's, Herring/BH/GBB Gull, Swalows, House Martins, Jay, RN Parakeet, LT/Blue/Great Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch.

Posted May 23rd at 3:51 pm by David Grant in Bird News


The Grey Wagtails nested at the top of the wall of our barn this year, which is probably a bit more typical than last year’s nest in the honeysuckle next to the front door. Still very vocally protective though. The single chick landed on the lawn for a while, giving us this photo opportunity. He’s still flying around (slowly and a bit unsteadily) so hopefully he might make it.

Posted May 23rd at 2:28 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News

Saturday 22nd May 2021

late swifts

after almost giving up on our swifts which normally nest under our eaves on the 5th or 6th may,they finally arrived yesterday on the 20th displacing the sparrows that had already started to rear young.i heard a lot of noise from the nest and then the sparrow chicks fell silent so i am assuming the swifts killed them.has anyone else seen this?we are just outside okehampton 

Posted May 22nd at 10:13 pm by L Smith in Bird News

Blackingstone Rock and the Wrey Valley

Walked up from Lustleigh, then N to Blackingstone, down to Wrey Barton and back along the railway. In the morning woods and farmland were all the usual Thrushes, Tits, Warblers and Finches, highlight being 4/5 Garden Warblers in the young plantations. Lunch at Blackingstone was, despite the cold, serenaded by a Redstart, Willow Warblers, and two members of what I think of as the "Tree Pipit Parachute Display Team". Afterwards a Redpoll, my first here, was buzzing (though Collins says serrrring) over the heathland above Pepperdon Farm, with Stonechat, Yellowhammer and Whitethroat below. In the valley, Dipper and Grey Wagtail were on the Wrey, Treecreeper and Marsh Tit in the Oaks, and a second,very confiding, Redstart sang from a thorn tree, aflame in the welcome sunshine.

Posted May 22nd at 9:10 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Woody Bay

A visit to Woody Bay this evening produced:

Wooded area: Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, a very vocal Song Thrush, a singing male Chaffinch, and a Willow Warbler. But best of all was a striking male Common Redstart! 

Down at the bay around the rocks were a good number of Guillemot and Fulmar amongst the Herring Gulls, a lonesome Oystercatcher, and amazing close views of a Gannet circling round and diving several times into the sea. 

Woody Bay, you never disappoint me! 

Posted May 22nd at 9:09 pm by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

Cuckoo - Halshanger Common

Male Cuckoo calling frequently and briefly seen in scrub just SE of Cold East Cross 15.00hrs; also 5+ Skylark, 2 prs Greenfinch, 1 Willow Warbler from path to Rippon Tor.

Posted May 22nd at 7:32 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News


4 Ravens over Newton Rd above trees near turn off for Coffinswell, although we regularly see a pair first time we have seen 4.

Posted May 22nd at 7:31 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An afternoon visit produced: 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Treecreeper, 3 (f) Wheatears, Whitethroat, Stonechat, Peregrine (2nd cal yr), Sparrowhawk, 4 lingering Curlews & a Roe Deer.

Posted May 22nd at 6:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley. ( RingingRecovery )

A 1st.Yr. m Firecrest ringed at this site on 28/10/2019 was recaught at Merville-Fraceville-Plage. Calvados. France  on 14/10/2020. Only 11 British ringed Firecrests have been recovered abroad ,4 previously in France. Given that both the ringing and recapture dates fall in the peak autumn migration period for this species on the English Channel coasts,it is most likely that this individual  was on passage on both occasions to its wintering site further to the South and West. Following the English coastline when ringed and the French coastline  (the predominant route ) when recaught.

Posted May 22nd at 4:32 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Slapton. Ley.

At 2.30 pm. A Hobby over the Lower Ley at the Torcross end.

Posted May 22nd at 2:43 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Slapton sands

Yesterday afternoon (Friday) I spent a little time watching Gannets feeding just off shore. Also had a walk along the edge of the lake and where I saw a number of Great Crested Grebes (adults and juveniles) a few Tufted Duck, Coots, hundreds of: Swifts; Swallows and House & Sand Martins.


Posted May 22nd at 2:39 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Thursday 20th May 2021

Berry Head

Seawatch 06:15-16:00 (SSW5 increasing 8). Heading south:

29 Great Northern Divers (most full breeding plumage), Red-throated Diver, 33 Puffins, Arctic Skua (ad dark phase), 5 Sandwich Terns, Whimbrel, 862 Manx Shearwaters & 10 Common Scoter.

Other: c.5 Common Dolphins, 2 Harbour Porpoise & Grey Seal

Posted May 20th at 6:27 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News


Low level merlin in frantic pursuit of small bird

Posted May 20th at 10:29 am by Alun Sherwood in Bird News

Wednesday 19th May 2021

Cann Woods, Plympton 19 May

Only two Nightjars heard churring at 9:15 pm to the accompaniment of a Cuckoo calling at the same time. First actual sighting of a Tawny Owl on the wires outside the wood, and most oddly three Mallard having an evening stroll through the wood.

Posted May 19th at 11:56 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

A few locations.

Making most of a good day so went to a few locations 

Crownhill down-   Two different cuckoo's seen and heard. Wheatears, stonechats with first juveniles out with them, yellow hammers, male kestrel, lots of pipits, linnets,   4 buzzards circling together, willow warblers, Canada geese fly over. A whole herd of fallow deer by the solar panels. 

Cadover-  Cuckoo heard, canda geese, the female goosander with 2 young swimming up river, lots of sand martins busy as usual. Gold crest, willow warblers, mallards, pipits, stonechats,  pied and grey wagtails,  buzzard.

Finally- Cann woods- i was going to stay for nightjars but just too exhausted so just a walk around. First Swifts of the year for me, so happy with that as Plymbridge lacked them last week. Lots and lots of willow warblers, song thrush, bull finch, chaffinch, raven, crow, robin, dunnock, goldcrest, tree creeper, great spotted and green woodpecker.

Posted May 19th at 8:50 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Velator area

Ringing in the reserve this morning was hardly classic, but one of the first birds out of the net was an adult male Kingfisher. I've seen one a few times recently, both in the reserve and along the nearby river. A few days ago the pair of Canada Geese hatched 4 goslings, but today sadly only one left. I suspect Otter, but the gander did seem to be trying to get the whole family out of the reserve, and I even saw him outside for a while this morning calling to her and the gosling. The other young could just have got stuck in the reed-bed. The female Roe Deer was outside the reserve this morning. Also ringed one each of Reed and Sedge Warbler, Blackcap and juvenile Great Tit and Dunnock.

Posted May 19th at 6:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 18th May 2021


Spotted flycatcher, pied flycatcher

Posted May 18th at 10:41 pm by art symons in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common


Posted May 18th at 8:59 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Late post  17/05/2021.

Fledged juvenile Starlings already on the marshes.

Posted May 18th at 5:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wistmans Wood

A morning walk got good views of cuckoo and spotted flycatcher.  But highlight has views of  a grasshopper warbler reeling by stream.  

Posted May 18th at 4:48 pm by Daryl Brady lavis in Bird News

East Soar

Best today Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler & Reed Warbler singing & Greenland Wheatear. Swallows still coming in off sea.

Non-avian: Broad-bodied Chaser - 1st dragonfly of year.

Posted May 18th at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Three Beaches Goodrington

A scan of the bay yesterday evening produced: 14 fs Common Gulls (very high number for time of year), 3-4 fs Mediterranean Gulls, 11 fs Black-headed Gulls and a fine adult summer plumaged Great Northern Diver

Posted May 18th at 12:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common


Posted May 18th at 10:57 am by Paul Bray in Bird News

Monday 17th May 2021

Exminster Marsh

Evening visit to Exminster Marsh (by wellies). Euro WF Goose, 3 1st sum Med Gull, Hobby sat watching Martin’s come into roost, 300+ Sand Martin. 50+ Swift. 34 Curlew, 44 Blackwits, 12Whimbrel, 55 Oystercatcher, Greenshank & Male Pintail. Also Egyptian Goose. On way back on A379 Nightjar hawking over road just north of M5 by Exminister. 

Posted May 17th at 10:00 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Mistle thrush hatchlings

5 Mistle thrush chicks in nest on our bedroom window sill today - ground floor. Near Cullompton. Delightful.

Posted May 17th at 9:05 pm by Richard Holmes in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Station road is flooded but passable in wellies. A single hobby over the north marsh, a peregrine over the middle and a kestrel at Turf. Also near Turf 7 cattle egrets. The more exotic geese included the whitefront, a greylag and a single Egyptian goose. A group of waders included c30 whimbrel, c20 black-tailed godwits and a greenshank. Overhead lots of swallows and swifts with a few house martins and sand martins.

Posted May 17th at 6:17 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Warren House/Challacombe Farm & Headland Warren

Wet start but weather cleared eventually to timely blue skies for a while! 5+ Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Redstarts, 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatears, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Garden Warblers and one brief singing Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted May 17th at 6:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Feeding Frenzy

Over a hundred herring gulls in a feeding frenzy in Brixham inner harbour this afternoon. I was unable to determine the small fish that they were eating. 

Posted May 17th at 5:31 pm by Neil Thompson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Still 3 Whimbrels with 3 Curlews & 2 Oystercatchers on Blaxton Meadow at high tide this morning.

Posted May 17th at 1:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sunday 16th May 2021

Cadover Bridge

Cuckoo seen on an overhead wire just north of Cadover bridge last evening 

Posted May 16th at 9:59 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a rather wet morning: 3 Whimbrels, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Peregrine, Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat, Wheatear (f) & 2 Roe Deer. 

Posted May 16th at 2:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Devon

Not a day for birds or birding- too wet everywhere!  I dropped in to Blackhill Quarry and could see that the water level has risen by several feet, not good news for ground nesting birds.

Budleigh Salterton cricket pitch water logged but a Whimbrel seemed pleased with the food there.

Posted May 16th at 1:55 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Day Trip to Lundy

In lieu of the cancelled devonbirds day trip we took the public sailing to Lundy.  Seabirds were the order of the day with Manx Shearwaters and Gannets on the crossing. At Jenny's cove the Puffin colony continues to increase alongside Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars. Around Pondsbury many Swallows, Wheatears, Linnets, Pipits and Larks, with Curlew and a single Golden Plover. Near the village, House Martins.  The best was a Golden Oriole in Millcombe along with several Spotted Flycatchers, Blackcaps and Reed Warbler, plus many more 'regulars'.  Also reported, but not seen by us were a Subalpine Warbler and a Cuckoo, neither of which we saw.


Posted May 16th at 12:05 am by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Saturday 15th May 2021


A pair of gannets  seen twice in last 2 weeks, flying around and diving off N Devon coast

Posted May 15th at 1:37 pm by M Smoldon in Bird News

Friday 14th May 2021

Hembury Woods

First Spotted Flycatchers in today. Great to see them back! At least five singing Garden Warblers now too and some interesting interspecific aggression displayed towards one from a male Blackcap.

Posted May 14th at 9:16 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


On Molland Common this afternoon there were four cuckoos within earshot. A single wheatear seen and a whinchat in full voice. Many meadow pipits, some in display flights. And several skylarks pouring forth their melodic notes.

Posted May 14th at 7:55 pm by stewart beer in Bird News


A gloomy afternoon followed by bright spells with an afternoon walk around. 

4 dippers- 2 Juv, 10+ grey wagtails, 1 Kingfisher, rather quiet on the kingfisher activity, lots of goldcrest, tree creepers, raven, buzzards, nuthatch, song thrush, 1 cormorant swimming up river, P falcon activity, both Male and female showing lots of activity, with a feeding change over around 2pm, female clearly seen feeding chicks but unclear exactly how many she has as she has them nicely hidden away, potential rogue male passing by after the male went hunting.

Had a lovely chat with other local birders on the bridge, who gave lots of hints and tips that I appreciated greatly 

Posted May 14th at 7:10 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Canada Geese - Wrafton etc.

Wednesday 12th, saw a pair of Canada Geese with 4 goslings on the side of Braunton Pill across from the Toll House. Yesterday the same (?) family were by the side of the main pond at Sherpa - only 3 goslings though.  The female has a ring on -  we have ringed 2 broods in recent years so perhaps one of the young, although I'm not sure whether either of the pair in the reserve are ringed. They were there again this afternoon, along with four goslings with Ma and Pa on the pond in the reserve.  Several other paired and unpaired birds are making a nuisance of themselves in the area.

Lots of mainly House Martins around the area today, but plenty of Swifts too.

Posted May 14th at 6:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Additions to Martin's sightings below: 6 Spotted Flycatchers, Whitethroat singing, 2 Siskins, Turnstone (summer plumage), Shag & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted May 14th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cuckoo`s On Dartmoor

On my walk this morning above cadover bridge i heard and saw three cuckoo`s, Two males and one female....Atttached photo is of one of the males.

Posted May 14th at 2:26 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Cuckoo north of East Charleton

1 male calling briefly at SX764440 about 1 mile north of East Charleton near Lower Bowden Farm, then flew off north at about 13:10 hours.

Posted May 14th at 1:51 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Dead Short-eared Owl down by the cove, very unfortunate!

Looks like a very good year for Sedge Warbler, Blackcap & Chiffchaff. Whitethroats are everywhere - will be 100+ territories here.

Non-avian: 2 Brown Hare

Posted May 14th at 11:10 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seen around the area of note first thing this morning were the following.

The long staying Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 3  Wheatear, a pair of Stonechats, Green Woodpecker and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted May 14th at 10:24 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Red-rumped Swallow, Dawlish

Red-rumped Swallow still feeding over the town between 7am - 7:45am this morning.  Feeding fairly high up and mobile, ranging along the cliffs to the north of the station.  The photos are from yesterday evening in the rain.

Red-rumped Swallow 13.5.21
Red-rumped Swallow 13.5.21

Posted May 14th at 8:53 am by Luke Harman in Bird News

Thursday 13th May 2021

Red Rumped Swallow, Dawlish Brook

Red Rumped Swallow on Dawlish Brook in front of Gay's Creamery. Photos not brilliant - taken on phone.

Posted May 13th at 4:44 pm by Nick Workman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Spotted Flycatcher of the year today (although there's been reports for several days). Also, Treecreeper, at least 1 Siskin, c20 Swifts, singing Whitethroat, Stonechat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2nd cal year Mediterranean Gull,10+ Mandarin Ducks, 2 Shags & 6 Roe Deer.

Posted May 13th at 4:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wrafton/ Sherpa

Got a bit wet today, but worth it for the hirundines around the Marsh! Also a displaying Whitethroat near the reserve, 2 singing Chiffchaffs and 4/5 Reed Warblers in the reserve. Several each of Swallow and House Martin hawking insects very low over the scrape and Tarka Trail by the pond. However down at Sherpa House Martins probably outnumbered Swallows over the water and reed-beds. Much fewer Sand Martins but good numbers of Swifts. Plenty of Reed Warblers in the reed-bed. As I walked back past the reserve, a large flock of House Martins were feeding over the SW corner. I've noticed this in previous years.

A few nights ago while ringing Swallows in the reserve (lots of them!) one had a ring on belonging to someone else - it was ringed at Portland Bill last summer. So, been to Africa and back since then.

Posted May 13th at 2:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 12th May 2021

Perridge area

Walked a loop through the lanes from Ide to Perridge and back this morning. All the May regulars present, including Whitethroat and Yellowhammer in the hedgerows, Garden and Willow Warblers and Tree Pipit in the young plantation, and Marsh Tit and Treecreeper in the woods. Considering the temperature and cloud cover, song was as intense as I've heard it, with at least six Mistle Thrushes especially prominent. Unexpected were a Yellow Wagtail with cattle near the trig point, and a trilling Whimbrel heading N over Ide.

All told, around 40 farmland and woodland passerine spp. in a fairly ordinary bit of Devon.

Posted May 12th at 5:04 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Challacombe Farm 12th May

Early morning saw a pair of Treecreepers working their way along the driveway wall inspecting every hole, going completely in some. Nest site prospecting came to mind. Garden Warbler singing his heart out looking impressive in the sunlight.

Every hole and crevasse examined
Every hole and crevasse examined
A sight and sound to cherish .
A sight and sound to cherish .

Posted May 12th at 3:51 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Crownhill Down and Smallhanger

First thing 4 Cuckoo, including one getting a hammering from the Meadow Pipits. 4 Wheatear, 6 Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, 14 Swallow, Sand Martin and a flyover Shelduck. 

Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits
Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits
Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits
Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits

Posted May 12th at 3:16 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A well-timed walk this morning, just before the rain set-in, revealed: 2 Treecreepers, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (both 2nd cal year), 12 Swifts, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Siskins & 5 Mute Swans.

Posted May 12th at 1:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 11th May 2021

Crownhill Down

Really good views of Cuckoos 3, Wheatears 2, Willow Warblers 6, Stonechats 4, Buzzards 2,Meadow Pipits 7, Linnets 2.


Posted May 11th at 10:55 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Cann Woods - Nightjars - Tues 11th

Saw my first two Nightjars of the season with churring from probably four males, from 21:09, to the accompaniment of at least four hooting Tawny Owls. Due to the weather this was my first visit to the wood since the 4th May, so it is possible they've been in for a few days already.  Also a Fox and four Fallow hinds. 

Posted May 11th at 10:41 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Wrafton pond was very quite this morning just a few gulls and Mallard. Heard and saw a Great spotted Woodpecker flying over the pond towards Tesco. Heard a number of Reed & Sedge Warblers and a single Cetti's. A Reed Bunting was showing well.  On the scrape was a single Common Sandpiper, a pair of Shelduck, three Canada geese and a Heron.  Two deer running across the field between the scrape and the reeds beyond.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted May 11th at 8:28 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A walk this morning produced: Whimbrel, 3 Curlews, 10 drake Mandarin Ducks, 2 pairs of Moorhens with young, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Siskin & 3 Roe Deer. 

Posted May 11th at 11:58 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cadover area

Grasshopper Warbler reeling, Redstart, Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, 5 Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, 9+ Willow Warbler, Goosander with 2 juvs - presumably the same family I saw a couple weeks ago when there were 3 juvs, 5 Wheatear and the usuals.

Posted May 11th at 10:12 am by Chris E in Bird News

Berry Head

Yesterday - brief early morning seawatch 06.20-07.20am produced 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 52 Manx Shearwaters, 60+ Kittiwakes, 20+ Gannets and 4+ Harbour Porpoises.

Overhead: 1 Swift, 12 Swallows, 2 House Martins & 4 Yellow Wagtails. Around the headland singing Lesser Whitethroat behind the car park toilet block,  4-5 Small Blue Butterflies, 1 Wall Brown and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth.

Posted May 11th at 9:42 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 10th May 2021

Lower Tamar Lake

We found a Willow Tit at the lake today and also a very expensive piece of birding kit.  If you lost something near the dam this afternoon/evening, please get my email from Devon birds and identify what you lost. I have it in safe-keeping.

Am trying to get CBWPS to run this too, as technically it was in Cornwall.

Posted May 10th at 10:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ilfracombe /Lee

Male Wheatear (3rd sighting) around Capstone Cliffs, Chiffchaff, Skylark (field above Lee on the south side), House Martins (flock of approx. 50 moving west down Bristol Channel)

Posted May 10th at 4:06 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Cuckoo heard but not seen in direction of Stover Park

Undertaking some ecological survey work at a site near Teigngrace and heard a Cuckoo at 09.30 yesterday (9th May 2021) and then again at 20.15 on the same day. Both calls came from the direction of Stover Park.

Posted May 10th at 12:59 pm by Lee Bullingham-Taylor in Bird News

Hardwick woods- Plympton

A brief 1 hour stroll around the woods and onto Amados hill. 
Lots of Goldcrest, song thrush, nuthatch, crows, ravens nesting, gs woodpecker heard, green being quiet today, robin, wren, blue and great tit, mistel thrush. 

On Amados hill, kestrel and buzzards hunting and displaying, a group of 10 house martins flying over, greenfinch, dunnock, goldfinch, woodpigeon, 

Posted May 10th at 12:34 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Velator reserve

No sign of, or sound of, any Cuckoos this morning! Just the usual suspects. But outside - the other side of the fence on the south side, I disturbed a pair of Roe Deer. The first I've seen in the vicinity. They ran off and stood in the field looking back at me.

Posted May 10th at 12:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ringmore, Kingsbridge

Swifts numbers now up to 7 birds flying around the village.

Posted May 10th at 10:44 am by Roger Smaridge in Bird News

Great Torrington

Yesterday 9th May I took a gentle walk around Torrrington Common and found my first swallows at the Dartington Crystal factory (5 minimum). At least 5 House martins were swooping over the Torridge at the Rothern Bridge (Puffing Billy), and I saw a hare nearby too. A spotted flycatcher was sallying out from a hedgerow on the Common iitsellf. A chiffchaff was singing, but only the one, and at least 3 blackcaps and 3 song thrushes. The most surprising bird of the day was a kestrel hovering briefly over Reeds Field (adjacent to Puffing Billy). I've lived in Torrington 17 years and not seen a kestrel here, until a couple f weeks ago when a falcon passed my flat and I thought it looked like a kestrel,but I was sceptical because I had never spotted one in North Devon. Maybe this is the same individual. No butterflies.

Posted May 10th at 6:01 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Sunday 9th May 2021

Ens worthy

Two cuckoos heard and seen. Another two further down the valley heard. Robins, nuthatch,blue tit, great tit,  longtailed tit, chaffinch, dunnock  by picnic table. Raven flew over. 

Bluebells not yet at their best !

Posted May 9th at 9:43 pm by Angela Truman in Bird News

Global Birdwatch - in Chudleigh

This year I decided to stay in Chudleigh Parish for the day, seeing 55 species by 6 pm. Our limited areas of arable land produced 4 Skylark, 2 Whitethroat and 5 Yellowhammer territories, with 6 Linnets and a Lesser Whitethroat nearby. The southern part of Haldon produced Skylark, Stonechat, Tree Pipit, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Linnet and Redpoll. Other totals included Little Grebe, 5 Swifts, Sparrowhawk, 15 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, 6 Song Thrush, 10 Chaffinch, only 2 Greenfinch and 21 Siskins, including 7, mostly juvs, on my feeders 

Posted May 9th at 8:29 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Just a brief visit this morning. The highlights were Sedge Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher. The only wader seen was a Greenshank!

Posted May 9th at 7:51 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

George Nympton

While checking my Cattle this morning by the River Mole had the pleasure of viewing the four Hirundine species all at the same location.Three Swifts,about fifty Swallows.At least eight House Martins and after training the binoculars on a'brown'coloured bird,confirmed it was a Sand Martin.

Posted May 9th at 7:43 pm by Roger Gay in Bird News


A pair of Pied Flycatchers and a pair of Redstarts. Jays, Magpies, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chaffinches, Song and Mistle Thrushes ,Great tits, Blue tits and a Grey Wagtail.

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted May 9th at 7:29 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Popped down to Wrafton pond where I spotted the resident Kingfisher, Little Grebe, two Swans and their eight Cygnets, a Willow Warbler, a couple of Reed Warblers and many of the usual residents.  On the scrape were a number of gulls, a Pied Wagtail, a couple of Canada geese and a distant single Sandpiper on the far side of the scrape.

Swan with eight Cygnets
Swan with eight Cygnets
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted May 9th at 4:07 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

RSPB Chapel Wood

Walked around the wood for the first time in ages (it was all closed up last year). A pair of Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, female Blackcap, Garden Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher - presumably new in.

Thanks to Alan P for the Cuckoo information. I didn't try to get too near it in case it just flew off, so I'll have another look and see if I can see it (and a potential female too!

Posted May 9th at 4:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Late morning:

An elusive Lesser Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler on the northern side of the top meadow.  An unseen singing Sedge Warbler there as well.

Elsewhere on site, another unseen, chuntering Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and three Wheatears,  A trickle of Swallows over and a Grey Seal.  

Others had a Whinchat in the quarry earlier.  

Posted May 9th at 3:32 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning:  7 Swallow, 2 Swift, 1 Common Sandpiper, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, 1 Great Crested Grebe flew a circuit round the estuary.

Posted May 9th at 2:46 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Braunton/Wrafton/Vellator area

In addition to the other posts. Osprey over at 12:45 and female Yellow Wagtail seen.  Flock of 40+ Swifts over the marsh. 

Posted May 9th at 2:20 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Trisyllabic call of Cuckoo

In response to Jon Turners post about a Cuckoo at Velator with an odd tri-syllabic call. I heard a similar call at South Milton Ley in May last year and a bit of research online revealed that the three?element “cu?cu?coo” call is believed to be uttered by males in the presence of a receptive female.

Posted May 9th at 1:33 pm by Alan Pomroy in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator area

First bird I heard as I arrived at the reserve this morning was a Cuckoo! It had an odd tri-syllabic call. Heard it again about half an hour later. A few Reed Warblers in the reserve and still a singing Willow Warbler. Walked around the marsh - impressive numbers of Swallow, Sand and House Martin and a sprinkling of Swifts.  As I got back to the reserve, the Cuckoo called again so I set up my scope on the Tarka Trail opposite and had a good scan, but no sightings or any more calling. First record of Cuckoo in the reserve for about 12 years.

Back home a brief Hummingbird Hawkmoth from my kitchen window feeding on Azalia flowers.

Posted May 9th at 12:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Braunton Marshes _ Braunton Great Field

Late post - early evening 7 May 2021. Counted c200 Swallows foraging over these areas but may have been more than this number.

This morning counted 16 Sedge Warbler on the same route.

85 Dunlin, 5 Ringed .Plover & 16 Whimbrel on Horsey. 2 Swifts over the Marshes.

Posted May 9th at 12:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Saturday 8th May 2021

Berry Head

Final totals (for species with additions) to 4pm, including Mike’s counts below: 8 Puffins, c170 Manx Shearwaters, 7 Dunlins, 5 Sandwich Terns, 2 Great Northern Divers (summer plumage), 100+ Kittiwakes, 17 Swifts, 200+ Swallows, another Yellow Wagtail & a singing Sedge Warbler.

Posted May 8th at 6:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cuckoo heard not seen

Heard cuckoo yesterday in the valley below Sharp Tor near Dartmeet.

Posted May 8th at 1:24 pm by Caroline in Bird News

Berry Head

Highlights 0600-1100hrs: 56 Manx, 6 Puffin, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Divers, 1 Hobby, nearly 100 Swallows, 30 + Sand Martins, 17 House Martins, 7 Swifts, 1 singing Black Redstart, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail plus 5+ Harbour Porpoise And 1 Grey Seal.

Posted May 8th at 1:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


garden warblers showing well, also blackcap, redstart but no sign of spotted flycatcher, highlight of the day for me was a grasshopper warbler, seen from the road to Postbridge 200 yds the farm entrance right hand side over the fence on the gorse.  

Posted May 8th at 12:12 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Hopes Nose 630-10am-highlight was first bird of the day when I inadvertently flushed a Cuckoo at the  point-still present 830am- also 2 Wheatear, c40 Swallows in off, 2 Whimbrel ,18 stunning Turnstone in sum plum-sea watching dire- just 1 Manx, c12 Dunlin, 2GND but 5 Puffins(inc 1 very close)

Posted May 8th at 10:09 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 7th May 2021

Late swift post

Two swift over Christow yesterday morning. This evening, 20 or so House Martin joined the swallows at Kennick reservoir; I’ve been seeing 50 or so swallow over the reservoir for several days. 

Posted May 7th at 10:13 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Wrafton pond and Baunton Burrows

This afternoon I popped into Wrafton pond and then onto Braunton Burrows.  At the pond were Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers, a Wren, two Swans with their eight cygnets and the usual suspects.  After moving on the Burrows were I spent a short time on the road just past the round barn, I managed to get a quick shot of a Swallow grabbing a drink.

Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler

Posted May 7th at 10:02 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Just got back from a highly successful ringing session in the Velator reserve. Chris Dee and I ringed 101 Swallows and also had a control of a Swallow ringed elsewhere.

Posted May 7th at 9:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


An evening walk down Deancombe produced my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year, a single Pied Flycatcher, Cuckoos 2, Blackcaps 3, Willow warblers 6, Redstarts 2, Stonechats 4, GWP 1, Ravens 2 and Swallows 5.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted May 7th at 8:30 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Evening at Saltram after the day at Dawlish, mostly around the dell, did not go via the river path
Green woodpecker, buzzards, sparrowhawk, bull finch, chiff chaff, black cap, wren, robin (a lot with young), dunnock, mandarin ducks, stonechats, gold/green finch, song thrush, blackbird (with young) and an obliging pair of tree creepers, 

Posted May 7th at 8:03 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Dawlish Point

First time ever visiting Dawlish for me and it was a good day

Lots of white throats, some very close encounters, stone chats, linnet, gold/green/bull/chaffinch,   long-tail/great/blue tit, robin (with young), blackbird (with young),  skylarks, goldcrest, mallard, little grebe (with young), Canada geese, 5 whimbrel, c.bunting, wheatears, g.b.b gull, buzzard, cormorant,  shelducks, lots of sand lizards and common lizards 

Was dissapointed as thought i heard a p.falcon, but it was the restaurant nearby playing calls of them and fake calls of gulls-i'm guessing to keep gulls away- i can tell you it didn't work. 

Posted May 7th at 8:00 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Golden Dagger to Challacombe

Cuckoo, Skylarks, Whinchat, Stonechat, Bat, 3 Newts. Sparrow Hawk.  Challacombe, Swallows, Reed Warbler, Coal Tit, Marsh tit, Garden Warbler, Redstart. 

Posted May 7th at 7:55 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Redstart, Dawlish

Last weeks Redstart from garden in Oakland Park, Late afternoon till dusk, when flew North


Posted May 7th at 6:53 pm by paul barker in Bird News

"continental" Coal Tit, Dawlish

Still present in garden, Oakland Park since 29th April.

Visiting 4-5 times, always very brief, hard to capture a picture especially through a window with  a compact camera.

Hard to see on photos, but it does have a small crest.

For me it shows all the key features, although I appreciate the timing is unusual, unless an overwintering individual.

Others thoughts would be  welcomed.

"continental" coal tit
"continental" coal tit
"continental" coal tit
"continental" coal tit

Posted May 7th at 6:46 pm by paul barker in Bird News

West Soar to Soar Mill Valley

During Skylark surveys picked up male Whinchat - quite scarce here in spring. Also Sedge Warbler singing out of habitat at Higher Soar. Early indications of a bumper & record year for breeding Wheatear & Rock Pipit!

Posted May 7th at 3:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Slapton Yesterday 06/05

2 Great Northern Divers on a flat calm sea first thing, one Yellow wag over in the afternoon and 10+ Swift throughout the day. Also one teneral Damselfly, my first of the year.

Posted May 7th at 9:53 am by Rich Billington in Bird News

Baggy Point

An early morning's walk around Baggy on this lovely day produced (amongst the numerous Swallow, Meadow Pipit and Linnet): 8 Whitethroat, 2 male Wheatear, Cormorant, Shag, Fulmar, 1 distant Gannet, Stonechat (1 Male, 1 female), 1 Whimbrel.

Posted May 7th at 9:12 am by Jonny Pinn in Bird News


Yesterday at Deancombe: Jays, Chaffinches, Redstarts, Green Woodpecker, Snipe, W. Warblers, Cuckoos, M. Thrush, S. Thrush, GSWP, Pied Flycatchers, 

Challacombe Farm: Blackcaps, Treecreeper, Redstarts, W.Warblers,Cuckoos, Ravens, Chiffchaffs,Swallows, Buzzard.

Soussons: Bullfinches, W.Warblers, GWP, Stonechats, Whinchats, Coal Tits, Cuckoos, Swallows, Jay Heron

Pied Flycatchers
Pied Flycatchers

Posted May 7th at 9:01 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 6th May 2021

Peak Hill Sidmouth

Stonechats and Jackdaws this afternoon.


Posted May 6th at 11:37 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Berry Head today

First thing 2 Yellow Wagtails > N , 1Willow Warbler also 2 pods of about 30 Common Dolphins and 1 Harbour Porpoise. later on a cruise around Torbay 2 Purple Sandpipers, 5 fly past Great Northern Divers all in full sum plum. several Kittiwakes on the cliffs with the Guillemots but none nesting. Hundreds of Guillemots feeding just off the first Swift of the year and two Small blue Butterflies out in the quarry.

Posted May 6th at 9:37 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


Afternoon stroll through Plymbridge

1 comorant, 2 buzzards, 10 dippers, 4 kingfishers, 10 grey wagtails, 12 song thrush, some anvil activity with them as well,  coal/great/blue tit, robin, wren, no sign of P falcons at quarry, woodpigeon, goldcrest, mallard, mandarin, gs and green woodpecker heard, magpie, crow, raven, blackbird, plenty of fledglings of different species, blackcaps, and what my bird analysis says was garden warbler at the field

Posted May 6th at 8:44 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

A surprise Osprey over the reservoir briefly, early pm. Bird headed off high to the north-east. 

Posted May 6th at 8:35 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

Purple Sandpiper on rocks by Tinside Lido today.

Posted May 6th at 5:58 pm by Tony Chenery in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Still 1 Whimbrel with the lingering Bar-tailed Godwit & 2 Curlews on Blaxton Meadow this afternoon. Also, 2 Turnstones, Shag, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, 3 Swifts, Stonechat (m), Small Heath & 8+ Roe Deer

Posted May 6th at 5:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


A Red Kite high overhead heading west this lunchtime in Tavistock, being mobbed by a noisy Herring Gull. 3 Swifts also overhead heading north.

Posted May 6th at 5:39 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Wrafton etc.

In bright sunshine, the Glossy Ibis was looking very smart out on the scrape this morning, but it left just before 10a.m, heading South for the marsh. Viewed from the reserve, at last: an 'arrival' of Swifts over the marsh, so I headed down to get a closer look. Probably 40+ Swifts swirling about with a few other hirundines. I was also delighted to find 3 very smart male Yellow Wagtails. Too far for pics, and then they hid in the long grass!

Posted May 6th at 1:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 5th May 2021


South Brent this morning approx 10 Swallow sat on overhead wires, low flying Peregrine

Kestrel over Goodstone Cross, Sparrowhawk at Heathfield.

Trendlebere ~ my first Garden Warbler of the year, 3 Swift, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, displaying Buzzards and Raven.

Challacombe area ~ Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, male Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Cuckoo and Wheatear



Posted May 5th at 10:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh Braunton

Late walk around the marsh this evening. 2 Whimbrel on the Caen, Good numbers of Hirundines over the water plus one Swift, and a couple of Yellow Wagtails.

Posted May 5th at 10:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


A  single swift seen between Crockernwell and Drewesteignton this evening at about 7pm as I walked the lanes. Also a brown hare and hedgehog in Dunsford when driving home. 

Posted May 5th at 8:44 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Bradwell Wood (private woodland), North Devon

Cuckoo calling on my patch this evening 

Posted May 5th at 7:48 pm by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

Simonsbath to Cow Castle.

Lovely walk today with Alan Craddock up the river to Cow Castle.

Highlights were, REDSTART male and a beautiful pair of WHINCHATS?

Also Green woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, willow warblers Stonechats plus Buzzards and Ravens. 23 species in all. 

Posted May 5th at 7:40 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Arlington court

All of the usual suspects at the bird hide, G.S Woodpecker (male and female), Jay, Nuthatch, an array of tits, Blackcap... Then a pair (M&F) of Pied Flycatchers turn up!! Lifers for me!

Treecreepers and goldcrests spotted on the walk around the lake too.

Posted May 5th at 6:41 pm by Sam Aston in Bird News

Widecombe in the Moor (S)

Truly bizarre sighting of a Chough (11:00) heading north (called once), just S of Widecombe in the Moor, it seems to be the first record for Dartmoor and totally unexpected! Perhaps the bird that was at Rame and SW Devon coast on the move?

Posted May 5th at 4:39 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Best from the Tarka Trail (and later from the reserve this morning was an adult female (lightish - coloured) Marsh Harrier flying above the reed-beds at Sherpa, attracting the attentions of some of the local Crows.

Posted May 5th at 2:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Widecombe in the Moor

Working near Widecombe in the Moor today and spotted a Wheatear and Whinchat, long distance shots of each. Also saw a Meadow pipit, a couple of Linnets, a Willow Warbler and a lovely Fox.


Posted May 5th at 12:25 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 4th May 2021


Cold evening walk around the marsh. More Swallows than Sand Martins for a change this evening. 1 Common Sandpiper and the Glossy Ibis, which flew North towards the scrape. A pair of Teal. Quick look at the scrape revealed 2 Shelduck, 1 Pied Wagtail and the Glossy Ibis. Lots of Swallows hawking insects low over the water.

Posted May 4th at 8:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Scrape had a lot of mostly sub-adult Herring Gulls. Reserve had Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and Blackcap. Sand and House Martins with some Swallows hawking insects in the lee of the reserve by the scrape. A Kingfisher paid an all-too-brief visit to one of the pond perches. By the Marsh road both Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat. Dipper and Grey Wagtail seen in the river Caen.

Posted May 4th at 2:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 3rd May 2021

Exminster Marshes

A couple of grubby characters on the marsh this afternoon

Posted May 3rd at 9:05 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch 10.25-16.45

Highlights were a Roseate Tern (which showed twice mid afternoon) & 2 Puffins. Also, 165 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Sandwich Terns, 5 Swifts, Common Gull, 2 Harbour Porpoises & Grey Seal.

Posted May 3rd at 7:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

River Exe- Sunday 2 May

Pics by Unai Marquez Pardo

Sand Martin- River Exe
Sand Martin- River Exe
Reed Warbler- Exminster
Reed Warbler- Exminster

Posted May 3rd at 6:17 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Ring info on yesterday's Turnstone

Reply from my report to Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet:

Thank you for the report. Yes, it is Swedish and we can clear it out to an individual. It's ringed as a pull, summer 2015, on an island up in the Gulf of Botnia, northern Sweden. A complete recovery-report will be sent to you in an about a week. It will take a short while due to Corona restrictions. 

Best regards 

Tuomo Kolehmainen 
Bird Ringing Centre 
Museum of Natural History 

Posted May 3rd at 10:54 am by John Foster in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Glossy Ibis present again this morning - still cold and also very windy but no rain yet.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted May 3rd at 10:43 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ottery St Mary

First Swift of the year yesterday pm, among a group of Swallows, Sand and House Martins on the river at Fluxton

Posted May 3rd at 7:52 am by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Sunday 2nd May 2021

Whinchat - Headland Warren

One of about eight seen today.

Whinchat male
Whinchat male

Posted May 2nd at 11:10 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

River Exe , RV park and Exminster marshes

At the River Exe 2 great-crested grebes , 50+ sand martins , 30+ swallows , 6 cormorants , 1  great black-backed gull pair , 2 lesser black-backed gull pair , 2 black-headed gull , 1 little egret , 1 great-spotted woodpecker drumming , no sign of the female goosander by Mill on the Exe . At Riverside Valley park 1 jay 3 grey herons , 1 potential great reed warbler . At Exminster marshes 3 buzzards , 5 little egrets , 1 grey heron , 2 pairs of shelducks , 1 hobby , 7 swifts , 40+ sand martins , 20+ swallows , 3 reed warblers , 5+ chiffchaffs singing , 3+ Cetti's warblers singing , 2+ sedge warblers singing


Posted May 2nd at 10:49 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Bennett's X to Challacombe

A circular walk turned up at least eight Whinchats, six Cuckoos and 20+ Swallows along with the usual Stonechats, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks around the moorland.  Around Challacombe Farm a reeling Grasshopper Warbler was the highlight amidst several Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler, Pied Wagtail and a male Redstart. At Golden Dagger Tree Pipits, Kestrel, Buzzard, Raven and Reed Bunting. Around Vitifers a male Green Woodpecker looked out of place in the moorland setting. 

Posted May 2nd at 10:37 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Plym Estuary and Saltram

8am this morning, South end, Whimbrel on the Pontoon adjacent to Chelson Meadow, and (to my surprise) 5 Turnstone (one of them ringed, apparently in Stockholm which has been reported). Very confiding Greenfinch perched in one of the trees next to the shore and a single Mute swan flying south. Then I walked up to Blaxton Meadow (another Whimbrel on the E shore, en route), not much going on there - same as Mr Aley - 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank & the Bar-tailed Godwit. Also an LBBG and a pair of Swallows flying SW. 


Posted May 2nd at 9:15 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Erme Pound above Ivybridge

Walk from Harford to Erme Pound included two cuckoo in full call, Meadow Pipits and Grey Wagtail on the river, numerous Skylarks. Standing above river was accidently able to see right into a Carrion Crow nest just 3m above river; wool lined nest with two fledglings and two eggs. Possible parent bird just up the valley so a swift exit.

Carrion Crow nest Erme Pound
Carrion Crow nest Erme Pound
Carrion Crow chicks and eggs
Carrion Crow chicks and eggs

Posted May 2nd at 8:57 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News


Ringing in the reserve today was again slow and all the action pretty much over by mid-morning.

Ringed 2 juvenile Robins, 1 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Reed Warblers and 2 Garden Warblers. Bird of the day though was another well-travelled Reed Warbler - S550766 which I ringed in the reserve on 3 June 2017 as an adult female, so she's been to Africa and back at least 6 times. That's pretty impressive. I did retrap her in the reserve in 2019, but that's the only other sighting. 2 Swifts over at 10.45.

Posted May 2nd at 7:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Dunlin in summer plumage new in on Blaxton Meadow at high tide, with 3 Greenshanks, 4 Whimbrels & the lingering Bar-tailed Godwit. Also 2 pairs of Swallows returned to their breeding site at the south end of the estuary & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted May 2nd at 5:45 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Cadover area: Goosander with three fledglings (two in pic). Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, Whitethroat, Redstart, 6 Wheatear, 11 Willow Warbler etc.

Crownhill Down: Green Sandpiper (on top pools), 3 Cuckoo, 4 Wheatear, Stoat, 21 Swallow all flying west.

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted May 2nd at 4:26 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Weir Quay

Sunday 02/05/2021

 At 2pm today on mud flats 5 whimbrel

Posted May 2nd at 3:07 pm by carol bartlett in Bird News

Horsen Farm near Simonsbath

Cuckoo calling well 3 pm

Posted May 2nd at 2:56 pm by Val Horne in Bird News

Bench Tor and Venford

Early am. Heavy frost and fierce cold cold at first but warming up nicely. Great views of a Cuckoo, plus Redstarts, Tree Pipits and Pied Flycatchers all singing, a pair of Treecreepers, a couple of singing Yellowhammers and lots of Siskins and Willow Warblers.

Posted May 2nd at 2:38 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Up here before 7am while the morning is good weather. 

Had 4 cuckoos, 3 males and 1 female, not at Emsworthy itself but up the tor areas, around i believe Holwell tor. One male was actively following the present female, as she was being hounded by the smaller birds. 

Male redstart still at farmstead, lots of other birds like wheaters, ravens, stonchats, willow warblers, chiff chaff, blue/great tit, woodpigeon, jackdaw, raven, rook, swallows, robin, wren, meadow pippits, buzzard. Gs woodpeckers heard drilling,  canada geese fly past. nuthatch heard. 

Posted May 2nd at 2:09 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Common Redstart, Dawlish

Following on from the previous  weeks Common Whitethroat, On 29th April late afternoon a female Common Redstart, spent a few hours until dusk, bathing and frantically flycatching in our and adjacent garden overlooking Oakland Park.

Also of interest a "continental" Coal Tit, briefly 30th April in garden, lacking olive tones with a grey mantle 

Posted May 2nd at 1:21 pm by paul barker in Bird News

Combemartin in the garden

A fine morning in the garden so far, goldcrest, goldfinch,dunnock, blackbirds, woodpidgeon, collard doves and sparrow's going about their business. Stars of the garden so far a pair of female siskin


Posted May 2nd at 10:54 am by Philip worth in Bird News

Saturday 1st May 2021

Wrafton pond

This morning there was a lot of activity on and around Wrafton pond.  On the water were: a pair of Swans with their eight cygnets; two Little Grebes; a male and female Coot each with a single chick each; and two Moorhens. In the reeds around the pond were two or more Reed Warblers; at least two singing Sedge Warblers; two Cetti's; and a pair of Reed Buntings. On the scrape were; a Male Ruff; a single Black tailed Godwit, a Lesser Black back gull; a Grey Heron; male & female Teal; a Canada Goose; four Shelduck; and a number of Swallows. 

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted May 1st at 10:33 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Bit of a Ruff twitch this morning - well for North Devon! - 5 of us! 2 Black-tailed Godwits. Still there at lunchtime at least. On Wrafton Pond now 8 cygnets looking very lovely. Mum seemed to be keen to feed and spent much of her time upside down. The cygnets looked a bit bemused. This evening 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Whimbrel  (in the Pill between the toll house and the harbour) and lots of Swallows, Sand and House Martins over the marsh. Best were 3 Yellow Wagtails - difficult to see in among the Buttercups and Dandelions. Evening ringing in the reserve the last couple of evenings has produced over 50 Swallows and a couple of Sand Martins.

Posted May 1st at 10:10 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Powderham & River Exe

12:40 - 14:40

Powderham: Hobby, Kestrel, Buzzard, Whitethroat, Blackcap.

River Exe: Osprey seen successfully fishing - too big a fish for it to take to a tree / perch and being mobbed by gulls, landed on a mudbank mid-river to consume its catch.

Posted May 1st at 8:17 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

South Brent

My first Swift of the year seen over home at South Brent, also a trickle of Swallows passing over in small numbers.


Posted May 1st at 4:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

Small movement of Swallows in groups of 2-3 going North.3 Swifts over garden this afternoon.

Posted May 1st at 3:59 pm by Tony Sherwood in Bird News


Early morning between Norsworthy Bri. and Down Tor. At least 4 Cuckoos, Chaffinches , Goldfinches, several Redstarts, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, 3 Wheatears, Willow warblers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Ravens


Posted May 1st at 3:58 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

East Ogwell house Martin’s are back

Seen first last evening but positive I.D. this afternoon. A few days earlier than last year the family of House Martin’s that nest in the area have returned once more. They have been hunting all around the estate and over the field on the edge of Canada hill. Let’s hope they manage to breed successfully again. They manage two broods last year.

Posted May 1st at 3:54 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little new this morning, but at least 4 Whimbrels, the Bar-tailed Godwit & 4 Greenshanks still around, 2 Swifts & just a dozen Swallows over, Shag, pair of Stonechats, & 5 Roe Deer. 

Posted May 1st at 2:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Chambercombe Manor

Distant Pied Flycatcher this morning.

Posted May 1st at 1:24 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Blackdown Rings, Loddiswell

2 singing Tree Pipits - prob.the only breeding site in the South Hams at 198 asl; also 4 singing Willow Warblers & a pair of Stonechats - unusual location.

Posted May 1st at 11:30 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Lesser Whitethroat around the main pond this morning; singing but generally elusive and mobile. Also 3 Wheatear and several Whimbrel. 

Posted May 1st at 11:19 am by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Teign Valley

From the Teign Valley Facebook page...Hoopoe near Hennock Thursday 29th  ,good video...

Posted May 1st at 9:45 am by Neil Graham in Bird News

Exeter flood relief channel

Yesterday evening over River Exe and flood relief channel were 180+ Swallow, 15+ Sand Martin, 3+ House Martin and 6 Swift.

Posted May 1st at 7:20 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

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