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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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Wednesday 21st August 2019

Glossy Ibis in Fremington Pill

18/08/19, 11:28; The Glossy Ibis which has been a regular at Fremington Pill for a few years now was showing nicely on the falling tide. It appeared to toss tiny snails (a la Avocet diet?) down it's throat having extracted them from the gloopy mud with it's bill tip. Great skills!! The Common Sandpiper seen in the background appeared to be watching with keen interest.

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 1:41 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Osprey on the Taw

Observed for about an hour up to high tide this morning (09:00 to 10:00) hunting over Horsey Island & the River Taw was this Osprey (Juve?). It stooped about four or five times and splashed down once, but failed to catch it's brunch. Last seen heading back upriver. 

Osprey over Horsey Island
Osprey over Horsey Island

Posted August 21st, 2019 at 1:26 pm by Phil & Sue Naylor in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Tuesday 20th August 2019

Late post - Horsey Island

19/08/2019 - Early evening count on Horsey produced the highest number of Ringed Plover I have ever seen at this site. A spectacular 491 in a mixed flock of c800 small waders consisting of Dunlin & Ringed Plover

Visited the site again today early evening & a disappointing 20!

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 9:51 pm by Rob Jutsum in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Kingsbridge Estuary

Osprey perched in Lincombe Woods this morning. Turnstone and Common Sandpiper in Charleton Bay, Kingfisher in Charleton Marsh.

Posted August 20th, 2019 at 8:02 am by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Saturday 17th August 2019

Yesterday at Prawle Point Friday 16th August

Seawatch from 7am till 5pm in strong force 5 ,going 7 at times, SSW winds with occasional mist and later heavy rain.

Highlight was a pale-phased juvenile Long-Tailed Skua seen at 11.55 struggling to tack into the wind going west. Also 1 Sooty Shearwater (at 1.30pm) , I Bonxie, 18 Balearic Sheawaters amongst a constant stream of at least 4301 Manx Shearwaters (nodded off a couple of times so totals would have been greater as the passage never let up). Alas no other large shearwaters!

Also 7 Commic Terns, 87 Kittiwakes, 25 Fulmars and 744 Gannets.

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 9:45 am by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

Yesterday at Prawle Point Friday 16th August

Seawatch from 7am till 5pm in strong force 5 ,going 7 at times, SSW winds with occasional mist and later heavy rain.

Highlight was a pale-phased juvenile Long-Tailed Skua seen at 11.55 struggling to tack into the wind going west. Also 1 Sooty Shearwater (at 1.30pm) , I Bonxie, 18 Balearic Sheawaters amongst a constant stream of at least 4301 Manx Shearwaters (nodded off a couple of times so totals would have been greater as the passage never let up). Alas no other large shearwaters!

Also 7 Commic Terns, 87 Kittiwakes, 25 Fulmars and 744 Gannets.

Posted August 17th, 2019 at 9:45 am by Tony Marchese in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts

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