Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st May 2021


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

Thursday 20th May 2021

Berry Head

Seawatch 06:15-16:00 (SSW5 increasing 8). Heading south:

29 Great Northern Divers (most full breeding plumage), Red-throated Diver, 33 Puffins, Arctic Skua (ad dark phase), 5 Sandwich Terns, Whimbrel, 862 Manx Shearwaters & 10 Common Scoter.

Other: c.5 Common Dolphins, 2 Harbour Porpoise & Grey Seal

Posted May 20th, 2021 at 6:27 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News


Low level merlin in frantic pursuit of small bird

Posted May 20th, 2021 at 10:29 am by Alun Sherwood in Bird News

Wednesday 19th May 2021

Cann Woods, Plympton 19 May

Only two Nightjars heard churring at 9:15 pm to the accompaniment of a Cuckoo calling at the same time. First actual sighting of a Tawny Owl on the wires outside the wood, and most oddly three Mallard having an evening stroll through the wood.

Posted May 19th, 2021 at 11:56 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

A few locations.

Making most of a good day so went to a few locations 

Crownhill down-   Two different cuckoo's seen and heard. Wheatears, stonechats with first juveniles out with them, yellow hammers, male kestrel, lots of pipits, linnets,   4 buzzards circling together, willow warblers, Canada geese fly over. A whole herd of fallow deer by the solar panels. 

Cadover-  Cuckoo heard, canda geese, the female goosander with 2 young swimming up river, lots of sand martins busy as usual. Gold crest, willow warblers, mallards, pipits, stonechats,  pied and grey wagtails,  buzzard.

Finally- Cann woods- i was going to stay for nightjars but just too exhausted so just a walk around. First Swifts of the year for me, so happy with that as Plymbridge lacked them last week. Lots and lots of willow warblers, song thrush, bull finch, chaffinch, raven, crow, robin, dunnock, goldcrest, tree creeper, great spotted and green woodpecker.

Posted May 19th, 2021 at 8:50 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Velator area

Ringing in the reserve this morning was hardly classic, but one of the first birds out of the net was an adult male Kingfisher. I've seen one a few times recently, both in the reserve and along the nearby river. A few days ago the pair of Canada Geese hatched 4 goslings, but today sadly only one left. I suspect Otter, but the gander did seem to be trying to get the whole family out of the reserve, and I even saw him outside for a while this morning calling to her and the gosling. The other young could just have got stuck in the reed-bed. The female Roe Deer was outside the reserve this morning. Also ringed one each of Reed and Sedge Warbler, Blackcap and juvenile Great Tit and Dunnock.

Posted May 19th, 2021 at 6:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 18th May 2021


Spotted flycatcher, pied flycatcher

Posted May 18th, 2021 at 10:41 pm by art symons in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common


Posted May 18th, 2021 at 8:59 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

Late post  17/05/2021.

Fledged juvenile Starlings already on the marshes.

Posted May 18th, 2021 at 5:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wistmans Wood

A morning walk got good views of cuckoo and spotted flycatcher.  But highlight has views of  a grasshopper warbler reeling by stream.  

Posted May 18th, 2021 at 4:48 pm by Daryl Brady lavis in Bird News

East Soar

Best today Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler & Reed Warbler singing & Greenland Wheatear. Swallows still coming in off sea.

Non-avian: Broad-bodied Chaser - 1st dragonfly of year.

Posted May 18th, 2021 at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Three Beaches Goodrington

A scan of the bay yesterday evening produced: 14 fs Common Gulls (very high number for time of year), 3-4 fs Mediterranean Gulls, 11 fs Black-headed Gulls and a fine adult summer plumaged Great Northern Diver

Posted May 18th, 2021 at 12:57 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common


Posted May 18th, 2021 at 10:57 am by Paul Bray in Bird News

Monday 17th May 2021

Exminster Marsh

Evening visit to Exminster Marsh (by wellies). Euro WF Goose, 3 1st sum Med Gull, Hobby sat watching Martin’s come into roost, 300+ Sand Martin. 50+ Swift. 34 Curlew, 44 Blackwits, 12Whimbrel, 55 Oystercatcher, Greenshank & Male Pintail. Also Egyptian Goose. On way back on A379 Nightjar hawking over road just north of M5 by Exminister. 

Posted May 17th, 2021 at 10:00 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Mistle thrush hatchlings

5 Mistle thrush chicks in nest on our bedroom window sill today - ground floor. Near Cullompton. Delightful.

Posted May 17th, 2021 at 9:05 pm by Richard Holmes in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Station road is flooded but passable in wellies. A single hobby over the north marsh, a peregrine over the middle and a kestrel at Turf. Also near Turf 7 cattle egrets. The more exotic geese included the whitefront, a greylag and a single Egyptian goose. A group of waders included c30 whimbrel, c20 black-tailed godwits and a greenshank. Overhead lots of swallows and swifts with a few house martins and sand martins.

Posted May 17th, 2021 at 6:17 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Warren House/Challacombe Farm & Headland Warren

Wet start but weather cleared eventually to timely blue skies for a while! 5+ Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Redstarts, 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatears, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Garden Warblers and one brief singing Grasshopper Warbler.

Posted May 17th, 2021 at 6:11 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Feeding Frenzy

Over a hundred herring gulls in a feeding frenzy in Brixham inner harbour this afternoon. I was unable to determine the small fish that they were eating. 

Posted May 17th, 2021 at 5:31 pm by Neil Thompson in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Still 3 Whimbrels with 3 Curlews & 2 Oystercatchers on Blaxton Meadow at high tide this morning.

Posted May 17th, 2021 at 1:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sunday 16th May 2021

Cadover Bridge

Cuckoo seen on an overhead wire just north of Cadover bridge last evening 

Posted May 16th, 2021 at 9:59 pm by Matt Clark in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a rather wet morning: 3 Whimbrels, Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Peregrine, Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat, Wheatear (f) & 2 Roe Deer. 

Posted May 16th, 2021 at 2:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Devon

Not a day for birds or birding- too wet everywhere!  I dropped in to Blackhill Quarry and could see that the water level has risen by several feet, not good news for ground nesting birds.

Budleigh Salterton cricket pitch water logged but a Whimbrel seemed pleased with the food there.

Posted May 16th, 2021 at 1:55 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Day Trip to Lundy

In lieu of the cancelled devonbirds day trip we took the public sailing to Lundy.  Seabirds were the order of the day with Manx Shearwaters and Gannets on the crossing. At Jenny's cove the Puffin colony continues to increase alongside Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars. Around Pondsbury many Swallows, Wheatears, Linnets, Pipits and Larks, with Curlew and a single Golden Plover. Near the village, House Martins.  The best was a Golden Oriole in Millcombe along with several Spotted Flycatchers, Blackcaps and Reed Warbler, plus many more 'regulars'.  Also reported, but not seen by us were a Subalpine Warbler and a Cuckoo, neither of which we saw.


Posted May 16th, 2021 at 12:05 am by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Saturday 15th May 2021


A pair of gannets  seen twice in last 2 weeks, flying around and diving off N Devon coast

Posted May 15th, 2021 at 1:37 pm by M Smoldon in Bird News

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