Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th June 2021

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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

Posted June 30th at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


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Monday 14th June 2021

Withycombe Exmouth

Red kites 9 circling at varying heights over village drifting north

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 8:30 pm by Gordon & Sheila Farr & Burnett in Bird News

White Tailed Eagle.

White tailed Eagle seen this morning over South Molton heading towards Torrington. Being mobbed by Buzzards

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 7:48 pm by Jeremy Hickman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Greenshank still on Blaxton Meadow with 21 Shelducks including 2 pairs with (3 + 5) small ducklings. Also, Treecreeper, Whitethroat, pair of Stonechats, 2 Ravens, Green Woodpecker & 3 Roe Deer.

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 5:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

A38 Red Kite

On A38 near Stover Park, Red Kite flying over just over traffic height

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 4:01 pm by Ian Stone in Bird News

Red Kite

1 low over Odd Wheel pub, Wembury. 3.00pm

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 3:46 pm by Robert Massey in Bird News

Red Kite Ottery St Mary

Red Kite circling low over the Salston side of OSM, then climbed on a thermal and drifted north at 14:55

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 2:57 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Red Kite

A Red Kite just now over Pynes Hill / Ludwell Valley Exeter.

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 1:36 pm by Nick Potter in Bird News

Red Kite - Torquay

5 Red Kites - Torquay - one low north over my house at 1236pm and then 3 more at 1302pm and then picked up another and 4 watched circling for 5 mins

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 12:41 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Red kite in Exmouth

Just seen Red kite 10.05 over Imperial road towards the estuary direction.

it had a seagull escort!

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 10:22 am by Simon Crookall in Bird News


Ring neck parakeet perched in tree on hill Barton road, exeter. Never seen a parakeet here before or in exeter.

Posted June 14th, 2021 at 7:45 am by David scott in Bird News

Sunday 13th June 2021

Mandarin with 5 young

Female Mandarin with 5 young on river at Chudleigh Knighton 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 8:24 pm by Mark Brandon in Bird News

Berry Head to Hope’s Nose

A boat trip out of Brixham on Kelly’s Hero Charters was interesting.  Lots of Kittiwakes nesting on Berry Head and nearby cliffs.  Fulmars and usual gulls.  Three Razorbills flying in and out of the Guillemot colony.  Birds returning with small fish.  Over to Hopes Nose, 3 Manx Shearwaters passed by and later a Whimbrel.  On the Ore Stone were several nesting pairs of Razorbills and Guillemots and a pair of Turnstones in summer plumage.  Very quiet generally, probably due to the lack of wind and calm seas as most birds sitting on the water.  Flock of up to 20 Shags on the sea.  At least 3 Gannets seen (2cy, 3cy and adult plumage).  Single 2cy Med Gull. 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 8:02 pm by George and Les Carr in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Met Jon Turner at Wrafton pond who was conducting a bird count.  Shortly after he had left, a Sparrowhawk possibly the same bird as the one I spotted the other day dropped in. Also saw a family of Long tailed tits, a couple of Moorhen and a couple of Little Grebe.


Posted June 13th, 2021 at 7:46 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Inner Hope Cove, Bolt Tail

Late brief sea watch Saturday eve on 12th, highlight was a Sandwich Tern flying south over the Tail. Early Sunday following day brief sea watch saw about 25 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, and at the limit of our scope was what we believed to be 2 juvenile Gannets with several adults.

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 6:56 pm by Dan & Tom Kent in Bird News

Red-breasted flycatcher

Late news

10th June, 2021, Red-breasted flycatcher, briefly, Central Park, Plymouth

Eds: This bird  appears to show buffy undertail coverts - which would be  wrong for a European flycatcher. 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 6:34 pm by Roger Bolden in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

Another Red Kite over the village, the third this afternoon heading SW. Also 3 Buzzards (locals). Earlier... US Air Force 1 carrying Joe Biden flew over going E. 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 4:57 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Marsh Green, East Devon

2 Red Kites over the village at 16.20 heading south west at a height.

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 4:23 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


Over the house this morning.

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 1:37 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Several pairs of Shelducks with (3 + 6) small ducklings on Blaxton Meadow at high tide this morning, together with a lingering Greenshank & 7 Curlews. Also, Siskin, a pair of Stonechats & 24 Mandarin Ducks, mainly drakes going into eclipse. 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 12:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bee swarm over Saunton Park area of Braunton

11:26 am today,  1st indication was the noise; a rising volume of humming and looking north from Kingsacre, we saw a huge swarm, at least 15 feet wide and 6 deep, of bees! They continued over Pixie Lane and headed south towards the Great Field & Braunton Burrows. First sighting of this phenomenon for us! 

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 11:34 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in Other Wildlife

Torbay & Berry Head

Late post but on a cruise around Torbay on Friday 11th there were 17+ Mediterranean Gulls all scruffy looking first summer birds (2nd cy). Also really good to see kittiwakes back at Berry Head in good numbers 150+ some have started to nest and settled onto presumably eggs. Seems very late but if successful will be the first breeding at the site for nearly 10 years. Later breeding at Berry Head might be more successful as oily small fish numbers around this part of Lyme bay pick up in mid summer.

Posted June 13th, 2021 at 9:17 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 12th June 2021

Swift increase

I saw 4 swifts over Great Torrington square this afternoon, the most I've seen this year, so hopefully they'll have babies after such a slow start to their season. 3 house martins also.

Posted June 12th, 2021 at 4:01 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Red Kite Lipson Plymouth

I have been feeling a little hard done by over recent weeks seeing all of the Red Kite reports from others. Sorted this morning though with a single bird initially very low over Freedom Fields. Got a good 5 min with the bird as it gradually gained height and eventually drifted off towards Rame

Posted June 12th, 2021 at 12:18 pm by Richard Billington in Bird News

Lesser Whitethroat, Northam.

Enjoying an early morning cup of tea in bed whilst listening to a very vocal Lesser Whitethroat singing from the hedge line below the Torridge Bridge.

Another addition to the house list!

Posted June 12th, 2021 at 7:32 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Red kite

A friend saw a red kite over the Crowbeare valley on the northern edge of Great Torrington at 2pm yesterday

Posted June 12th, 2021 at 6:12 am by Aubrey in Bird News

Friday 11th June 2021

Wrafton pond

Wrafton pond was again very quite apart from the usual suspects.  A Robin was singing its heart out near the boardwalk and a Sparrowhawk landed in a tree on the far side of the pond.


Posted June 11th, 2021 at 11:33 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An emphasis on land birds today with: Peregrine, Kestrel, Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat, pair of Stonechats, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 20+ Swifts, 2 Roe Deer & 9 Small Heaths.

Posted June 11th, 2021 at 8:50 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Yesterday in the Venford area: At least 3 Cuckoos, a pair of Grey Wagtails, 2 Redstarts, Blackcaps, Garden Warblers, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Yellowhammers, Mistle and Song Thrushes, Tree Pipits, A Buzzard, 3 Ravens, Wrens, Coal tits, Swallows, House Martins, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Magpies, Jays, Skylarks and a Grey Heron.


Posted June 11th, 2021 at 8:09 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 10th June 2021

Ash Mill

Red Kite over seen from the A361.

Posted June 10th, 2021 at 5:08 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Re falcon seen with a kestrel.

The falcon seen by michael wooodman smith  is a falconers bird, jesses and transmitter.  It looks like a lugger falcon but it is hard to be sure as there are many hi-breeds etc. 

Posted June 10th, 2021 at 2:08 pm by Keith McGinn in Bird News

Where Have The Swallows and House Martins Gone?

The village of Abbotsham in North Devon had upwards of 20 House Martin and even more Swallow nests in the 1990's. They have gradually declined and this year there is not one house martin nest and around half a dozen swallow nests.There have been none feeding over Godborough or the Kenwith Castle Lake. Is it just us?

Posted June 10th, 2021 at 12:01 pm by Philip Marlow in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late report for yesterday 9/6/21

Lower Tamar Lake.

4 juv Nuthatch at the hide feeders waiting for an adult to feed them, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 4 Coal Tit, 3 Grey Wagtail two adults feeding one juv. 5 Tufted Duck 4m 1f, 1 Moorhen, 14 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Jackdaw, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted June 10th, 2021 at 8:38 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Exminster Marsh

11 1st Summer Med Gulls on Exminster Marsh this evening. 30 Curlew, 5 Blackwits, 4 Barwits & a Whimbrel. Also Hobby sat around waiting for supper. 

Posted June 9th, 2021 at 9:44 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


I'm sure by now everyone seen the post of the warbler, i myself didn't see it, i mean i might have passed it and not known what i was looking at, i walked past the area at 12 but before the crowds arrived heard something unusual but was too tired to look. Instead I'll post other sightings on my three days on the island. 

Puffins galore, was great to see, not too many seen actively bringing fish back to the burrow, probably only spotted 4 doing that. 
Guillemots, razor bills all in high numbers, GBB gulls, LBB gulls, herring gulls, fulmars, kittiwake, skylarks, wheatears (and juv), whinchats (and young), starlings, goldfinch, chiff chaff, willow warbler, oyster catcher, pipits, Manx shearwaters very loud at night and some seen distant on the ferry crossings.  swallows, house martins, house sparrows, a lot of racing pigeons who didn't want to keep racing it seems, collard doves, blue/great tit, robin, dunnock,  gannets seen diving off shore. Ravens, crows, wrens, mallards (with ducklings) Shags, cormorants, 

other note, dolphin pods both crossings on the ferry and lots and lots of grey seals. was also swarms of different jellyfish on leaving day 

Posted June 9th, 2021 at 11:07 am by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Sand Martins

Around six in a sand bank on the River Yeo between Fordton and Uton.

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 9:27 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News


Sulphur-Bellied Warbler still showing very well this evening on and off from 6-645pm feeding actively on the rock face in Millcombe Valley- apparently the Oldenburg is fully booked for 2 weeks due to the restrictions mentioned below -  so charter boats are the only option . Brilliant views of Puffins, Manxies and Dolphins en route 

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 8:06 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite over Exeter road area Kingsteignton 17.45 

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 6:18 pm by Graeme Davey in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite spotted circling overhead (Pyworthy) about 2pm for 5 minutes. Soaring high but occasionally dropping down. Headed off north east.

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 4:40 pm by Diana Lee in Bird News


The singing male Sulphur-bellied Warbler (see post below) was originally found at Stoneycroft (near the Old Lighthouse) this morning by David Price. It subsequently relocated to Millcombe Valley and was still present there this afternoon. Originally thought to be a Dusky Warbler (which itself would have been a first for Lundy) a back-of-camera mobile phone shot of the bird from Lundy Warden Dean Jones drew comment and questions from birders familiar with Sulphur-bellied Warbler, a very similar Asian species that has only been recorded once previously in the Western Palearctic (on the Danish island of Christiansø on 30 May 2016). Following review of original images and recordings of the bird's song, the bird was confirmed as a Sulphur-bellied Warbler, a first for Britain! An amazing occurrence... The full story of the Lundy bird will doubtless be told by those who were there when it was discovered. In the meantime, here is a link to an account of the Danish bird, which includes some photos and a map of the species' usual range:


Posted June 8th, 2021 at 4:38 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Swifts over Torrington

I am seeing a pair of swifts over Great Torrington daily, and 3 house martins over my estate today. Hummingbird hawkmoth was a surprise this afternoon, briefly!

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 3:38 pm by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

East Soar

Further to my earlier post ant news for the book to me at


Posted June 8th, 2021 at 3:08 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


4 Swifts over Germansweek at 13:00 today 08/06/21. first time I have seen them this year.

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 2:25 pm by Mark Palmer in Bird News

East Soar

Adult female Red-backed Shrike on Bolt Head - seen for 4 minutes from 1040; catching insects from perch and being scolded by Meadow Pipits, Linnets and a Stonechat. 7th record for Soar but the first spring record. Also Red Kite flying high east.

I'm preparing a "History of the Birds of Soar" for publication in 2022 if I can afford it. Any extra records welcome plus any anecdotes. Please remember to put all your sightings at Soar on the Devon Birds blog so they can be included.

Now how do I get to Lundy!!

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 1:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


A Sulphur-bellied Warbler has been found on Lundy. First for Britain and 2nd for the Western Palearctic. If you thought the Mockingbird was a twitch, this could create pandemonium with the Oldenburg running on Covid restricted numbers.

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 1:27 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

south molton community woodlans

2 garden warblers singing yesterday, not seen.

Posted June 8th, 2021 at 8:52 am by art symons in Bird News

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