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2018 Devon Bird Report - update

The 2018 Devon Bird Report is now with the printers and delivery should be in the first half of March. Apologies for the delay.

Posted February 21st at 9:29 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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.

Please send your records to Karen Sims and any descriptions to Kevin Rylands

Best wishes and good birding for 2020.

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

Sightings Page Guidelines

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.

For help with ID email photos to

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

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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