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  Hooded Crow, Baggy Point 10 May
Barred Warbler, Thurlestone 30 Aug Long-tailed Skua, Dawlish Warren 11 Oct
Caspian Gull, Thurlestone, 08 Feb 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

 

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  Posts which breach these guidelines may not be published at all.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

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

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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