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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 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:

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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Tuesday 31st December 2019

Newton Abbot

Male Scaup on the lake at Decoy Country Park this morning. Also 29 Tufted Ducks, and Firecrest in the woods.

Posted December 31st, 2019 at 12:33 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 30th December 2019

Slapton Ley

Highlight 3 Cattle Egrets mobile around area, first seen Stokeley Bay, later by Ireland Bay. Black-necked Grebe still present. Also 2 Gadwalls, Wigeon, 7 Goldeneyes ( 3m ) and 3 Pochards. c600 Herring Gulls and c300 Black-headed Gulls including one with a full hood. Nice view of an Otter out from the Stokeley Hide. The sea is deathly quiet, just a single Red-throated Diver off the monument.

Posted December 30th, 2019 at 3:40 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Plymouth Breakwater

Breakwater 10am today:

31 Purple Sandpiper

approx 450 Dunlin,

4 Knot

1 Grey Plover

plus one porpoise nearby

Dunlin Turnstone Knot
Dunlin Turnstone Knot


Posted December 30th, 2019 at 2:58 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 27th December 2019

Torbay kayak trip

1 skua in early morning gloom. I would suspect a Pomarine given the time of year but would welcome a diagnosis from the eds. (if poss, given v poor pic) Eds: yes an adult winter Pomarine Skua

45+ Common nDolphins in 4 pods from Brixham Breakwater to 2 miles off Berry Head

4 Harbour Porpoises off Berry Head

Pom/Arctic Skua
Pom/Arctic Skua

Common Dolphins
Common Dolphins

Posted December 27th, 2019 at 8:41 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton Pond

Late post - 26 Dec 2019

On the pond 1st W male Scaup & the female Goldeneye still present but no sign of the male yesterday lunchtime.

Posted December 27th, 2019 at 10:02 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 25th December 2019

Black Redstart

Female Black Redstart on the lighthouse buildings and opposite bushes today, early afternoon along with Dolphin pod.

Posted December 25th, 2019 at 6:15 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 23rd December 2019

Wrafton Pond

1 First Winter male Scaup on the pond.

Posted December 23rd, 2019 at 6:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 22nd December 2019

Spotted Redshank Fremington Pill

Showing nicely in reasonable light on the incoming tide and distancing itself from the commoners today at Fremington Pill was the currently resident Spotted Redshank.  Also seen was the Glossy Ibis. A surprise was spotting the Kingfisher fly up to, and settle briefly,  on the overhead powerlines just up river from the iron bridge near the Pill mouth! 

Spotted RedshankKingfisher on powerlines
Spotted Redshank                                   Kingfisher on powerlines

Posted December 22nd, 2019 at 7:30 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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