Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from September 2020

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Wednesday 30th September 2020

Prawle Point

From Tony Marchese
I had a good seawatch today 7.05am till 3pm in SSW/SW/WSW winds force 5-6/gusting to 8 at times!
Sabine's Gull- adult moutling/adult winter-at 8.46am going west
214 Balearic shearwaters
6 Sooty Shearwaters
Zero Manxies
8 Arctic Skuas west and  1 east
2 Bonxies
291 Kittiwakes west (only one immature)

Posted September 30th at 8:52 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

06:55-18:25: Leach’s Storm-petrel @13:45 (very rare at this site!), 19 European Storm-petrels, 29 Sooty Shearwaters, 75 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua, Pom/Arctic, 122 Arctic Skuas, 17 Bonxies, 12 Sandwich Terns, Arctic Tern (juv), 6 Common Terns, c400 Kitts, 432 Auks, Great Northern Diver. Also light passage of Swallows in front of the heavy rain. Cetaceans: 4+ Harbour Porpoise and distant Common Dolphins.

Some video footage taken by Mike Langman of one of the Sooty Shearwaters catching up with some Balearic Shearwaters here: 

Posted September 30th at 8:24 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Leucistic House Sparrow

Photos by Stewart Beer, relating to post on 28/9/20

House Sparrow
House Sparrow
House Sparrow
House Sparrow

Posted September 30th at 5:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point & Widmouth Head

A late post for yesterday, Tue 29 Sep:

I spent the mainly sunny and almost windless morning (06.55 to 11.50) monitoring visible/audible migration, mainly of passerines, and looking landwards for much of the time. If the albatross seen at 08.30 off Hurlstone Pt (Somerset), about 35km E of Widmouth Hd, flew past me within range of eyes or optics, I missed it! It was nevertheless an excellent morning. A ringtail Hen Harrier flew steadily due W and quite high up, well out over the Bristol Channel at 10.35 – I lost it to scope view at 50x with Lundy in the same field of view. Much more surprising was a first-winter Iceland Gull that flew E (interspersed with a steady eastbound stream of mainly first-winter Herring Gulls) at 11.30.

A pulse of Swallow migration off the sea at 08.30 was followed by much more sustained southbound passage from 11.00 onwards; total = 198. Also 9 Skylark, 3 alba wagtails, 63 Meadow Pipit, 27 Chaffinch, 44 Linnet, 31 Goldfinch and 5 Siskin. Few grounded night migrants in the scrub, just 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest & 3 Song Thrush. Other apparently dispersing/migrant birds included single Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Coal Tit.

Posted September 30th at 4:18 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

S. Hallsands.

Before the rain set in ,14 Chiffchaffs. 7 Blackcaps and 6 Robins. I was hoping for Goldcrests but no sign . Still a little on the early side.

1st. Yr. Robin.
1st. Yr. Robin.

Posted September 30th at 1:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Marsh Harrier hunting over the marsh near Turf Locks early this morning. 

Posted September 30th at 12:46 pm by Paul Thearle in Bird News

Branscombe and Sidmouth

Stonechat on Branscombe cliff and Dipper on river Sid


Posted September 30th at 8:40 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Leucistic House Sparrow

pics missing from previous post in gallery

Posted September 30th at 7:11 am by stewart beer in Bird News

Tuesday 29th September 2020

Barnstaple - Yelland

Walked the railway today. Highlights were Glossy Ibis and Spotted Redshank in Fremington Pill, four Cattle Egret on the Gaia Trust farm, and a Spoonbill asleep at Isley. Also present were five Grey Plover, twenty or so Barwits, and a dozen or more Swallows feeding, but not moving on, over Penhill Marsh.

Posted September 29th at 8:46 pm by James Camden in Bird News

The river Plym at Marsh Mills

This afternoon I watched a Kingfisher, a Common Sandpiper and  a Grey Wagtail on the opposite bank of the River Plym between the Plymouth Road bridge and the overpass at Marsh Mills. Images not as sharp as they could be due to the distance..

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 29th at 8:15 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Osprey - Bere Peninsula

Cycled over to Kingsmill Lake where, after an unsuccessful fishing attempt with a big splash, an Osprey rose up high before crossing the Tamar and appeared to head up towards Lopwell Dam.

Posted September 29th at 8:01 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Velator again

Sorry, forgot to mention that there were several Black-headed Gulls chasing insects (ants?) over the reserve a few times this morning and with then was a Mediterranean Gull. Plus - first time I've seen Golden-ringed Dragonfly in the reserve too. By the Caen - a Clouded Yellow Butterfly. First this year.

Posted September 29th at 7:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Velator/River Caen

Ringing this morning was good if you like Great-spotted Woodpeckers - I caught 4, only one had a ring on (2018). Also of note: 3 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Wood Pigeon, retrap Kingfisher. Song Thrush and Goldcrest seen but not gracing the nets. First time I have seen a Golden-ringed Dragonfly in the reserve. Later on walked down the Toll road and found 30 Dunlin, 6 or so Redshank, And my first Clouded Yellow this year.

Posted September 29th at 5:04 pm by jon turner in Bird News

29-09-20 Radford Lake

Kingfishers showing well at Radford Lake - 2 male & 2 female also the usual Heron showing well on it's perch, by the ruined boat house

Posted September 29th at 4:23 pm by Gregory Bradbury in Bird News

East Soar

Glorious weather so predictably hard work! Best were Great Spotted Woodpecker west over the Warren, 2 migrant Coal Tit at Starehole Ponds (rare here), first Goldcrest of the autumn, 11 White Wagtail, 23 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 330 Meadow Pipit, 5 Wheatear, 14 Chiffchaff & 570 Herring Gull. 

Non-avian: 3 Southern Hawker, Clouded Yellow & 5 Wall Brown.

Posted September 29th at 3:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ridgeway care home

been sprucing up voluntary a local care home garden in plympton, including a range of feeders.  we now have visiting today, blue/great/coal/long tail tits, a charm of goldfinch, adults and juv. robins, blackbirds, sparrows, dunnocks, gs woodpecker, jays, hedgehogs, magpie family, and all this has got the attention of a pair of sparrowhawks, seen both male and female over past week.

Posted September 29th at 2:51 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Monday 28th September 2020

coast path Thatcher Rock

Wheatear “running” along the path, buzzard hovering overhead in the wind

Posted September 28th at 9:22 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Exminster Marshes Sunday 27th Sept

Very quiet around the reserve on Sunday, a lone peregrine using a pylon as a lookout post on the far side of the railway track. At the end of the walk heading back to the car park from the canal , thrilled to see a female marsh harrier hunting over the reed beds and fields, disturbing a startled heron, as she dropped into the reeds momentarily.

Posted September 28th at 9:14 pm by Simon Voysey in Bird News

Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe

This morning 3 Mistle Thrush were around the Church yard. Late afternoon off Ilfracombe Pier a Juv Pomarine Skua followed in a fishing trawler then headed west down channel. 2 Little Egrets were on Larkstone beach alongside the Herring Gulls. 

Posted September 28th at 8:40 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first returning Snipe & Shelduck of the autumn brightened up a rather dull afternoon. Also, 6 Greenshanks, Dunlin, 10 Oystercatchers, 13 Turnstones & 3 Mandarin Ducks.

Posted September 28th at 6:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Hams, late post for Sunday

200 Swallows over A379 west of Kingsbridge, 50 Swallows between  East and West Charleton, 300 Swallows Torcross all flying north till 6pm then all south, maybe roosting at Widdecombe Ley or Hallsands reedbeds. 6 Comic Tern off Torcross.

Posted September 28th at 6:14 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Leucistic House Sparrow

With pretensions of being a snow bunting this house sparrow is to be seen in a flock of 20-30 of its kind visiting gardens at Furze, near Chittlehampton 

Posted September 28th at 4:55 pm by stewart beer in Bird News


A feeding pod of c.20 Common Dolphin offshore this morning attracted in a feeding frenzy of Gulls and Gannets along with a small dark Skua Sp. and c.23 Shearwater Sp.- too distant to ID (no telescope with me). Eventually the Dolphins moved off west with the Shearwaters following in a line low over the water. 

Waders still present along the beach at Wembury Point on the incoming tide - 4 Grey Plover still, now 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone and a Dunlin with 4 Curlew and Oystercatchers. 2 Little Egret, 4 male and a female Mallard and a Wheatear also seen.

37 Mediterranean Gulls (14 1st winters) roosting on the rocks before all flying off east as the tide came in. 

58 Canada Geese resting in the stubble field. GSWoodpecker heard in the pine trees at The Point again. Stonechat and Cirl Bunting showing well along the coast path along with a pair of Blackcap. Noticeable increase in Meadow Pipit in the fields. Great Wagtail and Kestrel over. 

Posted September 28th at 4:52 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News


Among the rock pools this morning were 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover and 4 Mediterranean gulls on the fringes of Wembury point. 

Posted September 28th at 3:35 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

East Soar

Today's tally inc.Sparrowhawk, 120 Skylark, 450 Meadow Pipit, 20 Alba Wagtail (inc.7+White), 9 Swallow, 28 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 10 Blackcap, 29 Chiffchaff, 300 Linnet & 9 Siskin W.

Missed out on a reported Ring Ouzel.

Posted September 28th at 3:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Drake Gadwall and a Wigeon on Wrafton Pond this morning. Velator reserve had  calling Water Rails and Cetti's Warblers.  There has been a Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape for the last couple of days, but not this morning.

Posted September 28th at 1:57 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Chaddlewood, Plympton

21 Goldfinch gathered in my Ash tree at the top of my garden, having been absent from my feeders for almost six weeks

Posted September 28th at 12:34 pm by Leonard Norrish in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Along the Pill this morning there were 105 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 34 Dunlin, 5 Curlew, 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Little Egret and overhead at 11am there were a dozen Redwing.

Posted September 28th at 11:59 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Goldfinches in Colebrook

At 9:30am a charm of 24++ Goldfinches, mostly juveniles, visited my silver birch. At times the activity was so great the ripe seeds fell like snow. Also briefly a single Chiffchaff with the usual tits.

Goldfinch juv
Goldfinch juv

Posted September 28th at 10:19 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Sunday 27th September 2020

Sousson's to Vitifers

A quiet afternoon with very few birds showing. Around two dozen Coal Tits only birds until we found a feeding flock of 8+ Siskins with two Goldfinch. Two Jays. Heard several, but saw only one Crossbill over. Only singles of Chiffchaff, Great Tit & Chaffinch seen!

Posted September 27th at 10:46 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

S Hallsands to Lannacombe

Birds on walk: 1 Short-eared Owl > W, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests, 13 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 10+ Siskin, 400+ Swallows, 200+ House Martins and 1 Sand Martin.

Other wildlife included 25+ Clouded Yellow Butterflies including 2 helice types, hundreds of Whites over the low coastal fields too also 15 Grey Seals

Posted September 27th at 8:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,16 Chiffchaffs. 9 Blackcaps. 8 Robins. 15 Chaffinches ( not the local residents) and overhead the first Woodpigeon flock of the autumn ( 30 +)  flying west into the wind.

Posted September 27th at 5:34 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

On a sunny Sunday: 

6 Greenshank, 6 Teal, 2 Common sandpiper, 8 Black tailed Godwit flew over to Kingsmill lake at high tide, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great spotted woodpecker flew over.

Posted September 27th at 4:43 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Torbay Boat trip

This mornings boat trip from Brixham aboard Kelly's Hero was a bit rough so went down the coast towards Dartmouth. Had some very good sightings of dark morph Artic Skua and pale morph Artic Skua( pictures to follow) 150+ Kittiwake, Razorbill, Guillemot, few small finch like birds and a few Swallows. Had a further two Skua but these could well have been the same two we saw earlier. Further trips in October.

Arctic Skua N Smallbones Arctic Skua N Smallbones

Posted September 27th at 4:05 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News


A fine but quiet day. 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Siskins, Redpoll  (presumed Lesser), 3 Song Thrushes, 7 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps & a Hare.

Posted September 27th at 2:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Late post for Saturday 26th. In addition to Rob's earlier post: 1 Pied Flycatcher at the top of the Goat Track, 1 Grasshopper Warbler in Stare Hole and at least two Sand Martins and an additional Wheatear up by the airfield. 

Posted September 27th at 12:17 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Saturday 26th September 2020

Wrafton pond

This afternoon for a couple of hours at Wrafton pond where these photos were taken. 1 Pochard (male) and three awaiting id.

Duck (Wigeon)
Male Pochard
Male Pochard

Posted September 26th at 9:14 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Fremington Pill

2kingfishers,1bartailed godwit,6 greenshank 1 glossy ibis, 8 dunlin 1 common sandpiper,numerous redshank, goldcrest and 4 little egret.

Bartailed Godwit.
Bartailed Godwit.

Posted September 26th at 7:27 pm by John Elvin in Bird News


A week away so interested to see if anything around. Male Sparrowhawk in the reserve, and out on the scrape a pair of Swans one of which (the pen I think) is sporting yellow rings on both legs! This pair have been in residence all summer, and this is the first time I have seen these rings. Also there 1 Little Egret, 2 Cattle Egrets and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted September 26th at 7:02 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Rather quiet on this afternoon’s high tide but logged: adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Greenshanks, 2 Stonechats & 8 Roe Deers. 

Posted September 26th at 6:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

Highlight totals 0720-1200hrs: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 29 Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Stonechat. Overhead: 27 Siskin, 2 Crossbills, 3 Skylark.

Posted September 26th at 5:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Quiet just Wheatear, 70 Swallow, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 170 Meadow Pipit, 14 Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, 7 Cirl Bunting.

Posted September 26th at 3:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

N . Hallsands.

The first Goldcrests of the autumn ringed this morning ,with 8 around the site . Also present 10 Chiffchaffs. 2 Blackcaps .1 Reed Warbler ,1 Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Cetti's Warblers . Overhead a very smart male Peregrine circling effortlessly .

1st. Yr. m. Goldcrest.
1st. Yr. m. Goldcrest.

Posted September 26th at 12:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Cadover/Trowlesworthy area of Dartmoor

1 Whinchat (Trowlesworthy), 1 Goosander, 3 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Snipe, 2 Teal, 1 Green Woodpecker the highlights 


Posted September 26th at 10:18 am by Chris E in Bird News


Good numbers of Swallows and House Martins feeding over a sunny sheltered east facing hillside, 45 -50 of each species.

Posted September 26th at 9:19 am by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Friday 25th September 2020

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond at this morning's ringing session ,16 Chiffchaffs. 4 Blackcaps ,and overhead several small groups of Chaffinches, moving West into the wind. Nearby 60 + Meadow Pipits on the airfield.

1st.Yr. Chiffchaff.
1st.Yr. Chiffchaff.

Posted September 25th at 6:22 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Plym estuary / Saltram

High tide roost this afternoon:

15 Grey heron, 156+ Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 34 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean gull, 2 Mandarin, 1 Little grebe, 1 Kingfisher. Swallows and House martins over the fields, 3 Ring necked Parakeet squawking in the trees.

Posted September 25th at 5:32 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News


750 Starling left the reedbed roost this morning, Clouded Yellow near the Chapel this afternoon.

Posted September 25th at 3:07 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Thursday 24th September 2020

Prawle Point Seawatch - 11:40 -14:40

Even more disappointing than Pete's day at Berry Head, my day at Prawle only gave 5 Balearic Shearwaters with 17 Manx, 113 Gannets and 1 Razorbill and no skuas of any type.

Posted September 24th at 8:12 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch 06.50 - 11.10

A rather disappointing watch this morning: 22 Balearic Shearwaters, Arctic Skua, 3 Skua sp, 6 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Scoters, adult Mediterranean Gull, 4 Harbour Porpoises & 5 Common Dolphins. Also, 8 Siskins & a Grey Wagtail over. One observer was soldiering on after I left so combined totals higher.

Posted September 24th at 6:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


111 Coots and 5 Tufted Duck Slapton Ley, Torcross end, finches flying south between rain.

Posted September 24th at 11:43 am by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Berry Head

Overhead migration 0700-0900hrs: 2 Redpoll, 29 Siskin, 4 Linnet, 12 Goldfinch, 78 Meadow Pipits, 2 'alba' wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 21 Swallows, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the headland: 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit - and 2 Balearic Shearwaters in a very short seawatch more later hopefully from the seawatchers..

Posted September 24th at 9:39 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake.

1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cormorant, 1f Greater Scaup, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Wren, 1 Willow Warbler.

Posted September 23rd at 7:57 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


1200 Starling into reedbed roost next to the ducker, good murmuration prior.

Posted September 23rd at 7:02 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Dawlish W today 19 Pale-bellied Brents, 14 Common Scoter (10M), 2 Eider, 9+ Sandwich Terns; 620 Oystercatcher; 313+ Dunlin; 73+ Ringed Plover; 13 Grey Plover; 2 Wheatear best of it. Few Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff & 4 Blackcap. 60+ Linnet and 100+ Goldfinch. 

Posted September 23rd at 6:44 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


The first Autumn sighting of a  Firecrest  in the garden this morning.

Posted September 23rd at 5:34 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Bird News

Torcross to Hallsands

8 Stonechat at Beesands in the wild area between the Ley and beach, 2 Stonechat and one Clouded Yellow Tinsey Head, Hallsands.

Still plenty of darters and hawkers at the Leys.

Constant southerly movement of Swallows between the showers.

Posted September 23rd at 3:59 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

The Pill , 2 Glossy Ibis ( both in flight ) - 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Kingfishers & 20 + Dunlins .

Saltpill Duck Pond - 15+ Little Egrets & 7 Cattle Egrets .

Home Farm Marsh - 24+ Greenshanks , 1 Ruff & 2 Spoonbills.

Posted September 23rd at 1:34 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Berry Head

Overhead migration 0700-0900hrs: 3 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 10 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 22 Goldfinch, 24 Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallows, 2 Alba Wagtails & 1 Grey Wagtail

Grounded migrants: 24 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest.

Also 3 Stonechat and a pod of 12+ Common Dolphin off the headland.

Posted September 23rd at 12:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


65 Swallows south at 10 am just prior to heavy rain.

Posted September 23rd at 10:47 am by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Exe Estuary Tuesday

Numerous pied wagtails and starlings with cattle in field north of cycle bridge.  Also managed to pick out one immature yellow wagtail.  Kingfisher flew up river and perched on jetty at Turf. Peregrine flew over near Powderham Church. At least six little egrets roosting in tree at high tide near turf.

Posted September 23rd at 9:56 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

heddons mouth

driving back from heddons mouth aprox 6.15pm came across a small flock of fieldfare coming to rest in a tree full of red berries.surprisingly early?

Posted September 22nd at 8:27 pm by philip worth in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,18 Blackcaps. 14 Chiffchaffs. 8 Robins , an increase on the local birds ; 2 Grey Wagtails ( probably migrants ) and a Snipe.

Posted September 22nd at 7:47 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Berry Head 13:00-14:45 in relatively calm overcast conditions (SSW2-3) hoping for cetaceans. There was a small passage of seabirds with 16 Balearic Shearwaters (groups up to five), Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Terns and 37 Kittiwakes. Cetaceans not great with 5 Common Dolphin and 6+ Harbour Porpoise. Also a Wheatear and a few Chiffchaffs around the quarry.

Posted September 22nd at 5:52 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Lopwell Dam 22.9.2020

At 1420 an Osprey flew up the Tavy Estuary and lost height over the woods opposite the dam.  Appeared to come down in the woodland higher up the Tavy.  Also present 5 Common Sandpipers and a Stock Dovw calling.

Posted September 22nd at 5:16 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Soar & South Huish

Slim pickings in quite thick mist at Soar this morning: 5+ Siskins, 2 Redpolls (presumed Lesser), 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, Sparrowhawk, 2 Hares & a Roe Deer.

Later at South Huish: Little Stint, c30 Dunlins, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Ringed Plovers, 3 Grey Plovers, 4 Mediterranean Gulls & White & 2 Yellow Wagtails.

Posted September 22nd at 4:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


On the high tide at Wembury Point this morning still a good range of Waders present - 54 Oystercatcher, 15 Turnstone, 9 Ringed Plover, 6 Curlew, 4 Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot and 2 Dunlin.

Kingfisher, Wheatear and 5 Little Egret also out on the rocks.

Gulls still feeding on the rotting seaweed along the beach - Herring, Black-headed and Great Black-backed with a juvenile Lesser Black-backed, 7 Mediterranean (1 juvenile) and another juvenile/1st Winter Yellow-legged Gull.

Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker (in pine trees at The Point), Stonechats, Cirl Buntings and a few Meadow Pipit also seen. 

Yellow-legged Gull
Yellow-legged Gull

Posted September 22nd at 4:05 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Monday 21st September 2020

West Charleton Marsh

3 cattle Egrets still present this evening. Also Kingfisher and Common Sandpiper. About 3000 Swallows gathered towards dusk but did not roost here, probably went to Torcross. Water Rails calling and Snipe flying around as it was getting dark.

Posted September 21st at 9:11 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Buzzards over Plymouth

Six buzzards circling together over Plymouth at mid day near the Parkway flyover heading north

Posted September 21st at 8:56 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Fernworthy forest bird hide


Posted September 21st at 6:20 pm by Alan salter in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

The Pill , 2 Glossy Ibis ( both in flight ) - 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Kingfishers & 20 + Dunlins .

Saltpill Duck Pond - 15+ Little Egrets & 7 Cattle Egrets .

Home Farm Marsh - 24+ Greenshanks , 1 Ruff & 2 Spoonbills.

Posted September 21st at 3:46 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

Today's tally inc.Firecrest, Reed Warbler, 21 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 150 Skylark, 170 Meadow Pipit, 330 House Martin, 80 Swallow, 3 White Wagtail, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker in the willows, 7 Wheatear, 22 Stonechat, Bullfinch, 70 Goldfinch & 90 Linnet.

Non-avian: 7 Clouded Yellow & 440 Large White.

Posted September 21st at 3:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head

Overhead migration 0700-0900hrs: 3 Yellow Wagtails, 5 Crossbills , 1 Redpoll, 41 Siskin, 57 Linnets, 3 Chaffinch, 28 Goldfinch, 43 Meadow Pipits, 12 'alba' Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails. Grounded migrants included 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap..

Also a pod of 10+ Common Dolphin off the headland.

Posted September 21st at 10:41 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Avon Dam at dawn

At Avon Dam this morning 11 red-head Goosanders spent 30 mins preening on the shore before departing at 0733. First double-figure count of autumn. In the photo the second from right bird shows thin white 'eye-stripe' indicative of juv. Also 12 Teal and one Common Sand. Below the dam at Long-a-Traw, two Ring Ouzels (prob ad female and juv) following other September records of four at Emsworthy yesterday and a juv in the Glaze valley on 6th. Spotted Flycatcher below Brent Hill yesterday.

Goosanders at Avon Dam.
Goosanders at Avon Dam.

Posted September 21st at 10:41 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Sunday 20th September 2020


3 Cattle Egret in amongst cattle early evening

Posted September 20th at 11:40 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Taw Estuary

From my WeBS sector this morning on the Taw Estuary (Chivenor foreshore, Caen mouth, Sherpa Marsh): at least 1 probably 2 Great White Egrets, a Cattle Egret, an Osprey eating a fish on one of the old barns at Horsey Island, 9 Pale-bellied Brent Geese (given the recent NE winds, more likely to be overshoots from the Svalbard population, rather than from the Canadian High Arctic population), 7 Pintail, very good numbers of Wigeon for this early stage of the autumn, and 26 Mediterranean Gulls. Also 3 Whinchats and 4 Stonechats perched in a single hawthorn and steady overhead southbound passage of Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Swallows.

Posted September 20th at 9:40 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

South Huish to Bantham

On South Huish 1 little Stint, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Grey Plover. along coastal footpath and beaches 14 Wheatear, 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin & 14 Ringed Plover.

Yesterday along short stretch of Dart Estuary footpaths  12+ Firecrest and 7 Chiffchaffs.

Posted September 20th at 9:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Firecrest and Crossbills in Burrator Area

A Firecrest in my garden in Dousland, near Yelverton today. Nice party of 18 Crossbills at Burrator Reservoir yesterday and 10 today.

The Firecrest was in a large holly bush. A good number of the Firecrests I’ve seen in Devon have been in holly....they obviously like it in there!

Posted September 20th at 7:56 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Osprey on the Dart

Whilst attemping to  do a very reduced WEBS survey this morning around 10.30 with a very high tide.looked up to Sandridge through the scope from Galmpton mill creek, and on the left hand bare tree there was an osprey sitting. good views through the scope, although camera could not quite catch all the details from that far away. but a very exciting morning.

Posted September 20th at 7:06 pm by kay and gary deare in Bird News

Exeter Garden


1 Grey Wagtail (EX4)

Posted September 20th at 6:26 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wembury Point

Low-ish tide 16:00. On the beach 10+ Ringed Plover along with 10+ Dunlin and 2 first winter Wheatear. On the rocks 2 Curlew, 3 Bar-Tailed Godwit, 10+ Turnstone, 3 Oystercatcher and the individual Knot still present. On the walk up, strangely quiet for the time of year, probably due to heavy footfall and the time of day, 2 Chiffchaff and a Kestrel. 

Posted September 20th at 4:57 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

Between 10a.m-11.30a.m.this morning a number of Swallows & House  Martins, in small groups, About 80 in total, all heading north.

Posted September 20th at 4:37 pm by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

Ring Ouzels on Dartmoor

4 Ring Ouzels seen between Haytor & Houndtor at 1pm today. Settled in rowan tree before being disturbed..

Posted September 20th at 3:57 pm by Andrew Hickson in Bird News

Lopwell dam

This morning : 

4 Little Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Raven and 1 Sparrowhawk flew over.

Posted September 20th at 3:37 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

River Taw off of Isley Marsh

A single Osprey spotted above the river Taw heading towards Isley Marsh at 08:00 this morning. A flock of 160 Redshank were on the high tide line beside Fremington Limekilns and 2 Shoveller and  a flock of 40+ Little Egret where on Fremington Salt pill 

Posted September 20th at 3:05 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

After spotting possibly 2 Ring Ouzels yesterday, returned today early and was rewarded with 4 Birds with another possible 2 further down the valley. More on my Blog

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted September 20th at 2:51 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News


20+ fieldfare in the treetops near Longash garden centre at 10.45

Posted September 20th at 1:26 pm by Deborah Neylon in Bird News

Weare Giffard , R. Torridge

Great Egret on flooded meadows on this mornings high tide during the Webs Count.

Posted September 20th at 12:56 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare. in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Yesterday’s Wigeon, 2 Kingfishers, my first Common Gull of the autumn here (1st-w) & 6 Greenshanks on Blaxton Meadow on this morning’s very high tide. Also, 4 Common Sandpipers,  4 Whinchats, 3 Wheatears, 4 Stonechats, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Siskins, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, Fox & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted September 20th at 12:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 19th September 2020

Ilfracombe Capstone Point

Lunchtime 1 or 2 Great Skuas were loitering close to feeding Porpoise, they then broke up a flock of 100 Black headed gulls and predated one of them. There seems to be a lot of Great BBgulls taken up residence, regularly numbers up to 30, at least 2 with red Davic rings. 2 Black Redstarts have arrived along the Landmark car park seen bickering with Rock Pipits and Robins. 

I checked through the Gulls at Barnstaple Old Bridge, I found 2 ringed Black headed Gulls. One from Hiddensee German western Baltic the other from Meriden west midlands. 

Black-headed Gulls
Black-headed Gulls

Posted September 19th at 11:28 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Flock of 70 Common Sandpiper flying over the lake plus 1 Scaup,  3 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Willow Tit. 

Posted September 19th at 10:45 pm by Paul Howrihane in Bird News

Braunton marshes

Looking towards Saunton sands hotel from The White House al lone Hobby as well as a variety of Egrets,ages Dunlin, a Red shank,4 Shell duck,Sparrow hawk,House Martin, Swallows 2 Curlew 

Posted September 19th at 9:27 pm by Kevin Lymer in Bird News

Cattle Egret numbers on the rise Braunton Marsh

Heading out around the Great Field this evening hoping to spot some of the Cattle Egret recently reported by Rob & Jon we were rewarded with views of eleven! including this confiding adult which sat calmly for its portrait taken from the car. As their name suggests...they were in a field with grazing cows! 

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted September 19th at 8:39 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Spotted Redshank amongst Common Redshank, a single Greenshank, Little Egrets and a Glossy ibis this afternoon.

Posted September 19th at 8:36 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

R.Caen > Braunton Marshes

While packing up to go home from R.Caen via the Marshes Phil & Sue

informed me that there were now 11 Cattle Egrets! They were right.

Posted September 19th at 7:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exmouth, off Mudbank

450+ Wigeon, 2 Pale-bellied and 11 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 4 Pintail, 3 Whimbrel, 1 G.C.Grebe & 48 Swans feeding on the eel-grass beds

Posted September 19th at 6:21 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Saunton Village

1 Red Kite seen over the village at 12:00 today

Posted September 19th at 1:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling Green

Bowling Green Marsh: 5 Curlew Sandpiper, ad Ruff, 2 Avocet, 1 Snipe, c25 Lapwing, 8 Pintail, 4 Shoveler. Viewing platform: redhead Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goldcrest. 

Posted September 19th at 11:13 am by Reuben Veal in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seen this morning in the area were 39 Curlew, 6 Greenshank, 187 Redshank, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wigeon with the Mallard, 5 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, Sparrowhawk, Green & GS Woodpecker.

Posted September 19th at 10:43 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Fremington Pill and Gaia Trust

Friday - late post.TWO Glossy Ibis at the top of Fremington Creek at 3.30 today and both roosting with the Little Egrets at 6.30.The newcomer looks to be brown. A juvenile? No sign of the second Great White Egret on Home Marsh Farm scrape at 5pm but good views of the other from the bird hide. Female Marsh Harrier hunting over the reeds at Salt Pill pond.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted September 19th at 9:45 am by Sue Ambler in Bird News


900 Starling left the reedbed roost near the Start Bay Inn this morning.

Posted September 19th at 9:03 am by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Friday 18th September 2020

Home Farm Marsh scrape

Not one, but TWO Great White Egret today on the scrape at Home Farm Marsh. Also counted 10 Greenshank on Fremington Pill which is more than we normally see. A flock of about 30 Wigeon flew past us as we walked back from the marsh up the Taw towards Fremington Quay before about turning and flying back down river towards Horsey Island marsh. Kingfisher fishing from the outfall sluice from the Nature Reserve. 

Two Great White Egret on the left with Little Egret on the right
Two Great White Egret on the left with Little Egret on the right
Closer view of the two GW Egrets
Closer view of the two GW Egrets

Posted September 18th at 9:56 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

R.Caen > Braunton Marshes

6 Cattle Egrets on Braunton Marshes on the way to R.Caen but none on the way back early evening.

On R.Caen 213 Dunlin & amongst them 4 Curlew Sandpipers.

Posted September 18th at 7:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Warleigh Point

Osprey this morning


Posted September 18th at 4:12 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Velator reserve and quay

Forgot to mention that there was a rather noisy pair of Ravens in the reserve this morning, attracting the attention of loads of Jackdaws.

On the ride back from the Marsh I stopped to look in the recently ploughed field across the road from Velator harbour and car park. I counted at least 40 Pied / White Wagtails.

Posted September 18th at 4:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fremington Pill

2 Glossy Ibis between 7.45am and 9.15am but only one came down to feed. 18.9.2020

Posted September 18th at 4:07 pm by Pete Rodgers in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

Very little about after the storm conditions of the previous night.  22Turnstones, 2Second year Great black-backed gulls,6Oystercatchers  Several Rock Pipits, 2 Shags passing through, 3 Great black-backed gulls and lone Robin directly above where my wife and I were sitting.

Posted September 18th at 2:17 pm by Len Norrish in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Quick ride out to the round Linhay and found one, then 2 Cattle Egrets. Carried a short way and on my return looked properly at the Egrets to find one was a Cattle Egret and the other a Little Egret!

Posted September 18th at 12:41 pm by jon turner in Bird News

R.Caen > Braunton Marshes

Forgot to mention there was a single Snipe calling overhead yesterday late aft over the R.Caen & 2 Snipe which flew up from the field with the Cattle Egrets early evening.

Posted September 18th at 11:38 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 17th September 2020

R.Caen Braunton Marshes

Cycled down to R.Caen on incoming tide with the scope.

No sign of the Osprey on the metal post but a Cormorant instead. Then a flock of Brent Geese flew in & landed near the flight gantry. Taking advantage of the strong currents associated with the spring tide they swam into Horsey Island, On the way home 7 Cattle Egrets on Braunton Marshes.

Posted September 17th at 9:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 9 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Curlew with Oystercatchers along the beach at Wembury Point this morning on the dropping tide. Around 30 Mediterranean Gulls (5 juveniles) amongst the roosting gulls out on the rocks.

4 Wheatear and a Whitethroat noted along with a Chiffchaff and a pair of Blackcap and around 100 Swallow moving east in a steady trickle over a 2 hour period and including 2 Sand Martin.

Plenty of Red Admiral feeding up on ivy Blossom, a Painted Lady (first sighting of one this year in Devon) and a Clouded Yellow also seen. 

Posted September 17th at 5:57 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Marldon - Red Kite

Red Kite seen drifting over the church in Marldon about 1.30pm today, closely pursued by a Buzzard. About 15 minutes later a Kestrel flew overhead. 

Posted September 17th at 4:34 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Velator/river Caen

Highlight of brief visit to the Reserve was a small Grass snake, racing to get away from me! The river this afternoon had 1 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover and 40 or so Dunlin some which were mingling with Black-headed Gull flock, and included a Curlew Sandpiper.

Posted September 17th at 4:30 pm by jon turner in Bird News

shaugh prior to cadover

a lovely circular walk up the vally over the rocks up to cadover and around back, during this walk seen g.swoodpecker, 20+nutchatch,  stonechats, linnets, swallows, house martins, ravens, a startled group of pheasants, pair of buzzards, kestrel, grey wagtails, dipper, meadow pips 

Posted September 17th at 4:10 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis showing well at Fremington Pill today

Posted September 17th at 3:36 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Berry Head 0730-1230, NE4-5 cloudy clearing: 28 Balearic Shearwaters ( group of 11), 11 Arctic Skuas, Great Skua, European Storm-petrel, 22 Common Scoter, juv Common Gull, 6 Sandwich Terns, c150 Kittiwakes, 30 Auks (mostly Razorbill), 2+ Harbour Porpoise, 20+ Common Dolphins (feeding under Gannets). Also a passage of 172 Swallows over the sea in 1st hour.
Common ScotersBalearic Shearwater Common Scoters                                                             Balearic Shearwater

Posted September 17th at 3:22 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Flock of Starlings social distancing on top of Hawthorn Bush!

Adult & juvenile Cattle Egret.

Posted September 17th at 3:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the early morning high tide: 180 Redshanks, 7 Greenshanks, 39 Curlews, 22 Little Egrets & a Kingfisher. Also, Whinchat, 3 Stonechats, 6+ Siskins over & 6 Roe Deer.

Posted September 17th at 9:20 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Velator Reserve/Caen river

Caught and ringed another Kingfisher this morning. A juvenile female again. Also of note 3 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Song Thrush and an adult female Bullfinch - the mother of the juveniles I have been catching lately?

Got a text from Andy Lansdell this evening which had me hurrying to meet him at the mouth of the Caen. I hope he will post a picture of the resulting Osprey later. Smart Wheatear too. Thanks for the heads up on the Curlew Sandpiper Dave - we saw one (a summer plumage bird no less!) in Somerset on 12th July.

Posted September 16th at 8:46 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Quick look at the Cattle egrets and counted 8 (group of 7 and a single), then on to Horsey Island where Rob Jutsam and my wishes came true as we saw a very distant Osprey. Two ruff, 2 greenshank, 2 dunlin, 2 little owl, 2 Wheatear were the supporting cast.

Distant Osprey
Distant Osprey
Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear

Posted September 16th at 8:40 pm by Andy Lansdell in Bird News

Preston Beach, Paignton.

A total of 6 Dunlin were spread around the rocks this afternoon.


Posted September 16th at 5:37 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

East Soar

A good day's tally inc.Firecrest at Starehole Ponds along with 2 Reed Warbler & Sedge Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 21 Wheatear, 180 Swallow, 230 House Martin, 60 Meadow Pipit, 60 Skylark, Sparrowhawk and migrant Buzzard gaining height and moving high to the north.

Non-avian highlights: Hornet Robber Fly, 174 Large White & Clouded Yellow.

Posted September 16th at 4:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This afternoon at the Pill , 1 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Kingfishers , 7 Greenshanks , 2 Dunlins & one for Jon Turner a Curlew Sandpiper ( thanks Gordon ) 

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 16th at 4:37 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Coastal footpath - Prawle car park to Pigs Nose Valley. 07:45 – 12:00.

Very little the reserve at Prawle however, roosting on the Coastguard Cottages roofs, on the power lines/ telephone lines and flying around was well over 500 Hirundinidaes. At least 350 House Martins and 150 Swallows. In the fields to the West of Lookout were 6 Wheatears. Pigs Nose Valley was full of warblers with many Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and at least 10 Whitethroats. The majority of the martins/swallows had departed by 12:00.

Posted September 16th at 3:53 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Egret Roosting Powderham Park Estate

Sorry for late post but thought worth posting. Powderham Park Exe Estuary has become quiet a haunt for Little Egret roost but at midday yesterday while scanning trees for a reported Osprey, 3 Cattle Egret were seen roosting in an Oak Tree there may have been more hidden from view.So if they’re not with the cattle around the Estuary check the trees in Powderham. Kingfisher seen fishing near Turf Lock prey Prawns for lunch.

Prawn Lunch
Prawn Lunch
3 Cattle Egret at Powderham Park
3 Cattle Egret at Powderham Park

Posted September 16th at 3:17 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Saltpill pond and Gaia trust.

From the Tarka trail this morning , 3 Cattle Egrets feeding around the Black Cattle. The Great Egret flew from Saltpill pond towards Isley.  The marshy area around Saltpill held several Snipe and a calling Water Rail. Glossy Ibis nearby on Fremington Pill.    On both journeys a roosting Male Peregrine on Torridge bridge.

Posted September 16th at 12:09 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Cattle Egrets, Braunton Marsh

Nice to see 6 cattle Egrets on the Marsh today, including at least one juvenile with dark beak.

Posted September 16th at 6:33 am by Andy Leat in Bird News

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Braunton Cattle Egrets

Nice to see adult and juveniles together this evening.

Posted September 15th at 11:01 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News


Highlight of an afternoon walk was a Yellow Wagtail heard and then seen in flight briefly from Old Way.

Posted September 15th at 8:53 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Labrador Bay

An evening visit in the hope of finding an Ortolan was largely thrawted by the largest field no longer being a stubble. Around 15 Cirl Bunting and a vocal Green Woodpecker were to be expected but a Short-eared Owl was definitely not. Presumably disturbed from its roost by mobbing Blackbirds and Magpies it flew south across the valley before perching up in a dead tree.

Some excellent arable plants in the southern most arable field with masses of Field Woundwort and Weasel's-Snout as well as Corn Spurrey and Sharp-leaved Fluellen. Also plenty of Small-flowered Catchfly from the clearly very succesful Back from the Brink reintroduction

Posted September 15th at 8:26 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Cattle egrets Braunton marsh

Six cattle egrets on Braunton marsh this evening. In the field near the Linhay.

Posted September 15th at 7:30 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Now 6 Cattle Egrets on Braunton Marshes.

Posted September 15th at 6:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


2+ Curlew Sands, 9 Grey Plover and Osprey highlights from Bowling Green viewpoint 

Posted September 15th at 6:14 pm by Reuben Veal in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatch 12:45-15:15. Little wind, 100% cloud cover so good for cetaceans in theory, where: c15 Harbour Porpoises and c80 Common Dolphins (in several groups with young, some hassled by 2 jet skis, others by a speed boat). Bird-wise quiet, but an Arctic Skua, 30 Common Scoter, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 distant unidentified mid-sized shearwaters, c40 Kittiwakes, 14 Cormorants (migrating south), but best of all a Black Tern feeding mid-range!

Posted September 15th at 5:55 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News


Highlights were an Ortolan Bunting which flew up Stare Hole valley at 10.00, calling (but I couldn’t relocate it) & my first Firecrest of the autumn (in East Soar willows). Also, 80 Siskins over (probably many more), Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Grey Wagtails, 18 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 12 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, c100 each of House Martins & Swallows, Sand Martin, Great Spotted Woodpecker & a Bullfinch.

Posted September 15th at 3:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

6 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 7 Canada Geese.

Posted September 15th at 2:41 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning, 14 Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps ,1 Willow  Warbler. 1 Spotted Flycatcher and the Cetti's Warbler. Nearby 2 Yellow Wagtails with the cattle and overhead a lone Swift heading South.

Willow Warbler.
Willow Warbler.

Posted September 15th at 12:47 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Monday 14th September 2020

Dawlish Warren

Male and female eider seen at 13.00hrs

ID shot of male eider
ID shot of male eider

Posted September 14th at 10:45 pm by Trevor Ridgers in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Now 3 Cattle Egrets on Braunton Marshes

Posted September 14th at 9:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

Quiet late afternoon until a juv/1st winter Caspian Gull dropped in at 17:20 for just ten mins, all the right features for Caspian including very pale underwings seen well in the bright sunshine, flew off toward the estuary.

Posted September 14th at 7:53 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A relatively short visit this afternoon on the high tide produced: 2 Kingfishers performing well again, adult Mediterranean Gull & 5 Mandarin Ducks.

Also this morning, 4+ Siskins over Bovisand & 2 White Wagtails on the beach there.

Posted September 14th at 6:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

2 Cattle Egrets reported seen yesterday. 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Wheatear, 1m Kestrel & a flock of c30 Greenfinches at Crossbanks foraging on the estuarine strandline. 

Several pairs of Dragonflies mating in flight!

Posted September 14th at 5:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator reserve

Rather poor ringing session this morning - started really well with Song Thrush and Spotted Flycatcher, but then pretty much all locals - and not many of them. Grey Wagtail in the stream as I left.

Posted September 14th at 5:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wembury Beach

1 Yellow Wagtail in the second horse paddock along the coastal footpath this evening. 

Posted September 14th at 4:51 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

East Soar

A smattering of migrants inc.160 House Martin, 80 Swallow, 8 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 7 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch & a Clouded Yellow.

Posted September 14th at 3:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis showing well in the Pill at low tide lunch time feeding in the main stream near the bungalows. 

Posted September 14th at 2:38 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

House martin

House Martin feeding chicks. Seems very late if they are going to migrate successfully?

One of 3 nests on our house this year. None last year. 6 in 2018.(Rattery)

Posted September 14th at 12:37 pm by Ian Samuel in Bird News

Late News Prawle Point - Sun 13 Sept

A seawatch from 07:45 to 11:00 in almost windless conditions brought 2 Great Skua, 3 Balearic and 38 Manx Shearwaters, 151 Gannets, 6 Kittiwakes, 2 Common Scoter and 2 auk sp.  Migrants over the watchpoint included 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 50+ Swallows, 1 House Martin and 7 LBJ's.  Non-avian were 3 Common Dolphin and a Tuna sp.  Also 100's Cabbage Whites in the cabbage (kale?) fields.

Posted September 14th at 9:35 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Sunday 13th September 2020

Pictures from Lyme Bay boat trip

As promised, pictures from morning boat trip

Arctic Skua - dark phase
Arctic Skua - dark phase
Arctic Skuas harassing Kittiwake
Arctic Skuas harassing Kittiwake

Posted September 13th at 8:29 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Berry Head

1 Red-throated Diver flew south at noon. Very quiet for migrants but 100's of Large White butterflies heading out to sea. Female Sparrowhawk hunting along the cliffs.

Posted September 13th at 7:32 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News

central park

around 150 ringneck parakeet all leaving roost sight this morning

Posted September 13th at 6:41 pm by barry in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

I share Annabel’s dismay at the disturbance today. In addition to those fishing in the No Entry area, kayaks were repeatedly flushing waders roosting on the wall; few areas they could find any peace today. Little to report in addition to Alan’s sightings, other than Green Woodpecker, Shag, Common Sandpiper & a Roe Deer.

The Mediterranean Gull in Alan’s photo is the Polish breeder which has returned here via Torbay - see posts 25 & 27 July.

Posted September 13th at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Adult Black-crowned Night Heron Photos

Hello all, to support the Black-crowned Night Heron sighting on the Yeo River on the 27th August please see photos taken on my neighbours phone on that morning. Please excuse the quality.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron

Posted September 13th at 5:44 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

South Brent& Torbay

6.10hrs this morning a Barn owl sat on a post in my house field and two Tawny owls calling.

A pair of swifts still present at a neighbours house rearing a single chick.

Redcliffe beach ~ Grey Wagtail and one GBBG in the gull roost.

Marine Parade ~ 15 plus Turnstone, 3 Oyster Catcher, 1 Little Egret, 2 Sandwich Tern..

Posted September 13th at 5:34 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


This morning at low tide: 

27 Mediterranean gull (24 ad, 3 juv), 1 Bar Tailed Godwit, several Turnstone, 3 Cirl Bunting, 1 Whitethroat,

Later, on the Plym estuary / Saltram:

122 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 19 Grey Heron, 13 Little Egret, 1 Mediterranean gull in with a flock of Black Headed's, several with leg rings. Also, 2 Ring Necked Parakeet and 3 Buzzards soaring high on thermals.

Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted September 13th at 5:31 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Fremington Pill Saturday 12th Sept

Sorry for late post. Just wanted to post an image of the Spotted Redshank which has been previously reported as back in this location. May be the same as last winters bird? Glossy ibis present again too. Brief flash of blue as a  Kingfisher arrowed up from lower reach to the woods & reeds at the old quay area.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank showing eye stripe
Spotted Redshank showing eye stripe

Posted September 13th at 5:17 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Boat Trip into Lyme Bay

Morning boat trip on Kelly’s Hero with David Saunders delivered 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 8 + 2 Common Scoter, 200+ Guillemot, multiple flocks of Kittiwakes including one flock of 100+ birds, 3 Arctic Skua with one pair (1x light phase and 1x dark phase harassing a kittiwake). Usual Gannets and gulls including 4 adult and 1x 1st cy Med Gulls.  6 Harbour Porpoise.  Strangely, no Common Dolphins seen. Photos to follow.

Posted September 13th at 4:42 pm by George and Lesley Carr in Bird News

Bench Tor and Venford Reservoir

early pm: 1 ad Hobby circled low over the Tor before heading off SE down the valley. An impressive movement of House Martins too with one flock of c250 heading high SE and then an hour or so later an amazing 750 or so low over the Reservoir in a tight flock bathing and drinking for a few minutes before also gaining height and dispersing off southwards. 

Posted September 13th at 4:30 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Berry Head 07:30 - 09:30

An early morning visit to Berry Head in calm conditions produced some movement of birds. A single White Wagtail and Siskin flew over and 2 Coal Tits showing characteristics of the continental subspecies dropped in briefly behind the sea watching area and fed amongst the rocks before moving back further into the quarry and lost to view. Also amongst the bushes were 15 Chiffchaff.

Out to sea: 263 Kittiwake, 55 Gannet, 52 Manx Shearwater, 13 Guillemot, 2 Sandwich Tern and 3 Common Scoter.

Posted September 13th at 3:05 pm by David Flack in Bird News


midday visit to saltram, to my dismay at the meadows 3 people had jumped the gate to the site and had fishing gear and was set up at the meadows, which is a no public acess area. With them wandering around on top many birds at the edges were scared off. Informed Saltram at their visitor centre but doubt anything will happen as no rangers work weekends

Posted September 13th at 2:13 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Saturday 12th September 2020

wembury to wembury point

Short stroll with a rising tide. A few wheaters seen in the horse field along with ole ty of stonechats. Further along on the beach at thebold slipway were 20+oyster catchers, a curlew, 20+ turnstone and a little sandpiper sticking close with the group, along with 2 little egrets, and several gull species. Seen several lizards basking on the fence posts too 

Posted September 12th at 10:16 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News


9am to 1pm. Nice selection of common migrants including c25 Yellow Wagtails, 3 White Wagtails, 3 Whinchats, 10 Wheatears, 12+ Whitethroats, 15+ Blackcaps and 150+ Swallows.

Posted September 12th at 9:41 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake,

1f Greater Scaup, 4 Tufted Duck 3m 1f, 2 Willow Tit foraging, 2 Jay, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper,  2 Grey Heron.

Posted September 12th at 3:35 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A bit more variety today including at least 20 Siskins flying over (west), my first Meadow Pipits (2) of the autumn here, Peregrine, 6 Stonechats, Green & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 7 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted September 12th at 1:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator reserve and the river Caen.

From the bridge to the reserve field, both Kingfisher and Dipper flew off downstream. Walked the riverbank as far as the lighting gantry. 4/5 Wheatears, 60+ Dunlin, and just when I started giving them a good grilling they all (and all the BH Gulls) went up. Quickly found why: a female Peregrine flew menacingly off towards the main estuary. As I turned to follow in that direction, another Peregrine (male this time) took off from somewhere behind me and did a couple of circuits (of me!) before heading west towards Braunton Burrows. A  family(?) party of 5 Stonechats. 2 Redshank not far south of Marstage Farm. Still several hundred Canada Geese. In the reserve another - or the same - Kingfisher. South of the reserve 2 Cattle Egrets with the cows. One Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape.

Posted September 12th at 1:45 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Owl evening

20.30hrs last evening a Barn owl at Abbrook Park, Kingsteignton, just past the roundabout on the road to Chudleigh.

Back home at South Brent a Tawny owl in the garden and others calling over night.

Posted September 12th at 12:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

N . Hallsands.

At least 30 Blackcaps ( probably several more )around the site this morning. Also present 9 Chiffchaffs. 2 Spotted Flycatchers. 1 Reed Warbler and 3 singing Cetti's .

Posted September 12th at 12:19 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Friday 11th September 2020

Berry Head

Balearic Shearwater, 5 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua and 1 Med Gull this afternoon (3:30-5 pm), with hundreds of Gannets and Kittiwakes offshore, but the highlight was a big Bluefin Tuna breaching.

Posted September 11th at 9:28 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Stover Country Park

A brief visit this afternoon yielded 3 (1m+2f) Mandarin Duck, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Coot and Moorhen on the water.

Posted September 11th at 6:50 pm by CL North in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Pretty quiet during an early afternoon visit, but sightings included: 6 Greenshanks, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 11 Oystercatchers, Shag, 9 Mandarin Ducks, 3 Stonechats, Shag & 5 Roe Deer.

Posted September 11th at 4:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


A return visit to Wembury this morning for the high tide roost and 34 Oystercatchers,18 Turnstone, 11 Ringed Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Dunlin seen.

Offshore a feeding melee of 100+Gannet just past The Mewstone.

66 Mediterranean Gulls (11 juveniles) roosting on the rocks and in the stubble field but very flighty and mobile and including a French ringed adult bird. Also a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull amongst the Herring, GBB, LBB and Black-headed Gulls along the beach.

5 Chiffchaff, 1 female Blackcap, 23 Canada Geese and a Fulmar also noted.

Posted September 11th at 3:52 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

East Prawle.

Migrants at Moorwell Pond this morning were 20+ Chiffchafffs. 5 Blackcaps. 1 Spotted Flyycatcher and 1 Whitethroat. Also on site a Juv. Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Juv. Great Spotted Woodpecker .
Juv. Great Spotted Woodpecker .

Posted September 11th at 12:14 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Fieldfares, Monkleigh.

Approx. 15 fieldfares over the A388 at Monkleigh this morning. Initially perched on telegraph wires but as I approached and slowed the car they flew off east.

Posted September 11th at 11:37 am by alan craddock in Bird News

Thursday 10th September 2020

Otter Valley

Walked Ottery to Newton Poppleford this morning. Cetti's Warbler singing just South of Ottery and at Tipton, first encounters with this sp. at these locations. Perhaps Budleigh bred birds investigating the valley? Also on the river, 2/3 Kingfishers, Grey Wagtail and, always a joy to hear, a singing Dipper. Also at Tipton, 750+ Herring Gull following a slurry spreader. How do they find food so quickly?

Posted September 10th at 9:02 pm by James Camden in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

8 Cattle Egrets present this evening

Posted September 10th at 8:52 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Dawlish Warren NNR

09:12 - 14:07

A neap tide but still 400+ Oystercatcher in front of the hide area. They had a tough time - a female Sparrowhawk buzzed them more than once and then a Red Fox running along the sand upset them again!

4 Knot, Ringed Plover, Rock and Meadow Pipit, Dunlin in the same area along with GBBG and LBBG.

Slightly further out an Atlantic Grey Seal, and away up the Exe 12 Brent Goose.

2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Turnstone and 11 Sanderling on the beach between Groynes 13 and 14.

Posted September 10th at 7:48 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Wembury Point area

Addition to my further report from Wembury 100+ House Martins and a pair of Ravens.

Posted September 10th at 7:46 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News


A morning walk at the lake we saw 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Buzzard, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Common Lizard.


this is in Somerset so not showing post - MB

Posted September 10th at 7:33 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wembury Point area

Parking in the NT carpark on Spring Rd near Wembury Point 09:30 – 12:00 and walking ½ way to Wenbury and back. 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 GBBGulls, 1 LBBGull, 1 Common Gull, many Herring Gulls, 3 Curlew, 50+ Pied Wagtails, 6 Oystercatcher, 21 Turnstone, 15 Rock Pipits. From the carpark to coastal footpath – 7 Cirl Buntings, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Green Finch and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted September 10th at 5:50 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News


3 Wheatear on coast path between Scabbacombe and Mansands. 3 Buzzard overhead.

Posted September 10th at 5:44 pm by Neil Thompson in Bird News

River Dart (Dartington to Totnes)

Along this stretch of the river this afternoon were 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mute Swan, 40 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 8 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant and 1 Grey Wagtail. At a point of exposed shingle close to the weir was a large congregation of gulls- c. 140 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-Backed Gull and 18 Black-Headed Gull.

Posted September 10th at 5:29 pm by CL North in Bird News


A reasonable spread of commoner migrants in lovely conditions, including: 26 Wheatears, 40 Yellow Wagtails, Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat, Willow Warbler, 3 Tree Pipits, 8 Chiffchaffs, 8 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 28+ Siskins over, a gathering of 300+ House Martins & a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted September 10th at 3:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

Quiet birdwise with 200 Swallow, Sparrowhawk, 230 Linnet, 100 Meadow Pipit, 47 Stonechat, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker west up Starehole Valley & 4 Wheatear.

Non-avian; Large movement of white butterflies with minimum counts of 400 Large Whites & 264 Small Whites plus Clouded Yellow. Dragonflies: male Emperor, 5 Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker & 9 Common Darter. Also: Brown Hare & Common Lizard without a tail!

Posted September 10th at 2:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Stock Doves near Powderham

09 September. Large flock of stock doves; in excess of 110 birds near Powderham late morning.

Posted September 10th at 2:19 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News


1 Brent, 6 Ringed Plover, curlews and oystercatchers 4 Wheatear 6meadow pipits and1 med gull amongst the others 

Posted September 10th at 1:37 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Peverell, Plymouth

10/09/20: Osprey over midday at about 1000ft, then heading WNW, a buzzard soaring with it. LHurrell and RHurrell

Posted September 10th at 1:27 pm by Robert Hurrell in Bird News

North Devon .

Along the River Caen this morning  1 Marsh Harrier , 1 Peregrine , 3 Kingfishers , 2 Wheatears , 7 Brent Geese . 

Posted September 10th at 1:13 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Breakfastime visitor

This young male Sparrowhawk spent 90 minutes at the bottom of my Chudleigh garden this morning. It was so engaging, I didn't get to finish the cryptic crossword!

Juvenile male Sparrowhawk
Juvenile male Sparrowhawk
Juvenile male Sparrowhawk
Juvenile male Sparrowhawk

Posted September 10th at 12:04 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Stover Country Park

It was dry and sunny yesterday at Stover Country Park where these images were taken.  About six Tufted Duck, One adult and one Juvenile Great Crested Grebe, one Grey Heron, a few Mandarin M & F,  a number of Moorhen and Coots and a few Mallard and Gulls.

Female Tufted Duck
Female Tufted Duck
Male Tufted Duck
Male Tufted Duck

Posted September 10th at 8:06 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 9th September 2020


Further to earlier posts I noted 42 Mediterranean Gulls (9 Juveniles), an adult LBBGull plus a few juvenile birds, a ringed juvenile GBBGull and 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls amongst the Herring, GBB and Black-headed Gulls along the beach on the high tide at Wembury this morning. 

14 Turnstone, 6 Ringed Plover, only 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Dunlin and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit also seen along with 3 Little Egrets. 

2 Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear and a hunting male Sparrowhawk spooking 5 Meadow Pipit feeding in a grassy field also of note. 

Very little beach disturbance on the high tide today (due to cloudy weather and the return of children to school?) but previous reports from Wembury today show the fluidity of birds and their movements along the beach. 

Posted September 9th at 8:55 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Affaland Moor, near Holsworthy

Two Hobbies catching craneflies today pm

Posted September 9th at 7:18 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Exe Estuary

A cycle along the Exe estuary from Topsham to Exmouth today catching the high tide.

On Goosemoor 9 Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper.

Along the Exe 92 Mute Swan and 2 Black Swan, 26 Little Egret in a cattle field at Lympstone, 11 Great Crested Grebe, a distant Osprey flying out over Star Cross towards Haldon.

Large flock of 80 plus Linnet again near Lympstone.

On the approach to Exmouth 15 Pale Bellied Brent Geese

Posted September 9th at 6:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

River Caen

Several hundred Canada Geese by the pond at Sherpa. 2 Black-tailed Godwits on the river just after the Toll House. About 15 Dunlin (mostly juvs) further on. By the old lighting gantry a single Wheatear. Nothing of note - like an Osprey - on the main estuary. On the way back north, a flock of 18 Black-tailed Godwits flew round and landed in amongst the Geese. One Buzzard and 2 Kestrels.

Posted September 9th at 5:27 pm by jon turner in Bird News

East Soar

Quiet today: 10 Siskin - east, Grey Wagtail, 10 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear, Sparrowhawk, 3 Blackcap, 200 Linnet.

Posted September 9th at 3:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Moorhen,Coot,Mallard,Great Crested Grebe with young,Grey Heron,Manderun Duck,Dunnock,Great Tit,Robin,Coal Tit,Wren,Mute Swan,Buzzard,Nuthatch,,Blue Tit and Chaffinch.

Posted September 9th at 2:25 pm by Len Norrish in Bird News

Green Woodpecker

Two on Stoodley Knoll field TQ1

Posted September 9th at 2:02 pm by Mick Currn in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little new of note this morning but managed an adult Mediterranean Gull in with the Black-headeds, a Kingfisher showing well, 141 Redshanks, 6 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 5 Shags & a Fox.

Also, a Whitethroat in my garden (Mount Gould).

Posted September 9th at 1:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Haldon Forest

Osprey heading SW over Haldon Forest at 9.30am in rough direction of River Teign. 

Posted September 9th at 11:34 am by Matt Collis in Bird News


Three Bar-tailed Godwits, 38 Med Gull (37 adults, 1 juv), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Wheatear, 18 Turnstone among the usuals first thing. Link to photos as too big to submit:

Posted September 9th at 10:43 am by Chris E in Bird News

Hope's Nose

7.15-8.50am- 12 Brent Goose flew up from the south at 8.05am and continued north close to the coastline, presumably heading for the Exe. Manx Shearwater and auks passing southwards offshore. 3 Wheatear were on the rocks around the headland.

Posted September 9th at 9:54 am by CL North in Bird News

Wembury Point

Between Wembury and Wembury Point before high tide, 10 turnstone, 2 ringed plover, plus kingfisher and 2 wheatear. Many gulls feeding on heaps of seaweed.

Posted September 9th at 9:41 am by Robert Massey in Bird News

Tuesday 8th September 2020


Spotted Flycatchers teaching in the garden tonight.

Posted September 8th at 8:26 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Around the Exe

Exeter "Skypark 7 plus Stonechat, 2 female Reed Bunting, 3 Wheatear, Kestrel, Skylark, flock of Starling and steady passage of Swallows for most of the visit.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh, solitary Snow Goose in with 100's of Canada Geese, Curlew Sandpiper in with the gathered Dunlin, numerous Redshank, small numbers of Curlew and Lapwing, several Pintail duck, Heron and a small gathering of Little Egret.

Off of the Goat walk 364 Curlew, one Sandwich Tern and a Sparrow hawk.

Back home at South Brent four Buzzard

Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper
Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 8th at 6:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Gull ID ~ Greendale Farm, Farringdon, Exeter

This unusual gull has been at Greendale Farm,Farringdon, Exeter for the last two mornings, I am guessing a Herring Gull X Lesser Black Back, slightly bigger than the gathered Herring Gulls, The grey plumage is darker than that of a HG, pale yellow legs, the beak is distinctively large with the shown black markings, larger rounder whiter head than the HG's...

Posted September 8th at 6:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Cox Tor 8th Sept 2020

Whilst throwing pasty crusts to the ever-present Rooks in Cox Tor car-park about 1300 a female Merlin flew out of the dense fog.  Flying low it 'buzzed' the Rooks briefly then passed on to the west.

Posted September 8th at 5:39 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Exe Estuary

Powderham to Turf Lock- 2 Black Swan, 2 juvenile Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Black-Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank and a pair of Stonechat.

Posted September 8th at 4:47 pm by CL North in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The 7 pale-bellied Brent Geese which arrived yesterday, flew down the estuary at 9.15 & then away west, over Mount Gould. Otherwise, 11 Oystercatchers, 17 Turnstones, 6 Greenshanks, 139 Redshanks, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Shag, 17 Stock Doves, 5 Stonechats & 10 Roe Deer.

Posted September 8th at 1:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 7th September 2020

Matford Marsh

Green Sandpiper at the back of the Marsh at 10:20 and then visible from Bridge Road on the lakes at 10:40.

Posted September 7th at 10:55 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Velator reserve

Another attempt to catch Swallows (2 ringed) was compensated for by cracking views of the dark female Marsh Harrier, and 3 Cattle Egrets with cows between the harbour and the reserve. Last seen (about 7.30p.m.) flying in an almost direct line towards Fremington Quay

Posted September 7th at 9:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ringed plover

Ringed plover at Goodrington Beach South sands this morning. 

Posted September 7th at 7:41 pm by Roy Boswell in Bird News

South Brent

Images to go with earlier post

'Passer brentus' possible Italian Sparrow sp
'Passer brentus' possible Italian Sparrow sp

Posted September 7th at 7:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Brent

A young Buzzard in the garden this afternoon waiting to be fed, overhead Green Woodpecker two Swifts and three over the village passes by a Spitfire.........

Garden feed station starting to get busy with "Passer brentus" showing well, along with two young males which have a striking resemblance to him, Nuthatch, Greenfinch and now that I am putting sunflower hearts out again the Goldfinches are finding their way back.

Posted September 7th at 7:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head kayak trip

 Balearic Shearwater and sandwich tern pics to add to my post

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
juv Sandwich Tern
juv Sandwich Tern

Posted September 7th at 7:30 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Berry Head kayak trip

Kayak trip to three miles off Berry Head today early am:

4 Balearic Shearwater (2 flypast, 2 in resting flock of Manx)

1 Arctic Skua. int/dark phase adult. Stoel sandeel from Kittiwake.

4 Sandwich terns in Brixham Harbour (2 adults, 2 Juv)

plus: 18 Harbour Porpoise, 7 Common Dolphin.

Arctic Skua
Arctic Skua

Posted September 7th at 7:28 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Wembury Point

More waders arriving on Langdon Beach compared to last week. 30+ Ringed Plover, 20+ Turnstone and 10+ Dunlin. A potential Curlew Sand in with the dunlin, noticeably lighter and sleeker appearance with the prominent features on the head. We were unfortunate not to get views of the tail in flight to confirm the species though. Also in with the dunlin was a winter plumage Knot, first time seeing one here. Also a Juv Bar-Tailed Godwit on the rocks. At the carpark, around 10+ Swallows and House Martins. 

Posted September 7th at 4:06 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Velator to Crow.

10 Wheatear, Large small wader group mostly Dunlin and distant. 4 Egret, 2 youngHeron, Swallows, Redshank, curlew, meadow Pipit and 2 med gulls near the beach. 

Posted September 7th at 4:03 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

East Soar

Highlight of the day was a Wryneck at the bottom of Starehole Valley. Also:Great Spotted Woodpecker moving west, 110 Swallow, 8 White Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 26 Wheatear, 18 Stonechat, 7 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 80 Carrion Crow, 200 Linnet and topped off by a low flying Spitfire over late morning!

Posted September 7th at 3:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond ,migrants at this morning's ringing session were 1Willow Warbler,1 Sedge Warbler,1 Spotted Flycatcher,11 Chiffchaffs,17 Blackcaps,and the Cetti's Warbler still present.

1st.Yr. Chiffchaff.
1st.Yr. Chiffchaff.

Posted September 7th at 3:07 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

East Soar

East Soar and the willows 7.0 to 8.30 am. 4 Phylloscs, 3 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat, ca 20 Yellow Wagtails were initially with the cows and then flew off to join the sheep by the airfield.

Posted September 7th at 1:25 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight this morning was a party of 7 pale-bellied Brent Geese which looped the upper estuary at 10.15 before settling early afternoon, by the cycle track just north of Laira Bridge. Also, 2 Kingfishers, 6 Greenshanks, 2 Dunlins, 146 Redshanks, 10 Oysrercatchers, 34 Curlews,18 Turnstones, Common Sandpiper, Shag, Grey Wagtail, 5 Stonechats, Sparrowhawk, Clouded Yellow & 4 Roe Deer.  

Posted September 7th at 12:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Clennon Valley Lakes

On the lakes this morning were a pair of Gadwall, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, a single Black-Headed Gull, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher. The woodland at the back produced a good range of passerines including Coal Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker whilst a Sparrowhawk passed through.

Posted September 7th at 10:15 am by CL North in Bird News

Green Woodpecker

Two on Stoodley Knoll field TQ1

Posted September 7th at 8:34 am by Mick Currn in Bird News

Sunday 6th September 2020

Cattle Egrets, Velator

2 or maybe 3 Cattle Egrets by Velator Reserve this evening, happily feeding off insects on the resting cattle in the field.

Posted September 6th at 9:31 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Exe Estuary

From Cockwood Steps today  a Wheatear, Kingfisher, 3 Sandwich Terns, a flock of 14 flyover Little Egret. 22 Mute Swan (at the end of last week had a count of 88 and 2 Black Swan)

Possible Bar Headed Goose on the lake at Powderham Castle with the Canada goose flock (only a brief view)

Five Yellow Wagtails in the cattle field near the garage at Cockwood.

Posted September 6th at 7:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Wryneck on fence post near the RNLI flag at the end of the car park at 4.0pm

Posted September 6th at 5:38 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:00 till 11:30

At least 18+ Curlew sandpipers over the marsh on the high tide roost with 10 on the near island, 2 on the spit and 2 in the bay on the right had side beyond the spit and eventually 4 flew from the middle of the marsh from within the large number of black tailed godwits thanks to psycho the lesser black backed gull for moving everything around. Also the greater scaup with 4 Pochards 90+ wigeon , 45+ pintail, 2 ruff ( 1 Juv female and the long staying adult male winter) 2 knot, 1 whimbrel, 200+ redshank , 45+ greenshank, 250+ Dunlin, 1 kingfisher 160+ curlew , 440+ Canada geese, 16+ little egrets, 1 common sandpiper, 260+ black headed gulls, 3 bar tailed godwits.

then watched from the viewing platform from 11:40 till 13:20 between showers.

On the dropping tide as birds left the marsh amongst 300+ juvenile Dunlin were 19+ Juvenile curlew sandpipers setting a new highest count for me on the estuary, also 1 kingfisher and 2 sandwich terns .

Posted September 6th at 5:17 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head Swallows

Very quiet for migrants on the top at Berry Head today other than lots of Swallows going through. Out at sea, Common Dolphins showing well at times in several small pods/family groups.

Swallow feeding young
Swallow feeding young
Juv Swallow
Juv Swallow

Posted September 6th at 4:33 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Another late Swift - Slapton

One over the village at lunchtime today with Hirundines

Posted September 6th at 4:14 pm by Rich Billington in Bird News

Velator reserve

A truncated ringing session this morning with rain interrupting twice. First bird I saw as I went round opening nets was a surprise Barn Owl which drifted off silently and not seen subsequently. Later a squawking bird sounded first like a Jay, then a BH Gull, then a Magpie... after a few moments it flew - Jay. First instinct was right. As I was furling the nets a very dark female Marsh Harrier came over and missed a net by a few feet. Ringed 1 Chiffchaff. 1 reed Warbler and 6 Blackcap. Plus some locals.

Posted September 6th at 3:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Preston seafront

31 Turnstones this morning along Marine Parade, including the bird ringed in the Netherlands,. Also of note were 3 separate groups of House Martins, numbering between 6 12 per flock.

Posted September 6th at 1:24 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Before some very heavy rain, an adult Mediterranean Gull, Kingfisher, 3 Dunlins, 6 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, my first Mute Swans (2) here for a while, 7 Stonechats, Green Woodpecker & an increase in Roe Deer to 8.

Posted September 6th at 12:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Honey Buzzard south over garden 11;30 hrs - new garden record!

Posted September 6th at 11:53 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Chudleigh Siskins

This weekend we have had the eleventh fatality of our Siskins this summer! In spite of diligent washing and disinfecting of feeders and bird baths we have lost 11 Siskins, 1 Goldfinch and 1 Blue Tit. Green Finches and remaining Goldfinches are unscathed. I assume that this is some sort of virus?

I thought that this may be of interest to recorders. 

Is there anything similar occurring elsewhere in Devon?

Posted September 6th at 11:49 am by Peter Upstone in Bird News

Exe Powderham to Turf

Early morning WeBS count in fine weather was a little disappointing with very few waders on this stretch; the excitement lay elsewhere. Overhead 3 sightings of osprey (probably same bird) and 2 swifts. On the seawall one wheatear and (briefly) one yellow wagtail, an additional 2 yellow wagtails were amongst the cattle feeding south of Turf and accompanied by over 30 pied wagtails. An impressive count of 929 Canada geese on a stubble field near Powderham church was a minimum count as more were hidden by the trees.The snow goose was with them.

Posted September 6th at 10:38 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Saturday 5th September 2020

Bolt Head

Yellow Wagtail 3 migrating in flight with small group of Barn Swallows and House Martins

Blackcap 1 male Starehole Bottom

Posted September 5th at 9:26 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

White Storks

Just before 5pm this evening three White Stork in flight over the A38 near Drum Bridges, flying from the direction of Newton Abbot towards Bovey Tracey.

Posted September 5th at 9:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Further to Mr Patersons post today just thought Icould add a couple of photos.We all enjoyed observing these lovely birds and most surprised at the size difference in the Ruffs.

Glossy Ibis with Spotted Redshank
Glossy Ibis with Spotted Redshank

Posted September 5th at 6:45 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

River Teign

Osprey seen along River Teign this afternoon from 2.50pm. The bird flew down the river towards Teignmouth then turned back and was viewed well from Flow Point.


Posted September 5th at 4:23 pm by CL North in Bird News

Stoke point nr plymouth

1Swift, H.Martins 50+ , 1Spotfly, Siskin 20+ first flock of autumn.

Posted September 5th at 3:55 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News


A Swift with 60+ hirundines over A30 in Alphington this lunch time. 

Posted September 5th at 2:39 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Skern this morning

 We watched a Peregrine take a RedShank at approx 08:30 this morning. The peregrine struggled to get airborne with its catch and ended up eating some of it on the foreshore.

Posted September 5th at 1:45 pm by Roger Walter in Bird News

Wembury Point

Good morning on the wader front at Wembury Point

3 Curlew Sandpiper 2 Common Sandpiper  12 Turnstone 1 Dunlin 1 Bar Tailed Godwit 1 Sanderling 2 Ringed Plover 1 Whimbrel 20 Oystercatcher and 2 Curlew

Posted September 5th at 1:20 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Wheatear of the autumn here. Also, Swift, 2 Whinchats, 5 Stonechats, 55 House Martins, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks & a Roe Deer.

Posted September 5th at 12:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington Pill

1 Spotted Redshank , 1 Glossy Ibis , 2 Ruffs , 1 Kingfisher , 1 Greenshank & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Posted September 5th at 12:35 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Friday 4th September 2020

West Charleton Marsh /Frogmore Creek

West Charlerton Marsh: 2 Cattle Egrets (see pics), 11 Little Egrets.

Cattle EgretsCattle Egrets

Frogmore Creek: 29 Mediterranean Gulls (15 adults (one with white colour ring too far to read), 7 2nd/3rd summers, 2 1st summers & 5 juveniles), 3 Little Grebes, 3 Dunlins, 3 Greenshanks, Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper and a Wheatear (on the shore).


Posted September 4th at 7:25 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Lopwell Dam 4th Sept 2020

At 1310 a Red Kite appeared from the NW over Blindwell Wood.  It then soared for several minutes over Whittacliffe Wood, before gaining height and continuing down the estuary.  After some half-hearted sparring with a Buzzard, it drifted off eastwards near Blaxton Wood about 1325.

Posted September 4th at 4:15 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

East Soar

Spent over an hour waiting for an elusive warbler to re-appear but only two brief sightings. Generally light rusty brown above, very short primary projection, very long pink legs, medium sized suggested Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler but didn't get enough on it!! It was at the bottom of Starehole Valley, just 30 metres up from the bottom gate if anyone is around tomorrow.

Otherwise: 2 Sparrowhawk, Ringed Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker west over the farm, 75 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 28 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 16 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher & Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted September 4th at 3:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Just after high tide this morning: Kingfisher, 3 Dunlins, c140 Redshanks, 6 Greenshanks, 36 Curlews, 2 Common Sandpipers & 5 Shags. Also, a gathering of 50 hirundines (about 50/50 Swallows & House Martins), Willow Warbler, Whinchat, 5 Stonechats & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted September 4th at 12:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Marsh Green

Hobby over the house at 12.15 pm heading north towards Whimple, chased by Swallows.  A fairly regular visitor around here probably visiting farms in pursuit of small birds.

Posted September 4th at 12:31 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

White Storks ~ Ivybridge ?

11.20hrs this morning a third hand report of a flock of what may have been 15 White Storks high above Ivybridge heading towards South Brent.

While out in the garden looking skywards had a sighting of a single Swift, certainly a late record for South Brent, apparently there is still an active nest at a nearby neighbours house.

Posted September 4th at 12:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh on this mornings high tide, the reported Curlew Sandpipers came in with the arriving flocks of Dunlin, other waders flying in included Redshank, Curlew and Black Tailed Godwit.

At least one Whimbrel and a Snipe along with a small number of Lapwing. Large numbers of Black Headed Gull.

Ducks included Shoveller and Pintail, Widgeon numbers increasing.

Little Egrets and Herons.

Looking out form the Goat walk two Black Swan, Kingfisher and across the estuary a large number of Canada geese in a stubble field at Powderham.

EDS: please label photos with bird species names - some people don't always know what the photo is depicting.

Posted September 4th at 10:25 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:10 till 10:45

A good morning started with  9 curlew sandpipers to the left of the hide with another 2 curlew sandpipers close in front of the hide, good numbers of Juv Dunlin and good numbers of redshank, 1 common sandpipers, 1 juveniles ruff, 50+ pintail, 60+ wigeon , 4 pochard, 3 gadwall, 300+ black headed gulls, 5 bar tailed godwits , 3 whimbrel, good numbers of black tailed godwits and curlew but due to extensive vegetation no count of these could be done accurately.

then watched from viewing platform from 10:50 till 12:00

as the tide dropped and birds ventured out from the marsh initial group of 150+ juvenile Dunlin included 13 curlew sandpipers another couple of groups of Dunlin joined this group and included another 2 curlew sandpipers then another group of 80+ Juv Dunlin flew across and included 1 curlew sandpiper  after checking all the groups of waders again the final tally for the morning was confirmed as  16 juvenile curlew sandpipers  my highest count on the estuary in 10 years of watching. 

Posted September 3rd at 10:26 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

White Stork Ernesettle

Showing well in the tree just off Digby Grove, did take flight for a period before returning to the same tree.  It was even watching dog walkers, walking directly below where it was perched.  

Posted September 3rd at 10:15 pm by S WILLSON in Bird News


Back to the reserve this evening to see if any Swallows were about. As I walked across the reserve a large bird flew over and my immediate reaction was: Dark Bird of Prey - probably female/juv Marsh Harrier. I hastened after it to the south side of the reserve but no further sign. Only saw 2 Swallows. Didn't catch any.

Posted September 3rd at 9:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


This morning in the mist at Mount Batten, 2+ Sandwich Terns, adult Mediterranean Gull & a Wheatear.

Early evening the Plym Estuary & Saltram produced: 2 Whinchats, 4 Stonechats, Kingfisher, 9 Oystercatchers, 2 Dunlins, 6 Greenshanks & a Roe Deer.

Posted September 3rd at 7:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington Pill

4 knot,3 Greenshank,1 Spotted Redshank,many Redshank,kingfisher,common sandpiper,Glossy Ibis,and 6 Dunlin.

Glossy Ibis.
Glossy Ibis.

Posted September 3rd at 6:41 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

I saw six of a reported 11 Curlew Sandpipers in the roosting wader flock at Bowling Green Marsh this morning. Birdguides reported 16 after I left. 2 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 50 Pintail also among usual species. 

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 3rd at 6:04 pm by Chris E in Bird News

White Stork, Ernesettle Creek, Plymouth

White stork flying over Ernesettle Creek this afternoon.

White Stork
White Stork

Posted September 3rd at 4:49 pm by Vince Bedford in Bird News

Berry Head

In addition to Mike's post a further 12 Arctic and 1 Pomarine Skua passed through between 10.30 and 14.30 hours today.

Posted September 3rd at 4:16 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch this morning produced: 6 Arctic Skuas, 5 Great Skuas, 300+ Manx Shearwaters (ended up milling around), 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Tern, 18 Sandwich Terns, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Storm Petrel, several hundred Gannets and similar number of Kittiwakes, 2 Swifts, 40+ Common Dolphin, Grey Seal and 6+ Harbour Porpoise. a bit of video here of the dolphins and Gannets: 


Posted September 3rd at 3:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velator reserve

Little Egret and a Wigeon out on the scrape this morning. Everything else was just wet....

Posted September 3rd at 12:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


A brief visit to E,Soar yesterday produced 12 Yellow Wagtails in among the sheep at the back of the farm.3 Magpies, 8 Whitethroats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Kestrel, 4 Ravens, many Swallows and Housemartins.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 3rd at 9:50 am by Bob Barrow & in Bird News

Turf Locks to Powderham

2 Yellow Wagtails feeding with Pied Wagtails around cattle near sea wall. Osprey circling overhead before heading west inland. Snow Goose with approx 100 Canada Geese in filght over the Exe.

Posted September 3rd at 9:09 am by Paul Thearle in Bird News

South Huish marsh 02/09/2020 evening

2 Curlew sandpipers,1 knot, 2 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed godwits, 2 ringed plover, 1 cattle egret, several yellow wagtails and Dunlin, 2 snipe.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted September 3rd at 6:16 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd September 2020


2 Willow Tit, 3 Blue, 2 Coal, 3 Great Tit.

Posted September 2nd at 8:48 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatching 16:00-18:00, to catch arrival of weak frontal system light SSW wind occasional drizzle. Mostly distant were: 9 Arctic Skuas, Pom/Arctic Skua, Long-tailed/Arctic Skua (more likely Lt on jizz and behaviour, much stalling & bouncy flight), Bonxie, 5 Arctic Terns (3 ads, 2 juvs), 4 Sandwich Terns, Balearic Shearwater, 35 Manx Shearwaters and c20 Common Dolphins. Some feeding birds out in Lyme Bay produced a constant trickle of Gannets and Kittiwakes (no count).

Posted September 2nd at 8:47 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Knepp Stork juvenile at Ernesettle 2nd Sept 2020

First saw this White Stork at the Knepp Estate in West Sussex on the 13th July GB4H , what a delight when I met up again in my home town

300miles from home GB4H
300miles from home GB4H
His home a nest in the Knepp Estate 13th July 2020
His home a nest in the Knepp Estate 13th July 2020

Posted September 2nd at 7:56 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

South Huish Marsh and Soar

Early am at South Huish Marsh: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Knot, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Swifts, 20+ Yellow Wagtails, several Sand Martins, 2 Wheatears and 1 Spotted Flycatcher and at East and Middle Soar, mid-am to early pm: 1 Hobby, 30+ Yellow Wagtails, 4 Wheatears, 15+ Whitethroats, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and hundreds of Swallows and House Martins.

Posted September 2nd at 7:51 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


I believe the stork GB4H is the first British hatchling from Chichester.

Posted September 2nd at 6:51 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

White Stork, Ernesettle.

Informed today by a dog walker of a Stork in a tree, i was fully expecting a Grey Heron, but it turned out to be a White stork! Perched in the treetops just off Lakeside drive, (opposite Digby Grove.) Watched for an hour, it did a quick circular and perched back in the same tree. Leg ring GB4H on left leg.

Also, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, and a Goldcrest attracted by a cloud of flies in a tree.

White Stork.
White Stork.
White Stork
White Stork

Posted September 2nd at 6:01 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Today at the Pill , 1 Glossy Ibis , 2 Ruffs , 3 Greenshanks & 4 Knots , I looked for the Spotted Redshank but no luck .

Posted September 2nd at 5:48 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

White Stork, Ernesettle, Plymouth.

White Stork in tree tops, Digby Grove, Ernesettle, Plymouth. Still there at 1650, showing well, I even had time to go home for my camera!  Photos to follow.

Posted September 2nd at 5:02 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

White Stork Lopwell

Was sat watching a kingfisher, turned and looked to see a bird drift up river thought I'd get some practice in as I've been fiddling with camera settings and focusing on moving birds.  I assumed it was a heron, but as I tried focusing once it was overhead, I knew it was not a heron, and as I've seen reports of storks in Cornwall, I automatically thought this was what was flying overhead.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted September 2nd at 4:41 pm by Shane Willson in Bird News


One Swift over the valley this afternoon, conceivably the same bird that Pete had earlier over the Plym/Saltram.

Posted September 2nd at 4:20 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Bowling Green Marsh ( hide and viewing platform ) over the morning high tide-  11 Curlew Sands, 1 Ruff, 2 Garganey, 1 Scaup, 3+ Knot, 1 Common Sand, 4 Avocet, 2 Greenshank, Whimbrel, 10 Pintail, 4 Pochard 

Posted September 2nd at 3:50 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Velator reserve and the Caen river

At the scrape I met a man who had been shown an Osprey at the river-mouth yesterday evening. So after a quick check around the reserve, I went there. On the way 4 Whimbrel, about 20 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper 3 Kestrels, 2 Buzzards, several each of Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, Stonechat, and 2 Wheatears. Over on one of the falling down barns in Horsey, a bird of prey, but extreme distance made id difficult. Eventually took extreme range photo and found I had been staring not at an Osprey, but a Peregrine Falcon.... On the way back 2 Black-tailed Godwits with the loafing Gull flock by Sherpa main pond. In the reserve, a Tawny Owl. 2 Little Egrets on the scrape.

Posted September 2nd at 2:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exe Estuary

A feel of Autumn this morning with 80 Wigeon flying in to settle on the water at Cockle Sand off Mudbank Lane.  4 Great Crested Grebes also present.

Posted September 2nd at 1:58 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Horsey Island this morning as tide retreats

Walking the bank from White House we saw numerous mixed flocks of Dunlin and Ringed Plover (maybe up to 50 Dunlin and 20 R Plover) A single Greenshank was fishing in one of the pools and a juvenile Northern Wheatear perched briefly on the bank top before flying off South. A Great Black Backed Gull tackled a crab...and won. A Cormorant was drying its wings on the mud bank and there were scattered BH Gulls throughout, maybe 25 in total. 

Juvenile Northern Wheatear
Juvenile Northern Wheatear

Posted September 2nd at 1:32 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

R.Caen > Horsey

4 Bar-tailed Godwits on R.Caen + 1 Ruff.

On Horsey a small number of Dunlin & Ringed.Plover (less than 100) & amongst them 1 Curlew Sandpiper.

Posted September 2nd at 12:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Paignton Beach

A Knot was on the beach this morning.


Posted September 2nd at 11:31 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Some signs of migration this morning in the form of a Tree Pipit, a Swift & 2 Sandwich Terns. Also 3 Kingfishers (showing well around Blaxton Meadow & the upper estuary), 2 Shags, 6 Greenshanks, 4 Common Sandpipers, 39 Curlews, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers & 3 Stonechats. 

Posted September 2nd at 11:07 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

A stroll around the headland this morning produced: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest,14 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 

Overhead: 2 Alba Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 70+ House Martin, 12 Swallow & 1 Sand Martin

A return visit at Lunctime for a couple of hours seawatching produced: 1 juv Long-tailed Skua, 4 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 17 Common Scoter, 100+ Manx Shearwaters, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Terns,5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 50+ Common Dolphin 

  Firecrest Berry Head 2 Sept 2020 ML Female Blackcap Berry Head 2 Sept 2020 ML

                      Firecrest                                                                               Blackcap

Posted September 2nd at 9:48 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar bank holiday Monday

Lots of Yellow wagtails on the airfield and behind the cafe, Spotted flycatchers in the willows, willow warbler and Chiffchaffs, Whinchat near the pond, hundreds of House martins and a Hobby flew from the willows grasping a House martin

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 2nd at 6:18 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Tuesday 1st September 2020


4 snipe in our leek field today.

Posted September 1st at 9:53 pm by Ian samuel in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

16:16 - 19:15

Curlew Sandpiper (9); Ruff (2); Avocet (1); Spotted Redshank (1); Knot; Black & Bar-tailed Godwit; Curlew were the highlights for me.

Posted September 1st at 9:49 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

East Devon migrants

On the cliff-top between Weston Mouth and Branscombe, 60+ Yellow Wagtails were with the cattle this morning. Later, on Beer Head, another 20+ were with the sheep, with a Red Kite drifting West slightly inland, and a flock of 400+ Hirundines (all three spp., plus one or two Swifts) feeding and squabbling overhead. Later again, at Seaton Marshes, two Knot took the wader spp. total to nine, but no real rarities alas.

Posted September 1st at 9:47 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Velator reserve

A Little Egret has started appearing not far from the gate into the reserve field these last couple of days. 2 evenings catching Swallows has been successful at last after several evenings of 0, 1, or 2 birds last night was 35 plus Sand Martin, Blackcap, and Kingfisher, this evening about 50 Swallows and a lone Sand Martin. Saw a Swift as dusk started. There was a single Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape yesterday evening.

Posted September 1st at 9:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Pil Tor/Rippon Tor

late afternoon, of note: a small fall of Wheatears (a minimum of 8 in the area).

Posted September 1st at 7:43 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Velator To Crow Point.

Swallows, Cettis,Whitethroat, 5 Heron,Dunlin over20,large numbers of Dragonflies,4 Egret,3 Buzzards,Linnets ,Stonechats and 1Med Gull.

Young Whitethroat
Young Whitethroat

Posted September 1st at 6:46 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Northam and Skern

At lunchtime from the garden one Swift flew over.

Later at Skern another Swift flying around over Northam Burrows. On the high tide there were at least 65 Knot, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel and a mixed flock of approximately 200 Dunlin and Ringed Plover. All scattered when a Peregrine made an unsuccessful attempt at a kill. She then disappeared over Braunton Burrows.

Posted September 1st at 6:17 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Swifts at East Prawle, Monday 31 Aug

Further to yesterdays sighting of one, maybe two swifts at lunchtime, two were present over the village at 20.07 hrs and heading south.

Posted September 1st at 4:30 pm by nick dixon in Bird News

West to East Soar

Today's tally included Sparrowhawk, 320 Herring Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 (one west up Starehole then up over Bolt Head & one in willows), 120 Swallow, 60 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, 13 Stonechat, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 11 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher & 200 Linnet.

Non-avian: 2f1m Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter, 5 Common Blue Damseflies, 3 male Small Red-eyed Damselflies & 2 very fresh Painted Ladies.

Posted September 1st at 4:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

The Maer, Exmouth

6 Ring-necked Parakeets on Monday evening

Posted September 1st at 3:35 pm by Tim Smith in Bird News


A good spread of commoner migrants in fine conditions including: 51+ Yellow Wagtails, 39 Wheatears, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, Redstart, 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 White Wagtails, 10 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcaps, Whinchat, Sand Martin & 11 Swifts. Also a Roe Deer.

Posted September 1st at 3:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Common scoter

Right onshore as close as 3m between 1st and 2nd groyne West of Teignmouth pier

Posted September 1st at 1:42 pm by Gavin in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

Glossy Ibis in the Pill this morning & a Hobby at Home Farm marsh .

Posted September 1st at 10:35 am by David Paterson in Bird News

South Huish yesterday

2 juv Med Gulls on the beach, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, c. 15 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwits and a few Snipe on the ley.

Posted September 1st at 8:41 am by Rich Billington in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

31/8 15:53 - 19:15

Curlew Sandpiper - I saw 3, others reported 6; Pintail; Garganey (1); Pochard (3); Wigeon were the highlights over the evening high tide.

Posted September 1st at 8:25 am by Paul Bray in Bird News

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