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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

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Instow harbour

Overjoyed to see the female/1st W Black Redstart back at Instow Harbour favouring the landward end of ferry pier (11.30am) given I have an awful cold and was just posting a parcel.

Posted January 31st, 2017 at 12:08 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 30th January 2017

Little Bunting Trinity Hill

Despite the grim weather, nice close views of the Little Bunting early this afternoon. It called numerous times whilst perched up which made locating it in the fog far easier!

Best tactic is to just stand and wait where I've marked a red cross on the map below. The Buntings perch up in the bushes here, before flying into the long grass to feed. Please stick to paths, but as I've said just stand still and wait, there's no real need to go walking about at all.

Little Bunting  Little Bunting
Little Bunting


Little Bunting

Little Bunting Map
Little Bunting Map

Posted January 30th, 2017 at 1:43 pm by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

Back up to 5 Velvet Scoter now more toward Goodrington, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebes,134 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Shelduck. Still no Divers!

Posted January 30th, 2017 at 11:27 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 28th January 2017

Waxwings on A38

10 waxwings opposite the BCT factory on the A38.

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 8:06 pm by Samuel Gary in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Little Bunting Trinity Hill

There has been a roost of 60-80 Reed Buntings on this site for a few weeks now. Tonight finally found a Little Bunting with them. No reason to think it is new in, as numbers of Reeds have been steady...its just the birds are extremely hard to see well.

Park in the northern of the 2 carparks (the open area), and walk 10 yards out of the car park to the SE.The birds usually roost in the grass area just to the east of the path which runs due east from the car park (so right infront of you...really close) but if you walk this or stand there they will flush. There is a path that runs to the South from the car park that allows excellent scope views of all the bushes where the birds perch.

The roost is sensitive. The birds show well from 3-4pm without flushing, they move around and perch in bushes but if flushed they move across the road or area and out of sight. We have spent about 10-12 hours on this roost and only seen this bird for 2-3 mins so it is not for the impatient. 

It is not coming to seed, it can't be seen on the ground but can only be seen if it chooses to perch up.If you flush the flock, they fly away- they don't  perch. Its a great E Devon record so wouldn't want to suppress this bird but would plead to anyone trying to see it, you may have to give it a few trips and be very quiet and patient.

This roost is significant in number and roosting birds shouldn't be repeatedly flushed - esp not on a mid-winter evening.  It is also the best chance of attracting in a Pine Bunt or something so please don't disturb them.....

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 7:17 pm by James McCarthy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

waxwings still about

waxwings are still here have been in the tree at top of Clifford Drive Heathfield today and yesterday feeding on rowan bush further down

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 2:44 pm by nicola moyle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

A Red-necked Grebe was feeding in Elberry Cove this morning but eventually moved out into Torbay. Also 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Common Scoter, 125 Great Crested Grebe (MRAB - I counted 104 earlier), still no Divers - perhaps some after tomorrows rain and wind... 

Clennon Lakes: 1 Firecrest (still has the tick on its right eyelid), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Teal.

Firecrest Clennon Lakes 28 Jan 2017 ML RNG field Sketches ML

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 2:25 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sharkham Point

The Scoter flock had broken up in three flocks totalling 215. Eventually I did pick up the imm drake Surf Scoter about 1mile south. It eventually flapped its dark wings wings with a stiff neck confirming it was the bird. Much better views could have been had from Crabrock Point Man Sands! 

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

A361 / Filleigh / S Molton

Red Kite seen circling at around 10.50 from A361 bridge over river Bray north of Filleigh.

Posted January 28th, 2017 at 1:53 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 26th January 2017

Sharkham Point & Broadsands

The scoter flock (about 400 now!) was quite dispersed today with groups all over the place but then located the 1w drake Surf Scoter in St Mary's Bay just north of Sharkham Point - good views in relatively close with sun behind me. Also 1 Red-throated Diver in the bay.

Broadsands this morning: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Eider, 23 Great Crested Grebes. 20+ Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Posted January 26th, 2017 at 6:07 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 25th January 2017

Isley Marsh, Taw

At least nine Spoonbill roosting at Isley marsh this evening.

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 24th January 2017

waxwings

was very excited to see waxwings from my kitchen window in tree at the back of my garden in Heathfield in the path that runs up from the shop, have flown off at the moment but will try and get pic to post!

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 11:24 am by nicola moyle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Heathfield ~ Waxwings

Ten Waxwings flew into the trees alongside the A38 opposite the tile factory at Heathfield at 9.03am this morning and were still present and feeding on the central reservation when I left at 10am.

A small number of Redwings also feeding in the same area.

 

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 10:27 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Waxwings Heathfield

Waxwings in beach tree at BCT entrance this morning c0820

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 9:24 am by Steve Ayres in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 23rd January 2017

Heathfield ~ Waxwings

Initially a frustrating and inconclusive search for the Heathfield Waxwings, apparently they had been feeding on the berries on the A38 central reservation between 8am and 10.30am before flying off.

A check of the Heathfield WTW gave the best part of 40 Pied Wagtails, one Grey Wagtail, two Chiffchaff, Wren and Dunnock.

At around 12.30 the Waxwings were located in roadside trees at the entrance to the Gilpin site which adjoins the WTW, on arrival found eight Waxwings in the canopy of an Oak tree feeding almost in a frenzy on clouds of small black insects, they remained focused on the same tree canopy for over an hour and in that time three plus Goldcrests, six plus Chiffchaff (one possible Siberian) Meadow Pipits and a small number of Long Tailed Tits worked their way through the trees feeding on the insects.

 

The bright (but very welcome sunshine) made photography very challenging as the birds were generally against the sun lit sky but looking at my images full adult birds were well represented in this flock of eight birds, while the nine I saw at Sainsbury’s in Exeter recently were predominately young birds.

Several Buzzards seen sitting on lamp posts/telegraph poles soaking up the sun.

 

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 5:09 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Glossy Ibis - clampits marsh

13:30 Glossy Ibis working the flooded man made trenches at Clampits near Bickington (presumably the long staying Fremington Pill bird). Viewed from the Tarka Trail.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 2:44 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Newton Abbot

2 Siberian Chiffchaffs, 2 collybita Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest in the line of trees bordering the Cricketfield Carpark by Albany Vets.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 2:22 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sharkham Point & Broadsands

The 1st w drake Surf Scoter was still present just south of the headland soon after 8.30am this morning but almost as soon as I located it in the flock of 300+ Common Scoter, a small fishing boat disturbed the flock - they all flew back to Crabrock Point Man Sands - far too far to pick out even a full blown male!

Broadsands: 3 Black-necked Grebes, 48 Creat Crested Grebes on the sea.  21 Cirl Buntings and 1 Reed Bunting on seed in the back of the 2nd car park.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 at 12:53 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 22nd January 2017

Heathfield

9 of the 10 Waxwings present this morning on W side of A38 dual carriageway. They flew down to the disused railway line and were feeding on berries low down in bushes along the N side of the railway line outside of the Gilpin industrial unit. Then perching up in trees on the south side of the railway line - safer than dicing with death in the middle of the dual carriageway!

Waxwing Heathfield 22 01 17 ML 

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 5:43 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham

Yelllow-browed warbler & 1st winter Med gull at the Rec this morning.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham Rec.

The Yellow-browed Warbler showing nicely in the trees around the zip slide. Also one Mediterranean Gull with some Black-headed Gulls on a mud bank, walking up the estuary there was a group of Reed Buntings flitting about the reads.

Posted January 22nd, 2017 at 12:46 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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