Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 15th–21st July 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

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 18th July 2020

Blagdon,s Meadow, Plymouth, 18-07-20

On Blagdon's meadow, just off Embankment Road, 2 Clouded Yellows showing very well, amongst common clues (M & F), small coppers (M & F) and lots of burnets 


Clouded Yellows
Clouded Yellows

Posted July 18th at 4:43 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Thursday 16th July 2020

Comet NEOWISE

this impressive bright comet is now more conveniently visbile in the evening sky after dark (looking good 11-12pm). Low in the NW and if you can view it from a dark site it really helps. Finder chart at:

https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/comet-neowise-dazzles-at-dusk/

Posted July 16th at 9:04 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 15th July 2020

Chudleigh moths

The best of last night's catch - a male Ghost Moth and a Scallop Shell. Otherwise fairly quiet with (unusually) very few noctuids.

Ghost Moth, male
Ghost Moth, male

Scallop Shell
Scallop Shell

Posted July 15th at 2:24 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

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