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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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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Wednesday 21st March 2018

South Brent & Dartington.

Female Yellow Hammer on the garden feed station this morning at South Brent, over night a Barn owl calling several times. Male Brambling in the afternoon and at least three Reed Bunting around the feeders. Mid afternoon 20 Redwing passed through.

A morning visit to Dartington estate not as many birds as previously but well worth going, Green Woodpecker calling most of the time, GSWP drumming and single burst of drumming from a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Plenty of Yellow Hammer, Reed Bunting and Cirl Bunting, one male Cirl singing away as image. Flock of about 60 plus Chaffinch containing one female Brambling.


Two Buzzards, Heron, Raven, Jay, Mute Swan, Wren and Dunnock.

Along the A385 between Rattery and Dartington a flock of 100 plus Redwing and closer to Dartington a flock of 200 plus Fieldfare with a few Redwing mixed in, both flocks in flight and headed north. Near Culver Lane a Lesser Black Back Gull in a sheep field with a small number of Herring Gull.


Posted March 21st, 2018 at 12:36 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Miraculously, & I say that because of the extreme weather conditions we have had both in the British Isles & in Europe, there were 3 - 4 male Wheatear at Baggy this morning. Under the circumstances It is remarkable they survived the migration from Africa.

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 12:20 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 20th March 2018


Spoonbill spotted on the tidal road 18th March 2018

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 8:38 pm by Tracy Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

A wonderful farewell to Devon!

We shall be moving to Wales from Devon (hopefully in the coming weeks) and this morning I had a stunning view of a male Goshawk fly low between a couple of tall trees about 20 metres in front of me and take a Wood pigeon in flight before almost appearing to do a "handbrake turn" and carry the bird into an adjacent field.The Goshawk was in superb breeding plumage and the supercillium  very easily distinguished - even at speed!.  This is my first sighting of the species at the location for just under two years.

Posted March 20th, 2018 at 7:51 pm by Tony Mercer in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 19th March 2018

Galmpton Black Redstart

Walk around Galmpton 1pm onwards. On the beach between the two boat yards at Galmpton creek, there was a Black Redstart, (think it was a first winter male?) with a female stonechat.

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 9:38 pm by kay and gary deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dartington Hawfinch

Two Hawfinch using the trees at the bottom of Dartington primary school and meadowbrook car park also a male stonechat and redwings

Posted March 19th, 2018 at 4:09 pm by Hamish Johnson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 18th March 2018

Brixham Harbour

My first ever Red-Necked Grebe in a snowy Brixham Harbour this afternoon - fishing alongside a Sandwich Tern!  Also a couple of Lesser Black-Backed Gulls on the pontoons and one Common Gull enjoying the waves at Breakwater Beach.

Couple of wobbly videos here too:


Sandwich Tern:

Red-Necked Grebe
Red-Necked Grebe

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 5:40 pm by Alistair King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymouth (Saturday 17th)

Common Rosefinch briefly on a garden feeder in Plymstock (Goosewell side) late yesterday morning, but not seen since.  Could turn up on another feeder.  (It certainly knows what to do with black sunflower seed!)

Common Rosefinch
Common Rosefinch

Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch
Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch

Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch
Common Rosefinch with Greenfinch

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 1:59 pm by John Bishop in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Brent ~ Bramblings

A garden record with SIX Brambling on the ground below the garden feeders this morning (2M & 4F) and a new male Reed Bunting (3M & 1F) Jay, Siskin, Song Thrush and a pair of Bullfinch all in before 8am...

The day got better with at one point six Siskin, at least four Reed Bunting, two Jay, the Brambling continue to visit the feed station, along with Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Greenfinch, House Sparrow and good numbers of Goldfinch.

Posted March 18th, 2018 at 7:55 am by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 17th March 2018

Heathfield Starling Roost

Just to confirm the finish of the Heathfield Starling roost.  I checked it out tonight (17th March) and saw only 20 or so birds!  The data gleaned from this roost since late February and that at Ashprington (in bamboo) since late January will, in time, be used to compare with the six years (2012-2017), almost daily, data from the Slapton autumn roost (Oct-Dec) along with reference to datasets from UK south coast counties and long-term datasets from Falsterbo and Ottenby BOs in Southern Sweden and other datasets available from Northern Europe/The Baltic.  The plan is for a further years' fieldwork at Slapton (Oct-Dec 2018) as well as further monitoring of any roosts within 30 mins of Dartington for comparison during Oct-March 2018/19.

Posted March 17th, 2018 at 9:01 pm by Dennis Elphick in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw Estuary

Plenty of interest on my WeBS sector (which takes in Velator, Wrafton Pond, left bank of R Caen and Chivenor foreshore as far as Heanton corner): 4 Spoonbills on Wrafton Scrape; Firecrest, Water Pipit and singing Chiffchaff at Velator; Tundra Bean Goose on Sherpa Marsh (with Canada Geese); male Red-breasted Merganser on the Caen (rare in N Devon), 2 male Wheatears along Chivenor foreshore (my first of the year).

Posted March 17th, 2018 at 2:31 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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