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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

Thursday 14th February 2019

Penhill Marsh

pm - Cycled over to the south side of the Taw Estuary for a change to see Maurice's Cattle Egrets & was not disappointed. I cannot match Roy's excellent flight shot through my telescope but here are a few shots of the birds foraging.


Posted February 14th, 2019 at 6:36 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Baggy Point

11 Common Scoters still at Baggy Point this morning.

Posted February 12th, 2019 at 1:41 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts


The two Red-necked Grebes were again together in Elberry Cove, also 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver but the highlight was a high flying Barnacle Goose which came in over the bay and continued to head NW.

Lots of Buntings on the seed at Broadsands including 8 Reedbuntings.


Posted February 12th, 2019 at 10:40 am by Mike Langman in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Monday 11th February 2019

Frogmore Creek, Kingsbridge

Spoonbill Over Frogmore Creek This Morning.

Posted February 11th, 2019 at 7:22 pm by patrick hawkins in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 9th February 2019

Slapton Ley / Start Bay

On the ley Ring-necked Duck ( area around middle of Lower Ley ), Scaup ( male near Stokeley Hide ), 6 Pochards, 4 Goldeneyes, Black-necked Grebe ( Torcross ) and 3 Mediterrean Gulls. On the sea 57 Common Scoters, 2 Brent Geese ( dark-bellied, briefly joined the Scoter flock ), Red-throated Diver and Red-necked Grebe.

Posted February 9th, 2019 at 5:38 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Friday 8th February 2019

Kingsbridge Estuary.

Spoonbill feeding unconcernedly in driving rain off the embankment this morning.

Posted February 8th, 2019 at 11:45 am by Rob Macklin in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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