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2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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 - Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. 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


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Saturday 21st December 2019

Slapton Ley

Highlight this morning a first winter Glaucous Gull with Great Black-backs in the field behind the fishing hut. Surprisingly getting a lot of grief of a young Black-back and soon headed out into the bay. Elsewhere Black-necked Grebe, Wigeon, just 2 Gadwalls, 8 Pochards, 6 Goldeneyes and a Firecrest.  No sign of Scaup or Ring-necked Duck. Offshore big southerly passage of auks early on, c60 per minute and a noticeable passage of Kittiwakes. Also south Red-throated Diver ( another off Memorial Car Park ) and 7 Common Scoter.

Posted December 21st, 2019 at 12:53 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 20th December 2019

Teign Estuary

9 Avocets Upper Teign Estuary this am


Posted December 20th, 2019 at 4:42 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 19th December 2019

Wrafton Pond

The Goldeneye was one of the species which was correctly named which is more than I can say for the Black headed Gull ! (medium chocolate brown to dark chocolate brown in breeding plumage)

Unfortunately, no  sign of the Scaup during the last 3 visits to the pond.

Posted December 19th, 2019 at 12:29 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 17th December 2019


Another run around the beaches in Torbay this morning produced 22 Great Northern, 5 Red-throated, and 1 Black-throated Diver (off Broadsands), also 18 Common Scoter, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Preston), 4 Great Crested Grebes, approx 20 Guillemot & 2 Razorbills.

At Broadsands: 1 Roosting Tawny Owl, 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Cirl Bunting and 1 male Yellowhammer.

At Preston: 36 Turnstones and 28 Oystercatchers

   Firecrest Broadsands 17 Dec 2019 ML  Great Northern Diver 1w Broadsands 17 Dec 2019 ML

               Firecrest in reedy ditch Broadsands                                       1w Great Northern Diver

Posted December 17th, 2019 at 1:01 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Male Goldeneye Wrafton pond

Male Goldeneye today at Wrafton Pond with the female

Goldeneye male
Goldeneye male

Posted December 17th, 2019 at 11:31 am by Phil & Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 16th December 2019


A fantastic 45 Great Northern (42 from Broadsands) & 5 Red-throated Divers in Torbay this morning on lovely calm seas.

Also in Torbay: 2 Black-necked Grebes (Preston), 5 Great Crested Grebes, 18 Common Scoter and 20+ Common Dolphins that made their way toward Brixham

Posted December 16th, 2019 at 2:06 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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