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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 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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