Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th September 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

Sunday 30th September 2018

Challacombe Moor,four cross way.

A Sunday excursion out over the moors to see deer provided instead numerous kestrels, buzzards and a bird of prey that I am unsure of.  Kestrels were hunting and perched on gate posts like little statues. There were odd meadow pipits, and pied wagtails numerous pheasants both dead and alive. 


Posted September 30th at 9:59 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Plymouth Sound

08.15hrs 30 Sep: 14 Cattle Egret in tight group flying in low past Bovisand, Jennycliff and then they flew out from Mount Batten breakwater where I soon after became unsighted from my location at Eastern Kings. The groups last observed flight line was all heading westwards along the Hoe, so they may have risen up over the Hoe (and over Plymouth) as they didn't pass  E/Western Kings to enter the Tamar. Also 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 ad Med gull, 5 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 28 Goldfinch together and 1 Gannet. Robert Hurrell 

Posted September 30th at 9:00 pm by Robert Hurrell in General Birding

Spotted Flycatcher Dawlish Warren

A pleasant couple of hours on the warren reserve gave little out of the ordinary. Good views of the Female Kestrel were had especially when she was sat on the hide roof! She was last seen heading back towards the point being harassed by a Crow. On the way back to the car park at the rear of the pond behind the Reserve building on the edge of the golf course was a distant view of a feeding Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher taking large bugs mid air. Views were short and sweet as it headed off along the fence line of the golf course.

Spotted Flycatcher Dawlish Warren
Spotted Flycatcher Dawlish Warren

Posted September 30th at 7:54 pm by John Wilkes in General Birding

Occombe, Preston

This morning not a great deal of activity other than a Peregrine Falcon flying north - south over the site. A Grey Heron mobbed by 3 Magpies as it was attempting to land, and a Kestrel. After walking around the reserve most of this activity was observed from the cafe!!

Posted September 30th at 7:15 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite seen over the woods just before the Castle Hill viaduct on the A361 6.00 pm this evening (30/9/18). 

Posted September 30th at 6:53 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Juvenile Great Skua and Balearic Shearwater, both seen on the way back in.

Great Skua, juvenile
Great Skua, juvenile

Great Skua, juvenile
Great Skua, juvenile

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater

Posted September 30th at 6:51 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

Pics of the feeding frenzy from today's trip, also one of several very smart juvenile gannets seen today.


Common dolphin and gannets
Common dolphin and gannets

Gannet, juvenile
Gannet, juvenile

Posted September 30th at 6:47 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Saturday and Sunday Lyme bay boat trips

Saturday a group of Devon Birds members came out on a Boat trip from Brixham. Very poor sea state gave us rough seas. Birds seen 4 Mute swans flying over just before departing from Brixham, 1 Bonxie, Gannets, Manx Shearwater, 2 Shearwater sp, Fulmar, Kittiwake, GBbG and herring Gull. A frustrating trip.

Sundays trip totally different and a great trip. A big feeding frenzy with 35+ Common Dolphin, 200+ Gannets diving and was a Fantastic sight. 12 Harbour Porpoise, 12 common Scoter, 4 Bonxie, 1 Balearic Shearwater, Swallow, Kittiwake, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Gull and Herring Gull. Hope some pictures will be posted by somebody on the trip.  

Posted September 30th at 6:11 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Lopwell Dam ~ Maristow Quay Nr Plymouth

Lopwell Dam ~ Maristow Quay ~ Thirteen Raven, two Buzzard, four Little Grebe, two Little Egret, four Muscovy Duck, two Common Sandpiper, two Kingfisher, Pied and Grey Wagtail, four Lesser Black Back Gull and fifty plus Black Headed Gulls, pair of  Mute swan with three full sized youngsters, twelve plus Canada Geese and three Moorhen.


Back home at South Brent Tawny owl, the Hobby came in at 09.55hrs and three jays.

Posted September 30th at 3:48 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wembury Point

14 Cattle Egrets with cows in large open field adjacent to coastal footpath east of Wembury Point at SX507485. Departed west a few minutes after 08:00.

Posted September 30th at 3:30 pm by John BIshop in General Birding

dark bellied brent

Sunday am exmouth,25 dark bellied brent geese at the duckpond.

Posted September 30th at 11:45 am by eric in General Birding

Saturday 29th September 2018

Lundy Wheatear

On Lundy today we saw this stunning Greenland Wheatear thrashing caterpillars inside out. 

Greenland Wheatear
Greenland Wheatear

Posted September 29th at 11:37 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Chudleigh Hirundines

Coming back from Chudleigh to Teignmouth about a mile from Chudleigh near Higher Dunscombe Farm lots of hirundines passing over. Parked and walked back to investigate. Estimated 150 to 200 Swallows and House Martins around the fields and in the sky, about one fifth House Martins, but I suspect this was a serious underestimate. Quite a spectacle and all that I saw were juveniles.

Posted September 29th at 9:31 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

2 Willow Tits at the hide.

Posted September 29th at 7:38 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

East Soar

Nice to see a great spotted woodpecker land on the fence post next to me. Several yellowhammers, blackcaps and a few wheatears.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker



Posted September 29th at 7:26 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

East Soar

USeemed to be a day of raptors at East soar, several Kestrels at least 2 sparrow hawks and buzzards, I may have caught a glimpse of a very distant merlin in the afternoon, not 100% but I think it was.



Posted September 29th at 7:13 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Fairly quiet but a 1W Little Gull at Torcross end, 5 Med Gulls, 200+ Swallows, 100+ House Martins, 7 Reed Buntings, 12 Chiff-Chaffs, Sedge Warbler and a Wheatear

Posted September 29th at 7:11 pm by David Cope in General Birding

Horsey Island

A mid-afternoon walk at Horsey island, along the road side bank from the White House gave us distant views of a great white egret. It seemed keen to keep its distance. Plenty of little egrets around to give a good size comparison.

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted September 29th at 6:16 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

East Soar

East Soar, am, of note: 1 Merlin, 11 Golden Plover; good numbers of  Swallows moving through early am; lots of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks around; 15+ Siskins overhead; 1 Wheatear and 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted September 29th at 3:19 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Limers Lane.

3 bar tailed godwit and 1 common sandpiper 

Posted September 29th at 11:35 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Friday 28th September 2018

South Efford marsh

21 Avocet at South Efford marsh today also 24ish Black tailed godwit, a  lovely grey wagtail landed on the fence in front of the hide. Several glimpses of the kingfisher.


Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted September 28th at 8:24 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Shute Churchyard find

Hi, I have found a pair of binoculars in Shute church yard.  If they are yours please call me on 01404 831080

Posted September 28th at 2:59 pm by Carol Miltenburg in General Birding

Southdown Farm to Soar Mill Valley

A quiet and windy morning highlighted by Merlin over Higher Soar and Hobby over the farm fields. Also: 270 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 3 Wheatear, 75 Meadow Pipit & 200 Linnet.

Posted September 28th at 2:30 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake, near Bude.

5 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Ducks, 21 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 3 Shovelers, 1 Cormorant, 6 Great Crested Grebes with 2 well grown juveniles, 1 Grey Heron, c.10 Canada Geese, party of Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 24 Coot, 6 Moorhens, 1 Nuthatch.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne.

Posted September 28th at 1:29 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake 0715,
4 Cattle Egret (flew out at 0810), 2m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted September 28th at 12:21 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding


At high tide and a few hours after. Little Egret 7, Curlew 2, Bar tailed Godwit 6, Ringed Plover 3, Med Gull 14, Cirl Bunting 10 and 2 White Wagtail. The disturbance was chronic all along the foreshore to the point with everything being flushed and with no place to settle!

Posted September 28th at 9:36 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

27-09-18 Exmoor Red Deer

Sorry put up the wrong photo yesterday, doubled up on one of them

Red Deer Stag
Red Deer Stag

Posted September 28th at 8:31 am by greg bradbury in Other Wildlife

Thursday 27th September 2018

27-09-18 Exmoor Red Deer

Stags, Hinds, and young showed well but in the distance, mainly in the bottom & sides of the coombes, but when they saw you they moved off quickly

Hinds & Young
Hinds & Young

Young Stags
Young Stags

Hinds & young
Hinds & young

Posted September 27th at 8:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife


47 med gulls 30 adults,6 2w 11 flight. 

Posted September 27th at 7:47 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings for this morning at the lake

1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 3 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 1m Tufted Duck, 23 Canada Geese, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Littel Grebe.

Posted September 27th at 7:21 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Plant World Garden Centre - Newton Abbot

1 Spotted Flycatcher watched hunting insects for twenty minutes.

Posted September 27th at 5:22 pm by Paul Nunn in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Short-eared Owl came in from the sea this morning and spent time on the point as well as the golf course

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Posted September 27th at 4:33 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

East Soar

A generally quiet morning enlivened by 2 Golden Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 140 Skylark, 100 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 7 Pied Wagtail, 9 White/Alba Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap & 450 Linnet.

Later at Harleston Hobby & 2 Grey Wagtail over.

Posted September 27th at 3:52 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Dawlish Warren - 0930-1130

From the hide one imm. Little Gull, three imm. Med. Gull and a handful of Common Terns among 40+ Sandwich. Over the dunes a Short-eared Owl being mobbed by a Kestrel.

Posted September 27th at 3:32 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Great Egret

Great Egret off Fremington Quay, 13:10 today Thurs 27 Sept 18. My first in North Devon.

Posted September 27th at 3:19 pm by Robert Durrant in General Birding


At high tide and a few hours after. Little Egret 7, Curlew 2, Bar tailed Godwit 6, Ringed Plover 3, Med Gull 14, Cirl Bunting 10 and 2 White Wagtail. The disturbance was chronic all along the foreshore to the point with everything being flushed and with no place to settle!

Posted September 27th at 1:59 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Berry Head kayak trip

4 Balearic Shearwater

4 Common Terns inc one (fw) sat on sea 2 miles off Berry Head

13+ Harbour porpoise

Common Tern
Common Tern

Harbour porpoise
Harbour porpoise

Posted September 26th at 7:29 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


I missed Gerry's Osprey, but a very confiding Whimbrel flew in to say hi


Posted September 26th at 7:25 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding


Osprey flying around this afternoon 

Posted September 26th at 5:36 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Marine Parade, Preston, "Dutch Ringed Turnstone".

I have had numerous sightings of this bird and finally managed to establish the full ringing code from a number of pictures taken on 7 September. It is "Z010032".I reported it through the BTO and the following is pasted directly from their report.

Ringing Scheme: Arnhem Ring Number: Z010032 Species of bird: Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
This bird was ringed by Arnhem as age definitely hatched during current year, sex unknown on 15-Aug-2013 10:09:00 at Bloemendaal, Kennemerduinen, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
OS Map reference - accuracy 0, co-ordinates 52deg 25min N 4deg 32min E accuracy 0.

It was found on 07-Sep-2018 time unknown at Paignton, Devon, UK
OS Map reference SX9061 accuracy 0, co-ordinates 50deg 26min N -3deg -32min W accuracy 0.
Finding condition: Sight record by non-ringer
Finding circumstances: Metal Ring Read In Field

Posted September 26th at 5:03 pm by Steve O'Donoghue in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

No sign of a the Grey Phalarope this afternoon, but juv/1w Red-necked Grebe present.

Posted September 26th at 4:43 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

mute swans

73 mute swans including 10 signets,4 sandwich terns and one wheater.behind the sports center exe estuary exmouth this morning

Posted September 26th at 3:24 pm by eric in General Birding

Wrafton / Braunton

Whooper Swan on Wrafton scrape this morning.

Posted September 26th at 1:06 pm by Dave Paterson in General Birding

Blackhill Quarry- East Devon

No signs today of the Pallid Harrier seen yesterday morning over the footpath- as reported by Oli Force, Exmouth Community UK, via Facebook.  In fact not a lot of birds present today but a Common Sandpiper was good as I have been expecting to find one here for a long time.  Also present 2 Little Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 4 Mallard, 4 Jay, 3 Meadow Pipit and a Buzzard.

NOTE: there appears to be a recent spate of car breakins at Four Firs Car Park. Do not leave any valuables in your car.

Posted September 26th at 12:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Warfton / Braunton

Whooper Swan on the scrape this morning 09.30.

Posted September 26th at 9:38 am by David Paterson in General Birding

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Trago Mills, Newton Abbot

Kingfisher in the water gardens at 15.00

Posted September 25th at 8:23 pm by John Walton in General Birding

South Hams coastal

Slapton Ley, on the way into Slapton no less than four Buzzards sat on roadside telegraph poles, two Stock Doves and a Sparrow hawk hunting a roadside hedge.

The entire Slapton / Torcross area is alive with Swallows along with a handful of House Martin.

On the beach a large flock of gulls I would estimate at least 200 mostly GBBG and LBBG along with at least ten Mediterranean Gulls of mixed ages, unfortunately a walker thought it was great fun to keep walking into the flock and driving them off the beach which killed off any chance of viewing the gulls in any detail, huge numbers on the sea but well off of the shore line.

Build up of great Crested Grebes on the Ley since my last visit.

Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Goldfinch, Cetti’s Warbler, Pied Wagtail and Reed Bunting being the smaller species, one of the Reed Buntings being ringed and another with a large tick on the side of its neck.


Beesands Ley, large flock of 75 plus House Sparrows, several Starlings, two Stonechat, 50 plus Mute Swan on the ley and the reported Great White Egret showing really well as it moved around the ley feeding.

Aveton Gifford, Kestrel and Kingfisher near the A379 road bridge, along the tidal road a Black Tailed Godwit, two Greenshank, 300 plus Canada geese and 250 plus Herring gull, one LBBG with another gull roost further down the river beyond the reserve, eight Little Egret and a small number of Swallow.

Back home at South Brent the visiting Hobby came in for food at 4.35pm while being mobbed by Jackdaws and a Magpie.

Posted September 25th at 5:10 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Harleston by Slapton

Good afternoon for inverts in the garden topped off by late Humming-Bird Hawk Moth on buddleia; also Small Copper & Comma, Emperor Dragonfly, Southern Hawker & Common Darter.

Posted September 25th at 4:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Morte Point

Hobby 0830 this morning around the Point. Flew off towards Woolacombe 

Posted September 25th at 3:39 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Woodlark- Dawlish countryside Park

Woodlark feeding in Winter Barley at 11.45am,  25/9

Several flight views from first field from car park, then flew to field with turbine and lost to view

Posted September 25th at 3:04 pm by paul barker in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Blaxton Meadow

At low tide the Cattle Egret was roosting on one of the islands in the meadow before flying off North.

Posted September 25th at 2:49 pm by Martin Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Middle Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

Six species of raptor this morning included female Merlin and Hobby hunting over Soar Mill Valley but not together! Movements of 270 Swallow, 320 Skylark & 370 Meadow Pipit. Also: 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 25 Stock Dove, 5 House Martin, White Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 60 Goldfinch & 360 Linnet.

Non-avian: 4 Roe Deer - male, female & 2 yearlings; 7 Wall Brown & 36 Red Admiral.

Posted September 25th at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 24th September 2018


Give us a kiss!

Posted September 24th at 9:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Paignton coastal & South Brent


At Broadsands, Paignton this afternoon a rather tatty and moth eaten Great Black Back Gull ringed with a white plastic tag ring with P:76B in red, also what I believe to be a 2nd winter Lesser Black Back Gull, one Little Egret, a trickle of Swallows and at one point 41 Carrion Crows on the beach.


Over at Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton seven Sandwich terns, ten plus Turnstone including the Dutch ringed bird, three Oyster Catcher, a Rock Pipit and a very miserable looking Wheatear.

At home Hobby (Don't think it was "my" bird) and a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by corvids, a single Mistle Thrush and a slow but steady passage of House Martin and Swallows. 

This evening not less than seven Tawny owls four seen and three calling.


Posted September 24th at 9:32 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding


Glad there's a Cattle Egret about - I've been looking for one among the Cattle around the reserve. On the reserve pond today were a pair of Gadwall. Several Chiffchaffs around.

Oddly there were no Ducks at all out on the scrape. But one Black-tailed Godwit which flew off South.

Posted September 24th at 8:21 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Horsey Island

An absolutely cracking late aft / early evening on R.Caen & Horsey Island with the flood tide.

1 Cattle Egret showing well in the crystal clear evening light on Horsey.

Posted September 24th at 7:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East & Middle Soar

A good day of vis mig but nothing like Start Bay yesterday!! Tally included 700 Swallow moving east, 800 Meadow Pipit & 210 Skylark grounded, 6 House Martin, 11 Wheatear  9 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 2 Whinchat, 16 Stonechat, 18 Blackcap & 350 Linnet. All this attracted 5 species of raptor inc. the first Merlin of the autumn (possibly 2). 

Non-avian; 8 Sika Deer stag.

Posted September 24th at 4:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lower Tamar Lake

Grey Phalarope on the lake early afternoon, viewed from the dam. Thank you Alec for the tip off.

Posted September 24th at 3:25 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

24-09-18 Saltram Blaxton Meadow & Radford Lake

The Cattle Egret showing well for a for minutes near the Blaxton Meadow in the field with the cows near the main track, also a Heron at Radford Lake at the top of a very large pine.

Posted September 24th at 2:35 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Cattle Egret with the cows in Saltram, 5 Black-tailed Godwits on Blaxton, 3 Greenshanks, Ringed Plover, 183 Redshanks, 13 Turnstones, 2 Common Sandpipers, 37 Curlews, 15 Little Egrets, 20 Grey Herons & Stock Dove. 

Fantanstic to see the National Trust responding to feedback and putting a clear "No Entry" sign up at the north end of Blaxton Pool. Many thanks! Now it's up to all visitors to act responsibly in the best interests of the wildlife there, and obey.

Earlier today, a Whitethroat in my garden (Mount Gould).

Posted September 23rd at 7:18 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


1 ruff,4 adult med gulls peregrine, bar tailed godwit,3 white and 17 pied wags,8 skylarks, 4 wheatear and 300 linnet.

Posted September 23rd at 6:47 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Start Bay/Slapton Ley

The wind dropped at 1.30pm and the sun came out triggering a massive passage of Swallows! Watching from the Monument Car Park 2pm-5pm birds were moving strongly NE along the coast over the sea as far as I could see and along the beach: peak passage was 500/minute,  estimate of 40,000 Swallows  conservative in the three hours I counted, birds still streaming past when I left and over the Ley and fields inland to Slapton Viillage, a handul of House Martins and Sand Martins with them. Highlight on the sea was a 1W Black Guillemot in flight and settled. Also 6 Eider, 7 Common Scotor, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Manx and 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 50+ Sandwich terns amongst large numbers of gulls offshore. Earlier 2 juv/1W Yellow-legged Gulls on the lower Ley. Reed Warbler, 4 Reed Buntings,  2 Wheatears and a Whinchat. 

Posted September 23rd at 6:22 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Underwood, Plympton

Our Goldfinch population decreased by one this afternoon thanks to this Sparrowhawk. You can just see the hapless bird's wing below the wire in the second photo.



Posted September 23rd at 6:16 pm by Jason Smart in General Birding

Mount Batten, Plymouth

Very little to see on the birding front but two adult Mediterranean Gulls, 12 plus Pied Wagtails, small numbers of Swallow and three Oyster Catchers.

Back home at South Brent Tawny owl last night, Hobby and a female Kestrel, six Long Tailed Tits and a small number of Swallow and House Martin.

A friend reports seeing a Barn owl at Marley Head on Friday evening (21st)

Posted September 23rd at 5:51 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Bolt Head

Wryneck along coast path between Starehole Bay and Overbecks this afternoon 14:45-15:00 at least. SX728368

Posted September 23rd at 4:56 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Drizzle this morning until 1100:

2 Chiffchaff, 8 Stonechat, 50+ Swallow on the move, 3 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 20 Sandwich tern, 3 Med gull. Pipits and Wagtails among clouds of flies on the seaweed, urghh!!

Posted September 23rd at 3:17 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Common Rosefinch - Froward Cove

Matt Twiggs found a Common Rosefinch at Froward Cove, near Coleton Fishacre this morning and it is still showing regularly this afternoon - 

Directions for Common Rosefinch -park at Higher Brownstone Farm, follow track beyond daymark and down hill to Froward Cove -through gate and take left path - through pine belt for 300 yards to cove - walk down cove for 20 yards and look back right- bird feeding about 25 yrds away beyond blackthorn.

Posted September 23rd at 2:55 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding


In the light rain as I arrived this morning, there were quite a few Swallows and House Martins over and near the reserve. A small flock of Wigeon flew North past the reserve. The Tit flock found me for a change and I watched as about a dozen Long-tailed Tits buzzed around over my head. There were some Blue and Great Tits with them and at least 4 Chiffchaffs, one of which was prompted by the sun coming out to burst into song.

I ended this visit by going back to the south side of the reserve, where yet another overweight Willow tree crashed over in the gales. and found it bathed in sunshine and covered in birds. Probably the same Tit-flock, but several Chiffs and then a real surprise when a MARSH TIT appeared. Closely followed by a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher. Some movement overnight then.. Never seen Marsh Tit in the reserve before

Kingfisher and Dipper in the river.

Posted September 23rd at 1:57 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Start Bay / Point

In Start Bay a flock of 5 Eider, all females, flew south off the Memorial Car Park at 07:50. Largest number I have seen here for a long time. When the rain eased I went up to Start Point. There were 12 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler in a small sheltered spot in the farm. Elsewhere 2 Wheatears, 150 Meadow Pipits ( grounded ) , Grey Wagtail and 10 White Wagtails.

Posted September 23rd at 1:04 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cranbrook, Exeter

A quick walk around Cranbrook Countryside Park this morning produced some expected common birds but nevertheless of interest.  These included 2 mute swan cygnets (a first at Cranbrook for me), 3 Little Grebe on the Big Lake at Stonebarton off Crannaford Lane and a flock of c100 Goldfinch.  Several new, shallow scrapes and an extension to the Big Lake mentioned earlier are under construction and the rough area opposite the railway station has been flailed.  Below shows the new construction.

Posted September 23rd at 12:29 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning 2 Ringed Plover

Posted September 22nd at 7:22 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding


Wet and cold. But there were some Swallows around and over the reserve this morning. Another over Croyde this afternoon.

Posted September 22nd at 5:28 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

White Bridge, Budleigh Salterton

A surprisingly early Ring Ouzel this morning feeding in Hawthorns to the South of White Bridge (path still closed) and then flew towards South Farm Road but I couldn't re-find it as the heavy rain started! No sign this morning of the Cattle Egrets in a very brief look north of White Bridge, but at least still 3 birds there yesterday.

Posted September 22nd at 12:14 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

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