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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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Friday 19th May 2017

Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike still showing well at Cuckoo Ball it has moved location it is nearer the entrance to the moor from the lane by the old factory building in the gorse bushes.

Plenty of Yellowhammers Linnets Wheatears Skylarks and Cuckoos.

Woodchat Shrike Woodchat Shrike Yellowhammer
Woodchat Shrike                        Woodchat Shrike                                         Yellowhammer

Posted May 19th, 2017 at 9:49 pm by Roger Backway in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Soar and South Huish

A male Serin this morning (08.30) feeding for several minutes near East Soar Farm before disappearing. Then seen again briefly half an hour later flying and perched, but not since. Also a Turtle Dove in the area all morning, and nearby, Spotted Flycatcher, Sparrowhawk and Sedge Warbler.

Later at South Huish: White Wagtail, Sand Martin, Whimbrel and 6 adult Dunlins. 

Posted May 19th, 2017 at 5:47 pm by Pete Aley in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 18th May 2017

Dartmoor Challacombe Down

On a walk today from Headland Warren around Challacombe Down thro' Golden Dagger Tin Mine. Whinchats 8(m), 2(f), Spotted Flycatchers 3, Common Redstarts 3, Garden Warblers (h), Lesser Redpolls, Cuckoos 3, Bullfinch. Best of all Great Grey Shrike still around position SX 682 805. Plus many of the commoner species.

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 7:41 pm by Colin & Joyce Hannaford in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Woodchat Shrike - Cuckoo Ball, Bittaford

(Late Post for yesterday) After the rain and thick mist cleared late yesterday evening I went up to Cuckoo Ball, Bittaford to see if Mike Daniel's Woodchat shrike was still there. Passing a posing yellowhammer in gorse on the side of Western Beacon the Shrike's past location came into view and on a dead tree about 600m distant I saw what could have been the profile of a shrike. Subsequent examination of distant photos shows that it was indeed the shrike. It had moved on as I got closer and started to walk up Cuckoo Ball towards the burial chamber. Plenty of meadow pipits, skylarks and two wheatear present. I was joined by Patrick Hawkins, who had walked up through the field containing the trees on which the shrike normally perches without seeing or moving it. However on my way down I again saw the shrike firstly on a barbed wire fence and then on the same dead tree where I had seen it earlier. It gave Patrick and I a quick good, distant view, before moving off as we approached. A cuckoo was seen and heard nearby on the slopes of Western Beacon.

Distant Woodchat Shrike - Cuckoo Ball - 17/5/17 Yellowhammer - Cuckoo Ball - 17/5/17 Skylark - Cuckoo Ball - 17/5/17
 Woodchat Shrike                                       Yellowhammer                                                  Skylark 

Posted May 18th, 2017 at 8:37 am by David Pakes in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Yesterday 16 May Prawle Point

Seawatch from 6.40 until 11.20am in SSW 4-5, overcast,some mist and showers, perfect conditions yet no skuas!

Totals seen : 2 Balearic Shearwaters, Storm Petrels, 1027 Manx Shearwaters ( with feeding parties of 100 plus groups seen as leaving) , 9 Puffins, 5 Great Northern Divers and 104 Kittiwakes all west. Oddities being a female Mallard that came in off the sea and a Swift tracking westwards.

Of interest still 4 Cattle Egrets at Chivelstone Cross.

Posted May 17th, 2017 at 12:20 pm by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 16th May 2017

Berry Head

Seawatch between 0600-0900: 3 Pomarine Skuas (2x ads and a 3cy), 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Storm Petrel, 30 Puffin, 293 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Terns, 4 'commic' Tern, 14 Common Scoter.

Posted May 16th, 2017 at 1:40 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 15th May 2017

Eastern Subalpine Warbler-Dawlish Warren NNR

Sorry for late post from yesterday evening's male Eastern Subalpine Warbler seen around the trees from the back path between main pond and golf course at Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve but not seen today.

Also 4K video where it can be heard singing and best watched in the higher resolution.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4516qM1RWg

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Eastern Subalpine Warbler

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 7:02 pm by David Boult in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Berry Head

Seawatching with MD 0600-1445hrs final totals: 2 Sooty Shearwaters south at 1020 & 1405hrs (good for May!), 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 1854 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Bonxies, 5 Great Northern Divers >s  & 2 > north, 37 Puffins, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Common Gull, 100+ Kittiwakes, 13 Black-headed Gulls, 13 Sandwich Terns, 1 Whimbrel,  10+ Common Dolphins, & 3 Harbour Porpoise. 

link to some close views of some of the Common Dolphins moving South: https://youtu.be/PxjjwbGZ5Ec 

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 11:57 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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