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 14th June 2017

Hobby Exminster Marshes

Young Hobby enjoying dragonflies over Exminster Marshes this morning. Settled a few times on the Pylon West of Station Road - over the freshly mowed Skylark fields (yes sadly they are being mowed in mid June) just outside of the reserve. 

HobbyHobby tucking into a dragonfly on the wing

Hobby
Hobby

Posted June 14th, 2017 at 4:49 pm by Jo King in General Birding

Trendlebeare Down & East Soar

At Trendelebeare, a  minimum of 6 Nightjars last night inc.3 churring males with superb close-up views. Also singing Lesser Redpoll and 2 Glowworms.

Earlier at Soar, first Silver-studded Blues, Marbled Whites & Meadow Browns plus 50+ Dark Green Fritillaries.  Birdwise 20+ large Shag young on the Mew Stone and nearby a pair of Great Black-backed Gulls with 2 chicks.

Posted June 14th, 2017 at 8:36 am by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Tuesday 13th June 2017

Torrington Common

Willow warblers,black caps,goldcrest,siskin,kingfisher,chiffchaff,greenfinch and on the pond Broad bodied chasers,gold banded dragonfly

Posted June 13th, 2017 at 8:46 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Eddystone

kayak trip to Eddystone from Plymouth sound

2 storm petrels

1 puffin

c400 Manx shearwater inc resting group of 100 and flying group of 250

Manx Shearwater Manx Shearwater Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwaters

 

Posted June 13th, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in General Birding

Ring necked parakeet

Single parakeet identified in Budleigh Salterton. Unmistakable call, so familiar in parks in London and along Thames in Berkshire followed by clear view of it flying away from top of large eucalyptus tree.

Posted June 13th, 2017 at 7:42 pm by Sandy Moreton in General Birding

Plymbridge this morning

Nice morning walk along the River  Plym. Kingfishers, Dippers, Cormorant, Grey Wagtails, female Mandarin duck with 2 ducklings.

Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Posted June 13th, 2017 at 1:08 pm by duncan leitch in General Birding

Monday 12th June 2017

Hillsford Bridge and up to Dry Bridge near Lynton.

Good numbers of redstarts,whinchats,pied flycatchers,blackcaps,willow warblers,chiffchaffs,3 woodwarblers(good for this little area)woodlands now getting very dense and it was a bit dark but we enjoyed watching large amounts of fledglings.

Posted June 12th, 2017 at 6:23 pm by John Elvin in General Birding

Lesser Redpoll and Cuckoo

11th June. A nice walk at Smallridge on Dartmoor produced a Lesser Redpoll and a female Cuckoo.

    

Posted June 12th, 2017 at 11:59 am by Mark Dyer in General Birding

Sunday 11th June 2017

Splash splash

10 mins in a windy garden, I found this little bird having a bath in an upturned dustbin lid. House Sparrows busy in nest boxes a wood pigeon sat on her nest Robins,dunnock and blackbirds busy in their work.

 

Eds - its a juv Chiffchaff.

Posted June 11th, 2017 at 9:40 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A pair of Shelducks with (only) 2 small ducklings, 2 un-seasonal Great Crested Grebes, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 8 Little Egrets and a Stock Dove. Also my first Meadow Browns of the year.

Posted June 11th, 2017 at 1:24 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

skern

First returning med gulls in the form of 2 scy birds at 08:30.

Posted June 11th, 2017 at 9:39 am by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Saturday 10th June 2017

Late post for 8th June - Yarner Wood & Trendlebere Down

Pleasant stroll around the wood & adjacent heath. A variety of Tits, Siskins & a couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers on the feeders around the hides. Several pairs of Pied Flycatchers in the wood with singing Chiffchaffs & Willow Warblers. A pair of Redstarts spotted feeding several young on the path infront of me. At leat 3 singing Yellowhammers together with Stonechats, Linnets & a solitary singing Garden Warbler on the heath.

Singing Garden Warbler Male Pied Flycatcher Singing Yellowhammer
Singing Garden Warbler                      Male Pied Flycatcher                                           Singing Yellowhammer

Posted June 10th, 2017 at 2:55 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in General Birding

Friday 9th June 2017

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Hobby over farm mid-morning. Looks like a record breeding year for Yellowhammer between Bolt Head & Bolt Tail. Also Buzzard carrying snake into nest on rocky outcrop!!

Posted June 9th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Rob Macklin in General Birding

Nightjar Walk - Thursday 8th

Last evening thirteen members of the Plymouth Group took a gamble with the weather to meet at Cann Woods for our annual Nightjar Walk. Fortunately the threatened rain held off and we were not disappointed with good views of two churring males in good light followed later with the sights and sounds of probably five other birds.  As dusk approaches sightings of other birds were rare but Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Swallow and Robin all seen.  Blackcap & Chiffchaff and, best of all, begging baby Tawny Owls were heard.  A single Fallow doe, a few Pipistrelles, and a glow worm.........oh, yes and a fly past from the International Space Station.

Posted June 9th, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Chris Marcol in General Birding

Venford Reservoir- Holne Woods

9 members of DB attended the fieldtrip (East Devon Branch) this morning.  Cuckoo and Redstart were seen from the car park and a Spotted Flycatcher along the fringe of trees above the water works.  32 species counted in total with Tree Pipit (2) displaying and Pied Flycatchers occupying at least 3 territories (one male seen carrying food).  A Wood Warbler was heard at a distance at the start of Holne Woods with a family group of Stonechat on the open moor. Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler and Siskin also present.  As usual the Water Works area was the most productive of the areas visited where the majority of species were seen. The meeting broke up after lunch.

Posted June 9th, 2017 at 5:38 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Thursday 8th June 2017

Exmouth

In addition to Tom & Matt's posts below, a seawatch from the raised beach huts near the new lifeboat station produced another Balearic Shearwater at 2050 hrs plus 3 more Storm Petrels, another Arctic Skua and about 60 Manx Shearwaters all SW between 1955 & 2100 hrs.

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 11:04 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Exmouth

Two late afternoon watches from Orcombe Point produced up to 19 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 probable Pomarine Skua, 127+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Guillemot, 30+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Tern and a 2s Mediterranean Gull. See gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 8:30 pm by Matt Knott in General Birding

Bee-eater

Bee-eater ,spotted @ Mansands 0645  6/6/17

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 5:38 pm by Mark Penney in General Birding

Orcombe Point

30+manx shearwaters 2 storm petrels 1razorbill 1 sandwich tern and 2 gannets passed between 11-00 and 12-00

Posted June 8th, 2017 at 1:57 pm by Tom Jurd in General Birding

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