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

Coronavirus - Devon Birds bird hides

During the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak the use of Devon Birds bird hides should be in line with Government guidelines to individuals on how to protect themselves.

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

Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

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

If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

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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