General Birding

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:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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Friday 14th September 2018

White Bridge Budleigh Salterton 14th Sept

Five dabchicks busy fishing viewed from the bridge.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 5:19 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Broadsands and South Brent

Two Mediterranean Gulls at Broadsands this morning, one second winter and an adult being the recently reported ringed bird RLN4 green ring and ringed in France that seems to be a regular around Torbay.


Ten Great Black Backs one being a juvenile, four Oyster Catcher, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch (on the beach) House Martins and Swallows overhead.

Back home at South Brent, last evening three Tawny owls, this morning the Hobby continues to visit (image from last evening) Jay, two Raven and the seasons first two Chiffchaff in the garden.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

East Soar

Spent the morning at East soar sat watching the hedgerows, nice to see a firecrest and the usual migrants, whitethrats and blackcaps.

Whitethroat Blackcap Firecrest
Whitethroat                         Blackcap                                      Firecrest

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 4:45 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding


15 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit and 9 Mediterranean Gull (5 ad W, 3 1st W and 1 2nd W) along the beach at high tide near the sewage pipe this morning. Chiffchaffs calling in the bushes and 5 Swallow over heading west, also a Clouded Yellow butterfly.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 3:20 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

1 juv Curlew Sandpiper in with the Dunlin flock from the viewing platform this lunchtime.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 2:24 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Thursday 13th September 2018


Driving to my field this morning at the back end of Codden Hill, all of a sudden there were Swallows everywhere and another bird which dropped into the road in front of me. I had to stop in order not to run it over. it took off revealing a large whit patch at the base of it's tail and landed in a nearby tree. Not exactly where I would have expected to see a Wheatear, a country lane surrounded by farmland.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:40 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

Skern and around on the tide.

Dunlin, Turnstones, Whimbrel, 6 Wheatear, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, flocks of linnet, goldfinch, and Starlings, Stonechats, meadow pipits and a brown argos butterfly. Beautiful clear Autumn day. 

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:09 pm by John elvin in General Birding

Labrador Bay

Visited early today and plenty of Cirl Buntings about, especially juv/1st winter birds. Looks like they had a good breeding season.

Cirl Bunting juv/1st winter
Cirl Bunting juv/1st winter

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:06 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding


No sign of the Rose Coloured Starling this evening. There was a large flock of Starling feeding on the Blackberries. Perhaps the Rose Coloured Starling had been supper for the male Peregrine that was cruising around spooking all the other birds. He finally settled down on the salt marsh before disappearing up river looking for dessert! 20+ Pied Wagtails with a scattering of Ringed Plover feeding amongst the Samphire.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 7:53 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

East Soar

A good morning for the commoner migrants: 5 Ringed Plover, 32 Swallow, 50 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 40+ Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 25 Willow Warbler, 26 Chiffchaff, 7 Spotted Flycatcher and right at the death a Pied Flycatcher in scrub along the top fields by car park.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 2:11 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Shipley Bridge ~ Avon Dam

A walk up to the Avon Dam from Shipley Bridge Nr South Brent this morning gave 24 species, the highlight being an Osprey passing the front of the dam headed west.

Other species included two Dipper one ringed, (L ~ yellow ring over metal ring, R ~ red ring over green) Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, two Sparrow hawk, Stonechat, Heron, Kestrels showing well with four separate sightings, two Raven, Buzzard, Linnet and Goldfinch.

A reasonable crop of Rowan and Hawthorn berries bodes well for when the thrushes arrive.

Small number of butterflies.


Posted September 13th, 2018 at 12:50 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

Spotted Crake still present on the estuary this evening. Best viewed from the viewing platform south of the hide.

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 8:55 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding


Generally quiet on the Skern this morning following a very high tide. Waders confined to Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Curlew of which there were c40 of each. However a small flock of Starling flew onto the saltmarsh to feed among which was a juv Rose-coloured Starling. 

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 3:16 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Tuesday 11th September 2018


Summer reminders today with a Chiffchaff in full song and a Blackcap in sub-song. Odd.

Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail in the river nearby. 2 Kestrels over. And the first Swallows for a  few days.

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Berry Head

Sea Watch, 0:700 - 11:30 - 2 - 3 Gt Skua; 3 Arctic Skua (1 light, 1 dark & a very brown juv); 1 Sandwich Tern; c50 Balearic Shearwater; c20 Manx Shearwater; 1 Med Gull (1st w) steady stream of Kittiwake all am with one raft of 500 - 600 at 11:00.

At least 3 Harbour Porpoise close & 2 or 3 small groups of Common Dolphin far out.

3 Willow Warblers calling in scrub between water trough and car park.

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 5:01 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

A brief visit at lunch time was rewarded with 9 cattle egrets (possibly 10) with resting cows in field next to the Turf. The egrets flew onto Powderham Marshes at 13.35. Also imm marsh harrier.

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 2:57 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Monday 10th September 2018

Kingsbridge estuary

Osprey & couple of med gulls between frogmore creek & kingsbridge c

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 9:16 pm by Mike Moxon in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Not great numbers of birds in front of the hide at high tide, but a good range of species seen, go to my blog to read more

Grey Plover Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot and Oystercatcher
Grey Plover                                                       Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot and Oystercatcher

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 7:23 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Wryneck, Wembury Point

Brief view at 1.30pm, top of bramble in field between the pine trees and the coast path.

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 3:10 pm by Jacki and Kevin Solman in General Birding


Two Ospreys on River Tavy this morning one seen to fly up the river one in a tree eating a fish. 

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 1:35 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Late post bowling green marsh Sunday 9th

Late post for bowling green marsh watched from 17:00 till 18:55

from the viewing platform, 1 juvenile curlew sandpiper among 450+ Dunlin, 6+ knot, 270+ redshank , 30+ ringed plover , 1 grey plover

from the hide 

great views of the juvenile marsh harrier as it caused chaos among the waders, 2 knot, 15+ Dunlin, 150+ redshank. 160+ curlew, 3 whimbrel, 101+ wigeon, 41+ pintail, 3 tufted duck, 1 sedge warbler, 1 water rail.

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 7:31 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Sunday 9th September 2018

Prawle & Beesands

Prawle very quiet, best being Whimbrel & Clouded Yellow. Beesands better with brilliant views of great White Egret in filght, 2 Hobbies, 150+ Kittiwakes offshore and DP Arctic Skua harrying them!.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 10:28 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

South Huish this afternoon

About 4 p.m. the wood sandpiper was showing well and two dunlin appeared. Lots of pied/white wagtails and five bright yellow wagtails, on the near bank and around the horses. Two swallows went over, and a sparrowhawk  startled the teal before flying through the bars of the iron gate.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 9:35 pm by Doug Herdson in General Birding

South Efford marsh

Just leaving the hide at 7:00pm tonight when 11 cattle egrets flew in, landed briefly then took off in the direction of Bantham. South Efford marsh

Cattle Egrets Cattle Egrets Cattle Egrets
Cattle Egrets                           Cattle Egrets                      Cattle Egrets

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 7:55 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Plym Estuary

On this afternoon’s high tide: 6 Greenshanks, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 38 Curlews, 6 Oystercatchers, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, Common Sandpiper, 17 Little Egrets & Stock Dove.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

South Efford marsh 08/09/18 Evening

5 very distant yellow wagtails at South Efford marsh last night

Yellow wagtails
Yellow wagtails

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 3:47 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Lopwell dam / Maristow

0900 - 1215:

6 Little grebe, 1 Great crested grebe, 3 Grey wagtail, 2 Common sandpiper, 1 Green sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Red legged partridge in the lanes approaching Lopwell. 1 Osprey perched on a log in the Tavy estuary, flew down river at 1210.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 1:39 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Saturday 8th September 2018

Torbay Gulls

I may be sticking my head on the block again, but this gull was at Broadsands this afternoon, much bigger than the near by Herring Gulls, massive beak and large head being notable features, from feed back on forums where I have posted the images I am being told that it is a Caspian Gull, if it is it's a first for me.


Also two Mediterranean Gulls and twenty eight Great Black Backs.

Two Sandwich Terns fishing off of Marine Parade, Paignton.

Berry Head lots of gulls moving off of the headland along with large numbers of Gannet, several Porpoise and a single Wheatear.

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 6:46 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Crossbill at Yennadon Down near Yelverton

Nice pair of Crossbills in the pines by the car park at Yennadon Down at 1730 today. Very vocal but mobile.

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 6:19 pm by Howard Ackford in General Birding

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 06:55 till 10:00

A good morning around the marsh at last a few waders came in to the high tide roost which coincided with there being no Canada geese  on the marsh, but still low numbers with 250+ black tailed godwits, 130+ redshank, 30+ Dunlin, 8+ ringed plover, 18+ little egrets, 30+ pintail, 20+ wigeon , 1 water rail, 1 Buzzard, the long staying adult winter ruff showed well.

moved on to the viewing platform and soon picked up the juvenile curlew sandpiper amongst 250+ Dunlin, 32+ greenshank, then just after 08:30 an osprey flew from powderham towards turf and then at 08:40 another Osprey was picked up of exmouth hunting around the south end of the estuary.

then at 08:48 best birds of the morning 2 Glossy ibis flew in high from the east past the viewing platform and appeared to go down onto the marsh, so made way back to the hide initial look produced nothing but five minutes later they flew up from channel on far left hand side of main scrape flew over the hide heading towards exminster marsh ( they were relocated on exminster lagoon soon after ) 




Posted September 8th, 2018 at 11:25 am by Keith Birchall in General Birding

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