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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, 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.

If anyone saw 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.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

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 Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

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.

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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 14th March 2017

Mount Gould, Plymouth

A Yellow-browed Warbler briefly in my garden early afternoon; I also heard it a number of times in neighbouring gardens.

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 7:58 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Man Samds

The 1st w/s Surf Scoter was again just south of Crabrock Point Man Sands this morning developing its plumage nicely. Also 2 Velvet Scoter with approx 300 Common Scoter.

1st w/s Syrf Scoter Man Sands 14 March 2017

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 9:48 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 13th March 2017

Berry Head

Late afternoon at Berry Head (after the Humpback Whale had gone back to Start Bay!) a 2w Iceland Gull and three early House Martins.

.2nd winter Iceland GullHouse Martin

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 8:12 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Bumped into  Mark D this evening at Berry Head he had seen a 2nd w Iceland Gull off the end of the Headland. It was still there when I arrived - until dusk.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 8:01 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolt Head to Goat Rock

Spring arrivals: Cracking male Wheatear on Bolt Head, three singing Chiffchaffs in Fir Wood & tired male Sparrowhawk on slopes by Goat Rock - almost certainly a migrant just in off the sea. Also: 6 Painted Ladies on the warm south-facing slopes.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 12th March 2017

Wheatear at Berry Head

After all the whale watching I finally managed to find my first 2017 Wheatear, perched on the wall around the Guardhouse cafe, around 9.15am.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 1:50 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 11th March 2017

Topsham Rec

Further to my earlier post, I was surprised to find 7 Cattle egrets on the estuary at Topsham Rec at midday.  They soon flew off E towards the Clyst.  I assume that the 4 I saw flying up river earlier that morning connected with another 3 and returned to the Rec. But given the numbers around there could have been 11 in the area.  The Long-tailed duck was still on the river.

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler showing well today - more than the usual Stonechats & Skylarks

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 4:35 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


4 Cattle egrets flew down river over Exminster Marshes, circled around over Topsham Rec and flew back up river at 10:15. Long-tailed duck still present.

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 11:05 am by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 10th March 2017

Slapton Sands

Great View of Bonxie just offshore harassing the gulls. Also several Harbour Porpoises but no sign of Humpback although there was a report mid pm.

Posted March 10th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 9th March 2017

Bowling Green Marsh - Cattle Egrets

When I arrived at the hide this lunchtime there were 2 Cattle Egrets towards the back of the marsh along with 1 Little Egret. Unfortunately, they flew off towards the estuary when a Buzzard spooked them at about 1.55.

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 2:19 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 8th March 2017


A rather pale, grey-and-white Chiffchaff briefly in the garden this morning. Anyone care to ID to race?

'Grey' Chiffchaff (tristis/abietinus/fulvescens)
'Grey' Chiffchaff (tristis/abietinus/fulvescens)

Eds: Shows characteristics of 'Siberian' Chiffchaff 'tristis'

Posted March 8th, 2017 at 8:47 am by Jason Smart in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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