Other Wildlife

2019 Descriptions still outstanding

Many thanks to all observers that submitted their records for 2019. However there are still a number of records that require descriptions before they can appear in the Bird Report.

If you were fortunate enough to find (or see) any of these birds below please could you submit a description to the County Recorder recorder@devonbirds.org Many thanks, stay safe.

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, Topsham 02 Aug Sabine's Gull, Thurlestone 14 Aug
Cory's Shearwater, Berry Head 19 Jul Serin (2), Harrowbeer 19 Apr
Glossy Ibis, Otter Est 11-13 Mar Tree Sparrow (2), Berry Head 20 Mar
Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May  

 

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

Coronavirus update - Daily exercise and Bird Hides

Please be aware that in line with Government guidelines on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Devon Birds hides at Beesands, Fernworthy and Roadford, in addition to hides elsewhere in the County including Bowling Green Marsh, Dawlish Warren and Seaton Wetlands are closed until further notice. Whilst some people may be fortunate enough to be within walking/cycling distance of these sites, others should not be making special journeys to visit these areas at this time. Thank you for your co-operation and stay safe.

Please follow NHS guidelines:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/staying-at-home-to-avoid-getting-coronavirus/staying-at-home-and-away-from-other-people/

Posted April 16th at 12:04 pm by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Sightings page guidelines & rare breeding bird posting restrictions

We welcome contributions from Devon Birds members and the general public. Please follow the guidelines on this page if you have something to post on the blog, remembering to use the relevant subject.

Please post responsibly, never post details of rare breeding, or winter roosts of vulnerable, species. If you are unsure of what to - or not - to post, there are guidelines on the restrictions  here.

Please note:-

1. That Wood Warbler in probable breeding areas should also not now be published

2.  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all. Editors do this job on a voluntary basis and cannot commit to editing out rare breeding bird information in posts which which include wider sightings. Please help us to avoid the need to delete or not admit posts. Thanks.

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

Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Membership

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in General Birding

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 by Dave Holloway 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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