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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

Membership

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

Friday 31st March 2017

stoats

a bleak looking exminster and powderham marsh today with no real birds of note, but amazed to watch a pair of stunning looking stoats playing near the middle car park at exminster marsh.

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 2:32 pm by gray clements in Other Wildlife

Thursday 30th March 2017

Mortehoe Snake FAO Derek Stacey

More than happy - thanks Derek. Just wish I'd seen it.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Andy Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Morte Point snake

To Andrew Lansdell. Did the edited photos satisfy your ID?

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 1:28 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Humpback

Humpback sighted (from A379 between Stoke Fleming and Blackpool Sands) just off Blackpool Sands yesterday evening (19.00 hrs). Good spouts and views of dorsal fin although fairly choppy sea.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 1:08 pm by Nic Butler in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Morte Point snake

Attached side view of head does not show vertical pupil of adder or yellow collar of grass snake. However (with a little help from photoshop),one photo just about shows the zigzag of adder, so sticking with that, but happy to be corrected.

 

 

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 12:51 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Another Adder variant

I found two of these Adder identical colour and size on Bovey Heath 2016.

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 11:20 am by David Turrell in Other Wildlife

Adders

A hazard while looking for Great Grey Shrike - a more typical colouration. It is very unusual to see a dark phase V. berus without any evidence of the zig-zag pattern. Grasssnake also have dark unmarked specimens. Any close-up of the eye?


Posted March 29th, 2017 at 11:00 am by Andrew Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 28th March 2017

"adder" pics

As a renowned snake non-expert, the pictures posted earlier today look more like a grass snake to me.

Eds. The original post was correct it is an Adder but an almost black one which do occur see here 

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Alan Ford in Other Wildlife

Morte Point

Adder crossing path at Morte Point yesterday 27 March.

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 3:49 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Monday 27th March 2017

Butterflies emerging in Long Wood, Noss

Very good numbers of Commas and Peacocks emerging today in the sunny glade by the ford in the lowest part of Long Wood above Noss.

 

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 4:58 pm by William Coulson in Other Wildlife

Wrafton pond

Spent a bit of time down at Wrafton pond this afternoon (approx. 1pm).
On the way out, and turning towards Barnstaple on the Tarka trail, a stoat streaked across the path in front of me and into the brambles opposite.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 3:51 pm by Sam Aston in Other Wildlife

Sunday 26th March 2017

Dunsford

On a day with not much birdlife on offer at Dunsford, it was great to see the Butterflies out with a impressive range of wild flowers to keep me occupied.

Brimstone   Orange Tip
Brimstone                                    Orange Tip

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 8:09 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Saturday 25th March 2017

Dawlish Warren Reserve

Sand crocus now in flower. Snake's Head Fritillary (flower) spotted and 1 Peacock butterfly. Several Drone Flies.

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Humpback Whale - Start Bay

On the Humpback Whale's one month anniversary of being in Lyme Bay (mostly Start Bay), things took a turn for the worse when the animal was reported to be tangled in static pot gear (one of the ropes leading to the pick up buoys) off Blackpool Sands, from around 10:00.  The fishing boat Maverick stayed with the whale until help arrived from the British Divers Marinelife Rescue with the RNLI. After several attempts they finally managed to cut the rope wrapped around the whale at c17:20, which appeared to swim off fast and free. Fantastic work by these two great charities.

 Humpback Whale tangled in ropeHumpback Whale, rope being cut by BDMLRFreed Humpback Whale being monitored by RNLI

 

In addition to Steve H post, c100 Sand Martin through Slapton Ley

MarineLife reported Bonxie and 2 Puffin on survey further out.

Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 8:44 pm by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

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