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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

For help with ID email photos to

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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Friday 13th December 2019

Wrafton Pond

Male & female Goldeneye & the 4 Scaup  showing well this morning.


Posted December 13th, 2019 at 12:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 12th December 2019

Wrafton Pond

The male Goldeneye was still on the pond at 16.00 & sometimes swimming up alongside the female while showers rattled through on a regular basis.

Posted December 12th, 2019 at 6:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 11th December 2019


On the sea today: 6 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe & 9 Common Scoter.

In the Car parks: 17 Cirl Bunting, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest & 1 Chiffchaff.

Posted December 11th, 2019 at 2:46 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 9th December 2019

Wrafton Pond

The light was very good this aft for photography so cycled down to the pond to try & get some quality photos. This was my best of 140 photos!

Posted December 9th, 2019 at 7:23 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 8th December 2019

Wrafton Pond

4 Scaup & 1 Goldeneye still on the pond. I wonder where Scaup no 5 has gone?

Posted December 8th, 2019 at 6:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling green marsh

Long Billed Dowitcher showing well

Posted December 8th, 2019 at 11:45 am by Ryan K in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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