Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 22nd–31st 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

Membership

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

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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