Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st August 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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Monday 31st August 2015

Taw Estuary

Excellent birding on this evening's exceptionally high tide. Adult Osprey still present and hunting unsuccessfully for 45 minutes plus over a wide area from Heanton to Appledore (record shot below). Returned to its favourite perch at the mouth of the Caen, but got disturbed a couple of times by powerboats. Eventually caught a fair-sized fish at Horsey just before sunset and returned to its perch to eat. Also 200 Curlews, 10 Whimbrels, 21 Greenshank, 6 Common Sands, 2 Yellow Wags, 3 Wheatears, 4 Spoonbills, 36 Little Egrets and a Goosander.

Osprey over the Taw Estuary, 31 Aug 2015

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 10:27 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide from the hide 3-Spotted Redshank, 14-Knot amongst the usual high number of waders. From Goosemoor 3-Green Sandpiper, 4-Common Sandpiper, 2-Ringed Plover, 2-Knot, 5-Ruff, 40-Greenshank and 2-Egyptian Geese.

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 9:18 pm by David Boult in Bird News


A late morning arrival after the rain and a really productive day on the patch......

Pied Flycatcher (4), Spotted Flycatcher (5), Redstart (2), Tree Pipit, Grasshopper Warbler (2), Dartford Warbler, Chiffchaff (13), Willow Warbler (7), Swallow (c600 east), House Martin (c100), Sand Martin (3), Kestrel (2), Whinchat, Wheatear (7), Whitethroat (12), Garden Warbler (2), Blackcap (3), Ruff (2), Ringed Plover (4), Dunlin, and Whimbrel (2).

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 9:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Start Point (10:00-13:30)

3 Common Scoter ( off point ), Ringed Plover,steady passage north of Swallows and House Martins, Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Redstart, 5 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat.

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 8:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Spotted Crake at BHM, Seaton

Spotted Crake found by Phil Abbot early this morning. Showed well after midday.

Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 8:08 pm by Dave Helliar in Bird News


Orcombe Point - Wryneck on narrow muddy part of coast path about 500 yds west of Sandy Bay Caravan Park around 6pm. Showing well on and off. If approaching from Orcombe Point it's probably half a mile east of the point, not far past the cliff-top wooden bench. Best wear wellies! Also 3 Tree Pipit, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 10+ Yellow Wagtail, c20+ Chiffchaff and 1 Whinchat. Photos on 'gobirdingexmouth'.

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 7:23 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:15 till 12:45

Another good morning on the marsh with the highlight a Spotted crake which showed briefly on the far side from the hide as it was flushed by a water rail chasing it at 11:20.

the supporting cast was a juv Little ringed plover , 15+ yellow wagtail, 3 spotted redshanks, 5+ ruff, 15+ knot, 10+ dunlin, 1 avocet, 700+ black tailed godwits, good numbers of curlew, whimbrel , redshanks,  teal and mallards , 20+ wigeon, 2 pintail, 2 tufted duck.

from the viewing platform 1 kingfisher

from the goatwalk, 6+ sandwich terns 

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 3:27 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Juvenile Little Stint at Flow Point this morning. Nearby a Green Sandpiper on Newton Abbot Racecourse and a Garden Warbler at Bundle Head, Shaldon.

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 1:28 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News


Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart around pines near car park. Toward marsh 15+ whitethroat, 6 Blackcap 5 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler. Along Beach 1 Wheatear, 4 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper, the waders moved on when a couple of dog walkers arrived.

Spotted Flycatcher Mansands 31 Aug 2015 ML   Sanderling & Dunlin Mansands 31 Aug 2015 ML

Photos:     Spotted Flycatcher                                                 Sanderling & Dunlin

Posted August 31st, 2015 at 12:27 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 30th August 2015

Goosemoor & Bowling Green Viewing Platform

Further to Keith's post a quick look at the viewing platform after the hide showed 2-Sandwich Terns on white buoy. From Goosemoor 3-Green Sandpiper, 1-Common Sandpiper and 24-Greenshank.

From yesterday Saturday 29-8-2015 at Dawlish Warren showed another good night for Terns over the evening high-tide been really awesome over the last few days. Checkout their site record counts for past few days.!!

Some video footage taken in front the hide and along the beach on way out on the failing light.

Oystercatcher   29-8-2015 Dawlish Warren
Oystercatcher 29-8-2015 Dawlish Warren

Knot   29-8-2015 Dawlish Warren
Knot 29-8-2015 Dawlish Warren

Whimbrel   29-8-2015 Dawlish Warren
Whimbrel 29-8-2015 Dawlish Warren

Posted August 30th, 2015 at 10:23 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Blackstone Rock - Taw Estuary

Osprey on the metal post late aft / early evening.

Digiscoped this bird from the coastal footpath by the fisherman's huts. At this range no risk of disturbance.

Posted August 30th, 2015 at 10:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

second visit for the evening high tide 18:00 till 20:00

Had only been in the hide 10mins when heard wood sandpiper calling , 2 juv's dropped in and another 2 flew over headed towards exminster marsh.

a busy evening with 726+ curlew, 750+ black tailed godwits, 6+ ruff, 3 spotted redshanks, 350+ redshanks, 20+ whimbrel, 200+ teal, 2 pintail, 17+ wigeon, 4 bar tailed godwits, 10+ greenshanks, 10+ knot, 40+ dunlin.

Posted August 30th, 2015 at 9:43 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Mountbatten, Plymouth

 4 Wheaters, 3 Sandwich Terns, 4 Little Egrets, 2 adult + 2nd year Med Gulls seen from Mountbatten Pier.  Turnstones are returning in increasing numbers. 

One of the Wheaters seen from Mountbatten Pier
One of the Wheatears seen from Mountbatten Pier

Posted August 30th, 2015 at 8:00 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Little Owl ~ South Brent

Yesterday afternoon a friend who keeps sheep on my fields at South Brent came over and said that he had just flushed a Little owl into the hedge from a fence post. No sooner had he left than the bird appeared on a post in the field by the house.

Last evening just as it got dark I saw the bird again on a road side lamp post.

Another two sightings today, initially in this mornings rain, the bird was sheltering out of the rain on a sheltered gate post and a little later I spotted it sat on a branch in an Oak tree and managed to take a few images of it.

Only other thing of interest today was a pair of Ravens that spent some time in an elaborate dance around the sky remaining in a tight formation throughout.

Posted August 30th, 2015 at 7:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Afternoon visit. A large raptor mobbed by crows looked good for Honey Buzzard - right  shape and flight profile but a bit too distant to get plumage detail. 1 Juv Yellow-legged Gull at Torcross, hundreds of hirundines over the Ley, 3 Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail. Very few warblers around.

Posted August 30th, 2015 at 6:43 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:15 till 11:30

A good morning with the highlight a juv Little stint which popped in briefley before flying towards the estuary , still at least 8+ ruff, 3 spotted redshanks, at least 20+ yellow wagtails mostly juv's and the first autumn pintail(2) and wigeon with 17( 15 new + the 2 which have been here all summer), 12+ knot, 700+ black tailed godwits, 3+ bar tailed godwits, 20+ whimbrel, 400+ curlew, 300+ redshank, 1 buzzard, 1 peregrine.

constant movement of sand Martin , house martin and swallow with easily 1000+ birds moving south 

a quick look at the viewing platform produced 20+ sandwich tern and at least 14+ yellow wagtail over 


Posted August 30th, 2015 at 1:28 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

Fairly quite around the headland so concentrated on seawatching 0700-0830: 2 Pomarine Skuas, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 16 Balearic Shearwater, 11 Manx, 35 'commic' Tern. Highlight of the morning was 1 Pilot Whale S at 0730, 1 Bottle-nosed Dolphin S at 0750 and 8+ Harbour Porpoise.

Clet a Know Bottle-nosed Dolphin with damaged fin Berry Hd 30 Aug 2015 ML

Posted August 30th, 2015 at 10:09 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 29th August 2015


lesser whitethroat in hedge behind cricket ground.Also juv willow warbler.m blackcap,3robins.Ant feeding frenzy again over crow braunton burrows ,many thousands of gulls.Lots of meds amongst them.16:-17:45.At the skern juv ruff,6 knot[64],27 dunlin,18:00-18:30.

Posted August 29th, 2015 at 9:29 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

second visit forthe evening high tide 16:45 till 18:45

my second highest count of curlew with 800+ , the imm/ fem garganey showed again, the 3 spotted redshanks came in with 350+ redshanks, 8+ ruff , 710+ black tailed godwits, 8+ bar tailed godwits, 12 knot, 12+ greenshanks, 15+ lapwing, 30+ whimbrel, 1 dunlin.

Posted August 29th, 2015 at 8:29 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit tonight produced 4 Whinchats, 35 Curlews, 130 Redshanks. 3 Greenshanks, 2+ Common Sandpipers, Ringed Plover, 13 Little Egrets and 8 Grey Herons.

Posted August 29th, 2015 at 8:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Preston Beach

An unseasonal surprise this evening in the form of a winter plumage Black-necked Grebe diving close in to shore off Preston Beach, Paignton at 7pm.

Posted August 29th, 2015 at 8:01 pm by George Wall in Bird News

Prawle Point


200+ Manx Shearwaters,  50+ Balearic Shearwaters,  2 Great Skuas.  


Posted August 29th, 2015 at 6:08 pm by Neil Moore in Bird News

Isley Marsh and Bursdon Moor

2pm -5pm The Osprey was showing well over Isley and even had the courtesy of flying into my scope field of view close in, while looking at a Heron! All the other usuals,Whimbrel,Curlew, Oystercatchers, Egrets but very few small waders on Isley at low tide? Bursdon was almost completely devoid of birdlife with barely a tweet to be heard. 2 wrens and a crow with gulls overhead.

Posted August 29th, 2015 at 6:01 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Brixham pelagic, last night

A couple more photos from last night.

Balearic shearwater
Balearic shearwater

Juvenile kittiwake
Juvenile kittiwake

Posted August 29th, 2015 at 3:18 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Brixham pelagic, last night.

Lumpy conditions at sea off Berry Head brought 2 sooty shearwaters, 6+ balearic shearwaters at least 2 of which came to chum behind the boat, and around 100 manx shearwaters. Also 1 distant skua sp., the usual gannets, fulmars, kittiwakes and commoner gulls. 2 porpoises and a dolphin sp.? were off the end of Berry Head. A detour to Seven Quarries and Churston Cove on the way back in produced 3 grey herons at the roost, and a grey seal.

Balearic shearwater
Balearic shearwater

Sooty shearwater
Sooty shearwater

Posted August 29th, 2015 at 3:13 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:45 till 11:00

10 juv ruff this morning continued the good showing this autumn , 3 spotted redshanks( 2 adult, 1 juv), 1 garganey ( imm/ gem) , 706+ black tailed godwits, 12 knot, c400 curlew, 27+ whimbrel, 2 bar tailed godwits, 32+ greenshanks, c300 redshanks, 250+ teal, 130+ mallards, 2 tufted duck, 2 wigeon, 15+ shoveler, 1 peregrine, 1 buzzard, 2 sparrowhawk, 3 yellow wagtail over the viewing platform.

Posted August 29th, 2015 at 3:12 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Terns - Exmouth

Viewed 1600-2000hrs over the incoming high-tide on a bright and sunny evening with large numbers of mostly Common/Sandwich Terns with a few Black/Little Terns seeking out the last bit of sandbar off Mudbank before it disapppears. From the seafront a massive amount of mostly Common Terns with a few Sandwich/Artic/Black and Little Terns contiuously streaming all evening heading west offshore over Warren point into the estuary with others drifting down the coast with Lee & Co. watching from John's Watch on the Warren (good luck on the counting guys) !!.  Also seen Ringed Plover and Sanderling on the beach side with Gannets fishing further down the bay. Also a few Balearic Shearwater and Artic Skua further out. In between the Red Arrows did a few diamond formation fly passes around the bay and over Exmouth.

Link to some digiscoped video footage.

Common & Sandwich Terns
Common & Sandwich Terns

Common & Sandwich Terns
Common & Sandwich Terns

Posted August 29th, 2015 at 2:40 pm by David Boult in Bird News

South Brent ~ Shipley to the Avon Dam

A morning walk (yesterday 28th)  from Shipley car park above South Brent to the Avon Dam no sign of the reported Ring Ouzels but a total of 27 species identified.

In the area of pine just past the first gate high numbers of Tits and Goldcrest, the Long Tailed Tits were beyond counting with good numbers of Blue Tit and Coal Tit Along with Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.

On the river a single Dipper and a couple of Grey Wagtails.

In the area around the bridge before the Dam and below the quarry the ground was alive with Stonechats and good numbers of Whinchat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Wheatear, good numbers of Goldfinch that were feeding on seeding thistle heads including large numbers of juvenile birds.

Kestrel and Buzzard.

At times steady passage of Swallows over head or feeding low over the ground.

Posted August 29th, 2015 at 9:09 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 28th August 2015

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 16:00 till 19:00

Lots of disturbance this evening made counts very hard with peregrine , buzzard and the Red arrows making the waders very restless 

Just 3 juv Ruff this evening (2f,1m), 3 spotted redshank(2 adult, 1 juv) brief views of 1 garganey( imm/ fem), 12+ knot, 25+ whimbrel, 10+ bar tailed godwit, c600 black tailed godwits, c700 curlew, c300 redshank, 5+ greenshank, 30+ dunlin, 20+ lapwing, 10+ little egrets, 1 little grebe, 2 tufted duck, 15+ shoveler. Still good numbers of teal and mallards.

goosemoor only had 25+ greenshank as water levels very high.

Posted August 28th, 2015 at 10:56 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Crow Point, Taw estuary

Also tracked the Osprey at 7.30pm flying up from Isley Marsh toward the sea and then turning over the Torridge/Instow and flying up the river. My first one!

Posted August 28th, 2015 at 8:23 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Soar and South Efford Marsh

A pre-planned trip to Soar re-focused on East Soar Willows early on, with a few others, but no sign of yesterday's Bonelli's Warbler sp. 

Generally little evidence of migration (no Wheatears) but across the area: Pied Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail (6+), Whitethroat (4), Chiffchaff (3+), White Wagtail (3), Green Woodpecker (juv), Peregrine, Grey Wagtail (2 or 3) and Whimbrel (heard).

Later, at South Efford Marsh: Green Sandpiper (3), Common Sandpiper (3), Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail (4), Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Peregrine and Greenshank (heard).

Posted August 28th, 2015 at 5:45 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Osprey - River Taw

Osprey sighted today at SS485337 nr Blackstone Rock, Chivenor area being harrassed by gulls.

reported by Jane Holmes

Posted August 28th, 2015 at 5:40 pm in Bird News

Countess Weir

One Swift & Green Sandpiper early this morning. 

Posted August 28th, 2015 at 10:08 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Thursday 27th August 2015


watched from 15:30 till 17:30

18+ juv ruff was my highest count for this end of the estuary with 5+ on Bowling green marsh and 13+ on Goosemoore with 4+ male and 14+ females great to see such good numbers of juv's 

other totals were Bowling Green Marsh 721+ curlew, 509+ black tailed godwits, 19+ whimbrel, 12+ knot, 20+ dunlin, 5 greenshanks, 200+ redshanks, 1 juv spotted redshank, 12+ lapwing, 150+ teal, 9 little egrets, 3 tufted duck.

on goosemoor , 27+ greenshanks, 2 adult spotted redshanks, 80+ black tailed godwits, 40+ redshanks, 1 common sandpiper, 1 green sandpiper, 1 kingfisher , 2 raven . 


Posted August 27th, 2015 at 8:50 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Soar Farm - Bonelli's Warbler

Bonelli's Warbler found this morning c10.00am by Barry Rankine in the willows just down from Soar Farm.

Bonelli's Soar Farm 27.8.15 Barry Rankine

Posted August 27th, 2015 at 7:31 pm in Bird News


Wednesday 26 August 

20+ greenshank

Posted August 27th, 2015 at 6:14 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

An hour & a half walk this afternoon gave 2 Whinchat & at least 8 Wheatear.

Posted August 27th, 2015 at 4:16 pm by Dave Helliar in Bird News

R.Taw. Pottington to Ashford Strand

14:05 Rear of RGB 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

14:15 Forshore btwn Ashford Sewage Works & Bradiford Water:- 11 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 juvenile Dunlin.

14:40 Ashford Strand:- 2 Bar-tailed Godwit.

14:55 Ashford Sewage Works ditch:- 1 Green Sandpiper.

15:00 Bradiford Water foreshore:- 1 Ruff; 1 Reeve & 1 adult Med Gull.

15:05 Rear of RGB:- 25 Black-tailed Godwit & 2 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted August 27th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Northampton burrows and Skern

post for 26th Aug, on holiday in area and walked from Northam Burows to Fremlington ((using Ferry). At least 5 wheatear on golf course. ringed plover, 6 little Egret and approx 50 Curlew in Skern area.

Common Gull (7) at Instow CC, a roost of 200+ Oystercatcher on Taw near Yelland with 12+ Little Egret, 50+ Curlew and approx 20 Black Tailed Godwit at Isley saltings. 1 juv med gull seen in amongst 200+ by gull on Taw at Salthouse Duck pond. Near Fremlington Pill a roost of 80+ redshank with a solitary Greenshank.

Posted August 27th, 2015 at 9:12 am by Steve Hughes in Bird News

Bowling green marsh Wednesday 26th

late post for yesterday as busy last night 

watched from 16:10 till 18:30 from the hide

7 juv ruff ( 1m, 6f) , 3 spotted redshank(2 adult, 1 juv), 1 dunlin, 2 bar tailed godwits, 22+ whimbrel, 200+ redshank, 500+ black tailed godwits, 200+ teal big increase over last few days , 1 tufted duck, 4+ greenshanks, 200+ curlew, 1 peregrine which managed to catch a lone swift first time seen them take a swift, 3 buzzards, 6+ lapwing.

A later look around the area by Gary Clayden produced at least 11+ juv ruff ( thanks for the txt Gary )

Posted August 27th, 2015 at 7:13 am by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Wednesday 26th August 2015


8 - 10 am 1 Pom Skua, 2 Bonxies, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 200+ Manx Shearwater, 100+ Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel

1 ad male Merlin Pig's Nose valley.

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 10:23 pm by simon smith in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

An hour watching the sea this evening produced 6 Balearic Shearwaters and a constant stream of terns heading west; mostly "Commic" Terns including at least one large flock of 150+ plus other large flocks, so 250+ would be a conservative total count.
This morning DC and PB had Storm Petrel, 2 Black Tern and a few Balearic Shearwater.

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 9:27 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Sandwich Tern, Mount Edgcumbe

Two Sandwich Tern seen patrolling and calling at the shoreline at Barn Pool. Small flock of Black Headed Gulls wading also. Tern flew towards Torpoint.

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 8:34 pm by Colin Northcott in Bird News

Dart Estuary

Stoke Gabriel is always one of the better spots for Osprey on the Dart (a tricky estuary to watch) sure enough at 19.30ish after a heavy downpour one circled up from down river and drifted west toward Bow Creek it was probably originally sat in the usual large pines on north side of Dart opposite the Dittisham peninsula.

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 8:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


Went back for camera - very kind of it to wait.


Posted August 26th, 2015 at 6:59 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Walked to the marsh this afternoon with Andy Lansdell. Good numbers (100+) of Mediterranean Gulls on the grassy area by the Caen.

3 Little Egrets in the area. A Greenshank by the Marsh pond and further around we put up a juvenile Little Stint, which did a couple of quick, close circuits and landed right in front of us! Did either of us have a camera? Further around nearer Chivenor, a Cormorant and a Green Sandpiper. At least a dozen Swallows over the reed-bed.

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 5:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

R.Taw off Pottington Ind. Est. 14:00-15:00

On the foreshore at rear of RGB;-  1 Ruff; 4 Reeve; 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Ashford Sewage Works ditch;_ 1 Green Sandpiper.

Mid-river sandbar:- Tight flock of 180 Curlew.

Penhill Marsh:- 13 Grey Heron and 100 to 200 Canada Geese.

Yesterday (25th @ 12:25) :- 3 Med Gulls (As) on foreshore btwn Ashford Sewage Works and Bradiford Water; 14 Little Egrets in close flock; 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 3:46 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit until about 2.30.

From the hide 2 Spotted Redshanks and 2 Ruff.

Then from the platform, 2 more Ruff 1 Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher. The highlight though was 3 Black Terns that dropped in briefly on the mud but then flew off in the direction of Goosemoor but then gained height and disappeared out of sight.

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 3:29 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0630-0930hrs: 1 juv or 1st sum Long-tailed Skua, 13 Arctic Skuas, 10 Bonxie, 8 Black Tern, 239 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 55 Sandwich Tern, 130 'commic' Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 400+ Kittiwake, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 208 Balearic Shearwaters, 147 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Storm Petrel, 3 Common Scoter. Around quarry 3 Grey Wagtails, 1 Wheatear, 11 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff & 4 Blackcap.

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 11:24 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


Seawatching 6:30 - 9:00.

10 Balearic Shearwaters, 11 Manx Shearwaters, 20 distant shearwater sp., 4 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 skua sp., 1 Black Tern, 4 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 15 'commic' tern, 25 distant tern sp., 150+ Sandwich Tern, 140+ Gannet, 41 Fulmar, 62+ Kittiwake and 13 Common Scoter.

Also 1 Harbour Porpoise. No sign of the Bonaparte's Gull.

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 11:07 am by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Tuesday 25th August 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 17:15

from the hide 550+ black tailed godwits, 4 juv ruff all females , 2 adult spotted redshank, 2 greenshank 200+ redshanks , 10+ knot, 80+ teal, 2 tufted duck 

on goosemoor 3 more juv ruff( 2f, 1m), 1 juv spotted redshank, 20+ greenshank, 40+ redshank, 1 common sandpiper, kingfisher , 2 raven.

Posted August 25th, 2015 at 7:10 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Pottington

Very strong gusts of wind this aft.

Now 3 Ruff (1 male & 2 female).

Only managed to digiscope the 2 females, the male flew off before I was able to press the shutter.

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

Berry Head

Seawatching today at Berry Hd produced: 102 Balearic Shearwaters, 220 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 14 Storm Petrel, 10 Black Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 41 Common Tern, 62 'commic' Tern, 49 Sandwich Tern, 5 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Phalarope Sp, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Swift, several wader species and 6-8 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted August 25th, 2015 at 3:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime visit - not much to report from the hide. Big numbers of Black-tailed Godwit and plenty of Canada Geese.

From Goosemoor, 4 Ruff and 1 Common Sandpiper.

Posted August 25th, 2015 at 2:52 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Monday 24th - Paignton

Pied Flycatcher feeding on insects in garden, top of Goodrington Road for most of the day. Very active, nice garden tick.

Posted August 25th, 2015 at 9:51 am by Paul Nunn in Bird News

Monday 24th August 2015


A look over the evening gull flock on the beach produced 5 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Ringed Plover, 20+ Sandwich Tern but best of all a flock of 9 Little Tern that fed briefly in the bay before heading for Goodrington where they kept returning before heading off toward Preston at around 2015hrs.

Posted August 24th, 2015 at 9:05 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


juv osprey watched from in front of cricket ground at 13:30 for 20 mins attempting to catch before losing site as it made its way up taw.Also there juv peregrine,6 common gull,10 meds.

Posted August 24th, 2015 at 7:31 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Mount Batten Wryneck

A Wryneck found after the rain this afternoon by Vic Tucker.

Wryneck [record shot]
Wryneck [record shot]

Posted August 24th, 2015 at 5:58 pm in Bird News

R.Caen + Taw Estuary - Pottington

Hopped on the bike to have a quick look at the R.Caen.

1 Black Tern flying out towards the mouth of R.Caen then turning east towards Barnstaple.Then cycled along the TarkaTrail towards Barnstaple hoping it would re- appear.

Stopped at Pottington to scope the mud for waders.

1 Ruff & 1 Reeve searching for food side by side with themale catching a marine worm. 1 Black tailed & 1 Bar tailed Godwit.

Posted August 24th, 2015 at 4:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Efford Marsh & Avon Estuary

Highlight of a wet morning was 3 Wood Sandpiper on the marsh. Also: 3 Green Sandpiper, 13 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Teal, 200 House Martin, 2 Kingfisher, male Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear & Whinchat.

Posted August 24th, 2015 at 2:16 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

Late posting for Sunday 23rd 7 p.m. No sign of the redstart but the 3 Whinchat by the control tower and 7 Wheatears.

This will be my last posting for the above site as i am moving away. I hope my findings over the past 5 years will inspire a few others to find local patches away from the coastal hotspots. Star birds have been Stone Curlew, GG Shrike, Bewicks Swan, Snow Bunting and various waders (Ruff, Whimbrel, Grey Plover etc) as well as good numbers of Golden Plover, Lapwing, Wheatear and Whinchat. I send good wishes to my friends Mike Hudson, Mike Reynolds and Richard Whiteside. 

However i am not disappearing as i am moving down to South Hams so i expect to still post in the future.

Posted August 24th, 2015 at 11:42 am in Bird News

Sunday 23rd August 2015

Spotted Flycatcher and Whinchat, Home Farm Marsh

Pic from today.

Spotfly and Whinchat
Spotfly and Whinchat

Posted August 23rd, 2015 at 8:12 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Horsey Island, River Caen 1.30-2.30pm

Nice sunny walk, a Barn Owl hunting in the sunshine, male Peregrine hunting and very active over the airfield, Kestrel, Buzzards, Wheatear, Measdow Pipits, Common Sand, Med Gulls, 3 Comic Terns roosting off of Isley Marsh, Herons, Egrets, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Wagtails, all the more common waders and regulars. 

Posted August 23rd, 2015 at 7:14 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh, Yelland N Devon

Spotted Flycatcher and at least 4 Whinchat, hawking from barbed wire under the power lines/between the two cattle water-feeders at west end of marsh. Also several Stonechat, Swallow, Whitethroat. 

(Viewing just from the gate from Tarka Trail as I had the dog.)

Posted August 23rd, 2015 at 6:12 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Exmouth/Blackhole Marsh

An incredible day - following texts from Matt K of 3, then 12 then 13 Black Terns off Exmouth- joined Brian H at Mudbank Lane at lunchtime and immediately saw a large distant flock of Terns on the last remaining sand bar which included c10 Black Terns including 2-3 adults. Later they showed slightly better from the Imperial Ground but per Martin W had largely dispersed by 2pm as the tide dropped. Also 1 Knot.

Further texts from Phil A of an astonishing 13 then quickly 27 Wood Sandpipers at Blackhole Marsh, Seaton. Arrived at 2pm and after several counts increased the tally to a confirmed 29! Also present the Little Stint, 6-8 Ruff, Green Sand, 3 Common Sands, Greenshank and Ringed Plovers/Dunlins. As we were leaving Phil returned and in no time at all, confirmed 33 Wood Sands!! 

To put this into context the previous maximum flock of Wood Sands in Devon appears to be 10 and the max yearly total 'only' 38.

Posted August 23rd, 2015 at 6:07 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News


Adult Bonaparte's Gull present on groynes and pipe in front of the Yacht Club north of the pier from 12:05. A juvenile Osprey flew slowly north at 13:25 being seen at the mouth of the Exe Estuary 15 minutes later. At sea there were 3 Common Tern, 5 Common Scoter and c.20 Whimbrel.

For more info. and photos see the Teign Birds blog

Posted August 23rd, 2015 at 5:02 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Wryneck midway between bridge and dam Saturday afternoon. 

Also 3 Ring Ouzelss below the dam and Whinchats many Blackcaps and Willow Warblers.Large nos.of juv. Robins all along track. (South Brent Group report)

Posted August 23rd, 2015 at 12:34 pm in Bird News

Exmouth - late morning edit

Maer Rocks - the normally wader-free rocks produced a wood sandpiper, 2 common sandpiper, 1 whimbrel, 5 turnstone, 4 ringed plover and 1 sanderling - such is the magic of rain at this time of year! Offshore at least 6 black tern and 7 common scoter.

The estuary, from the Sailing Club, produced 6+ black tern, quite possibly the same as earlier off Maer Rocks, c60+ common tern, c100+ sandwich tern, c100+ ringed plover and 25+ sanderling. Some photos on the blog later. Also a single black-tailed godwit on Warren View Playing Fields at the back of our house.

Edit - Another look off Mudbank at about 11am produced 13 black tern (with another 6 being watched by Kev and Lee in the Bight at the Warren) along with 7 greenshank, c120+ redshank, 3 grey plover, c150+ ringed plover, 1 common sandpiper, 2 knot, c50+ bar-tailed godwit, 5 wigeon and 4 teal.

Posted August 23rd, 2015 at 10:26 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Saturday 22nd August 2015

Plym estuary / Saltram

1500 - 1710

At low tide: 62 Canada Geese, 6 Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, c250 Herring gull, 2 Lesser BB gulls, 1 Common Sandpiper, 9 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Curlew, 2 Kingfisher, and 1 Little Grebe still in summer plumage. Swallows and House Martins around Saltram house.

Posted August 22nd, 2015 at 7:37 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News


60 med gulls,30ads,4ss,2fs,24juv.3 swifts12:00-13:45.Hobby heading s at 12:15.

Posted August 22nd, 2015 at 5:31 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, last night

Some photos from last night's boat trip. Manx shearwaters present in smaller numbers than before, but among them at least 3 balearic shearwaters. Also 3 bonxies, 30+ common terns, a few guillemots and the usual gannets, fulmars and commoner gulls. Several porpoises were off Berry Head, and a bottle nosed dolphin in Brixham Harbour on our return.

Balearic shearwater
Balearic shearwater

Common tern
Common tern


Posted August 22nd, 2015 at 4:54 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam.morning 22/08/2015.

Wryneck midway between,3 Ring Ouzels below the dam,also 3 Whinchats many Blackcaps and Willow Warblers.Large nos.of juv. Robins all along track.

Posted August 22nd, 2015 at 4:38 pm by Martin and Jenny Lees. in Bird News

Mount Batten, Plymouth 9 am

Early morning stroll with the family. 3 sandwich terns and first juv turnstone of the autumn on the rocks.

Posted August 22nd, 2015 at 4:33 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 09:00 till 12:30

from the hide 1 juv Ruff, 1 adult spotted redshank and another calling from the river clyst, 1 dunlin, 7+ whimbrel, 300+ redshanks, 510+ black tailed godwit, 1 bar tailed godwit, 1 avocet, 1 green sandpiper, 1 common sandpiper, 17+ knot, 5+ greenshanks, 13+ lapwing, 8+ little egrets, 1 whitethroat, 2 blackcap.

a quick look in goosemoor produced 3 juv ruff , 1 juv spotted redshank, 20+ greenshank, 90+ black tailed godwits, 2 whimbrel, 12+ redshank, , 2 common sandpiper.

from the viewing platform 19+ knot, 25+ whimbrel, 1 dunlin, 320+ curlew.

from the goatwalk 8+ sandwich terns ( included 2 juv's)

Posted August 22nd, 2015 at 2:56 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Upottery Airfield, Smeatharpe

A superb male Redstart this morning about 0.5 mile past the stock car stadium, 3 Whinchat near the control tower, 12 Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 12 Long tailed tits, 70 Swallows and a Green Woodpecker. All in all better than enduring England's dismal batting at the Oval yesterday....

Posted August 22nd, 2015 at 12:50 pm in Bird News

Lyme bay boat trip - Fiday

Another good trip out into Lyme Bay with Nigel Smallbones. Gannet, Fulmar, Kittiwake & various species of gull close in to the boat. A few small flocks of Common Terns with Manx & Balearic Shearwater doing fly bys along with the Red Arrows. Best of all distant but good views of 3-4 Great Skuas. Trip rounded of with a few porpoises and the Bottle nosed dolphin in Brixham harbour

Gannet off the back of the boat
Gannet off the back of the boat

Great Skua
Great Skua

Common Tern
Common Tern

Posted August 22nd, 2015 at 12:37 pm by Paul treen in Bird News

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