Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–31st January 2022


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

Monday 31st January 2022

Exe Estuary cruise

A fresh NW wind resulted in most birds concentrating in the upper half of the estuary. Birds were much as yesterday, although the 2 Black-necked Grebes were back at Cockwood, with 3 Goldeneye (1 drake). At least 25 each of Great Crested Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser and again 250-300 Pintail with 100+ Bar-tailed Godwits around the Clyst mouth. The white Snow Goose was with Canadas near Turf. Hundreds of Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits and the regular Spotted Redshank at Topsham, c50 Knot with 100+ Grey Plover and a few Ringed Plover were on the mud between Turf and Powderham, with small numbers of Sanderlings along the central sandbanks.

Posted January 31st at 9:45 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Canada Geese with 1 White Fronted, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Heron, L. Egret, Bullfinches, Greenfinches, Kingfisher, Redwings, Curlew, Blackwits, Golden Plover, Lapwings, Redshank, Avocets, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Mute Swan.

White Fronted Goose
White Fronted Goose

Posted January 31st at 9:24 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Bramblings, Siskins, Crossbills, Great, Blue and Coal tits, GSW, Buzzards, Ravens, Song thrush, Blackbirds, Robins, Dunnocks.

Brambling &  Chaffinch
Brambling & Chaffinch

Posted January 31st at 8:25 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Pilton Street, Barnstaple

Nice Black Redstart today at the lower end of Pilton Street by the Masala Indian takeaway and Reform Inn flycatching from the roof tops, guttering, telephone wires, window ledges, scaffolding, removal vans, cars and even the pavement.  

Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted January 31st at 7:52 pm by Martin Bond in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Visit late morning. An adult spoonbill was feeding near the S bend in Station Road. The pink-footed goose flew over with a group of Canada geese. Wigeon numbers looked to have increased from last week and still lots of teal, pintail and shoveller on all the pools. A flock of c400 golden plover landed in the middle of the marsh but then flew back to the estuary.

Posted January 31st at 5:30 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Taw Estuary at Ashford Strand

 A short walk from Heanton Court to Ashford Garden Centre and back after lunch today on a rising tide bought the reward of our 1st Bar-Tailed Godwit of the year and a flock of 33  Pintail ducks and drakes also spotted were no more than 15 Redshank, four Grey Plover...and the usual mix of HE'S, BHG's, Wigeon & Lapwing.

Bar-tailed Godwit (female?)
Bar-tailed Godwit (female?)

Posted January 31st at 5:23 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Upper/Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

24 Goosander 8m 16f, 6 Whooper Swan 2 adults 4 juv (flew out 07:20, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Willow Tit.

Upper Tamar Lake,

3 Tundra Bean Goose with c200 Canada Geese.

Posted January 31st at 3:45 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Escot Park

Two redhead Goosanders present again this morning on the Escot Park Lake.

Posted January 31st at 1:24 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Goosanders near Totnes Weir

Mating behaviour of goosanders seen on Sunday Jan 30th.

Posted January 31st at 11:11 am by Philip Strange in Bird News

Darlington Ducks

Shoveler pair Queen’s Meadow 30:1:22 14:00

Posted January 31st at 10:37 am by Denis Doy in Bird News

Sunday 30th January 2022

Fremington Pill

Photos taken at the Pill.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted January 30th at 11:04 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton pond area

From the little Bridge over the river.


Posted January 30th at 11:01 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton pond area

Early start today arrived at Wrafton Pond before Sun-up.  Not a lot on the pond but plenty on the Scrape including: four Snipe; one Heron; six Black tail Godwit; a number of Teal and a few Wigeon.  In the bushes between the two were a good number of different birds - four Goldcrest, six Long tailed tits, male and female Bulfinch, lots of Robins, Blackbirds and Blue tits. Mid morning I moved on to the little bridge over the river where there were, six Bulfinches, two Greenfinches, a Wren and a few Goldfinches. My final visit of the day was Fremington Pill where there were Black tail Godwits, Redshanks, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, one Glossy Ibis, two Little Egret and a number of Teal.


Posted January 30th at 10:59 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Start Bay

At least 14 Red-throated and 4 Great Northern Divers offshore between Strete Gate and Torcross late this morning. Lots of Guillemots and a number of Razorbills scattered around too.

Posted January 30th at 9:19 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News


Very little to be seen at the Passage House Inn this morning, a couple of Little Egret and singles of Greenshank, Redshank, Curlew and Common Sandpiper with few gulls down the estuary on the mud banks.

A visit to a reasonably local area of heath land gave an abundance of birds this morning, the area was alive with both Reed Buntings and Yellow Hammers, several Stonechat, a pair of Siskin, Long Tailed, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, fly over Crossbill, a single Meadow Pipit, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff and a couple of vocal Raven.

Over at Haldon four Fallow deer, two Goldcrest and a soaring Buzzard.

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Yellow Hammer
Yellow Hammer

Posted January 30th at 8:29 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Water Rail still on the lake. 

Posted January 30th at 7:38 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

Calm, sunny conditions: perfect for another Stuart Line cruise! Today the Black-necked Grebes had wandered up nearer to Powderham church. They were almost overshadowed by around 40 Great Crested, most of which were again off Lympstone Barracks, as were the flock of Pintail. c25 Mergansers were mostly in the upper half of the estuary. A big flock of Golden Plover flew around over Exminster Marshes and today most of the Avocets were scattered all across the Turf-Topsham mudflats (I'm guessing still over 600). At Topsham were c1000 Black-tailed and c150 Bar-tailed Godwits and c40 Knot, while the Spotted Redshank remained (alone) faithful to the mud at Hannaford's Quay. c10 Greenshank were between Cockwood and Powderham and c8 Sanderlings on the central sandbanks. 2 Peregrines were visible on Exmouth Church and Kingfishers were seen at Exmouth and sat on one of the wrecks near Powderham.

Black-necked Grebes
Black-necked Grebes
Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted January 30th at 6:44 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Cormorant and Shag

Cormorant and shag on Parson and Clerk rocks at Holcombe today. Shows comparison between the two ie size; head markings; the blue/black sheen of the cormorant and the green sheen of the shag. Photo taken from my boat.

Posted January 30th at 5:31 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Tamar estuary

On this morning's low tide were 17 Black tailed Godwit, 5 Great crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper with 5 Avocet over on Kingsmill lake. Also, 76 Snipe on Ernesettle creek.

Posted January 30th at 4:44 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Heybrook bay

Male blackcap on the coast path this morning 

Posted January 30th at 12:40 pm by Mike Williams in Bird News

Saturday 29th January 2022

Exe Avocet

An update on the Avocet at Topsham today (yellow flag VH): it was ringed as a chick in June 2019 at Needs Ore Reserve, by the Beaulieu River estuary, in SW Hampshire. Since then it has been seen a lot along the Hampshire coast in the summer months. There is one record of it being seen on the Exe Estuary on 11.01.20. This and today's sighting suggest that the Exe is where this bird regularly winters. (Thanks to the ringer, Graham Giddens.)

Avocet 'VH'
Avocet 'VH'

Posted January 29th at 9:43 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

Pair of Goosanders and Little Grebe seen this afternoon.

Posted January 29th at 8:16 pm by Angela Truman in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

From hide this pm Spoonbill (1), Pochard (a pair), Tufted Duck (a pair), a Sparrowhawk, a single Avocet, Greenshank (4), numerous Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, some Shoveler, Shelduck, Greylag Geese, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Lapwing and a substantial Redshank roost.

Posted January 29th at 6:44 pm by Mark Wingate in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The Knot still about on the high tide, this afternoon; also, Mediterranean Gull (2nd-w), 9+ Goosanders 92+ drakes), 28 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebes, 260 Dunlins & 6 Greenshanks.

Posted January 29th at 5:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Fremington Pill

At 3.40pm I can confirm that there were 5 glossy ibis near the sluice at Fremington Pill. Also present in the Pill were 3 greenshank, loads of black-tailed godwits, an oystercatcher (plenty more at the quay, along with wigeon), spotted redshank, 2 shelduck, good numbers of redshank, curlew and teal. Only one little egret in the trees but also 12 cattle egrets.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted January 29th at 4:48 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

This morning's Stuart Line cruise was excellent, especially the fabulous displays from hundreds of Avocets at Topsham. One of them had a yellow leg flag, possibly from NE England, but probably too few pixels in my image to be sure of the code. A female Peregrine with prey on the mud off Dawlish Warren was joined by her partner. Later, a Peregrine flew over us near Powderham. The 2 Black-necked Grebes were close to Starcross, but most of the c20 Great Crested Grebes and about 280 Pintail were around Lympstone Barracks. The Spotted Redshank was on its own at Topsham, where there were over 200 Bar-tailed Godwits but surprisingly only a couple of Black-tailed. A few Sanderlings and 100+ Grey Plover were around Turf-Topsham. A few Grey Herons were active in the heronry behind Starcross Yacht Club and a Snow Goose was just visible with Canadas over the sea wall at Turf.

Posted January 29th at 4:29 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Another Glossy Ibis?

One reported to me in the Georgeham area in the last few days. Are there still 5 at Fremington?

Posted January 29th at 4:14 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

White Pheasant, Powderham

Near church

White Pheasant
White Pheasant
White Pheasant
White Pheasant

Posted January 29th at 2:27 pm by Alan Ford in Bird News

Friday 28th January 2022

Velator Quay to Horsey Island

A walk on Thursday p.m. with North Devon Coastwise produced 40 species including a Common Sandpiper just below the Quay, Chifchaff, Greenshank, Knot, 30 plus Sanderling, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Brent Geese. Also 3 Spoonbill viewable across the channel at Islay Marsh.

Posted January 28th at 11:45 pm by Alastair Stevenson in Bird News

Ottery St Mary

River Otter between Ottery St. Mary and Fluxton this afternoon.

Otter (again).
Otter (again).

Posted January 28th at 11:11 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Purple Sandpiper at West Hoe

Single Purple Sandpiper with three Turnstone on West Hoe this afternoon

Posted January 28th at 9:57 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Between Budleigh & Otterton from the Cliffs

Flock of 42 Common Scoter, half a mile off the coast, photographed from the cliff tops, several smaller groups nearby.

Posted January 28th at 9:54 pm by Andrew Harris in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Just thought that this is a good comparison photo ofSpotted Redshank and Redshank. 

Posted January 28th at 6:55 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Shelly Beach, Exmouth

Male Black Redstart on buildings behind Shelly Beach at midday.

Posted January 28th at 6:48 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Dartmoor - Soussons & Emsworthy Mire

Soussons: 3 Crossbill, 20+ Siskin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Buzzard, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Raven, 3 Jay, Fieldfare, 2 Reed Bunting. Non-avian - Fox & 2 Red Deer hinds.

Emsworthy: 80-+ Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 7 Magpie, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Reed Bunting. Non-avian - Fox.

Missed out on target species - Hen Harrier!

Posted January 28th at 6:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Two Slavonian Grebes still off Sprey Point.

Slavonian Grebes
Slavonian Grebes

Posted January 28th at 1:58 pm by Guy Freeman in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow, Saltram and River Plym, Plymouth

Completed my WEBS this morning and the following species were recorded. Gulls: HG, BHG, LBBG, Med, CG. Waterfowl: Mallard, Goosander, Wigeon, Shelduck, R B Merganser, Canada Goose.  Waders: L Egret, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, G Heron, Others: L Grebe,, Cormorant. 

Posted January 28th at 1:56 pm by John Lloyd in Bird News

Ludwell Valley "tristis"

My last two visits to Ludwell Valley in Exeter, has found me puzzling over a Chiffchaff with particularly cold tones on the mantle and head which is making me think Siberian Chiffchaff "tristis" type. If you have a look, park at the back of Lidl at SX 94335 91496, cross the football field to the stream at the back, where I have found it feeding in the trees and bushes. I've attached two pics showing the varied colour tones depending on the angle and light. I welcome comments and thoughts from Eds and others. 

Possible "tristis" type Chiffchaff
Possible "tristis" type Chiffchaff   
Eds: light plays a factor but the olive and yellow tones to the plumage especially on the Left hand photo show it to be probably 'collybita' (although some Scandinavian 'abientinus' can be very similar) and not the grey/brown uppers and off white unders of 'tristis'. Tristis also usually show slighlty rust cheeks, much stronger supecilium, darker legs and bill. For subtle birds its always good to listen for the call a soft, flat, sad call (tristis = sad in Latin) - very different to the upbeat 'WHheet' call of collybita.

Posted January 28th at 1:15 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Thursday 27th January 2022

Haldon, BGM & Exminster Marshes

Haldon: GSW's, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Siskins, Bramblings, Crossbills, Ravens, Crows, Marsh, Blue, Great, Coal and L.T, Tits, Song thrush, Mistle thrush, Redwing, Yellowhammer, BGM: Wigeon, Teal, Pintails, Shovelers, Moorhen, Snipe, Heron, Little Egret, Mute Swans, Lapwings, Blackwits, Curlew, Buzzard, Kestrel, Chaffinches, Lapwings. .Exminster Marshes: Marsh Harrier, Buzzards, Lapwings, Golden Plover, Herons, L. Egrets, Mute Swans. Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Avocets, Teal, Wigeon, Dunlin, Pied Wagtails, Stonechats, Curlew.


Posted January 27th at 9:55 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Spoonbill and Black Redstart at Exmouth

Dropping tide mid-afternoon today prompted a visit to Mudbank and the Marina at Exmouth. Plenty to see at Mudbank with Pintail, a few Widgeon, DB Brent Geese, Dunlin, Turnstone plenty of gulls and the long staying juv. Spoonbill which was very mobile close in. The Marina visit was purely for the male Black Redstart which didn't disappoint and was found in its favoured area around the garages near Windward. The late afternoon sun really showed him off in all his glory. Both areas well worth a visit.

Juv. Spoonbill and Pintail
Juv. Spoonbill and Pintail
Black Redstart - Exmouth Marina
Black Redstart - Exmouth Marina

Posted January 27th at 9:45 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a short walk, this morning: Dipper, Common Sandpiper, 25 Wigeon, 6 Goosanders (2 drakes), 33 Mandarin Ducks, 3 Little Grebes & a pair of Stonechats.

Posted January 27th at 7:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


from the viaduct looking north, at 09.00 hrs,  a male and female goldeneye with a ring neck duck showing well with a few mallards.

Posted January 27th at 5:28 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

31 Goosander 12m 19f (07:40), 6 Whooper Swans 2 adults 4 juv flew out at 07:40

Posted January 27th at 2:18 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


My first Siskins of the winter at the garden sunflower feeders today. They usually first appear in late January, last year on the 25th. Also still a male Blackcap first seen on 10 January.

Posted January 27th at 12:36 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Ladram Bay and Marsh Green

Went looking for the Black Redstart reported recently but no sightings.  Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit and a female Stonechat on the eastern end of the beach.

Back at Marsh Green a Green Woodpecker flew over and many Redwing present in the tree tops with a flock of c.80 present at Percy Wakely Wood this week.  

Posted January 27th at 12:26 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Blackhill Quarry

Blackhill Quarry (East Devon Commons): 19 Goosander at first light (17f 2m) south of the 'neck' of the quarry; by 7.45am just 8 Goosander (7f 1m) remained north of the neck - most likely to have been part of the group of 19 that moved through the neck? All had dispersed soon afterwards. Otherwise on the quarry 5 tufted duck and 9 mallards. In the area: 1 goldcrest; pair of  treecreepers; pair of bullfinches.

Posted January 27th at 12:04 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Mary Tavy

Male Hen Harrier flew low over me on the western slope of Gibbet Hill, headed down the valley. Followed it with binoculars until out of sight in the general direction of Tavistock, and it looked as if it was on a mission going south, rather than hunting. Beautiful bird.

Posted January 27th at 10:27 am by Simon Martin in Bird News

Wednesday 26th January 2022

Goosemoor BGM

2:30pm WaterRail showing well in front right of viewing screen.

Posted January 26th at 9:21 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Dawlish W this morning. GND, RTD, 16+ GC Grebe, 8 Razorbill & 4 Pintail on sea. Slav G seen by others. High tide 500+ Dunlin, 60+ Grey plover, 20+ Barwit, 10+ Knot, 3 Sanderling though full counts not possible. 5+ RB Merg. On land Water Rail, Kingfisher & Green Woodpecker. 

Posted January 26th at 9:20 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Male Peregrine - South Molton

Male Peregrine perched in a birch tree near South Molton, halfway up the road to Hill village. It moved to another tree before flying off south.

Posted January 26th at 9:04 pm by Peter Lamb in Bird News

Topsham area

Over 1000 Brent Geese were grazing at Darts Farm this morning, only to be disturbed by a flyover Marsh Harrier. Early afternoon, 630 Avocets counted opposite the Goat Walk and 20 Greylag Geese flying over the estuary. Later, 4 Greylags flew into Bowling Green Marsh, where 2 more Avocets and the Spotted Redshank stayed around until the tide started to ebb; 2 Little Grebes, a few Pintail, 7 Snipe, Kingfisher and Stonechat also there. The railway path at Exminster Marshes proved pretty birdless apart from 2 Marsh Harriers, Peregrine, Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler (although the Glossy Ibis had been reported earlier).

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted January 26th at 7:52 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News


Great Northern Diver viewed near the lifeboat  P.M.

Posted January 26th at 7:17 pm by Rob Maye in Bird News

Hembury Woods

4 Woodcocks, late afternoon. All flushed whilst walking. 3 of them within 50 yards of each other.

Posted January 26th at 7:05 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Wrafton dead swans

Jon, I'm afraid I was not involved in recovery of the carcases, if indeed any were recovered at all for PM's. If anyone else has any knowledge of this incident I'm sure the bird community would be keen to hear, especially if, as suspected,  poisoned bait for the rat infestation was responsible. 

Posted January 26th at 7:00 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Woolacombe Beach.

12 or could have been more common gulls, Putsborough end. Continually chased by dogs making a count difficult. Good numbers of Larks on Baggy and 1Bullfinch.

Posted January 26th at 6:57 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Ruff at Taw Estuary Fremington Pill outfall

A walk from the railway bridge to Saltpill Pond and back today at about 12:30 produced a nice surprise. Along with the dwindling numbers of Redshank were two Ruff feeding on the falling  tide.

One of two ruff with a redshank
One of two ruff with a redshank

Posted January 26th at 6:52 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Parke, Bovey Tracey

Parke, Bovey Tracey, as per recent post,Fieldfare visiting the old orchard feeding on Mistletoe berries, at one point a count of 33 birds, 2 Mistle Thrush and a Song Thrush.

Numerous Blackbird and Great Tit, GSWP and Wren seen.

On the river a pair of Dipper showing well while watching them a female Goosander flew past heading down the river.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Posted January 26th at 6:10 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A low tide visit this afternoon produced: Treecreeper, Stonechat (m), Teal (m), 32 Mandarin Ducks, Red-crested Pochard (f), 7 Goosanders (3 m), 3 Little Grebes, Common Sandpiper & 2 Roe Deer. 

Posted January 26th at 5:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Hi Phil

I originally saw a ring on this bird in 2010 and tried to submit it as Z25873 BTO said that was a Bewick's Swan I think. It. took another 2 years before I got the whole number in 2012. : V25873. You'll note hat I didn't ring it (never ringed a Swan!) And of course it as you say has been through a few mates since then. Did you ever find out if the dead Swans were Asian Flu victims?

Posted January 26th at 5:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

River teign,Hackney

Good number and variety of waders before high tide at Hackney Marsh today. 68 curlew,, 23 Oystercatchers, 28 redshank, 7 avocet, 4 greenshank, 2 common sandpipers and a bar-tailed godwit.  In addition well over 400 black-headed gulls, 88 herring gull (mostly juveniles)  and 14 common gulls. The very wintering kingfisher was showing and probably a second. Not quite so usual were the group of six wigeon. All topped off with a good coffee from the adjacent pub, it was before midday after all!

Posted January 26th at 4:40 pm by pete StevenP in Bird News

Wrafton Pond ringed Mute Swan

Jon Turner recently reported that the cobb swan at Wrafton Pond had apparently found a new mate. We were at the pond recently and saw the two together, both upending to feed, which exposed a metal leg ring on the male. I was able to get an image of the ring and submitted the sighting to Euring which resulted in this information from the BTO:

Ringing Scheme: London Ring Number: W25873 Species of bird: Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

This bird was ringed by Rspca as age at least 2 years, sex unknown on 02-Sep-2008 14:00:00 at Wrafton, Braunton, Devon, UK

It was found on 19-Jan-2022 time unknown at Braunton, Devon, UK (Our sighting)

Finding condition: Sight record by non-ringer

Finding circumstances: Metal Ring Read In Field

Extra Information: - It was found 4887 days after it was ringed.

Assume this was ringed by you Jon. Anyway, it's about 16 years old now so doing well. Fingers crossed any cygnets (and the pen) this year don't suffer the same fate as last years!

Posted January 26th at 4:27 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Bird News

Ladram Bay

Black Redstart on shingle and cliff face at Ladram Bay beach at mid-day.

Posted January 26th at 2:47 pm by Mark Wingate in Bird News


Two Slavonian Grebes off Sprey Point, Teignmouth. Also 2 Red-throated divers, Great Crested Grebes and a number of distant auks.

Posted January 26th at 1:49 pm by Guy Freeman in Bird News


Not a lot to report of late, numbers of the local birds dropping almost visibly. Today Grey Heron and Little Egret nearby, but best in the reserve were a neat Water Rail which flew across the path right in front of me (and another heard). And then a very rare sighting when a Fox slunk away ahead of me.

Posted January 26th at 12:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Efford Valley Plymouth

A Lesser Whitethroat seen this morning.

Posted January 26th at 11:00 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Longmarsh, Totnes

There is what appears to be a common dolphin x1 in the river Dart at the end of Longmarsh. Has been there for at least an hour or so this morning.

Posted January 26th at 10:23 am by Charlotte Crow in Other Wildlife

Longmarsh, Totnes

There is what appears to be a common dolphin x1 in the river Dart at the end of Longmarsh. Has been there for at least an hour or so this morning.

Posted January 26th at 10:23 am by Charlotte Crow in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 25th January 2022

River Mole Valley

Tawny Owl currently calling in the orchard and several others responding across the valley.Earlier 3 GSW, 2 Marsh Tit ,Treecreeper, 8 Stock Dove,40 Chaffinch including several European types, Collared Dove, Nuthatch and a Male Sparrowhawk.Supplementary feeding in the bird mix field has had to be moved to another part of the farm due to the arrival of 200 plus Pheasant who monopolise the feed! Fields recently grazed by sheep have attracted 70 Starling and 160 Redwing as well as 6 Pied Wagtails and Mistle Thrush.20 Meadow Pipits and 30 Wood Pigeon in the barley Stubble.By the river 4 Goosander,Grey Wagtail and 2 Old Nogs.2 Song Thrush full of song and a Raven feeding on a deer carcass.Non avian included 4 Roe Deer and 16 Red Deer hinds .

Posted January 25th at 8:09 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News

Westward Ho!

Still two red throated divers off Westward Ho! this morning viewed from the field near the "haunted house" (edges.excavated.confirms). Also a great northern diver near the lifeboat viewed from the skern.

Posted January 25th at 5:21 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Halton Forest

Hawfinch seen briefly by Butterfly Trail at about 2.30 this afternoon,very quiet otherwise with 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Buzzard only seen.

Posted January 25th at 4:45 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in Bird News

35 Cattle Egret, Cofton

At least 35 on Easter Hill (SX966808). Viewed from Cofton Lane (SX970805)

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted January 25th at 3:53 pm by Alan Ford in Bird News

Haldon Forest

Very quiet round Butterfly Trail. Goldcrest best bird! 1 male and 1 female brambling under feeders along with numerous siskins, nuthatch, songthrush and various tits and finches.

Posted January 25th at 3:26 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Roadford Resv

Male Ring-necked Duck, 2 Goldeneye from the viaduct, and Great Northern Diver from the hide.

Posted January 25th at 3:10 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake 24/01/22

From Keith Pellow -

Lower Tamar Lakes this pm. 16 Mallard , 2 Wigeon , 2 m.Tufted Duck , 39 Goosander ( 10 males ),

3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret into roost. ( Keith Pellow )

Posted January 25th at 7:33 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Monday 24th January 2022

Isley - Barnstaple

Walked the railway over lunchtime. Worth noting were:

- 3 Spoonbills asleep on Isley Marsh;

- a big female Sparrowhawk on Home Farm Marsh, with the remains of a freshly-dead Wood Pigeon not far away;

- 5 Glossy Ibises feeding in the field W. of Saltpill Pond;

- 2 Stock Doves perched on the wall of Fremington Quay, only 6-8 feet above the water. Never seen them in a steel, concrete and aquatic world before;

- a Kestrel over, and 4-500 Lapwings on, Penhill Marsh.

Highlight was a Treecreeper in the cutting W. of Fremington, spiralling its way along a nearly-horizontal branch only 12-15 feet away: binocular-filling views.

Posted January 24th at 9:38 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Devon Goosander Roost Count

The synchronised roost count at dawn on 22 Jan found 169 Goosanders (51 males), compared to 133 last month. The Dartmoor total was 49, compared to 63 in December. The main sites among the 23 covered were Meeth 46, Blackhill Quarry 27, Tamar Lakes & Avon Dam 18, Venford 16 and Plym Estuary 13, with smaller numbers from Big Pond (Cadover), Blue Waters (Bovey Tracey), Burrator, Dartington, Fernworthy, Meldon, Taw Estuary and Wistlandpound. Within 30 minutes of sunrise, 109 of the 169 birds had flown out to feed elsewhere. Thanks to all who participated.

Posted January 24th at 8:16 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News


A productive afternoon for Paul McEleny and I at Slapton today.

The male Snow Bunting was on the beach near the monument car park. Highlights on the sea included  a distant Velvet Scoter, 2 Common Scoters, 5-6 Red-throated Divers, one GND and a Med Gull.

On the ley was a Black-necked Grebe, a male Ring-necked Duck, 7 Goldeneyes including 4 displaying drakes. 4 Otters in the ley put in a strong bid for sighting of the day!

Posted January 24th at 7:35 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Bicton Common Field Trip

Here's a couple of Crossbill pictures from the DB Field Trip. Some sunshine would have helped with the photography as it was very gloomy. 

Common Crossbills
Common Crossbills

Posted January 24th at 6:55 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good spread of birds, this morning including the lingering Knot, now 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper, 23 Turnstones, 7 Greenshanks, 293 Dunlins, 153 Redshanks, ad-w Mediterranean Gull, drake Teal, female Red-crested Pochard, 29 Wigeon, 22 Mandarin Ducks, 6 Goosanders (1 drake), drake Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Shags, 4 Little Grebes, female Blackcap and a pair of Bullfinches.

Posted January 24th at 4:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Westward Ho!

4 Red-throated Diver inc 1 immature off the field next to the haunted house.this morning

Posted January 24th at 3:04 pm by Roger Doble in Bird News

Bicton Common and Marsh Green.

16 members of DB attended the walk from Four Firs to Uphams plantation.  Poor light and low air temperatures kept birds to a minimum with only a few Stonechat, Goldcrest, 2 Gt.Sp. Woodpeckers and distant Buzzards and others being the best we could list. 

Four members visited the plantation south of the car park and were rewarded with great views of 9 Crossbill feeding on cones.

I added 2 Bullfinch in bushes at Frying Pans and at home at Marsh Green added a good flock of 6 Bullfinch in a sycamore tree for the second day running.

Posted January 24th at 3:03 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


Penultimate farmland bird count: 45 Cirl Bunting, 100 Yellowhammer, 710 Skylark - think likely many buntings ranging along the coast, maybe east to Prawle & west to Scabbacombe in search of food. Have begun supplementary feeding at Southdown. Also today: 2 Golden Plover, 17 Stock Dove, 250 Jackdaw, 100 Goldfinch & 30 Linnet.

Non-avian: 8 Sika Deer, 12 Roe Deer & Brown Hare.

Posted January 24th at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Northam Golf Course

6-8 Water Pipits golf course side of sand dune bank

Posted January 24th at 12:38 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

Sunday 23rd January 2022

Wrafton pond & Scrape

Early start this morning, it began with a lovely melody from a Song Thrush high in a tree at the start of the Tarka path at Wrafton.  The pond was quite apart from three groups 1, 3 and 6 of Snipe. A Cetti's calling and a couple of Jays.  On the scrape were 16 Black-tailed Godwits, a few Teal and a Kingfisher flyby.

Song Thrush
Song Thrush

Posted January 23rd at 10:51 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Beautiful Firecrest at Galmpton creek boatyard this morning, plus 50 + cormorants in a raft .

Posted January 23rd at 8:29 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Bird News

Ide & Perridge area

Walked a loop Ide - Windy Cross - Perridge - Ide this morning. The hedges and farmland between Idestone and Cotley Wood seem to be a paradise for seed-eaters at the moment: flocks of 60+ Linnets, 40+ Yellowhammers, 50+ Chaffinches and 30+ Skylarks. Also 20+ Fieldfares, a rarity for me this winter. Probably over 100 Siskins in multiple small groups in the woods, especially in the Larches, with 2 Crossbills joining them at Durnford. Song from several Mistle Thrushes and a Treecreeper.

Posted January 23rd at 5:11 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Exminster Marsh & Haldon Forest

Usual Glossy Ibis, Ruff, 2 Marsh Harriers were best bits this am Exminster Marsh. Also 140 Curlew, 900+ Blackwit, 200+ Lapwing, 200 Dunlin, 20 Redshank, Grey Plover & Avocet. 850+ Wigeon, 55+ Shoveler, 12 Pintail, 2 Tufted, 4 Gadwall & 3 Stonechat 

2 Brambling under feeders at Haldon Forest today. Otherwise 60+ Chaffinch, 35+ Siskin amongst usual birds. 

And finally on return to house a male Sparrowhawk sat on house opposite. Being kept alive by amble Sparrows in the area. 

Posted January 23rd at 4:24 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Slapton Sands

2 Black-throated Divers & Great Northern Diver offshore at memorial car park - sea quite choppy.

Posted January 23rd at 12:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

South Brent ~ Reed Bunting

Coming in with the Dunnocks a female Reed Bunting around the garden feeders this morning, my first of the year and as far as the garden goes the earliest previous date that they were recorded here was the 25th February.

Peregrine overhead, two very vocal Green Woodpeckers, Wren and Song Thrush.

Tawny owl visiting last evening.

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted January 23rd at 11:03 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fernworthy Res, Dartmoor. 22nd January

In the gull roost late afternoon were c.270 Herring Gull, c.25 Lesser BB Gull, c. 300 Black-headed Gull, and 3 Commun Gull. Single Black-necked Grebe and female Goldeneye still present, and 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, and 1 male Tufted Duck.

Posted January 23rd at 9:52 am by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Saturday 22nd January 2022

River Otter Fluxton

River Otter this afternoon 

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Posted January 22nd at 10:56 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Around the Ley today Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Grebes, 53 Wigeons, 2 Teals, 3 Goldeneyes, Pochard, Kingfisher, Firecrest  and 3 Redwings. Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming in France Wood.

Seen in the bay in calm, clear conditions 13 Red-throated divers,  Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, 34 Common Scoters and Velvet Scoter. 5 or 6 Common Dolphins seen on and off through day, showing well off Memorial Car Park late afternoon.

Posted January 22nd at 6:50 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Field at Greysholt on Stoney Lane, Landkey.

During my visit to my field this morning, there was a shoot nearby which resulted in a woodcock flying into the sanctuary of my small piece of mixed woodland. Two buzzards overhead at one point and several ravens. Great and blue tits using the feeders and 4 female pheasants feeding underneath.

Posted January 22nd at 4:15 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

6 Whooper Swan 2 adults 4 juv (flew out at 07:20), 18 Goosander 5m 13f, 4m Tufted Duck, 6 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Wren.

Posted January 22nd at 3:49 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Saunton and Braunton Marsh

Quick afternoon visit to Saunton Down for a seawatch. Very quiet. Solitary Gannet flying off of Downend, cormorant Oystercatcher and Herring gull.
A single PORPOISE fishing off off Downend for half an hour or so.

On Stubble fields later by Sandy Lane,Braunton Marsh, good flock of 30 or 40 Redwing, one Fieldfare that i could see, Skylarks and Rob reported that he saw several song thrush in amongst them earlier.

Posted January 22nd at 3:44 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Knot here, for over two years, this morning. Also, 2 Jack Snipe, 7 Greenshanks, 299 Dunlins, Black-tailed Godwit, drake Teal, 13 Goosanders (4 drakes), 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (drakes), 19 Mandarin Ducks, female Red-crested Pochard, 30 Wigeon, 4 Little Grebes, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk & 11 Roe Deer. 

Yesterday, also Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpipers & 15+ Turnstones, plus Polish-ringed Mediterranean Gull (PHAU) on Tothill Playing fields & Chiffchaff in Mount Gould Hospital grounds.

Today, Chiffchaff in Mount Gould estate.

Posted January 22nd at 1:36 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saunton and Braunton Marsh

Quick afternoon visit to Saunton Down for a seawatch. Very quiet. Solitary Gannet flying off of Downend, cormorant Oystercatcher and Herring gull.
A single PORPOISE fishing off off Downend for half an hour or so.

On Stubble fields later by Sandy Lane,Braunton Marsh, good flock of 30 or 40 Redwing, one Fieldfare that i could see, Skylarks and Rob reported that he saw several song thrush in amongst them earlier.

Posted January 22nd at 11:05 am by Andy Leat in Bird News

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