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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  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Thursday 7th November 2019

Prawle.

At Prawle point ( Reserve ) 2 Firecrests, 3 Goldcrests and 2  Chiffchaffs, this morning. Overhead several small flocks of Wood Pigeons. Small groups of Chaffinches and small flocks of Starlings, all moving West. At Moorwell Pond just 2 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest and 1 Redwing with more small flocks of Starlings overhead moving West.

Posted November 7th, 2019 at 7:03 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mansands

Blue-winged Teal this morning feeding on the main marsh.

Please keep to the main paths do not enter the fields and under no circumstances use the path that is being constructed at the moment - it is not open to the public yet and is dangerous. The Blue-winged Teal is best viewed from the main track leading to the beach and the public footpath leading from the beach up to South Down Farm.


Posted November 7th, 2019 at 11:24 am by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 6th November 2019

Start Point.

Firecrest photo for earlier post.


Posted November 6th, 2019 at 5:18 pm by Alan K.Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point.

Around the farm at this morning's  ringing session. At first light 12 Chaffinches and 7 Blackbirds in the tops of the sycamores , with several more Blackbirds alarm calling in the bushes ( more than the local birds ). Also present 13 Goldcrests ( 7 caught and ringed ) ,5 Firecrests ( 2 caught and ringed, both 1st. Yr. m's )and 3  unringed birds together actively feeding and hovering beneath the sweet chestnut leaves. Also 3 Chiffchaffs and 1 male Blackcap. Overhead a Raven and a few small flocks of Wood Pigeons moving SW.

Posted November 6th, 2019 at 5:15 pm by Alan K.Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 5th November 2019

South Hams

At Soar this morning: 2 Ring Ouzels, 2 Black Redstarts, Firecrest, 2 Fieldfares, 16 Redwings, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Redpoll sp (presumed Lesser), 150 Jackdaws & overhead, 2,800 Wood Pigeons going in no particular direction (only a handful of Stock Doves with them). Also 3 Roe Deer.

In the afternoon, at Slapton Ley, a Wryneck watched for a few minurtes 500m south of Memorial Car Park, beside the road, before disappearing. Also Black-necked Grebe, 4 Pochards, Chiifchaff & 3 Swallows.  

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 9:33 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Downend

5 female Common Scoter at Downend this morning on my way to Croyde. None at Baggy point & on the way home checked at Downend again & they had gone.

Someone I know mentioned that in the recent severe gales & heavy surf the mussels had been torn from the rocks so if there is no food for them at Downend they will search elsewhere.


Posted November 5th, 2019 at 6:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Richard's Pipit late this afternoon on Orcombe Point. In large grass field at top of Gore Lane with Skylark flock.

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 5:45 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teign Estuary

Spoonbill still present early morning at the western end. May be visible from the Passage House car park around high tide.

Posted November 5th, 2019 at 1:19 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 4th November 2019

Wrafton Pond

Scaup number 2.


Posted November 4th, 2019 at 6:18 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Male Scaup, 75 Tufted Ducks, 5 Pochards ( around the middle of the Lower Ley ). Offshore 5 grey geese flew south @ 10:00 and I could not id them ( hopefully someone else may pick them up elsewhere ), 2 late Sandwich Terns off the Memorial Car Park and a flock of 9 Common Scoters.

Posted November 4th, 2019 at 5:21 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teign Estuary

Kayak trip round Teign estuary this am:

Drake Common Scoter and Spoonbill

Common Scoter  Spoonbill
Common Scoter                                                  Spoonbill

Posted November 4th, 2019 at 3:53 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton Pond

Single Goldeneye this morning.


Posted November 4th, 2019 at 2:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton Pond

Now 2 Scaup on the pond & the single Goldeneye.


Posted November 4th, 2019 at 1:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

A couple of pictures of yesterdays 'Greenland' leucorhoa Northern wheatear, note the very buffy and cinnamon tones to the underbody, neck and lores and very long wing projection with the  primaries very nearly reaching the tail tip.

Greenland Wheatear Broadsands 3 Nov 2019 ML Greenland Wheatear Broadsands 3 Nov 2019 ML Greenland Wheatear Broadsands 3 Nov 2019 ML

Posted November 4th, 2019 at 11:50 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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

N.Hallsands.

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

Broadsands

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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