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 social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh and 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

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.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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Sunday 14th June 2020

Dawlish Warren

Neap tide produced 142 Oystercatcher, 10 Knot (1 in breeding plumage) and a single Bar-tailed Godwit. The Warren's Linnets seem to have had a very good breeding season.

Posted June 14th at 11:08 pm by Martin Overy in General Birding

Nightjars Ideford Common

Five birds seen between 9:50 and 10:15 this evening. Birds very active with there wing clapping displays and churning. 

Posted June 14th at 10:50 pm by Daryl Brady lavis in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning 2 Juvenile Willow Tits on the fat balls, later an adult on the seed feeder.

Posted June 14th at 8:49 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Holdstone down

A few weeks since I've been back up here,  saw a good variety of different birds from usual.  There were the normal meadow pipit and stonechat,  skylark and wren. There were whitethroat,  warblers and chiffchaff, male and female reed bunting and bird of the day a yellow hammer. 


Yellow hammer
Yellow hammer

Not sure, willow warbler? ( small)
Not sure, willow warbler? ( small)

Posted June 14th at 8:34 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A singing Whitethroat at Blaxton Meadow, was the first I’ve had on the patch since a single Spring migrant. Also Comma & Marbled White.

Posted June 14th at 6:48 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

North Devon

The Buzzard seen this morning and one of many Marsh Orchids.


Marsh Orchid
Marsh Orchid

Posted June 14th at 3:50 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

North Devon

Out and about in North Devon today when I came across this Buzzard perched on a rock.  Also saw a few Whitethroat a pair of Linnets a nest building pair of Goldfinches and some Marsh Orchids.




Posted June 14th at 3:46 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Saturday 13th June 2020

Hopes Nose

Hopes Nose 12/06  11.00 - 13:00

At least 40 Manx shearwater south. a couple of gannets, one kittiwake and two fulmar. On the Ore Stone were at least 280 guillemots and three razorbills along with more guillemots on the sea nearby.

Posted June 13th at 11:29 pm by Pete Stevens in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 1st-summer) amongst the Black-headed Gulls on Blaxton Meadow. Also 5 Roe Deer.

Posted June 13th at 3:29 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Two flocks of migratiing/dispersing Crossbills absolutely belting east, low over the clifftops, early this morning. The first had gone through before I could get my bins on it, the second was about 15 birds. Also 32 Swifts and 8 House Martins all heading east. Lots of Guillemots & Razorbills commuting up-Channel, almost certainly to feed chicks at Exmoor coast breeding colonies W of Lynmouth. Last week there were some sizeable (400+) offshore feeding movements of Manx Shearwaters.

Posted June 13th at 1:12 pm by Tim Jones in General Birding

Yarner Wood

07:32 - 09:33

Grey Wagtail, female Redstart and male and female Pied Flycatcher feeding their young were the highlights.

Posted June 13th at 11:13 am by Paul Bray in General Birding

Friday 12th June 2020

Slapton Sands

About 40 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach tonight. All looked to be either 2nd or 3rd calander year birds.

Posted June 12th at 10:12 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Hopes Nose

Seawatching 5-6pm

A Bonxie flew south at 535pm- 7 Med Gulls (5 ad , 2 fs- inc 6 in the outfall on arrival) and 135 Manxies flew south 

Posted June 12th at 7:49 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Exeter- Mediterranean gulls

A walk around my local patch along the river exe from the mill on the exe to the flood relief channel start at Exeter st David’s was routine until just after 09:10 when a group of 15 Mediterranean Gulls including several adults and a nice mixture of younger birds was picked up as they flew up river until lost to sight my previous best for the patch was 4 so a good record. 

Posted June 12th at 5:51 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding


8 Mediterranean Gulls (2 Ads, 3 fs - first summer and 3 ss - second summer) at Broadsands Beach this afternoon here are some of Gulls Broadsands 12 June 2020 ML

Posted June 12th at 5:20 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

First returning Turnstone this morning. Also: Kestrel, 7 Stock Doves, Marbled White & 3 Roe Deer. 

Posted June 12th at 3:21 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Goosander & chicks on the Otter

Goosander (F) and 10 well grown juveniles on the R Otter just above Fluxton this morning. Probably the same mother and chicks from early May when she had 14 chicks. 

Posted June 12th at 3:19 pm by Martin Littlemore in General Birding


A computer glitch prevented me from sending this report in yesterday but at 11.45 on 11.06.20 a party of about 10 Crossbill flew over my garden heading NE. Strangely enough at about 13.15 this afternoon a smaller party of about 5 birds flew over the house heading in the same NE direction.

Posted June 12th at 1:36 pm by Martin Unwin in General Birding

Yesterday at Exminster Marshes & Yarner Wood

Exminster Marshes: Curlews,  Egyptian Geesex4, Canada Geese, Sedge, Reed and Cettis Warblers, Swifts, House Martins and Swallows.

Yarner Wood, Spotted Flycatchers,Garden Warblers,Tree Pipits, Bullfinches,Greenfinches, 

Sedge Warbler, Egyptian Goose, Spotted Flycatcher
Egyptian Goose, Spotted Flycatcher

Posted June 12th at 10:38 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in General Birding

Paignton Seafront

A walk along the Seafront this morning produced a second summer Mediterranean Gull on the beach, near the pier and a Whimbrel flying north off Roundham Head.

Eds - first summer (ie 2nd calendar year)


Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted June 12th at 9:47 am by Steven O'Donoghue in General Birding

Thursday 11th June 2020

Dawlish Warren NNR

10:26 - 13:25

Highlights for me - Sanderling, Dunlin, Sandwich Tern, Skylark, Ringed Plover, Slavonian Grebe, Common Whitethroat and a Cuckoo flying around Warren Point.

Posted June 11th at 6:18 pm by Paul Bray in General Birding


Quiet lately. A Whitethroat has been singing in the reserve of late, but not heard yesterday or today. The adult Little Grebe was trying to give the 2 remaining young a lesson in how to catch the small Sticklebacks this morning, They weren't impressed, wanting lunch delivered... Lots of evidence of Song Thrushes reducing the snail population. A few Swifts and House Martins over the reserve, but bird of the day was a fly-over Peregrine heading off North.

Posted June 11th at 2:30 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dawlish Warren Village moths June 10th

An excellent night on Tuesday/Weds this week with two new species for me - both well camouflaged on the render on the wall of the house and a view of a Spectacle showing how it gets its name.

Eudonia angustea
Eudonia angustea

Sharp-angled Peacock
Sharp-angled Peacock


Posted June 11th at 12:32 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Wednesday 10th June 2020

mear valley exmouth

9 ringneck parakeet

Posted June 10th at 5:38 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Lynton round up.

Redstart,Whinchat,Red Poll,Red Kite,Willow Warbler,Grey Wagtail.Very pleasing amount of Whinchat and young.



Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted June 10th at 5:24 pm by john elvin in General Birding


Two Siskins in my garden (Mount Gould) today.

Earlier little of note at Plym Estuary & Saltram bird-wise, but Marbled White again.

Posted June 10th at 2:26 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

09/06/2020 Red Kites

Two red kites just east of Tiverton Parkway 09:00.  Then one still present 16:30

Posted June 10th at 11:56 am by Pete Stevens in General Birding

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Red Kites

Four Red Kites Soussons,Warren House,area today. 

Posted June 9th at 8:45 pm by Chris Buckland in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Willow Tit, 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Nuthatch with 4 fledglings, 3 Blackcap, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Jay, 1 Cormorant, 1 Chiffchaff, 9 Chaffinch, 1 Greywagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail with 1 fledgling, 2 Canada plus 7 goslings.

Posted June 9th at 7:22 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Butterflies East Budleigh Common

A very pleasant walk on East Budleigh Common and Squabmoor this afternoon with at least three territorial pairs of Green Hairstreaks showing well on the common.

Green Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak

Small Heath
Small Heath

Posted June 9th at 7:03 pm by Peter Leigh in General Birding

Challacombe Down Dartmoor Tuesday 9th

Good views of Red Kite over the down.  In view for at least 30 minutes.  Also cuckoo,  whinchat feeding young, spotted flycatcher, numerous willow warblers and one blackcap.

Posted June 9th at 5:08 pm by Patrick Case in General Birding

Monday 8th June 2020


Took these 3 photos this morning at 8.30am at Haytor Dartmoor of what I thought was a skylark with an unusual black marking on the breast. Skylarks where singing and displaying at the time. Only know looking at the photos I am thinking could it have been a Calandra Lark?

Eds: just an odd looking Skylark.

Posted June 8th at 10:33 pm by ADRIAN COLLINGE in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little of note bird-wise today (or yesterday) but the pair of Shelduck with 7 ducklings on Blaxton Meadow, 4 Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker, Roe Deer & my first Marbled White of the year.

Posted June 8th at 2:10 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

My first Devon red kite at last!

Spotted a red kite drifting across fields between Dartington and Totnes at about 9am today. It headed off tin the direction of Totnes / Paignton. 

Posted June 8th at 12:38 pm by J Flynn in General Birding

Dartford Warbler - Aylesbeare Common

Two Dartford Warblers seen on the common yesterday morning. A few families of Stonechats too. Spotted Flycatcher in the woods. Dragon and Damsel Flies very active on the ponds with newts also numerous.

Posted June 8th at 7:54 am by Peter Lamb in General Birding

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