Devon Bird Sightings from 8th–14th August 2022


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

Sunday 14th August 2022

Chelston, Torquay

A late Swift low over the house at 18.15 pm.

Posted August 14th at 7:33 pm by Chris Proctor in Bird News


This morning myself and Jenny were delighted to see an Aquatic Warbler that was ringed at Slapton. 

Posted August 14th at 7:12 pm by Carol Bartlett in Bird News

Isley Marsh to Instow

Curlew, Greenshank, Dunlin, Black Tailed Godwit, Grey heron, Little Egret, Oystercatchers, Black Headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, Ringed Plover, Linnets, Pied Wagtail and 1 Great White Egret.

Posted August 14th at 7:10 pm by Barnabas in Bird News

Exe Estuary

An early morning visit to Exminster marsh :~

On the canal a Kingfisher.

On the rapidly drying out lagoon a Green Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper along with Black Tailed Godwit and a small number of Mallard and Teal.

In the car park a Sparrowhawk attempted to take a Wood pigeon, both being lost from sight as the pursuit and evasion flight went along the tree line.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh for the high tide :~

Lesser Black Back Gull, Lapwing, Black Tailed Godwit in decent numbers, Dunlin 200 plus, a single Snipe, a small flock of Redshank, a single Greenshank, two Little Egret, two Heron, 150 plus Curlew including six colour ringed birds, most from the Exe & Axe Curlew project, six Whimbrel, one first winter Mediterranean Gull, Black Headed Gull flock with one white DARVIC ringed bird “T9A5”.

On leaving the LBBG was actively hunting the Dunlin.


Posted August 14th at 6:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Saltpill pond Fremington

Thanks to Phil and Sue Naylor's post yesterday regarding the great white-went this morning and it was still there. After a stealthy low and slow approach got a good sighting and even saw it catch a fish! Fabulous 

Posted August 14th at 5:22 pm by Fozz Forsdike in Bird News


0.920 The SPOTTED CRAKE showed well at  [ grave yard pool ] near bridge. 

Posted August 14th at 2:23 pm by Carol Bartlett in Bird News

Wrafton scrape

Later than the WeBS count there was a Lapwing hiding in amongst the thistles beyond the scrape and an active Greenshank in the water.

Posted August 14th at 1:22 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

An early (mainly) pre-heat excursion produced: at least 1 Tree Pipit & Whinchat, 4 Willow Warblers, 8+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Whitethroats, 6 Stonechats, Sand Martin, 2 Bullfinches (juv & male), Green & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Peregrines, 8 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers & 6 Roe Deer. 

Posted August 14th at 12:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bradiford Reserve

Very active wood sandpiper on WeBS count this morning.

Posted August 14th at 11:32 am by Andrew Lansdell in Bird News

Toll House - Caen Estuary

2 Green Sandpipers during the monthly WeBS Core Count early this am.

Posted August 14th at 11:24 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Crownhill Down

2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover in the huge pit. Redstart, 3+ Spotted Flycatchers and Whitethroat along bridleway. Mandarin at nearby Hooksbury Pool.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 14th at 10:05 am by Chris E in Bird News

Lyme bay cruise 12th Aug

One of my own cruises booked up by Exeter RSPB proved both wonderful and sad. Probably well in excess of 500 Balearic Shearwaters mostly rafting 3 miles+ out to sea about 50 Manx too. Juvenile Yellow Legged Gull and 2 juvenile Black Terns. Many Mediterranean Gulls, Kittiwakes, Common Dolphin,  a few Harbour Porpoise one Grey Seal. 

Sadly a very poorly adult Gannet showing all the signs of Bird Flu, throwing its head back and trying to stay upright while sat on the sea.

   Balearic Shearwater

                                                                              Balearic Shearwaters

Posted August 14th at 9:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

Saturday 13th August 2022

Saltpill Pond Fremington

Just admiring about 30+ Canada Geese at Saltpill Pond Fremington this morning when in flew a magnificent Great White Egret. 

Great White Egret flaring for landing
Great White Egret flaring for landing
Great White Egret fishing, unsuccessfully
Great White Egret fishing, unsuccessfully

Posted August 13th at 8:16 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A good mix this morning (with a very big high tide) included: juv Yellow-legged Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull, 5+ Common Sandpipers, 7 Greenshanks, 2 Kingfishers, presumed escape Barnacle Goose, Swift, 2 Whinchats, 3 Stonechats, 4 Willow Warblers, Whitethroat, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 2 Clouded Yellows.

Posted August 13th at 4:49 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News


9 Spotted Flycatchers mostly youngsters, 3 treecreepers, Blackcap,nuthatch, siskin,and the locals including marsh tit.Then it got too hot !!

Posted August 13th at 4:24 pm by jenny elvin in Bird News

Tracks in the sand - Braunton Burrows

Interesting to read up on Tiger Beetles being some of the fastest insects on the planet. There is also a Dune Tiger Beetle which is closely related to the Northern Dune Tiger Beetle, the subtle difference being the width of the banding on the wing cases.

Since I find it far too hot for comfort to enter Braunton Burrows after 09:00 at the moment, I have yet to see this fascinating high speed bug.

Martin - Have you been able to see one on Northam Burrows? I assume it is too hot for comfort over on your side of the estuary as well.

Posted August 13th at 12:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Exminster Marshes

Although most of the marsh is dry there is still a little water in the lagoon. Viewed from the canal path there was a nice collection of waders and egrets feeding on the exposed mud. At least 5 cattle egrets and 10 little egrets. The wader flock comprised of about 15 black-tailed godwits, 2 snipe, 1 lapwing (possibly a juv.), 1 wood sandpiper and 1 little ringed plover. A marsh harrier flew over. A few ducks were mostly teal and shoveller.

Posted August 13th at 11:08 am by John Waldon in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Redstart and 6+ Spotted Flycatchers along the bridleway. 2 Common Sandpipers new in on the huge pit at the top of the down. 2 Dunlin briefly first thing. At nearby Hooksbury Pool, Kingfisher and Tree Pipit.


Posted August 13th at 10:06 am by Chris E in Bird News


An evening visit to Slapton for the reported Spotted Crake which was initially very elusive although it had been reported late in the afternoon.

A Snipe was showing well along with a Heron and a family of Moorhen, Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler and a Willow Warbler all put in an appearance as did an immature Sparrowhawk that showed very well when it perched in a tree in clear view.

A calling Water Rail, was soon followed by a brief view of two birds in the reeds.

The Spotted Crake then began to emerge from the reed cover and showed well for a short time before being chased off by a Moorhen, an immature Water Rail then came out of the reeds and showed well.

Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake
Water Rail
Water Rail

Posted August 13th at 9:45 am by Steve Hopper in Bird News

White storks over Langdon hospital

07.50 hrs 2 white storks flying westwards from the Exe estuary direction over Langdon hospital , seen by 2 others stood with me

Posted August 13th at 8:16 am by Steve stone in Bird News

Friday 12th August 2022

Tracks in the sand - Braunton Burrows


Thank you for your help in identifying the animal that left these tracks in the sand. I followed up your suggestion that it may be a Tiger Beetle by googling some photos online of tracks left in the sand by Northern Dune Tiger Beetles & they certainly look very similar to my photos.

Posted August 12th at 8:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

A nice adult Cattle Egret on the meadow this evening, just coming out of breeding plumage. Also Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted August 12th at 6:59 pm by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Hi Rob!

Those are some very interesting tracks in the sand. I think they were made by a beetle of some species, possibly even a Tiger Beetle out on the hunt. I've seen similar patterns over on Northam Burrows. 

Posted August 12th at 2:00 pm by Martin Unwin in Bird News

Braunton Marshes

1 adult Cettis Warbler with recently fledged juvenile.

Photo - adult

Posted August 12th at 11:01 am by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Thursday 11th August 2022


In the garden this evening.

Green Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

Posted August 11th at 9:58 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh - Storks

Just to add to Mark Bailey's post, I saw the White Stork flock distantly from the hide at Bowling Green Marsh, heading east at approx 1655.  It seems they have now flown as far as Sutton Bingham Reservoir.

Also seen at BGM: one each of Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Greenshank, Med Gull (at Goosemoor) and a few Snipe, plus c170 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin.  And one Shoveler.

Posted August 11th at 9:07 pm by Richard Swinbank in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow

Absolute pandemonium at Blaxton Meadow, with all the Black-headed Gulls and Curlews rising into the air as a Peregrine passed overhead. She then made a very determined stoop towards the Redshanks still on the water. She must have missed her prey as she came back 15 minutes later for another go, but this time hiding up in a tree in the hope they might forget she was still on the hunt. The Redshanks knew she was still there as they were alarming all the while.

The Barnacle Goose has returned to the Meadow after its short visit to Burrator.

Posted August 11th at 8:01 pm by Chris Marcol in Bird News

White Storks - Torquay

A flock of 28 White Storks( released from Knepp this week) circled over Torquay late afternoon for c10 minutes before heading off purposefully north - later seen crossing the Exe 35-40 minutes later per Matt Kn and Richard S  -Clive M had an additional 3 White Storks just before he picked up the flock of 28- also heading low north .

Posted August 11th at 6:26 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News

3 adult choughs

Three adult choughs 6pm coastal footpath below East Prawle Monday 8th August.

Posted August 11th at 5:04 pm by Philip Cutler in Bird News


Early this morning at the pond by Slapton bridge we had great views of the Spotted Crake and a brief showing of a Water Rail, several juv. Moorhens. Gulls, Crows and a juv. Heron all having a field day feeding on the numerous small fish and Eels trapped in pools on the partially dried out pond.

Water Rail
Water Rail
Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake

Posted August 11th at 4:19 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Braunton Burrows

Too hot to be out & about after 09:00 this morning but thought this would be of interest. We think these may be snake trails (perhaps adder) in the foredunes only 70 metres from the beach.

Posted August 11th at 3:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Three Choughs at Berry Head this morning

Three Choughs reported at Berry Head by Robert Gaze on DBs this morning. I got up to B. Hd.after a call from Mike Langman. Bob Bailey already on site. Three Choughs were in the air and 2 at least, went into the quarry but returned to headland before flying W. at height.

Posted August 11th at 2:47 pm by Bill Coulson in Bird News

Crownhill Down

My first Redstart for the site this morning. Six Spotted Flycatchers - at least three juvs. Also a Whitethroat along the bridleway. No waders.

Redstart and Spotted Flycatchers
Redstart and Spotted Flycatchers

Posted August 11th at 12:02 pm by Chris E in Bird News

RHS Rosemoor late post for August 10

Down by the lake an Osprey flew over quite high and then circled up to a dot.

Posted August 11th at 11:20 am by Phil Stevens in Bird News

Berry Head Choughs

Three adult Choughs feeding between cafe and headland at 10.30 .

Posted August 11th at 10:58 am by Robert Gaze in Bird News


Lovely morning for breakfast outside, and while watching a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the trees at the top of the garden, a high pitched squeaking drew my attention to a couple of Sparrowhawks interacting close behind me, on closer inspection, there were 4 of them! Presumably all juveniles from a local nest. Meanwhile the dopy Woodpigeon continued building it's nest.

Posted August 11th at 8:02 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Newton Abbot Town Quay Wednesday 10th

Whilst riding along the cycleway my attention was drawn to screeching above. For about a minute I watched a very persistent and determined herring gull harassing and chasing a peregrine. They put in a great display and eventually disappeared out of sight over the town.

Posted August 11th at 7:54 am by Patrick Case in Bird News

Wednesday 10th August 2022

Crownhill Down

This morning over the Down. Prolonged views of family of 5 Spotted Flycatchers hawking for insects over the bridlepath, no doubt the same birds Chris saw earlier. Also Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Greenfinches and Linnets.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 10th at 7:45 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


A hot walk around Saltram today. Spotted Fly, lots of Chaffinch, Goldcrest, 3 juv Pied Wags, Great & Blue Tits, House Martins, a Swift, Buzzard. Also an Emporer Dragonfly ovipositing.

Spotted Fly
Spotted Fly

Posted August 10th at 7:41 pm by John Foster in Bird News

Lower Tamar Lake

Lower Tamar Lake this morning.

4 Willow Tit, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2m Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2  Moorhen, 7 Coal Tit, 8 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Robin, 1 Jay, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit.

Posted August 10th at 2:59 pm by Rod Mudge in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

5 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Tree Pipit the highlights this morning.

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher

Posted August 10th at 7:28 am by Chris E in Bird News

Tuesday 9th August 2022

Avon Dam

Preceding the reported Merlin by the Erme at Ivybridge on 8 August, Mike Ingram had reported a male flying down the Avon valley on the evening of 5 August.

Posted August 9th at 8:23 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

River Mole Valley

18 Greenfinch in the orchard mostly juveniles along with Nuthatch and Chaffinch.By the river a succession of birds arriving to drink and bathe including 15 Linnets,6 Meadow Pipits 12 Goldfinch and 6 Greenfinch.All were frequently spooked by 20 Swallows ,House Martins and Sand Martins.2 juvenile Herons also made an appearance along with Dipper,Kingfisher,Moorhen.Goosander,Grey and Pied Wagtails.15 Stock Dove and 30 Woodpigeon feeding in the barley stubbles.Non avian included 25 Common Blues,6 Silver Washed Fritillaries,Commas and Marbled Whites.

Posted August 9th at 7:47 pm by Brian Nicholas in Bird News


On a morning's walk before the real heat: 2 Pied Flycatchers, 8 Wheatears, Garden Warbler, 14 Whitethroats, 5 Willow Warblers, Sedge Warbler, 2 Sand Martins, Sparrowhawk, c300 Linnets, Hare, 5 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, 4 Clouded Yellows & 2 Walls. 

Posted August 9th at 3:34 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Goshawk ~ South Brent

Just after mid day today a juvenile male Goshawk had a tickle at my racing pigeons over South Brent, while I was watching it I noticed a Sparrowhawk watching the Goshawk from considerable height and staying well away from it !!


Posted August 9th at 2:27 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Braunton raptor

Sparrowhawk on the roof opposite our house this morning seeking breakfast. Darn thing wouldn't look in our direction at all! It was intent on some prey or other in the gardens behind it, eventually dropping out of sight, presumably successfully catching its meal as it didn't reappear above the rooftops.

Young Sparrowhawk in Braunton
Young Sparrowhawk in Braunton

Posted August 9th at 9:13 am by Phil and Sue Naylor in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Pre-work dash up the down - 4+ Spotted Flycatchers at base. Lapwing and 5 Dunlin in the huge pit.

Posted August 9th at 7:21 am by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 8th August 2022

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Two Redshank and seven Dunlin in huge pit.

Posted August 8th at 7:16 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Ivybridge Erme River 8 Aug

Sat enjoying the cooler air next to the river at 1445 todayat the playing fields hugely surprised and delighted to see a Merlin appear and perch on a rock in the river only 5yds away. After a few minutes flew into the branches and cover of trees. 

Posted August 8th at 6:08 pm by R Teague in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A hot wander produced: Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 2 juv Stonechats, juv Bullfinch, Swift, at least 1 Sparrowhawk, juv Mediterranean Gull, 17 Mandarin Ducks, 10 Oystercatchers, Greenshank, 2+ Common Sandpipers, Roe Deer, Marbled White & 2 Clouded Yellows.

Posted August 8th at 5:46 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar & Southdown Valley

First Pied Flycatcher of the autumn this morning plus 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, 19 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 13 Willow Warbler, 42 Stonechat, 80 Goldfinch, 130 Linnet & 3 Bullfinch.

Non-avian: Brown Hare, 6 Clouded Yellow, 32 Common Blue, 32 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 3 Painted Lady, male & female Lesser Emperor (inc.female ovipositing), 3 male Red-veined Darter, 3 male Keeled Skimmer, 21 Black-tailed Skimmer and a great view of a Hornet Robber Fly Asilus crabroniformis.

Posted August 8th at 3:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

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