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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: 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

Wednesday 7th December 2016

Broadsands & Goodrington

The Siberian Chiffchaff was still present in the marsh at the back of the 1st car park with at least 2 collybita Chiffchaffs. 5 Cirl Buntings and a Reed Bunting on seed in the 2nd car park.

On the sea: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Eider, 5 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 16 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill & 4 Brent Geese

Goodrington: 19 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Velvet Scoter, 8 Common Scoter, 

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 10:39 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 6th December 2016

Goodrington & Broadsands

The 8 Velvet Scoters were viewable from the beach also 9 Common Scoter, 25 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver & 4 Shelduck.

Broadsands: 11 Brent Geese, 1 Eider, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver.

In the marsh: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 collybita Chiffchaffs plus 4-5 Goldcrest.

Posted December 6th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 5th December 2016

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler was present today back in sallows around the middle weir. Also at least  5 Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrest around the lakes. 

Posted December 5th, 2016 at 6:28 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 4th December 2016


A Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Firecrest, at least 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Bullfinches in large sallow clump at the very end of Exmouth seafront, below Foxholes from 8am this morning. View from road - west end of the clump is best. Offshore at least 1 Great Northern Diver and c40+ Common Scoters. Yesterday 2 Velvet Scoters were off the seafront with c100+ Common Scoters and the Bonaparte's Gull was off Shelly Beach late afternoon. A Scaup was off Mudbank until 30/11 at least. More details and some dreadful photos on later.

Posted December 4th, 2016 at 9:50 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 3rd December 2016

Thurlestone / Kingsbridge Estuary

Desert Wheatear showing well on Leasfoot Beach despite the cold drizzle, also a Black Redstart. One Great Northern Diver in the bay. On the way home stopped of at the Embankment Road Pumping Station in Kingsbridge and saw a distant adult pale -bellied Brent Goose off Gerston Pt with 23 Brent Geese.

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


The Siberian Chiffchaff still in the back of the marsh behind the 1st car park with two collybita Chiffchaffs. A brief look at the sea in rough conditions produced 1 Eider, 16-17 Brent Geese in three parties and a single ad Mediterranean Gull.

Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 10:05 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 2nd December 2016


While checking the Gull roost tonight I counted 8 Velvet Scoter and 8 Common Scoter in the bay also 2 Shoveler, 6 Brent Geese and a Black-necked Grebe. Disappointing numbers of small gulls - just 32 Common Gull their numbers have really dropped off in recent years in Torbay.

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 4:45 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolt Tail

Offshore: 2 Great Northern Divers flying west; 45 Gannet, 2 Razorbill.

23 Blackbirds in woodland here. Also: 2 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted December 2nd, 2016 at 1:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 1st December 2016


A Siberian Chiffchaff was present in the back of the 1st car park today with at least 2 collybita type chiffchaffs.

On the sea: 4 Velvet Scoter, 8 Common Scoter, 14 Brent Geese, 1 Eider, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 12 Red-throated Divers, 2 Great Northern Divers.

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Siberian Chiffchaff 'tristis' Broadsands 1 Dec 2016

Posted December 1st, 2016 at 1:52 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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