Other Wildlife

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Pectoral Sandpiper,  South Huish 19 Jul
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

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

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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 by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

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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