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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

Tuesday 21st June 2016

Bowling Green Marsh

Viewed over the evening high-tide.

Spotted Redshank (breeding plumage possibly returning bird), 52-Redshank, 12-Bar-tailed Godwits, c20-Black-tailed Godwits, Little-ringed Plover (this is a non breeding site), 57-Curlew, 10-Whimbrel, 16-Sandwich Terns (highest count yet), 3-Mediterranean Gulls (2 adults + 2nd summer), c900-Black-headed Gulls, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 2-Oystercatchers, 2-Buzzards, 5-Wigeon, 11-Teal, c24-Shelduck, 6-Shoveler, Stock Dove and c20-House Martins.

Spotted Redshank3 Mediterranean Gulls (2nd sum left + adult in water and to right facing)

Little Ringed Plover

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 10:07 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bee eaters

2 European Bee eater at 18.50, Meldon Common, Chagford SX692863 perched briefly then south calling. Reported to birdguides.

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 6:59 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

My usual lunchtime visit to Bowling Green coincided with the low tide so it was no surprise there was not much activity.  In the hide met Ian Pearson who found a distant mystery wader off the viewing platform, so we both went back to investigate.  By this time it had moved a little closer and was easily identified as a summer plumage Spotted Redshank loosely attached to a flock of 47 Redshank.  I don't ever remember seeing one this late in the year and the last ones I saw there were in mid April.

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 6:37 pm by Chris Marcol in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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