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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  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 social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh and Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. 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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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 in General Birding

Saturday 14th March 2020

Fernworthy Reservoir

Paid a visit this morning in the drizzle. Long-tailed Duck still showing well, thou a bit distant. Seen from the Devonbirds hide on the opposite side of the reservoir with alone male Tufted Duck. Also Crossbill in the area.

if you’re going to visit, just be aware of the state of the roads. Large potholes filled with water!

Posted March 14th at 10:19 am by Martin Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 13th March 2020

Baggy - N.Devon

My first male Wheatear of early spring 2020 but it did not stay around for more than a few seconds, just enough time to take 2 photos from approx. 250 metres away.

Also Black Redstart which was also very mobile while searching for food.


Posted March 13th at 1:42 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ross’s Gull

Just flew down the Estuary towards Cattewater 

Posted March 13th at 8:33 am by Martin Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 12th March 2020

Ross’s Gull

Last seen flying down the Plym Estuary towards Cattewater/Sutton Harbour.

Posted March 12th at 8:56 am by Martin Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Ross’s Gull

Ross, Gull on Blaxton meadow this morning.. still present ar0745hrs

Posted March 12th at 7:44 am by Martin Phillips in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 9th March 2020

Yarner Wood and Parke

Woodpeckers were in evidence this morning, showing well. Also drumming and calling. Nothing on the reservoir other than a grey wagtail. Lots of blue tits, Great tits, a song thrush and Goldcrest, coal tits and long tailed tits about as well. Along the river at Parke, pair of Dipper, nest building, at the moment high above the waterline , hope this continues . Lovely to see.

Posted March 9th at 11:22 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 8th March 2020

West Charleton Marsh

6 Cattle Egrets on the marsh this afternoon. Also a female Red-breasted Merganser , first I've seen here away from the estuary. Seemed healthy.

Posted March 8th at 4:57 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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