Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th May 2020

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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

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Thursday 7th May 2020

Cann Woods - Nightjar Update

Today's exercise was a crepuscular bike ride into Cann Woods, Plympton, where, since my last visit on Sunday 3rd, the Nightjar numbers have now jumped from 1 to 4 churring males.  Just waiting now for the females to arrive.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 11:11 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News


Walked around some heathy areas of Haldon this afternoon near Harcombe, Chudleigh. A Cuckoo called a few times, making my day - as my last in the parish was in 1989! Also Tree Pipit, Stonechat and 4 Willow Warbler, while conifers nearby held 10+ Crossbills (including at least 1 fledgling being fed), lots of Siskins and a Redpoll.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 10:01 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Red kite

Red kite seen today approx 3.30pm circling over quarry area on Woodbury common then drifted toward Budleigh Salterton.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 8:34 pm by Simon Crookall in Bird News

ringneck parakeet

about 12 ringnek parakeet with 3 babies with blue and olive parent birds they had 1 bright yellow baby and 2 blue grey babies

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 8:21 pm by barry insull in Bird News

Plym Estuary

Walk from Sainsbury's car park to Blaxton Meadow this morning. Whimbrel,Stock Dove,Parakeet,Chiffy,GS Woodpecker,Little Egret,Shelduck and a drake Mandarin. Holly Blue, Common Blue and Orange Tip

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 7:34 pm by Charlie Imms in Bird News

Yelverton , Devon.

4 Swifts flying over Yelverton at 11.00 today.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 4:44 pm by Peter Castle. in Bird News

Clearbrook area

This morning on the Down area above Clearbrook I saw.........2 Cuckoo ....3 Buzzard....3 Redpole .... 2 Raven.....2 Jackdaw......1 Skylark.....1 Meadow Pipit....1 Willow Warbler....and loads of Stonechat and Chaffinch.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 4:36 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay

About 10 house martins over the beach early afternoon. Also present 4 lesser blackbacks among the hordes of herring gulls and carrion crows taking advantage of the low spring tide.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 4:11 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News


Another visit to Staddon area near Plymouth but no repeat of yesterday’s mass Swift arrival . But a few birds were present around their breeding sites, a Garden Warbler was also seen.  

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 3:47 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Bugford near Dartmouth

Red Kite drifted over northwards at 15.25.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 3:39 pm by Graham Webb in Bird News

Swift over Christow

Five swift see over Christow at about 13:00. Still feeding high above the village. Presume it’s the birds which normally nest down near the Church. New swift box up on the house and playing the call. We shall see!

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 2:09 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Red Kite Plymouth

Red Kite seen flying over Plymstock at 13:30.  Dropped low then headed towards Saltram area.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 1:53 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News


Walked around Sherpa again, highlight was a brief view of the drake Garganey before it slid into the reed-bed. Good numbers of Sand Martins, several Swallows a few House Martins and single Swift.

In the reserve 4 Reed Warblers singing, 2 Blackcaps and a Reed Bunting doing the same. Best was a brief but decisive view of a Spotted Flycatcher - identical date to the one I saw there last year.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 1:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Hobby - Paignton

Flying North over garden in Goodrington, Paignton and a couple of Swifts at midday.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 1:18 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News

Common Swift

10 to 12 screaming over Totnes this morning, first of the year. 3 flew past nest site several times. 3 days later than last year

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 12:18 pm by Michael Powell in Bird News

Hobby - Paignton

Flying North over garden in Goodrington, Paignton and a couple of Swifts at midday.

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 12:13 pm by Paul Nunn in Bird News


Part of the courtship display overhead yesterday of our resident buzzard, unfortunately just missed the ‘locking talons’ part.


Posted May 7th, 2020 at 8:55 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News


Sorry,. Late post from yesterday's exercise. At least 8 swift screaming through the village, and a redstart heard calling from a nearby oak tree. 

Posted May 7th, 2020 at 7:27 am by Chris Baines in Bird News

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Exeter Canal

Walked the canal down and back again this morning. Of note:

- the Grasshopper Warbler was reeling again from (what I like to think of as) the 1981 Hudsonian Godwit field below the bypass at Countesswear. No chance of seeing it from the cyclepath. No Willow, Wood or Garden, so had to make do with a seven-warbler day, alas;

- double figures each of Curlew, Dunlin, Swift and Sand Martin, and single figures each of Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Swallow and House Martin were on or over Exminster Marsh, with a Kestrel on one pylon and a Buzzard on another;

- the Slavonian Grebe and a Sandwich Tern were off Turf;

- on the way back late morning as the air warmed up, two Hobbies were cruising between Swan's Nest Road and the motorway.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 9:39 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Tawny owlets and Hobby

Over the last few days I have taken in three very young Tawny owlets that have been picked up by members of the public, the owlets having been found near Trusham, Rattery and South Brent so can confirm breeding for these species in those areas.

Today a local vets called to say they had a Sparrowhawk/Kestrel that had been found grounded at Sharkham, Brixham, on collecting this bird I found it to be a mature Hobby the bird has injuries that I feel are consistent with it being "hit" by another bird of prey.

A morning walk out from Peak Moor Gate near South Brent gave two Cuckoo chasing each other around and I am guessing from the calls it was a pair, five Raven over together, two GBBG's feeding on a sheep carcass, good numbers of Stonechat, Meadow Pipit and Skylark, Green Woodpecker calling.

Swallow numbers starting build up over home at South Brent and a single Swift seen towards the village.

Tawny owlets

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 8:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Roundswell and Wrafton pond

A Pair of Sparrow Hawks over Roundswell 16.30 ish this afternoon.  Also about 8 Swifts (1 or 2 long distance shots), Blackbird singing in a tree near my home. A Robin singing in a tree near Wrafton pond this morning. Not a lot on the pond just 1 Little grebe, a Coot, 2 Moorhens, some Mallard and a few Herring gulls.  Sedge warblers singing in the reeds.

Robin   Swift
Robin                                 Swift

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 8:17 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Red KIte

Seen flying very low over South St,  Dolton, at 9.55 am. Clear blue sky.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 8:12 pm by Malcolm Eastom in Bird News

Plymouth Mountwise

Two Swifts heading North at 8pm

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 8:12 pm by Neil Moore in Bird News

Holdstone down.

A trip to holdstone down (within drive to excersise guidelines)( 5 min drive,2hr walk)  for a change of scenery was incredible, after not being up here for more than 6 weeks. Stone chats aplenty male and female,  meadow pipits, sky larks, buzzards, chiffchaff whitethroat, willow warbler, and wheatear.

The best of the day were one  redstart seen through binoculars,  sandy coloured birds flying with, and as fast as the swallows which after consulting my bird books I believe to be sand Martins. And lastly heard but not seen a grasshopper warbler what an incredible sound. 

Wheatear.Meadow PipitNot sure ?.
     Wheatear.                                    Meadow Pipit                          Not sure ? Eds: Willow Warbler

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 7:38 pm by Philippines worth in Bird News

Bideford Swifts and Hirundinae

Walked from Bideford to Abbotsham Cliffs and back: --about 30 Swifts, a few Swallows, 1 Sand and (at last!) 3 House Martins.

Also    Chifchaffs, W'throats, S'chat, Linnets, Goldfinces, Chaffinch. Song, Mistle thrushes and Blacbirds, Robin, Dunnock ,Wren, H Sparrows, M Pipit, Pied Wagtail,

Starling,Gulls, Buzzards, W Pidg, Col Dove, Flock of 8 Curlews.

Pair of Stock Doves at Kingsley School.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 7:21 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Saltram and Blaxton Meadow

Morning walk round Saltram:- Mandarins x2 near sewage outlet. Dunlin, Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Whimbrel, Shelduck, Mallard, Black backed Gull, Canada Geese, Little Egret, Oyster Catchers at Blaxton Meadow. Blackbirds, Robins, Wood pigeons, Chiffchaffs, L.T. tits, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Crows, Magpies.

  Black-tailed Godwit. Shelduck. Dunlin

Black-tailed Godwit.                               Shelduck.                                                    Dunlin

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 6:33 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Bovey River

This morning was delighted to finally see 14+ swifts screaming above the park and river.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 4:55 pm by Margaret Harland in Bird News

Tamar Estuary / Ernesettle

A walk to the Tamar estuary at low tide provided sightings of plenty of gulls, Grey Heron and Little Egrets looking for easy pickings, Chiffchaff and Blackcaps still singing although not as many as recent days, 5 Swallow, my first 2 Swifts this year, 2 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk at Ernesettle. Small White, Holly Blue, and Orange Tip butterflies also seen.

Herring Gull.BuzzardSmall White.
Herring Gull.                                 Buzzard                                  Small White.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 3:52 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Cuckoo and Swifts.

3 Swifts seen over Rumsam Road, Barnstaple yesterday afternoon (5/5/20) and a Cuckoo heard calling this morning from the Swimbridge end Codden Hill. First in many years.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 3:41 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Chambercombe Manor

Distant shot of a Spotted Flycatcher at Chambercombe Manor this morning.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 11:55 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News


12 Swifts flying above Grenville House in Brixham.

Posted May 6th, 2020 at 11:26 am by Neil Thompson in Bird News

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Saltram & Tory Brook, Plympton

Bike ride to Blaxton Meadow, Saltram, on the high tide gave a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 6 Dunlin & 6 Oystercatchers.  Also several Shelduck, Canada Geese and 40+ Black-headed Gulls, almost all with full black hoods.  Swallows, but no House Martins seen over Saltram House.

Meanwhile on the Tory Brook, Janet found a Heron on the 7:15 Dipper's usual perch.  A little upstream she saw yet another Dipper, not seen here before.  It wasn't seen well but this one had a red or orange ring on the right leg.  The left leg wasn't seen.  Given that Dippers are not renowned for major movements, it is assumed this and the other ringed birds seen on the Avon are locally ringed.  Does anyone know anything of the history of these birds.

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 10:24 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Herring gulls and House Martin Hennock Reservoirs

This evening about 90 herring gull of mixed age seen on Tottiford Reservoir. Presumably inland after the wet and windy weather on the coast but gone by the time I’d finished my walk. Also, between 50 and 60 house martin over Kennick Reservoir. 

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 8:23 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Garden Blackbirds in Exeter

Our garden-nesting Blackbirds fledged two young, one of which was promptly attacked and killed by a pair of Crows. This guy is the lucky survivor; with luck they might have a second brood.

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 6:37 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Noss Mayo

2 Swift visiting last year's nest site.

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 4:49 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Exeter Grasshopper Warbler

At Countesswear, what I presume is Sunday's bird was singing at 1230 today in the field below the bypass, but harder to hear because of the increased traffic noise. I got a one-second glimpse as it flew from one bush to another. An early visit tomorrow could be productive for someone.

Also present were several Swifts and all three hirundines (maybe 50 Sand Martins), and a Common Sandpiper which spent 30 minutes being flushed from one bit of the canal bank to another, before noticing that it was low tide on the river just next door.

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 4:14 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Barnstaple Red Kite

Red Kite over Roundswell 15.45 heading north west being mobbed by gulls. 

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 2:22 pm by David paterson in Bird News


Pleasing numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins plus a few House Martins and a Swift over the scrape this morning. Around Sherpa Marsh yet another(?) drake Garganey seen a few times in flight once with a Greenshank. A Common Sandpiper on the Pill with 24 Swans. Another Swan must have hit an overhead wire outside the reserve - not much left now. Later over the reserve 6 Swifts, and a pair of Swans on the pond.

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 1:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Holsworthy Swifts

Four or Five Swifts screaming over Holsworthy yesterday. One was a bit smaller and of puzzling identity...thanks for helping with the scrutiny, Mike.

Common Swift and puzzling companion
Common Swift and puzzling companion

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 12:01 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Fremington Quay and Isla Marsh

4 Whimbrels at pill's mouth

Isla:--2 Cattle Egrets, 1 Little Grebe, Mallard mum with 13 ducklings, Linnets, Swallows, House Sparrows, 2 Coots. 2 Moorhens. Swan.

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 11:56 am by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Sidmouth Sea Front

20 Turnstones flying between rocky outcrops off seafront.

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 10:57 am by Malcolm Steward in Bird News

Clovelly road Swift's, Bideford

10 over and near the house yesterday calling and chasing for most of the day.Only 2 from the bedroom window so far today no doubt due to the weather

Posted May 5th, 2020 at 10:39 am by Robert Marshall in Bird News

Monday 4th May 2020

Green Woodpecker

Seen in my garden feeding on ants - first time in the garden in 9 years although heard very occasionally in Mules Park Woods behind us in Teignmouth.

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 11:16 pm by Keith Bowcock in Bird News

South Brent ~ Goshawk

Images just sent to me of a Goshawk photobombing a pony training lesson near South Brent at 10.15hrs this morning...

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

Plymbridge, Boringdon Golf course and Blaxton Meadow

This morning at Plymbridge:- Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Mistle thrush, Song thrush, Blackbird, Robins, Wrens, G.S.Woodpeckers. Magpies, Jays, Dunnocks, Bluetits. Mallards on the river. Goosander redhead overfly downriver towards Coypool. Over the Golf course:- Wheatear, Whitethroat and Skylarks. Fallow Deer in nearby Oilseed Rape field. Yesterday at Blaxton Meadow:- Shelduck,Oyster Catchers,Mute Swans, Little Egrets,Black Tailed Godwits and Whimbrels.

Wheatear, Fallow Deer, Mistle Thrush

Wheatear, Fallow Deer, Mistle Thrush

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 8:15 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


2 Swifts over my allotment, 1 Blackcap 1 Bullfinch2 Willow Warblersand a Song Thrush. 

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 8:14 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Wheatear on Chudleigh rooftop

Returning home from my afternoon's walk, I was surprised to see a female Wheatear crouched on the roof of a neighbour's bungalow - only my second sighting here in over 30 years. Swift now up to 3 over the town, plus flyover Stock Dove and Great Black-backed Gull today. A check on the progress of Greater Butterfly Orchids on the northern Chudleigh exit off the A38 shows good numbers (loose clumps of up to 50 plants in several places) preparing to flower. Also a few Twayblades and Adder's-tongue coming, the latter not easy to see at this stage.

Wheatear female

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 6:49 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Barnstaple Trinity church

First swifts of the year, five.

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 6:31 pm by richard Yeats in Bird News


1 swift over the village this afternoon 

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 6:07 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News


4 May: Just after midday two swift over their nest site in Peverell, accompanied with just a few screaming calls. The first of this pair of Swifts had arrived back just after 7am on 24 April. Blackcap still calling around the garden.   

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 5:00 pm by Robert Hurrell in Bird News


First Swift of the year. Seen on the same date as the last 5 years.

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 4:17 pm by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

Barnstaple Red Kite

Red Kite over Roundswell 15.45 heading north west being mobbed by gulls. 

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 4:05 pm by David paterson in Bird News

South Brent two day round up ~

A late afternoon walk up to the Avon Dam from Shipley (3rd May) Song and Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, two Green Woodpecker in full flight,Treecreeper, Wren, Mallard, Linnet, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 2 Grey Wagtail,3 Cuckoo, 8 Swallow, Raven and 2 GBBG, 

During the night a Barn owl calling at home along with a couple of Tawnies.

Badworthy Farm ~ Merrifield Plantation ~ Glasscombe Corner and back in a loop around the moors early this morning 37 plus Stonechat, mostly in pairs on breeding territories, 3 Raven, 4 Wheatear, a single Swallow, pair of Reed Buntings, 4 Linnet, soaring female Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, 37 plus Meadow Pips, 30 Skylark, pair of Mallard, 4 Wren, a Green Woodpecker and 3 Cuckoo......... 29 species in total.

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 2:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Cuckoo calling all morning Brookings Down Wood, Green woodpecker and 2 Raven over.

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 2:21 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Braunton ringing

Not allowed to go ringing away from home, so have opened my garden nets a few times of late - not very much about. However, this morning showed the value of ringed birds in monitoring populations. I caught two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, (that's after I ringed one last week). The first was a male I ringed on 18th January 2018 here in the garden. His history shows he has been retrapped twice here - March and June 2018), but not since. The second GSW later on - a female, was ringed in Velator reserve in October 2012! So not long after the London Olympics. I've never retrapped this bird but she had a cracking brood patch showing that she is breeding. Also, I aged her as an adult back in 2012, meaning that she hatched pre 2011, so could be 10 years or more old.

I also caught and ringed the first juvenile of the year - a rather cute Robin.

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 2:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Brent ~ Swifts & House Martins

11.30hrs this morning fourteen House Martin and three Swifts over the Brent Mill Industrial estate at South Brent.

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 11:52 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Barnstaple Swifts

My first swifts of the year , at least 3 over Roundswell this morning.

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 10:53 am by David paterson in Bird News


Late post for Sunday 3rd. Good build up of hirundines and Swifts over the Dart a little downstream of  Buckfastleigh late afternoon. Most presumably migrants. Hard to count but in the region of 50 House Martins, 15 to 20 Sand Martins and 25 Swifts. Two Hobbies also drifted through, passing high northwards - a nice bonus! 

Posted May 4th, 2020 at 9:23 am by Andrew Smith in Bird News

Sunday 3rd May 2020

South Molton

This evening on western side of town, singing yellowhammer, (couldnt find it), an unenthusiastic and poorly marked linnet singing. Most surprising was a cock stonechat for about 5 minutes perching mostly on top of hedge

Posted May 3rd, 2020 at 7:28 pm by Art Symons in Bird News


03.04.20, 6.30pm hoopoe on our garden fence in Bratton Fleming, not long enough to get any photos though, unfortunately. 

Posted May 3rd, 2020 at 6:58 pm by Kez in Bird News

Stanlake farm, Dartmoor

On my excise walk, Cuckoo,Whinchat,Wheatear, Skylarks


Posted May 3rd, 2020 at 5:26 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Hirundines and others in Exeter

Early morning dog walking in drizzle along the flood relief channel near St. David's produced about 50 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows and 7 Swifts feeding, but surprisingly no House Martins. Singing male Garden Warbler near the rugby pitches, and Dipper and Grey Wagtail carrying food into obvious nest sites made it a rewarding morning!

Posted May 3rd, 2020 at 12:01 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Double Locks

On an exercise walk yesterday evening reed and sedge warblers calling from fishing ponds near Double Locks. Pair of Mute swans with 4 cygnets by pub, Blackcap in nearby bushes and surprisingly a Cuckoo calling repeatedly from area of river/university playing fields.

Posted May 3rd, 2020 at 9:04 am by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Exeter Warblers (cont.)

No Wood in Belle Isle Park yesterday or today, but a second Grasshopper for the year was at Countesswear 45 minutes ago. It was in the abandoned field S of the bypass, invisible of course but audible, when the Reeds paused for breath, from the sewage works access road.

Posted May 3rd, 2020 at 8:39 am by James Camden in Bird News

Saturday 2nd May 2020

Stoke Woods Exeter

Afternoon walk today. Nuthatch, Jay, Siskin, male and female blackcap, Marsh Tit and a couple of Mistle Thrush. 

Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 9:17 pm by Jonathan Martin in Bird News

Tarka trail, Barnstaple to Chivenor

Glorious late afternoon cycle along the Tarka Trail, Pilton to Chivenor and back produced a welcomed Whinchat, 5 Wimbrels, a flock of 10 Mute Swan, a sprinkling of Swallows and Sand Martins, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Whitethroats, a pair of Stock Doves and singles of Buzzard and Willow Warbler. Back in Pilton high over the house my first pair of Swift this year.


Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 8:09 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News


Sue heard a Grasshopper Warbler singing at midday in scrub/bramble on the fringe of Chudleigh housing, but it had stopped by the time I got there. At 7 pm, however, I could just about hear it singing from my garden, c180m away (and I'm still able to hear crests singing, too!). 2 Swifts were over the town today, the first there since my first sighting on 28 April.

Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 7:34 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Wembury Cliff Path

Amongst the 20 whitethroats seen during our walk this afternoon we came across this bird being consistently mobbed by a male whitethroat. Female whitethroat? Could we get a confirmation on the ID please? 


Eds: yes, it's a Whitethroat.

Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 7:33 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Cuckoo and Swallows Butterbrook near Ivybridge

2/5/20 solitary Cuckoo heard and seen flying at Butterbrook reservoir near Ivybridge. Pair of Swallows flying and soaring at brook, dipping to drink.

Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 7:24 pm by Russ & Katy Mogridge in Bird News

Yellow Hammer and Lapwing, Ivybridge

27/4/20 Four Yellowhammer seen at Henlake Down above Ivybridge; beautiful sighting, clearly nesting in the small woodland there. On nearby Hanger Down three Lapwing seen both in the air and landing in nearby marshy field, great sight erratically flitting above moor.

Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 7:21 pm by Russ & Katy Mogridge in Bird News

Osprey, Plymouth

Osprey flying NE over Plymstock 17.20.

Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 5:30 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

south molton

Garden warbler singing and seen, pair of magpie seeing off carrion crow. Goldcrests diplaying and singing.

Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 11:29 am by art symons in Bird News


Pair of siskin on my garden feeders this morning 

Posted May 2nd, 2020 at 10:44 am by Hamish Johnson in Bird News

Friday 1st May 2020

Swallows ~ South Brent

Certainly seems to be a general lack of Swallows about over and around South Brent this season and to date I have only seen a couple of House Martins locally but with luck more will arrive and the Swifts will soon be back around the village.

Swallow 01/05/2020

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 9:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Today’s walk

On our daily walk in lanes around Buckland Brewer today, we were able to see a pair of stonechats & northern wheatears, both a first for us in the parish. The four pairs of yellow hammers + spare male; flock of passerines mainly linnets were showing well as were a few swallows. Chiffchaffs were still calling, as were numerous chaffinches.

We had fledgling house sparrows and dunnocks being fed in the garden today

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 9:03 pm by Roger Walter in Bird News

Fremington Pill to Yelland

A short walk along Fremington Pill to Yelland, well almost to Yelland.

Heard a number of Chiffchaffs, 1 Cetti's warbler, a Willow warbler and a couple of Blackcaps.  I saw 10 maybe 12 Little Egrets, a very long distance view of a Kestrel, saw two Wrens, and a few Whimbrel.

Kestrel Whimbrel Whimbrel
Kestrel                                     Whimbrel                           Whimbrel

Eds: the Whimbrel is actually Curlew, note lack of strong head pattern. 

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 8:17 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Exeter Warblers

A Wood Warbler was singing in Belle Isle Park early this morning, my first for the city, and first anywhere for two or three years. Will check the park tomorrow, but don't suppose it will have stayed.

Ten minutes later a Garden Warbler started up from the trees beside the flood channel, again a first for this location. Not a first for the year as they arrived on Haldon a week or so ago.

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 4:42 pm by James Camden in Bird News


 This morning 14 Turnstones on Marine Parade.Preston. Several in almost full  summer plumage.

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 4:01 pm by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

Mystery Dove In Paignton

Can anybody identify this mystery dove that is sitting in the wattle tree in our front garden? 

Eds: young wood pigeon.

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 3:39 pm by Marcus Clark in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

At last, a single Cuckoo on Braunton Burrows this morning.

2 record shots, one at long range & the other at short range which was much more challenging !


Posted May 1st, 2020 at 3:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


The Little Ringed Plover was again by the pond at Sherpa Marsh this morning. A few Swallows and Sand Martins around too. Unusually a Jay was in the reserve. - They usually only turn up in autumn and then only very infrequently.

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 1:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Unusual Dipper behaviour

Images sent to me by a friend who lives on Dartmoor of a dipper that visits her garden daily. The garden has a little stream running through it and the dipper spends some time on her window sill which I think must be pretty unusual behaviour for that bird. 


Posted May 1st, 2020 at 12:33 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

South Brent

I have been watching an old Oak tree on one of my boundary hedges since I noted a pair of Green Woodpecker around a freshly excavated hole high up on a dead limb, yesterday there was movement from inside and it was apparent that one of the birds was inside and carrying on with excavating the nest site.

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 8:26 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Garden Warbler singing it's heart out from the top of my neighbours Holly tree all day long. 

Posted May 1st, 2020 at 7:52 am by Chris Baines in Bird News

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