Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 22nd–30th September 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 30th September 2019

Tarka trail

Male Migrant Hawker along the side of the trail between the Tarka Inn & Ashford Lime kiln yesterday aft.


Posted September 30th, 2019 at 5:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Berrynarbor

'Scrumping apples here today !

         

Posted September 25th, 2019 at 5:37 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 24th September 2019

Muddy waters

Lunchtime ;- Photo 1 - Where R.Caen & Knowle Water meet to flow out into the Caen Estuary showing silt in suspension after torrential downpours.

Photo 2 - Erosion of inside (Horsey side) of outer sea wall. Existing breach from Caen Estuary right hand side of photo.



Posted September 24th, 2019 at 5:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Chambercombe caterpillars.

I used to rear caterpillars in my misspent youth - the symptoms described sound like a virus disease.

Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 8:51 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Chambercombe caterpillars.

I believe these are the caterpillars of the buff tip moth (the one that imitates a birch twig ) .  It is the right time of year for their. larvae. I wonder if  the food plant they are using has been treated with insecticide / herbicide etc.,and causing their death.

Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 6:51 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Further to post at 4.03pm from Derek Stacey

I think I discovered some similar characters to yours a couple of weeks back. Digging out my old copy of Chinery's field guide to the Insects of Britain (c.1976) made me think they were Buff-tip caterpillars (Phalera bucephalus). They were new to me, and my photos are from August 10th in Holcombe. Anyone else able to confirm? Thanks

Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 5:41 pm by Barney Donnellan in Other Wildlife

Chambercombe

On 17th September several of these caterpillars appeared briefly in my porch. One by one they writhed and died in a pool of orange liquid. The one photographed was found on the path a few minutes later and died in the same way just after the photo was taken. I have so far been unable to identify them. Perhaps someone else could?


Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 4:03 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

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