Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th June 2020

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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 - Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. 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


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Thursday 25th June 2020


2 Wheatear seen on the rocks opposite the stable fields. 

Posted June 25th at 8:04 pm by Matt Clark in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,

1 Kingfisher, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail,1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan.

Posted June 25th at 8:04 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

Further to my earlier post about Mediterranean Gulls hawking for flying ants over the garden many of the gulls went down to rest on the mud/sand banks below my house. Amongst a group of 30 plus Black-headed Gulls there were 3 adult Meds (1 with a yellow colour ring on the left leg) 2 first summer birds and 1 second summer bird. Autumn seems to be just around the corner!!

Posted June 25th at 7:10 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Moths 24/6 (2)

First Privet Hawkmoth of the year

Privet Hawkmoth
Privet Hawkmoth

Privet Hawkmoth
Privet Hawkmoth

Posted June 25th at 6:38 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Moths 24/6

A selection of moths from Wednesday night. The Mecyna asinalis, whilst not much to look at, is a very locally distributed moth found mainly in the south-west of England and generally near the coast.

Mecyna asinalis
Mecyna asinalis

Lesser Swallow Prominent
Lesser Swallow Prominent

Poplar Grey
Poplar Grey

Posted June 25th at 6:36 pm by Peter Leigh in Other Wildlife

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

Two Mediterranean Gulls (1 adult and 1 second summer) over the house this afternoon joining with several Black-headed Gulls hawking for insects. Also several Swift up very high.

Posted June 25th at 3:52 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding


At least 3 swifts and a Kestrel over Heavitree shops 13.45.

Posted June 25th at 3:03 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Red Kite - Chudleigh 25 June

Red Kite seen flying low over the town , then circled to great height and drifted gradually east. Not the first sighting here, but nice late one.

Posted June 25th at 2:15 pm by Nick Walter in General Birding

Crossbills Plymouth

2 Crossbills went over my house in Lipson this morning calling frequently

Posted June 25th at 12:23 pm by Rich Billington in General Birding

Swifts in Torrington

I counted 15 swifts over Great Torrington this morning. That's more than recent years by !00$%

Posted June 25th at 9:52 am by Aubrey McKenzie in General Birding

Pair of cranes

Pr of calling cranes over Marsh Green, nr Ottery heading east.

Posted June 25th at 9:14 am by Robin Pearson in General Birding


First Nightjar churring at 9:32pm then recorded 7 churring males across the forest, with much wing-clapping, kewicking and superb views of feeding birds over the plantations. Also 5+Crossbills, 20+ Siskins, c.10 Lesser Redpolls, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, singing Tree Pipit & Willow Warbler and six Roe Deer.

Posted June 25th at 9:01 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Rudge & Hisley Woods

Woods around SX 783797 on the North side of the River Bovey, opposite Pullabrook Wood on the south bank. 2 large skipper, 1 small copper, 1 white letter hairstreak,  3 red admiral, 5 comma, 7 white admiral, 4 silver washed fritillary, 1 dark green fritillary (new for us here), 24 meadow brown, 1 ringlet, 2 green veined white; also 1 beautiful demoiselle, 1 golden ringed dragonfly and 1 keeled skimmer.


White admiral
White admiral

Dark green fritillary
Dark green fritillary

Posted June 24th at 7:42 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Yarner Wood

13:41 - 15:35

A pair of Redstart; a pair of Pied Flycatcher feeding young in a nestbox and a lone female Siskin were the highlights.

Posted June 24th at 5:13 pm by Paul Bray in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

First returning Kingfisher, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull, 14 Curlews, 2 Shags, Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 Gatekeepers & 30 Marbled Whites

Posted June 24th at 2:11 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


About 20 swifts above Totnes around midday today

Posted June 24th at 1:30 pm by Philip Strange in General Birding

Driveway & Braunton Burrows

Grass Snake up the side of our driveway this morning which then climbed the wall to find shelter in the flower & shrub border. The ring is white not yellow so was thinking it is probably an immature. It was not long enough to be an adult.

Dark Green Fritillaries now on the wing. Very hot in Braunton Burrows!

Posted June 24th at 1:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 23rd June 2020


 Just seen 40-50 swifts over Braunton above kingsacre area wow at 5.30

Posted June 23rd at 4:43 pm by Kevin Lymer in General Birding

Soar Mill Cove to Bolt Head

An exhausting morning/early pm search along the seaward slopes of the cliffs turned up 738 butterflies of 13 species; best were 10 Small Copper, 117 Silver-studded Blue, 6 Small Skipper, 182 Dark Green Fritillary, 118 Grayling - site record!, 167 Meadow Brown, 89 Gatekeeper, 31 Marbled White & 5 Ringlet.

Birdwise: 20+ Swift and several fledged Wheatears; lots of Stonechat families and Linnets looked to have fledged loads.

Posted June 23rd at 3:19 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Lower Tamar Lake.

6 Blackcaps, 4 Willow warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs all in song, 1 Kingfisher, 10 adult Mallards with 15 juveniles, several Blue Tits, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Mute Swans, Rooks at the nearby rookery, Carrion Crows and 3 - 4 Jackdaws, 1 Blackbird, 3 Great Crested Grebes.

Harvey Kendall.

Posted June 23rd at 12:31 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

North Devon

Late post.  Popped out on Sunday evening with my camera and captured these images. The Kestrel is a long distance recorder shot.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Grey Heron
Grey Heron


Posted June 23rd at 11:33 am by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Many thanks.

My thanks to Chris Proctor for identifying my mystery 'moth' of yesterday.  I knew someone out there would know what it was. We all have our forte's.. and thanks  to the Devon birding site for making it possible.. Keep up the good work.

Posted June 23rd at 5:34 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Other Wildlife

Monday 22nd June 2020

Swift's day.

Today has been a day of swifts. Everywhere I have stopped to work and journeying in between, the most noticeable bird has been a swift. Two to five was the average number seen at each stop, well over 20 at the Roundswell roundabout on the A39 and even when I got home there were two or three feeding overhead. Lovely to see so many all over my area of North Devon. Obviously shows they are doing well this year.

Posted June 22nd at 5:17 pm by Robert Morgan in General Birding

Cann Quarry ~ Peregrines & Spotted Flycatchers

I collected one of this years Cann Quarry (Plymouth) Peregrines from a Plymouth vets this morning, I suspect the bird had collided with a wire fence close to the nest site and bruised one of its wings.

Can any one give me an idea of how long ago this brood may have fledged and left the nest and if they have remained in the vicinity of the nest site as I want to get the bird back to its parents as soon as possible.

Cancel the above request I have been able to obtain the info required.

Peregrine juvenile female


While watching them a pair of Spotted Flycatchers dropped into the tree to the front of the viewing area.

Posted June 22nd at 5:15 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Radford Lake 22-06-20

Med Gull flying over Radford Lake

Posted June 22nd at 5:06 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Dawlish Warren NNR

08:27 - 11:25

Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, GBBG, Cirl Bunting (2), Sandwich Tern (6+), Common Tern (2) and a lone dark bellied Brent Goose were the highlights for me.

Posted June 22nd at 2:51 pm by Paul Bray in General Birding

Preston, Paignton "moth"

The "moth" is a male large skipper butterfly - the black liine on the forewing identifies it as a male.

Posted June 22nd at 2:13 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Mediterranean Gulls (all 1st-summers) on this morning's high tide, together with my first returning Redshanks (12) & 8 Curlews. Also a pair of Spotted Flycatchers, juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpeckers (including a juv), 23 Mandarin Ducks, Whitethroat, 5 Marbled Whites & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted June 22nd at 2:00 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

You never know what you'll find.

A beautiful day for butterflies and moths. Here are a couple I spotted on a green patch in Preston, Paignton.. The marbled white is easy enough to identify but afraid the moth has me beat.There must be a moth expert out there who can ID it for us. Thanks.

Unknown moth
Unknown moth

Marbled white
Marbled white

Posted June 22nd at 1:39 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Other Wildlife

Fernworthy reservoir 21st June 2020

Windy day up at fernworthy. At first bird hide, 2 redstarts nesting, a siskin in the coniferous forest and the highlight were 2 great crested grebes. Also present: 45 canada geese, 13 mallards, a chiffchaff calling and the usual lot.

Posted June 22nd at 1:03 pm by Henry Jones in General Birding

South Brent

A pair of Stonechats appears to have bred on enclosed farmland on the north side of Brent Hill this year, and has been suspected in the last few years. Habitat on Brent Hill itself looks more suitable, but there is no evidence that they breed there. The hedges below the hill are wide, up to 3 m across, and most border hay meadows. Adults have been present this year since early March, but the first newly fledged juvs not seen until 16 Jun. How unusual is it for Stonechats in Devon to breed on farmland inland? I would be interested to hear of any other instances on 

Probable stonechat breeding site below Brent Hill
Probable stonechat breeding site below Brent Hill

Stonechat juv  20 June
Stonechat juv 20 June

Posted June 22nd at 7:32 am by Peter Reay in General Birding

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