Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th January 2021

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

·        Crane [3] 22-Mar Milton Abbot

·         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

          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


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

Thursday 7th January 2021


Some photos from Lloyd Gray of the Brixham juv/fw Iceland Gull today.


Posted January 7th at 9:37 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Powderham Marsh - Exeter Canal - Matford

Walked a loop from Exminster to Matford and back this morning:

- from the Powderham Marsh platform, 3/400 Lapwings, with, initially, c30 Golden Plover mixed in. As the tide rose, another c200 of the latter arrived, glowing in the sunshine, but sounding as mournful as ever. They must know something that we don't.. Three Kestrels were perched on the pylons and trees, several Cirl Buntings visited the bird table, and a 75+ flock of seed-eaters in the hedges, mainly Chaffinches, (perhaps someone else could find a Brambling?), included several Reed Buntings;

- in the ditches of Exminster Marsh and along the canal bank were ten+ Cetti's, some singing, and six+ Water Rails, all squealing. Couldn't see the Goldeneye from Topsham Lock;

- at Matford were eight Redshank (unusual for here), six Snipe and a Green Sandpiper, plus the usual Godwits and ducks (and a dozen or more Coot, so that omission has been rectified).

Posted January 7th at 9:29 pm by James Camden in Bird News


A Black Redstart in the garden for its third day feeding on Torbay palm berries along with a long-staying male Blackcap. Also the first winter record of a Chiffchaff for the garden.


Posted January 7th at 8:26 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Exeter area

Today while servicing water treatment equipment for a customer, he pointed out a Kestrel sitting in a tree some 30 metres or so from me. I managed to grab my camera and was able to get this shot before the birds took-off.


Posted January 7th at 8:03 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Quick walk after work on a frosty evening, still plenty of frozen ground. Tide falling so blaxton was near enough empty. Out on the estuary plenty of; curlew, oystercatchers, redshank, goosander, kingfisher x2, plenty of gulls, sandpipers flew past but didn't catch glimpse of what kind. \
Elsewhere around saltram, nuthatch, treecreeper, parakeets, g.s woodpecker, green woodpecker, buzzard, p.falcon. 

Posted January 7th at 7:53 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Dawlish Warren this afternoon

Not much around the reserve, a couple of Stonechats and a flock of Long Tailed Tits amongst the species. Out to sea, a few Gannets way out, 15+ Great Crested Grebe, 3+ Red Throated Divers, 2 Guillemots. A possible Red Necked Grebe towards Exmouth. A few Cormorants, Shags, lots of Gulls.

Posted January 7th at 5:25 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Velator area

Another cold and frosty morning. Ice on all the ponds including in the reserve for the first time this winter. Shoveler, Wigeon and Gadwall still on Wrafton Pond Redshank on the scrape. Loads of Finches in the reserve many of which, along with a very noisy Blackbird were mobbing in some ivy-clad trees. Careful scrutiny revealed a Tawny Owl. Cetti's Warbler therefore replaces Tawny Owl on the year list of birds heard but not seen - yet! Smart Dipper in the river nearby.

Feeding Dipper.
Feeding Dipper.

Posted January 7th at 5:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fremington Pill

An afternoon walk from Bickington, through Penhill to Fremington Pill helped improve the New Year. It began immediately with 10+ cattle egrets in the fields of North Down Farm. At Fremington Pill, as well as the usual suspects, there were 4 greenshank, 5 snipe in the grass / reeds in front of the bungalows, the spotted redshank is still present and a kingfisher was on a favoured tree at the top end of the Pill.

Posted January 7th at 4:54 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Firecrest Exeter

Firecrest in the garden, yesterday. Cowick Lane

Posted January 7th at 9:40 am by Jacquie Butler in Bird News

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Wembury Point

Black Redstart enjoying the peace and quiet at Wembury Point close to pipe outlet

Posted January 6th at 8:49 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Northam Burrows and Skern

The two Snow Bunting are still at the end of the Pebble Ridge beyond the eighth hole on the Golf Course. Also a  Peregrine Falcon sitting on the mud banks at Skern.

Posted January 6th at 8:39 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Female / imm male Marsh Harrier flying above Higher Ley at 09:30 this morning. ( Seen from vehicle whilst driving along line at work - won't be making specific birding trips here until Lockdown ends, hope everyone stays healthy )

Posted January 6th at 7:18 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


2 Razorbill off Capstone, along with ten oystercatchers, single purple sandpiper, cormorant and rock pipit. Stonechat busy around Jubilee Gardens

Posted January 6th at 6:35 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

River Otter

Unusually large numbers (for lower Otter), of 6 ringed plover, 6 redshank, 12 dunlin and 30+ curlew. 2 lapwing.20 brent geese.grey heron.little egret.redwing, fieldfare.mute swan, moorhen. shoveller, teal, mallard, wigeon, little grebe

Posted January 6th at 5:36 pm by Steve Ross in Bird News

Ringed Brixham Mute swan

Ringing reply re Mute Swan in Brixham harbour ~

Thank you for reporting the Mute Swan bearing the plastic yellow ring FVD.

This bird was ringed as a cygnet by the Abbotsbury Swannery team at Yeovil Country Park (Ninesprings), Somerset, on the 16th September 2019. It’s metal ring is XY1766.  It was sexed as a female and weighed 7 kilos.

Posted January 6th at 4:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Velator reserve etc

Still Wigeon, Shoveler and Gadwall in a partly frozen Wrafton Pond this morning plus an almost Black-headed, Black-headed Gull. Yesterday, the Redshank returned to the scrape after going off on his holidays since 18th December. There again today. After seeing a whizz-by Kingfisher under the bridge to the reserve yesterday, a Grey Wagtail did a lovely fly-around there today, Most of the usual suspects in the reserve but a treat was seeing a small flock (about 7) of SISKINS feeding on Alder cones. No records last year and one each in 2018 and 2019.

Posted January 6th at 4:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Some photos of the Brixham first winter  Black Guillemot today from Brixham resident Lloyd Gray.


Posted January 6th at 4:26 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Blackcaps return to Braunton garden

Firstly "Well done Editor for your message re Lockdown" The more we all stick to the rules the quicker this mess is over! 

Anyway; happy to report that after an absence of two winters we now have Blackcaps back in our garden in Braunton. One male, one female. They are fixated on a cylinder of fat impregnated with seeds. In fact the sparrows,  greenfinch, Robin's, chaffinches and blackbirds ALL love it! They're a National Trust product and we have just ordered four more because they are SO popular :) 

Female Blackcap
Female Blackcap
Male Blackcap
Male Blackcap

Posted January 6th at 4:17 pm by Philip Naylor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two drakes & a redhead Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Goosanders (3 drakes & 3 redheads), 7+ Little Grebes & the adult Polish-ringed Mediterranean Gull on the estuary. Also, Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 7 Mandarin Ducks, 19 Wigeon, Stonechat, Green Woodpecker & 10 roe Deer.

Posted January 6th at 3:18 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Glaucous Gull Torbay

Glaucous Gull and Long Tailed Duck still present at Hopes Nose, Torbay, 1300hrs Wed.  Also a female Blackcap.

Several Razorbills in and around Torquay Harbour, together with a Great Northern Diver close in off Princess Pier

Posted January 6th at 2:00 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Black Redstart in Plymouth

Black Redstart on the rooves and balconies around Sutton Wharf in Plymouth this morning.

Posted January 6th at 10:09 am by Richard Stansfield in Bird News


Adult Black Brant off Mudbank  at 0820. In with Brents and quite distant. Photos on later. Guessing it's possibly the Ferrybridge bird(?). Either way it's likely to be at Starcross, Exminster Marshes or Darts Farm pretty soon.

Posted January 6th at 8:35 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

Tuesday 5th January 2021


At two sites in Chittlehampton parish a single and a double of woodcock

Posted January 5th at 11:13 pm by Stewart Beer in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Aveton Gifford tidal road, the Lesser Yellowlegs showed well, along with Redshank, two Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and a Little Grebe.

This evening back home at South Brent a Tawny owl showing well just outside the house.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Posted January 5th at 8:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

River Plym

In addition to Pete Aley’s post, we counted 3 RB Mergansers this afternoon, 2x drake and 1 female on the Plym. 

Posted January 5th at 7:16 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Lesser Yellowlegs Aveton Gifford 5th Jan 2021

Lesser Yellowlegs half way down tidal road showing severe damage to wing feathers. Will this be enough to keep him here until it regrows 
!!!!!!!!!. Redshank pestering him but not the Greenskank

Being chased by Redshank, showing damage to wing feathers
Being chased by Redshank, showing damage to wing feathers
Caught a lot of red worm during the short time I watched .
Caught a lot of red worm during the short time I watched .

Posted January 5th at 5:06 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Exminster Marshes, Exeter

10:21 - 13:41

40 species in all including Avocet, Redwing, Fieldfare, Kingfisher, Brent Goose, Curlew, Redshank, Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Pintail, Tufted, Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck, Shoveler, Common Gull. 

Posted January 5th at 4:27 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The waders split between the wall & Blaxton Meadow, again, at high tide including: 146 Redshanks, 245 Dunlins, 5 Greenshanks, 11+ Turnstones, 10 Oystercatchers & 33 Curlews. Also, 6 Goosanders (3 drakes), Red-breasted Merganser (drake), 19 Wigeon, 3+ Little Grebes, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove & 2 Grey Wagtails.

Posted January 5th at 3:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Radford Park, Plymouth

2 GC Grebe, 10 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Med Gull, Little Egret, Blackcap, Buzzard and Shelduck.

Posted January 5th at 3:07 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Monday 4th January 2021

Darts Farm & Topsham Rec

Darts Farm early pm. 50+ Linnet, 15 Chaffinch, 3+ Reed Bunting, 65 Lapwing, 35 Curlew & 80 Blackwits. Male Goldeneye, 31 Teal from Topsham Rec

Posted January 4th at 9:54 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

A small mixed flock of Fieldfares and Redwings + 2 Mistle Thrushes. At nearby Ringmoor Copse a larger mixed flock of 150+ Fieldfares and Redwings and 40+ Starlings all feeding on the ground.

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Posted January 4th at 7:19 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake,

15 Goosander 5m 10f, 1m Gadwall, 4 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit,  2 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted January 4th at 7:18 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Matford Marshes, Exeter


The drake Green-winged Teal eventually showed well after initially being elusive.  

Posted January 4th at 4:59 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Aveton Gifford & South Huish Marsh

AG: Lesser Yellowlegs being harassed by Redshank, 3 Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, male Mandarin Duck, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Jay, Mistle Thrush, 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Long-tailed Tit & male Bullfinch.

South Huish: c.170 Wigeon, Shoveler, 28 Teal, Little Grebe, 12 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Oystercatcher, 12 Snipe.

Posted January 4th at 4:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Buckland Monachorum - home garden

Up to 20 species regularly on bird feeders now including male blackcap, siskins, goldfinches, pair of nuthatch, LT tits, GS woodpecker. Goldcrest in Acer shrubs.

Posted January 4th at 4:41 pm by Nigel Rendle in Bird News


During 1 hour yesterday - redshank, common sandpiper, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, BH gulls, grey heron, little egret, 60 canada geese, mute swan, coot, rooks, robin, pheasant.

Posted January 4th at 4:37 pm by Nigel Rendle in Bird News

Velator etc.

Late morning visit to the reserve today, after two days of bonfire action. Yesterday and today remains of Redwing - perhaps they are underweight and not feeding well in the recent frosts, making them an easier prey item?  Best bird today was a Green Woodpecker - first January record. Still a couple of Water Rails calling, unseen as yet this year. Plenty of Finches emptying the feeders. (or is it the Squirrels?)

Flock of Brent Geese at Crow Point, about 50 birds.

Posted January 4th at 3:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit on the high / falling tide tide produced: Water Rail, Jack Snipe, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 57 Curlews, 6 Greenshanks, Little Grebe, 8 Goosanders (4 drakes), 19 Wigeon, 7 Mandarin Ducks (4 drakes), 10 Siskins, Chiffchaff, Stonechat, 10 Redwings (presumed escape Barnacle Goose) & 11 Roe Deer. 

Posted January 4th at 2:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

black redstart at baggy point

An early morning walk with Andy Leat today produced 2 black redstart ( a tick for me ), the velvet scoter, 7 common scoter, 2 unidentified loons plus an assortment. 19 species in all.

Posted January 4th at 2:05 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Murmuration of Rooks - Mutter Moor

An amazing murmuration of hundreds of rooks above Muttters Moor, nr Peak Hill yesterday just after 5:00pm, eventually dropping down into the pines on the east slope of the hill.   

Posted January 4th at 12:18 pm by Jacquie Butler in Bird News

Baggy Point

Early am -  The single Velvet Scoter still showing well + 7 Common Scoters..

Posted January 4th at 11:15 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sunday 3rd January 2021

Totnes Garden

Now 4 siskins on the bird table this morning. Looked like one male and three females. 

Posted January 3rd at 10:16 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Wrafton Pond/Scape

Little Grebe 1, Shoveler 1, Gadwall pair, Wigeon 10, BH Gull c30. On the scrape c40 Teal. Kingfisher perched momentarily on overhanging branch on field side of the trail and in line with scrape.

Posted January 3rd at 9:49 pm by stewart thomas beer in Bird News


The 1st winter glaucous gull and female long-tailed duck were still at Hope's nose this morning. The Iceland gull was still on the roof of Rockfish in Brixham Harbour during the afternoon. Six great northern divers from the breakwater. 

Posted January 3rd at 8:38 pm by Ian Loyd in Bird News

Salcombe/South Huish marsh/ AG tidal road.

The white Great northern diver showed well this morning in Salcombe, Called back at South Huish marsh, Sanderling with the ringed plovers, Black redstart, and 4 snipe. Lesser yellow legs still showing well on the tidal road and a Mandarin duck.

Sanderling & Ringed plovers
Sanderling & Ringed plovers

Posted January 3rd at 7:39 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Hembury Woods

1 Woodcock, late afternoon. 

Posted January 3rd at 6:54 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Around the Exe

For some reason the Oyster Catcher image did not load on initial post


Posted January 3rd at 6:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Around the Exe

Round up from the Exe today ~ drake Green Winged Teal, 100's of Black Tailed Godwit, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller, Mallard, Heron, Little Egret were some of the 27 species recorded at Matford Marsh.

The flood meadow at the Starcross science lab is worth a visit, nine Greenshank, Oystercatcher inc the ringed Leucistic bird in earlier post, Redshank, Curlew, Canada Geese, Little Egret. Large numbers of Brent Geese and Curlew on the golf course.

On the Exe near Turf a large number of Avocet and an even larger flock of Dunlin flying in over them, one Red Breasted Merganser, good numbers of Curlew and again lots of BT Godwits.

Three Egyptian Geese in flight over the Powderham estate near the Heronry.

Drake GoldenEye from Topsham rec.

Nine Barnacle geese on the Exminster marsh and a large flock of Golden Plover, a dead Stoat on the A379.


Posted January 3rd at 6:37 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Just to and to Alan's earlier post, 4 RB Merganser (1m & 3f), 17 Turnstone, 19 Wigeon, 3 GSW and G Woodpecker.

Posted January 3rd at 6:21 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Salcombe / East Soar

2-3 Great Northern Divers but no sign for over 2hrs of the white bird. 1 ad Mediterranean Gull by ferry quay. Walking between East Soar and Salcombe and back via Overbecks: 5 Firecrests, 11 Goldcrests, 4 Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff.

Posted January 3rd at 6:03 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Black Redstart, female type, on sea front this afternoon, by fishing boats. Saw us, and nipped under a gate into a garden. Same area as reported from time to time last year.

Posted January 3rd at 4:49 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram

On this morning's high tide roost there was: 283 Dunlin, 150+ Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 56 Curlew, 2 Goosander (m,f) 2 Little grebe, 11 Common Gull, 7 Mandarin on the duck pond, 10+ Siskin, and 7 Ring necked Parakeet whizzing through the trees.

Posted January 3rd at 4:36 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Sparrowhawk in garden, Galmpton Brixham

Sparrowhawk sighted in our garden, 10:30am, Sunday 3rd Jan 2021.

Posted January 3rd at 10:49 am by Kevin Wright in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands

A few hours spent pottering around the wetlands produced a total of 47 species including one jack snipe amongst a group of 6 common snipe 30+ curlew feeding in the meadows, 1 Mediterranean gull with black headed, common and a few lesser black backed gulls and good numbers of fieldfare feeding on sloes. 

Posted January 3rd at 9:03 am by Steve Manning in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary and Tidal Road Aveton Gifford

At least 3 water rails on West Charleton marsh, Kingfisher, Teal, wigeon. On the Estuary lots of waders, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, hundreds of dunlin and Golden plover, Grey plover, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Redshanks, Greenshanks, Brent geese. At Aveton Gifford the Lesser yellowlegs on the tidal road and a Common sandpiper

Water Rail
Water Rail
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Posted January 3rd at 5:25 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Saturday lunch time I spent a couple of hours around Wrafton pond. Birds seen were: 6 Snipe, couple of Moorhens and Coots, 30 + Black headed gulls and a few Mallard.  On the scrape there were some Teal and Shovelers. The pond was iced over and caused the landing ducks to slide across the pond's surface. It also created great reflections of the birds standing on the ice.

In coming Mallard
In coming Mallard
Black headed gull
Black headed gull

Posted January 3rd at 12:50 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 2nd January 2021

Totnes Garden

One male and two female siskins on the sunflower hearts today. Along with goldfinch x3, greenfinch x2 and chaffinch x1. 

Posted January 2nd at 9:52 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News


Adult Mediterranean Gull showed nicely at the end of the breakwater around midday.

Posted January 2nd at 9:48 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News


The juv/fw  Iceland Gull was on the roof for over 1.5hrs late this afternoon - asleep most of the time. The fw Black Guillemot still around the Marina also an ad w Mediterranean Gull.

Goodrington: fw drake Scaup still present on boating lake.


                                                                juv/fw Iceland Gull 

Posted January 2nd at 7:40 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Powderham Church & Matford Marsh

Green-winged Teal M at Matford Marsh this lunchtime. Also 130 Wigeon, 65+ Teal, 19 Shoveler, 5 Tufted and 220+ Blackwits. 

54 Knot, 300+ Dunlin, 500+ Golden Plover, 330+ Blackwits, 80+ Avocet, 15+ Grey Plover, 700+ DB Brent Geese, GC Grebe, 96 Shelduck & 2 RB Mergansers from Powderham Church to Turf this afternoon 

Posted January 2nd at 5:06 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

In this morning's sunshine: adult Mediterranean Gull, 147 Redshanks, 275 Dunlins, 6 Greenshanks, 22 Turnstones, at least 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Kingfisher, 4 Goosanders (2 drakes), 20 Wigeon, 6 Little Grebes & 6+ Siskins.

Posted January 2nd at 5:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

The 1st winter Black Guillemot in the marina around lunchtime but sometimes elusive among the boats, also an adult Mediterranean Gull and at least 13 grey seals. A Great Northern Diver and Kittiwakes were on the seaward side of the breakwater.

Posted January 2nd at 4:59 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plymbridge then burrator

Early arrival as the sun rose at plym bridge, taking the back tracks where less people go. Plenty of roe deer about. Also green and g.s. woodpecker calling, nuthatch, redwings, over a dozen jays seen. Long/blue/great tits, p.falcon heard calling out from the valley. Over a dozen male pheasants, no females spotted. Jackdaw, crow, goldcrests. 

Later had quick pop over to Burrator in the pine forest section. Could heard a large group of crossbills, but had no luck finding them, every time i got close i heard them moving to another part of the forest. 

Posted January 2nd at 4:50 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Matford Marshes

11:20 - 11:55

Green-winged Teal (m); Snipe (2); Teal; Wigeon; Black-tailed Godwit; Eurasian Teal.

Posted January 2nd at 4:38 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Bowling Green Marshes

09:03 - 10:50

Pochard (m); Pintail; Shoveler; Teal; Wigeon; Black-tailed Godwit; Greylag Goose (1); Canada Goose; 

Viewing platform needed wellies to reach - Stonechat behind; Shelduck

Posted January 2nd at 4:35 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News


Two Firecrest along bridleway in Binicliff and Brockhole Woods by Newnham Park.

Four Bullfinch (up to 10 last week), Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker in Newnham Meadows Nature Reserve.


Posted January 2nd at 3:02 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

First farmland bird count of 2021 with priority species at 870 Skylark, 50 Cirl Bunting & a very low 18 Yellowhammer. Also: 9 Greenfinch, 60 Starling, 28 Blackbird, 17 Stock Dove, 100 Gannet off Soar Mill Cove, 33 Meadow Pipit, 100 Jackdaw & 170 Carrion Crow.

Posted January 2nd at 2:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Saltram

11:30 to 2:00. On the Plym - Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Heron, Little Egret, Goosander, Mediterranean (1) GBB and LBB(2) Gull. Common Sandpiper and Little Grebe on the river. Sparrowhawk and Mistle Thrush in the Woods. 17 Wigeon on the Meadow with 1 Canada Goose.

Posted January 2nd at 2:54 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Seaton Wetlands

A few hours spent pottering around the wetlands produced a total of 47 species including one jack snipe amongst a group of 6 common snipe 30+ curlew feeding in the meadows, 1 Mediterranean gull with black headed, common and a few lesser black backed gulls and good numbers of fieldfare feeding on sloes. 

Posted January 2nd at 2:32 pm by Steve Manning in Bird News


Off Jacobs Ladder this morning 4 Purple Sandpiper with c17 Turnstone.  A Red-throated Diver in the bay. Happy New Year everyone.

Posted January 2nd at 2:17 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater

Very quiet this morning. Two Guillemot, with one actually on part of the sea wall in poor health. Also on the rocks, a Mediterranean Gull and some rock pipits. A couple of Gannets out to sea and active seals in the harbour. 

Posted January 2nd at 1:41 pm by Matt C in Bird News

HMS Cambridge

A short walk yesterday around Heybrook Bay and HMS Cambridge. Great start to the year with a female Black Redstart down on the rocks. Lots of Stonechats around.

Female Black Redstart
Female Black Redstart
Female Stonechat
Female Stonechat

Posted January 2nd at 12:47 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Galsworthy N.Devon

Late post from last night - Golden Plovers calling  from fields either side of the road by the wind turbines. Lovely sound as darkness approached

Posted January 2nd at 9:07 am by Mark West in Bird News

Friday 1st January 2021

Plymouth Sound

Great northern diver around the Hoe. Two Mediterranean gulls towards Batten Bay and a stonechat on the beach at Batten Bay. 

Posted January 1st at 11:19 pm by Douglas Herdson in Bird News


Over to Torquay and Hopes Nose at first light which gave good views of the first winter Glaucous Gull, a pair of Raven and a pair of Buzzard one of the birds carrying a twig which it dropped for the second bird.

Broadsands ~ A Black Throated Diver , Oyster Catcher, distant Black Necked Grebe, Gannet, Great Northern Diver, Kittiwake, Little Egret and Heron ~ Around the car parks, female Stonechat, Cirl Bunting, Reed Bunting, female Kestrel, Firecrest, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail and flocks of Linnet and Goldfinch.

Youngs Park ~ The overwintering drake Scaup beginning to colour up nicely, several Tufted duck and a Muscovy.

Brixham breakwater ~ not as productive as recent days, Kittiwake, Gannet, Razorbill, Guillemot, seven Great Northern Diver, lots of Seal activity. In Brixham town a hunting Sparrowhawk.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted January 1st at 9:23 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Newnham reserve plympton

Took till midafternoon till my road was thawed enough to get out for a walk, brief stroll to see who's around
Male and female G.S woodpecker, Raven, Jackdaw, blue/great/coal tit. Song thrush, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Just one bull finch today (male), robin, dunnock, Wagtails flying high, but couldn't see who, by song i want to say grey. Woodpigeon, wren, goldcrest, Jays, 

Posted January 1st at 9:07 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton and Otterton STW

Highlights from today's 97 species around the Exe, Budleigh and the Pebblebed Heaths.
Velvet Scoter - Now moved from BS to Otterton STW in with 70+ Common Scoter. Prob imm male (but light still awful to be 100%).
Red-throated and Great Northern Diver off Budleigh seafront
Firecrest on Halse Hill
Water Pipit - 6 in first 2 fields N of White Bridge

Posted January 1st at 8:01 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News


49 Lapwing 51 Shelduck 15 Dunlin about 500 Golden Plover 10 Redshank Black Headed Gull Herring Gull Lesser Black Backed Gull 2 Stonechat and 2 Pied Wagtail.

Posted January 1st at 6:07 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Hope's Nose


The juv Glaucous Gull showed very well on low rocks opposite the Leadstone. 

The female Long-tailed Duck also close in, 27 Common Scoters south, Great Northern Diver, Female Blackcap and two Song Thrush in full song. 

12+ Common Dolphins off Anstey's Cove, before moving east.  1 Grey Seal.   

Posted January 1st at 5:32 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

North Devon

Started at Wrafton Pond (after hearing Tawny Owl at 05,45) Sadly no Spoonbills - the Scrape was mostly frozen! So was most of Wrafton pond, Some of the Swans were doing sterling work as ice-breakers. Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon, Snipe, Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe. In the reserve, Kestrel, Redwing and 5 Fieldfare, Many Finches.. Down the Toll Road - Canada Geese. Kingfisher seen by others. Little Egrets, Redshank and Greenshank in Velator Harbour. Further down the Pill, Dunlin. In the DWT reserve at Horsey, Shelduck, Grey and Ringed Plover, Sanderling, and on the estuary, GBB Gull, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Cormorant, and a distant Spoonbill over at Isley |Marsh. So off to Baggy, and today, unlike yesterday the female Common Scoter (6) male  (1) and the Velvet Scoter were all out off the point, along with a Red-throated Diver. Raven, Stonechat, possible Rock Pipit on the walk in. Along with others along the way, pretty nearly 60 species recorded.

Posted January 1st at 5:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Powderham Church to Turf

Firecrest feeding amongst bramble scrub on railway embankment beside cycle path between gate and bridge late this afternoon.

Posted January 1st at 5:03 pm by Steve Manning in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

On this morning's ebb tide:

52 Avocet, 38 Teal, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Shoveler (2m, 1f) landed on the water and drifted along with the tide, 1 Kingfisher (f), 1 Muscovy duck, 6 Redwing on berries, 1 Raven on a pylon. 2 Greenshank and 2 Snipe on Ernesettle creek.

Posted January 1st at 4:45 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Plym Saltram

11:30 - 14:00 Redshank, Greenshank and Curlew on the Plym, Half a dozen Goosander, Shelduck, Canada Goose, Cormorant, Grey Heron and Little Egret as well. 20+ Wigeon on the Meadow. Buzzard, LT Tit, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, RN Parakeet, Great, Blue and Coal Tit around the grounds.

Posted January 1st at 4:24 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Slapton Ley

On the ley: 4 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 14 Great Crested Grebe (5 more offshore), 4 Goldeneye. 3 Common Gull & 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Offshore: Red-throated diver, 3 Razorbill, 40 Common Scoter flying south, Med Gull & 5 Kittiwake.

Posted January 1st at 4:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good look round, to see in the New Year, revealed: Dipper, Kingfisher, Firecrest, 12 Siskins, 2 Stonechats, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 5 Goosanders (2 drakes), 18 Wigeon, 6 Mandarin Ducks, 37 Common Gulls, 4 Snipe, Common Sandpiper & 10 Roe Deer.

Also, on Tothill Playing Field, the adult Polish-ringed Mediterranean Gull "PHAU".

Posted January 1st at 3:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Meeth Quarry

Blackbird, robin, linnet, mallard, tufted duck, Canada goose, goosander (male), coot

Posted January 1st at 3:14 pm by Steve Grimshaw in Bird News


Albino Great Northern Diver still present on the high tide early this morning off Whitestrand Car Park. Also 2 other Great Northerns in area.

Posted January 1st at 2:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Torbay Boat trip

A boat trip out of Brixham this morning  was very rewarding with 2  Long-tailed duck seen one at Hopes Nose and the second bird seen off Paignton Pier. Glaucous Gull  Hopes Nose, Scoter and 18 Great Northern Diver. We had one group of GND 7 in number. Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise, Fulmar, Gannets, Guillemots and many Razorbill. Hope to be going out again on Sunday depending on wind direction!!

Posted January 1st at 1:44 pm by Nigel Smallbones in Bird News

Wrafton pond

08.00 visit yesterday (New Years Eve) to Wrafton pond to catch the raising sun on the pond.  Bit early though, the Pintail was there but in a poor lite area though by the time that it was light enough the bird had disappeared from view.  However, standing on the boardwalk I got some lovely shots of one male Bullfinch (2m + 1f), 2 Long tailed tits, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 or 3 Snipe, some Wigeon, Teal (on the scrape), Shovelers (5m + 4f) 1 male Pintail duck and 5 or 6 Gadwall.  There were the usual suspects- Mallard, Swans, Moorhens (2 fighting), Coots, Black headed gulls and Little Grebes.


Posted January 1st at 1:57 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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