NORTH DEVON: The Dalmatian Pelican was at Fremington and Yelland. Braunton had a Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, Curlew Sandpiper, two Eiders, a Wryneck, Glossy Ibis and six Spoonbills. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Rillage Point. Lundy had several thousand Swallows, a Black-browed Albatross, Pallid Swift, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Pallas’s Warbler, four Yellow-browed Warblers, Merlin, two Black Redstarts, 2,500 Chaffinches and a Hen Harrier. A Long-tailed Duck was at Roadford Reservoir. Bursdon Moor had six Whinchats, three Short-eared Owls, two Merlins and a Hen Harrier. Isley Marsh had a Caspian Tern, 22 Little Egrets, 100 Black-tailed Godwits, ten Grey Plovers and a Wryneck. Hartland Point had 30 Balearic Shearwaters, two Great Skuas, an Arctic Skua, two Great Northern Divers, five Common Scoters and 145 Kittiwakes. Wistlandpound Reservoir had a Great White Egret.
SOUTH DEVON: Bowling Green Marsh had an Osprey, Garganey, Wood Lark, two Hobbies, 20 Chiffchaffs, 85 Knot, eight Curlew Sandpipers, six Sanderling, 70 Grey Plovers, 800 Dunlin, 218 Pintails, 420 Curlews, a Whimbrel, 600 Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Bunting, two Ruff, 65 Avocets, a Mediterranean Gull and Spoonbill. East Soar had five Yellow-browed Warblers, 17 Ring Ouzels, 205 Sky Larks, 320 Meadow Pipits and a Quail. The Kingsbridge Estuary had an Osprey and 11 Greenshanks. Start Point had 750 Meadow Pipits, 400 Swallows, 25 Golden Plovers, 41 Chiffchaffs, 620 Linnets, 770 Goldfinches, a Merlin, two Yellow-browed Warblers, four Black Redstarts, 52 Redwings, a Pallas’s Warbler, three Firecrests and a Siberian Chiffchaff. Soar had 1,000 Meadow Pipits, a Tree Pipit, 700 Linnets, a Grasshopper Warbler, Hobby, two Merlins, 30 Wheatears, a Wood Lark, 14 Ring Ouzels, 66 Chiffchaffs, seven Yellow-browed Warblers, a Cirl Bunting, Corncrake, 280 Sky Larks, three Firecrests, a Brambling and 1,550 Woodpigeons. Prawle Point had two Yellow-browed Warblers, 50 Chiffchaffs, a Hobby, Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier, a Firecrest, a Marsh Harrier, four Wood Larks and two Cirl Buntings. Berry Head had a Blyth’s Reed Warbler, three Balearic Shearwaters, three Pomarine Skuas, two Little Gulls, 2,100 Kittiwakes, four Sandwich Terns, seven Common Terns, an Arctic Tern, Puffin, Merlin, Black Redstart, two Firecrests, a Great Northern Diver, Alpine Swift, two Yellow-browed Warblers, 500 Guillemots, a Pallas’s Warbler, two Bramblings and a Dusky Warbler. Budleigh Salterton had a Yellowbrowed Warbler, Serin, Merlin and also American Wigeon. Aveton Gifford had two Cattle Egrets. Avon Dam had 12 Ring Ouzels and a Hen Harrier. An Osprey was at Salcombe. Exmouth had 950 Brent Geese, a Tawny Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler and American Wigeon. Topsham had 12 Curlew Sandpipers, a Spotted Redshank, 21 Greenshanks, 114 Grey Plovers and an Osprey. Torbay had two Yellow-browed Warblers. Six Purple Sandpipers and 800 Guillemots were at Brixham. Soussons, Dartmoor had a Great Grey Shrike and Hen Harrier. The Axe Estuary had a Little Gull, Turtle Dove and Short-eared Owl. Lannacombe Valley had a Yellow-browed Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff. A Great White Egret was at Tottiford Reservoir. Yellow-browed Warblers were at Dousland and Beesands Ley. A Sora, the second record for Devon, was found dead at Exminster Marsh.
THURLESTONE BAY: An unprecedented eight Yellow-browed Warblers were noted. Maxima were three dark-bellied Brent Geese, four Eiders, 10 Pintails, 15 Common Scoters, two Great Northern Divers, 100 Gannets, a Red Kite, Merlin, Osprey, ten Little Egrets, three Water Rails, 39 Ringed Plovers, a Golden Plover, three Grey Plovers, three Sanderling, a Little Stint, 31 Dunlin, a Ruff, Jack Snipe, 19 Snipe, five Black-tailed Godwits, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 35 Curlews, six Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, eight Greenshanks and three Turnstones. There were three Mediterranean Gulls, a Black Tern, three Sandwich Terns, a Common Tern, Puffin, 25 Goldcrests, a Firecrest, 455 House Martins, 155 Swallows, 137 Chiffchaffs, five Fieldfares, a Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, six Black Redstarts, a Redstart, Woodchat Shrike, Wood Lark, 375 Meadow Pipits, a Brambling, six Crossbills, two Cirl Buntings and an Ortolan Bunting. Harvey Kendall and Mike Passman (thurlestonebaybirds.co.uk)