Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st March 2019

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford




·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·          Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·        Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish



Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 19th July 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Think before you post...!


Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


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

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, 2019 at 8:50 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:18 pm by Val Grehan in Bird News

exmouth ringneck parakeet

exmouth mears farm ringneck parakeet 3 parakeets 1 female 2 male

Posted March 31st, 2019 at 7:24 pm by barry in Bird News


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, 2019 at 3:38 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

6 Teals and  3 Swallows this afternoon.

Posted March 31st, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

2 Swallows -- Kenwith

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

Posted March 31st, 2019 at 1:45 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:52 am by Alan Denzey in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:41 am by Philip and Hazel Strange in Bird News

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

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

Posted March 31st, 2019 at 7:44 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:50 pm by Steve King in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:18 pm in Bird News

Osprey low over East Teignmouth

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

Posted March 30th, 2019 at 2:58 pm by Adam Davison in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

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, 2019 at 9:13 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:48 pm by Fiona Freshney and Simon Lee in Bird News

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, 2019 at 5:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


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

Posted March 29th, 2019 at 4:15 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

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, 2019 at 3:16 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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, 2019 at 5:22 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

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, 2019 at 5:12 pm by George Green in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

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, 2019 at 3:24 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


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, 2019 at 12:58 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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, 2019 at 5:23 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Good for Butterflies this morning:

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

Several singing Chiffchaffs.

Posted March 27th, 2019 at 4:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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, 2019 at 3:31 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:31 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:49 am by Richard Burston in Bird News

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, 2019 at 5:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

nr. South Brent

Lateish Redwings at Aish and Didworthy today.

Posted March 26th, 2019 at 5:52 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:43 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Chudleigh Knighton Heath

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

Posted March 26th, 2019 at 1:57 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:45 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:20 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Bonaparte's Gull this afternoon

Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull

Posted March 25th, 2019 at 6:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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, 2019 at 6:23 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

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, 2019 at 5:19 pm by Andy Lansdell in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

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

Posted March 25th, 2019 at 4:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:09 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

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, 2019 at 10:02 am by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:12 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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, 2019 at 2:09 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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, 2019 at 1:57 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 24th March 2019

Mel Tor

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

Posted March 24th, 2019 at 8:56 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:27 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:06 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Northern Wheatear

Two x Wheatear at Northam Burrows today 

Posted March 24th, 2019 at 7:53 pm by R.Walter in Bird News

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, 2019 at 7:45 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

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, 2019 at 6:48 pm by Christine Raines in Bird News

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, 2019 at 6:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

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, 2019 at 6:35 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:57 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:53 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Valley of rocks

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


Posted March 24th, 2019 at 2:51 pm by John Elvin in Bird News


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, 2019 at 1:23 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:26 pm by Robert Gaze in Bird News


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

Posted March 24th, 2019 at 12:04 pm by Robin Stanbridge in Bird News


Record shot of yesterday's Garganey at Wrafton.

Posted March 24th, 2019 at 8:01 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Slapton Ley

Male Scaup in Stokeley Bay this morning.

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Valley of Rocks

2 Smart male Wheatear this afternoon. 

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 4:42 pm by John Elvin in Bird News


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

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 4:24 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

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, 2019 at 4:00 pm by Steph Murphy in Bird News

Heathfield, Newton Abbott

Single swallow over Heathfield Industrial Estate

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Graham Devine in Bird News

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, 2019 at 3:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Headland Warren-Challacombe Farm

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

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 3:23 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News


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, 2019 at 2:07 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Haldon Pier

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

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 12:19 pm by Robert Gaze in Bird News


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, 2019 at 10:54 am by Martin Rooney in Bird News


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

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 9:41 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:55 am by Peter Leigh in Bird News

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, 2019 at 8:19 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in Bird News

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, 2019 at 3:18 pm in Bird News

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, 2019 at 1:19 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

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, 2019 at 1:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

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, 2019 at 12:44 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Chambercombe Manor

Single Swallow and 3 Chiffchaff  0930 this morning

Posted March 22nd, 2019 at 12:19 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

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, 2019 at 11:15 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

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