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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

Tuesday 21st March 2017

Slapton Sands

Photos of Terns and Pomarine Skua seen today 

Pomarine Skua
Pomarine Skua

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 9:18 pm by Henry Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Sands

Two sub-adult Pomarine Skuas (possibly 3) 

5 Sandwich Terns

Plus 5 harbour porpoises and distant views of the Humpback Whale 

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Rupert and Henry Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Jack Snipe Dawlish Warren

Present again today on main pond. View from main track, its on island near boats

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 11:47 am by Steve Ayres in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Exmouth - Osprey viewed from Mudbank - flew into Powderham Park carrying fish @ 0625'ish.

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 6:41 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 20th March 2017

Cattle Egrets - Powderham

2 Cattle Egrets and 1 Little Egret still mid pm in corner field north west of Powderham Church.


Posted March 20th, 2017 at 3:51 pm by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

11.30 onwards, Little Gull showing well on water in front of RSPB hide. Also Green sandpiper showing on far left hand side,in the foam.

Posted March 20th, 2017 at 1:37 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 19th March 2017

Prawle Point

First seawatch of the year from 7.10 to 11.10am in strong WSW winds force 5-6, dull at first , and misty to the horizon, then later sunny.

1 Balearic Shearwater; 7 Manx Shearwaters; 1 Puffin, all west and  2 Black-Throated Divers east. Also strong passage of Kittiwakes west : I counted 154 but likely more as some faded into the mist. Also 29 Fulmars west and at least 2 Harbour Porpoises, 4 Dolphin sp. (probably Common) , a Grey Seal though no Whales ! Only passerines of note were 2 singing Chiffchaffs.No Wheatears for me yet.

At Slapton I saw a Slow Worm near the Lower Ley.

Posted March 19th, 2017 at 7:06 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around the Exe

Bowling Green Marsh ~ Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, Sand Martin in good numbers with a few House Martins mixed in, duck sp included Pintail, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler and Mallard, Heron, Little Egret, Curlew, Black Tailed Godwit.

From the viewing platform ~ Wren, 16 Black Tailed Godwit on the mud and another 80+ flying over towards the marsh and upper river, Little Egret 2, Curlew 3+, Shellduck 3+, Redshank and a pair of Red Breasted Merganser.

Goosemoor ~ the Spotted Redshank with 6 Greenshank and a Curlew, 5 Little Egret.

Powderham ~ Cattle Egret along with 5 little Egret.


Posted March 19th, 2017 at 2:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 18th March 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

This morning at Bowling Green the Green Sandpiper was still there, on the opposite side of the water from the hide.The most impressive bird today by far would be a 1st Winter Little Gull which did not really settle down apart from when it was preening in with the Redshanks.

Other birds include: pintail, grey heron, shoveler, gadwall, little egret, teal, wigeon, coot, curlew, black-headed and herring gulls, pied wagtail, black-tailed godwit, sand martin, tufted duck, shelduck, redshank, canada geese, wood pigeon, robin, blackbird and greenfinch.

Posted March 18th, 2017 at 3:20 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Yellow-browed warbler still at the WTW with singing chiffchaffs

Posted March 18th, 2017 at 10:43 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 17th March 2017

Garganey at Slapton

After visiting South Huish Marsh on the hunt for Garganey, we were informed that there were some at Slapton/Strete Gate, so off we went. We located a snoozing pair on the pond at Strete Gate, and managed a couple of record shots from between the reeds. Other birds of note were 1 singing male blackcap, approx 20 sandmartins, 4 little gebes and a peacock butterfly

Record shot through reeds
Record shot through reeds

Posted March 17th, 2017 at 9:11 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 15th March 2017


 At Teigngrace at least thirteen Egrets around Blatchford Farm of which at least six were Cattle Egret.


Posted March 15th, 2017 at 5:55 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill and river Taw.

Glossy Ibis , 4 Cattle Egrets and1 1 Little Egrets in the Oaks at the top of Fremington pill at 10 a.m. On return ,at 11-50 Ibis feeding in stream at the sluice gate.    58 Black tailed Godwits, 3 Greenshank and 30+ Redshank, Two of the Godwits were coming into summer plumage. On the river Taw, off Saltpill pond a 1st winter/juv  Glaucous Gull flew downstream.While on the pond a Cettis Warbler sang and a male Reed Bunting showed well.

Posted March 15th, 2017 at 1:24 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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