General Birding

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  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb 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


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

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

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Saturday 16th May 2020

Cadover Bridge to Dewerstone Wood 16th May

Wigford Down gave good numbers of typical moorland species, Stonechat, Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Skylark, with Kestrel, Buzzard and Raven, heard but didn't see Cuckoo.  It was harder in the woods but Great Spotted Woodpecker and a pair of hole nesting Pied Flycatchers were the best.  Back at Cadover were Sand Martins posing on a fence.

Posted May 16th at 11:17 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

Yellow Wagtail

Some other (poor) pics of the Yellow Wagtail - some doubt about the identity as Blue-headed....

Eds - although the white mark below the eye does not appear to be particularly well developed on this individual, it looks good for Blue-headed. A combination of the dark blue-grey head, white supercillium and yellow throat are good features.

Race of Yellow Wagtail?

Race of Yellow Wagtail?

Posted May 16th at 10:27 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Cuckoo near Blackingstone Rock

Whilst out at Hennock Reservoirs this evening checking for nightjar one the clearfell (2 heard churning) I could hear a cuckoo calling over towards Blackingstone rock at about 9pm. 

Posted May 16th at 10:23 pm by Fiona Freshney in General Birding

Morte Point

Took my camera for a walk around Morte Point today and got some photos of a Whitethroat, a Rock Pipit, and two Grey Seals. One Guillemot, two Shags, a Cormorant and a few Gannets far out to sea.

WhitethroatRock PipitGrey Seal
Whitethroat                                           Rock Pipit                       Grey Seal

Posted May 16th at 9:52 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Exe and Yarner

Mill Farm, Powderham 20 plus House Martin, a RL Partridge, three Song Thrush looked like a pair with a youngster, Whitethroat in full song.

Powderham heronry a nest with three well grown young visible from the road.

Brief drive down to Exminster Marsh, Cetti's, Sedge and Willow Warblers, very surprised to hear a Cuckoo calling, single Lapwing and a Mallard duck with 10 ducklings.

Over the Yarner as earlier post good number of Pied Flycatchers, very distant Cuckoo calling and two very vocal Garden Warbler.

Hen with red transponder type ring

Posted May 16th at 9:25 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Yellow Wagtail Sherpa Marsh Braunton

At last after at least 25 walks around the marsh just recently, tonight, with Andy Lansdell we found this Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail.

Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail
Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail

Posted May 16th at 9:21 pm by jon turner in General Birding

Northam Burrows and Skern

Still six Shelducklings on Greylake managing to avoid disturbances from dog walkers and visitors.

Posted May 16th at 9:13 pm by Martin Unwin/Irene Hahn in General Birding

central park plymouth

around 20 ringneck parakeet 8pm barn park entrance many blue juvenile and the unusual bright yellow juvenile still with the group

Posted May 16th at 8:30 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Wembury Point

Two trips to WP today to look for the Woodchat shrike which seems to have moved on. Gutted not to have seen this bird right on my doorstep. However, probably saw the most Whitethroats and Stonechats than on any other occasion. Distant views of a Gannet off Langdon beach and a willow warbler in the brambles in between the pines north of the radar station. 





Posted May 16th at 6:14 pm by Matt C in General Birding

Yarner Wood & Emsworthy Mire

Yarner: Stacks of Pied Flys; Redstart in song; 20+ Siskin, 2 Garden Warbler. non-avian: 2 Pearl-bordered Fritillary & 16 Brimstone.

Emsworthy Mire: 6 Cuckoos (5m 1f) flying around and calling madly; cracking view of singing male Redstart; 5 singing Willow Warbler; Tree Pipit.

Posted May 16th at 4:45 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding


Not as exciting as some recent posts, but 2 Chudleigh ticks for me on our morning walk. A Kingfisher flashed past near Watercress Ponds and a Whitethroat singing and briefly perched on overhead wires on the road back to Chudleigh from Kerswell.

Posted May 16th at 4:14 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Budleigh Salterton

A nice Reed Warbler with right leg ringed and carrying nesting material. Taken with my cheap bridge camera from about 50 ft away.  Otherwise no great excitement.  Two birders (new faces to me) asked if I had seen the 13 Bee-eaters which had evidently been reported yesterday on Bird Guides and on Devon Wildlife Sightings website. This was news to me.....  wish people would put their sightings here and in good time! Rant over.

Posted May 16th at 2:59 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Cetti's and Reed Warblers seen as well as a wonderful male Linnet. Forgot to reach for camera in excitement.

Posted May 16th at 2:36 pm by Thomas Kent in General Birding

Emsworthy, Cuckoo

Yesterday at about 3.15 pm had many sightings of two cuckoos flying and in the trees at Emsworthy reserve.

Posted May 16th at 12:35 pm by Michael Powell in General Birding


Near Axminster, arrived on Wednesday and all day Thursday, spent early morning calling,  Friday morning he had gone.

Posted May 16th at 10:11 am by Jackie Burrough in General Birding

Little Bittern at Radford Lake

Little Bittern showing well at Radford Lake early yesterday afternoon. I didn't realise it was so small compared to the Little Egret in the middle pic.

Little Bittern, Little Egret and Little Bittern, Little Bittern
Little Bittern, Little Egret and Little Bittern, Little Bittern

Posted May 16th at 7:03 am by Bob Barrow in General Birding

Friday 15th May 2020

Little Bittern at Radford Lake

Little Bitterns showing well at Radford Lake early afternoon. I didn't realise they were so small compared to the Little Egret in middle pic.

Posted May 15th at 10:52 pm by Bob Barrow in General Birding


Libbaton golf course  Burrington wonderful view of a Hoopoe on the ground and in flight. Gave us a great view of its crest. Great sight only ever seen them in France .

Posted May 15th at 8:58 pm by Peter Churcher in General Birding

Teignmouth, New Road, 11.00am

Red Kite over the garden, a pale individual.

Posted May 15th at 8:14 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Skern Shelduck

This afternoon there was a pair of Shelduck on Greylake with six new ducklings.

Posted May 15th at 7:43 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Dawlish Warren



Posted May 15th at 7:05 pm by Robert Kent in General Birding


2 cuckoos heard only one seen constantly moving harassed by meadow pipits, willow warbler in trees/bushes along wall quite close to car park.

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted May 15th at 6:35 pm by Gary Bolton in General Birding

Bee-eaters in Exmouth

7+ Bee-eaters were briefly in my garden in Drakes Avenue, Exmouth from 10am. 7 were seen together and as they flew off east six appeared from behind the oak tree they had been favouring, so possibly 13 in total. Regrettably no further sign by late afternoon.

Posted May 15th at 3:57 pm by Peter Sparks in General Birding

Radford Lake 15-05-20

Little Bittern showing well on the lake, and a Cormorant with having a fight with dinner

Posted May 15th at 3:44 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Partially leucistic hacksaw at Velator

On our return from Sherpa Marsh spotted a semi leucistic Jackdaw amongst a flock of about 20 foraging the night ride line along the tidal River Caen.

Semi leucistic Jackdaw on the Caen River at Velator
Semi leucistic Jackdaw on the Caen River at Velator

Posted May 15th at 3:21 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in General Birding

Peregrine over Sherpa Marsh

A walk around Sherpa Marsh this morning produced four common Swift, numerous sand martin and barn swallows, heard several Cettis and sedge warblers. Two Reed bunting, six little egret and the star of the show a beautiful male Peregrine falcon came from the south & continued over the marsh last seen heading north. Image attached purely as a record shot, out of focus & extremely cropped :(

Peregrine falcon record image
Peregrine falcon record image

Posted May 15th at 3:13 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in General Birding

14th May Little Bittern and Woodchat Shrike

First real birding outing for a while, up at five off to Yarner Woods. Only 6 degrees but lovely weather, target birds seen, Spotted and Pied Flycatcher's, Redstart, Garden Warbler.

Had a call to say a very rare Little Bittern had been seen at Radford Lake in Plymouth so back to Plymouth. Had good views, news of a Woodchat Shrike was at Wembury Point

Returning to perch with BeeWhat a bonus , local rarityQuick retreat, close encounter with human's
Returning to perch with Bee     What a bonus , local rarity    Quick retreat, close encounter with human's

Posted May 15th at 3:09 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Red Kites over Hallsands

4 Red Kits over Hallsands last Sunday. Garden a delight with fledgling Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock and Blue tit plus a juvenile field mouse collecting scraps from bird feeders.

Posted May 15th at 12:05 am by Simon Churchley in General Birding

Thursday 14th May 2020


I seem to have been the only birder in Devon not to have seen a Red Kite from my house during lockdown - until today!  After 33 years of not seeing one in Chudleigh parish, finally I saw one at 3 pm flying north up the Teign Valley.  I gather one was also seen over Beggar's Bush, Haldon (within the parish), on the 12th.  My lockdown total for the parish is now 73 species. This includes breeding Mandarin Ducks and Dippers on the Teign, plus occasional Goosanders and a Hobby. Highlights on the Haldon fringe have included 4 pairs of Stonechat, 3 of Tree Pipit, masses of Siskins, a few Lesser Redpolls and at least 70 Crossbills, including young being fed. Notably missing so far: Whitethroat and Nightjar, although I haven't looked for the latter yet!

In the evenings we've been tracing the commuting routes of Greater Horseshoe Bats exiting south from Chudleigh Caves, to predict how they will cope with housing developments. Dormouse monitoring has started, with our first nest on the very edge of town. Botanical surveys have resulted in the discovery of over 1000 Adder's-tongue in one field, Bastard Balm in a superb hedgebank and a steep meadow covered in Early Purple Orchids; the main Greater Butterfly Orchid count will be tomorrow. There is more to life than birds!

Posted May 14th at 10:01 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Cuckoo at Woolwell, Plymouth

I have been asked to post that Grace Bushell on 4th May heard a Cuckoo at 5am from her house at Woolwell, Plymouth PL6

Posted May 14th at 9:52 pm by Liz Harris in General Birding

Out and about today morning visit to Instow and afternoon trip to Wrafton pond and Braunton Borrows.

Out and about today morning visit to Instow saw and heard Blackcaps, linnets and Whitethroats. Afternoon visit to Wrafton pond and Braunton Borrows. Saw pair of Mute Swans with six signets, a Mallard (f) with two ducklings. heard Cetti's Warbler across the pond and sedge Warblers in the bushes along side the path.

BlackcapWhitethroatMute Swans with signets
Blackcap                                   Whitethroat                                 Mute Swans with signets

Posted May 14th at 8:59 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding


Walked the loop past the obelisk and then the tracks across the road this morning, to round up the usual suspects: Crossbill, Redpoll, Siskin, Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Treecreeper etc. Song from all despite the cold wind.

Bonus birds were a Tawny Owl roosting in a spruce, and an invisible Redstart singing from some Oaks lower down the slope.

Also, c20 Ravens were very active and vocal on the E. side. Did not look like a systematic territorial fight, so wonder if they are this year's young from the wider area establishing their places in the hierarchy of the "teenage" flock.

Posted May 14th at 8:44 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Upper Tamar Lake

3m Swift, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant, 30+Swallow, c20 House Martins, 22 Canada Geese plus 4 Goslings, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Moorhen.


1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Peregrine Northam.

Posted May 14th at 7:31 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Red Kite - Musbury, E devon

Red Kite drifting north up the Axe valley at 11 a.m, between Musbury and Whitford

Posted May 14th at 7:04 pm by Mike Lock in General Birding

Wembury / Radford Park Lake

This morning, the Woodchat shrike in front of the radar station, several Whitethroat, 2 Whimbrel on the beach and 2 Swift overhead. At Radford Park lake, Plymouth, 1 Little Bittern (probably a female).


Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Posted May 14th at 4:29 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Radford Lake

Had good views of Little Bittern this morning fishing.i

Posted May 14th at 4:21 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding


Red Kite reported this morning.

Posted May 14th at 4:04 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding

Radford Park, Plymouth

Female Little Bittern showing well in dead fallen trees on lake edge first thing. 

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Posted May 14th at 3:59 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Village moths

A few moths overnight in less than ideal conditions

Muslin Moth
Muslin Moth

Nut-tree Tussock
Nut-tree Tussock

Posted May 14th at 2:03 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Wembury Point Woodchat Shrike May 14

The shrike still at the same location as Vic posted yesterday. Park in NT car park, go over righthand gate and view near pine trees looking towards the radar station. The bird favours the gorse bushes just beyond the pines.

Posted May 14th at 11:39 am by David Fieldsend in General Birding

Spoonbill at Seaton Wetlands

A solitary Spoonbill feeding on Black Hole Marsh, Seaton Wetlands Weds evening 13 May. 
Sadly no camera, but a fascination 30 mins watching his energetic feeding. 

Posted May 14th at 10:23 am by Jon Eaves in General Birding

Wednesday 13th May 2020


1 Red Kite over the A38/A379 junction just north of Kennford, early evening.

Posted May 13th at 11:02 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding


2 young Dippers being fed by parents on the Erme in Ivybridge. Great close up views but no camera, typical. 

Posted May 13th at 8:54 pm by Alan Fielding in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite over the A39 just west of Barnstaple this morning about 9.45. Flushed a Grey Partridge from the roadside driving along the lane to my field just before Hearson Cross this afternoon.

Posted May 13th at 7:59 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

Thornhillhead, North Devon

A single red kite low over the field behind the house this afternoon, as the sillage was being picked up. It slowly departed eastwards, harassed by 3 crows then drifted on serenely as they lost interest.

Posted May 13th at 5:48 pm by Mark West in General Birding

Lynton area.

Lovely male Pied Flycatcher, 4 Spotted flycatchers 1 being female, 2 Wood Warblers, many Blackcap, 1Nuthach,young Thrush and good numbers of Swallows and Martins. Little further from home today. 

Posted May 13th at 3:36 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Warren House to Soussins via Vitifer valley

First time out under new Lockdown rules was fruitful. At least 8 Whinchats (5m, 3f), 10 Crossbills, 1 Redstart (m), 2 Tree Pipits, several Cuckoos and Green Woodpeckers plus good numbers of Willow Warblers.

Posted May 13th at 2:22 pm by Rob Hubble & Stella Tracey in General Birding

Wembury pt.

At Hms Cambridge a Woodchat Shrike, found by Jenny Stidson. Park at NT car park, on left out of car park a private rd,walk up towards lay-by on left look towards radar mast and lone pine tree.

Posted May 13th at 1:01 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in General Birding


Not known as a birding hotspot, and despite human activity and an infestation of dogs, walks around Uffculme can be interesting and often rewarding. A total of 77 species have been recorded in the parish during 2020.

My recent highlights include a Cuckoo on 8/5 (the first I have seen in the parish for over 20 years); 2 Red Kites on 12/5, one right above my house; frequent Sparrowhawk sightings including  the kill of a pigeon on my front lawn; many Buzzards with over 20 seen yesterday; and a group of around 20 Swifts circling Coldharbour Mill, a local nesting site.

It is also good to report breeding of Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Moorhen, Buzzard and apparently Stonechat (very rare here). I have also noticed the high number of Blackcaps around, many in pairs and hopefully breeding as well.

Posted May 13th at 12:28 pm by Francis Welland in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite flew over my Paignton garden yesterday. It was being mobbed by herring gulls and was unperturbed just carried on past,giving me great views

Posted May 13th at 10:05 am by Jacqui beevers in General Birding

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Anchor wood to Fremington

More from my walk. A female Blackcap and Butterfly (not sure of type) does anybody what it is? And a Curlew with a missing leg seen at the head of Fremington Pill.

Blackcap                          Curlew                                 Butterfly

Eds: The butterfly is a Speckled Wood

Posted May 12th at 9:18 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Anchor wood to Fremington

Out again today around my usual route. Got lucky with the birds The Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler and White Throat were happy to pose for my camera.  I caught a glimpse of a Female Blackcap but the male remained hidden.

Cetti's WarblerWhitethroatWillow Warbler
Cetti's Warbler                             Whitethroat                                   Willow Warbler

Posted May 12th at 9:10 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite seen today 13th May over my garden in Lydford. The first one I’ve seen since moving here a year ago. Beautiful  

Posted May 12th at 9:05 pm by Richard Hollingsworth in General Birding


Finches in the garden this evening

Greenfinch                          Goldfinch

Posted May 12th at 8:35 pm by Geoff Mitchell in General Birding

Stanlake, Dartmoor

Red Start, Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, Stonechat,

2 Cuckoos, both being chased off by Pipits. 

Posted May 12th at 8:32 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

central park plymouth

6 ringneck parakeet including unusual bright yellow juvenile

Posted May 12th at 8:03 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Photos of Teignmouth Red Kites from today

Photos of 2 of the 3 Red Kites seen over East Teignmouth this morning


Posted May 12th at 7:33 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Thornhillhead, North Devon

The red-legged partridge, which we first reported end of April, has been a regular but quite wary visitor to our garden, so it was a bit of a surprise to see it sitting comfortably on top of an outhouse close to the house. I managed to grab this quick record shot through the bathroom window with my phone.

Red-legged Partridge
Red-legged Partridge

Posted May 12th at 7:24 pm by Mark West in General Birding

Fernworthy Reservoir

A gorgeous Blackcap announcing his territory and a Redstart . 


Posted May 12th at 3:14 pm by Ian Muir in General Birding

Avon Dam

No roosting Goosanders this am for the first time since September. Instead, a pair of Great Crested Grebes - regular non-breeding visitors at this time of year. 

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe


Posted May 12th at 2:19 pm by Peter Reay in General Birding

Passage of Raptors this morning

There has been a steady passage of raptors moving NE over East Teignmouth Today, with 6 Common Buzzards and 3 Red Kites, often pursued by Carrion Crows. 2 Swifts also seen on migration with 2 Swallows and a few House Martins.

Posted May 12th at 1:29 pm by Nick D'Agorne in General Birding

Monday 11th May 2020


This morning all along the coast plenty of Whimbrels were hunkerd down from the N east wind, largest group was a flock of 7 and not much else apart from a few Gannets. 

Recently just after dark waders that sound like Greenshanks are circling and calling over the town then heading out toward the sea. 


Posted May 11th at 10:55 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Village moths

Just a few moths in the light-trap over the weekend and before the cold winds set in.

Great Prominent head shot Chocolate-tip - a new moth for me Buff-tip
Great Prominent head shot          Chocolate-tip - a new moth for me                  Buff-tip

Posted May 11th at 9:12 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Hungry Seagull Plymouth

What Seagulls are good at, collecting rubbish


Posted May 11th at 7:00 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Derriford hospital, plymouth

Red kite flying over the site this morning towards bircham woods.

Posted May 11th at 6:57 pm by Dave scott in General Birding

Dolton Red Kites

At least 5 Red Kites overhead at the same time near my home village of Dolton this afternoon, one came fairly close with lovely views in the binoculars.

Andy Gooch

Posted May 11th at 6:41 pm by Andy Gooch in General Birding


Along my usual walk to Tews Lane with my dog, I used my iphone pro to capture this photo of a Song Thrush sitting about 4 metres up a tree. Not brilliant quality but good enough considering that it came from my phone camera's telephoto lens.

Song Thrush
Song Thrush

Posted May 11th at 6:09 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

RSPB-Exminster Marsh

Red Kite seen scavenging around the marsh 8.30am being mobbed by crows before landing to feed on fence post near the main lagoon from the cycle track.

Red Kite Red Kite Red Kite
Red Kite


Posted May 11th at 4:45 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Common Sandpiper Sherpa Marsh Wrafton.

Best I could find today - difficult to photograph - I kept getting blown about!

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted May 11th at 4:27 pm by jon turner in General Birding


While in the reserve this morning I took a call from Ian Wicks, who told me of the passing of his father, and Devon Birds stalwart, and indeed my predecessor as warden of the Velator reserve John Wicks, on Saturday. He had been ill for a while but passed away peacefully. Nothing to do with the current crisis.

Posted May 11th at 1:58 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


Red Kites south at 09:45 and 10:30 yesterday, and another at rooftop height at 09:00 this morning.

Posted May 11th at 1:01 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Red Kite Devon

Red Kite circling and calling Paignton Devon AM 10 May 2020 

Posted May 11th at 11:55 am by Ian Hiller in General Birding

Red Kite - Dartmoor

Seems to be a lot around at the moment, but nice to see one glide right over my house on the edge of the southern moors (above Buckfast), unfortunately wind was too fast to grab a shot but nice to see!

Posted May 11th at 11:23 am by Silver in General Birding

Juvenile Dipper R Teign Salmon Pool Weir

Juvenile dipper today on riverside walk. Skipped around before disappearing into a cave to the side of the weir.


Posted May 11th at 11:07 am by Ian Muir in General Birding


Lone red kite spotted circling near Eaglescott Airfield ,9.15 Mon 11th May

Posted May 11th at 11:02 am by Lorna in General Birding

Erme Valley Ivybridge

10/5/20 Cuckoo flying overhead at Butterbrook, making strange rattling call rather than 'cuckooing'. Dipper on River Erme under A38, lovely to see at about 5 metres.

Posted May 11th at 10:52 am by Russ & Katy Mogridge in General Birding

Wembury Red Kite Sightings 10th May

Apologies to the editors for failing to mention the location of the 7 Red Kites reported over the village yesterday.

Posted May 11th at 9:09 am by David Fieldsend in General Birding

Allerton, Dartington

Cuckoo calling close by throughout the day Sunday. First time heard at this location for years! Two pairs of swallows also returned to their nest sites on Saturday.

Posted May 11th at 9:06 am by Angela Truman in General Birding

Sunday 10th May 2020

Tarka trail between Barnstaple - Fremington

Forgot to mention the sighting of a pair of Lesser Black-backed gulls near  Penhill.

Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Posted May 10th at 10:42 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Tarka trail between Barnstaple - Fremington

More from my walk.

DunnockWillow WarblerI'm going to go with Curlew on this one.
Dunnock                             Willow Warbler                         Curlew 

Posted May 10th at 8:38 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Red Kite Devon

Red Kite circling and calling over Preston Down Paignton 10th May 2020 

Posted May 10th at 8:23 pm by Ian Hiller in General Birding

Red Kite

Single red kite at 09.00 circling high and drifting SW over West Sandford 

Posted May 10th at 8:21 pm by Steve Colombe in General Birding

Tarka trail between Barnstaple - Fremington

Another walk around the circuit for me today.  Got a very lucky but quick shot of a shy Cetti's warbler near Anchor wood. Further along a Willow warbler decided to pose for my camera.  At the top end of Fremington Pill a Chaffinch appeared on a phone wire above my head.

Cetti's Warbler
Cetti's Warbler


Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted May 10th at 7:22 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding


Broods of Mandarin Duck and Dipper on the R. Teign at Chudleigh today, plus Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. Also a 'new' population of Adder's-tongue found nearby, with an estimate 1000 plants.

Posted May 10th at 6:50 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding


Not much to report today: a single calling Whimbrel near the mouth of the Caen. The Garganey briefly on Sherpa Marsh. 4 Swallows 6 Swifts. Best sighting were several Large Red Damselfly and an Oil Beetle. Spent much of the afternoon with my eyes on the skies for Kites. None! Over the house, a few House Martin and a smaller Bird of Prey - probably male Sparrowhawk to go with several Buzzards.

Posted May 10th at 6:44 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Red Kite, Westward Ho!

Seen above my garden on Atlantic Way at 15.45 accompanied by seagulls and one buzzard. Camera refused to cooperate!

Posted May 10th at 6:36 pm by Sue Ambler in General Birding

Ottery St Mary Red Kites

Just after 15:00 a single Red Kite over Salston Manor, moving West. Then suddenly 3 more over the house. Fantastic! They headed slowly West towards the southern side of West Hill.

Posted May 10th at 5:36 pm by Martin Littlemore in General Birding


Plenty of Greenfinch , Willow Warbler and Skylark around at 06.30 today along with Chaffinch , Blackbirds , Robins and Stonechat.

Posted May 10th at 4:54 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Red Kites over Princetown yesterday evening.

At around 1900 yesterday evening the 9th May we had 5 Red Kites drift over Princetown checking out the fields as they went. They didn't seem to be in any hurry and slowly drifted NE over the prison and out of sight.

Posted May 10th at 3:25 pm by Gary Easton in General Birding

Otter Valley

A pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers at nest with food was one find.  Others included Dipper, Sand Martin at nest and a Whitethroat. Otherwise my notebook is rather empty for the last few weeks!    

Posted May 10th at 3:12 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Red Kite Plymouth

Red Kite seen again at 12:30 and 13:15.

? Same bird as that seen earlier or different birds.  Last one seen heading in a south easterly direction.

Posted May 10th at 1:59 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Northam Burrows and Skern

A walk from home down to Northam Burrows and around Skern produced a pair of Reed Bunting, three singing Linnet, two singing Stonechat, several Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat with three pairs of Wheatear, plenty of Skylark and Meadow Pipit. At Skern on a dropping tide there was a mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover with one Turnstone and one Whimbrel. The Dunlin numbered approximately 130 with about 30 Ringed Plover. Most of the Dunlin were in full summer plumage. Hoping to get a more accurate count tomorrow without dog disturbance!

Posted May 10th at 1:34 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Anothet Red Kite Sighting

Had 7 over the garden at 09:20 this morning. Originally seen at rooftop height, they then increased height before drifting west. As they were seen quite early and in a flock, I wonder if they could have roosted somewhere locally? 

Eds: we don't know were you saw them... Please see other postings.

Posted May 10th at 1:34 pm by David Fieldsend in General Birding

Red Kite- Plymouth

A Red Kite this morning at 08.35 flying over Ernesettle in Plymouth going towards St.Budeux. - Richard Edmondson

Posted May 10th at 1:10 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Swifts - Plymouth Saturday evening

At least 70+ Swifts flew over the house between 18:30 and 19:30 last evening.  All heading North.

Posted May 10th at 12:25 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

Rather scruffy looking Red Kite over Chambercombe Manor at 08.52 this morning.

Posted May 10th at 12:21 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Red Kite Plymouth

Red Kite drifted over Radford Woods at 12:05 heading North toward Saltram

Posted May 10th at 12:15 pm by George and Les Carr in General Birding

Chudleigh Red Kites

2 Red Kites drifted over our garden around 10.00 this morning. 

Posted May 10th at 10:32 am by Nick Potter in General Birding


Red kite circling over Northlew yesterday

Posted May 10th at 7:14 am by Chris Baines in General Birding

West side of Exeter - Saturday 9th May

There were at least 8 Red Kite over western Exeter yesterday afternoon, between Alphington and Exwick, with three birders watching. I also had a Hobby over garden in Alphington. 

Posted May 10th at 6:56 am by Steve Cox in General Birding

Red Kites

Having been highly envious of all the red kite sightings across the county over the last few weeks, I was delighted to spot six at 21.00 going in to roost in a beech tree at Piddledown Common, just north of castle Drogo, near Drewsteignton tonight.

Posted May 10th at 12:25 am by nick dixon in General Birding

Saturday 9th May 2020

Modbury Garden watch

Due to the lockdown I have taken to lying on a bench in the garden and watching the skies, this evening I saw lots of House martins, a few swallows and swifts, 2 Sparrowhawks a raven and a red kite twice.

Red KiteHouse MartinSparrowhawk
Red Kite                             House Martin                             Sparrowhawk

Posted May 9th at 8:50 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

central park plymouth

managed to catch up with the ringneck parakeet family with the olive and blue parent with their 4 babies 1blue 1 grey 1 green and 1 bright yellow

Posted May 9th at 8:11 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Anchor wood to Instow

My bike ride earlier  today along the Tarka trail from Anchor wood to Instow was interesting to say the least. Cetti's warbler, Willow warbers, Sage warblers, Chiffchaffs, White throat, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Wrens, Swallows, Swifts, Buzzards and many others seen, heard or photographed along the route.  

Goldfinch                            Greenfinch                                  Buzzard

Posted May 9th at 7:49 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Garganey again!

Having seen two yesterday, not surprised to find one this evening, and after taking a few shots it flew so I pressed the button and bingo!

Taking flight.
Taking flight.

Posted May 9th at 7:31 pm by jon turner in General Birding

River Otter Tipton St John

Goosander still intact with 14 chicks (is this a normal size brood?) and cuckoo calling several times at about 7am this morning.

Posted May 9th at 6:17 pm by Andrew Hickson in General Birding

Swifts in Torrington

The swifts are back in the town centre of Great Torrington. 2 this morning over the entrance to the main car park

Posted May 9th at 5:35 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in General Birding

Newton Pop: Red Kites

After about 3-4 'is it isn't it' sightings of disappearing birds, spotted 3 Kites, forked tails apparent.

All birds high up and moving, fom Sidmouth direction. One towards Colaton Raleigh, two seperate birds heading towards Aylesbeare Common around 3.30 - 3.45pm.

Posted May 9th at 4:16 pm by Q in General Birding

Ottery St Mary Red Kite

Red Kite drifting West over Salston Manor at 14:20. The first RK I've seen in Devon- superb!

Posted May 9th at 2:29 pm by Martin Littlemore in General Birding


Red kite drifter west over garden near exwick cemetery at 12:32

Posted May 9th at 1:08 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

Another distant shot of a Spotted Flycatcher near the Manor this morning.

Posted May 9th at 11:54 am by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Chelston, Torquay

7 swifts over the estate, 1 calling.

Posted May 9th at 11:28 am by Chris Proctor in General Birding


we have had swifts over the house just outside oakhampton for a week now and  yesterday evening they decided to zoom back under the eaves where they have nested for the last four years at least,we are glad to welcome them back although we havnt had swallows in the barn for the last two years and we are only seeing a few around again this year again which is worrying

Posted May 9th at 12:17 am by laurence smith in General Birding

Friday 8th May 2020

Kingsteignton 2,40 pm Friday 8th

Good views of a red kite circling over Kingsteignton being harassed by a single crow.  Flew off towards the East.

Posted May 8th at 5:22 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Lynton and Lynmouth

2 spotted flycatchers,6grey wagtails,1 grey heron,4 dipper and 2 goldcrests.

Spotted FlycatcherDipperGrey Heron
Spotted Flycatcher                     Dipper                                         Grey Heron

Posted May 8th at 3:12 pm by john elvin in General Birding


Thursday, 2 red kites flying purposefully north together on village outskirts - about 4.30.

Posted May 8th at 1:55 pm by Graham Burton in General Birding


Hirundines noticeable only by their absence today - just 2 Swallows around Sherpa Marsh. Only other birds of note were a Greenshank and 2 drake Garganey.

Posted May 8th at 12:24 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


2 Swifts flying over the garden, lovely site. 

Posted May 8th at 12:08 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Lesser Black- backed gull ? (Barnstaple)

I am told this is a Lesser black back. Knowing little about Gull ID's - is this a Juvenile, Adult, 2nd winter bird.

Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Posted May 8th at 12:05 pm by Roy churchill in General Birding

Goosander & chicks on the Otter

Goosander and 14 chicks on the Otter at Fluxton. Good views of a pair of Linnets and a Willow Warbler singing and showing well.

Posted May 8th at 7:59 am by Martin Littlemore in General Birding

At last!

Finally heard then saw my first two swifts over our back garden and a 

possible raven.

Posted May 8th at 6:49 am by Philip Fairclough in General Birding

Swift in Great Torrington

I saw my first 2020 swift yesterday morning, 7th May, soaring over Great Torrington near where  they nest each year. Just the one

Posted May 8th at 6:47 am by Aubrey McKenzie in General Birding

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