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Missing Devon rarity records 2018 UPDATE

We have had a good response to the request for missing descriptions for a number of ‘A’ species reported in 2018. Thank you to those who have made the effort to provide these.

However some descriptions remain outstanding meaning, as things stand, they will not make the official record as part of the 2018 Devon Bird Report. It would be a great shame to lose these records but the report deadline is pressing.

If you saw any of these birds (you don’t have to be the finder) please can you submit a description and/or photos asap to Kev Rylands: Recorder@devonbirds.org Thank you.

 
Cory’s Shearwater (2) Ilfracombe 28 July
 
Cory’s Shearwater Thurlestone 26 August
 
Glossy Ibis Exe Estuary 21-27 October
 
Golden Oriole Blaxton Meadow 18 April
 
Great White Egret Exminster Marshes 30 March
 
Great White Egret Exmouth 06 May
 
Honey-buzzard Dartmoor 21-22 May
 
Pectoral Sandpiper Upper Tamar Lake 13 August
 
Rose-coloured Starling Beesands 27-28 August
 
Tree Sparrow Haldon 20 May

Posted September 24th at 8:44 am by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Saturday 30th June 2018

Ford Park Cemetery 30-06-18

A Silver-spotted Skipper showing quickly and not seen again, other butterflies around were, Marbled whites, Ringlets, Small skippers, Red Admirals, Peacocks, Meadow Browns. 

Not Silver-spotted (not found in Devon) but a Large Skipper which also has spots on underwing though much less bold. - Eds.

 

Posted June 30th, 2018 at 6:16 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Friday 29th June 2018

Purple Hairstreak 28-06-18

Purple Hairstreak butterfly at Plym woods, also seen a Emperor and Golden ringed dragonflies

Posted June 29th, 2018 at 8:36 am by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Thursday 28th June 2018

Central Park, Plymouth

White-letter Hairstreak and 3 Marbled Whites.

Posted June 28th, 2018 at 9:04 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 26th June 2018

Occombe Farm NR, Torbay

Butterfly hunt at the reserve this afternoon started in most unexpected fashion with a female Purple Emperor doing circuits of the car park! Given the improbability of genuine vagrancy this is doubtless a released individual (a common occurrence in Torbay). On the reserve very abundant meadow browns, plus large skipper, holly blue, probable common blue, small copper, ringlet, red admiral, painted lady, small tortoiseshell, possible silver washed fritillary (didn't settle but big and flight action looked right).

Posted June 26th, 2018 at 5:52 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

26-06-18 Ford Park Cemetery

Along with plenty of Marbled Whites, both M & F, there were a variety of butterflies including Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Skippers, also quite a few 5 spotted burnets, as for wild life, it's that time of year when they disappear, apart from the Crows and Magpies.

Posted June 26th, 2018 at 3:31 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Monday 25th June 2018

Ashclyst Forest

Plenty of Butterflies at Ashclyst, especially White Admirals, Silver-washed Fritillaries, Meadow Browns and Ringlets, go to my blog for more http://www.simonthurgoodimages.co.uk/blog.asp

white admiral
white admiral

Posted June 25th, 2018 at 8:43 pm by simon thurgood in Other Wildlife

West Soar to Bolt Head

Butterfly counts on south-facing non-spring grazed slopes at National Trust site: Dark Green Fritillary 259; Grayling 136; Meadow Brown 351; Silver-studded Blue 143; Gatekeeper 207; Marbled White 32. First sightings of Small Skipper & Ringlet. Rest of grassland chronically overgrazed this spring & early summer and an ecological dead zone!

Reminds me of the song "Where have all the flowers gone". In this part of Devon eaten by livestock everyone!!

Posted June 25th, 2018 at 5:17 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Saturday 23rd June 2018

Roborough Down 23-06-18

A sight I did not think I would see at 11am, half a dozen Young Roe Deer amongst the gorse, only distant sightings, but ha ho! not a sight you see that often

  

Posted June 23rd, 2018 at 1:45 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Lunar Hornet Moth

Many thanks to Kevin Johns & C Boyles for identifying our wasp in the willows. It appears that the female was depositing eggs at the time I took the photos. Not sure whether the eggs in this photo are Lunar Hawk Moth but it seems likely. Apparently they are brown & ovular in shape.


Posted June 23rd, 2018 at 10:32 am by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Friday 22nd June 2018

Unidentified Wasp

Rob Jutsum - it is a Lunar Hornet Moth. Great spot!

Posted June 22nd, 2018 at 6:09 pm by C Boyles in Other Wildlife

Rob Jutsum's unidentified wasp

Rob , try looking up Lunar Hornet Moth (Sesia bembeciformis) as a possible ID for your 'wasp', their food-plant includes willow. Any other photo's that may help with ID? 

Posted June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 pm by Kevin Johns in Other Wildlife

Unidentified Wasp - Garden

In the garden on the weeping willow leaves.

Looking in my insect pocket guide I cannot find an exact match.

Any suggestions would be welcome.


Posted June 22nd, 2018 at 5:25 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Aish Torr

Saw 20+ Fritillaries, 3 positive id High Browns, 2 positive id Dark Greens. The rest flying around and wouldn't settle so couldn't id. Pictures showing the underwing showing the difference between them, both pics taken today at Aish Torr

High Brown Fritillary Dark Green Fritillary
High Brown Fritillary                             Dark Green Fritillary

Posted June 22nd, 2018 at 5:09 pm by simon thurgood in Other Wildlife

Cream spot tiger moth

Thursday afternoon at Mattiscombe sands, Start Point

Posted June 22nd, 2018 at 2:27 pm by Adam Davison in Other Wildlife

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