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

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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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