Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th January 2019

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

Monday 14th January 2019

Haldon Forest and BGM

Visited Haldon Forest this morning, Crossbills heard but not seen, no Brambling either. Treecreeper showed well near the Gruffalo, Siskin around the feeders, at least 1 Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, GSW, Song and Mistle Thrush. Later popped into BGM for another look at the YBW (this time with my camera!) also Pochard imm male, Pintail, Gadwall and a distant Goldeneye off Topsham Rec in the fading light.


Treecreeper -

Yellow-browed -

Pochard -

Cheeky Blackbird -

Pochard (imm male) Siskin Yellow-browed Warbler
Pochard (imm male)                                  Siskin                                           Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 7:41 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford Strand. 1400-1530.

Grey Plover 12; Black-tailed Godwit 15; Bark-bellied Brent Goose c160 on Penhill Marsh; Sanderling 8; Wigeon 24; Golden Plover 2 flocks, 1 off Pottington c550 and 2nd off Ashford Strand c400; Dunlin 32 plus just 1 Ringed Plover. 2 Goosander (1M,1F) off Bradiford Water and another 4 (1M,3F) near Ashford Strand.

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 4:30 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Some reasonable counts: 940 Skylark, 47 Cirl Bunting, 67 Yellowhammer, 25 Blackbird, 41 Meadow Pipit, 6 Red-legged Partridge, Snipe & Grey Heron.

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 4:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Above Higher Whitestone farm, Slapton 8 Buzzards in a sheep field along with 200 plus Starling, one Stock Dove, 150 plus Lapwing.

Memorial car park, Slapton, 6+ Razorbill, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Black Necked Grebe, Red Necked Grebe, GND, 24 plus Scoter flew in and landed on the sea off of the headland at the end of the Dart. A large number of Common Gull on the ley.

Large mixed gull roost on the beach.

The reported Yellow-browed Warbler still at Torcross on the main road between the old Chapel and The Old Hannafords Butchers across the road from "Windfalls" calling and showing well, when calling it was only using one note and not the familiar twin note call.

From the hide male and female Goldeneye, Gadwall, Scaup, Black Necked Grebe and the briefest view of a passing Otter.

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 3:28 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Opposite Calstock

On a walk yesterday from Bere Alston station yesterday got down to the bank on the Devon side opposite Calstock; just beyond the viaduct a Green Sandpiper got up from the ditch on the field side, flew along a few yards, dropped down and then as we approached again, got up again and flew along the ditch and round the corner towards Cotehele quay. 

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 11:03 am by Simon Martin in Bird News


the Yellow-browed Warbler was again in the back corner of the 1st car park with 2 Chiffchaff this morning. 24 Cirl Buntings on seed in the 2nd car park and 2 Reed Bunting. On the sea 3 Black-necked Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Common Scoter.

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 10:54 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 13th January 2019

Exminster Marshes

At least 3 Barnacle  and 5 Greylag Geese amongst the Canada Geese today.

Barnacle Geese with the Canada Geese
Barnacle Geese with the Canada Geese

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 7:49 pm by simon thurgood in Bird News

Dartington estate

6 snipe in Queens Marsh on the 2nd pond margin 

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 6:37 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Turf Locks

Great Northern Diver showing well in the river, feeding just downstream of the locks. A lovely Avocet nearby.

Great Northern Diver   Avocet
Great Northern Diver                                            Avocet

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Tipton St John

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed well in the sunshine in the wilows beside the River Otter this afternoon and a singing Dipper was on the nearby river.

       Yellow-browed Warbler, Tipton St John by Chris Townend   Dipper, River Otter by Chris Townend

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 6:02 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh this lunchtime

Lots of Black Tailed Godwits, Redshank, Lapwings and Dunlin. A few Bar Tailed Godwits,  Curlew, Greenshank and Snipe. Wildfowl included lots of Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Shelduck and Pintail with fewer numbers of Gadwall, Tufted Duck and a single Pochard. As we walked back up the lane the Yellow Browed Warbler showed really well 14:15ish

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 5:01 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Dartmoor & Lopwell dam

Seven Fieldfare flew over Dean Cross, Dean Prior.

Flocks of Redwing at Blackaton Cross and Challacombe.

Good sized flock of Stock Dove just above Runnage farm by the junction with the B3212.

On the lane down to the Lopwell dam a Snipe flushed from the roadside a most unlikely place for it to have been, from the cafe, Little Egret, two Little Grebe, Muscovy and Mallard duck, five Moorhen, Pied and Grey Wagtail, eighteen plus Raven, three Buzzard, a female Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher and three Cormorant and numerous Canada geese.

At the lower end of Soussans three Red Deer hinds.



Posted January 13th, 2019 at 3:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


A Red Kite drifted high over Brixham, Rugby Club just after midday today being harassed by Gulls and crows.

Also a field of wild bird cover just north of the new Gillards Road pathway was busy with finches and buntings including at least 5 Yellowhammers and 11 Cirl Buntings.

Red Kite Brixham 13 Jan 2019 ML

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

This morning Yellow-browed Warbler feeding along roadside towards the hide  near the 20 mile speed limit sign. Three chiffchaffs also present in the same area.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 2:13 pm by Ray Hamilton in Bird News


In among the usual suspects in the reserve this morning were 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Treecreeper, 12 Gadwall, 10 Redwing, and a female Siskin. Grey Wagtail and a male Sparrowhawk by the river bridge.

Marsh Tit still joining all the other Tits at the feeders in my garden.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 1:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Perry's  Y B. Warbler still in the same location as yesterday and showing well this morning.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 12:39 pm by Alan K Searle in Bird News

Plym estuary / Saltram

This mornings high tide:

127 Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 154 Dunlin, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Common gull. 13 Goosander on the Plym (3m,10f) 2 Stock dove, 2 Goldcrest, 10 Redwing around the estate. 5 Ring necked Parakeet overhead.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 12:35 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Between Instow and the Torridge Bridge

The Female Scaup was between Instow and the three house boats below Torridge Bridge. Another bird for the bedroom window list!

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 11:38 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A quick look this morning with 3m Scaup, male Ring-necked Duck, 4 Pochard & 4 Goldeneye at Torcross plus 2 Red-necked Grebes offshore from the memorial car park.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 10:56 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saturday 12th January 2019

Turf locks

Great Northern diver on the river. 

I don't remember seeing one there before! 

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 10:08 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News


Off Capstone Point about 8 Red-throated Divers in a loose flock zig zagging up and down the channel. No Gannets to be seen but Fulmars in good numbers back on their ledges and prospecting new nesting sites. 

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 7:00 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News


1 Red-necked & 1 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver's, 2 Common Scoter also Yellow-browed Warbler in back of 1st car park.

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 6:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Great day at Slapton 3 scaup and a ring necked duck Torcross end, great views of a yellow browed warbler spotted by Perry Sanders and a cormorant with a pike right outside the hide

Yellow-browed Warbler  Ring-necked Duck, Scaup, tufted duck and Pochard Cormorant
Yellow-browed Warbler        Ring-necked Duck, Scaup, tufted duck and Pochard        Cormorant

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 5:53 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Great day at Slapton. c300 Common Gulls and 2 Mediterranean Gulls in Ireland Bay.Off the Memorial car park Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe and 2 Red-throated Divers. On the ley at Torcross 3 male Scaups, 3 m Pochards and the Ring-necked Duck. Also at least 6 Goldeneyes, 6 Wigeons and 15 Teals on the ley. A nice Yellow-browed Warbler in Buddleias and Willows by the ley at Torcross on the main road between the old Chapel and The Old Hannafords Butchers across the road from 'Windfalls'. Calling and showing well this afternoon. To round things off before leaving a Barn Owl hunted the fields just behind the landward side of Torcross viewable from the Duckery.

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Scaup Slapton Ley 12th Jan 2019

Slapton ley , 3 male Scaup,male Ring-necked Duck, Pochard, Gadwall and Goldeneye all viewed from new hide across from the American tank car park.

Goldeneye male  Goldeneye underwing  upperwing Goldeneye
Goldeneye male                        Goldeneye underwing                      upperwing Goldeneye

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 4:56 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

South Brent Woodcock

Spent all morning out birding for very little return, Dartmoor misty wet with very limited visibility, around Powderham not a great deal to see but a flock of 28 Curlew contained a tag ringed bird Green ring over yellow and black.

A Kestrel hovering near the A379 at Exminster.

Back home at South Brent I walked up some rough ground within 150 yards of my house and put up two Woodcock later in the afternoon a Kestrel seen hovering over the same ground, I only ever see a couple around home each year.

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 4:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 11th January 2019

Otter Estuary

At least one, probably two Siberian Chiffchaffs with Common Chiffchaff feeding (and calling occasionally) in wet ditches north of South Farm Road along footpath 350M west of White Bridge. 

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 8:24 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Isley to Instow.

6 grey plover, 4turnstone, 2Spoonbill 1dunlin, large flock of lapwing, 1 little grebe, 1black tailed godwit, and  large amounts of wigeon. 

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 7:28 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Taw Estuary - pintail

25 pintail off Penhill Point (SS517344) 3:30 this afternoon.

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 4:59 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Dart Bridge / Stover Country park

Rv Dart at Dart Bridge this morning Song Thrush in ful song, Grey Wagtail and a Cormorant flying up the river.

A38 Alston Cross a pair of circling Buzzards and a third on a post at Caton Cross.

Stover Country park a BTO style metal ring on a Black Headed Gull the ring ends in "22" and possibly starts with a "6", Snipe, Treecreeper, Long Tailed Tit, three Goosander and a Kingfisher in the small pond to the left of the walkway feed station, a Heron flew over ans a Buzzard in the trees round the car parks.

A38 Dean Prior a Kestrel hunting the roadside fence below the old race course.

At Ivybridge visiting a racing pigeon owner friend a female Sparrow hawk came in and made a valiant effort at snatching one of his pigeons..

At home Tawny owl calling 7.30 this morning, female Reed Bunting on the feed station, Green Woodpecker and two Jays.


Posted January 11th, 2019 at 4:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Thirteen Goosanders (5 drakes) & 7 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes) on the estuary this morning, making a respectable count of 20 sawbills. Also 142 Redshanks, 194 Dunlins, 9 Wigeon (4 drakes), Black-tailed Godwit, Stock Dove & 2 Snipe, all on Blaxton Meadow. Elsewhere, 10 Little Egrets, Shag, and heard Ring-necked Parakeet(s).

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 4:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


On my early morning dog walk near Haytor I had wonderful views of a stunning Male Hen Harrier quartering the gorse and perching on a bush.Watched for a few minutes before the low cloud came in and the bird disappeared.

Also saw the Golden Plover flock nearby which I estimated to be in the region of 300+

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 12:28 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News


Two Firecrests showing very well yesterday in a roadside gully just east of Ashcombe at SX9216980078.

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 9:37 am by Dave Nevitt in Bird News

Haldon Pier, Torquay

Walked the pier to check for waders; Turnstone (3) and Purple Sandpiper (9)

Other birds present included Shag, GBB Gull, Herring Gull, Rock Pipit (1).

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 8:58 am by Matt Collis in Bird News

Thursday 10th January 2019

Teignmouth Seafront pm

Lots of Gannets way out. Five Eider (two males) off the estuary mouth. 

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 10:50 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Berry Head

On a visit to Berry Head this morning was greeted with a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the woodland behind the Berry Head Hotel. 2 Raven in the inner quarry. Just before the seaward end of the quarry on the cliffs 15 Fulmar investigating breeding sites, nice to hear the sound of the chatter. Before settling down at the sea watch site noticed much activity of birds coming out of Torbay and flying in, going into the Bay 20+ Scoter. Majority of Auks seen were Razorbill, 30+ coming out of the Bay, Gannets and a few Guillemots but best was the show of Common Dolphin, 12+ feeding and they stayed around from first light till I went at 11am. I have a few places left for the 20th Jan on 2 hour boat trip around Torbay looking at the Divers and Grebes. If interested call 07866202576.

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 8:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

32 Goosander 11m 21f (dawn count), 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1m Pintail, 2 Tawny Owl calling, 1f Ring-necked Duck, Plus Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Teal, Wigeon, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron.

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 7:19 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Berry Head, early afternoon

1 grey seal on the north side on the way down into the quarry, and around 12 each of porpoise and common dolphin in the tide race off the end. Numbers were diffiicult to estimate as both species were feeding in small scattered groups. Birds off the end included a few gannets, guillemots and fulmars (also back on nesting ledges) and 7 common scoters flew out of the bay.

Grey seal Porpoises Common dolphins
Grey seal                                                Porpoises                                      Common dolphins

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 5:44 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Baggy Point

 17 Common Scoters + 4 Eider (1 male + 3 females).

1 Red Throated Diver, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal & 2 Porpoise

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Hanger Down

Marsh |Harrier, presumed juvenile, hunting over marshy area around 15:00 this afternoon. Unusual on Dartmoor, especially in winter.

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 5:00 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News


A Sparrowhawk was seen hunting around the marsh below the hide alot this morning. Also a Cetti's Warbler and Chiffchaff below the hide when the Sparrowhawk wasn't around. On the main marsh, 3 pairs of Gadwalls were with some Mallards and Teals. Off shore 3 GCGrebes and 4 Common Gulls.

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 4:13 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Bird News

Stover Country Park

On Stover Lake - 7 goosander, 2 pairs of Mandarin, 12 Tufted Duck, 13 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 200 black headed Gulls, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron. In the marsh - 1 Cetti's Warbler in scrub next to the hide, several Water Rail and Snipe (200+). In the woodland, several Marsh tit, Green Woodpecker calling, Great spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatches singing and a few small Siskin flocks. (Stock Doves also been seen recently)

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 11:56 am by JDA in Bird News

South Brent ~ Blackcap

Male Blackcap in the garden and on the feed station this morning, feeding on sunflower hearts.

Also Greenfinch, male GSWP, female Reed Bunting, Dunnock,Goldfinch, Song Thrush, flyover Mistle Thrush and Raven.

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 11:28 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Otter valley

Excellent views from the cafe at the Otter Valley field kitchen, nr Honiton of a Black Redstart . Also a pair of sparrow hawks. All seen while enjoying coffee and ice cream. 

Posted January 10th, 2019 at 11:13 am by Lyn lucey in Bird News

Re: River Exe Estaury

Replying to Trevor Ridgers earlier post of Redshank C73. This is a Dutch, Westerland female into her 15th year and regularly winters on the Exe.

Please report sighting details to Wim Tijsen,



Posted January 10th, 2019 at 10:06 am by David Boult in Bird News

Wednesday 9th January 2019

River Exe Estuary

12.40hrs  Between Powderham Church and Turf Lock I spotted geo-tagged redshank C73 (a little research shows she has quite a history).  I don't know If I should report this sighting and if so to whom?

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 8:35 pm by Trevor Ridgers in Bird News

Baggy Point

Still perhaps 16 Common Scoter off the point (one smart male) 3 Eider and a Red-throated Diver. 2 Ravens.

Common Gull on Croyde Beach.

Merlin over the Reserve at Velator today.

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 6:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Out and About

Soussons,Dartmoor: Best was 3 Crossbill inc.2 red males; Also: 11 Jay, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Yarner Wood: 3 Marsh Tit; 2 Nuthatch.

Stover Lake: 2 pairs Mandarin Duck, 4 Goosander, Treecreeper, 2 Marsh Tit; 2 Nuthatch.

River Dart by A38: Dipper & Grey Wagtail.

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 5:04 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Little Egret , Redshank, Greenshank

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 4:33 pm by Ray Brown in Bird News

Fremington Pill Ruddy Duck

Sorry no photos the duck was a male had white cheeks  dark crown and stiff tail. Not scaup

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 4:19 pm by Gordon Westley in Bird News

Fremington Pill ruddy duck

Re: below, any photos of the ruddy duck? May I venture that the reported ruddy duck is a further sighting of the female (greater) scaup that's been present? Just that the pale 'blaze' in the face of female scaup could resemble female ruddy duck's pale cheeks. 

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 9:35 am by Lowell Mills in Bird News

Tuesday 8th January 2019

South Hams

South Brent to Slapton and back via Frogmore, Kingsbridge and Aveton Gifford

Twenty plus Redwings near Harbertonford.

Lapwing near Slapton

Above Higher Whitestone farm, Slapton 10 plus Buzzards in a sheep field along with 100 plus Starling, four Stock Dove, 110 plus Lapwing and numerous gulls.

Slapton Ley (Ireland bay viewing platform) three Firecrest came through in company with 20 plus Long Tailed Tits. On the Ley good numbers of Common Gull, Great Black Backs and several Gadwall duck, a fly over Heron and a Cetti’s Warbler by the bridge.

On the sea from the Memorial car park, 2 Black Necked Grebe, 10 plus Razorbill, at least three Great Crested Grebe, a Red Necked Grebe and 2 Lesser Black Back gulls.

From the hide opposite Torcross, drake Ring Necked Duck, drake Golden Eye, 3 Pochard (2M & 1F) 3 Great Crested Grebe (2 displaying) 46 Great Black Back gull.

Torcross a single Brent Goose flew down the coast line.

Frogmore Creek ~ Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 6 Common Gull, Redshank, Greenshank, 2 Oyster Catcher and a Shelduck.

Kingsbridge estuary ~ 25 plus Shelduck, Curlew, 100 plus Dunlin, 5 Little Egret, 14 Brent Geese, Redshank and Greenshank.

Churchstowe ~ female Kestrel.

Aveton Gifford (Tidal road) ~ 2 Oyster catcher, 34 Black Tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, Redshank, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, female Bullfinch and 2 Little Grebe.

Back at home a female Reed Bunting spent the afternoon around the garden feed station.


Posted January 8th, 2019 at 6:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Putsborough Sands

A couple more photos of the Rock Pipit with leucistic plumage taken on 06/01/2019.


Posted January 8th, 2019 at 5:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At least 11 Goosanders (6 drakes) including a flock of 10 mid-way up the estuary, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Little Grebes, Jack Snipe, Snipe, 1 or 2 Common Sandpipers, 9 Wigeon, 2 Shags, 2 Grey Wagtails, a pair of Mandarin Ducks & a Green Woodpecker.

Visiting birders may want to note that a new viewing area created by National Trust just to the north of Blaxton Meadow gives improved views of the top end of the estuary. This has been put in place to compensate for restricted access nearby (which has been very succesful in increasing numbers of birds using the Meadow). 

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 5:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


12 Mandarin Duck {6 male and 6 female} and 2 brown head Goosander very close to the bridge this afternoon.


Posted January 8th, 2019 at 4:30 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Trendlebere down

Red Kite seen flying briefly over the down this afternoon . 

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 3:57 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News


Yellow-browed Warbler still present in the back of the 1st car park with 3 collybita Chiffchaffs. 11 Cirl Buntings and 3 Reed Bunting on seed in the 2nd car park.

The sea was a little too choppy to check properly; 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 33 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Brent Goose and 1 Red-breasted Merganser (red-head) the first I've seen here in several years - Churston to Brixham used to have a dozen or more every winter.

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 3:48 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Ruddy Duck

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 3:30 pm by Gordon Westley in Bird News

Teignmouth Tues 8th

At 1.00 pm there was an estimated 100 gannets plus assorted gulls in a feeding frenzy approx 100 metres off the pier. Wonderful sight in bright sunshine.  By 2.00 pm the flock had dispersed somewhat and moved East to Sprey Point where I estimated approx 50 gannets still diving. Also off Sprey Point 12 common scoter, one great crested grebe and one seal close in on reef.

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 3:00 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Deer Bridge to Slapton Bridge

Highlight was Yellow-browed Warbler just in from Deer Bridge. Also: 2 Firecrest, 11 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Water Rail, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush & 2 Cetti's Warbler.

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 2:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Cetti's Warbler near bridge and Torcross. Grey Wagtail Torcross garden for 4th day.

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 11:33 am by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

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