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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of 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.

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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
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

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Monday 21st May 2018

Lundy trip

Great trip yesterday to Lundy, Thanks to all organisers. Saw our first ever Dottrel. Also managed a Turtle Dove,which was with all the Collared Doves in the valley as we came up from the boat.

If the Gentleman who was sitting quietly as the Dottrel walked past him would like to contact me I have some great pictures of the two of them.

Turtle Dove
Turtle Dove

Posted May 21st, 2018 at 10:13 am by kay and gary deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 20th May 2018


A Honey-buzzard over Soar Mill Cove for a few minutes around 13.30 before gaining height rapidly and I lost view of it. Otherwise very little except 3 singing Sedge Warblers from here and East Soar.

Singing Garden Warbler at Averton Gifford.

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 5:53 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red kite Ebford

Red kite east of Exe-  Ebford - flying north 19th May

Posted May 20th, 2018 at 10:40 am by Ben murrell in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 17th May 2018


Red Kite over 0630

Posted May 17th, 2018 at 7:19 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 16th May 2018

Red kite Morchard Bishop

Red kite heading west between New Buildings and Morchard Bishop 3.30 today

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 8:46 pm by Steve Allbrighton in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Hams

Soar was rather blustery this morning but we managed to dig out 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Hobby, 4 singing Sedge warblers, male Reed Bunting & 2 Blackcaps.

Later at West Charleton marsh: 3+ Reed Warblers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 7:17 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kites over Plymouth

Two Red Kite were wheeling over the southern end of Mutley this morning at 11.20. They drifted off towards the south,

Posted May 16th, 2018 at 11:35 am by Joe Higman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Plym Woods - Cann Viaduct - 2 Red Kites

2 Red Kites flew over Cann viaduct in Plym Woods at around 13.10 in the distance and high up, shots taken were nearly into the Sun

Posted May 15th, 2018 at 2:32 pm by Greg Bradbury in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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