Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st March 2019

Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

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

Sunday 31st March 2019

Wrafton Pond

Spent the last hour of day light at Wrafton Pond with 100's of Sand Martins hawking for insects, met a Robin showing the signs of being handled by Jon Turner (probably), half a dozen Common Snipe on the scrape and a dozen or so Swallows flying above Velator reserve.  

Sand MartinEuropean Robin
Sand Martin                  European Robin

Posted March 31st at 8:50 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Dark Bellied Brent Goose

Late afternoon walk from Wembury to Heybrook. Just before the point one solitary Dark Bellied Brent Goose in the low tide. Nearby there were 25+ oystercatchers, 5 little egrets, numerous Mallards, cormorant and Black Backed Gulls. Good numbers of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Stonechats  amongst the gorse. A hovering female Kestrel and several female Pheasants also spotted.

Posted March 31st at 8:18 pm by Val Grehan in General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

exmouth mears farm ringneck parakeet 3 parakeets 1 female 2 male

Posted March 31st at 7:24 pm by barry in General Birding


26 Sand Martins on the River Teign in the "Oxbow" area by Teigngrace, also 2 Swallows and 3 House Martins flying around Teigngrace. go to my blog for more

Sand Martin
Sand Martin

Posted March 31st at 3:38 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

West Charleton Marsh

6 Teals and  3 Swallows this afternoon.

Posted March 31st at 3:22 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

2 Swallows -- Kenwith

2 Swallows flew fast SW-wards above Kenwith near Bideford at 1835(GMT) on 30/03/19

Posted March 31st at 1:45 pm by Abraham Cutajar in General Birding

Sherpa Marsh Braunton

10.00am....slightly misty conditions, but clear view of an Osprey eating a fish while sat on a small metal (?) post only about 3' high. It was continually harassed by Crows and Gulls, and after about 5 minutes it flew off with the remainder of its meal, circling higher until lost to view.

Posted March 31st at 10:52 am by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Sand Martins near Teigngrace

About 20 sand martins flying high above their nest area on a bend in the river Teign.  Sorry no photos.

Posted March 31st at 9:41 am by Philip and Hazel Strange in General Birding

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

5 Redwing in my garden at 07.15 (06.15 really!)

Posted March 31st at 7:44 am by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Saturday 30th March 2019

Plymbridge 30th March 2019

Cracking day for a walk up Plymbridge today. Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtails and a group of 4 Mandarin on the river, 2 Peregrines in the quarry seen mating. Also 2 Jays amongst the trees, Buzzard overhead and a Green Woodpecker heard but not seen (still haven't seen one yet!)

Nice to see he feeders down below the bridge are being topped up again now the Peregrine project is running, lots of Tits and Finches enjoying them

Posted March 30th at 8:50 pm by Steve King in General Birding

Berry Head - Today (30th) & Yesterday (29th)

Hardly any sign of migration except a single Swallow in off the sea yesterday.

More interesting were the 3 Wall butterflies right on the edge of the head today - about a month early and possibly a first national sighting this year (pic below). All 3 were males (thick horizontal scent brands on forwings) &, when they weren't basking on the rocks, 2 - 3 of them were sparring in the air over territory.

Also of interest, 6 Barrel Jellyfish today & 1 yesterday.

There was also an apparently suicididal Pheasant on a ledge today but I managed to talk him down! (pic below)

Wall (1 of 3)                                                                                Suicidal Pheasant ?

Posted March 30th at 7:18 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Berry Head

7 Barrel Jellyfish Rhizostoma pulmo seen from the end of Berry Head Quarry midday. These are part of an influx which has been reported from south Cornwall to Portland in the last few days. Also one large Lion's Mane Jellyfish Cyanea capillata. Otherwise very quiet, local breeding seabirds and a few gannets feeding offshore.

Barrel Jellyfish
Barrel Jellyfish

Posted March 30th at 7:17 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Osprey low over East Teignmouth

11.30am I Osprey over east Teignmouth disturbing the local herring gulls. Circling high North West

Posted March 30th at 2:58 pm by Adam Davison in General Birding

Dartmoor & South Brent

Haytor to Challacombe this morning ~  a small number of Greenfinch, Wren, Buzzard, Dunnock, several Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and a couple of pairs of Stonechat around Haytor

Hemsworthy Gate at least 45 Golden Plover several coming into summer plumage, several Skylark.

Challacombe to Headland Warren four Wheatear, around Challacombe Pied Wagtails, five Redpoll, two Chiffchaff, Nuthatch and a male Reed Bunting.


Back home at South Brent, overnight several Tawny owls calling and in the early hours a Barn owl calling periodically, from just before 5am a Song Thrush in full song outside the bedroom window and as it got lighter a Green Woodpecker joining in and calling just as loudly.

Posted March 30th at 2:31 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Friday 29th March 2019

South Huish marsh

Sat watching the black tailed godwits at south Huish marsh when 4 Ruff flew in and joined them, a bit distant for a photo but got a record shot. Chiffchaff singing in the lane and a curlew flew in and landed on the marsh.

RuffBlack-tailed Godwits
Ruff                                               Black-tailed Godwits 

Posted March 29th at 9:13 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Single swallow - Christow

Swallow seen flying over the garden in Christow about mid-day; on route to somewhere else as didn’t hang about. First orange tip butterfly of the season too. 

Posted March 29th at 7:48 pm by Fiona Freshney and Simon Lee in General Birding

South Hams

Very quiet at Soar today - just 14 Chiffchaffs, a pair of Reed Buntings & a singing Blackcap. Six Chiffchaffs, 6 Teal & 4 Cetti's Warblers at Slapton Ley.

Posted March 29th at 5:38 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Male Scaup still present and the long staying Black-necked Grebe now in summer plumage. Today both tight to the reeds on the seaward side of the Lower Ley opposite the cattle run / Cormorant roost.

Posted March 29th at 4:40 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Peregrine Falcon with a Snipe Dinner, not great pics but the light was rubbish

Posted March 29th at 4:15 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Harleston/Slapton Valley

Apparent small Common Buzzard migration today with nine circling high overhead late morning (inc.3 white birds & resident pair who were not particularly chuffed) then six more overhead (looked like different birds) early afternoon.

Posted March 29th at 3:16 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 28th March 2019

Northam Burrows

6x Wheatear this afternoon (5 male and 1 female)

Wheatear (male)Wheatear (female)
Wheatear (male)                               Wheatear (female)

Posted March 28th at 5:22 pm by Roy Churchill in General Birding

Ring-necked Ducks at Slapton Ley

On a visit to Devon from Dorset I visited Slapton Ley on Monday 25th March. During my search for a male Scaup I found 3 Ring-necked Ducks - 2 males & a female.  They were with a small flock of Tufted Ducks close to the east side of the ley about mid-way between the 2 car parks. I will submit the record with some photos in the near future.   

Posted March 28th at 5:12 pm by George Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

velator reserve

Had hoped the mist would clear for some ringing, but it stayed cold until late morning so no insects to feed the birds. So only ringed 3 Chiffchaffs. Other highlights were 4 Goldfinch, a smart male Bullfinch, an adult Song Thrush and an even smarter female Grey Wagtail.

Heard and saw a Willow Warbler and also saw a Tawny Owl.

Posted March 28th at 4:57 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Morte Point

0730 - 1230 Ringed Plover (105th species for me at this location), 3 Wheatear (2m/1f), 5 Chiffchaff (3 singing), 5 Swallows, Stonechats busy nest building, 23 other species and a lot of mist!

If you don't like it, get it yourself!

If you don't like it, get it yourself!

Posted March 28th at 4:40 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Cadover area

7 N Wheatears,20 Meadow Pipits,6 Ravens,2 Pied Wagtails,3 Goosanders,4 Tufted ducks,11 Teal,9 Linnets,5 Stonechates,m Kestrel,2 C Buzzards.

Posted March 28th at 3:24 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

West Soar/Soar Mill Valley

2 male Wheatears, 3 singing Blackcap, 27 Chiffchaffs (most singing), Sparrowhawk & unusually, a singing male Reed Bunting.

Also: 11 Peacock, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell & 4 Speckled Wood.

Posted March 28th at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


Wednesday 27 March.  Watersmeet -  3 Dippers, 2 Grey Wagtails; 1 Pair of Chaffinches, 5 Blue tits, a Robin, a Nuthatch, 2 Great tits, a Wren and a Male Mallard.

DipperGrey Wagtail
Dipper                                      Grey Wagtail

Posted March 28th at 12:58 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Wednesday 27th March 2019

27-03-19 Roborough Down

Walking around Roborough Down on the West side of the Tavistock Road, near the woods, saw this Treecreeper, but nothing much else apart from Meadow Pipits & Skylarks


Posted March 27th at 5:23 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Velator reserve.

Good for Butterflies this morning:

Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Orange-tip.

Several singing Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 27th at 4:13 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Torquay - Red Kite

A Red Kite flew over the top end of Chelston from the west at 14.50pm and veered low north over Shiphay Lane

Posted March 27th at 3:31 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Meets Quarry DWT

A clear sunny morning at Meeth today. 3 Blackcaps singing around the car park, and many Chiffchaff around the reserve. The highlight was 2 Whooper Swan on the lake from the hide, which according to the species list was a first for the reserve. As the morning warmed up Peacock, Brimstone and Orange-topped  butterflies were seen.

Posted March 27th at 2:31 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Mainly lingering winterers. Redhead Goosander & Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Shags, Little Grebe, Snipe, 33 Turnstones, 3 Dunlins, 60 Redshanks, 8 Curlews, Greenshank, 6 Mandarin Ducks, 9 Little Egrets, Grey Wagtail. Stock Dove & 4 singing Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 27th at 2:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tarka Trail - Braunton to Barnstaple

1 Willow Warbler singing by Wrafton Pond.

21 Chiffchaffs singing by the sides of the Tarka trail between Wrafton Pond & Barnstaple & 1 Treecreeper between Chivenor roundabout & the Tarka Inn.

Posted March 27th at 12:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Mid Devon Fieldfare

Last night 26th flock of 50+ Fieldfare flying east near Cruwys Morchard. This morning  at Ashridge Farm, Sandford  the valley is full of chattering Fieldfare. In the region of 75 - 100 . Big movement.

Posted March 27th at 8:49 am by Richard Burston in General Birding

Tuesday 26th March 2019

South Hams

Soar: a Red Kite at 11.00 over East Soar Farm and again 45 minutes later over the Warren; also 2 male Wheatears, Snipe & 12 Chiffchaffs.

Another Red Kite at 12.50 at Slapton Ley (over Stokeley) and also a drake Scaup in Ireland Bay.

Posted March 26th at 5:55 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

nr. South Brent

Lateish Redwings at Aish and Didworthy today.

Posted March 26th at 5:52 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Old Sludge Beds

Highlights - Blackcap (m) Peregrine and Common Sandpiper. Walked down as far as Topsham Side Lock, not much there - R B Merganser (f). Nothing on Matford Marsh of any interest.

Peregrine video -

Butterflies - Peacock (lots) Speckled Wood and Brimstone.


Posted March 26th at 4:43 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

East Soar

2 Wheatears, singing Blackcap,12 Chiffchaffs & 2 Woodpigeon in off the sea at Bolt Head.

Also: 10 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood & Red Admiral.

Posted March 26th at 2:22 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Chudleigh Knighton Heath

A Willow Warbler was singing away in the treetops on the edge of Chudleigh Knighton Heath this lunchtime.

Posted March 26th at 1:57 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Monday 25th March 2019

Smeardon Down Wheatears and Skylark

Here's the pics of one of the male Wheatears, the female Wheatear and a Skylark on Smeardon Down (Peter Tavy) this evening.

Wheatear (male)  Wheatear (female)  Skylark
Wheatear (male)                      Wheatear (female)                                       Skylark

Posted March 25th at 8:45 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Powderham Marsh

78 Teal, 21 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, M Pintail, 2 Green Sand & a Ruff at Powderham Marsh this pm. Also 7 Peacock, 4 Small T & a Speckled Wd. 50+ Sand Martin over Exminister Marsh 

Posted March 25th at 8:20 pm by Steve Cox in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Cycled down to the pond to see if anything new had turned up when Sue Bruce who was by the pond announced that there was a Bonaparte's Gull on the pond.

Fortunately, had both cameras with me.

Posted March 25th at 7:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton Pond

Bonaparte's Gull this afternoon

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Posted March 25th at 6:31 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Smeardon Down and Buolters Tor (Peter Tavy)

2 very smart male Wheatear and 1 female on the Moors near Lower Godsworthy, Peter Tavy this evening plus 2 Skylark on the ground and numerous Meadow Pipit. I'll post some pics later when I've processed them.

Posted March 25th at 6:23 pm by Andy Brown in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

My first Common Lizard of the year more on my blog about my travels.

Common Lizard
Common Lizard

Posted March 25th at 5:59 pm by simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Bonaparte's Wrafton Pond

Jon Turner informs me that the Bonaparte's is back on the pond (message rec'd 16:25h)

Posted March 25th at 5:19 pm by Andy Lansdell in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley

17 Chiffchaffs this morning - major arrival & most in song. Speckled Wood earliest ever, plus Painted Lady.

Posted March 25th at 4:49 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wrafton Pond late morning

There was no sign of the Bonaparte's Gull on Wrafton Pond when Tim Davis and several others were looking at around 11.45 this morning. The weekend's male Garganey also seemed to to have moved on.

Posted March 25th at 2:09 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

A grand spring morning

One of those mornings when you're especially glad to be alive, Fresh but clear, visibility miles. Two blackthroated divers in Elbury Cove, one yellowhammer and several cirl buntings in the car park, now minus the hides formed by old beach huts. Harder to creep up on the birds but I'm sure we'll manage. Also heard a possible skylark over the field behind the huts facing the sea but could have been my hearing. Maybe someone else can confirm?

Posted March 25th at 10:02 am by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Out at Wrafton pond.

Male and female GadwallSmall gull awaiting IDMute Swan
Male and female Gadwall           Small gull awaiting ID                      Mute Swan

Eds: The Gull, apart from it lacking the normally grey nape it's spot on for a fw Bonaparte's Gull!

Posted March 25th at 2:12 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Out at Wrafton pond.

Sand Martin apologies for thepoor qualitySand Martin apologies for the poor qualityTwo common gulls I think?
Sand Martin       Sand Martin apologies for the poor quality          Two common gulls I think?

Eds: they are Herring Gulls

Posted March 25th at 2:09 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Wrafton Pond

Out at Wrafton pond on Sunday afternoon. Saw: Mallard (many); Pochard (many); Gadwall (male and female); Moorhens 4; Coots 2; Swans4; Sand Martins (many); Little Grebe 2; Teal (Male and female); Canada goose (male and female); a small gull 1; other gulls including Herring gulls; and Godwit 2.

CootMoorhenCanada Goose
Coot                      Moorhen                           Canada Goose

Posted March 25th at 1:57 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Sunday 24th March 2019

Mel Tor

A pair of Wheatears newly in at Mel Tor this afternoon.

Posted March 24th at 8:56 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Slapton Hoverflies

Nice to see a few different hoverflies about today, Meliscaeva cinctella, Epistrophe eligans and Eristalis pertinax

Meliscaeva cinctellaEpistrophe eligansEristalis pertinax
Meliscaeva cinctella               Epistrophe eligans                     Eristalis pertinax

Posted March 24th at 8:46 pm by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Slapton and South Huish marsh

I don't think I've ever had so many good views of Cetti's warblers as I've had in the last couple of days most of them in Somerset yesterday but also today at Slapton. I counted 36 black tailed godwits at South Huish marsh this afternoon and saw a beautiful barn owl on my drive home at Aveton Gifford.

Cetti's WarblerBlack-tailed Godwit
Cetti's Warbler                          Black-tailed Godwit

Posted March 24th at 8:27 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Gull ID

Got this image of a small single gull.  Closest match that I can find is a Bonaparte's Gull.  Is this correct? 

Is this a Bonaparte's Gull?
Is this a Bonaparte's Gull?

Eds: yes it is!

Posted March 24th at 8:06 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Northern Wheatear

Two x Wheatear at Northam Burrows today 

Posted March 24th at 7:53 pm by R.Walter in General Birding

Taw Estuary

A handful of Wigeon, Pintail, Curlew and two Greenshanks were pretty much the last of the winter visitors on my WeBS sector along Chivenor foreshore, up the River Caen and along Sherpa Marsh to Velator & Wrafton. It's not unusual to hear Redshank and Curlew song at this time of year as birds get ready to leave for their breeding grounds but today was the first time I've heard singing Golden Plover in Devon – one of five partially breeding-plumaged birds flying high overhead at high tide. Around Wrafton Scrape and Wrafton Pond were: c.50 Sand Martins, a single Swallow, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, the male Garganey, several collybita Chiffchaffs and one (non-calling) Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted March 24th at 7:45 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Butterflies in Combeinteignhead

Four species of butterfly in my garden today, March 24th: Orange Tip, Brimstone, Comma, Peacock.

Posted March 24th at 6:57 pm by Christine Raines in Other Wildlife

Osprey on River Teign

Osprey seen fishing March 24th 17.30 on Teign estuary between Shaldon Bridge and Coombe Cellars pub. Caught fish and flew off with it, upriver. 

Posted March 24th at 6:48 pm by Christine Raines in General Birding

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

Third attempt at digiscoping the male Garganey but as the saying goes 'if at first you don't succeed try again' Fortunately for me, the bird stayed long enough for me to try 3 times!

Posted March 24th at 6:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

Scaup still on ley north of Torcross. Couple of Speckled Woods on the wing around the back of Ireland Bay. Offshore were 2 Red-throated Divers, Red-necked Grebe, 18 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Common Scoters.

Posted March 24th at 6:35 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seen on this morning's high tide and around Saltram were the following.

Chiffchaff 5, Blackcap, Swallow 3, Snipe 9, Curlew 17, Greenshank 7, Redshank 97, Dunlin 3, Common Sandpiper 2,Little Egret 16, Oystercatcher 3, Little Grebe 3, Goosander 4(f), GSW 2, Green Woodpecker 1 and I watched a battle for a nest hole between a pair of Jackdaws and a pair of Ring-necked Parakeets! The Jackdaws seemed to have the upper hand as I left.

Posted March 24th at 4:57 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Cranbrook, Exeter


I hadn't been to Cranbrook Coutryside Park for a month or so but was interested to find at least 3 owl boxes newly sited together with accompanying cement nest boxes for smaller birds.  The 3 owl boxes were only a hundred yards or so apart.  All the nest boxes were facing SE.  Evidently much cost involved. This all looks wrong to me   and I would be interested to know what other people think about the sighting of these boxes. 

A few Chiffchaffs singing but not much else of note.

Posted March 24th at 4:53 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Valley of rocks

Photo today of one of the two male Wheatear in the Valley. 


Posted March 24th at 2:51 pm by John Elvin in General Birding


This morning at Wembury:

6 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, 2 Skylark, 2 Kestrel, Rock and Meadow Pipits on the seaweed. Speckled Wood, Peacock and Orange tip butterflies also seen.

Posted March 24th at 1:23 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Broadsands and Berryhead

Broadsands - Two Wheatear and a Great northen Diver. Berryhead - Four Wheatear around cafe area and three porpoise off the head.

Posted March 24th at 12:26 pm by Robert Gaze in General Birding


Heard a Chiffchaff this morning in the woods next to the river Tavy near Peter Tavy.

Posted March 24th at 12:04 pm by Robin Stanbridge in General Birding


Record shot of yesterday's Garganey at Wrafton.

Posted March 24th at 8:01 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Saturday 23rd March 2019


While Angling near Bratton this afternoon Muntjac Deer were barking very close in the adjacent woods and several Tawny Owls were hooting making their presence known. 

Posted March 23rd at 7:55 pm by Martin Thorne in Other Wildlife

Slapton Ley

Male Scaup in Stokeley Bay this morning.

Posted March 23rd at 5:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Valley of Rocks

2 Smart male Wheatear this afternoon. 

Posted March 23rd at 4:42 pm by John Elvin in General Birding


A single Brambling with the birds on the garden feeders today.

Posted March 23rd at 4:24 pm by Margaret Phillips in General Birding

Roadford Lake

I think most have seen the Pink-footed Goose at Roadford Lake by now. When we arrived Bob was already there and had seen it, but he came with us to track it down. We couldn't locate it again and drove to a different vantage point to no avail. Had one more attempt from the bridge and there it was with the hybrid white headed goose, very close in. We went back to the hide and by then it had moved to the opposite shore and was asleep on the bank. A nice hide and a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

 Pink-footed Goose and friend Pink-footed Goose

Posted March 23rd at 4:00 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Heathfield, Newton Abbott

Single swallow over Heathfield Industrial Estate

Posted March 23rd at 3:40 pm by Graham Devine in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Only sign of Spring was 3 singing Chiffchaffs (one however an over-winterer). Also: 5 redhead Goosanders, redhead Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Mandarin Ducks, 12 Snipe, 7 Greenshanks, 13 Curlews, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Stock Doves, Shag, Kestrel & 11 Roe Deer.

Posted March 23rd at 3:25 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Headland Warren-Challacombe Farm

Three stonechat, four meadow pipit and two male wheatear. Lots of skylark on the wing.

Posted March 23rd at 3:23 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding


Sue Bruce just called me to say there is a drake Garganey on the scrape between Wrafton Pond and the Velator reserve. 

I'll get my hat..... 

And a very lovely bird it is too - feeding with Teal on the smaller of the two scrapes then flying (with some Teal) onto the bigger scrape. What a shame then that as I pointed my camera at it, the dreaded message "Battery exhausted" should appear. Ah well.

Posted March 23rd at 2:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Haldon Pier

Three Purple Sandpipers and a Rock Pipit on the rocks Haldon Pier.

Posted March 23rd at 12:19 pm by Robert Gaze in General Birding


6.20 - 9.30 Not a lot of note - Sparrowhawk, 1 Wheatear about 9 am, 40-50 Sand Martin straight through about 7 am, 4 Gadwall, Pintail, 2 Oyks. 6 R B Mergansers off the platform and a few Greenshank on Goosemoor. No sign of any Garganey.

Posted March 23rd at 10:54 am by Martin Rooney in General Birding


A Serin west over Orcombe Point @ 0714. Also a decent fall of Chiffchaff, 5 Wheatear, Siskin, Redwing and 2 White Wagtail.

Posted March 23rd at 9:41 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren

2 male Wheatears on the sea-wall this morning. 2 Shelduck on Langstone Beach by the Red Rock - cannot ever remember seeing them in that particular spot before.

Posted March 23rd at 8:55 am by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Friday 22nd March 2019

Near Bishop's Tawton

On my way back from Exeter on the train I spotted a species of Anser goose in the field next to the Newbridge Causeway south of Bishop's Tawton. Unfortunately because I was on a train I was unable to identify the species but I suspect it was either a pink-footed or bean goose. I thought I would report it in case anyone wanted to check it out.

Posted March 22nd at 8:19 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Lovely Little Lady at the Window - Paignton, 21.3.19

This lovely little lady, a female Goldcrest, was flitting between the bushes, the rotary dryer &, window sills & frames at the side of my house yesterday afternoon. She was actually tapping at away at the window sills and frames, presumably finding tiny insects on the white UPVC. Either she was just fooled by dust and dirt, or she'd found an easy to spot  food source.

Considering I was panicking, trying to photo a bird that never stops moving, through the glass of the dining room window, I'm quite chuffed!

Posted March 22nd at 3:18 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Picked out a male Garganey this morning, which was joined by a further male and female. The Marsh Harrier appeared and caused a commotion among the ducks and only 1 male Garganey was left. Also a Kingfisher, a Green Sandpiper and 1 Avocet.

Posted March 22nd at 1:19 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Airy Point - Bideford & Barnstaple Bay

I spotted one of Tim Jone's wandering oddities early this morning still flying west past Airy Point in the form of a Canada Goose! Surely it will need to stop off & refuel at some point.

Posted March 22nd at 1:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Kingford Fen, Dunsdon and Lower Tamar Lake

Kingford Fen, near Pancrasweek.  A pair of Blackbirds with the male carrying food.   The rookery at Kingford Mill was very active with many pairs and much noise.   A Song Thrush at nearby Lana.

Dunsdon NR held 1 singing Chiffchaff, at least three active nests in the heronry..

Lower Tamar Lake  4 Tufted Ducks, 6 Canada Geese, 2 Goldinches, 1 Cormorant, 1 singing Chiffchaff.

1 Brimstone butterfly.

Harvey Kendall

Posted March 22nd at 12:44 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

Single Swallow and 3 Chiffchaff  0930 this morning

Posted March 22nd at 12:19 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A Swallow was virtually the first bird I saw when I stepped out of the car first thing and that was followed by some excellent visible migration, with totals including: Woodpigeon (330 – in flocks of up to 84 high over the Channel, mainly heading W), Skylark (3), Sand Martin (14), Swallow (4), alba wagtail (30), Meadow Pipit (200), Chaffinch (23), Linnet (29), Goldfinch (37) and Siskin (5). Wandering oddities (for this site) included Canada Goose (3), Greylag Goose (1) and Rook (2). In the scrub were a Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaffs and a singing Blackcap (first of the spring here).

Posted March 22nd at 11:15 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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