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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

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.  

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

Sunday 14th August 2016

South Efford Marsh

The adult Spotted Sandpiper showed late afternoon just south of the hide on the far side of the marsh, but reasonable views through the 'scope in excellent light. Also a Greenshank, a juv Little Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlins and 4+ Common Sandpipers.

Posted August 14th, 2016 at 9:10 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 13th August 2016

Well Spotted

An afternoon visit to Aveton Gifford didn't look too promising when I was informed the Spotted Sandpiper had not been seen since yesterday. But after a bit of a wait it showed briefly down channel of the hide before flying to the centre of the marsh where it stayed on view for at least an hour from 17:00 with a Common and a Green Sandpiper for comparison!  At least 5 Green and 4 Commons, 4 Dunlin and a Snipe. A poor record photo.

Posted August 13th, 2016 at 8:41 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


6 Med Gulls on the beach this morning two with colour rings (white).

Goodrington: 2 juv Med Gulls on beach

Preston: 1 Yellow-legged Gull juv on rocks at low tide(my first for this beach!), 13 Sandwich Terns, 8 Turnstone

Posted August 13th, 2016 at 9:36 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 12th August 2016


Early morning visit produced a imm male marsh harrier harried by a kestrel  two little egret four heron and one smart whimbrel.unusual were two kestrels on owl box.i was joined by Malcolm Shakespeare at11am and so did the marsh harrier,all from main hide.Saltpill produced sparrowhawk and buzzard with usual finches and warblers,

Posted August 12th, 2016 at 3:11 pm by Geoff Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Spotted Sandpiper still at South Efford Marsh

12th Aug 2016. Spotted Sandpiper distant, but showing very well at South Efford Marsh. Visited 0800-0930 hrs, also 3 Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper.

Posted August 12th, 2016 at 1:07 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 11th August 2016

River Caen/Taw Estuary

15.00-19.30: Little Egret 20, Marsh Harrier 1m, Dunlin 140, Ringed Plover 36, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Greenshank 12, Whimbrel 3, Common Gull 3, Mediterranean Gull 9, Kingfisher 1, Swift 1, Sand Martin 30, Swallow 50, Wheatear 1, Yellow Wagtail 2.

Posted August 11th, 2016 at 9:42 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Another juv Yellow-legged Gull at Broadsands beach this morning with juv Herring Gulls around it..

Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 11 Aug 2016 ML Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 11 Aug 2016 ML

A couple of comparison shots showing Great Black-backed and Lesser Black-backed juveniles below.


Posted August 11th, 2016 at 9:25 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 10th August 2016

Exminster Marshes- Marsh Harrier

Female Marsh Harrier feeding in the fields halfway between the RSPB carpark and the bottom end of the reserve. Flew off towards the Turf Locks at 7.25 pm.

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 11:26 pm by Tony D-C in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Female marsh harrier on lsley marsh and Home Farm marsh this morning.

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 10:06 pm by Geoff Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Osprey watched hunting the taw river from crow point to fremington quay.Sat on a sand bank for a while before the weather turned and it flew off towards Barnstaple. Also hunting on Horsey island a Marsh Harrier .

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 9:49 pm by Charles & Amanda Braddick in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island / Taw Estuary

Amazing afternoon watching an Osprey hunting the river Taw from Crow point to Fremington Quay. Before the weather turned. Also lucky to see a juvenile Marsh Harrier hunting briefly over Horsey Island  

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 9:03 pm by Charles & Amanda Braddick in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 9th August 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the morning high-tide.

From the hide Green Sandpiper, 3-Common Sandpipers, adult Mediterranean Gull, 2-Sandwich Terns (ad + juv) amongst the usual high numbers of other waders. Still a few Willow Warblers in the hedgerows along the road from the hide.

RSPB Goosemmor on the dropping tide Spotted Redshank showed well after being flushed by Buzzard which was stood on the fencing decided to fly off, c200-Redshank and 35-Greenshank.

Green Sandpiper  (BGM)Spotted Redshank  (RSPB Goosemoor)

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 4:18 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 8th August 2016

Spotted Sandpiper - South Efford Marsh - 8.8.2016

1130 - 1630 Well marked Spotted Sandpiper , probably first seen lower down the Avon estuary by Rodney Bone on the evening of 6.8.2016, located by me on the south end of the marsh at 1130hrs on 8.8.2016. Bird disappeared in various gullies for lengthy periods of time, reappearing to give good, but distant, views to several local experienced birders. Still present at 1630 hrs, when I left with more birders arriving. Sadly too distant for any photographs at that time.

Posted August 8th, 2016 at 5:41 pm by David Pakes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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