Society News from July 2017

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

 


Devon Birds Plymouth Branch Field Meeting – Aylesbeare Common 13th July 2017

Posted July 19th, 2017 at 8:57 pm

After a number of days of showers and rain the day was mostly cloudy with a gentle breeze. There were 12 members at the field meeting, which started with a slow walk on the private road past the bushes and heath before turning right onto the blue route. There were distance views of Yellowhammers and brief views of Dartford Warblers during the initial section of the meeting. The heath appeared at its best for the heather was in full bloom and this may have enabled us to enjoy 14 species of butterfly around the common. In the muddy area near the stream there was a profusion of Sundew plants. Unfortunately some of the group left and just before the car park a Dartford Warbler sat up and sang on a gorse bush giving us excellent views.                                                                          

John O’Connell-Davidson

Buzzard

Herring Gull

Wood Pigeon

Swift

Green Woodpecker

Carrion crow

Goldcrest

Long tailed tit

Blue tit

Great tit

Coal tit

Swallow

Willow warbler

Chiffchaff

Dartford warbler

Nuthatch

Treecreeper

Wren

Blackbird

Robin

Stonechat

Tree pipit

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Siskin

Linnet

Yellowhammer

Bullfinch

28 Species


Silver-washed Fritillary

Butterflies

Grayling

Small Copper

Small Heath

Large White

Large Skipper

Red Admiral

Gatekeeper

Peacock

Green-veined White

Speckled Wood

Meadow Brown

Small Tortoiseshell

Brimstone  

14 Species

               

Other noticeable observations

Rabbit                                      Emperor Dragonfly & Gold-ringed Dragonfly

Slowworm                               Sundews                    

Mining bees

Species list compiled by Douglas Herdson

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