Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th June 2017

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

Wednesday 7th June 2017

Soussons and Challacombe area

Whinchat pair, Tree Pipit 6+, Cuckoo 4, Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Redpoll c10, Redstart 3, Great Spotted Woodpecker 6, Siskin 2, Treecreeper and Nuthatch.

At Grenofen later, adult and juv Dippers, and 2 Grey Wagtails. 

Posted June 7th, 2017 at 5:30 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tuesday 6th June 2017

Budleigh Salterton

2 Storm Petrels lingering off the Lime Kiln car park at 16.55 this evening.

Posted June 6th, 2017 at 9:26 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

RSPB, Eminster Marshes

Close encounter with a Hobby this morning.

Posted June 6th, 2017 at 1:47 pm by david cawthraw in General Birding

Hartland Point

1 Great Skua

Posted June 6th, 2017 at 10:46 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Shoalstone Nr Berry Head

Seawatch 1950-2020 yesterday, short seawatch from the shelter during a brief clearance in the rain produced: 2 Storm Petrel, 379 Manx Shearwaters, & 21 Kittiwake

Posted June 6th, 2017 at 8:08 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Monday 5th June 2017


Seawatching 18:45 - 20:30.

2 Storm Petrel (1 south at 19:10, 1 north at 19:45), 4 Pomarine Skua (lingering offshore), 1 small skua sp. (south), 115+ Manx Shearwater, 20+ Kittiwakes and 20+ Fulmar.

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 9:44 pm by Laurie Allnatt in General Birding

Start Point

Seawatch 11.10 - 17.50

Manx Shearwater 1610, Balearic Shearwater, European Storm Petrel 12, Puffin 21, Kittiwake 13 and Sandwich Tern 3. 

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 9:03 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hopes Nose

6-7pm- 1 Storm Petrel and 180 Manx Shearwaters south 

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Berry Head 10.00>15.00

Berry Head watched from 10.00 until heavy rain set in at 15.00 the following were seen all flying south 3 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 13 Puffin, 3 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua & Est. 2000 Manx Shearwater

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Stan Stanbury in General Birding

Red-Backed Shrike at Seaton Wetlands

A male Red-Backed Shrike was present at Seaton Wetlands this am; viewed from the Discovery Hut hide.

Posted June 5th, 2017 at 2:37 pm by Rodney Gayer in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 4th June 2017

Lynton,North Walk and around the valley.

Siskin,3 fledgling wrens,Red Kite,guillemots and razorbills fishing,good numbers of both,meadow pipits,stonechats',at least 8 wheatear,one pair feeding fledglings quite mature,whitethroat,linnets,goldfinch and a few swallows and martins.

Posted June 4th, 2017 at 5:28 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Saturday 3rd June 2017

Exminster Marshes & Yarner

Exminster: Grey Heron, Sedge warbler, Little Egret, Goldfinches, Swallows, Swifts, Chaffinch, Marsh Harrier, Chiffchaff, Canada Geese, Lapwing, Mute Swans, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler & Reed Bunting.

Onto Yarner: Blackcaps, Pied Flycatchers, Song Thrush, Treecreeper, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Linnet, Yellowhammer (inc. one magnificent pure yellow bird), Willow Warbler, Coal Tit, Siskins, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, GSW, Bullfinch.

Usual suspects seen & heard at both locations. A great morning for birding.

Posted June 3rd, 2017 at 9:03 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Exmoor Bird Monitoring Survey

Annual survey on 31 May. Pair of Pied Flycatchers feeding young in a natural tree hole in Badgworthy Wood Malmesmead. Also two signing male Redstarts. A pair of Bullfinch at Lankcombe Ford on the edge of Brendon Common. All on the Devon side of the county boundry.

Posted June 3rd, 2017 at 4:14 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in General Birding


A morning walk on Dousland to princetown cycle path, lots of birds showinig well 3 pairs redstart, wheatear skylark, stonechat and 2 male calling cuckoo one being mobbed by an angry meadow pipit. mike williams , lester snell

Posted June 3rd, 2017 at 1:17 pm by mike williams, in General Birding

Friday 2nd June 2017

Sea off Brixham

Lovely oily calm sea off Brixham yesterday. Fishing was slow, but it gave me good opportunities to see the wildlife. Passed 4 pods of dolphins during the day, with some jumping round the boat. Harbour porpoises off Berry Head. 2 Puffins about 10m off the boat, a rare sight for me. 2 Great Skua seen during the day, one stationing itself about 150m away and then attacking the many gulls (mainly Herring, Great and Lesser Black Backed) and Fulmars, as they took the fish guts we threw overboard. Only one Manx Shearwater seen, but many Razorbill and Guillemot. Highlight for me was the high number of Storm Petrel around the boat, up to 8 at a time, gracefully skimming the water and taking the scraps from the slick we created. A conservative estimate of 20+ during the day. No terns at all during the day, but on a trip 4 days earlier saw a plank float by, crewed by 6 Sandwich Terns, evenly spaced along its length. Really must take a camera to sea to record these sights!

Posted June 2nd, 2017 at 4:42 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Thursday 1st June 2017


A Red Kite was low over the A30 near Meldon this afternoon at about 5pm

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 10:07 pm by Nik Ward in General Birding


three male and one female cuckoos present showing quite well , no  thanks to the people playing cuckoo recordings ,out of order and totally unnecessary ,  plenty of redstarts about, hobby around the bennets cross area.

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 8:39 pm by gray clements in General Birding

More info at Soar

Is there any more info on the Honey Buzzard reported yesterday at Soar Mill Hotel. Needed if it is to be added to the patch report. Just to note there is a pair of Buzzards here, one with a primary missing.

Info to:


Posted June 1st, 2017 at 3:32 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Red kite over Gaya trust,Lower Yelland farm.

Red kite high over reserve drifting off towards Barnstaple.    Lesser Whitethroat still singing near Isley marsh.

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 2:44 pm by Malcolm Shakespeare in General Birding

East Soar

A good day for inverts: Male Red-veined Darter at top of Starehole Valley amongst 309 flower spikes of Southern Marsh Orchid. Also: Hummingbird Hawk-moth, 12 Dark Green Fritillaries, 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Large Skipper & Painted Lady. Birdwise, Sparrowhawk carrying prey to nest, fledged Ravens & Mistle Thrush.

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 2:20 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife


One hour in a garden at Barbrook yesterday 31 May. Blue, Coal, Great and Marsh Tits, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, GS Woodpecker, Wren. Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Magpie, C Crow, Rook, Woodpigeon, Pheasant and Buzzard overhead.

Nuthatch at nest 'box' 
Nuthatch at nest 'box'

Posted June 1st, 2017 at 12:59 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

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