General Birding

Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Thank you.

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July
Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August
Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October
Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April
Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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

Saturday 14th September 2019

Saltern Cove, Torbay.

3 oystercatchers and 1 common sandpiper on the rocks early afternoon.

Posted September 14th at 10:23 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

4 ringneck parakeet mear valley including the blue one

Posted September 14th at 8:26 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Slapton Ley

2500+ Swallows in to roost reedbed at tank car park

Posted September 14th at 7:55 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding


Osprey at Warleigh Point this morning.

Posted September 14th at 4:08 pm by ChrisnBuckland in General Birding

Fremington Pill

Spotted Redshank 

Posted September 14th at 1:17 pm by Gordon Westley in General Birding

Slapton Sands

Brisk NE wind. Great to see around 500 Kittiwakes ( 90% adults ), 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 18 Common Terns, 8 Ringed Plovers and 3 Dunlins.

Posted September 14th at 12:09 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Avon Dam

Vocal male Ring Ouzel in small hawthorn above res at sunrise this morning. My previous earliest for area was 20 Sep 2015, but earlier records elsewhere on Dartmoor, e.g, 7 Sep last year. Two Wheatears and 7 Pied/White Wags (probably White) on dam wall, and a Whinchat on Brent Hill yesterday.

Posted September 14th at 9:13 am by Peter Reay in General Birding

parakeetsin central park

well over 100 ringneck parakeet came from no where in central park at 720 am quite something to watch these birds performing acrobatics in the sky.stayed for about half hour before splitting up

Posted September 14th at 8:49 am by barry insull in General Birding

Friday 13th September 2019

Slapton Ley

Black Swan Stokeley Bay today

Posted September 13th at 6:03 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Wheatear at Yealmpton

A single wheatear on the telegraph wires near Lyneham House.

Posted September 13th at 5:22 pm by Doug Herdson in General Birding

Thursday 12th September 2019

Wryneck near Parkham

Wryneck found in fruit cage this morning. Released unharmed

Posted September 12th at 10:46 pm by Richard in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

8+ skittish and mobile Yellow Wagtails amongst the cattle this afternoon at South Huish Marsh. A Ruff also flew in to join the 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 21 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits
Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits

Posted September 12th at 6:21 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Slapton Sands

Spent an hour this afternoon at Slapton. Large numbers of what i think were juvenile Kittiwake. Not much to see in the time i was there on the Ley, mostly Tufted Duck and Great Crested Grebe. A few Rock Pipit on the beach. 

Juvenile Kittiwake
Juvenile Kittiwake

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted September 12th at 5:29 pm by duncan leitch in General Birding

South Brent ~ Tawny owls

Two Tawny owls tucked away at the bottom of the garden today.... South Brent

Posted September 12th at 4:31 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Exmouth, off Mudbank

Autumn's here - the Brents are back.  A flock of 35 on mid-estuary sandbank, mixed Pale-bellied and Dark-bellied.    60 Wigeon, 10 Pintail & 50 Mute Swans coming to the southern end of the estuary to get their share of the Exmouth LNR eel-grass.

Posted September 12th at 4:03 pm by Rupert Ormerod in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works 1145 - 1300

Redshank 8; Black-tailed Godwit 9; Bar-tailed Godwit 9; Greenshank 3; Knot 5.

Little Egret 14 and Grey Heron 11.

Posted September 12th at 3:27 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Wednesday 11th September 2019

cattle egret

walking from powderham church to turf locks, in the field next to the lock gate, the cattle egret was feeding with the cows, it then flew up into the dead tree,  sat there for a while,  it then dropped down to the small pond behind the tree and stayed there with a grey heron. 

Posted September 11th at 6:39 pm by roger jewell in General Birding


Sept 8th, three curlew sandpipers at Seaton Black Hole Marsh. Sept 10th reed warbler at Seaton discovery hut and at Colyford Common hide, 5 curlew sandpipers. At Black Hole Marsh greenshank and several different sandpipers. Sorry no photos possible. Two disappointments this year: Not so many birds as normal nor the variety but no one has control of that. Disappointed that the hides whiteboards have not been updated on each day's sightings since June! Anyone any answers or suggestions please. Otherwise great to be here as always.

Posted September 11th at 6:03 pm by Philip Fairclough in General Birding


Hobby behind Holmleigh Road

Posted September 11th at 1:50 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Torcross to Beesands path, Tuesday afternoon

70 Linnets on wild bird crop near top of the hill

Posted September 11th at 9:38 am by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Widecombe Ley, Beesands

Wigeon 12, Gadwall 37, Tufted Duck 4, Pochard 1, Stonechat 1.

70 Linnets on wild bird cop top of hill towards Torcross

Posted September 10th at 8:15 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Turf lock

Usual bids on the rising tide. Dunlin, Turnstone Etc. highlights Wheatear (2 poss 3) on sea wall near Turf. Cattle Egret with cattle in field behind (SW of) the pub.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret



Posted September 10th at 5:26 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Monday 9th September 2019


Usual waders at BGM on high tide - Common Sandpiper (also one on Goosemoor - same one?) two Greenshank (approx 20 on Goosemoor mostly obscured), 3 Pintail,. Darts Farm during a heavy shower at around 17.10 - Buzzard, small flock of Linnet (40-50), Swallow, lots of Pied Wag with the Devon Red herd and two Yellow Wags and one Wheatear - never close enough to photo.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 9th at 7:12 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Sunday 8th 7-8 pm c5000 Swallows and House Martins gathering over the Ley, Torcross end pre-roost.

Posted September 9th at 3:55 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Sunday 8th September 2019

late swift

swift over the house with swallows and house martins just outside okehampton this morning,will it be the last?

Posted September 8th at 8:53 pm by laurence smith in General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

10 ringneck parakeet mear valley including the blue one 

Posted September 8th at 7:29 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Challacombe Moor

A mid afternoon drive from Challacombe to sandyway cross saw a few flocks of wheatear with around 6-11 birds in each, a flock of meadow pipits and a few r l partridge and pheasant. 

R l Partridge


Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted September 8th at 6:41 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Lyme bay boat trip from Brixham, 9am-1pm

Pics from the morning's boat trip. See Nigel's post for numbers seen.

Great skua
Great skua

Arctic skua, dark phase adult
Arctic skua, dark phase adult

Manx shearwater
Manx shearwater

Posted September 8th at 6:03 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

3 Sand Martins, 2 Wheatears, 2 Chiffchaffs, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, 5 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstones & Kingfisher.

Posted September 8th at 5:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Little Grebe, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Teals, 7 Gadwalls, 52 Tufted Ducks, Pochard, 187 Coots, Greenshank, Kingfisher, 30 Swallows, Rock Pipit and 2 Wheatears. Offshore 4 lingering Sandwich Terns. 12 Common Scoters and a Common Tern flew south.

Posted September 8th at 5:05 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

River Plym and Saltram

31 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher and 5 Greenshank on Blaxton Meadow on the incoming tide.

RNParakeets heard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 1 House Martin, 30+Swallow in a feeding flock with adults feeding young mid-air, Stock Doves,1 Firecrest,  2 Roe Deer, 1 Toad, 2 Clouded Yellows and 1 Comma around Saltram Park


Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow

Posted September 8th at 3:52 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat Trip.

Today's trip out into Lyme Bay from Brixham was a good one. We had good numbers of Skua and Gannet and I think all enjoyed, so some numbers of sightings for you.

3 Arctic Skua (dark phase), 2 Arctic Skua (pale phase), 5 Great Skua, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Skua mostly chasing the Terns. Big Numbers of Gannets diving on fish and sitting on the water, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Med Gull, Kittiwake, Fulmar, rafts of Guillemots and some Razorbill but only 1 Manx Shearwater. 8+ Porpoise, 2 Common Dolphin, 4 Grey Seals in Brixham Harbour but most unusual was a large Grey Seal 12 Kilometres out into Lyme Bay, probably enjoying big shoals of fish out in Lyme Bay.  Hope some pictures put up on the Blog soon as this is the second to last trip I will be doing. Last trip 22nd and fully booked!!

Posted September 8th at 3:50 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

South Huish marsh evening 07/09

At least 10 yellow wagtails in amongst the cattle at South Huish marsh. Also a couple of wheatears and the usual waders, both species of Godwit and dunlin.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted September 8th at 1:45 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

East Soar early morning

Counted 15 wheatears in the field near middle Soar and several more along the stone wall. Lots of whitethroats and watched a buzzard catch a snake and eat it.



Posted September 8th at 1:42 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding


Goosemoor ~ 2 Greenshank.

BGM ~ Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper.

From the viewing platform Kestrel, good numbers of Redshank.

Goat walk ~ Osprey sat on the mud in the far distance towards Powderham, Black Tailed Godwits and Curlew in good numbers and a very mobile flock of Dunlin.

Countess Weir WTW 14+ Little Egret, Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher.

Posted September 8th at 1:27 pm by Steve HOPPER in General Birding

saltrum house plymouth

15 ringneck parakeet  quite lively flying around saltrum cafe and house

Posted September 8th at 11:25 am by barry insull in General Birding

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