Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st October 2019

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe:
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley 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


As noted in the minutes of the Oct 2020 DBRC meeting, Tim Jones is standing down after serving as a member of the Committee for an extended sixth year. Tim has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past six years and wish him well in the future.

In the hope of maintaining a geographic spread across the Committee, DBRC approached Dean Jones to fill the vacancy. Dean grew up birding and ringing in Antrim and Lothian, before a tour of various European islands, including Lundy where he has been the Warden now for the past four years.

His experience and knowledge from ringing and birdwatching around Europe will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2021, Dean will be formally elected to fill the vacancy for a five year period.

For more information and/or an application form please contact:

Kevin Rylands, County Recorder.   Email: 

Posted March 4th at 10:45 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Thursday 31st October 2019

Fieldfares on Dartmoor

Not having seen one so far this season, I was pleased to find a single Fieldfare, in a flock of about 20 Redwings with a few Blackbirds on Yennadon Down near Burrator.  It got much better, when from the cycle track near Ingra Tor on Walkhampton Common there was a flock of perhaps 300 that was nearly all Fieldfare.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 10:19 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Nice afternoon on Wrafton Pond today. Female Scaup, Male Pintail, Male Tufted duck, 2 maybe 3 Golden eye, female and juveniles, Gadwall, Kingfisher and a Marsh Harrier on the Scrape. 

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 7:32 pm by Andy leat in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake.

4 Willow Tit, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch.

Also 1 Otter on the weir. 

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 7:17 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Visited Wrafton Pond again after 16.00 today in the mizzle & surprised to see 2 Goldeneye & the female Greater Scaup which was not visible during the early morning visit.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 7:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Goosanders in the mist

A return visit to the Torquay Reservoirs produced 22 Goosanders (3 adult males and 19 redheads) on the middle lake, the most I've seen here I think, plus 6 Tufted Ducks. As one would expect in the gloom, the woods were largely quiet, but a pair of Crossbills were active at the East end of the upper dam.

Back at home in Exeter, the first two wintering Blackcaps were "tacking" in the mature gardens of St Leonards, and several Redwings passed over. Haven't seen or heard the Belle Isle Parakeet for two weeks now, so perhaps colonisation has been postponed.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 7:01 pm by James Camden in Bird News

West Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

A very productive afternoon: Brambling with Linnet flock, Merlin, Wheatear in Soar Mill Cove, 13 Lapwing & 26 Lesser Black-backed Gull - good counts for Soar, Curlew, Snipe, 700 Skylark, 230 Starling, 150 Carrion Crow, 12 Song Thrush, 42 Robin, 75 Meadow Pipit, 21 Stonechat, Redwing, 80 Linnet & 17 Yellowhammer.

Quick heads up: 6 imm.White-tailed Eagles were released on the Isle of Wight in August so could well turn up in Devon - one has already been to Essex!

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 6:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Late afternoon at Wrafton Pond - 2 goldeneye (there was a 3rd on the scrape), 1 pintail (eventually flew off east), 1 female scaup, 1 gadwall.




Posted October 31st, 2019 at 5:33 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay.

Flock of 30 Dark-Bellied Brent Geese feeding in the shallows just off the beach this afternoon.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Wrafton pond

At 2P.M.  Now 2 F Goldeneye , a M. Tufted Duck with a Scaup type F. , a Male Pintail , a M. Gadwall and calling Water Rail.

M.S. With Sue Bruce.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 4:23 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

N Hallsands.

A Yellow Browed Warbler calling in the willows, but not showing. 9 Goldcrests ( 4 ringed ) 2 Firecrests ( 1 ringed) , 1 Blackcp ( ringed )  and 5 Chiffchaffs (1ringed). The additional Robins of recent days appear to have moved on,with just local birds on their usual territories.

1st. Yr. m. Firecrest
1st. Yr. m. Firecrest

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 4:20 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

South Brent

An inland ad male Black Redstart at South Brent this morning. I'd been scanning roof tops for the last week or so, but this one was in a more rural location than usual, at the edge of the village near Underhill. It follows one reported at nearby Didworthy last week.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Northbrook, - Woodwater Lane

Managed to get a shot of the Green Sandpiper today (only one seen) also Grey Wag and Dipper as well as the usual small stuff Sparrows etc.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 3:26 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News


Just off the Point a Red-throated Diver was seen along with alone Brent Goose and 2 Sandwich Tern. Also seen were 10 Cirl Bunting, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 1:39 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

07.00 - 1 Goldeneye on the pond this am.

Posted October 31st, 2019 at 8:20 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wednesday 30th October 2019

Berry Head sea watch

Additions to Mike’s numbers below (to 15.00 including last 1.5 hrs from Shoalstone): 35 Little Gulls (1st-w + 34 ad), Arctic Skua, 5 Pom/Arctic Skuas, 4 Bonxies, 120 Common Scoters, 4 Brent Geese, 9 Teal, 3 Shovelers, 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Black-necked Grebes, Great Northern & Red-throated Divers & 8 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 4:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Northbrook, Exeter

The Green Sandpipers are back - 5 today - also seen 1 Dipper.At the Woodwater Lane End of the Northbrook.


Posted October 30th, 2019 at 2:45 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Hoopoe Dawlish Warren

We were pleasantly surprised to encounter a Hoopoe this morning, in the entrance bushes/ buffer zone of the nature reserve (close to the car park).

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 2:14 pm by Stephen Edwards in Bird News

Autumn Watch - Devon

We've had notification that a piece on Autumn Watch on Friday will feature film footage from one of our members Michael Woodman-Smith about cliff breeding Shelducks in Devon - this Friday 1 November at 8pm on BBC2

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 2:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


No sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs in a brief search about 8.30 this morning, nor of the female Scaup on Wrafton pond, where a drake Gadwall was with the Mallard flock.

Water Rail seen in the reserve.

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 1:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

A good mix of species during a brief seawatch  this morning between 0730-0850hrs: 1 Long Tailed Duck (drake), 1 Pintail, 1 Wigeon, 58 Common Scoter, 9 Brent Geese, 1 GND, 5 Med Gulls, 10 Little Gulls (approx. in one flock), 2 Pomarine Skuas (juvs), 1 Arctic Skua (juv), 2 Arctic/Pom Skuas, and at least 3 Harbour Porpoise.

Around the wood: 1 Treecreeper, 2 Firecrest, 23 Goldcrest and 4 Chiffchaffs.

Posted October 30th, 2019 at 1:07 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 29th October 2019

Lesser Yellowlegs

Found a slightly better picture looking through the shots on my camera.

Posted October 29th, 2019 at 9:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights were 2 Knot, an Avocet (both unusual here) & 2 Firecrests. A marked increase in Dunlins (90) & Curlews (75). Also: 3 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 198 Redshanks, a flock of 160 Jackdaws & 2 Chiffchaffs.

Posted October 29th, 2019 at 9:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

After receiving a phone call from Jon Turner who spotted this bird on the scrape this morning, cycled down the trail to meet up with book to establish birds identity. The light for photography was tricky with dense cloud cover & very bright silvery reflection on the surface of the water which created exposure problems for both cameras! The majority of my photos were either too dark or too light & most have been confined to the recycle bin. This photo was the best I could manage.

Posted October 29th, 2019 at 7:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Looking out from the reserve at about 10 this morning, saw a wader. Had to go home for camera and telescope. From the Tarka trail easy to make out Yellow legs so Either Lesser or perhaps Wood Sandpiper. Call for reinforcements - Rob soon arrived with book and we deduced juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs. Light and distance for photography not ideal. It ranges from the main scrape all the way up to the barn near Wrafton.

Juvenile Lesswer Yellowlegs.
Juvenile Lesswer Yellowlegs.

Posted October 29th, 2019 at 1:04 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Trying to find shelter was difficult at the Berry Head today the best area was along the road leading up from the Berry Head Hotel. birds here included: at least 4 Firecrests, 22 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 11 Long-tailed Tits, and a late Pied Flycatcher

 Firecrest Berry Head 291019ML

                           Pied Flycatcher                                                                     Firecrest

Posted October 29th, 2019 at 12:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Monday 28th October 2019


A sparrow hawk flew over near to Salt Rock, Braunton 

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 9:48 pm by Beth Woollam in Bird News

Cornborough Cliffs, Westward Ho!

Mid-afternoon we found a group of 6 red-legged partridge in a field by Cornborough Cliffs, Westward Ho!

red-legged partidge
red-legged partidge

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 6:52 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Saunton Sands

Another photo of single Snow Bunting.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 6:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Saunton Sands

Single Snow Bunting searching for seed along the strandline this aft.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 6:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Snow Bunting near Noss Mayo

Snow Bunting on SW Coastal Path between Noss Mayo and Stoke Beach. Showed brilliantly.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Stuart Jones in Bird News

Haldon Forest

A group of 8 Crossbills feeding on pine cones in the tree tops on the southern edge of Haldon Forest. I heard some others calling too but not seen.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News


Best birds today were: a Yellow-browed Warbler (in willows just below Southdown Farm), 3+ Ring Ouzels, Merlin, Black Redstart & Firecrest. A modest movement overhead (mainly east) included: 3,500 Wood Pigeons, 30 Stock Doves (+ 25 grounded), 50 Starlings, 15 Alba Wagtails, 100 Jackdaws, 3 Mistle Thrushes & a flock of 18 Cormorants. Also: 15 Golden Plovers, 17 Goldcrests, 4 Fieldfares, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, Lapwing, a flock of 300 Skylarks in one field & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 3:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lannacombe Valley.

Relatively sheltered from the easterly wind this morning. 25+ Goldcrests ( 13 caught and ringed ) , of which 6 were " continental birds ". 2 Firecrests ( caught and ringed ). Also present 3 Chiffchaffs,and again today there seemed to be Robins everywhere, " ticking" from the thick cover with some chasing each other around.Difficult to get a count, but certainly a big increase on the local resident/wintering birds. Overhead hundreds of Wood Pigeons moving approx. S.E. ( Not counted ).

" Continental " Goldcrest. A little more pallid than some.
" Continental " Goldcrest. A little more pallid than some.

Side shot of same bird.
Side shot of same bird.

Another Firecrest photo 1st.Yr. F. They are such delightful birds.
Another Firecrest photo 1st.Yr. F. They are such delightful birds.

Posted October 28th, 2019 at 1:45 pm by Alan K.Searle. in Bird News

Sunday 27th October 2019

East Soar

0650 to 0850: Early start but not the hoped for vis mig: very quiet just 2370 Woodpigeon SE, 120 Jackdaw N, 300 Skylark, 22 Alba Wagtail, 50 Meadow Pipit, 8 Starling E, 2 Bullfinch.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 10:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Capstone Parade

Calmer conditions today, hardly a Gannet to be seen but a small flock of Common Scoter headed up Channel. The last few days deluge has seen 100s of Gulls feeding at the storm drain, other than the usual Herring Gulls 6Juv/sub adult Lesser bb gulls and 4 Common Gulls were all I managed to pick out. 3 Med Gulls have been around the Pier and Wildersmouth rocks. Best birds this Wknd were a pair of Purple Sandpipers on the Rocks to the north of the Pier.  

Common Scoter
Common Scoter

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 10:05 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Bellever Plantation

Early/mid pm:at least 12 Crossbills (12+5+4) and a surprise Red Kite high overhead moving southwards.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 9:40 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Wembury Point

This morning, 10+ Cirl Bunting, 3 Goldcrest, 30+ Linnet, 1 Female Bullfinch and 8 Canada geese. Of note as well was a House Martin feeding high above HMS Cambridge.  

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 7:48 pm by Matt C in Bird News

2 kingfishers fighting

Seen 26th October, Cockwood stream. 2 kingfishers sitting on a twig, then an agressive fight breaks out with dunking of one of them.

Video also available.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 7:15 pm by Elaine Hughes in Bird News

Occombe, Paignton

Highlight this morning was a solitary Redwing and a Goldcrest working the hedgerows, plus flocks of Goldfinch & Long-tailed Tits.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 6:09 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Horsey Island - White House

Decided not to put the clocks back one hour last night but at 18.00 today!

So at 16.00 this aft which was 15.00 if I had put the clocks back one hour last night, set off on my bicycle down the Toll Road as far as the White House to check out the R.Caen & Horsey. Good size flock of c700 Golden Plover resting on a sand bank on Horsey which were swiftly moved on by the incoming spring tide.

While standing on the Great Bank near the White House a very dark streaky Falcon flew swiftly through the garden of the White House & across the partly flooded field in front of me, a Hobby.

On arriving home a murmuration of c300 Starling alighting in my neighbours palm tree to roost. Along comes a Sparrowhawk, flies into the palm & the Starlings scatter in all directions. Glad to say the Sparrowhawk was unsuccessfull.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 6:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Baggy Point

2 snow bunting on path to Baggy point

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 5:53 pm by Jasper Michie in Bird News

Instow Tarka Trail.

A pair of Water Rail,one seen but two heard,were calling to one another from opposite sides of the Tarka Trail by the replica roundhouse just north of the R.E.M.E. base. 10am.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 5:14 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in Bird News


Bird of the day today. Also retrapped 3 juvenile Kingfishers and ringed 6 Chaffinch, 5 Redwing, a Blackcap a Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.

Juvenile male Firecrest.
Juvenile male Firecrest.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 4:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Golden Plover

Golden Plover on Dartmoor this morning. A large flock of around 200 near Black Tor

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 2:10 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News


0830-1140 :-

6 Stonechat, 8 Cirl bunting (5m, 3f) 20+ Meadow pipit, 10+ Rock pipit, 3 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Raven, 1 female Black redstart, showing well, on the small green building next to the radar. (MOD property).

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 2:06 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

N. Hallsands

14 Chiffchaffs ( 6ringed ), 20+ Goldcrests ( 8 ringed )  including 4 "continental birds " and 3 Firecrests ( ringed ), all of which were females.Several Robins "" ticking" away in areas where Idont normally see them. There has obviously been quite an influx of these around the Start Point/Prawle Pt. headlands in the last 10 days.

1st. Yr. F.
1st. Yr. F.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 1:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

YBW Plymouth

A Yellow-browed Warbler called briefly at Freedom Fields this morning at 0730. Around the junction of Lipson and Mt Gould Road but it didn't show itself and went silent after a minute or so.

Posted October 27th, 2019 at 8:32 am by Rich Billington in Bird News

Saturday 26th October 2019

Prawle Point

Seawatch from 8.20am to 3.15pm with Pat Mayer in SSW,later SW force 6 going 7 winds with heavy rain at times.

5 Sooty, 1 Balearic, 7 Manx Shearwaters. 6 Arctic Skuas all west and 1 Bonxie east and 1 west. 1 red-head Red-breasted Merganser. 5 Mediterranean Gulls. 8 Fulmars, 2000+Gannets and 720+ Kittiwakes, 540 auks.

Later as I was about to leave , with the wind calmer and conditions brighter, from the NT car park I saw 120+ Kittiwakes fly west close to shore in 5 minutes and amongst them at least 1 Pomarine Skua (adult moulting) and 3 other skua species, probably also Poms.( large double white underwing crescent) all shearing into the strong wind. No Leach's Petrel tho conditions seemed good for a sighting!

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 10:14 pm in Bird News

Start Point

Late afternoon: 1 Black Redstart around the lighthouse buildings, one Wheatear on the rocks above and during a brief sea watch, a steady trickle of Gannets, Kittiwakes and auks plus two Pomarine Skuas.

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 9:55 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


Whilst watching the Black headed gulls on the sea at Thurlestone I was surprised to see an osprey come in off the sea and fly up the valley


Black-headed Gulls
Black-headed Gulls

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 7:50 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

plymouth railway station

70 ringneck parakeet in to roost at 610 pm

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 6:39 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Common Crossbill

The rain having finally stopped mid-afternoon today , I walked round Witherdon Woods,and was thrilled to hear and see a flock of approximately 15 common Crossbill feeding in the tops of the conifers. 

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 6:21 pm by Juliet Vines in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 0745-0945am produced the following highlights: 1 juvenile Sabine's Gull, 1 juvenile Pomarine Skua, 1 juvenile Arctic Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 770+ Kittiwake, 1051 Auks (mostly Razorbills) and at least 3 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 3:08 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Around the home fields

Had a lovely mooch around our farm, Harford. Lovely sparrowhawk gave good views along with a  kestrel and a few mistle thrush and occasional redwing.  Also had a goldcrest, several green Woodpeckers, numerous jays and wood pigeon. Lots of magpies, couple of raven overhead and a few crows.  Of most interest was the pair of common redstart still on their territory, I would have expected them to have left by now? 

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 11:45 am by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Whitleigh plymouth

5 ringneck parakeet

Posted October 26th, 2019 at 11:03 am by barry insull in Bird News

Friday 25th October 2019

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning.

1m Goosander, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck 1m 1f, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 200+ Canada Geese.


I have no authority on who places feeders at the lakes, one has appeared at the Lower Lake car park. I moved my feeders from the car park as there are cats at the adjacent cottage which were causing a problem. The last thing I want to see is a Willow Tit being carried off by a cat.

My car park feeders are now spread around the lake in three sites, all of which have Willow and Marsh Tit feeding on them.

Can we keep the car park free of feeders, I have a Niger feeder there which shouldn't cause a problem.

I can give the positions of the feeder sites if required.

This note is to both CBWPS and DBWPS.


Rod Mudge

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 7:36 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary Thurs 24th Oct

A look at Blaxton Meadow during the high tide produced: 2 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlins, 4 Greenshanks, Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Oystercatchers, 171 Redshanks, Kingfisher & Grey Wagtail. On the wall, 22+ Turnstones.  

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 7:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head sea watch 09.30 - 16.00

Skuas on view for most of the day but difficult to count due to many seemingly hanging around, but settled on: 12 Pomarines, 17 Arctics, 7 Bonxies & 2 Pomarine or Arctic, the latter including a particularly puzzling adult which none of the observers were sure about. Also: a good number of Puffins for the season (I saw 7 and missed at least 9 others). Sooty, Manx & 9 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars 2nd-w Mediterranean Gull & 4 Harbour Porpoises. A Ring Ouzel was calling in the quarry when I arrived.   

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 7:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

A brief visit am. before the wind rose. In the willows 11 Chiffchaffs ( 6 ringed ), 9 Goldcrests ( 4 ringed , one of which was a "" continental " bird. At the beach another 3 Chiffchaffs around the gardens and 2 Black Redstarts ( f/ imm. ). on the beach cottages roofs.  Yesterday morning at Prawle Pt. ( Reserve ) fairly quiet with 8 Goldcrests ( 4 ringed ) 1 Firecrest ( ringed ), and 7 Robins around the Reserve and car park. Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps noticeably absent.

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 7:05 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News


Firecrest  was seen early this morning in the garden.

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 5:28 pm by Margaret- Phillips in Bird News

Hope's Nose


Female Merlin disturbed in the grassy tussocks/humps area next to the quarry. Despite the challenging weather conditions, bird seen several times in flight and briefly perched, as it hunted across the lower part of the site.  Last seen at about 10.45. 

Posted October 25th, 2019 at 11:24 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Thursday 24th October 2019


Ringed a cracking adult female Sparrowhawk this morning. 2 each of Redwing and Treecreeper were good too.

Red Admiral and a late Painted Lady the only butterfly species.

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 9:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Woodbury Common

A male Hen Harrier and a male Merlin this evening on Woodbury Common hunting south of Grenade Range.

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 8:42 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News


As per Matt's post the Long-eared Owl was still roosting at 16:15pm. For further information please visit

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 7:23 pm in Bird News


Ring Ouzel briefly in clifftop scrub at Bundle Head this morning.

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 6:25 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News


Paul Gosling and I flushed a Long-eared Owl on Orcombe Point this morning. Luckily it pitched back in the hedge pretty quickly and when we left it, it was viewable from the double gate at the top of Gore Lane (where the footpath starts). It's sat at the base of a small ash tree 20-30yds along the hedge. Please park carefully, don't block any gates and under no account enter the field. Also Black Redstart on Orcombe this morning.

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 11:08 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

9-10am 75+ Fieldfare arrived from SE and fed on berries. Another 23 mixed Fieldfare and Redwing arrived after followed by dribs and drabs all from SE. 7 Blue Tits, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Stonechat and a Mistle Thrush.


Posted October 24th, 2019 at 10:45 am by Ian Muir in Bird News

Unknown Buntings

Thanks for the photos.  The birds are juv/female Linnets. (Twite is more curry coloured).   The open beaks show the straight edges of Finches'.  Buntings have angled beak edges; the lower fitting into the upper.

Posted October 24th, 2019 at 9:37 am by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

unknown buntings

The 2 snow buntings were still at Northam Burrows but we also saw 2 other buntings very close to them but didn’t think they were juvenile snow buntings because of the speckled breasts. Not sure if they were 1st winter reed buntings would appreciate any suggestions. EDS - These are Linnet & often gather in flocks during the winter

unknown bunting
unknown bunting

unknown bunting
unknown bunting

unknown bunting
unknown bunting

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 9:46 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News


Highlights were, a Yellow-browed Warbler (in willows in Starehole), 2 Ring Ouzels (male + 1st-w female), 3 Black Redstarts & Redstart. Overhead: 150 Stock Doves, 2,300 Wood Pigeons & 150 Jackdaws, mainly heading west. Also: 31 Goldcrests, 8 Bullfinches, Siskin, Grey Wagtail, 8 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, 3 Golden Plovers,3 Redwings, 15 Song Thrushes, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker & a Stoat.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 6:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Devon side of west Exmoor

This morning a boggy and very muddy walk over part of the west side of Exmoor was well worth the effort with 200+ Golden Plover seen low overhead 150+ Chaffinch on Beech mast, 50+ Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit seam to be everywhere. But the highlight of the morning were two Hen Harrier at different times passing thro heading south. One Ringtail and a Juvenile Male. Plenty of movement overhead.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 4:55 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Hopes Nose

A short visit at lunch time along the road with small numbers of Chiffchaff, Golcrest, Blackcap & a Firecrest. 

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 4:41 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Two Snow Bunting still showing well at North end of Golf Course with a single Wheatear Midday.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 4:37 pm by Geoff Campbell in Bird News

South Brent (Owley Moor Gate - Glasscombe Corner)

With Shipley Bridge -Avon Dam busier with birders keen to see the Ring Ouzel, I have over the past few days headed to a quieter location at Owley Moor Gate out to Glasscombe Corner. Harder going, but worth the effort! Today 10.50 -13.30 only walked part of the route and sat up by a Rowan tree, where Ring Ouzels (5-6+) have been showing regularly on previous visits for myself and other local birders. Today was quiet on arrival, but after 10 mins or so a mixed flock of 45+ Fieldfare and a few Ouzels arrived. Very flighty, but did manage a few photos, when they settled nearby. A couple of Mistle Thrush, Jay, Meadow Pipit, several L/T tits, wren and robin in the area. It has been a good spot for raptors over the past week, including a Goshawk as reported by Steve Hopper. 2 days ago I picked up a late misguided Hobby flying North at the head of the Glazebrook! Snipe flushed and Stonechat still present. 

Ring Ouzel (Male) + Fieldfare - South Brent -23.10.2019
Ring Ouzel (Male) + Fieldfare - South Brent -23.10.2019

Ring Ouzel + Fieldfare -South Brent- 23.10.2019
Ring Ouzel + Fieldfare -South Brent- 23.10.2019

Fieldfare -South Brent -23.10.2019
Fieldfare -South Brent -23.10.2019

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 3:58 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News


We saw 37 species in or close to the reserve yesterday. Added Song Thrush, Little Grebe and Grey Wagtail to the seen list today. Still getting Speckled Wood and Red Admiral, along with Common Darter and Migrant Hawkers.

On the way home by the cycle track near the fire station a CLOUDED YELLOW butterfly.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 3:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery. 23/10/2019

Short trip this morning in some sunshine.  Plenty of Crows and Magpies but very little else. Highlight was a very pale looking Buzzard being harrassed by a small flock of Corvids and a nice Red Admiral and a Speckled Wood

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

East Soar

Concentrated on the vis mig today:

4550 Woodpigeon SE; 500 Stock Dove SE; 390 Jackdaw - 275E, 105W & 10 grounded; 40 Starling SE; 500 Skylark moving & grounded; 6 Alba Wagtail; 6 Bullfinch.

Also: migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel on north side of farm, 21 Goldcrest & 40 Goldfinch.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 3:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


07.40 > 09.00 - Vis Mig:- 138 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing (97 yesterday am), 168 Chaffinch, 50 Starling, 5 Meadow Pipit, 17 Long tailed Tit which landed only 3 metres from observation point, 207+ Auks > S (mainly Razorbill), 2 Gannet & 6 Cormorants.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 2:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Start Point.

Around the farm this morning 17 Goldcrests  (6 ringed ,of which 4 had the plumage characteristics of""continental" birds. Also present 6 Chiffchaffs ( 3 ringed ) , 20+ Goldfinches.  15/20 linnets and several more Robins than the usual resident/wintering birds. Overhead several small flocks of Woodpigeons ( not counted ) moving west. Also 11 Stock Doves.

"" Continental " Goldcrest .
"" Continental " Goldcrest .

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 2:10 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Berry Head

Slimmer pickings on the overhead migration today, the best of the counts were : 72 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 12 Skylark, 13 Chaffinch & 5 Bullfinch. 

Around the headland: 1 Ring Ouzel in the quarry, 3 Firecrest, 32 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 12:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Hope's Nose


Short-Eared Owl inadvertently flushed from bracken covered cliff face opposite the Leadstone. Flew off out over the Orestone, before gaining height and heading out over Torbay towards Berry Head. Being mobbed by Herring Gulls as it went. 

Later, a Red-Throated Diver flew out of Hope Cove and around the headland close in, before making its way into Torbay. 


Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 10:36 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

East Soar Farm

A brief but rewarding morning visit to East Soar Farm. 7 Black Redstarts, 6 Goldcrests, 1Ring Ouzel, countless Skylarks along the track, and a Blackcap at the car park.

Posted October 23rd, 2019 at 10:35 am by Roger White in Bird News

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Steps Bridge - Blackingstone

Along the river and in the woods were the regulars, including Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Treecreeper and Marsh Tit, plus all three Woodpeckers heard, the L.S. being inaccessible on the steep slope. On Mardon Down were several Redwings (my first of the Winter), 100+ Fieldfares,  10+ Mistle Thrushes and far more Blackbirds than normal, so perhaps some were migrants, all gorging on the berries. Tried to metamorphose some of the last into Ring Ouzels, but failed; others might succeed. In the plantations South of Blackingstone were several pairs/groups of Crossbills, among which were two singing males, plus plenty of Siskins and a Sparrowhawk.. Beautiful views and intense Autumn colours made for a satisfying day.

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 9:52 pm by James Camden in Bird News


Just the 2 Ring Ouzels in Starehole today. Also in the valley at least 2 Water Rails heard. Pretty quiet otherwise.

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 8:13 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hennock reservoirs - Tuesday 22 Oct

2 Little Grebes ( 1 Tottiford, 1 Kennick ), 14 Goosander resting at Tottiford ( 1 male, rest brownheads ). 12 Tufted Duck on Kennick ( typical numbers for regular wintering flock ). Numerous Blackbirds, plus just 1 Fieldfare heard. Lovely clear calm day.  

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 7:56 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News


2 Firecrests, mid-pm. Both, separately, in mixed Tit/Goldcrest flocks. 

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 7:46 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

!m Goosander (first of the winter), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 13 Canada Geese, 2 Tufted 1m 1f, 6 Coot, 15 Mallard, 2 Coal tit,

Also 1 Hen Harrier (ring tail) over Fairy Cross 15:20

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 7:28 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Velator Reserve

Ringing this morning produced 50 new birds and 20 or so retraps.

Highlights were 17 Redwing, 10 Goldfinch, 7 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff and one Goldcrest.

We are also almost certain that two largish pale Thrush-type birds were Mistle Thrushes. Unfortunately neither bird found a net so we couldn't confirm. I have only once seen a Mistle Thrush in the reserve, so it would have been a good record.

We think there were at least 5 Water Rails calling, unseen from various reed-beds in and around the reserve. No sign of any Waders or Egrets on the scrape.

One retrap Kingfisher was ringed on 11th August this year. Another was recently reported to me as having flown into a window in Wootton Courtenay in May 2018, having been ringed here in June 2017. It took a while to get these details as the finder  originally mis-read the ring number, but fortunately had kept the specimen for taxidermy!

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 5:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Northam Burrows

The two Snow Buntings were still showing well this afternoon.

Snow Bunting Snow Bunting Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting


Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 5:43 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

From our boat in Halwell Creek: 370 Wigeon & 3 Greenshank.

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 4:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ring Ozels, 22-10-19

Only two Ring Ouzels seen at a distance around the Shipley Bridge area, one Red Wing, Song & Mistle Thrush, Blackbirds, apart from that nothing much else.

Ring Ouzels, distant record shot only
Ring Ouzels, distant record shot only

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 3:02 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Berry Head

Some great overhead migration today, the highlights were: 630+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 13 Song Thrush, 400+ Wood Pigeon, 23 Swallows, 65 Meadow Pipits, 6 Skylark, 2 Grey Wagtail, 17 'alba' Wagtails, 2 Redpoll, 1 Brambling, 14 Bullfinches, 22 Chaffinch, 10 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer. 

Around the headland: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler 200m north of the Wardens Bungalow (near last years Hume's Warbler tree), 2 Firecrest, 28 Goldcrest, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Ring Ouzel a flock of 22 Long-tailed Tits and 5 more in the quarry.

   YBW_BH_221019ML1  YBW_BH_221019ML2  Redwing Berry Head 22 oct 2019 ML

                  Yellow-browed Warbler                     Yellow-browed Warbler                         Redwing Flock  

Posted October 22nd, 2019 at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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