General Birding

Breeding Birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm 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

Membership

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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 id@devonbirds.org.

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

Saturday 29th June 2019

Exe Estuary

Went walking along to the Turf Lock this afternoon in a half-hearted attempt to refind the Caspian Tern but no joy. 5 Whimbrel flew down the estuary towards Exmouth, Curlew, Oystercatcher and a few Redshank were also present. A pair of Mute Swan had 1 cygnet and 5 Shelduck were seen with 12 young out on the water. Whitethroat and Chiffchaff were in the scrubland.

Posted June 29th at 9:11 pm by C L North in General Birding

Hillhead, Brixham

170+ Swifts feeding over arable field on way to Hillhead from Churston this morning.

Posted June 29th at 4:39 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Friday 28th June 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

A Black-tailed Godwit (sum-plum), 21 Curlews, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (1st-s), 7 Mandarin Ducks, 7 Marbled Whites, 3 Small & 1 Large Skippers, 2 Ringlets, 2 Painted Ladies & Small Heath.

Posted June 28th at 3:08 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Thursday 27th June 2019

Sightings only

At least six Swifts flying around over my home in Roundswell (East) behind Sainsburys in Barnstaple.

Posted June 27th at 9:29 pm by Martin Bennett in General Birding

Red Kite

A single Red Kite drifted over the A38 at Splatford Split tonight at 17:50, the local Buzzard just ignored it.

Posted June 27th at 6:49 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in General Birding

River Clyst - Caspian Tern

The Caspian Tern relocated by KR late pm and showing very well roosting on mud in front of the viewing platform at BGM

Posted June 27th at 5:22 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Dartmoor

A pair of Whinchats and a Lesser Redpoll at Tavy Cleave before the weather deteriorated. At Grenofen, juv Dipper, Grey Wagtail & High Brown Fritillary & at Magpie Bridge, 2 Marsh Tits, 2 Siskins & Humming-bird Hawk-moth.  

Dipper (juv)
Dipper (juv)

Posted June 26th at 10:13 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Chiffchaff window casualty, Chudleigh

Chiffchaff juv window stunned

Found a juvenile Chiffchaff stunned next to a bedroom window this morning. It flew off safely to bushes after a few minutes. Also first Grey Squirrel for at least a decade, which was mobbed by 20 House Sparrows - the most seen together here for several years!

 

Posted June 26th at 11:04 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

elberry cove

flock of house martins swooping over the fields behind elberry -  late morning yesterday. (1st time I have seen these birds this year).

Posted June 26th at 9:27 am by graham folkerd in General Birding

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Curlews on the increase (11), juv Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 1st-s Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Stock Doves, 30 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Shags, 4 Marbled Whites and 7 Painted Ladies.

Posted June 25th at 9:31 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Autumn in North Devon

Must have arrived: 2 Green Sandpipers on the field in Sherpa Marsh this morning - flew off over towards the Great field. 3 Little egret, 22 Swans 7 cygnets.

Posted June 25th at 3:40 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

25-06-19 Grey Wagtail & Chick

On the River Plym, at least 4 Grey Wagtails feeding their chics

Grey Wagtail & chick
Grey Wagtail & chick

Posted June 25th at 2:42 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Monday 24th June 2019

Broadsands

12 Mediterranean Gulls this evening with 31 Black-headed Gulls on the sea off Elberry Headland this evening also 4 Common Scoter.

Posted June 24th at 9:45 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exmouth

Red Kite drifted high northwards over Cedar Close at 1612hrs circling as it went.

Posted June 24th at 4:18 pm by Terry Smith in General Birding

Cuckoo

Heard cuckoo this morning at around 05.00 a.m. east of Blackdown Rings (nr. Loddiswell) around SX 725 524 

Posted June 24th at 2:18 pm by nic butler in General Birding

Powlers Piece

With the normal site for the Taw/Torridge group Nightjar walk closed for forestry work, the group met close to Powlers Piece on the Bideford/Bradworthy road.  After an overcast but mainly dry day, the evening cleared with virtually no wind. At around 10.00 the first churning was heard, and a couple of brief but close sightings. Nothing then until almost dark, when there was considerable activity, and one Nightjar landed on the path we were on. Estimate there were 2/3 pairs present.

Also seen Tree Pipit, Redpoll, Roe Deer, with Chiffchaff, Blackcap heard.

Posted June 24th at 9:23 am by Roger Doble in General Birding

Sunday 23rd June 2019

Broadsands

14 Mediterranean Gulls this evening on the sea and then dropping into the beach, just 1 Black-headed Gull accompanying the group!

Posted June 23rd at 10:32 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

Exminster & Topsham

No sign of the Rose-coloured Starling up until 11:00 this morning.

Seven Mediterranean Gulls (three 2nd-summers & four 1st-summers) on Goosemoor at midday along with the summer-plumaged Spotted Redshank.

Four Greenshanks, three Whimbrels and two Bar-tailed Godwits on Bowling Green Marsh.

Posted June 23rd at 2:12 pm by Will Salmon in General Birding

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Captsone Parade

The last few days a pair of Skuas sp have been attacking Gannets off Torrs to Capstone, got fairly reasonable views but no visible stand out wing bars to be seen so I'm suspecting possible Pomarines. This evening, interesting to watch every Gull, 2000+  in the town make a break for the open sea to avoid the barrage of pyrotechnics, I'm sure they all survived !

Posted June 22nd at 11:05 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

Crow Point

Barrel Jellyfish

Speaking (as Rob was) of Barrel Jellyfish, here's a fresh one that from a distance looked about half the size of a football!
Speaking (as Rob was) of Barrel Jellyfish, here's a fresh one that from a distance looked about half the size of a football!

Posted June 22nd at 9:26 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Fernworthy Reservoir

9 members of DB attended the East Devon Branch fieldtrip today.  Great company, weather and scenery but the birds were a challenge for their absence!  21 species listed for the day and the highlights were 2 Gt Spotted Woodpeckers (including a juv.), 3 Grey Wagtail, Gt crested Grebe and 1 young, Siskin overhead, Jay and Redstart during the morning.  After lunch a walk around the road and southern path produced a Tree Pipit and a pair of Redstart with food.  A striking light phase Buzzard on a telegraph pole on the road back to Chagford.

Posted June 22nd at 4:14 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding

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