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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 recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

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:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

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

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Saturday 31st August 2019

Teign Estuary

Two Ospreys together over Flow Point mid-morning.

Posted August 31st, 2019 at 11:59 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 30th August 2019

Thornhillhead, N.Devon

Wryneck spotted by my wife on road between Hoarstone and Thornhillhead - record photo taken from the car


Posted August 30th, 2019 at 3:27 pm by Mark West in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 28th August 2019

East Soar

2 female type Sparrowhawk, 60 Yellow Wagtail, 16 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Fly, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 35 Goldfinch - no sign of Wrynecks.

Posted August 28th, 2019 at 2:15 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 27th August 2019

Petrockstowe Wryneck

Some photos of this evening's Wryneck, taken by the garden owner Martin.




Posted August 27th, 2019 at 9:22 pm by Andrew in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wryneck

A friend notified me of a Wryneck feeding on ants  on a lawn in a private garden in Petrockstowe this evening, he watched it from about 6yds away and for  about 5 minutes.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 8:11 pm by Andrew in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Starehole Valley, Soar

Today 10am - 11am Wryneck, many thanks to Bill Macdonald

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 6:18 pm by Tony Duffin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Stokenham.

An Osprey flying up the valley from the direction of Slapton Ley , alighted on the top of a very tall tree ,where it remained for a few minutes before being driven off by rooks from the nearby rookery.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 5:02 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East to West Soar

Best today; 3 Pied Flycatcher, 90 Yellow Wagtail (50 East & 40 West), 11 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 62 Swallow, Tree Pipit, 500 Linnet - shame I didn't venture down Starehole Valley!

Non-avian: 24 Clouded Yellows on red clover field at West Soar; c.700 flower spikes of Autumn Lady's Tresses in main colony & 24 spikes in satellite colony. 3 Migrant Hawkers.

Posted August 27th, 2019 at 4:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 25th August 2019

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey again perched  in Lincombe Woods. 49 Dunlins in Charleton Bay. On Charleton Marsh a brief Wood Sandpiper, 5 Teals, Kingfisher, 300 plus Swallows, Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 10:48 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

Orcombe Point with Derek this morning - Tawny Pipit low NW over the top of Gore Lane, calling @0850. It followed a flock of 175+ House Martin, also NW. Otherwise - 4+ Tree Pipit, 2+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 alba wagtail, 2 Swift, 3+ Blackcap and a Whitethroat. Many other hirundines, including Swallow moving through but most too high to count - audible only.

Posted August 25th, 2019 at 10:18 am by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 24th August 2019

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey in Lincombe Woods  07:30-08:30 at least. 2 Teals and a Kingfisher on Charleton Marsh.

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 9:05 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Sands.

An unusual sight here ;a LITTLE tern on the beach near the day roosting gulls. Also 2 Ringed Plovers.

Posted August 24th, 2019 at 9:05 am by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 23rd August 2019

Soar

A Hobby, 31 Yellow Wagtails, Tree Pipit, Sand Martin, Wheatear, 15+ Whitethroats, c30 Swallows, c30 House Martins, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap & Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Posted August 23rd, 2019 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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