General Birding

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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Tuesday 30th June 2015

Bowling Green Marsh

From the hide the first summer Little Gull was seen standing on the water height marker gauge at 1940hrs in the middle of the main pond also a Sandwich Tern just up from the point.

Link to video.

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Posted June 30th, 2015 at 11:22 pm by David Boult in General Birding


9 med gulls.3 ads,3 ss 3fs 4 little egrets 20 bhg

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 9:54 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Veletor, Braunton.

Good to see a Great Crested Grebe by the weir at Veletor during high tide this evening. 

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 8:44 pm by Kelvin Iwin in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:30 till 18:30

1900+ black headed gulls , 5 Mediterranean gull( 3 adults, 2 1st summers) , 245+ curlew, 7 whimbrel, 130+ redshanks, 3 greenshanks, 6 bar tailed godwits, 70+ black tailed godwits, 1 pochard, 2 wigeon, 8 little egrets, 2 common tern .

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 8:26 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Monday 29th June 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 17:55

The black headed gull roost continues to build with 2100+ this afternoon , the 1st summer little gull came in just after the high tide, 10+ Mediterranean gulls( 2 adults, 1 2nd summer, 7 1st summer) 2 sandwich terns.

196+ curlew, 4 whimbrel, 86+ redshanks , 2 greenshanks, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 75+ black tailed godwits, 6+ lapwing, 2 oystercatchers, 7+ teal, 2 wigeon, 1 pochard, 50+ mallard, 6+ little egrets.

Posted June 29th, 2015 at 8:54 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Sunday 28th June 2015


The Little gull put in an appearance at Topsham rec again this evening plus 3 Med gulls, 1 Common sandpiper and my first juv Black-headed gull of the year.

Posted June 28th, 2015 at 10:52 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding


21 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach this evening - 16 1st summers and 5 2nd summers, just 30+ Black-headed Gulls and 3 Sandwich Terns which flew east.

Posted June 28th, 2015 at 9:06 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

watched from 14:15 till 17:40

a good afternoon with 1500+ black headed gulls, 10 Mediterranean gulls( 3 adults , 2 2nd summer, 5 1st summer), 7 sandwich terns, the 1st summer little gull popped in but was hidden as soon as it joined the black headed gulls.

175+ curlew, 5 whimbrel, 82+ redshanks , 2 greenshanks, 67+ black tailed godwits, 6 bar tailed godwits, 8+ lapwing, 1 pochard, 2 wigeon, 4 teal , 12 oystercatchers, 60+ mallards, 1 shoveler, 10+ little egrets.

Posted June 28th, 2015 at 7:23 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Saturday 27th June 2015

Black Tor Copse Dartmoor

A lovely walk from Meldon Resevoir up to Black Tor and it's copse before walking back along Longstone Hill to the car park. Lovely views of Spotted Flycatcher, adult male Redstart which was feeding a youngster. What a beautiful spot.

Posted June 27th, 2015 at 10:51 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in General Birding


Adult Med gull and 1st summer Little gull at Topsham rec early evening.

Posted June 27th, 2015 at 10:26 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Friday 26th June 2015

Challacombe Farm, Dartmoor.

11 members  of DB (East Devon Branch) spent the morning around the farm where a total of 40 species were listed.  Noticeable were the absence of Flycatchers.  A Garden Warbler was singing from the bushes along the road with a nice male Siskin perching briefly on the road fence.  A Redstart or two were present at the start, seen by a few but not again during the day.  The valley towards Headland Warren produced several Whinchat and a family of Wheatear on the road side.  After lunch the group walked over the Down towards Golden Dagger MIne where a Green Woodpecker appeared briefly plus more Wheatear, a  GT Spotted Woodpecker and several Tree Pipit. The weather presented intermittent light showers with the worse towards the middle of the afternoon. An enjoyable day in good company.

Posted June 26th, 2015 at 6:26 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

River Plym / Blaxton meadow


High tide roost: 17 Curlew, 7 Little Egret, 8 Shelduck, 86 Black Headed gull. 5 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron on the old wreck. 14 Redshank on the banks of the river Plym, and a pair of Shelduck with 2 fluffy chicks upriver. Rain came in at 1315.

Posted June 26th, 2015 at 4:06 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Thursday 25th June 2015

River Clyst

Birdguides reported a possible Hudsonian Whimbrel at 16.50pm left of the viewing platform. However when the first birder arrived at 17.15pm there were no birders on site. Just a Eurasian Whimbrel present off the viewing platform till 18.30pm at least.

Posted June 25th, 2015 at 8:31 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

West Soar

Hobby hunting low over grassland and cereal fields. Good numbers of Dark Green Fritillaries plus Grayling, Gatekeeper & Ringlet now on wing.

Posted June 25th, 2015 at 2:52 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


Four Nightjars on Trendlebeare Down with first churring at 9:20 and display flights inc.wing clapping right over our heads around 10pm - best ever views!

At Emsworthy earlier 7 Mistle Thrush, Stonechat & Kestrel. Good to swee masses of round-leaved sundew!

Posted June 25th, 2015 at 9:13 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wednesday 24th June 2015


A run around Dartmoor this morning above the Caton / Ashburton area around Babeny, bit of a cooling wind but plenty of small birds to be seen including, Stonechat, Meadow Pipits, (including youngsters of both species) Linnets, Redpoll , Skylarks, Siskin andreasonable numbers of Buzzards, small numbers of Swallow usually around buildings, large number of Herring Gulls in the air and on the ground in places one field had a count of 35.

At Dart Bridge three Mandarin duck on the Dart.

Posted June 24th, 2015 at 1:46 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 23rd June 2015

South Brent

Aish Ridge, South Brent mid morning very large gathering of mainly juvenile Herring Gulls on the ridge, well over 100 birds. Good  numbers of Mistle Thrush moving around the area and a surprising number of Yellow Hammers most of which were fully coloured up males, two soaring Buzzards enjoying the warm weather.

Back at home a couple of Stock Doves flighting over, numerous Goldfinch and a soaring male Peregrine ended the day.

Posted June 23rd, 2015 at 10:18 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Great Black Backed Gull with ring

Ring nr P 81A on Budleigh beach this afternoon

Posted June 23rd, 2015 at 5:31 pm by Richard Allen in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit to the hide until about 1.45. A Little Gull showing well in the channel in front of the hide. It looked darker around the head than the bird I saw a week or so ago - perhaps a second bird? Also 2+ 1st summer Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Wigeon, 3 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher.

Posted June 23rd, 2015 at 2:22 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding


Have been out in the countryside looking for Yellowhammers with no luck. While out with the dogs in Gunswell Lane South Molton in my own back yard so to speak  I spotted a single Yellowhammer the first time I have seen them here for a long time. I sat for two hours beside the hedge to be rewarded with  the attached photo. Hope this of interest to you.

Posted June 23rd, 2015 at 9:34 am by Steve Westacott in General Birding

Monday 22nd June 2015

Bowling Green

Watched 19.00 - 20.45

Nothing new - 37 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Raven, 5/6 Med Gulls (1 Adult). Black Headed Gulls (mostly hiidden by foliage), Redshank, Swallow, Stock Dove, Wigeon, House Martin, Curlew over, Whimbrel from Observation Platform.  Little Gull appeared and showed well in the channel at 20.30.

Posted June 22nd, 2015 at 9:48 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Budleigh Beach

4 Sandwich Terns feeding quiet close in to the beach early Sunday afternoon 

Posted June 22nd, 2015 at 7:16 am by Richard Allen in General Birding

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