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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  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 by George & Julia Harris 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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