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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  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:

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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


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Monday 14th January 2019


the Yellow-browed Warbler was again in the back corner of the 1st car park with 2 Chiffchaff this morning. 24 Cirl Buntings on seed in the 2nd car park and 2 Reed Bunting. On the sea 3 Black-necked Grebes, 11 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Common Scoter.

Posted January 14th, 2019 at 10:54 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 13th January 2019

Tipton St John

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed well in the sunshine in the wilows beside the River Otter this afternoon and a singing Dipper was on the nearby river.

       Yellow-browed Warbler, Tipton St John by Chris Townend   Dipper, River Otter by Chris Townend

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 6:02 pm by Chris Townend in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A Red Kite drifted high over Brixham, Rugby Club just after midday today being harassed by Gulls and crows.

Also a field of wild bird cover just north of the new Gillards Road pathway was busy with finches and buntings including at least 5 Yellowhammers and 11 Cirl Buntings.

Red Kite Brixham 13 Jan 2019 ML

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

A quick look this morning with 3m Scaup, male Ring-necked Duck, 4 Pochard & 4 Goldeneye at Torcross plus 2 Red-necked Grebes offshore from the memorial car park.

Posted January 13th, 2019 at 10:56 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 12th January 2019


Off Capstone Point about 8 Red-throated Divers in a loose flock zig zagging up and down the channel. No Gannets to be seen but Fulmars in good numbers back on their ledges and prospecting new nesting sites. 

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 7:00 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


1 Red-necked & 1 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver's, 2 Common Scoter also Yellow-browed Warbler in back of 1st car park.

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 6:09 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Great day at Slapton. c300 Common Gulls and 2 Mediterranean Gulls in Ireland Bay.Off the Memorial car park Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe and 2 Red-throated Divers. On the ley at Torcross 3 male Scaups, 3 m Pochards and the Ring-necked Duck. Also at least 6 Goldeneyes, 6 Wigeons and 15 Teals on the ley. A nice Yellow-browed Warbler in Buddleias and Willows by the ley at Torcross on the main road between the old Chapel and The Old Hannafords Butchers across the road from 'Windfalls'. Calling and showing well this afternoon. To round things off before leaving a Barn Owl hunted the fields just behind the landward side of Torcross viewable from the Duckery.

Posted January 12th, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 11th January 2019


Two Firecrests showing very well yesterday in a roadside gully just east of Ashcombe at SX9216980078.

Posted January 11th, 2019 at 9:37 am by Dave Nevitt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 9th January 2019

Fremington Pill ruddy duck

Re: below, any photos of the ruddy duck? May I venture that the reported ruddy duck is a further sighting of the female (greater) scaup that's been present? Just that the pale 'blaze' in the face of female scaup could resemble female ruddy duck's pale cheeks. 

Posted January 9th, 2019 at 9:35 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 8th January 2019


Yellow-browed Warbler still present in the back of the 1st car park with 3 collybita Chiffchaffs. 11 Cirl Buntings and 3 Reed Bunting on seed in the 2nd car park.

The sea was a little too choppy to check properly; 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 33 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Brent Goose and 1 Red-breasted Merganser (red-head) the first I've seen here in several years - Churston to Brixham used to have a dozen or more every winter.

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 3:48 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Deer Bridge to Slapton Bridge

Highlight was Yellow-browed Warbler just in from Deer Bridge. Also: 2 Firecrest, 11 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Water Rail, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush & 2 Cetti's Warbler.

Posted January 8th, 2019 at 2:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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