Other Wildlife

Breeding Birds

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. Many of these 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. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and 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, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Membership

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

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

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Monday 13th March 2017

Humpback Whale, Slapton

The whale was seen numerous times between 1545 and 1830 going up and down along the shore of Slapton, Torcross and Strete Corner beach, sadly not seen to breach like off Berry Head this morning. Many harbour porpoises and gannets present as well.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Kevin Johns in Other Wildlife

Humpback Whale, Berry Head, 13 March

An excellent morning watching the Humpback whale off Berry Head between about 10:45 and 12:45. The whale was first sighted in the middle of the bay rolling and showing his flippers. He then started breaching at regular intervals but still at a distance. At 11:22 a cabin cruiser appeared from the Dartmouth side of the head and cruised directly up to the whale, making several course adjustments as the whale surfaced in different locations. The boat reached the whale and powered off over the last location of the whale which then disappeared much to the consternation and annoyance of a crowd of at least 50 people on the head. The boat left the area at approx 1135. At approx 12:10 the whale returned and to the delight of the crowd headed directly towards the head and fished for some while under the head at 1240 the whale then headed off to open sea breaching constantly to the delight of the crowd. Tail markings confirm this is the same whale that has been at Slapton Beach over the last couple of weeks.

Humpback Whale under Berry Head Humpback Whale breaching Humpback Whale breaching

Eds Bob: could you contact the Berry Head Ranger 01803 882619 about possible use of your photos?

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 5:54 pm by Bob Telford in Other Wildlife

Sunday 12th March 2017

Water spray off Torquay

At Roundham Head this afternoon (~1600) and saw water spray just above the sea off Torquay.  Repeated several times, moving about and by eye could occasionally see "black shapes". Had no binoculars with us or camera.  Obviously I hadnt read about the whale at Berry Head at the time but I thought it might be useful to post this, especially as jet skis were in use in a separate  part of the bay.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 5:28 pm by Philip Strange in Other Wildlife

Humpback Whale at Berry Head

Whilst out looking for wheatear early today at Berry Head, I noticed a rather large black object in the sea. On closer inspection I realised it was  a whale, spouting and diving. After sending OH running back to the car to fetch my camera I photographed it for about an hour. It turned out to be the humpback from Slapton. The news spread quickly but by around 9.30am it had vanished. Is this a first for Berry Head?

Same markings at Slapton whale  
Same markings at Slapton whale

 

 

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 1:48 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Other Wildlife

Saturday 11th March 2017

Slapton

Humpback still between Slapton Monument Car Pk & Blackpool Sands, c.17:15 - 17:45, apparently feeding around high tide.

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 7:45 pm by David Holloway in Other Wildlife

Thursday 9th March 2017

Start Bay

In calm conditions the Humpback Whale showed well in Start Bay for most of day, covering most of the area. Breaching twice (completely leaving the water), showing the long white pectoral flippers and body earlier on; and a Bonxie hovered over the whale at one point! Also 10+ Harbour Porpoise, Red-throated and Great Northern Divers.

Humpback close in off memorial car park 18:10

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 10:58 pm by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

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