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

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