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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

Saturday 14th January 2017

Sainsburys @ Alphington, Exeter

Nine Waxwing noticed sat up in a roadside tree whilst I driving out of the store car park late afternoon. They were feeding on berries at almost at ground level in the Dreams car park, occasionally flying to drink on the roof of the Superstore.

They remained until 16.50 before presumably flying off to roost. There were only a few remain berries so I suspect early morning may be the best time to visit tomorrow.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 5:45 pm by Kevin Rylands in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Waddeton/Galmpton Torbay

Looks like the two Cattle Egrets that were at Hillhead have moved  down to Waddeton early pm there are now 3 there and a Little Egret with a muddy very pale brown bill - no sign of the two at Hillhead at 1.10pm.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 3:48 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham

Yellow-browed warbler, Long-tailed duck, 2 Goldeneye, 1 adult Med gull at Topsham Rec this morning.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 3:06 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

4 Velvet Scoter still first thing but then they flew off toward Torquay, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 28 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated Diver.

In the second car park 21 Cirl Buntings and 2 Reed Bunting on seed and 1 collybita Chiffchaff in the marshy ditch.

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 11:51 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still at the sewage works

Posted January 14th, 2017 at 11:49 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 13th January 2017

Clennon Lakes

2 Yellow-browed Warblers present this afternoon, one along the exit steam was feeding at ground level around the path and then the fence around the velopark. Doesn't appear to be the bird from the astro turf (that moved on over 10 days ago) as the new bird has dull supercilium infront of the eye that doesn't meet above the bill. The usual Yellow-browed with the anomalies in the supercilium and pale patches up onto the crown was again up around the top lake.

YBW Clennon Stream 130117ML YBW Clennon Stream 130117ML YBW Clennon Stream 130117ML

The new stream bird above                                                                                The astro turf bird below

YBW Astro turf 291216ML YBW Asrtoturf 130117ML YBW Asrtoturf 130117ML

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Another Yellow-browned warbler

One Yellow-browned warbler foraging along the roadside ditch between Starcross and Cockwood at 13:30.

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 2:56 pm by Justin Hart in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hillhead Brixham & Waddeton

2 Cattle Egret in fields opposite the covered reservoir Churston side of the mini roundabout. Best views over wall beside the mini roundabout look toward the wind turbine. Another Cattle Egret was with at least 4 Little Egrets in fields between Galmpton and Waddeton only on view occasionally when on top of the field.

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 12:26 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

2 Black-necked Grebes, 28 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Red-throated & 1 Great Northern Divers also just 4 Velvet Scoter today between Broadsands & Goodrington.

6 Cirl Buntings on seed in 2nd car park.

Posted January 13th, 2017 at 12:21 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 12th January 2017

Topsham

Yellow-browed warbler present again this morning at the Rec plus 2 Goldeneyes & 9 Red-breasted mergansers.

Posted January 12th, 2017 at 6:18 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 11th January 2017

Thurlestone

Desert Wheatear still showing well on Thurlestone Beach - now sporting a metal leg ring and more wary than when I first saw it in November 2016.

Desert Wheatear

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 4:13 pm by Stuart Green in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Staverton

The Yellow browed warbler still early afternoon at the WTW but elusive. 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest. Pair of Goosander on the river by Nappers Crossing.

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 4:04 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hillhead, Brixham

1 Cattle Egret (2 reported yesterday) in fields below the farm next to the large wind turbine.

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 11:15 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Waxwings Eastdon

9 Waxwings feeding on hedgerow berries near Eals dock, Eastdon (between Cockwood and Dawlish Warren Village) around 0930

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 10:07 am by Justin Hart in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 9th January 2017

Topsham

Yellow-browed warbler in usual place this morning plus adult & 1st winter Med gulls at the Rec.  Saw Gavin Haig's Twitter post re 4 Cattle egrets on Exminster Marshes north of M5 so was pleased to be able to see them distantly from my house.  The Marsh harrier came into roost in the Exe reed beds at the Rec at 3:50.  I was surprised at 4:10 to see 4 Cattle egrets with BH gulls on the University playing fields, Topsham adjacent to the M5. They were flushed by a walker and flew west back towards the estuary. Returning home to look for the egrets, I heard a tristis Chiffchaff in the reeds alongside the path between the Rec & M5.  It flew into the central reed bed island before I could get a good look at it.

Posted January 9th, 2017 at 4:56 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Broadsands

The Siberian Chiffchaff was in the usual place - top end of reedy ditch between 1st and 2nd car parks, also 2 collybita Chiffchaffs.

On the sea: 8 Velvet Scoter toward Goodrington and 14 Great Crested Grebes.

Posted January 9th, 2017 at 9:30 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 8th January 2017

Topsham Rec

Yelllow-browed warbler, Long-tailed duck, one adult Med gull and 11 Snipe this morning.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 10:08 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Teigngrace Cattle Egrets

Once located three Cattle Egret at Teigngrace feeding in a pasture field alongside alongside a number of Herring Gull. (Click on images to enlarge)

 

Also seen were 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Dunnock, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Stock Dove, 6 Little Egret, Heron, Buzzard and a Jay.

At home a male Siskin on the feeders and a Chiffchaff in the garden.

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 4:33 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Surf Scoter

The imm drake Surf Scoter still at Mansands off Crabrock Point early afternoon - initially there were c250 Common Scoters distantly offshore but the flock split into two and half the flock came in as close as they would get and luckily it contained the Surf Scoter- still on show at c2pm

for pictures see https://twitter.com/markrabailey?lang=en

 Surf Scoter Man Sands 8 Jan 2016 MRAB Surf Scoter Man Sands 8 Jan 2016 MRABb

Posted January 8th, 2017 at 3:43 pm by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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