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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here.

Please send your records to Karen Sims and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands

Best wishes and good birding for 2020.

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! 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

Monday 14th August 2017

Eddystone Kayak trip pics from yesterday

I thought this storm petrel looked a bit different to the others. It seemed slightly bigger and less 'attached' to the surface, flying about ten feet above the sea despite calm conditions.

(Appalling) pics seem to show feet sticking out well beyond tip of tail. Could this be a Wilson's?

Seen about 2 miles northeast of Eddystone Lighthouse

European Storm/Wilson's Petrel European Storm/ Wilson's Petrel
European Storm/Wilson's Petrel

Eds: Yes it's a Wilsons Petrel and the first genuine Devon record - however in Devon records are counted for the county within 5 miles of the land this was probably considerably further!!

Posted August 14th, 2017 at 9:59 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Eddystoene kayak trip pics

Balearic Shearwater from yesterday.

Balearic Shearwater Manx and Balearic Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater             Manx and Balearic                Balearic Shearwater

Posted August 14th, 2017 at 8:24 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 13th August 2017

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham

A few more photos from this morning's trip.

Common terns Fulmar Pomarine skua, 2nd S.
Common terns                                 Fulmar                                        Pomarine skua, 2nd S.

Posted August 13th, 2017 at 9:04 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Kayak trip from Plymouth Sound out around Eddystone lighthouse. 0600-1500.

13 Storm Petrel

8 Balearic Shearwaters

3 Sooty Shearwaters (4, 8 and 9 miles offshore)

1 probable arctic skua

1 possible Great Shearwater- I heard it 'flick' as it passed a few feet behind my kayak but couldn't be bothered to turn round because I had just cricked my neck a few minutes before looking at a Manx. When I saw it it was too far off to be sure.

Plus 8 Common Dolphin

2+1 Harbour Porpoise

a few photos to follow

regards Rupert

Posted August 13th, 2017 at 5:49 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 12th August 2017

Berry Head, 06:15 - 09:30

12 - 13 Arctic Skuas (all chasing Kittiwakes & occasionally larger gulls); 1 Yellow-legged Gull (juv loitering off  the head - white tail & black tail band clearly visible when bathing+ paler head); 5 Balearic Shearwater; 3 Common Scoter (> N c. 06:50). Also, 20 - 30 Common Dolphin; several Harbour Porpoise; 3 Painted Ladies; 1 Red Admiral; and a pile of feathers implied a Peregrine had taken out one of the Feral Pigeons.

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 4:26 pm by Dave Holloway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 11th August 2017


2 juv Yellow-legged Gulls and 5 Mediterranean Gulls on Broadsands Beach this evening. 

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2 YLG's left side                                            1 YLG(top) moulting scapulars into fw           Flight shot of YLG

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 8:09 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Shelly Beach Exmouth

The White-winged Tern was showing well on the receding tide at lunchtime. Viewed from Shelly Beach looking up river towards Powderham sat at times on a sandbank in front of green bouy number 21. Supporting cast of several Common Tern, numerous Sandwich Tern a Little Tern and a Wood Sandpiper. 

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 3:52 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


The juvenile White-winged Black Tern viewable distantly, from Mudbank,, feeding between Powderham and Starcross from 0755 onwards. Also Little tern and 15 Black-tailed Godwit.

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 10:09 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 10th August 2017

Exe Estuary

Viewing from Cockwood this evening, eventually picked up the juv White-winged Tern, though at a distance where we struggled to get all the features. Also Slavonian Grebe in summer plumage, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits, c25 Common and hundreds of Sandwich Terns.

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 9:37 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

The first significant passerine passage today in the shape of 25 Wheatears on Bolt Head. Local scrub held 10 Whitethroat & 7 Willow Warbler. Pair of Sparrowhawk soaring. At nearby Frogmore Creek 12 Greenshank & Clouded Yellow.

Soar butterfly highlights: Clouded Yellow, 3 Painted Lady & 45 Red Admiral.

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 4:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 9th August 2017


Juvenile little ringed plover 8 med gulls 5 ads, 1ss,1fs juv 25 redshank 19:15-20:30.

Posted August 9th, 2017 at 9:09 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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