Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st April 2022


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

Thursday 21st April 2022


After a successful foray to Somerset, just wanted to check for Sand Martins at Wrafton, after not seeing any abroad(!) 8 Godwits on the scrape but not much else, or on Wrafton Pond but glad I took a second look at both places - A Little Grebe on the pond and 2 Glossy Ibis on the scrape!

Posted April 21st at 8:17 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Cadover area

Heard and  seen Cuckoo  10.30.  Swallows ,Sand martin, Wheatear, Willow warbler, Stone Chat, Chiffchaff,Grey & Pied Wag Tail, Reed Bunting, Raven, Sky Lark. very windy morning.

Posted April 21st at 3:57 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Bicton Park

Red kite over about 2.30pm, and firecrest singing in the pines.

Posted April 21st at 3:31 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Weir Quay

Thursday 21st April  12.25 pm  2 Whimbrel

Posted April 21st at 2:51 pm by Carol Bartlett in Bird News


12.50 - a red kite flew 40ft over our garden (our first here for 5 years) and was heading towards Sticklepath.

Posted April 21st at 12:52 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Tarka trail - Braunton > Barnstaple

Similar number of Chiffchaffs as previously but an increase in Blackcaps, counted 10 this time. 2 Common Whitethroat but no Lesser Whitethroat detected.

On Bradiford Reserve at high tide 41 Black tailed Godwits resting.

On the Taw Estuary at Pottington the usual flock of Oystercatchers & Whimbrel heard but not seen from the Penhill Marsh direction.

Posted April 21st at 12:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Black hole marsh

Little ringed plover at the entrance to the island hide.

Posted April 21st at 10:38 am by roger jewell in Bird News

Wigford Down

Red Kite low over Wigford Down, Dartmoor, at 08:25. It was mobbed by two Buzzard and a Raven before flying high SE over Cadover at 08:40. Redstart, 2 Cuckoo and Green Woodpecker also in the area.

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted April 21st at 10:19 am by Chris E in Bird News


Late post. Wednesday evening on the rocks at Instow were 15 or so Ringed Plovers. Near the Jetty there were two Swallows, a Starling, a few House Sparrows, a few Linnets, 10 Whimbrel, a Great crested Grebe and two Great northern Divers.

Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover

Posted April 21st at 1:49 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wednesday 20th April 2022

Slapton sands

Evening walk down to beach. 3 Sandwich terns, 3 guillemot, 2 gannets all close in. 24 Manx shearwaters flew south only a few hundred yards off shore.  1 fulmar flew by. 

Posted April 20th at 7:07 pm by graham burton in Bird News

Red Kite

Wednesday 20th April   16.25pm.  Red Kite over  Bere  Alston  5  Minutes ago heading East .

Posted April 20th at 6:36 pm by Carol Bartlett in Bird News

Barnstaple to Ashford.

Pair of nesting Whitethroat, 4Blackcaps, 1 Bullfinch, 1Greenfinch,2SedgeWarbler 6Chiffchaff, 30 Blacktailed Godwits and 1Common Sandpiper. 

Posted April 20th at 5:47 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Watersmeet to Rockford

Early morning walk along the river produced all the usual woodland residents and migrants with large numbers of Pied Flycatchers 

Posted April 20th at 5:30 pm by Kevin Wigley in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

12 Cattle Egret on Exminster Marsh this morning. 76 Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe, 40+ Shelduck, 24 Curlew, 8+ Whimbrel, Green Sandpiper, 2 Sedge Warbler, 8 House Martin 

Posted April 20th at 3:59 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Braunton Marshes > American Road

Yet another visit on the bike on my usual spring migrant circuit of approx 10 miles. Similar numbers of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler & Blackcap as last visit 

6 Cettis Warblers & an expected increase in Common Whitethroat numbers totalling 14 during this visit. Much more worrying is that I only heard 1 Lesser Whitethroat over this distance.

Also 1 Jay seen on several occasions, but regrettably no Cuckoos seen or heard, yet the weather this morning was perfect for this bird to announce it's arrival.

Posted April 20th at 3:24 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Arrived at the scrape to see 22 Godwits loafing in the centre of the pond. More importantly a Little RInged Plover was on the muddy margin at the far side. A few each of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler singing in the reserve.

Posted April 20th at 1:03 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Off Mudbank

Flock of 37 whimbrel roosting on shore north of mudbank and feeding on the falling tide early afternoon.

Posted April 20th at 12:50 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

South Molton Community Woodlands

This morning: Jay, buzzards, blackcap, willow warbler, chiff chaff, marsh tit, pair of linnet. Orangetip and speckled wood butterflies

Posted April 20th at 11:57 am by Art Symons in Bird News


4 swallows passing high overhead, twittering away, heading south-east SX 725 524 (Moreleigh area)

Posted April 20th at 11:49 am by Nic Butler in Bird News

Wembury Point 07:15

6 Whimbrel and 1 Common Sandpiper on the beach at high tide this morning.

Posted April 20th at 9:08 am by David Fieldsend in Bird News

Aylsebeare Common

Yesterday's photos from my trip to Aylesbeare Common where it took many hours of searching and waiting around for a good view of the Dartford Warbler.  While on the common I saw a Garden Warbler, Blackcap, a few Linnets, a Wren and a couple of Buzzards. My previous post didn't load for some reason.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted April 20th at 8:41 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

Lower Tamar Lake.

1 Common  Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail,1m Tufted Duck, 1 Jay, 2 Canada Geese, 10 Mallard 8 duckling, 8 Herring Gulls, 1 Cormorant, 3 Moorhen.

Posted April 20th at 7:44 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Tuesday 19th April 2022

West Charleton Marsh

Cuckoo calling this evening. First I have seen or heard here for a while.

Posted April 19th at 9:26 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Cadover Bridge area

5 Swallows flying high west over Beatland Corner, 4 House Martins and

up to 6 Sand Martins over the Plym near the bridge.

Posted April 19th at 7:44 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Heddon's Valley, N Devon

A pair of Pied flycatcher have returned to the old oak wood above Hunters Inn.

Female pied flycatcher
Female pied flycatcher
Male pied flycatcher
Male pied flycatcher

Posted April 19th at 5:57 pm by Richard Gowen in Bird News

Exminster incl from Turf over Estuary

Exminster & Turf. 5 Cattle Egret, pr Garganey, Hobby, 120 Blackwit, 2 Barwit, 49 Curlew, 12 Whimbrel, 30 Redshank, 3 Common Sand, 7 Grey Plover, 94 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Wigeon, 1+ Sedge & 2 Reed Warbler.

Posted April 19th at 5:40 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Wheatears (2 males) new in today. Also, 2 Swallows, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Greenshanks, 4 Dunlins & just one Curlew left, plus the lingering female Pintail, a Treecreeper & 7 Roe Deer.  

Posted April 19th at 3:48 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Brent ~ Swallows

Nine Swallows over home at South Brent this afternoon, fifteen days later than the previous late return.

Posted April 19th at 3:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

The visit at lunch time coincided with the end of the high tide so the wader roost was still active. A good selection of waders included two ringed plover, one bar-tailed godwit, c40 black-tailed godwit, one dunlin (in smart summer plumage), a few curlew and about a dozen whimbrel. Nearer the road 5 cattle egret were with the cattle. Elsewhere 3+ sedge warblers and 4+ reed warblers. On the lagoon 8 tufted duck and 3 little grebes.

Posted April 19th at 3:26 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Exminster / Teignbridge / South Hams

A roundabout cycle from Heathfield to Kingsteignton yesterday returning along the Templar Way gave eight singing Blackcaps and a couple of Chiffchaff.

Arriving home at South Brent a singing Blackcap in the garden.

An evening visit to Exminster marsh gave two Swallow, seven Cattle Egret and the reported Short Eared Owl.

This morning a trip up to the Owley Moor Gate onto Dartmoor gave a feeble calling Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, four Blackcap, Wren, numerous Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Raven, GSWP and a Roe buck.

Back at home at South Brent, two Green Woodpecker calling and two male Blackcap in full song.

Down to Ivybridge for the leucistic Robin, while watching it four Blackcap (3M & 1F) and a Wren.

Short Eared Owl
Short Eared Owl

Posted April 19th at 1:22 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Monday 18th April 2022

West Dartmoor

Had a few days near West Dartmoor over the weekend and pleased to see good numbers of Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat and Wheatear around Cox Tor area. Near Vixen Tor and the woods below Tree Pipit and plenty of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff singing. Cuckoo calling this morning in this area and first of the spring for us. No photos just a pleasure to see and hear.

Posted April 18th at 9:12 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Valley of Rocks.

Six Wheatear in the Valley today,probably the ones we saw on the top yesterday. Hopefully these will stay and breed.

Posted April 18th at 3:31 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Wrafton area

Highlights out of the nets this morning were: an adult male Kingfisher, a juvenile female Goldcrest, and a smart male Blackcap. Best was the first Reed Warbler this year; a retrap which I ringed as a 3J (recently fledged) on 30 July 2016. It's just got back from it's 6th trip to Africa, looked fresh as a daisy, and this is the first time I have retrapped it. Early on the scrape about 55 Godwits, later a lone Common Sandpiper.

Posted April 18th at 2:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Prawle point

3 swallows, 2 willow warblers on walk down. Clearly a mass arrival of whitethroats as they seemed to be singing from every bush and gorse patch. 1 tree pipit near Pigs nose  As we left the village 1 cuckoo flew across the road.

Posted April 18th at 2:22 pm by Graham Burton in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

The female Pintail still around with one (winter-plumaged) Black-tailed Godwit; also, 2+ Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlins, 7 Greenshanks, a Swallow & 10+ Roe Deer.

Posted April 18th at 1:12 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Yesterday over the Down lots of Linnets, Skylarks and M. Pipits, 2 Yellowhammers and a solitary Wheatear, Ravens, C. Crows, and Willow warblers, 2 Jays a Green Woodpecker, and a distant Cuckoo calling. 


Posted April 18th at 12:41 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Sunday 17th April 2022

North Haldon

Between the Belvedere and Perridge this afternoon were newly arrived Willow Warblers (2), Whitethroats (5) and Tree Pipits (3), one of which performed the "parachute" display.

Posted April 17th at 9:44 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Wrafton area

A short ringing session curtailed by too much wind and a lack of birds gave me time to walk to the estuary. White Reed Bunting (singing like a Reed Bunting!) and a Common Sandpiper at Sherpa. at the mouth of the Caen River, 3 Whimbrel. Early on a large flock of probably 80+ Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape.

Posted April 17th at 8:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


WeBS this morning produced a couple of surprises: few of the regulars but a Common Sandpiper and a (presumed escapee) Barnacle Goose.

Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted April 17th at 7:21 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in Bird News

Lynton,Barbrook and Caffyns

10 Wheatear all in field on the tops. Two pair nesting Dippers ,1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.1 Blackcap.

Posted April 17th at 6:59 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News


Shaugh Prior ~ three Mistle Thrush.

Cadover ~ Flock of Sand Martin attracting a male Sparrowhawk, numerous Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Stonechat, one Cuckoo seen and a second bird calling, male Wheatear.

Towards Sheep's tor several Song Thrush.

B3212 above Two Bridges where Muddilake Brook runs beneath the road four Grasshopper Warblers reeling, two of the birds seen briefly.

Towards the Warren House ~ a female Merlin sat on a roadside post near Powder Mill.

Headland Warren ~ a male Whinchat in full song, two Wheatear, a distant calling Cuckoo.

Challacombe Farm ~ (Slow worm) Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, two Treecreeper, GSWP, female Sparrowhawk.

Yarner ~ Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, GSWP, Pied Flycatcher.

Above Bickington ~ Whitethroat and a Redpoll.

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Posted April 17th at 6:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Leucistic Robin Ivybridge

Only a Robin, but a delight to see and watch, looking through the DB's gallery not as grey as the 2016 North Devon bird.


Posted April 17th at 6:04 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Emsworthy Mire

Lots of Willow Warblers, some Chiff Chaffs, a Blackcap, Grasshopper Warbler singing in the Willow carr of Emsworth Mire near the pool. Two Redstart nest prospecting in the trees near the barn, Tawny Owl calling from the conifers west of the mire. Marsh violet in the stream. 

Posted April 17th at 4:24 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Slapton Ley

Reed warblers arrived this week en masse. Today at least 10 in Higher Ley and 4 in Ireland bay staking their claims. Also, 1 guillemot in bay and red breasted merganser flying past.

Posted April 17th at 3:59 pm by Graham Burton in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & West Soar

Best today were 2 Red Kites low over Soar Mill Cove before gaining considerable height and drifting off eastwards. Many more Whitethroats, Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs in but only 2 Swallows. Several Wheatears pn territory.

Non-avian: first Wall Brown & Orange Tip; Large area of Badger diggings and latrines way down the cliffs on the grassy areas by Steeple Cove!

Posted April 17th at 1:28 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Purple Sandpipers - Torquay Harbour

Still at least 15 Purple Sanpipers on the rocks at Haldon Pier, TQ Harbour this morning.

Posted April 17th at 12:54 pm by Cliff Parrott in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Exminster Marshes 8am-10:45am. 6+ Cattle Egrets opposite Lions rest, 1 Red Kite flew SW, 1 Wheatear, 146 Black-tailed Godwits, 31 Bar-tailed Godwits (over estuary), 5 Sandwich Terns (estuary), 9+ Whimbrel, c50 Curlew, 1 Swallow, 2 Sand Martins, 54 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 4 Reed Warblers singing, 7-8 Sedge Warblers. 

Posted April 17th at 11:41 am by Tom Gale in Bird News

Torbay Cruises

Friday 15th April: 2 Puffins, 400+ Manx Shearwaters, hundreds of Auks feeding, 28 Sandwich Terns, Harbour Porpoise and Grey Seals

Saturday 16th April: 2 Puffins, 2 Great Skuas, 200 Manx shearwaters, 6 Sandwich Terns, Harbour Porpoises and Grey Seals.

Great Skua Torbay 16th April 2022  Puffin Torbay 15th April 2022

                                 Great Skua                                                                             Puffin

Posted April 17th at 9:36 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Cadover area and Crownhill Down

Grasshopper Warblers reeling again from both sites this morning.

Posted April 17th at 9:23 am by Chris E in Bird News

Saturday 16th April 2022

Passage House, Teign Estuary

The Spotted Redshank showed well east of Passage House for 15 mins or so on the rising tide.

Nearby, 3 Whimbrels, 7 Greenshanks, Greylag, Common Sandpiper, fem R B Merganser.  

Posted April 16th at 10:08 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Hope's Nose

The 2 imm male Eiders still present close to the Lead Stone until the mist lifted mid-morning.  

Puffins were sat on the sea east of the Point before flying south.  Elsewhere on site - 3 Whimbrels, 4 Swallows, 3 Common Scoter and a Great Crested Grebe.  

Posted April 16th at 10:03 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh

After leaving Wrafton Pond, I popped out to the metal gantry before returning to the pond.  On-Route in both directions the following were spotted: a couple of Skylarks; a few Linnets; a Meadow Pipit; a distant Cetti's Warbler; a couple of Canada Geese; a couple of Grey Herons; a Greenfinch; and a pair of Stonechats.

Cetti's Warbler
Cetti's Warbler
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted April 16th at 8:35 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wrafton pond

Today it was very quite ob the pond apart from a singing Sedge Warbler. There was a male Blackcap and a male Reed Bunting in the bushes beside the pond.  Early morning 07.30ish there were 35 Black-tailed Godwits and a couple of Teal on the Scrape. I popped out to the metal gantry for a while before returning to Wrafton Pond (see separate post).  On my return Sue turned up at the wooden viewing platform , we did a little Butterfly spotting and saw a Green Vein, and Small White and at least an Orange Tip.

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

Posted April 16th at 8:20 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sherford new town, Plymouth

Grasshopper warbler reeling in willow scrub west of the new town this evening.

Posted April 16th at 7:51 pm by Richard Archer in Bird News

Home Farm reserve. Fremington

3 whimbrels flew in and landed by the river near Saltpill pond. First we've seen this year

Posted April 16th at 6:31 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News


2 singing Redstarts this morning, one with coloured leg rings, 1 female Green Woodpecker, several Willow warblers, Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap.

Posted April 16th at 4:54 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A female Pintail new in (thanks Martin) this morning; also, 2 Black-tailed Godwits (1 sun-plum), Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlins, Green Woodpecker, Linnet & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted April 16th at 12:39 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Cadover area and Crownhill Down

Cadover area: Grasshopper Warbler reeling, Cuckoo, 13 Willow Warbler, Goosander, 8 Wheatear, 6 Sand Martin.

Crownhill Down: Grasshopper Warbler reeling at base of the down.

Posted April 16th at 10:00 am by Chris E in Bird News


Pied flycatchers back in the woods, with all the usual birds, 

Posted April 16th at 8:22 am by roger jewell in Bird News

Friday 15th April 2022

Exminster Marshes

Exminster Marshes 17:45-19:15. 7 Whimbrel, 2 Green Sandpipers, 114 Black-tailed Godwits, c.70 Curlew, c.60 Shelducks, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Water Rail, 7 Redshank, 1 Sedge Warbler

Posted April 15th at 8:00 pm by Tom Gale in Bird News

Crownhill Down

 Late afternoon a Cuckoo showing well. Linnets, Goldfinches, Yellowhammers, Wheatears, Stonechats, Skylarks and M. Pipits, Ravens, Buzzards and Green Woodpecker.


Posted April 15th at 7:49 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Exmouth, - Mudbank

8 Whimbrel on the mudflats this am, with 7 Dark-bellied Brents still around.

Posted April 15th at 6:47 pm by Rupert Ormerod in Bird News

Hope's Nose

In addition to Mark's post earlier, first thing, 4 PB Brent Geese sat on the sea, just east of Thatcher Rock. 

Nearby, on the lower slope, a singing Tree Pipit perched for five minutes, before disappearing over the south side. 

Posted April 15th at 5:04 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Sandwich Terns off Plymouth Hoe

11 Sandwich Terns between Plymouth Hoe and Drake Island

Posted April 15th at 4:47 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Cadover Bridge 15.4.2022

3 Sand Martins

Posted April 15th at 3:48 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Lopwell Dam/Maristow 15.4.2022

At about 1120 an Osprey appeared over the wood on the westward side of the dam.  It circled briefly then returned back over the trees.

Also of note in the area  4 Common Sandpipers, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Swallows, a Stock Dove and a Sparrowhawk.

Posted April 15th at 3:46 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Exminster Marshes yesterday

Yesterday afternoon's spotted crake in the pool near the canalside car park. 

Spotted crake
Spotted crake

Posted April 15th at 3:20 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Whiterhroat & Swallow for the patch, this morning; also, Treecreeper, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers & 13 Roe Deer.

Posted April 15th at 2:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Ford Park Cemetery

Female Great Spotted Woodpecker, male and female Pheasants, plenty of Goldfinches, Sparrows, Crows and Magpies

Posted April 15th at 2:10 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Burrator erea

Lots of Jays,Song Thrush,Willow Warbler,Chiffchaff, Nut hatch, CW Pecker,Swallow, but the birds of the day were, (f) Pied Fly Catcher and (m) Redstart both checking out nest holes in an old ruined barn.

Posted April 15th at 1:43 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Hopes Nose

3 Puffins - 1 sat on the sea off the point and 2 more flew south close in c830am- 1 Whimbrel on rocks around the point then flew off into the mist, the 2 Eider still by Leadstone, 2 Sandwich Tern, 17 Manx, GND north, 13 Common Scoter,Swallow in off and a Purple Sand 

Posted April 15th at 11:34 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Northam, near Torridge Bridge

Two Sandwich Tern fishing below the Torridge bridge between the bridge and Instow. At a stretch I might just add them to my Garden List!

Posted April 15th at 10:04 am by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Crownhill Down and Plympton

Cuckoo and 4 Willow Warbler the best at Crownhill Down.

2 House Martin over the garden at 0940.

Posted April 15th at 9:46 am by Chris E in Bird News

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