Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st September 2017


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

Thursday 21st September 2017

South Milton Reserve - ditch widening

Natural England has approved and will part fund creation of a stretch of open water in the upper reaches of the reserve.  This will be achieved by widening the ditch on the south side of the reserve, upstream of the public footpath by the treatment plant.  The open water will be about 100m long, 4m wide and up to 1.5m deep (too deep for reeds to grow).  The work is weather dependent but should be completed within two weeks.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 10:48 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands

Grey Phalarope apparently has been there since yesterday. Also kingfisher, snipe, ringed plover, common and green sandpiper, curlew  sandpiper, and a family of little grebe on Borrow Pit. Nice to be kept in the kow!

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 9:45 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:50 till 19:20

the juvenile Black tern showed well at times but also spent time on the estuary , 3 little stints included the Norway ringed bird again and could of been 4 but couldn't see all birds at same time, 2 juvenile Curlew sandpipers, 2 green sandpipers and 2 ruffs ( a new very dark individual as well as the recent juv male) , 1 summer plumage Knot was another new bird, 100+ dunlin, 6+ bar tailed godwits among 800+ black tailed godwits, 15+ greenshanks, 56+ pintail, 32+ lapwing, an increase in wigeon numbers but no count done, 3 little grebes.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 9:33 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News


Fairly quiet this afternoon, but saw a Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, 6 Goldfinches, Bullfinch, several Greenfinches, Robins, Great Tits, Blue Tits and 8 - 10 Swallows.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 6:34 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 06.45-10.15

Highlight was a juv Sabine's Gull which lingered for 25 minutes, most of the time sitting on the sea with a flock of Kittiwakes. Also: Sooty Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 17 Arctic Skuas, 19 Bonxies, 2 Skua sp, 14 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Terns, 9 "Commic" Terns, 325 Kittiwakes, 9 Common Scoters, 2 Storm Petrel sp and 5+ Harbour Porpoises.

A Wheatear on the rocks.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ringed great black-backed gull

Ringed GBBG on Axe Estuary on Wednesday 20th. Apparently ringed on Chausey island, Bay of Biscay.

Ring reads V21...
Ring reads V21...

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

A very productive and enjoyable day at BGM where we recorded 40 different species. The highlights of the day were Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Black Tern. Also pleased to see raptors in action with hunting by Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Buzzard.

John Lloyd and Bob Barrow 

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 6:17 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Anchor Wood Bank, Barnstaple 15:00 - 16:30

1x Ruff, 40 x Godwit (Mixed), 6 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2x Ringed Plover, lots of Dunlin and the usual scattering of Curlew and Oystercatcher.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit


Bar-tailed Godwit (I think)
Bar-tailed Godwit (I think) Eds - yes, Bar-tailed

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 6:11 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News


Only saw 7 Black-tailed Godwits this morning, but 3 Ruff (1 male and 2 females) present on the scrape.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


2 Black tern late on Wednesday evening. 

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 4:53 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Black Tern was still present this lunchtime. Also 2 Little Stints.

Posted September 21st, 2017 at 2:23 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Crossbil at Soussons Plantation, 20th Sept 2017

Twelve Crossbill at Soussons Plantation, Some stayed on lookout while the rest came down to drink at a pool in the muddy track.

Posted September 20th, 2017 at 8:28 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News


Only a few Godwits on the scrape this morning (9?) plus a Ruff. In the reserve, a Kingfisher and a brief visit from a juvenile Grey Heron. As soon as it saw me it was off!

However, I had some recovery details from the BTO today concerning Reed Warblers. The first was one I ringed on 7th May this year, which turned up in a mist net at Kilpaison Marsh, Rhoscrowther Pembrokeshire on 29th May , so 22 days after ringing, just a quick hop over the Bristol Channel. The second Reed Warbler was also re-trapped there, on 18th June this year, this one was ringed in the reserve (as an adult) on 23rd May 2015. That's 757 days after ringing. The recovery site is 88kms from Braunton.

Posted September 20th, 2017 at 8:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bolwing Green Marsh/Goosemoor

Two juvenile Red-rumped Swallows watched from the Goosemoor viewpoint for about 10 minutes up to 1.00pm, but not seen since. They were feeding with a Sand Martin over the railway end of Bowling Green Marsh. Checked from the hide for about hour an hour afterwards and later back at Goosemoor, but only small numbers of Barn Swallow, Sand Martins and House Martins seen.

Black Tern still feeding over BGM when I left at 3.00pm. Several Water Rails heard and 2 Greenshank and 2 Snipe seen at Goosemoor.

Posted September 20th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Dave Smallsire in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Little Grebes of the autumn here (2 ads). 134 Redshanks with single Dunlin and Greenshank, 26 Curlews, Common Sandpipier, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, drake Mandarin Duck, female Red-crested Pochard, 10 Little Egrets and 3 Goldcrests.

Posted September 20th, 2017 at 12:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Horsey & Braunton Marshes

Great White Egret showing well on Horsey late aft + photo of one of the 3 Cattle Egrets on Braunton Marshes (the other 2 keeping a very low profile & not visible until all 3 flew out over the R.Caen after 18.00.

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 10:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Tamar Complex Maristow Quay



3 Greenshank

4 Little Grebe

4 Common Sandpiper

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 7:50 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

Hillsford Bridge near Lynton

Round up in the woodlands,black cap male and female,chiffchaff,4Goldcrest,3 young Jays and a good selection of all the locals looking as though they have increased in number and summered really well also 2Nuthatches, and on the top common a beautiful young Whinchat.Touch of Autumn.

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 7:27 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Anchor wood bank 14:00 - 16:30

Still no sign of the Grey Phalarope but lots of Godwit still around..

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 6:38 pm by roy churchill in Bird News


Yet another interesting and surprising day at Seaton hides. At the Island, one ringed plover, one sanderling, one spotted redshank and one strange duck which I think was a teal but the real bonus was the common snipe, my first for almost forty years. This may be my last time here so will miss the variety of bird life. Watch this space!


Posted September 19th, 2017 at 6:09 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in Bird News

Morte Point

Grasshopper Warbler 0855 this morning. Reeling very close to Coastal Path but unable to locate it in dense heather.

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 5:08 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News


This afternoon: 45 Teal, 4 wigeon, 1 green sandpiper, 1f shoveler, 1 chiffchaff, 2 jay, 50+ meadow pipits, 1 LBB Gull

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 5:06 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Horsey/Toll Road

There are now 3 Cattle Egrets by the Toll road just south of Braunton. With cattle about 1/2 mile from the Toll House on the right hand side of the road. Further on at Horsey island lake, several Little Egrets, one Great White Egret, 23 Dunlin, a few each of Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, one winter plumage Knot, and a Little Stint. Little Owl out on the usual barn



Posted September 19th, 2017 at 4:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Anchor bank, Barnstaple.

No sign of Grey Phalarope today, the 250 odd Dunlin flock held 2 Curlew sandpipers , 2 Little Stint and a single Sanderling.   Still good numbers of Black and Bar tailed Godwits present.

Posted September 19th, 2017 at 1:24 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Monday 18th September 2017

Grey Phalarope

Great day out today, started with Grey Phalarope and Ruff at Budleigh Salterton and a Bar-headed Goose with the Canada geese at the end of the beach. Other highlights here were 3 kingfisher and Cetti's warbler. On to Bowling Green Marsh, and with much needed help from the experts there,

found both the Curlew sandpiper and the Little Stints.Thanks to all.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 10:12 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Bishop's Tawton

Two probable Cattle Egret sighted from train 18:05 in field below Bishop's Tawton in line with the quarry.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 8:39 pm by Lowell Mills in Bird News


As well as the Psycho LLB Gull there were two Little Stint and two Curlew Sandpiper, two Avocet, a Ruff and a Snipe on the marsh this evening along with the other usual waders and Ducks..

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Little Stint
Little Stint

Little Stint
Little Stint

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Baggy Point Croyde.

Chiffchaff,Goldcrest,12 Wheatear,Swallows,linnets,goldfinch,in large numbers.31 Red Admiral.Regular Gannet passage.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by John elvin in Bird News

Lesser Black-Backed Gull eats Dunlin

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 7:26 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

River Caen, Horsey Island and Wrafton Scrape

A cracking evening with a Med Gull among the BH Gulls on the River Caen, Little Owl showing well, Great White Egret fishing further down on the flood with two Little Stint among the Dunlin (missed the Curlew Sand form Rob's earlier post) also Greenshank, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Herons, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. Lots of Blackwits on the scrape with a group of Knot, Shoveler, Teal, 2 Ruff and a Snipe. Kingfisher on the stream.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 7:21 pm by R Barnes in Bird News


Good numbers of species on the River Tavy at Maristow and Lopwell on a falling tide this morning. Of particular note at 3 Kingfishers, a solitary Greenshank, numerous Common Sandpipers6 Little Grebes, 4 LIttle Egrets but no sign of the Ospreys.

Kingfisher (female)
Kingfisher (female)


Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 6:45 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Soar and South Efford Marsh

Little vis mig except c45 Swallows going south at first light (100+ around in total). A Grasshopper Warbler in Starehole, Tree Pipit, 14 Ringed Plovers grounded and a Golden Plover over, 25 Blackcaps, 28 Chiffchaffs, 3 Whitethroats, 10 Goldcrests, 4 Wheatears, 300+ Meadow Pipits, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Sparrowhawk.

At South Efford Marsh, 2 Cattle Egrets, Kingfisher, 4 Greenshanks, 5 Dunlins, 3+ White wagtails, 1 each of Bar and Blacl-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 6:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Horsey Island

A good look at Horsey Island during the incoming tide before most of the waders were moved on by rising water levels (Spring tide 17.45 - 9.0m)

No sign of the Great White Egret but after close inspection of the waders & waterfowl - 1 Little Stint & 1 Curlew Sandpiper amongst 56 Dunlin,3 Grey Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 5 Barwits, 6 Blackwits & a number of mobile Greenshank covering a wide area!

Waterfowl - 2 Pintail, 1 Wigeon & 1 Shoveler  & more sleeping duck behind the rushes a good distance away so difficult to be certain of ID.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 6:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


There were still over 100 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning and during the day - two Knot there at one point. Ringing in the reserve is showing signs of the move towards winter with good numbers of Tits ringed: 6 Blue, 4 Great and 4 Long-tailed. 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps (one a male weighed in at 24.5 Grams - so ready to go!) a Cetti's Warbler, only one Finch - a Bullfinch. Also 2 Great-spotted Woodpeckers, but sadly, no sign of either of the 2 .Jays seen yesterday.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 5:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Stantyway Farm, Otterton.

13 members of DB attended this mornings fieldtrip around the fields west of Ladram Bay, guided by Doug Cullen who knows the patch well and explained plans for this organic farm owned by Clinton Devon Estate.

Numbers of Canada Geese were leaving the fields as we progressed and these included the conspicuous white goose which was later seen again on the Otter Estuary (and have seen previously at Blackhill Quarry).  Numbers of Swallow and House Martin were constantly moving west with a group of c30 Linnet also present.  3 Cirl Bunting were located in the cliff hedgerow and 2 Kestrel present at a distance, plus a Buzzard or two.

The remainder of the group moved on to the Otter Estuary when the Grey Phalarope was present together with a Ruff on the scrape.  However the former bird was lost from sight around 1315 hrs after it took off with a small number of Teal.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 4:44 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Grey Phalarope, still at Budleigh Salterton

Grey Phalarope still at Budleigh Salterton but further out than previously reported, a good photo only possible to something better than a 300.  Also sometimes hidden behind reeds.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 4:28 pm by Rob Jerrard in Bird News

Middle Soar/Southdown Farm/Soar Mill Valley

0740 - 1240 highlights: 13 Ringed Plover, 700 Herring Gull, 46 Skylark, 170 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 380 Meadow Pipit, 32 White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 51 Robin (probably all residents), 9 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap, 31 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest & 80 Linnet.

Non avian: 302 Red Admiral, 5 Painted Lady, 3 Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 23 Large White, 40 Small White.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Isley Marsh RSPB

At sunrise this morning my first sighting this autumn of the ringed Spoonbill [green/yellow flag/green, blue/metal/lime] (now 10 years old). On its own feeding at the mouth of the creek. Also a singing Cetti's Warbler nearer the Tarka Trail. 

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 10:13 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Exminster marshes - 18/09/17

10 Yellow wagtail feeding and showing well from Turf path

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 9:46 am by Nick Patel in Bird News

Hurundines at Torcross

At 7.10 yesterday evening walking round the end of the Ley  c2000 Swallows over towards Beesands 10 minutes later less than half came back guess the rest went to Widecombe Ley.

Posted September 18th, 2017 at 8:15 am by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Sunday 17th September 2017

Bowling green marsh

watched from 15:15 till 18:45

A great afternoon started with a spotted flycatcher along the path upto the viewing platform then suddenly noticed a few hundred swallow and house Martin moving over the viewing platform and for next 20 minutes a massive movement occurred birds were moving west on a front from darts farm right down to Lympstone one count of a small section was 500+ birds in a minute a conservative estimate for the movement was 30000+ a spectacular sight split was 50:50 among them a few sand Martin.

2 little stints possibly 3 were on mud and was a sign of things to come also 17+ grey plover and 20+ ringed plover

moved upto the hide for the high tide 2 juvenile little stints showed straight away including 1 ringed individual red ring over metal ring on left leg and a yellow ring on right leg with black lettering ( hoping some photos will give us the code) believe this to be a Norway ringing group. Soon picked up another juvenile little stint the 3 now showing well, a sanderling and knot dropped in among 300+ dunlin , 5  juvenile curlew sandpipers, 4 avocet, 6+ bar tailed godwits, 300+ redshank, 3 whimbrel, 600+ black tailed godwits.

Then another juvenile little stint appeared on the left end of the island with the other 3 still showing then I was certain I had another little stint come in with small group of dunlin but couldn't confirm until a sparrowhawk came in 3 little stint flew out the sparrowhawk was chasing another little stint which escaped and then the 1 on the island flew out so final count was 

5 Little stints my best count for a few years on the marsh all nice smart juveniles a fantastic afternoon 




Posted September 17th, 2017 at 10:45 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Anchor Wood Bank Barnstaple

14.45 - 16.00 Grey Phalarope still present - also a single knot on its own, a single Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin, Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits, a Kingfisher on the mud by the waters edge.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 10:18 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Lower tamar lake

2 spotted flycatchers 3 gold crests 10 long tailed tits 17:00

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 9:58 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Two Avocets at Flow Point this evening

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 9:45 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Sousson's Plantation, Vitifer

21 crossbills and a redstart in trees around the clear cut area at the top of the plantation, early afternoon. Siskins were calling further down the hill but remained out of sight in the treetops. Other birds included buzzard, raven, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, bullfinch, great tit, wren, chiffchaff, robin, blackbird, and swallows and a few house martins overhead.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 9:29 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Torbay and Bowling Green Marsh

Broadsands beach, Paignton this morning three Mediterranean Gulls one with a green plastic leg ring but unable to make out the details.


Berry Head gave a distant passing Shearwater which I am satisfied was a Sooty Shearwater but I could be wrong.

To BGM to catch the late afternoon high tide, lots of waders predominantly Black Tailed Godwit and Dunlin but in with them were Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Avocet, Sanderling and Ringed Plover.

Duck spices included Pintail, Gadwall, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal and Wigeon.

Three Little Grebe one still very much in summer plumage.

(A Knot can be seen in each of the wader images)

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 9:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Crow point to river caen mouth

A lovely walk today from the white house to the fisherman's Hut provided many egrets, herons, 3 curlew, pair of kingfisher chasing one another,  oystercatchers several small flocks of Canada geese travelling up the estuary on the Instow side, 

Severel little grebes in the reserve bit behind the white house and a wheatear. There seemed to be a lack of shoreline wading birds than usual.


Chifchaff.? Eds - yes Chiffchaff.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 7:52 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

An Osprey seen over Ilton Castle Plantation this afternoon

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Warleigh point

Adult drake Common Scoter 100+ Curlew,15 Little Egrets,25 Greenshank,2 Grey Heron.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 5:06 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Horsey Island and Anchorwood over the weekend

Saturday afternoon gave my first Cattle Egret at Horsey Island (fields opposite) Great White Egret and two Little Owls unusually out in the sun plus all the regulars. Today over at Anchorwood and was shown the Grey Phalarope at close range by fellow birders, also a mixed flock of Barwit, Blackwit, Knot, Dunlin, Sanderling and all the regulars plus a single Litlle Stint (sorry Matt!) and Ruff.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 3:47 pm by R Barnes in Bird News

Barnstaple Anchor woods bank 13:00 - 14:00

The Phalarope still showing well at low water feeding right up to within 10 metres of the Tarka trail at times. Also a scattering of Godwits still present.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 2:59 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Sherpa scrape + Anchorwood Bank

Cycled along the Tarka trail to Anchorwood bank early am to see the Grey Phalarope which was showing well along with a mix of Black & Bar tailed Godwits & 3 Pintail. Stopped on the way to look through the waders at Sherpa scrape & counted 182 Black tailed Godwits, 2 Ruff & 8 Knot.

As far as I remember the first time I have seen Knot at this location.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 2:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


The scrape is jumping with about 140 Black-tailed Godwits. In amongst them were 2 Ruff (1m, 1f) and about 10 Knot. Never seen Knot on here before, so disappointing to have no telescope with me.

Malcolm Shakespeare was also present later, and Rob also looked - they may add to the mix!

Kingfisher and 2 Jays in the reserve.

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Portworthy and Cadover

Portworthy this morn (viewed from the road): Wigeon, 4, Tufted Duck, 4, 
Teal, 38, Shelduck, 1, Canada Goose, 1, Little Grebe, 1, Meadow pipits
Linnets, Ravens, 2.

Cadover: Chiffchaff 12+, Sparrowhawk 1m, White wagtail 1 (in with pieds in field near farm), Swallows 150+ (heading south in small flocks), Ravens 8, Grey Wagtail 6 (4 over), Red Admiral. 

Posted September 17th, 2017 at 10:28 am by Chris E in Bird News

Saturday 16th September 2017

Visit to Dawlish Warren by Plymouth Branch 14/9/2017

 Eighteen enthusiasts gathered on a bright and blustery day. While walking along the sand dunes common scotter, and later a red throated diver were seen out to sea with diving gannet, cormorant and shag. A rising tide encouraged a large number of oystercatchers to gather close to the hide mixing with two knot. High lights included thirty ringed plover scattered in the basin resting with dunlin with an active little stint among them. Low numbers of common and sandwich terns called as they flew off to find drier resting places. A pleasant day was spent with the need of the hide to shelter from the showers.Thirty nine species were identified 

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 11:32 pm by Liz Harris in Bird News

Mountbatten Plymouth

Few hours sea watch produced 6 Sandwich Tern 4 Med Gull 6 Turnstone 1 kingfisher 2 Juv Common Tern

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull


Posted September 16th, 2017 at 11:03 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News


Watched from 12:15 till 17:15

A good afternoon  around bowling green marsh a juvenile Whitethroat along path to the viewing platform was a nice among 2 willow warblers also a song thrush female blackcap and a 12+ chiffchaff , 1 osprey was active over the estuary , 17+ grey plover and 6+ sandwich terns.

goosemoor produced 20+ greenshank and a juvenile Ruff

from the hide , 5 curlew sandpipers, a very nice juvenile Little stint showed briefly , 1 juvenile Garganey , 26+ pintail, 85+ teal, 90+ wigeon, 3 little grebe, 8 little egrets, 22+ ringed plover, 300+ dunlin, 1 whimbrel, 5+ bar tailed godwits, 650+ black tailed godwits, , 200+ redshanks, 1 kingfisher, 5 buzzards.

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 7:39 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Nr New Bridge, Barnstaple

On the river today there were about 80 bar-tailed godwits, loads of black-tailed godwits, oystercatchers and curlews, 200+ dunlin, 8 sanderling, 1 curlew sandpiper and the grey phalarope which floated from the bridge all the way to penhiil marshes.

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 7:32 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News


Two juv Common Terns still hanging around Mount Batten and the Cattewater. Also in the area, 3 ad Mediterranean Gulls and 10 Oystercatchers.

Blaxton Poool held 29 Curlews and 2 Mediterranean Gulls - ad and 2nd-w. 

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 6:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Anchor woods bank Barnstaple

Grey Phalarope still there after the tide was receding this evening. Lots of Blackwits still around as well as a couple of Barwits.

Eds - the top one is a Bar-tailed Godwit. It has no white wing bars and you can just make out the tail bars. A fantastic flight shot! 

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 6:37 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

The Grey Phalarope that has been here for around 3 days now. On scrape just up the path past Budleiigh Cricket Club. A great visitor for Budleigh! It was also nice to meet Stan Davies there, who was one of the orginal inventors of the scrape at Bowling Green Marsh. Also whilst viewing the Grey Phalarope, around 400 Canada Geese flew in, in formation, to the River Otter. 

Grey Phalarope  


Posted September 16th, 2017 at 5:28 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Osprey ~ Powderham

Little Grebe on BGM this morning

From the BGM viewing platform two Kingfishers, 5 plus Willow Warbler (along the path to the platform) one male Blackcap and one Goldcrest

From the Goat Walk a Little Stint with the Dunlin and Ringed Plovers.

Towards Powderham an Osprey seen perched on the top of a tree some 400 yards plus the west side of the river almost as soon as it was seen it flew across towards the river.

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 4:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

1 Curlew Sandpiper again with the mid-pm high tide.

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Soar Mill Cove and Southdown Farm

Early/mid-am: 1 Grasshopper Warbler (showing well for a while on the top of a bramble patch), c25 Blackcaps, c40 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats, 4 Wheatears, c20 Stonechatss, 5 Tree Pipits and a Yellow Wagtail. 

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 4:32 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


Quick look around the reserve today - good numbers of Finches waiting for me to start feeding them! 2 Chiffchaffs present along with a fishing Kingfisher.

Out on the scrape about 100 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 4:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Point

Early Great Northern Diver flew south over the car park this morning

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 3:52 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Brixham - Shoalstone

Finally found a Mediterranean Gull (my first ever!) around the rocks near Shoalstone Pool this morning. Beautiful bird!  Noticed it had a green leg ring (and a metal one on the other leg) - best photo attached - I can't make out the letters - could be R1N4 ? Could be RING?!  Anyone got any ideas? Thanks. 

Posted September 16th, 2017 at 3:36 pm by Alistair King in Bird News

6 ringneck parakeet manadon woods


Posted September 16th, 2017 at 1:38 pm by barry in Bird News

Wembury Point

2 Hobby together flying over heading west and a spotted flycatcher in the pine trees at Wembury Point were eclipsed by a wryneck feeding in the fields below the pine trees although mobile and elusive (thanks to another Birder I met giving me the heads up on the wryneck and spotted flycatcher) - a few record shots attached. Chiffchaff, whitethroat, swallow and house martin also noted.



Posted September 16th, 2017 at 1:16 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Friday 15th September 2017

Dawlish Warren Little Stint

Little Stint today with Dunlin and Ringed Plover, also a Wheatear and two Spitfires.

Little StintLittle Stint (showing "braces")


  Little Stint                          Little Stint (showing "braces")                             Wheatear

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 11:17 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News


A photo I forgot yesterday which I think is a green sandpiper on Colyford Common plus an unknown which I'm sure someone will ID. Today a grey wagtail on the river at Colyton and a ruff on the Island Hide. Cetti's warblers heard at both the Discovery Hut and Borrow Pit. I wonder what the next week will bring?

Eds - Greenshank left & middle, and Green Sandpiper right

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 9:43 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in Bird News

Osprey Maristow Quay

Osprey spotted yesterday on three occasions, 1013, 1153, 1224.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 8:50 pm by Shane Willson in Bird News

Anchor Wood west of the new bridge

Grey Phalarope Pics whilst with Jon Turner

Grey PhalaropeGrey Phalarope

Grey Phalarope

Grey Phalarope

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 8:43 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford

Met Perry on his way from the hide. My totals are slightly different than his, as I spent a lot longer time there through the tide. Sightings included  3 Bar-Tailed Godwits, with one Black-Tailed. 8 Greenshanks, 2 Redshanks, only one Common Sandpiper for me, Cattle Egret, 9 Dunlin , 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Wagtail and several Pied, 35 Teal and Rod Bone counted 240+ Canada Geese. Just before 5pm I found a Curlew Sandpiper in with the Dunlin. Rang Eric W, who made his way to the hide. However before he arrived an Osprey flew across the lower end of the Marsh scattering every bird in sight! The Curlew Sand had been in my scope sight until then, but could not relocate it when Eric arrived. He did find one bird I had missed, a yellow wagtail with the cattle on the marsh. 

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 7:24 pm by David Pakes in Bird News

Grey Phalarope

Still present at 6.10 this evening. 3 Pintail on the sandbank with the waders. Should say this is at Anchorwood bank west of the railway station, Barnstaple.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 7:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Otter Estuary (Budleigh Salterton)

Stunning Grey Phalarope showing well on the pool in the second field north of the Cricket club. 

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 7:06 pm in Bird News


Still quite a few Terns around this afternoon with 3 Commons and 2 Arctics showing well from the Hoe and a mixed flock of 16 in the mouth of the Cattewater including at least 4 Commons and 6 Arctics. Also 6 Sandwich Terns, 4 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Grey Wagtails.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 6:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Horsey Island and Taw Estuary

Friday 15th.  Good views of Great White Egret on the estuary and one Cattle Egret in field adjacent Toll Road with cattle. Numerous little egrets, herons and a flock of Brent Geese on sandbank.  No sign of osprey or marsh harrier whilst we were there.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 6:22 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Anchorwoods Bank Barnstaple 16:30

Grey Phalarope still present.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 6:03 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

South Efford Marsh etc

Went to South Efford this morning, waders in the area included 6 Greenshanks, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 9 Common Sandpipers. Also saw a Cattle Egret, 18 Teals, a young Peregrine ( harassing the Common Sands ),  Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and a few White Wagtails. Good nos of hirundines including a single Sand Martin. Next looked in on the Kingsbridge Estuary from Embankment Road as the tide was coming in. Present here were107 Dunlins, 76 Redshanks, 8 Ringed Plovers, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Then onto Beesands ley for the September WeBS count which was the best for a while with 82 Gadwalls, 23 Tufted Ducks and 86 Coots. All very nervous so probably an Otter around. A kingfisher gave a stunning view right in front of the hide fishing from an airbourne hovering start. Round at Slapton and some explanation why wildfowl numbers are up at Beesands. Water is a pea green colour, worst algal bloom I have noticed here before. Out in the bay 14 scattered Common Scoter. Rounded off the birding by going back around to North Hallsands beach. Out of nowhere a few hundred hirundines went by and included a couple Sand Martins.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 5:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Anchor Wood Bank

Walked a little way up the Tarka trail late morning. No sign of the Grey Phalarope. Most of the Godwits seemed to be Bar-tailed today. On a sandbank was a good sized flock of Dunlin, with a few Sanderling, 3 Knot, and a few Curlew. Nearer the new bridge, a Common Sandpiper.


Also present out on the sandbank was a Black-headed gull with a metal ring on it's right leg and a yellow ring on it's left - all I could make out was the first letter (black) was probably N. It stood in the water so I couldn't get any other details, then it was quite mobile.....

Lowell recently sent me a text saying the Phalarope is back.....

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 1:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

East Soar

Reasonable vis mig this morming: 3 Golden Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 9 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker - moving west, 60 Swallow, 150 House Martin mainly west, 410 Meadow Pipit - west, 38 White Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 7 Blackcap, 45 Chiffchaff, 11 Long-tailed Tit & 150 Linnet.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 12:18 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hartland point

0700-0900 wind NNW 4-5

2 Bonxie, 36 Manx Shearwater, 24 Common Scoter, 85 Kittiwake

plus 2or 3 Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 11:42 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

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