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2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Thursday 29th June 2017

Damp early morning at Broadsands.

Better late than never.

Yesterday, 28/6/17, about 6.30 saw, heard and recorded a sedge warbler singing and also a cirl bunting. Was worth getting up early and getting soaked just for that.

Posted June 29th, 2017 at 10:24 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 24th June 2017

Saunton Sands

1 1st summer Little Gull on the sands this morning in the drizzle, a real little beauty!

Thank you Mike (ML) for confirming id & age of this bird, I could not find an exact match in any of my field guides. Mike said they do vary hugely in plumage & a normal field guide cannot cover all variation.

Posted June 24th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 22nd June 2017

Alpine Swift

I'm pretty sure I spotted an Alpine swift over Otter nurseries this afternoon. Familiar with Hobby's which we see around Stockland regularly, this bird just outside Ottery St Mary was like a very large swift with a short forked tail. Just wondered if anyone else spotted it.

Posted June 22nd, 2017 at 9:53 pm by alasdair bruce in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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