Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th December 2020

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford




·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·          Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·        Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish



Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Think before you post...!


Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Monday 14th December 2020

Fremington Pill

On my way to Porlock this morning I popped out to Fremington Pill to see what might be around. Saw a small number of Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, a couple of Teal and 2-3 Little Egret.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 8:03 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Lee Moor China Clay Works

The female Red-crested Pochard again on Portworthy Phase 3 Mica Dam along with a couple of Coots and Mallard. 

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 6:47 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton Meadow this afternoon: 70 Curlews, 7 Greenshanks, 134 Redshanks, 11 Oystercatchers, 33 Wigeon & 31 Shelducks. Also, Little Grebe, Shag, 23 Turnstones & Siskin.

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 6:08 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

BTO ringed bird bonanza

Since the last week of November I have been having a BTO ringed Goldfinch coming into the garden feed station on an almost daily basis, obtaining the ring number from photographs I initially made a mistake and added a 4 to the ring number (turns out that was another bird).

Ringing Scheme: London Ring Number: AFP5157 Species of bird: Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

This bird was ringed by R Phillips as age at least 1 year, sex male on 10-Oct-2020 17:00:00 at Brook Manor, Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK

 It was found on 10-Dec-2020 at Hillside, South Brent, Devon, UK
OS Map reference SX7060 

It was observed 61 days after it was ringed, 10 km from the ringing site, direction South.

Since that date I have also seen Goldfinch AFP5159 and partial ring number FLB?439 also on a Goldfinch.

Today has seen two BTO ringed Blue Tits on the feeders along with a ringed Great Tit and the three above mentioned Goldfinch

Great Tit ~ BTO ring partial number ~ ARP3
Great Tit ~ BTO ring partial number ~ ARP3
Blue Tit ~ BTO ring partial number ?NE0
Blue Tit ~ BTO ring partial number ?NE0

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 6:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exeter - Exwick, Mill Field / The Sidings

09:35 - 14:19

No sight nor sound of Dusky Warbler; Grey & Pied Wagtail, Stonechat (1m), Little Grebe (3) and Sparrowhawk (1) were the highlights.

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 3:21 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News


The 2 Godwits had been replaced by 2 Spoonbills on the scrape this morning. Redshank still present. 2 Water Rails (one seen), Tawny Owl calling, 8 Long-tailed Tits, Goldcrest, Bull, Gold, Green and Chaffinch, probable Treecreeper, and cruising low down the river as I left, a male Sparrowhawk.

Wrafton Pond down to one cygnet left - the adults have been chasing them off gradually, there was one on the scrape early on but it flew off south.

2 Spoonbills out on the scrape by Wrafton pond this morning.
2 Spoonbills out on the scrape by Wrafton pond this morning.

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 2:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Black Redstart in back garden today 

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 1:15 pm by Chris Baines in Bird News

Woolley Wood, nr. Bradworthy

Late post.   over 250,000 Starlings to roost at Woolley Wood near Bradworthy on the evening of 13th 1 Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk.(per Ian Kendall)

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 12:15 pm by Harvey Kendall in Bird News

Northam Burrows

2 Snow Buntings still present near the 8th green, now in their 6th week. 2021 tick?

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 10:58 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Vitifer Mine, Dartmoor

On Saturday morning 12th Dec the Great Grey Shrike gave good views but was very mobile.

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 7:28 am by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Westward Ho!

Late post from 13.12.20

Five Purple Sandpiper in with 28 Turnstone.

Posted December 14th, 2020 at 6:28 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Sunday 13th December 2020

Powderham Corner from church

Nothing too exciting at Powderham Corner this morning as I chased my 5 year old on his bike. But 620 Brents on the fields was nice. Pair Stonechat. 5+ Barwits, 5 Grey Plover, 31 Knot, 5 Avocet, 250+ Dunlin, 60+ Lapwing & a Ringed Plover on the Estuary, along with single GC Grebe

Posted December 13th, 2020 at 5:08 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

South Molton

Community woodlands: 2 siskin, marsh tit, 2 goldcrest, 10 chaffinch, long-tailed tit

Garden: two siskin, 9 greenfinch

Posted December 13th, 2020 at 12:02 pm by art symons in Bird News

Plym from Marsh Mills to Blaxton Meadow 12/12/20

On the river 1 Little Grebe, 2 Goosander (redhead) and at high tide 6 Greenshanks on railway embankment opposite Blaxton Meadow.
Blaxton Meadow 14:00 – 15:30. 35 Dunlin, 52 Redshank, 28 Curlew, 12 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 10 Common Gull, 40 Black-headed Gull, 2 Med Gull, 30 Wigeon, 30 Shell Duck and 1 Kingfisher.

Posted December 13th, 2020 at 9:27 am by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Saturday 12th December 2020


in between showers today at burrator. Had several flocks of crossbills, totally around 30-40 individuals throughout the day, Treecreepers, nuthatch, marsh/coal/longtail/blue and great tit. Cormorants, mallards. C.geese along with one domestic goose hanging with the crowd. Peregrine flew overhead, scaring many. Little grebe seen. Trees full of goldcrest, song thrushes singing loudly, some bird i couldn't identify. A few roe deer in the arboretum. 
All in all a very good day

Posted December 12th, 2020 at 9:14 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Goosanders - Dartmoor and beyond

The first synchronised Devon Goosander Roost Count of the winter took place this morning with observers in position at over 15 sites well before sunrise. There may be a few more counts to come in, but the results so far indicate a total of 72 on Dartmoor (Avon Dam 31, Burrator 9, Fernworthy 5, Meldon 7, Venford 17 and Upper Shaugh Lake 3). In addition there were 60 at Tamar Lakes, 25 at Shobrooke, 8 on the Taw and 4 on the Plym. Three at both Stover and Tottiford appear to have flown in from elsewhere. It was not possible to cover Meeth today, but the number roosting there was probably close to the 57 counted on 9 Dec. Therefore well over 200 Goosanders probably roosted in Devon last night. Even more may have fed in the county as it is thought that at least some of those roosting at Wimbleball in Somerset (31 last night) feed in Devon. Thanks to all counters for the early rise and prompt submission of counts.

Posted December 12th, 2020 at 8:49 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Crofton, Starcross, Dawlish Warren

In the cattle field at Cofton (behind the garage) not less than thirty two Cattle Egret, two Little Egret also numerous Wood pigeon and Pied Wagtails in the same field.

Greenshank in the harbour.

From Starcross railway station ~ nine Red Breasted Merganser, Curlew, Redshank, twenty Turnstone, two Common Gull, several flocks of Starling and several Little Egret.

Dawlish Warren NR ~ Golden Plover, Brent Geese, Shellduck, Wigeon, Oyster Catcher, Little Egret, Song Thrush, GSWP, Skylark, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Stonechat.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Posted December 12th, 2020 at 5:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hope's Nose


Female Long-tailed Duck showed very well close to the Leadstone.   

Posted December 12th, 2020 at 5:28 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


Pre-dawn Goosander roost survey produced none, but 3 arrived soon after 8am. Bird survey during the morning produced 2 Firecrests (by footbridge over the inlet channel), 6 Mandarins, 94 Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, 18 Tufted, 64 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 425 Black-headed Gulls, Green and G S Woodpecker, 4 Marsh Tits, plus lots of other woodland birds (and a very healthy-looking rat!) taking food put out for them around the lake. Not sure it's such a good idea leaving bird food on benches and picnic tables though. I had the bizarre experience of ushering 2 Nuthatches along the lakeside path for a few metres - they're not supposed to run along the ground! Outside the Park, I flushed a Woodcock from some wet woodland.

Posted December 12th, 2020 at 5:27 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Out pre-dawn for the Goosander survey - 4 (including 1 drake) present. Also, 32 Wigeon, 31 Shelduck, Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Water Rail, 8 Stock Doves, 10+ Redwings, Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Blackcap, Sparrowhawk & 10 Roe Deer.

Posted December 12th, 2020 at 4:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cadover bridge

A flock of 40+ Fieldfare in the Hawthorns at Lower Cadworthy farm together with Redwing and Starling. 3 Goosanders at Cadover lakes. Wintering Stonechats in the gorse.

Posted December 12th, 2020 at 4:37 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Friday 11th December 2020

Ilfracombe cemetery

Black Redstart in back gardens of Fern Way 16:00 hours

Posted December 11th, 2020 at 7:51 pm by Fion Moffatt in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

Powderham Marsh at lunchtime today. 380 Teal, 150+ Wigeon, 7 Shoveler, 100+ Golden Plover, 500+ Lapwing (on Exminister), 175+ Chaffinch, 30+ Meadow Pipit incl a almost Albino & a Chiffchaff

Posted December 11th, 2020 at 6:03 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Venn Ottery Common (East Devon).

A singing Dartford Warbler, the first time I have found the species at this site.  Also present 2 pairs of Stonechat and 10 Long tailed Tit.

Aylesbeare Common.  The odd Darty but not much else.

Posted December 11th, 2020 at 5:55 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Efford Marsh

The Lesser Yellowlegs remains on the marsh, still actively feeding with Redshank.  Raises the interesting question that this might be the same individual that was observed at the marsh last year as unlikely to have flown west back across the Atlantic.  Hopefully these photos won't be posted postage stamp size again.

Eds - site is South Efford Marsh (Efford Marsh is in Plymouth).


Posted December 11th, 2020 at 5:53 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's high tide: Great Northern Diver, drake Goosander, Little Grebe, 32 Wigeon, 6 Greenshanks & Polish-ringed adult Mediterranean Gull "PHAU".

Posted December 11th, 2020 at 4:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thursday 10th December 2020

R.Plym, Laira & Cattewater Drama

At mid-day the Great Northern Diver was between the two Laira bridges along with two Shag.

Later on on the Cattewater a flock of herring gulls were harassing a pair of feral pigeons, forcing one of them on to the water.  The gulls didn't press on with the attack leaving the pigeon to float helplessly on the water. At this stage two men in a dory changed course as if they were to rescue it, they stopped, looked at it for a bit and then went on.  A few minutes later the bird seemed to regain its senses and began desperately flapping its wings.  It was so waterlogged it could not get off the water.  It flapped to near exhaustion when out of nowhere a blackback swooped down and struck it a severe blow, but again the gull flew off, leaving the pigeon now limp in the water.  Finally three guys in a rib came out and picked it from the water. They didn't throw it back in so I guess it was still alive and they took it ashore to be revived. Well done whoever you are.

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 10:07 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Early count this morning 46 Goosander 16m 30f

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 8:23 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Fremington Pill

End of day visit to Fremington Pill with fading light and light drizzle.  There were a few Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, some Mallard and some Teal.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 6:32 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Isley Marsh

About 180 Shelducks 50 Lapwings 30 Wigeons 10 Teals 5 Greenshanks 1 Curlew 4 Oystercatchers and 2 Spoonbills.

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 5:53 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Westward Ho!

This afternoon on the high tide there were four Purple Sandpiper feeding on the rocks below the promenade.

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 5:15 pm by Martin Unwin and Irene Hahn in Bird News


At Watercress Ponds there were 3 Goosanders (2 drakes), 2 Little Grebes and a flock of 90 Siskins in alders. At Ugbrooke Park there were 420+ Mallard (reared for shooting, along with many Pheasants) and 2 Little Grebes.

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 4:38 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Torbay kayak trip

Torbay today:

13 Great Northern Divers

8 Common Scoter

6 Common Dolphin

Great Northern Divers
Great Northern Divers
Common Dolphins
Common Dolphins

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 4:34 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

South Brent BTO ringed Goldfinch

A BTO ringed Goldfinch has been visiting my garden feeders since the 28th November having taken numerous photographs of it I have been able to obtain the ring details as AFP5157.

Today a second BTO ringed Goldfinch came into the feeders and may well be AFP5159

The bird 5157 was ringed at Buckfastleigh, (SX7167) on the 10/10/2020.

Goldfinch BTO ring AFP5157.
Goldfinch BTO ring AFP5157.
Goldfinch BTO ring AFP5157.
Goldfinch BTO ring AFP5157.

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 3:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

Another farmland bird count found 715 Skylark but just 12 Yellowhammer & 6 Cirl Bunting, a far cry from the hundreds a couple of years ago. Presume buntings have moved off to find more accessible food. Also: 51 Meadow Pipit, Black Redstart, 23 Magpie, 34 Stock Dove, 22 Blackbird, 14 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, 36 Chaffinch & 60 Starling. A nice bonus was 3 Red-throated Divers flying east close inshore at Soar Mill Cove.

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 2:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Young's Park, Goodrington, Paignton

Single, adult winter, Common and Mediterranean Gulls were next to the ponds this morning. The 1st winter drake Scaup also continuing to show well.

Adult winter Common Gull
Adult winter Common Gull
Adult winter Med Gull
Adult winter Med Gull

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 12:43 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News


Message from Joan Castello ...... I have just found a Yellow-browed Warbler in the willows of the river path in Totnes, 50 yards downstream from the weir. 

Posted December 10th, 2020 at 9:44 am by Joan Castello in Bird News

Wednesday 9th December 2020

Plym Estuary

6 Turnstones feeding in the seaweed by the Rowing Club


Posted December 9th, 2020 at 9:33 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Longmarsh, Totnes

2 Firecrests, 3 goldcrest and 1 chiffchaff in the holly and oak trees along the brackish stream that runs along the back of Longmarsh. 

Posted December 9th, 2020 at 9:11 pm by Ian Loyd in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton N of White Bridge

At least 12 Water Pipits in the first field N of White Bridge this afternoon, visible from the main footpath along the river, but very mobile as a flock. Also 1 Firecrest along the river.

Posted December 9th, 2020 at 8:52 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

Topsham area

Goosemoor ~ Greenshank, Redshank, Curlew, Common Gull, Dunlin, Little Egret, Wren, flock of Long Tailed Tit in company with at least one Goldcrest, flyover by a flock of Brent Geese.

From the Viewing platform ~ Large numbers of Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Redshank, Kingfisher, a single Knot, Dunlin, Lapwing, Common Gull, Lesser Black Back Gull, Wigeon, a good sized flock of Brent Geese, by the gate a Chiffchaff.

Goat Walk ~ In excess of 400 Avocet on the far side of the estuary stretching from Turf down to Topsham, Dunlin, Black Tailed Godwit, Heron, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Curlew.

On BGM various duck sp's Mallard, Tufted, Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon. Eight Greylag Geese, Heron, a large flock of Canadian Geese flew in along with two Canada hybrids, large numbers of Black Tailed Godwit inc two colour ringed birds.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted December 9th, 2020 at 7:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


2 Firecrest Oxen Cove car park Brixham. Around the bay: 1 Long-tailed Duck (Roundham Head), 8 Common Scoter, 10+ Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebes. 18+ Harbour Porpoise and 10+ Common Dolphins from boat off Berry Head. 1st w drake Scaup Young's Park, Goodrington,11 Cirl Buntings and 2 Yellowhammers Broadsands 2nd car park. 

Posted December 9th, 2020 at 7:14 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


2 Firecrests ( caught and ringed ) and 8 Goldcrests (4 caught and ringed ) in a regular overwintering site for both species.

Posted December 9th, 2020 at 6:35 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Airy Point - N.Devon

Sad to see this dead Diver at Airy Point this morning. 

Posted December 9th, 2020 at 5:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Matford Pools

M Green-Winged Teal here,  Wednesday 9th Dec @13.30 Good nos of wigeon and teal too

Posted December 9th, 2020 at 5:32 pm by stephen gardiner in Bird News

Teign Estuary

14 Avocets in Upper Teign estuary this am.


Posted December 9th, 2020 at 4:41 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Tuesday 8th December 2020

re ringneck roost

if you want to see for yourself, go to the train station from about 415 pm and you will see clearly 130 plus ringneck parakeets roosting in central reservation

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 10:37 pm by barry in Bird News

Firecrest - Plymouth

Firecrest in garden Mannamead Plymouth. 7/12/20

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 10:23 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Plym Estuary

To add to Pete's observations of today, a Great Northern Diver was upstream of the Laira Bridge for a good couple of hours.  In the space of about three minutes it was seen swallowing three sizeable fish, including a large flounder that proved difficult to swallow.

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 8:05 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lower Lake.

35 Goosander 14m 21f, 5 Willow Tit,  4 Marsh Tit , 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, c25 Snipe, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey 

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 6:49 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Grt Grey Shrike

Shrike at Soussons this pm mobile.

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 4:50 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Around the Plymouth area

Image of Grey Wag that failed to load with initial post

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 4:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Around the Plymouth area

Portworthy Mica dam ~ Teal, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard,Canada Geese, Little Grebe, Redwing, Wren and sixteen Fallow deer.

Ford Park Cemetery ~ Meadow Pipits and Redwing.

Lopwell Dam ~ Maristow Estate ~ Six Little Grebe, 32 Canada Geese inc two hybrids, three Common Sandpiper, Raven, Mallard, Grey and Pied Wagtail, on leaving a covey of 20 plus Red Legged Partridge.

Cadover Fishing Lakes ~ five plus Cormorant, Moorhen, Mistle Thrush, Redwing and a pair of Goosander.

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 4:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

The adult male Black Redstart in the garden again briefly this morning. As before, a Robin chased it off.

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 3:56 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A sharp rise in Dunlin numbers, with 246 (all on Blaxton Meadow). Also, Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Stock Dove, Raven, 5 Redwings, 2 Grey Wagtails, 32 Wigeon, Little Grebe, Goosander (redhead), 6 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper & Kingfisher. 

In my garden (Mount Gould, Plymouth) at the moment, up to 3 Blackcaps are regular visitors - 2 males & a female.

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 3:32 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Redshank and 1 Black-tailed Godwit still on the scrape. Flock of Lapwing over by Chivenor. Male Stonechat south of the reserve. Water Rails calling, Tawny Owl ditto. A largish bird exiting the reserve looked 'interesting' and closer scrutiny revealed a Peregrine with prey (Blackbird or Water Rail size) making off towards Wrafton.

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 1:34 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Prawle Reserve - tree work

Most of the ash trees in the Prawle Reserve are suffering from dieback.  A tree surgeon will be cutting down or pollarding the trees that pose a danger to the public.  The work will start on 8 December and should be complete by 11th.  Replacement trees will be planted in the next few weeks.

Apologies for any inconvenience

Posted December 8th, 2020 at 7:58 am by Nick Townsend in Bird News

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