Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th October 2022


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

Friday 7th October 2022

Death (?) of a Weasel

Was walking up the cycle track from Powderham towards Turf at lunchtime when I heard a squealing coming from behind the brambles alongside. A couple of steps further revealed a Heron taking off with a Weasel dangling from its bill. It flew over the railway and disappeared, with the Weasel still alive. Two minutes later, the Heron re-appeared and dropped into the same ditch, so do not know the outcome, but hard to imagine the Weasel lived, even if not swallowed. Presumably good strategy for a predator to re-visit the site of previous success.

Only other things of note were my first three returning Common Gulls, and a Swallow heading S.

Back in Exeter, a Little Grebe has spent the week in the pan of the Trews Weir flood channel, a once-a-decade occurrence, as with the recent Blackwit.

Posted October 7th at 7:22 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a (low tide) visit this morning: at least 1 Firecrest, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, 4 Little Grebes, Common Sandpiper & 8 Roe Deer. 

Posted October 7th at 3:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tarka Trail Penhill And Fremington Pill....

17 + Cattle Egrets in the sheep fields towards Bickington in two groups of ten together and 7 + scattered among sheep.  Viewed from the Tarka Trail at Penhill.      2 Glossy Ibis in the stream feeding at Fremington Pill.

Posted October 7th at 12:03 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Seaton Marshes & Black Hole Marsh

The 14th East Devon Birds Field Trip, for the year, found us congregating at Seaton Marshes to have a wander about and see what was happening. The sunshine and settled weather, conspired to ensure we had to work hard to find any birds at first, but then with the rising tide we secured Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwits, Kingfisher together with Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Stonechats and good numbers of Meadow Pipits.

More pictures on Devon Birds Facebook

Green Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted October 7th at 9:08 am by John Reeves in Bird News

Aylsebeare Common

Yesterday (Thursday) at Aylsebeare Common where there were about 6 or 8 Dartford Warbler, a few Stonechata, two Wrens and a lot of Linnets.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted October 7th at 12:57 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Thursday 6th October 2022

Fremington Pill

Business trip to Bideford, stopped in at Fremington for tea and bit of birding. 1 Med gull outside quay, 2 glossy ibis near the innermost part of the Pill.

Posted October 6th at 5:48 pm by graham burton in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Back on the patch today: 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, 24 Oystercatchers, 7 Greenshanks, 3 Mediterranean Gulls (1sy cy + 2 ad-w), Teal, 2+ Kingfishers, Whitethroat, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechats & a Grey Wagtail. 

Posted October 6th at 5:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Braunton Marshes & Pottington

Flock of c25 Lapwing on Braunton Marshes with a murmuration of Starlings in attendance.

At Pottington a mix of Black & Bar-tailed Godwits & possibly the last single Curlew Sandpiper we shall see for another year before it returns to Africa to overwinter.

Posted October 6th at 3:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

East Soar

Best this morning was 2 Chough flying west along the cliffs at Bolt Head and calling continuously - Gammon Head birds or a new pair? Also moving west: 195 Meadow Pipit, 9 Alba Wagtail, 57 Skylark, 22 Goldinch. Also: 31 Robin, 3 Swallow, 9 Chiffchaff, 11 Med Gull in Starehole Bay, 270 Herring Gull plus male & very large female Sparrowhawk having a bit of a disagreement!

Non-avian: 3 fresh looking Wall Browns.

Posted October 6th at 12:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Still about 70 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 or so Knot on the scrape this morning. Female Marsh Harrier over the reed-bed at Sherpa, later seen coming out of the reserve! And again later over the reed-bed. Cetti's Warbler in the reserve.

Posted October 6th at 11:29 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Wednesday 5th October 2022

Berry Head Seawatch

Between 07.05-13.15: 35 Great Shearwaters, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 129 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 102 Arctic Skuas, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 800+ Kittiwakes, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Terns, 300+ Auks (mostly Razorbills), 20+ Common Dolphins & 2 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.

Considering the time of year and seabird passage very sad  not see any Great Skuas.

Mike Langman, Mark Darlaston, Bill Macdonald

Posted October 5th at 3:19 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Blackhill Quarry Osprey

Flying around lake at 14.15. Then perched in firs behind lake preening. Still here at 15.11

Posted October 5th at 3:12 pm by Chris Grady in Bird News

Brent Geese at Skern

A late Post  for Sunday 2nd October
2 Brent Geese were present with the Shelduck at the high tide roost on the Skern along with large numbers of Curlew, Oystercatchers, Bar- tailed Godwits and 7 Knot.

Posted October 5th at 3:04 pm by Stan Coats in Bird News

Ludwell Valley, Exeter


A wee bit of urban birding for me, from Woodwater Lane - Topsham Road & back.

Highlights: 2+ Grey Wagtail; 3+ Green Sandpiper; 2 Jay; 1 Goldcrest and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted October 5th at 2:50 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Meeth Nature Reserve

Meeth .  whooper swan . Ring neck duck , gooseanders x 2 and a golden eye,seen by Devon Birder who's not online

Posted October 5th at 11:37 am by Jon Tagg in Bird News

Tuesday 4th October 2022

North Devon Osprey

Osprey on the river Taw , at the mouth of the Caen this morning 08.30.

Posted October 4th at 8:44 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

4 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 6 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Nuthatch, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2m Wigeon, 42 Canada Geese.

Posted October 4th at 8:07 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wembury Point

Vic & Sylvia Tucker's phalarope, also seen  this afternoon.

Posted October 4th at 12:05 am by Sally Maller in Bird News

Monday 3rd October 2022

Bowling Green Marsh

Snow Goose 

Posted October 3rd at 10:23 pm by Peter Castle in Bird News

Blackhill Quarry


Juvenile Ring-necked Duck, Dartford Warbler we’re the highlights

1 dead Canada Goose also.

Posted October 3rd at 8:36 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Ringing this morning didn't produce many birds to ring, but some variety: 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Blackcaps a  Chiffchaff and a retrap Great Tit which was ringed as a pullus at Arlington Woods in the summer. Other birds recorded were Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Cetti's Warblers. And over or above were a Buzzard, a Peregrine carrying prey, and 4 sightings of Sparrowhawk, a couple of Ravens were also close by.

Posted October 3rd at 8:19 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry Head

1.5 hour stroll around the scrub and woods produced: 3 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 17 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcap. (Another 15 Chiffchaff 1 Firecrest and several Goldcrest in the Quarry per: Bill Macdonald)  

Overhead 5 Skylark, 1 Siskin, 20+ Swallows 1 House Martin, 1 sparrowhawk.. 

At Sea 3 large settled flocks of Kittiwake 500+ in total, 300 Gannets, 10+ Common Dolphin and 3 Harbour porpoise 

Posted October 3rd at 8:18 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Velator-field to right of toll road

Finally ! First sighting of three cattle egrets 

Posted October 3rd at 5:48 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Ring necked duck

On squabmoor reservoir this afternoon. Quite close to shore. Dark tip to bill visible but not the whiter bit shown in guides (so perhaps juvenile). The sharp angle between top of head and back noticeable. Pale patches either side very obvious. White bands on wings noticeable when flew to other end of water. Very white belly when sat up to ring flap. Photos with an iphone sorry!

Posted October 3rd at 4:11 pm by Richard Waite in Bird News

Brixham Breakwater.

3 Purple Sandpipers this morning

Posted October 3rd at 3:51 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Wembury Point

1 Grey Phalarope.

Posted October 3rd at 3:50 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

East Soar & Southdown Valley

Early morning vis mig, all easterly: 39 Skylark, 35 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 4 House Martin, 36 Swallow & late Sand Martin. Also: 2 Sparrowhawk, 11 Teal, 65 Skylark grounded, 165 Meadow Pipit, 14 Alba Wagtail, 41 Robin, 35 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, migrant Dartford Warbler in Starehole, 2 Cetti's Warbler in song in same batch of scrub in Southdown Valley (rare at Soar) & Goldcrest.

Posted October 3rd at 3:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

While I was photographing the single foraging Ruff at the far side of the scrape which Sue Bruce spotted yesterday, 5 Kingfishers (first 2, then a little later another 2 followed by another 1) flew low across the scrape towards the R.Caen

Also the 2 Spotted Redshank, the  BT Godwits & some Knot still present.

Posted October 3rd at 2:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Meeth lake

Among c300 Canadas a single Whooper Swan. Both GC and Little grebes with several juvs

Posted October 3rd at 1:51 pm by Peter Howard in Bird News

Sunday 2nd October 2022

Woodbury Common yesterday

Great white Egret at Blackhill Quarry

Posted October 2nd at 11:16 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Blackhill Quarry

Snow Goose at Blackhill Quarry this afternoon Never seen one of these here before.

Posted October 2nd at 5:57 pm by Martin Littlemore in Bird News

Wrafton area

Afternoon visit to the scrape etc. Arrived to find Sue Bruce had just found a Ruff to add to the list of autumn waders. When the cows got too close another one appeared too. 61 Black-tailed Godwits, 17 Knot and 2 each of Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Little Egret. Kingfisher flew by, Heron and Cetti's Warbler in the reserve with at least one Chiffchaff.

Posted October 2nd at 4:37 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Tamar estuary / Ernesettle

After the rain - 11 Great crested Grebe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 10 Teal, 2 Kingfisher. In the shrubbery was a Chiffchaff, a female Blackcap and a male Bullfinch, 2 Swallows and a Buzzard overhead.

Posted October 2nd at 4:06 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Brent Goose, and a very surprising wryneck, and a linnet

Posted October 2nd at 3:13 pm by Archie Oram Kevin Oram in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Kingfisher 3, Garganey 1,  pintail 1, Spoonbill 4, grey plover 2, gadwall, and 1 raven.

Posted October 2nd at 3:10 pm by Archie Oram Kevin Oram in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh & VP

Wet but good early AM at Bowling Green Marsh. F/Imm Garganey, 4 Spoonbill & Osprey from VP. 212+ Teal, 7 Pintail 5 of Wigeon & Shoveler. 12+ Lapwing & Grey Plover. 25+ Little Egret from VP, 140+ Redshank, 4 Barwit, 60+ Dunlin & Kingfisher. Left before tide covered estuary. 

Posted October 2nd at 12:30 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Braunton Great Field & Marshes

Quick cycle ride around the Great Field & marshes this am produced vocal Cettis Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel, 6 Swallows & 13 House Martins

No sign of the 2 Cattle Egrets in the several fields of cows & sheep that were visible from the road.

Posted October 2nd at 12:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Anchor wood area and Salt Pill Duck Pond

Saturday afternoon in fields below Anchor Wood there were 20 Cattle Egrets. Further on in a field towards Fremington there were two white Rabbits.  From the river bank a Kingfisher was seen in bushes on the far side of Salt Pill Duck Pond.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Male Kingfisher
Male Kingfisher

Posted October 2nd at 1:33 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saturday 1st October 2022

Woodbury Common today.

Great White Egret at Blackhill quarry.

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted October 1st at 9:52 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Braunton marsh

Saw two female kestrels, one sighted at Vellator quay, the other down past cross flats, plenty of Canada geese on the move incoming from Barnstaple in groups of 12, the usual black headed gulls on the way down to Crow point at high tide. On the return back saw a female marsh harrier out hunting next to the marine base. 

Posted October 1st at 7:52 pm by chris davy in Bird News

Turf, Exe Estuary

Mid morning and high tide. At least 12 cattle egrets in the nearby fields. Ten sandwich terns in the estuary with an adult Med gull (no black at all on the head). Overhead 3 buzzards.

Posted October 1st at 5:46 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Wrafton area

2 Spotted Redshank , 2 Redshank, 12 Knot and 53 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape this morning. Little Egret flew over. From the reserve the Marsh Harrier was being aggressively chased by several Corvids, but easily outwitted them. Heron in the reserve, but best sighting in there was a large-ish Grass Snake.

Posted October 1st at 2:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

George Nympton

Local walk around this morning.20 Yellowhammers on an over winter stubble field.They were moved on by 40+ arriving Linnets. 3 Buzzards.Kestrel.8 Mistle Thrushes.2 Grey Wagtails.70+ mobile Swallows moving East with the wind.2 House Martins.

Posted October 1st at 12:11 pm by Roger Gay in Bird News


A Whooper Swan low north over Orcombe Point @1042, heading towards Exmouth and presumably the river. Nearby, on Blackhill Quarry, the juvenile Ring-necked Duck (presumed same as the Warren bird, seen earlier in the week). Photos of both birds on later.

Posted October 1st at 11:30 am by Matt Knott in Bird News

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