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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  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 - 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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 in General Birding

Sunday 7th October 2018

Slapton and Beesands Leys

Went out to Slapton Ley again mid afternoon. From the memorial car park picked up the 2 adult male Scaups below the Hartshorn Plantation. The bright conditions not perfect but they were in company with a male Tufted Duck. One was noticeably larger than the Tufted, the other barely the same size !  At least 60 Tufted Ducks present, male Pochard, 25+ Great Crested Grebes, 21 Med Gulls and a couple hundred Coot. A Lesser Redpoll flew overhead and 4 Common Scoter offshore. Around at Beesands Ley 45 Mute Swans and a plastic Black Swan. 28 Gadwalls, Wigeon, 9 Med Gulls and a couple hundred Linnet around the old football field.

Posted October 7th, 2018 at 7:01 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 5th October 2018

Start Point

Had a good go at Start today but it was quiet and felt more like late April. Quite a few Gannets heading south first thing and a Great Skua which flew high over the Point. No vis mig of note except for a surprising 58 Skylarks that headed out from the light between 08:10-09:00, early for these here. Elsewhere Golden Plover, Firecrest ( no Goldcrest ), 11 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps and the first Reed Bunting of the autumn. Best part of 1000 Linnets between the farm and the BBC field. Nice to see 7 Clouded Yellows.

Posted October 5th, 2018 at 3:24 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

The conditions seem to favour migrants around the headland but the seawatching was surprisingly good due to a feeding frenzy of seabirds just due east of Torbay - a 30 minute seawatch produced: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwaters, 6 arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 4 Common and 7 Sandwich Terns, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 400+ Kittiwakes among the Gulls and Gannets also a pod of some 15+Common Dolphin. 

Around the rest of the headland grounded migrants included: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Wheatear. 

Overhead produced: 38 Skylark, 42 Siskin, 9 Chaffinch, 5 'alba' wagtails, 30 Meadow Pipits,  

Posted October 5th, 2018 at 12:31 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Prawle Point Seawatch

Seawatch in strong westerly, going WNW force 4-5, gusting 6 from 7.30am till 11.30am.Totals west : 101 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Manxie, 1shearwater sp. 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Bonxie, 8 Med Gulls, Gannets 632w, 56e, Auks 142w, 34e.

Also in area 1 Greenland Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps.

Posted October 2nd, 2018 at 7:43 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 1st October 2018

Soar

Started the day at Bolberry checking the vis mig but little doing. Had a good look around Soar Mill Cove/Southdown/Warren/ East Soar etc but fairly quiet...7 Golden Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Swallows, Whinchat ( SM Cove ), 5 Wheatears, 29 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps and Single Firecrest ( SM Cove ) and Goldcrest ( could be a poor autumn for the latter ). Plenty of Siskins going over. A few Red Admirals and Speckled Woods around, also Small Copper and Clouded Yellow. Beautiful weather but not if you're a moanin' birder in October who would prefer a bit more SE wind and drizzle !

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 4:15 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle Egret nr. Cornwood

Single Cattle Egret this morning in field with cows along minor road between Smithaleigh & Cornwood (SX602 572).

Posted October 1st, 2018 at 2:40 pm by Ivor Thomas in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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