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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 30th November 2016

Torbay

The 4 Velvet  Scoter were still off Goodrington today with 2 Common Scoter nearby. From Broadsands 4 Red-throated Divers, 3 Great Northern Divers & 12 Great Crested Grebes.

Clennon Lakes: The Yellow-browed Warbler still present just below the lakes,  5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher & 3 Little Grebes.

Yellow-browed Warbler Clennon Lakes 30 Nov 2016 ML Water Rail & Snipe Clennon Lakes 30 Nov 2016 ML

                          Yellow-browed Warbler                                                                Snipe & Water Rail

 

Posted November 30th, 2016 at 7:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 29th November 2016

Exe Estuary

The adult Bonaparte's Gull was feeding along the estuary shore at Shelly Beach, Exmouth, at 12:30. At 14:40 the Long-tailed Duck was on the river at Topsham, close to the ferry.


Posted November 29th, 2016 at 7:52 pm by Dave Smallshire in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tidal stream - Bradiford Reserve

In the boundary stream there was a single Green Sandpiper this morning.


Posted November 29th, 2016 at 5:46 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thurlestone

The Desert Wheatear showed well this morning and two Black Redstarts.

Desert Wheatear Thurlestone 29 Nov 2016 ML

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 4:35 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Glossy Ibis - off Horsey Island

Spotted a Glossy Ibis with a Grey Heron & a Greenshank feeding together at low tide at lunchtime today from the coastal path - (sun low & very strong so photo not the best).

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 4:05 pm by Chris Bollen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 28th November 2016

Pottington - Taw Estuary

The Long tailed Duck was still present today in & out of the water for the third day in the same location!



Posted November 28th, 2016 at 5:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Northam Burrows

2 Snow Buntings were seen by Dave Paul this a.m close to the 8th green, possibly 2 of those around at the end of October. This afternoon 19 Eider towards the mouth of the Taw/Torridge estuary from Northam Burrows 

Posted November 28th, 2016 at 4:56 pm by Roger Doble in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 27th November 2016

Pottington + Ashford Starnd - Taw Estuary

Cycled along the Tarka trail again this morning to see if the Long tailed Duck was still around & much to my surprise it was in the same location as yesterday morning on the Taw Estuary at Pottington in the channel at low tide. There have been 2 high tides since yesterday morning!

Andy Landsell was there & while we were catching up on some bird news a female Sparrowhawk  flew past followed by a Merlin chasing a Meadow Pipit a minute or two later.

Spotted this Goldeneye at Ashford Strand but it is less common to see them out of the water on the estuary.

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 6:07 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Emsworthy/Saddle Tor

Great Grey Shrike still present 9 to 9.30am at least. Initially very close to the road at SX745762 but then moving down the slope to the north.

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 1:02 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Roadford Lake

Long-tailed duck

Posted November 27th, 2016 at 12:13 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 26th November 2016

Emsworthy, Dartmoor

Andrew Taylor reports a Great Grey Shrike this afternoon near the red-roofed barn at Devon Wildlife Trust's Emsworthy reserve (SX746766)

Posted November 26th, 2016 at 5:47 pm by Kevin Cox in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Taw Estuary - Pottington

1 Long tailed Duck seen first by Andy Leat drifting up the tidal channel on the Taw Estuary adjacent to the Bradiford Reserve this morning. While I was digiscoping it Andy videoed it with his smartphone through his telescope. The low angle of the sun made this a difficult photographic challenge for both of us!

Posted November 26th, 2016 at 2:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 25th November 2016

Clennon Lakes

The probable Siberian Chiffchaff again on the far side of the lower lake with 3 Chiffchaff this morning, another 3 Chiffchaff elsewhere around the lakes, 6 Goldcrest and Cetti's Warbler but no sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler today. 6 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 1 Fieldfare >S and 12 Redwing >S. 

Posted November 25th, 2016 at 12:08 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 24th November 2016

Barnacle Geese Exminster Marshes

I watched these 24 Barnacle Geese fly in this afternoon at High Tide 

24 Barnacle Geese
24 Barnacle Geese



Posted November 24th, 2016 at 7:19 pm by Jocelyn King in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler showed well again today and has taken up residence around the willows, by the middle weir. It moved from the YMCA stream yesterday morning about 500m up stream to the lakes.

Checking carefully the photos it shows identical right side wing pattern: it also has the flared supercilium not shown in the photo taken today.

Clennon YMCA 20 Nov 2016 ML   Clennon Lakes 24 Nov 2016 ML

                          20 Nov YMCA stream                                                            24 Nov Clennon Lakes                                                                     

Posted November 24th, 2016 at 6:21 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Hams Coastal

Aveton Gifford ~ River Avon ~ tidal road, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank 3, Redshank 4, Curlew 4, Oyster Catcher 3, Black Tailed Godwit 2, Little Egret, Greater Black Backed Gull 3.

The Desert Wheatear was still showing well on Leas Foot Beach at Thurlestone this morning, along with Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail.

 

South Huish Marsh ~ Dunlin 4, Redshank, Water Pipit, Greenfinch, Oyster Catcher, Teal, Wigeon, Pied wagtails, Stonechats,  Rock Pipits, Greater Black Back Gull 3, Lesser Black Back Gull 2.

 

On the shore numerous Rock Pipits, a dead Gannet, Stonechats, female Black Redstart (thanks to Mike for pointing it out) on leaving a female Merlin.

Several flocks of Canadian geese flying into the marsh largest flock being of 30 birds. 

Posted November 24th, 2016 at 6:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Barnacle Geese - Bassett's Ridge

Lightened version of the above!


Posted November 24th, 2016 at 5:40 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bassett's Ridge - Taw Estuary

8 Barnacle Geese on the ridge late aft half way between the Braunton Inn on the Tarka trail & Fremington Quay.


Posted November 24th, 2016 at 5:12 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Wembury Point

John Bishop sent in these images of a gull (taken this morning) that certainly looks like it might be an Azorean Yellow-legged Gull (3rd winter?)but without more detailed plumage information it will remain only a possible. if anyone is out at Wembury tomorrow morning keep your eyes peeled - at least its going to be fairly easy to pick out! 

possible Azorean Y-l Gull Wembury 23 Nov 2016 J Bishop possible Azorean Y-l Gull Wembury 23 Nov 2016 J Bishop

possible Azorean Y-l Gull Wembury 23 Nov 2016 J Bishop   possible Azorean Y-l Gull Wembury 23 Nov 2016 J Bishop

Posted November 23rd, 2016 at 7:30 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teignmouth

10 Eiders still present offshore between Point car park and The Ness this morning. Also at least 8 Great Northern Divers but no sign of yesterday's Long-tailed Duck.

Posted November 23rd, 2016 at 2:14 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

East Soar-Soar Mill Valley-Southdown Farm

0820- 1200 - Highlight was male & female Black Redstart feeding in Soar Mill Cove with 12 Rock Pipit. Also: Gannet 14, Lapwing,  Snipe 8,  Stock Dove 20, Skylark 530, Meadow Pipit 36, Blackbird 20, Song Thrush 14, Redwing, male Blackcap,  House Sparrow 40, Goldfinch 31, Linnet 130, Bullfinch 6 & Yellowhammer 9. Also Roebuck.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 4:06 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

On the sea this morning were: 4 Velvet Scoter, 3 Eider, 12 Great Northern and 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Red-necked Grebe

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 3:34 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

The Yellow-browed Warbler is still present at along the stream near to the YMCA at the back of the golf driving range. Also around the Lakes: 1 Cetti's Warbler, a small influx of Chiffchaff 10 now, including a possible Siberian Chiffchaff (but need a better look), 5 Goldcrest, 2 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Ducks, 2 Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Grebe and 1 Kingfisher.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 3:32 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Desert Wheatear

The Desert Wheatear was still showing well on Leas Foot Beach at Thurlstone this morning, along with Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail.

 

Desert WheatearO

On the approach to Thurlestone in excess of 400 Wood pigeons feeding on late standing corn and a number of Stock Dove.

South Huish Marsh ~ 39 Lapwing, 9 Oyster Catcher, 2 Raven, Snipe, Teal, Wigeon, Little Egret, Heron and Stonechat, Meadow & Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails.

At home a Song Thrush in the garden.

Posted November 22nd, 2016 at 1:21 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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