Devon Bird Sightings from 22nd–30th April 2022


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

Saturday 30th April 2022


Hooded crow in fields behind hide

Two common sandpiper flying around ley 

All seen today before dusk

Posted April 30th at 9:59 pm by Dave scott in Bird News

Exminster Marsh Eve High tide

Ruff, LRP, 100 Blackwits, 5 Barwit, 16 Whimbrel, 19 Curlew & 3 Dunlin on Exminster Marsh this evening. 21 Teal and a few Reed & Sedge Warblers singing

Posted April 30th at 9:36 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning: 3 Wheatears (2 males), Whitethroat, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Green Woodpecker & 10 Roe Deer.

Posted April 30th at 6:41 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Night-heron Slapton Lea 30th April

Night-heron catching his tea, Roach I think !!. Around 4 o'clock today.

Fish in the bill,
Fish in the bill,
Job done, nice Roach for supper
Job done, nice Roach for supper

Posted April 30th at 6:02 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Badgworthy Water.

1male Redstart, 5 male Pied Flycatchers,  2 female Pied Flycatchers, good numbers of Willow Warblers  and Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch,1 Dipper, 6 grey wagtail and 1 heron.

Posted April 30th at 5:54 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Goosander and young - Fingle Bridge

Female Goosander with eight young, on the Teign ropposite Fingle Bridge Inn this morning.

Posted April 30th at 4:35 pm by CLIFF PARROTT in Bird News

Meldon reservoir

Overlooking the reservoir was 1 Cuckoo, a singing male Redstart and 7 Swallows over the water and cattle fields. 8 Willow warblers, 5 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap in the valley below the reservoir, 2 Sparrowhawk over the quarry.

Posted April 30th at 4:11 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News


A Night Heron present on and off this morning - apparently for its 10th day and showing below the willow at the waters edge,left of the channel 30 yards north of Slapton Bridge. Also the drake Ring Necked Duck still with Tufted Ducks at the edge of Ireland Bay - 2 Sandwich Terns south, a few Swallows and a showy Reed Warbler at the bridge.

Posted April 30th at 2:53 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Friday 29th April 2022

Fremington quay and Salt pond area

Today around Fremington Quay area where it Blackcap was seen singing and further on at the pond was this Sedge Warbler.

Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted April 29th at 11:57 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh area.

4 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape all day. Up to 6 Little Egrets around the area. The two Glossy Ibis seen again today. Also distant views of the Leucistic Reed Bunting. This evening no Yellow Wagtails, and only a few Swallows plus some Sand Martins (cold Northerly wind) Best was the Little Ringed Plover on the damp bit in the central field.

Posted April 29th at 7:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Matford Marsh

White stork present and looking comfortable this evening.

Posted April 29th at 7:57 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Powderham Marsh

An afternoon visit. 19 Teal, 4 Pintail, Sedge & 3+ Reed Warblers singing. And 4 Hobby near Lions Rest.

Posted April 29th at 7:10 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


At Tavy Cleave, 4 singing male Whinchats, 3+ Cuckoos, 7 singing male Willow Warblers, 7 Wheatears (3 males), 3 Grey Wagtails, Stonechats  feeding newly fledged juvs & 2 Reed Buntings.

Two Dippers at Grenofen & also Mistle Thrush feeding a newly fledged juv plus a pair of Grey Wagtails.

Posted April 29th at 6:39 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Pleasant afternoon visit to Matford pools and Exminster marshes. White stork accompanied by 2 little ringed plover at Matford. On the northern marsh a cuckoo flew over the canal (no calling) and there were several whitethroats singing. The male garganey was on the new scrape. A few swallows at Turf were visiting previously used nest sites. A few whimbrel on the shore and on the fields (total about 8). From station Road had good views of one hobby pursued by a kestrel. The 2 marsh harriers were active over the fields near the lagoon. 

Posted April 29th at 5:15 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Blackingstone Rock and Mardon Down

Near the Rock were a Cuckoo, my first here in fifteen years of visits, and half a dozen Tree Pipits. On Mardon were Cuckoo again, possibly the same one, eight or more Redpolls buzzing around their favoured Birches in the NW corner, a Garden Warbler in the damp Willows, and a newly-fledged Stonechat. Lots of Willow Warblers and a few Yellowhammers at both sites. 

Posted April 29th at 4:53 pm by James Camden in Bird News

House Martins

Six house martin seen over ‘upper town’ Christow this morning and 3 swallow over Archers’ Walk. 

Posted April 29th at 1:49 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Matford Marsh Countess Wear

White stork present at 1.20pm

Posted April 29th at 1:20 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News


 Swallows over Cross Street/Griggs Close, lunchtime.

Posted April 29th at 1:18 pm by Rob Maye in Bird News

Avon Dam

Unusually busy at the Avon Dam reservoir this morning with four male Goosanders (one in moult, presumably imm to ad), two Canada Geese, four Herring Gulls, two G C Grebes, one Grey Heron, seven ad Mallard (two female) and three unaccompanied, newly hatched Mallard ducklings. Neither of the females paid any attention to the ducklings. The Goosanders flew out together the dam together at 0549. Also at least one reeling Gropper at the top end, the first I've heard for years, thanks to new hearing aids.

Goosanders and Canada Geese at dawn
Goosanders and Canada Geese at dawn

Posted April 29th at 11:29 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Anchor wood area

Thursday afternoon around Anchor Wood area was a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming in a dead branches of an Oak tree.  And in a low bush a Whitethroat made itself known.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Posted April 29th at 1:45 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Thursday 28th April 2022

Countess Weir this evening

200+ Sand Martin and first Swift of the year. White Stork still on Matford Marsh at 8.20. 

Posted April 28th at 9:58 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Caen Estuary & Horsey

16:30 > While waiting for the Osprey to show up again which had been seen late yesterday aft & again early this morning I waited for an hour or so at Cross banks. The weather was warm & sunny in complete contrast to the cold & overcast conditions this morning & the flood water mirror calm. A flock of 12 Whimbrel flew across the Caen Estuary & landed on the near side of the breach. Further up the Toll Road towards the White House a pair of Wall Brown Butterflies.

Posted April 28th at 9:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Crownhill Down this evening. at least 2 Cuckoos calling, Wheatears, Linnets, Goldfinches, Stonechats, Skylarks, Buzzards and Dunnocks.


Posted April 28th at 8:28 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

White Stork Matford Marsh 28th April 2022

White Stork at Matford Marsh showing well. Exminster Marsh Great White Egret edge of main lagoon, Grey Plover on mud by river edge out from Turf four in all. One Plover in Summer plumage "cracking bird". 

GB 62 Ring number.
GB 62 Ring number.
Looking dapper with its plumage fluffed up.
Looking dapper with its plumage fluffed up.

Posted April 28th at 5:46 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Goosander family at Cadover

Female Goosander with 7 young at Cadover this afternoon.

Posted April 28th at 4:51 pm by Mike Daniels in Bird News

South Brent ~ Cuckoo

Just heard a Cuckoo calling up on Brent Hill.

While listening two Blackcap singing in the garden hedges and two Raven over head.

Posted April 28th at 3:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Ring-necked Duck Slapton

The usual bird was asleep in Ireland Bay for much of the morning and a female Scaup joined the Tufties for a short while.

Posted April 28th at 12:43 pm by Richard Billington in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley

Best today was my first ever Cuckoo at Soar, being pursued by a squadron of Goldfinches. Also 3 House Martin and still windy and cold even with 5 layers on!!

Posted April 28th at 12:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Cann Woods and Staddon Heights

Plenty of willow warbler and blackcap up above the quarry. Along the river; Dipper, grey wagtail and two Goosander.  Good numbers of swallow now around Staddon Heights GC. 

Posted April 28th at 9:01 am by Matt Clark in Bird News

Wednesday 27th April 2022

Challacombe area

2 Cuckoos, 1 (m) Redstart, 2 (m) Whinchat. Very windy and cold day. 

Posted April 27th at 5:33 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Ideford Common

09:14 - 11:43

Tree Pipit, Common Crossbill, Siskin, Yellowhammer were the highlights.

Posted April 27th at 5:00 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Staddon Point Plymouth.

Female Hen Harrier. Raven with 5 newly fledged young. A light passage of House Martins and Swallows.

Posted April 27th at 4:12 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Some signs of migration today with Whinchat (female), 7 Wheatears (3 males), 2 House Martins, c20 Swallows (including 7 belting north) & a Whimbrel. Also, Sparrowhawk, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green-veined White, Orange-tip & 7 Roe Deer.

Posted April 27th at 4:01 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Velator etc.

Not much on the scrape (1 Teal)! but in the reserve amongst the singing Warblers was proof that i did indeed see a Little Egret in the reserve yesterday: It was perched on one of the branched I installed for Kingfishers! Not great for it as it's a bit high over the water, but it stayed long enough for photos. Around Sherpa the 2 Glossy Ibis still, a few Reed Warblers, a pair of Shoveler, a smart sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, and an even smarter bright male Yellow Wagtail.

Posted April 27th at 1:18 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

First Swallows of the year over Heathfield

5 Swallows seen, for my first sighting this year, over Heathfield

Posted April 27th at 11:56 am by Rob Eaton in Bird News

Tuesday 26th April 2022

Fremington Pill and Bursdon Moor

This morning started with a stop-off and Fremington Pill where there were at least three Whimbrels and a similar number of Shelduck. Later while around Hartland area I stopped-off at Bursdon Moor where there were a few Stonechats and Skylarks.


Posted April 26th at 11:15 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Additions to Rob’s post: 9 Wheatears, Willow Warbler, c10 Swallows, 2 House Martins, White Wagtail, Wall & Orange-tip.

Posted April 26th at 10:43 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth , Greenbank area

Female Wheatear ? (please correct if required) on a neighbour's rooftop in Greenbank, Plymouth  (0.5 mile from city centre) at 6.00pm. Chased off an adjacent rooftop by a herring gull. Stayed around for a few minutes. Photo taken through closed window so picture not entirely clear.

Eds: yes, Wheatear.

Posted April 26th at 10:21 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

Crownhill Down

4 Wheatear, numerous Stonechat, Meadow Pipit & Skylark along the bridlepath. On the down, More of same, plus Linnet, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Willow Warbler, Pied Wagtail, 1 Hen Pheasant, 1 Snipe, 

Posted April 26th at 9:51 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Velator reserve.

Opened the nets again at 0545.As I recall the thermometer was reading 4 degrees. Not too many insects on the wing then. So once again hardly any birds. Then the wind got up at about 930, so by 11 I was on my way. Best were 2 Reed Warblers - first of the year. Genuinely surprised to see a Jay still present. Also a Little Egret flew out of the reserve at one point. Saw 3 Black-tailed Godwits out on the scrape first thing and when I went for an evening stroll, (7p.m.) they were still there with a Common Sandpiper. 2 Swallows too.

Posted April 26th at 8:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Horsey Island

With a spare hour or so this afternoon, I decided to pop out to Horsey Island to see what was around.  I'm glad that I did as the Osprey came close.  Sorry to say that R.J came by a little too late unless he managed to see the bird later.


Posted April 26th at 7:48 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Best today Whinchat, Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler & 20+ Whitethroat.

Non-avian: 3 Roe Deer and Adder on Bolt Head.

Posted April 26th at 4:54 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

White Stork

For anyone who is interested I got some information back from the White Stork Project about the white stork GB62. the White stork is female bird who was released on a private estate in surrey 2018 and attempted to breed there last year but was unsuccessful. she was on the isle of white just a week ago.

Posted April 26th at 3:52 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Burrator area

Walking with friends this morning around Burrator area, we heard the Cuckoo, saw, (M) Redstart, a pair of Pied Fly Catchers exploring  a bird box. plenty of Willow warbler, Sky larks, Swallows and Wheatear keeping out of the wind on Down Tor.

Posted April 26th at 3:52 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Braunton Marshes > American Road

First thing to surprise me early this am was my first ever Sedge Warbler by the garden pond!

Another trip around my regular 10 mile circuit..

8 Wheatear & 10 Sedge Warbler & a report of a single Cuckoo heard on Braunton Burrows.

Posted April 26th at 12:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

South Brent

Several Garden Warblers singing near Didworthy this morning.

Garden Warbler
Garden Warbler

Posted April 26th at 10:32 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Black Kites at Hartland

There were two Black Kites over Hartland last Thursday, 21st April

Posted April 26th at 8:00 am by Chris Drew in Bird News

House Martins

House Martins over Griggs Close/ Cross Street Northam early this morning.

Posted April 26th at 7:45 am by Rob Maye in Bird News

Monday 25th April 2022

Burrator Reservoir

Sighted today at Eastern end of the Reservoir, Goosanders 2 (m) and 2 (f), also Wigeon 2(m&f), whilst on a cycle ride.

Posted April 25th at 10:25 pm by Colin Hannaford in Bird News

Heddon's Mouth

Working in Lynton today so popped down to Heddon's Mouth for a walk.  Along the path were a male and female Blackcap and many others along the way to the beach. Also saw a male and female Stonechat and what appeared to be a pair of Rock Pipits. An Orange tip butterfly landed close by but it was too scruffy to photograph and a small blue butterfly flew pass and disappeared over some bushes.


Posted April 25th at 8:35 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

South Huish marsh

A light Swallow passage,1 Red Kite at 1.45pm .

Posted April 25th at 5:56 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Soar Mill Valley & West Soar

Best today were earliest ever Hobby for Soar and six Whimbrel moving east. In 2013 there were 24 pairs of Greenfinches at Soar falling to just two pairs in 2018 & 3 pairs in 2020. This year there are 25+ pairs - looks like an amazing recovery from trichomonosis.

Posted April 25th at 5:05 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Ilfracombe , Hillsborough

Male Bullfinch decked out in all his finery, Single Sand Martin flying low over Hillsborough.

Posted April 25th at 5:05 pm by David Shadwell in Bird News

Osprey on the Taw Torridge Estuary

I had a leisurely walk along the Caen footpath to the Taw Estuary this afternoon and pleasantly surprised to see an Osprey roosting on a field post near the Chivenor boundary. I watched for 10 minutes when it decided to took off and fished the Caen and the Taw Torridge Estuary. Still circling there at 16:00. 10 Whimbrel 5 Common Whitethroat Reed and Sedge Warbler heard in the Serpa Marsh with a Common Sandpiper feeding along the edge and 5 House Martins and 3 Sand Martins hawking over the marsh.

Posted April 25th at 4:42 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News

Caen river

The 2 Glossy Ibis still at Sherpa Marsh this morning and 3 Whimbrel on the Caen not far past the Toll House until disturbed by a dog walker. Couple of singing Whitethroats livened up the rest of the walk.

Posted April 25th at 4:08 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Field Trip - Aylesbeare Common

A couple more pics from the trip.


Posted April 25th at 3:45 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Field Trip - Aylesbeare Common

The East Devon Branch of Devon Birds 9th Field Trip for the year, saw an eager crowd gather at Aylesbeare Common to see what goodies could be extracted from the extensive gorse and woodland on offer.

The fine weather and light winds helped out as we found several Darford Warbler, Siskin, Willow Warbler, Linnet, Coal Tit, Stonechat, Raven and Buzzard, with flyover Yellowhammers, House Martin and Swallows.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Male Siskin
Male Siskin

Posted April 25th at 3:44 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Exmoor trip

The Taw and Exmoor branch of The British Naturalists Association had a trip to Exmoor yesterday and had 27 birds including a redstart at Chetsford Water plus six butterflies during the day

Posted April 25th at 2:37 pm by Brian Sims in Bird News

Sun, 24/04, Georgeham, Saunton

House martins, 4, at Pickwell, common whitethroat at Georgeham, Putsborough, Baggy Point, Saunton Down. Swallows throughout.

Posted April 25th at 1:53 pm by Art Symons in Bird News


10.30 this morning my neighbour and I saw from Roundswell a Red Kite over Woodville as it headed towards Barnstaple direction.

Posted April 25th at 10:43 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 24th April 2022


A mid-evening walk from Instow towards Yelland along the Tarka Trail on the right – the grassy fields had 20+ whimbrel and the ploughed fields had 20+ wheatear, 2 pied wagtails and a song thrush among the herring gulls. Along the trail there were several swallows, and plenty of linnets and goldfinches. Heading across the field to the SW Coast path we had good views of a roe deer, seemingly being chased by the cows! On the dune path there was a whitethroat and distant views towards the Skern of a probable great northern diver. Most of the whimbrel had now relocated to the beach.

roe deer
roe deer

Posted April 24th at 11:06 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

5 Wagtail Day

Two more Wagtails to make up the set.

Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted April 24th at 10:39 pm by Chris &Janet Marcol in Bird News

5 Wagtail Day!

After the excitement of seeing the four wagtail species at South Huish we detoured via the Tory Brook to see our resident pair of Grey Wagtails to make up the set. We also saw our first Whitethroats at South Milton Ley and to top off the day our (earliest to date) Nightjar at Cann Woods, Plympton.

White Wagtail
White Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted April 24th at 10:26 pm by Chris &Janet Marcol in Bird News

Hope's Nose

Good to see the site's first singing Lesser Whitethroat and singing Sedge Warbler of the year this morning.  The former was initially vocal and mobile across the upper part of site before disappearing   The latter favoured the brambles on the north side of the meadow at the bottom of the first slope.  

Also, the 2 immature male Eiders remain, now favouring the area NW of The Orestone.  3 Whimbrels, 26 Manx Shearwaters north, 3 Sandwich Terns south,  2 Swallows in off the sea and a Red-throated Diver south.  A 'blue' Fulmar was also of interest.   

Posted April 24th at 8:46 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Pics to help confirm or otherwise the Blue-headed Wag.

Last of the pics that might help with ID of Wagtail race.

Posted April 24th at 8:33 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

24th Apr 2022 ID pics of Blue Wag

Hope these help with ID of Blue type Wag at South Huish today.

Posted April 24th at 8:31 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Wrafton pond area

Early start today but very little on or around the pond and a similar story on the scrape.  Got a shot of a Magpie and one of a House Sparrow.  Moved on the Braunton Burrows where it was a lot more productive.  A Kestrel, Pied Wagtail, Wheatear and a single Cattle Egret near the Private road.  At the far end of the Private road were a couple of Whitethroats, a pair of Linnets .

House Sparrow
House Sparrow

Posted April 24th at 7:01 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News


Late afternoon/early evening stroll. Shelduck on the scrape, + Little Egret, Chiff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap singing in the reserve, and the only addition I can make to Fozz's post were 2 Wheatears in the central field.

Phil this white Reed Bunting has been around for a while now, I thought it was probably a male when I heard it singing a few days ago!

Posted April 24th at 6:23 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Blue Headed Wagtail in inverted commas

24th April 2022 Hope these pics will nail a Blue Headed Wagtail or not !!!!!!!!!!

Wag at South Huish
Wag at South Huish
Wag at South Huish
Wag at South Huish

Posted April 24th at 5:41 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Exe Estuary

Definitely a Whimbrel day today! During the coordinated WeBs count around 1 pm I had 50 (with 35 Bar-tailed Godwits) in Cockwood Corner and others saw 13 at the Warren, 32 at Powderham Corner and 4+ at Exminster Marshes. So at least 99 just before high tide. Later, 30 flew N past Topsham at 2 pm and c40 ditto at 4 pm - although 42 reappeared 15 minutes later!

Posted April 24th at 5:36 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Sherpa Marsh, Velator, today

A walk around Sherpa Marsh after lunch, spoiled by the racket of cars racing around Chivenor,  produced about 20 Sand Martins about a dozen Swallows and the biggest surprise, an almost completely leucistic Reed Bunting. It was interacting quite normally with three others and may be a female as it seemed paired with a handsome male. 

Leucistic Reed Bunting
Leucistic Reed Bunting
Leucistic Reed Bunting in flight
Leucistic Reed Bunting in flight

Posted April 24th at 5:34 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Turf, Exe Estuary

A very quiet WeBS count for me at lunch time. The 8 whimbrel present at the start of the count were joined by another 25 and then the whole flock flew north to north of the Turf. At the same time another 30 flew north over the marshes. On my way home a single little ringed plover was close to Station Road and there were a couple of cattle egrets with the cattle in the middle of the marsh..

Posted April 24th at 5:13 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

16 Cattle Egret, 4 Ruff, 3 Whimbrel, 2 LRP, 21 Blackwit, 63 Teal, 3 Tufted, 2 Gadwall, 6 Cetti’s, 3 Reed & 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Swallow on Exminster this morning 

Posted April 24th at 5:10 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Watersmeet area

Pair of Pied Flycatchers. 

Male Pied Flycatcher
Male Pied Flycatcher
Female Pied Flycatcher
Female Pied Flycatcher

Posted April 24th at 4:35 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple

Whilst sat in my garden this afternoon a male sparrowhawk landed on my shed roof and sat there for a few seconds before flying into next door's garden and disturbing all the blackbirds there. Yesterday near Filleigh I saw a large falcon with a very long tail. The light wasn't good and I was driving so I couldn't stop in time. Any ideas? Too big for a kestrel. 

Posted April 24th at 4:10 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Gutter Tor, Dartmoor

Red Kite flying north over Gutter Tor at 12:20.

Posted April 24th at 3:39 pm by Chris E in Bird News


An excellent morning along the Caen- 3 whimbrel,  lots of wheatear, pair of whitethroat, pair of stonechat, oyster catcher, shellducks, Canada geese, little egrets, heron, lots of skylarks, 3 linnets, kestrel, buzzard, Reed warbler and 2 glossy ibis.

Posted April 24th at 2:28 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

A pair of Eider off of Warren Point was the highlight of an early morning birding trip. Seven whimbrel, a wheatear and Sandwich terns provided iadditional nterest.

Posted April 24th at 1:58 pm by Grahame Madge in Bird News

1055 : 23/04/22. Red Kite. Bideford

Flying Eastwards low over the houses opposite the College, Abbotsham Rd. Mobbed away by crows.

Posted April 24th at 1:42 pm by Abraham Cutajar in Bird News

Wembury point

Good numbers of birds this morning despite the cold wind .list includes linnets white throats, chiffchaff,blackcap cirl bunting,greenfinch,long tailed tit,on the way home had 3 wheatear close to the golf course at staddon heights

Posted April 24th at 11:08 am by Mike Williams in Bird News

Red Kite

After years of waiting to see a kite in West Devon, one seen south east of Tavistock above Shorts Down, Whitchurch 3pm 23 April 22.

Posted April 24th at 8:21 am by Alan Johnson in Bird News

Saturday 23rd April 2022

South Huish marsh

2 Yellow Wagtails and a Blue headed Wagtail in the field behind the cafe. Several Wheatears, 2 Whinchats and a few White Wagtails. A flock of 10 Bar-tailed Godwits flew over with a Whimbrel.

Blue-headed Wagtail
Blue-headed Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted April 23rd at 10:30 pm by Richie Moore in Bird News

Great Hill, Torquay

Nice local visit to Torbay's highest point this afternoon. A Red Kite drifted north at 15.45, one of six species of raptor seen. 

Posted April 23rd at 9:20 pm by Paul Darlington in Bird News

Plymouth , Greenbank area

A group of approximately 10 Ring Necked Parakeets flying south from Mutley Plain in the direction of Plymouth University campus at 8.30pm.

Posted April 23rd at 8:41 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

South Molton

Red kite near Northland Cross, N of South Molton, 2 pm mo

Posted April 23rd at 8:34 pm by Art Symons in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

Just couldn't resist the temptation of Blue-headed and 'British' type Yellow Wagtails with White and Pied Wagtails too. Also there were at least nine Wheatears and my first Whinchat of the year. Far too windy when I was there for decent photos, but this was made up for by two newly fledged Stonechats on the fence next to me.

Stonechat juv
Stonechat juv

Posted April 23rd at 7:26 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

Wrafton Pond and scrape

Early evening nip down to the pond this evening. As well as the usual suspects there were 10 Black Tail Godwits in splendid breeding plumage, a few Teal, a number of Hirundines, mostly House Martins from what I could tell, and a Common Sandpiper on the scrape. Also, a blackcap male in the bushes by the pond and a Sedge Warbler singing in the hedgerow, but refusing to show itself.
No sign of the Ibis this evening.

Earlier whilst looking for the White Stork at Fremington with Alan, my first wheatear of the year. 

Posted April 23rd at 6:50 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

Cathole Lane, Yawl, just in Devon

Pair of Wrynecks in woodland. Photo of one sitting on balcony rail of Airbnb property

Eds: this is a fledgling Mistle Thrush

Wryneck on balcony rail
Wryneck on balcony rail

Posted April 23rd at 6:29 pm by Andrew Lovell in Bird News

Tarka Trail near Yelland SS479319

15 Wheatear (12 males and 3 females) feeding in a ploughed field at SS479319 along with several White Wagtail, 2ndCY Common Gull and Mediterranean Gull.

Further along the Tarka Trail towards Instow at SS476316 there was a Willow Warbler singing and including a Chiffchaff riff at the end of the song! I noted the same thing in the same place at the same time last year. Could it be the same bird?

Posted April 23rd at 5:33 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Warren House

1 Cuckoo, 1 Whinchat, 1 Green Woodpecker at Warren House and 1 Swallow at Princetown

Posted April 23rd at 5:04 pm by Richard Stansfield in Bird News

Passage House Inn- River Teign

Spotted Redshank still late pm on River Teign at Passage House Inn , and 5 Greenshank , Common Sand, a male Wheatear and a Swallow 

Posted April 23rd at 4:48 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Fantastic morning at Exminster Marsh- 5 Red Kites at c11am, Hobby at 1145am, 3 Ruff, 30 PB Brent’s over river, 5 Wheatear, c50 House M, Sand Martins, Swallows, Sedge and Reed W showing well, 3 Egyptian Geese, 25 Dunlin,2 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 5 sum plum Cattle Egrets- nearby the Snow Goose at Powderham Marsh

Posted April 23rd at 4:46 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Grasshopper Warbler briefly this morning, near Visitor Centre. Plus 2 Wheatear and 2 Swallow

Posted April 23rd at 4:43 pm by Steve in Bird News


Red Kite low and eastward over Otterton about 12.00

Posted April 23rd at 2:45 pm by David McKeown in Bird News

Fremington to Barnstaple

Sadly No White Stork in fields by The Tarka Trail but on the bright side there  were 10 Cattle Egret in another field with some sheep by the Tarka Trail from Fremington to Barnstaple..

Posted April 23rd at 2:11 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Wrafton area

Little Egret, Grey Heron, 4 Teal out on the scrape. Singing Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest, Willow, Sedge and Cetti's Warblers in the reserve, while a displaying Whitethroat was over by Velator harbour. A bit further on a Common Sandpiper in the Caen (high tide) and one of the Glossy Ibis close by the reed-bed at Sherpa. Over the central field 30 or 40 Sand Martins and a dozen or so Swallows. Another Common Sandpiper at the main Sherpa lake. A very fast-flying flock of 20+ Dunlin zoomed over the Caen, around the marsh and off towards the estuary.

Posted April 23rd at 1:16 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Red Kite over Exeter

At 11.15 this morning a Red Kite was observed over St. Michael and All Angels church in heavitree before being mobbed by a pair of Ravens. The Kite drifted off to the east and the Ravens returned to perch beside a large stick nest in a Cedar of Lebanon tree in the churchyard.

Posted April 23rd at 1:00 pm by Nick Dixon in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Reed Bunting 1m 1f, 1 Cormorant, c50 Sand Martin, 2 Marsh Tit.

Posted April 23rd at 12:49 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Upcott football field, Holsworthy

One handsome mistle thrush on the pitch about 10am this St George's Day, and - just when I thought it was safe to reduce my bird-food bill for the time - 11 starlings. Also several male blackcaps seen and heard on the old railway line at Anvil Corner on Thursday. As a bit of poetic justice, every morning after I've been requested to brush feline housemate Dashel, the silver fluff goes outside in an old hanging feeder. The house sparrows love it 

Posted April 23rd at 11:46 am by Hilary Vivian in Bird News

Slapton Village

Friday, first House Martin investigating usual nesting eaves

Posted April 23rd at 9:04 am by graham burton in Bird News

Manaton (East Dartmoor) 21 April

Bramblings in garden every day for more than a month, maximum count caught by camera trap = 13. Still some stragglers left, leaving it surprisingly late to make the move north.

Brambling - 21 April 2022 - Manaton
Brambling - 21 April 2022 - Manaton

Posted April 23rd at 12:56 am by Andrew Taylor in Bird News

Friday 22nd April 2022

Budleigh Salterton

Today while working in Budleigh Salterton I popped down to the beach where this Rock Pipit appeared.

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted April 22nd at 11:39 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Taw White Stork

Looks like Jon's right. Nice find, let's hope we get some nesting here soon. 

Ringing information of Taw Stork
Ringing information of Taw Stork

Posted April 22nd at 8:21 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

White Stork

I'm pretty sure the Stork will be from the reintroduction scheme at the Knepp estate being re-wilded in Sussex. It's a fascinating place to visit. Will try to find the details of this ring number.

Posted April 22nd at 7:21 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Yarner Wood

Several Pied Flycatchers and Tree Pipits seen and others heard, but Redstart heard only, alas. Along the way from Bovey, two Garden Warblers had joined the Blackcaps, and a Dipper was singing from the Wray.

Posted April 22nd at 4:58 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Tarka Trail

Here are the Pictures of the white stork and it's ring

White Stork
White Stork
White Stork Ring GB62
White Stork Ring GB62

Posted April 22nd at 4:53 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

First Whimbrels of the year, here, with one grounded and 3 heading north. Also, 6 Wheatears (2 males), Willow Warbler singing, Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, summer-plumaged Dunlin, 4 Greenshanks, female Pintail & 12+ Roe Deer. Still only 3 Swallows and no House Martins.

Posted April 22nd at 2:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Tarka trail

From Fremington to Barnstaple on Tarka trail in the fields on the right was a White Stork at 1pm. I will upload photo when home

Posted April 22nd at 2:06 pm by Barnabas in Bird News


At least one of the Glossy Ibis seen late morning.

Posted April 22nd at 12:58 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Crownhill Down area

Male Whinchat at base of down. Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 4 Wheatear, Cuckoo, 4 Sand Martin, 7 Willow Warbler and a Little Egret the other highlights.


Posted April 22nd at 10:40 am by Chris E in Bird News


First two Swallows for me this year flew over the house @ 0730.

Posted April 22nd at 10:25 am by Derek Stacey in Bird News

North Devon late news

Red Kite over Godborough Castle , Thursday morning.

Posted April 22nd at 8:13 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

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