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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. 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

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Monday 4th February 2019

Axminster area Black-throated Thrush

Received a phone call this afternoon from a woman who lives near Axminster, who saw 2 male Black-throated Thrushes in her garden on Saturday morning, 2nd Feb.  They were feeding on berries on a tree. She says she is no expert, but was absolutely clear that these birds each had a snow-white belly with black throat and head (she saw them from below at first).  She knew they were in the thrush family, roughly the size of fieldfares.  She had consulted her own books with no success, but then talked to her (non-local) daughter who was able to ID them.  Sadly they were unable to photo them. They have not been seen since, so presumably they could be anywhere in the area.  

Posted February 4th at 5:09 pm by Colin Randall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Ilfracombe and about !

At Woolacombe, 4 Red-throated Divers were feeding just beyond the surf. Golden Plovers on the farmland above over Spreycombe Down attracted a Merlin and their numbers were getting well up over 2000 along with 100s of Lapwing.  Back in Combe as It got dark the Haggington beach / Rillage Point Gull roost was in full swing c 2500 Herring 25 Common 12 Great BB and one Glaucous Gull, looked like a different bird to the one I saw during the week way off the Pier. 

Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull

Glaucous 'just about' top left of center
Glaucous 'just about' top left of center

Posted February 2nd at 9:36 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck, Scaup, 6 Goldeneyes, 7 Pochards, 2 Wigeons and a Black-necked Grebe on the ley north of the Stokeley Hide. Offshore in Start Bay at least 3 Red-throated Divers, Black-necked Grebe and 53 Common Scoters. Also a Harbour Porpoise. Flock of 22 Lapwings flying north just offshore presumably reorienting after the snowy snap. Only evidence of cold weather related bird movement down here last couple days.

Posted February 2nd at 1:39 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Baggy Point

Still 11 Common Scoters & 2 Red throated Divers at Baggy this morning.

Posted February 2nd at 12:54 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 1st February 2019

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck and 2 male Scaup on the ley north of Stokeley Hide this morning. Also an Otter in front of the hide. No evidence of any cold weather movement here.

Posted February 1st at 4:51 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Redwings in garden

Just spotted a large (50?) flock of redwings feeding on our snowy lawn. Presumably migration birds? Excited - never seen before. We are in Seaton, Devon.

Posted February 1st at 2:33 pm by celia Iommi in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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