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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: 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


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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

Monday 13th February 2017

Elberry Cove

Today at Elberry Cove: Shag, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Eider, 1 Slavonian Grebe, c3 Oystercatcher (at Broadsands).

Posted February 13th, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ashprington & Cornworthy

Fork Cross, Nr Harberton, female Sparrow hawk hunting the hedgerows.

Bowden Pillars Nr Totnes, Flock of 100plus Linnet with a few Goldfinch and later joined by a Chaffinch flock, Nineteen Mallard, four of nine Little Egret seen over the general area and a raven overhead.

River Dart from Sharpham, 100 plus Canadian Geese, four Shell duck, Heron, roost of Herring and Black Headed Gull containing one Common Gull and a flock of Redwing .

Ashprington, WTW ~ female Peregrine falcon over the valley, Song Thrush, three Wren and a Dunnock.

Ashprington along the river, four Little Grebe, four Moorhen, one Grey Wagtail, one Common Sandpiper.

Cornworthy WTW ~ The reported Yellow Browed Warbler initially calling and then showing very well, a very vocal little bird, at least four Chiffchaff and one Siberian sp, and a male Bullfinch.


Posted February 13th, 2017 at 3:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 12th February 2017

Iceland Gull, Langstone Rock, Dawlish

Peter Leigh found this lovely adult Iceland gull off Langstone Rock this afternoon (12 Feb17). We took plenty of photographs, all a bit grainy in the failing light, but ok.  These particular shots are Carole's.


Posted February 12th, 2017 at 6:25 pm by Carole Leigh in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

Charleton Marsh-Curlew Drive ( 08:00-11:40, falling tide )

In Charleton Sewage Works a Blackcap and still at least 14 Chiffchaffs including the probable Siberian. On the estuary 125 Brent Geese, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Little Grebes, Slavonian Grebe ( Widegates ), c250 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, ( below Curlew Drive ) and a first winter Little Gull flying around the Saltstone before heading up Frogmore Creek.

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 1:55 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cornworthy and Ashprington

2 Cattle Egrets found by the Totnes - Ashprington road in muddy field with cows opposite entrance to Bowden House at 10.20am- also 6 Little Egrets. 

Nearby the Yellow-Browed Warbler still showing really well at Cornworthy sewage works in constant view in bare bramble bush by filter bed- also 3 Chiffchaffs.

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 1:25 pm by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mountbatten/Hooe Lake/Radford Park

1 GN Diver off Mountbatten Pier this morn

Hooe Lake/Radford Lake area - 7 little grebe, 1 GSW heard drumming, 1 kingfisher, 10 redshank, 2 shelduck, usual spa. 

Posted February 12th, 2017 at 8:32 am by Chris E in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 11th February 2017


Yellow-browed warbler still present with two chiffchaffs at the sewage farm

Posted February 11th, 2017 at 1:26 pm by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 10th February 2017

Staverton WTW

Yellow browed warbler showing well this afternoon. Around 8 Chiffchaffs, 10 Goldcrests and 40 Redwing.

Posted February 10th, 2017 at 4:13 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 8th February 2017

Yarner Wood and the River teign

Yarner and Trendlebere Down ~ a cold and icy start to the day, two flocks of Long Tailed Tit giving a total of 15 birds, at the top of the wood 40 plus Redpoll feeding in the tops of the birch trees, male Bullfinch and Coal Tit.

On the Down in initially five Snipe put up followed by another three which may have been some of the same birds, Heron overhead, Green Woodpecker calling, from the car park area 

Heathfield A38 three Waxwings showing briefly.

Teigngrace six Little Egret and four Cattle Egret at Blatchford farm, along with Pied Wagtail, Redwing, nineteen Magpie and two Canadian Geese.

River Teign ~ Passage House Inn, a pair of Red Breasted Merganser, two Greenshank, seven Redshank one little Egret.

On the sea off of Shaldon a Great Norther Diver.

On the River Teign viewed from around Coombe Cellars, fifteen plus Redbreasted Merganser, two Greenshank, fourteen Redshank, five Avocet the first I have ever seen on the Teign, five Heron, one Little Egret, ninety one Curlew, Gulls included nine Greater Black Back, four plus Common and a Mediterranean coming into summer plumage. Numerous Oyster Catcher and Shellduck.

Back home at South Brent a male Reed Bunting for the third day in a row, Nuthatch and a pair of Siskins on the feeders (Monday gave a male Blackcap).

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Sea a little too contrasty in sunshine and small waves did not make for good viewing conditions however there were: 3 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 80+ Great Crested Grebes, 1 Common Scoter & a 2w Mediterranean Gull on the beach.

9 Cirl Buntings on seed in the back of the 2nd car park and 1 Reed Bunting.

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 2:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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