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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

Wednesday 14th September 2016

Newton Abbot Racecourse

10+ Whinchat, 5+ Stonechat and 4+ Wheatear mostly on the central fences of the racecourse this afternoon viewed from the cycle path.

Nearby on the Teign Estuary; 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 71 Curlew and a juvenile Med Gull.

Posted September 14th, 2016 at 7:53 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

great white egret

Saw this on the lagoon at Seaton Marshes yesterday 13.9.16, my second in 10 years, the last one at Torrington. Took loads of video footage, some enclosed. Enjoy. PLF

Great White Egret Seaton Marshes 13.9.16 Peter Fairclough

Posted September 14th, 2016 at 4:06 pm by philip fairclough in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 12th September 2016

Berry Head

Seawatch with Dave Holloway this morning 06.45-0815: 20 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua,1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 500+ Kittiwake (mostly lingering)2 Common Scoter, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 2 Grey Wagtails and 1 Yellow Wagtail. 

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head, 12.9.16, 08:30 - 09:20

Sea Watching with Mike Langman this morning. Wont duplicate his report but stayed a while after he left: 12 more Balearic Shearwaters; 1 more Manx Shearwater; 1 more Bonxie; a group of 7 more dark Arctic Skuas shadowing Kittiwakes.

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 1:54 pm by David Holloway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 11th September 2016


07:00-13:00. Soar Mill Cove/Warren/Starehole/East Soar.

Mainly bright, still first thing but a moderate southerly by late morning. The following counts are just for the Warren and Soar Mill Cove so not duplicating Rob's sightings.

Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtails, 8 Wheatears, 12 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, 21 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher. Additional to Rob's at East Soar were 5 Yellow Wagtails and a Whinchat.

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

Saturday 10th September 2016

Caen River and Horsey Island

A good session with Osprey, Juv Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel, about 400 Canada Geese, 12 Greylay, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sand, Wheatear, Swallows  and all the estuary regulars Also a Juv BT Godwit I think? 

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 7:56 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A morning visit timed to start just after the rain, produced very few migrants. However managed - Hobby,  3+ Tree Pipits, Yellow Wagtail, Turnstone, 7 Chiffchaffs, 6+ Whitethroats, Blackcap and Yellow Wagtail.

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Seawatch 06.45- 09.00hrs after a very foggy start! 1 Sooty, 12 Balearic & 10 Manx Shearwater, 1 juv Arctic Tern , 2 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Scoter, 368 Gannets, 9 Kittiwake & 22 Fulmar.

Grounded migrants included 4 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Flycatcher,  1 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Blackcap mostly up around the farm.

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 12:56 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Quay

Osprey fishing off Bassett Ridge 11.15, first year Manx Shearwater off the quay on water midday. Not looking unhealthy but definitely a little lost.

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 12:04 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland Point Seawatch


12 Manx

1 Balearic Shearwater

2 Arctic skua (pale + dark)

1 Bonxie

23 Common Scoter (19 + 10 + 4)

plus 3 schools of Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 11:02 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 9th September 2016

Berry Head

1 juvenile Sabine's Gull, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Arctic Skuas and 1 Great Skua, despite seemingly less than favourable conditions for seawatching! Nothing in the way of migrants on the headland. 

Posted September 9th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 8th September 2016

Black Stork - Roadford

Distant record shots of the Black Stork this morning at Roadford above the viaduct.

At 11.30 it took off, circled and disappeared high over the tall conifers heading south.

Black Stork Roadford 8.9.2016 Brian CravenBlack Stork Roadford 8.9.2016 Brian Craven

record shots by Brian Craven.

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 5:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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