Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th April 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.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

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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Monday 7th April 2014

Plymouth Sound

Seven Sandwich Terns, a Swallow and a Mediterranean Gull (1st-w) today.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 8:11 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head pt 3

Late evening gave a pod of about 12 dolphins off the end and 2 swallows in off the sea.

Also Broadsands had 1 Sandwich tern and half a dozen gannets feeding only 150 yds out briefly this afternoon

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 8:07 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News


A scan out from Roundham Head this evening produced: 3 Sandwich Terns, 1 Red-throated Diver and a flock of 8 Manx Shearwaters crossing the bay.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 7:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head Pt2

Seawatch 13:15-15:30, heavy rain SSW veering W and clearing: 36 Manx Shearwaters (incl. one flock of 18), 5 Sandwich Terns, 3 Great Skuas, Common Gull and light passage of Kittiwakes and Auks (mostly Razorbill). Also 2 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 5:41 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Berry Head

Late afternoon: 3 Wheatear (2m,1f), 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow & 3 Blackcap.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News


Imperial - 1400 - fw kumlien's gull this afternoon. I lost it as it drifted slowly over Exmouth but it may well still be around. I'm guessing it's the same bird that Tim Worfolk had off Topsham Rec six days ago. Also 60+ sandwich tern and 7 dark-bellied brent goose. The second winter glaucous gull is still loafing around the Quay this afternoon. Some truly dreadful photos of the kumlien's on my blog later.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 3:33 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

The immature Spoonbill was showing well at Goosemoor when I arrived this lunchtime. It then flew over the railway line back to Bowling Green Marsh where it remained until I left at around 1.45.

Posted April 7th, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 6th April 2014


A quick look at Exmouth Dock showed the 2nd W Glaucous Gull to still be present late this afternoon.

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 7:41 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 09:15 till 12:30

the highlight was the immature spoonbill which flew in at 11:20, also steady passage of mostley swallows with a few sand martins, 600-700 curlew was a good count, 300+ black tailed godwits, 20+ bar tailed godwits, 60+ redshanks, 1 turnstone , 1 dunlin, 20+ common gulls , 4+ willow warbles still, and good numbers of chiffchaffs and blackcaps, 2 snipe, 1 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 1 tufted duck, 10 shelduck, 24+ wigeon.

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 7:00 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Heathfield - Sunday 6th April

Not delighted to look out of the window this morning to see the weather, but more than made up for by a Redpoll feeding on the niger seed along with the Siskins & Goldfinches. A first in any garden I've owned. 

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 4:35 pm by Paul treen in Bird News


A slightly foggy stroll up to haytor produced numerous stonechat, meadow pipit & skylark. Best finds 3 Wheatear (2m/1f) around the rock piles close to the rock. Also Mistle Thrush feasting on berries next to the main road


Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 4:27 pm by Paul treen in Bird News

Berry Head

Quick look this morning produced just 2 Sandwich Terns and a female Wheatear around the quarry. Very little else of note other than 3-4 singing Chiffchaffs in the woods.

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 2:15 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Gannets off Exmouth

6/4/2014 9.45am

2 Gannets fishing less than 50 metres out to sea opposite The Maer Exmouth

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 1:46 pm by Mike Pearman in Bird News


4 sandwich terns at 11:30.

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 1:10 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

0730 to 1010 circuit from car park via Turf Hotel

Spoonbill - juvenile feeding in flash near Lions Rest. Water rail in ditch by Turf. Tufted duck 3 male 2 female on lake. 12 chiffchaff, 2 willow warbler, 7 Cettis warbler, 2 blackcap. c100 sand martins and 15 swallows. Peregrine briefly on a pylon. About 3 pair of skylark. Common snipe flushed near dicovery trail.

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 12:01 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Hopes Nose

Sea watching from 9am-10.30am-   1 Puffin south at 9.44am, and 7 Sandwich Terns, Red -Throated Diver and Great Northern Diver. 

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 11:04 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Saturday 5th April 2014

Berry Head

Very foggy and damp first thing but a few migrants: 1 Swallow, 5 Willow Warblers (in quarry), 12 Chiffchaff (5 migrants in quarry) others apparently on territory as were 2 singing Blackcap, 3 Stonechat 8 Meadow Pipits > over and a Roe Deer which made its way up from quarry before dashing off toward Berry Hd Hotel. A brief look out to sea produced 3 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Common Gull 20+ Gannets, 15 Kittiwakes and 1 Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 9:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

Thanks to BBH -Powderham Marsh mid/late afternoon, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail ( there was also a Blue-Headed Wagtail ) , Green Sandpiper (2 earlier) and a Common Sandpiper. Also 'Barny' was showing well with 3 Canada Geese in the field immediately behind the Swans Nest car park.

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 5:38 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News


Orcombe Point - pied flycatcher this afternoon. Also 2 willow warbler and c6+ chiffchaff in very wet conditions. The 2w glaucous gull is still on the Quay and at least 22 sandwich tern on the river. More on the blog.

a relatively early pied fly
a relatively early pied fly

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 4:09 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:30 till 12:15

at least 2 spotted redshanks now well on the way to summer plumage, a good fall of warblers with 22+ blackcaps, 17+ willow warblers and 25+ chiffchaffs, 1 peregrine, 2 gadwall, 1 tufted duck, 30+ dunlin, 26+ bar tailed godwits, 320+ black tailed godwits, 50+ swallows, 150+ sand martins, 20+ wigeon. 9+ shoveler, 4 little grebes. 

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

05 April - Baggy Point

Early morning visit to Baggy Point, few singing Chiffchaff and a single male Wheatear along top path.

mid morning stop at Velator, Braunton, two Swallow flew over.

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 12:21 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit this morning: mixed flock of hirundines over the marsh including the first House Martins.

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 10:55 am by David Cope in Bird News

Great Spotted Cuckoo - Beer Head

Fantastic bird. I saw it mid-afternoon in the location described in previous posts. Pic:

Posted April 5th, 2014 at 12:35 am by Tim White in Bird News

Friday 4th April 2014

Golden plover

Golden plover flock of 40 near car park below Cox Tor and Great Staple Tor north of B3357 in cutting on the moor. Also 7 male wheatear and many skylarks and meadow pipits and a croaking raven on this sunny day.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 11:55 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Great Spotted Cuckoo- Beer Head

The Great Spotted Cuckoo showed really well at Beer Head mid afternoon/early evening. Best to park at the start of Beer Head, walk west for 1 mile past the coastguard cottages and the bird was sat in a hedge in the right hand corner of the field beyond the first gate on the coast path towards Branscombe.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Willow Warblers can now be heard in the Willows surrounding the Pond.

The first wave of 50 Sand Martins has moved on but there is still an abundance of insects on the wing ready to be eaten by the next wave of hirundines.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 9:35 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Otter Estuary

Recently returned from the Moroccan Deserts and always keen to check what's new on the patch!
Notable birds this afternoon were a Little Ringed Plover on the scrape and a pair of Gadwall on the Otter Estuary.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 8:40 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News


A female Wheatear was on the coastguard cottages roof this morning. 7 Shelducks flew around the marsh, 3 males and 4 females, which then settled further up the valley. 2 Gadwalls, a male and female were still here and also the female Teal, which seems to likes the company of the male Mallards when they get together. There are 6 Coots on the marsh with 2 now sitting. Around the marsh in the bushes and hedges, plenty of Chiffchaffs singing and also afew Blackcaps with lots of Dunnocks and Goldfinches around also.  

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 6:23 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Prawle & Slapton

A rather disappointing day, few migrants: Best at Prawle were 2 Sandwich tern, 2 sand martin, 2 swallow,11 chiffchaff & stacks of cirl buntings.

At Slapton 16 Sandwich terns offshore while on the ley male scaup, 2nd year yellow-legged gull, 11 common gull, 4 blackcap & 5 chiffchaff. 

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 6:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Great Spotted Cuckoo at Beer Head

Sunning itself at 4pm just west of the gateway at SY213883

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 6:04 pm by Davina W in Bird News

re: Egyption goose

This bird was seen on the Tiverton Canal today.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 6:03 pm by Debbie Metcalfe in Bird News

Lundy Island

A great day on Lundy yesterday watching the successful release of three puffins rescued from the winter storms and nursed back to health at the RSPCA West Hatch centre near Taunton.

The other highlight was seeing two Sandwich Terns feeding in the Landing Bay on Lundy's east side.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Mike Jones in Bird News

Slapton area

Stayed at Slapton FSC this week with a group of students. Highlights were a female Black Red on the 31st at Down Farm (Start) and 150+ Swallow, 50+ Sand Martin and 9 Sandwich Tern at Slapton yesterday.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 2:20 pm in Bird News

Dunsford Woods

Between 07:00 and 08:00 this morning a pair of Goosander and a pair of Grey wagtails. Also present, 1 very vocal Mistle thrush perched high up, 1 Goldcrest, Longtail Tits present, Great Tits, Bluetits and numerous blackbirds.

Posted April 4th, 2014 at 9:25 am by Tim Williams in Bird News

Thursday 3rd April 2014

Exminster marshes

During a visit this evening between 6.30 and 8.00 a swarm of sand martins descended to feed low over the marsh. A small flock of swallows (c20) passed through and then over 500 sand martins appeared. (James Diamond counted 600). They were everywhere and so were the mosquitoes.

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 8:15 pm by John Waldon in Bird News


Slavonian grebe and Common sandpiper at Topsham rec early evening.

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 7:52 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Sterridge Valley, nr Berrynarbor, Weds 2 April

An Osprey in the early evening, probably looking for a suitable roost tree, was mobbed by Herring Gulls and a Sparrowhawk and flew off north, high over the house, towards the nearby coast.

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 5:13 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A Willow Warbler was singing close to the hide this lunchtime. Also a good number of Swallows have arrived, outnumbering the Sand Martins today. The rain was forcing them low over the water with others perched on wires by the houses behind the hide.

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 2:20 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News


A quick look out from the beach this lunchtime produced: 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Common Scoter, 2 Razorbills and 3 Swallows in off the sea. 

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 1:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Valley

The Siberian Chiffchaff was still present in Willows beside the stream near to the YMCA yesterday, 9-10 Chiffchaff and 3 singing Blackcap but no sign of the Willow Warbler. Seeing John's report of ducklings at Exminster I saw my first brood of 9 tiny ducklings yesterday at Clennon. 

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 2 Apr 2014       Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 2 Apr 2014

Posted April 3rd, 2014 at 8:01 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Exminster marshes

A walk down Station Road to the canal bank and back revealed two female mallards both with broods of tiny ducklings, one brood of 11 and the other of 12. I thought this was going to be the only avian sign of spring but then c30 sand martins and 5 swallows flew over. A few chiffchaffs singing. Still about 20 teal and 4 shoveller on the pools.

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 6:50 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Information re: the new Spoonbill on Taw/Torridge Est.

I have received info today from the BTO that the newest ringed Spoonbill( LA,Y,R,M. RA,R,YF,G ) on the Taw/Torridge Est was ringed on 23/07/2013 on a dam near the town of Den Oever in the Netherlands, on the edge of the Dutch Wadden Sea and Het Ijsselmeer.

BTO is still trying to establish the metal ring identity no. before all sightings of this bird can be processed.

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 6:24 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Hoopoe - Brixham

Our good friend, a NT warden, told me he saw a Hoopoe today, in his yard at Greenway.    My son saw a Zebra Finch yesterday in Lytes Road, Brixham, obviously an escape. 

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 4:40 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

Berry Head

Late morning after the rain, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and a single Swallow over the Northern Fort.

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 3:30 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford 1st April 2014

Mid morning visit to South Efford Marsh just after high tide yesterday, a noticable absence of many of the usual and expected small bird species, that side of the day was saved by initially two pairs of Linnet severalmore being seen during the visit. Little Egrets, Mute Swans and Shell Duck very aerial and the Shellducks bickering and displaying. 3 Greenshank together on the dropping tide, Common Sandpiper, 2 Buzzards, 1 male Kestrel, 1 Redshank several small flocks of Greater Black Backed Gulls flew past the hide. On the way home a flight of 4 Cormorant seen near California Cross.

And todays high light my first Swallow of the season passing the house at South Brent.

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 1:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Brandis Corner


Brandis Corner, N.Devon, 08:00

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 9:33 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Tuesday 1st April 2014

Wrafton Pond

About 50 Sand Martins over the pond this evening.

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 9:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Orcombe Point - 1 snipe, 2 chiffchaff and 1 osprey @ 1700 'in off' the sea, over Sandy Bay and north over Exmouth towards the river. Also a single pale-bellied brent goose on Maer Rocks with 16 dark-bellied brent goose, plus 9 sandwich tern and an eider offshore. The 2w glaucous gull was sat on Warren Point, viewed from the Quay. The siberian chiffchaff was last seen in the garden (Belle Vue Road) on 29/3.

pale-bellied brent goose
pale-bellied brent goose

siberian chiffchaff - 29/3
siberian chiffchaff - 29/3

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 8:21 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Exminster marshes

An osprey circled high over the marsh before slowly drifting north at 5.20 pm. Otherwise quiet with only a few chiffchaffs singing. Other highlight was a grass snake that crossed Station Road ahead of me. A single peregrine was on one of the pylons.

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 5:59 pm by John Waldon in Bird News


Red Kite drifted lazily over Dawlish town 1pm.

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 4:38 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Topsham Rec - Iceland Gull

Surprised to find an Iceland Gull at The Rec today at low tide in the usual big gull gathering towards the Retreat Boatyard. Suspect it's a 1W/2cy though views and photos awful, either way a nice patch tick for me. Slavonian Grebe also still present.

Iceland Gull 1/4/2014 - Topsham Rec.
Iceland Gull 1/4/2014 - Topsham Rec.

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 3:35 pm by Tim Worfolk in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

3 Spotted Redshanks this lunchtime (until about 1.50). 1 from the hide until it flew off with some Redshanks towards the estuary and 2 at Goosemoor which were showing some signs of darker plumage.

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 2:15 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Morthoe Point

I saw a Yellowhammer, Linnet, Stonecaht, Raven, Kestrel, Reed Warbler, Great Black-backed Gull, and a pipit which I couldn't ID it was a slim build whith a brownish grey back and wings and it had a yellow flank just under the wing. Could anyone help if they know?

Posted April 1st, 2014 at 7:34 am by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

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