Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sightings Page Guidelines

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something you would like 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 here:

For help with ID email photos to

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help us 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 by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Friday 7th February 2020



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


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

Older Posts in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts →

← Newer Posts in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts