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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: 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.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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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