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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Avocets
Avocets

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

Torbay

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

Torbay

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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