Devon Bird Sightings from 15th–21st August 2022


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

Sunday 21st August 2022

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Additions to Archie & Kevin’s sightings on Blaxton Meadow: 2 juv Ringed Plovers, 17 Oystercatchers (a high court here), 6 Dunlins, Whimbrel & Common Sandpiper. Also a Sandwich Tern over the estuary.

Posted August 21st at 5:13 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Heathfield Farm woods Kingsteignton Sat 20th

Found the remains of a predated jay and picked up this exquisite feather. Approx 5.5 cms

Posted August 21st at 4:34 pm by Patrick Case in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

A mix of passage waders and waterfowl at Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor on today's high tide. Highlights were at least 18 Greenshank at Goosemoor and a Ruff at Bowling Green Marsh. The supporting cast comprised good numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, and a sprinkling of Curlew, Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon, and Shoveler.

Posted August 21st at 4:30 pm by Grahame Madge in Bird News

Crow Point (from Toll road carpark) 11 to 1.30pm

1 ad Gannet on river in front of Tug boat Goliath, 115 Med Gulls on sand bar including 7 juveniles, 5 Turnstone, 14 Linnet. Also Clouded Yellow and Brown Argus. 

A Red Kite over the A361 nr South Molton early doors. 

Posted August 21st at 3:34 pm by Mike Harris in Bird News

Blaxton meadow

50+ black headed gull no sign of mediterranian gull today also oystercatcher parakeets 1 cormorant. Lots of curlew red shank and green shank, Ringed Plover and 1 kingfisher 1 little grebe in the small river by the sewage works

Posted August 21st at 12:37 pm by Archie Oram Kevin Oram in Bird News

Around the Exe

Around the Exe (20th Aug) 

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh, viewing platform ~ Green Woodpecker, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Little Egret, 5 Greenshank, Whimbrel, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, 2 Black Swan.

From the Goat Walk ~ 28 Ringed Plover with a flock of 100 plus Dunlin.

Topsham Quay ~ 300 plus Black Tailed Godwit, 82 Curlew, Greenshank, 5 Little Egret, House Martins still active around the nests on the Quay building.

From the BGM hide on the high tide ~ A Ruff showing well in front of the hide 12 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 5 Greenshank, 2 LBBG,1 GBBG, 1 drake Gadwall, small number of Teal, 18 Redshank, 2 Stock Dove, light passage of House Martin and Swallow.

Powderham ~ 7 Heron, 48 Little Egret, 6 Greenshank.

Back home at South Brent a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a swarm of House Martins and later in the afternoon a Hobby in full pursuit of a single House Martin. Over the last week there has been a steady passage of House Martins and a lesser number of Swallows passing over each day with the House Martin count over a 1000 birds each day.

Ruff and BT Godwit
Ruff and BT Godwit

Posted August 21st at 9:16 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saturday 20th August 2022

Gammon Head, Prawle

All 3 Chough showing well in very dry field but still hassled by crows! Nearby, prob even better, Pale/Bergers Clouded Yellow on cliff top!!!!

Posted August 20th at 8:32 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

African Grey Parrot in Torquay

Spotted flying around Torquay marina on Thursday, obviously an escaped pet. Just wondering if it's been spotted before or if perhaps it's allowed to fly free.

Posted August 20th at 8:31 pm by G. Lawrence in Bird News

River Teign ,Hackney, high tide today

A single little tern at the wader/gull roost.  Adult already in winter plumage. This weeks roosts have seen up to 12 greenshank, four common sandpipers and up to around sixty curlew. three dunlin on a couple of occasions. But, only one redshank noted. Now in excess of forty little egrets. Yep 

Posted August 20th at 5:26 pm by Pete Stevens in Bird News

Prawle Point

Records from this morning at Prawle Point 0700-0700 hrs:
Sooty Shearwater 1 W 0749 hrs.
Balearic Shearwater 30+ W.
Manx Shearwater 20+ W.
Storm Petrel 2 W.

Chough 3 feeding at NW corner of field to north of lookout.
Yellow Wagtail at least 3 in field with cows.
Nick Smith 

Posted August 20th at 2:22 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Herring Gull recently caught and released at Noss Mayo GV87339 was ringed by N.C.Ward on 27 Sept 2020 just down the road at Puslinch. 2nd year bird.

Posted August 20th at 12:16 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Friday 19th August 2022

Brent Hill

First obvious migrants of the autumn today on Brent Hill - two Wheatears and one Redstart.

Posted August 19th at 8:50 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Gamon Head, East Prawle

Three choughs still at Gammon Head today, flying east about 3pm before landing to feed in a field opposite the headland.

Posted August 19th at 6:06 pm by Chris Tickle in Bird News

Fremington area.

3Greenshank,about 30 Redshank,3Common Sandpiper,1 BarnOwl10 little egrets,1 young Shelduck


Posted August 19th at 6:01 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Tarka trail around Ashford

Several goldcrest and a family of pied flycatchers

Posted August 19th at 5:25 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

A superb morning with several wader species including Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Red Knot, Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 7 Blackwit, Whimbrel, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, plus 25 Little Egret, female Shoveler & 6 Med Gull. All this topped off by Osprey being dive-bombed by Peregrine out in front of the hide. 

Bad news: Still dogs off the lead crashing into the water!!

Posted August 19th at 4:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

slapton ley

No sign of the spotted Crake early this morn,but 2 water rail,moorhens,grey heron,kingfisher,Cetis warbler,reed warbler,wedge warbler, on the beach,sandwich terms 4,gbbc gulls,2 common dolphins

Posted August 19th at 3:03 pm by Kevin and Archie oram in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning's birds included: 3 Tree Pipits, 3+ Whinchats, 3+ Stonechats, Wheatear, 6 Whitethroats, 1+ Willow Warbler, 4+ Spotted Flycatchers, 3 juv Bullfinches, Grey Wagtail, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Little Grebe, 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 juv Ringed Plovers, 7 Dunlins, 7 Greenshanks, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad-w & 2nd cal year) & the presumed escape Barnacle Goose.

This week's Osprey is from Threave Castle, Dumfries. 

Posted August 19th at 2:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Prawle Point

Prawle Point 0700-0800 hrs Friday 19 Aug:
Sooty Shearwater 1 W 0736 hrs.
Storm Petrel 8 W.
Balearic Shearwater 150+ W in flocks up to 30.
Manx Shearwater 40+ W.
Whimbrel 2 E.
Sandwich Tern 1 W.
Fulmar 2 E.
Med Gull 20+ W.
Gannet, Kittiwake, Shag etc.
Nick Smith
ps I also had 1 Tree Pipit at Prawle Point and 8 Turnstone at Brixham.

Posted August 19th at 10:48 am by Mark Bailey in Bird News

Thursday 18th August 2022


This afternoon at Prawle; Choughs 3 (at Gammon Head) Cirl Buntings, Swallows, House Martins, Kestrels, Ravens, Med. Gulls, Goldfinches, Linnets. Pied Flycatcher.

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher

Posted August 18th at 8:35 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

This morning Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Bar Tailed Godwits, Heron, L. Egrets, Greenshank, Cirl Bunting, Reed Buntings, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers, Peregrine, Buzzard, On the sea Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper.

Reed Warblers
Reed Warblers
Sedge Warbler
Sedge Warbler

Posted August 18th at 8:26 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Osprey back today, following a similar pattern as Monday, catching a fish from the estuary and taking it to a dead tree in Saltram to eat it. Flushed by Carrion Crows this time, but not before I managed to read the ring number. Also: 4 Ringed Plovers (2 ads & 2 juvs) on Blaxton Meadow with 6 Dunlins, 165 Redshanks, 9 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers & the (presumed escape Barnacle Goose); elsewhere, 3 Tree Pipits, 3 Whinchats, 5 Stonechats, 2 Willow Warblers, 4+ Whitethroats, 7+ Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, Bullfinch, 3+ Spotted Flycatchers, Sparrowhawk, 1+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 21 Mandarin Ducks & a Clouded Yellow.  


Posted August 18th at 5:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

South Devon

I’m  on holiday in the area and would like to let you know of my recent bird sightings:
West Charleton Marshes Wed 17 Aug:
Greenshank 7
Green Sandpiper 1
Redshank 1
Dunlin 19
Ringed Plover 26
L Egret 14
Teal 2
Black-t Godwit 13
Whimbrel/Curlew 4 on rocky shoreline in distance to south. Hazy, so I’m not sure of the species.
Oystercatcher 9.

Stonechat family with at least 3 fledged young.
Jay 2
Red Admiral 1.     Wall butterfly 2.

Prawle Point Thur 18 Aug:
Storm Petrel 1 flying around red fishing boat ‘Hustler’.
Arctic Skua 1 light phase successfully parasitising Kittiwakes to the SW.
Razorbill 5
Kittiwake 100+
Gannet 100+
Manx Shearwater 40+
Balearic Shearwater 20+

Chough 3 probing in field to north of lookout, before being driven away to western cliffs by Carrion Crows.
Spotted Flycatcher 1 near car park.
Wheatear 1, Cmn Wh 6, WW 2. CC 3, Bc 1. Stonechat family of at least 4 by coastguard cottages.
Common Dolphin c. 12 offshore, including at least 1 young one.
Nick Smith

Posted August 18th at 4:52 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

East Soar & Slapton

Soar: 3 Pied Flycatcher, Med Gull over bay, Great Spotted Woodpecker moving east, Green Woodpecker in Starehole, Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 10 Whitethroat, 8 Willow Warbler & 2 Sedge Warbler.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow, 22 Autumn Lady's Tresses.

Slapton: Spotted Crake showing well on usual pool by bridge.

Posted August 18th at 4:25 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Berry Head kayak trip

75+ Balearic Shearwaters inc flock of 40 on water.

2 Manx

1 Storm Petrel

2 Purple Sandpipers on Brixham breakwater

plus 30+ Common Dolphins

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Common Dolphins
Common Dolphins

Posted August 18th at 4:23 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Bird News

Whinchat, Northam Burrows

Whinchat seen briefly in fenced off area near Skern car park. 17/08/22 c17.00 hrs

Posted August 18th at 4:21 pm by John and Wendy Ward in Bird News

Avon Dam

Avon Dam reservoir surpassed itself this morning with five species and 39 birds. Eight roosting Goosanders (unusual here in August, and this was a site record count for the month) flew out at 0622 and 27 Mallard flew out at 0640, leaving two Grey Herons and single Common and Green Sandpipers.

Posted August 18th at 2:27 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Wednesday 17th August 2022

Saltpill Duck Pond area

This evening at Saltpill Duck Pond there were four Kingfishers, a family of Little Grebe, a few Swallows, a single Mute Swan, some Mallard and the Great White Egret that was showing well for some time.

Great White Egret
Great White Egret
Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted August 17th at 10:51 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Wembury Point

26 Mediterranean Gulls were present on the rocks at high tide this morning.

Posted August 17th at 4:53 pm by David Diskin in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Three Black-tailed Godwits including 1 in full sum-plum, dropped onto Blaxton Meadow at high tide this morning, joining the Redshanks, 2 Dunlins & 9 Greenshanks. Also today, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Swifts, Green Woodpecker, 2 Whinchats, 4 Stonechats, at least 1 Tree Pipit & Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Bullfinches & a Roe Deer. 

Posted August 17th at 4:22 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Very quiet morning just Tree Pipit, 7 Wheatear, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler & 2 Sedge Warblers. Best were 14 Autumn Lady's Tresses.

Posted August 17th at 2:51 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Saltpill Duck Pond

Late morning at Saltpill Duck Pond the great white egret was still present, tucked in to one of the reed bed pools. There were 6 little egrets in the trees and one heron. 2 snipe were resting near the shore of the main pool. We carried on to the hides at Home Farm Marsh where the water levels were very low, with only a heron, a little egret and a pied wagtail present.

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted August 17th at 2:14 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Wrafton area

On the scrape this morning 49 Mallard! Over from Wrafton Pond for a day out? Plus now 2 juvenile Shelduck, a Swan, and a Black-tailed Godwit. GSW again in the reserve, 2 Herons just outside. A Raven over.

Posted August 17th at 12:41 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Kingsbridge Estuary / West Charleton Marsh

Osprey in tree at Ilton Woods all evening after originally being seen on mudflats with fish. On marsh 42 Black-tailed Godwits, 50 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, 6 Greenshank, Redshank, 140 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel and a Kingfisher. Only 200 Swallows came in to roost with attendant Hobby.

Posted August 17th at 5:30 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Tuesday 16th August 2022

Colour-ringed Dipper at Plymbridge 16/08/22

I photographed a juvenile Dipper at the weir just upstream from Cann Viaduct today , Left leg pink over BTO, right leg pink over white,

Posted August 16th at 11:01 pm by Joe Higman in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

After the torrential rain - 16 Dunlin and 18+ Ringed Plover in the huge pit. Three Spotted Flycatchers at base of down. Late Swift over.

Posted August 16th at 8:42 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Wrafton area

Greenshank and an odd Shelduck on the scrape this morning. A few Swallows over the reserve, plus Grey Heron and a secretive but this time visible Water Rail. The first Great Spotted Woodpecker (a male) since 1st June. Evening ringing sessions recently have produced 1 House Martin, 4 Sand Martins, a Kingfisher, and 182 Swallows.

Posted August 16th at 4:47 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Ten species of wader were present over the high tide this morning, namely 700+ Blackwits, 400+ Redshanks, 250+ Dunlins, 150+ Curlews, 10+ Whimbrels and Lapwings, 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Barwits (one still in breeding plumage), and one each of Ruff and Common Sandpiper.

Also present, one each of Shoveler, Tufted Duck (both my first returning birds), Water Rail and Kingfisher.

Posted August 16th at 4:05 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Fremington Pill - Home Farm Marsh

3 Kingfishers , 150 + Redshanks , 2 Dunlin , 2 Snipe ,9 Swallows , 1 Sparrowhawk , 7 Little Egrets , 1 Water Rail & 1 Great Egret

Great Egret
Great Egret

Posted August 16th at 3:18 pm by David Paterson in Bird News

Berry Head 15 Aug

The Devon Birds evening seawatch meeting at Berry head in far from ideal 'seawatching conditions' did produce the hoped for Balearic Shearwaters but all were at some distance off the headland (and some at a very long distance!). Other rather distant sightings included 3 Arctic Skuas and Guillemots (one able to fly despite being in quite heavy wing moult). Closer in  were Sandwich Terns, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Herring, Great & Lesser Black-backed, Common, Mediterranean and Black Headed Gulls as well as  Shags and Cormorants and an actively feeding pod of Common Dolphins.

Other wildlife included 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths several fast fly-by Oak Eggar moths and a nice showing of delicate  Autumn Ladies Tresses in the meadow before the car park.

Posted August 16th at 8:16 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Exe Estuary

On Monday morning, we started at Exminster Marshes and had a Wood Sandpiper with 3 Greens on the drying out lagoon (viewed from the canal path). Also of note were a juvenile Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher and 16 Cattle Egrets.

High tide at Bowling Green Marsh produced a smart summer plumaged Knot, juvenile Water Rail, 2 Sandwich Terns, 12 Whimbrels, 2 Ringed Plovers &100+ Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted August 16th at 7:28 am by Howard Ackford & Paul McEleny in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

The marsh is excellent for waders at present the tides coming through because of a broken sluice gate. Would appear to be the reason a large area of reedbed has died however.

Yesterday evening saw 5 Teals, Marsh Harrier ( fem / fcy ), 2 Redshanks, 3 Greenshanks, Green Sandpiper, Grey Plover, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 70 Curlews, 50 Dunlins, Whimbrel, Ringed Plover and 50 Linnets. Also an impressive hirundine roost with a couple hundred Sand Martins and at least 5000 Swallows.

Posted August 16th at 5:04 am by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Monday 15th August 2022

Lyme Bay Boat Trip Sunday 14th

Good 8 hour trip out from Brixham and down to area off Start Point with Dave Saunders on Kellys Hero.  550 Balearic Shearwaters counted on the way down and over 800+ on the way back.  Some in very heavy moult.  Reassuring to see good numbers of these Critically Endangered birds. Best of the rest included Black Tern, 18 Common Tern, 8 Sandwich Terns, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Storm Petrels, 16 Med Gulls (all ages seen), 3 Arctic Skuas, Common Gull, 100+ Kittiwakes, 100+ Manx Shearwaters, Fulmar, 5 Common Sandpipers, Gannets (all ages), Guillimots and Razorbills, 190+ Common Dolphin and 2 Harbour Porpoise.  Atlantic Grey Seal seen in Brixham Harbour opportunistically looking for handouts from returning boats.

Arctic Skua
Arctic Skua
Black Tern
Black Tern

Posted August 15th at 8:41 pm by G and L Carr in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An excellent day on the patch, the highlight being a juv Osprey which caught a large fish on the estuary before settling in the top of a dead tree in Saltram to eat it. Also, the first Sandwich Terns (3) of the year here, Sedge Warbler, 3+ Willow Warblers, Whitethroat, 5 Whinchats, 3+ Stonechats, 2 Tree Pipits, Swift, Peregrine, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 2 Dunlins, 8 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, Mediterranean Gull (3rd cal year), 2 Small Heaths & a Painted Lady.

Posted August 15th at 4:23 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

7 Tree Pipits (6 on Bolt Head & one on Warren) the first of the autumn. Also 6 Wheatears, Sparrowhawk, 8 Whitethroats, 5 Willow Warblers, 80 Linnet and a welcome splurge of rain!

Posted August 15th at 3:26 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Salt Pill Duck Pond

Mallards, moorhens, Swallows, House Martins, 290 Canada geese, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Spotted Crake.

Posted August 15th at 3:12 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Greenshank still present this morning.

Posted August 15th at 2:42 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Preston beach last week.

A mixed week whilst lazing on Preston beach. I reported seeing the Great Egret earlier. Friday had a Hobby flying low north to south. Sunday was depressing. A clearly distressed Cormorant, swimming in close circles close to shore, and eventually the current fetched it up on the steps. I suspected bird flu, and exhorted people to keep away. Sadly no success in contacting any agency for help. Sad to think this bird flu horror is now on our doorstep. 

Posted August 15th at 7:17 am by Trevor Leaman in Bird News

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