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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 6th June 2019


The first-summer Bonaparte's Gull again present off Shelly Beach @0645 with 3 fs Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted June 6th at 7:51 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Berry Head

Surprise of the day was finding a singing Brambling in fine summer plumage (some pictures below) at the very end of the headland this evening, then a calling Cuckoo just behind the southern fort.

  Brambling Berry Head 6th June 2019 ML Brambling Berry Head 6th June 2019 ML

Posted June 5th at 8:58 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 4th June 2019

Berry Head

Seawatching this morning (joined by Dave Dawe a bit later) 0530-0830hrs: 39 Puffins, 96 Guillemots, 9 Razorbills, 111 Kittiwake, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 94 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 2 Storm Petrels, 2 fs Med Gulls, 8 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Tern & 76 Gannets.

Posted June 4th at 9:55 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


The first-summer Bonaparte's Gull again present off Shelly Beach from 0545 - 0645 at least, with c100+ Black-headed Gull and 1 fs Mediterranean Gull.

Posted June 4th at 7:15 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 3rd June 2019


First-summer Bonaparte's Gull with c100+ Black-headed Gulls off Shelly Beach @0630'ish onwards. Also two fs Mediterranean Gulls. Earlier, off the seafront - 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 fs Mediterranean Gull and a Common Tern. Off Mudbank - 6 Brent Geese (of which at least 5 are Pale-bellied) and 5 Great Crested Grebe. Photos on

Posted June 3rd at 6:57 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Prawle Point

Seawatch 7.15am to 1.45 pm. SSW veering SW, wind  force 3 going 5, mist and rain at times. 

2 Skuas around midday. One pale phased Arctic and a presumed dark phased bird tho broader longer winged, deeper chested suggested spoon less  Pomarine. Both chasing Kittiwakes. Also 14 Puffins west. 8 Common Scoter and 175 Manx Shearwaters. Surprisingly no petrels despite good conditions for them.

Posted June 2nd at 9:02 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Excellent passage of Puffins this morning between 0530-0800hrs with 91 logged all moving south, the largest group was of 7 birds. Also  1 Bonxie, 1 GND, 2 fs Med Gulls, 9 Razorbills, 600+ Guillemots, 109 Kitts, 73 Gannet, 6 Swifts & 3 H Porpoises. Plus a singing Reed Warbler and  Bee orchid in quarry.

Posted June 2nd at 7:00 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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