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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: 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

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm 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

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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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