Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st August 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

·         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



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


At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

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

Friday 31st August 2018

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Sewage Works 1345 - 1515.

Black-tailed Godwit 32; Bar-tailed Godwit 3; Med Gull 3; Knot 3 and Ringed Plover 11.

Penhill Marsh.  Grey Heron 38; Little Egret 9; Whimbrel 1 and a Peregrine, which after spending best part of an hour preening on a sandbar, then decided to cause mayhem among the waders. It finally flew off towards Codden Hill.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 7:47 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Spotted Crake at Budleigh Salterton.

Spotted Crake seen at 4 pm today from the hide north of Lime Kiln Car Park on River Otter at Budleigh Salterton.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 7:40 pm by Malcolm Steward in Bird News

River Taw, adjacent to Horsey Island

Duplicate posting....seen this morning....Short-eared Owl on riverbank, two Ospreys, one on channel marker, two flying Spoonbill and a Peregrine.

Short-eared Owl Osprey with fish Spoonbill
Short-eared Owl                          Osprey with fish                                       Spoonbill

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Torbay Hospital Car Park - 30.8.18

Found this beautiful lady, a female Southern Hawker, laying on her back in the car park at Torbay Hospital. She'd obviously come out worse in the fight between her and the wasp wrapped around her head! The wasp flew off and my wife snapped these pics on her phone before I put the Dragonfly on a nearby branch.

Unfortunately it was still there when I came back 2 hours later - probably mortally wounded.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 6:12 pm in Other Wildlife

Lower Tamar Lake

2 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Grey Heron, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 50+ Mallard, Coot, Moorhen.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 5:16 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Whinchat Gore lane Exmouth

Also Whinchat this morning at Gore Lane ( thanks to Mke L for ID)

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 4:17 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News


The Rosy Starling was again present this morning, departing west with a small group of its commoner cousins at 07:10.

Rosy Starling by the tank  Rosy Starling on The Boathouse
Rosy Starling by the tank                            Rosy Starling on The Boathouse

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 3:28 pm by Paul Roberts in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh / Bay

8 Cattle Egrets still present on the marsh along with a Green Sandpiper and 3 Yellow Wagtails. Across the bay, very distant, the Osprey on its usual perch in Ilton Woods.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 3:28 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Around Exmouth

Early at Orcombe Point and Gore Lane 7am. At least 4 Wheatear (2 early, 2 later) on dung heap. Around 12 Yellow Wags in with the cattle behind Maer Farm (follow public footpath). Also Swallow, Linnet and Rook. Nothing unusual at high tide at Mudbank and a quick visit to Goosemoor 1 Greenshank and 1 Curlew nothing special at BGM.

Yellow Wag video.

Yellow Wagtail  Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail                              Yellow Wagtail

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 2:30 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

East & Middle Soar

A really good bird today, Tawny Pipit in rape stubble just east of Middle Soar house. Watched for c.10mins with Yellow Wagtails, Meadow Pipits & Linnets before all were scattered by hunting female Sparrowhawk. Also: 120+ Yellow Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 330 Herring Gull, 550 Swallow & 80 House Martin moving east.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 12:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 30th August 2018

Brixham pelagic

Went out of Brixham today on a 9-hour Naturetrek seabirds and cetaceans trip. We headed due east for about 20 miles, then south for about 20 miles, then west towards Start Bay, then north back to Brixham. We failed to find the main cetacean target, White-beaked Dolphin, but did encounter 8 pods of Common Dolphins, totalling about 125. The largest group, of 30 or more, was 8 miles E of Berry Head, and the last (about a dozen) was only 1 mile off Berry Head. Many of them came to ride our bow wave, giving excellent views. Eleven Harbour Porpoises rather paled into insignificance. Birdwise it was rather quiet, with 17 European Storm-petrels, 3 Balearic and 21 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Great Skuas, 43 Gannets, 19 Fulmars, 45 Guillemots, 150 Kittiwakes (including a colour-ringed juvenile that I photographed without realising it was ringed), 1 Common Scoter and 1 Med Gull (off Berry Head!). Returning back to Brixham, it was nice to see a few Turnstones in their summer finery scavenging for scraps, just a matter of days after returning from their wild Arctic breeding grounds!

 Colour-ringed Kittiwake Common Dolphin Turnstone

Colour-ringed Kittiwake                              Common Dolphin                             Turnstone

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 10:03 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Slapton Ley/Torcross

Early evening visit - the Rosy Starling flew in just after 7pm onto Torcross seafront rooftops, my 193rd species for this site so thanks to whoever found it! On the Ley at least 5 juv Yellow-legged Gulls flew into the gull roost. Earlier a flurry of migrants around the higher ley - 4 Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat, 6 Whitethroats, 6 Blackcaps, 20+ phylloscs and 2 Wheatears. 500+ mixed hirundines over the lower ley and a late Swift.

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 8:46 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Juv / fem Marsh Harrier in the Higher Ley this evening

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 8:27 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Taw Bridge to Fremington Pill. 1120 - 1330.

40 Black-tailed Godwit; 1 Bar-tailed Godwit; 23 Redshank and just 1 Dunlin.

1250 Fremington Pill.

130+ Redshank; 3 Common Sandpiper; 1 Kingfisher; 1 Whimbrel and 1 Glossy Ibis. The Ibis normally frequents the area of the creek near the cottages and its roosting tree. Today it flew down nearer to the sluice gate. 1 Little Egret.

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 7:55 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

South Milton Reserve - Ditch Work

Further work is being carried out on the ditch created last year by the public footpath near the sewage treatment plant.  The work includes reshaping the banks and creating an access path which will lead to a viewing screen (to be erected later).  The work is scheduled to be completed by 7 September.

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 7:04 pm by Nick Townsend in Bird News

Anchorwood bank, Barnstaple 11:30

Some 36 Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Bar-tailed on the receding tide.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 4:18 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News


Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling showing well on rooftops along the seafront this morning.

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 8:32 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Wednesday 29th August 2018

South Efford marsh

Lovely evening at South Efford marsh, a spotted flycatcher on the way to the hide then whilst sat in the hide good views of greenshanks and black tailed godwits and a whimbrel flew past.


Eds - to all photographers please label or reference species photos.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 9:46 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Clennon Valley Ponds, Paignton this afternoon

A pair of dabchicks with 3 well-grown chicks showing well at the upper end of the lower pond. 9 gadwall (3m, 6f) on the middle pond, and 2 tufted duck (1 on lower pond, 1 on middle). Large numbers of chiffchaffs were working through and flycatching around the sallows around the middle pond.

Dabchick, adult and chick  Gadwall, drake
Dabchick, adult and chick                            Gadwall, drake

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 9:40 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh / Bay

Great couple hours this evening on the high tide. Thought there was a maximum of 6 Cattle Egrets, hard to see following cattle through the rushes and reeds but eventually 8 flew out and down ria to the local egret roost. Wonder if they are fresh in or part of yesterdays influx ? For what it's worth they seemed to know which direction the roost was so maybe familiar with area..About to leave the hide when a Barn Owl started quartering the marsh and then all the gulls in the bay went crazy and an Osprey was out there catching a fish pretty late in the day. Also saw Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 9:09 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

East Soar

Plenty of Butterflies about with Wall Brown, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Small and Large Whites

Wall Brown, looks like a female       Small Copper, looks like a Male, 3rd brood?
Wall Brown, looks like a female                   Small Copper, looks like a Male, 3rd brood?

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 6:16 pm by simon thurgood in Other Wildlife

East Soar

Yellow Wagtails showing well with cattle, counted 32 (adults and Juveniles) also 6 Wheatears, all Juv/1st winter birds.

Yellow Wagtail, Juv/1st Winter    Wheatear, juv/1st winter
Yellow Wagtail, Juv/1st Winter                               Wheatear, juv/1st winter

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 6:10 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Stokenham. ( churchyard )

A 1st. W. male Redstart in the churchyard ; my first of the autumn.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 4:55 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Middle Soar & Soar Mill Valley

Great views of 3 Dotterel on lightly cultivated stubble just west of the East Soar car park, viewable from the footpath. First seen at 12:28hrs. All imms with one showing pink on upper belly. Very tame!

Also: 2 Golden Plover, Redstart, 13 Wheatear, Fulmar.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow & Female Roe Deer.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 4:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

River Otter (East Devon)

With reference to Steve Hoppers request, the Spotted Crake has been showing on the east side of the Otter Estuary at map ref:  SY075826 (using 'grid ref finder').  Best viewed from the first viewing platform on the west side down river from Whitebridge (where it is best to park).  From the platform look down the estuary towards the only visible muddy shore several hundred yards away and below the DB (East Bank) hide.  I have yet to see a decent photo as the distance and reed bed obscures the view!  I believe it has also been seen from the main hide (West Bank) further down towards the sea front.  Hope this helps.

Elsewhere in East Devon today an Osprey seen from the Mudbank Lane viewing screen, Exmouth at 10.45am heading from Powderham to Turf.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 4:11 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Berry Head

A slow start to the morning until I got into the quarry where I found 3 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 5-6 Willow Warbler5-6 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler and this... A Western Bonelli's Warbler! It showed 3 times over 1.5 hrs  -sadly there was no sign of it after about 0920hrs.

 Western Bonelli's Warbler Berry Head 29 Aug 2018 ML  Western Bonelli's Warbler Berry Head 29 Aug 2018 ML

   Western Bonelli's Warbler Berry Head 29 Aug 2018 ML  

The bird called several times confirming the identity as Western Bonelli's Warbler. This is the first specifically identified Western  Bonelli's on mainland Devon since 1986 (the last Devon record was 2010 on Lundy - the 2016 Devon Bird Report county list is wrong! Thanks James Diamond)

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 2:35 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


1 Osprey over Horsey am, good views for about 20 minutes.

Also 1 Juv Wheatear.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 1:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton The Spotted Crake

Hi is any one able to give a map ref in respect of the location to view the Spotted Crake at Budleigh Salterton please ~ regards Steve

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 12:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Start Point

Fairly quiet but an unusual highlight was a Spotted Redshank overhead. ( Have had one here before ).

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 9:43 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Lundy Pondlife

A very obliging Dragonfly was at Rocket pond today.  

Emperor Dragonfly
Emperor Dragonfly

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 11:50 pm by Martin Thorne in Other Wildlife

South Brent Tawny owls

An evening with the four young Tawny owls that I released back into the wild recently..... twelve sightings in total, on three occasions two birds in view at the same time, having fed, the birds could be heard calling as they began to range out from the area of their release pen.


Posted August 28th, 2018 at 10:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

The Spotted Crake has been showing fairly regularly at low tide over the last couple of days. Best viewed from either of the designated viewing platforms 150M north of the Lime Kiln Car Park on the west side of the estuary OR 150M south of White Bridge on the west side of the estuary. Best time for the tide is around  3 - 4 hours after or before high tide. The Egyptian Goose (rare on the Otter) has still been hanging around with the large Canada Goose flock along with 2 Greylag Geese. Below is a digiscoped video still using my phone and a 50X zoom and some luck! More and video on my blog:

Spotted Crake, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 10:29 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Kestrels at Southdown Cliff. Brixham

I spent some time this morning watching a pair of Kestrels hunting along the cliffside at Southdown. Eventually one got close enough for a photo.


Posted August 28th, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Kingsbridge area

Start Point first thing fairly quiet, 2 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail and 31 Yellow Wagtails. Then went down to Beesands for an hour not seeing the Rose-coloured Starling reported yesterday. Had a look down Charleton Marsh late morning and there was a Cattle Egret at the top of the marsh and a distant Osprey perched on a branch across the water in Lincombe Woods. Then went and saw the incredible 51 Cattle Egrets at South Huish that departed N-NE at 15:00 ( next stop South Efford ? ). Finally had another go at the Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling at Beesands and saw it at 16:20 with Common Starlings on the roof of the grey house, 3rd back from the hide car park.

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Around East Soar & Aveton Gifford

East Soar area ~ In the large stubblefield from the Bolt Head memorial car park car park (opposite the airfield) a flock of some 100 plus mixed Wagtails mostly Yellow but several Pied and at least one White along with Linnets all birds lifted when a hunting juvenile female Sparrow hawk swept across the field at low level.

Three Kestrels in the area, two female Sparrow Hawks, several Buzzard, two Sika deer stags the first wild ones that I have seen.

Three Wheatear.

Down at the farm in with the cattle up to 50 Yellow Wagtails very mobile moving around the area but coming back to where the cattle were.

Aveton Gifford tidal road, Osprey, Greenshank, Redshank 350 plus Herring Gulls, Oyster Catcher, Curlew and two Common Sandpiper.

Back home at South Brent the visiting Hobby.

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 4:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


This morning:-

10 Mediterranean gull (7 adult, 3 2nd winter) 8 Ringed plover, 4 little egret, c40 Goldfinch, 4 Cirl bunting, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk. Plenty of berries and apples ripe for picking.

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 3:17 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

BGM , Goosemoor, Darts Farm

Birded from 6.50 - 11 am. Arrived at BGM to find approx 400 Canada Geese (and the Snow Goose) who fortunately moved out before the main wader flocks came in on the high tide. Of note, 3 Knot, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank (left for Goosemoor) 2 Oyks, Stock Dove, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Med Gull, Jay (near viewing platform). Paraglider disturbance again at approx 9.30. 

Goosemoor 16 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, adult Spotted Redshank.

Darts farm - a few Swallow and 26 Lapwing.




Posted August 28th, 2018 at 2:52 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

SouthHuish Marsh

At 11.05 a flock of 51 CATTLE EGRET flew down the valley and landed in a field containing a herd of Friesian Cows . This is most likely a Devon record and possibly a UK record for a single flock

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 2:50 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

East Soar

Still wagtails around with 67 Yellow Wagtails, 7 White Wagtails & 13 Pied Wagtails across the area. Also: 2 Tree Pipit, Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, Redstart, 5 Blackcap, 14 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler & 80 Linnet.

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Monday 27th August 2018


Five Tree Pipits, two Spotted Flycatchers and a flyover Yellow Wagtail were the pick of the migrants at Bundle Head this morning.

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 9:40 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Preston, Paignton

Walking down to Preston seafront this morning approx. 20 House Martins, Grey Heron flying inland, 13 Turnstones on Marine Parade, Collared Dove, several Swallows, Starlings and a number of Shags.

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 8:35 pm in Bird News


A hike between Bolberry and Overbecks and back via Soar: 250+ yellow Wagtails (60+ in fields on the Warren nr Bolt Hd with Highland cattle, 40+ in with dairy cattle at East Soar farm and 150+ in grassy fields at top of Overbecks), 3 White Wagtails on beach at Soar Mill cove with Pied Wagtails and 13 Rock Pipits. Other migrants 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 7 Willow Warbler 15+ Chiffchaff, also 2 Firecrest in woods below Overbecks. 

 white Wagtail Soar mill cove 27 Aug 2018 ML    pied Wagtail 1w

            White Wagtail ad probably female                                   Pied Wagtail fw probably female

Yellow Wagtails Soar 27 Aug 2018 ML

                                      Part of Yellow Wagtail flock above Overbecks East Soar.

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 6:52 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

One Balearic Shearwater W at 08.30 today, 27th – a long-awaited patch first! Also 11 Manx Shearwaters and 8 juv Shags flying W out of the Bristol Channel. On Sun 26th, 146 Gannets – a record count for me at this site – flew W out of the Channel 14.00 onwards, as the front eased away to the E, the wind backed to the W, the rain got lighter and visibility picked up. Surprisingly little else with them; just single Manx Shearwater and Kittiwake and 37 Fulmars (probably most of the latter from local colonies).

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 3:22 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News


At last, signs of migration on the Skern. Feeding on the mud on an outgoing tide just over Appledore Bridge among a mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover were 2 Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper. Also in the area 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern and 19 Knot.

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 10:22 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Sunday 26th August 2018

Sidmouth sea watch

Short seawatch from Sidmouth sea front in the squally rain c10:30-11.30. 2 arctic skuas (both close in), 1 distant Manx/Balearic shearwater, 8 sandwich terns, 6 kittiwakes, 1 fulmar, 8 gannets, 1 common scoter. All going W except the scoter going E.

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 11:34 pm by Michael Pocock in Bird News

Pied Flycatcher

Devon coast path Yealm estuary

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 8:25 pm by Tony Edie in Bird News

South Brent Hobby

From today's 5.30pm visit

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 5:58 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Seawatching from the yacht club 09:00 - 11:10: two Arctic Skuas, one Great Skua, one skua sp, seven Manx Shearwaters, eight Common Scoters, c.50 Common Terns, 34 Sandwich Terns, 61 Kittiwakes, two Med Gulls and a Whimbrel.

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 5:19 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News


Whilst walking along River Lemon Culvert from ASDA to Bradley Lane along with the regular Grey Wagtail there was a Dipper just yards from centre of town. 

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 5:16 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Crossing to Lundy

Yesterday close to the Island an Arctic Skua. Today a few more, lots of Gannets and Porpoise. 

Juv Dark phase Arctic Skua
Juv Dark phase Arctic Skua


Posted August 26th, 2018 at 4:05 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching highlight totals this morning: 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Sooty, 32 Balearic, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 145 Common, 81 'commic', 7 Arctic & 16 Sandwich Terns, 13 Arctic & 18 Great Skuas, 600+ Kitiwakes mostly in a huge raft in Torbay ,18 Med & 9 Common Gulls, 32 Common Scoter.

         Dave Dawe & pigeon friend.  

                      Dave Dawe and Friend                                     Sooty Shearwater in the mist.

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 2:34 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 25th August 2018

Wrafton etc

While watching a Kingfisher in the reserve this morning, another one came in. Sadly when this happens they usually just chase each other around and depart, just like these two did. Lots of Tits of all 4 species in a wide-spread mobile flock, which included at least a couple of Chaffinches and Blackcaps. Oddly, a Little Grebe was on the pond after not seeing one for a week or so. This one looked like an adult. Still one of the juvenile Canada Geese on the pond. Unable, or unwilling to fly.

This evening I walked around Sherpa Marsh. There were at least 400 Canada Geese there. Of more interest were about 16 Pied Wagtails over on the saltmarsh on the Caen River, several Little Grebes on the main Pond, still 2 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, a few each of Swallow and House Martin, and a hunting juvenile male Sparrowhawk which took full advantage of seeing several Reed Warblers flycatching out of the top of the Reed-bed. It took one and plucked and ate it about 50 yards from where I was watching. Also (adding to the strange timings and sightings all this spring/summer) were at least 10 Swifts hunting over the reed bed. 1 Little Egret. About 40 Swallows over the reserve as I walked out.

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 9:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Prawle Point

Highlight today was a Wood Warbler seen at 7.30 and 8.30 am below NT car park and in the reserve. Pat thought on average seen here every 4/5 years. Also 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Yellow Wagtails (with Black Cattle), 20+ Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Sand Martin. Earlier Pat had seen 2 Mute Swans ( irregular occurrence here) 4 Tree Pipits and 1 Wheatear.

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 8:12 pm in Bird News


For those who have been following the four year saga of the young Hobby that I reared and released in 2014 may be as delighted as I am to know that she returned this evening !!!!

As yet I have not seen her but my wife and daughter saw her about 6pm sat on a post outside of the kitchen, when food was offered followed by a whistle she gave one of her usual flying displays before coming in to take the offered day old chick, hopefully she will return later this evening so that I can see her........

(Update) She came in again at 8.10pm just before dusk and again at 8.25p when she took another DOC, now just need her to arrive in day light in an effort to get some new images.

While waiting for her to return 14 Long Tailed Tits through the garden a record number for the garden and one Tawny owl.

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 6:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewagw works 1220

Black-tailed Godwit 5; Knot 22; Med Gull 5.

43 Grey Heron on Penhill Marsh.

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 6:47 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Swift and Red Kite

Single Swift seen this afternoon just after 2.00 pm over the Victoria Road area of Barnstaple quickly followed by a Red Kite being mobbed by two gulls before drifting off towards Goodleigh direction

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 5:08 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News


Birded 7am - 9.30 nothing of any great note - sunshine too bright and mist too misty to see much at times. Paraglider disturbed 90% of the roosting flock at about 9.25. Pair of Kingfisher at Riversmeet.

!!!!! Kingfisheer
!!!!!                                 Kingfisher

Posted August 25th, 2018 at 11:05 am by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Friday 24th August 2018

Avon reservoir

Very obliging Jack Snipe near Huntingdon Cross sat for several minutes before usual low short flight.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 9:31 pm by John Phillips in Bird News

South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford, Nr Kingsbridge

Friday 24th August. The osprey still on the East side of the Avon Estuary, just beyond the South end of the tidal road at mid-day.

From 5.30 to 6.30pm at South Efford hide. 3 common sandpipers, 5 ringed plover, 7 dunlin, 7 black-tailed godwits, 5 greenshank, probable green sandpiper (distant in the rain), 12 curlew, 1 whimbrel, kingfisher, 4 teal with 50+mallard and 70+ canada geese. Many pied wagtails and 2 yellow wagtails. On walk back, large twittering of about 150 house martins, with some swallows all very active overhead.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 9:17 pm by Chris Klee in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Highlight was a male Redstart and 2 Juv Yellow-legged Gulls. Also - 3 Ringed Plovers (unusually 2 on Blaxton), 2 Greenshanks, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 41 Curlews, 2 Turnstones, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, 20 Little Egrets, Green Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroats & Chiffchaff.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 7:18 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A visit from 4pm to 5pm. The Spotted Crake showed rather well on the far side of the Estuary from the viewing platform south of white bridge. Also a single Egyptian Goose. If interested, more information and pictures at

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 6:51 pm in Bird News


Three Osprey together off Mudbank this morning @ 0920.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 2:59 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News


Very few migrants about, best was: 18 Yellow Wagtail & 12 Wheatear. Also: 130 Linnet & 2 Red-legged Partridge.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 2:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Colour ringed Med gull Plymouth

I have received back the information of a juvenile Med Gull seen on Blaxton Meadow on the 28th July 2018.

Yellow ring 2L67 in black. Ringed on 25th June 2018 as a pulli at South Binness, Langston Harbour, Hampshire.  It's always good to know something about the birds you see.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 1:05 pm by Martin Philiips in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond, a Nightjar caught at this morning's ringing session.A stunning bird at close quarters. Dissapointingly few common migrants on site,4 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler,1 Chiffchaff  and 1 Sedge Warbler.


Posted August 24th, 2018 at 11:57 am by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

2 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 9 House Martin, 5 Greenfinch.

Posted August 23rd, 2018 at 9:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


Another juvenile Yellow-legged Gull this evening (photo below) - lots of new scapular feathers and one new wing covert feather. Also at least 11 Mediterranean Gulls

Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 23 Aug 2018 ML

Posted August 23rd, 2018 at 9:36 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Aveton Gifford tidal road

On arrival at the Aveton Gifford tidal road this afternoon, several birders viewing a juvenile Yellow Legged Gull, the reported Osprey showed up perching at the top of a dead tree across the estuary, flew several times before returning to the same perch.


Its presence flushed a number of birds including 34 Curlew, 17 Black Tailed Godwit and 34 plus Mallard.

Four Greenshank flew in, 2 Little Egret, 1 Heron, 1 Buzzard, 24 Mute Swan and a Common Sandpiper.

Dart Bridge this evening two Dipper.

Back home at South Brent two Tawny owls


Posted August 23rd, 2018 at 8:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Soar & Averton Gifford

Soar - 44 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Blackcaps, Whinchat, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Hare & 2 Roe Deer.

Averton Gifford - Osprey over the estuary, juv Yellow-legged Gull, Black-tailed Godwit & 4 Greenshanks. 

Posted August 23rd, 2018 at 8:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wednesday 22nd August 2018


The last week have seen lots of Med Gulls passing & loafing on the rocks from Tunnels Capstone & Chain, max c 60 . I've nots seen any darvic ringed Herring Gulls still present. 2 pairs of GBBGus look like they have now taken up residence. 

Mediterranean Gullsone of Ilfracombes Lesser BBg Juvs
Mediterranean Gulls                                         one of Ilfracombes Lesser BBg Juvs

Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 9:24 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1400.

Black-tailed Godwit 15; Med Gull 19; L.B.B.G 6; G.B.B.G 6

Penhill Marsh - Grey Heron 35.

Saw my first returning Lapwing at 1220 Castle Quay, Barnstaple.

Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 8:00 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News


A quick walk around the lake at Mansands this morning gave a Garden Warbler in an Elderberry bush and a Wheatear, juvenile on the beach.


Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 3:38 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Femington Pill 14:00 - 15:00

Glossy Ibis still plus 1x Greenshank, 1x Common Sand and the usual redshank gang.

Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 3:22 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A Spotted Crake was a very welcome addition to patch list this morning. It is actually quite showy for a Spotted Crake! Best viewed from the hide on the west side of the Otter just north of the Lime Kiln Car Park. The bird is feeding on the opposite side of the estuary along the vegetated muddy bank so a scope is pretty essential. Also important to avoid high tide. First seen late in the gloom yesterday evening but I didn't have my scope to confirm my suspicions! Some video on my blog later today for those interested.

Posted August 22nd, 2018 at 12:02 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

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