Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st March 2020

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Wednesday 18th March 2020

Powderham Marsh today; Ide - Perridge yesterday

Today, a two-hour scan in the company of others produced many Sand Martins, and singles of Green-Winged Teal, Scaup, Green Sandpiper, Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk with several Reed Buntings on the bird table, and a pair of Stonechats on the walk from the Swan's Nest..

Yesterday, the lane from Ide to Longdown started with a Dipper on the Alphinbrook, and finished, North of the trig. point, with flocks of Redwing (20+, perhaps the last of the Winter), Linnet (25+), Siskin (10+), Crossbill (5+), (with two additional isolated singing males), and Stock Dove (35+). Have not seen a flock of the latter locally before; are they, like Wood Pigeon, a partial migrant, so were these returning from further S. or W.? Along the way, lots of song, especially from Yellowhammer, Mistle Thrush, and, above all, Larks, mostly exultant, but some mournful.

Posted March 18th at 9:54 pm by James Camden in General Birding

South Molton Community Woodland

2 singing chiffchaff this morning

Posted March 18th at 8:57 pm by Art Symons in General Birding

Yellowhammer - Haldon Forest

Single male yellowhammer with the chaffinches and siskins at the feeding station.

Posted March 18th at 6:48 pm by JacquieB in General Birding


Lots (well 20+) of Sand Martins over the scrape and later a few over the reserve, Not much change in the reserve, although the water level has again gone down a bit more. Chiffchaff, Water Rail, Cetti's Warblers calling, And the male Little Grebe's call has finally worked - he has attracted a mate! He also had a go at a passing Mallard this morning.

Posted March 18th at 2:17 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Fremington Pill and Wrafton pond

Popped out yesterday afternoon, first to Fremington Pill though very few birds around. Got a quick shot of an Egret in flight. I then went down to Wrafton pond.  There was very little there to report just a few Coots, Moorhens, Snipe, Mallard (M&F), a couple of Little grebes and two male Pochard.  A singing Chiffchaff made the trip worthwhile.

Little EgretMale PochardCoot
Little Egret                          Male Pochard                                Coot

Posted March 17th at 6:05 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Sandwich Tern flew past the beach heading toward Exmouth this morning

Posted March 17th at 5:06 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Paignton Beach

3 Pale-Bellied Brent Geese flew in off the sea this afternoon to feed on the rocks at the south end of the beach.

Posted March 17th at 5:03 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in General Birding

Labrador Bay

Surf Scoter & Velvet Scoter around the bouys but distant.

Posted March 17th at 2:51 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Late Post - Baggy

Plenty of bird activity at Baggy yesterday morning with several species focused on chasing one another around including Meadow & Rock Pipits parachuting down from the sky!

A male Sparrowhawk flew past in a flash panicking most of the birds including the gulls. A single Swallow flying fast & low over the gorse but only seen once just for a few seconds.

A few Peacock butterflies on the wing & one Small Tortoisehell which we were delighted to see due to the rapid declines in this species during the last few years.

Posted March 17th at 9:59 am by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife


10 Cattle Egrets feeding in amongst the cattle! Also with a couple of Little Egrets.

Posted March 17th at 8:45 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Monday 16th March 2020


4Wheatears ms and f.Ring -n duck .Slapton ,Ireland bay ,Gt White Egret, which we found at 2.30 pm. 

Posted March 16th at 8:22 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in General Birding

red kites

2 Red Kites slowly circling and moving east over West Sandford late this afternoon. Influx of ChiffChaffs this morning at least 4 singing in the hamlet this morning.

Posted March 16th at 7:01 pm by steve Colombe in General Birding

Wheatear - Brandy Head, Nr Ladram Bay

Wheatear flew in off the sea around midday.

Posted March 16th at 6:50 pm by JacquieB in General Birding

Fernworthy Reservoir

A Red Kite hunting around the approach road to Fernworthy 4.15pm. The Long Tailed Duck is still present.

Posted March 16th at 5:52 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding


Much as yesterday, except no sign of the Water Pipit, I noticed Roger and Dave from Bideford over on the Tarka Trail, presumably hoping to see it.

Only one Chiffchaff a Water Rail and a Little Grebe of note in the reserve.

The flood is slowly receding.

Posted March 16th at 5:38 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Labrador Bay

Velvet Scoter and Surf Scoter around buoys offshore at 13.40 today.

Posted March 16th at 5:10 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

East Soar & Slapton Ley

3 male Wheatears on the lowest seaward slopes of Bolt Head and Chiffchaff on the cliff top.

Non-avian: 7 Peacocks.

Slapton Ley:  Great White Egret in Ireland Bay, Black Swan and singing Chiffchaff.

Posted March 16th at 4:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands, Paignton

9 members of DB attended the East Devon Branch fieldtrip this morning.  8 Cirl Buntings (3 males) were present in the second car park with a Chiffchaff in the hedgerow.  The main challenge came from the search for 2 Firecrest reported and which were eventually found in ivy covered trees opposite Sycamore Close together with a Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch and a singing Blackcap. Overhead were 2 Buzzard and a Raven. Out in the bay 2 Great Northern Diver were present with a Common Scoter near the mussel beds.  A grey seal was close in to the shore.

PLEASE NOTE. In view of the 'virus crisis' members will be asked to keep 2 meters distance from each other, not to share scopes and drivers will decide whether they wish to car share or not.  We will continue with our Branch Fieldtrip Programme until the crisis determines otherwise and members will be informed of any future changes as they occur.  Thank you.

Posted March 16th at 3:55 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Radford Lake 16-03-20

Nothing much to report around this lake, the Kingfishers showing well but not for Pictures, the only interest were two Wrens having a right old fight


Posted March 16th at 3:04 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Labrador bay

2 distant scoters just right of the buoys. 1 common and the surf. No sign of either the velvet scoter or the long tailed duck

Posted March 16th at 2:30 pm by Jeff Hacon in General Birding

Gaya trust , Lower Yelland farm.

4 Cattle Egrets feeding amongst a flock of sheep , adjacent to Isley Marsh.

Also Spotted Redshank still on Fremington Pill.

Posted March 16th at 2:21 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Dawlish Warren NNR

At least two Wheatear on site. First of year here I think.

Also Warren Crocus in flower, making for a very spring-like Monday

Posted March 16th at 2:11 pm by Steve Ayres in General Birding

Warblers-East Charleton

East Charleton 1km square - 3, possibly 4 male Chiffchaffs now holding territory, the 1st singing male Blackcap on possible territory this morning. The full 1km has yet to be searched, only the most productive breeding area has been visited so far.

Posted March 16th at 11:38 am by Barrie Whitehall in General Birding

Thornhillhead, North Devon

Glorious morning, alive with singing. First Chiffchaff of the year and a Greenfinch (not often seen here). Male Yellowhammer and Marsh Tit under/at the feeders. At least six soaring buzzards including a very light individual and two engaged in aerial talon grabbing. Three ravens and 2 Mistle thrushes flying. Great stuff!

Posted March 16th at 10:48 am by Mark West in General Birding

Sunday 15th March 2020

Wrafton pond

Sunday morning. Just the usual suspects on the pond.

Little GrebeMale PochardSnipe
Little Grebe                    Male Pochard                           Snipe

Posted March 15th at 11:53 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding


Today off the Pier a Juv Glaucous gull was being mobbed by the Herring Gulls, a snow white gull, I saw it on Friday as well. Returning Lesser Black Backed Gulls are up to about ten inc this paler individual, all the rest are much darker. Capstone to the Pier had 3 pairs of Purple Sandpipers and this afternoon over Cairn no less than 9 Buzzards. Recently Juv Iceland Gull still and a 2nd CY Great Black Backed Gull with a green darvic leg ring possibly ringed on Bardsey. 

Purple SandpipersLesser Black-backed Gull
Purple Sandpipers                               Lesser Black-backed Gull

Posted March 15th at 10:49 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

15/03/2020 Teign Estuary to Sprey Point

Between the estuary and Sprey point at least three Great Northern Divers.  Off Sprey point sixty Common Scoter.

Posted March 15th at 10:32 pm by Pete Stevens in General Birding

Exminster Marshes

A brief visit this afternoon between the showers 14 Sand Marrtins and 1 Swallow actively feeding over the main lagoon. Also singing chiffchaff and a male Wheatear. 

Posted March 15th at 8:43 pm by Ray Hamilton in General Birding

Challacombe Moor.

After four months of weekend drive outs, finally I got to see a short eared owl, along with many other observers. The odd buzzard, flocks of golden plover along with starling,  a heron on a moorland pond along with a couple of teal. There were small herds of red deer among the tall reedy grass. 

SeoRed deer
Seo                                    Red deer

Posted March 15th at 8:41 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Velator reserve

Rain finally stopped after lunch so went down to check if the flood had subsided. Not much! A Snipe flew into the flooded area - they usually fly out when they see me approaching! A Water Rail was also in the flooded area. Little Grebes were in (and outside) the reserve. A loafing flock of Gulls included a few LBB Gulls, and a Mediterranean Gull. Best  was a Water Pipit between the reserve and the scrape. (photo attached)

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Posted March 15th at 8:08 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Fremington Saltpill

3 Sand Martin feeding over the pond at 08:00 this morning. 2 Water Rail (possibly 3) and  a Cettis Warbler also present.

Posted March 15th at 7:11 pm by Ken Ebsworthy in General Birding

Hope's Nose


A Firecrest showed well in scrub below the main entrance gate.  6 GNDs including three very close in Hope Cove.  3 Blackcaps and GSW calling from dense cover.  Pairs of Bullfinch, Greenfinch and Stonechat.  Multiple Robins.  Rock Pipit.  2 Fulmars, 2 Common Gulls, Gannets, Shags, 5+ Oycs, 20+ Guillemots and 2 Gannets.  3 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Grey Seal.  Primroses starting to look good!

Posted March 15th at 5:42 pm by Paul Darlington in General Birding

Start Bay

Sandwich Tern off Torcross this afternoon.

Posted March 15th at 5:40 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Ross's Gull Plym Estuary

Adult Ross's Gull on Blaxton Meadow, Saltram, Plym Estuary this morning

Ross's Gull Blaxton Meadow
Ross's Gull Blaxton Meadow

Posted March 15th at 11:31 am by John Walters in General Birding

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