Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th May 2018

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

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Monday 7th May 2018

Slapton Yesterday

(Sorry Eds, the co-author login is not letting me log in)

Sun 6/5 A male Garganey dropped onto the Ley at c. 1000 for a few seconds before deciding that an open lake was not its preferred habitat. Also two Hobby last night over the village.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 10:16 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

A sunny evening walk. Whimbrel in the rough fields by path, at least 15 but probably more. Male Garganey still present. Otherwise a selection of common Warblers singing including a Willow Warbler. 

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 8:57 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Around topsham

Watched from 07:00 till 14:45

A quick look around bowling green marsh showed 3 ruff still, 1 great creasted grebe, 4 Reed warbler, 4 Reed buntings, 3 common gull, 6 tufted duck, from the goatwalk 500+ Dunlin 4 ringed plover, 7+ grey plover.

A great days raptor passage started just after 09:30 with a red kite heading over powderham Park heading north west from the goatwalk , 20 minutes later a second red kite headed north over exminster marsh soon followed by 2 hobby, and 1 peregrine, Just before 11:00 picked up an Osprey heading north over exminster marsh gaining height as it crossed over the motorway bridge, 11:20 produced 1 red kite before it joined another 2 then heading north, followed soon after by another red kite this time low over the goat walk heading east, numerous hobby we’re seen between turf and the motorway bridge.

moved up to the church in topsham and again had numerous hobby, and buzzards between turf and the motorway bridge and 2 kestrel.

then moved round to the viewing platform at bowling green marsh again numerous buzzards, and then 13:58 another red kite low over the viewing platform again heading east. 

Then from the hide at bowling green another 2 red kite high heading east at 14:34 and 1 knot in with 200+ black tailed godwits.

so final totals 9 red kite, 1 osprey, 2 kestrel , 10+ hobby, 1 peregrine, 4+ sparrowhawk, 50+ buzzards, the hobby total was more likely higher and the same with the buzzard total.


Posted May 7th, 2018 at 8:52 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Mardon Down near Moretonhampstead

Cuckoo calling around 5pm.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 8:31 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding


Yarner Wood;:  4 Hobby hawking overhead with Sparrowhawk; 6m Redstart; numerous Pied Flys; 4+ Lesser Redpoll; several Garden Warblers. Non-avian: 40+ Brimstones in 26C.

Emsworthy Mire: 2 male Cuckoos.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 6:59 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


2 Red Kites today flying south over Ramshorn (Pearl-bordered Fritillary site near Bickington). First one at 1217, with the second a short while later. 

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 6:56 pm by Perry J Smale in General Birding

River Otter

Red Kite low over the White Bridge at 3.40pm, nice. Also pr of Goosanders on the river, a drake Wigeon and a sum. plum. Great Northern Diver on the sea.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 6:50 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Exe estuary

Osprey low over Powderham Park at noon then flew north towards Turf. Otherwise a few whimbrel (c10) and 6 curlew near Turf.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 3:04 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Yarner Woods Sat 06/05/2018

A great morning spent at Yarner Woods yesterday , Plenty of Pied Flycatchers and several Common Redstart.

Handspme Redstart  Posing Pied Flycatcher  Singing Pied Flycatcher
Handspme Redstart                   Posing Pied Flycatcher                      Singing Pied Flycatcher

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 3:03 pm by Paul Dibben in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Generally quiet but managed: 3+ Whimbrels, 4 Nuthatches, Robin feeding 3 young out of the nest, the female Red-crested Pochard & a Roe Deer.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 1:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Pied Flycatchers Return

Out early this morning at Lydford Gorge, Dartmoor, Devon and spotted this Female Pied Flycatcher and her mate. She had just delivered food to the youngsters inside the nest whilst he stayed outside patrolling the area. The nest is unusual as normally, I think, it is open fronted like a Robin's nest.

 Eds - this is the usual nest box for Pied Flycatchers 



Female Pied Flycatcher in Nest.    Male Pied Flycatcher.
Female Pied Flycatcher in Nest.                          Male Pied Flycatcher.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 12:25 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding

Garganey beesands let

Male garganey showing really well on the left island from the hide at 11.50am

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 11:56 am by Hamish Johnson in General Birding


Red Kites seen today. The first one circling over Maple Drive/Cedar Close area, before drifting off SE at 1042hrs. The second one over Hulham Rd area at 1300hrs heading towards the Exe estuary. Yet another over Birchwood Rd at 1522 heading SE.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 10:51 am by Terry Smith in General Birding

Owley Moor Gate, South Brent

Owley this morning Cuckoo calling well but staying very distant, two Mistle Thrush, two Jay, numerous Meadow Pipit, singles of Buzzard, Yellow Hammer and Willow Warbler.

Image of a Sparrow Hawk taken yesterday by Jude Hewlett as it passed over my home at South Brent while being mobbed by Swallows.


Posted May 7th, 2018 at 10:25 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Fairly quiet except for 6 Common Sandpipers between the Bridge and Ireland Bay. Also a Whimbrel on the beach and 2 Sandwich Terns offshore.

Posted May 7th, 2018 at 8:40 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 6th May 2018


Watched from 09:00 till 11:30

from the goat walk 360+ dunlin, 15 ringed plover , 2 hobby over exminster marsh.

A quick look from the hide at bowling green marsh produced 1 knot in with 240+ black tailed godwits, 2 ruff, 7 common gull and the great crested grebe.

from the viewing platform 2 red kite from the east drifting north west , 1 avocet, 1 ringed plover, 1 dunlin, 4 whimbrel, 7 great crested grebes

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 11:20 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Cann Nightjars are in

Tonight, Sunday 6th, was our fourth evening visit to Cann Woods, Plympton, with none seen/heard up until last night. Tonight tho' we heard two Nightjars churring and chucking, with sightings of one of them. In the dim light we saw what appeared to be a third, but it turned out one of the Nightjars flushed a Tawny Owl!  A Cuckoo was seen still calling after 9:00pm.  Two Roe Deer and at least eight Fallow Deer also.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 10:43 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

River Caen Braunton

Osprey seen circling at 10.45am and again in the afternoon, continually pestered by gulls.

ALso a Red Kite in the vicinity of Ashford Garden Centre, on the A361.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 9:57 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram.

Seen on this mornings high tide and around Saltram. Greenshank 1, Whimbrel 3, Curlew 5, Wheatear 1f, Whitethroat 1, Linnet 3, Stock Dove 4.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 9:25 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Morte Point

This afternoon at Morte Point, I had good views of a Short eared Owl quartering over the highest view point, to the disapproval of all the Magpies.                                                                                                                                                        This wknd at Bicclescombe park boating lake a Lesser Black Backed Gull was having a wash and brush up. Although I regularly see 2 potential breeding/ resident pairs on the supermarket roof, to my recollection this is the first one I've seen at this location, it flew off and landed on a roof deep inside Herring Gull territory, could it be the vanguard for an increase in numbers for this species in Ilfracombe ? 

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 9:20 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding


While looking through some Hives at Buckfastliegh with friends one of them came across this Queen Hornet, unlike the Asian Hornet they seem to leave the Honey Bees alone. This one was very calm and friendly, Claire the lead had it on her hand then put it on a leaf. She then fed it Honey from her finger, amazing to watch.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 7:07 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Newton Poppleford

Red kite overhead. Newton Poppleford. About 6pm today 6-5-18

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 6:53 pm by Nick Bolton in General Birding


Red Kite high over the northern part of town at 1500hrs, dropped into woods about half a mile south of Bulverton Hill.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 4:18 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

West Charleton

Just seen a Red Kite over a rape field just south of the village

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 4:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey East Charleton

1 Osprey carrying a large fish circling over East Charleton at 15:00 hrs, flew over A379 to the north of the village, presumably looking for somewhere to land and devour its catch. Also this morning the 2nd singing Sedge Warbler this week within 150m of the house and yesterday a stunning male Whinchat

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 3:07 pm by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh & Topsham Sat 5th May

The adult summer Bonaparte’s Gull at Topsham viewed from the recreation ground early afternoon and 22 Whimbrels nearby.  At Bowling Green Marsh earlier, 2 Ruff in partial breeding plumage, Great Crested Grebe & 1st-s Mediterranean Gull.

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 7:54 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Saturday 5th May 2018

River Caen, Braunton

Osprey seen by Andy Cotton between 2:00pm and 2:30pm this afternoon. It was viewed from the toll road perched on a post of the collapsed footpath.

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 8:13 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Amazing afternoon of birding

Saturday pm. At least 4 Red Kite circling near Woodbury castle, also saw a Hobby! Lovely weather!

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 6:28 pm by Simon Crookall in General Birding

05-05-18 Roborough Down Adders

On Roborough down two adders were seen, nearly got bit by the Female, a Juvenile Male Adder was in the leat

Watch out for Adders at Roborough Down

Watch out for Adders at Roborough Down

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 4:27 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Underdown, Haldon.

Four Red Kites and one Buzzard circling high over Underdown drifting west at 3.30pm

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 4:23 pm by John Gale in General Birding

Red kite

Just saw what I believe was a red kite flying inwards over Preston Paignton 

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 1:30 pm by Caroline Northcott in General Birding

Saunton Down

Once the sea fog had burnt off & retreated into the Bristol Channel it soon hotted up on the north coast of Devon  Saint Mark's fly in abundance,

1 Holly Blue, 1 Wall Brown & 3 Small Coppers enjoying the sunshine!

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Red Kite

Woodleigh area 9am hung around for a couple of hours. 

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 9:51 am by Colin Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

gore lane exmouth

Whitethroat singing,Whimbrel flew up from adjacent field.

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 7:01 am by eric in General Birding

Yarner Woods

Cuckoo calling from east edge of moor mid afternoon.

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 12:28 am by Paul Freestone in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits and summer plumaged Dunlin on the reserve this morning. Also 2 partial summer plumage Ruff and a Great Crested Grebe. The Bonaparte's Gull showed well on the main island before flying NE, only to return 10-15 minutes later. Single Kingfisher flew onto the reserve from the estuary.

Eds - presumably this report refers to Friday 4th May

Posted May 5th, 2018 at 12:26 am by Paul Freestone in General Birding

Friday 4th May 2018

Berrynarbor Wheatear

Wheatear first spotted at lunchtime today around a newly rotavated area of the garden in Barton Lane.  Still there at 20:15 tonight.  Another highlight today was a very dark Buzzard catching a rabbit in our meadow.  Flew off towards Haggington hill.

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 8:37 pm by Kim Beaver in General Birding


A quick look around Topsham rec at around 4:30pm. The Bonaparte’s Gull was showing beautifully. Also of note 2 Black Swans

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Posted May 4th, 2018 at 8:37 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head & South Brent

A morning visit to Berry Head ~ six Whitethroat, three Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Wren, numerous Fulmar and Guillemot, Oyster Catcher, Shell duck, Gannet, Manx Shearwater, Kittiwake, Great Black Back Gull, a few Swallow, an active pod of Harbour Porpoise.

Surprised to see a Fulmar land on the cliff face and flush a bright yellow Budgie from the cliff, it flew off towards the quarry.

Owley Moorgate, Ugborough Beacon, near South Brent this afternoon, two Cuckoo and three Great Black Back Gulls that had been feeding on a sheep carcass.


Posted May 4th, 2018 at 7:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish Marsh,Friday 4.30pm

Pectoral Sandpiper showed on the first lagoon. 2 whimbrel in field next to car park.

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 6:22 pm by Adam davison in General Birding

Start Point

Down at the light this morning Blackcap, 2 Whitethroats, 7 Chiffchaffs and 2 Willow Warblers. Yellow Wagtail overhead and 9 scattered Wheatears. Whimbrel and strangely a pair of Gadwall flew north off the Point. Also off the Point 8 Common Dolphins and 2 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 6:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two female Wheatears, 3 Ring-necked Parakeets (my first here this year), 2 Whimbrels, 4 Mandarin Ducks and the female Red-crested Pochard.

Very little in Efford Marsh.

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 5:32 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


On shingle beach 1 f Wheatear. 11 Turnstones on promenade, completely unbothered by people walking through the flock. Also 4 Whimbrel flying past cliffs near Ladram Bay, and 5 (different ones?) flying off Budleigh Salterton beach earlier.

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 1:19 pm by Colin Randall in General Birding

Thursday 3rd May 2018

South Huish

The reported Pectoral Sandpiper  showing well if a bit distantly at South Huish this morning moving between the right hand corner of the marsh and out to the field behind the marsh where it was flying and feeding with 22 Whimbrel and a summer plumage Godwit.

In the right hand reed bed Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and male Reed Bunting, a few Swallows and House Martins over the marsh.

On the way in a notable hatch of Hawthorn flies over some of the hedgerows and two very prominent Whitethroat's taking advantage hawking insects as they came within reach.

A female Kestrel flew along the shoreline.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

03-05-18 Dawlish Warren

A Kestrel seen diving onto the ground and picking up a Green Lizard, then going to a small tree a devouring it.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 9:04 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

Spoonbill, 3 Whimbrel and 2 Stock Dove this afternoon on the marsh.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 4:13 pm by richard teague in General Birding

Hobby over Wonford

Yesterday around 4pm a hobby went over Burnthouse Lane, Wonford - got a nice view of it against the blue sky!

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 2:31 pm by Helen Whitall in General Birding

South Huish Marsh & East Soar

Pectoral Sandpiper showing really well at the front of the marsh. Also 20 Whimbrel.

At East Soar: 4 Wheatear, singing Garden Warbler, 2 singing Willow Warblers - GW & WW no longer breed regularly!

Non-avian: First Wall Brown; 5 Roe Deer.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Chudleigh Knighton/Finlake

A very pleasant walk this morning for my first Breeding Bird Survey transect. The highlight was a Lesser Whitethroat singing from a thick hedge - only my second there, following the first during the first BBS year in 1994: 25 years ago! Whitethroat and Yellowhammer are still hanging on, the latter seemingly benefitting from the change from agriculture to 'horsiculture' ... I think the buntings must steal oats from horses!

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 1:17 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

kenwith nr

Tantalising view of a small phylossoc this morning.Alerted by its loud high pitched call and constant wing flicking.Didnt get any detail on it due to light and brief views.Flew into tree opposite where it hovered close to ground.eventually flew giving a clicking sound and appeared green above.Sound calls at home suggest pallas's?.Long shot but who knows,grrrrr..3 reed warblers in song in lower pond.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 12:07 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A relatively short look on the high tide this morning produced 5 or 6 Whimbrels, Greenshank, 2 drake Mandarin Ducks & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Posted May 3rd, 2018 at 10:06 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Wednesday 2nd May 2018


At east end of sea wall around Home Farm Marsh, 60-70 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 summer plumage Dunlin on the shore. Up to three different flocks of ten Whimbrel flushed from an unseen part of the sea wall over the next ten minutes, calling often and moving inland.

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 11:13 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

South Efford Marsh

A Black Swan, associating with a pair of Mute swans, showing well on the marsh this afternoon. Presumably these are the same birds that have been gracing South Huish for a time, demonstrating the correlation between the two sites. Sorry to report to the three visiting birders hoping for a sight of the Spoonbill that has been seen here regularly, it did eventually turn up. Flying in from lower down the estuary at 1745hrs. Very little else of interest, no waders at all up to 1815hrs!

Spoonbill - South Efford Marsh - 2.5.2018
Spoonbill - South Efford Marsh - 2.5.2018

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 9:32 pm by David Pakes in General Birding


About 65 Black-tailed Godwits huddling together for warmth on the scrape this morning. A Shelduck there too. Walked around Sherpa but once again nothing to report. A few singing Warblers in the reserve,

Returned late this afternoon.3 Teal on the scrape, otherwise, all quiet until I left the reserve and saw a small bird on one of the electric pole cable stanchions. It was a cracking summer plumage male Whinchat.

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 8:03 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

3 Willow Tit (1 Leusictic), 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Robin, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Swallows, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2m Blackbird, 2 Coot, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit.

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 7:36 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

02-05-18 Saltram Red-crested Pochard

On the pond inside the grounds by the café, a Red-crested Pochard was swimming around not taking any notice of the public, giving some great close up shots.

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 5:49 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 06.15 - 09.45 in persistent heavy rain until the last hour when winds went WNW & it cleared up: 2 Pomarine Skuas complete with “spoons”, 10 Puffins including several sitting on the sea quite close in, 25 Sandwich Terns (all but 1 in a single flock), Bonxie, 15 “Commic” Terns, 2 Whimbrels, 95 Kittiwakes, 2160 Manx Shearwaters, c20 Fulmars & a Harbour Porpoise.

On the land: 2 Wheatears, 3+ Sedge Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs & 4 Blackcaps.

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 5:35 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Bay

Seawatch from the Memorial Car Park along Torcross line from 08:30-09:45.

Good nos. of Manx Shearwaters at a rate of around 1200 per hour, 2 Great Northern Divers and 7 Sandwich Terns all going south. Strangely enough 3 Arctic Skuas were going north. Also 2 Whimbrels flew in. 

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 3:14 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


2 swifts at Saunton Golf Club yesterday (1st May)

Posted May 2nd, 2018 at 2:39 pm by Kevin Lymer in General Birding

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Pipit - Gore Lane dung-heap, Exmouth - 01/05/18

Definitely a pipit but which one ? Hint of rust colouring around the throat & breast has thrown me

Eds - It’s a Rock Pipit



Posted May 1st, 2018 at 8:25 pm by Chris Bollen in General Birding

South Hams

Very little at Soar first thing so headed to South Huish where a Pectoral Sandpiper had been found and showed well with a Curlew Sandpiper & 10 Dunlins. Also in the area 20+ Whimbrels, 6+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Sandwich Terns, 4 Arctic Skuas, 8 Common Scoters, Wheatear & 6 Reed Warblers.

Later at South Efford Marsh: Spoonbill, Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Whimbrels & 6 Dunlins.

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 8:10 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Single Gannet swimming inside the estuary between Appledore and Instow. Odd

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 7:53 pm by Peter Howard in General Birding

Exminster marsh and Bowling Green Marsh.

Exminster marsh at first light this morning, slight frost over the marsh, Whimbrel flighting in, plenty of Swallows numerous Reed Warblers calling, Reed Bunting and Linnet but no sign of the Black-winged Stilt reported yesterday.

While stood at the middle car parking area a Great White Egret flew down the length of the marsh from the Powderham direction passed close to the Lions Rest industrial units and dropped briefly onto the pond towards the end of the mud track but almost immediately took off and flew out as far as the M5 before turning towards and passing over Topsham.

A visit to Bowling Green Marsh gave four Ruff, seven Knott and the Bonaparte’s Gull which was on the spit in front of the hide along with a first summer Mediterranean Gull and three Common Gull, on leaving Swift and male Blackcap seen.



Posted May 1st, 2018 at 11:53 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point / Beesands Ley

Start Point very quiet. Hobby, 5 Whimbrels and a Pochard at Beesands, no sign of Great White Egret.

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 11:07 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marshes

Walk around the southern end this morning. No sign of Stilt. About 20 whimbrel scattered around with one flock of 15 near the railway path. Also one or possibly two lesser whitethroat with a small influx of blackcaps. About 85 shelduck roosting with a small unidentified wader (ringed plover?). Elsewhere one common sandpiper. Passage of swifts over.

Posted May 1st, 2018 at 10:51 am by John Waldon in General Birding

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