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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Membership

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Woodcombe Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler at the bottom of Woodcombe Valley ( just west of Lannacombe ) this morning.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 5:04 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

To add to Mike’s post, additions to seawatch (up to 12.15): 7 Great Northern Divers, Diver sp,  2 Bonxies & a Harbour Porpoise.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross. 10 Common Scoter offshore.

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 2:24 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatch 07.10-09.10Hrs: 3 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 1 Manx Shearwater, 861 Kittiwakes, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gulls.  

Posted November 7th, 2018 at 10:23 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Female Brambling

Seen on 28/10/18 on Birdfeeders at Knoightshayes National Trust ,Tiverton.


Posted November 7th, 2018 at 10:10 am by Stuthridge in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Male Brambling

Male brambling seen at Bird Feeders at Knightshayes National Trust ,Tiverton on 5/11/18


Posted November 7th, 2018 at 10:06 am by Stuthridge in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 5th November 2018

Lannacombe Valley.

This morning  c.20 Goldcrests, a welcome increase in numbers after the scarcity of the last fortnight. 8 ringed of which 5 had the plumage characteristics of 'continental'birds.Also present 1 Firecrest, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 6:45 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ford Park Cemetery 05-11-18 Black Redstart

A male Black Redstart @ Ford Park Cemetery showing very well by the two chapels

Black Redstart Black Redstart
Black Redstart                                                Black Redstart

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 4:17 pm by greg bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe was again tucked into Elberry Cove, a Black-necked Grebe was in Broadsands bay also 1 Great Crested Grebe and a Common Scoter there. 10 or more Common Scoter out in Torbay and a single juv Pomarine Skua harassing the kittiwakes. 

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 4:05 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

N Devon Link Road

One, possibly two, Red Kite over the link road at the concrete bridge over valley NE of Filleigh. 10.45 on 4th Nov.

Posted November 5th, 2018 at 11:54 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 4th November 2018

Hoopoe 1/11/18

My sister sent me a photo and a couple of videos of a hoopoe, present on the moor just above Wotter near Shaugh Prior.  

Hoopoe. Wotter 1/11/18. Image resized 4/11/18
Hoopoe. Wotter 1/11/18. Image resized 4/11/18

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 7:29 pm by Christopher Vincent in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Brixham

A White-billed Diver was just of the sea water swimming pool at Shaolstone, Brixham this afternoon - probably a 2nd winter bird rather than a poorly marked 1st w. Video clip here:  https://youtu.be/pV-OXUoGMrA 

White-billed Diver 2w Brixham 04 Nov 2018 ML White-billed Diver 2w Brixham 04 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 3:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Bittern seen briefly in flight first thing just north of Slapton Bridge. Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still present at Torcross until 09:30 when they flew south, probably to Ireland Bay. Reasonable nos. of Gannets and Kittiwakes south. 8 common Scoter settled on the sea off the Memorial Car Park.

Posted November 4th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Berry Head seawatch

Seawatching from 08:00-15:30. Slow but quality rather than quantity. Little Auk (@14:38), Black-throated Diver (headed into Tor Bay), Sooty Shearwater (@13:39), 3 Manx Shearwaters, Pomarine Skua (juv), 5 Great Skuas, Mediterranean Gull (ad) and 15 Common Scoter (either N or into Tor Bay).

Also very good showing of marine animals with 6+ White-beaked Dolphins (breaching at times), 3+ Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (breaching), 5+ Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 6:17 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

A Red-necked Grebe was tucked into Elberry Cove this afternoon (video clip here: https://youtu.be/EeEcdTMQp90  ), also in Torbay 7 Common Scoter, 2 ad w Mediterranean Gulls and a Black Redstart on rocks between Broadsands Beach and Elberry Cove.

Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 3 November 2018 ML Red-necked Grebe Broadsands 3 November 2018 ML

Distantly digiscoped Red-necked Grebe

 

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 3:20 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still present but now at Torcross.

Posted November 3rd, 2018 at 8:59 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 2nd November 2018

Soar

A superb sunny, mild & calm day. 

Three or 4 Firecrests, Ring Ouzel (Starehole), 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a good total of c55 Yellowhammers.

Overhead, 65+ Stock Doves (also c50 grounded), c750 Wood Pigeons, Redpoll (presumed Lesser), Brambling & 3 Siskins.  

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bursdon Moor

Nigel Bastin - please send your records for the Moor into the Data Manager for entry in the records for 2018. The record sheets are on website along with the mail address.

Posted November 2nd, 2018 at 8:30 am by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 1st November 2018

Bursdon moor

Please let me know if you would updates from Bursdon moor as I monitor  most days for Sterling university  (BTO), during the winter since moving back down to Bude.

Eds - anyone can send in sightings to be published on these web pages, so your updates would be very welcome..

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 11:23 pm by Nigel Bastin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Prawle

At Moorwell Pond this morning ,a small arrival of Chiffchaffs (10+) and 2 ''Continental '' Goldcrests. Also on site 20+ Blackbirds. 8 Song Thrushes, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Grey Wagtall . Chiffchaff numbers have been poor this autumn; Goldcrests even more so. With ''Continental' birds now arriving on the East Coast,hopefully more will make their way westward.

1st.Yr.M. ''Continental'' Goldcrest.  
1st.Yr.M. ''Continental'' Goldcrest.

Posted November 1st, 2018 at 3:39 pm by Alan K Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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