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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

 
Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July
 
Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August
 
Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October
 
Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April
 
Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
 
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
 
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
 
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
 
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
 
Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Membership

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm 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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