Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st September 2012

2020 Records request

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

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford




·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·          Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·        Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

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



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


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

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Think before you post...!


Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

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

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

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

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


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Friday 21st September 2012

Start Point

This morning around the point, farm and valley: 8-10,000 Hirundines - not really moving just feeding in good numbers all over the site but mostly on the top fields. Moving over were 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, just 3 alba Wagtails, 6 Siskins, 4 Skylark, several small flocks of Goldfinches, Linnets and just a couple of Chaffinch, 1 Tree Pipit, several hundred Meadow Pipits moving around.

Also 25 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear 1 Goldcrest.  

House Martins and Swallows Start Point

House Martins & Swallows in car park Start Point

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 9:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

What a difference a day makes - after almost nothing yesterday this morning on T'stone Marsh - 3 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Little Grebe and 250 + House Martin

At 09.15 on Leasfoot beach 2 Sanderling , 2 Dunlin and a year tick a juv Curlew Sandpiper. 50 + Meadow Pipit feeding on the golf course.. 1 Tree Pipit over

At 10.00  afantastic passage of Hirundines feeding on a flat calm sea - In the next hour at least 4000+ House Martin and 1500 Swallow flew through.

On the beach another 3 Dunlin and a juv Ringed Plover.

7 Grey Wagtail on the patch, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 50 + Alba.

Bob B ringed 3 Sedge and 2 Reed Warbler

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 7:47 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

English Channel - Bay of Biscay. Sunday 2 Sept 2012

Have just returned from a great holiday in Northern Spain and The Pyrenees... but I guess this is not the place to tell the story.  The only bird (Storm-petrel) that might have a claim to Devon was found on the deck of the Santander Ferry in the early hours of the day after we sailed from Plymouth and had hitched a lift overnight from somewhere in the Channel.  It seemed only to be resting and made no attempt to leave so it was eventually cast overboard and was last seen skimming the waves in the southern section of the Bay of Biscay. Having not seen one as close before, its tiny size and frailty was what impressed me. 

Plenty of Shearwaters present towards Spain... the  most numerous being being Great Shearwater. And I won't mention Whales!

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 5:28 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


Walking up the path to the hide, I found 5 Spotted flycatchers all in one group, also, c. 30 chiff chaff 1 sedge warbler and GS woodpecker. Otherwise very quiet here with only a few mixed hirundines stopping briefly to feed. Yesterday afternoon on the sea off slapton, 2 RT divers.

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 4:31 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Isley Marsh and Jetty Roost

09:05 - 11:00

A stroll via Tarka Trail as far as Instow Barton Marsh and back around the area to Isley Marsh.

1 Jay; 1 Bullfinch; 1 Cetti`s Warbler. 1 Little grebe and 1 Water Rail (on overflow pond.)

Jetty Roost :-  8 Little Egret; c250 Oystercatcher; 3 Spoonbill;  5 Redshank; 3 Grey Plover; 5 Turnstone; 1 Kestrel and c100 Curlew. Most were disturbed off the roost by a caterpillar digger on the bank having come out of Nott`s site.

Isley Marsh :- 18 Little Egret; 3 Spoonbill (had relocated here); c100 Curlew and c10 - 15 Greenshank.

10:30  1 Osprey located on a post in the marsh between Chivenor riverbank and the runway approach.

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 12:44 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Fremington quay

0900-1030    2 Osprey seen flying together from the quay.Then one sat on the small post for at least an hour.

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 12:01 pm by John hunt in Bird News

Thursday 20th September 2012

Nuthatches on Berry Head

After reading Mike Langman's entry concerning the sighting of a Nuthatch on Berry Head, we thought it might be interesting to report that we saw two Nuthatches here ourselves when we visited on September 12th. They were both perched very prominently on the large metal aerial near the end of the headland, calling to each other. We also spotted one earlier in some nearby bushes, but it was likely to have been one of the same two birds.

We commented at the time that it seemed a fairly unusual habitat for Nuthatches, but i guess we were luckier to see them here than we recognised!

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 10:31 pm by Tom Martin in Bird News

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Home Farm Marsh, Fremington

Thursday 20th Sept

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 6:20 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

River taw/River caen

   6Little grebe,5 meadow pipit 4 rock pipit,1greenshank,5linnet,little owl,sparrow hawk,kestrel.TheOsprey was feeding and loafing on the post with the red top for 2 hours  1400-1600hrs.

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 6:14 pm by John hunt in Bird News

South Cott Marsh,bideford.


   juv spotted redshank+2 green sands,23 teal 17:30.

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 5:54 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary off West Charleton

Osprey showing well at mouth of Frogmore Creek early afternoon.

Also: 16 Ringed Plover, 24 Blackwits, 3 Whimbrel, 8 Common Gull & 17 Mediterranean Gulls (all appeared to be adults).

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 4:46 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Generally quiet but the highlight was a loose flock of 8 Great Spotted Woodpeckers moving west through East Soar Farm.

Also: 115 Swallow, 66 Meadow Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 17 Chiffchaff & 120 Goldfinch.

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 4:43 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Osprey & Black Swan

Osprey still showing well from Fremington Quay this morning.

The Black Swan is still present on the Taw Estuary & can be easily seen from the Tarka trail at Ashford.

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 12:26 pm by Robert Jutsum in Bird News

Slapton Sands - Yellow Wagtail

Late yesterday afternoon, I noticed what I think might be a juv Yellow Wagtail (19th Sept) on Slapton Sands. It was near the large stone monument and with a group of Pied Wagtails.

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 7:56 am by Robin Morrison in Bird News

Wednesday 19th September 2012


"Our" Resdtart still present (see 16th sept posting)

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 9:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torr Quarry

Noticeable westerly movement of Swallows midday / early afternoon, probably around 1000 per hour.

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 6:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bolberry Down - Soar .- Soar Mill Valley

 Very few grounded migrants in 3hrs from 09.30 -only 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap , 9 Chiffchaff.

It was the viz mig which took centre  stage - 5000+ Swallow, 1500 + House Martin, 195 Meadow Pipit, 30 Skylark, 50 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin 5 Yellow wagtail all flying west

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 6:09 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

4 Black Tailed Godwit flew in at 08.45 to join the Little Grebe. 4 Grey wagtail flew over with the first Skylark for 8 weeks 

Bob B  had another Skylark, 1 Tree Pipit, 20 Meadow Pipit, 3 Siskin, 3 Snipe , 2 Water Rail.and a Sedge warbler

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 6:05 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A change of scene and a visit to BGM over the high tide this morning produced the usual suspects. A single Curlew Sandpiper in amongst the Dunlin and  an Osprey over at 11.00am were the most noteworthy species.

Other birds included: Black-tailed Godwit - 350+, Bar-tailed Godwit - 1, Avocet - 1, Greenshank - 3, Green Sandpiper - 1, Knot - 2, Snipe - 1, Lapwing, Little Egret 30+, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe and building numbers of Teal, Shoveler and Wigeon. Not forgetting the 2 Bar-headed Geese in with the Canada Geese flock. They might be plastic, but they are cracking birds!

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 4:47 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Isley Marsh

12:00 - 13.30 - 3 Spoonbill on the high tide roost part of the marsh when I arrived - still there when I left which was strange because the tide was right out by now and they normally feed in the shallows of the estuary at low water.
Sat on the bench Osprey watching with George Mudford, there was one on the favourite post off of Chivenor and then another one flew in and pitched on the next post down with the red box on top.

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 3:37 pm in Bird News

Mediterranean Gulls - R.Caen

If you are one of those birders who enjoy looking at birds legs & I know like me there are several of you out there!

Looking at Gulls legs for the last couple of months it may interest you to know that there have been several colour ringed Gulls present on the R.Caen. It is very interesting to know where these were ringed & the movements of these


I have observed several & sent in the details & they originate

from France, Poland, Hungary ,Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany.

So there is a lot more to a 'seagull' than first meets the eye.

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 2:41 pm by Robert Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Hd

A good look around the headland this morning 0800-10.30hrs: 1 Nuthatch (only my 2nd ever on site - so rarer than R-b Flycatcher!), 1 Sedge Warbler (photo), 1 Whitethroat, 21 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcaps, 5 Goldcrests, 3 Wheatear. 

 Sedge Warbler Berry Head 19 Sept 2012

Flying over: 72 Meadow Pipits, 3 Alba Wagtails, 7 House Martin, 3 Siskin, 22 Swallow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and a few commoner finch flocks.

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 12:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Osprey on Exe

Osprey was flying all over the estuary, no diving though. 

Also whitethroat + couple of wheatear, and guillemot on river.

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 12:05 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Axe Cliff

I spent 07:00-09:20 this morning at Axe Cliff.

Overhead westerly passage included; 3 Skylark, 54 Swallow, 87 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 2 alba Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 635 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 6 Chaffinch and 4 Siskin. 

Very little grounded though; 1 Whinchat (photo), 1 Stonechat, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler and 5 Chiffchaff.

Whinchat Axe Cliff
Whinchat Axe Cliff

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 11:24 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Tuesday 18th September 2012

Little Grebe-Wrafton pond

Two juvenile Little Grebes with two adults

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 8:39 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News


Tufted Duck and Pintail on the pond with more Coots than have been present all summer: up to 15 counted. The four visible juvenile Swans were having a real thrash trying to lose more juvenile plumage, I expect them to fly anytime soon. Only 20 Black-tailed Godwits accompanying the Ruff.

In the reserve, a big flock of 20+ Long-tailed Tits, and 2 Jays.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 3:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Isley Marsh and Jetty Roost.

07:30 - 09:30

On arrival at Isley approx 1/2hr before high tide, the 4 Spoonbills were being driven off the marsh by an exceptional high tide ( 7.8mtrs at Yelland Quay). All four flew off down river. 16 Little Egrets around the edges of the marsh and loads of Swallows feeding over the normally exposed but now covered vegatation.

A scan accross the river towards Pillsmouth did not find the Ospreys. A Cormorant was sat on the Osprey`s favourite post.

Jetty Roost was nearly overwhelmed by the high tide but a few waders managed to find the odd little island. The 4 Spoonbills had obviously found somewhere there to roost but were put-up by an uncontrolled dog. They then flew back up-river but not to Isley, as they were nowhere to be seen at 09:30 when I returned.

4 Grey Plover; c250 Oystercatcher; 17 Redshank; 31 Curlew; 1 Turnstone; c30 Mallard; 1 Little Egret and 5 Rock Pipits.

Still no sign of the Ospreys on the walk back.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 2:56 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Dawlish Warren


This Nightjar showing extremely well today at Dawlish Warren from the visitor centre, perched on the dead branch where the nut-feeder hangs!

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 2:18 pm by Brian Heasman in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary off West Charleton

Five raptor species included 2 Ospreys. The first came into view over Halwell Wood at 10:22 hrs before flying upstream towards Kingsbridge. The second bird came out of Frogmore Creek at 10:45 hrs, again moving upstream.

Also: 40 little egret, 4 whimbrel, 220 curlew, 100 oystercatcher, 1st winterMed gull, common tern and linnet flock up to c.200.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Osprey behaviour

Following on from Tim Jones' observation of one of the Taw Ospreys behaviour, I managed to observe the same on Sunday (16th) mid-morning.  After catching a fish downstream from the fisherman's huts, the Osprey gained a great amount of height (being harassed by a crow)  and headed off in a ENE direction before being lost in the clouds.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 1:42 pm by Edd Davies in Bird News

Fremington Quay

1000-1200hrs   20+dunlin,4redshank,30+oystercatcher,2wigeon and some of the best views of 1 osprey just off the quay.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 1:27 pm by John hunt in Bird News

Monday 17th September, River Caen/Taw Estuary

A visit on the rising tide from around 3.30 to 7.30pm. About 10 adult and 2nd-winter Mediterranean Gulls, including an adult with a red colour-ring on its left leg, inscribed in white "?E?" reading down the ring. The top character was completely obscured by mud; the lower character was either a "1" or a "T". Online info suggests that this bird was ringed in either the Czech Republic or Slovakia.

We saw two Ospreys; one rather distantly in flight carrying a fish and crossing inland to the south of the Taw towards the Torridge; the other fishing (successfully) upstream of Fremington and then circling ever higher and higher and away to the ENE still carrying its fish, until it was lost to 'scope view in cloud at about 18.10! Highly intriguing. We could only imagine it was looking for a place to eat its meal far from gathering gulls, but couldn't understand why it would go so high or so far - almost like it was migrating. Seems like this bird could well be "Fearna" a first-winter female from Badenoch in the Scottish Highlands. See:

4 Spoonbills at Isley Marsh and about 20 Little Egrets in high-tide, pre-roost gathering. 120+ Pied Wagtails (with a few Yellows) going to roost in Typha on Braunton Marsh.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 12:39 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

brent geese

20 dark bellied brent off cockwood this morning at 0600z.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 11:07 am by eric in Bird News

Axe Estuary

All quiet really, except for a decent westward passage of Meadow Pipits with the odd Yellow and Grey Wag.

On Black Hole Marsh the Curlew Sandpiper is still there with 15 Dunlin, other parts of the valley showed 37 Blackwits, 3 Greenshank and 3 Wigeon.

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 9:44 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Monday 17th September 2012


3 juv little terns at high tide on the beach giving excellent views down to 10mts. 5 bar tailed godwits also. If only to have a decent camera lens!!!. 18:30-19:20.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 7:50 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Gadwall - Wrafton Pond

This handsome male Gadwall was on Wrafton Pond tonight.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 6:54 pm by Robert Jutsum in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw.

1400-1600hrs.  2Greenshank,5Wheatear,6Meadow pipit.I could only find 1 Osprey which showed well.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 6:31 pm by John hunt in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Last night the roosts between 18.30- 19.00 were - 400 Starling, 135 Alba Wagtail, 100 Linnet and only 100 Swallow. A Hobby flew through.

At 07.45 this morning an adult Spotted Redshank was briefly on the back marsh- the first on the patch for 2 years. Also 2 Snipe, 17 Teal, 1 Little Grebe. First Siskin of the autumn flew over.

3 Sedge Warbler were ringed.

Around the Bay were10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Grey Wagtail, 100+ Swallow 40 House Martin ,. Amongst the gulls were 20 Lesser B B Gull

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 6:09 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News


Bob B was the ID guide on a feery trip down the Kinsbridge estuary last night- Very good views of an Osprey, 100+ Dunlin,  23 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank and 6 ad Med Gull

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 6:03 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary off West Charleton

Popped in on way back from Soar and rewarded with great views of Osprey causing pandemonium over the mudflats.

Good smattering of waders inc.22 Blackwits, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 120 Dunlin & 130 Curlew.

120 Linnet on adjacent stubble field.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 5:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bolberry/Southdown Farm/Soar/Starehole

A 6 hour walk but precious few highlights:

Great-spotted woodpecker, 70 Swallow, 140 House Martin, 94 Meadow Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail,

16 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest & 100 Linnet.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 5:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Looking at the pool by the Tarka Trail from the reserve this afternoon, the Ruff has been joined by 58 Black-tailed Godwits! Only slightly spooked by one of the reserve Buzzards swooping close by. One of the Godwits has colour rings and is likely to be an Icelandic bird. I will email for the details, which are usually sent back by return!

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 3:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ospreys - Taw Estuary

2 Ospreys this morning seen from the Fisherman's huts on the

two distant posts in easterly direction approx 2+ miles away (not the same posts as on 01/09/2012).

Both birds flew west past the Fishermans huts & out towards the mouth of the Taw & Torridge Estuary.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 12:39 pm by Robert Jutsum in Bird News


Only 8 Black-tailed Godwits this morning, which promptly flew off south with the Ruff, which returned. 2 Pintail, Tufted Duck and Teal on the pond.

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 9:38 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 16th September 2012


The Plym Estuary produced a single Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshanks, 120 Redshanks, 33 Curlews, and single Teal, Ringed Plover and Common Samdpiper. Also a flock of 30 Swallows in Saltram.

A Redstart (female type) is frequenting the bushes beside the bush stop outside my house on Beaumont Road (opposite the hospital); first seen 12th Sept and then reappeared yesterday night. Still around today. Only the second here in in 22 years of occupation!  

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 7:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Hd

A bit of movement today 0700-0930hrs: 5 Alba Wagtails,1 Grey Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail all >E, with small numbers of Linnet, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, Swallow and House Martins. Around the headland; 14 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. off the end of the headland 1 Arctic Skua and at least 6 Harbour Porpoise.  

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 7:02 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


2 juv little terns,7 bar tailed godwits,7 knot,2 meds,ad,fw,20 curlew,18:00-18:20

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 7:00 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


Fairly qiuet here today but twelve plus Yellow Wagtails saved the day. Otherwise just one each of Blackcap, Whinchat and Garden Warbler. Lots of Swallows, one hundred or so Goldfinch and a few Chiffchaffs completed the days tally.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 6:37 pm by R.McCarthy in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

A juv Curlew Sandpiper, and at least 2 or 3 White Wagtails among the albas this evening.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 6:12 pm in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey 2 around N Pool/Hallwell Wood Area at mouth of Frogmore Cr. 1400hrs also 1W Little Gull,

Med Gull 17.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 3:02 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

River Caen/River taw.

1015-1230hrs 2Greenshank 1Redshank medow pipit Buzzard Wheatear and Little owl.On the taw the Osprey showed well.Islay marsh held 4 Spoonbill and12 plus Wigeon.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 3:01 pm by John hunt in Bird News

Colour-ringed Osprey

I have been in touch with Roy Dennis about the Osprey with a blue ring on photographed by George Mudford on Thursday last week.

He confirms what I suspected: It's NOT Fearna the satellite-tagged bird which has taken up temporary residence around the River Yeo. Scottish colour-ringed Ospreys are ringed on the left leg, so this is either an English or Welsh juvenile. We hope we have read the number, so might be able to get precise details of where it was hatched. I'll update if I get details.

This means that there have been at least 3 Ospreys around the estuary recently!

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 12:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


One Ruff and 36 Black-tailed Godwits this morning.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 12:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


27 sanderlings on pebble ridge on estuary side which consisted of 12 juvs,07:-08:00.Passerines very thin on the ground with 6 pied wags& 3 meadow pipits,skern.At instow,7 ad meds.In car park bushes 2 f blackcaps,3 chiffchaffs,70 goldfinch,female reed bunting,8 greenfinch,nuthatch,10 chaffinch,2 whitethroat,m&f.The female was using the old mans beard like a kind of dust bathing ie rubbing its self against it for 5 mins.Any one noticed this behaviur before?.08:15-09:00.

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 9:54 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Saturday 15th September 2012

Bowling green marsh

2 visits today the first in the thick mist this  morning from 08:15 till 10:00

1 spotted redshank , 6 knot , 9+ greenshank,1 bar tailed godwit, good numbers of black tailed godwit and curlew. Then from the viewing platform 2 yellow wagtails over flying south, a superb kingfisher showed well, 3 willow warblers, 7+ chiffchaff , 4 blackcap and 2 reed warblers.

This evening from 17:00 till 18:40 

An adult female ruff was a good arrival, 4 knot, the adult and juv spotted redshanks gave good views until 600+ black tailed godwits came in with similar numbers of curlew, 3 bar tailed godwits, 3 whimbrel, 12+ Dunlin, 2 snipe, 9+ greenshank

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 9:56 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

UpotteryAirfield, Smeatharpe

Best numbers of hirundines for a while with a mixed flock of approximately 60 swallows and 40 house martins. Wheatears still in reasonable numbers with 12 tonight (17 yesterday). Plenty of meadow pipits. No sign of the Little owl tonight but showed well last night.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 8:02 pm in Bird News

Bideford new bridge/Skern


   48 med gulls feeding in stubble field againby the new bridge,25 ad,15 2w,8fw,17:00-17:20.At the skern a guillemot was an unusall record.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 7:01 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Taw Estuary & Horsey Island

09.00 - 12.30. Osprey seen at low tide fishing near the Taw & Torridge confluence and then flying up-stream with its catch towards Chivenor, being harassed by gulls. Plenty of Curlew and a few Redshank and Dunlin. Kestrel over Horsey Island.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 5:23 pm by Edd Davies in Bird News


Early afternoon with the Ruff were 42 Black-tailed Godwits. At least one Osprey on the estuary.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 3:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

A glorious morning but nothing spectacular!

2 Sparrowhawk, 3 kestrel, 230 swallow, 170 house martin, 42 meadow pipit, tree pipit, 2 yellow wagtail,

wheatear, sedge warbler, 10 blackcap, 5 whitethroat, willow warbler, 39 chiffchaff, 3 spotted flycatcher,

70 goldfinch, 47 linnet.

Also 48 Red Admirals but a dearth of autumn whites!

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 2:34 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News



    10 med gulls,7ad,3 sw on the rocks.7 white wagtails on the beach.In the car park bushes 1 whitethroat,male blackcap,3 chiffchaffs,100 goldfinch,8 greenfinch,07:45-08:45.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 2:17 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Ruff - Sharpa Marsh freshwater scrape

Early yesterday evening - 34 Black tailed Godwit &1 Ruff on the scrape

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 1:32 pm by Robert Jutsum in Bird News


Orcombe Point - 0645 - 0900 - c100+ meadow pipit (conservative count), 4+ alba wagtail, 2 white wagtail, 4+ yellow wagtail, 5+ grey wagtail, 4+ tree pipit, 1 spotted flycatcher, 4+ blackcap, 1+ skylark, 1+ siskin, 3 goldcrest, 12+ chiffchaff, c200+ swallow, sev house martin and best of all, a late swift that hawked the top fields from 0815 - 0830 at least. The best movement of migrants for a long while but all the recent wheatears have cleared out.

Mudbank - 13/9 - 3 pale-bellied brent goose.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 12:52 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News


Osprey fishing on a very misty river early morning south of the Turf.


Posted September 15th, 2012 at 12:15 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Ospreys - Taw Estuary

This is fantistic news re the tagged & ringed Osprey.

When I walked out to the Fishermans' huts on the morning of

1 Sept 2012 there were 2 Ospreys, one on each post 1/2 mile apart. I digiscoped both & I cannot see a ring or a satellite tag on the photographs of the Osprey on the nearest post.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 12:14 pm by Robert Jutsum in Bird News

Croyde Beach

A walk down the beach this morning past the loafing Gulls revealed at least 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 11:57 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

R.Taw - Ashford Strand.

09:15 - 10:30

The Black-headed Gull roost had moved down river this morning to the foreshore just off the picnic area at Ashford Strand and also Off Penhill Point. Among them were 23 Mediterranean Gulls( 16A; 2 1stS; 2 2ndS & 3J)

Also about were 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Knot.

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 11:39 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News


Walk this morning around Isley Marsh 8.30-10-30

The norm visible including 4 Spoonbill, arriving at Yelland jetty stood for a while watching 30+ flocks of Goldfinches, fisherman entered the river bank to get bait, flying off from the jetty  Barnstaple side the Osprey flew off, I lost site of it between Chivenor married quarters and Heanton Court.

Very interesting link Simon thanks for sharing


Posted September 15th, 2012 at 11:34 am by Bob Cudmore in Bird News

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