Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st September 2016

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford




·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·          Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·        Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish



Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 19th July 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Think before you post...!


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. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many 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.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, 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 the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


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

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide Little Stint, 3-Curlew Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, 4-Knot, 2-Grey Plover, 5-Ringed Plovers, Ruff, Snipe, 7-Greenshank, 14-Bar-tailed Godwits, 2-Whimbrel, 12-Lapwing, Little Gull, Sandwich Tern, ad/w Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, 13-Pintail, Wheatear, Osprey over marsh putting up all the birds before drifting high eastwards amongst the usual large numbers of waders and ducks.

From Goosemoor 33-Greenshank, c14-Lapwing and Snipe.

From the viewing platform Osprey fishing near riversmeet house, Spotted Redshank, Kingfisher, Golden Plover, 13-Grey Plover, 3-Curlew Sandpipers seen earlier from the hide, 3-Sandwich Terns, c50-Oystercatchers and Great Crested Grebe.

Mediterranean GullWheatear

Great Crested Grebe


Posted September 21st, 2016 at 8:36 pm by David Boult in Bird News

Lesser grey shrike, Plymouth

The lesser grey shrike was present mid afternoon beside the coast path from Mount Batten to Jennycliff, just south of the curved block of flats; keeping to the clifftop scrub on the seaward side of the path.

Lesser grey shrike
Lesser grey shrike

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 8:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

morte point- mortehoe

3 wheatear,7 gannets over a small pod of porpoise,1bull seal and two young females which eventually hauled up at low tide.

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 5:12 pm by John and Jenny elvin in Bird News

Kingsbridge Est

A juvenile Osprey on the Kingsbridge estuary. Seen twice over West Charleton Marsh and later up Frogmore Creek where it caught a fish and fed. Five other raptor species seen. Water Rail calling in the marsh, 3 Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper on the estuary.

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Posted September 21st, 2016 at 5:01 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary & East Soar

Juv.Osprey eating a fish at the west end of Frogmore Creek early afternoon. Also : Sparrowhawk and 15+ Med Gulls on Lincombe Shore.

Earlier at Soar: 4 Ringed Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker south, 58 Swallow, 100 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 12 Alba Wagtails, 2 Wheatear, Whinchat, 7 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Blackcap, 500 Linnet & 17 Cirl Bunting.

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


There were fly-over Red-throated & Richard's Pipits within four hours of each other on Lundy this morning. Further details here.

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Teign Estuary

An Osprey caught a fish between Passage House and Netherton Point at 14:25 and flew off NE up into the hills with it. Also, 14 Greenshank, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers and 81 Curlew.

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Northam Burrows - high tide roost - 21/09/16

The late morning roost had an interesting mix today, with a few new arrivals joining the "regulars".  At least one adult Mediterranean Gull in full winter plumage was amongst the Black-headed and Herring Gulls, and I think there were two further immature Med. Gulls present, but could not get a definitive view due to "packing".  Six Golden Plover and a trio of Bar-tailed Godwits were tucked in amongst the group, as were three Dark-bellied Brants .  Curlew numbers have been steady all through the summer at around 60 present, and Oystercatchers remain at about 30, 

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 3:19 pm by Tony Mercer in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Quiet and mild at the lake this morning.

7 Tufted Duck, 39 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan, 9 Coot, 3 Great Crested Grebe (1 juv), 1 Grey Heron, Blue, Great and Marsh Tit(2)  plus one probable Willow Tit, 12+ House Martin and 3 Swallows at nearby Thurdon,, 3 Nuthatches, 1 Dunnock, 2 Wrens, 1 Buzzard, Chaffinches and corvids c25 Black headed Gulls..

Harvey Kendall & Rod Mudge. 

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Harvey Kendall in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 20th September 2016

med gulls

92 down w.ho! today.Didnt get all the ages as they were in and out with tide/flying but majority were adults.13:00-13:30.

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 9:12 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Another Lesser Yellowlegs ?

Walked around Horsey Island & Braunton Marsh this afternoon - saw what looks like a Lesser Yellowlegs on the scrape near the "White House" at around 1.00pm - (took some not very good pics - attached). If it is a LY is it the same one from Fremington Quay or could it be a second bird ?  EDS: Yes that's a Lesser Yellowlegs, nice photos.

Possible Lesser Yellowlegs
Possible Lesser Yellowlegs

Possible Lesser Yellowlegs
Possible Lesser Yellowlegs


Posted September 20th, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News


Kayak trip Plymouth sound to Eddystone:

9 Balearic Shearwaters (5 plus 4 singletons)

2 Storm Petrel

2 Great skua

plus 7 Harbour Porpoise (3+3+1)


Posted September 20th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Fremington Pill 15:00 - 16:00

Glossy Ibis and Lesser Yellowlegs still in the pill. Attached record shot of Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Lesser Grey Shrike

Showing well today on coast path to Jennycliff.


Posted September 20th, 2016 at 4:28 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Lesser Grey Shrike

Showing well on coast path just past curved block of flats, at Mount Batton this morning. Adult Lesser Grey Shrilke

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Monday 19th September 2016

Kingsbridge Estuary

Had a great few hours in the hide at Charleton Marsh this afternoon despite it being low tide. Finally got an Osprey for the year when one appeared over Lincombe Woods and circled high to about 500 metres when I took my eye of it and lost it. A juvenile Marsh Harrier was quartering the marsh on and off 15:00-15:15. Last seen 15:30 disappearing up South Pool Creek presumably headed towards Slapton. Also saw a Black Tern around the Saltstone and was able to count at least 43 Med Gulls in Lincombe Bay ( the light was so pristine this afternoon it made my scope more like the hubble space telescope ). On the marsh 4 Snipe flushed by the Harrier, Water Rail heard, Kingfisher and Whinchat. Short clip of the Harrier here

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Did the WeBS count today, 18 Gadwall present which is a vast improvement on recent times ( I once managed a complete blank here on all species). About 25% of the water surface has some kind of algal weed on it and its increasing. When  this happened at Slapton 3 years ago it held loads of wildfowl through winter 13/14. Hopefully Beesands might go a similar way. For anyone who has sensibly given up looking here in recent winters it might be worth calling in again

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 8:57 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Start Point

06:15-11:15. Beautiful still morning, some thin cloud cover.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, 9 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Spotted Flycatcher. Around 08:30 good numbers of hirundines arrived rapidly from the north flying above the ridge and adjacent fields. I estimated around 3000 with a fairly even Swallow/ House Martin mix.( no big deal here where awesome numbers can go through on some autumn days ) At 09:30 I was walking east from Mattiscombe towards the ridge when I noticed in the distance lots of hirundines flying around the lighthouse. I went down there and hundreds of House Martins ( no Swallows ) were flying around and landing on the light. It was an awesome sight. I reckon they were gathering to go and sensed something in the weather not right for them. At 10:30 a Peregrine flew through and they dispersed inland and did not return. I have uploaded a short clip on to you tube,  privilege to be in the right place , right time to witness bird migration in action like this.


Posted September 19th, 2016 at 8:39 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Lesser Yellowlegs and Glossy Ibis still present at Fremington Pill plus dozens of Redshank and several Greenshank. At Isley Marsh RSPB, 20 Teal, 2 Kingfisher, plus a Spoonbill (unringed) offsite on the open low river. Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Nuthatch following the tit-flocks. 2 Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker busy in autumn mode.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 8:34 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

LG Shrike - Plymouth

Can one have too many Shrike pics?? Showing well till 17.40 at least. Not going to win any prizes but proof of a bird that has evaded me worldwide for some years!

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 7:05 pm in Bird News

Higher Soar via Southdown Farm to West & East Soar

Highlight was female Merlin, first of the autumn. Also: 9 Ringed Plover, 730 Herring Gull, 48 Skylark, 45 Swallow, 21 White Wagtail, 55 Meadow Pipit, 21 Wheatear, 7 Whinchat, 10 Yellowhammer & 13 Cirl Bunting.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 6:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lesser Grey Shrike

Showing well below Jennycliff car park the afternoon

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Mount Batten

Morning walk from Mount Batten to Jenny Cliff on the coastal path, Spotted this Great Grey Shrike. 

Eds: even better its actually a LESSER GREY SHRIKE (see black forehead and forecrown).

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Porpoises, Berry Head

During this mornings boat trip round Torbay, much porpoise activity off Berry Head including one which jumped right out of the water - unusual behaviour for this species. Birds were mostly resident or common wintering species, but a pair of mute swans were off Paignton Beach and a sandwich tern on a buoy off Brixham Breakwater Beach.

Jumping porpoise
Jumping porpoise

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 1:27 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Bowling Green

3 Snipe now

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 1:16 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Holdstone Down Exmoor

We walked Holdstone Down to Trentishoe and back on Saturday. We had a female Redstart and lovely large male Wheater on Holdstone. Assuming the Wheater was a Greenland. Lots of Swallows, Stonechat families and a few Gannets out on the water. Further along  the cliffs a lone seal bottling.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 10:42 am by KarenSims& John Towers in Bird News

Prawle Reserve - Maintenance work

Essential maintenance work will start at the Prawle Reserve on 21 September.  A contractor will be replacing the dilapidated wooden boardwalk with a stone path.  He will also be clearing the stream and digging a deep sump to reduce the risk of water overflowing into the access road during winter storms.

Members will still be able to enter the reserve but there will inevitably be some disturbance; apologies for any inconvenience.  The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the week.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 9:20 am by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Wryneck Bird

Seen a wryneck near Coombe Martin, North Devon.

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 7:06 am by Gillian in Bird News

Sunday 18th September 2016

Holdstone down exmoor

A mid morning walk today provided many hundreds of swallows and house Martins mixed together, swallows skimming the moorland heather and gorse. Other than this very quiet 3 meadow pipits, 4 wrens 2 chaffinch, 2 stone chat and a pair of buzzards. 

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 8:07 pm by philip worth in Bird News


Watched from 08:05 till 13:30

Goosemoor  held 3 snipe, 24 greenshank, 5 juv ruff, 1 dunlin, 6 redshank, 5 black tailed godwit, 4 little egret.

the goatwalk produced 2 osprey ( 1 well down the estuary before heading towards Holden , the other flew into trees behind turf, 2 sandwich terns, peregrine.

bowling green marsh viewing platform produced 3 more osprey, 1 kingfisher, 2 common sandpiper.

all day there was a steady movement over head with birds heading west and north 40+ buzzards and at least 6 sparrowhawks, 1 kestrel, 40+ skylarks and at least 200+ meadow pipits, grounded birds included 12+ chiffchaffs, 1 willow warbler, 6 blackcaps, 10+ goldcrests.

from the hide bowling green marsh , 150+ wigeon, 40+ pintail, 10 ringed plover, 50+ dunlin, 240+ redshanks, , 13+ greenshanks, 8+ bar tailed godwits, 400+ black tailed godwits, 2 whimbrel, 200+ curlew, 2 reed buntings, 400+ teal, 20+ lapwing, 2 knot.

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 7:29 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

Pectoral Sandpiper still present early afternoon, not easy though, distant views from hide looking at last bit of water towards the reserve entrance. Easier to see were 3 Ruff and a couple Green Sandpipers. Also Snipe, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher present.

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 5:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


A pleasant couple of hours today at Soar. The only birds to add to Pete's list from this site on Saturday were, 2 Kestrels, at least 8 Yellow Wagtails and a Wryneck at the foot of Starehole Valley. (Pictures obtained)

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News


At least 78 med gulls on rocks by the old lido.Say this because scared by dog walker before finishing counting fw's.41 ads,17sw,20fw.10:15.

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Strete Gate

Enjoying a BBQ Friday evening at Strete Gate, just after dusk we enjoyed a brief sighting of a nightjar - the hawk like bird in silhouette silently flitted around the back of the beach.

Posted September 18th, 2016 at 7:42 am by Nick Cotter in Bird News

Saturday 17th September 2016


Generally quiet but a spread of, mainly small numbers of, common migrants. Whinchat 10+, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Whitethroat 5, Blackcap 8+, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff 25, Wheatear 7, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Sparrowhawk.  

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 9:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

The Platform Topsham

While looking at the birds down the Estuary I saw a Grey Squirrel on the mud coming towards the river Clyst, and to my and others amazement swam across 30 ft of flowing water to our side, crossed the mud and up into the hedge.

The mud on the other side must be 250-300 yards from the reed beds which it also must have crossed. Never seen a Squirrel swim before let alone cross the estuary mud, but Iam sure there will be someone out there that has??

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 8:15 pm by simon thurgood in Other Wildlife

16-09-16 Hobby @ West Charleton Marsh

16-09-16 A Hobby flying over West Charleton Marsh looking for a kill, stayed for a while then chased off by crows

Eds: this is actually a juvenile Peregrine. Its too stocky and moustache is a different shape on Hobby, which would also show a different tail shape (slightly wedged) and bolder flank stripes than this bird.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 7:43 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

1 juv Pectoral Sandpiper finally pinned down after a game of cat and mouse. Showed well 4.30 to 5.30 pm. Viewable from cattle pens by the entrance to the marsh on the pools in the field to the left but difficult. There's no access to this part of the marsh and beware of the bull, he's a lively fellow! Also here today: 4 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers etc

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

1 FW Black Tern hawking around the Salt Stone mid-pm.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 7:29 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


20 med gulls,9ads,4sw,7 juv.2 juv kittiwakes were a scarce occurence usually only storm driven or oiled.70 barwits tried to land on arapidly advancing tide.Good count for the area.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Osprey on the Tamar

Osprey fishing on the river Tamar and up the river Tavy today, seen from railway bridge crossing at Warleigh Woods. Great views as it hovered and dives down after the fish.Dead low water when it was fishing.

Osprey, Tamar, 17.9.16 Barry Rankine

Lots of Partridges and Red-legged Partridge nearly blocking the road from Lopwell Dam till Tamerton Village.


Posted September 17th, 2016 at 5:19 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Fremington, River Caen and Horsey Island

Got the Lesser Yellowlegs and Glossy Ibis at really close range at Fremington and then on to R Caen for Whinchat,  Horsey island gave a Little Ringed Plover, a few Knot, Common Sand, Greenshank, Black tailed Godwit and a juvenile Bar Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Wheatear, Buzzard plus all the regulars. There are three ducks seemingly with the Chiloe Wigeon on the Horsey Island flood, they are the same size as the Chiloe, perhaps bigger, similar body plumage but different shaped head and head plumage. can someone else have a look as I can't work out what they are? They may be Juv Chiloe?

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Femington Pill 11:00 - 12:00

Lesser Yellowlegs, Glossy Ibis,  single greenshank and 4x Knot

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 1:10 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Fremington Pill.

Both Lesser Yellowlegs & Glossy Ibis showing extremely well this morning 09.30.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 10:32 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Westward Ho!

Having lunch behind pier house restuarant.Had my optics with me so could go looking after work a flock of med gulls appeared,38 in total.14 ads,24 fw.13;10-13:35.Went appledore after work and had another 20 making their way out of the estuary from the torridge side,13 ads,1sw,6fw.Different birds?.Decent count none the less.Also osprey flying up the taw from crow pt.15;30-17:00.From yesterday.

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 9:36 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Friday 16th September 2016

Bowling green marsh and goosemoor

Watched from 16:00 till 19:15

started at the hide counting the ducks with 605+ teal , 37+ pintail, 59+ wigeon, 142+ mallard, I was just passing time waiting for the waders to come in when just after 17:30 3 greenshank dropped in a another smaller bird flew in  as well on the far side from the hide just got my scope on the waded as it flew out towards goosemoore I only had a second maybe 2 on the bird but my gut reaction was juv LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a quick run to goosemoor but no sign of the bird just lots of greenshank and 3 smart juv ruff so I thought I would pop back to the hide at bowling green marsh and hope it would come back to confirm my id . On the walk back to the hide an osprey flew over heading over topsham.

Back at the hide and just as I put my scope up the bird came in far side behind the redshank and yes a juv LESSER YELLOWLEGS wow it flew to the left of the marsh showing a bit better the fine black bill long yellow legs such a dainty bird it then flew to goosemmor  again another run and some quick phone calls saw me back looking for the bird this time it was there and it showed very well giving good views to those who made it down ( photos to follow) it eventually flew to Bowling green marsh calling loudly as it flew over I headed home but had a call to say it had been relocated on bowling green marsh from the hide before it got dark. 

A fantastic 3 hours around the marsh 

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:50 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Fremington Quay

A local twitch. Glossy Ibis and Lesser Yellowlegs in the same creek. Several dozen Redshanks, Black Headed Gulls, pair of Kingfisher, Curlew, Common Sandpiper and a lone Greenshank made up the numbers. 

Down at Isley Marsh a single Spoonbill with plenty of Curlew and Little Egret.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:27 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

Ravens on Dartmoor.

At least 25 Ravens circling between Hart tor and Black tor today. Probably something to do with the strong aroma of dead sheep drifting up from the river Meavy valley. 

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 5:05 pm by David Turrell in Bird News

Hartland Point Seawatch

0700-1100 Wind NW fresh

21 Great Skua

14 Arctic Skua (4pale, 9dark, 1 prob juv)

1 Pomarine skua (adult)

9 Balearic shearwater

26 Manx

40 Common Scoter

26 Kittiwake

plus 2 Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 12:31 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Fremington Pill (Friday 07:00-09:15)

Good morning on the Pill, with the Lesser Yellowlegs with 108 Common Redshank, 3 Common sandpiper and a few Curlew. Glossy ibis roosting with the Little egrets, and 2 Med gulls with the BHG flock.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 10:59 am by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Lesser Yellowlegs & Glossy Ibis at the Pill this morning. 08.30

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:33 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News


Yesterday, a Great White Egret present at the Lower Tamar Lake was seen flying at 14:15 pm by four members of the Taw and Torridge branch of Devon Birds.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 8:32 am by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Wembury Sept.15th

3 whinchats together in the hedgerow near the sewage farm , 1 ringed plover, 2 bar tailed godwits and 4 little egrets on the rocks with oystercatchers, juvenile wheatear along the beach.

Posted September 16th, 2016 at 12:14 am by Stuart Green in Bird News

Thursday 15th September 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 19:15

1 juv little stint was new in among 450+ dunlin, 8+ curlew sandpiper, 10 juv grey plover dropped in for a bit , 5 avocet, 3 juv ruff, 1 juv garganey, 15+ ringed plover, 2 whimbrel, 5 knot, 8+ bar tailed godwit, good numbers of redshank, curlew and black tailed godwits, 3 greenshank, 32+ pintail, 80+ wigeon, 6+ buzzard.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 9:09 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

North Devon Lesser Yellowlegs

Fremington Pill , this morning.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 9:02 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

North Devon Lesser yellowlegs

Fremington Pill this morning . Photos to follow.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 7:37 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

lundy island

O..utward trip gannets and dolphin onthe island spotted flycatcher,wheatear,larks willow warbler seals raven,female blackcap, met members of Devon birds who had seen 2wryneck at Millcombe.lovely day

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 7:26 pm by jenny and John Elvin in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

Fairly quiet 1400 -1700hrs, that is if you discount the noise made by 300+ Canada Geese! No sign of the Pectoral Sandpiper seen yesterday afternoon by Eric Wotten. 9 Common Sandpiper together on the estuary, 5 Greenshank and 4 Ruff on the Marsh.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 6:42 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs in North Devon (somehwere!)

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 6:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Beer Head

Since I was passing through East Devon this pm, I stopped off to look at the Juvenile Red-backed Shrike. This was showing really well. A stunning bird. What was equally amazing however was the Swallow passage. Based on a series of one minutes counts ranging from 50 to 200, then average number passing per minute was 105. Times this by 90 minutes equals 9000+ Swallows between 2.30 & 4.00 pm and maybe 200+ House Martin's. It is a long time since I have witnessed that sort of movement. They were passing at the same rate the whole time. How many for the day?

Backup cast. Three Wheatears, incl a male bird, Whinchat and Ad Yellow Wagtail. 

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Skern, Northam Burrows

Quick check of building high-tide roost, highlights in half an hour were 2 Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Knot, plus the German-ringed Curlew still present. Very few Oystercatcher and no Black-tailed Godwit or Whimbrel visible.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Fernworthy Reservoir & Forest

14-09-16: Late Post

House Martins over Reservoir & Forest (1000+), Swallows (100). Also on walk Peregrine Falcon.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 2:38 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Lopwell Dam 15-09-16

Osprey sighted at 0940 flying down river. Also Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper (6), Little Grebe (2).

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 2:27 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

orcombe exmouth

visited orcombe from 08;30 to 09:45 this morning birds seen 20+yellow wagtails,15 wheaters,9 meadow pipits and upto 30 swallows

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 1:24 pm by Tom Jurd in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh, Fremington

4 Whinchat around the site, can be scoped from Tarka Trail. Also Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Stonechat, Buzzard, Med gull adult overhead.

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 10:43 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Late post Weds 14th Sept

4 Sightings of Osprey from Powderham foot/cycle bridge between 5&6pm - Possibly same bird ??

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 10:19 am by Bob Reeves in Bird News

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