Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 22nd–31st October 2017

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS

In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 21st June 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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

Membership

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

Tuesday 31st October 2017

New Zealand Vagrant in the Garden!

Get these in my garden in Paignton: Prickly Stick Insect, from New Zealand - one of 4 spp of Stick Insect that have turned up on The Scillies, This one has now colonised the SW, Torbay being a bit of a hotspot. They appear to like Leylandii, which I have plenty. This one was c. 8cm from head to tail (though longer when the front legs protrude) but I did come across one that was 11cm.

 

Posted October 31st, 2017 at 3:49 pm by David Holloway in Other Wildlife

Friday 27th October 2017

Torcross.

For at least the past 5 years, 1 or 2 Bloxworth Snouts appear in my patio at this time of the year; and because the door is always open, they enter the house, overwinter, and re-emerge in the spring. 1or2 also overwinter in my neighbours car  port ( once 1 overwintered in her car ) Cananyone tell me how common they are now in Devon, away from their original core area of Torbay ?   email. asearle.tamarisk@icloud.com

Poor photo of  Bloxworth Snout.
Poor photo of Bloxworth Snout.

Posted October 27th, 2017 at 7:43 pm by Alan K Searle. in Other Wildlife

Monday 23rd October 2017

Dolphins in Torbay

Group of 6 + Dolphins moving slowly East, close to Thatcher Rock and Hopes Nose, 1700 hrs, Monday 23rd.

Posted October 23rd, 2017 at 5:05 pm by Cliff Parrott in Other Wildlife

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