Sunday, 9 December 2018

Sunday 9th December

Due to the significant erosion by storms at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council (TDC) 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 is possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide.  Access to the bird hide is only via Warren Point. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.  Contact TDC for questions about access.

An afternoon visit saw two Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver off the seawall with 20 Great-crested Grebe. Elsewhere 184 Brent Geese, three Greenshank, two Goldeneye and a Little Grebe were in the estuary with five Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit on site.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Saturday 8th December

Due to the significant erosion by storms at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council (TDC) 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 is possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide.  Access to the bird hide is only via Warren Point. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.  Contact TDC for questions about access.

Seawatching saw six Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver head south, most in the first hour, along with 70 Gannet, 45 Kittiwake, 25 auk sp, eight Razorbill and a skua sp, probably Pomarine. On the sea two Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver, 10 Great-crested Grebe and two Common Scoter.

Counts from the estuary included 172 Brent Geese, 162 Grey Plover, 105 Knot, 28 Bar-tailed Godwit, three Goldeneye, two Eider, eight Great-crested, a Little and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere four Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit were on site, four Snipe and a Little Egret were in Greenland Lake and two Shoveler were on the Main Pond.

 Little Egret - Alan Keatley

Coal Tit - Alan Keatley



Thursday, 6 December 2018

Thursday 6th December

Due to the significant erosion by storms at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council (TDC) 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 is possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide.  Access to the bird hide is only via Warren Point. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.  Contact TDC for questions about access.


Seawatching for the first hour saw five Red-throated Diver head south with 35 Gannet and 30 auk sp. In the estuary the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood with low tide counts of 344 Brent Geese and 171 Wigeon. Elsewhere three Shoveler were on the Main Pond with two Coal Tit, five Chiffchaff, three Goldcrest and a Siskin on site.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Monday 3rd December

Due to the significant erosion by storms at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council (TDC) 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 is possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide.  Access to the bird hide is only via Warren Point. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.  Contact TDC for questions about access.

A morning seawatch saw two Red-throated Diver, 225 Gannet, 200 auk sp and 95 Kittiwake head south in the first hour.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sunday 2nd December

Due to the significant erosion by storms at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council (TDC) 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 is possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide.  Access to the bird hide is only via Warren Point. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.  Contact TDC for questions about access.

Counts from the estuary included 511 Wigeon and 27 Teal, numbers much reduced by the continuing presence of a House Boat in Shutterton Creek, 349 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1230 Dunlin, 159 Curlew, 102 Grey Plover, 86 Knot, 56 Bar-tailed Godwit, 32 Sanderling and seven Greenshank. Also in the river Two first winter male Eider, two fem/imm Goldeneye, a Great Northern Diver and the Slavonian Grebe.

A female Eider was off John's Watch with two Red-throated Diver and eight Great-crested Grebe also offshore. Elsewhere three Shoveler were on the Main Pond, four Chiffchaff and two Coal Tit remained in the bushes with two Lesser Redpoll and a Siskin with Goldfinch in the Entrance Bushes.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Saturday 1st December

Due to the significant erosion by storms at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council (TDC) 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 is possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide.  Access to the bird hide is only via Warren Point. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.  Contact TDC for questions about access.

Seawatching early morning saw six Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver fly south with 116 Gannet and 49 Kittiwake with an Eider also offshore. In the estuary counts included 950 Oystercatcher, 512 Wigeon, 290 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 63 Shelduck, 14 Sanderling, four Mediterranean Gull, three Greenshank, two Goldeneye and a Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere two Shoveler were on the Main Pond, seven Chiffchaff, two Siskin, two Goldcrest and two Coal Tit in the bushes and a Mistle Thrush overhead.

Chiffchaff - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: A Red Admiral was on the wing in Skipper Meadow.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Friday 30th November

The Cetti's Warbler was calling by the Main Pond with four Chiffchaff in the bushes, 1200 Dunlin and 30 Sanderling in the Bight and six Great-crested Grebe offshore.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Thursday 29th November

Due to the significant erosion by storms at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council (TDC) 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 is possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide.  Access to the bird hide is only via Warren Point. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.  Contact TDC for questions about access.

A windy and occasionally wet day but the conditions didn't produce much offshore with 10 Kittiwake and three Fulmar the highlights passing offshore with five Eider on the sea. Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 206 Brent Geese, 204 Wigeon, 129 Grey Plover, 102 Great Black-backed Gull, 75 Shelduck, 71 Bar-tailed Godwit, 35 Knot, six Red-breasted Merganser, a Goldeneye and the Slavonian Grebe.

 Oystercatcher: One of the recently radio tagged individuals - Alan Keatley

Monday, 26 November 2018

Monday 26th November

Due to the significant erosion by storms at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council (TDC) 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 is possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide.  Access to the bird hide is only via Warren Point. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.  Contact TDC for questions about access.

Counts from the estuary included 900+ Oystercatcher, 700+ Wigeon, 229 Curlew, 135 Brent Geese, 122 Grey Plover, 101 Redshank, 94 Bar-tailed Godwit, 92 Knot and a Goldeneye.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Saturday 24th November

Due to the significant erosion by storms at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council (TDC) 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 is possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide.  Access to the bird hide is only via Warren Point. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.  Contact TDC for questions about access.

A grey, overcast and frequently wet day saw the two Firecrest remain in the Entrance Bushes with at least seven Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit. More unexpected were two Woodcock by the Main Pond, usually only a cold weather visitor to the Recording Area.

In the estuary counts included 1340 Dunlin, 290 Dark and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 139 Grey Plover, 104 Bar and four Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Knot, 67 Turnstone, 29 Sanderling and singles of Kittiwake, Guillemot, Greenshank and Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere four Eider were offshore, four Shoveler were on the Main Pond and the Cetti's Warbler was near the Dune Pond.

Pale-bellied Brent Geese - Alan Keatley