Devon Bird Sightings

Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels 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

Friday 18th October 2019

Berry Head sea watch 07.25 - 16.40

Pretty much as Dave’s tweet, but for the record....

15 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 57 Arctic Skuas (various ages), 10 Pom/Arctic Skuas, 13 Bonxies, Grey Phalarope, 6 Balearic & 1 Manx Shearwaters, Arctic & 4 “Commic” Terns, drake Common Scoter, Curlew, 250+ Kittiwakes (mainly adults), ringtail Hen Harrier (south over the sea), 3 Siskins “in off” & at least 6 Harbour Porpoises showing well throughout the day.

Posted yesterday at 10:52 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremongton Pill

Among the many Redshank lining the Pill, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank and surprisingly a male Ruff

Posted yesterday at 2:04 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Skern/Northam Burrows

2 Snow Buntings this morning at the north end of the golf course on the sea defences. Also of interest 50 Brent Geese of which 2 Pale-bellied, 8 Wigeon, a late Arctic Tern, c350 Golden Plover and a Raven.

Posted yesterday at 2:02 pm by Roger Doble in General Birding

Northam Burrows. Lapland and Snow Buntings

Lapland Bunting. One seen late afternoon Oct.16th and 17th in same spot on coast path around the estuary...opposite green navigation buoy in river and close to coast path sign. Park at Skern. 

Snow Buntings. Oct.17th...Two adults and two juveniles feeding between  8th green and makeshift sea wall. No camera!



Posted yesterday at 11:57 am by Sue Ambler in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Shipley ~ Ring Ouzels

They took their time in showing up this morning, and only one in any way ventured close to us, but eventually the first of eleven Ring Ouzels seen today up at Shipley showed up.

Until they arrived entertained by numerous Blackbirds and a small number of Mistle Thrush.

Three Raven over, M&F Kestrels, slow but steady movement of Chaffinch down the valley and a very active flock of 15 plus Long Tailed Tits.

  

Posted yesterday at 11:35 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Shipley Bridge (16th Oct) Ring Ouzels

Nine Ring Ouzel seen in the area  of the first bridge on the road from Shipley bridge to the Avon dam, mostly singles, three in flight at one point circled and went over Black Torr.

Raven and Kestrel, no sign of the numerous smaller species seen earlier in the week.

Posted yesterday at 6:57 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Thursday 17th October 2019

Emsworthy

late afternoon: c250 Golden Plover (one flock) overhead, heading SSW.

Posted October 17th at 8:52 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Prawle Point

Seawatch today 8am till 12 in SSW 4-5 with little rain tho forecast. 

Skuas : 1 Immature Pom, 2 Arctic ( pale and dark phase) and 1 Bonxie.

4 Balearic Shearwaters; 6 Puffins; 1 Merlin ( chasing the 100+Meadow Pipits flying west) . 12 Common Scoter west, 1 East. 2 Med Gulls adult winter plumage.2 Sandwich Terns.2 Great Northern Divers ( Adult summer plumages and a 1st year).

constant stream of 898 Kittiwakes; 1295 Gannets and 533 Auks all west. And a breaching cetacean.

Yesterday Pat saw and photographed a Wryneck behind the car park. And today he saw a Yellow- Browed Warbler on private farmland and a Whinchat. So, still passer ones out there to find.

Posted October 17th at 8:30 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury Reeve’s Pheasants

We have had frequent sightings of Reeve’s Pheasants over the past couple of weeks and including today, around the Langdon Court area and north of the village. Presumably these are all released birds.  

Posted October 17th at 7:27 pm by Matt C in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

This morning at the lake.

8 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 17 Coal Tit, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Nuthatch, 1f Tufted Duck, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Wren, 12 Blue Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail.

Posted October 17th at 7:17 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Lannacombe Valley.

Despite the wind, in a few sheltered spots were 2 Firecrests ( caught and ringed ) 13 Goldcrests ( 7  caught and ringed ) At the beach 2 Woodlarks   low overhead moving west into the wind.

Posted October 17th at 5:39 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Emsworthy Reserve, Widecombe.

10 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the morning fieldtrip before the weather deteriorated at 11.30.  Target birds present including: Ring Ouzel (3), Mistle Thrush (c20), Redwing (c50), Golden Plover (20), Raven(1), Kestrel (1), Willow Warbler (1), Meadow Pipit(s), Skylark (heard over), and did someone say Fieldfare?  Most birds seen at a distance feeding on Rowan trees or passing south up the valley.

Posted October 17th at 2:12 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Hoopoe

A report of a Hoopoe at Staddon Green, Plymstock this morning on a site called Nextdoor Lipson & Lara, apparently was seen yesterday on or near this road. Details at scanty.

Posted October 17th at 12:13 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Wembury Point , today

Cirl Bunting and Rock Pipit




Posted October 16th at 7:20 pm by Peter Castle in General Birding

Avon Dam

15 Ring Ouzel,  very skittish and mobile, seen after the bridge.

Posted October 16th at 7:12 pm by Mave Goddard in General Birding

Avon Dam

15 Ring Ouzel , very skittish and mobile, seen further on from the bridge.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel

Posted October 16th at 5:05 pm by Mave in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire

This afternoon there was a large movement of Thrushes on Emsworthy Mire, I counted 8 Ring Ouzels and there could have been more judging by the amount of calling,approximately 100 Redwing and about 20 Mistle Thrush.
The flock was very mobile and moving along the valley, curiously accompanied by a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Male Bullfinch!

Posted October 16th at 5:03 pm by Keith Benyon-Tinker in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Five raptor species included a Merlin while another highlight was a late Whitethroat. Noticeable influx of 43 Robin (41 at East Soar yesterday). Also: 250 Skylark, 7 Alba Wagtail, 14 Stonechat, 24 Blackbird, 8 Chiffchaff, 100 Carrion Crow, 47 Goldfinch, Reed Bunting & 4 singing male Cirl Bunting.

Posted October 16th at 3:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning, a Firecrest. 6 Goldcrests. 4 Chiffchaffs ,2 Blackcaps and 8 Robins ( a high count for this species here. A male Blackcap ringed at this site on the 7th. Sept.2018 was recovered ( caught by a ringer ) near Seville in southern Spain on the 12th. Oct.2018. More British ringed Blackcaps are recovered in Spain than any other location abroad ,closely followed by France and then Morocco.


Posted October 16th at 3:20 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

This morning: 1 Merlin in protracted chase after a Skylark over the stubble fields by the airfield; 8 or 9 Ring Ouzels in Stair Hole and the Yellow-browed Warbler still in the willows (early pm) but elusive.

Posted October 16th at 3:19 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Ring Ouzel - Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Walked Shipley Bridge - Avon Dam 11.15 -13.15 today, but only got as far as just past the 1st bridge. Numerous Ring Ouzel moving down valley and feeding on rowan trees to right of bridge. I sat up amongst the trees and at one time saw 24 Ouzel flying over to the pine trees by the ruined hotel, with more left feeding on the rowan. Constant movement and I would estimate there were at least 30+ Ouzel present. Mostly female/juvenile birds and have yet to check my record photos for any sign of ringing. Most I have seen in the area during the past 6 years!

Posted October 16th at 2:22 pm by Dave Pakes in General Birding

East Soar

Late post for yesterday thanks to internet failure: Yellow-browed Warbler (found by PA), 2 Ring Ouzel, Ringed Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (migrants), 19 Swallow, 10 Alba Wagtail, Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2m Bullfinch and first Reed Bunting of the autumn.

Posted October 16th at 1:57 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Two redhead Goosanders were new in on Blaxton. Also: Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Wagtails, a pair of Stonechats, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Sparrowhawk. 

Just outside the patch, a Yellow-browed Warbler in Tothill Park (in sycamores near the tunnel under the railway).

Posted October 16th at 12:32 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Emsworthy Mire

2 male and 2 female Ring Ouzels this morning at around 10.30. At least 1 Redwing with around 20 Mistle Thrushes.

Posted October 16th at 12:04 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Caen Estuary - Green Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper

Nice comparison to have both Green and Common Sandpiper feeding together on the Caen Estuary this afternoon. Green Sandpiper not so common as the Common on this stretch so nice to see.  

Green Sandpiper   Green Sandpiper Tail   Common Sandpiper  Tail
Green Sandpiper                             Green Sandpiper Tail                       Common Sandpiper Tail

Posted October 15th at 7:10 pm by Derek Carter in General Birding

Soar

A Yellow-browed Warbler first thing in East Soar willows, 3 Ring Ouzels & a Firecrest in Starehole. Also in the area: Redpoll (presumed Lesser) over, 8 Siskins, Wheatear, White Wagtail, 15 Goldcrests, 9 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 8 Song Thrushes, Water Rail, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Swallows & a Jay.

Posted October 15th at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ring Ouzel

Pictures of Ring ouzel at Starehole valley, East Soar yesterday


Posted October 15th at 8:26 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 14th October 2019

Ring Ouzel

  A lovely count of 9 Ring Ouzel , at East Soar in Starehole Bottom valley,at around 2pm today, even in all that rain.

Posted October 14th at 11:35 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

In addition to Rob's sightings there was another Scaup, first calender year female just off the Duckery in Torcross. A female Teal was sat with Mallards in the duckery, it had a ring on it so maybe from a collection. Also 2 Wigeons in Ireland Bay, 10 Teals Strete Gate, 5 Little Grebes Stokeley Bay,one Redwing heard, flock of c50 each of Goldfinch and Greenfinch along the line, Kingfisher below the bridge and offshore 6 Common Scoter and a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver off the Monument. 160 Starlings came into roost in the Higher Ley.

Posted October 14th at 8:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exeter - Starcross

In Belle Isle Park the lone Ring-necked Parakeet chattered into its fifth week of residence, and a Treecreeper was singing, unusually from the Scots Pines.

At the rapidly-enlarging Matford ponds were two Little Grebes and nearly four hundred ducks, well up on last week, but alas of only four species.

In the estuary were several Red-breasted Mergansers and Great Crested Grebes, newly-arrived, and the Golden Plover flock was up to ninety. No Avocet, but twelve other wader spp. seen.

The surprises of the day were a bedraggled Wheatear on the embankment near Turf, and a flock of sixty Swallows near Powderham Church, basically heading South but also attempting to feed in the lee of the trees.

Of the seventy+ spp. encountered, probably twenty+ had acquired some Kelly genes and were singing in the rain.

Posted October 14th at 6:26 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Slapton Ley

A good afternoon round the ley turned up male Scaup, Black-necked Grebe, 100+ Kittiwake offshore, 28 Swallow, 6 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail & 2 Marsh Tit.

Non-avian: 6+ Migrant Hawker.

Posted October 14th at 5:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Snow Bunting - Northam Burrows

at 1130 am. at the northern end between golf course and sea wall among rain-pools.  Tame: approached within 20 feet.  Busy feeding.

Posted October 14th at 2:08 pm by Abraham Cutajar in General Birding

N. Hallsands.

A YELLOW BROWED WARBLER ringed this  morning. Also on site 2 Firecrests ( ringed) 20+ Chiffchaffs (11 ringed ) 18 Goldcrests ( 7 ringed),a Willow warbler ( ringed ) and 5 Blackcaps (3 ringed).

Y. B. Warbler.    1st..Yr. m. Firecrest.
Y. B. Warbler.                                        1st..Yr. m. Firecrest.

Posted October 14th at 12:18 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Shipley Bridge / Avon dam ~ South Brent

Low cloud giving murky dull conditions with poor visibility ~ An abundance of Goldcrest along with good numbers of Chiffchaff, several mixed tit flocks Long Tailed and  Blue Tit well represented with a few Great Tit. Numerous Magpie, Three Stonechat just below the dam, Heron, Buzzard, three Kestrel sightings, six Mistle Thrush and a single Ring Ouzel in flight, Jay,  good numbers of both Robin and Blackbird, a few Wren and a small number of Chaffinch.

Posted October 14th at 10:53 am by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Soar Mill Valley

Late post for Sunday: Female Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Firecrest, 7 Swallow, Green Woodpecker - migrant, 2 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff & 6 Goldcrest.

Posted October 14th at 10:33 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 13th October 2019

Berry Head

Some overhead migration this morning included: 4 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 32 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 6 Skylark, 2 Siskin, 11 'alba' Wagtails, 8 Meadow Pipits.

There had been a moderate fall of migrants too: 17 Goldcrest, 23 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.  

Posted October 13th at 7:53 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Female Goldeneye diving most of the afternoon. Also Pochard (2), Gadwall and Sparrowhawk. 

Posted October 13th at 5:36 pm by Tim Smith in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Black-necked Grebe and Scaup on the Lower Ley about 600 metres north of the Tank Car Park.

Posted October 13th at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Yellow-browed Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher on Orcombe Point today.

Posted October 13th at 4:24 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury Point

Headed out at 13:00 from the car park. 5 Swallows overhead as well as 2 Skylark and some Pied Wagtails. By the sewage outflow pipe on Langdon Beach, 20+Rock/Meadow Pipit. On the rocks, 10+ Oystercatcher and 3 Little Egret. On our return through the pines at the bottom of the hill, 5 Goldcrest, 5+Linnet. The highlight of the walk though was our first male Firecrest in striking plumage. It was low in the sycamores just to the side of the path that tracks up behind the pines at the bottom of the hill. 

Posted October 13th at 3:30 pm by Matt C in General Birding

Isley Marsh and Fremington Pill.

Two Spoonbills roosting on Isley at high tide.   Glossy Ibis showing well on Fremington Pill but no sign of Spot Red.  3 Greenshank feeding with 50+Redshank.

Posted October 13th at 12:21 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Saturday 12th October 2019

spoonbills

A mid-afternoon walk at Isley Marsh and Yelland Quay, on an incoming tide, started very quietly but once we overlooked the Taw things improved dramatically. The highlights included 2 spoonbills, 6 bar tailed godwit, 5 turnstones, 1 swallow over the man made sand dune, 100+ curlew, 400+ oystercatchers (fairly evenly split between the north and south side of the Taw), and a grey seal.

distant spoonbills
distant spoonbills

Posted October 12th at 8:59 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

East Soar Ring Ouzels

Plymouth branch members met today for a club field meeting at East Soar and against the odds of bad weather we saw 37 species. The highlight of the day came during our lunch break in the Starehole Valley where we saw three Ring Ouzel one male and two females. The male was showing well and gave the group great views for several minutes. Other stand-out birds included Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting, Wheatear, Swallows, Sparrowhawk and a stunning male Old English Pheasant.

Posted October 12th at 6:33 pm by John Lloyd in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Best today were 2 Ring Ouzels in Starehole Valley with a small influx of 15 Song Thrushes. Also: a large movement of 280 Skylarks, 50 Swallows, 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 15 Siskins over, 9 Bullfinches and the crow with white primaries.

Posted October 12th at 5:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plym Estuary

Redshanks increasing with 208 (all on Blaxton); also, 22 Turnstones, 8 Greenshanks, Black-tailed Godwit, 33 Curlews & 3 Mediterranean Gulls (2 ads + 2nd-w).

Posted October 12th at 5:36 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Bideford Bank end

68 Mediterranean gulls on the river Torridge at low tide , roughly half were adults and half 2cy. With just one first winter.

Posted October 12th at 4:45 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

Paignton Harbour area

The juvenile Red Throated Diver close in off Roundham Head late morning. It drifted slowly north and out to sea, last seen some way out from Paignton sands at 12.30

Posted October 12th at 3:08 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Fremington pill

Spotted Redshank; Ruff.

Spotted Redshank
Spotted Redshank

Posted October 12th at 1:03 pm by Gordon Westley in General Birding

Firecrest, Wonford Road, Exeter

A firecrest foraging in large birch on western end of Wonford Road, Exeter.

Posted October 12th at 12:06 pm by Ben Lansbury in General Birding

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatch from 0730-0900. More productive than expected given the flat calm conditions. Star bird was a juvenile Sabine's gull south at 0830. Also Bonxie, 2 Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, Red-throated Diver and 300+ Kittiwakes

Posted October 12th at 11:54 am by Simon Tonge in General Birding

Friday 11th October 2019

Tarka trail - Taw Estuary

A single Juv Great Crested Grebe on the Taw Estuary late aft seen from the Tarka trail several hundred metres from the Tarka Inn.

Posted October 11th at 5:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

Seawatch from Torcross

08:40-10:00, all south

9 Gadwalls, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Pomarine Skuas ( juvs ), 6 Arctic Skuas, 3 unidentified Skuas ( Pom / Arctic ) and around 500 Kittiwakes.

12:00-15:00, all south

23 Gadwalls, Sooty Shearwater ( good record from this location ), 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 unidentified Skuas ( Pom / Arctic ) and 11 Swallows.

Gadwall movement interesting, most looked to be heading around to Beesands Ley, picked up way to far out to have just commuted from Slapton Ley where they have been scarce lately anyhow. The male Scaup is still on the ley at Torcross. Also Little Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and Coot numbers up to around 200.

 

Posted October 11th at 5:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Paignton harbour ~ Red Throated Diver

Being a fair weather birder who does not do rain, waking up to the pouring deluge outside this morning was not encouraging, but the lure of the Red Throated Diver that seems to be quite happy in Paignton harbour was too much of a temptation so off I went.

Well worth the visit firstly the weather was half decent for a poor weather day and then to spot the RTD in the harbour entrance made the day, it gave great close up views being reasonably unconcerned that I was watching it.

Despite the dropping tide it was working an area 20 or so yards inside and outside of the harbour mouth.

Posted October 11th at 1:26 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Off Shoalstone,Brixham

9.30 till 11.00. Great Northern Diver. Arctic Skuasx14 all dark phase flying south

Posted October 11th at 12:30 pm by David Leigh in General Birding

Berry Head

Seawatching  07.15 - 09.30hrs: 1 Sabines Gull juv, 4 Pomarine Skuas juvs, 37 Arctic Skuas, 4 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Tern juv, 1944 Kittiwakes, 74 Auk Sp. 6-8 Harbour Porpoises.

Posted October 11th at 11:04 am by Mike Langman in Other Wildlife

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