Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 15th–21st June 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

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Dark Green Fritillary

One of 3 Dark Green Fritillaries seen today at Dunsford Woods 

Dark Green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

VISITOR FROM FOREIGN CLIMES

A very nervous swallowtail visited our garden in Paignton. Finding nothing in the front garden to its liking, it took itself off over the house to the back garden. Even there it couldn't settle though it did finally land, briefly, (hence the incomplete photo) on the Choisya. For several minutes it flew from our garden over the hedges to those of my neighbors before returning to give us more tantalising glimpses. The lesson learned  (without bragging)I have more flowers in my garden than my neighbors so I felt it would return.

On holiday in the English riviera
On holiday in the English riviera

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 2:19 pm by PHILIP FAIRCLOUGH in Other Wildlife

East & Middle Soar

Two Red-veined Darters at Middle Soar on crop edge inc.one really bright male. Also 2 Golden-ringed Dragonflies on site, first of the year. First Grayling, at Sharp Tor. Birdwise now two pairs of Reed Warblers at Starehole Ponds inc.one feeding young. 200 Rooks on the sileage fields.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 12:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

The Great White Egret still this evening on right hand side of main pool in front of reed bed until 18.58pm when it flew low south towards the Clyst Estuary- it seemed to drop but no sign shortly after on a dropping tide from the viewing platform. The sum plum Spotted Redshank showing well to the left of the viewing platform with the Redshank flock . 

See https://twitter.com/markrabailey?lang=en for some distant pics of the Egret 

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 8:10 pm by Mark Bailey in Other Wildlife

Dragons

Those that like their Dragonflies might like to pay a visit to Aylesbere, there was a good showing of Emperors, Skimmers, Chasers and Damselflies by the two ponds.

Emperor Dragonfly
Emperor Dragonfly

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 6:51 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Monday 19th June 2017

Morte Point

Grey Seals on rocks at Morte Point this morning


Posted June 19th, 2017 at 2:56 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Sunday 18th June 2017

Scarce Chaser Exminster Marshes - on the farmland not reserve

Not a bird sighting but as there were two of these well OFF the RSPB reserve by the ditches alongside the fields I mentioned in an earlier post, cut early by the farmer, I felt it should be recorded.

Scarce Chaser

 

Posted June 18th, 2017 at 8:19 pm by Jo King in Other Wildlife

Berrynarbor

A perfect day for dragonflies in the garden today.

 

Posted June 18th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

Friday 16th June 2017

Scarlet Tiger Moths

An excellent showing of Scarlet Tiger Moths (30+) at Staverton this evening. Park in the station car park and take the track past the mill on the south side of the railway.

Posted June 16th, 2017 at 8:03 pm in Other Wildlife

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