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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

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

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Berry Head kayak trip

4 Balearic Shearwater

4 Common Terns inc one (fw) sat on sea 2 miles off Berry Head

13+ Harbour porpoise

Common Tern
Common Tern

Harbour porpoise
Harbour porpoise

Posted September 26th, 2018 at 7:29 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Woodlark- Dawlish countryside Park

Woodlark feeding in Winter Barley at 11.45am,  25/9

Several flight views from first field from car park, then flew to field with turbine and lost to view

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 3:04 pm by paul barker in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Blaxton Meadow

At low tide the Cattle Egret was roosting on one of the islands in the meadow before flying off North.

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 2:49 pm by Martin Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Middle Soar/Soar Mill Valley/Southdown Farm

Six species of raptor this morning included female Merlin and Hobby hunting over Soar Mill Valley but not together! Movements of 270 Swallow, 320 Skylark & 370 Meadow Pipit. Also: 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 25 Stock Dove, 5 House Martin, White Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 60 Goldfinch & 360 Linnet.

Non-avian: 4 Roe Deer - male, female & 2 yearlings; 7 Wall Brown & 36 Red Admiral.

Posted September 25th, 2018 at 2:23 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 24th September 2018

Horsey Island

An absolutely cracking late aft / early evening on R.Caen & Horsey Island with the flood tide.

1 Cattle Egret showing well in the crystal clear evening light on Horsey.

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 7:21 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East & Middle Soar

A good day of vis mig but nothing like Start Bay yesterday!! Tally included 700 Swallow moving east, 800 Meadow Pipit & 210 Skylark grounded, 6 House Martin, 11 Wheatear  9 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 2 Whinchat, 16 Stonechat, 18 Blackcap & 350 Linnet. All this attracted 5 species of raptor inc. the first Merlin of the autumn (possibly 2). 

Non-avian; 8 Sika Deer stag.

Posted September 24th, 2018 at 4:40 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Start Bay/Slapton Ley

The wind dropped at 1.30pm and the sun came out triggering a massive passage of Swallows! Watching from the Monument Car Park 2pm-5pm birds were moving strongly NE along the coast over the sea as far as I could see and along the beach: peak passage was 500/minute,  estimate of 40,000 Swallows  conservative in the three hours I counted, birds still streaming past when I left and over the Ley and fields inland to Slapton Viillage, a handul of House Martins and Sand Martins with them. Highlight on the sea was a 1W Black Guillemot in flight and settled. Also 6 Eider, 7 Common Scotor, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Manx and 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 50+ Sandwich terns amongst large numbers of gulls offshore. Earlier 2 juv/1W Yellow-legged Gulls on the lower Ley. Reed Warbler, 4 Reed Buntings,  2 Wheatears and a Whinchat. 

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 6:22 pm by David Cope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bolt Head

Wryneck along coast path between Starehole Bay and Overbecks this afternoon 14:45-15:00 at least. SX728368

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 4:56 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Bay / Point

In Start Bay a flock of 5 Eider, all females, flew south off the Memorial Car Park at 07:50. Largest number I have seen here for a long time. When the rain eased I went up to Start Point. There were 12 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler in a small sheltered spot in the farm. Elsewhere 2 Wheatears, 150 Meadow Pipits ( grounded ) , Grey Wagtail and 10 White Wagtails.

Posted September 23rd, 2018 at 1:04 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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