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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

Thursday 21st February 2019


Preston: 6 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Goodrington: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Black-throated Diver.

Broadsands: 2 Red-necked Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver

Posted February 21st at 10:55 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 20th February 2019

Bowling Green Marsh

A quick early morning visit to the hide was rewarded with a Great White Egret. It flew from the far left of the Marsh (hide side) over the railway line towards Darts Farm at around 7:30am. For further details visit

Posted February 20th at 6:27 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


The 2 Red-necked Grebes were back at Broadsands this morning one in Elberry Cove the other in Broadsands Bay. Also 15 Cirl Bunting 9 Reed Bunting and 6 Yellowhammer on seed in 2nd car park.

Posted February 20th at 10:09 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 18th February 2019

Broadsands & Berry Head

2 Black-necked Grebes in Broadsands bay this morning (I didn't check if the Red-necked Grebes were over at Elberry Cove today).

Berry Head: yesterdays fw Glaucous Gull from Broadsands was lingering on the sea with Herring Gulls lunch time today - straight out from the top of the headland. 

Posted February 18th at 5:02 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 17th February 2019

Putsborough Sands

The Leucistic plumaged Rock Pipit is still present around the Putsborough Sands Café & Shop looking in good condition feeding on scraps left by customers. For a short time it was joined by another Rock Pipit but there was a size difference between the two!

Posted February 17th at 6:19 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands ~ Glaucous Gull

Approx 11.45hrs this morning a first winter Glaucous gull off of Broadsands, flew off towards Brixham. It was a bit distant so only record images.

Posted February 17th at 12:30 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 16th February 2019

Fremington Pill

Glossy Ibis feeding well near the top of the tidal reach today at about 15:50 in Fremington Pill. 

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Posted February 16th at 7:47 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dartford warblers

At an undisclosed location yesterday we were excited to observe at least two Dartford warblers. The images are taken at a range of about 75 to 100 metres using the 83x zoom of a Nikon Coolpix P900 meaning there was absolutely no disturbance. We watched for about 15 minutes. They were a delight to watch! Guidance WAS sought from Devon Birds about posting the images and the go ahead was given provided no location was disclosed. 

Dartford Warbler against blue skyDartford Warbler on gorse
Dartford Warbler against blue sky                          Dartford Warbler on gorse

Posted February 16th at 7:40 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

River Taw at Fremington Pill outfall

Seen today on rising tide at about 15:30 at the Fremington Pill outfall was this Scaup Tufted hybrid keeping company with five Widgeon. Just down from the pill outfall were two pairs of Goosander. 

Two male and two female GoosanderScaup Tufted duck hybrid
Two male and two female Goosander                      Scaup Tufted duck hybrid

Eds: Phil this looks to be a female (Greater) Scaup - certainly doesn't appear to be a hybrid.

Posted February 16th at 7:28 pm by Phil and Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


The two Red-necked Grebes were again over toward Elberry Cove this afternoon also 1 Great Northern Diver. 4 Mediterranean Gulls (3 ads & 1 sw) in the evening Gull roost also 148 Common Gulls and 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Posted February 16th at 6:39 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands / Slapton Leys

Male Scaup on Beesands Ley, Ring-necked Duck still on Slapton Ley at Torcross this morning.

Posted February 16th at 10:36 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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