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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Monday 7th January 2019

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck at Torcross today. Red-necked Grebe and 2 Black-necked Grebes in Start Bay off the monument.

Posted January 7th, 2019 at 3:44 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 6th January 2019

Hen Harrier

Female or juvenile Hen Harrier seen from the car  flying low over fields north of California Cross yesterday 5 January at 1430hrs.

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 3:29 pm by Michael Woodman Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

On the ley at Torcross: male Ring-necked Duck, 4 Pochard, 76 Tufted & 28 Gadwall. 3m Goldeneye at Ireland Bay.

On the sea: Red-necked Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Scoter & 6 Razorbill.

Posted January 6th, 2019 at 1:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 5th January 2019

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still present but north of Torcross, probably best viewed from the Stokeley Hide. Also at least 7 Goldeneyes and 2 Pochards. Otter seen in Ireland Bay and 2 Black-necked Grebes in the bay off the monument.

Posted January 5th, 2019 at 1:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Birding with M Bailey this morning around Torbay we counted: 28 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes (Broadsands), 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Divers 1 Eider (Off Goodrington).

The Yellow-browed Warber was still in the back corner of the 1st car park at Broadsands with 3-4 Chiffchaffs and 1 Firecrest.

A single Cattle Egret was in a grassy field with about a dozen black cattle some way off the Waddeton Road looking East.

Posted January 5th, 2019 at 12:36 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 4th January 2019

Mansands

A late visit this morning, a nice female Black Redstart was on the Coastguard cottages roof iwh acouple of Pied Wagtails. also a Peregrine flew past over the marsh and a Redwing was by the caraprk. There were 5 Gadwalls on the marsh with Mallards and Teals, 4 males and a female, but no sign of any Snipe, which was unusual. 

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 8:47 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Goodrington to Churston

From 1215 until 1600 on Thursday 3rd January birding was hard work in the glum light! A female eider at Goodrington and single red-throated diver. At Broadsands a yellow-browed warbler and at Churston Cove a single red-necked grebe. I didn't see any of Mike's BN Grebes!

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 5:11 pm by Simon M Bates in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymouth

The reported Waxwing is still showing in Central Park not as settled today due to some photographers trying to get as close as they could, as such the bird was getting into the mid cover of the berry tree before flying up into one of the taller nearby trees between feeds.

  

Around the park Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtails and small flocks of Goldfinch.

Mountbatten ~ a male Blackcap, a Rock Pipit and one adult Mediterranean Gull and surprisingly very little else.

Posted January 4th, 2019 at 3:11 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Plymouth Waxwing

As with all the other posts from today the reported single Waxwing showing well in Central Park opposite the Putting Green Cafe.

Waxwing

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 2:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ilfracombe

Male Black Redstart around Lidl, Rock Pipit and a very tame Cormorant begging for food from fishermen at Capstone Point.

Black RedstartCormorant
Black Redstart                                       Cormorant

Eds: The Cormorant is actually an imm Shag among other features

note thin bill and clear barring on wing coverts

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 2:43 pm by Kim Beaver in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymouth Central Park

Waxwing at Central Park Plymouth by Putting Cafe

Single Waxwing  Waxwing  Waxwing
Single Waxwing

 

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 1:46 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The Yellow-browed Warbler was again at Broadsands, back of 1st car park this morning with 2-3 collybita Chiffchaffs & 2 Blackcaps.

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 11:53 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 1st January 2019

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck still at Torcross with 60+ Tufted Ducks, 2 Goldeneyes and a Pochard. At least 2 Mediterranean Gulls in Ireland Bay. Offshore at least 7 Red-throated Divers roaming around and a  Great Northern Diver flew north. A Black-necked Grebe off the memorial car park and also, surprisingly, a Teal.

Posted January 1st, 2019 at 1:00 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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