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

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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

Thursday 25th June 2020

Dawlish Warren Moths 24/6

A selection of moths from Wednesday night. The Mecyna asinalis, whilst not much to look at, is a very locally distributed moth found mainly in the south-west of England and generally near the coast.

Mecyna asinalis
Mecyna asinalis

Lesser Swallow Prominent
Lesser Swallow Prominent

Poplar Grey
Poplar Grey

Posted June 25th at 6:36 pm by Peter Leigh in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Rudge & Hisley Woods

Woods around SX 783797 on the North side of the River Bovey, opposite Pullabrook Wood on the south bank. 2 large skipper, 1 small copper, 1 white letter hairstreak,  3 red admiral, 5 comma, 7 white admiral, 4 silver washed fritillary, 1 dark green fritillary (new for us here), 24 meadow brown, 1 ringlet, 2 green veined white; also 1 beautiful demoiselle, 1 golden ringed dragonfly and 1 keeled skimmer.

Comma
Comma

White admiral
White admiral

Dark green fritillary
Dark green fritillary

Posted June 24th at 7:42 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Driveway & Braunton Burrows

Grass Snake up the side of our driveway this morning which then climbed the wall to find shelter in the flower & shrub border. The ring is white not yellow so was thinking it is probably an immature. It was not long enough to be an adult.

Dark Green Fritillaries now on the wing. Very hot in Braunton Burrows!



Posted June 24th at 1:08 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Soar Mill Cove to Bolt Head

An exhausting morning/early pm search along the seaward slopes of the cliffs turned up 738 butterflies of 13 species; best were 10 Small Copper, 117 Silver-studded Blue, 6 Small Skipper, 182 Dark Green Fritillary, 118 Grayling - site record!, 167 Meadow Brown, 89 Gatekeeper, 31 Marbled White & 5 Ringlet.

Birdwise: 20+ Swift and several fledged Wheatears; lots of Stonechat families and Linnets looked to have fledged loads.

Posted June 23rd at 3:19 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Many thanks.

My thanks to Chris Proctor for identifying my mystery 'moth' of yesterday.  I knew someone out there would know what it was. We all have our forte's.. and thanks  to the Devon birding site for making it possible.. Keep up the good work.

Posted June 23rd at 5:34 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Other Wildlife

Monday 22nd June 2020

You never know what you'll find.

A beautiful day for butterflies and moths. Here are a couple I spotted on a green patch in Preston, Paignton.. The marbled white is easy enough to identify but afraid the moth has me beat.There must be a moth expert out there who can ID it for us. Thanks.

Unknown moth
Unknown moth

Marbled white
Marbled white

Posted June 22nd at 1:39 pm by Philip L. Fairclough in Other Wildlife

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