Other Wildlife

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in General Birding

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Slapton Sands Humpback, Saturday 25 Feb

Images taken at Slapton on Saturday 25 Feb by Carole Leigh

Humpback being followed by porpoise Humpback blowing Humpback close in to the beach
Humpback being followed by porpoise                  Humpback blowing                    Humpback close in to the beach

Posted February 28th, 2017 at 2:44 pm by Carole Leigh in Other Wildlife

Sunday 26th February 2017

Start Bay Whale Watching

Humpback whale continuing to show late afternoon today.  Seen about 150m offshore below Strete Gate to Strete coast path at 4:15pm.  Surfaced 4 times moving east, followed by deep dive showing tail flukes.  Sadly too distant to photograph but easy to follow with binoculars.

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 6:33 pm by Chris Tickle in Other Wildlife

Humpback at Slapton

Humpback quite close to shore at Torcross from 15:00 - 15:30 (didn't need binoculars to see the blows and it surfacing) and it then travelled up towards Strete Gate close to shore. 

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 6:03 pm by George and Lesley Carr in Other Wildlife

HUMPBACK WHALE

Humpback whale sightings on friday lunch time by memorial carpark

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Posted February 26th, 2017 at 8:07 am by Roger Backway in Other Wildlife

Saturday 25th February 2017

Humpback in Start Bay facts

You may have read in the press or heard on the news there is concern over the welfare of this animal. There is no cause for alarm, it's quite healthy and feeding. It is now searching a larger area (from Start Point to Blackpool Sands) for food than previous days, which may indicate the food source is dispersing in the southwesterly winds, so enjoy while its still here. An American expert has commented that the fact it is raising its flukes is the sign of a healthy animal and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue have written this factual statement (better than certain media coverage):   BDMLR statement

Humpback WhaleHumpback Whale blow hole

Photo from yesterday showing the front of the Humpback and its double blow hole - why they have a 'bushy' or 'mushroom' shaped blow.

Posted February 25th, 2017 at 4:37 pm by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

Friday 24th February 2017

Slapton Sands

The Humpback Whale still showing very well to late afternoon, extremely close at times to the delight of gathering crowds including many children after school. A fantastic beast!

Earlier the Black-necked Grebe - almost in full summer plumage - very close in shore and 2 or 3 Harbour Porpoises further out. 

Humpback Whale Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 8:47 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

Whale Watching at Slapton Sands

Humpback showing well close-in off Slapton Beach this pm - attracting hundreds of watchers!! Also several Harbour Porpoises & 2 Grey Seals. Other attractions were Black-throated Diver & Razorbill on sea!! 

Also both White-fronted Geese back on South Huish Marsh & 4 Cattle Egrets by Horwell House - a good twitch day!!

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 5:21 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Humpback Whale - Start Bay 23/02/17

On 23rd February a Humpback Whale was feeding close offshore in Start Bay with a large feeding frenzy of seabirds, mainly gulls and Gannets. Other cetaceans attracted to the fish included several Harbour Porpoise and Common Dolphins; and a Grey Seal. The food source appeared to be a large shoal of Herring and Mackerel - an angler fishing off the beach was catching many every cast.

(photos are all zoomable showing both unique marking on both sides and tail flukes).

Humpback Whale blowHumpback Whale - leftside markingsHumpback Whale - rightside markingsHumpback Whale - dive and flukes

Thanks to Perry and Mike for alerting me to a whale sp. presence. Is this the same animal that was reported as a Minke on 22nd and the same day? Any pictures of the Minke please?

If the food source remains hopefully it will stay to give others a rare opportunity to see this magnificent animal off Devon.  A nice present after the storm I'll call 'Doris day'!

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 8:34 am by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Humpbacked Whale

Start Bay

Humpback Whale

 

Humpback Whale

Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 10:43 pm by Alan Doidge in Other Wildlife

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