Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 1st–7th August 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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Friday 5th August 2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Migrants today included 2 Willow Warblers, a Sand Martin & a Whimbrel. Also, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-w & 2nd cy), 11 Mandarin Ducks, Whitethroat, 2 Stonechats, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 4 Clouded Yellows.

Unusually, a Roe Deer on Blaxton Meadow.

Posted August 5th at 4:31 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

Went to the hide for the first time in two years over the high tide, hoping for a mix of Terns, but found only Sandwich. Max. 40 on the beach at any one time, with others over the estuary, so perhaps 60 in total. Also present were approx. 45 Dunlin, 40 Sanderling, 30 Ringed Plover, my first Barwit of the Autumn, and a Common Sandpiper, unusually on the seaward beach.

Posted August 5th at 4:09 pm by James Camden in Bird News

south molton

Parakeet flew by this morning. (or similar) Hearing calls a number of times this summer.

Posted August 5th at 11:27 am by art symons in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Juv Cuckoo begging and being fed by Meadow Pipits. Photo: - too big to upload.

Adult Yellow-legged Gull and Dunlin in the huge pit at top of the down. Tree Pipit over. Kingfisher at nearby Hooksbury Pool, near Tungsten West entrance 

Posted August 5th at 10:31 am by Chris E in Bird News


Sparrowhawk in Plympton back garden


Posted August 5th at 9:29 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Sparrowhawk in Plympton garden

Yesterday evening a female Sparrowhawk on one of its periodic visits to our Plympton back garden. The victim one of the 30+ House sparrows that visit each day.

Posted August 5th at 9:21 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Yesterday morning. Little Egrets, Herons, Black tailed Godwits, Dunlins, Common Sandpipers, Curlews, Whimbrels, a solitary Ruff, Med Gull, Sandwich Tern, Stock Dove.  A Fox in the dense vegetation to right of hide.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Curlews and a Whimbrel
Curlews and a Whimbrel

Posted August 5th at 8:54 am by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Thursday 4th August 2022

Lustleigh window casualty

I was asked to identify this dead pipit that died today after colliding with a window in Lustleigh. The hind claw measured 8 mm, in the middle of the range for Tree Pipit (7-9 mm, cf 10-13 mm in Meadow Pipit). Identification can be a doddle with birds in the hand!

Tree Pipit
Tree Pipit
Legs showing relatively short hind claw
Legs showing relatively short hind claw

Posted August 4th at 11:06 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News

East Soar

First significant autumnal movement this morning inc.9 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker (prob.local dispersal), first 2 Wheatear, migrant Dartford Warbler on Bolt Head, Sedge Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 20 Willow Warbler & 8 Chiffchaff. Also: 2 Kestrel, 21 Stonechat, 80 House Sparrow & 160 Linnet.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow, Small Copper (very scarce this year), Grayling, 3 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and 4 Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

Posted August 4th at 12:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Wednesday 3rd August 2022

River Otter

Goosander fishing on the Otter this afternoon.

Posted August 3rd at 9:23 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Fairly quiet on the Down this evening. Water levels on some of the pools alarmingly low, a small one has dried up completely: Buzzards, Ravens, Mistle thrushes, Swallows, Willow warblers, Linnets and Stonechats

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted August 3rd at 7:36 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Additions to Martin's sightings below: 2 Sand Martins, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Stonechats (2 juvs), Swift, a flock of 25+ Pied Wagtails, 4 Clouded Yellows & a Roe Deer.

Posted August 3rd at 6:05 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


In the bay 3 Common Scoter ( 1 M & 2 F)
4 Mediterranean Gull ( 1x 1fw, 3 adult birds)
Raven, Rock pipet, Gannets, House Martins, Little Egret. 

Posted August 3rd at 1:01 pm by Michelle Reeves in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

After a wet start, the following were the best seen. Cattle Egret still in the field with the cows as yesterday, Med Gull, Whimbrel, Willow Warbler  and Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted August 3rd at 12:56 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Tuesday 2nd August 2022

Talaton - New Garden Birds

Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher popped out in my garden today and 2 Hobbies over hunting Swallows, both new birds for the Garden List - Brilliant! 

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 2nd at 8:58 pm by John Reeves in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight of this morning's visit was a Cattle Egret, with the cows just SW of Saltram House; the first here this year. Also, 4 Spotted Flycatchers (2 juvs), 2 Stonechats (juvs), Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swift, 3 Common Sandpipers, 5 Greenshanks, 136 Redshanks, 39 Curlews & 2 Clouded Yellows. 

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted August 2nd at 2:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Bowling Green high tide 9:15-10:15, min counts 

170 Black-tailed Godwits, 190 Redshank, 130 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 3 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, plus small no's of hirundines

Posted August 2nd at 11:58 am by Tom Gale in Bird News

Monday 1st August 2022

Bowling Green High Tide

Bowling Green counts from viewing platform 19:15-20:45

2 Med Gulls (1 ad, 1 juv), 1 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpipers, 115 Dunlin, 310 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 1 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 4 Curlews, 4 Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Egrets

also 150-200 hirundines (mostly Swallows) over trees opposite hide at dusk, 6 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 7 lapwing

Posted August 1st at 9:41 pm by Tom Gale in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake 1/08/22

3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 1 ad. Yellow-legged Gull, 1 jus. Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 92 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 64 Black-headed Gull, 1 White-fronted Goose, 4 Cormorant, 11 Grey Heron, 28 Herring Gull, 3 Teal, c20 Swallow, c20 House Martin, 380 Canada goose

Posted August 1st at 7:46 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Raven nest

Photos to follow

2 Ravens have nested in the Wellingtonia tree amongst tge other tall soecimum trees in the Buckerell Lodge Hotel Topsham Road Everer  EX2 4SQ.

Recently the male can be heard calling with a significantly low pitch raven call. (That sounds like a giant frog or a dog with a very sore throat.)

The couple moved in a few months ago and we are still hoping to gain evidence of their prodigy.

The sprawling grounds with access to water and an array of buds berries seeds and lawns have also provided a habitat for the endaged willow tit and passing storm disorientatated travellers.


Posted August 1st at 4:32 pm by jane ward in Bird News

Sheepstor Chough

Yesterday evening I saw Chris' online message and managed to get up to Sheepstor at around 1930 before it went dark. The Chough was so confiding and at times it landed to within 12 ft of us. A wonderful sighting.


Posted August 1st at 1:57 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Sheepstor Chough

Returned to Sheepstor this morning but couldn't find any sign of last night's Chough.  Two Kestrels, at least eight Wheatear, loads of Swallows and House Martins a Spotted Flycatcher and several Wall Browns were compensation.

Also attached a couple of shots of the Chough I meant to post last night.


Posted August 1st at 1:10 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

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