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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 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:

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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.

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


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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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