Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–30th September 2016

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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

Posted June 30th at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


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

Friday 30th September 2016

Taw Estuary + Horsey Island

While I was out bird watching Horsey Island late aft / early evening Richard & Pete who were at Broadsands car park near the White House reported seeing a very large white bird with an orange bill & black wing tips on a sand bank on the Taw Estuary which was moved on by the incoming spring tide & then flew past them in the direction of Horsey Island!

After a thorough cross examination by me which lasted about 15 minutes it was decided it was definitely a Pelican. I then said " if only it would fly over Horsey & land on the flood water" A few minutes later much to my amazement it did!

At approx.18.30 it was back on Taw Estuary again.

2 Chiloe Wigeon still on Horsey.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 9:58 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exe Est - Osprey

Osprey seen this afternoon - Stephen Huggins

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 9:17 pm in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:30 till 18:40

from viewing platform distant osprey of starcross headed into Powderham, 1 peregrine, 80+ grey plover, 30+ knot.

from the hide 7+ curlew sandpiper among 180+ dunlin

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 9:13 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Mount Batten

The Lesser Grey Shrike was again at Mount Batten today first reported at around 11.20 it was then relocated early afternoon just in front of the southern Mount Batten car park before flying off NE over the two large warehouses toward the yacht Club restaurant .

Photo Bill Macdonald

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

great egret

The rspb at ham wall on the Somerset levels wondered if anyone had a shot of the great egret and what colour the rings were.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 8:31 pm by jenny and John Elvin in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh R Taw - White Pelican

Timothy Smith has just reported a White Pelican seen from Home Farm Marsh Reserve this morning at 10.00am on South side of the Taw.  It then flew off and landed again nr Horsey Island SS485335. It stayed there preening and was still there when he left.  It flew unhindered,  no leg rings seen.

 Eds: Its the Dalmatian Pelican that's been in Cornwall for several months - its second recorded visit to Devon and hopefully it'll hang around this time

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 6:41 pm in Bird News

Coast to Moor

Thursday 29th September ~ A visit to the Rv Tavy in the area round the Lopwell Dam on a low tide, 1 Grey Wagtail, several Pied Wagtails, 8 Buzzard four either side of the dam, 3 Little Egret, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Common Sandpiper and two very large flocks of migrating Swallows very high and only picked up in the binoculars while watching the Buzzards soaring.

Three Jays seen at Wrangaton with singles seen at Plympton, Tamerton Folliot and Lee Mill.

Friday 30th September ~ Marine Parade Paignton, Turnstones showing well.

Berry Head a sea watch produced very little, six Gannets in view at one point, 50 plus Meadow Pipits coming in off of the sea all along the headland, a few high flying Swallows, two Wheatear one being very confiding. Three greater Black Backed Gulls, Goldfinch 13, Linnets 11, Magpies 10+.


An afternoon walk up to the Avon Dam from Shipley Bridge following yesterdays reported Osprey, failed to find any sign of the Osprey and birds were very thin on the ground generally with very little bird song until the approach to the dam itself.

Stonechats and Meadow Pipits in good numbers, the odd Wren, six Kestrel sightings which I suspect relate to three birds moving up and down the valley, one female Peregrine, two Raven, three Buzzard, Goldfinch, Robin, Blackbird, two Dipper, three Herring Gulls, light passage of Swallows, six Mallard on the reservoir  itself.

Kestrel hunting Pied Wagtails on the face of the dam, Grey Wagtail on the river.

At home Three Buzzard soaring in company with two Raven and around my feed station tree a very aggressive Chiffchaff not wanting to share the tree with any other birds.


Posted September 30th, 2016 at 6:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

On the low tide watched up to three Ospreys fishing ranging over most of the estuary, two seen well were both juveniles. One seen to catch a fish. Must be one of the best Septembers on record for them in Devon!

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Posted September 30th, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Wryneck at Higher Piles Copse

Wryneck flushed into a hawthorn this afternoon near the southern edge of Higher Piles Copse on Harford Moor, Dartmoor, then dropped down to feed among stands of old bracken. Not what we were expecting so far from the coast, but a nice surprise.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 3:29 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Bursdon Moor, NW Devon.

1 male Merlin and 2 Whinchats on the moor late morning plus several Meadow Pipits apparently moving south.

Harvey Kendall

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Higher Soar - Southdown Farm - Middle Soar

Highlight of the morning was a juv.Dotterel on winter cereals from the footpath just west of Higher Soar first seen at 0905hrs. It called as it flew up and around before resettling allowing good views. It then flew off south uttering its diagnostic calls as it went! Also: 4 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 400 Herring Gull, 45 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 320 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 24 Stonechat around the cove, 5 Raven, 110 Carrion Crow, 70 Goldfinch & 500 Linnet.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Start Point

06:30-10:45. Brief pre-dawn shower, 50% cloud cover at dawn, brightening through morning. Fresh westerly wind.

Did a vis mig watch from 06:55-08:15 and headed between SE-SW were 890 Meadow Pipits, 30 alba Wagtails, 120 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 2 Jackdaws, Bullfinch, 570 Goldfinches, 3 Greenfinches, 530 Linnets, 14 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Around the farm were Grey Heron, Whinchat, Wheatear, 8 Blackcaps and 13 Chiffchaffs. Over 10 Red Admirals and a Clouded Yellow seen.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 1:52 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

A mixed morning at Hartland Point!

Enthused by reports of Skuas and such like I left my bed at silly 'o' clock to arrive at Hartland Point for dawn. Not much to be seen and then the wind caught my scope and broke the base of the seating off, ending my sea watch. (fixed with super glue I hope) On gloomily walking back to the car a noticed a fuss in the hedge next to the Heli port. A clear Lapland Bunting within about 10ft squabbling with some Dunnock. Watched for about 15mins, it called continually so was also able to check the call etc on the RSPB website and others. So not all bad!

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 12:42 pm by Rob Barnes in Bird News

Mountbatten, Plymouth

I have just recieved a phone call to say the Lesser Grey Shrike has been seen and Photographed back at Mountbatten as of 11 a.m this morning.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 11:22 am by Tor Elm in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

The first Firecrest of the Autumn has arrived this morning 

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 8:50 am by Tor Elm in Bird News

Thursday 29th September 2016


Watched from 15:10 till 18:50

Started at Topsham Quay and at about 15:20 was alerted to a bird of prey being mobbed by a group of carrion crows got my bins on it and surprised to find a juv/ female marsh harrier it was harassed over to exminster marsh seemed to head out over Powderham heading high south west , a quick stop at the goatwalk produced , 1 sanderling , 53+ knot, 400+ dunlin, 3 juv curlew sandpiper  4 golden plover.

then on to the viewing platform at the bowling green marsh, at 15:50 picked up an osprey just of starcross it flew up the estuary heading towards turf  , 70+ grey plover, 1 turnstone, 2 yellow wagtail over, 1 Cetti's warbler.

between the viewing platform and the hide12+ chiffchaffs , 3 willow warblers.

from the hide, 6 juv curlew sandpipers, 4 juv ruff( 1 male 3 female), 30+ bar tailed godwits, the 53 knot from the estuary flew in, as did the turnstone, also 3 whimbrel  6 grey plover, 320+ dunlin, 340+ curlew, 800+ black tailed godwits, 171+ pintail, 720+ wigeon, still large number of teal, 20+ lapwing , 4 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk , 1 grey wagtail over  8+ chiffchaffs.

finished the afternoon with a walk back down the lane to the goatwalk , large group of long tailed tits also ng the lane 25+ included lots of warblers on checking the majority were chiffchaffs at least 30+ and 6+ willow warblers, 5+ goldcrests, a good way to end the day .


Posted September 29th, 2016 at 8:49 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Late news for Tuesday - Hoopoe

My wife, who has seen Hoopoes before, has just told me she saw one near Chudleigh Knighton on Tuesday morning, just E of the A38 at about SX842767

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 8:48 pm by Alan Ford in Bird News

Labrador Bay

30 - 40 Barn Swallows moving west at about 6pm. Plus 30+ Gannets fishing off-shore and a flock of 20+ Goldfinches feeding on thistles.

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News


A Great White Egret viewed from the Monkey Puzzle drive at Arlington Court was flying down the valley towards the lake and was later seen preening in the trees beside the lower lake.

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 5:13 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Start Point

A quiet seawatch between 8.45 and 11.15. 2 Balaeric Shearwaters, 2 Common Scoter, 5 Kittiwakes, 48 Guillemots, 2 Razorbills.

2 Wheatears at the point, Hobby over the Car Park and headed off towards Hallsands at 11.45, c.150 Swallows, 20 House Martins and 4 Chiffchaff.

Many (>30) Red Admirals heading south west once the sun came out.

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 5:07 pm in Bird News

Lesser Grey Shrike (Update)

After finding the LGS preening in bushes above the Lions Den on Plymouth Hoe, I then watched him fly low around the front of the Corinthian Yacht Club and hopefully, to the ivy below Duttons Cafe. Alas, I have spent the best part of 2 hours lookng for the little fella but I have been unable to find him again. My gut feeling is that he could have popped back over to Mountbatten and we shall have to hope that somebody else finds him again soon. Whilst around Mountbatten on Tuesday, we were reliably informed that the LGS was seen in the area on Monday evening (26th) despite not being listed anywhere. For any birders who might not have seen the bird yet, don't give up hope. He hasn't gone for good just yet!

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Shipley Bridge- Avon Dam

1100 -  1420hrs 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, Peregrine chasing a small bird and to complete the day a surprise Osprey working over the Dam at 1300hrs. Other birds included a dipper, grey wagtail, several stonechats and a few chiffchaff

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 4:44 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Hartland Point Seawatch

1 Sooty Shearwater

23 Balearic Shearwater

7 Manx Shearwater

1 Pomarine Skua (dark)

2 Arctic Skua (dark)

1 Common Scoter

5 Sandwich terns

7 Commic terns

47 Kittiwake

plus Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 2:25 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Lesser Grey Shrike

The bird was seen clearly in a bush above the old "Lions Den" men's bathing area but has now flown towards the rocks below Duttons cafe where I am trying to relocate it. Not seen now for 20 minutes 

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 12:58 pm by Tor Elm in Bird News

Osprey sighting

Osprey sighted circling above trees across road from River Teign Bishopsteignton side Saturday 24th September at 12 noon. Mobbed by crows when it moved to roost. had previously been seen at this spot.

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 9:41 am by Jeanne Silvestri in Bird News

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Photo attachment to earlier post

Ad f. Firecrest. Start 28  09 2016

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 9:22 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Start and S. Hallsands

My 1st. Firecrest of the autumn ringed at Start (a day earlier than 2015 ).Also present 12 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps.  At S. Hallsands a further 10 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps.  At both sites a lot of Meadow Piipit activity and at Start also Goldfinches, Linnets moving south and west; but too busy ringing to make an accurate assessment of numbers.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 8:53 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 18:35

A good afternoon around the marsh with 6+ juv curlew sandpiper, 44+ knot, 270+ dunlin, 2 juv ruff, 26+ bar tailed godwits, 750+ black tailed godwits, 14+ greenshank, 200+ redshank, 2+ whimbrel  220+ curlew. 1 common sandpiper, 15+ lapwing.

Big increase in wildfowl with my highest ever count of 235+ pintail , the supporting cast was 831+ wigeon , 768+ teal, with a few shoveler and mallards, 6+ little egrets, 2 grey heron, no sign of the warbler from yesterday but at least 3 groups of long tailed tits around the marsh with a few chiffchaff and goldcrests.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 8:04 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Horsey Island

Late Post - 27/09/2016

Horsey Island which is partially flooded by tidal inundation is now attracting a good number of waders including a record number of Black tailed Godwits (179 yesterday early evening) Also 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Juv Ruff (1 male & 3 female),& 30+ Knot. Also Good numbers of Greenshank.

There is no doubt that Horsey is showing signs of evolving into an excellent wetland & has the potential of making a wonderful nature reserve.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Teign Estuary - Coombe Cellars

2 late Barn Swallows, heading west at about 5pm.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 5:59 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News

East Soar

A dearth of scrub migrants just several Chiffchaff and the first Goldcrest of the autumn. Otherwise 310 Meadow Pipit grounded but generally moving west, 13 Swallow, 60 Goldfinch and 300 Linnet.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 2:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hartland Point Seawatch

0730-0930 Wind SW mod

4 Arctic Skua (3 dark, 1 pale)

2 Great Skua

2 Manx shearwater

4 Common Scoter

400 guillemot/razorbill per hour

26 Kittiwake per hour

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 11:34 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Tuesday 27th September 2016

Hembury Woods

Hembury Woods, late afternoon: 13 Mandarin Ducks (5 males) in a nice little flock on the river.

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 10:17 pm by And Smith in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from  15:20 till 18:35

from the hide 4 juv curlew sandpiper among 220+ dunlin, 19+ bar tailed godwits, 1 common sandpiper, 1 white wagtail, 95+ pintail, 320+ wigeon, good numbers of redshank, curlew and black tailed godwits, 4+ whimbrel , 1 great spotted woodpecker, 4+ buzzard.

a quick look on goosemoor produced 19+ greenshank but more interesting was a mixed group of long tailed tits, blue tits  with 6+ warblers among them ( 1 very bright willow warbler , 4 + chiffchaffs , 1 unidentified warbler very brief views seemed smaller than the other warblers and the general jizz of the bird just didn't feel right for chiffchaff or willow warbler the group disappeared along the railway line and seemed to head into bowling green marsh despite searching couldn't find the group again  one of those birds that gets away just couldn't get good enough views of the bird.) also 3+ goldcrests .

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 9:18 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Teign estuary ~ Passage House & Shaldon bridge

Not a great deal to be seen at the Passage House on a rising tide, one Lesser Black Backed Gull with a Greater Black Back flying overhead, Cormorant, Buzzard, Kingfisher, two Stock Doves, several Pied Wagtails.

Below Shaldon Bridge three Sandwich Terns,eight plus Cormorant, twelve Mute Swan, six plus Little Egret and one Buzzard.

At home the morning gave a flock of 38 Goldfinch, a small number of Mistle Thrush and a Nuthatch on the garden feeders only the forth one I have seen around the garden this year.


Posted September 27th, 2016 at 9:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Strete to Slapton

15.10 to 17.40 - Steady passage of Swallows along the coast with 400+. 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcap (m,f), 4 Stonechats. 2 Cettis warblers and 1 Water Rail by Slapton Bridge.

4 Common Scoter on the sea north of Strete gate car park, 28 Ringed Plovers, 1 Sanderling and 1 Grey Plover on the beach between Strete Gate and Memorial Car Park.

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 8:03 pm in Bird News

Wryneck South Brent

At 11`:20 on 27th Sept a Wryneck on Clobells Est , South Brent but scared off by a dog and not seen sincre. Bird seen by Mike Goss

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Mike Goss in Bird News

Lopwell dam

Osprey flew up from the Tamar around 6pm and then back down towards the railway bridge about 20 minutes later where it attempted to fish without success. Kingfisher and 3 Common Sandpipers also seen.

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 7:32 pm by Rob Hubble and Stella Tracey in Bird News


27 Chiffchaff flew out of the weeping willow in the garden and down to the Ley to roost 6.15 pm Monday 26th. 

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 7:03 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Is it possible?

Could I have seen a Little Auk on the Exe estuary from boat above Exmouth today 27/09/16?

Eds: Unlikely (but not entirely impossible), a bit too early for Little Auks, usually late October on.

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 4:30 pm by R. Robson in Bird News

Monday 26th September 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:10 till 16:30

2 juv curlew sandpiper were in among 55+ dunlin, the turnstone flew of down the estuary , 80+ pintail, 4+ whimbrel, 10+ bar tailed godwits , good number of curlew, redshank and black tailed godwits, still good numbers of teal and mallard , wigeon and shoveler, 12+ lapwing , 1 common sandpiper. 

Posted September 26th, 2016 at 6:33 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0800-1200. Very poor for seabird passage with just 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, Red-throated Diver and c200 Kittiwakes. On the horizon hundreds of seabirds and two large pelagic trawlers (Wiron 5 & 6) hoovering up in outer Lyme Bay!

But the highlight was 6+ White-beaked Dolphins, feeding and playing at mid-long range from 0845-1130, after which they headed south. Quite rare to see off Berry head and get such prolonged views (photos are full crops).

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Posted September 26th, 2016 at 5:29 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Yellow Browed Warbler N.Hallsands.

Photos of aY.B.Warbler caught and ringed at this mornings ringing session.Not a big surprise,given the large numbers on the East coast and 2 at Portland recently.  Also on site 30+ Chiffchaffs with a further 16 at S.Hallsands.

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Posted September 26th, 2016 at 2:52 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime there were 2 unusual birds for the marsh. A Turnstone was hiding amongst the Redshank flock at the back of the mark. Also an eclipse drake Mandarin was on the mud on the right hand side of the channel from the hide. Otherwise good numbers of ducks and 1 Mediterranean Gull amongst the Black-headed Gulls.

Posted September 26th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Sunday 25th September 2016


Great views of the Lesser Grey Shrike on the footpath behind Lord Louis Crescent this afternoon.

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 8:41 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Ridge above Labrador Bay

One juvenile hobby

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Adam davison in Bird News

Hope's Nose, yesterday

Some pictures from yesterday's seawatch.

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater

Juvenile Common Tern
Juvenile Common Tern


Posted September 25th, 2016 at 4:15 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Exe to the Tamar

A very good birding day which started with a visit to the Exe estuary visiting Bowling Green Marsh at first light, the Viewing platform, Goatwalk and various spots in Topsham overlooking the river.

BGM is holding a large number of wading species a growing number of Teal, a huge flock of Black Headed Gulls dropped in, several Lapwings and a Common sandpiper close to the hide in the first channel.

Distant views from the viewing platform the closer waders being predominantly Redshank.

The Goat Walk gave views of a 60 plus flock of Dunlin, Godwits and a number of Heron.

Around Topsham good numbers of Black Tailed Godwits including a bird tag ringed both legs yellow over red.

An enjoyable visiting without seeing anything overly exciting.

This afternoon took me close to the Devon / Cornwall border above Plymouth, a first time visit to this area, male Kestrel hunting near the A386, Stonechat and Meadow Pipits in the same area.

Followed by Pied Wagtails, 4 Mute Swan, 9 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 3 Buzzard, Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, but the real buzz came when a juvenile female Peregrine Falcon came into view and over the next 30 minutes jostled with Buzzard, Raven and a juvenile Goshawk, an Osprey showed very briefly and the visit ended with a fly past from a Sparrow Hawk.



Posted September 25th, 2016 at 3:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


The Lesser Yellow Legs and Glossy Ibis were showing well for us, as the tide was on the turn when we arrived, the Lesser Yellow Legs was feeding on the mud bank near the road. Four lovely greenshank, two dunlin and a whole gang of Redshank. Nice area.

Lesser Yellow Legs
Lesser Yellow Legs

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis


Posted September 25th, 2016 at 3:49 pm by stephanie murphy in Bird News

River Teign, Coombe Celllars

11.20 am. Osprey flying upriver from Shaldon, being harassed by gulls. Disappeared into trees opposite Coombe Cellars. Other raptors included Sparrowhawk, Male Kestrel and two Buzzards.

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 2:57 pm by stephanie murphy in Bird News

Arlington Court - North Devon

Great White Egret in lower lake on the estate.

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 1:11 pm by John Bronze in Bird News

River Teign

still 2 Ospreys on river

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 11:31 am by Keith McGinn in Bird News

Saturday 24th September 2016

Hope's Nose, Torquay

Seawatch 07.10-16.10, Chris & Janet Proctor, Simon Geary. Counts all flying south: 3 manx shearwaters, 16 Balearic shearwaters, 2 sooty shearwaters, 1 fulmar, 1 small petrel (storm?), 1 common scoter, 7 wigeon, 2 knot (flew onto rocks), 6 turnstones (+ 1 on rocks), 2 guillemots, 31 razorbill, 18 auk sp., 20 kittiwake, 1 little gull, 2 common terns, 1 bonxie, 3 smaller skuas (cf arctic), 4 swallows (flew onto land).

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 10:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Dunstone Point, Batten Bay, Plymouth Sound


Lesser Grey Shrike favouring northern side of Dunstone Point, Batten Bay.  Sat motionless on bracken halfway down cliff initially before becoming more active and mobile as the weather improved.     

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 9:58 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 07:30 till 14:00

A build up in wildfowl with 668+ teal, 173+ pintail, 215+ wigeon , 25+ shoveler, 55+ mallard, 1 curlew sandpiper among 150+ dunlin, 3+ grey plover, 10+ ringed plover, 4+ whimbrel, 16+ bar tailed godwits, 620+ black tailed godwits, 160+ curlew, 17+ lapwing, 200+ redshank, 1 common sandpiper, 1 adult Mediterranean gull, 1 common gull, 1300+ black headed gulls, 1 lesser black backed gull, 1 greater black backed gull, 2 grey wagtail, a few meadow pipit and skylark over, 4 buzzards, 1 sparrowhawk.

on goosemoor 41+ greenshank, 1 common sandpiper.

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 7:42 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Lopwell Osprey

Spent the morning at Lopwell Dam on the R Tavy hoping for good views of the Osprey. Saw it twice at distance (see attached record shots) but no close or fishing shots unfortunately




Posted September 24th, 2016 at 5:51 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Juvenile Woodchat Shrike

24th Sept 2016 Juvenile Woodchat Shrike at South Efford Marsh this morning, flew out of reserve and over the Avon bridge. Not picked up again as yet

Record shots  distance kept as bird was very flighty

Record shots distance kept as bird was very flighty

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 3:53 pm by Barry Rankineb in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

South Efford, 1 juv Woodchat Shrike (found by Eric Wotton earlier in the morning) showing well until around 11.15am.

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 1:01 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

East Soar

East Soar, early am, quiet overall with a Hobby the most notable bird. Otherwise, a scattering of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest or two and a single Wheatear.

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 12:56 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

South Efford

South Efford, evening, Friday 23rd, low tide: 2 Ruff (1m, 1f), 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 1 Black-tiailed Godwit, 10 Curlew, 130 Teal, 1Peregrine and 2 Kingfishers.

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 6:39 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

Friday 23rd September 2016

23-09-16 Is this a Merlin ??

Not too sure if this a Merlin or not, but the feather pattern seems to match, taken over Slapton Ley today 23-09-16

Eds: no its a Kestrel. Merlins look more compact, bolder streaking, more pointed wings.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

River Teign

2 Ospreys hunting the river all the way from Shaldon bridge to the passage house inn often both in the air together.  between 3-30 and 5-00 pm.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 8:40 pm by Keith McGinn in Bird News

23-09-16 Lesser Grey Shrike

At Jenny cliff Today 23-09-16, the Lesser Grey Shrike was showing very well, this little beauty came within 10m of the cameras and didn't bother that several cameras were clicking away, which was not expected, but I'm not complaining

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News


One osprey over the Exe Thursday evening. 

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 3:40 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Fremington Pil

Glossy Ibis, Lsr Yellowlegs & Little Egret. Last day of the summer....?

Glossy Ibis

Lesser Yellowlegs
                        Glossy Ibis

                                                                                                                      Lesser Yellowlegs


Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 3:31 pm by Dritree in Bird News

Lesser Grey Shrike

Went down to Jennycliff for a second look at the Lesser Grey Shrike around midday in better weather conditions, from the Jennycliff car park the bird is on the cliff edge of the second green area above the path that leads down to Mountbatten.

Unfortunately from my perspective the birders present during this visit were down as close to the cliff edge as possible which was not giving the bird any room but despite that it did show well if not as settled as it had been first thing this morning when it was as bold as brass despite people viewing it.


Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 3:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lesser Grey Shrike,Jennycliff,Plymouth

Lesser Grey shrike showing well this morning at Jennycliff in bushes below large coast path marker stone between Jennycliff cafe and curved block of flats.

Also 2 ravens and 2 grey wagtails over, 1 adult winter plumage Mediterranean gull and 1 noisy ad and 1 juv Sandwich tern.

1 firecrest in row of small pine trees near Mount Batten pub was a nice surprise.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 12:23 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News


A check of the saltings during the 2 hours before High Water this morning did not reveal the five Lapland Buntings seen yesterday.  Unusually for me, two raptor species were seen - a Peregrine being mobbed by corvids over the golf course, and later, a juvenile Merlin was spotted resting in the Salicornia beds.  It didn't move for at least 40 minutes, and then hopped after any Linnets which came within range! I've never seen one do that before  It was eventually chased away by  several corvids.  Good movement of Meadow Pipits early on, with just over 120 passing during 0915-1000hrs.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 11:55 am by Tony Mercer in Bird News


One early Brent Goose seen on the Skern this morning by Ann Wells.


Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 11:15 am in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis & Lesser Yellowlegs both at the pill this morning 09.30.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 10:58 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Lapland Buntings at Skern N Devon

Tony Mercer had 5 Laplands on the Skern yesterday. Very mobile with Linnet flock on the beach area. Hard to be sure of numbers. Tony had problems logging in so news slow to go out.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 9:38 am by Karen Sims in Bird News

Lesser Grey Shrike

The Lesser Grey Shrike was showing well this morning closer to Jenny Cliff than Mount Batten, as you come off of the top of the path leading up from Mount Batten on to the open grassed area the bird was on the bushes above the cliff top.

Two Little Egret, seven Oyster Catcher, several Pied Wagtails and a flock of Goldfinch seen from the coastal path.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 9:13 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 22nd September 2016


1 calling in private residence west of Dartmouth at Little Dartmouth,11:00

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 10:06 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


Glossy Ibis Fremington Pill this afternoon

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 8:55 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Osprey Maristow Quay Lopwell area

Still around our local area.  Flew up river today past The Old Pump House café and later watched it perched in a tree in Blaxton Woods a few hundred meters down river of Maristow Quay, took flight then dived straight into the river, but missed its prey.  It then had another unsuccessful dive, then flew off towards Warleigh.

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 7:47 pm by Shane Willson in Bird News

Lesser grey shrike

Taken this afternoon same location between Mountbatten and Jennycliff.

Lesser Grey Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 5:50 pm by Vince Bedford in Bird News

West Charleton marsh

Osprey came very close to hide at 9.50 am and then flew over and towards Kingsbridge.  Plenty of other birds to view including a whimbrel, blackcap and chiffchaff and the water rail was heard.

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 5:29 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Middle Soar

Pipit hunting over the stubbles but just: 150 Meadow Pipit, 130 House Martin, 120 Swallow, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Wheatear, 40 Skylark & 300 Linnet.

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Skern, Northam Burrows

Great White Egret present on my arrival at 9.30 but quickly left due to rising tide and probably too many people for its liking. Also two Sandwich Tern and seven Knot.

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 12:03 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Exminster Lions Rest - Wheatear

6 Wheatear between the Lion Rest Industrial Estate and the Motorway bridge between 9.00am and 10.00 am

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 9:38 am by Tony D-C in Bird News

Lesser Grey Shrike - Mt Batten

Still present 07.30 this morning 22/09/16


Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 7:28 am by Richard Archer in Bird News

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