Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 22nd–28th February 2017

Coronavirus - Devon Birds bird hides

During the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak the use of Devon Birds bird hides should be in line with Government guidelines to individuals on how to protect themselves.

Please follow NHS guidelines: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

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

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

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

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands in Bird News

Membership

If you follow our Blog but are not currently a member of Devon Birds please consider joining Devon Birds to help with the upkeep of running the website and this service as well as our valuable conservation work.

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

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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