Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th October 2019

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, 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.

If anyone saw 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.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

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 Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

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

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

Saturday 5th October 2019

Plymouth Estuary/Saltram

Just to add to Alan's post, the following of note were seen.

37 Turnstone at the Laira bridge end, Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher 8 and a Firecrest in the trees above the steps off the riverside walk.

Posted October 5th at 5:21 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding


After some essential and disruptive works around the scrape recently, (a sewage pipe was dug in to link the big shed with the sewage system) finally had a Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape this morning, there have been some Black-headed Gulls the last few days, but not much else.

Ringing in the reserve of late has garnered 9 Blackcaps, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Reed Warbler (latest ever here) 9 Blackbirds, the first 5 Greenfinch of the winter, Great Spotted Woodpecker and the 16th Kingfisher of the year. Plus all the usual suspects.

Also in the reserve this morning: 2 Raven. a Grey Heron over.

The first Meadow Pipits of the Winter in the surrounding field appeared in the last couple of days.

Posted October 5th at 5:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

05-10-19 Ford Park Cemetery

More in the way of bird life and sounds today, 2 Buzzards, 5 Song Thrushes, 4 Goldcrests, 3 Female Pheasants and 1 male, Dunnock, Blue and Great tits, 4 Parakeets.


Song Thrush
Song Thrush


Posted October 5th at 2:38 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

River Plym / Saltram

At high tide:

5 Little egret, 29 Curlew, c380 Black headed gull, 165 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 5 Mandarin, 1 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 2 Ring necked parakeet.

Posted October 5th at 12:41 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Friday 4th October 2019

Marsh Harrier Frogmore

Female or immature Marsh Harrier over the road at Winslade Farm Frogmore 4.30 pm probably the bird seen at Slapton earlier.

Posted October 4th at 8:50 pm by John Walters in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A good high tide visit to Bowling Green Marsh this morning, almost shoulder to shoulder standing room only due to the flood of migrant birders trying to catch a view of the Long Billed Dowitcher, which after showing really well on my last visit played hard to get today but it is still there. But no sooner had it decided to show itself it tucked its head under its wing and went to sleep, until a Peregrine came visiting and it was lost inside a flock of Curlew and Godwit.

Several Bar Tailed Godwit about, Lapwing, Teal and Wigeon numbers up on my previous recent visit, still 30 plus Greenshank, lots of Redshank, at least three coloured ringed Black Tailed Godwits. A single Ruff showing well and a solitary Whimbrell.

Two Buzzards caused a bit of a stir as they soared in view of the hide and a lightning low level pass, skimming the ground had to be a Hobby, that was in and gone before most folk had any idea it was there.

Several Pintail duck, a Common Sandpiper, brief view of the Curlew Sandpiper, a couple of Dunlin, Heron and Little Egret, Curlew still present in large numbers.

Bar Tailed GodwitLB Dowitcher

Posted October 4th at 4:22 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Highlights were the male Scaup still in the Tufted Duck flock out from the Tank car park at Torcross and a female type Marsh Harrier seen dropping into the reeds in Ireland Bay around midday. Elsewhere Black Swan spoiling the view, Little Egret in the Cormorant roost ( only a casual visitor here ), 5 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Terns and 2 Wheatears. Anyone else notice a lack of Starlings at the moment ? 

Posted October 4th at 3:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 3rd October 2019

East Prawle

Seawatch 7.00am till 9.45am in strong southerly winds.  1 Black-throated Diver west  at 7.55am (my first of the autumn)  7 Balearic and 3 Manx Shearwaters west . 2 probable Cattle Egrets flew west at 7.15am . A probable Pomarine Skua west at 9.05am. 607 Gannets west.  67 Kittiwakes and 6 Common Scoter west. 4 Med.Gulls west.

Also  a pod of 6 Harbour Porpoises and later a pod of 6+Bottle-nosed Dolphins. Small passage of Swallows and Meadow Pipits west. Over the Hump lots of Linnets, Meadow Pipits and Swallows, and the first of 3 sightings of Merlin. Several Painted Ladies and lots of Red Admirals. Lots of Cirl Buntings and Yellowhammers in sheltered places near the front. (Didn't see any of Alan's Goldcrest 'fall' towards the seashore such is birding in the Prawle area)

Later a few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, and 3 Northern Wheatears at the Airfields. 

I dreamt of finding a Black and White Warbler last night , but I don't think that counts !

Posted October 3rd at 11:29 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Had a good go at it today but it was hard work and then the rains came. Just one Swallow, 2 White Wagtails ( Soar Mill Cove beach ), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wheatears, 6 Blackcaps, 30 Chiffchaffs and 12 Goldcrests. At Higher Soar amazed to hear a Skylark singing a good repertoire in the rain, could not see it so maybe from the ground.

Posted October 3rd at 8:16 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Golden Plover Haytor

Out with a student group at Haytor this morning. At 11.30, two groups of Golden Plover totalling c. 100 birds whizzed low past us going south.

Posted October 3rd at 6:38 pm by Rich Billington in General Birding

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning the first significant influx of Goldcrests of the autumn, with 20/25 around the site ( 11 caught and ringed ).Also present 4 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, a Peregrine overhead and a flock of 30+ Linnets around the airfield.

It's. Yr. M. Goldcrest.
It's. Yr. M. Goldcrest.

Posted October 3rd at 1:24 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm.

An afternoon visit so no chance of vis mig but did get 2 Sparrowhawk, female Merlin, Snipe, male Great Spotted Woodpecker (migrant), 12 Swallow, 4 White Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail (migrants), 200 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear, 17 Stonechat, 11 Blackcap & 17 Chiffchaff.

Non-avian; 162 Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Comma, 5 Painted Lady, 2 Wall, Clouded Yellow, 15 Large White, 14 Small White & 8 Common Darter.

Posted October 2nd at 8:14 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh 10 - 12 this morning

Quite busy on all fronts with the high tide, lots of waders and wildfowl. Highlights were the Long Billed Dowitcher, elusive on the extreme right with some Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper. On the right of the "peninsula", the eclipse Garganey again. Quite a few Bar Tailed Godwits and Pintail.

Posted October 2nd at 8:06 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

East Soar and South Huish Marsh

Pretty lively at East Soar this morning (8.45 am to 12.45pm); 1 Merlin, 1000+ Swallows moving through, 30+ House Martins, hundreds of Meadow Pipits (1000+?), 1 Whinchat, c10 Wheatears, c10 Blackcaps, c30 Chiffchaffs, 1 Cettis Warbler, 2 Firecrests, c5 Goldcrests and c300 Linnets etc.

At South Huish Marsh briefly, early pm: 6 Mediterranean Gulls in with the Black-headed and a lone Yellow Wagtail.

Posted October 2nd at 6:15 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Crossbill flew over Bennett Road this morning.

Posted October 2nd at 5:24 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Roborough Down 02-10-19

Wandering around Roborough down this afternoon, several female Reed Buntings were seen, along with Stonechats, Meadow pipits, Goldfinches and 4 buzzards above

Posted October 2nd at 3:41 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Clennon Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler first calling then seen in tall leylandii trees in my back garden, before flying off over my house and toward gardens and Clennon Lakes, I failed to relocate it. Around the lakes 11 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Kingfishers, 7 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Ducks, 4 Little Grebes, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe. 

Posted October 2nd at 11:24 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 1st October 2019

Cadover/Trowlesworthy area Dartmoor

Highlights - Hobby over, 2 Little Grebe - one juv still begging for food and being fed by adult, 2 Teal, Tufted Duck, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting and 60+ Mipits

Posted October 1st at 7:19 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Berry Head

Female Sparrowhawk hunting along the hedgerow leading into the car park.

Plenty of small birds around the top of the quarry area, with Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, flocks of Goldfinch,small numbers of Swallow, a large mixed flock of House and Sand Martin, several species of butterfly.

A sea watch was not as productive as hoped for but well entertained by numerous Gannet and Porpoises just off the headland for most of the visit.

Two Great Skua, two Arctic Skua and a solitary Manx Shearwater passing in the distance, a few Kittiwake, several large rafts of Herring gull before the rain stopped play.

Gannet adult & Juvenile

Posted October 1st at 1:49 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

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