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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

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

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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
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.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm 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


    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


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


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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