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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

Saturday 14th September 2019


Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Yellow Wagtails, Tree Pipit, 5 White Wagtails, 14 Wheatears, 15 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Grey Wagtails, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Snipe, 30 House Martins 3 Roe Deer & 4 Clouded Yellows.

Posted September 14th at 3:14 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 13th September 2019

Turf Cattle Egret

11am Cattle Egret still with cattle in field by cycle track 2 mins walk to the SE of Turf Lock. 

Posted September 13th at 8:53 pm by Olly Mears in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Sands.

 102 Common Terns ,Ad.and1st.yr's. 68 on the beach and 34 close offshore.

Posted September 13th at 5:39 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

East & Middle Soar

A good range of migrants this morning: Swallow 115, House Martin 50, Tree Pipit 2, Meadow Pipit 325, White Wagtail 4, Grey Wagtail 1, Stonechat 17, Whinchat 1, Wheatear 13, Whitethroat 9, Blackcap 16, Chiffchaff 13, Willow Warbler 2, Spotted Flycatcher 1 & Linnet 300.

Back at Harleston in garden, Palmate Newt, Southern Hawker, Common Darter, Clouded Yellow & 9 Painted Lady.

Posted September 13th at 4:02 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 10th September 2019


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 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 at 6:56 pm by stuart churchill in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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