General Birding

Breeding Birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm 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

Membership

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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.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Skern

6 med gulls this evening.3 ads,3fs 18.30 

 

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 11:11 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Aish Tor, 21.6.17

Another hot one with the first High Brown Fritillary on the wing at 06:25. Birds included: 3 singing Garden Warblers; at least 2 singing Tree Pipits; a singing Whitethroat; a singing Yellowhammer.

High Brown FritillaryDark Green FritillaryDark Green Fritillary

                High Brown Fritillary                         Dark Green Fritillary                             Dark Green Fritillary

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 10:44 pm by Dave Holloway in General Birding

River Dart Staverton

An evening walk along the Dart produced 5-6 Grey Wagtails, 2 Dippers, numerous Swallows, Swifts, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Mallard, Wren, House Sparrows, Greenfinch, Jackdaws,Chaffinch, Blackbirds and several Goldfinch.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 10:35 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Yelverton

Red Kite circled over Yelverton this afternoon.  (Mike Beales)

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 10:15 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

dozen swifts over Whipton Exeter

dozen swifts over Whipton Exeter

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 10:15 pm by Jon Tagg in General Birding

Moreleigh

Red Kite circling over the new solar farm at Moreleigh ( South Hams ) 16:20 pm.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 5:41 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Peregrine

Sitting in my back garden at Bovey Tracey, at 17.20, alerted by the cries of Herring gull - flying low over the garden came a peregrine clutching a downy gull chick with two adul tgulls in pursuit. Not something you see every day!

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 5:31 pm by John Walton in General Birding

Red Kite, Exeter

Just seen a Red Kite circling on a thermal above County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter. Then it headed off eastwards.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 4:44 pm by Sam Stripp in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was showing well for a while this lunchtime. It flew to Goosemoor briefly before settling back down out of sight in the far right hand corner of the marsh. 1 juv Black-headed Gull in amongst the adults.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 3:44 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Half a white-winged Gull

Herring Gull around the University that got me going a bit today as it had one white wing so from one side looked like a Glaucous/Iceland. Then as it turned, the other side was normal. Just as a word of caution to Plymouth birders!

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 1:48 pm by Richard Billington in General Birding

valley of rocks Lynton

Red Kite 8-30am high over the valley but some lovely photos.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 10:05 am by John Elvin in General Birding

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Shirwell

One red kite flying low over shirwell.

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 8:47 pm by Benjamin Rousseau in General Birding

Red kite

Red kite,, behind Barn owl pub/kingskerswell bypass...11.09am.. Heading towards Abbotskerswell

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 6:59 pm by Jon Pring in General Birding

bowling green marsh monday19th june

spotted redshank full s/plum med gull 2nd winter/is sandwich tern 8 

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 3:39 pm by wills john in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh - Great Egret

It was fairly quiet this lunchtime at Bowling Green Marsh until a Great Egret dropped in at about 2.05. It was still there when I left about 2.25. Black-headed Gull numbers are starting to build up. A male Pochard also. 

Yesterday lunchtime a group of at least 7 Sandwich Terns dropped in.

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 2:47 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Monday 19th June 2017

Exeter Peregrines

Both female juveniles have now fledged, with the second one leaving the nest this morning.

The second Juvenile female (PP)The first female juvenile (PM) being fed.

Lunch arrives



Posted June 19th, 2017 at 11:35 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Plymouth to Princetown

Cycled via Plym Bridge to Princetown and back via Burrator. A total of 19 Wheatears, 3 Marsh Tits, 2 female Mandarin Ducks each with 2 ducklings, Spotted Flycatcher, 6 each of Siskins and Lesser Redpoll, Dipper, 3 Grey Wagtails, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoos heard, 3+ Tree Pipits, Reed Bunting and 2 juv Peregrines with an adult at the Cann Quarry nest watch point.

Posted June 19th, 2017 at 7:54 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Red Kites near Shute

3 red kites hanging out on the thermals in the Umborne valley as I type (2.50pm) .  1 flew by on Friday and must have told his friends ! 

Posted June 19th, 2017 at 2:53 pm by carol miltenburg in General Birding

Exminster red kites

Two red kites over village at 11.45 today.

Posted June 19th, 2017 at 1:00 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Sunday 18th June 2017

Combe Martin Red Kite

11.15 this morning, a solitary Red Kite wafted serenely high over Combe Martin (1000ft), floating gently eastwards.

Posted June 18th, 2017 at 11:25 pm by Jonathan Nicholl in General Birding

Saturday 17th June 2017

Week, Dartington. 17 June 2017

Tawny Owl just appeared in the garden tonight. Have heard them before but not seen them.

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                                            Tawny Owl

Posted June 17th, 2017 at 10:51 pm by Bob Telford in General Birding

Ideford Common Nightjars

Spent a pleasant couple of hours on Ideford Common looking for Nightjars. Around 21.45pm the churring started and by 22.30pm we had counted 5 in total. Plenty of wing clapping and whistling. One flew very close and around us, then perched on the very top of a nearby tree and. churred for a good while. A very magical experience, thanks to the generosity of Mark Bailey with his spot on directions 

Posted June 17th, 2017 at 10:45 pm by Steph Murphy in General Birding

Friday 16th June 2017

Northam Burrows.15/6/2017 evening

A pair of wheatear with four young two of each. A visit from a peregrine and sadly a herring gull with a broken wing.

WheatearHerring GullPeregrine                    Wheatear                                         Herring Gull                                            Peregrine

Posted June 16th, 2017 at 6:42 pm by richard Yeats in General Birding

Red Kite Dartmoor

Red Kite over Sourton Down by the A30 at 1000hrs this morning.

Posted June 16th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Andy Leat in General Birding

Plymbridge

Took the cycle track from Plymouth to Clearbrook and back this morning. Two Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Marsh Tits, 4+ Lesser Redpolls, 5 Mandarin Ducks with 2 ducklings, 5 Siskins, Blackcaps and Bullfinches both feeding young, a male and juv Grey Wagtail, 4 Tree Pipits and adult plus one juv Peregrine at the Cann Quarry nest watch point.

Posted June 16th, 2017 at 1:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Kingfisher

Saw this Kingfisher this morning at Mansands, this is normally a winter visitor, first time I've seen one at this time of the year! Also Cetti's Warbler still singing and quite afew Reed Warbler around the reeds by the beach.


Posted June 16th, 2017 at 12:12 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

Thursday 15th June 2017

Red Kite Mamhead

Red Kite over Mamhead Obelisk car park 1348 hrs

Posted June 15th, 2017 at 5:04 pm by Barry Rankine in General Birding

Red Kite

Red Kite over the A381 at North Park Corner between Harbertonford and Halwell at 1.45pm, heading west.

Posted June 15th, 2017 at 3:12 pm by Graham & Ann Collyer in General Birding

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