Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st October 2015


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Saturday 31st October 2015

Cattle Egrets

As mentioned earlier the 2 Cattle Egrets near Teigngrace were still showing well at mid-day in the flooded fields adjacent the Exeter to Teigngrace road juction before flying across the road towards the farm amongst the cattle.  Link to video.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 10:50 pm by David Boult in Bird News

East Soar

To add to PA's earlier post: 1 Black Redstart around East  Soar Farm buildings early am plus 5 Redpoll (over) and at least two Bramblings heard in with passing Chaffinch flocks.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 9:33 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A Yellow-browed Warbler calliing regularly though quite elusive in willows aprroximately 200M N of White bridge on the main path to Otterton. Seen this morning and again this afternoon. This is presumably the same bird photographed by David White in the same area on 25th October.

Also today, a Cattle Egret (per Clive) seen on the Otter Estuary this afternoon from the public hide on the west side of the Otter and later in cattle fields north of the Aqueduct and west of the River Otter.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 9:23 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

South & North Hallsands

7 Black Redstarts including a stunning male on the roof tops this morning. 2 Firecrest past Lannacombe on coastal footpath 26 Goldcrest & 1 Chiffchaff  noted during coastal walk.

Black Redstart Hallsands 31 Oct 2015 ML    Black Redstart Male Hallsands 31 Oct 2015 ML

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 8:50 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Soar - Marsh Warbler

Marsh Warbler Soar Alan Doidge 31.10.15Marsh Warbler Soar 31.10.2015 Alan Doidge

Marsh Warbler Soar 31.10.15 Alan DoidgeMarsh Warbler Soar Alan Doidge 31.10.15











A few pictures from Alan Doidge of the Marsh Warbler seen at Soar today

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 8:38 pm in Bird News

Morte Point

At Morte Point this afternoon i saw 2+ Balearic Shearwaters & 2 Skuas headed Swest. 3 Common Scoter heading up the channel. A Hen Harrier & a merlin flew over chasing after meadow pipits. Several Ring Ouzels. 3 Roe Deer along the Skyline.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 6:54 pm by Martin Thorne MWG in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 07:30 till 11:00

Avocet numbers continue to incresse with 159+ , 1 spotted redshank , 13 greenshanks, 120+ pintail, 600+ wigeon , 1000+ black tailed godwits. 36 bar tailed godwits, 400+ dunlin, 400+ redshank, 350+ curlew, 180+ lapwing, 44+ shoveler, 5 gadwall, 1 stonechat , 70+ skylark over , 200+ redwing , 3 mistle thrush, 45+ snipe , 4 little egrets, 12+ goldcrests, 15+ chaffinch, 1 kestrel, 1 peregrine, 2 sparrowhawk, 5 buzzards, 2 nuthatch, 1 treecreeper, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 1 green woodpecker, 2 song thrush, 2 grey wagtail, 2 pheasants, 100+ starlings, 2 brent geese , 8 greylag geese.

after a quick look from the church in topsham looking over exminster marsh produced 10+ snipe, 10+ golden plover all disturbed by the local peregrine. 

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 6:24 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


A Marsh Warbler originally glimpsed as an interesting Acro sp by AS and PM in East Soar Willows and then re-found and tentaively identified by the 3 of us before - with others - gradually getting conclusive views and photos. Still there to at least mid afternoon.

Also there, a Firecrest and a Yellow-browed Warbler. Earlier, duing the first couple of hours of light, a modset display of "vis mig" with 280 Chaffinches, 70 Starlings, and 65 Goldfinches going south; plus 50 Wood Pigeons north.

Also - Skylark c100, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff 4, Goldcrest 10+, Blackcap 2, Redwing 2, Lesser Whitethroat, Golden Plover 2, and Stock Dove 13 (south).    

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

West Soar Southdown farm

of note 2ring ouzel 2firecrest 2short-eared owl plenty of thrush and blackbird in Southdown valley.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 12:58 pm by Colin Mills in Bird News

Riverside Country Park, Exeter

A two hour walk this morning recorded the Ridgeway's Cackling Goose, seen to fly onto river with Mallard and then flew off up river but to return 45 mins later. Always with Mallard & not nearby Canada's. Looks very different in flight. More duck like due to its small size I suppose. Make of it what you will!!

Also 25 Wigeon, 40+ Teal, 4 Snipe, Green Sand, 2 Lapwing, Water Rail, 14 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 150+ Goldfinch (feeding on Alder seeds), 3 Skylark over being the best of the rest.  

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 11:00 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Start Point

Limited time this morning. Got out to Start Point first thing, beautiful morning. Plenty of stuff going overhead but way up high in the largely clear bright sky making a worthwhile vis mig count impossible. Did pick up 6 Brambling, Lesser Redpoll and Crossbill. Thought the farm might be good after overnight rain but in a not to thorough look could find none of yesterdays Firecrest but about 10 Goldcrest and a handful of Redwings there. 2 Black Redsarts on the BBC buildings as i left ( distant, i would think a few more here ). Woodpigeons struggling to get going this autumn ?

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 10:26 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Teigngrace ~ Cattle Egrets

The two Teigngrace reported Cattle Egrets were showing well this morning at first light in the flooded fields between Teigngrace Road and Exeter Road (junction of Teigngrace gate) feeding in the flooded fields along with six Little Egret and a Heron, also in the area a Green Woodpecker, Raven, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipit, nine Magpie and a large mobile flock of Black Headed Gulls.
The Cattle Egrets seem well settled and with luck they will remain in the area for a while.
A Kestrel flew across the A38 near Goodstone.
Ladies Wood, South Brent not overly productive but a mixed flock of Great Tits, Long Tailed Tits and Goldcrest, Jay and a large number of Jackdaws.
Back at home by 9am to find a Marsh Tit on the garden feeders for the third day in a row.

Posted October 31st, 2015 at 9:37 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 30th October 2015

Torcross to Start Point

Plenty of Black Redstarts around eg 1 Torcross, 2 at Beesands and 3 each at both North and South Hallsands. Little else seen on the coastal path however despite most of it being well sheltered. Only single Redwing, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and around 14 Goldcrest. Got to Start Point early afternoon  and around the farm were single Redwing, 2 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest and 4 Firecrest. Little down at the light except for another 4 Black Redstarts on nearby rocks making a day total of 13 ( lighthouse was open so disturbance kept them away from the buildings ). Single Mediterranean gull flew south ( little else on sea except c250 Gannets feeding on the Skerries ).

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 4:16 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Warren View Football Pitch - a Serin showing well in weeds and scrub behind the goals and big red London bus. Found around 3pm and still present late afternoon. Please note the pitch is a private ground but provided you are sensible and park just outside it shouldn't be a problem.

Photos on gobirdingexmouth later.

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 3:57 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Cattle Egrets

These two showing very well in the field next to farm entrance.

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 3:32 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Yellow Browed Warbler still in NW corner of the cemetery. Calling and showing really well with Crest/Tit flock and Chiffchaff.

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 12:39 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Male black redstart in Dunkeswell Churchyard

Very obligingly feeding on the ground in robin-like manner, then perching on the headstones in Dunkeswell churchyard and shimmering its orange tail. Unmistakeable!

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 11:43 am by Richard Whiteside in Bird News

Berry Hd

Seawatch0710-0830: 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Med Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper.

Around Headland still smaller numbers of Goldcrest and 2 Firecrest, a few Redwing and Songthrush flushed from bushes while walking down to headland. Some photos below showing the variation of the Goldcrest plumage (striking bird bottom 'continental' type? - no photo adjustments made to original photos - except cropping)

Goldcrest Berry Hd 29 Oct 2015 ML Goldcrest Berry Hd 29 Oct 2015 ML2continental? Goldcrest Berry Hd 29 Oct 2015 ML continental? Goldcrest Berry Hd 29 Oct 2015 ML2

Brixham Breakwater quarry car park one non-calling Siberian Chiffchaff.

 Siberian Chiffchaff Brixham 30 Oct 2015 ML


Posted October 30th, 2015 at 11:14 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Budleigh Pallas's Warbler - No sign yesterday

Despite most of the day spent looking in calm conditions yesterday - no sign of bird though still quite a few of the flock present that bird seemed to be associating with: Goldcrest, Coal Tit, LT Tit and 1 Firecrest in flock.

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 9:52 am by Chris Townend in Bird News

Cattle Egrets

2 Cattle Egret still present in the flooded field at Teigngrace this morning. Both birds quite active flying around the field.

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 9:02 am by Brian Davies in Bird News

Thursday 29th October 2015


Here's a photo of one of the Cattle Egrets at Teigngrace this afternoon. More on the Teign Birds blog.

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 7:48 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Shaldon firecrest

A quick walk along the coastal past behind the Ness pub produced 2 Firecrest, 4 Gold crest and 1 unidentified warbler.

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 7:21 pm by Brian Davies in Bird News

Chivenor - N.Devon

16.15 > 16.30

1 Short eared Owl over Chivenor this aft being mobbed by 2 Crows. Good views from the west bank of R.Caen.

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 5:49 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Teigngrace- Cattle Egrets

On the way back from a successful trip to East Devon for the 2 Glossy Ibis at Black Hole Marsh, Seaton which were viewable distantly from the hide and then the superb Pallas's Warbler at the Bristol School Camp entrance, Gore Lane, Exmouth which showed pretty much non stop from 12.25 to 12.55pm, news came through of a Cattle Egret at Teigngrace at 12.30pm. On arrival, a quick scan and there were in fact 2 Cattle Egrets and 2 Little Egrets. They are in the flooded field at the junction of Teigngrace Road and Exeter Road, 100 yards south of Blatchford Farm. Many thanks to the finder of the first Cattle Egret for getting the news out so quickly. 

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 3:36 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Great looks at a Yellow-browed Warbler and male and female Firecrests at 1400 today.

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 3:21 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News


At last, a Yellow-browed Warbler seen here, in willows below the hide. Also a female Black Redstart on Southdown cliffs. Around the marsh, numourous Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests and Redwings. A male and female Sparrowhawk seen together flying around the marsh. On the marsh itself, the usual Mallards, Teals and Moorhens, also a Little Grebe and apair of Gadwalls. Several Water Rails heard, but not seen.

Posted October 29th, 2015 at 1:48 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Wednesday 28th October 2015


A flock of 120 Golden Plover over South Hessary Tor this morning & 60+ Fieldfare in the valley below Black Tor early afternoon.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 8:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


A flock of 120 Golden Plover over South Hessary Tor this morning & 60+ Fieldfare in the valley below Black Tor early afternoon.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 8:51 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Pallas's Warblers

Pallas's Warbler late this afternoon on the east side of the Otter in Sycamores 200M south of White Bridge.

The Pallas's Warbler found yesterday at Orcombe Point by Dave Hopkins still present this afternoon, see photo below
Pallas's Warbler, Orcombe Point by Chris Townend

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 7:37 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Ridgeway''s Cackling Goose

I think this may be the bird lost from the estuary. Looks the right size anyway. Grid ref  -  SX938896 Nearest pond to the Swing Bridge adjacent to the Exeter Ship Canal.

See youtube -

Not much else around except a at least 4 Little Grebe on Manaton Marsh.

N.B. Old Sludge beds well flooded only accessible with wellies and even then a bit dodgy. All the ponds well filled.

Ridgeway's Cackling Goose
Ridgeway's Cackling Goose

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Colour ringed Spoonbill - Wrafton

Following on from Maurice post regarding the metal ring number 8048768 on GYfG/BaL, you can see from the digiscoped photo the number 8 on the metal ring which is same number as the last digit of the ring number.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 6:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Ring Ouzel at Dawlish Warren

This 1st Winter bird which I think is a female? was on the hedge that seperates the golf course and the reserve

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 6:08 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News


Starling murmuration of about 20,000 starlings entered reedbed by the bridge around 4.30. A Merlin flew up the stream from under the bridge at 4.45, Bittern landed in the reeds just before 5.00 and an Otter swam down the stream towards the bridge about 5.10. Not a bad 45 mins. Sadly light was too low for my camera

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 5:46 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Slapton, Beesands and Prawle

At Slapton 2 male red crested pochard in front of hide at Torcross, 1st winter Mediterranean gull amongst the black headed gulls, 1st winter common gull amongst the herring, lesser black backed and greater black backed gulls.

At Beesands a single swallow around the buildings, a large peregrine over and at least 4 chiffchaffs with long tailed, great and blue tits and just 1 goldcrest in a mobile feeding flock in the bushes near the hide.

At Prawle a firecrest by the car park, a few gannets circling offshore with 3+ harbour porpoise underneath them, 7 auk sp. flying west.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 5:39 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

East Soar & Starehole Valley

2 Ring Ouzels in Starehole plus Firecrest. Another Firecrest in willows below farm. Not much else!

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 5:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Northam Burrows 10:00 - 12:00

Nice walk from Skern car park this morning. Lots of Meadow pipits, several Stonechats and a few Wheatear, also a single Snow Bunting


Meadow pipit
Meadow pipit

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 4:04 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Neo-northerner overjoyed to see Black Redstart 1st time for years

Being based around Newcastle-Upon-Tyne these past ten years it's been about 12 years since last seeing a Black Redstart.  

Just down visiting my ma in Ottery-St-Mary and saw a Black Redstart on a roof in Thorne Farm Way estate next to the new cycle/walking bridge over River Otter.   Overjoyed to see one of these little beauties!   No photo unfortunately, but not really possible to confuse this one with a smoky grey/black plumage and orangy/red undertail area.


Posted October 28th, 2015 at 1:20 pm by mark.okeeffe in Bird News

Wembury Cliff path

Had a look in the valley before the beach to try and see if the Firecrest were still around but did not manage to see them. I saw a male Black Redstart in the same place i have seen them before. Seen on cliff from the grassy patch overlooking the cliff and river mouth to the immediate right as you walk through the second gate on the cliff path up from the church. Grid ref 526 481. Sorry about pic quality.

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 1:06 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Spoonbills in Love - Wrafton

Mutual preening, Sleeping together & a good stretch afterwards!

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 12:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Spoonbills in Love - Wrafton

This really is true love between this pair of Spoonbills.

Looking into one another's eyes, syncronised dancing -

wait for it >

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 11:58 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


The two Spoonbills still present eraly this morning and yes Maurice that was indeed the combination! The reflection of the yellow flag was repeated this morning but through the scope clearly what you have described, although some of the colours are fading!

Posted October 28th, 2015 at 9:56 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 27th October 2015

Re: Coloured Ring Spoonbill - Wrafton.

Surely this is "Old Faithfull" that has been wintering with us since the 7th November 2007?

Ringed as nestling on 10/07/2007 at Oosterkwelder, Shiermonnikoog, West Fresian Islands, Netherlands.

Ring combination: left leg - dark-green colour ring, above yellow leg-flag, above dark-green yellow ring.   

                              right leg-dark-blue colour ring, above metal ring NLA 8048768, above lime-green colour ring.

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 8:15 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Tarka trail - Pottington & Wrafton

1500 Golden Plover on a sand bank on the Taw Estuary at Pottington in line with RGB.

2 Spoonbills which John had seen this morning & late aft, one of which is colour ringed. Apologies for the poor quality photo but very low light levels.

The 2 Yellow flags turn out to be one which is a reflection in the water.

Hope I have got this right, but apologies if not.

Left leg above knee Green/Yellow Flag/Green.

Right leg above knee Blue/Metal/Lime

The metal ring looks Gold in the photos.

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 6:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


4 grey partridge in garden late afternoon

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 6:42 pm by Audrey Wolstenholme in Bird News


Leaving the reserve late afternoon I spied that the 2 Spoonbills had returned for a night roost (high tide now and again early morning I guess). So I cycled along the Tarka Trail and took a closer look: one of them has yellow flags below and above the mid-leg joint (the ankle really) not sure if this has been recorded here before?

Then I met Rob, who had just taken pics in poor light - there may be other colour rings I couldn't see. I'll try to get another look tomorrow to confirm.

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 5:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Black Redstart - Milbury Farm Meadow, Exminster

Decided to stay in and no Bird Watching today as so miserable, only to be rewarded by this Black Redstart turning up on the back gate this afternoon eyeing up the seed feeder - particularly exciting as we now live on the new development at Milbury Farm Meadow - who says new development is always a bad thing for birds?!  7 Meadow Pipits arrived yesterday too - we had a dozen here all last winter so hoping for more.

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 5:01 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Berry Head

The large fall of Goldcrests reported onTwitter yesterday by Mark Darlaston has perhaps been added to overnight. Groups totaling over 170 were counted from the Headland back toward the Berry Head Hotel and a further 50+ up the lane toward the Wardens bungalow. Nothing rare that I could find amongst them but 5 Firecrest, 2 Coal Tits, 3 Blackcap and 4 Chiffchaff added some more interest.

Seawatching - best bits:: 2 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Pom/Arc Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater,  3 Shoveler, a Skylark and a Blackbird!

Overhead very quiet, 5 Skylark, 2 Swallow and the highlight being a Woodlark flying in toward Torbay.


Posted October 27th, 2015 at 1:49 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Noss Mayo Unidentified

Ref George and Julia Harris report yesterday.

My next door neighbour was at Worswell Barton yesterday and saw the bird with many gulls in a field, larger than a Blackback, grey with white under the tail. When it flew off large wingspan.Raptor out of the question. All seen with naked eye.

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 12:26 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor

Female Black Redstart again today Old Barn Drive

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 12:12 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News


The two Spoonbills roosting in the field by the Tarka Trail this morning. 

Yesterday in the reserve several Red Admiral butterflies.

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 8:04 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Monday 26th October 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

Good numbers of waders and ducks now coming onto the marsh over the high-tides as viewed with Keith from tonights high-tide roost and increasing on a daily basis. Link to video.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 9:27 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 14:50 till 16:40

A busy high tide with 800+ wigeon, 163+ pintail, 736+ Canada geese, 1 barnacle goose, 7 greylag goose, 35+ shoveler, 3 gadwall, 250+ teal, 144 avocet, 1 ruff, 1 spotted redshank, 1000+ black tailed godwits, 500+ redshank, 13+ greenshanks, 38+ bar tailed godwits, 563+ curlew, 350+ dunlin, 1000+ starling, 5+ snipe, 1 white wagtail, 1 grey wagtail, 1 stonechat, 1 buzzard, 3 jay.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 7:30 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Shipley Bridge

A very gloomy afternoon and generally a dearth of birds. However scanning a mixed tit flock just past the pumping station was rewarded with brief but good views of a Yellow browed Warbler (sorry Dave P!). It was associating with 10 Long tailed tits, 2-3 Goldcrests and a few Blue tits. No sign of any winter thrushes let alone Ring Ouzels. 1 Dipper and 5 Grey wags.


Posted October 26th, 2015 at 6:59 pm in Bird News

South Brent

Good numbers of Redwings moving between Hillside and Forder Lane, South Brent throughout the day, counts of 33, 24,25,42,22,19, 34+, 47, 33 and one flock that lifted from the berry trees in that area and were beyond counting.

A flock of 52 Starlings

11 Fieldfare, one Song Thrush but a notable drop off in the number of Mistle Thrush around today.

Very high flying Sparrow Hawk picked up in the binoculars while I was scanning the area, unable to find it without the binoculars.

Highlight of the day was an unidentified Harrier species that flew over towards Yonder Cross,I did get a photo but given the distance and poor light the image is not worth posting.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 5:11 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


A breezey walk at Wembury today with some good sightings.

A feeding flock of small birds in the bushes in the valley to the beach was comprised of blue, great, coal and long tailed tits with goldcrests, at least 2 chiffchaffs and 2 very smart firecrests.

On the rocky shoreline were a grey heron, 2 curlew, 4 little egrets, oystercatchers and 5 feral mallard types amongst the mallards. A surprise was an immature wigeon amongst the mallards.

Offshore the odd adult gannet was flying east.

14 Canada geese were feeding in the stubble field with a male pheasent. A male cirl bunting was very skulking in the hedgerow.

2 meadow pipits along the beach with rock pipits, pied wagtails and a grey wagtail.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 4:19 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Noss Mayo area - unidentified bird

Anyone in the area of Warren Point, Yealmpton, Puslich, Memland? - keep a look out for "something a bit different".  I received a call from Tony John, Lifelong birder, who had a very brief sighting of a large bird flying away from him near Worswell Barton Farm area SX5447.  Flying inland.  Larger than a gull, not a Heron, Goose or Buzzard wrong flight.  Appeared dark with white in wings.  Disappeared from sight over fields.   If anyone is driving through the area in the next day or so worth having a look around just in case.


Posted October 26th, 2015 at 3:59 pm in Bird News

Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor

A female Black Redstart again on rooftops this morning at Old Barn Drive, mpretonhampstead.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 2:15 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

East Prawle.

A photo of a Chiffchaff with the plumage characteristics of Western siberian chiffchaff. ( P.c.fulvescens) ringed on private land near Moorwell pond at this morning's ringing session.

Posted October 26th, 2015 at 1:50 pm by Alan Searle. in Bird News

Start Point

06:15-11:30. Cloudy, moderate SSE wind strengthening through morning.

Spent an hour on the cliff top north of the car park waiting for the vis mig which never started. There were a few Goldcrest calling however and a look around the farm showed them to be in good nos here, conservative estimate of at least 60 ( min 70 in area ) with at least 2 Firecrest. Also a late Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Chiffchaffs. Walked down to the light to see if any crests were working their way up the ridge but there were none. Tamarisks blown out in the compound but could hear a handful of Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff. Did an hours seawatch, around 500 Gannets and 200 Kittiwakes through. Also 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Teal and 6 Mediterranean Gulls including a tight flock of 3 adults and 2 first calender year birds close in heading south. Checked the farm again on the way out and would say 50% of the Goldcrest had moved on.


Posted October 26th, 2015 at 1:21 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Sunday 25th October 2015

East Soar

The only bird of note to add to Pete Aley's report from this morning was a single House Martin over the airfield.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 10:49 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's post on the walk down to the viewing platform had good views of the Yellow Browed Warbler in the large tree with 2-Blue Tits near the large galvanise gates along the road at 1415hrs (somone mentioned later it was seen in the morning just inside the gates to the platform). From the platform 1-Kestrel, 1-Grey Plover, 1-Red Breasted Merganser, 4-Common Gulls, 1-Kingfisher.





Posted October 25th, 2015 at 7:26 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Golden Plover

Good numbers of these beautiful little waders on the Skern and beach today

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 7:26 pm by Steve Hatch in Bird News

Downend, Yelland & Isley Marsh

07.10 - 09.30 Visible migration - Downend

821 Chaffinch > SE during first hour, 1036 during second hour then fizzling out. 173 Starling,11 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldfinch & 17 Skylark all heading SE into the wind.

Aft -Yelland - high tide roost between 2 Jetties - 1 female or imm Merlin (can not see any blue on the Cere from the photos but digiscoped at long range).

Isley Marsh - Now only 2 Spoonbills present.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 6:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 13:40 till 16:30

An excellent few hours from the hide with a new record for Pintail with 186+ , wigeon 784+, 3 tufted duck, 28+ shoveler, 295+ teal, 117 avocet, 1006+ black tailed godwits, 30+ bar tailed godwits, 440+ redshank, 1 spotted redshank, 1 ruff, 13+ greenshanks, 394+ curlew, 259+ dunlin, 7+ snipe, 5 jay, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 buzzard, 2 grey wagtail, 32+ lapwing.

A yellow browed warbler was reported by the path to the viewing platform 

A quick look from the church at topsham produced a few thousand starlings performing before going to roost.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 6:19 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

Further to Mike Langmans post in respect of Berry head this morning, almost constant movement of small numbers of Meadow Pipits on the main head land.

But to make the day a Short Eared Owl was seen from the cafe area circling the ground the the front of the fort walls and end of the car park, unfortunately it was a bit too far away for decent photography, on the front fort wall over looking the area that the bird was seen I recovered a fresh owl pellet which after some checking I suspect may have been cast by a Short Eared Owl.


Posted October 25th, 2015 at 6:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Focused on East Soar from just after dawn and then a brief look at the west side this afternoon.

A Yellow-browed Warbler briefly in the willows mid morning was the best bird, Also: 2 Firecrests, 2 Ring Ouzels, 3+ Siskins (over), 5 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests, 2 Sparrowhawks, 30 Golden Plovers, 5 Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings, Jay, c200 Skylarks, Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow and 3 Bullfinches.

Also a Firecrest in Marlborough. 

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 5:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

Radde's Warbler tentatively identified after Andy Plumb and I tracked the calling bird for some 10 minutes with the briefest of views. The bird crossed the road into an even denser area of scrub before showing briefly again after some 20 mins to confirm id it continued calling occasionally but getting further away in deep vegetation. Last seen some 60m north o the 'wardens bungalow' on W side of road.

Other more notable birds on site: 2 Firecrest, 14 Goldcrest, 9 Chifchaff, 5 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap & 3 Coal Tit.

Overhead:4 Redpoll, 1 Brambling, 16 Chaffinch, 11 Bullfinch, 13 Greenfinch, 55 Goldfinch, 1 Grt Spt, Woodpecker, 32 Skylark, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 4:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sun 25th Oct.

Challacombe to Headland Warren, fm.Hen Harrier. 1.00pm.

Sousson's farm 50+Fieldfare

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 2:50 pm by Martin and Jenny Lees in Bird News


Delighted to have a firecrest feeding on the midges in the garden with the long-tailed tits, goldcrests and others early this afternoon.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 2:35 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Haytor area

There was a Great Grey Shrike this morning on the moor at Emsworthy Farm DWT Reserve (SX745765), although it disappeared after about five minutes. Also at least 2 Ring Ouzels, 80 Fieldfare and 4 Redpolls.

Later, there were c520 Golden Plover in short, grassy heath NE of the tor, near the old tramway.

Great Grey Shrike, Emsworthy
Great Grey Shrike, Emsworthy

Rig Ouzel, Emsworthy
Rig Ouzel, Emsworthy

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 2:24 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater.

A walk along the breakwater in Brixham first thing this morning, 18 Turnstone, only 3 Purple Sandpiper, checked my records and this time last year 15. Looking over towards 7 quarries 15 Grey Heron on the cliffs but otherwise very quiet. Was a report mid week from a fisherman 30 Common Scoter off Paignton sea front.  So will not be starting my Sunday morning winter boat trips till the 22nd November, if interested email

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 12:25 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

River Caen, Horsey Island. Braunton

9.30 - 10.30am walk with the dog. Within 100m Buzzards, Kestrel, great views of the female Marsh Harrier, a female Merlin getting mobbed by crows and bird of the hour which I though was a short eared at first but displayed a white rump as it flew off - pretty sure of a female Hen Harrier but would be happy for someone to verify. It flew across the Caen and out over Horsey Island, typical Harrier flight pattern. All the other regulars present. Great bit of birding - rubbish walk for the dog!

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 11:07 am by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Start Point

06:15-09:00. Beautiful clear, still morning.

Good start to the day flushing a Short-eared Owl from the side of the road about a mile from the entrance to Start. Little vis mig, best were 2 Lesser Redpolls and a Crossbill ( Siskins heard frequently but very high up unseen ). Around the farm Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, Brambling and 2 Reed Buntings. Around the top fields a female Merlin shot through, Black Redstart at the BBC station and 4 Crossbills overhead.

Posted October 25th, 2015 at 10:43 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Saturday 24th October 2015

Prawle Point

Sea watch from 7.40am till 1pm in SSW 4-5 going NW 2-3 produced nice range but disappointingly few birds.

1 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Red Throated and 1 Great Nirthern Divers, 2 Puffins, 2 Fulmars, 3 Common Scoters west -2 east. c 200 Kittiwakes west, 130 Auks west (predominantly Razorbills) , 450 Gannets west and c 100 east. Also first autumnal Black Redstart. (imm/female on coastguard cottage roofs) and 2 late Wheatears. 

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 10:52 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 11:30 till 16:30

from the hide 91 avocet, 695+ black tailed godwits, 33 bar tailed godwits, 1 ruff, 180+ dunlin, 348+ curlew, 1 whimbrel, 23+ greenshanks, 250+ redshankss, 20+ lapwing, 1 grey plover, another excellent count of 148+ pintail , 311+ wigeon, 30+ shoveler, 160+ teal, 1 kestrel, 1 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 4+ jay, 2 grey wagtails.

from the goatwalk 1 adult winter Mediterranean gull, 6 golden plover , 1 kingfisher.

from the viewing platform, 2 kingfisher, 16+ skylark over, 15+ goldcrests, 10+ chaffinch, 1 nuthatch, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 Cetti's warbler, 1 water rail, 1 peregrine, 4 greylag geese, 5 jay.

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 9:58 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Harford Moor

Very surprised to see a kingfisher fly to the small pond below Tor Rocks, Harford this afternoon.  

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 7:11 pm by Katie Willcocks in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This afternoon on the high tide - 9 Little Egrets, 16 Grey Herons, 42 Curlews, Black-tailed Godwit, 113 Redshanks, 6 Oystercatchers, Mediterannean Gull (ad-w), 4+ Goldcrests, c40 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Mistle Thrushes, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff (singing), Kingfisher and only 2 Shelducks. 

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 6:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Soar Area

Hi Guys,
Pete Hannaford and I went to Soar today,
Two Dottrel and small flock of Golden Plover and Skylarks on Airfield,
Starehole Merlin, Kestrel, Buzzard, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Stonechat and Grey Wagtail,
Hedge with fenced cattle gate near ponds, Black Redstart,Cirl Bunting, Yellowhammer.
Regards Barry Rankine

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 6:40 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A walk around the West Cliffs this afternoon produced a Firecrest again and then a walk around the top fileds east of the Otter resulted in bird of the day, a Short-eared Owl plus 140+ Skylark and 70+ Linnet.

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 6:28 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News


A Yellow-browed Warbler in the wood at Lipson early afternoon, with the Tit flock. Also 2 Firecrests, a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff and a Grey Wagtail.

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 3:18 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor

One female Black Redstart this morning on rooftops Old Barn Drive.

Posted October 24th, 2015 at 11:53 am by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Friday 23rd October 2015



15+ Swallows flying back and forth above Brixham College and adjacent playing fields.  Slowly moved off towards the south east. 

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 9:37 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 11:30 till 16:40

A good afternoon steady movement of skylark west also included to 10+ crossbill( 3 & 10) over, 20+ goldcrests by viewing platform.

from the hide , 93 Avocet highest count of the Autumn, 1001+ black tailed godwits , 20+ bar tailed godwits, 120+ dunlin, 300+ redshank, 1 spotted redshank , 1 ruff, 30+ lapwing, 11+ greenshanks, 44+ pintail, 80+ wigeon, 28+ shovelers, 300+ teal, 369+ curlew, 6 snipe, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 kestrel, 3 buzzards.

from the viewing platform , 1 whimbrel, 10+ bar tailed godwits, 100+ dunlin, 100+ curlew, 2 oystercatchers, 1 red breasted merganser.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 6:54 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

09:20 This morning saw 4 Fieldfare, numerous flocks of Goldfinch,1 Reed Bunting, 6 Teal, 26 Lapwing, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Buzzard, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 6:46 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News


Not much showing at BGM over lunch, - the high tide wasn't until mid afternoon and a only a few Godwits, Lapwings and Greenshank when Keith got a call from Lee at Warren Point - off I went and was rewarded with great views of the Great Grey Shrike consuming what was left of the impaled Blue Tit! Thanks to Lee for the call and Keith for passing it on!

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 6:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Passage House- River Teign

An adult Bonapartes Gull found by Bob Bailey at 3.45pm on the high tide off the Passage House hotel car park. Flew off downriver but then returned at 3.55pm and watched on the grass spit with the B H Gull flock till 4.27pm when it again flew off downriver.  Also a Common Sand, Water Rail and 10 Greenshank. 

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 6:14 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Berry Head

Like Perry, little moving overhead - the highlights were 6 Fieldfare 4 Redwing a Reed Bunting, Redpoll and 2 Yellowhammers.

Around the headland: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler newly arrived in bushes beside the coast guard station at 8am (still reported present at 0930), 11 Chiffchaffs and 16 Goldcrest.

There was another Yellow-browed Warbler yesterday with Long-tailed Tits around the navigation beacon scrub seen by a couple of visiting birders.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 1:14 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Start Point

Cloudy, moderate SW wind strengthening. Dissapointing vis mig watch 07:30-09:30.

130 Meadow Pipit, 20 alba Wagtail sp., 110 Goldfinch, 15 Chaffinch, Brambling, 5 Siskin, 30 Linnet and a Lesser Redpoll. Also seen 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest. 3 Little Egrets below the cliffs flying towards the point.

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 11:25 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thursday 22nd October 2015

Redwings ~ South Brent

Over the last two days the movement of migrating Redwings seems to have slowed down around South Brent and the birds being seen now are feeding.

A mixed small flock of Redwing and a few Song Thrush seen this morning perched in the canopy of a mature Ash tree, the odd Mistle Thrush and one possible Feildfare in the air.

A counted flock of 50 Redwings just before 9 am came over and all of the roosting birds lifted and were caught up in the low flying flock.

A counted 23 Redwings late this afternoon.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Coal Tits and a Nuthatch on the garden feeders,small number of Pied Wagtails still moving around the area.

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 7:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bassett's Ridge - Taw Estuary

24 Pintail searching for food on the Ridge this aft.

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 6:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Urgent Atlas photo request

A couple of habitat photos for the Devon Atlas are needed urgently:

1. One of the larger reservoirs - Fernworthy, Burrator, Roadford a good quality atmospheric photo would be best - but all submissions will be considered.

2. Photo depicting the Devon Redlands or Blackdowns - this could include the river Otter or Axe.

Contact Mike Langman if you can help -  


Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 4:28 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Portlemouth

Lesser Redpoll flew over Rickham Farm nr. East Portlemouth this morning

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 4:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hartland Point Seawatch

8-11am. 1620 auks (razorbills and guillemots) in first hour, then tailing off. 170 kittiwakes in first hour. I dark phase arctic skua. 1 imm type Pomarine skua. 1 unidentified distant skua (I think pom).1 Balearic shearwater.5 Common Scoter. 2 Mediterranean Gulls. 3 groups of Harbour Porpoises, with attendant fishing flocks of Gannets.

regards, Rupert

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 1:58 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

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