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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

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.  

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Widecombe Ley, Beesands

Wigeon 12, Gadwall 37, Tufted Duck 4, Pochard 1, Stonechat 1.

70 Linnets on wild bird cop top of hill towards Torcross

Posted September 10th at 8:15 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Turf lock

Usual bids on the rising tide. Dunlin, Turnstone Etc. highlights Wheatear (2 poss 3) on sea wall near Turf. Cattle Egret with cattle in field behind (SW of) the pub.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret



Posted September 10th at 5:26 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Monday 9th September 2019


Usual waders at BGM on high tide - Common Sandpiper (also one on Goosemoor - same one?) two Greenshank (approx 20 on Goosemoor mostly obscured), 3 Pintail,. Darts Farm during a heavy shower at around 17.10 - Buzzard, small flock of Linnet (40-50), Swallow, lots of Pied Wag with the Devon Red herd and two Yellow Wags and one Wheatear - never close enough to photo.

Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper

Posted September 9th at 7:12 pm by Martin Rooney in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Sunday 8th 7-8 pm c5000 Swallows and House Martins gathering over the Ley, Torcross end pre-roost.

Posted September 9th at 3:55 pm by Steve Wadsworth in General Birding

Sunday 8th September 2019

late swift

swift over the house with swallows and house martins just outside okehampton this morning,will it be the last?

Posted September 8th at 8:53 pm by laurence smith in General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

10 ringneck parakeet mear valley including the blue one 

Posted September 8th at 7:29 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Challacombe Moor

A mid afternoon drive from Challacombe to sandyway cross saw a few flocks of wheatear with around 6-11 birds in each, a flock of meadow pipits and a few r l partridge and pheasant. 

R l Partridge


Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit

Posted September 8th at 6:41 pm by Philip worth in General Birding

Lyme bay boat trip from Brixham, 9am-1pm

Pics from the morning's boat trip. See Nigel's post for numbers seen.

Great skua
Great skua

Arctic skua, dark phase adult
Arctic skua, dark phase adult

Manx shearwater
Manx shearwater

Posted September 8th at 6:03 pm by Chris Proctor in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

3 Sand Martins, 2 Wheatears, 2 Chiffchaffs, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, 5 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstones & Kingfisher.

Posted September 8th at 5:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Slapton Ley

Little Grebe, 21 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Teals, 7 Gadwalls, 52 Tufted Ducks, Pochard, 187 Coots, Greenshank, Kingfisher, 30 Swallows, Rock Pipit and 2 Wheatears. Offshore 4 lingering Sandwich Terns. 12 Common Scoters and a Common Tern flew south.

Posted September 8th at 5:05 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding

River Plym and Saltram

31 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher and 5 Greenshank on Blaxton Meadow on the incoming tide.

RNParakeets heard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 1 House Martin, 30+Swallow in a feeding flock with adults feeding young mid-air, Stock Doves,1 Firecrest,  2 Roe Deer, 1 Toad, 2 Clouded Yellows and 1 Comma around Saltram Park


Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow

Posted September 8th at 3:52 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat Trip.

Today's trip out into Lyme Bay from Brixham was a good one. We had good numbers of Skua and Gannet and I think all enjoyed, so some numbers of sightings for you.

3 Arctic Skua (dark phase), 2 Arctic Skua (pale phase), 5 Great Skua, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Skua mostly chasing the Terns. Big Numbers of Gannets diving on fish and sitting on the water, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Med Gull, Kittiwake, Fulmar, rafts of Guillemots and some Razorbill but only 1 Manx Shearwater. 8+ Porpoise, 2 Common Dolphin, 4 Grey Seals in Brixham Harbour but most unusual was a large Grey Seal 12 Kilometres out into Lyme Bay, probably enjoying big shoals of fish out in Lyme Bay.  Hope some pictures put up on the Blog soon as this is the second to last trip I will be doing. Last trip 22nd and fully booked!!

Posted September 8th at 3:50 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

South Huish marsh evening 07/09

At least 10 yellow wagtails in amongst the cattle at South Huish marsh. Also a couple of wheatears and the usual waders, both species of Godwit and dunlin.

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Posted September 8th at 1:45 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

East Soar early morning

Counted 15 wheatears in the field near middle Soar and several more along the stone wall. Lots of whitethroats and watched a buzzard catch a snake and eat it.



Posted September 8th at 1:42 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding


Goosemoor ~ 2 Greenshank.

BGM ~ Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper.

From the viewing platform Kestrel, good numbers of Redshank.

Goat walk ~ Osprey sat on the mud in the far distance towards Powderham, Black Tailed Godwits and Curlew in good numbers and a very mobile flock of Dunlin.

Countess Weir WTW 14+ Little Egret, Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher.

Posted September 8th at 1:27 pm by Steve HOPPER in General Birding

saltrum house plymouth

15 ringneck parakeet  quite lively flying around saltrum cafe and house

Posted September 8th at 11:25 am by barry insull in General Birding

Saturday 7th September 2019

Bull Point

Over 30 Gannets over a pod of Dolphins around Bull Point on the tide,large amount of fish,so a good feed for all.Amazing to watch so close to the cliffs.


Posted September 7th at 5:08 pm by john elvin in General Birding

Female wheatear, Holcombe

10:45 - Spent 2 minutes on the neighbours chimney stack, then flew off inland.

Posted September 7th at 4:31 pm by Barney Donnellan in General Birding


Cattle egret briefly with the cattle and osprey on post in river this morning. 

Posted September 7th at 10:25 am by Gerry Hooper in General Birding

Friday 6th September 2019

Kingsbridge Southville

Red kite circling over 18.45

Posted September 6th at 10:32 pm by Jeremy Spooner in General Birding


Firecrest in my garden (Mount Gould) this morning.

Posted September 6th at 10:07 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Teign Estuary

Large raptor reported killed on the Kingsteignton bypass flyover, hope it isn't the Osprey that has been seen on the estuary the last few days.

Posted September 6th at 10:04 pm by Dpa in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Whinchat, 2 Stonechats, Chiffchaff, 4 Stock Doves, 3 Common Sandpipers, 6 Greenshanks, 145 Redshanks, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull (2nd-s), Shag, 14 Grey Herons & 9 Roe Deer.

Posted September 6th at 9:58 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding


Small flock of sleeping Knot.

Posted September 6th at 9:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

Sharpa / Wrafton scrape + Tarka trail

late aft - 18 Black tailed Godwit on the scrape, a small flock of sleeping Knot & 2 Bar - tailed Godwits on the Taw Estuary at Pottington. On the outward journey, a charm of Goldfinces feeding on seeds on the side of the Tarka trail.

Posted September 6th at 9:09 pm by Rob Jutsum in General Birding

River Caen, adj to Toll House

Good views of a Peregrine flying into a flock of Curlew at low level, and putting up the flock of resting Black Headed gulls at about 11am.

Posted September 6th at 8:29 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding


Peregrine over briefly this morning. Kingfisher fishing in the pond. Otherwise quiet, (apart from a black cat!)

Posted September 6th at 8:14 pm by Jon Turner in General Birding


3+ spotted flycatcher and a raven at Killerton National Trust NE of Ellerhayes Bridge 4pm.

Posted September 6th at 5:30 pm by Olly Mears in General Birding

Swift over Plymouth

Swift over central Plymouth (uni) at 9am.

Posted September 6th at 9:07 am by Martin Lavelle in General Birding

Thursday 5th September 2019

South Huish marsh evening

19 Black-tailed godwits,1 Bar-tailed godwit,34 Dunlin, 4 Yellow wagtail, 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Wheatear and one ringed plover. Lovely evening.

       Black-tailed godwits, Dunlin and a Bar-tailed godwit              Grey Phalarope            Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin
   Black-tailed godwits, Br-t Godwit & Dunlin       Grey Phalarope                         Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin

Posted September 5th at 9:32 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Around Croyde

4 Med gulls in the rock pools,5 Wheatear,3 pair Stonechats,fulmars,shags and cormorants in good numbers plus4 Willow Warblers.Lots of Dragon and Damzel flies around the ponds

Mediterranean GullWillow WarblerWheatear
Mediterranean Gull                                            Willow Warbler                                  Wheatear

Posted September 5th at 7:43 pm by john elvin in General Birding

R.Taw, Barnstaple. Concrete bank between rear of RGB and Bradiford Water. 1115 - 1300.

Mixed roost of Black-backed Gulls and c100 Oystercatchers together with 45 Knot, 2 Curlew, 1 Redshank and 21 Black-tailed Godwits. 50% of the Oystercatchers were juveniles. Approximately 35 Little Egret dotted about and roosting in trees from Penhill Marsh to Chivenor during high tide (11.09 - 3mtrs at Bple)



Posted September 5th at 7:30 pm by Maurice Clements in General Birding

South Huish Marsh

12 noon to 1pm of note: Grey Phalarope still present, plus 25 Dunlin, 20 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Sand Martins.

Posted September 5th at 3:31 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding


Nice mix of common migrants again this morning: 1 Common Swift, c10 Sand Martins, c25 House Martins, c100 Swallows, 2 Tree Pipits, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchats, 1 Sedge Warbler, c25 Whitethroats, c10 Blackcaps, c5 Willow Warblers and c5 Chiffchaffs.

Posted September 5th at 3:29 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

River Taw Horsey Island riverbank

Flock of about 30 Turnstones

Posted September 5th at 3:06 pm by Alan Denzey in General Birding

Bowling Green Marsh

This morning, an Osprey was on a post mid river from the viewing platform. Also 1 Kingfisher and 3 Common Sandpipers. From the hide, large number of Curlew with at least 2 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Posted September 5th at 12:59 pm by Nick Potter in General Birding

Plym Estuary/Saltram

Walked around area before high tide and saw the following.

Curlew 28, Greenshank 6, Redshank 156, Oystercatcher 8, Kingfisher 1, Little Egret 16, Grey Heron 17, Little Grebe 2, Common Sandpiper 5, Grey Wagtail 1, Willow Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 5, Spotted Flycatcher 2, Whinchat 3, Stonechat 3, Kestrel 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Stock Dove 8 & Mistle Thrush 11.

Posted September 5th at 11:50 am by Martin Phillips in General Birding

Wednesday 4th September 2019


In the woods along the the Holne Moor Least NW of Venford Reservoir this pm c70 Siskin feeding on birch seeds and a roaming flock of 42 Mistle Thrushes.

Posted September 4th at 8:17 pm by Andy Smith in General Birding

Forton. Crediton

Wryneck in garden 11.00 a.m. 

Posted September 4th at 7:59 pm by Richard Burston in General Birding

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

South Huish marsh evening

Lovely evening at South Huish marsh, 17 Black-tailed godwits, 1 Bar-tailed godwit, 1 Grey phalarope,18 Dunlin, 5 yellow wagtails, 2 Sparrow hawks and a swift.

Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed godwit and Dunlin
Black-tailed Godwits, Bar-tailed godwit and Dunlin

Yellow Wagtails
Yellow Wagtails

Grey Phalarope
Grey Phalarope

Posted September 3rd at 8:52 pm by Richie Moore in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

1 Curlew Sandpiper amongst the Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Dunlin roosting along The Bight on the high tide at Dawlish Warren this morning. Also a Wheatear, 2 Raven and very mobile Sandwich Terns.

Offshore Gannets., 2 Common Scoter and more Sandwich Terns. 

Autumn Lady's Tresses showing well

Posted September 3rd at 8:42 pm by Stuart Michael Green in General Birding

exmouth ringneck parakeet

5 ringneck parakeet including one blue in colour mear valley

Posted September 3rd at 5:57 pm by barry insull in General Birding

Teign Estuary

Osprey at Flow Point 3.30 today, attempting to fish with no luck watched for several minutes as it slowly drifted up river.

Posted September 3rd at 5:20 pm by Gary Bolton in General Birding

Saltram Blaxton Meadow 03-09-19 Snipe

At Blaxton Meadow, Saltram a single and hard to see Snipe, Greenshank, Redshank, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Dunlin, little Egrets and Herons.

Posted September 3rd at 3:37 pm by Greg Bradbury in General Birding

Monday 2nd September 2019

Turf, Exe Estuary

At lunch time (1 pm) osprey over to north of Turf flying west. Two sandwich terns (adults) feeding close to jetty and little tern (1w) shortly after.The little tern has been present for a few days and appears to follow the tide line from Turf to Topsham..

Posted September 2nd at 6:06 pm by John Waldon in General Birding

Seaton area, 1st September

Black Hole Marsh is in excellent condition for waders, with Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, Knot, Ruff and 2 Green Sandpipers among Dunlin, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits yesterday, with the Osprey over the Axe nearby.

Insects ruled the day though, with Roesel's Bush-crickets (and lots of Long-winged Coneheads) in the long grass near the Seaton Marshes dipping pond, thanks my daughter's much better hearing (I've lost the range to hear bush-crickets). The NBN Atlas map shows nothing for Devon, I think it was recorded at Dawlish Warren last year. And as we were so close, a visit to see Long-tailed Blue egg-laying on a patch Everlasting Pea below the undercliff at Axmouth was unavoidable. Two Devon insect ticks for me!

Roesel's Bush-cricket male Long-tailed Blue female Long-tailed Blue female

Male Roesel's Bush-cricket, Seaton Marshes    Female Long-tailed Blue on Everlasting Pea, Axmouth

Posted September 2nd at 12:22 pm by Dave Smallshire in General Birding

South Brent

A modest increase in migrants with two Whinchats and a Redstart on Brent Hill this morning, two Wheatears there yesterday, a Spotted Fly at nearby Overbrent and a Yellow Wag there on Saturday.

Posted September 2nd at 12:14 pm by Peter Reay in General Birding

Sunday 1st September 2019

Lyme Bay Trip

From this morning's Lyme Bay Boat Trip from Brixham, some of the birds seen as already reported by Nigel Smallbones. A great morning.

Manx Shearwater
Manx Shearwater



Posted September 1st at 7:23 pm by Bill Coulson in General Birding

Plym Estuary & Saltram

Highlight was a Wood Sandpiper which flew over my garden calling, and headed south over the lower estuary. Also: Tree Pipit, 8 Greenshanks, 4 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, Kingfisher, Shag, Roe Deer & over 100 spikes of Autumn Ladies Tresses. 

Posted September 1st at 5:15 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Lyme Bay Boat trip

This mornings boat trip from Brixham was rewarded with a Wheatear before we had left the Harbour, the bird  was on the old fuel jetty but flew away very quickly. Sea conditions good and we had a good trip with freshing wind as we returned.  Good numbers of Kittiwake off Berry Head, 200+. Other birds seen 550+ Manx Shearwater but further study of pictures might give a Balearic Shearwater, 5 small waders flying through when going out and a further  2 when coming back in. 3 Great Skua, 1 Young Artic Skua, 1 Ringed Plover!! 10 Fulmar, 1 Black-headed Gull, many Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and a fine assortment  of different aged Gannets. On returning back into Torbay joined by 8 Common Dolphin. I think all enjoyed the trip.

Posted September 1st at 3:29 pm by Nigel Smallbones in General Birding

Ring-necked parakeet

1 heard flying over Kingsdown cl, Dawlish this morning at 8am

Posted September 1st at 12:44 pm by paul barker in General Birding

saltrum house plymouth

15 ringneck parakeet

Posted September 1st at 11:53 am by barry insull in General Birding

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