Saturday 19 January 2019

Saturday 19th January

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 again offshore this morning with three Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver. Counts from the estuary included 283 Teal, 160+ Brent Geese (in to roost), 87 Wigeon, two Eider, a Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere the two Firecrest were again present early morning, with a Coal Tit, a Redwing, 79 Goldfinch, eight Cirl Bunting and a Siskin on site and seven Shoveler on the Main Pond.

Shoveler - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The sunny weather brought the warmest day of the year so far and with it the first hoverflies of the year, Eupeodes luniger and Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus as well as several Honey Bee and a Buff-tailed Bumblebee. Elsewhere seven Common Dolphin were offshore early afternoon and in the estuary there were two Grey Seal, an adult and an immature. 

Eupeodes luniger - Alan Keatley

Honey Bee - Alan Keatley

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