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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

Friday 21st April 2017

Peter Tavy - Red Kite

Red Kite circling high over Peter Tavy this morning around 9.45 for 10 minutes then flew off northwards over the Moors (distant shots only)

Red Kite

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Red Kite

Posted April 21st, 2017 at 2:36 pm by Andy Brown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 19th April 2017

Soar and South Huish

Soar lacked any great numbers of migrants but managed: 14 Wheatears, 9 Whitethroats, 6 Willow warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps and 2 House Martins.

On South Huish Marsh, the juv / 1st-s Iceland Gull, 3 Garganeys (2 drakes and a duck), 7+ Cattle Egrets, Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrels, Sedge Warbler and 2 House Martins; and over the sea, 5 Sandwich Terns.   

Little of note at South Milton Ley.

Posted April 19th, 2017 at 4:11 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 18th April 2017

Lundy (yesterday)

The Night Heron was still on Lundy yesterday afternoon, Monday 17th.

Posted April 18th, 2017 at 11:33 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 17th April 2017

South Huish Marsh and Soar

South Huish Marsh, early am: Iceland Gull and Garganey still present, 4 Cattle Egrets, 5 Wheatears, singing Sedge Warbler etc.

East and Middle Soar, mid-am: 7 Wheatears, singing Whitethroat, steady trickle of Swallows passing through etc.

Posted April 17th, 2017 at 1:50 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 16th April 2017

Yes Tor

2 Dotterel between Yes tor and High Willhays .Both in breeding plumage.

Posted April 16th, 2017 at 4:04 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green/Gooosemoor

Arrived at Goosemoor as the tide was coming in, which pushed the Spotted Redshank in towards the viewing area. It was feeding well, with lots of preening in between. Counted 11 Greenshank and around 11 Little Egret. A Whimbrel dropped in briefly, but flew towards Bowling Green Marsh after around 5 minutes. From the Goat Walk 5 Little Terns were feeding just off Turf Lock (thanks to Keith B. for the tip off) and from the Viewing Platform a Sandwich Tern was perched on the buoy. Back at the hide, 3 Ruff were visible and feeding alongside the Godwit flock, which included around 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin (some in Summer plumage), the Whimbrel and 3 Buzzards which were spooking the flock. A very productive morning for me as I went to photograph the Spotted Redshank.

Spotted Redshank and Greenshank Ruff


Posted April 16th, 2017 at 3:01 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 15th April 2017

Prawle Saturday 15th April

No sign of yesterday's early morning Serin found by Pat M. Seawatch highlights were : 4 Bonxies,  1 Black-Throated Diver, 1 Whimbrel, 9 Sandwich Terns west, 2 East, 7 Common Scoter east, 8 Manx Shearwaters west.

8 Wheatears, 1 Sand Martin , 2 House Martins and (from 12 to 1pm) 70 plus Swallows came in off the sea heading north.2 Willow Warblers singing. (Yesterday Pat M had seen a Whinchat and 3 Whitethroats.)

Of interest still 12 Cattle Egrets in the Chivelstone Cross area near the wind turbine.( 11 captured in the image below)

Cattle Egrets, Chivelstone Cross

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 11:46 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar, South Milton and South Huish

At Soar this morning, Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 9 Wheatears and 12 Swallows.

2 Reed Warblers singing at South Milton Ley and at South Huish Marsh: Iceland Gull (juv), Garganey (drake), Cattle Egret (2 in attractive summer plumage), Dunlin, Swallow (25+), Sand Martin (4), Sedge Warbler, Wheatear and Shoveler (drake).

Cattle Egret Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret                                         Cattle Egret

Posted April 15th, 2017 at 6:48 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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