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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 21st November 2017

American Wigeon at RSPB-Matford Marsh

As per Nick Patel's earlier post of the adult drake American Wigeon seen on the main pool near the roundabout this morning.

Some video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGzmc6zKwPE

drake American Wigeon drake American Wigeon
drake American Wigeon                                      drake American Wigeon

Posted November 21st, 2017 at 6:35 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

N. Hallsands.

A SIBERIAN Chiffchaff caught at this mornings ringing session. Also on site 4 nominate Chiffchaffs ( 2 caught and ringed ),and 6 Goldcrests ( 3 caught and ringed ). Also 1 Woodcock ( flushed ). One or two regularity overwinter at this site. It is always good to see them return.

Siberian Chiffchaff.
Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted November 21st, 2017 at 12:40 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 20th November 2017

Another chestnut crowned Sparrow.

Norman Baldock sent in this picture of a presumed chestnut crowned and whitish cheeked House Sparrow - bearing a resemblance to italiae but it lacks the spit supercilium the possible Italian Sparrow at Budleigh Salterton shows (as do some House Sparrows). The photograph was taken ion 13 March this year in the Newton Abbot area, but the bird had been visiting the garden most of the winter.

Sparrow resembling italiae

 

Posted November 20th, 2017 at 2:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Goodrington

The Black-throated Diver was again off Goodrington Beach this morning associating with a Great Northern Diver also 3 more Great Northern Divers & a Red-throated Diver between there and Broadsands.

The Siberian Chiffchaff was still present in the marsh at the back of Young's Park with 3+ 'collybita' Chiffchaffs.

Broadsands 1 Siberian Chiffchaff: , 3-4 'collybita' Chiffchaffs, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park. Also 1 Grey Plover flying around and calling over the beach.

Posted November 20th, 2017 at 9:35 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 19th November 2017

Horsey Island

 5 Ruff still on Horsey & 1 Spoonbill pm.

    

Posted November 19th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 18th November 2017

Bursdon Moor

Concerns raised the me this morning over woman with two pointers on the SSSI ground at Bursdon Moor. This site a know winter roost site. Please let us know if you have any information on this.

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 10:11 am by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 17th November 2017

Hawfinch at Haldon

A great day at Haldon Forest with sightings of Crossbill, Brambling and Hawfinch. Thank you to all fellow birders who guided me and Bob Barrow to the right location to watch the beautiful Hawfinch.

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 7:16 pm by John Lloyd in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Dropped the seed for the Cirl Buntings this morning in Broadsands car park on a lovely crisp clear morning to find 12+ Cirl Buntings and a Reed bunting already on seed. The rotten Beach huts seem to be multiplying every year but do create cover for any photographers visiting the site.

The sea was too choppy today to check properly so stopped in on the wildlife area of Young's Park, Goodrington. almost immediately finding a Yellow-browed Warbler with 3-4 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff (video link: https://youtu.be/maKEh-tuaaQ ), 2 Goldcrest and 1 Firecrest - apparently 2-3 Firecrests were present later in the morning and the Yellow-browed Warbler showed again at about 10am. Be aware the board walk on the back path is closed to the public as it is dangerously rotten. 

Siberian Chiffchaff Goodrington Torbay 17 November 2017 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted November 17th, 2017 at 1:26 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 16th November 2017

Exe Estuary cruise

The first Stuart Lines birdwatching cruise of the season went off well in excellent weather. A juvenile Great Northern Diver was off Cockwood, as was the 'resident' Slavonian Grebe. Red-breasted Mergansers were scarce, but at least 13 Great Crested Grebes was a good total and Shags were plentiful in the outer estuary.

Over 100 Pintail were with hordes of Wigeon at the Clyst mouth. Two Harbour (Common) Seals were hauled out towards Turf, one of them a brownish youngster. Between Turf and Topsham there were good numbers of Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits and Lapwings, joined by 450 Golden Plovers on the mud. 35 Knot got up from the riverbank at Topsham, where there were 2 Kingfishers. As we returned to Exmouth, the Bonaparte’s Gull was feeding off Bull Hill sandbank.

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Dave Smallshire in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

The highlight today was a Red-necked Grebe and Black-necked Grebe off Preston seafront. Around Torbay 9 Great Northern Divers, 4 Great Crested Grebes and 8 Common Scoter

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 3:54 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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