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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  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb 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

 

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Monday 30th September 2019

East Soar

Highlight this morning was the first  Ring Ouzel of the autumn, a male in Starehole Valley - plenty of berries here! Also Water Rail, 8 Stock Dove, 7 Swallow, 80 Skylark, 560 Meadow Pipit (200 West & rest grounded), 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 21 Magpie on Bolt Head & 350 Linnet.

Posted September 30th, 2019 at 3:22 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 29th September 2019

Ilfracombe Capstone point

Mid morning/ early afternoon more Skuas passing, heading down channel, 8 Arctic and 2 Great Skuas by about 1 every 10 minutes. Best bird today looked like a Drake Long-tailed Duck. 

Posted September 29th, 2019 at 8:26 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 28th September 2019

Ilfracombe Pier

Today and yesterday there's been some very good seabird activity in fairly close all heading down channel. Along with lots of Gannets and Kittiwakes I've never seen so many Arctic Skuas together, c12, I had four groups of 3 in view with more passing further out. About a third of them dark phase the rest light. Not a single Bonxie to be seen thou. 40+ Common Scoters in 3 flocks of about 15 passed west all at the same time as well. 

Posted September 28th, 2019 at 10:10 pm by Martin Thorne in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

08:15-15:00

Thousands of seabirds distant across Start Bay on arrival, mostly Kittiwakes and Gannets. At least 7 Arctic Skuas among them. They had dispersed by mid morning. Highlights on the beach before the dog walkers were a first calendar year Little Gull, 12 Common Terns, 4 Sandwich Terns and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. On the ley itself at Torcross a surprising healthy late number of around 30 Sand Martins and a hard to see first calendar year male Scaup amongst the Tufted Ducks out from the tank. 2 Little Grebes in Stokeley Bay. Along the line 2 Wheatears and a flock of 80 Linnets. Early afternoon the Gannets and Kittiwakes starting coming back in the bay and a watch from the Memorial Car Park between 13:30-15:00 produced one Great Skua and 12 more Arctic Skuas heading south. Also one Harbour Porpoise around.

Posted September 28th, 2019 at 5:47 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Yesterday at Prawle Point Tuesday 24th

A Firecrest and 2 Goldcrests in the reserve. Late seawatch saw 3 Arctic Skuas chasing Kittiwakes going east at 11amish.

Posted September 25th, 2019 at 10:42 am by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 24th September 2019

Berry Head

Seawatching 0700-0900hrs in reality the counting was up until 0830 then many of the seabirds started to mill around and linger so counting stopped: 24 Arctic Skua, 13 Great Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Common Tern, 3 Sandwich Terns, 650 Kittiwake, 1 Common Gull and 5 Harbour Porpoise.

Around the quarry and woods: 3 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 7 Swallows over head. , 

Posted September 24th, 2019 at 10:45 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 23rd September 2019

Berry Head

Seawatch 1525-1755Hrs: 43 Arctic Skua, 31 Great Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 550 Gannet, 39 Auks,  3 Mediterranean Gull. 

In the quarry: 2 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap. 

Posted September 23rd, 2019 at 8:53 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Middle Soar

Arrived 0630 but no early vis mig though did have first Merlin of the autumn plus Wheatear, 10 Stock Dove, 150 Meadow Pipit & 440 Linnet.

Posted September 23rd, 2019 at 4:51 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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