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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

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Waxwings Heathfield

11 Waxwings feeding on poplar buds by the tile factory at midday


Posted March 7th, 2017 at 9:41 pm by John Walters in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Brixham

The Pacific Diver was again back in the bay best viewed from the end of Brixham Breakwater but still fairly distant looking toward Torquay. 7 Great Northern Divers counted from here too.

Also in bay around Broadsands: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Eider, 2 Black-necked Grebes and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Posted March 7th, 2017 at 9:14 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 6th March 2017

Iceland Gull

2nd or 3rd year bird on Saunton beach, approx 1 mile south of beach car park.  Bird at tide line feeding on dead Conga Eel and present 12.30 to 12,45 at least.

Posted March 6th, 2017 at 1:52 pm by Stephen Mawby in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 4th March 2017

Slapton

Balearic Shearwater south at 1230

3 Great Northern Divers

Humpback whale and 20+ porpoises

Balearic Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 9:21 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exminster Marshes

Drake American Wigeon still present; busily grazing amongst one of the large flocks of Eurasian Wigeon, early pm.

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 6:40 pm by Andy Smith in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton/Torcross

We finally caught up with the Little Gull at the duck feeding area late afternoon. You can see how small it is in the photo, with the black headed gull for comparison. Also of note today were male and female scaup, female goosander, common gull adult and juveniles, 2 "manky mallards"  plus 2 firecrests in the bushes along the path around the Ley.

Little Gull at Torcross Little & Large! Firecrest around the Ley
Little Gull at Torcross                                      Little & Large!                          Firecrest around the Ley

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 3:56 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still the first bird I see when checking the WTW, also present today were chiffchaff, goldcrest and grey wagtail 

Posted March 4th, 2017 at 11:36 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 3rd March 2017

Brixham

Juv/1st w Iceland Gull Brixham, flew toward Berry Head at about 3.10pm. Also 5 Great Northern Divers from Shoalstone shelter.

juv Iceland Gull Brixhm 03 March 17ML juv Iceland Gull Brixhm 03 March 17ML juv Iceland Gull Brixhm 03 March 17ML

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 4:31 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Great Grey Shrike near Stoke Rivers, North Devon.

Perched on telephone wires between A399 and Stoke Rivers, near to the hunt kennels turning. Wary of the light traffic and the flew towards fields by Stoke Barton. returned with camera but could not find again.

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 2:25 pm by Karen Sims & John Towers in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Isley Marsh

Following on from Jon's post below, I was at Isley Marsh at the same time ~10:30 and the other five Spoonbill were roosting there. By Yelland Power Station site a collybita race Chiffchaff feeding in a hedgerow willow.

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 11:29 am by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Slapton Ley

Late post for yesterday: 2 Red-throated Diver offshore at memorial & Little Gull at Torcross.

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 8:06 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Upper tidal Torridge

4 Cattle egrets and 10 Little Egrets in field beside river at Weare Giffard church.

8 Common Sandpiper

2 Green Sandpiper

3 Mandarin

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 11:20 am by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sherpa scrape

9 Spoonbills on the scrape early this morning.


Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 10:02 am by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Haldon Forest birding survey

A38 Heathfield while on the way to the Haldon birding survey gave the flock of Waxwings sat in the trees alongside the road opposite BCT.

At Haldon the team that I was with recorded Green Woodpecker that showed well at the beginning and end of the route covered, GSWP, Yellow Hammer (2), Siskin, Mistle and Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, numerous Goldcrest, Snipe (12) Woodcock (6) Stonechat (pair) Crossbill (4) two sightings and a Raven to mention a few of the species seen and recorded.

Both Roe and Fallow deer.

Back by the feed station one of the team picked out the reported female Brambling.

A divert to Teigngrace on the way home gave double figures of Little Egret and five Cattle Egret and a very pale Buzzard.

Two Sparrow hawks seen while driving on the A38, one at Chudleigh and the other near Dean Prior.

Posted March 1st, 2017 at 2:59 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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