Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th April 2021


Devon Birds supported the intended outcomes of this project but are very concerned about the current approach with extensive removal of scrub during the breeding season. We do not support the current proposals and have raised our concerns with the landowner Clinton Devon Estates and received a response which causes us great concern. 

We encourage members to raise their concerns with the Environment Agency as recommended in the response from Clinton Devon Estates.

Posted yesterday at 10:55 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News


In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 21st June 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe:
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!


Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  


Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Friday 2nd April 2021


1 Swallow over dartington this evening 

Posted April 2nd at 9:56 pm by Hamish Johnson in Bird News


Countess Weir ~ Four Cormorant in breeding plumage, six Sand Martin, Chiffchaff singing in the WTW, fly over Heron.

Exminster Marsh (From the gate opposite the Lions Rest Ind units) Bar Headed Goose, White Fronted Goose and four Greylag Geese. While watching the geese a huge flock of hirundines flew in over the area of the Turf Inn too far away for positive ID as to which species but simply clouds of them

From the first car park on Station Road distant view of a Great White Egret flying out over Topsham.

Powderham ~ Female Sparrowhawk

Heathfield ~ Goldcrest


Posted April 2nd at 9:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


My first swallows of the season; 2 seen at 6.30 pm above farm buildings near Drewesteignton. Looked like they had not long arrived. 

Posted April 2nd at 8:31 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News


An Osprey NE over Middle Soar around 5.30pm and 7 Wheatears together on the stone walls (but no sign of the Hoopoe seen earlier).

Posted April 2nd at 7:46 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Several cock Wheatears calling and displaying over a windswept  Legis Tor Warren early this morning + c.30 Meadow Pipits, 2 pairs of Grey Wagtails, a pair of Pied Wagtails ,and a pair of Goosanders on the Plym....looks like its mating season!!!


Posted April 2nd at 6:50 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good showing of migrants in this morning's sunshine including: a Red Kite (going NE at 09.12), Ring Ouzel, 3 Wheatears (2 males), Willow Warbler and 5 singing Blackcaps. Also, Siskin, a pair of Stonechats, Green Woodpecker, Bar- & Black-tailed Godwits (latter in summer plumage), 6 Greenshanks & 6 Roe Deer.  

Posted April 2nd at 12:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sandwich Tern Appledore

Very surprised to see a splash into the water on the receding tide just off the Beaver Inn, Appledore,  and a Sandwich Tern emerge with a small fish! 1st for us at this location. 12:05. 

Posted April 2nd at 12:21 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Thursday 1st April 2021

East Devon

Not sure whether I have already submitted this post so here goes. Today between jobs I stopped off at a well known Wildlife area in East Devon and got to see this lovely little Dartford Warbler.  Also met a couple of birders looking for the same bird but sadly for them, they left just five minutes or so before this bird appeared.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted April 1st at 9:38 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Aveton Gifford

Pulled into the tidal road on the way home, where the Lesser Yellowlegs showed distantly with some Redshank and three Greenshank.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Posted April 1st at 7:36 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Late post from Tuesday.....Braunton

I went for a walk on my own on Tuesday 30th as Sue was busy. Sandy Lane & Boundary road  around the Great Field and home via the allotments at Velator.  Notable were the number of small warblers,  some vocal, others silent. Chiff chaff were most numerous, I counted 14 and only 3 were vocal. I heard 1 Willow warbler singing and saw 2 possibles as they appeared greener/yellower than the Chaffs. 2 Sedge warbler were chattering away in undergrowth adjacent to the drain ditch not far from the holiday cottage site. I heard 3 but saw no Cettis warblers. No hirundine at all! 

Posted April 1st at 7:30 pm by Phil Naylor in Bird News

Slapton Ley and Beesands Ley

Very choppy at the Stokeley Bay end where Red-necked Grebe played hard to find in the waves, couldn't find reported Goldeneye though. At Slapton Bridge thousands of Roach moving up to spawn attracted two huge female Pike. Four Swallows over the Higher Ley.

At Beesands Ley the Ring-necked Duck showed well in calmer conditions, but no sign of a reported drake Pintail.

No Grebe just a Red-neck!
No Grebe just a Red-neck!
Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

Posted April 1st at 7:23 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Bolt Head

Sat at Bolt Head when I thought I heard a Chough, looked up and sure enough there it was. Too distant and too quick for a decent photo but managed to fire off a few shots


Posted April 1st at 6:23 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Hembury Woods

Singing Tree Pipit again plus at least 6 singing Willow Warblers (fresh in) and a male Redstart. 

Posted April 1st at 6:02 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Short-Eared Owl early afternoon feeding around the lagoon (6 Swallows over marsh)

Posted April 1st at 5:48 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Red kite Barnstaple

Red kite flying over my garden in Whiddon Valley this afternoon 

Posted April 1st at 5:47 pm by Julie Green in Bird News

Yealm Estuary, Brixton to Steer Point

Six Greenshank, 4 singing Blackcap, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Mistle Thrush, Curlew and a dead Slow Worm

Posted April 1st at 5:44 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Trendlebere Down, SE Dartmoor

Willow Warbler in song this afternoon.

Posted April 1st at 5:02 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Apart from the unusual sighting of the Bar-headed Goose and a Swan Goose (escapee) ?? We had an early Sedge Warbler, Cettis Warblers 8, Chiffchaffs, numerous Sand Martins, a Swallow, Reed Buntings, Lapwings, Curlew, Black tailed Godwits ,Dunlin, Redshank, Teal, Pintail, Wigeon Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Linnets, Blackcaps and a Ringed Plover. 

Greylag Goose and Swan Goose
Greylag Goose and Swan Goose
Bar-headed Goose
Bar-headed Goose

Posted April 1st at 3:46 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Slapton Ley

First look around Slapton since 2nd January. Singing Reed Warbler near the quarry. 5 Swallows, 5 Sandwich Terns and a Sanderling elsewhere.

Posted April 1st at 3:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Burrator reservoir

A walk round the reservoir this morning: 5 singing Blackcaps, several Chiffchaff, 4 Goosander (2m,2f) on the water.

Posted April 1st at 2:39 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Cold easterly wind but first Wheatears arrived, both males inc.a singing male on a traditional territory - a record 14 pairs across Soar in 2020! Also today 4 singing Blackcap, Swallow, 7 Chiffchaff; offshore 35 Gannet, 2 Fulmar and a Grey Seal close in. 2 Red Admirals. 

Posted April 1st at 2:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Bowling Green Marshes


Male Common Redstart 

Posted April 1st at 12:44 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Amongst the usual waders and waterfowl today were a Swan Goose (possibly Greylag cross?) and a Bar-headed Goose. Also a Short-eared owl out hunting

Bar-headed Goose
Bar-headed Goose
Swan Goose
Swan Goose

Posted April 1st at 11:08 am by Peter Newman in Bird News

Blackcap m

Still a regular vusitor to our garden (ivy bush) in Topsham

Posted April 1st at 9:46 am by Lee Summersby in Bird News

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