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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: Recorder@devonbirds.org 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

Membership

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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

Friday 7th October 2016

Caspian tern

Just a few pics to confirm the Caspian Tern taken today at about half 3ish down the mere. Taken about ten minutes after a gentleman who was looking for it left (he found us a ruff). 

 

Eds. Great shots, but please can you use your full name (see guidelines), so we know who you are? Thanks.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by HPL in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Budleigh Salterton

A Yellow-browed Warbler along Budleigh west cliffs footpath this afternoon below golf club car park, also firecrest and a few Chiffchaff. A single Wheatear on fields above the Otter on the east side.

Blyth's Reed Warbler at Berry Head yesterday - I have done a blog post for anyone interested in emarginations!
http://creamteabirding.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/blyths-reed-warbler-berry-head.html

 

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Chris Townend in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sometimes you just get lucky!

Saw the post about the Caspian Tern this morning but couldn't get away. On driving down to Horsey Island this evening I did a quick stop to jump out and peer over the embankment to view the flood in case the pelican or other stuff was in there. I raised my glasses to check an odd looking gull and yes first bird I focus on the Caspian Tern. Had close views as it circled over the flood for a few minutes, a very impressive bird and easy to ID on size alone. Also 3 Spoonbills, two adults and one Juv. The adults were ringed with one red over light blue and the other seeming to have green with a yellow tag. Also Blackwits, Egrets, Herons, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Teal, Kingfisher, Dabchick, 2 Snipe overhead and all the regulars. Pelican was report further up the estuary.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 6:59 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

With the gloomy conditions and rain Berry Head was too tempting - a brief visit late pm produced a small fall of Chiffchaffs in the Quarry 6-7 compared to 2-3 this morning also extra Goldcrests, Blackcap and a Yellow-browed Warbler. After spending sometime down in the quarry this morning and not seeing a lot this had to be a new bird in and not the yellow-browed that was around yesterday afternoon.

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Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 6:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Prawle

Walked around the west side of Prawle out of the wind lots of birds the best of being: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 3 Wheatears, c50 Chiffchaff, c20 Blackcap, c10 Goldcrest, Ring Ouzel, c20 Song Thrush and good numbers of Skylarks moving. But raptors stole the show, a most approachable juvenile Hobby (see photos), flyby Short-eared Owl and a distant ringtail Hen Harrier.

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Posted October 7th, 2016 at 6:02 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Aveton Gifford

Two Cattle Egrets together feeding around sitting Cattle on the marsh.

Cattle Egret Aveton Gifford &.10.2016 Dave Allen     Cattle Egrets Aveton Gifford 7.10.2016 Dave Allen

Dave Allen

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 6:01 pm by George & Julia Harris in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

06:30-14:45. Cloudy day, moderate east wind, occ. light shower.

Conditions looked great to find the big one but its on hold yet again for another day. Did see 2 Little Egrets ( north off point ), Grey Wagtail, Redstart, Wheatear, Redwing, 2 Ring Ouzels, 15 Song Thrushes, 14 Blackcaps, 41 Chiffchaffs, 15 Goldcrests and 3 Firecrests.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 4:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

A disappointing morning was brightened up by two Merlin, a male hunting over Starehole & a large female hunting over the airfield. Also: 66 Skylark, 24 Swallow, 24 House Martin, 11 Wheatear, 28 Robin, 7 Song Thrush, male Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, late Willow Warbler on the airfield edge, 5 Goldcrest, 100 Carrion Crow & 150 Linnet.

Posted October 7th, 2016 at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 6th October 2016

Berry Head

Vic Tucker informed me of a Yellow-browed Warbler at Berry Head in the quarry while the Blyth's Reed Warbler was giving him the run around this pm!

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Spoonbills

Thursday, 6 Oct at approx 11.00 am a pair of Spoonbill flew Eastwards over Slapton Ley. 

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 5:42 pm by John Lloyd in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Blyth's Reed Warbler

The Blyth's Reed Warbler showing during the early afternoon at the Berryhead quarry with a steady stream of birders looking for it, just to add to the difficulty in finding and viewing it in very dense cover was the presence of a Reed Warbler which on looking at my images is a darker bird with rather tatty plumage and was showing more frequently than the sought after Blyth’s, telling the two apart in the field is no easy matter as the below images show.

( Eds: Steve all these images are off the Blyth's Reed Warbler - hopefully the loose primary on right side was just that the wing was folded awkwardly! )

   

 

Also in the quarry were Wren, Robin, Blue & Great Tit, Stonechat with Pied and Grey Wagtail overhead.

On the way out a female Kestrel hunting over the main quarry, by the car park a 30 plus strong flock of Goldfinch and four Swallow seen over Brixham.

Back at home a Chiffchaff still showing around the garden, Raven and two Swallow.

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 4:13 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

West Hill - Braunton

14.37 - Good views of 1 Red Kite flying east between the properties & the Beacon.

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 2:52 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

7 Ring Ouzels in berry-laden hawthorns west of the Cove, Grasshopper Warbler skulking in the reedy area, juv.Hobby over the cove itself & 3 Wheatear on the higher fields.

Posted October 6th, 2016 at 1:52 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Dalmation Pelican

Please could we ask anyone who is considering observing & photographing the Pelican to consider the welfare of this bird first.

 It is very sensitive to disturbance & can be easily spooked. Please keep a good distance away from it during observation, make sure you have the correct optical equipment & please do not attempt to photograph

it with a mobile phone unless you are photographing it through a telescope. Thank You.


Posted October 5th, 2016 at 9:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Efford Marsh

Juv Woodchat Shrike still showing throughout the day infrequently at South Efford Marsh in the same location as previously. Very flighty and easily scared off by the presence of birders or the blackberry pickers in evidence this morning. I lost the Sigma lens hood for my camera this morning at this location. A second visit to try to locate it this afternoon, but it had gone. Would appreciate its return!

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by David Pakes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatching very poor (as usual mostly cleared out as the 2nd day of East wind), but a few bits: 7 Shoveler, 3 Pintail, 3 Bonxies, 2 Arctic Skuas and 2 Sandwich Terns. Dave Smallshire saw a flock of c20 Eider with a Pintail, settled on the sea which moved off.

In the quarry not only the Blyth's Reed Warbler but also a Reed Warbler (see photo) which at times doing the same circuit as the Blyth's. Also Blackcap and Chiffchaff.

Reed Warbler

 

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 5:15 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Passage House Inn

Two Spoonbills feeding on the Teign Est this morning, still present at 1.00pm

Robin Shute

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 1:52 pm by George & Julia Harris in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teign Estuary

Spoonbills on estuary at Passage House per Robin Shute

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 12:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Some much better photos from BMc today looking rather paler in the dull light but still showing the rusty wing on the 2nd shot - you might even see the emargination on the primaries - if you are an anorak! Virtually no dark to tip of lower mandible as they should usually show and a very impressive supercilium for a BRW more so on right side of head.

Blyths Reed Warbler Berry Hd 05 Oct 2016 BMc Blyths Reed Warbler Berry Hd 05 Oct 2016 BMc

Posted October 5th, 2016 at 11:54 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 4th October 2016

Taw Estuary – Dalmatian Pelican

The Dalmatian Pelican remained loafing and preening on sandbanks in the Taw Estuary between Isley Marsh to the south and Horsey Island to the north, taking a couple of short flights to settle on the last vestiges of sand before the rising tide finally forced it to swim! Shortly before dark, at 19.02 hrs, it flew low, in a broad sweep almost directly over our heads, to roost on the deepest water at the Horsey Pond end of Horsey Island.

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 10:09 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodchat Shrike - South Efford Marsh

Visited between 1200 and 1600 to try and catch a first Woodchat Shrike as reported yesterday by David Pakes. The bird put on several good shows usually on the windward side of several bare bushes/trees. Also saw 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 female Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egrets and 1 Common Sandpiper. 

Woodchat Shrike  Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 9:20 pm by Robert TELFORD in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatch 0700-1030, 1250-1420. SE-ESE4-5. Mallard, 13 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 5 Common Scoter, Brent Goose, Black-necked Grebe, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 28 Arctic Skuas, 20 Bonxies, 8 Common Gulls, Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull, 2130 Kittiwakes, 4 Sandwich Terns, 7 Common Terns, Arctic Tern, Puffin, 340 Auks (mostly Razorbills). Merlin in off the sea (ML,MD, Sam Forest).

Went to look at ML's Blyth's Reed Warbler (excellent find of a very difficult bird) hence a break in the seawatch. In the quarry also Black Redstart, Firecrest, 2+ Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff.

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A selection of the Arctic Skuas (plumage) moving though and below, ML's B R Warbler and Firecrest

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Posted October 4th, 2016 at 5:58 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River Taw

Pelican on sandbank off of Chivenor in same spot for two hours directly opposite Isley march 14:30-16:30. Also 5 spoonbills on Isley side of the river. 

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 5:50 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Blyth's Reed Warbler at Berry Head Quarry this morning then again this afternoon. Stronger than average supercilium and very pallid plumage made me consider one of the rare Hippolais warblers for a second or two but the rusty unmarked flight feathers ruled them out very quickly. Short primary projection, dark sides to crown. very whitish underparts only a bit washed out ochre around lower flanks, responded very well to Blyth's R W tape initially, ignoring Paddyfield Warbler, hopped around in 'banana' posture alot of the time.

video link: https://youtu.be/R3ZwpmaqseA 

  

 

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 4:22 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point

1 Yellow-browed Warbler calling frequently for about 10 minutes; finally seen well, if briefly, at 08.15.

Sparse overhead passage of Meadow pipits (24), alba wagtails (4), Grey Wagtails (2), Chaffinches (5), Linnets (51), Goldfinches (10) and Siskins (3) – all heading SE into the wind. Goldcrest (1), Blackcap (1), Chiffchaffs (3) and Song Thrush (1) in the scrub. Small flock of Common Scoters (8) heading W offshore.

Posted October 4th, 2016 at 9:35 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 3rd October 2016

East to Middle Soar

Quieter than Sunday with a brisk SE wind blowing out Starehole; Tally: 12 LBB Gull, 470 Herring Gull, 10 Stock Dove, 60 Skylark - most SE, 60 Swallow & 7 House Martin SE, 210 Meadow Pipit, 24 Alba Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 Song Thrush, 7 Chiffchaff, 110 Carrion Crow, 235 Golfinch & one flock of 500 Linnet.

Butterflies: Clouded Yellow, 4 Small White, 65 Red Admiral.

Posted October 3rd, 2016 at 3:47 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 2nd October 2016

Soar

East and Middle Soar 7.30 am to 12 noon. Some impressive visible migration: estimated1000+ Meadow Pipits on the ground and passing overhead during the course of the morning and at 11.30 am a kettle of 29(!) Common Buzzards which, in the then southerly breeze, drifted NE. Also overhead: c10 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 4 Bullfinches, 1 Tree Pipit and 100+ each of Swallows and House Martins. On the ground: 2 Ring Ouzels, 5 Song Thrushes, c20 Blackcaps, c35 Chiffchaffs, 1 Whitethroat, 18 Wheatears, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, c100 Skylarks and over 700 Linnets (including one flock of c500).  

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 10:05 pm by Andy Smith and Francis Steuk in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Northam Burrows pm

Good flocks of linnet and goldfinch. Plenty of wheatears and stonechats.

A great crested grebe fishing in the bay. Just as I was leaving spotted a grey phalarope, it swam across the scrape and sat quietly on the other side. 

Grey Phalarope  Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Stonechat
Stonechat

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 7:21 pm by Richard Yeats in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

Kayaking in Frogmore Creek turned up Osprey plus Sparrowhawk, 11 Greenshank & 50+ Redshank.

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 1:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wryneck Wembury-Heybrook Bay

Wryneck just below Marine Drive (tarmac track) at 50.3171  -4.1107, where there is a single conifer above the track and steps up towards the radar station. Viewed from the track at 10am.

Posted October 2nd, 2016 at 11:45 am by John Bishop in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 1st October 2016

Fremington Quay

THe Dalmatian Pelican was on the sand bank about 500 yards to the left of the quay. Demonstrating all modes of transport.

Dalmatian Pelican

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Dalmatian Pelican

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 6:07 pm by Richard Yeats in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw estuary

Around Yelland Power Station: Grey Plover (10), Bar-T Godwit (50), Common Sandpiper, Knot (10), Dunlin (20), Little Egret (4), Little Grebe, Raven (2), Oystercatcher, Curlew, Buzzard, Grey Heron

Isley Marsh RSPB: Common Scoter (2), Great Crested Grebe (2), Brent Goose (2), Ringed Plover (6), Kingfisher, Common Snipe, Redshank,  Greenshank, Teal, Wigeon, Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Little Egret (20), Curlew, Mallard, Grey Heron, NO SIGNS OF SPOONBILL since single bird on 19th Sep.

nr Fremington Quay on Taw: Kingfisher

Dalmatian Pelican at Crow Point briefly after 9am (thanks Mark B).

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 3:08 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Isley Marsh

2 Common Scoter roosting and feeding while I searched for the pelican.

2 Common Scoters, poor record shots!
2 Common Scoters, poor record shots!

Posted October 1st, 2016 at 10:41 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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