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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

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.  

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

Sunday 31st December 2017

Exeter area

The drake American Wigeon on Matford (north) lake with c90 Wigeon; also Green Sandpiper.

Exminster marshes held large flocks of Black-tailed Godwits, Wigeon and Golden Plover.

At Haldon forest, c8 Hawfinches in their usual spot.

Posted December 31st, 2017 at 5:40 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


seen kite north devon today sunday31dec

Posted December 31st, 2017 at 3:00 pm by Les Breame in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury Point

1st W Glaucous Gull in large mixed flock of gulls feeding on  beach just east of outfall pipe at Wembury Point, 08:45 today. Record shot (central bird) taken in poor light.

Posted December 31st, 2017 at 12:33 pm by John Bishop in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 30th December 2017

Paignton Zoo

The Yellow-browed Warbler was picked up freshly dead near the Zoo entrance yesterday morning, following the thunder and lightening storms over night. (thanks to Simon Tonge for the information)

Posted December 30th, 2017 at 4:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 29th December 2017


10 Common Scoter off Roundham Head this morning (25 yesterday evening) and a single Great Skua out in the bay chasing everything from Gannets to gulls. 2 Black-necked Grebes off Preston/Paignton Beach.

Posted December 29th, 2017 at 4:07 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 28th December 2017


Flock of approx 80 Common Scoter off Teignmouth this pm

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Posted December 28th, 2017 at 7:54 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 27th December 2017

Haldon Hawfinches

A flock of eight or so Hawfinches today under the pylons at the Butterfly Walk at Haldon Forest Park. Sorry to the nice couple who showed me exactly where they should be - on the Hornbeam trees - as the flock arrived just as you drove off.

Posted December 27th, 2017 at 11:45 pm by David Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 26th December 2017


Broadsands/Goodrington: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 16 Great Grested and 2 Black-necked Grebes, 19 Common Scoter, 4 Great Northern Divers, 80+ Auks (mostly Razorbills). Also 17 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park and 1 Firecrest in the marsh between the car parks

Preston /Paignton: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver.  110+ Auks (majority Razorbills)

Posted December 26th, 2017 at 10:36 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 24th December 2017

Slapton Sandsa

2 Great Northern Divers close in offshore.

Posted December 24th, 2017 at 2:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Horsey Island

Aft at low tide - 1 Ruff with leg / ankle injury on it's own with a further

9 Ruff together a few 100 metres apart. 14 Barwits,1 Spoonbill & 886 Lapwing. 1000 + Golden Plover overhead.


Posted December 23rd, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Youngs Park

 Young's Park, White Cheeked Pintail


Posted December 23rd, 2017 at 3:36 pm by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 22nd December 2017

East Budleigh & Exeter areas

The Italian (type) Sparrow still around the feeders in its’ usual spot in East Budleigh this morning where a Hawfinch flew over. Ladram Bay produced c100 Fieldfares, c500 Linnets, 20+ Reed Buntings, Blackcap, 2 Red-throated Divers and 2 Harbour Porpoises. 

This afternoon at Haldon, 8+ Hawfinches gave prolonged views by the Butterfly Walk.

No sign of any Bearded Tits first thing, however.

Posted December 22nd, 2017 at 6:12 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


The Red-necked Grebe was again off Preston seafront (looking toward Torquay) also 2 Black-necked Grebes on at Preston and another over toward Broadsands. 3 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 11 Common Scoter. The hightlight was of good numbers of Common Dolphin in several medium to small pods all over Torbay somewhere between 90 and 120 but difficult to get an accurate count on such dispersed pods

Posted December 22nd, 2017 at 12:58 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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