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Sunday, 13 December 2015

South Devon

Bit of a heads up on some good birding in Torbay presently.
At Broadsands Beach in the last week there has been Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, up to 5 Firecrests, 5 Cirl Buntings, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 5 Black-necked Grebes, Red-necked Grebe,  9 Great Northern Divers, Black-throated Diver & Velvet Scoter. Calm sea conditions are best & the grebes & divers can move between Brixham Harbour & Preston beach, Paignton. Also present are a pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphins numbering between 15 & 20 including young animals. In addition there is a nice flock of 9 Cirl Buntings around the car park and adjacent fields at Labrador Bay RSPB between Torquay & Shaldon. In the Exeter area there has been an American Wigeon at Bowling Green Marsh & a Bonepartes Gull at Dawlish along with similar grebes & divers plus a large Avocet flock at Topsham. Lucky bas***ds.


Steve Hinton said...

Did you see the Dolphins yourselves?
Apparently the White beaked Dolphins are still about!

Mike Powell said...

Steve, we watched them leaping clear of the water many times & Mr Cetacean Hunt was happy they were all Bottle-nosed. My understanding is the White-beaked's are slightly further east in Lyme Bay in an area of slightly colder water.

Steve Hinton said...

Not too long ago a pod were seen in Devon.

Seymour said...

All B-n D's Steve. Am aware of the White-beaked's and that's why I was checking them constantly. Obvious animals when you get half decent views.

Mike Powell said...

Steve, it seems there was a pod of 8 seen off Plymouth on two dates in June this year.