Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th May 2019

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

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

Saturday 11th May 2019

Bovey Tracey Area 11/05/19

Chudleigh Knighton Heath.
Yellowhammer, Large Red Damselfly.
Bovey Heathfield Heath.
2 x Yellowhammer (m&f), Slow-worm, Common Newt.
Yarner Woods.
4+  Pied Flycatcher, Pearl-bordered Fritillary.
Stover Park.
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Chaffinch, Mandarin, Mallards, Grey Squirrels

Posted May 11th at 8:53 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Bolberry Down & South Huish Marsh

Male Ruff west over Bolberry Down, later seen on South Huish Marsh together with Dunlin, 2 Barnacle Geese, White Wagtail & several, presumably migrant, Pied Wagtails

Posted May 11th at 8:26 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


Sherpa had 13 Pied/White Wagtails (3 of the latter) this evening. Still no Yellow ones though.

Posted May 11th at 8:18 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Exmoor,the Devon side.

Just a few more photos, if that's ok,

Pied FlycatcherCommon RedpollGrey Wagtail
Pied Flycatcher                    Common Redpoll                                      Grey Wagtail

Eds: it will be a Lesser Redpoll 

Posted May 11th at 5:40 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Exmoor,the Devon side.

Redpoll,Willow Warbler,Pied flycatcher,Spotted Flycatcher,Redstart,Blackcap,Cuckoo,Whinchat,Grey Wagtail, Dipper,GreenWoodpecker,Larks Pipits,2 Swift ,nice numbers of swallows and martins,really pleased with the good amounts of birds especially nice to see 6 spotted flycatchers.

RedstartSpotted FlycatcherWhinchat
Redstart                                   Spotted Flycatcher                  Whinchat Eds: Stonechat

Posted May 11th at 5:35 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Yesterday at Prawle 10th May

Yesterday was a lovely day to be out though few new migrants although 3 Spotted Flycatchers (my first of the year) were in the area ( the reserve, Ashpark Lane and Stallions Bite).

Also good views of Green Hairstreak and Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary (plus lots of Orange Tips)

Spotted Flycatcher                             Green Hairstreak


Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary


Posted May 11th at 1:46 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding


4pm yesterday, 6 Whimbrel on beach.

Posted May 11th at 7:40 am by Charlotte Crow in General Birding

Friday 10th May 2019

Shipley Bridge/Avon Dam

Late afternoon, of note: 4 Whinchats (3 males), 1m Cuckoo, 2 Redpolls, usual Willow Warblers and Stonechats, Dipper and Grey Wagtail on the river, Buzzard and Kestrel  etc

Posted May 10th at 11:26 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Occombe, Paignton

Spotted Flycatcher seen and observed for approx 10 minutes this afternoon. Only seen once.before 2 years ago in September. Plenty of Blackcaps calling. Song Thrush, Jay, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, nesting Blue Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Buzzard.

Posted May 10th at 10:38 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding


Delighted to report the arrival of 6 new mowing machines in the reserve this morning. In the form of Canada Geese goslings. They were already in the meadow when I was leaving.

Lots of Swallows House and Sand Martins around Sherpa this evening, But still no Yellow Wagtail. 3/4 Swift. 4 Grey Herons and 3 Cormorants flew off.

Posted May 10th at 10:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

South Milton Ley & South Huish marsh

Nice spotted flycatcher at South Milton and a few Sedge warblers, 5 whimbrel on the rocks and a ruff on the marsh at South Huish

Spotted FlycatcherSedge WarblerRuff
Spotted Flycatcher                      Sedge Warbler                                 Ruff

Posted May 10th at 9:50 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Male Ruff, South Milton Reserve

Distant views of a male Ruff in fine breeding colours at South Milton Reserve today. Was feeding almost constantly. This is a first for us having only ever seen the female (reeve?) years ago on Chivenor airfield! 

Male Ruff
Male Ruff

Posted May 10th at 9:40 pm by Phil Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yarner and Trendlebere

A morning walk, ending just before the rain came, produced a Cuckoo, a Common Redstart, many Pied Flycatchers, several Garden Warblers and Tree Pipits, two pairs of Redpolls busy with display flights, and most of the commoner woodland birds, but no Wood Warblers, alas.

Posted May 10th at 8:46 pm by James Camden in General Birding

P B Frittillary near Venford Resevoir

Seen near venford today. 7 PB's


Posted May 10th at 7:29 pm by Ian Samuel in Other Wildlife

P B fritillary

pearl bordered fritillary near venford resevoir

Posted May 10th at 7:20 pm by ian samuel in Other Wildlife

Exeter GCG

Great Crested Grebes with chick.

Short video

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe

Posted May 10th at 7:13 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

ringneck parakeet

saltrum 9 ringneck parakeet by cafe

Posted May 10th at 5:40 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Spotted Flycatchers (2) and Swifts (3) of year, here. Also 6 Mandarin Ducks (5 drakes), 2 Whimbrels, Stock Dove, 3 Wheatears (1 male), 3 Roe Deer & Small Heath.

Posted May 10th at 4:35 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Around Lynton

Whitethroat,Blackcaps,Redstart,Willow Warblers,Tree Pipit,Linnets, Goldfinch,Fulmars,stonechats,Wheatear,greening up nicely and really lovely early morning chorus. Not quite dawn!!!!

Black Cap.Willow WarblerWhitethroat.
Black Cap.                     Willow Warbler                             Whitethroat.

Posted May 10th at 3:51 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Morte Point

0650 - 1125. 60+ Manx Shears flying W, 2 Canada Geese flying E (my 107th species for this site), 1 Whimbrel (first this year), 1 Sedge Warbler in full song, 1 Common Gull, 2 Gannet, 7 Willows, 1 Chiff, 8 Whitethroat, c25 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow plus 22 other Species. 1 Orange Tip the only butterfly.

Canada GeeseWhimbrel
Canada Geese                           Whimbrel

Posted May 10th at 3:40 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Thursday 9th May 2019


This evening walked round Sherpa accompanied by the inquisitive cattle which actually help as a sort of mobile hide! In the centre field with a small strip of mud/water at last a few Wagtails: 5 Pied and 2 White. Also a strange record of a very muddy-footed male Whinchat! Good numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins and several Swifts too. First set (of 3) Canada goslings.

In the reserve caught a modest 5 Swallows and a Sedge Warbler. Plus a Reed Warbler which I ringed in July 2014 as a 3J so now near 5 years old.

Posted May 9th at 10:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Steps Bridge

A morning stroll up to Clifford Bridge and back produced two Common Redstarts, at least six Pied Flycatchers, a Garden Warbler, two pairs of Dippers and a small flock of Crossbills, plus most of the expected common species. A pleasantly-sheltered place to visit on a windy day.

Posted May 9th at 6:30 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

Quick afternoon visit. Hobby at least 2 maybe 4. Spoonbill. Common Lizard, god numbers of hirundine including a few Swift.

Spoonbill video

Common Lizard video

SpoonbillHobby - distantCommon Lizard
Spoonbill                                              Hobby - distant                   Common Lizard

Posted May 9th at 5:35 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Holcombe swifts

Two heading west 6am this morning. Just kept going.

Posted May 9th at 5:15 pm by Barney Donnellan in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

The adult Spoonbill was showing well this lunchtime. Good numbers of House Martins, plus a few Sand Martins and Swifts. 1 Hobby and 1 Peregrine. Also a Weasel and some kind of Shrew.

Posted May 9th at 4:07 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Berry Head

Single Swift off the very end feeding last night

Posted May 9th at 12:52 pm by Tim Clyburn in General Birding

Wednesday 8th May 2019


Hooray the Swift's are back.7 over Stanhope terrace/northdown rd and more importantly 4 on clovelly rd/Waterloo terrace area close to my boxes.May get to lure them in come the weekend.20:20-2030

Posted May 8th at 9:00 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatch 07.45 - 12.15: 97 Manx Shearwatewrs, 6 Sandwich Terns, 2 Gadwalls, 2 Swifts & 1 or 2 Harbour Porpoises.


Posted May 8th at 3:46 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatch 06.30 -07.30hrs  produced 31 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Puffins, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fs Mediterranean Gull, 5 fs Common Gulls, 6 Swifts over the sea and 2 Harbour Porpoises. Also virtually no grounded migrants on the headland.

Posted May 8th at 1:10 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminister Marsh

Male Garganey, Ad Spoonbill, 215+ Dunlin, 10 Whimbrel, 25+ Swift, c10 Sand Martin, 15+ House Martin on Exminister Marsh early this morning. 

Lunch time Adult Spoonbill still present, 120+ Swift, 70+ House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat along railway line & Little Gull 2nd Summer, flew over from Powderham Marsh. 

Posted May 8th at 11:24 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

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