Dawlish Warren

20 members of DB (East Devon Branch) attended a fieldtrip to the Warren and found some good birds including above group of 15 Sanderling on the beach (in flock including 3 Turnstone and 9 Ringed Plover). Of surprise was a Great Northern Diver in the estuary towards the railway line where the 'resident' Slavonian Grebe was also present.  (Thanks to Lee for pointing the former bird out to us). Other species of note where 3 Common Terns, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Stonechat, Wheatear, 1 Knot, Skylark, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Blackcap.  Of amusement was a Weasel which tried to catch passing Pied Wagtail and Stonechat.

(Readers should be aware that Teignbridge DC are proposing to re-site the Dawlish Warren hide to a location on the sand dunes!  Devon Birds has no financial or management involvement in the hide but has been asked to give backing to the scheme.  I understand that this will be opposed and all using the hide may like to write to Teignbridge DC to express their views as to the proposal before it reaches the planning stage).  

Posted August 16th, 2014 at 6:01 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in Bird News