Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st October 2020

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Friday 23rd October 2020

Fremington Pill

Three Glossy Ibis coming in to roost at 6.10. The fourth, which was the only one feeding in the creek, joined them ten minutes later.

Posted October 23rd at 10:46 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

South Efford Marsh & Starehole Bottom

Afternoon visit to South Efford where the Lesser Yellowlegs, and a single Greenshank, were showing well together in the flooded meadow from 'Eric's bench'.

Above Starehole late afternoon was a late Whinchat, was unexpected. There was one in almost the same location (could it be the same bird?) eight days ago, which I thought was late then. In the valley, just on sunset, was a 1st winter male Ring Ouzel.

Posted October 23rd at 9:32 pm by Chris &Janet Marcol in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

Lesser Yellowlegs still present late this afternoon and showing very well on the main part of the marsh.

Posted October 23rd at 9:06 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Braunton Burrows this afternoon

A walk on the Braunton Burrows commencing 14:45 was quite productive. Among all the usual suspects linnet, stonechat, blackbirds, starlings, corvids of most common varieties) were a hunting Merlin. A 1st for us on the burrows a Great Spotter Woodpecker and two Mistle Thrush. 

Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Posted October 23rd at 8:32 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Bowling Green marsh

50 approx Avocets, spectacular close formation flying. 

Posted October 23rd at 8:28 pm by Mick Curran in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Popped into Wrafton pond again today and got this shots. The male and female Shovelers were also there along with many of the usual.

Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull

Posted October 23rd at 8:21 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Hopes Nose Torbay

5 Swallows and a group of eight House Martins, heading out to sea from Hopes Nose 16.30 this afternoon.

Posted October 23rd at 7:39 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

east soar

Cloud and wind kept most birds out of view early morning  but a female redstart  at the farm was good to see

Posted October 23rd at 7:08 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Cadover Bridge and Trowlesworthy

Two Ring Ouzel still north east of Cadover Bridge this eve with 150+ Fieldfare. Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk and 2 Mistle Thrush also around. 

Posted October 23rd at 7:03 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Saltram area

Black Redstart in bushes next to driving range

Posted October 23rd at 5:01 pm by Ian Stone in Bird News

Start Point

Visible migration this morning between 07:40-08:45 included early flock of 21 Stock Doves ( single Woodpigeon with them ), 100 Meadow Pipits, 50 Pied Wagtails, House Martin, 67 Swallows, 16 Siskins, Redpoll, 110 Linnets, 2 Bramblings, Bullfinch, 640 Goldfinches, 570 Chaffinches, 4 Starlings and 2 Reed Buntings. Elsewhere male Merlin, 2 Fieldfares, Black Redstart, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest and 2 Firecrests.

Posted October 23rd at 4:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

PM visit: Ring Ouzel male in valley scrub, 200 Skylark on arable, 60 Woodpigeon moving west.

Posted October 23rd at 4:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator Reserve

Forgot to mention that yesterday 2 Swallows flew over, heading South, and that there were good numbers of Black-headed Gulls chasing insects over the reserve, including at least one Mediterranean Gull. Today the Green Woodpecker called again and at least three Water Rails squealed from deep cover.

Posted October 23rd at 4:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tarka trail , Bideford Fremington.

3 or 4 Cattle Egrets in Southcott valley , 8 Snipe , Greenshank and Kingfisher on Northgate pond.  Peregrine on Torridge bridge  , Male Goldeneye flying up r.Torridge towards Bideford.   2 Fieldfare on the Sea Buckthorn at Instow , 2 Spoonbill roosting on Isley Marsh  , Water Rail calling at Saltpill pond and Spotted Redshank on Fremington Pill But tide too high for Glossy Ibis.

Posted October 23rd at 2:34 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Glossy ibis Fremington pill

Four glossy Ibis at Freminton pill.

Posted October 23rd at 2:17 pm by Richard Yeats in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,8 Chiffchaffs ,4 Goldcrests ( including a 'Continental' bird ) and 1 Blackcap. Overhead a few small groups of Chaffinches moving West and also a small flock (20/25) of Golden Plovers. -also going West

1st. Yr. Chiffchaff.
1st. Yr. Chiffchaff.
1st. Yr. f   ' Continental' Goldcrest
1st. Yr. f ' Continental' Goldcrest

Posted October 23rd at 1:45 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

5 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe. 

Note: The feeders are back up at the Hide.

Posted October 23rd at 12:37 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Berry Head

2 new Yellow-browed Warblers both together for a while (neither had broken supercilium on right side as the bird present for last couple of days). Also around site 3 Firecrests, 11 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs and at least 3 Black Redstarts in the quarry.

Overhead of note: 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Redwing, 18 Swallows, 1 House Martin and 12 Siskin.

Black Redstart Berry Head 23 Oct 2020 ML Yellow-browed Warbler and Chaffinch Berry Head 23 Oct 2020 ML

      Black Redstart                                                             Yellow-browed Warbler and Chaffinch

Posted October 23rd at 11:55 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Redwings ~ South Brent

Just after first light this morning three small flocks of Redwing all headed towards Plymouth in total about 40 birds.

Posted October 23rd at 9:40 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton Cetti's Warbler

Unusual to get one out in the open like that! It has a ring on it's right leg - so one that I have ringed over in the reserve. Can't quite read any of the numbers on the bottom of the ring, or I'd see if I could say when it was ringed. If anyone can - let me know!

Posted October 23rd at 9:34 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

22nd Oct Riddon Brake and Headland Warren

Riddon Brake gave us five thrushes and the sixth was seen at Headland Warren in the form of a splendid male Ring Ouzel..It was just below the Vitfer mine gullies. Bird of the day was the striking Fieldfare with large flocks at Riddon and also in Soussons Valley looking stunning in the morning sunshine.

Posted October 23rd at 9:04 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Thursday 22nd October 2020

Starcross - Exeter; Hennock Reservoirs

Walked home over the high tide period:

- in the estuary, eight R-b Mergansers off the Kenn outfall (my first of the Winter) and a G-c Grebe;

- in Powderham Park, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper;

- in the field just N. of Turf, two adult Med. Gulls with the B-h.;

- on Exminster Marshes, Lapwing and Meadow Pipit both into treble figures, and ten plus Greylags with the Canadas;

- on the canal bank and in the adjacent ditches, at least ten Water Rails squealing, presumably establishing Winter territories;

- in the trees near the Exeter Incinerator, single figures of Redwing and Fieldfare, both also my first for the Winter;

- negatively, no Coot at Powderham, Exminster, Matford or Exeter. A drought-driven breeding failure, or something sinister?

In total, seventy spp. for the day.

Belatedly from yesterday, on the reservoirs were nine Goosanders, a Tufted Duck and three Little Grebes, and in the surrounding woods, a flock of around twenty-five Mistle Thrushes, by far the biggest group I have seen, and perhaps twenty Crossbills, plus Marsh Tit, Treecreeper etc .

Posted October 22nd at 10:20 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Great to see the Cetti's Warbler. Spotted by Martin Bennett.

Cetti's Warbler - Wrafton Pond.
Cetti's Warbler - Wrafton Pond.

Posted October 22nd at 9:17 pm by Bob Cowlard in Bird News

Berry Head

The same Yellow-browed Warbler from yesterday (with a broken supercilium on right side only) was today up nearer to the N Fort approx 400m away from yesterdays sighting! Around the headland 2 Firecrests, 7 Goldcrests 5-6 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps. Of interest overhead single Redwing, Redpoll and Reed Bunting plus several Swallows, Skylarks and Siskins. 

Yellow-B Warbler Brry Hd 22 Oct 2020 ML Yellow-B Warbler Brry Hd 22 Oct 2020 ML

         Yellow-browed Warbler - same bird as yesterday with broken supercilium on right side only

Posted October 22nd at 8:53 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Popped into Wrafton pond this afternoon.  On arrival it quite just the usual suspects  gulls Moorhen, Coots, Swans and Mallards.  A Cetti's Warbler showing well and a couple of Shovelers made my visit worthwhile.

Male Shoveler
Male Shoveler
Male and Female Shoveler
Male and Female Shoveler

Posted October 22nd at 7:09 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


A six thrush species extravaganza. An adult female and a first winter male Ring Ouzel with around 150 Fieldfares, plenty of Redwings along with Mistle and Song Thrushes and Blackbird. We spent four hours searching but were eventually rewarded! Viewed from the same area described by Chris E in posts over the last few days ie. seen from the path west of Trowlesworthy Farm whilst standing next to the stone wall.

Posted October 22nd at 5:48 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

South Efford marsh

L. Yellow legs showed well, top end of the marsh this morning with 5Green Shank.

Posted October 22nd at 5:09 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Notable westbound Chaffinch passage this morning, with a total of 1,142 between 08.00 and 10.15, after which movement quickly dried up. Flocks ranged in size from a handful of birds to fifty or sixty.

Also 2 Swallow, 9 Skylark, 28 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba wagtail, 2 Linnet, 13 Siskin, 11 Goldfinch, and 1 Greenfinch. In the scrub: 22 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 4 Stonechat, single Blackcap & Chiffchaff, and 7 Goldcrest.

Posted October 22nd at 4:29 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Velator reserve

With the weather closing in over the coming week, thought I should take advantage of the calm dry conditions to open the nets. Unfortunately I didn't catch the Kestrel, the Green Woodpecker or the Jay (which was around for much of the morning) However, I did catch 14 Blackcaps - mostly very fat and clearly on their way south. Also 2 female Cetti's Warblers, 2 female Bullfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Blackbirds and star of the day: a juvenile Redwing. Also of note was Blue Tit Z167856 which was ringed on 8th September 2015. I retrapped it a few times after this but this is its first visit since 2016. Now 5 years old.

Posted October 22nd at 3:53 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Reed Bunting here for several years. Also,  Firecrest, Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshanks, 17 Turnstones, 2 Teal, 6 Wigeon, Little Grebe & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted October 22nd at 3:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Best were 6 Ring Ouzel in Starehole Valley. Also: 21 Robin, 50 Meadow Pipit, male migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 11 Song Thrush, 13 Blackbird & 20 Cirl Bunting.

Posted October 22nd at 3:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Start Point.

Around the farm this morning ,8 Goldcrests. 3 Blackcaps and 5 Robins. Several small flocks (10/20 ) of Linnets. Goldfinches and Chaffinches all moving West. Nearby 40+ Meadow Pipits on the high ground around the radio masts.

1st. Yr. m. Goldcrest.
1st. Yr. m. Goldcrest.
1st. Yr. m. Blackcap.
1st. Yr. m. Blackcap.

Posted October 22nd at 2:48 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

9.15am 22 October, approx.30 Avocets this morning. 

Posted October 22nd at 12:26 pm by Roger. Brooks in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Nipped down to Slapton Ley today while working in the area and got this photo of a Robin sporting a ring on its right leg.


Posted October 22nd at 12:24 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 21st October 2020

DWT South Efford Marsh

Lesser Yellowlegs Wednesday 21/10/20. Seen by entire DWT volunteer work party. (Thanks, Eric!)

Posted October 21st at 10:22 pm by Joe Higman in Bird News

fremington pill

1630  wed21/10

spotted redshank, greenshank, 10 mallard, 4 teal,  3 curfew, 30 redshank

Posted October 21st at 9:09 pm by art symons in Bird News

Prawle Point,(Reserve ).

This afternoon a Yellow Browed Warbler ,not caught but showing well around the entrance gate. Also on site 1 Firecrest. 2 Goldcrests ( autumn passage for this species has been poor to date ) ,3 Chiffchaffs. 2 Blackcaps and 12 Chaffinches in the tops of the trees.

1st. Yr. f . Firecrest.
1st. Yr. f . Firecrest.

Posted October 21st at 7:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Berry Head

A new Yellow-browed Warbler with a broken looking supercilium was just in front of the old Farm cottages at Berry Head near to the Berry Head Hotel. Around the headland: 1 Black Redstart (Quarry), 1 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs and 3 Blackcaps. 

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 21 10 20 ML Firecrest Berry Head 21 10 20 ML

                       Yellow-browed Warbler                                                             Firecrest

Posted October 21st at 7:24 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Late Swift!

While having a look around land on the coast near Otterton East Devon with Rupert Ormerod my eyes were drawn to a corvid chasing an odd shaped bird for this time of year!. Once I got the bins on it and took a few photos it was confirmed it was indeed a Swift. It was just a silhouette and we could not see any colour making it even more special bird! It still a very late Swift... unless you know different?   

Late Swift
Late Swift
Silhouette of a Swift 21/10/20
Silhouette of a Swift 21/10/20

Posted October 21st at 5:20 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News


Away for a week, and it starts raining as soon as I get back! However the reserve had a Kestrel, a Green Woodpecker, and both Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail calling. 2 Coal Tits and the usual suspects. Little Egret out on the scrape.

Posted October 21st at 2:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 20th October 2020

Stover Country Park

Last two.

Male Tufted Duck
Male Tufted Duck
Female Shovelers
Female Shovelers

Posted October 20th at 11:34 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch 20/10/20 & 19/10/20

20/10/20 08:10-17:00 S-SSW 6, despite ideal conditions pretty slow. Highlights were a winter plumage adult Black Guillemot that flew in and sat on the the sea 10:05-10:45 and 7 Little Gulls late afternoon. Other species included:  22 Balearic Shearwaters, Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 Bonxies, 8 Mediterranean Gulls (6 adults incl. one still in full bp & 2 2nd winters), 36 Common Gulls, 67 Kittiwakes, Fulmar (unusual in October, as most out to sea moulting this month), Common Scoter, c1400 Auks (mostly Razorbills) and c30 Swallows. Mammals: c12 Common Dolphins, 3 Harbour Porpoises and a Grey Seal.

Mediterranean Gulls (adult bp and 2w)

                               Adult (breeding plumage) and 2nd winter Mediterranean Gulls

And yesterday 19/10/20 10:30-15:00 SSE 5-6: again very few skuas just one Bonxie! Otherwise 61 Common Gulls, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, Red-throated Diver, 10 Common Scoters and 6 Balearic Shearwaters, steady passage of Gannets (c400), Kittiwakes (c120) and auks (c500). Cetaceans c20 Common Dolphins & 3 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted October 20th at 7:57 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite North Devon over A361 adjacent to Castle Hill Park at 11.00 hrs today.

Posted October 20th at 7:08 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Isley Marsh

10 Wigeon 10 Teal 50 Canada Geese 4 Curlews 5 Skylarks 15 Knots 4 Oystercatchers 1 stonechat 4 Cormorants and a few types of gull.

Posted October 20th at 6:27 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Frustratingly, a Swift sp which despite being around the Blaxton Meadow area on & off, between c11.00-11.45, failed to give good enough views to clinch firm ID. Otherwise: female Teal, redhead Goosander, 4 Wigeon, 5 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad & 2nd-w), 7 Greenshanks, 2 Little Grebes, Shag & Sparrowhawk.

Posted October 20th at 4:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rob Marshall

Sadly informing all that knew Rob Marshall that he died on Saturday, 17th October.

Posted October 20th at 2:05 pm by Dawn Barford in Bird News

Wistlandpound Little Egrets, late post

While doing WeBS on Sun. a.m., (08.25)  surprised to see 22 Little Egrets flying over, heading west. Kingfisher only other stand-out.

Posted October 20th at 10:55 am by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

Monday 19th October 2020

Ring Ouzel /Goldeneye

They took a little bit of searching for, but finally had 7 Ring Ouzel's at Avon Dam this morning. From there we went to Venford Resevoir, the immature Goldeneye is still there at the far end with 3 Little Grebe and Female Goosander. also in the trees 100 plus Fieldfare.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 19th at 9:12 pm by kay and gary deare in Bird News

Cadover Bridge and Trowlesworthy

Two Ring Ouzel still feeding with Fieldfare late afternoon. Fourth consecutive day birds have been present. 

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 19th at 8:13 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Beesands Ley

Ring-necked Duck at Beesands Ley today. Presumably the same male returning to spend its 4th consecutive winter moving between here and Slapton Ley. Little else, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan and 55 Canada Geese.

Posted October 19th at 7:34 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Meeth Quarry

20 Coots, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Goosander, 30 Tufted Ducks, 50 Canada Geese and 25 Cormorants.

Posted October 19th at 4:27 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Great White Egrets, River Exe at Brampford Speke

Late news: Two Great-White Egrets along the Exe at Brampford Speke on Saturday. One was feeding in a side channel just below the church with a Little Egret and a Grey Heron, and later, west of Nether Exe, a second bird flew down-river in the direction of the first one.

Posted October 19th at 2:05 pm by Peter Hopkin in Bird News

DWT South Efford Marsh

Lesser Yellowlegs showing well currently (NE from hide)

Posted October 19th at 1:27 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News


Osprey over Ernesettle at 1235 heading south mobbed by gulls 

Posted October 19th at 12:44 pm by carl stevenson in Bird News

Sunday 18th October 2020

Great Reed Warbler

As posted earlier, the Great Reed Warbler found earlier today showed well this evening, here are some photos. Having done further reading since seeing the bird, I think it may well be a candidate for the Eastern subspecies  zarudnyi (breeding in Central Asia from North Iran to Western China, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa), though I have no experience with this race and little with the nominate. According to Cornell lab's "Birds of the World" database zarudnyi is "paler throughout, less rufous than nominate, greyer above, faintly olivaceous on rump, whiter below". This seems consistent with my photos and my overall impression of a pale, cold coloured Great Reed Warbler. Further photos are available on my ebird checklist:

Posted October 18th at 11:47 pm by Ben Lucking in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Hundreds of mixed Fieldfares and Redwings feediing together with a few Mistle and Song Thrush also among them a cock Ring ouzel together with a first winter female. Other birds seen Jays, Magpies, Ravens and Green Woodpeckers.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 18th at 11:01 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Exminster marsh

A late afternoon walk around Exminster marsh, still very dry and not over busy with bird life, but 3 Water Rail, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Curlew, Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, several flocks of Canada geese a Barnacle goose in with one flock and at least 17 Greylag geese by another flock, Little Egret, Heron, Pied Wagtail, several flocks of Long Tailed Tit.

Good views of a Peregrine sat on one of the electric pylons.

Looking out over the estuary from Turf, large numbers of Shell duck, Curlew, Lapwing and Black Tailed Godwit, 60 plus Mute Swan and 2 Black Swan.

Posted October 18th at 7:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs @ South Efford Marsh 16 October 2020

On this particular day, the bird associated with a couple of Redshank and a Greenshank, feeding very actively at the waters edge of the flooded former water meadows, north of the hide.  Flight photo included to show white rump, tail and long wings.  

Lesser Yellowlegs with Redshank
Lesser Yellowlegs with Redshank
Lesser Yellowlegs landing
Lesser Yellowlegs landing

Posted October 18th at 7:11 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Influx into the valley with Ring Ouzel, 65 Robin, 21 Blue Tit, 29 Chiffchaff, 28 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker & Reed Bunting.

Non-avian: Humming-bird Hawk-moth

Re/.Alan's post that Common Gull looks interesting, might need to blow it up a bit.

Posted October 18th at 6:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


A classic viz mig day failed to deliver, 100s Skylarks, 12 R.Ouzels the high light. Bushy birds were all but not present, only Chiffs moving in small numbers. 

Posted October 18th at 5:35 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Scrub areas up to 12.00pm

2 Firecrests, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, male and female Blackcaps, 11 Skylarks over, 25 Goldfinches and four species of raptor. 

Posted October 18th at 4:23 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands

46 species recorded from today's walk around the Wetlands including a solitary pink footed goose in the flood meadows east of Colyford Hide.

Posted October 18th at 3:40 pm by Steve Manning in Bird News

Plym estuary / Saltram

In addition to Pete's post:

207 Redshank roosting on the high tide, 6 Mandarin (3m, 3f) 2 Little grebe and 4 Ring necked Parakeet overhead.

This afternoon on the Tamar estuary / Ernesettle:-

63 Black tailed Godwit, 10 Great crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Avocet over at Kingsmill lake.

Common gull with Herring gull.
Common gull with Herring gull.
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted October 18th at 3:33 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A reasonable selection of commoner species on a sunny morning included: 5 Wigeon, Kingfisher, 7 Greenshanks, 3 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1st-w Common Gull, 2 Siskins, Peregine, 9+ Stock Doves, Stonechat & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted October 18th at 2:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Garden Blackcap

Annoyed to find a male Blackcap feeding on a over-ripe pear in my Chudleigh garden - because it's one I missed yesterday!

Posted October 18th at 2:33 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Yelland Pond, Taw Estuary

The bird we originally reported as a Paddyfield Warbler was reidentified from photos as a likely Great Reed Warbler. It finally reappeared for a group of assembled birders at about 16.20 and showed very well in excellent light, confirming ID as Great Reed Warbler. At north-west corner of the pond. A great (literally) bird for Devon; hope nobody was too disappointed! Tim Davis & Tim Jones

Posted October 18th at 11:16 am by Tim Jones in Bird News

Cadover Bridge and Trowlesworthy

At least 3 Ring Ouzel still around. Viewed from path west of farm. 

Posted October 18th at 8:18 am by Chris E in Bird News

Saturday 17th October 2020


am, of note: 1 Merlin (chasing Skylarks),  3 Golden Plover, 1 House Martin (being chased by a Sparrowhawk), 1 Whinchat, several Redwings, at least  4 Ring Ouzels, 15+ Chiffchaffs, and a small movement of finches overhead during the morning including 20+ Siskins, a flock of c50 Chaffinches and 4 Crossbills. 

Posted October 17th at 11:49 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Global Bird Weekend 'big day'

I joined Naturetrek staff and leaders in a global 'virtual team' and did a 'big day' in S Devon as part of Global Bird Weekend ( Started at Emsworthy Mire at dawn (70 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush - but no Ring Ouzel! - Marsh Tit, Bullfinch, Redpoll), then Stover (Little & G C Grebes, 9 Mandarin, 3 Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Green Woodpecker, Marsh Tit & Firecrest on N side of lake, by picnic tables), finishing around Exe Estuary sites (highlights Slav Grebe, 4 Cattle Egrets over Cockwood, 55 Little Egrets, Snow and Barnacle Geese with Canadas at Exminster, 3 Mergansers, 5+ C Scoter, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Water Rails, 12 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper in R Kenn, 15 Swallows, Rock Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. Grand total of 98 species, but should have seen Eider, Ringed & Grey Plover, Lesser B-b Gull, Dipper, Treecreeper, Yellowhammer & Cirl Bunting. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

Posted October 17th at 8:36 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

A female/imm Goldeneye feeding at far end of reservoir at mid-day was first reported on Dartmoor since Jan 2018, also at Venford. Earlier, 11 roosting Goosanders, including three males in intermediate plumage.

Posted October 17th at 8:13 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs, South Efford Marsh

Lesser Yellowlegs showing very well this morning out on South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford. 

Also 4 Greenshank, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff and Greylag Goose of note. 

Posted October 17th at 7:43 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Cox Tor 17th Oct 2020

On the western lower slopes of the tor, just west of the Higher Godsworthy road about 1430:

4 Ring Ouzels (one adult male, one 1st winter male, 2 brown female types), 6 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Snipe, 1 Kestrel.

Posted October 17th at 5:23 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Challacombe moor

After a walk along the simonsbath valley, I popped back up and over Kingsford hill to challacombe moor, there were large numbers of kestrel,and buzzard. Large flights of starling about 30 or 40 in each with smaller flocks of fieldfare about 5 or 6 in 8 different lots.

Posted October 17th at 4:16 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Redwings ~ South Brent

A huge flock of Redwing seen passing over Marley Head at 15.00hrs today heading towards Plymouth, despite being about a mile away the flock was initially big enough to be seen by the naked eye.

Short while later a soaring Sparrow hawk came over.

Yesterday upon the Devon Somerset border almost constant movement of flocks of Golden Plover, Redwing and Fieldfare.

Posted October 17th at 3:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


2.15 pm On the road out of Starcross going to Mamhead, counted 31 Cattle Egrets in field on left, around this large Water Trough. Flock seems to be getting bigger every time I see them! Although seen them here before, 1st time I had seen them using the water trough.

Little Egrets
Cattle Egrets

Posted October 17th at 3:07 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News

RSPB Powderham Marshes

08:17 - 09:34

Male Bullfinch, 2 Buzzard and 6 Swallow were the highlights.

Posted October 17th at 2:46 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Staddon heights

Had a good walk through some of the lanes around the heights, plenty of birds in newly ploughed fields lots of goldfinch and chaffinches and nice to see a few greenfinches in amongst them also good numbers of meadow pipit..  pied wagtail..stonechat 

Posted October 17th at 1:49 pm by Mike Williams ? in Bird News

Last swallow, first redwing

First of the redwings on the farm this last week and today a swallow flying around. 

Posted October 17th at 12:03 pm by Ann Willcocks in Bird News

Ring Ousels

5 Ring Ousels seen on Godsworthy road (out of Tavistock towards Pork Hill )

Posted October 17th at 11:17 am by Isobel Davies in Bird News

Glossy Ibis

Cycled along Fremington Pill yesterday and spotted the 2 Glossy Ibis, only had my phone with me unfortunately so didn't get a decent photo.

Posted October 17th at 10:44 am by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Trowlesworthy and Cadover Bridge

At least one Ring Ouzel still around, 9 Swallow (E), Goosander 1f over, 2 Snipe, 2 Cormorant, 5 Teal, 45 Redwing, 25 Fieldfare, Reed Bunting plus usuals 

Posted October 17th at 9:45 am by Chris E in Bird News

Friday 16th October 2020

Upper Tamar Estuary

Does this impaled bee indicate the recent presence of a shrike, or are there other explanations? Found by Pru Barnes a few days ago, it follows an impaled beetle found on the same fence last month. Also yesterday afternoon in a wet rushy field in the Weir Quay area, a Great White Egret and a Barn Owl hunted, and today Pru reported a Red Kite.

Posted October 16th at 9:45 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Fremington Pill Cattle Egrets

Just after 6pm several cattle egrets joined the little egrets and the two glossy ibis at the roost site at the top of the Pill. Gloomy conditions made it hard to see exactly how guess would be five. Recently have seen the Ibis several times grazing near the marshy section in the cattle field next to Saltpill Pond.

Posted October 16th at 8:50 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Soar & South Huish

No sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs first thing, but it showed well early afternoon at South Efford Marsh where also: 2 Kingfishers, 2 Greenshanks & 57 Teal.

In between, a brief look at Soar produced 3 Ring Ouzels, Fieldfare & just 1 Goldcrest & 3 Chiffchaffs. 

Posted October 16th at 7:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Redwings at Knightshayes

At least 30+ Redwing plus 1 Fieldfare seen in the trees at Knightshayes Court NT gardens.  

Posted October 16th at 7:37 pm by George and Lesley Carr in Bird News

Lost Property

Found in the Shipley Bridge car park at 13.15 - 8x32 binoculars- look expensive - contact me on 01548 560076 

Posted October 16th at 6:47 pm by Mike PASSMAN in Bird News

River Kenn, Powderham

Found a Great White Egret this morning on the River Kenn.

Distant shot of GWE and unimpressed Grey Heron
Distant shot of GWE and unimpressed Grey Heron

Posted October 16th at 5:51 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News

Multiple Mistle Thrush nr Stover

About 50 Mistle Thrush passing through the Heritage pathway near Stover park yesterday 15th. Also couple of Meadow Pipit, single Goldcrest,  pair of Stonechat, Common Buzzard, 3 Nuthatch and a handful of Long Tailed Tits around to. Lake has plenty of Tufted ducks, BH gulls and coots as well as a single Marsh  or Willow Tit (to flighty to pinpoint which) around where the children scatter seeds for the ducks.

Posted October 16th at 5:08 pm by Kenneth Bradley in Bird News

Hobby ~ South Brent

16.30hrs this afternoon a Hobby seen from home flying over Inglenook, South Brent

Posted October 16th at 5:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Sandwich tern Teignmouth

One Sandwich Tern, close in between the Ness and the Pier today.

Posted October 16th at 4:13 pm by Mark Brandon in Bird News

Orcombe point exmouth

Watched from 09:35 till 13:30

On the walk up to the top of gore lane at least 12 chiffchaffs with another 4 around the track to Bristol school camp at the top of gore lane plenty of skylarks and meadow pipit over 3 crossbill, 1 yellowhammer a few chaffinch and goldfinch, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 4+ raven and 110+ jackdaw , 5 goldcrest in hedge along footpath to the coastal footpath.

As I joined the coastal path a female Merlin flew in off the sea putting up about 30 meadow pipits from the field as it sped through heading north, 2 kestrel were hunting along the cliffs 

sat down at the geo needle and watched a short eared owl fly in off the sea over the cliffs and headed up towards gore lane being mobbed by magpies crows and meadow pipits , 21+ swallows along cliffs and a group of 40+ woodpigeon flew across the bay and headed east, another 6 chiffchaffs around orcombe point and 2 stonechat.

Posted October 16th at 4:05 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Start Point

Highlights this morning Short-eared Owl, Ring Ouzel, 23 Swallows, Fieldfare, Redwing, 10 Chiffchaffs, Grey Wagtail, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 7 Goldcrests, 23 Starlings. 6 Crossbills and 3 Redpolls overhead.

Posted October 16th at 3:56 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Berry Head

Not very much new around the headland: 4 Firecrest, 14 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcap, 5 Stonechat and around 400 Guillemots on the cliffs this morning.

Overhead migration was a little better highlights:  17 Crossbills, 47 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 4 Redwing, 11 Skylarks, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 22 Chaffinches. 

Posted October 16th at 3:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Fremington Pill

1 Spotted Redshank , 3 Greenshanks , 20 + Dunlins & 2 Glossy Ibis in the Pill this morning.

Posted October 16th at 9:37 am by David Paterson in Bird News


Friday 15/10/20

George Nympton: Cormorant

Fremington Pill: Peregrine, glossy ibis, L. egret, 6 teal, 2 green sandpiper, 70 redshank, 6 dunlin

Posted October 16th at 9:26 am by art symons in Bird News

Trowlesworthy, Cadover Bridge

At least 4 Ring Ouzel with around 200 Fieldfare and 40+ Redwing in bushes west of River Plym. Viewed from the path west of Trowlesworthy Farm, standing next to stone wall. Scope recommended. 

Posted October 16th at 9:00 am by Chris E in Bird News


5 Redwings over Lyte's Road, Brixham at 07.55.  

Posted October 16th at 8:03 am by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Thursday 15th October 2020

East Soar

Mid/late afternoon. Further to Rob's earlier post: the (presumed same) Yellow-browed Warbler still in Starehole Valley up near the Goat Track, a Firecrest in the Willows, at least 15 Song Thrushes in Starehole and a lone Redwing.

Posted October 15th at 9:14 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Lone Cattle Egret around the middle car park, although has been mobile due to people working in the fields and tractor movement.

Thank you to the Birder who told me about it, sorry dont know your name.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted October 15th at 3:49 pm by simon Thurgood in Bird News

East Soar

Highlight this morning was a Yellow-browed Warbler in Starehole Valley calling and seen well. Also: 5 Ring Ouzel, 13 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 15 Swallow, 28 Robin, 28 Chiffchaff, 75 House Sparrow, female migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2m Bullfinch, Water Rail, 25 Goldfinch, White Wagtail, 5 Blackcap, 3 Coal Tit & 9 Blue Tit moving up through Starehole Valley, Whinchat, 30 Meadow Pipit, 25 Starling N & 14 Jackdaw NW.

Posted October 15th at 2:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ring Ouzel

There were at least 3 in the Vitifer Valley , along with 12 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing  , this morning

Posted October 15th at 2:05 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Cattle Egret

9 of 10 Cattle Egret flying up the Little Dart valley near Witheridge. 

Posted October 15th at 12:48 pm by Chris Boyles in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

The Lesser Yellowlegs still at South Efford Marsh this morning though elusive / look down the marsh from the hide and bird favours the right hand bay (out of sight) but does venture out onto the nearer spit where it shows well. 

Posted October 15th at 11:20 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

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