General Birding

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

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1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

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Saturday 7th September 2019

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 General Birding

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 General Birding


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 General Birding

Friday 6th September 2019

Kingsbridge Southville

Red kite circling over 18.45

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 10:32 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding


Firecrest in my garden (Mount Gould) this morning.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 10:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding


Small flock of sleeping Knot.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 9:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding


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 General Birding


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 General Birding

Swift over Plymouth

Swift over central Plymouth (uni) at 9am.

Posted September 6th, 2019 at 9:07 am by Martin Lavelle in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding


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 General Birding

River Taw Horsey Island riverbank

Flock of about 30 Turnstones

Posted September 5th, 2019 at 3:06 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Wednesday 4th September 2019


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 General Birding

Forton. Crediton

Wryneck in garden 11.00 a.m. 

Posted September 4th, 2019 at 7:59 pm by Richard Burston in General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

Monday 2nd September 2019

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

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 General Birding

saltrum house plymouth

15 ringneck parakeet

Posted September 1st, 2019 at 11:53 am by barry insull in General Birding

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