Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th June 2020

2020 Records request

If you saw any of the records below please submit a description to the County Recorder to ensure they make the official record. Many thanks.

·         Bee-eater 03-Aug Wistlandpound Res

·         Caspian Gull 15-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·         Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         Crane [2] 24-Jun nr Ottery

·         Glossy Ibis 20-Jun South Efford Marsh

·         Glossy Ibis  02-Nov Seaton Marshes

·         Golden Oriole 07-Apr Fremington Pill

·         Golden Oriole 28-May Weston Mill

·         Golden Oriole [2] 23-Jun Bolt Head

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford




·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         Grey Partridge 13-May Bishops Tawton

·         Grey Partridge 12-Nov Exminster Marshes

·         Leach's Petrel 30- Sep Labrador Bay

·          Leach's Petrel 31-Oct Sidmouth

·        Long-tailed Skua 04-Jul Dawlish Warren

·         Montagu's Harrier 17-May West Dart River

·         Ring-necked Duck Jan/Feb Meeth

·         Spotted Crake 09-Apr East Down

·        Stone-curlew [2] 22-Sep South Huish



Posted June 18th at 11:40 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


At a recent Council Meeting it was agreed that Field Trips (Guided Walks) and Indoor Meetings could restart as soon as Branches were happy to proceed, with all necessary Covid safe precautions in place. 

Full details are now on the website.

Taw & Torridge Branch will not be re-starting Indoor or Outdoor Meetings before January 2022.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Think before you post...!


Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Sunday 7th June 2020

Rosy Starling, Seaton

Couldn't resist the temptation to go look for the Rosy Starlings today.  They were easy to find as an small gathering of birdwatchers stayed with them all day long in Eyewell Green.  The male seemed to favour a holly tree in the middle of the terrace but the female seemed a bit more mobile.  They both visited bird tables at either end of the street along with about a dozen Common Starlings.

Rosy Starling m. in holly
Rosy Starling m. in holly

Posted June 7th, 2020 at 11:01 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Sedge Warbler on Braunton Marsh

Lots of warbler activity on Braunton Marsh today.

Posted June 7th, 2020 at 9:19 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Rose Coloured Starlings in Seaton.

A pair of these colourful starlings has been seen on Sat 6th & Sun 7th June 2020.  Male is singing from rooftops in Eyewell Green.

Posted June 7th, 2020 at 8:59 pm by Viv Keene in Bird News

East Prawle

Flock of 14 Crossbills flew over this morning

Posted June 7th, 2020 at 6:22 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


A short walk from Yelland to Instow and I first heard and then saw a Sedge Warbler near the Jetty.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted June 7th, 2020 at 5:32 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Red Kite ~ Ashburton

At 12.20hrs today a Red Kite low over the A38 at Ashburton headed west, a male Sparrow hawk at Buckfastleigh.

Around the garden back home at South Brent young Greenfinch on the feed station, three sightings of Green Woodpecker and a fly past from A GSWP.



Posted June 7th, 2020 at 4:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Hawkerland (East Devon)

A Willow Warbler carrying food to a nest site was good to see, plus a few other birds of the Pebblebed Heathlands.


Perhaps I may be excused for showing the new bench in memory of the late David Jannaway that was crafted and erected by Clinton Devon Estate staff this week.  It replaces the log seat that had fallen into disrepair.  David died in February 2015 and was a most loved Branch Committee member who will be remembered by many.  Our thanks to Clinton Devon Estate for their wonderful tribute.  The seat is a stones throw from the Aylesbeare Common reserve car park on Hawkerland. 

Posted June 7th, 2020 at 3:56 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Middle Soar

First Grayling on lower slopes plus 32 Dark Green Fritillary.

Fox cub in area plus very dark adult.

Posted June 7th, 2020 at 3:32 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Dawlish Warren Village mystery moth May 17th

The 'mystery' moth I posted on may 17th was identified, thanks to Devon Moth Group, as Aethes deaurana, a species from southern Europe. This is the first Devon record and only the third for Britain. The first two were found in Weymouth and there has just been another found there suggesting possible colonisation.

Aethes deaurana. First Devon record.
Aethes deaurana. First Devon record.

Posted June 7th, 2020 at 9:07 am by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Saturday 6th June 2020

Wrafton pond

This afternoon the female Pintail still present on the pond.

Female Pintail
Female Pintail

Female Pintail
Female Pintail

Female Pintail
Female Pintail

Posted June 6th, 2020 at 8:07 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Pretty quiet today but saw a dozen Mandarin Ducks, at least 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Stock Doves & 5 Roe Deer.

Posted June 6th, 2020 at 5:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Haldon Pier, Torquay.

A single Purple Sandpiper, in summer plumage, on the rocks below the open sea side of the pier this afternoon.

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted June 6th, 2020 at 4:25 pm by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

South Milton Sands

late post from yesterday afternoon: Very confiding flock of 20 Sanderling (many in smart breeding plumage) and 7 Dunlin foraging amongst the seaweed along the strandline.

Posted June 6th, 2020 at 12:05 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

ford park cemetery plymouth

around 70 ringneck parakeet at 630 am including grey one.lots of juveniles calling

Posted June 6th, 2020 at 9:24 am by barry insull in Bird News

Friday 5th June 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

2 Sandwich Terns was somewhat unexpected; also a pair of Shelducks with 7 small ducklings, juv Stonechat, 2 Bullfinches & 8 Roe Deer including 2 small fawns.

Yesterday, a pair of Green Woodpeckers & c40 House Martins.

Posted June 5th, 2020 at 8:58 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thursday 4th June 2020

South Brent

Visited the woodland on a friends farm today at South Brent, Treecreeper, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, Green Woodpecker, Jay, young Buzzards could be heard calling from their nest site, Robin and Nuthatch adults with fledglings, Wren, Chiffchaff and a Cuckoo calling towards the moors.

And an evening visitor to the garden as viewed fro the kitchen window

Posted June 4th, 2020 at 6:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Pete Stevens counted 51 Mediterranean Gulls on Slapton Beach today mostly fs and ss plumage.

Posted June 4th, 2020 at 4:00 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sheepstor area 4.6.2020

Morning walk along the lower slopes of Sheepstor just above theBurrator treeline produced 3 singing male Redstarts, one Blackcap, many Siskins, 2 Gt. Spotted Woodpeckers, one Green Woodpecker, one immature Peregrine, three Ravens, Jay, Stock Dove and one Chimney Sweeper Moth

Posted June 4th, 2020 at 3:36 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Red-crested Pochard (female) is back with 10 drake Mandarin Ducks. Also 6+ Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker, Shag, Nuthatches feeding young, Shag & at least 6 Roe Deer.

Posted June 3rd, 2020 at 3:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Haldon Nightjars

The first tentative churring started around 2145 last night, and by 2215 I had seen one briefly and heard five/six along and near the Gruffalo Walk. Nothing of note in the passerine supporting chorus.

Posted June 3rd, 2020 at 1:55 pm by James Camden in Bird News


Walked around Sherpa Marsh this morning - the first day with any rain for ages. Lots of House Martins - 50 or 60, 20+ Swifts, 5 Sand Martins and several Swallows, taking advantage of something. On Wrafton Pond a female Pintail has replaced the drake Tufted Duck from yesterday.

Female Pintail Wrafton Pond.
Female Pintail Wrafton Pond.

Posted June 3rd, 2020 at 1:52 pm by jon turner in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Red Kite over Haytor

Red Kite seen flying along Haytor valley at 11:40.  Last seen heading south.

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 9:53 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Clennon Valley ponds, Torbay

A good range of dragonflies on the ponds, with Blue tailed and Azure damsels, Emperor, Black tailed skimmer, Broad bodied chaser and best of all, a Scarce chaser on territory at the top of the third pond from the bottom.

Scarce chaser
Scarce chaser

Black tailed skimmer
Black tailed skimmer

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 6:44 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife


A Marsh Warbler, found by Martin Phillips was singing in the ditch beside the bottom end of Dell Walk but no sign after 09.50 as far as I know.

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 6:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Razorbills at Baggy Point

We were sat Putsborough side of the Point checking for cetaceans when we saw three Razorbills which were regularly diving for fish. The water was so clear we could see their progress for some metres under water! 

Razorbills with one diving for fish
Razorbills with one diving for fish

Three razorbills
Three razorbills

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 5:45 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

South Brent

Corringdon Farm, South Brent this morning to check on the nest boxes that I put up in the spring, two had been used and the young fledged and gone, two unused and the fifth contains a clutch of Pied Flycatchers !!!! Seriously chuffed with this result.
Walking through the wood a pair of Spotted Flycatchers landed close by giving good views of the closer bird.
Mistle Thrush and Green Woodpecker calling
At the farm a pair of Grey Wagtail very actively taking food to a nest site.
Over home at South Brent last evening eight Swifts and this morning no less than ten over Chudleigh church.

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 4:51 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Baggy Point

Highlights were a Kestrel, good numbers of family parties of Linnets, and 2 (or possibly 3) Wheatears.

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 4:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Village moths June 1st (2)

A couple of, apparently common, micro moths last night. The Alabonia is usually a day-flying moth, sometimes, as in this case, attracted to light. Never seen one before but what a stunning and unusual moth.

Rhodophaea formosa
Rhodophaea formosa

Alabonia geoffrella
Alabonia geoffrella

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 4:31 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Dawlish Warren Village moths June 1st (1)

A couple of nice hawkmoths during an excellent run of moths last night.

Lime Hawkmoth
Lime Hawkmoth

Eyed Hawkmoth
Eyed Hawkmoth

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 4:24 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News


A drake Tufted Duck on the pond this morning was a surprise.

In the reserve a singing Whitethroat is the first for a few years. The 2 remaining juvenile Little Grebes seem to be growing apace, presumably being looked after by the male, while the female is off sitting on some new eggs. Do they start a new brood before fledging the first lot?

Also saw a Tawny Owl, a Grey Heron and a very juv Song Thrush.

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 1:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Shiphay, Torquay


Red Kite over Torbay Hospital.  Headed NW being mobbed by three Herring Gulls. 

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 12:57 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

South Dartmoor

On Sunday - female Goosander with at least two fledglings under her wing. She was protecting them from the strong easterly winds.

Today - First Wheatear fledglings - 3 juvs. Redstart nearby singing. 

Third Red Kite of the spring/early summer over the house today (Hemerdon/Plympton).

Female Goosander and fledglings
Female Goosander and fledglings

Wheatear fledgling
Wheatear fledgling


Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 10:48 am by Chris E in Bird News

Badgers in Exwick

After a gap of over a year the Badgers have reappeared in our garden.

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 9:45 am by Martin Overy in Bird News

Cann Woods, Plympton - Nightjars. Monday 1 June

A butter-side up evening! In position from 9.30 to 10.15pm during which time the churring and wing clapping was more or less constant. Many close views of singles and 2 birds chasing each other. At one point 3 birds in the bins simultaneously one obliging bird that landed on a track-side fence post in good light about 10 metres away. I estimated a minimum of 8 birds within view/earshot at any one time.

Posted June 2nd, 2020 at 8:11 am by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Monday 1st June 2020

whitleigh ringneck parakeet

3 ringneck parakeet in tree in garden

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 10:08 pm by barry insull in Bird News


am :- Hummingbird Hawkmoth & several Meadow Browns.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 9:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

South Brent coloured ringed Dipper

Colour ringed Dipper on the Rv Avon at Didworthy near South Brent early this evening, left leg yellow over BTO ring and right leg purple over black.

Also spent an hour watching a pair of Spotted Flycatchers always a bogey bird for me.

A snippet of info from a member of the Plymouth racing pigeon club the remains of one of his racing pigeons that was released from Honiton on Saturday were recovered today from a North Devon nest site just shows how far Peregrines can range when hunting.

EDS: The foraging studies of nesting Peregrine show most large prey is taken within 2 km of the eyrie and few birds are captured beyond 6 km (Hardey 2007). What this instead shows is how many racing pigeons end up lost and off route. 

Hardey, J. (2007) Peregrine falcon. ln The Birds of Scotland, ed. Forrester, R.W., Andrews, 1.J.,
Mclnerny, C.J., Murray, R.D., McGowan, R.Y., Zonfrillo, 8., Betts, M.W., Jardine, D.C., & Grundy, D.S.
The Scottish Ornithologists' Club, Aberlady. pp 511-514


Posted June 1st, 2020 at 9:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

3 Willow Tit (one carrying food), 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Canada Geese plus 7 Gosling, 

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cormorant, 1 Jay.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 8:44 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Whitleigh Garden

Sparrowhawk over this morning 6 Swifs 3 Goldfinches good numbers of House Sparrows with young.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 8:13 pm by Chris Buckland in Bird News

Wembury Bay

A singing Reed Warbler, Green Woodpecker & one Rock Pipit this morning.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 7:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Morte Point

Crow harassing a Buzzard this morning.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 7:33 pm by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Morte Point

A Weasel flying over the path this morning.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 5:02 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Red Kite

Finally! Red Kite flying north west directly above Harberton, near Totnes. Beautiful bird.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 3:25 pm by Dan Kent in Bird News


Among last night's moths ,a Cypress Carpet. An uncommon  resident and immigrant moth in Southern England. First recorded in Britain in1984 in Sussex  with the first Devon record in 1999 at Dawlish.

Cypress Carpet.
Cypress Carpet.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 3:10 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Bennetts cross to Sousson plantation

at about 09.30 halfway to the gate on the track by the remains of the old building, a red kite flew in from the warren house area and stayed around for about 15 mins, then i found a cuckoo calling which seemed to be the only bird but kept moving around the area, good sightings, this followed with a whinchat and a reed bunting, and on closing the gate, the kite showed again, this time a lot closer and stayed longer, the plantation didn't show very much, a buzzard flying around and the usual small birds, tits etc, coming back to the car the red kite appeared again in the same area .lets hope he stays around.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 2:40 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Green damsel

Decorating my utiity room yesterday and this little beauty dropped in, a first for me as I've only ever seen blue ones before  and another first as, having had a wildlife pond for ten years, its the first damsel or dragonfly I've seen actually stop. May be a sign of better thing to come?.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 1:56 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Bird News

DWT Emsworthy Mire

06:49 - 09:25

Snipe drumming; Wooodpecker drumming; good views of Cuckoo; pair of Redstart, Blackcap Skylark, Wren, numerous Stonechat and Meadow Pipit.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 12:53 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Red Kite over Exeter

Red kite seen flying over Exeter at height at around 8:30 this morning

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 10:03 am by Rob Pike in Bird News


Cuckoo calling at 08.55 this morning from Piddledown Common, nr Drewsteignton.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 9:29 am by nick dixon in Bird News

Yarner 31st May (and a Sidmouth news snippet)

A visit to Yarner yesterday morning gave a Tree Pipit that was singing and displaying well, two GSWP's, Raven and a very confiding Chiffchaff.

Two Cuckoo calling at Emsworthy Mire.

At 23.04hrs last night I heard a Barn owl call at home at South Brent and was just quick enough to see it briefly before it flew over a hedge into the next field.


News snippet from a member of the Ashburton DRG ~ on a recent night time deployment to the Mutters moor area of Sidmouth the teams reported hearing and or seeing up to six Nightjar.

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 9:10 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

More from my Braunton trip.

A passing Magpie and the Barn Owl.


Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Posted June 1st, 2020 at 1:39 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Fremington Pill and Braunton

A trip to Fremington Pill yesterday morning where a pair of Shelduck with eight ducklings near the sluice. A Wren in bushes along the Pill road. Later a trip to Braunton in the evening.  A distant fox seen hunting, a Barn Owl (the same one seen last week with the metal ring) seen hunting and with a rodent in its talons, three Mallards flew over and a Magpie passing.




Posted June 1st, 2020 at 1:35 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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