Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th November 2018

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Pottington - Taw Estuary

Late Post :- 4 of the 7 Goosanders seen yesterday at low tide.

Posted November 7th at 5:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Ilfracombe Rocks

Purple Sandpipers x4. 3 Red Throated Divers flying down the channel. 60 Oystercatchers, 2 with Coloured leg rings and a small influx of 11 Great Black Backed Gulls. 

Posted November 7th at 5:06 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Woodcombe Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler at the bottom of Woodcombe Valley ( just west of Lannacombe ) this morning.

Posted November 7th at 5:04 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

To add to Mike’s post, additions to seawatch (up to 12.15): 7 Great Northern Divers, Diver sp,  2 Bonxies & a Harbour Porpoise.

Posted November 7th at 4:54 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands & Shoalstone, Torbay

A summer plumage Great Northern Diver off Shoalstone Pool at lunch time and another GN Diver off mouth of Brixham Harbour, RT Diver and BN Grebe at Broadsands with 9 Common Scoter further out. 

Posted November 7th at 4:40 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding


Second-winter Caspian Gull off Mudbank @ 1540.

Posted November 7th at 4:30 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross. 10 Common Scoter offshore.

Posted November 7th at 2:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatch 07.10-09.10Hrs: 3 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 1 Manx Shearwater, 861 Kittiwakes, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gulls.  

Posted November 7th at 10:23 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Female Brambling

Seen on 28/10/18 on Birdfeeders at Knoightshayes National Trust ,Tiverton.

Posted November 7th at 10:10 am by Stuthridge in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Male Brambling

Male brambling seen at Bird Feeders at Knightshayes National Trust ,Tiverton on 5/11/18

Posted November 7th at 10:06 am by Stuthridge in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

Female type Marsh Harrier this lunchtime, mobbed by crows and then a Buzzard so it headed off in the Exminster direction.

Ruff again at Goosemoor.

Posted November 6th at 8:39 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Blaxton Meadow

On the meadow at this evenings high tide were the following;

Oystercatcher 9, Curlew 37, Dunlin 30. Redshank c102, Greenshank 6, Black T Godwit 7, Wigeon 1(f), Common Gull 2 & Whimbrel 1!

Posted November 6th at 8:21 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

4 Red Kites

4 red kites spotted together this morning at 07:05 flying north, approximately 1km from the Aller Cross roundabout in the Brayford direction.

Posted November 6th at 4:37 pm by Sam Aston in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A drake Pochard (scarce here) at the lower end of the estuary at low tide, Jack Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 7 Little Grebes, 2 Stonechats, 2 Greens & a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Bullfinch, Wigeon & 2 Ring-necked Parakeets.

Posted November 6th at 2:31 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Dawn sightings this morning.
1m Goosander (eclipse), 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 9 Shoveler, c60 Wigeon, 12 Fieldfare, c30 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch.

Posted November 6th at 1:09 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Monday 5th November 2018

Lannacombe Valley.

This morning  c.20 Goldcrests, a welcome increase in numbers after the scarcity of the last fortnight. 8 ringed of which 5 had the plumage characteristics of 'continental'birds.Also present 1 Firecrest, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff.

Posted November 5th at 6:45 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bursdon Moor

Bursdon Moor 5pm Monday - 3 Hen Harriers (one male, two ring tails) mobbing a barn owl that just wouldn't give up patrolling the territory. Brilliant! (Thanks to Rod Mudge for directions).

Posted November 5th at 6:15 pm by Tim Williams in General Birding


Great White Egret roosting high up in one of the fir trees near Arlington lake this afternoon at 3:30 pm.

Posted November 5th at 5:54 pm by Margaret- Phillips in General Birding

Sparrowhawk v Starling

Took this in my Barnstaple garden this afternoon - I was amazed that the Starling somehow got free after it had been in the hawks clutches for several minutes.

Posted November 5th at 5:54 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Greenshank 6, Black-tailed Godwit 7, Curlew 51, Dunlin 20, Redshank 152, Common Sandpiper, Shag, Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper (my first here for over a year), Stonechat 2 & Ring-necked Parakeet.

Posted November 5th at 5:28 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Ford Park Cemetery 05-11-18 Black Redstart

A male Black Redstart @ Ford Park Cemetery showing very well by the two chapels

Black Redstart Black Redstart
Black Redstart                                                Black Redstart

Posted November 5th at 4:17 pm by greg bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


The Red-necked Grebe was again tucked into Elberry Cove, a Black-necked Grebe was in Broadsands bay also 1 Great Crested Grebe and a Common Scoter there. 10 or more Common Scoter out in Torbay and a single juv Pomarine Skua harassing the kittiwakes. 

Posted November 5th at 4:05 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Quiet apart from Ring Ouzel & Firecrest in Starehole. Also 3 Snipe & 27 Yellowhammer.

Posted November 5th at 12:41 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

N Devon Link Road

One, possibly two, Red Kite over the link road at the concrete bridge over valley NE of Filleigh. 10.45 on 4th Nov.

Posted November 5th at 11:54 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible migration this morning dominated by Chaffinches, with 1,007 looged by 09.30, in flocks of up to 70, all heading E into the wind. Also 3 Skylarks, 6 alba wagtails, 20 Meadow Pipits, 4 Siskins, 7 Goldfinches, 1 Linnet. One Crossbill yesterday (4th).

Posted November 5th at 11:08 am by Tim Jones in General Birding

Bursdon Moor

Mid-afternoon yesterday (Sunday 4th)

  1 male Hen Harrier, 2 Kestrels, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker over, 2 Stonechats.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted November 5th at 9:27 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Sunday 4th November 2018

South Huish marsh

Sat in the car for an hour and watched South Huish marsh. Good views of Meadow pipits and pied wagtails. A kestrel landed on the fence post quite close. 4 snipe and 1 Mediterranean gull on the marsh.

Meadow Pipit Pied Wagtail Kestrel
Meadow Pipit                                      Pied Wagtail                        Kestrel

Posted November 4th at 10:26 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret Braunton Marsh  at 14.30 today;Flying short distances  and landing between groups of cows in fields just after the toll house.

Posted November 4th at 7:59 pm by Fiona Moffatt in General Birding

Hoopoe 1/11/18

My sister sent me a photo and a couple of videos of a hoopoe, present on the moor just above Wotter near Shaugh Prior.  

Hoopoe. Wotter 1/11/18. Image resized 4/11/18
Hoopoe. Wotter 1/11/18. Image resized 4/11/18

Posted November 4th at 7:29 pm by Christopher Vincent in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A White-billed Diver was just of the sea water swimming pool at Shaolstone, Brixham this afternoon - probably a 2nd winter bird rather than a poorly marked 1st w. Video clip here: 

White-billed Diver 2w Brixham 04 Nov 2018 ML White-billed Diver 2w Brixham 04 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 4th at 3:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Many thanks Harvey. Sounds a bit like a needle in a haystack job!

Only about a dozen Godwits on the smaller scrape visible from the reserve this morning. Probably driven there by the 117 Canada Geese monopolising the larger scrape.

3 Gadwall in the reserve, they are very welcome - they actually eat duck-weed!

Lots of Finches mobbing the hovering and then perched Kestrel. Later it was chased off another perch by one of the 'anting' ? Black-headed Gulls making a really peculiar call.

Posted November 4th at 2:12 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Answering Jon's query on the Lapland Bunting.

Stoke, near Hartland.

Answering Jon Turner's query concerning the Lapland Bunting in the Hartland area.   It was seen and watched yesterday (Saturday) morning at Stoke near Hartland by Ian Kendall, also 330+ Chaffinches migrating at Hartland Point and 1 Brambling..

Posted November 4th at 10:49 am by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Bittern seen briefly in flight first thing just north of Slapton Bridge. Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still present at Torcross until 09:30 when they flew south, probably to Ireland Bay. Reasonable nos. of Gannets and Kittiwakes south. 8 common Scoter settled on the sea off the Memorial Car Park.

Posted November 4th at 10:31 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A Lapland Bunting was shown on the RBA map yesterday out near Hartland, but no report on here. Any clues anyone?

Posted November 4th at 9:49 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Purple Sandpiper ~ Torquay

Five Purple sandpiper on the seaward side of Haldon Pier, Torquay harbour this morning.


Posted November 3rd at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatching from 08:00-15:30. Slow but quality rather than quantity. Little Auk (@14:38), Black-throated Diver (headed into Tor Bay), Sooty Shearwater (@13:39), 3 Manx Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua (juv), 5 Great Skuas, Mediterranean Gull (ad) and 15 Common Scoter (either N or into Tor Bay).

Also very good showing of marine animals with 6+ White-beaked Dolphins (breaching at times), 3+ Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (breaching), 5+ Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted November 3rd at 6:17 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


I think I counted 25 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape from the reserve this morning, But I may have overstated that slightly!

5 Gadwall in the reserve and one of the ringed Treecreepers showed really well. A Kestrel was being given a hard time by the resident Crows.

Posted November 3rd at 5:53 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton: 22 Dunlins, 5 Greenshanks, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 35 Curlews, 8 Oystercatchers & Kingfisher. Also Jack Snipe, Snipe & Goldcrest.

Posted November 3rd at 4:49 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

1010 - 1400:

Approaching high tide:- 350+ Oystercatcher, 200+ Dunlin, 223 Brent geese, 96 Great BB gull, 20 Turnstone, 8 Grey plover, 6 Ringed plover, 1 Sanderling, lots of Teal and Wigeon. A Peregrine sent everything up at 1330. 

Posted November 3rd at 4:23 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Rather cool and blustery at the lake today.

1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Grebes, 1 female Pintail, 1 Brambling, 100+ Fieldfares, 1 Willow Tit, Long tailed, Blue and Great Tits, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Creeper, Wigeon, Teal, good numbers of Mallard and Canada Geese, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Harvey & Ian Kendall. 

Posted November 3rd at 3:33 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Strand 1130.

17 Black-tailed Godwit; 1 Dunlin; 20 Redshank; 1 Kingfisher; 21 Sanderling and just 4 Golden Plover in large flock of Lapwing.

Bradiford Reserve:- c250 Canada Geese plus the Barnacle/Ross hybrid; Teal; Mallard; Moorhen and 1 male Stonechat.

Yesterday at Ashford Strand were c100 Wigeon and 7 Pintail.

Posted November 3rd at 3:23 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding


A Red-necked Grebe was tucked into Elberry Cove this afternoon (video clip here:  ), also in Torbay 7 Common Scoter, 2 ad w Mediterranean Gulls and a Black Redstart on rocks between Broadsands Beach and Elberry Cove.

Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 3 November 2018 ML Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 3 November 2018 ML

Distantly digiscoped Red-necked Grebe


Posted November 3rd at 3:20 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still present but now at Torcross.

Posted November 3rd at 8:59 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury (November 1st)

At about 15.00, a Short-Eared Owl over the sea, being mobbed by Carrion Crows. After they broke off it flew towards Noss Mayo.

Posted November 3rd at 12:06 am by Joe Higman in General Birding

Friday 2nd November 2018

Woodbury Common

As per Chris’s post. Ringtail Hen Harrier sighted at close range on 2 occasions from late afternoon to dusk. More details

Posted November 2nd at 9:32 pm by Spencer Dicks in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton and Woodbury Common

An early morning on the cliffs above Budleigh Salterton today produced some quiet visible migration with the highlight being Brambling and several hundred Woodpigeon. However, biggest surprise was a Cattle Egret that was sat on the top of a tree on the cliff before heading inland.

This afternoon a ringtail Hen Harrier hunting around Woodbury Common and a Merlin too.

Posted November 2nd at 7:39 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Tamar Lakes

Lower Tamar Lake sightings from dawn.

5f Goosander (very skittish), 21 Fieldfare, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Barnacle Goose amongst  200+ Canada Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch, 9 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2f Tufted Duck, also plenty of Coal Tit on the feeders.

Upper Lake.
4 Grey Heron, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Cormorant, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Wren, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Snipe, 2 Raven, 1 Song Thrush, c100 Starling, 1 Fieldfare,1 Redwing, 7 Mallard.

Posted November 2nd at 7:31 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding


A superb sunny, mild & calm day. 

Three or 4 Firecrests, Ring Ouzel (Starehole), 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a good total of c55 Yellowhammers.

Overhead, 65+ Stock Doves (also c50 grounded), c750 Wood Pigeons, Redpoll (presumed Lesser), Brambling & 3 Siskins.  

Posted November 2nd at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saltram Blaxton Meadow 02-11-18

Shoveler Duck showing well by the hide also 6 Black-tailed Godwits, around the marsh, Dunlin, Red shanks, a single Greenshank, Curlew & whimbrel, Oystercatchers and Little Egrets

Shoveler Duck Black-tailed Godwits
Shoveler Duck                            Black-tailed Godwit

Posted November 2nd at 6:57 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Slapton Bridge

c.15,000 Starlings over the reeds at dusk plus Bittern in the north ley seen from bridge. Grey Heron caught an enormous rudd right under the bridge! Offshore 3 Great Northern Divers & 10+ Common Scoters.

Posted November 2nd at 6:26 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


Ringing in the reserve again this morning. Another 55 birds ringed, once again majoring in Finches - 18 Green, 9 Gold, 3 Bull and 5 Chaffinch, and Tits - 9 Blue and 3 Great. Best was a Grey Wagtail, which conveniently hopped up from the side of the pond into a net as I approached. Retraps included 2 Goldcrests and 3 Treecreepers.

Out on the scrape the Godwit flock increased to 15, but only present early, before the Shooters arrived (grrr) Later a Redshank appeared and later still a Lapwing. There were also a few Curlew nearby. As I was packing up, the shooters reappeared for another session over Sherpa Marsh. (double grrrr!).

Posted November 2nd at 5:20 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

The first chance to visit my local patch since mid-Sep saw some modest late-autumn movement in the hour or two from dawn, with 134 Chaffinches heading WNW (towards Pembs and then Ireland?), plus many more heard calling from high up, beyond range of vision, 2 Bramblings, 30 Goldfinches, 2 Redpolls, 2 Siskins, 1 Greenfinch, 8 alba wagtails and 2 Skylarks. In the scrub, minima of 28 Robins (a high count for this site), 14 Song Thrushes, 18 Blackbirds and a female Blackcap.

Posted November 2nd at 4:51 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Darlington Tawny

Male hooting 13:00 today,top of gardens.

Posted November 2nd at 2:46 pm by Denis Doy in General Birding

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Best was male Ring Ouzel in Soar Mill Valley. Also 260 Stock Dove moving east, small influx of 18 Song Thrush, Lapwing, Blackcap & 2 Bulfinch.

Posted November 2nd at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Teignmouth Seafront

Two Eider North of the pier this morning.

Posted November 2nd at 12:17 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Sidmouth sea front

Red-throated Diver feeding close to the shore opposite the R Sid

Posted November 2nd at 11:59 am by Ian Pearson in General Birding

Occombe, Preston

Heavy frost around Occombe this morning, winter is arriving as witnessed with at least 9 Robins and 6 Blackbirds. A flock of at least 22 Blue Tits were around a cattle feeder in one of the higher fields. 2 Buzzards, 2 GSW's, Pheasant, 2 Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, 5 Wrens, 4 Great Tits. As well as large numbers of Wood Pigeons and Magpies.

Posted November 2nd at 9:40 am by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Bursdon Moor

Nigel Bastin - please send your records for the Moor into the Data Manager for entry in the records for 2018. The record sheets are on website along with the mail address.

Posted November 2nd at 8:30 am by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Late post from yesterday quiet day at Slapton until late afternoon when sightings of Bittern , Firecrest, Waterail , Yellow browed Warbler all seen by bridge and on the sea 8 common Scoter and 3 Great Northern Divers 

Posted November 2nd at 8:13 am by Roger Backway in General Birding

Woodbury Common 1st Nov

Short-eared Owl flying briefly at 3.15 south of the firing range

Posted November 2nd at 7:30 am by Ian Pearson in General Birding

Thursday 1st November 2018

Bursdon moor

Please let me know if you would updates from Bursdon moor as I monitor  most days for Sterling university  (BTO), during the winter since moving back down to Bude.

Eds - anyone can send in sightings to be published on these web pages, so your updates would be very welcome..

Posted November 1st at 11:23 pm by Nigel Bastin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Wave after wave of thousands of Starlings passing over Challacombe, Exmoor this morning. Too many to estimate total numbers.  6 Redwing at Moles Chamber.. A further huge flock of several thousands of starlings gathering and feeding in an old stubble field of pheasant farm above Heasley Mill before going to roost and 4-5 Short -eared Owls near Kinsford Gate.

Posted November 1st at 8:07 pm by Margaret- Phillips in General Birding

Taw Estuary

25 Pintail on the Ridge late aft + 6 Goosander on the Strand.


Posted November 1st at 6:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

south huish & slapton

at south huish the pectoral sandpiper was showing well,  also a merlin was sat on the post near the carpark,  then moving on to slapton and looking out to sea we had 3 great northern divers and 8 common scoters, but no sign of the blackneck grebe on the ley.

Posted November 1st at 5:57 pm by roger jewell & mike gibson in General Birding

Dawlish town

A Velvet Scoter this afternoon off Dawlish town just beyond the northern most breakwater, viewable from grass area opposite East Cliff Road.

Posted November 1st at 5:46 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

East Prawle

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,a small arrival of Chiffchaffs (10+) and 2 ''Continental '' Goldcrests. Also on site 20+ Blackbirds. 8 Song Thrushes, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Grey Wagtall . Chiffchaff numbers have been poor this autumn; Goldcrests even more so. With ''Continental' birds now arriving on the East Coast,hopefully more will make their way westward.

1st.Yr.M. ''Continental'' Goldcrest.  
1st.Yr.M. ''Continental'' Goldcrest.

Posted November 1st at 3:39 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning,
2 Redwing, 1 Kingfisher, at the car park feeders 2 Willow Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch. At the hide, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit.

Posted November 1st at 2:08 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding


Scant rewards for checking the bay at the moment.. 6 Common Scoter, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver & 1 Brent Goose.

Posted November 1st at 9:45 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

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