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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

Saturday 6th August 2016

Eddystone

Wildlife watching kayak trip from Plymouth sound to Eddystone.

22 Storm petrels including 8 in feeding group with 50 plunging gannets, half a dozen common dolphins and a porpoise. No shearwaters involved.

5 arctic terns, adult pair and adult pair plus wingeing juvenile.

2 Common terns, adult pair.

plus 1+6+6 common dolphins

Approx 12 harbour porpoises

All peterels between half way reef and eddystone lighthouse

Storm Petrel
Storm Petrel

Storm Petrel
Storm Petrel

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 6:05 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Do these Pics show two different Least Sandpipers

Least Sand pic taken at 0930 hrs showed a split in its supercilium, also a very marked breast streaking as opposed to the pics taken at 1030 hrs in the same place. This birds supercilium reaches the bill base and the breast streaking appears fainter. Is the first bird a Juv and the second a first winter !!!!!!!!!!!

0930 hrs pic showing a split supercilium
0930 hrs pic showing a split supercilium

1030 hrs pic showing fainter breast streaks
1030 hrs pic showing fainter breast streaks

1030 hrs pic showing supercilium reaching bill base
1030 hrs pic showing supercilium reaching bill base

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 5:34 pm by Barry Rankine in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

instow

62 med gulls..47 ads,6ss,8fs,juv.Many more birds feeding offshore07:30-08:20

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 11:51 am by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 5th August 2016

skern

12 med gulls 9ads,2 ss,juv,juv black tailed godwit and common gull,3 whimbrel,6 sandwich tern 5ads,juv 200 black headed gulls.19:15-20:30.15 swifts over clovelly rd.

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 10:21 pm by Robert Marshall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Caen River /Horsey Island

A great afternoon for a walk to the fishermens huts with Chiloe Wigeon both still present, Mallard, Redshank, Dunlin, Egrets, Cormorants, Heron, Corvids, Black Headed, Great Black backed, Lesser Black backed, Herring and few Med Gulls. Curlew, Whimbrel, Oystercatchers, Common Sand, Swallows, Meadow Pipits, Stonechat, Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and a female Marsh Harrier over the Chivenor side of the river.

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 6:05 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 4th August 2016

Black Hole Marsh

No doubt there will be many photos of the (original) Least Sandpiper, but here's a couple from today.

Least Sandpiper in worn summer plumage
Least Sandpiper in worn summer plumage

Least Sandpiper in worn summer plumage - note length of central toe
Least Sandpiper in worn summer plumage - note length of central toe

Posted August 4th, 2016 at 6:58 pm by Dave Smallshire in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

03/08 Early eve seawatch, returning trawlers attracted 2 European Storm-petrels, 3 Bonxie, 3+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 2-3 Balearic Shearwaters with even 2 Manx pulled in behind one which is unusual. Lots of Harbour Porpoise showing well close in.Yellow-legged Gull (juv)

Posted August 4th, 2016 at 9:16 am by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Red Grouse; Gidleigh Common, Dartmoor

3 Red Grouse seen and heard well on Sunday 31st July, at approx. ref 635887.  Your website requests all sightings, so I hope these are of interest.  Dan Lupton

Posted August 3rd, 2016 at 1:02 pm by Dan Lupton in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Prawle Seawatch Tuesday 2nd August

7.30 to 1.35pm in WSW with rain and mist, force 4/5 to 5/6, reducing to 4.

19 Balearic Shearwaters,2 Sooty Shearwaters, 2755  Manx Shearwaters, 1 Bonxie, 1 Puffin,61 Fulmars,221 Gannets ,1 1st year Med Gull, 1 Guillemot, 6 Kittiwakes, I Curlew all west. 1 Common Scoter east.Interesting to compare Start Point's sightings !

Posted August 3rd, 2016 at 11:56 am by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

Exmouth

One or two 1st year Yellow-legged gulls following the mackerel boat off Exmouth. Good views given I was on the boat.

Posted August 2nd, 2016 at 10:55 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 1st August 2016

Berry Head

Seawatching 14:00-19:30. SSW-S increasing 5+ with heavy rain. Very disappointing given the conditions, just one Balearic Shearwater, c950 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (all juv), 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 European Storm-petrels (behind a trawler), 9 Whimbrel, Sandwich tern and 6+ Harbour Porpoise including one calf.

Posted August 1st, 2016 at 8:44 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teignmouth

15:45 - 17:45

1 Balearic Shearwater, 305 Manx Shearwater, 4 Med Gulls, 5 Fulmars, 4 Kittiwake, 6 Sandwich Terns and 40+ Gannet.

Posted August 1st, 2016 at 7:24 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

South Efford Marsh

South Efford Marsh, late am/early pm: 4 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 second-year Mediterranean Gull.

Posted August 1st, 2016 at 3:36 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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