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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 7th October 2017

Southdown Farm/Soar Mill Cove

Nice views of one female Ring Ouzel with Blackbirds and Song Thrushes at Southdown Farm this afternoon.

Posted October 7th, 2017 at 7:16 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 5th October 2017

Sherpa/Wrafton scrape

John, further to your post earlier, I had a very similar experience myself with the BT Godwits & the Ruff. Starting with a count of 2 then 3 & then 4!

Digiscoped them & when looking at the photos on the pc at home later another one showed up which I had not seen through the telescope!


Posted October 5th, 2017 at 8:59 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Wryneck

Wryneck showing well again this afternoon in private garden at Saltash Passage 

Posted October 3rd, 2017 at 11:02 pm by stephen gooding in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 2nd October 2017

Orcombe Point

Richard's Pipit Found by Dave Stone and understandably first reported as a possible. I was working from home so though "I've got to have a quick look". I got there around 12:40 and searched the top fields and noted c50 Meadow Pipits. Walked through the field with the electric fence (permissive path from Gore Lane to coastal path) and hadn't got far when I flushed 12 Pipits. Heard Meadow Pipit calls and the unmistakable Richard's Pipit call. Managed to get very brief flight views of the bird (which was obviously larger than the Meadow Pipits) it headed off towards Bristol School Camp. I had another search later on in the afternoon (3:00 - 3:45) but couldn't relocate the bird.

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 8:06 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sherpa / Wrafton scrape

3 Little Stint + 2 Ruff on the scrape at lunchtime today. Also a number of Black tailed Godwits, Teal & Wigeon.

 

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 3:26 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Start Point

Great bit of vis mig this morning, 07:00-08:00, 1010 Meadow Pipits, ( not sure if I have got over a thousand before ), 17 Swallows, 470 Linnnets and 310 Goldfinches. Job to keep a handle on the pipits. Lots of birds missed going by below cliff top level. Other birds included just 6 alba Wagtails, Grey Wagtail and Siskin. Quiet in the bushes best being a couple of Firecrests in the farm.

Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 3:08 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 1st October 2017

Teign Estuary

A juvenile Little Stint was at Passage House this evening. Also present a first-winter Mediterranean Gull, a White Wagtail and at least 15 Greenshanks.

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 9:58 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Sea-watch, 0740 to 0940. Of note: 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Skua spp (distant, presumed mostly Arctic), 1 Great Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwaters and 1 Sandwich Tern.

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 9:04 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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