Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th January 2014

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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Tuesday 7th January 2014

Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot

Two Black-necked Grebe still present at 12:30pm after being found this morning by Steve Waite. Also the male Scaup still.

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 9:13 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

More Brixham ....

In addition to earlier posts today a second Red-necked Grebe in Fishcombe Cove with an additional 5 GNDivers. No sign of the Long-tailed Duck from Shoalstone but my only Red-throated Diver of the day which flew in from the direction of Berry Head. Also a single Balearic Shearwater.

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 6:29 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Otter Estuary Update

2 Glossy Ibis (thanks Dave Land) this afternoon on the 2nd flooded field north of Lime Kiln Car Park. Called RSPCA about sick Gannet with fishing line in beak and they arrived at dusk and will hopefully try and catch bird tomorrow!

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 6:27 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News


4 Black-necked Grebes keeping close together amid Coots and Tufted Ducks and 1 Goldeneye in same group. On sea near Torcross 35 Common Scoters.

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 5:02 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News


 Didn't see the white billed diver, but very close views of 2 little auks in the inner harbour, red necked grebe & slav grebe. On the breakwater wall a very pale shag with yellow feet a few feet away.

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 4:47 pm by Alan Matthews in Bird News


A mid morning arrival at Brixham harbour looked a little bleak with hardly a Diver to be seen in the harbour, but it quickly picked up, a large number of Great Northern Divers were outside of the harbour towards Paignton and a larger number between the breakwater and Shoalstone along with large numbers of Shag (one Shag photographer near the Science Lab was remarkably pale/light in colour) as the tide changed some close up views of Great Northern Divers in the harbour with several close in near the Lifeboats mooring. Iceland Gull in its usual spot, a Red Necked Grebe popped up in the same spot and for the rest of the day seems to have been around the fish quay and in the inner harbour giving some very good views. Several Razorbill and Guillemots evident with sightings of two of the Black Guillemots one outside the harbour towards Paignton and the other between the breakwater and Shoalstone.

One Rock Pipit showed breifly and a count of 25 Turnstones on the roadside by the inner harbour

The White Billed Diver was elusive but reportedly was present earlier in the day, a Savonian Grebe was also reported by some birders in the harbour close to the breakwater.

Young male Kestrel seen at Churston Ferrers and a brief visit to Broadsands car park gave views of a small number of Cirl Buntings

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Cattle Egret, Yalberton.

Cattle Egret still present in cattle field near Yalberton Farm. Clearly it's still around but not spending time at Clennon Valley any more. 

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Posted January 7th, 2014 at 4:37 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Yelland Jetty Roost and Isley Marsh.

Yelland Roost - 11:40.

Teal 36; Redshank 18; Turnstone 13; Grey Plover 121; Dunlin c500; Wigeon 58 and Lapwing 147.

Isley Marsh - 13:00

Curlew c300; Lapwing c1600; Teal 14 and Spoonbill 7, incl 2 Dutch-flagged birds. One being regular bird NLA8048768 - Left leg:- dark green ring over yellow flag over dark green ring. Right leg:- dark blue ring over metal i/d ring over lime-green.

Ringed bird 2, new to the Taw. Left leg:- yellow ring over red ring over metal i/d ring. Right leg:- red ring over yellow flag over green ring. See image on 30/12/13 for Fremington.


Posted January 7th, 2014 at 3:23 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 0830.


25 Goosander, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 2 Coal Tit.

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 2:53 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

Present 1305 to 1400.

Only thing to add to earlier post was there were 32+ Great Northern Divers and 2 Black-throated Divers between Brixham Harbour and Shoalstone, which includes those in the harbour. Red-necked Grebe was in the inner harbour showing very well. 

Also saw Juv Iceland Gull in usual spot & Slav Grebe very close to outer wall. Didn't see WBD.

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Long-Tailed Duck showing very close to the hide at 10:30 this morning to compliment Nick potters blog 7 x Greylag Greese, a pair of Pintails,  several pairs of Widgeon, and Shovelers one Snipe in with the Avocets, a Couple of Grey Herons sheltering under the western hedgerow. A pair of Pochard, female with what looks like a blue numbered ring on the top part of its beak. Too far away to really confirm what it is. Maybe someone can look for it and confirm. What ever it is was really irritating the duck at 12:00 today. 

Long-tailed Duck BGM
Long-tailed Duck BGM

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 2:28 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News


Ventured down to Brixham this morning with James Mc. White-billed aside, what a fantastic array of divers and grebes, with most showing extremely well.  The White-billed Diver was the true star of course, showing along the nearest channel to the path in the inner harbour soon after our arrival, and it was a pleasure to watch it alongside its finder - well done Bill!  Single Slav and Red-necked and two Black-necked Grebes were viewable from the AstraZeneca car park along with the Iceland Gull.

On the way back we stopped off at Decoy Lake, had the drake Scaup alongside a drake Gadwall and surprisingly two Black-necked Grebes!

White-billed Diver
White-billed Diver

White-billed Diver
White-billed Diver

White-billed Diver
White-billed Diver

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 2:21 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime from the hide today until about 1.50. The Long-tailed Duck still present as are the pair of Red-breasted Merganser. Also 13 Brent Geese and 1 Shelduck. A small flock of Avocet soon flew off towards the platform. Otherwise waders were resticted to around 20 Redshank, 1 Snipe and 1 Curlew.

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 2:06 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A call from Doug Cullen had me heading down to the Otter Estuary looking for a 1st year Gannet that seemed to have some fishing line hanging from its beak. It was harrassed by gulls and then settled on the flooded scrape fields just north of the Lime Kiln Car Park. Quite a surreal sight as it sat in amongst the gulls. As we scanned the nearby ducks and gulls, a nice surprise was a Glossy Ibis feeding well and visible from the main footpath north from the car park. Also seen by Peter Bennett from his garden! Nice garden tick!

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 1:16 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Monday 6th January 2014

Stover Lake

Brief visit to Stover late morning today. There were 9 Goosanders (4 drakes), 1 Great Crested Grebe and a Kingfisher.

Posted January 6th, 2014 at 9:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

A brilliant day's birding in and around the harbour with squally rain showers and high winds driving birds into the harbour. The day's tally was single red-throated diver, 6 black-throated diver, 25 great northern diver, superb white-billed diver (what an amazing bill!), 2 red-necked grebe (one in harbour & one off Fishcombe Point), slavonian grebe, 35 gannet, 3 cormorant, 51 shag, 3 grey heron, single long-tailed duck off Shoalstone Point, 3 oystercatcher, 17 turnstone, single common gull, imm.Iceland gull by fishing boats, 120 great black-backed gull, single kittiwake, 5 guillemot, 5 razorbill, single black guillemot by lifeboat station & 3 rock pipit. 

Posted January 6th, 2014 at 6:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Common Sandpiper just south of the harbour this afternoon. An impressive sea off Saunton Down seems to have sent any seabieds off elsewhere!

Posted January 6th, 2014 at 4:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 1100-1330. All south, 7 Bonxies, Balearic Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Divers, Great Northern Diver. 10+ Harbour Porpoise off the headland including at least 2 calves.

Posted January 6th, 2014 at 3:49 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Brixham harbour am

The Iceland Gull was present at the yacht club slipway at times, making forays out into the bay to feed then returning. A Rednecked Grebe was present north of  AstraZeneca, another was in the inner harbour. Two Black-throated Divers werE feeding in the inner harbour over lunchtime, surfacing close to the quaysides and giving excellent views,sometimes beside GreatNortherns.The White-billed Diver was reported seen from the breakwater.No Black Guillemots in the usual places today?

Posted January 6th, 2014 at 3:14 pm in Bird News

Torbay boat trip, Sunday

A few pictures from yesterday's boat trip. Very close views but terrible light! Next trip is Sunday 12th, to book phone Nigel Smallbones on 07866 202576.

Red necked grebe, Brixham inner harbour.
Red necked grebe, Brixham inner harbour.

Slavonian grebe, Brixham harbour.
Slavonian grebe, Brixham harbour.

Iceland gull, Brixham harbour.
Iceland gull, Brixham harbour.

Posted January 6th, 2014 at 1:44 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

A brilliant trip on the Dart Princess

We had wonderful boat trip yesterday morning with Nigel Smallbones on the comfortable and expertly skippered "Dart Princess". (with good coffee from the galley too!  As Chris Proctor has already given you a list of our sightings, then I won't repeat it but I have to endorse that seeing and photographing  two seperate species of Cetaceans in a matter of minutes in Devon waters was a remarkeable experience.

A Red-necked Grebe was showing really well in the inner harbour as well as the Iceland Gull, Long tailed Duck and a Black Guillemot. Of note was a Slavonian Grebe.  

I have to say that I find it amazing that these weekly boat trips are not full.  Its cheap, comfortable, expertly crewed and very safe. Even in adverse weather conditions it is stable and dry. Most pelagic trips in other countries cost 10 times the price of these Devon trips and the sightings here are just as good.  

There were more Divers than Shag, mostly Great Northern but also Black throated.   There is more about the trip and many more photos on my own Blog, (I am limited to 3 snaps here).

Grey Seal, Brixham Harbour.
Grey Seal, Brixham Harbour.

A known individual who can be identified by the damage to dorsal fin.
A known individual who can be identified by the damage to dorsal fin.

Red-necked Grebe In the inner harbour Brixham.
Red-necked Grebe In the inner harbour Brixham.

Posted January 6th, 2014 at 11:04 am by Charlie Fleming in Bird News

Sunday 5th January 2014

Exmouth Seafront

An hour and a half on Exmouth seafront viewing from the beach huts up above the lifeboat station produced two female long-tailed ducks. The first was some way out at sea; the second just off the beach. Took off around 9am heading towards Dawlish Warren.

Posted January 5th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Nick Pratt in Bird News

Torbay boat trip

Morning trip in dull weather with rain for last 1/2 hour. 28 great northern divers, 1 black throated diver (Brixham Breakwater), 1 red necked grebe (Brixham inner harbour), 1 slavonian grebe (Oxen Cove), 1 long tailed duck (Shoalstone), 3 common scoter, 1 iceland gull (Brixham harbour), 1 black guillemot (Oxen Cove), along with large numbers of gannets, fulmars and guillemots offshore. Mammals included 7 porpoises (Berry Head), 1 bottled nosed dolphin (Shoalstone to Brixham harbour), and 6 grey seal (Brixham harbour) - spectacular! Fantastic close views of all the good birds, will post pictures later. To book next weeks trip phone Nigel Smallbones on 07866 202576.

Posted January 5th, 2014 at 8:50 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News


A watch from the Shoalstone shelter produced very little in the way of passage birds but 9 Great Northern Divers, Long-tailed Duck, and a dozen or more Guillemots and Razorbills just off shore.

A brief look around the harbour in appalling conditions produced 2 Black-throated Divers, 1 Red-necked Grebe, another 6 Great Northern Divers and the juv Iceland Gull just off the Astra Zenica car park.

Posted January 5th, 2014 at 5:46 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Seven Wigeon on the pool early on, together with 50 Shelducks, just 29 Curlews and a Common Sandpiper; still no sign of the Water Pipit.

Posted January 5th, 2014 at 5:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well this morning at Clennon Valley usual 200m w of YMCA. The area is badly flooded anyone parking in the YMCA car park will not be able to access the usual spot due to deep water covering paths to the back of the golf driving range and the playing fields.Best use the leisure centre car park and walk to the eastern end of the first pond then take the path down to the stream - wellies are still pretty much essential! Also there 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, a single collybita Chiffchaff further up toward the ponds, 4 Goldcrests, Little Egret, Mandarin Duck.

Posted January 5th, 2014 at 10:07 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 4th January 2014

Birds in Brixham harbour

A very good day birding the first bird I saw was

White billed Diver

G N diver 5-6

Black Guillemot 

B T Diver

R T Diver

The best bird of all

Iceland Gull first winter,what a cracking bird.

photo by Anne-Marie Turner

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 10:42 pm by Stephen J Turner in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Checked out the Yellow-browed warbler haunt at 0930 but nothing doing and the light was awful. Walked on to Brixham, enjoying the 'Diver Fest', as well as four species of grebe, before trying Clennon Valley again at 1610 in failing light. Boom! Close views of the YBW amongst a rapidly moving flock of goldcrests and at least one collybita Chiffchaff. Characterisitic disyllabic 'soo-et' calls from the YBW. Location as before. When I left, the flock was by the first lake.

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 10:21 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Around the exe

Started at Bowling green marsh from the hide at 09:45

400+ avocet, the 1st winter long tailed duck showed well at times, 1 spotted redshank, 1500+ dunlin was a very good count for the marsh, 2 water rail, a male Merlin put in a brief appearance and a peregrine attacked a group of wigeon , 1 female pochard , 1 male tufted duck, 2 red breasted mergansers(1f,1m), 15+ shoveler, 9+ pintail, good numbers of teal and wigeon, 1 curlew, 2 lapwing, 25+ snipe, 80+ bar tailed godwit, 1 black tailed godwit.

the black redstart showed briefley at topsham recreation ground with 1 grey wagtail

moved on to dawlish warren for the afternoon 

7 velvet Scoter were close in of langstone rock, 5+ great northern diver close in the Bonaparts gull flew along the beach then headed into the estuary, 1 great crested grebe, a 2nd winter little gull was on the sea, 7+ pintail, at least 70+ common scoter in 2 groups also a brief view of a possible black necked grebe, 1 razorbill, 8+ guillemot. 

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 7:25 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Crow Point Lighthouse & Crow Neck

Huge tidal surge this morning with big surf - 9.9 metres at 07.53 at Saunton Sands.

Crow Neck has been breached with sand dunes washed away behind the sea defences & Crow Point Lighthouse is now an Island!

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 6:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Velator Reserve

Been away a few days and returned to find someone left the taps running in the reserve!

Sherpa Marsh is flooded and the east side of the reserve is now under water! On the plus side - it might help with getting rid of the duck-weed! It's much deeper than even last year's flood!

One Chiffchaff (Colybita) and a Water Rail seen. Tawny Owl heard. Lots of collared Doves in to roost.

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 6:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Mid afternoon: 17 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 58 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Razorbills, 5 Guillemots and 1 Mediterranean Gull ad.

Around Marsh 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and 2-3 Collybita Chiffchaffs. 

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Slapton Ley - Torcross

3 Black-necked Grebe and 3 Goldeneye (2 male, 1 female) amongst usual wildfowl.

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Richard woodland in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Eight Wigeons (ad drake, 5 1st-w drakes and 2 females) on Blaxton Pool. Also 17 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, 5 Skylarks and 2 Green Woodpeckers. But unfortunately, despite a good search, I couldn't find the Water Pipit reported from Blaxton Pool this morning - an excellent record for this site.

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 4:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


The Black redstart still present at Topsham rec playing field, hiding in flotsam at northern end.

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 3:09 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Long-Tailed Duck- Torbay

The Long-Tailed Duck was still present at Brixham this morning between Shoalstone Car Park and the Breakwater car park till 11.20am when it flew strongly into Torbay towards Broadsands, where it was then re-located offshore. 

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 1:13 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News


An amazing morning around the harbour. White-billed diver, 24 Great northern divers, 8 Black throated divers, 1 Red-necked grebe, 1 Black-necked grebe, 1 Eider, 1 Long-tailed duck, 1 Black guillemot, 1 1st w Iceland gull, 6 Purple sandpipers. Most birds were seen exceptionally well, plus 3 Grey seals cruising around the harbour.

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 1:08 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

RSPB Islay Marsh

Two Spoonbill on marsh, at least 10 Greenshank, redshank and a few Grey Plover. Duck numbers very low, along Tarka Trail near Home Farm Marsh large flock of Linnet, at least 250 birds.

Posted January 4th, 2014 at 12:40 pm in Bird News

Friday 3rd January 2014


There was a female long-tailed duck in the breakwater very close around 3 pm, with 14+ Great-northern divers and dozens of gannet. In the inner harbour I saw 2 black-throated divers, 2 razorbills and a black guillemot.

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 10:20 pm by Martín Rey in Bird News

Teign Estuary

A great morning spent att Brixham Harbour today - Species as already posted.
On the way back home, a late afternoon visit to the Teign Estuary. Of note, a leucisitic Herring Gull in with the Herring Gulls near the mouth of the estuary opposite the Ferry Boat Pub.

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 7:34 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Brixham harbour

From the AstaZeneca car park this p.m. The White-billed diver showed on the breakwater side of the harbour with 3 Great Northerns at 16.00 having been absent for at least 2 hours. The supporting cast kept us busy though with Kittewake, Black Guillemot and Red-necked Grebe all close in to the car park. 2 Black-throated divers in the harbour and 2 Red-throats in the bay. The Iceland Gull put in an appearance around 15.00 in it's favoured area near the fish market.

2 dead Shag floated past laying on their backs.

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 6:48 pm by Andy Plumb in Bird News

Topsham Recreation Ground

Low tide, not surprisingly, didn't happen today so not much to report other than the female/1st winter Black Redstart still on the flood/tidal debris at the north end of the field. Not particularly rare, I know, but a good bird for Topsham.

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 6:28 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Hope's nose

A quick check between showers produced only 3 great northern divers in the north cove, and some kittiwakes and common gulls among the gull flock at the sewer.

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 6:22 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News


Sandy Bay - a female-type black redstart this afternoon just below the beach access ramp from the caravan park. I wasn't allowed to drive in so I had to park in the 'World of Country Life' carpark (free at the moment) and walk down through the caravan park. Alternatively you could of course walk round from Exmouth - absolutely stunning at low tide!

A seawatch from the lifeboat station this morning produced 1 velvet scoter, 1 great northern diver, 50+ gannet and 35+ kittiwake among other stuff with the 2 female eider still close offshore there.

Yesterday the adult bonaparte's gull was viewable distantly on Bull Hill from Exmouth Docks - late pm.

black redstart
black redstart


Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 5:57 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Newton Abbot Area

Decoy - drake Scaup still present this morning.

Teigngrace -c10 Liitle Egrets in fields 

Stover - 7 Goosander (2 drakes) and 2 Siskin near feeders 

Passage House Inn - 2 Common Sands

RIver Teign between Lower Netherton and Combe Cellars- Glaucous Gull again 1.45pm-2.25pm then lost to view. 

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 3:45 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News


The Eider, Longtailed Duck and at least 6 Great Northern Divers were off the shelter late morning.

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 3:07 pm in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Quick visit to the marsh this lunchtime until about 1.45. Plenty of water but low numbers of duck out there. The Long-tailed Duck still present along with 1 Tufted Duck and 3 Pochard and 1 male Pintail. 1 Snipe and a lone Avocet were the only waders. Also the 2 Bar-headed Geese in with the Canada Geese.

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 2:05 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News


Impressive cast around the harbour this morning: White-billed Diver, Iceland Gull juv, Little Gull 1st w, Red-necked Grebe, Black Guillemot, 2 Black-throated Divers and Great Northern Divers (smaller numbers than of recent days approx 10 today between Astra Zenica and Breakwater). 

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 12:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 2nd January 2014

Brixham harbour

At the risk of becoming monotonous, a couple of highlights from the harbour today.

White billed diver, Oxen Cove, 11.28am
White billed diver, Oxen Cove, 11.28am

Red necked grebe, entrance to inner harbour, 13.27pm
Red necked grebe, entrance to inner harbour, 13.27pm

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 8:56 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Teign Estuary pm

Managed to tear myself away from Brixham harbour for a rather muddy scramble along the south bank of the Teign, from  Hackney Lane Netherton towards  Coombe Cellars. Around 230 pm the Glaucous Gull was on a sandbank mid estuary, until forced off by tide.Also present at least  8 Red-breasted Mergansers (a group of males were showing courtship display towards a female), Greenshank, Common Sandpiper.

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 7:41 pm in Bird News


Digiscoped this Water Pipit on the R.Caen a short distance from Velator Quay this afternoon.

Heavily streaked on breast & flanks but belly white. White supercilium which extends from the base of the bill over the eye & tapers towards nape. Greater coverts & tertial edgings are white but I cannot see from the photos the white outer tail feathers.

Legs appear dark in most of the photos but not all.

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 6:43 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Elberry Woods

A super day stomping round the coast from Goodrington to Brixham and seeing many of the great species in the bay at the moment.

Highlight for me, though, was finding something new to contribute: a Firecrest in Elberry woods along the path near the golf course.

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 6:09 pm by George Wall in Bird News


Highlights on the ley were 4 black-necked grebe (3 at Torcross & one in Ireland Bay), mf scaup & 5 goldeneye.

Also: 16 little grebe, 56 mute swan, 85 wigeon, 179 gadwall, 14 shoveler, 266 tufted duck, 30 pochard, 31 moorhen, 540 coot & single chiffchaff.

Offshore 46 common scoter included 2 stunning males.

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 5:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


I must have been the only person NOT to have seen the White-billed Diver! But the supporting cast more than made up for it;o)

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 4:58 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News


Extra sightings from listed already-The female Eider still at Brixham near the Berry Head House Hotel.  2 Red-Necked Grebes and 2 Black-Necked Grebes in Brixham Harbour.  2 adult Med Gulls (1ringed) at Preston and c20 Common Scoter offshore. The Yellow-Browed Warbler still mid afternoon at Clennon Valley showing very well from the main path before the path that drops back to the YMCA, also still 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs in the same area. Also a probable Siberian Chiffchaff in Brixham at the back of the multi story car park behind the breakwater. (Throw in the White-Billed Diver showing really well from the Breakwater till mid morning,  c60 GN and c8 BT Divers, Black Guillemot, 3 BN Grebes at Broadsands, Purple Sands, Iceland Gull and Cirl Buntings- it's been quite a good day) !  The only downside was not taking Mikes advice of wearing Wellington boots at Clennon Valley-it is seriously very very wet and very very muddy! 

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 4:24 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exmouth - Shelley Beach.

11.45am, on the ebbing tide 4 Goldeneye were in pools on the edge of the mussel bank;  also 11 Red-breasted Mergansers and a very tight flock of 107 Shags by Bull Hill Banks

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 3:25 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Ladram Bay, East Devon

A nice male Black Redstart showing well but mobile around the car park.  Apparently it has been around for a few weeks.  Ladlam always a good place to find one.  Nothing much out to sea other than a 1w Razorbill below the Otterton sewage works and no divers!

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 3:22 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


Long-tailed duck on Bowling Green Marsh was the best species on my wander around Topsham. However the number of duck & Lapwing on Exminster Marshes was the most impressive, with large flocks in the air from time to time.

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 12:47 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Yellow-browed Warbler was showing well 200m W of YMCA but staying high in the ash and Sycamore trees, also 2-3 Siberian Chiffchaffs in same area - its very flooded and boggy , wellies essential for anyone going to look!

Photos: Siberian Chiffchaff and Yellow-browed Warbler

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 02 Jan 2014 ML    Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Valley 2 Jan 2014 ML

Click on photo below for video link of Siberian Chiffchaff:

The Broadsands Black Guillemot was a very white bird and well to the north of Broadsands so could not have been either of the two Brixham birds, the counts of Great Northern Divers are just staggering, I did not count birds that could have been seen from Brixham hoping that someone would count from there, Steve Cox's count of 30+ makes a bay total of 63+!

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 12:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Black Guillemots

One was close in off AstraZeneca car park around 0900 and a few minutes later the second bird was beside the lifeboat station, as yesterday. With Mike's bird at Broadsands there must therefore be at least three in the district.

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 12:17 pm in Bird News

Iceland Gull

The Iceland Gull flew past Berry Head @ 09.45 heading towards St Mary's bay

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 9:57 am by Andy Plumb in Bird News

Brixham harbour

Present 08:00 to 09:15. The White-billed Diver still present from 8.15.  Also at least 30 Great Northern Divers, 5 Black-throated Divers, Red-necked Grebe, Black Guillemot and 12 Purple Sanpipers.

Black Guillemot was in or around harbour up to 9.05 when I left. So might be different from Mike's post. Of the 30 GND's at least 3-4 were Berry Head side of harbour and 12 were in the harbour along with 3 BTD. And another 5-6 GND at the entrance to the harbour.

Red-necked Grebe was seen between mussel beds and off Astra Zeneca. 

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 9:54 am by Steve Cox in Bird News


On sea: 1 Black Guillemot, 33 Great northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 49 Great Crested Grebes and a 1st w Little Gull flew past toward Brixham..

Black-necked Grebe Broadsnads 2 Jan 2014

Photo: Black-necked Grebe

15 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park, 5 Reed Buntings. in marsh 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and 3 collybita Chiffchaffs

Posted January 2nd, 2014 at 9:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 1st January 2014


Most birds already reported there was no sign of the White-billed Diver during the afternoon but 16 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated, 2 Black Guillemots, Long-tailed Duck (off Shoalstone), the Red-necked Grebe was showing really well in the inner harbour, see video below and curious neck stretching!

Click on picture for video: 


Posted January 1st, 2014 at 7:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Teign Estuary

The 1st winter Glaucous Gull still between Netherton Point and Passage House at 12:00. Also 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull. Pretty sure it wasn't one of those hybrid look-alikes. At Teignmouth, 3 Brent Geese flew in from the north, and at Decoy the male Scaup remains.

Look here for photos - I can't post them on this blog >

Posted January 1st, 2014 at 6:27 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Tarka trail

A couple of pics from yestrday on the trail at Torrington

Marsh Tit
Marsh Tit

Coal Tit
Coal Tit

Posted January 1st, 2014 at 5:34 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

About 11.40am White-billed Diver showing well in harbour with 3 GN Diver, 1 BT Diver and RN Grebe.

Posted January 1st, 2014 at 3:10 pm by Steph Hamilton in Bird News

Fremington Pil/ Quay

Afternoon walk in steady rain, two Little Egrets on Pil, good numbers of Redshank, Grey Plover. On Chivenor side 2 x Spoonbill and large flock of Lapwing and Golden Plover.

Posted January 1st, 2014 at 2:58 pm in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

Two Great Northern Divers, one in the Cattewater off East Hoe and one in Jennycliff bay. Also adult Kittiwake & 3 gannets, two feeding in Cattewater.

Posted January 1st, 2014 at 1:21 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


Happy new year everyone,               1130am.

Had a quick look for the Iceland gull to no avail, but found a Red necked Grebe amongst the moorings off Oxen cove. From the west shelter at Shoalstone, a close group of 3 GNDs, 1 Black-throated Diver, the female Eider, Black Guillemot and a Razorbill, all nice and close  because my camera batteries were flat!

Posted January 1st, 2014 at 12:59 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

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