Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 22nd–31st May 2020

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

DEVON BIRDS RECORD COMMITTEE

As noted in the minutes of the Oct 2020 DBRC meeting, Tim Jones is standing down after serving as a member of the Committee for an extended sixth year. Tim has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past six years and wish him well in the future.

In the hope of maintaining a geographic spread across the Committee, DBRC approached Dean Jones to fill the vacancy. Dean grew up birding and ringing in Antrim and Lothian, before a tour of various European islands, including Lundy where he has been the Warden now for the past four years.

His experience and knowledge from ringing and birdwatching around Europe will be especially useful to Devon Birds and the Records Committee.

Unless the County Recorder receives any other applications before 15th April 2021, Dean will be formally elected to fill the vacancy for a five year period.

For more information and/or an application form please contact:

Kevin Rylands, County Recorder.   Email: recorder@devonbirds.org 

Posted March 4th at 10:45 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Saturday 30th May 2020

Aylesbeare Commons RSPB - 29 May

On a very breezy day, were still able to find at least three Dartford Warblers on the heath. Down on the ponds quite an array of insects including Broad-bodied Chasers, Emperors and Beautiful Demoiselles amongst a variety of others we've yet to identify. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary & Green Hairstreak etc.  Several Palmate Newts the males identified by their enlarged webbed hind feet.

Broad-bodied Chaser male
Broad-bodied Chaser male

Emperor female egg laying
Emperor female egg laying

Palmate Newt male
Palmate Newt male

Posted May 30th, 2020 at 12:08 am by Chris & Janet Marcol in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Bolt Head & Starehole Valley.

Superb day for butterflies with a massive record count of 123 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries mainly on the eastern slopes. Also 2 Dark Green Fritillaries ( but 5 on Monday), 42 Common Blues, 3 Large Skippers, 1st Meadow Brown, 5 Green Hairstreaks (but 22 on Monday - site record) & 8 Wall Brown.. Also 2 Cream-Spot Tiger Moths & Common Lizard. Also 500+ flower spikes of Small-flowered Catchfly growing on the newly constructed overflow car park - critically endangered in UK.

Birdwise: 120 Linnet on rape on airfield, Raven pair fledged 2 young, first hatched Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kestrel getting excited!

Posted May 27th, 2020 at 5:09 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Saunton

Brilliant weather for Butterflies at the moment.

Several Skippers & Green Hairstreaks seen this morning but too hot for me by mid - morning!

Judging from the numbers of people in Surfing at Saunton Sands probably too hot on the beach for them too.

Posted May 27th, 2020 at 3:30 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Dawlish Warren Moths May 27th (2)

A few of the more colourful, commoner species from last night

BrimstoneGreen Silver-linesGreen Pug
Brimstone                  Green Silver-lines                               Green Pug

Posted May 27th, 2020 at 3:19 pm by Peter Leigh in Other Wildlife

Roborough Down 27-05-20

Very Quite for birds, mainly Stonechats, a Cuckoo hear and seen but in the distance, quite a few Green Hairstreak Butterflies

Green HairstreakGreen Hairstreak
Green Hairstreak

 

Posted May 27th, 2020 at 3:00 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 26th May 2020

Soar

7 Green Hairstreaks & 8 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries this morning but little on the bird front. 

Posted May 26th, 2020 at 2:37 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

Plymouth Local Fox & Foxgloves

A chance shot of a fox passing some foxglove plants


Posted May 26th, 2020 at 10:01 am by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Saturday 23rd May 2020

Moths in garden, Modbury

Getting a few hawk moths visiting the garden

Lime hawk mothPoplar hawk mothPrivet hawk moth
Lime hawk moth                              Poplar hawk moth                             Privet hawk moth

Posted May 23rd, 2020 at 5:50 am by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife

Friday 22nd May 2020

Torcross.

Poor conditions for moths during the night. But the first Lychnis of the season.

Lychnis.A darker individual.
Lychnis.                                       A darker individual.

Posted May 22nd, 2020 at 8:01 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

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