Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th March 2016


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

Monday 14th March 2016

Red Kite

 High over Bovey Tracey this lunchtime drifting to the south west. 

Posted March 14th, 2016 at 11:50 pm by George Lavers in Bird News

Around Plymouth

The Rv Plym on the low tide below Saltram Glaucous Gull asleep on the mud flats separate from the other gathered gulls.

Ford Park Cemetery, above the Chapel three Black Redstart (2F ~ 1M) seen, while there males could be heard calling from cover at two different locations. Nuthatch, Wren, hen Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard and Raven overhead.

Outland Road approaching Mannadon a Ring Necked Parakeet flew over the road at some height.

At home in South Brent male and female Reed Bunting around the feeders Lesser Black Backed Gull over head.

Posted March 14th, 2016 at 9:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir

One Bar-headed Goose with the canada geese at the reservoir late this afternoon and unusually there were six Shelduck on the water. My first record for the site.

Posted March 14th, 2016 at 7:26 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery today

Three Black-redstarts still showing well one Goldcrest,one f Blackcap.

Posted March 14th, 2016 at 3:21 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Short-eared Owl (Yesterday Sunday 13-3-2016)

The Short-eared Owl was showing well at 16:30hrs north side of Exminster Marsh for over an hour hunting in the fields along the the canal hedge near the cycle track viewed from the mud track at centre car-park. Also 2-Stonechats and Chiffchaff stood on fence just behinde me.

The Ridgway's Cackling Goose is also showing well at Matford Marsh on the trading estate end.

Redwings are still present around the trees in the middle of King George V Playing Fields Countess Wear.

Posted March 14th, 2016 at 9:46 am by David Boult in Bird News

Sunday 13th March 2016

West Charleton Marsh and Wareham Point

1 Jack Snipe - West Charleton Marsh mid-pm and 1 Whimbrel and a fem. Merlin at Wareham Point.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 9:36 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

South Brent Brambling and Blaxton Meadow

A great days birding, a morning visit to a private lake near South Brent gave me no less than 22 species that included 10 Canadian Geese, Mute Swan, a solitary drake Wigeon, full summer plumage Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen a large flock of Redwing more than could be counted, several Wrens, four Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, three Green Woodpeckers heard calling only the one seen, Heron, male Yellow Hammer, a single Goldcrest, hen Sparrow Hawk overhead and fly past from five Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

The Rv Plym Blaxton Meadow gave good if distant views of the reported Glaucous Gull, Curlew 11, Shellduck 37, Redshank 80 plus, Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank 2, Oyster Catcher, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, several Little Egrets, Lesser and Greater Black Back Gull, Long Tailed Tit, Green and Gold Finch.

On arriving home at South Brent a female Reed Bunting came in for the second day running followed later in the afternoon by a male however the highlight was a female Brambling the first I have recorded here (a male did over winter a few years ago). Two Song Thrush, Starling, Jay, four Siskin.

Lesser and Greater Black Back Gulls passing over.

Late afternoon the resident hen Buzzard made a concerted effort to drive off a pair of Raven one of which was carrying a sizable twig, both Raven beat a hasty retreat.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 8:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

meeth nr north devon

pleasant strolll around the quarry pit and fields.On the main pool,male goldeneye,pair each of tufted duck,g.c. grebe,pochard,coots.Two,possibly 3 willow tits,green wooodpecker,pr tawny owls calling,12:00-15:00.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 6:34 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


This afternoon: 2 Siskin, 1 Firecrest, flitting around the conifers. 8 Skylark singing by South Hessary tor, 2 Buzzards overhead, a Small Tortoiseshell on the grass and a common lizard amongst the granite.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 4:57 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News


BGM - Darts Farm and Topsham Rec. Viwed over the hight tide 9am - 1pm. Usual suspects mostly but some Fieldfare (8) in field behind Darts Farm. SX 97527 88702

Distant Fieldfare (record shot)
Distant Fieldfare (record shot)

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 2:41 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Chiffchaff x 2 , no singing, by the Sandy Lane car park north end

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 2:37 pm by Lowell Mills/Tom Williams in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

Siberian Chiffchaff around the middle and top pond also 2 singing collybita Chiffchaffs.

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Posted March 13th, 2016 at 2:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

13-03-16 Ford Park Cemetery

Two pairs of Black-Redstarts showing well this morning in Ford Park Cemetery

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 2:13 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Chapel Wood

Lovely sunny spring morning in the wood today. At least 5 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers displaying and calling around the wood, Green Woodpecker heard along with Buzzard, Robin, Chaffinch, Blue, Great and Cole tits, lots of corvids and pheasants. A few different calls - a low trill not heard before and I think a Tawny Owl being harrassed by Jackdaws.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Warren Woods, River Yealm, Yealmpton

A lovely couple hours before sunset.

A Dipper on the river. 50+ Wigeon on the Marsh. 30+ Shelduck on the estuary. Also Greenshank, Redshank, Green Woodpecker, Curlew, Whimbrel (?), Grey Heron, Little Egret, Buzzard, Canada Geese. Very pleased - I keep forgetting this spot just 10 minutes from home. A great mix of habitats (woods,river,estuary, large reed beds, arable fields, old railway line).

Also saw a barn owl at Brixton - a big favourite of mine. 

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 12:13 pm by Paul Cowie in Bird News

Blackcap singing in Chudleigh

This morning a Blackcap was singing in the tree in front of our house,I suspect that it was one of the wintering birds that have been in the area,but it was wonderful to hear,spring is on the way!

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 11:45 am by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Baggy Point

No Wheatears early morning but right out at the point, two Chiffchaffs must surely be migrants. The resident species in display mode, and even carrying nesting material.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 8:42 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 12th March 2016

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible migration along the clifftops early this morning included flocks of Linnets, Goldfinches & Siskins, plus 15 alba wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails and a few Meadow Pipits. Single Coal Tit, Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker wandering well away from their preferred habitats, much as they do during post-breeding dispersal in autumn. 7 Cormorants were also migrants.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 10:58 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

RE: Exmoor Walk


Answering Philip Worth's post, the wader type birds you saw flying over you were Golden Plover, interesting to see, at least one seems to be in breeding plumage.

Hope this helps


Posted March 12th, 2016 at 9:17 pm by Andrew in Bird News

Plym Estuary Glaucous Gull (2nd cy)

Some record shots of today's bird

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 9:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

South Huish Marsh. 1 Whooper Swan on the main pool when I arived at 9.30am. Seen off by the resident pair of Mute Swans at 9.50am when it took off, circled the marsh and then headed off north. Also one 1stW Med Gull in the gull roost.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 8:52 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Popped in briefly this afternoon, and there was a male goosander on the lake :)

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 8:47 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Exmoor and Braunton Caen River

Trip up to Pinkery Pond gave Stonechat, lots of Skylark, Buzzards, Fieldfare. A walk along the Caen this evening gave great views of a hunting Barn Owl, Male Kestrel, Redshanks, Greenshank, Dunlin, Egret, Teal, Shoveler, Shelduck with a Green Sandpiper on the crape close to the Tarka Trail last evening.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 7:58 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News


Male Goosander dropped into Bowling Green Marsh this afternoon.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Highlight was the Glaucous Gull (2nd calendar year) which flew in from the south @ 11.30 am and settled at the top of the estuary, before gping to Plympton Water Treatment Works where it showed well, and the returnong to the top of the Plym Estuary.

Also - Turnstone 16, Dunlin 4+, Ringed Plover 2, Common Sandpiper 2, Redshank c75, Greenshank 3, Oystercatcher, Curlew 16, Little Egret 8, Red-breasted Merganser redhead, Great Crested Grebe, Shelduck 33, Goldcrest 3, and Siskin.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 6:30 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Short eared Owl

Short eared owl again on Exminster marsh. It was in fields just before ferry boat steps.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 6:28 pm by Brian Davies in Bird News

Bull Point - N.Devon

My first male Wheatear of 2016.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Reed Buntings ~ South Brent

Since the last week of February I have had two male Reed Buntings coming into the garden feed station almost every day, this morning brought the first hen Reed Bunting that I have ever recorded here and she has remained around for most of the day.

The darker male came in briefly this morning, followed by the paler male (as per image) and it continued to come and go throughout the day, oddly enough the hen tends to feed on the ground while the males actually come onto my flat tree trunk feeder and always have done since they arrived, the hen is also more tolerant of feeding around other species than the males that tend to bicker and be aggressive.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 5:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary

A couple of pics of the Glaucous Gull that I snapped today as it left the estuary and headed for the sewage works..

Glaucous Gull, Plym Estuary
Glaucous Gull, Plym Estuary

Glaucous Gull, Plym Estuary
Glaucous Gull, Plym Estuary

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 5:52 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Middle- East Soar

Middle Soar: Merlin(F), Yellow Hammers (10), Cirl Bunting, flying over flock of Golden Plover(50)

Stare Hole valley: Linnets, Stonechats.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 4:05 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from 08:00 till 11:30

on walk down to the hide , 1 Firecrest in with mixed goldcrest and tit group by the bridge over railway line at top of lane, also nuthatch , treecreeper , green woodpecker and great spotted woodpecker.

from the hide the male brambling was around the feeders briefly, 1 nuthatch . 141+ avocet, 1 spotted redshank , 2 greenshanks , 1 water rail, 70+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ black tailed godwits, 200+ dunlin, 2 oystercatchers, 3 Cetti's warblers, 250+ redshanks, 4 tufted duck, 12+ PIntail, 15+ snipe, 2 reed buntings, 1 stonechat.

in walk back from the hide 1 new in chiffchaff .

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 1:58 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exmoor walk

Hooray, after many fruitless Weekend walks over the past few weeks the Moor seems to be alive again.

Wrens, chaffinch, skylark male &female stone chats, Robins and buzzards and some wader type birds flying overhead that I managed to snap at a great distance but am unable to identify.

Hopefully someone may be able to identify them for me,  the picture is heavily cropped,  I have picked out the clearest birds out of a flock of about 25 birds.

Wader type bird over moor.
Wader type bird over moor.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 1:12 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Despite the good weather, no spring migrants this morning. But a Bittern over the Higher Ley at 08.45 and the female Marsh Harrier. Highlight was an Otter hunting in open water mid-morning.

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 11:49 am by David Cope in Bird News


Chiffchaff calling, Bitton Park, Teignmouth, 10am

Posted March 12th, 2016 at 10:40 am by Alan Ford in Bird News

Friday 11th March 2016

Migration at sea + barn owl -South Brent

At sea today, fishing mid Channel. Pleased to see several groups of small birds flying from France to England! They will have too remain as LBJ's as too distant for me to identify. The spring migration would appear to have started! None landed on my boat this time as they were all flying strongly in good conditions

On the way home at around 10pm a barn owl was seen again flying in the Marley Head, South Brent area

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 11:11 pm by David Pakes in Bird News


A Black Redstart this afternoon in Millbay Docks.

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 9:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Budleigh and Otterton STW

2 Firecest feeding in the warm sunshine near Kersbrook Village today. At Otterton, a flat calm sea produced 8 RT Divers, 4 Common Scoter and a single Porpoise.

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 8:42 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Re Seaton wetlands crow

The report of the crow taking a gull in flight was amazing: Recently at Bowling Green Marsh we had a crow catch and kill a godwit from the lake, but last week I witnessed a crow hunting a godwit in flight! It persisted for quite some time before the godwit managed to rejoin the flock and reach the safety of numbers, and I remember wondering what the crow thought it would do if it caught it, since I didn't think crows were equipped to take prey on the wing. Perhaps I'm wrong. I wonder if crows have been seen doing this elsewhere? 


Posted March 11th, 2016 at 8:41 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

parakeet roost

12  may be more ringneck parakeet roosting western approach

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 6:38 pm by barry in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands

An excellent day on my first visit to this excellent site with 52 species recorded, managed to catch up with both the Green Winged Teal and the Glossy Ibis,and there were lots of Chiffchaffs about.

On Stafford Marsh I saw an amazing bit of bird behaviour, I watched a Crow catch a BlackHeaded Gull in flight and bring it to the ground and proceed to kill it with a series of hammer like blows from its beak to the back of the head of the unfortunate gull.Two other crows looked on no doubt hoping for some of the spoils.Is this learnt behaviour or a lucky strike?

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 5:04 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

Ludwell Valley Park

I've lived here a while now and never seen them before, but I can confirm the 'mythical' dippers on the stream are real :) Great to finally find them! Also lots of finches about, including a pair of bullfinches munching buds in the hedgerow near the orchards.


Posted March 11th, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Exe River (Between Mill on the Exe & St David's station)

A pair of Goosander on the river. 

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 1:43 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Middle Soar

Take a deep breath!!  Large Eagle species flying north over Middle Soar at 0915 and putting up 330 Golden Plover. Viewed from just under a mile way at East Soar Farm and in poor light. Very dark bird with powering flight heading north and obvious protruding neck & head. No gliding. Short tail. Broad eagle-like wings. Immediate thoughts were White-tailed Eagle and looking at Forsman could well be but can't be certain. Hopefully someone else will see the bird across the UK, will contact Bird Guides & BTO.

Thoughts welcome!!

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 12:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Correction to the age of the Glaucous Gull, it should read 1st winter not 3rd. Sorry, fat fingers!

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Philip Martin Phillips in Bird News

Plym Estuary

A few hours on this mornings high tide produced the following;

3rd winter Glaucous Gull, Red breasted Merganser (m/f), 8 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, 41 Curlew, 5 Dunlin, c128 Redshank, 3 Greenshank and 1 Snipe.

Posted March 11th, 2016 at 9:27 am by Philip Martin Phillips in Bird News

Thursday 10th March 2016


Finch fest on the bird table and feeders today!! 5 Siskins, 4 bullfinches, up to 30 goldfinches, 6 chaffinches, 6 green finches, and a female reed bunting !! (A first for us ????)

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 10:09 pm by Graeme Davey in Bird News

Willow Tits at lower Tamar Lakes

Three of us went from Exmouth especially to see a Willow Tit and within 5 minutes we found our quary. All three we seen near the feeders and the Hide. Marsh Tits were seen to which made id interesting! 18 Goosander and a Cetti's Warbler were seen from the footpath to the hide. Met up with Harvey Kendall along the way. A few photo's of the Willow Tit and a Goosander.

Willow Tit at the feeder
Willow Tit at the feeder

Willow Tit
Willow Tit

Goo sander touch down
Goo sander touch down

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Dawlish Warren 10th Mar 2016

What looks like an Iberian Chiffchaff feeding on the reeds at the large pond by the flood defence wall, another Chiffchaff at the small pond area.. The Savonian Grebe was off Cockwood.

(eds: looks more like a bright 'collybita' Chiffchaff..)

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 9:50 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Rippon Tor, Dartmoor

A Short-eared Owl seen at around 17.00hrs quartering below the Tor.

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 9:35 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

West Charlton marsh

A couple of hours spent here were wellworth it, on a lovely spring day.  At least 5 chiffchaff were around the sewage works, as was a goldcrest.  On the estuary were at least 50 brent geese and plenty of shellduck wigeon and a few curlew.the only other waders being 3 redshank and one greenshank.  The feeders on the marsh attracted  a variety of birds including one male cirl bunting and on the scrapes were 20 more wigeon 10 teal , 2 grey herons and 3 little egret.  Over 35 different species seen and skylarks heard

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 7:48 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery today

Ford park cemetery two female Black redstarts,one male Black redstart,female Blackcap,one Goldcrest,two Buzzards.

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 4:34 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News


Lower Tamar Lake - 10th March,

Pleasantly spring-like at Lower Tamar this morning.

1 Kingfisher, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Moorhens, 3 Cormorants, 17 Goosanders 9 Tufted Duck,, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreepers 8+ Blackbirds, 2 Dunnocks, several Robins,1 male Reed Bunting, 11 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, Marsh, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 2 Willow Tits, c.10 Chaffinches, usual corvids, c. 15 Black headed Gulls.

Good tp meet up with 8 other birders from widespread areas of the West Country - all successfully seeking Willow Tit.

Harvey Kendall 

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 3:07 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Wednesday 9th March 2016


Firecrest along Bewhay Gardens, Dartington this morning at around 10 a.m.

Posted March 9th, 2016 at 9:14 pm in Bird News

Tuesday 8th March 2016


possible RED THROATED PIPIT seen all too briefly on edge of tip pool northam burrows.Seen face on immediate feature being all brick red underparts but no sooner sighting it away it flew dropping down into scrub s.west of pool.No call or other features obtained sorry.17:40.4 med gulls,2ad,2ss,110 widgeon,pr pintails on sea.

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 11:08 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


On the sea: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Divers.

Around the car parks: 1 Firecrest, 1 Reed Bunting 5 Cirl Buntings.

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 7:56 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A change in wind direction brought the first real signs of visible migration over the headland, with a Skylark, 19 Meadow Pipits, 7 Pied Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails and a handful of Chaffinches passing through.

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

watched from the hide 16:00 till 17:45

8 grey plover, among 200+ dunlin, 250+ redshank, 2 greenshanks , 300+ black tailed godwits, 250+ avocet, 20+ bar tailed godwits, 16+ Pintail, 2 sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine, 1 little egret, 2 grey heron, 1 spotted redshank flew over towards goosemoor, 20+ snipe, 1 water rail, 2 Cetti's warblers, 250+ wigeon. 

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 7:26 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

This afternoon's Stuart Lines birdwatching cruise was the last of the season. The resident Slavonian Grebe was off Starcross Yacht Club with a second bird. The only Spotted Redshank was with large numbers of godwits at Topsham. Avocets totalled about 350 and there were about 40 Knot in the Turf area and 25 Sanderlings mid-estuary. A single Goldeneye was at Topsham.

Slavonian Grebes off Starcross Yacht Club
Slavonian Grebes off Starcross Yacht Club

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 6:58 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

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