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  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Sunday 20th November 2016

Grey Heron with a young Pike fish

19-11-16 Heron catching a young Pike



Posted November 20th, 2016 at 7:16 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Desert Wheatear

Showing well on the beach this morning.

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Bursdon Moor

1 male Hen Harrier and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier.

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Barry Bryne in General Birding

Arlington court

A break in the weather gave time for a sheltered  walk around Arlington court, a small murm of starlings on a field started our walk, numerous Robins, wrens, blackbirds,  and mistle thrushes.

Down on the lake it appeared empty until the great white egret glided in and graced us with its presence.  further along flocks  of long-tailed, blue, great and coal tits were in abundance throughout the woods.

On the last leg mallards and teal on the overflowing river, and finally to top it off a tree creeper in the upper wood by the house,.

Flying in

Getting settled
Flying In                                                Getting settled


Posted November 20th, 2016 at 3:28 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

4 Willow Tits, Blue Great and Coal Tits,12+ Long Tailed Tits. several Chaffinches, 5 Greenfinches, 4 Tree Creepers, 2 Nuthatches, 7 Blackbirds, c.15 Mallard, 10 Tufted Ducks, 4 Goosanders, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Goldcrests, 6 Snipe, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Bullfinches, 5 Water Rail, 1 Cormorant, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Coot,4 Wigeon, 1 Wren, Corvids and small mixed flocks of Black headed and Herring Gulls, 5 Robins.   1 Buzzard at nearby Thurdon.

Harvey and Ian Kendall

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 2:02 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Saturday 19th November 2016

Great Grey Shrike, Soussons to Vitifer

Burrator to Soussons,
A lot of thrushes on moor road just before the Dam, no Fieldfare seen.
Level of water in reservoir very low, Tufted duck, Little Grebe, pair of Kingfishers.
Between Soussons and Vitifer Great Grey Shrike and the highlight of the day seven Bullfinches feeding in the tree tops when a Merlin swooped through them scattering them all ways but without any luck,

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:42 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Occombe Farm

Early morning walk around Occombe Farm, besides the usual also spotted a Jay, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch (m&f), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzards, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 4-6 Goldfinch and a Pied Wagtail.

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 8:51 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding


Great Northern Diver close offshore this afternoon and also a more distant diving duck which I got some distant photos of an would appear to be a Long-tailed Duck, but am open to correction.

Great Northern Dive  
Great Northern Diver                                                                                           Long-tailed Duck       


Posted November 19th, 2016 at 6:47 pm by Richard Cordery in General Birding


Another early start a new record for teal all on main pond 512.wigeon 100plus shoveler 8 .again great views of male marsh harrier quartering the field and ponds eventually landed on a bush and stayed there for twenty minutes before being chased off by crows.also a peregrine falcon and kestrel hunting over fields .small birds included a flock finches 100plus ,linnets chaffs and goldfinch.

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:58 am by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Desert Wheatear

The Desert Wheatear appeared at 8.30am this morning on Leasfoot Beach favouring the middle of the beach and still present till 10am at least in a strengthening cold wind. 

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:34 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Friday 18th November 2016

Torr Quarry

Flock of 23 Lapwings flying east this afternoon.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Around Exmouth

This afternoon there were 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese off Shelly Beach. In the distance 2 Slavonian Grebes were together near Cockwood Wreck. 150 Common Scoter were out in the bay off the seafront. Later in the fading light at the very least 2 Purple Sandpipers were on Maer Rocks. Maer car park produced Mistle Thrush and 2 Goldcrests in windy conditions.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 4:58 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Skern, Northam Burrows

Went down just after high tide hoping for ringed birds or a sheltering oddity species. Great views from the car of feeding flock of majority Brent Goose, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Redshank, Lapwing, Dunlin, with some Grey Plover, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit. One Snipe flew by. One Common Gull in the gull gathering. Horizontal hail/snow came and went which the birds had to work hard to shelter from. A black and white duck in flight out of Appledore and onto the river mouth was sadly not clinched on ID and could have been anything between Tufted Duck and Velvet Scoter (majority black with white in the secondaries, underparts not seen). No divers seen from here either (just one Cormorant), and only ringed bird was metal ring on an adult W Herring Gull (unreadable). Meadow Pipits but no Snow Bunting around the visitor centre. Out on the W'ward Ho! beach at river mouth, a few thousand Golden Plover mostly in the air.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Braunton Cranes

4 again showing on Braunton Great Filed north of the Marsh Road at 13.50.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 1:50 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Thursday 17th November 2016

Broadsands & Brixham

Spent a couple of windswept hours at Broadsands this morning. Eventually found 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Eider.

Later 3 Purple Sandpipers at Brixham Breakwater.

Posted November 17th, 2016 at 8:56 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh

Early visit to the farm produced 246 teal,194 wigeon,4mallard,49 dunlin,1 pintail ,1male marsh harrier,7shoveler,2bar tailed godwit,1 greenshank,1redshank,27lapwing,6spoonbill on Isley marsh.

Posted November 17th, 2016 at 6:03 pm by Geoff Taylor. in General Birding

Braunton Cranes

The 4 Cranes were in Braunton Great field this morning. Showing well but skittish.

Posted November 17th, 2016 at 1:10 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Wednesday 16th November 2016


Just seen 4 Cranes out on Braunton Great Field. From my bedroom window!   Should be viewable from the Marsh Road.

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Starling Murmurations

After my request for starling roost gatherings I have had several replies to date.  As follows:

Topsham - good displays

Teignmouth Pier - regular smaller gathering but often lively.

Slapton Ley - large gatherings - could be good if raptors around

and in the North a large gathering at Woolley Wood nr Bursdon - many pausing at the Solar Farm nearby before going into roost 750,000 to one million believed present.

If you know of other roosts in Devon please let me know.

Julia – Data Manager

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 10:18 am in General Birding

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Clennon valley ponds

Early afternoon visit. 11 teal, 7 gadwall, 1 shoveler (very tame drake), 2 dabchick, 2 water rail, 1 kingfisher, 1 sparrowhawk.

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 8:12 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Central Park - Plymouth

Called in briefly late morning and had 4-6 Ring-Necked Parakeets flying around and calling 

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding


2 Spoonbills roosting by the Tarka Trail most of the morning.

In the reserve, 17 Long-tailed Tits trapped (12 ringed).

No Cranes over!

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings today at a very misty lake.
2 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 8 Goosander, 13 Tufted Duck, 2m Gadwall, 1 Snipe, 26 Mallard, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay.

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 1:58 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

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