Devon Bird Sightings from 18th–24th July 2012

Footpath Closure Otter Estuary

Note the footpath is currently closed between Lime Kiln Car Park and White Bridge due to repair work. Currently this is preventing access to the bird hide on the east side of the estuary and viewing platforms.
It is likely to be for 3 weeks.

It seems excessive blocking access for the entire 500M stretch of path when the repairs are only for 50M at the very southern end. I have contacted DCC in the hope they will arrange out and back access to the hide from White Bridge.

Posted September 15th at 11:17 am by Chris Townend in General Birding

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

Tuesday 24th July 2012

Bowling Green/Topsham

This am: 34 Little Egrets, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Whimbrel and 2 Med Gulls. Also, Grey Plover on the Clyst. [per Gordon Youdale]

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 4:40 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

R. Taw, just off Bradiford Reserve

21 Med Gulls on sandbar with BHG's off the Tarka Trail - 14 adults, 3x2S, 4x1S [per Maurice Clements]

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 3:17 pm by Gavin Haig in General Birding

Monday 23rd July 2012

Autumn underway at Black Hole Marsh

A quick look at Black Hole Marsh this morning revealed six Black-tailed Godwits, five Common Sandpipers, three Dunlin, two Green Sandpipers, one Common Gull and one Whimbrel. No sign of last week’s Osprey. 

Whimbrel on Black Hole Marsh

Two Dunlin roosting on Black Hole Marsh

Posted July 23rd, 2012 at 12:30 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding

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