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2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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 - Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. 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


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Friday 14th December 2018

N . Hallsads

A SIBERIAN Chiffchaff plus 2 nominate Also 4 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest and 4 m. Blackcaps.

Posted December 14th, 2018 at 5:09 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Goodrington Torbay

The fw Surf Scoter was again off Three Beaches Headland with just 3 Common Scoter.

Surf Scoter fw Goodrington Torbay 14 Dec 2018 Ml

                                                              Surf Scoter (centre) with 2 Common Scoter


Posted December 14th, 2018 at 1:41 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 13th December 2018


The bay is far to rough to check thoroughly for scoter, divers and grebes today but the Yellow-browed Warbler was showing well at Broadsands 1st car park.

Also 1 Cattle egret with at least 11 Little Egrets in fields east of the Waddeton Road, Paignton.

Posted December 13th, 2018 at 10:14 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Chillington S.T.W.

2 'Continental' Goldcrests ringed this morning,both of which had the pale grey tones of the nape and side crown extending further onto the mantle than is usually the case. Possibly an indication of a more Eastern origin.Oddly,there were no British Goldcrests present at this site ,which normally holds 15/20 wintering birds. Also present were 5 nominate Chiffchaffs; again a poor number for the site in Dec. Perhaps a reflection of the mild weather , or are they late in arriving ?.

' Continental' Goldcrest.i
' Continental' Goldcrest.i

Posted December 12th, 2018 at 2:23 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 11th December 2018


Paignton/Preston: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Created Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers.

Goodrington: 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers (flew in together), 1 fw Surf Scoter, 5 Common Scoter.

In marsh in Youngs Park, Goodrington: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Broadsands: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Great Northern Divers, 3 Wigeon

Aslo Yellow-browed Warbler still present in back corner of 1st car park.

Posted December 11th, 2018 at 12:17 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


I was the only living thing around Broadsands at 8am yesterday. Apart from one solitary cormorant. In the first car park the Siberian chiff chaff was playing hard to get, Stayed still long enough for just one photo but pleasing all the same. Nothing out of the ordinary at Clennon but nonetheless a beautiful morning.

Posted December 11th, 2018 at 7:47 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 9th December 2018


While leading a group from Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust today at Broadsands we managed to see a Black-necked Grebe a couple of Great Northern Divers in challenging blowy conditions on Elberry Headland. Several Gannets were feeding just off shore. At least 10 Cirl Buntings in the back of the 2nd car park, and some managed to glimpse the Yellow-browed Warbler in the willows and ivy covered trees in the 1st car park. Also here were at least 2 collybita Chiffchaff and probably 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs.

Some of the group joined me to go and look for the Surf Scoter off three beaches Headland, it was present agian with at least 10 Common Scoter.

Posted December 9th, 2018 at 2:17 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 8th December 2018


The fw Surf Scoter was again off Three Beaches Headland, Goodrington this morning with 8 Common Scoter.

Broadsands: the Yellow-browed Warbler and at least 1 Siberain Chiffchaff still in the marsh at the back of the 1st car park. Nearby at Elberry Cove 1 Red-necked Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Posted December 8th, 2018 at 3:54 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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