Dawlish Warren

Between Starcross and Dawlish Warren Golf Course (my WeBS section) this morning, highlights were: Great Crested and Slavonian Grebes, 7 Little Egrets, 217 Brents, 7 Pintail, 9 Goldeneye (3 drakes), 377 Wigeon, 104 Teal, 35 Grey Plover, 189 Dunlin, 27 Knot, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Rock Pipits.  On the sea from the Warren afterwards: 2/3 Red-throated Divers and 25+ Great Crested Grebes. I experienced the bizarre combination of shivering at freezing point while looking through heat haze in the scope! Presumably the sea and estuary were still a fair bit warmer than the air.

The best bird, however, was the elusive male Bearded Tit, which after calling a few times flew into the sparse reeds on the dune side of the main pond. Here I watched feeding at ground level for some 15 minutes at 3-5m range. In dry areas, it was simply walking on the ground, taking seeds as it went. Over shallow water it still often walked through the water, but also held onto reed and other stems. Later it flew past the visitor centre high into willows, where it was chased off by a Blue Tit!

Posted January 20th, 2013 at 7:45 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News