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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

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 21st January 2017

Cornworthy

Another week chalked up for the Yellow-browed warbler, still cavorting at the sewage works in the company of 2 chiffchaffs and a goldcrest.

Posted January 21st, 2017 at 11:42 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 20th January 2017

Sharkham Point Brixham

The imm drake Surf Scoter again failrly close, just south of headland view able from benches at top of head. with approx 300 Common Scoter. It's moulting quite quickly see below:

Scoter flock Sharkham   imm drake Surf Scoter Sharkham 20 Jan 2017 ML

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 10:42 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Holsworthy

Yesterday afternoon (19th) while driving from Bude, I spotted a dozen or so waxwings flying high from tree to tree in gardens just outside Holsworthy.  Leapt out of the car and snapped a couple shots – not pin sharp, but should do for the record, anyway.   Hilary Vivian

 

Posted January 20th, 2017 at 10:33 am by George & Julia Harris in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 19th January 2017

Red Kite

Seen circling over forestry in the company of 2 buzzards, Woolsery area, North Devon

Posted January 19th, 2017 at 9:20 pm by Mike Luckson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Waxwings

Goosemoor ~ Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and three Snipe.

Topsham rec ~ Yellow Browed Warbler, Kingfisher, Common Gull,1st winter Mediterranean Gull, three Golden Eye.

  

Cockwood ~ Pair of Red Breasted Merganser, flock of Dunlin.

Between Cockwood and Kenford five Red Legged Partridge.

On the way home flock of 13 Waxwings seen near Chudleigh Knighton.

 

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 5:52 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soussons

Great Grey Shrike in felled area by Golden Dagger tin mine. Also in area: Kestrel, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting. No sign of any Crossbills.

Nearby: 200 Fieldfare at Langworthy Farm.

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 5:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Waxwings

30+ Waxwings sighted this morning, 18/1/17, at 9am on a Cherry Tree in Peter Tavy.

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 3:16 pm by Robin Stanbridge in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw nr. Pottington Ind. Est.

Long-tailed Duck was present around 9am on Taw  in line with the Stagecoach depot. Diving on the high tide and quite close in.

Posted January 18th, 2017 at 12:23 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 17th January 2017

Staverton

Yellow-browed Warbler again plus a Firecrest at the Water Treatment Works, late afternoon.

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 7:09 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sharkam Point, Brixham

The 1st w male Surf Scoter was busy feeding just south of Sharkham Point with 335 Common Scoter and 9 Velvet Scoter (separate from the main group of Scoter). It's just 5 minute walk south of the Sharkham car park and best viewed for the benches that look south from the highest part of the point. Assuming it stays here (wintering scoter flocks have done so in the past) this new location negates the hard hike to Crabrock Point, Man Sands for those wishing to see the Surf Scoter. 

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 6:33 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolt Tail

1st winter Glaucous Gull very close in and headed into Thurlestone Bay. Also 10 Common Scoter & 16 Gannet.

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 1:58 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Darts Farm

7 Waxwings at ten this morning, high up in a tree at the back of the lorry car park, not a stone's throw from the RSPB shop!!

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 10:41 am by Paul Hepple in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 15th January 2017

Waxwing and Firecrest

A first light visit to Alphington gave the reported nine Waxwings frequenting Sainsbury’s, unfortunately the light simply did not improve but the birds were so confiding all the gathering birders had good close up views, a pity that some bird photographers had to encroach closer than any societies guide lines would find reasonable or even acceptable.


  

On to Exmouth later in the morning, a mixed flock of duck just off one of the shore cars parks made up of 14 Wigeon, 4 Mallard and 35+ Pintails, further out and all along the coastal area Brent Geese, Shellduck, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Turnstone, Dunlin, small number of Godwit and numerous numbers of Cormorant.

As described in a post earlier in the week both Firecrest located in the deep cover behind the cricket ground, in view for some time but rarely showing clearly, in the same area a mixed tit flock including Long Tails, Great, Blue and Coal, one wren and a Song Thrush.

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 6:07 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Waxwings, Topsham

Nine Waxwings picking off the last of the hawthorn berries, between Fishers Mill/Clyst Bridge and Dart's Farm c.4pm. Presumably the Sainsbury's nine? Good call from (now top birder) wife Carolyn, who just happened to be passing.

 

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 4:34 pm by Tim Worfolk in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Staverton

Yellow browed warbler still at WTW early morning.

7 Goosander (2m, 5 redhead) about 1/4 mile downstream of Staverton Bridge.

Posted January 15th, 2017 at 11:57 am by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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