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2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder Many thanks, stay safe.

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 - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. 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

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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Saturday 7th April 2018

Start Point

Small fall of around 30 Willow Warblers this morning. Also a few Swallows arriving and a Firecrest in the farm.

Posted April 7th, 2018 at 5:29 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 6th April 2018

Rillage Pt to Watermouth

Yesterday (5th) was very quiet at Rillage, but there was a superb breeding-plumaged Red-throated Diver feeding and preening a little way offshore. By contrast, plenty of migrants on the move this morning (6th): 4 Sandwich Terns, 1 Common Tern, 25 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins, 4 House Martins, 3 Goldcrests, 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, a female-type Black Redstart, 2m Stonechats, 31 Meadow Pipits, 9 alba wagtails, 4 Siskins, 56 Goldfinches and 50 Linnets.

Later on, 2 Red Kites drifting E over the Sterridge Valley at about 12.15.

Posted April 6th, 2018 at 2:53 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 5th April 2018

Wrafton Pond & scrape + Baggy

Early this morning there were 4 Black tailed Godwits on Wrafton scrape, 30 minutes later there were 18, one in sum plum.

Then to Baggy where there were 6 Wheatear (4m + 2fm) + 1 Swallow.

18.00 - Wrafton Pond again where there were 2 House Martins in amongst some Swallows & Sand Martins

Photo showing leg colour of Willow Warbler


Posted April 5th, 2018 at 7:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 4th April 2018

Exminster Marsh

3 Cattle Egrets viewable from Station Road just up from the industrial estate late afternoon. Please note that the bends by the second car park are flooded. Also a few Swallow and Sand Martin flying through and the 2 Snow Geese of unknown origin. Thanks to the chap that pull the alert out about the Egrets

More details

Posted April 4th, 2018 at 6:52 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 3rd April 2018

Wrafton Pond

One of the several Willow Warblers in the willows around the pond this am.

Posted April 3rd, 2018 at 9:22 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton pond & Sharpa pond

am - Paula had a fall of 10 Willow Warblers this morning all in a small area, 6 in one Willow.

17.15 - 4 Swallows + 17 Sand Martins over Sharpa pond & reed beds.

Posted April 3rd, 2018 at 6:01 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Brent ~ Hawfinch

I thought the day had started well around the garden feeders when one of two female Brambling showed up around the feeders, along with Bullfinch, Song Thrush, Long Tailed Tit (collecting nesting material) Canadian Geese and Heron overhead a Mallard dropping onto the field pond, two Green Woodpeckers calling and a GSWP drumming.

Resident pair of Buzzard displaying, drawing attention from a Raven and a third Buzzard.

And then just after mid day a female Hawfinch on the ground under the feeders, a garden first for me and a village rarity to say the least, it has now been around the feeders for just over an hour so far....... a real treat.

And earlier in the morning a trip to the vets in Totnes to collect an injured female Barn owl that had been found on the road 200 yards outside of Broadhempston on the road from Red Post, the bird has two fractures to the ulna of its right wing but will hopefully make a full recovery.


Posted April 3rd, 2018 at 1:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 2nd April 2018

Iceland gull Slapton

a lovely 1st winter (faded Spring) Iceland gull lingering off the outflow at the very south end of Slapton beach all afternoon today. Also, ring-necked duck still at Beesands Ley this morn. B of c shot of Iceland attached

Posted April 2nd, 2018 at 8:28 pm by Alex carlisle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

West Charleton Marsh / Bay, 15:00-17:30

Spoonbill and Red-breasted Merganser in the bay, 2 Teals, 2 Wigeons on the marsh and a couple showy Water Rails in front of the hide below the bird feeders.

Posted April 2nd, 2018 at 6:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey - Taw Estuary

10.30  - 1 Osprey flying past Isley Marsh on the south side of the Estuary being mobbed by Herring Gulls.

Posted April 2nd, 2018 at 12:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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