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2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

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

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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

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

Membership

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Monday 21st August 2017

White Stork

The Kingsbridge bird photographed today looks to have the same moult pattern as the individual photographed over Mullacott Cross, N Devon last Tuesday.

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 11:10 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

A couple more pics from kayak trip today

Balearic Shearwater Balearic Shearwater Common Dolphin
Balearic Shearwater                   Balearic Shearwater                      Common Dolphin

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 10:06 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

pics from kayak trip today

Sooty Shearwater PuffinCommon Dolphin
Sooty Shearwater                                  juvenile Puffin                                Common Dolphin

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 10:02 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

The Great White Egret (approx.400 to 500 metres away) was busy jabbing at fish (probably Grey Mullet) on the flood late aft.


Posted August 21st, 2017 at 8:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystone

Kayak trip Plymouth Sound to Eddystone 0900-1715

1 Sooty Shearwater

8 Balearic Shearwaters

13 Storm Petrel

1 Puffin

!6 (1+15) Common Dolphin

4 (2+2) Harbour porpoise

photos to follow

Posted August 21st, 2017 at 8:38 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 20th August 2017

Berry Head - 06:30 - 11:00

A promising start (c. 07:00 - 07:30) with 5 - 6 Arctic Skuas & a Long-tailed Skua (noticeably smaller with markedly paler grey inner and sharply contrasting dark outer on upper wings) chasing Kittiwake's around the mouth of Torbay. After that nothing except, 5 Manx Shearwater; 2 Balearic Shearwater. This left the Common Dolphins to brighten the rest of the morning, being split into 4 smaller groups, 1 of which passed close to the head, just beyond the pink buoys.

Posted August 20th, 2017 at 5:46 pm by Dave Holloway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 19th August 2017

Maer Lane, Exmouth

Hoopoe at 7.30am in small scrubby field, south side, near bottom  of Maer Lane, Exmouth


Posted August 19th, 2017 at 12:14 pm by Dave McKeown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 18th August 2017

R.Caen

15.30 - 1 Osprey flew over the R.Caen in a force 7 to 8 westerly gale,mid aft, caught a fish, flew high with the catch heading several miles east over Chivenor until lost from view.

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 4:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

The Hoopoe is still present on Foxholes. It's in a private garden and adjoining private field. The hawthorns bordering the back garden and the adjoining field can be viewed, albeit distantly, from Gore Lane but please park sensibly and don't obstruct any gateways. The gateway just right of the track that leads down to the Bristol Schools camp is the best viewing position. Also the juvenile White-winged Black Tern was off the Imperial @0740.

Posted August 18th, 2017 at 11:52 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 17th August 2017

Exmouth - Hoopoe

A Hoopoe photographed on Foxholes, Orcombe Point by Marie Wilson this morning. Not seen since.

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 8:17 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

The juvenile White-winged Black Tern was feeding with 2 juvenile Black Terns off the seafront @ 0650 this morning. Viewed from the clock tower.

Posted August 17th, 2017 at 8:50 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Mullacott Cross Ilfracombe...Crane

Here is the Crane picture referred to earlier

 

Crane
Crane

Ed. not a Crane, this is a White Stork

Posted August 15th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by Alan Denzey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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