Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th March 2022


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

Monday 7th March 2022


Two Pochard on Wrafton Pond apparently. Only one Godwit on the smaller scrape pond. 3 Grey Herons just south of the reserve. Inside, 2 Ravens again, 4 Teal, now 7 Canada Geese in an uneasy truce, 2 Gadwall 2 Mallard, 2 displaying Moorhens. Jay, 2 Redwing, and at least 1, probably 2 Chiffchaffs, another of which was seen later this afternoon by Wrafton Pond when I went to investigate any Sand Martins. No luck again but a female Marsh Harrier was perched in a tree over at Sherpa Marsh.

Posted March 7th at 7:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Upper/lower Tamar Lakes

Lower Tamar this morning.

13 Goosander 3m 10f, 5 Grey Heron, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Coot, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Upper Tamar Lake.

2 Willow Tit, 5 Redwing, 3 Goosander 1m 2f.

Posted March 7th at 7:26 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Wigford Down (Dartmoor)

At 1425 a small ringtail Hen Harrier (immature male) flew in from the NW and attempted to hunt for a few minutes in the near gale force easterly wind, before giving up and flying off to the N.

Posted March 7th at 7:20 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News


Drake Ring necked Duck, 104 Tufted Duck and 24 Great crested Grebe Torcross end Slapton Ley

Posted March 7th at 5:57 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Sparrowhawk in Exwick

Our regular Sparrowhawk has mixed success normally but today managed to cull one of the local Feral Pigeons, which she proceeded to pluck, before flying off with her prey, unbothered by the garden Magpies.

Posted March 7th at 5:37 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Otter river yesterday evening.

3 Goosanders, a pair and single female, Dipper and Redwing.

Pair Goosanders
Pair Goosanders

Posted March 7th at 5:32 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Brambling here since 1994; a male by the duck pond at Saltram House. Also 41 Mandarin Ducks, Red-crested Pochard (female) Red-breasted Merganser (drake), 2 Goosanders (1 drake), 6 Wigeon, 27 Turnstones & still 162 Redshanks. 

A planning application has now been submitted for a solar farm on Chelson Meadow, a wildlife-rich part of this site. Although some concessions have been secured, there are still serious concerns over the impact on wildlife. Please put in a planning objection before 22nd March. Details here:-

Posted March 7th at 4:47 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

c15 Water Pipits at 1.30pm North of South Farm Rd on LORP just before the dead tree in middle of field.

Posted March 7th at 2:44 pm by Paul Reynolds in Bird News

South Hams

8 Cattle Egrets feeding in the field beside the pond at Stokeley this morning.

Posted March 7th at 1:23 pm by Steve Wadsworth in Bird News

Sunday 6th March 2022

Ideford Common

A male Crossbill landed 10 feet in front of me on Ideford Common, to drink from a pond.

Have only ever seen them in the treetops before.

Posted March 6th at 11:13 pm by Neil Graham in Bird News

Exminster marsh

Exminster Marsh today, Song Thrush, numerous Wren mostly displaying, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Long Tailed Tit, adult female Marsh Harrier showing well, Little Egret, Heron, two Spoonbill, good numbers of Curlew inc a ringed bird but disturbed before I could record the ring details, Dunlin, Redshank, Black Tailed Godwit, Oyster Catcher, Pintail Teal, Wigeon, Tufted, Shell and Shoveler duck.

Two female Red Breasted Merganser.

A good sized flock of Dark Bellied Brent Geese with a handful of Light Bellied mixed in with them, the recently reported possible Swan Goose hybrid was displaying to a Canada Goose.

Posted March 6th at 9:15 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Siskins, bramblings and yellowhammers on the feeders with chaffinches, tits and GSWs. Siskins, coal tits and nuthatches around the pylons, and a tawny owl heard!

Posted March 6th at 8:46 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News


Pair of Shoveler with 9 Godwits out on the scrape and 30+Teal with 24 Black-headed Gulls. Aggro in the reserve when just as I arrived, 6 Canada Geese flew in. A pair have been in a few times and I thought the territorial rights may have been established. But what looked like a pair were being usurped by a large male, with a ring on. Presumably one that we ringed a few years back. It padded up onto the island whilst the other 3 interlopers watched on and the pair looked sheepish. 

Glad you saw a Brambling Andy! They used to be regular in the Chaffinch flock in the winter out along the marsh roads many many years ago when I used to run out there.

Posted March 6th at 7:38 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Escot Park

Although, fairly quiet in the park this morning, at least 3 Bramblings were still cavorting with the Gold, Green and Chaff inches on the back garden bird feeders near the orchard. Also a couple of fly over Siskins and 2 Jays noted.  

Posted March 6th at 7:02 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Brambling Braunton

A cold afternoon birdwatching on the Marsh and estuary in North Devon, but at the very end, almost home on Sandy Lane, Braunton, a large flock of Chaffinch with one ( that I could see) MALE BRAMBLING!

A first for me, a bird that has eluded me for years. No photo unfortunately as they were very skittish. 

Posted March 6th at 5:52 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Saturday 5th March 2022

Yarner Woods 5th Mar 2022

Flock of 14 Redpoll in Alder tree looking down stream from road bridge near main hide.

First Redpoll for the year, such a treat to see them feeding on the Alder cones.
First Redpoll for the year, such a treat to see them feeding on the Alder cones.
Such dexterity, holding the cone with one foot and hanging on with the other.
Such dexterity, holding the cone with one foot and hanging on with the other.

Posted March 5th at 9:20 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Meadfoot, Torquay


A cracking Red-necked Grebe eventually showed well, on and off, for fifteen minutes or so on the sea, as it moved north past the beach. 

The long-staying female Eider also gave reasonable distant views out in the mussel beds.

Earlier at Hope's Nose, the female Black Redstart was still present on the south side.  4 Purple Sandpipers were well south of the Point. The female Eider was visible beyond Thatcher Rock here too. 

5 Grey Seals and 4 Harbour Porpoises were also in the area.    

Posted March 5th at 7:01 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News


You just never know what you are going to find. Today at Instow there were good numbers of Oystercatchers, Sanderling, Redshank, Little Egrets, a Turnstone and a Great Northern Diver. 

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver

Posted March 5th at 6:33 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Saltern beac nr. Goodrington

Red kite flew in from the sea at 11.15 heading inland

Posted March 5th at 6:30 pm by Jeff hacon in Bird News

Plymbridge Woods

Signs of early Spring, with 5 Mistle Thrush, 2 singing Song thrush, 3 active Nuthatch and a Marsh tit. On the river were 3 Mandarin, 4 Dipper, a female Goosander, several Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher flew downstream.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted March 5th at 5:39 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Plymbridge Woods

Some wonderful courtship displays from the Plym Peregrines this afternoon. 

Posted March 5th at 4:31 pm by Norma Hines in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Chiffchaff of the year, here, (singing), Treecreeper, Stonechat (male), Mediterranean Gull (Polish-ringed PHAU which was also reported from Plymstock recently), 6 Wigeon, 22 Mandarin Ducks & Red-crested Pochard (female). 

A planning application has now been submitted for a solar farm on Chelson Meadow, a wildlife-rich part of this site. Although some concessions have been secured, there are still serious concerns over the impact on wildlife. Please put in a planning objection before 22nd March. Details here:-

Posted March 5th at 3:26 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Family lunch at Stokely Farm Shop and still 8 Cattle Egrets on large pond on way in.

Posted March 5th at 3:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Velator reserve.

 A few birds ringed this morning, mostly the usual suspects but a Redwing and an adult male Kingfisher were the highlights. Also in the reserve, at least 2 Jays, Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, both Canada Geese, 2 Teal, while outside the reserve, 1 Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape and 2 Little Egrets chasing around. No sign of any hirundines yet.

Posted March 5th at 2:15 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

6 Whooper Swans 2 adult 4 juv, (flew out 06:15 south),2 Canada Geese, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Little Egrets (roosted  flew out 07:00), 4m Tufted Duck,

4 Teal, 2f Goosander (flew in 07:30), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted March 5th at 12:42 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Fremington Quay Friday 4th March

At least 7 cattle egret seen from Tarka Trail on fields to south between Barnstaple and Fremington; 1 spotted redshank and 5 glossy ibis in the channel by the road to the cafe at Fremington.

Posted March 5th at 9:08 am by Sarah Alsbury in Bird News

Friday 4th March 2022

Stover Country Park

Today I visited: Stover Country Park, where I saw; six Mandarin, four Tufted Duck, a few Mallard, Moorhens, Coots and Black-headed gulls, a Nuthatch, a Marsh tit and a Mute Swan. At Kennick Reservoir there were: 4 pairs of Goosander a Tufted Duck and a group of Cormorant and at Fernworthy Reservoir the Black-necked Grebe was on the far side of the reservoir from the car park side, a few Cormorant and a pair of Great crested Grebe.

Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Duck
Tufted Duck
Tufted Duck

Posted March 4th at 10:14 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Highlights from an afternoon walk along the canal towpath overlooking Exminster Marshes and the River Exe -  Curlew, teal, black-tailed godwit, shoveler, cormorant, Canada geese, heron, mute swan, little egret, redshank, wigeon, pintail, spoonbill, shelduck, tufted duck, hybrid goose (possibly bar headed/bean?), marsh harrier, chiffchaff, brent geese, snow goose (?) in the field opposite Turf Lock, common sandpiper, grey plover, dunlin, avocet, red-breasted merganser, great white egret.

Snow Goose
Snow Goose
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Posted March 4th at 8:28 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Cadover, Big Pond, Gt Trowlesworthy

04-03-22 Merlin (m) between Gt Trowlesworthy and Big Pond, perched on wooden framework (grid ref: SX 577 639), Kestrel, Buzzards, many Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. Below on the Whitehill Yeo ponds, Tufted Ducks, Little Grebes, Mallards, Moorhens.

Posted March 4th at 4:34 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News


Drake Pochard on Wrafton Pond. Next to nothing out on the scrape. Not much on a reconnoitre around the reserve, so walked to the estuary. A few Redshank. Got the feeling it was all change, Winterers gone and Summerers not yet arrived. Back in the reserve, it did improve. Moorhen, Sparrowhawk, 3 Jays, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, All 4 common Finches, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Teal, but best was a Chiffchaff, probably new in, haven't seen one in the reserve since 17th January. Several Wrens singing.

Posted March 4th at 2:09 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


First Chiffchaff singing this morning- definite migrant, no wintering birds here. Also 14 Sika Deer.

Posted March 4th at 12:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Underwood, Plympton

2 Bramblings briefly in a tree between Underwood Road and Hill Close at 10.30 a.m. (but 5 finches flew off, possibly all this species). SX537559

Posted March 4th at 11:19 am by Jason Smart in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Brent Geese, Canada Geese, a hybrid/Bar headed Goose? Ruff 1, Spoonbills 2, Avocets, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Cormorant,  Shelduck, Curlew, Shoveler, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Moorhen, Coots, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Cettis Warblers, Marsh Harriers 2, Kingfisher 1, Lapwings, Blue, Great, and L T tits, 


Posted March 4th at 9:32 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Yesterday at BGM: Wigeon, Pintail, Mallard, Teal, Pochard,Tufted Ducks ,Dabchick, Shoveler  Moorhen, Coot, Blackwits, Dunlin, Avocets, Greenshank, Redshank, Curlew, Snipe, Cormorants and a solitary Buzzard.


Posted March 4th at 9:20 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 3rd March 2022

River Mole Valley

Over 80 Redwing heading east this morning. In the orchard 30 Chaffinch , Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch  Greenfinch Bullfinch Goldfinch and 12 Stock Dove.Best of all was a male Kestrel catching a vole.Also 24 Pheasant,one of which was chased by a squirrel. Also over 250 very mobile Starling landing on the crowns of the oaks before descending to feast on ivy berries…….being joined by 3 Mistle Thrush.250 plus finches in the bird mix….mainly Chaffinch ……..numbers increasing due to sheep grazing off the grass and exposing more seeds in readiness for ploughing.Also seen a small flock of 12 Pied Wagtails and a mixed flock of 170 Starling containing Redwing and Fieldfare……..Non avian included 3 female Roe Deer and the Palmated Newts are busy feeding on the frog spawn……..

Posted March 3rd at 7:41 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News


Started well with a Deer (complete with antlers) seen just outside our garden, sadly I missed it. Then a Green Woodpecker flew into the garden but the best sighting was a female Brambling coming to the seed feeders with Chaffinches (garden first). At Wrafton, a lone Spoonbill on the scrape with 48 Black-tailed Godwits. Drake Pocahard and SHoveler on Wrafton  Pond. 2 Ravens again in the reserve. Also there a Redwing, 3 Gadwall, and the first Little Grebe since 24th April last year! Having seen 2 Ravens in the reserve, a flight of 4 then flew over  and off towards Crow Point, A couple of other flyers had me wondering just how many there were

Spoonbill on the scrape this morning - 'avin' a larf!
Spoonbill on the scrape this morning - 'avin' a larf!

Posted March 3rd at 2:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Farway, Colyton

On garden feeders this morning 5 Siskin (2m and 3f), a fem. Bullfinch, up to 8 Greenfinch and up to a dozen of both Goldfinch and Chaffinch.

Posted March 3rd at 1:47 pm by Mark Wingate in Bird News


Another Chiffchaff...a new arrival or overwintering ?  Also a single Redwing in the garden this morning.

Posted March 3rd at 1:02 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Wednesday 2nd March 2022

Dawlish - Countesswear

High- (and low-) lights were:

- from the sea wall, a trickle of Gannets and Kittiwakes heading SW, plus a GN Diver bouncing in the surf;

- at Cofton Steps, a dead Razorbill lying in the high-tide debris;

- on Cockwood Golf Course, a Pale-Bellied Brent again among the Dark-Bellied flock;

- in Powderham Park, the usual Egyptian Goose pair;

- in the estuary, 5 G-c Grebes, 100+ each of Avocet and Grey Plover, and uncounted hundreds of Back-tailed Godwits and Dunlin. No Mergansers, and missed the B-n Grebe reported elsewhere;

- on Exminster Marsh, 2 Spoonbills (ad. and juv., I think). At Topsham Lock, was struck by the number of Jackdaws flying over the river: counted for the first time and got to around 120, presumably most of the Topsham breeding population;

- at Lime Kiln car park, 4/5 Redwings, my first for c2 weeks. No Fieldfares anywhere for 3+ weeks, a bad Winter for them;

- no Snipe, despite the floods. Can remember 250+ in the 1980s, but the biggest "flock" for me this Winter has been 3!

Posted March 2nd at 10:25 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

The two main highlights of this afternoon's rather damp Stuart Line cruise were an immature Spoonbill feeding in the river at Topsham (yesterday's bird was an adult) and a single Black-necked Grebe between Cockwood and Starcross (maybe one of the two seen there until recently?). Waders and wildfowl were much as the previous two days, although c200 Pintail in three main flocks between Lympstone and Powderham mudbank. About 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on Bull Hill sandbank at 4pm. A Pied Wagtail again joined us off Exmouth Marina and two came on the boat as soon as passengers cleared the upper deck - they did a good job of cleaning up the pasty crumbs!

Immature Spoonbill at Topsham
Immature Spoonbill at Topsham
Black-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe

Posted March 2nd at 5:58 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Tiverton garden

This Brambling was part of a chaffinch flock feeding in my garden in Tiverton this afternoon. 

Posted March 2nd at 5:08 pm by Richard Gowen in Bird News


5 Purple Sandpipers beaks tucked under wing against easterly winds on rocks below Capstone Hill

Posted March 2nd at 4:58 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News


Mandarin Ducks 9, Grey Wagtail 1 GSW 1, Nuthatches 2, Goldfinches 9, Greenfinches 4, Great tits 2, Blue tits 3, Song thrush 4, Wrens 2. Boringdon Pond: Goosander 1m and 1f. Canada Geese 3, Mallards 2

Mandarin Ducks
Mandarin Ducks
Mandarin Ducks
Mandarin Ducks

Posted March 2nd at 4:40 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Bullfinches - Dunkeswell

Male & female Bullfinches showing well yesterday, feeding on Buddleia seeds in the garden.

Posted March 2nd at 8:56 am by Peter Lamb in Bird News

Tuesday 1st March 2022

Garden - Braunton

Late post:- On Saturday aft while clearing out the Greenhouse a  Chiffchaff turned up vocalising from the Cobb tree just a few metres away. Could this be an early new arrival or an overwintering Chiff?

Posted March 1st at 9:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Wrafton pond area and Braunton Burrows

My afternoon visit to the Pond and then out to the Burrows was worthwhile.  Although the pond was quite there was some life, a Snipe in the usual place, a Coot, a few Mallard & Gulls and Two Moorhens.  Just a few Teal out on the Scrape and a pair of Shovelers along side in the smaller wet area.  Between the stone bridge and the Tarka Path was a very active Dipper.  On the Burrows just beyond the round thatched barn was the Whooper Swan the two Mutes.  The Whooper appears to have a metal ring. 

Whooper Swan
Whooper Swan

Posted March 1st at 8:35 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wistlandpound Reservoir 28th Feb

One drake Ring-necked Duck mid-morning.

Posted March 1st at 7:58 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Red Kite - Sacombe

Seen by Julia Hall- A Red Kite flying above the fields between the A381, Salcombe Road and Batson, this morning around 7.40am

Posted March 1st at 6:08 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exe Estuary cruise

The highlight of this afternoon's Stuart Line cruise was an adult Spoonbill on the mud opposite Topsham, where the Spotted Redshank was on its favoured patch of mud. G C Grebes, Mergansers and waders were much as yesterday, plus c300 Golden Plover on the mud  near Turf. Dozens of Pintail were scattered around Lympstone. Mike Langman feeding pasty crumbs to a Pied Wagtail that came with us on the boat was a first for me! 

Posted March 1st at 5:41 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News


Saw a flock of nearly 100 Fieldfare flying NE as I drove down Codden Hill this afternoon just after 2pm

Posted March 1st at 3:55 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Escot Park

My usual circuit of the park this morning yielded about 6 Bramblings in the orchard together with a further quantity at the bird feeders, amounting to about 10-15 birds in total. in addition, a couple of Siskins were also present. Elsewhere, 4 Goosanders were on the lake (1M,3F) with 2 Canada Geese (my first at this site), several Meadow Pipits, 3 Stock Doves whilst Redwings & Fieldfares were still around in good numbers.

Brambling, Siskin & Goldfinch
Brambling, Siskin & Goldfinch

Posted March 1st at 2:54 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Wrafton etc.

One of the Spoonbills was out on the scrape again this mooring, along with about 25 Black-tailed Godwits. A pair of Ravens were causing agitation and consternation among the resident Crows in the reserve. 2 Redwings, Water Rail, 2 Gadwall and good numbers of Finches were around the reserve.

Posted March 1st at 1:44 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

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