Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th February 2021


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Tuesday 16th February 2021

Stover Country Park

Working in Newton Abbot and Ashburton today so had an opportunity to pop in to Stover.  While walking around the lake I spotted five female Goosander, ten or twelve Tufted duck and a Water rail.

Water Rail
Water Rail
Water Rail
Water Rail

Posted February 16th at 10:29 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

A Great Northern Diver 20m off the Wet Wok around 3pm. Meadow Pipit, Oystercatcher and a Peregrine flyby. Distant views of the LT Duck and another GND near Mountbatten.

Posted February 16th at 10:05 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Barn Owl sighting

At 5:20pm today I had a brief sighting of a barn owl gliding across fields between Totnes and Dartington. 

Posted February 16th at 9:31 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Ottery Skylark

Singing Skylark this afternoon, field between Fluxton nr Ottery and West Hill. First of the year.

Posted February 16th at 8:22 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

River Mole Valley

Birds busy feeding on 20 acres of various crops.....fodder radish a late winter favourite.Supplementary feeding has also attracted 120 stock doves,250 linnets 300 chaffinches including European species and another mixed flock of 300 comprising chaffinch goldfinch bullfinch and greenfinch.Also seen treecreeper,Marsh tit and 5 buzzards.Meadow pipits and starling feeding amongst the kale.

Posted February 16th at 7:39 pm by Brian N. in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

The Lower Lake this morning,

21 Goosander, 1m Tufted Duck, 4 Willow Tit, 6 Coal Tit, 9 Blue Tit. 10 Mallard, 5 Robin, 4 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Redwing, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted February 16th at 7:30 pm by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Stranding of Starfish off Teignmouth

As mentioned in my last post, there was a mass stranding of Starfish and Crabs off Smugglers Cove, Teignmouth, today, providing food for the gulls and Divers.

Posted February 16th at 6:49 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News

Whooper swan juvenile Braunton Marsh

Juvenile Whooper swan this evening feeding with a dozen or so Mute Swans.

Juvenile Whooper Swan. (I think)
Juvenile Whooper Swan. (I think)

Posted February 16th at 6:30 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Great Northern Divers off Teignmouth Seafront

Not often that you see so many Divers off Teignmouth seafront, but there were 7 Great Northern Divers this afternoon, including a flock of 4 feeding together. The mass stranding of starfish and crabs could have something to do with it. The Black-Headed Gulls were certainly enjoying the feast!

Flock of 4 Great Northern Divers
Flock of 4 Great Northern Divers
Black-headed Gull with probable starfish leg
Black-headed Gull with probable starfish leg

Posted February 16th at 6:25 pm by Nick D'Agorne in Bird News


Broadsands this evening: 35 Great Northern Divers (inc a raft of 19), 1 Black-throated Diver, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Common Scoter, 1 adw Mediterranean Gull, 22 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (inc 3 intermedius types in flock)

Posted February 16th at 6:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Mount Batten

Yet another shot of the lovely female L.T. Duck and a Great Northern Diver off Mount Batten this afternoon. Also a flypast of a R.B. Merganser, Cormorants, Shags and Oystercatchers

Long Tailed Duck
Long Tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted February 16th at 5:58 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Black-necked Grebe on River Plym - Plymouth

Seen fishing close to the Iron Bridge

Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe with fish
Black-necked Grebe with fish

Posted February 16th at 5:20 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Garden Pond - Braunton

Love is in the Garden Pond again after a week of bitterly cold weather.

The frogs are smiling again & these comical little characters make everyone smile too!

Posted February 16th at 4:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Fremington Pill

4 Glossy Ibis flew over the Pill at 16.00 this afternoon & set down in the fields opposite the pill road. 

Posted February 16th at 4:27 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.45

Juv Glaucous Gull in flight around and sat on the Lead Stone.  28 Great Northern Divers between Thatcher Rock and Hope Cove.  6 Purple Sandpipers on low rocks close to the point.  5 Great Crested Grebes.

Female Black Redstart around the boulders on the small beach and cliff faces on the south side. 

Later, a Great Northern Diver in the outer part of Torquay Harbour.  2 Great Crested Grebes off Torre Abbey Sands.  A Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret and Grey Heron at Corbyn's Head.     

Posted February 16th at 4:23 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Female Long-tailed Duck

The Female long-tailed Duck still showing very well at Mountbatten

Posted February 16th at 3:24 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Trew Weir, Exeter

Long-tailed Duck still present this morning, also Adult Yellow-legged Gull. Lesser Black-backed Gulls returning with 4 Adults present

Posted February 16th at 3:19 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Isley Marsh

At Isley this morning ; 3 Spoonbills & 2 Great crested grebes.

Posted February 16th at 3:18 pm by David Paterson in Bird News


At Mount Batten bay L.T Duck  still present ,also 1G N Diver.

Posted February 16th at 11:59 am by Sylvia tucker in Bird News

South Brent

While cycling into South Brent yesterday chance sighting of a high flying Woodcock passing over the A38 near the Carew slip road.

Around home this morning Heron, Nuthatch, two male Siskin and a very vocal Firecrest in the garden.

Posted February 16th at 11:33 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram

The Grey Plover, but only 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Greenshanks and 5 Teal on the flooded meadow this morning.  An adult Mediterranean Gull, with a nearly full black hood brings to three seen here in recent days.

Posted February 16th at 11:30 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

S Molton community woodland

Two song thrush chasing, quivering, displaying

Posted February 16th at 10:19 am by art symons in Bird News

Mount Batten

Long-tailed Duck still off the slipway this morning 

Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Posted February 16th at 8:54 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 15th February 2021

Cattewater & Saltram, Plymouth

Highlight of mid-day visit to Cattedown was the Long-tailed Duck off the Mountbatten watersports centre, a now rare visitor to Plymouth.  In Saltram Park at dusk was a Water Rail.

Posted February 15th at 8:57 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Ravens nesting in Cullompton

While working in Cullompton, I have watched a pair of Ravens carrying sticks and building a nest in a large conifer near the centre of town. The tree is a large conifer in a private garden adjacent to Station road and just down the hill from the Police station.

Posted February 15th at 8:57 pm by nick dixon in Bird News

Skern at low tide

As the afternoon drew to a close many gulls came in to assemble before heading out to sea presumably to roost on the water. Herring Gulls, Common Gulls and over six hundred Black-headed Gulls. In amongst them all were three adult Mediterranean Gulls and a white necked Ruff who looked, and appeared to feel, ever so slightly out of place. A nice bird to see though.

Posted February 15th at 7:35 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Snow bunntings

A pair of snow buntings showing well on Northam Burrows this morning

Posted February 15th at 6:14 pm by Roger Walter in Bird News


A Peregrine on a kill on a farm field just off Plymbridge Lane. 2 Canada Geese with 2 female Goosanders on larger pool and for the first time I saw a pair of Goosander on the smaller circular pool at Boringdon G. C .who looked like they were building up to a mating session. A Buzzard, Crows, Magpies ans several Skylarks over the course.


Posted February 15th at 6:11 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Braunton Burrows this afternoon

Took a walk from home today which took us to Sandy Lane Car Park and along the SW Coast Path towards Saunton Golf club. The first birds if interest were a flock of 18 Magpies keeping the cattle company. A cock Pheasant ran ahead of us before hiding in deep cover then a distant blob in some trees turned out to be a Great Spotted Woodpecker.  A couple of Redwing were seen flying and Songthrush was seen but not heard. On the return leg we spotted a small flock of about 6 Longtailed tits 3 Bluetits 2 2 Great tits and a stunning male Bullfinch. The highlight of the walk though was undoubtedly our first singing Skylarks of the year! At least five heard and seen. Uplifting  :)

Great Spotted Woodpecker at distance.
Great Spotted Woodpecker at distance.

Posted February 15th at 5:23 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton Meadow at high tide first thing - Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 62 Curlews, 7 Greenshanks, 4 Teal, the female Red-crested Pochard, 21 Wigeon & 1st-w Mediterranean Gull. Also today, adult Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Stock Doves, 4 Goosanders (2 drakes) & 5 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes).

Around the Cattewater, adult Mediterranean Gull (Polish-ringed PHAU), sinensis Cormorant (adult), 2 Grey Wagtails & a Common Sandpiper. 

Posted February 15th at 4:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 12.30

The Juv Glaucous Gull showed well on low rocks towards the point and also in flight to and from the Lead Stone.  16 Great Northern Divers and 11 Great Crested Grebes between Thatcher Rock and Hope Cove.  2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the Lead Stone.

Two Meadow Pipits on the main slope and a male Blackcap in the higher scrub, towards the gate.

A female Black Redstart around the boulders near the small beach on the south side.  

Posted February 15th at 3:08 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


13/2/21 1500 On a garage roof in Ivybridge picking at the moss. Hooded Crow. Other Rooks around and at first sight (very close about 3m) thought it was some sort of albino, but after some research am convinced that it must be Hooded Crow possibly blown down by the NE high winds recently.

Posted February 15th at 2:41 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News


Broadsands : 1 Siberian Chiffchaff in the marsh behind the beach again today.

Around the bay: 1 Long-tailed Duck (Paignton) 7 Common Scoter, 11 Great Northern Divers (mostly Broadsands), 3 Red-throated Divers, 21 Great Crested Grebes.

   Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 15 Feb 2021 ML   Siberian Chiffchaff Broadsands 15 Feb 2021 ML

Posted February 15th at 11:49 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


In Clovelly bay off mount batten 1 L T Duck. found by Russ Enon this am.

Posted February 15th at 10:02 am by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Trewsweir Long-tailed Duck

Showed well on the river all yesterday between the weir and the bottom of Weirfield Road. Flew down river 5:30 pm, has returned above the weir again this morning. 

Posted February 15th at 8:59 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

Sunday 14th February 2021

Fremington Quay

Two Spoonbill feeding in the River Taw towards Penhill Point.  Cattle egret in fields behind the cafe. Greenshank in the Pill.  I haven’t seen the Ibis since early February and the start of this cold spell. 

Posted February 14th at 10:07 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News


Interesting that a Whimbrel was heard calling down south, I thought I heard one from the reserve today. I didn't hear it again and dismissed it as my hearing! I also thought it was a bit early, but who knows? Other sightings today were a calling and then displaying Buzzard, a Goldcrest, only one Redwing today, but once again probably 60+ Goldfinch. Nearby on Wrafton Pond the battle of the adult and juvenile Swans is still ongoing - 2 cygnets present today. along with Shoveler, Wigeon (back after a day out yesterday) and Gadwall.

Posted February 14th at 7:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Spoonbill still present until13:30 at least. Whimbrel heard calling on the estuary.

Posted February 14th at 5:50 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Great Crested Grebe

A lunchtime walk around Plymouth's seafront produced a Great Crested Grebe in Millbay Docks and a Great Northern Diver off Drake's Island viewed from 'Rusty Anchor' -West Hoe

Posted February 14th at 5:08 pm by Ian Teague in Bird News

Hope's Nose


Juv Glaucous Gull mobile around the site in very wet and windy conditions.  

Three Great Northern Divers in Hope Cove.  

Posted February 14th at 4:15 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront - Point Car Park 13:45

Lots of gulls (many hundreds) feeding close to shore, mainly Herring Gulls, some Great Black Black Backed. Quite a few Black Headed also, picked up a Mediterranean Gull with them. Five Great Northern Divers close in as well, feeding on shore crabs in quite shallow water.

Posted February 14th at 3:22 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Totnes garden

6 siskins on the bird feeder today - that's the biggest number so far. Also a male blackcap made an appearance. 

Posted February 14th at 1:01 pm by Jon Flynn in Bird News

Around Ilfracombe

4 Purple Sandpipers working the rocks off Capstone, Black Redstart around Bath Place, Greater Black-backed gulls harbour along with solitary Black=headed.

Posted February 14th at 12:14 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

Trewsweir Exeter Long-tailed Duck

Female winter Long-tailed Duck on city side of weir at 0845. 

Posted February 14th at 9:42 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

Trewsweir Long-tailed Duck

Photo to previous submission 

Posted February 14th at 9:13 am by Mike Booth in Bird News

Saturday 13th February 2021

West Charleton Marsh

Spoonbill present late afternoon.

Posted February 13th at 7:15 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News


This morning, at Hope's Nose in very strong winds and snow showers, an adult Mediterranean Gull past the point.

Later at Torquay Harbour, a KIngfisher and Great Crested Grebe close to Princess Pier.  Then, at nearby Torre Abbey Sands, an adult and a second winter Mediterranean Gull.   

Posted February 13th at 5:08 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


Cold windy circular walk from Otterton - Monks Wall - Brandy Head - Stantyway - Otterton. A "bird wave" near the football club comprising all the common tits and finches. Fulmar off the cliffs but nothing on the rough sea. Peregrine flying up and down the coast and an odd looking bird of prey low down over ploughed coastal field battling the wind - ?? Goshawk (but probably just a buzzard !). Fields around Stantyway busy with Cirl Bunting, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Brambling, Siskin and (?Meadow) Pipits. Also a flock of Fieldfare with a few Redwing and a Song thrush.

Posted February 13th at 4:30 pm by Steve Ross in Bird News

Fremington Quay

Two Spoonbill feeding in the River Taw towards Penhill Point.  Cattle egret in fields behind the cafe. Greenshank in the Pill.  I haven’t seen the Ibis since early February and the start of this cold spell. 

Posted February 13th at 4:11 pm by Paul Bearman in Bird News

Red Kite at Tiverton 10/02/21

I got a good close view of a Red Kite flying low over the A361 at Gornhay Cross Tiverton.It seemed interested in a dead pheasant in the carriageway.It made two passes over the carrion and then flew across a nearby field.

Posted February 13th at 2:55 pm by A STUTHRIDGE in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Significant additions to the two Chris' posts: 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), 21 Wigeon, Green Woodpecker, Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe & 4 Roe Deer.

Thanks to the Axe Estuary Ringing Group, I now have details of the ringed Shelduck (A06) seen this week on Blaxton Meadow. It is a rehibiltated bird, ringed last September on the Axe Estuary and is the first such control from the Plym Estuary.

Posted February 13th at 2:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow...continued

Not long after Chris E. left the Teal number rose to 8, with a singe drake. An adult winter Mediterranean Gull (not the Polish ringed bird). On the river a different 6 Goosander, 4 drakes & 2 redheads, another 2 redheads further down the estuary. Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Grebe and Grey Wagtail.

Posted February 13th at 11:47 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

Highlights first thing: Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit still. 15 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 7 Greenshank, 2 Goosander (1m,1f) - further 6 on the Plym (3m,3f) - Kingfisher, 3 Common Gull and Barnacle Goose

Posted February 13th at 8:20 am by Chris E in Bird News

Molland Common

These are the images that I was able to get in the very windy conditions.

Three Fieldfares
Three Fieldfares

Posted February 13th at 1:26 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Today (Friday 12) while on my way to Ilfracombe I popped in to Wrafton pond.  There were a few Shoveler (m) and a couple of females, two Gadwall (one m and one fm), a couple of Wigeon and the usual Mallard, Coots, Moorhens and gulls.  However out on the scrape were 50+ Lapwings, three Dunlin, a small number of Teal m&f, a small flock of Starlings and Finches that were too far away to clearly id and there were also a few Rooks. After my work in Ilfracombe I moved on to another on Exmoor where my journey took me through Molland common. Very windy up there but I did see a small number of Fieldfares, two Mistle Thrush and a flock of Starlings (flock size at least 500). 

Lapwing and three Common Sandpiper
Lapwing and three Dunlin

Posted February 13th at 1:24 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 12th February 2021

Eider ducks on river otter today


Posted February 12th at 6:43 pm by Robert Jones in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Chris’ Grey Plover returned to Blaxton Meadow tonight (after feeding on the estuary) together with 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 64 Curlews & 2 Teal. Also today whilst battling the strong easterly, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), redhead Goosander, 15 Wigeon, the Barnacle Goose, female Red-crested Pochard, 9 Mandarin Ducks, 3+ Snipe, Jack Snipe, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker & 9 Roe Deer.

Posted February 12th at 6:20 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Parked up and went back to take a closer look at this road casualty, which  I didn't recognise as I drove past initially. It was on the main road outside the shops at Goodrington.  It turned out to be a female Common Scoter, no doubt blown inland by the strong easterlies!

Broadsands:  6 Mediterranean Gulls today 1fw, 4 ad w (this morning) and 1 sw (this afternoon)

Dead Road casualty  female Common Scoter

Posted February 12th at 5:43 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Saltram

At Low tide the Plym had 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, 2 Goosander, 2 Little Grebe, 17 Wigeon, Little Egret and Shelduck' 2 Shoveler on the flooded meadow. 2 Redwing behind Sainsburys. RC Pochard on the Duck pond. Barnacle Goose in front of Saltram House with Curlew, Canada Geese and 2 Stonechat.

Posted February 12th at 2:40 pm by David Grant in Bird News


Yesterday on a walk from Boringdon Golf Course to Blaxton Meadow. Golden Plover 30+,flock of 30+ Skylarks, and a Snipe on stubble near Boringdon Hall .Peregrine 1, Nuthatches, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Marsh Tits at Cann Quarry,. 4 Dippers (1 singing) 18 Mandarin Ducks, 4 Goosanders, 2 Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Redwings,S. Thrush, Buzzards, between Plymbridge and Coypool. At Blaxton Meadow Pied Wagtails, Redshank, Little Egret,, Little Grebe, Canada Geese, Wigeon, Shoveller (i male, 4 females) Shelduck and 1 female Teal.


Posted February 12th at 1:42 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

River Otter

Blustery day. On the cricket pitch - 14 Brent Geese with a single Greater Black Backed Gull and many Herring and Black Headed Gulls. Many Mallard, Wigeon and Teal, with 6 Shoveler, 12 Shelduck and single Pintail still around. 60 Canada Geese and 3 Mute Swans. On the scrapes 25 Curlew, 10 Redshank, and approx 30 Dunlin. 2 Lapwing but no Snipe today.Single Avocet (!) on estuary- never seen one here before. 2 Bullfinch, 2 Redwing, 1 Little Grebe. 4 Grey Heron very close. 2 Little Egret obligingly standing with the Cattle Egret for comparison near the aqueduct (with the cows!). 1 Kingfisher and the Dipper in it's usual spot upstream from Otterton Mill. Many other tits and finches - especially large numbers of "charming" Goldfinch.

Posted February 12th at 12:37 pm by Steve Ross in Bird News

Trews Weir, Exeter

My best bird of the lockdown so far, immature long-tailed duck quay side of weir.

Posted February 12th at 12:30 pm by Alan Keatley in Bird News

S Molton

Greenfinch feeding on cotoneaster berries; Siskin singing in community woodland.

Posted February 12th at 12:02 pm by art symons in Bird News

Lesser redpoll

Lesser redpoll back on the feeders just outside Okehampton 

Posted February 12th at 11:15 am by Laurence smith in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram

At first light this morning among the usual Curlews, Oystercatcher and Redshank I picked out 6 Greenshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and a probable Golden Plover.  A Buzzard spooked the lot. When they came back down there was a Grey Plover and a Ringed Plover. Two female Teal and the Polish Mediterranean Gull.

Last evening around 5:45 there were 14 Goosander, 5 males and 9 redheads off the meadow at the 'Gas Pipe' bend of the river. No sign of them this morning. 

Posted February 12th at 10:35 am by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Thursday 11th February 2021

South Brent

Raven and Green Woodpecker showing well at home today, during the morning a Black Headed Gull flew past the house a bit of a rarity here.

Around the feeders a female Reed Bunting.

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted February 11th at 8:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Passage house, newton abbot

Redshank, kingfisher, egrets, x6 coromants, snipe, curlew.  And weirdly a set of bird wings(no body attatched) possibly owl wings just hanging in the tree. 

Posted February 11th at 8:38 pm by Iain morland in Bird News

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

Some signs of cold weather movement over the last couple of days with a single Avocet and Bar-tailed Godwit (both uncommon here) and also 85 Dunlin (a very high count for the estuary). The Cattle Egret continues to roost on either the river N of White Bridge or on the estuary S of White Bridge. Other birds today included 4 adult Med Gulls and 23 Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Avocet, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend

Posted February 11th at 8:02 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News


Several hundred mostly Herring Gulls at Broadsands today mixed in with them 50+ Black-headed Gulls, 30+ common Gulls and a couple of Mediterranean Gulls. Also this very odd looking 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull  - the same bird was seen and photographed in Penzance over the Christmas period and also noted on the Hayle Estuary.

   Lesser Black-backed Gull fw Broadsands ML  Lesser Black-backed Gull fw Broadsands ML

Posted February 11th at 6:50 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Topsham Quay


Spotted Redshank (1), Long-tailed Duck (f) (1) amongst the 20+ Red-breasted Merganser, Avocet, Teal, Dunlin, Curlew.

Posted February 11th at 5:21 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Marsh Green

A fine Fieldfare dropped in this morning after I put out the last few apples I had stored for the winter.  The feeders have been busy of late with a party of ten Long tailed Tit my favourites.

Posted February 11th at 3:08 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Wednesday morning walk along Fremington pill was at first a little disappointing, however things started to improve when a few new comers appeared. Four or five Pied Wagtails, a single Greenfinch, a Song Thrush, a couple of Robins, a couple of Crows and a Great tit graced the area.  The usual suspects were there.  Four Little Egrets at the head of the pill, a Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, two Shelduck, a few Teal and Redshank, one Black headed gull and three Curlew.

Carrion Crow
Carrion Crow

Posted February 11th at 2:14 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 10th February 2021


This afternoon 30+ Golden Plover over farm fields near Plymbridge Lane. 3 male and 4 female Goosanders on pond at Boringdon Golf Course. 20+ Skylarks,I Snipe and a solitary Peregrine.

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Goosander male
Goosander male

Posted February 10th at 8:00 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Red Kite which flew over (SE at c14.00) was my first in Plymouth, and totally unexpected. Also signs of cold weather movements included 26 Golden Plovers over & (on Blaxton Meadow) a female Pintail & 6 Teal. In addition: Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 2 or 3 Jack Snipe, Snipe, 16 Wigeon, 7 Goosanders (4 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 2 Mandarin Ducks (pair), female Red-crested Pochard, the Barnacle Goose, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, 1 or 2 Stonechats, 2 Siskins, the Polish-ringed adult Mediterranean Gull "PHAU" & 9 Roe Deer. 

Posted February 10th at 5:09 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth Hoe

A Great Northern Diver offshore and a Purple Sandpiper with 3 Turnstones on the rocks below the Pier One cafe today on my Plymouth Hoe walk. However the highlight was a Red Kite flying over causing uproar amongst the Herring Gulls.

Red Kite
Red Kite
Purple Sandpiper with Turnstones
Purple Sandpiper with Turnstones

Posted February 10th at 5:08 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

09:56 - 11:49

Three Crossbill, Goldcrest, a pair of Bullfinch, Dartford Warblers calling the highlight.

Posted February 10th at 5:08 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Newnham Meadows to Newnham Park

Yesterday mid-afternoon, no Firecrests but Goldcrest female in the meadows and an orange crested male on the Tory Brook. Loads of finches including Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Siskin, Bullfinch and Greenfinch in descending order of number.  What seemed unusual was a flock of 30 or 40 Meadow Pipit in the tree-tops at Holly Wood moving over into the park still in the trees and not down into the sheep field. At the same time were a few Redwing. 

Posted February 10th at 2:32 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Fern Way, Ilfracombe

Another black redstart in Fern Way, a female this time.

Posted February 10th at 2:04 pm by Ann Kingston in Bird News

Re: Blackcaps in Braunton

In response to Phil and Sue Naylor's question about the age and sex of Blackcaps visiting their feeders. Young Blackcaps fledge with a brown cap but undergo a partial post-juvenile moult, including the cap, which is usually finished in October. By now, any bird with a brown cap will definitely be a female with last year's young and older females indistinguishable in the field.

Posted February 10th at 10:11 am by Alan Pomroy in Bird News


Three Firecrest this morning. One in the garden and two in vegetation along the Tory Brook near Newnham Park entrance.

Posted February 10th at 8:52 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 9th February 2021

Gullemot at Hallsands

Guillemot sheltering amongst the rocks from the easterly storms at Hallsands.

Posted February 9th at 10:22 pm by Julia Churchley in Bird News

Blackcap numbers increasing in our Braunton garden

We have enjoyed watching the birds demolishing the National Trust peanut fat cakes which we hang in the hedge near our kitchen window.  They get through a 500g cake in about four days. We've seen Blackbirds, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Robin's & Greenfinch all enjoying the feast, but the stars have been the Blackcaps; their antics are fascinating to watch and there are now FOUR with black caps and THREE with brown caps. We thought the brown capped ones were females but...apparently the juveniles have brown caps too and we've noticed that the black capped males often chase the brown capped ones off? We think, maybe, they are the juves,  because they can tolerate occasional brown capped are they the females? Fascinating stuff! Very entertaining. Interestingly; the House Sparrows of which we now have approximately 15, do not use the peanut fat cake, preferring the seeded fat balls, no mess seed mix and kibbled sunflower hearts. 

Posted February 9th at 9:38 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

S Molton Community woodlands

Singing Siskins yesterday (8th) and today. Probing lichen.

Posted February 9th at 9:02 pm by art symons in Bird News

Thrushes Modbury

A few redwings and song thrushes at the bottom of my garden feeding on the ivy berries

Song Thrush
Song Thrush

Posted February 9th at 7:55 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

River Otter (estuarial)

Teal, wigeon, curlew, mallard, BB Brent Geese, around 70 Dunlin, at least 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Heron and a very handsome Cormorant in breeding plumage.

Cormorant in breeding plumage
Cormorant in breeding plumage
Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Posted February 9th at 6:22 pm by Peter Newman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A very cold circuit today but Bar-tailed Godwit & Teal new in & a Firecrest showing very well. Also, c60 Redwings, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Mandarin Ducks (7 drakes), 4 Goosanders (2 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1 drake), 6 Little Grebes, 10 Wigeon & 12 Roe Deer. 

One of the (46) Shelducks was wearing a colour ring that appears to be from the Axe Estuary scheme (reported for details).

Posted February 9th at 3:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Despite the cold, Wigeon, Shoveler and Gadwall on Wrafton Pond, Redshank out on the scrape. In and near the reserve, about 60 Curlew in the field just to the south along with a busy flock of Starlings. Probably 40+ Goldfinch and 20 Greenfinch and rather enthusiastic singing Chaffinch! 3 Long-tailed Tits, 20+ Redwing, but best sighting was a small fast-flying flock of Golden Plover going over heading into the wind! First I've seen nearby for a long time.

Posted February 9th at 1:46 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

A cold wind.

Yesterday the 8th saw a flock of hundreds of Golden Plover beside the Warren car park above my village of Noss Mayo, today after a tip off I was rewarded for braving the artic conditions with a chough in the fields below the car park.

Posted February 9th at 11:27 am by Jonathan Rundle in Bird News


Firecrest in bushes along Tory Brook near Newnham Park entrance this morning.

Posted February 9th at 8:34 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 8th February 2021

Crownhill Down to Lee Moor

A cold and windy walk over a near birdless Crownhill Down gave only singles of male Reed Bunting, Skylark, Stonechat, Wren and Mistle Thrush.  In Lower Lee Moor Wood all the usual tits with Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel and a dozen plus Redwing. 7nr Fallow hinds.  On Portworthy Ph3 dam 4 Teal and 4 Coot, but no sign of yesterday's 7nr Tufted Duck.

Posted February 8th at 9:57 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

A39 Hartland turning

While driving 1m Hen Harrier

Posted February 8th at 9:34 pm by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a rather brisk walk this afternoon: Common Sandpiper, 24 Turnstones, Kestrel, 2 Goosanders (1 drake) & 9 Roe Deer.

Also, Peregrine over Mount Gould Park. 

Posted February 8th at 5:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Torquay Harbour

Lunchtime walk around Torquay Harbour and Torre Abbey Sands. 3 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Great C Grebes, 60+ Common Gull & Ad wint Med Gull. 

also Merlin just on edge of Alphington, Exeter on my way to work

Posted February 8th at 4:10 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


I thought fat-balls were good for something different, and today a male Blackcap arrived to prove me right. Unfortunately the aggressive local Robin was soon on hand to send him packing... In the reserve, the first Treecreeper of the year, and a Lapwing in the adjoining field to the south. Good numbers of Green and Goldfinch unusually perched and staying put when I raised the bins! 2 GSW, 1 Redwing, and a Raven on the way home.

Posted February 8th at 3:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Green Woodpecker at Newnham Meadows Nature Reserve. Present for its second day. 

Posted February 8th at 2:14 pm by Chris E in Bird News


Late yesterday afternoon a  flock of 30+ Golden Plovers seen  flying over farmers fields off Plymbridge Lane

Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Golden Plover

Posted February 8th at 10:31 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Taw Estuary/ Crow Point

Yesterday 7/2/21, 100+ Brent Geese

Posted February 8th at 6:19 am by Beth Woollam in Bird News

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