Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th November 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 17th November 2021

Snow Bunting Slapton

A rather handsome bird showed well yesterday afternoon at the southern end of the Memorial car park, between the sand and the path. The bird was relaxed enough to come to within 10 meters and with a big lens I was able to bag some good record shots. How I saw it when I arrived I will never know as it was very well camouflaged on the sand. This meant I was able to point it out to a couple who had travelled and spent some time searching for it.

Posted November 17th at 8:50 pm by John wilkes in Bird News

Aish Tor/Dr Blackall's Drive

1 Merlin late afternoon fast overhead, having a go at a Meadow Pipit then heading on over the valley towards Bench Tor.

Posted November 17th at 8:11 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


A concentrated bunting search turned up 71 Cirl Bunting, 128 Yellowhammer & Reed Bunting. Also: Woodcock, 22 Teal, 48 Meadow Pipit, 65 Stock Dove, 390 Starling, Mistle Thrush heading north, Redwing, 15 Jackdaw E & 104 Goldfinch.

Non-avian: 6 Sika stags, 17 Row Deer & 2 Red Admirals.

Posted November 17th at 6:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Hawfinches Darnaford (Longdown)

Interestingly the birds changed their food source today to Hornbeam seed. Hornbeam seed crop is very good in this woodland this year. Numbers similar to yesterday (32 birds). 

Posted November 17th at 4:44 pm by Roy Adams in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Today I dropped into Wrafton pond were there were at least two dead Swans. One male & female Shoveler, one Little Grebe and three Wigeon one male and two female. 

One dead Swan
One dead Swan
Male Shoveler
Male Shoveler

Posted November 17th at 4:30 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little of note today, but 2 Siskins, 2 Stonechats, Sparrowhawk & 2 shags around; and - despite the tide not being fully up - birds on Blaxton Meadow included 48 Curlews, 20 Wigeon, 9 Greenshanks & 16 Dunlins. Also, 7 Roe Deer.

Posted November 17th at 4:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


A brief morning walk round the forest looking for Hawfinches...unsuccessfully but rewarded with distant views of these lovely Crossbills.

Common Crossbills
Common Crossbills
Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill

Posted November 17th at 3:05 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

5f Goosander, 1m Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3m Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Willow Tit.

Posted November 17th at 2:24 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Fremington Pill Glossy count rising ...

11:45 am two Glossy Ibis joined the one already in the Pill, by the wildlifearea outfall, making far 

Three Glossy Ibis at Fremington Pill
Three Glossy Ibis at Fremington Pill

Posted November 17th at 12:06 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Fremington Pill/Quay

This morning ; 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Greenshanks , 1 Sparrowhawk m , 1 Kingfisher , 1 Common Sandpiper , 130 + Balck-tailed Godwits & 4 Glossy Ibis. 

Posted November 17th at 9:25 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News


Firecrest in bushes near Berry Head Farm.

Posted November 17th at 9:10 am by Neil Thompson in Bird News

Tuesday 16th November 2021

Haldon Hawfinches

Several sightings throughout the day between 11:00 and 15:30 ranging from below the pylons and the clearing off the Butterfly Walk. Largest group was five, with other groups of two and three. Always distant and in dull conditions. Record shots only. Redpolls also active.there.

Hand held phone scope
Hand held phone scope

Posted November 16th at 11:58 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

We saw an excellent range of species on today's Stuart Line cruise, including an estuary record(?) of at least 38 Great Crested Grebes, (37 together off Exton!) and a Short-eared Owl overhead there later. A Spotted Redshank was at Topsham, plus large roosting flocks of Golden Plover and Lapwing, many godwits, Dunlins and Avocets feeding, and smaller numbers of Knot. A Mediterranean Gull was off Powderham and both Grey and Harbour Seals were hauled out. Not to be outdone, pairs of Black Swans (Exton) and Egyptian Geese (Topsham) represented the feral brigade. Mike Langman takes the credit for finding several of the good birds, including one of the male Black Redstarts among the sailing boats at Exmouth.

Posted November 16th at 10:56 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This afternoon at Fremington Pill - spotted redshank, 2 glossy ibis and dozens of black-tailed godwits still present

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted November 16th at 9:23 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News


2 Hawfinch still by pylons near Butterfly Walk at1.55pm- earlier 5 had been seen 

Posted November 16th at 7:30 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A relatively brief check on this afternoon's high tide produced: 6 Goosanders, 17 Mandarin Ducks, 17 Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Greenshanks & c50 Pied Wagtails. 

Posted November 16th at 5:39 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Late news from yesterday: ringing was the best this autumn so far with 56 birds ringed, mainly Finches with 14 Green, 9 Gold 4 Chaff and one Bull. Plus 6 Blackbird 3 Redwing and a Song Thrush, 2 GSW, 4 Chiffchaff, plus the third Jay of the autumn! I'm sure there are more in there too. Best bird was a Woodcock, which flew out early and missed the nets.

Today it seemed very busy - 30+ each of Gold and Greenfinch, 4 smart male Bullfinch, at least 2 Water Rails, a very close female Marsh Harrier, 2 Jays, 4 Chiffs. Nearby a pair of Stonechats, Little Egret and Grey Heron. Raven and Kestrel over. Kingfisher zoomed over the pond. Dipper and Grey Wagtail in the river.

Posted November 16th at 4:14 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Mole Valley

A mixed flock of 300 finches feeding on the bird mix….mainly Chaffinch but also Brambling,Goldfinch,Greenfinch and Bullfinch……..observed by 2 Buzzards and a female Sparrow Hawk. The field until recently grazed by cattle attracted 60 Starling,50 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing,25 Meadow Pipits And 6 Pied Wagtails…….the benefits of not using anthelmintics clearly visible!

Posted November 16th at 2:53 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News


Just a brief visit this morning at low tide. Birds of note included Dipper, Kingfisher, Goosander 2 (M&F), Wigeon 4, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, a pair of Stonechats and 30+ Siskin. A total of 50 species seen.

Posted November 16th at 2:23 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Escot Park, East Devon.

Further to the post from John Reeves I visited Escot this morning to reconnoitre for a coming East Devon Branch field walk.

The marshy enclosure near the car park produced Goldcrest while marshy ground in the valley produced a pair of Stonechat.  The Millenium Orchard gave me a dozen Fieldfare and a small flock of LT Tit while over head a flock of c20 Redwing flew west. The field north of the orchard contained 8 Buzzard and c40 Lapwing some Pied Wagtails and Herring Gulls. For some reason this area attracts birds.

Note the road from Fairmile to Escot is open although signs suggest the road is closed.

Posted November 16th at 12:28 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


25 Hawfinches this morning at Darnaford (Longdown) with a further 7 closer to Longdown village. 

Posted November 16th at 10:26 am by Roy Adams in Bird News

Woodbury Castle

Grey Wagtail yesterday afternoon within the fort itself.

Posted November 16th at 10:12 am by David Gray in Bird News

Monday 15th November 2021

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

6 Goosander 2m 4f (09:00), 1 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 3 Cormorant, 6m Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Jay, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Snipe 1, 1 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted November 15th at 8:36 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Escot Park

A walk through Escot Park to the apple orchard to the north saw a number of Fieldfares and Redwings feeding on the apples Also amongst the 3 or 4 Buzzards in the area, this striking pale morph individual came close. 

Posted November 15th at 8:01 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

South Huish

This morning Teal, Little Egrets, Snipe, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Starlings, Goldfinches, Oystercatchers, Buzzard, the Pectoral Sandpiper and a Water thanks to Mike Passman for locating it.

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Posted November 15th at 7:24 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Isley - Barnstaple

At lunchtime on the marsh were three Spoonbills, one definitely a juvenile, the others I couldn't tell, and in the estuary were a G-c Grebe, unusual here I think, several hundred Lapwings and over a hundred Shelducks.

Later at Fremington were two Ibis, a Little Grebe and over a hundred Blackwits, but no Spotted Redshank alas.

Finally, just below the bypass at Barnstaple, and the highlight for me, were seven Goosanders, making seventy spp. for the day.

Posted November 15th at 7:18 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Northam Burrows.

Mid morning, 1Brent,large flock of Golden Plover, 20 ish Lapwing, 2 Snow Bunting, 2Dunlin and a small flock of Larks. 

Posted November 15th at 5:42 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Northam Burrows

My first Black Redstart (male) popped up this afternoon, whilst filming waterbirds.

Black Redstart (male) (front)
Black Redstart (male) (front)
Black Redstart (male) (back)
Black Redstart (male) (back)

Posted November 15th at 5:20 pm by Rob Durrant in Bird News

Northam Burrows (Skern)

Male Black Redstart this afternoon

Posted November 15th at 4:10 pm by Rob Durrant in Bird News

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm

First winter farmland bird count in benign conditions and surprisingly good numbers: 111 Yellowhammer, 630 Skylark, 75 Chaffinch, 180 Goldfinch, 30 Linnet, 360 Starling, 5 Redwing, 40 Blackbird, 36 Stock Dove, 350 Woodpigeon, Golden Plover, 28 Meadow Pipit, 3 Bullfinch & 22 Teal.

Posted November 15th at 3:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Again some unusually strong visible migration (for this far into Nov) yesterday and today. Notable totals:

Chaffinch 1,765 (14th) & 561 (15th); Siskin 80 (14th) & 212 (15th); Brambling 19 (14th) & 6 (15th), Woodpigeon 804 (14th). Almost all the Chaffinches and Siskins moving E or SE into what little wind there was. Majority of Woodpigeons heading W. Highest counts of other species (mostly 14th): 284 Starling, 59 Redwing, 68 Meadow Pipit, 3 alba wagtail, 30 Linnet, 6 Greenfinch, 18 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll. Small numbers of grounded thrushes and Goldcrests in the scrub.

Posted November 15th at 2:26 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News


Ring- necked duck, Black swan, and 3 Cattle egrets in island trees from Beesands hide. 2 pm today.

Posted November 15th at 2:02 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Berry Head

07.30-10am: Overhead earlier on: 430 Wood Pigeon, 51 Stock Dove, 36 Starling, 47 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 7 Siskin, 3 Greenfinch, 8 Bullfinch, 4 Linnets, 11 Skylark, 2 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 12 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 3 Mistle and 2 Song Thrush. Around the headland; 6 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap 1 Coal Tit, 3 flocks of Long-tailed Tit total 28.

Posted November 15th at 12:32 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Sunday 14th November 2021

Fremington Pill

Today I popped over to Fremington pill where there were a good number of Black-tailed Godwits and Redshanks, a Little Grebe, two Glossy Ibis, a Spotted Redshank and a couple of Little Egrets.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted November 14th at 10:15 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Briefly, late afternoon. Lovely conditions. The two Snow Buntings in the same place on the path at the top of the beach just south of the Memorial car park (despite the Sunday afternoon crowds), a very smart Slavonian Grebe just offshore and then a fabulous performance from the Starlings coming into the Ireland Bay reedbeds.

Posted November 14th at 8:13 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh, Exminster Marshes, Dawlish Warren Seafront today

BGM: First winter Marsh Harrier quartering over the reeds, Snipe, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, a few Pintail amongst the winter ducks. At the platform, Cetti’s and Kingfisher. Goat Walk: around 150 Lapwing and circa 230 Avocet. Exminster Marshes: two 1st winter Marsh Harriers together, great views of two Raven, a Kestrel and a Peregrine, three further sightings of single Marsh Harriers.  Dawlish Warren seafront: lots of Gannets way out, two Great Crested Grebes and two Red Breasted Mergansers.

Posted November 14th at 6:06 pm by Simon and Karen Bates in Bird News

Efford Valley, Plymouth.

A walk round this morning produced 3 Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Raven, 17 Ring-necked Parakeets feeding on apples put out for them and a Firecrest by the doctor's surgery.

Posted November 14th at 6:03 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning's rising tide:

5 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Shelduck, Teal, Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk flew over. Grazing in fields overlooking the Tamar was a flock of 450+ Canada geese together with 3 Barnacle geese. Also, 66 Snipe on Ernesettle creek.

Posted November 14th at 4:57 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Field at Greysholt on Stoney Lane, Landkey.

Whilst my son and I were working on our plot on Saturday we saw a group of four Goldcrests feeding in the conifers, Blue Tits, male and female pheasants, Rooks, Jackdaws flying over along with a Buzzard and a Red Admiral perched on some logs during a brief sunny interlude.  

Posted November 14th at 3:51 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

13/11/21: 3 Siskins, Stonechat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 10 Greenshanks, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Shag & 5 Roe Deer. Little additional on a brief check today, but drake Goosander, 17 Turnstones & 14 Dunlins seen.

Earlier, today, 2 Harbour Porpoises & an adult Mediterranean Gull off Heybrook.

Posted November 14th at 3:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Great northern diver, Dawlish

1 GND on sea off Coryton cove yesterday, plus 2 flying past.

Also 6 Common Scoter in flight

Posted November 14th at 2:55 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News


Dipper and Meadow Pipit (having a bath!) in the river today. Kingfisher in the reserve, with 2 Water Rail, Treecreeper, lots of Goldfinch - feeding on Teazels and Alder cones - the Tit flock contained Blue, Great and LT Tits as well as a Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 male Bullfinch, a female GSW (nearby) and Chaffinches. Overhead 3 Buzzards - one being harassed by Jackdaws. Speckled Wood butterfly was a surprise.

On Wrafton Pond 3 Wigeon and 2 each of Gadwall and Shoveler.

Posted November 14th at 2:30 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Two 1st wint Marsh Harriers still on Exminster Marsh this morning. 220 Wigeon, 75+ Teal, 25 Shoveler, 420 Golden Plover & 150+ Lapwing. Also 3 singing Cetti’s Warbler & Water Rail. 

Posted November 14th at 9:44 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Saturday 13th November 2021


Grey Wagtail in the river, and only 1 Jay in the reserve today along with Treecreeper, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Kestrel, 4/5 Chiffchaffs (part of a large Tit flock including several Long-tailed Tits). Finches were buzzing around in the warmth, mostly Goldfinches.

Posted November 13th at 8:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River Mole Valley

First Jack Snipe of the winter and plenty of activity in the orchard.Fieldfares feasting on the fallen apples when not chasing off the Blackbirds who in turn were intimidating the Song Thrush.Marsh Tits on the feeders with Long-tailed Tits and Nuthatch as well as the usuals.A pair of Bullfinch feeding on the damson buds .Elsewhere on the farm 6 Mistle Thrush and flocks of Redwing and more Fieldfare passing through as well as Old Nog waiting on the river bank.Non avian included 4 Red Admirals and 4 Roe Deer.

Posted November 13th at 7:13 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Beesands Ley


A cracking drake Ring-necked Duck in front of the hide. A Black Swan added some colour too! 

Posted November 13th at 7:12 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Two Glossy Ibis at Fremington Pill today

Posted November 13th at 7:10 pm by Paul Hilder in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An afternoon visit produced all of the usual suspects. Of noted 6 Goosander (f), 40+ Pied Wagtail in with the cows and a Firecrest near Longbridge. Very busy.

Posted November 13th at 5:56 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Haldon forest two Hawfinch. 13th Nov 2021

At least two Hawfinch at Haldon, in usual place by the pylons. Sat in the pines above the Hornbeam trees.  50°39'16.75"N 3°35'54.91"W

Record shot
Record shot

Posted November 13th at 5:35 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News


Went to Thurlestone this morning to see if the Desert Wheatear was still hanging around, unfortunately it hadn't be seen since friday morning. Hundreds of Starling flying around. Headed over to South Huish Marsh to see the Pectoral Sandpiper and Water Pipit. Lots of Meadow and Rock Pipets about, Teal, Wigeon, Egrets, Herons, Snipe, Greenfinches,  

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

Posted November 13th at 3:57 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

South Huish Marsh.

Excellent views of Pectoral Sandpiper and Water Pipit on the overflow area this morning. No sign of the Desert Wheatear on Leasfoot Beach.

Posted November 13th at 12:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Chambercombe Manor

House Martin, now 5, still around at 08.30 this morning

Posted November 13th at 11:32 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Friday 12th November 2021


Sadly, no sign of the Hawfinches seen in the churchyard here yesterday. We spent about 40 mins scouring the adjacent area at about 3p.m.

Posted November 12th at 8:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

St James school , Exeter

Whilst outside St James school , two flocks containing c25 and c20 redwing flew overhead .

Posted November 12th at 6:27 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News

Slapton field meeting

A group of 26 members of Devon Birds gathered for the Plymouth Branch field meeting. The highlight of the day was close views of very confiding Snow Bunting, seen from the beach, feeding on seeds on the edge of the grassy bank and on the shingle. At first we had one stunningly marked male bird who was subsequently joined by a female. In all we had 48 species including Firecrest and Peregrine. Report to follow in club news section.  John Lloyd 

Posted November 12th at 6:22 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Exeter & Darts Farm

Lots of Redwing around Alphington in Exeter today, and first Fieldfare. Darts Farm, more flocks of Redwing, Brambling, 50+ Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch.

Posted November 12th at 6:21 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Twitchen South Molton

A Red Kite flew over Twitchen in a south easterly direction at 11am.

Posted November 12th at 5:05 pm by Martin Worsfold in Bird News


On Stover Lake this morning were 3 Shoveler (2 males & 1 female), a female Pochard and a Little Grebe.

Most surprising bird was a Curlew. I heard it calling, then saw it fly around the lake a few times before it gained height and flew off.

Posted November 12th at 4:23 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Winter arrivals

Several hundred fieldfare and redwing in valley below Ripon Tor (Cold East Cross) actively feeding on berries .Also a Jack Snipe and numerous Blackbirds and Carrion Crows. Single Buzzard and mixed finch flocks.

Posted November 12th at 2:14 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Chambercombe Manor

2 Swallows joined the House Martins still around at 11.15 this morning before flying S.

Posted November 12th at 11:40 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Berry Head

Good Thrush movement this morning (still going when I left) 07.30-09.30: 9,000+ Redwing, 38 Fieldfare, 11 Brambling, 32 Chaffinch, 1 Grt Spt Woodpecker,1 Curlew, 2 Siskin, 3 Skylark. Around Head: 3 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest 1 Chiffchaff. 1 Mediterranean Gull ad at sea and 6-7 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted November 12th at 11:00 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Berry Head

0730-0900. Up to 3 Brambling (1 in quarry vegetation, then flew N at 0735, 1 over at 0830, unsure on direction, 1 perched near wood at 0900 - could be same bird of course). Great Northern Diver, Red-breasted Merganser and Common Scoter E. Good movement of auks and Kittiwakes. Easily 200+ Redwing over, several Fieldfare too.


Posted November 12th at 10:52 am by Chris E in Bird News

Lipson Plymouth Black Redstart

For the 4th year running Female Black Redstart in Lipson, Plymouth

Posted November 12th at 9:24 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Chambercombe Manor

4 House Martin feeding over the Manor 0815 - 0820 this morning.

Posted November 12th at 8:44 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News

Thursday 11th November 2021

Upper Torridge Estuary

Upper Torridge, Bideford Old Bridge to tidal limit:

23 Common Sandpipers

2 Green Sandpipers

10 Mandarin


Posted November 11th at 9:21 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Blackbough Nr Culmstock

Amazed to see Severn Hawfinch in and around the trees of the churchyard today, also lots of Siskin flying about

Posted November 11th at 8:22 pm by Kevin Bainbridge in Bird News

Northam Burrows

Good views of circa 18 Snow Buntings in the vicinity of the 8th green (!)….

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted November 11th at 6:48 pm by Alan Denzey in Bird News

Thurlestone &Slapton.

Lee’s Foot beach the f.Desert Wheatear showed very well. South Huish marsh the Pec .Sand also showed very well.Slapton middle car park along beach towards Torcross but near car park the 2 Snow Buntings allowed very close approach.

Posted November 11th at 6:08 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Northam Burrows country park

3:45-4:30 pm. 30 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 3 Curlew, 1 Little egret, Herring gull

Posted November 11th at 5:50 pm by Trevor Wilkinson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little change today, except for a modest increase in winterers' numbers. 33 Dunlins, 18 Wigeon, 18+ Turnstones, 1+ Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshanks, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 25 Shelducks, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, 5 Mistle Thrushes & 2 Stonechats. 

Posted November 11th at 3:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point

Another morning of strong visible migration. 869 Chaffinches and at least 25 Bramblings. In contrast to 9th, direction of flight was more varied and some flocks (especially in the clearest conditions early on) were passing so high as to be almost beyond binocular view. Others were beyond visible range but could still be heard at times. Excellent variety included single Swallow (my second-latest patch record) and a flyover Snow Bunting – a quintessential 'summer meets winter' day. Also: 361 Woodpigeon, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Lapwing, 8 Skylark, 74 Starling, 85 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 24 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 alba wagtail, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Linnet, 210 Siskin (a patch record, all E in flocks of up to 30) and 7 Goldfinch.

In the scrub: 4 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 14 Blackbird & 3 Goldcrest. Offshore: 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull & 2 Gannet, plus 6 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted November 11th at 3:31 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

A lively morning with Golden Plover, 18 Teal, 1000 Woodpigeon plus 110E, 192 Stock Dove inc.123E, 600 Skylark plus 48E, 4 Redwing, 21 Song Thrush, 38 Blackbird, 52 Robin, 800 Starling, 82 Goldfinch, 17 Yellowhammer, 50 Linnet & 10 Cirl Bunting.

Non-avian: 6 Sika stags & 4 Roe Deer. 

Posted November 11th at 2:51 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton area

Still 3 Shoveler and 2 Gadwall on Wrafton Pond. In the reserve, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest, Water Rail and 5 Jays! Lots of Green and Gold Finches. Good numbers of Redwing going over.

Posted November 11th at 1:56 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Start Point.

A Siberian Chiffchaff caught at this morning's ringing session.

Siberian Chiffchaff . Out of focus but the plumage characteristics are obvious
Siberian Chiffchaff . Out of focus but the plumage characteristics are obvious

Posted November 11th at 1:12 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Bird News


Single snow bunting feeding on lower coast path around Capstone Hill

Posted November 11th at 11:40 am by David Shadwell in Bird News

Wednesday 10th November 2021

Thurlestone and South Huish

Pre work dash to Thurlestone to see Mike's Desert Wheatear. Showed really well between 0815-0840.

Pectoral Sandpiper and Water Pipit still at South Huish Marsh.

Desert Wheatear
Desert Wheatear

Posted November 10th at 10:49 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 9th November 2021

Desert Wheatear

1w F Desert Wheatear on Leasfoot Beach Thurlestone same site as the 1W M found on 8 Nov 2016. Use Golf Club visitors car park , make sure you pay for parking a camera records your arrival AND departure- £100 fine levied 

Posted November 9th at 10:31 pm by Mike Passman in Bird News

Horsey Island raptors

Great morning watching the falling tide at Horsey Island today.

Good flock of Golden Plover/Lapwing being hunted by Peregrine Falcon, unsuccessfully. Closely followed by Female Marsh Harrier hunting over the undergrowth. She caught a small rodent of some sort but was then harassed by the Peregrine until she dropped her catch.

Also, Curlew,Redshank,Kingfisher,Mixed flock of finches and Pipits as well as all the usual estuary residents.

Posted November 9th at 10:31 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

Not much about the cemetery, 6 Redwings, but would not settle due to all the striming going on, 4 Mistle Thrushes, and the usual covids ect.

Posted November 9th at 8:11 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

North Devon

Wrafton Pond had 1 drake Wigeon, 2 drake Gadwall, and 2 drake plus a female Shoveler. 3 Common Gulls out on the scrape were unusual here. 2 Dippers and a Grey Wagtail in the river. Jay, 2 Water Rails, 40+Goldfinch, in the reserve. Glossy Ibis and Greenshank in Fremington Creek. Female Pintail, and a female Sparrowhawk, which put up 20/30 Skylarks and 3 Fieldfare in the Home Farm area. Grey Plover and several Little Egrets in the main estuary.

Odd place for a Black-headed Gull!
Odd place for a Black-headed Gull!

Posted November 9th at 5:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight today, was 2 Firecrests; also, 3 Redwings, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshanks, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, c20 Turnstones, 16 Wigeon & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted November 9th at 3:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton - Snow Bunting

2 birds together, one with significantly more white in the plumage, just south of the southern end of the memorial car park which is just south of Slapton Turn. One put up from virtually under my feet on the path whence it joined the 2nd bird on the beach, almost impossible to see in the shingle with the naked eye.

Posted November 9th at 1:40 pm by Barrie Whitehall in Bird News

Rillage Point

Almost didn't go out first thing as conditions looked unpromising for visible migration, with intermittent drizzly clag and a moderate SW wind. Glad I did, as there turned out to be a massive westbound migration of Chaffinches, with some 5,276 counted in flocks of up to 400 between 07.20 and 08.45. More than I could actually count were passing either very high overhead, further out to sea, or behind me, so my total is certainly an under-count. Didn't manage to get very far along my usual route, but other totals (great majority also flying W) included: 316 Woodpigeon, 1 Skylark, 18 Starling, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 4 Blackbird, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 alba wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit, 12 Brambling, 1 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 18 Goldfinch and 77 Siskin.

Posted November 9th at 1:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Chelston, Torquay

A firecrest found by Janet at lunchtime on the steps down from Howard Close to Gilbert Close. Also long tailed tits, great tits and a wren.

Posted November 9th at 1:15 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Berry Head

From Berry Head Quarry: Black Redstart on boulders. Visited for cetaceans, wasn't disappointed - 20+ Common Dolphin, 6+ Harbour Porpoise. Also 6 Common Scoter, 900+ Kittiwake in Tor Bay and flying W, and 1ad Med Gull.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 9th at 10:29 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 8th November 2021

Black Redstart

Black Redstart on Peak Hill Road, Sidmouth this afternoon.

Posted November 8th at 9:26 pm by Julian Green in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Over 20 Snipe feeding on the marsh in front of the hide on the path towards Otterton. 

Posted November 8th at 7:08 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Snow Bunting from 5th

Photographed on the 5th Northam Burrows

Posted November 8th at 6:23 pm by stewart beer in Bird News

Isley Marsh yesterday

Two spoonbills feeding on incoming tide-fabulous!

Posted November 8th at 5:49 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Sunday - Torbay and Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Out from Brixham to Berry Head on Kellys Hero Charters - sightings included GBB, LBB, 10 Kittiwakes, Common Gull as well as BH Gull and a single adult Med Gull plus 6 Harbour Porpoise.  Several flocks of Razorbill flying W.  Guillemots and 6 Purple Sandpipers.

Back into Torbay where we had a group of 5 GC Grebes, 14 Common Scoter (immatures/females) - distant so record photo only, 2 GN Divers and 2 Peregrines overhead.  

adult Med Gull
adult Med Gull
Common Scoter
Common Scoter

Posted November 8th at 5:06 pm by GE and LA Carr in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Fairly quiet before rain stopped play, this morning, but managed: 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Greenshanks, Teal, 16 Wigeon, Goosander, Shag, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w) & a Chiffchaff. 

Posted November 8th at 4:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Powderham Church - Turf

A pleasant morning for 19 members of DB (East Devon Branch meeting). From the church car park 4 MistleThrush and c60 Linnet were present on power lines.  4 Cattle Egret plus 2 Little Egret were present with cows scoped at a distance with Kingfisher in a ditch.  3 Stonechat present at different locations, plus small numbers of Redwing, Meadow Pipit and Linnet in the hedges. 19 Curlew, 3 Lapwing in the fields and a single Rock Pipit on the wall. On the estuary were 6 Pintail and other ducks and geese and 2 Black Swan. The tide took a while to drop but eventually produced waders including flocks of Avocet, Golden Plover, Dunlin and others. 

A total of 52 species listed. Thanks to Terri Small for leading and Paul Reynolds for keeping the list. 

Posted November 8th at 3:05 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


Walk from harbour to Bath House: Herring Gull, Greater Black-back Gull, Oystercatcher, Cormorant, Purple Sandpiper, Rock Pipit, Starlings, Jays, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robin, House Sparrow.

Posted November 8th at 2:59 pm by David Shadwwell in Bird News

Fernworthy Reservoir

08:22 - 10:25

32+ Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Lesser Redpoll, Nuthatch were the highlights.

Posted November 8th at 2:12 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

East Soar

A smidgeon of vis mig from Sharp Tor from dawn inc.7 Brambling W, 3 Fieldfare W, 8 Redwing NE, 34 Skylark W, 75 Jackdaw (5W 70 grounded), 46 Stock Dove (42W 4E) & 760 Woodpigeon (420W, 140E & 200 grounded), Mistle Thrush over & 2 Snipe in rushes.

Posted November 8th at 10:42 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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