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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, 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.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

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 Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

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.  

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

Friday 21st July 2017

Berry Head update

05:20-17:20 (12hrs) species with updated totals from below: 181 Cory's Shearwaters, 82 Great Shearwaters, 6 large Shearwater sp., c4000 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Great Skuas, 4 Arctic Skuas, 22 European Storm-petrels, 45 Common Scoter, 7 Goosander / RB Merganser (fem/imm types too distant  to tell). Balearic Shearwater were very scarce for this time of year and optimum conditions with only 5 seen.  A single Risso's Dolphin continued to feed off the headland after the sea calmed down (one of the two earlier).

In a Devon context it was the 3rd highest Great Shearwater count and 4th highest Cory's Shearwater count, however, the views of some birds were exceptional. Photos below only with 300mm lens, zoomable if you click on them.

Cory's, Great & Manx ShearwatersCory's, Great & Manx Shearwater

Cory's (bottom left), Great (top left) and Manx (bottom right) Shearwaters

Great ShearwaterGreat ShearwaterGreat Shearwater

Great Shearwater

Cory's ShearwaterCory's ShearwaterCory's Shearwater

Cory's Shearwater

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 8:56 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

skern

7  med gulls,4ad,1ss,1fs,juv.Just about to leave when i noticed a movement on beach which turned out to be a family party of little ringed plovers mum,dad and 1 baby17:00-17:50.

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 8:39 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teignmouth

Seawatching 05:45 - 11:45:

7 Cory's Shearwaters, 5 Great Shearwaters, 10 large shearwater sp., 1127+ Manx Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 16 Common Tern, 46 Kittiwake, 88 Common Scoter and 6 Whimbrel.

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 7:13 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

During a clearance in the weather this aft cycled along the Toll Rd to Horsey. It was certainly worth the time & effort with 2 early Spoonbills feeding then resting with the incoming tide.No colour rings on these two.



Posted July 21st, 2017 at 5:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Fantastic Seawatch for those that braved the weather.. 0520-14.20hrs Highlights: 164 Corys Shearwaters, 81 Great Shearwaters, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 3,500+ Manx Shearwaters,  20+ Storm-petrel, 1 Puffin, 5 Great Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas,3 Mediterranean Gulls, 2-3 juv Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Risso's Dolphins good numbers of Harbour Porpoise.

Video link of one of the Cory's Shearwaters..  https://youtu.be/Htl3lHYo2fg 

Video link of one of the Great Shearwaters.. https://youtu.be/E2IOhSg-3gg 

Posted July 21st, 2017 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 16th July 2017

Hobby and white Buzzards ~ Dartmoor

Following early morning phone calls from members of the DBWPS today started with a trip out to Dartmoor to pick up an injured adult Hobby that had been recovered by a farmer on his farm above Widdicombe, the bird has a badly injured left wing and is in very poor condition.

On the track down to the farm two recently fledged almost pure white Buzzards sitting on a field wall and a male Redstart, lots of Swallows and a couple of Pied wagtails.

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 12:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish

Cattle Egret family at South Huish yesterday 15th 

Cattle Egret Family Group   Juvenile Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret Family Group        Juvenile Cattle Egret

Posted July 16th, 2017 at 8:22 am by Roger Backway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 15th July 2017

South Huish

Pair of Cattle Egret with 2 juveniles photos to follow 

Posted July 15th, 2017 at 2:05 pm by Roger Backway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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