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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Sunday 28th April 2019

Junco update

No sightings since six yesterday.

Total raised for The Otter Trust and Devon Birds ...£263.40. Number of visitors over two days was at least 85. Thanks to Karen, Roger, Norman and Kevin for their support and to the birders who were very considerate.

Eds - ...and thanks above all, to you Susan. Your efforts have shown how a well organiosed twitch can be sucessfully arranged in such circumstances, and benefit birders, Devon Birds and other charities. Thanks again on behalf of all the birders who enjoyed the Junco. 

 

Posted April 28th, 2019 at 9:26 am by SUSAN AMBLER in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 27th April 2019

Westward Ho! Dark Eyed Junco

Still showing well this morning at 79 Atlantic Way. Viewing until 5 pm. 


Posted April 27th, 2019 at 11:10 am by Susan Ambler in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

nr Slapton

A friend of mine has seen a Hoopoe this morning on his farm near Slapton.

Posted April 27th, 2019 at 9:35 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 26th April 2019

Taw Estuary

Whimbrel on passage migration resting & refuelling (Bristle worm). Mallard with 9 juveniles already,

Posted April 26th, 2019 at 5:39 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dunsford

An Iberian Chiffchaff was heard singing 200m from Steps Bridge yesterday just beyond where the path splits.

Posted April 26th, 2019 at 1:52 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 25th April 2019

Westward Ho! garden

This bird landed briefly in my garden in Westward Ho! around 12.30 today April 25th. Photos taken through window. Looks like a Dark Eyed Junco?Can anyone confirm please?

Eds - Yes, it’s a Dark-eyed Junco! A new species for Devon. Great record. If it reappears, it would be great if the news could go out again if access can be arranged.

Dark-Eyed Junco?
Dark-Eyed Junco?

Posted April 25th, 2019 at 4:46 pm by Susan Ambler in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rillage Point

06.05 to 08.45: With rain once again moving up from the south overnight, migration was generally underwhelming for the last week of April. The easterly element still present in the wind for a time, before it backed southerly, was no doubt responsible for a Lesser Whitethroat in the scrub and single calling Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit overhead. There was a small arrival of 7 Blackcaps, and 2 Willow Warblers were also new in, with none seen/heard yesterday. Swallows just about struggled into double digits, at 12. It was also quiet on the sea, with hardly anything moving, apart from 55 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, which continue to head E in small groups, sub-adults now accounting for a high proportion of the total.

Posted April 25th, 2019 at 10:03 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Rillage Point

Seawatch 06.30-08.30 with patchy light rain and wind ESE2-3: Manx Shearwater 74, Whimbrel 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Kittiwake 12, Black-headed Gull 1 E, Lesser Black-backed Gull 20 E, Arctic Skua 2 E (1 dark, 1 light phase), Guillemot 28, Razorbill 45, unidentified auks 149 (all auks heading E, up Channel, presumably to breeding colonies on Exmoor coast at Woody Bay/Wringapeak). No grounded landbird migrants to speak of and hardly any visible migration; 5 Swallows and single Siskin and redpoll sp. about the height of it.

Posted April 24th, 2019 at 9:42 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.35-08.35: Manx Shearwater 40, Lesser Black-backed Gull 8 (migrants), Sand Martin 3, Swallow 6, House Martin 3, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 5, Wood Warbler 1 (in full song – a patch first!), Grasshopper Warbler 1 (reeling), Blackcap 4, Whitethroat 5, alba wagtail 2, Tree Pipit 2 (fly-over calls), Linnet 15, redpoll sp. 3, Goldfinch 36, Siskin1. Swallow numbers still stubbornly low compared with a typical spring here. The same goes for Lundy.

Posted April 23rd, 2019 at 9:13 am by Tim Jones in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 22nd April 2019

Yarner Wood , Challacombe farm and Warren head farm

Early morning start was rewarded by Cuckoo, Willow warbler, Tree Pipit, female Redstart in Yarner wood. On to Challacombe, with Swallows, Mistle Thrush and lovely sightings of Male and Female Redstart, walk up to Warren Head Farm, halfway between the farms, pair of Whinchat fighting over territory with a Stonechat. Lovely Day.

Posted April 22nd, 2019 at 6:00 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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