General Birding

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

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.  

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

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Cattle Egrets

Still 1 Cattle Egret in grazed kale field with 11 Little Egrets by Totnes- Ashprington Road opposite Bowden House late afternoon - earlier just 3 Little Egrets. 

Still 4 Cattle Egrets at South Milton in grazed kale field at Horswell House mid afternoon.

Also 1+ Water Pipit at Aveton Gifford in field to north of road bridge by river ( 9 adult LBB Gulls downstream by tidal road)

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding


Blackcap singing all morning in Chudleigh garden, Spring must be here!

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

River Taw

Kayak trip Eggesford to Barnstaple

30 Dipper

26 Goosander

16 kingfisher

5 Green Sandpiper

2 Common Sandpiper (on upper tidal bit)

2 Otter

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 7:05 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Hartland Quay

Had a quick visit to Hartland quay 12+ LBB gull flying northwards and a Shearwater, probably an early Manx.

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 5:51 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding


Dippers are building a nest on the River Sid.  Very poor light but managed a few photos

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 5:33 pm by Rob Jerrard in General Birding

Common scoter

Looking out from Meadfoot beach we can see 3 or 4 rafts of black by the scallop farms. Looking through telescope I can see they are rafts of 40 or 50  closely packed birds which are probably common scoters.

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 5:00 pm by Paul crowdy in General Birding

Puslinch river Yealm

Top of estuary ebbing tide. 55 Wigeon, 4 Goosander m and 3 redhead

2 Greenshank, Redshank, Oyster catcher, 25 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, Mallard,

Little egret numerous Blackheaded gulls.

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding

Thurlestone & Broadsands

Thurlestone: I know I'm probably the last person in the universe to see this bird but, Desert Wheatear still at Leas Foot Sand (c.08:00 on Pill Box on S side).

S. Huish Marsh: The 2 W-f Geese with Canadas in fields on S side of valley, overlooking marsh, behind buildings (c.09;15).

Broadsands: The quietest I've ever seen it, 1 B-n Grebe & the 2 Eider (late am) & only 1 Cirl Bunting (m), back of car park (c.13:00, back).

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 3:37 pm by David Holloway in General Birding

Slapton Ley

On the ley female Scaup, two Goldeneye, 8 Pochard, 198 Tufted & 134 Gadwall. Offshore no divers but 2 Harbour Porpoise & fishing Gannets.

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 2:58 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


Both Buzzards back in the reserve this morning. Little Grebe, Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail all calling.

In amongst a feeding flock of about 100 Black-headed Gulls in the field to the south of the reserve, were at least 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 1:44 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

20 Feb Roadford - Glaucous Gull

Adult Glaucous Gull with a small group of Lesser Black-backs at Roadford lake, at the Toft inlet.

Mon 20th Feb pm        Barry Albrighton

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 10:03 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

A beautiful spring morning at Broadsands

On the water not far from the beach one black necked grebe accompanied by a great crested. Behind the cafe three meadow pipits and a solitary cirl bunting in the car park whilst somewhere up in the woods a wood pecker was drumming

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 8:06 am by Philip L. Fairclough in General Birding

Monday 20th February 2017

Pittington to Ashford sewage works

Sunday: long-tailed duck, Goosander pair, Sanderling, 3 bar-tailed godwit.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 10:49 pm by Art Symons in General Birding

Stover Park, 20 February 2017.

8 Goosander - 2 male, 1probable first winter male and 5 female. 1 female Kingfisher, 1 Great Crested Grebe (presumably the resident female), 2 pairs of Pochard, c 18 Tufted Duck mostly in pairs. 2 adult Mute Swans persistently trying to drive off (their) 2 young swans.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 10:15 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Sunday Brixham

I have just re-joined Devon Birds after many years absence. My membership and log-in details have just come through, so thought I would post something albeit a day late.... Seven Purple Sandpipers on Brixham Breakwater jetty and rocks on Sunday also several turnstone present.

Purple SandpipersPurple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 7:01 pm by M Witherall in General Birding

White-fronted Geese - South Huish Marsh + Firecrest at South Milton Ley

The 2 White Fronted Geese flew in with Canadas, from adjacent fields at about 11am! Sorry Jon T! There again, did miss your cranes when I came up N.Devon! Otherwise the birdlife at South Huish remains much the same as it has been for a few weeks now. Only other highlight being a Water Pipit. I spent a couple of hours at South Milton Ley this afternoon, checking out the numerous mobile and feeding Chiffchaffs. Difficult to count, but there are at least 30 and possibly as many as 50, scattered both within the STW and in the surrounding hedges. There is tremendous colour variation amongst them. Most of them greenish/yellow. Many are rung and at least 2 are pale and greyish and could well have been the confirmed tristis  at this location. Had a walk lower down round the area cut by the volunteers on Saturday. Good work and an enjoyable day! Put up a couple of mallard from one of the nearby small wet areas by the shed. Just shows the potential for reinstatement of the former ponds at this location! On the walk back found a rung Firecrest in amongst more of the chiffchaff! Sadly only a poor record shot.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 6:29 pm by David Pakes in General Birding


After 3 months plus, I thought it was about time I took a look at the Desert Wheatear, and what a cracker it is. It flew out of a rabbit hole(?) in the embankment at the back of the beach at about 07.25, and went straight up on the WW2 pill box at the top of the cliff at the south end of the beach. Sat there for about ten  minutes, then I lost it.

Didn't see the reported Cattle Egrets, nor the White-fronts at S Huish.

This afternoon from the railway at Cockwood pretty sure there was a Spotted Redshank over towards the hide at Dawlish - anyone in the hide see it?

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 5:02 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


Dipper seen on Sunday 19th February under the bridge at Mill Street, Ottery St Mary.  Also a kingfisher further down river.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 3:59 pm by Julie Blackwood in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An adult Mediterranean Gull (with partial hood) in with the Black-headeds, Wigeon down to 3, 4 Greenshanks and a Treecreeper. 

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 3:21 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


Not perhaps the most scenic of birding sites the sewage treatment plant for Clevelands Northam currently holds some interesting small passerines. Visits by myself and Dave Paul over the last couple of days have found 4 Goldcrests, including a displaying male, 2 Treecreepers, 3 Chiffchaff of which 2 were 'cold' and probably Siberian. Also 2 Firecrest which appear scarce in this area this winter


Posted February 20th, 2017 at 2:41 pm by Roger & Lynne Doble in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning,
1m Yellowhammer, 1 Willow Tit, 1m Reed Bunting, 3 Greenfinch.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 2:24 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Sunday 19th February 2017

Torbay Boat trip

Alas no Pacific Diver, but lots of good stuff all the same. Great views of Black-necked Grebe & Porpoises and good to see some GNDs. 

GannetGreat Northern DiverFulmars

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 11:00 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Further to Chris Marcol's earlier posting - In the first part of the morning a minimum of 5 (possibly 6) Great Northern Divers on the sea (including a group of four in close and intermittently "looning" - very nice!) plus the BN Grebe and at least 3 Porpoises. On the ley, the FW Little Gull loafing with a bunch of Black-headed in Ireland Bay.

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 9:02 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Staverton WTW

Pleasant couple of hours this afternoon in the company of Mark and Del. Now 3 Yellow browed warblers, 1 tristis Chiffchaff along with around 10 collybita and 10+ Goldcrests. Photos on Mark's Twitter account


Posted February 19th, 2017 at 7:53 pm by Douglas Stannard in General Birding

Torbay boat trip

Pics from this morning's trip, in order of appearance. The porpoises stayed close around the boat for 5 minutes, unusual behaviour for this normally boat-shy species. Two black necked grebes at Goodrington obliged us by coming over to the boat, the best views I've had in several years.

Porpoises, 2 of 5 off Berry Head. Razorbills out in the middle of Torbay. Black necked grebe, Goodrington
Porpoises, 2 of 5 off Berry Head.    Razorbills out in the middle of Torbay.   Black necked grebe, Goodrington

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 6:54 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Around mid-day searched the Ley for the reported Little Gull with no luck, compensation came in the form of a 1st w/juv? Iceland Gull that  took off from the middle of the Ley towards the beach, but could not re-locate it there. 2 drake & 1 duck Scaup and 2 drake & 1 duck Goldeneye also on the Ley with the usual. On the sea 2 Great Northern Diver and one very distant Black-necked Grebe, 1/2 Bottlenose Dolphin & a Grey Seal.  At South Huish the two White-fronted Geese still present over the road in the field south of the marsh with the Canada flock.

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 6:42 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Torbay boat trip

As Nigel has said, great trip around the bay today, here's pics from today

Harbour Porpoise Common Scoter Black-necked Grebe
Harbour Porpoise                              Common Scoter                         Black-necked Grebe

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

Torbay Boat Trip.

This mornings boat trip had a mission to see if the Pacific Diver was still about! The answer was no but we did have a good trip and some good sights. Before we had left Brixham harbor 3 Grey seals and 6 Purple Sandpiper. out to Berry Head with over 1,000 Guillemots on the cliffs. 5 Harbour Porpoise and these very close to the boat. Other birds seen on this trip included 11 Common Scoter, approx. 50 Fulmar, Gannets, 3 Great Northern Diver, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebe and Grey Heron. Some Common Gull and the usual other gulls but one bird missing was the Kittiwake.

Last trip next Sunday but may have one or two trips during March and April before the Lyme Bay trips in July, August and September.


Posted February 19th, 2017 at 1:52 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding


Nine purple sandpipers on the rocks at Capstone Point

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 12:34 pm by James Walsh in General Birding

RSPB, Labrador Bay

Over 200 Common Scoter and 4 Long-tailed Ducks in the bay this morning.

Long-tailed Ducks

Long-tailed Ducks

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 12:04 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram Sat 18th Feb

In beautiful sunny conditions at high tide, a good count of 209 Dunlins; also Mediterranean Gull (adult), 7 Little Egrets, 117 Redshanks and 7 Oystercatchers. Skylark, Song Thrush and Goldcrest all singing.

Later, a Red Admiral in Beaumont Park. 

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 9:53 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Saturday 18th February 2017

Hembury Woods, 18 February.

A walk through Hembury Woods and alongside the Dart. We saw the Gorse in bloom, 1 Brimstone butterfly and a female Goosander and a pair of Dipper which were sent our way by a flotilla of canoes.



Posted February 18th, 2017 at 9:58 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

North Molton

It was good to see at least a dozen yellowhammers feeding with several chaffinches in a farmyard near North Molton this afternoon.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 8:16 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding


No Pacific Diver at Broadsands today. Notable birds include: a Black-necked Grebe and a possible Black-throated diver.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 7:58 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Grey Herons

Several Grey Herons have taken up positions on nests at Powderham, a lot of calling and flying around, add that to the Rookery at Powderham church getting busy, spring is on the way!

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 6:05 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

North Devon Cattle Egrets

2 Cattle Egrets in the field behind Bishop's Tawton church at 16.00 , an hour later I saw both birds flying towards Barnstaple following the Taw.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by David Paterson in General Birding


After the excitement of Broadsands yesterday, a more relaxed afternoon's birding along Sidmouth seafront today. 50+ Divers were moving eastwards, some settling on the sea. As far as I could see they were all Red-throated (maybe the Pacific was amongst them?). 3 Purple Sandpipers were on Chit Rocks and a Black Redstart was on the roof of the Be!mont Hotel. 

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Lovely morning. Of note on the Ley: 2 drake Scaup, 1W Little Gull, 16 Little Grebe, 2 drake Goldeneye. On the sea: 2 GN Diver, 3 RT Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1W Mediteranean Gull, 2 Harbour Porpoise close in.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 4:08 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Holdstone down exmoor

A morning walk around Holdstone down,  actually saw some life unlike the last few weekends. Robins, wrens, stonechat m+f, meadow pipits, skylark, kestral, and to top it all a snow bunting. Spring may be on its way.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 3:04 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding


The Great Grey Shrike still 1.45-1.55pm in valley below Warren House inn towards Soussons viewed from main path in valley - bird was going from tree to tree by large gully by path going down into valley.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Sunnybank Allotment Barnstaple Feb 18th

Male Green Woodpecker on Oak tree  and Blackcap on Mahonia this morning - both have been around all winter. Usual pheasants x7 but no sign of the Red-Legged Partridge today.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 12:25 pm by Chris Tyzack in General Birding

Friday 17th February 2017

Dawlish Warren between 1000 and 1230, 1 February.

Several hundred Grey Plover, several hundred Dunlin and approx 25 Knot, many of which crossed the bight to the island in front of the hide to begin feeding as the tide turned. Most of the large number of Oystercatcher on the point across from the hide were still there when I left. Also 2 Rock Pipits, 5 Turnstone, numbers of Redshank, 5 Skylark in the bight and on the golf course. 1 male Red Breasted Merganser off shore. Numerous Brent Geese on foreshore and golf course. Several singing Dunnock on the dune walk. All of the small waders dispersed at 1158 when a Peregrine came through on the hunt.

Dunlin Grey Plover Skylark
Dunlin                                              Grey Plover                                        Skylark

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 10:24 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding


Couple of purple sandpipers amongst turnstones on the rockpools near the lifeboat station today. (We found quite a few starfishes too!) :)

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 7:04 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Jack Snipe, Snipe, 1 or 2 of both Kingfisher and Common Sandpiper; also Lesser Black-backed and Common Gulls increasing - 26 of each (!)

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


Haldon Forest at the feeders.


Posted February 17th, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

14 Barnacle Geese still around in field just North of Turf today and American Wigeon very close to Car Park by canal. Juv Oystercatcher with deformed bill at Turf confused me for a while - thought I'd found a 'Curlew Oystercatcher!'

Barnacle Geese Flock 14 American Wigeon Juv Oyster Catcher with deformed bill
Barnacle Geese Flock 14                              American Wigeon              Juv Oyster Catcher with deformed bill

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 5:15 pm by Jo King in General Birding

Black Redstart (Female) Ford Park Cemetery

Female Black Redstart showing well around the centre of Ford Park Cemetery in the early afternoon


Posted February 17th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding


On the scrape this afternoon, a slightly pinkish Water Pipit.

Little Grebe calling in the reserve.

100+ Canada Geese at Sherpa with the lone Barnacle Goose. Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall and a brace of Snipe also present.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 3:42 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Thursday 16th February 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

Amidst the flock of 350+ Lapwing at lunchtime a single Golden Plover was the first seen here for a while.  A Brimstone butterfly was also reported in the lane.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 10:15 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Peter Hopper's Hill North of Tamerton Foliot

Whilst scanning the fields looking for the cattle egrets, a kestrel came flying overhead.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 9:35 pm by Shane Willson in General Birding

South Hams

A Brambling, 4 Reed Buntings and a Cirl Bunting with other finches and Buntings at Huxton Cross.

At Thurlestone, the Desert Wheatear singing and showing very well, the throat now well developed dark. On the sea 100+ Wigeon and on South Huish: c25 Teal, 30+ Snipe and 2 White-fronted Geese.  

West Charleton Marsh produced 6 Chiichaffs including 1 showing characteristics of tristis, Water Rail, Cirl Bunting, Greenshank, Pintail and c30 Brent Geese.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 8:16 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tamerton horsham lane

12 cattle Egrets showing well this morning.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 6:22 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Yarner Wood

No lesser spotted woodpecker at Yarner today but other sighting are... coal, blue, great and marsh tits, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatches, siskins, chaffinches, blackbirds, robins. There was also a squirrel by one of the hides.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 4:32 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Upper Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning on the Upper Lake.

3 Willow Tit one pair and an individual at separate locations, 6 Goldcrest, 10 Goosander 2m 8f, 61 Canada Geese, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Wren, 1 Redwing, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 2:00 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding


The identification of a Black-troated Diver at Broadsands was troublesome today, as it didn't appear to show a white thigh patch on either side of the body, it also looked small billed. However after watching it for some time I did pick up a much reduced thigh patch 'just' as it dived. I'm off for another look.. There was no chin strap but young Pacific Divers don't always show this feature.

Some notes and hopefully photos later..

Also there 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 sw Mediterranean Gull, 2 Eider, 3 Great Northern Divers and 1 Common Scoter.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 1:48 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Trinity Hill

The Little Bunting showed really well from  9.30-9.35 calling in small tree near car park. Just followed Steves excellant post from 30 January for tactics and directions . Just stand and wait by first bushes and Buntings fly in and out. Also c20 Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer and Sparrowhawk.

Nearby still 5 Cattle Egrets near Colcombe Farm with c8 Little Egrets at 10.30am viewed across valley from Lions Close Hill, but all eventually flew off, mostly up the valley 

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 12:52 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding


A visit to Broadsands  with a very calm sea, 1 Water Rail in marshland, showed well,12 Cirl Bunting by the beach huts, out at sea 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-necked Grebe. Looking over towards Goodrington sands a large group of birds on the water so drove to Saltern Cove and was greeted by a large group of Great Crested Grebe 78 + on the water , the group was moving towards Broadsands . Lets hope they remain in the bay for Sundays boat trip, still have 3 places, call 07866202576 if interested. 

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 10:42 am by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Great Northern Diver at Brixham- 15 February 2017

I could only locate 1 Great Northern Diver this afternoon. It was moving regularly between the Breakwater and the swimming pool. 

Great Northern DiverGreat Northern DiverGreat Northern Diver
      Great Northern Diver

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 10:11 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Wesward Ho! Northam Burrows end.

Mixed flock Dunlin and Golden Plover late afternoon on Wesward Ho! 

Dunlin and Glden Plover
Dunlin and Golden Plover

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 9:46 pm by Richard yeats in General Birding

Hope's Nose, Torbay

Five Great Northern Divers this morning; 3 in the bay and 2 more further out.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 8:36 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding


A late afternoon visit started quietly but notable sightings included: Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Buzzard, 11 Redwing & 3 Long Tailed Tits.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 7:54 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery this afternoon

Amongst the usual suspects there was a male Black Redstart feeding and showing well. There was also mention of a female but I couldn't find it.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 4:47 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

A walk in two halves; one in glorious warm sunshine and the other in rain and much cooler conditions. Going towards the Turf the 14 barnacle geese were next to the lagoon. On the lagoon were 5 tufted duck and one red-throated diver. Large flock of golden plover and lapwing in the centre of the marsh. On my return the American Wigeon was near to Station Road.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 4:26 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

12 Cattle Egrets - Tamerton Foliot

An incredible 12 Cattle Egrets (a record Devon flock), possibly even 13, still north of Tamerton Foliot this morning viewed from Allern Lane. On arrival 12 were sat on top of a hedge, next to field, viewed from gateway on first right hand bend. Also 4 Little Egrets feeding in field behind. At 10.20am, the flock then flew up, with 6 heading up valley and 6 dropping down out of sight into field . I then relocated 7 Cattle Egrets feeding in a distant field with cows at top of valley looking north from Allern Lane, and I hadn't seen any other Cattle Egrets fly by me out of original field.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Velator Reserve

Plenty of signs of spring this morning - first Lesser Celandine in flower, and along with Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler calling, Great Tit, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Song Thrush and Chaffinch all in song.

2 Chiffchaffs chasing insects in the reed-bed just outside the reserve.

2 Spoonbills (one colour-ringed) on the scrape early on.

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 2:01 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

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