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

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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.

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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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 8:01 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

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