Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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


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

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Harleston by Slapton

28 Common Buzzards moving NE this afternoon bringing the spring total up to 154. All movements have been into a head wind - E, NE.

Also: female Sparrowhawk (local) and 10 House Martins.

Thanks to Mark for updating the Haldon record.

Posted April 7th at 4:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 5th April 2020

Harleston by Slapton

Garden watch highlight was Peregrine over (migrant or local wanderer), Buzzard migration continues with 15NE through the day plus 2 Swallow, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Raven, 2 singing Blackcap & 2 singing Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell & Large White.

Posted April 5th at 4:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Marshes

While on my early morning exercise routine on my bicycle around the Marshes an adult female Marsh Harrier flew past being mobbed by Herring Gulls.

Posted April 5th at 9:43 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 4th April 2020

Osprey Taw/Torridge Estuary

Saturday 5.30 pm. Suddenly appeared at mouth of estuary as I was photographing a flock of plovers. Watched for 10 minutes as it flew leisurely up estuary towards Instow and Appledore then headed up the Taw towards Yelland. Also on the Burrows, several pairs of wheatear. 

Osprey appears
Osprey appears

Osprey...record shot
Osprey...record shot


Posted April 4th at 10:09 pm by Sue Ambler in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Harleston by Slapton

Garden Watch:  Highlight today was a migrant Goshawk soaring high overhead this morning for a couple of minutes before drifting off west. Also: 12 Common Buzzards moving NE throughout the day much to the chagrin of the resident pair. One of the pair talon-grappled with one migrant, haven't seen this since Red Kites in Wales many moons ago; Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Mistle Thrush & 2 singing Chiffchaffs - not bad for the garden!!

Posted April 4th at 4:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 3rd April 2020

Osprey - Buckfastleigh area

Rob Dart left a message this morning to say there was an Osprey heading WNW just after 0700. He also saw a Red Kite over last week.

Posted April 3rd at 10:00 am by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Older Posts in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts →

← Newer Posts in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts