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

Sunday 20th November 2016

Grey Heron with a young Pike fish

19-11-16 Heron catching a young Pike



Posted November 20th, 2016 at 7:16 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Desert Wheatear

Showing well on the beach this morning.

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by simon thurgood in General Birding

Bursdon Moor

1 male Hen Harrier and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier.

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 5:39 pm by Barry Bryne in General Birding

Arlington court

A break in the weather gave time for a sheltered  walk around Arlington court, a small murm of starlings on a field started our walk, numerous Robins, wrens, blackbirds,  and mistle thrushes.

Down on the lake it appeared empty until the great white egret glided in and graced us with its presence.  further along flocks  of long-tailed, blue, great and coal tits were in abundance throughout the woods.

On the last leg mallards and teal on the overflowing river, and finally to top it off a tree creeper in the upper wood by the house,.

Flying in

Getting settled
Flying In                                                Getting settled


Posted November 20th, 2016 at 3:28 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

4 Willow Tits, Blue Great and Coal Tits,12+ Long Tailed Tits. several Chaffinches, 5 Greenfinches, 4 Tree Creepers, 2 Nuthatches, 7 Blackbirds, c.15 Mallard, 10 Tufted Ducks, 4 Goosanders, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Goldcrests, 6 Snipe, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Bullfinches, 5 Water Rail, 1 Cormorant, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Coot,4 Wigeon, 1 Wren, Corvids and small mixed flocks of Black headed and Herring Gulls, 5 Robins.   1 Buzzard at nearby Thurdon.

Harvey and Ian Kendall

Posted November 20th, 2016 at 2:02 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Saturday 19th November 2016

Great Grey Shrike, Soussons to Vitifer

Burrator to Soussons,
A lot of thrushes on moor road just before the Dam, no Fieldfare seen.
Level of water in reservoir very low, Tufted duck, Little Grebe, pair of Kingfishers.
Between Soussons and Vitifer Great Grey Shrike and the highlight of the day seven Bullfinches feeding in the tree tops when a Merlin swooped through them scattering them all ways but without any luck,

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:42 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Occombe Farm

Early morning walk around Occombe Farm, besides the usual also spotted a Jay, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch (m&f), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzards, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 4-6 Goldfinch and a Pied Wagtail.

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 8:51 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding


Great Northern Diver close offshore this afternoon and also a more distant diving duck which I got some distant photos of an would appear to be a Long-tailed Duck, but am open to correction.

Great Northern Dive  
Great Northern Diver                                                                                           Long-tailed Duck       


Posted November 19th, 2016 at 6:47 pm by Richard Cordery in General Birding


Another early start a new record for teal all on main pond 512.wigeon 100plus shoveler 8 .again great views of male marsh harrier quartering the field and ponds eventually landed on a bush and stayed there for twenty minutes before being chased off by crows.also a peregrine falcon and kestrel hunting over fields .small birds included a flock finches 100plus ,linnets chaffs and goldfinch.

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:58 am by Geoff Taylor in General Birding

Desert Wheatear

The Desert Wheatear appeared at 8.30am this morning on Leasfoot Beach favouring the middle of the beach and still present till 10am at least in a strengthening cold wind. 

Posted November 19th, 2016 at 11:34 am by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Friday 18th November 2016

Torr Quarry

Flock of 23 Lapwings flying east this afternoon.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Around Exmouth

This afternoon there were 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese off Shelly Beach. In the distance 2 Slavonian Grebes were together near Cockwood Wreck. 150 Common Scoter were out in the bay off the seafront. Later in the fading light at the very least 2 Purple Sandpipers were on Maer Rocks. Maer car park produced Mistle Thrush and 2 Goldcrests in windy conditions.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 4:58 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Skern, Northam Burrows

Went down just after high tide hoping for ringed birds or a sheltering oddity species. Great views from the car of feeding flock of majority Brent Goose, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Redshank, Lapwing, Dunlin, with some Grey Plover, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit. One Snipe flew by. One Common Gull in the gull gathering. Horizontal hail/snow came and went which the birds had to work hard to shelter from. A black and white duck in flight out of Appledore and onto the river mouth was sadly not clinched on ID and could have been anything between Tufted Duck and Velvet Scoter (majority black with white in the secondaries, underparts not seen). No divers seen from here either (just one Cormorant), and only ringed bird was metal ring on an adult W Herring Gull (unreadable). Meadow Pipits but no Snow Bunting around the visitor centre. Out on the W'ward Ho! beach at river mouth, a few thousand Golden Plover mostly in the air.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Lowell Mills in General Birding

Braunton Cranes

4 again showing on Braunton Great Filed north of the Marsh Road at 13.50.

Posted November 18th, 2016 at 1:50 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Thursday 17th November 2016

Broadsands & Brixham

Spent a couple of windswept hours at Broadsands this morning. Eventually found 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Eider.

Later 3 Purple Sandpipers at Brixham Breakwater.

Posted November 17th, 2016 at 8:56 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Home Farm Marsh

Early visit to the farm produced 246 teal,194 wigeon,4mallard,49 dunlin,1 pintail ,1male marsh harrier,7shoveler,2bar tailed godwit,1 greenshank,1redshank,27lapwing,6spoonbill on Isley marsh.

Posted November 17th, 2016 at 6:03 pm by Geoff Taylor. in General Birding

Braunton Cranes

The 4 Cranes were in Braunton Great field this morning. Showing well but skittish.

Posted November 17th, 2016 at 1:10 pm by David Paterson in General Birding

Wednesday 16th November 2016


Just seen 4 Cranes out on Braunton Great Field. From my bedroom window!   Should be viewable from the Marsh Road.

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Starling Murmurations

After my request for starling roost gatherings I have had several replies to date.  As follows:

Topsham - good displays

Teignmouth Pier - regular smaller gathering but often lively.

Slapton Ley - large gatherings - could be good if raptors around

and in the North a large gathering at Woolley Wood nr Bursdon - many pausing at the Solar Farm nearby before going into roost 750,000 to one million believed present.

If you know of other roosts in Devon please let me know.

Julia – Data Manager

Posted November 16th, 2016 at 10:18 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Clennon valley ponds

Early afternoon visit. 11 teal, 7 gadwall, 1 shoveler (very tame drake), 2 dabchick, 2 water rail, 1 kingfisher, 1 sparrowhawk.

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 8:12 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Central Park - Plymouth

Called in briefly late morning and had 4-6 Ring-Necked Parakeets flying around and calling 

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 7:22 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding


2 Spoonbills roosting by the Tarka Trail most of the morning.

In the reserve, 17 Long-tailed Tits trapped (12 ringed).

No Cranes over!

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

Sightings today at a very misty lake.
2 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 8 Goosander, 13 Tufted Duck, 2m Gadwall, 1 Snipe, 26 Mallard, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay.

Posted November 15th, 2016 at 1:58 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

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