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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 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:

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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Wednesday 21st November 2018


Migrants this morning were 12 Goldcrests ( 5 ringed ),4 Chiffchaffs ( 2 ringed ),and a m.Blackcap. Also present a Woodcock ( ar regular winter visitor at this site and an unusually high number of Blackbirds (20+)) Nearby 2 Black Redstarts (f/./imm.) around the cottages behind the beach.

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 6:57 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Another photo (digiscoped) of the Little Stint foraging with the Dunlin on R.Caen.

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 5:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

R.Caen + Horsey Island

Quick look at the R.Caen & Horsey Island pm.

1 Little Stint in winter plumage with the Dunlin on R.Caen.

1 Avocet on Horsey.

Posted November 21st, 2018 at 4:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 16th November 2018

Rillage Point to Watermouth

Once again a complete contrast between S & N coasts of Devon, with no visible Redwing or Fieldfare migration up here on the N coast and precious little movement at all this morning... Totals were 35 Meadow Pipits, 6 Siskins, 25 Goldfinches, 7 Linnets and only 24 Chaffinches. The scrub yielded a Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrests, 16 Blackbirds, 6 Song Thrushes, 3 Stonechats and the highlight by some way an exceptionally late female or first-winter Common Redstart.

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 2:52 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Mostly impressive overhead migration today 0710-0910hrs: 5000+ Redwing, 950 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 345 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 19 Siskin, 4 Bullfinches, 80 Goldfinches, 25 Stock Doves (in one flock), 65 Meadow Pipits, 7 pied Wagtails, 30 Starlings, 2 Skylark & 1 Snipe.

Around the headland: 7 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff

Posted November 16th, 2018 at 12:51 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 15th November 2018


,A small influx of Chiffchaffs (8),and Goldcrests (9). 3 Goldcrests ringed,all'Continental' birds. Also a flock of 50+ Redwings and a flock of 20+ Fieldfare alighted in the tops of the tallest White Willows, before flying off westward.

1st.Yr.m. 'Continental' Goldcrest.
1st.Yr.m. 'Continental' Goldcrest.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 4:53 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Fantastic overhead migration was noted between 07.30-09.30 with: at least 8400 Redwing, 150 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Trush, 8 Song Thrush, 230 Chaffinch, 16 Brambling, 29 Siskin, 300+ Wood Pigeon, 3 Skylark, 30 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 22 Meadow Pipits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Around the woods and top of the headland: 1 Pallas's Warbler, 4 Firecrest, 18 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff.

   Redwing Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML  Firecrest Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML

                              Some of the Redwings                                           Firecrest

                  Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML     Pallas's Warbler Berry Head 15 Nov 2018 ML

Pallas's Warbler


Posted November 15th, 2018 at 1:51 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A Great White Egret (a patch tick!) flew E along the clifftops at 08.30. Visible migration did not include the large numbers of thrushes being seen on the south coast, but was instead dominated by Starlings, with some 934 counted before 09.00. Also 134 Chaffinches, a Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush, 4 alba wagtails, 9 Meadow Pipits, 14 Goldfinches and 5 Linnets. One Red-throated Diver W. In the scrub, single Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, plus 4 Stonechat. It will be interesting to learn if the Chivenor Great White Egret seen at 07.45 this morning stuck around, or if it could be the same individual that I saw 45 minutes later – though even a direct line between the two locations is c 15km.

Posted November 15th, 2018 at 11:27 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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