Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 22nd–31st July 2018

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

Tuesday 31st July 2018

Underneath a Tiger!

Came down this morning to find this Jersey Tiger on the patio door window so got this unusual shot. Then this afternoon got a first for the garden when this Wall Brown flew past me, found the only stone next to the back lawn and perched up just long enough to get my first and only shot of this species, before disappearing over the back hedge.

                            Jerser Tiger                                                              Wall Brown

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 6:55 pm in Other Wildlife

Monday 30th July 2018

Rob Jutsum's bush cricket, Saturday

Rob Jutsum's bush crcket reported here on Saturday is a female Dark Bush Cricket. Grey Bush Cricket has long wings - in Dark Bush Cricket the wings are very short (male) or vestigial (female).

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 11:03 am by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Sunday 29th July 2018

Hummingbird Hawk Moth 28.07.18

First sighting of a Hummingbird Hawk Moth this year. A fly through of our garden in Plymstock.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 8:45 am by Graham Devine in Other Wildlife

Saturday 28th July 2018

Home Garden

Photo taken during last week of June showing larvae of the (please correct me if my identification is wrong as this is a first for me) 2 spot Ladybird on the leaf of the weeping willow tree.


Posted July 28th, 2018 at 2:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Home garden

This female Grey Bush - Cricket leapt in through the front door this morning probably to escape the showers, thunder & lightning  After capture released it straight away on the front lawn!

In my Collins Pocket Guide to Insects of Britain & Western Europe it says 'one of several very similar species, often difficult to separate'.


Posted July 28th, 2018 at 12:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Friday 27th July 2018

27-07-18 Roborough Down

Nothing much on the down today, the usual suspects, Linnets, Yellowhammers, Stonechats, in the way of other wildlife I came across some Greyling Butterflies, one having a battle with an ant (as seen in the photo), hence the ant won and the Greyling flew off.

   

Posted July 27th, 2018 at 2:34 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Dolphins in Torbay

Large pod of dolphins ( estimated at 50 + ) heading into Torbay from East of Thatcher Rock, 07.30 this morning.

Posted July 27th, 2018 at 7:39 am by Cliff Parrott in Other Wildlife

Thursday 26th July 2018

Soar & South Efford Marsh

Seventeen species of butterflies today with Grayling and 8+ Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries the highlights at Soar. Also several Willow Warblers, Sedge Warbler, 2 juv Bullfinches & c20 Whitethroats there.

South Efford Marsh produced 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks & c25 Curlews.

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 8:30 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

Monday 23rd July 2018

Lyme Bay - yesterday

Further to Nigel's posting about yesterday's boat trip, here is a photo of the Sunfish.Sunfish

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 4:27 pm by Richard Swinbank in Other Wildlife

Sunday 22nd July 2018

Holly Blue

Holly Blue butterfly.  Rare for my garden, usually too fast to photograph.

  

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 1:10 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Bicton Park, East Devon

damselflies.  No dragonflies sighted but very many common blue damselflies mating and egg laying

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

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