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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 14th September 2016

Newton Abbot Racecourse

10+ Whinchat, 5+ Stonechat and 4+ Wheatear mostly on the central fences of the racecourse this afternoon viewed from the cycle path.

Nearby on the Teign Estuary; 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 71 Curlew and a juvenile Med Gull.

Posted September 14th, 2016 at 7:53 pm by Laurie Allnatt in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

great white egret

Saw this on the lagoon at Seaton Marshes yesterday 13.9.16, my second in 10 years, the last one at Torrington. Took loads of video footage, some enclosed. Enjoy. PLF

Great White Egret Seaton Marshes 13.9.16 Peter Fairclough

Posted September 14th, 2016 at 4:06 pm by philip fairclough in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 12th September 2016

Berry Head

Seawatch with Dave Holloway this morning 06.45-0815: 20 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua,1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 500+ Kittiwake (mostly lingering)2 Common Scoter, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 2 Grey Wagtails and 1 Yellow Wagtail. 

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 5:07 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head, 12.9.16, 08:30 - 09:20

Sea Watching with Mike Langman this morning. Wont duplicate his report but stayed a while after he left: 12 more Balearic Shearwaters; 1 more Manx Shearwater; 1 more Bonxie; a group of 7 more dark Arctic Skuas shadowing Kittiwakes.

Posted September 12th, 2016 at 1:54 pm by David Holloway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 11th September 2016

Soar

07:00-13:00. Soar Mill Cove/Warren/Starehole/East Soar.

Mainly bright, still first thing but a moderate southerly by late morning. The following counts are just for the Warren and Soar Mill Cove so not duplicating Rob's sightings.

Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtails, 8 Wheatears, 12 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, 21 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher. Additional to Rob's at East Soar were 5 Yellow Wagtails and a Whinchat.

Posted September 11th, 2016 at 5:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 10th September 2016

Caen River and Horsey Island

A good session with Osprey, Juv Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel, about 400 Canada Geese, 12 Greylay, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sand, Wheatear, Swallows  and all the estuary regulars Also a Juv BT Godwit I think? 

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 7:56 pm by Rob Barnes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar

A morning visit timed to start just after the rain, produced very few migrants. However managed - Hobby,  3+ Tree Pipits, Yellow Wagtail, Turnstone, 7 Chiffchaffs, 6+ Whitethroats, Blackcap and Yellow Wagtail.

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 5:21 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Seawatch 06.45- 09.00hrs after a very foggy start! 1 Sooty, 12 Balearic & 10 Manx Shearwater, 1 juv Arctic Tern , 2 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Scoter, 368 Gannets, 9 Kittiwake & 22 Fulmar.

Grounded migrants included 4 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Flycatcher,  1 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Blackcap mostly up around the farm.

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 12:56 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Fremington Quay

Osprey fishing off Bassett Ridge 11.15, first year Manx Shearwater off the quay on water midday. Not looking unhealthy but definitely a little lost.

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 12:04 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hartland Point Seawatch

0700-0830

12 Manx

1 Balearic Shearwater

2 Arctic skua (pale + dark)

1 Bonxie

23 Common Scoter (19 + 10 + 4)

plus 3 schools of Harbour Porpoise

Posted September 10th, 2016 at 11:02 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 9th September 2016

Berry Head

1 juvenile Sabine's Gull, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Arctic Skuas and 1 Great Skua, despite seemingly less than favourable conditions for seawatching! Nothing in the way of migrants on the headland. 

Posted September 9th, 2016 at 2:15 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 8th September 2016

Black Stork - Roadford

Distant record shots of the Black Stork this morning at Roadford above the viaduct.

At 11.30 it took off, circled and disappeared high over the tall conifers heading south.

Black Stork Roadford 8.9.2016 Brian CravenBlack Stork Roadford 8.9.2016 Brian Craven

record shots by Brian Craven.

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 5:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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