Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th January 2019

Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Thank you.

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July
Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August
Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October
Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April
Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

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, 2018 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

Sightings Page Changes

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Monday 7th January 2019

Waxwing Plymouth

Good days birding Waxwing found straight away at approx 09.50 -opposite pitch and putt cafe.- later Ring-necked Parakeets including Blue and Olive morphs to roost in 

Waxwing video -

Parakeet video -

Waxwing  Ring-necked Parakeet (Blue and Olive)  Ring-necked Parakeet
Waxwing                  Ring-necked Parakeet (Blue and Olive)       Ring-necked Parakeet

Posted January 7th at 8:12 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding


The Yellow-browed Warbler showed briefly from dense cover at least 3 times during the course of the day in the usual corner of the car park. Seemed to be heard rather than seen most of the time. Curiously I heard a second one towards the Alders at c.09:00 replying to the 1st bird, but never saw anything of it!  At least 3-4 collbyta Chiffchaffs and a m & f Blackcap in the same area. (A Firecrest was also reported by another birder).

10 Cirl Buntings (2m, 8f) coming to the seed at the back of second car park, along with a Reed Bunting and an assortment of Chaffinches and Greenfinches.

On the sea: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2-3 Gt N Divers & 1 Common Scoter ( adult drake).

Posted January 7th at 6:15 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Tipton St John and Otterton STW

The Yellow-browed Warbler was present this morning in the willows adjacent to the River Otter immediately north of the River Car Park. It seems to be the fist sighting since it was first found on 28th Dec. Also on the sea off Otterton STW at least 7 Red-throated Divers.

Posted January 7th at 5:38 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding


Good views of Goosander today, at least 3 m and 5 f. Not all on the lake as some were in the channels that connect with it.

Goosander  male and female
Goosander male and female

Posted January 7th at 4:29 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck at Torcross today. Red-necked Grebe and 2 Black-necked Grebes in Start Bay off the monument.

Posted January 7th at 3:44 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Man Sands

Black Redstart still on coastguard cottage roof this am.

Male Firecrest with Goldcrests in pines near hide.

Posted January 7th at 3:29 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

Efford Marsh (Plymouth)

Pleased to find a Marsh Tit this morning (getting scarce in this area); also 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Teal (1 drake), 6 Goldcrests & a pair of Bullfinches.

Posted January 7th at 3:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tamar Lakes

This morning on the Lower Tamar Lake,
 36 Goosander 14m 22f (dawn count), 2 Greensandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Heron, 1f Scaup, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Tawny Owl calling in the car park, c15 Shoveler, 1m Pintail, 3 Long-tail Tits, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting, c12 Tufted Duck 

Upper Lake,
2 Brambling, 6 Linnit, 1 Goldcrest, 1m Stonechat.

Posted January 7th at 2:05 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Littlehempston, Totnes

Red Kite in flight over a roadside field, just out of Totnes before the Littlehempston bend and dip approx 11am.

G Bemment

Posted January 7th at 1:28 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

TORCROSS. A good start today

At 8am Trisha saw a Barn Owl over the garden twice, I saw it hunting in the field next door at 8.30, then at 8.40 I saw an Otter swimming accord the Ley carrying a  good  sized fish.

Posted January 7th at 9:19 am by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Broadsands and Brixham breakwater 06/01/19

Several chiffchaffs flitting about at Broadsands and Cirl Buntings and reed buntings in the carpark behind the huts. A nice Great northern diver on the sea at Broadsands. Good views of Purple sandpipers and turnstones on Brixham breakwater

Purple Sandpiper   Great Northern Diver   Cirl Bunting
Purple Sandpiper                     Great Northern Diver                                  Cirl Bunting

Posted January 7th at 5:43 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Sunday 6th January 2019

Re hen harrier.

Sorry not to add the location, it was seen briefly at Challacombe Moor near 4 cross way. The picture was taken at max focus 600mm + with all the wrong settings programmed in, and sadly was the best of the 8 frames. 

Posted January 6th at 11:07 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Goosander @ Stover

3 m & 4 f Goosander at Stover park this afternoon. 

Posted January 6th at 7:20 pm by Jim Eames in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1500-1615

Birds of note:- Black-tailed Godwit 41; Shelduck 12; Golden Plover c350; Dunlin c300; Grey Plover 4; Greenshank 1; Sanderling 1; Dark-bellied Brent Goose 3.

Posted January 6th at 6:23 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Not a lot really Except this.!

Looking for seo's today and the usual blank, infact except for small flocks of starling,  and numerous rooks there wasn't much around until my wife spotted this flying low over the long grasses,  a male hen harrier. 

Male hen harrier.
Male hen harrier.

Eds: great bird to see but struggle from this photo to positively id this as a male perhaps a 1st w male but just as likely a female. Also no site given - see other posts - to keep it simple the title of the post should really be the site. 

Posted January 6th at 5:13 pm by Philip worth in General Birding


Velvet Scoter with 8 Common Scoter off the Parson & the Clerk.Seen from my kayak.

Posted January 6th at 5:04 pm by Nick Workman in General Birding

Kingsbridge Estuary ( Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh ).

31 Pintails ( North Pool Bay ), 50 + Brent Geese, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, Great Northern Diver, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 13 Little Grebes, c300 Dunlins, c700 Golden Plovers, c150 Common Gulls, 2 Greenshanks and 2 Rock Pipits. The marsh is still flooded as there is a problem with the culvert. Not so much on there at present just 14 Teals, 5 Wigeons and a Tufted Duck. Grey Wagtail at the north end of the marsh and a Chiffchaff in the Water Works.

Posted January 6th at 4:18 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Hen Harrier

Female or juvenile Hen Harrier seen from the car  flying low over fields north of California Cross yesterday 5 January at 1430hrs.

Posted January 6th at 3:29 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Update to Rob's earlier post; late am/early pm: Red-necked Grebe still on the sea off the Memorial car park plus 3 Black-necked Grebes (a pair and a single), 2 Common Scoter and a Great Northern Diver. On the Ley a minimum of 6 Goldeneye (5 males), the four Pochard and the Ring-necked Duck, another Black-necked Grebe and an adult Med Gull. In the woods around Ireland Bay, 1 Firecrest and 2 Blackcaps. Pretty good!

Posted January 6th at 2:41 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Putsborough Sands

The bird which has been attracting some attention around the Café at Putsborough Sands turned out to be a Rock Pipit with leucistic plumage.

Posted January 6th at 1:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Slapton Ley

On the ley at Torcross: male Ring-necked Duck, 4 Pochard, 76 Tufted & 28 Gadwall. 3m Goldeneye at Ireland Bay.

On the sea: Red-necked Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Scoter & 6 Razorbill.

Posted January 6th at 1:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Underwood, Plympton

This Sparrowhawk dropped in briefly this morning and made a half-hearted pass at our resident male Blackcap before gliding off to look for easier prey. He never gave me the chance of a better shot.


Posted January 6th at 9:56 am by Jason Smart in General Birding

5th of January Bowling Green Marsh

Some lovely views of snipe from the hide and lots of Brent geese off the viewing platform. All the usual waders on the estuary and a female red breasted merganser at Topsham

Snipe Lapwing Wigeon
Snipe                                             Lapwing                                       Wigeon

Posted January 6th at 6:36 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

5th January Slapton

Red necked grebe and black necked grebe on the sea from the memorial carpark also lots of distant Auks. Black necked grebe on the ley and also ring necked duck and 2 Pochard.

Distant red necked and black necked grebes    Ring necked duck with the tufted ducks
Distant red necked and black necked grebes       Ring necked duck with the tufted ducks

Posted January 6th at 6:32 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Saturday 5th January 2019

Torbay Divers and Grebes

Sea very flat, Perfect conditions for sea watching and photography at the moment. if it was out there it was easy to see.

Female Cirl, the seed put out is a lifeline, great work Mike Great Northern Divers, big thank you to Steve for letting me use his Hopper Hubble 800mm Red-necked Grebe off Elberry
Female Cirl, the seed put out is a lifeline, great work Mike

Great Northern Divers, big thank you to Steve for letting me use his Hopper Hubble 800mm

Red-necked Grebe off Elberry

Posted January 5th at 8:51 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Around Torbay

Around Torbay today ~

From Haldon Pier ~ 7 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone, two Shag, 14 plus Cormorant, Rock Pipit, 2 GBBG, sevon Mute Swan and a Razorbill.

Livermead beach ~ Little Egret, Heron and a single Turnstone.


Marine Parade, Preston ~ 7 Oyster Catcher, 26 Turnstone including the Dutch ringed bird  "Z010032",  out on the sea Gannet, Great Crested Grebe, Black Necked Grebe and 2 Guillemot. 

Broadsands car parks ~ In the Cirl Bunting corner disturbance disrupted any birding but 40 plus "Buntings" feeding in the field behind the car park, lifting periodically, 2 Cirl Bunting came into the hedge. In the corner of the first car park Yellow Browed Warbler, female Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Siberian Chiffchaff.

Record image Black n#Necked Grebe  

From the sea wall and the headland towards Elberry ~ 6 Fulmar, 12+ Great Crested Grebe, Gannets, 4 Black Necked Grebe, Red Throated Diver, 6+ Great Northern Diver, Little Egret, 2 Heron, 2 Razorbill and a Kittiwake.

On the way home a Kestrel near Berry Pomeroy.


Posted January 5th at 4:28 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still present but north of Torcross, probably best viewed from the Stokeley Hide. Also at least 7 Goldeneyes and 2 Pochards. Otter seen in Ireland Bay and 2 Black-necked Grebes in the bay off the monument.

Posted January 5th at 1:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Birding with M Bailey this morning around Torbay we counted: 28 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes (Broadsands), 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers 1 Eider (Off Goodrington).

The Yellow-browed Warber was still in the back corner of the 1st car park at Broadsands with 3-4 Chiffchaffs and 1 Firecrest.

A single Cattle Egret was in a grassy field with about a dozen black cattle some way off the Waddeton Road looking East.

Posted January 5th at 12:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands hide inaccessible

The outlet from Widdicombe Ley is currently blocked and the water level in the Ley is now extremely high, flooding the access to the Beesands hide.

The land agent for Widdicombe Estate and Stokenham Parish Council have been contacted and asked to resolve the matter as soon as possible (Devon Birds has responsibility only for the hide and access).

Posted January 5th at 10:53 am by Nick Townsend in General Birding

Friday 4th January 2019


A late visit this morning, a nice female Black Redstart was on the Coastguard cottages roof iwh acouple of Pied Wagtails. also a Peregrine flew past over the marsh and a Redwing was by the caraprk. There were 5 Gadwalls on the marsh with Mallards and Teals, 4 males and a female, but no sign of any Snipe, which was unusual. 

Posted January 4th at 8:47 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Black Redstart, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

A smart male black Redstart brightening up my coffee break this morning as it flitted about the rooftops.

Posted January 4th at 8:26 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Can I add to Harvey and Barry's blog as I was there earlier, 23 Goosander 12m 15f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit.

Posted January 4th at 8:10 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

rhs rosemoor.

Large flock of Redwing in the upper woodland, Goldcrest, and a really healthy population of local woodland species.

Goldcrest.    Redwing
            Goldcrest.                                                               Redwing

Posted January 4th at 6:21 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Goodrington to Churston

From 1215 until 1600 on Thursday 3rd January birding was hard work in the glum light! A female eider at Goodrington and single red-throated diver. At Broadsands a yellow-browed warbler and at Churston Cove a single red-necked grebe. I didn't see any of Mike's BN Grebes!

Posted January 4th at 5:11 pm by Simon M Bates in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Baggy point

At Baggy Point around midday today;

10 female, 2 imm male, and one adult male Common Scoter seen but image size dictates only cropped image of the raft , image of one Red Throated Diver but three seen, image shows three Eider amongst the scoters but a raft of 18 were observed. All birds were regularly diving to feed.  


Posted January 4th at 4:39 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in General Birding


Waxwing at Central Park Plymouth showing well this morning

Posted January 4th at 4:33 pm by Roger Backway in General Birding

Bolt Tail

2 Red-throated Divers east offshore this morning.

Posted January 4th at 3:24 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


The reported Waxwing is still showing in Central Park not as settled today due to some photographers trying to get as close as they could, as such the bird was getting into the mid cover of the berry tree before flying up into one of the taller nearby trees between feeds.


Around the park Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtails and small flocks of Goldfinch.

Mountbatten ~ a male Blackcap, a Rock Pipit and one adult Mediterranean Gull and surprisingly very little else.

Posted January 4th at 3:11 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


This morning 22 members from the E Devon branch walked round Black Hole Marsh taking in views across Colyford Common in cloudy, cold conditions.  A total of 43 species were seen, including  5 Snipe on the lagoon and 3 Little Grebe on the river.  Three female Reed Bunting were seen near the viewing platform and 1 Common Gull on the river with few Curlew  and no Godwit sp..  A reasonable start to the 2019 year list.  

Posted January 4th at 1:57 pm by Geoff Green in General Birding

Decoy Black-headed Gull

There was a colour-ringed Black-headed Gull (yellow TJ3A) at Decoy Lake coming to bread on 1 January. Just received the ringing details: it was ringed as a chick at a lake in SW Poland, Zalew Mietkowski (SW of Wroclaw) on 11 June 2017, and was seen by Nick Potter at Bowling Green Marsh on 19 June 2018.

Posted January 4th at 1:51 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake. 4th jan.

c.10 Goosanders, 20+ Coot, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Scaup - 1 juv. male and 1 female, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall,1 Jay, moderate numbers of Teal, Wigeon and Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron.. 

 Rinf necked Duck and Willow Tits reported.

Harvey Kendall & Barry Bryne..

Posted January 4th at 1:19 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Thursday 3rd January 2019

Baggy Point

Near sunset on a walk around the peninsula, a kestrel, 9 Cormorants, a couple of oystercatchers, Common gulls (I think ) Black- backed gull (not sure which )and after much deliberation a floating flock of Common Scoter (I think).

Posted January 3rd at 8:46 pm by Beth W in General Birding

Velator down to Horsey Island area

This morning, on a walk down the river from Velator I saw Long tailed Tits, a pair of Shelducks, Chaffinch, a Bullfinch pair, several noisy Redshanks, a large flock of Lapwing in a field, a Buzzard on its post, a Great Tit, a few Curlew (I think) , a small flock of Scoters (I think) , mute swans, small flock of Sandpipers, a small flock of starlings in the field, goldfinch, and possibly Reed Buntings and a Meadow pipit. 

Posted January 3rd at 8:43 pm by Beth W in General Birding


Nowhere near half of the Gulls feeding on Mullacott farmland today. Interestingly I surveyed the nearby industrial estate last July for nesting Gulls and couldn't find a single pair.  

Mostly Herring Gulls.
Mostly Herring Gulls.

Posted January 3rd at 7:43 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding


4 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and 1 Red-throated Diver off Broadsands this morning.

Posted January 3rd at 7:24 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding


Some excitement as I arrived at the reserve this afternoon: a large collection of mobbing Corvids, so I stopped a little way off and looked in. A Buzzard was perched on a telegraph pole ignoring all the activity of 5/6 Magpies 6/7 Crows and about 20 Jackdaws. Some of which were diving down to the ground which I couldn't see. As I arrived at the  gate a second Buzzard took off from inside the SWW compound inside and flew off carrying a prey item. I didn't get a clear view of this but several of the Corvids followed it away. I did my usual walk around and at the far side of the reserve on a pile of brushwood, was a dead Magpie. Haven't seen one of these predated before. At least 7 Magpies continued with their raucous tirade as I pottered around for the next hour or so. Not much else of note.

Posted January 3rd at 7:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Powderham Marsh and Exminster Marsh

Of note 7-8 Cirl Bunting on path to Powderham Viewing Point, the 4 Barnacle Geese that were on Exminster Marsh have relocated to Powderham Marsh, small Linnet and Chaffinch flocks, Pintail, Tufted Duck, Snipe and Kestrel.

Exminster Marsh had huge Wigeon, flocks, Teal and Shoveller, lots of Brent geese, about 15 Greylags. Off Turf  - Red Breasted Mergansers, Lots of Avocet and a Kingfisher. Off Topsham rec - pair Goldeneye, Black Swan at Topsham Quay still. On way back to Exminster Marsh car park - Stonechat and Meadow pipit.

Cirl Bunting Powderham MarshBarnacle Geese distant Powderham MarshGoldeneye - distant off Topsham Rec
Cirl Bunting Powderham Marsh    Barnacle Geese Powderham Marsh    Goldeneye - off Topsham Rec

Posted January 3rd at 5:52 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At high tide, birds on Blaxton Meadow included 195 Dunlins, 100+ Redshanks, 9 Oystercatchers, 32 Curlews, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshanks & a Kingfisher. 

Also: Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Ring-necked Parakeets (1 blue), sinensis Cormorant (adult), 4 Mandarin Ducks, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, 2 Wigeon, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander (both redheads) & 3 Little Grebes.  

Nearby, a Lesser Whitethroat in Mount Gould Avenue (east end). Only the tac call heard.

Posted January 3rd at 5:30 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm & South Huish.

Soar: Yet another site  record count of 184 Yellowhammer and a respectable 85 Cirl Bunting. Also: 25 Gannet off Soar Mill Cove, Lapwing, Snipe, 870 Skylark, 32 Blackbird & 42 House Sparrow.

South Huish: 61 Teal, 36 Wigeon, Blackwit & 10 Ringed Plover.

Posted January 3rd at 4:18 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Waxwing, Plymouth

Waxwing still showing very well this morning in Central Park, Plymouth - light still awful though.

Posted January 3rd at 4:18 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding


Black Redstart in garden of large white house 150m from coast guard bridge. Seen last couple of years in same place. Firecrest along Thompsons path. Pair of Dartford Warbler Ideford common.

Posted January 3rd at 3:56 pm by Nick Workman in General Birding

Ringmore, Shaldon

4 Red-Breasted Mergansers (2 prs) seen from flood defence barrier at the end of The Strand, Ringmore.

Posted January 3rd at 11:40 am by Gary Bolton in General Birding

butterdon hill, dartmoor (bittaford)

yesterday - sandpiper (presume common) flushed on summit of hill. otherwise, devoid of anything.

Posted January 3rd at 10:56 am by graham folkerd in General Birding


male Black Cap in my Barnstaple garden for at least a month, this morning pleased to see a Female aswell

Posted January 3rd at 9:51 am by Robert Cudmore in General Birding

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

anchorwood band and the tarka trail

3 common sandpiper, 2 male goosander, 3 female.Large flock of curlew, 2 kingfishers,godwits,lapwing,redshank and goldcrest by the bridge.

Common Sandpipermale goosanderfemale goosander.
Common Sandpiper                            male goosander                       female goosander.

Posted January 2nd at 8:14 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Re: Whistlandpound Snow Goose?

I think it was decided a few years ago now that this bird is a hybrid Ross/Barnacle Goose. It has been seen many many times on and around Taw estuary in company with Canada Geese for quite a number of years.

Posted January 2nd at 7:43 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Capstone Point

2 more close up photos taken on the 27/12/2018 of the very tame imm Shag standing alongside the recreational rod & line fishermen at Capstone Point.


Posted January 2nd at 5:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Wistlandpound Snow Goose?

A picture to go with yesterday's posting of suspected Snow Goose at Wistlandpound

Wistlandpound: Snow Goose?
Wistlandpound: Snow Goose?

Posted January 2nd at 5:21 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1345-15.30 High tide 15.35.

Golden Plover 14, just off Pottington Ind.Est. 21 dark-bellied Brent Geese just off Penhill Marsh. 32 Black-tailed Godwits; 5 Grey Plover; 1 Sanderling and 4 Dunlin just off Ashford S.Wrks.

Ringed Black-headed Gull on shoreline at Ashford S.W White ring on right tarsus with black alpha/numerics coded TTY3. Metal I/d ring on left tarsus. Reported to BTO. Believed from Polish ringing scheme.

Posted January 2nd at 5:02 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding


Quick visit this afternoon: lots of Redshank, a few Dunlin and a Greenshank. The Glossy Ibis was roosting in the trees at the top of the creek, with one Little Egret.

Posted January 2nd at 4:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Preston sea front, Torbay

2 Mediterranean gulls on rocks and the road at the north end - 1 adult, 1 2nd winter. Oystercatchers, turnstones and a rock pipit on rocks, and 2 great crested grebe offshore.

2nd winter Mediterranean gull
2nd winter Mediterranean gull

Posted January 2nd at 3:19 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Plymouth Waxwing

As with all the other posts from today the reported single Waxwing showing well in Central Park opposite the Putting Green Cafe.


Posted January 2nd at 2:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Male Black Redstart around Lidl, Rock Pipit and a very tame Cormorant begging for food from fishermen at Capstone Point.

Black RedstartCormorant
Black Redstart                                       Cormorant

Eds: The Cormorant is actually an imm Shag among other features

note thin bill and clear barring on wing coverts

Posted January 2nd at 2:43 pm by Kim Beaver in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

02-01-19 Waxwing Central Park Plymouth

The Waxwing at Central Park in Plymouth was showing very very well, it did not seem to be too worried about all the photographers around snapping away, staying on the berry branches and feeding.

Waxwing    Waxwing


Posted January 2nd at 1:55 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Plymouth Central Park

Waxwing at Central Park Plymouth by Putting Cafe

Single Waxwing  Waxwing  Waxwing
Single Waxwing


Posted January 2nd at 1:46 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Baggy Point

am - At Baggy Point 28 Common Scoter (1m + 27f ), 2 Eider & 3 Red throated Diver.

Posted January 2nd at 12:45 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding


Waxwing still Central Park by Putting Cafe , showing well as they do.

Single Waxwing
Single Waxwing

Posted January 2nd at 12:01 pm by Barry Rankinebb in General Birding


The Yellow-browed Warbler was again at Broadsands, back of 1st car park this morning with 2-3 collybita Chiffchaffs & 2 Blackcaps.

Posted January 2nd at 11:53 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

New years day Slapton

Nice day at Slapton with some nice birds on the sea, red throated divers, a black necked grebe, a distant great northern diver and a couple of goldeneye on the ley.

Coot with a large water snailGoldeneyeRed-throated Diver
Coot with a large water snail              Goldeneye                              Red-throated Diver

Posted January 2nd at 5:42 am by Richie Moore in General Birding

Tuesday 1st January 2019

Wistlandpound SnowGoose?

8.50, bird, assumed to be Snow Goose, with Canada Geese, showing dark wing tips, with grey areas on upper wing, to mostly white body. Bill pinkish, overall petitecompared with Canadas.

Posted January 1st at 11:25 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in General Birding

Around Exeter

Happy New year to everyone. Not great birding today - too many people/dog walkers about. Higher Cemetery was the best. Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker (no Jays) Redwing, Goldcrest and Collared Dove the highlights. Usual Dipper, Green Sandpiper on Northbrook. - Lots of Snipe 7+ on Matford Marshes.

Green Woodpecker video -

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Green Woodpecker                          Collared Dove                                          Redwing

Posted January 1st at 8:38 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Glossy Ibis

Monday 31st ,11.00 - Glossy Ibis with Little Egret, Fremington Pill.

Posted January 1st at 8:30 pm by Fiona Mackay-Moffatt in General Birding

Stover and around the Exe

Stover Country Park ~ just on first light, some 30 species including four Mandarin duck, nine Goosander, two Treecreeper, two male Bullfinch, Marsh Tit, Greater Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Snipe, Siskin, Goldcrest, Mistle and Song Thrush.

Matford Marsh, Exeter ~ Chiffchaff, Long tailed Tit, Snipe, a good range of birds on the flooded areas, including good numbers of Wigeon and Black Tailed Godwit.

Powderham ~ overlooking the Exe from by the pedestrian over bridge, Little Egret, Heron, Dunlin, Curlew, flocks of Brent Geese, Knott, Sanderling, Lapwing and a male Red Breasted Merganser.


RSPB Bowling Green Marsh ~ twelve Greylag Geese, Pintail duck, 350 plus Black Tailed Godwit (three ringed birds) Lapwing.

The Goat Walk, Topsham ~ Large numbers of Dunlin, one male Red Breasted Merganser, a count of 235 Avocet and one Common Gull.

And this evening a Tawny owl calling very close to the house at South Brent.

Posted January 1st at 8:09 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Woodbury Common

Ringtail Hen Harrier hunting on Woodbury Common this morning before heading off South West.

Posted January 1st at 7:43 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding

Ashford Strand

Very relaxed cycle ride in warm sunshine this morning along the Tarka trail from Braunton to Barnstaple. Lots of birds on the Taw Estuary to enjoy including this lovely pair of Goosanders.

Posted January 1st at 6:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding


firecrest   was seen in the garden  again  this morning.

Posted January 1st at 5:59 pm by Margaret- Phillips in General Birding

Tawny Owls

Regular hootings of at lest 2 Tawnies with 1 Twitting Gribbleford, EX203LX

Posted January 1st at 5:21 pm by Sue Clark in General Birding

Waxwing, Central Park, Plymouth

Good views of the Waxwing late this afternoon busily eating cotoneaster berries by the pitch and putt hut in Central Park, Plymouth - a few record shots attached in the fading light

Posted January 1st at 5:18 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding


Very active and vocal raven at nest in small group of mature conifers in North Lew are of West Devon.

Posted January 1st at 5:03 pm by Sue Clark in General Birding

Dipper on the Dart

Great start to 2019. Saw a Dipper on the Dart along the woodland walk from the station towards the village, 1st time in about 8 years. On the return walk caught a glimpse of a Kingfisher as it flew over a pair of Mallards. From the bridge spotted a pair of Goosanders.

Posted January 1st at 4:24 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Coney gut rock park Barnstaple

Sad to see single dead female mute swan at above location should these be reported.

Posted January 1st at 3:25 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

Great Northern Diver at Decoy CP

Fantastic views this afternoon of the immature Great Northern Diver on Decoy Lake, Newton Abbot. Also a Peacock basking in my garden just now - oddly enough, my first butterfly of the year!

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Great Northern Diver at Decoy

Posted January 1st at 2:43 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding


Painted lady and Red admiral together on purple hebe .at Bovisand Plymouth.

Posted January 1st at 2:41 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Other Wildlife

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle


on a rising tide:

49 Teal (20m, 29f), 28 Shelduck, 2 Red breasted Mergansers, 3 Great crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Mediterranean gull (ad winter), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Chiffchaff.

Ernesettle creek: 65 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank.

Happy new year everyone!

Posted January 1st at 2:39 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding


Painted lady and red admiral together on purple hebe hedge.Bovisand, Plymouth.

Posted January 1st at 2:03 pm by Tucker in General Birding

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay

10 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks off Haldon Pier, Torquay at 1300.

Posted January 1st at 1:48 pm by CLIFF PARROTT in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross with 60+ Tufted Ducks, 2 Goldeneyes and a Pochard. At least 2 Mediterranean Gulls in Ireland Bay. Offshore at least 7 Red-throated Divers roaming around and a  Great Northern Diver flew north. A Black-necked Grebe off the memorial car park and also, surprisingly, a Teal.

Posted January 1st at 1:00 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

A quieter morning than last night.

Off Torre Abbey sands, 2 northern divers and umpteen cormorants. Marine Parade was host to two oyster catchers with the eiders well off shore. At Clennon, three teal, one male and two female, several tufted duck and one very active bird in the tree tops by the middle lake, possibly one of the chiff chaffs.

Posted January 1st at 10:47 am by Philip L. Fairclough in General Birding

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