Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th September 2020

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Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

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Monday 7th September 2020

Matford Marsh

Green Sandpiper at the back of the Marsh at 10:20 and then visible from Bridge Road on the lakes at 10:40.

Posted September 7th at 10:55 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

Velator reserve

Another attempt to catch Swallows (2 ringed) was compensated for by cracking views of the dark female Marsh Harrier, and 3 Cattle Egrets with cows between the harbour and the reserve. Last seen (about 7.30p.m.) flying in an almost direct line towards Fremington Quay

Posted September 7th at 9:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ringed plover

Ringed plover at Goodrington Beach South sands this morning. 

Posted September 7th at 7:41 pm by Roy Boswell in Bird News

South Brent

Images to go with earlier post

'Passer brentus' possible Italian Sparrow sp
'Passer brentus' possible Italian Sparrow sp

Posted September 7th at 7:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

South Brent

A young Buzzard in the garden this afternoon waiting to be fed, overhead Green Woodpecker two Swifts and three over the village passes by a Spitfire.........

Garden feed station starting to get busy with "Passer brentus" showing well, along with two young males which have a striking resemblance to him, Nuthatch, Greenfinch and now that I am putting sunflower hearts out again the Goldfinches are finding their way back.

Posted September 7th at 7:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Berry Head kayak trip

 Balearic Shearwater and sandwich tern pics to add to my post

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
juv Sandwich Tern
juv Sandwich Tern

Posted September 7th at 7:30 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Berry Head kayak trip

Kayak trip to three miles off Berry Head today early am:

4 Balearic Shearwater (2 flypast, 2 in resting flock of Manx)

1 Arctic Skua. int/dark phase adult. Stoel sandeel from Kittiwake.

4 Sandwich terns in Brixham Harbour (2 adults, 2 Juv)

plus: 18 Harbour Porpoise, 7 Common Dolphin.

Arctic Skua
Arctic Skua

Posted September 7th at 7:28 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Wembury Point

More waders arriving on Langdon Beach compared to last week. 30+ Ringed Plover, 20+ Turnstone and 10+ Dunlin. A potential Curlew Sand in with the dunlin, noticeably lighter and sleeker appearance with the prominent features on the head. We were unfortunate not to get views of the tail in flight to confirm the species though. Also in with the dunlin was a winter plumage Knot, first time seeing one here. Also a Juv Bar-Tailed Godwit on the rocks. At the carpark, around 10+ Swallows and House Martins. 

Posted September 7th at 4:06 pm by Matt C in Bird News

Velator to Crow.

10 Wheatear, Large small wader group mostly Dunlin and distant. 4 Egret, 2 youngHeron, Swallows, Redshank, curlew, meadow Pipit and 2 med gulls near the beach. 

Posted September 7th at 4:03 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

East Soar

Highlight of the day was a Wryneck at the bottom of Starehole Valley. Also:Great Spotted Woodpecker moving west, 110 Swallow, 8 White Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 26 Wheatear, 18 Stonechat, 7 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 80 Carrion Crow, 200 Linnet and topped off by a low flying Spitfire over late morning!

Posted September 7th at 3:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond ,migrants at this morning's ringing session were 1Willow Warbler,1 Sedge Warbler,1 Spotted Flycatcher,11 Chiffchaffs,17 Blackcaps,and the Cetti's Warbler still present.

1st.Yr. Chiffchaff.
1st.Yr. Chiffchaff.

Posted September 7th at 3:07 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

East Soar

East Soar and the willows 7.0 to 8.30 am. 4 Phylloscs, 3 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat, ca 20 Yellow Wagtails were initially with the cows and then flew off to join the sheep by the airfield.

Posted September 7th at 1:25 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight this morning was a party of 7 pale-bellied Brent Geese which looped the upper estuary at 10.15 before settling early afternoon, by the cycle track just north of Laira Bridge. Also, 2 Kingfishers, 6 Greenshanks, 2 Dunlins, 146 Redshanks, 10 Oysrercatchers, 34 Curlews,18 Turnstones, Common Sandpiper, Shag, Grey Wagtail, 5 Stonechats, Sparrowhawk, Clouded Yellow & 4 Roe Deer.  

Posted September 7th at 12:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Clennon Valley Lakes

On the lakes this morning were a pair of Gadwall, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, a single Black-Headed Gull, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher. The woodland at the back produced a good range of passerines including Coal Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker whilst a Sparrowhawk passed through.

Posted September 7th at 10:15 am by CL North in Bird News

Green Woodpecker

Two on Stoodley Knoll field TQ1

Posted September 7th at 8:34 am by Mick Currn in Bird News

Sunday 6th September 2020

Cattle Egrets, Velator

2 or maybe 3 Cattle Egrets by Velator Reserve this evening, happily feeding off insects on the resting cattle in the field.

Posted September 6th at 9:31 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Exe Estuary

From Cockwood Steps today  a Wheatear, Kingfisher, 3 Sandwich Terns, a flock of 14 flyover Little Egret. 22 Mute Swan (at the end of last week had a count of 88 and 2 Black Swan)

Possible Bar Headed Goose on the lake at Powderham Castle with the Canada goose flock (only a brief view)

Five Yellow Wagtails in the cattle field near the garage at Cockwood.

Posted September 6th at 7:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Wryneck on fence post near the RNLI flag at the end of the car park at 4.0pm

Posted September 6th at 5:38 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:00 till 11:30

At least 18+ Curlew sandpipers over the marsh on the high tide roost with 10 on the near island, 2 on the spit and 2 in the bay on the right had side beyond the spit and eventually 4 flew from the middle of the marsh from within the large number of black tailed godwits thanks to psycho the lesser black backed gull for moving everything around. Also the greater scaup with 4 Pochards 90+ wigeon , 45+ pintail, 2 ruff ( 1 Juv female and the long staying adult male winter) 2 knot, 1 whimbrel, 200+ redshank , 45+ greenshank, 250+ Dunlin, 1 kingfisher 160+ curlew , 440+ Canada geese, 16+ little egrets, 1 common sandpiper, 260+ black headed gulls, 3 bar tailed godwits.

then watched from the viewing platform from 11:40 till 13:20 between showers.

On the dropping tide as birds left the marsh amongst 300+ juvenile Dunlin were 19+ Juvenile curlew sandpipers setting a new highest count for me on the estuary, also 1 kingfisher and 2 sandwich terns .

Posted September 6th at 5:17 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

Berry Head Swallows

Very quiet for migrants on the top at Berry Head today other than lots of Swallows going through. Out at sea, Common Dolphins showing well at times in several small pods/family groups.

Swallow feeding young
Swallow feeding young
Juv Swallow
Juv Swallow

Posted September 6th at 4:33 pm by Peter Leigh in Bird News

Another late Swift - Slapton

One over the village at lunchtime today with Hirundines

Posted September 6th at 4:14 pm by Rich Billington in Bird News

Velator reserve

A truncated ringing session this morning with rain interrupting twice. First bird I saw as I went round opening nets was a surprise Barn Owl which drifted off silently and not seen subsequently. Later a squawking bird sounded first like a Jay, then a BH Gull, then a Magpie... after a few moments it flew - Jay. First instinct was right. As I was furling the nets a very dark female Marsh Harrier came over and missed a net by a few feet. Ringed 1 Chiffchaff. 1 reed Warbler and 6 Blackcap. Plus some locals.

Posted September 6th at 3:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Preston seafront

31 Turnstones this morning along Marine Parade, including the bird ringed in the Netherlands,. Also of note were 3 separate groups of House Martins, numbering between 6 12 per flock.

Posted September 6th at 1:24 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Before some very heavy rain, an adult Mediterranean Gull, Kingfisher, 3 Dunlins, 6 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, my first Mute Swans (2) here for a while, 7 Stonechats, Green Woodpecker & an increase in Roe Deer to 8.

Posted September 6th at 12:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Honey Buzzard south over garden 11;30 hrs - new garden record!

Posted September 6th at 11:53 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Chudleigh Siskins

This weekend we have had the eleventh fatality of our Siskins this summer! In spite of diligent washing and disinfecting of feeders and bird baths we have lost 11 Siskins, 1 Goldfinch and 1 Blue Tit. Green Finches and remaining Goldfinches are unscathed. I assume that this is some sort of virus?

I thought that this may be of interest to recorders. 

Is there anything similar occurring elsewhere in Devon?

Posted September 6th at 11:49 am by Peter Upstone in Bird News

Exe Powderham to Turf

Early morning WeBS count in fine weather was a little disappointing with very few waders on this stretch; the excitement lay elsewhere. Overhead 3 sightings of osprey (probably same bird) and 2 swifts. On the seawall one wheatear and (briefly) one yellow wagtail, an additional 2 yellow wagtails were amongst the cattle feeding south of Turf and accompanied by over 30 pied wagtails. An impressive count of 929 Canada geese on a stubble field near Powderham church was a minimum count as more were hidden by the trees.The snow goose was with them.

Posted September 6th at 10:38 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Saturday 5th September 2020

Bolt Head

Yellow Wagtail 3 migrating in flight with small group of Barn Swallows and House Martins

Blackcap 1 male Starehole Bottom

Posted September 5th at 9:26 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

White Storks

Just before 5pm this evening three White Stork in flight over the A38 near Drum Bridges, flying from the direction of Newton Abbot towards Bovey Tracey.

Posted September 5th at 9:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Further to Mr Patersons post today just thought Icould add a couple of photos.We all enjoyed observing these lovely birds and most surprised at the size difference in the Ruffs.

Glossy Ibis with Spotted Redshank
Glossy Ibis with Spotted Redshank

Posted September 5th at 6:45 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

River Teign

Osprey seen along River Teign this afternoon from 2.50pm. The bird flew down the river towards Teignmouth then turned back and was viewed well from Flow Point.


Posted September 5th at 4:23 pm by CL North in Bird News

Stoke point nr plymouth

1Swift, H.Martins 50+ , 1Spotfly, Siskin 20+ first flock of autumn.

Posted September 5th at 3:55 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News


A Swift with 60+ hirundines over A30 in Alphington this lunch time. 

Posted September 5th at 2:39 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Skern this morning

 We watched a Peregrine take a RedShank at approx 08:30 this morning. The peregrine struggled to get airborne with its catch and ended up eating some of it on the foreshore.

Posted September 5th at 1:45 pm by Roger Walter in Bird News

Wembury Point

Good morning on the wader front at Wembury Point

3 Curlew Sandpiper 2 Common Sandpiper  12 Turnstone 1 Dunlin 1 Bar Tailed Godwit 1 Sanderling 2 Ringed Plover 1 Whimbrel 20 Oystercatcher and 2 Curlew

Posted September 5th at 1:20 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Wheatear of the autumn here. Also, Swift, 2 Whinchats, 5 Stonechats, 55 House Martins, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks & a Roe Deer.

Posted September 5th at 12:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington Pill

1 Spotted Redshank , 1 Glossy Ibis , 2 Ruffs , 1 Kingfisher , 1 Greenshank & 2 Common Sandpipers.

Posted September 5th at 12:35 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Friday 4th September 2020

West Charleton Marsh /Frogmore Creek

West Charlerton Marsh: 2 Cattle Egrets (see pics), 11 Little Egrets.

Cattle EgretsCattle Egrets

Frogmore Creek: 29 Mediterranean Gulls (15 adults (one with white colour ring too far to read), 7 2nd/3rd summers, 2 1st summers & 5 juveniles), 3 Little Grebes, 3 Dunlins, 3 Greenshanks, Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper and a Wheatear (on the shore).


Posted September 4th at 7:25 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Lopwell Dam 4th Sept 2020

At 1310 a Red Kite appeared from the NW over Blindwell Wood.  It then soared for several minutes over Whittacliffe Wood, before gaining height and continuing down the estuary.  After some half-hearted sparring with a Buzzard, it drifted off eastwards near Blaxton Wood about 1325.

Posted September 4th at 4:15 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

East Soar

Spent over an hour waiting for an elusive warbler to re-appear but only two brief sightings. Generally light rusty brown above, very short primary projection, very long pink legs, medium sized suggested Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler but didn't get enough on it!! It was at the bottom of Starehole Valley, just 30 metres up from the bottom gate if anyone is around tomorrow.

Otherwise: 2 Sparrowhawk, Ringed Plover, Great Spotted Woodpecker west over the farm, 75 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 28 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 16 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher & Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted September 4th at 3:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Just after high tide this morning: Kingfisher, 3 Dunlins, c140 Redshanks, 6 Greenshanks, 36 Curlews, 2 Common Sandpipers & 5 Shags. Also, a gathering of 50 hirundines (about 50/50 Swallows & House Martins), Willow Warbler, Whinchat, 5 Stonechats & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted September 4th at 12:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Marsh Green

Hobby over the house at 12.15 pm heading north towards Whimple, chased by Swallows.  A fairly regular visitor around here probably visiting farms in pursuit of small birds.

Posted September 4th at 12:31 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

White Storks ~ Ivybridge ?

11.20hrs this morning a third hand report of a flock of what may have been 15 White Storks high above Ivybridge heading towards South Brent.

While out in the garden looking skywards had a sighting of a single Swift, certainly a late record for South Brent, apparently there is still an active nest at a nearby neighbours house.

Posted September 4th at 12:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh on this mornings high tide, the reported Curlew Sandpipers came in with the arriving flocks of Dunlin, other waders flying in included Redshank, Curlew and Black Tailed Godwit.

At least one Whimbrel and a Snipe along with a small number of Lapwing. Large numbers of Black Headed Gull.

Ducks included Shoveller and Pintail, Widgeon numbers increasing.

Little Egrets and Herons.

Looking out form the Goat walk two Black Swan, Kingfisher and across the estuary a large number of Canada geese in a stubble field at Powderham.

EDS: please label photos with bird species names - some people don't always know what the photo is depicting.

Posted September 4th at 10:25 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Bowling green marsh

Watched from the hide 09:10 till 10:45

A good morning started with  9 curlew sandpipers to the left of the hide with another 2 curlew sandpipers close in front of the hide, good numbers of Juv Dunlin and good numbers of redshank, 1 common sandpipers, 1 juveniles ruff, 50+ pintail, 60+ wigeon , 4 pochard, 3 gadwall, 300+ black headed gulls, 5 bar tailed godwits , 3 whimbrel, good numbers of black tailed godwits and curlew but due to extensive vegetation no count of these could be done accurately.

then watched from viewing platform from 10:50 till 12:00

as the tide dropped and birds ventured out from the marsh initial group of 150+ juvenile Dunlin included 13 curlew sandpipers another couple of groups of Dunlin joined this group and included another 2 curlew sandpipers then another group of 80+ Juv Dunlin flew across and included 1 curlew sandpiper  after checking all the groups of waders again the final tally for the morning was confirmed as  16 juvenile curlew sandpipers  my highest count on the estuary in 10 years of watching. 

Posted September 3rd at 10:26 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News

White Stork Ernesettle

Showing well in the tree just off Digby Grove, did take flight for a period before returning to the same tree.  It was even watching dog walkers, walking directly below where it was perched.  

Posted September 3rd at 10:15 pm by S WILLSON in Bird News


Back to the reserve this evening to see if any Swallows were about. As I walked across the reserve a large bird flew over and my immediate reaction was: Dark Bird of Prey - probably female/juv Marsh Harrier. I hastened after it to the south side of the reserve but no further sign. Only saw 2 Swallows. Didn't catch any.

Posted September 3rd at 9:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


This morning in the mist at Mount Batten, 2+ Sandwich Terns, adult Mediterranean Gull & a Wheatear.

Early evening the Plym Estuary & Saltram produced: 2 Whinchats, 4 Stonechats, Kingfisher, 9 Oystercatchers, 2 Dunlins, 6 Greenshanks & a Roe Deer.

Posted September 3rd at 7:40 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington Pill

4 knot,3 Greenshank,1 Spotted Redshank,many Redshank,kingfisher,common sandpiper,Glossy Ibis,and 6 Dunlin.

Glossy Ibis.
Glossy Ibis.

Posted September 3rd at 6:41 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

I saw six of a reported 11 Curlew Sandpipers in the roosting wader flock at Bowling Green Marsh this morning. Birdguides reported 16 after I left. 2 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 50 Pintail also among usual species. 

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 3rd at 6:04 pm by Chris E in Bird News

White Stork, Ernesettle Creek, Plymouth

White stork flying over Ernesettle Creek this afternoon.

White Stork
White Stork

Posted September 3rd at 4:49 pm by Vince Bedford in Bird News

Berry Head

In addition to Mike's post a further 12 Arctic and 1 Pomarine Skua passed through between 10.30 and 14.30 hours today.

Posted September 3rd at 4:16 pm by Clive Mason in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch this morning produced: 6 Arctic Skuas, 5 Great Skuas, 300+ Manx Shearwaters (ended up milling around), 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Tern, 18 Sandwich Terns, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Storm Petrel, several hundred Gannets and similar number of Kittiwakes, 2 Swifts, 40+ Common Dolphin, Grey Seal and 6+ Harbour Porpoise. a bit of video here of the dolphins and Gannets: 


Posted September 3rd at 3:04 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velator reserve

Little Egret and a Wigeon out on the scrape this morning. Everything else was just wet....

Posted September 3rd at 12:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


A brief visit to E,Soar yesterday produced 12 Yellow Wagtails in among the sheep at the back of the farm.3 Magpies, 8 Whitethroats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Kestrel, 4 Ravens, many Swallows and Housemartins.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 3rd at 9:50 am by Bob Barrow & in Bird News

Turf Locks to Powderham

2 Yellow Wagtails feeding with Pied Wagtails around cattle near sea wall. Osprey circling overhead before heading west inland. Snow Goose with approx 100 Canada Geese in filght over the Exe.

Posted September 3rd at 9:09 am by Paul Thearle in Bird News

South Huish marsh 02/09/2020 evening

2 Curlew sandpipers,1 knot, 2 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed godwits, 2 ringed plover, 1 cattle egret, several yellow wagtails and Dunlin, 2 snipe.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted September 3rd at 6:16 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd September 2020


2 Willow Tit, 3 Blue, 2 Coal, 3 Great Tit.

Posted September 2nd at 8:48 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatching 16:00-18:00, to catch arrival of weak frontal system light SSW wind occasional drizzle. Mostly distant were: 9 Arctic Skuas, Pom/Arctic Skua, Long-tailed/Arctic Skua (more likely Lt on jizz and behaviour, much stalling & bouncy flight), Bonxie, 5 Arctic Terns (3 ads, 2 juvs), 4 Sandwich Terns, Balearic Shearwater, 35 Manx Shearwaters and c20 Common Dolphins. Some feeding birds out in Lyme Bay produced a constant trickle of Gannets and Kittiwakes (no count).

Posted September 2nd at 8:47 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Knepp Stork juvenile at Ernesettle 2nd Sept 2020

First saw this White Stork at the Knepp Estate in West Sussex on the 13th July GB4H , what a delight when I met up again in my home town

300miles from home GB4H
300miles from home GB4H
His home a nest in the Knepp Estate 13th July 2020
His home a nest in the Knepp Estate 13th July 2020

Posted September 2nd at 7:56 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

South Huish Marsh and Soar

Early am at South Huish Marsh: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Knot, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Swifts, 20+ Yellow Wagtails, several Sand Martins, 2 Wheatears and 1 Spotted Flycatcher and at East and Middle Soar, mid-am to early pm: 1 Hobby, 30+ Yellow Wagtails, 4 Wheatears, 15+ Whitethroats, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and hundreds of Swallows and House Martins.

Posted September 2nd at 7:51 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


I believe the stork GB4H is the first British hatchling from Chichester.

Posted September 2nd at 6:51 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News

White Stork, Ernesettle.

Informed today by a dog walker of a Stork in a tree, i was fully expecting a Grey Heron, but it turned out to be a White stork! Perched in the treetops just off Lakeside drive, (opposite Digby Grove.) Watched for an hour, it did a quick circular and perched back in the same tree. Leg ring GB4H on left leg.

Also, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, and a Goldcrest attracted by a cloud of flies in a tree.

White Stork.
White Stork.
White Stork
White Stork

Posted September 2nd at 6:01 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Today at the Pill , 1 Glossy Ibis , 2 Ruffs , 3 Greenshanks & 4 Knots , I looked for the Spotted Redshank but no luck .

Posted September 2nd at 5:48 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

White Stork, Ernesettle, Plymouth.

White Stork in tree tops, Digby Grove, Ernesettle, Plymouth. Still there at 1650, showing well, I even had time to go home for my camera!  Photos to follow.

Posted September 2nd at 5:02 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

White Stork Lopwell

Was sat watching a kingfisher, turned and looked to see a bird drift up river thought I'd get some practice in as I've been fiddling with camera settings and focusing on moving birds.  I assumed it was a heron, but as I tried focusing once it was overhead, I knew it was not a heron, and as I've seen reports of storks in Cornwall, I automatically thought this was what was flying overhead.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted September 2nd at 4:41 pm by Shane Willson in Bird News


One Swift over the valley this afternoon, conceivably the same bird that Pete had earlier over the Plym/Saltram.

Posted September 2nd at 4:20 pm by Jason Smart in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Bowling Green Marsh ( hide and viewing platform ) over the morning high tide-  11 Curlew Sands, 1 Ruff, 2 Garganey, 1 Scaup, 3+ Knot, 1 Common Sand, 4 Avocet, 2 Greenshank, Whimbrel, 10 Pintail, 4 Pochard 

Posted September 2nd at 3:50 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Velator reserve and the Caen river

At the scrape I met a man who had been shown an Osprey at the river-mouth yesterday evening. So after a quick check around the reserve, I went there. On the way 4 Whimbrel, about 20 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper 3 Kestrels, 2 Buzzards, several each of Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, Stonechat, and 2 Wheatears. Over on one of the falling down barns in Horsey, a bird of prey, but extreme distance made id difficult. Eventually took extreme range photo and found I had been staring not at an Osprey, but a Peregrine Falcon.... On the way back 2 Black-tailed Godwits with the loafing Gull flock by Sherpa main pond. In the reserve, a Tawny Owl. 2 Little Egrets on the scrape.

Posted September 2nd at 2:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News



Posted September 2nd at 2:01 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Other Wildlife

Exe Estuary

A feel of Autumn this morning with 80 Wigeon flying in to settle on the water at Cockle Sand off Mudbank Lane.  4 Great Crested Grebes also present.

Posted September 2nd at 1:58 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Horsey Island this morning as tide retreats

Walking the bank from White House we saw numerous mixed flocks of Dunlin and Ringed Plover (maybe up to 50 Dunlin and 20 R Plover) A single Greenshank was fishing in one of the pools and a juvenile Northern Wheatear perched briefly on the bank top before flying off South. A Great Black Backed Gull tackled a crab...and won. A Cormorant was drying its wings on the mud bank and there were scattered BH Gulls throughout, maybe 25 in total. 

Juvenile Northern Wheatear
Juvenile Northern Wheatear

Posted September 2nd at 1:32 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

R.Caen > Horsey

4 Bar-tailed Godwits on R.Caen + 1 Ruff.

On Horsey a small number of Dunlin & Ringed.Plover (less than 100) & amongst them 1 Curlew Sandpiper.

Posted September 2nd at 12:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Paignton Beach

A Knot was on the beach this morning.


Posted September 2nd at 11:31 am by Steven O'Donoghue in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Some signs of migration this morning in the form of a Tree Pipit, a Swift & 2 Sandwich Terns. Also 3 Kingfishers (showing well around Blaxton Meadow & the upper estuary), 2 Shags, 6 Greenshanks, 4 Common Sandpipers, 39 Curlews, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers & 3 Stonechats. 

Posted September 2nd at 11:07 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head

A stroll around the headland this morning produced: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest,14 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 

Overhead: 2 Alba Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 70+ House Martin, 12 Swallow & 1 Sand Martin

A return visit at Lunctime for a couple of hours seawatching produced: 1 juv Long-tailed Skua, 4 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 17 Common Scoter, 100+ Manx Shearwaters, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Terns,5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 50+ Common Dolphin 

  Firecrest Berry Head 2 Sept 2020 ML Female Blackcap Berry Head 2 Sept 2020 ML

                      Firecrest                                                                               Blackcap

Posted September 2nd at 9:48 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Big Fly

A couple of Hornet Robber flies (Asilus crabroniformis) at Soar one of our biggest and most impressive Diptera

Posted September 2nd at 6:27 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

East Soar Butterflies

On the patch of flowers near the pond lots of insects, Small tortoiseshell, Common blue, Small copper, Clouded yellow, Large white, Meadow brown and lots of silve Y moths

Clouded yellow
Clouded yellow

Posted September 2nd at 6:24 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

East Soar bank holiday Monday

Lots of Yellow wagtails on the airfield and behind the cafe, Spotted flycatchers in the willows, willow warbler and Chiffchaffs, Whinchat near the pond, hundreds of House martins and a Hobby flew from the willows grasping a House martin

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted September 2nd at 6:18 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Tuesday 1st September 2020


4 snipe in our leek field today.

Posted September 1st at 9:53 pm by Ian samuel in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

16:16 - 19:15

Curlew Sandpiper (9); Ruff (2); Avocet (1); Spotted Redshank (1); Knot; Black & Bar-tailed Godwit; Curlew were the highlights for me.

Posted September 1st at 9:49 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

East Devon migrants

On the cliff-top between Weston Mouth and Branscombe, 60+ Yellow Wagtails were with the cattle this morning. Later, on Beer Head, another 20+ were with the sheep, with a Red Kite drifting West slightly inland, and a flock of 400+ Hirundines (all three spp., plus one or two Swifts) feeding and squabbling overhead. Later again, at Seaton Marshes, two Knot took the wader spp. total to nine, but no real rarities alas.

Posted September 1st at 9:47 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Velator reserve

A Little Egret has started appearing not far from the gate into the reserve field these last couple of days. 2 evenings catching Swallows has been successful at last after several evenings of 0, 1, or 2 birds last night was 35 plus Sand Martin, Blackcap, and Kingfisher, this evening about 50 Swallows and a lone Sand Martin. Saw a Swift as dusk started. There was a single Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape yesterday evening.

Posted September 1st at 9:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Pil Tor/Rippon Tor

late afternoon, of note: a small fall of Wheatears (a minimum of 8 in the area).

Posted September 1st at 7:43 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Velator To Crow Point.

Swallows, Cettis,Whitethroat, 5 Heron,Dunlin over20,large numbers of Dragonflies,4 Egret,3 Buzzards,Linnets ,Stonechats and 1Med Gull.

Young Whitethroat
Young Whitethroat

Posted September 1st at 6:46 pm by John Elvin in Bird News

Northam and Skern

At lunchtime from the garden one Swift flew over.

Later at Skern another Swift flying around over Northam Burrows. On the high tide there were at least 65 Knot, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel and a mixed flock of approximately 200 Dunlin and Ringed Plover. All scattered when a Peregrine made an unsuccessful attempt at a kill. She then disappeared over Braunton Burrows.

Posted September 1st at 6:17 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Swifts at East Prawle, Monday 31 Aug

Further to yesterdays sighting of one, maybe two swifts at lunchtime, two were present over the village at 20.07 hrs and heading south.

Posted September 1st at 4:30 pm by nick dixon in Bird News

West to East Soar

Today's tally included Sparrowhawk, 320 Herring Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 (one west up Starehole then up over Bolt Head & one in willows), 120 Swallow, 60 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, 13 Stonechat, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 11 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher & 200 Linnet.

Non-avian: 2f1m Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter, 5 Common Blue Damseflies, 3 male Small Red-eyed Damselflies & 2 very fresh Painted Ladies.

Posted September 1st at 4:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

The Maer, Exmouth

6 Ring-necked Parakeets on Monday evening

Posted September 1st at 3:35 pm by Tim Smith in Bird News


A good spread of commoner migrants in fine conditions including: 51+ Yellow Wagtails, 39 Wheatears, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, Redstart, 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 White Wagtails, 10 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcaps, Whinchat, Sand Martin & 11 Swifts. Also a Roe Deer.

Posted September 1st at 3:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Common scoter

Right onshore as close as 3m between 1st and 2nd groyne West of Teignmouth pier

Posted September 1st at 1:42 pm by Gavin in Bird News


Out at Yelland Meadow yesterday I got these photos of a Common Darter, Grasshopper and an unknown. The unknown is no bigger than a grass seed. Does anybody know what it is?

Edited to comply with new posting guidelines 

Common Darter
Common Darter

Posted September 1st at 11:29 am by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

Glossy Ibis in the Pill this morning & a Hobby at Home Farm marsh .

Posted September 1st at 10:35 am by David Paterson in Bird News

South Huish yesterday

2 juv Med Gulls on the beach, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, c. 15 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwits and a few Snipe on the ley.

Posted September 1st at 8:41 am by Rich Billington in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham

31/8 15:53 - 19:15

Curlew Sandpiper - I saw 3, others reported 6; Pintail; Garganey (1); Pochard (3); Wigeon were the highlights over the evening high tide.

Posted September 1st at 8:25 am by Paul Bray in Bird News

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