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2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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 - Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

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

Membership

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

Saturday 30th September 2017

Wryneck

Wryneck in garden Saltash Passage this afternoon

Posted September 30th, 2017 at 4:45 pm by stephen gooding in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 29th September 2017

Taw estuary

From kayak, near Yelland Jetty.

Male Long-tailed Duck.

Three Eider nearby


Posted September 29th, 2017 at 4:25 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Skern - Friday morning

A surprisingly fruitful mid-tide count along the Skern at mid-tide today: all the usual waders (including a good count of 279 Oystercatcher)and passerines, with a few Swallows, House Martins and several parties of alba wagtails and Mipits  moving SW throughout my count period. Amongst the waders feeding were ca.60 Dunlin, 14 Knot, 10 Turnstone, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Little Stint and 6 Snipe on the Salicornia bed.  The highlight of the count was a very nice juvenile Little Ringed Plover keeping very much to itself  on the fringe of the feeding birds.  Usual 60+ Curlew, with 3 Bar-tailed Godwit in the corner by the stream.  A single Wheatear was moving along the bank-edge. The dunes and the inland area were particularly busy today with dog-walkers, joggers and golfers!

Posted September 29th, 2017 at 12:48 pm by Tony Mercer in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 28th September 2017

Wrafton Scrape

While returning home late aft along the Tarka trail on my bicycle I noticed there were 8 Ruff + 2 Little Stints on the scrape . Only 3 minutes observing them but just enough time to digiscope 3 pics before they flew off over the trail & Wrafton Pond.


Posted September 28th, 2017 at 6:55 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 25th September 2017

Southdown Farm through Soar Mill Valley

Five raptor species included the first Merlin of the autumn plus Peregrine and two female Sparrowhawks. Also: 13 Stock Dove, 57 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 210 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, 38 Robin, 18 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, Garden Warbler, 19 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 49 Chiffchaff, 70 Linnet & 2 Bullfinch.

Posted September 25th, 2017 at 12:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 24th September 2017

South Huish Marsh

2:15-4:45PM Passage of migrants this afternoon including 2no Yellow Wagtail, 1no Curlew Sandpiper(juv) & 1 no Little Stint as well as 2no Wheatear, 20 Swallow, 30+ Meadow Pipit. Usual Snipe, Dunlin and Ringed Plover (overhead) as well as teal and 2no Buzzards.

Little Stint
Little Stint

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by Graham Devine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lyme Bay Boat Trip

Before the boat left: goldfinch, great tit, wood pigeon, blackbird, rock pipit, turnstone and house sparrow (after boat trip).

On the boat trip we saw: balearic shearwater, manx shearwater, cormorants/shags, black-headed gulls, kittiwakes, a guillemot, gannets and the chum bought in great and arctic skuas and lots of great black-backed gulls.

Posted September 24th, 2017 at 3:03 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 22nd September 2017

brent

20 brent geese off the imperial grounds exmouth this morning  and one gray seal.l.

Posted September 22nd, 2017 at 10:24 am by eric in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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