Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 22nd–31st May 2022

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Black Kite


07 Jun



09 Oct

Caspian Gull


01 Dec



13 Oct


Noss Mayo

09 Feb

Little Bunting

Huxton Cross

18 Oct


Chudleigh Knighton

24 Sep

Long-tailed Skua


12 May

Common Rosefinch


10 Jun

Ortolan Bunting


17 Jun

Corn Bunting [2]


22 Jun

Pectoral Sandpiper

Bowling Green

27 Oct

Cory's Shearwater


07 Sep

Purple Heron

Slapton Ley

17 Apr

Glossy Ibis


21 Dec

RC Starling


01 Jul

Glossy Ibis

Otter Estuary

28 Dec

RC Starling

South Huish

09 Sep

Golden Oriole

Combe Valley

09 Jun

Ruddy Duck

Exe Estuary

04 Apr



26 May



21 Aug



30 May

Tree Sparrow


22 Jan

Hooded Crow


03 Jun

Tree Sparrow


14 Nov

Posted June 30th at 11:34 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News


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Saturday 28th May 2022

Red kite south devon

Red kite sighted this morning at 09.30 over Preston, near Newton Ferrers.

Posted May 28th at 4:41 pm by Dr David croot in Bird News

Wigford Down to Dewerstone

at least 5 Cuckoos in area including a female, three pairs of Wheatear, and a singing Pied Flycatcher in Cadworthy Wood

Posted May 28th at 3:49 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Higher Compton, Plymouth

A Red Kite over house going NW at 1420 today

Posted May 28th at 3:45 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News


Red Kite over Wembury 08.45

Posted May 28th at 8:46 am by Robert Massey in Bird News


A little late reporting but 4 swifts over Exeter St David's station on 25th May.

Posted May 28th at 7:39 am by Aubrey McKenzie in Bird News

Friday 27th May 2022

Wrafton area

Late out today, and met a birdwatcher who had walked down to Sherpa main pond and seen lots of Canada Geese with 'something else' which he thought might be a Greylag. A small bell went off in my small brain and after looking round the reserve, I took a similar walk and after 20 or 30 minutes a few more Canadas appeared over towards Chivenor, and the last one on the left showed it was a real alarm bell when it morphed into the elusive Pink-footed Goose! I called Andy and he also managed to see it. Also present at least 4 Swifts, a Swallow (yes only one) and the white Reed Bunting. The drake Pochard still present on Wrafton Pond.

Posted May 27th at 8:33 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Berry head offshore

1 Balearic Shearwater. A bit of a surprise but it passed my kayak only a few feet away so no doubt about id.

8 Manx shearwater

1 non-BP Great Northern Diver on water

Posted May 27th at 7:44 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Emsworthy & Holwell

Brilliant day out for the wife and I starting at 0730 at Emsworthy and walked the site across to the Lawn not leaving until 1500. The weather was fantastic, bright and sunny. The birds were very obliging firstly hearing the cuckoo and at the end finding two. One of which was chased off by a meadow pipit. Other sightings include Redstart, Wheatear, Linnet, Skylark and a Yellow Wagtail and a pair of Marsh tit by Becca brook. Garden and Willow warbler where the Mire leads down to the stream in the valley. We also had Whitethroat, Stonechat, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, Kestrel, Buzzard and Pheasant. And an app suggesting it heard a Goldcrest? What a tremendous day it was!

Eds: If the 'Yellow Wagtail' was by the Becca Brook it was almost certainly a Grey Wagtail (which are Yellow!). Yellow Wagtail is a rare bird on Dartmoor.

Posted May 27th at 6:11 pm by Kenneth Bradley in Bird News

Thursday 26th May 2022

Crownhill Down

2 Buzzards, 2 Mistle thrush, a high flying Swift, a Raven, a Wheatear and a solitary Whinchat. Swallows and Sand martins over the nearby Portworthy Lake.

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Posted May 26th at 5:28 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Wednesday 25th May 2022


Certainly four possible as many as five Nightjar at Heathfield this evening, three of them coming remarkably close, best views that I have ever had of these birds.

Only record shots as shooting at silly high ISO levels to negate the need to use flash photography.


Posted May 25th at 11:18 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Sanderling, Ringed Plover and 5 Dunlin this PM. All in the huge pit at the top of the down.

Posted May 25th at 4:28 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Yesterday on the Warren beach a mixed flock of around 70 Sanderling and Dunlin. 6 Turnstones on sea wall

Sanderling and Dunlin
Sanderling and Dunlin

Posted May 25th at 8:18 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Tuesday 24th May 2022

Recent Field Trip Pictures - Part 2

Obliging Redstart in full voice and a Swallow enduring the heavy rain on the East Devon Field Trip to Warren House Inn-Golden Dagger/Challacombe Farm area of Dartmoor yesterday.


Posted May 24th at 10:15 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Recent Field Trip Pictures - Part 1

Some Whinchat pictures from the East Devon Branch Field Trip to Warren House Inn-Golden Dagger/Challacombe Farm area on Dartmoor on 23rd May.


Posted May 24th at 10:11 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Red Kite, Salcombe

Seen circling over Bonfire Hill at 10.45am

Posted May 24th at 6:34 pm by paul barker in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

2 Red Kites flying in through in towards Plymouth city.

Posted May 24th at 12:09 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Devonport Dockyard

Red Kites flying over the dockyard from the south, heading over to Cornwall to catch a thermal.

Posted May 24th at 10:17 am by John Simons in Bird News

Warren House Inn-Golden Dagger/Challacombe Frm.

Yesterdays field walk attended by 11 members (East Devon Branch) found plenty of Whinchat and Cuckoo plus others between heavy rain showers. After lunch a visit to Challacombe Farm, birds were few although a nice Redstart was present.  A Robins nest with young was found in a wall and a pair of Nuthatch seen visiting a nest site.  Rain stopped play shortly afterwards.

Posted May 24th at 8:40 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Monday 23rd May 2022

Plymbridge Woods

A Red Kite flying north at 14.10.

Posted May 23rd at 11:00 pm by Joe Higman in Bird News

Anstey Common sightings

Over the last few days on Anstey Common near Hawkridge we've seen four Red Kite five Yellowhammer seen and heard about 8 Willow Warbler. Today, our 1st this year, we heard, then saw, being mobbed by three LBJ's, a Cuckoo. Shortly after that two Lesser Redpoll, 

Common Redpoll (?)
Lesser Redpoll 

Posted May 23rd at 7:29 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Bickleigh near Plymouth

Red Kite circling over 42 Commando camp at Bickleigh near Plymouth 12:13 pm.

Posted May 23rd at 3:01 pm by Rob Hubble in Bird News

Red Kite- Torquay

1 Red Kite north over Torquay viewed from Chelston 2.14-2.20pm after being seen from Livermead a few minutes before 

Posted May 23rd at 2:34 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Farway, Colyton

Red Kite over flying west at noon today.

Posted May 23rd at 2:21 pm by Mark Wingate in Bird News

Sunday 22nd May 2022


Five of the group of 8 kites over Woodbury Castle at 1830 this evening. Possibly includes the 4 birds seen by Jonathan Ruscoe over Marsh Green circa 15 minutes earlier.


Posted May 22nd at 9:54 pm by Robin Pearson in Bird News

Lundy Trip

Good numbers of Manx Shearwaters on both ferry crossings and the usual numbers of all three Auks. Gannets, Fulmar and Kittiwake a bit thin generally. The round island trip had us seeing hundreds of Guillemots and Razorbills and plenty of Puffins - mostly on the cliffs and on the water around Jenny's cove. 2 Peregrine.

On the island Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff plus a few Spotted Flycatcher in Milcombe, 4 smart Yellow Wagtails 2m, 1f and one Blue-headed in Barton Field with the sheep - Tree Pipit and a few Sika Deer n the centre of the island and the usual Meadow Pipits, Linnets Skylarks Wheatears and Stonechat scattered about. Biggest surprise was a female Mandarin Duck (new to Lundy) on rocks by the jetty as we left! A few Common Dolphin and a lone Porpoise on the way back.

Posted May 22nd at 9:40 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

3 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover (in huge pit at top of the down). 2 Cuckoo also around this eve.

Posted May 22nd at 8:23 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Ludwell Valley Park

3 red kites low over the ridge about 3.15pm.

Posted May 22nd at 6:51 pm by Helen Whitall in Bird News

Marsh Green

Four more Red Kites together over the village at 18.05 drifting south in what appeared to be a family group.

Posted May 22nd at 6:28 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

Field at Greysholt on Stoney Lane, Landkey.

Although not totally bird relate, I now know we have blackcaps nesting amongst our mix of trees, but yesterday produced a common lizard and an emperor dragonfly as well. At home in Old Torrington Road, my nest box has been taken over by a colony of bumble bees which is most welcome.

Posted May 22nd at 5:02 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

East Devon

Aylesbeare Common. A short walk around the common produced a Cuckoo calling at 09.30 followed by a brief sighting before it flew off towards Hawkerland. Also present 3 Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Tree Pipit, Stonechats and usual residents.

Back at home (Marsh Green) this afternoon, Red Kites put in an appearance with two at 15.35 heading NW and one drifting SW at 16.10 (could be same bird).

Posted May 22nd at 4:29 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News

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