Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st October 2018


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

Sunday 21st October 2018

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 15:00 till 17:45

the highlight was the brief appearance of a Glossy Ibis and adult which flew in from the estuary at 17:16 it landed at the back of the island before moving around the marsh departing just before 17:30 over goosemoore.

other birds included 1174+ Wigeon , 176+ pintail, 12+ gadwall, 30+ shoveler, 54 Avocet, 13+ Knot, 1 Ruff, 80+ dunlin, 757+ black tailed godwits, , 220+ teal, 5 little egrets, 1 little grebe, 50+ lapwing, 1 peregrine, 1 sparrowhawk, 3 buzzards, 4 jay

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 10:17 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Brent Geese at Instow

Seen on Sunday 21 October, 50 + Brent Geese and Egret on Instow opposite Appledore.

Brent Goose Brent Goose Egret
Brent Goose                                      Brent Goose                                   Little Egret

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 9:37 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Short-eared Owl quartering near to the TV mast, could be same bird I saw last Wk at Morte Point. 

Black-headed Gull   Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull                                   Black-headed Gull

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 9:28 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Migratory Locust Andrews Wood

Dave Turrell found a Migratory Locust yesterday and it was still present this afternoon last seen about 1.30 pm flying up high in to sallows SX 705 516

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 6:21 pm by John Walters in Other Wildlife

Shipley & Dartington

At Shipley early this morning, despite heavy mist across the South Hams, Dartmoor was in full sunshine with clear blue skies, the Ring Ouzels were being very elusive and only one female seen in the area of the junction where the road leads up to the filtration plant.

Plenty of Blackbirds, six plus Song Thrush, smaller numbers of Mistle Thrush and two Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Grey Wagtail, six Bullfinch, Chiffchaff , several Wren and a Sparrow hawk.

On the way home a Kestrel at Lutton.

An early afternoon visit to Dartington Hall gave very few birds on the estate other than three Buzzard and an abundance of Wren. The productive seed field from last season was being ploughed, initially three Buzzard on the field then later 45 Herring Gull with more arriving.

Along the Rv Dart Green Woodpecker calling, Nuthatch, two Kingfisher, two Dipper, twenty plus Mallard, two Mandarin in flight four Moorhen and one Little Grebe.


Posted October 21st, 2018 at 3:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Highlight was Yellow-browed Warbler in sycamores at Lower Soar. Vis Mig, mainly eastwards, inc.1480 Woodpigeon, 56 Stock Dove, 750 Jackdaw, 141 Starling & 60 Chaffinch. Also on site: 250 Skylark, 26 Robin, 5 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Chiffchaff, 81 Carrion Crow, Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrant, Bullfinch, 330 Linnet, 29 Yellowhammer & 12 Cirl Bunting.

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 2:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Soar area

A  Yellow-browed Warbler in Southdown Farm willows late morning, calling and showing well. 5 Ring Ouzels (4 in Starehole), a Merlin over the airfield, a few Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Goldcrests and a Wheatear.

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 1:53 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Revelstoke Walk, Noss Mayo

Saturday afternoon along the Warren, 3 Buzzards, Kestrel, a flock of Greenfinches, 3-5 Skylarks and a Dartford Warbler. Later, in the woods above the tennis courts at Noss heard 2 Tawny Owls.

Posted October 21st, 2018 at 12:07 pm in Bird News

Saturday 20th October 2018


Watched from 07:15 till 11:45

Another good passage of woodpigeon with 24779+ wood pigeon steady passage all morning with 2 lines either side of orcombe point converging over the lifeboat station then flying south south west towards dawlish / teignmouth lots of small groups largest group was 1100 plus, supporting cast this morning included 3 Dunlin, 6+ fieldfares, 35+ redwing, 145+ skylark, 41+ goldfinch, 20+ chaffinch, 60+ meadow pipit, 6+ Siskin, 80+ stockdove, 1 raven, 1 kestrel, 1 sparrowhawk, 4 stonechat.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 8:15 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Dawlish Warren ~ BGM

Dawlish Warren this morning gave the briefest view of a Short Eared Owl, it was in the fenced off area to the right as you approach the visitor centre, it lifted into the air turned in its own length and dropped back into the cover.

Two Cirl Bunting, flocks of Goldfinch and Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff with a Long Tailed Tit flock, several small groups of both Starling and Brent Geese in flight around the area.

Cirl Bunting (First winter) 

On the Exe at Cock Wood a good mix of birds on the rising tide, flocks of Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, five plus Little Egret.

Bowling Green Marsh from the hide a good mix of duck species, Teal, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveller, Gadwall and Mallard. Good size flock of Black Tailed Godwit which had for company nine Knot and one Dunlin. 

Two Little Grebe, on leaving a Chiffchaff in the road hedge, Sparrow hawk soaring over Topsham.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 6:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works. 1330 - 1500

Apart from what you would expect were:- 31 black-tailed Godwit; 5 Grey Plover; 11 Shelduck; 21 Redshank; 3 Goosander; 200+ Lapwing; 1 Little Egret; 2 Dunlin and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

On Penhill Marsh side of the river were just 14 Grey Heron.

On Bradiford reserve was 1 Kingfisher and about a dozen Teal. It is getting difficult to spot anything on the reserve from the Tarka Trail because of it`s overgrown nature.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 6:17 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Osprey At Powderham Castle

The Long Staying Osprey Was Seen Today In The Dead trees In Front Of The Castle. After Warming Itself In The Glorious Sunshine It Did A Circuit Of The Castle Grounds And Lake.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 3:46 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

20-10-18 Avon Dam Ring Ouzel & Kestrels

Not much at Avon Dam today, a Kestrel hovering nicely overhead, and managed to get a couple of distant shots of a Ring Ouzel feeding on the berries, 3 were feeding, but flew off pretty quick.

Ring Ouzel Kestrel
Ring Ouzel                                            Kestrel

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 3:29 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Plymouth Estuary

My first Jack Snipe of the autumn here, 1 or 2 Kingfishers, Shag, 2 Stonechats, 4 Little Grebes, 4+ Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Roe Deer & Clouded Yellow.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 1:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Yellow- browed Warblers (2 ringed, one at Street Gate.) Also 5 Firecrests ( one rung). 10+ Blackcaps, 20+ Chiff Chaffs, a late Sedge Warbler. Some overhead migration including a few thousand Woodpigeons going south.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 12:47 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Start Point


Beautiful clear, fairly still morning not good for vis mig except for c6700 Woodpigeons that went through (largest flock 1500 ). At least 50 Stock Doves and a feral pigeon through with them. Hardly any thing else moving, best 4 Bramblings and 4 Reed Buntings,. Also seen 9 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares and good number of c1000 Starlings flying around. Just 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests seen, no sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler. Sunny morning encouraged a Skylark to go into full X factor audition mode.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 12:14 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


All six British thrush species this morning, including three ring ouzels.  400+ fieldfares just arrived.

A barn owl has been present over the last few days (only the second here in over 20 years) - the other evening I saw it in the process of being attacked by a buzzard.  The buzzard had it pinned down on the ground, but the owl was saved by two crows that mobbed the buzzard and drove it off.  I went to assist, but the owl had gone.  It was later seen hunting as if nothing had happened.  Has anyone else ever seen a buzzard attempting to predate a barn owl?  Would seem to be unusual behaviour.

Posted October 20th, 2018 at 12:04 pm by Richard Hibbert in Bird News

Friday 19th October 2018

Fremington Pill

At the sluice 8.30 am Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron and Cattle Egret 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 9:37 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Yellow Browed Warbler

Seen in hedgerow along farm track just above Morwenstow

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 9:11 pm by Chris Baines in Bird News

Barn Owl on the Otter at OSM

Barn Owl quartering the field near Salston Manor on the R. Otter. What a treat at 17:30!

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 7:53 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Around the exe

A stunning days birding around the exe watched from 07:30 till 17:00

Started at exmouth / orcombe along the seafront 2 groups of Brent geese flew in ( 37 & 4 ), also 6 wigeon and 2 Dunlin, skylarks started flying over, then picked up 59 woodpigeon over orcombe point going south then it went mad just after 08:00 as I stood just before the lifeboat station first big group of wood pigeon started streaming out south (4000+) in total over the next 4 hours continuous movement south produced 91300+ woodpigeon largest group was 27000+ a stunning spectacle my highest day count.

also 300+ stock dove , 212+ skylark, 2 brambling and 1 short eared owl from long way out flew in then over exmouth heading north east , 30+ chaffing, 12+ Siskin, 2 possible woodlark but I’d not clinched. Lots of stuff missed as busy counting the large wood pigeon movement as lots of calls going over 

Up on orcombe 5+ stonechat and 40+ skylark, 5 chiffchaff.

moved up to bowling green marsh for the afternoon from 13:00 till 17:00

A low hide but the good birds kept coming first was a red crested pochard appeared to be an eclipse male or a first winter male but on seen for less than a minute before it went into the channel on far left side of main scrape whilst loooking for the bird to reappear found another eclipse male red crested pochard much more advance with extensive black on breast where none on other bird. Then a quick view of a possible Juv Garganey which eventually showed well my 3rd on the marsh this autumn.

also 7+ knot, 6+ Dunlin the long staying adult winter ruff, 200+ pintail, 12+ gadwall, 100+ teal, 15+ shoveler, 1 little grebe, 8 little egrets, 32+ greenshank,  52+ lapwing, 1 redshank, 400+ black tailed godwits, 10+ greylag geese, 1 water rail, 9+ Buzzard, 1 Mediterranean gull, 1 juv peregrine

a brief look from the viewing platform got me 400+ Dunlin, 15+ little egret, 6 Mediterranean gulls( 4 adult,1 2nd winter, 1 1st winter, the Osprey showed briefly flying into powderham Park, the juv peregrine caused chaos attempting to catch a Dunlin which escaped by going vertical great to watch.

What a day 


Posted October 19th, 2018 at 7:51 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Fallow Deer

Rutting in Plymbridge Wood this afternoon.

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 7:40 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

East Soar & South Huish marsh

Beautiful day at East soar, distant views of ring ouzel, lots of chiffchaffs, nice to see several song thrushes. Peregrine and sparrow hawk flew over and still a few swallows. called in at South Huish marsh and the little stint was still there.

ChiffchaffRing OuzelPeregrine
Chiffchaff                               Ring Ouzel                                      Peregrine

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 6:43 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News


Nothing moving overhead during the first half hour of light but then some reasonable vis mig (largely dried up by 09.15) mainly heading east: Alba Wagtail 55, Stock Dove 125 (including some pure flocks), Wood Pigeon 1,110, Skylark 330, Goldfinch 50, Starling 55, Jackdaw 295, Siskin 3+, Golden Plover 4 & Swallow 2.

Grounded: Yellow-browed Warbler in Soar Mill Cove, Firecrest, Black Redstart, 3 Ring Ouzels, 4+ Wheatears, 14 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 2 Goldcrests, Redwing & 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Also Clouded Yellow.

Clearly, some overlap with other sightings today.

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 6:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Middle Soar

Found a Black Redstart at Middle Soar today, see my blog

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 5:04 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

East Soar

oops forgot!

Male Cetti's Warbler at Starehole Ponds. My first for the site. 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Soar

More morning  movements included Woodpigeon 1150E, Jackdaw 550E, Golden Plover 26E, 2 Lapwing 2E (first of the year here) & 74 Starling E/NE. Also on site: 100 Skylark, 4 Ring Ouzel, 6 Wheatear, 11 Song Thrush inc.8N over farm, 7 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 24 Blue Tit (8 on airfield & 16 moving up through Starehole with 10 Great Tit and migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker. Seen by other obs: Yellow-browed Warbler at the ponds.

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 4:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Ringing this morning was productive: more Blue Tits! But other birds too; 3 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch 2 Bullfinch and 8 Greenfinch (first influx of the autumn). It's odd that when I go round the reserve I count the birds and record any that I hear too. Recently I have heard Cetti's warbler fairly regularly and recorded '1' in my database. Today, I caught 7! Only one of which already had a ring on. So that has doubled the total ringed this year.

Also one Chiffchaff, one Goldcrest and one Blackcap ringed.

Bird of the day, however was an adult male Chaffinch which was ringed on Helgoland Germany. I will send off the details, but I think it may take a while to get the ringing data back.

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 3:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Point


Lots of vis mig till mid morning but in all directions. First pulse of Woodpigeons through, two flocks each of about 500 birds ( couple hours apart but could be same birds ). Also seen today, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Swallows, Wheatear, 2 Redwings, 2 Ring Ouzels, Black Redstart, 2 Blackcaps, Yellow-browed Warbler ( in the farm ), 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits ( not seen well enough to see if continental ), 40 Starlings, 2 Bramblings and a Lesser Redpoll. Many hundreds each of Goldfinches and Linnets up the road from the farm. Good number of Red Admirals flying towards the Point.


Posted October 19th, 2018 at 3:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Good overhead movement of birds today (selected counts): 3 Brambling, 2 Crossbill, 2 Reed bunting, 3 Yellowhammers, 10 coal tits (including a flock of 6), 37 Skylarks, 1 Swallow, 23 Song Thrush.

Around the headland: 1 Whinchat, 3 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest & 7 Chiffchaff


Posted October 19th, 2018 at 12:31 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

A very vocal Yellow-browed Warbler was in willows by the top lake yesterday afternoon. Also a Cetti's Warbler on site middle lake, 19 Gadwall 4 Siskin, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Snipe, 5 Little Grebe and at least 3 Water Rail.

  Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 181018ML

                                         Cetti's Warbler                                              Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 10:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Shipley Bridge, South Brent

At Shipley for 8am this morning, despite heavy mist on the lower ground Dartmoor was in full sunshine, the Ring Ouzels were being very elusive but over the visit nine birds seen, all in the area where the road leads up to the filtration plant. Very few Rowan berries left but Holly and Hawthorn berries may be enough to hold the birds for a few more days.

Plenty of Blackbirds and smaller numbers of Mistle Thrush and Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Raven and Jay all present.

As nice as it was to see the Ring Ouzels a female Merlin up towards the filtration plant was an unexpected treat.

Just as I was leaving a bird of prey came over the top of the hill being mobbed by a Carrion Crow, it being the first Hen Harrier I have seen on Dartmoor in two years.

Hen HarrierHen Harrier

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Yellow-browed Warbler calling and showing intermittently at the north end of the golf course this morning

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 10:06 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Fremington Pill

At the sluice 8.30 am Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron and Cattle Egret 

Posted October 19th, 2018 at 5:57 am by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Thursday 18th October 2018

Around the exe

A fantastic day around the Exe from 07:30 till 18:00

Started at exmouth and orcombe from 07:30 till 12:00 movement overhead as I stepped of the bus was promising best bird was a Woodlark over orcombe at top of gore lane at 09:29 heard calling as it flew overhead and picked up with bins, totals for the morning were 167+ skylark with lots more heard but to high to see, 3321+ woodpigeon, 37+ stock doves,  24+ Siskin, 45+ chaffinch, 1 raven, 3 swallows,6+ stonechat,  lots of bits over high with no I’d possible, along the sea front 13 Brent geese flew into the estuary, 2 sandwich terns, numerous gannets in feeding group close in.

12:30 till 13:00 Bowling green marsh produced 7 knot, 300+ black tailed godwits,31+ lapwing 2 gadwall, with wigeon, teal and shoveler no counts completed, 4 little egret.

news came through of a Barred Warbler at dawlish warren so made way towards the warren stopped briefly at cockwood for the 3 cattle egret 

Dawlish Warren from 14:00 till 18:00 1 Short eared owl flew over the golf course before gaining height and drifted of north west , 1 wheatear, 1 Cirl bunting, 2 stonechat, 1 blackcap, the Barred warbler showed well at 15:55 at far end of Greenland lake just before the pond and was seen again on walk back from warren point and another Cirl bunting.

warren point produced another Short eared owl and 1 stonechat, 1 redwing, 1 chiffchaff, 2 Mediterranean gulls 


Posted October 18th, 2018 at 9:42 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Leonards cove

yellow browed warbler seen Monday/Tuesday mornings october15/16th. In a mixed tit/warbler flock. We stopped in the 1st bungalow at the cliff edge giving me a good view across the valley.was seen for 5 minutes each time. Also seen there pair of blackcap/bullfinch,chiffchaff,g's woodpecker,2 buzzards+ a couple of gannets.

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 9:20 pm by Alan Robinson in Bird News

Fremington Pill

At the sluice 8.30 am Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron and Cattle Egret 

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 8:12 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Avon Dam

As well as the Ring Ouzels bybwaterworks and valley (approx 12 birds) there was another 7 up by the dam

Whilst walking back 50+ Golden Plover flew over the path heading up towards the dam

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 5:29 pm by Ian stone in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Firecrest this afternoon.

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 4:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Southdown Farm

Short walk from Southdown to Soar Mill Cove produced 4 swallow, 1 house martin, 1 ring ouzel, 2 redwing, c30 chiffchaff and a whinchat. Heard golden plover but no sightings.

For your information Southdown is now empty of a tenant farmer (except for grazing stock) for the winter, therefore, some 270 acres of stubble will be in place until approx March 2019. I have already seen hen harrier there and have had short-eared owl over winter in the past, this is now highly likely.

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 4:14 pm by Colin Mills in Bird News

East Charleton-Cattle Egrets

At roost near Cleavehouse on Frogmore Creek (SX768423) 4 Cattle Egrets, 2 Little Egrets, 10 Greenshank, 1 male Gadwall (unusual) and 1 Kingfisher

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 3:39 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Middle Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

Best morning of the autumn so far with highlights of ringtail Hen Harrier over Middle Soar, female Merlin & 4 Ring Ouzel in the valley. First autumn movement of Woodpigeon with 1040 moving east. Also: Golden Plover, 52 Stock Dove on stubbles, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker in the valley - all migrants, 7 Swallow, 270 Skylark, 100 Meadow Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit in the cove, 2 Wheatear, 34 Stonechat, Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrush, 11 Blackbird, 6 Blackcap, 27 Chiffchaff, 50 Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch, 310 Linnet, 50 Yellowhammer & 11 Cirl Bunting. 

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 2:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Shipley Bridge Ring Ouzels

A morning visit to Shipley Bridge / Avon Dam near South Brent gave views of the reported Ring Ouzels on the hillside below the road leading up to the filtration plant, a total of nine sightings with four birds flying off together towards the dam.


In that area several Mistle Thrush, lots of Blackbirds, an abundance of Blue and Coal Tit, Bullfinch, two Jay, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker and Meadow Pipits on the skyline.

On the way up to the Dam a Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, three sightings of a hunting male Sparrow hawk, at one point five Kestrels in view at the same time, they moved off when two Buzzards arrived.

The presence of the birds of prey flushed seventeen Ring Ouzels from the area of Zeal Gorge they flew across the quarry area below the dam and out towards Buckfastleigh. Shortly after that 53 Fieldfare flew up the valley.

From the dam a male Peregrine and a small number of Mallard.

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 1:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sidmouth - Connaught Gardens

Red-breasted Flycatcher present this morning in Holme Oaks near public toilets in Connaught Gardens, Peak Hill Road, Sidmouth at SY120869.  Found by Clive Williams last evening.  Thanks Clive.


Posted October 18th, 2018 at 12:35 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


Emsworthy Around 30 Fieldfare plus an assortment of other Thrushes including at least 2 Ring Ouzel 8.30 to 9.30 today

Posted October 18th, 2018 at 10:12 am by Dave Turrell in Bird News

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Shipley Bridge - Avon Dam

Just to add to Jonathon's post, having passed both the E Devon Group and a Plymouth RSPB group on their way back, as I walked right up to the dam this pm. It was indeed quiet, but I did check out the quarry below the dam, sadly only 3 Blackbirds, no Ouzels in one of the regular haunts. Just below the dam 2 Reed Bunting were a surprise. On the way back by the ruins a Nuthatch and 4 Goldcrest. Pleased to catch up with the Mistle Thrush and 3 Ring Ouzel in the given location! Could have saved my legs!

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 5:51 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Shipley Bridge (S. Dartmoor)

9 members of DB attended the East Devon Branch fieldtrip this morning but were defeated by the drizzle and turned back once we could see the Avon Dam in the distance.  Several Mistle Thrush were seen from the car park and our target bird- Ring Ouzel were found within minutes on the hillside where the road turns left for the water works.  They were feeding in rowan trees.  Difficult to count numbers as the birds were mobile but both males and females were present.  Also seen were Bullfinch, Kestrel and flocks of mixed tits.  The valley beyond the bridge seemed devoid of birds and no Dippers, chats or wagtails were found during the morning which was a surprise.

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 5:31 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Round up at Arlington.

3 Redwing with 4 thrushes, GS Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Tree Creeper, good amounts of blue, great, long tailed coal and marsh tits, chaffinches, Kingfisher and wrens and robins all in fine fettle and preparing for winter. Lovely Autumn day. 

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 5:11 pm by John elvin in Bird News

Cockwood, Powderham Marsh

Two Cattle Egret in next field up from Cofton Village Green past the Ship Inn (field with the cattle). Also Buzzard, Little Egret and Grey Heron. Decided to have a look on Powderham Marsh on the way home, still not much water on the marsh and little of birding interest, 100's of Pheasant, some Reed Bunting and Cirls. Sadly 6 dead cattle (reported) in field at the back of the marsh. Little of interest on Matford Marsh but good to see plenty of water there.

Cattle EgretCattle Egret
Cattle Egret                                   Cattle Egret

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 4:07 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News


Three Cattle Egrets at Cockwood at 11.00 today, with the cattle in the valley-bottom field around 500m upstream from the harbour.

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 3:15 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Berry Head

A Yellow-browed Warbler found calling and showing well south of Berry Head Hotel along the road approx 50m up the hill from the old Berry Head Farm buildings.

Also around the site 3 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap. Overhead: 6 Song Thrush, 9 Siskin, 30+ Chaffinch, 110 Goldfinches, 14 Linnet, 11 'alba' wagtails, and 4 Skylark.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 17 Oct 2018 ML

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 12:31 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Peverell, plymouth

16/10/18: 2 Redwing and 1 Song Thrush over after dark in the mizzle (22.30hrs)

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 11:50 am by R Hurrell in Bird News

Redwings ~ South Brent

Seven Redwings seen over home at South Brent this morning.

Posted October 17th, 2018 at 10:45 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tuesday 16th October 2018

Firecrest in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth.

Nice Firecrest in holly near the large metal shed in the bottom corner of Ford Park Cemetery, adjacent to Central Park at 2pm today. It squared up to a Goldcrest and won this particular dispute!  Firecrests are regular in the cemetery at this time of year. 

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 9:21 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Little Stint seen today at BGM around 1.30pm.

Eds this is actually a Dunlin.

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 8:08 pm by Mike Jones in Bird News

16-10-18 Ford Park

Nothing very much around of note, a couple of Song Thrushes, crows, magpies, and small birds, the only thing of some interest was a Green Parakeet

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 5:45 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News


Noticeable movement of Swallows (50+) and House Martins (10+) over the rooftops and buildings of the Higher Ranscombe Rd area of Brixham this afternoon.  Birds coming through in pulses, generally headed SW, with numbers peaking around 16.15.  

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 5:26 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


No sign of any Mistle Thrushes this morning, but a juvenile Grey Wagtail by the pond and a Jay were both unusual. More Long-tailed Tits today. One Black-tailed Godwit out on the scrape.

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 4:55 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kite sighting near South Molton

Adjacent to A399 between south molton and Brayford flying approx 40ft high hunting over grass field.

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 2:27 pm by Nick Porter in Bird News

East Soar

First 5 Ring Ouzels of the autumn in Starehole Valley; also a very unusual movement of Blue Tits with 15 moving up through Starehole and 7W over the airfield, Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrant, 2 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush 14 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 26 Robin, 100 Liinet, 60 Goldfinch & 20 Yellowhammer. All usual areas checked for YBW but no luck.

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Devon (Darts Farm & Cranbrook).

Darts Farm produced a Ruff and 4 Green Sandpiper amongst others but I gave Bowling Green a miss due to lack of parking. 

Cranbrook produced Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, 2 Snipe and a female Whinchat (the latter a first for this area) in the rough opposite the railway station.  The 'Big Lake' near the Education Campus has been extended and is now about 300 yards in length.  Little Grebe have returned there as the contractors have moved out and cleared the area. 

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 12:53 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Berry Head

Some bird movement today, of note overhead: 2 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Crossbill, 14 Siskin,3 House Martin, 5 Swallow.

Around the headland: 1 Lesser Whitethroat (in quarry), 1 Black Redstart, 2 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest.

5-6 Common Dolphin off head

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 11:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


At least two Firecrests on the south side of the Ness yesterday morning.

Posted October 16th, 2018 at 10:15 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Monday 15th October 2018


Ringed a whole lot of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits today with a Coal tit thrown in for good measure. Also the first autumn arrival of Chaffinches with about a dozen ringed. A female Goldcrest and a male Siskin were about the best, but bird of the day avoided the nets: 2 calling Mistle Thrushes graced the reserve for a short while. Only one previous record.

Out on the scrape no sign of the single Godwit that as been around lately.

ED: I also retrapped a Long-tailed Tit which I originally ringed in June 2014 as a 3J. More than 4 years for LTT is good going. Last saw it 2 years ago.

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 8:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Isabelline Shrike

As per Steve Hoppers post. Video link here

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 6:57 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Taw Torridge estuary.

One Spoonbill on high tide roost with Little Egrets , Isley marsh.     Glossy 

Ibis feeding at the top end of Fremington pill.    Just one Common Sandpiper with around 150 Redshank on the pill.

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 2:29 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Thurlestone ~ Isabelline Shrike

The reported Isabelline Shrike showing well from the coastal path alongside the Thurlestone golf course.


Also in the area 150 plus Meadow Pipits, flocks of Goldfinch, a handful of Wheatear, pair of Stonechat, several Rock Pipits, two Swallow, Heron and Raven.

On the beach 15 Oyster Catcher, 11 Dunlin and 5 juvenile Ringed Plover.

Out to sea several Gannet in the distance.



Posted October 15th, 2018 at 1:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

15-10-18 Radford Lake

A Cormorant battling with a rather large eel was a sight to see, and amazingly the eel won and lived another day, Kingfishers, 3 in number were flying around but not hanging around for photo's 

Cormorant @ eel Cormorant @ eel the great escape
Cormorant @ eel       the great escape

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 12:55 pm by greg bradbury in Bird News

Isabelline Shrike still at Thurlestone gold course.

A pleasant, mildly windy start to the day at Thurlestone gave the target speeches almost as soon as I arrived just after dawn. It showed well at a distance for some 30 minutes before other birders arrived. As previously mentioned it is on the heath before the second green hut viewable from the coastal path. Other species spotted on the walk to and from the Shrike were, Crow, Rook, Blackbird, numerous Wheatears, Stone chats, Rock Pipets, Wrens, Robins, One highlight was the passage of at least 30 Swallows heading along towards the beach. On the sea little other than Cormorants a few oystercatchers and the usual gulls, nothing out of the ordinary.

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 12:38 pm by John Wilkes in Bird News

Berry Head

Headland blown out by mod-strong NNE wind so checking out more sheltered areas of headland produced: 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap.

Overhead: 46 Swallow, 12 House Martins, 2 Skylark, 4 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Song Thrush, 50+ Meadow Pipits, 300+ Goldfinches, 25 Chaffiinch, 14 Linnet and 5 'alba' Wagtails.

Posted October 15th, 2018 at 12:20 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

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