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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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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

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Torbay

A check around the beaches in Torbay today found:

Broadsands; 1 Velvet Scoter, 6 Common Scoter, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull & 5 Cirl Bunting - No sign of the R-n Grebe today.

Preston: 1 Ad Med Gull, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver & 1 Red-throated Diver.

Posted November 27th, 2019 at 12:40 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 25th November 2019

Upper & Lower Tamar Lakes

Four Ring-necked Duck, three males and a female in the NW arm of the  Upper Lake. Visiting both counties and the only aythyas present. On the Cornish side two Greylag, a Water Rail and a couple of Marsh Tit. The Lower Lake held 14 Goosander, a Gadwall and a Tufted Duck with at least eight Willow Tit present. 

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 8:02 pm by Kevin Rylands in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mansands

The Blue-winged teal showed well this morning (video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-utLJZ-30w&feature=youtu.be  )  on the lower marsh with 3 Tufted Duck, Mallards and Teal. On the beach were 3 Black Redstarts. On the sea to the south there were 54 Common Scoter (but no Velvet today). along the lane back toward the car park: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest and 3 Goldcrest

Blue-winged Teal Mansands 25 Nov 2019 ML Blue-winged Teal Mansands 25 November 2019 ML

Posted November 25th, 2019 at 1:42 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 24th November 2019

Sharkham Point & Torbay

After seeing 4 probable Velvet Scoters with Common Scoter at distance from Berry Head on Saturday, I went back this morning with the scope looking from Sharkham Point, just south of Brixham. Indeed there were 4 Velvet Scoter and 11 Common Scoter. Also to the south of the headland were another 65+ Common Svoter and at least one more Velvet Scoter. In scrub at the top of the point were 3 Firecrest and 1 Chiffchaff.

I popped in at Boradsands on my return to find the regular Velvet Scoter, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Great Northern and 1 Red-throated Diver & 5 Great Crested Grebes. 7 Cirl Buntings on seed in the second car park and also 2 Firecrest in bushes beside the car park.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 4:32 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

Geese Quarries - Charleton Marsh, 08:00-11:00, low tide.

8 Great Crested Grebes, 47 Brent Geese, 29 Pintails, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Water Rails, 24 Lapwings, Black-tailed Godwit, Rock Pipit and 2 Firecrests.

Posted November 24th, 2019 at 12:12 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Chillington S.T.W.

Saturday 23rd. ( late post ) A SIBERIAN Chiffchaff with the apparent characteristics of 'tristis' type plumage, but not caught for absolute confirmation. Allso 8 nominate Chiffchaffs,6 Firecrests, 5 Goldcrests ,including a 'continental' bird and 2 Grey Wagtails


Posted November 24th, 2019 at 11:24 am by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 23rd November 2019

Wrafton Pond

The 5 Scaup on the pond this aft in the mizzle.


Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 5:43 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

Could not find the Ring-necked Duck today but conditions poor at times. Male Scaup still present also 15 Pochards and 3 Goldeneyes. Offshore just one Common Scoter and single Great Northern and Black -throated Diver ( later off Strete Gate ). Good numbers off gulls in area many feeding on Starfish eg c 2500 Herring and c250 Common Gulls.

Posted November 23rd, 2019 at 5:27 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 22nd November 2019

N.Hallsands.

4 Firecrests this morning. 3 caught  ( 2 ringed both 1st. Yr. f's and 1 a retrap from Oct.. ). Another unringed bird present. Very few other migrants , just 2 Goldcrests.


Posted November 22nd, 2019 at 5:17 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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