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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Sunday 7th June 2020

Rosy Starling, Seaton

Couldn't resist the temptation to go look for the Rosy Starlings today.  They were easy to find as an small gathering of birdwatchers stayed with them all day long in Eyewell Green.  The male seemed to favour a holly tree in the middle of the terrace but the female seemed a bit more mobile.  They both visited bird tables at either end of the street along with about a dozen Common Starlings.

Rosy Starling m. in holly
Rosy Starling m. in holly

Posted June 7th at 11:01 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Rose Coloured Starlings in Seaton.

A pair of these colourful starlings has been seen on Sat 6th & Sun 7th June 2020.  Male is singing from rooftops in Eyewell Green.

Posted June 7th at 8:59 pm by Viv Keene in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 4th June 2020


Pete Stevens counted 51 Mediterranean Gulls on Slapton Beach today mostly fs and ss plumage.

Posted June 4th at 4:00 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 2nd June 2020


A Marsh Warbler, found by Martin Phillips was singing in the ditch beside the bottom end of Dell Walk but no sign after 09.50 as far as I know.

Posted June 2nd at 6:25 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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