General Birding

Breeding Birds

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. Many of these 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. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and 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, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm 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

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to

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

Thursday 30th June 2016

Stover ~ Kingfishers

The hide over looking the lake at Stover country park visited yesterday morning and this evening, yesterday the Kingfishers were showing really well with some 10 sightings, at one point two birds in view, this evening a single bird seen perched and diving from a distant post.

Great Crested Grebe sitting tight, Mute Swan with three cygnets, Mandarin duck, Coot, Moorhen, Lesser Black Backed Gull (2) Jay, House Martin, Heron, Stock Dove, Buzzard, the sound of calling Chiffchaff just about constant during both visits.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 8:22 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding


c150-Gannet seen from the lifeboat station late morning circling and diving offshore with c40-Shag sat on top the water. 33-Sandwich Terns and 12-Shag on sandbank middle of estuary from shelly beach and Common Seal with it's head above the water around the docks entrance. 39-Oystercatchers and 12-Shelduck from the viewing screen  mid-afternoon.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 7:34 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Monday 27th June 2016

Heathland ~ Marsh and River

Bovey Heath Nature Reserve, was alive with Stonechat this morning, numerous pairs with attendant fledglings, good numbers of Swallows including a pair feeding four young that were perched in the canopy of a dead tree. Green Woodpecker calling, Goldfinch (3) Skylark (3) a very pale almost white Buzzard, three Whitethroat sulking in the cover and never showing very well unless in flight.

A Tree Pipit showing really well and a second bird calling close by but not showing. Two very vibrant male Yellow Hammers.

Bowling Green Marsh very busy with a good number of birders present, highlights being two Common Gull, three Wigeon, several Godwits, Whimbrell, and a large number of Black Head gull, ten Oyster catchers flew in just before we left the hide. Mallard, Shellduck, Moorhen, Curlew, Little Egret and Starling all present.

Chiffchaff calling well at the entrance to the cycle path.

River Teign near Teigngrace to visit the Sand Martin colony, Chiffchaff singing well on arrival, Song Thrush gathering food, Goldfinch and more Sand Martin than could be realistically counted, youngsters on the wing and returning to the nest holes to be fed, constant movement of  birds with over 60 around the nest site area.

One nice sized Sea Trout seen and several Grey Mullet.

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 9:29 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunday 26th June 2016

R.Plym at Longbridge

Passing by the old tramway bridge on the Plym I heard a very agitated Kingfisher, looking over the wall to see it being chased down river by a Magpie. What was going on there is anyone's guess.

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Wistlandpound Reservoir Exmoor

A walk around the reservoir gave Blue, Long Tailed, Coal and Great Tit, Chaffinch, a pair of Siskin, Goldfinch, Swift, Swallow, Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Robins, lots of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiff Chaff, Goldcrest, Wren, c100 Canada Geese, Buzzards, 1st and 2nd year Herring Gulls with a few adults, Raven, Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallards, Treecreeper and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 8:01 am by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Thursday 23rd June 2016

Cranbrook (Nr Exeter).

Took a walk around the fields east of the Education Campus of this new town, first visiting the 'lake' (west of the campus) where I disturbed a Grey Heron, a couple of Mallard and a fox. I assume that the fields have been abandoned for farming and set aside for future housing.  This has created overgrown hedgerows and fields full of weeds and ideal for wildlife.  Distant bird song caught my attention and having found several Common Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat eventually showed itself. Blackcap and a pair of Bullfinch and young Wrens also present among others. 

May I draw attention to the flier on 'Society News' giving information about the BioBlitz at Stantyway Farm , Nr Otterton, (East Devon) this Saturday.  Why not come along, explore the farm life and support us. Look out for the Devon Birds stall and find out about the DB / RSPB bird survey undertaken here.

Posted June 23rd, 2016 at 3:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Wrafton Pond

The juvenile Mute Swans are growing fast but I do hope it is not due to all the white bread being fed to the ducks as this is no good for them.It also attracts rats & damages water quality.

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 1:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

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