Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th January 2016

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe:
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!


Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


As noted in the minutes of the Oct 2020 DBRC meeting, Tim Jones is standing down after serving as a member of the Committee for an extended sixth year. Tim has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past six years and wish him well in the future.

In the hope of maintaining a geographic spread across the Committee, DBRC approached Dean Jones to fill the vacancy. Dean grew up birding and ringing in Antrim and Lothian, before a tour of various European islands, including Lundy where he has been the Warden now for the past four years.

His experience and knowledge from ringing and birdwatching around Europe will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2021, Dean will be formally elected to fill the vacancy for a five year period.

For more information and/or an application form please contact:

Kevin Rylands, County Recorder.   Email: 

Posted March 4th at 10:45 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Thursday 7th January 2016


Firecrest and female Blackcap in the garden today. 4 Wigeon Queens Marsh late afternoon.

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 8:17 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

big flock of gannets estimated 150-200 following a trawler into the bay. also 1 great northern diver close off shore also guillimots and fulmars close

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 5:06 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News


Dipper at Chambercombe Manor (Ilfracombe) 6th January.

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 3:17 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

South Hams

Sunday 3rdJan. 3 Black-necked Grebes on the Ley at Torcross and 1 GND south offshore. 

Monday 4th Jan. 2 Black-necked Grebes on Ley at Torcross also7 Goldeneye and 60 Tufted Duck.

Start Point. 5 Gannet. 

Tuesday 5th,1 Black-necked Grebe on the Ley at Torcross, Kingfisher at Slapton Bridge and 1 Red-crested Pochard on the Ley.

Wednesday 6th 1 Black-necked Grebe on the Ley at Torcross at dawn, Tawny Owl in the garden prior. (Peacock butterfly in flight after leaving M5 mayhem! )

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News


A walk along the seafront from the harbour car park to Spray Point produced a total of 15 Great Northern Divers some quite close to shore. 

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 12:06 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Wednesday 6th January 2016

Thurlestone Bay and south Huish Marsh

i picked up a message left by Arthur Livett this morning to say he'd had  a Great Skua going East at Thurlestone bay and very unusual a Little Auk close in past Leasefoot beach, his first for Devon.

On South Huish the Glossy Ibis was present also the Ruddy Shelduck and a Water Pipit as well as the usual Teal etc.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 10:58 pm in Bird News


An hour visit at lunch time, focused only on the sea produced 7 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-Throated Diver, 7 Common Scotor and 24 Great-crested Grebes.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 8:50 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

B3212 Dartmoor

12-30pm a shorteared owl hunting near powder mills pottery

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 6:39 pm by Keith McGinn in Bird News

Broadsands - Brixham Harbour - Berry Head

Broadsands: 2 Firecrest; 4 Goldcrest; Siberian Chiffchaff (tristis), 4 Siskin: 2 Cirl Bunting; Reed Bunting. Offshore 2 Great Northern Diver, Gannet, 25 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Common Scoter - no small grebes, a change in the weather and all goes quiet!

Brixham Harbour: 3 Guillemot (one oiled), 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Purple Sandpiper, 11 Turnstone.

Berry Head: 6 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 12 Razorbill, c.300 Guillemot on cliffs.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 4:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Brent

A visit to a private lake near South Brent gave a counted flock of 73 Wigeon, 4  Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 1 Coot, at least2 Little Grebe, Buzzard, Raven and a Green Woodpecker calling.

Small species included Long Tailed Tits, Gold Crests, Goldfinch and Pied Wagtail.

On the River Avon at Brent Mill a Dipper.

Around home a total of 28 species, including 17 Goldfinch on the feeders first thing this morning along with 3 Siskin, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, male and female Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Pied and Grey Wagtails, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, 2 Stock Dove flew over and then circled the house field, Jay, 2 Bullfinch, Raven overhead,small numbers of both Fieldfare and Redwing, Long Tailed Tits around the feeders and hedgerows for most of the day.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Firecrests at Broadsands

Great views of 2 Firecrests in the corner of the car park in bright sunshine this morning

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Adam Davison in Bird News

Darts Farm

Visited Darts Farm this lunchtime. I eventually found 2 female Bramblings feeding at the far end of the crop field amongst a flock of Chaffinches. Also, Reed Bunting, Fieldfare and Stonechat.

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Tuesday 5th January 2016

Budleigh and Woodbury Common

2 Purple Sandpipers off rocks below Otter Head this am and a Great Grey Shrike on Woodbury Common this afternoon at approx SY040871. Presumably the same bird first found this morning by Dave Murray on Bicton Common to the south. Also Jack Snipe on Woodbury Common.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

American Wigeon and Brambling

Darts Farm ~ Very good for the smaller bird species today, three Reed Bunting feeding on the bullrush heads to the side and front of the hide.

Good sized flocks of House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Linnet. A Wren around the hide with a notably very pale underside. Fieldfare and Redwing in small numbers around the farm area.

Bowling Green Marsh ~ the marsh is well flooded and proving to be heaven for a huge number of ducks mostly Wigeon which included the American Wigeon which was spotted by a very friendly birder called George who soon had everyone aware of its location on the far side of the marsh close to the reed beds. Three Tufted duck, Pintail, Shoveller, Teal and a fly over Shell Duck.

Lapwing, two Snipe, one Greenshank, Greylag Geese. In the field by the entrance to the viewing platform lane a flock of 25 Brent Geese that panicked and took flight when a hen Kestrel came over them.

From the viewing platform, considerable numbers of wading species on the Lympstone side of the river, two closer Avocet showing well, Redshank and Oyster Catcher however the distance and bright sun made viewing and identification difficult.

Exminster Marshes ~ the access road beyond Lions Rest is inaccessible due to flood water, but the surrounding flooded fields contained huge numbers of wading species, a large flock of Lapwing lifted and simply filled the view, Curlew, Redshank and Godwits present, again distance and a low sun made observation difficult. A Kestrel and a Long Tailed Tit flock seen on the way out.

Haldon Forest Park ~ a male Brambling in with the Chaffinch flock, good numbers of Siskin, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Greenfinch and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, two singing Song Thrush, a fly past from two Raven.

Bickington A38 ~ a Kestrel perched on a roadside tree and another at Marley Head.

Back home at South Brent the day had started with a female Siskin on the feeders with ten Goldfinch, the late afternoon gave Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Wren, Dunnock, a brief visit to the feeders from a Marsh Tit, Stock Dove overhead and unfortunately a dead Tawny owl found in the garden,up to three had been heard calling overnight.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 5:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


14 Mandarins on Saltram House duckpond this afternoon (10m, 4 f).

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 4:48 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Hope's nose

2 Great Northern Divers on the water close to shore. 3 Greatcrested grebes flew past . several Guillimots on the water

Yesterday (4th Jan) 1 Great Northern Diver Torquay outer harbour

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 4:19 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Andy Bond found 2 Great White Egrets together at 1.50pm south of the lane to Lions Rest , fairly distantly to the right of the reservoir. For no reason, they both took flight at 2.30pm and slowly headed south at tree top level. They banked right and appeared to drop down on Powderham Marsh, but there was no further sign.  

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Dart's Farm

Around the fields in amongst the Chaffinch and Linnet flock was one Brambling and on the Reedmace two Reed Buntings.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 3:42 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News


On sea: 25 Great Northern Divers, 22 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Shelduck, 1 2w Mediterranean Gull - no small grebes at all!

Car parks: 14 Cirl Buntings and 2 Reed Bunting on seed, 3 Siskin, 2 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff and a Water Rail.

Clennon Lakes: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 2 Water Rail, 6 Siskin, 2 Little Grebes.

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 5th Jan 2016 ML

Photo:  Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary & Slapton Ley

Estuary highlights were 4 Great Northern Diver, 11 Great Crest Grebe, 16 Pintail, 550 Wigeon, 2 Red Breasted Merganser, 200 Dunlin, 2 Grey Plover & ! Blackwit.

Slapton - 2 Red Crested Pochard, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 12:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


The Firecrest was again in the garden this morning. I was able to take a quick photo.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 12:18 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The flood water was slightly lower today than yesterday but still too high to walk to the canal. From Station Road there were lots of birds to see including huge flocks of black-headed gulls, over 100 redshank, 50+ dunlin and c200 lapwing. A single spotted redshank was unusual as was a black-necked grebe on flood water opposite the Lions Rest Estate. Otherewise plenty of wigeon, teal, shoveller and a few tufted duck. A peregrine occasionally left its perch on the pylon to cause panic. In one of the gateways, under water, was a mass of earth worms - many hundred, this might explain the huge number of birds. I saw only one chiffchaff.

Posted January 5th, 2016 at 11:59 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Monday 4th January 2016

Roadford Lake

SW Lakes Hide - Highlights, Lesser Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit. Forest - Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Jay. 12-14.30. 

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Marsh Tit
Marsh Tit

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 7:41 pm by Trev in Bird News

Brixham Harbour 04/01/16

Several Great Northern Divers seen around the harbour. A Turnstone seen on the breakwater & a Razorbill seen briefly off the end of the breakwater.

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver



Posted January 4th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by Martin Johns in Bird News

Cattle Egret Bowling Green Marsh

Seen from hide at Bowling Green Marsh. 

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 6:56 pm by Ronnie Spedding in Bird News

Brixham harbour and Broadsands

A walk around Brixham harbour and breakwater gave good numbers of Great Northern Divers, Shag and Cormorants, a handful of Guillemots, one Black Throated  Diver, plenty of Turnstones, a Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail on the breakwater.

Five Purple Sandpipers and up to five Gannets diving and feeding just off of the end of the breakwater.

At Broadsands a check of the coast line gave a counted 18 Great Crested Grebe and one Scoter. The “Cirl” car park gave no less than nine Cirl Buntings mostly males, one male Bullfinch and a female Reed Bunting , a check of the other car park almost came up with a total blank but eventually a Goldcrest showed.

Back at home 2 Siskin on the feeders and another pass from a Sparrow Hawk.

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Walked into the hide at 11am and the first bird I scoped was the drake American Wigeon asleep on the right hand bank. As far as I'm aware this is the first time it has been seen in 2016. It stayed until 12.15pm when the whole flock was spooked and flew off( presumably back to Exminster). 

Later this afternoon, following a phone call from MW saying that the Cattle Egret had flown into Bowling Green at 2.15pm, it was still on view till at least 3pm, when it and the 6 Little Egrets it was with, were still viewable from the lane before the hide on the left hand side of the marsh.

Also today-

Cockwood- adult Little Gull, Goldeneye and Great Northern Diver

Darts Farm - female Brambling and Kingfisher

Exmouth - adult Med Gull off Shelley Beach.

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 5:36 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Plym Estuary/Laira Bridge.

At the south end of the Plym Estuary by Laira Bridge the following were seen this morning. Great Crested Grebe , Shag  and 3 Great Northern Divers. Not bad for 5 minutes birding whilst recycling the Christmas tree!

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 2:07 pm by Philip Phillips in Bird News

Slapton Red Crested Pochard

Sunday afternoon, distant Goldeneye visible in scope, also a Red Crested Pochard....reports of a recent Bittern at the northern end, by the bridge

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 1:45 pm by Trevor Leaman in Bird News


Best in the reserve this morning was a Goldcrest. The male Marsh Harrier was again over Sherpa Marsh, and the Redshank and Greenshank on the flood.

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sunday 3rd January 2016

Brixham Birds- Sunday lunchtime

Excellent views of the many Great Northern Divers and Turnstone, with Gannets galore! Unfortunately also 1 Guillemot with severe oiling which swam to the breakwater and tried to clean itself.

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver


Oiled Guillemot
Oiled Guillemot

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 10:33 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News


A count this morning 0900-1000hrs from Battery Gardens to Shoalstone car park produced 38 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 8 Common Scoter.


Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 8:33 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Update on Brixham Harbour

Following Simon's post earlier, later in the afternoon there were 18 GN Divers in the inner harbour with another group of 5 a few feet off the walkway by the AZ carpark and at least 3 more amongst the boats moored in the harbour. Lots more out in the bay but unable to give accurate number as only had binoculars.  Wonderful to see a range of plumages including one coming into summer plumage. 

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 8:14 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Budleigh, Exe and Commons

Carried out our now traditional New Year Bird Race today. All within a 7 mile radius of Budleigh.
Total tally 97 species (same as last year!). Maybe the 100 will be broken next year!
Great Skua briefly off Exmouth early morning
Firecrest - White Bridge on the Otter
Short-eared Owl and Woodcock at Dusk on Woodbury Common

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Great Northern Diver @ Laira Bridge, Plymouth

03-01-16 At approx 11.30am a Great Northern Diver was photographed very well, also at the other end of the estuary on the River Plym the Kingfisher was showing very well

Great Norther Diver 03-01-16
Great Norther Diver 03-01-16

Great Norther Diver with a crab feast 03-01-16
Great Norther Diver with a crab feast 03-01-16


Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 5:53 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News


No sign of the American wigeon on Bowling Green Marsh this afternoon but it could have been there behind a bank or asleep. Hundreds of wigeon to look through. Very few waders at high tide (Avocets, Lapwing, Snipe and 1 Black-tailed godwit). Guess most waders are using Exminster Marshes. Also little on the river from the viewing platform (6 Red-breasted mergansers). Cattle egret and Jack snipe at Highfield Farm most definitely the day's highlights.

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 5:44 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

From Freshwater Car Park to the end of the Sea Wall I counted up 22 GNDivers, at one point 15 of them were in the inner harbour. Also 2 GC Grebes and 3 Purple Sandpipers, all this great stuff slightly tempered with the sad sight of a couple of Guillemots trying to get the oil off thier feathers.

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 5:29 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Exmouth sighting

4 Red-Breasted Merganser 1M-3FM

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 5:23 pm by barry williams in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Male Goosander by High House Point.

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 3:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Black Redstart Budleigh

Showing well at about 10.30am on the garden walls near Pebbles Bed and Breakfast just down the coast path from Steamer Steps. Seen off by pied wagtails and a robin...

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 1:36 pm by Richard Allen in Bird News

Wrafton/Velator/Sherpa Marsh

In the reserve this morning, highlights were a Chiffchaff and a pair of Tufted Ducks! Looking south towards Sherpa Marsh a fine male Marsh Harrier was hunting the reed-bed and hanging in the wind. Looking at the flood, The Redshank has now been joined by a Greenshank!

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 12:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Cattle egret on the Clyst river floods from Highfield Farm (take permissive footpath from Clyst Road and view floods on E side of river). May be viewable from Darts Farm. Also 1 Jack snipe with 13 Common snipe alongside the Clyst.

Posted January 3rd, 2016 at 12:15 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Saturday 2nd January 2016


Brilliant day in S Devon including the YBW and a Firecrest at Broadsands, lots of GNDs in Brixham harbour and a late visit to Elbery Cove where we found another 2 Firecrests.

Many thanks from the Bristol Birders

Craig Lewis and Colin Hunt

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 9:06 pm by Craig Lewis in Bird News

Plym Estuary

On the high tide: 6 Red-breasted Mergansrers (3 drakes and 3 redheads), 3 Wigeons (drake & 2 ducks), 2 Common Sandpipers, 27 Shelducks, 60 Curlews, 4 Greenshanks, 5 Oystercatchers, Chiffchaff, Kingfisher and 4 Little Grebes.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 8:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


An afternoon visit to Broadsands gave views of at least 3 Firecrest and almost constant sightings of Goldcrests in the corner of the left hand car park.

A quick sea watch gave good numbers of Grebes, Divers and “Sea Ducks” I suspect Scoters but given the distances involved my binoculars were not up to the task of positive identification.

Report as below in respect of a colour ringed Black Tailed Godwit observed at Bowling Green Marsh back in September.

This female Black-tailed Godwit was ringed on the Solent, UK by Peter Potts and co-workers. Recordings sightings since that time as follows.


Exminster Marshes RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Sally Mills


Exminster Marshes RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

James Diamond


Exminster Marshes RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

James Diamond


Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Dave Scott


Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

John Connolly


Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Steve Lister


Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

John Connolly


Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Pete Potts


Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

AJ Bellamy & Jeny Newland


Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Katharine Bowgen


Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Margaret Mackintosh


Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve, Exe Estuary,

Steve Hopper

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 8:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Brixham 2.1.16

A good day to check the mooring ropes on my boat at Brixham Marina today. As reported by Nigel at 11am, lots of Great Northern Diver everywhere from the Inner harbour to the slip at the Breakwater. Most were feeding well on crabs and as Nigel has not yet posted a photo, here is one I took. Lots of obliging turnstones narrowly avoiding the pedstrians and vehicles. A bright red breasted merganser from the AZ carpark to add to the species count and a few guillemot as well


GN Diver with crab - Brixham 2.1.16
GN Diver with crab - Brixham 2.1.16

Red Breasted Merganser - Brixham -2.1.16
Red Breasted Merganser - Brixham -2.1.16

Turnstone - Brixham - 2.1.16
Turnstone - Brixham - 2.1.16

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 7:07 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Hope's Nose

10 Great Northern Divers in the north cove early afternoon, with 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Razorbill and 1 auk sp. Another Great Northern Diver flew past to the north. A few Gannets were coming in very close off the rocks in the cove and off the end. The sewer was flowing, with good numbers of Kittiwakes and a few Common gulls among commoner gulls. 4 Purple Sandpipers on the adjacent rocks - just like old times!

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 6:40 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

River Plym

This afternoon, by Saltram house:

2 Little grebe, 3 Red breasted Mergansers (1m 2f)

1 Goosander (m). 3 Wigeon.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 6:35 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News


Nice to see a male Shelduck, along with the usual Mallard and Teal, on the flood this evening. 

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 5:58 pm by Kelvin irwin in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

For those planning to visit the Marshes tomorrow, just to be pre warned that the road is flooded and the back path to Turf is also under water, I just got past the Red Lion in Wellies but no further- Waders needed;o) Lots of birds to see but would recomend coming down from Countess Weir and walking down the Canal as the Roads around Powderham are difficult to pass as well. Happy and safe birding!

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 5:52 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News


1-2 adult Little Gulls feeding over the River Exe viewed from Cockwood Steps early afternoon with a large flock of Black Headed Gulls. Presumably the same birds seen by Matt earlier in the morning.  Also 3 Goldeneye, a Great Northern Diver and a Guillemot.

Earlier at Broadsands - the Yellow Browed Warbler and both Firecrest still showing really well. 9 Cirl Buntings. On the sea- Red Necked Grebe, 2 Black Necked Grebes, Red Throated Diver, c20 GN Divers, inc several flying off inland or up the coast, 7 Common Scoter, 21 GC Grebes, 1 Razorbill.

Paignton- Roundham Head- male Black Redstart still in Roundham Road. Also 2 Blackcap.

Decoy Lake- drake Scaup and drake Gadwall both by slipway. 

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 5:20 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Around the Teign Estuary 11:00 to 15:00

Returning after a health scare, really good to be out there! Highlights included Red-Breasted Mergansers dotted all around the estuary, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine and two Avocet at Passage House Inn. An hour spent scouring the streets of Teignmouth for Black Redstart, however, only produced one 1st winter in Stanley Street. 

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Slapton & Beesands

Great Northern Diver on the sea at Slapton & female Common Scoter offshore at Beesands.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 4:55 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

3 Great Northern Divers this morning - 1 in The Cattewater, 1 off Tinside Pool and 1 off Rusty Anchor.

A female type black redstart at Rusty Anchor.

An adult gannet flying around The Cattewater before heading off towards Drakes Island.

A cormorant eating a huge fish it had caught in Sutton Harbour - it managed to swallow it eventually but must have the most horrendous indigestion!

Cormorant and ? Grey Mullet
Cormorant and ? Grey Mullet

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 3:47 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Shobrooke park - Crediton

Twelve Goosander today on Shobrook park lakes. Mostly male birds with three or four females. 

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 2:35 pm by Joe Martin in Bird News


Chiffchaff in the reserve this morning and both Redshank and Green Sandpiper on  the flood.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 1:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


The regular adult Bonaparte's Gull was off Shelly Beach late morning briefly. Also 2 Black Redstarts around the apartment buildings there. The Mediterranean Gull mentioned by Matt also gets on Warren View football piches, where I had it later on.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News


Tawny Owl in the garden 7am. Great Northern Diver south past Start Bay Inn. 3 Black-necked Grebes on the Ley 12.30pm.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 12:38 pm by Stephen Wadsworth in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

Quick walk around Brixham Harbour revealed 7 Great Northern Divers in the inner harbour, so close most by the old coastguard station and then a further 11  just beyond old coastguard station again very close. Many catching crabs with a couple of Great Black-backed Gulls trying to rob them of their meal. Never seen so many GND together and so close, did not have camera but tryed to use mobile phone so may post pictures later. Still places on 10th Jan boat trip.


Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 11:00 am by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News


Mudbank - 0900 - 2 adult Little Gulls this morning. At least one then moving to feed off Starcross. Also Mediterranean Gull there and 2 Goldeneye. Earlier, at around 0830 a Whimbrel flew past Maer Rocks towards the river mouth. Also 4 Great Northern Diver close offshore there. Yesterday there was an adult Little Gull lingering off Maer Rocks late afternoon with at least 9 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks.

Posted January 2nd, 2016 at 10:32 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Friday 1st January 2016


A Firecrest in Lipson this afternoon.

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 9:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Around the Teign

Bird of the day was a Sooty Shearwater that flew north distantly past Teignmouth at 14:00; also offshore 14+ Great Northern Divers. At Decoy Country Park the male Scaup was still present along with a Firecrest. Two Avocets were on the estuary at Passage House.

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 6:57 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

New years eve - River Exe

Started at Bowling Green, hoping to see the American Wigeon - alas no! Lots of the usual waders & ducks. Best a spotted redshank close to the road. 6 RB mergansers off the the viewing platform, with a small flock of Bullfinch on the way to it. Onto Exminster, no access by car or on foot from lion rests end. An interesting - if a Canada Goose can be - in a flock near to the rspb car park. Another larger group of RB mergansers off of Powderham. 


Canada Goose
Canada Goose

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Paul Treen in Bird News


watched from 10:00 till 12:30

Good numbers of Great Northern Divers with at least 30+ some very close in giving great views an adult Litlle gull, 1 Black Throated Diver, 2 Red throated Diver, 20+ great crested grebes, and 1 Red Necked grebe, good numbers of Gannets and Fulmars, 7 common scoters, 6+ guillemot.

The Yellow browed warbler showed very well among plenty of goldcrests, and a few Cirl buntings.

A good start to the new year

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 3:09 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Before the rains came: 2 Black-necked Grebes at Torcross, also 5 Goldeneye, 190 Tufted Duck, 29 Gadwall, 2 Common Gull, 60 Great Black-backed Gull & Cetti's Warbler singing.

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 11:43 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News


THrsday 31st December. At around 09.30 there was a bar headed goos with the Canada Geese on the flooded field opposite the car park in Starcross.

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 10:53 am by Janet Gray in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater Beach - GND's

New Year's Eve, and light fading fast, a quick trip to Breakwater Beach for some air, and saw 7 x Great Northern Divers, 3 of them ridiculously close inshore, almost on the beach.  

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 5:55 am by Trevor leaman in Bird News

Tarka Trail - Chivenor

Happy and a Bird filled New Year!

Posted January 1st, 2016 at 1:40 am by Martin Bond in Bird News

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