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Missing Devon rarity records 2018

Unfortunately no descriptions have been submitted for the following records of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. This means, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

If anyone saw these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

Chough Northam 17-18 July  

Corn Bunting Beer Head 25 August

Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July

Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August

Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October

Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April

Great Shearwater (2) Berry Head 20 September

Great White Egret (2) Bridge Marsh, Axe Estuary 13 January

Great White Egret Black Hole Marsh, Axe Estuary 22 August

Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March

Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May

Great White Egret Stover 01 October

Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May

Little Bunting Slapton 21 October

Montagu’s Harrier Dartmoor 19 Aug

Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August

Ring-necked Duck Lee Moor 14 October

Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August

Serin South Hallsands 24 April

Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am 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

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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

Sunday 30th July 2017

Berry Head Common Dolphins

Mid- afternoon saw a pod of common dolphins off Berry Head. It wasn't long before they were spotted by 5 jet skiers, who chased, harassed and herded them. They eventually split the pod into two.

Common Dolphin  Berry Head
Common Dolphin Berry Head

Posted July 30th, 2017 at 5:06 pm by William Coulson in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Re. Adonis Blue Queery

Just to confirm Michael Spencer's answer to Richard Cleverly's query about a possible Adonis Blue in his Garden (posted 25.7.17), it is a Common Blue. Looking at the photo you can see a clear white border on the wings. Adonis shows black lines where the veins in the wings cross the border (incidentaly the upper wings of a male Adonis really flash electric, luminous, sky blue).

As Michael correctly mentioned, the location makes it extremely unlikely unless Bobs garden is near chalk downland with short grazed grass and plenty of Kidney Vetch, Adonis Blue's larval food plant. The only known location for Adonis Blue in Devon is Hooken Undercliff, Branscombe, where a small colony re-emerged about 10 yrs ago.

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 10:57 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Jersey Tiger

Picture from earlier post - first attempt too big!


Posted July 26th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Ali King in Other Wildlife

Jersey Tiger

On our patio in Brixham this afternoon (mini oranges - not giant moth..!).

Posted July 26th, 2017 at 5:24 pm by Ali King in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 25th July 2017

Adonis Blue Query

I am pretty sure that is a Common Blue. Adonis Blues down here are very scarce

Posted July 25th, 2017 at 8:45 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Adonis Blue

This little beauty visited my garden in Bideford yesterday I would be grateful if the butterfly enthusiasts out there could help confirm my ID as I have never seen one these before 

Many Thanks

Bob Cleversley 


Posted July 25th, 2017 at 7:51 pm by Rob Cleversley in Other Wildlife

Mansands

11.00

The large clump of buddleia close to the car park, at the top of the lane to the hide and beach was absolutely covered in butterflies today - a real sight to behold.  There must have been about 35+ butterflies on the bush at any one time.  Species on or close to the bush included:

Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Comma, Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown.  Best of all though, was a single Clouded Yellow flying along the shingle ridge at the back of the beach closer to midday.   

Posted July 25th, 2017 at 6:30 pm by Paul Darlington in Other Wildlife

Al a ronde

Two hours at A  La Ronde in the flower meadow.  The following seen, Marbled white (4) Many Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Common Blue male and the brown female, Small copper, six-spot-burnet moth, one large unidentified dragonfly and a few whites.  Green woodpecker heard but not seen.  A good day for butterflies the first painted lady in the garden with two peacock red admiral and gate keepers.

  Butterflies 

Butterflies

Posted July 25th, 2017 at 3:42 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Monday 24th July 2017

Horsey Island

A walk along the se-wall looking for Wall butterfly turned up a surprise flock of 7 eider. Couple of whimbrel, curlew and oystercatchers and one small wader that flew off before id'd.

     

Posted July 24th, 2017 at 7:57 pm by Andrew Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Stover Park today

A very hot 2 hours at Stover today. I must admit I was looking for Butterflies and Dragonflies.  Photos of Silver Washed Fritillary and what I think are a Golden-Ringed Dragonfly and a Common Blue Damselfly. 

  

Posted July 24th, 2017 at 4:16 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Sunday 23rd July 2017

River Otter

5 Goosander flew down toward Otterton Bridge at 1930 last night. The beavers showed really well minimum of 3 kits and both adults including this male sliding down the weir.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4R_92fGqrk 

Posted July 23rd, 2017 at 3:44 pm by Mike Langman in Other Wildlife

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