Devon Bird Sightings: Bird News from 8th–14th September 2022


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

Wednesday 14th September 2022

River Otter

On the Otter, Goosander two days ago, Kingfisher this evening.


Posted September 14th at 9:50 pm by Geoff Mitchell in Bird News


Honey Buzzard over at 17:55. Seen while sat on a bench near the car park waiting for the Osprey. HB flew over from the south. No sign of Osprey between 17:00-18:30

Honey Buzzard
Honey Buzzard

Posted September 14th at 9:01 pm by Chris E in Bird News

Venford Reservoir

1 Hobby early am. 

Posted September 14th at 8:15 pm by Andy Smith in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

09:20 - 11:07

Highlights: 1 Great Egret; 2 Ruff; Bar-tailed Godwit; 3 Curlew Sandpiper; Knot.

Posted September 14th at 4:59 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Maristow Tavy Estuary

At about 1050 an Osprey flew down the estuary over Maristow Quay.

It was joined by another Osprey that appeared to fly out of Blaxton Wood.  Both birds flew on and were lost from view near Tavy Bridge.The high water was just after 0900, so just approaching two hours ebb when seen.  About 1110 one bird flew back heading upstream over Lopwell. The other bird settled in trees at Blaxton Point for a short time before being driven off by Crows.

Also seen at least 15 Ravens, 6 House Martins over Lopwell (with at least one pair still feeding young in the nest), three Common Sandpipers, one Little Grebe, one adult male Sparrowhawk.

Posted September 14th at 2:37 pm by roger smaldon in Bird News

North Devon

An Osprey on the Taw , near Chivenor.

Posted September 14th at 12:08 pm by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Tuesday 13th September 2022


Combined counts from BGM and Goosemoor this morning included 10+ Curlew Sandpipers, 20+ Greenshanks, 10+ Barwits, 2 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 25+ Knot, 20+ Lapwings (well up on last week), 40+ Pintail (ditto), 1 Tufted Duck and 1 Water Rail.

Posted September 13th at 9:02 pm by James Camden in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two Firecrests showed well beside Blaxton Meadow which still held 10 Bar-tailed Godwits on this morning's very high tide, plus a Sandwich Tern, 13 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers & a Kingfisher.

Also, 5 Whinchats, 5+ Stonechats, Wheatear, Green Woodpecker & 3 Roe Deer. Finally the Osprey circled over the estuary a few times before ending up on its regular perch.  

Posted September 13th at 8:27 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Powderham Castle grounds


2 Osprey, 1 Great White Egret and 1 Marsh Harrier.

Posted September 13th at 3:47 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News



Marsh Harrier. Opposite Topsham Quay over the reed bed. Turned back at Topsham Lock and headed down towards Turf. 

Posted September 13th at 8:20 am by Pat Gubb in Bird News

Wrafton pond & Scrape

late afternoon in the pond and scrape area where on the pond there were five or six Wigeon, four or five Shoveler, one Teal and two Kingfishers.  On the scrape was a single Black-tailed Godwit that was later joined by another 42.

Non breading male in the forgroung and female Shoveler behind
Non breading male in the forgroung and female Shoveler behind
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 13th at 12:32 am by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Monday 12th September 2022

Torquay ~ Hoopoe

The reported Hoopoe that has been frequenting the Quinta Road allotments was showing well this afternoon. 

The allotments are private with no public entry but the folk there are friendly and if asked politely may allow access.  


Posted September 12th at 8:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Upper Tamar Lake 12th September

3 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 32 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Grey Heron, 130 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch.

Posted September 12th at 8:07 pm by Rick Lockwood in Bird News

Aylesbeare Common

11:17 - 12:57

Highlights were three Dartford Warbler, two Stonechat and a Common Whitethroat all in one small area of the common.

Posted September 12th at 6:22 pm by Paul Bray in Bird News

Starcross - Countesswear

Best sighting of the day was an Osprey roosting in a dead Oak in Powderham Park (1200 - 1300ish). Also of note were 150+ Turnstones on Starcross breakwater, 20+ Sandwich Terns and 15+ Greenshanks off the Kenn outfall, 2 Cattle Egrets with the herd at Turf, 450+ Starlings perched in the rigging of the yachts in Turf basin, a Ruff in the storage lagoon on Exminster, and 2 Treecreepers singing from the canalside trees near the sewage works. 

Posted September 12th at 4:56 pm by James Camden in Bird News

East Soar

Best today was a Wryneck on the path by Starehole Ponds but quickly dived into cover. Also Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 24 Chiffchaff, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, 100 House Martin, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, significant influx of 53 Robin, 40 Meadow Pipit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Bullfinch and 230 Linnet. A Common Buzzard came in off the sea over Bolt Head and continued purposefully westwards.

Non-avian: 2 very good candidates for male Pale/Bergers Clouded Yellows flying with 2 Clouded Yellows allowing comparison. 19 Red Admirals, 3rd generation Wall Brown, Humming-bird Hawk-moth, Hornet Robber Fly and 5 Sika Deer. 

Posted September 12th at 4:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Sunday 11th September 2022

Plymouth meeting cancelled

PLYMOUTH BRANCH INDOOR MEETING DUE ON MONDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER HAS BEEN CANCELLED owing to unavoidable circumstances. We hope to reschedule the planned talk for a future date.

Posted September 11th at 7:21 pm by LIZ HARRIS in Bird News

East Soar

Late pm. Quiet for migrants - 4 Yellow Wagtails and just one Wheatear plus the usual Linnet flock

Posted September 11th at 6:37 pm by Roger White in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram

This morning's highlights were a Cattle Egret on Blaxton Meadow with 10 Bar-tailed Godwits. Also, 5 Whinchats, 4 Stonechats, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Bullfinches, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 13 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers & 3 Roe Deer.

In addition, returning adult Black-headed Gull “2J21” (yellow ring) - ringed in 2017 at Pitsea Landfill Site, Essex; then seen in Kent & Dorset before coming here in September 2021.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted September 11th at 3:14 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Bere Ferrers

Roller showing well again this morning, seen in several locations around the village. Digiscoped shot.


Posted September 11th at 2:57 pm by Alan Livsey in Bird News

South Brent

Looks like being the third year in a row that I've failed to find Yellow Wagtails around South Brent, cf. the heady years of 2014 to 2019. Yesterday, however, on a search in favoured fields near Overbrent, I did come across four birds that looked to be good contenders for White Wagtail. Fortunately they were adult males. Although there was no sign of any wagtails there this morning, two Spotted Flycatchers and a few Chiffchaffs provided some compensation.

White Wagtail ad male?
White Wagtail ad male?
White Wagtail ad male?
White Wagtail ad male?

Posted September 11th at 10:26 am by Peter Reay in Bird News

Isley Marsh to Instow

10 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Little Egret, 33 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 4 mallard, 1 Canada Goose, 7 herring Gull, 2 Common Gull, 12 Mediterranean gull, 29 Black headed Gull, 134 Curlew, 1330 Oystercatchers, 4 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 4 Redshank, 6 Bar Tailed Godwits, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Osprey.

Posted September 11th at 10:03 am by Barnabas in Bird News

Exminster Marsh

Great White Egret, 22+ Cattle Egret & Common Sand 3 at Turf, Wood & Green Sand, Ruff on lagoon, 2 Marsh Harrier (1st wint, prob 2nd w Make, Whinchat, Water Rail, singing Cetti’s, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 9 Reed Bunting. All early morning on Exminster Marsh 

Posted September 11th at 9:59 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

Crownhill Down/Lee Moor

Frustrating views of a flock of c30 egrets flying low towards Lee Moor from W direction at 06:45. I was driving so only had brief flyaway bin views when I stopped. No sign in fields viewed from top of Crownhill Down. Worth keeping an eye out if nearby.

Posted September 11th at 7:30 am by Chris E in Bird News

Saturday 10th September 2022

Frogmore Creek, Kingsbridge Estuary

Last but not least - Osprey on favourite tree in Halwell Creek early evening seen by my wife at close quarters from the kayak!!

Posted September 10th at 9:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Around the Exe

RSPB Bowling Green Marsh on this morning’s high tide ~ Snipe, upwards of 200 Curlew, 2 Knot, Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, LBBG, Greenshank, female Peregrine over on leaving.

Large numbers of Dunlin, Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit.

Along the Exe from Powderham to Turf ~  2 Great Crested Grebe, Common Gull, pair of Black Swan, 15 Sandwich Tern, 20 plus Little Egret, 4 Heron, Osprey and Sparrowhawk.

On the Rv Ken where it flows through the grounds of Powderham Castle a Great White Egret that was driven off by a Heron and the Snow Goose in with the Canada Goose flock.

Curlew / Dunlin
Curlew / Dunlin

Posted September 10th at 8:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News

Broomhill Art Hotel

Today my wife and I spent a few hours in the gardens of Broom  Hill Art Hotel where I spotted this Grey Wagtail perched on a piece of floating art.

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail

Posted September 10th at 6:44 pm by Martin Bennett in Bird News

Harleston by Slapton

Tw Hobbies over the garden calling constantly late morning!

Posted September 10th at 3:42 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News


Only additions to Rob's post below: Whinchat, 6 Wheatears, Tree Pipit & Nuthatch.

Posted September 10th at 2:58 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

East Soar

Highlight was a Short-eared Owl over the high fields mid-morning and a very unusual migrant Nuthatch in Starehole Valley which flew up onto Bolt Head. Also9: 41 Blackcap, 35 Robin, 200 Linnet, 2 Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, 5 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff & 2 Bullfinch.

Non-avian: 2 Roe Deer, Clouded Yellow & Hornet Robber Fly.

Posted September 10th at 1:59 pm by Rob Macklin in Bird News

Caen Estuary -yesterday aft

The barrel on this gun looks much too long to be a shotgun looking more like a Punt Gun which was banned between 1910 >1920.

Posted September 10th at 12:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Escot Park - Whinchat

My first record of a Whinchat at Escot Park this morning, feeding along the line of fences next to the River Tale in the marshy area. Also, 2 Little Egrets flying over was surprisingly my first this year in the park. 


Posted September 10th at 11:33 am by John Reeves in Bird News

Friday 9th September 2022

Westward Ho!

4 Turnstone, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits & 10 Mediterranean Gulls on Westward Ho! Sands this am.

Posted September 9th at 9:49 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

house martins

100’s of house martins heading south west over clyst st mary marshes to topsham area,  approx 1930 hrs

Posted September 9th at 8:01 pm by phil hands in Bird News

Juvenile Roller

Close views of juvenile European `roller at Beer ferris this evening

Posted September 9th at 7:05 pm by David Bradford in Bird News

Caen Estuary

When this home-made boat hide left the mouth of the Caen Estuary this afternoon it headed east along the shoreline

Posted September 9th at 6:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Caen Estuary

This photo shows the spaniel,s head & nose.

Posted September 9th at 6:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Caen Estuary

This home-made boat hide with an outboard motor entered the Caen Estuary this afternoon on an incoming tide. 

From examining the photos my suspicions are that this could be a shooter with what looks like a pump gun with a spaniel on board.

What do you think & what course of action should be taken?

Posted September 9th at 6:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Saltram Osprey

Osprey was on it's so called "usual perch" for about half an hour this afternoon

Posted September 9th at 4:03 pm by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh

Yesterday between heavy showers an Osprey was seen from the viewing platform. A Peregrine flew over the marsh. Curlew Sandpipers, Dunlin Redshank, Knot, Ruff, Barwits, Blackwits, Curlew, Common Sandpipers, Snipe, Pintail, Teal, Mallards. Greenshank on Goosemoor.

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted September 9th at 2:10 pm by Bob Barrow & John Lloyd in Bird News

Avon Dam

Walked up to Avon Dam; mostly the usual stuff, including Raven, Stonechat, Chaffinch, Linnet and Dunnock. Three Goosanders on the reservoir, plus one lonely Cormorant. Good lot of berries on the Rowan trees, which might be good for Ring Ouzel next month!

Posted September 9th at 1:59 pm by Martin Overy in Bird News

Wrafton area

Kingfisher in the reserve  + Sparrowhawk. Out on the scrape 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 1 Wood Sandpiper.

Posted September 9th at 1:06 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News

Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh

1 Glossy Ibis , 3 Greenshanks , 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Snipe , 1 Great Egret , 1 Osprey , 2 Kingfishers & 2 Common Sandpipers. 

Posted September 9th at 11:33 am by Dave Paterson in Bird News

Thursday 8th September 2022

Sharpa Marshes

3 Lapwing on the bank by the side of the big pond opposite the Toll House.

Posted September 8th at 6:15 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News

Caen Estuary

8 Curlew Sandpipers in amongst a flock of c150 Dunlin this afternoon.

Posted September 8th at 5:58 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News


A first-winter Caspian Gull was off Mudbank briefly, shortly before 4pm. It was startled by a passing train and flew upriver. Also off there today - duck counts included 420 Wigeon, 104 Pintail, c6/700+ Teal, 2 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler. Also of note - 8 Common Terns. A Little Tern was off there yesterday. Photos of Caspian Gull at

Posted September 8th at 5:09 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News

Wrafton area

Arrived at about 2p.m. and saw 3 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape. In the reserve good-size Tit flock mainly LTT and Blue, a good flock of at least 16 Goldfinch, but in the field to the South, what I've been expecting for some time now, - a Cattle Egret, with the Cows. Sadly, when I returned a few minutes later with camera, it had moved on! Compensation came in the form of the female Marsh Harrier. As I left a Greenshank had appeared on the scrape.

Posted September 8th at 4:59 pm by Jon Turner in Bird News


Spotted Flycatcher at Saltram as reported before but forgot the distant photos

Posted September 8th at 11:57 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Plym Estuary & Saltram Wed 7th Sept

A brief evening visit produced 5 Bar- & 2 Black-tailed Godwits on Blaxton Meadow with 9 Greenshanks, Kingfisher, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w) & Grey Wagtail. Also Common Sandpiper & Little Grebe on the narrow river.

Posted September 8th at 11:13 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Berry Head Wed 7th Sept

Missed the best birds, later in the day but personal totals for a seawatch 09.15-14.45: 11 Arctic Skuas, 37 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Arctic, 1 Sandwich & 5 Common Terns, Whimbrel, 6 Common Scoters, Peregrine, several pom/Arctic Skuas & 6+ Common Dolphins.  

Posted September 8th at 11:10 am by Pete Aley in Bird News

Saltram - Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatchers M & F showing at Saltram

Posted September 8th at 9:39 am by Greg Bradbury in Bird News

Wrafton area

Late news for yesterday: Only one Greenshank on the scrape early on and only one Black-tailed Godwit late morning. Kingfisher zoomed up stream from the bridge. Heron in the reserve and a Chiffchaff in full song was a bit of a surprise.

Posted September 8th at 8:47 am by Jon Turner in Bird News

Bowling Green Marsh 7th Sept

Yesterday evenings high tide at Bowling Green & viewing platform. 12 Curlew Sandpiper, 11 Barwit, 15+ Knot, Whimbrel, 26 Greenshank, 220+ Redshank, 60+ Dunlin, 20+ Teal, Shoveler, Pintail & 15+ Sand Martin

Posted September 8th at 3:55 am by Steve Cox in Bird News

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