Society News from January 2013

Taw & Torridge Branch Indoor Meetings - updated

Posted September 2nd at 5:16 pm in Events by Mike Daniels

The Taw & Torridge Branch are restarting Indoor Meetings at the Castle Centre, Barnstaple. Start times are :7.30pm. Details for the remainder of 2022 and beginning of 2023 are:

8th November - John Walters, the Secret Life of the Long-tailed Tit

13th December - Philip Marlow, African Game Parks are not just the Big 5

10th January 2023 - Emma Scotney, An Introduction to Bats

14th February - James Fentom, Plovers of St Helena: A study

14th March - Stephen Powels, Tawny Owls

11th April - Ian Gaspar, Bird behaviour: an illustrated talk


Hartland/Bude field trip report, Sunday 27 Jan 2013

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Eleven of us braved the elements for the Devon Birds Taw/Torridge field trip to Hartland Point on Sunday, but with choppy seas and squally gusts we decided it would be wiser to head on to Bude and a more sheltered walk by the canal.                         

A Kingfisher and Water Rail were seen as we headed to Rodd’s Bridge where earlier a Green-winged Teal had been reported. Many Teal seen but unfortunately not the green-winged.  After wading through a stretch of flooded track we were rewarded with two Water Pipits and a Grey Wagtail.  Amongst c300 Canada Geese grazing the pastures, were four Pink-footed and one White-fronted Goose.

After lunch we headed to Maer Marsh seeing a Black Redstart on the way. On the mud margins were many Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon and Golden Plover, with two Sanderling. Then amongst circa 200 mixed Gull flock of Black-headed, Herring and Greater Black-backed our ‘eagle eyed’ leader Norman Briden spotted a Glaucous Gull.......a first for many of us. Heading home we called into Bursdon Moor and were entertained by a murmuration of Starling, a Merlin, Peregrine and two male Hen Harriers.....what a finale to another great days birding.   (50 species  seen in total).                         Maria Fernandes

Lundy Trip 2013 - tickets now available

Posted January 26th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

The trip this year will take place on Sunday 12th May 2013, sailing from Bideford Quay at 7.30 am.
The MV Oldenburgh will return to Bideford about 19.30 pm, and, if the weather is suitable, will sail around the island.

Enjoy a day out on this enigmatic island, in the height of the migration season and buy your tickets in The Shop NOW!

Society Archivist

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Dave Jenks passes on Archivist role to Mike Tyler

After devoting nearly 15 years researching and acquiring documents and artefacts relating to Devon Birds history since its start up in 1928 Dave Jenks has now passed responsibility for the role to Mike Tyler.

During his close on fifty year membership of the Society Dave has contributed large amounts of time and effort as Membership Secretary for several years and later into 1998 creating and taking on the role of Archivist.  At the same time he researched and wrote the book “The History of Devonshire Ornithology” including of course the formation of our Society.

On behalf of the Society I would like to thank Dave for his very significant contribution to recording the history and growth of Devon Birds and trust that he and his wife can enjoy a well earned rest.

I am very pleased to confirm that Mike Tyler our recent Chairman has agreed to take on the role and I am sure he will prove to be a safe pair of hands for the work that Dave has started so well.

If members have any memorabilia or historic documents they feel they can pass on to the Society please contact Mike.

George Harris

Lucky Wryneck

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I've just received an email and photos from a gentleman,who lives in Bridestowe. His cat brought in a Wryneck and presented it to him on 15 September.  The bird appeared unharmed and he was able to pick it up and photograph it  but noticed that it was making "very distinctive head and neck movements". He was able to release iit out in his garden and it was fit enough to fly away immediately.    He admits to not being a birder and wasn't certain what the bird was until he told longtime member Rex Haythornthwaite who suggested he passed the photos and information on to us.

Wryneck Bridestowe 15.9.12 S McKeoghWryneck Bridestowe 15.9.12 S McKeogh
Bridestowe is a long way inland for such a sighting being approx 30k ("as the crow flies") from the North coast and probably slightly more to the South coast of Devon.


Posted January 6th, 2013 at 11:45 am

For anyone who hasn't been sending in their sightings on a regular basis now is the time to sit down and get your records together to send in please to .

Up to date forms are available on the website as well as Rarity Forms.  If you have any queries, require paper forms or haven't sent records before please read the information on the website but also feel free to ask questions

Mid Devon Branch

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Thanks to Sue Ellis' enthusiasm the Mid Devon Branch will be restarting with Field Visits beginning in the Spring.  The Mid Devon events are now listed in the 2013 Programme.

Please note that Members are free to attend any Field visit or Indoor Meeting at any of the Branches. 

It's that time of year again.......

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 5:34 pm

.......when I'm afraid your membership subscriptions for 2013 are due.

The subscriptions remain at the same rates as the last two years and can be found in the Membership section of 'About'.

Please remember that if you paid up in 2012 then you can benefit from our 'Period of Grace' this year, which lasts until the end of February. You can benefit from membership until then, but after that date, I'm afraid your membership will lapse, in accordance with our Constitution.

Don't put it off - PAY NOW!  You can even do it, quickly and simply, via the Membership section in The Shop.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Devon Birds!

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 10:16 am by Chris Wright

We would like to thank all our Officers, Volunteers and Members for their hard work and help during 2012.

In 2013 the Society plans to get even more involved with Devon based conservation projects. We look forward to telling you more about these exciting plans soon – watch this space...

Devon Birds Council Members

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