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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, 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.

If anyone saw 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.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

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 Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

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

Saturday 31st March 2018

Plymouth Common Rosefinch

Common Rosefinch briefly back on garden feeder in Plymstock (Green Park Road) again this morning, 2 weeks after the previous sighting on 17th (posted here with images on 18th). Apparently it’s still roaming the feeders and worth looking out for.  (Visits to a feeder nearby in Hooe on 18th and 19th were reported here on 19th by GE & LA Carr.)

Posted March 31st, 2018 at 2:09 pm by John Bishop in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 30th March 2018

Tiverton Garden watch

With heavy rain and sleet, 2 Blue tits, 1 Coal tit, 2 male Great tits, 3 Longtailed tits, 1 pair Brambling, 2 pair Bullfinch, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 male Greenfinch,29 + Siskin, 2 Robin, 3 Dunnock, 1 each of Woodpigeon, Crow, male Blackbird. 1 Blackcap (right leg ringed) Second bird of the week 1st bird was not ringed, they seem to pass feed up for a day then move on.

Posted March 30th, 2018 at 8:26 pm by Martyn C Webb in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands Ley

Ring-necked Duck, Scaup and Red-necked Grebe all still present. Also 2 Sand Martins and a Swallow.

Posted March 30th, 2018 at 12:42 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton Pond > Horsey Island

Early start produced my first singing Willow Warbler of the year at Wrafton Pond.

At Horsey 7 Greenshank, 4 Knot, 9 Redshank & good numbers of Shelduck.

Posted March 30th, 2018 at 10:37 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 29th March 2018

Kingsbridge Estuary

Spoonbill c100 metres south of the Pumping Station on Embankment Road, Kingsbridge at midday on the low tide.

Posted March 29th, 2018 at 5:45 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 28th March 2018

Spoonbill at Kingsbridge

Single Spoonbill sighted at Southville quay, Kingsbridge, 11.45am. fishing and moving toward Kingsbridge proper

Posted March 28th, 2018 at 10:51 am by Andrew Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Peter Tavy - Black Redstart

A possible female Black Redstart in Peter Tavy this evening, displaying the classic bobbing. Will try and find it again tomorrow. (very poor quality video from my phone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUwWVKS31Ys

Posted March 27th, 2018 at 7:12 pm by Andy Brown in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sharpa Marshes + Horsey Island

2 Swallows over Jon's Velator reserve.

1 fem Marsh Harrier over Sharpa Marshes with a smattering of Meadow Pipits & 5 Sand Martins above.

On Horsey 5 Golden Plover (a couple in sum plum), 1 Spoonbill looking underweight, 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff with an injured leg (so probably same individual as before so overwintering bird) 8 Redshank & good numbers of Shelduck.

Posted March 27th, 2018 at 12:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 26th March 2018

Spoonbill Exminster Marshes

The Spoonbill was roosting in the middle of the marshes with some Cormorants and it only put is head up showing its bill twice in the time that I was watching it. It is probably best viewed from the car park by the canal but can also be seen from the other side of the marshes.

Spoonbill
Spoonbill

Posted March 26th, 2018 at 8:32 pm by Samuel Gray in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

White Fronted Goose

Turf locks around 1pm today a single 1st winter Eurasian White Fronted Goose, with a group of Canada Geese and a couple of Greylag Geese.

  

Posted March 26th, 2018 at 7:59 pm by kay and gary deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sharpa Marshes

5 Sand Martins over the reed beds this aft looking  south from the Tarka trail.

Posted March 26th, 2018 at 6:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 25th March 2018

Soar Mill Valley

Female Ring Ouzel in thick scrub at west end of valley, very elusive. Female wheatear above Soar Mill Cove and first singing Chiffchaff.

Posted March 25th, 2018 at 11:55 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 24th March 2018

Northam Burrows/Skern ---Black Redstart

Single Black Redstart seen intermittently from 1.30 to 3pm. Initially was very active amongst the boulders and in the grass at the southernmost edge of the sandy beach at the far end of the dump road. Later flew a few hundred yards south following the boulder line and disappeared. Photos for id only….too far away to get any decent ones.

   

Posted March 24th, 2018 at 8:46 pm by Sue Ambler in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands Ley

Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still present. Also 6 Pochards and 41 Tufted Ducks.

Posted March 24th, 2018 at 1:46 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 23rd March 2018

Prawle and South Huish

Seawatch at Prawle Point from 8-10 am in WSW force 3-4 wind. 18 Manx Shearwaters west, 1 Red-Throated Diver on the sea.

4 newly arrived Chiffchaffs. At Horsley Cove a Pale- bellied Brent Goose, a Ringed Plover and a Golden Plover.

At South Huish a Little Ringed Plover and nearby 4 Ringed Plovers and a Redshank. Also a.Dark- Bellied Brent Goose and 4 Med Gulls: 2 adults in full breeding plumage, a 2nd/3rd year with full hood and a 1st year bird. (Work being undertaken on the car park.)

 

Posted March 23rd, 2018 at 7:12 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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