Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 22nd–31st August 2016

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/
 
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!

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Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  

 

Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

DEVON BIRDS RECORD COMMITTEE

As noted in the minutes of the Oct 2020 DBRC meeting, Tim Jones is standing down after serving as a member of the Committee for an extended sixth year. Tim has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past six years and wish him well in the future.

In the hope of maintaining a geographic spread across the Committee, DBRC approached Dean Jones to fill the vacancy. Dean grew up birding and ringing in Antrim and Lothian, before a tour of various European islands, including Lundy where he has been the Warden now for the past four years.

His experience and knowledge from ringing and birdwatching around Europe will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2021, Dean will be formally elected to fill the vacancy for a five year period.

For more information and/or an application form please contact:

Kevin Rylands, County Recorder.   Email: recorder@devonbirds.org 

Posted March 4th at 10:45 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Membership

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

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Preston Down, Paignton

A visit to Preston Down this afternoon was rewarded with an egglaying female brown hairstreak shown to us immediately we arrived on site. Normally this species is much more elusive! Other butterflies included holly blue, common blue (both in good numbers), speckled wood, gatekeeper, meadow brown and large white; also southern hawker and common darter dragonflies. Bird interest was limited in the mid afternoon heat, the best being a hunting sparrowhawk.

Brown hairstreak, female
Brown hairstreak, female

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 7:14 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

FIN Whale

Marine enthusiasts among you may be interested to know that the whale I saw from my kayak last on 26 Aug near Eddystone has now be identified as a FIN WHALE. (I thought it was a tad big!)


Posted August 30th, 2016 at 4:30 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Dragonflies

A walk around Bicton Park on Bank Holiday.  Very sunny.  Not many birds to be seen except the usual at the bird hide, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin and Nuthatch, however below the lake on the canal were very many dragonflies including southern hawkers moving too fast and common darters which do rest to allow photos.  Very many damselflies as well.

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 7:43 am by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Saturday 27th August 2016

Morte Point

Painted Lady Butterfly on Cuttlebone yesterday.

Posted August 27th, 2016 at 2:18 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Friday 26th August 2016

Eddystone

 An extraordinary day wildlife watching from kayak  to Eddystone from Plymouth sound. Nine hours on the water. 

4 Balearic Shearwater

4 Storm petrel

2 Sandwich terns

Also 3 schools of Harbour porpoises

5 schools of Common dolphins

1 adult Minke whale, watched for about an hour 8.5 miles offshore. Down to about 20 metres.

While waiting for it to surface (in trepidation, doing my best not to look or smell like a pilchard), 4 white-beaked dolphins came past close.

Quite a memorable image, white-beaked dolphins in the foreground, storm petrel zipping about behind, minke whale surfacing in background.

and 1 ocean sunfish

regards

Rupert

white-beaked dolphinMinke whale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White-beaked Dolphin                                                                                       Minke whale

common dolphins and eddystone lighthouse

common dolphins and eddystone lighthouse

Posted August 26th, 2016 at 8:08 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Roborough Down 23/8/2016

Gatekeepers, Small Tortoiseshells and Whites on the Butterfly side, plenty of bees and hoverflies. One nice Robber Fly, 3 Common Darter (m), Couple of unidentified Hawkers and a Rabbit.

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 7:34 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

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