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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

 
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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
 
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
 
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
 
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
 
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
 
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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 1:00 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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