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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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


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: 

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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