Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th August 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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Saturday 14th August 2021

East Soar

Best today Redstart; also 14 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 8 Swift, Sparrowhawk, 55 House Sparrow, 10 Pied Wagtail, 150 Linnet.

Posted August 14th, 2021 at 5:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Swift’s - Plymouth

A late brood. The last of two young still present and it will be off imminently. 

Posted August 14th, 2021 at 4:56 pm by Rob Hurrell in Bird News


Needless to say the Sandpiper on the scrape this morning was Green rather than Wood! I'll just have to keep looking. Little Egret looking more sedate this morning. Grey Wagtail in the river.

Posted August 14th, 2021 at 3:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Several more migrants new in today: a juv Black-tailed Godwit which dropped on to Blaxton Meadow just after the high tide & 2 Sandwich Terns (ad & juv). Otherwise, at least 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshanks, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-w), Shag, 8+ Swifts, Sparrowhawk, 2+ Whitethroats, 3 Stonechats, Green-veined White, c30 Common Blues & a Roe Deer.  

Just received a return on adult Black-headed Gull "2J21" (black letters on yellow ring) seen on Blaxton Meadow on 9/8/21: ringed Pitsea, Essex, March 2017, seen Crayford, Kent, Feb 2018 & Weymouth, Dorset Feb 2021. 

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted August 14th, 2021 at 3:06 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Friday 13th August 2021

Wrafton scrape

A Little Egret getting excited about something out on the smaller of two ponds. Then a Common Sandpiper by the main scrape. Now need to complete the trio. Wood please. Female Tufted Duck flew over and into Wrafton Pond.

Posted August 13th, 2021 at 5:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Brent Goshawk

Just before midday a female Goshawk seen up high holding on the wind drifting towards Brent Hill, bird in view for several minutes.

Posted August 13th, 2021 at 3:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two very scarce migrants for the patch, this morning: Garden Warbler & Pied Flycatcher. Also, 5 Stonechats, Spotted Flycatcher, Treecreeper, Bullfinch, 2 Swifts, Green & (juv) Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Shag, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w), 15 Mandarin Ducks, 4 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel & a Roe Deer.

Posted August 13th, 2021 at 2:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren 12th Aug

Sandwich and Common Terns in front of hide , Sandwich Tern had numbered ring 343 plus grey ring on left.

Sandwich Tern with ring number 343. 12th Aug
Sandwich Tern with ring number 343. 12th Aug
Common Terns in front of hide at Dawlish 12th Aug
Common Terns in front of hide at Dawlish 12th Aug

Posted August 13th, 2021 at 11:58 am by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Thursday 12th August 2021

Seaton Wetlands

Cattle Egrets 15, Little Egrets 10, Common Sandpipers 5, Wood Sandpipers 3, Black Tailed Godwits 20+, Redshank 15, Greenshank 3, Dunlin 12, Ringed Plover 5, Curlew 30+, Mallards 15, Shelduck 30+, Moorhens 12, Kingfisher 2, Kestrel 2, Reed Warblers 5, Greenfinches 5, Goldfinches 6.

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted August 12th, 2021 at 10:04 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News


I'll take back what I said in my last post. This afternoon saw more than fifty swifts pass and feed over my house in Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple. One group had twelve birds and another of eight. Flying amongst them at times were swallows. To be fair, flying ants contributed to the airborne food supply. Also spotted was a sparrowhawk which was ignored by the swifts and a very high flying raptor which I think was probably a red kite. Never have your bins to hand when you need them! That was more swifts than I have seen in total for the last couple of years.

Posted August 12th, 2021 at 7:32 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News


An hour in the hide this morning produced 1 Med. Gull, 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 newly-returned Teal, 2 Knot, 15 Whimbrel, 20 Greenshank, and perhaps 200 Curlew, 300 Blackwits and 400 Redshanks. On the way there, a Green Sandpiper and a Dipper were in the St James Weir leat, and a Willow Warbler, I presume a migrant, sang briefly from the trees alongside. 

Posted August 12th, 2021 at 4:40 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.10 to 09.00 this morning: 6 Balearic Shearwaters and 1,522 Manx Shearwaters (all except a handful of the Manxies heading W in a typical post-dawn feeding movement). This is my highest-ever patch count for Balearics, which I've only ever seen in ones and twos here previously and which are generally scarce along the north coast, even off Lundy. Also 2 Whimbrel, and a nice little fall of at least 18 Willow Warblers in the scrub, along with a single Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Blackcaps, 12 Whitethroats (including a recently fledged family party of four young being fed by an adult) and a couple of Chiffchaffs. Overhead, 13 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins and 32 House Martins.

Posted August 12th, 2021 at 2:59 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatching 0630hrs-0800hrs  at Berry Head produced: 31 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 38 Sandwich Terns, 1 Arctic Skua, 40+ Gannet, 3 Common Scoter, 70+ C Dolphins, 4 Harbour Porpoise.

On land: first Goldcrest of autumn , 6 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps

Posted August 12th, 2021 at 1:09 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

River Teign ,Hackney, high tide today

52 mute swans today, greenshank down to four after reaching 14 as a maximum on 06 August.

Posted August 12th, 2021 at 1:03 pm by Pete stevens in Bird News

Wednesday 11th August 2021


This afternoon I was treated to a Jersey tiger moth (I believe) in the front garden, and later 250+ woodpigeons crammed together on the power lines in the fields, which is way more than we usually get.

Posted August 11th, 2021 at 5:34 pm by Colin Dracott in Other Wildlife

Powderham Marsh

An hour's scan from the platform this morning produced four/five Teal, my first of the Autumn, a Common and two Green Sandpipers, and 32 Blackwits. Back in Exeter, last Friday's new brood of seven ducklings is now down to two.

Posted August 11th, 2021 at 5:07 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Saunton Sands + Caen estuary

Late post: - .On Monday discarded fishing net with dead Gannet on Saunton Sands. The net has been dragged up the sand into a position beyond where the high tides can reach it for later disposal. 

On & over the  R.Caen late aft/early eve 14 Swift, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 140 BH Gulls, 3 Common Gull inc 1 juv  & 3 Med Gulls including 1 juv.

Posted August 11th, 2021 at 3:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Crow Point

Walked to the estuary from the White House this morning along the wooden boardwalk (what's left of it!) As we walked along the beach a bird flying very close inshore caught my attention - and adult Gannet! It flew out towards the estuary mouth then returned and dived in. A few each of Dunlin and Ringed Plover plus 2 Turnstone.

Posted August 11th, 2021 at 11:26 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Chudleigh Swifts

There are still 21+ Swifts visible over the town this morning. That's as many as I've counted all summer, so no sign of any departure yet here. Numbers vary a lot through the days, presumably as birds move around to feed. Also nice to see Siskins and Greenfinches at the feeders daily - the first time the Siskins have persisted beyond mid-June, and the first regular Greenfinches for some years.

Posted August 11th, 2021 at 10:20 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Crownhill Down

5 juv Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin (in the pit). Elsewhere, 23 Mistle Thrush, 4 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 21 Linnet and a Tree Pipit (over calling)

Posted August 11th, 2021 at 8:57 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 10th August 2021


Half a dozen or so swifts feeding over my house in Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple this evening at 7.00pm this evening for about a quarter of an hour before heading south. Lovely sight not to be seen again, sadly, until next year.

Posted August 10th, 2021 at 8:10 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

South of Berry Head

2 Oystercatcher families, with 3 and 1 juveniles, between Berry Head and Scabbacombe today.

also 10 Harbour porpoise

1 Thresher Shark (breached four times). 1.5 miles offshore.

Oystercatcher family Adult in middle.
Oystercatcher family Adult in middle.

Posted August 10th, 2021 at 7:54 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News


Only additions, of any note, to Rob's sightings below: Green Sandpiper, Sand Martin, Reed Warbler, 6+ Wheatears & 3 Walls.

Posted August 10th, 2021 at 4:51 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cadover area

At least two juv Dippers seen on the River Plym today. Firstly, two in North Wood and one later seen on rocks near Trowlesworthy.


Posted August 10th, 2021 at 3:14 pm by Chris E in Bird News

East Soar

A long morning stint produced Swift, 90 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 37 Whitethroat, 16 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, Wheatear, 40 Starling & 26 Goldfinch.

Non-avian: Brown Hare, Roebuck, 3 Emperor & Golden-ringed Dragonfly; 28 Common Blue butterflies, 3 Painted Lady & 25 Small Torts. A possible Southern Migrant Hawker but unable to confirm.

Posted August 10th, 2021 at 2:31 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Instow , Isley And Home farm marsh

Marsh Harrier , immature quartering Home farm Marsh accompanied briefly by a Kestrel , eventually went down presumably on a prey item and stayed down for ten minutes at least occasionally visible in the long grass.    20+ Mediterranean Gulls visible with the Curlews and B.hdd.gulls on the Isley Marsh high tide roost.     2 more Med gulls on the roost at Instow cricket ground with 70+ Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstones and a Red Knot.

Posted August 10th, 2021 at 11:14 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Mediterranean Gull

I saw a red ringed gull on 1st August in Instow number PNR8. I have seen this individual here before and the ringing details show that it was ringed in East Poland in 2007 when it was nesting. So it must have been at least in its 3rd year then. It returns to Poland to breed annually and then back to the UK and has been sighted many times in North Devon and on the Camel estuary. I don't know the longevity of Med Gulls but this one must be an old timer!

Posted August 10th, 2021 at 10:52 am by Mike Glover in Bird News

Monday 9th August 2021

Brixham 4hr Pelagic cruise

The first of three Monday morning short range pelagics into Lyme Bay today from Brixham produced a nice mixture of birds but not in the numbers I had hoped for: 3 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, several  Lesser and Great Black-backed Gulls and Herring made for a good comparison. Plus Gannets, Kittiwakes, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Guillemots, Fulmars, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx shearwaters. In Brixham Harbour 2 Turnstones and a Little Egret was the best of the rest.

3 pods of Common Dolphin and 5+ Harbour Porpoise.  

Posted August 9th, 2021 at 9:39 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On the rising tide, this afternoon, Whimbrel, 4 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 16 Little Egrets, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull & Kingfisher. Also, across the patch, Shag, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechats, Green Woodpecker, Painted lady & 2 Roe Deer.   

Posted August 9th, 2021 at 9:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

south molton evening swifts

2030 to 2100 possibly 4 groups of screaming swifts around the town: groups of max 10, 6, 14 and 8. The last, latest, perhaps going to roost around Cooks Cross. Also 4 feeding house martins and a couple of nests with chirping chicks , possibly roosting fledged birds?

Posted August 9th, 2021 at 9:31 pm by art symons in Bird News

Wrafton pond Mon. 9th August

Female tufted duck this afternoon 

Posted August 9th, 2021 at 9:09 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Storm Petrel

Details of a Storm Petrel ringed in July 2018: retrapped on 3rd August 2021 on Skomer Island.

Kingfisher in the Velator reserve this morning.

Posted August 9th, 2021 at 6:11 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake

Tamar Upper Lake this morning,

2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 3 Little Egrets, 8 Cormorant, 12 Grey Herons, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1f Reed Bunting, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 162 Canada Geese, 22 Mallard, c50 Black-headed Gull.

Posted August 9th, 2021 at 1:19 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Sunday 8th August 2021


Looked out at the scrape from the reserve this afternoon, and in the little ponds between the scrape and the reserve (it's the overflow from the scrape) there was a Green Sandpiper having a wash and brush up. It would e difficult to see from the Tarka Trail.

Posted August 8th, 2021 at 8:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on this evening's high tide with a Whimbrel, 3 Greenshanks & 14 Little Egrets. Otherwise, Shag, 26 Mandarin Ducks, Whitethroat & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted August 8th, 2021 at 8:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


On this evening's high tide were around 60 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, a small mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover,  and amongst the Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls were 3 Common Gulls and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. 

Also of note were 2 juvenile Wheatear

Posted August 8th, 2021 at 7:32 pm by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

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