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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  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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