Visit to Dawlish Warren on 16th September

Posted September 22nd at 12:12 pm in Plymouth Branch Field Meeting by Inga Page

High tide at Dawlish Warren was at 11.20, so an early start was necessary.   Birders, who were awake early enough for the 9.am start, had an enjoyable morning.  Large flocks of Linnets and Goldfinch entertained us as we made our way to the hide.  The field had not been grazed so there were plenty of seed heads to provide food for them.   A flock of Long Tailed Tits were also seen regularly and the odd summer migrant such as a Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap and a couple of Swallows were found.

At the hide, there were good numbers of Oystercatcher, and Ringed Plover and some Godwit-both Bar-tailed and Black-tailed.  We had some expert tuition on the best way to identify them and also how to pick out the couple of Whimbrel.  Regular displays by Sandwich Terns were a delight to watch.  Expert eyes and a good scope were necessary to pick out other waders on the bank by the railway.  The Flying Scotsman was much easer to see!  Winter visitors are beginning to arrive and a flock of Widgeon were just visible. 

As we slowly returned to the cars, along the seaward path, 12+ Common Scoter flew past and 12+ Sanderling landed on the beach nearby and a Gannet was seen  fishing out to sea. 

Sanderling and Ringed Plover (Bob Barrows)

Oystercatchers (Bob Barrows)

Visiting Dawlish warren is always worthwhile. We saw over 40 different species in the various different habitats and had excellent views of most.   

Species seen – Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Common Scoter, Slavonian Grebe, Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kesterel, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Ring Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed godwit, Curlew, Whimbrel, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Sandwich Tern, Wood Pigeon, Meadow Pippit, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Blackcap, Whitethroat Chiffcahff, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Wren, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

(52 species)

Lesley Goonesekera