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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: 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

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm 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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