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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: 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

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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

Saturday 31st August 2019

Teign Estuary

Two Ospreys together over Flow Point mid-morning.

Posted August 31st 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 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 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 at 9:22 pm by Andrew in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


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 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 at 6:18 pm by Tony Duffin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


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 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 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 at 10:48 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


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 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 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 at 9:05 am by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 23rd August 2019


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 at 6:58 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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