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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

Friday 31st March 2017

Berry Head

A brief couple of hours at Berry Head today produced a lovely Wheatear down in the quarry, 3 Swallows passing over, 8 calling Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, around 12 Linnets.  26 species recorded in total.

Wheatear Chiffchaff
Wheatear                                                                      Chiffchaff

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 10:03 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 30th March 2017

South Huish Marsh 30th March

A few more photos of the Iceland gull at South Huish Marsh this afternoon. Nothing else to report that has not already been reported.

  

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 9:41 pm by Mark Witherall in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Landcross

Four Cattle Egret in cow field above A386 at grid reference SS461238, 18:00. Pulled over and ran back with binoculars to confirm ID.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 8:46 pm by Lowell Mills in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yelland

The Glossy Ibis, seven Cattle Egrets and 15 Little Egrets were foraging in fields south of Tarka trail opposite Isley Marsh at 09:00. The Cattle Egrets later appeared in the saltmarsh and three Spoonbills dropped in briefly during the afternoon. On the Taw Estuary a female Eider.

Best of the summer migrants was an Osprey that flew west towards Appledore at 13:15 before turning back and drifting high northeast 25 minutes later. Also noted were two Wheatears, three Willow Warblers, 10+ Swallows and 50+ Sand Martins.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 8:24 pm by Will Salmon in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar and South Huish

At South Huish marsh this afternoon, the juv Iceland Gull flew in off the sea at 2.20pm and flew off at 3.30pm. Also Water Pipit, 3 White Wagtails, Sand Martin, Swallow, 5 Common Scoters, 2nd-s Mediterranean Gull and Grey Seal. 

Earlier at Soar, Wheatear, White Wagtail, Redwing and 18 Chiffchaffs. 

Iceland Gull, juv.
Iceland Gull, juv.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 6:53 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Berry Head

Seawatching 07:15-11:00. Despite ideal conditions SSW4 and murky - passage poor. Puffin, 206 Auks (1:1 Guillemot Razorbill), 6 Sandwich Terns, 6 Common Gulls, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 distant poss Great Northern Diver, 12 Common Scoter.

Common Dolphins (c40) feeding under c100 Gannets, perhaps some lingering from yesterday and 10+ Harbour Porpoise.

Common Dolphin

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 1:48 pm by Mark Darlaston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Woodbury Common/Dawlish Warren

The Great Grey Shrike on the ridge to the north east of Woodbury Castle - very active including hovering Kestrel style whilst hunting. A Red Kite drifted east at 11.20.

At Dawlish Warren, the Jack Snipe was showing well 4.15 to 4.35 - note it could not be seen from the usual place (opposite the boats) as it had moved to the nearside of the pond but could be seen very clearly from the next vantage point looking back along the left side of the main pond.

 

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 9:11 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

nr winkleigh

Red Kite spotted between Chulmleigh&Winkleigh late morning today, drifting north east

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 9:08 pm by Mike Luckson in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Pictures from today

  

Eds: please label photos - not everyone knows what birds these are.. 

Bonaparte's Gull, (should also come under scarce/ rare - subject) Little Gull and Snipe 

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 7:44 pm by Duncan Leitch in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

Same as yesterday this lunchtime. Bonaparte's Gull & Little Gull showing well from the hide and 1 Green Sandpiper.

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 2:03 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 27th March 2017

Dawlish Warren and Powderham Marshes Exminster

A Red Kite drifted northwards over Powderham Marshes at 3pm. At 4pm I saw a 'yellow-headed' Marsh Harrier disturb waders and ducks on Exminster Marshes. Several singing Chiffchaffs. Earlier, at Dawlish Warreen I saw the Jack Snipe 'bobbing' , together with a Common Snipe, and saw Sand Crocuses and Sand Lizards (being monitored by someone working for the sea defence building company) 6 plus Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood butterflies.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 9:46 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodbury Common

Grey Shrike showing well if a little distant as yesterdays post, rather mobile feeding within the area it was frequenting.

Other birds included Skylarks, Linnet, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Yellow Hammer, Stonechat, Green and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, two Willow Warbler both in full song and Wren.

 

At home female Reed Bunting still coming to garden feeders along with Siskin and a Song Thrush around the garden and a late fly past from two Canadian Geese.

Early evening a Kestrel seen over Wrangaton.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 8:14 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Bowling Green Marsh

This lunchtime, the Bonaparte's Gull and Little Gull were on the marsh with a small group of Black-headed Gulls. Also 1 Green Sandpiper

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 2:04 pm by Nick Potter in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 26th March 2017

Topsham

Late afternoon at Bowling Green Marsh, 2yc Bonaparte's gull, Little gull, Ruff and Green sandpiper.

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 10:57 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Exmouth

A single Willow Warbler in song on Orcombe Point early this morning and a Yellow-browed Warbler in gardens on Belle Vue Road @ 950 this morning. Photos on www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 6:19 pm by Matt Knott in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Red Kite

Seen over fields between Poltimore Arms near Yarde and Cart Gate Cross about 4 miles north of North Molton just before 17:00.

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 5:50 pm by John & Karen Towers & Sims in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 25th March 2017

Staverton WTW

Still one Yellow browed warbler along with 6 Chiffchaffs including the tristis. 

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 7:01 pm by Douglas Stannard in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham - Cattle Egrets

Small party of Cattle Egrets in field (with several L Egrets) by R Clyst just N of Highfield Farm. Distance (200m) and failure to bring scope meant exact no. uncertain: min. 4 but possibly up to 6.

Cattle Egrets - Topsham - 25/3/2017
Cattle Egrets - Topsham - 25/3/2017

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 12:26 pm by Tim Worfolk in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Dawlish Warren

Good views of Jack Snipe on the pond, which is attracting quite a few birders. Also of note a male Wheatear, a single Egyptian Goose overhead towards Cockwood and a single Swallow overhead towards golf course. Many Linnets, Skylark, a few Chiffys and some Reed Buntings. Species total count was 36. Only had phone so digiscoped pictures.

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 12:18 pm by Steph Murphy in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Hopes Nose

A male Cirl Bunting singing late morning in middle of lower slope, then moving up the headland and seen again by top gate, is possibly just the second site record . Also a male Wheatear on Sandy Point. Chiffchaff and Blackcap both singing 

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 11:15 am by Mark Bailey in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cornworthy

Yellow-browed warbler still at the WTW, now alone as chiffchaffs have moved on

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 10:58 am by Henry Trollope in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 24th March 2017

Mansands & Waddeton

1 Cattle Egret still present with 7 Little Egrets in cattle field between Waddeton and Galmpton.

Mansands Marsh- 2 Sand Martins, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 9 Chiffchaff and 4/5 pairs of Gadwall.

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 4:46 pm by Jacob Wood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Cattle Egret Fremington Pill

Yesterday Thursday there was 5 Cattle Egrets along with 7 Little Egret at the top end of the Pill. They all except one Little one flew up into the field with sheep.

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 8:26 am by Richard Burston in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Jack Snipe

A wet visit to the Warren gave, after an hour or so, great views of the Jack Snipe on the main pond, by the boats. Also on the pond Little Grebe, Mallard, Moorhen and Canada geese.

Video link below -:

https://youtu.be/Bg9cgQUOLOc

Jack Snipe
Jack Snipe

Posted March 23rd, 2017 at 5:29 pm by Martin Rooney in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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