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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 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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Tuesday 21st April 2020

West Charleton Marsh

Fem/2nd calender year Marsh Harrier early this morning. Also Gadwall, 2 Teals, 6 Reed Warblers and a Sedge Warbler

Posted April 21st at 3:33 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 17th April 2020

Upper Torridge

Drake Ruddy Shelduck beside Upper Torridge Estuary today

Ruddy Shelduck (drake)
Ruddy Shelduck (drake)

Posted April 17th at 6:46 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Burrows

While we walked over part of the Burrows this aft for our daily exercise a Green Sandpiper flew over calling & landed out of view in one of the numerous scrapes.

Also 5 Swallows & several Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff & Blackcap.

Posted April 17th at 5:48 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 16th April 2020


Two garden ticks today; an Osprey east at 13:50 and - perhaps more unexpected - a Whitethroat in the newly-planted hawthorn hedge. Nearby, three Whimbrels on the Teign estuary off Passage House this morning.

Posted April 16th at 7:01 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


Just to inform... I've just heard my first Cuckoo.. At Broadwoodwidger. Devon 

Posted April 16th at 6:52 pm by Richard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Saunton Sands

On the bike again am for daily exercise to Saunton & Downend which turned out to be most rewarding.

 The car has not been used for several weeks since the lockdown & remains in the driveway. My only concern is the battery will discharge if it remains in position for several more months!

At Saunton I was surprised to see a Merlin, reached for the camera but gone in a flash before I had even got it out of the bag.

On the rocks at Downend 2 Whimbrel, 1 female Bar tailed Godwit & a flock of Sanderling having a well deserved nap in the sunshine.


Posted April 15th at 4:10 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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