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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of 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.

 
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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
 
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
 
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
 
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
 
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
 
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

Monday 14th October 2019

Ring Ouzel

  A lovely count of 9 Ring Ouzel , at East Soar in Starehole Bottom valley,at around 2pm today, even in all that rain.

Posted October 14th at 11:35 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

In addition to Rob's sightings there was another Scaup, first calender year female just off the Duckery in Torcross. A female Teal was sat with Mallards in the duckery, it had a ring on it so maybe from a collection. Also 2 Wigeons in Ireland Bay, 10 Teals Strete Gate, 5 Little Grebes Stokeley Bay,one Redwing heard, flock of c50 each of Goldfinch and Greenfinch along the line, Kingfisher below the bridge and offshore 6 Common Scoter and a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver off the Monument. 160 Starlings came into roost in the Higher Ley.

Posted October 14th at 8:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

A good afternoon round the ley turned up male Scaup, Black-necked Grebe, 100+ Kittiwake offshore, 28 Swallow, 6 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail & 2 Marsh Tit.

Non-avian: 6+ Migrant Hawker.

Posted October 14th at 5:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

N. Hallsands.

A YELLOW BROWED WARBLER ringed this  morning. Also on site 2 Firecrests ( ringed) 20+ Chiffchaffs (11 ringed ) 18 Goldcrests ( 7 ringed),a Willow warbler ( ringed ) and 5 Blackcaps (3 ringed).

Y. B. Warbler.    1st..Yr. m. Firecrest.
Y. B. Warbler.                                        1st..Yr. m. Firecrest.

Posted October 14th at 12:18 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar Mill Valley

Late post for Sunday: Female Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Firecrest, 7 Swallow, Green Woodpecker - migrant, 2 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff & 6 Goldcrest.

Posted October 14th at 10:33 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 13th October 2019

Berry Head

Some overhead migration this morning included: 4 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 32 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 6 Skylark, 2 Siskin, 11 'alba' Wagtails, 8 Meadow Pipits.

There had been a moderate fall of migrants too: 17 Goldcrest, 23 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.  

Posted October 13th at 7:53 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Black-necked Grebe and Scaup on the Lower Ley about 600 metres north of the Tank Car Park.

Posted October 13th at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Yellow-browed Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher on Orcombe Point today.

Posted October 13th at 4:24 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 12th October 2019

East Soar Ring Ouzels

Plymouth branch members met today for a club field meeting at East Soar and against the odds of bad weather we saw 37 species. The highlight of the day came during our lunch break in the Starehole Valley where we saw three Ring Ouzel one male and two females. The male was showing well and gave the group great views for several minutes. Other stand-out birds included Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting, Wheatear, Swallows, Sparrowhawk and a stunning male Old English Pheasant.

Posted October 12th at 6:33 pm by John Lloyd in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East Soar

Best today were 2 Ring Ouzels in Starehole Valley with a small influx of 15 Song Thrushes. Also: a large movement of 280 Skylarks, 50 Swallows, 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 15 Siskins over, 9 Bullfinches and the crow with white primaries.

Posted October 12th at 5:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 11th October 2019

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

Seawatch from Torcross

08:40-10:00, all south

9 Gadwalls, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Pomarine Skuas ( juvs ), 6 Arctic Skuas, 3 unidentified Skuas ( Pom / Arctic ) and around 500 Kittiwakes.

12:00-15:00, all south

23 Gadwalls, Sooty Shearwater ( good record from this location ), 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 unidentified Skuas ( Pom / Arctic ) and 11 Swallows.

Gadwall movement interesting, most looked to be heading around to Beesands Ley, picked up way to far out to have just commuted from Slapton Ley where they have been scarce lately anyhow. The male Scaup is still on the ley at Torcross. Also Little Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and Coot numbers up to around 200.

 

Posted October 11th at 5:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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