Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th May 2022


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

Saturday 7th May 2022

Swifts and Red Kite, Drewsteignton

First Swift of 2022 seen over Drewsteignton this morning at 08.00 and then entered a nest box. None seen during the day but three overhead at 20.10. Arrival date three days later than last year.

Also Red Kite low over the village at 16.30, drifted off to the south-west.  

Posted May 7th at 8:23 pm by Nick Dixon in Bird News


A Serin flew west over Orcombe Point at 0630 this morning. A few more details and more sightings on

Posted May 7th at 4:45 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Wrafton area

Excellent morning around the Marsh:  2 Black-tailed Godwits still on the scrape with Shelduck and Little Egret. In the reserve; Goldcrest, Reed Bunting and another visit to the perch from a Little Egret. Around Sherpa Marsh a single Swallow, the White Reed Bunting a Whimbrel, a Lapwing, and best of all, a high flying Hobby catching and devouring insects on the wing as it circled lazily Northwards. Late news from last Tuesday: a female Cuckoo in the reserve - regret I didn't recognise the very loud bubbling call, but not seen subsequently.

Posted May 7th at 1:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

North Devon Swift

1 Swift over Saltpill duck pond this morning , my first of the year.

Posted May 7th at 11:37 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Late for yesterday.

Lower Tamar Lake.

1m Gadwall, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Tufted Duck 3m 1f, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Grey Heron.

Posted May 7th at 10:47 am by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Friday 6th May 2022

Field Trip - Yarner Wood

The East Devon Branch of Devon Birds 7th Field Trip for the year, saw a fresh faced, eager crowd muster together in the woodland glades of Yarner Wood and surrounding heathland on the 5th May.

With the warm glorious sunshine we soon shed a couple of layers of winter plumage and started to enjoy the songs of the many Pied Flycatchers, a pair of Redstarts, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps. Meanwhile, in the distance we could hear a Cuckoo calling and up on the heathland a Tree Pipit was holding territory. Everywhere we walked we were accompanied by dancing Brimstone butterflies. 

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Posted May 6th at 6:41 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Around Challacombe down

2 cuckoos , many pipits, several wheatear, linnet, 2 buzzards ,2 ravens, numerous swallows around the hamlet pond and a large Adder.

Posted May 6th at 6:30 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Crownhill Down

2 Cuckoos in trees off the bridle path. In various locations - Stonechat, Wheatear, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Pied Wagtail, 1 Curlew, Snipe, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Goldfinch, Buzzard, LBBG, Mallard hen.

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted May 6th at 5:54 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Peak Hill this mornin

On the SW Coast Path near Sidmouth.


Posted May 6th at 4:35 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News


Notable sightings at Challacombe this morning included a male whinchat,three cuckoos,a number of Wheatears and stonechats.

Posted May 6th at 2:19 pm by Paul Carter in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

Black Guillemot seen just off the east side of Drake’s Island this morning. Boat traffic disturbance made it move more into the centre of the Sound towards the RFA ship Fort Victoria. It was still there at 1000hrs, although distant. Also Fulmar flying over the Hoe!

Posted May 6th at 12:01 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News


Yesterday at Deancombe: Our first Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers of the year. Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Blue, Great, Coal tits, Song and Mistle Thrushes, Treecreepers, Nuthatches, Robins, Wrens, Blackcaps and a solitary Sparrowhawk.

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Posted May 6th at 10:58 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Yesterday over the Down: At least a dozen Swallows. Goldfinches, Linnets, Wheatears, Stonechats, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Tree Pipits, Willow Warblers, Buzzards, Ravens, Green Woodpecker, Blackcap, Wren.

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted May 6th at 10:29 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Exe estuary yesterday.

Whimbrel and Egret near the Turf Hotel.

Little Egret
Little Egret

Posted May 6th at 9:40 am by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Thursday 5th May 2022

Godwit visitors to Hallsands Beach

Joining the Pied Wagtails on the beach this evening were 4 Godwits (Bar-tailed I think) who flew in, paced up and down the beach for 20 minutes coming within 10 yards of us (see phone shots) and then headed off west.

Magical moment.

Posted May 5th at 9:10 pm by Julia Churchley in Bird News

Doe Tor

Walking with 2 friends, we saw Redstart, Stonechats, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, female Cuckoo bubbling, chased by male Cuckoo in the same place as I saw last year. 

Posted May 5th at 9:06 pm by Mave Goddard in Bird News

Heddon Valley.

1 Redstart, good numbers of Blackcaps, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers plus Pearl Bordered Fritillary and Small Copper Butterflies. 

Posted May 5th at 6:59 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News


The pair of blackcaps I saw in a Barnstaple garden last Friday have obviously paired up as the male was very visible today feeding for two. Yesterday I saw lots of groups of a mix of swallows and house martins on my travels around Barnstaple and its outskirts. Up to a dozen in each group or in pairs. Most I've seen at any time this spring.

Posted May 5th at 4:51 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Wednesday 4th May 2022

Exminster and DWT Heathfield

Exminster Marsh this morning, high light were six Hobby at one point (images on the DB's Face Book page), 19 Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Heron, 4 Little Egret, Reed Warbler 1, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit to one side of the mixed flock of Black Tailed Godwit and Dunlin, 9 Whimbrell, 4 Curlew, Canada Goose with 8 young goslings, Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard and a steady trickle of Swallow.

DWT Heathfield in the evening, Tree Pipit, plenty of Stonechat activity a dusk fly over from a Tiercel Peregrine, no sight or sound of Nightjar.

Posted May 4th at 10:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

2 Hobby feeding late evening by RSPB CP at Exminster Marsh, hawking low over fields probably feeding on crane fly. Also Marsh Harrier, 111 Blackwit, 18 Barwit, 32 Whimbrel, 16 Curlew, 26 Dunlin & Ringed Plover mostly on new scrapes. 8 Teal & F Wigeon. Finally pair of Stonechat with two young on marsh. 

Posted May 4th at 9:54 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Venford and Bench Tor

Cuckoos heard this afternoon. Possibly 3 ?

Posted May 4th at 6:16 pm by Angela Jean Truman in Bird News


A gorgeous morning today around Slapton Ley. The Night Heron showed well alongside the bridge eventually. Also Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Linnet, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Skylark, Long Tailed Tit, GC Grebe, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Wren, Garden Warbler, Moorhen, Coot, Cirl Bunting, Lots of Swallow, Mute Swan, Canada geese, Tufted Duck, Mixed Gulls, Carrion Crow. No sign of the Ring-necked duck.

Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Night Heron with Roach
Night Heron with Roach

Posted May 4th at 3:27 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

2 Cattle Egrets in the field with the sheep on the west side of the Toll Road.

Posted May 4th at 12:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exmouth Seafront

4 gannets and 11 sandwich terns fishing at midday

Posted May 4th at 12:07 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Yesterday evening over the Down. Cuckoos 3, Wheatears 5, Stonechats, Skylarks, M. Pipits, Green Woodpecker 1, Blackbirds 3, Wrens 2, Willow Warblers, Blackcap and a solitary Tree Pipit. On TWP a pair of Mallards, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Barwits.

young Blackbird
young Blackbird

Posted May 4th at 10:40 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Tuesday 3rd May 2022


Whilst walking near Kennick Reservoir this evening, I heard a cuckoo calling from the direction of Blackingstone Rock, Bridford; it didn’t sound that far-off. 

Posted May 3rd at 9:07 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Erme valley

A loop from Ivybridge to Higher Piles Copse, up on the moor and back on the road, produced Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit and Wheatear, among the commoner spp. 

Posted May 3rd at 6:58 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Slapton and Beesands

The Night Heron was perched below the bridge at Slapton late morning.

Hooded Crow showed briefly at 13:30 in usual gardens at Beesands. 


Posted May 3rd at 3:02 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Great Crested Grebe in summer plumage, new in this morning and the 2 Bar-tailed Godwits still around with a Whimbrel, 2 Curlews, 2 Oystercatchers and a Greenshank. Also, female Wheatear, Whitethroat, a pair of Grey Wagtails, Mediterranean Gull (2nd cy), 2 Green-veined Whites, Holly Blue & 9 Roe Deer.

Posted May 3rd at 2:52 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Wrafton area

After a couple of days in hiding a Glossy Ibis spent much of the morning around the scrape area today .Also on the scrape were 3 Black-tailed Godwits, a Shelduck, 2 Swans, 2 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, some Mallard and a couple of Canada Geese. Around Sherpa Marsh, 1 Whimbrel, a few Swallows, a drake Garganey, and 2 Wheatears. And some late news from yesterday, the white Reed Bunting in full song from a tree in the reed-bed.

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

Instow and Isley

On Instow Cricket ground at high tide this morning a mixed wader feeding flock totalling 65 birds comprising approximately 50 Whimbrel and 15 Bar tailed Godwits 3 in bright summer plumage.     On the Tarka trail towards Fremington a large increase in Singing Whitethroats and at Isley the first Singing Lesser Whitethroat.......

Posted May 3rd at 11:42 am by Malcolm Shakespeare in Bird News

Cadover area and Crownhill Down

Crownhill Down: Single Sanderling, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 19 Dunlin and 6 Ringed Plover on the huge pit. Viewed from top of the down. Scope essential.

Cadover: Garden Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Cuckoo, plus usuals.

Posted May 3rd at 9:18 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 2nd May 2022


Late post.  Posted these on the 29/30 April but they have not yet appeared.

Collared Dove
Collared Dove

Posted May 2nd at 10:39 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Exminster marshes

Cuckoo calling near central car park.

Posted May 2nd at 9:03 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Crownhill Down

At least 4 Cuckoos, 7 Wheatears, Stonechats, M. Pipits, Willow warblers, Goldfinches,  Linnets, Wrens. Dunlin, Barwits and Ringed Plovers ands a solitary LBBG on the TWP.


Posted May 2nd at 8:16 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Throwleigh. Road

 Cuckoo seen and heard calling, before the cattle grid

Posted May 2nd at 6:59 pm by roger jewell in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two beautiful summer-plumaged Bar-tailed Godwits (thanks Martin) on Blaxton Meadow with 2 Whimbrels & a lingering Curlew. Also, around the patch, 3 Wheatears (1 male), Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker & 5 Roe Deer.

Posted May 2nd at 4:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Whilst at car boot sale at Exmouth Archery Club heard a male Cuckoo calling from the adjacent Withycombe Raleigh Common  at about 8.30am.

Posted May 2nd at 12:14 pm by Paul Reynolds in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

3 Bar-tailed Godwit still, 62 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover. All distant, scope essential.

Posted May 2nd at 7:48 am by Chris E in Bird News

Sunday 1st May 2022

Slapton and Beesands

A mid-afternoon visit to Slapton to see the black-crowned night heron was immediately successful as half a dozen birders on the bridge were observing it, easily visible at a distance of about 15m. Some students from the field centre were passing by and enjoyed looking through various scopes. At Beesands, the hooded crow proved elusive at first but was eventually spotted flying along a drive before alighting on the roof of a bungalow.

Posted May 1st at 9:26 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Exminster Marshes & Exeter

A drake garganey dropped onto the new scrape briefly at 7am this morning, where also c100 Blackwits. On another scrape c40 mostly summer plumage dunlin & 8 ringed plover. c30 whimbrel on site. Over towards RSPB car park 8 cattle egrets. Overhead c50 swallows, c10 sand martins, single house martin & swift. However, over Duckes Marsh, Exeter c12 swifts feeding low in the dreich conditions.

Posted May 1st at 6:51 pm by Simon M Bates in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Fairly quiet ,rainy visit this afternoon. Reed and Cettis Warblers calling near central car park ,Marsh Harrier in centre of Marsh huntiing

Posted May 1st at 6:36 pm by JOHN PHILLIPS in Bird News

Velator/Sherpa Marsh

No Teal on the scrape (or much else} and the overnight rain has refilled it leaving no muddy margins. 3 Whimbrel on the Caen near Marstage Farm. A good sized mixed flock of Swallows, Sand Martins and a few House Martins over the main Sherpa Pond. Several calling Cetti's Warblers.

Posted May 1st at 4:36 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Harton Cross Hartland

Hoopoe in a garden at 16:00

Posted May 1st at 4:17 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

East Soar

First proper movement of hirundines with c.250Swallows, 13 Sand Martins & several House Martins. Also 13 Wheatear.

Posted May 1st at 4:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Brixham and Berry Head

early am:

7 Purple Sandpiper on Breakwater

4 Risso's Dolphins off Berry Head

Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Risso's Dolphins
Risso's Dolphins

Posted May 1st at 2:54 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Saunton Sands

Bar - tailed Godwits  (2 in smart summer plumage) on passage migration from their wintering grounds to their breeding grounds in the Arctic. They had gone by the time I returned 2 hours later.

Posted May 1st at 12:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

rain halted swallows and martins flying north over Affaland

Dear Bird news yesterday there was a steady stream of swallows and martins heading north over Affaland near Clawton the rain has stop them today, a few chiffchaff and willow warblers stopping in our garden for respite before moving north, as a Raptor researcher for the BTO AND Oxford university most of my work can not be put on this site of obvious reasons but I do keep in contact with the county recorders for Devon and Cornwall.

kind regards

Nigel-John Bastin



Posted May 1st at 11:52 am by Nigel Bastin in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Further to Chris's report was a Common Sandpiper on one of the smaller ponds, Swallows, Cuckoos, Wheatears, Stonechats, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Goldfinches, Willow Warblers, Wrens and a Blackcap.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted May 1st at 11:18 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Sat 30th. River Teign

Afternoon walk from Ventiford Basin to New Bridge.  Approx 20 sand martins over fields near Ventiford. Good views of grey wagtails. One splendid male Mandarin duck. Regretfully no signs of dippers at usual nesting site.  Fantastic display of ransoms in the woods.

Posted May 1st at 9:45 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Crownhill Down area, Dartmoor

Overnight rain produced the goods - 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel (left at 0815), 12 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover all in the huge pit at the top of the down early morning. Viewed from top with scope, all distant. 

Elsewhere, 2 Greenshank, 2 Little Egret, Grasshopper Warbler, Tree Pipit, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear.

Posted May 1st at 9:09 am by Chris E in Bird News

Crow Point

This evening out around Crow Point area this Osprey was spotted some considerable distance away.  And this bird does have a blue ring but it's too blurry to read.


Posted May 1st at 1:07 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

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