Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from July 2020

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Friday 31st July 2020

Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay


11 Sandwich Terns fishing close in. 

Yesterday morning at Ness Cove Beach, Shaldon, 2 Clouded Yellows. 

Posted July 31st at 11:57 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Thursday 30th July 2020

Nightjars at Stover

Male seen in flight on three occasions 21.25 - 22.00. At one point having a slight contretemps with a Pipistrelle. No churring recorded but, with the almost constant  roar of motorway traffic, not sure you'd hear it anyway!?

Posted July 30th at 10:23 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Exmoor coast

I took a look at the seabird colony at Heddons Mouth/ Highveer point today. 

Guillemots and Razorbills all gone (apart from one pair), but Kittiwakes still in full swing

I took a couple of photos of the smaller colony. In one pic there are 33 adults and 15 chicks, and in another (a different area) there are 32 adults and 16 chicks.

Unfortunately my pics of the larger colony were blurred because the sea was too lively.

Also three 'pipping' (and mobbing) Oystercatchers along the Exmoor coast, so juveniles nearby.


Posted July 30th at 6:16 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar this morning,

1 Common Sandpiper on the weir, 1 Willow 1 Marsh Tit at the hide

Posted July 30th at 3:31 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

East Soar

Best this morning 2 White Wagtail, 100 Swallow & 430 Linnet.

Non-avian: Emperor & Southern Hawker draqgonflies.

Posted July 30th at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Slapton Sands.

 12 Sandwich Terns in the daytime Gull roost and 7 Sanderling.

Posted July 30th at 1:17 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Gaya trust , Lower Yelland farm. Yelland.

A Spoonbill  roosting on the scrape with 5 Mute Swans , a Male Wigeon , Mallard And Little Egret.   

Posted July 30th at 12:47 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Late Post - Cann Wood 29 July

A beautiful moonlit night, on what should have been the DB Plymouth Branch field visit to Cann Wood, started well with 'full colour' views of a flying female Nightjar over our heads.  Churring started at 9:25 then only managed short glimpses of 2/3 further birds, with a total of 8 heard or seen.  Also family of Tawny Owls were heard begging.  A few Common Pipistrelle bats hunted over.

Posted July 30th at 7:29 am by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Wednesday 29th July 2020


Kayak trip to Eddystone,

a lot of effort for few noteworthy birds. But the cetaceans came to the rescue (again)

2 Sandwich Terns

1 juv Common Tern far offshore,

4 Turnstone at Eddystone Rocks


15 Common Dolphin, in four pods

1 Harbour Porpoise

1 Minke Whale. A different individual to the two (or three) I saw last week, looking at the fin profile.

Manx ShearwaterFulmarMinke Whale
Manx Shearwater                   Fulmar                               Minke Whale

Posted July 29th at 6:10 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News


Grasshopper w.8 Willow W.1Whimbrel, were only definite migrants.Among 17 more common butterflies were a Clouded Yellow.9 second brood Sm Pearl bordered Frits. 10+ Sm Skippers.

Posted July 29th at 5:33 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Adult Mediterranean Gull PHDU is back! See Steven’s post of 25th July- thanks for the info. Also: 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, 1 or 2 Kingfishers, 13 Little Egrets, Peregrine & Green Woodpecker.

Posted July 29th at 5:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 28th July 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Yellow-legged (juv) & Mediterranean (2nd-s) Gulls on Blaxton Meadow just after high tide. Also at least 5 Common Sandpipers, Whimbrel, 3 Greenshanks, juv Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers & 2 Roe  Deer,

Posted July 28th at 9:45 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Preston seafront

Approximately 6 Sandwich Terns off the coast this evening. 

Posted July 28th at 9:20 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,8 Willow Warblers ,4 Chiffchaffs (2 Juv.) 2 Blackcaps and a Cetti's Warbler. Plenty of Swallows hawking over the pond and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

1st. Yr.. Willow Warbler
1st. Yr.. Willow Warbler

Posted July 28th at 8:29 pm by Alan K.Searle. in Bird News

Dawlish NNR

11:36 - 15:08

Highlights were Sanderling x67, Dunlin x19, Sandwich Tern x63+, Oystercatcher x273+, Common Tern x8, Roseate Tern x1, Turnstone x1 and a male Cirl Bunting.

Posted July 28th at 4:42 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

9 Willow Tit (3 juv), 10 Great Tit, 9 Coal Tit, 16 Chaffinch, 20 Blue Tit, 2 Jay, 1 Robin, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Tit.

Posted July 28th at 4:30 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

RInging details

The Garden Warbler I caught last week was ringed in West Bexington Dorset on 31st August 2017. So still going strong after 3 trips to Africa.

Posted July 28th at 3:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Southdown Farm, Bolberry

Major autumn passage of 650 Swifts SSW mid-morning, moving & feeding low over the crops - highest count since 1500 in 1981.

Posted July 28th at 12:32 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 27th July 2020

Berry Head

Seawatching highlights this morning produced: 5 Great Shearwaters, 2087 Manx Shearwaters, 27 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Storm Petrel, 7 Puffins, 46 Sandwich, 3 Arctic,3 Common & 1 Roseate Terns, 4 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Pomarine Skua, 7 Great Skuas, 35 Common Scoter, plus several groups of Common Dolphins the largest group being of probably 40+ individuals including one with no (well hardly any) dorsal fin ans 6-8 Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted July 27th at 3:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 26th July 2020

Mediterranean Gull in Plymouth

Adult Mediterranean Gull in Sutton Harbour on the beach in front of Sufa's restaraunt

Posted July 26th at 6:32 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Additions to Alan’s post - juv Yellow-legged Gull showing well on Blaxton Meadow, 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, Whimbrel, my first Siskin of the year here, juv Stonechat & a Roe Deer.

Posted July 26th at 5:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plym estuary / Saltram.

Over this morning's high tide:

13 Little egret, 10 Grey heron, 116 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 32 Curlew, 1 adult + 4 juvenile Shelduck, 2 Common sandpiper. Around the estate were 3 juvenile Spotted flycatcher and 1 Great spotted woodpecker in an Oak tree, 1 Willow warbler, 4 Swift, 1 flyover Peregrine, and 1 Buzzard overhead.

Posted July 26th at 4:15 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

On a rather autumnal-feeling morning of sunshine and blustery showers: Turnstone 3, Kittiwake 64 (incl 5 juvs), Mediterranean Gull 8 (1 ad, 7 juvs), Yellow-legged Gull 1 (juv) flying W very close in, Manx Shearwater 484, Cormorant 10, Swallow 1. Nine downy Fulmar chicks on the ledges, adult Whitethroat feeding newly-fledged second brood.

Posted July 26th at 2:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Powderham Marsh, Exminster

Very quite as might be expected at this time of the year.  A pair of Stonechat, a Garden Warbler and Sedge Warbler were present during the walk and distant views over the scrapes from the hillside view point produced 3 Godwits and a Sandpiper, with others. Never saw a soul but the later drive to Starcross was aborted due to traffic at a standstill on the main road and no where to park after Powderham Church because of the density of visitors (be warned). 

Posted July 26th at 2:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

East Soar

First genuine passerine autumn migrants in the shape of a Garden Warbler and three Willow Warblers. Also Curlew over and 100 Linnets.

Posted July 26th at 1:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Prawle Point Seawatch Saturday 25th July

Seawatch with Pat M. In SW force 4-5 winds with mist and rain,light and heavy from 6.20 am to 2 pm.

13 Baleraric Shearwaters ; 2145 Manx Shearwaters ; 1Arctic Skua east and 1Bonxie west ; 2 adult  Arctic Terns west, 14 Common Scoter west. 8 Med. Gulls ( mix of juvenile, 1st summer, 2nd summer and adult, east and west). Also a pod of at least 10 Common Dolphins breaching and diving over the sea troughs. 

Posted July 26th at 11:31 am in Bird News

Saturday 25th July 2020

Berry Head seawatch 07.25 - 15.15

18 Balearic Shearwaters, 833 Manx Shearwaters (probably about half of the combined observers’ total today), 21 Sandwich & an Arctic Tern, juv Yellow-legged Gull, 18 Common Scoters, Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxies, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, Whimbrel, 6 Harbour Porpoises & several Common Dolphins.

Posted July 25th at 5:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torquay Harbour

2 Razorbills just off the harbour mouth this afternoon.


Posted July 25th at 5:11 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Velator etc

Met Dave Paterson out by the scrape this morning. He had seen 2 Common Sandpipers by the bridge to the reserve. Nothing of note on the scrape. I walked around Sherpa Marsh, where there were good numbers of Sand Martins, several each of House Martins and a a scattering of Swifts.23 Canada Geese and a single Teal - which may be the injured bird from earlier in the spring. The only Wader was a single Lapwing.

There were once again 2 Herons in the reserve, following 2 seen yesterday when I was ringing. Best bird then was a Garden Warbler with someone elses ring on. A brief check reveals it was ringed as a juvenile  in June 2017. I await the full details. Of note, ringed 10 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Reed Warblers,1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler.

Posted July 25th at 11:46 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Marine Parade,Preston,Paignton.

I've just had the sightings reports for 2 particularly interesting colour-ringed Med Gulls seen at Marine Parade, amongst a number of other Torbay post breeding ringed bird sightings this year from 4 different countries.

The first bird, is a juvenile, Yellow APUE. This bird was ringed south of Leipzig in Germany, as a chick unable to fly, on 13 June 2020. Just 38 days later it had completed the 1115 km straight line distance for my sighting at Marine Parade on 21 July. The bird was also seen there by Steve Hopper on the same day.

The second bird, an adult, red PHAU, was ringed with colour and metal rings in Poland on 24 June 2019. It was in Plymouth last winter, with its last sighting there by Pete Aley in January 2020. On 10 May 2020 it was back in Poland and was nesting by 23 May 2020 at Lake Nyskie when it was re-trapped and fitted with the GPS Logger visible in the picture.

By early July it had started its post breeding movement and was in the Czech Republic on 2 July and central Germany on 7 July, before my sighting on 18 July. Perhaps it will decide to spend another winter in Plymouth?

Juvenile Med Gull
Juvenile Med Gull

Adult Med Gull
Adult Med Gull

Posted July 25th at 7:57 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Friday 24th July 2020

Preston seafront

The 1st Turnstone has returned to Preston, still resplendent in it's summer plumage. 

Posted July 24th at 8:24 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Blaxton Meadow was full of birds on this morning’s big high tide including: juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin (summer plumage), 82 Redshanks, 4 Greenshanks, 2 Whimbrels, 36 Curlews, 2 Oystercatchers & adult Shelduck with 4 juveniles. Also 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Whitethroat, male Stonechat with 3 juveniles, Great Spotted & 2+ Green Woodpeckers, Shag & 3 Roe Deer. 

Posted July 24th at 2:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Yesterday at Dawlish Warren: Common, Sandwich and Arctic Terns, Med. Gulls, Oystercatchers, Whimbrels, Curlews, Ringed Plovers, Dunlins, Sanderlings, Linnets. Slavonian Grebe showing well at Cockwood.

Slavonian Grebe, Sanderlings, Common Tern
Slavonian Grebe, Sanderlings, Common Tern

Posted July 24th at 11:05 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 23rd July 2020


1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 8 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach early evening.

Posted July 23rd at 10:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bradiford Reserve Barnstaple

Having some work done on the reserve this week. Yesterday elver's seen in the freshly running spring ditch after the mini digger had done some work. Today Green Sandpiper flitting around the same newly cleaned spring ditch so pleased to see this work having such a quick impact. more to do tomorrow and will see what else turns up.

Posted July 23rd at 6:01 pm by Karen Sims in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In addition to Martin's sightings this morning, a Whimbrel, 2 Stock Doves, my first juvenile Lesser Balack-backed Gull of the year and the adult Shelduck with 4 juveniles.

Posted July 23rd at 3:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mediterranean gull on Sutton Harbour 13.50

On the 'beach' next to the old China House pub. Ringed I think but stupidly don't have binoculars.

Posted July 23rd at 1:56 pm by Martin Lavelle in Bird News


From the bridge over the river as I arrived a bird I thought would be a Grey Wagtail, but when it flew it became a Common Sandpiper, I blame the wagging tail! The tide was quite high - up as far as the weir, so it was pushed up to the low water.

Trying (and failing) to catch Swallows last night I heard a Water Rail just outside the reserve. I've heard it several times of late.

I have also had sporadic sightings of 2 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape. I think they are the same as the two I saw on 26th June - one in sum plum, one not.

Posted July 23rd at 12:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wigford Down 23.7.2020

A walk over Wigford Down from Cadover Lakes this morning. About 30 Pied Wagtails mainly juvs feeding in the Cadworthy Farm fields. A loose flock of about 40 Starlings practically all juvs, in same fields.

The most interesting and amusing sighting was of an adult Great Black Backed Gull on a large stone being intimidated by a Raven. The gulls reaction was one of complete indifference. Despite the Raven being very noisy and agitated, it didn't move a muscle, and eventually the Raven gave up and flew off

Posted July 23rd at 12:18 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This mornings high tide produced at least 4 Common Sandpiper, 37 Curlew 97 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Oystercatcher,1 Dunlin (sp), Little Grebe, Kingfisher and juv Yellow-legged Gull on Blaxton meadow.

Around Saltram were 3 Green & 3 GS Woodpecker, Whitethroat and 5 Stock Dove.

Posted July 23rd at 11:25 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News


(Blog about wed-22nd)

Greater spotted and green woodpeckers. Juv Perigrine screaming away at the quarry- didn't spot the parents. Swifts gathering at the viaducts, biggest group was around 20-30. plenty of nuthatches in the trees, buzzards, sparrowhawks. White throated dippers. Grey wagtails. Hoped to see the crossbills previously said the other day, but no luck, needle in a haystack there. 

Posted July 23rd at 1:17 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

South Huish Marsh early evening

38 dunlin then later only 13 of which 12 adults, 1 juv. Water levels already pretty low. V busy and noisy in NT car park. I wonder how compatible the c/p is with the wetland.

Posted July 22nd at 7:44 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake

7 Willow Tit, 18 Blue Tit, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Coot, 2 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 6 Great Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Jay, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackbird, c30 Mallard.

Posted July 22nd at 7:27 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


Seabirds definitely eclipsed by cetaceans today:

4 balearic Shearwaters,

!0 Harbour Porpoise (small groups)

35 Common Dolphins (3 groups)

2 Minke Whales (2 and 6 miles north of Eddystone). They definitely both ventured into Devon's water while they were zig zagging about.

Harbour Porpoise
Harbour Porpoise

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Minke Whale
Minke Whale

Posted July 22nd at 6:13 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

Two Great Crested Grebes, one Little Grebe, 20+ House Martins, Crossbills calling in spruce on east side of reservoir but not seen.

Posted July 22nd at 5:05 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Turtle Dove

Have got a Turtle Dove coming into my garden for seed. Been around  for a few months

Eds: please ensure you submit this record to the County Recorder (if you have a photo that too) link here.. 

Posted July 22nd at 3:50 pm by sandra statt in Bird News

Beesands Ley

From the hide this morning: Juv Marsh Harrier over the reeds. It drifted off, gathering height, to the north. Also Kingfisher,  Reed Warblers and Willow Warbler.

Posted July 22nd at 3:15 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Avon Dam at dawn

Only a Great Crested Grebe on the water, but the dam wall was unusually busy. Aside from a resting Cormorant and a huddle of young Carrion Crows, there was much coming and going of small passerines, mostly juvs, between 0615 and 0630. Most surprising were Nuthatch and Bullfinch and Spotted Fly, but also recorded on the wall were Pied and Grey Wagtails, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swallow:and Stonechat.



Posted July 22nd at 2:22 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Cattle Egret in full summer plumage roosting on one of the posts on Blaxton Meadow at high tide this morning. In addition there, an adult Sandwich Tern circled but didn’t land, 5 Greenshanks, 2 Whimbrels with 36 Curlews, Common Sandpiper (+ 2 more on the river), Kingfisher & adult Mediterranean Gull. Also, a family party of 4 Spotted Flycatchers, male Whitethroat with a newly fledged juvenile, 2 juvenile Stonechats, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted July 22nd at 12:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Med Gulls, Dawlish

5 Med Gulls flew South past Boat Cove at Noon

Posted July 22nd at 12:32 pm by paul barker in Bird News

Baggy Point

Beautiful day for a walk out to Baggy this morning. Not much on show  - a couple of Mediterranean Gulls, a few parties of Linnets, and 4 Wheatears out at the point. Despite a very calm sea, no sign of Dolphins or Porpoises.

Posted July 22nd at 11:48 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Headland Warren Farm

Yesterday between 10:00 - 12:00, lots of Wheatear in the farm paddocks. 5 Whinchats seen just out of the farm heading up to Hockney Tor, with more Wheatears at the top of the hill. Plenty of swallows, meadow pipits and stonechats around the farm also. 

Posted July 22nd at 10:28 am by Matt Clark in Bird News

Tuesday 21st July 2020

Marine Parade ~ Paignton

Four Mediterranean Gulls at Marine Parade, Paignton on this mornings high tide, two ringed birds, one an adult seen in Torbay on a regular basis green ring RLN4 the second ringed bird one of this years yellow ring APUE from details on its metal tag ring possibly a French bird.

Posted July 21st at 10:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton Sands

Yesterday's 2 juvenile Wheatears still in the same location , and today with an Ad.f / 1st.Yr. f . m. individual . Given the date, possibly they have bred locally.

Posted July 21st at 5:17 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Swifts in Great Torrington

The swifts in Torrirngton seemed to disappear since my last report on 25 June. In the last few days they've been around again and this morning I was thrilled to see 9 over the town centre. Also 6 house martins, they are group-inspecting eaves as if teaching the youngsters where good nest sites are. 1 swallow

Posted July 21st at 11:12 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News


Lovely to see my first spotted flycatcher of the summer  on a early evening stroll around saltram also green woodpecker and missile thrush 

Posted July 21st at 8:06 am by Mike Williams in Bird News

Monday 20th July 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

2 Mute Swan, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Blue Tit, 3 Treecreeper, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Buzzards over, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Willow Warbler.

Posted July 20th at 9:46 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plymouth to Clearbrook return

A cycle ride produced 2 Crossbills (just south of Bickleigh), 3 Peregrines around the Cann Quarry nest site, 2 Marsh Tits, a few Siskins, 5 Silver-washed Fritillaries & a Brimstone.

Posted July 20th at 8:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Juvenile swift

Found this young one on the floor a few days ago.must have fallen out from under the eaves so I put him/her back in the nest and watched to make sure the parents were still in attendance.i now check every day to  make sure nothing else has fallen out.we are just outside Okehampton 

Posted July 20th at 6:36 pm by Laurence Smith in Bird News

Exminster Marshes


Garganey on the lagoon.

Posted July 20th at 4:33 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Slapton Sands

2 Wheatears on the sea defence boulders ,both still in juvenile plumage.

Posted July 20th at 4:27 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this mornings high tide the following were seen.

Curlew 38, Redshank 91, Greenshank 3, Whimbrel 1, Dunlin 1, Common Sandpiper 6, Kingfisher 1, Stonechat 1 juv, Whitethroat 2, G Woodpecker 2 and 8 Stock Dove.

Posted July 20th at 10:38 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Sunday 19th July 2020

Yelland to Instow

Nipped out to Yelland and Instow this afternoon,

Marbled White
Marbled White


Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail

Posted July 19th at 10:37 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Valley of the Rocks

Popped out this morning to Valley of the Rocks and got photos of goats, a Buzzard flying over the sea and a Wheatear feeding around some stones.



Juvenile Stonechat
Juvenile Stonechat

Posted July 19th at 10:33 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

South Molton

Garden tick: juvdnile redstart, streaked breast, reddish tail, flicking tail vigorouslyfor 2-3 mins, 1740 this evening

Posted July 19th at 7:57 pm by Art Symons in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

Wood Sandpiper still present this evening, 2 Green Sandpipers and great views of the female Marsh Harrier

Posted July 19th at 7:28 pm by David Cope in Bird News


1000-1530 :

12 Mediterranean gull with fading summer plumage, 6 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap (1m, 1f) 4 Chiffchaff in the scrub, 2 Skylark. Red admiral, Marbled white, Gatekeeper butterflies. 1 Grey seal.

Posted July 19th at 5:41 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A low tide visit this afternoon, focusing on the land, produced: 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a male & 2 juv Stonechats, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat, 2 Roe Deer fawns, 8 Marbled Whites & 35 Gatekeepers.

Posted July 19th at 4:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay


Single Dunlin sharing the beach with a decent crowd of paddlers and bathers! 

Posted July 19th at 4:00 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Paignton, Preston Beach.

A mixed flock of 4 Sanderling and 3 Dunlin on the beach this morning.

2 Sanderling(left), 3 Dunlin(centre) and 2 Sanderling(right).
2 Sanderling(left), 3 Dunlin(centre) and 2 Sanderling(right).

Posted July 19th at 11:41 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram 18/7/20

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on Blaxton Meadow (unfortunately, appeared to be tangled in fishing line), 3 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 juv & an adult Shelduck, adult Mediterranean Gull & Green Woodpecker.

Posted July 19th at 10:49 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 18th July 2020

Kingsbridge Estuary

A Knot in Charleton Bay this evening

Posted July 18th at 10:05 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Yelland to Instow

More from my outing.


Marbled White
Marbled White


Posted July 18th at 5:52 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Yelland to Instow

Out on my trotters again today this time around Yelland and Instow.  Saw the following: 4 Oyster Catchers, 1 Curlew, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Stonechats, 1 Dunnock, 2 Sedge Warblers, 3 Marbled White and a few Orchids.


Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted July 18th at 5:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


A flock of c600 Gulls loafing on the salt marsh at high tide, mainly Black-headed Gulls but including 166 Mediterranean Gulls of which 31 were juvs a record number for me at this site. Only 8 Herring Gulls, 1 Common Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern. The only waders were 8 Oystercatche and a Redshanks.

Posted July 18th at 5:34 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh, Seaton

07:52 - 10:04

Little Ringed Plover x4, Greenshank, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit x9, Reed & Sedge Warbler. Roe in field (1 buck, 1 doe).

Posted July 18th at 4:29 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

On and over the Marsh this morning, female Marsh Harrier, Wood Sandpiper, I green Sandpiper, 12 Little Egrets, Snow Goose, and moderate numbers of Swallows, House Martins and a few Swifts

Posted July 18th at 2:10 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Friday 17th July 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

2 Peregrines, Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpeckers, juv Stonechat, Whitethroat, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, still 4 juv Shelducks & an adult Mediterranean Gull.

Posted July 17th at 6:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

At least 80 Med Gull ( all ages ) and 2 adult Arctic Terns on the beach about 300 metres north of Torcross this morning.

Posted July 17th at 4:12 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Matford marsh

On walk to work this morning 30 little egrets and 2 green sandpipers on Matford marsh 

Posted July 17th at 8:01 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Lopwell 16 July

Took a walk along the Tavy from Lopwell Dam to Maristow Quay checking for waders. Party of four Common Sandpipers by Lopwel - two adults with two juvs.

Posted July 17th at 7:55 am by Rob Jones in Bird News

Thursday 16th July 2020

Shoalstone Point - Brixham

Honey Buzzard being harried by Lesser-black backed Gull and Herring Gulls at Shoalston Point then continued west following shoreline towards Brixham at 12.35 today. This bird was fairly dark and lacked obvious trailing edge to underwing, barring not distinct so would suggest a female.

Posted July 16th at 8:54 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News


An adult Redshank at Torcross end of Slapton Ley this morning,  presume must be pretty uncommon here.

Posted July 16th at 8:44 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

A scan for an hour around mid-day produced 9 Cattle Egrets (6 ads. and 3 juvs.), 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Kestrels (ad. m. passing a food item to a juv.), and singles of Wigeon (with a broken wing), Shoveler, Snow Goose, and Green and Common Sandpipers.

Posted July 16th at 5:11 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Moths July 16

A really good night's mothing last night, for variety rather than numbers, particularly between 10pm and midnight. The Barred Straw was the first moth into the trap but most species were happy just sitting on the wall nearby, where I almost overlooked this intricate little Twenty Plumed Moth.

Barred Straw
Barred Straw

Twenty Plumed Moth
Twenty Plumed Moth

Posted July 16th at 4:19 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Late news earlier this week.

Evening before last I bumped into a birder who had watched a Common Scoter diving for, catching and eating small crabs near the Barnstaple downstream bridge on Monday. Sadly gone the next day.

Posted July 16th at 2:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Spectacular gathering of gulls in the estuary mouth this morning. An estimated 2000+ Herring Gull. An hour or so spent on Exmouth Quay, watching the chaos, produced at least 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, c20+ Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Tern, c10/20+ Sandwich Tern and good numbers of Black-headed Gull. In addition, a flock of 10 Cattle Egret flew past and upriver at 0755 and shortly after, a Tufted Duck. Photos on the blog later.

Posted July 16th at 9:11 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Avon Dam at dawn

Although two-a-penny on most estuaries, even in July, Redshank is not even annual on Dartmoor or elsewhere inland in Devon. Thus an adult at the Avon Dam early this morning was a great surprise and a new species for both site and parish. Also present, one Great Crested Grebe, but no other water birds..

Posted July 16th at 8:13 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Wednesday 15th July 2020


Walking the coast path this evening between Strete and Blackpool sands I was amazed to see a stunning male silver pheasant walking towards me. No doubt an escape but i was able to see he had no ring. He seemed oblivious to me until I got out my camera when he promptly went shy and disappeared into the undergrowth by the stream just north of Strete

Posted July 15th at 9:32 pm by Jeff hacon in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

3 Cattle Egrets on the marsh this afternoon. Also there and along the Tidal Road: 1 Greenshank, 4+ Common Sandpipers, 17 Curlew, 15+ Little Egrets and a Kingfisher.

Posted July 15th at 7:27 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, 2 Peregrines, Whitethroat, Kestrel, Shag & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted July 15th at 5:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

stover country park

5 mute swans, 3 which were cygnets. An occupied nest of great crested grebes, 50 mallards,10 coots,5 great tits,1 blue tit,1 grey heron,3 mandarin ducks,1 stock dove,1 woodpigeon,1 moorhen,2 herring gull,1 kingfisher,2 carrion crow,1 coal tit,1 blackbird,2 robins,1 dunnock and 2 chaffinch.

Posted July 15th at 2:38 pm by Henry Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Black-tailed Gpwit on Blaxton Meadow, 71 Redshanks, 2 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull & 4 juv Shelducks.

Posted July 14th at 9:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Watched from 11:50 till 16:20 covering the high tide

An exceptional day for Mediterranean Gulls with at least 223+ seen most were in shutterton creek (185+) and 20+ on bull hill birds were still flying in off the sea and heading into the estuary in small groups making up the rest of the total the majority were adults and 2nd summer birds but also at least 35+ juvs an and was amazing few hours 

Also seen were 1 Roseate tern , 5+ common tern , 60+ sandwich tern , small parties of swift moving through with 80+ over the afternoon with at least 35+ swallow on walk back along the beach  a nice party of 7 summer plumage sanderling and 40+ gannet in the bay , 1 common scoter was off the sea wall 

Posted July 14th at 8:11 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Uphams Plantation, Woodbury Common.

Never get tired of Spotted Flycatchers.  3 (one pair) this morning in the plantation on the south side nearest to the car park.  Same location I found the species last year.  Also Gt spotted Woodpecker, family of young Goldfinch and others.  Family of 5 Stonechat on the open common.

Posted July 14th at 5:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Paignton, Hollicombe Beach/Marine Parade.

A very unseasonal, possibly immature, Red-throated Diver off Hollicombe Beach this morning.

Also a sighting yesterday morning, at Marine Parade, of the Colour-ringed adult Med Gull, Green RLN4. The bird's sightings record and previous posters, show that the bird has wintered in the Bay each year from 2016 to 2019. It was ringed as a chick at Jablines in France, east of Paris, in June 2015.

Immature(?) Red-throated Diver.
Immature(?) Red-throated Diver.

Adult Med Gull Green RLN4.
Adult Med Gull Green RLN4.

Posted July 14th at 3:05 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Bird of Prey day

Hobby and female Sparrow Hawk seen at Mill Farm, Powderham this morning.

Back home at South Brent, Tawny owls calling during the night and a fly over from a Peregrine late morning.

Tawny owl dead on the Old A38 at Haldon

Female Sparrow Hawk collected from local vets having been picked up at Kingskerswell, bird is in partial moult from immature to adult plumage.

Posted July 14th at 2:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Derriford hospital

Tawny owl seen flying around bircham car park on the Derriford hospital site last night.

Posted July 14th at 6:36 am by David scott in Bird News

Monday 13th July 2020

Dawlish Warren Moths

Two new species for me at the weekend - Herald - a common moth that I cannot believe has taken eight years to get on my list and the less common micro moth Endotricha flammealis.

Herald           Endotricha flammealis
                    Herald                                  Endotricha flammealis

Posted July 13th at 9:20 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News


Evening gull pre-roost count:

Broadsands: 89 Mediterranean Gulls (including 38 juvs), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (juv),74 Black-headed Gulls

Goodrington: 13 Mediterranean Gulls (including 7 juvs)

Preston: 20 Mediterranean Gulls (including 7 juvs)

Posted July 13th at 9:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Anchor wood to Fremington

Late post.  Magpie seen along the Tarka trail between Anchor Wood and Fremington.


Posted July 13th at 8:14 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plymbridge & Piles Copse

A good morning at Plymbridge, several Grey Wagtails,a solitary Dipper, a very obliging Jay,an overfly of Peregrines and a lovely juvenile Robin.A hen Green Woodpecker seen with a juvenile at Piles Copse yesterday.

Jay, Juvenile Robin, Green Woodpeckers, hen & juvenile

Jay, Juvenile Robin, Green Woodpeckers, hen & juvenile

Posted July 13th at 7:49 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Kingfisher, 5 Willow Tit, 10 Coal Tit, 20 Blue Tit, 12 Chaffinch, 2 Mute Swan, 3m Tufted Duck, c30 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker,11 Canada Geese, 2 Marsh Tit, 13 Great Tit.

Posted July 13th at 7:29 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

A pair of Nightjar presented well on Aylesbeare Common last evening with first calls and song at 21.35. Further birds churring at a distance and another on Hawkerland.

Posted July 13th at 9:21 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Nightjars at Bovey Heathfield 12/7/20

Brief fly-past at 21.54, churring from 21.55-21.57, then bird circled around me, at a distance of 3 metres, before vanishing. Then nothing until I left at 22.45. One bird involved?

Posted July 13th at 9:01 am by John Walton in Bird News

Sunday 12th July 2020

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.30 to 09.30: Perfect still, warm conditions for enjoying some classic July post-breeding dispersal and early migration. It really did feel like the first real day of ornithological autumn. Highlight was a steady eastbound movement of Swifts along the cliff-tops, totalling 93 birds. Whether this was migration proper, or a feeding commute, is hard to say, though the sustained, directional movement suggested the former – perhaps birds of pre-breeding age, or failed breeders. Also 16 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin and a flock of 4 Grey Heron. Small groups of Black-headed Gulls (27 in total), 1 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Sandwich Tern heading west – all very much passage migrants at this site. A prominent feature was dispersing juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers – at least 5; one on exposed telegraph poles by the coastguards, others looking similarly out of place in coastal scrub, including one in a gorse thicket!

Posted July 12th at 10:37 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Starcross to Dawlish Warren

The highlight of this morning's WeBS count were 2 Roseate Terns on the mud for a few minutes (apologies for the awful digiscope image - lots of heat haze!) and 22 Mediterranean Gulls.  The Slavonian Grebe was still at Cockwood.  I crudely estimated about 3000 Marsh Helleborine spikes in Greenland Lake - an amazing sight.

Looked around the wheat fields west of Starcross, where Dave Glaves heard a Quail calling yesterday.  'Only' a Cirl Bunting singing while I was there.

 Marsh Helleborine Short-winged Conehead female

Roseate Terns (juv Med Gull on right)      Marsh Helleborine       Short-winged Conehead (female, saltmarsh)

Posted July 12th at 9:49 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Lundy (by kayak)

Kayak trip to Lundy (and back) from Hartland Quay

15 Puffin, all within five miles of Lundy

plus 15 Common Dolphin, 8 Harbour Porpoise, 2 Sunfish

Puffin                                     Puffin                                 Puffin

Posted July 12th at 8:05 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Chelston, Torquay

Flying ants above the houses attracted a flock of around 200 herring gulls late afternoon, with this sparrowhawk briefly soaring among them.

Sparrowhawk and Herring gull
Sparrowhawk and Herring gull

Posted July 12th at 7:41 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Dawlish Warren NNR

09:12 - 13:21

Roseate Tern x2, Sandwich Tern x60+, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow Wagtail, Dunlin, Sanderling and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly were the highlights.

Posted July 12th at 4:45 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

9 Greenshanks from the kayak in South Pool Creek this morning.

Posted July 12th at 4:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Dartmoor: Cadover area

Female Goosander and 3 almost fully grown juvs first thing. 


Posted July 12th at 11:34 am by Chris E in Bird News


24 Swifts around Florence Cottages.

A pod of folphins south off the beach being harassed by a large rib, not good.

Posted July 12th at 10:59 am by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Saturday 11th July 2020

Fly catching gulls Dawlish

Mixed flock of Herring ,Black headed gulls including 1 Juv Yellow legged Gull and 1 Juv Med Gull, over Oakland park and boat cove, Dawlish

Posted July 11th at 6:06 pm by paul barker in Bird News

Paignton Beach/Preston.

A single juvenile Dunlin on the beach this morning. 9 Med Gulls of various ages on the rocks at Preston, together with 4 Sandwich Terns, including one juvenile being fed by an adult.

Juvenile Dunlin.
Juvenile Dunlin.

Juvenile Sandwich Tern.
Juvenile Sandwich Tern.

Posted July 11th at 11:56 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Plym Estuary

11 Common Sandpipers  at the north end of the estuary and a juvenile Med Gull.

Posted July 11th at 9:54 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Friday 10th July 2020

Dawlish Warren NNR

09:22 - 12:52

Great Northern Diver out to sea along with Gannet; Dunlin; plenty of Oystercatcher, Med. Gull and Curlew, 12 Sandwich Tern and a distant Slavonian Grebe. 

Posted July 10th at 4:57 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A male Stonechat with 3 juvs, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker with a juv, Green Woodpecker, Greenshank, 32 Curlews, 50+ Redshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull & 2 Roe Deer. 

Posted July 10th at 4:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Roof-nesting oystercatchers

Re: Dave and Sue's observation, I do wonder how many roof nesting pairs are overlooked in the county as there may be fewer instances than in more urbanised counties to look down onto flat roofs from adjacent taller buildings? A pair of oystercatchers were certainly breeding on an industrial unit roof beside DevonBirds' own Bradiford reserve (Pottington Ind. Est.) when I surveyed there in 2016, adults collecting food from the reserve itself. The fact the chicks are fed this way rather than self feeding is of course what makes roof nesting feasible for the species.

Posted July 10th at 11:57 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Thursday 9th July 2020

Prawle Point

In what promised so much, given the conditions ... South west 4-5 winds, with mist to the horizon, a seawatch from 6.45 till 12.45, testing on the eyes, looking for feet projections etc ...

34 Balearic amongst 2467 Manx Shearwaters; and 3 Sooty Shearwaters ( my first this autumn); 579 plus Gannets ( 2/3rds immature)  and 35 Auks ( both Gulllemots and Razorbills) 15 Common Svoter eats and 2 Med. Gulls- a 1st summer and an adult summer. Also of note 140 plus Herring Gulls flying west.

Posted July 9th at 10:56 pm in Bird News

Oystercatchers breeding in Kingsteignton

Sue saw a pair of noisy Oystercatchers in Kingsteignton today. We returned this evening and found them with a large chick.  One adult (sometimes the pair) was on the far (eastern) end of Bookers' roof in Pottery Road, Kingsteignton Industrial Estate, the other flying out low to collect food on Newton Abbot Racecourse.  The chick, almost fully grown, had an injured leg and remained close to the end of Bookers' building, next to a large (aircon?) unit where there was room for it to hide underneath if necessary.  I suspect there was at least one more chick on Bookers' roof, where I'm guessing they nested during the peace and quiet of the Covid-19 lockdown.  I'm also guessing that the chick has somehow fallen to the ground, maybe injuring its leg in doing so. The roof in question has a very shallow angle and so is not strictly a flat roof.

According to New Scientist (2005): "Oystercatchers nest on flat, gravel-covered roofs in Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Northern Germany and Belgium. ... Aberdeen has about 220 pairs nesting on roofs in the city and a few pairs nesting on the ground in car parks, industrial yards and flowerbeds. They feed the young on earthworms obtained from playing fields and other grassy areas near the buildings... The birds can exploit the roofs because they are one of the few wading birds that carry food to their young. Interestingly, about 24 towns in Scotland have a few pairs nesting on roofs, but only about six towns in England."

This is the first roof-top nesting I'm aware of this part of the world.

Posted July 9th at 9:28 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Ilfracombe Pier

Flock of maybe 80 Common Scoter heading West off the Pier today, they could turn up at Baggy / Downend.  Lots of Manx Shearwaters to be seen for weeks now with huge numbers headed Up channel on Tues with counts of well over 200 birds passing per min. 16 Ad Med Gulls and the odd Skua sp seen most days during recent rough weather.

I've had a look through the Gulls near Barnstaple Old Bridge last Wk I was surprised how many had been leg ringed, a bit annoying as I couldn't get close enough for any decent photos. 

Common Scoters
Common Scoters

Posted July 9th at 6:12 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Swifts in Drewsteignton

Good numbers of screaming swifts above the village over the last two evenings, max 35 counted.

Malcolm Burgess checked nest boxes on two thatched rows of cottages on either side of the square/churchyard with very positive results. From 22 nest boxes installed under thatch eaves, 17 were occupied by breeding pairs and contained 35 chicks and a late pair incubating eggs. Each year since 2012 most adults are trapped and ringed, and due to high site faithfulness and swifts being long lived, for nearly all of the 24 adults caught this week, we have detailed histories. As the colony has grown (by gradual colonisation of increasing numbers of nest boxes) we find a small number of new breeders fledged from the village or from another similarly monitored colony 3 km due west. This usually occurs many years later, but this year one recruited aged only 2 years. Three breeders caught this week are at least 8 years old and most at least 5 years old.

Posted July 9th at 1:01 pm by nick dixon in Bird News

Med Gulls

At least 18 adult Med Gulls in Otter Estuary from 9.30 today.

Posted July 9th at 10:55 am by Ray Hamilton in Bird News

Marine Parade,Preston,Paignton & Goodrington.

15 Mediterranean Gulls on the rocks this morning, 9 adults, 2 second summer, 2 first summer and 2 juveniles.

7 Sandwich Terns also present, including 1 juvenile and 12 Black-headed Gulls including 2 juveniles.

A female Tufted Duck with 4 ducklings also seen at Youngs Park, Goodrington.

Sandwich Tern(adult) centre & Black-headed Gull(adult) bottom left.
Sandwich Tern(adult) centre & Black-headed Gull(adult) bottom left.

Femaie Tufted Duck and ducklings.
Femaie Tufted Duck and ducklings.

Posted July 9th at 10:31 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0620-0820: 1 Pomarine Skua ad pale > N, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (inc 1 juv my first of the summer), 303 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Balearic Shearwaters also 6+ Harbour Porpoise and 20+ Common Dolphin. An ad Peregrine brought in  in an ad tern (I picked up the falcon a long way out but came straight over my head), the close scope views led me to believe it was a Roseate Tern - full black cap, all black bill and pale grey drooping wing with grey wedge, I didn't see any other terns during the mornings watch! A juvenile Tawny Owl was roosting in the quarry again.

Manx Shearwaters Berry Head July 2020  Harbour Porpoise Berry Head July 2020 Juv Tawny Owl Berry Head July 2020

              Manx Shearwaters                                        Harbour Porpoise                       Juv Tawny Owl

Posted July 9th at 10:08 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

South Efford Marsh Tuesday 7th July

Juvenile Marsh Harrier seen hunting over the marsh around 6pm. 

Posted July 9th at 8:03 am by Verity Jepson in Bird News

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Steve Madge

Vic and Sylvia Tucker passed on the sad news that Steve Madge passed away on Monday after a long illness. A great birdwatcher, tour leader and author of several books including the Helm guides to Pheasants, Partridges and Grouse also the  Wildfowl identification Guide and The Handbook of bird identification for Europe and the Western Palearctic. Although he lived just the other side of the Tamar in Cornwall many Devon Birders will have know Steve very well. 

Posted July 8th at 7:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tamar estuary /Ernesettle

This afternoon on a low tide:

4 Grey heron, 11 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, Swallow and 16 Swift under the low cloud. 

Posted July 8th at 6:08 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Sidmouth seafront

at least 25 ?common scoter in a ragged line offshore Sidmouth seafront this afternoon about 3pm

Posted July 7th at 9:55 pm by Richard Ellison in Bird News


Four Whinchats with two young today at Firth bridge area

Posted July 7th at 8:31 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Thrushes - East Dartmoor

30-40 Mistle Thrushes , inc. many juveniles, feeding in bracken above Moor Farm, Throwleigh. Accompanied by similar number of blackbirds and a family of G-S woodpeckers. Always a good area for Mistles, seems to have been a very successful breeding season.

Posted July 7th at 7:47 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News


75 Common Scoter south past Torcross this morning.

Posted July 7th at 5:56 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Broadclyst, Nr Exeter

East and Mid Devon members may recall that we jointly commenced a survey of NT farmland earlier this year and that this came to a halt due to the pandemic. The NT staff were mostly furloughed but I have visited the farm twice recently and made some observations of the birdlife so that this season is not lost totally.   I was pleased to find a pair of Spotted Flycatchers and a very vocal Sedge Warbler in the woodland section.  To date we have over 50 species counted.   It is to be hoped that we may be able to restart the survey and others at some time in the future.  The below pictures show the woodland section and the damp meadow where the above birds were present.  Very different pictures to how we found it in the winter.

Posted July 7th at 4:47 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 6th July 2020

Slapton Ley

Tufted Duck with 2 x 1/4 juvs, Great-crested Grebe with 3x 3/4 juvs Stokeley Bay, 1 Little Egret, commoner in Yorkshire, 5 Cetti's Warblers.

Posted July 6th at 3:51 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News


Garden wildlife today.

Heron and Great-spotted Woodpecker feeding.
Heron and Great-spotted Woodpecker feeding.

Posted July 6th at 2:48 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

East Soar

Hobby hunting hirundines - unsuccessfully this morning.

Posted July 6th at 11:47 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Passage House late morning.

Posted July 6th at 11:34 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Unringed Roseate Tern on the beach at 07:30 this morning with two Sandwich Terns, a Mediterranean Gull and a Black-headed Gull.

From left to right: Sandwich Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Sandwich Tern, Roseate Tern, Black-headed Gull

Posted July 6th at 11:21 am by Will Salmon in Bird News


11 Crossbills flew west at 8.45am

Posted July 6th at 9:58 am by Roger White in Bird News

Sunday 5th July 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

1 Kingfisher, 5 Jays looks to be a family, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted July 5th at 7:20 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A male Stonechat with a juv, Green Woodpecker, 47 Redshanks, 27 Curlews, 7 Little Egrets & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted July 5th at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

From the hide over the high tide (7am-9.15am)- 4 adult Roseate Terns (3 metal Ringed), Fs Arctic Tern, 10 Common Terns (inc 1 fs), 5 Sandwich Terns and 20+ Med Gulls showing well on the posts on the island. 

Posted July 5th at 11:01 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Saturday 4th July 2020

Preston seafront

Another productive walk this afternoon with a juvenile Little Gull being both a surprise and star bird. The Mediterranean Gull was still present along with a Little Egret, 4 Oystercatchers, 3 Shags, a number of Black Headed Gulls, a couple of Great Black Back Gulls and at one point several hundred Herring Gulls. 

Posted July 4th at 5:56 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Combined totals with other observers (to 14.30): Balearic Shearwater 222 & Manx Shearwater 380. Also: 52 Common Scoters, 2 Bonxies, Arctic Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, Sandwich Tern & 3 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted July 4th at 5:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator/Sherpa Marsh

Persistent  Heron in by the reserve pond must be finding something there! Still a few singing Reed Warblers and the Grebes seem to be peaceful today. Around Sherpa Marsh good numbers of House Martins, several Swifts and a few Sand Martins. No Swallows. 19 Swans plus a female with three very recently hatched cygnets. a lone drake Tufted Duck the only Duck of note.  A lone Black-tailed Godwit just outside the reserve near the scrape. Back home an adult male Sparrowhawk in the garden unsuccessfully chased a Blackbird. Still a Blackcap singing on a daily basis.

Posted July 4th at 3:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 3rd July 2020

Cockwood, late news

The Exe estuary resident Slavonian grebe gave good views just off Cockwood harbour bridge early yesterday afternoon. Would have been a lot closer if it hadn't swum out to avoid a dinghy coming into the harbour!

Slavonian grebe
Slavonian grebe

Posted July 3rd at 5:12 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A low tide visit, so wader numbers lower than Martin's this morning, but in addition - Green Woodpecker, 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull, & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. 

Posted July 3rd at 4:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Little Grebes. A couple of weeks ago was the last time I saw an adult Little Grebe on the pond in the reserve. The 2 juveniles seem to be doing just fine feeding well and growing into pretty much full size now. Today when I arrived I thought heard a Grebe trilling and then saw 2 Grebes, one of which morphed into an adult when I got a better view. He (presumably) then started giving the juveniles a right run around chasing them everywhere. Does this mean another brood is imminent? Where's he been for 2 weeks? Shouldn't be down the pub - they're all closed!

A few weeks back I put up a long perch nailed to a tree trunk which reaches out about 15 feet over the pond. It's designed for Kingfishers. So a bit frustrating to have a juvenile Heron landing on it! Today, however a Kingfisher did land on it but the resulting photos weren't worth sharing. Will try harder next time.

Posted July 3rd at 2:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


A brief lunchtime visit produced a Great Crested Grebe and 18 Crossbill.

Posted July 3rd at 1:16 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Exmouth - Straight Point

Kittewake colony on Straight Point (Sandy Bay) is thriving.  Difficult to count the birds as they are both flying en masse and visiting the nests, but estimate at least 400+.    Between 180 & 200 nests with one or two fledglings on some and many still incubating.   This is as good as we've seen it over the last 8 years.   

Photos by Derek Carter

Part of the colony
Part of the colony

Posted July 3rd at 1:15 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Plym Estuary.

On this mornings high tide wader numbers have increased. 35 Curlew, 51 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 9 Common Sandpipers and a Kingfisher.

Posted July 3rd at 9:47 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Late entry for yesterday

Lower Tamar Lake.

9 Willow Tit, c25 Swifts, c20 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Collared Doves, 2 Mute Swan, 17 Great Tit, 23 Blue Tit, 9 Coal Tit, 20 Chaffinch, 3 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted July 3rd at 8:48 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Curlews creeping up in number - now 24 on Blaxton Meadow. Also, Common Sandpiper, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, Mallard with at least 8 small ducklings & 6 Roe Deer.

Posted July 2nd at 7:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

14:56 - 16:58

Greenshank x5; Curlew x60+; Black-tailed Godwit x18; Shelduck pair with 2 chicks were the highlights.

Posted July 2nd at 5:50 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Stover 02-07-20

Long distance shot of a Cuckoo at Stover lake, taken from the hide to the opposite bank, not a good shot but a record shot, Kingfisher seen hovering, and 2 Great Crested Grebes making a nest

Posted July 2nd at 4:37 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Southdown Farm, Bolberry

First large movement of outgoing Swifts with 240 moving SW across the farm this morning

Posted July 2nd at 2:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 1st July 2020


Several House Martins swooping low over the beach, good numbers of House Sparrows, a calling Greenfinch, about half a dozen Shags and a solitary Mediterranean Gull.

Posted July 1st at 10:47 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 1st-summers & a 2nd-summer), Shag, 16 Mandarin Ducks, Mallard with 10 tiny ducklings, Green Woodpecker & 6 Roe Deer. 

Posted July 1st at 10:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Robin Khan

I'm very sad to announce that Robin Khan died yesterday at the age of 86. Robin was a stalwart of DBWPS and will be greatly missed.

Robin Khan - 3rd May 2018

Posted July 1st at 10:10 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

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