Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th November 2022


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

Wednesday 16th November 2022


11:11 - 12:30

Maer Rocks from the lifeboat station: 1 female Eider.

Shelly Beach buildings: 1 male & 2 female Black Redstart. 

Posted November 16th at 9:42 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Stoodleigh near Tiverton

This Kestrel was spotted on a road side pole near Stoodleigh.


Posted November 16th at 8:25 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Taw Estuary at Ashford Strand

On the high tide around 10:30 there were numerous rafts of duck drifting about, mainly Wigeon but also counted 23 Pintail a fairly even mix of M & F

Posted November 16th at 5:34 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News


Mid Devon birds  meeting,  the reservoir is still very low, with no water at all north of the viaduct, and only a few ducks and geese to see, the walk finished with 31 birds seen,

Posted November 16th at 3:59 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Morning visit to the marshes began well with 2 cattle egrets with cattle close to the Swan's Nest pub. On the railway bridge was a flock of long-tailed tits and a goldcrest. 

The marshes provided a spectacle of waders and waterfowl, the most I have seen for months. The ducks included wigeon  (several hundred), teal, pintail, shoveller and a few mallard. The waders included curlew, black-tailed godwit (c400), dunlin (c80), 2 snipe and a single ruff. The mass of waterfowl was attracting attention from a female peregrine  (adult) and 2 marsh harriers. Other raptors included 2 kestrel and a single buzzard. Amongst the waders and ducks were c100 starlings, 5 skylarks and c4 meadow pipit.

At The Turf one common sandpiper, one kingfisher, 7 grey plover and a few redshank. I failed to see the beaver seen earlier by the sluice gates.

Posted November 16th at 2:47 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Blaxton Meadow was full of birds again, on this morning's high tide, including: Grey Plover, 19 Snipe, 8 Greenshanks, Turnstone, Red-breasted Merganser (redhead), 2 Goosanders (drake & redhead), 5 Teal (1 drake), Mediterranean Gull (ad-w) & Kingfisher (male). Elsewhere, Firecrest & Great Spotted Woodpecker.


Posted November 16th at 1:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Trowlesworthy, Dartmoor

Merlin around Trowlesworthy paddocks and 1+ Brambling with 30+ Chaffinch in trees around the farm.


Posted November 16th at 12:47 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Teignmouth Point Car Park

Five, maybe six Great Northern Divers at high tide was the highlight this morning.

Posted November 16th at 12:32 pm by Simon Bates in Bird News

Little egrets, Haye farm

Three little egrets in fields with horses at Haye Farm, Plymstock.  One in field to west of Haye road and two in field to the east. Showing well.

Posted November 16th at 10:54 am by Douglas Herdson in Bird News

Tuesday 15th November 2022

Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull at Exeter Quay still loafing about near the footbridge yesterday

Posted November 15th at 11:33 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

South Brent ~ Black Redstart

A male Black Redstart seen in the church yard at South Brent early this afternoon, Redstart, Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush feeding in the Yew trees.

Posted November 15th at 8:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary

In addition to Pete's sightings of today, in between the rain deluges, four redhead Goosanders were being flushed down the river which was in heavy spate. 

Posted November 15th at 6:25 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News


There's been a hundred Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape for a few days now (well 98 today) in one count, but good numbers non-the-less. In the reserve this morning, 20 Long-tailed Tits (at least) a Chiffchaff, and later a probable Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted November 15th at 1:01 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Birds are clearly benefitting from Blaxton Meadow's increased water levels; as well as several hundred commoner waders, today's sightings there included: Grey Plover, Turnstone (another 14 on the estuary), 11 Snipe, 10 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Shovelers new in, Teal increased to 5 & 16 Wigeon. Also around the patch, 2 Kingfishers, Great Crested & 2 Little Grebes, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), 4 Fieldfares, Green Woodpecker, 3 Firecrests & 3 Siskins.

Posted November 15th at 12:56 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


3 black redstart, 1m,2f/imm private gardens between Veasy Park and Brownhill Lane

Posted November 15th at 12:28 pm by Robert Massey in Bird News

Monday 14th November 2022

Powderham to Turf

East Devon Branch had an excellent outing last Thursday 10th. A total of 51 species including a wide range of waders - curlew, avocet, OC, redshank, dunlin, knot, ringed, grey and golden plover and a lovely flock of approx. 100 black tailed godwit that landed just in front of us. Other highlights were a large group of Pintail (30+) and a snipe (uncharacteristically) wading in one of the ditches in the fields.

Posted November 14th at 11:09 pm by Teri Small in Bird News

Aylsebeare Common

Late afternoon stop-off a tAylsebeare Common where there were two Goldcrest, a few Linnets and two Dartford Warblers.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted November 14th at 7:25 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

3 Snow Buntings - Northam Burrows

One male and two females by edge of golf course and pebble ridge.

Posted November 14th at 6:59 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Trew Weir, drainage channel & Exeter Quay

A successful cycle to see Glaucous Gull, along Riverside Country Park from Incinerator crossing also produced Kingfisher M, Water Rail, 7 Teal, 68 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, Raven, 18 Moorhen & 4 Coot.

Posted November 14th at 6:23 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Teignmouth Seafront, 14th Nov

Red throated diver off Sprey Point this morning

Posted November 14th at 5:58 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Exeter Quay

Glaucous gull still around ,sat on bank with gulls ,pigeons and Canada geese.

Posted November 14th at 5:11 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Marsh Green

A nice late afternoon find on my roof top, a female-type Black Redstart. Came within feet of me catching flies. A first for the garden.

Posted November 14th at 4:27 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

Redwings feeding on the remaining berries, one I forgot to put up the other day was Fieldfares the first time spotted in this cemetery for me.

Posted November 14th at 3:30 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Great White Egret still at Slapon Ley, in Torcross

Posted November 14th at 2:30 pm by Lloyd Gray in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On Blaxton Meadow this morning: a bouncing Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, Whimbrel, 10 Greenshanks, Kingfisher, 3 Teal, 15 Wigeon & Portland Harbour-ringed Great Black-backed Gull P:15F. Also around the patch, drake Red-breasted Merganser, 2 redhead Goosanders, Great Crested & Little Grebes, adult Mediterranean Gull & 4 Turnstones.

Yesterday, a Whinchat still about.

Posted November 14th at 2:25 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Pair of black redstarts on roof of manufacturing site along Wilkins drive, just off the ring road

Posted November 14th at 1:08 pm by Henry Trollope in Bird News

Filleigh, N Devon

13th Nov, 11.45, red kite at Filleigh viaduct, A361

Posted November 14th at 12:30 pm by art symons in Bird News


On the sea: 1 Long Tailed Duck, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver.

5 Cirl Buntings on seed in the second car park. 

Posted November 14th at 8:57 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Late Swift - Brixham

Unbelievably late Swift flying south over the house (Brixham) on the morning of 7th November.

EDS - that was probably a Pallid Swift Trevor!!

Posted November 14th at 8:51 am by TREVOR LEAMAN in Bird News

Sunday 13th November 2022

Stoke Canon

Single barnacle goose on the flood between Stafford's Bridge and North Bridge. 

Posted November 13th at 8:15 pm by Pat Gubb in Bird News

Dunsford Sighting

2 male Goosanders on the River Teign at Dunsford this afternoon. Also a lively flock of long-tail tits and a grey wagtail by the road bridge.

Posted November 13th at 8:04 pm by Sarah Blatchford in Bird News

The Skern

Early afternoon at The Skern, with the tide well out – 1000-2000 golden plover, often in flight – plenty of dunlin, oystercatchers, with some curlew, black and bar-tailed godwit, across the mud and along the water’s edge, one female pintail just off the shoreline.

2 snow buntings made an appearance at the end of the pebble ridge, but didn’t stay in one place for long due to golfers and dog walkers.

Hoping that last year’s black redstart would return to near the bridge, but no luck, although someone did say they’d seen it there a bit earlier.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted November 13th at 7:29 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News


Redwing, numerous Blackcaps feeding on spindle, callicarpa & leycesteria berries, a lively Chiffchaff and a pair of displaying Goldcrests in the garden today.. The usual Great spotted Woodpeckers, Long-tailed Tits etc with the Sparrowhawk flying through a couple of times.

Female Blackcap
Female Blackcap
Male Blackcap
Male Blackcap

Posted November 13th at 6:00 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Capstone, Ilfracombe

Two purple sandpipers and a very confiding snow bunting early afternoon.

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting

Posted November 13th at 5:30 pm by alan craddock in Bird News

Kingsbridge/West Alvington

Report from Bob Burridge:

30 Cattle Egret in fields just above West Alvington (opposite side of road from cricket ground). Also 3000 Wood Pigeon over, heading towards Bolt Tail.  Two Black Redstarts on Kingsbridge buildings

Posted November 13th at 5:12 pm by Nick & Gill Townsend in Bird News

Exeter Quay & Bowling Green Marsh

At Exeter Quay today there has been the glaucous gull again this morning and also a white throated dipper flew down the river past the bridge by the glaucous gull.

Posted November 13th at 4:18 pm by Archie Oram Kevin Oram in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

Black Redstart, not long after Greg's sighting on the Chapel roof. It was very mobile on gravestones behind the visitor centre.

Lots of Goldcrests and a Firecrest, Coal tits, a few cock & hen Pheasants, Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker, Jay & a handful of Redwings.

***Message for Greg***, on reflection I think your Fritillary is quite unlikely, more likely a Comma

Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 13th at 3:21 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

Male Black Redstart seen on the chapel this morning

Posted November 13th at 2:29 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Powderham Marsh RSPB

Early morning visit. Two Marsh Harrier, and lots of small birds on Powderham Marsh RSPB this morning. 110+ Redwing, 10+ Fieldfare, 80+ Linnet, 40+ Chaffinch, 25+ Greenfinch, 7+ Reed Bunting, 2 Cirl, 4 Stonechat, 12+ Skylark 2 Sparrowhawk & 6 Golden Plover over. 

Posted November 13th at 11:45 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Teignmouth Black Redstart

On roof of Jolly Sailor pub

Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart
Black Redstart

Posted November 13th at 10:04 am by Alan Ford in Bird News


Late post for yesterday the 12th: 2 Dartford Warblers, one up-valley from the ponds and another at the bottom of Stare Hole. The first I've seen here; late autumn dispersal? Also, two Firecrests (together), also in Stare Hole, good numbers of Skylarks on the freshly ploughed fields, a smart male Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine.

Posted November 13th at 8:49 am by Andy Smith in Bird News


At least 2 Hawfinches still at West Town Farm Ide this morning.

Difficult to see feeding in the Field Maple but a male did show very nicely for a short period 

Several thousand Wood Pigeon moving West and good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare 

Posted November 13th at 8:38 am by Roy ADAMS in Bird News

Saturday 12th November 2022

Torbay coastal

A count of 30 Turnstone at Marine Parade, Paignton.

Peregrine seen twice over Goodrington this morning, also a female Sparrowhawk.

At Broadsands, Heron, Kittiwake and a Mediterranean Gull, mixed 25 plus sized flock of Goldfinch and Greenfinch.

From the headland towards Elberry Little Egret, three Great Northern Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, the reported four Common Scoter together with the Long Tailed duck and my first Black Necked Grebe of the season.

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted November 12th at 7:44 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A fine morning's birding produced 2 Whinchats, Reed Bunting, Firecrest, 3 Siskins, 2 Stonechats, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Great Spotted & 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1+ Kingfisher, 13 Snipe, 11 Greenshanks, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egrets, 6 redhead Goosanders, 20 Wigeon, female Red-crested Pochard, a Mallard with a small duckling & 6 Roe Deer. 

Posted November 12th at 1:10 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


At least 2 Hawfinches at West Town Farm Ide this morning feeding on Field Maple seed.From Ide travel to the farm and just past the farm park and scan the field maple at the bottom of the short hill and hedgerows beside 

Posted November 12th at 10:07 am by Roy ADAMS in Bird News

Friday 11th November 2022

Tottiford & Trenchford Reservoirs

Levels in both reservoirs still very low; 9 Goosander (1 male) - (last month there were 24 Goosander (2 male); no sign of Great White Egret that was there last month). 40+ Mallard; 5 Cormorant; Grey Wagtails; Pied Wagtails; 2 Jay; 2 Raven

Posted November 11th at 11:18 pm by Richard Graham in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Only birds of note today on Braunton Burrows that we saw were three vocal Fieldfares. Distant cropped image included.

Two of the three Fieldfares
Two of the three Fieldfares

Posted November 11th at 9:48 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Slapton & Beesands

a Great White Egret with a Little Egret were present in reeds beside the road at Torcross.

At Beesands a pair of Pintail were present with Tufted Ducks and Gadwall, plus 1 Kingfisher.

Posted November 11th at 8:38 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News


A single Red Kite seen this morning over the A361 just beyond the West Buckland junction.

Posted November 11th at 6:31 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


More Black Redstart action in Plympton late afternoon! Three female-types on rooftops in Compass Drive. At least one new bird - on Monday two female-types and one male. 

Posted November 11th at 6:10 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Greenfinch ?????

Saw this bird on my garden feeder a few days ago (Barnstaple). My thoughts were Leuistic Greenfinch. After posting on several birding sites opinions are mixed as to Greenfinch, Pied Greenfinch, Canary or some sort of captive mule - what do you think.

Posted November 11th at 5:58 pm by Roy Churchill in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlights today were a Black Redstart (rare here) and a very late  Whinchat (presumably the same as seen on 4th). Also, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 7+ Snipe, 10 Greenshanks, Common sandpiper, 31 Wigeon, female Red-crested Pochard, 2 redhead Goosanders, 4 Shags, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Firecrests, c12 Siskins, 2 Stonechats, 17 Redwings & 5 Roe Deer.  

Posted November 11th at 4:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Thursday 10th November 2022

Dart Cruise

A cruise up the dart on a rising tide today produced: 1 juvenile Iceland Gull (between Galmpton and Dittisham) 6 Mandarin Ducks, 3 Kingfishers, 20+ Curlew, 6 Redshank, 26 Little Egrets, 400+ Canada Geese(!) 8 Grey Seals and 1 Harbour Seal. 

Posted November 10th at 9:21 pm by Mike Langman in Bird News

Kingsbridge Quay

A lone Egyptian goose was on the slipway at 7am this morning. Also a grey wagtail.

Posted November 10th at 8:58 pm by Jon Clay in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Counts at Slapton Ley (Torcross) today included 290 Coot, four Great-crested Grebes, seven Gadwall and 31 Tufted Ducks. Also Cetti's Warbler singing.

Posted November 10th at 7:34 pm by David Diskin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On a rather grey morning: 2 Black-tailed Godwits new in, 3 Snipe, 11 Greenshanks, 29 Wigeon, female Red-crested Pochard, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Chiffchaffs, Grey wagtail & a Firecrest.

Posted November 10th at 3:59 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exeter Quay

The glaucousgull is still making itself right at home among the resident gulls, geese and swans.

Posted November 10th at 3:19 pm by David Roberts in Bird News

Wednesday 9th November 2022

River Mole Valley

Two very vocal Tawny Owls in the orchard tonight where earlier 30 Fieldfare were feasting on apples with a preference for those still attached to the trees.Also 20 quarrelling Blackbirds ,2 GSWs and a Song Thrush.300 plus Finches in one of the bird mix fields feeding on fodder radish seeds….mainly Chaffinches with a few Linnets.Also 2 hunting female /juvenile Kestrels and unusually for here a striking male Stonechat perched on a  kale stem.In an adjoining field 4 Mistle Thrushes and 16 Pied Wagtails along with 4 Buzzards attracted by myxomatosis infected rabbit carcasses.

Posted November 9th at 7:33 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News


First winter farmland bird count and not expecting much in such mild conditions but: 90 Cirl Bunting (4th highest count on record), 77 Yellowhammer, 550 Skylark, 40 Chaffinch, 40 Goldfinch & 6 Golden Plover. Also: male Ring Ouzel (very late), 92 Stock Dove generally moving west, Woodpigeon 40E, 8 Teal & Green Woodpecker.

Posted November 9th at 2:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

A Yellow-browed Warbler at the west end of South Farm Road in sycamores above the bend in the road near South Farm Cottages. Showing well opposite the works entrance, until 1055hrs at least.

Posted November 9th at 11:28 am by Terry Smith in Bird News

Stuartline Birding Cruise 8th November 2022

Another great day on the river for our visitors with plenty to see throughout. Highlights GWE Spot Redshank and a late Arctic Tern 300+ Golden Plover BT Godwits Oystercatchers DB Brent Geese abundant 2 Grey Seals 1 Egyptian Goose and Pintail at a distance 100+ Avocets around the Topsham and Clyst confluence are always great to see.   Photo's by Jo King 

Great White Egret and Little Egret
Great White Egret and Little Egret
Spotted Redshank near Topsham Quay and the Goatwalk
Spotted Redshank near Topsham Quay and the Goatwalk

Posted November 9th at 8:43 am by Derek Carter in Bird News

Tuesday 8th November 2022

Hope Cove and Bolt Tail

9 Leach's Petrels flying south out of Thurlestone Bay from Bolt Tail between 7.30 and 2 pm, single adult Arctic Skua and Pomarine Skua (with spoons), lots of Kittiwakes in the bay and moving through. Black Redstart one in garden at Hope Cove.

Posted November 8th at 10:43 pm by John Walters in Bird News


At the Plym Estuary & Saltram this afternoon, the Whimbrel lingering, 11 Greenshanks, 217 Redshanks, 51 Curlews, 4 redhead Goosanders, 27 Wigeon, Kingfisher, 100+ Jackdaws & a Sparrowhawk.

Two Common Sandpipers in the Cattewater.

Earlier, incredibly, a Leach's Petrel over my garden in Mount Gould, going NE. 

Posted November 8th at 7:16 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Roundham Head, Paignton & Ideford Common

A couple of short visits today. Roundham Head, Paignton lunchtime. 6 GND, 1 RTD, 5 Common Scotor (4 M, F) as well as plenty of Gannets.

Ideford Common pm 70+ Chaffinch & 1+ Brambling. 

Posted November 8th at 6:19 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Leach's Petrel - Muntbatten Bay

Spent an hour in the teeth of the gale on Mountbatten Breakwater, Plymouth Sound, with nothing other than a juv Kittiwake to show for it. Returned to the car park, where in the bay below were c.2dozen Black-headed Gulls and in their midst a single Leach's Storm-petrel. (one of 20+ recorded in S.Devon today).  Conditions were not great, so was pleased to obtain one recognisable photo.

Posted November 8th at 5:29 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Fremington Pill to Saltpill Duck Pond

The highlights of a late morning walk from Bickington, along Fremington Pill to Saltpill Duck Pond were 6 cattle egrets in the fields of North Down Farm, and another 3 flying over the top end of the Pill. On Fremington Pill were 2 glossy ibis, 2 greenshank, lots of redshank, 6 black-tailed godwit. On the duck pond were 5 shoveler, numerous teal and a couple of little grebe. On the Taw opposite was a mixed flock of about 200 lapwing and 100 golden plover.

Posted November 8th at 1:47 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News


3 Purple Sandpipers working the waters edge off Capstone

Posted November 8th at 1:07 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

Bradiford Reserve

Cycled down the Tarka trail to Pottington earlier this morning & a single Cattle Egret amongst the herd of Cattle.

Posted November 8th at 12:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

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