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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 June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Friday 14th December 2018

N . Hallsads

A SIBERIAN Chiffchaff plus 2 nominate Also 4 Goldcrests, 1 Firecrest and 4 m. Blackcaps.

Posted December 14th, 2018 at 5:09 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Goodrington Torbay

The fw Surf Scoter was again off Three Beaches Headland with just 3 Common Scoter.

Surf Scoter fw Goodrington Torbay 14 Dec 2018 Ml

                                                              Surf Scoter (centre) with 2 Common Scoter


Posted December 14th, 2018 at 1:41 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 13th December 2018


The bay is far to rough to check thoroughly for scoter, divers and grebes today but the Yellow-browed Warbler was showing well at Broadsands 1st car park.

Also 1 Cattle egret with at least 11 Little Egrets in fields east of the Waddeton Road, Paignton.

Posted December 13th, 2018 at 10:14 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Chillington S.T.W.

2 'Continental' Goldcrests ringed this morning,both of which had the pale grey tones of the nape and side crown extending further onto the mantle than is usually the case. Possibly an indication of a more Eastern origin.Oddly,there were no British Goldcrests present at this site ,which normally holds 15/20 wintering birds. Also present were 5 nominate Chiffchaffs; again a poor number for the site in Dec. Perhaps a reflection of the mild weather , or are they late in arriving ?.

' Continental' Goldcrest.i
' Continental' Goldcrest.i

Posted December 12th, 2018 at 2:23 pm by Alan K. Searle in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 11th December 2018


Paignton/Preston: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 3 Great Created Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers.

Goodrington: 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 4 Red-throated Divers (flew in together), 1 fw Surf Scoter, 5 Common Scoter.

In marsh in Youngs Park, Goodrington: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Broadsands: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Great Northern Divers, 3 Wigeon

Aslo Yellow-browed Warbler still present in back corner of 1st car park.

Posted December 11th, 2018 at 12:17 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


I was the only living thing around Broadsands at 8am yesterday. Apart from one solitary cormorant. In the first car park the Siberian chiff chaff was playing hard to get, Stayed still long enough for just one photo but pleasing all the same. Nothing out of the ordinary at Clennon but nonetheless a beautiful morning.

Posted December 11th, 2018 at 7:47 am by Philip L. Fairclough in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 9th December 2018


While leading a group from Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust today at Broadsands we managed to see a Black-necked Grebe a couple of Great Northern Divers in challenging blowy conditions on Elberry Headland. Several Gannets were feeding just off shore. At least 10 Cirl Buntings in the back of the 2nd car park, and some managed to glimpse the Yellow-browed Warbler in the willows and ivy covered trees in the 1st car park. Also here were at least 2 collybita Chiffchaff and probably 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs.

Some of the group joined me to go and look for the Surf Scoter off three beaches Headland, it was present agian with at least 10 Common Scoter.

Posted December 9th, 2018 at 2:17 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 8th December 2018


The fw Surf Scoter was again off Three Beaches Headland, Goodrington this morning with 8 Common Scoter.

Broadsands: the Yellow-browed Warbler and at least 1 Siberain Chiffchaff still in the marsh at the back of the 1st car park. Nearby at Elberry Cove 1 Red-necked Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Posted December 8th, 2018 at 3:54 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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