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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Sunday 3rd November 2019

Wrafton Pond

08.30 - At last after 6 days of dense cloud & frequent drizzle,rain & wind the sun was shining & it was dry!

The single remaining Goldeneye was diving for food for the duration popping up for just a second or two.

The female Scaup appears happy alongside the male Tufted Duck which has caused a few identification headaches in low light for some of the birders who thought it may be a female Tufted Duck but the size & shape of the bill, the absence of a tuft, diving behaviour & being larger & broader across the beam than the male Tufted Duck was diagnostic.

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 3:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Snow Bunting Morte Point

Surprised to find this beautiful Snow Bunting on Southern edge of Morte Point this afternoon. Typically very bold and not fussed by walkers near the footpath! 

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 3:12 pm by Sam Stephens in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


20+ Goldcrests ( 11 ringed /9 " continental" ), 7 Chiffchaffs (4 ringed ) and a late Willow Warbler ( ringed / nominate trochilus ). At the beach a Black Redstart. f./ imm. and 5 Robins around the beach cottages. Overhead small flocks of wood Pigeons moving S/SW,( not counted ) .

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 1:05 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


A late Northern Wheatear 'Greenland' type leucorhoa on beach just north of the main beach, 1 Firecrest , 3 Common Scoter, 4 Teal 1 Great Crested Grebe and several hundred Wood Pigeons heading south.

Posted November 3rd, 2019 at 8:20 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 1st November 2019

Prawle Point. ( Reserve ).

15 Goldcrests ( 7 caught and ringed ) , of which 6 were""continental" birds,2 Firecrests ( 1 ringed ), 1. Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 2 Cirl Buntings above the car park. A few more Robins than the local birds,but less than a week ago. A quick look at Moorwell Pond, from the road on the way back showed 6 Goldcrests and 1 Chiffchaff.

Posted November 1st, 2019 at 2:13 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton Pond

1 Scaup still on pond

Posted November 1st, 2019 at 9:13 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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