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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, 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 but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of 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.

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 White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
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

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 at 6:03 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Hobby (f) flying south at midday.

Posted July 30th 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 8:53 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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