Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st October 2022


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

Monday 31st October 2022

Cadover Bridge

Fairly quiet at Cadover Bridge this morning with a few dozen Fieldfares and Mistle thrushes on the berries and a similar amount of Redwings feeding on the ground in the bracken. 3 Ravens, a Kestrel and c. 40 Wood pigeons flying south


Posted October 31st at 6:58 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Slapton Ley / Hallsands

Bittern flew over bridge from Highley Lay landing somewhere behind Graveyard Pool at 06:20 this morning. Also a female / imm Marsh Harrier in the Higher Ley.

A couple of Black Redstarts on the roofs of the holiday appartments at South Hallsands ( below )

Posted October 31st at 6:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A excellent day on the patch with a juv Spoonbill dropping onto Blaxton Meadow for a short period (thanks John & Liz), a Cattle Egret briefly nearby; and the site's first ever Cetti's Warbler (in scrub beside the cycle track south of Blagdon's Meadow) - thanks Colin & Joyce. Also, the juv Curlew Sandpiper still on Blaxton Meadow with the Redshanks, Dunlins and 12 Greenshanks. Otherwise, 2 Teal, 16 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebes, Kingfisher, 18+ Turnstones, Jack Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (2 ad-w), Common Sandpiper, 2 Firecrests, Grey Wagtail, 30 Redwings, Siskin, Stonechat, Painted Lady & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted October 31st at 4:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Fieldfares on the Tiverton Canal this morning.


Posted October 31st at 4:56 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Northam Burrows and Skern

A walk on the tip road and back via the middle road highlights were <270 Brent Geese on the falling tide line, <2,000 Golden Plover murmurating overhead,  two Snow Buntings one each M & F, on the short grass behind the pebble ridge in the far northwest of the Burrows where a single late staying Northern Wheatear was loitering on the pebbles. Also seen; many curlew, Oystercatcher and a single male Peregrine Falcon which caused havoc amongst the roosting waders! 

Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear
Pair of Snow Buntings
Pair of Snow Buntings

Posted October 31st at 3:09 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

East Soar

Very good vis mig this morning with 10,000 Woodpigeon moving east, Stock Dove 305 (230E 75W), Jackdaw 235 (191E 44W), Starling 150E, Alba Wagtail 10E, Fieldfare 80NW, Swallow 6E, Chaffinch 62E & Goldfinch 85 (77E 8W). Also 500 Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull & 25 Great Black-backed Gull.

Posted October 31st at 12:44 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Slapton village

Black redstarts in garden now expanded to 5, moving between our log shed and the eaves and gutters next door. 2 obvious adult males, 1 female and 2 first winters, I think. Not great pics- taken through bathroom window! Part of this SW migration route they take. Is it known if they are Dutch/German/Scandi birds or home grown?

Posted October 31st at 9:18 am by Graham Burton in Bird News

Ring necked parakeet, Kingserswell

A single bird first seen flying over the Nelson Pub, Kingskerswell, 23 October, but seen and heard several times since then, favouring the tree lined corridor behind Broadgate Road and Rosehill Gardens. GB, 31.10.22

Posted October 31st at 9:04 am by George Bemment in Bird News

Sunday 30th October 2022

Slapton Ley

Bittern flew south over bridge this morning at 06:35. Late Common Tern ( below )  on beach.

Posted October 30th at 8:28 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

West Sandford

15 fieldfares arrived in the hamlet. Their alarming calls mixed with a calling chiffchaff and the call of a male yellowhammer. No sign of the 50+ flock of linnets which were present last weekend. None-Avian 2 Roe deer- down 2 from the 4 seen in the same field last week.

Posted October 30th at 7:34 pm by Sarah Blatchford in Bird News

Hartland/Blackpool Mill

1 CHOUGH, unringed, feeding on short grass at cliff edge.  Quite confiding and approachable to withing 10m or so.  Seemed settled, but maybe moving gradually N towards Hartland Point.  Seen at about 1400.

Posted October 30th at 4:28 pm by Rory Akam in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight on this morning's very high tide was a juv Curlew Sandpiper in with 237 Redshanks and some Dunlins on Blaxton Meadow. Also, Snipe, 12 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe, Teal, Goosander (redhead), 18 Wigeon, male Bullfinch, 2+ Grey Wagtails & a sinensis Cormorant.

Posted October 30th at 1:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Solitary Purple Sandpiper working the rocks below Capstone along with several Rock Pipits. Sparrowhawk flying along cliff edge overlooking Tunnel Beaches.

Posted October 30th at 1:17 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News


Seawatching 07:00 - 08:30: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Great Northern Divers, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Common Scoter, 430 Gannets, c.300 Kittiwakes and c.100 auks.

Posted October 30th at 12:42 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News

South Brent

A grey bird on a grey early morning, but my first Black Redstart of autumn - on cue, a rouge-queue noir female or juv in the village centre.

Posted October 30th at 11:37 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Isley Marsh on this mornings high tide .

2 Spoonbill , one adult + one 1st. Winter roosting among Lapwings and Curlews , one Whimbrel heard......

Posted October 30th at 10:17 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Saturday 29th October 2022

Bowling Green Marsh

08:54 - 11:04

Highlights: 50+ Golden Plover touching down for all of 30 seconds but leaving a lone bird still present when they left; 22 Greenshank; 2 Avocet; 4 Greylag Goose; 2 Egyptian Goose; 15+ Bar-tailed Godwit; 45+ Lapwing; 2 Kingfisher; 3 Snipe.

Posted October 29th at 5:18 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Mount Batten Plymouth Sound

Storm Petrel spotted from the far end of Mount Batten Breakwater this afternoon, being bombed by a Herring Gull. Strong southerly wind and white topped waves. Petrel typical flight dipping and dancing between the waves.

Eds: from description - most likely Leach's Storm Petrel

Posted October 29th at 4:30 pm by Cynthia Crawford in Bird News

Wrafton Area

One each of Snipe, Shoveler and Gadwall on Wrafton Pond. 93 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape with a Little Egret. One or two Redwings in the reserve, plus a Kingfisher. Small flock (perhaps 25) of Fieldfares flew over. A couple of energetic Goldcrests feeding.

Posted October 29th at 1:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A walk this morning produced: a late Sandwich Tern, Little Grebe, Reed Bunting, 2 Firecrests, 2 Siskins, Green Woodpecker & 9 Roe Deer.

Yesterday's sightings included: 70 Redwings over, Firecrest, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, 11 Greenshanks, 16 Wigeon & a Mediterranean Gull (1st cy).

Posted October 29th at 12:32 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Friday 28th October 2022


The whole world was at Emsworthy today. I counted 31 Ring Ouzel after they took flight when a Buzzard came over. However they were all over the site and I suspect there were more elsewhere. Also, Song thrush, a few Fieldfare and about 20 Starling.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 28th at 10:46 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Start Point

Short-eared Owl on track near farm at dusk. Several sightings of Atlantic Blue Fin Tuna near the lighthouse.

Posted October 28th at 8:54 pm by John Walters in Bird News


This afternoon, 1 Cirl Bunting (m), 3 Skylark, 20+ Rock Pipit, 22 Mediterranean gull (15 Ad Winter, 4 2nd Wint, 3 1st Wint) Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine over.

Posted October 28th at 7:41 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Wrafton area

Saw the 2 Spoonbills at about 09.45 and they (unlike the Godwits) were still around at about 11.30 while I was ringing in the reserve. A good morning for ringing this morning with enough cover for the nets not to be blown around too much. 14 Greenfinch taking advantage of the Black Sunflower seeds, 6 each of Chaffinch and Goldfinch. 2 GSW, (that's 7 this autumn) 1 Chiffchaff (another porker - over 10 grams). 1 Blackcap (juv male), 2 Cetti's Warblers, 7 LTT, 3 Blue and 4 Great Tit, yet another (unusually an adult) Kingfisher, bird of the day was a very late juvenile Reed Warbler. Last one I ringed was at the end of August.

Posted October 28th at 6:50 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


This afternoon at Watersmeet there were four Dippers, a Grey Wagtail


Posted October 28th at 6:26 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Another  Firecrest  in the garden this morning.

Posted October 28th at 4:25 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

East Soar

First substantial Woodpigeon movement of the autumn with 2570 moving through plus 62 Stock Dove. Not much else, Cetti's Warbler, Fieldfare 9W & Starling 87E.

Posted October 28th at 2:45 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


A Serin with small flock of Goldfinches and Greenfinches in the top fields at 10am. Flew towards Orcombe Point and not relocated. Also - c4000 Woodpigeons west by 10am. Further sightings and details of last night's immigrant moth tally on later.

Posted October 28th at 12:52 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Sharpa - Wrafton scrape

2 Spoonbill & 74 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape earlier this morning.

Posted October 28th at 12:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Northern Wheatear Dartmoor

I've just watched a very late( for Dartmoor)1st winter Northern Wheatear in the area of Moorlands farm 1030 this morning.

Posted October 28th at 12:24 pm by Gary Easton in Bird News

Slapton village

Black redstart, female or first winter, on log shed roof.

Posted October 28th at 9:40 am by Graham Burton in Bird News

Thursday 27th October 2022

Berry Head

Seawatch 07.30 -0930: 64 Great Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 9 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Great Skuas, 8 Arctic Skuas, 1 unidentified Skua,5 Med Gulls, hundreds of Auks and many Gannets.

Around headland: 1 Pallid Swift (brief, poor and distant views this morning), 670+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Swallow, 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Reed Bunting, 7 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, 4 Firecrest. 

Posted October 27th at 9:58 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Late afternoon trip to Emsworthy Mire where there were at least 20 Ring Ouzels and a few Fieldfare. Poor light, windy and misty. I'll return when the sun is shining.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzels
Ring Ouzels

Posted October 27th at 9:31 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the Lake.

3 Goosander 1m 2f, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Willow Tit,  15 Fieldfare, 18  Cormorant, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Wigeon, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Great White Egret, 1m Shoveler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Jay 6 Coot.

Posted October 27th at 7:45 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


Avon Dam: Brief visit in mist and rain this morning produced a Peregrine, 2 Buzzards, 3 Ring Ouzels, Mistle thrushes, Redwings and Fieldfares, Goldfinches + a Dipper on the Avon.

Cadover Bridge: Flocks of mixed Fieldfares, Redwings and Mistle thrushes with at least 2 Ring Ouzels among them. Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Jays, Magpies, Ravens, Kestrels, a Sparrowhawk + 200+ Golden Plover overfly.


Posted October 27th at 7:39 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

RSPB Exminster Marsh and the Exe Estuary

Sightings during the early afternoon falling tide on the estuary viewed from the turf included a Grey Plover, Ringed Plovers, Dunlins, Oystercatchers, Curlews, Black Tailed Godwits, Brent Geese, Mute Swans and 6 Black Swans. On the marsh was a single Bar Headed Goose with Canada Geese flock along with a Cattle Egret, Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stonechat, Skylarks, Redwings and 2 Raven.

Posted October 27th at 6:15 pm by Karen Pooley in Bird News

RSPB Exminster Marsh and the Exe Estuary

Sightings during the early afternoon falling tide on the estuary viewed from the turf included a Grey Plover, Ringed Plovers, Dunlins, Oystercatchers, Curlews, Black Tailed Godwits, Brent Geese, Mute Swans and 6 Black Swans. On the marsh was a single Bar Headed Goose with Canada Geese flock along with a Cattle Egret, Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stonechat, Skylarks, Redwings and 2 Raven.

Posted October 27th at 5:06 pm by Karen Pooley in Bird News

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

A visit this morning between 7 to 11:30am produced a Great White Egret that twice flew over the marsh after stopping of at Goosemoor, and 2 Egyptian Geese arrived at 8am but shortly left. Also around was singles of Avocet, Grey Plover and Snipe along with 2 Knot, Dunlins, Greenshanks, Redshanks, Curlews, Lapwings, Bar Tailed Godwits and a large number of Black Tailed Godwits. Also was 4 Greylag Geese with Wigeons, Pintails, Shovelers, Teals, Mallards, Shelducks and a Gadwall. Finally there was a hunting Kestrel, a Common Gull and a group of Stock Dove

Posted October 27th at 5:03 pm by Karen Pooley in Bird News

South Brent

A large flock of Wood pigeons over home this morning the first sign that I  have seen of this seasons Wood pigeon autumn migration.

On the way up to Shipley Bridge two Kestrel, one at Beara Farm and the other over Bloody Pool Cross.

Just above Shipley car park two Ring Ouzel and another four seen to fly over as if leaving the area, a third Kestrel, small numbers of Fieldfare and one Mistle Thrush.

Posted October 27th at 4:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Braunton Redwings

Two Redwings this morning on top of a tree on Pixie Lane.

Posted October 27th at 1:17 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

The Skern And Northam burrows.

One Black Brant , 3 Pale breasted  , 107 Dark Breasted Brent geese present on the Skern this morning at high tide.   Now 3 Snow Bunting at no.8 Green....All per David Paul.....

Posted October 27th at 11:03 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Wednesday 26th October 2022

Avon Dam

Worth pointing out that the Ring Ouzels below the dam today were feeding on the ground in an area now ploughed up by an introduced herd of Tamworth pigs. Eight ouzels were feeding there in a loose flock at around 1630.

Ring Ouzels
Ring Ouzels

Posted October 26th at 10:17 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Berry Hd

Berry Hd: 0730-1700:  c500 Great Shearwaters, (count of 461) interrupted by  Pallid Swift  lingering until dusk.

Posted October 26th at 10:02 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Northam Burrows and Skern

Late afternoon/early evening.

Three Snow Bunting at the end of Westward Ho! Pebble Ridge.

Also one juvenile Common Tern flew over the estuary and followed the Pebble Ridge towards Westward Ho!

Posted October 26th at 9:45 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

avon dam

ring ouzel

Posted October 26th at 8:59 pm by Ian Butt in Bird News

avon dam

ring ouzel

Posted October 26th at 8:30 pm by Ian Butt in Bird News

Brixham breakwater

4 Purple Sandpiper on seaward side of breakwater at low tide

Posted October 26th at 7:43 pm by Andy Roberts in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

2 Ring Ouzel in Brisworthy Burrows before flying towards clay pits at 17:00. 800+ Golden Plover swirling back and forth over Cadover Bridge/Brisworthy between 16:40 and 17:20. Also 500+ Fieldfare, c30 Redwing and 3 Mistle Thrush.

Posted October 26th at 6:51 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Dartmouth golf course

Odd season just now. Whilst playing golf, hundreds of fieldfare and redwing over while chiffchaff in song, a few violets in flower and a clouded yellow drifted past. Little grebe still on pond on 3rd hole where they bred this year.

Posted October 26th at 5:44 pm by Graham Burton in Bird News


One Godwit this morning before the shooters started blasting away down over the Marsh. Frightened the Cattle, the sheep and even all the Gulls on Wrafton Pond flew off. In the reserve a Raven was an unusual visitor - the local Crows weren't happy. More Finches around of late. Later on there were again 2 female Marsh Harriers over the reed-beds.

Posted October 26th at 5:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

South Hams

Lean pickings today, but, at Slapton Ley, 2 Firecrests, 16+ Swallows, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Mediterranean Gulls & a lone Wigeon. At Beesands Ley, 2 Pintails, 23 Gadwalls & 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Also, 10+ Swallows, a Fieldfare & a Skua sp (Arctic or Pom) at Start Point.  

Posted October 26th at 5:03 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster & Exeter

On the Marsh this morning were 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Kestrels, 1 Cattle Egret, and 1 Greylag and 3 Egyptian Geese.

Matford ponds are expanding quickly and held 300+ ducks including 220+ Teal, 20+ Wigeon and 1 Tufted, plus 1 Green Sandpiper.

In the Trews Weir flood channel, the Little Grebe is now in its third week of residence. 

Posted October 26th at 3:43 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Gunnislake weir

Kingfisher and Grey Heron. 

Non- Bird news - European Hornet nest found

Posted October 26th at 1:56 pm by R Hurrell in Bird News

Lifton area

25/10/22 Approx 250+ Redwing & 50+ Fieldfare very flighty and also feeding on berry laden Hawthorns in the Lyd valley. Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail on the River Lyd.  

Posted October 26th at 1:49 pm by R Hurrell in Bird News

Ring Ouzel at Avon Dam

A walk up to Avon Dam in dull and windy conditions was rewarded with about 20 Ring Ouzel feeding on grass on the slope to the right of the Dam. Otherwise about 30 Redwing and 4 aerobatic Ravens.

Posted October 26th at 1:34 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Saunton Sands

1 Snow Bunting on the strandline earlier this morning.

Posted October 26th at 1:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 0730hrs- 0930hrs: 10 Great Shearwaters, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 7 Arctic Skuas, 1 unidentified Skua (Arc/Pom), 1 Petrtel sp. 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Tern, 11 Mediterranean Gulls, 631 Auks, 600+ Kittiwake, 5 Common Gull, 300+ Gannets, 5 Swallows, 10+ Common Dolphin, 1 Harbour Porpoise 

In quarry: 3 Ring Ouzels, 1 Black Redstart 

Mike Langman, Mark Darlaston, Bill Macdonald, Dave Dawe, Phil Bentley 

Posted October 26th at 12:29 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 25th October 2022

Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple

Sat in my conservatory at OTR at 4.50 pm and looked up to see a great white egret fly over, or trying to, against the strong southerly wind.

Posted October 25th at 5:17 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Berry Head

08.45 - 10.30; 3+ Arctic Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 3+ Med Hills and good numbers of auks/kittiwakes. 4+ Ring Ouzel at bottom of quarry and 2 Black Redstarts.

Posted October 25th at 4:40 pm by Andy Roberts in Bird News

Emsworthy & Haytor

Fabulous hour in between heavy showers Tuesday afternoon. Flocks of 200+ fieldfares and redwings plus minimum 16 ring ouzels on Emsworthy. At times the ouzels split out and were feeding on the burnt gorse outside the reserve entrance. Also 2 separate flocks of golden plover, and flushed a single snipe.

Ring ouzel and fieldfares
Ring ouzel and fieldfares
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 25th at 3:36 pm by Pete Exley in Bird News

East Soar

A quieter day but still 2 Ring Ouzel, Fieldfare 19 (13E 6W), Redwing 25E, Song Thrush 5 inc.2W, Stock Dove 43 (37E 6W), Woodpigeon 68 (27E 41W), Jackdaw 5E, Starling 42E, Goldfinch 27E, Siskin 20E, 2 migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, Golden Plover, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 150 Skylark & 6 Bullfinch.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow & Speckled Wood.

Posted October 25th at 2:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An excellent count of 10 Firecrests; also, Lesser Redpoll (my first ever here), Lapwing, Dipper, c35 Redwings over, 25 Jackdaws east, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 19 Wigeon, ad-w Mediterranean Gull, 10 Greenshanks & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted October 25th at 1:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Late Post - Horsey

Late aft - 1 Spoonbill flew in & joined the Little Egrets for a short time before being moved on by the incoming tide.

Posted October 25th at 8:30 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Monday 24th October 2022


Red Kites-Just like buses, you don't see one for a while and then three come along at the same time.  Today at 11.45 am on the A361 between the West Buckland junction and Aller Cross roundabout there were three Red Kites flying low over a field on the right-hand side. No photos as driving at the time.

Posted October 24th at 7:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Avon Dam

12+ Ring Ouzel around first bridge with another 15+ around the dam;  quite mobile so difficult to count accurately. Ringtail Hen Harrier flew across the valley 100 yards past the first bridge approx 12.40. Fem/imm Black Redstart along the top of the dam. 100 + Fieldfare, mostly around car park but only 2 Redwing seen. Goshawk seen soaring distantly and  looking South from car park approx 15.00.

Posted October 24th at 7:30 pm by Andy Roberts in Bird News

Bicton Lake, East Budleigh

Juv Ring-necked Duck Bicton Lake, East Devon this evening. Best viewed from Bicton Botanical Gardens.
It is presumably the same bird first discovered at Dawlish Warren on 27 Sep by Kev Rylands which then re-located to Blackhill Quarry up until 3rd October. As far as I know, it has not been reported since.


Posted October 24th at 7:07 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

South Brent Winter Thrushes

Although not as many as over the previous three days the numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing remains impressive at South Brent, one of my holly trees as expected has been stripped bare of berries.

It was only a matter of time before the numbers attracted birds of prey but I did not expect to see a high soaring Goshawk, my third sighting here this year.

Eds - photo appears to show a Sparrowhawk, not a Goshawk.


Posted October 24th at 7:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Northam Burrows Snow Buntings

Two Snow Buntings feeding near the 8th green.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted October 24th at 6:09 pm by Sue Ambler in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

120 Fieldfare & 20 Redwing in the valley today.

Posted October 24th at 3:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Eleven members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended this morning's field walk around the fields of the reserve and were quickly rewarded with numbers of Ring Ouzel (c20) and Fieldfare (c100). Redwings were only present in single numbers.  Other birds present included a pair of Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Sparrow Hawk, Kestrel and Raven. The meeting ended at 11.30 when rain moved in, and the birds dispersed south. See also DB Facebook page.

Posted October 24th at 3:12 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

During a walk this morning (low tide): c55 Fieldfares west, 5 Redwings, 2 Firecrests, c20 Siskins, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 8 Wigeon, drake Teal, 3 redhead Goosanders, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebes & a 1st cy Mediterranean Gull.

Posted October 24th at 12:15 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sunday 23rd October 2022

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

3 Goosander 1m 2 f (first this winter), 1 Great White Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot.

Posted October 23rd at 7:05 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Fremington Pill

This morning along Fremington Pill where there were a lot of Redshank and Teal.  There were also two Glossy Ibis, a couple of Little Egrets, a Curlew, a couple of Black-tailed Godwit, a single Bar-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, a couple of Greenshank and the usual gulls and Mallard.


Posted October 23rd at 5:11 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

A good thrush day with 4 Ring Ouzel, 335 Fieldfare (238E & 97W), 10 Redwing, 31 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush flying east & 2 Song Thrush. Also: Snipe, Merlin, 380 Skylark, 140 Meadow Pipit, 7 Teal, 65 Robin, 2 Cetti'[s Warbler, 38 Jackdaw (34W 4E), 540 Starling (122W, 18E & 400 grounded), 100 Linnet, m20 Chaffinch, 36 Goldfinch & 5 Bullfinch.

Posted October 23rd at 2:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Staddon heights

Walked the public footpath through the livery fields lots of pied wagtails meadow pipit and goldfinches around the fields and a couple couple of wheatear feeding on a dung pile...the horse fields  do seem to attract alot of birds 

Posted October 23rd at 2:36 pm by Mike Williams in Bird News


Between the rain: 6 Ring Ouzels, Whinchat, Firecrest, 11 Chiffchaffs, 13 Goldcrests, Cetti’s Warbler, 260+ Fieldfares over + c50 grounded, 26 Redwings, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Bullfinches, Lapwing, 4 Swallows, Pintail, 7 Teal & 21 Stock Doves..

Posted October 23rd at 1:37 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent

One of yesterday's Fieldfares in the Dockwell area had a very  conspicuous white head. Attached photo at distance and in poor light doesn't really do it justice, but the contrast with normal birds is apparent. Can't recall seeing a Fieldfare with a white head before, but there's a photo of one on p11 in Norman's (1994) book, The Fieldfare.

Fieldfares, with white-headed bird at top
Fieldfares, with white-headed bird at top
White-headed Fieldfare from Norman's book
White-headed Fieldfare from Norman's book

Posted October 23rd at 12:52 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Avon Dam

Ring Ouzel ~40 but so much movement could have been slightly more/less. Lots of Fieldfare too. Firecrest and a Black Redstart on the Dam. Rowan berry crop is dismal, Holly & Hawthorn ok, so can’t image thrushes will stay long.  

Posted October 23rd at 12:03 pm by Matt Collis in Bird News


Two Firecrest in Newnham Meadows Local Nature Reserve this morning.

Posted October 23rd at 10:55 am by Chris E in Bird News

East Devon Field Walk Programme

For members planning to attend the field walk on Monday please note that there are minor errors given in the Programme and that the venue is Emsworthy Mire Reserve. Please rendezvous at the small car park at map ref: SX748761. Thank you.

Posted October 23rd at 8:52 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Saturday 22nd October 2022

Velator area

69 Black-tailed Godwits and at least 8 Knot out on the scrape. Ringing in the reserve netted 3 Chiffchaff - one a trouser-filling 11.7 grams! ready to go I think. 1 Redwing, and a few Finches and Tits.

Posted October 22nd at 9:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Mardon Down & the Torquay Reservoirs

Can't match the total thrush numbers seen on Thursday by another observer (to whom thanks are due for the tip-off), but today on Mardon were at least three Ring Ousels. All were very flighty, so exact number uncertain, but also very vocal, with a call half-way between those of Blackbird and Fieldfare. Also present were 250+ Fieldfares and 150+ Redwings, the biggest flock in the grass on the East side, where DNPA have recently cleared the Bracken (to whom further thanks are due), plus Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer, Stonechat and two flyover Crossbills.

Went on to the reservoirs hoping for Goosander. None on the upper lake, just six Tufted and five Teal, but on the lower were seventeen (four adult m. and thirteen redheads), initially roosting and preening on the bank, but swimming out when the heaviest rain came.  A time- or weather-related movement?, The rain must knock insects off the trees, so do the fish become more active? Don't know.

On the way down to Bovey, a newly-ploughed field held 80+ Stock Doves and 30+ Skylarks. 

Posted October 22nd at 8:06 pm by James Camden in Bird News

South Brent

As well as several hundred Fieldfares on the edge of the moor around Dockwell this morning, together with five Ring Ouzels, there were also at least 100 Fieldfares in South Brent village late pm, many feeding on berries in front gardens at Brakefield. Also, smaller numbers of Redwings. Aren't such incursions into gardens  more often associated with cold weather?

Posted October 22nd at 7:53 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Great White Egret

Good view of Great White Egret alone on field between Ventiford Basin and River Teign. Seen on ground and in flight. Took off towards Stover . 3.15 pm 22 October 

Posted October 22nd at 7:22 pm by Jacqui Beevers in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

250+ Fieldfares around and over the hamlet.

Posted October 22nd at 3:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

East Soar

A good day for thrushes with 14 Ring Ouzels in Starehole Valley, the best day count for several years, 440 Fieldfares (290W 100E & 50 grounded) and Redwings 11W. Also: 156 Starlings (125W 31E), Jackdaw 16W, Firecrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 40 Goldfinch & Water Rail.

Posted October 22nd at 3:47 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Great Shearwater, Dawlish

1 lingered for 2 mins, in Coryton cove before heading south

Posted October 22nd at 2:54 pm by Paul Barker in Bird News

Cadover Bridge

On an overcast morning, several hundred Fieldfare and Redwing, on the ground, in the Hawthorns on berries, and overhead. My first Ring Ouzel (a male) and a small flock of Chaffinch. Green Woodpecker heard.


Posted October 22nd at 2:23 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Soar valley to Southdown

An early morning walk in dull weather was brightened by all the thrushes. At least 12 Ring Ouzels, 70+ Fieldfares and 30+ Redwings. Also 4 Chiffchaffs..

Posted October 22nd at 1:03 pm by Roger White in Bird News


Small mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing, seen from our house, first this autumn. 

Posted October 22nd at 12:43 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Migration watch - Downend

07:50 > 09:50

The majority of migrants passing around Downend this morning were flocks of Chaffinch, a total of 1458 counted over a 2 hour period.These were heading east to south east into the wind once they had rounded Downend. The wind was east to south east for the duration.

Also 33 Meadow Pipits heading in the same direction. Siskin heard but not seen..

Posted October 22nd at 11:48 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Trowlesworthy, Dartmoor

Two Ring Ouzel in vegetation looking towards Legis Tor. First seen here:  ///depth.siesta.originals (What3Words). Then flew a short distance to Brisworthy Burrows with other thrushes. My first here since Oct 2020. Record photos:

Also, Merlin, 1,200+ Fieldfare and 900+ Redwing over and in Brisworthy Burrows. Chiffchaff and 5 Siskin also of interest.

Posted October 22nd at 11:08 am by Chris E in Bird News

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