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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/guide_to_record_submission

Please send your records to Karen Sims data.manager@devonbirds.org and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands recorder@devonbirds.org

Best wishes and good birding for 2020

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Sightings Page Guidelines

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

  

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

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

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! 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

Sunday 30th July 2017

Sooty shearwater, Lyme Bay boat trip

See attached photos of a dark shearwater which approached close to the boat this on this morning's boat trip out of Brixham. On the trip this was called as dark Balearic shearwater. From inspection of the photos it is clear that this is in fact a very worn Sooty Shearwater.

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Sooty shearwater

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 7:00 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

BGM Wood Sandpiper

The two Wood Sandpipers were showing very well in front of the hide, around 2pm. Plenty of Black-tailed Godwits, Curlews, and Redshanks

  

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 29th July 2017

Bolt Tail Sat 29 Jul 6.30-7.30 am

1 Cory's Shearwater, 24 Balearic among 250 Manx Shearwaters; 1 Storm Petrel; pod of 8+ Common Dolphins.

Posted July 29th, 2017 at 2:23 pm by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 28th July 2017

Orcombe Point

A 2 hour sea watch between 3pm and 5pm produced a Great Shearwater and 2 Sooty Shearwater. There were 4 Great Skua close in to the point for 10 minutes that mobbed a few of the local Gulls before moving on. A backup cast of 20 Manx Shearwater, a dozen Fulmar and lots of Gannet movement.

Posted July 28th, 2017 at 7:43 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 27th July 2017

BGM

    Early morning visit to Bowling Green Marsh was rewarded with excellent views of the two juvenile Wood Sandpipers.
    These close views were made possible due to the hard work that the RSPB had just done digging out new scrapes ( channels and mounds in the landscape) which encourage such scarce birds as these two and other waders. Anyone that has been to BGM can clearly see in the pictures the new landscape and the potential it has.
    

   

Wood Sandpipers                                                      Common Sandpiper

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 11:30 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Berry Head

Seawatch 05.30-09.00hrs highlights: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 38 Manx Shearwater, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (juvs), 2 Mediterranean Gulls (juvs), 61 Common Tern, 9 'comic' Tern, 17 Sandwich Tern, 87 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel. Also 7-8 Dolphin Sp. (probably Common) >S at 0800hrs and 8-10 Harbour Porpoise.  

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 3:29 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 23rd July 2017

skern

fs little gull for about 5 minutes.also 6 med gulls 4ad,2 juv.17:00-18:25.At instow at least 61 meds following plough nr junction of bickleton.Just made a count rather than ages as mobile18:35-19:00.

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 7:21 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat trip - Long-tailed skua

Some more photos of the Long-tailed Skua from today's boat trip - lifer for me.

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Long-tailed Skua

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 3:30 pm by Paul Treen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Long-tailed Skua

Another excellent trip out with Nigel, the star was the Long-tailed Skua. Stunning Bird!

  

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 2:48 pm by Simon Thurgood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Upper Torridge Estuary

15 Common Sandpiper

1 Green Sandpiper

2 Kingfisher

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 9:20 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 22nd July 2017

skern

25 med gulls,14 ads,5ss,3fs,3juv,100bhgs4 dunlin,3 curlew,1 whimbrel,17:15-18:30

Posted July 22nd, 2017 at 8:02 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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