Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Breeding birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posted April 10th at 4:50 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 19th August 2018

South Efford Marsh

Late afternoon. Osprey still present, busy catching fish out in the estuary just downstream of the marsh. Also 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Greenshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwits and 23 Curlew.

Posted August 19th at 9:12 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Upper Torridge Estuary

Upper Torridge yesterday 18 Aug

15 Common Sandpipers

1 Barnacle Goose

1 possible Cackling Goose. Smaller than Canadas, stubby bill, yelping call

Barnacle Goose? Cackling GooseCanada and ?Cackling Goose
Barnacle Goose          ? Cackling Goose                Canada and ?Cackling Goose

Eds: looks more like a juv Canada Gosoe not fully grown yet.

Posted August 19th at 9:34 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

A flock of 7 Cattle Egrets past Orcombe Point @0635, and then towards the Warren, presumably continuing upriver? Also the juvenile Black Tern still off the seafront with c30+ Common Tern. Also 5 Common Scoter and 7 Balearic Shearwater past Orcombe.

Posted August 19th at 8:12 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 16th August 2018

Taw Estuary - Ashford Sewage treatment works

 1 Glossy Ibis photographed through the scope searching for food, preening & washing. Still present when I departed for home at 18.30.

Posted August 16th at 7:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 13th August 2018

Bowling Green Marsh

A very good evening at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh, the reported Spoonbill was present and very active at one point flying in close to the hide, two Green Sandpiper one of which was very vocal, at long last caught up with the Spotted Redshank which is now in non breeding plumage.

Five Whimbrel, two Bar Tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper, one Tufted Duck.

A growing flock of Starlings was harassed by a Sparrow Hawk (one of two seen)

From the viewing platform 45 plus Dunlin and 64 Curlew, numerous Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit, a Glossy Ibis flew low over the platform towards the Goat walk and the Exe estuary and two Kingfisher chasing each other. Most of the waders lifted as the tide came in and moved onto BGM.

  

Posted August 13th at 10:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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