Thursday, 5 December 2019

Thursday 5th December

A low high tide reduced wildfowl and wader numbers with just 440 Dunlin, 265 Wigeon, 104 Teal, 87 Redshank, 51 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 42 Grey and a Golden Plover, two Sanderling and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the three female Eider, 19 Great-crested Grebe, six Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver were offshore.

Shag - Alan Keatley

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Tuesday 3rd December

A Golden Plover in the Bight was the only unexpected addition to the regular flocks of waders and wildfowl in the estuary with six Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe also present. Elsewhere the Scandinavian Rock Pipit was still at the seawall and half a dozen Cirl Bunting were on site.

 Golden Plover (with Dunlin & Grey Plover) - Lee Collins

Cirl Bunting - Lee Collins

Monday, 2 December 2019

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Sunday 1st December

The crisp & cold weather was not the only sign of impending winter with 19 Fieldfare and two Lapwing overhead and a couple of Redwing in Dead Dolphin Wood. In the estuary a female Goldeneye was a new arrival with 162 Dark and five Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 59 Shelduck and the Slavonian Grebe also present. A total of 82 colour-ringed Oystercatcher were recorded over high tide.

Elsewhere a Great Northern Diver was offshore, 45 Goldfinch were feeding in the Entrance Bushes and at least four Water Rail were in the flooded areas around the First and Main Pond. 

Due to the significant ongoing erosion, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path has been washed away, so is completely closed with no access. Access to the Hide and Warren Point is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of any high tide. The only access to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.