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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  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:

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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


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Tuesday 30th July 2019

Berry Head sea watch 07.20 - 14.30

Main additions to Mike's numbers, below: c300 Balearic Shearwaters (including a raft of c200 on the sea at one point), 2 Black Terns (ad + juv), 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxies, 12 "Commic" Terns, 3 Common Scoters, 38 Swifts, 2 Sand Martins & 10 Common Dolphins. 

Posted July 30th, 2019 at 6:03 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Hobby (f) flying south at midday.

Posted July 30th, 2019 at 1:47 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatching 0530-0830hrs was better this morning with highlight totals of: 209 Balearic & 67 Manx Shearwaters, 177 Mediterranean Gulls, 340 Kittiwake (inc 3 juvs), 2 Storm Petrels, 13 Fulmar, 7 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua, 180 Gannets, 1 juv Yellow-Legged Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Comic Terns, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Swift, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Seal and 4-5 Harbour Porpoise.

Posted July 30th, 2019 at 10:17 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 29th July 2019

Berry Head

Arrived mid afternoon to meet Mark, Del and Bill for a short seawatch. Up to 4pm the birds had included just 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, approx 7 Manx Shearwaters, 20+ Mediterranean Gulls - very poor given the conditions! The highlights were 1 sunfish (I was too late for that one) and 20+ Common Dolphins close to the headland appearing to have rounded up a bait ball. 

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 9:07 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Single Spoonbill (not colour ringed) foraging on R.Caen briefly at 14.00 but moved on by incoming tide.

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 3:14 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 27th July 2019

Yesterday at Prawle 26th July

Short late seawatch from 8.10 to 10.40am produced 15 Balearic Shearwaters, 29 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Common Scoter. Also 4-5 Common Dolphins breaching going west. Small movement of hirundines, Swallows and House Martins. 

At the point 2 Grayling Butterflies (not seen often here). Also a small Pearl Bordered Fritillary. At Moorwell pond, being de-weeded, Emperor Dragonflies and Black-Tailed Skimmers and Blue-Tailed Damselflies.

Previous week, on 19th July a seawatch from 7.15am till 4pm produced 11 Balearic ,933 Manx Shearwaters; a Bonxie and a Puffin,172 Gannets, 13 Mediterranean Gulls and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

Posted July 27th, 2019 at 11:21 am by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 26th July 2019


Yesterday evening the gathering gulls included 93 Mediterranean Gulls and 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls. Also approx 70+ Black-headed, 1 Lesser Black-backed, 4 Great Black-backed and 300 Herring Gulls

Posted July 26th, 2019 at 10:47 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 24th July 2019


Yesterday evening there were 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls and 27 Mediterranean Gulls on and off Broadsands beach.


Posted July 24th, 2019 at 8:53 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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