Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th November 2016

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



Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

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


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

Monday 14th November 2016

Goodrington and Clennon valley

A quick check of the pond and wildlife area at Goodrington produced 1 water rail (2 seen + 1 heard), 5 tufted duck, a low buzzard and a grey wagtail. Moving on to Clennon ponds, 6 teal, 7 gadwall, 3 water rail, 1 dabchick, 1 kingfisher, 1 little egret, 1 grey heron, 2 sparrowhawks, 1 cetti's warbler (heard), 3 grey wagtails.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 8:30 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

River Dart

On the River dart today, just below the bridge to sewage works before Buckfastleigh - 1 male Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Dipper

Male Goosander     Little Grebe
Male Goosander                                                                  Little Grebe

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 7:59 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Today Lower Tamar Lake,
10 Goosander 5m 5f, 3 Gadwall 3m 1f, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Mallard, 2 Nuthatch, c50 Black-headed Gull, 2 Moorhen, 2 Robin, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Great Tit, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Marsh Tit.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 7:31 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


Walking from Fremington to Home Marsh Farm.  

Cranes seen in the distance flying from Horsey Island area to Isley Marsh around 11am. Redwings feeding on berries--Home Marsh Farm, Sanderling feeding on sandbank off Fremington.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Chris. Marshall in Bird News

Start Point/Beesands/Slapton

Went to Start Point first thing but quiet. Little bit of vis mig going on but way up high and difficult to see. About 100 Chaffinches, 30 Goldfinches and a Reed Bunting. Dropped down to Beesands to do the WeBS count. Nice to hear at least 3 Water Rails and the Goldeneye still there. Had a chilled look around Slapton Ley from 09:30-15:00. Good numbers of wildfowl in Ireland Bay and lots of Coot at Torcross, little in between. Selected counts were 8 Little Grebes, 40+ Wigeons, 87 Gadwalls, 3 Shovelers, 144 Tufted Ducks and 293 Coots. Also adult Mediterranean Gull and a Kingfisher by the bridge. Highlights were Mike L's Scaup still present in Ireland Bay and a Black-necked Grebe ( little else ) out in the bay.



Posted November 14th, 2016 at 6:34 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Desert Wheatear,Thurlestone and Prawle

Having recovered from a leg injury I decided that a speculative drive to Mike Passman's gaff might be worth it. On arrival (well,postcode did appear on Birdguides) it seemed too intrusive to wander around the private road so Jane and I set off for the coastal path . Returning from South Huish Ley we continued onto Thurlestone Sands where I commented  "this is where a Desert Wheatear should be ". Well, blow me, there it was, on the beach.We watched it from 11.45 till 12.20.

Link to YouTube : brief ,jerky video but you can see what it is, feeding voraciously. (Best to turn down the volume as quite windy) : though better to search for Desert Wheatear Thurlestone.

Later brief visit to Prawle where I saw a Woodcock , a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 4 Golden Plover.

Finally a very big thanks to (Devon Highways ?) who have filled in potholes on the approach road to the NT car park.

Desert Wheatear Thurlestone Nov 2016 Desert Wheatear Thurlestone Nov 2016 AD

Photos from Alan Doidge:

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 5:33 pm in Bird News

East. Prawle.

A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF  ringed this morning at Moorwell Pond. This individual had all the plumage characteristics of classic Eastern ' tristis '. No olive tones at all to the mantle, upper or lower back. A slight olive hue to the rump and upper tail coverts  Strong buff tones to the undertail coverts, flanks, breast, cheeks and supercillum  Dull olive fringes to the flight and tail feathers. A delightful bird.  Also on site 2 nominate Chiffchaffs and 1 m. Blackcap.



Posted November 14th, 2016 at 4:31 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Common Cranes

While searching for the Cranes for an hour or so this morning around Braunton Marshes I met Tracey Bore again who as far as I know was the first person to see & photograph the 4 Common Cranes on Braunton Great Field last Friday aft. This time I remembered to ask her name!

Well done Tracey.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 4:00 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Around the Axe

Looking forward to the arrival of the promised cold weather, will hopefully shake things up a bit. 

Best sighting for me today was a male Goosander flying up the River Coly at Colyford.  The Little Stint is still on the Estuary with 13 Dunlin, 2 Grey Plover, an ad Med Gull and a hybrid (Yellow-legged like) large Gull.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 3:37 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The Marsh Harrier was perched up on a bush in the middle of the marsh this lunchtime at around 1.40. Thanks to Ian for pointing it out to me.

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 2:32 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Spent another hour or so on Crane search this morning, covering the toll road, Horsey Island and all the fields I could see into on Braunton Marsh. No sightings. However they have been seen - in flight over Ashford and also in flight from the Tarka Trail just before I got to the entry to the reserve...... They were apparently heading out in the general direction of Crow Point

Best keep looking I suppose!

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 1:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Desert Wheatear

No sign of the bird around my house this morning. Drove over to South Huish Marsh at 09.30 , there it was sat on one of the fence posts at the far end of the car park . on view down to 25 feet then flew onto the marsh.Last seen 09.50 .If trying to relocate it the rocks around the  flats would be my first search areas

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 10:44 am by Mike Passman in Bird News

Skern/Northam Burrows Sunday 13th November

Large number of birds present on a beautiful late afternoon hight tide.

Black-tailed and Bar-tailed godwits, Dunlin, Pintail, Widgeon,Brent geese and a Barnacle goose

Bar-tailed Godwit   Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit                                                                            Black-tailed Godwit

Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 10:10 am by Richard yeats in Bird News


Sunday 13th: 1 drake Scaup in Ireland Bay with Tufted Ducks, 2 Firecrest on muddy path up toward Deer Bridge, 5-6 Chiffchaff around trails and a Great Norther Diver off-shore from Strete Gate car park.

Scaup drake Slapton Ley 13 Nov 2016 ML

Scaup left & Tufted Duck

Posted November 14th, 2016 at 10:05 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 13th November 2016

Dousland near Yelverton

My first Brambling of the winter in my garden in Dousland this morning.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 11:46 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

At least 4 Water Pipits late am. Characteristically flighty and hard to approach.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 9:13 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


An early morning visit to Downend this morning produced 10 female Common Scoter + 1 Red throated Diver.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


On a largely empty Broadsands Bay a single Red-necked Grebe stood out. The supporting cast included one, possibly two, female Eider and a fly in of seven Common Scoter.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:56 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Braunton Marsh

Four Common Cranes. 12:00

Kindly pointed out to me by a couple who saw them fly in. Birds situated to the West of the toll road about 800m from the road close to herd of cattle half way to the white house. Too distant to see any leg rings

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by John Bronze in Bird News

Braunton Great Field

I was cycling along the Tarka trail this morning & was asked by a young lady if I could identify some photos taken on her mobile phone of 4 large grey birds with long necks on Braunton Great Field on Friday 11/11/2016 at 14.30. She said there was something unusual about them, not something she had seen before.

Sure enough they were the same 4 Common Cranes that flew in to roost at Horsey Island at dusk last night which Rob Barnes spotted & photographed!

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Horsey Island

Returned from the evening Crane vigil, Crane-less, but did see all 6 Spoonbills come in to roost. Don't be fooled by the light evening, or the time on the picture, I haven't adjusted it since the clocks went back!

4 of the 6 which came to roost. + a few Waders!
4 of the 6 which came to roost. + a few Waders!

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:35 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh, 10:00-13:00, low tide.

Great Northern Diver ( around saltstone ), 8 Little Grebes, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 41 Brent Geese, c500 Wigeon, 23 Pintail and a Grey Plover. One Red Admiral enjoying the sun.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


At 15.40 the male Desert Wheatear was found again in my courtyard. Showed very well down to 25 feet . Plenty of photos taken  by Alan Doidge although light was fading.

Full report on later

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Roadford Reservoir

Good clear conditions with no wind - smooth surface on the reservoir.

1 Long tailed Duck showing well, 2 male Goldeneye, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorants, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Teal, 1 Pochard, 24 Coot, 1 Raven over.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Common Cranes

I was down at Horsey Island at about 7.15 this morning but no sign of any Cranes. I had a text-chat with Mark Bailey who said the 4 Cranes which roosted at Exminster Marsh a few years ago, took off at dawn! So, in the hope that these will feed elsewhere and return to roost, I will head down again shortly to see if they return.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 2:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Four Common Cranes seen from the diverted coast path between Velator and the White House.  First seen flying from the direction of the toll house towards Crow Point, then turned west towards the dunes and eventually north towards the Sandy Lane carpark, landed in field with cattle to the south of the car park to the east of the Tarka trail.

Cettis Warbler heard and clearly seen adjacent to the road, our first sighting this year.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 1:45 pm by Kim Beaver and Rosie Arnold in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Four Common Crane

Kindly pointed out to me by a couple who had seen the birds fly in. Now located to the West of the toll road at a distance of 800m close to herd of cattle about half way to the white house.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 12:23 pm by John Bronze in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

57 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 7 Little Grebes, 1 Tufted, 1 Cormorant, 5 Moorhen, 1 Little Egret, and 1 Grey Heron all seen during an early morning walk today. The Great White Egret was also still there.

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 11:12 am by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Roadford Lake

Long-tailed duck

Posted November 13th, 2016 at 9:35 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Saturday 12th November 2016


379 Redwings heading W over my garden in Topsham this morning in a number of flocks. Also ad Med gull, 4 Red-breasted mergansers & 2 Little grebes Topsham rec. 1 Spotted red Goosemoor.

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 10:53 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News


juv pale belly brent amongst 148 brents+impressive 118 black tailed godwits(my highest count),12 barwits,48 pintail,8 med gulls,6 ads,2sw,150 widgeon,750 bhg,25 redshank,Yeserday evening pr barn owls over road nr beaford.

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

2 male and 6 female Goosanders at the far end of the reservoir sighted at 2pm today.

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 5:29 pm by Robin Stanbridge in Bird News

Clennon and Horsey Island

Drove down to Clennon lakes today and eventually got a good view of a Yellow Browed Warbler after tracing its call for a while. Back to Horsey Island to walk the dog and plenty of Dunlin, Lapwing with Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew,, Blackwits, Snipe, Curlew and all the regulars. Just about to pack up at dusk, did a final scan and found four 'not so' Common Cranes. What next from Horsey island. Apologies for image quality - I need a camera!

Common Cranes at Horsey Island near the White House
Common Cranes at Horsey Island near the White House

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 5:24 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Woodbury Common - Great Grey Shrike

A Great Grey Shrike in the boggy valley below Woodbury Fort at about 4pm this afternoon. Full details on later. Also 2 Redpoll. Firecrest on Withycombe Raleigh Common earlier.

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 4:49 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Royal Citadel, Plymouth Hoe

No sign of Pete's Lesser Whitethroat this afternoon on Plymouth Hoe and I never expected to see 3 Holly Blue Butterflies on the wing and feeding in bright sunshine in November! (Grid Ref SX480537)

Holly Blue (female)  Holly Blue (female)
Holly Blue (female)

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 4:09 pm by Tor Elm in Other Wildlife

Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam, South Brent

Interesting walk up to the Avon Dam at 10am this morning. On the way up a peregrine chasing a flock of 5 wood pigeon. Flew out of sight before a kill. 2 Teal flying up to the dam. 3 kestrel in different locations. Lots of blackbirds, but the ouzels, as expected, appear to have gone. Unusually a male bullfinch in the quarry the highlight for me, until on the way back in the location where I had earlier seen the peregrine, on the West side of Dockwell Ridge, I had yet another view, as it glided low over the moor, of the ringtail Hen Harrier that has been seen quite a few times in the area. A distant record shot only!

Distant shot of Hen Harrier - Shipley -12.11.2016
Distant shot of Hen Harrier - Shipley -12.11.2016

Posted November 12th, 2016 at 3:48 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Friday 11th November 2016

Dartington and Slapton Ley - 11 November 2016

Three Fieldfare in the garden this morning at Week, Dartington, with a few more heard from a neighbouring orchard but not a large flock. From the bridge at Slapton Ley at dusk gave 3 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Snipe, 1 Swallow, 1 grey Heron and large number of Starling-(others reported a Peregrine through the flock from their viewpoint along the coast path). Large numbers but a very limited murmuration.

Fieldfare in the garden. Starling Starling
Fieldfare in the garden                                           Starlings                                                           Starlings

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 9:40 pm by Bob Telford in Bird News

Skern Northam Burrows

Among the Brentson the high tide a barnacle goose on its own who eventually flew off towards Hartland,good numbers of regular waders and ducks and golden plover over.Lovely calm day.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Jenny and John Elvin in Bird News

Water Rail and Shoveler Duck at Clennon Lakes

At Clennon Lakes - A Water Rail showing very well on the third lake, at least another two were heard and on the first lake a single Shoveler Duck


Posted November 11th, 2016 at 6:09 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News


A Lesser Whitethroat on the Hoe this morning. Judging by the call it's a good candidate for an eastern race. I got some plumage details but wasn't able to spend as long as I would have liked on it and was wary of tones in strong sunlight, but some potentially promising features (perhaps more in favour of blythi).
It was frequenting trees and bushes on the south side of the road below the marine laboratory building where the "Welcome to Plymouth" sign is carved in the bank.

I left it at c9am; as far as I know all searches, since have failed to find it. It would be good if others could see it and I'd welcome views.

Also Blackcap and Chiffchaff in the area.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 5:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Soussons Great Grey Shrike

Showed really well just to north of woods from two moors way approx 2pm

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 4:46 pm by M&L Noble in Bird News

Marsh Harrier Exminster Marsh Friday 2.00pm

Good views of marsh harrier quartering the reserve. Crows doing their best to thwart the harrier. Spectacular  views of spooked flocks all over the marsh.  Peregrine on usual perch on pylon.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 4:34 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News


Two fly past Long-tailed ducks seen half a mile offshore, from kayak

Long-tailed ducks
Long-tailed ducks

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

1 Yellow-browed Warbler still present in copse opposite the green storage container 6-8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Water Rail, Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Kingfisher.

Support Clennon Lakes at a coffee morning tomorrow, a group of teenage volunteers are running this.

Home made cakes and tea and hot chocolate..

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 3:35 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


On a glassy calm sea the following were picked out this morning: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Eider, 6 Teal

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Southdown Farm to Middle Soar

Highlight was a Black Redstart in Soar Mill Cove but also 3 Golden Plover, 67 Stock Dove, 160 Woodpigeon, 260 Skylark, 23 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Robin 42, Blackbird 29, Song Thrush 5, Goldcrest 8, Blue Tit 16, Starling 150, House Sparrow 70, Linnet 160 & Yellowhammer 22.Also: Young male Sika Deer & 2 Red Admiral.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator Reserve

One of the first birds out of the net this morning was the Reserve's second Firecrest. We also caught the tenth Great Spotted Woodpecker this autumn (and retrapped two others!)

Worryingly, looking back through the record sheets we have only ringed 10 Greenfinch since May. Where are they all?

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


The Spotted Redshank was at Goosemoor again this lunchtime at 1.50.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Downend + Baggy Point

 13 female Common Scoters at Downend & a flock of 40 more in flight heading south towards Hartland Point past Baggy point.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 2:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Dolphin, Torquay

Report from Helen May. A dolphin sp. was lingering this morning off Princess Pier, Torquay.

Posted November 11th, 2016 at 1:49 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Thursday 10th November 2016

Powderham Marsh

Singing cirl bunting, and pretty sure a siberian chiffchaff, at Powderham today. The latter had a very 'flat' call, which got my attention, but then gave me a brief burst of song - 'swee-swoo-swee-swoo' rather than the usual song. Hope that's right for siberian? I was pleased to find it! :)

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 8:01 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Yellow- browed warbler in entrance bushes near first pond,also Blackcap and 11+ chiffchaff around site

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 3:35 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

Black Redstarts

On behalf of G. Suter. 2 Black Redstart, Beacon Rd Kingswear. Seen this morning 10/11

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 3:09 pm by Ian Hull in Bird News


A Spotted Redshank was showing well at Goosemoor at about 2.15 this lunchtime along with Redshanks and Greenshanks.

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 2:55 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News


Goodrington still 2 Yellow-browed Warblers present in Youngs Park. 

Clennon Lakes 2 Yellow-browed Warblers still around the lakes, I eventually counted 5 Chiffchaff there too, also 4 Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail, 1 Little Egret, 3 Gadwall & 5 Tufted Duck.


Posted November 10th, 2016 at 1:56 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Around the Axe

The late Little Stint is still on the Estuary with 7 Dunlin, but no sign of any Spoonbills. Black Redstart again at Axe Yacht Club this morning. 

Little Stint Axe Estuary
Little Stint Axe Estuary

Black Redstart Axe Yacht Club
Black Redstart Axe Yacht Club

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 10:45 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

dawlish warren

we had a good day walking around the warren, plenty of oyster catchers,dunlin, turnstones ,curlew, two red breasted mergansers, a single sanderling, grey plover and the usual cormarants and waders etc, out to sea there were two great crested grebes, a red throated diver and Eider duck just as we were leaving the Bonapartes gull landed on the 2nd groyne in front of us.

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 10:20 am by roger jewell & mike gibson in Bird News

Berry Head

Another Yellow-browed Warbler (really striking wingbars on this bird) this morning on road up from Berry Head Hotel toward the wardens bungalow) with a flock of Long-tailed Tits, 1 Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Nov 2016 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Nov 2016 ML2

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 9:38 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 9th November 2016



Male Mandarin amongst large group of Mallards on River Dart beneath Brutus Bridge, Totnes.

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 8:07 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Aveton Gifford and South Huish

Aveton Gifford tidal road just before the high tide Common Sand Piper 7+, Redshank 4+, Greenshank 2, Oyster catch 3, Black Tailed Godwit 3, Grey Wagtail and Little Grebe 3.

South Huish Marsh strong on shore winds made birding difficult but 14 plus Rock Pipits, a Turnstone and a Ringed Plover on the beach and a female Kestrel overhead, 2 Dunlin on the marsh, further Pipit sp, Pied Wagtails, Greater and Lesser Black Back Gulls, Teal and Wigeon.

On the outskirts of Thurlestone in excess of 400 Wood pigeons feeding on fields of wheat stubble and a female Stonechat.

Back home at South Brent 25 Goldfinch around the feed station and a flock of 45 Starlings overhead.

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 3:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

.long tailed duck mature female

Northam burrows estuary 5thnov 2.15pm

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 3:15 pm by pete.tree.howells in Bird News

Velator reserve

Good numbers of Redwing in the reserve this morning, and a real surprise was putting up a Woodcock.

Out on the scrape 2 Black-tailed Godwits still, and (unusual here) a Lesser Black-backed Gull, perhaps looking at the corpse of a Canada Goose.

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 2:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

A juvenile Spoonbill was on the marsh when I arrived at the hide this lunchtime. It then headed over to Goosemoor where it was still there when I left at around 13.40. Also 1 Kingfisher at Goosemoor.

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 1:59 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Hartland Point Seawatch

0730-1030 Wind NW strong-gale

1 Sooty Shearwater

6 Manx Shearwater

1 Pomarine skua ( prob juv, looked all brown)

15 Common Scoter

520 Kittiwake total

700 Auks in first hour

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 12:15 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Churston Torbay

Nice to see a small group of 8 Lapwing with Starlings and Black-headed Gulls on a ploughed field above Galmpton/Churston. Lapwing in Torbay are less than annual!

Lapwing Churston Torbay 08 Nov 2016 ML

Posted November 9th, 2016 at 10:15 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 8th November 2016

Spoonbill on the Axe

Ian Mc had a Spoonbill on the Axe estuary from Tower Hide at 10am ish and it lingered all day. It was rather mobile being seen on Colyford Common, Black Hole Marsh, the estuary and also Seaton Marshes at various points in the day. It was still out on the estuary at dusk.


Posted November 8th, 2016 at 11:56 pm by Tim White in Bird News


2 swallows near halshanger rifle range. also been hundreds of fieldfares and redwings since Thursday but very few today

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 8:25 pm by P Bowden in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings or this morning,

7 Goosander 3m 4f, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 7:20 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News


5 Chiffchaffs in the reserve today: 3 were ringed, one was retrapped and another unringed bird seen later. One of those we ringed was a Siberian Chiffchaff, probably the bird I saw a couple of days ago. That makes 92 Chiffchaffs ringed in the reserve this year.

3 more Redwings ringed.

Also saw the first Fieldfares of the autumn, when two flew over and two Redshank were heard and seen a few times.

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 7:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Found at 14.00 on the roof of my house, last seen 14.45 , despite a seach of the area could not be relocated.

Full deatils on later with recod shots

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Mike & Anne Passman in Bird News

Crow point Tues.8/11/16

Saw a bird which I am sure was a shrike. Grey head,black eye stripe,black and white on wings and black on tail feathers. Chest speckled and underbelly pale colour. Has anyone else seen it ??

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Jude Runnalls in Bird News

N Hallsands

YELLOW BROWED WARBLER ringed this morning. Also on site a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and 15+ nominate ( 9 ringed ).

Yellow Browed Warbler
Yellow Browed Warbler

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News


Broadsands: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Eider, 5 Brent Geese (possibly a family 2 ads and 3 juvs) 12 Common Scoter, 2 Shelduck & 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull on sea. Around the marsh 1 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff.

  Yellow-browed Warbler Youngs Park 08 Nov 2016 ML     Brent Goose family Broadsands 08 Nov 2016 ML

Young's Park Goodrington: now 2 Yellow-browed Warblers  seen chasing each other around the marshy bit behind the two ponds & 1 Chiffchaff

Short Video of YBW here: 

Posted November 8th, 2016 at 10:22 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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