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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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am 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).

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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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