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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Membership

If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Friday 7th February 2020

Mansands

 

Wasn’t going to go to Mansands today, but remembered I had my WeBS count to do, glad I did.

Bluewinged Teal Mansands 070220PA Bluewinged Teal Mansands 070220PA

                                                          Blue-winged Teal

Posted February 7th at 2:08 pm by Paul Albrechtsen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 6th February 2020

Mansands yesterday

Photos of the Blue-winged teal taken yesterday afternoon. It's amazing how quickly this bird has moulted into near-adult plumage - compare with the picture posted on DBS by Pete Aley on 3rd January.

Blue-winged teal  Blue-winged teal
Blue-winged teal                               Blue-winged teal

Posted February 6th at 7:36 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 5th February 2020

Mansands

The Blue-winged teal showed well early afternoon in the main pool. Also present, mallard, gadwall, teal, tufted duck, moorhen, coot, and singing cettis warbler. A black redstart was on the coastguard cottage roof with pied and grey wagtail, and a chiffchaff.

Posted February 5th at 10:14 pm by Chris Proctor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wilson's Phalarope

Birding around the Exe today with a fellow birder. Both of us 100% certain ….Wilson's Phalarope.

Viewed in the estuary at around 11am from the Powderham platform (over the railway) where the Kenn runs into the Exe. Excellent viewing conditions, sunny and flat calm, and seen for a couple of minutes moving upstream.

Posted February 5th at 5:24 pm by Francis Welland in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 3rd February 2020

Mandarin at Arlington

I am the chap who spotted the Mandarin at Arlington yesterday Sunday 2nd Feb. First spotted as I entered the again on adjoining lake approx40 mins later.

Posted February 3rd at 7:13 pm by Les Doughty in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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