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

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.

Common dolphin   Common dolphin
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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