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


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

Monday 7th November 2022

Ruff at Topsham

High winds, high drama on Stuartline Birdwatching cruise today with views of 2 Grey Seals 100+ Avocets, 300+ Golden Plover 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, 15+ Ringed Plover, 50+ Lapwing, Kingfisher, plenty of flighty Dunlin and a surprise Ruff found with Black tail Godwits while editing todays photos!!.

Ruff with BT Godwits at Topsham
Ruff with BT Godwits at Topsham
Golden Plover exe estuary
Golden Plover exe estuary

Posted November 7th at 11:40 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch

0700-1600: 2 Great Shearwaters (incredibly late, but Devon record counts have tumbled in October so a few lingering into November is perhaps not surprising); other Shearwaters were 3 Sooty, single Balearic and 18 Manx. Skuas included  a smart pale juv Long-tailed (at 0825), also 15 Pomarine ((mostly juvs), 32 Arctics and 6 Bonxies (very rare this autumn). Also Great Northern Diver,  Puffin , 25+ Fulmars, Med Gulls and a late Swallow.

Non-avian: 20+ Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, 2+ Common Dolphin, & 10 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted November 7th at 7:44 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's very high tide, at Blaxton Meradow: an adult Kittiwake looking ill / injured and unfortunately killed by a Carrion Crow; 3 Snipe, 10 Greenshanks, 127 Dunlins, 46 Curlews & a Kingfisher. Elsewhere, 2 Mandarin Ducks & 3 Shags., 

Posted November 7th at 5:42 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exeter quay

Glaucous gull remains on the quay. Was resting on the grass by the bridge with a flock of pigeons.

Posted November 7th at 4:21 pm by David scott in Bird News

Exeter Quay

Glaucous gull still present, bizarrely in with the pigeons, geese amd swans being fed just above the foot bridge. Greater black backed gull and little grebe at Trews Wear.

Posted November 7th at 4:09 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News


Three Black Redstarts on rooftops in Compass Drive. One male and two female-types.

Posted November 7th at 3:19 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Wrafton area

Didn't see any Godwits when I arrived (about 10.15a.m). but was told that the 2 Spoonbills were on the scrape very early this morning. Weather hardly conducive to seeing much in the reserve, and as I left I looked up the Trail towards the scrape and saw a large flock of Godwits flying in small circuits around the scrape trying to evade the Buzzard chasing them. A Crow then started chasing the Buzzard!

Posted November 7th at 2:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Great Northern diver broadsands beach

Immature Great Northern diver spotted off Broadsands Beach. 

Posted November 7th at 10:40 am by Jon Hughes in Bird News

Goodrington Beach

A mad 10 minutes this morning as I was cycling to work. 

First, a rather incongruous female Long-Tailed Duck on Goodrington Boating Lake, then a Snow Bunting on the promenade next to Goodrington Beach - last seen flying up onto the railway tracks near the cafe at the north end. 

Posted November 7th at 10:39 am by George Wall in Bird News

Sunday 6th November 2022

Exeter Quay

Very obliging, and unexpected, Glaucous gull perched on Exeter quayside this afternoon. 

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull
Glaucous gull and herring gulls
Glaucous gull and herring gulls

Posted November 6th at 3:13 pm by Steve Manning in Bird News

Torquay Marina

Four Purple Sandpiper on rocks below harbour wall.

Posted November 6th at 2:43 pm by Robert Gaze in Bird News

Dead Little Auk

Unfortunately found the little fella dead on Oreston Quay Green, Plymstock, Plymouth.PL9 7LY Saturday 05/11/22.

Posted November 6th at 1:32 pm by David Atkinson-Bray in Bird News


Two Black Redstart in Compass Drive/Highglen Drive estate again. This morning one male and one female in Birchwood Gardens on rooftops.

Two Firecrest in gardens in Compass Drive.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 6th at 11:58 am by Chris E in Bird News

Velator confirmation

The red-necked phalarope is still on the same pond, near the barn. It had been hiding near the reedbed at first but soon came out to feed, despite the pouring rain.

Posted November 6th at 10:17 am by Colin Dracott in Bird News


Red-necked Phalarope reported again this morning.

Posted November 6th at 8:42 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Saturday 5th November 2022

Short Eared Owl

An injured male Short Eared Owl was reported at Beesands today..

Posted November 5th at 7:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Stover Country Park

At least a dozen Mandarin ducks relishing the rain and gloom.

Posted November 5th at 5:05 pm by David Roberts in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

A brief visit early afternoon coincided with the high tide. The wader roost around the new scrapes, viewed from the canal bank, held a good selection of waders including snipe (2), dunlin (c20) and 11 grey plover, unusual for the marshes, although they did not linger. Elsewhere wigeon numbers growing as are the flocks of Canada geese along with the usual assortment of odd geese including 2 Egyptian geese, one snow goose and one bar-headed goose.

Alongside the railway were two parties of tits both including goldcrests and chiffchaffs. Two other chiffchaffs were on the canal bank.

Posted November 5th at 4:41 pm by John Waldon in Bird News


Two female-type Black Redstart in Highglen Drive/Compass Drive, Plympton. At least three in the estate in recent days with the male seen yesterday.

Posted November 5th at 4:17 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Berry Head seawatch 07.00-13.00

In continuous rain, Skuas included 2 Pomarine (1 with complete spoon), 3 Arctic & 3 unidentified. Also, Balearic & 3 Manx Shearwaters, Great Northern Diver, 11 Common Scoters, redhead Red-breasted Merganser, 5 each of Mediterranean Gulls & Fulmars, 7 Mute Swans south, 17 Siskins west, Harbour Porpoise, 3+ Common Dolphins & c4 Atlantic Bluefin Tunas. A flock of c1,200 Kittiwakes on arrival, gradually drifted south and plenty of Auks around (not counted).

Posted November 5th at 3:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Middle car park to Turf, Exminster. 2 Cattle Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 260 Pintail, 70 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 230 Lapwing, 100 Golden Plover, 200+ Curlew, 104 Avocet, 400+ Blackwit, 17+ Barwit, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Water Rail & 70+ Linnet.

Yesterday on Exwick end of canal 6 Little Grebe. 

Posted November 5th at 3:30 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

RN Phalarope


Posted November 5th at 2:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

The Phalarope has been re-identified as a Red-necked Phalarope. Seen this morning again in the pond by thge barn across the river from Marstage Farm

Posted November 5th at 1:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Friday 4th November 2022

Velator 2nd update

The Grey Phalarope was filmed by Warwickshire birder Steve McAusland.

Posted November 4th at 10:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Skern and Northern Northern Burrows

At Skern Lapwing, Redshank, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Wigeon, Shelduck, Mallard, Brent Geese, Linnet, Starling, Pied Wagtail, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Magpie, Rook and a Black Redstart ( thanks to Sue)..

At Northern Burrows Starling Linnet, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Goldfinch and 4 Snow Bunting but now maybe 3 after one was chased by a Sparrowhawk and we didn't see the end result.

Posted November 4th at 9:14 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Velator update

A Grey Phalarope was seen and filmed at Sherpa Marsh this afternoon. Sadly not by me.

Posted November 4th at 8:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Velator Reserve etc.

Ringed another 48 birds today, including 5 in-bound Song Thrushes (but no Redwings), 2 Chiffs, and a Blackcap. 16 Greenfinch. Retraps included a Kingfisher, a Goldcrest and a Reed Warbler, which I ringed a couple of weeks back weighing in at a solid 14.5 grams. Today it weighed 17.4! Enough for a one-hop flight to Africa?

Posted November 4th at 8:28 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Powderham Corner - Exminster Marsh

Seen today were: in the estuary, 4 newly-arrived G-c Grebes, 50+ Pintail and 300+ Golden Plover, in the fields around Turf, a Cattle Egret, 250+ Fieldfares and 50+ Redwings, and, on Exminster Marsh, 2 Marsh Harriers and 250+ Lapwings. Water re-appearing and bird numbers rising.

Posted November 4th at 7:28 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Early morning on Crownhill Down. Fieldfares, Redwings, GWP's and GSW's,Coal tits along the bridlepath. Ravens a Kestrel and Stonechats on the moor top. A Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers together with c. 30 Golden Plover on the edge of TWL.

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted November 4th at 7:19 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Jay at Ford Park


Posted November 4th at 6:33 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Green Woody, Redwing, Jay, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Firecrest, Goldcrest, Mistle and Song Thrush, Blue, Great, Coal & Long Tailed Tit, Chiffchaff and a late Swallow. I'm also certain I heard a Black Redstart but not confident enough to mark it as a year tick there. Just giving fair warning there might be one around.

Posted November 4th at 6:24 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A rather unseasonal feel to the birds this afternoon with Whimbrel & Whinchat new in and the juv Curlew Sandpiper still around. Also, Cetti's Warbler heard again, 2 Reed Buntings, Bullfinch, Stonechat, Green & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 7 Greenshanks, 52 Dunlins, 9 Wigeon & 4 Roe Deer.

Posted November 4th at 5:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Still some movement inc.Woodpigeon 1100 (760E 340W), Stock Dove 48W, Meadow Pipit 60 (40W & 20 grounded), Mistle Thrush 5 (4N & one grounded), starling 105 (65W 20E 20 grounded), Chaffinch 112W & Siskin 21W. Also: 2 Pintail, 8 Teal, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, 370 Skylark, Grey Wagtail, 18 Song Thrush, 31 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 105 goldfinch, 6 Bullfinch, 44 Yellowhammer, 41 Cirl Bunting & 2 Reed Bunting.

Posted November 4th at 4:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Field at Greysholt on Stoney Lane, Landkey.

Spent a large part of the day at our field having a bonfire. Lots of jackdaws and rooks and a couple of ravens. Two buzzards floating over us, but the biggest surprise was the number of butterflies, red admirals and peacocks, singly and in pairs. Must have been over a dozen of each. Little other birdlife or calls save for a resident robin and two male pheasants.

Posted November 4th at 4:00 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News


Two Black Redstart in Bridle Close this afternoon. One male and one female on rooftops.

Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 4th at 3:18 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Black Redstart- Plymouth

A new garden tick in the shape of a Black Redstart on my roof in Darwin Crescent. Picking off insects around the chimney. Also a Raven overhead.

Posted November 4th at 3:17 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News


A single late Swallow flying low over the burnt ground at Baggy earlier this morning. Skylark autumn song in the fields above.

A Chiffchaff calling from vegetation surrounding the pond.

No sighting of any Scoters yet.

A  substantial amount of lost habitat as a result of the gorse fire during the summer.

Posted November 4th at 2:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 3rd November 2022

Bowling Green Marsh

High tide visit of two hours,

1 Purple Heron, 1 drake Mandarin, 1 Spotted Redshank and a very busy hide.

Posted November 3rd at 9:36 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News


A Yellow-browed Warbler in willows at the edge of the Maer long-stay carpark this afternoon. Still present 3pm at least. Also Firecrest and 3+ Chiffchaffs. On Orcombe Point - still 2 Dartford Warblers in the turnip field, and at Shelly beach - a male Black Redstart. Off Orcombe - 1 Red-throated Diver and 7 Common Scoters.

Posted November 3rd at 6:20 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton Meadow during this afternoon's high tide: Curlew Sandpiper (juv) still, Turnstone, 8 Greenshanks, Snipe, Kingfisher, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-w & 2nd-w) & 17 Wigeon. Great Spotted Woodpecker nearby.

Posted November 3rd at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Very distant image of todays Firecrest and yesterdays Chiffchaff


Posted November 3rd at 4:07 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News


Looks like the bulk of Woodpigeons went through yesterday (65,000 over Purbeck) with just 400E this morning at Soar. Also: 41 Stock Dove (20W 21E), 2 Pintail, 4 Teal, Fieldfare, Cetti's Warbler, 250 Skylark grounded, Starling 83E, Jackdaw 3W, Chaffinch 33W & Goldfinch 7W. Siskins heard.

Posted November 3rd at 3:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wrafton area

One of the Spoonbills was on the scrape again this morning, along with a Little Egret and a Grey Heron. About 50 Black-tailed Godwits - difficult to count as they have taken to feeding out on the grass and keep disappearing!

Posted November 3rd at 1:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

MELDON granulite quarry area

Walking around this morning, there were two ring ouzels feeding on hawthorn berries, then a sparrowhawk, flying close by, a jay feeding in a oak tree, four ravens and a buzzard calling,

Posted November 3rd at 1:02 pm by roger jewell in Bird News


Black Redstart on railings at Wildermouth Beach

Posted November 3rd at 11:35 am by David Shadwell in Bird News

Tuesday 1st November 2022

Emsworthy Mire Ring Ouzels

Off to Dartmoor at last with Alan Craddock, hoping to catch any remaining Ring Ouzels.

Stopped off at Stover on the way and was amazed to see 30 or more Mandarin Ducks.

On the moor after frustrating glimpses we eventually had great views of 4 Ring Ouzels. Also 100 plus Golden Plover.

Posted November 1st at 7:41 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News


Before and between the showers, 1 Chiffchaff,  1 Firecrest , 4 Blackcaps, Goldcrest among the usual garden birds this morning.

Posted November 1st at 7:40 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Berry Head

During a seawatch this morning, a Short-eared Owl which lingered over the sea for more than an hour before heading inland, 10 Little Gulls (7 adults & 3 1st cy), 4 Pomarine & 3 Arctic Skuas, Manx Shearwater, 3 Brent Geese (dark-bellied), 5 Mediterranean Gulls & hundreds of Kittiwakes. Also, 3 Black Redstarts on the rocks, 2 Fieldfares & c500 Woodpigeons over, 5 Common Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise & Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. 

Posted November 1st at 5:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Powderham Marshes

Unusual combination for 1 November of male Brambling in 200+ mixed finch flock and a very late Whinchat on the dead sunflower heads. Latter hanging around with 4/5 Stonechat.

Posted November 1st at 3:46 pm by Andrew Thorpe in Bird News


Female-type Black Redstart at base of Highglen Drive, Plympton. Initially on a wall metres away, then few onto roof tops in Bridle Close. Still present. 

Posted November 1st at 3:23 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Late for Lower Tamar Lake

Late for Lower Tamar Lake 31/10/22

1 Great White Egret, 3 Goosander 1m 2f, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Shoveler 1m 1f, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Moorhen, 8 Cormorant.

Posted November 1st at 9:42 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

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