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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

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Roadford Reservoir

Two immature white-winged gulls seen from 3pm to 4.15pm with c 200 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls (plus 30-40 Black-Headed , 20 Great-Black Backed and 10 Herring Gulls ) viewed from visitor centre/cafe car park. Both second-winter Glaucous And second-winter Iceland .Loafing and standing on the shoreline opposite the car park , at other times they sat on the water and showed close together providing good comparison.Both looked at times very white. Together with the report yesterday, does this herald a return to improved gull roost watching for this site ? 

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 5:27 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 20th February 2017


Female/first winter Black Redstart again at Instow harbour where the wall/boulders/concrete path curve round onto the ferry pier. Was feeding mainly around the old wooden pontoons. Flighty. 17:00.

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 5:17 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


As of Sunday, February 19th, the waxwings were still opposite the tile factory, preening high in trees along the southbound verge of the dual carriageway and flying to the central reservation to feed on rosehips. I counted eight of them.


Waxwing feeding on rosehips

Posted February 20th, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Helen Evans in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 19th February 2017

Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear is still showing well at Leas Foot Beach, Thurlestone, this afternoon 19-02-17


Posted February 19th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Great White Egret

Whilst carrying out the second days Willow Tit Survey at Arlington it was a reward to see the GWE downstream of the lower lake. Made up for not one WT or Marsh Tit.

Posted February 19th, 2017 at 3:39 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 18th February 2017

Broadands & Haldon

A run out to Broadsands with Keith Male this morning initially to Broadsands joining the growing numbers of birders looking for the reported Pacific Diver that did not show ( or at least not while we were there), two distant Divers were deemed to be Red Throated Divers, two Black Necked Grebe showed well, a solitary Common Scoter, Fulmer, and very distant Razorbills and Guillemots were all added to the days list.
Male Cirl Bunting in the rear car park.
Onto the Haldon Forest park and after some more waiting the reported female Brambling showed very briefly, thirty plus Siskin, GSWP, two Nuthatch, two Song Thrush.
At home two soaring Raven, female Siskin on the feeders along with female Reed Bunting and Nuthatch.

Posted February 18th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 17th February 2017


 8 Purple Sandpipers this morning in flocks of 3, 2 & 3 between Capstone Point & Ilfracombe Harbour.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 9:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Long-tailed duck on Taw estuary one mile west of Taw Bridge.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 2:18 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay and Heathfield

After enjoying the Pacific Diver along side a Black-throated this morning on a "mill pond" sea, 11 Waxwings seen at their usual spot opposite the tile factory.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 1:58 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


The Pacific Diver was still present this morning, initially associating with a Black-throated Diver. 2-3 Black-necked Grebes and a distant Great Northern Diver.

Posted February 17th, 2017 at 12:13 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 16th February 2017


The diver detailed below was a juv/1stw Pacific Diver (if accepted first for Devon) also 1 Black-throated Diver further out in bay.



Posted February 16th, 2017 at 6:45 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


 6 Cattle Egrets, found by Josh Marshall just outside Totnes on the road to Ashprington at SX797593, still present at 13.25 this afternoon (along with 3 Little Egrets). Look from the gate on the right immediately after the two roadside pillars.

At Staverton WTW this afternoon, one, possible two, Yellow browed warblers, Firecrest, around 10 Goldcrests but a reduction in Chiffchaffs to just 5.

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around the Axe

Red Kite flew south east over Seaton at 12:15. It was a distinctive bird with a primary missing on the right wing and its left tail fork worn off - so look out for it, be great to track its movements.

This afternoon at 13:45 a lovely second-winter Iceland Gull on the Axe Estuary, showing well from Coronation Corner.

Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull

Red Kite
Red Kite

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 2:45 pm by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Staverton WTW

Still one Yellow Browed warbler this afternoon although quite elusive. 10+ Chiffchaffs and similar numbers of Goldcrests.  

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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