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  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Thursday 7th September 2017


Orcombe Point 4:00 - 4:30pm 

2 Arctic Skua and perhaps c15 Kittiwake.

Docks 4:45 - 5:20pm

There was Massive feeding frenzy of Gulls. Great Bull Hill gave 4 Black Tern, around 12 Common Tern and c45 Sandwich Tern.

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 11:17 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding


1 over Aish near Stoke Gabriel at 09.43.Didnt appear to be in any kind of hurry maybe very late breeder.

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 10:25 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Occombe Farm, Torbay

This afternoon a steady stream of wood pigeons flying east, including a flock of 50-60.

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 5:23 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Exminster marshes - 07/09/2017

2 Yellow wagtail on southern fields, 2 juvenile Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, Peregrine and green sandpiper through, 4 Little grebe

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 4:19 pm by Nick Patel in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

1 Curlew Sandpiper close in from the viewing platform this lunchtime. It flew further out at around 1.40 though.

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 2:32 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Programme Change (EAST Devon)

Please note that the (EAST Devon Branch) fieldtrip planned for TOMORROW FRI 8 Sept to Powderham Church, has been CANCELLED due to the weather forecast.  Constant rain in the morning together with wind and the exposed nature of the venue causes us to take this decision.  Maybe members may like to try sea-watching at their local coast as an alternative!

We hope to see you at a later date.  Many thanks. 

Jonathan and Geoff.

Posted September 7th, 2017 at 9:33 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

South Brent

From the garden at South Brent (6th Sept) two Green Woodpecker, 25 plus Goldfinch flock, Buzzard, Hobby and this evening at least five Tawny owls calling including two that were photographed.



Posted September 7th, 2017 at 12:40 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wednesday 6th September 2017

Isley Marsh/Home Farm Marsh/Yelland Power Station.

Isley Marsh had a single Whimbrel this morning and Home Farm Marsh pond had 12 Teal 5 Black Tailed Godwit and several Mallard and Canada Geese. Just after 12:00 an Osprey was on the foreshore beside Chivenor Camp feeding on a fish viewed from the flowery bank at Home Farm Marsh. The 7 Eider were on the foreshore by the fisherman's huts at Horsey Island viewed from Yelland Power Station costal path.

Posted September 6th, 2017 at 6:26 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Hobby ~ South Brent

Hobby, South Brent this morning...


Posted September 6th, 2017 at 9:08 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 5th September 2017

White Cheeked Pintail Bowling Green Marsh 05.09.17

White Cheeked Pintail Bowling Green Marsh presumed escapee

Video -

White Cheeked Pintail
White Cheeked Pintail

Posted September 5th, 2017 at 8:40 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Wryneck Dawlish Warren

Wryneck flitting between bramble patches along dune ridge and grassland below. Roughly between Groynes 5 and 6.

Access update.

Access to  the Hide and Warren Point is now open, though fencing for dune restoration has not yet been finalised, please keep to marked routes.


Posted September 5th, 2017 at 4:40 pm by Steve Ayres in General Birding

Monday 4th September 2017

Swallows at Velator

Popped down this evening and caught 46! That's more like it - only 4 adults in that total.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 10:33 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Hembury Woods

Late post for Sunday evening: a flock of 29 Mistle Thrushes homing in on some Rowan trees plus a mixed flock of c10 Redpolls and c40 Siskins.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Mid-am; falling tide but lots of water on the marsh after the recent rain. Of note: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, 6+ Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshank, 9 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 8+ Yellow Wagtails, 1 Wheatear and 5 Sand Martins.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 8:24 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding


Searched the waterfront from Laira Bridge to West Hoe this morning: 19 Sandwich Terns, 3 Gannets and an adult Mediterranean Gull in the Sound; Willow Warbler and Whitethroast by the Cattewater.

This afternoon the Plym Estuary & Saltram produced a juv Ruff, first in with 138 Redshanks on the wall, then on Blaxton pool amongst 9 adult Dunlins. Also: 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, 27 Curlews, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Ringed Plovers, 11 Turnstones, 6 Oystercatchers, 14 Little Egrets, sinensis Cormorant, Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaffs and Whinchat. 

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 7:27 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


Wandered around the reserve this morning and whilst trying to get views of a Kingfisher which I saw splash in to the pond, it then flew around and was chased by a female Sparrowhawk! 2 circuits of the pond before she gave up and went off to chase some Woodpigeons instead.

Elsewhere in the reserve a large Tit flock contained Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler and Blackcap.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 6:44 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


Lunchtime visit (12:30 - 1:30) to Mudbank produced the normal species but was pleased to find an Osprey feeding on a sandbank towards Powderham direction. Several crows were trying to steal its catch but it was having none of it.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 4:27 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Hobby ~ South Brent

For those following the saga of "my" returning Hobby she came back as previous posts on the 18th August and then came in for food each day until the 25th August and then did not show again until the 2nd September since then she has been coming in each day on a regular basis, the images show her dropping in just before 3.30pm this afternoon.




Posted September 4th, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

East Soar

Early fog which rolled back in again meant a poor day with just 14 White Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 8 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 390 Herring Gull, Med Gull, 50 House Sparrow, 70 Goldfinch  & 85 Linnet.

Posted September 4th, 2017 at 4:14 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Fremington Pill

08.00 this morning ; 1 Glossy Ibis , 1 Greenshank , 2 Dunlin , 1 Spotted Redshank .


Posted September 4th, 2017 at 9:44 am by David paterson in General Birding

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Teignmouth update

Seawatching totals until 14:00: 2 Storm Petrels, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 9 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 7 skua sp (including two possible Long-tailed), 138 Common Scoters, 100 Kittiwakes, 20 Sandwich Terns and 2 Common Terns.

Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 9:43 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Late post for Saturday. Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Buzzard & Marsh Harrier, approx 400 Starlings and 100/150 Goldfinches. Numerous Swallows and House Martins, including at least one Swallows nest with chicks!

Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 9:08 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Late Post - Eye-Popping Sparrowhawk!

Whilst dog-walking with my father Saturday afternoon, spotted a fully leucistic Sparrowhawk (mainly creamy-white with vague wing bars) circling low over St.Thomas, Exeter. Very unhappy crow eventually drove this stunning bird towards city centre and out of sight.. Sorry, no camera on either of us so gutted not to have a shot of this.. but WOW.

Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 12:46 pm by Gary Reeves in General Birding

Great White Egret Horsey Island

Great White Egret seen at Horsey this weekend. Not a great photo, but it was a long way off.

Posted September 3rd, 2017 at 8:19 am by Andy Leat in General Birding

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Female Marsh Harrier at East Soar

Peter Hannaford called the Marsh Harrier as it soared high over the ploughed field next to the car park at East Soar, putting up all the gulls in the field.
 Barry Rankine 2nd September 2017


Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 9:51 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding


A few birds ringed in the reserve today. Of note 3 more Blackcaps, a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff and four more Bullfinches. Best of the day was a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher, not ringed one here before, and only 2 records seen in the reserve.

This evening persevered with the Swallows and ringed 8. The Swift was also present over the Marsh.

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 9:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Great white Egret Horsey Mere

Cracking day at Horsey Island today. Great White Egret, Dunlin, Sparrow Hawk. Glossy Ibis and a highlight, a Peregrine in amongst a flock of Teal

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 8:25 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

South Huish Marsh & South Efford Marsh

Morning spent at a people busy South Huish Marsh, where results were much as reported by Andy Smith. Afternoon at a quieter South Efford Marsh, where I only recorded 5 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, 8 Little Egret and 142 Canada Geese + 1 White Goose and one hybrid. Highlight though was the striking sight of a few Wasp Spiders.

Female Wasp Spider - South Efford Marsh - 2.9.2017
Female Wasp Spider - South Efford Marsh - 2.9.2017

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 6:18 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Only one Glossy Ibis today while I was there, plenty of waders though with Redshank, Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper. Also Peregrine, Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Swallows and Goldfinches showing well.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis


Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 6:15 pm by Simon Thurgood in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

am, of note: 5 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Dunlin and 1 Cattle Egret.

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 2:52 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

East Soar

A relatively quiet morning and migrants inc.Sand Martin, 125 Swallow, 4 Tree Pipit, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 37 White Wagtail, 7 Pied Wagtail, Whinchat & 19 Wheatear.

Also: Male Sparrowhawk, 330 Herring Gull, 43 Carrion Crow Plus offshore 19 Gannet & 16 Kittiwake east.

Non-avian: 2 Roebuck Plus female; Painted Lady.

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 2:42 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

the last swift?

i hadnt seen the adult swifts coming and going from our house near okehampton since monday eveningand assumed that the youngsters had all fledged on tuesday but today i was standing in the right place to watch a swiftlet leave its nest,always sad to see them go

Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 12:37 am by laurence smith in General Birding

Friday 1st September 2017

Otter Estuary

The presumed "Ridgway's" Cackling Goose and the same bird seen at Exminster in June and subsequently on the north end of the Exe was in with the 450+ Canada Geese in fields above the Otter Estuary today complete with green leg ring! It was later on the Otter estuary. Also Bar-headed Goose still and 2 Greylag Geese.
More Goose pics on blog:

WIld birds(!) included: 10+ Wheater, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 White Wagtail

Cackling Goose by Chris Townend

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 9:27 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

South Huish - Drain Maintenance

Work will begin on 4 September on the final stage of clearing parts of the cross-drains on the far side of the scrapes from the South Milton Sands car park.  In addition, Devon Birds will be clearing on behalf of the National Trust, one bank of the main drain flowing towards the car park.  The work will take about two weeks and does not require the scrapes to be drained.  Disturbance will be kept to a minimum.

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 6:53 pm by Nick Townsend in General Birding

seaton marshes

a walk around Seaton marshes,  44 birds seen altogether, the main birds were wheatear, ruff, common and green sandpipers, ringed plover, snipe, and then we went to the hide after the sewage works, in the field to your right walking down to the hide we saw 30 plus yellow wagtails in with the cattle feeding next to the path .on the estuary itself there was not many birds at all. 

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 6:18 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in General Birding

Late Posting Prawle and South Huish Thursday 31st August

Apologies for late posting.

Yesterday in Prawle area : Firecrest in the reserve; Spotted Flycatcher; 12 Chiffchaffs (some grey, some yellowy green) 9 Wheatears, 2 White Wagtails , 6 Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps. And 2 Bullfinches which I only ever see here in autumn ! Steady passage of Swallows, House Martins and the odd Sand Martin. Also Silver Y Moths. 

At South Huish from 1.45pm one Cattle Egret and 2 Little Egrets. 4 Yellow Wagtails including a splendid ochre- yellow male and at least 2 White Wagtails. Wader-wise, a Green Sandpiper, adult Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin.


Posted September 1st, 2017 at 4:09 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Fremington Pill

At the Pill with  Malcolm Shakespeare 10:30-11:30.  6x Glossy Ibis, 2x Greenshank, 1 Ruff and 1 Common Sandpiper. Saw one of the Ibis trying to swallow a small flounder it had caught, it struggled to get it down for 10 minutes or so - still not sure that it managed it.

Glossy Ibis Ruff and Redshank Ibis with flounder
Glossy Ibis                                                       Ruff and Redshank                           Ibis with flounder

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 2:10 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Seaton Kingfisher

The Kingfishers & water rail were showing well again this morning at Seaton Wetlands


Posted September 1st, 2017 at 12:00 pm by Bob Longhorn in General Birding

orcomb exmouth

visited orcomb point 0930-1030 1st sep 30+wheatears 6 yellow wags 1 female blackcap 1whitethroat 1 spotted flycatcher 1kestrel 1sparrowhawk 1 green woodpecker 12+ swallows plus usual species

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 11:53 am by tom jurd in General Birding

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