Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st March 2014

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

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Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Friday 28th March 2014

Slapton Ley

Driving along Torcross line this morning and saw a female Marsh Harrier flying over the Higher Ley ( 07:30 ). Also a Sandwich Tern offshore.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 10:15 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Exmouth

The glaucous gull still showing brilliantly this afternoon on Exmouth Quay. Also an osprey off Mudbank just before 6pm having been reported earlier off the Warren. Also this evening 1 sandwich tern on the river and 28 dark-bellied brent geese still. I last saw the siberian chiffchaff in scrub around Warren view football pitch on 26/3.


Posted March 28th, 2014 at 7:11 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A couple of hours on the high tide cut short by heavy hail showers.

Highlight was an Avocet flying over NE, but it didn't stop. On the pool just 17 Curlews, 37 Shelducks and 3 Mandarin Ducks (2 drakes and a duck). Single Little Grebe and Common Sandpiper on the narrow river and a Great Spotted Woodpecker nearby.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Teignmouth

Five Chiffchaffs and two Blackcaps in Eastcliff Park, and a Wheatear in the fields above the park. Offshore, six Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, a Sandwich Tern, and two or three Harbour Porpoise.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 6:34 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Aveton Gifford

Signs of spring on South Efford marsh highlighted by 6 water pipits "in the pink", 6 white wagtails, 12 sand martins, swallow plus 3 greenshanks & 2 common sandpipers.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 4:08 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Ind. Est, Barnstaple.

14:30

2 female Goosanders; 1 Dunlin in NBP; 1 Little Egret; 11 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Spoonbills (incl the new ringed bird ( LA,Y,R,M  RA,R,YF,G ). We are still awaiting details of this bird.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 4:05 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Croyde

Red Kite flying over Croyde just after 2pm today .  Observed by Mr Andrew Cotton.

Posted March 28th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Thursday 27th March 2014

Soar, Aveton, Noss

 Soar a complete blank except for a Willow Warbler.  At South Efford Marsh 5+ White Wagtails in a mix of 25+ and an Egyptian Goose plus 2 Common Sandpipers.  At Noss a distant Osprey being seen off by a horde of gulls.

Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 8:08 pm by Graham Watson in General Birding

Prawle Sightings

Silly seawatch, given the conditions, resulted in 1 Balearic ( at 12.15 ) and 1 Manx Shearwater west, 2 Black Throated Divers (wp) west and a summer plumaged Red Throated Diver on the sea off the point.Also at least 3 Harbour Porpoises. At the point a Black Redstart and between Langerstone Point and Horsley Cove my first Wheatears : 9 males and 3 females..

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 6:34 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Exminster marshes

Early afternoon visit coincided with high water but few waders came onto the marsh, only about 20 curlew. The shelduck flock is increasing with 47 roosting and others still on the estuary. Few other ducks apart from 5 tufted duck on the lagoon.

There was a steady passage of sand martins north and one chiffchaff singing. Three wheatears (all males) were actively feeding near Station Road. About 6 little egrets were being very aggressive to each other.

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 4:40 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Dartmoor

I saw my first female Wheatear on north Dartmoor above Belstone today, as well as 7 males. It was with the first male I saw on 10th March in the territory where he has been singing virtually every day since. With daily sightings of up to 12 male birds until now, hopefully more females will arrive soon.


Posted March 27th, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The highlight this lunchtime was a Swallow amongst a group of high flying Sand Martins moving through. Also 2 Knot and a pair of Pintail.

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Around Exmouth

Topsham recreation ground: Sightings were a pair of pintail, and a pair of gadwall, both new arrivals, a female red-breasted merganser and a fox in the late afternoon. Also good numbers of teals, wigeon, shoveler, shelduck, canada geese, few tufted ducks, mallards and curlews, 8 knot, 135+ black tailed godwits and about 10 little grebe.

Exmouth: At 11:00 the 2 female eider, a red-necked grebe, 4 mergansers and about 10 great crested grebe were very close to shore until some people with dogs appeared. The first winter glaucous gull, remains in the quay, which has more parasits around the eye than last time.

Orcombe point: 1 great northern diver, 11 brent geese heading east, a raven and a buzzard.

Sandy bay: There was a flock of 15+ common scoter in the middle of the bay and the cliffs are already full of nesting kittiwakes.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 9:41 pm by Martin Rey in General Birding

Brixham harbour

First time out for a fortnight after a foot fracture, Karen wheelchaired me to end of breakwater at midday. Not expecting much in bright sunny conditions but 4 Great Northern Divers still by the end, also a Black-throated (possibly a second) in distance between AstraZeneca and Fishcombe. 

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 8:11 pm in General Birding

Beer Head

A quick look around Beer Head 14.45 - 15.30 turned up 4 Wheatears (all M), 5 Yellowhammers, 1 Red Legged Partridge & plenty of corvids. 

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Tarka Trail - Braunton to Isley Marsh

Cycled to Isley Marsh this morning & counted 35 calling Chiffchaffs between Braunton & Isley Marsh but only 4 Blackcaps.

Very few birds at Isley Marsh at high tide but still plenty of Little Egrets.

No Lapwing or Golden Plover seen from the trail.

Still 45 Redshank in Fremington Pill.


Posted March 26th, 2014 at 6:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Around the exe

Started early with a walk around powderham marsh 07:15 till 10:00

400+ sand martins, 2 stonechats, 4 chiffchaffs good numbers of linnets and skylarks, 5 reed buntings and a sparrowhawk. 

Moved onto topsham and bowling green marsh watched from 12:00 till 14:00

2 pintail and 2 gadwall were new in among 43+ shoveler, 55+ wigeon, 51+ teal, 5 little egrets, 5 knot, 20+ dunlin , 150+ black tailed godwits, 4 chiffchaffs, 5 little grebes.

the Slavonian grebe was between topsham quay and topsham rec 

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 5:28 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Roadford Reservoir

8 Goldeneye (4 male) in the north-eastern corner early afternoon, viewable from the bridge south of Germansweek.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 5:16 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Stover C P

A walk around the lake this morning produced:

2 Willow Warblers singing, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Goosander (2 males),3 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe (sitting) 4 Coot (one sitting), Snipe,  12+ Blackbirds singing, 1 Mistle Thrush singing, 2 Buzzards, Siskins, 2 Bullfinch, Lon- tailed Tit, Treecreeper, 6 pairs of Nuthatch, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, Mute Swan on new nest in front of the hide.

Jon Avon

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 4:52 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Slapton

4 Scaup (2m.,2f.) 1 Marsh Harrier (f) near Ireland bay, 1Cirl Bunting (m) - Numrous Chiffchaffs (one with BTO ring) and Cetti's Warblers. I Great Northern diver on sea near monument.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 3:37 pm by Rob Hubble in General Birding

Slapton Ley

2f 1m scaup at Torcross, 4 wheatears in field behind ringing hut & 7 chiffchaffs.

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 2:54 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Spent a couple of hours at The Rec at low tide this am. The Slavonian Grebe eventually appeared from down river, also present this 2cy Yellow-legged Gull - haven't seen enough of these recently.

Yellow-legged Gull 2cy - Topsham 26/3/2014
Yellow-legged Gull 2cy - Topsham 26/3/2014

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Wembury

A single Willow Warbler at West Hill this morning singing and flycatching was the best of it

Posted March 26th, 2014 at 10:28 am by Richard Billington in General Birding

Tuesday 25th March 2014

Dawlish Warren

Off the Warren this evening were Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 14 Red-breasted mergansers, 19 Common Scotor, 2 Velvet Scotor, 2 Long-tailed Ducks and Imm (prob 2nd wint bird) Glaucous Gull off Exmouth.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Wrafton Pond & Sharpa Marshes

At least 6 calling Chiffchaff around the fringes of the pond late aft /early evening.

54 Sand Martins, 2 Shelduck, 4 Teal & 1 Little Egret on & above the scrape.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 7:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Dartmoor

On Dartmoor above Belstone there was an influx of Wheatears at the weekend taking my daily sightings from 3 per day up to Friday to 12+ on Sunday. Today I found 10, all photographed and identified as male birds, so still no females seen.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 6:12 pm by Mike Jones in General Birding

Red Kite - Hillhead

Red Kite by Hillhead farm at 2.30 PM,,,,vaguley drifting NE.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 3:58 pm by Trevor leaman in General Birding

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 11:30 - 13:30.

7 Bar-tailed Godwits; 2 Little Egrets & 47 Shelducks. 3 Spoonbills roosting on Penhill Marsh. Just 3 Teal and 1 Little Egret in Bradiford Reserve.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Soar

Hoping for a passing chough but had to content with 3 wheatears, 3 chiffchaffs & a male sparrowhawk.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

Inspired by Tim's photo earlier, I went to Topsham Rec this lunchtime and the Slavonian Grebe was showing really well close in off the play park end of the Rec. Still showing well when I left at around 1.45.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Broadsands

From the headland 2 Black-throated Diver, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, Yellowhammer and a Grey Seal.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 12:50 pm by Bill Macdonald in General Birding

Torbay

Broadsands/Goodrington: 2 Black-throated Divers, 3 Red-throated Divers, 7 Great Northern Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Shelduck.

Paignton/Preston: 3 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers. 

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 10:52 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

A quiet morning with 5 Greenshanks, a couple of Continental Cormorants and the smart Slavonian Grebe somewhat distant at the southern end.

Slavonian Grebe - Topsham Rec 25/3/2014
Slavonian Grebe - Topsham Rec 25/3/2014

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 10:10 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Yealm estuary

First osprey of the year with its catch . No rings evident in pics sorry about quality but wrong lense on at the time !

Osprey with catch
Osprey with catch

Osprey on passage
Osprey on passage

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 9:09 am by David Scott in General Birding

Around the Teign 24/3

Counts from the estuary yesterday morning included 10 Greenshank, 8 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpiper, 39 Curlew, 21 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Teal and 26 Little Egret. At Decoy Lake, 5 Great Crested Grebe and 7 Tufted Duck. Half a dozen Sand Martins were over Rackerhayes visible from the gate behind Tesco at 15:00, and seawatching from Teignmouth 15:30-16:10 produced 5 Sandwich Terns and a Red-throated Diver south.

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 7:10 am by Will Salmon in General Birding

Monday 24th March 2014

Slapton Ley

27 Sand Martins and 3 Scaup (1 male & 2 female) from the Torcross car park hide, early afternoon.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 4:04 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Around the Axe

My first two Swallows of the 'spring' over Lower Bruckland Ponds this afternoon with ten Sand Martins. 45 Fieldfare over were more in keeping with the weather conditions though!

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

Berry Head

A quick seawatch (12:30-13:30) as the rain arrived saw: 5 Manx Shearwaters, bp Red-throated Diver, a steady trickle of Kittiwakes (incl .many 1w), several Common Gulls,  c400 Guillemots on the sea (presumed local birds) and a few passing Razorbills. Also 2 Harbour Porpoise and Grey Seal.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 3:40 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Roadford Reservoir 24/03/2014

 At least 200 Sand Martins and 1 Swallow feeding low over rough water. Also 9 Goldeneye.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 2:42 pm by Brian Craven in General Birding

Goosemoor and Bowling Green Marsh

The Spotted Redshank was showing well from Goosemoor amongst a group of Greenshanks and Redshanks until about 1.30.

From the hide, 100+ Sand Martins.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB

Morning visit until high tide:

c100 Sand Martins, 12 Barwits, c130 Blackwits, 30 Redshanks with 1 Spotted Redshank and c30 Dunlins. 7 Greenshanks at Goosemoor with a further 10 Redshanks.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 1:40 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Berry Hd

Just 1 Wheatear on the cold blown out headland. around the meadow and woods 5 chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap.

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 8:41 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sunday 23rd March 2014

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:30 till 11:00

a quiet morning but a constant passage of sand Martin largest group 100+ an active peregrine made 3 attacks none successfull, 20+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ black tailed godwits, 1 knot, 150+ redshanks, 50+ dunlin, 3 tufted duck, 39+ shovelers, 1 pochard, 5 little grebes , 2 blackcaps, 7+ chiffchaffs, 7 little egrets. 

Goosemoor held 10 greenshanks and the spotted redshank showing very well, 1 sparrowhawk, 21+ curlew, 2 little egrets, 2 chiffchaffs. 

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 10:19 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Slapton Ley

At Torcross, 4 Black-necked Grebes including 3 in striking summer plumage and 4 Scaup (2 drakes, 2 females). Also c60 Sand Martins over the Ley, a couple of Cetti's Warblers and Great Northern & Red-throated Divers on the sea.  

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Hobby at Bowling Green Marsh

Hobby seen from hide at BGM at 12.45; seemed to be following the Sand Martins.  Didn't stop just did a quick circuit then headed north.  c200 Sand Martins through 12.30 - 13.30. 

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 6:26 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Goosemoor

Excellent views this morning of a Spotted Redshank with 10 Greenshank and several Redshanks, plus small numbers of Curlew, Shelduck, Teal and Wigeon. Dozens (50+) of Sand Martins flying between here and Bowling Green Marsh (earlier c40 at Matford Pools).

Greenshank at Goosemoor
Greenshank at Goosemoor

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 4:09 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Exmouth Chough

I've just got back from walking along Exmouth beach with the family + dog. On arrival, just below Orcombe Point I was stunned to hear a chough, though it took a second for the penny to drop above the noise of the wind. I pointed the camera at it and managed just 3 shots before it curled its wings and plunged in a straight line along Exmouth beach towards the river mouth.

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 2:39 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Exmouth Glaucous Gull

After disappearing for a couplo of hours, the Glaucous Gull reappeared at around 1050. Showing paler iris on some shots - and I agree with Matt - looks like a 2nd Winter. Also 4 Sandwich Terns and a flyover !st W Little Gull.

Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014
Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014

Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014
Glaucous Gull - Exmouth 23/3/2014

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 12:29 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding

Exmouth Glaucous Gull

Showing down to 10ft this morning in the Quay carpark. Note the bill damage and how the iris colour changes according to light. Still a bit confused about the age of this bird but there is surely an argument for it being a worn and faded second winter bird.

Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 8:35 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Saturday 22nd March 2014

Exmouth

Warren View - siberian chiffchaff at the back of our garden. Also singing blackcap. Mudbank - 3 pale-bellied brent goose, 2+ 'intermedius' lesser black-backed gull and poss fw caspian gull. Late this afternoon the fw glaucous gull in the Exmouth Quay carpark.

siberian chiffchaff
siberian chiffchaff

glaucous gull
glaucous gull


Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 7:18 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Red Kite

Had a Red Kite this afternoon at about 13.30 drift east over the road between Musbury & Axminster.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 6:48 pm by Kevin Hale in General Birding

Mill On The Exe

On Friday 21st I saw a pair of Great Crested Grebes on the river just off the Mill On The Exe pub between 0750 and 0755, so presumably the same pair seen by Mike and Sue Booth earlier heading upstream.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 5:56 pm by Perry J Smale in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Best bird was a summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit (icelandica) on the pool. Also - 18 Curlews, 34 Redshanks, 6 Oystercatchers, Nuthatch, c12 Skylarks 5 singing Chiffchaffs and 5+ Little Egrets.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 5:22 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 07:30 till 09:45

the spotted redshank showed well when it came in but became elusive, sand Martin passage was good with 200+,  11+ knot, 140+ dunlin, 120+ bar tailed godwits, still good numbers of black tailed godwit and 100+ curlew, 115+ redshank , 5 little grebes, 3 tufted duck, 2 little egrets, 40+ wigeon, 3 chiffchaffs. 

a quick look in goosemoor after produced 9+ greenshanks, a few redshank and black tailed godwits another 30+ sand martins, 1 stock dove, 2 chiffchaffs

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 1:43 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

My first 3 Swallows of the spring this morning above the pond.

Also 1 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff & 1 Willow Warbler.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 1:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Broadsands

At sea, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Great Crested Grebes. 3 singing Chiffchaff around the marsh 1 Blackcap and a Water Rail.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 12:59 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hopes Nose

3 male Wheatears at Hopes Nose mid morning along the front slopes and Sandy Point. Also 1-2 Chiffchaff singing near the top gate and 2 Great Northern Divers sat on the sea, close in off the point.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 11:23 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Topsham

Slavonian grebe coming into summer plumage at recreational playing fields.

Posted March 22nd, 2014 at 8:46 am by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

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