Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th May 2016

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Saturday 14th May 2016

Grasshopper warbler - at last

Started off well with two cuckoos flying into Centries at Harford, then finished with a grasshopper reeling near Huntingdon.  My first Grasshopper warbler of the year.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 10:11 pm by Ann Willcocks in General Birding


Just back from my local Nightjar site having successfully seen and heard at least one. Sadly on the way home, just a couple of hundred yards from where I had parked, a freshly dead male Nightjar lay in the road. Must have been very recently struck by a passing car.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 10:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

South Brent ~ Cuckoo

On the moor above Owley near South Brent this morning my first Cuckoo’s of the season with a female seen and while watching her two males calling further out onto the moors, a little later one of the calling birds showing but very flighty and not settling. Also seen a pair of Redpoll, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, male Stonechat, Mistle Thrush, several pairs of Yellow Hammer, three Buzzards and two Raven.

On the way home two Song Thrush by Owley.

An afternoon visit onto the moors from Dockwell farm gave Grey Wagtail, a White Wagtail with a recently fledged chick, four Cuckoo, Sky Larks, Linnets, Whitethroat, Willow Warblers, male Kestrel, Raven, Buzzard

Back home ~ four Siskin and a male Reed Bunting on the garden feeders, two Sparrow Hawk sightings and four Buzzards soaring overhead.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 10:09 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

As previous posts Wood Sandpiper visible from the viewing screen.

On way back to car park managed a few shots through the reeds from the path.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 9:59 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Wood Sandpiper Exmister Marsh

Further to Mark's post the Wood Sandpiper got moved by the cattle to next water scrape along the back path before turning for viewing screen and only viewable by looking through the tall reeds where i managed a couple of photos..

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 9:59 pm by David Boult in General Birding


Generally quiet but managed - 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Sedge Warblers, c25 Whitethroats, 5 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps and a Reed Warbler. 

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 9:23 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Sterridge Valley

Red Kite drifted high over the house, heading W, at 17.30.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 8:54 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

South Huish Marsh, late afternoon: 1 Hobby, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin and 1 White Wagtail.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 8:21 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding


1 fem. Marsh Harrier heading NE across A379 just NW of Bantham Cross roundabout, 4.25pm

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 8:18 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

The Wood Sand again late pm on scrape by viewing screen along railway path

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 8:05 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

No sign of Wood Sandpiper but lots of Hobbies feeding around the lagoon - best views from railway path. Also 2 Whitethroat along railway path.

Video of hobby



Posted May 14th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Mid to late morning, there was a Wood Sandpiper feeding on a large scrape with good muddy edges, about two thirds of way along the railway footpath - presumably the one reported from BGM.   Hobby seen in flight.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 2:40 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

07.45 to 09.55; clear, sunny; E2-3: Visible migration = 15 Swallows, 1 Tree Pipit, 5 Siskins and 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls all flying E, plus a new species for my patch, a 2nd calendar-year Iceland Gull flying E close-in to the cliffs on the same line as the LB-bs and possible migrant Herring Gulls (though more difficult to separate these from movements of local breeding birds). Also 2 male Lesser Whitethroats in the scrub. Offshore 6 Gannets feeding over 3 Harbour Porpoises and 2 Common Dolphins.

Posted May 14th, 2016 at 11:50 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Friday 13th May 2016

Hobby ~ South Brent

Around 2pm this afternoon a Hobby seen from home flying over Hillside towards the lower end of Brent Hill and the moors.

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 8:57 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exminister Marsh

Visited late pm, Purple Heron not reported since before 10am. So probably moved/gone. Two male Gargeney showing on dyke right of lagoon & a Hobby were best bits. 

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Chapel Wood

An evening walk around the Wood in the sunshine gave all the regulars plus good views of GSWP male, Spotted Flycatcher, Treecreeper, Buzzard but the best was a close and long view of a TAWNY OWL on a low branch with its back to the sun, probably up early the feed the family.

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 8:27 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

No sign of the Purple Heron whilst i was there 1030-1430 hrs. Red Kite seen at 1330 flying south from golfcourse towards starcross/powerham direction also one seen by others around 1000 over RSPB car-park. 2 male Garganey seen from the canal towpath in the far water scrape right of the main lagoon with at least 3 Hobbies over.

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by David Boult in General Birding

All Change at Bowling Green

Back at Bowling Green Marsh for my lunchtime break to find the recent visitors had departed only to be replaced now by the season's first Wood Sandpiper amongst the Bar-tailed Godwit and the few Redshank present.

Still two Greenshank on Goosemoor but no sign of the recent Grey Plover 

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 5:10 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Purple Heron Exminster Marsh (Yesterday 12-5-2016)

Late post from yesterday evening. The Purple Heron continued to show athough distant on far side of the main lagoon from the canal towpath viewing platform with the Short-eared Owl stood on the grass bank near the water further to the left and been there most of the evening also a Hobby stood on fence post far left in front of the lagoon and 3 Hobbies seen earlier flying quite close during the afternoon visit.

Short 4K video clip of Heron:

Purple Heron
Purple Heron


Posted May 13th, 2016 at 8:41 am by David Boult in General Birding

Thursday 12th May 2016

Bowling Green & Goosemoor

No sign again of the Ruffs or the single Avocet on Bowling Green at lunchtime today, but a newcomer to the marsh was a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull.  On Goosemoor were two Grey Plover not quite in full summer plumage, also two Greenshank and five redshank.

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 11:08 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Venford Reservoir

Three male and two female Cuckoo audible over the course of the day of fieldwork around the reservoir as part of the ongoing upland bird projects (University of Exeter, RSPB, DevonBirds). Lots on Dartmoor this year and a good part of the UK to lay eyes on one, not just ears!

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 9:39 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Plymouth Barbican, Turtle Dove

At 5pm today 12/5/16, a single turtle dove on the Barbican in Plymouth

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 8:43 pm by Allison Kirby in General Birding

Berry Head

1 Hobby flew over >East this evening just before the thunder storm!


Posted May 12th, 2016 at 8:19 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Red legged partridge

I was in the garden this afternoon when I thought I heard a chicken but it turned out to be a red legged partridge on the bungalow roof in Saunton Park, Braunton.

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by Val Hoad in General Birding

Exminster Marsh - Purple Heron

Having spent some time with just its head poking out of the vegetation, the Purple Heron showed well, having flown across to the right hand side of the lagoon as seen from the viewing platform. Still there when I left at about 1.45.

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 2:05 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Rillage Point

06.30-08.15: An initially unpromising visit, with banks of sea fog draped round the point, was rewarded with my first patch record of Short-eared Owl. It was sitting in the path and later flew back over my head; doubtless a migrant disoriented by the weather (BirdTrack shows above-average numbers around at the moment). Kittiwakes calling in the fog offshore and 185 auks headed E, up-channel, when the fog lifted for a while. Still a trickle of E-bound Lesser Black-backed Gull migration and I could hear (but not see many) hirundines flying overhead, presumably across the top of the fog. No sign of grounded passerine migrants; only territorial Chiffchaffs and Whitethroats.

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 10:06 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Exminster Marsh

An adult Purple Heron all afternoon on the far side of the lagoon viewed from the viewing platform - showing well but obviously distantly- more or less continually in view. Also 2 Hobby around the lagoon

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 9:37 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Bar-tailed Godwit

Paighton/Preston beach this afternoon 3 birds showing nicely walking the beach..

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 6:29 pm by Jon Pring in General Birding


Daily check round revealed that we now have 9 Canada Geese - seven of which were little yellow ones! Whitethroat singing was unusual, last time one sang it was driven away by cold and persistent rain. I hope the weather gets back to being sunny soon!

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 6:12 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Newton Abbot

One White Stork circled over Buckland at 16:45.

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 5:23 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding


George Bemment reported the White Stork at about 1.20pm drifting North over 2 mile Oak, nr Abbotskerswell.

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Osprey over the marsh at 2:30pm, went out onto the estuary - it was briefly spotted from the viewing platform but was lost in the misty conditions unfortunately. 

No ruffs today, but we had grey plover in summer plumage (one, plus another at Goosemoor), dunlin in summer plumage, several whimbrel, curlew, blackwits, oystercatcher, 45 ish shelducks, a redshank and greenshank, and 2 barwits :)

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 4:20 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

White stork over A380

A white stork flew over the A380 at approximately 14:00; only a very brief view (given that there wasn't anywhere to stop!). It was approximatley 2 miles south of Telegraph Hill and seemed to be heading W or NW, i.e. towards the Exe. I was greatly relieved to see the sighting from Exminster yesterday, at least I know I wasn't hallucinating!

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 2:37 pm by Ross Bower in General Birding

Tuesday 10th May 2016


A quiet evening around Topsham. Highlights 22 Ringed plover off the Goatwalk together with 2 Grey plover, 1 of which was in fine summer plumage. 1 Avocet on Bowling Green but no sign of the Ruff.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 10:56 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Shipley ~ South Huish marsh & South Brent

A morning visit to Shipley before the weather broke ~ male Blackcaps and Willow Warbler showing well and singing away. Swallow, Swift, Wren, Jay, pair of song Thrush one with a beak full of food, Mistle Thrush showing well, Grey Wagtail, Coal Tit, Lesser Black Backed Gull and a pair of Mallard overhead, male Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff and two Goldfinch.


A lunchtime visit to South Huish Marsh was rewarded with good if distant views of three full summer plumage Grey Plover and three Dunlin, which all took to flight along with a Snipe when a Buzzard came in low over the marsh.

Two Heron, Little Egret, drake Wigeon, Lesser Black Backed Gull,Moorhen, Coot, House Martin, Swallow, Swift and Sky Larks over the area, Pied Wagtails, out to sea a red/orange billed Tern sp but too far out to be specific re ID.

On the lanes in and out of the location Whitethroat and Yellow Hammer.

Back home at South Brent ~ Siskin and Reed Buntings (1F ~ 2M) on the garden feeders, a pair of Mistle Thrush again driving off Sparrow Hawk, Jackdaw and Magpie. Five Greater Black Backed Gulls overhead, (three adult two Juvenile) 39 Herring Gull in one flock mobbing two Buzzards.

Raven, House Martin , Swallow and Swift, Mallard, GSWP and a late evening fly past from two Canadian Geese.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 10:35 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Ruffs at Bowling Green Marsh

At lunchtime today the three Ruff and the Reeve were showing very well next the hide.  They were extremely active and involved in what I first took to be some kind of display behaviour but they were actually snapping at midges rising up from the sedges.  Also there was a single Avocet and a Whimbrel with a good number of Godwits including a few Bar-tails.

Someone has left a monopod on the bench in the hide. If that was you, another visiting birder said he would take it to the RSPB shop at Dart's Farm, and you'll be able to collect it from there..

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Exminster / Exminster marshes

While heading down through Exminster at 1400hrs, spotted a White Stork soaring over the car, pulled over and quickly jumped out and secured some photos (could not see any rings). It appeared to head for the marshes, but we couldn't relocate it there, nor could others who looked.

White StorkWhite Stork - Exminster

While at Exminster Marshes saw 6 Hobbies and later 3 Red Kites with a Common Buzzard together heading NE towards Topsham.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Red Kite/ Trewsweir, Exeter

Seen from Trewsweir today, Red Kite circling high over the Exe at 15:45, then flying north east.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 5:45 pm by Mike Booth in General Birding

Chapel Wood

Afternoon walk around the Wood produced all the regulars including Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler plus male and female Redstart and two or three Spotted Flycatchers. Also a Treecreeper catching insects like a flycatcher, which was a new one for me.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 5:44 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Morte Point

Short-eared Owl hunting over the Point in thick mist this morning between 0800 - 0900. 4 Whimbrel still present.

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 4:51 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Prawle Point Monday 9th May-late post

Seawatch with JL from 6.30am till 3pm in ENE going E, 3-4/5 with mist and rain from 12.20.

1 Arctic Skua,1 Bonxie, 2 Great Northern Divers (summer plumage), 10 Bar-Tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, a flock of 15 mixed medium-sized waders (probably Knot/Grey Plover), 3 Arctic Terns, 2 Commic Terns,40 Common Scoter- all east. Also 105 Manxies east/7 west; 200 Gannets east/28 west; 59 Auks east/65 east. 1 possible Storm Petrel.

And 8 plus Dolphins, probably Bottle-Nosed, 1 Harbour Porpoise and I Grey Seal. No Pelicans.


Posted May 10th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Monday 9th May 2016


Watched from BGM hide from 18.15 - 20.30. Highlight was a brief (2 minute) visit from a LRP. The four Ruff were there but disappeared north for about 45 mins after being spooked by a Grey Heron. They were in and out a fair bit after that mostly along with a flock of Blackwits. Muscovy Duck still there. Also 2 Stock Dove, Barwit, Common Gull, BH Gull, Herring Gull, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, Greenshank, Redshank, Whimbrel, Curlew,Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Avocet,. About 6 Swallows through along with 2 Swift, 1 Sand Martin (House Martins along The Strand).  Reed and Sedge in reeds at the back of the marsh.

Nothing in the fading light from the platform or the Goatwalk.

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 10:25 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding


Three Spotted Flycatchers in NW corner of Ford Park Cemetery.

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 9:45 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Bowling Green & Darts Farm

Bowling Green

On morning high tide. 4 Ruff (3 males), 130 Blackwit, 2 Barwit, 21 Curlew, 10 Whimbrel, 6 Redshank, 5 Greenshank on Goosemoor, 6 Dunlin, 2 Common Sand (from platform) & an Avocet. 62 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon. 5 Sand Martin, 10 Swift, 2 Cetti's Warblers. 

Darts Farm

2 singing Reed Warblers & an Orange Tip

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Red Kite over Northam

1.30 today a Red Kite flew over my house and then crossed the Torridge just below Torridge Bridge heading north east towards Barnstaple. It looked as though it was missing at least one inner primary from each wing. Could this be the Kenwith bird?

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

4 Ruff still (3 males and 1 female) this lunchtime. 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Wigeon. Plenty of Martins, Swallows and Swifts. Also, a Muscovy Duck which looked like the same bird I saw at Darts Farm earlier in the year.

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 2:11 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding


Red Kite very low over Kenwith valley this morning. Reported by Bob Cleversley

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 2:04 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh

Took a wander around late morning and of interest found the Swan herd has increased to 31, and a smart drake Garganey was following a pair of Mallard around.

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 1:55 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


Osprey seen flying south over Honiton this morning at 08:50 by Vernon Whitlock.

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 12:33 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

images from Lundy trip

As previous text

WheatearSpotted Flycatcher
Wheatear & Spotted Flycatcher

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 12:05 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Lundy images

From the run ashore at Lundy yesterday I spotted the following not in any order, Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, little Gulls, Guillemots, Razor Bills, Manx Shearwaters, Crows, Magpie, Black Bird, Puffins Peregrine Falcons, Kestrel, Turtle Dove, Wood Pigeons, Sandwich Turns, Spotted Flycatchers, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipet, Skylarks, Wheatears, Starlings, Swallows, Chiff Chaff, Wood Warbler. Black caps, Mallard Duck, I did hear of other sightings of Redpol, Linnets, Gannetts and a few other possible sightings.

All in all a long day slightly dampened by the very blustery conditions in the afternoon.

more images to follow.

Chiff Chaff or at least I think so??Black cap
Chiffchaff &  Blackcap

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 11:58 am by John Wilkes in General Birding

Sunday 8th May 2016

Lundy trip

Joined 149 other souls on the annual DBWPS trip to the island today. Good to see yet more Puffins this year. the numbers of other Auks also seems to be good. On the island a Grasshopper Warbler by quarter wall and then an adult female Marsh Harrier moving north along the sheltered west side of the island. There had clearly also been a small but significant fall of Spotted Flycatchers. Later on back in Milcombe a Turtle Dove, and others saw a Garden Warbler. Someone else reported a Whinchat. Finally as we descended to the boat a cracking Wood Warbler and then two Sandwich Terns in the bay. Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk all seen. Fine very calm return trip.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 11:04 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


Garden warbler in my neighbour's garden was a surprise this morning. Three Hobbies watched feeling high over Exminster Marshes this afternoon up towards the M5.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 8:43 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding


1 Hobby in off the sea at Langerstone Point, Prawle at 12.50pm. Also, 1 Stoat tearing across one of the ploughed fields along the coast path.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 8:07 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Tide was in but still managed to spend some time watching the Sandwich Terns squabbling and preening. Also there were two Grey Plover, Turnstone, the usual Oyster Catchers, a few Whimbrel, Skylark and an Orange Tip and Small Copper next to the lakes (apologies for quality as using bridge camera)

Sandwich Terns
Sandwich Terns


Male Orange Tip
Male Orange Tip

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Exeminster ~ BGM ~ Yarner/Trendlebere & South Hams

An early morning visit to Bowling Green Marsh gave good views of four of the reported Ruff, 60+ Black and Bar Tailed Godwits, Whimbrel, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, 32 Dunlin, Black Headed Gulls, Swallows, Chiffchaff singing, 31 Shellduck, Canadian Geese, Mallard a Fox along the left hand hedge from the hide and four Rabbits.

Exminster Marsh ~ 2 Whitethroat, numerous Sedge Warblers, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Swallows, Sandwich Tern up and down the canal, Heron, Little Egret, a flock of 20 Oyster Catchers flew into the marsh.

Yarner and Trendlebere Down ~ Male Yellow Hammer, Tree Pipit, a pair of Stonechat both carrying food, male Linnet in full summer plumage, Pied Flycatcher, a very brief glimpse of a Redstart, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, at least 3 Wood Warblers a first for me.

Dart Bridge , Buckfastleigh ~ Green Woodpecker and Chiffchaff singing.

Back home at South Brent ~ Siskin and Reed Buntings on the garden feeders, a pair of Mistle Thrush driving off a very persistent Sparrow Hawk which later flew past carrying a prey item ,3 Buzzards and a pair of Swift mating in full flight.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 7:18 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Haldon Hill & Exeter

Out on the butterfly walk at Haldon Hill when someone asked me if I knew my birds. I said yes, to be pointed out what I identified as a Monks Parakeet. Got a few average pics. It seemed to be feeding on the gravel path. 

Also 12 Pearl-bordered Frits & 10 Orange Tips, later have been less common this year. 

At 1700 a Red Kite went over the house on west side of Exeter. 

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 6:38 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding


Osprey drifting north at 11:15, presumed non-breeder being this late on migration.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 4:25 pm by Mark Darlaston in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 08:15 till 12:10

only  4 ruff (3m, 1f ) this morning , 3 beautiful grey plover in full summer plumage, 21 bar tailed godwits was a big increase , 32+ dunlin, 1 summer plumage knot, 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull early on before heading towards darts, 3 redshank, lots of reed and sedge warblers, 4 reed buntings, 4+ Cetti's warblers, still good numbers of chiffchaffs and blackcaps, 2 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk , 1 hobby, 80+ black tailed godwits, 20+ whimbrel, 12+ curlew.

from the goatwalk 2 common terns.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 2:37 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Trowlesworthy Warren, Dartmoor

On Saturday afternoon: three Wheatears (2m, 1f), a pair of Grey Wagtails and three Sand Martins. Also a Dipper seen flying east at a moderately high altitude.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 8:58 am by Jason Smart in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Leading a group from the Salisbury Natural History Society on a tour of South Devon saw us reach Slapton in mid-afternoon. Not much at Torcross save a few Swifts but at Slapton Bridge the Purple Heron came out of the north ley, flew over us and landed on the east side of the ley in thick reed cover - a great experience for the group! Also had 4 Whimbrel over and good views of Reed Warblers.

Posted May 8th, 2016 at 8:05 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

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