Other Wildlife

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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 - 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 Dawlish Warren are closed until further notice. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Tuesday 11th August 2020

Eddystone

Kayak trip to Eddystone today.

1 juv Common Tern

Despite checking all the rafts of many hundreds of Manx Shearwaters, no Balearics today (surprisingly)

For a couple of hours, between three and six miles offshore, the sea was shredded by dozens of Bluefin Tuna feeding frenzies. Massive splashes and a huge roar of sound. I must have seen 50-100 fish. Astonishing.

Three Minke Whales, plus one more heard but not seen.

At least 85 Common Dolphins

14 Porpoise

2 Sunfish

1 Shark at surface, I suspect a Blue.

More pics: thelonekayaker.wordpress.com when my pulse rate returns to normal

Bluefin TunaCommon DolphinMinke Whale
Bluefin Tuna                        Common Dolphin                             Minke Whale

Posted yesterday at 8:14 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Berry Head clouded yellow

highlights of butterfly  survey for TCCT 1 Clouded yellow,1 wall brown and  31 common blues. On the rocks kingfisher and 3 common sandpipers.

Posted yesterday at 3:52 pm by Jeff Hacon in Other Wildlife

Saturday 8th August 2020

Ashburton

We have seen what we believe is a Prionus coriarius in our garden three evenings this week. Very impressive.  Never seen one before.

Eds. The Sawyer Beetle - feeds on dead wood and comes to light but they are also active on hot and sunny days and may occur kilometres away from suitable habitat. 

Please send any non bird records to the relevant County Recorder or direct to the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre https://www.dbrc.org.uk/wildlife-sightings/ 

Posted August 8th at 8:56 am by Robert O'Kelly in Other Wildlife

Every sighting counts.

Sorry for late post.Taking part in the Big butterfly Count yesterday in Marldon, Paignton my son and I saw my first common blue (picture not brilliant because of bright sunlight) but amazing photo of meadom browns mating.

Common blue
Common blue

Mating meadow brown
Mating meadow brown

Eds. Looks like Holly Blue. Ivy is one of their foodplants

Posted August 8th at 8:20 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Other Wildlife

Friday 7th August 2020

Bradiford, Barnstaple

Mint Moth, picture missing from yesterday’s post.....


Posted August 7th at 3:04 pm by Alan Denzey in Other Wildlife

Thursday 6th August 2020

Holdstone down

A dull evening walk around here tonight in patches of mizzle with Very little bird activity. Did come across this little beetle though. Nicrophorus vespilloides. 

Beetle
Beetle

Posted August 6th at 9:57 pm by Philip worth in Other Wildlife

Bradiford, Barnstaple

Mint Moth....a small Moth with a wingspan of about 20mm...it may be small, but it is wonderfully coloured.

Posted August 6th at 7:52 pm by Alan Denzey in Other Wildlife

The beauty of Devon bird sightings site.

My thanks to Alan Searle for putting me out of my misery and identifying my stranger in paradise. Thanks Alan. Another mystery solved. Cheers.

Posted August 6th at 5:46 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Other Wildlife

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