General Birding

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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Friday 30th June 2017


An early juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Goodrington beach this evening and 44 Common Scoter off shore (over half of flock male)

Yellow_Legged Gull juv Goodrington 300617 ML

Posted June 30th, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Hartland Storm Petrel

Re the Storm Petrel I mentioned as a Control earlier in the week, I have had the details back from the BTO:

It was ringed on 14th August 2016 on the Calf of Man (probably at the bird observatory). It's almost due north of Hartland Point. Wonder where it's been in the interceding year?

Posted June 30th, 2017 at 10:01 am by Jon Turner in General Birding


Yesterday evening two 2nd summer Mediterranean Gulls at N end of beach together with just 3 Black-headed Gulls.

Posted June 30th, 2017 at 9:03 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Thursday 29th June 2017

Horsey Island

Pyramid of at least 100 Starlings (not all in photos) & majority juveniles. 


Posted June 29th, 2017 at 6:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoore

From the hide this lunchtime, the highlights were 1 Whimbrel and 1 Green Sandpiper.

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was roosting over the high tide at Goosemoor.

Posted June 29th, 2017 at 3:42 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Wednesday 28th June 2017

A Question...

Apologies for this not being your usual post but I am trying to find out where I can submit records of breeding birds - if anyone knows I would be great full if you let me know!


Ed. Please send to the recorder . Some guidance here

Posted June 28th, 2017 at 5:43 pm by Samuel Gray in General Birding

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Taw Estuary

5 Meds on the Taw Estuary at low tide this aft & 1 cracking juv BH Gull. 100+ BH Gulls on the Taw Estuary now .


Posted June 27th, 2017 at 6:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

From the viewing platform this lunchtime, 3 Common Sandpipers and 3 Greenshank.

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was at Goosemoor.

Posted June 27th, 2017 at 4:41 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake.

2 Garden Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, Swallows, 1 Grey Wagtail collecting food, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Tufted Ducks.,

Banded Demoiselle, ,1 male Scarce Chaser, Blue tailed Damselflies, Common Blue Damselfly, 2+ Beautiful Damoiselles, many Ringlets all near the spillway/overflow adjacent to the dam wall

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted June 27th, 2017 at 4:32 pm by Harvey Kendall. in General Birding

Hartland Point

Spent the night ringing at Hartland point and caught 16 Storm Petrels, one of which was a Control from somewhere else.

Early morning set a few nets near the caravan and caught 2 Robins, 7 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, and a Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted June 27th, 2017 at 10:37 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Monday 26th June 2017

Godborough Reserve Bideford , Hobby

1 Hobby at the reserve this morning .  Hunting over the field just above Turners wood , I had a good view of it catching & eating on the wing .  

Posted June 26th, 2017 at 10:13 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Gull time.

At least 17 med glls tonight at the skern.9 ads,5 2s,3 fs.or 100 black headed all over the baitfish following the calmer conditions today.Also male sparrowhawk which flew close enough to the car i could see its eyeys.18 pied wagtails on beach.18:40-21:00

Posted June 26th, 2017 at 9:26 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

bowling green marsh

med gulls 3 adults and 1st winterish

Posted June 26th, 2017 at 2:40 pm by wills j in General Birding

Sunday 25th June 2017

Hobby ~ South Brent

Just on 9pm a very low flying Hobby over the garden at South Brent being mobbed by a small flock of Swallows

Posted June 25th, 2017 at 9:15 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding


Yesterday (Saturday) in the reserve the Little Grebes finally have a family - so 6 on the day list. Didn't see them all today, but a good number of Butterflies this afternoon: Large and Small White, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady and the first Ringlet.

When I got home, this rather beautiful Dark-green Fritillary was on the Buddleia. Never seen one in the garden before.

Posted June 25th, 2017 at 6:10 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

HMS Cambridge

Lunch time walk from Heybrook Bay to HMS Cambridge. Lots of Stonechats, Linnet, Whitethroat, Oystercatcher, Rock Pipet, 2 Herons, 3 Egrets, a Curlew. Lots of Butterflies that i don't know the names of.

WhitethroatMeadow BrownStonechat

Posted June 25th, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Duncan Leitch in General Birding

ringneck parakeet

30 pluss ringneck parakeet central park this morning

Posted June 25th, 2017 at 10:07 am by ringneck parakeet in General Birding

Saturday 24th June 2017

Aylesbeare Common (East Devon)

6 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended this mornings fieldtrip around the common and hopefully no one turned up at Exminster after the venue was changed due to road closure at Exeter (all present had seen the change of venue given on this website).

21 species were counted and included proof of breeding for Linnet, Stonechat and Gt Spotted Woodpecker with juveniles seen.  Tree Pipit, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker and 6 Yellow Hammer were found and were the main interest.  Dartford Warbler were elusive and only one 'possible' was seen at a distance.   

To add a challenge to our morning, all 21 species were listed according to the BTO standard two letter species codes as follows:


The last two (Green Finch and Buzzard were added to the list at the car park after the group broke up.

Posted June 24th, 2017 at 3:54 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding


late post from yesterday.7 med gulls 6ads, 2s 18:00 along with 15 black headed.

Posted June 24th, 2017 at 1:16 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 23rd June 2017

Lower Tamar Lake

Late posting

Lower Tamar Lake yesterday (22nd June) --

2 Garden Warblers, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Chiffchaffs in song. 6 Willow Warblers singing, 1 Jay, 1 Magpie, 1 Buzzard, 1 Wren, Blue and Great Tits. several Swallows, 1 Blackcap.

Plus:  Azure Damselfly, Blue tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Banded Damoselle,Broad bodied Chaser, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Green Veined White, Large and Small Whites.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted June 23rd, 2017 at 8:36 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Common Redshank C73 - Turf Hotel to the Netherlands

Apologies for longer post, but I hope members will appreciate the reason.

This is an update on an interesting story and several sightings of a Common Redshank at Turf Hotel, Exe Estuary by various birders over the years.  

On 14th December 2016 I photographed a Common Redshank ringed C73 at Turf Hotel and reported it to the project coordinator in the Netherlands, Wim Tijsen.  He responded immediately, very excited as this was the first sighting that winter of a very special Redshank.  He told me it was her 13th Winter at Turf Hotel and she is the Daughter of the Widow of 'Ol Bill' - 'Ol bill was apparently the oldest Common Redshank recorded in Europe - 19 years old.

C73 likes to spend her winters at Turf Hotel before she returns to the Netherlands to find a partner and breed. This summer she found a younger partner and laid eggs, but unfortunately the nest was predated.   

However, C73 is a tough and resilient little bird.  She went on to try again and today Wim has tweeted the photo of her very late chicks.  What an amazing little bird she is!  

She has now featured in the top Ornithology Journal in the Netherlands and Wim is currently notifying the Dutch media.  I felt that Devon and the Exe Estuary deserves some recognition for playing its' part in her wellbeing all these years too, so I wanted to share the story here.  

So please look out for C73 this winter if you're at Turf Hotel and let Wim know if you see her.

Common Redshank C73 near Turf Hotel, Exe EstuaryThe very late chicks of C73
Common Redshank C73 near Turf Hotel, Exe Est                                 The very late chicks of C73

Posted June 23rd, 2017 at 12:14 am by Jo King in General Birding

Thursday 22nd June 2017

River Dart and Yarner Woods, 22 June

On the River Dart between Riverford Bridge and the old weir upstream: 1 adult and 1 juvenile Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper, 2 juvenile Mandarin ducks. Also possible evidence of both Otter and Salmon in the area with 2 Salmon corpses. At Yarner Woods 3 separate pairs of Redstart feeding young in nests, 2 male Yellowhammer and 1 female Yellowhammer carrying food to nest and a male Stonechat on the downs.

Salmon corpse.Male Redstart

Female Redstart

               Salmon corpse                                    Male Redstart                                    Female Redstart

Posted June 22nd, 2017 at 9:24 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Change to Fieldtrip Programme (EAST Devon Branch) for Sat 24 June.

The venue for the planned fieldtrip to Powderham Marsh, Exminster, scheduled for Sat 24 June has been changed due to ROAD CLOSURES at COUNTESS WEAR, EXETER from 10pm Friday to 5am Monday.  We will now meet at Joney's Cross Car Park (Grid Ref  SY056897) at 09.30am for a visit to AYLESBEARE COMMON.  Anyone coming from west of the estuary should use the motorway as congestion may be expected through Exeter. 

Decision to change venue made jointly by Geoff Green and Jonathan Ruscoe.

Posted June 22nd, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

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