Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 22nd–30th April 2020

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

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Lipson Plymouth Rats

Something I did not expect on my feeders today, RATS

Adult with young rat   
Adult with young rat

Posted April 28th at 12:16 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Monday 27th April 2020

Saunton

1 Green Hairstreak seen on 22/04/2020 & just a few Small Coppers.this morning.

Posted April 27th at 4:18 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Torcross.

The first immigrant Silver Y of the year caught last night ; although I have seen 3 day flying individuals in the last fortnight ,  in a nearby field of Clover.

Silver Y. Buff Tip.
Silver Y.                           Buff Tip.

Posted April 27th at 3:53 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Saturday 25th April 2020

Torcross.

A very fresh Poplar Hawkmoth among last night's moth catch.

Poplar Hawkmoth.
Poplar Hawkmoth.

Marbled Coronet.
Marbled Coronet.

Posted April 25th at 3:37 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Torcross.

A selection of last night's moths.

Tawny Shears.Muslin Moth.Early Thorn.
Tawny Shears.                       Muslin Moth.                         Early Thorn.

Posted April 23rd at 4:08 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Marsh Green, East Devon

An hours walk from home around the country lanes produced a pair of Roe Deer and a few birds including a single Whitethroat, several Blackcap and a few others.  Most worrying is the absence of Swallows with none seen here yet it spite of the many farms locally.  Only five House Martin counted to date.

Posted April 23rd at 12:21 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Other Wildlife

Modbury garden moths

Had a few moths visit the garden last night

Waved umber
Waved umber

Swallow prominent
Swallow prominent

Buff tip
Buff tip

Posted April 23rd at 5:46 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

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