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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

Sightings Page Changes

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Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Thursday 7th December 2017

Hawfinch at Haldon

7th Dec 2017, Hawfinches feeding all afternoon, still around when we left at 1630hrs

Male Hawfinch feding on Hornbeam  
Male Hawfinch feeding on Hornbeam

Posted December 7th, 2017 at 10:11 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point 28 November

Following the substantial passage of  intermedius or fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gulls on 27 November at Start Point, I returned on the 28 November to try to  take photos of any stragglers.  Three such gulls passed the point that morning; photos of one gull (necessarily taken into the light) are attached below.  In my opinion, the photos show the characteristics of the nominate Larus fuscus fuscus ('Baltic Gull') as opposed to Larus fuscus intermedius.


Eds: despite the against the light photos not being easy to assess the structure of the bird - particularly bill and extent of head streaking - rule out fuscus (currently only ringed birds accepted anyway) at best perhaps intermedius  but could still be graellsii as there is contrast between primaries and the rest of the upperwing see adjusted photo below.

Posted December 7th, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 5th December 2017


Yellow-browed Warbler present again briefly at Bossell Park, Buckfastleigh, late am.

Posted December 5th, 2017 at 3:16 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 4th December 2017

Horsey Island

11 Ruff on Horsey lunchtime today.

Posted December 4th, 2017 at 6:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


At least six Hawfinches feeding in the yews around the old church at Dartington Hall, they could be very elusive their presence only given away by the cracking of the yew kernels.

A bit of video here:   & 

Posted December 4th, 2017 at 2:49 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Lovely views of a Yellow-browed Warbler with Goldcrests and Blue tits at Bossell Park, Buckfastleigh, late am.

Posted December 4th, 2017 at 11:51 am by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Haldon Hawfinchs

The Hawfinchs were showing quite well early-ish morning at Haldon in the same place that they have been seen feeding on the Hornbeams nest to the pylon.

Posted December 3rd, 2017 at 9:43 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

1 Merlin flying low & fast over the sand & mud flats spooking the Dunlin, Greenshank & Black tailed Godwits. Soon settled down again to carry on searching for food. 3 Ruff still present.

Tide flowing in rapidly through the breach in the sea wall from R.Caen as I was leaving. The continuing erosion of the inside of the sea wall on the   Horsey side (see photo). Could be a second breach within a few days or so & with high spring tides the majority of the interior of Horsey will be flooded again.                        


Posted December 3rd, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 1st December 2017

Common Scoter

3 female Common Scoters arrived today at Downend.

Posted December 1st, 2017 at 5:33 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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