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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

 
Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July
 
Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August
 
Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October
 
Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April
 
Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
 
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
 
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
 
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
 
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
 
Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. 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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Friday 7th December 2018

Torbay

A fantastic range of unusual species around the bay at the moment:

3 Beaches Headland, Goodrington (accessed from Oyster Bend  behind the church at Goodrington)

A 1st w Surf Scoter with 7 Common Scoter straight out from the headland, picked out initially from Broadsands.

Broadsands: The Yellow-browed Warbler still present in back of 1st car park, also 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs (and another probably Siberian but showing some pale olive in upperparts and less strong supercilium), also 4-5 collybita Chiffchaffs and 1 Goldcrest. 12 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Elberry headland: and cove: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebes & 5 Great Northern Divers.

SibeChiffBrdsnds071218ML1 SibeChiffBrdsnds071218ML2 probable Sibe Chiff Brdsnds 071218 ML3

                 Siberian Chiffchaff 1                       Siberian Chiffchaff 2              Probable Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted December 7th, 2018 at 5:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 6th December 2018

Clennon Lakes, Paignton

The Siberian Chiffchaff present again today around the higher of the 3 main lakes also at least 7 collybita Chiffchaffs in area.

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 6 Dec 2108 ML Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 6 Dec 2108 ML

                   Siberian Chiffchaff                                                                              collybita Chiffchaff

Posted December 6th, 2018 at 1:04 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 5th December 2018

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again in the back corner of Broadsands Marsh this morning. 

Posted December 5th, 2018 at 10:30 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 4th December 2018

Siberian Chiff Chaff?

Walking back from a nice stroll around the Gaia Trust reserve at about 1pm today along the Tarka Trail we heard a steady repeated "peep" from a bush. On looking for the bird we saw a Chiff Chaff flitting through the bare branches. Unable to get an image but, knowing they have a diagnostic call, on Googling the birds call when we got home I have to conclude that the call was the same as we heard. I'm definitely not an expert and there may well be other birds which SOUND similar, but this was a Chiff Chaff and sounded just like the recording of the Siberian race we found on Xeno-Canto. 

Eds: Views of the bird and a description of the plumage tones are equally important

Posted December 4th, 2018 at 8:44 pm by Philip Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

A Yellow-browed Warbler was present today in the top corner of the 1st car park feeding high in the willows most of the time often with 2 Chiffchaffs - some nice photos of it here by Chris Lake   https://twitter.com/CDLWildlife/status/1069961272584753152 

In the 2nd car park there were 14 Cirl Buntings on seed and a Brambling in the trees nearby.,

On the sea 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Common Scoter, 6 Great Northern Divers, 4 Razorbills and 3 Guillemots including a partially oiled bird flapping regularly but still feeding.  

Posted December 4th, 2018 at 4:46 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay kayak trip

Berry Head:  5 flypast Great Northern Divers, 1 flypast probable Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoter (female), 6+ Harbour Porpoise.

South Torbay: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 9 Common Scoter

Red-necked Grebe Harbour porpoise
Red-necked Grebe                                     Harbour porpoise

Posted December 4th, 2018 at 3:25 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Baggy Point

20 Common Scoters (1 male + 19 female) off the point early am. Also 4 Eider & 1 Red throated Diver.

 

Posted December 4th, 2018 at 12:31 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 3rd December 2018

Paignton

2 Cattle Egrets with a Little Egret in the first field on left driving south (from the old Nortel factory site and new housing development) on Waddeton Road.

Posted December 3rd, 2018 at 10:15 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 2nd December 2018

Great White egret at Arlington Court National Trust

My apologies. The earlier post reporting this bird did not contain that vital bit of information, the location! Which is the lake at Arlington Court, in North Devon. Sorry. 

Posted December 2nd, 2018 at 6:09 pm by Philip Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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