Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th 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

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

Thursday 14th October 2021

Brixham and Berry Head

1 Purple Sandpiper

plus 15ish Common Dolphins

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Posted October 14th at 7:52 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News


Redwings 200+ Crossbills 18 ,1 Redpoll.

Posted October 14th at 4:34 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News


At least 130 Redwing, 60 Blackbird and 30 Song Thrush in Brisworthy Burrows first thing. Most gone by 08:30.

Posted October 14th at 10:22 am by Chris E in Bird News

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Berry Head

A very out of context 'pwing' call caught my attention - Bearded Tit! it was calling from the top of a sycamore tree beside the woods and meadow. My first for the site and Torbay. Also around site: 3 Firecrest, Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap.

Other birds included overhead:  4 Redwing,  4 Song thrush, 1 House Martin, 22 Skylark

  Bearded Tit male Berry Head 13 Oct 2021 ML  Bearded Tit male Berry Head 13 Oct 2021 ML

                                                             Bearded Tit - Berry Head

Posted October 13th at 7:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor

Bowling Green Marsh & Goosemoor at lunchtime. Spotted Redshank Juv (GM), Ruff, 210+ Redshank, 33 Dunlin, 530+ Blackwits, 34 Greenshank (GM), 19 Lapwing, 190+ Pintail, 235 Teal, 165+ Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 2 Snipe & a Kingfisher 

Posted October 13th at 5:23 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Cadover, Brisworthy, Old Tin Workings

Viewed from old tin workings north of Trowlesworthy Warren house, large flock of Golden Plover approx 300 flying & settling just east of Legis Tor.

Also viewed Redwings (4), Blackbirds (6) no Ring Ouzels as yet, Green Woodpeckers, Bullfinch, Mistle Thrushes, Kestrel.

Posted October 13th at 4:18 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Great White Egret, Teign Estuary

Seen from A380 by Passage House Inn, Yesterday at 5pm

Posted October 13th at 1:57 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

Yealm Estuary

Highlights - Whimbrel, 2+ Redwing heard over, 11 Little Grebe, 12 Teal, 11 Redshank, 12 Curlew, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush, 2 Raven, Nuthatch, GS Woodpecker and 9 Little Egret

Posted October 13th at 10:13 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 12th October 2021

Fremington Pill

Today between 18.00 and 18.30 hours the Spotted Redshank appeared and was showing well between the sluice and upper pill.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted October 12th at 8:24 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Taw & Torridge Estuary from Crow Point

26 Dark-bellied Brent Geese in a pool at low tide (16:30)

Posted October 12th at 7:12 pm by Tim Jukes in Bird News

Fremington Pill to Saltpill Duck Pond

8 Cattle Egrets roosting , 4 Greenshanks , 1 Glossy Ibis , 1 Spotted Redshank , 1 Grey Plover , 2 Shovelers & 4 Snipe .

Posted October 12th at 6:03 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

River Plym & Blaxton Meadow

On the bank on the other side of the Plym by the railway bridge between Longbridge & Saltram, a lone Roe deer browsing. While photographing that, 2 Common Sandpiper flying downstream and a Kingfisher darting down then up stream ten mins later, 2 Grey Wagtails.

I didn't count but At Blaxton meadow, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin,  Little Egret, Grey Heron.

Roe Deer (doe)
Roe Deer (doe)
Roe Deer (doe)
Roe Deer (doe)

Posted October 12th at 4:42 pm by John Foster in Bird News


Out early to catch Fallow action, apart from alpha no other male was being so eager just yet, but soon. 

However was treated to a holly busy with lots of firecrests, about 4 in one, and could hear more in other locations. 

Also today had, Golddcrests, tree creepers, gs woodpeckers, 4 buzzards, lots of jays active,  blue/great/long tail tit,  robin, wren, pheasant crow, raven, jackdaw, song thrush, woodpigeon, stock dove, 

Also treated to a fox running across my path

Posted October 12th at 2:59 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Late Whinchat at top of Crownhill Down this morning.


Posted October 12th at 10:47 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 11th October 2021

Tamar Lakes, Exminster Marshes & Bowling Green Marsh

Best bird today at Tamar Lakes was a surprise Black-necked Grebe on Upper Tamar Lake. A few Marsh Tits and, eventually, a vocal Willow Tit were at the feeders at Lower Lake.

On Friday, October 8, Exminster Marshes gave us a young Hobby, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Great Egret and 50 Golden Plovers. Across the water, at Bowling Green Marsh, highlights included a Spotted Redshank, a Ruff, Kingfisher, Peregrine and around 150 Pintail.

Posted October 11th at 10:21 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

East Prawle

A Yellow Browed Warbler in the willows around the pond at 9. 30 this morning.

Posted October 11th at 12:54 pm by Alan K. Searle in Bird News

Dawlish Warren NNR

07:50 - 09:30

Yellow-browed Warbler in Dead Dolphin Wood. Calling but mobile.

Posted October 11th at 12:21 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Sunday 10th October 2021

Sunday 10th oct dawlish warren and starcross

Great sunlight and light winds on the warren today with plenty to see but did become a little busy. Grey plover, Ringed plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, plenty of Sandwich Terns, med gull, plus Blackcap, Greenfinch, Cirl buntings etc but hi-lights of the day were the bold little Dartford Warbler in the sunshine and display of cattle egrets on the wreck at Starcross.   

Question please....When will the Warren bird hide be re-opened?

Dartford warbler
Dartford warbler
ship wrecked cattle \egrets
ship wrecked cattle \egrets

Posted October 10th at 11:29 pm by simon kidd in Bird News


Hobby seen flying over Radford Park Woods this afternoon.

Posted October 10th at 11:14 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This afternoon I had a quick visit to Fremington Pill. Sue Ambler and I saw the Glossy Ibis so it's returned at last.  On the quay side of the iron bridge was a single Greenshank.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted October 10th at 8:57 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

East Soar

Looks like a Radde's Warbler was found at Starehole today,


Posted October 10th at 7:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Passage House, Teign Estuary

I was driving slowly southbound in traffic on the A380 flyover, across the River Teign, at 12.45.  I glanced to my left and down, and saw a Great White Egret, mid-channel in a creek, south of Passage House. 

Thankfully, the bird was seen by others soon after and I got decent views of it again at 14.40, just 125m or so east of Passage House.   

Posted October 10th at 7:26 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Avon dam ~ South Brent

On the drive up to Shipley from South Brent two Redwings.

From Shipley car park to the dam and back across the moors gave a total of 28 species, despite glorious weather bird life was a bit sparse, the recently seen flocks of Thrush sp, Meadow Pipit and Goldfinch were not in evidence.

No sign of any Ring Ouzels and the birders I spoke to said they had blanked as well, as previous post it has been a poor rowan berry year up there.

On the plus side a brilliant day for birds of prey, with numerous Kestrel sightings, male Sparrowhawk passed over, two Buzzards and fly pasts from both Peregrine and Hen Harrier.

A female Goosander sat on the bottom step of the Dam, Pied and Grey Wagtails, Jays, Raven, male Bullfinch, small numbers of Stonechat and Meadow Pipit.

An unexpected Wheatear on edge of the moor on the way back.

Posted October 10th at 12:41 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 9th October 2021

Velator reserve.

Early on lots of Godwits out on the scrape, but as I can only see their heads difficult to get a proper count. Ringed another juvenile Kingfisher plus Goldcrest and Blackcap. Most interesting was a Great Spotted Woodpecker with a ring that wasn't mine, or Chris Dee's either.

Posted October 9th at 8:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

LowerTamar Lake

This morning at the Lake,

4 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Coot, 3 Jay, 2 Grey Hero, 3 Moorhen, 3 Nut Hatch.

Posted October 9th at 7:43 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


10 Jays heading north over Slapton Bridge, same number of Greenfinch in bush beside the ley. Small mixed flock of waders on the beach containing 10 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and a Sanderling.

Posted October 9th at 7:38 pm by Tom Stevenson in Bird News

Rose coloured Starling

Messed up the images on the original post !!!!

Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 9th at 4:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Rose coloured Starling

The Paignton Rose coloured Starling continues to show well off of the  Kings Ash Hill / Fernicombe Road area of Paignton, the bird is with a flock of around 40 Starlings which are using a garden feeding station in Pimm Road.

All birds put up by a soaring Sparrowhawk.

Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 9th at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram.

An early morning visit before first light produced 4 Tawny Owls. Other birds of note were 41 Curlew, 167 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 1 Bar -tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Stonechat, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 24 Stock Dove and a Grey Wagtail.


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Posted October 9th at 3:13 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Great White Egret from Clyst viewing platform at 7.30 this morning. Flew towards Goosemoor or beyond. Otherwise Ruff, 210+ Pintail, 165+ Teal, 12 Shoveler, 20+ Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe, Water Rail and plenty of waders but poor light meant no count. 

Posted October 9th at 2:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Soar

No sign of vireo & no Ring Ouzels! White Wagtail 27, Skylark 110, Robin 40, 15 Chiffchaff, Water Rail, 13 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker moving, four Ravens flying east, 2 Swallow && another 8 Jay - makes 66 since late Sep!

Posted October 9th at 2:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Osprey over Raymonds Hill

Osprey over Raymonds Hill, Axminster at 8.15 this morning, being mobbed by a local buzzard.

Posted October 9th at 12:02 pm by Jim Tirrell in Bird News

Kingsteignton: Flock of Jays

Flock of 31 jays, over Exeter road approx 10.30am approx 20 Canada geese , and female sparrow hawk 

Posted October 9th at 11:46 am by Graeme Davey in Bird News

Wrafton area

Yesterday's visit to Wrafton pond was a little disappointing, just the Swan family, two Moorhens and a juvenile Little Grebe.  On the Scrape was a little better, 22 Black tailed Godwits and a few Teal. In the river by the bridge was a Magpie taking a shower.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted October 9th at 11:40 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 8th October 2021

Paignton Rose-coloured Starling

By 10.15-10.30 this morning, the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling had moved 100m east from Kings Ash Road to rooftops at the junction of Fernicombe Road and Belfield Road.

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 8th at 9:08 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Ivybridge ~ Goshawk

Late this afternoon a high soaring female Goshawk over the western end of Ivybridge.

Posted October 8th at 8:26 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


17 Oystercatchers, 2 Cormorants and a rock pipit on rock off Capstone this morning.

Posted October 8th at 5:47 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

East Soar

No sign of the vireo this morning.

Anyway: male Merlin, Firecrest, 12 Jay moving west, 23 cWhite Wagtail, Golden Plover, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch, 340 Meadow Pipit, 80 Swallow, 240 Skylark, 150 Jackdaw moving east, 2 Blackcap, 1st Reed Bunting of autumn, Great Spotted Woodpecker moving west & 50 Goldfinch.

Posted October 8th at 2:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A good look today produced a Lesser Whitethroat near the bridge and an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the beach. Some light overhead passage mid-morning, 10 Jays noteworthy. Also 3 Med Gulls, 2 Wheatear and 30+ Chiff-Chaff

Posted October 8th at 2:02 pm by David Cope in Bird News

South Brent ~ Home birding & Paignton Rose-coloured Starling

At home in South Brent yesterday afternoon (7th Oct) two Chiffchaff in the garden, overhead a passing Hobby, GSWP flew in, a flock of not less than twelve Greenfinch and several Jay. In the evening Tawny owl on the house roof

This morning the reported Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling sat on overhead wires junc of Kings Ash Hill and Fernicombe Road, Paignton along with a flock of approx 40 Starlings.

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling

Posted October 8th at 10:17 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Thorne Moor N.Devon

Late post from circuit around the SSSI last night. At least 6 Robins, 2 wrens, dunnock singing or calling. Single snipe and jay. 2 skeins of Canada Geese (12 & 45). heading WNW  Many loose flocks of gulls ranging in size from 2-3 to 20-30 moving slowly SE at quite high level.

Posted October 8th at 8:59 am by Mark West in Bird News


Sorry for late post but there were at least 40 Cattle Egrets on the estuary just off Cockwood Harbour yesteday afternoon.

Posted October 8th at 8:39 am by Nick Workman in Bird News

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