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 13th July 2019

Broadsands

2 juv Yellow-Legged Gulls and 7 Med Gulls on Broadsands beach late this evening till 925pm at least on the dropping tide 

Posted July 13th at 10:35 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Osprey - Exton Station

An Osprey sat on a post in the middle of the River Exe viewed from Exton Station from late morning to 13.05pm when starting flying around - eventually caught a fish and flew off high west at 13.15pm. 

Posted July 13th at 2:18 pm by Mark Bailey in General Birding

Friday 12th July 2019

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Pottington to Ashford sewage works. 1330-1500.

3 Black-tailed Godwits.

5 med Gulls ( 3A; 1 1st S, 1 juvenile.

Posted July 12th at 7:21 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

On this afternoon's high tide, 2 Black-tailed Godwits (1 in summer plumage), 29 Curlews, Common Sandpiper, just 20 Redshanks, 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, a pair of Shelducks with 2 juvs & Mandarin Duck. Also, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a pair of Whitethroats carrying food, 7 Stock Doves & a Kestrel, 

Posted July 12th at 6:23 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Thursday 11th July 2019

Ilfracombe

Buzzard in my garden today, taking a break from winding up the local Gull population. 

Recently out on the sea good numbers of Manx Shearwaters are present whatever the wind direction. Up to 10 flocks of 60 chasing about are regularly in view. Today 2 ad Med Gulls on Cheyne rocks. 

Buzzard
Buzzard

Posted July 11th at 9:15 pm by Martin Thorne in General Birding

drogo spotted flycatchers

pair of spotted flycathers feeding young seen from the path just under castle drogo yesterday,lovely find

Posted July 11th at 8:22 pm by laurence smith in General Birding

Common Crossbill

Common Crossbill on gorse bushes at Ivy Cove by the SW Coastal Path, east of Coleton Fishacre.


Posted July 11th at 4:47 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple between Bradiford Water and Ashford sewage works 1210-1300

3 adult Med Gulls and 2 juvenile Common sandpipers.

A total of 37 little Egret and 5 Grey Heron between both sides of the river.

Posted July 11th at 4:40 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

11-07-19 Roborough Down

A few more birds around today, Yellowhammers, GSW, Meadow Pipits, along with Stonechats, linnets, Green Woodpecker in the distance

GSW (male)
GSW (male)

Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Yellowhammer
Yellowhammer

Posted July 11th at 3:30 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Velator/Caen

On arrival at the bridge to the reserve this morning, a singing Lesser Whitethroat was a real surprise - same one we saw here on 4th May? Sounded identical.

This evening along the mud of the River Caen, among a good scattering of Black-headed Gulls were two smart adult Mediterranean Gulls. At least a dozen Pied Wagtails (mostly juvs) were in with the cattle by cross banks. Sadly, no yellow ones amongst them. No Little Owls on the barns either...

Posted July 10th at 10:55 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Shobrooke Park

A single Spotted Flycatcher present this evening at the southern end of the site, the first on patch this year. 

Posted July 10th at 7:06 pm by T. M. Mylett in General Birding

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Velator Reserve

Ringing this morning after a 3 week break produced good numbers of migrant Warblers  (2 Willow Warblers were unusual at this time of year) and 2 Cetti's Warblers. In addition, a further 3 juvenile female Kingfishers were ringed,  with Azolla weed blocking many of the ditches on the Great Field, maybe this is a feeding opportunity for them. 7 Juvenile Wrens were notable.

Posted July 9th at 10:16 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

The moulting summer plumaged Spotted Redshank was still present early afternoon. Also 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and a few Whimbrel.

Posted July 9th at 9:03 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Monday 8th July 2019

Velator

Hooray! 4 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape! Along with a Pied Wagtail and 2 Swallows. A male Tufted Duck on Sherpa pond. 2 Sand Martins over the pond.

Posted July 8th at 9:05 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding

Birds

South hush marsh,ad little ringed plover,4sp Dublin, 2red v darters.

Posted July 8th at 4:59 pm by Vic & Sylvia Tucker in General Birding

Turf

Osprey flew down river 4 pm Sunday 

Posted July 8th at 3:04 pm by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

R.Taw Barnstaple between Pottington and Ashford sewage Works, 1230-1330

4 adult Mediterranean Gulls feeding on foreshore with 100s of returning B.H.Gulls.

Posted July 8th at 2:54 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

Med Gull on cricket pitch

Based on the address of the birder who posted this I would say it is Instow Cricket Ground. Would Martin Bennett please confirm and ensure a record is sent to the data manager. Posting on here does not always make the records as has been previously stated. Many thanks

Posted July 8th at 12:37 pm by Karen Sims in General Birding

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