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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

Friday 30th September 2016

Taw Estuary + Horsey Island

While I was out bird watching Horsey Island late aft / early evening Richard & Pete who were at Broadsands car park near the White House reported seeing a very large white bird with an orange bill & black wing tips on a sand bank on the Taw Estuary which was moved on by the incoming spring tide & then flew past them in the direction of Horsey Island!

After a thorough cross examination by me which lasted about 15 minutes it was decided it was definitely a Pelican. I then said " if only it would fly over Horsey & land on the flood water" A few minutes later much to my amazement it did!

At approx.18.30 it was back on Taw Estuary again.

2 Chiloe Wigeon still on Horsey.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 9:58 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mount Batten

The Lesser Grey Shrike was again at Mount Batten today first reported at around 11.20 it was then relocated early afternoon just in front of the southern Mount Batten car park before flying off NE over the two large warehouses toward the yacht Club restaurant .

Photo Bill Macdonald

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 8:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Home Farm Marsh R Taw - White Pelican

Timothy Smith has just reported a White Pelican seen from Home Farm Marsh Reserve this morning at 10.00am on South side of the Taw.  It then flew off and landed again nr Horsey Island SS485335. It stayed there preening and was still there when he left.  It flew unhindered,  no leg rings seen.

 Eds: Its the Dalmatian Pelican that's been in Cornwall for several months - its second recorded visit to Devon and hopefully it'll hang around this time

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 6:41 pm by George & Julia Harris in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

On the low tide watched up to three Ospreys fishing ranging over most of the estuary, two seen well were both juveniles. One seen to catch a fish. Must be one of the best Septembers on record for them in Devon!

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Posted September 30th, 2016 at 5:25 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Higher Soar - Southdown Farm - Middle Soar

Highlight of the morning was a juv.Dotterel on winter cereals from the footpath just west of Higher Soar first seen at 0905hrs. It called as it flew up and around before resettling allowing good views. It then flew off south uttering its diagnostic calls as it went! Also: 4 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 400 Herring Gull, 45 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 320 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 24 Stonechat around the cove, 5 Raven, 110 Carrion Crow, 70 Goldfinch & 500 Linnet.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 2:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

06:30-10:45. Brief pre-dawn shower, 50% cloud cover at dawn, brightening through morning. Fresh westerly wind.

Did a vis mig watch from 06:55-08:15 and headed between SE-SW were 890 Meadow Pipits, 30 alba Wagtails, 120 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 2 Jackdaws, Bullfinch, 570 Goldfinches, 3 Greenfinches, 530 Linnets, 14 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Around the farm were Grey Heron, Whinchat, Wheatear, 8 Blackcaps and 13 Chiffchaffs. Over 10 Red Admirals and a Clouded Yellow seen.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 1:52 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

A mixed morning at Hartland Point!

Enthused by reports of Skuas and such like I left my bed at silly 'o' clock to arrive at Hartland Point for dawn. Not much to be seen and then the wind caught my scope and broke the base of the seating off, ending my sea watch. (fixed with super glue I hope) On gloomily walking back to the car a noticed a fuss in the hedge next to the Heli port. A clear Lapland Bunting within about 10ft squabbling with some Dunnock. Watched for about 15mins, it called continually so was also able to check the call etc on the RSPB website and others. So not all bad!

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 12:42 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mountbatten, Plymouth

I have just recieved a phone call to say the Lesser Grey Shrike has been seen and Photographed back at Mountbatten as of 11 a.m this morning.

Posted September 30th, 2016 at 11:22 am by Tor Elm in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 29th September 2016

Late news for Tuesday - Hoopoe

My wife, who has seen Hoopoes before, has just told me she saw one near Chudleigh Knighton on Tuesday morning, just E of the A38 at about SX842767

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 8:48 pm by Alan Ford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berrynarbor

A Great White Egret viewed from the Monkey Puzzle drive at Arlington Court was flying down the valley towards the lake and was later seen preening in the trees beside the lower lake.


Posted September 29th, 2016 at 5:13 pm by Margaret Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland Point Seawatch

1 Sooty Shearwater

23 Balearic Shearwater

7 Manx Shearwater

1 Pomarine Skua (dark)

2 Arctic Skua (dark)

1 Common Scoter

5 Sandwich terns

7 Commic terns

47 Kittiwake

plus Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 2:25 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike

The bird was seen clearly in a bush above the old "Lions Den" men's bathing area but has now flown towards the rocks below Duttons cafe where I am trying to relocate it. Not seen now for 20 minutes 

Posted September 29th, 2016 at 12:58 pm by Tor Elm in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Photo attachment to earlier post

Ad f. Firecrest. Start 28  09 2016


Posted September 28th, 2016 at 9:22 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start and S. Hallsands

My 1st. Firecrest of the autumn ringed at Start (a day earlier than 2015 ).Also present 12 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps.  At S. Hallsands a further 10 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps.  At both sites a lot of Meadow Piipit activity and at Start also Goldfinches, Linnets moving south and west; but too busy ringing to make an accurate assessment of numbers.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 8:53 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

Late Post - 27/09/2016

Horsey Island which is partially flooded by tidal inundation is now attracting a good number of waders including a record number of Black tailed Godwits (179 yesterday early evening) Also 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Juv Ruff (1 male & 3 female),& 30+ Knot. Also Good numbers of Greenshank.

There is no doubt that Horsey is showing signs of evolving into an excellent wetland & has the potential of making a wonderful nature reserve.




Posted September 28th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

A dearth of scrub migrants just several Chiffchaff and the first Goldcrest of the autumn. Otherwise 310 Meadow Pipit grounded but generally moving west, 13 Swallow, 60 Goldfinch and 300 Linnet.

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 2:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland Point Seawatch

0730-0930 Wind SW mod

4 Arctic Skua (3 dark, 1 pale)

2 Great Skua

2 Manx shearwater

4 Common Scoter

400 guillemot/razorbill per hour

26 Kittiwake per hour

Posted September 28th, 2016 at 11:34 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 27th September 2016

Wryneck South Brent

At 11`:20 on 27th Sept a Wryneck on Clobells Est , South Brent but scared off by a dog and not seen sincre. Bird seen by Mike Goss

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 7:40 pm by Mike Goss in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 26th September 2016

Berry Head

Seawatch 0800-1200. Very poor for seabird passage with just 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, Red-throated Diver and c200 Kittiwakes. On the horizon hundreds of seabirds and two large pelagic trawlers (Wiron 5 & 6) hoovering up in outer Lyme Bay!

But the highlight was 6+ White-beaked Dolphins, feeding and playing at mid-long range from 0845-1130, after which they headed south. Quite rare to see off Berry head and get such prolonged views (photos are full crops).

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Posted September 26th, 2016 at 5:29 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yellow Browed Warbler N.Hallsands.

Photos of aY.B.Warbler caught and ringed at this mornings ringing session.Not a big surprise,given the large numbers on the East coast and 2 at Portland recently.  Also on site 30+ Chiffchaffs with a further 16 at S.Hallsands.

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Posted September 26th, 2016 at 2:52 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 25th September 2016

Mountbatten

Great views of the Lesser Grey Shrike on the footpath behind Lord Louis Crescent this afternoon.

Posted September 25th, 2016 at 8:41 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 24th September 2016

Dunstone Point, Batten Bay, Plymouth Sound

13.00

Lesser Grey Shrike favouring northern side of Dunstone Point, Batten Bay.  Sat motionless on bracken halfway down cliff initially before becoming more active and mobile as the weather improved.     

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 9:58 pm by Paul Darlington in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

East Soar, early am, quiet overall with a Hobby the most notable bird. Otherwise, a scattering of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest or two and a single Wheatear.

Posted September 24th, 2016 at 12:56 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 23rd September 2016

23-09-16 Lesser Grey Shrike

At Jenny cliff Today 23-09-16, the Lesser Grey Shrike was showing very well, this little beauty came within 10m of the cameras and didn't bother that several cameras were clicking away, which was not expected, but I'm not complaining



Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 6:54 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike

Went down to Jennycliff for a second look at the Lesser Grey Shrike around midday in better weather conditions, from the Jennycliff car park the bird is on the cliff edge of the second green area above the path that leads down to Mountbatten.

Unfortunately from my perspective the birders present during this visit were down as close to the cliff edge as possible which was not giving the bird any room but despite that it did show well if not as settled as it had been first thing this morning when it was as bold as brass despite people viewing it.

 

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 3:03 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lapland Buntings at Skern N Devon

Tony Mercer had 5 Laplands on the Skern yesterday. Very mobile with Linnet flock on the beach area. Hard to be sure of numbers. Tony had problems logging in so news slow to go out.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 9:38 am by Karen Sims in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike

The Lesser Grey Shrike was showing well this morning closer to Jenny Cliff than Mount Batten, as you come off of the top of the path leading up from Mount Batten on to the open grassed area the bird was on the bushes above the cliff top.

Two Little Egret, seven Oyster Catcher, several Pied Wagtails and a flock of Goldfinch seen from the coastal path.

Posted September 23rd, 2016 at 9:13 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 22nd September 2016

YELLOW BROWED WARBLER

1 calling in private residence west of Dartmouth at Little Dartmouth,11:00

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 10:06 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington

Glossy Ibis Fremington Pill this afternoon

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 8:55 pm by Martin Bond in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Middle Soar

Pipit hunting over the stubbles but just: 150 Meadow Pipit, 130 House Martin, 120 Swallow, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Wheatear, 40 Skylark & 300 Linnet.

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 3:49 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Skern, Northam Burrows

Great White Egret present on my arrival at 9.30 but quickly left due to rising tide and probably too many people for its liking. Also two Sandwich Tern and seven Knot.

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 12:03 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lesser Grey Shrike - Mt Batten

Still present 07.30 this morning 22/09/16

 

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 7:28 am by Richard Archer in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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