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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 14th October 2017

Berry Head

While leading a birding day for TCCT during a short seawatch late morning and then lunchtime watch clocked up 2 Great and 3 Arctic Skuas

Posted October 14th, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Very quiet sea watching (winds dropped), the only "action" being: 1 Manxie (08:30); 1 Bonxie ((08:35); 1 adult Med Gull (0850); 1 Balearic Shearwater (10:00), all > S, + 24 Common Scoter landed off Torbay (09:15); a Hirundine flock, c.20 > W, mainly Swallow, some House Martin. A Firecrest in the woods brightened up a dull day.

Posted October 14th, 2017 at 3:19 pm by Dave Holloway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Vis mig from 07:15-09:00 included Woodlark, 170 Meadow Pipits, 38 alba Wagtails, 136 Swallows, 7 House Martins, 19 Chaffinches, 710 Linnets, 640 Goldfinches, 43 Siskins, Lesser Redpoll and 3 Reed Buntings. Nothing around the farm except a couple Goldcrests.

Posted October 14th, 2017 at 12:49 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 13th October 2017

Start Point / Hallsands

Windy and foggy at Start but sheltered and clear down at the light where there were 21 Blackcaps, 6 Goldcrests  and a Wheatear. Also a Usain Bolt type Sooty Shearwater south which made it from Berry Head in a record breaking 25 mins ( thanks for the call Mike ).Had a walk around Hallsands seeing Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Chiffchaffs and a handful of Swallows.

Posted October 13th, 2017 at 3:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

A bit too windy for migrants on top of head, so concentrated on a short seawatch 0800-0930hrs: 1 Sooty Shearwater 3 Balearic Shearwater, (0900) 9 Great Skua,6 Arctic Skua. Only passerines of note were a Yellow Wagtail and Siskin over, 

Posted October 13th, 2017 at 11:07 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 12th October 2017

Soar

Migrants in short supply, but - Lesser Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel, 4+ Siskins, 13 Goldcrests & 8 Swallows.

Posted October 12th, 2017 at 6:05 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape

12 Ruff present this morning with the Black tailed Godwits until the shooters turned up blasting there way through Sherpa Marshes disturbing everything including the non target species. People walking down the trail thought World War 3 had started!


Posted October 12th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape

The 17 Ruff (9m + 8fm) were present again this morning searching for food amongst 148 Black tailed Godwits. Also 37 Teal & 1 Cettis calling from the scrub by the side of the trail. So far have not been able to get all 17 Ruff together posing for a photo but will keep trying when time allows!

  

Posted October 11th, 2017 at 12:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape

Called in at the scrape on my way down to R.Caen & Horsey Island around 16.10 > 16.30

As soon as I arrived I noticed a flock of 17 Ruff on the edge of the scrape.

By the time I got the camera mounted on the scope they had dispersed  around the edges of the scrape & promptly joined the Black tailed Godwits searching for food in the damp rough grass & rushes.

On the way back called in again hoping to obtain a few photos of the whole flock together but  they had gone!

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 6:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Despite off-shore winds there was a sizeable collection of gulls and Gannets feeding about 1/2 mile out from headland, checking through them produced: 5 Arctic, 1 Pomarine and 4 Great Skuas but no sign of any Shrearwaters.around the headland 2 Firecrest, 19 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and 1 Wheatear.

Posted October 10th, 2017 at 3:51 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 9th October 2017

Start Point etc

Vis mig from 07:05-08:15........60 Meadow Pipits, 24 Alba Wagtails, 31 Swallows, 4 Starlings ( first of autumn ), 220 Goldfinches, 340 Linnets, 12 Chaffinches, 6 Lesser Redpolls ( first vm birds of autumn ) and a Bullfinch ( first of autumn ). Elsewhere 20 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs ( a single bird the only migrant at the light ), 2 Blackcaps and 2 House Martins. First Merlin of the autumn flew past the lighthouse. No sign of yesterdays Yellow-browed Warbler in the farm.

Down at Beesands Ley a good count of 70 Swallows in one flock heading north, wrong way guys ! On the ley 48+ Mute Swans, 65 Gadwalls ( including a mating pair , he looked more interested than she ), Shoveler, 3 Tufted Ducks and a couple of Water Rails calling. Had a quick look at Start Bay from the Memorial Car Park along Torcross Line and there is still a flock of 21 Common Scoters offshore.

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 3:37 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Ring-Necked Parakeet in Maer Valley of unknown origin. Visible on top of dead tree from the first gate up from lifeboat station end of Maer Lane. Please respect parking and residents

Posted October 9th, 2017 at 8:14 am by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 8th October 2017

skern

Late post from yesterday at least 45 med gulls amongst a large flock of bhg"s{750+},31 ad,4 2w,10 fw.18.30.On this mornings tide a mass feeding over fish in estuary.Only a very small fraction came to roost which included 30 meds,17 ad,3 2w,10 fw.08:15-09:20.Several thousand gulls followed fish out with the tide so likely to have been more meds.

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 1:31 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Vis mig 07:00-08:20 quiet, 3 Skylarks Grey Wagtail, 7 Alba Wagtails, 10 Swallows, 11 Meadow Pipits, Chaffinch, 40 Linnets, 80 Goldfinches and 10 Siskin. Around the farm an elusive Yellow-browed Warbler just heard calling, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wheatears, 5 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, Treecreeper ( not sure I have actually seen one here before ), Coal Tit ( British ) and 2 Lesser Redpolls flew over.

Frustratingly a brief glimpse of a pale dragonfly in the fenced off set aside area up the road from the farm. Wondered about Vagrant Emperor and I see there is one at Dawlish this morning. Waited for 30 minutes but not seen again. I am not great with Dragonflies so may easily have been fooled by something commoner and in all honesty may have forgotten about it if not for the Dawlish sighting.

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 1:14 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren Country Park

October 8th. 1 Firecrest - corner of Little Commons Field  (hedgrow near the wind turbine). Also 2 Goldcrest, 4 Skylarks over, Cirl Bunting and the regular flock of around 200 Linnets.

Posted October 8th, 2017 at 8:43 am by Peter Leigh in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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