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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

For help with ID email photos to

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


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Thursday 6th June 2019


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

Posted June 6th, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 at 7:00 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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