Saturday 25 May 2019

Saturday 25th May

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 pair of Tufted Duck offshore before heading up the estuary were unseasonal, also offshore four Common Scoter and two Sandwich Tern. Counts from the estuary included 279 Dunlin, a large increase but yesterday's colour-ringed bird was still present, 89 Sanderling, 20 Ringed and four Grey Plover. Elsewhere a male Wheatear was on Warren Point and a late Sand Martin flew through.

Goldfinch - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Two Broad-bodied Chaser were the first of the year, as were single Sharp-tailed Bee Coelioxys conoidea and Large Pied Hoverfly Volucella pellucens. Butterflies on the wing included at least three Brown Argus, quite a few Common Blue and Small Copper and single Orange-tip, Small and Green-veined White.

Broad-bodied Chaser - Alan Keatley

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