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

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

Thursday 21st December 2017

Berry Head

photo of Common Dolphins from today

Juvenile Dolphin Common Dolphin Common Dolphins
Juvenile Dolphin                               Common Dolphin                       Common Dolphins

Posted December 21st, 2017 at 5:25 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Berry Head

Fantastic morning watching wildlife from my kayak Berry Head to Sharkham Point.

Only birds of note were a single Purple Sandpiper on Brixham Breakwater and a Peregrine.

Best action was creatures from below the surface: I followed approx 40 Common Dolphins for an hour from Brixham to way past Berry Head.

Plus 9+ Harbour porpoise.

One Giant Tuna about 100m of the tip of Berry Head: double splash and breached half out of the water.

merry Christmas to all,

Rupert

Posted December 21st, 2017 at 2:55 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Battery Gardens / Fishcombe Brixham

Large number of Common Dolphin, 50 or 60 at least, chasing shoals of small fish into Brixham harbour this morning. They split into four or more pods.  When most of the excitement was over a few Gannet came in off the harbour entrance to dive.  In Fishcombe a pair of Grey Seal were enjoying some play-fighting and neck biting watched by a Grey Heron and a Kingfisher from the rocks.

Battery Gardens saw 2 Goldcrest, a flock of Long Tailed Tits, 3 Song Thrush, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. No sign of the 2 Firecrest which were here last week. 

Common Dolphin in Brixham harbour Grey Seal, Fishcombe
Common Dolphin in Brixham harbour                      Grey Seal, Fishcombe

Posted December 20th, 2017 at 11:29 am by Bill Coulson in Other Wildlife

Monday 18th December 2017

Yarner Woods

i Red Admiral on Sunday - presumably a late one for this year rather than an early one for next!

Posted December 18th, 2017 at 5:32 pm by roger duggleby in Other Wildlife

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