Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 15th–21st September 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

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

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Lower Tamar Lake

Quiet and mild at the lake this morning.

7 Tufted Duck, 39 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan, 9 Coot, 3 Great Crested Grebe (1 juv), 1 Grey Heron, Blue, Great and Marsh Tit(2)  plus one probable Willow Tit, 12+ House Martin and 3 Swallows at nearby Thurdon,, 3 Nuthatches, 1 Dunnock, 2 Wrens, 1 Buzzard, Chaffinches and corvids c25 Black headed Gulls..

Harvey Kendall & Rod Mudge. 

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 2:51 pm by Harvey Kendall in Other Wildlife

Monday 19th September 2016

Porpoises, Berry Head

During this mornings boat trip round Torbay, much porpoise activity off Berry Head including one which jumped right out of the water - unusual behaviour for this species. Birds were mostly resident or common wintering species, but a pair of mute swans were off Paignton Beach and a sandwich tern on a buoy off Brixham Breakwater Beach.

Jumping porpoise
Jumping porpoise

Posted September 19th, 2016 at 1:27 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Saturday 17th September 2016

The Platform Topsham

While looking at the birds down the Estuary I saw a Grey Squirrel on the mud coming towards the river Clyst, and to my and others amazement swam across 30 ft of flowing water to our side, crossed the mud and up into the hedge.

The mud on the other side must be 250-300 yards from the reed beds which it also must have crossed. Never seen a Squirrel swim before let alone cross the estuary mud, but Iam sure there will be someone out there that has??

Posted September 17th, 2016 at 8:15 pm by simon thurgood in Other Wildlife

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