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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 13th August 2018

Bowling Green Marsh

A very good evening at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh, the reported Spoonbill was present and very active at one point flying in close to the hide, two Green Sandpiper one of which was very vocal, at long last caught up with the Spotted Redshank which is now in non breeding plumage.

Five Whimbrel, two Bar Tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper, one Tufted Duck.

A growing flock of Starlings was harassed by a Sparrow Hawk (one of two seen)

From the viewing platform 45 plus Dunlin and 64 Curlew, numerous Redshank and Black Tailed Godwit, a Glossy Ibis flew low over the platform towards the Goat walk and the Exe estuary and two Kingfisher chasing each other. Most of the waders lifted as the tide came in and moved onto BGM.

  

Posted August 13th, 2018 at 10:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 12th August 2018

Berry Head

Seawatching this morning: 125 Balearic & 245 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Storm Petrel, 14 Fulmar, 3 Black Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 6 Common Tern, 7 Sandwich Terns, 8 'comic'Terns, 5 Great Skuas, 3 Arctic Skuas, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 138 Kittiwake (including 9 juvs) 33 Common Scoter.

Posted August 12th, 2018 at 3:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Broadsands

8 Mediterranean & 4 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls on Broadsands beach this evening - a couple of photos with some notes might help those wishing to pick some of these juvenile birds out.

           Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 8 Aug 2018 ML Yellow-legged Gull juv Broadsands 8 Aug 2018

Also a leucistic juvenile Mediterranean Gull - in flight the wings were in very good condition not very worn or moulting (as in all other Mediterranean Gull plumage's at the moment). It also showed a pale beige/brown ghosting of a juvenile wing pattern on Primaries and secondaries. This looks like the same Gull 'species' (thought to be Med or possibly Hybrid) seen at Dawlish Warren yesterday http://dawlishwarren.blogspot.com/   .

Leucistic Med Gull Broadsands 8 Aug 2018 ML

 

Posted August 8th, 2018 at 9:09 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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