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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 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:

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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

Monday 18th December 2017

Late News, Goosemoor. Bearded Tits.16th Dec 2017

Showing well in scope from third viewing section coming in under railway bridge, pics heavily cropped

Female  Male
                Female                                                                              Male

Posted December 18th, 2017 at 9:52 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Red-necked Grebe again off Preston,  also in bay 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Northern Divers, 24 Common Scoter, 2 Tufted Ducks, 1 Teal and 14 Great Crested Grebes. Some distant Dolphins (about 8) out in bay - I guess the Common Dolphin that have been seen over the weekend.

Posted December 18th, 2017 at 10:00 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 15th December 2017


At least 4 Bearded Tits on the reeds far side of the pool from the shelter near the railway cycle bridge this afternoon.

Bearded Tit Bearded Tit Bearded Tit
Bearded Tit


Posted December 15th, 2017 at 7:44 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymouth Sound

Kayak trip round Plymouth Sound

1 Knot

2 Purple Sandpiper

1 Common Sandpiper

3 Black Redstart (Plymouth Ho)

Purple Sandpiper Purple Sandpiper and Knot
Purple Sandpiper                                      Purple Sandpiper and Knot

Posted December 15th, 2017 at 5:04 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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