Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st August 2013

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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

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Saturday 31st August 2013

Short range pelagic from Brixham

Lots to see on this trip, but choppy waters so not many quality photos from me. Iam sure the full totals will be posted by others but plenty of Shearwaters and a few Great and Artic Skuas put in an apperance ;o)

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 8:54 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Berry Head 07:00am to 11:00am

Seawatching on a bright sunny day with an offshore wind and good  visibility may not, on the face of it, seem a very clever thing to do, but it was good for Balearic Shearwaters. About 100 were seen, including one mob of more than 40 heading east out of the bay. Also Manx Shearwater (6). There were six Wheatears in the quarry, as well as Clouded Yellows and Hummingbird Hawk Moth.

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 6:48 pm by Peter Hopkin in Bird News

East Soar

Birding from 0745 with Roy MCCarthy.

A good count of Yellow Wagtails (mainly around farm) and a nice flock of Wheatears and Whinchats on the Warren first thing, but otherwise quite quiet.

Totals - Yellow Wagtail 51, Whichat 3, Wheatear 30, Whitethroat 18, Willow Warbler 8, Chiffchaff 3, Cirl Bunting 8+.

At South Efford Marsh on the way home: Green Sandpiper (2), Greenshank (3), Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher (2), Sedge Warbler, Little Egret (12) and Egyptian Goose (2). 

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 14:15-16:00.

On the marsh scrape 17 Teal, Green Sandpiper and 12 Black-tailed Godwits. Out on the estuary 145 Curlew, Whimbrel, Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and 5 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 6:05 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Preston Down, Paignton

Just thought you butterfly lovers might like this pic of a female Brown Hairstreak, taken today at Preston Down. Sorry, no birds to report except a skulking Dunnock!

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 3:06 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Bird News


Orcombe Point - 0645 - 4 yellow wagtail, 1 grey wagtail, 2 whitethroat, 4 willow warbler, 1 chiffchaff, 1 sedge warbler, 2 tree pipit, 1 wheatear and my first 4 meadow pipit of the autumn.

Mudbank - 0945 - (from garden) - 1 osprey slowly upriver. Presumably the same bird distantly off Lympstone @ 1415. Also 1 greenshank, 1+ grey plover, now 4 pintail and 30 wigeon.

Yesterday - still 1 black tern off Mudbank mid-afternoon. Also 5 mediterranean gull, 3 great crested grebe, 1 bar-tailed godwit, 1 knot, 1 redshank, 90+ wigeon, 2+ common tern and 100+ sandwich tern. On Bowling Green @ 0625, and apparently later also, 1 garganey.

Posted August 31st, 2013 at 10:26 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Friday 30th August 2013

Stoke Gabriel

Osprey montage Stoke Gabriel 30 08 13 MLAd Osprey again this evening fishing on the River  Dart just before low tide down river from Stoke Gabriel after two missed dives it caught a fish on the third attempt then flew off down river. I relocated it looking up river from Galmpton Creek (south bay) sat in some large isolated river side pine trees up river at about SX860563. Also   5 Egyptian Gees (all ads) flew down river from Stoke Gabriel.

Photo montage of one of the dives..

I'm predicting 6 merlin's on the Dart tomorrow evening - see if anyone can get a photo..I'm out in Lyme Bay on the boat trip.

6 merlin Engines..

6 merlin engines!







Posted August 30th, 2013 at 8:12 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Prawle Point and South Huish

Very quiet today at Prawle though initial hopes raised by sighting of 1 Whinchat and 3 Yellow Wagtails .  Seawatch from 7.40 to 9.40 saw steady passage of Gannets and  , after mizzle and low cloud arrived , 11 Balearic Shearwaters flew west; also  1 Bar Tailed Godwit and 1 Bonxie. Highlight ? Minimum of 13 Harbour Porpoises in at least 2 pods.

Later went home  via South Huish marsh where 8 Yellow Wags, 7 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper briefly before flying off scared off by a Sparrowhawk ; and 3 each of House and Sand Martins.

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 8:08 pm in Bird News

West Charleton

Swallows started to give alarm calls over my garden earlier this afternoon, looked up in time to see a Hobby having a go at them.

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 4:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

English Channel off Devon

29/08/13: yesterday again out on an angling boat. Heading out we encountered two massive Dutch pelagic trawlers, no doubt hoovering up vast quantities of Mackerel. Though more distant than the one photograhed below, one had just hauled and had a huge amount of birds behind it, but sadly we had no time to investigate - one can only imagine that elusive Wilson's amongst the birds! This was the closer one still trawling.Pelagic super-trawler

We travelled on to our fishing mark and I proceeded to make chum. Highlight was attracting good numbers of European Storm-petrels, at least 60 on the liver chum - the most I've seen this year.European Storm-petrelsEuropean Storm-petrelsEuropean Storm-petrels

Note many in active wing moult changing their wing shape and normal appearance, making you look twice! But still no Wilson’s for me off Devon!

European Storm-petrelEuropean Storm-petrels

Other birds attracted in were a Balearic Shearwater, 3 Bonxies and a few Common Terns, lots of Lesser and Great Black-backs, Herring and a juv/1w Yellow legged Gull; and very good numbers of Fulmar including one black-billed bird (black where the base and nostrils are normally greenish/blue).

Balearic ShearwaterGreat SkuaCommon Tern (adult)Common Tern

 Good luck to those on tomorrow's short range pelagic from Brixham, there were plenty of birds in Lyme Bay on the way out yesterday!

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Some different birds in this lunchtime (until 1.45). A Spoonbill (mainly asleep!) in amongst 60+ Little Egrets, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 2:02 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Out on the estuary from early morning on a rising tide produced 3 great crested grebes, 32 little egrets, 6 grey herons, 7 shelduck, 7 wigeon - 1st of autumn, 19 teal, 96 oystercatchers, 23 ringed plovers, grey plover, 5 bar-tailed godwits, 2 whimbrel, 141 curlews, 84 redshank, 5 greenshank, 15 Med gulls - at Lincombe, 850 black-headed gulls, single peregrine & 50 linnets.  

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Osprey on River Dart

Thought I saw a big buzzard flapping lazily alond river Dart as we were sailing between Stoke Gabriel and Galmpton, opposite Dittisham. Then I saw it dip down and take a fish from the water, flap hard to regain height and fly off past us upriver. Could see it was not a buzzard by dark eye patch on white head, the way it held its fish in its claws, but mostly by its size. Just like opspreys I saw in Canada.

Looks like others have seen it too.

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 10:50 am by Roger England in Bird News

River Dart

Osprey on the main river opposite Stoke Gabriel - feeding on fish then flew off down river at 19.20hrs. Also 2 Egyptian Geese flew down river toward Galmpton.

Posted August 30th, 2013 at 8:53 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 29th August 2013

bowling green marsh topsham

a group of 14 mixed wagtails including three yellows arrived at 2.55pm.

2 first winter.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 7:44 pm by gray clements in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

 A fairly quiet day highlighted by 2 Wood Sandpiper , 11 Dunlin, and 5 Yellow Wagtail  on South Huish Marsh . In the gardens 2 Pied Fly ( for 3rd day )

In the Bay an ad Med Gull

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 6:39 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News


Birding from 0730 - East Soar lively in the morning, but the west side quiet this afternoon.

Highlight was a juv Red-backed Shrike which appeared in Starehole at 0840 but soon disappeared and I couldn't relocate it. Also: Tree Pipit (6), Yellow Wagtail (20+), Spotted Flycatcher (4), Willow Warbler (c25), Chiffchaff (10), Whitethroat (35+), Wheatear (only 2), Redstart (2), Green Woodpecker (1), Sedge Warbler (1), and Reed Warbler (1).

Another enjoyable day here.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Little stint seen from Island Hide at 1130 this morning along with several curlew sandpipers.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 5:57 pm by Tony Brooking in Bird News

R.Taw - off Pottington Ind Est.


Mediterranean Gull 1A; 67 Dunlin; 4 Curlew Sandpiper; 4 Bar-tailed Godwit; 2 Redshank; 4 Little Egret and 1 Buzzard overhead.

Bradiford Reserve.

1 Little Egret & 5 Teal.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 5:16 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Field Meeting of Plymouth Group

A successful meeting was held at Wembury.  Over 30 Species of bird were seen including turnstone, common sandpiper, redshank rock pipits , one yellow wagtail, 3 wheatear, 5 whitethroat, 1 willow warbler.  The butterflies also gave a good show including 3clouded yellow.  After the meeting , all stayed to have a socialable drink at the cafe to round off an enjoyable meeting.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 4:59 pm by Lesley Goonesekera in Bird News

Newton Abbot & Teign Estuary

Around the racecourse & Hackney Marshes this morning - 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 7+ Chiffchaff, 15+ Linnet, 30+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker. Overhead 1 Tree Pipit and 6 Ravens, and a mixed group of 200+ Swallows and House Martins.

The juvenile Little Stint was still at Flow Point at midday, keeping around the periphery of the small wader flock and chasing off any Dunlin that came too close!

A very brief look at Passage House produced 1 Greenshank and 1 Common Gull.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 4:37 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News


Orcombe Point - quiet this morning - just 1 chiffchaff, 5 phyllosc sp, 4 yellow wagtail, 5 grey wagtail, 1 tree pipit, 12+ swallow, 5 whitethroat, 3 alba wagtail, 3 wheatear and 2 mediterranean gull. 450+ shag in a single flock was a good count though.

Belle Vue Road - from the garden, looking out on to the river (beyond Mudbank) 110+ wigeon, 1 teal, 2 great crested grebe, 1 redshank, 2 bar-tailed godwit, 3 black tern (1430) and 1 yellow wagtail.

28/8 - count from garden - 1 coal tit, 10 black-tailed godwit, 5 greenshank, 86+ wigeon and the first returning pintail.

Migrants on Orcombe in the last couple of days have included 36 yellow wagtail and 4 tree pipit on 27/8 and 1 snipe, 2 grey wagtail, 10 yellow wagtail, 5 tree pipit, 1 spotted flycatcher and 2 arctic skua on 28/8.

pintail - Mudbank - 28/8
pintail - Mudbank - 28/8

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 3:08 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

In amongst the Dunlin today until around 1.40 was a single Curlew Sandpiper. Also of note, 60+ Little Egrets.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 2:24 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

East Devon - Otter Estuary & South Farm Area

Small numbers of migrants around this morning, best being 1 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Grasshopper Warbler. Also 1 Whinchat, 1 Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear. 1 Greenshank, 19 Ringed Plover and 10 Dunlin around the estuary

 Grasshopper Warbler by Chris Townend

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 1:12 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

South Efford Marsh, 09:30-11:45.

14 Teal, Greeen Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 5 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, Ruff ( still southern end of marsh), 2 Kingfisher ( poss more ), 2 Yellow Wagtail & Sedge Warbler. Out on the estuary 12 Common Sandpiper & a Little Grebe.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 12:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Still no big numbers of Wheatears although they did struggle into double figures today (10) - no sign of any Redstarts this morning but 3 Whinchat.

Posted August 29th, 2013 at 10:09 am in Bird News

Wednesday 28th August 2013

Shiphay, Torquay

11.20am. 3 Swifts together drifting east close to Torbay Hospital.

Posted August 28th, 2013 at 10:25 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

River Caen/River Taw

1000/ 1230hrs  2Yellow wag,1 White wag,50+ Canada geese,20+ Dunlin,60+ Goldfinch,30+ Blackheaded gull,2 Greenshank,2 Buzzard, Kestrel,Sparrowhawk,5 Stockdove and a albino finch( possible greenfinch ).

Posted August 28th, 2013 at 2:12 pm in Bird News

Beer Head

Not much at all in the bushes on Beer Head this morning (just 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler) but the open ground and overhead thankfully had more to offer.

Best of all was a juv Osprey west over at 08:45, first picked up circling just offshore. Also overhead my first Grey Wag of the autumn, 2 alba Wags and a Tree Pipit.

On the deck 35 Yellow Wags, 26 Wheatear and a Whinchat.

Tim White reports all 10 Curlew Sands again on Black Hole Marsh this morning.


There's a Whinchat in this pic - can you spot it?
There's a Whinchat in this pic - can you spot it?

Posted August 28th, 2013 at 11:30 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A Marsh Tit was a bit of a surprise this morning - 2 Whinchats, 1 Redstart still (juv) and 3 Wheatears. 30+ Swallows and small numbers of Pied Wagtails.

Posted August 28th, 2013 at 11:22 am in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An early morning look on the rising tide in beautiful conditions revealed 3 Teal and a Mediterranean Gull (ad-w) on the pool, and 4 Sandwich Terns on the lower estuary (2 see here from my house last night). Didn't get a full count on waders but 30+ Curlews, 40+ Redshanks, 4 Oystercatchers and one Common Sandpiper.

Posted August 28th, 2013 at 9:05 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 27th August 2013


Kingfisher. Devon

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 9:46 pm by steve Hatch in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Amongst the Redshanks today, 4 common Sandpipers. 

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 7:50 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Another interesting day in the Bay .

At 09.00 15 Manx & 2 Balearic Shearwater east, 1 Med Gull, 1 Curlew. At 13.10 a Common Tern accompanied by a Black Tern flew east. At 13.30 a flock of 8 Geese flew high east , consensus was they were Geylag  ( anyone pick them up along the coast ? ) later 5 Sandwich Tern

On South Huish Marsh, 8 Dunlin , 2 Wheatear and our first Kingfisher of the year- later seen on the rocks .In gardens of one of the houses by the marsh 2 Pied Fly, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warbler .

On T'stone Marsh at 14.00 2 Wigeon and a Snipe.

Early morning Bob B had 6 Reed , 3 Sedge Warbler  ,4 Tree Pipit and 12 Yellow Wagtail

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 7:39 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Sharkham Point

Unsuprisingly a late morning walk turned up nothing too interesting bird wise. However, it may not be classedas an official 'Clouded Yellow year' but i notched up 5 in an hour...

Clouded Yellow J.Marshall
Clouded Yellow J.Marshall

Clouded Yellow J.Marshall
Clouded Yellow J.Marshall

Female Common Blue
Female Common Blue

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 5:24 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Otter Estuary (East Devon)

4 Wigeon, 3 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, Kingfisher, 3 Red-Legged Partridge, c350 Canada Geese and c100 Swallow were present on and around the estuary this morning, plus a white rumped Sandpiper (which I couldn't ID from a brief glimpse in flight).  The estuary was under attack from holiday makers (bless them) as the 'no boating' signs are missing and two dogs were rampaging across the marshes, plus several inflatable kayaks on the water putting everything up several times (an annual problem).

Could I make a suggestion to help visiting birders from outside Devon.... please give clearer locations as not everyone knows the sites, even the well known ones.  Perhaps give 'North Devon', 'East Devon' etc. in  the heading. 

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 5:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Exmouth (Mudbank to West Lodge)

13:30 - 15:00. 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull at high tide roost, c.10 Common Terns feeding in mid channel, 1 Wheatear.

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 3:30 pm by phil bentley in Bird News

Wembury Beach

Had a walk around the right side footpath 5+Stonechat on the fences, 10+ Pied wagtail in fields, 40+ Swallows,15+ Rock pipit on the beach. 2+ Wheatear , 10+ Juvinile Linnet on the rocks.

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 2:11 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News


Autumn is coming!    104 Wigeon at 10am on the estuary with another flock of c25 flying mid-estuary towards Topsham.   Also 1 Med gull.

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 1:30 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

East Soar

09:00-12:00. Beautiful morning.

Green Woodpecker, 16 Yellow Wagtails, White Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 5 Wheatear, 6 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 4 Pied Flycatchers. 2 Clouded Yellows one of which was an ' helice ' type.

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 12:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A reasonable morning. 12 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 2 Redstarts (new for me here) and the Little Owl.

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 11:06 am in Bird News

Berry Hd

0600-0800hrs: Balearic Shearwater 1, Chiffchaff 7, Willow Warbler 3, Blackcap 3, Whitethroat 4, Wheatear 1, Swallow 30+, House Martin 6 & 4 Harbour Porpoise off-shore.,   

Posted August 27th, 2013 at 10:03 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sightings Monday 26th Aug

From exmouth beach yesterday mid morning 11am I had 4 Arctic Skua and a juvenile pom skua.

lots of sandwich and common tern with one black tern.

at aylesbeare we saw clouded yellow and silver washed fritillary butterflies, amongst others (On path down to Ponds)


Posted August 27th, 2013 at 7:11 am by Gus Robin in Bird News

Monday 26th August 2013

Around the Axe

All I did today was twitch the Black Hole Marsh Black Tern (a pale juv) at about 09:15. Very soon after my arrival it flew off north.

Many local birders were out today - in fact all of them (PA, GMH, KH, IMc, TW, SS, IW et al) and between them notched up the following:

Beer Head; 20 Wheatear, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Tree Pipit, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and singles of Golden Plover, Whinchat, Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat. 

Black Hole Marsh; 10 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 1 Black Tern and 1 Osprey.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 10:28 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Velator reserve

Arrived at 06.00 for a morning ringing and shortly after, a Chiffchaff burst into song!  A few migrants ringed including Kingfisher #30 for the reserve, and someone else's Sedge Warbler.

Last night ringed 10 Swallows and a Sand Martin.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 8:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Bay

Lazy day soaking up the rays on the beach at Beesands. Did notice a small trickle of Manx Shearwaters moving south throughout, perhaps 60-90 per hour. Two Balearics passed fairly close, no doubt a few more farther out. Couple of Sandwich Terns loitering close to shore, Wheatear on the beach and heard single Ringed Plover and Greenshank. Saw my first 2 Clouded Yellows of the year and one Harbour Porpoise headed north.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 8:48 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Coleton Fishacre/ Scabbacombe

Following a call from Dave Norman of an early Golden Plover on the fields NW of Coleton Camp car park I went to have a look, there are now two this evening, plus Yellow Wagtail with about 10 Meadow Pipits and Wheatear in the fields.

Just off shore feeding over the East Banks were 800 - 1000 Manx Shearwaters, 5-6 Balearic Shearwaters, 4  Arctic Skuas (2 dark, 1intermediate and 1 pale - all Ads) 2 Bonxie and one Black Tern among many gulls and Kittiwakes.  

I had to share my scope with some long-legged brute... 

Great Green Grasshopper Coleton Fishacre 27 Aug 2013 ML

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 7:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At about 2.10pm, alerted by Russ Enyon, I watched an Osprey from my garden, working its way down river. It disappeared from view over the Cattewater.

An evening visit to the Plym produced very little but bizzarly, after Saturday's yellow-legged bird, a tail-less adult amongst the (5) Common Sandpipers. Also a Kingfisher.and a party of 7 Mistle Thrushes including at leat 5 juvs.

Very quiet at Wembury Bay this morning. 

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 7:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Axmouth - Undercliff and BHM

Walked part of the undercliff coast path between Axmouth and Rousdon / Charton Bay from 09:30 - 16:00. At 11:20 an adult Osprey drifted into view halfway along the route. Almost immediately it hitched a ride on a thermal and, without a single wing flap, quickly rose to great height and was lost to view - presumably setting itself up for the long glide to Cherbourg!

Only other migrants of note were 5+ Northern Wheatears. But good to see plenty of butterflies, including several Clouded Yellows and a couple of Fritillaries (looked like Dark Green).

On the way home I popped into Black Hole Marsh and picked up another Osprey - a juv this time, I reckon - heading north low over the marshes and river at about 16:55. It appeared to drop down onto the Colyford Common area.

Fabulous selection (and numbers) of waders on BHM. Just in the short time I was there I notched up 15 species, including LRP, Green Sand, Wood Sand, Curlew Sand, Little Stint, Ruff, Turnstone (hopefully other observers will post full details later).

Kudos to the wardens and volunteers who have created fantastic birding habitat at BHM and the surrounding marshes. Many thanks.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 6:53 pm by phil bentley in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Last nights Swallow roost reached 4,000+ and attracted both a Hobby and a Sparrowhawk.

This morning on South Huish Marsh - 15 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint, 1 Snipe and 2 Curlew over.17 Teal,

6 Yellow Wagtail.5 Mipit, 4 Wheatear. The small copse scored again with our first Pied Fly of the year.

1 Common Sandpiper on the beach.

Early morning Bob B had 7 Sedge Warbler ( ringed )1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit.

at 17.00 a Greenshank over T'stone Marsh

A short walk around East Soar at 13.00 found 2 Pied Fly and 5 Yellow wagtail by the cafe

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 6:36 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News


Osprey drifting through high up around 12:30


..and yesterday migrants on the move near Buckfastleigh included this Redstart.


Posted August 26th, 2013 at 4:47 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Head

A short walk from the car park we saw a Hummingbird Hawkmoth and I took numerous photos, descending into the quarry the verges were alive with Common Blue, male and female, Small Tortoiseshell, a Painted Lady and a Clouded Yellow. A couple of Chiff Chaff were "weep"ing from the trees in the quarry and also a single whitethroat. We spotted a large Grey Seal hanging around by the guys fishing off the quarry. Birds were thin on the ground but butterflies and insects doing well. Even saw our first Ladybird this year.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow

Grey Seal
Grey Seal

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 4:46 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Bolberry & Soar Mill Cove & South Efford Marsh

Bolberry and SM Cove

Very quiet compared to yesterday at Soar, though Wryneck still present between pepper pot and Middle Soar in gorse along old hedge bank. Otherwise 13 Wheatear, 19 Whitethroat, 6 Willow W, 2 Blackcap and a Sand Martin was all that could be found. 

South Efford Marsh

Could only add two Yellow Wagtails to what Rob saw earlier. 

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 3:37 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

26th Aug. 2013. Upper Tamar Lake

1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Black -tail;ed Godwits, 12+ Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, 3 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk.

2 Clouded Yellow butterflies.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 3:34 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Skern. 07:30 - 09:50

Ringed Plover everywhere. I stopped counting after 154. 5 Bar-tailed Godwits; 7 Whimbrel; c40 Dunlin; 2 Little Egrets; 1 Grey Heron; 2 Knot; 1 Wheatear; 5 Mediterranean Gulls; c250 O/Catchers and c100 Curlew and 13 Great Black-backs.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 11:33 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Teign Estuary

A juvenile Little Stint - presumably the bird seen yesterday - present mid morning at Flow Point with Dunlin & Ringed Plovers. Also two Wheatears and two Yellow Wagtails briefly. Earlier a Tree Pipit heard at Bundle Head, Shaldon.

Photo by Laurie Allnatt

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 11:19 am by Will Salmon in Bird News


Mudbank - 4 black tern, 3+ common tern, 21+ wigeon, 1 shoveler, c10+ sanderling, c20+ ringed plover, 1+ tree pipit, 1+ yellow wagtail and juv peregrine.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 10:07 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Aveton Gifford & South Efford Marsh

Good variety of waders included ruff, 9 ringed plover, 2 dunlin, 5 greenshank & 14 common sandpiper. Also 11 teal.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 9:33 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 25th August 2013

Black Hole Marsh

I found a Curlew Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh at 06:00 yesterday morning and it was still present today. It showed well for a short while this afternoon, as did 2 Little Stint. 

Curlew Sandpiper                       © Tim White
Curlew Sandpiper © Tim White

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 10:14 pm by Tim White in Bird News


Orcombe Point - 3 alba wagtail, 4 phyllosc sp, 3+ willow warbler, 1+ chiffchaff, 15+ wheatear, 6+ yellow wagtail, 2+ grey wagtail, 10+ whitethroat, 1+ tree pipit, 1+ sedge warbler and 1 redstart. An increase in migrant numbers after a quiet week but yellow wagtails have been present daily moving through and commuting between cattle herds. On 22/8 there was a 250+ feeding flock of manx shearwaters close in off Orcombe Point with 2+ balearic shearwater and an arctic skua.

Belle Vue Road - a couple hours watching from the garden this morning produced 6 wigeon, 6 teal, 2 mediterranean gull, 2 redshank, 7+ common tern, 3 sparrowhawk, 1 juv yellow-legged gull, 2 yellow wagtail and 1 tree pipit.

garden tree pipit
garden tree pipit

wheatear - Orcombe Point
wheatear - Orcombe Point

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 9:19 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

Can't update the Thurlestone Bay website - A very interesting day with 2 patch year ticks .A few Manx S'water and a single Balearic this morning. Waders on the beaches - 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling

On South Huish marsh -  9 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint* ,1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank (over ), 1 Redshank .2 Wheatear

11 Teal 1 jv Whinchat .4 Yellow Wagtail

 1 jv Redstart * , 1 Spotted Fly ,1 Whitethroat .in the copse.

At South Milton Ley - 3 Redstart, 3 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow wagtail.

On T'stone Marsh this afternoon 4 Greenshank and 10 Teal

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 6:35 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Collaton Fishacre

Afternoon walk around the coast path, numerous Swallow feeding low over the fern covered slopes with a single Sand Martin, Yellow Hammer (juv), 4 Northern Wheatear, Blackcap, Redstart, Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. At sea a feeding group of Manx Shearwater (50+), Kittiwake, Gannet and a single Arctic Skua.

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 6:17 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Prawle Sightings

A glorious sunny day spent at Prawle - until rain clouds and drizzle from 1.30pm. No Wryneck seen by me but highlight ? My earliest Black Redstart (Horsley Cove area) or a Lesser Whitethroat near Bunkers ? But lovely to see Wheatears popping up nearly everywhere I went (minimum 60 ) especially on the Hump. Later on the airfields 25 seen together with 2 Whinchats , 6 Yellow Wags, min 6 White Wagtails and 20 Pied Wags (tho no waders yet) Every cloud ? The rain clouds brought in a min estimate of 100 Sand Martins, 75 Swallows and 50 House Martins and 1 Common Swift. Wader-wise could only muster a Ringed Plover and a Redshank.

Butterfly-wise : 1 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary,1 Painted Lady and at least 9 Clouded Yellows. Whites and Wall Browns everywhere.

Best wishes to Pat-hope the op. went well,see you soon !

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 6:04 pm in Bird News

East Soar

A lively day's birding with Paul Kemp and Steve Cox. Highlight was a Wryneck on the seaward side of the Warren at c10am. Also a good count of Redstarts (20), Whitethroat 30+, Wheatear 110+, Whinchat 8, Sand Martin 40+, Yellow Wagtail 39, Tree Pipit 8+, Green Woodpecker 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Garden Warbler 1, Swift 1, Spotted flycatcher 2, Willow Warbler 35+, and Chiffchaff 3.

Butterflys included - Clouded Yellow 6, Wall Brown 25+ and a Purple Hairstreak.

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 3:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Aveton Giffford

South Efford Marsh, 10:15-13:00.

Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Posted August 25th, 2013 at 2:44 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 24th August 2013


Sth Efford Marsh

Ruff, Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 3 R PLover, 12 Common Sand (est. side) 10 Teal, Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wag.


Posted August 24th, 2013 at 9:05 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Watched on the dropping tide. Grey Herons (11) unusually, outnumbered Little Egrets (9+); Redshanks up to 72 and Curlews to 39. Common Sandpiper numbers good with 8+ birds including one with bright yellow legs which got a good grilling from Russ and me! Also - Greenshank (2), Shag (1 juv), Whitehroat and a Clouded Yellow.

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 8:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exeter canal near Turf

A  juv. Spotted Redshank feeding on the floating water weed in the canal about 100m north of Turf Hotel at 11.00 am. Then flew to lagoon on Exminster marshes and returned to canal after 12.00.

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 5:04 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

Between 06.00 & 08.00 this morning as many as 1500 to 2000 Manx Shearwaters feeding in Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

In the fresh NW winds the flocks were flying as close as

50 metres from the shoreline over the tops of the waves at

Saunton Sands - spectacular sight.

Dispersing NNW past Downend & across Croyde Bay

to Baggy Point & beyond.

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 8:59 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Black-necked Grebe at Torcross half way across the ley from the tank.

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 8:43 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Start Point

Went out at first light with limited time. Hoped they may have got the forecast wrong and there would be some late rain but not to be. Nothing down at the light which was fairly blown out. Nevertheless a sheltered spot by the farm entrance held a couple Pied Flycatchers and about a dozen each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. In the farm 2 Spotted Flycatchers including one very young bird. Single Wheatear near the car park and a few Swallows passing through.

Posted August 24th, 2013 at 8:42 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Friday 23rd August 2013

Prawle Point

No seawatch for me today so a very pleasant walk along the coastal path to Horsley Cove in mainly glorious warmth produced:

1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Wheatear,16 Whitethroats, 1 Blackcap and Willow Warbler. Wader-wise 27 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone (s.p) 1 Curlew ,23 Oystercatchers, and ,unusually, a Snipe hiding amongst seaweed on the beach at Horsley Cove.

Butterfly wise, at least 150 plus whites in the field next to 'bunkers' plus 2 Clouded Yellows. 

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 11:38 pm in Bird News


Steve Mawby called earlier to say he'd seen a female/juvenile Marsh Harrier over Braunton Marsh at about 4p.m today.

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 9:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Feeding frenzy of Manx Shearwaters continued in Torbay this afternoon. Whilst fishing from the quarry at Berry Head continual movement of birds between the sea off Shoalstone and the headland. Three large rafts of birds sat on the sea (500+). Amazing views with the birds flying very close to shore, well worth witnessing. Also Ocean Sunfish (pictured) and 3 Hummingbird Hawk moths on the path down to the quarry.


Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, late afternoon, rising tide.

8 Teal, 160 Curlew, 6 whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Ringed Plover 16 Dunlin, Knot, 3 Sanderling, 2 Green Sandpiper, up to 6 Med Gull and 12 Sandwich Terns.

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 6:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Occombe Farm, Paignton

12.15pm. Single Clouded Yellow Butterfly in the field to the right of the goat shed. 2 Chiffchaffs present with one producing muted song. Skulking Blackcap. Usual mixed Tit flock at feeders.  

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 3:01 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Sth Efford Marsh

WoodSand, 2 GreenSand, 7 Greenshank, 3 Blk T Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 4 Teal.


Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 2:50 pm by Alan Doidge in Bird News

Thursday 22nd August 2013


A feeding frenzy of over 2000 Manx Shearwaters, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, several thousand Gulls and 100 + Kittiwakes were all moving around the bay last seen close off-shore at Three Beaches Headland Goodrington.

Click on picture for youtube video of the frenzy.


Posted August 22nd, 2013 at 8:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Movement highlights were 37 yellow wagtails amongst cattle & ponies on Bolt Head plus 83 swallows, 4 sand martins, redstart, 3 wheatears, sedge warbler, reed warbler, 14 whitethroats & 2 willow warblers.

Also 3 clouded yellows and several small pearl-bordered fritillaries ( 48 on nearby cliff slopes on 19th ). Good showing of autumn squill.

Posted August 22nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

A lot of bird activity in the Bay early this morning.

750+ Manx Shearwaters, 32 Gannets & a frenzy of feeding


Posted August 22nd, 2013 at 12:38 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Upper Tamar lake.

At the top end this morning

1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 8 Dunlin, 1 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover.

The waders were scattered by a passing Sparrowhawk, but no doubt will return to the top end as the lake gets busier.

Around the lake 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff and 2 Reed Bunting

Posted August 22nd, 2013 at 12:16 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

The variety of waders on Black Hole Marsh has increased by one species, with a juvenile Little Stint this morning in front of the platform.

Seems to be very few grounded migrants around this morning.

Posted August 22nd, 2013 at 11:47 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

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