Devon Bird Sightings from 1st–7th August 2012

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Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

However, in the last year, more posts have been appearing purely on subjects other than birds. Whilst of interest to some observers, this is detracting from the aim of the pages, i.e. principally bird sightings.

Devon Birds has therefore taken the decision to require contributors of other wildlife to post this in the Other Wildlife subject. However it’s accepted that occasional, exceptional, other wildlife seen during a birding outing justifies inclusion in the bird sightings post. This should, however, be a minor part of the post.

Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

Our aim is to provide a concise daily news summary of bird sightings around Devon, and these changes should fulfil this goal.

Below is a summary of the changes:

  • Bird News (bird sightings of interest, with added occasional other wildlife) will be the default subject when visitors arrive at this page.
  • Other Wildlife posts therefore won’t initially be shown unless visitors click Other Wildlife under Subjects on the right-hand side.
  • Only two photos can now be submitted per post.
  • General bird photos should be posted in our Gallery please.
  • Co-authors should now only use the Submit a Blog Post form, to ensure a more consistent format for posts.

Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

Membership

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Tuesday 7th August 2012

Sharkham Point

I was aware that a large number of Manx Shearwater were present off Berry Head so eventually got down to the point at 1630hrs. Massive amount of Manx moving both North and South which made counting pointless.

At around 1700hrs a huge feeding frenzy began moving south into my field of view from Berry Head. I would estimate it at 1000+. Joining in with the flock which moved south the whole time were 20+ 'commic' Terns, At least 2 Balearic Sheawater (probably more tucked away), Adult Pomarine Skua with full tail, and a sub-adult Pom. Another 2 Skua sp. (Arctic/Pom) moved with the frenzy also. Very enjoyable watching the action until I had to leave at 1800hrs.

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 7:42 pm by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Budleigh Salterton - yesterday 6/7

Ringed Plovers on Budleigh Beach

Part of a flock of 12 Ringed Plovers with Dunlin, blending in to Budleigh beach     © Pete Adey

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 3:06 pm in Bird News

Monday 6th August 2012

One for Monday

Just some sweet nothings to get something on here for today, and hopefully get the archive to update...

Posted August 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm in Bird News

Friday 3rd August 2012

Torquay

Late news from yesterday, Hobby (migrant here) over Torquay Police Station at 1700hrs.

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 8:24 am by Josh Marshall in Bird News

Thursday 2nd August 2012

Black Hole Marsh

Juv Wood Sandpiper still present this morning, also 4 Green Sands, 8 Common Sands, 27 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 6 Dunlin, 2 Gadwall and a Yellow Wagtail.

Wood Sandpiper Black Hole Marsh

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 10:20 am by Steve Waite in Bird News

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Seaton Area

45 minutes seawatching from 06:00 produced 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Manxies, 13 Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern.

A juv Wood Sandpiper at Black Hole Marsh this evening.

Juv Wood Sandpiper at Black Hole Marsh

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 8:43 pm in Bird News

Berry Head

Seawatch 07:00-17:00. First reasonable movement of Balearic Shearwaters this side of Lyme bay with 24 south, supporting cast: Sooty Shearwater, 653 Manx Shearwaters (also 100+ N), 2 European Storm-petrels, Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxie, Arctic Skua, 33 Common Terns, 3 Sandwich Terns, 56 Common Scoter, 8 Puffins, 342 Gannets, 123 Kittiwakes (incl. 7 juvs, first of the year), 3 Black-headed Gulls, 4+ juv/1w Yellow-legged Gulls, Grey Seal and 3 Harbour Porpoise. 

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 7:58 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News

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