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

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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

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

Friday 17th August 2018

Staring into the Bottom of a Glass - Paignton, 16.8.18

When disturbed, Jersey Tigers often head for cover under branches, etc. This one headed through my front door, coming to rest halfway up the stairs. Wishing to set it free outside again, I covered it with a glass, getting the chance of these interesting shots.

  

Once freed, it landed on a window, producing this weird effect against the reflection on the glass.

                                                                

Posted August 17th, 2018 at 4:17 pm in Other Wildlife

Thursday 16th August 2018

Berry Head

About 15 Common Dolphins, including several youngsters, lingering and performing well most of the morning. Four Harbour Porpoises also eventually appeared. Also Hummingbird Hawk-moth and 2 Clouded Yellows.

Quieter bird-wise, but - 3 Balearic & 9 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Skuas & 10 Mediterranean Gulls.

Posted August 16th, 2018 at 5:20 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 15th August 2018

Mimic Hover Fly

A Hornet Mimic Hoverfly seen on the Buddleia next to the bench on  Isley Marsh.

Also present were a few Painted Ladies and Small tortoiseshells. Sorry about the quality of the photo taken with my phone.

Hornet Mimic Hoverfly  Hornet Mimic Hoverfly
Hornet Mimic Hoverfly                                       Hornet Mimic Hoverfly

Posted August 15th, 2018 at 2:42 pm by Richard Yeats in Other Wildlife

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