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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here.

Please send your records to Karen Sims data.manager@devonbirds.org and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands recorder@devonbirds.org.

Best wishes and good birding for 2020.

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Sightings Page Guidelines

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something you would like 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 here:   https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/rare_breeding_species

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.
 

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Membership

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Thursday 7th July 2016

Swallows etc.

Have seen plenty of swallows at Saltram, but not as many as in previous years and recently came across a House Martin nest in Buckfastleigh where there were young. Swallows were plentiful earlier in June at Staverton but seem to have dropped off. Also a fair few at Cadover Bridge.

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 7:58 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Dalmation Pelican is heading this way

According to the Cornwall Bird Watching fraternity the Dalmatian Pelican which has been present in West Cornwall for the past few weeks has recently been spotted in the Tamar Estuary and around Port Eliot and the Lynher Estuary so it seems to be working our way so keep your eyes pierced. Perhaps it will put in an appearance on one of our Estuaries in the not too distant future

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Michael Spencer in General Birding

Where are all the hirundines?

Are we short of swifts / swallows / house martins this year ?  We normally have loads flitting about but there are hardly any around at all in our corner of East Devon (nr Axminster) at the moment.  Have they decided they don't like our valley all of a sudden and gone elsewhere or is this a general shortage ?

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 4:59 pm by Carol Miltenburg in General Birding

Cadover Bridge Weds 6 July.

A walk with Plymouth RSPB above Cadover Bridge Weds evening produced a number of sand martins, stonechats, reed buntings, linnet, kingfisher, pied and grey wagtails, buzzard, redstarts and a flock of 19 mistle thrush.

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 8:01 am by Vince Bedford in General Birding

Wednesday 6th July 2016

Powderham Marsh, Exminster.

Took a morning walk out to the Viewing Point in advance of fieldtrip planned for 18 July (East Devon Branch).  Morning grass wet with dew and I recommend welly boots/ waterproof boots if undertaking this walk early in morning. 

A juvenile Gt Spotted Woodpecker with female parent were first birds and Reed Warblers on first bed of reeds.  Whitethroat singing before I reached the short hill.  From the Viewing Point some interesting birds scoped around the scrapes including a Common Sandpiper, 61 Canada Geese with 10 young, Mute Swan with three young, Lapwing with young, Coot with young and 4 Oystercatcher.  Kestrel and Buzzard overhead.

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 6:07 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Buzzard & Bunny

Cmn Buzzard circling with a juv rabbit, before flying to nest.

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Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 5:26 pm by C Boyles in General Birding

Bolberry Down

Summer on the wane for some? 246 Swifts moving west along the cliffs in 90 mins in mid-morning. Also 40 House Martins, several swallows & and a Sand Martin. Great Spotted Woodpecker female flying stongly west - early migrant? Kestrel pair with two fledged young.

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 2:02 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Tuesday 5th July 2016

Lynmouth and Woody Bay

A walk around the North Devon coast. A Goosander swimming with the mallards on the river Lyn. Some Razorbill seen approx 200 yards of shore at Woody Bay.

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Goosander

Razorbill
Razorbill

Posted July 5th, 2016 at 4:24 pm by Richard Yeats in General Birding

Monday 4th July 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime at BGM coincided with low tide so there was very little other than 70 odd moulting Mallard to be seen.  A new arrival, and possibly the first of the year for the site was an immature Little Grebe still showing remnants of stripes.

Posted July 4th, 2016 at 10:59 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Sunday 3rd July 2016

East Devon NIGHTJARS

Eight members of Devon Birds (East Devon branch) had a walk Friday night onto common to see Nightjars.  Had good views of two Nightjar flying, up to 4 churring males and two males sat in tree, one churring for several minutes.  

Posted July 3rd, 2016 at 9:06 am by Geoff Green in General Birding

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Berry head.

Mid morning today large numbers of Gannets diving off Berry Head in the tide run with 8 porpoise feeding as well. Interesting sight. Lyme Bay boat trips start Sunday 17th July if interested call 07866202576.

 

Posted July 2nd, 2016 at 7:20 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

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