Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st April 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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Sunday 21st April 2019

Bennet's Cross to Golden Dagger Mine, Dartmoor

The valley was alive with Willow Warbler and a couple of Chiffchaff early this morning plus 2 males and a female Whinchat. Heard but couldn't locate probably two Cuckoos but the least expected was a late Brambling at Golden Dagger.  Also a Redstart was seen at Challacombe Farm.


Posted April 21st, 2019 at 10:44 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News


Devon Exmoor: singing Redstart (8), Pied Flycatcher (7, plus 1f), Wood Warbler (3) and c.30 Willow Warblers. Somerset Exmoor: 1 m Whinchat and 5 passage Wheatears.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 10:08 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire and Holwell Tor

Late afternoon. Great views of a pair of Cuckoos, a singing male Redstart and several Wheatears. Also 2 Snipe, a singing Reed Bunting, a Fox and a sizeable Grass Snake. Disappointingly also a couple with a Springer Spaniel running around off the lead on Emsworthy reserve itself despite information signs about ground nesting birds and the need to keep dogs on a lead at every entrance and parking place!

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 10:01 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Mamhead - Starcross

In the woods and clearings around Mamhead: several Tree Pipits, a pair of Redpolls, my first Garden Warbler of the year, and innumerable Willow Willow Warblers, plus Treecreeper, Marsh Tit, Sparrowhawk etc.; in and over the farmland lower down, Red-legged Partridge, at least ten Common Whitethroats, a handful of Swallows and House Martins, and a distantly-heard Cirl Bunting. Nothing of note visible in the estuary, alas. 

James Camden

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 9:47 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Hembury Woods

Early am, of note: 3 singing Tree Pipits, 1 singing male Pied Flycatcher, 1  female Pied Fly gathering nesting material, several Blackcaps and Willow Warblers singing etc.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 9:42 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Crow Point Toll road.

Walked most of the way down the Toll Road this afternoon. Poor rewards. 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sand Martin 3 Swallow. Not long after passing the Toll house on the way back saw the female-type Marsh Harrier over Sherpa Marsh.

This morning from the reserve ALL the local Gulls went up in a real frenzy (about 11.30) but by the time I got to the gate there was nothing out of the ordinary in the sky except an impressive number of Gulls. Did I again miss an Osprey?

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Clampits near Bickington (north Devon)

Still at least 5 cattle egret in field with cattle - could have been a few more but difficult to see from the Tarka trail.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 5:58 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Two Bridges

Cuckoo singing and showing well and one Grasshopper warbler reeling in the valley this morning. Later, lots of Green Tiger Beetles around Headland Warren.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 5:46 pm by Rich Billington in Bird News

Deancombe, Burrator.

This morning near Burrator:

1 singing Pied flycatcher (male), 2 Raven, 3 singing Blackcaps, several Willow warblers and Chiffchaff. Cuckoo and Green woodpecker both heard.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 5:11 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Berry Head

A beautiful early morning walk to go bird spotting. Starting at 7am from the Nature Reserve I headed towards St Mary's bay and followed the coastal path to Berry Head.

In the Nature Reserve I saw 2 lesser black back gulls, a pheasant, 3 yellow hammers and 5 dunnocks.

The hedgerows along the costal path were alive with bird song but many birds were difficult to spot. The highlights were a well concealed wood pigeon, 2 black birds, a robin and 4 goldfinch. On the cliffs by the coast there were numerous gulls, pigeons and crows but the best sighting was of a shag drying its wing feathers in the early morning sun. 

The highlight of my walk was wasn't a sighting but the sound of a cuckoo, which I heard several times near the southern fort at Berry Head.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 3:31 pm by David Roper in Bird News


Generally quiet for birds but (understandably) busy people-wise. Six Wheatears (4 males), c15 Whitethroats, 2 singing Sedge Warblers & 3 House Martins.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 3:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram Sat 20th April

Highlight was a female Whinchat (my 90th species of the year here). Also, a male Wheatear still around, 2 Common Sandpipers, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Curlews, a pair of Grey Wagtails, Green Woodpecker, 2 Mandarin Ducks & 2 Roe Deer (does). 


Posted April 21st, 2019 at 3:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Haytor Cuckoo

Cuckoo calling in Haytor Vale at 07.10 flew off north to Haytor Quarries, calling there briefly before, presumably, continuing onwards 

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 1:25 pm by Colin Brooks in Bird News

Woods at Mill End on R Teign

6 treecreepers, three dipper, 2 grey wagtail, lots of chaffinch and blue tits, long tailed tit plus usual corvids. Possibly more treecreepers, lots around there.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 1:23 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

Hackney Marsh and Passage House

1 Reed Warbler seen and a further four calling between Hackney Marsh and Passage House. 4 Greenshanks and a Greylag close to Passage House. Female Mallard with 12 young at Hackney. 

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 12:50 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy

A beautiful morning out on the Moors (Smeardon Down, Lower Godsworthy, Peter Tavy). Lovely close views of the male Redstart, my first view of the male Cuckoo flying out of a tree right across in front of me (too slow to grab a shot). Other notables a Green Woodpecker flyby, 3 Jays and the usual Stonechats and Meadow Pipits.

Redstart (male)
Redstart (male)

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 12:38 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Lapford, Mid Devon

Red kite seen circling over my house in Lapford this morning. Also one lone swallow has arrived. 

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 12:00 pm by Abby Harris in Bird News

Red Kite ~ South Brent

Red Kite over the house at South Brent at 10.05am this morning headed towards Ivybridge.

Posted April 21st, 2019 at 10:08 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 20th April 2019

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25-10.00: Only small numbers of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers & Blackcaps, but 3 Grasshopper Warblers, 5 Common Whitethroats and a brief snatch of Lesser Whitethroat song. Hardly any hirundines (10 Swallows and 2 House Martins in 3.5 hours); surprising and potentially a bit worrying given the apparently perfect conditions at what ought to be peak passage for Swallows. Biggest surprise was a late Redwing skulking deep in a hawthorn bush as a Whitethroat sang nearby, juxtaposing winter and summer. Other migrants included a drake Shelduck, 26 Common Gulls and 3 Sandwich Terns.


Posted April 20th, 2019 at 10:10 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News


1 Cuckoo seen and another heard at same time at Emsworthy am, pm Cuckoo seen and heard at Challacombe 

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Simon Thurgood in Bird News

Yarner wood

Lots of willow warblers singing and heard my first cuckoos of the year. A tree pipit and a few pied flycatchers, saw a redstart and a few garden warblers.

Garden WarblerPied FlycatcherRedstart
Garden Warbler                              Pied Flycatcher                                   Redstart

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

17.30 - 20.00 avoiding most of the holiday crowds around Turf. Lots of singing and showing Sedge Warblers (no Reed Warb) Two Egyptian Geese near Turf. At least 6 Cettis (3 seen). Peregrine on pylon the only raptor except a dead female kestrel by road.Two Wheatear on one of the brick "pill boxes". Lots of Swallows on the boats at Turf.

Sedge Warb vid -

SwallowEgyptian GooseWheatear
Swallow                          Egyptian Goose                               Wheatear

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 8:52 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire and Yarner Wood


Obliging male Redstart in full song at the Barn.  Mobile and vocal Cuckoo moving around the valley.  4 Wheatears closer to the road.

Pied Flys, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail and Redstart (heard only) at nearby Yarner Wood. 

A Wheatear, Whitethroat, Sandwich Tern and 2 Grey Seals earlier (10.45) at Hope's Nose. 

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 8:24 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

South Hams

3 Redstart at Prawle & 2 Reed Warblers at Beesands.

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 3:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Cracking day, tried my best but eventually gave it up to the holiday crowds.Could only find one male Ring-necked Duck this morning just north of Stokeley Bay. At least 10 Reed Warblers singing and good numbers of singing Cetti's Warblers and Blackcaps. No Sedge or Willow Warblers. 4 Swallows were the only hirundines. Offshore 2 unidentified divers flew south ( probably Black-throated ) and 4 Sandwich Terns. A lone Grey Plover on the beach.

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 2:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Smeardon Down Cuckoo

A Cuckoo calling on Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy this lunchtime, unable to get a visual on him

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 1:04 pm by Andy Brown in Bird News

Bennets Cross to ruin near Soussons.

One grasshopper warbler and willow warblers on every third tree, or so it seemed. Beautiful morning walk.

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 11:11 am by Ian Muir in Bird News


Heard a Cuckoo from the house in Starcross this morning.

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 10:48 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Baggy Point Seawatch

0645 - 0735: 3 Gannet, 6 Fulmar, 2 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 1 Red-Throated Diver, plus 6 unidentified auks

Posted April 20th, 2019 at 9:56 am by Mark Wardman in Bird News

Friday 19th April 2019


Four Goldfinches on my drive.

One of four Goldfinches.
One of four Goldfinches.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 11:23 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Pair of Redstarts showing well this evening at Yarner wood .,along with the pied flycatchers, willow warblers and a lovely Goldcrest.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 10:55 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Velator ringing

A quality morning's ringing today: Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Blackcaps, Dunnock, juv Robin, Kingfisher and a Merlin!

Haven't ringed one of these since 2005!On release it flew to a nearby telegraph pole.
Haven't ringed one of these since 2005!                        On release it flew to a nearby telegraph pole.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 7:52 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Powderham and Exminster Marshes


Little Gull, Snow Goose and Green Sandpiper from the viewing platform at Powderham.


Cattle Egret amongst the cows in the fields behind Lion's Rest.




Posted April 19th, 2019 at 7:18 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


2 cuckoos calling and flying in valley above Burrator reservoir .Also a lively and inquisitive weasel .

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 7:05 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Stover Country Park

This morning at Stover:

3 Tufted duck (2m, 1f), 11 Mandarin duck, 6 Willow warbler, 4 Blackcap including 3 singing males, 5 Siskin, 2 Marsh tit, 2 Stock dove, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Green woodpecker, and several Nuthatch round the feeders. 

Marsh tit.Stock Dove.Nuthatch.
Marsh tit.                           Stock Dove.                                      Nuthatch

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 6:30 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News


2 Serins (pair?) Harrowbeer airfield. Viewing within 5 meters 

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 5:52 pm by Ian Mortimore in Bird News

East Soar

Highlight today Hoopoe just west of Starehole Ponds by Pump House, found by NT staff and giving excellent views in early pm. Also: 5 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 8 Sand Martin, House Martin & 15 Swallow.

Non-avian: 2 Green Hairstreak, 3 Wall Brown., Small Copper.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 5:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Morte Point

0700 - 11.40  1 Whitethroat. Only 1 Swallow. No Martins. Good number of singing Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. Wheatear collecting nesting material. A single small yellow Butterfly which I was unable to identify before it was taken by a Stonechat  Grey Seal consuming a large fish - possibly a Codling? collecting nesting material. A single small yellow Butterfly which I was unable to identify before it was taken by Stonechat. Grey Seal consuming a large fish - possibly a Codling?

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Cuckoo's at venford reservoir

2 cuckoo's seen and calling  all around venford this morning also 8 male + female blackcaps seen displaying around the reservoir footpath and 1 swallow 

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 3:54 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Cuckoo, sidvalley

Cuckoo heard calling in the upper Sidvalley this morning, the first one I've heard here in 6 years. Also a Hobby flew over the outskirts of Sidbury.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 3:31 pm by Jude Dinham-Price in Bird News


Helped my brother take out and put in a new engine for his boat at liners lane n.devon and between 11.25-11.38 had 3buzzards 3 sparrowhawk's a red kite then the gulls created downstream towards appledore and managed to connect with an osprey.Pretty cool 13 minutes.Brimstone butterfly just in the our garden Bideford.Could be a first.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 1:47 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Tamar Lakes.

4 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Chaffinches, 2 Great Tits, 5 Blue Tits, 2 Wood Pigeons, small groups of Mallards and a few Teal, 5 Moorhens, 3 Coot, 3 Cormorants,

2 Orange Tips and 3 Brimstones.

Strangely - no hirundines, 

Harvey Kendall.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 1:42 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Norsworthy Bridge area

Walking up the path to Kingset Farm, heard Willow  Warbler, Chiffchaff, then  saw a pair of Wheatear, the female taking food into a wall. On the way back a lovely Red start. 

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 12:21 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Bull Point

A busy morning (06.15-09.10): adult Mediterranean Gull and 52 Common Gulls migrating E (latter incl. a single flock of 36), 5 Sandwich Terns heading W, 1 Short-eared Owl (evident migrant, flew out to sea then high over Morte Point), 10 Sand Martins, 19 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 21 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps, 3 Wheatears, 1 flyover Tree Pipit, 27 Meadow Pipits, 3 alba wagtails, 28 Linnets, 1 redpoll sp., 76 Goldfinches (many flying high overhead and out to sea at the lighthouse), and 4 Siskins.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 10:52 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Red Kite Plymouth

Single bird drifted over Lipson at 10.40 harassed by Herring Gulls

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 10:51 am by Rich Billington in Bird News


4 in our Bideford garden this morning.The resident male still and 3 females.Putting up a new swift box this weekend in eager anticipation of their arrival.

Posted April 19th, 2019 at 9:21 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Thursday 18th April 2019

N Devon Hunters Inn

A pair of Pied Flycatchers and good numbers of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Linnet, Stonechat and Wheatear on the headland.

Pied flycatcher (m)Pied flycatcher (F)
Pied flycatcher (m)                     Pied flycatcher (F)

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 9:22 pm by Richard Gowen in Bird News

South Huish marsh

2 cattle egret on South Huish marsh and a little egret, 2 wheatear, 1 Med gull, 7 Whimbrel flying around the bay and a few sandwich terns.

Cattle EgretLittle Egret & Cattle egretSandwich Tern
Cattle Egret                  Little Egret & Cattle egret                                Sandwich Tern

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 8:20 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Swift - Kingsteignton

A solitary Swift feeding over Kingsteignton 1915hrs - very early return for this site - normally 2nd May

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 7:23 pm by JDA in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A late Jack Snipe, Snipe, 5 Wheatears (3m), 2 House Martins, 12+ Swallows, 2 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, 3 Greenshanks, Bar-tailed Godwit, Stock Dove & a pair of Mandarin Ducks.  

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 7:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Colyford Common, East Devon


This Jackdaw had a ready supply of nest material thanks to a Ruby Red.  Not seen this behaviour before but both seemed quite happy with the arrangement.  Otherwise not much of interest around Seaton Wetlands. 

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 6:37 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.20-08.40 In contrast to yesterday, rather few grounded migrants, though including another Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whitethroats and a Wheatear, but only low single numbers of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers & Blackcaps. On the flip side, visible migration was more in evidence, at least early on until a strong and chilly ENE wind started up. Totals included: 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (all following the shoreline up channel in small groups), 33 Sand Martins, 14 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 62 Meadow Pipits, 4 Tree Pipits, 3 alba wagtails, 44 Linnets and 56 Goldfinches.

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 5:57 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Toll Road/Velator

Cycled down the Toll road this morning, hoping for an Osprey. Saw 3 Wheatears, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, and a lot of Crows and Gulls getting very excited. Hastening towards the White House, I couldn't see anything to get excited about until this Otter appeared - catching something in the mere and bringing it to shore to eat. It did this several times as I sat in the Toll road embankment watching. Then it headed out over the small hedge and straight towards me! Must have passed within 6 feet! Then down the embankment to the Toll Road right in front of a White Van who stopped and watched as it plopped into the ditch, scaring the young Cows! The only unfortunate thing about the whole episode was that it appeared to have a broken rear left leg.

Later I saw Sue Bruce who had seen the Great White Egret at Sherpa, and I also saw it briefly from a distance.

Otter on the mud.Otter close up.
Otter on the mud.                                     Otter close up.

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 3:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Bit quiet generally, but a small number of Swallows and Sand Martins through. At least two Wheatear showing quite well. Little Grebe calling at the back, also Cetti's and Sedge Warbler 'singing' in the reeds, carrying over in an easterly wind. In the lane Blackcap, Chiff Chaff and Nuthatch

Posted April 18th, 2019 at 2:22 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

2 Swallows at our house today, looked as if they were preparing to roost this evening. Orange tip in garden

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 10:27 pm by Mark West in Bird News

Migrating whimbrel South Huish marsh

Lots of Whimbrel flying around South Huish marsh one flock contained over 100.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 9:34 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

South Hams

Soar: Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 2 Sand Martins, 4 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs & 18 Yellowhammers.

Slapton Ley: the 3 Ring-necked Ducks (2 drakes) still around half way down Lower Ley, 5 Reed Warblers singing, c25 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 12 Swallows, Common Sandpiper, drake Goldeneye & 8 Sandwich Terns.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 9:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.25-08.45 Highlight was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. The scrub held good numbers of other grounded warblers, including at least 18 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs, 8 Willow Warblers and 3 Whitethroats, as well as 2 Wheatears. Overhead, visible migration was rather quiet considering the promising weather conditions locally, but news from Mike Langman of thick clag at Berry Head gave a clue as to why relatively few birds seemed to be moving north. That said, there were 35 Swallows whipping through and out to sea, along with 8 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, 22 Meadow Pipits, 28 Linnets, 16 Goldfinches and 4 Siskins.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 8:55 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News


My walk was accompanied to the sound of a cuckoo , sighting of an osprey riding on thermal waves, skylarks singing and a clouded yellow butterfly. What a walk . 

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 7:39 pm by Ruth Baker in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1400-15.30

A single Whimbrel on foreshore at Ashford sewage works and a flock of c20 overhead. Black-headed Gulls have reduced in large numbers and Herring Gulls, LBBG and GBBG have taken over their normal roosts.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 7:39 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Hope's Nose


Steady stream of Swallows heading north, perhaps 45+.  11 Sandwich Terns, 3 Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff, 2 Rock Pipits and 3 Gannets. 

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 6:54 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Sandy Lane Car Park to Saunton Sands Golf Club

Good numbers of Willow Warbler 15, Chiffchaff 12, & Blackcap 18 along this section of footpath.

Also my first Lesser Whitethroat of the spring.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 6:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berrynarbor Wheatear

Wheatear seen in our garden and meadow this afternoon.  It spent all afternoon flitting between the various wood piles.  I wonder if it is the same one that spent a few days here at this time last year.


Posted April 17th, 2019 at 6:40 pm by Kim Beaver in Bird News

Powderham Marsh and Exminster Marsh

Little Gull on Powderham Marsh was the highlight.also Blackcap (male singing) and Cirl Buntings plus a pair of Kestrel. On both sides of the railway Reed and Sedge Warblers heard not seen, at least 5 Cettis (one seen), and numerous Reed Bunting. Gadwall near middle car park and Skylark over the lagoon. Lots of Swallows particularly near Turf.

Little Gull flying video -

Blackcap singing video -

Little GullGadwallBlackcap
Little Gull                            Gadwall                                 Blackcap

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 6:16 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News

Roborough Down, Clearbrook

A male Cuckoo seen and heard this morning - also Lesser Redpolls, Willow Warblers. Chiffchaffs,Yellowhammers and a Peregrine.

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 4:48 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News


Not much of note in the reserve this morning (one Sedge Warbler) so I went for a walk around Sherpa. Of note: a pair of Wigeon (somewhat late) 3 Common Sandpipers, which flew off north. 3 Grey Herons, 5 Little Egrets and a Great White Egret which flew south but I was blocked by the embankment and so I didn't see if it landed at the Sherpa pools. One singing but unseen Reed Warbler.

No Hirundines at all!

Posted April 17th, 2019 at 3:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 16th April 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A short visit this evening produced: Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 13 Wheatears (9 males), Red-legged Partridge, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Little Egrets, 2 drake Mandarin Ducks & 2 Swallows.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 9:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tarka trail - Braunton > Barnstaple

12 Blackcaps between Braunton & Barnstaple & 3 more between Barnstaple & Bishop's Tawton along the cycle track & footpath. A  few male Orange - tips on the wing.

Several large branches torn from the trees alongside the trail by yesterday's gales.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 7:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

1 Sandwich Tern being hassled by a Herring Gull off Plymouth Hoe this afternoon.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 7:01 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Trendlebere Down, Top Car Park. 16/4/19

Tree Pippit Put On A Good Show Today,With A Lot Of Aerial Maneuvers!!


Posted April 16th, 2019 at 6:53 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News

Powderham Marsh - Little Gull

A moulting adult Little Gull found by Brian H early afternoon and still present mid/late afternoon flying up and down the main channel by the pylon. Also 1 Green Sand and the Snow Goose also present. Interestingly an adult Little Gull was present here on the 7th April last year 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 6:45 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Velator reserve

Not a promising start, but the misty mizzle cleared and I opened the nets about 10. In yesterday's howling gale, there were good numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins catching insects over the pond, They returned today but I couldn't entice any into the nets. Ringed one Chiffchaff, 1 Goldfinch, 8 Blackcaps, 1 Sedge Warbler (very fat). 9 Willow Warblers, a House Sparrow, and, after hearing one yesterday I saw it today and then caught the first juvenile Blackbird of the year, A pair of Linnets again put in an appearance.

As it warmed up later on, a few Orange-tips, a Speckled Wood and a Comma appeared.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Flock of 40 whimbrel flew into Plymouth sound from out at sea heading toward,s St. John’s lake at 2.30 pm.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 4:54 pm by Sylvia tucker in Bird News

Brixham Harbour

7 Swans in Brixham Harbour at low tide this morning. Unfortunately the 7 wouldn't come together for a photograph !!! 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 3:25 pm by David Roper in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Dreary start but sun poking through late morning. Highlight was male Ring Ouzel plus 6 Wheatear, 34 Swallow, 12 Blackcap, Willow Warbler in song & 14 Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: 4 Holly Blue, Small White, 2 Speckled Wood, Peacock & Small Tortoiseshell.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 3:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


A very rushed distant image of Redpoll visiting the garden this morning.

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

Eds - this is presumably a Lesser Redpoll (though not all the key separation points from Common (Mealy) can be assessed in this photo.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 3:09 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News


Tree Pipit in the cleared plantation.

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 2:34 pm by Geoff Campbell in Bird News


This Blackcap ha been a regular visitor over the last three days feedng from cut apples on the bird tRobin

Eds - please give location for all posts (exact one is not required for private gardens)

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 2:21 pm by Ranald Fowler in Bird News

Penhill Marsh

8 Cattle egret still present feeding with cows in fields opposite side of the Tarka Trail to Penhill Marsh. 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 2:09 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News


Heard at 11.45am in woods to rear of Kingsley school Bideford today unable to locate 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 12:35 pm by Rob Cleversley in Bird News

Tiverton Garden watch

most of the finches have dispersed, leaving 2pr Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1pr Chaffinch, 4/5 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin 2m 1f, 3 adult Robins 1juvenile, 2pr Great tit 1pr very brightly coloured the other washed out?, 5 Blue tit, 1 Coal tit, 3 Longtailed tit,  possible 2 Chiffchaff?? 1 Wren, 1 Magpie, 4 Woodpigeon, 1 Starling (a first) 1 pr House Sparrow (another first)

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 12:08 pm by martyn Webb in Bird News

Walls Hill Torquay

10 swallows flying over the cliffs this morning at 0640hrs. 

Posted April 16th, 2019 at 10:39 am by Michael Curran in Bird News

Monday 15th April 2019

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

Interesting apparent miscalculation by male Sparrowhawk, who initially flew at a Grey Squirrel under feeders in our garden. Pretty sure this is same bird that frequently uses an ambush tactic of sitting in a hedge then pouncing. This time the bird was one side of a tree with the squirrel at the other, about 8 feet away. After initially swooping around the trunk with intent, the Sparrowhawk seemed to quickly decide it wasn't a good idea and landed on a wall close by. The squirrel jumped but didn't run, then carried on feeding. The Sparrowhawk composed itself before flying up the garden hedge where it regularly sits and waits, typically this is quite close to the ground.

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 10:11 pm by Mark West in Bird News


Highlights on feeder in my garden; four Redpolls 1 m and 3 f, up to seven Siskins 4 m and 3f. Siskins have been around for four weeks or so. Brief glimpse of Sparrowhawk this am.

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 8:13 pm by Steve Earl in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 08.00 - 14.00: 73 Sandwich Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, "Commic" Tern, 4 Bonxies, 2 Great Northern & a Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe (in sum plum, sitting on the sea), 2 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd-s & ad-s), 12 Sand Martins (south very low over the sea), Harbour Porpoise & Grey Seal. 

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 7:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dockwell - South Brent

Spring migrants may be arriving, but winter is still with us in more ways than just the current cold weather! A mixed flock of 50+ Fieldfare and Redwing, probably equal numbers of each, very mobile in the tops of oak trees at Dockwell, South Brent at 4pm today.

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 6:07 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News


Yarner and Trendlebear , Very strong winds across the area~ Chiffchaff, Tree Pipit, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, male Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Peregrine and the briefest view of a male Redstart.

 Chiffchaff Willow Warbler

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 3:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Willow Warbler Exeter

Willow Warbler singing in St Bartholomew’s Cemetery Park, above Exe Street, central Exeter. They pass through here each year during the second week of April, staying for about a week.

Posted April 15th, 2019 at 10:18 am by Simon Smith in Bird News

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