Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 1st–7th July 2017

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

DEVON BIRDS RECORD COMMITTEE

As noted in the minutes of the Oct 2020 DBRC meeting, Tim Jones is standing down after serving as a member of the Committee for an extended sixth year. Tim has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past six years and wish him well in the future.

In the hope of maintaining a geographic spread across the Committee, DBRC approached Dean Jones to fill the vacancy. Dean grew up birding and ringing in Antrim and Lothian, before a tour of various European islands, including Lundy where he has been the Warden now for the past four years.

His experience and knowledge from ringing and birdwatching around Europe will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2021, Dean will be formally elected to fill the vacancy for a five year period.

For more information and/or an application form please contact:

Kevin Rylands, County Recorder.   Email: recorder@devonbirds.org 

Posted March 4th at 10:45 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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

Friday 7th July 2017

Row Buck Deer @ Burrator Res 07-07-17

A brave young Row Buck stood around for a while whilst I took some photos, at Burrator Res


Posted July 7th, 2017 at 7:05 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Fir Wood by Bolt Head

6 Silver-Washed Fritillaries dancing through the wood - my first ever sightings here. Also 3 Purple Hairstreaks seen but probably plenty more in the canopy!

Posted July 7th, 2017 at 2:10 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

ANOTHER EARLY MORNING, JUNIOR'S RETURN

At 5am today, junior returned, with mummy. They'd come down three steps and were now trying to climb back up, after watching for a while, I went out to give them a helping hand besides putting some stepping stones in place for the next time.

It's nice to know that with the right encouragement, even suburban gardens can be host to a variety of wildlife. Now, at least, I know why my hostas and delphiniums are doing so well- fewer slugs and snails.

For all those of you who's hearts I set a flutter with my last two blogs. The sedge warbler at Broadsands turned out to be a reed warbler. Thanks Mike. Ho hum, Keep looking and hoping.

   ANOTHER EARLY MORNING- JUNIOR'S RETURN.

ANOTHER EARLY MORNING- JUNIOR'S RETURN.

Posted July 7th, 2017 at 7:49 am by PHILIP L. FAIRCLOUGH in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 5th July 2017

Clennon Valley

A Swallowtail butterfly that stopped off briefly to feed in my garden was exciting but as all 'good' butterflies tinged with some degree of suspicion as to where it actually came from!

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Posted July 5th, 2017 at 1:11 pm by Mike Langman in Other Wildlife

Monday 3rd July 2017

The thingds we do for wildlife!

About 10.30 last night, heard then found a young hedgehog kicking up a rumpus in our back garden, Didn't know they made any noise never mind what this one was doing, Think it was looking for mummy. Had us up and down till 3.30 when it slipped under the back gate and went for a walk up the road. Silence reigned then it returned at 5 and started again. Put it back in the back garden where it found a quiet nook and quietened down. Wonder what tonight will bring! Despite such a night, went to Broadsands at 6. Saw and heard the sedge warbler though not as vocal as last week. Plenty of cirl buntings, greater black backs and four jays. At Clennon another sedge warbler and either a blackcap or whitethroat singing by the bottom lake. Much quieter there than home but wouldn't have it any other way.

  TOO YOUNG FOR PAIGNTON NIGHTLIFE

TOO YOUNG FOR PAIGNTON NIGHTLIFE

Posted July 3rd, 2017 at 5:24 pm by Philip L. Faircough in Other Wildlife

Sunday 2nd July 2017

Lyme Bay boat trip, common dolphins

Common dolphin pod seen today from the boat. With clear water and calm sea they could be seen clearly below water. sadly only Nigel saw the shark so no photos of that. Quite a few compass jellyfish in the water.

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Common dolphin                                Common dolphin

Posted July 2nd, 2017 at 10:52 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Soar Mill Valley & Southdown Farm

Two more Red-veined Darters this morning , both very dull individuals. Also male Emperor & 3 Golden-ringed Dragonflies. Birdwise juv.Buzzard calling on nest, female Sparrowhawk with prey mobbed by 15 Linnets & 45 Swifts feeding low over grassland & crops.

Posted July 2nd, 2017 at 12:50 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Saturday 1st July 2017

Re: Dragonfly

Looks like Black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) to me, Rob.. Scarce Chaser (L.fulva) has dark wing bases to the hind wing etc, plus yellow streaks, and also the eyes appear blue-grey with a black face.

Posted July 1st, 2017 at 5:12 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Dragonfly

Taken this morning at Bicton Park, East Devon.  Is this a Scarce Chaser?  Looking it up in my book it looks likely,  My book lists two others as similar) however this a first for me and I am happy to be advised on the matter.  Sadly this was the only dragonfly on a very sunny July morning.

Dragonfly


Dragonfly

Posted July 1st, 2017 at 3:38 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

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