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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/guide_to_record_submission

Please send your records to Karen Sims data.manager@devonbirds.org and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands recorder@devonbirds.org

Best wishes and good birding for 2020

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Sightings Page Guidelines

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something you would like to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

  

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

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! 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

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

Cornworthy

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

Broadsands

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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