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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Tuesday 7th February 2017

South Huish

Whilst watching the 2 Eurasian (or is it Russian ?) White-Fronted Geese and distant Water Pipit on the marsh, an Iceland Gull (second year) flew in and landed in front of us on the water, then promptly flew off , out to sea, after about a minute ! Just enough time for a record image. Hopefully it might hang around.



Posted February 7th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 6th February 2017

Staverton WTW

Yellow browed warbler still present and showing well at 10.00 a.m. Also 8 Chiffchaffs.

Posted February 6th, 2017 at 11:18 am by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A fantastic mirror like sea in Torbay and leaden sky made for perfect viewing conditions: 9 Eider, 102 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavoinian Grebe, 2 Black-throated Divers, 5 Great Northern Divers, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) and 1 Lapwing.

Posted February 6th, 2017 at 10:56 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 5th February 2017


Couldn't find the Red-necked Grebe but the Black-throated Diver was still present mid-afternoon along with two Black-necked Grebes.

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

White Fronted Geese ~ South Huish

Aveton Gifford,  South Efford Marsh ~ Kingfisher 2, Mallard 60+ Teal 30+, Wigeon 85+, Shell duck 2, Little Egret 4, Redshank 7, Greenshank 3, Little Grebe 1, Curlew 24, Black Headed Gull 110+, Black Tailed Godwit 1, Moorhen 3, Lesser Black Back Gull 2, Greater Black Back Gull 3, Common Sandpiper 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Song Thrush 2.


South Milton, South Huish Marsh ~ White Fronted Goose 2, Canadian Goose 50+, Water Pipit 1, Greater Black Back Gull 2, Lesser Black Back Gull 4,  Little Egret 1, Moorhen 3, Kestrel 1 , Buzzard 1, good numbers of Teal and Wigeon.

Back home at South Brent Nuthatch and two female Siskins on the feeders.

Posted February 5th, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 4th February 2017

Desert Wheatear, Thurlstone

The Desert Wheatear at Thurlstone today.

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 9:14 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay Coastal

Marine Parade, Paignton ~ 24 Turnstone, 30 Oyster Catcher, a Great Crested Grebe flew past towards Goodrington and a very distant view of what I believe was a large flock of Scoter duck which were lost from view once they landed on the sea.

Goodrington beach ~ Drake Eider Duck.

Broadsands / Elberry ~A counted flock of 110 Great Crested Grebe that were in company with 5 Velvet Scoter. Two seperate Black Necked Grebe, 3 Razorbill, Eider duck, 6 Fulmar, Cormorant and Shag.


Brixham Break Water ~ Raven, 3+ Guillemot, 7+ Razorbill, 2 Turnstone, 7 Purple Sandpiper and 2 Rock Pipit.

Berry Head ~ The highlight were 7 Harbour Porpoise including one calf that at times had Gannet over them diving for fish, 2 Rock Pipit, movement of Guillemot, good numbers of Fulmar showing.


From the hide the Guillemot colony had well over 500 birds on the cliff and 15+ Fulmar, female Sparrow Hawk overhead.


Posted February 4th, 2017 at 4:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teignmouth Seafront

The Bonapartes Gull is on Teignmouth seafront this morning close-in flying up and down the beach. Not much else though.

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 11:31 am by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


The Red-necked Grebe was again back in Elberry Cove this morning also 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver. Over toward Goodrington 128 Great Crested Grebes and 5 Velvet Scoter.

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 10:54 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Yellow-browed warbler still present at the sewage works

Posted February 4th, 2017 at 10:34 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 1st February 2017


A morning visit to the residential estate at Heathfield gave twelve Waxwings which proved to be very mobile around the estate as well as making the odd visit to the usual site on the A38, while on the estate the birds again observed to be “hawking” for flying insects from the taller trees, a female Siskin seen sharing a tree with the Waxwings at one point. Some of the HGV drivers passing the A38 site have started giving long blasts on their HGV's horns which scare the birds off and give the twitch to some birders to say the least.


Yarner Wood (Pond hide) Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Siskin and the usual expected species.

Teigngrace gave a flock of twelve Egrets flying over and landing at Blatchford farm, which when viewed properly gave two Cattle Egret and ten Little Egret.


Forty plus Pied Wagtails on a fodder field strip and a very pale Buzzard.

Stover Country Park, on the lake, five Goosander, eight Pochard, ten plus Tufted Duck, from the feed station walk way four plus Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, three Bullfinch, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and a male Greenfinch. On leaving a mixed Tit flock containing four Long Tailed Tits.


Back home at South Brent the resident pair of Buzzards soaring and displaying despite the weather.

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 4:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


5 Velvet Scoter and 80+ Great Crested Grebes over toward Goodrington Beach today, and 2 Black-necked Grebes off Elberry Headland in toward Elberry Cove.

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 10:37 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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