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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, 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.

If anyone saw 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.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

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 Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

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.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Thursday 6th September 2018

Aveton Gifford

4 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff at the southern end of the tidal road by the stakes this afternoon. They had flown out of South Efford Marsh. After 10 minutes the Ruff flew off north.

Posted September 6th, 2018 at 5:50 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Orcombe Point and Otter Estuary

Orcombe Point

This morning at least 8 Wheatear, a few Yellow Wagtail and Meadow Pipit 

Otter Estuary 

A look after work. 3 Cattle Egret. First seen north of white bridge then relocated to near the hide. Spotted Crake showed on and off plus Bar-headed Goose.

if interested more details and photos at

Posted September 5th, 2018 at 7:58 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 4th September 2018

Torcross Rosy Starling

The reported juvenile Rosy Starling was showing well on a roof top at Torcross this evening, initially flew in as one of a flock of 10 birds and was easy to ID when it flew over at close quarters, by the end of the evening some 400 plus birds were murmarating over the ley and it was difficult to pick it out.

At one point some 300 plus birds on the roof top when flushed by a Sparrow hawk, almost constant passage of Swallows throughout the evening.

Single Cattle Egret in with cattle on the hillside as viewed from the memorial car park.


Posted September 4th, 2018 at 8:57 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A Golden Oriole was found in Millcombe by Rich & Rebecca Taylor around lunchtime today. Further details to follow on the Lundy birds blog.

Posted September 4th, 2018 at 7:40 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 3rd September 2018


Two different juvenile Yellow legged Gulls at Broadsands today and I've included two differnt Lesser Black-backed gulls too below for comparison.

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Above:  Yellow-legged Gulls - juveniles rather tatty plumage and plenty of fw scapulars, white headed and belly

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Above Lesser Black-backed Gulls - juveniles neater plumage, no sign of any fw scapulars, duskier head, smaller billed, shorter legged, mottled plumage still on belly.

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 10:01 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Wyrneck,below the pines at Wembury point.

Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 1:42 pm by Vic and Sylvia tucker in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Juvenile Rosy Starling, Torcross 2nd September 2018

Finally caught up with it 6.45am Sunday -early bird etc. Link to a bit of video. Lots of Common Starlings.

Also seen a Wheatear, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Scoter offshore and from the memorial car park 2 Cattle Egrets with cattle in fields afar.


Posted September 3rd, 2018 at 1:04 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 2nd September 2018


An Ortolan Bunting was seen on Lundy (on the track near Quarters) this morning by Rich Taylor. Further details of this weekend's sightings will be posted in due course on the lundybirds blog.

Posted September 2nd, 2018 at 4:55 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point ( 06:20-08:50 )

Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats, Grey Wagtail, 47 Yellow Wagtails, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchats and 250 Linnets on a small area of set aside.

Posted September 2nd, 2018 at 11:09 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 1st September 2018


Lundy sightings blog updated with news of an exceptional count of Pied Flycatchers on 31 Aug here.

Posted September 1st, 2018 at 8:45 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Brief seawatch 0730-0830 produced: 25 Balearic Shearwaters, 16 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 53 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Scoter also c.10 Common Dolphins and 1 Harbour Porpoise.

Around the headland and quarry: 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Grey Wagtail., 

Posted September 1st, 2018 at 11:46 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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