General Birding

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Saturday 7th February 2015


watched from topsham rec 13:30 till 17:45

after 2 weeks with no birding ( sorting out our wedding for July) it was great to get back out this afternoon to do the annual gull count on the exe. 

At least 4 Mediterranean gulls( 3 adult, 1 2nd winter) , one group of 124+ common gulls and a steady stream of smaller groups during the afternoon, among the usual large numbers of black headed gulls and herring gulls.

an active peregrine over exminster marsh moved a group of 500+ Brent geese on to the river in front of us , 3 red breasted mergansers , 3 goldeneye flew past ( 1 male , 2 female), 25+ snipe, 1 grey plover, 1 buzzard.

overall a good afternoon



Posted February 7th, 2015 at 8:19 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

River Tamar

Five Spoonbills this afternoon on the east side of the estuary below Warleigh Wood (viewed from the China Fleet Country Club, Saltash). No doubt the same birds that were reported this morning on the Cornish side at Kingsmill Lake.

Posted February 7th, 2015 at 6:07 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding


At Postbridge no signe of Brambling but I was rewarded with a nice Treecreeper                                                                       In the Beech plantation 2k east of Bellever bridge was a huge flock of Chaffinch. A picture taken in the tree tops showed around ten Brambling amongst the Chaffinch in just one tree.      Along the bottom edge of Soussons were good numbers of Siskin, 1 Snipe, flocks of mixed Tits with plenty of Goldcrest.


Posted February 7th, 2015 at 3:02 pm by David Turrell in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake - 7th Feb

Almost spring-like although a chilly brisk easterly wind at times.   The ranger and his 'team' have rebuilt the wattle screen near the hide after the original one blew down in the recent gales.

33 Goosander, 9 Tufted Duck, 15+ Mallard, 2 Teal, 1 Coot, 1 Grey Heron, Black headed and Herring Gulls coming and going,.Blue, Great and Coal Tits on the feeders plus 1 Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.   A male Reed Bunting also using the seed feeders.   6 Blackbirds, 9 Chaffinches, 4 Robins and 6 Meadow Pipits.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted February 7th, 2015 at 2:30 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding


A nice stroll aroung the woods this morning, cold but sunny. Two Firecrests were seen at different ends of the woods. Loads of Blue Tits and Woodpigeons around the woods and a Grey Waghtail feeding by the ford. Lots of Redwings and Blackbirds feeding on the Ivy berries and also two Mistle Thrushes. A Redshank was seen in the creek, but the highlight was seeing in the open a Woodcock flying along the tree line up the creek.

Posted February 7th, 2015 at 12:52 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Powderham wall

Snow Bunting still around wall, between footbridge and yellow gas pipe sign this morning.

Posted February 7th, 2015 at 11:50 am by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Friday 6th February 2015

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

Cold but bright on the Tamar This afternoon. On a rising tide:

48 Teal, 40+ Oystercatcher, 17 Shelduck, good numbers of gulls, but the highlight was 5 Spoonbill, 'spooning' their way up and down the shallows, including one with coloured leg rings, they eventually flew over to Kingsmill lake at 1550.

Ernesettle creek: plenty of Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 14 Snipe, 2 Common gull and 1 Kingfisher on his regular perch.

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 5:30 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Scaup Decoy Lake Newton Abbot

Scaup (Greater?) still showing well at Decoy Lake. Also G. C. Grebe and Tufties.

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 4:59 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Red Kite at Exeter

I saw a Red Kite over Exeter Science Park at 3pm today. Only the second one I've spotted in Devon

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 4:50 pm by Matt Parkins in General Birding

Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot

My first visit to Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot for many years, gave views of the male Scaup,

 a little bit distant and initially sound asleep with its head tucked under its wing in very chilly conditions, before preening and then beginning to dive, good numbers of Tufted duck on the lake with a single

 Gadwall, a Great Crested Grebe, close up of a calling Kingfisher that flew by at close range. Good numbers of Coot, Moorhen & Black Headed Gull some of which are beginning to get their dark head plumage, a handful of Mute Swans, Mallard and some feral domestic duck type species and one farm yard Goose.

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 4:25 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Topsham - Red Kite

Another typically quiet afternoon at Topsham Recreation Ground was enlivened by this Red Kite; flying up river and drifting off NE over Countess Wear. Photographic incompetence plus sun in the wrong place led to only 'record shots' being taken. Nevertheless, patch tick for me, I believe.

Red Kite (adult) 6/2/2015 Topsham
Red Kite (adult) 6/2/2015 Topsham

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 3:52 pm by Tim Worfolk in General Birding


LIved in this house in central Exmouth for 27 years and have just seen first Grey Wagtain in my tiny back yard.

Posted February 6th, 2015 at 2:10 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in General Birding

Thursday 5th February 2015

Lopwell / Maristow, nr. Plymouth

A little walk through Blaxton Wood where I viewed Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, a few Goldcrests and plenty of tits.  On the river a few little Grebes and a male and female Red Breasted Merganser.  On the rocky shore and mudflats there were Redshanks, Shelducks, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and a Grey wagtail.  Above Lopwell Dam there were plenty Canada Geese, a Little Egret perching with a Cormorant, a Kingfisher took flight from a branch and a male BlackCap.     

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper


Posted February 5th, 2015 at 11:57 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 14:15-15:45, low tide

Slavonian Grebe, 90 Brent Geese, c500 Golden Plover and Black-tailed Godwit on the estuary. Couple of Snipe on the marsh with a female Blackcap on the feeders and 6 Chiffchaffs in the sewage works.

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 7:14 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Wembury, 5th Feb

A walk from the main beach at Wembury to Wembury Point and back along an extremely muddy footpath was worth it with sightings of :- 1 grey wagtail along the stream flowing across the main beach, 2 beautiful adult Mediterranean gulls flying up and down the shoreline and dipping in to the water for food, 1 common sandpiper along a sandy stretch of beach near the sewage pipe, a smart adult lesser black backed gull on the rocks amongst the roosting gulls and a female type black redstart (possibly an immature male) feeding on the seaweed mass near the sewage pipe along with a very nice water pipit feeding with meadow and rock pipits allowing for a good comparison - interestingly it was quite aggressive towards any nearby rock pipits but seemed to tolerate the nearby meadow pipits. 

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 6:51 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

North Devon

Tuesday 3rd.  Numerous sanderling on Saunton Beach.  Too many to count feeding all along the incoming tide line.

Wednesday 4th.   Skylarks singing over Braunton Marsh in bright sunlight. Hundreds of Lapwing in fields to N of toll road.

Thursday 5th.  Three Spoonbill on Isley Marsh.. 

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 6:03 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Ludwell Valley - Exeter Canal - Harper's Lakes - Matford Marshes

Good numbers of tits and finches on the Northbrook (Ludwell Valley), Dipper seen but elusive, good to see a Greater Spotted Woodpecker in the trees, as did not see one there at all last year. Also a Little Egret well up into the city. Nothing much in the ponds on the eastern side of the canal (partially frozen) a few Teal and Wigeon only. Harper's Lakes had a paiir of Stonechat but little else. Matford Marshes was best populated with good numbers of Teal and Wigeon and three Tufted Duck (1 male, 2 female). Grey wagtail on the Exe near The Double Locks.

Stonechat female Harper's Lakes
Stonechat female Harper's Lakes

Tufted Duck Male Matford Marshes
Tufted Duck Male Matford Marshes

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 5:57 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Siberian Chiffchaff ~ Paignton Zoo

Siberian Chiffchaff ~ Paignton zoo and not as an exhibit, I got my first Siberian Chiffchaff today at of all places Paignton Zoo. While watching a normal Chiffchaff working around the pond margins and cover in one of the primate pens saw a second bird, the colouration difference was remarkable the second bird being a buff light brown on top and very pale off white cream below, the first bird being the usual buffy green topside and creamy yellow below both birds showing well for some time.

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 4:56 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

From the Goatwalk this lunchtime (until about 12.40), a male Goldeneye.

The Spotted Redshank was close in to the viewing platform along with a Kingfisher.

Heading back to my car, both Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker in the same tree near the railway line.

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Late Post - Wrafton Pond

Photo of the hybrid Goose with the Canada Geese taken yesterday morning at Wrafton Pond.

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 12:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wednesday 4th February 2015


2 Purple Sandpipers at Sidmouth this afternoon from Terry Honeywill.

Purple Sandpipers 04 Feb Sidmouth Terry Honeywill

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 8:25 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Powderham - Turf- Exminster

1100-1500. Walk Powderham -Turf- Exminster (Station Road Car Park). As reported earlier the snow bunting is still giving good photo opportunities on the sea wall at Powderham. In field adjacent to Lions Rest presence of at least 6 snipe revealed as they were disturbed by movement of a magpie. Then immediately in field opposite Lions Rest,  5 more snipe jumped back into a drainage channel as disturbed by me. I returned later and photographed one.  

Snow Bunting - Powderham - 4.2.15
Snow Bunting - Powderham - 4.2.15

Jack Snipe -Exminster Marsh - 4.2.15
 Common Snipe -Exminster Marsh - 4.2.15

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 8:16 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot

The drake scaup was still present this afternoon - a surprisingly confiding bird. Also present, numerous tufted duck and a great crested grebe.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 6:05 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding


Viewed 1030-1400Hrs

3 Penduline Tits showing on arrival in front of the hide at Darts Farm at the back of the reed-beds near the fence later flying off right across the hide at 1050hrs someone mentioned they been on site about an hour.

From an iced-over Bowling Green Marsh 6 Tufted Ducks + 4 Pochard + 6 Greylag Geese + 2 Ravens and numerous Wigeon, Shoveler and Teal.

From the Viewing Platform 3 Water Rail along the hedgerow inside the entrance gates + Spotted Redshank + Greeshank  + 3 Goldeneye and large groups of Brent Geese flying over and ususal waders from the platform.

Goatwalk c600 Avocets + 2 Red Breasted Mergansers + Common Gull and large numbers of other waders.

Topsham Quay showed 6 Red Breasted Mergansers in the estuary.

Links to videos Penduline & Greenshank.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 5:32 pm by David Boult in General Birding


Afternoon walk from the Goat Walk to Bowling Green Marsh hide. Avocets and Curlew clearly visible on the estuary flats. Spotted a Water Rail and Snipe in the marshes before reaching the hide (pictured below).

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 4:59 pm by Richard F in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery

Cold day but reasonaably good light. Crows (many), Magpie (many), Robins, House Sparrows, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackbirds and the highlight was 2 or 3 Black Redstarts.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 4:41 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Higher Soar to Southdown Farm

Winter peak of 45 Cirl Buntings on weedy stubbles, in two feeding groups of 17 & 28. Stubbles also held 410 Skylarks and a Snipe. 25 Lapwings flew east (scarce here) and 57 House Sparrows at two locations.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 3:44 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Canada Goose numbers building up - 69 now with the hybrid white Goose. 3 Shoveler and only 2 of last year's cygnets remain and they are being harassed by the male.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 2:36 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Powderham - Snow Bunting

The Snow Bunting continues to show well just past the new cycle bridge. Still there when I left at about 1.40.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 2:35 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Cattle Egrets

Two Cattle Egrets flying north over Underdown, Haldon Forrest at midday.

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 12:43 pm by John Gale in General Birding

Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Clennon Lakes

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs one breaking into song briefly, 3 collybita chiffchaffs around 1st and 2nd lakes. Also present 5 Snipe, 7 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Little Egret and 3 calling)Water Rail. 

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 9:08 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Viewed 1100-1500hrs.

Walked up the beach side against a cold biting wind and bumped into Dave Stone on the point where we continued the walk around together. No sign of the Long Tailed Duck but c20 Skylarks + 6 Red Breasted Mergansers + c10 Linnet + 2 Shag fishing around the moored boats in the estuary. In and around the hide the Water Pipit was very mobile around the bight area + Greenshank + 4 Redshank and numerous Oystercatchers + c20 Brent Geese on the golf course. Along the hedgerow behind greenland lake a very smart male Bullfinch landed close-by but soon disappeared low down out of sight.

Link to Water Pipit video.

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 5:57 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Afternoon visit. Several large groups grounded Brent and Canada Geese and one large flying flock of Brent Geese (c500).

Water Rail near the car park, foraging along a hedge in one of the fields. Lots of wrens (see photo).

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 5:56 pm by Richard F in General Birding

Exe estuary

A short private boat trip from Topsham to the mouth of the River Clyst at mid-day today coincided with low water and lots of sunshine. The exact number of red-breasted mergansers was hard to count as they continually moved around in small groups but I estimated c35 plus 4 goldeneye of which two were males. Few other duck but an impressive flock of c600 avocets, c100 bar-tailed godwits and c50 knot. Dunlin were well spread out over most of the mud as were redshank, curlew and grey plover.

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 4:43 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

R.Taw - Pottington to Heanton Court 10:30 - 13:00

Off Anchorwood Bank - 4 Goosander(2M,2F).

Off Pottington Ind.Est - 1 Sanderling; 3 Grey Plover; c500 Dunlin; 1 Little Grebe; c2000 Lapwing.

Bradiford Reserve - 42 Teal; 2 Snipe; a pair of Stonechat; 1 Buzzard and 7 Magpies together.

Off Penhill Marsh - 317 Dark-bellied Brent; 1 Little Egret; 2 Shelduck and c2000 Golden Plover.

Ashford Strand - 11 Turnstone; 4 Wigeon and 1 Bullfinch(F).

Off Penhill Point - 29 Pintail; 19 Grey Plover; 23 Wigeon; 15 Sanderling; 17 Shelduck; c1500 Lapwing; 28 Common Gull and another flock of c1000 Golden Plover on Bassett`s Ridge at Heanton Court.

On return journey another small flock of c300 Golden Plover in the field next to Bradiford Reserve.

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 2:08 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Monday 2nd February 2015


Viewed 1100-1415 Hrs

2 Water Rails was on show just inside the entrance gates at Bowling Green Viewing Platform with one much lighter plumage first part of video while the other calling (sqealing) in the background later part of video of the link at bottom of page. From the viewing platform Spotted Redshank close-in + 2 Grey Plover + 3 Red Breasted Mergansers and good numbers of other waders around on the mud. From the goatwalk 2 Goldeneye (pair) diving in the channel with large numbers of Avocets and other waders scattered around. Darts Farm early afternoon showed the Black Brant with c400 Brent Geese and 2 Egyptian Geese on the river Clyst bank.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 9:29 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Darts Farm

This lunchtime at Darts Farm (until about 1.50) the Black Brant was in amongst a large feeding flock of Dark-belled Brent Geese. The 2 Egyptian Geese also present.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Heanton Court

Pair of Goosander this morning. Chiffchaff in the Holm Oaks at Ashford.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 8:39 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

10:40 This morning, very cold with snow.

Goosander 17m 16f, Tufted Duck 20, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 6 G.C.Grebe, 1 Snipe, 2 Jay, 1 Willow Tit, both sets of feeders at the hide and car park working well.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 7:30 pm by ROD MUDGE in General Birding


Black Grouse(m)  seen for 5 minutes crossing field outside Ashburton. No photo or corroboration, will search area tomorrow. Escapee?  Are these birds kept?

Black Pheasants, particularly the black females can look very Black Grouse like. Given the location and habitat this is more likely - unless of course the curled tail feathers and white undertail coverts were noted! Eds


Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 7:26 pm by Sam Forest in General Birding

River Caen/ River Taw

1400-1615        On the caen 1 over wintering Common sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 42 Redshank, 2 Grey plover and 2 Stonechat. The high tide pushed 3000+ Lapwing, 2000+ Goldenplover and 1000+ Starling on to chivenor. On the Taw 250+ Dunlin, 38 Shellduck and good numbers of Widgeon, Teal and Curlew. 3 Buzzard were over the marsh. On the way back to the car i found in a bramble a Chiffchaff which looked like a willow warbler ( making a single note call !! )

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 7:03 pm by John Hunt in General Birding

Blackdown Rings, Loddiswell - 02.02.15

1430 - 1530hrs. A flock of 25+ Yellowhammer, 1 hunting Sparrow Hawk, 2 Chiffchaffs amongst others

Yellowhammer -Blackdown Rings- 02.02.15
Yellowhammer -Blackdown Rings- 02.02.15

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 5:10 pm by David Pakes in General Birding


Another run over Dartmoor today, River Dart by Holne Bridge gave a male Goosander on the river and a Stock Dove overhead. Venford reservoir was almost devoid of any bird life, Carrions Crows and Robins and a pair of Stonechat on leaving.

The huge Chaffinch flocks that had been in the Postbridge & Soussons area last week were absent, Soussons Plantation was good for Siskin and large numbers of Goldcrest and a surprise Chiffchaff showed well hawking insects from the tree tops, reasonably numbers of both Fieldfare, Redwing & Starlings but again not the numbers seen prior to the weekends snow fall.

A stand of Beech between Cator Court & Cater Green Cross gave a decent sized flock of Chaffinch and after some time a count of 12 Bramblings most of which were females the birds were feeding over a wide area and not overly settled. Some of the male Chaffinch were highly coloured more so than the ones I see in my garden and locally.

Good numbers of Buzzards some at very close quarters on the roadside hedges, a male Kestrel showed very well near Ashburton.


At Dean Prior a huge flock of Starlings filled the A38 valley as they flew over and were later seen feeding in the area of the dairy farm opposite Dean Church.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 4:36 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exe Marshes

We sadly didn't see the Snow Bunting yesterday afternoon (too windy?) but did see a male Red Breasted Merganser on the sea near the Turf Hotel and then a pair of Goosanders a few hundred yards down the ship canal for comparison. 

Lots of Brent Geese, Wigeons, Teal, some Shovellers plus lots of Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, some Redshank and a female kingfisher kindly perching on the lock wall ladder at the Turf.

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 11:24 am by Martin Lavelle in General Birding


A quick sweep of the calm sea from Torbay's beaches today produced: 8 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Common Scoter, 14 Great Crested Grebes. 

Posted February 2nd, 2015 at 9:17 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Sunday 1st February 2015

Plym Estuary

High tide on the Plym this afternoon so not that many birds seen. The pick of the bunch were three Goosanders (one male) on River Plym between Plymouth Road  bridge and A38 flyover, a Kingfisher at the head of the estuary, 14 Grey Herons roosting on the Embankment wall near the wreck, 2 Little Egrets with them and one more further north.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

South Efford Marsh - 01.02.15

1200 - 1500hrs. Fairly quiet. Highlights 2 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper on river. 11 Curlew, 6 Shelduck , 2 Kingfisher, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Egyptian Goose on marsh.

Egyptian Goose -South Efford Marsh -01.02.15
Egyptian Goose -South Efford Marsh -01.02.15

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 5:58 pm by David Pakes in General Birding


Always amazes me that dispite all the free running dogs and screaming kids that there are so many birds at Stover! 3 Goosanders and a pair of Mandarin to add to all the woodland birds around the feeders, a real joy to visit today!

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 5:44 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding


Searched for this mornings reported Long-tailed Duck and Red-necked Grebe at Broadsands to no avail but did locate 2 Slavonian Gerbes (including the dull fw bird) and 2 Black-necked Grebes. Still 10 Brent Geese present, close to the rocky foreshore. 

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 5:37 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Brixham Harbour

The Glaucous gull was loafing on the roof of the fish market from 2pm till at least 3.15pm when we left. Best views were from Overgang Road just below the old mission.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 5:08 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Wrafton Pond & Velator marsh

Hi, on / by the pond

1 x male bullfinch, 3 x Greenfinch, 80 x canada geese, 3 x little grebe, 3 x chaffinch - 1 male, 2 female, 4 x moorhen. In the field opposite the pond, a pair of Merlins sat on posts, M & F and 1 x Short eared owl.

Round the marsh, 4 x Kingfishers, 1 x male kestrel, 1 x little egret

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 4:22 pm by Mark Webber in General Birding

Sea Watching off Otterton Sewage Works

21 Red Throated Divers, 1 Black THroated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes good numbers of Guillemots and Razorbills

Highlight  I Harbour Porpoise (Puffing Pig)

Good to see Fulmars setting up on the Cliff edges 

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 4:10 pm by Doug Cullen in General Birding

River Avon, South Brent

River Avon, South Brent this morning gave a surprise of 94 Wigeon on a private lake, the first I have ever seen in the parish.

26 species recorded in total including Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch (2) Wren (2) Goldcrest, good numbers of Redwing one flock of 30 plus, smaller numbers of Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare, male Sparrowhawk carrying prey being pursued by a Magpie, Buzzards (4) Mute Swan, hen Bullfinch, checking the areas of mature Beech, plenty of Beech mast on the ground but only a handful of Chaffinch showing.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 3:53 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding


Couldn't agree more with Perry Sanders comments about some prose being a very pleasant part of some people's blogs.   Austere and clinical lists are all very well, but to bring in the enjoyment and enthusiasm of birding add much interest and are often entertaining.

Harvey Kendall

The forum pages  would be a good place for discussion - a great addition to the Devon Birds web pages but sadly underused.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 1:17 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

R.Taw off Pottington Industrial Estate. 09:45 - 11:00

Sanderling 14; Dark-bellied Brent 89; Grey Plover 9; Rock Pipit 1; Dunlin c400; Ringed Plover 3; Little Grebe 4; Black-tailed Godwit 2 and Green Sandpiper 1 (in ditch alongside Ashford Sewage Works. Plenty of Redshank and c1000 Lapwing scattered around.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 12:04 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding


Beesands Ley, 07:45-10:00. Bright morning, chilly moderate NW wind.

Present this morning, 3 Little Grebes, 3 Cormorant inc. at least one sinensis, 18 Gadwall, 50 Tufted Duck, Red-crested Pochard x Tufted Duck ( presumably our old friend, the hybrid male ), 70 Coot and 2 or 3 calling Water Rails. Single Otter showed on and off for 15 minutes from 08:35. Little on the sea except for some Razorbills and 4 Great Crested Grebes. 10 Common Scoter distant off Torcross.

Without wishing to be argumentative re Mikes comments on keeping post brief , personally i quite like a bit of prose and think it enhances a lot of post ( i managed to put a lid on wandering as lonely as a  cloud around Beesands this morning ). If a post highlights an authors enjoyment and enthusiasm with a few extra lines it adds a descriptive element thats cool by me. Could not agree more with what Mike highlighted re breeding birds however.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 12:00 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Snow Bunting

'My' Snow bunting s still present along powderhan sea wall.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 10:32 am by Gerry Hooper in General Birding


Nigel Smallbones just informed me that the Glaucous Gull was again present on the Brixham fish quay roof tops this morning.

Broadsands: 38 Cirl Buntings 8 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car park and 1 Black-necked Grebe on the very choppy sea.

Posted February 1st, 2015 at 10:00 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

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