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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

Saturday 31st December 2016

Merlin

Jurston Dartmoor, 1 Male Merlin

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 7:50 pm by Mike Luckson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

The Siberian Chiffchaff was again at the back of the 1st car park this morning also 1 collybita Chiffchaff.

On the Sea: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Divers and 1 Brent Goose.

Goodrington: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Velvet Scoter, 2 Eider (1st w Male and imm/fem) also another 5 briefly joined the Velvet Scoter before moving off, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Common Scoter

Clennon Valley: PADe informed me the 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were apparently seen at same time mid afternoon. One again in trees by the arsto turf pitches by the leisure centre, the other is proving elusive around the 2nd lake, Cetti's Warbler still around the middle lake. 

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 6:59 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River Tamar at Ernesttle, Plymouth

Plymouth's first American Wigeon (a drake) this afternoon (thanks Roy) with a small flock of Wigeon - presumably the Kingsmill Creek bird wandering. 

Also: c40 Avocets and 12+ Great Crested Grebes.

Posted December 31st, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 30th December 2016

Emsworthy Great Grey Shrike

Two hours of perseverance finally paid off as dusk approached, with the Great Grey Shrike found in the first walled enclosure NW of Saddle Tor. Further on in the Becka Brook valley 11 Redpoll.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 8:52 pm by Simon M Bates in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Great Grey Shrike Woodbury Common

A Great Grey Shrike was on Woodbury Common on Thursday, found at the north end of the common near the warren car park. It was mobile and last seen flying towards the north west corner.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 8:13 pm by Tom Gale in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Staverton WTW

The Yellow Browed Warbler still present this afternoon plus Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest and 5 Chiffchaff.

Anybody wanting to see Goosander fairly easily, Staverton Bridge late afternoon (around 3.30 p.m) is reliable at present albeit that there has only been a single redhead the past 3 days (but the river has been subject to disturbance by kayakers yesterday and today). Last week there was usually 3 birds and i have had up to 8. Kingfisher is regular along this stretch of river together with up to 3 Dippers and 3-4 Little Grebes.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 4:46 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes and Valley

A new Yellow-browed Warbler heard yesterday evening and seen well this morning in trees just north of the astro turf pitches by the Torbay Leisure Centre.

Around the Lakes still the usual Yellow-browed Warbler around the 2nd lake also the Cetti's Warbler, Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe and 2 Water Rail.

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 8:47 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 29th December 2016

Chivenor

The Xmas Robin was present again today at midday after a cold frosty foggy night. Icy patches on the Tarka trail earlier this morning.


Posted December 29th, 2016 at 6:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The Siberian Chiffchaff still present in the Marsh with 2 collybita Chiffchaffs. 2 Cirl Buntings on seed this morning with 2 Reed Bunting in 2nd car park. 

The 8 Velvet Scoter were still viewable but over toward Goodrington.

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 3:55 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Staverton

A Yellow browed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs (no tristis) and single Goldcrest at Staverton Water Treatment works this afternoon.

 

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 3:34 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Northam Burrows

Male Snow Buntings still near the 8th green. Lots of dog walkers and when disturbed flies onto the pebble ridge.

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Roger Doble in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still present, feeding in bushes around sewage works. Also present are chiffchaff, blackcap and goldcrest.

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 1:27 pm by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

LeasFoot Beach

Desert Wheatear still present on Wednesday 28th

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 10:49 am by Steve Ayres in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 28th December 2016

Cattle Egret - Saltram Estate - 28-12-16

2 Cattle Egret showing well at the back of the fields as the cows were being fed

    

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 4:29 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 27th December 2016

Holwell Tor/Emsworthy

1 Great Grey Shrike showing well in the valley just south-west of Holwell Tor around midday.

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 7:55 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exe area

Yellow Browed Warbler showing well at Topsham Rec also theFemale Long Tailed Duck 1 Grey Plover and 1 Water Rail,on Exminster Marsh 1 Kingfisher 1 Chiffchaff and the female type Marsh Harrier,and finally at Matford Marsh the American Wigeon in with a flock of Eurasian Wigeon of about 100 birds

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 5:47 pm by Andy Bond in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle Egret, Saltram

Record shots from earlier today.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymouth

Plym Estuary & Saltram: highlight today was 2 Cattle Egrets with c8 Little Egrets among the cows in Saltram, Also - Jack Snipe 3, Snipe, Curlew 32, Wigeon 5, Redshank 135, Greenshank 3, Oystercatcher 7, Dunlin 54 and Goldcrest 3.   

Earlier, in Beaumont Park, a Yellow-browed Warbler (high in trees on the northern boundary of the park) and also 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, and a Nuthatch.

Not a bad day!

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 4:47 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Great White Egret

26th December 2016 - Good visual sighting of Great White Egret as it flew from Arlington Lake to river below, then as it stood on the river bank.  

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 3:38 pm by Sue Prosper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again around the middle Lake this afternoon also, Cetti's Warbler, 4 collybita Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe and 3 Gadwall.

  Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 27 Dec 2016 ML2   owed Warbler Clennon Lakes 27 Dec 2016 ML    

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The Siberian Chiffchaff was agian in the back of the 1st car park with two collybita Chiffchaffs, 13 Cirl Buntings and a Reed Bunting on seed in the 2nd car park.

On the sea: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Eider (looks like the fw male that has been around the mussel farm buoys has moved in close with the female)

The 8 Velvet Scoter could be seen over toward Goodrington

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 9:44 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 26th December 2016

Slapton Ley

Offshore 2 Great Northern Diver & 3 Red-throated Diver. Also 4+ Harbour Porpoise & one Common Dolphin. On the ley male Goldeneye & 82 Gadwall.

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 5:00 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler around the sewage works

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 2:17 pm by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham Rec

A Yellow-browed warbler was calling and seen in the trees in the playpark near the zip wire at 8:15. The Long-tailed duck and 2 Goldeneye were on the river. Adult Med gull yesterday.

Posted December 26th, 2016 at 10:12 am by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 25th December 2016

Arlington

What a wonderful start to Xmas Day to walk around the National Trust Arlington Estate, visit the hide & digiscope a Great White Egret on the lake before returning home to Christmas Dinner!


Posted December 25th, 2016 at 4:57 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 24th December 2016

Ring Ouzel

11am.  24th December 2016.

Single female Ring Ouzel spotted on ground, in old orchard, on approach road to Eggesford Garden Centre, Eggesford, Devon.

Posted December 24th, 2016 at 1:11 pm by Martin Waters in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 23rd December 2016

Desert Wheatear yesterday

just a little promotion of the RNLI

Posted December 23rd, 2016 at 5:05 pm by Alex Carlisle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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