Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th July 2021


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

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Crownhill Down & Portworthy

A walk around Crownhill Down this morning produced: Cuckoo (juv), a flock of 22 Mistle Thrushes, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wheatears (juvs), Siskin, 2 Sand Martins & 8 Fallow Deer.

At Portworthy, 2 Teal.

Posted July 14th, 2021 at 7:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cadover area

Highlights: Redstart, 26+ Sand Martin, only 2 juv Wheatear, Green Woodpecker, 5 Reed Bunting. Juvs: Swallows (3), Stonechat (3). 35 species seen/heard in total.


Posted July 14th, 2021 at 5:46 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Pink magpies

2 pink magpies at Liverton business Park, Exmouth this morning. At the bottom of the estate in the trees. 

Posted July 14th, 2021 at 11:20 am by D buckland in Bird News

Fernworthy to Watern Tor

Yesterday a circular walk over the moor produced numerous Skylarks and Meadow Pipits and many adult and juvenile Stonechats and Wheatears. 4 Grey Wagtails on the N. Teign river. Buzzards 2, Kestrels 2, Ravens 4,  

juvenile Wheatear
juvenile Wheatear

Posted July 14th, 2021 at 9:17 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Off to Powlers Piece last night with my birding buddy Alan Craddock in search of Nightjars. Mozzie headsets in place we waited until dark.

Several heard churring but no sightings this year unfortunately.

Posted July 14th, 2021 at 8:45 am by Andy Leat in Bird News


Yesterday I was on Dartmoor again and where these photos of a Whinchat were taken.


Posted July 14th, 2021 at 12:57 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Totnes fields

Saw a flock of  around 50+ swifts flying over fields between Totnes and Dartington at about 9:30am this morning. Quite an amazing sight. Oh ...and there were a couple of house martins too!. 

Posted July 13th, 2021 at 10:52 pm by Job Flynn in Bird News

R.Caen > Braunton Burrows

5 Common Sandpipers on R.Caen late aft / early evening.

Marsh Helleborine & Round-Leaved Wintergreen - Braunton Burrows

Posted July 13th, 2021 at 9:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Not much change on the birding front today, but a male & juv Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a pair of Whitethroats, 4 juv Stonechats & a Greenshank logged.

Butterflies however, were much better with 15 species seen including White-letter Hairstreak (3), Marbled White (10+), Gatekeeper (2), Green-veined White, Small Skipper (10) & Large Skipper.

Posted July 13th, 2021 at 8:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Efford Marsh

For most of May and June the marsh has been dry and devoid of interest to most birders.  I continued to visit to keep tabs on the two pairs of Shelduck who did manage to breed successfully this year.  There were very few places on the marsh for them to feed or where the young could find the safety of deep water.  Possibly as a result, the first pair which reached the marsh on 2 June this year have lost 5 of their 10 young so far.

A video of a moving and memorable visit can be seen here:

Posted July 13th, 2021 at 4:06 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Bird News

Monday 12th July 2021

Powderham & Exminster Marshes

Male Ruff on Powderham Marsh this morning, GWE and Green Sand on Exminster Marsh lunchtime. 

Exminster Marsh this evening. GWE on lagoon. Male Ruff on scrap in front of Lagoon with 200 Curlew, Marsh Harrier, 350+ Sand Martin & 2 Greenshank.

Posted July 12th, 2021 at 10:19 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Late morning at Fremington pill were there were 6-8 Redshanks, two Greenshanks, at least two Kingfishers, two little Egrets, a number of Black headed gulls and three common Sandpiper.

Three common Sandpiper
Three common Sandpiper

Posted July 12th, 2021 at 8:34 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Lots of Warblers including Reed and Sedge today from the hide at West Charleton Marsh. GSW on the feeder opposite, along with Great and Blue Tits and Chaffinch. Plenty of Chiffchaffs singing and Stonechats feeding their fledged youngsters. Not a lot to be seen on the Estuary side, a couple of Curlew, Egrets and a Heron. 

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler

Posted July 12th, 2021 at 6:21 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

This morning's receding tide:  5 Little Egret, 6 Common Sandpiper, Herring gull with 3 fat chicks, 2 Swift, Swallows, Chiffchaff and a female Blackcap.

Posted July 12th, 2021 at 4:59 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

East Soar

Must be a bit of post-breeding dispersal going on - Melodious Warbler juv/imm in broad beans feeding avidly but looking a bit dishevelled after the rain. Also 250 Linnet & 18 Swift.

Posted July 12th, 2021 at 3:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Little of note today but 2 Greenshanks with 77 Redshanks & 33 Curlews on Blaxton Meadow at high tide. Also, Whitethroat, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Marbled Whites, Large Skipper & 2 Ringlets.

Posted July 12th, 2021 at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exmouth - Roseate Tern

An adult Roseate Tern was present early afternoon on Bull Hill on the Exe Estuary viewed from Shelly Beach- also 2+ Common Terns, c40 Sandwich Terns and 3 adult Med Gulls

Posted July 12th, 2021 at 3:11 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Sunday Boat Trip from Brixham

Out from Brixham with Dave Saunders on Kelly's Hero Charters we saw the following: juvenile Swallows on the pontoon before we left, adult Med Gull inside the Breakwater, 26 Common Scoter flying S and a singleton flying N later, Razorbill and Guillemots, Common Tern flying S, 12 Manx Shearwater, usual gulls. 5 feedingHarbour Porpoise showing well off Berry Head.  Pictures taken a distance away to prevent disturbance so heavily cropped.

Med Gull with BH Gull for comparison
Med Gull with BH Gull for comparison
Juvenile Swallow on Pontoon
Juvenile Swallow on Pontoon

Posted July 12th, 2021 at 8:51 am by G and L Carr in Bird News

Sunday 11th July 2021

Wrafton pond

Early start today, 06.30 at Wrafton pond where these two birds were snapped. A Chiffchaff and a male House sparrow along the path, two Little grebes, Swans and Cygnets, a Moorhen and a good number of Mallard on the pond.  Also saw four or five Kingfishers possibly all from the same family.

Male House sparrow
Male House sparrow

Posted July 11th, 2021 at 11:19 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Dartmoor Kite

Red Kite circling over Combestone Tor, Hexwortthy, around 13.00hrs,

Posted July 11th, 2021 at 5:08 pm by Margaret mackintosh in Bird News

Upper Torridge Estuary

High tide this am:

1 Ringed Teal

15 Common Sandpiper

1 Green Sandpiper

1 singing Reed Warbler

Ringed Teal
Ringed Teal

Posted July 11th, 2021 at 4:00 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Amazed to come across a Melodious Warbler this morning. It proved very elusive but showed several times late am / early pm in scrub beside the cycle track south of Blagdons Boatyard. A first for Plymouth. 

Also, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, Red-crested Pochard (female), 25 Mandarin Ducks, Shag, Mediterranean Gull (1st-s) & Peregrine. 

Posted July 11th, 2021 at 1:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saturday 10th July 2021


On Friday evening's high tide amongst the large flock of Black-headed Gulls, were at least 7 adult Mediterranean Gulls

Posted July 10th, 2021 at 8:22 pm by Jonny Pinn in Bird News


I checked on the gulls to see this first year Yellow Legged Gull fly out off the rocks to land on the water. One of the local pairs of GBB gulls have three young, which is good because last years chicks succumbed to the  bad weather. Not much else about except lots and lots of Manx Shearwaters and the odd Skua.

Yellow Legged Gull.
Yellow Legged Gull.
GBB Gulls.
GBB Gulls.

Posted July 10th, 2021 at 8:07 pm by Martin Thorne in Bird News

Plym Estuary.

Birds of note on the estuary this afternoon were 14 Black T Godwits in summer plumage and 9 Common Sandpipers at the North end.

Posted July 10th, 2021 at 5:12 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News


3 Common Sandpipers on R.Caen this morning.

Posted July 10th, 2021 at 11:41 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

house martins Westclyst Exeter

Lots of nests in the apex of  many of the new tall town  houses !! 

Posted July 10th, 2021 at 11:09 am by Jon Tagg in Bird News


Today while driving through Instow I spotted a small number of Redshank (about six) near the Instow signal box. also there were about 12 Black headed gulls.


Posted July 10th, 2021 at 12:04 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 9th July 2021

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights of this morning's visit were: Kingfisher, Dipper, 4 Stonechats, 2 Whitethroats, Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinches, 2 Common Sandpipers, Shag, & 4 each of Small Skipper & Marbled White.

Posted July 9th, 2021 at 7:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Boat Trip from Brixham

On a boat trip out from Brixham into Lyme Bay with skipper Dave Saunders of Kellys Hero Charters the following were seen:  10 Kittiwakes, LBB, GBB and Herring Gulls, 4 Fulmars, 12 Guillemots, Razorbill,  25+ Manx Shearwaters, Bonxie and best of all, 5 Balearic Shearwaters flying South, one of which was very confiding and came to within 6 foot of the boat. This allowed excellent views of the bird as it dived below the surface to feed on the chum.

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater

Posted July 9th, 2021 at 6:54 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Marwood Spotted Flycatcher

A short walk this morning near Marwood was rewarded by an unexpected sighting of a Spotted Flycatcher. 

Spotted Flycatcher near Marwood
Spotted Flycatcher near Marwood

Posted July 9th, 2021 at 2:21 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Plym estuary and Saltram

A brief walk round this morning just after high tide trying out my new bins produced the following of note. Kingfisher 1, Bullfinch 1, 38 Curlew, 73+ Redshank, 8 Common Sandpiper, Green & GS Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail and  3 Spotted Flycatcher including a juvenile being fed by an adult.

Posted July 9th, 2021 at 11:01 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Thursday 8th July 2021

Aylesbeare Common

At least 2 adults and 2 juvenile Dartford Warblers, Yellowhammers 2, Linnets 15, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1, GSW 1, GWP 1, Greenfinches 4, Bullfinch 1, Blue, Great, Coal and L.T. tits. Chiffchaffs 4, Whitethroats 2, Stonechats 12, Raven 1 and Wrens 3.

Adult and Juv. Dartford Warblers
Adult and Juv. Dartford Warblers
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted July 8th, 2021 at 11:23 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Holdstone Down

Up in the Holdstone Down area where there were a family of Stonechats, a couple of Linnets (one carrying food), a Great tit and a Sparrowhawk flying low over the heather.


Posted July 8th, 2021 at 10:51 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Morning short stroll,  no sign of the falcons at the quarry for me, but I did have 8 grey wagtails, treecreeper, GS and Green woodpecker, nuthatch, great/blue/coal tit, robin, wren, lots of song thrushes singing hearts out. Pheasants, stock dove, woodpigeon, buzzard and fallow does hiding amongst the trees. 

Posted July 8th, 2021 at 9:20 pm by Annabel Sharpe in Bird News

Fingle Woods and Mardon Down

In the woods, Woodpeckers, Tree Pipit, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, lots of Siskins, which seem to have had a good year, and all the Tits and Thrushes. 

On and around the hill in the drizzle, Redpoll,  Yellowhammer, Linnet, Willow Warbler and Stonechat. Garden Warbler and Redstart missing this time. Plenty of Birch and Rowan saplings appearing, and some of the adjacent fields seem to have been abandoned, so this site is getting richer.

Posted July 8th, 2021 at 7:32 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Exminster Marsh 8th July 2021

No sign of Wood Sandpiper or Great White Egret today, it was very hard to see a lot as the vegetation is very high around the marsh. Two Egyptian Geese, one a rufous morph and the other a grey morph. Lots of Reed Warbler's along with the Marsh Harrier which was quartering the marsh.

Rufous and Grey morph Egyptian Geese.
Rufous and Grey morph Egyptian Geese.
Reed Warbler's all around the marsh.
Reed Warbler's all around the marsh.

Posted July 8th, 2021 at 5:04 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

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