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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 recorder@devonbirds.org 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:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 id@devonbirds.org.

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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Monday 6th August 2018

Eddystone

Kayak trip to Eddystone

4 Balearic Shearwater

plus 22 Harbour Porpoise, 2 small (approx 5 ft) Blue Sharks swimming at surface

Balearic Shearwater Balearic Shearwater Guillemot
Balearic Shearwater                           Balearic Shearwater                                      Guillemot

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 7:45 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 5th August 2018

Ashburton & South Brent

River Dart Country Park, Ashburton 10 plus Mistle Thrush feeding on Rowan berries around the main car park, small flock of Goldcrest, three Buzzards high overhead interacting with each other possibly adults birds with a  dependant youngster.

This evening my first South Brent Hobby of the year today seen from home hunting insects high over the Forder Valley was in view for at least 15 mins followed shortly afterwards by a flock of 30 plus high flying Swifts over the house feeding on insects, then had a steady passage of Swifts over the area for the next 45 mins or so.

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 10:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 4th August 2018

Broadsands

Yesterday evening: 3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls on the beach.

This morning: 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 (different)  juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls on the beach. one of them a brute of a bird and a superb example of species in juvenile plumage - some are more subtle than this. amongst the other juv YLG features  but note the white belly white head and breast band.

Yellow-legged Gull juvenile Broadsands 4 Aug 2018 ML  Yellow-legged Gull juvenile Broadsands 4 Aug 2018 ML

                                      Yellow-legged Gull juvenile - great specimen example 

Posted August 4th, 2018 at 6:11 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 3rd August 2018

Mansands

Saw some Swallows and House Martins dive-bombing something, then saw this Hobby. Also a lot of Reed Warblers and Whitethroats around the marsh and many Swallows, House Martins and a couple of Swifts flying over the marsh. 


Posted August 3rd, 2018 at 4:07 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 2nd August 2018

Glossy Ibis - Matford Marsh & Common Eider - Dawlish

Glossy Ibis on main pools at Matford Marsh at 07:15 this morning.

Juvenile Common Eider at Dawlish (viewed from near train station) at 08:00 this morning.

Posted August 2nd, 2018 at 8:57 am by Fraser in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Curlew Sandpiper & Spotted Redshank - Goosemoor

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank were present at Goosemoor from 08:00 this morning. 

Also 2 Green Sandpipers, 5 Common Sandpipers and Osprey at Bowling Green Marsh. 

Posted August 1st, 2018 at 10:09 am by Fraser in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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