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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

Wednesday 7th February 2018

Berry Head

Late afternoon watch off the top of the headland produced the usual juv/fw Iceland Gull and a new (pristine winged) ad Glaucous Gull that followed a trawler into to Brixham. Also 25+ Common Dolphin and 10 + Harbour Porpoise. Looking toward Mansands a flock of some 80 Common Scoter feeding out in the bay.

Posted February 7th, 2018 at 8:03 pm by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 6th February 2018

Topsham

Single Hawfinch in the cemetery at midday today and 4 Goldeneye at the Rec. Yesterday the Marsh harrier was seen at the Rec at 9am and a female a Brambling was at St Margaret's Church at midday.

Posted February 6th, 2018 at 3:42 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tundra Bean Goose Braunton Marshes 5th February 2018

Tundra Bean Goose still around at 16.00 hrs. Also sighting of a Marsh Harrier


Posted February 6th, 2018 at 1:39 pm by Richard Yeats in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 5th February 2018

Black Redstart and Cattle Egret.

A good birding day, initially down to the Plymouth water front either side of the old Lido pool, six Turnstone, two Rock Pipit and eventually the reported female Black Redstart appeared.

An afternoon trip out with Keith Male to Aveton Gifford, South Huish and the DBWPS reserve at South Milton marsh.

Aveton Gifford ~ All the usual species including Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, Oyster Catcher and Little Egret.

South Huish ~ Two Cattle Egret, five plus Snipe, the hybrid American Wigeon in with the Wigeon flock, Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Oyster Catcher, Buzzard, two Raven, two Heron, Little Egret, numerous Pied Wagtail and two Rock Pipit.

South Milton Marsh ~ More Chiffchaff than I have ever seen previously in one place including three Tristis type two of which had been ringed, Firecrest, Goldcrest, male Reed Bunting, lots of Pied Wagtail, one Grey Wagtail and two ringed Dunnock, several Goldfinch, two Buzzard and a Little Egret overhead and on leaving a Water Rail calling.

Back home at South Brent Green Woodpecker calling, Song and Long Tailed Tit.

Posted February 5th, 2018 at 5:17 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands Ley

The Ring-necked Duck was back on Beesands Ley this morning. Also there 74 Tufted Ducks, 2 Pochards, 4 Gadwalls, 3 Goldeneyes ( 1 male ) and 3 Little Grebes. Around at Slapton Ley a sleepy female Common Scoter in Ireland Bay.

Posted February 5th, 2018 at 2:15 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Sunday 4th February 2018

Tundra Bean Goose

First photo showing rather short, deep - based bill of Tundra Bean Goose.

Second photo showing orange patch extending around underside of lower mandible.

 

Posted February 4th, 2018 at 6:13 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Black Redstart

spotted today on my bird feeder in Torquay

Posted February 4th, 2018 at 3:12 pm by Steve Pitts in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Morwellham

Kite sp high over River Tamar at Morwellham 0930

Posted February 4th, 2018 at 12:19 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 3rd February 2018

Firecrest in Braunton

Very active & obviously feeding this Firecrest surprised me by flying directly in front of me across the path! Images not brilliant but clearly show the white supercilium and fiery orange crest. Reluctant to say exactly where but on the Tarka Train near Braunton in low bushes. 

Profile record shot of firecrest in Braunton Front view, record shot, of firecrest in Braunton Further record shot of firecrest in Braunton
Profile record shot of firecrest in Braunton

 

Posted February 3rd, 2018 at 7:07 pm by Phil Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Beesands ley

As previous posts the Ring Necked duck and the Scaup found by Dave Pakes both on the ley with the Tufted ducks during the early afternoon, also a drake Gadwall.

Sparrow hawk seen on the way into the village, perched on a branch over hanging the road.

Posted February 3rd, 2018 at 4:47 pm by Steve Hopper in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Marshes

The Bean Goose is a Tundra Bean Goose which is approx.20% smaller than the Taiga Bean goose & the yellow/orange patch on the bill is much smaller covering less than half of the bill.

Posted February 3rd, 2018 at 3:16 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Braunton Marshes

1 Bean Goose showing well on Braunton Marshes this am.

  

Posted February 3rd, 2018 at 1:03 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Torbay

Counts from the various Beaches:

Preston: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Norther Divers, 5 Great Crested Grebes.

Goodrington: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Divers. Also 40+ Common Dolphin feeding 500m out.

Broadsands (Choppy sea): 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe. Also 8-9 Cirl Buntings and 2 Reed Bunting on seed in 2nd car park. 

Posted February 3rd, 2018 at 11:28 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 2nd February 2018

South Efford Marsh

Spoonbill on marsh late afternoon.

Posted February 2nd, 2018 at 5:41 pm by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Topsham

2 Hawfinches & 1 Brambling in the cemetery this afternoon. 2 Goldeneye & 1 2nd winter Med gull at the Rec in the morning.

Posted February 2nd, 2018 at 4:38 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Thursday 1st February 2018

Ludwell Valley Park, Exeter

A single Hawfinch today plus one Brambling in a large flock of Chaffinches. All in field behind old tennis courts.

Posted February 1st, 2018 at 6:59 pm by Martin Elcoate in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Preston

The Red-necked Grebe was again off Preston Seafront this morning also 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-necked Grebe and 5 Great Crested Grebes.

Posted February 1st, 2018 at 10:00 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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