Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th September 2019

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Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

However, in the last year, more posts have been appearing purely on subjects other than birds. Whilst of interest to some observers, this is detracting from the aim of the pages, i.e. principally bird sightings.

Devon Birds has therefore taken the decision to require contributors of other wildlife to post this in the Other Wildlife subject. However it’s accepted that occasional, exceptional, other wildlife seen during a birding outing justifies inclusion in the bird sightings post. This should, however, be a minor part of the post.

Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

Our aim is to provide a concise daily news summary of bird sightings around Devon, and these changes should fulfil this goal.

Below is a summary of the changes:

  • Bird News (bird sightings of interest, with added occasional other wildlife) will be the default subject when visitors arrive at this page.
  • Other Wildlife posts therefore won’t initially be shown unless visitors click Other Wildlife under Subjects on the right-hand side.
  • Only two photos can now be submitted per post.
  • General bird photos should be posted in our Gallery please.
  • Co-authors should now only use the Submit a Blog Post form, to ensure a more consistent format for posts.

Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News


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Saturday 7th September 2019

insects at East Soar

A few Clouded yellows flying around Soar, also common blues, small coppers, Red Admiral painted ladies. Two migrant hawkers fighting over territory on the pond and the biggest robber fly I've seen.

Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker

Robber fly
Robber fly

Clouded yellow
Clouded yellow

Posted September 7th, 2019 at 9:38 pm by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Bull Point

Over 30 Gannets over a pod of Dolphins around Bull Point on the tide,large amount of fish,so a good feed for all.Amazing to watch so close to the cliffs.


Posted September 7th, 2019 at 5:08 pm by john elvin in Bird News

Female wheatear, Holcombe

10:45 - Spent 2 minutes on the neighbours chimney stack, then flew off inland.

Posted September 7th, 2019 at 4:31 pm by Barney Donnellan in Bird News


A range of common migrants today: 3 Yellow Wagtails, 8 White Wagtails, 2+ Tree Pipits, Reed & Sedge Warblers, 32 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 14 Whitethroats, 13 Blackcaps, 10 Wheatears, 7 Sand Martins & 100+ House Martins. Also, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hare & Fox.

Posted September 7th, 2019 at 4:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Cattle egret briefly with the cattle and osprey on post in river this morning. 

Posted September 7th, 2019 at 10:25 am by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

Friday 6th September 2019

Kingsbridge Southville

Red kite circling over 18.45

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 10:32 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News


Firecrest in my garden (Mount Gould) this morning.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 10:07 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Large raptor reported killed on the Kingsteignton bypass flyover, hope it isn't the Osprey that has been seen on the estuary the last few days.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 10:04 pm by Dpa in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Whinchat, 2 Stonechats, Chiffchaff, 4 Stock Doves, 3 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks, 145 Redshanks, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull (2nd-s), Shag, 14 Grey Herons & 9 Roe Deer.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 9:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Small flock of sleeping Knot.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 9:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape + Tarka trail

late aft - 18 Black tailed Godwit on the scrape, a small flock of sleeping Knot & 2 Bar - tailed Godwits on the Taw Estuary at Pottington. On the outward journey, a charm of Goldfinces feeding on seeds on the side of the Tarka trail.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

River Caen, adj to Toll House

Good views of a Peregrine flying into a flock of Curlew at low level, and putting up the flock of resting Black Headed gulls at about 11am.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 8:29 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News


Peregrine over briefly this morning. Kingfisher fishing in the pond. Otherwise quiet, (apart from a black cat!)

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 8:14 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


3+ spotted flycatcher and a raven at Killerton National Trust NE of Ellerhayes Bridge 4pm.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 5:30 pm by Olly Mears in Bird News


Seen several Red Admirals around recently & Painted Ladies on the Buddleia along the Tarka trail.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 11:19 am by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Swift over Plymouth

Swift over central Plymouth (uni) at 9am.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 9:07 am by Martin Lavelle in Bird News

Thursday 5th September 2019

South Huish marsh evening

19 Black-tailed godwits,1 Bar-tailed godwit,34 Dunlin, 4 Yellow wagtail, 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Wheatear and one ringed plover. Lovely evening.

       Black-tailed godwits, Dunlin and a Bar-tailed godwit              Grey Phalarope            Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin
   Black-tailed godwits, Br-t Godwit & Dunlin       Grey Phalarope                         Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin

Posted September 5th, 2019 at 9:32 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Around Croyde

4 Med gulls in the rock pools,5 Wheatear,3 pair Stonechats,fulmars,shags and cormorants in good numbers plus4 Willow Warblers.Lots of Dragon and Damzel flies around the ponds

Mediterranean GullWillow WarblerWheatear
Mediterranean Gull                                            Willow Warbler                                  Wheatear

Posted September 5th, 2019 at 7:43 pm by john elvin in Bird News

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Concrete bank between rear of RGB and Bradiford Water. 1115 - 1300.

Mixed roost of Black-backed Gulls and c100 Oystercatchers together with 45 Knot, 2 Curlew, 1 Redshank and 21 Black-tailed Godwits. 50% of the Oystercatchers were juveniles. Approximately 35 Little Egret dotted about and roosting in trees from Penhill Marsh to Chivenor during high tide (11.09 - 3mtrs at Bple)



Posted September 5th, 2019 at 7:30 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

12 noon to 1pm of note: Grey Phalarope still present, plus 25 Dunlin, 20 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Sand Martins.

Posted September 5th, 2019 at 3:31 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


Nice mix of common migrants again this morning: 1 Common Swift, c10 Sand Martins, c25 House Martins, c100 Swallows, 2 Tree Pipits, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchats, 1 Sedge Warbler, c25 Whitethroats, c10 Blackcaps, c5 Willow Warblers and c5 Chiffchaffs.

Posted September 5th, 2019 at 3:29 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

River Taw Horsey Island riverbank

Flock of about 30 Turnstones

Posted September 5th, 2019 at 3:06 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

This morning, an Osprey was on a post mid river from the viewing platform. Also 1 Kingfisher and 3 Common Sandpipers. From the hide, large number of Curlew with at least 2 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Posted September 5th, 2019 at 12:59 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Plym Estuary/Saltram

Walked around area before high tide and saw the following.

Curlew 28, Greenshank 6, Redshank 156, Oystercatcher 8, Kingfisher 1, Little Egret 16, Grey Heron 17, Little Grebe 2, Common Sandpiper 5, Grey Wagtail 1, Willow Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 5, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Whinchat 3, Stonechat 3, Kestrel 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Stock Dove 8 & Mistle Thrush 11.

Posted September 5th, 2019 at 11:50 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Wednesday 4th September 2019

South Huish Marsh 4/9/2019

The grey phalarope showing well this afternoon, Along with 30+dunlin, 21 black tailed godwits, 1 bar tailed godwit and 7 yellow wagtails.

Sparrow hawk flyover scattered the waders twice while i was there,

Posted September 4th, 2019 at 8:40 pm by patrick hawkins in Bird News


In the woods along the the Holne Moor Least NW of Venford Reservoir this pm c70 Siskin feeding on birch seeds and a roaming flock of 42 Mistle Thrushes.

Posted September 4th, 2019 at 8:17 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Forton. Crediton

Wryneck in garden 11.00 a.m. 

Posted September 4th, 2019 at 7:59 pm by Richard Burston in Bird News


Hobby, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtails, Sedge Warbler, 2 Wheatears, 10 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, Grey Wagtail & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted September 4th, 2019 at 4:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

South Huish marsh evening

Lovely evening at South Huish marsh, 17 Black-tailed godwits, 1 Bar-tailed godwit, 1 Grey phalarope,18 Dunlin, 5 yellow wagtails, 2 Sparrow hawks and a swift.

Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed godwit and Dunlin
Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed godwit and Dunlin

Yellow Wagtails
Yellow Wagtails

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 3rd, 2019 at 8:52 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

1 Curlew Sandpiper amongst the Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Dunlin roosting along The Bight on the high tide at Dawlish Warren this morning. Also a Wheatear, 2 Raven and very mobile Sandwich Terns.

Offshore Gannets., 2 Common Scoter and more Sandwich Terns. 

Autumn Lady's Tresses showing well

Posted September 3rd, 2019 at 8:42 pm by Stuart Michael Green in Bird News

exmouth ringneck parakeet

5 ringneck parakeet including one blue in colour mear valley

Posted September 3rd, 2019 at 5:57 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Teign Estuary

Osprey at Flow Point 3.30 today, attempting to fish with no luck watched for several minutes as it slowly drifted up river.

Posted September 3rd, 2019 at 5:20 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

East and Middle Soar

Mid/late am. Some common migrants around: at least 20 Whitethroats, several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, a few Willow Warblers, 2 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Pied Flycatcher. 

Posted September 3rd, 2019 at 4:25 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

Grey Phalarope still present and showing very well early am and then again when I returned at lunchtime. Also 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and a Snipe early am and then 15 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow Wagtails at lunchtime.

Posted September 3rd, 2019 at 4:07 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Saltram Blaxton Meadow 03-09-19 Snipe

At Blaxton Meadow, Saltram a single and hard to see Snipe, Greenshank, Redshank, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Dunlin, little Egrets and Herons.

Posted September 3rd, 2019 at 3:37 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Monday 2nd September 2019


Highlight was 2 Ortolan Buntings, in the stubble field just west of East Soar Farm (12.05 to c14.30 but not since). Otherwise: 17 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 6 Willow Warblers, Ringed Plover, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers & a Clouded Yellow.

Later at South Huish Marsh, the Grey Phalarope showing well on the front pool & also 6 Dunlins & 3 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 10:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

1 juv Black Tern dip feeding with a juv Common Tern at Stokely Bay also 2 male Pochard with 40+ Tufted Ducks.

Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 8:45 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Turf, Exe Estuary

At lunch time (1 pm) osprey over to north of Turf flying west. Two sandwich terns (adults) feeding close to jetty and little tern (1w) shortly after.The little tern has been present for a few days and appears to follow the tide line from Turf to Topsham..

Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 6:06 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

East to Middle Soar

A smattering of migrants: Ringed Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker in willows, 14 (very clean) White Wagtails, 3 Wheatear, Redstart, 20 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, 150 Linnet. Well Done to PA finding the Ortolan!

Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 12:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Seaton area, 1st September

Black Hole Marsh is in excellent condition for waders, with Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, Knot, Ruff and 2 Green Sandpipers among Dunlin, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits yesterday, with the Osprey over the Axe nearby.

Insects ruled the day though, with Roesel's Bush-crickets (and lots of Long-winged Coneheads) in the long grass near the Seaton Marshes dipping pond, thanks my daughter's much better hearing (I've lost the range to hear bush-crickets). The NBN Atlas map shows nothing for Devon, I think it was recorded at Dawlish Warren last year. And as we were so close, a visit to see Long-tailed Blue egg-laying on a patch Everlasting Pea below the undercliff at Axmouth was unavoidable. Two Devon insect ticks for me!

Roesel's Bush-cricket male Long-tailed Blue female Long-tailed Blue female

Male Roesel's Bush-cricket, Seaton Marshes    Female Long-tailed Blue on Everlasting Pea, Axmouth

Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 12:22 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

South Brent

A modest increase in migrants with two Whinchats and a Redstart on Brent Hill this morning, two Wheatears there yesterday, a Spotted Fly at nearby Overbrent and a Yellow Wag there on Saturday.

Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 12:14 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Sunday 1st September 2019

Lyme Bay Trip

From this morning's Lyme Bay Boat Trip from Brixham, some of the birds seen as already reported by Nigel Smallbones. A great morning.

Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwater



Posted September 1st, 2019 at 7:23 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight was a Wood Sandpiper which flew over my garden calling, and headed south over the lower estuary. Also: Tree Pipit, 8 Greenshanks, 4 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, Kingfisher, Shag, Roe Deer & over 100 spikes of Autumn Ladies Tresses. 

Posted September 1st, 2019 at 5:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hobby ~ South Brent

Second day running with a Hobby seen from home at South brent, yesterday's visit with the bird  hunting Swallows was impressive, today's visit demonstrated the Hobby's incredible speed and agility and this time it took a Swallow clean out of the air after a lightning quick turn.

Tawny owl heard calling at 10am, steady trickle of House Martins overhead throughout the day.

Posted September 1st, 2019 at 4:47 pm by Steve HOPPER in Bird News

Lyme Bay Boat trip

This mornings boat trip from Brixham was rewarded with a Wheatear before we had left the Harbour, the bird  was on the old fuel jetty but flew away very quickly. Sea conditions good and we had a good trip with freshing wind as we returned.  Good numbers of Kittiwake off Berry Head, 200+. Other birds seen 550+ Manx Shearwater but further study of pictures might give a Balearic Shearwater, 5 small waders flying through when going out and a further  2 when coming back in. 3 Great Skua, 1 Young Artic Skua, 1 Ringed Plover!! 10 Fulmar, 1 Black-headed Gull, many Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and a fine assortment  of different aged Gannets. On returning back into Torbay joined by 8 Common Dolphin. I think all enjoyed the trip.

Posted September 1st, 2019 at 3:29 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Ring-necked parakeet

1 heard flying over Kingsdown cl, Dawlish this morning at 8am

Posted September 1st, 2019 at 12:44 pm by paul barker in Bird News

saltrum house plymouth

15 ringneck parakeet

Posted September 1st, 2019 at 11:53 am by barry insull in Bird News

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