Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th 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

·        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 14th April 2021

Can you please ID this Warbler

Friend sent this pic, first thought a Willow Warbler but unsure can you please help

Eds - although the crucial wing point is hidden in this photo, the hint of an eye ring on solid ear coverts, dark legs & general colouration, point to Chiffchaff.

Can you please ID this Warbler
Can you please ID this Warbler

Posted April 14th at 11:06 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News


Three of six sandwich terns resting on the port-hand channel buoy at Teignmouth harbour this afternoon.

Posted April 14th at 9:44 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Cadover area

Redstart briefly singing but failed to locate it. Also 8 Wheatear, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Sand Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and 2 Green Woodpecker.

Posted April 14th at 6:10 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Burrator area.

Same species seen as Bob’s report, but also Wheatear, Redstart and Tree Pipit.

Posted April 14th at 5:36 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

East Soar

Best today was female Ring Ouzel on Bolt Head & first Whitethroat in Starehole Valley. Also Fulmar, 6 Swallow, 6 Blackcap, 9 Willow Warbler & 15 Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: 2 male Orange Tip, 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Peacock & Red Admiral.

Posted April 14th at 5:18 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Soar & Slapton

At Soar first thing, a female Ring Ouzel was the highlight; also, 6 Willow Warblers, Sedge Warbler, Fulmar, 2 Sparrowhawks, Fox & 4 Roe Deer. 

The 2nd cal-year Night-heron (or at least, part of it!) still showing in the willows just north of Slapton Bridge and on the Lower Ley, the Red-necked Grebe (partial summer plumage). Also, Reed & 4 Cetti's Warblers, singing, 4+ Sandwich Terns over the sea, Orange-tip & Painted Lady.

Posted April 14th at 4:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

A second visit around my annual spring migrant route this morning produced 43 Willow Warblers, 30 Chiffchaffs, 34 Blackcaps, 3 Common Whitethroat including the early one which was in exactly the same location as during the first visit & only a single Swallow.

Posted April 14th at 4:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Pied Flycatchers, at least 3 singing males + Nuthatches 7, Treecreeper 1, G.S. Woodpecker 2, Green Woodpecker 1, many mixed Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Chaffinches 7, Wren 1, Stock doves 5, Mistle Thrush 1, Song Thrush 3, A solitary Grey Wagtail seen at Plymbridge yesterday.

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted April 14th at 2:58 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Tuesday 13th April 2021

Good fall of spring migrants

Good fall of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers with 100+ around East Soar Farm and Starehole Bottom. 

Posted April 13th at 10:19 pm by John O'Connell-Davidson in Bird News

South Hams Coastal

South Huish Marsh this morning ~ in the lanes several roadside Yellowhammers, at the marsh a single Sedge warbler, Wheatear and Swallow.

Over to Slapton, several visiting birders kindly pointed out the roosting Night Heron, plenty of Cetti's Warbler activity, two Sedge Warbler, a flock of 50/60 House Martin passing inland over the Ley, the odd Swallow, male Blackcap, Chiffchaff, five Sandwich Tern fishing just off the beach.

Aveton Gifford tidal road ~ two Greenshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Little Egret.

Back home at South Brent a male Blackcap in the garden, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and at 18.20hrs this evening what can only have been a Great White Egret flying towards Exeter along over the A38 valley, simply a huge pure white heron seen in the distance.

Night Heron
Night Heron
Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted April 13th at 7:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ottery St Mary

Male pied flycatcher just downstream St Saviours Bridge. Also drake mallard and two chicks on river.

Posted April 13th at 6:28 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Exeter female goosander

This specific FG has been hanging around the area near Mill on the Exe . Hopefully she will attract other goosanders or perhaps not. Photos taken on Saturday

Posted April 13th at 1:44 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News


Drake Shoveler still on Wrafton Pond, and now 10 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape. Still some Teal there too. Birdsong in short supply - still too cold. In the reserve 1 Blackcap seen and at least 1 singing. I Willow Warbler singing and about 4 Chiffchaffs. Water Rail also heard.

Posted April 13th at 1:05 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Still very quite, the highlights were Wheatear, Bar T Godwit, 14 Turnstone, 5 Greenshank.

Posted April 13th at 11:39 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Night Heron

Night heron still to be seen at Slapton this morning, highlight though was a Short-eared Owl as we stood on Slapton Bridge!

Posted April 13th at 11:34 am by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Exeter - Goosander

female goosander . Apologies for picture quality, only had my phone on me. Spotted this 3 times in the past 4-6 weeks in same spot.

Posted April 13th at 9:34 am by Elliot Smith in Bird News

Monday 12th April 2021

Brixham harbour

Very surprised to see a Manx shearwater in Brixham harbour this afternoon

Posted April 12th at 10:19 pm by Tim Frayling in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Still very quiet and cold this morning, little song; Did get 3 House Martin, sev Swallows but not much else.

Non-avian: Small Copper, 2 Red Admiral, Slowworm & Dotted Bee Fly.

Posted April 12th at 4:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Dodged the showers for today's higlights - 2 Treecreepers, Willow Warbler, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, pair of Stonechats, Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper & both Robins & Mistle Thursh feeding newly-fledged young. 

Posted April 12th at 4:04 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wrafton area

Drake Shoveler on Wrafton Pond this morning. Now 8 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape. 3 Common Sandpipers at Sherpa Marsh and also 2 White with 3 Pied Wagtails. Water Rail again in the reserve.

Posted April 12th at 2:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

Around the top of the headland: 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Wheatears. A pod of Common Dolphins and 2-3 Harbour Porpoise off the headland.  4 Razorbills mixed in with the bathing Guillemots below the colony. To the south of the southern headland a flock of 35+ Common Scoter on the sea.

Gillard Road (entrance road) still at least 5 Yellowhammers in the very weedy stubble field and surrounding hedges.


Posted April 12th at 1:55 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Stoke Canon Egret

Great Egret on  river by 'bridge' at Stoke Canon Saturday 10th pm

Posted April 12th at 9:46 am by Stephen Tervit in Bird News

North Devon , late news from Sunday .

Drake Garganey at Saltpill Duck Pond , very elusive .

Posted April 12th at 8:29 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Sunday 11th April 2021

South Brent

Owley Moor Gate to Glascombe Corner on the moors above South Brent this morning, bitterly cold and not the bird numbers that I would expect to see there at this time of the year.

But recorded were Song Thrush, Grey and Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Wren, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Chiffchaff, Yellow Hammer, Stonechat and Stock Dove.

Back at home at South Brent, soaring Buzzards, Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker and Blackcap.


Posted April 11th at 9:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Pair of LESSER Black back gulls on Plaisterdown. First wheatears of the year on the higher moor and a stonechat's nest with 5 eggs in a clump of mollinia grass. Also first heard and then watched ring ouzel sat on rocks for several minutes (not saying exactly where!)

Posted April 11th at 9:27 pm by Nigel Rendle in Bird News

Black Hill East Devon

11 April - 9am. Interesting morning in fresh conditions!  Usual suspects, but in addition Goldcrest , pr Goosander , 3 GBB gulls , 2x pr Tufted Duck.

Posted April 11th at 8:16 pm by Roger Brooks in Bird News

Turf, Exe Estuary

Single female ruff at Turf this evening with c40 redshank and one dunlin. Otherwise quiet apart from 20 black-tailed godwits on marshes. Cold wind and only a couple of swallows.

Posted April 11th at 7:17 pm by John Waldon in Bird News


am, of note: 1 Red-throated Diver (heading east), 1 Whimbrel, 2 Purple Sandpipers and 6 Sandwich Terns. 

Posted April 11th at 6:33 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Slapton Ley

08:25 - 12:41

Night Heron, Red-necked Grebe, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Gadwall were the highlights.

Ring-necked Duck, many Swallow, a few Sand Martin over Widdicombe Ley.

Posted April 11th at 5:31 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Blackhill Quarry, East Devon

Two parent Mallards with 16 ducklings was a great sightings on the small pond adjacent to the main lake this morning.  On the large lake were 2 Gt B.B. Gulls, 2 male and 2 female Tufted Duck and Little Grebes.  Elsewhere were 4 Stonechat, several Meadow Pipits and Linnets.  Sand Martin activity seemed less than a week ago when a Buzzard was harassing the colony. 

Posted April 11th at 5:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Fremington, Yelland

Whilst out running along the tarka trail, a bird flew past. The viewing wasn't great, but I'm 80% sure it was a cuckoo, in the fields opposite Home farm marsh.

Also a sparrowhawk circling about the gardens in Fremington and 3 Glossy Ibis in the Pill at the Quay.

Posted April 11th at 4:17 pm by Sam Aston in Bird News

Cadover bridge


5 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Wheatear (m), 4 Reed Bunting (3m,1f) several Swallow with 10+ Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail (m,f) Stonechat (m,f) 50+ Meadow Pipit in a sheep field, 2 Green Woodpecker yaffling in the trees, 1 Buzzard overhead.

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
Reed Bunting (male)
Reed Bunting (male)

Posted April 11th at 4:08 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

lee moor, crownhill down

Big walk today all over lee moor and crownhill down and around for severa hours 

full list of whats seen . yellow hammers, stonechats m+f.  meadow pippits, raven, gs and green woodpeckers, lots of nuthatches, woodpigeon  willow warblers, chiff chaffs, chaffinch, longtail  coal, great and blue tits. Robin, dunnock, song thrush, pied wagtails, swan, coots, little grebe  tufted ducks, mallards, wheaters, buzzard x 4, sparrowhawk, crows, m+f blackcaps, herring gulls, canadian geese and lots of skylarks

Also  3 seperate herds of fallow deer totaling over 20 deer in seperate locations.

Posted April 11th at 3:23 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Wrafton etc.

And here are those ducklings - per Tim's post, well 12 of the 13. Also present locally at Sherpa Marsh 3 Gadwall and a Common Sandpiper.

Posted April 11th at 2:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Taw Estuary – Chivenor/Wrafton area

On our WeBS count this morning from 06.10: 5 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 8 Sand Martin, just one solitary Swallow, handful of Willow Warblers, singing Reed & Sedge Warblers. Also the first Mallard ducklings and Coot chicks we've seen this year.

Posted April 11th at 11:46 am by Tim Jones in Bird News


Whitethroat in scrub behind beach.10.00. Further up Churchwood valley 3 blackcaps 2m 1f. Lots of singing chiffchaff.

Posted April 11th at 11:38 am by Robert Massey in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday 10/4/21.

Lower Tamar Lake

2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Wagtail,1 Grey Heron, 6 Tufted Duck 5m 1f, 2 Moorhen, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Treecreeper.


The Goosander count this winter shows:

First seen 1m 2f 29/10/2020

Last seen 1m 4f 13/03/2021

Max 60 21m 39f 12/12/2020 this was on an official survey day.

Posted April 11th at 7:35 am by Rodney Mudge in Bird News


Plenty of willow warblers in churchwood valley along with the guaranteed song thrushes. In the field beside our house, a green woodpecker, willow warbler and the first sighting this year of the neighbour’s pair of swallows. 

Posted April 11th at 12:47 am by Matt Clark in Bird News

Saturday 10th April 2021

Crownhill Down

This afternoon on Crownhill Down. Wheatears 6 Stonechats 8, Linnets 3,Raven 1 Kestrel 2 c.20 Skylarks and a Buzzard mobbed by 2 Crows.


Posted April 10th at 10:20 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Preston seafront

A pair Sandwich Terns flying, and diving, between Preston and Paignton seafront this morning. 

Posted April 10th at 9:40 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News


A380 Kingskerswell two Kestrels.

In a spring corn field off of Old Walls Hill, Bishopsteignton a mix of Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Cirl Bunting and Yellow Hammer.

Ideford Common ~ Stock Dove 3, Willow Warbler, Yellow Hammer 3, very mobile flight of four Crossbill seen on three occasions, Linnet 25, male Reed Bunting, Stonechat 7, Redpoll 2, Kestrel, Buzzard 3, Chiffchaff 2, Meadow Pipit 2 and a single Swallow mobbing a Buzzard.


Posted April 10th at 8:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Tiverton canal

Morning walk along a 7 mile stretch starting at tiverton. Mute swan, malards (and crossbreeds) morehens with first chicks, nutharch, goldcrest, buzzard, cetti warblers, skylarks, wren, robin, dunnock, great blue and long tail tit. Green woodpecker, rook,jackdaw, crow, starlings, chiff chaf, chaffinch, blackcaps, pheasants. Someome pointed at a tree and claimed treecreeper  dissapointed as it was nuthatch. 

Posted April 10th at 5:00 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Late fieldfares 9th April

Late post regarding a small flock of at least 5 fieldfares near Hall's Cross, near Harford at 1pm yesterday.

Posted April 10th at 4:18 pm by JDA in Bird News

Slapton Ley

The 1st Sum/Juv Night Heron showed from dense cover, low down in a willow tree north of the bridge at 10.20.  It afforded views until at least 13.00.

The Red-necked Grebe was briefly south of the entrance to Ireland Bay at 11.40.

Posted April 10th at 4:00 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Pied wag roost NDDH

Dusk last evening,  having paid more attention than the day before, revealed upwards of 100 Pied Wagtail  with at least a few probable, at this time of year, White Wagtail amongst the throng, gathering along the roof edge and, curiously, on top of the solar panels. (Residual heat?) Also seen this morning 7'ish was a lone female Sparrowhawk drifting west to east presumably looking for breakfast. 

Posted April 10th at 3:21 pm by Philip Naylor in Bird News

Wrafton etc.

A decent sized loose flock of Sand Martins feeding over Wrafton Pond and the scrape early today, a few House Martins too. One drake Shoveler on the Pond. Also on the scrape: 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Snipe, and the Green Sandpiper still. A few Willow Warblers around the pond and in the reserve, with a few singing Blackcaps. Around Sherpa Marsh 5 Pochard, a few Teal, more Sand Martins and (typically after a visit to Somerset to see some!) a female Marsh Harrier took off and headed for the estuary. It looked to have a full crop, so feeding well! 2 Common Sandpipers.

Posted April 10th at 1:49 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

late entry for 9.4.21

Dipper at 10.30 in East wilderbrook stream in alleyway between St. Brannocks and Horne rd.

Posted April 10th at 11:35 am by Fiona Mackay-Moffatt in Bird News

Heybrook Bay

Yesterday on a walk between Heybrook Bay and Bovisand. A Heron, 2 Buzzards, a Kestrel .several Greenfinches,3 Linnets and many Stonechats. 

hen Stonechat
hen Stonechat

Posted April 10th at 8:20 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Friday 9th April 2021

Powderham Marsh

Scanned from the platform for ninety minutes this morning. The highlight was a ten-minute distant view of an Osprey working its way up the estuary and managing a few abortive dives despite the attention of the gulls, before turning downstream and, eventually, splashing into the water just S of Turf, only to re-surface empty-taloned. Lost sight of it as it headed downstream.

Waders on the Marsh consisted of  one each of Ruff, Common and Green Sandpipers, plus Oystercatchers and Black-tailed Godwits. Among the Anseriformes were the sole remaining GWF Goose, the Snow Goose and a Tufted Duck. Overhead were several hundred hirundines, split 99:1, Sand Martin:Swallow, and the usual Kestrel on a pylon.

On the way out and back were two Cattle Egrets in the field next to Matford roundabout, two singing Sedge Warblers and another Green Sandpiper at Countesswear, and three more Common Sandpipers on St James' Weir.

Posted April 9th at 10:20 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Hennock Reservoirs - 9 April

Good numbers of Willow Warblers singing in recently planted areas around reservoirs, also Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. Just 3 Swallows noted passing through. Reservoirs quiet, 7 Tufted Duck, including 2 obvious pairs, and scattered Mallard. 

Posted April 9th at 10:14 pm by Nick Walter in Bird News

Pink-footed Goose

Tavy Estuary, a Pink-footed Goose and a Barnacle Goose with Canada Geese off Blaxton Creek this morning.

Posted April 9th at 9:47 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

red kite

Red Kite sighted today 9th April over High Bickington and Atherington at 6.02pm circling above a animal killed on the road below. Watched for approx 20 mins to see if it was going to land on the road but it decided to move away. This Red Kite was not a full adult possible a year old. I have seen a full grown kite in the same area at the same time of the year April last year. They are so beautiful.

Posted April 9th at 9:35 pm by Liz Longhurst in Bird News


Walk around local area - 3 House Martin and 1 Swallow over, 5 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff singing. This morning while sat in the garden, one Willow Warbler heard singing.

Posted April 9th at 7:50 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

3 Greylag Geese on the Marshes late aft.

Posted April 9th at 6:17 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

After a series of really quite wintery mornings on the exposed north coast, a distinct upturn in visible & audible migration this morning (c.06.30 to 09.00). Highlight was a reeling Grasshopper Warbler. A smattering of other grounded warblers included 3 Willow Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs and 7 Blackcaps. Fair numbers of hirundines and finches heading west: 60 Swallows, 40 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 90 Linnets, 67 Goldfinches. Extremely quiet offshore, with just a trickle of Kittiwakes and auks, probably commuting between feeding grounds and breeding colonies along Exmoor coast.

Posted April 9th at 6:15 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Slim pickings in return for a good wander round but recorded: Willow Warbler, pair of Stonechats, 7+ Swallows, Sparrowhawk, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers, 7 Mandarin Ducks, Green-veined White, 2 Orange-tips & 8 Roe Deer.

Posted April 9th at 5:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Coombe Cellars, Combeinteignhead

Single Sandwich Tern flying up the Teign Estuary, just after the tide had turned.

Posted April 9th at 5:20 pm by Roger Duggleby in Bird News


Swallows arriving in droves from east to west; Cormorant in courtship colours; pair of kestrels involved in courtship on cliffs towards Tunnel Beaches; pair of Fulmar; 2 Purple Sandpipers on rocks below Capstone.

Posted April 9th at 5:09 pm by Dave Shadwell in Bird News

Home Farm Marsh

This afternoon’s highlights on a circular walk around Home Farm Marsh were seven buzzards soaring together, a flock of 60+ linnets, 1 male wheatear, a female kestrel on her ‘house’, a pair of pintail, a pair of shoveler, 3 wigeon (1m, 2f), 2 Canada geese, stonechat, and plenty of chiffchaffs.


Posted April 9th at 4:44 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Pied Fly

Pied flycatcher, Newton Tracey. Dull male. First record for me in 10 years at home in North Devon - made my day. It fed for a while.

Posted April 9th at 3:42 pm by Tim Williams in Bird News


Ringing in the reserve this morning caught a good number of migrants: 4 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warblers, 9 Blackcaps, 1 Sedge Warbler. Also ringed 3 Bullfinch, 2 Dunnock, and a cracking male Stonechat. Nearby on the scrape 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe, a few Teal (nearly all gone now) and the Green Sandpiper.

Male Stonechat
Male Stonechat

Posted April 9th at 3:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Baggy Point

c150 Hirundines flying past Baggy Point towards Lundy this morning.

Counted 133 Swallows & 10 House Martins over a period of one hour.

As usual the Jackdaws performed some entertaining aerial displays.

1 Wheatear & plenty of bird activity. Danish Scurvy Grass & Sea Campion in flower.

Posted April 9th at 2:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Pied wagtail roost? Barnstaple

Last night, as dusk fell, I became aware of about 40 Pied Wagtail lining up, equally spaced, along the roof edge of the North Devon District Hospital main building. In ones and twos they all dropped down to an area I couldn't clearly see because of the failing light, but eventually they'd all gone, presumably to roost for the night. Sweet! 

Posted April 9th at 9:55 am by Philip Naylor in Bird News

Thursday 8th April 2021


Plenty of willow warblers in churchwood valley along with the guaranteed song thrushes. In the field beside our house, a green woodpecker, willow warbler and the first sighting this year of the neighbour’s pair of swallows. 

Posted April 8th at 11:06 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News


Shelduck, low overhead at 17.30, heading south; unusual as we are halfway, 8km, from both the Dart and the Kingsbridge Estuary

Posted April 8th at 10:13 pm by Geoffrey Osborn in Bird News

Slapton Ley

The Red-necked Grebe showed well to the south of the entrance to Ireland Bay this morning.  A Brent Goose was in Ireland Bay and Willow and Cetti's Warblers were by the bridge.  Large numbers of Sand Martins and smaller numbers of Swallows were also over the ley.

A House Martin was over the shingle ridge near the middle/memorial car park where a Red-throated Diver was offshore.  6 Sandwich Terns were also present.

Posted April 8th at 7:28 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Saunton Sands & Braunton Burrows

Walked the Dunes and Saunton sands late this afternoon. 60+ Sanderling along the shoreline and plenty of Swallows over the dunes. Willow Warbler and Blackcap heard singing in the wooded area. Cold wind dropped off which made it a very pleasant afternoon. 

Sanderling feeding and resting on Saunton Sands
Sanderling feeding and resting on Saunton Sands

Posted April 8th at 6:03 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Osprey over Kingsteignton

In my garden at 1610 and heard and saw a group of gulls go up. Saw a large bird of prey circling around Green hill road area. Went in to grab my bins and saw it was an Osprey with a fish in its talons. Circled for about 5 mins before move off northwards. Definitely the best garden tick I’ve had. 

Posted April 8th at 4:55 pm by Darren Maynard in Bird News

East Soar

18 Chiffchaff, 15 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap. Firecrest, Nuthatch & 40 Linnet.

First Speckled Wood.

Posted April 8th at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Cadover area and Crownhill Down

Cadover area: 6 Swallow, just 1 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, 2 Raven, Reed Bunting and just 2 Wheatear (1m,1f)

Four Wheatear (3m,1f) at base of Crownhill Down.


Posted April 8th at 1:18 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Colebrook Linnets

From out of the kitchen window was the first Linnet we'd ever seen in Colebrook. When it flew off there were actually three of them. These are only the second Linnets we've seen this year and the first were, not in the countryside, but on a warehouse roof in Cattedown! (photos through the glass, sorry)


Posted April 8th at 1:12 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Berry Head

Small fall of migrants: 4 Willow warblers, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Balckcap. The arable field along Gillards Road had at least 10 Yellowhammers and a couple of Cirl Buntings still. 

Posted April 8th at 12:59 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


No sign of Pochard on Wrafton Pond this morning. Out on the scrape 4 Black-tailed Godwits 3/4 Snipe, some Teal a Pied Wagtail, a Common Sandpiper, but best was a Green Sandpiper. 3 Swallows and a Sand Martin. The Godwits were flushed by the dramatic stooping arrival of one of the local Buzzards.

Posted April 8th at 12:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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