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

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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