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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 Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug 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
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  


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:

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Friday 27th March 2020

Harleston by Slapton

Just 7 Common Buzzards flying high NNE this afternoon. Blackcap singing in garden.

Posted March 27th at 4:53 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 26th March 2020

Harleston by Slapton

An amazing 56 Common Buzzards on migration in 90 mins (1415 - 1545) over the valley, generally flying high NE. Any low birds quickly seen off by resident pair. Also: Tawny Owl calling, singing Chiffchaff, displaying Greenfinch, 2 Green Woodpeckers & 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers - not bad for a day in the garden!

Non-avian: Small Tortoiseshell.

Posted March 26th at 4:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 24th March 2020


Osprey hunting the lower Exe, mainly off Mudbank - 1030 - 1110. From back garden.

Posted March 24th at 12:08 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 22nd March 2020

Dawlish Warren NNR

The Kentish Plover showed well along with Ringed Plover and Sanderling in the Bight area over the evening high tide.

Video of Kentish Plover:

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover

Posted March 22nd at 9:45 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Late news for yesterday - the Blue-winged Teal showed well at around 12.30 before disappearing into vegetation.

Posted March 22nd at 6:53 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Stone Curlew. I wouldn’t normally post a sighting as this is a private site. However, it’s a good bird!

Posted March 22nd at 8:42 am by Martin Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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