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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 Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb 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


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:

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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.

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


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Thursday 31st August 2017

Fremington Pill

All(?!) seven Glossy Ibis feeding downstream of the sewage outflow at 11.30

Posted August 31st, 2017 at 11:44 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 30th August 2017


Osprey drifting downriver, viewed from Mudbank, @ 1220. Also there - first returning Pintail, 3 Wigeon, 5 Knot and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Further details and this morning's Orcombe sightings on later.

Posted August 30th, 2017 at 12:57 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Yellow wagtails ~ South Brent

The following report yesterday from Peter Reay ~ 14 Yellow Wagtails this morning on wires running between Whinfield and Underhill and they were then on that manicured lawn and fence above Hilldene, South Brent.

I checked early this morning and saw six Yellow Wagtails above Hilldene and on the garden of that property on the "manicured lawn".

Later in the morning visited again and counted nine birds at one time, most appear to be juveniles.

Green Woodpecker calling, two Stock doves and Raven overhead.



Posted August 29th, 2017 at 4:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Spotted flycatcher

Juvenile plumage spotted flycatcher in private land in a village up the Teign Valley.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 3:13 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A Redwing on Bundle Head yesterday morning was somewhat unexpected. Also a Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Tree Pipits.

Posted August 29th, 2017 at 8:04 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 27th August 2017

Cattle Egret

Possibly the Budleigh bird flew south down the Exe estuary past Powderham at 6.45 p.m. this evening.

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 10:57 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Pill

Spotted redshank and Glossy Ibis still at the Pill plus Kingfisher .Peregrine and five buzzards overhead

Posted August 27th, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Geoff Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 24th August 2017

White Stork Bowling Green Marsh

White Stork approached over trees to South of Bowling Green Marsh at 10am, circled twice then headed North over hide. Put all birds up

Posted August 24th, 2017 at 3:20 pm by Jo King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Upper tidal reaches of Torridge

1 Wood Sandpiper

3 Green sandpipers

18 Common Sandpipers

1 Greenshank

1 Otter


Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 11:35 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island

The Great White Egret was searching for food again on the flood late yesterday aft in a fresh SE wind.

Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 8:48 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Fremington Pill

One Glossy Ibis at the top of the creek near the reedbed at 10.00.

Posted August 22nd, 2017 at 11:34 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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