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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of 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.

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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
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

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

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

For help with ID email photos to

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