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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 recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb 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

 

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:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 id@devonbirds.org.

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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Friday 29th March 2019

Slapton Ley

Male Scaup still present and the long staying Black-necked Grebe now in summer plumage. Today both tight to the reeds on the seaward side of the Lower Ley opposite the cattle run / Cormorant roost.

Posted March 29th, 2019 at 4:40 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Harleston/Slapton Valley

Apparent small Common Buzzard migration today with nine circling high overhead late morning (inc.3 white birds & resident pair who were not particularly chuffed) then six more overhead (looked like different birds) early afternoon.

Posted March 29th, 2019 at 3:16 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 28th March 2019

Ring-necked Ducks at Slapton Ley

On a visit to Devon from Dorset I visited Slapton Ley on Monday 25th March. During my search for a male Scaup I found 3 Ring-necked Ducks - 2 males & a female.  They were with a small flock of Tufted Ducks close to the east side of the ley about mid-way between the 2 car parks. I will submit the record with some photos in the near future.   

Posted March 28th, 2019 at 5:12 pm by George Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 26th March 2019

South Hams

Soar: a Red Kite at 11.00 over East Soar Farm and again 45 minutes later over the Warren; also 2 male Wheatears, Snipe & 12 Chiffchaffs.

Another Red Kite at 12.50 at Slapton Ley (over Stokeley) and also a drake Scaup in Ireland Bay.

Posted March 26th, 2019 at 5:55 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 25th March 2019

Wrafton Pond

Cycled down to the pond to see if anything new had turned up when Sue Bruce who was by the pond announced that there was a Bonaparte's Gull on the pond.

Fortunately, had both cameras with me.


Posted March 25th, 2019 at 7:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wrafton Pond late morning

There was no sign of the Bonaparte's Gull on Wrafton Pond when Tim Davis and several others were looking at around 11.45 this morning. The weekend's male Garganey also seemed to to have moved on.

Posted March 25th, 2019 at 2:09 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 24th March 2019

Taw Estuary

A handful of Wigeon, Pintail, Curlew and two Greenshanks were pretty much the last of the winter visitors on my WeBS sector along Chivenor foreshore, up the River Caen and along Sherpa Marsh to Velator & Wrafton. It's not unusual to hear Redshank and Curlew song at this time of year as birds get ready to leave for their breeding grounds but today was the first time I've heard singing Golden Plover in Devon – one of five partially breeding-plumaged birds flying high overhead at high tide. Around Wrafton Scrape and Wrafton Pond were: c.50 Sand Martins, a single Swallow, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, the male Garganey, several collybita Chiffchaffs and one (non-calling) Siberian Chiffchaff.

Posted March 24th, 2019 at 7:45 pm by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape

Third attempt at digiscoping the male Garganey but as the saying goes 'if at first you don't succeed try again' Fortunately for me, the bird stayed long enough for me to try 3 times!


Posted March 24th, 2019 at 6:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

Scaup still on ley north of Torcross. Couple of Speckled Woods on the wing around the back of Ireland Bay. Offshore were 2 Red-throated Divers, Red-necked Grebe, 18 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Common Scoters.

Posted March 24th, 2019 at 6:35 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Slapton Ley

Male Scaup in Stokeley Bay this morning.

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 5:07 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

A Serin west over Orcombe Point @ 0714. Also a decent fall of Chiffchaff, 5 Wheatear, Siskin, Redwing and 2 White Wagtail.

Posted March 23rd, 2019 at 9:41 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 22nd March 2019

Rillage Point to Watermouth

A Swallow was virtually the first bird I saw when I stepped out of the car first thing and that was followed by some excellent visible migration, with totals including: Woodpigeon (330 – in flocks of up to 84 high over the Channel, mainly heading W), Skylark (3), Sand Martin (14), Swallow (4), alba wagtail (30), Meadow Pipit (200), Chaffinch (23), Linnet (29), Goldfinch (37) and Siskin (5). Wandering oddities (for this site) included Canada Goose (3), Greylag Goose (1) and Rook (2). In the scrub were a Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaffs and a singing Blackcap (first of the spring here).

Posted March 22nd, 2019 at 11:15 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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