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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: Recorder@devonbirds.org 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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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

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

Wednesday 31st August 2016

Wryneck at Wembury (pics attached now sorry Eds)

Here's the pics of the Wryneck, possible Razorbill and one of the Wheatears from my walk at Wembury 30/8/2016.

Wryneck  Razorbill? Please confirm ID
Wryneck                                                       Razorbill? Please confirm ID Eds - Yes

Wheatear
Wheatear

Posted August 31st, 2016 at 11:26 am by Andy Brown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Wryneck at Wembury

A Wryneck spotted and photographed (pics to follow) today on the cliff path to the Yealm estuary at Wembury sitting on a gate. Also 10+ Wheatears, 6+ Stonechats, 2 Kestrels and what I think was a Razorbill in winter plumage on the sea (pic to follow for ID confirmation)

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Andy Brown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 29th August 2016

South Huish

17:45-19:15

On the marsh Curlew, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 6 Wheatears, 15 White Wagtails ( outnumbering Pieds ) and 20 Yellow Wagtails.

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 8:28 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar and Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight of a morning's walk around Soar was a Turtle Dove in East Soar willows. Also - Yellow Wagtail 37+, Ruff, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler 2, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Tree Pipit 2, Sedge Warbler 8+, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wheatear 15, Grey Wagtail, Willow Warbler 8, Chiffchaff 14, Blackcap 3, and Roe Deer (buck).

On this evening's high tide on the Plym Estuary & Saltram: Redshank 88, Greenshank, Little Egret 17+, Oystercatcher 4, and Ringed Plover 3. 

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 8:10 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar Mill Valley

Highlight of the morning was a Wryneck below Hazel Tor on the seaward side just below the scrub line. Showed well for 20 mins while enjoying itself in an ants nest! Poor quality pic attached but you can see what it is.! Also: Sparrowhawk, 15 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, Spotted Fly, 5 Wheatear around the cove and a Great Spotted Woodpecker through Southdown Farm - prob.migrant. 

Distant record shot of Wryneck Soar Mill Cove
Distant record shot of Wryneck Soar Mill Cove

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 4:36 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sherpa scrape

The Wood & Green Sandpiper showing well again this morning. They seem to be the best of friends sometimes searching for food & resting together in close proximity to one another.

Posted August 29th, 2016 at 2:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 28th August 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

On this afternoon's high tide: Wood Sandpiper (close to the hide), Spoonbill "sub-adult", Curlew Sandpiper juv, Spotted Redshank, Knot, Pintail, Dunlin 10+. Ringed Plover 2, Whimbrel 3, Common Sandpiper 3 and Wheatear,

Earlier 10 Sandwich Terns at Exmouth.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:58 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Brent ~ Swifts

Having been periodically watching handfuls of both Swallow and House Martins heading westerly over the house at South Brent today saw at 7.30pm a small flock of House Martins that had two Swifts accompanying them.

A short time later a flock of 22 Pied Wagtails flew down towards the village.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 8:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis showing well for a time on the Pill this morning. Also 3 Curlew Sandpiper. Attached a poor record shot (big crop and high ISO)

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 11:13 am by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Glossy ibis

Still showing well this morn but took off at 09:40 heading high down river.

Posted August 28th, 2016 at 10:23 am by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 27th August 2016

Soar and South Efford Marsh

Soar this morning: Hobby, Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit 4, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Whinchat 3, Yellow Wagtail 19+, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 16, Whitethroat 18, Bullfinch 2 juvs, Blackcap 3.  

South Efford Marsh this afternoon on the high tide: Curlew Sandpiper juv, Little Stint 3 juvs, Common Sandpiper, Snipe 5, Dunlin 2, White Wagtail, Wheatear.  

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 6:46 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Glossy Ibis, Fremington,North Devon.

Glossy Ibis feeding well on Fremington pill,also 3 Common sandpipers,100+ Redshank and 9 Med gulls roosting on Fremington quay.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 6:13 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Meeth

2 Hobbies at the quarry reserve thhs morning,ad,juv 11:40.Also willow tit calling and southern,migrant hawker dragonflies.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 5:20 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

R.Caen

Digiscoped photo of Little Stint & Dunlin for comparison.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 9:03 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 26th August 2016

R.Caen

A superb late aft / early evening in the field with outstanding light for photography - as good as it gets. Curlew Sandpipers finding food, still 7 on R.Caen + 1 Little Stint.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw Estuary - R.Caen

11.50 - Good views of an Osprey this morning in flight above the Taw Estuary heading east past the mouth of R.Caen towards Barnstaple.

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 12:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 25th August 2016

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis sighted at about 1.00pm Thursday 25.08.2016 at Fremington Quay, North Devon

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 10:14 pm by Bob Cowlard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide Spoonbill trying to swallow large fish, Wood Sandpiper, 2-Spotted Redshanks, 2-Common Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpiper, 20-Greenshank, 12-Whimbrel, 4-Bar-tailed Godwits, adult Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern with good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank, Curlew, Dunlin and Black-headed Gulls.

From the viewing platform 2-Curlew Sandpipers, Common Tern on buoy near Exton and large number of Oystercatchers.

From Goosemoor Kingfisher was seen fishing from post near sluice gate inlet and Common Sandpiper.

Spoonbill trying to swallow fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It_hUm4C6MI

Close-up Wood Sandpiper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPacOjtwxqE

Spoonbill & Grey Heron

Wood Sandpiper

Spoonbill & Grey Heron                                                         Wood Sandpiper

Kingfisher in RSPB-Goosemoor
Kingfisher in RSPB-Goosemoor

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 7:05 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

10:00-13:00

3 Tree Pipits, 10 Yellow Wagtails, 14 Wheatears, 4 Whitethroats, 9 Willow Warbler ( one sang briefly ), 3 Chiffchaff ( one singing ) and 8 Spotted Flycatchers. 2 Harbour Porpoises went around the point.

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 2:58 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

2 Fulmars & at least 8 Med Gulls off Sharp Tor. Migrants inc.42 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Wheatears, 2 Redstarts, 3 Whitethroats, 13 Willow Warblers, 9 Spotted Flycatchers & one Pied Flycatcher. On stubbles 280 Herring Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls & 300 Linnets.

Also: 1st Clouded Yellow of the autumn.

Note: I'm in the market for a reasonably priced 2ndhand scope if there is one out there. Email: rob@robmacklin.co.uk

Posted August 25th, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Fremington Quay

Osprey flying on the edge of chivenor across the river and headed towards Barnstaple this evening at 6.00

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 9:10 pm by Charles & Amanda Braddick in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Pomarine Skua Photographs

More images of the Pale Morph Pomarine Skua at Northam Burrows on the evening of Saturday, August 20.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:12 pm by Steve Nikols in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Pomarine Skua Photographs

Photographs of the Pale Morph Pomarine Skua at Northam Burrows on the evening of Saturday, August 20.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:09 pm by Steve Nikols in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island 09:30 - 12:00

Almost the first bird I saw at Horsey Island this morning was an Osprey which managed to make a catch just as I was looking the other way! This was followed by 2 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint plus Redshanks, Greenshanks, B T Godwits, Dunlin and a Kingfisher.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 1:44 pm by alan craddock in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 22nd August 2016

Hobby

Hobby tonight over Horsey Island, watched as it caught a small bird then plucked and ate in flight. Disappeared over the river Taw towards Fremington. 

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 10:46 pm by Charles & Amanda Braddick in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Seawatch from 09:30-12:00 ( all south )

1069 Manx Shearwater ( 500+ first 30 minutes, slowed down after, also no Balearics ), 11 Common Scoter, 4 Arctic / Common Tern, 1 Common Tern. Quiet at the farm, just Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Willow Warblers.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 2:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Caen River Curlew Sandpipers

An update on my previous post - there are actually a group of six Curlew Sandpipers with a small group of Dunlin on the river bank.

Posted August 22nd, 2016 at 1:51 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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