Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th June 2016

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Tuesday 7th June 2016


2 seen tonight in n.devon.Lllovelyto see and hear the churring,calling and clapping.After a fab 3 wks in ontario canada it was nice to get some local birds.

Posted June 7th, 2016 at 10:55 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Shipley Bridge to the Avon dam ~ South Brent

Despite seeing a good range of species the numbers of each type seems far lower than this time in previous years.

On the lower stretch Grey Wagtails including young were showing well, sizeable flock of mainly young Coal Tits, Song & Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, Meadow Pipit, three Yellow Hammers, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, hard work to locate any Stonechat but three males did eventually appear. Small number of singing male Blackcap.

Many of the birds seen were actively gathering food.

The days highlight was a Garden Warbler gathering grubs and bugs near Gingerford Cross.

Kestrel seen on the outskirts of South Brent near Yonder Cross and a second seen near Ashburton in the evening..

Posted June 7th, 2016 at 10:19 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tamar Lakes - Tues.

Very warn, quiet and sunny this morning,

23 juvenile Mallards and 5 adults, 1 Grey Wagtail on the Lower Lake and another on the Upper Lake. .2 Chiffchaffs singing and 1 Willow Warbler, at least 4 Blackcaps, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 ad. Nuthatch actively feeding a juv. and several young Carrion Crows.

A lovely Hare at nearby Thurdon.

Harvey Kendall

Posted June 7th, 2016 at 3:00 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Dartmoor, Bennetts Cross to Soussons, Monday 6th

Afternoon walk yesterday afternoon. 4+ cuckoos (seen & M+F heard), kestrel, whinchat, 2 stonechat, 2 reed buntings (Soussons), 2 green woodpeckers (Soussons) ,skylark (near Bennetts Cross), plus chaffinches, blackbirds, wren, chiffchaff (heard) blackcap (heard) & abundant willow warblers & meadow pipits.

Also a snipe, bizarrely briefly drumming at about 4pm.

Posted June 7th, 2016 at 9:38 am by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Monday 6th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's post the Slavonian Grebe was seen again from the viewing platform near Exton on the high-tide same as last night and c10 Swifts above the hide on leaving.

Ridgway's Cackling Goose
Ridgway's Cackling Goose

Ridgway's Cackling Goose  (left) with Canada Geese
Ridgway's Cackling Goose (left) with Canada Geese

Mediterranean Gull (first summer) with leg rings
Mediterranean Gull (first summer) with leg rings

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 11:01 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 18:00 till 20:45

The cackling goose was back on the marsh hanging around with the local mallards , 6+ Mediterranean gulls ( 5 1st summers and 1 2nd summer  included a new ringed bird details sent this is the 3rd ringed bird so far this year believe this one is from France) among 350+ black headed gulls , 2 dunlin, 1 knot , 15 bar tailed godwits, 1 recdshank, 2 oystercatchers , 40+ black tailed godwits, 2 tufted duck, 3 wigeon, 2 teal, 2 shoveler, 1 common gull.

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 10:31 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton Swifts and Martins

5 screaming Swifts flying low in Stoneborough Lane this afternoon, large group of House Martins flying around Pebbles B&B this evening

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by Richard Allen in General Birding

Stoke Car Park Revelstoke

Sighted at entrance to Stoke car park, Woodchat Shrike (m) SX 555 465, also on walk along Revelstoke drive & along approach road, Yellowhammers (6m), Whitethroats (10), Stonechats (many), Linnets (many), Fulmars (4), Gannets (2), R.L. Partridges (3)

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Venford Res

Red kite and peregrine both flyovers late morning.

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 1:47 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Sunday 5th June 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:30 till 20:20

7+ Mediterranean gulls (6 1st summers, 1 2nd summer) among 335+ black headed gulls, 1 1st summer  common gull, 6 sandwich terns , 15 bar tailed godwits, 10+ whimbrel, 1 knot, 2 dunlin, 40+ black tailed godwits, 22+ curlew,( new coloured ringed bird will send of details) 2 oystercatchers, lots of reed warblers, 2 little egrets, 50+ shelduck, 2 teal, 2 shoveler, 2 wigeon.

Posted June 5th, 2016 at 10:51 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Avon Dam Saturday 4th June

Very early walk up to the Avon Dam. At least 8 Grey Wagtails inc 5 having a mass falling out on the river near the carpark, single Cuckoo seen + another calling, 2 redpolls, Goldcrest, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Raven and 2 Whinchat. Surprisingly not a single Stonechat around.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail



Posted June 5th, 2016 at 10:37 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding


A Greenish Warbler and a Common Rosefinch were present today, along with a Crossbill. Further details here, as available.

Posted June 5th, 2016 at 9:41 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Northam Burrows

A very pleasant afternoon on Northam Burrows. A large flock of starlings, 3 Wimbrel, wheatear, meadow pipits , syklarks, and a yellow wagtail.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail



Posted June 5th, 2016 at 8:10 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

Saturday 4th June 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:00 till 19:40

8+ 1st summer Mediterranean Gulls this evening ( 2 ringed birds details have been sent of 1 appears to have been ringed in Germany the other Ireland will post details when I get them) 250+ black headed gulls  mostly 1st summers , 1 1st summer common gull, 11 whimbrel, 1 knot, 18 oystercatchers , 12+ curlew, 40+ black tailed godwits, 11 bar tailed godwits, 2 shoveler, 2 wigeon, 2 teal , 60+ shelduck, 1 sparrowhawk , 20+ reed warblers, 3 little egrets.

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 10:16 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Estover, Plymouth, 4.6.16

1 Honey Buzzard, drifting SW (mobbed by a Herring Gull), over Wrigley's, Estover, Plymouth, just west of Plym, c.14:30.

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 9:43 pm by David Holloway in General Birding


12 (5+3+1+1+1+1 ) puffins, 3 manx shearwaters.during kayak trip from Plymouth to Eddystone (and back)

Also 12 Common dolphin

2 pods of harbour porpoise

Ocean sunfish



Posted June 4th, 2016 at 7:18 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Short-eared Owl on fence-post close to cycle path at 16.40 today. Gave great prolonged view (as usual, no camera to hand) before flying towards Swan's Nest side of marsh and disappearing into group of small trees.

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 5:36 pm by Gary Reeves in General Birding

Headland Warren

Late morning walk from Bennett's Cross to the edge of Soussons and back produced four Cuckoos, three Tree Pipits, 15+ Willow Warblers, eight Whinchats, six Stonechats, two Wheatears, four Lesser Redpolls and singles of Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting and Spotted Flycatcher. No vultures.

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 4:11 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

26 May

Just received a report of an adult male Little Bittern at Ipplepen last week.

Little Bittern, Ipplepen 2.30pm 26 May 2016Little Bittern, Ipplepen 26 May 2016

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 10:12 am in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 3rd June 2016

Around Warren House Inn. Dartmoor.

5 Stonechats from Bennets Cross to Water Hill. Cuckoo heard in the valley north of here. Another Cuckoo heard towards Runnage Farm. Missed the Lammergier as was walking in the opposite direction. It must have been right behind me. Did see a Buzzard though mocked by Corvids.

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 11:45 pm by Chris Godfrey in General Birding

Stover ~ Nightjars

Late evening visit to Stover gave Robins, Jay, Blackbirds, Great Tit feeding a brood of very loudly calling fledglings, Chaffinch, Wood Pigeon, Swifts, seven Chiffchaff, calling until very late in the evening, Nuthatch pair with a brood of fledged chicks, Great Crested Grebe, Greater Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, male Sparrow Hawk and Nightjar.

At one point three birds churring away, the first bird started calling at 21.30hrs, seven sightings in total, twice two birds tail chasing and clapping wings.

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 11:24 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Odd Woodpecker behaviour?

Over the last three evenings walking at Chapel Wood I have seen a Green Woodpecker very close to a Great Spotted nest hole. This evening I watched the male GSWP arrive and feed the young, then within 5mins the same (I assume) male Green arrived and approached the nest. This time he perched at the entrance and I thought he may be up to no good, but then leaned in several times appearing to feed the young? To confound me further a Blue Tit then perched on the hole and seemed to also feed the young? Also Redstarts, Spotted Fly, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and all the regulars.

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Dartmoor today

We did a three destination trip today starting at Postbridge and ending at Yarner Woods. Weather excellent (for a change). Sightings were:

Postbridge: 4 Jackdaws; 2 Song Thrush; 1 Swallow; 1 Wren; 1 Buzzard being harassed by Corvids and a M & F Redstart.

Belliver Forest: House Sparrow, Swallow, Long-tailed tits, Buzzard with snake; Juv. Robin; Poss. Whitethroat; 2 pairs of Redstarts.

Yarner Woods: m Bullfinch; Chaffinches; Coal Tits, Blue tits, Great Tits, Nuthatches,Pied Flycatchers; Siskins; G S Woodpecker and about four Mandarin Duck (m).

Enjoyable day.

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 9:02 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding


We regularly visit the Warren House area of Dartmoor but today we saw the famous juvenile Lammergeier for the first time. It was first seen landing on a tall pine tree in a gorge on the Warren House side of the Vitifer valley near the ruins at the foot of the path down from Kings Oven car park at about 12.30pm. Eventually it gave up peering into the gorge and took off quickly gaining height until it was out of site of powerful binoculars - it must have reached a significant height drifting over Birch Tor. Some great views!

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Rob Hubble and Stella Tracey in General Birding

Little Haldon Heath

Thursday 02.06.16 - 20.45-22.15

3 male and 1 female Nightjar.  Only brief periods of churring.  Birds only seen on the wing twice with a male and female together. 

Also present: 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Stonechats, Willow Warbler, 3 Yellowhammers, 20+ Linnets, vocal Song Thrush and a Roe Deer. 

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 10:25 am by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh

First sighting of male garganey at main pond Home Farm Marsh

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 8:49 am by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Thursday 2nd June 2016


Holne 23 Swifts feeding over a field of cattle with a small number of Swallow and House Martin.

Venford ~ two Cuckoos calling, Stonechat, Meadow Pipits 6, Pied wagtail 2, House Martins, Swifts, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff  3, Kestrel, Buzzard, male Bullfinch, Greenfinch 5,  Linnets, lots of Chaffinch and Blackbirds.

Warren House Inn ~ Two Cuckoos calling, Skylarks, meadow Pipits, Wheatears displaying on the wind, Pied Wagtails, Reed Buntings with a male carrying nesting material, Buzzard and good numbers of rabbits kits popping up almost everywhere.

Headland Warren down to Challacombe ~  Wheatears,  Meadow Pipit (4),  Sky Larks, Stonechat, House Martins, Swallows and Pied Wagtails.

Back home at South Brent a low, high speed pass from a Hobby just on 5pm.

Posted June 2nd, 2016 at 9:35 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Dartington- Honey Buzzard

Morning checking nestboxes in woodlands above Queens Marsh. Numerous Blue tits and Great tits readying to fledge, as well as remaining Nuthatch chicks after difficult spring. Surprise ensued after Honey Buzzard was seen drifting low across above the Volunteer Hub. Wasn't hanging about and headed off with the wind.

Posted June 2nd, 2016 at 7:46 pm by Jordan Harris in General Birding

Red Kite Teigngrace

At 18:30 on the 2nd June 2016 I saw a Red Kite flying in a South Easterly direction over our property at Teigngrace (from Stover School toward Kingsteignton) just over treetop height. My wife and I had seen similar sightings in previous days at this location but couldn't believe then our luck. However today I am very confident of my identification.

Posted June 2nd, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Terry Hall in General Birding

Wednesday 1st June 2016

Bowling Green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 17:15

From the hide 4 1st summer Mediterranean gulls among 180+ black headed gulls , 6+ whimbrel, 2+ bar tailed godwits , 40+ black tailed godwits, 2 oystercatchers, 3 lapwing , 1 hobby, 10+ little egrets, 1 grey heron, 12+ reed warblers, 1 common gull,, 60+ shelduck, 2 wigeon.

Posted June 1st, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Taw Estuary

Cycled along the Tarka trail from Braunton to Barnstaple this morning at low tide & counted 74 Shelduck between Chivenor & Barnstaple

So far, only 2 pairs with young, one with 4 juv's & the other with 6. This does beg the question why such a low number of the estuary total have successful breeding attempts?

Also 2 Curlew, 9 BH Gull, 3 Grey Heron & 2 Little Egret present.

Photo taken June 2015 - Taw Estuary.

Posted June 1st, 2016 at 2:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Dipper at Trewsweir Exeter

Single juvenile Dipper at Trewsweir 0545 today. Feeding amongst debris on extreme right of weir face, viewed from downstream. Also present and feeding were two Grey Wagtails.

Posted June 1st, 2016 at 9:09 am by Mike Booth in General Birding

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