Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from June 2020

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Tuesday 30th June 2020

Wrafton pond

More from my visit.

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Little Grebe

Posted June 30th at 11:59 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton pond

A little showery at the pond this afternoon but between the showers there was some activity.  A number of Reed Warblers, A Coot sitting on eggs, the pair were nest building when I last visited Wrafton pond, a pair of Little Grebes were feeding two chicks and another one or two near the near the wooden pier. 

Reed WarblerCoot on it's nestLittle Grebes





Reed Warbler                                                         Coot on it's nest                                Little Grebes

Posted June 30th at 11:57 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch 06.40 to 15.00

158 Balearic & 206 Manx Shearwaters, Bonxie, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 10 Common Dolphins & 5 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted June 30th at 4:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 29th June 2020

Stover lake

Kingfisher spotted hovering Whilst hunting above lake for a few Seconds at a time. Mid afternoon.

Posted June 29th at 10:37 pm by Verity Jepson in Bird News

central park plymouth

100 plus ringneck parakeet to roost

Posted June 29th at 8:56 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Unusual Swallow - Northam area

Seen by a friend a few days ago and taken on i-phone.

Swallow assumed leucistic
Swallow assumed leucistic

Swallow assumed leucistic
Swallow assumed leucistic

Posted June 29th at 8:24 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News


saw a pair of redstarts feeding fledgling birds at Brisworthy plantation yesterday. 

Posted June 29th at 7:49 pm by Andrew Quest in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Peregrine, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, Kingfisher & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted June 29th at 5:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


A drake Eider was again off Broadsands beach yesterday evening it's been around Torbay for more than a month now. Here's another picture of it on 10 June at Thatcher's Rock Torquay (photo Rob Hughes - Devon sea safari). Even on 17th June in Brixham it was still looking like a good plumaged drake!

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Posted June 29th at 9:10 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 28th June 2020



Greenshank x5 (cheers Steve W for the help).

Posted June 28th at 6:09 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

First returning Greenshank with 20 Redshanks, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1st & 2nd summers), 2 juv Green Woodpeckers, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 2 Spotted Flycatchers. A bit windy for butterflies but did see 2 each of Small Skipper & Marbled White.

Posted June 28th at 2:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton.

6 Mediterranean Gulls on the rocks this morning, 2 adults and 4 second summer. The birds were amongst some adult Black-headed Gulls that have started to return to the Bay, post breeding, over the last few days.

Also a pair of Rock Pipits seen feeding fledged young.

Mediterranean Gull, second summer.
Mediterranean Gull, second summer.

Rock Pipit, adult.
Rock Pipit, adult.

Rock Pipit, fledgling.
Rock Pipit, fledgling.

Posted June 28th at 2:04 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Saturday 27th June 2020

Prawle Point Seawatch

First decent winds since lockdown, South -west 5 gusting 6, misty at times. Watched from 6 am till 1.15pm with Pat Mayer and later Chris Marcol. 329 Balearic shearwaters.  Not the highest Prawle count but probably the highest June day total. Also 513 Manx shearwaters and 10 Med. gulls in a single group, various ages, all west. Pat saw a Little Ringed Plover fly close west, another good record. Gannets c. 400 plus.

Posted June 27th at 7:14 pm in Bird News

Exminster Mediterranean Gulls

A flock of c400 gulls, 90%+ Black-headed, resting over the high tide among the cattle just North of Turf contained at least 8 adult Meds., very belatedly getting my year-list to 150. Not my favourite bird in this plumage: 

Earlier, off Cofton Steps, a frenzied flock of 500+ mixed gulls were feeding in mid-estuary, presumably on a hatch of fish (Flounder? Dabs? Mullet? Does anybody know what breeds in the estuary?). The Slavonian Grebe in his breeding fine to ry was only about 50m offshore in calm water, allowing a prolonged good view.

Haven't seen the Powderham Egyptian Geese pair for several weeks; at the end of May they had 7 nearly-full-grown young. Perhaps they have a communal moult site elsewhere like some other Anseriformes.

Posted June 27th at 5:37 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0500hrs-0930hrs highlights: 109 Balearic Shearwaters, 190 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Bonxie, 2 Common Tern, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Harbour Porpoise and 15-120 Common Dolphins.

Link to video of Balearic Shearwaters - not close!

Posted June 27th at 11:06 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 26th June 2020

Wrafton etc

Been a bit quiet lately as summer settles in.  But signs of change on the way when yesterday a Black-headed Gull was out by the scrape with about 50 panting Herring Gulls and 2 LBBs. This morning there were 2 Black-headed Gulls there, and the first 2 Black-tailed Godwits.

Ringing in the reserve yesterday produced 7 Blackcaps 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 each of Cetti's Warbler, House Sparrow. Whitethroat, and Blue Tit; others included two juvenile Song Thrush and 5 Dunnocks. Not sure what's going on with the Little Grebes - both juvs are present, but the adults both seem to have gone.

Posted June 26th at 5:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three adult Sandwich Terns dropped in with the 159 Black-headed (including the first 3 juvs of the year) & 5 Mediterranean (3 ad-s, 2nd-s & 1st-s) Gulls on Blaxton Meadow. Also 15 Curlews, 2 Stock Doves, Shelduck with 4 ducklings, Green Woodpecker, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 35 Marbled Whites, 10 Small Skippers & 5 Ringlets.

Posted June 26th at 3:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster Marshes - update from reserve

The reserve is unfortunately looking quite dry at the moment as a result of the hot, dry weather in May and June. Despite this, some areas remain wet and there have been three species of wader recorded with successful breeding on site.

Lockdown has made reserve management difficult and quite restrictive in terms of what we can or cannot do. In some cases, management activities have become impossible. We have been operating with extremely limited staffing since lockdown on 23rd March, since we had to wave goodbye to our full-time residential volunteers, and our work party and most individual volunteering activities had to stop. We are still a long way from normal staffing capacity.

On top of lockdown and minimal staffing, Steve and I both only started in our roles (Warden and Site Manager respectively) just before lockdown. This has meant that there is a lot for us to get our heads round, and there are many things on the list of management objectives that we’d really like to achieve but probably won’t be able to this year.

So far, we’ve had to focus all of the limited on-reserve time we’ve had into ‘essential’ work: animal welfare, security, health and safety, legal compliance and delivery of agri-environment schemes. For us this has mainly been ensuring the welfare and security of grazing animals, and any essential work under our Countryside Stewardship scheme. We have put a particularly huge amount of effort into maintaining our electric fences recently to contain cattle as well as stop predators getting into core areas.

We are also still working to re-open our sites and are starting to welcome back volunteers, and along with that comes a whole raft of covid-19 measures that we need to ensure are in place for the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

We have begun to try to get our heads round the many dams, sluices, drop boards, gates and pipes that make up the interconnected waterways of Exminster, but there is an awful lot for us to get our heads round. Unfortunately, there are also some issues with the new water control structures and scrapes in the fields adjacent to the canal, which we will be having the contractors back to look at. We are reserving some lagoon water for troubleshooting the issues so we can get this right. A lot of money was spent on the new features and we’re not happy to leave it as an unresolved issue which will compromise reserve management objectives for many years to come.

As we learn more about the water control structures on site we’ll be prioritising water distribution to core areas such as within the predator fences or where we think it can have best effect based on knowledge of nests and juvenile waders. Hopefully timings will also line up and we will be able to direct water into the new scrapes for autumn wader passage alongside our testing, snagging and fixing.

 We’re well aware that many parts of the reserve are very dry after the dry spring we’ve had, but at the moment it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to address this particular issue given the other priorities we have, the situation we’re in and the reduced resources at our disposal.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are doing our best.

RSPB Reserves manager

Posted June 26th at 11:40 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Stonebarrow, Trinity Hill, Widworthy

Recent shots while walking the dog.



Roe Deer
Roe Deer

Posted June 26th at 7:18 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Thursday 25th June 2020


2 Wheatear seen on the rocks opposite the stable fields. 

Posted June 25th at 8:04 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,

1 Kingfisher, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail,1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan.

Posted June 25th at 8:04 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

Further to my earlier post about Mediterranean Gulls hawking for flying ants over the garden many of the gulls went down to rest on the mud/sand banks below my house. Amongst a group of 30 plus Black-headed Gulls there were 3 adult Meds (1 with a yellow colour ring on the left leg) 2 first summer birds and 1 second summer bird. Autumn seems to be just around the corner!!

Posted June 25th at 7:10 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Moths 24/6 (2)

First Privet Hawkmoth of the year

Privet Hawkmoth
Privet Hawkmoth

Privet Hawkmoth
Privet Hawkmoth

Posted June 25th at 6:38 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

Two Mediterranean Gulls (1 adult and 1 second summer) over the house this afternoon joining with several Black-headed Gulls hawking for insects. Also several Swift up very high.

Posted June 25th at 3:52 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News


At least 3 swifts and a Kestrel over Heavitree shops 13.45.

Posted June 25th at 3:03 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Red Kite - Chudleigh 25 June

Red Kite seen flying low over the town , then circled to great height and drifted gradually east. Not the first sighting here, but nice late one.

Posted June 25th at 2:15 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News

Crossbills Plymouth

2 Crossbills went over my house in Lipson this morning calling frequently

Posted June 25th at 12:23 pm by Rich Billington in Bird News

Swifts in Torrington

I counted 15 swifts over Great Torrington this morning. That's more than recent years by !00$%

Posted June 25th at 9:52 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Pair of cranes

Pr of calling cranes over Marsh Green, nr Ottery heading east.

Posted June 25th at 9:14 am by Robin Pearson in Bird News


First Nightjar churring at 9:32pm then recorded 7 churring males across the forest, with much wing-clapping, kewicking and superb views of feeding birds over the plantations. Also 5+Crossbills, 20+ Siskins, c.10 Lesser Redpolls, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, singing Tree Pipit & Willow Warbler and six Roe Deer.

Posted June 25th at 9:01 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Yarner Wood

13:41 - 15:35

A pair of Redstart; a pair of Pied Flycatcher feeding young in a nestbox and a lone female Siskin were the highlights.

Posted June 24th at 5:13 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

First returning Kingfisher, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, 14 Curlews, 2 Shags, Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 Gatekeepers & 30 Marbled Whites

Posted June 24th at 2:11 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


About 20 swifts above Totnes around midday today

Posted June 24th at 1:30 pm by Philip Strange in Bird News

Tuesday 23rd June 2020


 Just seen 40-50 swifts over Braunton above kingsacre area wow at 5.30

Posted June 23rd at 4:43 pm by Kevin Lymer in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake.

6 Blackcaps, 4 Willow warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs all in song, 1 Kingfisher, 10 adult Mallards with 15 juveniles, several Blue Tits, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Mute Swans, Rooks at the nearby rookery, Carrion Crows and 3 - 4 Jackdaws, 1 Blackbird, 3 Great Crested Grebes.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted June 23rd at 12:31 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

North Devon

Late post.  Popped out on Sunday evening with my camera and captured these images. The Kestrel is a long distance recorder shot.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Grey Heron
Grey Heron


Posted June 23rd at 11:33 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Monday 22nd June 2020

Swift's day.

Today has been a day of swifts. Everywhere I have stopped to work and journeying in between, the most noticeable bird has been a swift. Two to five was the average number seen at each stop, well over 20 at the Roundswell roundabout on the A39 and even when I got home there were two or three feeding overhead. Lovely to see so many all over my area of North Devon. Obviously shows they are doing well this year.

Posted June 22nd at 5:17 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Cann Quarry ~ Peregrines & Spotted Flycatchers

I collected one of this years Cann Quarry (Plymouth) Peregrines from a Plymouth vets this morning, I suspect the bird had collided with a wire fence close to the nest site and bruised one of its wings.

Can any one give me an idea of how long ago this brood may have fledged and left the nest and if they have remained in the vicinity of the nest site as I want to get the bird back to its parents as soon as possible.

Cancel the above request I have been able to obtain the info required.

Peregrine juvenile female


While watching them a pair of Spotted Flycatchers dropped into the tree to the front of the viewing area.

Posted June 22nd at 5:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Radford Lake 22-06-20

Med Gull flying over Radford Lake

Posted June 22nd at 5:06 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Dawlish Warren NNR

08:27 - 11:25

Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, GBBG, Cirl Bunting (2), Sandwich Tern (6+), Common Tern (2) and a lone dark bellied Brent Goose were the highlights for me.

Posted June 22nd at 2:51 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Preston, Paignton "moth"

The "moth" is a male large skipper butterfly - the black liine on the forewing identifies it as a male.

Posted June 22nd at 2:13 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Mediterranean Gulls (all 1st-summers) on this morning's high tide, together with my first returning Redshanks (12) & 8 Curlews. Also a pair of Spotted Flycatchers, juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpeckers (including a juv), 23 Mandarin Ducks, Whitethroat, 5 Marbled Whites & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted June 22nd at 2:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fernworthy reservoir 21st June 2020

Windy day up at fernworthy. At first bird hide, 2 redstarts nesting, a siskin in the coniferous forest and the highlight were 2 great crested grebes. Also present: 45 canada geese, 13 mallards, a chiffchaff calling and the usual lot.

Posted June 22nd at 1:03 pm by Henry Jones in Bird News

South Brent

A pair of Stonechats appears to have bred on enclosed farmland on the north side of Brent Hill this year, and has been suspected in the last few years. Habitat on Brent Hill itself looks more suitable, but there is no evidence that they breed there. The hedges below the hill are wide, up to 3 m across, and most border hay meadows. Adults have been present this year since early March, but the first newly fledged juvs not seen until 16 Jun. How unusual is it for Stonechats in Devon to breed on farmland inland? I would be interested to hear of any other instances on 

Probable stonechat breeding site below Brent Hill
Probable stonechat breeding site below Brent Hill

Stonechat juv  20 June
Stonechat juv 20 June

Posted June 22nd at 7:32 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Sunday 21st June 2020

robin feeding wrens in Longdown

As above, last 2 days in my garden an adult robin feeding 2 young wrens who are perfectly capable of feeding themselves but are not too proud to beg and have suckered he/she into it.

Posted June 21st at 10:57 pm by j jones in Bird News

Capstone Parade

Plenty of seabird activity of late with a flock of feeding Manx Shearwaters regularly c500+. My most notable birds off Ilfracombe in ages this evening were a stunning pair of Pomarine Skuas one with tail spoons rapidly heading down channel. I managed a burst of rubbish record shots of them going into the glare on the sea. A very brief description would be too large to be Arctics and too pale and slender to be Bonxies. At least 6 fairly large Ocean Sunfish today as well. 

Posted June 21st at 9:52 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News


On Dartmoor this morning adult and juveniles of Stonechat and Wheatear.

House Martins, Swallow, Goldfinch, Linnet, Skylark, Meadow Pipits, Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, Pied and Grey Wagtail.

Wheatear Juvenile

And an evening visitor back home at South Brent

Posted June 21st at 5:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Late report for Lower Tamar Lake

Yesterday at the Lake.

1 Common Sandpiper on the weir, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Willow Tit (one juvenile), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Canada Geese plus 7 goslings, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Jay.

Posted June 21st at 12:08 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Marsh Tit

Just had my first record for the garden in 50+ years!!!!.On clovelly road Bideford Often wondered why we don't get them as big wood not so far away.Though thinking about it can't remember seeing them there either.

Posted June 21st at 10:23 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Wrafton pond

More from my day out.

Female Pintail
Female Pintail

Female Pintail
Female Pintail

Posted June 21st at 12:41 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Saturday afternoon, I took to my trotters and walked to the pond to see whether any visitors had popped in.  Some Moorhens all adults, some Coots all adults + one sitting on it nest, loads of Mallard a single Little Grebe and a single female Pintail.   Cetti's Warbler and Sedge Warbles calling and



Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Posted June 21st at 12:39 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 20th June 2020

Cann woods- Nightjars

Active evening on the 19th up at Cann woods, despite the gloom, once sun set the singing started, probably over a dozen we heard, had some land in the trees right near the path we stood on and sang, was quite a sight to behold, lots of fly bys around our heads, guessing both male and female flying around. Had some young tawny owls calling from the trees on our walk back to the car

Posted June 20th at 10:29 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Cadover Bridge, Shaugh Lakes.

An early start to Cadover Bridge was rewarded with the sighting of a Goosander (f) with 3 Juveniles siting comfortably beside the river Plym just east of the bridge together with a single Common Sandpiper on the other side of the river, until disturbed by the influx a group of people and their dogs! Show over. Moved on to the Shaugh Lakes area, where there were many Reed Buntings (adjacent lead in road), Wheatears with juveniles, Stonechats', Linnets, Sand Martin's,Meadow Pipit's

Posted June 20th at 9:13 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Blaxton Meadow tonight: Mediterranean Gulls (ad, 2 1st-s & 2 2nd-S) and Curlews (7) gradually increasing. Also 2 Linnets (unusual here) & the Whitethroat still singing away.

Posted June 20th at 9:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster marshes

Small flock of Egyptian geese, 10 -12 flew downriver  towards Dawlish at 3.15. 4 settled outside Turf Locks pub until 3.30 then flew up river.

Posted June 20th at 8:26 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Lynton round up.

Young Whinchat all doing well,Cuckoo,Redpoll,Meadow pipits,Larks,WillowWarbler,Grey Wagtail and Stonechat.

Common Redpoll

Young Whinchat
Young Whinchat

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted June 20th at 4:35 pm by john elvin in Bird News

There is a Red Kite flying over Cadbury in Devon at this moment 20.06.20

This is the second time we have seen a Red Kite flying over Cadbury in Devon. The first time was a year ago. Anyone else seen one in Devon recently?

Posted June 20th at 2:20 pm by Peter Hill in Bird News

Friday 19th June 2020


Walked the forest tracks this morning. As is to be expected in late June, song levels much reduced, with Garden Warbler missing, but Willow Warbler, Mistle Thrush, Tree Pipit, Redpoll, Siskin, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch and the commoner Tits and Warblers all contributing their shares, with a highly mobile flock of c15 Crossbills chipping as well (definitely a good year for them). 

Posted June 19th at 9:03 pm by James Camden in Bird News


c50 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Kittiwakes and 2 Sandwich Terns on the beach, late afternoon.

Posted June 19th at 8:06 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Mediterranean Gulls on this afternoon’s high tide: adult, 2nd-s & 1st-s. Also Whitethroat, Shelduck with 4 ducklings & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted June 19th at 7:18 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thursday 18th June 2020


First returning migrant on the scrape?  A drake Teal this morning. The bird song is becoming less obvious as the month progresses in the reserve, and the rain this morning put paid to any Butterfly/Dragonfly activity too. Grey Heron by the pond again - I hope it hasn't got it's eye on the remaining young Moorhens and Little Grebes! However, several small parties of mostly juvenile Blue and Great Tits buzzing about, as there were around my garden on the north edge of Braunton, along with a family of Pied Wagtails outside my bedroom window this morning.

Posted June 18th at 4:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Spotted Flycatcher ~ Dartington

Thanks to  Gary Boltons post of yesterday, at long I last managed to catch up with a confiding Spotted Flycatcher that I could photograph, as described by Gary the bird can be found in the entrance area to the main hall which is presently closed.

I didn't notice the pellet in the third image until I was going through the pictures.

Posted June 18th at 3:11 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exmoor coast

Great to watch the (much bigger than I thought) seabird colony on the Exmoor coast yesterday. A cacophony of cackles from Guillemots and Razorbills intermixed with the cheerful cry of Kittiwakes . 40-50 kittiwake nests.

3 porpoise offshore (inc small calf)




Posted June 18th at 12:15 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Plymouth area

My first evidence this year, of succesful breeding by Green Woodpecker at the Plym Estuary this morning, with 2 juv's. Also at least 25 Stock Doves, Bullfinch, the singing Whitethroat still present, adult Mediterranean Gull, Shelduck now with just 4 ducklings & 21 adult Mandarin Ducks plus 2 small ducklings.

In Plymbridge Woods: adult Pergerine with 4 juv's at the nest site, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Marsh Tits, Nuthatch with juv's, 4 Grey Wagtails and a Siskin.  

Posted June 18th at 11:21 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Steps Bridge

Family of Treecreepers actively feeding on the trees lining the bank. Otherwise very quiet,

Posted June 17th at 9:13 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

South Brent ~ Tawny owl

One of two Tawny owlets that are becoming daily visitors in the garden, initially food put out for them was ignored but over the last couple of days they have realised that it is an additional food source.

Also good if distant views of a Green Woodpecker this evening, male Siskin on the feeders.

Posted June 17th at 7:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Whitethroat again singing this afternoon; also adult Mediterranean Gull, Peregrine, 6 Roe Deer & 4 Marbled Whites.

Posted June 17th at 6:45 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dartington, Spotted Flycatcher

behind Roundhouse Cafe on Dartington estate, pair of spotted flycatchers attending nest in ivy around main door to courtyard, probably taking advantage of no visitors as main door is chained shut. 

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted June 17th at 6:13 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News


43 Swifts over the area today - arriving or departing or just feeding?? Plus two very early Grey Wagtails in Soar Mill Valley.

Posted June 17th at 4:16 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Cuckoo and Swifts, Drewsteignton

While counting swifts over the village last night (16 June), a cuckoo flew over the churchyard and my garden heading south at 20.30hrs. Peak count of swifts at the time was approx 30 with many screaming parties and non-breeders checking out nest boxes. I have been intrigued by the late arrival of swifts at many locations in the county posted on this web site this season. Swifts first seen over Drewsteignton was two on 26 April, five on 27 April but due to wet and windy weather, all went quiet for a few days. Two seen on 2 May, three on 3 May, fourteen on 4 May with five seen entering various nest boxes on our thatched row of cottages. Up to twenty swifts frequently seen most sunny days over the last month but recently increased due to arrival of non breeders. Hatched young first heard 'twittering' last night and again this morning from two nest boxes and discarded eggshell found this morning under two others.

Posted June 17th at 10:44 am by Nick Dixon in Bird News

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Merrivale Quarry Area, Spotted Flycatcher

A brief encounter with a Spotted Flycatcher around Merrivale Quarry, just managed to a distant shot

Posted June 16th at 9:57 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Hobby over the garden today - first one for 3 years; also Grey Wagtail on garden pond, presumably an early failed breeder?

Posted June 16th at 6:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Swifts - Bovey Tracey

Having been confined to Bovey for much of lock-down something of a relief to see my first Swifts (2) this morning over the town. Swallows/House Martins still scarce.

Posted June 16th at 3:39 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Colebrook Siskin

This morning's downpour in Plympton was brightened by this juv Siskin on the feeder.  Haven't seen an adult here for some time so this was a welcome surprise.

Juv Siskin
Juv Siskin

Juv Siskin
Juv Siskin

Posted June 16th at 1:10 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Crossbil, Dawlish

8 Crossbill flew North over Oakland Park at 11.40am

Posted June 16th at 12:46 pm by paul barker in Bird News

Redstarts and Chaffinch at Deancombe

At Deancombe yesterday. Redstarts, Linnets, Chaffinches ,Ravens, Cuckoo, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits,Buzzards. 

Redstart, Chaffinch, Redstart
Redstart, Chaffinch, Redstart

Posted June 16th at 8:21 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Monday 15th June 2020

Stover lake

2 Great crested grebes out on the lake, and a Stock dove on the gournd under the bird feeders (along with a lot of squirrels). Plenty of common blue, azure, blue tailed, large red and red eyed damselflies (the red eyed difficult to see out on the floating algal mats). Dragonflies included emperor, golden ringed  and a skimmer sp.

Posted June 15th at 8:26 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Sharpham Marsh, Totnes.

Very vocal Reed Bunting. Two Mandarin ducks. Several Reed Warblers and Grey Heron. Stone Chat also in some meadow scrub nearby.

Posted June 15th at 6:56 pm by Tom Kent in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Adult Mediterranean Gull, Sparrowhawk, 23 Mandarin Ducks, 5 Marbled Whites & a Roe Deer.

Posted June 15th at 5:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Over the garden, this was what I originally thought was a Hobby.



Posted June 15th at 3:33 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News


Around the garden

Blue Tit and Long Tailed Tit
Blue Tit and Long Tailed Tit

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Hobby (Kestrel)
Hobby (Kestrel)

Posted June 15th at 3:30 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Black Tor

Late post Sunday.Cuckoo

Posted June 15th at 11:05 am by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Tawny owlet ~ South Brent

Over the last couple of weeks or so I have been seeing Tawny owlets around the garden, one very small owlet was brought in by a neighbour after they found it in their garage, I had heard owlets calling a couple of evenings earlier.

Over this last week I have seen two owlets close to the house they seem to be attracted to the owlets that I am rearing, yesterday morning I saw one fly into an apple tree in my orchard where it spent the day and this morning one was sat on the rehab aviary before moving up into a tall hazel hedge.

This is the third year of confirmed breeding in the ten years that I have lived here.


Posted June 15th at 8:24 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sunday 14th June 2020

Dawlish Warren

Neap tide produced 142 Oystercatcher, 10 Knot (1 in breeding plumage) and a single Bar-tailed Godwit. The Warren's Linnets seem to have had a very good breeding season.

Posted June 14th at 11:08 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Nightjars Ideford Common

Five birds seen between 9:50 and 10:15 this evening. Birds very active with there wing clapping displays and churning. 

Posted June 14th at 10:50 pm by Daryl Brady lavis in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning 2 Juvenile Willow Tits on the fat balls, later an adult on the seed feeder.

Posted June 14th at 8:49 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Holdstone down

A few weeks since I've been back up here,  saw a good variety of different birds from usual.  There were the normal meadow pipit and stonechat,  skylark and wren. There were whitethroat,  warblers and chiffchaff, male and female reed bunting and bird of the day a yellow hammer. 


Yellow hammer
Yellow hammer

Not sure, willow warbler? ( small)
Not sure, willow warbler? ( small)

Posted June 14th at 8:34 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A singing Whitethroat at Blaxton Meadow, was the first I’ve had on the patch since a single Spring migrant. Also Comma & Marbled White.

Posted June 14th at 6:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

North Devon

The Buzzard seen this morning and one of many Marsh Orchids.


Marsh Orchid
Marsh Orchid

Posted June 14th at 3:50 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

North Devon

Out and about in North Devon today when I came across this Buzzard perched on a rock.  Also saw a few Whitethroat a pair of Linnets a nest building pair of Goldfinches and some Marsh Orchids.




Posted June 14th at 3:46 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 13th June 2020

Hopes Nose

Hopes Nose 12/06  11.00 - 13:00

At least 40 Manx shearwater south. a couple of gannets, one kittiwake and two fulmar. On the Ore Stone were at least 280 guillemots and three razorbills along with more guillemots on the sea nearby.

Posted June 13th at 11:29 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 1st-summer) amongst the Black-headed Gulls on Blaxton Meadow. Also 5 Roe Deer.

Posted June 13th at 3:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Two flocks of migratiing/dispersing Crossbills absolutely belting east, low over the clifftops, early this morning. The first had gone through before I could get my bins on it, the second was about 15 birds. Also 32 Swifts and 8 House Martins all heading east. Lots of Guillemots & Razorbills commuting up-Channel, almost certainly to feed chicks at Exmoor coast breeding colonies W of Lynmouth. Last week there were some sizeable (400+) offshore feeding movements of Manx Shearwaters.

Posted June 13th at 1:12 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Yarner Wood

07:32 - 09:33

Grey Wagtail, female Redstart and male and female Pied Flycatcher feeding their young were the highlights.

Posted June 13th at 11:13 am by Paul Bray in Bird News

Friday 12th June 2020

Slapton Sands

About 40 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach tonight. All looked to be either 2nd or 3rd calander year birds.

Posted June 12th at 10:12 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Seawatching 5-6pm

A Bonxie flew south at 535pm- 7 Med Gulls (5 ad , 2 fs- inc 6 in the outfall on arrival) and 135 Manxies flew south 

Posted June 12th at 7:49 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exeter- Mediterranean gulls

A walk around my local patch along the river exe from the mill on the exe to the flood relief channel start at Exeter st David’s was routine until just after 09:10 when a group of 15 Mediterranean Gulls including several adults and a nice mixture of younger birds was picked up as they flew up river until lost to sight my previous best for the patch was 4 so a good record. 

Posted June 12th at 5:51 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


8 Mediterranean Gulls (2 Ads, 3 fs - first summer and 3 ss - second summer) at Broadsands Beach this afternoon here are some of Gulls Broadsands 12 June 2020 ML

Posted June 12th at 5:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

First returning Turnstone this morning. Also: Kestrel, 7 Stock Doves, Marbled White & 3 Roe Deer. 

Posted June 12th at 3:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Goosander & chicks on the Otter

Goosander (F) and 10 well grown juveniles on the R Otter just above Fluxton this morning. Probably the same mother and chicks from early May when she had 14 chicks. 

Posted June 12th at 3:19 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News


A computer glitch prevented me from sending this report in yesterday but at 11.45 on 11.06.20 a party of about 10 Crossbill flew over my garden heading NE. Strangely enough at about 13.15 this afternoon a smaller party of about 5 birds flew over the house heading in the same NE direction.

Posted June 12th at 1:36 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Yesterday at Exminster Marshes & Yarner Wood

Exminster Marshes: Curlews,  Egyptian Geesex4, Canada Geese, Sedge, Reed and Cettis Warblers, Swifts, House Martins and Swallows.

Yarner Wood, Spotted Flycatchers,Garden Warblers,Tree Pipits, Bullfinches,Greenfinches, 

Sedge Warbler, Egyptian Goose, Spotted Flycatcher
Egyptian Goose, Spotted Flycatcher

Posted June 12th at 10:38 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Paignton Seafront

A walk along the Seafront this morning produced a second summer Mediterranean Gull on the beach, near the pier and a Whimbrel flying north off Roundham Head.

Eds - first summer (ie 2nd calendar year)


Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted June 12th at 9:47 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Thursday 11th June 2020

Dawlish Warren NNR

10:26 - 13:25

Highlights for me - Sanderling, Dunlin, Sandwich Tern, Skylark, Ringed Plover, Slavonian Grebe, Common Whitethroat and a Cuckoo flying around Warren Point.

Posted June 11th at 6:18 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News


Quiet lately. A Whitethroat has been singing in the reserve of late, but not heard yesterday or today. The adult Little Grebe was trying to give the 2 remaining young a lesson in how to catch the small Sticklebacks this morning, They weren't impressed, wanting lunch delivered... Lots of evidence of Song Thrushes reducing the snail population. A few Swifts and House Martins over the reserve, but bird of the day was a fly-over Peregrine heading off North.

Posted June 11th at 2:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Village moths June 10th

An excellent night on Tuesday/Weds this week with two new species for me - both well camouflaged on the render on the wall of the house and a view of a Spectacle showing how it gets its name.

Eudonia angustea
Eudonia angustea

Sharp-angled Peacock
Sharp-angled Peacock


Posted June 11th at 12:32 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 05.15-08.15hrs highlights: 1 Little Tern, 4 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 12 Manx Shearwater, 8 Puffin, 3 Great Northern Divers, 20 Common Scoter, 4 Med Gulls, 33 Kittiwake, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Swifts and a pod of 8+ Common Dolphin

  Great Northern Diver Berry Head 110620 ML Common Dolphins Berry Head 110620 ML

                      Great Northern Diver                                                         Common Dolphins

Posted June 11th at 10:01 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 10th June 2020

mear valley exmouth

9 ringneck parakeet

Posted June 10th at 5:38 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Lynton round up.

Redstart,Whinchat,Red Poll,Red Kite,Willow Warbler,Grey Wagtail.Very pleasing amount of Whinchat and young.



Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted June 10th at 5:24 pm by john elvin in Bird News


Two Siskins in my garden (Mount Gould) today.

Earlier little of note at Plym Estuary & Saltram bird-wise, but Marbled White again.

Posted June 10th at 2:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

09/06/2020 Red Kites

Two red kites just east of Tiverton Parkway 09:00.  Then one still present 16:30

Posted June 10th at 11:56 am by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Red Kites

Four Red Kites Soussons,Warren House,area today. 

Posted June 9th at 8:45 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Nuthatch with 4 fledglings, 3 Blackcap, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Jay, 1 Cormorant, 1 Chiffchaff, 9 Chaffinch, 1 Greywagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail with 1 fledgling, 2 Canada plus 7 goslings.

Posted June 9th at 7:22 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Butterflies East Budleigh Common

A very pleasant walk on East Budleigh Common and Squabmoor this afternoon with at least three territorial pairs of Green Hairstreaks showing well on the common.

Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak

Small Heath
Small Heath

Posted June 9th at 7:03 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Challacombe Down Dartmoor Tuesday 9th

Good views of Red Kite over the down.  In view for at least 30 minutes.  Also cuckoo,  whinchat feeding young, spotted flycatcher, numerous willow warblers and one blackcap.

Posted June 9th at 5:08 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Monday 8th June 2020


Took these 3 photos this morning at 8.30am at Haytor Dartmoor of what I thought was a skylark with an unusual black marking on the breast. Skylarks where singing and displaying at the time. Only know looking at the photos I am thinking could it have been a Calandra Lark?

Eds: just an odd looking Skylark.

Posted June 8th at 10:33 pm by ADRIAN COLLINGE in Bird News


Quail calling in morning, also Spotted Flycatcher & 3 Swift.

Non-avian: record count of 468 Dark Green Fritillaries between West & Middle Soar.

Posted June 8th at 8:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Red Kite

At approximately 1230 Whilst sitting in my Sitting Room I spotted a Red Kite flying over Mainstone Woods in Plymouth

Posted June 8th at 6:44 pm by Kevin Vince in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little of note bird-wise today (or yesterday) but the pair of Shelduck with 7 ducklings on Blaxton Meadow, 4 Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker, Roe Deer & my first Marbled White of the year.

Posted June 8th at 2:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

My first Devon red kite at last!

Spotted a red kite drifting across fields between Dartington and Totnes at about 9am today. It headed off tin the direction of Totnes / Paignton. 

Posted June 8th at 12:38 pm by J Flynn in Bird News

Dartford Warbler - Aylesbeare Common

Two Dartford Warblers seen on the common yesterday morning. A few families of Stonechats too. Spotted Flycatcher in the woods. Dragon and Damsel Flies very active on the ponds with newts also numerous.

Posted June 8th at 7:54 am by Peter Lamb in Bird News

Sunday 7th June 2020

Rosy Starling, Seaton

Couldn't resist the temptation to go look for the Rosy Starlings today.  They were easy to find as an small gathering of birdwatchers stayed with them all day long in Eyewell Green.  The male seemed to favour a holly tree in the middle of the terrace but the female seemed a bit more mobile.  They both visited bird tables at either end of the street along with about a dozen Common Starlings.

Rosy Starling m. in holly
Rosy Starling m. in holly

Posted June 7th at 11:01 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Sedge Warbler on Braunton Marsh

Lots of warbler activity on Braunton Marsh today.

Posted June 7th at 9:19 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Rose Coloured Starlings in Seaton.

A pair of these colourful starlings has been seen on Sat 6th & Sun 7th June 2020.  Male is singing from rooftops in Eyewell Green.

Posted June 7th at 8:59 pm by Viv Keene in Bird News

East Prawle

Flock of 14 Crossbills flew over this morning

Posted June 7th at 6:22 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


A short walk from Yelland to Instow and I first heard and then saw a Sedge Warbler near the Jetty.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted June 7th at 5:32 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Red Kite ~ Ashburton

At 12.20hrs today a Red Kite low over the A38 at Ashburton headed west, a male Sparrow hawk at Buckfastleigh.

Around the garden back home at South Brent young Greenfinch on the feed station, three sightings of Green Woodpecker and a fly past from A GSWP.



Posted June 7th at 4:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hawkerland (East Devon)

A Willow Warbler carrying food to a nest site was good to see, plus a few other birds of the Pebblebed Heathlands.


Perhaps I may be excused for showing the new bench in memory of the late David Jannaway that was crafted and erected by Clinton Devon Estate staff this week.  It replaces the log seat that had fallen into disrepair.  David died in February 2015 and was a most loved Branch Committee member who will be remembered by many.  Our thanks to Clinton Devon Estate for their wonderful tribute.  The seat is a stones throw from the Aylesbeare Common reserve car park on Hawkerland. 

Posted June 7th at 3:56 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Village mystery moth May 17th

The 'mystery' moth I posted on may 17th was identified, thanks to Devon Moth Group, as Aethes deaurana, a species from southern Europe. This is the first Devon record and only the third for Britain. The first two were found in Weymouth and there has just been another found there suggesting possible colonisation.

Aethes deaurana. First Devon record.
Aethes deaurana. First Devon record.

Posted June 7th at 9:07 am by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Saturday 6th June 2020

Wrafton pond

This afternoon the female Pintail still present on the pond.

Female Pintail
Female Pintail

Female Pintail
Female Pintail

Female Pintail
Female Pintail

Posted June 6th at 8:07 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Pretty quiet today but saw a dozen Mandarin Ducks, at least 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Stock Doves & 5 Roe Deer.

Posted June 6th at 5:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Haldon Pier, Torquay.

A single Purple Sandpiper, in summer plumage, on the rocks below the open sea side of the pier this afternoon.

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted June 6th at 4:25 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

South Milton Sands

late post from yesterday afternoon: Very confiding flock of 20 Sanderling (many in smart breeding plumage) and 7 Dunlin foraging amongst the seaweed along the strandline.

Posted June 6th at 12:05 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

ford park cemetery plymouth

around 70 ringneck parakeet at 630 am including grey one.lots of juveniles calling

Posted June 6th at 9:24 am by barry insull in Bird News

Friday 5th June 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

2 Sandwich Terns was somewhat unexpected; also a pair of Shelducks with 7 small ducklings, juv Stonechat, 2 Bullfinches & 8 Roe Deer including 2 small fawns.

Yesterday, a pair of Green Woodpeckers & c40 House Martins.

Posted June 5th at 8:58 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thursday 4th June 2020

South Brent

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

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

Posted June 4th at 6:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


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

Posted June 4th at 4:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sheepstor area 4.6.2020

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

Posted June 4th at 3:36 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

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

Posted June 3rd at 3:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Haldon Nightjars

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

Posted June 3rd at 1:55 pm by James Camden in Bird News


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

Female Pintail Wrafton Pond.
Female Pintail Wrafton Pond.

Posted June 3rd at 1:52 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Red Kite over Haytor

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

Posted June 2nd at 9:53 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News


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

Posted June 2nd at 6:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Razorbills at Baggy Point

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

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

Three razorbills
Three razorbills

Posted June 2nd at 5:45 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

South Brent

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

Posted June 2nd at 4:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Baggy Point

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

Posted June 2nd at 4:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Village moths June 1st (2)

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

Rhodophaea formosa
Rhodophaea formosa

Alabonia geoffrella
Alabonia geoffrella

Posted June 2nd at 4:31 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Village moths June 1st (1)

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

Lime Hawkmoth
Lime Hawkmoth

Eyed Hawkmoth
Eyed Hawkmoth

Posted June 2nd at 4:24 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News


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

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

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

Posted June 2nd at 1:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay


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

Posted June 2nd at 12:57 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

South Dartmoor

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

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

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

Female Goosander and fledglings
Female Goosander and fledglings

Wheatear fledgling
Wheatear fledgling


Posted June 2nd at 10:48 am by Chris E in Bird News

Badgers in Exwick

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

Posted June 2nd at 9:45 am by Martin Overy in Bird News

Cann Woods, Plympton - Nightjars. Monday 1 June

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

Posted June 2nd at 8:11 am by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Monday 1st June 2020

whitleigh ringneck parakeet

3 ringneck parakeet in tree in garden

Posted June 1st at 10:08 pm by barry insull in Bird News

South Brent coloured ringed Dipper

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

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

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

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

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


Posted June 1st at 9:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

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

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cormorant, 1 Jay.

Posted June 1st at 8:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

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

Posted June 1st at 8:13 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Wembury Bay

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

Posted June 1st at 7:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Morte Point

Crow harassing a Buzzard this morning.

Posted June 1st at 7:33 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Red Kite

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

Posted June 1st at 3:25 pm by Dan Kent in Bird News

Bennetts cross to Sousson plantation

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

Posted June 1st at 2:40 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Green damsel

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

Posted June 1st at 1:56 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

DWT Emsworthy Mire

06:49 - 09:25

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

Posted June 1st at 12:53 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Red Kite over Exeter

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

Posted June 1st at 10:03 am by Rob Pike in Bird News


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

Posted June 1st at 9:29 am by nick dixon in Bird News

Yarner 31st May (and a Sidmouth news snippet)

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

Two Cuckoo calling at Emsworthy Mire.

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


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

Posted June 1st at 9:10 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

More from my Braunton trip.

A passing Magpie and the Barn Owl.


Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Posted June 1st at 1:39 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Fremington Pill and Braunton

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




Posted June 1st at 1:35 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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