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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

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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