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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Saturday 21st July 2018


Juv Black Tern downriver off Mudbank @ 0955. Also off there 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Whimbrel and 9 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 8:00 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley.

Great White Egret.  Update. At 4-15pm.,again circling the Torcross end of the Lower Ley,and then flying north over the Ley.april

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 5:51 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Good to see first migrant Sedge Warbler with some of the local juvenile Reed Warblers. Also, a single Dunlin feeding on the exposed mud at the back of the marsh and loads of Whitethroats around. Also a good numbers of hirundines flying over the marsh. 

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 4:16 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley.

At 8-15 a.m. a Great White Egret circling over the Torcross end of the Ley, and then flew over the house towards the sea. Not resighted.

Posted July 21st, 2018 at 9:30 am by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 20th July 2018


Bowling Green Marsh this morning gave three Green Sandpiper on the scrape to the right of the hide.

From the viewing platform 10 plus Dunlin and 50 plus Redshank, one Greenshank,  at the gate a male Blackcap singing well, a second bird flew through but was lost in the cover.

From the Goat Walk plenty of birdlife with 50 plus Dunlin, a similar number of Black Tailed Godwits, lots of young Shellduck, Curlew, Redshank and singles of Ringed Plover and Sanderling.

From Exton Station distant views of an un ringed Osprey eating a fish while perched on a post in  the river, also close by a very small Seal.

Posted July 20th, 2018 at 1:20 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 19th July 2018

Mystery bird ~ Avon dam ~ South Brent

This bird was observed and photographed at the top end of the Avon dam, South Brent this afternoon by local resident John Hoare, I am thinking that it is a juvenile Black Stork.

Eds - yes Black Stork! Note ring on right leg: information welcome on origin of this. 



Posted July 19th, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 17th July 2018

Matford Marsh, Exeter

The Glossy Ibis was feeding and showing lovely on the main pool on an after work visit at 4pm. I initially picked it up from the viewing platform as it flew out of the reed bed towards the main pool. If interested, more info (and ropey pictures) at

Posted July 17th, 2018 at 8:58 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 16th July 2018

Chough North Devon

Approachable Chough feeding in sheep field along coastal footpath at Abbotsham, south west of Westward Ho! SS4027, around 2 p.m., not seen later.

Posted July 16th, 2018 at 9:23 pm by Alastair Stevenson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 15th July 2018

Teign Estuary

Juvenile Little Ringed Plover at Passage House this morning.

Posted July 15th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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