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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Sunday 14th October 2018

Thurlestone

Isabelline Shrike has seen out the bad weather and showing well in the same place on the golf course this afternoon. Short windy vid here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggoy5WlnQU8&feature=youtu.be

Posted October 14th, 2018 at 3:58 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 12th October 2018

Berry Head update

After the rain cleared a few more seabirds came through giving totals 07:30-15:45. 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 13 Arctic Skuas, 3 Bonxies (see photo), 2 European Storm-petrel, Storm-petrel sp. (not European) and a distant Storm-petrel (most likely European), 1w Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Scoter, Black-throated Diver, 23 Fulmar (high count for October here!), 5 Swallows and a Merlin.

Great SkuaGreat Skua

Also some video of Bonxies from Berry Head yesterday See here

Posted October 12th, 2018 at 6:06 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Gale force S winds and heavy rain were perhaps just too much for seabird passage with the following seen between 07.30-1100, with M Darlaston and D Dawe:

6 Arctic Skuas (including at least 3 juveniles), 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (juv/fw), 9 fulmar (often scarce at this time of year), 1 Merlin, 2 Grey Seal and at least 5 Harbour Porpoise.

Trees in bottom of quarry completely blown out, with no sign of any land migrants. 

Posted October 12th, 2018 at 1:22 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Late post - Horsey Island

On the way home yesterday early evening from the White House

1 Short eared Owl alighted on the top of a telephone pole by the side of the Toll Road for a few seconds & then flew north over Horsey Island.

Posted October 12th, 2018 at 12:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 11th October 2018

Sparrowhawk in Exmouth

Surprised to have sparrowhawk in my tiny front 'garden' on busy road in centre of Exmouth. (Cropped photos through window, rain, reflections, but pleased camera was at the ready))

Posted October 11th, 2018 at 8:21 pm by Margaret Mackintosh in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

ISABELLINE SHRIKE THURLESTONE GOLF COURSE

Shrike Showing Well This Morning, Despite Rain, Wind,& Low Cloud.

Usual Spot By Green Shed On The Edge Of Golf Course Next To Coast Path.

Please Note,   Limited Free Parking.    

    

Posted October 11th, 2018 at 3:33 pm by patrick hawkins in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlstone

Isabelline Shrike on bush golf course this morning.

Posted October 11th, 2018 at 12:16 pm by Chris Buckland in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Isabelline Shrike

Great to find today at Thurlestone Golf Course an Isabelline Shrike, I originally thought it was a juv Red Backed Shrike due to the very difficult light conditions but had a jizz it may have been something a bit more special and thanks to Al Doidge, Pete Aley, Russ Eynon, Mike Passman and Eric it was confirmed as Isabelline. 

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 5:17 pm by Ian Teague in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lannacombe Valley

At last some Goldcrests. 12+ present.(6 ringed). Hopefully the start of a later than normal autumn passage.Other migrants were 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps and 1 Firecrest.

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 3:54 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

My first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn was in sycamores near the drinking trough on the top NE corner of the meadow, it was being continually chased by the local Chiffchaffs but did it's best to stay in this sunny, warm, still corner.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML

Of more interest was a very pale, sandy brown Lesser Whitethroat probably of eastern origins, with almost entirely white outermost tail feathers. It was very skulking but did give some good views from time to time. some of the pictures make it look rather pale grey on the upperparts but it was genuinely sandy brown. Click on images below for a better look.

Lesser Whitethroat eastern Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML Lesser Whitethroat eastern Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML Lesser Whitethroat eastern Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML Lesser Whitethroat eastern Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML Lesser Whitethroat eastern Berry Head 10 Oct 2018ML

 

Posted October 10th, 2018 at 11:34 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Start Point / Slapton Ley ( 8/10/18)

Early morning vis mig highlights at Start included 100 Meadow Pipits, 490 Linnets, 270 Goldfinches, 54 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Elsewhere a male Merlin, 2 Redwings, Fieldfare (  I think my earliest ever autumn bird around here ), 44 Swallows, 10 Chiffchaffs, Wheatear, and a Brambling.

Around at Slapton in Ireland Bay 2 male Scaups still present. Not such an apparent size discrepancy as I thought on Sunday with a better view. Also male Pochard, 231 Coots, 5 Med Gulls.                                                              

 

Posted October 9th, 2018 at 5:15 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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