Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wednesday 20th March

Due to the significant erosion at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path is completely closed with no access. Access to Warren Point and the bird hide is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

A visit for the evening high tide saw counts of 202 Oystercatcher, 68 Redshank, 64 Dark and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 27 Turnstone, 15 Sanderling, five Greenshank, three Dunlin and three Ringed Plover, only the second record of the year. Elsewhere two Sand Martin flew through, two Wheatear, including the first female, were on the Golf Course and four Shoveler were at the Main Pond.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Tuesday 19th March

Due to the significant erosion at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path is completely closed with no access. Access to Warren Point and the bird hide is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

A late afternoon visit saw the first four Tufted Duck of the year off John's Watch, three males and a female, also offshore 30 Great-crested Grebe. Elsewhere records from the estuary included 300 Oystercatcher, 45 Dark-bellied and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 20 Dunlin, 14 Grey Plover and a Knot.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Monday 18th March

Due to the significant erosion at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path is completely closed with no access. Access to Warren Point and the bird hide is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

Counts from the estuary at high tide included 249 Oystercatcher, 115 Curlew, 76 Dark and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 39 Redshank, 35 Turnstone, 24 Grey Plover, 14 Dunlin, 11 Knot, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, two Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere migrants were limited to two Chiffchaff.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Sunday 17th March

Due to the significant erosion at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path is completely closed with no access. Access to Warren Point and the bird hide is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

The long awaited first Wheatear of the year made landfall in Greenland Lake this morning but didn't linger with plenty of people and dogs making the most of a dry sunny Sunday. Also on site at least three singing male Cirl Bunting, a nest building pair of Stonechat, a Green Woodpecker and two Chiffchaff with five Rook and single Jackdaw and Raven overhead.

Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 198 Curlew, 170 Oystercatcher, 80 Dark-bellied and two Pale-belled Brent Geese, 34 Redshank, eight Teal, three Sandwich Tern, two Bar-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

Wildlife News: Despite the continuing windy weather the sunshine brought out the first few Sand Crocus of the year, an earlier than average date.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Saturday 16th March

Due to the significant erosion at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path is completely closed with no access. Access to Warren Point and the bird hide is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

Seawatching during the day saw a Great Skua offshore with four Manx Shearwater head south along with 356 Gannet, 98 Fulmar, 25 Kittiwake and five Red-throated Diver. Also south c140 Black-tailed Godwit in three separate flocks; a Great Northern Diver was feeding on crabs off the seawall despite the conditions.

A drake Goldeneye was in the estuary with three Pale-bellied Brent Geese in the Bight and counts of 104 Turnstone, 83 Curlew, 48 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, a Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere two Chiffchaff were around the Main Pond and small numbers of Meadow Pipit passed over.

Great-spotted Woodpecker - Alan Keatley

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Thursday 14th March

Due to the significant erosion at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path is completely closed with no access. Access to Warren Point and the bird hide is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

A very windy day with bushes blown out and a low high tide producing very little in the way of waders. Counts from the estuary included 245 Oystercatcher, 85 Brent Geese and 63 Common Gull. Elsewhere two migrant Chiffchaff were by the Main Pond where two Shoveler remain, a Raven was overhead and an Eider was offshore.

Gannet - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: In the more sheltered areas a few hoverflies including Eristalis pertinax and Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus were on the wing with a queen Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris and the first solitary bee of the year, a Chocolate Mining Bee Andrena scotica.

Chocolate Mining Bee - Alan Keatley

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Sunday 10th March

Due to the significant erosion at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path is completely closed with no access. Access to Warren Point and the bird hide is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

A very windy day saw two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver head south offshore with 298 Gannet, 80 Kittiwake and 17 Fulmar. Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 77 Common Gull, 67 Curlew, 40 Turnstone, 32 Grey Plover, 16 Redshank, 13 Knot, three Eider and a Greenshank.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Saturday 9th March

Due to the significant erosion at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path is completely closed with no access. Access to Warren Point and the bird hide is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

Two Swallow feeding around the seawall and Amusements early afternoon equalled the previous earliest ever arrival in 1997, with a Sand Martin over the Golf Course the second earliest record. Other migrants included two Chiffchaff, one in song, a Greenshank in off at the seawall and three Raven and two Rook overhead. Elsewhere the Cetti's Warbler and four Shoveler were at the Main Pond.

Swallow - Alan Keatley

Counts from the estuary included 380 Oystercatcher, including an Icelandic ringed bird, 147 Curlew, 132 Common Gull, 28 Redshank, three Eider, two Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe.

Wildlife News: A Green Longhorn moth Adela reaumurella had emerged at least a month early with other spring insects such Tree Bumblebee and Green Shieldbug also noted. Elsewhere a Grey Seal was offshore.

Green Shieldbug - Alan Keatley

Aglaostigma aucupariae - Alan Keatley

Friday, 8 March 2019

Friday 8th March

Due to the significant erosion at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path is completely closed with no access. Access to Warren Point and the bird hide is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood with counts from the estuary including 42 Grey Plover, 14 Knot, three Eider and a Greenshank. Elsewhere a Red-legged Partridge was a surprise on Warren Point, but was apparently first seen last week, the Muscovy Duck in the saltmarsh has probably been 'wild' for longer though.