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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 Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


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:

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am 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 in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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