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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 recorder@devonbirds.org 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:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 id@devonbirds.org.

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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Monday 21st October 2019

Slapton Ley

Black-necked Grebe ( Ireland Bay off viewing platform ), 2 Little Grebes,  ( Graveyard Pool ), 21 Wigeons ( Ireland Bay, came in from the North ), 2 Scaup ( still present, between Slapton Bridge and Ireland Bay ), 10 Teals, Peregrine ( male attacking flock of c150 Starlings coming in to roost at Stokeley Bay ), 18 Swallows, 2 Kingfishers   and Wheatear. First 3-400 Woodpigeons/Stock Doves flew south early on. In the bay an Arctic Skua chasing Kittiwakes, 6 mobile Common Scoters and a dark-bellied Brent Goose ( flying north ).

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Start of pigeon migration this morning generally moving SE with 4400 Woodpigeon and 420 Stock Dove. Also moving Starling 52E ,Jackdaw 300 (280W 20E) & 18 Alba Wagtail over. Also: 5 Ring Ouzel, migrant Mistle Thrush, 31 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 15 Blackbird, migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2m Bullfinch, Blackcap, Chiffchaff & 30 Yellowhammer.

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

1 Cattle Egret on the scrape am. Also c150 BH Gulls & 3 Black tailed Godwit.

Posted October 21st, 2019 at 11:18 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 18th October 2019

Berry Head sea watch 07.25 - 16.40

Pretty much as Dave’s tweet, but for the record....

15 Pomarine Skuas (all juvs), 57 Arctic Skuas (various ages), 10 Pom/Arctic Skuas, 13 Bonxies, Grey Phalarope, 6 Balearic & 1 Manx Shearwaters, Arctic & 4 “Commic” Terns, drake Common Scoter, Curlew, 250+ Kittiwakes (mainly adults), ringtail Hen Harrier (south over the sea), 3 Siskins “in off” & at least 6 Harbour Porpoises showing well throughout the day.

Posted October 18th, 2019 at 10:52 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Northam Burrows. Lapland and Snow Buntings

Lapland Bunting. One seen late afternoon Oct.16th and 17th in same spot on coast path around the estuary...opposite green navigation buoy in river and close to coast path sign. Park at Skern. 

Snow Buntings. Oct.17th...Two adults and two juveniles feeding between  8th green and makeshift sea wall. No camera!



Posted October 18th, 2019 at 11:57 am by Sue Ambler in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 17th October 2019

Prawle Point

Seawatch today 8am till 12 in SSW 4-5 with little rain tho forecast. 

Skuas : 1 Immature Pom, 2 Arctic ( pale and dark phase) and 1 Bonxie.

4 Balearic Shearwaters; 6 Puffins; 1 Merlin ( chasing the 100+Meadow Pipits flying west) . 12 Common Scoter west, 1 East. 2 Med Gulls adult winter plumage.2 Sandwich Terns.2 Great Northern Divers ( Adult summer plumages and a 1st year).

constant stream of 898 Kittiwakes; 1295 Gannets and 533 Auks all west. And a breaching cetacean.

Yesterday Pat saw and photographed a Wryneck behind the car park. And today he saw a Yellow- Browed Warbler on private farmland and a Whinchat. So, still passer ones out there to find.

Posted October 17th, 2019 at 8:30 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Lannacombe Valley.

Despite the wind, in a few sheltered spots were 2 Firecrests ( caught and ringed ) 13 Goldcrests ( 7  caught and ringed ) At the beach 2 Woodlarks   low overhead moving west into the wind.

Posted October 17th, 2019 at 5:39 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Five raptor species included a Merlin while another highlight was a late Whitethroat. Noticeable influx of 43 Robin (41 at East Soar yesterday). Also: 250 Skylark, 7 Alba Wagtail, 14 Stonechat, 24 Blackbird, 8 Chiffchaff, 100 Carrion Crow, 47 Goldfinch, Reed Bunting & 4 singing male Cirl Bunting.

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 3:33 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Prawle.

At Moorwell Pond this morning, a Firecrest. 6 Goldcrests. 4 Chiffchaffs ,2 Blackcaps and 8 Robins ( a high count for this species here. A male Blackcap ringed at this site on the 7th. Sept.2018 was recovered ( caught by a ringer ) near Seville in southern Spain on the 12th. Oct.2018. More British ringed Blackcaps are recovered in Spain than any other location abroad ,closely followed by France and then Morocco.


Posted October 16th, 2019 at 3:20 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Late post for yesterday thanks to internet failure: Yellow-browed Warbler (found by PA), 2 Ring Ouzel, Ringed Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (migrants), 19 Swallow, 10 Alba Wagtail, Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2m Bullfinch and first Reed Bunting of the autumn.

Posted October 16th, 2019 at 1:57 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 15th October 2019

Soar

A Yellow-browed Warbler first thing in East Soar willows, 3 Ring Ouzels & a Firecrest in Starehole. Also in the area: Redpoll (presumed Lesser) over, 8 Siskins, Wheatear, White Wagtail, 15 Goldcrests, 9 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 8 Song Thrushes, Water Rail, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Swallows & a Jay.

Posted October 15th, 2019 at 6:06 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ring Ouzel

Pictures of Ring ouzel at Starehole valley, East Soar yesterday


Posted October 15th, 2019 at 8:26 am by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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