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

DEVON BIRDS BRANCH MEETINGS AND FIELD TRIPS

In the light of the continuing Covid19 restrictions on the number of people gathering together, and the need for social distancing, it has been agreed that there will be no Devon Birds meetings or events organised until 21st June 2021, when Government restrictions are planned to be lifted. If there is any Government announcement that necessitates a change to this date an update will be posted.

Posted April 16th at 11:17 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Lockdown relaxations

Devon Birds would like to thank the many members and other birdwatchers who complied with the restrictions during the recent Lockdown and stayed in their local area (village, town or part of city) to birdwatch while exercising (and later) taking recreation. We hope that, despite the obvious frustrations, you found some respite in watching wildlife in your local area and perhaps discovered some birds close to home, that you might otherwise not have seen! As always, please submit sightings to the County recorder and / or BirdTrack. 
 
Please continue to follow the Covid related requirements (currently "rule of six outside, social distancing etc) while enjoying the new freedoms to extend your birdwatching. Some hides will remain closed for the time being and where you find one open, please follow Government guidelines on keeping yourself & others safe: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/
 
Thank you from
Devon Birds News site editors & members of the Records Committee

Posted April 2nd at 4:28 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

Think before you post...!

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Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Please note that Wood Warbler should now also be treated as on the list. All species included need to be protected - many receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young.

Some species may be found breeding at numerous locations however please keep information on these species limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting, Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and the RSPB.

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds.

Posts which breach these guidelines are likely to be not admitted / removed althogether, rather than edited.  

 

Posted March 15th at 11:56 am by Mike Langman in Bird News

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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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