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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Thursday 31st May 2018

Dawlish Warren

The adult Rosy Starling was still present in the bushes near the hide late evening. Also Common Whitethroat, Sanderling, several Common Ringed Plover and large Dunlin flock.

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Posted May 31st, 2018 at 11:28 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Airy Point

After a return journey of 7 miles in a pair of wellington boots in 21C some of which was in soft sand, I was rewarded with a male Kentish Plover.

As far as I remember in over 60 years of walking the sands, this is only my second sighting of Kentish Plover.

I have a feeling that it may turn up on the Skern next but do not hold it against me if not!


Posted May 31st, 2018 at 5:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren

adult Rose-coloured Starling around Greenland Lake area at Dawlish Warren with common Starling flock this afternoon

Posted May 31st, 2018 at 2:41 pm by Phil Chambers in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 29th May 2018

West Charleton Marsh

Cattle Egret still present

Posted May 29th, 2018 at 3:24 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 28th May 2018

Mouth of Taw & Torridge Estuary

1 late Osprey spooking the resting Gulls at Airy Point early this morning.

Posted May 28th, 2018 at 11:07 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 27th May 2018

West Charleton Marsh

Cattle Egret present today.

Posted May 27th, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 22nd May 2018


Red Kite low over Tesco car park 1150 this morning and a Peregrine soaring at height at the same time.

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 7:09 pm by Charlie Imms in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodland Honey Buzzard

Mobbed by 3 c.rows over lane east of Woodland village 13:30 Tues grid795 688

Emerged from Greper Copse a little later,soared and headed over Bickington.

Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 4:26 pm by Denis Doy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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