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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


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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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 at 2:33 pm by celia Iommi in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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