Saturday 2 February 2019

Saturday 2nd 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 icy clear day with continuing cold weather movement with Lapwing the most visible refugee as 1856 flew west before midday. This is only the fourth large scale cold weather Lapwing movement over the Warren since 1980 - Dec 1981 (max 4,000), Jan 2010 (max 3,317), Dec 2010 (max 996) & Mar 2018 (max 9,180); it is also the eighth 4-figure day-count since 1967. With them were 81 Golden Plover - the seventh highest site count.

Lapwing - Alan Keatley

Once again the large numbers of thrush moving just to the east did not make the Warren with just 33 Redwing and 15 Fieldfare overhead. Elsewhere the Velvet Scoter and two Great Northern Diver were offshore, the Slavonian Grebe and an Eider were of Cockwood, seven Shoveler were at the Main Pond and two Coal Tit remain on site.

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