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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 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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