Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th September 2022


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

Wednesday 7th September 2022

South Huish Marsh

Two more pics from today.

Please note: Due to unavoidable circumstances Plymouth branch's first post-covid indoor meeting, due to be held on Monday September 12th has unfortunately had to be CANCELLED. We hope to reschedule the planned talk for a future date.

Sand Martins
Sand Martins
Curlew Sandpipers & Dunlin
Curlew Sandpipers & Dunlin

Posted September 7th at 11:20 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

South Huish Marsh

In addition to Rob's report, at least two Yellow Wagtails, four Whinchat and two Wheatear and three or more Clouded Yellows provided a nice supporting cast to the celebrity Black Tern.

On a sadder, more worrying note, a dead Teal was blown across the ley into the NW corner, another avian flu victim perhaps?

Black Tern juv
Black Tern juv
Whinchat juv
Whinchat juv

Posted September 7th at 11:02 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News

Wood Sandpiper - Wrafton

Martin - Think this is probably the same single Wood Sandpiper that I heard & observed flying over Horsey towards Sharpa Marshes & Wrafton on Sunday last. Good to see that it landed & stayed around.

Posted September 7th at 10:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Broadsands, Paignton

A count of 54 Mediterranean gulls on the beach this morning mostly 1st and 2nd winter birds, two with green DARVIC type rings "R4UA" and R6UJ".

In excess of 500 Herring Gull, a handful of GBBG and one LBBG, a solitary Kittiwake and a small number of Black Backed Gull one youngster not looking at all well.

One sandwich Tern and two Oyster Catcher.

This afternoon a phone call from a member of the public reporting a Gannet at the roadside at Yealm Bridge, Yealmpton.

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted September 7th at 9:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News


Late afternoon viewed from the the amphitheatre at Saltram lovely if distant views of an Osprey over the Plym. It dived unsuccessfully three times then flew off towards Laira Bridge mobbed by Crows.


Posted September 7th at 7:26 pm by Bob Barrow in Bird News


Dead Gannet washed up on beach between Teignmouth and  Holcombe this afternoon. Possible bird flu victim ?

Posted September 7th at 5:46 pm by Angela Truman in Bird News

Dawlish Warren

1 clouded yellow and some gannets 

Posted September 7th at 1:41 pm by Gerry Hooper in Bird News

South Huish Marsh.

Brief visit to see the Black Tern which was very active plus 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Blackwits, several Dunlin & Snipe plus 30 odd Sand Martins.

Posted September 7th at 11:38 am by Rob Macklin in Bird News

North Devon Osprey

Photos of the Osprey on the river taw this morning.

Posted September 7th at 10:26 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Holcombe Beach Tuesday pm

Sadly one dead gannet drifting around in the tide line.

Posted September 7th at 9:44 am by Patrick Case in Bird News


Marsh Tit on garden feeder, not seen one here for eight years

Posted September 7th at 8:12 am by Michael Adams in Bird News

River Taw Osprey

One Osprey on the Taw , in front of Chivenor 

Posted September 7th at 8:10 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

South Huish

Last evening between the stormy showers at South Huish...Black Tern, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Snipe, Bar tailed Godwits, Yellow Wagtails, Wheatears and a Whinchat

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 7th at 3:54 am by Bob Barrow in Bird News

Heddon's Mouth and Wrafton Pond

Dipper and Possible Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sand ?

Posted September 7th at 12:59 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Fremington Pill

Early morning visit to Fremington Pill where this Glossy Ibis as spotted downstream from the sluice. There a few Redshank, a couple of Little Egret and a couple of Greenshank.  Late morning at Heddon Mouth were these Dippers were foraging in the stream that runs alongside the path to the beach. Then an afternoon visit to Wrafton Pond where four Black tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and what appears to be a Wood Sandpiper  were seen on the scrap.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted September 7th at 12:54 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Tuesday 6th September 2022

Avon Dam

13 roosting Goosanders at the dam this misty morning. Unusual to see any here in early September, let alone a double-figure count. All red-heads, but two showed a large amount of white on the wing, suggesting males, probably immatures moulting into adults.

Goosanders - presumed male on left
Goosanders - presumed male on left

Posted September 6th at 9:56 pm by Peter Reay in Bird News

Trew Weir & drainage relief channel, Exeter

2+ Swift & 90+ House Martin’s feeding over the drainage relief channel this evening

Posted September 6th at 9:47 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Berry Head afternoon shift

Berry Head 13:00-17:30: juv Long-tailed Skua (intermediate type at 13:52), 7 Pomarine Skuas (ads/imm), 21 Arctic Skuas, 19 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Terns (both juvs), Sooty Shearwater, 32 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 219 Mediterranean Gulls (mostly juvs), 5 Atlantic Blue-fin Tuna (sightings), 4 Harbour Porpoises, c25 Common Dolphins.

Personal highlights from last few days all Berry Head:

04/09/22 (07:15-16:15)

4 Great Shearwaters, 6 Sooty Shearwaters, 249 Balearic Shearwaters, 21 Manx Shearwaters, 4 European Storm-petrels, Storm-petrel sp. (very white-rumped bird, but no upper covert bars seen!), 57 Arctic Skuas, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, Puffin, c200 Mediterranean Gulls, 19 Sandwich Terns, 10+ Common Terns, 5 Fulmar. 5 Harbour Porpoisse, c25 Common Dolphins, Atlantic Blue-fin Tuna.

05/09/22 (11:00-16:00)

220 Balearic Shearwaters, 12 Manx Shearwaters, European Storm-petrel, 21 Arctic Skuas, 4 Sandwich Terns, 4 Common Terns, c40 Mediterranean Gulls, c50 Common Dolphins, 4 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted September 6th at 8:45 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake 6th September

2 Arctic Tern, 1 Little Stint, 8 Curlew Sandpiper, 42 Redshank, 17 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Dublin, 6 Ringed Plover, 20 Teal, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 50 Black-headed Gull, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk.

Posted September 6th at 8:00 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This afternoon an adult Gannet drifting up the estuary and ended up on the mud by the narrow river - a very rare bird here, but unfortunately likely to be suffering from avian flu. The Osprey was over the Plym with a fish which it took to its usual perch. Also, 3 Sandwich Terns, Little Grebe, 2 redhead Goosanders, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 9 Greenshanks, 4 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk & Willow Warbler.

Posted September 6th at 6:38 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Goosemoor & Bowling Green Marsh

13:59 - 15:42 Highlights

Goosemoor: 20 Greenshank; 2 Common Sandpiper; 11 Curlew Sandpiper; 

BGM: 5 Curlew Sandpiper; Ruff; Knot (inc 1 in near summer plumage); Whimbrel; 4 Bar-tailed Godwit; a ringed Redshank; 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Posted September 6th at 4:54 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

12:03 - 13:46

Highlights: 2 Marsh Harriers and 13 Cattle Egret

Posted September 6th at 4:50 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Berry Head and South Huish Marsh

Berry Head: 0720-0900 - 41 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Arctic Skuas, 3 Med Gulls and 15 Sandwich Terns the best. Others stayed longer and had higher totals.

South Huish Marsh: Black Tern still, Curlew Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits among the usuals.

Black Tern
Black Tern

Posted September 6th at 4:11 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Monday 5th September 2022

Upper Tamar Lake 5th September pm

1 Hobby, 1 juv. Little Stint, 9 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Ringed Plover, 4 Ruff, 14 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Teal, 2  ad. Yellow-legged Gull, 48 Black-headed Gull, 27 Pied Wagtail, 1 Sand Martin, 27 Swallow, 97Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk,  13 Cormorant.

Posted September 5th at 8:24 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Bere Ferrers 3-4 September

This Roller was in Bere Ferrers at the weekend. No sign today though.

An Osprey was over the Tavy towards Lopwell Dam this afternoon. 


Posted September 5th at 7:55 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Noss Mayo

Gannet in driveway part way up Widey Hill Bridgend. Still alive possible bird flu. Not there when we returned home.

Posted September 5th at 4:18 pm by Jeremy Spooner in Bird News

Exe Estuary

14 Curlew Sandpipers (digiscope footage of three: and 25 Greenshank at Goosemoor at 13:55. 

Osprey off Bowling Green Marsh platform at 13:25 and 21 Knot on the mud from here at 11:20.

From the hide at Bowling Green just before high tide: Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank and Ruff alongside the usuals.


Posted September 5th at 4:00 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Wembury Point

Dead  adult gannet on beach .0.75ml from Wembury towards  Wembury point. At lunch high tide.

Posted September 5th at 2:49 pm by Robert Massey in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

At least 8 Black-tailed Godwits new in today and Whinchats up to 5. Also, 6+ Common Sandpipers, 11 Greenshanks, 7 Dunlins, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1st & 3rd cy), Kingfisher, Tree Pipit, Bullfinch, 2 Grey Wagtails, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk & 5 Roe Deer. 

Posted September 5th at 2:24 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saunton Sands

Earlier this morning there was a single passage Bar-tailed Godwit & 4 Knot on Saunton Sands.

Posted September 5th at 2:24 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Fremington Quay to Saltpill Duck Pond

Lots of redshank on Fremington Pill and a glossy ibis and greenshank just below the iron bridge. The great white egret was on Saltpill Duck Pond, plus a kingfisher, and later a heron and 2 little egrets. The osprey was visible on the north shore, and then it flew along to sit on the red beacon post by the outlet, in front of Chivenor. On the way back there was one bar-tailed godwit on the shoreline with lots of oystercatchers.

Posted September 5th at 11:31 am by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Sunday 4th September 2022


1 very vocal Wood Sandpiper heard then seen over Horsey this morning. Flew  north - east over Caen Estuary towards Sharpa Marshes.

Posted September 4th at 2:15 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Juvenile Osprey.

Osprey Over The Plym Estuary 10.30 This Morning, Viewed From Saltram.

Juvenile Osprey.
Juvenile Osprey.

Posted September 4th at 2:07 pm by Patrick a.g.Hawkins in Bird News

Crownhill Down

Single Little Stint with 12 Ringed Plovers and about 15 Dunlins  late morning today. Also 3 Teal & 2 Black-headed Gulls among the Herrings, LBB & GBB.

Posted September 4th at 1:39 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Caen Estuary

In amongst a flock of c150 Dunlin on the west side of the Caen Estuary were 6 Curlew Sandpipers.  As the rising tide covered more of the mud on the west side these flew to the exposed mud on the east side of the Caen Estuary later on.

The Osprey is still around & was seen again at around 12:30.

Posted September 4th at 1:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


Osprey fishing in river plym st 10.30 now on its favourite perch

Posted September 4th at 12:10 pm by Roger Backway in Bird News

Blaxton Meadow Plymouth

On the meadow before high tide were the following. Bar t Godwit, 12 Greenshank, 21 Oystercatcher, 34 Curlew, 11 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper,145 Redshank and a Kingfisher. Also of note, a dead Gannet is on the meadow, NT have been informed.

Posted September 4th at 11:18 am by Martin Phillips in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Saltpill Duck pond

1 Osprey, 1 Great Egret & 2 Glossy Ibis.  

Posted September 4th at 10:34 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Saturday 3rd September 2022

Braunton Marsh leucistic Martin

Whilst watching a distant flock of Hirundines on Braunton Marsh this afternoon I spotted a completely white swallow or Martin in amongst them. Never seen this before. Previously I bumped into Jon Turner who was kind enough to let me see a Curlew Sandpiper through his scope, having left mine at home.

Posted September 3rd at 8:50 pm by Andy Leat in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Superb views of obliging Black-tailed Godwits on Charleton Marsh this evening, 18 present. Also Cattle Egret, 12 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stint, 7 Knot, Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, Redshank, 6 Snipe, 10+Yellow Wagtail and Kingfisher.

Posted September 3rd at 8:22 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Around the Exe

Up around the Exe today :~

Powderham :~ 21 plus Cattle Egret seen to fly from the Exe and over the deer park at Powderham, a few minutes later 16 Cattle Egret seen roosting on the old boat hulk on the Exe.

Little Egret, Heron, Redshank, 2 Greenshank , 7 Dunlin, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, one ringed with the local blue and yellow ring combination and Black tailed Godwit. 

Good numbers of Teal on the Rv Kenn.

From the Goat Walk :~ Osprey, initially on its usual post off of Exton, it then flew down the Exe and was fishing off of Starcross, Dunlin in their 100’s and in the flocks at least 4 Curlew Sandpiper and 9 Ringed Plover, 9 Knot, 2 Black Swan, 14 Little Egret and several distant Curlew.

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh :~ Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, adult Mediterranean Gull, large numbers of Black Headed Gull including a leucistic specimen, 2 LBBG, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Spoonbill, 25 Little Egret, 5 Heron, Coot, almost constant passage of House and Sand Martin, 3 Greenshank, 120 plus Curlew including several ringed birds including two flagged head start project birds, two birds fitted with GPS type transponders, calling Water Rail, two Peregrine sightings, 2 Whimbrel, at least seven Curlew Sandpiper, several Knot, Spotted Redshank, large numbers of Redshank one with a blue tag ring, Black Tailed Godwit and Dunlin in large numbers. In excess of 100 Canada geese.

Duck species included Mallard, 6 Pintail, Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, good numbers of Teal and Wigeon.

The first day of this autumn season where there have been large numbers of birds in evidence, which is very reassuring given the present avian flu situation and reports.


Posted September 3rd at 7:02 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Braunton Toll Road

Walked down to Crossbanks to check the Wader flock. A busy lot of Dunlin (60 or 70?) had within it single Knot, Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Curlew Sandpiper. Nearby 1 Redshank and 7 Greenshank. Today's disturbance was from a crab tiler waiting for the tide to drop enough to get at the tiles.

On the way home cracking views of the adult female Marsh Harrier at Sherpa.

Posted September 3rd at 4:45 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Exminster Marshes

Mid morning visit. On the lagoon 5 ruff, 5 knot, 3+ black-tailed godwit and a little stint. Also 3 cattle egrets flew in to drink. A wheatear was on the lagoon's bank.

Amongst the roosting gulls, mostly black-headed, in the field towards Turf were a further 9 cattle egrets and a single lapwing. Later in the morning there were 26 cattle egrets roosting on the lagoon bank and a further 9 with cattle to the south.

At Turf 2 sandwich terns and an adult Med gull moulting into winter plumage. The juv marsh harrier was seen near the lagoon and again over a recently cut field next to Station Road with 2 common buzzards and 2 kestrels.

Posted September 3rd at 4:09 pm by John Waldon in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight this morning was a juv Curlew Sandpiper which circled Blaxton Meadow but, unfortunately, didn't land - the first patch record for 10 years. The juv Osprey was on its favoured perch in Saltram early afternoon (and still present at the time of writing, as viewed from my house) and 3 Sandwich Terns frequented the lower estuary. Also, 12 Greenshanks, 20 Oystercatchers (both good counts for the patch), Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfishers, ad-w Mediterranean Gull, Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Stonechats & 3 Roe Deer.  


Posted September 3rd at 2:29 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Late post from Kennick Reservoir and Christow

During an evening visit to Hennock Reservoirs 6 teal, 3 common sandpiper, one little grebe, 6 tufted duck and maybe 30 or so mallard. Water levels exceptionally low in the reservoir so lots of ‘beach’ and mud. Also, earlier in the day over the house, peregrine seen in an encounter with a drone. Irritatingly, drone being used to film an adjacent property to go on the market so over peoples gardens and houses. The peregrine appeared from nowhere to investigate, although didn’t make contact. 

Posted September 3rd at 1:13 pm by Fiona Freshney in Bird News

Wrafton area

Wrafton Pond Duck bonanza! Well almost! Some Teal - unusual here, 5 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler and best were 2 Pintail.

In the reserve, 3 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, and a host of Blue Tits in a large Tit flock also containing GSW, several Chiffs,  a few Chaffinches,  a Great Tit, LT Tit and also present 15 or so Goldfinch.

Posted September 3rd at 12:48 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

07:44 - 11:07

Osprey on post (River Exe), Curlew Sandpiper and Kingfisher from viewing platform.

Marsh - Spoonbill; Ruff (1); Mediterranean Gull (1); Curlew (140+); Whimbrel (1); Yellow Wagtail (2); Knot (1); Dunlin; Common Sandpiper; Pintail (4); Snipe;  Wigeon; Teal; Shoveler; Redshank; House and Sand Martin; young Shelduck (4).

Posted September 3rd at 12:05 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

2 Glossy Ibis , 3 Greenshanks , 1 Dunlin , 1 Osprey ,1 Great Egret , 1 Juvenile Buzzard , 2 Common Sandpipers , 3 Water Rails , 10 Snipe , 2 Cetti's Warblers , 9 Widgeon & 1 Kingfisher.  

Posted September 3rd at 10:17 am by David Paterson in Bird News

Friday 2nd September 2022

Aylsebeare Common

Today at Aylsebeare  Common I spotted this Dartford Warbler hiding in a distant gorse bush. 

Dartford Warbler
Dartford Warbler

Posted September 2nd at 11:55 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Exminster Marsh again

A second visit today. Marsh Harrier Juv, 5 Knot, 5 Ruff, a distant Stint were highlights of evening visit to Exminster Marsh.  

Posted September 2nd at 9:16 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News


The highlights on a late morning circular walk at Mortehoe were many stonechats, a kestrel, a pair of  ravens, one female wheatear, one wren, 10+ oystercatchers on the rocks below, a pair of fulmar, 6 gannets further out. On the gorse was a mixture of a few willow warblers and chiffchaffs, which were difficult to separate until I could study my photos. I believe that the willow warblers had paler legs and a more prominent supercilium, and possibly slightly longer wings, but please correct me if I’m wrong!

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Posted September 2nd at 6:37 pm by Colin Dracott in Bird News

Yelverton/Yennadon Down/Burrator Area

A rather late Swift was with a mixed flock of Swallows and House Martins near Yelverton this morning. Over the last three days, at Burrator/Yennadon Down area, there have been a few scattered Redstarts, single Spotted and Pied Flycatchers and a few Wheatears. In addition to the usual large flocks of Goldfinches present at this time of the year, there have been flocks of up to 60 Linnets, mainly juveniles. I don’t normally see this sort of number, so presumably they’ve had a good breeding season.

Burrator Reservoir currently only has a single Common Sandpiper, wader-wise. The Little Ringed Plover stayed for 3 days but wasn’t seen after August 23rd. A group of 11 Goosanders, predominantly juveniles, have been regular. Crossbills have been seen daily, attracted by the current  abundance of cones.

Posted September 2nd at 6:33 pm by Howard Ackford in Bird News

Warleigh Point Tamerton Foliot.


Sighted 0910 this morning, Osprey (adult), flew from Kingsmill Lake area over the Tavy Bridge towards Warleigh House. Other birds: Great Crested Grebes (6), Mute Swans m&f + cygnets (7), Cormorants, Little Egrets, Grey Herons, on the walk to and return to the reserve: Willow Warblers, Blue & Great Tits, Wren, Blackbirds, Song Thrush. 

Posted September 2nd at 5:01 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Bird News

East Soar

A series of NE winds has not brought the hoped for migrants with today's meagre tally including 2 Yellow Wagtails, first Jay of the autumn, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the willows, Green Woodpecker in Starehole, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatears, 40 Swallows, 30 House Martins, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 3 Whitethroats and a solitary Blackcap.

Posted September 2nd at 4:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Caen area

After seeing 4 Godwits on the scrape, I headed down the east bank of the Caen, hoping again for an Osprey. Very little else at high tide. Today's disturbance was provided by the RNLI when two 2-man rib inflatables headed up the Caen from the main estuary, tooled into Horsey through the breach, made a brief foray towards Braunton then headed out to the main river again... The flock of small waders was roosting just inside the breach on the South side - 40 or so Dunlin, 4/5 Ringed Plover, a probable Knot and a possible Curlew Sandpiper. Little Owl showed again. Kestrel on the Osprey platform briefly! 4 noisy Ravens went over heading east then turned SW. Common Sandpiper in Velator Harbour. Of course the others saw the Osprey not long after I left...

Posted September 2nd at 4:12 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Caen Estuary > Horsey

Finally got to see the Osprey at lunchtime today.  A small flock of Ringed Plover & c150 Dunlin flew low over Horsey from the White House direction & landed to forage in the mud on the Caen Estuary on the far side of the Aircraft Approach Path.

A male Peregrine which was not the same bird as seen yesterday was on Horsey + a hunting Barn Owl.

Posted September 2nd at 3:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Osprey circled over Exminster Marsh at 1300, during lunchtime visit. Also 33+ Cattle Egret, 5 Ruff, 50+ Teal, Green Sandpiper & Med Gull (2w)

Posted September 2nd at 3:57 pm by Steve Cox in Bird News

Great White Egret.

Great white egret on the river Taw next to the old shapland and petters building seen from the old bridge 8.40am

Posted September 2nd at 3:31 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram Thurs 1st Sept

A morning's visit produced: 2 Yellow & 2+ Grey Wagtails, Whinchat, 4 Stonechats, Tree Pipit, Whitethroat, 2 juv Bullfinches, Swift, 2 Kingfishers, Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper & 4 Roe Deer. 

Posted September 2nd at 3:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Thursday Morning Visit

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted September 2nd at 1:28 pm by Colin Scott in Bird News

The Exe below Turf

Yesterday afternoon, not seen this many starlings recently.

Posted September 2nd at 12:59 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News

Crownhill Down, Dartmoor

Little Stint, 12 Ringed Plover and 5 Dunlin in huge pit on Crownhill Down. (What3Words: ///spell.detonated.influence). Distant, scope essential. Tree Pipit, 41 Teal on top small pool (unusual), Wheatear and 2 Spotted Flycatchers. 

Posted September 2nd at 10:33 am by Chris E and Chris Marcol in Bird News

Thursday 1st September 2022

Otter Estuary

Three juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at the mouth of the estuary this evening with 8 Dunlin & 3 Ringed Plover. 

Juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, Otter Estuary by Chris TownendJuvenile Curlew Sandpipers, Otter Estuary by Chris Townend


Posted September 1st at 10:00 pm by Chris Townend in Bird News

West Charleton Marsh

Cattle Egret, 9 Wigeons, Spotted Redshank, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Greenshanks, 40 Ringed Plovers, 20 Dunlins, 3 Knots, 10 Yellow Wagtails and 25 Sand Martins on Charleton Marsh this evening.

Posted September 1st at 9:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News

Caen River etc.

Another ride down the Toll road this evening, after checking the scrape where 5 Godwits were present, Not much at all at Crossbanks - too much disturbance. Man working on boat put up a sail which flapped noisily, helicopter went over... etc etc. 2 Redshank, Little Owl seen again.

However, further up the Pill just south of the Toll House, opposite the upside down blue boat was a good size flock of Dunlin - I counted over 75 so possibly a hundred present. Star prize, however went to the preening Curlew Sandpiper which finally and conclusively revealed it's white rump, and as it moved around, it's elegant stance and feeding action became obvious. There may have been another with it, but all too suddenly they all flew off South.

Posted September 1st at 7:57 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Starehole Valley and Aveton Gifford

1st Winter Willow Warbler Starehole Valley, three Yellow Wagtails with Highland Cattle.  Three Cattle Egret on the River Avon where it meets the tidal road.

Willow Warbler in t5he morning sunshine.
Willow Warbler in t5he morning sunshine.
Cattle Egret with some breeding plumage still showing
Cattle Egret with some breeding plumage still showing

Posted September 1st at 7:28 pm by Barry Rankine in Bird News

Field at Greysholt on Stoney Lane, Landkey.

Another visit to the field today and loads more swallows and house martins. At one point there was a group of 30 making their way over the back end of Codden Hill. There is plenty of food as I was getting buzzed by lots of flies whilst the birds darted all over the place. Lovely to see and haven't had such large numbers in previous years.

Posted September 1st at 5:38 pm by Robert Morgan in Bird News

Horsey & Pottington

We cycled down to Horsey at around 08:30 this morning hoping to see the Osprey but instead we had good distant views through the scope of an interesting & unusual interaction between a Peregrine Falcon & an adult female Marsh Harrier.

We think the Peregrine had targeted & probably injured a flying bird which we could see on the surface of the water 1/2 mile away .It made several passes but failed to recover the prey item bobbing about on the surface of the water.  This did not go unnoticed by a passing Marsh Harrier which also had several unsuccessful attempts at retrieving the injured bird. After some time both birds of prey needed a rest & alighted on two posts side by side a short distance apart!

The Osprey was seen later during the morning over Horsey by which time I had cycled down the Tarka trail to Pottington to find 1 Curlew Sandpiper amongst a flock of Dunlin,  26 Black tailed Godwits & 1 Knot.

Posted September 1st at 4:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

Early this morning was a surprise Great White Egret along with at least 20+ Little Egret. Many waders on the marsh included a Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Snipe, 4 Knot, 3 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, Lapwings, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit along with large numbers of Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank and Dunlin. Other sightings included small numbers of Wigeon, Pintail and Shoveler with large numbers of Teal as well as a Mediterranean Gull and a Lesser Black Backed Gull. 

Posted September 1st at 4:14 pm by Karen Pooley in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton

Thursday 1st Sept.: Osprey heading West, mobbed by Peregrine, 09:35.

Posted September 1st at 2:14 pm by Alex Lowe in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh yesterday evening

Yesterday evening visit to Bowling Green Marsh. Juv Spoonbill, 4 Ruff (2Ads, 2 Juv), C Sand, 180 Teal, 12 Pintail, 7 Shoveler & a Tufted. From Clyst platform 5 Knot, 25 Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper & 10 Greenshank 

Posted September 1st at 7:20 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Osprey over Northam

Osprey high over Northam late afternoon heading Appledore Taw/Torridge estuary.

Posted September 1st at 4:45 am by Rob Maye in Bird News

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