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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, 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.

If anyone saw 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.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

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 Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

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

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Torbay Air Show

Superb performance by Common Dolphins during kayak trip early bj (before jetskis) this morning. Brixham to four miles off Berry Head.

8 Sandwich Terns

31 Common Dolphins (10+20+1)

14 Harbour Porpoise 

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin

Posted August 21st at 5:00 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 20th August 2019


At least 3 Brown Hairstreaks at Preston Down; also 10+ Painted Ladies & a Green-veined White.

At Berry Head: 3 Clouded Yellows, 20+ Painted Ladies, Humming-bird Hawk-moth, 12+ Common Dolphins & 4 Harbour Porpoises.

Brown Hairstreak, female
Brown Hairstreak, female

Brown Hairstreak, female
Brown Hairstreak, female

Posted August 20th at 6:05 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife


Brimstone butterfly spotted in an Ottery St Mary garden.

Brimstone butterfly
Brimstone butterfly

Posted August 20th at 4:17 pm by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

Ottery St Mary

Ottery St Mary-Brimstone butterfly.

Posted August 20th at 10:21 am by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

Sunday 18th August 2019


Deer photographed late evening in a field near Pennymoor.


Posted August 18th at 1:03 am by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

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