General Birding

Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of 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.

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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
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

Tuesday 14th July 2015

Passage House, Kingsteignton

Gull-billed Tern still present this morning at 7am with bh gulls. Gulls spooked, but tern came back and gave good views all by itself. Also present 1x redshank, 4 x common sandpiper & around 5-6 little egrets roosting in trees on far bank

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern

Posted July 14th, 2015 at 1:25 pm by Paul Treen in General Birding

Gull-billed Tern

Tern showing very well and putting on a show in front of car park about 10.30 this morning, stunning bird!!

Posted July 14th, 2015 at 12:21 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Monday 13th July 2015

Gull-billed Tern

The River Teign, Passage House Inn, Devon

Posted July 13th, 2015 at 7:24 pm by Dave Stone in General Birding

Thurlestone Bay

Steady passage of Gannets this morning with Cory's Shearwater sitting in a raft of them at one point.

Later clear views of this or another Cory's flying East past Rock in Thurlestone Bay.

(Arthur Livett)

Posted July 13th, 2015 at 2:44 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Gull-billed Tern

11.00 Still present giving excellent views flying around the reedbed to the front of the Passage House Inn, Hackney

Posted July 13th, 2015 at 12:51 pm by Kevin Johns in General Birding

Sunday 12th July 2015

Teign Estuary

Gull-billed Tern found at 17:30 roosting on the spit off Passage House with Black-headed Gulls. Showed very well over the saltmarsh from 18:45 then flew down the estuary at 19:10, still present at 20:20 although further downriver towards Coombe Cellars.

Also 5 Mediterranean Gulls (including 4 juveniles), 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers, 40+ Curlew and a Whimbrel.

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 8:40 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Prawle Point Seawatch

Gentle reintroduction to autumnal seawatching saw Pat M (from 5.30am ),John L (from 6am) and myself (from 6.30am) at Prawle in SW winds 3-4 with rain and mist later. Totals seen (all west): 12 Balearic Shearwaters, 1453 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Puffins, 25 auks (mainly Razorbills), 56 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Terns,76 Gannets, 6 Kittiwakes, 2 adult s.p. Med Gulls (and 1 imm Med Gull east), and 3 Little Egrets.

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 6:37 pm by Tony Marchese in General Birding

Topsham Rec Gulls

A juv Yellow-legged Gull showed well until 08:40 at least, with the usual 2cy Little Gull 2cy, one juv Med Gull and at least 7 Common Sands (11 yesterday evening). And apologies to those locals who didn't get a call - my phone battery died!

Yellow-legged Gull juv - Topsham Rec 12/7/2015
Yellow-legged Gull juv - Topsham Rec 12/7/2015

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 9:49 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding


2 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach this morning also 3 Sandwich Terns and a Great Crested Grebe in Broadsands Bay.

Posted July 12th, 2015 at 8:29 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Saturday 11th July 2015


The fs Little gull & a juv Med gull at Topsham rec this evening.

Posted July 11th, 2015 at 9:44 pm by Martin Elcoate in General Birding

Plym estuary / Blaxton meadow

1110 - 1230

On a rising tide: 5 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck (2 Ad 2 juv)  25 Herring gull, 1 Greater Black Back Gull, 1 Mediterranean gull (adult). 

Blaxton meadow high tide roost: 130 Black Headed Gulls, 25 Curlew, 10 Little Egret in the trees.

Swallows, House Martins and Pied Wagtails around Saltram estate.

Posted July 11th, 2015 at 3:02 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Friday 10th July 2015


12 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 fs  4 Ads and 7 Juvs in two parties during a watch this evening, 5 Sandwich Terns and the first two juvenile Herring Gulls I've seen this summer fledged and on beach.

Mediterranean Gulls Broadsands 10 July 2015 ML

Photo: Part of one group of adult and juvenile Mediterranean Gulls


Posted July 10th, 2015 at 8:52 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Topsham Rec

The Fs Little Gull still on the mud at 9.20am on the low tide between the north end of the Recreational Ground and the motorway bridge and showing well . Also 1 Common Sand

Posted July 10th, 2015 at 11:07 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth (Thursday evening)

As always (my) summer is not complete without the call and sight of Nightjars and this was another memorable evening in good company. 

Perfect weather conditions last evening for NIghtjar watching (still air, no wind, clear sky and pleasantly warm).  13 members of East Devon Branch DB attended the two hour walk 9-11pm and chose a point midway into the moor to watch.  First churring heard at 9.43pm with first sightings at 9.53.  Two birds flew closely at 10.20 and at least four present on the common. Only wished we had timed the length of the churring as one bird kept it up for approx four minutes. On the return walk two Tawny Owls were calling excitedly in trees above our heads with another heard elsewhere at the start of the walk.

Posted July 10th, 2015 at 8:23 am by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Thursday 9th July 2015


12-15 over my house clovelly rd at 18:00 heading nw.This evening a least 3 nightjars and 3 young red deer stags hartland way.

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 11:11 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Common Scoter -Boat Trip

Further to Nigels's comments  there were also 6 Commmon Scoter seen -had  a really great trip -thanks Nigel

Common Scoter
Common Scoter

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 10:31 pm by Ian Teague in General Birding

Trip Into Lyme Bay

1 pm today for 4 hours did a dolphin watching trip into Lyme Bay from Paignto harbour, just off Berry Head we encountered 3 Harbour Porpoise, much further out we saw many seabirds feeding so we went closer to have 3 Manx Shearwater, Gannets, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Fulmar and some Terns, difficulty in IDing the Terns as we had 15/20 Common Dolphins racing about all over the places, all feeding and stayed with them for nearly half an hour.

Running 3 hour trips every Friday from 17th July late afternoon/ evening into Lyme Bay, chumming to see what is about, some places left if interested. email wildbones@btinternet .com 

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 8:30 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the afternoon high-tide.

From the hide 2-Common Terns; 2-Mediterranean Gulls (1-ad + 1-Juv); 1-Common Gull amongst c1100-Black Headed Gulls; 1-Spotted Redshank; c25-Redshank; 7-Greenshank; c300-Curlew; 5-Lapwing; 13-Little Egrets.

From the viewing platform c100-Oystercatchers and the 2-Common Terns seen flying down river. 

Common Tern
Common Tern

juvenile Mediterranean Gull
juvenile Mediterranean Gull

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 8:01 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Topsham Recreation Ground

As usual the 2cy Little Gull present at low tide this am - by M5 bridge/Retreat Boatyard. Also 7 Common Sands.

Little Gull - 9/7/2015 Topsham
Little Gull - 9/7/2015 Topsham

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 9:51 am by Tim Worfolk in General Birding


Maer Rocks - 0515 - 0630 - 3 redhead goosander 'in off' and towards the Warren this morning. Also a lingering arctic skua, 4 mediterranean gull (inc 2 juv), 1 juv yellow-legged gull, 5 curlew, 1 grey wagtail and a steady passage of black-headed gulls towards the estuary mouth.

Yesterday - a juv yellow-legged gull at Hayes Barton Pig Farm, Yettington.


Posted July 9th, 2015 at 7:18 am by Matt Knott in General Birding

Wednesday 8th July 2015


33 Curlew on mudflats at 21:45

Posted July 8th, 2015 at 10:28 pm by Rob Thomas in General Birding

South Brent ~ Willow Tit

Just after 11.25am this morning a Willow Tit made a very brief appearance around my bird feeding station but did not settle well enough for me to photograph. (Last year it first arrived in the garden on the 1st August).

Five juvenile Goldfinch along with six adult birds brought the seasons Goldfinch numbers up, other juveniles included House Sparrows, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Magpie and Jackdaw.

Two Black Headed Gulls flying over the house this mornmnig was an unusual sight.

Other garden visitors included two male Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Dunnock, Jay, Collard Doves, good numbers of Greenfinch and Chaffinch.

Mid afternoon visit from a male Sparrow Hawk

Posted July 8th, 2015 at 7:18 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Horsey Island & R.Caen

On Horsey Island 1 Lapwing sheltering from strong WNW winds.

On the R.Caen (see photo 2), 1 imm Common Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern & 29 Med Gulls. Also 1 Juv Med Gull (see photo 3). 109 BH Gulls inc 1 juv.

Posted July 8th, 2015 at 6:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

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