Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 15th–21st February 2018

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS

In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 21st June 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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

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

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Orgy in the garden pond!

Well, it's that time of year folks for our charismatic google - eyed smiling happy faces to emerge from hibernation & do their thing, produce the next generation. Expect most of the frogs spawn will be food for other species.

I think the Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly had also just emerged from hibernation.

 

Posted February 21st, 2018 at 6:37 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Friday 16th February 2018

Torbay and Berry Head

50+ Common Dolphins in 3 or 4 groups,off Paignton this am, including one adult with strange bellyflopping surfacing action which I saw on 23 Dec.

Also another 20, maybe the same ones, off Berry Head later.

Common Dolphins, Torbay Adult and juvenile Common Dolphin, Torbay Adult bellyflopping Common Dolphin
Common Dolphins, Torbay    Adult and juvenile Common Dolphin, Torbay  Adult bellyflopping Common Dolphin

Posted February 16th, 2018 at 3:18 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Thursday 15th February 2018

Exmouth Beach 15/02/18

Washed-up on the beach - probably the result of the latest storms

Barrel Jellyfish   Squid eggs    Whelk egg-cases
Barrel Jellyfish                          Squid eggs                             Whelk egg-cases

Posted February 15th, 2018 at 7:54 pm by Chris & Sally Bollen in Other Wildlife

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