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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

Sightings Page Guidelines

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.

  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

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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