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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of 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.

 
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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
 
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
 
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
 
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
 
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
 
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

Membership

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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

Saturday 7th January 2017

Staverton

Yellow-browed Warbler showing well again at the water treatment works mid-am.

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 11:24 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham Rec

Yellow-browed warbler, Long-tailed duck, 1 male & 1 female Goldeneye, 1 1st winter & 2 adult Med gulls, 2 Blackcaps & 1 Chiffchaff today.

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 5:54 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay coastal

Torbay coastal ~ one Peregrine falcon

Preston ~ Marine Parade ~ 36 Turnstone including the regular Dutch ringed bird, fourteen 14 Oyster Catcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Northern Diver 2 Razorbill and a distant Porpoise.

Goodrington beach ~ a pair of Eider duck with the drake beginning to colour up.

 

Broadsands ~ 15 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Velvet Scoter, 9 Fulmar, 1 Guillemot, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Heron, 2 Rock Pipit and in the far car park 3 Cirl Bunting bathing in a puddle.

Near Berry Pomeroy a male Reeves Pheasant.

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 12:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cornworthy

First chance to check for a week, Yellow-browed warbler still present at the sewage works with goldcrest and blackcap

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 11:22 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Waxwing in Plymstock

Single waxwing present at 09.10am, feeding on apple tree in Birch Pond Road, also present and feeding was female blackcap.Easily visible from car window if its raining.

Posted January 7th, 2017 at 9:31 am by Steph murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 6th January 2017

Bohemian Waxwing at Oreston, Plymouth.

Here are three heavily cropped photographs I took this afternoon of the adult Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) which was visiting a apple tree in a private garden in the Oreston area of Plymouth.

You just don't tire of looking at these smart birds. I had to include the third image as it looks as if the bird is looking straight down my lens and saying "Are you looking at me, I said, are you looking at me". Or he/she was just eyeing up the next apple.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 10:42 pm by Richard Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Staverton

The Yellow browed warbler still at the WTW and showing well between 3 and 3.30 p.m. At least 4 Chiffchaffs and 10 Goldcrests. Male Goosander upstream from Staverton Bridge.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 6:55 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mansands

About 100+ Common Scoters off Crabrock this morning, but can you spot the Surf Scoter, about a third way in from the right. There was also a feeding frenzy of about 100+ Gannets following about 6 Common Dolphins off the Point and also 4 GC Grebes offshore. On the marsh, glad to see a pair of Tufted Duck have returned. A Sparrowhawk was hunting around the marsh and spooked a couple of Snipe, the pair of Kestrel also hunting around the marsh.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 3:37 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Matford

The American Wigeon was at Matford Marsh again this lunchtime at around 1.30. Feeding with the Wigeon flock close to the benches before the whole flock flew the short distance to pools.

Posted January 6th, 2017 at 2:22 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 5th January 2017

Instow

Black Redstart again at Instow-Appledore ferry pier / along harbour wall, 16.00.

(At Northam Burrows 15.00 no sign of Snow Buntings west of 8th green nor on pebble ridge, but lots of golfers and dogwalkers may explain)

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Waxwing

2 in garden at end of Birch Pond Rd Oreston Plymouth on Apple tree

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 3:07 pm by Fiona Ward in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

The lake side Yellow-browed Warbler was present this lunch time - it seems to be favouring the trees around the 3rd weir >West showing well and catching plenty of flies.

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 5 Jan 2017  Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 5 Jan 2017

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 2:42 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite

Flying over A361 between Aller Cross and Great Hill lay by driving west towards Barnstaple at 12 noon today.

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 4th January 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the dropping tide.

Goosemoor the Spotted Redshank showing really well with Greenshank and Kingfisher overlooking the water inlet.

BGM Viewing platform the American Wigeon was on the pool left of the footpath at 14:00hrs and from the platform good numbers of both Bar & Black-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Redshank and Oystercatchers.

Goatwalk 400+ Avocets, 120+ Golden Plover on mud near Turf Locks with good numbers of Curlew, Dunlin and more Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank and Red-breasted Mergansers.

On the walk back towards the hide the American Wigeon was on the pool alongside the road in BGM and still there when I left at 15:30hrs.

Some more video from today:

AW:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOkvRgZqsDU

SR:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y24pQZ5zshY

[thanks Eds for harrier info and all noted]

American Wigeon  (BGM pool) American Wigeon  (BGM pool) Spotted Redshank
American Wigeon (BGM pool)                    American Wigeon (BGM pool)                     Spotted Redshank

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 9:01 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Instow

Black Redstart at Instow harbour feeding from the boulders where ferry pier meets ferry car parking. 16.20.

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 4:22 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw Estuary - Pottington

At last after numerous attempts over a period of several weeks at digiscoping the Long tailed Duck I have managed to snap a reasonable photo. Yes,I think this one is in focus!


Posted January 4th, 2017 at 3:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham Goosemoor

No sign of the reported Yellow-browed Warbler by railway line but a Siberian Chiffchaff showed well and called a few times from the bank.

Siberian Chiffchaff - Topsham Goosemoor 4/1/2017

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Tim Worfolk in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Matford & Topsham

Matford to start the day gave the American Wigeon which took a lot of finding given the depth of the grass pasture that the Wigeon flock was feeding in, three Little Egret, a Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, at least twelve Moorhen and a small number of Long Tailed Tits.

Topsham Rec ~ on arrival saw a birder photographing the reported Yellow Browed Warbler which continued to show well in the trees around the children’s play area, a Kestrel, Kingfisher and female Long Tailed duck all close by.

 

Goosemoor ~ Spotted Redshank tucked away with small number of Greenshank a Goldcrest near the bridge.

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 12:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Staverton

The Yellow browed warbler still present at the WTW. 5 Chiffchaffs and 4 Goldcrests. Redhead Goosander on the river near Napers Halt. 

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Man Sands

The 1st w drake Surf Scoter still with about 300 Common Scoter (in two flocks) off Crabrock Point this afternoon.

1st w drake Surf Scoter Man Sands 2017

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 4:34 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yellow Browed Warbler, Plymouth

After an hours searching a yellow browed warbler was found feeding in the tree tops at the south end of Beaumont Park in Plymouth

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 2:26 pm by Stuart Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands & Clennon

The Siberian Chiffchaff was in the mash between the two car parks this morning also 2 collybita chiffchaffs and 2 Goldcrest. 17 Cirl Buntings on seed in the 2nd car park.

On the sea: 8 Velvet Scoter over toward Goodrington also 42 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver and closer to Broadsands a single Common Scoter.

Clennon Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler again this morning by the astro turf pitchesin the Eucalyptus trees.  

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 11:53 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 2nd January 2017

Staverton

At the WTW's the Yellow browed warbler still present both morning and afternoon along with 5 Chiffchaffs and at least 5 Goldcrests. Male Goosander on the river downstream of the bridge.

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 7:55 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Had a look for the possible Lesser Scaup this morning from the Stokeley Hide. Unfortunatly there was a raw fresh NNE blowing and though I managed to pick out the male Scaup ( first winter ) amongst the flock of Tufteds a couple times, they were about 600 metres away and the ley was a little choppy. No chance of seeing the Scaup sp but i'm sure someone will get a good view on a calmer day.

Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 7:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary

Digiscoped 6 of the 20 Eider which were showing well this morning but not all together in one tight flock being dispersed over a wide area.


Posted January 2nd, 2017 at 6:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 1st January 2017

Topsham

Morning's birding around Topsham with highlights of Yellow-browed warbler, Long-tailed duck and 2 Goldeneye at the Rec; Spotted Redshank on Goosemoor.

Posted January 1st, 2017 at 7:10 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Valley

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again in trees by the Torbay Leisure Centre astro turf pitches.

Posted January 1st, 2017 at 1:20 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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