A warm and sunny days with clear blue skies, perfect for raptors but the Osprey at Turf and Red Kite over the village were missed if they came over the Warren. One unexpected raptor did however grace the site's airspace, an immature White-tailed Eagle which flew east early afternoon. A year and a day since the previous record, and like that bird, this was one of those released on the Isle of Wight; it was seen later over Lympstone and Seaton as it continued east.
Other arrivals included two Sandwich Tern offshore and three Pale-bellied Brent Geese, one of which was ringed in Iceland and was recorded here in March 2020, showing the Warren to be a key staging post between wintering grounds in France and its natal home.
Other records included c100 Dunlin, 19 Grey Plover and 16 Knot highlighting that birds are leaving as well as arriving as the seasons progress. One unfortunate Sanderling won't however be making the journey falling prey to a Carrion Crow.
Wildlife News: After a week of at times seemingly ideal weather the first Sand Crocus flowers appeared in todays sun. Looking at the forecast numbers should build over the coming days.
Perhaps first of the season at Dawlish Warren nature reserve? We’ve spotted this special gem, a rare Sand Crocus - such a delight, and very tiny! @SEDevonWildlife @DevonWildlife @BSBIbotany pic.twitter.com/Pd66CFukqi— South East Devon Wildlife (@SEDevonWildlife) March 22, 2022
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