General Birding

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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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

Thursday 30th June 2016

Stover ~ Kingfishers

The hide over looking the lake at Stover country park visited yesterday morning and this evening, yesterday the Kingfishers were showing really well with some 10 sightings, at one point two birds in view, this evening a single bird seen perched and diving from a distant post.

Great Crested Grebe sitting tight, Mute Swan with three cygnets, Mandarin duck, Coot, Moorhen, Lesser Black Backed Gull (2) Jay, House Martin, Heron, Stock Dove, Buzzard, the sound of calling Chiffchaff just about constant during both visits.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 8:22 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding


c150-Gannet seen from the lifeboat station late morning circling and diving offshore with c40-Shag sat on top the water. 33-Sandwich Terns and 12-Shag on sandbank middle of estuary from shelly beach and Common Seal with it's head above the water around the docks entrance. 39-Oystercatchers and 12-Shelduck from the viewing screen  mid-afternoon.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 7:34 pm by David Boult in General Birding

Monday 27th June 2016

Heathland ~ Marsh and River

Bovey Heath Nature Reserve, was alive with Stonechat this morning, numerous pairs with attendant fledglings, good numbers of Swallows including a pair feeding four young that were perched in the canopy of a dead tree. Green Woodpecker calling, Goldfinch (3) Skylark (3) a very pale almost white Buzzard, three Whitethroat sulking in the cover and never showing very well unless in flight.

A Tree Pipit showing really well and a second bird calling close by but not showing. Two very vibrant male Yellow Hammers.

Bowling Green Marsh very busy with a good number of birders present, highlights being two Common Gull, three Wigeon, several Godwits, Whimbrell, and a large number of Black Head gull, ten Oyster catchers flew in just before we left the hide. Mallard, Shellduck, Moorhen, Curlew, Little Egret and Starling all present.

Chiffchaff calling well at the entrance to the cycle path.

River Teign near Teigngrace to visit the Sand Martin colony, Chiffchaff singing well on arrival, Song Thrush gathering food, Goldfinch and more Sand Martin than could be realistically counted, youngsters on the wing and returning to the nest holes to be fed, constant movement of  birds with over 60 around the nest site area.

One nice sized Sea Trout seen and several Grey Mullet.

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 9:29 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Sunday 26th June 2016

R.Plym at Longbridge

Passing by the old tramway bridge on the Plym I heard a very agitated Kingfisher, looking over the wall to see it being chased down river by a Magpie. What was going on there is anyone's guess.

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Wistlandpound Reservoir Exmoor

A walk around the reservoir gave Blue, Long Tailed, Coal and Great Tit, Chaffinch, a pair of Siskin, Goldfinch, Swift, Swallow, Song Thrush, Blackbirds, Robins, lots of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiff Chaff, Goldcrest, Wren, c100 Canada Geese, Buzzards, 1st and 2nd year Herring Gulls with a few adults, Raven, Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallards, Treecreeper and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted June 26th, 2016 at 8:01 am by Rob Barnes in General Birding

Thursday 23rd June 2016

Cranbrook (Nr Exeter).

Took a walk around the fields east of the Education Campus of this new town, first visiting the 'lake' (west of the campus) where I disturbed a Grey Heron, a couple of Mallard and a fox. I assume that the fields have been abandoned for farming and set aside for future housing.  This has created overgrown hedgerows and fields full of weeds and ideal for wildlife.  Distant bird song caught my attention and having found several Common Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat eventually showed itself. Blackcap and a pair of Bullfinch and young Wrens also present among others. 

May I draw attention to the flier on 'Society News' giving information about the BioBlitz at Stantyway Farm , Nr Otterton, (East Devon) this Saturday.  Why not come along, explore the farm life and support us. Look out for the Devon Birds stall and find out about the DB / RSPB bird survey undertaken here.

Posted June 23rd, 2016 at 3:06 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Wrafton Pond

The juvenile Mute Swans are growing fast but I do hope it is not due to all the white bread being fed to the ducks as this is no good for them.It also attracts rats & damages water quality.

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 1:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

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