Other Wildlife

Breeding birds

It's the breeding season again, please do not publish news or photographs of scarce or rare birds that may be breeding - you could be putting them at risk.

If in doubt refer to the following: https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/rare_breeding_species 

Any post not following the guidelines will be removed

Posted April 1st at 3:13 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Chambercombe Manor

An hour by the Silent Pool yesterday (26 June) : Southern Hawker Dragonfly (teneral), mating pairs Large Red & Azure Damselflies, Large & Small White Butterflies, 2 Smooth Newts, many Froglets plus a Scorpionfly amongst a myriad of other flying insects.

Teneral Southern Hawker Dragonfly, maiden flight a 5 minutes after this photo taken.Smooth newt

Scorpion fly

Posted 11:41 am by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Monday 26th June 2017

Great start to Monday morning.

On my way to work this morning,  I watched as some rspca ladies unloaded a cage containing a seal.I offered to help carry the cage to the shore line which they accepted,  then stayed to watch as this pup nervously entered the water. I didn't stay to see but I am told it quite happily stayed around a while before moving off.

Seal release combemartin.
Seal release combemartin.

Posted yesterday at 10:11 pm by Philip worth in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Dark Green Fritillary

One of 3 Dark Green Fritillaries seen today at Dunsford Woods 

Dark Green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary

Posted June 21st at 8:03 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

VISITOR FROM FOREIGN CLIMES

A very nervous swallowtail visited our garden in Paignton. Finding nothing in the front garden to its liking, it took itself off over the house to the back garden. Even there it couldn't settle though it did finally land, briefly, (hence the incomplete photo) on the Choisya. For several minutes it flew from our garden over the hedges to those of my neighbors before returning to give us more tantalising glimpses. The lesson learned  (without bragging)I have more flowers in my garden than my neighbors so I felt it would return.

On holiday in the English riviera
On holiday in the English riviera

Posted June 21st at 2:19 pm by PHILIP FAIRCLOUGH in Other Wildlife

East & Middle Soar

Two Red-veined Darters at Middle Soar on crop edge inc.one really bright male. Also 2 Golden-ringed Dragonflies on site, first of the year. First Grayling, at Sharp Tor. Birdwise now two pairs of Reed Warblers at Starehole Ponds inc.one feeding young. 200 Rooks on the sileage fields.

Posted June 21st at 12:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

The Great White Egret still this evening on right hand side of main pool in front of reed bed until 18.58pm when it flew low south towards the Clyst Estuary- it seemed to drop but no sign shortly after on a dropping tide from the viewing platform. The sum plum Spotted Redshank showing well to the left of the viewing platform with the Redshank flock . 

See https://twitter.com/markrabailey?lang=en for some distant pics of the Egret 

Posted June 20th at 8:10 pm by Mark Bailey in Other Wildlife

Dragons

Those that like their Dragonflies might like to pay a visit to Aylesbere, there was a good showing of Emperors, Skimmers, Chasers and Damselflies by the two ponds.

Emperor Dragonfly
Emperor Dragonfly

Posted June 20th at 6:51 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

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