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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  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Tuesday 21st June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

Spotted Redshank (breeding plumage possibly returning bird), 52-Redshank, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, c20-Black-tailed Godwits, Little-ringed Plover (this is a non breeding site), 57-Curlew, 10-Whimbrel, 16-Sandwich Terns (highest count yet), 3-Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults + 2nd summer), c900-Black-headed Gulls, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 2-Oystercatchers, 2-Buzzards, 5-Wigeon, 11-Teal, c24-Shelduck, 6-Shoveler, Stock Dove and c20-House Martins.

Spotted Redshank3 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd sum left + adult in water and to right facing)

Little Ringed Plover

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 10:07 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bee eaters

2 European Bee eater at 18.50, Meldon Common, Chagford SX692863 perched briefly then south calling. Reported to birdguides.

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 6:59 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

My usual lunchtime visit to Bowling Green coincided with the low tide so it was no surprise there was not much activity.  In the hide met Ian Pearson who found a distant mystery wader off the viewing platform, so we both went back to investigate.  By this time it had moved a little closer and was easily identified as a summer plumage Spotted Redshank loosely attached to a flock of 47 Redshank.  I don't ever remember seeing one this late in the year and the last ones I saw there were in mid April.

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 6:37 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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