Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th October 2020

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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.

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Saturday 10th October 2020


Couldn't resist a day-trip to Lundy today. Glad I did as the WHITE'S THRUSH showed several times around Millcombe early afternoon. Also present were several Swallows and a few House Martins, and 2 Barnacle Geese on Pondsbury. Nik Ward reported seeing a Yellow-browed Warbler in the valley early morning.

Posted October 10th at 7:15 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Wembury-Wembury point

A brisk morning walk with the winds picking up, and before the usual saturday footfall traffic. No windchats this time, but lots of up close with Stonechats, male and female. Fields full of adult and juv, pied wagtails. Saw three c.buntings, but heard a possible 3 more across farmland. Kestrel, 2 curlews, 20 oystercatchers, 1 kingfisher fishing from the rockpools, plenty of pipits about. 

Posted October 10th at 6:02 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Tamar estuary / ernesettle

On a blustery afternoon: 2 Greenshank, 60+ Redshank, 10 Teal, 1 Kingfisher,  2 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk over, and a couple of female Bullfinch in the bushes.

Posted October 10th at 5:34 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Horsey & Braunton Marshes

The Winchat was still around earlier this morning. Also 2 Swallows over Braunton Marshes. c400 Golden Plover on Horsey. 

Posted October 10th at 5:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Steady movement of Swallows west between 10.00 and 12.30 + 2 House Martins. 7 Siskins west.

Posted October 10th at 4:02 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam


At least 13 (probably 15+) Ring Ouzels on site, with the majority favouring the bushes and bracken on the hillsides towards the quarry and Dam. Birds showed on and off in brisk northerly wind. 

Also Dipper, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 3 House Martins, Swallow, 2 Kestrels over, 6+ Blackbirds. Raven and Song Thrush near the car park. 

Posted October 10th at 3:24 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

East Soar

Wandered around East Soar, 5 Ring ouzels, nice Cirl Bunting, Lots of Skylarks, Meadow pipits, a few Coal tits, a jay, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Great spotted woodpecker, Bullfinch, Song thrush, a flock of about 20 siskin. Non avian pair of migrant hawkers, wall brown butterflies and a small copper.

Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 10th at 3:20 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Berry Head

3 Yellow-browed Warblers on site today. As I was watching two interacting with one another near the wardens bungalow Andy Plumb was watching another on the slopes below the Guardhouse Café. Otherwise a rather quiet morning with small numbers of Skylark, Meadow Pipits plus Siskins, 1 Redpoll among the other overhead finches.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Oct 2020 ML  Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Oct 2020 ML

                                                         Photos: Yellow-browed Warblers

Posted October 10th at 12:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Cadover area, Dartmoor

Male Hen Harrier flying low over at 0815. Single Redwing, 4 Cormorant (over), Goosander (f), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Raven, 2 Chiffchaff, Fox, and Siskin (over) among the usuals. 

Posted October 10th at 9:06 am by Chris E in Bird News

Friday 9th October 2020

Teignmouth, Great Northern Diver

Single Great Northern Diver off Teignmouth Beach, late afternoon

Posted October 9th at 11:24 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Avon Dam

This afternoon 4 Ring Ouzels seen in the pouring rain in a hawthorn tree near the Avon Dam. also seen 12 Goldfinches ,several Stonechats, 2 Magpies, 4 Crows, Swallows, 2 Kestrels and 2 Ravens

Ring ouzels
Ring ouzels

Posted October 9th at 8:31 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Berry Head

A significant movement of Blackcaps today with over 40+ mostly around the top of the headland, also possibly a different Yellow-browed Warbler down around the old farm near to the Berry Head Hotel, 4 Firecrest, 18 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, 6 Coal Tits on top of the headland and 13 Stonechats (the site record total is 16).

Overhead a steady passage of finches including 1 Redpoll and a single Redwing.

    Blackcaps Berry Head 09 Oct 2020 ML  Firecrest Berry Head 09 Oct 2020 ML

   This bush contained 10 Blackcaps - six in this picture..                             Firecrest



Posted October 9th at 7:55 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saltram- plym estuary

First redwing at Saltram, sitting high in a holly tree, so hoping for good numbers this year. Parakeets and Jays as noisy as usual. Saw a sparrowhawk narrowly miss catching a young goldfinch, by size I'd sy female hawk.  1 P.falcon flying off towards Plym bridge direction. 

Would love to know where Pete spots all the Roe deer on his walk, i must be unlucky.

Posted October 9th at 7:13 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Dawlish Warren NNR

08:10 - 12:33

Cirl Bunting (2), Common Scoter (7), male Eider (1), Little Stint, (1) were the highlights along with Dunlin, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Brent Goose, male Shoveler.

Posted October 9th at 5:34 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Glossy Ibis Fremington Pill

9-10-2020 4-30pm 2 present at Fremington Pill

Posted October 9th at 5:32 pm by Robert Cudmore in Bird News


In a wet reserve this morning, a Buzzard and more unusual a Jay were present, the Jay perhaps taking advantage of the glut of Acorns. This is the second record here this autumn, and not many previous records.

In my garden the Tits and Nuthatches have emptied the sunflower feeder since I went out! There was a Buzzard which came and perched just outside the garden and a Grey Wagtail that seemed to want to join in with the Tit frenzy.

Posted October 9th at 5:19 pm by jon turner in Bird News


While at work this morning above the Gorwell area of Barnstaple had a nic view of a Peregrine flying south east about 9.00am 

Posted October 9th at 4:26 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

East Soar

Today's migrants included 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers moving west, 3 Ring Ouzels in Starehole, 14 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 32 Alba Wagtail, House Martin, 3 Swallow, Wheatear, 2 Coal Tit & 8 Blue Tit moving up through Starehole & 2 Bullfinch. Clouded Yellow.

Posted October 9th at 4:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A nice sunny morning produced my first Treecreeper here, for some months, 2+ Kingfishers, Siskin, 2 Green & 1 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 7 Greenshanks, 4 Stonechats, Shag & 6 Roe Deer.

Posted October 9th at 3:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Avon Dam - Ring Ouzels

This morning 7 or 8 Ring Ouzels, feeding on rowan berries, were largely outnumbered by birdwatchers. With them was our first single Fieldfare of the season. In the valley were a Buzzard, a couple of Kestrels and a Sparrowhawk. On the track up a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was feeding on the rhododendrons.

Just above the little bridge, two Dippers were in the middle of the stream. They were posturing at each other in a very upright pose with chests out and bills pointing skywards, something we've not seen before.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Posted October 9th at 2:35 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermoth

Visible migration this morning 07.25 to 09.00 ahead of an approaching cold front:

Black-headed Gull 7, Great Northern Diver 1 flying W 08.35, Grey Heron 1, Swallow 5, Grey Wagtail 2, alba wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit 73, Chaffinch 72, Linnet 38, Goldfinch 4, Siskin 9. In the scrub: 5 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush.

Posted October 9th at 12:12 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Tarka trail , Isley Marsh And Bideford E.

2 Spoonbill roosting on Isley at high tide , 2 Peregrines On Torridge bridge roosting and 64+ Mediterranean Gulls on Bideford quay east at Ethelwynne I Brown close.

Posted October 9th at 12:00 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News


The White's Thrush, first seen on the morning of Wednesday 7th, but not seen yesterday in spite of thorough scouring, was trapped and ringed in Millcombe this morning by Devon's very own Nik Ward. Nice one Nik!

Posted October 9th at 11:49 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Baggy Pt

A walk out to Baggy earlier this morning in a moderate to fresh westerly wind. Sightings included 10 Ravens, 1 Merlin & 1 Kestrel all 3 around Baggy Pt area. No Scoters or Divers at Baggy Pt or Downend but 1 Gannet at Baggy Pt. Usual flock of Jackdaws & Feral Pigeons/Doves.

Posted October 9th at 11:10 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Trowlesworthy, Cadover Bridge

Flock of 200 Golden Plover over Trowlesworthy at dawn. Flew from Ringmore Down area, in SE direction. 

Posted October 9th at 9:49 am by Chris E in Bird News

Avon Dam

6 Ring Ouzels spotted up towards dam in Hawthorn tree with 2 young Green Woodpeckers.  Dipper back towards car park showing really well i clear water

Posted October 9th at 9:41 am by Ian Stone in Bird News

Plymouth Redwings

My first two of the season over Eggbuckland this morning

Posted October 9th at 8:17 am by Richard Billington in Bird News

Thursday 8th October 2020

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,

2 Willow Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 5 Tufted Duck 3m 2f, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 

Posted October 8th at 8:04 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

R.Caen, Horsey & Braunton Marshes

On R.Caen c100 BH Gull with one adult Med Gull, 2 Common Gull & 2 Redshank.

2  Wheatear still around, one at Crossbanks & another between the Toll Road & Horsey. On Horsey 21 Lapwing, 40 Grey Plover, c60 Dunlin & 2 Greenshank. On the west side of the Toll Rd (Braunton Marshes) a Winchat possibly on passage from Scandinavia which will anytime now be migrating back to Africa for the winter.

Posted October 8th at 7:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Bonehill Rocks, Honeybag Tor

At Honeybag Tor yesterday afternoon, 7th October, a redstart - unusual to see one so high on the moor, or so late in the year. On the way back to Bonehill Rocks a kestrel hunting - lots of meadow pipits and finally a stonechat near the car park.

Posted October 8th at 6:45 pm by Jill Fell in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch 07:30 - 12:15

A pretty slow seawatch this morning but managed: 3+ Storm Petrels, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 12 Arctic Skuas, 2 Bonxies, 2 Skua sps, 4 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Scoters & 4+ Harbour Porpoises, Also 70+ House Martins around the headland. 

Posted October 8th at 5:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Early afternoon at Turf one wheatear, 2 rock pipits and 6 meadow pipits. Over the reserve, near the lagoon an immature marsh harrier followed shortly after by an adult male marsh harrier. The harriers disturbed a flock of c30 teal from the ditches. 

Posted October 8th at 4:49 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Berry Head

A walk around the woods and scrub produced 3 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcaps and 8 Chiffchaff.

Still good numbers of Swallows moving west over the head today but much smaller numbers of House Martins.

Posted October 8th at 4:23 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Avon Dam

09:23 - 12:43

At least 7 Ring Ouzel (male & female), probably 12+, Dipper, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush (9), Swallow.

Many thanks to Pete, Pete and Barry from Plymouth for the great company. Good to meet Steve H too.

Posted October 8th at 2:36 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Avon Dam ~ Ring Ouzels

A mid to late morning visit to Shipley and the Avon Dam area, South Brent, Mistle Thrush 4, Golden Plover 12, mixed flock of Blue Tit, Great Tit and Goldcrest by the first bridge, Kestrel 2, Wren, Stonechat, Green Woodpecker, Dipper and not less than 12 Ring Ouzel all of which were up towards the dam.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 8th at 1:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wednesday 7th October 2020

Berry Head

The Yellow Browed Warbler recently reported by Mike Langman remains in the Sycamores below the Warden bungalow, very well marked bird but difficult to observe given the depth of cover and only calling periodically, at least four Chiffchaff and two Goldcrests in the same spot.

By the bungalow a male Cirl Bunting, at least four Chiffchaff, good numbers of House Sparrow and Goldfinch.

At Broadsands in the corner screened off car park at least five Chiffchaff, twelve plus Long Tailed tit and two Goldcrest.

Back at home at South Brent the would be Italian Sparrow still showing well around the garden feeders, Tawny owl first thing this morning.

Yesterday a first winter tiercel Peregrine in after my racing pigeons, two Jay, good numbers of Greenfinch on the feed station.

Yellow Browed Warbler
Yellow Browed Warbler
Yellow Browed Warbler
Yellow Browed Warbler

Posted October 7th at 9:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head

Overhead migration from 0730-1130hrs produced: 3 Redpolls, 21 Siskins, 2 Crossbills, 3 Bullfinches, 42 Chaffinch, 8 Linnet,16 Skylark, 300+ Swallows, 100+ House Martins, 2 Song Thrush.

Around the headland: 16 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 8 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 3 Mistle Thrush. Other wildlife, Clouded Yellow and Wall Butterflies, Hummingbird Hawkmoth hundreds of Ivy Bees.

Brixham Breakwater: 1 ad winter Mediterranean Gull showed really well.

            Mediterranean Gull ad Brixham 07 Oct 2020 ML   Ivy Bee Berry Head 7th Oct 2020

               Mediterrnean Gull ad w                                                                 Ivy Bee

Posted October 7th at 8:50 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible migration this morning in dry, but still fairly blustery conditions, with a stiff WNW wind only slowly easing, included: Common Scoter 3 (W), Common Gull 1, Great Northern Diver 1 (flying W), Cormorant 16 (SW in groups of 2 to 6), Grey Heron 4, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 2, Skylark 8, Swallow 7, alba wagtail 6, Meadow Pipit 39, Chaffinch 3, Linnet 44. Very little in the scrub (which has taken a real beating from the weather lately) apart from a scattering of Blackbirds, Robins, Stonechats and Goldcrests; probably migrants for the most part.

Posted October 7th at 5:31 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News


Best today were 5 Ring Ouzel in Starehole inc. a stunning male, 3 Wheatear, 17 Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow, 2 White Wagtail in with Pieds, Goldcrest, 6 Blackcap, 2 Coal Tit (migrants in Starehole), Bullfinch, male Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 10 Cirl Bunting.

Earlier (per Richard Thomas) at Bolt Tail, Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 Crossbill W, Lesser Redpoll & 50+ Siskin all west.

Non-avian: 2 Clouded Yellow, 5 Wall Brown, 2 Southern Hawker & Migrant Hawker, Humming-bird Hawk-moth, Hornet Robber Fly.

Posted October 7th at 4:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Five Ring Ouzels (in Stare Hole) were the best of a rather quiet session today. However also, Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, 6 Siskins, 13 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 4 Blackcaps, Bullfinch, 2 Sparrowhawks, 24 Alba Wagtails, 4 Clouded Yellows & 4 Sika Deer.

Posted October 7th at 3:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Odd start to the day: as I arrived at 7.45ish, I could hear the whistle of birds wings flying above, but these clearly weren't Swans and on looking up I saw several Ravens. They kept coming (from the South East) and eventually I counted over 20, all heading off towards Saunton/Croyde. Ringing started well with 5 Blackcaps and a couple of Goldcrests in the early rounds, but the supply of new birds soon dried up, as did my interest level when a friend sent me a text : Are you on the boat to Lundy? Once I found out why I thought hmmm. 3 Cormorants flew over heading south (unusual here) a Little Egret was over a couple of times, and hundreds of Canada Geese also went over mostly headed SE. One Swallow and one Mediterranean Gull over.

Posted October 7th at 3:31 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Start Point.

Around the farm this morning ,16 Chiffchaffs. 7 Goldcrests ,6 Blackcaps. 6. Robins and 1 Grey Wagtail.  In the Sycamores 25+ Goldfinches and 40+ Chaffinches.  2 Wheatears in the headlights on the approach road before dawn.

1st. Yr, m. Goldcrest
1st. Yr, m. Goldcrest
Ad. f. Goldfinch
Ad. f. Goldfinch

Posted October 7th at 3:01 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Avon Dam

At least five Ring Ouzels in rowan and holly trees below the dam at Long-a-Traw this morning. 

Posted October 7th at 10:04 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Trowlesworthy, Cadover Bridge

Merlin chasing Meadow Pipits first thing. 

Posted October 7th at 9:03 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 6th October 2020

Rillage Point

A flock of 19 female Pintail flying W, low over the sea, at lunchtime today – an extremely rare species for the N coast away from the Taw & Torridge Estuary. Otherwise, all quiet birdwise amidst huge seas and short-lived but dramatic squalls driven along on westerly gales.

Posted October 6th at 10:55 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Exe estuary

From Cockwood steps at mid-day - about 30 swallows, 6 house martins and one wheatear. Distant views of 6 pale-bellied brents with 20 or so dark-bellied. Two sandwich terns actively feeding and the Slavonian grebe still present.

Posted October 6th at 5:27 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

‘The Byes’ Sidmouth

A surprise encounter at Sidmouth today.


Posted October 6th at 5:06 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Trowlesworthy, Cadover Bridge

Two Whinchat and one Wheatear around the farm this afternoon. 

Posted October 6th at 4:36 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Tavistock 6th Oct 2020

Late morning 3 or 4 House Martins feeding over Tavistock Market area

Posted October 6th at 4:06 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Monday 5th October 2020

Berry Head 2

A stroll around  Berry Head this afternoon produced a 1w male Ring Ouzel in the scrub below the café. also 70-80 House Martins, 1 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow hawking the slope too. Ring Ouzel Berry Head 5th October 2020 ML

Posted October 5th at 6:42 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brief visit this afternoon coincided with low water in the estuary so no waders on the marshes. The pools and scrapes beginning to hold water (at long last). Flock of 11 skylarks over west, 8 house martins scattered around and a few chiffchaffs with a flock of tits alongside the railway. At Turf several hundred black-tailed godwits, a few redshank and a small flock of golden plover.

Posted October 5th at 5:41 pm by John Waldon in Bird News


A large Tit-flock (mostly Blue - about 20) was in the reserve, also mixed up with them were 6/8 Great Tit, 3 or 4 Long-tailed Tit, at least one Chiffchaff a Chaffinch and a bird with a streaky breast, slim bill, and lightly forked tail, then it flew off! Best guess would be Tree Pipit.

Still several Nuthatches in my garden after the black sunflower seeds.

Posted October 5th at 2:03 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A bit of a mixed bag this morning around the area. Apart from the normal suspects I also saw the following. 2 Sandwich Tern on Blaxton meadow along with a single Snipe, 1Wigeon, 49 Curlew, 168 Redshank, 6 Greenshank & a Kingfisher. Around Saltram 1 Spotted Flycatcher and my first Redwing of the season. Along the river were 2 Little Grebe.

Posted October 5th at 12:41 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Yellow -browed Warbler-Dawlish Warren

Good views of Yellow-browed Warbler seen from the new hide overlooking the lake at Dawlish Warren at 10.00am this morning. Actively feeding on the leaves in trees to the left of the hide, unfortunately not photographed. Showing clear wing bar and supercilium. First picked up by one of the U3A group members who wondered what it was. Cirl Buntings also singing well.

Posted October 5th at 11:37 am by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Berry Head

A Yellow-browed Warbler was 60 m down the road from the Wardens bungalow in sycamores otherwise many more Chiffchaffs and goldcrest today and a Firecrest up near the navigation beacon.

Yellow browed Warbler Berry Hd 051020 ML Yellow browed Warbler Berry Hd 051020 ML

Posted October 5th at 10:32 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 4th October 2020

House Martins - Axe

Late afternoon walk between Musbury and Whitford. I would normally expect to see 2 or 3 House Martins but today there were several in the lee of every tree and tall hedge and also plenty feeding along the River Axe. I must have seen 2-300 on this 45 minute walk. A few Swallows as well, mainly round farm buildings. 

Posted October 4th at 5:03 pm by Mike Lock in Bird News

Hope's Nose


2 very colourful Firecrests, 20 House Martins in and around the quarry, Swallow, 14 Goldfinches, Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 calling Blackcaps. 

Posted October 4th at 3:30 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Westcliff, Soar Mill Valley

Whinchat & 6 Wheatear in rainswept conditions!

Posted October 4th at 2:57 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

River Teign , Hackney

River Teign Hackney at lunchtime greenshank outnumbering redshank today 9 to 2.

Posted October 4th at 1:42 pm by Peter Stevens in Bird News

North Hallsands / Slapton Ley

Yellow-browed Warbler by the ponds at North Hallsands. A few Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs present. Around at Slapton Ley a generous covering of House Martins over it's entirety. Estimate c5000. 

Posted October 4th at 11:57 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Yesterday evening lots of House Martins, at least 50, were almost frantically flying up to the two now vacatednests on our apartments just by the coast. Several at a time landed on a nest being quickly replaced by others. This went on for at least half an hour but very poor light so couldn't be sure whether any actually entered the high-up nests. This morning, from before 8, still in poor light and drizzle, perhaps a coup!e of hundred were resting on the gutters, balcony edges, and even on the very steep slate roof. From time to time they all flew off and circled round before landing again. As far as I could fell, most if not all were juveniles. They are still here at 11.30 am. Extraordinary behaviour, which I've never seen before. I guess the very poor visibility means they can't yet head South over the sea?

Posted October 4th at 11:43 am by Colin Randall in Bird News

Berry Head

0730-0930hrs Most of the interest was overhead migration - highlights: 102 Siskins, 1 Redpoll, 63 Goldfinch 75 House Martin, 13 Swallow

Around the headland: 9 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 3 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 3 Coal Tits. Also 150+ Guillemots have already returned to the cliffs. 

Posted October 4th at 10:12 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 3rd October 2020


One Swallow over the Velator reserve this morning. Plus a few  - maybe a dozen - House Martins over the north side of Braunton late afternoon. Nothing like the quantities being seen down in the south of the County.!

Posted October 3rd at 6:34 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Bishops Walk Torquay

25 House martins flying along the coast towards Hopes Nose then back towards Ansteys Cove. 

Posted October 3rd at 5:23 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

Between the Cattewater and West Hoe, this afternoon: 2 Kingfishers, 2+ Sandwich Terns, 2 Rock Pipits & 3 Turnstones.

Posted October 3rd at 4:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


I've just seen a single swallow over my flat in Great Torrington (lunchtime 3rd October).

Posted October 3rd at 2:43 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News


Large flock of mainly House Martins seen In Goodleigh Parish EX31 2.30 

Posted October 3rd at 2:39 pm by Jeremy Holtom in Bird News

House Martins - Kingsteignton

A flock of over 300+ House Martins moving North East over Kingsteignton at 0830hrs.

Posted October 3rd at 12:16 pm by JDA in Bird News

Mass Hirundine movement over Dawlish

Several flocks of several hundred birds each (mainly House Martins) in off the sea and heading NW over Dawlish earlier this morning. 

Posted October 3rd at 12:01 pm by David Bickerton in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An arrival of 2 Shovelers & 3 Wigeons on Blaxton Meadow this morning, and a sharp increase in Curlews there to 48. Also, 2 Sandwich Terns, 7 Greenshanks, 17 Little Egrets & a Kingfisher.

Posted October 3rd at 11:39 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Scadson Woods - Paignton

Flock of over 100 swallows flying fast east over garden also Hobby seen very soon after flying up Hollicombe valley towards Occombe at 10.00 hours. I would guess both sightings connected !  

Posted October 3rd at 10:46 am by Clive Mason in Bird News

Mass movement of House Martins ~ South Brent

For the last hour there has been a mass movement of House Martins over South Brent, simply thousands of birds generally headed into the westerly breeze, I have never seen anything like it previously.

A couple of phone calls show that the flock extends over a mile from Marley Head to the A38 side of the village, at times it is like viewing a murmaration of Starlings, simply an amazing sight. At one point hundreds landed on the roof of Willow House residential home next door and the electrical wires running nearby.

Eventually at 10.30hrs a female Sparrow hawk arrived and the flocks went up high and began to move away but we still have a good number of birds passing by after almost two hours of the most incredible activity.

Also a flock of some 50 plus Goldfinch passed over.

House Martins
House Martins
House Martins
House Martins

Posted October 3rd at 10:45 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Friday 2nd October 2020

Teign Estuary, Hackney

Group of five Greenshank at hackney lunchtime today.

Posted October 2nd at 3:52 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Shoalstone Brixham

Seawatching from shelter between 1.30- 2.30pm produced: 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 Arctic Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd W). 

Posted October 2nd at 3:06 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Ilfracombe Pier

This Lunchtime in rough Ne conditions 4 Arctic Skuas 2 dark 2 pale in close heading E up channel. Followed by another 7 in the next 10 mins. Walked all around Heartland Point yesterday in good conditions, only a few Gannets to be seen whereas the the previous Thurs 2 Great Skuas off Heartland Quay with a further 4 down the coast toward Wellcombe.  

Posted October 2nd at 2:45 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News


2 Willow Tit and a Blue Tit on the feeder.

Posted October 2nd at 2:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Thursday 1st October 2020

Exe estuary

Nothing out of the ordinary, but:

- at various points, small groups of Swallows, feeding rather than heading decisively S. Also, amazingly, a day without Canada Geese. Has God listened to me/us?;

- at Countesswear/Matford, two Water Rails squealing from the ditches, a Green Sandpiper, and my first Snipe of the Winter;

- at Powderham, two Kingfishers and 150+ Teal on the Kenn, and ten Greenshanks in the estuary;

- from Cofton Steps, a G-C Grebe and 200+ Brent Geese, always a cheering sight and sound, including a party of 8-10 Pale-Bellied towards Shutterton Creek;

- on and off Dawlish Warren, two Cirl Buntings "seeeee"-ing invisibly from the brambles and another squealing Rail, two Eider amongst the sand banks, twenty or more Scoter in several groups, and a Great Skua heading SW, perhaps to add Queen Mary to its English Channel list.

Posted October 1st at 9:26 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

First trip to the marshes for some time - very quiet for birds on the marsh this afternoon - highlight being a female Marsh Harrier, perched for some time. Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk made up a nice quartet of raptors.

Posted October 1st at 9:13 pm by Peter& Carole Leigh in Bird News

Barnstaple old bridge

1Whimbrel,1Snipe,1Wheatear,1Blacktailed Godwit,1Common Sandpiper and 6 Redshank.


Posted October 1st at 6:44 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A rather wet visit late afternoon produced 2 Sandwich Terns (on a buoy on the lower estuary), 6 Greenshanks, 162 Redshanks, 10 Oystercatchers & 13 Little Egrets.

Posted October 1st at 6:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head Yesterday

A few pictures from Ben Lucking from yesterdays seawatch in very wet conditions!

dark phase Arctic Skua Ben Lucking  Sotty Shearwater and pale Balearic ShearwaterBen Lucking

 Arctic Skua - Dark Phase ad                                              Sooty & pale Balearic Shearwaters


Posted October 1st at 1:22 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

East Soar

Visit from dawn but still quiet: 2 Sparrowhawk, 100 Skylark, 25 Swallow, 120 Meadow Pipit, 10 Wheatear, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Jay in Starehole, 55 Goldfinch & 350 Linnet.

Posted October 1st at 12:29 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wembury point

Good numbers of meadow pipits ,robin and stonechat this morning along with the usual suspects..but best was a count of 14 cirl  bunting 

Posted October 1st at 11:59 am by Mike Williams in Bird News

30/09 Common Snipe and Skylarks

Call notes lead to sightings. At Stowford Moor, East Stowford, my attention fixed first from the notes of a pair of common snipe flushed by grazing sheep and immediately after by the "warbling" on high from two  skylarks... late September magic!.

Posted October 1st at 10:32 am by stewart beer in Bird News

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