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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.  

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

Monday 21st November 2016

Slapton Ley

Great White Egret tucked away in Ireland Bay. Also Red-crested Pochard.

Posted November 21st, 2016 at 4:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolt Tail

Late post for yesterday: Great Northern Diver west offshore, 2nd winter Med Gull & 101 Great Black-backed Gulls

Posted November 21st, 2016 at 8:31 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 20th November 2016

Broadsands

A very calm, flat sea and overcast - so perfect viewing conditions: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Great Northern Divers, 3 Eider, 4 Velvet Scoter 3 Razorbill and 1 Guillemot. 

Iin the marsh, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrest and 2 Cirl Buntings on seed at the back of the 2nd car park.

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 3:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes/Valley

A new Yellow-browed Warbler arrived at the back of the driving range near to the YMCA a very well marked bird with 'flaring' supercilium on right side.

YBWClennYMCA201116ML YBWClennYMCA201116MLleft

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 12:43 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 19th November 2016

Thurlestone Desert Wheatear

I know there are alot of postings on the Desert Wheatear lately but I went to see it today and it didn't disappoint. Just managed to get off some pics before the weather turned vile for the day. Can any experts tell me if this bird is a Western or Eastern Desert Wheatear?

 

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 5:54 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Paignton: 2 Great Northern Divers 3 Razorbill

Goodrington: 4 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Great Northern Divers

Broadsands: 2 Slavonian Grebes (Broadsands Bay), 1 Black-necked Grebe (out from Elberry Cove), 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Eider

In marsh 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest

Slavonian Grebes Broadsands 19 Nov 2016 ML

Brixham: 9 Purple Sandpipers on the Breakwater

No sign of Yellow-browed Warblers for a week now at Young's Park, no sign at Clennon for 5 days and no sign at Broadsands since Wednesday.

 

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 3:50 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Efford Marsh & Thurlestone

After getting good views of the Desert Wheatear (see other posts below), South Efford Marsh produced 8+ Water Pipits, Kingfisher, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, hundreds of Teal and Peregrine.  

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 3:44 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlestone Desert Wheatear

The Desert Wheatear was showing very well on Leas Foot beach, with occasional trips to the golf club tractor shed, this morning till at least 11:00 when the rains came in. He didn't seem at all phased by all the attention he was getting, and approached close enough to get useful snaps even from a point & shoot. 


Posted November 19th, 2016 at 2:26 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlestone

Desert Wheatear still showing well on Leas Foot Beach and sometimes sheltering in a gulley by the golf clubhouse.

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:24 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 18th November 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

The Spoonbill spent the high tide at Bowling Green Marsh - still present at 12.15pm 

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 6:18 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlestone

Desert Wheatear still present on Leas Foot Beach 4 to 4.30pm this afternoon.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 6:03 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Spoonbills Wrafton

Before the heavy showers arrived!


Posted November 18th, 2016 at 2:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw Estuary + Braunton Great Field

A window of fine weather this morning produced some good fortune bird wise. Starting at The White House on the Taw Estuary were 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe,1 female Red Breasted Merganser  & 1 hovering Kingfisher all within 100 metres of one another. On my way back checked Braunton Great Field before lunch & the 4 Common Cranes were feeding well. Digiscoped these from 1/2 mile away from the marsh road then checked the scrape at Wrafton on the way home. 6 Spoonbills on the scrape.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 2:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 16th November 2016

Desert Wheatear - Photos

Having dipped out on Mike Passman's reported desert wheatear on two previous occasions due to being at sea when the call came in, I was pleased to receive a call at about 12.55hrs today from Eric Wotten. Sadly I was at the top end of Soussons at the time, but a quick walk back to the car and down to Leasefoot Beach at Thurlestone where the desert wheatear showed well until I left at about 15.15hrs with the bird appearing settled and feeding despite other people, including dog walkers, on the beach. 

Desert Wheatear - Thurlestone - 16.11.2016
Desert Wheatear - Thurlestone - 16.11.2016

Desert Wheatear (flying)- Thurlestone - 16.11.2016
Desert Wheatear (flying)- Thurlestone - 16.11.2016

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 6:19 pm by David Pakes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Cranes

Having seen them from the house, I cycled out to get a closer look. Easily seen from the Marsh Road and I was able to call Sue Bruce who joined me. After a few minutes they were disturbed  (by a dog walker), but they flew closer! Got a few shots, showing NO colour rings. Sadly the dog walker then returned (there's a public path across the Great Field) and they flew firstly east, then circled and landed over near the Burrows probably where John Bronze saw them.

Looking a little wary.   And off they go!
Looking a little wary.                                                        And off they go!

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 3:59 pm by jon turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The 4 Velvet Scoter could be seen from Broadsands this morning but closer to Three Beaches headland, 1 Red-necked Grebe still a fair way out but just north of the buoys on the Mussel Farm, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Eider.

Later in the morning, single Black-necked & Slavonian Grebe plus and extra Eider were reported.

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again seen and heard in the back of the Marsh.

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 1:17 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Desert Wheatear

Showing well at 12.15-12.45 on Leasfoot Beach Thurlestone . This is next to the Golf Club .Use Golf Club visitors car park , there is a path to the beach c 100 yds

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 12:54 pm by Mike & Anne Passman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Broadsands / Berry Head 15 Nov 2016

Following Mike Langman's post this morning I made a first visit to Broadsands. The six Black Necked Grebes were still present but no sign of any Divers. Also present were 4 Velvet Scoters. At Berry Head were 2 Rock Pipits and 2 Porpoises feeding just below the point. 

Black-necked Grebe  Velvet Scoter
Black-necked Grebe                                                           Velvet Scoter

Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 7:23 pm by Bob Telford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lannacombe Valley.

A Yellow Browed Warbler ringed this morning. Also on site 1 Firecrests ( imm. f ),4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrests.

  

 

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 4:46 pm by Alan K Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Colaton Raleigh Common

With Rupert Ormerod located the Great Grey Shrike near the Marines compound, There were 3 Brambling with the Chaffinch flock at Woodbury Castle, and a number of Dartford Warblers were displaying and singing in the warm sunshine.

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 2:09 pm by Dick Andrews in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

1 Yellow-browed Warbler found in marsh at back of 2nd car park (1st of autumn for this site), 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and 4 Cirl Buntings and 1 Reed Bunting on seed at back of 2nd carpark.

On the sea: 6 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Eider.

Black-necked Grebes Broadsands 15 Nov 2016 ML Yellow-browed Warbler Broadsands 15 Nov 2016 ML

Black-necked Grebes                                                                Yellow-browed Warbler

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 11:14 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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