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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 https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/guide_to_record_submission

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.

  

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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

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Cockwood

Drove along Exeter Road this morning at Cockwood, 4 Cattle Egrets again in with the cows.The single Cattle Egret still on Exminster Marshes main lagoon.

Posted November 14th, 2018 at 1:07 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe was still present in Elberry Cove this morning also 1 Great Crested Grebe and 18 Common scoter off the headland there.

Worryingly, for the first time since a voluntary agreement was put in place about 10 years ago to protect the bays wintering seabird diving bird population (Roundham Headland to Seven Quarries end of Oct - end of March) a fisherman was taking in and setting mono filament gill nets in the Elberry cove area, I am working on the best way forward. This was not the fisherman we worked with initially to organise the agreement,  who has been brilliant. 

Posted November 14th, 2018 at 12:59 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 13th November 2018

Glossy Ibis back in Fremington Pill

Seen this morning on a falling tide in Fremington Pill just below Fishley Quay. Feeding successfully & showing why, in the right light, it got its name. 

Glossy Ibis Fremington Pill Glossy Ibis Fremington Pill
Glossy Ibis Fremington Pill

Posted November 13th, 2018 at 6:42 pm by Phil Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 12th November 2018

Slapton and Beesands Leys.

Vis mig highlights from Slapton Bridge ( 07:10-08:30 ) were 1200 Woodpigeons, 200 Stock Doves, 50 Greenfinches, 260 Goldfinches, 760 Chaffinches, Bullfinch and Brambling ( all south ). Wildfowl highlights were female Goldeneye and the Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross. Managed to read a couple gull rings on the beach, will post if I get details back on them. Nothing off note on the sea. Near the sewage works were Firecrest and presumably the same Yellow-browed Warbler hanging around, heard only  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C42UVNABnUg&feature=youtu.be 

Around at Beesands Ley for the November WeBS count and there were 44 Mute Swans, Black Swan, 50 Canada Geese, 3 Shovelers, 3 Teals, Gadwall, 4 Mallards, 25 Tufted Ducks and a fcy female Scaup. Perhaps of concern no Pochards seen today.

Posted November 12th, 2018 at 6:36 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 11th November 2018

Wrafton Pond

During my WeBS count on the Taw & Torridge Estuary this morning I enjoyed close views of a Siberian Chiffchaff feeding in rushes next to the boardwalk at Wrafton Pond at around 07.35. Classic plumage and call.

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 3:53 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Almost forgot - adult Yellow-legged Gull in with the Herrings on higher fields overlooking the ley.

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 3:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck male in with Tufties at Torcross; 4+ Firecrests on track around Ireland Bay plus 2 Chiffchaff & Redwing; Offshore 10 Common Scoter & 10+ Kittiwakes.

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 3:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The Red-necked Grebe still in Elberry Cove this morning and just one Great Northern Diver. 20 Common Scoter further out in Torbay.

The Cirl Bunting Feeding station is up and running in the 2nd car park (thanks again to the RSPB SW for the winter seed) at least 8 birds down feeding this morning.

Cirl Bunting Male Broadsands 11 Nov 2018 ML

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 2:12 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross this afternoon.

Posted November 11th, 2018 at 2:10 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 10th November 2018

Slapton

The drake Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross this morning, Black-necked Grebe, 8 Common Scotor and 2 Arctic Skua on the sea, Otter by the bridge .

Posted November 10th, 2018 at 10:00 am by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 9th November 2018

Torbay

Berry Head: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in woods just near to entrance gates to Berry Hd from Berry Head Hotel.

Brixham: 4 Great Northern Divers and 1 Red-throated Diver

Broadsands: 5 Great Northern Divers (including one that flew off west inland toward River Dart), 3 Red-throated Divers & 16 Common Scoter

Paignton: 1 Great Northern Diver.

Yellow-browed Warbler Berry Hd 091118 ML  Great Northern Diver Broadsands 091118 ML

                          Yellow-browed Warbler                                          Great Northern Diver 

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 3:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 8th November 2018

Black Redstart

Unfortunately a Black Redstart run over just outside my house. About 1 mile inland from Thurlestone sands. Beautiful plumage close up, though sad to see.

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 2:15 pm by Ben Holt-Wilson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

The Red-necked Grebe was in its usual spot just off the small shingle cove (with a blue barrel washed up on the high tide line),  looking SE from the headland between Broadsands bay and Elberry Cove, Also 2 Great Northern Divers and a Red-throated Diver there too. 

Brixham: 2 winter type Great Northern Divers at the entrance to the Breakwater looking from the (old Astra Zenica) labs car park

Shoalstone: 1 moulting summer plumaged Great Northern Diver 

Posted November 8th, 2018 at 1:37 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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