General Birding

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

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.  

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

Friday 8th June 2018

Kites and Swifts N Devon

I had my first North Devon Red Kite close to Marwood Hill gardens 10 days ago, bit of a beaten up tail. It was following a tractor with the gulls. My mother in-law got a photo of one over Yelland today. I grew up close to the first release site in the Chilterns. Remember the excitement of seeing them there. Similar to how I feel about these recent birds. 

On the Swift front following Jon’s post. We’ve had a screaming group of 6 over Landkey for 4 weeks now. Strange they’ve been so slow to reach Braunton. 

Posted June 8th, 2018 at 12:00 am by Tom Williams in General Birding

Thursday 7th June 2018

Seaton Marshes

Information from East Devon Council...

Severe Disruption on Site -    Throughout July 2018 

Please be aware that major work to remove overhead power lines across the site will mean severe disruption through the month of July to Black Hole Marsh, Stafford Marsh and Colyford Common. 

The Car Park and footpaths to the Tower Hide and Stafford Marsh will be closed Monday – Friday for the first two weeks of July.

(2nd – 6th; 9th – 13th)

There will also be a complete site closure on the 26th of July.

Outside of these times the site will be open for public visiting, but there could be minor disruption and machinery on site will mean the wildlife spectacle will not be of the usual high standards. The works are estimated to be completed by 26th July, after which the removal of the overhead wires will be a huge boost for many ground-nesting birds, water birds and other wildlife on the site. It is being carried out after nesting period but before the autumn migration in an attempt to keep disturbance of wildlife to a minimum. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please contact James Chubb, Wetlands Site Manager on 07964 132282 for further information.




Posted June 7th, 2018 at 12:27 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Wednesday 6th June 2018

North Devon nightjars

3 tonight at least with clapping and churning.Also pr of tawny owls with 2 fluffy youngsters.2 kestrels,buzzard,fox and 2 female red deer so a productive evening.

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 11:27 pm by Robert Marshall in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

1 Kingfisher, 4 Great Crested Grebe (one on a nest), 2 Canada Geese plus c6 goslings, 8 Coot, 29 Mallard, 3 Swallow, 3 Magpie, 3 Moorhen plus 2 juv, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Jay, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet.

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 8:58 pm by Rod Mudge in General Birding

Marsh Harrier - West Charleton Marsh

At about 1300 hrs today a female Marsh Harrier flew from an easterly direction onto the marsh at W. Charleton and gave good views to my wife and I. It spent the next hour hunting, disappearing several times into the reedbed and was still active when we left at 1400hrs. Earlier on arrival at the location we were treated to good views, only 20m away, of a Cattle Egret picking ticks off the various cows. Other sightings included G.S. Woodpecker and a Jay on the feeders, 8 Little Egret, 4 male Reed Buntings, several Sedge Warbler and a lone male Cirl Bunting. Later nothing of great interest at a quiet Beesands Ley.

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 6:04 pm by David Pakes in General Birding

Braunton Red Kite

5.15 this afternoon.

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 5:56 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


Just busy outside my garage in the sunshine  at about 5.15 when the lone Herring Gull in the neighbourhood let out a bit of an alarm call. Thought it was going to be one of the local Buzzards, but closer inspection revealed a RED KITE, which drifted off towards Georgeham. This is the first Red Kite I have seen in mainland Devon!

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 5:41 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Crow point to the fisherman's Hut

A mid morning walk around crowpoint at the shoreline saw ringed plover mixed with a small flock of dunlin,  herons,  gbbg, cormorant and oystercatchers, also several skylarks in different areas sparrows taking dust baths and a few swans. 

Ringed Plover and dunlin. Skylark
Ringed Plover and dunlin.                                     Skylark

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 2:41 pm by philip worth in General Birding

Dawlish Leisure Centre

A dullish Black-headed Wagtail was found this morning on fields by Dawlish Leisure Centre. It shows well but is not giving the normal very buzzy flight calls of feldegg - see these calls are very like western Yellow Wagtails

However on the ground when feeding the quiet calls it gives sounds much more buzzy.

Posted June 6th, 2018 at 10:44 am by Mike Langman in General Birding

Tuesday 5th June 2018


At last! Up early to open some nets in my garden and above me a SWIFT! looking around I counted at least 15 feeding above tree top level. Apart from seeing the odd one, this is the first group I have seen in North Devon this year.

Male Blackcap ringed.

Posted June 5th, 2018 at 8:13 am by Jon Turner in General Birding

Cann Woods

A great visit to Cann Woods last night to hopefully see Nightjar. At almost 21:30 the churring started with good close up sightings of birds. There was pretty much constant churring and sightings for the whole hour i was there. 

Posted June 5th, 2018 at 7:54 am by duncan leitch in General Birding

Monday 4th June 2018

Ladies mile heddonsmouth

A sheltered walk from the heat today and a walk I had not been on for many years saw pied flycatchers, goldfinch, magpies. later driving back to combemartin a kite gliding peacefully along the coast up the channel.

Posted June 4th, 2018 at 10:07 pm by Philip worth in General Birding


In addition to the 7 Goslings in the reserve, I saw 2 broods of 4 and 5 (of slightly different ages) being shepherded onto the water still  left in the scrape the other day. Do we need another 16 Canada Geese locally? hmm

Just when I had written off the Godwits until autumn, 1 turned up on the scrape today.

Little Grebe still present in the reserve. No sign of any young yet.

Posted June 4th, 2018 at 7:05 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

First Shelduck with (just 3) ducklings, 2 female Mandarin ducks, one still with 5 ducklings, and also 23 drakes. Seven Curlews and an Oystercatcher lingering into the summer and singing Whitethroat.

Posted June 4th, 2018 at 1:35 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Garden Birds in Exwick

Thirty newly fledged Starlings in the garden over the last few days indicated another successful year for our local colony; good numbers of juvenile House Sparrows means that they have done well also. We have had at least four Greenfinches daily as well: maybe a sign of a slight recovery for this formerly common garden bird.

Posted June 4th, 2018 at 12:20 am by Martin Overy in General Birding

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Lopwell dam / Maristow

This morning, high water:

2 Mute Swan with 5 fluffy chicks, Mallard and Canada geese also with chicks, and 3 Shelduck. House Martin collecting mud for nest building, recently fledged Blackbird, Robin, and Long tailed tits being fed by parents. 2 Reed warbler in the reeds.

Posted June 3rd, 2018 at 8:36 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Occombe, Paignton

It's been a while since I last visited and now the grass in the orchard has really grown, so much so it was providing excellent feed for a group of Goldfinches. Also observed for quite a while a Kestrel hunting over the field below the orchard. Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion Crow. Mentioned before about the number of Wrens on site, well this morning I counted 11. There were 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, a Pied Wagtail. Swallow, 2 Jays, Bullfinch. Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Stock Doves and Long-tailed Tits. Second family of Blue Tits using the nest boxes put up this year.

Posted June 3rd, 2018 at 5:31 pm by Stephen Huggins in General Birding

Holdstone down

A mid morning walk around Holdstone down today provided approx 50+ linnet, a big increase in the last couple of years, stonechat parents and fledglings,skylarks, meadow pipits and a singular whitethroat. Nearly all the birds were feeding on the mass populations of small to medium size butterfly of many different types/ breeds. 

Whitethroat Meadow Pipit
Whitethroat     Meadow Pipit

Posted June 3rd, 2018 at 1:19 pm by Philip Worth in General Birding

Friday 1st June 2018

Turnstones - Braunton Burrows

There was 3 Turnstones tonight rummaging in the seaweed and stones on Braunton Burrows tonight, but next to main car park behind red bin

Posted June 1st, 2018 at 10:41 pm by Adam Sibbald in General Birding

Plym Woods - 01-06-18

A Great spotted Woodpecker nest in an holed old tree track at the side of the path by the river, a young Great Spotted Woodpecker could be seen clearly, and the parent was nearby ready to feed the chick

Posted June 1st, 2018 at 5:55 pm by GregBradbury in General Birding

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