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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, 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.

If anyone saw 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.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

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 Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

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

Wednesday 31st January 2018

The 'Kumlien's' Gull at Berry Head / Brixham

I was very interested to read an adult 'Iceland Gull' was seen at Berry Head again yesterday. If its the 'Kumlein's Gull' that was present up to 25/01/18 (when last photographed by Bill Macdonald) its been down to Newlyn, Cornwall and back, or it could just be a new Iceland Gull!

If you see the bird, try and look at the wing tip pattern (its quite subtle), for darker grey markings on outer primaries (p8-10) & damaged tail and compare it with these photos taken on 23/01/18 (reproduced in more detail below), ideally take some more.

'Kumlien's Gull' left wing tip'Kumlien's Gull' right wing tip

'Kumlein's Gull''Kumlien's Gull', broken tail feather (t2)

Confirmation it was the same bird down at Newlyn on 26/01/18, came from photos on http://www.cbwps.org.uk/cbwpsword/friday-26th-january-2018/ taken by Michael McKee. The similarity was spotted by sharp-eyed Steve Waite & Mike Langman when comparing the photos to the ones I posted on 23/01/18. Apart from the matching wing tip pattern, the tip of one of the right-hand central tail feathers (t2) is missing. It had taken just a day to get down there! That's 95 miles in a straight line and further by sea. It was suggested it probably picked up the Newlyn trawler fleet, which were fishing SW of Plymouth. It would be great if we could prove this bird has come back following the Brixham fleet?

The bird shows characteristics of 'Kumlien's Gull' as the wing tip pattern has "darker grey marks on the outer three to four primaries with sub-terminal marks on one (to three) primaries".  See  http://gull-research.org/glaucoides/pdf/primpatterns.html , putting it in kumlieni stage 2 (figs d-f), representing about 11% of birds in this study.

Posted January 31st, 2018 at 10:50 am by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Around the beaches: 4 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Great Northern Divers & 2 Common Scoter

Posted January 31st, 2018 at 10:19 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 30th January 2018

Bull Point, Tamar

3 Spoonbills at Bull Point on Tamar estuary (opp mouth of Lynher)

Spoonbills
Spoonbills

Posted January 30th, 2018 at 4:18 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exwick Cemetery

Up to 10 Hawfinches were showing but mobile at around 10.30 at Exwick Cemetery. 

Posted January 30th, 2018 at 1:14 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

The Red-necked Grebe was again off Preston seafront with 2 Black-necked and 1 Great Crested Grebe also 2 Common Scoter and 4 Great Northern Divers there.

From Broadsands 1 Common Scoter (drake), 3 Great Northern Divers but little else.

14 Cirl Buntings and 1 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car park. 1 Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff 1 Firecrest and 2 Goldcrest in Marsh between the car parks

Posted January 30th, 2018 at 11:07 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 29th January 2018

South Hams coastal

Aveton Gifford tidal road, Greater Black Back Gull (3+) Lesser Black Back Gull (7) Common Gull, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Curlew (10) Oyster Catcher, Little Grebe and Little Egret.

Kingsbridge Quay Little Egret and Redshank

Beesands Ley the reported Ring Necked Duck still in situe with the Tufted duck, Pochard, Teal, Little Grebe and a small number of Mallard also on the ley.

On leaving while watching some Stonechat by the car park a first year Sparrow hawk swooped in and tried to take a Stonechat without success.

 

Posted January 29th, 2018 at 9:28 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 28th January 2018

River Dart

pictures of Great Northern Diver and Little Grebe

GND GND Little Grebe
GND                                            GND                                             Little Grebe

Posted January 28th, 2018 at 10:01 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River Dart Webs Survey

Good WEBs survey on the river by Sandridge Barton this morning, a single Great Northen Diver, moving down river towards Dittisham from 11am onwards. Also a Great Crested Grebe and a Little Grebe.

Great Northern Diver was still around Dittisham when we finished our patch at 1.30pm

Posted January 28th, 2018 at 9:48 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ilfracombe Arctic Gulls

The last few weeks I've been keeping an eye out for any arctic gulls and not seen any. Today I've seen several, inc 2 1st W Glaucous Gulls in view from the pier, then from Haggington causing mayhem among the roosting 1000 + Herring Gulls. Then turning around, surprised to see a 3rd winter Iceland Gull on the golf course along with a mixed flock of around 200 Common, LBB GBB and Black Headed gulls.

Posted January 28th, 2018 at 8:12 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ring-necked Duck at Beesands Ley

The RING-NECKED DUCK was still on Beesands ley this morning.

Ring-necked Duck and Tufted Ducks Ring-necked Duck Ring-necked and Tufted Bill Comparison
Ring-necked Duck and Tufted Ducks      Ring-necked Duck      Ring-necked and Tufted Bill Comparison

Posted January 28th, 2018 at 4:37 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham

Marsh harrier dropped into Exe reedbeds at 9am. Single Hawfinch and Woodcock at Highfield Farm, where highlight was a great view of an Otter hunting in the Clyst.

Posted January 28th, 2018 at 12:12 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 27th January 2018

Topsham

Single Hawfinch in the cemetery at midday and late afternoon. Also single Ruff & Brambling at Bowling Green Marsh.

Posted January 27th, 2018 at 6:13 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Easy Budleigh

The male 'Italian Sparrow' was showing well again at midday on the feeders in Cadbury Gardens. 

Posted January 27th, 2018 at 1:31 pm by Terry Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 26th January 2018

Female Hawfinch near Torre Station, Torquay

1 female Hawfinch seen on 2 occasions this afternoon, feeding in trees in a woodland by a small industrial estate under a railway bridge, the other side of the railway line by Torre Station, Torquay.

Posted January 26th, 2018 at 11:46 pm by Nick D’Agorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

The Bonaparte's Gull  was present again early afternoon off Shelly Beach. The regular Slavonian Grebe was viewable distantly in the estuary near Cockwood and a kingfisher shot past Shelly Beach heading towards Exmouth seafront.

Posted January 26th, 2018 at 11:12 pm by Terry Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Deancombe Valley Dartmoor

Burrator & Deancombe Valley: Goosander (f), Little Grebe 3, Teal, Mistle Thrush, Redwings. Ring Ouzel (m) with Fieldfare 8 (ref: SX 581688).

Posted January 26th, 2018 at 9:21 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Iceland Gull ~ Brixham

Early this afternoon the immature Iceland Gull was sat on the water close to the Brixham breakwater about 3/4 of the way along, it flew off out into the bay and then turned heading generally back towards Berry Head.

Posted January 26th, 2018 at 3:38 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exwick

Out walking with Nigel Pinhorn this morning we were very surprised to come across a Common Scoter in the Exe flood relief channel at Exwick (behind Exeter St David's Station).  It seemed quite happy and was diving regularly to feed. Another new tick for Nigel's local patch was a Barnacle Goose in the new wetland area just upriver.

Earlier on, a couple of Hawfinch showed well perched in the trees at the top end of Exwick Cemetery, and a flock of at least ten of them flew over.

Scoter in flood relief channel Common Scoter

Posted January 26th, 2018 at 3:23 pm by Richard Swinbank in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

The Torbay Red-necked Grebe was off Preston this morning, 2 Black-necked Grebes off Goodrington a total of 7 Great Northern Divers and 9 Great Crested Grebes also , 1 Common Scoter.

39 Cirl Buntings and 5 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car park

Posted January 26th, 2018 at 10:40 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 25th January 2018

EAST BUDLEIGH

Good views of two Hawfinch at top of Lime tree in the churchyard.  Didn't stay for long! 

Posted January 25th, 2018 at 9:08 pm by Geoff Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 24th January 2018

Ludwell Valley Park, Exeter

One Hawfinch at lunchtime today

Posted January 24th, 2018 at 11:10 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Berry Head 'white-winger' bonanza

Seawatch 10:00-15:00. Not a lot of seabird passage but all three recent 'white-winged' Gulls put in a few appearances in nice neutral light conditions: an adult Glaucous Gull and adult & juv/1w Iceland Gulls (see comments on the adult below). Also 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls (or the same bird passing three times!). On arrival there were c20 Common Dolphins feeding which moved out into Lyme Bay and c8 Harbour Porpoise most of the day. There was a Chiffchaff in the Buddleia at the end of the quarry.

Glaucous Gull (adult)Glaucous Gull (adult)

Iceland Gull (juvenile/1st winter)Iceland Gull (juvenile/1st winter)Iceland / Kumlien’s Gull (adult)Iceland / Kumlien’s Gull (adult)

This adult ‘Iceland’ Gull shows some grey in the outer primaries (p8-10) which could fit Kumlien’s Gull or Iceland / Kumlien’s intergrade. Therefore it is probably best recorded as 'kumlieni'. Many thanks to those who gave constructive comment on photos of this bird I posted elsewhere.

 

Posted January 23rd, 2018 at 6:41 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 22nd January 2018

Berry Head

A short visit to Berry Head this pm was productive with with the juv/fw Iceland Gull still present and a fly by a rather tatty ad Glaucous Gull which headed off South also 50+ Common Dolphins feeding around the headland and bow riding fishing boats video link.. https://youtu.be/dXuDVGQ4PUg

 Ad or near Ad Glaucous Gull Berry Head 22 Jan 2018

Ad or near ad Glaucous Gull 

Posted January 22nd, 2018 at 6:27 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Bonaparte's Gull just off Shelly Beach again this afternoon at 1550hrs.

Posted January 22nd, 2018 at 4:00 pm by Terry Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Great Haldon

Seven Hawfinches this mornign in the usual spot close to the Hornbeam trees and the Pylon.

Posted January 22nd, 2018 at 1:27 pm by david cawthraw in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands & Slapton

Male Ring-necked Duck still on Beesands Ley with 101 Tufted & 4 Pochard. Great Northern Diver offshore.

Offshore at Slapton 4 Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver & Black-throated Diver.

Posted January 22nd, 2018 at 11:42 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head Sunday 21 Jan

Bill Coulson sent on some photos showing 2 Iceland Gulls Present yesterday the regular  imm and an Adult - probably the same bird seen by Roy Adams on Friday.

d  Ad Iceland Gull Berry Head 21 Jan 18 Bill Coulson Ad Iceland Gull Berry Head 21 Jan 18 Bill Coulson

            Imm Iceland Gull                              Ad Iceland Gull (perhaps some extra grey in outer primary)

Posted January 22nd, 2018 at 10:08 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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