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

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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