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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

For help with ID email photos to

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

Monday 6th June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Just to add to Keith's post the Slavonian Grebe was seen again from the viewing platform near Exton on the high-tide same as last night and c10 Swifts above the hide on leaving.

Ridgway's Cackling Goose
Ridgway's Cackling Goose

Ridgway's Cackling Goose  (left) with Canada Geese
Ridgway's Cackling Goose (left) with Canada Geese

Mediterranean Gull (first summer) with leg rings
Mediterranean Gull (first summer) with leg rings

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 11:01 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Stoke Car Park Revelstoke

Sighted at entrance to Stoke car park, Woodchat Shrike (m) SX 555 465, also on walk along Revelstoke drive & along approach road, Yellowhammers (6m), Whitethroats (10), Stonechats (many), Linnets (many), Fulmars (4), Gannets (2), R.L. Partridges (3)

Posted June 6th, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 5th June 2016


A Greenish Warbler and a Common Rosefinch were present today, along with a Crossbill. Further details here, as available.

Posted June 5th, 2016 at 9:41 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 4th June 2016

26 May

Just received a report of an adult male Little Bittern at Ipplepen last week.

Little Bittern, Ipplepen 2.30pm 26 May 2016Little Bittern, Ipplepen 26 May 2016

Posted June 4th, 2016 at 10:12 am in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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