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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 Pectoral Sandpiper,  South Huish 19 Jul
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Soar

Lots of Wheatears today; I counted 64 but there were probably more. Also: Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow & 13 White Wagtails, 14 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 8 Whitethroats, Goldcrest, Ringed Plover, 50+ House Martins, 150 Swallows & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted September 10th, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 9th September 2019

Wryneck at Fremmington

Someone on the Facebook group - A place in North Devon group has photographed a wryneck in their garden today, as attached.

Wryneck at Fremmington
Wryneck at Fremmington

Posted September 9th, 2019 at 6:56 pm by stuart churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 7th September 2019

Soar

A range of common migrants today: 3 Yellow Wagtails, 8 White Wagtails, 2+ Tree Pipits, Reed & Sedge Warblers, 32 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 14 Whitethroats, 13 Blackcaps, 10 Wheatears, 7 Sand Martins & 100+ House Martins. Also, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hare & Fox.

Posted September 7th, 2019 at 4:24 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 4th September 2019

South Huish Marsh 4/9/2019

The grey phalarope showing well this afternoon, Along with 30+dunlin, 21 black tailed godwits, 1 bar tailed godwit and 7 yellow wagtails.

Sparrow hawk flyover scattered the waders twice while i was there,



Posted September 4th, 2019 at 8:40 pm by patrick hawkins in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar

Hobby, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtails, Sedge Warbler, 2 Wheatears, 10 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, Grey Wagtail & 2 Roe Deer.

Posted September 4th, 2019 at 4:09 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

East and Middle Soar

Mid/late am. Some common migrants around: at least 20 Whitethroats, several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, a few Willow Warblers, 2 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Pied Flycatcher. 

Posted September 3rd, 2019 at 4:25 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Huish Marsh

Grey Phalarope still present and showing very well early am and then again when I returned at lunchtime. Also 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and a Snipe early am and then 15 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow Wagtails at lunchtime.

Posted September 3rd, 2019 at 4:07 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 2nd September 2019

Soar

Highlight was 2 Ortolan Buntings, in the stubble field just west of East Soar Farm (12.05 to c14.30 but not since). Otherwise: 17 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps, 10 Whitethroats, 6 Willow Warblers, Ringed Plover, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers & a Clouded Yellow.

Later at South Huish Marsh, the Grey Phalarope showing well on the front pool & also 6 Dunlins & 3 Black-tailed Godwits.

Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 10:22 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

1 juv Black Tern dip feeding with a juv Common Tern at Stokely Bay also 2 male Pochard with 40+ Tufted Ducks.

Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 8:45 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East to Middle Soar

A smattering of migrants: Ringed Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker in willows, 14 (very clean) White Wagtails, 3 Wheatear, Redstart, 20 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, 150 Linnet. Well Done to PA finding the Ortolan!

Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 12:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 1st September 2019

Hobby ~ South Brent

Second day running with a Hobby seen from home at South brent, yesterday's visit with the bird  hunting Swallows was impressive, today's visit demonstrated the Hobby's incredible speed and agility and this time it took a Swallow clean out of the air after a lightning quick turn.

Tawny owl heard calling at 10am, steady trickle of House Martins overhead throughout the day.

Posted September 1st, 2019 at 4:47 pm by Steve HOPPER in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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