Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th November 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. 
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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.

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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

Saturday 30th November 2019

Berryhead Seawatch

Berryhead    8.30-14.30

Pom Skua  juv


Mannx Shearwater

GN Diver 8  , RT Diver 8

Med Gull 6

Com Scoter 14

RB Merganser

Fulmar c150+

Kittiwake and Auks also in good numbers

Com Dolphin 25 with a huge number of Gannets following them

Harbour Porpoise 5 and a Grey Seal 

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 7:01 pm by Dave Dawe in Bird News


2 Female Black Redstarts in garden 11am today...

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 5:20 pm by Neil Graham in Bird News

Velator reserve

Tristis-type Chiffchaff again this morning. Every time I point a camera at it, it flies up to the tree-tops!

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Water Rail, Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, Great Northern Diver, 3 Goosanders (drake + 2 redheads), 8 Wigeon, 4 Mandarin Ducks, Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebes, 22 Fieldfares, 6 Redwings, 6 Greenshanks, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers & 5 Roe Deer. 

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 1:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,

5 Ring-necked Duck (2m 3f), 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Goosander 2m 2f, 3 Willow Tit.



Posted November 30th, 2019 at 1:05 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Hill Close, Plympton

Black Redstart (fem/1w) briefly.

Posted November 30th, 2019 at 11:18 am by Jason Smart in Bird News

Friday 29th November 2019

Red Kite

Got this unexpected shot of a Red Kite over fields near South Molton. There were two of them flying around the area.

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 8:06 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Powderham Marsh below Turf Hotel

A first thing look for Bluethroat, resulted in no sighting. However a fly over Great White Egret at 0855 was some compensation, along with 16 Pintail, 320+ Avocets on the river, 600+ Golden Plover in flight, 3 Cirl Bunting and numerous other birds. 

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 6:43 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


The Blue-winged teal showed briefly at 1pm (for less than 45 seconds from camera clock timings!) at the bottom end of the marsh, viewed from the beach. Also present, 9 mallard, 3 tufted duck, teal (heard but not seen), moorhen, coot, kestrel, buzzard.

Blue-winged teal
Blue-winged teal

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 5:32 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Molland Common

Andy Lansdell and I spent a couple of hours up at high altitude this morning searching for a Great Grey Shrike reported to me by a friend earlier this week. Sadly we couldn't find it but a female Merlin was a bonus.

Lots of Fieldfares up there too. No Short-eared Owls either.

Red Kite on the way home north of South Molton.

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Female Merlin tackling a Skylark in the air, great battle but Skylark fairly easily out manoeuvring the falcon which did not give up until I lost them.

Mistle Thrush singing at Harleston near Slapton yesterday.

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 4:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Black Redstart-East Charleton

One female Black Redstart at Home Farm, East Charleton at 13:45

Posted November 29th, 2019 at 1:49 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Thursday 28th November 2019

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning early at the lake,

1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Goosander 4m 5F, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Cormorant, 1m Gadwall, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Wren.

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 7:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Barnstaple - Isley Marsh

A walk down the railway this morning produced 9 Goosanders on the sandbanks just West of the bypass, the Ibis and a Spotted Redshank in Fremington Creek, and 4 Spoonbills and c2000 very vocal and flighty Golden Plovers (with several hundred Lapwings accompanying) at Isley. Others of note were Yellowhammer (not a regular here for me), Kestrel, Redwing, Fieldfare, and probably 10 Water Rails calling from the ditches. Stonechat was a surprising omission, but still c75 spp. in total.  

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 7:19 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Bursdon Moor

Male Hen Harrier arrived at about 4.15 this afternoon. Flew on up over the hill.

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 6:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Purple Sandpipers and 3 G.N.Divers from end of breakwater this morning.

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 6:34 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

28-11-19 Ernesettle Creek

Female Kingfisher showing very well, Greenshank and Teal, others seen little egrets, Redshanks, on the Tamar side 3 Great-crested grebes, about a dozen Avocets, Shell Ducks, & Curlews

Kingfisher (F) Greenshank Teal
Kingfisher (F)                      Greenshank                                              Teal

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 3:36 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Marine Parade, Preston, Paignton.

Pleasantly surprised to see a Colour Ringed Common Gull fly in late yesterday afternoon. I have just completed the sighting report, but the bird is already confirmed as having been ringed in Southern Norway.

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 11:22 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News


Broadsands: this morning 11 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers (including one with the classic Black-throated Diver flank patch), 1 Velvet Scoter, 6 Common Scoter, 3 Great Crested Grebes. 7 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park with 1 Reed Bunting at 0830am  

Posted November 28th, 2019 at 10:38 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Exe Estuary cruise

This afternoon's Stuart Lines cruise was perhaps most notable for an amazing succession of rainbows! That aside, there was an imm drake Eider off Exmouth and a female Common Scoter off Powderham Corner, the usual Slavonian Grebe at Cockwood, c10 Great Crested Grebes, maybe 150 Pintail around Lympstone, c110 Knot, a few dozen Bar-tailed Godwits, maybe 800 Golden Plover and hundreds of Lapwings roosting near Turf, 2-300 Avocets, 2 Greenshanks, c10 each of Ringed Plover and Sanderling and a sw Mediterranean Gull on Bull Hill sandbank. Only c100 Black-tailed Godwits - presumably most were on Exminster Marshes floods, as they were on Sunday. A Peregrine had a go at a Stock Dove over Warren Point and a Grey Seal appeared off the marina after we had returned to Exmouth.

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 10:24 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Teignmouth Weds pm

Single Great Northern Diver off the yacht club..

Single Great Crested Grebe at Holcombe..

Approx 25 Common Scoters off Sprey Point.

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 5:58 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Lots of Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler with Snipe showing well. Highlight though were two SCAUP; one swimming about and the other tucked up with the Tufties. 

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 3:39 pm by Matt Collis in Bird News


3 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Gadwall and a pair of Teal (I don't see these here very often) on Wrafton Pond this morning.

In the reserve, a Fieldfare calling from the tree-tops. First record this year.

Song Thrush singing around my garden early on.

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 1:39 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


A check around the beaches in Torbay today found:

Broadsands; 1 Velvet Scoter, 6 Common Scoter, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull & 5 Cirl Bunting - No sign of the R-n Grebe today.

Preston: 1 Ad Med Gull, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver & 1 Red-throated Diver.

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 12:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 26th November 2019

Blue-winged Teal - Man Sands

The Blue-winged Teal, along with the rest of the Teal flock, spent most of the day hidden in the reeds, but did show briefly (only long enough for a poor distant shot).  It did flap its wings a couple of times but couldn't capture the moment.  Also there three Tufted Duck, a Water Rail in flight and at least one Black Redstart.

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 9:50 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Hen Harrier - Bellever, Dartmoor

15.15hrs today, Kate and I were treated to the sight of a lovely male Hen Harrier flying slowly down the East Dart from the Postbridge direction, across Bellever Bridge, continuing on downstream.

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 6:01 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

Whitleigh plymouth

3 ringneck parakeet

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 5:41 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Visit on this afternoon's rising tide. Brent Goose (dark-bellied), 2 Great Crested Grebes, Jack Snipe, Teal, 4 Wigeon, 15 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 51 Curlews, 2 Shags, 33 Turnstones, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff & 6 Roe Deer.

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator reserve

At least 2 Water Rails (one seen) about the reserve this morning and a (or the same) Siberian Chiffchaff .

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 5:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

Female Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

The Long-billed Dowitcher was on the 'island' this morning. Also a Scaup.

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 2:37 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Purple Sandpiper on Maer Rocks Exmouth

My first visit to Maer Rocks over low tide this autumn to see if our normal Purple Sandpipers have arrived, and sure enough 7 were feeding out on the edge where sea meets rocks. With them was a lone Knot which was a nice surprise as normally these birds are in good numbers out on the estuaries at some distance away. Also 5 Turnstones were present. Caution should you venture out to see them the seaweed and rocks are extremely slippery.

Purple Sandpiper Knot Knot
Purple Sandpiper                                       Knot                                                 Knot

Posted November 26th, 2019 at 2:16 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Monday 25th November 2019

Starcross - Dawlish Warren

At least 10 cattle Egret in a field 2-3 hundred yards along the Dawlish Road from the Cockwood turn off. Only field along there with cattle. Slav Grebe diving by the wreck off Cockwood Steps. Not much else to report. In failing light at the Warren about 100 Grey Plover, 15 or so Knot and about 15 Dunlin lots of mainly Dark Bellied Brents and large flock of Oystercatchers on Finger point. Leucistic Oyk on the Starcross Golf Course. Nothing off the sea wall.

Cattle Egret Grey Plover and Knot Leucistic Oystercatcher
Cattle Egret                Grey Plover and Knot                       Leucistic Oystercatcher

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 8:44 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Upper & Lower Tamar Lakes

Four Ring-necked Duck, three males and a female in the NW arm of the  Upper Lake. Visiting both counties and the only aythyas present. On the Cornish side two Greylag, a Water Rail and a couple of Marsh Tit. The Lower Lake held 14 Goosander, a Gadwall and a Tufted Duck with at least eight Willow Tit present. 

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 8:02 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake

1 Green Sandpiper on the weir. 10 Goosander 3m 7f, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Tufted Duck, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Wren.

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 7:19 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Harford ~ Woodcock

An injured Woodcock brought into me today having been picked up at Harford, Ivybridge, the bird has a large healed callus on the shoulder of one wing and several flight feathers missing, possibly consistent with being the victim of a bird of prey strike, the bird is unable to fly but seems remarkable able and healthy despite the injury.

Around my South Brent garden, Tawny Owl calling overnight, Long tailed Tits being the first birds on the garden feeders this morning, two Stock Dove, a Green Woodpecker, several flights of Redwing passing over, Wren, Greenfinch, Pied Wagtail, several Blackbirds, Nuthatch, Coal, Great and Blue Tit all before 8am.

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 4:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

16 Long Tailed Tits, 1 m and 1f Blackcap,1 Robin,1 Dunnock,3 m Blackbirds.

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 4:09 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Taw/Torridge Estuary.

At low tide this morning a Red-throated Diver off the cricket ground at Instow. Many Brent Geese and Wigeon spread widely across the estuary, mainly on the northern shore. 

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 2:36 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News


The Blue-winged teal showed well this morning (video link here:  )  on the lower marsh with 3 Tufted Duck, Mallards and Teal. On the beach were 3 Black Redstarts. On the sea to the south there were 54 Common Scoter (but no Velvet today). along the lane back toward the car park: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest and 3 Goldcrest

Blue-winged Teal Mansands 25 Nov 2019 ML Blue-winged Teal Mansands 25 November 2019 ML

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 1:42 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 24th November 2019

Noss Mayo Carriage Drive

In Centry Wood, above Stoke caravan park, a Firecrest, a Goldcrest and Chiffchaff.  Further along the path the usual Stonechats, Robins and Wrens, a pair of Ravens, two Kestrels and three Buzzards.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 11:04 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Stuartline Cruise 24th November

A dry cruise.! Following a very wet Saturday there was plenty of floodwater in the estuary which had an impact on the number of birds on show around the Topsham area of the Estuary. There were none of the large numbers of Black Tailed Godwits that normally frequent this area of the Estuary. It was suggested they were all on the surrounding flooded farmland feeding on Worms and other invertebrates succumbed to the saturated ground, other wise the visitors were delighted with seeing a Peregrine on lookout on Holy Trinity Church Spire in Exmouth a Kingfisher near the Marina and the two Grey Seals one on the pontoon and the other on a Trawler off inner Dawlish Warren. Good numbers of Dark Bellied Brent Geese with several juveniles on show across the estuary. 100+ Widgeon in front of Dawlish Warren Hide took off and flew over the boat, with distant views of the Slavonian Grebe near the wreck off Cockwood. A few Great Crested Grebe, good numbers of Pintail and Shelduck showing off Lympstone. Greenshank were at their normal haunt near the flooded River Kenn confluence. Between Turf Lock,  Topsham and Exton one female Goldeneye a few Ringed Plover good numbers of Dunlin 300+ of Lapwing 300+ of Golden Plover and as ever the stars of the show 300+ Avocets thrilled the visitors. 

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 8:52 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Starcross to Dawlish Warren

Amongst the usual hordes of wildfowl and waders, this afternoon's WeBS count produced Slavonian and 2 Great Crested Grebes and 398 Brent Geese, of which 15.5% were juvs (so they've have a reasonable breeding season). In very dull conditions after a shower, Snipe were feeding and preening out on the open mud by the saltmarsh at Dawlish Warren - a total of 53 seen. I've never seen them feeding out in the open on the estuary mud like this before; it was rather bizarre to seen them feeding alongside Turnstones, Redshanks, Dunlin and Oystercatchers! I wonder if they feed on the open mud like this at night? Oh for a hide at the back of the golf course and a night vision camera! A Cirl Bunting singing on the edge of the golf course was a surprise, given the awful weather.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 8:25 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Avon Dam

25 roosting Goosanders including 6 males this morning was highest count so far for Avon Dam this winter - and possibly for Dartmoor, though there were 24 at Tottiford Res on 13 Nov. Before departure around 0730, a pair discreetly moved away from the main group, briefly displayed then mated. Have not seen mating earlier than January before, and wonder how unusual it is for mating to occur at this time of year in birds in general -  apart from doves and pigeons.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 8:00 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News


Garden today

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A brief late afternoon visit. Drake Ring-necked Duck and 2 Scaup with the Tufted Ducks etc at the Torcross end of the Ley; 1 Great Northern Diver off the memorial carpark and a Firecrest from the boardwalk at the back of Ireland Bay.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Plym Estuary

An excellent count of 32 Snipe on Blaxton Meadow (more evidence of the benefits of restricted access; before this we didn't get any Snipe here!) Also: Kingfisher, Red-breasted Merganser (redhead), 2 Shags, 5 Little Grebes, 6 Greenshanks, 51 Curlews, 2 Wigeons & a Polish-ringed adult Mediterranean Gull ("PHAU").

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton & Start point

A few Goldcrests flitting about, Good views of the Black necked grebe and 2 water rails in front of the Stokeley hide. A Merlin at Start point and a great northern Diver on the sea.

Black-necked Grebe Water Rail Merlin
Black-necked Grebe                      Water Rail                                              Merlin

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 6:42 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Haldon

The Long-tailed Duck showed very well in front of the hide this afternoon at BGM.  2 Firecrests around the nearby Monmouth Street Overbridge.

Earlier at Haldon, a group of 16 Crossbills and many Redwings.  The feeders at the main car park were heaving with varying numbers of Chaffinches, Siskins, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Yellowhammers and the regular Tit species.   

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 5:23 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Baggy Point

Another walk out to Baggy Pt this morning.

The single Velvet Scoter still present but keeping a distance from the 2 flocks of Common Scoter, one flock consisting of 73 individuals & the other much further out of 24, so a slight increase since my last count of 92.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 5:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

Female Blackcap,2 Goldcrests,1 Song Thrush,3 f Blackbirds,1 Robin,1Wren,20+ House Sparrows small flock of Starlings 8 Long tailed Tits,1 Blue Tit.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 5:08 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Velator reserve

Ringing today, highlights were;

5 Chiffchaff (all nominate)

3 Goldcrest

1 Meadow Pipit

1 Cetti's Warbler

1 Song Thrush

28 Greenfinch

2 Goldfinch

Among 56 birds ringed.

Little Egret on the scrape, 2 Pied Wagtails displaying to each other on wires just outside the entrance.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Very late Swallow

Single swallow hunting for insects over Camperdown, Exmouth c 1345hrs today

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:37 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Turf to Countesswear 1200-1315

In the estuary were 150+ Avocets, 600+ Golden Plovers, and double figures of Grey and Ringed Plovers, no Godwits, but a few Rooks. It is noticeable that over the last couple of years these have started to follow Carrion Crows in becoming estuary birds (easily 500 of the latter most days). A response to, or a cause of, reduced wader numbers, or unrelated?

On Exminster Marsh were a female Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, and the "missing" Godwits, plus an awful lot of Wigeon and others. Probably eight Water Rails in the ditch alongside the cycle path.

At Matford, a lone Cattle Egret was in the field South of the by-pass, and a Green Sandpiper in the Alphinbrook flood channel.

Seventy plus spp. in total.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:34 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Sharkham Point & Torbay

After seeing 4 probable Velvet Scoters with Common Scoter at distance from Berry Head on Saturday, I went back this morning with the scope looking from Sharkham Point, just south of Brixham. Indeed there were 4 Velvet Scoter and 11 Common Scoter. Also to the south of the headland were another 65+ Common Svoter and at least one more Velvet Scoter. In scrub at the top of the point were 3 Firecrest and 1 Chiffchaff.

I popped in at Boradsands on my return to find the regular Velvet Scoter, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Great Northern and 1 Red-throated Diver & 5 Great Crested Grebes. 7 Cirl Buntings on seed in the second car park and also 2 Firecrest in bushes beside the car park.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Starling murmuration

Just finished watching a small murmuration over Christow with between 150 and 200 birds by the end. Not big numbers I know, but unusual for Christow. 

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:22 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

24/11/2019 Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Despite the dreary weather and rain Green Ring-necked Parakeets and Jays showing well with a couple of Redwings and Gold Finches.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 3:25 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm.

Nothing unusual but some good numbers:  400 Woodpigeon, 12 Stock Dove, 900 Skylark, 24 Canada Geese, Grey Wagtail, 100 Jackdaw, 240 Carrion Crow, 200 Starling, 48 Goldfinch, 2 Snipe, 48 Goldfinch, 36 Yellowhammer, 20 Cirl Bunting & 6 Reed Bunting.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 3:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Great Northern Diver between pier and Ness headland, Herring Gull feeding frenzy at the mouth of the estuary Teignmouth side hundreds of starfish washed up on shoreline gulls attempting some successfully to swallow whole.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 2:24 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning before the rain:-

60 Avocet, 55 Wigeon, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 86 Snipe on Ernesettle creek.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 1:54 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh, 08:00-11:00, low tide.

8 Great Crested Grebes, 47 Brent Geese, 29 Pintails, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Water Rails, 24 Lapwings, Black-tailed Godwit, Rock Pipit and 2 Firecrests.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 12:12 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Chillington S.T.W.

Saturday 23rd. ( late post ) A SIBERIAN Chiffchaff with the apparent characteristics of 'tristis' type plumage, but not caught for absolute confirmation. Allso 8 nominate Chiffchaffs,6 Firecrests, 5 Goldcrests ,including a 'continental' bird and 2 Grey Wagtails

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 11:24 am by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Saturday 23rd November 2019

Saturday 23rd Nov - Brixham Harbour

3 Imm Shags fishing in very low water by the Golden Hind at lunch time today and 20 very busyTurnstones searching for food on the harbour wall.

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 10:13 pm by David Ropet in Bird News

Further to Perry's post

The male Ring necked duck was on the ley off Torcross carpark with a good number of tufted sign of the scaup though. 

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 8:13 pm by Nik ward in Bird News

plymouth railway station

around 100 ringneck parakeet to roost .right on time as usual 430 pm

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 6:21 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

The 5 Scaup on the pond this aft in the mizzle.

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 5:43 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Huish marsh and Slapton ley

At South Huish marsh, 2 Pale bellied Brent geese, 10 ringed plover and 10 snipe. Roger spotted a swallow flying over the marsh and Mike Passman pointed out a water pipit. I saw 4 Black-tailed godwits and at least 4 Med gulls. At Slapton several goldcrests and heard several water rail but none seen. Good views of the Black necked grebe and a distant Scaup and 3 goldeneye.

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Mute Swans
Mute Swans

Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

Could not find the Ring-necked Duck today but conditions poor at times. Male Scaup still present also 15 Pochards and 3 Goldeneyes. Offshore just one Common Scoter and single Great Northern and Black -throated Diver ( later off Strete Gate ). Good numbers off gulls in area many feeding on Starfish eg c 2500 Herring and c250 Common Gulls.

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 5:27 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plym Estuary/Blaxton Meadow

Seen on this afternoons high tide were the following .

GND 1, Great Crested Grebe 1, Little Grebe 6, Wigeon 2, Oystercatcher 8, Curlew 26, Greenshank 6, Redshank c130, Dunlin c158, Snipe 15, Kingfisher 1, Goosander 6 & Common Gull 3.

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 4:05 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

23-11-19 Sefton Ave, Lipson, Black Redstarts

Male Black Redstart still showing well on the rooftops, female still around but not showing as much as the male.

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 2:23 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Friday 22nd November 2019

Plymouth Branch field trip to South Efford Marsh

A group of 13 braved the weather to visit the reserve spending four hours there. In that time we saw around 40 species. Highlights were several Kingfishers showing well, Greenshank, Snipe, Common Sandpiper and, on the river behind the reserve hide, Little Grebe. A full species list will appear in Society News section. 

John Lloyd

Posted November 22nd, 2019 at 6:23 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News


4 Firecrests this morning. 3 caught  ( 2 ringed both 1st. Yr. f's and 1 a retrap from Oct.. ). Another unringed bird present. Very few other migrants , just 2 Goldcrests.

Posted November 22nd, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News


After the walk out to Baggy, I headed down to the reserve, still not raining. A few small birds included a Chiffchaff or two, and closer inspection revealed at least 5, one of which was a very pale greyish individual, which must have been a Tristis type. No yellowy or greeny tones at all. I ringed one a few weeks ago, and checked this one for a ring - none seen so this is the second one this month. A Goldcrest was also with the Tit flock. Lots of Greenfinch today - yesterday was mainly Goldfinch.

As I left, in the river both Kingfisher and Dipper present.

Posted November 22nd, 2019 at 2:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Baggy Point

Took a while but eventually (at about 10a.m.) the Velvet Scoter flew in close to the point and as Rob said it was alone and not associating with the other Scoters, it dived then surfaced and shook it's wings revealing the all important white speculum. About 69 Common Scoters also present. 2 Rock Pipits, 1 Stonechat and a pair of Ravens.

Posted November 22nd, 2019 at 11:03 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

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