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

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Saturday 7th November 2020

Anchor wood to Fremington

While out on my daily walk along the river to Fremington I got close to five Lapwing on the shoreline. However, above the water and about half way between both banks there were at least 100 in flight and more on the sandbanks.  About 20 or so Curlew flew over the path and headed towards the river.  Along Fremington Pill were two Greenshank, loads of Redshank, a couple of Spotted Redshank, two Little Egrets, some Teal, one Glossy Ibis and a Grey Wagtail.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted November 7th at 9:41 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Yellow-Legged Gull again this morning, I presume the Gull directly behind is as well. Also one 2nd Cy on the Tunnels rocks. Hardly any birds out on the sea to be seen except a pair of Goosanders headed up channel again. 

Posted November 7th at 7:32 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

South Hams Coastal

Dittscombe Cross near Slapton six Buzzards in stubble fields just after first light.

At Slapton Ley, Cetti's Warbler calling at both ends of the Ley, hunting Sparrowhawk, the reported drake Ring Necked Duck seen feeding along with the Tufted and six Pochard and several Gadwall, reasonable numbers of Great Crested Grebe.

Around twenty GBBG, four LBBG and one Common Gull.

High light was a flock of some 100 Greenfinch that came in as one flock before splitting up into smaller flocks as they fed and surprised to see a Great Northern Diver on the Ley.

West Charleton WTW a single Swallow, Pied and Grey Wagtail.

South Milton beach ten ringed Plover, two Turnstone, Kingfisher, Little Egret, six Oyster catcher, Rock Pipit well into double figures.

On South Efford Marsh the briefest view of a Bar Headed Goose that came in with the flock of Canada Geese and two feral farmyard geese. Two Dunlin, Black tailed Godwit, Teal and Wigeon

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted November 7th at 6:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Firecrest & Great Spotted Woodpecker at Efford Marsh & a redhead Goosander on the Plym Estuary this afternoon.

Posted November 7th at 5:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh ( 12:45-15:45, low tide )

2 Great Northern Divers ( Saltstone ), 7 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Grebes, 18 Brent Geese, 29 Pintails, 550+ Golden Plovers, 2 Greenshanks and 2 Rock Pipits.

Posted November 7th at 5:39 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Clennon Lakes Torbay

The tailless Yellow-browed Warbler was again just below the lower weir (easternmost weir) and in a willow over the outlet stream from the lakes.

Posted November 7th at 5:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

holdstone/home in the garden.

spent a good 3 hours up around holdstone down this morningand came away fairly dispondant at the lack of birdlife.

thankfully at home in the garden later the day was saved with sparrow, blue and great tits,longtailed tits, female blackcap and male blackbirds.also but not close enough for me to id but i think a goldcrest

Posted November 7th at 4:45 pm by philip worth in Bird News

Great Northern Divers

4 birds inside Brixham Harbour this afternoon

Posted November 7th at 4:10 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News


Once I had refilled the feeders, Finches started to reappear. About 20 Goldfinch the largest flock but several smaller groups of Greenfinch, the occasional Chaffinch and a lone male Bullfinch. 2 Redwings, 2 or 3 Water Rail and as I was leaving a calling Tawny Owl.

Posted November 7th at 3:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Hi, we live in Weare Giffard and this lovely bird appeared in our garden this morning. From its plummage it appeared to be very joung and was not confident in flight.



Posted November 7th at 1:44 pm by Nic Harding in Bird News

Brisworthy Plantation and New Park nr Cadover

One Merlin chasing Meadow Pipits this morning. 

Posted November 7th at 12:36 pm by Chris E in Bird News


Firecrest, Kingfisher, Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrests, four Grey Wagtails, c.100 Redwings and two Fieldfares around Hackney Marshes this morning.

Brambling over my garden yesterday morning.

Posted November 7th at 12:12 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Friday 6th November 2020

Wrafton pond

Dropped in on Wrafton Pond as I headed home from Ilfracombe and saw the following: Two male Teal; one possible female Teal; two female and one male Sholeler; male and female Gadwell and many of the usual.

Shoveler M & F
Shoveler M & F

Posted November 6th at 9:19 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Small party of Stonechats ( 4/5 ) passing through 10.00am. 

Posted November 6th at 8:18 pm by Roger Brooks in Bird News

East Soar

Wander around East Soar, wheatear near the airfield and a golden plover flew over, lots of skylarks.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted November 6th at 8:05 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Common Gulls - Westward Ho! 11.40am

3 Common Gulls (L. canus) close together on the sand  --  well away from the B-headeds and Herring G's loafing on the rocks.

Also 1  Med G.  adult

Posted November 6th at 4:22 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little of note on Blaxton Meadow on this morning's high tide but elsewhere on site: Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechats, 2 Siskins, 3 redhead Goosanders, 4 Wigeon, Teal, 2 Common Sandpipers, Shag & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted November 6th at 3:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Efford Marsh - Hide

Eric Wotton has asked me to report that the Devon Wildlife Trust hide at South Efford Marsh is now closed.

Posted November 6th at 3:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent ~ Wood pigeon migration etc

Up on Dartmoor above Shipley, South Brent this morning, 2000 plus Wood pigeons most dropping down into the Oak woodland between Didworthy and up towards the Dam, Heron, Kestrel, Buzzard, three Raven, 2 Wren, Wagtail sp, still a few Meadow Pips about, 7 Mistle Thrush, 12 Redwing, a handful of Starling and 50 plus Fieldfare.

Grey Wagtail at Lydia bridge.

Eds - please label photos


Posted November 6th at 2:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Quick walk around southern part of marshes found 1 ruff with 6 lapwing, female type marsh harrier, kestrel, 600+ black-tailed godwits, a few brent geese and 30+ wigeon. Overhead a steady passage of small flocks of woodpigeons and one of six redwings.

Posted November 6th at 1:36 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Berry Head

After finding a Yellow-browed warbler near the Berry Head Hotel with about 20+ Goldcrest and Firecrest, I tried to relocate it for Steph and Rob Murphy only to find a Pallas's Warbler! There was obviously an arrival of Crests today with probably 30+ Goldcrest, 5 Firecrests, 2 Chiffchaffs.

Overhead migration today included 450+ Redwing, 1 Brambling, and 2 Yellowhammer but rather limited movement of Woodpigeon approx 600+, perhaps the oddest were 4 Great Northern Divers >S  over the woods!

Yesterday a tailless Yellow-browed Warbler was by the lower weir at Clennon Lakes also 2 Firecrests and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 6th Nov 2020 Steph Murphy Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 6th Nov 2020 Steph Murphy

                                                   Pallas's Warbler Berry Head  photos: Steph Murphy

Posted November 6th at 1:16 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Snow Bunting at 10.00 on edge of Burrows c100yds west of two seats opposite old recycling centre.

Posted November 6th at 10:53 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Ilfracombe Rocks

This morning 2 Adult Yellow-legged gulls. Different gulls to previous. One may even be a possible Caspian candidate !

Posted November 6th at 10:39 am by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Thursday 5th November 2020

Colyford Common & Black Hole Marsh

10:02 - 12:46

Crane, Song Thrush, Shelduck, Greenshank, Redshank, Meadow Pipit, Water Rail, GBBG, LBBG, Herring Gull, BH Gull, Snipe, Wren, Teal, Lapwing, Little Grebe, Kingfisher; 36 species in total.

Posted November 5th at 9:36 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News


Three Large Pipit sp, almost certainly Richard's Pipits, on Orcombe Point this evening. Unfortunately I'm not sure I can rule out Blyth's Pipit, based on the brevity of sighting and poor photos. Photos and further details on

Posted November 5th at 8:31 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News


 Walked on Woodbury  Common this afternoon  near Four Firs/Gibraltar Stone and watched a Merlin fly low and fast along the path in front Gone too quickly for a photo.

Posted November 5th at 8:22 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

N. Hallsands.

 Migrants this morning were 7Chiffchaffs ,3 Goldcrests and 1 Firecrest. Also present ;4 Redwing and 2 Fieldfares. A m.and f. Gadwall and a m.and f. Teal on the ponds.

1st. Yr. m. Firecrest.
1st. Yr. m. Firecrest.
Chiffchaff .
Chiffchaff .

Posted November 5th at 7:03 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Fremington Pill 12:00 to 13:30

When I first got there I saw 3x Greenshank, 1x Spotted Redshank and at around 13:00 3x Glossy Ibis flew in and pitched adjacent to the two houses.

Posted November 5th at 5:49 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a glorious sunny morning, my first Water Rail of the year here, 2 Treecreepers, 4+ Siskins, c20 Redwings, Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtails, Kingfisher, Goosander (redhead), 4 Little Grebes, 6 Greenshanks, Weasel & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted November 5th at 5:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Todays tally inc.1870 Woodpigeon moving east, 2 Black Redstart, 48 Blackbird, 8 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing, 6 Buzzard, 33 Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk, 130 Starling, 4 Bullfinch, 32 Robin, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 215 Jackdaw NE, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 400 Skylark and a lone Swallow.

Posted November 5th at 2:30 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

2f Goosander, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2m Tufted Duck, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwings, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Teal 1m 3f, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorants.

Posted November 5th at 1:57 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

south molton community woodlands

Mistle thrush, 7 fieldfares.

7 goldfinch, 1 siskin feeding on alder cones.

6 redwing, 1 song thrush feeding on haws.

Posted November 5th at 10:28 am by art symons in Bird News

Wednesday 4th November 2020

North Devon

A run up to Exmoor today for the Red deer and a bit of bird watching at Fremington.

Several 50 plus sized flocks of Wood pigeon headed west into Devon.

On leaving Exmoor near Kinsford Hill above North Molton saw a covey of some 30 plus Red Legged Partridge, an estimated 2500 Starling feeding on stubble fields, a Sparrowhawk came in and had a tickle at them and even a Buzzard had a go.

On to Fremington, seven or so Greenshank followed by the reported Spotted Redshank and a short distance further on four Glossy Ibis that totally ignored everyone who stopped to watch them.

On the Braunton side a flock of 100 or so Lapwing came over dropped onto the mud flats, a bit further on a huge number of Lapwing and twice that number of Curlew !!

Posted November 4th at 9:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Kingfisher at Fremington Quay today

First seen feeding successfully from a tidal rockpool at the left side of Pill mouth this female Kingfisher then flew to take up a perch on the wooden pilings of the quay from whence it surveyed for more prey...unsuccessfully for the five minutes we observed. The image is taken at about 50 metres range and heavily cropped. 

Female Kingfisher
Female Kingfisher

Posted November 4th at 8:29 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Fremington Pill Wednesday 4th November

Four Glossy Ibis today three of which were feeding in close proximity to the Spotted Redshank. I'm no expert but the three looked brown and the one further downriver was definitely black/glossy so is it correct to assume the three are fledglings? Maybe they followed the adult from their birthplace? Also had a Jay collecting acorns from an oak alongside the road. 

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Two, query, juvenile Glossy Ibis
Two, query, juvenile Glossy Ibis

Posted November 4th at 8:23 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News


Solitary Cattle Egret in with Cattle near the Toll House. Shame about the dozen or so shooters on Sherpa Marsh. 

Posted November 4th at 8:03 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Stover Lake

2 female Goldeneye were a surprise on the lake this afternoon. Also 2 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 6 Mandarins.

Posted November 4th at 7:32 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Velator reserve

After a cold start, a  very productive ringing session: 89 birds ringed, including a male Blackcap, a Cetti's Warbler, a Goldcrest, 2 Redwings, and a host of Tits and Finches. Retraps included 2 GSW and the recent Green Woodpecker, but I failed to catch the Firecrest seen early afternoon. 1 Black-tailed Godwit out on the scrape (3 there yesterday).

Posted November 4th at 7:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Apart from the steady flow of Wood Pigeons watched from the Old Nuclear Bunker flying west from 7.15 to 7.45, 2 large flocks (ca 100 each) were watched later at 11.00 coming in off the sea over the cliffs near at Middle Soar and flying off west.

Late post from yesterday: At Start Point mid morning a f/imm Merlin. Also hundreds of Wood Pigeons flying west.

Posted November 4th at 6:54 pm by Roger White in Bird News

south molton

Brimstone butterfly and Red Admiral and Peacock in garden this morning

Posted November 4th at 6:51 pm by art symons in Bird News

Berry Head

Two Black Redstarts still in the quarry late morning.

Posted November 4th at 4:54 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Two House Martins flew north east over the bridge at about 1330. Also a late Peacock (butterfly not bird!). Felt like summer.

Posted November 4th at 4:53 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News

Teign Estuary

An estimated 30,000 Woodpigeons flew south / west between 07:00 and 08:00 this morning. The majority of birds appeared to follow the coast to Teignmouth then turned inland.

Posted November 4th at 4:53 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

04/11/20 Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Although the Black Redstart was missed by me it was seen by another birder. Female Blackcap spotted near the chapels, Male Pheasant and Robin also spotted along with a very friendly Pied Wagtail.

Posted November 4th at 4:27 pm by Michael Spencer in Bird News


Highlights in lovely conditions were: c13,000 Woodpigeons (mainly going south-ish from just after dawn to 10.30), 2+ Ring Ouzels, a Black Redstart & a very late Willow Warbler. Also, 6 Bramblings, 135 Chaffinches (110 over & 25 grounded), 5 Bullfinches, 3 Lesser Redpolls, 7 Siskins, 3 Redwings, Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrushes, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Golden Plover, Coal Tit, 2 Grey Wagtails, Hare & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted November 4th at 2:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Major focus this morning on Woodpigeon migration. Watched from 0700 to 1100 hrs from airfield & Bolt Head. All birds heading south or west, most out to sea and final count a monstrous 55,600 and very few Stock Doves.

Also: Starling 50 (30W 20E), Mistle Thrush 2 (migrants), Ring Ouzel, Redwing, Fieldfare, Snipe 2, Golden Plover, Chaffinch 200+, Song Thrush 12, several Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Jackdaw 52NE & 14 Cirl Bunting.

Posted November 4th at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands - Common Crane

Common Crane drifting over around 12 45

Posted November 4th at 12:47 pm by Dave Bittern in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

West Hoe, Plymouth

The Grey Phalarope showed well below the Wet Wok restaurant, before swimming around West Hoe Harbour at 10:45, not to be seen again for the rest of the morning. Also there six Turnstones & Kingfisher and in the harbour two Portuguese Men-o-War.  Distantly off Drake's Island at least two Great Northern Divers.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted November 3rd at 11:05 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News


A very late juvenile Red Backed Shrike seen at Prawle, at least 30 Cirl Buntings, 12 Greenfinches, several Chaffinches 20+ Goldfinches, 3 Little Egrets, Oyster Catchers, Gannets and a Sparrow Hawk. Earlier several hundred Wood Pigeons at Halwell flying S.W.

Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Red Backed Shrike
Red Backed Shrike

Posted November 3rd at 10:44 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Caspian Gull, Slapton Sands

Got some information back re the 3rd Calender year Caspian Gull on the beach last Friday. It was ringed as a pullus at Mietkow, 20 miles SE of Wroclaw SE Poland on 1st June 2018. It was seen in Holland the following month. From 30/08-13/09/18 it was at Lower Compton Landfill, Wiltshire. The last sighting was at Cottenham, Cambs 10/08 this year.

Posted November 3rd at 9:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights of a fairly short visit this afternoon were: 2+ Kingfishers, 6 redhead Goosanders, Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, 4 Wigeon, ad Mediterranean Gull, 6 Mandarin Ducks, Siskin, Grey Wagtail, c100 Greenfinches (pre-roost) & Moorhens with 2 very small young.

Posted November 3rd at 8:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent

The day's reported Wood pigeon migration also reached South Brent today with several flocks of 50 plus birds coming over headed west.

Redwings and a few Fieldfares also about, the Redwings are now dropping into the garden feeding on hawthorne and holly berries.

Three Raven and Three Stock Dove over head and a soaring Sparrow hawk. Lots of raucous activity from several Jays.


Posted November 3rd at 7:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Not much to report! The Kingfisher appeared a couple of times no photos, the Cetti's warbler calling but not seen, Water rail calling not seen. A Godwit possibly Black-tailed godwit far side of the pond in the field adjacent to Wrafton pond.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted November 3rd at 5:34 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Solitary swallow over the car park at about 2.00pm. 

Posted November 3rd at 5:17 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Turn chapel village nr plymouth

Early this morning a Yellow - b Warbler was the 153rd species for my tiny parish.Also 150 + Redwings, 20+ Fieldfare and the first Wood Pigeon flocks totalling sev 100s. Plymouth Sound : Red - t Diver ,Gt N Diver. Grey Phal. still present.

Posted November 3rd at 3:30 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

East Soar

Vis mig from the airfield 0750 - 0920 hrs - Winds westerly force 4/5.

3170 Woodpigeon SSE

All west: 120 Chaffinch, 17 Starling, 20 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 34 Jackdaw.

Posted November 3rd at 11:40 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery Black Redstart

Black Redstart back at Ford Park Cemetery, (I think it's a Juvenile) showing well around the 2 chapels at 10.30am, no Redwings in at the present time

Posted November 3rd at 11:15 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News


Male and female blackcap together in my garden 

Posted November 3rd at 10:06 am by Chris Baines in Bird News

Monday 2nd November 2020

Fremington Pil

As the light faded nearly 20 Little Egrets along with the 4 Glossy Ibis. 

Glossy Ibis x4
Glossy Ibis x4

Posted November 2nd at 10:15 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News


Nearly a 1000 gulls present today. Of note were a Juv Iceland Gull. 1 adult and a 2nd Cy Yellow-legged Gull. Further out 1 Shearwater sp. Young Gannets were coming in too close for the gulls and running the gauntlet ending up in the surf swell. Once up on the rocks the Gulls were giving them a wide berth. 

Posted November 2nd at 10:07 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Berry Head

A Yellow-browed Warbler was 50m down the road from the Wardens Cottage this morning with at least 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Goldcrests, 7 Blackcaps. in the quarry 4 Black Redstarts,  7-8 Harbour Porpoises and 2 Roe Deer.

4 Purple Sandpipers, 6 Turnstones and 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) along the Breakwater.

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Posted November 2nd at 8:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


The Grey Phalarope showed very well off Plymouth Hoe (favouring the area between Tinside & the Cofee Shack). Also 3 Great Northern Divers & an adult Kittiwake in the Sound & a Sparrowhawk by the Cattewater.

Later at the Plym Estuary & Saltram: 3 Snipe, 12 Dunlins, 51 Curlews, 4 Wigeon, Little Grebe, c100 Greenfinches (pre-roost), Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrushes & at least 1 Green Woodpecker.  

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted November 2nd at 8:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Getting back to lock down birding at home

At home at South Brent today gave a female Blackcap, this being the first female I have seen here in for some time, Raven, Jay, Wren and Redwings.

But today's highlight was a male Brambling this afternoon at the feed station along with about a dozen Chaffinch, it flew off just after I spotted it and despite watching for the next hour or so it failed to show up again.

Posted November 2nd at 7:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

Finally got to see my first ever Grey Phalarope this afternoon on Plymouth Hoe seafront. Read on here yesterday that there was one in the area. Usually by the time i get anywhere the bird in question has vacated the area. A few other people also managed to get excellent views of this fantastic little bird.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted November 2nd at 7:47 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes

The Upper Lake this morning,

5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Snipe, 2 Song Thrush, 25 Canada Geese.

Lower Lake.

6 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Jay, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted November 2nd at 7:38 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Fremington Pill

......and five Cattle Egret came to roost at 16.50 hrs.

Posted November 2nd at 7:17 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Fremington Pill

10:08 - 14:30

Four Glossy Ibis; Common Sandpiper; Greenshank; Curlew; Redshank; Kingfisher; Spotted Redshank; Sparrowhawk.

Posted November 2nd at 5:28 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

1 Spoonbill feeding off Lower Cleve again this morning. Later around lunchtime 1 Cattle Egret was perched in a tree out of the wind and heavy showers on the west side of the Torridge. 

Posted November 2nd at 4:16 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Vis mig highlights this morning ( 07:10 - 08:40 ) included ( all moving south ) 590 Woodpigeons, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 7 Greenfinches, 66 Siskins, 2 Crossbills, 630 Goldfinches and 610 Chaffinches. Elsewhere c3000 Starlings leaving the Higher Ley roost, Ring-necked Duck middle of Lower Ley and a Purple Sandpiper ( photos ) on the shingle, don't see many here.

Posted November 2nd at 3:54 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


Common Sandpiper. Distant shot through the mesh along the side of the new bridge.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted November 2nd at 2:20 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


For the first time in a while, a rain-free morning. However a howling gale of wind straight in off the sea! 2 or 3 Chaffinches alarming led me to a roosting Tawny Owl, which drifted silently off. A Goldcrest and a Water Rail seen (another heard). Plenty of Green and Chaffinch emptying the feeders. Later on a Long-tailed Tit and a Chiffchaff being blown across the pond. Warm enough for Common Darters to be out and 2 Speckled Woods as well. Out on the scrape lots of Black-headed Gulls and the resident Swans along with Grey Heron and a Little Egret.

Anyone noticed if Coal Tits have had a good breeding season? They seem to outnumber all the other Tit species in my garden by at least 6 - 1. I also have several Nuthatch and a GSW this morning.

Posted November 2nd at 1:46 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fremington Pill

4 Glossy Ibis at the pill this morning. 

Posted November 2nd at 1:40 pm by David Paterson in Bird News


At Penhill Marsh there were at least 20 Curlew, a couple of Redshank a few Redwings and some Little Egret.  At Fremington Pill there were a good number of Redshank, a Spotted Redshank and a few Mallard.  One Glossy Ibis at the head of the Pill.


Posted November 2nd at 12:32 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Goodrington Beach, Paignton

2 Great Northern Divers were just off the beach this morning.

Great Northern Divers
Great Northern Divers

Posted November 2nd at 11:18 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Sunday 1st November 2020

Berry Head

Other than plenty of Ganets little to be seen during a period of sea watch, a Common Gull showed throughout, a couple of GBBG's.

Two Harbour Porpoise and a Red Admiral butterfly that flew out to sea.

Around the quarry two female Black Redstart, three Stonechat, female Bullfinch, several Goldfinch, Wren, two Raven two "lost" racing pigeons in the quarry with a small flock of feral pigeons.

Black Redstart ~ female
Black Redstart ~ female

Posted November 1st at 8:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


1 Firecrest early am, passing through my yard with some Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrests.    

Posted November 1st at 8:54 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Lesser yellowlegs ?

Assume this is the lesser yellowlegs seen at South Efford Marsh a few days ago - seen yesterday on the R. Avon below Aveton Gifford hanging about with a greenshank.

Posted November 1st at 6:53 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Clennon Lakes

A 1w drake scaup was found on the lakes yesterday but still present today. Photo Nigel Street

1w Scaup Clennon Lakes 31 Oct N Street

Posted November 1st at 6:13 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

4 Black Redstarts in the quarry and at least 2 Firecrests in scrub near the navigation beacon.

Posted November 1st at 6:10 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Grey Phalarope, Plymouth Hoe

A Grey Phalarope feeding close in off Tinside Pool this afternoon in the wind and mizzle, mobile between clumps of seaweed and flotsam, one of which contained a Portuguese Man-o-War looking like a pink and blue Cornish Pasty.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted November 1st at 5:06 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Fremington pill

10 redshank 1 spotted redshank 15 mallards 2 glossy ibis 1 grey phalarope and 1 curlew.

Posted November 1st at 3:32 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

01 November Slapton Ley

Good views of a bittern from the bridge, a single swallow flew over, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher and hundreds of finches in flocks of 20ish, Chaffinches, Siskin and Goldfinches.


Posted November 1st at 3:29 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Fremington Pill - Grey Phalarope

1st Nov at 1000:-- Grey Phalarope.  Busily feeding at the upstream end of the pill on gravel -- water barely covering bird's toes.

Also 6 Dunlin, 1 Greensh, 1Spotted Redshank,  approx 30 Redshanks scattered along both banks

Posted November 1st at 3:22 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Hope's Nose


Short-eared Owl in off the sea over Hope Cove at 10.45.  Showed well in flight for a couple of minutes before dropping into the central area of scrub.  4 Great Northern Divers, Firecrest, 2 Turnstones, 2 further species of raptor.  Common Dolphin, Grey Seal and a Slow Worm.  

Posted November 1st at 2:33 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


3 purple sandpipers on rocks below Capstone Parade, Ilfracombe

Posted November 1st at 11:54 am by David Shadwell in Bird News


A 75-minute seawatch this morning produced 26 Great Northern Divers, three Red-throated Divers and 14 unidentified divers. More info and photos at

Posted November 1st at 11:25 am by Will Salmon in Bird News

Isley Marsh, Fremington pill

Late post for 31 October. Isley marsh 1 shelduck 2 grey plover 2 curlew 30 teal 10 wigeon. Fremington pill 30 redshank 1 grey phalarope.

Posted November 1st at 10:20 am by Barnabas in Bird News

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