Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve

A garden bird watch this morning in rather dull and wet conditions gave 24 species around the feeders which included Greater Spotted Woodpecker (M&F) Collard Dove 7, Goldfinch 20, Greenfinch 13, Chaffinch 16, Siskin 4, Robin, Dunnock 2, Blue Tit 6, Great Tit 3, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, House Sparrow, Wren and Carrion Crow 4,

Around the house field Jackdaw 10, Redwing 4, Magpie, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush 2, passing over head 34 Herring Gull.

Along the A38 to Exeter, Dry Bridge, Rattery an estimated 60 plus Herring Gulls in a pasture field, Heron at Dart Bridge, 2 Raven at Chudleigh Knighton at Chudliegh again ion a pasture field an estimated 100 plus Herring Gulls.

Two afternoon visits to the Exminster Marshes failed to find the Short eared Owl, lots of birders looking for it so I hope they had better luck.

The flooded field opposite the entrance to Starcross and the exit from the coastal lane from Powderham gave a counted 14 Greenshank and another 8 that flew out towards the estuary (the most I have ever seen in one place) 1 Spotted Redshank,13 Curlew, 26 + Redshank, 2 Little Egret, Teal, Wigeon and Pied Wagtails.

On the nearby gold course and estimated 300 plus Brent Geese.

Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, the walk out to the hide gave 2 Kestrel, 2 Little Grebe, Moorhen and a Gadwall on one of the ponds.

The Hide and surrounding area gave Turnstone 3, Sanderling 1, Brent Geese with 148 on the golf green by the hide, 2 Pipit sp, Shellduck, Oyster Catcher 150 plus, Grey Plover, Red Breasted Merganser 7 +, Curlew, Greater Black Backed Gull and 2 Lesser Black Backs, Great Northern Diver, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Redshank, Heron and little Egret.

Posted January 31st, 2016 at 6:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News