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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, 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.

If anyone saw 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.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

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 Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

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

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

Sunday 21st August 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Visiting Bowling Green Marsh this morning with the RSPB Exeter local group, we were surpised to see a Wryneck.  It was perched on the side of a bush seen through one of the gaps in the hedge (first spotted by Dave Turrell).  Unfortunately it flew off (back towards the railway embankment) before everyone had had a good look.

Also on the marsh, there was a Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover.  Before heading off to look for the Wryneck, Keith Birchall has alerted is to a Goosander, which we eventally found in amongst the Canada Geese. Also of note were a few Bar-tailed Godwit and Whimbrel with the Curlew flock, and good numbers of Greenshank at Goosemoor.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 2:03 pm by Richard Swinbank in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Northam Burrows

An adult pale-phase Pomarine Skua off Northam Burrows at 18.45 (on Saturday 20th) was reported on Twitter last night by Steve McAusland and is presumably the one seen by Rob Marshall at the Skern this morning. Steve sent me a "back of the camera" shot; a nice bird with intact, if a bit tatty, spoons (unsurprising given the time of year and the stormy conditions).

Ad Pomarine Skua, Northam Burrows, 21 Aug 2016, Steve McAusland


Posted August 21st, 2016 at 12:57 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Ad pale phase Pomarine skua for 5 mins at 07:20.About to film when it took off in direction of w.ho!.Also juvs little stint,curlew sand,3 sanderling,2 each of common/sandwhich terns,2 black tailed godwits,4 meds 2 ads,2 juv/fw,52 ringed plover,36 dunlin and an ad peregrine.30 min seawatch from w.ho! pier house at 06:15 gave 1 storm petrel,150+ manx shearwaters,6 ganne,distant dark phase skua?.

Posted August 21st, 2016 at 9:42 am by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 20th August 2016

Berry Head

Seawatch 11.40 - 15.15: Balearic  Shearwater 36, Manx Shearwater c100, Common Tern 11, "Commic" Tern 3, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Skua (pale phase), Black-tailed Godwit 13, Harbour Porpoise 5+ and Grey Seal 1 or 2.

Missed all the goodies reported on Birdguides by 15.45, so look forward to hearing details.

Posted August 20th, 2016 at 9:02 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland Point

08.00-15.00: Gannet 250, Fulmar 35, Manx Shearwater 160, Balearic Shearwater 3, European Storm Petrel 1, Bonxie 2, Kittiwake 4, Lesser Black-backed Gull 35, Commic Tern 120 (in 3 distant flocks). Massive seas, but conditions blown out if anything. Surprisingly low Manx and Kittiwake numbers and few Manx after first hour. Only Gannets continued moving all day. Pretty much everything moving W into the teeth of the gale.

Posted August 20th, 2016 at 6:43 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 19th August 2016

Prawle Point Seawatch

Seawatch from 7.05am till 11.50 in 4-5 going 6 , wind direction S/SSE/S to SW with rain, heavy at times, the highlight being a Black-Browed Albatross seen very close gliding majestically east at 8.15am.!(No signal from the Point so was unable to alert other seawatchers till returned to the village at 12.30)

Also 2 Cory's ,1 Sooty,16 Balearic Shearwaters. And 2 Arctic Skuas and 1 Bonxie. 3 Whimbrel, 27 Kittiwakes ,2 Common Scoter and 6 Fulmars made up the rest of the cast.

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 7:35 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatch 0630-1545. Cory's Shearwater (0855), 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 62 Balearic Shearwaters, c1300 Manx Shearwaters, Long-tailed Skua, 13 Arctic Skuas, 4 Bonxie, c600 'Commic' Terns (close birds Common), 40+ Sandwich Terns, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (juvs), Little Gull, Common Gull juv, 11 Common Scoter, 3 Swift, 10+ Harbour Porpoise, 2 Grey Seal.

Posted August 19th, 2016 at 5:15 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 18th August 2016

River Otter

At Budleigh late afternoon: a nicely marked juv Yellow -legged Gull in the gull flock on the dried out scrape. A female Goosander on the river. On Otter Head:: 5 Wheatears and a White Wagtail.

Posted August 18th, 2016 at 6:11 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 15th August 2016

River Caen/Taw Estuary

18.30-21.00: 1 Great White Egret on Sherpa Marsh main scrape (18.45), seen from N bank of R Caen, but flew just around corner of reed-fringed channel and out of sight after only a minute or two. Also 1 Green Sandpiper, 16 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Med Gull (ad), 19 Sand Martins, 1 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wags, 20 Meadow Pipits. And the 2 escaped Chiloe Wigeon still present...

Posted August 15th, 2016 at 9:49 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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