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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  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

For help with ID email photos to

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


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Monday 28th January 2019

White House to Fishermens huts

am - Cycled along the Toll Rd to the White House hoping to see Richard's Black-necked Grebe & spotted it heading ENE with the incoming tide about 2/3 mile from the White House near the Fishermens huts.

Digiscoped it before it changed direction heading ESE towards the south side of the Taw Estuary.

Posted January 28th, 2019 at 6:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 24th January 2019

Plymouth Breakwater

At High Tide this morning on Plymouth Breakwater:

approx 500 Dunlin roosting

6 Purple Sandpiper

10 Turnstone

plus 20 Common Dolphin just inside the breakwater


Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Posted January 24th, 2019 at 3:13 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 23rd January 2019


At last light today a dark juv Glaucous Gull was being mobbed by Herring Gulls off Beacon Point. 

On Woolacombe / Putsborough beach the cold weather has brought in 150+ Common Gulls, about 75 at either end of the Sands. One individual was noticeably darker similar to a Lesser Black Backed Gull. At Morte Point, Red-throated Diver numbers up to about 9 and a small Grebe which I think was a Red-necked were feeding in the slack water behind Morte stone. 

Common and Blackheaded Gulls
Common and Blackheaded Gulls

Posted January 23rd, 2019 at 7:39 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Dawlish Warren

Single Black-necked Grebe offshore this morning, initially from Groyne 9 but drifting towards Warren Point.

Posted January 22nd, 2019 at 9:35 pm by Stephen Edwards in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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