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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 recorder@devonbirds.org 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:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 id@devonbirds.org.

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

Friday 29th July 2016

Broadsands

12 Mediterranean Gulls on Broadsands beach this morning: 10 ads 2 fs.

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 5:59 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Remember the Lammergeier!

Although this is old news, I’ve just received some photos of the Lammergeier via Chris Khan taken by Steve Moore (thanks for letting us see them). They were taken at Bellever at 16:30 on 22nd May, confirming that record beyond doubt. The next day the bird was seen by many observers in the Princetown / Merrivale area, but despite being photographed none made it to this website! Following that sighting there were many claims on Dartmoor but none backed up with photos like these to Devon Birds present knowledge. Double click as zoomable.

Lammergeier, Bellever, 22/05/16 by Steve MooreLammergeier, Bellever, 22/05/16 by Steve Moore

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 2:53 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 28th July 2016

Prawle Point Seawatch

Seawatch from 6.50am till 12.50 in Force 1/2 going 4/5, NW verring SW/WSW with mist and rain then sunshine ie the lot ! The seawatchers' adage is 'expect the unexpected' , so.....

Totals : 5 Balearic Shearwaters,723 Manx Shearwaters , 452 Gannets and 14 Fulmars . 1 Pomarine Skua, adult with spoons (which I didn't see in the Spring) at 8am and I adult pale phased Arctic Skua ,at 10.45amboth west.  3 Puffins. 6 Common Scoter flew west and east. 3 Sandwich Terns . 1 small wader ,probably a Ringed Plover ,west ;4 Razorbills and  a Black-Headed Gull. But the highlight for me was seeing  2 Mute Swans close west at 8am heard whilst watching the Pom.(a long awaited -23 years- first for me at Prawle ! Photographic evidence can be provided Pat/John) Supporting cast was a pod of at least 10 Common Dolphins fishing and leaping/breaching afar.

 

 

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 10:59 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point

07.15–09.00; increasingly murky and drizzly, SW3. Common Scoter 6, Manx Shearwater 7, Gannet 16, Arctic Skua 3 (all adults, 2 dark-phase, one light; appeared to arrive from NW and spent an hour or more harrying Kittiwakes and terns off Widmouth Head before the two dark-phase birds headed back W together and I lost track of the pale-phase individual), Sandwich Tern 3 ads, Kittiwake 30 (all ads). Also the first 2 Willow Warblers of autumn passage here.

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 10:56 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 27th July 2016

Broadsands

A Yellow-legged Gull Juvenile was on the beach this morning with juveniles of Herring, Lesser Black-backed and Great Black-backed Gulls making life a little more tricky for gull watchers! This large juv Y-LG showed a little more pale mottling than normal on the tertials.

Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsdands 26 July 2016 ML   Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsdands 26 July 2016 ML2

Yesterday evening 5 Mediterranean Gulls (3 ads, 1 fs, 1 juv)

Posted July 27th, 2016 at 8:58 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Great Shearwater - English Channel

Rob Dart was out fishing 30+ nm SSE of Berry Head and had this nice Great Shearwater turn up amongst the Fulmars. Click photos which are zoomable!

Great Sheawater with FulmarsGreat Shearwater

Posted July 26th, 2016 at 5:18 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 25th July 2016

Osprey on Kingsbridge Estuary

Tony and Jeanette Tabb reported seeing an osprey perched in a dead tree in Collapit Creek, Kingsbridge Estuary yesterday 24th July 2016. They were out in their boat.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 2:02 pm by Chris Klee in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey on Kingsbridge Estuary

Tony and Jeanette Tabb reported seeing an osprey perched in a dead tree in Collaton Creek, Kingsbridge Estuary yesterday 24th July 2016. Viewed from their boat.

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 1:59 pm by Chris Klee in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 24th July 2016

Prawle Point Seawatch

Seawatch from 7.05am till 4.35pm in Force WSW/South-West 2/3 going 4 with bouts of mist and then rain from 10.45am. Joined by Tom Bragg from 10.40am.

Manx Shearwaters west 3361 and Gannets west 307 ; totals counted from 7.05 to 11.05. Both species continued to fly west (and occasionally east) all day.

3 Sooty and 6 Balearic Shearwaters (the last at 4.10pm) were nice. Larger shearwaters would have been nicer : probably flew past during heavy mizzle period ! Also an Arctic Skua flying east at 10.05am ,2 Puffins east ,23 Common Scoter west and 9 East. 2 Mediterranean Gulls west : a moulting summer adult and a 1st year. 

Other interest being 6 probable Common Dolphins afar breaching and surfacing from 10 to 11 am.(Note to Eds :should this go separately into general wildlife ? Makes it more cumbersome and less likely to add as note of interest) Eds: that's fine as it is Tony!

 

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 10:52 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatching 1300-1600hrs: All birds moving south; 1 Great Shearwater at 1353hrs, 1 Sooty Shearwater 1332Hrs, 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 945 Manx Shearwater, 13 Mediterranean Gulls (mostly juvs), 4 Yellow-legged Gulls all juvs, 2 Sandwich Terns, & 3-4 Harbour Porpoise.   

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 5:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh- Darts Farm and Clyst Honiton

A single and early Avocet present at Bowling Green this morning.  (2014 DB Reports first on 23 Aug).  Otherwise fairly quiet here. 

Nothing at Darts Farm worthy of note.  River Clyst above Clyst Honiton still closed due to building new pumping station but a Common Sandpiper present plus Kingfisher.

Posted July 24th, 2016 at 12:58 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Early Spoonbill on Isley marsh.

An ad.or sub.ad.Spoonbill roosting with18 Little egrets,at least 6 Med.gulls,Black hdds.and Curlews.    20+Med gulls on the rocks at Instow plus a Common and Sandwich tern.

Posted July 23rd, 2016 at 12:27 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 22nd July 2016

skern

12 ads,10 ss,8fs,2 juv med gulls tonight of which probably 3 french 1 polish and1  dutch/belguim birds.Single adult knot,4 whimbrel,commom tern.

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 11:09 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Buckfastleigh Hill

Mark Darlaston just phoned to say an Osprey drifted over Buckfastleigh Hill heading straight for the Avon Dam..at 12.40pm

Posted July 22nd, 2016 at 12:42 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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