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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am 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

Eddystone

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

Broadsands

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

2 YlwLgGullsBroadsnads110817ML YLGull behind Herring Gull Broadsnads110817ML YelwLgGullBroadsnads110817ML2

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

Exmouth

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

Skern

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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