Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 15th–21st October 2022


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

Friday 21st October 2022

Braunton Marshes

Between the showers this aft a quick cycle ride around the marshes produced a sizeable mobile flock of several hundred Fieldfares. 

Also c400 Starling seen along the  the Toll road.

Posted October 21st at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Wigeon, 9 Canada Geese, 4 Coot, 19 Cormorant, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Great-black Backed Gulls.

Posted October 21st at 2:29 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Cattle Egret Brixham

One Cattle Egret in caravan park field Centry Road Brixham early this morning.

Posted October 21st at 10:24 am by Neil Thompson in Bird News


120+ fieldfare been around Affaland clawton last two days plus snipe numbers climbing..

Posted October 21st at 8:36 am by Nigel Bastin in Bird News

Thursday 20th October 2022

Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead

Between 8.00-10.15 this morning - 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Brambling, 697 Redwing, 341 Fieldfare, 44 Lesser Redpoll, 32 Song Thrush, 34 Goldcrest, 84 Skylark, 6Pied Wagtail, 89 Meadow Pipit, 30 Blackbird, 30 Chaffinch, 9 Yellowhammer, 12 Starling,11 Goldfinch

Posted October 20th at 9:33 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Turf, Exe Estuary

The pec sandpiper returned to the channel below the lock gates until dusk when it flew towards Topsham calling. Also in that area were 3 common sandpipers, 3 redshank and 4 black-tailed godwit. At dusk a flock of c20 pied wagtails flew in.

Earlier in the day around noon there was a single cattle egret in the first field north of the Turf. Elsewhere on the marshes were 2 marsh harriers, c8 chiffchaff, 6 redwing and a single fieldfare.

Posted October 20th at 7:40 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Snow Bunting Start Point

Snow Bunting found earlier by Richie Moore showing very well this afternoon at Pear Tree Point on west side of Start Point just round from Great Mattiscombe Beach. Also at least 20 Stonechats around the Point.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 20th at 7:06 pm by John Walters in Bird News

Cadover Trowlesworthy, Portworthy.

Cadover to Trowlesworthy:

Fieldfare, Redwings (No's as seen by Chris E) Golden Plover 1000+ Legis Tor area. Chiffchaff's, Long Tailed Tits, Goldcrest's, Merlin, Sparrow Hawk,  Buzzards, Ravens, Goosander (2 flyover), Grey Heron. 

Portworthy Mica Lake:

Pintail (m), Wigeon (4), Coots', Canada Geese, Teal (10), Mute Swan (2)

Posted October 20th at 6:17 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

Ring Ouzels

The South Brent area has seen a huge movement of Thrushes across the area during today, hopefully the same will have been the same for many parts of Devon.

Dave Pakes gave me a call in the afternoon to say that he was out on the moors above South Brent and was seeing Fieldfare in their 100’s and a small number of Ring Ouzel.

I popped out there and met Dave as he was leaving, as he had said 100’s of Fieldfare, also very good numbers of Redwing and then I spotted my first Ring Ouzel of the season, then six and they just kept coming, I stopped counting once I had gone over 20, I have never seen so many Ring Ouzel concentrated in one place previously.

A single Mistle Thrush and two Song Thrush rounded off that trip.

Apparently a good number of Ring Ouzel have been seen at Berry head today.

While cutting the grass late this afternoon saw good numbers of Redwing coming into roost along the field hedges and trees close to home.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 20th at 5:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Pectoral Sandpiper short stay at Turf Locks

Arrived at the Turf gates at around 12:00 with Phil Johnson who quickly spotted a fairly confiding Pectoral Sandpiper feeding along the mud edge. Sheltered from the storm at 12:30? only to find the bird had departed when we returned.

Posted October 20th at 5:56 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News


Much as R.Mackin,+ 2Water Rails,1Merlin,35 Blk Birds,12Song Thrush, 7 Golden Plover,7Swallows,2Redpolls.  South Huish  1 Water Pipit, 4 Gt White Egrets.

Posted October 20th at 5:16 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Dartmoor above South Brent

Late morning walk with Kate on the open moor above South Brent. Several hundred Redwing flying and huge numbers of Fieldfare coming through, difficult to estimate numbers, but conservatively over 2000. Most headed west. When we reached our destination of a well berried rowan tree pleased to see a few Ring Ouzel amongst the thrushes. A call to Steve Hopper soon had him join us and I think he counted 20 Ouzel after we left.

Posted October 20th at 4:31 pm by Dave Pakes in Bird News

East Soar & Southdown Valley

A strange day after early morning heavy rain when the area was dead burst into life as the sun came through. At East Soar 5 Ring Ouzel in Starehole (final count 9), 120 Redwing flying west, Fieldfare 3E (missed a flock of 290), 60 Gannet fishing in Starehole Bay, Stock Dove 25W, Skylark 320 (120W 90E 110 grounded), 130 Meadow Pipit, 3 pristine White Wagtail on Bolt Head, Grey Wagtail, 3 Swallow, Starling 8E, 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest & 2 Blackcap.

At Southdown Valley: Imm.Marsh Harrier being mobbed by 3 Crows then a Merlin flew through them, 3 Teal & female Pintail (first ever Soar record not offshore) on lagoons and Dartford Warbler in the hedge!

Non-avian: 5 Sika Deer, 3 Roe Deer, 3 Cloded Yellow, Painted Lady, Peacock, 15 Red Admiral & 2 Small White.

Posted October 20th at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


50+ Fieldfare this morning.

Posted October 20th at 3:47 pm by Adrian Davey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Merlin ever, at the site this morning; also, c100 Redwings (also 120+ yesterday) & 10+  Fieldfares going east, Firecrest (also 2 yesterday), 3 Stonechats, Bullfinch, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, 2 Ravens, ad-w Mediterranean Gull, & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted October 20th at 3:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Crownhill Down and Cadover

Crownhill Down: c60 Fieldfare on top of the down first thing and c300 
Redwing over in small flocks during an hour or so.

Trowlesworthy: 2,200+ Fieldfare and 1,600+ Redwing over E in a 75min period during late morning. 900+ Golden Plover flying around Legis Tor.

Posted October 20th at 12:42 pm by Chris E in Bird News

What season is it today in Plymouth?

My first Redwings of the autumn last night but then a Chiffchaff in tentative song this morning. A Hummingbird Hawk moth in Lipson this morning and Horse Chestnut in flower in Freedom Fields. I’m confused!

Posted October 20th at 11:41 am by Richard Billington in Bird News


A steady movement of Redwings over Paignton this morning between 8.45am. -10 30am. Some groups of 100 or more all heading S. Probably over 500 birds in total.

Posted October 20th at 11:29 am by Tony Sherwood in Bird News

Redwings ~ South Brent

A good passage of Redwing over South Brent this morning despite the murky conditions, at least twelve flocks in excess of 50 birds with three of those flocks containing over 100 birds, numerous smaller batches dropping into the tree tops with that characteristic call. I would estimate well in excess of 850 birds.

One batch of five Mistle Thrush overhead.


Posted October 20th at 10:14 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Fieldfare and Redwing over Princetown

We've just had a1000+. Fieldfare with 30 or so Redwing amongst them flying over Princetown heading towards Plymouth.

Posted October 20th at 9:40 am by Gary Easton in Bird News


On leaving for work at 8.30 this morning, around 50 Fieldfare were seen perched on the trees. 

Posted October 20th at 9:13 am by Jonny Pinn in Bird News

Late for Lower Tamar Lake

Late for Lower Tamar Lake.

1 Great White Egret, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Coot, 15 Wigeon, c200 Canada Geese.

Posted October 20th at 8:29 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wednesday 19th October 2022

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

A good day for Geese and Birds of Prey at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh today.

Approx 550 Canada’s including three leucistic birds and a hybrid which I suspect may be a Canada / Emperor goose cross, singles of Snow Goose, Grey Lag Goose and Barnacle Goose along with a Greylag hybrid and two Egyptian geese.

A Hobby went over the marsh, three visits by hunting Peregrines, the first a female went after the Black Tailed Godwit's, another hunting female chased some Teal over the marsh and took one before losing its grip and losing the bird which dived into the water, a Tiercel then arrived and again went after the Teal without success.

100’s of Black Tailed Godwit (one colour ringed bird) arriving on the high tide along with 3 Bar Tails, singles of Ruff and Avocet, a small number of Curlew, and not as many Redshank as recently, 3 Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Lapwing

Ducks included Shelduck, Shoveler approx 20, large numbers of Pintail arriving over the high tide, Mallard, Teal in good numbers with lots of Wigeon arriving towards high tide and a single Gadwall drake.

Posted October 19th at 8:28 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Late swallows over Crediton

2 swallows wheeling over Crediton just after sunrise this morning. Travel well.

Posted October 19th at 7:47 pm by Sarah Blatchford in Bird News


At Wembury Beach this morning, a Water Rail was calling along the stream that flows through the meadow near the beach. Towards Wembury Point, two Lapwings were on the shore but were harassed by a Carrion Crow and flew off high to the west.

Posted October 19th at 7:35 pm by David Diskin in Bird News

Wrafton Pond

Small flock of 10 or so Fieldfares flew over Wrafton Pond and perched in a tree by the houses for 5 minutes at 1630. Nothing much else. Few Shoveler on the pond, some Teal, a Little Egret and a Grey Heron on the scrape.

Posted October 19th at 4:53 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Redwings and starlings

Driving down Codden Hill about 3.45pm a flock of about 30 redwing flew overhead going south. On Monday morning there were over 300 starlings perched on wires in Windmill Lane, Northam and similar numbers on wires in Broadclose Road, Barnstaple before I left for work on Monday.

Posted October 19th at 4:45 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Wrafton area

63 Blac-tailed Godwits on the scrape. 6 Shoveler and 3 Gadwall on Wrafton Pond + 2 Snipe. Over the reserve about 20 Redwings flew south. 15 or so Goldfinch.

Posted October 19th at 4:13 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Lots of redwings around Wonford and Whipton this morning.

Posted October 19th at 11:53 am by Helen Whitall in Bird News


Dipper on ‘The Byes’ at Sidmouth yesterday.

Posted October 19th at 10:21 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Jenny Cliff

60 Redwings .

Posted October 19th at 10:02 am by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Tuesday 18th October 2022

Venford Reservoir

1 Hobby early am. 

Posted October 18th at 9:47 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Knowstone moor

As I was passing by Knowstone Moor I spotted a pair of Stonechats and a pair of Meadow Pipits on some gorse bushes adjacent to the road. 

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted October 18th at 9:30 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Avon Dam

Foggy at the dam this morning, but managed to get close to a group of 13  Goosanders resting and preening on the spillway, including the presumed immature male now almost in adult plumage. First seen at 0725, they were still there an hour later, well after sunrise (if it did rise).

Roosting Goosanders
Roosting Goosanders
Roosting Goosanders showing immature male
Roosting Goosanders showing immature male

Posted October 18th at 11:54 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Monday 17th October 2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

1 Great White Egret, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 11 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Wigeon, 2 Mute Swan, 19 Black-headed Gull, 2 Coots.


SW Water has started pumping water from the Lower Lake, so water levels are dropping, Also the car park and the path from the car park past the hide to the road have been closed.

The only access is from the Aqua Trail to the weir.

This restriction will last at least until 04/12/22.

Posted October 17th at 8:20 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


In gradually reducing wind, today: Dartford Warbler, 3 Firecrests, 7 Goldcrests, 15 Chiffchaffs, 2 Swallows, Blackcap, Siskin, Green Woodpecker, 8 Red-legged Partridges, 7 Teal, 3 Clouded Yellows, 2 Small Coppers & a Sika Deer.

Posted October 17th at 5:54 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Barnstaple to Penhill Point

am - 1 Osprey flying west north west above the Taw Estuary from the Barnstaple direction then heading west south west over Penhill Point. 

Posted October 17th at 2:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Sunday 16th October 2022

Exminster Marsh

A rather uneventful early morning walk from Fisherman’s car park to Turf. 20+ Golden Plover, 24 Grey Plover, 30+ Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit being really the best of it. Though 1 Snipe landing in the road, wondering where all the water is. A thought most of us have. Plenty of the usual spp on the estuary itself, but no counts, but included 100+ Wigeon. 

Posted October 16th at 9:46 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

East Prawle

2 Choughs just west of Gammon Head, moving around Dekker's Cliffs

Posted October 16th at 9:10 pm by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Instow to Yelland

I suspect we met up with Barnabas this morning as the same birds were recorded by me. Only additions were 10 Lapwing on Isley marsh, 4 Ringed Plover and 2 Rock Pipits with 4 Meadow Pipits on the Cricket Pitch margins at Instow.

Posted October 16th at 8:52 pm by Stan Coats in Bird News

Slapton Ley

A visit with Phil Bentley today, highlight a 2W Little Gull at the Torcross end. Good overhead migration early on and an influx of crests - 15+ Goldcrests and 5-6 Firecrests , most around the bridge/Ireland Bay. 100+ Swallows with some Sand Martins, 20+ Chiff-Chaffs, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Buntings and a few Siskin over.

Posted October 16th at 4:50 pm by David Cope in Bird News

Cattle Egret at Upton Pyne

24 Cattle Egret feeding amongst cattle in a field adjacent to the River Exe just upstream from the Upton Pyne Treatment Works, visible from Stoke Woods.

Posted October 16th at 4:21 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Plym estuary & Saltram

At high tide on Blaxton meadow: 200+ Redshank, 11 Greenshank, still 4 Bar tailed Godwits, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. 2 Little Grebe on the river, 26 Turnstone by the old wreck. 12 Ring necked Parakeet, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, and a female Stonechat round the estate.

Posted October 16th at 2:48 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Isley Marsh to Instow

2 Redshank, 1  Black Tailed Godwit, 20 Grey Plover, 119 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 258 Oystercatcher, 1 GBBG, 4 Herring Gull, 12 Black Headed Gull, 14 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Spoonbill, 152 Teal, 38 Wigeon, 5 Canada Geese, 6 Pintail, 5 Cormorant, 1 Marsh harrier, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit and was surprised to see a Grey Seal. 

Posted October 16th at 1:01 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Saturday 15th October 2022

Dartington Bittern

Flew up with a grumpy squak as I ran the last bit of the drive.18:30+Saturday 

Posted October 15th at 10:01 pm by Denis Doy in Bird News

Elfordleigh Wood, Plympton

Tried to relocate yesterday's Firecrests but only managed to locate a single Goldcrest.  A big surprise was our first ever Ring-necked Parakeet for the area, it looks like the Saltram birds are spreading their wings. The rutting deer were still very vocal there this afternoon. Take care if you decide to visit.

Posted October 15th at 9:56 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this morning's high tide, with over 200 Redshanks: 2 Snipe, 21 Dunlins, Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshanks, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, ad-w Mediterranean Gull, Little Grebe & a Wigeon. Also, Firecrest, Green Woodpecker & a Roe Deer.  

Posted October 15th at 5:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator quay to Braunton marsh

Very windy walking along the ridge towpath, lots of gulls, female kestrel trying to hunt despite the wind, in the fields across from the river. 
30+ shelduck down towards the bottom of the marsh, the usual little egrets, a flock of approx 400 starlings in the field with horses in. 

Posted October 15th at 4:14 pm by Chris Davy in Bird News

South side of Taw Estuary & Fremington Pill

On the way to Barnstaple & Fremington pill this morning met Jon Turner who was scoping the waders on Wrafton scrape. Side by side there were 2 smaller waders which were both sleeping one of which was slightly smaller than the Knot alongside which turned out to be a Reeve. Considering it was asleep so the bill was not visible & the bird was facing in the opposite direction, it was an excellent piece of identification by Jon.

On the south side of the Taw Estuary looking at the distant fields of  sheep on the higher ground to the south of the trail there were 23 Cattle Egrets.

In Fremington Pill the foraging single Glossy Ibis was showing well.

Posted October 15th at 3:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton etc

Counted 94 Black-tailed Godwits this morning. In amongst them were1 Knot and one Ruff (or more likely Reeve - quite small). No further sign of the Siskin in the reserve, but the busy Tit flock did contain a Treecreeper.

Wrafton Pond had 2 Shoveler and 8 Gadwall. 3 of the Cygnets have returned, although the male didn't react well to their presence.

Red Admiral and Large White seen on the way home.

Posted October 15th at 2:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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