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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, 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.

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

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

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 Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

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.  

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 2:07 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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