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2019 Devon Bird Report

There are a few vacancies available for Section Writers for the 2019 Devon Bird Report. The available Sections, with approximate numbers of species, are: Crows - 8, Crests, Tits - 9, Crakes - 5.

Please contact the Editor, Mike Lock ( if you would like to contribute. Material will be sent out in late April and first drafts are needed by mid July.

Posted March 31st at 3:24 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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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

Friday 7th December 2018


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


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


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 

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


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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