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Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. 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

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Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Wednesday 14th December 2016

American Wigeon - Bowling Green Marsh

Lunchtime at BGM far too many Wigeon to count, so it was not always easy to pick out the American Wigeon in their midst. Well done Helen for picking him out.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 7:27 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teigngrace

1330. Four Cattle Egret in Field at entrance to Blatchford Farm, before the other three flew in and then all seven flew to fields behind farm, where not visible from road. 

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 5:19 pm by Steve Cox in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

3 Velvet Scoter and 3 Common Scoter could be seen over toward Goodrington this morning. Otherwise from the headland: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Eider.

The Siberain Chiffchaff was again in the marsh at the back of both 1st and 2nd car park with at least 1 collybita Chiffchaff. On seed in the second car park were 6 Cirl Buntings and 1-2 Reed Buntings.

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 2:35 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 12th December 2016

cattle egrets

6 Cattle Egrets at Blatchford farm, Teigngrace today at 1pm, on the field by the main gate. Flew of after 10 mins to the south.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 11:12 pm by Kay and Gary Deare in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle Egret-East Prawle

Cattle Egret still at Prawle for 2nd day. First for this site : long in coming ! (Found by Pat M.) Seen today briefly , though enough to identify , at 2pm associating with Black cattle near Walland Barns/Water Tower area looking north. Just as I was about to photograph the bird it disappeared down a ridge in the field and I could not relocate it ! Had been seen yesterday in field by entrance to Woodcombe Farm.Best tip, look for any cattle grazing.

 

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Around the Axe

The Cattle Egret left the roost in Axmouth at 07:41 this morning, and this afternoon I found it feeding with cattle and Little Egrets at Colcombe Farm, Colyton. Please only view from the Colyton to Shute road.

There's still a Yellow-browed Warbler and a female Tufted Duck at Lower Bruckland Ponds, a Grey Plover on the Axe and an impressive 45+ Chiffchaffs at Colyford WTW. That's a decent count for the site in any year, but all the more impressive because 7 days ago there wasn't a single Chiff there! 

Cattle Egret Colyton.
Cattle Egret Colyton.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 3:55 pm by Steve Waite in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

North Devon - Arlington Court

14:20 Great White Egret on lower lake. No leg rings observed.

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 3:32 pm by john bronze in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

YBW Plymouth

Fourth time lucky, I actually managed to see one of the YBWs in Beaumont Park on the way to work this morning having heard them only previously. 

Posted December 12th, 2016 at 10:58 am by Richard Billington in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 11th December 2016

Mansands and Teigngrace

Mansands at sunrise gave initially a flock of 77 Scoters on the sea, another flock flew in from the Torquay direction and gave a total count of 140 birds, the birds were well out on the sea and could only be observed with a spotting scope type set up.

In the lane back to the car park 2 Raven, 2 male Cirl Bunting and further up a single Lapwing in the air headed west.

The Teigngrace Cattle Egrets were again difficult to pin down this morning, proving to be very mobile but sightings of possibly up to five birds around the Blatchford farm area along with Little Egrets, also seen were Grey Wagtail and 14 Redwing.

 

Back home at South Brent the afternoon gave 7 Long Tailed Tits, a female Bullfinch, 35 plus Starlings and 13 Redwings, up to three Tawny owls calling this evening.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 7:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

YBW's in Beaumont Park Plymouth

Saw one of the  yellow- browed warblers today at 15.25 at northern end of the Park. It was feeding high up in large tree near the park wall. Earlier Charlie Imms saw both birds in the centre of the park at 13.00 pm.

They have been associating with mixed tit  flock over the last couple of days! 

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 5:37 pm by Russ Eynon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mansands

The Surf Scoter showed again in the flock of over 200 Common Scoter and now 3 Velvet Scoter too. The flock was disturbed several times by small boats but did regularly come back to feed either just east of Crabrock Point or more regularly just south of the point so not viewable at all from Mansands beach.

Its a bit of a slog climbing the hill between Mansands and Scabbacombe beach to get the best views of the scoter flock.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Clennon Lakes

A Siberian Chiffchaff was present on the willow Island in the middle lake this morning then 10 mins later one of the Yellow-browed Warblers was in the same place. Also around the site 3 collybita Chiffchaffs 7 Goldcrest, 3 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 12 Teal, 3 Gadwall and 11 Tufted Duck.

Siberian Chiffchaff Clennon Lakes 11 Dec 2016 ML

Siberian Chiffchaff 11 Dec 2016 Clennon Lakes video link here: https://youtu.be/D5NWB91XrEg 

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 3:30 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teigngrace

Seven Cattle Egrets still present although very mobile and wary.

Posted December 11th, 2016 at 12:55 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 10th December 2016

Bowling Green

Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham around 10.30 I saw what I am convinced was a bittern fly out of the reed beds at far end. Didn't reappear. Really hoping someone else can confirm I'm not going mad...

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 5:53 pm by Dave Walters in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teigngrace ~ Cattle Egrets

The Teigngrace Cattle Egrets proved difficult to find late this morning, eventually four birds found at Blatchford farm feeding with two Little Egret.

 

At least 140 Canadian Geese in a field alongside the main road, four Pied Wagtails, one Grey Wagtail, several Stock Dove feeding with Wood Pigeon, Magpie and Pheasants.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 2:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Goodrington: 8 Velvet Scoter, 4 Common Scoter, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Guillemot & 6 Razorbill

Broadsands: 7 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Eider 3 Guillemot & 1 Razorbill

Preston: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes and 7 Guillemot

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 12:33 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yellow Browed Warblers, Beaumont Park, Plymouth

Now 2 yellow browed warblers in Beaumont Park, Plymouth. Very active and mobile around park, associating with a flock of long tailed tits - very vocal at one point when close together but mostly keeping apart.

Also a chiffchaff, a nuthatch, a goldcrest and coal tit.

Posted December 10th, 2016 at 12:16 pm by Stuart Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 9th December 2016

Torbay Coastal

Marine Parade, Paignton ~ 25 Oyster Catcher, 43 Black Headed Gull, 26 Turnstone, out on the sea one Guillemot in flight and a Red Necked Grebe.

Oyster Bends, Paignton ~ 22 Scoter of which seven were Velvets, 3 Gannet, a speed boat went through the area that the flock was in and all flew off towards Goodrington.

Broadsands ~ 26 Brent Geese, 3 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, Black Necked Grebe, Heron, 8 Greater Black Backed Gull, 2 Pied Wagtails on the sea wall, a female Eider picked up in flight well out in the bay she flew directly into Broadsands landing by the outflow pipe to drink and bath.

 

                                      

On leaving a Grey Wagtail and over Paignton a female Sparrow Hawk being mobbed by Herring Gull.

Back home at South Brent 29 Pied Wagtails, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Long Tailed Tit and 90 plus Redwing.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 5:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yellow-browed Warbler Plymouth

A very vocal bird in Beaumont Park at lunchtime today. 

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:57 pm by Richard Billington in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Home Farm Marsh

Main pond 146 Canada geese plus a few wigeon,teal,shellduck,shoveler,pintail,little egret and 110 lapwing.On Fremington Pill47 blackwits and the Glossy Ibis has returned.

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:54 pm by Geoff Taylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle Egrets Teigngrace

After a text from Paul Treen, we dashed off to Teigngrace in search of Cattle Egrets. We found 3 in a field leading to Berry Knowles Farm initially. Those three then flew off towards Twelve Oaks Holiday Cottage, where we relocated all 7 of them, 4 in with the cattle and three in the field opposite. 

At Berry Knowles Farm    You can see his orangey cap  Enjoying the insect lunch at Twelve Oaks
At Berry Knowles Farm                You can see his orangey cap            Enjoying the insect lunch at Twelve Oaks

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:42 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Mansands

A failed attempt to see the Crabrock point Surf Scoter: The approx 200 Common Scoter flock had broken into two groups, the largest loafing group further out and south and a smaller group of about 70 actively feeding off the point. Conditions were difficult quite windy up on the ridge and choppy sea. On leaving I looked out from the beach by the Lime Kiln at Mansands Beach, the flock had now increased over 100 birds but I was too low to be able to go through them in the choppy sea.

Bumped into Mark D and Del on way back up who picked out the Surf Scoter a bit later and saw the Black Redstart on the cottages.. One of those days I should stayed at home!  

For anyone wanting to make the trek down, Sunday is looking like good viewing conditions with a light NW offshore wind - afternoon light is better too. Scope absolutely essential!

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 3:38 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teigngrace, Kingsteignton

Saw a report of a Cattle Egret at Teigngrace  so thought I'd take a look. Was more than a little surprised when I found it along with 5 friends. What with last year as well, maybe Kingsteignton has become the hotbed for Devon Cattle Egrets.

Cattle Egret 1

Cattle Egret 2,3 & 4  Cattle Egret 4 & 5 + little egrets

Cattle Egret 1                                   Cattle Egret 2,3 & 4                            Cattle Egret 4 & 5 + little egrets

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 11:12 am by Paul Treen in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 8th December 2016

Clennon Lakes

Now two Yellow-browed Warblers at at Clennon, the original moving between the lowest and middle weir and a new bird behind the driving range near to the YMCA in willows by the stream. (the original bird was seen before and again after seeing the 2nd bird, about 400m apart ). 3 Chiffchaff and a Water Rial also seen.

Posted December 8th, 2016 at 1:25 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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