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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Wednesday 20th July 2016

Bowling green marsh

Watched from 17:20 till 20:15

1290+ Black headed gulls included 2 ringed birds details to be sent of , 1 1st summer Mediterranean gull, 14+ dunlin, 1 spotted redshank, 1 common sandpiper, 20+ greenshanks, 250+ redshank, 61+ whimbrel, 300+ curlew, 10+ bar tailed godwits, 250+ black tailed godwits, 2 little egrets, 2 buzzards, 6 wigeon, 20+ teal, 7+ oystercatchers.

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 9:36 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point

06.20 to 07.40: Obvious continuous light passage W of Herring Gulls 103 in groups of two to five until sea fog rolled in and halted further counting. 90% adults, remainder sub-adults; no juvs. Also a handful of Lesser Black-backs and Black-headeds, also moving W. Only 70 Manx Shearwaters. Also 1 Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Pieds.

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Blackdown Hills -Devon

Friend who lives between Hemyock and Clayhidon (in Devon) had a Red Kite fly east over the garden this morning. This is on the edge of the Blackdowns not far from the Wellington Monument spine road.

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 7:28 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 19th July 2016


only 40 meds tonight,12ads,13 ss,13fs,2 juv..Also little ringed plover,adult black tailed godwit,adult knot,2 ad sanderling,10 redshank,5 whimbrel.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 9:59 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point

06.20–08.05: Migrants included a flock of 10 Little Egrets flying E up channel and 4 Swifts E (including one far out at sea in amongst Manx Shearwaters!) Total of 790 Manx Shearwaters heading W; still going when I had to leave.

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 6:15 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 18th July 2016


91 med gulls tonight.59 ads,16ss,15fs,juv,.Most likely to have been more as many hundreds still anting.17:20-18:15.

Posted July 18th, 2016 at 10:34 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 17th July 2016


2 Cattle Egrets seen this morning behind the ringing hut by Keith Grant a couple of his photos here:

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Cattle Egret Slapton July 2016

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 9:32 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Morte Point

Morte Point @ high tide slack water, in the gaps in Sea fog,  3 Storm petrels were feeding on the static fishing gear bouy ropes. 20 manx shearwaters inc a few on the water in the tide race. 4 puffins 2 med gulls 6 gannets & a few other auks all flying west. Most of the wheatears are now feeding young.

Posted July 17th, 2016 at 8:49 pm by Martin Thorne MWG in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 16th July 2016

parakeet roost

30 plus  RINGNECK PARAKEET in Central Park

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 9:55 pm by barry in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

1 juv Yellow-legged Gull following trawler in toward Brixham at 7pm. 1 Yellow Wagtail flying around headland and grounded briefly, 1 Yellowhammer (normally passage at Berry Hd). a Pod of 30-40 fast moving Dolphins(probably Common) 2 miles SE of the head and 2 Harbour Porpoise of the headland 

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 9:34 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


52 med gulls on rocks behind cricket ground.40 ads,6ss,6fs17:00-17:30

Posted July 16th, 2016 at 6:33 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 15th July 2016

Goodrington Torbay

3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls two on the beach one on the boating lake

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Posted July 15th, 2016 at 9:46 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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