Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st April 2016

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Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

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Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

Our aim is to provide a concise daily news summary of bird sightings around Devon, and these changes should fulfil this goal.

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Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


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Thursday 21st April 2016

Wrafton Pond

This male Shoveler showed up on the pond today very hungry & after feeding enjoying a well deserved rest.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 9:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Reeve's Pheasant's


Posted April 21st, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Tarka trail - Chivenor to Barnstaple

1 Lesser Whitethroat which is a challenging photographic subject to say the least! 1 sumplum Bar tailed Godwit & 1 Common Sandpiper near the Civic Centre at Barnstaple.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

As I missed them this morning, I went down on an entirely successful mission to see the pair of Garganey this evening. I stayed on for a while and found 4 Yellow Wagtails, including 3 smart males. I called Sue as she had missed these this morning. When she arrived I was also able to point out the female Wheatear to her. We watched and waited - perhaps for a Swift, no joy, but then a cracking BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL joined the Yellow ones. There were also a few House Martins, and good numbers of Sand Martins and Swallows, often perching on some brambles. 5 Little Egrets in the area. On the pill at least 5 Common Sandpipers and 3 Dunlin. In amongst the Pied Wagtails were a few White Wagtails

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 6:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Powderham Marsh RSPB

A visit at lunch time produced a Whinchat by viewing field, a Whitethroat, singing Sedge Warbler and a Willow Warbler. 6 Swallows were local birds. Also 9 Shoveler and 30 Teal.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 4:59 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


Two Swifts over today.  Good passage of Whimbrel and Godwits

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 4:41 pm in Bird News

Noss Mayo

2 Swift with 6 House martin this afternoon. 3 Blackcap 2m.f. feeding on old crab apples in garden , regular visitors.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 4:18 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Yarner Wopod

Wood Warbler- one, possibly two, both observed and heard singing high in the canopy.

Large numbers of Pied Flycatchers with two pairs seen entering nest boxes.   2 Tree Pipits on open heath section

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 4:14 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News


Red kite over Holsworthy at 3.30

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 3:37 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Saw my first Swift of the year this lunchtime at Exminster Marshes. In with a group of House Martins along the path by the railway line not far from the RSPB car park. Also a Whitethroat singing by the first gate along the path.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 2:16 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News


Ringing in the reserve,

9 Blackcaps

3 Willow Warbler

3 Chiffchaff

2 Sedge Warbler

2 Whitethroat

Three Controls (not my birds) French Sedge Warbler, and British ringed Blackcap and male Pied Flycatcher.

Sue Bruce walked down to Sherpa Marsh and saw a pair of Garganey 2 Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 1:32 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Morte Point

Willow Warbler with aberrant plumage singing well on Morte Point yesterday.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 11:59 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

2 Common Scoters in the bay this morning + 13 Whimbrel  passing through on Saunton Beach.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 11:09 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Rillage Point

06.10–08.10, heavily overcast, E4 gusting 5: One Swift (first of year here) powering E along with 135 House Martins (all in tight bunches of 5–30 birds) but only 6 Swallows. Also on the move: 30 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Tree Pipits, 48 Linnets, 35 Goldfinches, 16 Siskins, 1 redpoll sp. – everything going E into the wind. One Common Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap and 1 Lesser Whitethroat was pretty much it for migrants at ground level.

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 9:05 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Wednesday 20th April 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

From the viewing platform 2-Knot and from the hide c20-Whimbrel, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits (2 in summer plumage) with the usual waders and ducks at Goosemoor Spotted Redshank (summer plumage) with 21-Greenshank and a Sparrowhawk flying over.

Spotted Redshank in summer plumage
Spotted Redshank in summer plumage


2 Bar-tailed Godwits in summer plumage
2 Bar-tailed Godwits in summer plumage

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 10:06 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

Evening stroll around the ponds after checking a rather quiet Wrafton Pond. Still about 16 loafing Swans. A Little Ringed Plover and a Yellow Wagtail, which quickly and expertly disappeared! A smattering of Sand Martins about, and a few Swallows. Back at the Scrape, a Common Sandpiper and a House Martin.

Forgot to mention earlier that I saw 6 House Martins at Baggy this morning.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 9:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Six Common Sandpipers at Wistlandpound Reservoir this morning and a total of 48 Wheatears in three fields above Berrynarbor early this afternoon.

A couple of Roe deer again in the garden last evening causing havoc nibbling all the fresh growth of roses, shrubs and anything that takes their fancy !

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 7:59 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

South Huish

A very cool and breezey coast walk fromThurlestone to Hope Cove and back this morning with 3 whimbrel sheltering on the muddy shore by the footbridge over South Milton Ley, 3 Sandwich terns fishing offshore, a skulking chiffchaff at South Milton Sands and a winter plumaged grey plover on South Huish Marsh with 2 female teal and a coot being the highlights. It was quite fun to watch the occassional swallow dash past at almost supersonic speed in the strong wind. An oil beetle on the footpath was also a nice find.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 5:35 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News


Hobby over Broadwoodwidger this afternoon, Wednesday 20th April

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 5:34 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Baggy Point

Walked out to the point this morning in beautiful conditions. 3 Whitethroats singing, several Linnets, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Rock Pipits, Chiffchaffs, and 3 Wheatears. At the point a big bull seal eating a very large fish. On my way back just before the kissing gate at about 09.35, a bunch of Gulls were agitating out over the bay. Looking up, what I had been hoping for the last few weeks: an OSPREY! It was harassed right over my head at about 200 feet and on over the headland towards Putsborough, the Gulls being replaced by a flock of Jackdaws.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 4:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Haytor, Dartmoor

14.00 Yellowhammer and two swallows between two Haytor car parks

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 4:02 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in Bird News

Orcombe Point

An early afternoon visit produced a Whinchat around the top fields 'paddock'. The dungfield yielded 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, a Black Redstart and 3 Wheatears. A female Common Redstart  was in the top hedge one field up from the campfield. 13 Swallows, 3 Pied Wagtails, 1 House Martin, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Blackcap and 6 Chiffchaffs completed the totals.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 3:01 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

South Brent 19th ~ 20th Yarner and Trendlebere

Tuesday 19th April ~ South Brent ~ River Avon at the Island ~ Green Woodpecker two possibly a third, Robin, Wren 2, Blackbird 7+,Blue Tit 5+, Great Tit, Chiffchaff, Jackdaw, Jay 2, Herring Gull, Carrion Crow, Canadian Geese could be heard calling from towards Brent Mill, Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tit 2, Grey Wagtail, Magpie, Rook 2, Goldfinch 4 one of which was flying carrying a trailing length of fine grass, Song Thrush 4, one with nesting material, two gathering worms and one singing in the church yard.

Dockwell ~ Willow Warbler pair singing and displaying, Wren 2, Chaffinch several chasing pairs, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Blackcap pair and a single male, Pheasant, Heron, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Buzzard.

Between Dockwell and Bloody Pool Cross several singing Skylarks.

Ladies Wood ~ Blue Tit in a nest box (popped its head out as we passed) Great Tit, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker 2/3 calling almost constantly during visit, Treecreeper pair and a single bird, Chiffchaff. One Orange Tipped Butterfly.

Back home at GSWP, Jay, male and female Reed Bunting on the feeders, Song Thrush, Starling gathering nesting material, Rook, Siskin and male Bullfinch visiting the feeders.

Wednesday 20th April ~ Yarner and Trendlebere ~ top of Yarner Wood as approached from Trendlebere ~ Stonechat and Dunnock on the gorse tops, Tree Pipit displaying and singing.

In the top edge of the wood a pair of Redstart, male Pied Flycatcher, Long tailed Tits, Green Woodpecker and Chiffchaff calling. On leaving a small species of very blue butterfly.

A38 Ashburton Peregrine seen passing over the dual carriageway.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Great White egret flew past  the Turf going south at 8 o'clock yesterday evening

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 12:56 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Rillage Point

06.15–08.00, clear, E4: first Whimbrels of the year (5), plus 12 Wheatears (all at NW extremity of Point first thing; all had gone when I walked back past at 07.45). Also 3 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaffs. Change in weather meant much less visible migration than yesterday: 10 Swalows, 11 House Martins, 1 Sand Martin, 5 alba wagtails, 25 Goldfinches, 11 Siskins and four apparently migrating Rooks. Lesser Black-backed Gulls continuing to trickle through, with 19 flying E.

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 8:53 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tuesday 19th April 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 19:00

A nice afternoon around the marsh with 1 spotted redshank now nearly in full summer plumage, 25+ whimbrel, 12+ bar tailed godwits, 10+ greenshanks, 1 grey plover, 2 knot, 22+ dunlin, 150+ black tailed godwits, 80+ curlew, 12+ blackcap,  4 willow warblers,  20+ chiffchaffs  4 Cetti's warblers, 2 sedge warblers, 2 tufted duck , 1 sparrowhawk, 1 peregrine, 10+ buzzards, 6 little egrets, 18+ shovelers, 15+ shelducks, a few swallows and sand martins.

A good find was a curlew with colour rings will send of the details 

Left tarsus had a white ring with BH on, over yellow ring 

Right tarsus had just a green ring 

From the viewing platform 117+ pale bellied Brent geese later they headed past the goatwalk heading north, also 7 great crested grebes.


Posted April 19th, 2016 at 9:06 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


A Sedge Warbler singing, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4+ Blackcaps and a Jay in Lipson first thing. On the Hoe, a Wheatear, a few Sandwich Terns and a Razorbill.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 8:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Matford Marsh

Male Wheatear in the fields between Matford Marsh and Marsh Barton this afternoon.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 7:46 pm by Jim Southall in Bird News

Kingford Fen, Dunsdon and Lower Tamar Lake.

Good numbers of migrant warblers calling in all these areas with predominance of Willow Warblers.   A possible Garden Warbler at Venn was heard but could not be seen and where the very active and noisy rookery held at least 15 nests. More than 30 Swallows and six House Martins were feeding over the Tamar at Kingford Fen and a pair of Bullfinches fed along the hedge.

A few Grey Herons were feeding on the marshland and in the streams with three or four active nests at the Dunsdon heronry.   A resident reported a Barn Owl at their property and Siskins visiting their bird feeders.  Two Song Thrushes were noted at Dunsdon.

A Jay was watched as it bathed in a stream at Lower Tamar with three others reported.   Two Goldcrests were obtaining mossy nesting material from trees.   The usual tits were on the many feeders including one Willow Tit and also a Nuthatch.   One or two Buzzards were circling high in the warm clear skies at all the sites visited.

A very good morning's birding.

Harvey Kendall

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 6:47 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Yarner Woods

Pied flycatcher (10 male and 4 female), Redstart (male), Nuthatch (5), Treecreeper (3),

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher


Posted April 19th, 2016 at 6:10 pm by Richard Gowen in Bird News


Velator reserve ringing this morning: 9 Blackcaps, 8 Willow Warblers (50 so far this year) 3 Chiffchaffs and the first Sedge Warblers ringed (4). Retrapped a Kingfisher originally ringed in 2014.

A Redstart was in the reserve a couple of days ago.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 6:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Walking around Challacombe this afternoon, we saw Redstart (m), Stock Dove, Nuthatch, plenty of Willow Warbler,s, also seen at 14.45 a  Bat flying around.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Mavis Goddard in Bird News


Distant record shot of a Wheatear on Jubilee Field, Budleigh this morning 

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 5:11 pm by Richard Allen in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Quick visit to Exminster Marshes this lunchtime. A Reed Warbler was singing and showing really well by the middle car park. Then at the far end of the RSPB car park was a Whitethroat.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 4:06 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Black Hole Marsh

Great morning at BH Marsh, didn't see the Monty but did see lots of Swallows, a pair of Bullfinch, lots of Cettis calling, Kestrel, single Grey Plover, 2 Blackwits but bird of the day was a Whitethroat in front of the Colyford Common hide.   The Sun even came out!

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 2:29 pm by Ben Rowland in Bird News

East Soar

Moderate arrival of 33 Wheatears plus Redstart, 4 Sand Martins, 5 Swallows, Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warblers, migrant Goldcrest and first spring record of Green Woodpecker (yaffling in wood). First real butterfly emergence with Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, 4 Speckled Woods & 2 Peacocks. Also 2 buck Roe Deer.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 12:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Burrator area

0640-0900hrs.  2 Redstarts (m), Treecreeper, 3 Wheater (m) and a Ring Ouzel (m) seen on Down Tor.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 11:25 am by Philip M Phillips in Bird News

Berry Head

0630-0830hrs: 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler (photo below and video link here:  ), 1 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff. 2 Wheatears - the large looking male perhaps an Icelandic bird - not quite as richly coloured on lower underside (but still very rich neck and onto upper chest) as Greenland but showing the typical browny rear ear coverts, and brown in the mantle and scapulars (photo below)

Overhead: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swallows, 1 Rook & 4 House Sparrows heading high NE. 


Posted April 19th, 2016 at 10:14 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point

06.10 – 07.50, overcast, almost still: Strongest visible migration so far this spring, with 400 Swallows, 70 House Martins, 20 Sand Martins, 44 Linnets, 83 Goldfinches and 14 Siskins all moving W or NW. Hirundines still pouring through when I left. In the scrub single singing Grasshopper Warbler, Common Whitethroat (first of year here), Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff, plus 1 f Wheatear. A Shelduck flew W offshore.

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 9:27 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Monday 18th April 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Steve Cox post.

The marsh, road and viewing platform was alive with Sand + House Martins and Swallows over the late afternoon high-tide with 3-Sandwich Terns from the Goatwalk on the rising tide and the Spotted Redshank with 19-Greenshank and 14-Little Egrets in Goosemoor

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 10:11 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Red Kite over Exeter

Red Kite over Quayside at 5pm.  Drifted East being mobbed by gulls.

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 9:22 pm by John Holmes in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

17 Sand Martin's, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 29 Shoveler on Bowling Green & 2 Knot & 2 Avocets from Goat Walk early this morning. 

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 8:49 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

5 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap & 3 Willow Warbler. Quite good after a dearth of birds on Saturday!

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 5:14 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Baggy Point

Pair of nice Wheatear and several Stonechat on rocks and foliage at Baggy Point this last weekend

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 4:53 pm by mark etheridge in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

In complete contrast to yesterday, a weak weather front sinking south at dawn brought cloud and a few spits of drizzle in the W wind, grounding a singing Lesser Whitethroat (first of year here) and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. Visible migration included 105 Swallows and 47 House Martins flying W or NW in the space of an hour from 07.00, along with a Grey Wagtail, 3 alba wagtails, 53 Linnets, 32 Goldfinches and 4 Siskins. There were also two different female Sparrowhawks moving W with the hirundines and finches, but whether migrants themselves or local birds in pursuit of a passing snack is impossible to know.

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 2:55 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Newton Abbot

Two Grasshopper Warblers reeling from the middle of a rather nondescript silage field on private land to the west of Newton Abbot this morning. Also a Swift over.

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 12:32 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News


On border trees between Belvidere Meadows and Exeter Uni Campus, a yaffling Green Woodpecker.

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 10:53 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

South Zeal

House martins back under the eaves and first Pied flycatcher ( male) seen yesterday, up in the copse.

Posted April 18th, 2016 at 7:27 am by Jasper Michie in Bird News

Sunday 17th April 2016

Montagu's Harrier - Colyford Common

This afternoon 3 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper on the Estuary, Knot on Black Hole Marsh. Red Kite showing well over Bridge Marsh/A3052 and Colyford Common mid afternoon but then a MONTAGU'S HARRIER stole all the attention! Very distant for pics but it appeared to go to roost on Colyford Common so I will be there early in the morning and hope for some good fortune before it moves on...

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 11:13 pm by Tim White in Bird News

Bowling Green Viewing Platform

Apologies seems I clicked on the wrong photo and sent it twice. 2-Sandwich Terns seen from the platform.

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 9:30 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Watched over the afternoon high-tide.

From the viewing platform 3-Common Sandpipers, 3-Knot, 2-Grey Plover, 7-Bar-tailed Godwits, 2-Sandwich Terns and 2-Blackcaps.

From the hide 2-Ringed Plover, 22-Whimbrel (13-cirling overhead), 17-Curlew, 1-Snipe, c65-Redshank, c450-Black-tailed Godwits, 1-Dunlin, c10-Sand Martins and 2-Buzzards.

From Goosemoor 1-Spotted Redshank (nearly black), 19-Greenshank, 15-Little Egrets, 1-Swallow and 3-Blackcaps

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Cloudless blue skies & light N wind = super quiet for migrants first thing. Visible migration included 22 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 35 Goldfinches and 32 Siskins, the latter my highest count of the year so far and all flying W. 40 House Martins over Sterridge Valley this evening.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 9:15 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Soar and Plym Estuary & Saltram

Soar this morning - 4 Wheatears, 9 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 3+ Swallows a (presumed) Continental Goldcrest (much more striking than its' autumn counterparts), and a Green Hairstreak. 

Plym Estuary and Saltram this afternoon - Still 2 Snipe and 10 Little Egrets; also Wheatear, Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff and at least 3 Mandarin Ducks.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 8:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


5 little terns briefly  feeding then flew out of estuary only to return to land for a wash and brush up near to entrance gate present at 17:15 also 1 pale bellied brent&5 whimbrel

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 5:47 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Berry Head - Brixham - 17-04-16

Plenty of Guillemots on their usual nesting place, several Fulmars around the coast and especially in the Quarries, and a couple of Shags nesting near the South Fort.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 4:44 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Tarka trail , West Yelland.

A Common Whitethroat  singing  on  the Tarka trail adjacent to Home farm marsh at 12-30.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 2:21 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Burrator / Sheepstor.

This morning:  2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 displaying Tree Pipit, 2 male Redstarts, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, c20 Swallow and 2 House Martins over the surface of the reservoir.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Saturday 16th April 2016


A good day around Topsham. Started with my first Sedge & Reed warblers of the year at Highfield Farm (2 of each). A hybrid Herring / Lesser-blacked gull at the rec did a good impression of a Yellow-legged gull, where 27 Dunlin & 2 Ringed plover dropped in.  The Bonaparte's gull flew into the Goatswalk at 3pm before moving onto Bowling Green Marsh for 30 minutes. 103 Oystercatchers & a single Avocet and Spotted redshank were joined by 19 Sandwich terns on the falling tide off the viewing platform.  A Hobby was feeding over Exminster Marshes as viewed from the Goatwalk. 18 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 4 Willow warblers, 4 Cettis around & about the town.

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 11:08 pm by Martin Elcoate in Bird News


One swift 5:00 Saturday afternoon

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 9:53 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News


This evening walking home from Exeter st davids station after a day in Plymouth a grasshopper warbler  giving several bursts of song beside the river in scrub about half way along towards the mill on the exe pub and a couple of swallows heading north .

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Torquay coastal footpath

Torquay coastal footpath this morning, plenty of small bird song from the cover, Chiffchaff showing and calling well, Wren, male Blackcap showing and singing, two Sparrow Hawks, Peregrine, Jay, a very dark Fulmar, plenty of Greater Black Backed Gulls, several cock Pheasant seen and calling, in excess of 150 Guillemot on one of the rock islands off of Ilsham.

Rock Pipit at Ilsham and  Meadfoot and a couple of Swallows.

Back home at South Brent four Swallows, GSWP, Jay, two male Reed Bunting on the feeders, a Song Thrush gathering worms (a Sparrow Hawk took one of the pair yesterday afternoon). Starling gathering nesting material, Raven, Rook, Buzzard, Heron and a good number of Siskin visiting the feeders.

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 8:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hopes Nose, Torquay


Swallow, Sparrowhawk, 2 Ravens, 2 Rock Pipits, male and female Stonechats, 2 females and 1 male Wheatear,  10 Whimbrel heading north past the Leadstone, 40+ Guillemots on the ledges of the Orestone, 3 Sandwich Terns, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs, Greenfinch, Linnet, Gannet, Oystercatcher, 10+ Great Black Backed Gulls.  Numerous Shags and Cormorants.  Bullfinch, Great Tit and Pheasant all calling. 

A single Sandwich Tern diving for fish close to the shore at nearby Meadfoot Beach at 15.50. 

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 8:29 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Berry Head

Highlight today was a Red Kite heading north at about 10.15 

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 8:01 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


Gentle walk around the reservoir. Displaying tree pipit, calling willow warblers and a redstart. 3 swallows over Yelverton.

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 7:36 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Red Kite at Bowling Green

We were hoping to see an Osprey but red kite flew over at 12.30

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 4:49 pm by Paul Sauven in Bird News

Countess Wear, Matford Pond & Double Locks

Good numbers of Swallows, House Martins & a few Sand Martins  along valley. 

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 2:49 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Around the lake this morning were, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Marsh Tit at the car park feeders, also 3m Reed Bunting, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron with  Swallow/House Martin/Sand Martin and 2 Goldfinch.

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 1:46 pm by ROD MUDGE in Bird News

Exminster to Powderham

2 Yellow Wagtail

2 Wheatear

5 Whimbrel

Small parties of House Martins flying through

4+ Reed Warblers

1 Willow Warbler

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 12:47 pm by Simon Smith in Bird News


Red Kite flying in the sky! 12:00

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 12:28 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News


Early visit this morning, first birds seen were a surprise 3 Siskins, feeding on pussy willows. 20+ Swallows feeding over the pond, and good numbers over the fields around the reserve, with Sand Martins.

Posted April 16th, 2016 at 10:28 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 15th April 2016

Little terns and yellow wags :-)

A nippy evening on Exminster but rewarding - highlight had to be 5 little tern seen from the turf - fishing and resting on west mud. 4Yellow wagtail several white wags and singing willow And sedge W. And finally House Martin  made it on to the year list ! 

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 10:12 pm by 'AJ' bellamy in Bird News

Treecreeper - Shaugh Prior - 15-04-16

Two Treecreepers were seen in Shaugh prior woods today, nothing much else though

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 9:13 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Chapel Wood

The usual GSWP's seen and Green Woodpecker heard. Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, Buzzards, two Swallows but best was a stunning Male REDSTART - not seen one at Chapel wood before.

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 7:04 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Garden Plymouth

Nine Barn Swallows over garden in one hour this afternoon.

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Chapel Wood

The usual GSWP's seen and Green Woodpecker heard. Chiff Chaff and Willow Warbler, Buzzards, two Swallows but best was a stunning Male REDSTART - not seen one at Chapel wood before.

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News


Cuckoo observed being harassed by 2 smaller birds near to Challacombe on Exmoor.

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 6:02 pm by Edd Glover in Bird News

Velator reserve

Several each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler and probably more than a dozen Blackcap. A Coot on the pond perhaps prospecting for a nest site. Only a  couple of Sand Martins over, briefly. Best was a very quick sighting of a male Redstart.

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 5:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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