Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st June 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

Monday 21st June 2021


For the first time in quite a while 2 House Martin and a Sand Martin over the scrape this morning. Late afternoon visit to the Marsh: 2 Black-tailed Godwits were a surprise - at least one landed by the new pond beyond Sherpa. 13 Adult Canada Geese with 12 Goslings - luckier than the reserve Goslings - all predated by an Otter (probably!) 4 Swallows and couple of Swifts and 2 Little Egrets also present.

Posted June 21st at 9:26 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Surprised to see approximately 30 Swift’s feeding over the Beacon / Madeira Walk area in Exmouth late pm today.  

Posted June 21st at 7:57 pm by Simon Crookall in Bird News

Swifts over Braunton Burrows

A walk on the Burrows around 4pm today was rewarded with a flyby of approximately 27 Swifts. Also seen, video'd and photographed was a Roe buck which was downwind of us so didn't notice us for about 5 minutes! 

Roe buck
Roe buck

Posted June 21st at 7:44 pm by Philip Naylor in Bird News

Sunday 20th June 2021


There's been a Willow Warbler singing in the reserve for a few weeks recently, but today I didn't hear it, I hope it may still be around - they haven't stopped to breed for a long time recently. Reed Bunting still singing. Unusually an Adder was sunning itself today, but slithered off at my approach. Male Kestrel also present - first for may weeks.

Posted June 20th at 10:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cadover area and Crownhill Down

Cadover area highlights: Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Garden Warbler, Wheatear (3 juv, 5 adults), Stonechat (7 juv), 3 Reed Bunting, 7 Mistle Thrush and Tawny Owl. 39 species in total.

Crownhill Down: Whinchat, Wheatear (3 juv and 1 adult), 2 Yellowhammer and 4 Raven 

Wheatear (juv)
Wheatear (juv)

Posted June 20th at 4:11 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake Saturday 19th.

3 Willow Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Wren, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Marsh Tit,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Robin.

Posted June 20th at 9:11 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Saturday 19th June 2021

Exminster Marshes

Yesterday at  Exminster Marshes. Fairly quiet with Little Egrets, Canada Geese, Mallards, Herons, Mute Swans, 2 Egyptian Geese, Lapwings, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Cettis Warblers, Swallows, Swifts and House Martins, Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches and Linnets.

Egyptian Geese
Egyptian Geese

Posted June 19th at 9:22 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Bradwell Wood (private woodland), North Devon

Spotted Flycatcher seen on our patch this evening.

Posted June 19th at 7:32 pm by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

Saunton Sands & Braunton Burrows

Only one small wader, a Dunlin on Saunton Sands, but an abundance of flowering plants in Braunton Burrows not to be missed (see Other Wildlife) 

Male Broad-bodied Chaser on one of the many ponds on the Burrows.

Posted June 19th at 3:15 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Baby parrots central park

Ringneck parakeets

Posted June 19th at 7:47 am by Barry in Bird News

Friday 18th June 2021

Albino Great Northern Diver

The albino GND that was in Salcombe over last winter has been relocated in Unst, Shetland. Unfortunately I was unable to find it.

Posted June 18th at 11:36 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Berry Head Guillemots

A pleasant afternoon watching Gullemots plunge into the sea from their ledges at Berry Head was ruined when 3 Jet Ski's came close into the cliff at speed and then drove straight through the flock on the sea.

The words I used to describe the Jet Skiers are not suitable for print !!!. 

I did inform one of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Rangers as to what had happened but he said there was little they could do to protect the exclusion zone which is marked by buoys in the sea.

Posted June 18th at 3:59 pm by David Roper in Bird News

Red Kite

Single red kite spotted over Tiverton heading north on Friday June 18th 9:30 am. 

Posted June 18th at 9:50 am by Paul Brankin in Bird News

Berry Head/Ideford Common/Emsworthy Mire

Report of 3 sites over last two days whilst taking a visiting friend to add to his year list.

Berry Head; whitethroats, large numbers of Guillemots and Kittiwakes plus Razorbills, Fulmar and Gannets.

Ideford Common; Several Nightjars seen flying some churring in the undergrowth very close to the road adjacent to the common, be prepared for a lot of biting midges.

Emsworthy; Excellent views of cuckoos flying in pairs around the fields to the left after the gates some calling but not for long at least 6 seen. As well as large numbers of Jackdaws and Rooks there were large numbers of Herring Gulls circling and in the fields is this flying ants seems a bit early.

Posted June 18th at 9:45 am by Gary Bolton in Bird News


Red Kite over the garden at 0845.

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted June 18th at 9:04 am by Chris E in Bird News

Thursday 17th June 2021


Today while working near Atherington I Saw this Red Legged Partridge.

Red Legged Partridge
Red Legged Partridge

Posted June 17th at 11:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Countesswear - Powderham Marsh

Nothing exciting, just:

- along Lime Kiln Lane, c400 Rooks, including many begging juveniles, in the silage "stubble", so perhaps the c80 pairs from the Matford and Countesswear colonies, plus 3 young per pair;

- along the towpath, still a lot of song from Reed, Sedge and Cetti's, and Reed Bunting, and a brief squeal from a Water Rail, whether newly returned or breeding I don't know;

- on the main lagoon, several Tufted Ducks and a trilling Little Grebe;

- on the main body of Exminster Marsh, 3 Gadwall, my first of the year, 2 Wigeon, and a Med. Gull;

 - on Powderham Marsh -the regular Kestrel, and 5 unaccompanied and probably doomed Shelducklings.

Posted June 17th at 10:03 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Red kite at Bow

Red kite hanging above the road between Bow and Copplestone as I was driving home this evening- just before 6pm

Posted June 17th at 7:31 pm by Tom Misselbrook in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

There is an abundance of wild flowers in the Burrows at the moment & not to be missed, the conditions are also very favourable for Orchids. There are thousands of Southern Marsh Orchids, some Early Marsh & Pyramidal as well. 

Posted June 17th at 6:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife


Sue Bruce called to say she had been on the Devon side of the border up on the moors around Farley Water and they had seen Red Kite and White-tailed Eagle.

Posted June 17th at 6:24 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Scarcity of swifts and swallows at Staddon Heights

Just visited the wall at Staddon Heights golf course. Usually at this time of year it's alive with swallows and swifts. Today no swifts and possibly a couple of swallows. Can anybody explain the situation please.

Posted June 17th at 5:06 pm by Tony Tagg in Bird News

Ashclyst Foresy

Cuckoo calling this morning.

Posted June 17th at 10:38 am by Maggie Heal in Bird News


Yesterday while in Axminster this Buzzard was spotted on a roadside pole.


Posted June 17th at 10:23 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 16th June 2021

Crownhill Down and Plympton

Whinchat, Cuckoo, 3 singing and 4 juv Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear and the usuals on Crownhill Down. Also 2 Shelduck on the large Tungsten West Pit (viewed from the top of Crownhill Down).

A brief singing Whitethroat passed through the garden late morning. A bit of a surprise.


Posted June 16th at 1:28 pm by Chris E in Bird News


4 or 5 Red Kites seen over Wrafton yesterday - sadly not by me though!

Posted June 16th at 9:14 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

Yesterday at Cadover: Sand Martins 7, Reed Buntings 2, Pied Wagtail 1, GSW 1, GWP 1, Willow Warblers 12, Chiffchaffs 2, Blackcaps 3, Chaffinches 6, Goldfinches 2, Buzzards 2, Cuckoo 1, Garden Warblers 3. On Legis Tor Warren: Stonechats 4, numerous Skylarks and Meadow Pipits, Linnets 2, Wheatears 9 mixed juveniles and adults.

Imm. Wheatear
Imm. Wheatear
Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler

Posted June 16th at 9:04 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Nightjars at Bovey Heathfield 15/6/2021

Female flushed from main path at 21.57. Flew around for ca 5 minutes briefly alighting on low trees. Brief bout of churring at 22.05 then no sound/sightings before leaving Heath at 22.30

Posted June 16th at 8:05 am by John Walton in Bird News

Heron flyby

A most unusual sight over our house close to the town centre. A heron  flying low down, appeared very put out by the gulls mobbing it. Did they take it for a predator or was it just its size? Only the gulls know and they're not talkin

Posted June 16th at 6:48 am by Philip Fairclough in Bird News

Tuesday 15th June 2021

Pied Wagtail

today 15/06/2021. Bird seen in the Bickington Road area, Barnstaple.


Posted June 15th at 8:45 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News

Red Kite

Three Mistle Thrush flying over the garden at South Brent first thing this morning, male Blackcap still singing well.

A38 Haldon Hill a low flying Red Kite.

Dead Barn owl on the side of the A38 near Dean Prior.

Posted June 15th at 6:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Red Kites - Dunkeswell

3 Red Kites circling over fields where grass is being cut for silage. Shortly afterwards, 6 Buzzards circling, also looking for casualties in the grass

Posted June 15th at 2:01 pm by Peter Lamb in Bird News

spoonbill and hobby

West Ogwell 14.6.21, a hobby seen circling overhead, and a probably spoonbill heading east high overhead at 11am.  Too high without binoculars to be sure, bit a sizeable bird, fast wingbeats, neck held forward, too big for little egret, too small for great white.

Posted June 15th at 12:32 pm by Dan Lupton in Bird News

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