Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th April 2017


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

Friday 7th April 2017

RSPB Labrador Bay


In addition to commoner/usual species for the site - 45 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Terns, 4 Shelduck in flight heading north over the sea.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 8:38 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands

Today at Seaton Wetlands: herring, great black-backed and black-headed gulls, shelduck, oystercatcher, mallards, coots, little egrets, cormorant, 1 or more lapwing, grey heron, 1 or more pheasants and 3 buzzards.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News


Iceland gull ,Cattle Egret,1 Velvet Scoter,1 Purple Sandpiper,2 Grey Plovers,3 Guillemots, 20 Swallows,2 House Martins,1 Shoverler,1 Common Tern,1Ist winter Med Gull,2 Black headed gulls,2Ravens.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 7:39 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Baggy Point

6 wheatear pairs 4stonechat pairs,numerous linnets,swallows and martins,larks,rock pipits, chiffchaff,peacock and holly blue butterflies and two ravens in fine voice.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 7:17 pm by john elvin in Bird News

River Plym at Saltram

While I was completing my WEBS survey today at 12.00 I was delighted to see a Mallard duck and her ten ducklings swimming down the river just down from the railway bridge, less happy to see the duck being harried by three Mallard drakes so that she had to take flight and leave the ducklings to fend for themselves until the drakes gave up the chase!

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 6:44 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

River Teign, Coombe Cellars

After lunch at 2.15pm. An Osprey fishing successfully before flying north with its catch.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 6:43 pm by David Leigh in Bird News


3 Spoonbills on the scrape by the Tarka Trail early morning. Gone by 9.30.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 6:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Redpolls & Willow Warblers at Roborough Down

Several pairs of Redpolls were very active over Roborough Down today, and several Willow Warblers showing well, plenty of Meadow Pipits, Stonechats, Skylarks, and Swallows, and all the other usual suspects


Posted April 7th, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Yarner NNR

This morning 2 male Redstart on the ridge track not far from middle Trendlebere carpark. Also Blackcap and chiffcaff singing away and Yellowhammer on the heath.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 5:51 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News


Red Kite west from the back of my house in Cedar Close towards Exe estuary gaining height at 1705hrs.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

Challacombe Down Dartmoor

On walk from Headland Warren round to Vitifer Mine Valley, Wheatears (10), Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Tree Pipit (1), Stonechats, Stockdoves (4), Reed Buntings (4), Swallows (3), Redpolls (3), Siskins (2), Great Grey Shrike (1) at position SX 687 806 in Vitifer Valley.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 5:26 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Morte Point

0645 -1110 Several Swallow , 4 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin (my first), 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear. Wren, Linnet and Dunnock competing for loudest song plus 20 other species present. Of  2 Willow Warbler seen, one with unusual plumage is possibly the same bird and in the same bush as one I photographed 20 April 2014. The Shrew is still busy at the nest.

Willow Warbler  photo 20 April 2014  Willow Warbler 07 April 2017  Willow Warbler 07 April 2017
Willow Warbler photo 20 April 2014          Willow Warbler 07 April 2017                 Willow Warbler 07 April 2017

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Berry Head

A few singing Blackcaps around the scrub and next to the Cottage today (I missed the Reeves Pheasant though), a male Cirl singing, a pair of Bullfinch and a close encounter with the female Kestrel in the quarry. It got busy with dog walkers around 9.30.


Posted April 7th, 2017 at 2:15 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Not one for the Devon bird list

If any one follows the Plymouth media you may have noted that a Striated Cara Cara went AWOL from Sparkwell Zoo on the 29th March, yesterday Devon Birder Dave Pakes was on his way out on a birding trip above South Brent as he passed through Bloody Pool Cross he saw a large raptor that he was unable to identify sitting on the roadside gate.

To cut a long story short I was able to catch the bird which I recognised as a Striated Cara Cara and it has now been returned to its owner, so if you have seen an unusual bird of prey between the respective locations you now have the answer.


Posted April 7th, 2017 at 1:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bolt Tail

Single Swallow, 3 Wheatear, 3 singing Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff (looks like being a superb year for this short-range migrant) & Jay. Mammals good: 10+ Harbour Porpoise & Grey Seal.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 12:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wembury Bay

18 Swallows in off the sea and several Holly Blues plus Orange-tip.

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 12:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Eurasian Siskin

Pair regularly on feeders at Lee Abbey, Lynton

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 12:04 pm by Lee Abbey in Bird News

Berry Head

Poor passage today with just 4 Swallows, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Wheatear on the move. 5 singing Blackcap and 5 singing Chiffchaff around the inland scrub. the highlight was a pod of 20+ common Dolphin off the end of the head Video link here . most unusual was a female Reeve's Pheasant in scrub out by the coastguard building.

Reeve's Pheasant female Berry Head 07 April 2017 ML

Clennon Valley: on returning home a male Golden Pheasant male flew over my garden and landed in a a neighbours garden - 3 pheasant species in a day in the wild in Devon possibly a record!  

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 10:18 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Thursday 6th April 2017

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first hirundines of the year here - 2 Swallows (also 2 at Bovisand yesterday) and a Sand Martin. Also Jack Snipe and 11 Little Egrets.

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 9:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton Great Field

A look in at Wrafton Pond this evening and still only a few Sand Martins. One Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape. Decided to take a quick look over the Great Field. Brown Hare and then hundreds of Swallows hawking over the whole area. Must be summer!

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 9:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster and Powderham

Late afternoon

3 Egyptian Geese in Powderham Park 

3 Sandwich Tern on River Exe off Powderham 

Short Eared Owl on Exminster Marsh in grass viewed from end of Milbury Lane 

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 7:53 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

South Huish

Glaucous and Iceland Gulls in field with Herring and Lesser-Black backed Gulls to the left of the marsh with the sheep in this afternoon. The lambs enjoying themselves chasing the birds about. 31 species seen on the marsh including Cattle Egret, Wheatear and Swallows.

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 7:31 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

West Charlton Marsh

Reserve full of bird song and a joy to visit this morning. 30 species seen


Posted April 6th, 2017 at 7:26 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Red Kite - Grand Western Canal

Red Kite over Grand Western Canal at Tiverton Road Bridge at 1030. At same time there was a group of 11 Buzzards gradually heading in a northerly direction with another 3 nearby on the ground

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 7:15 pm by Ray Jones in Bird News

Carswell Farm + South Brent

Having completed our patch for the Carswell Farm DB survey this morning with fairly poor results - much needs to be done to improve bird habitat at this location - Alan P, Kevin, Jackie and I saw 9 Cattle Egret in with a herd of cattle in a neighbouring patch field. I returned 30 mins later to take a photo, but the egrets had gone. The DB surveyors for that patch drove by and said that the actual count was one or two higher, but they had flown off during the survey.

I decided to check my home patch at Dockwell, South Brent for returning pied flycatchers, sadly none there yet. However on passing Bloody Pool X I saw a hawk I could not identify sitting on a roadside gate. Photo from the car window and later on the road. I called my pal and falconer Steve Hopper, who from my description thought it might be a Harris Hawk. He attended immediately with equipment and food and then saw that it was in fact a Striated Caracara, believed to be an escapee from the Sparkwell area for the past fortnight. Thanks to Steve for his skill in eventually trapping the bird and ensuring it is returned to its owner! Now can I claim a "year tick"?

Striated Caracara - South Brent - 6.4.2017Striated Caracara - South Brent - 6.4.2017

Striated Caracara - South Brent - 6.4.2017

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 6:40 pm by David Pakes in Bird News


Small flock of swallows crossed berry head around 12.00 today

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 6:18 pm by Jeff Hacon in Bird News

Willow Warbler

1st Willow Warbler of the year spotted at Occombe this afternoon, along with: 3 Mallard, Buzzard, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, Nuthatch, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Mistle Thrush, plus Blackbirds, Robins, Wrens, BlueTits, Great Tits & Dunnock.

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 6:02 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Exminister Marsh

Look at the marsh early morning on a lovely sunny day. Reed Warbler singing at middle car park, 5 Sand Martin & 1 House Martin. Otherwise 55 Teal, 15 Shoveler but almost no Wigeon left.

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 5:42 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Cattle Egrets-Caulston Farm-Noss Mayo

10 Cattle Egrets in foeld with cattle just east of Caulston Farm south of the road at SX571470 at 11:15. Flushed but eventually returned to the same field.

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 1:35 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News


What did I say yesterday about Sand Martins? Somewhat surprised this morning to see none over Wrafton Pond, the scrape, the surrounding fields or down the Toll Road where I took a look over the new flooded area: quite a few Teal and several Redshank, with one Greenshank.

Best of the morning was a single Reed Warbler in reeds in the drainage ditch beside the Toll Road.

In the reserve Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing, plus at least one Willow Warbler.

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 12:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 5th April 2017

Lake Chapel, Shebbear

Two House martins scouting all morning.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 11:12 pm by Simon Weale in Bird News


Wrafton Pond continues to host good numbers of Sand Martins and the odd Swallow.  Also a few Chiffs and a Willow Warbler or two.

I walked down around Sherpa Marsh again this evening. The Swan herd (30) was in the middle of the central field. Only a few Teal, and the remains of what looked like a Gadwall. There seemed to be a few more Swallows this evening.

However I was finally rewarded as I neared home when I spied a few Hirundines over the north end on the recreation ground. Closer inspection revealed 4 House Martins.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 9:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

While undertaking the Haldon Forrest Survey this morning one member of the team Dave Pakes  took a call from Mike Passman down at South Huish advising that a Spoonbill had just flown into the marsh from the sea at 10.30hrs.

On attending Dave confirmed that the Spoonbill was still present along with the recent Iceland Gull and a Cattle Egret.

Making my way down I arrived to find the Spoonbill on site with up to six Little Erret and one Cattle Egret, the Spoonbill flew off at 16.36hrs initially flying out to sea before turning and reaching great height in a remarkably short time and then headed off towards Torbay.

The Iceland Gull flew into the marsh at 7.15hrs and between those times the Cattle Egret flew off over the cafe.

Small bird species included Linnet, Pied Wagtails and a slow trickle of individual Swallows a first year plumage female Sparrow Hawk passed over while being mobbed by numerous small birds.


Posted April 5th, 2017 at 8:25 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Huish

This evening viewing produced Glacous Gull

1 Iceland Gull, 1 Cattle Egret. Male Wheatear

Swallows, sand martins. No sign of the reported


Posted April 5th, 2017 at 8:23 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Hope's Nose, Torquay


2 male Wheatears, male and female Stonechat, 2 Kestrels, Raven, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Swallow, 4 Gannets, 2 Guillemots, 4 Shags, Cormorant, 2 Rock Pipits, GBB Gull.  Calling Blackcap, Oystercatcher, Pheasant and Bullfinch.  Also, remains of what appeared to be a predated Herring Gull.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 6:07 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


1 whimbrel this morning on the rocks at Wembury Point with 10 oystercatcher, 3 swallows together flew in off the sea and headed straight inland, blackcaps and chuffchaffs singing.

Good numbers of peacock and speckled wood, nice to see after the dearth of sightings this time last year. Also 2 male orange tip, 2 holly blue and 2 green veined white.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 2:57 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Haldon Forest Survey

A 7.30am start at Haldon Forrest gave some 31 species which included Chiffchaff 28, Willow Warbler 5, Yellow Hammer 10, Treecreeper 2, Goldcrest 10+, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Snipe, Tree Pipit, Stonechat, Wren, Raven, Buzzard and Long Tailed Tit.

And 19 Fallow Deer.

Just outside South Brent on the way home 2 Swallow perched on overhead wires at Dean Cross.

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Pheasant in garden

An exotic visitor to our back garden in the centre of Plympton this morning.


Posted April 5th, 2017 at 9:05 am by bob barrow in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh (4th April)

From a trip yesterday morning to West Charleton Mars, Chiffchaff, and three Song Thrush around the WTW,a pair of Stonechat just outside.

Walking down to the hide six Willow Warbler, male Blackcap, Wren, Cirl Bunting and several Chaffinch.

From the hide, Cirl Bunting, Long Tailed Tit, Green, Gold and Chaffinch, Heron, Little Egret, Moorhen, Pheasant and on the estuary side four Redshank

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 6:37 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Aylesbeare Common

2 Dartford Warbler, 1 or more Stonechat, 1 or more Robins, Linnets and Crows/Rooks.

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 9:42 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News


Red Kite over at 3.

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 9:33 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes


At least 100 Sand Martins over the scrapes and pools to the east of the railway line. 

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 8:31 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


The Long-tailed Duck was off Mudbank Lane late afternoon. Also a Whimbrel, 8 Knot and 38 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 5:57 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

South Huish and Cattle Egrets

South Huish this morning - Glaucous Gull on and off all morning. Also 1 Cattle Egret on marsh or nearby cattle field, 1 Water Pipit , 6 Little Egrets, a Curlew and several Swallows and Sand Martins. No sign of the Iceland Gull this morning.

'On the way home ' - found the Cattle Egret flock near Chivelstone in a grass field with cattle behind the wind turbine west of the road between Cousins Cross and Chivelstone Cross, but only viewed distantly from the South Pool road from Cousins Cross or the farm track south of Chivelstone Cross, but unfortunately the cattle were right on the brow of the hill so all the Egrets were never all in view at the same time . Counted at least 15, but presumably the 19 Perry had Friday were all still there. 

Opposite Bowden House near Totnes now 9 Cattle Egrets ( and 2 Little Egrets) in usual grazed kale field.


Posted April 4th, 2017 at 3:47 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Haytor Down, Dartmoor

Over Black Hill this morning was a Peregrine Falcon, 2 Buzzards and a Red Kite.

Three Cattle Egrets at Blatchford Farm, Teigngrace in with the sheep at the farm entrance.

Red Kite Cattle Egret
Red Kite                                                                                     Cattle Egret

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 1:48 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News


Yellow-browed Warbler again in my garden (Mount Gould) this morning for a few minutes.  

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 10:38 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Glaucous Gull

A few photos of the Glaucous Gull at South Huish marsh yesterday.

Glaucous Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, juv
Glaucous Gull, juv

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 10:21 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 3rd April 2017

Don't shoot the messenger ~ possible Crane sighting

At about 19.50hrs this evening my wife and daughter saw what they are convinced was a Crane flying over the A385 near the Rattery junction the bird was flying out towards the Diptford direction.

Having looked at images on the internet and birding books they are convinced that what they saw was a Crane describing a very large dark grey bird (far larger than a Heron) and flying with a distinctively extended neck and very graceful flight.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 9:29 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


17.00 - 19.00 Green Woodpecker heard around the cemetery but could not locate. Nothing unusual from the hide  but the Green Sandpiper came in close in poor light. One swallow seen with many Sand Martin. Buzzard came in with a kill (a Teal I think) and two crows tried to move it with no luck.

Green Sandpiper vid -

Buzzard vid -

Buzzard on kill Green Sandpiper
Buzzard on kill                                       Green Sandpiper

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Soar and South Huish

Pretty quiet at Soar this morning but a Tree Pipit on Bolt Head and 21 Sand Martins passed through. 

At South Huish, the Iceland Gull present when I arrived but soon disappeared (too far away for me to be sure whether it was a juv or 2nd-w) and the Glaucous Gull (juv) returned mid afternoon to give good views. Also 1st-w Mediterranean Gull, 3+ Water Pipits (one in cracking summer plumage), 2 Swallows, and 4 Sand Martins. Finally, 2 Red-legged Partridges at South Milton Ley. 

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 8:11 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Huish Marsh ~ South Milton

South Huish Marsh late morning through lunch time, perched Swallow on approach to the marsh, three others seen to fly over the marsh during the visit.

Ducks species included Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller,Mallard and Shell duck.

Curlew 2, Linnet male in full colour,  Stonechat, Rock Pipits, Pied Wagtails and one White Wagtail.

Little Egret 4 a Heron flew over the marsh out towards the sea.


Larger numbers of Herring Gull began to arrive and with them was a first winter Glaucous Gull and then at 13.06hrs a Iceland Gull arrived which I believe was also a first winter bird.


Back at home female Reed Bunting still coming into the garden feed station.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 5:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Home farm, Fremington and the Pill.

Chiffchaffs,willow warbler, black cap,r eed bunting, 6 cattle egrets over home farm 3 spoonbills from the hide and a cettis calling from near the small lake. Glossy Ibis top of the pill, greenshank and Redshank.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 5:20 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

Glaucous Gull and Icelandic Gull both showing well at South Huish Marsh ~ will do more detailed post later.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 3:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

Green Sandpiper still at BGM this lunchtime.

At Goosemoor, a smart looking Spotted Redshank close to the viewing screens, nearly in breeding plumage.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 2:13 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Haytor Down, Dartmoor

Male Common Redstart this morning between Yarner Wood and Haytor Down. Willow Warblers and Wheatears at Emsworthy.

Posted April 3rd, 2017 at 1:51 pm by david cawthraw in Bird News

Sunday 2nd April 2017


Arrived at the reserve at 05.30 this morning for some ringing. First decent day for some time without any wind!. Ringed 15 including 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Willow Warblers.

The three Spoonbills were out on the scrape early and gone by 9.15ish.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 10:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Yarner & Trendlebeer

Trendlebeer into Yarner this morning

Yellow Hammer, Stonechat, Bullfinch 3, Treecreeper, Mallard 5, Raven, Marsh Tit 3+, Siskin 5+, Green Woodpecker 2 (Calling) Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Mandarin duck (pair) Long Tailed Tit 2, Buzzard 2, high light being a Tree Pipit displaying below the weather station.

Over Dartmoor this afternoon

Holne ~ Mistle Thrush

Venford ~ Mistle Thrush 3, Meadow Pipit 2 and Buzzard

Towards Princetown ~ Buzzards 7, Skylarks singing away in good numbers and a small number of Meadow Pipits.

As yet not a great deal of obvious bird life on the higher moor open moorland.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 8:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Great Grey Shrike Saddle Tor Dartmoor

Great Grey Shrike in hawthorns below Saddle Tor and road  near Emsworthy 11am 

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 7:57 pm by John Walters in Bird News

Feniton - First Swallow

I have just seen my first Swallow of the season in the fields just north of Feniton  village, summer is on its way!

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 7:33 pm by Maurice Rapley in Bird News

ManSands Marsh

At least 7 Gadwall, Three Tufted Duck and 2 Teal, alongside the Mallard and Canada Geese on the Marsh. Along the Coast Path between Berry Head and Colyton Fishacre, two pairs of Ravens, several Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff Blackcap and one Seal close to the Shore off St Marys Beach.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 7:14 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Plym estuary/Saltram

At low tide this afternoon:

2 Little egret, 3 Lesser black backs on the estuary, Skylark by the recycling centre, 5 Swallow over the duck pond/cafe.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 6:34 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Stover CP

0830-1330 :-

5 Tufted duck (4m 1f) 2 Mandarin (m,f)  8 Female Goosander, 2 Green Woodpecker (m), 2 Siskin, 2 Treecreeper, plenty of Chiffchaff. Brimstone, Peacock and Orange tip on the wing.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

West Charlton Marsh

After a lovely view of the iceland Gull and male garganey at Thurlestone, headed off to west Charleton marsh and had lovely view of a great white egret for 20 mins before a farm  machine sent it off.  A dog walker says" its been here every morning for a week"

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 5:38 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Cuckoo Berry Head

First visit to Berry Head today and clearly heard Cuckoo at 1230 today

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 5:37 pm by Ian Stone in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Went down this afternoon hoping to see a Great White Egret seen on the marsh this morning ( apparently one reported flying over South Huish towards South Milton 07:00, probably same bird ). Unfortunatly no sign, the log book entry said it flew off towards Kingsbridge late morning. Fine compensation provided by a showy Bittern however, in a ditch near the scrape and often coming out in the open between 15:50-16:20.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 5:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Thurlestone Bay

After a stop-off at Huxtons Cross, birds of note were a pair of Yellowhammer on the hedge and 2 Red Legged Partridge in the ploughed field on the left. Then down to South Huish where we found the Male Garganey on the marsh and the Iceland Gull in the field behind the marsh. A lone Stock Dove was foraging around the edge of the marsh and a lovely male Swallow was perched on a wire, singing.  41 species in total for us today and an interesting chat with local birders Bob, Chris and Perry.

Male Swallow
Male Swallow

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Occombe Farm, Torbay

Redwing heard flying over during the astronomy event last night.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 2:16 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News


Blackcap clearly calling at Occombe this morning.

Posted April 2nd, 2017 at 1:46 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Saturday 1st April 2017

Paignton Zoo


Single Swallow over the giraffe enclosure.  Singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff also noted and brief views of GSW. 

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 7:24 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


Disappointing numbers of migrants in the reserve today: 3/4 singing Chiffs, one singing Willow Warbler (and another by Wrafton Pond) and one Blackcap. However it was warm enough for more butterflies today: first Comma and Orangetip, and a few Speckled Wood along with Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock. Good numbers of Sand Martins over.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 5:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh / Bay, 12:30-14:30, falling tide.

On the marsh 5 Teals, 2 Wigeons and a Black-tailed Godwit. Out in the bay 17 Brent Geese, 2 Gadwalls and 5 Great Crested Grebes. Singing Willow Warbler near the hide and still a Grey Wagtail in the sewage works. Best of the butterflies were a Comma and the first Orange-tip of the year. In the log book a Marsh Harrier seen during the week and several Bittern sightings including late yesterday afternoon behind the bird feeders.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 4:11 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Great Grey Srike. Sousson Plantation

While watching the Great Grey Shrike in Soussons Plantation yesterday I noticed what seems to be a growth on the chin and extending into the lore, anyone know what this might be? I hope the pictures will help.

Soussons Plantation


Posted April 1st, 2017 at 4:08 pm by Gary Easton in Bird News

Winter thrushes

Still about ten redwings remaining from the flock that has been around the Woodland area all winter. Last fieldfare was seen on Thursday 30 March. Also, two male singing cirl buntings seen on hedgerows in lane between Littlehempston and Staverton on Wednesday 29 March.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 4:00 pm by Stuart Logan in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Wheatears (2) of the year here; also Willow Warbler 10 Little Egrets and Snipe. Now just 3 Dunlins and 7 Curlews on the pool but still 69 Redshanks and 4 Greenshanks.   

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 1:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Walked from Exminster into Exeter along side the canal this morning. During the walk heard 5 willow warbler, 3 blackcap and numerous chiffchaff singing. On the marshes south of the motorway bridge there were 5 cattle egrets at 10.00 but they flew towards Topsham at 10.26.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 1:26 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

East Devon Commons

Great Grey Shrike seen in valley in between Colaton Raleigh and Woodbury Commons - 10.30am.    

Commons full of bird song, inc numerous Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Yellowhammer and Willow Warbler.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 12:08 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

East Soar

Alpine Swift watched for 7 minutes close up on the tip of Bolt Head between 1022 -1029 hrs. Could even see the white throat clearly! Also first Swallow and 13 Chiffchaffs.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 12:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Lively spring morning. At least 4 if not 7 Jays, 6 or 7 Chiffchaffs, male & female Kestrels, Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush's, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 3 Mallards. Plus usual Blackbirds, Robins Great & Blue Tits, Dunnocks, Stock Doves, Pheasants, Wrens, Bullfinch & Chaffinch. Roebuck & 2 Roe Deers.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 11:52 am by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Berry Head

Singles of Firecrest and Wheatear on the end of the headland and a fine male Black Redstart on the fort walls, next to the cafe. 20-30 Common Dolphin about 1/2 mile out from end of headland and 7 Harbour Porpoise close in.

Firecrest Berry Head 1 April 2017 ML  Black Redstart Male Berry Head 1 April 2017 ML

                                    Firecrest                                                                  Black Redstart

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 10:06 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hembury Woods

Early am: 1 Tree Pipit and several singing Willow Warblers.

Posted April 1st, 2017 at 9:52 am by Andy Smith in Bird News

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