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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here.

Please send your records to Karen Sims data.manager@devonbirds.org and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands recorder@devonbirds.org.

Best wishes and good birding for 2020.

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something you would like 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 here:   https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/rare_breeding_species

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! 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

Friday 30th November 2018

Shoalstone, Brixham

8 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers and 1 Black-throated Diver this afternoon together with good numbers of Razobill and Guillemot.

Posted November 30th, 2018 at 4:54 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 29th November 2018

Woodbury Common

A walk around from 3pm to 4:30pm. On arrival, 2 Hen Harrier flew through in quick succession. 1 juvenile and the other (from what I got of it) looked to be a Female. Also 6 Crossbill, Circa 30 Fieldfare and several Redwing. More details at http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com

Posted November 29th, 2018 at 6:22 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe still in Elberry Cove area, also from headland 3 Great Northern Divers, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Common Scoter, 4 Razorbills & 6 Guillemots. Also a very confiding Dunlin in the 2nd car park. 

Posted November 29th, 2018 at 2:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Monday 26 November 2018

Finally made it to Berry Head after a week's heavy cold and struck lucky with the weather. Here are a few more images of the Hume's Leaf Warbler. Having seen this bird tumble from the top to the lower branches several times I'm reinserting the 'Leaf' since this is what the bird actually looked like at times. Lovely to hear its tchuwee call rather than the Yellow-Browed's tsuweet.

 

 

Posted November 27th, 2018 at 5:34 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 26th November 2018

Saunton Sands & Downend

Early am start produced 1 vocal Snow Bunting which flew north over the top of my head towards the Saunton Sands Hotel as far as the eye could see but did not alight. I would have expected it to be heading in the opposite southerly direction but not in this case!

Later, the Great Northern Diver landed in Bideford & Barnstaple Bay while I was still on Saunton Sands, so I headed out in the direction it was swimming towards Downend but not on my surfboard!

Managed to get in a good position above it to digiscope it for a record shot.

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 5:15 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

N. Hallsands.

A YELLOW BROWED warbler this morning,which remained in the same Willow bush for the entire time that I was on site ( 5hrs.) ; feeding continuously. Also present 9 Goldcrests and 7Chiffchaffs. Nearby 2Black Redstarts ( f/imm. ) on the roofs of the beach cottages.

Posted November 26th, 2018 at 3:07 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 25th November 2018

Clennon Lakes

A Siberian Chiffchhaff was with the long-tailed Tits this afternoon and at least 6 Chiffchaff - so a bit of an influx. Cetti's Warbler still present also a Wigeon and Pintail the latter the first in over 9 years.

Pintail Clennon Lakes 25 Nov 2018 ML Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 25 Nov 2018 ML Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 25 Nov 2018 ML

                         Pintail                                                                   Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 2:57 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Following on from Bill's post also 2 Firecrests on top of head near to the navigation beacon and 11 Goldcrests.

Overhead:  3 Brambling, 40+ Chaffinch, 156 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare & 4 Siskin.

Firecrest Berry He 25 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 25th, 2018 at 11:25 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 23rd November 2018

Berry Head

The Hume's Warbler again present in same Willow Tree this morning approx 150-200m along road North of Wardens bungalow. It can be elusive but calls regularly.

Posted November 23rd, 2018 at 9:23 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Berry Head

Discovered a Hume's Warbler calling quite regularly - along road 150m north of Wardens bungalow walking toward Berry Head Hotel. Still present mid morning seeming to prefer a large ivy covered willow tree in the fenced off area but beside the road, it does stop calling for several minutes (up to 20 mins when I was there) and then very difficult to locate.

Video and call here: https://youtu.be/koEDh_d1DDU 

Humes Warbler Berry Head 22 Nov 2018 ML   Hume's Warbler Berry Hd 22 Nov 2018 ML   Hume's Warbler field notes Berry Hd 22 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 22nd, 2018 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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