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

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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

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

Sunday 6th August 2017

Berry Head

Very quiet for birds in the afternoon heat. 2 female silver washed fritillaries were nectaring on flowers and egglaying along the track to the quarry, between the track junction outside the N fort and the quarry ramp top gate. Also here, a hawking male emperor dragonfly (which had a go at one of the fritillaries) and a pale hawker (possibly immature southern). Other butterflies included 1 small copper, many 2nd brood common blue, meadow brown, speckled wood, red admiral, painted lady and unidentified whites. On the rabbit lawn just south of the S fort, the first autumn ladies tresses orchids and autumn gentian were just coming into flower, but the real show here was thousands of autumn squill forming blue patches in the turf.

Silver washed fritillary, female   Autumn squill & wild thyme
Silver washed fritillary, female        Autumn squill & wild thyme

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 10:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Saturday 5th August 2017

Borough Valley, Lee

View from above of Golden-ringed Dragonfly

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 6:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Borough Valley, Lee

A wonderful day out exploring, observing & photographing items of interest! The first item an auk like sculpture approx 3 times my height.

Still learning my Dragonflies & Damselflies. After looking at Dave Smallshire's & Andy Swash excellent photographic field guide to Britain & Ireland's Damelflies & Dragonflies I was quickly able to identify these two.

A male Southern Hawker & a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

 

Posted August 5th, 2017 at 6:04 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Friday 4th August 2017

Dragonflies/damselflies

About 90 minutes spent at Bystock Pond, East Devon AM.  No birds worthy of note, albeit Green Woodpecker heard.  During the brief periods that the sun came out so did the dragonflies, too brief really before darker clouds and rain; but did see a common darter and some common blue damselflies and a few others too fast to ID.

  Dragonflies/damselflies

Dragonflies/damselflies

Posted August 4th, 2017 at 6:56 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

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