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2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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 - Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am 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

Buckfastleigh

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

Dartington

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: https://youtu.be/hfpT8UsS-lc   &  https://youtu.be/3k65cDWgH50 

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

Buckfastleigh

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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