Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th March 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

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·        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

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford





·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         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

Sunday 14th March 2021

Robough Down and Cadover Bridge 14th Mar 2021

Yellowhammer,s on Robough Down. Dipper and pair of Goosander on River Plym up from the bridge at Cadover where the river (stream) passes Trowlesworthy Warren Farm house.

Female Goosander shooting the rapids at Cadover
Female Goosander shooting the rapids at Cadover
Several sightings of Yellowhammer on Robough Down.
Several sightings of Yellowhammer on Robough Down.

Posted March 14th at 11:32 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

River Culm, Willand

8 cattle egret + 17 little egret in large meadow between Willand and Bradfield corner - 5pm.

Posted March 14th at 6:43 pm by James Morrison in Bird News

Long Tailed Skua.....inland, near Barnstaple


Long tailed Skua near Barnstaple
Long tailed Skua near Barnstaple
Long Tailed Skua in flight
Long Tailed Skua in flight

Posted March 14th at 5:46 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Long Tailed Skua.....inland, near Barnstaple

Friends sent me an image earlier today and asked "What is it?" My best guess is a juvenile/1st winter  Long Tailed Skua which is pretty unusual I think as it's in a field to the north of the Taw River near Ashford, Barnstaple! I am awaiting confirmation from id@devonbirds but I'm happy to post on our friends behalf, with their permission, the images they got because it needs recording, we think. Happy to be corrected Editor.

Posted March 14th at 5:30 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.15

5 Great Northern Divers, 7 Purple Sandpipers near the point, Common Scoter south into Torbay, Shelduck flew north and two close Razorbills.  Chiffchaff singing.  4 Common Dolphins.  

Posted March 14th at 4:46 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


This morning: 7 Cirl bunting (4m,3f) 3 singing Skylark, 4 Stonechat (2m,2f) the female Black Redstart still on the beach along with Pipits and Wagtails feeding on plenty of flies, also, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit and 3 Great Black Backed Gulls on the rocks.

Black Redstart (female)
Black Redstart (female)
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted March 14th at 4:34 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

4 or 5 sand martins over the car park near the canal late morning. There appeared to be an influx of chiffchaffs, at least 6 near Turf and others in bushes alongside Station Road.

Posted March 14th at 2:50 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A few odds & ends this morning included: 3 Snipe, 4 Greenshanks, Dunlin down to just 4, 119 Redshanks, 5 Mandarin Ducks (3 drakes), Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, my first Linnet of the year here & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted March 14th at 1:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Mount Batten

While looking at LT Duck in usual area around the buoys saw a Sandwich Tern perched on one. It’s Devon migrant tern. 

Posted March 14th at 12:47 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Saturday 13th March 2021

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning,

5 Goosander 1m 4f, 2 Marsh Tit, 2m Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted March 13th at 9:39 pm by Rodney Mudge in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Up to 11.30

4 Great Northern Divers between Thatcher Rock and Hope Cove.  5 Purple Sandpipers close to the point.  

10+ Common Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and a Grey Seal.  

Posted March 13th at 3:42 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


1 Drake Pochard on Wrafton Pond. 2 Sand Martins between the reserve and the scrape. 2 Pied Wagtails. Inside calling Tawny Owl, Little Grebe and Water Rail and 2 Cetti's Warblers seen: male displaying and singing to a female.

Posted March 13th at 2:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 12th March 2021

Velator etc

Only 2 drake Pochard Wrafton Pond this morning. A few  Teal out on the scrape and a Little Egret there too. Looking out on the scrape from inside the reserve 6 Pied Wagtails looking as if they were new in. Still a few Green and Goldfinch in the reserve and 5 Gadwall when I arrived. Little Grebe and Cetti's Warbler called. Then Green Woodpecker joined in too. Later as I sat drinking coffee, it flew across and gave me this photo opportunity. Later still a lone, busy Chiffchaff.

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted March 12th at 8:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

On my way home from work I popped into Braunton Burrows and drove along the road past the thatched round barn.  Just beyond the barn was the Juvenile Whopper Swan still showing well and at one point it came too close to get the whole bird into my frame.

Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan

Posted March 12th at 8:14 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Stover CP

4 Goosander (2M 2F paired), 4 Sand Martin, very aggressive Marsh Tits and a Long-tailed Tit nest were the highlights of a PM walk around the site 

Posted March 12th at 7:57 pm by Matt Collis in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights on a wet & windy walk were: Reed Bunting, Peregrine, 9 Stock Doves, Common Sandpiper, 5 Greenshanks, 3 Goosanders (1 drake), 21 Mandarin Ducks (12 drakes), Red-crested Pochard (f) & 13 Roe Deer.

Posted March 12th at 5:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Now 9 Tufted Duck on Portworthy Ph3 dam, with at least 3 Teal, 4 Coots a Moorhen and a Little Grebe.  Between the blustery showers on Crownhill Down, a Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and a pair of Peregrines.  Plenty of Stonechats, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks but no sign of the resident Yellowhammers. Most unexpected was a Woodcock that we flushed from the gorse around midday.

Posted March 12th at 4:40 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Thursday 11th March 2021

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton Meadow at high tide this afternoon, a small gathering of gulls included 30 Lesser Black-backs & the Polish-ringed Black-headed; also there, 2 Stock Doves & 4 Greenshanks. A Shag & 21 Turnstones on the estuary.

Posted March 11th at 5:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


One Black-throated Diver early afternoon off the seafront, between Yacht Club and Sprey Point. 

Posted March 11th at 2:10 pm by Guy Freeman in Bird News


Purple Sandpipers still working rocks below Capstone(up to 5), female Black Redstart around Bath House area, 5 Fulmar on cliffs near Tunnel Beaches, Kingfisher on Upper Slade reservoir.

Posted March 11th at 12:38 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

River Otter

A pair of Goosander taken earlier this week.

Posted March 11th at 11:05 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wednesday 10th March 2021

Purple Sandpiper at West Hoe

Purple Sandpiper at West Hoe

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Posted March 10th at 7:20 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Purple Sandpiper, Ilfracombe harbour

7 Purple Sandpiper on rocks near Verity,  Ilfracombe harbour, at high tide, 4.00 p.m, with turbulent sea.  Busily feeding, No camera (of course)!

Posted March 10th at 5:49 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

Purple Sandpiper on West Hoe in Plymouth

One Purple Sandiper on the rocks at West Hoe at high tide this afternoon with a Turnstone, feeding and roosting. 

Posted March 10th at 5:21 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News


Yesterday evening roost watch highlights: 1 fw drake Long-tailed Duck, 13 Common Scoter, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad nearly s and fw), 17 Common Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Posted March 10th at 8:18 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

Three Blackcaps (2m, 1f) and ad male Black Redstart still visiting our garden.

Posted March 10th at 8:14 am by Jason Smart in Bird News

Ring-necked Parakeets , Ham Woods

9th March, Ring-necked Parakeets feeding on the new buds in the trees at Ham Woods.

Large numbers of these would do irreparable damage to any tree they descend on
Large numbers of these would do irreparable damage to any tree they descend on
All that said and done what a beautiful bird.
All that said and done what a beautiful bird.

Posted March 10th at 12:13 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Tuesday 9th March 2021

Powderham and Exminster Marshes

Walked the canal and across to the Powderham Marsh viewing platform:

- along the way, song from 10-12 each of Reed Bunting and Cetti's and 5-6 Skylarks, plus a single squeal from a rail, this time from the sewage works;

- from the platform, a Peregrine, two Kestrels and three Buzzards, plus 20+ Golden Plover, 40+ Lapwing, with courtship in the air (literally) and on the ground, and one pair creating a nest scrape (or at least, she was scraping, and he was standing by and no doubt criticizing), 50+ Starling, 120+ Blackwits, and a sprinkling of Curlew, Redshank and dabbling ducks, and the Snow Goose. Cirl and Reed Buntings were briefly and harmoniously together on the feeding tray, but when a Chaffinch arrived, a three-way fight ensued, resulting in them all leaving;

- East of the railway, 7 Tufted Ducks were, unusually, near the bend in the road, rather than on the lagoon, and the four White-fronts were distantly visible from the canal-bank.

Alas, no Hirundines or LRPs, and the Common Gulls seem to have left.

Posted March 9th at 7:47 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good count of 35 Turnstones on the wall during this afternoon's high tide, with 5 Greenshanks, 130 Redshanks & 29 Dunlins. Also around the patch, 2 Stock Doves, Sparrowhawk (m), 3 Snipe, Grey Wagtail & 11 Roe Deer. Finally, Polish-ringed Black-headed Gull TR6M still about.

Posted March 9th at 6:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Clennon Lakes Torbay

A pair of Gadwall and a pair of Teal at Clennon this pm.

Posted March 9th at 4:37 pm by CLIFF PARROTT in Bird News


1 Whetear m, Blk Red Start still present. 

Posted March 9th at 12:34 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Yesterday in woodland near Crownhill Down my first Yellowhammer of the year ,several Chaffinches at least a dozen Greenfinches, Blue, Great, Coal and L.T. Tits 2 Buzzards and a Raven


Posted March 9th at 10:32 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

The wintering male Black Redstart and two male Blackcaps still this morning, but not for much longer, I suspect.

Posted March 9th at 7:12 am by Jason Smart in Bird News

Monday 8th March 2021

River Mole Valley

300+Chaffinches still  being attracted by the supplementary feeding.Busy rolling the field for this years bird feed crop and great company......4 Buzzards,16 Pied Wagtails accompanied by 6 Meadow Pipits and overhead a fabulous soaring female Sparrow Hawk .Also 55 Pheasant,40 Rooks and 2 Stock Doves, In the neighbouring field 60 Starling and 12 Fieldfare.Non avian included a pair of Roe Deer 10 Red Deer......females with last years calves and 2 chasing a rook and periodically stopping for a scratch.3 Goosanders in the River.

Posted March 8th at 7:52 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News


Spent an hour at Stover Park between 4-5pm. Highlights were 7 goosanders (3.4), 4 tufted duck (3.1) and 2 marsh tits. 

Posted March 8th at 7:14 pm by Stover in Bird News

Fernycombe Point, Kingston

16 Cirl Buntings on field and trees enjoying the sun above Erme Mouth

Posted March 8th at 4:35 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Mount Gould, Plymouth

A Black Redstart (female/1st-w) briefly in my garden; it's over 18 years since we last saw one here! 

Posted March 8th at 3:55 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Black Redstart Northam Burrows

Just parked up at the Tip Road looking at the Skern as the tide came in awaiting covid jab at Westward Ho! when this little bird landed by the car!! Black Redstart our first at this location. Happy days!

Black Redstart Northam Burrows, Tip Road.
Black Redstart Northam Burrows, Tip Road.

Posted March 8th at 2:52 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News


Walked out to Baggy early am hoping to see an early spring migrant

On the way to Baggy point a cracking male Wheatear walked across the path in front of us. Approx 10 seconds later 2 joggers disturbed the bird & that was the last we saw of it!

Ringers - Please could you identify the bird from the feather - Eds_ looks like Pheasant.

Posted March 8th at 2:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Yesterday a Snipe and around 20 Skylarks over Boringdon stubble fields. Stock Doves, Redwings on the Ivy berries, a Buzzard,6 Songthrushes, several Goldfinches, a solitary Linnet and a Raven overfly.

Song Thrush
Song Thrush

Posted March 8th at 10:56 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

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