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2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar


Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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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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