Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 15th–21st September 2016

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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

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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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