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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

Sunday 6th August 2017

Cattle Egret

A single Cattle Egret at Blaxton Marsh - Saltram Estate among about a dozen Little Egrets

  

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 5:07 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 5th August 2017

Yesterdays White-winged Black Tern BGM

White-winged Black Tern Bowling ( video here ) Green Marsh Topsham. Moulting adult with damaged leg. Also Ringed plover, Redshank, Dunlin etc.

White Winged Black TernSpotted Redshank


White-winged Black Tern                                      Spotted Redshank

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 9:50 am by Martin Rooney in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 4th August 2017

White-winged Black Tern - BGM - 04/08/17

Took several pics of this bird from the hide, (not best quality unfortunately as at distance limit of my camera). Several other birders with cameras in the hide so hopfully better pics will follow.

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White-winged Black Tern

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 7:22 pm by Chris Bollen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

The moulting adult White-Winged Black Tern still late pm from the hide - also Wood Sand , Green Sand, Common Sand, Spotted Redshank , Whimbrel and 6 Ringed Plover

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 6:10 pm by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

On arrival at the hide this lunchtime, a 'Black Tern' was feeding over the marsh and then rested on the island for a while before flying around to feed again. After some debate, most of the features pointed towards it being a moulting adult White-winged Black Tern. It was there when I left at around 1.30.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 4:54 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey

In addition to the 7 Glossy Ibis present this morning, (not sure what happened to my earlier post!) there were 2 unringed Spoonbills and 12 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 1:54 pm by Jon Turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Glossy Ibis

Four of the seven Glossy Ibises present again this morning.

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 1:28 pm by jon turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 3rd August 2017

Bolt Tail Thu 3 Aug 6:00 - 8:00 am

Seawatch from Soar Cove did not produce more than previous days despite of strong W wind: 96 Balearic Schearwaters, 240 Manx, 2 Storm Petrels, 1 Med Gull, 420 Gannet, 20 Fulmar.

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 11:48 am by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland point

0600-0900

1320 Manx Shearwater

2 Balearic Shearwater

1 Storm Petrel

1 Sandwich tern

Posted August 3rd, 2017 at 10:41 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Dawlish warren

Watched from 15:15 till 19:00

A wet and windy afternoon produced an execellent few hours sea watching the highlight was just before 18:00 just before a heavy pulse of rain started to move through picked up a group of 7 Skuas( 5 Arctic, 2 great ) just behind them a large shearwater appeared but before I could confirm Id it was lost  in the heavy rain.

The afternoon had started with a group of 4 storm petrels and a steady passage gave final count of 37+ , the main theme was a lot of Skuas the most numerous was Arctic Skua with 42+ ( just before I left 8 were on the sea and another 7 were flying in great to watch ) an impressive 11+ Pomarine Skua some very close, 8+ great skua.

Tern passage was strong all afternoon the majority were sandwich and common terns but one group of common terns close in also included 3 Artcic terns.

The supporting cast included 6+ Mediterranean gulls, 5 knot, 4 whimbrel , 26+ common gulls. 35+ common Scoter and a few Manx shearwaters.

An excellent afternoons birding 

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 9:52 pm by Keith Birchall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatching on a very wet and murky day today produced (highlights): 3 Great Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 31 Balearic Shearwater, 793 Manx Shearwater, 39 European Storm-Petrel, 21 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Roseate Tern, 12 Common Tern, 3 Puffin,51 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 15 Dunlin and just 1 Harbour Porpoise! 

Video link to two of the Great Shearwaters if you slow the clip down and look hard..https://youtu.be/0DQEDQRQORc 

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 6:47 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolt Tail 1 Aug 6.00-7.30 am

Seawatch at Soar Cove produced 106 Balearic Shearwaters, 350 Manx, 4 Storm Petrels, 1 Arctic Skua.

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 3:31 pm by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolt Tail 30 Jul 6.30-8.00 am

Seawatch at Soar Cave, produced 58 Balearic Shearwaters, 400 Manx, 1 Great Skua.

Posted August 2nd, 2017 at 3:25 pm by Hans Schekkerman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

Went to Bowling Green Marsh for about an hour and a half this morning. I saw: a grey heron, 3 little egrets, 1 or 2 redshank, black-tailed godwits, a little ringed plover, 1 or more swallows, shelduck, 1 or more magpies, gadwall, black-headed gulls, about 8 canada geese, 2 wood sandpipers, 1 or more wood pigeons, 1 common sandpiper and a mediterranean gull. A good mornings birding.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 8:07 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Berry Head Yesterday: Med. Gull, Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, Swallows, Cormorants/Shags, Corvids and Magpies. Also some Harbour Porpoise and some good views of a pod of about 8 Common Dolphins.

Posted August 1st, 2017 at 7:54 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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