Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from August 2020

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Monday 31st August 2020

from moor to shore

change of scenery today away from the moors, down at crowpoint.

surprised to find even more wheatears , dunlin and ring plover, there were several little egrets dispersed here and there. singular kestrel hovering over one of the fieds on the way in.

there also seemed to be many dragon flies, singularly , in doubles triples and even a few quads tangled together.

wheatear on a hot tin roof
wheatear on a hot tin roof

Posted August 31st at 8:38 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Exe estuary

Juvenile osprey hunting off Lympstone at low water (noon), not successful and struggled to get airborne.

Posted August 31st at 7:06 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Hope's Nose

4 female Wheatear around the site and a juv Dunlin on the wave-cut platform late morning. 

Posted August 31st at 7:00 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

Blaxton Meadow Monday 15:00 – 17:00. 7 Canada Geese, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Greenshanks, 65 Redshanks, 28 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 16 Little Egrets, 12 Oystercatchers, over 150 Black-headed Gulls, 25 plus Herring Gulls,3 Stock Dove, 1 Sandpiper on the river.

Posted August 31st at 6:44 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Skern at high tide

From Skern on the high tide there were 36 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, small numbers of Mediterranean Gull, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew and Whimbrel. Suddenly all the birds were up from the Instow side and an Osprey was hunting over the Taw beyond Crow Point. It disappeared towards Chivenor.

Posted August 31st at 6:30 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An afternoon’s excursion, ending up at Blaxton Meadow just before high tide where 2 Kingfishers performed well. Also 7 Greenshanks, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 154 Redshanks, 15 Turnstones, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Stonechats, 3 Roe Deer & a Fox.

Posted August 31st at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Season Point 13:00 - 15:00

No sign of the shrike this afternoon. However, great views of 10+ Yellow Wagtail among the sheep in fields above the point. Also on the cliffs a Clouded Yellow butterfly. 

Posted August 31st at 4:21 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News


A late Swift (or maybe 2) and a Grey Heron brightened up lunch

Posted August 31st at 3:18 pm by Rich Billington in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Good to see a Winchat passing through on migration attracted to a family of Stonechats in the scrub. Grayling Butterfly.

Posted August 31st at 2:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Powderham Corner

Bowling Green Marsh this morning. Knot 5+, Curlew Sand 4, Dunlin 130+, Common Sand 1, Redshank 350+, Greenshank 34, Whimbrel 1. Powderham Corner Osprey in trees By Powderham Tower

Posted August 31st at 1:28 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Gaya trust and River Taw.

Adult Spoonbill on the scrape, pair of Gadwall with the Mallards and Teal .

32 Mediterranean Gulls , mainly adults but 2 second winters and 6 first winters on sandbank on r.Taw between Gaya trust and Chivener .A juvenile 

Marsh Harrier soaring over Braunton Marsh.

Posted August 31st at 12:07 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

East Prawle.

Migrants at Moorwell Pond this morning were ,7 Willow Warblers. 15 Chiffchaffs (including a retrapped adult, ringed here on 03/04/2019 ) ,4 Blackcaps ,1 Reed Warbler ;and the Cetti's Warbler ,ringed on the 28th.of July,still present.

Juv. Cetti's Warbler.
Juv. Cetti's Warbler.

Posted August 31st at 11:18 am by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

South Efford Marsh and Soar

Lots of Wheatears at soar on airfield and in most of the fields, Spotted flycatchers in the willows and a few willow warblers, yellow wagtails in the field behind the cafe and a nice whinchat down the bottom. At South Efford several common Sandpipers, 20 Dunlin, 4 Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed godwits and the usual curlews. Distant views of a kingfisher

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted August 31st at 5:49 am by Richie Moore in Bird News


A hundred or more Oystercatchers on the shoreline. Clearly not all in this image.


Posted August 31st at 1:56 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 30th August 2020


Back from a week away and very pleased to see a male Kingfisher in the reserve. Also a juvenile Reed Warbler popped up to inspect me as I sat behind the blind. Caught one Swallow this evening. 5 Curlews nearby.

Posted August 30th at 9:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Frogmore Creek, Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey late afternoon watched from the kayak.

Posted August 30th at 7:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

kingsford hill

birds seem to be scarce on the ground at the moment, smaller ones i find anyway. Out over kingsford hill and challacombe moor i came across 20+ wheatear in different locations , reed bunting,a singular redstart, flocks of meadow pipits and a few swallows.


Posted August 30th at 6:21 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Wheatear - Walls Hill, Babbacombe

Around the cliffs overlooking Anstey’s Cove. Mid afternoon.

Posted August 30th at 5:37 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

From the A39 near Torridge Bridge

Three Swift flew over the road.

Posted August 30th at 4:39 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford.

This morning:  10 Little Egret, 5 Black tailed Godwit, 20 Dunlin, 4 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper on the river Avon, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler.

Posted August 30th at 4:10 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Gore lane - Orcombe Point- Exmouth

35+ Yellow Wags along Gore Lane, Orcombe Point, in fields right of lane with cows this afternoon , but difficult to get an accurate count . 1 late Swift overhead 

Posted August 30th at 3:06 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Venn Ottery Hill, East Devon.

Male Blackcap in full song this morning.  Initial impression of song suggested something different with long drawn out and varied phrases which did not seem familiar.


Posted August 30th at 1:46 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A few birds in glorious weather this morning including: Sand Martin, Swift, 5 Stonechats, Whitethroat, 2 Sparrowhawks, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Stock Doves, Shag & Common Sandpiper. Also 3 Roe Deer.

Posted August 30th at 1:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Osprey, Warleigh Point

1 Osprey at 09:15hrs fishing along the River Tamar off Warleigh Point  (as viewed from Ernesettle Creek), watched for around 30 minutes before it eventually caught a fish and flew up the River Tavy and out of sight.

Also 5 GCGrebe on the Tamar (2 juveniles), a Wheatear feeding on seaweed along the foreshore, 2 Dunlin flying upriver and 3 Raven and a Sparrowhawk over.

Along Ernesettle Creek 2 Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank with Swallows over and a singing Chiffchaff.

Posted August 30th at 1:02 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News


A dawn start to avoid the bank holiday crowds turned up 82 Wheatears, 25 Yellow Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, 145 Swallows, Swift, 66 Skylarks, Sparrowhawk, Golden Plover, 2 Little Egrets (rare here), Common Gull & 180 Linnets.

Posted August 30th at 12:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Trowlesworthy, Cadover Bridge

Whinchat, Redstart and at least 23 Wheatear in fields and on the moor near the farm first thing. 


Posted August 30th at 9:59 am by Chris E in Bird News

North Devon

Spotted Redshank still at Fremington Pill Sunday morning 07.00

Posted August 30th at 7:06 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Saturday 29th August 2020

Dawlish Warren todday

Walk around the site 11 am to 3 pm pretty quiet but a male Common Scooter fairly close in, nice size flocks of Starlings and  Linnets a good amount of Stone Chats, Ringed Plover and Sanderling also near the hide a Wagtail family that we were unsure poor photo attached but think maybe Citrine Wagtail?

Eds - no photo attached.

Posted August 29th at 8:41 pm by William Beck in Bird News

Waders on the Taw by Bradiford Water

Numerous, < 30, Black Tailed Godwit, most in breeding plumage seen on the Taw estuary today between Chivenor and Taw Bridge along with < 80 Redshank We also spotted one Knot by the Bradiford Water outfall 

Two Black Tailed Godwit and a Knot
Two Black Tailed Godwit and a Knot

Posted August 29th at 8:30 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Caen Estuary North Devon

A pleasant walk along the Estuary late afternoon produced juv Ruff 2 Common Sandpiper 15 Curlew 10+ Black Tailed Godwit on the footpath 6+ Wheatear moving through no Osprey seen 

Posted August 29th at 8:30 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

15:11 - 17:15


Curlew (140+); Whimbrel (1); Dunlin; Redshank; Black-tailed Godwit; Greenshank (3); Knot; Ruff (1); Wheatear (1)

Posted August 29th at 7:10 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Warleigh point Osprey.

One Osprey perched on top of dead wood among fir trees, at the Bere Ferrers end of the railway bridge, flew downriver to Kingsmill lake at 1730, caught a fish and returned to the same perch, harassed by Crows. 

Also, 18 Little egret on the Bere Ferrers side of the Tavy.

Posted August 29th at 6:35 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Torquay, late news

Swift seen by Janet over Chelston, yesterday lunchtime

Posted August 29th at 6:26 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This afternoon: 2 Whinchats, Reed Warbler, adult Mediterranean Gull & a Roe Deer.

Posted August 29th at 5:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Seasons point

Juvenile woodchat shrike on the bramble in the farm fields above seasons point seen from the top coast path 

Posted August 29th at 4:37 pm by Mike Williams in Bird News

Osprey's at Warleigh Point 29th Aug 2020

Two Osprey's at Warleigh Point, 0930hrs at low water they came from Lopwell dam area. They began fishing just above the railway bridge up from Warleigh but soon came down opposite us as lots of Crows and Gulls where harrying them, had wonderful views of one diving and catching a very big mullet.

Posted August 29th at 4:23 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Swift over Northam

Equal apologies for this late post but I saw a single Swift at lunchtime on 28.08.20. This bird seemed to have the right idea and was heading west!

Posted August 29th at 1:32 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A walk this morning at low tide produced 1or 2 Dippers, 3 redhead Goosanders, 4 Common Sandpipers, Grey Wagtail, 10 Mandarin Ducks, 3 Kingfishers & 2 Wheatears.

Posted August 29th at 10:16 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Late Swift, Exeter 28/8 18:30

Apologies for late post. 1 x Swift over Maynards School, Spicer Road around 18:30 Friday 28/8/20

Posted August 29th at 10:14 am by Diane Brooker in Bird News

Trowlesworthy, Cadover Bridge

Two Whinchat (migrant, don't breed here) at Trowlesworthy with Stonechats. Seen along footpath to farm in bracken and vegetation. Two juv Green Woodpecker also around. 

Posted August 29th at 9:30 am by Chris E in Bird News

Friday 28th August 2020

Late Swift

Observed a Swift at 9am this morning flying north over the house in Teignmouth. Surprised it was so late in the month and that it appeared to be flying the wrong direction!

Posted August 28th at 9:21 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Berry Head 28th August

Disappointing sea watch between 7.30 and 8.30 am with not too much activity.. 30 to 40 gannets spotted along way out to the south. A redstart showed well on the cliff top but not well enough to take a decent photo

Posted August 28th at 5:43 pm by David Roper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Dodged some very heavy showers at Blaxton Meadow to see: Kingfisher, ad Mediterranean Gull, 5 Greenshanks, 9 Oystercatchers & 2 Dunlins. Also a juv Turnstone in the lower estuary.

Posted August 28th at 4:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

2 Spoonbill drifted south over Berry Head early afternoon one showing obvious black tips to the primaries (imm) the other perhaps showing just a little black but the primaries looked all white in reality - so I guess the Exe Estuary birds..

Posted August 28th at 2:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Braunton Burrows passage migrant sighting

A walk on the Braunton Burrows produced a first for us in the UK. Approaching one of the larger of the ponds to the north of J lane we inadvertently flushed a Green Sandpiper from cover near the waters edge. It called as it jinked and climbed with a sort of pweeit repeated often and disappeared to the north. About twenty minutes later we flushed the unfortunate bird (or another?) again, this time at the margins of nothing more than a large puddle. Nothing more than a grainy image, which I won't bother uploading, as it flew off but the white rump & dark tail edge are clearly visible. As per Collins...first impression was of a large house martin.

Posted August 28th at 1:33 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

East Soar

A brief early morning fruitless search for Dotterel around the airfield but did turn up 2 Green Sandpipers, the first sightings since 2016. Also 250 Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Wheatear & 500 Linnet.

Posted August 28th at 12:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Belle Isle Park, Exeter

Spotted Flycatcher briefly feeding in Park at 7pm Wednesday 26th. Flew off towards allotments over the river. Apology for late post and poor cropped photo. 

Posted August 28th at 5:11 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

Thursday 27th August 2020

Preston seafront

Early evening walk along the seafront was a real treat with 6 Oystercatchers, 15 Turnstones (not so easy to count as they were well spread out), a Little Egret, a Shag, Great Black Gull, many Black Headed Gulls, a pair of Sandwich Terns (adult with juvenile) and a feeding frenzy of 4 or 5 Gannets continually diving not far offshore. 

Posted August 27th at 8:16 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

14:08 - 17:00

Spoonbill (2) (flew west at 16:10); Scaup (2); Wigeon; Teal; Mallard; Gadwall; Shoveler; Curlew; Dunlin (50+); Knot (3); Common Sandpiper; Swallow; Sand Martin; House Martin; Buzzard; Redshank; Jackdaw; Moorhen; Grey Heron; Little Egret; Black-headed Gull; Cormorant; Lapwing; Magpie; 

Posted August 27th at 6:23 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 12:00-14:30 before brief violent storm (wind switching through SE 40mph to N 70 mph briefly) came through when watching impossible for a while! Left 15:30 as wind N and sunny but still many birds tracking N into the wind into Lyme Bay, normal passage direction is S.

2 Sooty Shearwaters (12:15 & 13:34), 3 Balearic Shearwaters (only! This is the time of peak in a normal year, but we seem to have had that in early July!), 829 Manx Shearwaters (many very close, including unidentified bird that got pulse racing), Bonxie, 6 Arctic Terns, 12 Common Terns, 20+ 'commic' Terns, 4 Sandwich Terns, 5 European Storm-petrels, 90+ Kittiwakes (good no's of juvs), also good passage of Gannets and Fulmars.

Posted August 27th at 6:11 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News


Great Egret just to the west of Fremington in fields just by the estuary path. Snow Goose amongst big flock of Canada Geese in fields near Tarka Trail, along the estuary path. 

Posted August 27th at 5:23 pm by Chris Baines in Bird News

Adult Black-crowned Night Heron

Barnstaple on Yeo River this morning down towards the Cricket Club!

Posted August 27th at 3:08 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

snow goose

Seen wednesday 26/8/20 at turf lock exminster marshes

Snow Goose
Snow Goose

Posted August 27th at 2:04 pm by Bob Kent in Bird News

Wednesday 26th August 2020

Home Farm Marsh

A Spoonbill, some Mallard and a few Geese.


Posted August 26th at 11:25 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh, Seaton

Black Hole Marsh, Little Egret 3, Black Tailed Godwit 20+, redshank 20+, Oyster Catcher 10+, Ringed Plover 11, Dunlin 21, Green Sandpiper 2, Ruff 1, Shellduck 4 juveniles.

A Peregrine came in low over the water and tried to take one of the Green Sandpipers, I have never seen this type of hunting behaviour before, the falcon barely inches above the water, the Sandpiper dived under the water and the peregrine flew through the resultant splash.

Posted August 26th at 8:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

North Devon , Saltpill Duck Pond.

My 3rd attempt to post this shot of a Great White Egret

Eds: photos must be reduced in size to be posted there are detailed instructions given when you post.

Any picture file over 1mb  will fail to upload.

Posted August 26th at 7:55 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

North Devon

Saltpill Duck Pond , Great White Egret.

Posted August 26th at 7:43 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

15:15 - 17:46

Two Spoonbill and a Scaup were the highlights.

Posted August 26th at 7:28 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

BGM and Goosmoor

Only one Spoonbill showing this morning at BGM and three Greenshank at Goosemoor


Posted August 26th at 6:12 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Exe estuary

Highlights of a trip to the Exe today included a single cattle egret at Cockwood (in field opposite the Cockwood steps), a common scoter in the estuary off the Warren, an osprey fishing near Cockwood, 5 wheatears on the Warren with another at Cockwood.

Posted August 26th at 6:07 pm by John Waldon in Bird News


4Wheatear,numerous Linnets,Goldfinch and a few meadow Pipits.Large amounts of waders including Knot,Ringed Plover,Curlew,Dunlin.Turnstones,and 4 young Sandwich Terns.


Posted August 26th at 5:32 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Spotted Redshank

Posted August 26th at 11:31 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

Spoonbill at Home Farm Marsh . Great White Egret at Saltpill Duck Pond & a Spotted Redshank in Fremington Pill 

Heavy crop
Heavy crop

Posted August 26th at 11:30 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Tuesday 25th August 2020

Dawlish Warren - Exeter

A multi-stop day (with bins. only) produced:

- from the sea-wall, 2 Manx Shearwaters and a steady stream of Gannets, Kittewakes and Sandwich Terns;

- from Starcross, a Med. Gull and the first G-C Grebe of the Autumn in the estuary, 200+ Turnstones roosting on the breakwater, and many more Sandwich Terns, making probably 100+ for the day;

- no Cattle Egrets at Matford/Countesswear, but instead a Yellow Wagtail with the sheep in the Alphinbrook flood channel.

Going back a few days, there was a fresh brood of 5 Mallard ducklings in the Trews Weir flood channel. I thought they would stand little chance, and next day, for the first time, counted the gulls loafing around: total 1100+, 39:1 Herring to LBB, and, unsurprisingly, no ducklings. With others in the city, 1500+ reported from the lower estuary and usually 500+ at Budleigh, is the East Devon Herring Gull meta-population of national importance? New conservation designation needed?

Posted August 25th at 10:33 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Sidmouth Esplanade

7 Turnstones on seafront in late afternoon.

Posted August 25th at 8:44 pm by Malcolm Steward in Bird News

Otterton Sewage Works

Sea watching from the cliff coastal path near the Sewage works this afternoon (1.45pm - 3.45pm). 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 3 European Storm Petrel, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Skua, but best of all a Leach's Storm Petrel Supporting cast of Fulmar, Gannet and Kittiwake. Strangely, no other Shearwater species.

Posted August 25th at 8:42 pm by Spencer Dicks in Bird News

25/08/2020 Prawle Point Seawatch 08:30 - 12:30

A lone seawatch from the headland so I will have missed many birds.  Counted 397 Manx shearwater, 4 Balearic shearwater, 28 sooty shearwater all but one early bird in a brief passage between around 10:0 to 10:30 ish, 3 storm petrel, 38 northern fulmar and 198 gannet.  All moving South.  In addition a small flock of c40 dunlin passed south.

Posted August 25th at 8:14 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News


Berryhead 6.00-15.30   Many Observers

Fea's/Desertas Petrel  8.30-8.35  ,Great Shearwater 2, Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater 7, Manx 500+, Storm Petrel 11+ many lingering, Arctic Skua 5, Common Tern 20. Arctic tern 4, Sandwich 12, Whimbrel 4. Tuna fish leaping ,Ocean Sunfish and 15+ Common Dolphin

Posted August 25th at 7:53 pm by Dave Dawe in Bird News

Dawlish Storm Petrel's

2 Storm Petrel's off Boat Cove at 6.30pm

Posted August 25th at 7:45 pm by paul barker in Bird News

Berry Head

Didn't stay for the whole morning or day so have not post the bird species totals but did see this fantastic Fea's/Desertas Petrel drift by. 

   Fea's/Desertas Petrel Berry Head 25 Aug 2020
                 Fea's/Desertas Petrel Berry Head 25 Aug 2020
Fea's/Desertas Petrel Berry Head 25 Aug 2020

Posted August 25th at 7:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Highlights around Budleigh today were at least 3 Storm Petrels off the seafront (2+ am and 1 this afternoon). Also a juvenile Wood Sandpiper on the main scrape N of Lime Kiln car park early evening.

Posted August 25th at 7:03 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Little Egret

A Little Egret in our small garden pond this afternoon. Possibly disorientated by the strong winds here at Dunkeswell.

Posted August 25th at 5:59 pm by Peter Lamb in Bird News


Juvenile Caspian Gull off Mudbank today. Also Osprey off there at 1410 and again later on. A Great Skua rested briefly on Maer Rocks early am. Photos and further sightings on my blog -


Posted August 25th at 5:34 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Monday 24th August 2020

Mixture of birds along the tidal Caen to Horsey "Island" today..

Starting at Velator Quay we walked along the bank to Horsey and back. Views of Sherpa Marsh produced Canada Geese X <40 and 5 Black Tailed Godwit.  Apart from all the BHG's and many Little Egret, of interest were a pair of Peregrine falcon harassing <20 Dunlin a 3 x Ringed Plover We also saw either two, or one twice, Kingfisher (male) fishing successfully in the now tidal stretch of the old Caen River bed. We also saw 4 Oystercatcher and 3 Curlew. The unexpected sight of three migrating Swift was a treat. Many juve & adult Barn Swallow were feeding over the fields. A good productive walk.

One of three Common Swift
One of three Common Swift

Posted August 24th at 6:49 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Berry Head

Sea watch between 08.00 and 15.00 hours today produced 612 Manx Shearwaters with only 4 Balearic Shearwaters amongst them. 2 Skuas - probably Arctic, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Swift, 4 Common Scoter, c 60 Kittiwake, c 6 Harbour Porpoise and c 20 Common Dolphins.   

Posted August 24th at 4:44 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton.

The Dutch ringed Turnstone, Z010032, was back this afternoon. This bird was originally reported at this location in a post by Steve Hopper in December 2014 and it has wintered there every year since.

The bird was ringed in The Netherlands in August 2013 and identified by the ringer as a juvenile.

Posted August 24th at 4:42 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News


Another good number of species this morning over high tide. Of interest 16 Knot, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Sanderling c750 mixed flock Dunlin/Ringed Plover, 1 Little Tern and 6 Sandwich Tern

Posted August 24th at 11:41 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Sunday 23rd August 2020

6 Cattle Egrets

Viewed close to the canal towpath just on Countess Weir side of M5 road over bridge. Birds very close to grazing cattle livestock initially thought a mixed group with Little Egrets (2 of which had been seen earlier close to the A379 road and 4 more later found in Exminster Marsh fields on the village side of M5) but legs on the 6 were yellow aswell as beak and a short neck and in flight were pure white as short flying was seen. Time 1900ish. Weather sun with wind.

Posted August 23rd at 11:42 pm by Richard Giles / Fiona Neate in Bird News

Fremington Saltpill

A record shot of the Great Egret on Fremington Saltpill at 07:30 this morning.

Posted August 23rd at 11:03 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in Bird News

Red Kite & Osprey Lopwell - Maristow

A trip to the area to see if I could capture a glimpse of an osprey for the first time in three years.  A kingfisher darting up and over us drew our attention to the sky and there drifting over us was a red kite only my second encounter with one.  A few hours later an osprey came flying down the Tavy towards the Tamar.  The previous night in the same area, we had watched a hobby hunting insects.  

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted August 23rd at 10:17 pm by Shane Willson in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

The Melodious Warbler showed extremely well in the brambles, just north of the new flood defence, adjacent to the golf course, between 15.10-15.25.

Posted August 23rd at 7:03 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


This morning:

9 Turnstone, 13 Mediterranean gull (11 ad, 2 1st winter) 2 Sandwich tern, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Shag, 1 Fulmar on a flypast, several Gannet off Wembury point, 12+ Rock pipit on seaweed, 11 Swallow, 4 Whitethroat, and 2 Cirl bunting.

Posted August 23rd at 4:05 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Melodious Warbler still showing this morning in same area in thicket behind main pond.  Can't attach picture under new guidelines!

Posted August 23rd at 3:34 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

River Exe- Powderham

An Osprey on the River Exe viewed from the steps at the River Kenn at 1.56pm, on the dropping tide, caught a fish north of Mudbank Lane and gave a superb flyover back into Powderham Park until lost from view at 2.03pm

Posted August 23rd at 3:21 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Yesterday’s drake Gadwall still on Blaxton Meadow with plenty of waders (over 200 birds including 7 species). A Black-tailed Godwit dropped in after high tide & a flock of 7 Common Sandpipers was lingering on the lower estuary. Also: 6 Greenshanks, 3 Dunlins, 2 Shags, Kingfisher & adult Mediterranean Gull.

Posted August 23rd at 2:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Erme waster meadow

Ad Osprey on dead tree. 2 Green Sandpipers on water meadow.

Posted August 23rd at 1:02 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News


Good WeBS count on the Skern this morning including 5 Knot, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Sanderling, 2 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern and a Peregrine.

Posted August 23rd at 12:06 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Saturday 22nd August 2020

Cadover Bridge, Shaugh Lakes.

Osprey sighted in the Shaugh Lakes area being harrased by Ravens at 10:00, flew north towards Burrator. Other birds same area, Kestrels (2), Buzzards, Wheatears (4), Green Woodpecker, Stonechats, Sand Martins, Swallows, Meadow Pipets.

Posted August 22nd at 5:27 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Great White Egret near Braunton Great Field

Driving home today around the Braunton Great Field we were surprised to see this Great White Egret fishing in the dike just along from the thatched Linnay.  Saw it catch two fish before it was disturbed by a long line of cars on the unofficial Braunton bypass.  

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted August 22nd at 3:23 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back on the patch after a few day’s elsewhere & surprised to see a drake Gadwall (on Blaxton Meadow), a rare bird here & usually associated with freezing conditions. Also, 6 Turnstones (5 ad-s & juv), 6 Greenshanks, Dunlin, 7 Oystercatchers, 2+ Common Sandpipers & 2 Shags.

Posted August 22nd at 12:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Gaya trust , Yelland.

Imm. Marsh Harrier quartering reserve , Kestrel sheltering in Barn Owl box , 

on the scrape , Ad. Spoonbill , 12 Little Egrets , 9 Greenshank , 20+ Redshank, 11 Black tailed Godwits and 60+ Curlews.   On return cycle 6 Turnstones at Instow.

Posted August 22nd at 11:54 am by Malcolm Shakespeare. in Bird News

images for Saturday 22nd Aug. report from Cadover Bridge

Goosanders at Cadover Bridge


Posted August 22nd at 9:57 am by Bob Barrow & in Bird News

Thornhillhead, North Devon

The male sparrowhawk that regularly visits our garden around the feeders has become aware of a second brood of swallows in the garage roof space. It has now taken to sitting inside the garage presumably waiting for an incoming parent rather than directly predating the nest which is tucked away high up? Its virtually invisible when in there and although I have disturbed it a number of times, the frequency of visit appears to be increasing and I think it can only be a matter of time before a successful strike!

Posted August 22nd at 9:24 am by Mark West in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Cadover Bridge this morning, 2 Goosander, many Sandmartins, Grey Wagtails, Meadow Pipits,Stonechats, Mallards and a solitary Raven, Yesterday there were 6 on the river before the crowds arrived. 

Posted August 22nd at 12:02 am by Bob Barrow & in Bird News

Friday 21st August 2020

Berry Head seawatch 06.00 - 15.50

As disappointing as most of the south coast today, despite the strong winds, presumably due to too clear conditions: 31 Balearic, 163 Manx & 3 (probably more in distance) large Shearwater sp; Bonxie, 7 Arctic & 3 Skua sp; 13 Common, 4 Arctic, 4 Sandwich & 11 Commic Terns; 3 Storm Petrels; ad Mediterranean Gull; 4 Whimbrels; 8 Common Dolphins & 3 Harbour Porpoises.

Tawny Owl calling as I arrived.

Posted August 21st at 9:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 34 Mallard, 5 Coot, 2m Tufted Duck, 25 Blue Tit, 7 Coal Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Robin, 1 Grey Heron,  4 Chaffinch.

Posted August 21st at 8:16 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Teignmouth sea front Friday 21st pm

Good views of a red throated diver just a few metres offshore.. At one stage almost washed onto beach by surf. It recovered and swam out and continued fishing and appeared to be ok.

Posted August 21st at 4:44 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Little Stint

20th Aug 2020, Little Stint at Blackhole Marsh. Please keep board walk hide as is. It is much more user friendly without the dividing panel, put windows back in when appropriate of course.

Staying together is the art of survival!!!!!
Staying together is the art of survival!!!!!
Relax once more
Relax once more

Posted August 21st at 2:56 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Thursday 20th August 2020

Dawlish Warren

Good views for sometime today of the melodious warbler, as you can see in the picture it has a damaged eye but still managing to feed, go to my blog for this and other stuff

Melodious Warbler
Melodious Warbler

Posted August 20th at 7:52 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands & Colyford Common

The Little Stint still around in a flock of 40+ Dunlins; also Peregrine, Kingfisher & 3 Common Sandpipers. 

Posted August 20th at 7:39 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mt Batten waders early eve

Lots of waders close up on high tide seaweed incl 5+ sanderling, 10+ dunlin, 10+ turnstone and 4+ ringed plover plus 3+ Med gulls and 50+ black-headed gulls. Lovely to see the beach being used by birds.

Posted August 20th at 7:36 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh 19th July

In the pouring rain: 2 Spoonbills, Knot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper & 3 Whimbrels among larger numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Redshanks, Dunlins & Curlews.

In the evening, 2 Swifts over Colyton.

Posted August 20th at 7:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Prawle

Migrants at Moorwell Pond this morning were,8 Willow Warblers,9 Chiffchaffs. 1 Blackcap ,1 GardenWarbler. 1Sedge Warbler and 1 Reed Warbler.

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

Bowling Green Marsh & Riverside Country Park

Bowling Green Marsh today 2 Spoonbill, Green Sand, 2 Common Sand, 3 Knot, 650 Blackwit, 1 Barwit, 285 Curlew, 11 Whimbrel, 420 Redshank, 14 Greenshank, 150 Dunlin & 7 Swift. 

Riverside Country Park nothing of real note. 

Posted August 20th at 3:54 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Morning walk to Turf. 3 yellow wagtails, all juvs. in a field next to Station Road. An osprey caught a grey mullet off the Turf. Otherwise quiet.

Posted August 20th at 2:31 pm by John Waldon in Bird News


In the river at Velator on arrival 2 Grey Wagtails and a Kingfisher. In the reserve another KIngfisher, and 7 Moorhens with the 2 remaining young from the first brood helping with feeding the 3 young from the second brood.

On the way home along the Tarka Trail just North of Caen St School this Beautiful Demoiselle perched long enough to get a shot or two.

Beautiful Damselfly.
Beautiful Demoiselle.

Posted August 20th at 1:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

Spoonbill (2), Greenshank (13), Knot (I found 1 but reported to be 3), big numbers of Redshank, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit were the highlights for me this morning.

Please note,face coverings are to be worn in the hide now.

Posted August 20th at 1:45 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Gaya trust , Yelland

On the scrape from Gaya trust hide , Adult Spoonbill , 2 Little Egrets , 4 Shoveler , 3 Teal , 11 Black tailed Godwits , 4 Redshank.   Also a report of a Great Egret Seen yesterday on Saltpill pond , I checked but no sign.....

Posted August 20th at 12:54 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Avon Dam

Like most birds on migration, Sedge Warblers are scarcer inland than on the coast, or just harder to find, so I was pleased with two at Long-a-Traw, below the Avon Dam, two days ago and another there this morning. These are the first here since 2017, though I suspect annual as they occurred in  each of the three years before that. Scarce on Dartmoor, with no records in 2018 and only two in 2019 unless the ringers caught some. Also single brownhead Goosander roosting on the reservoir (out at 0620), two imm Cormorants on the dam parapet and a Pied Fly above Shipley.

Sedge Warbler, Avon Dam, 20 Aug 2020
Sedge Warbler, Avon Dam, 20 Aug 2020

Posted August 20th at 9:52 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Marine Parade, Preston

Late entry for yesterday evening, now 15 Turnstones have arrived back.

Posted August 20th at 8:39 am by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Wednesday 19th August 2020

Berry Head updated totals

Seawatching 06:00-18:00 day totals (many obs):

2 Great Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 78 Balearic Shearwaters, 688 Manx Shearwaters, imm Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skuas, 1 Pom or Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, 5 Sandwich Terns,17 Common Scoter, c80 Kittiwake (many juvs), 2 juv Yellow-legged Gulls, Juv Mediterranean Gull, 14 Guillemots, Grey Seal, c10 Harbour Porpoise, c20 Common Dolphin.

Posted August 19th at 7:35 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News


This afternoon, no sign of the Cattle Egret (the one in the photo - sorry about site info) the Cattle were too far away behind the marsh reed-beds.

On my way home met a friend who had just been at the scrape opposite Wrafton Pond where they had had very good views of the Spoonbill.

Posted August 19th at 4:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 6-10.30am- with ML, MD, DD
2 Great Shearwaters south, 1 at 735am and a closer one at 9am, 38 Balearic Shears, 3 Sandwich terns, Arctic Tern, Common Tern , 2 Bonxies , I juv Y L Gull, 65+ Kittiwakes, 11 Fulmar, 400 Manx Shearwaters, 17 Common Scoter , plus 6+ Common Dolphin, 6-8 Harbour Porpoise. 

Great Shearwater Bry Hd 190820 ML  Great Shearwater & Bonxie Bry Hd 190820 ML

       Awful pics but...  Great Shearwater                                    Great Shearwater and Great Skua

Posted August 19th at 12:20 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret seen late yesterday (about 7.45p.m) just South of the reserve.

Eds - please state location on posts.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted August 19th at 10:11 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 18th August 2020

Dawlish Warren

A Melodious Warbler found by Will S at lunchtime and still showing well on and off behind visitor centre along back path between golf course and main pond mid evening

Posted August 18th at 6:49 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Boat Trip from Brixham

This mornings boat trip from Brixham out into Lyme Bay was very rewarding. Weather was not very kind with a heavy shower of rain but some good birds sighted. At last we had 2 Storm Petrels, 2 Great Skua, Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Fulmar on the water close to the boat, 30+ Manx Shearwater, 1 very dark looking Shearwater(checking ID),4 Common Tern, Kittiwake, Great black-backed gulls, Herring Gulls and a few Guillemots. Also had 50+ Common Dolphin, 1 Porpoise and 2 Grey seals. Next trip 20th September. If interested call Dave on 07970642354.

Posted August 18th at 4:47 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wembury Bay

A modest sprinkling of migrants this morning: single Sandwich Tern, Whimbrel, Ringed Plover & Dunlin; 8 Wheatears, 6 Whitethroats, 8 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps & a pair of Sparrowhawks.

Posted August 18th at 1:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

A smattering of migrants inc.6 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler & 2 Whitethroat.

Posted August 18th at 12:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


As I was passing a gap in the trees looking west, I saw a white bird fly up from Velator harbour and land in amongst the cows. Looking through the bins I could clearly see a Cattle Egret. Closer scrutiny revealed what I think it is a different bird from the one last week, which had a buff patch on it's breast. (see Martin Bond's photo a few days ago) This one is pure white.

Posted August 18th at 11:15 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 17th August 2020

R.Tamar at Weir Quay

Failed in my attempt to find a reported little gull off Hole's Hole, but amongst the 100's of Black-headed Gulls scattered up and down the river was an adult with a yellow ring, "2PAT".

Posted August 17th at 10:40 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Little Stint - Blackhole Marsh Seaton

The Little Stint was still present at Blackhole Marsh this morning and showing well. Also present Wood Sandpiper, Ruff and plenty of Dunlin.

Photograph taken by Mark Dobinson

Great photo of the Little Stint taken by Mark Dobinson
Great photo of the Little Stint taken by Mark Dobinson

Posted August 17th at 9:59 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A rather brief look on tonight’s high tide produced: 3 ad Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Greenshanks, Dunlin, 3 juv Shelducks, 16 Little Egrets & a Mandarin Duck.

Posted August 17th at 8:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cattle Egret at Slapton Ley

Flew into tree at the back of Ireland Bay at 11am

Posted August 17th at 4:18 pm by Graham and Angela Webb in Bird News

Baggy Point

Still a lone Wheatear at the Point. 4 Fulmar around. A couple of Gannets way out, and eventually a loose pod of about 8 Dolphins. On the way back down the path we stopped and I had a brief view of about 7 Manx Shearwaters heading North towards the Point (which I couldn't see). What I was really hoping for was a glimpse of the Orcas seen off Stepper Point in Cornwall yesterday…. No such luck.

Posted August 17th at 1:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hobby at Powderham

Hobby flew from estuary direction and over Powderham estate mid-morning. 3 + Greenshank on tideline.

Posted August 17th at 1:50 pm by Mark Brandon in Bird News


1m Common Scoter & 25 Shags most of them juveniles.


Posted August 17th at 12:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sunday 16th August 2020

Holdstone down

A quiet walk around here today,with very little bird activity at all.there were no meadow pipit's or skylarks, a few stone chat and a few wrens. A single yellow hammer .

Yellow hammer.
Yellow hammer.

Posted August 16th at 6:14 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Addition’s to Alan’s sightings below: juv Yellow-legged Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gulls, 4+ Sandwich Terns, Shag, 2 Dunlins, 2 juv Stonechats & a Green Woodpecker.

Posted August 16th at 6:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning on the Tamar:  

32 Black tailed Godwit, some still in summer plumage, with 1 juvenile Knot amongst them. A flock of approx 30 House sparrow in the blackberry bushes, 40+ Goldfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk, and 1 Common sandpiper on the mud.

Afternoon high tide, Plym estuary / Saltram:

146 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 34 Curlew,19 Little Egret, 4 Ring necked Parakeet, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, and 8 Mandarin (7 Juv's, 1 ad) up river towards Sainsbury's. 

Posted August 16th at 5:24 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

East Soar

A quiet morning with 2 Swift, 55 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 7 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff & 20 Stonechat.

Non-avian: Autumn Lady's Tresses - 124 flower spikes ( cattle moved out of field just in time).

Posted August 16th at 2:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Popped out this morning to Fremington Pill.  Not much around, c50 Redshank, three Dunlin, lots of BH gulls and a Little Egret.

Redshank      Three Dunlin     Little Egret
      Redshank                                                Three Dunlin                          Little Egret

Posted August 16th at 1:27 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Late Post Blackhole - Blackhole Marsh Sat 15th

From the Island Hide, the Little Stint, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and a Snipe along with numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Ringed Plover and Dunlin with a single Turnstone. Also there still a single Sedge Warbler.  At around 5:00pm a juv Water Rail emerged from along the northern reed fringe of the scrape. Swallows and Sand Martins hawked over the water.

Posted August 16th at 11:26 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Berry Head

Nice little fall of migrant birds today:  4 Whinchats, 12 Wheatears, 4 Willow Warblers, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap,  5 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted flycatchers 3 Tree Pipits >W and 2 alba Wagtails.

Also at Broadsands: 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gulls 

    Spotted Flycatcher Berry Head 16 Aug 2020 ML   Whinchat

Posted August 16th at 11:25 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 15th August 2020

Berry Head

Misty conditions produced a few migrants: 1 juv Cuckoo in quarry, 8 Willow Warblers, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 30+ House Martins, 2 Swifts.

At the seawatch point 2-3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Mediterranean Gulls 50+ Common Dolphins and 5-6 Harbour Porpoise. 

YLG BryHd150820 ML YLG 2 BryHd150820 ML YLG BryHd150820 ML

                                     Yellow-legged Gull juvenile 1                                            Yellow-legged Gull juvenile 2

Posted August 15th at 8:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh, Seaton

08:11 - 10:23

Little Stint (1), Ruff (1), Wood Sandpiper (1) along with many Black-tailed  Godwit, Redshank, Dunlin, Ringed Plover as well as Common Sandpiper. 4 Shelduck present too.

Posted August 15th at 7:33 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,

2 Kingfisher 1adult 1juv, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Coot, 16 Blue Tit, 9 Coal Tit, 1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Willow Tit, 3 Wren, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Great Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 12 Jackdaw, 1 Canada Goose.

Posted August 15th at 7:26 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

2 Dunlins new in & Oystercatchers up to 9. Also: 5 Mediterranean Gulls (4 ad + 2nd-s), 3 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 2 Stock Doves & a Green Woodpecker.

Posted August 15th at 7:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram Friday 14th August

Adult Mediterranean Gull (un-ringed) & an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull with ring “2AU9” which I will submit; both on Blaxton Meadow. Also, 153 Redshanks, 3 Greenshanks, 16 Little Egrets, Common Sandpiper & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted August 15th at 7:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Trewsweir Exeter

Pair of Redshanks flew down the Exe and settled briefly in shallows just below the weir at 0720. Then flew back up river. Much calling during flight. 

Posted August 15th at 7:31 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

Friday 14th August 2020

Slapton Ley

A Cattle Egret was perched on a post on the western shore this evening, before flying off towards the Higher Ley.

Posted August 14th at 10:23 pm by Paul Roberts in Bird News

Goodrington Beach

After searching the Torbay beaches this evening for Yellow-legged Gulls, a last ditch stop at Goodrington at dusk  produced this huge juvenile Caspian Gull. A pleasure to share the briefish views with Pete Dennis before the gull  flew off showing off its silky white underwing coverts.

Caspian Gull Juvenile Goodrington Beach 140820 ML Caspian Gull Juvenile Goodrington Beach 140820 ML Caspian Gull Juvenile Goodrington Beach 140820 ML Caspian Gull Juvenile Goodrington Beach 140820 ML

Posted August 14th at 9:28 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Blackhole Marsh

Early evening from Island Hide - Little Stint , Wood Sand, Ruff, Greenshank , 4 Common Sands,  6 Ringed Plover and 37 Dunlin

Posted August 14th at 6:42 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Preston Beach,Paignton.

Following on from Mike's earlier Torbay post, a Ringed Plover and a Dunlin were with the Turnstones today on the rocks in front of Marine Parade.

Ringed PloverDunlin
                           Ringed Plover                                                                                Dunlin

Posted August 14th at 5:27 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Wembury Point

Ringed Plover 13, and oystercatcher 70-80 roosting over tide. Plus whimbrel, common sandpiper, and 2 wheatear.

Posted August 14th at 3:58 pm by Robert Massey in Bird News

House Martins gathering

60+ House Martins gathering on telephone wires outside my window in Colaton Raleigh this morning. Good numbers of juveniles amongst the flock. First gathering of Martins this Autumn for me.  

Some of the 60+ House MartinsTwo Swallows with the Martin flock
Some of the 60+ House Martins                                   Two Swallows with the Martin flock

Posted August 14th at 2:14 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News


A sweep of the southern beaches on this mornings low tide produced:

Broadsands Beach: 4 Ringed Plovers & 1 ad Mediterranean Gull

Paignton: 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Wheatear and 220 Starlings

Yesterday evening at Goodrington Beach 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull 

Posted August 14th at 9:07 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 13th August 2020


High tide at Langdon Beach. Small flock of around 20 Dunlin. Also of note were a group of 4 Ringed Plover near the pipe, don’t think I’ve seen them there before.  

Posted August 13th at 9:14 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Venn Ottery, East Devon

Venn Ottery Common produced little of interest other than families of Stonechat and Willow Warblers and a Gt spotted Woodpecker but further afield the countryside was more productive. 1 Green Sandpiper (below), 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Siskin, 2 Nuthatch and others were present in an area that is not open to the public.  A bat was flying in a shady woodland glade. 

Posted August 13th at 8:04 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Velator reserve

Always encouraging to hear a Tawny Owl, as I did when trying (and actually catching 2) to catch Swallows the other evening. Even better to see one in daylight as I did this morning, it flew off at my approach but a short while later flew out and over the pond then up over the Willow trees, which must be 40 feet high by now. Being chased off by a couple of small birds - not sure if it had caught one as it was a pretty short sighting. A large foraging party of Tits roving around - mostly juvenile Blue Tits. Also saw the first Squirrel for a very long time....

News of foreign recovery.

Reed Warbler S201706 ringed as a 3J (so hatched that year) at Velator in July 2016 and retrapped in Cordoba Spain in July 2019. I've been to Cordoba in August - it gets really hot there in the summer. Reed Warbler numbers have been falling over the years - perhaps they all prefer a hotter climate.

Posted August 13th at 5:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sea birds from Baggy Point

Baggy point today unusually produced no cetacean sightings for us but there was a regular passage South to North of Gannet including a few juveniles.  Also seen at extreme distance going the same way were three Shearwater though what species I couldn't say. At least two pairs of Fulmar seen soaring about, 2 GBB gull, 17 Cormorant and various other usual gulls. Passerines were all the usual culprits: Stonechat, Linnet, Goldfinch, Wren, Meadow Pippet and Whitethroat. 

Posted August 13th at 5:00 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Berry Head

Misty conditions probably failed to produce an expected arrival of migrants: 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Dunlin overhead. Other wildlife included 20-30 Common Dolphin, 5 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth.

Posted August 13th at 4:41 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Dawlish Warren NNR

11:21 - 13:42

A curtailed visit due to the heat.

Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Sandwich Tern, Turnstone (2) were  the highlights. 

Posted August 13th at 4:20 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News


A few birds appeared after the mist eventually cleared: Pied Flycatcher, 2 Sedge, 2 Reed & 3 Willow Warblers, 7 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Wheatears & 8 Whitethroats. Also a few Clouded Yellows about.

South Efford Marsh: Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlins, 3 Greenshanks & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Posted August 13th at 3:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Overhead from the B3236 Buckleigh Road near Westward Ho!

A Red Kite flew over the road heading SW.

Posted August 13th at 3:20 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News


High tide at Langdon Beach. Small flock of around 20 Dunlin. Also of note were a group of 4 Ringed Plover near the pipe, don’t think I’ve seen them there before.  

Posted August 13th at 2:58 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Ringed Herring Gull

Herring Gull presently at Greendale farm shop near Exeter with the gull flock in the animal pens bearing a white ring marked S=Y.

Back home at South Brent the would be Italian Sparrow back on the feeders at lunch time and relaxed enough to allow me to catch it on camera for the first time since it has been coming back into feed.


Posted August 13th at 1:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 12th August 2020

Nightjars at Stover

1 female seen intermittently 20.55 - 21.15. 

Posted August 12th at 9:52 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Blackhole Marsh, Seaton

Seen between 1030 & 1145 , LITTLE STINT (juvenile) feeding amongst  small flock of Dunlin, plus a  Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper & Ruff 

Photos by Derek Carter

Posted August 12th at 4:52 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

4 each of Common Sandpipers & Greenshanks, 2 Mandarin Ducks, ad Mediterranean Gull (no rings), 4 Stonechats & 2 Whitethroats. 

Earlier, male & female Peregrines over my garden (Mount Gould, Plymouth).

Posted August 12th at 4:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 11th August 2020


Osprey perched in Ilton Woods tonight ( distant across estuary from Charleton Bird Hide )

Posted August 11th at 8:52 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

ernesettle creek

30 ringneck parakeet

Posted August 11th at 8:04 pm by barry in Bird News


Ten Mandarins, a family of Great Crested Grebes and multiple sightings of Kingfishers today were eclipsed (for me) by 2 separate male Lesser Emperors, 1 over the main lake and 1 (photograph) at one of the sedimentation ponds. The latter was found during a systematic survey of the no-go areas created last year.  There were also lots of Small Red-eyed Damselflies mating and egg-laying on the main lake, plus Long-winged Coneheads (a bush-cricket) near the hide, at least one Clouded Yellow, Brimstone and a few Silver-washed Fritillaries.

Lesser Emperor male Stover


Posted August 11th at 6:54 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A juv Peregrine buzzing the gulls & waders on Blaxton Meadow, ad Mediterranean Gull (yellow ring on left leg but I couldn't read number), 149 Redshanks, 3 Greenshanks, 5 Oystercatchers, 38 Curlews, 5 Stonechats (family party), Green Woodpecker, leucistic Goldfinch & 3 Roe Deer.

Yestersay in the Cattewater - Kingfisher & 2 Common Sandpipers. 

Posted August 11th at 4:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar & Bolt Head

Migrants included Swift, 7 Tree Pipit on Bolt Head, 3 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat & Willow Warbler. Also: 450 Herring Gull, 130 Rook, Jay, 40 Jackdaw & 20 Stonechat.

Non-avian: First site record of 3 Small Red-eyed Damselflies on Starehole Ponds. Also 4 Emperors & Common Blue Damselfly. Clouded Yellow.

Posted August 11th at 12:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Mt Batten early morning

8 Med gulls incl 2 juvs, 1 Sandwich tern, first 2 common sands of the autumn, 2 redshank. 

Posted August 11th at 11:27 am by Richard Archer in Bird News

Monday 10th August 2020


Cattle Egret present this afternoon with the cows south of the reserve. Also present this evening until about 20.00.

Posted August 10th at 10:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Swifts at East Prawle

High numbers of migrating swifts over the camping fields on saturday 8 and sunday 9 August. Many groups of between 50 to 160 birds heading south, some incredibly high screaming parties, others feeding low over the fields. A single swift over Drewsteignton last night on our return, possibly an adult with late young in a nest we are unaware of.

Posted August 10th at 10:22 am by Nick Dixon in Bird News

Sunday 9th August 2020


Cattle Egret again this evening NW of the reserve with cattle! 19.00 hrs

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Cattle Egret


Posted August 9th at 10:32 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Exe Estuary

Wheatear at the Turf, same location as last year,  over 200 Starlings, 8 - 10 Swallows,, House Martins at altitude, 12 - 15 Pied Wagtails,  5 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Rock Pipits. Oystercatchers, Curlew, 3 Mute Swans, several Shelduck, Rooks and a few hundred Black-headed Gulls on the estuary itself. 

Posted August 9th at 7:52 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip

The boat trip from Brixham out into Lyme Bay aboard Kelly's Hero was at first a bit slow and not many birds about. The second half of our journey was much more productive. Birds seen 40+ Manx and 2 Balearic Shearwater, a Sanderling, 22 Kittiwake, 90+ Guillemots in small groups, 4 Fulmar, 1 Bonxie, Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls. 3 Porpoise and some Common Dolphin in the distance.

Posted August 9th at 7:21 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Migrating Swifts

Yesterday afternoon and this afternoon had views of single Swifts passing over my house in Barnstaple on their way south and yesterday whilst at my field near Codden Hill a Hobby flew over also heading south.

Posted August 9th at 4:46 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News


2 Hobby circling over Coastguard cottages.. 6 Clouded Yellows in the Warren

Posted August 9th at 1:35 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Dunlin at the Pill this morning.

Posted August 9th at 1:26 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A cracking morning on the patch with a juv Marsh Harrier which flew over low west then drifted higher towards Laira Bridge before disappearing. Probably the first record for the site. Then, 3 Green Sandpipers on Blaxton Meadow for a few minutes before flying off towards the narrow river: my first here for many years. Also, Kingfisher, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks, adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Stonechats & a Roe Deer.

Posted August 9th at 12:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Pool Creek - Kingsbridge Estuary

From the kayak - 14 Greenshank & Common Sandpiper.

Posted August 9th at 12:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


First noc-mig recording of the 'autumn' overnight Friday/Saturday. Recorded a Yellow Wagtail calling as it flew over at 05:22. 

Posted August 9th at 10:15 am by Chris E in Bird News

Saturday 8th August 2020


Thanks to Andy for posting my message re the Cattle Egret, which I didn't see again. I was there to catch Swallows, but none obliged tonight. At 20.52 all the Gulls in the surrounding field, which had been feeding happily, suddenly took off and  made a right din. I looked out at the scrape and the Spoonbill circled few times and then landed. Often wondered what sort of time it turned up.

Posted August 8th at 10:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Just rec'd message from John Turner, Cattle Egret south of reserve !9:40h.

Posted August 8th at 7:44 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

G.C.Grebes Stover Lake Newton Abott

Great Crested Grebe Feeding Two Of The Four Youngsters, On The Parents Back This Morning.

Posted August 8th at 3:28 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A different juv Yellow-legged Gull to yesterday’s on Blaxton Meadow. Also, 2 juv Peregrines, Whinchat, 5 Stonechats, 16 Little Egrets, 2 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, Shag, 38 Curlews & 5+ Clouded Yellows.

Posted August 8th at 1:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Along Fremington Pill this evening (7 August) there were 30+ Redshank feeding on the water line.



Posted August 8th at 12:23 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 7th August 2020

Collaton St Mary, Paignton

1 Cattle Egret in field on hillside just N of the Parkers Arms Pub, this evening.

Posted August 7th at 8:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Soar and Slapton

Soar area early morning - 30+ phylloscs, 30+ Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Wheatears

Slapton - juv Yellow-legged Gull, Yellow Wagtail

Posted August 7th at 4:56 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

137 Redshanks (mainly on Blaxton Meadow) with 3 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, juv Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (juv,1st-s & 2nd-s), Kingfisher, 15 Little Egrets & 3 Stock Doves.

Also: Swift, Green Woodpecker, 5 Stonechats, Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Roe Deer & 2 Clouded Yellows.

Posted August 7th at 4:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torbay ~ Cuckoo

Not what you expect to find in a Torbay garden........ a young Cuckoo sunbathing and  feeding on flying ants.

Four Swifts overhead.

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

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond  a B.T.O. ringed Sedge Warbler caught this morning. Hopefully a good distance recovery. Very few other migrants present,with 2 Willow Warblers. 2 Chiffchaffs ,1 Blackcap,1 Whitethroat and 1 Reed Warbler ( a fresh arrival ,with another ringed yesterday at the site )

Posted August 7th at 3:59 pm by Alan K.Searle in Bird News

East Soar & Bolt Head

50 Swift, 28 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 270 Linnet.

Non-avian: 33 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 35 Common Blue, late Dark Green Fritillary & Marbled White.

Posted August 7th at 3:38 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

08:27 - 11:28

Highlights - 1 Knot, many hundred Redshank, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Harrier, 160+ Curlew, Whimbrel, 12 Little Egret, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Common Sandpiper (Goosemoor). 

Posted August 7th at 1:04 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wrafton Scrape

Just before 09.00 the Spoonbill was again asleep on the scrape. Just beyond was a lone Black-tailed Godwit.

Precious little around Sherpa Marsh - 2 Lapwing, 125 Canada Geese....

Posted August 7th at 12:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The highlights of today’s high tide were 116 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 37 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sandpiper & 1 Kingfisher.

Saltram produced 2 each of GSW & Green Woodpecker, 3 Stonechat, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Sparrowhawk & 7 Spotted Flycatcher all together!

Posted August 7th at 10:22 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Thursday 6th August 2020

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich tern on the Plym in front of TR2 resting on a boat late this evening.

Posted August 6th at 11:48 pm by Martin Lavelle in Bird News

Black Redstart on Dartmoor

Black Redstart sheltering appropriately at Black Tor (GR 566 894) on 05/08 and also 7 Red Grouse in flight at Okement Hill on 06/08.

Posted August 6th at 8:53 pm by Stuart Gray in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Seen this morning while topping up the feeders

2 Willow Tit and 4 Long-tailed Tit foraging along the lakeside among the reeds.

Posted August 6th at 7:48 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Velator scrape

From the Tarka Trail at about 09.00 a single Spoonbill roosting out in the water of the scrape. Nearby a Black-tailed Godwit. By the time I had got round into and around to that side of the reserve, both had gone.

SKERN later (4-5pm): 1 Wheatear, and several Whimbrel over. Tide a long way out.

Posted August 6th at 6:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh, Seaton

12:44 - 14:13

Wood Sandpiper was very close to the walkway to the hide giving tremendous views. Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, many Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Shelduck all present too

Posted August 6th at 6:40 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Preston seafront

Early evening, Little Egret, 7 Turnstones, 5 Sandwich Terns (3 adults, 2 juvs) and numerous House Martins (probably enjoying the flying ant fest).

Posted August 6th at 6:38 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Migrating Swifts and Swallows

Whilst working at a house on the top of the cliffs overlooking Westward Ho! this morning, I counted about 30 Swifts and a similar number of Swallows migrating roughly southwards in about a ten minute period. Also seen at the same place very close views of a Green Woodpecker.

Posted August 6th at 3:36 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Berry Head - Wednesday 5th

A combined seawatch from several observers from 0600-1930hrs produced (selected highlights): 42 Balearic Shearwaters, 908 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Pomarine Skua, 8 Arctic Skuas, 8 Great Skuas, 15 Common Tern, 26 Sandwich Terns,3 Arctic Terns, 1 Puffin, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 45 Common Scoter. Also, 10 + Harbour Porpoise and several pods of Common Dolphins feeding undisturbed off the headland (no jet skiers today)

Posted August 6th at 8:21 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 5th August 2020

Berry Head

At Berry head this morning six Cirl Bunting, one Whitethroat, Rock Pipit, Jay, small number of Swallow and three Swift.

From the headland, early passage of immature LBBG, 18 plus Gannet inc three immature birds, Fulmar, GBBG, one Kittiwake, light passage of Manx Shearwater, flock of sixteen Common Scoter.

Harbour Porpoise showing well and one Common Dolphin.


Posted August 5th at 9:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

c30 Sandwich & c15 Common Terns, c70 Ringed Plovers, c55 Dunlins, 29 Sanderlings, 20+ Whimbrels, 4 Common Scoters, 4 Mediterranean Gulls & a distant Pom/Arctic Skua.

The summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe & 4 Bar-tailed Godwits off Cockwood.

Posted August 5th at 4:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator reserve

Late morning visit, and as I did the usual circuit, I thought I could hear a Curlew calling. A little further on and there it was just circling over and letting out that lovely whistle. Once again quite early here, usually an unusual winter visitor.

Posted August 5th at 1:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 4th August 2020

Swifts on the move

Overhead Braunton Great Field & Marsh this morning at about 10:30 was a steady passage of Swift all heading generally south. Counted 17 before we had to continue our journey. Also seen 7 House Martin's feeding. 

Posted August 4th at 9:04 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

1 Kingfisher, 4 Willow Tit ( three on one feeder), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot, 2m Tufted Duck, c40 Mallard, 3 Magpie, 24 Blue Tit, 5 House Martins, 3 Swallow, 1 Moorhen, 3 Robin, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Nuthatch, 5 Coal Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail c200 Canada Geese.

Posted August 4th at 7:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


45 Swifts south, 2 Sand Martins, 5 Wheatears (1juv), 5 Willow Warblers,  11 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 27 Whitethroats, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, juv Bullfinch, 2 Roe Deer, Hare & a Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

South Efford Marsh: 28 Curlews, 3 Greenshanks & 3 Common Sandpipers.

Posted August 4th at 3:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

6 migrant Wheatears, 35 Swifts & Clouded Yellow.

Posted August 4th at 2:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Prawle Yesterday Monday 3rd August

Apologies for late news. An Icterine Warbler was found in PIg's Nose Valley by Pat M. on Sunday (reported on Birdguides). I saw the same bird yesterday Monday 3rd 100 yards below the entrance gate, in gorse on the west side of the valley from 8.40am till 9.05am. Long primary projection, slim build, steely blue legs and silvery wing panel all good for this species.

Earlier at Moorwell Pond (the village pond) at least 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler ,Willow warblers, Blackcap, Whitethroat, and Cetti's Warbler plus 20 plus Swifts flying over the village. More Willow Warblers and another Sedge Warbler in Pig's Nose Valley.

Posted August 4th at 11:25 am in Bird News

South Brent ~ "Italian" Sparrow

Just after 10 am this morning the "would be" Italian cock Sparrow "Passer Brentus" was back on the garden feeders, first time I have seen him since around the 10th June........

Single swift over this evening.

Posted August 4th at 10:18 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Late News Monday 3rd - Blaxton Meadow, Saltram

A big change on tonight's high tide from just a single on Sunday to 151 Redshank.  Also 35 Curlew and 3 Greenshank.  On the rip-rap at Crabtree bridge 3 Common Sandpipers.  Over 300 Black-headed Gulls, but no sign of recent Mediterranean or yellow-legged, or whimbrel.  2 Stock Doves are regular.

Posted August 4th at 7:57 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

West Charleton

2 Great White Egrets seen from my garden 07:20. Appeared to drop down onto West Charleton Marsh.

Posted August 4th at 7:55 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Monday 3rd August 2020

Lyme Bay Boat Trip Sunday

Pictures from the boat trip on Sunday to accompany the sightings Nigel Smallbones posted yesterday.  The Balearic Shearwaters are looking stunning with no moulting evident (?have they finished their moult already?). Looking at the pictures of the terns seen, they all appear to be Common Tern. Good, close views obtained of most species expected.

Balearic Shearwater  Manx Shearwater  Great Skua
Balearic Shearwater                      Manx Shearwater                                 Great Skua

Posted August 3rd at 11:28 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Wrafton pond area

Popped out to Wrafton pond this evening.  On the pond I saw loads of Mallard and Black headed gulls, a couple of Coots and Moorhens and a juvenile Little Grebe. In the field opposite the pond were a couple of Herons and what looked like a common sand piper though I'm not totally sure.

Heron in flight                    Heron
Heron in flight                                                             Heron

Posted August 3rd at 10:05 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Corndon Tor, Dartmoor


Juvenile Whinchat, female and juvenile Wheatear. 

Nearby, a pair of Stonechats and a juvenile, 3 Ravens. Numerous Linnets, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. 

Posted August 3rd at 8:19 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Velator and Sherpa Marsh

Becoming very quiet around the reserve of late, but today the Moorhens were busy with a second brood of at least 4 tiny bundles of black fluff.  The two remaining juvs from the first brood are still around. I remain confused about the presence of one adult Little Grebe. 2 Kingfishers chasing about today. Yesterday a Common Sandpiper out on the scrape early on. Still getting intermittent visits from a juvenile (or 2) Herons. A returning Teal was in the reserve yesterday.

Around Sherpa an exciting doubling of the numbers of Lapwing, from one to.....

170+ Canada Geese, 15 Swans, 3 Teal. Water levels too high, no muddy margins. I think the farmer is keeping the water level up so that the cattle have somewhere to drink. A male Stonechat on the riverbank today.

Posted August 3rd at 7:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head kayak trip

kayak trip around Marella Explorer moored off Berry Head.

200 Manx Shearwater resting in a scattered raft.

1 Balearic Shearwater in amongst them

plus 100+ Common Dolphin

6 Harbour Porpoise

Manx ShearwatersBalearic ShearwaterCommon Dolphins
Manx Shearwaters                  Balearic Shearwater                              Common Dolphins

Posted August 3rd at 6:53 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News


All five pairs of Spotted Flycatchers in and around Arlington woodland have done well and raised families.All fit and feeding up now.Beautiful young Tawny Owl made our day.

Young Tawny Owl.
Young Tawny Owl.

Posted August 3rd at 5:30 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

East Prawle

Migrants at Moorwell Pond this morning were 12 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs ( 1 Juv. ), 4 Sedge Warblers,1 Reed Warbler and 1 Cetti's Warbler.

1st. Yr. Sedge Warbler.
1st. Yr. Sedge Warbler.

Posted August 3rd at 5:20 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning (low tide): Shag, 5 Stonechats, 4 Whitethroats, Willow Warbler, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kestrel, 75+ Gatekeepers, 10 Small Heaths, Clouded Yellow & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted August 3rd at 5:00 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth.

August is a quite month for birds so I was not expecting much from a walk around the moor.  However a reasonable list ended with Bullfinch (1), Swift (3), House Martin (1), Stonechat (4), Whitethroat (2), Willow Warbler family group (5 ), Siskin (1), Kestrel (1), Buzzard (2), Raven (2).  

Posted August 3rd at 3:23 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Re Night Heron

Hi Jon

Birdguides saying Adult Night Heron on River Yeo on Friday 31st July

Posted August 3rd at 11:12 am by David Cope in Bird News


Unidentified Parakeet sp (not Ring-necked) over Forder Vally just now. 

Posted August 3rd at 9:33 am by Rich Billington in Bird News

Night Heron

The RBA map is showing a Night Heron in (or near?) Barnstaple this morning. Anyone any clues whereabouts?

Posted August 3rd at 9:22 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 2nd August 2020

Dawlish Warren NNR

16:17 - 20:11

Highlights: 50+ Ringed Plover; 50+ Sandwich Tern; 3 Common Tern; pr Blackcap; Sanderling, Dunlin, 1 juv Shelduck; 2 Wheatear; Whimbrel; 3 Mediterranean Gull (1 ringed on left leg PPJ1); 20ish Common Scoter and 1 singing male Cirl Bunting by the reserve exit.

Posted August 2nd at 10:02 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Adult & 2nd-s Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, Whimbrel, 7 Mandarin Ducks & a Stock Dove.

Posted August 2nd at 6:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Fem / imm Marsh Harrier briefly in Ireland Bay this morning. Along the beach 2 Whimbrels, 8 Sandwich Terns, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Wheatears. Just a single Med Gull ( juv )

Posted August 2nd at 3:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip

A social distancing boat trip out of Brixham into Lyme Bay this morning, only 6 on board. A great trip seeing 300+ Common Dolphin on the edge of Torbay, once further out a continuous movement of Manx Shearwater, 400+ and 40+ Balearic Shearwater. Other birds sighted 20+ Comic Tern, 50 Kittiwake, Fulmar, Gannet, Lesser Black-Backed, Great Black-backed Gull, many Herring Gull, 3 Waders flying past the boat and 2 Great Skua. 5 Grey Seals on the rocks as we came back in. A good trip. Further trips running on 9th August and 13 September. Boat called Kelly's Hero,  call Dave if interested on 07970642354. hope to post some pictures later!!

Manx Shearwater N Smallbone Common Dolphins N Smallbones Balearic Shearwater N Smallbones

     Manx shearwater                             Common Dolphins                                            Balearic Shearwater

Posted August 2nd at 2:52 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Saturday 1st August 2020


I was really pleased to bump into my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year in the woods above Chudleigh this afternoon especially as it was feeding a youngster. Good to know they are breeding here. 

Posted August 1st at 10:42 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

South Efford

1st August. 50Canada Geese,12Curlews, 2 Herons 3BlackGodwits,   2 Green enshanks,5 Shovellers

Posted August 1st at 9:41 pm by Peter Holt in Bird News

Razorbills - Torquay

Still two Razorbills just outside the mouth of Torquay Harbour, 11.00 today, plus at least four Turnstone on the rocks off Haldon Pier

Posted August 1st at 9:03 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Exminster marsh

A walk out from Exeter along the canal  to exminster marsh this afternoon was generally quiet but a gathering of black headed gulls near the fisherman’s car park included 14 Mediterranean gulls ( 6 juvs, 1 1st summer, , 5 2nd summer and 2 adults) 

Posted August 1st at 8:17 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls on Broadsands beach last night + 1 Juvenile Mediterranean Gull.

Yellow Legged 2 Gull Broadsands 31 Jul 2020 ML Yellow Legged Gull 1 Broadsands 31 Jul 2020 ML  

The 2 Yellow-legged Gull juveniles


Yellow Legged & Herring Gull Broadsands 31 Jul 2020 ML Great Black-backed Gull Broadsands 31 Jul 2020 ML   juvenile Herring and Yellow legged Gull  (foreground)                            juvenile  Great Black-backed Gull

Posted August 1st at 7:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lopwell Dam/Maristow 1.8.2020

About 30 House Martins in the area, with many juveniles but also young still being fed in the nest.  One Kingfisher the first seen here for many months, and a family party of three Ravens.  At least five Common Sandpipers near the dam, one Stock Dove calling, and one Jersey Tiger moth in vegetation near the dam.

Posted August 1st at 3:21 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Riverside Country Park, Exeter

11+ Green Sandpipers together, on muddy pool at about 7am, above Countess Weir. Possibly more as saw another 6 which I have to assume overlapped with the 11. Otherwise 2 Reed Warbler and a Kingfisher we’re the best of the rest. 

Posted August 1st at 9:15 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

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