General Birding

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: 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

Sunday 7th June 2015


A real joy to be out on the moor around Soussons, Headland Warren and Challacombe, 31 species found. Lots of birds singing enjoying the sun, several Cuckoos about, 2 seen at Headland Warren, one a female giving its bubbling call. to find out more follow the link

Posted June 7th, 2015 at 8:50 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Two Pots, Ilfracombe

1 x Red Kite

Posted June 7th, 2015 at 8:21 pm by Mark Webber in General Birding

red kite

Red kite seen flying quite low over Throwleigh, drifting off North West.

Posted June 7th, 2015 at 7:47 pm by Hilary Haworth in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

  17.30 - 18.15 a male 'flava Wagtail showing charecteristics of the SPANISH race singing perched on dock leaves in front of the main pool 

Posted June 7th, 2015 at 7:10 pm by Mike Passman in General Birding

Red Kite

one drifted South West over Cranbrooke at 1545 hrs

Posted June 7th, 2015 at 5:14 pm by Andy Bond in General Birding

Saturday 6th June 2015

Yarner Wood

An early morning visit produced: 2+ Cukoos, Wood Warbler (heard singing), Redstart (female), 8 Pied Flycatchers (7 males, 1 female), 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (including 1 juv), 6 Mandarin Ducks (including a duckling), c6 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Bullfinches, 2 Marsh Tits, 4 Nuthatches, and a Siskin heard. 

Posted June 6th, 2015 at 5:51 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

sighting of Bee-eaters

Yesterday (June 5th) at 12.15pm 6 Bee-eaters on electricity wires over our garden and field on the outskirts of Bradworthy N. Devon .Present for about half an hour .

Posted June 6th, 2015 at 4:49 pm by Rob Dennis in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite flying low over fields near Bittadon (North Devon) being harassed by several corvids. Also Buzard nearby. 12;55 today

Posted June 6th, 2015 at 1:42 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Friday 5th June 2015

Black stork over Newton Abbot

Black Stork harried by herring gulls flew over at 13.30 today heading SW

Black Stork Newton Abbot 050615 PS   Black Stork Newton Abbot 050615 PS 2

A couple of photos..

Posted June 5th, 2015 at 7:12 pm by Caroline Stevens in General Birding

Little Ringed Plover, Exeter

Just spotted a Little Ringed Plover on the shore of the artificial pool that's been formed at the southern end of the flood

 relief scheme works between Exeter quay and Duckes Marsh.

Posted June 5th, 2015 at 11:15 am by Sam Stripp in General Birding

Thursday 4th June 2015

Nightjars in Cann Woods

A group of about twenty from the Plymouth Local Branch enjoyed a late night foray into Cann Woods at Plympton.  Despite slightly less than perfect conditions, it was a little overcast and the moon had not yet risen, the group had good if brief views of at least 4 Nightjars, with a total of 10 heard churring, ke-wiking, gurgling or wing-clapping throughout the wood.  A Cuckoo was heard calling near the fort. 

Posted June 4th, 2015 at 11:54 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Dartmoor & Teigngrace

A run around Dartmoor this morning above the Caton / Ashburton area, bit of a cooling wind but plenty of small birds to be seen including Yellowhammers, Stonechat, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Goldfinch, Skylarks, Wren and Mistle Thrush, reasonable numbers of Buzzards most of which were using the winds to “hang on the air” to hunt.


Back home at South Brent two visits to the garden feeders from a pair of Siskins. A hunting male Sparrow Hawk and count of 149 Herring Gulls passing by this morning between 8am and 9.30am at one point several gulls mobbed a passing Grey Heron.


An evening visit to Teigngrace to photograph the Sand Martins, good numbers present along with a couple of Swifts and one passing male Sparrow hawk. A Pied Wagtail feeding one youngster.


At Dart Bridge five Great Blacked Backed Gulls over the A38.

Posted June 4th, 2015 at 9:23 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Tuesday 2nd June 2015

South Brent

Awful weather this morning had the gardens feeders buzzing with feeding birds, very surprised to see a male Bullfinch coming in, the weather brought in far more birds than would be usual for this time of year.

The Wood pigeon movement mentioned in an early post continued once the weather began to lift with a count of 213 Woodies, 3 Stock Dove and one feral pigeon passing over.

The resident Buzzards may have a successful nest this season, the male was seen passing by mobbed by Crows as he carried a largish prey item to the nest site, a total of four Buzzards today included a very pale almost white male seen to fly past into the strong winds.

Four Raven overhead this morning

The day has seen an almost constant movement of Herring Gulls passing by the house, a total of four Greater Black Backed Gulls which included one juvenile.

Juvenile birds around the feeders and garden included, Robin, House Sparrows, Coal Tits, Greenfinch, Rooks, Magpies.

A pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers in at one point, then regular visits from the male to the feeders

Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 9:06 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Chittlehampton Yellow Hammers

Throughout the winter and into spring yellow hammers have frequented at least one garden in the village of the Chittlehampton; I have recorded a maximum of 9 at the beginning of the year, dropping to 5 as well progress into summer...

Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 5:12 pm by STEWART BEER in General Birding

Stover CP

Just received news from Jon Avon this morning that the Mute Swans have seven newly hatched cygnets

and a first for Stover a pair of Mandarin have also hatched four young today.

Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 2:17 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Berry Head

05.30-09.30hrs seawatch 600+ Manx Shearwaters, 5 Puffin, 2 Storm Petrel, 1 Roseate Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 20+ Common Tern and 2 Arctic Skua. However the highlight was a Risso's Dolphin that surfaced 3 times close off the headland before making a deep dive, tail fluking on the way, there was another brief distant sighting after that but the dolphin quickly moved on. 

Posted June 2nd, 2015 at 12:20 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 1st June 2015

Bowling green marsh

watched from 17:30 till 19:35

An increase in Mediterranean gulls to 6 1st summers among 420+ black headed gulls, 11 whimbrel, 11+ bar tailed godwits, 30+ curlew, 70+ black tailed godwits, 1 greenshank, 2 oystercatcher, 5+ little egrets, 1 grey heron, 2 little grebes.

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 10:04 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding


A few House Martins hawking insects over a windswept pond this afternoon. Male Swan chasing a female Mallard. 5 Cootlets but no sign of any other juvenile water-birds. Of interest in the reserve, there were about  20 House Martins and 10 Swallows hawking insects over the reserve pond - never seen them in there before! Must be the lovely weather.... Or perhaps because it was sheltered from the wind.

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 7:09 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


At 5pm 30 + swifts being buffeted by the wind passed over my house, I wonder how many other birds will suffer from these gales.

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 6:18 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh (yesterday late post 31-5-2015)

A late Osprey was seen from the viewing platform flying up river towards the goatwalk at 19:20hrs before heading back down and fishing off Powderham where it caught a fish. It was labouring with it's catch flying just above the water towards Turf pursued by gulls. Also a Great Crested Grebe was diving in front the platform.  Some digiscoped footage videos.

From the hide earlier the 2 foxes were seen play fighting beyond the right-hand pool from the hide with the adult dog fox watching from the railway bank hedgerow. They appear to be last years male & female cubs.

Some photos of 3 fs-Mediterranean Gulls in the hide on the high-tide show 2 being similar in moult state the other med gull was hiding behind vegetation out of site.

Osprey  31-5-2015
Osprey 31-5-2015

3-fs-Mediterranean Gulls  31-5-2015
3-fs-Mediterranean Gulls 31-5-2015

Foxes  31-5-2015
Foxes 31-5-2015

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 8:54 am by David Boult in General Birding

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