Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st April 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



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Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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Tuesday 21st April 2015


Male cuckoo, snipe, wheatear, pied wagtail, raven, swallow, house martin and buzzard.

Later by the River Taw N Devon, a Common Sandpiper.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 8:11 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Haytor and area (yesterday)

a white buzzard,meadow pipits, curlews ( 2 seen another 2 heard), stonechats,  swallows, chiffchaff, willow warblers, wheatears, skylarks, cuckoo heard

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 8:04 pm by graham folkerd in Bird News

Pilton, Barnstaple

House Martins came home today, chattering away and straight into restoring last years nest already.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 7:28 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News

cuckoo sighting

 male cuckoo in and around Wistman Wood, Dartmoor yesterday-called for nearly 2 hours

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 7:27 pm by richard beer in Bird News

Brixham, The Grove

Heard one Cuckoo for a short time in woods towards Churston.  Also saw seals at Broadsands and Fishcombe.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 6:56 pm by Philip and Hazel Strange in Bird News

South Huish Marsh & South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford

South Huish Marsh this morning gave me my first ever sighting of a Yellow Wagtail, the very stiff off shore winds and bright sunshine made for trying birding conditions, not as busy with bird life as on previous visits but two Common Sandpipers a summer plumage Dunlin showing nicely.

Four possibly five Wheatears, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Little Egrets, a Heron flew in landing in front of the gathered birders. Ducks included Teal, Mallard and Shellduck. Good numbers of both Swallow and House Martin throughout the visit and six Whimbrel.

South Efford Marsh,  Aveton Gifford was almost devoid of any birds, the estuary on a dropping tide gave at least seven Common Sandpipers but very little else. A few Shell duck and Gull species on the marsh, a female Sparrow Hawk actively hunting the far hedge, reasonable numbers of Linnets mostly in pairs.

On the way out a male Kestrel hovering in the strong winds and a Willow Warbler singing strongly by the old residential home.

At home in South Brent on the garden feeders a Greater Spotted Woodpecker and a vibrantly coloured male Siskin.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 6:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tarka, Barnstaple to Braunton

Not much on the Taw this morning at high tide but two pairs of Bullfinch, a sprinkling of singing male Blackcaps, singing Chiffchaffs, Three singing Whitethroats and an obliging singing Lesser Whitethroat which I might of shared if I'd remembered to put the memory card back in my camera!   

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 5:17 pm by Martin James Bond in Bird News


One male cuckoo calling at Challcombe, Dartmoor

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 4:29 pm by Paul Rendell in Bird News

East Soar

First Whinchat of the spring, another super male Redstart, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and a small fall of 10 Willow Warblers. Perry Sanders had another 15 at Soar Mill Cove.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 3:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hoopoe West Alvington - Saturday 18th April.

A Hoopoe was watched for 15 minutes by Andy Woodward at Oldaway Cottage near West Alvington, Kingsbridge. This was at 3.30pm on Satuday 18th.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 3:11 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Fairly quiet this lunchtime with 1 Common Sandpiper from the hide. A couple of Reed Warblers singing at the back of the marsh. The highlight was my first Whitethroat of the year singing by the lane, just past the hide.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 2:21 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

 Six Common Sandpipers feeding on the edge of the reservoir early this morning.  However it was the wonderful sighting of an otter diving and feeding on fish within a hundred yards of where I was standing that made the visit so special.   I had not recorded an otter here before and I was able to watch it for about ten minutes before it completely disappeared.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 1:46 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Velator reserve

Quick walk around this morning revealed a very skulking SEDGE WARBLER in a sort of sub-song, and a new bird for the reserve in the form of a female PIED FLYCATCHER.

Anyone know what form of life is nipping off the top 6 inches or so of the emerging reeds and leaving them to their fate? Not exactly helping with my efforts to increase the reed-bed cover!

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 12:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

I participated in a breeding bird survey this morning on the central marsh. Good numbers of sedge and reed warblers singing on the perimeter of the reserve. There was a small group of passage waders on the central scrapes including one whimbrel, 3 snipe, 6 dunlin, 2 ringed plover and one little ringed plover.

As the tide rose about 30 shelduck flew in to roost. Otherwise duck numbers low but 2 pintail were a surprise.

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 10:51 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Ladies Wood ~ South Brent

An early morning visit to Ladies Wood, South Brent gave a total 23 species which included, both Green & Spotted Woodpeckers, five Blackcaps all of which were males.

Three Treecreepers, seven Swallows, a Song Thrush, three Chiffchaff a single Marsh Tit and two Coal Tits.


Posted April 21st, 2015 at 8:39 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 20th April 2015

Birding ~ South Brent area

A morning visit to Gidley Bridge and the track up to Dockwell on the moors near South Brent with Keith Male gave a pair of Green Woodpeckers calling and three Canadian Geese, a Nuthatch and a nesting pair of Mistle Thrush at Gidley Bridge.

A male Blackcap at the start of the track, the lower to midsection of the track was alive with Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers, reasonable numbers of Sky Larks rising from the fields either side.

A total of four Wrens good numbers of Swallow’s the most I have seen all season, usual in ones and two’s but at times good numbers, one of more in view almost constantly.

At the top of the track I lost count of the Linnets passing by, a total of nine Buzzards hovering and slope soaring in the stiff breeze over Dockwell Ridge, three of these birds were notably white/pale in colour and seemed broader bodied and wider tailed than the normal Buzzards that they were with but given the distance that they were from where we were watching I cannot be any more specific.

Female Kestrel in the same area and four House Martins crossing the moor.

Near Harbourneford some 200 plus Herring Gulls and five Buzzards taking advantage of a field being ploughed, one Long Tailed Tit seen in the hedge.

Peregrine Falcon seen near South Brent and near Dean Prior an almost pure white Buzzard came over the hedge almost within touching reach of the car.

At home in the garden male Siskin on the feeders, Long Tailed Tit with a beak full of nesting material, Greater Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders, Heron overhead calling as it went by, pair of Canadian Geese flying overhead. The evening was rounded off with two Tawny owls calling and a third sat in a Horse Chestnut tree watching as I tried to photograph it and three Pipistrelle bats fliting around as the light faded.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 10:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 16:00 till 19:35

2 spotted redshank still, 1 avocet, 4 bar tailed godwit included 1 in full summer plumage , 220+ black tailed godwits, 26+ whimbrel, 15+ greenshank, 33+ shoveler, 2 oystercatchers, 30+ redshanks, 45+ curlew, 1 white wagtail, 12+ blackcap, 2 Cetti's warblers, steady passage of sand martins , 20+ swallow , 6 house martins.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 9:49 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Lyd Valley near Brat Tor

My first post here so please be kind to me!!

I spent the morning walking the Lyd valley from High Down over to Brat Tor and the highlight of the walk was a Red Kite (see pic), circling and landing on the downs and dog-fighting with 2 Buzzards and a Crow. 

Other sightings included at least 2 pairs of Stonechat on High Down, at least one pair of Wheatear below Bray Tor and a Willow Warbler riverside. Also a very brief encounter with a Weasel!!

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 9:23 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Pochard. Wrafton Pond.

A nice male Pochard taken a few days ago.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 9:07 pm by George Mudford in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Completely devoid of Hirundines this evening! 2 White Wagtails, 4 Teal, a Snipe, a Little Egret, and a pair of Greylag Geese. Never seen this species here before I think.


Posted April 20th, 2015 at 8:25 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Green winged Teal

Not strictly a Devon sighting, but a lovely Green Winged Teal at Somerset levels today with the Devon Bird Outing.

Also, Gargeny, Bittern booming, Cetti's warbler, yellow Wagtail,

Gadwall, Reed Warbler, and Sedge Warbler. also, 13 Cranes! Thanks to everyone for a fantastic day out.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 7:49 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Various Dartmoor

Red Kite around 6.30am over Peter Tavy, nr Tavistock. Crow in pursuit. Venford Reservoir had Sparrowhawk (displaying? reminiscent of climb and glide that Woodpigeon do), Yellowhammer, and Whinchat heard singing but not found. No sign of Cuckoo there yet!

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 7:15 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Red Kite

This beautiful Red Kite surprised me on Exmoor.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 5:11 pm by George Mudford in Bird News

Bolberry to Hope Cove

12.0 to 1.0 pm. 5 House Martins flew in off the sea. (my first of the year) A steady trickle of Swallows during the hour.  5 Wheatear.  2 Walls.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 4:56 pm by Roger White in Bird News

orcombe point exmouth

A brief visit teen o Orcombe point this morning birds seen 2,whitethroats 2 pairs of linnets 2 meadow pipits 2 rock pipite swallow,  best bird was a garden warbler heard singing then in flight by by the metal shelter plus all the other speices normally seen

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 2:33 pm by Tom Jurd in Bird News


While ringing at Velator this morning 2 SWIFTS were with the Sand Martin flock over the reserve, only one House Martin and one Swallow seen.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 1:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


there were 6 Whimbrel on Home Farm Marsh this morning. Seen during our BTO BBS.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 11:23 am by Karen Sims in Bird News

Ottery St Mary - Ring Ouzel (Yesterday)

A single male Ring Ouzel seen yesterday in field south of Sandgate Lane adjacent to the River Otter.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 10:01 am by Ben Lansbury in Bird News

Sunday 19th April 2015

Bull Point, west of Ilfracombe

This evening while watching migrating hirundines heading east along the coast into the headwind (mostly Swallows – 120+ in about 30 mins, with around 12 House Martins and a single Sand Martin), Tim Davis had good but brief views of a Red-rumped Swallow at approximately 18.45 hrs. It continued east with the other hirundines, all of which were clearly intent on moving through at speed; none doubled-back to feed. (Translation: I missed it! Failed to lock on to the right swallow before that particular group whipped around the corner never to be seen again.)

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 11:33 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News


Just to add to the Red Kite sightings. Single bird over Exminster marshes between 2-3pm this afternoon. Apologies for quality of photos.

red kite
red kite

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 10:06 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

Haytor / Yarner / Heathfield

Early morning walk up to Haytor produced 4 wheatear, numerous meadow pipit, Yellowhammer, Stonechat & linnet. Best an unexpected male Redpoll. Onto Yarner - 6 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipit, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Willow Warbler and 2 blackbirds attacking a Jay. Back at home, good to see first infant of the year - juvenile robin.

Redpoll - Haytor
Redpoll - Haytor

juvenile robin
juvenile robin

Tree Pipit - Yarner
Tree Pipit - Yarner

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 9:56 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News

South Knighton Newton Abbot

Red Kite being mobbed by Crow before heading off north west. 3pm this afternoon.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 7:26 pm by Batrbara Yeoman in Bird News

Bird Sightings

Red Kite sighted near Combestone Tor Dartmoor around midday.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 7:20 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Maidencombe, Torquay

At 11.20 a vocal and obliging Lesser Whitethroat in the trees next to the Beach Car Park.  No sign or sound at 15.30 though.  Chiffchaff, 5 Song Thrushes (one using an anvil to dispatch snails - a sight sadly more common in the past), Kestrel, male and female Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 2 Ravens, 4 Linnets, 20+ Swallows overhead, all heading north in the direction of Shaldon and beyond.  Also - Robins seemed to be everywhere.  Gannet, Fulmar and Shag from the SWC Path and beach itself.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 6:52 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


Cuckoo, Wheatear,s Challacombe .

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 5:22 pm by Mavis goddard in Bird News

Red Kite

Feeding on the wing over The Thelbridge Inn, Witheridge at 15.40hrs |

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 4:43 pm by M C Webb in Bird News

Red Kite over Paignton

Red Kite circling in a northward direction over top end of Goodrington Road at 1:30pm

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 4:31 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove Area

2 Common Sandpiper in the cove itself, Yellow Wagtail at Lower Soar, House Martin at Southdown Farm & several Whitethroats.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 3:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Combshead area, Burrator.

0900 - 1230

In beautiful spring weather:

2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 singing male Redstarts being all territorial, several Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, 1 Swallow, 3 male Wheatear, 1 female Bullfinch, 2 Raven, 1 Stonechat, and a good long look of a female Cuckoo.

27 species seen altogether.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 3:42 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Red Kites - Teignmouth - 2.30pm

2 drifting from the east and circling for several minutes before heading off back in the direction they had come from.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 2:44 pm by barney donnellan in Bird News

Unusual Buzzard?? On Haytor

Whilst on my morning dog walk around Haytor at about 9:00 this morning I saw a very pale Buzzard which exhibited all of the characteristics go a Rough Legged Buzzard which seems unlikely. When perched it appeared almost white with a distinctive black tail, when flying it was clearly a buzzard species but almost white on the underbody with a very distinctive white rump. It also hovered for long periods on flat perfectly still wings without the usual flapping.Unfortunately it was disturbed by mountain bikers before I could get close enough to see any further details.

Any further sightings or thoughts would be appreciated,

Keith Benyon-Tinker

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 10:54 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

North Devon

 Red kite spotted over West Buckland, North Devon.

Posted April 19th, 2015 at 8:56 am by Chris sherwood in Bird News

Saturday 18th April 2015

Swift at Velator

My first Swift this year at Wrafton Pond. 

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 11:09 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Male Garganey found by Brian H on this evenings high-tide amongst all the other usual waders and ducks on far left-side of the main pond near the end of the reeds seen from the hide. Managed to get some digiscoped footage as the light was dying and still there when i left at 2045hrs.

Male Garganey  18-4-2015
Male Garganey 18-4-2015

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 10:33 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Roadford Res - Red Kite

Report of a Red Kite from Barry Albrighton late afternoon seen overhead and moved off towards the dam.


Posted April 18th, 2015 at 10:13 pm in Bird News


One of three Whimbrel by the side of the Turf, not a lot else on show.

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 8:18 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News


Red Kite over Holsworthy 2.30pm. Drifting North

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 5:26 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Red Kite

Rob Marshall has just left me a message that he has had very good views of a Red Kite low over Folly Gate at 13.30

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 2:00 pm by Roger & Lynne Doble in Bird News

Around topsham

Watched from 07:30 till 12;20

from the hide at bowling green marsh just after 07:45 a little tern popped in but didn't stay long , 2 spotted redshank, 8+ reed warblers, 20+ whimbrel, 1 bar tailed godwit , 200+ black tailed godwits, 30+ redshanks , 1 water rail, 80+ sand martin, 16+ swallow, 4 tufted duck, 1 avocet.

from the viewing platform 2 sandwhich tern, 12+ grey plover 

from the goatwalk from 10:15 

1 hobby through over exminster, 10+ swift, 1 kestrel, 3 sparrowhawk and lots of buzzards.

not a bad morning 

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 1:51 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Red Kite low over river 10.00am then mobbed by Crow so flew off North west.

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 1:19 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Exminster Marsh & BGM (yesterday late post 17-4-2015)

Yesterday on the marsh the stunning Great White Egret in full breeding plumage showed really well at times. Link to video.

Also some video of Spotted Redshank and Whimbrel from Bowling Green Marsh on yesterday's evening high-tide with Keith.

Great White Egret at Exminster Marsh  17-4-2015
Great White Egret at Exminster Marsh 17-4-2015

Great White Egret at Exminster Marsh  17-4-2015
Great White Egret at Exminster Marsh 17-4-2015

Whimbrel at Bowling Green Marsh  17-4-2015
Whimbrel at Bowling Green Marsh 17-4-2015

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 11:26 am by David Boult in Bird News

Wrafton/Sherpa Marsh

07:15 to 08:30

Sunny, windy and chilly morning walk, birds of note:  2 singing Reed Warblers , 1 House Martin with around 20+ Sand Martin and a few Swallow and a lovely sight of a Mallard mum with not quite the perfect dozen ducklings!  

Not quite the perfect dozen!
Not quite the perfect dozen!

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 9:57 am by Martin James Bond in Bird News

Hope's Nose, Torquay


Very windy throughout visit. One skulking but vocal Whitethroat, Blackcap, 3 Rock Pipits, Raven, 4 Fulmars, 3 Gannets including one overhead, Bullfinch, calling Pheasant and Chiffchaff.  Lots of Guillemots coming and going at the Orestone.  

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 9:48 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News


Great white Egret flew towards Powderham castle, Fulmar at Turf and Osprey over River.

Posted April 18th, 2015 at 9:41 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Friday 17th April 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:30 till 19:10

2 spotted redshanks, 15+ greenshanks, 3 dunlin, 17+ whimbrel and another 5 over North, 200+ black tailed godwits, 20+ redshanks, 100+ curlew, 9 tufted duck, 4 wigeon,  2 reed warblers, 2 Cetti's warblers, 3 house martins , 100+ swallow, 300+ sand martins through, 1 sparrowhawk, 4 blackcap, 4 reed buntings.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 11:01 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Cuckoo - Exmoor

First Cuckoo of the year heard this evening near to Shallowford on Exmoor.  One Whinchat also present.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 9:26 pm by Edd Glover in Bird News


grasshopper warbler,my first for reserve,reed warbler,2 blackcap,2 green woodpecker,06:45

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 7:57 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


An Osprey flew over Powderham at 18.40 carrying a fish

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 7:13 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Berry head

A single Whitethroat on fence up from car park, and one reported by visiting birder just off site to the west. Otherwise as per Jake's post but minus the Firecrest!

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 5:10 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Arrived at about 0900 this morning and along the foothpath from the main car was a Great Egret fishing (sucessfully) in one of the ditches. It was still there when I left at approx. 1030am.

Couple of distant photos below. 

Great Egret
Great Egret

Great Egret
Great Egret

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 1:37 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News


First Reed Warbler singing in the reserve this morning.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 1:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes

Just had a phone call from Dave Hopkins, there's a breeding plumaged Great White Egret on Exminster Marshes south of Lion's Rest.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 12:08 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Berry Head

10 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins east over headland and a single Firecrest in the quarry. Also lots of Chiffchaff singing in woodland.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 12:02 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Lundy news 14th to 16th April

Highlights included large falls of Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps (200 Blackcaps on 16th), along with the year's first Whimbrels and Whitethroats, a scattering of Common and Black Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers, Sedge & Grasshopper Warblers, White Wagtails and, on 15th, a significant movement of hirundines, plus an early Swift. A Hoopoe on 15th led the rarity stakes, along with the regular Black Guillemot (seen daily), while island scarcities included single Shelduck, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Rook and Bullfinch. Full details on the Lundy blog.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 11:11 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Fingle Bridge

Thursday 16th - LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER on the top of the hill to the immediate south of the bridge with extensive drumming;  then seen in the tops of the trees on the skyline.

Hunters Path, approx halfway bet. Castle Drogo and Fingle Bridge, a TREE PIPIT singing and providing song flight displays but going down below the ridge line and out of sight.

Posted April 17th, 2015 at 9:38 am by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Thursday 16th April 2015

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 7.20 to 9.50 am in stiff NE breeze. 1 adult dp Arctic Skua, 2 Whimbrel, 27 Sandwich Terns ; 12 Common Scoter and 12 Manx Shearwaters all east. Elsewhere quite a few Chiffchaffs plus one or two Willow Warblers and my first spring singing Blackcaps singing.Also 7 Swallows, 3 Sand Martins and my first House Martin. And Green-Veined White, Speckled Wood , Red Admiral and Peacock butterflies-but missed out on a possible Hoopoe ! 

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 10:05 pm in Bird News

Hoopoe, East Prawle

Just had a phone call from Richard Tucker, a friend of mine who farms at East Prawle to say he's seen a Hoopoe a few times today near the old school ( right on the first t junction as you arrive in the village )

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 9:26 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Exminster - Powderham - Dawlish Warren

Not much on Exminster as I hurried through, one Reed Warbler heard. Great White Egret visible but hazy on Powderham Lake hence poor record photo. High tide at Dawlish Warren was disappointing.9 Grey plover and 24 Dunlin in front of the hide, 4 Whimbrel in total and a few distant terns with two Sandwich Terns over.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 9:11 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Powderham Egret

The Great White Egret was very active around the lake at Powderham Castle at 18:00 at which time the light was terrible so there was no chance of observing leg rings.  Also there were 3 or 4 Swallows and up to 8 House Martins over the house.

A late note from yesterday to follow up on the male Redstart at Bolberry Down, around 19:00 the best birds of note were a female Redstart and 4 Swallows..

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 8:37 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Hoopoe, Yalberton, Paignton

Hoopoe seen this evening on private land near Yalberton. Was in trees from 1928-1940 before flying into cover and lost.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 8:34 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:15 till 17:30

There was amovement of Red Kite through over Goosemoore from about 14:30 with at least 6 birds through before i arrived all had been heading from darts farm area towards exminster marsh ( Thanks Gary Clayden for the texts) another 1 went through just after 15:30 heading in the same direction. 

From the hide 2 full summer plumage spotted redshank showed well among 18+ greenshanks, 4 bar tailed godwits, 6 whimbrel another group of 12 whimbrel flew north with 50+ curlew, another 205+ curlew were on the marsh, 15, dunlin,220+ black tailed godwits and 40+ redshank, 5 tufted duck, 8+ blackcap around site, 1 willow warbler and 4 chiffchaff, 1 nuthatch, 4 little egret, 2 grey heron, 1 avocet.


Posted April 16th, 2015 at 8:16 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


4 whimbrel,1 barwit,6 grey plover,19 shelduck,21 ringed plover,4 dunlin,21 white wags,2 male wheatear.Yesterday at volehose moor nr near bradworthy n.devon,2 tree pipis,golden plover ove,11 pied wags in hos field 6 willow waabler in song,2 male kestrell,70 swallow onwwi nr powlers piece.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 8:13 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Challacombe area, Dartmoor

Firsts for the spring singles of male Cuckoo, a male Redstart, a male Whinchat, a Common Whitethroat singing away (unusual here). Several male Wheatear thorugh the valley although not as many as last week so i assume migrants have moved on leaving the residents. Swallows were back last Wednesday and some nine Willow Warbler are singing away.

With reference to the colour ringed  Great White Egret below, all colour ringed birds can be reported through the European Colour Ringing website and you will find out where your bird was ringed.

When you recieve the details please pass them on to me so they can be included in the Annual Report. Many Thanks.


Posted April 16th, 2015 at 5:25 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News


Cracking male Redstart at Souithdown Farm. Little else in brisk easterly wind!

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 2:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Powderham - Great White Egret

The Great White Egret still at the lake at Powderham Castle this lunchtime viewed from the road and still there when I left at around 1.55. It has a red ring on its left leg and a green or blue ring on its right leg (hard to see the colour of that one). I didn't see last weeks bird at Exminster so don't know if that one was ringed. It would be interesting to find out where this one has come from.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Coleton Fishacre

A nice male Redstart in the woods at Coleton Fishacre. Also lots of Chiffchaff and Blackcaps singing around the woods.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 1:27 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Torquay Haldon Pier

Eight Purple Sandpipers still at 11.30 hours (low tide) today. 

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 12:31 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Powderham Lake

A Great White Egret on the lake, visible from the road, at 9.30am.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 12:08 pm by Janet Gray in Bird News


Wryneck found in private garden near Cornwood Wednesday evening.

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 12:06 am in Bird News

Wednesday 15th April 2015

Trendlebeare Down, Dartmoor

Singing Cuckoo, 1st of year, plus 2 singing Tree Pipits and stacks of Willow Warblers.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 11:39 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Orcombe Point and Exmouth

Orcombe Point 

A Red Kite was sat on the hedge on Gore Lane, near the start of the footpath that leads to the coastal path. Within seconds of me spotting it, it flew off high towards the Warren. From the lifeboat station a Roseate Tern showed briefly also several feeding Sandwich Terns, Gannets and Shags.


First House Martins of the year turned up at my house yesterday.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 10:37 pm in Bird News


Fall of Willow Warblers this week, after ringing 15 on Monday, returned today and ringed another 31!

Blackcap (7), Chiffchaff (3) and Goldcrest (1) the only other birds ringed.

This evening at Sherpa, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Teal, 3 Little Egret, drake Garganey. Wrafton pond had a few Sand Martin and 1 Swallow, the scrape had 6 White Wagtail. Then several hundred distant hirundines were mostly Sand Martins with a few Swallows. We saw one House Martin over the reserve this morning.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 10:20 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Evening on Exminster marshes

After hearing a Cuckoo calling all afternoon close to Pymbridge I entered it on the interactive map on the front page of this website. 

I was then inspired to have a stroll around the Exminster Marshes - highlights inc. Whimbrel 10, PB Brent 12, Reed Warber 1, Ruff 5, Willow Warbler 2

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 9:25 pm by AJ Bellamy in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh / Bay ( 17:40-18:50, tide in )

On the marsh single female Teal, Green Sandpiper and a singing Reed Warbler. Also a Water Rail called a couple times. Out on the estuary Whimbrel and 5 Sandwich Terns.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 8:29 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 17:40

1 spotted redshank now in summer plumage, among 15 greenshanks, 1 avocet, 1 little ringed plover briefley, 220+ black tailed godwits, 4 whimbrel among 50+ curlew , severall more whimbrel were heard calling from the estuary , 1 dunlin, 20+ redshanks, 10+ blackcap around site , 5+ chiffchaff, 1 willow warblet, 3 buzzard, 4 tufted duck, 3 little egrets, 2 swallow.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 7:18 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Red Kite, Totnes

Red Kite over A385 east of Totnes, heading SW at 17:05.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 7:02 pm by Jacob Wood in Bird News

Red Kite at Haytor

We saw a Red Kite (it was unmistakable) at around 12pm this afternoon just below Haytor, closely followed by two crows. We saw around 3-4 buzzards in the area , along with a great spotted woodpecker.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 6:54 pm by Edward in Bird News

Soar and Bolberry

A beautiful walk along cliff to east Soar, saw plenty of skylarks, linnets, 4 swallow and my first 2 whitethroat.  Also lots of cirl bunting lesley G

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 5:47 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Yarner Wood

Another morning visit to Yarner Wood gave views of eight Pied Flycatchers.

Nuthatch pair using one of the nest boxes, other species seen included female Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, numerous Blue and Great Tits, two Mandarin drakes on the pond, Wren, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers heard calling but not seen.

Butterfly species included Yellow Brimstones and Orange Tipped

Ravens calling overhead

A Roe buck was laying dead at the side of the road close to the entrance.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 2:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Singing Sedge Warbler, several Redpoll and 2 Wheatear near Barbrook this morning.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 1:35 pm by Edd Glover in Bird News


   First swift seen at 11.50 today.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 12:24 pm by John Broome in Bird News

Berry Head.

A Hoopoe seen at 08.15 this morning  by Landscove Holiday Park on grass area on opposite side of road just past holiday camp shop as you approach Berry Head. Appeared to be feeding. Care should be taken reference access to site as it's private.

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 10:45 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News


Heard, but unfortunately couldn't see Grasshopper Warbler at Batts Meadow near Tesco this morning. 

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 7:08 am by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News

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