Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 8th–14th 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

Monday 13th April 2020

Torcross.

A small selection of common spring moths from last night.

Early Grey.Common QuakerA richly coloured Red Chestnut
Early Grey.                       Common Quaker                           A richly coloured Red Chestnut

Posted April 13th at 3:12 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Sunday 12th April 2020

Grass Snake nr Perridge, Ide

Small, about a foot long, and very brightly coloured grass snake moving through the vegetation on bank of Scratchyface Lane.

Posted April 12th at 8:43 am by JacquieB in Other Wildlife

Saturday 11th April 2020

Dark edged Bee-fly

First time I've witnessed a Bee-fly flicking it's eggs into a Solitary bees nest. You can see the eggs at the back of the Bee-fly. First she would have covered them in mud to give them some weight.

Bombylius major Bombylius major
Bombylius major                           Bombylius major

Posted April 11th at 8:40 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Widworthy

Around and near the garden

Walnut Orb SpiderCommon Lizard (earliest seen)Roe Deer
Walnut Orb Spider    Common Lizard (earliest seen)          Roe Deer

Posted April 11th at 8:03 am by Geoff Mitchell in Other Wildlife

Friday 10th April 2020

Torcross.

A very fresh Yellow Barred Brindle.  Quite early for this species.

Yellow Barred Brindle .
Yellow Barred Brindle .

Posted April 10th at 3:07 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Thursday 9th April 2020

Painted Lady - Musbury

Excellent views of a pristine Painted Lady at Musbury yesterday.Must have come in on these southerly winds. Sorry - no photo. 

Posted April 9th at 8:29 pm by Mike Lock in Other Wildlife

Chambercombe

Woodmouse with a taste for suet pellets making an early start on the ground feeder this morning. 2 Swallows flew over on 6th and a single on the 7th April

Woodmouse
Woodmouse

Posted April 9th at 12:24 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

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