Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th April 2020

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Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

However, in the last year, more posts have been appearing purely on subjects other than birds. Whilst of interest to some observers, this is detracting from the aim of the pages, i.e. principally bird sightings.

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Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

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Tuesday 7th April 2020

Slapton and Beesands

A surprise at Torcross a black swan some distance from dawlish. Beesands Ley had 2 Pochards

Posted April 7th at 4:49 pm by Jeff hacon in Bird News

Exeter Canal

Walked from the canal basin to Exminster Marsh and back this morning. Highlights were:

- 5/6 singing Willow Warblers, mainly in Willows on the canal bank;

- 3/4 Sedge Warblers singing from the ditches, plus one performing its song flight;

- 5 Ringed Plovers with the Curlews in the part-flooded fields;

- 3 Gadwall, presumably the same as last week's;

- one small group each of Sand Martin and Swallow.

No Whimbrel, Reed Warbler or House Martin yet. Maybe next week!

Posted April 7th at 4:42 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

28 Common Buzzards moving NE this afternoon bringing the spring total up to 154. All movements have been into a head wind - E, NE.

Also: female Sparrowhawk (local) and 10 House Martins.

Thanks to Mark for updating the Haldon record.

Posted April 7th at 4:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

07-04-20 Plym River

Daily exercise along the top end of the River Plym, Plenty of Tits, a Chiffchaff, and a Blackcap (M), Buzzards, Blackbirds Robins and Wrens

Posted April 7th at 4:07 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

9+ noisy and mobile Sandwich Terns along Plymouth Hoe and around The Cattewater on my lunchtime walk today.

Posted April 7th at 2:59 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Buzzards over Barnstaple.

In the space of 40 minutes mid morning today 7 Buzzards flew over my house in Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple. Four were in a group that flew west, one was a local bird and the other two glided east. Strangely, the local gull population ignored them completely. And can someone identify this insect please.

Posted April 7th at 2:48 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Hembury Woods.

Singing Tree Pipit this morning; first of the year here. 

Posted April 7th at 1:53 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


A single Swallow over the scrape this morning, Where are they all?

Posted April 7th at 12:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Kenwith nr Bideford

Nice little stroll around the reserve this morning.At least 5 m blackcaps singing,3chiffchaff.Wren nest building Best bird was a calling cettis warbler on the first pond.Only my 2nd record.

Posted April 7th at 11:45 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Common Buzzard migration

Very interesting to read Rob Macklin's observations on migrating Common Buzzards recently. The movement Rob states for Haldon was actually on 29th April 2001, not 2000! This is an error in 'The Birds of Devon', while Devon Bird Report 2001 is correct and states "71 birds passing in a NE direction in three dispersed groups of  13, 21 and 37 (John Gale)".

This smart pale 2cy Buzzard heading NE over our house yesterday was a presumed migrant, as not a bird I've seen locally.

Common BuzzardCommon Buzzard

Posted April 7th at 10:22 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

South Brent

Very active with bird species around the house fields this morning 24 species recorded by 9.30am, discovered a freshly excavated Green Woodpecker nest hole and a short while later saw the pair together in an Oak tree.

Species seen inc Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Long Tailed Tit, Wren, and Buzzard, the Italian Sparrow sp on the garden feeders.


Posted April 7th at 9:54 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 6th April 2020

Greendale East Devon

Five pairs of Tufted Duck, pair of Little Grebe at private lake 

Posted April 6th at 11:11 pm by Roger Brooks in Bird News


Nice to see three Swallows and two House Martins at Broadwoodwidger today.

Posted April 6th at 11:08 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News


On our daily family walk this afternoon, our first Swallow of the year was the highlight. Total lockdown list so far from Chudleigh is 44.

Posted April 6th at 9:14 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News


Daily walk was down the Toll Road to cross banks. Not a lot to report in a cold westerly wind. Best was the call of a single Whimbrel, which remained unseen somewhere over towards Chivenor.

Later whilst checking the skies for a passing bird of prey I thought I must be in Spain - there was a kettle of 6 Buzzards above St Brannocks Church seen from my balcony.

Posted April 6th at 6:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Walk to beach today - 14 sandwich terns in the bay with a gannet very close. 1 winter plumage great northern diver also quite close. Single swallow overhead on way back to village. A friend in Torcross tells me his house martins are back.

Posted April 6th at 6:12 pm by graham burton in Bird News

Exwick garden

New garden bird with a Garden Warbler moving through this afternoon before heading towards the mill on the exe 

Posted April 6th at 4:00 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Update on Common Buzzard migration:

126 Common Buzzards were recorded moving generally north-east on five dates between Mar.24th & Apr.5th, the largest count being 56 on Mar.26th. As far as I can see this constitutes the largest movement of buzzards ever recorded in the county. The largest day movement was 70N over Haldon on Apr.29th 2000.

Also today in garden: first House Martin, 2 singing Willow Warblers plus the usual Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs. 5 species of butterfly.

Posted April 6th at 3:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hackney Marsh, kingsteignton

Just walked to the marsh’s with the hope of seeing some Swallows or Martins but there were none while I was there. I did see however 

Cetti’s warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow warbler, Chiff chaff, Blue tit, Long tailed Tit, Heron, Black cap, Little egret, Magpie, Blackbird, Song thrush, Dunnock, Herring gull, Black headed gull, Pigeon, Wood pigeon, Skylark, Crow, Great Tit, Sparrow, Robin, Greenfinch, Mallard, Canada goose, Pheasant, Buzzard. 

It wasn’t until I walked around to the Fountain round about that there were 3 feeding House Martins on Fore St. yay.

Posted April 6th at 2:01 pm by Darren in Bird News


A swallow has just returned to our garage where a pair have bred for the last 15/20 years. Hallelujah!

Posted April 6th at 12:14 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Bovey River

Early morning walk up the river.  Grey wagtails and dippers feeding in same area.  Willow warbler singing and feeding in tall tree in park - my first for the year and only encountered this one.  The blackcap that has been singing for days today attracted a female and a rival. Chiffchaffs singing but have yet to spot one as they are in areas with no access.  Pair of mistle thrush and numerous song thrush territories.  

Posted April 6th at 11:08 am by Margaret Harland in Bird News

Sunday 5th April 2020


A female Marsh Harrier (our first ever!) and five Swallows (our first of the year) flew over the garden this evening as the rain clouds started to roll in just before dusk.

Posted April 5th at 9:41 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Plymouth Mountwise

Good numbers of Sandwich Terns, at least 10, in and around Mayflower Marina

Posted April 5th at 8:59 pm by Neil Moore in Bird News


late afternoon Blackcap singing and 3 swallows over head

Posted April 5th at 8:21 pm by Jeff hacon in Bird News

Lockdown in the garden combemartin.

A windy but fine day tinkering in the garden with camera to hand, saw busy birds finding nesting materials,  dunnock,  blue , great and coal tits, wood pigeons,sparrows, Robins blackbirds and lastly a chiffchaff late in the afternoon. Checking the bird boxes in the garden I noticed that a woodpecker has enlarged holes in 3. Of them,  so will have to narrow down the opening somehow.  No more swallows since the other evening. 

Blue TitBlackbirdChiffchaff
Blue Tit                       Blackbird                              Chiffchaff

Posted April 5th at 5:47 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Pilton Street

They are back, three House Martins calling over Pilton Street, wonderful!

Posted April 5th at 4:58 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News


1 swallow seen in between Avonwick and North Huish 

Posted April 5th at 4:50 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Garden watch highlight was Peregrine over (migrant or local wanderer), Buzzard migration continues with 15NE through the day plus 2 Swallow, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Raven, 2 singing Blackcap & 2 singing Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell & Large White.

Posted April 5th at 4:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Drake Red-crested Pochard on the pond again today. A few (5/6) Sand Martins and a Swallow, which I also saw over the reserve. A few Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs singing.

Posted April 5th at 4:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Summer has arrived.............

House Martin and Swallow ticked off today at South Brent....................

Posted April 5th at 3:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Swallow see from home

Saw my first swallow of the year today (5/4/20) flying east over my house in Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple. A normal day produces Robins, hedge Sparrow, Blackbird, a pair of Chaffinches, Goldfinch, Wood and Feral Pigeons. Seagulls are always floating around and when noisy it is usually to show they are seeing off a Buzzard or two. Last week, as reported by my neighbour, it was a Red Kite. Various Corvids though the pair of Crows that have nested in a large copper beech in my rear neighbour's garden for the last couple of years, are noticeable by their absence.

Posted April 5th at 2:17 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News


2 house martins checking out nests at Waye Farm this morning

Posted April 5th at 12:29 pm by Peter Edwards in Bird News

Tagged Redshank

It would appear that the tagged bird was caught and ringed in Norway. I conducted a web search and found the following information...

species: Common Redshank

scientific name: Tringa totanus

EURING code: 05460

notes: Orange flag with a black 3 alpha-code (on right tibia) and yellow ring (on left tibia).

note 1 : metal ring on left tarsus.

note 2 : robusta and totanus will be caught at our wader station Giske OS (locality: Makkevika, Møre & Romsdal county), Norway.

note 3 : 

email sighting submit:

snailmail sighting submit: Kjell Mork Soot, Hareidsvegen 234, N-6060 Hareid, Norway.

colour-ring type: Flag : combination of uncoded flag and legring(s).

colour-ring colour: Orange [O]

colour-ring code: Three alpha code (3 letters).

countries where ringed: Norway.

Left tarsus upper: metal ring.

I've emailed a couple of images to them and hope to hear something in the coming days.

Posted April 5th at 10:43 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Garden insects

As a lot of us are stuck at home I thought I'd post a few insects we can see in our gardens

Dark bordered Bee fly Bombylius major
Dark bordered Bee fly Bombylius major

Hairy footed flower bee Anthophora plumipes
Hairy footed flower bee Anthophora plumipes

A Hoverfly Eristalis pertinax
A Hoverfly Eristalis pertinax

Posted April 5th at 10:25 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Braunton Marshes

While on my early morning exercise routine on my bicycle around the Marshes an adult female Marsh Harrier flew past being mobbed by Herring Gulls.

Posted April 5th at 9:43 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Early morning walk down to the Ley. Usual suspects, chiff chaff, blackcap and cetti's singing but no hirudines. Only newcomer, 1 Sandwich Tern patrolling the beach.

Posted April 5th at 8:29 am by graham burton in Bird News

West Charleton

Flock of Common Scoter flew over village calling last night at 21:20, apparently headed north.

Posted April 5th at 5:13 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News


15mallard Staverton Bridge,Saturday pm

Also m mandarin and 1 Canada Goose disturbed by paddle board!

Posted April 5th at 12:01 am by Denis Doy in Bird News

Saturday 4th April 2020

Riverford Bridge, Dartington

3 House Martins and 2 Swallows over the Dart, mid-pm. The first of both species for me this year. 

Posted April 4th at 11:01 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Fremington Pill

In response to Keith Mcginnes's(KM) post (Redshank with ring and tag. I photographed three large groups totalling fifty or more Redshanks along Fremington Pill on 29 March and haven just seen KMs post I decided to look back at my photos and can see the same bird in one of the groups. The Red tag look like it has a number 8 on it.

The small group of Red shanks with the tagged bird.
The small group of Red shanks with the tagged bird.

Posted April 4th at 10:16 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Osprey Taw/Torridge Estuary

Saturday 5.30 pm. Suddenly appeared at mouth of estuary as I was photographing a flock of plovers. Watched for 10 minutes as it flew leisurely up estuary towards Instow and Appledore then headed up the Taw towards Yelland. Also on the Burrows, several pairs of wheatear. 

Osprey appears
Osprey appears

Osprey...record shot
Osprey...record shot


Posted April 4th at 10:09 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

North coast around Berrynarbor

An early morning walk from home revealed quite a nice little fall of warblers, including at least 22 Willow Warblers – most concentraing on feeding rather than singing – and over 20 Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps too, including the first females I've seen this spring. Other migrants included a male Wheatear and 7 Sand Martins zipping W along the cliffs, whilst in the garden a male Crossbill dropped in to drink for the second day running.

Posted April 4th at 8:29 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Whilst enjoying my exercise managed to see an osprey over the Turf and heard a very early sedge warbler on the canal bank at mid day.

Later a single house martin over the garden in Exminster.

Posted April 4th at 6:58 pm by John Waldon in Bird News


Walked down to Plymbridge. a pair of Grey Wagtails and a pair of Mandarin Ducks on the river. G.S. Woodpeckers drumming, Jays, Magpies ,Blue, Great and Marsh tits, Song thrushes and Nuthatches, half a dozen late Redwings.

Back across the golf course to Plympton. Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Linnets. Lovely to see and hear the Skylarks. 

Posted April 4th at 6:28 pm by bob barrow in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Garden Watch:  Highlight today was a migrant Goshawk soaring high overhead this morning for a couple of minutes before drifting off west. Also: 12 Common Buzzards moving NE throughout the day much to the chagrin of the resident pair. One of the pair talon-grappled with one migrant, haven't seen this since Red Kites in Wales many moons ago; Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Mistle Thrush & 2 singing Chiffchaffs - not bad for the garden!!

Posted April 4th at 4:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Barnstaple to fremington Quay 11:30 to 12:00

Daily exercise bike ride - Still two Cattle egrets in field on Bickington side of the Tarka trail.

Posted April 4th at 3:39 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Redshank yellow ring and orange tag HAE

Posted April 4th at 2:43 pm by Keith mcginnes in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Redshank with yellow ring and orange tag

Posted April 4th at 1:57 pm by Keith mcginnes in Bird News


2 Swallows flying past this morning.

Posted April 4th at 12:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Friday 3rd April 2020

Countess weir and exminster

7 sand martin following the river across countess weir with around 25 over exminster marshes.  Good Nadal's off teal, wigeon  and a pair of Pintail. 

Posted April 3rd at 11:26 pm by Nik Ward in Bird News

Tavistock-walking along the Tavy and the Canal

My lockdown exercise has involved walking from home  through the Meadows and along the Tavistock canal towards Crowndale Farm. I have been posting nature photographs on the Tavistock Parish facebook page. Feedback has been very positive and I have realised how they are being enjoyed by lots of people including those who are self-isolating for 12 weeks. My journey started on the 24th March. I have attached a selection of my photos/finds.Common birds will feature greatly!

Treecreeper, Redwing (one of six seen 1st April) , Noctule Bat (seen midday 26 March)

Tawny Owl and Chiffchaff ( 2 poses)

 Sparrowhawk, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit


Posted April 3rd at 11:11 pm in Bird News


Go this image of a Blackbird near my home.

Male Blackbird
Male Blackbird

Posted April 3rd at 10:19 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Just 5 minutes or so from my house were Blue tits, a Great tit, 2 Long tail tits, a couple of Robins, a few Blackbirds, Collared doves, Wood pigeons, Magpies, Crows, Jackdows and a couple of Wrens.

Great Tit
Great Tit

Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit

Blue Tit
Blue Tit

Posted April 3rd at 10:17 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


In my Garden were a good number of House sparrows, 2 Magpies, a Blackbird nesting in a shrub, a Blue tit nesting in a nest box.  The nest box is fitted with a wireless colour camera with sound.

Male House sparrow
Male House sparrow

Female House sparrow
Female House sparrow

Blue tit with nest material
Blue tit with nest material

Posted April 3rd at 10:06 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Evening swallows CoombeMartin

Sat in the garden early evening, 19.37 , 4 swallows flew over east to west.

Posted April 3rd at 7:43 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Cann Woods LNR, Plymouth.

A walk around a Local Nature Reserve this afternoon:-

3 Nuthatch, 2 Chiffchaff, a pair of Bullfinch, several singing Blackcap, a Pheasant feeding in the undergrowth, a Song Thrush in full song, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Jackdaw, blue/Great/Long Tailed tits, and 3 Buzzard overhead.

'Grey' Chiffchaff (tristis/abietinus/fulvescens)
'Grey' Chiffchaff (tristis/abietinus/fulvescens)


Posted April 3rd at 7:36 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

South Brent two day round up

Some more interesting birds around the house yesterday, still no Swallows, but a hunting Sparrowhawk seen at height, as I watched it folded its wings and dropped like a bullet after some unsuspecting prey item.
A male Blackcap I spotted yesterday was back in the same Oak tree on Hillside, again singing for all he was worth.
Saw a GSWP drop into another Oak tree and within moments a Green Woodpecker flew in and landed in almost 
the same spot then I heard a Chiffchaff calling.
The Italian type sparrow sp has been around the feeders and nice to see a Wren working its way in and out of the cracks and gaps on a stone wall.... Overnight a Tawny owl calling.
Today 3rd April, fly past from five Canada Geese, Raven overhead, at one point not less than eight soaring Buzzards one of which was repeatedly displaying coming down from great height in a vertical stoop.
Blackcap on station again as yesterday and photographed as I watched it a Buzzard flushed a Green Woodpecker which landed across the field in an Ash tree which already contained a Song Thrush, so some record shots at
best, Chiffchaff calling but stayed out of sight and a single Redwing this afternoon. 
The Italian type sparrow has been a regular on the feeders today and I actually managed to get a half decent in flight shot of it at long last.
My buddy Keith on his local exercise walk picked up a Chiffchaff and got some nice images of it in full song.
And to rub salt into a wound my non birding daughter Lucy who has taken up birding to entertain her two children has had three Swallows turn up at White Oxen near Rattery today.
And my first orange tipped butterfly of the season spotted in the garden.

Posted April 3rd at 6:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Out on the scrape this morning, 4 Snipe, 15 or so Teal, and 12 Godwits. One of which looked like a Bar-tailed Godwit. Don't see them out here very often! Again no Sand Martins.

Posted April 3rd at 6:29 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Venn Ottery Common /Reserve. East Devon

Green Woodpecker poo if I am not mistaken!

Venn Ottery Common was very quite this morning other than a Buzzard, a pair of Ravens, a few Chiffchaff and Blackcaps singing and a Green Woodpecker calling.  Some common woodland birds missing. 

Posted April 3rd at 2:47 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

River Bovey

On my early morning walk today it seems that the dippers are feeding young in the nest.  Was surprised to see a redwing.  More chiffchaffs singing, but not blackcaps.

Posted April 3rd at 12:28 pm by Margaret Harland in Bird News

Osprey - Buckfastleigh area

Rob Dart left a message this morning to say there was an Osprey heading WNW just after 0700. He also saw a Red Kite over last week.

Posted April 3rd at 10:00 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Dippers - Ide

A pair of dippers on the Alphinbrook nr Ide

Posted April 3rd at 8:44 am by Jacquie Butler in Bird News

Thursday 2nd April 2020


In garden today 

GoldfinchLong-tailed TitPeacock
Goldfinch                   Long-tailed Tit                      Peacock

Posted April 2nd at 10:35 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Other Wildlife

Postbridge to Manaton

Male Wheatear, several Stonechats and a Stock Dove today on the way to Manaton delivering shopping.

Posted April 2nd at 10:22 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

Hope cove lunchtime

From the garden at work a sparrowhawk flew over several times, a couple of ravens flew past which the herring gulls did not seem to appreciate. 2 mute swans on the sea.

SparrowhawkRaven & Herring gullMagpie
Sparrowhawk                        Raven & Herring gull                              Magpie

Posted April 2nd at 7:51 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Slapton. Sands - Torcross end.

5 smart male Wheatears on the sea defence boulders this morning. On the Ley 1m. and 1f. Goldeneye still remaining.

Posted April 2nd at 7:42 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News

Exeter - Turf

Miscellaneous observations from this morning's walk down the towpath and back:

Blackcap song audible for much of the way, perhaps twenty birds in total, with double that of Chiff-Chaffs, and half a dozen Cetti's;

at Countesswear, a Green sandpiper was in the river, and at Matford ponds the Little Grebe was trilling away, with a pair of Stock Doves in the dead Oaks. The rookery now has an outpost on the East bank of the river opposite the sewage works (don't remember seeing them there before);

on Exminster marshes, a Peregrine was on one of the pylons, two small groups of Sand Martins headed North, three Gadwall were near the fishermans' car park (a very belated year tick for me), three Water Rails squealed from the ditches, and, in the distance, the Lapwings were very active in display and harrying the intruding crows;

in the estuary, around 50 Golden Plover were still present, sounding more mournful than ever, and a distant dark dot bouncing in the waves was, I think, the Slavonian Grebe in Summer plumage, although I have not seen it in the upper estuary before.

Posted April 2nd at 4:25 pm by James Camden in Bird News

FPC 02-04-20

A quite friendly Rose-ringed parakeet by the feeders. Nothing much else of notice apart from the usual Magpies, Crows and a Raven calling, plenty of bird sounds, but not much seen.

Posted April 2nd at 3:44 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Morning walk around Fremington Pill, Highlights today were Kingfisher and Spotted Redshank. 

Posted April 2nd at 3:15 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

South Brent

An addition to the recent Redwing fest was a group of 10 feeding near Underhill, South Brent this morning. Perhaps some of those that flew over Lipson in the night?

Posted April 2nd at 2:48 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News


Red-crested Pochard on the pond still this morning. Now 9 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape, along with 16 Teal and the territorially aggressive Swans and Geese. The Sand Martins seem to have gone back south again.

Posted April 2nd at 1:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Widey woods

About a dozen Redwing having a rest in the tree tops before heading west.

Posted April 2nd at 1:29 pm by Mike Williams in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Morning walk around Fremington Pill, Highlights today were Kingfisher and Spotted Redshank. 

Posted April 2nd at 12:59 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Nocturnal Migration

Partly in response to Perry. Working at home has meant that I have a bit of time to get back into some nocturnal migration recording. Last night was pretty good with a total of 68 Redwing and a single Fieldfare as well as a single Meadow Pipit over Lipson in Plymouth. Redwings started about 1:30 AM and continued until dawn and included what appeared to be at least one largish flock.

Posted April 2nd at 11:47 am by Rich Billington in Bird News

West Charleton

6 Redwings flew over garden early this morning. Late for here.

Posted April 2nd at 9:26 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News

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 Bird News


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 Bird News

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