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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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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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