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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 recorder@devonbirds.org 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:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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

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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Friday 14th September 2018

Pallid Harrier - Colaton Raleigh Common

Juvenile Pallid Harrier was present on the edge of the grenade range on  Colaton Raleigh Common at 7am this morning. It flew low and fast SW and was not seen again by 08:30.

Posted September 14th, 2018 at 9:22 am by Fraser C in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 13th September 2018

Lundy

No sign of the Buff-breasted Sandpipers, but the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was still present. Details and photos at http://lundybirds.blogspot.com/2018/09/13th-sep-pectoral-sandpiper-still.html

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 10:54 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Pallid Harrier

A juvenile Pallid Harrier this evening hunting the area around the grenade range on Colaton Raleigh Common. Seen up until 1910 at least and will presumably go to roost in the area. More details and photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk later.

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 8:13 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar

Pretty good numbers of some common migrants today: Spotted Flycatcher 11+, Wheatear 20, Whinchat 7, Blackcap 38, Chiffchaff 29, Willow Warbler 6, Swallow 35, Whitethroat 8 & House Martin 5. Also Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch flying up Starehole!

Posted September 13th, 2018 at 7:26 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Lundy

The two Buff-breasted Sandpipers reported on Rare Bird Alert on Tuesday 11th were still present late morning today,  along with a Pectoral Sandpiper (Peter Slader et al.)! Further details to follow on the Lundy Birds blogspot (I don't yet have information on who first found the Buff-breasts on Tuesday.)

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 3:28 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Blackhole Marsh

Apologies for the delay.

Yesterday at Blackhole Marsh hide, Seaton, wood sandpiper , green sandpiper and ruff. At  Colyford Common hide, despite or because of a very high tide and flooded fields, many black tailed godwit, one ringed plover, one greenshank and the ruff reappeared. All in all a very sastisfactory morning.

WOOD SANDPIPER RUFF  GREEN SANDPIPER
WOOD SANDPIPER                                RUFF                                  GREEN SANDPIPER

Posted September 12th, 2018 at 10:31 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Torbay/Berry Head yesterday

4+ Balearic Shearwaters. Many more suspected (inc small flock)but no binos.

100+ Manx Shearwaters

5 Sandwich terns

300+kittiwake in flock. 2 with colour rings (see pic)

plus: 20 Common Dolphins, 10 Harbour Porpoise

Kittiwakes Common Dolphins
Kittiwakes                                  Common Dolphins

Posted September 11th, 2018 at 2:40 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 10th September 2018

Soar & Averton Gifford

Very quiet first thing at Soar, but by mid-morning things picked up a bit and eventually a sprinkling of migrants recorded: Grasshopper Warbler in Starehole, 3 Whinchats, 5+ Grey Wagtails, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3+ White Wagtails, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Sedge Warblers, 13 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 12 Whitethroats, 7 House Martins, Reed Bunting, 4 Wheatears, 6 Stock Doves & Roe Deer. 

Later, from the tidal road at Averton Gifford: 3 Greenshanks, Bar-tailed Godwit & 2 Black-tailed Godwits. 

Posted September 10th, 2018 at 6:27 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 9th September 2018

Plymouth Sound

16+ Sandwich |Terns on buoys beside Drake's Island today

Juvenile Sandwich Tern Adult Sandwich Tern Demanding offspring, patient parent
Juvenile Sandwich Tern               Adult Sandwich Tern              Demanding offspring, patient parent

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 9:44 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton / Beesands

Cracking mornings birding started off with a fem/first calendar year Marsh Harrier ( dark bird ) flying over the bridge into the Higher Ley. Same bird as seen on 30/8. Now 3 Cattle Egrets with cattle in the field behind the Hartshorn Plantation ( look across from the memorial car park ). Lots of gulls on the beach between the car park and Torcross. At least 31 Mediterranean Gulls, 15 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern. Best was a beautiful first calendar year Little Gull. Single Wheatear on the beach and a Yellow Wagtail overhead.

Went around to Beesands Ley where the Great White Egret still present in the back corner viewable from the seaward meadow ( not viewable from the hide ). Did one brief circuit of the ley. A Hobby almost continually on view hawking Dragonflies, joined a few times by a second bird. No Canada Geese which was nice but ley still not plastic free thanks to a Black Swan. Clouded Yellow seen on the meadow.

Posted September 9th, 2018 at 2:29 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 8th September 2018

South Hams

A good day out in the South Hams. Wood Sandpiper still at South Huish Marsh early am. A Wryneck at East Soar late am along with good numbers of Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs, a few Wheatears and Whinchats and at least one White Wagtail. Great Egret still at Beesands mid pm along with a juv Hobby busy hawking dragonflies.

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 8:23 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

WHINCHAT

whinchat seen & photographed from east soar carpark

WHINCHAT
WHINCHAT

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 5:39 pm by patrick hawkins in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Nice to see a wryneck at Soar today and well done Andy for spotting it.

Wryneck Wryneck
Wryneck                                              Wryneck

Posted September 8th, 2018 at 4:26 pm by Richie Moore in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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