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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 recorder@devonbirds.org 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:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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

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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am 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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