Dawlish warren

Watched from 09:00 till 16:45

A long day on site was rewarded with some really good birdwatching a large feeding frenzy off of exmouth and orcombe point had brought lin large number of gulls and terns a count from the hide looking at bull hill produced 159+ sandwich terns and there was constant movement between the estuary and the sea, 1 probable black tern but was lost when terns disturbed repeatedly by jet skiers, in the estuary 5+ common terns , 1 Juv curlew sandpiper, 24+ Dunlin, 8 grey plover , 7 greenshank , 12 bar tailed godwits, 374+ curlew, 2 pintail, 8+ Mediterranean gulls( 6 adult, 2 1st winter)

Around the site 1 tree pipit over calling, 1 peregrine , 2 sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 kestrel, steady passage of alba wagtails with 115+ over the day , 2 grey wagtail, 2 rock pipits, lots of meadow pipits, greenfich, goldfinch and linnets, 12+ goldcrests, 6+ chiffchaffs, 3 blackcaps, 1 fox ion front of the hide.

The best bird was a surprise I had left the hide about 13:30 and as I came up ont the dune ridge behind the 7th tee of the golf course a small lark was on the path along the top, just got my bins on it before it flew along the path about 30feet and dived to the side behind the fencing as I moved along the path it flew up again giving bin views before diving behind the fence Lind again another 10feet along my thought was SHORT TOED LARK from the bill shape and face pattern, it the flew back over my head towards the 7th tee and landed on top of a small bush enabling brief scope views before it was flushed by 3 golfers it flew down the golf course and after briefly settling it flew again to an area around the 5th green, but with only one other birder on site and we both searched over the next 2 hours it coul not be relocated but am happy it was SHORT TOED LARK but unfortunately couldn’t get a photo hope it stays around . 

Finished with another look at the sea from the seawall by the boathouse pub and between 16:00 and 16:40 had 6+ Arctic Skuas chasing numerous teens and gull around the bay ( 3 pale phase, 2 dark phases and an intermediate)  a good way to end the day , 

Posted October 6th, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News