Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 8th–14th August 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

Wednesday 12th August 2020

Lesser Emperor at Venford Reservoir Dartmoor

Lesser Emperor in south-west corner of Venford Reservoir this evening, viewed from bank where the red lifebuoy is. Flying over water then settled in a birch tree.


Posted August 12th, 2020 at 9:08 pm by John Walters in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 11th August 2020

Eddystone

Kayak trip to Eddystone today.

1 juv Common Tern

Despite checking all the rafts of many hundreds of Manx Shearwaters, no Balearics today (surprisingly)

For a couple of hours, between three and six miles offshore, the sea was shredded by dozens of Bluefin Tuna feeding frenzies. Massive splashes and a huge roar of sound. I must have seen 50-100 fish. Astonishing.

Three Minke Whales, plus one more heard but not seen.

At least 85 Common Dolphins

14 Porpoise

2 Sunfish

1 Shark at surface, I suspect a Blue.

More pics: thelonekayaker.wordpress.com when my pulse rate returns to normal

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Bluefin Tuna                        Common Dolphin                             Minke Whale

Posted August 11th, 2020 at 8:14 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Berry Head clouded yellow

highlights of butterfly  survey for TCCT 1 Clouded yellow,1 wall brown and  31 common blues. On the rocks kingfisher and 3 common sandpipers.

Posted August 11th, 2020 at 3:52 pm by Jeff Hacon in Other Wildlife

Saturday 8th August 2020

Ashburton

We have seen what we believe is a Prionus coriarius in our garden three evenings this week. Very impressive.  Never seen one before.

Eds. The Sawyer Beetle - feeds on dead wood and comes to light but they are also active on hot and sunny days and may occur kilometres away from suitable habitat. 

Please send any non bird records to the relevant County Recorder or direct to the Devon Biodiversity Records Centre https://www.dbrc.org.uk/wildlife-sightings/ 

Posted August 8th, 2020 at 8:56 am by Robert O'Kelly in Other Wildlife

Every sighting counts.

Sorry for late post.Taking part in the Big butterfly Count yesterday in Marldon, Paignton my son and I saw my first common blue (picture not brilliant because of bright sunlight) but amazing photo of meadom browns mating.

Common blue
Common blue

Mating meadow brown
Mating meadow brown

Eds. Looks like Holly Blue. Ivy is one of their foodplants

Posted August 8th, 2020 at 8:20 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Other Wildlife

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