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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 https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/guide_to_record_submission

Please send your records to Karen Sims data.manager@devonbirds.org and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands recorder@devonbirds.org

Best wishes and good birding for 2020

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

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We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something you would like to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

  

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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

Thursday 14th September 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

To complement the other Bowling Green postings from today, a few pictures of some of the 4 Curlew Sandpipers there this afternoon Thanks to the guys who helped locate them.

Curlew sandpiper

Curlew SandpiperCurlew Sandpiper


Curlew Sandpiper

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 11:48 pm by Bob Telford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mount Batten, Plymouth

Mobile terns this evening off Mount Batten Pier ranging from Jennycliff Bay and The Cattewater to Devils Point - 7+ Arctic terns, 10+common terns and 20+Sandwich terns but probably many more. Also 1 gannet and 2 ad winter and 2 first winter Mediterranean gulls.

1 Juv Arctic tern resting on the Pier down to a few feet - gorgeous looking bird.

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 7:23 pm by Stuart Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Grey Phalarope - Barnstaple 16:00

Still plenty of Blackwits at Anchorwoods bank but the highlight was a Grey Phalarope. First one I have ever seen at this site.

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 5:44 pm by Roy Churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor

Green Sandpiper this morning at BGM and the Ruff with Greenshanks on Goosemoor

Green SandpiperRuff and Greenshank

Greenshank


Green Sandpiper                              Ruff and Greenshank                            Greenshank

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 3:56 pm by Colin Scott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey Island Lagoon

Good views of a Great White Egret this morning. 

Great White Egret
Great White Egret

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 3:33 pm by Alan Denzey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland point

0700-1100 Wind NW6

2 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 220 Manx Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua (2 pale, 1 int), 1 Bonxie, 50 kittiwake, 9 Common Scoter, 1 juv Sabine's Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope, 3 Sandwich terns, 2 Common Terns plus 5 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 12:50 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Frogmore Creek - Osprey

One Osprey in the Wall Park, Halwill Wood area at the mouth of Frogmore Creek around 09:00 Thursday morning. Might have alighted in Wall Park or gone out onto the main estuary at about 09:15.

Distant record shotOsprey - Halwill Wood in background


Distant record shot                             Halwill Wood in background

Posted September 14th, 2017 at 11:10 am by Barrie Whitehall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Grey Phalarope ~ Aveton Gifford

Thanks to a call from Dave PAKES a goodly number of birders were able to view the Grey Phalarope that Dave found on the marsh, apparently it is a first fore the marsh.

Unfortunately due to the bright light record shots only. 

Others species noted were Greenshank, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Black Tailed Godwit, Kingfisher, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Buzzard and Teal.

 

Posted September 13th, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 11th September 2017

Sabine's Gull

I did send this report in this morning but it seems to have got lost in the high winds! A juvenile Sabine's Gull flew along the line of the pebble ridge at Westward Ho! this morning at about 9.15. I could not relocate it at Westward Ho! looking out from the Lifeguard lookout at the end of the promenade.

At Skern there were 13 Knot, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1Kittiwake, 2 Black Tern and a juvenile Gannet with a length of orange nylon cord around its legs. I managed to rescue a Manx Shearwater which was exhausted on the beach. It is now with the North Devon Animal Ambulance service via the vets in Bideford!

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 3:46 pm by Martin Unwin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Westward Ho!

Martin Unwin sent me a message that he had seen a juvenile Sabine's Gull along the pebble ridge. It was lost to view and he is still on site looking for it.

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 1:08 pm by Jon Turner in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey

Osprey over sea seen from near Teignmouth pier 11:25 Sunday 10/09/17

Posted September 11th, 2017 at 12:07 am by Richard Trueman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 10th September 2017

Black Terns, Dawlish Warren 10th Sept 2017

Three Black Terns flying around in front of hide, also landing on posts in front of hide 

 

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 9:21 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Little Stint, Dawlish Warren 10th Sept 2017

Little Stint in with the other small waders on  beach right of wooden boarding as you go down bank to hide

 

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 9:17 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Grey Phalarope, Dawlish Warren 10th Sept 2017

Grey Phalarope showed well by the hide

 

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 9:12 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wareham Point, Kingsbridge Estuary

1 Osprey late afternoon and 5+ Mediterranean Gulls in with a large flock of Black-headed.

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 8:50 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

A Grey Phalarope briefly by the lifeboat station @09.45,  3 Black Terns, 15 Sandwich Terns, Common Tern, 5 Common Scoters, 2 Green and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Efford Marsh ~ Aveton Gifford

 A visit to South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford gave a Cattle Egret ( the first one I have seen here) six Greenshank along with a single Redshank.

Four Yellow Wagtails feeding alongside Pied Wagtails amongst the cattle on the hillside opposite the hide.

Six Dunlin flew up the length of the marsh.

 

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 1:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

curlew sandpipers in frount of the hide. Also at the hide redshank, curlew, shoveler, mallard, black-backed godwit, magpie, cormorant, little egret, dunlin, moorhen, greenshank, coot, grey heron, shelduck, canada geese, little grebe, house martin, lesser black-backed gull and swallows.

At the platform: sandwich terns, gulls, cormorants, flyover canada geese, blue tit, cetti's warbler and some black terns but to far away for me to see!

Posted September 10th, 2017 at 12:20 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 9th September 2017

Osprey at Seaton and River Exe

After getting up at silly o'clock we arrived at Tower Hide, Seaton Wetlands in anticipation of seeing the Osprey. After a couple of hours it showed briefly, around 9.30am, only to be seen off by 4 buzzards. It resurfaced again a couple of hours later, around 11.18am, and spent a good five minutes right in front of the hide scouting for fish. The rain was pouring and it was overcast, so photos are grainy. It then exited right, gained height and was reported heading in an Exeter direction. 

We travelled on to the Powderham area, where we located another Osprey, between Starcross and Exmouth. I watched it make two dives and came up successful on the second. A huge flock of gulls persued it relentlessly and it flew towards Powderham to consume its dinner. I did manage a series of photos, but it was so distant it could only be a 'record shot'. I am wondering whether this one could be the Osprey that left Seaton that morning.

Osprey at Seaton  Distant Osprey on River Exe

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 7:00 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren

A great morning at the Warren, all the usual stuff with Osprey, Artic, Black and Sandwich Terns with the Little Stint with the other small waders.

Black Terns with Sandwich Tern in the middle. Artic and Sandwich Tern Little Stint with Dunlin and Ringed Plover
Black Terns with Sandwich Tern in the middle.   Artic and Sandwich Tern   Little Stint with Dunlin and Ringed Plover

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 5:22 pm by Simon Thurgood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury Point

Wryneck seen at same point as reported on 06-06-2017 in small bare elder bushes near to pines, 08:15.  Bird seen nearby 35 minutes later from track leading down to lido beach, low in gorse.

Wryneck 09-09-2017
Wryneck 09-09-2017

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 1:06 pm by John Bishop in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury Point

Wryneck seen at same point as reported on 06-06-2017 in small bare elder bushes near to pines, 08:15.  Bird seen nearby 35 minutes later from track leading down to lido beach, low in gorse.

Wryneck 09-09-2017
Wryneck 09-09-2017

Posted September 9th, 2017 at 11:18 am by John Bishop in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 8th September 2017

Berry Head

Seawatch 06.40-13.40: Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater 19, Manx Shearwater 6, Pomarine Skua, Artctic Skua 25, Bonxie 10, Skua sp 15, Common Scoter 18, Storm Petrel sp, "Commic" Tern, Sandwich Tern, Yellow-legged Gull juv, Mediterranean Gull juv, c200 Kittiwakes, Harbour Porpoise 3+, Common Dolphin c12 and 2 Grey Wagtails around the rocks.

Posted September 8th, 2017 at 4:10 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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