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2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Berry Head

A seawatch today between 0700-0900hrs produced: 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Little Gull, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater,2-3 Great Skua, 350+ Auks, 1 Dunlin & 5-7 Harbour Porpoise

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 2:18 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham Rec

10 Cattle egrets flew down river at Topsham Rec this morning at 07:40.  I believe they are roosting in the Countess Wear sewage works or Old Sludge Beds.  One 1st calendar year Marsh harrier was seen over the Rec reed beds.

Posted November 7th, 2017 at 12:57 pm by MArtin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 6th November 2017

Isley/Yelland marshes N Devon

07:15 1 adult and 1 juvenile Spoonbill, both unringed, flushed from edge of Isley Marsh to W of the power station's jetty. Here there was a great spring high tide roost of mixed waders.

Posted November 6th, 2017 at 11:31 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 5th November 2017

Slapton Ley

Stood on Slapton Bridge from 06:55-09:45 and the highlight was a Glossy Ibis which flew south down towards Torcross at 07:08. Other highlights were 6800 Woodpigeons heading anywhere between south - southwest, 2 Kingfishers, Firecrest,, 2 Bramblings and 11 Lesser Redpolls. At least 10,000 Starlings flew south down from the Higher Ley, presumably roosting at Strete Gate or in the Gara Valley.

Surprisingly the Ibis may be only the second modern record for Slapton Ley, ( one seen in October 1986 ). there is an old record of 2 shot in 1837. More details here https://charletonbirding.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/scarce-herons.html

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 1:19 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar - a correction

On 15/10 (Firecrest Sunday) at East Soar I had brief views of a Phylloscopus warbler that I posted here later that day as a Dusky Warbler. I'm not familar with either Radde's or Dusky but on reflection and with reference to various literature, images, sound recordings and converstaions with other birders who do have experience of the two species it's clear to me now that the bird was a Radde's Warbler rather than Dusky. Apologies for the confusion.

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 9:46 am by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

A Richard's Pipit out of a field and west over Orcombe Point @0805. For further sightings and photos see www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

The Black Brant was off Mudbank yesterday and c10+ Brambling with c50+ Chaffinch in Woodbury Fort.

Posted November 5th, 2017 at 9:27 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 4th November 2017

Horsey Island

The Ruff were present again on Horsey this aft. They may depart for their wintering grounds in Africa at any time.


Posted November 4th, 2017 at 6:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 3rd November 2017

Horsey Island

33 Ruff on Horsey again pm.

Photo showing 25 Ruff + 42 Golden Plover. There was a further 8 Ruff  on the far shoreline to the left of the photograph with the Lapwing.

 A telescope was essential to be able to identify them accurately.


Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 7:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Common Scoter, 10 Eider and several distant flocks of Auks seemingly mostly Razorbills.

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 5:31 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Some pretty good overhead migration today: the highlight was a late Yellow Wagtail > E also, 1300 Wood Pigeons mostly > N, 8 Stock Dove mixed with them, 95 Jackdaw > NE, 1100 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare, 11 Mistle Thrush (in a flock!), 12 Song Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 70 Goldfinch, 82 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 16 Bullfinch, 7 Linnet, 11 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 9 'alba' wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 15 Starling & 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the headland: 18 Goldcrest, 5 Firecrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 3x flocks of Long-tailed Tits totalling 39 with two Coal Tits

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Highlight of the morning an unexpected Spoonbill out at sea, high up  heading north at 07:30. No vis mig as such hardly any Goldfinches and Chaffinches ( the latter really scarce for me so far this autumn ). There were at least 10 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches and 2 Reed Buntings. Couple of thousand Woodpigeons seen, largest flock 700. Do not think they have a clue what they are doing, a couple flocks c200 each, one going north one south, crashed into each other. Work that one out !

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 1:22 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lannacombe Valley and S. Hallsands.

Lannacombe , a.m. 12 Goldcrests (4 ringed ) 3 Firecrests (2 ringed) , 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff. At S. Hallsands 6 Goldcrests (3 ringed), but little else. Unusual not to see Black Redstarts at either location at this time of year.

More Firecrest photo's A 1st Yr . male  
More Firecrest photo's A 1st Yr . male

Posted November 3rd, 2017 at 1:05 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Horsey Island

33 Ruff on Horsey again this aft, not all in one tight flock (13 individuals in photo).

Golden Plover present again + 1 juv Spoonbill.

  

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Skern

19 Pale bellied Brent's amongst 150 Brent this evening.Also 9bar tailed godwits 6 grey plover 6 f pintail 16:40-17:10

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 6:37 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

On the sea: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Common Scoter, 9 Eider & 2 ad Mediterranean Gulls.

Around the car parks: 1 Brambling  >over, 5 Goldcrest 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest  & 6 Cirl Buntings (in field hedges not on seed this morning).

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 2:09 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point.

Quiet at this morning's ringing session. Around the farm 10+ Goldcrests ( 4 ringed, including 1 " Continental " bird ),3 Chiffchaffs ( 1 ringed ), 1 Firecrest.Also 1 Brambling among 20+ Chaffinches in the sycamores.

" Continental" Goldcrest 1st. Yr. fem.
" Continental" Goldcrest 1st. Yr. fem.

Posted November 2nd, 2017 at 1:20 pm by Alan K Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 1st November 2017

East Soar

After the excitement of the last few days just a small easterly movement of 3000 Woodpigeons & 73 Stock Doves between 0720 & 0830hrs. Also moving east 33 Chaffinch & 27 Goldfinch plus 43 Jackdaw north. Around the site: Female Merlin, 3 Peregrine, 130 Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Ring Ouzel, 4 Firecrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

Posted November 1st, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

33 Ruff on Horsey Island early aft. The highest number I have ever seen in N.Devon!

1250 Golden Plover. Also Lapwing, Black tailed Godwits & a few Barwits present. Not enough time to count the Lapwing, Blackwits & Barwits this time but will do so next time!


Posted November 1st, 2017 at 3:28 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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