Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th May 2013


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Tuesday 7th May 2013

Sharkham Point

As Mike described, pretty quiet. Another Grasshopper Warbler reeling and showing well. 12 Swifts off the sea, they seem to be back in Brixham now in usual places. The area is alive with Whitethroat.

Adders were out today, got a video today which I will hopefully post.

Couple of Stoats today along with a Common Lizard on the paths.

First Small Copper Butterfly for me  along with Orange Tips were nice to see.

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 10:40 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Wood Warbler -Yarner Wood

Saw a ringed Wood Warbler at Yarner Wood Sunday morning - Left Leg-orange and BTO ring, Right Leg- Pink and yellow. Sent the details off to Malcolm Burgess at the RSPB and have now had his reply- He ringed the bird behind the office just a week ago!! Was hoping for a history a bit more exciting than that !

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 10:20 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

1 Roseate Tern, 1 Little Tern and upto 8 Common Terns with c20 Sandwich Terns offshore mid morning on the dropping tide. The terns all gathered on a sand bar between Dawlish Warren and Exmouth and were also viewable at the same time from Exmouth Seafront (BBH). The Roseate Tern eventually flew after 40 minutes and continued feeding further offshore. Also 13 Pale-Bellied Brent  Geese offshore

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 10:09 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 18:30

a quick look from the viewing platform first produced 86+ whimbrel, 2 grey plover.

Moved onto the the hide, 250+ black tailed godwits, 1 dunlin, a gradual build up of black headed gulls was joined by first the 1st summer little gull which showed very well again and was soon joined by the adult Bonaparts gull which stayed around and was still present when I left at 18:30, also 22+ whimbrel, 21+ bar tailed godwits, 1 Summer plumage knot, 4 little egret, 3 tufted duck, 3 little grebe and steady passage of swifts, 

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 8:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay / South Huish

Off interest in comparison to Tony's day at Prawle i went to Thurlestone this morning in the hope of seeing some wader and Tern passage and bumped into Vic Tucker and Nick Townsend who had the same idea. Little seen from around 09:00 - 12 :00 however, just 3 Common Terns, 1 Sandwich Tern and 30 Common Scoter heading south-east towards Bolt Tail. No skuas or auks passing. Waders coming into the bay were only about 30 Whimbrel and a handful of Bar-tailed Godwits. There is a flock of c60 Whimbrel that have been around the marsh for a few days. Vic stayed on site and had a pair of Garganey arrive off the sea early afternoon and Bob Burridge had about 30 more Common Terns.

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 7:59 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sightings from Prawle Point today

 Marathon seawatch (for me) from 7am to 4.30pm (joined by Dave Norman for 2 hours from 10.30am) in NE variable wind (ie some southerly at times) produced the hoped for skuas albeit low numbers : 2 Poms,5 Arctic and 3 unidentified skuas.But large movement of terns : minimum 21 Arctic, 7 Common and 277 Commic plus 2 Sandwich Terns. Further variety by way of 2 GN Divers west and 2 Black Throated east plus probable B TH on sea. 9 Whimbrel west and 1 east. Also 7 Brent Geese west (!) plus another highlight : a ringtail Hen Harrier east over the sea. 107 Common Scoters east and a stream of auks mainly west (with 600 plus in the first hour). Steady trickle of swallows in off the sea throughout the watch. Only a few Manxies -30 split east and west. Not a bad day's birding !

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 7:23 pm in Bird News

Monday 6th-Bar Headed Geese at Exminster Marsh

After a long walk around Exminster Marsh we spotted 3 sleeping bar headed geese at the edge of the lagoon by the middle car park. Also spotted male yellow wagtail, willow warbler singing its lovely song, hobby, TONS of sedge warblers, busy swallows all around Turf Locks pub bringing nesting materials under one of the pontoons, sleepy fox, 2 families of mallards with chicks (also spotted, chocolate tiffin in the pub!) Lovely day and lovely weather after a misty start.

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 7:11 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Four hours this morning around the marshes: 2 hobbies over the lagoon. Barnacle goose seen from the middle car park among the Canada Geese along with three bar headed geese. Usual assembly of warblers; willow, cetti's, chiffchaff, reed and sedge. Perfect morning!

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 6:47 pm by David Cawthraw in Bird News

Topsham - Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull showing well again late morning/low tide at the Recreation Ground.

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 5:02 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News


Latest from the island is that a Hoopoe was seen yesterday, 6 May. Other recent sightings have included a migrant Goshawk, about 70 Puffins, two Great Northern Divers and Grasshopper Warblers. Who knows what may turn up next weekend during the Devon Birds day trip?!

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Hd

Pretty quiet this morning the only possible migrants were 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer and 4 Jay flying over the headland.

Chiffchaff - odd song BH 7 May 2013 ML

I found this odd singing Chiffchaff along the road from the wardens bungalow to Berry Hd Hotel, this sort of song has caused some confusion in the past with some birds being tentatively identified as Iberian Chiffchaffs. However these odd singing birds regularly burst into normal Chiffchaff song (as this one did) and lack the three distinctive sections of and Iberian Chiffchaff, and very importantly the call was also like a normal Chiffchaff. This bird did show a strong supercilium but all other features were as normal collybita  Chiffchaff.   

Click link to go to YouTube and listen - its almost Greenish Warbler like song....

Posted May 7th, 2013 at 8:53 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 6th May 2013

East Prawle.

An afternoon walk with the camera in the Sunshine at East Prawl...

We saw over 40 Whimbrel included a Leucistic one. also 4 Swallow, 2 House Marting, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and a few stonechats and pied wagtails. One Gannet flew over at a distance.

Leucistic Whimbrel.
Leucistic Whimbrel.

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 11:42 pm by Rich Edmondson in Bird News

East Devon Commons

Male Nightjar seen well this evening on the East Devon Commons. No churring heard, but bird initially seen calling in flight at 2108hrs and again at 2113hrs. 

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 9:56 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Burrator, Common Crane.

As promised by Julia, further details..

From Raddick Lane I could hear what sounded like a Common Crane but couldn't pin it down. Ten minutes or so later I heard a flock of gulls calling high above. Scanning through I very briefly picked up on a Crane. It quickly flew roughly in the direction of Yelverton and was lost to view as I moved to my 'scope.

If I hadn't heard it earlier I would probably write it off as a mystery bird. Likewise if I hadn't seen it I would have written off the calls I had heard; but together......

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 9:20 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News

Otterton Sewage Works

A look on the sea off Otterton Sewage works this evening gave perfect viewing conditions with the sea like a mill pond and great light. An impressive count of at least 30 Divers in small groups and at varying distances, but 20 identifiable as Great Northern Divers (some in summer plumage). Also 2 Puffins on the sea with a Razorbill was a patch tick! 1 Harbour Porpoise also feeding  amongst the Divers.

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 9:15 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News


A great day for a wildlife boat trip in Torbay, Thick mist and only 5 people but the started to see groups of 30 to 40 Guillemots flying through the mist into the Bay, this carried on for much of the day. On last trip, out of the mist a large bird on the water , it was a Great Northern Diver and we passed close to it, sorry no pictures, soon after this, still very misty, a Gannet on a dive missed calculated and hit the hand rail of the vessel and  fell into the sea, unfortunately died. Returning back to Paignton we again saw the GND. Not bad for a very misty day!!!!

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 8:41 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 16:20 till 18:35

a good afternoon with the highlight being 2 brief appearances from the Bonaparts gull with 200+ black headed gulls, a common tern was present being very active at times, the 1st summer little gull was flying around with the common tern when one of the guys in the hide said he had a little gull sat down a quick look and yep 2 1st summer little gulls which continued to fly around together, 1 adult med gull. 

also on the marsh 250+ black tailed godwits, 9+ bar tailed godwits, 14+ dunlin, 1 summer plumage knot, 5+ greenshanks, 6+ whimbrel, 2 grey plover, 4 little grebe, 1 reed bunting, 4 tufted ducks,  5+ little egrets, still 7 wigeon. A yellow wagtail was also reported to me. 

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 8:25 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Black Stork,north molton.

Went over the border today(chetsford water)exmoor.Had 3 cuckoos flying together along with 6 m,1f whinchat.After long day driving pulled over on road about 3 miles north of north molton nr stowford cross.My friend dawn barford remarked at a bird coming towards us from the sw looking like a heron.Check it out i said still with eyes closed remarking causually caes its a black stork.Have a look she said as it came nearer.So i did with bins,frigging hell it is a black stork!!!!!!.i shouted.Got out the car and bird stayed wheeling long enough to allow descent scopes to confirm its identity.Bird was losing hieght and drifting in an easterly direction towards south molton at 17:45.Went on a wild stork chase to try and locate it in any fields but to no avail,A real wild chance.Good end to the day and another case of right time righy place.

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 8:06 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


Walked around Sherpa last evening - odd to see a female Wigeon. Not much else except for some hundreds of Swallows, many perched on dead thistle stems in the field. 6 Little Egrets were feeding together and were then seen in the reserve atop the tall evergreen trees.

The Wigeon (or another?) was on Wrafton pond this morning. Ringing in the reserve was slow but livened up with a Jersey-ringed Sedge Warbler.

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 4:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Late Post from yesterday.
I snapped these Barwits from afar (shooting with 2400mm focal length) yesterday between the outfall and the Instow jetty - thought it makes a nice comparison shot.

Bar-tailed godwits

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 3:08 pm in Bird News

Isley Marsh area.

07:30 - 09:15

Cetti's Warbler on Tarka Trail. 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose; 12 Whimbrel; 8 Grey Plover; 7 Dunlin; & 1 Bar-tailed Godwit just off Isley.  Great-crested Grebe mid river.

A pair of Bullfinch & 3 Reed Buntings in bushes by side of path leading back to T.Trail from overflow pond. Plenty of Reed & Sedge Warblers in pond reeds.

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 1:02 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Burrator Area

Brief sighting of poss Common Crane high heading NW over Leather Tor direction  9.40

(Roy McCarthy)  More info from Roy later

Posted May 6th, 2013 at 10:04 am in Bird News

Sunday 5th May 2013

Torquay and Glazebrook

6 Purple Sands on Haldon pier yesterday and a walk up the Glazebrook to the moor this afternoon produced a pair of Blackcap,2 Tree pipits,2 Cuckoo , 4 woodpeckers drumming BUT  only 1 Willow Warbler. Those Cuckoos are gonna be very lonely up there unless things pick up- a noticible dearth of Mipits and Willow warblers on this part of the moor today.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 10:29 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News


Bonaparte's gull present at recreational playing fields again this evening. Also 21 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich tern, 1 Jay high over head and Sisken.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 9:14 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Exe: Stafford Bridge to Brampford Speke

1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge, 2 Willow Warbler. 4 Sand Martin.

Orangetips and Cuckoo-flower at last.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 8:57 pm in Bird News

Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down

11.30-14.00. Tree Pipit, Linnets, male and female Stonechat on Down with Blackcap calling from the fringe.  Quiet walk in strong May sunshine.  Lots of Siskin around including on feeders in front of new hide. Male Mandarin, 8+ Pied Fly, 3 Wood Warbler, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker.  Good views of Treecreeper carrying nest material.  Highlight would have to be stunning throbbing vocal performance of one confiding Song Thrush.  Lots of Brimstone butterflies and a Roe Deer.  

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 7:48 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Instow Whimbrels

At least a dozen Whimbrels at Instow yacht club today

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 7:27 pm by Andy leat in Bird News

South Brent

Bird watching from home today, first bird of interest was a Hobby that came in from the Bent Hill direction, at one point had seven Buzzards high overhead riding the termals, between 3pm and 5pm had a female Peregrine in view on three seperate occassions, pair of Ravens diving turning and calling, Green woodpecker calling but not seen .



Posted May 5th, 2013 at 7:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rackenford and Knowstone Moors

My first Cuckoo of the year on Knowstone Moor this morning. Plenty of Meadow Pipits on territory (10+) and a single Tree Pipit. A single Wheatear, 10+ Willow Warbler, 2-3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and a single Curlew. Reed buntings, Yellowhammers and Stonechats also in good numbers.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 6:20 pm in Bird News

Yarner Wood plus

Small number of Pied Flycatchers at Yarner, rather more singing Wood Warblers, one I noticed had an orange ring on it's left leg as I faced it (don't know if that helps).

On the way home, a Red Kite at Marldon, not far from the site of one I picked up last week, as the Crow (or indeed Red Kite) flies. 

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 2:57 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Axe Extuary

Very quiet. 3+ hours of birding this morning produced not a great deal.

Black Hole Marsh: 8 Bl-T Godwits, 4 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper (on the river), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, plenty of Sedge and Reed Warblers singing.

Colyford Common: flock of 35+ Whimbrel feeding on the marsh, otherwise virtually devoid of birds.

Seaton Marshes: 15+ Wheatear (about 2/3rds female, but also 1 male in full regalia - nice)

A quick stop at Bicton Gardens on the way home produced 1 Redstart (singing from tree top), a few Stock Doves and more Rooks than you could possibly eat in one sitting.

Must do better next time!

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 2:01 pm by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Berry Hd

During a dawn chorus walk for the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust we found 12+Wheatear (none very bright bodied), 1 Whinchat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Swift and 3 Jay out near the coastguard station. Like Orcombe a small fall!

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 11:02 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


Bonaparte's gull at recreational playing fields this am. Displaying & calling at Black-heads - deeper call, reminded me of percussion wooden kid's frog instrument. Also 4 Common sandpipers. 2+ Reed warblers singing from reed-beds.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Powderham to Turf

Similar to Exmouth...Four Wheatear on the estuary wall, Lesser whitethroat singing also.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 10:28 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Start Point

Early morning walk down to the lighthouse quiet birdwise until an unexpected Glaucous Gull flew by below the cliffs. Had a look around the back of the lighthouse compound and found it on the rocks off the point. Watched it in the distance for about 40 minutes as it mainly slept until it headed out towards a working trawler with an attendent gull flock a couple miles offshore. Would have thought it was at least a 3rd calander year bird. Little else except for a couple Wheatears and a Great Northern Diver which flew south high over the point.

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 9:57 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Mudbank - 0530 - long-tailed duck and a cetti's warbler - only my second in Exmouth, the last being during the really cold snap (winter 2009/10) in the same strip of bramble.

Orcombe Point - 0555 - 0815 - 4+ whimbrel, 16+ whitethroat, 1 swift, 2 stock dove, 20+ wheatear (cf none yesterday), 1 roseate tern, 5+ sandwich tern, 4 great northern diver high north and 60+ common scoter. Yesterday the roseate tern plus 2 great skua and 1 red-throated diver.

1 of a small fall of wheatear this morning
one of a small wheatear fall this morning

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 9:13 am by Matt Knott in Bird News


Bonaparte's gull off recreational playing fields 07:30 onward

Posted May 5th, 2013 at 8:26 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Saturday 4th May 2013

Exminster Marshes

Today at the Marshes counted 3 Hobbies, 1 Lesser Whitethroat,  2 Reed Buntings, 20+ Linnets, 2 Sedge Warblers and 1 Peregrine.


Reed Bunting.
Reed Bunting.

Little Egret.
Little Egret.

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 9:00 pm by Mark Dyer in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 12:00 till 15:00

the 1st summer little gull came in with 140+ black headed gulls before being flushed by hobby , 9+ greenshanks, 20+ dunlin, 5 little egret, 2 reed buntings, 7 wigeon, 2 more hobby's, spotted flycatcher heard not seen by Rivers meet house.

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 5:55 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Topsham - Bonaparte's Gull

Another photo from this morning at the Recreation Ground, my only excuse is to suggest that this individual seems, unsurprisingly, to be the same bird as the one from Dawlish and other parts earlier in the year. The black slash on P9 and the tiny dark spots just visible on the primary coverts seem to match nicely.

Bonaparte's Gull - Topsham
Bonaparte's Gull - Topsham

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 3:06 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News


Photograph taken this morning of the Bonaparte's gull at the recreational playing fields.

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 1:41 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Exminster/Powderham Marshes 7am - 10am

4 singing Lesser Whitethroat (1 Turf basin, 1 back path double gates, 1 railway bridge, 1 Powderham Marsh - hedge at the back of first field)

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 12:47 pm in Bird News


From 06:55 till 10:00 started at topsham rec very quiet but had a txt saying the Bonaparts gull was of Lympstone at 07:00( thanks James) finally got distant views of the bird from the viewing platform at bowling green, a quick look from the hide got me 252+ black tailed godwits, 3 bar tailed godwits. 1 common sandpiper, 2 pochard, 2 tufted duck, 4 Cetti's warbler, 5 blackcap, 6+ chiffchaffs. 

The 1st summer little gull was showing well off goat walk on walk back to topsham 

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 10:36 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News


Bonaparte's gull at recreational playing field this morning.

Posted May 4th, 2013 at 8:23 am by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Friday 3rd May 2013

Friday 3rd May

First walk of the Spring around Wistlandpound Res' - several Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs & Blackcaps in full song & a single male Garganey with some Mallard on the water. Spotted some Fulmars & Great Black-backed Gulls on nests on the way home. 

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 9:00 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Whimbrel at prawle

About 40+ Whimbrel at Prawle including a very pale individual. Whinchat only other bird of note seen.

Pale Whimber in flight at Prawle
Pale Whimbrel in flight at Prawle

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 6:48 pm by Tom Stevenson in Bird News


Bonaparte's gull present off playing fields at 18:30.

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 6:47 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Cuckoos at Challacombe

I spent the day listening for Cuckoos at Challacombe and heard at least 2 different birds. On my drive back up during the afternoon I had a very fortunate encounter with a male sat on the low wall and then it flew up in to a roadside tree, I managed a record shot before it zoomed away again and then perched on the stone wall in the distance  My second Cuckoo sighting of the year but my first photographs.  Great to see one again.

(Just  record shots not good quite enough for the Gallery).


Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 5:21 pm by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl 09.30

Lesser Whitethroat 10.00

3 Hobbies 12.00

Exminster Marshes

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 2:34 pm by Paul Stone and Heather Woodland. in Bird News

Topsham - Bonaparte's Gull

An Adult (maybe 3rd year looking at the wings) Bonaparte's Gull was briefly at Topsham Recreation Ground this morning around 8.45. Presumably Nick's bird from yesterday. Present for about ten minutes then flew off down river. Composite image attached.

Bonaparte's Gull - Topsham 3/5/2013
Bonaparte's Gull - Topsham 3/5/2013

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 9:53 am by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Thursday 2nd May 2013

North Hallsands

Alan Searle had a Red-rumped Swallow feeding with 6 Swallows over the middle fish pond from 09:15-09:30 this morning when they all flew off.

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 8:09 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head.

627 guillemots on cliffs at BH, 28 on the water and 8 on Cod rock. 4 Kittiwake at 08.45.

2 bridled Guillemots on the colony. The rest of the headland very quiet, only 2 Whitethroat calling

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 7:26 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Around topsham

A quick look around top sham from 14:45 till 16:15

No sign of the reported possible Bonaparts gull from nick nothing left in bowling green marsh when I arrived but from viewing platform the female long tailed duck was in estuary towards Exton station, 102+ whimbrel , 140+ dunlin,1 knot, 150+ black tailed godwit, 13+ green shanks.

From the goatwalk in topsham, the 1st summer little gull was showing well with the black headed gulls. 

From the church in topsham looked across to exminster marsh and had 1 hobby towards the motorway bridge and a peregrine flew over from topsham to exminster marsh 

Not a bad couple of hours looked forward to see pics nick of the gull.


Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 6:15 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Hoopoe Newton Ferrers

Just received a call from the wife of a colleague who has just had a Hoopoe in her neighbours garden in Court Road, Newton Ferrers.

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 3:58 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - Bonaparte's Gull?

On a lunchtime visit to the hide I picked out a gull amongst the Black-headed Gulls that were resting on the mud. I was drawn to a gull that appeared slightly smaller and noticed it had a black head rather than chocolate-brown Its bill was dark and smaller than the Black-headed and the bird had black wing tips. From my knowledge of gulls this makes me think it is an adult Bonaparte's but hopefully someone else can get down to see it and confirm this. A lunchtime birding colleague took some records shots of the bird which I hope to post later. Also 4 Dunlin in summer plumage, Whimbrel calling and 2 Oystercatchers. I really must enter some useful phone numbers in my phone so I can get the news out earlier. The bird was still present until around 2 o'clock

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 1st May 2013

Red Kite Woodbury Salterton

1 Red Kite spotted at Woodbury Salterton East devon 5pm this afternoon

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 10:31 pm by Paul Redmore in Bird News

Exmouth (Maer Valley)

A tristis-type Chiffchaff feeding in my neighbour's apple tree this evening. Uniform milky tea colour above and off-white below. Indeed, I wasn't able to discern any olive-green tones on this bird at all, thus briefly entertaining foolish ideas of Caucasian Chiffchaff - I must have had too many glasses of wine this evening :-) [sadly no clean white throat or supercilium, so that ruled out that species pretty quickly]

Called softly a couple of times, but I wasn't able to discern the quality of the call above the din of clucking Blackbirds, singing Robins, and wailing Herring Gulls.


Posted May 1st, 2013 at 8:54 pm by Phil Bentley in Bird News

Butterleigh nr Cullompton

Red Kite over around 3.00pm this afternoon.

(Geoff Hawkins)

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 8:18 pm in Bird News

yarner wood

a sunny morning

3 wood warbler seen/ 1 heard

5m 3f pied flycatcher

1 redstart

4 marsh tit

2 mandarin duck

1 tree pipit on moor

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 7:03 pm by karle burford in Bird News

Sharkham Point

Having issues with new computer, heres a photo for the earlier post

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 6:42 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Sharkham Point

Grasshopper Warbler on the south slope reeling. Most resident birds seen but few migrants about. Report from Seb Loram earlier in the morning of a number of Lesser Whitethroat.

Butterflies consisted of 2 Orange Tip (stunning little things), Lots of Holly Blue, Peacocks, 3 Commas, 3 Red Admiral, Small and Large Whites

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 6:18 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

At South Milton Ley Bob B ringed 2 male Lesser Whithroat ( first site record of 2 ) and a Reed Warbler. up to 8/10 Sedge warbler singing on the 3 main sites , but only a few Reed Warbler. 10 Whitethroat on the patch .

On the rocks off Warren Pt a Purple Sandpiper, on the flat calm sea 2 Red T Diver and a Great N Diver, only 1 Gannet

On South Huish marsh - 75 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 10 Teal, 2 Shoveler. late afternoon a male Yellow Wagtail and another Blue Headed.

Hirundines very few, 10 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Swift.

At Huxton wood a singing Garden Warbler,


Posted May 1st, 2013 at 6:12 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Badgworthy Water & Hoccombe Combe

A walk along the county boundary up onto the top of Exmoor produced at least 8 territorial male Redstarts, plus two females, a lone singing male Pied Flycatcher, 5 singing male Whinchats, two territorial male Stonechats, a Garden Warbler, and a male Reed Bunting. Incredibly dry on top of the moor and almost like going back into deep winter from the state of vegetation (non-)development. Hardly any Meadow Pipits seriously back into the swing of breeding and the upper parts of some of the combes almost spookily devoid of birds for the time of year. Another walker reported hearing a Cuckoo, which we missed. Perhaps not surprising that there should only be one about, given the apparent dearth of nesting pipits. No sign (or sound) of any Wood Warblers either.

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 5:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News


Red Kite flew east over Dawlish town about 11:30.

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 2:47 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A walk from the main car park to Turf via the Fishermans car park and back along by the railway produced the following; 12+ Reed Warblers, 3 Sedge Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Cettis and just 2 Willow Warbler (one in the main car park). 63 Whimbrel in field by Turf and one flyover Hobby. Hirundines scarce with just a few Swallows and not a single Swift.

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 1:49 pm in Bird News

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