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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

 
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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
 
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
 
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
 
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
 
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
 
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.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm 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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