Wednesday 24 April 2019

Wednesday 24th 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.

A wet start to the day again saw an migrant arrival of quality rather than quantity. A Fieldfare in Dead Dolphin Wood was the most unexpected, the latest ever record following one on 9th April 2000; other arrivals included a Grasshopper Warbler in Greenland Lake and a Lesser Whitethroat in the Entrance Bushes, both firsts for the year, and on Warren Point the first Whinchat and single Whitethroat and Willow Warbler.

Fieldfare - Lee Collins

Elsewhere an Osprey was in the estuary, with wader counts including 87 Dunlin, 31 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Whimbrel, nine Grey Plover, three Sanderling and two Ringed Plover. Offshore there were at least three Great Northern Diver and 18 Sandwich Tern.

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