Friday 19 April 2019

Friday 19th April

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 warmest day of the year brought an arrival of migrants despite the clear conditions. The first three Sedge Warbler of the year were on Warren Point, with at least one Reed Warbler at the Main Pond, a Wheatear in Greenland Lake and eight Willow Warbler on site. Overhead five Yellow Wagtail, 39 Swallow, six Chaffinch, four House and three Sand Martin, two Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll.

Elsewhere 10 Grey Plover, 10 Dunlin, four Whimbrel, four Knot, three Bar-tailed Godwit, the two Dark-bellied Brent Geese, two Ringed Plover and a Sanderling were in the estuary and six Red-throated and five Great Northern Diver were offshore.

Wildlife News: Despite the ideal conditions only a handful of Sand Crocus were in flower so the season is nearly over for another year, but Upright Chickweed and Shepherd's Cress are now out in increasing numbers. At least six Orange-tip were on the wing, a welcome increase on recent years, with Small Copper and Holly Blue out on Warren Point.

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