Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st August 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

·         Caspian Gull 14- Sep Powderham

·        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

·         Greenland WF Goose 20-Dec Roadford





·         Green-winged Teal Nov/Dec Exe Estuary

·         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

Saturday 21st August 2021

Velator reserve

Went down to the reserve this evening hoping for a few Swallows. Well I saw a few (about 14) but there was just too much wind blowing the nets and by 9 o'clock I was on my way home. However, a large dark bird flying over the field to the south of the reserve was a dark female Marsh Harrier, which put up a Snipe. There were the remains of a Snipe in the reserve yesterday - is this the culprit? Sparrowhawk more likely I think. As I was finishing off putting the nets away, a pair of Tawny Owls exchanged calls.

Posted August 21st at 9:43 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Northam Burrows and Skern

At the Skern on the incoming tide there were 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, approximately 200 Oystercatcher, 40+Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Ringed Plover, at least one Dunlin calling overhead, one Knot in the same plumage as the bird seen earlier along Fremington Pill, 2 Sandwich Tern (adult with juvenile) and 20+Medirerranean Gull including six juvenile birds. There were probably more Meds but rain stopped play!

Posted August 21st at 7:33 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Fremington Pill part 2

The 2nd bird with the redshanks was just a lone dunlin, . Also a kingfisher, by the sluice, and the call of a tawny owl at the top of the Pill 

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted August 21st at 7:00 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Fremington Pill part 1

This afternoon at Fremington Pill there were two interlopers with the numerous redshanks. The 1st shown in these pictures Is a Knot


Posted August 21st at 6:59 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Additions to Martin's sightings below: 2 Tree Pipits, Whinchat, 2 Ravens, Sparrowhawk & Mediterranean Gull.   

Posted August 21st at 3:32 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Female Pintail again out on the scrape, 2 Little Egrets near the entrance to the reserve. A few Chiffchaffs calling in the reserve.

Posted August 21st at 1:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head Seawatching

Today 0600-1015hrs:  71 Balearic Shearwaters, 12 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Shearwater Sp. (Manx or Balearic), 1 Arctic Tern, 20 Common Tern, 61 Sandwich Terns, 4 'Comic' Terns, 5 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 1 Skua Sp. 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 18 Common Scoter, 601 Gannets, 30+ Common Dolphin, 10-12 Harbour Porpoise. 

Yesterday around Berry Head and on cruise: 1 juv Long-tailed Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 3 Black Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 30+ Common Tern, 25+ Sandwich Tern, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Manx, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 40+ Common Dolphin, 30 Harbour Porpoise 

Posted August 21st at 1:25 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram.

Paid a visit just after the rain had stopped first thing this morning and managed to see the following.

44 Curlew, 6 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Stonechat, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Spotted Flycatcher and the best bird of the morning a Pied Flycatcher.

Yesterday I had a reasonable count of 18 Little Egret, 14 Grey Heron and a Little Grebe.

Posted August 21st at 12:23 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Surprised to see a very large low flying raptor NE over the Croquet Club at 0745 this morning. Not much more than a silhouette at 100 yards in poor light but I thought I saw some white on the tail. Assumed to be an IOW White-tailed Eagle. I should say I'm no expert but am familiar with Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Heron. Certainly none of those, and just huge!     

Posted August 21st at 10:32 am by Timothy Joy in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

2 Spotted Flycatchers (at base), Tree Pipit (over), Common Sandpiper (Smallhanger Pool), 14 Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plover (Drakelands Pit).

Posted August 21st at 10:22 am by Chris E in Bird News

Friday 20th August 2021

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's high tide: 2+ Mediterranean Gulls, Kingfisher, 4 Greenshanks, Whimbrel, 10 Oystercatchers & a Shag. Also, Swift, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Stonechats, 2+ Whitethroats & a Roe Deer. 

Posted August 20th at 6:33 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A bit of movement in some all-too-brief dry & bright conditions this morning: 1 Red Kite flapping its way E along the coast just offshore, 4 Swifts, 175 Swallows, 70 House Martins and 1 Sand Martin. Also a single migrating Curlew and 240 Manx Shearwaters.

Earlier in the week, 3 more Balearic Shearwaters amongst 370 Manxies on the morning of 16th.

Posted August 20th at 6:19 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Soar & Harleston

Second recent morning visit to Soar abandoned due to dense fog!! Easterlies next week should help though.

At Harleston Grey Wagtail on pond & Willow Warbler trying to come in the back door!

Posted August 20th at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Thursday 19th August 2021

Broadsands & Mansands

A look over the beach this morning produced 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Ringed Plover in Torbay 4-6 Common Dolphin & 2 Harbour Porpoise.

Mansands: 3 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff & 1 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted August 19th at 9:35 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Fremington Quay

Mediterranean Gull in amongst flock of Black headed gulls. Metal ring on its left leg. 

Posted August 19th at 8:32 pm by Chris Baines in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Excellent day at the W.C.Marsh with close and prolonged views of a Kingfisher. Peregrine 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1, many Reed and Sedge Warblers, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, Cirl Buntings 2, Blue, Great and L.T. Tits, Whimbrel 1, Curlews 12, Dunlins 16, Ring Plovers 10, Little Egrets 23, Herons 6. Just before we left an Osprey drifted over the Marsh and flew up Frogmore Creek.


Posted August 19th at 8:03 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News


Late out today so a quick visit to the reserve and scrape. Only bird of note was a female Pintail out on the scrape. I've seen this bird a couple of times of late in the river.

Posted August 19th at 5:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 18th August 2021

Wembury Point

Good evening on a falling tide produced 5 Bar Tailed Godwit  6 Ringed Plover 1 Sanderling 1 Dunlin 4 Curlew 3 Little Egret and 2 Med Gull

Posted August 18th at 6:55 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights from a fairly brief visit this afternoon: Sedge Warbler, 2 Sandwich Terns, Kingfisher, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-w), Whimbrel, & 4 Greenshanks.

Posted August 18th at 5:57 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington quay

Further to my earlier post, the Gannet was diving into the water between Fremington quay and Heanton Court.  It seemed unusual to see a Gannet so far up the river.  The Gannet was also followed by two brown birds (not gulls) but were too far away to clearly id. No camera so no pictures.

Posted August 18th at 5:50 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

63 Dunlin and at least 10 Ringed Plover on flooded pit.

Posted August 18th at 4:39 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Fremington quay

Gannet seen off Fremington quay

Posted August 18th at 4:38 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Velator reserve

Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit out on the scrape. Ringing in the reserve: Not great quantity but the quality was good: 7 Blackcaps 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, and 3 Kingfishers.

Posted August 18th at 1:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tuesday 17th August 2021

Wembury Point

Lots of Gannets tonight just off shore and a single Ringed Plover feeding along the shore line at Wembury.

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Posted August 17th at 8:23 pm by Duncan Leitch in Bird News


A Greenshank out on the scrape late afternoon, and, viewed from the reserve, it had moved into the small pools and was with a Black-tailed Godwit. There was a Lesser Black-backed Gull out on the scrape too. In the reserve, a Kingfisher. Male Stonechat nearby.

Posted August 17th at 5:14 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Ringed Juvenile Dipper at Longbridge

Juvenile Dipper with rings spotted on the Plym between Longbridge and the Flyover.

Adult hanging around as well, and a couple of Common Sandpiper also.

Roger short confirms ringed in May this year, on the nest, on the Erme at Ivybridge.

Juvenile Dipper
Juvenile Dipper
Juvenile Dipper
Juvenile Dipper

Posted August 17th at 2:02 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Prawle Point Seawatch Sunday 15th August

Sightings Sunday seawatch from 7.15am to 2.15pm in WSW force 2 going 4+ winds.(Forecast had been for south-west winds!) MIst at times on horizon.

1 Storm Petrel (my first for a few years here); 18 Balearic Shearwaters; 73 Manxies; 18 Kittiwakes; 7 Med. Gulls (4 juveniles) ;10 Fulmars; 900+ Gannets west; 55+ east. 103+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls west; 1 Black headed Gull east and 1 west; 1 Whimbrel and 1 Turnstone west. 5 Sandwich Terns west. 1 Grey Heron. And unusually 1 Great Northern Diver east (moulting from summer plumage).

Also a pod of 8+ Common Dolphins. At 2.15pm Pat spotted a probable Minke Whale close east.

Earlier Pat had seen 11 Balearic Shearwaters (so totals until 2.15pm of 29) , a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and heard a probable Wood Sandpiper.

Posted August 17th at 12:12 pm by Tony Marches in Bird News

Monday 16th August 2021

South Efford Marsh

Ringed Plover, 27 Curlew, 9 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper

Posted August 16th at 4:54 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Wader numbers continuing to build in the Drakelands pit. Minimum of 56 Dunlin and 19 Ringed Plover. Probably more, tricky to count at distance and in moderate winds. Viewed from top of Crownhill Down with scope.

Posted August 16th at 3:53 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Now 3 Black-tailed Godwits on Blaxton Meadow (juv + 2 ads) & also single Whimbrel & Dunlin plus 2 (ad-w) Mediterranean Gulls. A juv Peregrine was buzzing the birds on Meadow & over head were 2 each of Swifts & Ravens. Elsewhere on the patch, Shag, Green Woodpecker,  Bullfinch, Whitethroat & 2+ Stonechats.

Posted August 16th at 2:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

West Soar to Southdown Farm

Still quiet with Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 43 Whitethroat, 19 Stonechat, Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk & 80 Linnet.

Posted August 16th at 2:11 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 15th August 2021

Preston seafront

4 Sandwich Terns and approx 20 Turnstones amongst the highlights this evening. 

Posted August 15th at 10:22 pm by Stephen Huggins in Bird News

South Brent ~ Sparrowhawk

A good day for birds of prey at South Brent, Peregrine over, two immature Sparrow hawks interacting together while on the wing, five Buzzards followed by an adult female Sparrowhawk.

Tawny owls calling this evening.


Posted August 15th at 9:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Lesser Whitethroat on the fat balls by the hide at 3.00 also a family of Bullfinches and both Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.

Posted August 15th at 5:16 pm by jeff hacon in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram

High tide roost this morning:

12 Little Egret, 35 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank and 3 juvenile Shelduck on Blaxton meadow. 135 Redshank and 2 Grey Heron over on the embankment. 1 Ring necked Parakeet and several Swallows over the duck pond.

Posted August 15th at 2:15 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Impressive (for Dartmoor) number of waders on the Drakelands pit this morning. 11 Dunlin and 16 Ringed Plover feeding on closest corner. Mostly adults of both species. Viewed from top of Crownhill Down. Scope needed.

Posted August 15th at 8:09 am by Chris E in Bird News

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