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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here.

Please send your records to Karen Sims and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands

Best wishes and good birding for 2020.

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley 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

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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