Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th November 2015


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Saturday 14th November 2015

Great Northern Diver in Plymouth Sound

From Devils Point opposite Drakes Island, great northern diver seen in poor weather conditions at 3.30 pm today.  It flew into The Cattewater and then towards Jennycliff for shelter at 4.30pm when viewed from Fisherman's Nose near Duttons Restaurant.

Posted November 14th, 2015 at 11:31 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Jack Snipe at Charleton Marsh

1 Jack Snipe and ca 25 Common Snipe at Charleton Marsh, late afternoon. 

Posted November 14th, 2015 at 8:06 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Med Gulls at Torcross

5 Mediterranean Gulls (4 ad-winter and 1 second winter) with the Black-heads at Torcross/Slapton Ley mid-pm.

Posted November 14th, 2015 at 8:03 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Darts Farm / Seaton

Started at Darts Farm. Lots of greenfinch, chaffinch & goldfinch on the sunflower heads. 2 Egyptian Geese having a go at at a buzzard feeding on the ground - they won. On to Seaton, not much on the marsh apart from peregrine sheltering from the rain. Was about to leave when another birder told me of a Caspian Gull. Thanks for the tip, directions & showing me it through your scope.  

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Caspian Gull 1st W

Caspian Gull 1st W
Caspian Gull 1st W

Posted November 14th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Preston Torbay

Very few gull present at Broadsands this afternoon, over at Preston seafront 1 ad winter Mediterranean Gull and 1 Black-necked Grebe off-shore.

Posted November 14th, 2015 at 3:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Friday 13th November 2015

Re: Snow Buntings at Fishermen`s Huts, Pills Mouth, R.Taw.

When I used to do WEBS counts from RAF Chivenor to Crow Point in the early 70s, I used to regularly see flocks of up to 8 Snow Buntings at this location, so it`s not as unlikely as it seems. Mind you, I haven`t seen one here for many years. Let`s hope they`re making a return.

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 7:15 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Taw Estuary

I guess it's unlikely, but I am sure I just saw a 1st Winter female Snow Bunting at the fishermans huts, Horsey Island, Veletor. I disturbed it whilst out for a run and although I had no binoculars with me it settled on the bank in front of me and as I walked passed it was only a couple of metres away. 

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 4:49 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

Purple Sandpipers back off Capstone at Ilfracombe

4 Purple Sandpipers off Capstone on Tuesday (10th) - and again yesterday (12th) when there were 7. Took my camera with me today to try to get som pics but very very windy, (gusts est +50mph), so no sign of them - just a couple Gannets close in just above the waves.


Posted November 13th, 2015 at 4:47 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News


The presumed hybrid Mediterranean X Black-head Gull was again at Broadsands this afternoon. Also one ad Mediterranean Gull, 7 Common Gull.

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Video of the hybrid here    (for best setting in youtube set to 4K as this was the format used to film) 

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 3:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hartland Point

0800-1045 Wind west gale force

1 Sooty Shearwater (very close)

7 Bonxie

1 Pom skua

266 Auks in first hour

113 Kittiwakes in first hour.

Also 1 distant shearwater (prob manx), 1 distant poss Sabine's gull, and one all dark auk. Maybe an oiled guillemot but seemed bigger than the rest.


Rupert Kirkwood

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 3:50 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Teigngrace cattle egrets

Two birds now frequenting the Twelve Oaks herd in the field with solar panels. Also grey wagtail present.

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 3:42 pm by ken dainton in Bird News

Slapton Ley

08:20-12:50. Fresh to strong wsw wind, occasional showers and bright spells.

First time i've noticed any Woodpigeon movement this autumn, about 5100 flew south during the morning, quite a lot probably missed.( Also 300 south over West Charleton earlier ). In Ireland Bay were 6 Little Grebes, 50 Tufted Duck and a couple of Goldeneye. At Torcross a furthur 71 Tufted Duck, 250 Coot and the hybrid male Tufted Duck x Red-crested Pochard has returned ( must be getting old now, too old to dress like a punk rocker ). On the beach was a late Wheatear and a Dartford Warbler was in some gorse bushes near the Slapton turn.

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 2:45 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

On a very stormy lake this morning saw the first  male Goosander this winter, 1 G.C. Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck 2m 3f, 2 Coot, 3 Moorhen. The usual suspects were on the car park feeders, no Willow Tits seen since June, but the Marsh Tits are about.

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 2:35 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Plym estuary


On a falling tide:

56 Curlew, 13 Grey Heron, 5 Greenshank, 1 Common gull, 5 Little grebe, 4 Little egret, 1 Common sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. 

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 1:24 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

South Brent

The change in the weather gave a brilliant mornings birding at home in South Brent, the high light being two female Black Redstarts

A counted 16 Greenfinch in the garden along with growing numbers of both Chaffinch and Goldfinch, other visitors included Wren, Nuthatch, flocks of Redwings passing over.

A check round the village centre gave several brief views of the reported female Black Redstart, it was favouring a plot of ground by the telephone exchange in Plymouth Road.

Almost constant movement of Redwings overhead, Pied Wagtails showing well in a range of colouration. A small flock of 15 high flying Woodpigeons headed westerly.

A visit to the local church gave a second female Black Redstart that showed well for over two hours, the church yard was alive with a range of birds that included Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwings (count of over 200) Blackbirds and Nuthatch.

The cemetery on Station Approach, gave good numbers of Mistle Thrush, Redwings, Song Thrush, a flock of Chaffinch and Pied Wagtails.

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 1:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hartland Point Seawatch

0800-1045 Westerly gale.

1 Sooty shearwater, 7 Bonxie, 1 Pom skua, 266 Auks per hour, 113 Kittiwakes per hour. 1 distant sheawater prob manx.

1 uniformly brown auk. Suspect oiled guillemot but seemed a bit larger than the rest.



Posted November 13th, 2015 at 12:26 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Wood Pigeons Brixham

Just had a flock of 2-3000 fly south over home the  most we've seen here

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 10:25 am by Tim Clyburn in Bird News

Thursday 12th November 2015

Seaton Marshes

Glossy Ibis Taken Today 12/11/2015 On Seaton Marshes, Seems To Like This Area Birders!!!

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 7:06 pm by Simon Wakely in Bird News


3 Med Gulls, Wheatear late bird, Lesser Black Back Gulls adult 1st winter, 6 adult Common Gulls,  Grey Heron, 2 Brent Geese, also lots of Herring Gulls of all ages and of course different plumages.

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 6:57 pm by Stephen J Turner in Bird News

Bassett's Ridge, Taw Estuary & Wrafton pond

53 Pintail on the Ridge this aft & 27 Great BB Gulls. Not all the Pintail are visible in the photo,several tucked in behind the sand bank in a narrow channel.

On a sand bank half way between Ashford Sewage treatment works & Penhill Marsh now up to 3000 Golden Plover.

On Wrafton Pond 44 of a small race of Canada Geese are back again + 3 Gadwall (1 male + 2 females) & 1 fem Wigeon.

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 5:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


A look round Broadsands for the Caspian Gull this morning left me not sure if I had seen it or not.........

A couple of gents leaving just as I arrived showed me some images that they had taken of the "Caspian Gull" (the images shown were of a juvenile Greater Black Back).

The gulls were a little distant on the low tide and as I had a little person with me and the weather was a bit iffy I didn't stay as long as I would have liked. But took some images of the juvenile GBB just to show the size difference between it and Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull and a Heron that was on the water’s edge with the gulls.

Lots of Birders there so hopefully someone will post something on DBWPS and clarify if the Caspian Gull was present.

Paignton Zoo was alive with small birds, Wrens, Goldcrest, Dunnock, a small unidentified Warbler sp, a Heron, two Raven and a Buzzard overhead.

Back home at South Brent a Marsh Tit on the garden feeder.

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 4:40 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Darts Farm

Now 2 Bramblings in with the Greenfinch flock. Fairly flighty between the sunflowers and nearby trees. Also a small flock of Fieldfare.

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 11th November 2015


No sign of laughing gull tho 8 meds,5ads,2sw,fw,

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 10:35 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


No sign of any unusual gull this afternoon (but I may need to go to Specsavers!)

Without the eye test there were c.50 Ringed Plover, 100+Brent's, 8 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, about 1500 Golden Plover, 3 Greenshank and one Peregrine in that made a stunning catch of a Dunlin after an incredible, relentless chase.

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 8:31 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Kings Tamerton Road St Budeaux

Male Black Redstart in private garden lower end of Kings Tamerton Road, been around for a week. 

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 7:17 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Black Redstarts ~ South Brent

Following a message yesterday reporting a male Black Redstart being seen in South Brent near the village centre I had a look this morning and had a brief sighting of a female that flew over me near the Pack Horse Inn.

A return visit at 12.30 located the male Black Redstart in a parking area near the Old School Centre sat on a garage roof.

Another visit just after 3pm resulted in good views of a female Black Redstart which landed on the roof of the Pack Horse Inn.

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 6:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Around the Exe/Canal

Of note ;- Two (possibly 3) Dipper on the Northbrook above the Crem. Green Sandpiper flitting arond the canal ponds. A pair of Bullfinch in bushes on towpath near the Double Locks. Manaton Marsh had Little Grebe and two Snipe. Nothing much arond the Old Sludge Beds.

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 5:14 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Godwell Lane Farm, Ivybridge

Black Redstart on barn roof with wagtails this morning. 

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Richard in Bird News


Caspian Gull 2nd winter Broadsands this morning, rather paler upper wing coverts made me consider retarded 3rd winter intitially but everything else fits very well with 2nd w - note tiny white spot in Primary 10 in upperwing shot and extensive white tongues into every outer under primary feather. A very long-necked bird see last shot. 

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Posted November 11th, 2015 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Skern - Laughing Gull?

Abraham Cutajar reported seeing a possible Laughing Gull at Skern yesterday SS455314

with the comment: would someone please have a look!

Brief description given:

A very dusky (pigeon grey) - distinctly darker than all other gulls.  Smooth tones,  not vermiculated like other immature gulls. Wing tips have extensive black with no white mirrors.   On the water sits lower and longer on than surrounding gulls.  Also dusky grey breast distinct from the others. 

Posted November 11th, 2015 at 11:44 am in Bird News

Tuesday 10th November 2015

Bovey basin yesterday

 A couple of pictures from Teigngrace and Stover park, yesterday afternoon, and an update: examination of photos at home showed an eclipse/imm drake wigeon tucked in under shrubbery with the mandarins at Stover lake.

Cattle egret, Teigngrace causeway road
Cattle egret, Teigngrace causeway road

Mandarin ducks, stover lake
Mandarin ducks, stover lake

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 6:16 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Whimbrel at Staddon Heights

Whimbrel heard then flew up from field by Staddon Heights Golf Course.  Regretably at some distance and no bins so unable to confirm if it was anything unusual.....

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 4:39 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Darts Farm

A single Brambling with large numbers of greenfinch, chiffchaff near the smaller fishing lake and two Egyptian Geese in field to right of hide. 

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 1:56 pm by Ben Lansbury in Bird News

South Brent to Brixham

South Brent to Brixham yesterday gave counts of 25 and 39 Herring Gull over South Brent in the morning and four Raven over home. The gull numbers have been reasonably scarce since the summer.

The flood meadow at Dartington Drive gave a larger number of Mallard along with six Canadia geese and 13 Wigeon.

Brixham inner harbour a counted 33 Turnstone, Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail.

Berry Head was subjected to very strong winds and very little seen, three Pheasant, a slow but steady trickle of ones and twos of both Meadow and Rock Pipits coming in off the sea. A few Redwing.

The staff at the visitor centre report that a Short Eared owl as present on both the 1st and 7th November.

A small trawler off Brixham was surrounded by Gulls and was attracting Gannets in a steady stream of ones and two’s.

On leaving a counted flock of 100 plus Woodpigeons swept low over the headland and went out to sea.

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 9:03 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Green sandpiper in Puddle in field behind Starcross

Posted November 10th, 2015 at 8:29 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Monday 9th November 2015


male peregrine harrasing everything + 10 med gulls 7ads,2 sw 1fw ,500 golden plover,25 turnstone,2 bartails,19 pintail,700 bhg"s 30 common gull,70 dunlin,18 ringed plover,40 brent geese,all ads,15:00-16:00.

Posted November 9th, 2015 at 11:18 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


For the first time since March 17th, I saw 2 Gadwall  in the reserve this afternoon.

Posted November 9th, 2015 at 9:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Now 14 Wigeon on Queen's Marsh with Mallard up to 90. Around Dartington Hall estate 1 Chiffchaff, 40 Linnets, 4 Yellowhammers and small numbers of winter thrushes.

Posted November 9th, 2015 at 8:39 pm in Bird News

Teigngrace and Stover

2 cattle egrets at midday from the causeway on Exeter Road, with 11 little egrets. The cattle egrets soon moved off in the direction of Blatchford farm. At Stover lake, 2 gt crested grebe, 4 mandarin and a very tame (but unringed) drake gadwall.

Posted November 9th, 2015 at 5:39 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Bowling green marsh Sunday 8th

Late post for Sunday 8th 

watched from the hide at bowling green marsh 13:45 till 16:10

192+ avocet, 1000+ black tailed godwits, 36+ bar tailed godwits, 1 knot, 460+ dunlin, 1 spotted redshank, 8+ greenshanks, 61+ pintail, 150+ wigeon, 35+ shoveler , 30+ lapwing, 1 Brent goose, 8+ greylag goose, 2 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzards, 1 kestrel, 1 peregrine , 3 little egrets, 2 snipe.

as I left the hide a large group of 600+ jackdaw flew over heading east.

Posted November 9th, 2015 at 8:28 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Sunday 8th November 2015


The Ridgeway's Cackling goose was flying around with Mallards over the rec and Exminster Marshes this morning. Dart's Farm have left a wonderful border of sunflowers to their maize field. Hundreds of Greenfinches cannot believe their luck.

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 8:21 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Goldfinches on Parade for Remembrance Sunday

Exminster Marshes to Powderham Cycle Bridge - plenty of the usual winter birds about, both on and off the Estuary as tide came in.  But I particularly enjoyed seeing this flock of Goldfinches on parade for Remembrance Sunday! 

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 8:16 pm by Jo King in Bird News

Firecrest photos

      My apologies  The photos were incorrectly resized. Herewith  the  amended photos.

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 8:08 pm by Alan Searle in Bird News


        2 of 16 Firecrests ringed this autumn (to date ) at 5 sites in the Start / Prawle area. Higher than average autumn numbers for this species.

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 7:16 pm by Alan Searle. in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's high tide, 53 Curlews, 63 Redshanks (on the pool - couldn't see any on the wall), 5 Oystercatchers, 5 Grey Herons, just 1 Little Egret, 2 Dunlins, 4 Greenshanks, 4 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, Little Grebe, Common Sandpipier, Firecrest, 6 Goldcrests, c30 Long-tailed Tits, Chiffchaff and 9 Stock Doves. 

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 6:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Heathfield / Teigngrace

Nice mixed thrush flock feeding on the Rowan berries this morning - 4 blackbirds with 1 Mistle Thrush & approx 15 Fieldfare being 2 firsts for my garden. Also popped to Kingsteignton & was pleased to see all 3 Cattle Egrets in a tight group along with around 9 little egrets, 1 heron, several Canada geese, mallard & a few hundred Black-headed gulls 

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush


Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 5:38 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Exe Estuary Cruise

The first Stuart Lines cruise of the winter proved to be a good one. In the estuary mouth, just off the seaward side of the Warren, was a Long-tailed Duck (f/imm) and inside the estuary a Great Northern Diver initially near Exmouth, later near Cockwood. Also seen: 2 G C Grebes, Little Grebe, probably >50 Shags, c15 Mergansers, Peregrine, c250 Avocets, >200 Lapwings, 6 Golden Plover, c15 Grey Plover, hundreds of Brent Geese, Wigeon, Dunlin, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit, c8 Bar-tails, 2 Greenshank, 6 Lesser Black-backs and c25 Common Gulls.

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News


On flooded Queen's marsh between Dartington and Totnes (viewed from cycle track/foothpath), 8 Wigeon, 60+ Mallard and 400+ Canada Geese.

On Friday (6th) a late Willow Warbler at Dartington Hall estate by Old School Farm. 

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 2:12 pm in Bird News


My first 2 Black-necked Grebes in Torbay this autumn/winter also 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Around the marsh 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest and 1 Chiffchaff.

I have started feeding the Cirl Buntings again in the 2nd car park-  after 2 weeks of dropping seed the first few Cirls were noted today with 4 on the seed and another 2 in trees between the car parks. 

Posted November 8th, 2015 at 10:37 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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