RecordingDevon Rarities List

Key to BBRC Codes

@ Species for which descriptions are required by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC).
A Species which have been recorded in an apparently natural state at least once since 1950.
B Species recorded in an apparently natural state before 1950.
C Species that, although originally introduced by man, either deliberately or accidentally, have established breeding populations derived from introduced stock, that maintain themselves without necessary recourse to further introduction.
  C1 Naturalised introduced species.
  C2 Naturalised established species.
  C3 Naturalised re-established species.
  C4 Naturalised feral species.
D/E Only those also included in categories A, B or C are listed here and included in the British List. Those that have bred in the wild in Britain are designated E*.
# Species on the British List, but not known to have occurred in a genuine wild state in Devon and/or to have been self-sustaining for the last ten years. These species are now not included in the Devon list.

Devon ‘A’ Rarities

Devon ‘A’ Rarities are County Rarities, and all sightings require full descriptions and approval from the Devon Birds Records Committee (DBRC) before being added to the Devon Birds database.  If you’ve seen a Devon ‘A’ Rarity, please download a Devon Rarities Form.

SpeciesScientific NameBOU CodesLast Seen
Tundra Bean GooseAnser fabalis rossicusAE2007
Taiga Bean GooseAnser fabalis fabalisAE1997
Greenland White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons flavirostrisAE2011
Black BrantBranta bernicla nigricansAE2009
American WigeonAnas americanaAE2012
Green-winged TealAnas carolinensisA2007
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisA
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaAE
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataA
White-billed DiverGavia adamsiiA1993
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedeaA
Great ShearwaterPuffinus gravisA
Leach's PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoaA
Night-heronNycticorax nycticoraxAE2012
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisAE
Great White EgretArdea albaA
Purple HeronArdea purpureaA
White StorkCiconia ciconiaAE
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusAE
Honey-buzzardPernis apivorusA
Black KiteMilvus migransAE2011
White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicillaAC3E1946
Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargusA2011
Rough-legged BuzzardButeo lagopusA2008
Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusA2010
Spotted CrakePorzana porzanaA
CorncrakeCrex crexA
CraneGrus grusA
Stone-curlewBurhinus oedicnemusA2012
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinusA
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominicaA2011
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckiiA
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisA2011
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosA
Buff-breasted SandpiperCalidris subruficollisA
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusA2007
Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudusA
Sabine's GullXema sabiniA
Ring-billed GullLarus delawarensisA2010
Caspian GullLarus cachinnansA
Kumlien's GullLarus glaucoides kumlieniA2012
Black GuillemotCepphus grylleA
Alpine SwiftApus melbaA
Bee-eaterMerops apiasterA
Golden OrioleOriolus oriolusA
Woodchat ShrikeLanius senatorA
ChoughPyrrhocorax pyrrhocoraxAE
Hooded CrowCorvus cornixA2007
Crested TitLophophanes cristatusA1947
Continental Coal TitPeriparus ater aterA
Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactylaA
Shore LarkEremophila alpestrisA1998
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis dauricaA2009
Greenish WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloidesA1992
Pallas's WarblerPhylloscopus proregulusA
Radde's WarblerPhylloscopus schwarziA2008
Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatusA2011
Scandinavian ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita abietinusA
Siberian ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita tristisA
Barred WarblerSylvia nisoriaA2011
Siberian Lesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca halimodendriA1994
Western Subalpine WarblerSylvia cantillans cantillansA
Icterine WarblerHippolais icterinaA2009
Melodious WarblerHippolais polyglottaA2011
Aquatic WarblerAcrocephalus paludicolaA2011
Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustrisA1997
Rose-coloured StarlingPastor roseusAE
BluethroatLuscinia svecicaA
Red-spotted BluethroatLuscinia svecica svecicaA2005
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parvaA
Ashy-headed WagtailMotacilla flava cinereocapillaA2006
Grey-headed WagtailMotacilla flava thunbergiiA1997
Richard's PipitAnthus richardiA
Tawny PipitAnthus campestrisA2008
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoniA2009
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinusA2009
SerinSerinus serinusA
TwiteCarduelis flavirostrisA
Mealy RedpollCarduelis flammea flammeaA2007
Greenland/Iceland RedpollCarduelis flammea rostrata/islandicaA2006
Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinusA
Ortolan BuntingEmberiza hortulanaA
Rustic BuntingEmberiza rusticaA1997
Little BuntingEmberiza pusillaA
Corn BuntingEmberiza calandraA

Devon ‘B’ Rarities

Devon ‘B’ Rarities are scarce birds that occur in the County.  For these records, brief supporting notes should be submitted to the County Recorder with the record.

SpeciesScientific NameBOU CodesLast Seen
Bewick's SwanCygnus columbianusAE
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnusAE
Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchusAE
European White-fronted GooseAnser albifrons albifronsAE
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea#BDE*
GarganeyAnas querquedulaA
ScaupAythya marilaA
Velvet ScoterMelanitta fuscaA
SmewMergellus albellusA2012
QuailCoturnix coturnixA
Black-throated DiverGavia arcticaA
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinus griseusA
Balearic ShearwaterPuffinus mauretanicusA
Continental CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo sinensisA
BitternBotaurus stellarisA
SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodiaAE
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegenaA
Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollisA
Red KiteMilvus milvusAC3E
Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosusA
GoshawkAccipiter gentilisAC3E*
OspreyPandion haliaetusAE
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusA
DotterelCharadrius morinellusA
Wood SandpiperTringa glareolaA
Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicariusA
Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinusA
Scandinavian Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus intermediusA
Scandinavian Herring GullLarus argentatus argentatusA
Yellow-legged GullLarus michahellisA
Iceland GullLarus glaucoides glaucoidesA
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreusA
Roseate TernSterna dougalliiA
Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaA
Little AukAlle alleA
Ring-necked ParakeetPsittacula krameriC1E*
Long-eared OwlAsio otusA
HoopoeUpupa epopsAE
WryneckJynx torquillaA
Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioA
Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitorA
Willow TitPoecile montanaA
Bearded TitPanurusBiarmicusA
WoodlarkLullula arboreaA
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatusA
'Grey' Chiffchaff (tristis/abietinus/fulvescens)Phylloscopus collybita abietinus/tristisA
WaxwingBombycilla garrulousA
NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchosA
Greenland WheatearOenanthe oenanthe leucorhoaA
Tree SparrowPasser montanusA
Blue-headed WagtailMotacilla flava flavaA
White WagtailMotacilla alba albaA
Scandinavian Rock PipitAnthus petrosus littoralisA
Water PipitAnthus spinolettaA
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustesA
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalisA
Lapland BuntingCalcarius lapponicusA