General Birding

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.  

For help with ID email photos to

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Monday 10th June 2019


Just before the rains came this evening a sparrowhawk had his dinner in next doors garden - not so good for its prey, a probable sparrow

Posted June 10th at 10:10 pm by Colin Dracott in General Birding

River Otter, South Farm Road Bridge

Cuckoo heard calling briefly in late AM (11:00).

Posted June 10th at 8:21 pm by Toby Mylett in General Birding

East Devon


10th June 2019

Seaton Wetlands- 8 Little Egret, Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 3 Mute Swan, 55 Shelduck, 30 Mallard, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, B-H Gull, Herring Gull, 1 LB-B Gull and GB-B Gull.

Eds: This post has been edited.  Please read the list of rare breeding and vulnerable Devon Birds that should not appear in sighting postings, normally the whole post is deleted.

Posted June 10th at 4:29 pm by C L North in General Birding


Two parakeets seen in Rockbeare 5.30 am.

Posted June 10th at 7:45 am by Maggie Heal in General Birding

Sunday 9th June 2019

Capstone Parade

All Wk I've been seeing this handsome brute Great Black Backed Gull and it's mate raiding Ilfracombes roofs of its Herring Gull eggs and chicks.  Manx Shearwaters now passing in good numbers most days. Over at Pottington ind estate among Lesser bb and Herring Gull nesting sites at least 2 pairs of Oystercatchers on nests. 

Great Black-backed GullWhitethroat
Great Black-backed Gull                               Whitethroat

Posted June 9th at 8:20 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding


Yesterday 8/6 pair of yellowhammers male singing well, possible sighting of young y/hammer.2 white throat males singing,and one very large Raven flying overhead,small group of linnets one male Stonechat.

a good morning for the area.

Posted June 9th at 5:56 pm by Malcolm Seymour in General Birding

Chambercombe Manor

Highlight of a damp and disappointing couple of hours at CM. Seems to be a male Bullfinch passing food to a female rather than to a juvenile. Display perhaps?

Posted June 9th at 3:21 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding


It was nice to see a Puffin with the Guillemots at Ore stone today

Posted June 9th at 2:38 pm by Robert Hughes in General Birding

09-06-19 Tawny Owl Chicks

2 Tawny Owl Chicks just sitting in a tree in Plymouth

Tawny Owl Chicks
Tawny Owl Chicks

Posted June 9th at 1:57 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding


The goosander on the Otter still has 13 of her ducklings.

Posted June 9th at 1:36 pm by Maggie Heal in General Birding

Bowling green Marsh

Spoonbill still eating voraciously

Posted June 9th at 12:22 pm by Ryan Knight in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Seen before this mornings high tide were the following.

Med Gull 1st summer in amongst the 41 BHG, Oystercatcher 3, Curlew 1, Green Woodpecker 2, GSW 1, Stock Dove 4, Little Egret 3 & Grey Heron 2.

Posted June 9th at 11:23 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Saturday 8th June 2019

Bowling Green Marsh this morning

Spoonbill dropped in about 10:30 and fed voraciously for a couple of hours. Also three Greenshank and two adult Mediterranean Gulls - around 35 species in total

Posted June 8th at 1:20 pm by Simon Bates in General Birding

Thursday 6th June 2019


'Showers as well, better than the other one!' - Sparrows use the upper stories

Posted June 6th at 4:29 pm by Derek Stacey in General Birding

Steps Bridge & Mardon Down

In the woods and along the river: Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher (including a male feeding recently-fledged young), Redstart, Marsh Tit and Crossbill.

On and around Mardon: Peregrine, Cuckoo,Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Tree Pipit, Willow and Garden Warblers, Redpoll and more Crossbills, plus wonderful views in the clean air.

Posted June 6th at 4:11 pm by James Camden in General Birding

Burlescombe, Grand Western Canal

Good to see spotted flycatchers back on the canal .Two pairs today

Posted June 6th at 2:24 pm by Geoff Campbell in General Birding

Wednesday 5th June 2019


A return walk from Warren House Inn via Soussons & Challacombe produced: 3 male Whinchats, 2 male Redstarts, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, 2 or 3 Cuckoos, Tree Pipit, 6 Siskins, 12 Lesser Redpolls, male Wheatear & plenty of Willow Warblers including 4 juvs being fed by an adult.

Posted June 5th at 9:16 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Tuesday 4th June 2019

Clyst St Mary- bird behaviour.

Unusual bird behaviour in daughters garden while I was on grandparent duties!

My wife first drew my attention to a male Green Woodpecker in the garden apparently looking for ants.  I then noticed a Blackbird, Robin and Great Tit sunning themselves in the same small area of bare earth.  The sun was out at the time and the garden faces west.  I have previously seen birds sunning themselves but not in the manner of three species together.  A short time later when I looked out again... two Woodpigeons had replaced the three birds and were also enjoying the sun.  Alas no picture of the GW. 


Posted June 4th at 6:34 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Venford Reservoir and Holne Woods

8 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended the fieldtrip led by Tim Channon.  Species listed included Cuckoo, Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Siskin, Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Treecreeper and Yellowhammer amongst others.  A rewarding day albiet with some changeable weather.  After lunch when the weather developed into a lovely afternoon a further 9 species was added to the list making a total of 39 species for the day.  Thanks for the report Tim, sorry I couldn't join you.

Posted June 4th at 6:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

Monday 3rd June 2019


Sitting in our garden in Brixton, Devon and a turtle dove landed on the fence. 

Posted June 3rd at 3:23 pm by John beckett in General Birding

Lower Tamar Lake

4 Mute Swans, 10+ Mallards plus 5 well-grown juveniles, 1 Cormorant, 4 Tufted Ducks, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Blackcap, 3 Blue Tits, 2 Great Tits, 1 Willow Tit, c.12 Swallows, 2 Blackbirds.

Posted June 3rd at 12:29 pm by Harvey Kendall in General Birding

Great Crested Grebe with chick - Sunday

Surprised to see a Great Crested Grebe with half grown juvenile, Millers Crossing (Mill-on-the-Exe), Exeter

Posted June 3rd at 10:43 am by Lyndon Hughes in General Birding

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Ashford near the Taw

Male Merlin hunting passerines.

Posted June 2nd at 6:50 pm by Martin Bond in General Birding

Stover June 1st

After launching the Stover Dragonfly Hotspot yesterday (12 species seen, including Downy Emerald, Hairy Dragonfly and Red-eyed Damselfly), returned in the evening for Nightjars. After 2 or 3 churring males, no less than 4 appeared together, chasing each other, wing clapping and calling over the pylon ride, while a fifth churred nearby. A great end to a great day! Earlier, several Mandarins, including a duck with 2 ducklings.

Posted June 2nd at 10:27 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

Saturday 1st June 2019

mear valley exmouth

9 ringneck parakeet to roost

Posted June 1st at 8:09 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Exminster Marsh

2 very vocal Reed Bunting chicks unable to fly in the Discovery area, look fit and well though. Hopefully with all the free running dogs about today they survive to sing another day!

Posted June 1st at 4:56 pm by simon Thurgood in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this mornings high tide and around Saltram the following were seen.

The lone Curlew still here, Oystercatcher 2, Whimbrel 1, Grey Heron 3, Stock Dove 8, Green Woodpecker 1, GSW 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1 and the pair of Canada Geese still have 5 young.

Posted June 1st at 11:12 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

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