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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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.

For help with ID email photos to

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


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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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