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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  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb 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

 

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Membership

If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Topsham

Bowling Green Marsh for last 45 minutes of light: 1 Wood sand accompanying a Ruff. Also a single Spotted redshank. Took me a while but I eventually found the Garganey before the light went.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 10:20 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River Caen and Horsey Island

Clear views of an Osprey with a huge fish this evening on the usual 'Osprey post' at the Mouth of the Caen. Also Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, a few Teal on the flood in Horsey Island along with all of the regulars.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 6:33 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Skern, Northam Burrows

Juv Curlew Sandpiper (plus a few Sanderling) in the Dunlin/Ringed Plover flock, wary and mobile on the sandy beach/pebble ridge at north tip of Northam Burrows, at around 10.00.

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 11:45 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 6th September 2016

Ibis Fremington Pill

Present again this afternoon 14:00 - 15:00 although very flighty.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 6:22 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay boat trips, Sunday

More pictures from the Brixham boat trips on Sunday.

Storm petrel  Storm petrel
Storm petrel

Balearic shearwater  Gannet
Balearic shearwater                                                                        Gannet

 

Posted September 6th, 2016 at 12:54 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 5th September 2016

Topsham

1 Wood sandpiper and 1 Green sandpiper, Bowling Green Marsh early evening.

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 11:08 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pil

Glossy Ibis showing well this afternoon.

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 9:52 pm by Mike Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatch from 0630-900hrs: 1 Large Shearwater sp (probably Great), 1 Little Gull, 11 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skua, 10 Balearic Shearwaters, 32 Manx Shearwater, 4 Sandwich Tern, 12 'commic' Tern, 12 Auk Sp, 4 Common Scoter, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit Also 20+ Common Dolphin and 2+ Harbour Porpoise.,

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 10:03 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham

Late post for Sunday: Bowling Green Marsh (morning high tide): 4 Curlew sandpiper, 1 Wood sandpiper, 2 Spotted redshank, 1 Osprey (flew up the Clyst scattering al the waders). Rec (late afternoon): 1 ad Med gull, 4 Common sandpipers, 2 Water rail. Tim Worfolk had a Yellow-legged gull there in the afternoon.

Posted September 5th, 2016 at 7:59 am by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 4th September 2016

pomarine skua

image from yesterday

Posted September 4th, 2016 at 8:03 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Southdown Farm

juv dotterel on recently planted field, sorry no footpaths near by. East Soar could be worth a look!

Posted September 4th, 2016 at 4:43 pm by Colin Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 3rd September 2016

skern

Another ad pale phase pom skua after one during last storm 2 wks ago unfortunately heavy squall pushed it off.18:20-18:50.Also 2 common tern and yellow wagtail,10 blackwits this morn at 07;25

Posted September 3rd, 2016 at 9:08 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Combined totals from several watchers 0830-1900hrs: 15 Balearic, 1 Sooty & 47 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Arctic & 2 Great Skuas, 1 juv/fw Little Gull, 3 Common Tern, 6 'commic' Tern, 2 Guillemot, 22 Fulmar, 36 Kittiwake also 2 Wheatear, 5 or more Harbour Porpoise and 1 Grey Seal.

Posted September 3rd, 2016 at 7:59 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Bits and bobs from today - Orcombe Point - fw Yellow-legged Gull, 2+ Yellow Wagtail, 2+ Balearic Shearwater and 5+ Manx Shearwater. Exmouth Beach - juv Curlew Sandpiper, 88+ Ringed Plover, 135+ Dunlin and 20+ Sanderling. Mudbank - 9 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Osprey, 230+ Mallard, 6 Pintail, 48 Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Some rubbish photos and further details on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted September 3rd, 2016 at 5:38 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 2nd September 2016

South Efford Marsh

Good session this evening at South Efford headlined by a Wryneck in the scrub along the bank plus 4 Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Little Stint, 1 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 5+ Snipe, 10+ Common Sandpipers, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, ca35 each of Ringed Plover and Dunlin, 30 Curlew and at least 5 Yellow Wagtails.

Posted September 2nd, 2016 at 7:45 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 1st September 2016

skern

23 med gulls,6 ad,2sw,15juv/fw,1 sanderling.19:00-19:45

Posted September 1st, 2016 at 9:07 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Glossy Ibis

Easily visible from road down to Fremington Quay on 29 August.  There all morning.

Glossy ibis, Fremington Pill

Glossy ibis, Fremington Pill
Glossy ibis, Fremington Pill

Posted September 1st, 2016 at 9:57 am by JOHN WARD in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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