Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 8th–14th August 2017

Coronavirus - Devon Birds bird hides

During the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak the use of Devon Birds bird hides should be in line with Government guidelines to individuals on how to protect themselves.

Please follow NHS guidelines: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/

Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

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

2019 Descriptions - last call

The deadline for the 2019 Bird Report is rapidly approaching. If you found (or saw) any of these birds please could you submit a description to recorder@devonbirds.org to ensure your records are published. Many thanks. 

Alpine Swift, Dawlish 11 Jun  Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Purple Heron, Slapton Ley 07 May
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Caspian Gull, Topsham 02 Aug Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

Posted May 2nd at 3:27 pm by Kevin Rylands 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

Saturday 12th August 2017

A Tiger on the Patio!

Not rare down here I know, but nice when they occur in your garden - taken this pm.

Jersey TigerJersey Tiger

 

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Thursday 10th August 2017

Butterflies at Honey farm

An hour or so at Blackbury Honey farm, Southleigh EX26JF.  No birds but a wonderful flower meadow full of Common Blue butterflies, male and female with a few Small Coppers, 4 Painted Lady, some whites and meadow brown.  Many of the Common Blue joined together making the next generation.

  Flower Meadow

Flower Meadow

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 7:24 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 8th August 2017

Barred grass snake, Natrix helvetica

Anyone who has read with interest the "discovery of a fourth species of  snake" in Britain, as reported by the BBC and press, might be interested to look at the original paper, available at:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-07847-9

The paper concludes that the grass snakes in Britain do indeed belong to the new species, barred grass snake Natrix helvetica (previously thought to be a subspecies of grass snake Natrix natrix). However, Natrix natrix does not occur in Britain (apart from a few escapes of imported individuals of continental origin). So we still have only three native species of snake in Britain.

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 9:41 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

New Type of Grasssnake Reported Natrix helvetica

New Type of Grasssnake Reported Natrix Helvetica has been reported on the BBC, the Guardian, and the Daily mail, I believe the pictures show here are of that grass snake, these photo's were taken at Stover in May this year

  

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 8:36 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

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