Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th April 2020

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

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1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

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


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

Wednesday 1st April 2020

EXmminster marshes

A quick cycle down the canal to Exminster Marshes around 25 Sand martin and 4 Swallow were the highlights. Several chiffchaff singing as well as 2 Blackcap in song. only one Cettis warbler heard. still good numbers of Teal, Wigeon and Shelduck

Posted April 1st at 9:44 pm by Nik Ward in General Birding

River Otter near Honiton

A walk around the River Otter just South of Honiton resulted in a couple of surprises. 2 Red Breasted Mergansers and 8-10 Fieldfares still hanging around. Nice also to see 3 Little Egrets and a Kingfisher.

Eds: It seems an awfully long way from the coast to see Red-breasted Mergansers - Goosander is much more likely?

Posted April 1st at 9:31 pm by Ryan K in General Birding

South Brent

The 1st April gave a good birding return from around my garden feed station and three fields at home at South Brent with 34 species being recorded.

The highlight of the day was finding a male Blackcap in full song close to a hedge corner where they have bred for the last two years.

4 Wren, 19 Blackbird, 31 House Sparrow plus the would be Italian Sparrow, 3 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 11 Great Tit one checking out a nest box, 22 Wood pigeon, 15 Jackdaw, 16 Chaffinch with several males in full song, Raven, Buzzard, Jay,10 Blue Tit with four nest boxes occupied or being checked out,         7 Robin, a pair of Bullfinch, flyover Pied and Grey Wagtail, GSWP drumming, Green Woodpecker calling since first light, a pair of fly over Mallard, several Canada Goose fly overs from first light.

Late afternoon a strung out flock of 94 Jackdaw flying over towards the village.

An evening walk round the fields gave a Pipistrelle bat, 2 rabbits and just after 8pm as dusk was falling a late patrolling Peregrine over the house field.

Posted April 1st at 8:26 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

River Otter near Honiton

A walk around the River Otter just South of Honiton resulted in a couple of surprises. 2 Red Breasted Mergansers and 8-10 Fieldfares still hanging around. Nice also to see 3 Little Egrets and a Kingfisher.

Posted April 1st at 6:34 pm by Ryan K in General Birding

Whimple (East Devon).

All white bird, with dark eye reported from Whimple and presumed to be leucistic House Sparrow, unless told otherwise

Not much going on around Marsh Green.  First Chiffchaff and Blackcaps heard a few days ago and Green Woodpecker calling regularly. 

Thanks to Peter Howard and team for superb Devon Birds Report 2018 and to Mike Lock as Editor for his outstanding Reports over many years.  

Posted April 1st at 2:28 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Widey woods Plymouth a 2 minute walk from home

Nice to see a male blackcap and goldcrest this morning I put a couple of nest boxes up in the wood yesterday so shall be watching those on my trips in the wood 

Posted April 1st at 10:23 am by Mike Williams in General Birding


Up on the roof doing some essential repairs when all hell broke loose amongst the Herring Gulls. An Osprey flew overhead and then down river towards Instow. A new bird for my garden list!

Stay safe everyone!

Posted April 1st at 9:44 am by Martin Unwin in General Birding

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