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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here.

Please send your records to Karen Sims and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands

Best wishes and good birding for 2020.

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! 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

Monday 13th November 2017

East Budleigh

Finally caught up with the possible Italian Sparrow today at 8:30am. It was on the roof of the shed to the right of the feeder that has been set up on Wynards Road. Lots of bird life there to keep me entertained while I was waiting with 28 other species recorded. Question with this bird is will it be accepted? For me the plumage looks very good but without DNA it’s hard to say 100% and it could simply be a House X Tree. It would make a great addition to the British list though as we adopt IOC from January and they treat it as a distinct species. I guess you could debate that all day too? None the less an interesting bird and a big well done must be given to Chris Townsend for his effort in sorting out viewing and taking in to account the residents needs.

Posted November 13th, 2017 at 8:16 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 10th November 2017

Countess Wear

10 Cattle egrets came into roost at the sewage works / old sludge beds. Arrived in a group of 6 and a group of 4. Also 2 Little egrets. 51 Cormorants roosting on the Countess Wear pylon.

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 7:19 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

R Otter - Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis flew over us about 11 am this morning.  Tried to fly against the N wind, but appeared to give up, circled round White Bridge, then flew S down the river.  We tried to relocate it later on the scrapes, but no sign.  Only other bird of particular note was a perched Kingfisher, giving stunning views from White Bridge..

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Colin Randall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A trip up to Haldon Forrest this morning with Keith Male gave two Brambling feeding on the roadside with a flock of Chaffinch.

We eventually caught up with numerous birders and the reported Hawfinch's the largest flock seen consisting of 16 birds.

Lots of Goldcrest, Jay and one Nuthatch.

On the way home on the road to Chudleigh near Milestone Cross a Goshawk flew across a field as we drove by.


Posted November 10th, 2017 at 1:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Bittern seen twice in Higher Ley from Slapton Bridge between 07:00-07:40. Little Grebe Graveyard Pool and another 15 in Ireland Bay. 5 Firecrests between the bridge and Quarry. Offshore a Great Northern Diver and 13 Common Scoters.

Posted November 10th, 2017 at 11:04 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 9th November 2017

Torbay, Three Beaches Headland

1 Black-throated Diver present with 2 Great Northern Divers this afternoon off Three Beaches Headland Goodrington. There were an additional 4 Great Northern Divers, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Eider & 8 Common Scoter.

Posted November 9th, 2017 at 2:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Valley

The Dusky Warbler was present around the willows of the top lake first thing this morning but very quickly moved across into the bracken going up the hill. It then made a rapid move through undergrowth (I could track it by its call) until lost some 400-450m away from the ponds, I don't think its coming back from that point!

Video of it calling on the move.. 

Cetti's Warbler still present around the lakes.

Posted November 9th, 2017 at 2:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 8th November 2017

Soar & South Huish

Wood Pigeon movement at Soar this morning consisted of c14k birds generally going west. I Only saw 2 Stock Doves amongst them but many flocks distant. Also over: c30 Chaffinches, Siskin & 2 Bramblings. Otherwise, Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Firecrest, 3 Goldcrests & Bullfinch.

On South Huish Marsh, a juv Spoonbill, 5 Cattle Egrets & Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted November 8th, 2017 at 5:04 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes Paignton

A stroll around Clennon Lakes was livened up by some quiet 'tacking' coming from a willow island on lake 2 - exactly where I found a Dusky Warbler in the 1990's. After what seemed like an age the bird popped up on the sunny side of the willows, low, just above the water - indeed it was another another Dusky Warbler mine and the lakes third record!

It was not as vocal as previous birds but did call a lot as it moved from one location to another, showing best from the footpath with the sun behind me. Beware there is also a Cettis Warbler in the same area (much more rufous than the Dusky Warbler).

 Dusky Warbler Clennon Lakes Nov 8th 2017 ML  Dusky Warbler sketch Clennon Lakes Nov 8th 2017 ML Dusky Warbler Clennon Lakes Nov 8th 2017 ML 

Posted November 8th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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