Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st March 2018

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford

·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary



·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Honey-buzzard 16-Jul Shoalstone

·         Leach's Petrel 25- Aug Otterton Ledge

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·         Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·         Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·         Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish

·         Tree Sparrow 12-Mar Instow

Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 21st June 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Think before you post...!


Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


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Wednesday 21st March 2018

Kingfisher pair among the scaffolding at Velator

By way of confirmation, as if any were needed, of Jon Turners kingfisher sighting of Monday, Sue & I were able to spot & photograph at distance, the male & female kingfishers sat on the scaffolding Jon mentioned.

Male kingfisher on scaffoldingFemale kingfisher on scaffoldingSpot the kingfisher on the scaffolding
Male kingfisher on scaffolding   Female kingfisher on scaffolding   Spot the kingfisher on the scaffolding

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 8:34 pm by Philip Naylor in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

Besides a number of Sparrows, Wood Pigeons and Herring Gulls, there were 2 male Blackcaps on the bird feeders this morning.

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 7:54 pm in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Spotted Redshank and Black Redstart on the Otter today shared with many other birders and non birders.


Posted March 21st, 2018 at 7:43 pm by Geoff Campbell in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

My first look at the lake for a couple of days showed 1f Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2f Goldeneye, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit.

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 7:32 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


Six Wheatear (5m, 1f), one Teal (on ex clay pit), one Skylark singing and two Grey Wagtails. Usual species also seen. 

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Chris E in Bird News


Had the Corn Bunting at Gore Lane this afternoon with a Peregrine overhead the only other notable. On the way back through town a Firecrest was busy and vocal on the lane behind the bowling club (approx SY004802)

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 7:12 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Exmouth and Otter Estuary

Orcombe Point 

A quick look first thing this morning and I managed to obtain excellent views of the Corn Bunting on Gore Lane near the dung heap.

Otter Estuary 

A quick look after work and the Spotted Redshank was briefly seen on the Estuary from the scrape area. 

More details and picture on

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 6:55 pm in Bird News

First Summer Migrant over Teignmouth

Even though the snow is still on the field margins, I have just seen a lone House Martin flying NE over our house in East Teignmouth.

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 5:13 pm by Nick D’Agorne in Bird News


Single Shag & Great Northern Diver off seafront at 11.10am

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 4:36 pm by John Walton in Bird News

Otter Estuary

23  members of DB  (East Devon Branch) met at Whitebridge and took the circular walk to the sea front and back up the west path.  At the start a distant Red legged Partridge was seen in the fields to the NE.  2 Bullfinch flew over while a Little Grebe (3 later counted), Cettis Warbler and Reed Bunting were early finds and a Water Rail heard.  Several Pintail were seen, together with Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck and Mallard.  The main interest was the Black Redstart and Spotted Redshank at the cricket pitch where 5 Dunlin were also present but in lesser numbers than yesterday.  The sea front produced little of interest.  The walk back up the western path produced numbers of Chiffchaff (estimate c50), Grey Heron a female Great spotted Woodpecker and most surprisingly, a Wood Warbler seen by some.  Thanks to Tim Channon for leading the large group.

EXMOUTH.   I later visited Gore Lane to see the Corn Bunting which emerged from the manure heap and flew off to the fields south at around 13.30. A Peregrine flew over while watching.

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 4:15 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


First walk around Sherpa Marsh this spring: 1 Little Egret, 5 Snipe, several each of Teal, Shoveler, and Gadwall, but no migrants. Well, there was a Common Sandpiper on the Caen, along with 2 Greenshank and  4/5 Redshank.

Only the usual suspects in the reserve, but 3 Chiffchaffs shows that migration is under way and a Peacock Butterfly is a first for the year in the reserve.

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 1:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Brent & Dartington.

Female Yellow Hammer on the garden feed station this morning at South Brent, over night a Barn owl calling several times. Male Brambling in the afternoon and at least three Reed Bunting around the feeders. Mid afternoon 20 Redwing passed through.

A morning visit to Dartington estate not as many birds as previously but well worth going, Green Woodpecker calling most of the time, GSWP drumming and single burst of drumming from a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Plenty of Yellow Hammer, Reed Bunting and Cirl Bunting, one male Cirl singing away as image. Flock of about 60 plus Chaffinch containing one female Brambling.


Two Buzzards, Heron, Raven, Jay, Mute Swan, Wren and Dunnock.

Along the A385 between Rattery and Dartington a flock of 100 plus Redwing and closer to Dartington a flock of 200 plus Fieldfare with a few Redwing mixed in, both flocks in flight and headed north. Near Culver Lane a Lesser Black Back Gull in a sheep field with a small number of Herring Gull.


Posted March 21st, 2018 at 12:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Miraculously, & I say that because of the extreme weather conditions we have had both in the British Isles & in Europe, there were 3 - 4 male Wheatear at Baggy this morning. Under the circumstances It is remarkable they survived the migration from Africa.

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 12:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Willow Warbler

One Willow Warbler and two Chiffchaff actively feeding around the bottom lake at Clennon Valley yday eve.

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 7:21 am by Will Scott in Bird News

Tuesday 20th March 2018


Spoonbill spotted on the tidal road 18th March 2018

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 8:38 pm by Tracy Jones in Bird News

Corn Bunting - Exmouth

Corn Bunting still active around the dung heap at the top of Gore Lane Exmouth. Maer Lane flooded so Littleham end of Maer Lane is the best way to Gore Lane. 

Corn Bunting - Exmouth
Corn Bunting - Exmouth

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 8:06 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Topsham Cemetery and Budleigh Salterton Cricket Pitch

Topsham Cemetery 

An early morning look produced at least 6 Hawfinch. I would say there’s probably more as they were quite mobile and tricky to keep an eye on how many were about.

Budleigh Salterton Cricket Pitch

A look after work produced a cracking Male Black Redstart on the left hand side of the pitch. Also a Knot in the Estuary.

For rubbish pictures and more detail visit

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 8:02 pm in Bird News

Winter Thrushes at East Budleigh

Large numbers of redwing and fieldfare in the fields, trees (and a paddock) at the back of East Budleigh cemetery around lunchtime. Upwards of 200, about 60% redwing. Also single song thrush, mistle thrush and blackbird in the nearest field. Peregrine overhead near Wynards Farm. Male black redstart skipping between the cricket net furthest from the pavilion at Budleigh Salterton and a tree adjacent to the newer cricket nets close to the river path - and a couple of snipe nearby. Three male bullfinches feeding on cherry blossom by the old railway line cycle path just west of the Capel Lane bridge. Several chiffchaff on that path and along the Otter. 

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 7:56 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

A wonderful farewell to Devon!

We shall be moving to Wales from Devon (hopefully in the coming weeks) and this morning I had a stunning view of a male Goshawk fly low between a couple of tall trees about 20 metres in front of me and take a Wood pigeon in flight before almost appearing to do a "handbrake turn" and carry the bird into an adjacent field.The Goshawk was in superb breeding plumage and the supercillium  very easily distinguished - even at speed!.  This is my first sighting of the species at the location for just under two years.

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 7:51 pm by Tony Mercer in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Spoonbill Spoonbill Spoonbill



Posted March 20th, 2018 at 7:49 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

Corn Bunting - Exmouth

The Corn Bunting still present this afternoon at the top of Gore Lane in and around the manure heap and hedgerows, Showing well at times but generally elusive.

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 7:32 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News


Fine sunny day to melt the remaining snow, which brought down another tree - which was already weighed down with Ivy. Not much to report though, best was a Long-tailed Tit carrying moss.

Kingfisher on nearby Wrafton Pond, and despite the scaffolding by the bridge, another Kingfisher in the river.

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 5:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Possible Siberian Chiffchaff - Exmouth 20/03/18

Very lethargic bird sat mostly very still on the edge of the green at the Madeira Bowling Club at Exmouth this afternoon - seemed very grey crown & mantle to me - can anyone confirm, (or not), ID please.

Possible Siberian Chiffchaff    Possible Siberian Chiffchaff
Possible Siberian Chiffchaff                      Possible Siberian Chiffchaff


Ed. Certainly a pale and grey bird but yellow on supercilium and greenish tones on mantle rule out tristis Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 5:42 pm by Chris Bollen in Bird News

Chivenor/Braunton Inn - Black Swans

Not native I know, but interesting to see 3 Black Swan on the Taw this morning. 

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 4:47 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News


A Hawfinch was feeding on seed in the south west corner of Hackney Marshes this morning.

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 4:28 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Adult Spoonbill showing close in to the hide this lunchtime. Female type Marsh Harrier over the reed bed before heading out over the estuary. Also 1 Kingfisher.

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 3:53 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Otter Estuary and valley

A pair of Mute Swan were displaying before they mated and then presented each other with a posy of weed... what a delight!  This took place in a ditch up the valley where I counted 20+ Chiffchaffs, (evidently a spring influx). Singles of Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Long tailed Tit and a pair of Reed Bunting also present. 

On the estuary the main interest was on the Cricket Pitch where a male Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 36 Dunlin (unusually high numbers here), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Redwing, 1 Stonechat and a pair of Song Thrush were seen by a number of observers.  A large flock of Meadow Pipit were mobile in the water logged fields and a Green Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker heard.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) the East Devon Branch have a fieldtrip here so hopefully the birds will stay around.

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 3:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

North Plympton

One Blackcap (m) and Chiffchaff in the garden first thing. 

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 12:55 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

10.45 am, 'the' female Marsh Harrier seen flying high, and indulging in some aerobatics with a Buzzard.....this bird flies very well considering the dishevelled state of its plumage !

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 12:27 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Monday 19th March 2018

Galmpton Black Redstart

Walk around Galmpton 1pm onwards. On the beach between the two boat yards at Galmpton creek, there was a Black Redstart, (think it was a first winter male?) with a female stonechat.

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 9:38 pm by kay and gary deare in Bird News

South Huish, South Efford and slapton

Several golden plover on the grass near the middle carpark at Slapton today. At South Huish marsh a Glaucous gull, at least 9 golden plover, a grey plover, a brent goose, cirl buntings on the grass near the parking meter. Wheatear at South Huish and South Efford marsh. Several distant views of a kingfisher at South Efford and a sparrowhawk.

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 8:09 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Otter Estuary and Scrapes, Budleigh Salterton

The most notable birds on the Otter today were:
Spotted Redshank - 1
Golden Plover - 25 birds this evening
Pintail - 5
Knot - 1
Spotted Redshank, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 7:51 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Exmouth Seafront

2 Wheatears today amongst the snow on Exmouth seafront with a Stonechat

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 6:27 pm by John Deakins in Bird News

Southcot Marsh

150 Black Tailed Godwits,+ruff,reeve15:00.Barn owl hunting off buckland road nr littleham 12:55 and female blackcap,2 coaltits in garden

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 6:15 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News


1 Male Wheatear and 3 snipe seen this afternoon.

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 6:12 pm by Andrew Hickson in Bird News

Common Rosefinch Plymouth

Identical bird briefly seen on a sunflower feeder on both the 18th and 19th in a garden at Hooe so looks like it is sticking around for a few days.

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 5:03 pm by GE and LA Carr in Bird News


Found a fluffed up Chiffchaff chasing insects in some brambles earlyish this morning. 6 Teal, 4 Gadwall and 2 Mallard were joined by a Coot, a Moorhen and a Little Grebe on the pond and the 2 Canada Geese later arrived too. A distant view of a Marsh Harrier south over Sherpa Marsh.

A mixed flock of Redwings, Starlings and Fieldfares graced the trees mid-morning and several each of Green, Gold and Chaffinch.

Another Chiffchaff, this time looking much more active near the gate as I left.

Some excitement at the bridge over the river too. Masses of scaffolding being erected to effect repairs to the bridge.

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 5:00 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Single Golden Plover on the very end of the headland. Kept it's distance from humans otherwise seemed reluctant to leave.

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 4:58 pm by John Lusher in Bird News

Dartington Hawfinch

Two Hawfinch using the trees at the bottom of Dartington primary school and meadowbrook car park also a male stonechat and redwings

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 4:09 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News


Corn Bunting on the dung heap at the top of Gore Lane, Orcombe Point this afternoon. Photos and more details on

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 4:01 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Shebbear College

A solitary Golden Plover on the main cricket pitch.  Looked a bit sad as it searched for food - was chased off by a rook.

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 1:01 pm by Simon Weale in Bird News


A cold few hours along the coast path and Point produced the following :

Golden Plover 326, Grey Plover 1, Dunlin 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Fieldfare c50, Redwing c30, Linnet c180, Meadow Pipit c260 & Wheatear 3. A part from the Godwit, the rest were feeding in the stubble field.

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 12:53 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News


Feast in the (mini) Beast yesterday:

Sparrowhawk dining on Starling



Sparrowhawk in snow
Sparrowhawk in snow

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 6:58 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Sunday 18th March 2018

Corbyn Beach Med Gull

Regarding Chris Proctor’s colour-ringed Med Gull posted earlier:

This is presumably the same gull I spotted at Shoalstone, Brixham in September. See:

I couldn’t quite make out the ring number at that time. Nor could I find out the details of the ringing study.  Hope Chris has better luck! 

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 9:07 pm by Alistair King in Bird News


Visible migration this afternoon included 720 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 33Golden Plover, all flying south west  btween 1415 and 1615. 

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 8:06 pm by Peter Maker in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

The stand out hard weather movement species today was Golden Plover with a minimum of 500 birds around the  estuary and adjacent scrapes today. The highest count for me.
Other scarce species for the Otter were a drake Red-breasted Merganser and 5 Pintail. 
Golden Plover, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 7:39 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Corbyn Beach, Torquay

A couple of pics of this afternoon's Mediterranean gull. Green colour ring, code RLN4.

Mediterranean Gull, summer adult
Mediterranean Gull, summer adult

Mediterranean Gull, summer adult
Mediterranean Gull, summer adult

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 7:38 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News


Very surprised to see my first garden Stonechat eating from ground feeder in snowy Lifton this afternoon.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 6:29 pm by David Boddy in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

My first ever Red-Necked Grebe in a snowy Brixham Harbour this afternoon - fishing alongside a Sandwich Tern!  Also a couple of Lesser Black-Backed Gulls on the pontoons and one Common Gull enjoying the waves at Breakwater Beach.

Couple of wobbly videos here too:


Sandwich Tern:

Red-Necked Grebe
Red-Necked Grebe

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 5:40 pm by Alistair King in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Since last post Blackcap number increased to 5, 3m.2f. Also Redwing in garden.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 5:37 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

In Exwick

The winter visitors are back again with the returning snow.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 5:18 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Tiverton gardenwatch

Along with the snow, finches just falling out of the sky, 4 Brambling, 30 + Siskin, 23 Goldfinch, 12 + Chaffinch, 7 Bullfinch, 1 male Greenfinch. 2 Robin, 3 Longhtailed tits, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Dunnock, 3 Blackbirds, 1 Wood Pigeon. Surprisingly no Sparrowhawk who usually drops in for a snack.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 5:02 pm by Martyn C Webb in Bird News


A walk down to Torre Abbey and the sea front this afternoon failed to produce anything by way of winter birds. A few lesser blackbacks were with carrion crows on Torre Abbey Sands.At the Corbyn's Head end in front of the beach cafe were 4 mute swans, 10 turnstone, 1 rock pipit and a summer plumaged adult mediterranean gull.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 4:51 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News


A record 17 Brambling at times out-numbering the Chaffinches in a huge flock brought in by the snow. Also a few Siskin ,Bullfinches and Greenfinches and new to the garden list 3 Stock Doves amongst the many Wood Pigeon. With the number of Blue,Great, Coal & Long-tailed Tits added estimated a flock of between 50 - 65 species at times. Had to refill the feeders twice today but what a show.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 4:23 pm by A.COLLINGE in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis at Fremington pill this morning.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 3:41 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Fremington Pill

The highlight of a walk along Fremington Pill today was the regular glossy ibis. There were also 2 reed buntings, a kingfisher, 2 little egrets, 2 greenshanks, dozens of redshanks, 8 teal, plenty of shelduck, and a female stonechat.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 3:28 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Rock Park, Barnstaple

Wheatear on the riverbank in Barnstaple, not sure if he was enjoying the snow, not quite Africa.



Posted March 18th, 2018 at 3:21 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Blaxton meadow

Seen this morning during the high tide Shelduck 59, Little Egret 17, Curlew 19, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Redshank 101, Common Sandpiper 1,Goosander 4 (1m), Greenshank 5, Oystercatchers 1 & Chiffchaff 2. Disturbance on the meadow by dogs!

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 3:15 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Visiting feeders this morning 4 Blackcap 3m.f., Marsh tit, Great, Blue, Coal

and LT tits , Moorhen and usual garden birds.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 2:27 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Plymouth (Saturday 17th)

Common Rosefinch briefly on a garden feeder in Plymstock (Goosewell side) late yesterday morning, but not seen since.  Could turn up on another feeder.  (It certainly knows what to do with black sunflower seed!)

Common Rosefinch
Common Rosefinch

Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch
Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch

Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch
Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 1:59 pm by John Bishop in Bird News


Managed a walk around the whole site this morning, the snow falling harder and faster all the time. Not much to report but there were a few hardy Carrion Crows, Magpies & Wood Pigeons around. In addition there were individual sightings of a Jay, Wren, Blackbird, male Pheasant and a Greenfinch. From the bird hide there were at least 7 Great Tits, 3 Blue Tits, a Robin and 2 female Pheasants.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 1:44 pm in Bird News


2 male Brambling in a private garden in Bridford, near Exeter.


Posted March 18th, 2018 at 12:36 pm by Samuel Gray in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton spoonbill

Yesterday afternoon about 4 pm, a Spoonbill flew over as we were walking along the shingle bank at the entrance to the estuary. It appeared to go down to the west of the river, presumably onto one of the flooded fields there. I assume it was the same bird that our friends had seen at Bowling Green Marsh in the morning - they now think Spoonbills are common round here!

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 8:10 am by Colin Randall in Bird News

South Brent ~ Bramblings

A garden record with SIX Brambling on the ground below the garden feeders this morning (2M & 4F) and a new male Reed Bunting (3M & 1F) Jay, Siskin, Song Thrush and a pair of Bullfinch all in before 8am...

The day got better with at one point six Siskin, at least four Reed Bunting, two Jay, the Brambling continue to visit the feed station, along with Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Greenfinch, House Sparrow and good numbers of Goldfinch.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 7:55 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 17th March 2018

Heathfield Starling Roost

Just to confirm the finish of the Heathfield Starling roost.  I checked it out tonight (17th March) and saw only 20 or so birds!  The data gleaned from this roost since late February and that at Ashprington (in bamboo) since late January will, in time, be used to compare with the six years (2012-2017), almost daily, data from the Slapton autumn roost (Oct-Dec) along with reference to datasets from UK south coast counties and long-term datasets from Falsterbo and Ottenby BOs in Southern Sweden and other datasets available from Northern Europe/The Baltic.  The plan is for a further years' fieldwork at Slapton (Oct-Dec 2018) as well as further monitoring of any roosts within 30 mins of Dartington for comparison during Oct-March 2018/19.

Posted March 17th, 2018 at 9:01 pm by Dennis Elphick in Bird News

Beesands Iceland gull

A nice Iceland gull at Beesands this morning

Posted March 17th, 2018 at 7:15 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Taw Estuary

Plenty of interest on my WeBS sector (which takes in Velator, Wrafton Pond, left bank of R Caen and Chivenor foreshore as far as Heanton corner): 4 Spoonbills on Wrafton Scrape; Firecrest, Water Pipit and singing Chiffchaff at Velator; Tundra Bean Goose on Sherpa Marsh (with Canada Geese); male Red-breasted Merganser on the Caen (rare in N Devon), 2 male Wheatears along Chivenor foreshore (my first of the year).

Posted March 17th, 2018 at 2:31 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth 13th–16th

Four consecutive early morning visits revealed light visible migration of typical mid-March species, including Grey Wagtail (singles on 14th & 15th), alba Wagtail (max 8 on 15th), Meadow Pipit (max 39 on 16th), Linnet (max 11 on 15th), Siskin (max 15 on 15th), Goldfinch (max 16 on 15th) and Reed Bunting (max 2 on 16th). Grounded migrants included two Chiffchaffs on 13th, and a scattering of Stonechats (max 3 on 13th) and Goldcrests (singles only).

Posted March 17th, 2018 at 2:22 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Signs of Spring with 2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap. Also Black-tailed Godwit, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kingfisher, 55 Jackdaws, 11 Stock Doves, 3 Mandarin Ducks, 23 Turnstones & 2 Nuthatches.

Posted March 17th, 2018 at 1:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Osprey on Kingsbridge Estuary

During the WeBs count on the Kingsbridge Estuary on Friday 17th, Jo Lapthorn saw an early osprey in Collapit creek. Chris Klee

Posted March 17th, 2018 at 1:17 pm by KleeCA.DJ in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Black Redstart(Female/Juvenile) still at back of beach above fishing boats on wall and in gardens at 09.00 hrs.

Posted March 17th, 2018 at 9:20 am by Paul Reynolds in Bird News

Friday 16th March 2018

Red Kite over A361

A lone Red Kite low over the viaduct on A361 near Aller Cross South Molton at 1730 Friday 16th March.

Posted March 16th, 2018 at 10:48 pm by Phil Plant in Bird News

Aylesbeare and River Otter

Yellowhammer, Dartfords and Green Woodpecker best birds at Aylesbeare Common. Not much on the very flooded Otter and adjacent fields best tawny Owl. Camera fell in the water so no pics!

Posted March 16th, 2018 at 10:45 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News


Spring moves on - another (or the same?) Small Tortoiseshell this morning. Warm enough for there to be 6 Buzzards soaring high over the reserve. On the pond, now 2 Little Grebes, one of which was being chased (half-heartedly) by a Coot, which in turn was being given a hard time by a Moorhen. 6 Mallards (two pairs and 2 separate Drakes) were soon reduced to a single pair by the male of one of the pairs. No sign of the Geese today. Cetti's Warbler calling again. Looks like the weather will put a short dent in the progress of spring over the weekend, but should warm up again next week.

Posted March 16th, 2018 at 8:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Male Wheatear this afternoon.

Posted March 16th, 2018 at 7:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Black Redstart (Female/Juvenile) 16.00 hrs on handrail and path at the back of Budleigh beach west of fishing boats.

Posted March 16th, 2018 at 4:16 pm by Paul Reynolds in Bird News


First migrant Chiffchaff in Soar Mill Valley. 8 Song Thrush feeding in oilseed rape - obvious migrants. Several Cirl Buntings in song. Still no Wheatears!

Posted March 16th, 2018 at 11:39 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 15th March 2018

Wheatear on Braunton Burrows

Male Pintail on Wrafton Pond with Little Grebe and 5+ Pochard. 6+ Sanderling on Crow Point and my first 2 (m&f) Wheatear this Spring on the Braunton Burrows, with a male Reed Bunting alas no camera for the afternoon walk

Posted March 15th, 2018 at 11:03 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News


Tundra Bean Goose with 8 Canada Geese at 0716 this morning. 4 Spoonbills on the Scrape.

Posted March 15th, 2018 at 10:21 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News


Heard a Goldcrest in a holly tree in Torquay town centre in Abbey Road, opposite the Central Cinema this morning.

Posted March 15th, 2018 at 8:45 pm in Bird News

Veletor - Tundra Bean Goose

Good views of the Tundra Bean Goose at Veletor at 4.30. Just passed the pontoon and over the first stile (on car park bank)


Posted March 15th, 2018 at 4:51 pm by Kelvin Irwin in Bird News


A Yellow-browed Warbler in my garden (Mount Gould) this afternoon. The 32nd species this month.

Posted March 15th, 2018 at 4:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


No Sand Martins around Wrafton Pond this morning, but the drake Pintail still - settled enough to be asleep!

In the reserve, finally saw Cetti's Warbler after hearing one a couple of days ago. Kingfisher whizzed along the pond past the Canada Geese.

Pleased to see the first Butterfly of the year in the reserve too - surprisingly, it was a Small Tortoiseshell.


Posted March 15th, 2018 at 1:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Barnstaple Red Kite

Red Kite over Barnstable Hospital @ 13.15 being mobbed by gulls , headed off towards Loxhore.

Posted March 15th, 2018 at 1:28 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

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