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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.

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.

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 here:   https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/rare_breeding_species

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

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 http://dixiesbirding.blogspot.com/?m=1

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

Lundy

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

Broadsands

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

Wembury

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.

https://youtu.be/roYGElT8djM

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

Lundy

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

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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