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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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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


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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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