Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 1st–7th August 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

Friday 7th August 2020

Bradiford, Barnstaple

Mint Moth, picture missing from yesterday’s post.....


Posted August 7th at 3:04 pm by Alan Denzey in Other Wildlife

Thursday 6th August 2020

Holdstone down

A dull evening walk around here tonight in patches of mizzle with Very little bird activity. Did come across this little beetle though. Nicrophorus vespilloides. 

Beetle
Beetle

Posted August 6th at 9:57 pm by Philip worth in Other Wildlife

Bradiford, Barnstaple

Mint Moth....a small Moth with a wingspan of about 20mm...it may be small, but it is wonderfully coloured.

Posted August 6th at 7:52 pm by Alan Denzey in Other Wildlife

The beauty of Devon bird sightings site.

My thanks to Alan Searle for putting me out of my misery and identifying my stranger in paradise. Thanks Alan. Another mystery solved. Cheers.

Posted August 6th at 5:46 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 4th August 2020

Ref. 'A Sranger in Paradise'

Hi.Philip. It is a Purple And Gold Pyralid Moth.

Posted August 4th at 10:59 am by Alan K. Searle in Other Wildlife

A stranger in paradise

I wonder if someone could please identify this extremely small butterfly which I found this morning. I have had several over the years but my book doesn't seem to include it.

Uknown butterfly
Uknown butterfly

Posted August 4th at 9:18 am by philip fairclough in Other Wildlife

Monday 3rd August 2020

Dawlish Warren Moths August 3rd

A really good year for Pale Prominents with individuals in the garden in each of the last 5 months' a first Silver Y of the year and a new micro for me in the garden, the tiny, 6mm, Cochylis hybridella

Pale ProminentSilver YCochylis hybridella
Pale Prominent                                Silver Y                           Cochylis hybridella

Posted August 3rd at 11:44 pm by Peter Leigh in Other Wildlife

West Soar

A very encouraging 44 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries - second brood. Also 3 Clouded Yellows, 30 Common Blues & 3 Small Skippers.

Also: 2 male Keeled Skimmers, both holding territory over an acid bog. One Golden-ringed Dragonfly and first Migrant Hawker in Soar Mill Valley.

Posted August 3rd at 2:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Sunday 2nd August 2020

Dawlish Warren village

Jersey Tiger in our garden just now.

Jersey Tiger
Jersey Tiger

Posted August 2nd at 12:46 pm by Peter Leigh in Other Wildlife

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