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Posted April 1st at 3:13 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.

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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

Saturday 27th May 2017

Lundy

A Red-rumped Swallow was seen in Millcombe today by Chris Townend; see here for further details.

Posted yesterday at 10:33 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 26th May 2017

Orcombe Point

I apologise in advance for the fact that your not supposed to put a story on here but I feel it will be worth it.

Had a half hour sea watch between 4:40 and 5:10 which turned out to be very productive indeed. Having not seen much apart from 2 Manx Shearwater, 3 Sandwich Terns, 2 Gannets and the usual Gulls. I was about to leave.

On what I had decided was going to be my last sweep of the bay I caught up with 3 Manx Shearwater going west and reasonably far out. Watched them for a few seconds when they passed a very large bird heading east. My initial thought was GBB Gull so I kept watching the Manxies. After a few more seconds my brain kicked in to gear and said "there's something different about that bird" I quickly got back on to it and was able to track it until it went past, towards sandy bay. I was 95% confident on what I had just seen but didn't call it at the time as I felt I needed to double check a few ID points on what I was seeing.

I was then in a rush to get home for father duties but did however manage to alert Matt Knot to my thoughts (thanks Matt for trying to get a few people out). I have now had time to scrutinised Collins and the internet etc and can confidently say it was a BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS 

Again, sorry I havent put this out sooner as I wanted to be certain as it's a very big call to make. Keep your eyes peeled folks. It may still be in Lyme Bay somewhere.

Matt will agree with the fact that birding Orcombe Point can be tough going but it does pay off from time to time. It's been a rather good Spring there this year. Annoyingly for Matt, he was leaving as I was arriving. We had both had the same thoughts "let's watch the sea". I truly hope it shows up again for other to enjoy.

Posted May 26th at 9:39 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 25th May 2017

Red Kite - Braunton Burrows

25/05 One flew over towards Appledore 12:30 and later it or another over Croyde mid afternoon

Posted May 25th at 10:34 pm by Richard Coomber in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite - Torrington

24/05 One flying over RHS Rosemoor

Posted May 25th at 10:31 pm by Richard Coomber in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

More Red Kites over South Brent

A second duo of Red Kite turned up over South Brent today and were in good view from the house from 15.30hrs until around 19.30hrs this evening. One being a much paler bird with a less well developed tail.

Also seen was the third of three Sparrow Hawks seen around the village today, a Jay, Raven and three great Black Back Gulls, two juveniles and one adult.

Posted May 25th at 9:01 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar and South Huish

Very quiet at Soar this morning (just Jay and 2 Mistle Thrushes) but a Cattle Egret still present on South Huish Marsh this afternoon.

On the way home, I joined the Kite party, with 3 Red Kites heading north-east over Ermington.

Posted May 25th at 6:18 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Holsworthy

Red Kite over at 0830

Posted May 25th at 8:54 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 22nd May 2017

Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down

A morning visit to Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down  yesterday (Sun 21st) gave Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Yellow Hammer, Willow Warbler, Linnet, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, two pairs of Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker, Raven, Cuckoo and a Warbler species that ML identified for me as a Garden Warbler, I had initially thought that it was a female Whitethroat,the bird was very prominent and singing loudly within a given area.

A further visit this morning with Keith Male gave three Garden Warblers one showing very well, a single Redpoll, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Linnet, Meadow and Tree Pipit, Bullfinch and calling Cuckoo.

Over at Challacombe farm, two Stock Dove, two very mobile Cuckoo’s flying up and down the length of the valley, Meadow Pipit, male Redstart, pair of Whinchat, three plus Wheatear, Linnet, Stonechat, Song and Mistle Thrush, numerous Swallow and House Martin, two Swift, possible Spotted Flycatcher but only a brief in flight view, Buzzard, Pied Wagtail and Willow Warbler.

Posted May 22nd at 9:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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