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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/guide_to_record_submission

Please send your records to Karen Sims data.manager@devonbirds.org and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands recorder@devonbirds.org

Best wishes and good birding for 2020

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something you would like to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

  

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

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! 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

Friday 31st August 2018

Torcross

The Rosy Starling was again present this morning, departing west with a small group of its commoner cousins at 07:10.

Rosy Starling by the tank  Rosy Starling on The Boathouse
Rosy Starling by the tank                            Rosy Starling on The Boathouse

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 3:28 pm by Paul Roberts in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

West Charleton Marsh / Bay

8 Cattle Egrets still present on the marsh along with a Green Sandpiper and 3 Yellow Wagtails. Across the bay, very distant, the Osprey on its usual perch in Ilton Woods.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 3:28 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East & Middle Soar

A really good bird today, Tawny Pipit in rape stubble just east of Middle Soar house. Watched for c.10mins with Yellow Wagtails, Meadow Pipits & Linnets before all were scattered by hunting female Sparrowhawk. Also: 120+ Yellow Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 13 Wheatear, 330 Herring Gull, 550 Swallow & 80 House Martin moving east.

Posted August 31st, 2018 at 12:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 30th August 2018

Slapton Ley/Torcross

Early evening visit - the Rosy Starling flew in just after 7pm onto Torcross seafront rooftops, my 193rd species for this site so thanks to whoever found it! On the Ley at least 5 juv Yellow-legged Gulls flew into the gull roost. Earlier a flurry of migrants around the higher ley - 4 Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat, 6 Whitethroats, 6 Blackcaps, 20+ phylloscs and 2 Wheatears. 500+ mixed hirundines over the lower ley and a late Swift.

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 8:46 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Juv / fem Marsh Harrier in the Higher Ley this evening

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 8:27 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torcross

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling showing well on rooftops along the seafront this morning.

Posted August 30th, 2018 at 8:32 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 29th August 2018

West Charleton Marsh / Bay

Great couple hours this evening on the high tide. Thought there was a maximum of 6 Cattle Egrets, hard to see following cattle through the rushes and reeds but eventually 8 flew out and down ria to the local egret roost. Wonder if they are fresh in or part of yesterdays influx ? For what it's worth they seemed to know which direction the roost was so maybe familiar with area..About to leave the hide when a Barn Owl started quartering the marsh and then all the gulls in the bay went crazy and an Osprey was out there catching a fish pretty late in the day. Also saw Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 9:09 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Middle Soar & Soar Mill Valley

Great views of 3 Dotterel on lightly cultivated stubble just west of the East Soar car park, viewable from the footpath. First seen at 12:28hrs. All imms with one showing pink on upper belly. Very tame!

Also: 2 Golden Plover, Redstart, 13 Wheatear, Fulmar.

Non-avian: Clouded Yellow & Female Roe Deer.

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 4:13 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

A slow start to the morning until I got into the quarry where I found 3 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 5-6 Willow Warbler5-6 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler and this... A Western Bonelli's Warbler! It showed 3 times over 1.5 hrs  -sadly there was no sign of it after about 0920hrs.

 Western Bonelli's Warbler Berry Head 29 Aug 2018 ML  Western Bonelli's Warbler Berry Head 29 Aug 2018 ML

   Western Bonelli's Warbler Berry Head 29 Aug 2018 ML  

The bird called several times confirming the identity as Western Bonelli's Warbler. This is the first specifically identified Western  Bonelli's on mainland Devon since 1986 (the last Devon record was 2010 on Lundy - the 2016 Devon Bird Report county list is wrong! Thanks James Diamond)

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 2:35 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Horsey

1 Osprey over Horsey am, good views for about 20 minutes.

Also 1 Juv Wheatear.


Posted August 29th, 2018 at 1:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Fairly quiet but an unusual highlight was a Spotted Redshank overhead. ( Have had one here before ).

Posted August 29th, 2018 at 9:43 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Kingsbridge area

Start Point first thing fairly quiet, 2 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail and 31 Yellow Wagtails. Then went down to Beesands for an hour not seeing the Rose-coloured Starling reported yesterday. Had a look down Charleton Marsh late morning and there was a Cattle Egret at the top of the marsh and a distant Osprey perched on a branch across the water in Lincombe Woods. Then went and saw the incredible 51 Cattle Egrets at South Huish that departed N-NE at 15:00 ( next stop South Efford ? ). Finally had another go at the Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling at Beesands and saw it at 16:20 with Common Starlings on the roof of the grey house, 3rd back from the hide car park.

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around East Soar & Aveton Gifford

East Soar area ~ In the large stubblefield from the Bolt Head memorial car park car park (opposite the airfield) a flock of some 100 plus mixed Wagtails mostly Yellow but several Pied and at least one White along with Linnets all birds lifted when a hunting juvenile female Sparrow hawk swept across the field at low level.

Three Kestrels in the area, two female Sparrow Hawks, several Buzzard, two Sika deer stags the first wild ones that I have seen.

Three Wheatear.

Down at the farm in with the cattle up to 50 Yellow Wagtails very mobile moving around the area but coming back to where the cattle were.

Aveton Gifford tidal road, Osprey, Greenshank, Redshank 350 plus Herring Gulls, Oyster Catcher, Curlew and two Common Sandpiper.

Back home at South Brent the visiting Hobby.

Posted August 28th, 2018 at 4:05 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 27th August 2018

Shaldon

Five Tree Pipits, two Spotted Flycatchers and a flyover Yellow Wagtail were the pick of the migrants at Bundle Head this morning.

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 9:40 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point to Watermouth

One Balearic Shearwater W at 08.30 today, 27th – a long-awaited patch first! Also 11 Manx Shearwaters and 8 juv Shags flying W out of the Bristol Channel. On Sun 26th, 146 Gannets – a record count for me at this site – flew W out of the Channel 14.00 onwards, as the front eased away to the E, the wind backed to the W, the rain got lighter and visibility picked up. Surprisingly little else with them; just single Manx Shearwater and Kittiwake and 37 Fulmars (probably most of the latter from local colonies).

Posted August 27th, 2018 at 3:22 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 26th August 2018

Teignmouth

Seawatching from the yacht club 09:00 - 11:10: two Arctic Skuas, one Great Skua, one skua sp, seven Manx Shearwaters, eight Common Scoters, c.50 Common Terns, 34 Sandwich Terns, 61 Kittiwakes, two Med Gulls and a Whimbrel.

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 5:19 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatching highlight totals this morning: 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Sooty, 32 Balearic, 18 Manx Shearwaters, 145 Common, 81 'commic', 7 Arctic & 16 Sandwich Terns, 13 Arctic & 18 Great Skuas, 600+ Kitiwakes mostly in a huge raft in Torbay ,18 Med & 9 Common Gulls, 32 Common Scoter.

         Dave Dawe & pigeon friend.  

                      Dave Dawe and Friend                                     Sooty Shearwater in the mist.

Posted August 26th, 2018 at 2:34 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 24th August 2018

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

A visit from 4pm to 5pm. The Spotted Crake showed rather well on the far side of the Estuary from the viewing platform south of white bridge. Also a single Egyptian Goose. If interested, more information and pictures at http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Three Osprey together off Mudbank this morning @ 0920.

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 2:59 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond, a Nightjar caught at this morning's ringing session.A stunning bird at close quarters. Dissapointingly few common migrants on site,4 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler,1 Chiffchaff  and 1 Sedge Warbler.

Nightjar  
Nightjar

Posted August 24th, 2018 at 11:57 am by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Broadsands

Another juvenile Yellow-legged Gull this evening (photo below) - lots of new scapular feathers and one new wing covert feather. Also at least 11 Mediterranean Gulls

Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 23 Aug 2018 ML

Posted August 23rd, 2018 at 9:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Aveton Gifford tidal road

On arrival at the Aveton Gifford tidal road this afternoon, several birders viewing a juvenile Yellow Legged Gull, the reported Osprey showed up perching at the top of a dead tree across the estuary, flew several times before returning to the same perch.

 

Its presence flushed a number of birds including 34 Curlew, 17 Black Tailed Godwit and 34 plus Mallard.

Four Greenshank flew in, 2 Little Egret, 1 Heron, 1 Buzzard, 24 Mute Swan and a Common Sandpiper.

Dart Bridge this evening two Dipper.

Back home at South Brent two Tawny owls

 

Posted August 23rd, 2018 at 8:54 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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