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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Thank you.

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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
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

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris 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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