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.  

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

Tuesday 22nd May 2018


Red Kite low over Tesco car park 1150 this morning and a Peregrine soaring at height at the same time.

Posted May 22nd at 7:09 pm by Charlie Imms in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodland Honey Buzzard

Mobbed by 3 c.rows over lane east of Woodland village 13:30 Tues grid795 688

Emerged from Greper Copse a little later,soared and headed over Bickington.

Posted May 22nd at 4:26 pm by Denis Doy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 21st May 2018

Lundy trip

Great trip yesterday to Lundy, Thanks to all organisers. Saw our first ever Dottrel. Also managed a Turtle Dove,which was with all the Collared Doves in the valley as we came up from the boat.

If the Gentleman who was sitting quietly as the Dottrel walked past him would like to contact me I have some great pictures of the two of them.

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

Posted May 21st at 10:13 am by kay and gary deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 20th May 2018


A Honey-buzzard over Soar Mill Cove for a few minutes around 13.30 before gaining height rapidly and I lost view of it. Otherwise very little except 3 singing Sedge Warblers from here and East Soar.

Singing Garden Warbler at Averton Gifford.

Posted May 20th at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red kite Ebford

Red kite east of Exe-  Ebford - flying north 19th May

Posted May 20th at 10:40 am by Ben murrell in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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