Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 22nd–31st July 2019

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

Monday 29th July 2019

Berry Head

Good views of a sunfish off the point at Berry Head.  Moving SW in a choppy sea.

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 5:06 pm by Patrick Case in Other Wildlife

Lyme Bay boat trip from Brixham, yesterday

Cetaceans from yesterday morning's trip.

Porpoise with calf
Porpoise with calf

Common dolphins
Common dolphins

Common dolphins
Common dolphins

Posted July 29th, 2019 at 1:03 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Sunday 28th July 2019

Bicclescombe Park

About 6 pairs with 30 Blue Damselfly around the Duck pond. 

Beautiful Demoiselle
Beautiful Demoiselle


Posted July 28th, 2019 at 6:22 pm by Martin Thorne in Other Wildlife

Chambercombe Manor

Emerging Southern Hawker Dragonflies this morning in the Silent Pool with several mating pairs of Large Red Damselfly also present.

Southern Hawker drying wings.
Southern Hawker drying wings.

Southern Hawker seconds prior to flight.
Southern Hawker seconds prior to flight.

Pair of friendly Large Red Damselfly.
Pair of friendly Large Red Damselfly.

Posted July 28th, 2019 at 5:01 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Saturday 27th July 2019

Butterflies

Holly Blue Butterfly in Tews Lane, Bickington..

Holly Blue
Holly Blue

Posted July 27th, 2019 at 12:22 am by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

Thursday 25th July 2019

Clennon Valley Ponds, Goodrington

A male ruddy darter at the back of the 3rd pond up from bottom was the best find today, my first for Torbay. Also common darter (1 on same pond), broad bodied chaser, black tailed skimmer, emperor, southern hawker (on the small 4th pond), azure damsel, blue tailed damsel, and small red-eyed damsels still abundant at their usual spot on algal mats at the bottom of the lower pond. A possible white admiral was seen flying among willow trees behind the 3rd pond. Birds included dabchicks, 2 kingfishers and a grey heron.

Ruddy darter, male
Ruddy darter, male

Posted July 25th, 2019 at 8:42 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Monday 22nd July 2019

Green Beetle

One of seven or eight green beetles seen on a mint plant in Hawkchurch near Axminster.

Green mint leaf beetle
Green mint leaf beetle

Posted July 22nd, 2019 at 9:45 pm by Martin Bennett in Other Wildlife

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