Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sightings Page Guidelines

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something you would like 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 here:

For help with ID email photos to

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

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help us with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work .

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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

Older Posts in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts →

← Newer Posts in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts