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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

Saturday 7th October 2017

Southdown Farm/Soar Mill Cove

Nice views of one female Ring Ouzel with Blackbirds and Song Thrushes at Southdown Farm this afternoon.

Posted October 7th, 2017 at 7:16 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 5th October 2017

Sherpa/Wrafton scrape

John, further to your post earlier, I had a very similar experience myself with the BT Godwits & the Ruff. Starting with a count of 2 then 3 & then 4!

Digiscoped them & when looking at the photos on the pc at home later another one showed up which I had not seen through the telescope!


Posted October 5th, 2017 at 8:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Wryneck

Wryneck showing well again this afternoon in private garden at Saltash Passage 

Posted October 3rd, 2017 at 11:02 pm by stephen gooding in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 2nd October 2017

Orcombe Point

Richard's Pipit Found by Dave Stone and understandably first reported as a possible. I was working from home so though "I've got to have a quick look". I got there around 12:40 and searched the top fields and noted c50 Meadow Pipits. Walked through the field with the electric fence (permissive path from Gore Lane to coastal path) and hadn't got far when I flushed 12 Pipits. Heard Meadow Pipit calls and the unmistakable Richard's Pipit call. Managed to get very brief flight views of the bird (which was obviously larger than the Meadow Pipits) it headed off towards Bristol School Camp. I had another search later on in the afternoon (3:00 - 3:45) but couldn't relocate the bird.

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 8:06 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape

3 Little Stint + 2 Ruff on the scrape at lunchtime today. Also a number of Black tailed Godwits, Teal & Wigeon.

 

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 3:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Great bit of vis mig this morning, 07:00-08:00, 1010 Meadow Pipits, ( not sure if I have got over a thousand before ), 17 Swallows, 470 Linnnets and 310 Goldfinches. Job to keep a handle on the pipits. Lots of birds missed going by below cliff top level. Other birds included just 6 alba Wagtails, Grey Wagtail and Siskin. Quiet in the bushes best being a couple of Firecrests in the farm.

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 3:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 1st October 2017

Teign Estuary

A juvenile Little Stint was at Passage House this evening. Also present a first-winter Mediterranean Gull, a White Wagtail and at least 15 Greenshanks.

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 9:58 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Sea-watch, 0740 to 0940. Of note: 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Skua spp (distant, presumed mostly Arctic), 1 Great Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwaters and 1 Sandwich Tern.

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 9:04 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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