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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

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

Thursday 14th December 2017


Looking toward Goodrington from Broadsands produced the following: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 19 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 13 Common Scoter. Over toward Paignton 800+ Gannets diving and on Harbour Porpoise.

In the Marsh at Broadsands 1 Firecrest 2 Chiffchaff & 1 Water Rail.

Posted December 14th, 2017 at 12:05 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


In the garden in Exmouth parakeet feeding on nut feeder 9.45 am Thurs 14th December,  not seen one in 20 years in exmouth

Posted December 14th, 2017 at 10:25 am by david in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Paignton Zoo

I met up with Simon Tonge in Paignton Zoo this morning to look for a Yellow-browed Warbler that has been present on the Howler Monkey Island and lakes around the area since Friday last week. The bird showed very well after about 30 mins - but no calls. Apparently it has been calling in the mornings and evenings. The island is opposite the hot houses and restaurant just over the board walk as you exit the shop and entrance.  

Posted December 13th, 2017 at 9:50 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 12th December 2017

Great Haldon

Just one Hawfinch visible at the top of the pylon ride this morning, close to the Belvedere to Trusham road. Later, 25 Crossbills feeding in larches and pines near the first gateway on the right down the Chudleigh road. I checked calls and as many of the feeding birds as possible through the scope, but sadly none of them sounded or looked like Parrot Crossbills! One immature male (see below) had faint pale wing bars.

Male Hawfinch  Common Crossbill immature male, with pale wing bars

Male Hawfinch                                                     Immature male Common Crossbill with pale wing bars

Posted December 12th, 2017 at 2:11 pm by Dave Smallshire in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 11th December 2017

Clennon Lakes

One of the Siberian Chiffchaffs is still around today present on the stream down below the lower lake, at least 9 'collybita' Chiffchafs also present, 1 Firecrest and 6 Goldcrest. 

Posted December 11th, 2017 at 3:39 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Winkleigh (Sports Centre)

6 Brambling feeding with 4 chaffinch on leaf litter 08.15, on verge immediately on left as you come out of sports centre onto the main road.

Posted December 11th, 2017 at 8:27 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 10th December 2017


Doing WEBS survey on River Dart this morning, there was a Spoonbill with the Herons on the beach on opposite bank to the entrance of Bow Creek. 

Spoonbill Dart Est 101217 KDr

Posted December 10th, 2017 at 12:07 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 9th December 2017


From Broadsands: 1 Red-necked Grebe (flushed by the Brixham rowing boat which went in close to Elberry Cove, the grebe headed back toward Preston), 3 Black-necked Grebes, 13 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Black-throated Divers (between Goodrington and Broadsands), 1 Red-throated Diver (Goodrington), 13 Common Scoter (off Roundham Head), 8 Shelduck, at least 12 Great Northern Divers in Torbay at the moment mostly between Goodrington and Broadsands.

Also at Broadsands in the 2nd car park 21 Cirl Buntings on seed, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Firecrest, & 3 Chiffchaff. 

Posted December 9th, 2017 at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Uphams plantation Woodbury Common

Both myself and Matt have been keeping an eye on the Crossbills on Woodbury and Bicton Commons for a few weeks. We have both noted some deeper sounding calls but have only had fly over sightings or sightings of common Crossbill. However yesterday I finally came across 6 perched on a tree top and was instantly drawn to a female that looked to have a larger head. The views were distant so I slowly edged nearer. Got to a point that I knew I could have good views. Scanned with bins first and noted the larger lower mandible too. So set my scope up and was able to get a positive ID as a Parrot Crossbill. I don’t own a camera so was just putting my phone up to the scope and they flew. The area in question is the Uphams plantation. This is located as follows. From Four firs cross to Yettington road. The second car park on the left (the first one is for the model airplane area). Once in the car park head north and the plantation is just after you go down and up a dip in the path. The birds were on the first fir tree on the plantation you come to and flew towards the aircraft car park.

Posted December 9th, 2017 at 10:54 am by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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