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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: Recorder@devonbirds.org 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.  

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

Monday 29th July 2019

Berry Head

Good views of a sunfish off the point at Berry Head.  Moving SW in a choppy sea.

Posted July 29th at 5:06 pm by Patrick Case in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, yesterday

Cetaceans from yesterday morning's trip.

Porpoise with calf
Porpoise with calf

Common dolphins
Common dolphins

Common dolphins
Common dolphins

Posted July 29th at 1:03 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Sunday 28th July 2019

Bicclescombe Park

About 6 pairs with 30 Blue Damselfly around the Duck pond. 

Beautiful Demoiselle
Beautiful Demoiselle


Posted July 28th at 6:22 pm by Martin Thorne in Other Wildlife

Chambercombe Manor

Emerging Southern Hawker Dragonflies this morning in the Silent Pool with several mating pairs of Large Red Damselfly also present.

Southern Hawker drying wings.
Southern Hawker drying wings.

Southern Hawker seconds prior to flight.
Southern Hawker seconds prior to flight.

Pair of friendly Large Red Damselfly.
Pair of friendly Large Red Damselfly.

Posted July 28th at 5:01 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Saturday 27th July 2019

Butterflies

Holly Blue Butterfly in Tews Lane, Bickington..

Holly Blue
Holly Blue

Posted July 27th at 12:22 am by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

Thursday 25th July 2019

Clennon Valley Ponds, Goodrington

A male ruddy darter at the back of the 3rd pond up from bottom was the best find today, my first for Torbay. Also common darter (1 on same pond), broad bodied chaser, black tailed skimmer, emperor, southern hawker (on the small 4th pond), azure damsel, blue tailed damsel, and small red-eyed damsels still abundant at their usual spot on algal mats at the bottom of the lower pond. A possible white admiral was seen flying among willow trees behind the 3rd pond. Birds included dabchicks, 2 kingfishers and a grey heron.

Ruddy darter, male
Ruddy darter, male

Posted July 25th at 8:42 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Monday 22nd July 2019

Green Beetle

One of seven or eight green beetles seen on a mint plant in Hawkchurch near Axminster.

Green mint leaf beetle
Green mint leaf beetle

Posted July 22nd at 9:45 pm by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

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