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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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Sunday 17th May 2020

Clennon Valley

Local photographer Tony Green just caught this Long-tailed Skua flying over him in Clennon Valley yesterday morning at 10am - a new site record and a fantastic sighting! 



Posted May 17th at 4:17 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 16th May 2020

Bee-eaters at Budleigh Salterton

13 Bee-eaters came out from roost at 640am this morning from trees close to White Bridge on the Otter and landed distantly in trees at South Farm near Budleigh Salterton. They then flew south towards the coast at 750am and gone.




Posted May 16th at 1:27 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wembury Point

Quail singing intermittently this morning in large grassland field to the north of the row of five houses.

Posted May 16th at 9:39 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 15th May 2020

Radford Plymouth

Little Bittern at Radford Plymouth this afternoon

Little Bittern
Little Bittern

Posted May 15th at 8:55 pm by Roger Backway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Middle Soar

Walking along tramlines carrying out Skylark breeding surveys early this morning, flushed a Stone Curlew from an open space in a field of winter wheat. Bird circled me for c.3 mins then flew off east!

Note_ Soar car parks now open. Off to Dartmoor tomorrow!

Posted May 15th at 5:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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