Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th May 2022


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

Saturday 14th May 2022

Saltpill Duck Pond area

This evening between Fremington quay and Saltpill Duck pond were a good selection of birds including: Blackcaps; Sedge Warblers; Whitethroats;  Swallows. There were at least two of each of the above except the female Wigeon.


Posted May 14th at 10:31 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wistman's Wood 14th May 2022

Nice to eventually catch up with Spotted Flycatcher's this year. Trip to Wistman's Wood  gave us good views of Spotted Flycatchers in the wood and at Crockern Farm.

Lovely to see these Flycatchers in the dappled sunlight that only Wistman's wood could supply.
Lovely to see these Flycatchers in the dappled sunlight that only Wistman's wood could supply.

Posted May 14th at 9:56 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Swallows, Skylarks, Tree Pipits, Ravens, Stonechats, 


Posted May 14th at 8:20 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Around Burrator this morning was 3 Cuckoo's, 3 Tree pipits doing their parachute display, a singing Redstart, a Pied flycatcher, Willow Warblers, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker and a yaffling Green Woodpecker in dense cover.

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit

Posted May 14th at 5:08 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Soar & Plymouth

A lovely calm morning at Soar produced: Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatears, 5 Sedge & 3 Reed Warblers, Sparrowhawk, & 2 Roe Deer.

Later, the Black Guillemot still present off Drake's Island.

Posted May 14th at 2:19 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Plymouth sound.

Black Guilllemot Summer plumage,close to pier around Drakes Island.Scope views from opposite shore areas or Mt Batten pier.

Posted May 14th at 12:07 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in Bird News

Poss Purple Heron, Churston

Seen from moving car.

Looked good to me ,brief view, but looked brown, (albeit looking into the bright) and smaller than Grey around 8am yesterday

Posted May 14th at 11:19 am by paul barker in Bird News

Powderham Marsh RSPB (Friday evening)

Pink-footed Goose feeding in arable fields with Canada Geese. Common Sandpiper on marsh, Stonechat (pair), Kestrel. 5 Swift, 5 Swallow, 5 Reed Warbler & 1 Sedge Warbler and a Jay. 

Posted May 14th at 9:43 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Black Guillemot Plymouth

Black Guillemot still on north side of Drake’s Island. Closer to island shore near the pier/jerry. Currently favouring the white Jerry can buoys. 

Easily seen from mount batten breakwater with a scope 

Posted May 14th at 9:40 am by Lewis Hawkins in Bird News

Aylsebeare Common

Down at Aylsebeare Common yesterday (Friday) afternoon where this Dartford Warbler and Willow Warbler were seen. I saw eight Dartfords and four Willow Warbles spread over a large area of the common. Also saw a number of Linnets, a couple of Stonechats, a Buzzard and a Green Woodpecker.

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted May 14th at 1:39 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Friday 13th May 2022

White Stork ~ Kingsteignton

This evening between 7.30 pm and 8 pm a White Stork seen circling over Kingsteignton in company with a Heron, both birds seen at height but the Stork simply kept climbing and was eventually lost from sight simply due to its altitude.

Back home at South Brent the afternoon gave two sightings of passage House Martins initially 6 and later on another 4.

Posted May 13th at 11:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Mutley, Plymouth

First six Swifts of the year over Houndiscombe Park and Houndiscombe 7.30pm.

Posted May 13th at 11:12 pm by Fred Jenkins in Bird News

Arlington Court treat

A walk down to the bird hide today past the monkey puzzle trees revealed a small flock of Siskin including this handsome male who was preening not feeding. At the hide were all the usual suspects and nothing unexpected. Nuthatch, marsh tit,

Siskin on monkey puzzle
Siskin on monkey puzzle
Nuthatch at the hide
Nuthatch at the hide

Posted May 13th at 8:06 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Ring necked Parakeet. Marldon

RNP flew over Vicarage Hill, Marldon at 7.40am

Posted May 13th at 7:14 pm by paul barker in Bird News

East Soar

Best today were Hobby and first Spotted Flycatcher; looks like another record equalling year for Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats are everywhere - great news when I can remember c.40 years ago there were hardly any! Looks like the wintering grounds are in good shape!

Posted May 13th at 6:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Plymouth Sound

Black Guillemot still off the North side of Drakes island, near the 6 yellow buoys, frequently diving. Distant, scope advised.

Posted May 13th at 2:10 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

Thursday 12th May 2022

Exminster Marsh

A late evening visit. Pink-footed Goose, as report below in field just south of new scrapes. 3 Egyptian Geese too. 12 Dunlin on new scrapes. 7 Barwits on estuary. Hobby sat waiting for supper…..probably one of the 75+ Sand Martin. 20 Swift & 2 Wheatear. 

Posted May 12th at 9:59 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

10 Common Sandpiper, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Jay, 2 Wren, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Posted May 12th at 8:03 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

A Snow Goose on Powderham Marsh and 2 Black Swan off Turf were perhaps expected but a Pink-footed Goose on Exminster Marsh with Canada Geese was unexpected (presumably the wintering bird reappearing). Sedge and Reed Warblers were vocal and often quite showy and Swifts, Swallows and House Martins were seen overhead. Male Gadwall and Scarce and Broad-bodied Chasers also seen. 

Pink-footed Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Black Swan
Black Swan

Posted May 12th at 7:52 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News


17 swifts seen around Chagford church. Nest boxes fixed there and swift call recordings in the past may have helped.

Posted May 12th at 7:03 pm by Ian Muir in Bird News


A Black Guillemot on the north side of Drake Island this afternoon

Posted May 12th at 6:05 pm by David McNee in Bird News

Sherpa marshes

A decent number of Swifts over the Marshes this morning (up to 30), Also Swallows, Sand Martins and a few House Martins mostly attending the cattle.4/5 Whimbrel on the Caen with 2/3 Curlew and a single Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted May 12th at 5:35 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This afternnon, at least 4 Whimbrels (1 grounded & later, 4 SW), Whitethroat & 2 Roe Deer but not much else!

Posted May 12th at 5:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


Female Orange Tip Butterfly

Posted May 12th at 4:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife


A pair of Common Blue Butterflies mating.

Posted May 12th at 3:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Radford Woods, Plymstock, Plymouth

Large numbers of House Martins together with Swifts and Swallows plus a few Sand Martin’s arrived over the woods and were feeding at 11:30.  Left shortly afterwards, flying in a northerly direction. 

Posted May 12th at 1:48 pm by George and Lesley Carr in Bird News


Kingsteignton Wednesday 11th.  Swifts heard but not seen over the village.  One day earlier than the average over previous years. Summer has arrived !

Posted May 12th at 10:59 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Wednesday 11th May 2022

County Gate

While in the County Gate area I spotted this pair of Redstart.

Female Redstart
Female Redstart
Male Redstart
Male Redstart

Posted May 11th at 10:50 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Passage House

Passage House at 1600hrs today on high tide….

2 Little Ringed Plovers,1 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck,34 Mute Swans and 7 Little Egret

Posted May 11th at 8:52 pm by Paul Carter in Bird News

Alpine Swift over Plymouth

Apologies for quality but this bird was very high and are ID record shots only.

Posted May 11th at 8:51 pm by George and Lesley Carr in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

Rather quiet over high tide this afternoon, with c80 Black-tailed Godwits at BGM, plus Little Grebe, 27 Shelduck, Kingfisher, 9 Swifts, 20 Sand and 1 House Martin and a Cetti's Warbler. At Goosemoor, 2 Greenshanks and a Whimbrel.

Posted May 11th at 8:16 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

Mincinglake Valley Park

My first swifts of the year ; 10 circling around Mincinglake .

Posted May 11th at 6:54 pm by Unai Marquez Pardo in Bird News


I was pleased to see that the Long-tailed Tits have fledged successfully this year.   Here they are being fed in the garden in the pouring rain this morning.

Juvenile Long-tailed Tit
Juvenile Long-tailed Tit
Juvenile Long-tailed Tit
Juvenile Long-tailed Tit

Posted May 11th at 6:42 pm by Margaret Phillips in Bird News

Alpine Swift over Plymstock 14:35

Just seen an Alpine Swift over Radford Woods, Plymstock.  Last seen flying In an easterly direction.  Picture to follow.

Posted May 11th at 3:14 pm by George and Lesley Carr in Bird News

Berry Head

On a pretty quiet seawatch from 07.10-10.40: 4 Puffins, 57 Manx Shearwaters, 37 Kittiwakes & 3 Common Scoters. Also, in, off the sea: 3 Swifts, 11 House Martins & 3 Swallows. 

Posted May 11th at 1:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Sharpa Marshes

Late post - yesterday early evening.

The leucistic Reed Bunting known locally as 'Russell's Bunting' which was first seen on Braunton Great Field during late winter/early spring. It was perched on cauliflowers & feeding on seeds but later moved to the reed beds on Sharpa Marshes.  Now desperately seeking a female companion with a view to mating & rearing a family. Hoping there is a local female who will find his snow white plumage & song irresistible!

Photo taken from the Toll House on the west side of the Caen Estuary.

Posted May 11th at 9:14 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


yesterday morning: 2 pale Pomarine Skuas drifted N in Torbay - appeared to be lingering, 1 Great Northern Diver and 7 Whimbrel on rocks just off shore.

Whimbrel Goodrington 10th May 2022 ML

Posted May 11th at 8:43 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Tuesday 10th May 2022


Red Kite over Coombe Valley 9.50 this morning, headed north towards Haldon being mobbed by Herring Gulls.

20 plus Swifts hawking insects at top of Higher Coombe Drive about10 am, 

Posted May 10th at 8:33 pm by Neil Graham in Bird News


Redstart flew across the road near Soussons; Cuckoo calling and showing very well close to Warren House Inn; 2 Swifts over Fernworthy Reservoir and tree pipit in parachute display flight; 6 swifts over Moretonhampstead. A lot of stonechats around.

Posted May 10th at 7:37 pm by Keith Annison in Bird News

Swifts over Crediton

Swifts over Crediton last night- 5 initially building to 15 Swifts realing in the sky.

Posted May 10th at 7:12 pm by Sarah Blatchford in Bird News

Swifts over Braunton Burrows

This afternoon, despite the Chinook activity, four Swift east to west over Braunton Burrows, our 1st of the year and a full 14 days later than last year. 

Posted May 10th at 6:18 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Taw Estuary - Tarka trail

While photographing this Whimbrel it caught & consumed three worms in no more than just a few minutes.

Newly fledged juvenile Starlings being fed by adult birds already near the Barnstaple end of the trail.

Posted May 10th at 2:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

My first Swifts (5) of the year, 7 Wheatears (4 males), Whitethroat, Treecreeper, Whimbrel, Greenshank, 40 Common Blues, Small Heath & 5 Roe Deer.

Posted May 10th at 2:35 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Monday 9th May 2022


Yet another Red Kite today. Hassled by a Carrion Crow, this one flew W over Middle Brook near Three Barrows at around 0900.

Posted May 9th at 9:52 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Plymbridge Woods

Seven Red Kite over the Plym Peregrine Watch about 11.30 this morning - 4 together, then 3 singles, All seemed to be going south,

Posted May 9th at 8:12 pm by Joe Higman in Bird News

Dawlish Warren & Exeter

A good walk around Dawlish this morning, though nothing exceptional though 15 Sanderling on the beach, some in breeding plumage, was nice to see. Two Red Kite over Shillingford St George at 1430. And 2 Swift over Alphington this evening. 

Posted May 9th at 7:33 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

South Molton

5 swifts at noon over West St

Posted May 9th at 6:27 pm by art symons in Bird News

Red Kite at Berry Head

Red Kite at Berry Head at 11.40 am today. It flew off towards Brixham/Paignton.

Red Kite, Berry Head
Red Kite, Berry Head
Red Kite, Berry Head
Red Kite, Berry Head

Posted May 9th at 6:02 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News


Regular small groups of Gannets around Baggy, Whitethroat counted 14, 1 Swift, Butterflies, Common Blue, Orange Tip, Speckled Brown, Wall Brown and many whites.

Posted May 9th at 4:40 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Littleham, Bideford

14 buzzards and 2 red kites all over same recently ploughed field, plus around 100 herring gulls and maybe 6 LBBG.  Not sure I've ever seen 14 buzzards together.

Posted May 9th at 4:37 pm by Rory Akam in Bird News

Fluxton, River Otter.

A short walk up the river produced a red head Goosander* with 2 young, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Cettis Warbler and Green Woodpecker plus others. *Photo on Devon Birds Facebook page which now has 400 members.

Posted May 9th at 4:33 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News


First swift of the year at Landkey just after lunch. Lots of house martins and swallows on my travels around the Barnstaple/Braunton area today as well.

Posted May 9th at 4:23 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Berry Head

Addition to previous post, quarry pond water was very low but a pair of Shelducks were present.

Posted May 9th at 3:10 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Berry Head

Whitethroats seen around headland and car park area, looking down over the quarry a Red Kite was flying across then came back over headland behind cafe and drifted off in Dartmouth direction (11.30am).

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted May 9th at 3:02 pm by Gary Bolton in Bird News

Red Kite at West Hill, Ottery St Mary

One Red Kite seen at 3pm this afternoon

Posted May 9th at 3:01 pm by Andrew Hickson in Bird News

Sunday May 8th Portledge N.Devon

5 Red Kite together between Greencliff and Peppercobe at 10:30. Observed for a good hour flying to and fro and at times coming together in a tight group. 2 Swift at Horns Cross and a further 2 at Portledge.

Posted May 9th at 8:08 am by Ken Ebsworthy in Bird News

Saltpill Duck Pond area

This evening (Sunday) in and around Saltpill Duck Pond were these two of three Bar tailed Godwits on the riverbank and on the far side of the pond was this female Wigeon hanging out with a couple of Teal.There were at least two Sedge Warblers, a couple of Linnets, five or six Pied Wagtails and  a Cetti's Warbler

Bar tailed Godwit
Bar tailed Godwit

Posted May 9th at 2:09 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Sunday 8th May 2022

Cuckoo South of Merrivale Bridge

Cuckoo calling at around 18.00 hrs for a protracted period, the bird was  between Merrivale Bridge and Kings Tor

Posted May 8th at 8:31 pm by Nick Cotter in Bird News


Late posting. Single swift seen near Christow Church yesterday evening, but a resident living near the church, said they’d been back for a few days. 

Posted May 8th at 7:10 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Upper/Lower Tamar Lake

Upper Tamar Lake this morning.

2 Grey Heron, 1m Stone Chat, 2 Chiffchach.

Lower Tamar Lake.

1 Willow Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail (adult feeding a juv), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Tufted Duck 1m 1f, 1m Reed Bunting.

Note: The Willow Tit was foraging around the hide, not on the feeder, and taking food back,

Posted May 8th at 7:08 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News


Along with 16+ house martins, a Red kite drifting northwards over Waye Farm 

Posted May 8th at 6:09 pm by Peter Edwards in Bird News

Wigford Down (moor edge Cadover Lakes to Cadworthy Wood)

4 singing male Redstarts, 1 singing Pied Flycatcher, at least 3 Cuckoos, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 female Wheatear nest building 

Also one male Goosander on Shaugh Lake.

Posted May 8th at 5:19 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

Red Kite

Red Kite very low over Old Torrington Road this afternoon. Fantastic views as it very slowly flew south.

Posted May 8th at 5:10 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News


Along with 16+ house martins, a Red kite drifting northwards over Waye Farm 

Posted May 8th at 5:03 pm by Peter Edwards in Bird News

Red Kite over Exeter

Red Kite over St. Michael's church, Mount Dinham at 14.10 today, drifted off high to the north. The resident Peregrine pair alarm called but did not take flight.

Posted May 8th at 3:48 pm by Nick Dixon in Bird News


One Red Kite south-east over Elizabeth Road at 1414.

Posted May 8th at 2:17 pm by Terry Smith in Bird News

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