Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st January 2015

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


At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

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.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Wednesday 21st January 2015

Exminster and Turf Locks

Viewed 1045-1630Hrs
Peregrine flew over and dispersing everything on the marsh.
As i chatted with Dave Stone Turf side of the viewing platform a male Merlin flew past close-in along the cycle path hedgerow heading northwards towards lock keepers house/Topsham rec at 1140hrs. A Grey Wagtail was showing well along the new cycle path with 4 Meadow Pipits and 5 Stonechat in support. The Snow Bunting was again on show a bit further north of the cycle path bridge. Group of 17 Pintail was on the farside of the water channel with 4 Grey Plover and c30 Dunlin close-by. Red Breasted Merganser was near the Turf lock gates as was a Kingfisher. Back towards Exminster marsh 8 Tufted Ducks on the lagoon with c300 Golden Plover in fields with numerous Wigeon and Lapwing and another c10 Pintail. Keith Birchall  re-found the male Merlin sitting on the fence-post north of the marsh which flew up onto electric pole and took distant digiscoped photos. Water Rail could be heard around the pool near railway bridge and a Kestrel was hovering over the field before dropping onto the overhead cables near Swans Nest pub car-park.

Link to Grey Wagtail and Merganser videos.


Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted January 21st, 2015 at 10:54 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Exmister marsh

watched from 14:30 till 16:30

a quick walk along station road produced the male merlin on the northern end of the marsh towards the motorway Bridge from by the lions rest industrial estate. 1 jack snipe in with some snipe in ditch by the Middle car park, large numbers of wigeon and lapwing over the marsh , 300+ golden plover between the lagoon and the railway line, 3 Cetti's warblers, 4 water rail, 3 buzzards, 2 kestrels.

Posted January 21st, 2015 at 8:16 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


Morning walk around Isley Marsh - tide on the ebb - large numbers of Golden Plover (c1000) & Lapwing (c2500) on the sandbanks + the 3 Spoonbill showing well in their usual spot.

Posted January 21st, 2015 at 5:35 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Penduline Tits @ Dart's Farm

Three Penduline Tits performing well early afternoon and still there when I left at about 14:15.

Posted January 21st, 2015 at 5:31 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News


On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe (in Elberry Cove), 2 Slavonian Grebes (one Broadsands Bay one Elberry Cove), 5 Black-necked Grebes, 86 Great Crested Grebes the cold weather further north  is obviously forcing birds off frozen inland lakes, 4 Great northern Divers and 3 Shelduck.

Slavonian Grebe Broadsands Torbay 21 Jan 2015 ML 

Photo above Slavonian Grebe                                              Click on image above for video link.

The marsh is very quiet now with just 1 Chiffchaff and 1-2 Goldcrest noted over the last few days, the very cold week has either moved on or killed off the crests and Yellow-browed Warbler.  

Posted January 21st, 2015 at 10:09 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Black Redstart Budleigh

A male Black Redstart on garden wall bordering the south west coast path east of Steamer Steps at 8.45am

Posted January 21st, 2015 at 8:57 am by Richard Allen in Bird News

Tuesday 20th January 2015

Exminster Marshes Whooper Swans

A few pics of the Whooper Swans from this afternoon. It was nice to see these without being aware that there was a report out (which was initially as Bewicks). I couldn't stay long so didn't get the close views that others did later; not that that is too much a problem with birds of this size!

Posted January 20th, 2015 at 9:37 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Dave Norman Funeral arrangements

Dave Norman’s funeral will take place at Torquay Crematorium on Monday 2nd February at 10.30am and afterwards friends are invited back to their home in Brixham. 

Anyone wishing to attend will be made welcome this will be celebratory service; dress as you wish - no need for mourning dress. 

Donations in Dave’s memory may be made to World Land Trust to go toward buying Rainforest, there will be a  donation box at the funeral service or be sent c/o T & I Stockman Funeral Service, 19 Holwell Road, Brixham TQ5 9NE - payable to World Land Trust this account at the kept open for 6 weeks.

You may read or add your own tributes and memories of Dave on the Devon Birds Forum 

Posted January 20th, 2015 at 6:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


A Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver 2 Black-necked Grebes were present off Broadsands beach this morning.

Posted January 20th, 2015 at 5:58 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Snow Bunting

The Snow Bunting is still at the bottom of the cycle bridge at Powderham. About 1100hrs today

Posted January 20th, 2015 at 4:36 pm by Tigger Howarth in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Visit to Exminster Marshes this lunchtime to see 2 Whooper Swans in the field just past the railway bridge on the left hand side in amongst some Mute Swans and Canada Geese. Worth getting wet for! They were still there at about 1.30 when I left.

Posted January 20th, 2015 at 1:44 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Slavonian Grebe

Exmouth Beach, 10.30 this morning, Slavonian Grebe 50 metres off shore in similar position to yesterday's LT Duck.

Posted January 20th, 2015 at 1:30 pm by Mike Pearman in Bird News

Monday 19th January 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

10:00 - 13.00 Following a quick reccie to Darts Farm fishing ponds  to look for the Penduline Tits, but no luck, now not seen there since friday. On a fantastic cloudless, still sunny cold morning hopes were high but soon dashed, only a couple of Chiffies on the bulrushes to watch for a while.

Bowling Green Marsh looked stunning in the bright sunshine but was relatively quite with low tide at 11:30 most birds were out on the estuary. Plenty of widgeon 150+ some up close to the hide, 60+ Black Tailed Godwit came in to roost, several Lapwing 50+ before moving on and left just a few scattered across the marsh. Roughly 500+ Brent Geese carried out a number of fly passes towards Darts farm and back again. 5 Pochard in the far left corner and 7+ Greylag Geese on the meadow. The quite soon irrupted into mayhem when a group of very noisey Canada Geese was time to go!  

Lapwing showed well close to the hide
Lapwing showed well close to the hide

Here they come!
Here they come!

tranquility was disrupted into mayhem!!
tranquility was disrupted into mayhem!!

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 10:21 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Powderham - Turf - Exminster

10.30 - 1500. Walk Powderham to Turf and then Exminster Marshes. Highlights, as will not dwell on the huge numbers of regular waders and geese. Failed to see the Snow Bunting in the morning, but showing well on way back as reported earlier by Nick P. A Kingfisher feeding in the run below the sluice. 3 (2M,1F) Red breasted Mergansers below Turf. 8 curlew in fields by Turf. 3 little jack snipe put up in a channel near the RSPB Station Road Car Park by the arrival of other birds. A good day in lovely cold bright conditions.

Kingfisher with catch -Turf -19.1.15
Kingfisher with catch -Turf -19.1.15

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 8:01 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Firecrest showing very well in sunshine this afternoon, also male Blackcap nearby on path round Ireland Bay.

On the sea from the Memorial car park 5 female Common Scoter, several Great Crested Grebe and 1 G N Diver very close in to the beach giving great views.

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Ruth Wiseman in Bird News

Torbay - Preston to Goodrington

Single Firecrest and Bullfinch behind Preston school. Seven Great Crested and one Black-necked Grebe from Hollicombe/Preston Sands. From Roundham Head similar numbers of Grebe to ML. 51Great Crested Grebe, 4 Black-necked and 2 Red-necked Grebe. No sign of the Velvet Scoter.

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 4:15 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Powderham - Snow Bunting

I couldn't resist another trip to see the Snow Bunting today and it was showing incredibly well again, down to a few feet, just a couple of hundred yards or so past the new cycle bridge. Still there at about 2.30 when I left.

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 3:15 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove to East Soar

Highlight was my 2nd ever Dartford Warbler at this site, this one at the west end of the Warren with Stonechats. Otherwiswe just 56 Shag, Coal Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 80 Starling flying east, 24 Goldfinch & Bullfinch.

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 3:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


9 Black-necked Grebes around the beaches today.

Broadsands: also 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 56 Great Crested Grebes. 41 Cirl Buntings and 6 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car park first thing.

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 2:43 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Long Tailed Duck

LT Duck off Exmouth 400m east of Lifeboat Station this morning at one point diving less than 20 meters off shore

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 1:16 pm by Mike Pearman in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A cold but sunny morning. A total of 18 Golden Plover (5 settled on rough pasture and 13 over), 104 Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare, 11 Stock doves, 15 Skylark and a Stonechat.

On saturday 17th, 124 Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing and 3 Stonechat.

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 10:55 am in Bird News

Sunday 18th January 2015

Ring Ouzel ~ South Brent

Single male Ring Ouzel showing briefly on Aish Ridge above South Brent midmorning today, was feeding with a small number of Fieldfare and Blackbirds in a berry laden Hawthorne.

Three Ring Ouzel were seen in the same area on two occasions during December, it would seem that at least one is over wintering.

Despite the bright wall to wall sunshine it was wickedly cold up on the edge of the moors and apart from two Robins no other small birds seen, Heron seen flying over, three Buzzards, one flock of a counted 33 Fieldfare, smaller numbers of Starling and Redwing a counted 19 Herring Gulls.

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 10:28 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exe Estuary

The Long-tailed Duck seen in the estuary mouth from Exmouth first thing but no sign of the Pendulines at Darts Farm after this. At Exminster Marshes the Black Brant showed quite well amongst c450 Brents just north of the Fishermens' car park, until they all flew off at 13.45.

The Snow Bunting showed really close just north of the new cycle track bridge (south of the Turf) beside the sea wall.

Finally the Long-tailed Duck again from Dawlish Warren and some incredibly close views of Brent Geese in the Bight,

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 10:21 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton and Woodbury Common Sat/Sun

No sign of the Bittern, over the weekend despite looking on Saturday and today. Hopefully it will re-appear. A lone Purple Sandpiper on the rocks off Otter Ledge with a few Turnstone and 37 Brent Geese on the estuary/cricket pitch (a good count for here!). Also at least 4 Shoveler on the scrapes, 30+ Curlew, 4 Lapwing and 5+ Black-tailed Godwit plus the usual Teal and Wigeon. A merlin hunting at dusk on the Commons, light too poor to sex bird.

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 9:59 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Brampford Speke

Pair goosander looking really handsome in the channel, along with singles of grey wagtail, egret, little grebe, and a flock of redwing. Flyover cormorant with a bright white chest.

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 9:33 pm by William Gallois in Bird News

Soussons Down

Saw the Great Grey Shrike on northern side of valley towards Bennett's Cross at about 1600 for half an hour, before losing it.

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 8:05 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Soussons Down - Great Grey Shrike

A beautiful day, very cold wind though! Arrived at around 1300, and headed towards the Great Grey area. Reached the clearing and found it birdless, decided to head down to stream to look in and around there, but with the same results. We began to walk back towards the clearing (with the strong winter sun shining in our faces!), when I saw a Shrike sized bird in a tree to our right. Even through the binoculars it was still a silhouett, so started walking closer to try and get some plumage colour. As we reached a suitable spot some extremely loud dogs turned up, barking in our faces! I looked up to see the 'shrike' had left (typical!). Met a man who had been watching the bird with the light shining from behind him, revealed that it was the great grey, but it was quite unsatisfactory, seeing as I had never seen one before! Kept looking for a better view, but instead we saw an extremely beautiful and obliging Fox, a supposed peregrine and many goldcrest. Overall a lovely day.

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 7:58 pm by Tom Michie in Bird News

Exminster Marshes & Turf

My WeBS count today was a pleasure; sunny and dry. In the fields south of Turf were c600 black-tailed godwits and 140 brent geese. The snow bunting was still entertaining the photographers.

North of the Turf was a large flock of c1200 brent geese that included the black brant.

Elsewhere lots of biirds, especially wigeon, teal, lapwing and redshank. On the estuary about 10 red-breasted mergansers were just off the Turf. I saw 3 chiffchaffs, including a very grey individual, in station road.


Posted January 18th, 2015 at 6:53 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Soussons Down

Great Grey Shrike showing well until disturbed by dog walkers at 2.15pm. Not seen again.

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 6:36 pm by Richard Woodland in Bird News


3 Purple Sandpipers on Chit Rocks, very early afternoon, just before the tide covered the last remaining vestiges of rock! Also, a female-type Black Redstart by the footbridge at the mouth of the River Sid.

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 4:24 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News


Broadsands: Great turn out to South Devon Groups first field meeting at Broadsands with some good birds too: echoing Nigel's boat trip, on the sea 2 Red-necked Grebes, 1 fw female Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers, 4 Black-necked Grebes, 6 Brent Geese. On seed in the 2nd car park 36 Cirl Buntings and 7 Reed Bunting. 

Clennon Valley: 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs (photos of one below) 1 collybita Chiffchaff 1 unidentified Chiffchaff sp!

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 18 Jan 2015 ML  Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Valley 18 Jan 2015 Mark Brook

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 3:37 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ernesettle Creek

Seen this lunchtime in good light:

c50 Teal, 4 Greenshank, 18 Snipe feeding on the water's edge, 2 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher overlooking the water, 1 Spotted Redshank, and 1 Green Woodpecker heard "yaffling" in the trees.

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 2:52 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Torbay Boat Trip

Cold but sunny, a very pleasant boat trip around Torbay. Birds seen, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Egret, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Purple Sandpiper and at Roundham Head 17 Fulmar.

At the seabird colony Berry Head over 800+ Guillemots and on the other side of the bay at Ore Stone another 180+ Guillemots. Running another trip Sunday 25th Jan if interested email

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 1:55 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Beesands Ley


On arrival great to see 2 Otters swimming around the middle of the ley ( Crinkle saw 3 here a fortnight ago ). Also present Little Grebe, 61 Tufted Duck and 80 Coot. Gadwall down to 16. The wildfowl were a little nervous and unsettled the whole time i was there, guess they are not used to the otters.

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 11:59 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News


My first look at the lake for two weeks, all very quiet, there were 30  (16m 14f) Goosander, 1 Drake Merganser, 9 Tufted duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 L/Grebe, 5 G.C. Grebe,  the usual Tits etc on both sets of feeders

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 11:48 am by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Start Point

This isn't really a sighting.  I saw a bird in the stream below the car park at Start Point and I was unable to identify it.  I'm embarassed to say i veered between Whinchat, Wheatear and Water Pipit (I know, there's quite a difference).  It could even have been a female Stonechat, but ... not sure.  If anyone is goes there and sees something that vaguely resembles any of the above please put me out of my misery!  Don't laugh at me!

Posted January 18th, 2015 at 9:50 am by Andrew Hanlon in Bird News

Saturday 17th January 2015

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Five Red-breasted Mergansers (drake + 4 redheads) at the top of the estuary and, on the pool, 7 Oystercatchers, 55+ Curlews and 37 Shelduck.

Also 2 Chiffchaffs, Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, Little Grebe and a Blackcap.

Russ Eynon asked me to report that the Yellow-browed warbler was in its usual spot c3pm and then flew over the road again.

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 8:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Turnstones, Sidmouth

Very many Turnstones, up to 30 on the prom by the Crossing opposite the High Street.  They are as tame as pigeons, getting under your feet.  The Local Authority are rearranging the beach, the beach now looks like a builders yard and the Turnstones are mostly at the east end, not many clean stones to turn at the west end.  Also saw a rock pipit.

Rob Jerrard

Turnstones on the Prom at Sidmouth
Turnstones on the Prom at Sidmouth

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 8:29 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

Around topsham

Watched from 12:00 till 16:00

1 spotted redshank showed well in between the quay and the goat walk, great sight to see over a 1000+ Brent geese fly from exminster marsh onto the estuary by the goat walk the mud flats were full with 650+ avocet , 2000+ dunlin , 100+ grey plover and similar numbers of golden plover, 12+ red breasted mergansers.

2 water rail were in the field to the left of the path leading to the viewing platform at bowling green marsh and the kingfisher flew to about 5 feet from me fishing in the ditch to the left of the viewing platform, 182+ grey plover, 200+ bar tailed godwits.

500+ wigeon on bowling green marsh, 5 pochard, 6+ pintail, 8+ gadwall, 1 tufted duck, 4 reed buntings, 1 buzzard, 8+ snipe, 50+ lapwing.

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 8:07 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Soussons Down Area

Great Grey Shrike again grid ref SX 681 800.

Firecrest seen Nr Soussons Farm grid ref SX 683 788

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 8:00 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Brampford Speke

C. 250 Canada geese and 1bar-headed goose.

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 7:58 pm by William Gallois in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The Black Brant was with the Brent goose flock on the marshes S of the M5 this afternoon.

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 4:47 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News


dippers are known to visit suburban areas in the winter

i have been watching two of them in the middle of a large trading estate in exeter,they seem unfazed by noise and traffic in their search for vertebrates and insects,the birds giving theirselves away by calling loudly when in flight

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 3:18 pm by gray clements in Bird News


On the sea: 2 Red-necked Grebe (photo below), 1 (fw female) Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers, 5 Black-necked Grebes, 29 Great Crested Grebes.

Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 17 Jan 2015 ML

41 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park & 7 Reed Bunting. 

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 11:37 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

3 Penduline Tits at Darts Farm Yesterday

The Penduline Tits at Darts Farm i posted earlier (yesterday) seems to have the video link broken.

Please follow the new link for the video.

Penduline Tit  (possibly female above with male lower)
Penduline Tit (possibly female above with male lower)

Penduline Tit  (possibly female above with male lower)
Penduline Tit (possibly female above with male lower)

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 11:26 am by David Boult in Bird News

River Otter Bittern Friday 16 Jan

A bittern was showing well beyond reed bed in fields below White Bridge on R. Otter about 4pm yesterday.  Visible for about 5 mins but sadly no camera with me. Other birds seen were Snipe (1), Water Rail (1), several Redshank, Curlew, Teal and many Widgen.

Posted January 17th, 2015 at 9:52 am by Chris Tickle in Bird News

Friday 16th January 2015

Darts Farm

Viewed 103-1430 Hrs

3 Penduline Tits (with mask) showing well before i arrived today and was still there when i left.

Link to video:

Posted January 16th, 2015 at 11:58 pm by David Boult in Bird News

South Brent "in the garden"

A good early start on the garden feeders this morning but by 9.30am the flow of birds had dropped off to a trickle at best, the feeders and garden have been buzzing with birds for the last few days so I was a little surprised, then after midday the bird numbers around the feeders went through the roof. A Green Woodpecker seen to drop into a rough cover strip that I maintain and fed along its length, Greenfinch numbers jumped to a counted 14 rather than the usual 5 or 6. Goldfinch which have only started coming into the feeders this year were beyond counting, 9 at one point and beyond that unable to keep up with the numbers, a male Siskin came in with them and was a first for this winter. 3 Jays, over flight by two Raven, 2 Stock Doves also overhead, several visits from a Greater Spotted Woodpecker, large numbers of Blue Tit (a count of 52 yesterday) Chaffinch and House Sparrow, single Song and Mistle Thrush, Robin and Dunnock numbers on the increase both species singing well.

Posted January 16th, 2015 at 5:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Sorry made a mistake reference numbers in Brixham ment to read Turnstones in Harbour area.

Posted January 16th, 2015 at 5:04 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News


11 Purple Sandpiper on Brixham Breakwater and 28+ in the Harbour area of Brixham.

1 Kingfisher to add to Mike Langman's morning sighting in Broadsands area and at least another 5 Great Northern Divers in Bay.

Boat trip in Torbay this Sunday and the next 5 weeks if interested email

Posted January 16th, 2015 at 5:02 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News


The adult Bonaparte's Gull performed well off Shelly Beach mid afternoon, and then stood on a shingle bar off the beach until 1610hrs at least.

Posted January 16th, 2015 at 5:02 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Higher Soar to Southdown Farm

The first decent morming in 10 days so another check on the open arable fields & hedges. Best of the morning was a wionter peak count of 43 Cirl Buntings along the hedges with 16 Yellowhammers and a male Bullfinch. Birds on the move already with 13 returning migrant Song Thrushes found along the hedgelines while on the stubbles 580 Skylarks (2nd highest count of the winter) and 13 Stock Doves.

Posted January 16th, 2015 at 3:39 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Darts Farm

The 3 Penduline Tits were showing very well this lunchtime and still there when I left at about 1.50 and had been been there for most of the morning apparently.

Posted January 16th, 2015 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News


Broadsands: On the sea: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Velvet Scoter (fw female), 2 Great Norrthern Divers, 4 Black-necked Grebes, 21 Great Crested Grebes.

Around the Marsh: 1 Firecrest 

Clennon Valley: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff around middle pond with one odd looking Chiffchaff probably a pale collybita - or very olive tristis or dare I say abietinus!

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 16 Jan 15 Nigel Street

Above: Siberian Chiffhaff photo by Nigel Street

Posted January 16th, 2015 at 11:55 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 15th January 2015

Dave Norman

It is with great sadness to inform members of Devon Birds and friends of Dave that he died suddenly yesterday. Dave was a great friend, mentor for many of us and supporter of the society and will be hugely missed. Our thoughts of course go out to his wife Karen and daughter Emma.

Anyone wishing to say a few words in tribute of Dave are welcome to do so on the forum pages:  (please remember you'll need to sign in to add to the tributes)


Posted January 15th, 2015 at 9:18 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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