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Posted January 8th at 9:12 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Continued erosion at Dawlish Warren means visitors are reminded to take extra care when visiting. Access along the site, to and from the bird hide and Warren Point, is via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding


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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Wednesday 8th April 2020


Red Kite flew east past garden at 09:45

Posted 10:53 am by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Harleston by Slapton

28 Common Buzzards moving NE this afternoon bringing the spring total up to 154. All movements have been into a head wind - E, NE.

Also: female Sparrowhawk (local) and 10 House Martins.

Thanks to Mark for updating the Haldon record.

Posted yesterday at 4:35 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 5th April 2020

Harleston by Slapton

Garden watch highlight was Peregrine over (migrant or local wanderer), Buzzard migration continues with 15NE through the day plus 2 Swallow, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Raven, 2 singing Blackcap & 2 singing Chiffchaff.

Non-avian: Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell & Large White.

Posted April 5th at 4:48 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Marshes

While on my early morning exercise routine on my bicycle around the Marshes an adult female Marsh Harrier flew past being mobbed by Herring Gulls.

Posted April 5th at 9:43 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 4th April 2020

Osprey Taw/Torridge Estuary

Saturday 5.30 pm. Suddenly appeared at mouth of estuary as I was photographing a flock of plovers. Watched for 10 minutes as it flew leisurely up estuary towards Instow and Appledore then headed up the Taw towards Yelland. Also on the Burrows, several pairs of wheatear. 

Osprey appears
Osprey appears

Osprey...record shot
Osprey...record shot


Posted April 4th at 10:09 pm by Sue Ambler in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Harleston by Slapton

Garden Watch:  Highlight today was a migrant Goshawk soaring high overhead this morning for a couple of minutes before drifting off west. Also: 12 Common Buzzards moving NE throughout the day much to the chagrin of the resident pair. One of the pair talon-grappled with one migrant, haven't seen this since Red Kites in Wales many moons ago; Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Mistle Thrush & 2 singing Chiffchaffs - not bad for the garden!!

Posted April 4th at 4:37 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 3rd April 2020

Osprey - Buckfastleigh area

Rob Dart left a message this morning to say there was an Osprey heading WNW just after 0700. He also saw a Red Kite over last week.

Posted April 3rd at 10:00 am by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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