Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st February 2017

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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

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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 Bird News


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

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

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

Roadford Reservoir

Two immature white-winged gulls seen from 3pm to 4.15pm with c 200 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls (plus 30-40 Black-Headed , 20 Great-Black Backed and 10 Herring Gulls ) viewed from visitor centre/cafe car park. Both second-winter Glaucous And second-winter Iceland .Loafing and standing on the shoreline opposite the car park , at other times they sat on the water and showed close together providing good comparison.Both looked at times very white. Together with the report yesterday, does this herald a return to improved gull roost watching for this site ? 

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 5:27 pm in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


Female/first winter Black Redstart again at Instow harbour where the wall/boulders/concrete path curve round onto the ferry pier. Was feeding mainly around the old wooden pontoons. Flighty. 17:00.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News


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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News


As of Sunday, February 19th, the waxwings were still opposite the tile factory, preening high in trees along the southbound verge of the dual carriageway and flying to the central reservation to feed on rosehips. I counted eight of them.


Waxwing feeding on rosehips

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Helen Evans in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear is still showing well at Leas Foot Beach, Thurlestone, this afternoon 19-02-17


Posted February 19th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Great White Egret

Whilst carrying out the second days Willow Tit Survey at Arlington it was a reward to see the GWE downstream of the lower lake. Made up for not one WT or Marsh Tit.

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 3:39 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Bird News

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 Bird News


Nine purple sandpipers on the rocks at Capstone Point

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 12:34 pm by James Walsh in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Broadands & Haldon

A run out to Broadsands with Keith Male this morning initially to Broadsands joining the growing numbers of birders looking for the reported Pacific Diver that did not show ( or at least not while we were there), two distant Divers were deemed to be Red Throated Divers, two Black Necked Grebe showed well, a solitary Common Scoter, Fulmer, and very distant Razorbills and Guillemots were all added to the days list.
Male Cirl Bunting in the rear car park.
Onto the Haldon Forest park and after some more waiting the reported female Brambling showed very briefly, thirty plus Siskin, GSWP, two Nuthatch, two Song Thrush.
At home two soaring Raven, female Siskin on the feeders along with female Reed Bunting and Nuthatch.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


 8 Purple Sandpipers this morning in flocks of 3, 2 & 3 between Capstone Point & Ilfracombe Harbour.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 9:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News


Haldon Forest at the feeders.


Posted February 17th, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News


Long-tailed duck on Taw estuary one mile west of Taw Bridge.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 2:18 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Torbay and Heathfield

After enjoying the Pacific Diver along side a Black-throated this morning on a "mill pond" sea, 11 Waxwings seen at their usual spot opposite the tile factory.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 1:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


The Pacific Diver was still present this morning, initially associating with a Black-throated Diver. 2-3 Black-necked Grebes and a distant Great Northern Diver.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 12:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


The diver detailed below was a juv/1stw Pacific Diver (if accepted first for Devon) also 1 Black-throated Diver further out in bay.



Posted February 16th, 2017 at 6:45 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tamerton horsham lane

12 cattle Egrets showing well this morning.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 6:22 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News


 6 Cattle Egrets, found by Josh Marshall just outside Totnes on the road to Ashprington at SX797593, still present at 13.25 this afternoon (along with 3 Little Egrets). Look from the gate on the right immediately after the two roadside pillars.

At Staverton WTW this afternoon, one, possible two, Yellow browed warblers, Firecrest, around 10 Goldcrests but a reduction in Chiffchaffs to just 5.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 4:46 pm in Bird News

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 Bird News

Around the Axe

Red Kite flew south east over Seaton at 12:15. It was a distinctive bird with a primary missing on the right wing and its left tail fork worn off - so look out for it, be great to track its movements.

This afternoon at 13:45 a lovely second-winter Iceland Gull on the Axe Estuary, showing well from Coronation Corner.

Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 2:45 pm by Steve Waite in Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

Staverton WTW

Still one Yellow Browed warbler this afternoon although quite elusive. 10+ Chiffchaffs and similar numbers of Goldcrests.  

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 8:03 pm in Bird News


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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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