Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st October 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

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

3 Willow Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Coot, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Jay, 1 Bullfinch.

Posted October 20th at 8:20 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A visit during this afternoon (rising tide) produced: my first Jack Snipe of the autumn, Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Greenshanks, 186 Redshanks, Kingfisher, 2 Wigeon, adult Mediterranean Gull (Polish ringed PHAU), 3 Stonechats, 7 Mistle Thrushes & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted October 20th at 7:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rosy Starling

Again on Kings Ash Road by Fernicombe Road this am between 1030 and 1300 hrs.

Posted October 20th at 3:57 pm by Paul Carter in Bird News


Female Pintail and a pair of Gadwall with the other ducks (and more Coots and Moorhens) on Wrafton Pond this morning. Kestrel briefly as I arrived in the reserve (probably the same as was seen late yesterday afternoon, along with the Marsh Harrier (not by me!) Also in the reserve, Jay, Cetti's Warbler, Coal Tit, Water Rail and the usual other suspects. Dipper in the river as I left.

Posted October 20th at 1:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Walk around the southern part of the marshes late morning. A single marsh harrier was near the lagoon and a juv. hobby over Station Road. Elsewhere a flock of c50 lapwing was the most I have seen this autumn and duck numbers continue to grow. An assortment of feral/hybrid geese now include bar-headed, snow and several crosses with Canada geese. Overhead a few skylark and chaffinch all going west. Heard water rail (x2) and Cettis. As I was leaving there was 1 (possibly 2) cattle egret near the railway bridge.

Posted October 20th at 1:25 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Rosy Starling Paignton

Immature Rosy Starling still with Starling flock on wires by main road near junction with Fernicombe Road today

Posted October 19th at 10:16 pm by John Walters in Bird News

Starcross and Exeter

Off Starcross and the Kenn outfall this morning were 9 R-b Mergansers, my first of the Winter, overlapping with the final 2 Sandwich Terns, plus the usual 50 + Turnstones, 10+ Greenshanks and a few Barwits.

At Countesswear, a Peregrine was on a pylon and 3 Common Sandpipers were in the river.

In St Leonards, my first 2 Redwings were heading S, 2 Water Rails were squealing from the flood channel, and a Dipper was hanging around Trews Weir for the third day in a row.

Posted October 19th at 4:08 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Berry Head 18-19/10/21

Today 19/10/21 seawatching 0730-1415: Velvet Scoter S (at 12:18), Pomarine Skua (juv/imm), Arctic Skua, 3 Bonxies, 3 Manx Shearwaters, Puffin, Little Gull (1w), c500 Auks (mostly Razorbills), 33 Mediterranean Gulls (14 ad, 7 2w, 12 1w), numerous Kittiwakes with Black-headed and Common Gulls. c15 Common Dolphins, c10 Harbour Porpoise, 3 sightings of leaping Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.

Yesterday 18/10/21, 0800-1545 a lot more gulls but similar species: Pomarine Skua (juv/imm), 7 Arctic Skuas, 6 Bonxies, Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffins, Little Gull (1w), 73 Mediterranean Gulls (34 ad, 12 2w, 27 1w), Kittiwakes 250/hr with many lingering , with c150 each Black-headed and Common Gulls, 2 Red-throated Divers, Fulmar (unusual in October as at sea moulting), c1000 Auks (mostly Razorbills), c10 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted October 19th at 4:06 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram.

A very mild and windy morning the following were noted. Dipper 1, Goosander 3 females, Little Grebe 2, Kingfisher 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Curlew 65, Redshank 163, Greenshank, 10, Oystercatcher 5, Dunlin 7, Black-tailed Godwit 1, Wigeon 2 (m&f)  and a Med Gull 1 1st w.

Posted October 19th at 12:24 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Monday 18th October 2021

Slapton Ley

Replying to Tom re his Med Gull which is indeed Polish. It was also here in August. It was ringed this year on 14th May as a nesting female at Warminso-mazurskie in NE Poland c 45 kms south of the Estonian border over 1750 kms away.

Posted October 18th at 8:45 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


This is the ring number of a Cetti's Warbler I ringed at Velator in October 2019. I just had a notification that it was retrapped at Hengistbury Head Dorset this month. That's 3 years or over 1000 days ago.

Posted October 18th at 8:02 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Shaugh Prior

Red breasted Flycatcher in private garden shrub border around 4pm near White Thorn pub. Many Redwings and Mistle Thrushes nearby.

Posted October 18th at 6:41 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Black Redstart-East Charleton

1 female Black Redstart at Home Farm, East Charleton on the patio of my cottage at 18:00 hrs this evening

Posted October 18th at 6:15 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News


Colour ringed Med Gull on beach at Slapton. Polish I think. I've tried to report it on line but not sure if I was successful or not.

Posted October 18th at 10:31 am by Tom Stevenson in Bird News


This morning my daughter found a Wryneck on her doorstep in Bishopsteignton and as it is such a rare species took this photo and told me about it.  It was apparently uninjured in any way and we can only assume that is was a migratory bird which collapsed in some way after roosting overnight. D Munden


Posted October 18th at 9:43 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 17th October 2021

Anchor wood to Fremington

This afternoon along the river there were: two Goosanders; five Lapwing, got  quick shot of one coming in to land; two Bar-tailed Godwits; and a couple of Oystercatchers.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted October 17th at 10:36 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Torbay coastal

Off of Hopes Nose, Torquay, Eider duck on the sea, ten Common Scoter flying towards Paignton, numerous Pipits and several Greenfinch on the lower slopes.

Marine Parade three Mediterranean Gulls, adult and two first winter birds.

At least four Firecrest at Broadsands, forty plus flock of Goldfinch and a Grey Wagtail.


Posted October 17th at 7:32 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

California Cross

1 Merlin, just north of California Cross, South Hams, midday.

Posted October 17th at 5:58 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Ring Ouzel, Dawlish

Ring Ouzel nocturnal flight call, heard over house in Oakland park, Dawlish 15/10/21

Posted October 17th at 5:58 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

East Soar

Vis mig: Woodpigeon 1050W 380E, Jackdaw 27E, Skylark 69E 34W, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1E & 3 grounded, Song Thrush 13W & 21 grounded, Siskin 15W 31E, Sparrowhawk 1W, Stock Dove 20W & Starling 14E. Also: 52 Robin, 200 Rook, Golden Plover, 2 Redwing, 10 Alba Wagtail, Swallow, 8 Chiffchaff, Blackcap & 3 Bullfinch.

Posted October 17th at 3:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saturday 16th October 2021

Exminster Marsh & bellow Exeter Quay

Three F/Imm Marsh Harriers together today at Exminster Marsh, during a very brief visit at lunch time. 300+ Teal, 10 Shoveler & 50 Lapwing the best of rest.

Redwings now arrived in Exeter with a flock over house & one along with Kingfisher & Stonechat on drainage channel south of Trew Weir 

Posted October 16th at 9:54 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Brief early morning visit to Cadover. Between patches of thick mist managed to see Redwings 40+ with Starlings, Blackbirds, Mistle and Song Thrushes, Woodpigeons 30+, Ravens 2, Yellowhammer 1, Chaffinches 6, Mallards 6 and a solitary female Goosander on the river by the bridge.


Posted October 16th at 8:31 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Short-eared Owl first thing seemed to come in off the sea. 743 Alba Wagtails came out of the reed roost just north of the bridge.

Posted October 16th at 5:26 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Hope's Nose


Decent morning with a female Velvet Scoter south.  The juv Eider showed well south of the Lead Stone.  A Woodlark in off with Skylarks.  Also, 4+ Firecrests, 10 Common Scoters, 4 Swallows, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 8+ Meadow Pipts, 3+ Alba Wagtails, 

Nice to see the first Purple Sandpiper of the autumn on the Lead Stone.  

Posted October 16th at 4:51 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

On a misty morning, 37 Black tailed Godwit, 18 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 4 Great crested Grebe (3 Ad, 1 Juv) on the Tamar, 10 Stock Dove, 2 Buzzard. Ernesettle creek: 7 Greenshank and 2 Ring necked Parakeet (they're spreading!)

Posted October 16th at 2:50 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley area

Good day for vis mig: 1180 Woodpigeon (800E 380W), 141 Jackdaw (106E 35W), 16 Jay (16E 3W), Skylark 330 (160E & 170 grounded), Song Thrush 5 (2E 3W), Chaffinch 70E. Also: male Merlin, Sparrowhawk, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker - migrants, 90 Robin (also 47 at E Soar yesterday), 18 Blackbird, 35 Goldfinch, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow, 4 Bullfinch & 20 Teal on lagoons.

Non-avian highlight: coming face to face with huge Sika stag!!

Posted October 16th at 2:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Anchor wood area

On Friday 15 on my post regarding Anchor wood, it appears that I had forgotten to include photos of the Goosanders and the Lapwing.


Posted October 16th at 1:40 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Woodcock, Ashcombe

Two Woodcock flew from verge at Junction of Colley lane and A380 at 7.20am yesterday morning

Posted October 16th at 8:05 am by Paul Barker in Bird News

Friday 15th October 2021

Anchor wood area

Following my visit to Fremington pill I decided to walk along the river adjacent to Anchor wood where for the second day running I've seen three Goosander and a single Lapwing. 

Posted October 15th at 10:27 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This afternoon I popped over to Fremington Pill were the Glossy Ibis was showing well and a ringed Curlew presented itself. Orange ring above the left knee (no clear marking) and a Black ring above the right knee (number 92) in white.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted October 15th at 10:21 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Cadover around to Legis tor

Hoped to be earlier but thick fog, so starting 10.30

Cadover-  Redwings (over in Brisworthy's fields- noting lack of holly berries this year)
Goldcrest, stone chat, pippits, robin, great/blue tit, woodpigeon, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, crow, green woodpecker. A first for me, a kingfisher, fishing further upstream towards the farm. 

Walking around to top of legis tor then to ringmoor down. 

Kestrel on top of legis tor being mobbed by the pippits, multiple ravens, sky larks passing by, golden plovers, at max one time easily 300+ birds, an initial startle from a member of the public caused them to fly, break into smaller groups and spread out, but came back to gather on ringmoor down allowing a nice photoshoot with my laying in amongst the grasses.
Also stonechat, female yellowhammer, magpie, g.s woodpecker at the plantation, robins, and buzzard. 

Posted October 15th at 10:21 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

George Nympton

Counted 17 Buzzards in the field with me whilst Ploughing today.Maybe more hiding in the trees.Estimate 700 gulls after the same worms as the Buzzards.Mostly Juveniles but what surprised me was the majority of the adults were LBB Gulls with the rest being Herring Gulls.That presumably meant that there were likely to be about 500 LBB's in one group.The Gulls find the plough so quickly in the morning do some of them carry mobiles?!!!

Posted October 15th at 5:28 pm by Roger Gay in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram

High tide: 160 Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 2 Common gull, 1 Mediterranean gull, Black headed gull with 2J21 leg ring still present, 2 Kingfisher, 13 Grey Heron roosting on the embankment. 4 Ring necked Parakeet overhead, Jays busy gathering acorns.

Posted October 15th at 5:27 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

on the clyst by the bridge inn topsham great white egret 1pm to 2 pm today


Posted October 15th at 5:23 pm by martin arthur noakes in Bird News

East Soar

A quiet morning with Firecrest, Grey Wagtail, 38 Siskin, 145 Skylark, Sparrowhawk, 18 Yellowhammer, 20 Cirl Bunting, 47 Robin, 13 Blackbird (first influx), Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow, 18 Jackdaw west.

Posted October 15th at 3:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Venford Reservoir and Bench Tor

early am: 15 Goosander on the reservoir, lots of Redwings and several Jays about, 1 Crossbill over.

Posted October 15th at 12:17 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Stoke Point early morning

2 male 1 female ring ouzel, 4 siskin, 4 cirl buntings. Modest viz mig - 30 plus meadow pipit, handful of skylarks and a jay.

Posted October 15th at 10:38 am by Richard Archer in Bird News

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