Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th April 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

Wednesday 28th April 2021

Plympton Area

A group of about 12 hirundines over Colebrook saw our first three House Martins of the year, with Swallows. Wasn't able to locate Chris E's gropper on Crownhill Down, but this was made up for when we found two fledgling Dippers on the Tory Brook being watched over by dad.  Mum was 200 yards away having time to herself.  Nearby a Wren, standing on a little stone in the stream, was behaving just like a miniature Dipper when it walked right under the water for a second.

Posted April 28th at 10:45 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sand still showing at South Huish Marsh for a 4th day,  feeding to and fro along nearest bank to the car park although frequently out of sight.  Couple of photos attached (not sure how to attach video) taken in poor light.

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpioper
Wood Sandpioper

Posted April 28th at 9:30 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Wembury Point

Mid-pm: 1 Cuckoo perched on a fence post, ca 25 Whimbrel along the shore, 50+ House Martins and ca 25 Swallows in off the sea, several Whitethroats singing in the scrub etc.

Posted April 28th at 9:09 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Berry Head

Full day at Berry head: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 14 Blackcap, 7 Willow warbler, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2-3 whinchats (males),4 wheatear ( all female), 8 Whimbrel, 11 House Martin, 20+ Swallows, 12 Manxies, 2 Common Scoter.

  Whinchat Berry Hd 28 April 2021 ML  Lesser Whitethroat Berry Hd 28 April 2021 ML

                        Whinchat                                                        Lesser Whitethroat

Posted April 28th at 8:53 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


19 Turnstone still causing interest to visitors on the seafront but stand there and most people will ask what are they?


Posted April 28th at 3:09 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Wembury Bay

A gathering of 24 Whimbrels on the beach early morning & a passge of 60+ House Martins, west. Also, 4 Whitethroats, Rock Pipit & 3 Bullfinches. 


Posted April 28th at 2:45 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bolt Head area

Ring Ouzel (1 male), Swift (1), Fulmar, Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Swallow, Gannet, Linnet, three species of raptor and the sky full of Skylark were the highlights.

Posted April 28th at 2:43 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Grasshopper Warbler reeling intermittently from scrub and gorse in Tungsten West mine workings. Can be heard from bridleway at base of Crownhill Down. Three Wheatear and Cuckoo around.

Posted April 28th at 11:21 am by Chris E in Bird News

South Efford Marsh Tuesday 27 April

New arrivals at South Efford Marsh yesterday evening:  9 Greenshank, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits.  Also single pair of Teal and 20 Shelduck with mature males behaving agonistically towards the younger males.  Patterson's 'The Shelduck' has an interesting section on this behaviour. 

Younger male Shelduck forced to crash headlong into shallow water.
Younger male Shelduck forced to crash headlong into shallow water.
Mature male Shelduck continues pursuit.
Mature male Shelduck continues pursuit.

Posted April 28th at 11:00 am by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Tuesday 27th April 2021

Hennock reservoirs evening sightings

Territorial singing from several species around the plantation areas this evening including song thrush, 2 yellowhammer, several willow warbler and chiff chaff. Also a small group of Siskin and my first House Marten of the season flew by at about 8pm. 

Posted April 27th at 10:02 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Ivybridge - Higher Piles Copse

A walk up the Erme valley and onto the moor above produced one Cuckoo, one Redstart and three Tree Pipits, but, surprisingly, no Wheatears. The regulars, Raven, Stonechat, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker etc. were obvious.

Back in Exeter, the Goosander was still in the Exwick flood channel, two brand-new broods of Mallard ducklings were on the river, and my first Swifts of the year were over the canal basin.

Posted April 27th at 9:44 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Lucky enough to be working at Cadover this morning and heard my first Cuckoo of the year. Lots of Sand Martin and one big group of Swallow stopped briefly for a drink. Oh and a mystery small wader over. Best guess was Sanderling but so out of context that I had a bit of a brain meltdown on ID!

Posted April 27th at 8:30 pm by Richard Billington in Bird News

Manaton area, 27 April

At least 4 Cuckoos calling in 1 mile radius around Easdon Down, Manaton. Also first Common Whitethroat sighting this year. Swallow numbers very low so far, but first House Martins just arrived.

Posted April 27th at 8:12 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News

South Huish

Wood Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtails 3, Sparrowhawk 1, Sedge, Reed and Willow Warblers, Rock Pipits, Whimbrel, Barwits, Shelduck, Linnets, Goldfinches, Whitethroats, Wheatears, Swallows, House Martins.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted April 27th at 7:41 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible/audible migration 05.45 to 08.30, all moving W or NW: Greylag Goose 1, Shelduck 5, Sand Martin 1, Swallow 57, House Martin 39, Yellow Wagtail 3, Meadow Pipit 3, Tree Pipit 7, Siskin 12, Yellowhammer 1 male (my first for this site after more than 10 years of regular recording here and only a day after one was seen on Lundy, where also a genuine rarity these days). Grounded migrants few and far between: a single Willow Warbler and maybe a couple of Whitethroats not among local territory holders, a female Wheatear and a Whimbrel.

Posted April 27th at 7:06 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Cuckoo heard

Cuckoo heard first thing this morning near Archerton Bog, Postbridge.

Posted April 27th at 6:51 pm by Caroline in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Great view of the night heron feeding, plus we enjoyed good views of a Marsh Harrier and a pair of great crested grebe with the female sitting on a nest.

Posted April 27th at 6:25 pm by Ruth Pierson in Bird News

Yellowhammer song

My first of the year.On the ridge south of Cornworthy

Posted April 27th at 6:01 pm by Denis Doy in Bird News

Exminster Marshes and Cadover

Exminster Marshes: Black-winged Stilt (first from the canal footpath, then from the path parallel to the railway line) late morning/lunch still. Also Ruff, Greenshank etc. 

Cadover: My first Whitethroat (f) on site this year. Cuckoo and usuals.

Posted April 27th at 4:47 pm by Chris E in Bird News

South Huish Marsh & Soar Mill Valley

A dawn visit to South Huish produced Wood Sandpiper, 35 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, pair Teal. Later saw the 3 Cattle Egret & Sparrowhawk.

Soar Mill Valley held 36 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 6 singing Willow Warbler (occasional breeder), 2 House Martin, Fulmar off the Cove and 2 Bullfinch.

Posted April 27th at 4:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Hams

Quiet early morning at Soar but logged 15 Whitethroats, 3 Sedge & 1 Reed Warblers, 2 Wheatears, House Martin & 4 Roe Deer.

At South Huish, the Wood Sandpiper, a flock of 30 Whimbrels & 15 Bar-tailed godwits, 3 Cattle Egrets, 2 Swifts, 3 House Martins, Reed & Sedge Warblers, 2 Wheatears & a Sparrowhawk.

Posted April 27th at 3:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Boat trip into Lyme Bay

Sooty Shearwater passed the boat flying East 6 miles out from Berry Head and a distant skua whilst out on a trip with Dave Saunders, skipper of Kellys Heros.  Otherwise usual suspects of Gannets, GBB, LBB and Herring Gulls, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, lots of Guillemots flying and on the ledges.  At least 7 Purple Sandpipers seen on Cob Rock.  

Posted April 27th at 3:42 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Black-winged Stilt, Sedge Warbler and a Greenshank.

Posted April 27th at 11:59 am by Paul Bray in Bird News

Monday 26th April 2021


Found two Yellow Wagtails by Sherpa Marsh this evening. Some hundreds of Sand Martins over the Marsh too. Drake Shoveler and a pair of Gadwall hiding in the reeds. 1 Snipe. 3 Reed Warblers.

Posted April 26th at 9:51 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Short visits at either end of the day. In the morning 184 House Martins (in tight flocks of up to 35), 79 Swallows & 2 Swifts, all E between 07.00 and 07.45. This evening, 19.00-20.00 3 Arctic Skuas W (2 dark-morph, one pale) and a Turnstone (surprisingly scarce here, especially in spring).

Posted April 26th at 9:44 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News


ca 50 Swifts in a screaming pack over the Dart a little south of town, mid afternoon, and a female Goosander on the river with 8 downy chicks which spent some of the time clambering up and riding on her back.

Posted April 26th at 8:40 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Red kite

Red kite over Buckfastleigh this morning 

Posted April 26th at 7:42 pm by Ian Samuel in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Ridden Shelduck (1), Cattle Egret (3), Female Marsh Harrier (1), Hobby were the highlights.

Posted April 26th at 7:04 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

A single Lapwing in the field with the Swans early this morning. 

Not able to find the Whooper Swan with the Mutes but may have been out of sight behind a hedge or in one of the dips in the field. On the other hand it may have departed. A few more Sedge Warbler have arrived & some Early Purple Orchids at the side of the American Road. 

Posted April 26th at 3:11 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Efford Marsh Monday 26 April

Between 8 and 10 pairs of Shelducks have taken up territories on the marsh and the Tidalway and were showing a fair bit of aggression.  Photos of the alpha male below.

Last year, in one of a number of chases over the sea that I videoed, the aggressor plucked a tail feather from the younger male.  One of the females had lost her tail altogether and used her webbed feet as elevator for pitch and speed control.

Adult Male Shelduck
Adult Male Shelduck
Adult Male Shelduck
Adult Male Shelduck

Posted April 26th at 2:59 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

cattle egret

8 cattle egret at widewell near Torcross, but they seem to have moved on later this morning

Posted April 26th at 2:14 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

South Effod Marsh & Avon Tidalway

Yesterday morning 25 April juvenile Spoonbill feeding mainly on the east 'lake'.  Not showing this morning 26 April.

Eurasian Spoonbill
Eurasian Spoonbill
Eurasian Spoonbill
Eurasian Spoonbill

Posted April 26th at 2:13 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News


Adding onto sightings already listed, a good number of shallows and nuthatches around the duck pond with first moorhen chicks being fed by parents and fledgling blackbirds.  Also on the estuary with the very high tide, by the gaspipline was a pair of whimbrels. 

Posted April 26th at 1:54 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A few spring migrants new in today: Sedge Warbler singing at Longbridge (thanks Martin), 2 Whitethroats, 2 Swifts & 2 House Martins. Also a Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshanks, Sparrowhawk, a pair of Stonechats & a Roe Deer.. 

Posted April 26th at 12:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Huish Marsh -Monday am

South Huish Marsh - Male Blue-Headed Wag, Wood Sand, 4 Yellow Wags, Spoonbill, LRP, Swift,House Martin, Com Sand, 7 Greenshank,3 Dunlin,Wheatear, 55 Whimbrel and 2 Cattle Egrets

Posted April 26th at 12:08 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News


On the edge of Boringdon Golf Course this morning: Whitethroats 2, Stonechats 4, Goldfinches 2, Skylarks 7, Swallow 1, Wren 1, Dunnocks 2.

hen Stonechat
hen Stonechat

Posted April 26th at 9:57 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Swift over Barnstaple

07:20 this morning single swift west to east overhead North Devon District Hospital. Was a straight line flight as in not stopping, keep migrating! Also spotted two, or the same one twice, swallow hawking for breakfast around the building. 

Posted April 26th at 8:47 am by Phil Naylor in Bird News

South Milton sands/South Huish marsh

Some nice waders passing through South Milton sands, Flocks of Whimbrel and Bar-tailed godwits, a Wood sandpiper a couple of common sandpiper,3 Dunlin and at least 3 Wheatears.

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Bar-tailed Godwits & Whimbrel
Bar-tailed Godwits & Whimbrel

Posted April 26th at 5:30 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Sunday 25th April 2021

River Mole Valley

2 Red Kite drifting south at 12 15.Two Merganser pairs on the River also several Grey Wagtails.Supplementary feeding still attracting 10 Stock Dove,16 Chaffinches and 4 Yellowhammers.Several early Robin and Blackbird nests predated....slow vegetation growth a factor.Put an electric fence around a Pheasants nest containing over 20 eggs laid by 4 different hens........hen sitting tight.Does not seem that long ago Grey Partridge and Curlew nests were equally vulnerable.Non avian included 8 Red Deer,2 Roe Deer also numerous Orange Tips,Brimstone and Peacocks.

Posted April 25th at 11:32 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

South Huish

On the marsh: Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin.

Sheltering from the wind on the beach, having lunch, for an hour counted: 44 Whimbrel, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits (all flying inland), 7 Sanderling, 7 Sandwich Tern 2 Shelduck, 15 House Martins, 33 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin.

 Wood Sandpiper S Huish 25 April 2021 ML  Whimbrel S Huish 25 April 2021 ML

              Wood Sandpiper                                                            Whimbrel & Bar-tailed Godwit

Posted April 25th at 8:30 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

At the weir 1 Common Sandpiper.

Posted April 25th at 7:42 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


Night heron still showing well from Slapton bridge this morning. Plenty of migrants around - a total of 18 whimbrel seen, 2 wheatear, 1 lesser Whitethroat. Also saw my first swift of the year a single bird over Lower Ley.

Posted April 25th at 6:01 pm by Tim Frayling in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A flock of 9 Greenshanks on the lower estuary on the rising tide (& 2 probably additional, on Blaxton Meadow later). Also, 3 Whimbrels, 3 Curlews, Common Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Wheatears, a pair of Stonechats & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted April 25th at 5:39 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cattle Egrets Exminster

Minimum of eleven cattle egrets in field with cattle North of Turf Hotel.  Good views from canal embankment.

Posted April 25th at 4:58 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Babbacombe- Torquay

Red kite being mobbed by gulls 4.40pm

Posted April 25th at 4:47 pm by Carole Wren in Bird News

Cuckoo heard

Cuckoo heard near Was Tor, Lydford Gorge this morning

Posted April 25th at 4:28 pm by Caroline in Bird News

Soar and South Huish

A windy morning at Soar. Several Whitethroats singing, a trickle of Swallows coming through, a Snipe and a male Merlin were the best of it. At South Huish briefly, a Wood Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers and a smart male White Wagtail

Posted April 25th at 2:39 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Wrafton etc.

Scrape has now almost devoid of birds! Only a couple of Gulls this morning. Reserve quiet, A couple each of Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Walked around Sherpa - 4 Reed Warblers, lots and lots of Sand Martins. All the Gulls took off from the new pond at about 12.15 - I looked upwards but in vain, but I guess it would be the Osprey Rob saw. A few minutes later 4 Whimbrel in the Pill by the Toll House.

Posted April 25th at 1:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Spotted this bird off Ilfracombe today and not sure what it was until a Google search pointed me towards a Northern Fulmar. Its colouring was distinctive unlike all the other Fulmars around that area.

Northern Fulmar
Northern Fulmar

Posted April 25th at 1:16 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

West Hill - Braunton

At 12:20 while out in the back garden the Herring Gulls started  making a real fuss.I looked up thinking it was probably one of the local Buzzards & they were mobbing an Osprey approx 300 metres high heading north.

Posted April 25th at 12:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Elberry cove - Broadsands

4 whimbrel on rocks this morning between elberry and broadsands, some flight above and along the area. 

Posted April 25th at 11:57 am by Graham Folkerd in Bird News

Northam Burrows

4 Yellow Wagtailthis morning c10.15 on 10th fairway of golf course. 1 Little Ringer Plover still present. 8 White Wagtail among the Pieds  A male Stonechat carrying food.

Posted April 25th at 10:59 am by Roger Doble in Bird News

Bee-eaters near Torrington?

Friend of mine in Spain WhatsApp'd me this morning with a message saying Facebook had an image of two Bee Eaters near Torrington! So I guess the eyes, and ears, on the sky are the order of the day. Happy hunting all. 

Posted April 25th at 10:04 am by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News


Yesterday (Saturday) on Instow rock near the Cricket ground were a large number of Whimbrel, a few Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwit, around 20 Dunlin, two Sanderling and two Ringed Plover.

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Posted April 25th at 1:47 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 24th April 2021

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible migration 14.00-16.30, everything heading E into the wind: 3 Swift, 230 Swallow, 98 House Martin, 18 Sand Martin, 5 alba wagtail, a Merlin and a constant passage of 206 Lesser Black-backed Gull, the majority immatures, though still quite a few adults going through. Also 5 Mediterranean Gull (all 2cy), 11 Black-headed Gull and a single Whimbrel, but no sign of the Bar-tailed Godwits and terns being seen in large numbers further E up the Bristol Channel. Too high up? Too far out? Cutting overland?

Posted April 24th at 10:15 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Molland Common

1 Red Kite & 1 calling Cuckoo.

Posted April 24th at 9:43 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News


feeding on lawn in Kingsbridge

Posted April 24th at 7:52 pm by lesley goonesekera in Bird News

Plym Saltram

1 Whimbrel near the beach at Saltram.

Posted April 24th at 6:44 pm by David Grant in Bird News

Dartmoor swift

Solitary swift over Buckland Moor around midday today with a scattering of swallows. 

Posted April 24th at 6:35 pm by Steve Manning in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

4+ Hobby over north marsh early pm- Ruddy Shelduck still late am on south marsh viewed from canal bank by end car park- plenty of Reed and Sedge Warblers, 4 House Martins, 2 Greenshank and c50 Whimbrel near Turf. The female Marsh Harrier flew down the south marsh 420-430pm flushing the Ruddy Shelduck on its way! Nearby male Whitethroat at Matford Marsh.

Posted April 24th at 2:01 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Night Heron showing reasonably well in willows just north of Slapton Bridge this morning

Posted April 24th at 1:49 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A solitary Bar-tailed Godwit (in partial summer plumage) on this morning's low tide. Otherwise, just a handful of Swallows going north (in addition to the local arrivals) a pair of Stonechats, 9 Mandarin Ducks & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted April 24th at 1:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Third visit to annual spring migration route showed a recent increase in the numbers of Common Whitethroat arriving & my first Lesser Whitethroat for 2021. Photo of Song Thrush collecting food to feed to young in scrub on Burrows.

Photo of adder taken yesterday morning on Exmoor.

Posted April 24th at 12:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Friday 23rd April 2021

Slapton Ley

Today while working in Slapton area I managed a short trip down to the Ley to see whether the Night Heron was up for a photo shoot and clearly it was. Also saw a number of Great Crested Grebes, Tufted duck and a quick view of the Ring neck Duck (down the far end near the tank). 

Night Heron
Night Heron
Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe

Posted April 23rd at 9:07 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


A windblown Siskin atop a pine tree on edge of Brisworthy Burrows, Linnets, Chaffinches Skylarks,  M. Pipits, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Sand Martins, Swallows, Wheatears, Reed Buntings, Green Woodpecker, 

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted April 23rd at 8:33 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Very windy up on the  moors, skylarks barely flew above 10 feet before giving up, the sandmartin group were keeping very low and struggling against the wind. 

Cuckoo heard and seen north side, at the farm, flew across the river and up over the farm being chased by every pippit it passed

Reed buntings, grey and pied wagtails, wheaters, buzzard, ravens, green woodpeckers, chaffinch, willow warbler, goldcrest, 

Posted April 23rd at 7:31 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Challaborough Beach

6 Fulmars circling from the cliffs at East end of beach; they are nesting on ledges and holes below the houses. Several Gannets plummeting about 1km offshore and numerous Herring gull around. 2 Linnet on the fence on path back to Bigbury.

Posted April 23rd at 5:55 pm by R Mogridge in Bird News

Roborough Down

Very windy walk in bright sunshine, the birds were keeping their heads down with the wind, so was lucky to see, Linnets, Red Pole, Blackcap, Bullfinch Yellow hammer,Skylark, Swallow, Sand, martin, House martin first this year. the bird of the day was a HOBBY, another first for the year.

Posted April 23rd at 5:44 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

South Huish

10am today.Spoonbill not seen. A pair of Garganey.Light Hirundine passage, also Whimbrel and Bar.T ..Godwits light passage.

Posted April 23rd at 5:02 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Affaland Moor, near Holsworthy

3 Singing Grasshopper Warblers early am

Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler

Posted April 23rd at 4:55 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Wembury Point

On a windy morning, 30+ Bar Tailed Godwits feeding on the beach, 9 Whimbrel, 5 Whitethroat, several singing Skylark overhead,  Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Greenfinch.

Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits

Posted April 23rd at 4:48 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Dewerstone and Wigford Down 23.4.2021

Dewerstone area:

1 singing male Pied Flycatcher, 4 or 5 singing male Redstarts, brief song from one Tree Pipit, Cuckoo calling in Meavy valley below Dewerstone, 3 Willow Warblers.

Wigford Down:  one male Wheatear, 2 pairs Stonechat

Posted April 23rd at 2:14 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Wembury Bay

A scattering of migrants this morning including: 30+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 5+ Whimbrels, 2 Swifts, Wheatear, House Martin & 8 Whitethroats.

Posted April 23rd at 2:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


10.20am  Woodford, Plympton

A Hoopoe just flew past our kitchen window from the direction of Saltram, towards Borringdon Golf course.  It landed on top of a high tree about 200yds away just for a few seconds and then off again.

Posted April 23rd at 10:37 am by Richard Burn in Bird News

South Milton sands

Hundreds of Bar-tailed godwits on migration over South Milton sands/South Huish marsh and several Whimbrel. Spoonbill on the marsh but it flew off towards Bantham 7pmish

Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits

Posted April 23rd at 6:42 am by Richie Moore in Bird News


Cadover visit for 30minute on my way back over a dozen sand Martin's and seems the river bank they took interest in they are nesting in. Right by a car park and people standing on top of that part of the bank. 

Posted April 23rd at 6:27 am by Annabel sharpe in Bird News

Thursday 22nd April 2021

Cadover Cuckoos

Following up on yesterday's report of Cuckoos, found a calling male near Trowlsworthy Farm and this second male closer to Cadover Bridge.


Posted April 22nd at 10:33 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Sterridge Valley

Cuckoo singing in Woolscott Cleave at 17.45 hrs, in same location as a territorial bird present for at least two weeks last year.

Posted April 22nd at 9:56 pm by Tim Davis in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary

166 Bar-tailed Godwits and 24 Whimbrels in Charleton Bay this evening

Posted April 22nd at 9:13 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A bit of wader movement this afternoon with 19 Bar-tailed Godwits (9 in full summer plumage), 9 Common Sandpipers & 2 Whimbrels; also 4 Greenshanks still around. Otherwise, 2 male Wheatears, 2 Siskins, pair of Stonechats, Green Woodpecker & 12 Roe Deer.

Bar-tailed Godwits
Bar-tailed Godwits

Posted April 22nd at 7:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Early this morning great views of the Night Heron by the bridge. Distant views of the R.N.Grebe. Tufted Ducks, Gadwall, Coots, Moorhen, G.C. Grebes, Cettis and Reed Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Mistle thrush, Buzzards, Whimbrel flypast of around.40 birds. Swallows, Sand Martins, House Martins and our first Swifts of the year.

Cettis Warbler
Cettis Warbler
Night Heron
Night Heron

Posted April 22nd at 7:29 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

south huish

spoonbill showing well. 2 whimbrel plus 60 fly over. 1 common sandpiper

Posted April 22nd at 5:15 pm by Carolyn Bartlett in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible/audible migration 06.00 to 08.45 in a very cold easterly: 4 Shelduck (E), 13 Whimbrel (E incl. flock of 10), 9 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 2 alba wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 30 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch, 1 redpoll sp. (presumed Lesser Redpoll), 11 Siskin. After the promising early surge of late March and the start of April, hirundine passage is noticeably thin as we head towards the last week of the month – hopefully just delayed by weather conditions, or maybe a local effect resulting from the persistent northerlies and easterlies that this coast is so exposed to.

Other recent sightings here: on Tuesday 20th grounded migrants included reeling Grasshopper Warbler, 2 singing Sedge Warbler and 3 Whitethroat plus a trickle of hirundines totalling 27 Sand Martin & 23 Swallow. On Thursday 15th a male Yellow Wagtail flew E along the clifftops (a very scarce spring migrant in N Devon now, particularly away from the Taw/Torridge Estuary).

Posted April 22nd at 4:09 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Salcombe Wednesday 21

The albinistic / leucistic GN Diver seen today off Mill Bay.

Posted April 22nd at 11:31 am by David Fieldsend in Bird News

North Devon Red Kites

Home Farm Marsh , 2 red Kites this morning 

Posted April 22nd at 10:56 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

South Huish marsh 21/04/2021 Evening

Spoonbill on the marsh and lots of waders flying high over, I counted over 100 Bar tailed godwits and 17 Whimbrel


Posted April 22nd at 6:49 am by Richie Moore in Bird News

Round and round we go

Apologies for late post. It must be the year of tgevtree creeper. Saw two playing follow my leader at Staverton Monday and two more at Bakers Park Newton Abbot yesterday. Wonder how many more this year but still good to see.

Posted April 22nd at 5:52 am by Philip Fairclough in Bird News

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