General Birding

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: Recorder@devonbirds.org 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.  

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

Sunday 6th October 2019

Instow

On an outing to Instow on Sunday morning I can across a number of these little waders.  Is this a little Stint?

Little Stint?
Little Stint?       Eds - Sanderling

Posted October 6th at 8:55 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Feathers

Here are most of the feathers I collected earlier.

Quite a variety, and some odd shapes too. There's also one Sparrowhawk feather - can you see it? Anyway concensus is Snipe.
Quite a variety, and some odd shapes too. There's also one Sparrowhawk feather - can you see it? Anyway concensus is Snipe.

Posted October 6th at 8:20 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Dawlish warren

Watched from 09:00 till 16:45

A long day on site was rewarded with some really good birdwatching a large feeding frenzy off of exmouth and orcombe point had brought lin large number of gulls and terns a count from the hide looking at bull hill produced 159+ sandwich terns and there was constant movement between the estuary and the sea, 1 probable black tern but was lost when terns disturbed repeatedly by jet skiers, in the estuary 5+ common terns , 1 Juv curlew sandpiper, 24+ Dunlin, 8 grey plover , 7 greenshank , 12 bar tailed godwits, 374+ curlew, 2 pintail, 8+ Mediterranean gulls( 6 adult, 2 1st winter)

Around the site 1 tree pipit over calling, 1 peregrine , 2 sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 kestrel, steady passage of alba wagtails with 115+ over the day , 2 grey wagtail, 2 rock pipits, lots of meadow pipits, greenfich, goldfinch and linnets, 12+ goldcrests, 6+ chiffchaffs, 3 blackcaps, 1 fox ion front of the hide.

The best bird was a surprise I had left the hide about 13:30 and as I came up ont the dune ridge behind the 7th tee of the golf course a small lark was on the path along the top, just got my bins on it before it flew along the path about 30feet and dived to the side behind the fencing as I moved along the path it flew up again giving bin views before diving behind the fence Lind again another 10feet along my thought was SHORT TOED LARK from the bill shape and face pattern, it the flew back over my head towards the 7th tee and landed on top of a small bush enabling brief scope views before it was flushed by 3 golfers it flew down the golf course and after briefly settling it flew again to an area around the 5th green, but with only one other birder on site and we both searched over the next 2 hours it coul not be relocated but am happy it was SHORT TOED LARK but unfortunately couldn’t get a photo hope it stays around . 

Finished with another look at the sea from the seawall by the boathouse pub and between 16:00 and 16:40 had 6+ Arctic Skuas chasing numerous teens and gull around the bay ( 3 pale phase, 2 dark phases and an intermediate)  a good way to end the day , 

Posted October 6th at 7:53 pm by Keith Birchall in General Birding

Crow Beach House Horsey Island

Grey Plover (21) Dunlin (17) and Turnstone (4) on the waters edge. A mixed flock of 200+ ringed plover, dunlin and sanderling (17) on Horsey ridge.

Grey plover
Grey plover

Turnstone
Turnstone

Posted October 6th at 6:27 pm by Richard Gowen in General Birding

Tarka trail - Taw Estuary

Cycled slowly along the Tarka trail this morning on the north side of the Taw Estuary stopping off at several locations to check the birds.

Photo showing comparison shot of small flock of Black & Bar-tailed Godwits.


Posted October 6th at 3:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Velator

This morning in the reserve I thought that Blue Tit would be the bird of the day, when a flock of 20+ flew over the pond. Fortunately a Swallow flew over, and then a Sparrowhawk flew off leaving a pile of feathers, which at present I haven't identified. Will take a pic later and see if anyone can help.

Posted October 6th at 1:34 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Darts Farm, Topsham.

6 Cattle Egret present with red cows at far side of meadows this morning and seen from viewing hide.

Elsewhere... at Bowling Green...Marsh Harrier at back of reeds earlier (10.30am).  It flew off north gaining height.  

Posted October 6th at 12:09 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Slapton and Soar 05/10/2019

Lovely marsh harrier flying around Slapton, I don't see many in Devon and a yellow wagtail with the pieds near the Café at East Soar

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted October 6th at 6:47 am by Richie moore in General Birding

Saturday 5th October 2019

Plymouth Estuary/Saltram

Just to add to Alan's post, the following of note were seen.

37 Turnstone at the Laira bridge end, Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher 8 and a Firecrest in the trees above the steps off the riverside walk.

Posted October 5th at 5:21 pm by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Velator

After some essential and disruptive works around the scrape recently, (a sewage pipe was dug in to link the big shed with the sewage system) finally had a Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape this morning, there have been some Black-headed Gulls the last few days, but not much else.

Ringing in the reserve of late has garnered 9 Blackcaps, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler, a Reed Warbler (latest ever here) 9 Blackbirds, the first 5 Greenfinch of the winter, Great Spotted Woodpecker and the 16th Kingfisher of the year. Plus all the usual suspects.

Also in the reserve this morning: 2 Raven. a Grey Heron over.

The first Meadow Pipits of the Winter in the surrounding field appeared in the last couple of days.

Posted October 5th at 5:07 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

05-10-19 Ford Park Cemetery

More in the way of bird life and sounds today, 2 Buzzards, 5 Song Thrushes, 4 Goldcrests, 3 Female Pheasants and 1 male, Dunnock, Blue and Great tits, 4 Parakeets.

Buzzard
Buzzard

Song Thrush
Song Thrush

Goldcrest
Goldcrest

Posted October 5th at 2:38 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

River Plym / Saltram

At high tide:

5 Little egret, 29 Curlew, c380 Black headed gull, 165 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 5 Mandarin, 1 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 2 Ring necked parakeet.

Posted October 5th at 12:41 pm by Alan Livsey in General Birding

Friday 4th October 2019

Marsh Harrier Frogmore

Female or immature Marsh Harrier over the road at Winslade Farm Frogmore 4.30 pm probably the bird seen at Slapton earlier.

Posted October 4th at 8:50 pm by John Walters in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

A good high tide visit to Bowling Green Marsh this morning, almost shoulder to shoulder standing room only due to the flood of migrant birders trying to catch a view of the Long Billed Dowitcher, which after showing really well on my last visit played hard to get today but it is still there. But no sooner had it decided to show itself it tucked its head under its wing and went to sleep, until a Peregrine came visiting and it was lost inside a flock of Curlew and Godwit.

Several Bar Tailed Godwit about, Lapwing, Teal and Wigeon numbers up on my previous recent visit, still 30 plus Greenshank, lots of Redshank, at least three coloured ringed Black Tailed Godwits. A single Ruff showing well and a solitary Whimbrell.

Two Buzzards caused a bit of a stir as they soared in view of the hide and a lightning low level pass, skimming the ground had to be a Hobby, that was in and gone before most folk had any idea it was there.

Several Pintail duck, a Common Sandpiper, brief view of the Curlew Sandpiper, a couple of Dunlin, Heron and Little Egret, Curlew still present in large numbers.

Bar Tailed GodwitLB Dowitcher

Posted October 4th at 4:22 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Soar

Had a good go at it today but it was hard work and then the rains came. Just one Swallow, 2 White Wagtails ( Soar Mill Cove beach ), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wheatears, 6 Blackcaps, 30 Chiffchaffs and 12 Goldcrests. At Higher Soar amazed to hear a Skylark singing a good repertoire in the rain, could not see it so maybe from the ground.

Posted October 3rd at 8:16 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Golden Plover Haytor

Out with a student group at Haytor this morning. At 11.30, two groups of Golden Plover totalling c. 100 birds whizzed low past us going south.

Posted October 3rd at 6:38 pm by Rich Billington in General Birding

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Bowling Green Marsh 10 - 12 this morning

Quite busy on all fronts with the high tide, lots of waders and wildfowl. Highlights were the Long Billed Dowitcher, elusive on the extreme right with some Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper. On the right of the "peninsula", the eclipse Garganey again. Quite a few Bar Tailed Godwits and Pintail.

Posted October 2nd at 8:06 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Salcombe

Crossbill flew over Bennett Road this morning.

Posted October 2nd at 5:24 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

Roborough Down 02-10-19

Wandering around Roborough down this afternoon, several female Reed Buntings were seen, along with Stonechats, Meadow pipits, Goldfinches and 4 buzzards above



Posted October 2nd at 3:41 pm by greg bradbury in General Birding

Tuesday 1st October 2019

Cadover/Trowlesworthy area Dartmoor

Highlights - Hobby over, 2 Little Grebe - one juv still begging for food and being fed by adult, 2 Teal, Tufted Duck, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting and 60+ Mipits

Posted October 1st at 7:19 pm by Chris E in General Birding

Berry Head

Female Sparrowhawk hunting along the hedgerow leading into the car park.

Plenty of small birds around the top of the quarry area, with Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, flocks of Goldfinch,small numbers of Swallow, a large mixed flock of House and Sand Martin, several species of butterfly.

A sea watch was not as productive as hoped for but well entertained by numerous Gannet and Porpoises just off the headland for most of the visit.

Two Great Skua, two Arctic Skua and a solitary Manx Shearwater passing in the distance, a few Kittiwake, several large rafts of Herring gull before the rain stopped play.

Gannet adult & Juvenile

Posted October 1st at 1:49 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding

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