Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st April 2014

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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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Monday 21st April 2014

Collared Pratincole

Further to Jon's previous post. Bird fairly extensive red on bill, primaries/wing tip equal tho on occasions tail appearing slightly longer. Upper parts fairly uniform. Wanted to see underwing for trailing edge but while changing eyepiece to do so bird had taken off without anyone seeing so, typical. If awake early enough in morning will check to see if still around.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 11:27 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Extreme NE Devon, east of Foreland Point

A 10km circular walk taking in part of the SW Coast Path near County Gate brought 8 singing Common Redstarts, 4 singing Wood Warblers, a skulking Grasshopper Warbler above Glenthorne, a migrating Red Kite (which we reckoned to be an immature) heading E, and – unusually for this stretch of precipitous coastline – two Shelducks offshore. Also an abundance of Blackcaps (probably 50+ singing birds, let alone the others only calling or glimpsed), smaller numbers of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs and one Common Whitethroat. Small flocks of Swallows and House Martins heading into the easterly wind along the clifftops, flying just above similar-sized groups of migrating Lesser Black-backed Gulls also passing up-channel.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 11:12 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News


Afternoon visit gave a single Whitethroat at the cottages and plenty of Blackcaps in the lane going down. The "ley" is now deep enough to support a pair of Tufted Duck in very fine condition

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 10:46 pm by Tim Clyburn in Bird News


Re earlier post from Steve - I was one of the locals alerted!

Walked all around the pond and inspected both the islands twice before Martin Elliot called us over to look over the Skern. And there it was: COLLARED PRATINCOLE. Pretty much a twitch by N Devon standards, at least 7 people saw it, and it was still there and seemingly settled when I left at 20.30.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 9:04 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes


A short walk down Station Road this evening to the canal. On the fields north of the S bend were 7 Wheatears and two Skylark. A few Whimbrel flew over calling. Elsewhere a noticeable increase in singing Whitethroats, with 3 on the canal bank alone. 100’s of Sand Martins, a few Swallows and even fewer House Martins over the pools.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 8:06 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Warren House Inn/Challacombe area

One male Whinchat was singing away on the slope down from Headland Warren on quite a cold morning. Green Woodpecker was calling from Sousson and i wonder what it has made of the sculpting the woodland has recieved this winter.

2 Redstart were singing at Challacome with 8 Willow Warbler throughout the valley.Several Wheatear were seen carrying nesting material into nest sites.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 8:04 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Middleworth plantation, Burrator reservoir.

This lunchtime between 1210-1420 :

4 Swallow, 3 Willow Warblers, 1 male Redstart, several distant Mistle Thrushes and ChiffChaffs, under an overcast sky.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News


2 sandwich terns,7 wheatear,spotted redshank flew over calling but unfourtunately didn't land,10:20am.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 7:51 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


Staying at Prawle coastguard cottages.

5 wheatears

3 backcaps, 1 willow warbler, 5 chiffchaffs

1 whitethroat

slow trickle of swallows

gannets passing morning and evening

11.20 one Arctic skua west, quickly followed by 2 Arctic skuas east.

Jeff Butcher

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 7:45 pm by Jeff Butcher in Bird News

Collared Pratincole??

Just had a phone call which included a pretty convincing description of a Pratincole sp. over the seasonal mere to the left of the road to the old recycling centre at Northam Burrows.

Have alerted some locals so hopefully we will hear some news soon...

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 6:39 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Soar and Slapton Ley

Despite the brisk SE wind, very liitle at Soar - just 2 Wheatears, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers and 25 Swallows.

Later, Slapton Ley produced (the) female Marsh Harrier, looking very tatty, a few singing Reed and Cetti's Warblers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 7+ Sandwich Terns and a Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling. 

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 5:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Hobby on Exminster Marshes at 2.30 pm, flying above the pylons feeding on insects. Headed off towards Exeter along the canal.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 5:19 pm by Tony Dudley-Clarke in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Drake GarganeyHad a call from Sue Brice at lunchtime with news of a drake Garganey at Sherpa Marsh so after finishing lunch I mooched down there. Sorry about the image quality - too far away!

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 4:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:45 till 12:45

29+ whimbrel was the best count so far this spring, my best count of 85+ common gull for the marsh and included 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull, 26+ greenshanks, 16+ dunlin, 3 bar tailed godwits, 120+ black tailed godwits, 55+ curlew, 1 pochard, 1 tufted duck, 3 little grebes, 18+ little egrets, 2+ reed warblers, 6+ blackcaps, 2 willow warblers. On the walk down to the hide 1 nuthatch. 

A quick look of the goat walk produced 3 sandwich terns. 

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 2:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Around the Teign

16 Wheatear on Newton Abbot Racecourse today. An hours' seawatching from Teignmouth this morning produced a Manx Shearwater and 7 Common Scoter, and waders around the estuary included a Sanderling, 9 Whimbrel and 4 Common Sandpiper.

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 1:11 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Berry Hd

Just a a few extra birds to Bill's tally, up until 9am: 1 Yellow Wagtail > N, seawatching from 7am-8am produced; 1 Great Skua, 34 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gulls,1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Red-throated and 2 Great Northerm Divers, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Kittiwake and 40+ Gannets. 

Bonxie BH 210414 ML

Great Skua

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 9:41 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

Brief early morning visit, Grasshopper Warbler reeling near to the large stone by the gate at entrance to the quarry, also 2 Whitethroat, 7 Swallow and 2 Willow Warbler. 

Posted April 21st, 2014 at 7:27 am by Bill Macdonald in Bird News

Sunday 20th April 2014

Cornwood, Dartmoor

Cuckoo heard on 17th.and 19th. April in Dendles/ Hawns/ High House Waste woods above Cornwood, south Dartmoor.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 9:15 pm by Chris Curry and Jill Broom in Bird News

Wembury Point

Started walk from car park at 3pm, over field to the right of the path by HMS Cambridge 2 Skylark,10+Linnet and the occasional Goldfinch. Followed path down the hill, 10+Willow Warbler (not calling) and the local pair of Stonechat. In pines at the bottom of the hill 1 Female Pied Flycatcher,most likely pausing on migration to breeding site because of the bad weather. Heard lots of Chiffchaff and seabirds from the Mewstone. 

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 8:29 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Clennon Valley

Siberian Chiffchaff still in willows by stream nr YMCA, also 1 Little Egret, 8 + singing Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 5 Swallows.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 8:17 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


19th April. Tavistock

2 Dippers on the river behind the market, plus 1 Grey Wagtail.

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Counts from around the estuary this morning/early afternoon included 1 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 10 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and 6 Sandwich Terns.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 3:34 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News


Heavy rain made it difficult but did find 12 wheatears, four     Sandwich terns, a whimbrel & a willow warbler.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 2:43 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Lundy Warden Beccy MacDonald reports recent sightings of both Marsh & Hen Harriers (with the former apparently having been around for a couple of weeks), as well as passage Merlins.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 12:17 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Taw & Torridge Estuary

Interested to see (below) Margaret Phillips's unusually high count of Common Sandpipers at Wistlandpound Reservoir this morning, as I had 13 – including a flock of 7 – between Heanton and Velator via Chivenor at about the same time during the WeBS count this morning. Also one Little Tern over the estuary between Chivenor and the mouth of the River Caen at 08.20. Tim Davis had five singing Whitethroats at the southern end of Braunton Burrows.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 12:06 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

R.Caen, Horsey Island, Braunton Marshes

During the WeBS count this morning more migrants arriving with 4 Common Sandpiper on R.Caen & several Whimbrel.

A few Sedge Warblers,a fall of Common Whitethroat on the Marshes, also an increase in the number of Swallows.

On the edge of Braunton Great Field my first 3 House Martins of the year.

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 12:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

At least eleven Common Sandpipers feeding at the edge of a largely deserted reservoir at 8.30 am this morning .

Posted April 20th, 2014 at 10:19 am by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Saturday 19th April 2014

blackingstone rock,dartmoor

4 tree pipit,2 mistle thrush,raven,male yellowhammer,11:30

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 10:39 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

East Prawle

In a NE wind, breezier than forecast, I hadn't planned to sewatch but did so from 7.40 to 10.30 with Pat seeing : I Arctic Skua dp, 1 Red Throated Diver sp, 16 Bar Tailed Godwits, 8 Whimbrel and 1 Grey Plover all east, and 1 Manxie west. Also 27 Sandwich Terns east and 6 west.

As for passerines the highlights were : 2 male Redstarts and 3 Common Whitethoats ; c 50 Swallows mainly in off the sea , flying inland and 11 House Martins. 3 Wheatears, 25+ Chiffchaffs, 10+ Willow Warblers ,5 singing,and at least 6 Blackcaps,

Butterflies : Common Blue, Large White,Green Veined White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood ,Small Copper and Green Hairstreak (Pat also saw a Wall Brown) And 2 Adders near the Coastguard Cottages..

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 10:03 pm in Bird News

Around the Axe

Four Reed and one Sedge Warbler singing from Colyford/Black Hole Marsh this morning. Also Lesser Whitethroat trapped and ringed by Axe Estuary Ringing Group.

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 9:11 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Hartland Point

Massive movement of hirudines moving north along the NW coast today, timed counts of 1500/hr, mostly Swallows, some House Martins and a few Sand Martins.

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 7:39 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Sterridge Valley, nr Berrynarbor

Red Kite seen from the garden about 10.10 this morning, drifting steadily SW.

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 11:23 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Head

Very quiet this morning with no passage overhead. A single Whitethroat and 2 Wheatear were the only migrants. A Raven in Brixham town centre harassing the Pigeons was a suprise.

Posted April 19th, 2014 at 8:50 am in Bird News

Friday 18th April 2014

Dawlish Warren

The male Kentish Plover ( found by LC) still showing well in the bight from the hide at 7.45 pm with Ringed Plovers, Dunlins and 2 Sanderling. The whole flock apparently flew off, presumably to the beach on the incoming tide at c8pm.  Also a Whimbrel and a Brent Goose on the golf course. The female Snow Bunting still showing at close range at 8.10pm on the seaward side of Warren Point about 300 yards beyond the path down to the bight.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 9:28 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Walked around again this evening, still about 60 Sand Martin and a only a few Swallows. Drake Gadwall still and at least 6 broods of Mallard ducklings. a few Reed Warblers singing at last. 5 Reed Buntings seen. On the muddy bit by the Tarka trail, a Redshank and a Green Sandpiper.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 8:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Male KENTISH PLOVER this evening on the Blight also Snow Bunting via Birdguides.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 8:11 pm in Bird News

Around the Teign

A male Black Redstart at Newton Abbot Racecourse this morning, along with a Wheatear and 5+ Swallows. Nearby at Hackney Marshes 10+ Blackcaps and a Reed Warbler. At Passage House, a Whimbrel called then flew up and circled off inland, also 2-3 Common Sandpipers and a further 1-2 Reed Warblers.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 8:10 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Hallsands to Lannacombe

5 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Wheatear, 2 Sandwich Tern, steady small movement of Swallows 20+ > N, 4 Blackcap many singing Chiffchaff and one Swift over road nr Beeson. My first Wall brown and 3 Small Coppers along coastal footpath.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 8:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh N Devon

Female Marsh Harrier flying from Chivenor towards to the reserve this morning.

Three Gadwall 2 males and 1 female on the big pond. The Bar-headed Goose was still with the Canada's but on the riveraccording to another observer.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 7:45 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Bird News


A flurry of Wheatears early on (and 31+ by the morning's end) but not much after this. Whitethroat (2), Sand Martin, House Martin, Chiffchaff (c10), Willow Warbler, and Swallow (c12).

At South Huish early afternoon, a female Blue-headed Wagtail, White Wagtail, a Reed Warbler heard singing, 3 Sand Martins, and c8 Swallows. 

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Challacombe Farm

First of hopefully many! A Cuckoo, the picture is poor due to distance but thought I would share. With Willow Warblers, Swallows, House Martins and plenty of Butterflies Summer has arrived!

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 5:54 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Bowling green marsh & exminster marsh

Started at bowling green marsh 07:00 till 10:00

a steady passage of sand martins and swallows with a couple of house martins, the 2 spotted redshanks were a bit distant, 24+ greenshanks, at least 29+ whimbrel of which 8 flew north after a brief stop, 17+ bar tailed godwits, 220+ black tailed godwits, 50+ curlew, 2 gadwall, 1 pochard, 1 tufted duck, 3 reed warblers, 2 reed buntings, 1 whitethroat , 4+ blackcaps , 3 song thrush, 5+ little egrets. 

exminster marsh 11:15 till 13:30

my first swift of the year was a good find with steady passage of sand martins and swallows, 4+ sedge warblers, the female garganey was still by the fishermans car park but elusive, 1 willow warbler, 6+ sandwich terns were on the estuary from the viewing platform looking across to the goatwalk at topsham. 

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 4:32 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind Est, Barnstaple.

07:30 - 09:00

4 Little Egret; 16 Shelduck; 1 female Goosander; 4 Common Sandpiper on the concrete embankment; 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose and 4 Blackcaps in Tarka Trail bushes with a further 68 Shelduck and 3 Little Egret on Penhill Marsh.

Bradiford Reserve. 2 Mute Swan; 1 Little Egret; 1 Moorhen; 2 Teal and 2 Mallard.

Braunton Road, Barnstaple. On a lighter note; for the past 3 weeks my garden in Barnstaple has been visited by 4 Mallard drakes; 3 ducks including "Dylis" with the gammy leg (suspect broken at some time) and for the last week and half, by another duck and 13 ducklings. We have been visited by adult Mallards and ducklings for the past 6 years. I`m now beginning to suspect that duck families are inheriting and "passing-on" that my garden is a good place for a "freebie" meal (2x/day). Will I be over-run with Mallards in the future? I am certainly getting more and more each year.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 4:22 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Budleigh Beach

2 Sandwich Terns feeding just off the beach, from the Otter mouth To Steamer Steps at 3pm this afternoon

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 3:44 pm by richard allen in Bird News


Whilst ringing this morning (details on the ringing forum soon) I saw a female Marsh Harrier over the main reed-bed. One of the wintering birds or a summer migrant?

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 12:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Thursday 17th April 2014

Exminster marsh

A quick look along station road 15:00 till 16:30 produced a lesser whitethroat by the railway bridge, the female garganey eventually showed on the pools just before the fishermans car park, constant passage of sand martins all over the marsh with good numbers of swallows and house martins , also 3 blackcap and 1 whitethroat, 2 willow warblers, 4+ chiffchaffs.

whilst waiting for the bus in exminster had 2 sparrowhawks over 

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 8:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

A quick walk around the ponds this evening in a cool to cold breeze, hardly conducive to spring passage.

2 Redshank flew up the Caen towards Velator harbour, and two more were having a thorough wash in the main pond and being harrassed by a drake Mallard.

About 40/50 Sand Martin mostly hawking insects over the water, but only a few Swallows (6?).

A fine drake Gadwall on the pond and 3 Wigeon flew over. 2 broods of Mallard ducklings. Nothing singing in the reed-bed, only two Reed Buntings seen.

The muddy pond by the Tarka trail has a small but annoying gaggle of Canada Geese, which may be intimidating anything else showing there, just a few Pied Wagtails.

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 7:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Haytor Down & Yarner Wood

Lovely morning on Haytor Down with Redstart, Yellowhammers, and several Willow Warblers and Redpolls in the valley next to Yarner Wells. Pied Flycatchers (5 seen, 3 males and 2 females) were active prospecting for nest boxes). Tree Pipit, 3 Willow Tits, and Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker. Around the pond in the car park; 2 male Mandarin ducks, a Grey Wagtail and Siskins on the feeders.

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 4:21 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Beer Head

At least four Redstarts up Beer Head this morning, two of each sex, with one of each sex trapped and ringed. Also two fly over Yellow Wags, a Siskin and a small arrival of Willows and Chiffs.

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 1:17 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

11 Wheatears (7m, 4f) represents the best ever Spring total. Precious few other migrants - just 3 Swallows and a male Blackcap. Plenty of Skylarks on territories and singing well - over 20 birds seen. The 2 Canada Geese again, 10+ Linnets, a single Meadow Pipit and 4 Buzzards.

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 11:28 am in Bird News

Newton Abbot

Hobby sighted over Chipley, South Knighton.

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 8:48 am by Roger Yeoman in Bird News

Wednesday 16th April 2014

Exminster marsh & bowling green marsh

Exminster marsh 14:40 till 17:50

a look along the path from the rspb car park by the railway line got me good views of the lesser whitethroat also 2 blackcap, willow warbler and a reed bunting with a few swallows moving through. Then a walk up station road produced an increase in swallow and sand martins and a few chiffchaffs and 2 blackcaps then from the middle car park caught a glimpse of a tern over the lagoon a quick look with bins then scope producing a cracking black tern , it stayed over the lagoon for some time before flying out onto the estuary it finally returned to the lagoon and was still present 17:50 as we left . 

Bowling green marsh from the hide 18:00 till 19:45

15+ whimbrel came in with 5 going north, the 2 near full summer plumage spotted redshanks showed well, 24 greenshanks, 22+ bar tailed godwits, 200+ black tailed godwits, 150+ curlew, 11+ dunlin, 8 little egrets, 2 reed warblers, 2 blackcap, 1 willow warbler, 2 reed buntings, still a few wigeon, 2 stock doves , just before I left a large group of sand martins(400+) , swallows(200+) and house martins (20+) dropped down over the marsh what a good way to end the day. 

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 10:47 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

East Budleigh

A Red Kite was seen briefly flying over the village today around 1.30pm

(David White)

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 10:30 pm in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

The Black Tern flew off at 4.35pm from the lagoon towards the estuary but returned at 5.15pm and was still over the lagoon at 5.50pm showing well from the railway path ( thanks Keith). The lesser Whitethroat still singing this evening.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 10:24 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

My first Common Sandpiper of the spring flying around the edge of the pond like a butterfly this evening vocalising at the same time.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 10:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Northam burrows

Went down to photograph wheatears which seem to be few and far between but nice to see a few Skylarks

Singing lark!
Singing lark!

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 7:50 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Black Tern.

Exminster Marsh. Over the Lagoon between 1540 and 1645.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 5:31 pm by Paul Stone and Heather Woodland. in Bird News

Velator ringing

2nd cal-yr Sparrowhawk ringed at Velator

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 4:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Teign

A Little Ringed Plover on the main spit off Passage House Hotel early afternoon on the low tide (thanks Kev). Nearby at Hackney Marsh, 1-2 Willow Warblers singing plus several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs singing. 2 Swallows over the road at Tesco.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 3:45 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

South Brent area

A pair of Dippers (one of the pair being the BTO and colour tag rung bird of recent post and image submission) and a pair of Grey Wagtails watched gathering nesting material.

A woodland walk produced evidence of nesting and or nest building by Jay, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Swallow, Blackbird, Greenfinch.

Male and female Blackcap seen seperately but in same general area, Marsh Tit, 2 Goldcrest, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, Blue and Great Tit in good numbers, lots of Blackbirds evident, female Great Spotted Woodpecker, single Chiffchaff, pair of Stock Doves.

Good numbers of Orange Tip Butterflies

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 2:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Red Kites

Had a Red Kite fly in from the NW, circle over the upper Axe Estuary and then head off E at 12:35 today.

Also a phone message from Dave Hopkins who had another over Exton at 13:30.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 2:20 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

An Osprey over the marshes at 9.40 am then drifted slowly towards Powderham. On the marshes a slight increase in sedge and reed warbler numbers but cold SE breeze supressing song. Shelduck numbers now close to 60 with much display. Also 3 Gadwall and 2 Shoveller. A Song Thrush on the canal bank is not a common sight here.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 11:32 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

This morning little more than singles of Greenshank, Whimbrel, Reed Warbler and Wheatear.

Yesterday my first two House Martins of the year over my house at lunch time.

Posted April 16th, 2014 at 9:08 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Tuesday 15th April 2014


Summer plumage Slavonian grebe off Topsham rec on the high tide.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 7:58 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Clennon Valley

One Siberian Chiffchaff still present in willows by the stream toward the YMCA it seems to have more or less completed it's moult so will probably move off soon. Also present 8 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 8-9 Blackcaps at least 5 singing.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


Three House Martins briefly visited old nests in the village earlier this evening before disapearing.

Large Red Damselfly in the garden yesterday.


Posted April 15th, 2014 at 7:56 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Cuckoo Sightings

We have an interactive map so please record your cuckoo sightings on our home page

.Check it out - blue dots are sightings so far - red dots are to-day's sightings.


Posted April 15th, 2014 at 7:38 pm in Bird News

Red Kite

A Red Kite seen this afternoon flying over the eastern end of the Okehampton by-pass.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 5:55 pm by Digby & Sue Greenhill in Bird News

SWCP Stoke Beach, Noss Mayo

South West Coast Path above Stoke Beach Caravan Park. 5 Black Caps, 12+ Chiffchaff, 3 Swallows

Black cap
Black cap

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 5:50 pm by Colin & Glenys Smith in Bird News



This morning saw several willow warblers and chiffchaffs and a male blackcap.  Also pair of little grebes and two buzzards.  Lots of orange tips and a few peacocks.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 4:57 pm by Tony Brooking in Bird News

Cuckoo at Belstone

Heard first cuckoo at Belstone, Dartmoor today. It has been there since Saturday 12th.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 4:22 pm by Paul Rendell in Bird News


One Reed Warbler singing (not seen) and a Water Pipit this morning.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 2:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kite

Red kite quartering Culmstock Common 08:15 today. Wheatear also near the gallop.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 12:58 pm by Ralph Iddon in Bird News

Skern, Northam Burrows.

07:00 - 08:00

2 Grey Plover; 10 Dunlin; c200 Oystercatcher; 7 Wheatear; 3 Shelduck and just 1 Swallow.

Posted April 15th, 2014 at 9:34 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News

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