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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Saturday 23rd February 2019

Clennon Playing Fields

This has just been brought to my attention - a Glossy Ibis on Clennon Valley Playing Fields at 11.30 today for about 10 minutes- it looks different from the Exe bird seen again today at Exton  as it is neater and more streaky around the face.

Glossy Ibis Clennon Valley 23 Feb 2019Picture by Mat Cole

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 8:19 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

North Devon coast

At Rillage Point and Widmouth Hill at first light and then at Trentishoe this afternoon, signs of passage all around, with noticeable movements of Meadow Pipits (e.g. flock of 40+ in coastal pasture at Trentishoe), together with small numbers of Pied Wagtails, Chaffinches, Linnets and Siskins, plus Black-headed, Common and Lesser Black-backed Gulls passing offshore. Most noticeable was an influx of Stonechats, with 20 in a short stretch of the coast path E of Trentishoe Down, in an area where there were none a few weeks ago. Everything is about two to three weeks earlier than normal. At Trentishoe at 16.45 heard a rushing of air through wings and looked up to see a flock of c.40 migrating Black-headed Gulls that had presumably used the tail winds to take a cross-country route over Devon and Exmoor before ''whiffling' down from c.500m to sea level in just a few seconds, then continuing N towards Wales, low over the Channel. An amazing sight and sound.

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 7:15 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Ring-necked Duck at Torcross off the Tank Car Park, Black-necked Grebe north of Stokeley Hide. Also 6 Pochards and 5 Goldeneyes. On the sea Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Divers, Red-necked Grebe and 33 Common Scoters.

Posted February 23rd, 2019 at 5:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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