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.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Thursday 7th 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 included 710 Dunlin, 300 Oystercatcher, 92 Curlew, 70 Turnstone, 45 Grey Plover, 33 Knot, 25 Sanderling, six Greenshank, three Eider and in the saltmarsh a single Muscovy Duck. Elsewhere a Chiffchaff was by the Main Pond and a Great Northern Diver was offshore.

Redshank - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Another new species for the recording area was found today, the sawfly Aglaostigma aucupariae, a widespread early Spring species. The Grey Seal was again in the estuary.

Aglaostigma aucupariae - Alan Keatley

 

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Wednesday 6th 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.

Records from the estuary included 347 Brent Geese, the highest count this winter, 39 Grey Plover, 22 Knot, 13 Red-breasted Merganser and the Slavonian Grebe.

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was hauled out on a pontoon in the estuary.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Tuesday 5th 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 Spoonbill were the highlight, an adult and immature flew in from east passing the hide and circling Shutterton Creek before heading towards Powderham.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Sunday 3rd 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 was largely uneventful with c130 Gannet, 75 Kittiwake and c40 Fulmar south along with six Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver. Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 440 Oystercatcher, 230 Brent Geese, 47 Grey Plover, 37 Knot, 23 Sanderling, three Eider and the Slavonian Grebe.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Saturday 2nd 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 pale phase Pomarine Skua moved south early morning but it was otherwise quiet offshore with just three Red-throated Diver. Elsewhere the Cetti's Warbler was at the Main Pond, the remains of a long dead Short-eared Owl were found on the Warren Point, a Redwing was in Dead Dolphin Wood, 197 Brent Geese, 32 Wigeon, 24 Teal, a Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary and five Raven and two Rook were overhead. 

Stonechat - Dave Jewell

Wildlife News: The first Tree Bumblebee of the year was nectaring with up to a dozen Buff-tailed Bumblebee on a sallow on Warren Point with several Seven-spot Ladybird, a Gorse Shieldbug and a Bishop's Mitre Shieldbug also awakening for Spring. Other records included a Harbour Porpoise off the seawall and two Fox on Warren Point.

Bishop's Mitre - Alan Keatley


Friday, 1 March 2019

Friday 1st 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 highlight were three Egyptian Geese south over the Crocus compound, only the 15th site record. These birds were back at Powderham Park later in the morning.  The flat conditions revealed several rafts of divers offshore with at least 16 Great Northern and five Red-throated Diver distantly off the seawall along with 26 Great-crested Grebe and four Common Scoter. Elsewhere four Greenshank, 80+ Common and two second winter Mediterranean Gull were in the estuary and six Shoveler were at the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: Three Harbour Porpoise were offshore and news was received of a Water Vole at the first Pond in late January. Another new species for the Recording Area was discovered today with a large population of the nationally scarce liverwort Micheli's Balloonwort Sphaerocarpos michelii found near the amusements, only the second site in Devon.


Thursday, 28 February 2019

Thursday 28th February

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 highlights on another warm spring-like day were both overhead; the first February record of Red Kite drifting north at 8.15am and the third Warren record of Glossy Ibis high east at 10.30. Elsewhere a Sandwich Tern and a Red-throated Diver were offshore, a Chiffchaff was at the Main Pond and the first four Ringed Plover of the year(!), 99 Common Gull and three Black-tailed Godwit were in the estuary.
 
Long-tailed Tit - Alan Keatley
 
Red Kite - Alan Keatley
 
Wildlife News: Despite the weather still no butterflies or solitary bees were seen , however there were a couple of hoverflies with an Eristalis tenax and an early, no doubt migrant, Eupeodes corollae - the fifth species of the year. 
 
 Eupeodes corollae - Alan Keatley 

Eristalis tenax - Alan Keatley
 
 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Tuesday 26th February

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 included 215 Curlew, 77 Turnstone and 50 Brent Geese. Elsewhere seven Shoveler and four Little Grebe were on the Main Pond with a Great Northern Diver and 23 Great-crested Grebe offshore. Overhead three Raven but a late report from last week concerns a total of 26 birds, if correct the second highest site record.

 Cirl Bunting (male) - Lee Collins

Cirl Bunting (female) - Lee Collins
 
 

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Saturday 23rd February

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 included 213 Brent Geese, 143 Grey Plover, 95 Curlew, 77 Common and an adult Mediterranean Gull, 49 Redshank, 39 Knot, 26 Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Greenshank, three Eider and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Great Northern Diver was off the seawall and four Shoveler were on the Main Pond.

 Dunlin, Grey Plover, Knot & Sanderling - Alan Keatley

Great Northern Diver - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The first butterfly of the year, a Red Admiral, flew past the seawall.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Thursday 21st February

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 low tide visit saw the Velvet Scoter and 16 Great-crested Grebe still offshore, the Cetti's Warbler and four Shoveler on the Main Pond and eight Snipe and a Coal Tit also on site.

Reed Bunting - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Despite the unseasonal weather still no reports of any butterflies on site and flying insects limited to a few Buff-tailed Bumblebee on the wing. Elsewhere a Field Vole was along the Back Path.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Tuesday 19th February

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.

Four Red-throated Diver and 33 Great-crested Grebe were offshore early morning with three Eider in the estuary, six Shoveler on the Main Pond and single Rook and Siskin overhead.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Monday 18th February

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.

An hour seawatch first thing saw 37 Red-throated Diver head south with 99 Gannet, 91 Kittiwake, 51 auk sp and five Red-breasted Merganser with 27 Great-crested Grebe.

Ringing News: A further Oystercatcher recovery with the news that H7 moved overnight on Saturday from the Warren to Larne Harbour, Co. Antrim.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Sunday 17th February

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 Whimbrel was a surprise early migrant roosting in the Bight with 206 Curlew, also in the estuary the Slavonian Grebe, 76 Common Gull, 69 Brent Geese, four Greenshank and two Eider. Elsewhere the Velvet Scoter flew south offshore with 16 Red-throated Diver and 23 Great-crested Grebe.

Ringing News: With Spring already underway several of the Warren's colour-ringed Oystercatcher have already arrived back on their breeding grounds. Two have been resighted in The Netherlands, but the first was M7 which was back at Carsington Water, Derbyshire on 1st February, nine days earlier than last year.


Saturday, 16 February 2019

Saturday 16th February

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 included 1515 Dunlin, 675 Oystercatcher, a winter high 269 Brent Geese, 124 Grey Plover, 77 Turnstone, 30 Teal, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, five Greenshank and three Eider.

Early morning 48 Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver flew south, with a dozen of the former offshore in the afternoon along with 24 Great-crested Grebe. Elsewhere six Shoveler were on the Main Pond, three Raven were overhead and seven Cirl Bunting and two Coal Tit were onsite.

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was in the estuary.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Friday 15th February

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 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and four Greenshank were in the estuary on the rising tide with at least six Cirl Bunting and three Stonechat on site, a Raven overhead and five Shoveler and three Little Grebe on the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: Despite the continuing sunny conditions the cold and foggy start seems to be keeping insects in hibernation but at least a dozen Seven-spot Ladybird were emerging from a cut pile of Gorse on Warren Point.  

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Thursday 14th February

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 misty start clearing to bright sunshine saw clear signs of Spring with birdsong across the site including several Skylark and a Cirl Bunting. On the Main Pond the Little Grebe and up to six Shoveler were also displaying. Elsewhere five Gadwall, the first of the year, flew south offshore, the Velvet Scoter was off John's Watch, two Redwing were in Dead Dolphin Wood and two Siskin were in the Entrance Bushes.

Little Grebe - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Despite warmer weather there was little insect activity with only a couple of Buff tailed Bumblebee and Honey Bee on the flowering Gorse, but a few overwintering Seven-spot Ladybird were coaxed out of hibernation. Disappointingly still no butterflies reported this year.

Seven-spot Ladybird - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Wednesday 13th February

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 early morning saw 700 auk sp south with 45 Gannet and 28 Red-throated Diver, the Velvet Scoter and 16 Great-crested Grebe were also offshore. Elsewhere a Redwing was in Dead Dolphin Wood and four Shoveler were on the Main Pond.
 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Tuesday 12th February

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 Velvet Scoter offshore with 16 Great-crested Grebe and three Shoveler were on the Main Pond.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Monday 11th February

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.

An early morning visit saw the Velvet Scoter offshore with 14 Great-crested Grebe and at least two Red-throated DiverElsewhere six Cirl Bunting were on site and five Shoveler were on the Main Pond.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Sunday 10th February

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 Velvet Scoter was off John's Watch with 24 Great-crested Grebe, eight Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver also offshore.

Counts from the estuary included 192 Grey Plover, 125 Knot, 112 Brent Geese, 45 Shelduck, 21 Sanderling, three Eider, two Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Cetti's Warbler was in the Entrance Bushes, two Redwing and a Coal Tit were on site and four Shoveler were on the Main Pond.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Saturday 9th February

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 morning saw 182 Kittiwake, 96 Gannet, 15 Fulmar, 43 Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver head south, most during the first couple of hours. Also offshore the Velvet Scoter and small groups of Black-headed and five Lesser Black-backed Gull heading north.

Counts from the estuary included 183 Grey Plover, 118 Brent Geese, 86 Knot, 49 Shelduck, 46 Bar-tailed Godwit, three Eider and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Cetti's Warbler was in the Car Park, two Redwing and a Coal Tit were on site and five Shoveler were on the Main Pond.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Friday 8th February

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 quick evening visit showed 10 Kittiwake and a Common Scoter offshore with two Little Grebe, a Shoveler and a Water Rail at the Main Pond.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Thursday 7th February

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 saw 55 Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver head south early morning with the Velvet Scoter also offshore. Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 149 Grey Plover, 106 Knot, 29 Bar-tailed Godwit, 24 Turnstone, three Eider, a second winter Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe.


Mediterranean Gull - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: A couple of queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee were on the wing during sunny spells this morning.

Buff-tailed Bumblebee - Alan Keatley