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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

 
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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
 
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
 
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
 
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
 
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
 
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

Membership

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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.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Slapton Sands Humpback, Saturday 25 Feb

Images taken at Slapton on Saturday 25 Feb by Carole Leigh

Humpback being followed by porpoise Humpback blowing Humpback close in to the beach
Humpback being followed by porpoise                  Humpback blowing                    Humpback close in to the beach

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 2:44 pm by Carole Leigh in Other Wildlife

Sunday 26th February 2017

Start Bay Whale Watching

Humpback whale continuing to show late afternoon today.  Seen about 150m offshore below Strete Gate to Strete coast path at 4:15pm.  Surfaced 4 times moving east, followed by deep dive showing tail flukes.  Sadly too distant to photograph but easy to follow with binoculars.

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 6:33 pm by Chris Tickle in Other Wildlife

Humpback at Slapton

Humpback quite close to shore at Torcross from 15:00 - 15:30 (didn't need binoculars to see the blows and it surfacing) and it then travelled up towards Strete Gate close to shore. 

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 6:03 pm by George and Lesley Carr in Other Wildlife

HUMPBACK WHALE

Humpback whale sightings on friday lunch time by memorial carpark

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 8:07 am by Roger Backway in Other Wildlife

Saturday 25th February 2017

Humpback in Start Bay facts

You may have read in the press or heard on the news there is concern over the welfare of this animal. There is no cause for alarm, it's quite healthy and feeding. It is now searching a larger area (from Start Point to Blackpool Sands) for food than previous days, which may indicate the food source is dispersing in the southwesterly winds, so enjoy while its still here. An American expert has commented that the fact it is raising its flukes is the sign of a healthy animal and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue have written this factual statement (better than certain media coverage):   BDMLR statement

Humpback WhaleHumpback Whale blow hole

Photo from yesterday showing the front of the Humpback and its double blow hole - why they have a 'bushy' or 'mushroom' shaped blow.

Posted February 25th, 2017 at 4:37 pm by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

Friday 24th February 2017

Slapton Sands

The Humpback Whale still showing very well to late afternoon, extremely close at times to the delight of gathering crowds including many children after school. A fantastic beast!

Earlier the Black-necked Grebe - almost in full summer plumage - very close in shore and 2 or 3 Harbour Porpoises further out. 

Humpback Whale Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 8:47 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

Whale Watching at Slapton Sands

Humpback showing well close-in off Slapton Beach this pm - attracting hundreds of watchers!! Also several Harbour Porpoises & 2 Grey Seals. Other attractions were Black-throated Diver & Razorbill on sea!! 

Also both White-fronted Geese back on South Huish Marsh & 4 Cattle Egrets by Horwell House - a good twitch day!!

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Humpback Whale - Start Bay 23/02/17

On 23rd February a Humpback Whale was feeding close offshore in Start Bay with a large feeding frenzy of seabirds, mainly gulls and Gannets. Other cetaceans attracted to the fish included several Harbour Porpoise and Common Dolphins; and a Grey Seal. The food source appeared to be a large shoal of Herring and Mackerel - an angler fishing off the beach was catching many every cast.

(photos are all zoomable showing both unique marking on both sides and tail flukes).

Humpback Whale blowHumpback Whale - leftside markingsHumpback Whale - rightside markingsHumpback Whale - dive and flukes

Thanks to Perry and Mike for alerting me to a whale sp. presence. Is this the same animal that was reported as a Minke on 22nd and the same day? Any pictures of the Minke please?

If the food source remains hopefully it will stay to give others a rare opportunity to see this magnificent animal off Devon.  A nice present after the storm I'll call 'Doris day'!

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 8:34 am by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Humpbacked Whale

Start Bay

Humpback Whale

 

Humpback Whale

Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 10:43 pm by Alan Doidge in Other Wildlife

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