Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sunday 22nd March

A sunny Sunday and the Warren was typically busy with people, at least the majority of visiting birders seemed to understand the concept of social distancing. The Kentish Plover was present in the Bight on both high tides with counts from the morning tide including 250 Oystercatcher, 149 Curlew, 55 Dark and three Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 30 Grey and three Ringed Plover and the wintering Whimbrel.


Kentish Plover - Lee Collins

Elsewhere four Eider off Warren Point were new arrivals, with two Wheatear also fresh in, a sinensis Cormorant was on Finger Point and the male Teal continues to swim around the flooded Entrance Bushes.

Off site a Red Kite headed north over Dawlish at 10.50 but never made it to the Warren, presumably drifting inland.

Wildlife News: The Sand Crocus was putting on a good show in the sunshine, and this also encouraged three Comma and three Peacock onto the wing. 
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.


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Saturday, 21 March 2020

Saturday 21st March

A sandblasted trip to the late afternoon tide was rewarded by the Warren's earliest ever Kentish Plover in the Bight, following one on 22/3/2001. A female, it was the first site record since April 2016 for this once annual visitor. 


Kentish Plover - Lee Collins

Also present over the high tide 221 Oystercatcher, 123 Curlew, 102 Dunlin, 69 Knot, 45 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 35 Grey and three Ringed Plover, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit and three Sanderling.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Friday 20th March

The first official Spring morning saw five Chiffchaff as the only migrants with three Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver offshore. 

Wildlife News: Sand Crocus buds were on show but failed to open in the overcast conditions. 

Ringing News: A Pale-bellied Brent Goose that was one of 22 birds had been ringed in western Iceland on 15 May 2018; it has spent most of this winter in Normandy, France having been recorded passing through Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland last autumn. 

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Thursday 19th March

Spring arrived in the form of four Wheatear along the beach, at least seven Chiffchaff on site and the second earliest ever Blackcap subsinging in Dead Dolphin Wood. Other migrants included a dozen Meadow Pipit overhead and a Goldcrest on Warren Point. Elsewhere the female Eider was offshore and the flooded area of Greenland Lake held 12 Snipe, six Teal and two Shoveler.


Wheatear - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The weather was however not spring like and insects were not on the wing but two Grey Seal were in the estuary. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Wednesday 18th March

Again little sign of migrants with just two Chiffchaff in the bushes early morning. Elsewhere the pair of Shoveler had moved to the flooded areas of Greenland Lake, Water Rail called from Dead Dolphin Wood and the female Eider was offshore. 

Wildlife News: The second Red Admiral of the year was on the wing until taken by a Robin.


Wood Mouse - John Gowland


Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Tuesday 17th March

Pale-bellied Brent Geese were again shaping up to be the only migrants with 17 arriving in off the sea, but the first Sandwich Tern of the year made a belated appearance off the sea wall. Elsewhere the Eider was offshore, with 136 Oystercatcher, 38 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, four Greenshank, an adult winter Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe in the estuary. 

Monday, 16 March 2020

Monday 16th March

The long-awaited first two Wheatear of the year were present this morning but soon moved through with two Chiffchaff the only remaining migrants early evening.

Wildlife News: A day of welcome sunshine saw the first Sand Crocus of the year in flower.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Sunday 15th March

Spring migrants were limited to 22 Pale-bellied Brent Geese with 141 Dark-bellied Brent Geese also present. Also in the estuary 125 Curlew, 80 Knot, 52 Grey Plover, 12 Teal, a Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere two Great Northern Diver and the female Eider were offshore, three Chiffchaff were on site and the male Teal remained in the flooded Entrance Bushes. 

Wildlife News: A Wood Mouse was foraging out in the open in Wryneck Plain. 

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Saturday 14th March

Counts from the estuary included 374 Oystercatcher, 200 Dunlin, 196 Curlew, 146 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 81 Knot, 73 Bar-tailed Godwit, 63 Common Gull, 52 Grey Plover, 25 Turnstone and three Greenshank. Elsewhere four Chiffchaff were on site and 42 Common Scoter were offshore with six Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver.

 Teal - Alan Keatley

Ringed Plover - Dave Jewell

Wildlife News: An early Plain-faced Dronefly Eristalis arbustorum was the pick of the few insects on the wing. 

Plain-faced Dronefly - Alan Keatley

Friday, 13 March 2020

Friday 13th March

The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 250 Oystercatcher, 110 Dunlin, 61 Bar-tailed Godwit, 48 Redshank, 41 Grey Plover, 25 Knot, 10 Teal, six Greenshank and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose. Elsewhere the female Eider was still offshore but migrants remain elusive. 

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Thursday 12th March

Black-tailed Godwit continue to favour this end of the estuary for a change with 530 in the Railway Saltmarsh, the second ever highest count. Also in the estuary 90 Knot, 63 Bar-tailed Godwit, 62 Redshank, 61 Grey Plover, 55 Brent Geese and 48 Snipe.

Knot, Grey Plover, Sanderling & Dunlin - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere a Firecrest was in brambles along the Back Path. three Chiffchaff were on site and the female Eider was off John's Watch. 

Long-tailed Duck - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The warming Spring saw the first mining bee of the year around the car park, a male Buffish Mining Bee Andrena nigroaenea. Also new for the year two hoverflies Slender Melanostoma Melanostoma scalare and several male Tapered Dronefly Eristalis pertinax defending territory.

Tapered Dronefly - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Wednesday 11th March

A Pale-bellied Brent Goose was on the Golf Course with 306 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and a pair of Shoveler were on the Main Pond but no other news was received.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Monday 9th March

Two Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver were offshore with 15 Great-crested Grebe but aside from the Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood, no other news was received. 

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Sunday 8th March

Counts from the estuary included an impressive 152 Snipe pushed into view on the edge of the Saltmarsh by the high tide along with 145 Brent Geese, 124 Black and 123 Bar-tailed Godwit, 104 Grey Plover, 77 Knot, 15 Teal, four Greenshank, three Goldeneye and two sinensis Cormorant

Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Dunlin & Sanderling - Lee Collins

Elsewhere two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver were offshore with 13 Great-crested Grebe and six Common Scoter, two Raven were a rare sight foraging in the Saltmarsh, 14 Meadow Pipit flew north with another displaying on Warren Point and two Mute Swan were in the flooded Greenland Lake. 

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Saturday 7th March

Counts from the estuary included at least 159 Black-tailed Godwit on the Railway Saltmarsh, only the second record of the year, also with them 106 Curlew, at least 76 Bar-tailed Godwit and five Greenshank. Other counts included 505 Dunlin, 420 Oystercatcher, 156 Brent Geese, 140 Knot, 103 Grey and 14 Ringed Plover, 75 Snipe, the highest March count since 1987, 70 Teal, 15 Sanderling, 10 Red-breasted Merganser and a Jack Snipe

Elsewhere two Chiffchaff were singing in the bushes, a Red-throated Diver, 10 Common Scoter and the female Eider were offshore, a Raven was overhead and Little Grebe were nest building on the Main Pond. 

Chiffchaff - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Insects remain in short supply but at least five Buff-tailed Bumblebee queens were on the wing. A Grey Seal was again below Langstone Rock and Sand Lizard were along the Dune Ridge. 

Early Meadow-grass - Alan Keatley

Friday, 6 March 2020

Friday 6th March

An evening visit saw 241 Brent Geese roosting in the estuary corner along with 32 Teal and a single Greenshank. Elsewhere a Red-throated Diver was offshore with a Chiffchaff in the bushes, 64 Carrion Crow around the Bight and 55 Linnet roosting in the Buffer Zone. 

Monday, 2 March 2020

Monday 2nd March

Counts from the estuary included 160 Curlew, 146 Grey and 13 Ringed Plover, 111 Knot, 60 Brent Geese, a Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Red-throated Diver and the female Eider were offshore and a Firecrest was along the Back Path.

Firecrest - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Early Spring insects around the car park included a couple of Buff-tailed Bumblebee, several Common Dronefly Eristalis tenax, a Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus and a Dock Bug Coreus marginatus

Dock Bug - Alan Keatley

Several Scarlet Elfcup have emerged along the flooded path by the First Pond.

Scarlet Elfcup - Alan Keatley

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Sunday 1st March

An immature Pomarine Skua harrying gulls around a distant trawler was the first of the year and presumably one of the birds that has wintered around Torbay. Also offshore two Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver16 Great-crested Grebe, four Common Scoter and the female Eider

Elsewhere two Chiffchaff were on site, a Rook was a very rare sight on the 7th fairway and the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary. 


Saturday, 29 February 2020

Saturday 29th February

Counts from the estuary included 405 Dunlin, 134 Common Gull, 72 Bar-tailed Godwit, 37 Shelduck, 26 Curlew, the wintering Whimbrel, a Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere 22 Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver were offshore and a migrant Chiffchaff was singing in Dead Dolphin Wood.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Thursday 27th February

Two Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver were off the seawall with the Slavonian Grebe, 17 Ringed Plover and a Greenshank in the estuary.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Wednesday 26th February

An evening visit saw the female Eider, 14 Great-crested Grebe, four Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver offshore but these were almost outnumbered by the nine trawlers spread across the bay. 

Elsewhere 449 Brent Geese and the Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary and eight Meadow Pipit in Greenland Lake hinted at the start of Spring migration.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Sunday 23rd February

Records from the estuary included 230 Brent Geese, 75 Grey Plover, 40 Turnstone, 40 Shelduck, two Wigeon and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere an elusive Water Pipit was again in the saltmarsh, a pair of Shoveler were on the Main Pond and the female Eider and a Great Northern Diver were offshore. 

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Saturday 22nd February

Counts from the estuary included 553 Oystercatcher,  173 Common and two Mediterranean Gull, 158 Brent Geese, 57 Bar-tailed Godwit, 53 Turnstone, 40 Shelduck, 25 Teal, three Goldeneye and a WigeonElsewhere a Great Northern Diver and the female Eider were offshore, a Rook was foraging in the Bight and three Raven were overhead. 

Wildlife News: A rare bout of sunshine saw the first butterfly of the year, a Red Admiral moving through, with several Common Dronefly Eristalis tenax and single Marmalade Hoverfly and Buff-tailed Bumblebee on the wing. Elsewhere a Stoat was seen in Greenland Lake and a bull Grey Seal was on the mussel barge.


 Grey Seal - Alan Keatley

Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus  - Alan Keatley

Friday, 21 February 2020

Friday 21st February

Numbers over the evening tide were limited with many waders remaining on the uncovered sandbars elsewhere in the estuary. Counts included 568 Oystercatcher, 161 Brent Geese, 153 Common and two Mediterranean Gull, 84 Knot, 73 Redshank, 51 Grey Plover, 42 Shelduck, 26 Sanderling, 12 Teal, five Greenshank, three Goldeneye and the Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere a drake Shoveler was on the Main Pond and 11 Great-crested Grebe were offshore.

Wildlife News: Two Grey Seal were on the mussel barge. 

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Thursday 20th February

Counts from the estuary late afternoon included 161 Common Gull, 156 Dark and four Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 151 Knot, 15 Ringed Plover and two Greenshank. Elsewhere single Green Woodpecker, at least three Cirl Bunting and 30 Linnet

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Wednesday 19th February

The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood with 150+ Knot and Grey Plover, 25 Ringed Plover and 16 Sanderling also in the estuary but a male Peregrine hampered any further counts. Elsewhere two Great Northern Diver and the Eider were offshore in choppy conditions.

Peregrine - Lee Collins

Monday, 17 February 2020

Monday 17th February

Five Great Northern Diver and 12 Great-crested Grebe were off Langstone Rock but no other news was received. 

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Sunday 16th February

The weather eased off by early afternoon but left little change in its wake, although beach levels dropped by up to a foot overnight. Waders remain dispersed around the estuary with few on the dropping tide but 41 Redshank and four Greenshank were present. Also in the river 200+ Brent Geese, 16 Great-crested and the Slavonian Grebe, nine Red-breasted Merganser and three Goldeneye.

Elsewhere the first 10 Pintail of the year flew high into the estuary arriving from east of Orcombe Point with 11 Great-crested Grebe and single Red-throated and Great Northern Diver offshore.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Saturday 15th February

A very wet and windy day with extensive flooding on the golf course meaning many waders were feeding on the empty fairways. Counts from the estuary included a winter high of 391 Brent Geese, presumably feeding areas elsewhere were underwater, 181 Knot, 158 Grey Plover, 23 Sanderling and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Water Pipit was on the Golf Course and offshore eight Tufted Duck flew south along with four Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, 30 Gannet and 20 Fulmar.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Friday 14th February

A wet and windy day ahead off the storm still managed to deliver a few signs of Spring with Cirl Bunting singing away and continuing drop in waders and wildfowl. Counts from the estuary included 900 Dunlin, 195 Grey Plover, 153 Knot, 60 Brent Geese, 37 Shelduck, 30 Teal, 28 Sanderling, 17 Ringed Plover, three Greenshank and two Mediterranean Gull.

 Dunlin - Lee Collins. Ringed at Dawlish Warren in November 2019

Grey Plover - Lee Collins. Ringed on Exminster Marshes last month
Both these birds were ringed by the Devon & Cornwall Wader Ringing Group

Ringing News: In addition to the local birds above, this adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was also recorded. It was ringed as a pullus on Alderney in July 2009.

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Alan Keatley


Erosion continues

This images show the continuing erosion of the reshaped Dune Ridge this winter. Large areas of sand are also being lost across the estuary mouth at Orcombe. Storm Dennis may well cause further damage...




 Lee Collins

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Sunday 9th February

As is often the case in the midst of a storm at the Warren there was virtually nothing noted passing offshore and there were few signs of any windblown influxes although a high count of 133 Turnstone feeding on the mudflats suggested their usual feeding areas were fairly inhospitable. 

Other counts from the estuary included 472 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 170 Common Gull, 142 Knot, 67 Great and 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, including a Danish ringed bird, 52 Teal, two Greenshank, two Mediterranean Gull, a lone Golden Plover and the Slavonian Grebe. 

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Saturday 8th February

The Red-necked and Slavonian Grebe both remained on their respective sides of the estuary with counts over the late afternoon tide including 302 Dark and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 151 Common Gull, 131 Knot, 103 Curlew, 90 Snipe, 52 Grey Plover, 46 Shelduck, 42 Teal, 21 Sanderling and just five Red-breasted Merganser.

Elsewhere the Firecrest was again in the Entrances Bushes, a Great-spotted Woodpecker was drumming away and a pair of Green Woodpecker were also on site. 

 Great-spotted Woodpecker - Alan Keatley

Green Woodpecker - Alan Keatley

Friday, 7 February 2020

Friday 7th February

The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood but no other news was received. 

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Thursday 6th February

Four Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver were offshore with the female Eider with an increase in bird song in the bushes and a nesting Collared Dove reflecting the warm winter. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Sunday 2nd February

The Red-necked Grebe was again in the estuary with counts of 263 Common and a first winter Mediterranean Gull, 166 Grey Plover, 99 Knot, 94 Curlew, 45 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Sanderling, five Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe

Elsewhere two Red-throated Diver and the female Eider were offshore, single Rook and the first Jackdaw of the year flew and three Shoveler remained on the Main Pond. 

Grey Plover - Lee Collins This bird was ringed the previous night at a roost on Exminster Marshes.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Saturday 1st February

The Red-necked Grebe remained in the estuary, again drifting into the Recording Area on the dropping tide, with three Great-crested and the Slavonian Grebe also present. Counts over the high tide included 2200 Dunlin, 214 Knot, 204 Grey Plover, 192 Common Gull, 153 Brent Geese, 130 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Mediterranean Gull and a metal ringed Finnish Black-headed Gull.

Elsewhere a Firecrest was in the Entrance Bushes, two Rook flew over, four Red-throated Diver and an Eider were offshore and three Shoveler were on the Main Pond.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Friday 31st January

Over the high tide over counts included 1000+ Dunlin, 140 Grey Plover, 70 Brent Geese and 26 Ringed Plover, also present the Slavonian Grebe and a foraging Peregrine. Elsewhere the female Eider and seven Razorbill were offshore.


Thursday, 30 January 2020

Thursday 30th January

The Red-necked Grebe had the decency to move south into the Recording Area on the dropping tide before returning to Shelly Beach, Exmouth. Also in the estuary the Slavonian Grebe, 170 Common Gull and 80 Brent Geese. Elsewhere four Shoveler were on the Main Pond.  

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Wednesday 29th January

The Red-necked Grebe remained in the estuary, just north of the Recording Area, with 51 Shelduck, 34 Ringed Plover, five Greenshank, a Goldeneye and the Slavonian Grebe also present. Elsewhere six Red-throated Diver and single Common Scoter and Eider were offshore and a Sparrowhawk landed on the Visitor Centre roof.


Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Tuesday 28th January

The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood and a Kingfisher was hovering over the saltmarsh but no other news was received. 

Monday, 27 January 2020

Monday 27th January

The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood with 1200 Herring and two Mediterranean Gull roosting on sandbars, 280 Brent Geese and three Greenshank. The Red-necked Grebe was seen distantly in the river but at best flirted with the Recording Area boundary. Elsewhere five Red-throated Diver, 16 Great-crested Grebe and the female Eider were offshore.


Sunday, 26 January 2020

Sunday 26th January

A wet start to the day saw estimated counts of 200 Snipe, 200 Grey Plover, 180 Bar-tailed Godwit and 150 Knot in the estuary with 249 Brent Geese, 62 Teal, 28 Ringed Plover, two Mediterranean Gull, three Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere just four Great-crested Grebe and the female Eider were offshore.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Saturday 25th January

Counts from the estuary over the morning high tide included 2770 Dunlin, 202 Brent Geese, 174 Grey Plover, 128 Bar and five Black-tailed Godwit, 128 Common Gull, 119 Knot, 98 Redshank, 94 Teal, 54 Shelduck,  12 Wigeon, three Greenshank, a female Shoveler and the Slavonian Grebe

Elsewhere an Eider, a single Red-throated Diver and 28 Great-crested Grebe were offshore and five Shoveler were on the Main Pond. 

Friday, 24 January 2020

Friday 24th January

The first Black Redstart of the year was on Warren Point, presumably the male currently wintering in Exmouth. It was seen from a Stuart Line Cruise, the same trip also saw the Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Thursday 23rd January

A morning visit saw the first two Black-tailed Godwit of the year off Cockwood with 79 Brent Geese and 43 Shelduck also in the estuary. Elsewhere three Red-throated Diver and three Pintail, also new for the year, were offshore, 13 Snipe and two Teal were in the flooded Greenland Lake and a pair of Collared Dove were in Dead Dolphin Wood. 

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Wednesday 22nd January

The Slavonian Grebe and eight Sanderling were off Cockwood but no other news was received. 

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Sunday 17th January

A cold sunny day with a flat calm sea, the conditions helped confirmed there was very little offshore, with no divers, a handful of Great-crested Grebe and the returning female Eider. Counts of the high tide included 172 Snipe, 131 Grey Plover, 108 Teal, 85+ Shelduck, 84 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 82 Common Gull, 79 Knot, six Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Saturday 18th January

Cattle Egret remain a feature with a couple of birds again in the Railway Saltmarsh early morning but late afternoon a new record flock of 26 were present on the mudflats. The estuary fog limited visibility all morning but cleared by early afternoon and counts on the receding tide included 950 Dunlin, 878 Oystercatcher, 168 Knot, 164 Grey Plover, 87 Teal, 76 Bar-tailed Godwit, 71 Redshank, 69 Brent Geese, 55 Shelduck, just 18 Wigeon, three Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe

Elsewhere 46 Great-crested Grebe, two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver were offshore with both Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker vocal on site and the first Kingfisher of the year in Eales Dock. 

Friday, 17 January 2020

Friday 17th January

Three Cattle Egret were again in the estuary early morning with 1500 Dunlin, 190 Grey and 34 Ringed Plover, 180 Bar-tailed Godwit, 134 Knot, 90 Common Gull, 80 Teal, 73 Shelduck, 30 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 21 Sanderling and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere three Great Northern Diver and a Common Scoter were offshore.

 Cattle Egret - Lee Collins. A record shot but award winning compared to the only other Dawlish Warren Cattle Egret photo from February 2008.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Wednesday 15th January

Four Cattle Egret were again in the Railway Saltmarsh early morning with 330 Dark and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese. 80+ Snipe and the Slavonian Grebe in the estuary amd single Great Northern and Red-throated Diver off the seawall. 

Wildlife News: A very early Early Bumblebee Bombus pratorum queen was on the flowering Hebe by the seawall. 


Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Tuesday 14th January

An seawatch in the first hour of light saw seven Red-throated Diver head south with 132 Kittiwake, 95 Gannet, 15 Guillemot, five Fulmar and four Razorbill.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Monday 13th January

A flock of 20 Cattle Egret were again in the Railway Saltmarsh early morning before heading north just after 9.30am. No other news was received. 

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Sunday 12th January

Early morning saw four Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver head south with four diver sp in just ten minutes, but attention was then diverted to the high tide. Ten Cattle Egret were again in the Railway Saltmarsh with a Whimbrel, 65 Curlew and 38 Bar-tailed Godwit. Other counts included 1350 Dunlin, 279 Common Gull, 209 Wigeon, 84 Teal, 54 Redshank, just 28 Shelduck, three Goldeneye, a Little and the Slavonian Grebe.  

Elsewhere the female Eider was off the estuary mouth, a Grey Wagtail was around the Entrance Bushes and the first Reed Bunting of the year was in front of the hide. 

 Sanderling - Lee Collins

Reed Bunting - Lee Collins

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Saturday 11th January

The highlight was a flock of 25 Cattle Egret in the Railway Saltmarsh early morning, only the sixth site record, but not unexpected as this flock has been present on the Exe for several weeks. 

Very high numbers of gulls were present with c3000 Black-headed and a minimum of 272 Common Gull, both the largest counts since the 1980s, with them five adult Mediterranean and 52 Great Black-backed Gull. Also in the estuary 338 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 65 Redshank, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, two Goldeneye and the Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere six Red-throated and 41 Great-crested Grebe were offshore, a Golden Plover flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and two Shoveler were on the Main Pond. 

Friday, 10 January 2020

Friday 10th January

A look from the seawall this morning showed nine Red-throated Diver and 54 Great-crested Grebe offshore with four Shoveler on the Main Pond and single Cirl Bunting and Chiffchaff in the Buffer Zone. 

Wildlife News: A Water Vole was at the Main Pond, an increasing but elusive sighting. 

A well hidden Water Vole - Alan Keatley

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Thursday 9th January

The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood but no other news was received. 

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

2019 Wildlife Review: Other Species

This is a round up of other taxonomic orders not covered in the rest of the Review. With at least 4125 species recorded at Dawlish Warren there is always plenty to discover, with over 150 new species found in 2019.

Rockpooling

Unfortunately the failed sea defence works have meant large quantities of sand are circulating offshore. This means sediment clouds the rockpools at Langstone Rock during low tide. Combined with an increase in the invasive Wireweed Sargassum multicum this has reduced the range of species present.

Ephemeroptera: Mayflies
Pond Olive Cloeon dipterum, a widespread species, is one of just two Mayfly species recorded on the Warren. One was seen in June.


Pond Olive - Alan Keatley

Trichoptera: Caddisflies 
The caddisfly Limnephilus affinis was rediscovered this year having gone unnoticed or unrecorded on site since 1862!

Psocoptera: Barkflies 
The first record of the barkfly Valenzuela burmeisteri, common in Britain, was seen in March.

Molluscs:
Five new species were found this year. A pair of Leopard Slug Limax maximus in Dead Dolphin Wood, Tramp Slug Deroceras invadens, Three-banded Garden Slug Ambigolimax valentianusGarlic Snail Oxychilus alliaris and the marine mollusc Blue-rayed Limpet Tectura virginea.


Leopard Slug - Alan Keatley

Crustacea:
Three new species recorded, all woodlice; Southern Pill Woodlouse Armadillidium depressum, a striped woodlouse Porcellio spinicornis and Common Pygmy Woodlouse Trichoniscus pusillus.

Collembola: Springtails
Eight new springtails were found bringing the site total up to twelve. All were widespread species including Dicyrtomina saundersiOrchesella villosa and Entomobrya albocincta.

Myriapods: Milipedes and Centipedes 
With only six species recorded on the Warren, this is another very under-represented group. Three new species were found this year; Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede Cylindroiulus punctatus, Bristly Millipede Polyxenus lagurus and Common Flat-backed Millipede Polydesmus angustus.

Cnidrians: Jellyfish 

Amongst the many washed up Barrel Jellyfish Rhizostoma pulmo mid summer a few Blue Jellyfish Cyanea lamarckii were found. New for site.

Myxomycota: Slime moulds

Two new species were recorded on site, doubling the total; False Puffball Reticularia lycoperdon and Raspberry Slime Mould Tubifera ferruginosa


False Puffball