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Your 2019 sightings

Happy New Year

Many thanks to all observers that have already submitted their records for 2019, both through Birdtrack and Devon Birds. This is much appreciated.

For other records please could observers submit their sightings by 31st January.

Guidelines and links to recording forms can be found here https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/guide_to_record_submission

Please send your records to Karen Sims data.manager@devonbirds.org and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands recorder@devonbirds.org

Best wishes and good birding for 2020

Posted January 10th at 10:53 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something you would like to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

  

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

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! 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

Thursday 21st November 2019

Broadsands

The Velvet Scoter was again off the mussel farm buoys, nearby 5 Common Scoter looking toward Torquay and closer to shore 7 Great Northern and 1 Red-throated Diver.

Posted November 21st, 2019 at 3:44 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Baggy Point

Returned to Baggy Point again early this morning to check a single bird that flew in  in failing light as we were leaving

It kept a  distance from the main flock & managed to obtain just a few poor quality photos of it in strong SE winds before leaving. While going through the Scoter photos late last night decided I needed to check out this bird again this morning to confirm identification.

The Common Scoter flock this am were approx.1000 metres away & it took me nearly 2 hours to obtain this record shot!

Pleased to report that it was what I thought it was - Velvet Scoter.


Posted November 21st, 2019 at 2:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

N. Hallsands.

A SIBERIAN Chiffchaff caught this morning ( ' tristis' plumage type ). Also present 1 Firecrest ( ringed, a 1st. Yr. f.) ,and 3 Goldcrests. Overhead 2 Redwings.

Siberian Chiffchaff
Siberian Chiffchaff

Posted November 21st, 2019 at 1:09 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 19th November 2019

Start Pt. / N. Hallsands / Stokenham.

So few were migrants this morning, that I would not have reported them ; but so stunning was the sunrise at Start Pt. ,t I decided to share the photo . At Start 1 Redwing and 3 Song Thrushes in the sycamores ,several Blackbirds alarm calling and 3 Goldcrests in the bushes.  At N. Hallsands 1Chiffchaff, 1Blackcap and 2 Goldcrests. At Stokenham a BlackRedstart ( f./ imm. ) on the roof of the pink cottage behind the church

Just after sunrise.  Start Pt.
Just after sunrise. Start Pt.

1st. Yr. f.
1st. Yr. f.

Posted November 19th, 2019 at 2:22 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The drake 2nd winter Surf Scoter was again off Broadsands early afternoon with 6 common Scoter & a Goldeneye (rarer in the last decade than Surf Scoter in Torbay!). I didn't check from the headland but there were 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers and 2 Great Crested Grebes.all visible from the sea wall by the cafe in the car park.

Posted November 19th, 2019 at 2:04 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 18th November 2019

Middle Soar to Southdown Farm.

Some good numbers this morning with 1800 woodpigeons moving east, 29 stock doves, 680 herring gulls, 800 skylarks, 130 starlings & 160 carrion crows. Also: 11 long-tailed tits moving through, 12 meadow pipits, redwing, 65 house sparrows, 17 blackbirds, 26 cirl buntings, 2 snipe, lapwing, 16 yellowhammers, 12 song thrushes & 40 linnets.

Non-avian: 4 red admirals.

Posted November 18th, 2019 at 4:03 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 17th November 2019

Broadsands

A drake Surf Scoter (probably 2nd winter) was with up to 16 Common Scoter off the headland at Broadsands today, also 1 Red-throated Diver and 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Surf Scoter Drake Broadsands 17 Nov 2019

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 6:22 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ore Stone

Ore stone, Hope's Nose

1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Knot

Purple Sandpiper  Knot
Purple Sandpiper                          Knot

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 5:19 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saunton Sands

During a WeBS count this morning on Saunton Sands managed to get a couple of photos (from behind a sand dune) of a single Merlin which was feeding on a prey item on the strandline.

   

Posted November 17th, 2019 at 3:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 16th November 2019

Slapton Ley

Highlight today was the return of presumably the same Ring-necked Duck present last winter, ( last year it returned on 28th October ). It was in Stokeley Bay. Also present 2 Scaups ( male and fcy male ), Black-necked Grebe ( right of Stokeley hide ), 12 Pochards, 110 Tufted Ducks, 3 Goldeneyes, 11 Gadwalls and a Teal. Offshore quiet, single Great Northern Diver and Grey Seal.

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 5:50 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

N Hallsands.

Very few migrants this morning . 4 Firecrests. 3 caught, all 1st. Yr. f's ,one of which was a retrapped bird from the 27 th. Oct. ( Between 1 and 4 regularily overwinter at this site ) Also present 3 Goldcrests and 1 Chiffchaff. No apparent overhead movement.

1st. Yr. f.
1st. Yr. f.

Posted November 16th, 2019 at 1:04 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 15th November 2019

Soar

Rather quiet this morning bird-wise, with 6 Redwings, 4 Goldcrests, Snipe, 20 Stock Doves & a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Mammals provided a bit more interest: Hare, Weasel, Roe Deer & 4 Sika Deer.

Later Hallsands produced: Firecrest, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs & a Blackcap.

Posted November 15th, 2019 at 3:36 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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