Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th 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.

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Friday 1st May 2020

Wrafton pond and Tow Road to Crow point

Wrafton pond produced some ducklings to photograph, a Magpie  in the trees above the pond and a Coot feeding its chick.

Mallard ducklingsMagpieCoot and chick
Mallard ducklings                               Magpie                                    Coot and chick

Posted May 1st at 12:24 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Thursday 30th April 2020

Sherpa Marsh

This Little Ringed Plover was at Sherpa Marsh today.

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Posted April 30th at 8:28 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Hoopoe- near Okehampton 28/4/2020

A Hoopoe in a private garden near Okehampton on Tuesday - Philip Hammans.

Hoopoe Okehampton Apr 28 20 Philip Hammans Hoopoe Okehampton Apr 28 20 Philip Hammans

Posted April 30th at 5:52 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Spreacombe Bridge

32 House Martins, 1 Swift & 2 Swallows during my exercise ride on the bike this aft.

Posted April 30th at 5:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Highlight of the walk around Sherpa this morning was another (?) Little Ringed Plover. A few each of Swallow and Sand Martin. 3 Swifts (numbers going up slowly) 2 Whimbrel, 4 Little Egrets.

Posted April 30th at 12:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


A walk from home along the seafront from Preston to Goodrington yesterday afternoon, produced some interesting passage birds.

25 Sandwich Terns close in to Paignton Beach, a single Bar-tailed Godwit inside Paignton Harbour and a pair of lesser Black-backed Gulls at Youngs Park, Goodrington.

One of the LBBG's was colour ringed. The sightings history shows the bird was ringed as an adult at a landfill site in Guernsey in 2010. Numerous sightings since then reveal a regular pattern of spending its summers in Guernsey and winters in Spain.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Lesser Black-backed Gulls
Lesser Black-backed Gulls

Posted April 30th at 9:33 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Exeter Canal

Walked the towpath down and back again this morning after the rain stopped. Nothing unusual, but worthy of note were:

- seven warbler spp. with Sedge and Blackcap vying for top spot, and the confused Willow still doing his best below the crematorium;

- five to twenty each of Swift and the three hirundines scattered around;

- fifteen or so Sandwich Terns and a G-c Grebe in the estuary off Turf;

- forty or so Summer-plumaged Dunlin, two Winter-plumaged Grey Plover, a Ringed Plover and five to ten each of Curlew and Whimbrel on Exminster Marsh .

Posted April 29th at 10:42 pm by James Camden in Bird News


5 Terns feeding off the prom. at Teignmouth 29/4 ,  noon.  No binos so unable to identify for sure. 

Posted April 29th at 10:28 pm by Keith Bowcock in Bird News

South Brent

A morning walk from Shipley Bridge towards the Avon dam gave not less than six singing male Blackcap, three Wren, a Mistle Thrush, two Dipper sat together both colour ringed, two very vocal and active Cuckoo flying around together, nine Swallow, a Whitethroat,a Green Woodpecker and four Grey Wagtail.

Highlight was a totally unexpected sighting at close quarters of an Otter the first one I have ever seen here, not in the least bit fazed by my presence and carried on down river.

 Dipper Dipper

Back at home the Italian type sparrow around the feed station as were a pair of Bullfinch, three Greenfinch a male Siskin and a fly past Swallow.

Pair of Blackbirds feeding two young in front of the kitchen window.


Posted April 29th at 7:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Drakeland, Smallhanger Waste and Plympton

Today: Garden Warbler and up to 2 Whitethroat singing in Drakeland area. All present Tuesday as well.

Yesterday: As well as above, 3 Wheatear and a Cuckoo on Smallhanger Waste.

Noc-mig over Plympton: 25/04 - Common Sandpiper recorded flying over at 0430am. Moorhen recorded earlier in the night.

Posted April 29th at 7:06 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

Female Green Woodpecker on the lawn this afternoon

Posted April 29th at 6:49 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

North Huish to diptford Lane

Just had on my daily walk 2 red legged partridges

Posted April 29th at 5:24 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Tory Brook, Plympton - Dipper

Does anyone want to lay claim to this Dipper, R: L/Y, L: Y/L?  Was it ringed locally?

Posted April 29th at 5:16 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Tory Brook, Plympton - Dipper

This morning I found a Dipper on the Tory Brook in Plympton that we hadn't seen before.  It was carrying plastic leg rings, R:Lime/Yellow and L:Yellow/Lime.  No camera of course, so was unable to say whether they were coded or not.  A Kingfisher flashed by to add a bit more colour.

Last night still only one Nightjar churring and clapping in Cann Woods.

Posted April 29th at 4:55 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Stoke Gabriel

2 x large swifts seen heading NW from top of village. 

Posted April 29th at 12:19 pm by Noel Hughes in Bird News

Thornhillhead, North Devon

While we have had fleeting visits of ones and twos in the past and can often hear them in the field behind the house this time of year, a single red-legged partridge has been in the garden over last couple of days and was picking around under the pampas grass early this morning. Presuming its a male as it sat on top of a wall calling late yesterday afternoon in full view from the kitchen.

Posted April 29th at 8:28 am by Mark West in Bird News

Tuesday 28th April 2020


Hobby flying fast northwards over West Sandford at 18.30

Posted April 28th at 8:05 pm by Steve Colombe in Bird News

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay

Still 6 Purple Sandpipers on rocks at Haldon Jetty, TQ Harbour, plus two Turnstone

Posted April 28th at 7:22 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Caen river walk

Last post yesterday said Ospreys so off I went hoping! Saw the following migrants: 100+Sand Martins, dozen or so Swallows, 6 House Martins, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler and best of all 2 SWIFT, near the Toll House. No Ospreys!

Sand Martins having a preen.Swallow - Not easy getting flight shots!Sand Martin in flight
Sand Martins having a preen.       Swallow - Not easy getting flight shots!             Sand Martin in flight

Posted April 28th at 2:30 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Lipson Plymouth Rats

Something I did not expect on my feeders today, RATS

Adult with young rat   
Adult with young rat

Posted April 28th at 12:16 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife


A stroll down to the seafront yesterday evening produced: 6 Great Northern Divers (a group of 4 and then two closer in, one moulting into summer plumage and short moulting wing noted on wing flap) and 5 Sandwich Terns.

Posted April 28th at 11:49 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Recently fledged Dunnock in Exeter

Adult Dunnock and recently fledged juvenile in the garden this morning (through glass in dull and wet conditions); confirmed my suspicion that they were nesting somewhere in the garden.

Posted April 28th at 9:49 am by Martin Overy in Bird News

Monday 27th April 2020

Osprey or ospreys Crow Point area

One for sure, possibly two bothering the gulls around midday today. One seen flying up river past the White House , another seen diving into the sea (again a distance away but  fairly sure )  at the estuary mouth and then it was marauded by gulls and even a small flock of shelducks as it headed up river in the Barnstaple direction. 

Posted April 27th at 9:36 pm by Beth Woollam in Bird News

Male Wheatear - Goodrington, Paignton

On neighbours roof this afternoon. A nice garden tick.

Posted April 27th at 5:51 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News


1 Green Hairstreak seen on 22/04/2020 & just a few Small Coppers.this morning.

Posted April 27th at 4:18 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife


The first immigrant Silver Y of the year caught last night ; although I have seen 3 day flying individuals in the last fortnight ,  in a nearby field of Clover.

Silver Y. Buff Tip.
Silver Y.                           Buff Tip.

Posted April 27th at 3:53 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Drakeland, Smallhanger Waste and Crownhill Down areas

Long walk from home. Highlights - Hobby over Crownhill Down. Very good views, watched for 10 minutes chasing hirundines.

Female Whinchat (Smallhanger Waste), 4 Wheatear, 3 Cuckoo (one calling at each site), Tree Pipit and 2 Whitethroat

Posted April 27th at 3:43 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Bee-Eater- North Devon 15/04/20

Pic received from John Delbridge of the Bee-Eater present for 40 minutes on the 15/04/2020 -landing on telegraph wires above his field.

Bee-eater N Devon

Posted April 27th at 3:33 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Late News - 26/04/20

At Portworthy Mica Dam, the first of three Cuckoos for the day being chased off by a Meadow Pipit.  On the higher lagoon we were surprised to see a pair of Little Grebe and a well grown chick.  We pass by here very regularly and have only ever seen one bird at a time, not realising there was a pair.  This is the first chick of any bird we've picked up this year.

Posted April 27th at 12:59 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Avon Dam

As a change from all those summer migrants (and moths!) here's a bunch of roosting Goosanders at the Avon Dam this morning, before they flew out at 0546. There were eight in total, including three ad males, and looks like at least two imm males (e.g. far right bird) among the brown-heads. Not an unprecedented number for April, but hard to interpret. One possibility - pure speculation - is that all the brown-heads are imms and that the wives of the ad males are on eggs somewhere downriver. The four Canadas were without the Gt White-fronted Goose that popped up last week, but one of the Mallards was accompanied by 14 newly-hatched ducklings.

Goosanders at Avon Dam
Goosanders at Avon Dam

Posted April 27th at 11:17 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Plymbridge and Boringdon Golf Club

Walk to Plymbridge:- Blackcaps, Blue and Great tits, Jays, Magpies, Robins, Wrens, Chaffinches and Nuthatches. A pair of Grey Wagtails and a solitary Mandarin Duck on the river. Back over the golf course:- Several Swallows, a Raven, Stonechats, Linnets, Goldfinches, Skylarks, pair of Whitethroats, and a lovely view of a cock Wheatear on a low wall in the middle of the course.

    Skylark, Wheatear, Whitethroat

Skylark,                             Wheatear,                                Whitethroat

Posted April 27th at 10:22 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wheatear in Dunkeswell

Came across a Wheatear about 6 feet in front of me on the morning walk on a farm track. Transfixed for 30 seconds before it flew off.

Posted April 27th at 8:34 am by Peter Lamb in Bird News

Sunday 26th April 2020

South Brent

At home at South Brent local farmer preparing my house fields for sowing attracted 58 plus Herring Gull and at least eight Buzzard and numerous corvids.

A female Sparrow hawk came over and hoards of Jackdaws and Rooks rose off of the fields and chased it out of the area.

Around the garden a pair of Bullfinch, singing male Blackcap, Green Woodpecker and the Italian sp Sparrow.

Posted April 26th at 10:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Male Wheatear on neighbour's roof this afternoon. Garden tick! 


Posted April 26th at 7:58 pm by Chris E in Bird News

West Hill, Ottery St Mary

Swift flying northwards at 1830 this evening.

Posted April 26th at 7:00 pm by Andrew Hickson in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common, East Devon

Cuckoo heard this morning at 0900 in far distance.

Posted April 26th at 6:59 pm by Andrew Hickson in Bird News


A Wheatear seen from garden on roof of neighbours bungalow around 8.45.  Seen again briefly just before 11 am.  We've lived in Honiton over 40 years and never seen a Wheatear in the town before.

Posted April 26th at 6:26 pm by Audrey Wolstenholme in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning's high tide:

A flyover Ring necked Parakeet above the treetops, a Common Sandpiper on the mud, 4 Swallows, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs feeding on a multitude of insects, 150+ Herring gull settled on the water over at Kingsmill lake, and a noisy Garden Warbler flitting in the bushes, too elusive for a photo.

Posted April 26th at 4:24 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Tarka trail between Barnstaple - Fremington

There were a lot of song birds along the Tarka trail today.

Swallow Stonechat Whitethroat
Swallow                                       Stonechat                                          Whitethroat

Posted April 26th at 4:05 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Walk to Scorhill produced my first moorland swifts (3), 20 or so Meadow Pipits chasing each other, similar Stonechat numbers. A pair of entertaining Grey Wagtails in a stunning Upper Teign setting. 6 Skylark, not as many as last year around this time. 2 Cuckoo calling. A few Crows but no Buzzards seen today.

Grey Wagtail Grey Wagtail Skylark
Grey Wagtail                                   Grey Wagtail                                          Skylark

Posted April 26th at 3:59 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News


Three swifts over Cullompton at lunchtime today.

Posted April 26th at 3:14 pm by Geoff Campbell in Bird News


First swift by the village: 2 willow warblers singing in nearby hedges, first I've heard.

Posted April 26th at 2:46 pm by Graham Burton in Bird News

Hawks Tor, Saddlesborough and Cadover areas

Very long walk from home to Hawks Tor, Saddlesborough and Cadover areas. Worth it - Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler and Garden Warbler. On entire walk, totals of 10 Wheatear, 3 Cuckoo, 21 Willow Warbler, 6 Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap and 4 Swallow. 


Posted April 26th at 1:55 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

An hours sky watching produced a Red Kite drifting west at 12.45, heading towards Exeter.  2 Buzzards, a Raven and a Grey Heron seen earlier. Wind from the SE.  House Martins now numbering 7 but still no Swallows. 

Posted April 26th at 1:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wrafton etc.

Walked around Sherpa again this morning - disappointing. 4 Sand Martin 2 Swallow, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, and a  Whimbrel on the Caen near the Toll House. More Reed Warblers singing from the reed-bed. As there were in the reserve, Also a Sedge Warbler singing in a bramble patch right in front of me. Finally the - or another? - drake Garganey was again out on the scrape.

Drake Garganey
Drake Garganey

Posted April 26th at 1:15 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Trusham Swift

First Swifts of the year seen this morning over village

Posted April 26th at 12:34 pm by Ian Stone in Bird News


Another addition to my garden and lockdown list yesterday (Saturday), a Tree Pipit was calling for about two minutes from the trees that border my garden and form the edge of Scadson Woods, alas I could not pick it out in the fast growing canopy. Having more time to spend in the garden my lockdown species list has grown to 43 of which four are new additions to my garden list ! 

Posted April 26th at 11:10 am by Clive Mason in Bird News

Saturday 25th April 2020

Cann Woods - Nightjar 25/04/20

At 8:55 this evening I heard my first churring Nightjar of the season.  It only churred once and then only briefly and was almost drowned out by about four hooting Tawny Owls.  This is the earliest date I've recorded for the site.

Posted April 25th at 10:50 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Glossy Ibis near the canal car park in what is left of the main pool. Still there 7.30 pm. Also seen Reed and Sedge Warbler, Cetti's (one seen loads heard) Swallows, sand martins and the usual suspects. 

Ibis video -

Glossy IbisGlossy IbisSwallow
Glossy Ibis                                 Glossy Ibis                                      Swallow 

Eds- The 'Glossy' Ibis is an escaped Puna Ibis

Posted April 25th at 9:21 pm by Martin Rooney in Bird News


Had my first sighting of swift from the garden yesterday (24 April).

Posted April 25th at 9:17 pm by Stella Beavan in Bird News

stanlake farm, Dartmoor

Walk near Stanlake Farm Dartmoor, lovely view of Cuckoo.


Posted April 25th at 8:36 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

South Brent

This morning a female Sparrow hawk in full ariel pursuit of three flying Collard Dove over home, once it had passed a pair of Bullfinch and male Siskin on the garden feeders, Green Woodpecker seen and heard and a male Blackcap in full song at the front of the house.

First House Martin seen over the house this year followed a short while later by eight Swallows.

Male BlackcapGarden Warbler

A walk around Brent Hill gave a shy but very vocal Garden Warbler, Kestrel, Raven, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap all noted.

Back at home a Peregrine in after my racing pigeons, despite a determined effort they lived to fly another day.



Posted April 25th at 6:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Roborough Down 25-04-20

Skylarks and Willow Warblers were plenty full along with Stonechats 

Skylark    Willow Warbler
Skylark                        Willow Warbler

Eds: the Skylark is a Meadow Pipit

Posted April 25th at 4:00 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News


A very fresh Poplar Hawkmoth among last night's moth catch.

Poplar Hawkmoth.
Poplar Hawkmoth.

Marbled Coronet.
Marbled Coronet.

Posted April 25th at 3:37 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

House martins arrive in Torrington

I saw my first house martins for 2020 this afternoon (25th April). Heard that unmistakable chortling call and looked out to see 4 of them over my flat in Great Torrington!

Posted April 25th at 2:40 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Plymbridge and Boringdon Golf Club and Cadover Bridge

This morning at Plymbridge:- Grey Wagtail, pair of Mandarin Ducks, Blackcaps, Robins, Wrens, Blue tits, Great tits, Chaffinches, Chiffchaffs, G.S. Woodpecker. Over the golf course:-Whitethroat, Wren, Skylarks, Swallows, Goldfinches. Yesterday at Cadover Bridge:- Meadow pipits, Sand martins, Swallows,  Pied Wagtails, Wheatears, Stonechats, Buzzards. Also a Mallard with 11 ducklings, the 12th was several hundred yards away round a bend in the river but swimming the wrong way.....

Mallard with ducklings
Mallard with ducklings


Posted April 25th at 1:08 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Friday 24th April 2020

Two day South Brent round up

(Thurs 23rd) An early morning walk from Peak Moor Gate out to Glasscombe Corner gave 26 species inc three Cuckoo, Whitethroat, Yellow Hammer, Willow Warbler, Linnet, Skylark, Meadow Pips, Wheatear, Peregrine, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker and Heron.

A walk round my home fields today gave Green Woodpecker, Blackcap including the first female that I have seen here this season, Stock Dove and Song Thrush.

Around the garden feeders a pair of Bullfinch, pair of Greenfinch, male Siskin and the would be Italian Sparrow.

Evening walk from Shipley car park to the Avon dam this evening, Mistle Thrush in the car park, Dipper under the first bridge, four Cuckoo up near the dam a pair either side and another calling on the way back near the car park.

Six Canada Geese seen landing on the reservoir, a pair of Mallard flying up the river and just on 08.30pm a pair of Goosander flying towards the dam.

Posted April 24th at 9:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Combe martin beach

Exercising the dog and myself this morning on Combe martin beach I managed to capture these 3 oystercatchers in a bizzare pose. Plenty of blackbirds, dunnock and blue tit in the garden also.


Posted April 24th at 6:45 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Slapton Ley.

At 6 pm.  5 Swifts over the Ley at the Torcross end.

Posted April 24th at 6:31 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News


had a second walk p to Fernworthy today. Lots of Willow Warblers on the approach road and around the reservoir. 5 Siskin and a firecrest in conifers. A pleasant to listen to Grasshopper Warbler by the small pool near the entrance to the Water Board house on the approach road.

Posted April 24th at 5:35 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

Cuckoo heard from Melbury plantation

Cuckoo calling, heard from Melbury plantation about 3.30pm. First time we’ve heard a cuckoo in this part of North Devon for at least five years.

Posted April 24th at 5:29 pm by Richard in Bird News

Cuckoo and much else at Hennock Reservoirs

A quite extended walk around this area this morning (locating the calling cuckoo), produced many birds. Don’t think I’ve seen it so busy for years. Masses of Chiffchaff and Blackcap, quite few Willow Warbler, Linnet, Stonechat, potentially 3 pairs of Tree pipit, a family group of Crossbill sitting in the same tall conifer as the Cuckoo, Jays (watching and chasing what appeared to be another cuckoo but lost the 2 fast moving birds as they wove in and out of conifers) and on the water about 7 Canada geese and 3 swallows wheeling above. And the odd Mistle thrush heard. 

Posted April 24th at 4:57 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Efford Cemetery 24-04-20

Female Green Woodpecker showing very well, male close, but not showing 

Female Green Woodpecker Exploring a possible nest site
Female Green Woodpecker               Exploring a possible nest site

Posted April 24th at 1:50 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Burrator area

Late post, pair of Pied Fly Catchers, flying to and from nest box with lots of food. Cuckoo calling.

Posted April 24th at 6:31 am by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Spring has Sprung at Dawlish Warren!

It was a beautiful day for exercise today at the Warren and we were fortunate to see many summer visitors including swallows, reed warbler, whitethroat and a male redstart, as well as two male Cirl Buntings. The swans and Canada geese were having significant territorial problems on the lake!

Canada goose reminding Mute Swan about social distancing!Stunning Cirl BuntingOne of many Whitethroats seen today
Canada goose reminding Mute Swan about social distancing!

Stunning Cirl Bunting

One of many Whitethroats seen today

Posted April 23rd at 11:32 pm by Nick DAgorne in Bird News

Swifts & Bats

This evening found our first two Swifts of the season at their regular haunt at Ham Green viaduct, Bickleigh, on the Plym Valley cycle track.

Then just on dusk on the Tory Brook, Plympton, watched 28 Noctule Bats emerge from their roost.  Both Pipistrelle and Daubenton's bats also came out as it got darker, best viewed at Peacock Meadow bridge.

Posted April 23rd at 10:51 pm by Janet & Chris Marcol in Bird News


Single Fulmar cruising around the cliffs at Teignmouth today  10.45am.

Can`t remember seeing one here for years .

Posted April 23rd at 10:50 pm by Keith Bowcock in Bird News

Burrator area

Pied Fly Catcher, carrying food to nest box, Cuckoo calling. 

Posted April 23rd at 9:49 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Cuckoo heard

Cuckoo  calling in Combeinteignhead village, morning and evening, April 23rd. First time I've ever heard one in the village.

Posted April 23rd at 9:37 pm by Christine Raines in Bird News


See more buzzards than sparrows these days.

Buzzard     Sparrow
Buzzard                                     Sparrow

Posted April 23rd at 8:45 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

In the garden combe martin

Another day spent in the garden, weeding etc etc, there seemed to be a fledging today,  Robins dunnock and coal tits. Blackbirds very active carrying beaks full of food.lots of clumsy wood pigeons in the trees around..  Star of the garden today.... A singular goldcrest.

Goldcrest, catching evening lightGoldcrestRobin
Goldcrest, catching evening light                                 Goldcrest                                                   Robin

Posted April 23rd at 7:43 pm by Philip worth in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Popped out to Wrafton pond earlier today.  Male Pochard on the pond. However, in the field opposite were a: Little Egret, Grey Heron, some Canada Geese, a couple of fighting Moorhens and the male Garganey returned later.

Male Garganey Garganey Male Pochard
                         Male Garganey                                               Male Pochard

Posted April 23rd at 4:31 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


A selection of last night's moths.

Tawny Shears.Muslin Moth.Early Thorn.
Tawny Shears.                       Muslin Moth.                         Early Thorn.

Posted April 23rd at 4:08 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

North Dartmoor

Today is my first hearing this year of a Cuckoo which was In the East Okement Valley down behind Scarey Tor on North Dartmoor.

Posted April 23rd at 3:51 pm by Michael Jones in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

Blackcaps singing well this morning, together with Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail, and a Ring necked Parakeet. Goldfinch and Sparrows in the brambles. 4 Shelduck, Herring gull and a Common gull on Ernesettle creek, 3 Circling Buzzards high Overhead.

Blackcap (male). Goldfinch. Buzzard circling overhead.
Blackcap (male).                        Goldfinch.                           Buzzard circling overhead.

Posted April 23rd at 3:47 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Lipson Plymouth 23-04-20

Male & female Collared doves in the back garden

Male & Female Collared Doves
Male & Female Collared Doves

Posted April 23rd at 3:45 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News


One of three on the Caen river this morning


Posted April 23rd at 1:59 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Wrafton and the Caen river.

No sign of the Garganey early doors (well 9.30!) but the Cattle Egret was near the reserve with a young Grey Heron, which took exception and chased it off! The 2 Swans on the scrape then flew into the reserve where they aren't really welcome after the carnage they created last year! So down the river to the estuary, where about 8 Whimbrel were in a loose flock. 5 Wheatears again by the runway lights. 3 more Whimbrel were near the Toll House, and 2 Greenshank flew up towards Velator harbour. In the reserve, the Swans managed to get enough lift (no wind to help) to take off and depart. The Garganey was out on the scrape again! A Reed Warbler was singing from a patch of reeds where one nested last year.

Posted April 23rd at 1:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


On the shingle ridge this morning - 5 whitethroats singing and establishing territory, male summer barwit joined by 3 whimbrel probing on the grassy crest, one male reed bunting in the reed fringe by Torcross.

Posted April 23rd at 1:37 pm by Graham Burton in Bird News

Red Kite - Goodrington, Paignton

1 Heading North at 11:30am

Posted April 23rd at 12:56 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

Near Dawlish

House Martins are very scarce around here, so I was pleased to see one this morning.

Posted April 23rd at 12:29 pm by Dave Cox in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

An hours walk from home around the country lanes produced a pair of Roe Deer and a few birds including a single Whitethroat, several Blackcap and a few others.  Most worrying is the absence of Swallows with none seen here yet it spite of the many farms locally.  Only five House Martin counted to date.

Posted April 23rd at 12:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Other Wildlife

Re Modbury moths last nigh

Richie, I think your Swallow Prominent is a Lesser Swallow Prominent. Peter.

Posted April 23rd at 9:39 am by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Plymbridge and Boringdon Golf Club

Yesterday at Plymbridge:- Chaffinches, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs, well over a dozen Blackcaps, Magpies, Jays, Nuthatches, Great and Blue tits. Over Boringdon Golf course 5 Swallows, Linnets, Greenfinches, Linnets, a Cuckoo, Kestrel and a pair of Whitethroats

kes, Whitethroat, Jay
kes, Whitethroat, Jay

Posted April 23rd at 9:09 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News


I am no expert but I believe I was listening to one or more nightingales in my South Hams garden last night approaching 9.00 pm. The singing was beautiful. Are they frequent visitors this far west? 

Posted April 23rd at 8:44 am by Peter Hadley in Bird News


Slapton sands, one summer plumage bar-tailed godwit poking around the strand line.

Posted April 23rd at 7:59 am by Graham burton in Bird News

Red Kite in Honiton

From lying down in my garden near Honiton I was alerted to a Red Kite high overhead by a pair of ravens.

Posted April 23rd at 7:32 am by Ryan K in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Village - last night of the Proms

Three Prominent species in the moth trap last night, Great, Swallow and Pale. 

Great, Sawallow and Pale Prominents
Great, Sawallow and Pale Prominents

Posted April 23rd at 7:24 am by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Modbury garden moths

Had a few moths visit the garden last night

Waved umber
Waved umber

Swallow prominent
Swallow prominent

Buff tip
Buff tip

Posted April 23rd at 5:46 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Wrafton Pond

Sifting through my photos of my visit to Wrafton earlier today and found another of the Garaney and Canada goose, I also found a photo of a Blue tit's nest in my nest box. The box has a built-in colour and night vision camera with sound. Photo taken with my iphone from my monitor.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose

Garganey drake
Garganey drake

Blue Tit's nest
Blue Tit's nest

Posted April 22nd at 10:34 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Two new species for my lock down list and both new additions to my garden list ! A pair of Siskin visited the feeders, never recorded them before as we never get them during the winter months so a rather odd record. Even more unusual was a Drake Mandarin Duck in flight low over the house this evening. Not something I would expect to be adding to my list here in Paignton.

Posted April 22nd at 7:56 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News


Slapton sands, one summer plumage bar-tailed godwit poking around the strand line.

Posted April 22nd at 7:48 pm by Graham burton in Bird News

Cuckoo heard

First time we've heard a Cuckoo In North Devon for, well, years! This one was heard in the distance towards Prixford. Heard from the top of Ashford near Springfield Cross at about 12:15 today (Wed 22nd) and got fainter so probably heading North.

Posted April 22nd at 6:52 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

South Brent ~ Migrants

Caught up with the Whitethroat I spotted yesterday was pleased to spot a female sulking in the cover, two Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, one displaying Wren, fly over male Yellow Hammer, calling Green Woodpecker.

Posted April 22nd at 6:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Wrafton etc

Saved my exercise walk till this evening and headed down to Sherpa Marsh, hoping for something else of interest. Only found 3 Common Sandpipers. No Swallows, or Martins, certainly no Swift. No Green Sandpiper, and no Yellow Wagtails (despite a good-sized herd of cattle). From the reserve, a drake Garganey on the scrape - didn't read about that earlier! but yes it is indeed a drake Garganey.

Posted April 22nd at 6:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


2 swallow low over the garden this morning and best all a SWIFT.Earliest record here,clovelly road.08:15.

Posted April 22nd at 5:33 pm by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Exeter Canal

Walked the towpath again as far as the fishermen's car park and back 0700-1030. No Grasshopper Warbler this week, but still a seven-warbler day, with the "transitioning" Willow Warbler mentioned last week still singing near the bottom of Salmon Pool Lane. Nearby, my first House Martins were over the river. On Exminster Marsh, a Swift was over the storage pond, and several Whimbrel were with the Curlews in the damp fields, giving three additions to the year list. Gadwall were down to two, but Ringed Plover back up to four, and a Sandwich Tern called from the estuary. Several Black-headed gulls had appeared - late Eastbound migrants or early-returning failed breeders?

Posted April 22nd at 4:40 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Cycled to Wrafton pond this morning and saw this duck in the field opposite the pond. I believe it might be a drake Garganey.


Posted April 22nd at 1:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


12 house martins & a single swift over Waye Farm

Posted April 22nd at 1:35 pm by Peter Edwards in Bird News

Red Kite

North of Braunton this morning.

Posted April 22nd at 12:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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