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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 recorder@devonbirds.org 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:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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.

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Wednesday 21st December 2016

Exminster Marshes

The following birds were seen in and a pool at Exminster Marshes: 1 Pintail, 5 Shoveler, 100+ Wigeon, 50+ Lapwing, 30+ Canada Geese, 30+ Teal, 1 Snip, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Mute Swan and 30+ Dunlin.

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 8:45 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymouth

2 yellow browed warblers again in Beaumont Park, Plymouth - 1 calling from tree top in centre of park, seen snaffling a large bluebottle fly and having a preen while a second bird heard calling near the lodge.

Female eider off Turnchapel busily diving and being investigated by passing gulls, distant views across the water from Plymouth Hoe.

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 4:11 pm by Stuart Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 20th December 2016

Waddeton, Torbay

Two Cattle Egrets were reported from the first field just NW of Waddeton hamlet. in a field with black cattle.

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 9:20 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wistlandpound Reservoir

The Great White Egret was feeding beside the reservoir at 11.30 am today.

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 7:43 pm by Margaret Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Chivenor & Pottington

Our enchanting Xmas Robin at Chivenor was showing well this aft & celebrating the coming of the festive season with a good amount of vocalising almost as if it was auditioning for the Military Wives Choir!

I was surprised to see the Long tailed Duck was still at Pottington. Apologies for the slightly out of focus photo but the light was diminishing fast.



Posted December 20th, 2016 at 5:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Great Grey Shrike, Soussons Wood, Dartmoor

I saw one great grey shrike sitting on a very prominent perch.

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 1:20 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Stoke Gabriel

One sinensis ' Continental' Cormorant with 5 carbo Great Cormorants on the Mill pond this morning - the usual returning adult.

Yesterday the Yellow-browed Warbler was still around the 2nd weir at Clennon Lakes.

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 19th December 2016

Cattle Egrets - Teigngrace

Cattle Egret - Little Egret - and a Magpie with the cow thrown in

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 7:33 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around the Axe

Three Velvet Scoters flying around off Seaton this morning with four Common Scoters. Last seen flying off west. Also today Ian Mc had a Dartford Warbler from the Seaton Marshes hide, possibly the bird reported along the sea front a couple of weeks ago?

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 6:44 pm by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Chillington WTW.

SIBERIAN Chiffchaff Ph.c.'tristis'.(fulvescens plumage type)  ringed this morning. Also on site 20+ collybita 5 Goldcrests and 1 Firecrest.

Siberian Chiffchaff
Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted December 19th, 2016 at 1:16 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

DWT, Emsworthy, Dartmoor

Great Grey Shrike at Emsworthy this morning.


Posted December 19th, 2016 at 12:06 pm by david cawthraw in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 18th December 2016

Plymouth

A Yellow-browed Warbler in Beaumont Park this afternoon with 2 Goldcrests, 2 Jays and a Nuthatch.

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 8:14 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Bay / Slapton Ley

Cracking day, great vis for looking at the sea. Present was the Black-necked Grebe just off the Memorial Car Park. Farther out 2 Great Northern Divers, Red-throated Diver and 2  Velvet Scoters. 13 Common Scoters flew south with a male Shoveler tagging along. Lots of wildfowl etc on the ley including Long-tailed Duck and redhead Goosander from the Stokeley Hide. Good to see a couple female Pochards. Other selected counts from the ley included 120 Gadwalls, 47 Wigeons, 5 Shovelers, 160 Tufted Ducks, 2 Pochards , 3 Goldeneyes and 9 Little Grebes. Would estimate 4-500 Coots. Had a look from the bridge last light where there was a Kingfisher and several calling Water Rails.

 

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 5:41 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teigngrace

At least 3 Cattle Egrets in the field with the cattle and solar panels this afternoon.

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 4:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlestone Bay

After a foggy start, the sun warmed our bones as we stood on Leas Foot Beach. We quickly located the Desert Wheatear, who posed for his selfie (again) followed by the flighty Black Redstart. A trundle round South Huish Marsh didn't produce anything out of the ordinary, but I did manage to creep up on a lovely sunbathing buzzard.

Black Redstart The famous Desert Wheatear Buzzard
Black Redstart                                The famous Desert Wheatear                                       Buzzard

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 3:55 pm by stephanie murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 17th December 2016

Broadsands

This morning the Siberian Chiffchaff was again in the marsh at the back of the 1st car park with 2-3 collybita Chiffchaffs. 

On the sea: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Divers, 6 Velvet Scoter, 10 Brent Geese, 1 Eider, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 80+ auks out in the middle of the bay.  Two flocks of Common Scoter flew in and out of the bay (8 & 15).

This evening the Gull Roost contain 4 Mediterranean Gulls (1 ad w, 1 sw and 2 fw), 73 Common Gulls in three smallish flocks.  

Posted December 17th, 2016 at 8:45 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mansands

The Surf Scoter was again off Crabrock Point Mansands this afternoon with 206 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter had been with the flock earlier. 5-6 Chiffchaffs also feeding in Reedbed at Mansands.

Should be good viewing conditions again tomorrow afternoon.

Posted December 17th, 2016 at 8:32 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 16th December 2016

Cattle Egret, Teigngrace

5 Cattle Egrets sighted in the cow field next to the solar farm.

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 9:45 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Man Sands and Torbay

Crabrock Point, Man Sands: early afternoon the imm Surf Scoter was still present, however, the Velvet Scoters present in the morning had gone, although the Common Scoter numbers had increased to 276 in two flocks (214 and 62). Also flyby Black-throated Diver heading south.

Broadsands: late afternoon. Now 12 Velvet Scoter (11 inline with Goodrington, presumably the 8 have been joined by the 3 Man Sands birds, but also another single feeding off the mussel farm). Also Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes, Slavonian Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebes, Red-throated and 3 Great Northern Divers.

Stayed on for the gull roost which included: 4 Mediterranean Gulls (1 ad, 1 2w & 2 1w), the hybrid Mediterranean x Black-headed Gull, 59 Common Culls and c1100 Black-headed Gulls.

 

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 5:34 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mansands

At last, caught up with the Surf Scoter this morning, seen not far off Crabrock (still needed scope) with 3 Velvets and 200+ Common Scoters, slowly moving towards Scabbacombe head. Also 12 Common Gulls feeding off the Southdown side of the beach. Later while looking out of the hide with David Pakes, we saw a hang glider drift over the marsh and spook over 45+ Snipe, which flew around and up and down the valley, but alas not Jacks with them.

Posted December 16th, 2016 at 2:34 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 15th December 2016

Mansands

The Scoter flock still off Mansands this morning. At least 6 Velvels and the Surf amongst them. The main flock flew in from Sharkham way at 12:30 to join a smaller raft off the point that had stayed. A flock of Gannets were also active in the area.

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 6:38 pm by Timothy Clyburn in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymouth

One Yellow-browed Warbler still ranging around Beaumont Park at midday today, calling infrequently.

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 6:30 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teigngrace

All Cattle Egrets and Little Egret in field at Blatchfords Farm. Disappeared over farm to bottom fields at 10.30

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Colin Scott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday at Fremington Pill

I forgot to post this yesterday . Glossy Ibis showing well at Fremington Pill.

Posted December 15th, 2016 at 11:49 am by David Paterson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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